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This Week’s Lips #12

Happy Sunday!

It’s a chilly one here as winter is really starting to settle in. I have been seeking hot coffee, hot tea, blankets and extra layers for days. We’ve had snow and sleet and little sun… It is probably time to up my vitamin D.

This last week included all repeats in my weekly lip posts, so I will keep this short and sweet:

 

 

MondayUrban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked – reviewed here.

Tuesday Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Thistle – reviewed here.

WednesdayBite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper – reviewed here

ThursdayBite Beauty BB for Lips in Tawnyon its own for once! Reviewed here.

FridayNYX Chunky Dunk in Hibiscus Tea Punch – still the worst name ever. Reviewed here.

 

 

Last week was a little MAC heavy, this week obviously included a whole lot of Bite. It is seriously one of my favorite brands – they make amazing lip products that are totally worth the sticker price.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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This Week’s Lips #10

Happy post-Thanksgiving week!

I hope all of my U.S. friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. It was so wonderful catching up with everyone while they were in town. I ate too much… I drank too much… TOO MUCH HOLIDAY.

 

 

Monday – MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Among the Fireflies – this is a limited edition shade from last year’s Faerie Whispers collection – one of my all-time favorites! This is a sheer, light brown that would compliment probably every skin tone. While it is a Cremesheen, it does lean a bit matte but is very creamy and does not dry out. The wear time on this is very short – about 2 hours. That is probably why I haven’t worn it too often…

Tuesday – MAC Lip Gelee in Moistly – does this look familiar? My much neglected project pan lip gloss from a while back. I haven’t completely given up on this yet. This is a very hydrating, sheer berry colored lip gloss. The shade is subtle but provides a nice wash of color. This wore comfortably for several hours.

Wednesday – MAC Matte Lipstick in Strip Me Down – originally featured here. For some reason, I found this to be less drying this time around. I only used a tiny bit of clear gloss on top.

ThursdayFord and Boys in Guillermo – oh yes. He’s back. This was one of my October favorites and continues to be well in to November. I just adore this shade!

FridayL’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet – another shade that is no stranger to the blog. This is such an easy color to wear and formula just to swipe and go. I have backups of this.😉

 

 

So there you have a very MAC-heavy week in review. I didn’t feel very creative this past week… let’s see if I can’t change it up this week!

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This Week’s Lips #9

Hello everyone!

Greetings from the cold and snowy Midwest. I repeat, SNOWY. It was 70 on Friday and snowing on Saturday. We now have 3-4 inches on our deck. BRRR!

This past week I revisited some past favorites as well as something new to me:

 

Tuesday – NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm – I was really working the opposites of the color wheel this day. While wearing a very royal blue top, I went all out with the orange. This has made other appearances on the weekly review. Tuesday was my Monday so using something a little sparkly and fun made my day.

 

Wednesday – Burberry Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry – I usually layer this with MAC Eugenie, a deep cranberry shade. However, Blueberry on its own is a sheer, but buildable shade that truly resembles the shade of crushed blueberries. It is incredibly hydrating and lasts about 4 hours.

Thursday – Too Faced Melted Metal in Peony – Too Faced calls this a Dusty Rose, but I feel like this is a sheer blue-toned pink with a hint of gold. This is very long lasting and as it wears down, leaves a nice stain. I think this is a true all-day/10 hour color. I do reapply but more to just make sure that there aren’t any patches that wear unevenly. My only complaint is the applicator – I despise the way it feels on my lips.

Friday (day) – Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat – I received this in my Sephora Play! subscription box in October and was procrastinating testing it out. After reading several reviews, I decided I needed to try this. This is a really great liquid lipstick! While a lot of liquid lipsticks tend to dry out my lips, this never fully dried down. It stayed a bit pliable and I was able to easily correct when I went a little overboard. Since I was still testing this out, I did use with a little bit of clear gloss. Smashbox describes this color as a warm pink – this pulled very brown and even a bit terracotta on me. The arm swatch looks a bit different than it did on my lips.

