Spring ’15 Loves & Let Downs

It’s basically almost summer here in CFL, so it’s high time I get around to sharing my spring loves while anyone still cares.  (Bueller?  Bueller?)

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theBalm Nude Tude
I know I’m like years late, but I’ve finally jumped on the Nude Tude bandwagon.  My favorite shades in this palette are Seductive–a smokey bronze–and Stand-offish, which is a dead ringer for Stila Kitten.  (Stila is no longer cruelty free, upon its decision to sell its products in China.)

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theBalm Instain Blush in Houndstooth
Houndstooth is a demi matte mauve-y pink that imparts the perfect subtle flush.  I generally gravitate toward warmer toned blushes, but I find this this shade really flattering.  I was pleasantly surprised that the formula actually does live up to its seemingly oxymoronic claim of being a staining powder blush.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Luminous
This is a gorgeous, peachy gold gloss, which I’ve been wearing with pretty much any lip color.  It’s super flattering popped just in the center of otherwise matte lips for that full/juicy appearance.

Kaushal Beauty
My favorite YouTuber/blogger the past few months has been Kaush.  (In my mind, we’re on a nickname basis.)  Apart from being absurdly pretty, a bit like an Indian British Nina Dobrev, Kaushal’s classy yet modern aesthetic and detailed tutorials make her a captivating and informative beauty guru.

Parenthood
After a recommendation from my cousins Shana and Kaley, I decided to check out Parenthood on Netflix and pretty much binge watched the whole thing.  As a child of the nineties, I automatically love Lauren Graham Lorelai Gilmore, and I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Dax Shepard.  The series captivated me because the characters all seem pretty realistic, including the parents, who are actual people complete with their own struggles and plot lines.  I highly recommend hopping on the Parenthood bandwagon if you haven’t already.  Although the series actually ended recently, I’m only through season 5 (so no spoilers, please!)

Keurig
I received a Keurig this past Christmas, and I don’t understand how I survived so many years on instant coffee.  The almost instantaneous, individually brewed cups taste just as good as even better than a traditionally brewed pot of coffee, and everyone can have the strength/flavor they prefer (My favorite k-cups are Donut Shop and Newman’s Own).  You absolutely need to take the plunge if you’ve been on the fence about getting a Keurig, assuming it’s in your budget.

Let Downs

Fifty Shades of Grey (movie)
To be fair, I never got around to reading the book (which I’m generally pretty anal about).  However, I’m also a firm believer that a movie should be able to stand on its own in terms of character development, plot, et cetera.  The movie is sorely lacking in all of these areas, and I pretty much felt like I was watching one extended PG-13 sex scene (with my mom) for the movie’s entire run time.

The Beginning of Everything
This book read a bit like a watered down version of a John Green novel.  Cassidy Thorpe is a textbook manic pixie dream girl with no discernible qualities other than being mysterious, pretty, and pseudo quirky.  Robyn Schneider’s notion that “everyone has a tragedy waiting for them” is little more than a plagiarism of the first few lines of Green’s Paper Towns, which is infinitely better written.  I wanted to like TBoE, but the characters felt extremely one-dimensional and un-relatable.  I recommend skipping this one and reading Paper Towns instead.  (Unless you already have, in which case, please share your lovely thoughts below.)

What do you think of my Spring Loves & Let Downs?

Please comment below with what you’ve been loving lately.  (Feel free to link to your favorites post.)

XO, T

Evian Facial Spray Review

Evian lists several ways to use its Facial Spray.  The first is to spray face then pat dry before moisturizing, but this honestly just made me feel a bit like a bad cat.  This method didn’t really do anything for my (normal-combination) skin or makeup application, although it’s said to work wonders for people with dry skin.

I have, however, been using this as a finishing touch after doing my makeup makeup on days that I’ve over-powdered (read: most days) as a kind of setting spray to remedy my cake face.  I’ve actually loved using it for this purpose.

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Evian Facial Spray can be purchased at evianfacialspray.com

Have you ever tried a facial spray?
Please comment below with your lovely thoughts.

XO, T

FTC: Evian Facial Spray was provided to me for review by its exclusive USA distributor, The Wilkes Group.

First Impression Friday: Ulta Sculpting Palette

Today’s First Impression Friday is on Ulta brand Sculpting Palette in the shade Astoria.  This palette retails for $10 on Ulta.com

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Half of the palette is made up of a bronzer, which is quite a bit more orange than I prefer in a sculpting powder.  It’s also kind of a satin finish, as opposed to being completely  matte.  I used it on a fluffier brush around the perimeter of my face and a bit under my cheekbones

The blush is pretty sheer but does impart quite a bit of sheen to the cheeks.

Because of the shimmer in the blush, I skipped highlighting my cheeks but popped a bit of the highlighter on my cupid’s bow with my pinky.  This provides a natural but buildable luminosity.


Overall: The highlight shade is beautiful, definitely my favorite of the trio (Does Ulta sell this solo?)  However, both the blush and bronzer shades leave something to be desired.  This palette might work for someone who likes warm bronzer and a lot of shimmer, but I wish I’d passed.

XO, T

Spring Cleaning Sunday: Dresser & Makeup Organization

Last weekend, my good friend Ashlee paid me a lovely three day visit.  I let her stay in my bedroom, and I slept in the spare room, which is even more of a disaster.  I used Ashlee’s visit as an excuse to wrangle my obnoxiously huge makeup collection and other assorted debris.

I (try to) keep the bulk of my makeup in the top two drawers of my dresser, but I end up accumulating a lot of clutter on my dresser top.  So my first course of action was to organize this excess back into the appropriate drawers.

I also have an antique mirrored vanity tray for holding my newer and/or most used products and to (try to) keep loose powder from ending up all over my pretty, Indian inspired runner.

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I was able to clear enough space on top of my dresser to fit both my lamps as well as this acrylic sunglass rack and a small picture frame.  I’m making it a point to keep my clutter at bay by returning everything to its place after using it.

What do you think of my makeup organization/storage set up?
Please let me know whether y’all enjoy reading non-beauty posts, as a break from seeing my face all the time.

XO, T

Smokey Eye Saturday: Wedding Edition

I mixed my Origins CC (which is a touch too light) with an e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer (which is a bit too dark) to come up with a pretty accurate color match.

After powdering lightly with NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat, I used the Balm Bahama Mama both to contour and as my eye crease color.  My lids are an e.l.f. Baked Shadow over Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast.

I then used a brown Milani Liquid Eye liner and applied several coats of Ulta Twisted Volume Mascara, and finished off with Milani Power Lip in Macaroon.

What do you think of this look?

XO, T

FIF: e.l.f. Cruisin Chic Smudge Pot & Light Blush Palette

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but my local Super Target has a new e.l.f. display, featuring both blush palettes and several of their smudge pots.

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I’m wearing e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic and the deeper matte pink from the Light Blush Palette.*

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e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic
This went on looking super pigmented but kind of faded by the time I came home.  It’s such a pretty, kind of gunmetal-y shade that I want to figure out a way to make it work.  I’ll definitely be trying this again, either over a lid primer or as a cream color base.

e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette in Light
This contains four brand new blushes (or three blushes and a bronzer).  I already love the formula of their Studio blushes, and this palette is no exception.

What do you think of these products?  What’s your opinion of e.l.f. Cosmetics in general?

If you’re interested in these products, check your local Target or shop eyeslipsface.com

XO, T

*I’m also wearing Origins Smarty Plants CC & Milani Runway Lashes Mascara