Beauty To Go



Sometimes, I love spending hours and hours experimenting with my beauty looks. This week, that has not been the case. So, I look to super easy products that I can slap on but still look polished. I've been relying on three things: First, Eyeko Me and My Shadow Stick in Taupe. This stick is matte, creamy and blendable, but once it sets it's on the eyes for the day which I love. I've been using this all over the lid, and then putting Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon in Baroque (a soft bronzey color) in my crease. I blend them together with my fingers, and I'm good to go. No brushes, no problem. Finally, I finish off with a thin line of Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. This stuff has a great thin point that is perfect for getting a super thin line right by the lashline. It makes my lashes look mega thick, and because I'm inept at cat eyes, that's about as creative as I get with my liquid liner. This takes me less than two minutes, but somehow looks really polished and perfect for work. Easy peasy. 

The Bold Lip For The Nude Lip Lover





If you've been around these parts for any length of time, you'll know I am a neutral girl at heart. I very rarely do anything bold, which is in part because I have a job that doesn't permit lipstick touch-ups, and partly because I'm just not very bold. But, when I received the Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Petal to The Metal, I thought I'd give it a go. It's a bright pink with a hint of a berry tone to it, which means it's bold enough to be bold, but not bold enough to scare me. ;) I've been wearing it anytime I need to jazz up my look a little, and I've gotten quite a few compliments on it (which to me means it's working!). This formula is a mix between a lip gloss and liquid lipstick, and stays put for quite a few hours without feeling too sticky or going patchy. It doesn't leave any kind of stain, which I like because my lips stain strangely and I always end up looking like I have some weird kind of lip disease... not cute. All in all, I've been loving this lip color lately and am definitely looking to try more Mally products!

Friday Favorites

Welcome to Friday Favorites, where I round up my favorite posts, products, pictures and more! 

1) The first thing I have to mention is an amazing book I finished this week. It's called Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. You can read the full Amazon summary here, but to sum it up it is about a girl who meets a charming man...who isn't at all what he seems. It's a really fascinating thriller that takes you into the mind of a woman who has been abused and as a result has OCD. It's part thriller, part mystery(ish), part romance and totally good. If you're into reading, I would totally recommend it, especially since they are making it into a movie!




2) My favorite music from the week has been a bit of a suprise. Leighton Meester (Blair from Gossip Girl) came out with her album recently, and it wasn't at all what I expected. It's very singer/songwriter and folksy, but it's a really good album to listen to while I'm just chilling out. It's on Spotify, so you can check it out there if you're into chill music! 


3) I've also been doing a fair bit of beauty shopping recently, so keep an eye out for lots of new product posts. I've been having fun testing out the new holiday sets, and I'm thinking of making a haul/mini review video with my thoughts on each product, so look for that in the coming weeks!

4) I saw this picture on Pinterest and couldn't stop laughing! I think this is so true, and I binge watch shows on Netflix all the time. If you want my recommendations, I would check out Arrow, Revenge Scandal, One Tree Hill, and Gilmore Girls. :)


Have a great weekend!

Benefit Rockateur



I recently picked up the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes (longest name ever), and fell in love with the blush I thought I would love the least. After trying out all the blushes in the palette, I find myself coming back again and again for one: Rockateur. I've swatched this blush a million times in Ulta and Sephora, and for some reason I was never overly impressed. It's a rosey hued blush with a tiny (tiny!) hint of golden shimmer that doesn't make me look like a disco ball, it simply adds a bit of glow and makes it look like I've slept way more than I have. While it didn't swatch the best for me, I find that on the cheeks it's the perfect blush for Fall/Winter because it livens up the cheeks while still keeping in the rosey/berry tones I reach for during the colder seasons. Overall, I am extremely impressed and can easily see myself using this blush up!

The Hair Disaster.


This weekend I made a mistake. I decided to use a Groupon and stray from my trusted stylist of 6+ years. You see, my current stylist was booked through December, and I needed a haircut asap. I checked Groupon and found a deal for a haircut + balayage for a great price, from a salon with great reviews. It was a win, win, right? Wrong. I asked the stylist for this:Future possibility. 50 Fall Haircuts to Copy Right Now | Daily Makeover

and she gave me this:


Sooo, NOT what I asked for. I didn't even have a chance to tell her I didn't like the color because I didn't see it until after I had left. She cut my hair facing away from the mirror, and I didn't even think anything was odd about it until I got in the car and realized that my hair was a streaky orangey blond mess. Thankfully, Morgan helped me box dye my hair twice to get it back to some semblance of my normal color, and even then it's still red tinged. I'm not entirely sure what the point of this post is, other than to share my experiences and let you all know that I learned my lesson. I will not be straying from my regular hair stylist from now on! Have you had any disastrous hair experiences? This is my first, and hopefully my last. 