Friday (night) – Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Lost Cherry – after wearing a heavy liquid lipstick all day, I really wanted to lighten it up for an event that night. I was headed to a work event where I would be eating and drinking, so I wanted to wear something that was light and fun but easy to reapply. I realized I hadn’t worn Lost Cherry in quite a while so grabbed this and ran out the door. This is very pigmented, yet goes on somewhat sheer. This is a true red with a hint of shimmer. It wore incredibly well throughout the evening with only needing a slight reapplication after eating. I think this will be my go-to holiday shade this year!

So there you have it. Another week in the books. Did you revisit any favorites this past week?

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October 2016 Favorites

Happy November!

October finally cooled down and I was able to break out some fall sweaters and more importantly, fall colors and scents! While I love crisp, clean and bright scents, I also love dark, rich and almost masculine scents.

The first scent I broke out as it cooled down was my Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau perfume oil. This is a beautiful mix of black currant and Bulgarian rose without an alcohol base. The rose is definitely the more subtle scent, as the currant notes take the lead. A little goes a really long way and lasts several hours. I use a couple drops on pulse points and frequently catch myself smelling it throughout the day. I just love this unique, complicated scent.

As the temperature dropped a bit more, I broke out the Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme. I bought this months ago, but it just didn’t feel like the right season to wear it. It finally felt like October was finally the right time. This is a complex blend, but I feel that the amber and sandalwood notes are what stand out the most. TF calls this is a floral-oriental, but I have to disagree as it wears more of a masculine oriental scent on me. I get zero floral. This scent lasts all day and into the evening. If it wasn’t so damned expensive I would use it in my hair too.

On a completely different note, I’m really overdue to get my hair dyed. There is a clear division of color about an inch and a half from my scalp. It is no secret that my hair is not red, however thanks to my long-time colorist I am a redhead by choice. Since I haven’t had time to get my hair color refreshed, I have been using the L’Oréal Root Cover Up Temporary Gray Concealer Spray in Red. It magically covers my roots (that are only partially gray..btw) and blends in to the rest of my colored hair. It lasts until washed out so there is no fear of having the color fall out on clothing, smear on to pillows or anything like that. It holds up incredibly well after applying dry shampoo also.

The final favorite was featured in another weekly lipstick post. The Tom Ford and Boys in Guillermo is a beautiful, creamy plum-brown. In addition to being maybe the most perfect fall shade ever, it lasts for hours without needing reapplication. I have been wearing this pretty frequently as well as it’s less expensive (and a touch more brown) dupe, MAC Verve. The plum in Guillermo really makes this shade unique – it brightens my overall look and goes so well with pinks, browns and more neutral shades. I will be wearing this a ton in the upcoming months!

So there you have it. What were some of your October favorites?

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This Week’s Lips #8

Hello again!

Finally getting back to normal and my regularly scheduled post about lipstick. You’re welcome😉

MondayPerricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss – this tends to be my weekend go-to shade and an occasional weekday color. Monday was rough so I kept it pretty simple.

Tuesday – MAC Satin Lipstick in Verve – this is one of those classic great shades that I love to have in my collection. This is a great plummy/mauve-brown shade that wears beautifully. This is very buildable and I like to build up a couple coats, which wears evenly for 4-5 hours.

Wednesday (and Friday night) – Tom Ford Lips and Boys in GuillermoGuillermo is like the ridiculously expensive dupe of Verve. This leans a bit more plum than brown and I loooooove it. I have been holding out using this… I finally broke down and opened up the packaging and have been using it quite a bit over the last couple weeks. While the Lips and Boys lipsticks are much smaller, it is still the same satin formula that wears for about 6 hours.

ThursdayTom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille – it just keeps showing up every couple weeks. I love this color. I wore red eyeshadow (seriously… red) and wanted to balance it out – this shade was perfect.

Friday (day)Le Métier de Beauté – VIP shade – originally featured here. This wears comfortably for hours. It can easily be worn over any other lip product, but I do like to wear it on its own most of the time.

I really love transitioning to fall.. darker lip and eye shades, switching to a deeper blush and my clothing changing to cashmere and layers. I feel like this is definitely my season!

What are some of your fall go-to shades? What did you wear this past week?

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Use It: October 2016 Empties

Hi there, hey there.

It’s been a few weeks… things have been really crazy on the home front, hence the blog silence. No worries though, everyone is doing well and we’re all getting back into a regular routine.

