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Best of Beauty 2015

Hi friends! Look who’s finally written their 2015 best of beauty post! It only took a bajillion years…

Asking me to pick my favorite makeup products is like asking me to pick a favorite child—it just can’t be done. I love all of them for different reasons. (Er…most of them, anyway.) That’s why, initially, I wasn’t going to write a 2015 favorites post. January is almost over, everyone else has done it, and I worried no one would want to read it. But then, one of my friends asked me to write it, and here I am. I’ve caved. Not all of these were 2015 discoveries, but I definitely used the heck out of all of them last year! I decided to save my skincare favorites for a future post—I’m long overdo for an updated skincare routine anyhow!

Without further ado, here’s my 2015 All Star Lineup!

Recently Repurchased

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When you’re constantly testing out new makeup products like I am, you don’t use up very many of them. I definitely suffer from beauty ADD. I’ll love a product one minute, but the next time something shiny and new enters my collection, it often loses its luster.

That being said, it’s a big deal when I repurchase a makeup product. It means that 1) I’ve actually used it enough to go through it! That means that more often than not, I’m reaching for it over the other products in my makeup drawers. And 2) Despite the fact that I own other products that can do the job, I just can’t live without this item in my collection. These items are that good.

A Pale Girl’s Guide to Bronzing and Contouring

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Summer’s coming, and you know what that means? Tropical vacations and beautiful, sun-tanned skin. Hah. In my dreams.

If you’re a pale girl like myself (MAC NW20), then you know the woes of trying to find the perfect bronzing and contouring products. Too warm and you look like an Oompa Loompa. Too cool and you look like you’ve been rolling around in the dirt. What’s a pasty girl to do? I’ve rounded up the (mostly) matte bronzers from my collection to help you find your perfect product.

April Favorites

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Moving is hard y’all. The big move was two weeks ago, but I’m still exhausted! So far, I’m really loving the new place, but it feels a little like living in a really disorganized hotel. Nothing feels familiar and pretty much all of our stuff is still in boxes.

It’s been a pretty plain-Jane month, beauty-wise. With all my stuff in boxes, I’ve gone for the “no makeup makeup” look most mornings. I’m going to be getting a new makeup vanity, and so I haven’t bothered to unpack the boxes with my beauty products inside. So when I say that these are the things I’ve been using all month—I mean it! I didn’t have much choice! Luckily, I’ve been really happy with many of the items I set aside for the move.

Belated Birthday Date | FOTD

Last night, Dave and I went out to dinner and to see the new Cinderella movie as a sort of belated birthday celebration. My real birthday was last week, but I spent it at my grandfather’s funeral and I didn’t much feel like celebrating. Deciding it was time to stop moping around my apartment, I used the date as an excuse to get dolled up.

The two of us headed to Pacci’s, a local pizza restaurant that I love. They cook their pizzas in a wood-burning oven, and there’s something about the crust that’s extra delicious. I ordered a pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and parmesan. We decided to skip dessert, but I was certainly tempted since the restaurant has a wall of Nutella at the entrance.

February Favorites

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Look at me posting regularly for a change! I think February has been my most consistent blogging month since starting Tea and Sea! Let’s hope I can keep up the momentum! It’s been a while since I’ve written a traditional favorites post. (My last one was in October…whoops.) You’ll recognize some of the products below from recent posts, but there’s a couple of newbies in here as well. Let’s get started, shall we? Here are my favorites from the month of February.

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