Friday Four



Welcome to Friday Four, where I round up my four favorite posts, pictures, products, and more!

1) First of all, let's just talk about Taylor Swift's new album 1989. Got it on Monday night, haven't stopped listening to it since. 80's inspired pop goodness, with her signature sass. I'm all about it. 


2) I've recently discovered a boldish lip that I've been loving. It's Mally's High-Shine Liquid Lipstick in Petal to the Metal, and the full post is here. It's been all I've been wanting to wear, which is impressive given I'm normally a strict MLBB girl. 


3) I've been doing a fair bit of beauty shopping lately...anyone want to see a haul? I've had some amazing coupon codes for Ulta and Sephora, so I went a little overboard...but the Christmas sets are so great! Any products you want to see reviewed?

4) Emily from Cupcake and Cashmere wrote a post on "Blogging Burnout" here that was seriously good to read. More than that, people in the comments are giving awesome tips on how to avoid blogger burnout. I've been feeling like my blog is in a slump lately, and her post has given me great ideas on how to beat that feeling and get back to loving what I'm doing on Love Like Leave. If you're a blogger and have experienced burnout, I'd love to know how you got over it!

Have an awesome weekend!

Covergirl Clean Glow Blush


I'll admit that of all the drugstore brands I've used, CoverGirl isn't my favorite. While I love the 3-in-1 foundation, I find I'm generally disappointed in their products, or simply uninterested in the new products they bring out. This blush is the exception. It's the CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush in Peaches, and despite being dubbed "glowy" it is completely matte. It somehow manages to brighten up my complexion without adding a hint of shimmer, which is perfect for the days I've got blemishes on my face that I don't want to highlight with shimmer. It's also super affordable. I've got my eye on the shade Roses next, as it seems perfect for fall. Are there any CoverGirl products that you love?

Friday Four

Welcome to Friday Four, where I round up my four favorite posts, products, pictures, and more!

1) Monday was my first day back at work, and even though I didn't work until noon I still ended up running super late. I put on an all black outfit (except for the grey and white scarf) and was a little unsure of it...but ended up getting a ton of compliments (which doesn't usually happen). I am now all about the monochromatic look ;)




2) I put up a post about my super simple eye look, which is only three products and is super easy to travel with. You can find the full post here, but the basic summary is: I'm lazy, this look is easy, but it doesn't look like it was as simple as it really is. A winner in my books!

3) This week I also put up my first Get Ready With Me video, which is a little chatty and pretty much just talks you through how I do my makeup (including how to cover acne). If you're interested, you can find it here!

4) Karima McKimmie recently put up a video with a dramatic eye look using only drugstore products. She used really interesting tulip eyeshadow placement, and I'm thinking about trying it out sometime for a night out. It's really different than anything I've ever seen before, and I love that she's using drugstore makeup. If you want to see it, you can watch it here!

Hope you guys have an awesome weekend!

Friday Four #3

Welcome to Friday Four, where I round up my four favorite posts, products, pictures, and more!

1) I'm in the middle of a 5 day "vacation" so to speak. I've been catching up with lots of friends, sleeping a ton, and eating lots of pizza. Morgan and I went to a corn maze/apple orchard yesterday and had the best time! We have an Autumn Adventure Plan (which is a fancy name for Fall Bucket List!) and on it is "Get lost in a corn maze." I am happy to report that we definitely got lost, but we made it through all 3 mazes and had an awesome time.


2. Lately, I've been making lots of Mix and Match Mama's 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, recipe here...Seriously the easiest recipe ever and I always get complimented on my baking skills when I make these...score! Pretty much everything Shay makes is amazing, I'm a little bit obsessed. I've made at least 30 of her recipes and have never been disappointed with any of them. Definitely a food blog to check out! 


3. I'm finally getting through the beginning stages of retin-a (again) and am loving having normal skin again. My retin-a videos are my most popular, so if you're interested you can find the playlist here. I've also got 6 month before/after pictures on my recent post here if you're interested.

