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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!

Products I’ve Changed My Mind About

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As all beauty-junkies know, love can be a fickle thing. Favorites come and go, and products that were once, “the best thing ever!” sometimes lose their wow-factor when newer products come along. As someone who’s constantly testing new formulas, I have a pretty good sense of what I like and dislike, but every so often, that changes.

Here are a few of the items in my collection I’ve changed my mind about, for better or worse.

The Ultimate Guide to MAC’s Pinky-Nude Lipsticks

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Confession: I am a lipstick hoarder. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many of you, but it’s true. I love lipstick. Maybe more than any other beauty product. You can change up your entire look with a single product. In my hoard collection, two colors dominate: reds, and pinky-nudes. This post includes a small selection of the latter.

Over the past year or so, I have amassed quite a few MAC lipsticks. Their shade range is incredible, and they have a number of formulas so you can select just the right color and finish. For those of you looking for something specific, I thought I’d do one giant swatch-post.

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.

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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