This was a very low-use product month. After plowing through a bunch of full size as well as sample sizes for Sample September, I think I really just focused on using the things that I love and getting back to a regular routine. With that being said, I still managed to use a few things and wanted to give you some reviews:

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush – I’ve had this brush for years and sadly it is time to say goodbye. It sort of frayed and no matter what I do I cannot reshape this. I actually trimmed some of the crazy hairs in hope of making it work but it still applies my liner erratically. This was a great brush – I could really pack a gel/cream eyeliner into both sides and get an even application well into the lash line. While I’m terrified of tightlining, this did make it easier to accomplish. I would consider repurchasing down the road. Available at Nordstrom for $28.

Ciaté Nail Polish in Members Only – I never loved this polish, but I also got it for free… maybe I don’t really have that much to complain about then? This is the only Ciate polish I have ever tried, but I’m not inclined to rush out and buy any. It was a very gel-like formula that only liked to be worn with one layer. I felt like this never really dried despite trying several top coats. This I can no longer use this because the brush doesn’t reach any further. Will not purchase. Full size available at Nordstrom for $14-$15.

Color Club Nail Lacquer in Status Update – this was a Birchbox find a while back. I really like their colors and formulas. This one could be worn with one coat, but I always prefer two just to make sure there are no opaque spots. Status Update is a deep, dark blueish grey that borderlines black and would easily wear 4-5 days without chipping or fading. As you can tell it isn’t empty, but the applicator broke. It is really difficult (and messy!) to try and use the inner applicator. I would repurchase this brand and shade. Available at Birchbox.com for $8-$9 for 0.25oz.

Julep Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in Plum Shimmer – I opened this the other day and the crayon went flying out… guys, I still can’t find it. In the stick, this was a beautiful multihued purple. When applied, it lost its luster and was a flat plum shade. No shimmer like in the stick or dimension, just flat. I usually blended with a lighter, more shimmery shade to create a more ombre look. Long story short, I would not repurchase this shade. I would be willing to try a different shade however. Available on Julep.com for $18 for 0.04oz.

MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch – this has been my go-to eye shadow single for years. I have gone through so many of these and have a few backups. This is the perfect neutral eye shade – it blends well with other shades, but I love to wear it just on its own. Naked Lunch is a buildable, multidimensional peachy-pink shade that looks flattering on so many skin tones. Repurchase? Always and forever. Available online and at all MAC counters for $16 for 0.04oz.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara in Classic Black – this curled, separated, thickened and never clumped. It also would not come off. This clung to my lashes regardless of how much micellar water or eye makeup remover I used. It would not come off! I always felt like I had a crunchy layer of primer on. Again, this applied and looked fantastic… but I will never buy this again. Available at Ulta for $6.99.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel and Eye Makeup Remover – for such a long title, you would expect magic but this also would not remove the Colossal Mascara! This was a very nice, simple cleanser. It would work into a slight foam and removed all of my makeup and left my skin soft and not stripped of moisture. This tube lasted forever – I’m actually happy to see it go so I can use up a bunch of other things that are piling up. I may repurchase some day. Available at Sephora for $23 for 7.5oz.

Tony Moly Changing Magic Foot Peeling Shoes – I heard that this was great dupe for the popular (and creepy) Baby Foot. The difference? About $20. I figured since I love Tony Moly masks, why not give this a chance. This is crazy. I wore these booties for an hour and a few days later, my feet started peeling like crazy. I won’t get all gross, but within a few days, even my most stubborn callouses were gone. This is a fascinating product. I already bought another. Available at Ulta for $6.

So there you have it!

Total products used 2016 year to date:

Skincare: 14

Body: 18

Hair: 13

Makeup/face: 25

other: 6

Nails: 15

Samples: 39

Sheet masks: 10

Month total: $112.99

Year total: $1,330.08 

 

What did you use up this month? Anything you’ve been trying to check off of your list?

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I Made My Own Products!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a really fun experience with all of you – I recently had the opportunity to make my own products! This is probably one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done. I learned a ton and was able to practice restraint (!) in creating some fabulous items.