4. I have a friend who works at Sephora that gave me a Friends and Family discount of 20%, so now I'm formulating a list of products I need to buy. Anyone have any recommendations? I've got my eyes on the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette by Hourglass, and possibly a new perfume. If you have any recommendations, leave them in the comments or tweet me @lovelikeleave. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

Forever Repurchased: Freeman's Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask


Today, I'm talking about one of my all-time favorite budget buys, the Freeman's Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask. This mask has seen me through thick and thin, and never fails to leave my skin in better condition. It's quite a thick mask, with sugar suspended in an active charcoal base that also contains glycerin to hydrate the skin. The packaging suggests to add the mask to wet skin and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. I do things a little backwards though, as I like to apply the scrub to my skin and massage it in until all the sugar dissolves, then leave on for 10 minutes or so and rinse off. I find that this mask is great in the shower, because it really helps to soften and purify the skin while removing any flakiness I may have. This mask was invaluable when I was going through the beginning stages on Retin-a, and I always always always have a backup of this on hand. Another bonus is that is costs around $4, and is usually on buy one get one free/buy one get one 50% off at Ulta, so it is majorly affordable. Do you have a product you can't be without?

Retin-A Before/After Pictures

If you've seen my YouTube videos, you will know that I've been on Tretinoin .05% for about 6 months now. I've done a few update videos (you can see the playlist here), and I said in my last video that I would show before/after pictures around six months. Here they are! As you can tell, the Tretinoin has been amazing for my skin. My skin is by no means perfect now, and I definitely still have a long way to go, but I feel like the Tretinoin has made a massive difference on my skin. I've also been using a few other scar-fighting products in combination with Tretionoin, so watch for a video on that soon. Enough talking, on to the pictures!




I'm pretty nervous about putting my bare face on the internet, especially the before pictures. But when I was trying retinol the first time around, I remember feeling frustrated because there weren't any solid before/after pictures, just people saying their skin has improved. Let me know if you've tried tretinoin, and what your experiences with it are! 

Budget Buy #3 NYC IndividualEyes


I'll admit, I used to really dislike the NYC Shadows. I thought they were chalky, poorly pigmented, and just not worth the few dollars you pay for them. However, they were reformulated, and after I saw them featured on Beauty Broadcast, I couldn't resist them any longer and I am so glad I tried them again! This palette is in the shade Best of Broadway, and it is perfect for everyday but can be easily transitioned into a really lovely nightime smokey look. The four shades are all shimmery, but not glittery in the least. It also comes with a flesh-colored eye primer and a shimmery white highlight, and I've found both of them to be fantastic. I love this palette because it has everything you need to create multiple eye looks, and costs around $5. Do you have a favorite budget eye palette?

Friday Four #2

Welcome to Friday Four, where I roundup my four favorite posts, products, pictures, and more! 

1) I graduated college this week, so I'm massively happy to be done! I went to school online, so I don't have any bittersweet feelings about leaving my friends, as none of my friends are from college. I'm so so so excited to have more time to blog, sleep, binge watch tv, and hang out with friends! 

2) My favorite product this week has definitely been honey, which I did a post about here! It's been seriously saving my skin, and isn't as messy as I thought it would be! 


3) About a year ago, I read this post ranking all of the love interests in the Mary Kate and Ashley movies. I don't know about you, but those used to be some of my favorite movies ever, and the article is super funny to read! It came up on my timehop a few days ago and I knew I had to share it with you! Let me know what your favorite MK+A movie was when you were younger,,,I loved Getting There! 

4) My favorite music from this week is definitely Tove Lo's album Queen of The Clouds. It's seriously been on repeat for the past two weeks, especially the song Timebomb. It's definitely got sa couple explicit songs in there, so if you don't like that then I would skip those songs...but if you love slightly electronic/alt/pop music (think Banks only slightly more pop) than you should definitely check it out! My roommate, who normally only enjoys the most upbeat Top 40 songs, loves it as well. 


What have been your favorites for this week? Hope you have a great weekend!

Raw Honey


I've recently discovered the wonders of raw honey. After hearing about it a ton the past year or so, I finally decided to try it in desperation after my skin was extremely dry and sensitive due to it getting used to Tretinoin. I hesitated to try it because it's just so darn sticky I wasn't sure if it was worth the hassle. But, I've been using it twice a week for about a month now, and can totally tell a difference in my skin so I would say it's definitely worth it! I take the honey and apply a thin layer to my face, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. My main worry was that this would be hard to wash off- but it rinses right off without scrubbing or effort! After using it, I find my skin is softer, and I've been getting less breakouts as well. Next on my list is to try honey mixed with coconut oil as a hair mask, so I will let you know how it goes! Do you have any favorite ways to use raw honey?

Budget Buy #2 Flower Cream Blush


I know we're coming into fall, and for some people that means making the switch to powder blush after a summer filled with dewy cheeks. But personally, my skin starts looking dull in the Fall/Winter seasons, so I reach for my cream blushers more than I would in the summer when my skin can get oily. I've not tried very many things from the Flower line at Walmart, but I picked up the Flower Win Some Rouge Some Creme Blush in Pure Petunia on a whim a couple months ago, and was pleasantly surprised by it! This is definitely a cream-to-powder formulation, but the powder doesn't sit on top of the skin weird or look cakey like some cream-to-powder blushes can. In addition, this stuff seriously stays put on my cheeks...so if I'm going to be busy all day and then go somewhere at night, I layer this under whatever blush I'm using to give it extra staying powder. For $7, it's inexpensive, well-pigmented, and totally worth a try! Do you have a favorite cream blush?

Friday Four

Welcome to Friday Four, where I roundup my four favorite posts, products, pictures, and more.

1. Favorite Products: This week has been pretty hectic for me as I'm graduating college in a week (!!!), so I've been relying on simple makeup to get me through. I've mentioned four of my favorites here.
 

2. Favorite Picture: I saw this on Pinterest the other day and it really struck a chord with me. I think it is easy to get caught up in my own problems and think that my life is really difficult because I have three thousand things on my plate right now. It's easy to complain about all the tests I have because I'm graduating college. But then I step back and realize that I'm going to college. There are millions of women in the world who don't get the chance to get an education, and I'm in college. I've been really seeing the importance of being grateful for my circumstances.


3. Favorite Funny: This video is only 6 seconds long... But I can honestly say I laughed out loud and re-watched this at least 10 times. I'm not sure what is funnier...his scream, or the look he gave at the end. Either way, I think it's absolutely hilarious and definitely worth a watch...


4. Favorite Post: Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup recently posted her list of Top 10 Beauty Blogs. I somehow missed this post when it originally came out, but I've since been reading all of her recommendations and really loving the new blogs I've discovered. If you're interested in checking it out, you can find her post here.

That's all for this Friday! Have a great weekend!



My New Nudes

Lately, I've been on a quest to find the perfect nude for my skin. Instead of finding one, I've found two: a beigey nude and a pale pink nude. The beige nude is Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight. I had to go on a bit of a hunt to find this one because it was sold out in all of the Targets, but I finally got my hands on it and I'm in love. The perfect swipe and go shade, it goes with any makeup I'm wearing without making my lips look dead. For a peachy-pink option. I've been constantly reaching for the NYX Butter Lipstick in Fun Size. The formulation of these are great, as they are hydrating and creamy, while still lasting a decent amount of time. 

What are your favorite nude lipsticks?

Budget Buy-NYX Taupe

Today I'm talking about a product I've loved for a long time, but it has somehow never gotten a mention on the blog. It's NYX Taupe, the world's easiest contour shade ever. Seriously, this is a pale girl's dream. I'm personally not a fan of contouring with a bronzer because if you look at the face, the natural shadows are grey/taupe, not bronze or orange. This is the perfect taupe shade that is incredibly easy to contour with. This really is a swipe and go product, and if you are new to contouring (or just are not pro like me), this is the product for you.

One Swipe Wonders


I'm all about simplicity in the mornings. My favorite eyeshadows are the ones that you can apply all over the lid that instantly perk up the eye without the need for anything else. There are four eyeshadows I reach for on a weekly basis to do this, so I thought I would share them with you!

First, Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Eyeshadow in Brulee. This pale cream shade is great for covering up imperfections on the eyelid. I like to apply this and then buff a little bronzer into my crease for natural definition. 

Second, ELF Eyeshadow in Celebrity. I gave this one its own post here, so I wont talk about this one for too long, but it's a great multi-dimensional shadow that is perfect for everyday.

