My Favorite Every Day Makeup

It’s no secret, I spend a lot of my free time in Ulta. I think the girls see my car drive up and probably think, “Well, it looks like we’re going to hit our sales goal today.” Just kidding. Kind of. Ok, probably not kidding but don’t judge me.

You’re judging.

Anyway, I have spent a lot of time (and money) finding my favorite brands and products in the makeup world. I don’t know if it’s the packaging or all the pretty colors or the promise of “perfect skin” that just sucks me in. Let’s be honest, it all sucks me in. Sigh.

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff… My makeup favorites!

Face Mkaeup

I have 2 very favorite foundations at the moment. One is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation, which is amazing for oily skin with good coverage yet still feels light. My second favorite is Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua; again great coverage, looks like natural skin and feels oh so light.

My newest fave to this set is the BareSkin Serum Concealer by BareMinerals. Holy moly. Silky smooth, covers the bags under my eyes like a champ and doubles as a high lighter for the rest of the face.

I set everything with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Finishing Powder. My face makeup goes on at 6:30 AM and with this as my setting powder, it will last until about 6:30 PM before it starts to show signs of oiliness. It’s the oily girls best friend, I tell ya.

Eyes

I’ve been using MAC Paint Pots as an eyeshadow base for years. I’ve tried Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion and it has nothing on MAC. It doesn’t even begin to compare. I like to choose something close to my skin color so I usually use Bare Study or Soft Ochre. You can wear with eye shadow or alone. Your eye shadow will last well into the next morning.

I love palette’s that offer a bunch of color options, which is why I love Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette’s. I only have the original and NAKED2 but both offer enough options to last a lifetime.

Next up I line my top lid with one of the many Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliners I have in my arsenal. These are the BEST. Hands down. They come in a billion different colors and they just glide on smoothly yet stay all day. I hate eyeliner’s that tug at my eye lid. No thanks.  My favorite colors are Mushroom, Hustle, Zero, Rockstar and Mildew. They have 40 colors to choose from so I’m sure you’ll find a favorite!

After my eyes are shadowed and lined, it’s time for the fun stuff – mascara! I’ve tried about 100 so far in my lifetime seeing as it’s the one thing I cant live without. Right now I’m using Too Faced Better Than Sex. If you’re looking for high impact, are-they-real-eye lashes, then this is the stuff for you! I got one of my best friends hooked on it and we haven’t looked back since. It’s definitely worth a try!

Blush & Bronze

I personally think every gal can benefit from bronzer. It brightens up the face and just gives it an extra glow. One of my favorites is Nars Laguna. It’s the perfect bronzer for the fall and winter when my skin is a bit more pale.

After the bronzer is applied, I always feel like I need just a tad more color. I pop on Bobbi Brown’s blush in Pale Pink just to wake my face up a bit. I know, I know, it looks totally crazy and electric in the pan but once it’s on it’s such a light, soft pink color. Don’t be fooled, my friends!

Lips

I am a sucker for lip gloss. I just cant say no. It is my drug of choice and let me tell you, it’s addicting (and expensive!). The two formulas I love the most are the ones that aren’t sticky and don’t make my lips feel crumbly. For those reasons, I am in love with Chanel Glossimer in Sea Shell (87). I have been wearing it since I was a senior in high school and it’s just so.. lovely. It gives the perfect nude/pink/shimmer color and I cry every time I run out of it. I’m currently in the stages of scraping the sides and bottom of the tube because it’s practically running on empty. Que the tears. The price isn’t exactly budget friendly, but its seriously my favorite! I cant stress that enough. I just need to get a raise at work so I can stockpile these suckers. So. Good.

The next formula is BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie. It’s close to the Chanel but a bit more sticky. Womp womp womp. But it’s also almost half the price… So there’s a plus. It comes in a good variety of shades so you’re bound to find one you like. And they smell and taste good too!

Right now is the perfect time of year to try out new makeup! Why you ask? Makeup lines are coming out with their holiday kits and its the best time to get bang for your buck! You can get palette’s, lip gloss galore and numerous other kits often at discounted prices than you would normally pay for a full size palette or a normal sized lip gloss. It’s great way to try out new things and the packaging is oh so adorable. You can check out all of Ulta’s gift sets HERE and Sephora’s gift sets HERE.