A couple months ago, one of my favorite online shops was transitioned into a beautiful storefront. My friend Denise who owns St. Augustine and Suds was able to make her dream happen and open a long-awaited place to see, touch and smell all of her amazing products! In addition, she hosted her first in-store event which allowed about 20 people to come in and make their own products.

 

 

 

The first product we were guided through was creating a bentonite clay mask. Used alone, bentonite clay is great for problem skin as well as normal and sensitive skin types. Denise made several suggestions to the group which quickly got overwhelming… so I decided to keep it simple. In addition to the clay base, I added powdered red clay which is meant to detox and firm, but is very gentle on sensitive skin. Then I added a scoop of rose hips, which are chock full of vitamin A and promote skin cell turnover. The final ingredient was a few drops of Denise’s custom face oil – I have no idea what was in it but thought it would be a great addition!

 

 

The second product was actually a choice between a scrub and a soak – we had the option of sugar, salt and coffee. I decided to make a soak because I had purchased one of her scrubs the week prior. I narrowed it down to the Himalayan pink sea salt – one because it was really pretty and two it is a wonderful way to detox.

 

 Salt might seem like it would be really drying, however in this use, it actually helps the body absorb and lock in minerals. We were encouraged to try nourishing oils in our scrubs or soaks and were given the option of apricot seed, olive, grapeseed and avocado oil. I opted for grapeseed, which is really lightweight and I know my skin absorbs really quickly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. The final element was eucalyptus oil. I love the smell of eucalyptus and use it for everything from destressing to helping with a cold. Again, practicing restraint, I limited this to 3 ingredients and sealed up my bag.

Results:

There will be a bit of trial and error with the powder mask – finding the right water to clay ratio will take some work. I used a few drops of warm water to make a consistency that I felt I could spread evenly. As I was working through it, I did need to add a few more drops of water to thin it back out. After about 10 minutes, it was completely dry and I removed with a warm, damp cloth. After letting my face dry, I couldn’t stop touching it. My skin felt amazing – super clean, but not tight or dry. I went through the rest of my evening routine and woke up feeling great. The next day effect was very similar to that of the GlamGlow Supermud only without the tight feeling.

The soak was delightful… I used it in a hot bath while I read a book. My skin felt soft and hydrated afterwards… there isn’t much else to say!

I already have my ticket for the October event – I think we are making 3 products this time. I can’t wait to share my next round of handmade products and test them out.

Have you ever made your own products? If so, what did you make and what were the resulys?

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This Week’s Lips #7

Happy Sunday!

I took a hiatus last week due to some personal stuff. I usually write down the first few days on Wednesday and finish the post Saturday or Sunday. By Wednesday, I was already swamped and completely overwhelmed so the post never even was drafted. This past week was a bit better so I’m going to try and stay on top of it going forward.

Monday – MAC Lipglass in Seducing Sound – this was released a couple summers ago as part of the Alluring Aquatic collection, which was maybe one of my favorites from the last decade. This is a beautiful, shimmery brown/copper/plum sheer nude shade. That sounds loaded, I know but it is the best way to describe it. This doesn’t have enough shimmer for it to be considered to be a Dazzleglass, but more than a typical Cremesheen. I always snag a spare at a CCO if I find it!

Tuesday – Lancôme Le Rouge Absolu in Crème de Marron – I’m really surprised to see that this is the first time this has been mentioned in this series. This is yet another brown-nude shade in my collection. Are you noticing a trend? I love the formula of the Le Rouge Absolu – very hydrating and lasts for several hours. I want more of these in my life!

Wednesday – Tarte Lippie Lingerie in Revealed and L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in Eva’s Nude – ok I have to start this by saying that Lippie Lingerie is a really terrible name.. however, this color is phenomenal. It’s a beautiful red-hued brown shade that has applies like a dream and stays put for hours. I chickened out a bit as I walked out the door for work and applied a layer of Eva’s Nude over it to mute the shade a bit. The combination of the two worked very well together, the combined shades made it look quite similar to Tuesday’s Lancôme shade.

