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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!

March Favorites | Better Late than Never?

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I apologize that this post is coming so late. I’ve had it written since the end of March, but couldn’t find the time to take photos. I debated even posting it, but given how hectic things are going to be these next few weeks, I wasn’t sure the next time I’d be able to write.

Before I dive in, I’d like to apologize in advance for posting infrequently over the next couple of weeks. As some of you probably know, Dave and I are about to move into our first place together, and I’ll be busy packing and unpacking. Hopefully I’ll have time to pre-schedule a couple of things before my life gets too crazy. If not, please bear with me during my absence.

March felt like the longest month ever. I haven’t done anything terribly exciting, but it feels like a year ago that I was with my family in Chicago… That being said, I’ve been playing with lots of products this month, and have several to share with you. I’ll try to keep my descriptions brief so this doesn’t get too long.

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…

Haul: Sephora VIB Rouge Sale

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This is a tale about what happens when you lack self control… I’ve been trying really hard not to splurge on makeup the last few months. I have so many products that I really don’t need any new ones. But what fun is that? Any progress I’d made in sticking to a budget went completely down the drain during Sephora’s VIB Rouge Sale last week.

I went to Sephora not once, but twice during the sale. (Whoops!) I thought I’d sit down and take the chance to share my purchases with you. In an effort to keep this short, I’ll keep the product descriptions brief, but please feel free to let me know if you’d like me to do a review of any of these items in the comments below!

High End vs. Drugstore (Part One)

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As glorious as it would be to own the entire NARS collection, that just isn’t feasible. At least, not on my budget. And in some cases, expensive makeup isn’t always better makeup. I’ve decided to create a list  of my favorite stand-alone products from high end brands alongside their drugstore counterparts to see how they stand up.

In Part 1, I’ll compare some of my favorite face products:

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