I will be doing a post in the next couple of weeks of my favorite gift sets and the ones I think are worth the money! Stay tuned!

Favorites Edition: If I Could, I Would…

Ya’ll. No Buy April is KILLING me and making me so proud of myself at the same time.

Why does it always seem that you find the best deals or items that you HAVE to have when you have no money or put yourself on a No Buy? Is that God’s way of making a joke? I’m not laughing. But at the same time, I’m to the point where I don’t even feel like perusing stores anymore when I’m bored. Which is what get’s me in trouble in the first place. But, that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying a little online shopping and using my imaginary bank account to look at a few items.. I may or may not have a list of the things I want to buy when May rolls around.. And here are the things I would buy right now if I could… You know, with the money tree out back.

I want to pair these Sperry’s with shorts and a gingham button down for the summer. It’s taking mucho strength to not just go ahead and say, “to hell with it.” For $50… I just might.

Caribbean blue gingham popover

Speaking of a gingham button down, I quite fancy this one. 25% off with code THEBEST.

I really hate that this is my new favorite foundation. It might just be the be-all-end-all. It’s perfection. And I mean that. The color 30 Beige is perfect for me right now. I got a sample of it in a magazine and I plan on using a gift card to purchase the full size. The smallest bit goes such a long way so I’m hoping I can stretch it out a few months because of the price… The small sample packet I got lasted me 3 applications!

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My brothers wedding is coming up and I’m on the hunt for a dress. I am hemming and hawing over this one from Loft. I can’t resist a scallop edge and the back is probably my favorite. Plus, when can you beat paying less than $55 for a dress? Use code SHAREIT to get the discount.

And if I get the dress, a new pair of shoes seems pertinent, right? Of course! And I’m loving these from Saks Off 5th.. Or these. Not to mention 6% cash back by going through Ebates.

Well, now that I’m done torturing myself, I’m off to enjoy my Friday! Work, followed by a Yoga/Nidra workshop class with my friend Lizzie at Yoga on the Lake and a glass of wine or two. Saturday morning will be spent in the salon chair getting my hair did and ending it with a date night with my mister! We’ll round out the weekend with a marathon of whatever happens to be on HGTV and a gym session. Hey, all of that doesn’t sound too bad!

Enjoy your weekend, everyone and come back Monday for a weekend recap! ❤

Teaming up today with the girls; Natasha, April, Darci, Christina, Andrea and Erika! Oofta, that’s a lot of girls! Grab a cup of coffee and go read more Friday Favorites from them! : )

VIB Sephora Sale

I’ll be the first to admit that I love a sale… especially when that sale involves makeup and skincare! It’s like Christmas morning, except I’m playing Santa to myself.. So, it’s actually not like Christmas at all.. But anyway – the excitement is still there!

Today, Sephora’s VIB Sale starts and that means 15% off if you’re VIB member! Hence the excitement! Although I’m not actually participating in this sale because of No Buy April, ( insert sad face ) I still thought I’d make a list of recommendations for you all – because I’m nice like that. : )

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NARS Laguna Bronzer

A summer staple and the best bronzer. Hands down.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Having eye shadow last all day and night will never be a problem when you have this applied.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink

A flattering shade for every skin tone. This brush is perfect too!

Philosophy Purity Face Wash

I’ve had the big bottle for over a year now and I will never switch. This is my favorite makeup remover. Water-proof mascara doesn’t stand a chance.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturzing Lotion

Another stand-by product I’ve been using for awhile that I remain faithful to. A great daytime moisturizer for dry to combination skin.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liners

I’ve been repurchasing these for over 5 years now and I love these eyeliners. They come in so many fun colors and are ridiculously creamy, yet last! My favorite colors right now are Zero, Hustle and Mushroom.

Perfume

I’m not going to list a specific one because we all have our favorites and different tastes, but I will recommend a few that I love and that I think you should check out.

Chanel Chance

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

Gucci Guilty

Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce

Use the code VIBLOVE at checkout and don’t forget to go through Ebates to get 4% cash back (plus you get $10  just for signing up when you make your first purchase!) on all your Sephora purchases (as well as Target, Nordstrom, Kohls, etc!). All you have to do is sign up HERE and then search for Sephora and that’s it! It will transport you to the Sephora website and your purchase will instantly qualify you for cash back to get a check in the mail! Easy enough, right?!