End of 2016 Favorites + Return from Hiatus

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Hello all!

It has been about two months since I’ve posted on the blog and it has been a crazy and wonderful time! Since the last post, I had a birthday, celebrated Thanksgiving and spent a month back home with my family, and got engaged. The hiatus to focus on family has been wonderful, but I am ready to get back to blogging!

I thought I would share some of my favorites, material and beauty-related and otherwise, to fill you all in on the time since the blog hiatus.

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Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Before, when traveling I was afraid that I would forget something that I needed or not have enough options so I would pack a ton of stuff. It made it difficult to find the things that I actually needed! Now, I’ve paired it down to just the essentials.

Going on a trip soon? Just nosy about what I pack in my travel makeup bag? If so, read on!
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Why I Returned the Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation & Contour Stick

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From the title of this blog post/review…you can probably guess how I felt about these products….but I feel like even products that don’t work for me deserve a thorough review. Maybe it will work for you, or maybe I’ll save one of you the frustration of finding a product that doesn’t work!

There was a lot of hype surrounding the new Anastasia Beverly Hills foundation sticks, especially on Instagram and other social media sites. One of the biggest selling points of this foundation was the announcement that there would be 30 shades, including those in very fair to very dark skin colors and in several undertones. As someone on the fairer end of the spectrum with a neutral-olive undertone, this got me pretty excited. If you read my “Most Wanted” post from several weeks back– I had been planning to purchase a foundation and contour stick from the brand for a while. Now that I’ve gotten a chance to use it multiple times, lets talk about what worked and what didn’t.

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POPSUGAR’s Subscription Box–A Must Have?

In exchange for an honest review, POPSUGAR offered to send me their September Must Have box to try out. POPSUGAR, the website you might now for their Facebook share-able articles, celebrity news, seasonal recipes, and makeup tips offers a subscription box. With so many subscription boxes on the market, I feel like you have to have a really good product to make it worth the buy. Keep reading to see what came in my box and whether I think it’s worth the price!

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Testing Out Ouidad’s New Multitasking Mongongo + Giveaway (!)

Hello everyone!

So a few weeks ago, Ouidad reached out and offered to send their new product launch to me as well as one of my readers in exchange for an honest review. What an awesome opportunity! I totally fan-girled, because me, my sister, and my mom have all been long time Ouidad product users. All three of us have different curl types and patterns, but we have all found products in the line that we have been loyal to over the years.

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Is it “The Perfect Bite”?– Reviewing Bite Beauty’s New Holiday Set

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Every year, it seems like the “holiday season” for shopping gets pushed up earlier and earlier However, in the midst of the marketing frenzy, there are also occasionally some opportunities for a few really great values for beauty lovers. One of them out there is the Bite Beauty “The Perfect Bite” set from Sephora. Continue reading “Is it “The Perfect Bite”?– Reviewing Bite Beauty’s New Holiday Set”

End-of-Summer Smells + Scentbird Review

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I find the smell of the products that I use to be such an important part of the overall experience. In this transitional time between summer and fall, I love to pull out some of the more uniquely scented products. It is an interesting time because I still want refreshing as we are till in the upper 80s most days in New York, but I am ready to put away the over fruity scents for something a little more complex. Now as ready as I am for fall, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and musk-heavy blends just don’t feel right with the weather. So, for this in-between time, I love my herbal and apothecary type smells– just invigorating enough without being overpowering…plus they tend to be a bit on the unique side, which I always love! Here is what I’ve been loving:

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The Mascara I’m Ditching my High-End Mascaras For

So I feel like when it comes to mascara preferences, we tend to be either predominantly go for volume (a la Too Faced Better Than Sex) or length and definition (like those who prefer Benefit Roller Lash). I am a member of the second group.I really love a curled, fluttery lash look and detest anything verging on “clumpy.” Mascaras also can’t flake or run on me (I have occasionally runny eyes and long hospital days)– I hate the raccoon look. Basically I have pretty steep requirements when it comes to finding the right product.

I’ve been working on a post about good drugstore dupes for high-end mascaras, testing different formulas and such. Then, I came across what might be the holy grail of mascaras (insert choir of angels here) and it needed a post of its own. It isn’t really a dupe for any higher end brand because I haven’t found any other mascara that I really like better. I know I’m talking a big game here, so lets get to the details!

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Keeping it Simple: One Shadow Eye Looks

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Simple, yes…but maybe I haven’t quite embraced minimalism yet

As much as I love intricate eyeshadow looks like smoky eyes, halo eyes, and the like, I find that they really only have a place in my life on special occasions because I am always crunched for time (read: medical student + blogger working on her time management skills) and also because of the nature of my “job.” Lets be real: scrubs and a smoky eye don’t exactly go together and probably wouldn’t be appropriate.

However, a quick wash of subtle color on the eyelids and crease is one of the ways I like to elevate my “five-minute face” (concealer, powder, blush, mascara, brow gel, lip balm) to something more put together. When I’m not in the hospital or clinic, I love pairing a neutral one-shadow look with a bold lipstick so I can let the intense lip color shine without feeling like my eyes are clashing.

Its also easy! So its great for eyeshadow novices. Playing around with just one eyeshadow at a time was how I figured out what eyeshadow blending shapes were most flattering for my eyes. Not to mention, its hard to mess up when its early in the morning and your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet– always a plus. So lets get to it, here are my favorite shadows to get these looks and then I will get into a quick tutorial for how I do a one shadow look. Continue reading “Keeping it Simple: One Shadow Eye Looks”

Mask Fave and Flop

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I am always looking for skincare products to add on to my normal routine that will help tackle my main skincare issues: uneven texture (those damned little bumps that aren’t quite acne, but aren’t smooth either) and residual hyper-pigmentation from cystic acne. I have combination skin that tends to get a bit oilier in my T-zone, and has a few scattered dry patches…and unfortunately I still occasionally get adult acne breakouts (though not too terribly with the regimen I’ve been using recently).

I also love face masks! Putting one on at the end of the day means a forced period of relaxation and self-care. Continue reading “Mask Fave and Flop”