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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!

The Perfect Palette Tag

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One of the great things about eyeshadow palettes is that there’s something out there for everyone. Whether you prefer subtle mattes or bold shimmers, classic neutrals or bold colors, there’s a palette to suit your needs. Personally, I prefer palettes that are predominantly neutral, with strategic pops of color. And while I usually opt for shimmery shades, I feel that a few basic matte shades are key for most eyeshadow looks.

A few years ago, a “Perfect Palette Tag” was circulating YouTube. Even though I don’t have a YouTube channel of my own, I thought that recreating the tag for my blog would be a fun way to share some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes with you!

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!

Face Off | Tartelette Palette vs. Tartelette in Bloom Palette

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You guys…

The Tartlette in Bloom palette just launched, and I can’t remember the last time I was this excited! When I first saw the photos online a few weeks ago, I actually squealed with delight. I ordered it as soon as it was available on Ulta’s website, and it arrived in my mailbox today.

For those of you eager to see what shades are inside, or maybe just trying to decide which one is right for you, today I’m comparing the original Tartelette palette with its new sequel, Tartelette in Bloom.

June and July Favorites

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Favorites” post, but it feels good to be back in business. These picks were a tough, as I’ve been wearing very little makeup the past few months. My beauty routine has been pretty minimal (I blame it on the God-awful DC humidity, but it’s mostly just laziness) but there are the handful of products I wanted to talk about.

I’m Back! (With a Haul…)

Hi everyone! Sorry to leave you hanging! I realize I haven’t been blogging much lately, and I apologize for falling off the face of the earth.

As many of you know, my fiancé, Dave, and I moved into a new apartment in April. During all of the chaos that comes with moving into a new place, Dave was working 70+ hour weeks and traveling a lot, so the two of us didn’t have much time to enjoy the “moving in together experience.” During that time, I wanted to put a lot of effort into my blog, but it just wasn’t coming naturally. I was either exhausted from unpacking, or trying to enjoy the little time I had with Dave, and blogging began to feel like a chore. So I decided to take a breather and come up for air.

Now, after nearly a month off, I’m feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to put my nose to the grindstone again. A lot has happened in the last few weeks. I got my first promotion at work, I’ve begun studying for the GRE, and Dave and I have been in full-blown wedding planning mode. (When I got engaged, I promise myself that I wouldn’t let myself be totally consumed by wedding planning, but man– it’s tougher than I thought. And it’s actually been kind of fun.)

Speaking of wedding-related things, it’s become my latest excuse for splurging on makeup. (“Oh, wouldn’t this be a great lip color for the wedding?”) I’ve actually been pretty good recently, but this past week I decided a little splurge was in order. As usual, I wanted to take a moment to share my new finds with you.

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