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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


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!

Currently Loving: Rosy Highlights


Is there anything more satisfying than applying highlighter at the end of a really great makeup look? It’s usually one of the last steps of my routine, and I love how it brings light and life to my face. I have my fair share of highlighters in my collection, and most of them are shimmery champagne colors like Becca’s Moonstone or The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer.

Recently, though, I’ve been reaching for highlighters with more of a rosy quality. I’ve found that they’re much more subtle. Instead of the beam of light provided a classic highlighter, these rosy products give a “lit from within” glow that I love during the warmer months. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites at all different price points, but I’d love to know some of your favorites!

October Favorites

October Favorites

It has been an abysmal month for posting to this blog. My apologies that this is going up so late! As I mentioned in my previous post, October was an incredibly busy month. That meant I kept my beauty routine to a minimum– which is rare for me! I found myself going back to old favorites instead of trying out new products. Which in a way, helped me to rediscover why I loved them so much in the first place!

High End vs. Drugstore (Part One)


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: