Autumn Eye Look Featuring Borghese

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Sorry this it has taken me a while to get back into posting about beauty products. ¬†I’ve been trying a lot of products the past few months but for some reason couldn’t get into the groove of taking pictures, writing, and uploading. ¬†However – I took a ton of pictures for several upcoming posts so here’s to a new round of beauty posts! (cheers!) Continue reading

My No Makeup – Makeup Idea { fall }

PicsArt_1413828681083Hi Loves! Most days – I go for really simple makeup when I’m at work. ¬†For some reason I just don’t like a full face of heavy makeup to work in the office (but thats just me!). ¬†I got my Target Beauty Box in the mail over the weekend and wanted to try out the L’Oreal Lip Gloss that came in it. ¬†I tried it on and fell in love so took a quick mid-day picture on my lunch break. Continue reading

Quick Look ~ WnW Knock on Wood


Its return of quick looks! It has been a while since I’ve sat back and played around with some eye looks. ¬†This is featuring a trio from Wet n Wild ($2.99). ¬†I used a couple champaign colors to transition but most of the look is using the trio. ¬†This is highly pigmented but fun to work with!

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Weekend Mani ~ Sephora by OPI ~ Meet for Drinks


Its time for a weekend mani! ¬†I’ve missed doing these because I find doing my nails to be a sort of relaxing process! ¬†I took the past week off because I’m still trying to get rid of a little staining on my nails. ¬†I have been drooling over all of the fall colors I’m seeing in the magazines and online so thought it’s time for my first “fall” mani! ¬†This color is Sephora by OPI’s Meet for Drinks and unfortunately it’s no longer available so I can’t provide you with Sephora’s description. ¬†However I’d say its a vampy dark red with a touch of burgundy to it. ¬†I can’t stop staring at my nails – I saw on instagram after posting that someone used a gold glitter on accent nails and it looked amazing. ¬†I might have to buy some in the future and try that. ¬†I also see that matte nails are coming back so might try that with this color as well.

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First Impressions ~ Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation

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First the deets from

Perfectly Real Makeup $26.00

  • Benefits:¬†Controls Oil
  • Skin Types:¬†2 – Dry Combination, 3 – Combination Oily
  • My Shade: 08
  • Formula¬†Liquid
  • Coverage¬†Moderate
  • Feels like nothing at all. Yet creates your skin’s most perfected, natural look. Patent-pending* micro-mirrored technology optically resurfaces skin. Ultra-lightweight liquid formula is oil-free, non-acnegenic. *US and International Patents Pending

My Thoughts~

  • Super light weight (I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup!)
  • Great buildable coverage
  • After 3.5 hours – I was getting oily in my t-zone ūüė¶ But a blotting paper took care of it!
  • After 8 hours – I had to re-blog with some papers ūüė¶

Confession: I’m sort of a foundation snob! ¬†I bounce between drugstore and department store foundations. ¬†Yet I’m always drawn back to department stores or Sephora because I can be color matched. ¬†That is one thing that’s pretty hard to do in a drugstore. ¬†I went to my local department store this a couple weeks ago and was browsing one of my favorite brands – Clinique when I stumbled upon their foundations. ¬† I’ve never tried any of their foundations but use & LOVE their skincare products and few makeup products like blush, eye shadows, and mascara.

The lady at the counter did my entire face – she explained and demonstrated how it can be built up and in the store it looked amazing!! ¬†I got outside, looked in my mirror and was shocked at how it had settled into my pores (strike 1!) and fine lines (strike 2!) – I couldn’t wrap my head around it since it looked so nice in the store. ¬†Despite settling and oxidizing a tiny bit, I think the big turn off for me was that she applied a much darker bronzer than I ever wear. ¬†Granted, I am pretty light handed with bronzers and blushes – but this pushed me too far outside of my comfort zone. ¬†I prefer a pretty natural look.

I decide to give it a shot at home. ¬†I started with a smashbox primer since I had a meeting that night and don’t have ¬†much time to retouch my makeup between work and the meeting. ¬†I used my real techniques expert face brush and buffed it in. ¬†It applied like a dream. ¬†Its very light and easily built up without getting “cakeface.” I realized in application my lady at the counter might be too new to the job. ¬†She used a flat or paddle style foundation brush and literally painted it on my face for what felt like ten or fifteen minutes.

I did set it with a tiny bit of powder before I left work work.

End of the day report. – It held up pretty well over time. ¬†I only blotted my face with blotting papers to absorb any oil that I typically get in my t-zone. ¬†Obviously my eyeshadow primer didn’t hold up {see pics} but I have oily eyelids and its a miracle for eye shadow to last longer than 6hrs. ¬†It did wear off of my nose since I have crazy allergies that cause me to sneeze and blow my nose a lot. ¬†Otherwise I’m quite pleased with it. ¬†*note* part of its magic is that there is some super fine shimmer/glitter in the foundation. ¬†I didn’t mind this and honestly didn’t even notice until I was reading a couple reviews on clinique’s website. ¬†It is there in sunlight but didn’t show up with the flash from my camera.

Since buying it I’ve worn this foundation for about a week and a half. ¬†I’ve put it through the paces of an outdoor wine tasting and humid night of bar hopping. ¬†Despite sweat – it stayed pretty well. ¬†I didn’t “wipe” my face but did blot randomly because I hate the feeling of sweat on my face! ¬†lol (As if any of us like that feeling?!)

I’d definitely recommend this if you like a lighter foundation that can be built up and feels as if you aren’t wearing anything. ¬†Caution to my oily skin friends – prepare the carry some blotting tissues with you but for the most part it did a great job and I’m happy with the purchase. ¬†If you are true “oily skined” instead of combo – I might shy away from this since I did get some oil in my t-zone throughout the day.

Have you tried this? ¬†What’s your favorite foundation?

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