 

 

ThursdayLe Métier de Beauté Hydra Crème Lipstick in MoroccoI was really dragging by Thursday and decided to punch it up a bit with a great daytime red. This leans a bit pink/blue, but it is very subtle. This is quite different from the Guerlain Rouge G in Gina, which leans more orange. What I love about this shade is that while it is sheer, it can be built up to a full-coverage, bold shade.

Friday – NYX Chunky Dunk in Hibiscus Tea Punch – ok if Lippie Lingerie was terrible, Chunky Dunk is just the worst. Seriously, NYX? WTF. I think they changed the name after the release of this because it was so awful. Names aside, this is a fantastic product. This is a sheer pink-beige shade with decent pigmentation. This is not as long lasting as some of the other NYX formulas, but this feels more like a balm and is easy to reapply. I love how hydrating this is and I should be wearing this much more often!!

 

Saturday – MAC Matte Lip Color in Eugenie and Burberry Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry Eugenie on its own is tough… It’s a beautiful shade but really difficult to wear as a matte – it clumps, pulls and settles in every small line. It feels really dry and no amount of exfoliation makes it feel comfortable. When it is layered with Blueberry, it becomes a beautiful, deep cranberry shade that wears perfectly. Blueberry alone is a sheer, hydrating lip color that lasts for hours. The color in the tube is quite deceiving – it truly looks like the shade of smashed blueberries on your lips.

As I was writing this post, I realized that I am becoming less and less loyal to any specific brand. While my color preferences deviate very little, my expectation for performance is still high. I don’t particularly care if a product is $5 or $45, as long as it is a quality product, I’m content.

How have your preferences changed over the years? Do you find yourself becoming more open to different brands or are you becoming more loyal to just a couple of companies?

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Use It: September 2016 Empties

Hello and happy October!

Farewell summer – I won’t miss you!

As usual, everything is broken down into one of the following categories: skincare, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle. Sample reviews are posted frequently to my Instagram (@lvp8779) as they are used. This month included a higher number of samples than usual as I was participating in Sample September. It was really nice to be able to clear out a few more things out of my sample stash!

Here we go!

SKINCARE

 

 

Julep Charcoal Konjac Sponge – I really liked the shape and feel of this sponge. This was great out of the gate, unfortunately between uses it would dry out too much and start to condense. After a couple weeks it became increasingly difficult to rehydrate and use comfortably. It kept shrinking and absorbing less and less water every day. I think I really only got one good week of use out of this and completely gave up after 2-3 weeks. This was only with using a gentle cleanser first thing in the morning – no cleansing oils or use with makeup. Would not repurchase. Available at Julep.com for $12.

Lancôme Genifique Yeux/Youth Activating Eye Cream – this was from L’Oréal Product Evaluation and probably one of the best gifts they’ve ever given! This was great for day and night – incredibly hydrating and soothing. This has reflective agents and minimizes the appearance of dark circles. It did not, however, tighten or firm the fine lines. I liked this, but did not love it for that very reason. Would not purchase. Available at Nordstrom for $67 for 0.5oz.

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes – this confirmed my dislike of cucumber scented things. Additionally, they did not remove my makeup very well… it was fine for foundation and some eyeshadows, but they didn’t touch mascara or eyeliner. Would definitely not repurchase. Available at Target for $2.99 (10 sheets).

MAKEUP

Benefit They’re Real Beyond Blue Mascara – this was so perfect for summer! I originally discussed this here. As typical for They’re Real, it lasted about 3 months on the dot before it started to dry out. I was hoping to get a few more uses out of it, but managed to get yet another round of pink eye.. ugh! Out it goes! I love this formula, but I probably would not purchase this color in this line again. It’s fun, but I know I can find a colored mascara for much cheaper. Available at Ulta for $24.

 

 

Vella Flower Flower B.B Whitening Moisturizing Color Control Base – this was a really great BB cream. I used this quite a bit when I was battling perioral dermatitis – it cancelled out all of the redness and was hydrating enough to minimize some of the flaky skin. This made my skin overall look super porcelain and flawless. It did get shiny throughout the day, but it wasn’t anything that a little powder couldn’t get rid of! If I could find this, I would definitely repurchase. It was a Memebox find from when the majority of the products were coming straight from Korea. I will probably never find this again.

