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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!

Face Off | Anastasia Brow Wiz vs. Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

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Eyebrows are weird. You hear makeup artists and beauty bloggers talk about how your brows frame your face and create a structure for the rest of your makeup, but let’s face it– they’re not all that exciting! I’d much rather spend my time playing with pretty eyeshadows or a fun pop of lipstick than making sure my eyebrows are perfectly in place.

Naturally my brows are pretty “meh.” Not too thick, not too thin, and they maintain an okay shape as long as I maintain their grooming. When I do my brows, I want a product that’s user-friendly and fuss-free. I’m not really the type of person who tries to dramatically alter the shape of my brows. I just want to fill them in and make them look a bit more polished.

I’ve been using the Anastasia Brow Wiz for the last few years, but after hearing good things about the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, I decided to put it to the test. Here’s my side by side comparison…

Call Me Irresponsible | A Pre-Birthday Haul

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I cannot believe how quickly the month of February has gone by! I feel like so much has happened these last few weeks… On Valentine’s Day, my fiancé and I signed a lease for a new apartment. After 5 1/2 years, the two of us will finally be moving in together in early April. I also flew to Chicago last weekend to visit family. It was nice seeing everyone, and made me realize how much I miss home sometimes.

With February winding down, my birthday is quickly approaching! Now, I never need an reason to splurge, but I always feel like turning another year older gives me  an excuse to pick up some of the items I’ve been lusting after. (Note: I brought a couple of these items with me on my trip, so some of them may look a tad familiar.)

In the name of the big 2-4, here are the items I splurged on…

High End vs. Drugstore (Part Two)

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A higher price tag doesn’t always mean higher quality. In this mini series, I’m comparing some of my favorite high end products with their drugstore equivalents. Today, we’re on to the fun stuff: eyes and lips!

(And in case you missed it, be sure to check out part 1, where I reviewed some of my most-loved face products.)

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