Friday Five: Items On My Christmas List

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  1. OPI Breakfast At Tiffany’s Polish Set–Two of my favorite things united for a fabulous collab and I nearly passed out. I love the names of the colors, especially these two: I Believe In Manicures and Black Dress Not Optional. Plus, this set comes with an adorable case!
  2. Kate Spade Piano Bangle–If you didn’t know, I play piano and nothing makes me happier than sitting at my piano and playing till my arms and fingers hurt. Again, Kate Spade designed for me. This is a must!
  3. Louboutins Resoled–Worst part of being a Loub owner? The red comes off of the sole. I wasn’t prepared for that and I nearly cried. Luckily, there are options to repair them including a red rubber sole AND there is a place that does it in Raleigh. This place listed on the Louboutin website so it’s legit. I plan on having this shoes till I die and then taking them to Heaven with me so I need to take care of them. I’ve been meaning to this since I got them but somehow haven’t gotten around to it.
  4. New Bedding–I want to redecorate my room and instead of having to buy all the stuff myself, I decided to ask Santa. I love the scallop detail on this quilt.
  5. Nail Polish PJs–My BFF found these at Target and sent me a pic and I immediately contacted Santa. Those were made for me! Speaking of PJs, I bought matching ones for Windsor and me for Christmas. We’re going to look so cute and yes, I know I’m insane.

What’s on your list this year?

Solid Brush Cleansers

I always thought solid brush cleansers were a waste of money. I assumed it was just a bar of soap put in a little circular dish and sold for $20 instead of $2 like normal. I’m a skeptic at heart. I own it.

WRONG.

I picked up the travel size of the Sephora brand for $8 just to give it a try. Life. Changed. I don’t know what kind of sorcery or magic is in that bar of soap, but I’m a fan. I cleaned so many of my brushes in no time. I assumed that you would use it up so quickly, especially if you have a lot of brushes like me.

WRONG. again.

I’ve washed my sponges and brushes a ton with my mini one and I’ve just now used it down to where you can see the bottom of the container.

I’m a believer and I can’t live without it.

I’ve only tried the Sephora and beautyblender cleansers and they are both amazing. I do want to try the others so I can see which one is the best.

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Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleaner
–1 oz
–$14
–Cleans and conditions
Mini 0.6 oz version for $8
–Available at Sephora stores and online

beautyblender Solid blendercleanser
–1 oz
–$16
–Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, beautyblender.com

Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser
–2 oz
–$20
Mini 0.5 oz version for $10
–Available at Ulta in 2 scents: unscented and coconut

MUA Brush Cleansing Balm
–1.5 oz
–$10
–Available at CVS stores and cvs.com

Have y’all tried these or am I the last person to catch on? (I’m going to guess the latter)

November Favorites

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  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder + Real Techniques Sponge–Setting my face with this powder and this damp sponge has been a total game changer. I saw it on YouTube (Jaclyn Hill maybe?) and I had never tried it since I’m not a huge beauty sponge fan. Using this method allows the powder to melt into my skin and gives the most flawless appearance.
  • blinc Mascara Amplified–I got this in a Sephora box and I am obsessed with it. It’s a tubing mascara (more on those later) so I don’t have to worry about flaking, smudging, running, etc. It stays in place and removes so easily. Waterproof mascara can be difficult to take off, but this is not. I use my normal micellar water and don’t have to worry about having a separate product to remove it.
  • Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges–I bought these because they were cute, but didn’t know exactly what I was going to use them for. I freaking love them though! They are perfect for under eye concealer and setting the under eyes with powder.
  • Colour Pop Lunch Money–Y’all have heard me rave about Colour Pop products lots of times, but I’ve never tried their cheek products. This highlighter is EVERYTHING, especially if you have fair skin. I’ve worn it every single day since I got it and will continute too. If you want a super bold can be seen from space highlighter, put a powder on top.
  • Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lady Balls–Ok, the name sold me because it’s hilarious. You know you laughed. I’ve been dying to try this liquid lip formula and it’s amazing. It lasts all day and isn’t drying!
  • NARS Rita (special holiday edition)–This was a Christmas present to myself. I saw it in Elle’s video and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Did I need another red lipstick? No, but this shade is so pretty and the packaging is so luxurious and I’m not sorry.

Also, regardless of your political affiliations, these Joe Biden memes have been KILLING me. They’re hilarious and I have laughed so hard over them.

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My sister sent me this sweet pic of Winds while she was babysitting and how funny is this picture of my dad and Jack? If you get up, Jack will take your seat and he doesn’t like being told to move.

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My favorite memes and picture of Kate looking flawless AF

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Hillary’s concession speech gave me chills. We were so close to another historic moment for women, but it didn’t pan out. I was upset, but it is what it is. I just hope little girls will continue to dream big and know that they are capable of becoming who or what they want.

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I headed the Queen City to spend the weekend with my best friend. We had a great time shopping, enjoying puppy snuggles, and being together. I hate that she’s so far away, but it makes our time together all the more sweet.

What have you been loving this month?

Play! by Sephora November Box

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Friday 5:Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting a Puppy

1. A puppy does not equal major life changes.

When I was considering getting a dog, all I heard was, “you can’t do thing on your own time” or “you have to adjust to a whole new schedule.” While that’s true to an extent, you have to feed the dog, let it out, etc. there’s some gray area. When I got Windsor, he adapted to my schedule more than I did to his. I didn’t have a set schedule for him i.e. feeding times, potty times, etc. I made sure he was fed and had outside time, of course, but we didn’t “pencil” things in. We figured it out together and made it work. Putting too much pressure on yourself to make sure he eats at 6 am, has a potty break by 7 am, and another at 9 am will stress you and the puppy out. We are both still alive so it worked out.

2. Puppy=baby

You will worry about him, wonder what he’s doing, miss him, cry when you leave him, etc. just like moms do with their children. I would hear people say they didn’t do this or that because their dog was at home alone and I thought they were crazy. I am now that person. I don’t want to leave him alone for any longer than necessary. If I’m going to be out late or gone, I arrange for a babysitter (his grandma or his aunt) to come stay with him so he isn’t alone till late when I get home.

3. Puppy=expensive

The expense adds up quickly! Grooming, vet visits, shots, flea prevention, heartworm prevention, food, treats, toys, etc. I buy Windsor something basically any time I’m out shopping. Whether it’s a treat, toy, or new collar, I’m always getting him something. He is very spoiled and he knows it!

4. Puppy=responsibility.

I got Windsor when I was a senior in college. For me it was the perfect time because my days were broken up and I had time between classes and things to come home and check on him. A luxury I wouldn’t have had had I waited till I was working a typical 8-5. Even though I still had a lot of freedom, I still couldn’t just go and come as I wanted. I had a little baby waiting on me to get home, take him out, and play. It was all fine with me though. I wanted a puppy for so long and now that I had one, I was going to make sure he was well taken care of and had plenty of love!

5. Puppy=your heart

I didn’t know I could love someone or something as much as I love Windsor. He’s just the best and he is my whole heart. The love of and from a dog is something special. When I think about how much I love him, I tear up. He’s my best friend and my baby. He’s the best of my day every day and he makes me so happy.

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The picture of us where I have sunglasses on was taken the day I picked him out and he became mine. I had to wait about a week to pick him up though. Longest week of my life!

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Some recent pics including one from his 4th birthday!

If you have a puppy or are thinking about getting one, be sure to check out puppyspot.com! They have everything from breed information to a puppy locator plus tons of tips, tricks, and advice for pet owners! PLUS they have a no puppy mill promise which is extremely awesome. The words “puppy mill” is enough to make me cry and get angry so the fact that they make such a strong promise makes me love them even more.

Haul

Haul videos are my some of my favorite videos to watch on YouTube. Since I’m not advanced enough for YouTube (#overmyhead), I share mine here.

These are some products I’ve picked up over the last few months!

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Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
–Expensive but so worth it
–Very hyped up product and I see why
–I apply it with a damp RT sponge and it makes my skin look flawless
–I’ve already bought a back up even though it will be a while before I need it

MAC Lovelorn
–My favorite lipstick of all time
–Repurchased because I used my first tube completely uped

Colour Pop Highlighter in Lunch Money 
–OBSESSED with this
–Perfect shade for fair skin

Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip in  Prim
–I wanted a dark, vampy shade in the Ultra Satin formula that I love

Colour Pop Brow Pencil in Blondie
–Repurchase
–Review post here

elf Beautifully Precise Eye Brush Collection
–I really wanted to try this new line. I haven’t been disappointed!
–I especially love the brow and pencil brushes

Morphe x KathleenLights Palette
Kathleen is one of my favorite YouTubers so I had to have this
–Was limited edition and is sold out😦
–Full post coming soon

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum
–I didn’t love the serum I had so after seeing this on Lindsay’s blog, I picked it up
–I don’t have wrinkles but I’m trying to prevent them
–It smells like maple syrup which is weird, but it’s whatever

Eggies Case
–A case for your beauty sponge that’s freakin cute for $10
–Perfect for traveling or if you take you sponge with you in your purse

Essie Twill Seeker
–This is such an interesting nail color. It’s a purple/grey shade with a green glitter shift.
–Look for this in monthly manis😉