Third. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. This one is great because it stays put all. day. long. It's also really versatile because you can put one swipe on for an everyday look, or build it up to create a going-out look.

Finally, L'Oreal Infalliable Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe. I don't own the cult shade, Amber Rush, but I do think this one is a fantastic shade. This one is perfect for when you want a bit more of an intense eye look, and these are seriously pigmented. Fantastic quality at a fantastic price.

Do you have a favorite one swipe wonder? 

Forever Repurchased #1


Today, I'm starting a new series on Love, Like, Leave. It's Forever Repurchased, and it is exactly what it sounds like. Once or twice a month, I'll tell you about a product that I cannot be without. First up is Rosehip Oil. I don't have a particular brand that I love, I just make sure it is organic, pure, unrefined rosehip oil. It only costs around $10, and is a seriously powerful ingredient. 

This is a dry oil, which means it sinks into the skin super quickly and doesn't ever feel greasy on the skin. Acne-prone skin girls, this one is also suitable for your skin as it speeds up cell turnover which can prevent acne and help reduce scarring. It's also an anti-inflammatory, so it's perfect for girls with sensitive skin as well. My skin is nuclear and breaks out ridiculously easily, but I find that rosehip oil never makes me break out and always leaves my skin hydrated and soft, while helping to diminish my acne scars. I like to mix a few drops in with aloe gel and put it on my skin, as I find this helps it absorb almost instantly. 

Do you have a product you will always repurchase?

Hydration, Hydration


 I'm a little bit in love with hydrating masks. I just think they are so soothing, and they are almost always the last step in my mask routine. Today, I thought I'd round up my three favorites and share them with you.

First, is the Queen Helene Olive Oil Masque. Picked this up on a whim in Sally's one day and am seriously impressed with it! It's a thick green paste that you leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off. This one leaves my skin feeling hydrated without greasy, and is the best if you have flaky skin you're looking to soften. Coming in around $4, it's seriously cost-effective.

Second is another budget buy... Freeman's Facial Brightening Mask. This may not sound like the most hydrating of masks, but to be honest I think it moisturizes more than it brightens. This shimmery (for real) gel texture is super smooth going on and leaves my skin feeling softer, more hydrated, and just a bit more bright. For $3, you really can't go wrong.

Finally comes the cult product I didn't expect to love as much as I do. It's Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and it is just as good as everyone says it is. This peachy-smelling lotion goes on as a thick cream. I apply this about 15 minutes before going to bed and when I wake up in the morning, my skin is seriously smooth.

What are your favorite hydrating masks?

Sick Day Essentials



I'm typing this from my bed, where I am currently stationed at as I'm feeling pretty sick at the moment. Luckily, its Friday and I have the weekend off...But I've had this cold since Monday and I've had work every day. This week, I've mastered the art of looking presentable  when feeling horrible, so I thought I would share my tips with you. I think this comes down to 5 key products.

The first key product is concealer. When I'm sick, I like to sleep as much as possible...which usually means I don’t wear foundation. This week I've been using L'Oreal True Match Blendable Concealer Crayon on my face, as its blendable and not drying and gives great coverage. This even stays put if I blow my nose, which is pretty impressive! I also use my Rimmel Match Perfection concealer under my eyes, as this hides my (incredibly) dark circles and brightens up the under eye area.

The second key product is bronzer. I'm normally all about the matte bronzers, but when I'm sick I need every bit of glow I can get. This week I've been using the ELF Bronzer in Golden, and I love the subtle shimmer (but not glitter) it gives to my skin. My cheeks are pretty pink from being sick as is, so I skip blush and sweep this over my cheeks too. Not only is this quick, it doubles as a highlighter and takes minimal effort. Sold.

The third product I've been needing is a nude pencil in my waterline. When I'm sick my eyes look majorly bloodshot, and  the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude really brightens the area and makes me look slightly less sick.

The fourth product I've been using is mascara. I always, always, always use mascara as it really wakes up my face. I don't do a whole lot of makeup when I'm sick, but I definitely do mascara. Right now I'm loving the L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes.

The final product I've been using is lip balm. I've been skipping any kind of lip color as I'm drinking so much tea/water that nothing stays on anyways. Good old Aquaphor is my go-to when I'm sick because it never fails. I also use this on my nose at night so I don't wake up with a sore nose in the morning from using so many tissues (tmi?).

