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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!

7 Products in 7 Minutes: Easy Drugstore Makeup for Everyday


Despite what my boyfriend might tell you, I am capable of finishing my makeup in under ten minutes. It might be a bit of a struggle, and it might not happen often, but it can be done. The trick, I’ve found, is to select reliable products that you know work for you.

Today I’m sharing a 7 minute makeup routine that’s great for those days when you need to look polished in a pinch. And best of all? All of the products come from the drugstore, so it’s super affordable!

Spring Lip Picks [Drugstore Edition]


I know, I know… Technically spring started about a month ago. But here in DC, the weather is only starting to be warm enough for skirts and sandals, so forgive me for letting my brain continue to hibernate. I love spring– it might even be my favorite season. And now that the sun is finally starting to shine, I’m switching up my lip looks: wine for watermelon and aubergine for orchid.

In my opinion, changing your lip color is the easiest way to change the overall feel of your makeup. For me, swiping on a new color is like swiping on another personality. I’ve sorted through my stash to find the lip products I expect to be reaching for most this season.

Requesting Backup


We all have our favorite makeup products. Sometimes, that love fades after a few months. Occasionally, that love elevates a product to “holy grail” status. Even more rare, is the discovery of a product you love sooo much, that you begin to feel strong levels of anxiety at the thought of running out.

In order to prevent any unpleasantness, I always keep a backup of these products in my drawer. You might call them “Holy Grail 2.0.” All of these are products that I have loved for years and years—you’ll probably recognize a few from previous posts. And lucky for you, most of these can be found in the drugstore!

Beauty on the Fly

Hey everyone! This week I had to take an impromptu flight, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of my travel necessities with you. I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos. I had to take them on my iPhone because I didn’t get to pack a camera.

Here’s a quick peek at some of my beauty and non-beauty essentials.

September Favorites

September Favorites

The month of September was so busy! It was jam-packed from start to finish! I feel like my friends and I really took advantage of a lot of the things happening in and around DC– the Maryland Renaissance Fair, the H Street Festival, Cirque Du Soleil (so awesome!), and Crafty Bastards just to name a few things!

That being said, here are a few of the products I’ve been loving this month: