After years of spritzing countless fragrances at Ulta, Sephora and a bevy of department stores, I have finally completed my fragrance wardrobe… for now. For me, scents that catch my attention evoke a feeling or memory—something that will transport me to a particular season is even better. While it might seem like it was an easy collection to accumulate, I definitely didn’t discover these all at once. In fact, it took me an extremely long time to even find one fragrance I could wear for more than one occasion. So with that, I’m going to share my top fragrances for every occasion.
This week I’m heading to Miami for my full-time job. And then when I get back, I’m moving into a new apartment, so I’ve got quite a bit of packing to do! I’m trying to keep things minimal for my work trip—including makeup. Difficult, I know. But I’m determined to fit everything in a carry-on. I even went on a little beauty shopping binge at Origins where I picked up some travel-size friendly skin products so I’m feeling very optimistic.
Here’s a look at what’s in my makeup bag for this week:
Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Sticks—These are my go-to for a daytime eye look and so easy to apply, not to mention has great staying power.
Chanel Eyelash Curler—My must-have beauty tool of the trade that keeps my lashes looking primped and curled.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara—my holy grail of lengthening mascara.
Glossier Boy Brow—I don’t spend much time on my brows and I swear this was made for lazy girls like me who just need a little product to fill in and tame.
Scorch Lip Crème in Pink Smoke—I wrote about their lipsticks on my blog and I’m a huge fan. Plus, pink lips are a must when you’re in Miami.
Bobbi Brown To Go Palette (similar here)—I love these mauvy hues and work perfectly for nights on the town.
What’s in your makeup bag?
If only I could apply photo app filters to my complexion in real life. I have large pores on the sides of my nose and upper cheeks. I’ve learned over time, no product is going to minimize my pore size for good but if a product can trick even yourself in to thinking you have smaller pores, you’re in good shape. Bobbi Brown Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector is the best trick I’ve found for minimizing my pore size. This lightweight formula has a creamy white liquid application and a soft powdery finish after blending. This instantly blurs the complexion and also works as a primer for foundation. I’ve been applying this after my morning skin routine and before my tinted moisturizer. I only apply this on target areas, rather than my whole face and usually wait a few minutes to let it absorb. If you have dry skin, I’m not sure this is the right product for you but if you have combination to oily skin, your skin will feel silky smooth. Sure, there are tons of photo apps that blur your imperfections online but this product is the real life deal.
As a beauty ambassador for Neiman Marcus, they provided me with a complimentary sample for review purposes.
As someone who loves wearing makeup and hoarding beauty products, I’m ashamed to admit that last month was a beauty disaster for me. Between starting a new job and moving in to another apartment, my once convenient beauty routine had fallen a part. Luckily, my April makeup forecast is looking a lot brighter than March and I’m excited to share with you new makeup and tools I’ve discovered after a much-needed beauty spree at Ulta.
I used to love waking up early in the morning to take my time primping and getting ready… now not so much. I need every minute of sleep possible. Now I tend to rely on a quick and fool proof routine and since the ‘no makeup’ makeup look was a popular trend on the spring runways, I thought I would take that inspiration and incorporate it in to my daily beauty routine. Here’s a look at my spring makeup essentials:
Lately I’ve been obsessing over cream shadow sticks and smudge pots. I’m really lazy when it comes to my eye makeup but if I could live off one-step eyeshadows forever, I would. In the midst of moving I discovered Mally Age Rebel Shadow in Smokey Quartz, a brightening and slightly shimmery shadow stick that’s easy to blend with my finger or brush. For a cohesive look I typically like to smudge some color along my bottom lash line but again, all depending on time. I prefer Japonesque Professional Eye Shadow Fluff Brush because of its flat shape for blending purposes. I also like e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic, a pretty shimmery taupe/nude that costs a mere $3. I know I’ve raved about this mascara on my blog before but I really can’t get enough of Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. My lashes always feel light and feathery and I love that feeling. I like to lightly apply layers upon layers of Glossier Priming Moisturizer (another product that’s still in rotation) on my skin for a fresh and dewy look. This may sound weird and I’m not a fan of this word but dare I say my skin feels ‘plump’ after using this? If I think of a better word to describe that feeling I’ll let you know. In the meantime, take note of this new tinted gel moisturizer from bareMinerals. Complexion Rescue is quite possibly one of the best tinted moisturizers I’ve ever tried. The sales associate at Ulta totally sold me on its counterpart, a Smoothing Face Brush that helps give you that airbrushed look. I’m not sure I’ve gotten quite a perfect finish like that but the brush definitely helps with blending and keeping it natural looking. I’m close to running on empty of my Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener—no dark shadows with this tube! I’ve always been a fan of Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek compacts but when I saw this Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio, I thought these would be perfect to stash in my makeup pouch for work. Right now Tulip, a deep berry, is my go-to cheek color.
What spring beauty products are you loving right now? Drop me a line below!