BODY

Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Fair to Medium Skin – I despise most tanning lotions simply because of the scent. This one smells so nice! It is also a really subtle color enhancer that doesn’t make my incredibly pale skin look orange or too dark. This never streaks or leaves uneven patches. I already have a backup! Available at Ulta for about $10 for 13.5oz.

LIFESTYLE/OTHER

Bath and Body Works Soothing Pillow Mist in Eucalyptus Spearmint – I love, love, love this and have been using it for years. When I have the Sunday blues and can’t fall asleep, I just spray on my pillow and I’m out within 5 minutes. I don’t know what kind of magic this stuff is, but fortunately I have backups! The down side is that this wasn’t completely empty, but the sprayer thing broke. Bummer. I will purchase more during one of the BBW semi-annual sales where it’s 50%. Available in-store and on the website for $12.50 for 5.3oz.

Butter London Nail in The Sweet Spot – this lovely, creamy pink was part of last year’s collaboration with Allure – I think they had 4-5 limited edition shades. I received this last year through the Allure Beauty Box (which I discontinued a few months ago) and originally featured in my 2015 Favorites – with good reason. The formula was long lasting and well pigmented – I have some other shades from this brand that I look forward to testing out! Regular shades available at Ulta for $15 for 0.4oz.

Formula X Delete All – I bought this in hopes of finding something that would take off glitter polish better than my regular $1.99 remover. This is one of those contraptions that has 5 slots for each finger… you contort your hands so it coats your nail and removes the polish. This worked incredibly well on removing all traces of gritty glitter! I’m not sure why I was on the kick, but I have certainly moved past it. It works well on all formulas, pigmentations, etc. It has really dried out so it’s time to say goodbye. I would definitely repurchase! Available at Sephora for $15 for 5oz.

 

 

Julep Nail Color in Rayma – so this was a September favorite and an empty😦 I absolutely love this color. It reminds me of wine, which is probably why I like it so much! This started to get really thick, so I added a similar shade to kind of thin it out. I was able to get a few more uses, but sadly it is no more. I would consider repurchasing if I didn’t have so much nail polish… the Julep subscription was great, but just soooo many products. I will not need to buy polish for the next 5 years. Available on Julep.com for $14

Julep Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops – this worked really well and lasted forever! This oily formula dried polish in a snap. I do have a back up of this and will use it, but I don’t anticipate repurchasing. The product below will explain why… Available on Julep.com for $18.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – ah, my beloved Seche Vite. Toxic as hell, but I can’t resist it. I can use this on any polish and it will be dry in 2 minutes. I never get a smudge, bubble or crinkle when I use this. As you can probably tell, this is not empty, but it got really thick and hard to use. Don’t worry, I already have a backup! Available at Ulta for $7.99.

Whew! There you go. Again, it never seems like a lot until I start typing… then it seems like it takes forever to wrap it up!

Total products used 2016 year to date:

Skincare: 13

Body: 17

Hair: 13

Makeup/face: 22

other: 5

Nails: 13

Samples: 39

Sheet masks: 10

Month total: $190.98

Year total: $1,217.09 

What did you finish up this month? Any favorites? Non-favorites?

Have a great October!

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September 2016 Favorites

Hello again!

I was trying to think of my September favorites and kept struggling with what that could actually be… after a couple days I had to laugh at myself because the answer was right in front of me. Literally in and on my face all month.

If you have been following along with my new weekly lip shade overview, you know that Bite Thistle has made a number of occurrences. This one is definitely not a secret. I wore it on repeat for several days before I started the series and then a few times throughout as well. This is a “mauve infused taupe” that leans a little purple/grey on me. I am a huge fan of Bite products, especially the newer Amuse Bouche formula – the colors and pigmentation are excellent and the formula lasts for hours on me. When it does start to fade, I am left with a nice stain.

The other favorite has been on my nails for the last 4 weeks nonstop. Julep Rayma is a beautiful plum shade that lasts 4-5 days without chipping or fading. I love this as a seasonal transition shade – it is dark but the shade is still acceptable for daytime. Sadly I also managed to use a ton of it this month and will be featured in my September empties post.😦

There you go – another short and sweet monthly update. This month was all about purples so I can’t wait to see what October brings!

Have a happy October!

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