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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!

October Favorites

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October is always a busy month for me, and this year was no different. This month was jam-packed from end to end. In addition to taking the GRE, there was apple picking, camping, and our annual trip to the renaissance faire. Dave and I celebrated our 6-year anniversary and his birthday.

It’s been a good month for favorites. I find that I don’t do a ton of experimenting makeup-wise in the fall. Instead, I rely on a few, simple products that are easy and reliable. Here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been reaching for this month.

May Favorites

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Holy moly! Where did the month of May go? This month was crazy busy and jam-packed with so many fun things! My cousin Nicole came for a visit at the beginning of the month. She’s my biggest beauty enabler, and so you’d better believe that I got my Sephora fix while she was here. I also got to spend lots of time with Dave’s family. His youngest sister graduated from Georgetown a couple of weeks ago, and it was so great to celebrate everything she’s accomplished. The apartment is coming together nicely. I’ll probably have some photos ready for all of you to see in the next couple of weeks! (It depends on how long it takes me to motivate myself and hang photos…) Favorites-wise, I’ve got lots of fun things to share, so let’s dive right in…

New Nars Goodies

Rarely do I read about a Nars product and think, “Oh my goodness! I must have that!” But, when I see the products in person, it’s a different story. There’s just something about Nars that calls to me from across the store… I don’t know whether it’s the sleek black packaging, the unusual colors, or the exotic names, but I’m always drawn to them.

I’d been anxiously awaiting my Sephora Birthday Gift this year. It was a Nars trio that included a mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. I’ve heard great things about the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, and being the red lipstick lover that I am, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Strangely, I wasn’t all that impressed by the quality of the pencil. The texture and formula reminded me a lot of the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms which are much, much cheaper, and in my opinion– just as good.

However, I quite enjoyed the Satin  Lip Pencil in Rikugien, which prompted me to explore some of the other Nars products. I ended up picking up a handful of items and thought I’d share. You can see swatches of all these items in the last photo of this post.

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Belated Birthday Date | FOTD

Last night, Dave and I went out to dinner and to see the new Cinderella movie as a sort of belated birthday celebration. My real birthday was last week, but I spent it at my grandfather’s funeral and I didn’t much feel like celebrating. Deciding it was time to stop moping around my apartment, I used the date as an excuse to get dolled up.

The two of us headed to Pacci’s, a local pizza restaurant that I love. They cook their pizzas in a wood-burning oven, and there’s something about the crust that’s extra delicious. I ordered a pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and parmesan. We decided to skip dessert, but I was certainly tempted since the restaurant has a wall of Nutella at the entrance.

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