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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!

November Favorites

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Is it December already? The final months of the year just keep flying by… At any rate, I kicked off the beginning of November with a “Wine in the Woods” trip with some friends. We rented a treehouse in Western Maryland and drove around to a bunch of vineyards. It was so much fun, and I came away with plenty of great wine! Thanksgiving was spent with Dave and my family in Wisconsin. We definitely appreciated the time off from work! Now time to crack down on grad school applications…

In terms of favorites, November was a  really fun month for beauty! I did a fair amount of experimenting and I enjoyed just about everything I tried. Here are a few of the standouts!

ColourPop Lippie Stix: Swatches and Review

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I hope you’re not sick of seeing photos of my lips (though, it’d be entirely justifiable after my recent post on MAC lipsticks) because I’m coming at you with some swatches and a review of ColourPop’s Lippie Stix. This brand has been gaining ground fast on the interwebs, and with good reason! Not only are their products incredibly affordable, but they’re brilliantly formulated and come in an amazing range of colors.

One of ColourPop’s most raved-about products are their Lippie Stix, highly-pigmented twist-up lip pencils in a variety of finishes. At just $5 a piece, I couldn’t resist the urge to pick up a handful to review for you. And if I didn’t have enough to rave about, all of ColourPop’s Lippie Stix come with coordinating lip liners (also $5). Not all are exact color matches, but they are intended to complement one another and be worn together. I’ve included swatches of the lip liners when I have them.

October Favorites

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October is always a busy month for me, and this year was no different. This month was jam-packed from end to end. In addition to taking the GRE, there was apple picking, camping, and our annual trip to the renaissance faire. Dave and I celebrated our 6-year anniversary and his birthday.

It’s been a good month for favorites. I find that I don’t do a ton of experimenting makeup-wise in the fall. Instead, I rely on a few, simple products that are easy and reliable. Here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been reaching for this month.

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