Everyday Makeup Look

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Let me preface this by saying I am in no way a makeup expert.  In fact, I would call myself a beginner who doesn’t really know what I’m doing.  I’ve found certain things that work for me and have pretty much been sticking to my super simple makeup look for the past few years.  Yes, there are occasions when I go all-out, but for the most part this is the routine I stick to.

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I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for a couple years now and could not recommend it more.  Every month you get a box with five beauty samples in it that are personalized to what you put on your profile.  The majority of the makeup I use comes from Birchbox and honestly the sample sizes are so big that I hardly ever buy makeup anymore because everything I need just seems to come in the mail at the perfect time!

I try not to use too much foundation. In fact, most days I skip the foundation.  Normally I just put a little bit of concealer on the problem areas and jump right into my eye makeup (the most fun!).

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is my goto.  I start with “bootycall” all over my eye.  In the crease I use “tease” and for the lid I mix it up but have been really into “half baked” recently.  I like to use “blackout” as liner most of the time.
Side note: I do recognize how weird the names of the eye shadows are:)

My all time favorite mascara is the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara.  Some days I just stick with that mascara and nothing else!

For blush I use Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues and sometimes I use the Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey highlighter.

Most days I finish off my look with Burt’s Bees chapstick.  Sometime I add lipgloss but not very often.

I tend to keep my makeup routine simple and easy.  If there are any products you can’t live without, leave them in the comments below!  I love new ideas!

xo Carolyn

 

 

 

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Fall Favorites

Image-1.jpgFall is almost over and I am just starting to get used to the cooler weather.  November is the best month because you have the stresses of midterms over and the hype of Thanksgiving and then Christmas to keep you going through the end of the year.  With the ending of November right around the corner, fall is going to be close to follow.  Luckily I was able to compile a list of a few new favorite makeup products, clothing items, and lifestyle finds for my favorite season that are worth passing on!

Number 1: Navy Puffer Vest

img_6602This vest is by far my favorite purchase of the season.  You can easily wear it up or down and it looks fabulous with a flannel or dress.  The style is also perfect because the vest isn’t heavy enough that you would have to take it off inside, yet still warm enough to wear outside in the brisk fall air.  I also love the navy because I find it goes with almost everything I already own!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing this vest in many posts to come!

Number 2: Laced Boots

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I am in love with these boots.  Mine are getting worn out but I keep wearing them because they go with literally everything.  They are timeless and so easy to throw on with any outfit.  I’ve owned mine for three years and they are still holding up.  These boots are so comfortable and can easily be worn with jeans, leggings, skirts, or even dresses!  Once my current pair is ready to retire, I am definitely getting another!

Number 3: LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil

loc_ultra-gloss-lip-pencil_cupids-bow_p_p_1500x1500.jpgI love a good red lipstick for fall and the LOC Lip Pencil in Cherry Bomb is literally the bomb!  It goes on smooth and stays on all day.  I don’t have to reapply at all!  I’m generally not into bold lip colors but I can make an exception for fall and fall colors.  A nice red lipstick will add a pop to any outfit whether you are dressing in neutrals or fall reds, blues, and plaids.  The lip pencil also adds a touch of shine so you don’t have to worry about bogging your lips down with both a lipstick and a gloss.

Number 4: Pumpkin Spice Latte

img_4424Yes, I had to throw this classic fall beverage onto the list.  As “basic” as people say, it’s always a fall must for me.  I feel like a good Pumpkin Spice Latte is the season in a mug!  Starbucks has made the drink famous but even the hipster or independent coffee shops make good PSLs.  The reputation of the drink has become something of a joke but that does not make the drink any less amazing!

Number 5: Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

It isn’t truly fall until my Mom makes this delicious soup.  I absolutely love a good hot soup during the colder months of the year and this one is phenomenal.  It is both easy to make and delicious both the day you make it and the next day (if you are lucky enough to have leftovers).

Those are just some of my all time favorites for the month of November!  In my opinion, fall is the greatest season!  I love all the amazing products, clothes, and food that come with the season but unfortunately, December is just a few days away.  I hope you take advantage of these fall favorites before winter takes over:)

Leave a comment with some of your favorites for the month of November and even December!  I love trying new things!

xo Carolyn