Hopefully you avoid getting sick this fall/winter...but if you don't, I hope these  five  products will make your life a little easier. In the meantime...anyone have any tips of getting rid of a cold?

3 Tips For Great Skin

Recently, my skin has been freaking out. However, I've managed to pin down the three things that have been causing my skin angst, and by combating these things I've really been able to calm my skin down and get it under control. Here are my three top tips for great skin!

Pay Attention to What You Eat. Personally, dairy really upsets my skin. If I have pizza or milk, chances are I can tell later because the next day I will wake up with huge spots all over my skin. Pay attention to the food that you eat and see if anything triggers breakouts or dullness- common triggers are dairy and refined sugar. I’m no angel at eating healthy, but I at least try to avoid the things that upset my skin for the most part.

Cleanse Well. Sometimes I feel super lazy and I just don’t want to do anything to my skin. However, I've found that I can get away with just using a quick moisturizer instead of my toner/serum/treatment/moisturizer routine if I cleanse thoroughly. Oftentimes your skin will break out because of clogged pores, and by taking the extra 3 minutes to thoroughly wash my face, I find that I don’t wake up with breakouts as a result of a lazy night.

Consider taking a supplement. This is a more personal one, and as always I would recommend talking to your doctor before beginning any new supplements. However, my doctor recommended I take biotin and fish oil, and I have found that my skin has really been looking great as a result. Fish oil is not only good for you skin, it is good for your body. Do some research and find the supplement that works best for your skin’s problems, and see if you can help your problem skin internally instead of simply externally.
Do you have any top tips for great skin?

Forever Repurchased: Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm


It's no secret that I'm a little obsessed with cleansers. My all-time favorite kind of cleanser is a balm cleanser, and of all that I've tried...this is the one I keep going back to. This is my sixth tub of this stuff, so you know I really love it...and it only costs around $7! It's Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm, and it's seriously amazing. You might be thinking: this product looks gross. You're probably right. It's a strange yellow-green color, but it has done seriously amazing things for my skin. It's quite an oily consistency, and unlike other cleansing balms I've tried, this one doesn't emulsify and wash right off. This product is meant to be massaged onto dry skin (it removes makeup effortlessly), and then washed off with a washcloth. I find that massaging this into my skin makes me feel like I'm at a spa, and this leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth, but still incredibly clean. If you're new to cleansing balms, it is a bit of a weird change from a foaming cleanser.., but in my opinion it is totally worth it. This is a forever-repurchased item, and one I can't live without! Have you ever tried this cleansing balm?

The One That I Can't Get Enough Of



I wouldn't normally do a post completely dedicated to one eyeshadow...but this one has been seriously rocking my world lately, and its $3, so I thought I would tell you all about it. It's ELF Natural Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebrity. It's a bronzey-gold shade that takes about 5 seconds to buff onto the eyelid, but looks like you've spent way more time than that. It's a lovely everyday shadow that could easily be transitioned to a nighttime look with a little matte brown in the crease and a bit of liquid liner. I've been seriously obsessed with this shadow and have been wearing it pretty much everyday lately. If you're interested in seeing what it looks like on, I'm wearing it in my latest video here. Although the sun was shining pretty brightly in that video (darn natural light), I think you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what it looks like. It's the only eyeshadow I've been packing while traveling, which says a lot. Do you have an eyeshadow that you can't get enough of?

Morgan's Makeup

Lately, I've been really into doing other people's makeup. I just love being able to try out different looks on other people, and finding things that suit them. My roommate Morgan has been my willing guinea pig lately, so I thought I would show you two of the looks I've done on her recently. To be fair, she's awfully pretty and made my job awfully easy, but I really like the way both of her looks turned out. I have brown eyes, so Morgan's blue eyes were really fun to work with. Enough talking, on to the pictures!

The first day, I focused more on playing up Morgan's eyes. She often does a bold lip, so I thought playing with a slightly smokey brown lid, liquid liner, and a soft lip would look great. I like that this look is suitable for everyday, but you could also use a darker shadow in the crease and transition it for night.





The second day, I did a neutral brown eye and a glossy red lip, which was really fun. While Morgan usually is sporting a bold lip, she never really does a true red lip, but I really liked the classic look on her.