NYX Hydra Touch Primer
–I was in need of a moisturizing primer and this fit the bill
–My makeup stays longer and my face doesn’t look dry and cracked

Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
–It’s gentle yet effective and I love that it foams up (I’m a child)
–Inexpensive and makes my skin feel plump and soft

L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Toner
–Smells so good
–Inexpensive
–Alcohol free toner that helps hydrate and doesn’t dry your skin out

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lady Balls
–I’ve been wanting to try this formula for so long!
–I love the color and it’s not drying plus the name is hilarious (you know you laughed)

Freebies
Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activated Concentrate
It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream moisturizer
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara
Dior Diorshow Mascara

P.S. There won’t be any posts tomorrow or Thursday. I’m taking a little Thanksgiving break. I hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! When I’m thinking of what I’m thankful for, this blog and y’all definitely make the list. I’m so lucky and y’all are THE BEST.

Wine + Leopard

14Shirt-Old Navy; Jeans-Old Navy; Shoes-Old Navy; Watch-Fossil; Bracelet-John Hardy; Earrings-Vestique; Ring-Jane; Nails-OPI Stay Off the Lawn; Lips-Essence Nude Love

This picture is why I don’t wear nude lipstick. I look dead. Anyway, I love stripes and leopard and I really love these shirts from Old Navy. They are so comfy and I need all the colors.

Friday 5: Products I Want to Try

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  • Pur Cosmetics HydraGel Lift–I’ve heard Michelle rave about this for her undereye area and I really want to try it out. I use eye cream every night, but sometimes my undereye area can still be a little dry. This would be the perfect pick me up.
  • Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask–I am so intrigued by this product. It’s supposed to help heal acne and allow the skin to “heal itself.” I’m all about that.
  • Makeup Geek Blush–I love Makeup Geek eye shadows and their contour powder, but I’ve never tried any of the blushes. I love the brand and the line keeps expanding. I can hardly keep up!
  • beautyblender–I never tried the original beautyblender. I’ve tried dupes and I love the Real Techniques version. I’ve just never felt the need to buy the $20 sponge when the $6 does the trick. I would love to try the original just to see though.
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Individual Pans–I’ve been wanting the palette, but I haven’t gotten it because I know I can only use 2 of the 6 shades and no need to pay $50 to use only a third of the product. Now there are individual pans so I can buy just the colors I need. I’ve heard great things about these powders.

What’s on your to try list?

Skin Situation

My skin has gone from super oily to dry all of a sudden. I have no clue what brought it on, I literally woke up that. Dry skin and a few break outs has made for some interesting times for me.

All of my makeup and skincare is for oily, acne prone skin. If it says mattifying, oil-free, etc. I buy it and use it. All of a sudden none of my products worked. I kept using them because I didn’t want to have to buy new stuff, but it wasn’t good. My matte foundation made my skin look drier and more lifeless than it was.

I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror so I decided to reboot and try again. Off to Ulta I went to get some dry skin products. Here’s what I’ve been using and it’s really made a HUGE difference. My skin feels more moisturized and it doesn’t look dry and dehydrated.

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Skincare Routine
1. Makeup Remover–Neutrogena oil for my face and Garnier Micellar Water for my eyes
2. Cleanser–Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
3. Exfoliator–St. Ives Green Tea Scrub (this is gentle enough to use daily)
4. Toner–L’oreal Hydra Fresh Toner
5. Oil–Pure Tea Tree Oil (I think this step has been crucial to helping my skin heal)
6. Serum–Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum 
7. Moisturizer–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
8. Eye Cream–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel
*I use my Image Skincare exfoliator from my dermatologist twice a week
*Spot Treatment–GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Mask

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Makeup Routine
1. Primer–Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray, NYX Hydra Touch Primer
2. Correcting (if needed)–It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness with mini RT sponge
3. Foundation–It Cosmetics CC Cream with oval foundation brush
4. Under Eyes–Hard Candy Instant Eye Fix, Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener
5. Powder–Laura Mercier Translucent Powder with damp RT sponge
–I finish off with bronzer, blush, and highlighter
–When I’m done, I use my Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray as a setting spray

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As you can see, my skin went CRAY. Thank the Lord for makeup and being able to hide my imperfections. I’ve dealt with acne for a while now and my skin really does play a role in my confidence level. I had gone without breakouts and blemishes for a while and had no problem going out in public with no makeup. With the redness and dry spots shining, I’m a little more hesitant. Maybe that makes me shallow, but I’m just being honest. It took a lot to show that before picture.

I’m going to the dermatologist today so hopefully I can get all this figured out!