May Favorites

June is busting out all over!

I am a huge fan of the musical Carousel and that song always makes me giddy for summer. WELL, here we are guys. Here is what I’ve been loving lately:

Makeup

Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics in Light

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Gotta give a shout out to a new member of my vanity, Bye Bye Undereye concealer by It Cosmetics. Bye Bye is no joke. It is thick, FULL-ON coverage, brightening and simply lovely. It is anti-ageing, contains collagen and has vitamin C. I love this stuff and you guys KNOW I have tried about 40,589 under-eye concealers.

Naked 3 Palette

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NOW. I don’t own 1 or 2, (I know the original is amazing too) but I have seriously been loving this palette for spring-time makeup. A rose-gold junkie at heart, these blush-colored hues are buttery rich and perfectly compliment my baby blues.

Lancôme Gloss in Love in Peach Snow

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I’ve talked about this product before, but lemme just take a mome and explain to you all why this lipgloss is SO lovely. First, the packaging (obvs). It is SO pretty and the wand clicks into place, rather than twists. The color payoff is amazing and the texture is nice. Not sticky like Mac glosses, yet just as glossy. Go swatch this and get back to me!

Beauty

Pink Chiffon Triple Moisture Body Cream from BBW

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For me, this stuff punctuates the spring weather, sights and smells SO perfectly. I love the formula of the triple moisture line and I am just obsessed with this scent!

Secret Deoderant in Paris Romantic Rose

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Can I get an amen for deoderants that smell like perfume?! Seriously. When Degree discontinued their “perfumed” line of deos I thought my life was over. Discovering this feminine, florally scent for under my arms is like finding a fun size pack of M&M’s stuffed waaaay back in the cupboard from Halloween. It’s not expected but can be a complete day-changer.

OPI Mod About You Nail Polish

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The perfect pastel pink. Almost completely opaque with one coat and lurrrve OPI’s formula. Certainly a staple for any gal.

Hair

Pureology 21 Benefits

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This spray has made such a difference in my hair after only a few uses. It COMPLETELY de-tangles wet hair, leaves it feeling smooth and shiny and I love the smell. My stylist used it on me every time I had my hair done and my blow outs were always top notch.

Misc.

FROZEN

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You guys already know. I am OBSESSED, like crazy-person-who-dresses-up-for-the-premier obsessed with this film. Bryan is SO sick of all the songs because I sing them nonstop everywhere I go. I even hum the tunes when I am shopping at places like Target. I want to be Elsa for Halloween so badly but I know it’s going to be the no.1 costume this year which means I’m already at a disadvantage.

Miranda Sings

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This girl. She is SO funny. She has two “aliases” on YouTube, Miranda Sings and Psycho Soprano. She can REALLY sing (lots of Frozen stuff, too!) but Miranda Sings might just take the cake. I laugh so hard at her mouth noises, dance moves and music videos. DIE.

My Grown Up Christmas List

Do you remember me? I sat upon your knee.

Unfortunately this post is anything but  a “grown up” Christmas list. Although I would love for no more lives to be torn apart…it is definitely not my lifelong wish. Well, it is and it isn’t. Can’t everyone have a friend AND I get the new Jo Malone perfume?

ANYWAYS. For those of you don’t know – my birthday just happens to fall on Christmas Eve. And save your questions. YES, it is the worst day (besides Christmas day, maybe) to have your birthday  on. I’ve seen it all:

The 2-fer-1’s….”Here Natalie! I got you this ONE gift for your birthday AND Christmas.”

The people who wrap my birthday presents in Christmas paper.

Going to CHURCH every single year on my birthday. Including my 21 run. How sad is it that communal wine was my first legal drink?

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Just kidding

Although my sisters and I are well into adulthood, looking forward to years of turtlenecks, holiday bathroom towels and giftcards to Coldwater Creek, as of now – we are still hanging on for dear life to our youthful years. As a result, we still do the all-out Christmas gift exchange. Complete with a “Santa” present from Nan and Gare, exchanged gifts for one another and stockings brimming with those delicious Butterfinger bells (you know the ones).

We have grown a little since the good ol’ days. Where I had heart palpitations over anything from Zumiez and Meg and I would get in blow-out fights if her Lisa Frank pencil pouch totaled $1 more than mine. We were those girls and although it pains me to admit it, we kinda still are. Though are tastes have matured from Zumiez to say, Nordstrom, we still strive for equality and try to ensure everyone has their most coveted items on Christmas morn.

So, in light of my hearty Amurican materialism (#honesty), here is a fun Christmas list collage I put together for the year 2013.

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 1.) 3 Olive Cake Vodka 2.) Urban Decay Naked 3 3.) Bobbi Brown Eye Creme 4.)Turkish Delight from Lush
5.)Pottery Barn Cozy Throw 6.) The Hobbit Phone Case 7.) Pitch Perfect on DVD 8.) Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle
9.) Regal Necklace from Forever 21 10.) Laura Mercier Pistachio Body Souffle  11.) FRYE Melissa Boot 12.) Gap Fair Isle Cardigan

Just some general guidelines, you know.

HOWEVER, in case anyone out there is feeling very generous, I guess I would consider accepting this vanity from Pier 1.

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Material Girl: Beauty

Good Evening little bunnies!

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As of late, the most effective way for me to blow off steam, decompress and shut off m’engines doesn’t involve candles, exercise, Enya or a trip to the spa. I find complete and utter comfort whilst crouching over the displays in the beauty department.  And I’m not picky, neither. No, no. Of course I love me some Sephora after a long day, with the fun brands and makeup-belt ninjas.  However, it’s worse than that.  If Bryan and I are supposed to be grocery shopping,  you can find me tip-toeing away to the beauty department.  Give me an inch, I take a mile. As a result, I have grown somewhat obsessed and over educated in the world of beauty. Want to know how to get the Kardashian-chiseled cheeks?  Or how to get your foundation to stay all day?  What about a way to make your baby stop crying?  With the exception of  the last one, I think I can be of service. So in case any of the 10 of you who are still reading want to know, here’s what I’m loving this spring.

FACE

1. Makeup Forever HD Foundation

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I’m not one for a full-fledged face-o-makeup.  Most foundations are deemed either light, medium or full coverage and just like my breakfast cereals, I like to have options.  This foundation provides medium coverage, but can easily be full-coverage by using a bit more product.  The reason I love this is for it’s beautiful finish on the skin while not looking pancakey.  The name suits the crime in this case.

2. Revlon Naked Foundation

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This is my everyday stuff.  It’s definitely a lighter coverage, but again, is build-able. It’s easy to put on and blends nicely.  I know there is a die-hard Revlon Colorstay  cult out there, but I prefer the MFE HD to do my dirty work.

3. Urban Decay All-Nighter

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Confession: I have dry skin. So why do I use a makeup-setting spray? Confidence, my friends.  I don’t sweat profusely, yet I use deo (for the B.O).  Additionally, you never know when you might break a sweat. Your boss calls you into his office. Sweat. You realize you’ve been at Bath & Body Works too long and your lunch break was over 20 minutes ago. Sweat. You discover the pants you bought a year ago that were loose and are now tight. Sweat. You see? It’s perfectly logical.

4. Too-Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer

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Holy grail of bronzers, I’m telling you.  I’ve learned my lesson with shimmery, frosted or glittery bronzers and now I wisely stick to matte.  You want your face to look  like you’ve just run a marathon while eating a cheeseburger and drinking warm, Spicy V8?  Just dust a think coat of frosted bronzer all over your mug. This bronzer is spiritual for me.  A little at my temples, the hollows of my cheeks and under my jawline. Pow! I just lost 5 pounds. Jelly? *I like to wear shimmery bronzers too, but strategically placed and in moderation.

Honorable Mention: MAC mineralized skin finish natural.

EYES

1. Revlon Color Stay Felt Tipped Eyeliner

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I swear, a 5 year old could apply this eyeliner. I’m not suggesting a 5-year old wear eyeliner, but you get the jist. For anyone who uses the excuse that they can’t apply eyeliner due to an unsteady hand, no more excuses! I’ve done it perfectly after 2 cocktails, TWSS.  This stuff is idiot-proof and easy to wing-out (if you don’t know about winged eyeliner I feel bad for you).

2. Stila eyeshadow in Kitten

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If I had to choose one eyeshadow to wear for the rest of my life, this would be it.  Well, actually I would throw a “wish for more wishes” at ya and I’d choose the Urban Decay Naked palette, so ha! But seriously, this eyeshadow is so very pretty.  It makes any eyecolor pop and appear twinkling.  It’s also velvety rich and super-pigmented which means a little goes a long way.  I like to put it around my tear-duct and at the brow bone. Throw a little in the air and say “Mazel Tof!”. It’s maje.

3. NYX Rollerball in Salmon

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Hat tip to sister Rachel for unearthing this majesty in a tube.  This stuff is undeniably gorgeous and I think merits a swatch.

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Doesn’t do it justice.

Disclaimer: Apply with a brush or your finger to heavily-primed eyelids – or – get a lil’ MAC fixed-plus on yer tool of choice before applying. With this product, a dab’ll do ya.  If not, you’ll have a hot mess of a face.

LIPS

1. Mac Lipstick in St.Germain

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This is my underdog of a lipstick.  When MAC stupidly decided to discontinue the Lady Gaga lipstick I searched high and low for a dupe (I hate limited edish’s).  Saint Germain is lovely on it’s own or paired with the lipglass of the same name. Be prepared for serious pink that doesn’t quit and a high level of Barbiness.  Aren’t we all searching for the perfect shade of Barbie pink? I think yes.

OTHER

1. Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

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Smells like pumpkin pie, says citrus on the lid.  I heard Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox, so maybe they named this product after sniffing a fresh batch a bleach?  I recently discovered that I need to be exfoliating on the daily, so I nabbed this cute little jar after marveling at the short n’ sweet list of ingredients.  My friends, it’s time to start reading labels.  This pale face is the only one I’ve got and I really don’t want to end up looking like anyone from Real Housewives.  I’ve had to say au revior to many drugstore face items that I’ve turned over to discover the first ingredient is mineral oil.  May as well be high fructose corn syrup.

2. Luna Fiber Bars in Peanut Butter Strawberry

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Reminiscent of the ever-popular Nutragrain bars, these pups pack a seriously delicious punch for a mere 120 cals.  Sans all the fake crap I’m sure Kellogg’s chalks theirs full of, Luna delivers this soft-baked delight using the organic stuff.   But don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely more seafoam than green.  Basically, for a few minutes a day I can pretend that  shop at PCC and drink Kefir, whatever that is.

3. Russell Stover Easter Egss in Vanilla and Coconut Cream

0363ae12_dtCan I just start this post over and talk only about food?  When I was 5, I stole a Cadbury creme egg from the grocery store, you know the commercial.  I nibbled it quietly in the corner of a room which Meg and I shared.  I was caught and forced to use 2 whole weeks allowance (25 cents a week kids) to pay the store back.  What did I learn from this?

I should have taken a Russel Stover egg instead.

*Edited to Add: Not sure what all these links are doing in my post but they’re certainly not intentional. Apologies.