Fall Nail Favorites


Fall is, by far, the season I love the most. The weather is (in my opinion) the best, the clothes are the best (hello, leopard print flats), and the nail polish is the best. While I love a good bright summer nail, nothing beats the darker colors that this month brings. Here are a few of my nail polish favorites this month:`

1. Essie After School Boy Blazer. This is the nail polish that I love all year round. It's a dark blue that looks really chic on the nails, and this is one of the Essie polishes I think lasts the best on my nails.

2. Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Lingering Spice. This is a red that isn't too shocking, which I love. It's almost got a hint of a berry tone to it, which is really flattering on my pale, pale skin. 

3. Essie Mochacino. This is such a unique color, and I've never found anything like it. Mochacino is a shimmery grey color with a hint of olive in it, and it's one of those neutral nail polishes that goes with everything, but is a little more exciting than a nude color.

What nail polishes have you been loving for fall?

The "No-Sleep" Beauty Edit


This fall, my schedule has gotten a bit insane. I'm taking 2x as many classes as I'm used to in order to graduate in October, I'm now working 2 jobs, and I have an increasing number of family/friend commitments this month. While I love being busy and having things to do, that has left me with very little time lately to sleep and get ready in the morning. I've streamlined my routine and have found the five products I think are most essential to get ready fast and still have you looking polished...even when you haven't had much sleep.

1. Anti-Redness primer, like the L'oreal Magic Anti-Redness Correcting Primer. When I don't get sleep, my skin freaks out and I usually wake up after my little bit of sleep with redness in my cheeks and nose and some lovely blemishes on my face.  This primer counteracts any redness on my face and gives a subtle glow to the face, both of which I need when I'm majorly tired. 

Apply your foundation as usual and then add...

2.Highlighting concealer, like Rimmel Match Perfection Highlighting Concealer. I usually have to use an extra effective under-eye concealer to counteract the dark bags I get, but I also don't want to have to spend 30 minutes concealing them. This under-eye concealer highlights and hides the darkness and makes it look like I've gotten much more sleep than I actually have,

Set your concealer with...

3. Brightening powder, such as the Bare Minerals Brightening Mineral Veil. This stuff is amazing at setting under-eye concealer because it is incredibly finely milled and has a subtle brightening effect, without adding any shimmer or glitter. Perfect for making the under-eye area extra bright. I also like to dust this on the tops of my cheekbones and nose to give myself a subtle glow.

4. Brightening eyeshadow, like Wet n Wild Color Singles in Brulee. When I'm lacking sleep I like to use the fewest products possible to make myself look presentable. I sweep this matte creamy eyeshadow shade all over the lid and then use my bronzer in the crease for a really quick look that leaves the eye looking subtly defined and brightened without looking overdone.

Line your eyes and use mascara and then move on to...

5. Bronzer, like the NYX Matte Bronzer in 01. Chances are, if I'm tired I'm also looking a little pale, which means that a dose of bronzer is in order. I sweep this where the sun would naturally hit, and I love the way it brightens up my face.

These are my "no-sleep" essentials, and I really have been satisfied with this look lately. What are your tips to looking polished when you haven't had enough sleep?

My New Holy-Grail Foundation?



Prepare yourselves for a rave review, people. I'm pretty excited about this one! I recently re-tried the CoverGirl 3-in-1 Foundation, and I can't believe I ever went without it. I've tried this foundation when it first came out, and I remember liking it but for some reason didn't repurchase. I was traveling recently and ran out of foundation, so instead of repurchasing my beloved L'Oreal True Match (because I already had a backup at home), I decided to retry the CoverGirl foundation and it. was. awesome.

This foundation is medium to full coverage, but I find that it covers my skin flawlessly without ever looking heavy. It also doesn't feel too heavy on the skin, which is a major problem I have with foundations. It didn't make me break out, and when paired with my Rimmel Stay Matte primer I don't have to use a powder and it seriously stays put. It drys down to a matte finish, but doesn't look flat in any way. I recently went to an outdoor wedding where it was 89 degrees outside and had 89% humidity...and I spent the entire day (seriously, from 6:30 AM-past midnight) running around outside chasing kids. And this foundation seriously looked the exact same as when I had put it on early that morning. That's never happened to me, not even with L'Oreal True Match. 

I think I will always have a place in my heart for L'Oreal True Match...but I can't deny that in hotter/sweatier climates, CoverGirl 3-in-1 foundation totally beats it where lasting power is concerned. Before I fully award this one HG status, I'll have to see how it fares in the winter...but for now, it's the only foundation I'm reaching for.

Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil



I'll be the first to admit that I'm a little obsessed with cleansing balms and oils. I think they clean more effectively than a foaming cleanser, and they are more gentle on my acne-prone, sensitive skin. So when I had the option to add this cleansing oil to my Julep Maven box for $8, I immediately added it to my order. However, after trying this product I can't say I was wowed. It also made me break out when I did a double cleanse using just this and nothing after. 

Here's the thing: it removed my base makeup pretty well, but barely touched my eye makeup...and I don't wear waterproof mascara. It smells nice, but I also had to use a lot of product to get it to be effective. It doesn't contain mineral oil or any other nasties that cleansing oils sometimes contain...but it also retails for $28, which I think is ridiculous for the 3.5 fl. oz of so-so product. It's not a terrible product, and I'm sure I'll use it up...I just don't think I would repurchase. Not even for a measly $8. If you're looking for a product that will cleanse gently and thoroughly, may I recommend the Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm, or the Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Balm? Both are inexpensive and effective, which I just can't say for this product.

Have any of you tried this product? What were your thoughts? 

The Chop Changes: My Haircare Routine


I recently got about 4 inches cut off my hair. Now, to many people that may not seem like a lot...but I went from having relatively long hair, to hair that only falls a little past my collarbone. In addition, my hair stylist (who I've been going to since high school and trust with my life) wanted to really clean up my layers and give my hair a little bit more movement. I got my hair chopped about a month ago, and in the weeks since I have been having fun trying different products to help give my hair movement. Here are the four things that have really been amping up my look and giving me swingy, voluminous, and easy to achieve hair. 

First, Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler. I usually like to spray some kind of detangler/leave-in conditioner in my hair after a shower, and this one has really impressed me! I tried the It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Treatment (review here), but found it was just too heavy for my hair, not to mention it's pretty pricey for what you get. The Dove offering is less than $4 and detangles my hair while giving it lightweight moisture that doesn't wear my hair down. Plus, it's bi-phase, which means its fun to shake up!

To get more volume in my hair, I've been relying on my trusty Not Your Mother's Girl Powder (review here), and have recently started teasing my hair with a round brush. Teasing with this brush has seriously made getting volume easy, and I feel like it damages my hair less. It also covers more area then when I tease with a comb, so it makes teasing go much more quickly in the mornings.

Finally, I need something to smooth my hair down a bit, and reduce frizz. In comes the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream, which is pretty much a hybrid between Garnier Sleek and Shine and a shine spray. This makes my hair silky, shiny, and doesn't weigh it down. It still allows my natural texture to come through, but tames the pouf.

What hair products have you been loving lately?

Perlier Shea Butter Body Balm


I always love getting lotion samples in my Birchbox, because I can then throw them in my handbag. After receiving this one, I put in in my handbag to give it a test...and was pleasantly surprised! The first thing I noticed when applying this was the amazing scent- it has sweet almond milk that makes this product smell so warm and wonderful. The scent smells like a mixture of honey and almonds, which are both things I love my products to smell like.

In addition, this product is super thick! I was afraid that meant it wouldn't absorb quickly, but to my surprise it absorbed quickly and didn't leave my hands feeling greasy. You don't need very much, and I've been using this sample on my hands for about a month and have just recently started to use it as a body lotion...and 3 uses in, I've still got loads left. 

For $24.50 for a full size, I think I'll save repurchasing this product until winter when my skin needs hydration-and I need a treat. But I can tell you that I will definitely be buying this product again...the scent and hydration level make it impossible to forget!

Murad Oil Control Mattifier


This product was one I absolutely didn't expect to love. I don’t even remember where I got this sample to be honest, but one morning after applying a little bit too much rosehip oil to my face, I decided to give it a shot and see if it would help. I was amazed at how much I loved this product! I use a tiny amount- less than a pea size, smooth it all over the skin, and find that it hydrates and mattifies without being overdrying. My makeup lasts longer, and when I pair this with the Loreal True Match foundation I find I don’t even need to powder my face which is normally unheard of. My problem with foundation primers is that they tend to clog my pores or dry my skin out, but because this one is marketed as a moisturizer it doesn't do either of those things. I've been using this sample since the end of June, and it is still going strong...but when it runs out, I'll definitely be repurchasing. Do you have a mattifying moisturizer you love?