Two things I scored from the Altuzarra for Target collection that debuted today: crane off the shoulder sweater + sexy faux leather booties. My poor Sugar Daddy drove to two different Targets to find me the booties I wanted, since I had to work today. He wins husband award of the year.
[side note: the crane dress and sweater were the only two clothing pieces I found to be worth the steep prices. Everything else felt really cheap and poor quality]
[Swatches from L to R: Moonstone, Harmony, and Bronze Primer]
Yes. I’m late. Again.
I probably shouldn’t tell you I had the past week off of work. Because if I did, that would just make it look like I’m lazy. And I wouldn’t want you to think that.
1. MAC Eyeshadows [$10-16 each]: Did I ever tell you how obsessed I am with MAC shadows? I think I did, but in case you forgot I am here to remind you how awesome they are. I used to be so anti-MAC products. Especially eyeshadows. I thought they were overpriced, overhyped, and just not worth my money. Urban Decay was where the color payoff was at. At least I thought so. It wasn’t until I started to dabble into the permanent shadows MAC has [emphasis on permanent. I don’t condone the limited edition shadows they put out every few weeks] that I realized how wrong I was. Some of my current favorites include Soft Brown, All That Glitters, Texture, Swiss Chocolate, and Brown Down. Go to the mall, get yourself an empty palette [$8 for the palette and $2 for the inserts] and create your own collection of amazing shadows.
2. Benefit’s They’re Real! Push up Liner [$24]: Ok. Let me be honest. I was on the verge of returning this product back to Sephora, because honestly, it isn’t the most user friendly. However, I decided to give it another chance, and once I learned how to properly use it, I fell in love. This product gives you the look of a gel liner, without all the hassle. I love that I can just throw it in my makeup travel bag without having to pack my gel liner AND brush. The trick is to twist the liner only once per eye. Use a small amount and pull your eye taught. The black line dries a matte finish and it lasts all day! Plus the way the angled applicator is shaped makes it perfect for creating a sexy cat eye.
3. Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector [$36]: I dunno about you guys, but I always wear sunscreen on my face. This results in an uneven tan between my face and my body. I know there’s two simple solutions to this problem. Either self tan my face, or stop wearing sunscreen…none of which I wish to do. So, I bought this bronzing primer instead. It makes my foundation go on so smoothly [has a silicone-y finish] and gives me the bronzed goddess look I want. Oh, and the results aren’t permanent! ;-)
4. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach [$25]: If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog, you know I can’t live without Bobbi’s magic potion for under eye circles. This stuff is like straight up magic. When I bought this for the first time online, I didn’t realize the color I ordered was too dark for my then pale skin. Good thing I kept it because now that I’m tan it works perfect to conceal my dark circles.
5. MAC Matte Blush in Harmony [$17-22]: I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this in any of my favorites thus far. At least I don’t think I have. I use this blush everyday as a contour. It’s the prefect soft brown shade that isn’t too dark and drastic. I now know why the Pixiwoo sisters love this so much.
6. Becca Shimmering Pressed Skin Perfector [$38]: I have saved the best for last. Becca’s pressed highlighter in moonstone has exceeded all of my expectations. It is holy grail status, and that says a lot for me. Dior Amber Lights? Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmerbrick? Who cares about them. THIS STUFF IS THE BOMB. If you’ve got yellow undertones like me, this highlighter will rock your world. [side note, the liquid formulation is just as awesome]
Benefit: World Famous Neutrals
[Swatches from L to R: My Two Cents, Birthday Suit, Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, Call My Buff, It’s Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure]
Benefit has recently come out with some outstanding new products. Out of everything I looked at in Sephora, I fell in love with the World Famous Neutral Palettes. I am a sucker for nude shadows with pretty packaging. I had a hard time deciding between Easiest Nudes Ever, Sexiest Nudes Ever, and Most Glamorous Nudes Ever. After swatching them all, I fell in love with the Most Glamorous Nudes Ever palette. I mean, c’mon. Just look at it.
The palette comes with two itty bitty cream shadows: My Two Cents [copper] and Birthday Suit [chrome]. I have ALWAYS wanted to own Birthday Suit. It’s been on my list for years, but I couldn’t justify buying another cream shadow to add to my already outrageous collection. My Two Cents is a really pretty color too, and it kinda reminds me of Indianwood, which is my favorite paint pot by MAC. These cream shadows are really soft and almost too smooth. They don’t pack a lot of color, so I wouldn’t wear them alone. I think they’re perfect to add a little kick to your overall shadow look.
The pressed shadows are so pretty. I can’t decide which color I like more. Call my Buff is a gorgeous champagne color with just the right amount of shimmer for the brow bone. It’s Complicated, a very pretty golden peach which would look amazing on the lid. Kiss Me I’m Tipsy is a deep brown color that can be used on the outer v of the eyes. I think the star of palette is Gilt-y Pleasure. It’s a warm antique gold that blends into my skin tone. It’s one of those “your lids but better” shades [does that even exist?]. You get the idea.
For $30, I think this is a perfect palette for a nude shadow lover.
Have you ever been overwhelmed by something beautiful you’ve seen?
I was driving home yesterday, and I had a lot on my mind. I was so consumed in my thoughts, I had almost forgotten to look up.
The most beautiful double rainbow I have ever seen in my entire life was right in front of me. I’m talking about the super bright, in your face, kind of rainbow. The type that you can tell exactly where each color starts and the next begins.
I was so amazed by this beauty. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and I could see it in it’s entirety: from start to finish. A breathtaking arc of perfection. And if the original wasn’t enough, there was another right on top of it.
Maybe it was the mountains glistening in the backdrop of this view, or the fact that the colors were so blindingly beautiful. Or perhaps I had just realized that I could have missed this sight if I had driven home 10 minutes earlier/later. I don’t know what it was, but I found myself overwhelmed with emotion.
Man, God is so grand. He created that rainbow for us to enjoy and marvel at. He made it as a symbol to remind us that He would never destroy the earth with floods again. He made that for us to remember that He is looking out for us. In every aspect of our lives.
I immediately forgot all of my worries [for they seemed so small now] and opened my sun roof, letting the fresh air into my stuffy little car. I took it all in. Just as I drove through the most beautiful double rainbow I will probably ever see.
If you have a Home Goods near you…
Run and get this acrylic holder ($15) for your vanity. It is made from really good quality plastic, and it feels super heavy duty. I love to use it as a catch all for my most used beauty products. It looks much better to house them in this super adorable clear box [with a removable lid] than to see them scattered all over my vanity.
Don’t want to use it for storing makeup? This would look awesome in your bathroom as a cotton ball/q tip holder. Or with your jewelry, nail polish, or pretty much anything. You will find something pretty to put inside. And it will look awesome.