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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!

7 Products in 7 Minutes: Easy Drugstore Makeup for Everyday

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Despite what my boyfriend might tell you, I am capable of finishing my makeup in under ten minutes. It might be a bit of a struggle, and it might not happen often, but it can be done. The trick, I’ve found, is to select reliable products that you know work for you.

Today I’m sharing a 7 minute makeup routine that’s great for those days when you need to look polished in a pinch. And best of all? All of the products come from the drugstore, so it’s super affordable!

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…

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We all have our favorite makeup products. Sometimes, that love fades after a few months. Occasionally, that love elevates a product to “holy grail” status. Even more rare, is the discovery of a product you love sooo much, that you begin to feel strong levels of anxiety at the thought of running out.

In order to prevent any unpleasantness, I always keep a backup of these products in my drawer. You might call them “Holy Grail 2.0.” All of these are products that I have loved for years and years—you’ll probably recognize a few from previous posts. And lucky for you, most of these can be found in the drugstore!

Beauty on the Fly

Hey everyone! This week I had to take an impromptu flight, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of my travel necessities with you. I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos. I had to take them on my iPhone because I didn’t get to pack a camera.

Here’s a quick peek at some of my beauty and non-beauty essentials.

5 Ways to Wear a Red Lip

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Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while! October has been an incredibly busy month– I’ve had a couple of photography gigs, my boyfriend and I celebrated our five year anniversary, his 25th birthday, and a whole slew of other things. Things should be settling down a bit in the upcoming weeks, and I’m hoping to be posting more regularly.

A few weeks ago, I was at a housewarming party wearing my favorite red lipstick. A friend  came up to me and complimented me on it, before explaining how she felt she could never get away with a red lip. Of course I told her that anyone is capable of wearing a red lip– you just have to experiment a little bit.

Our conversation inspired this post. Here are five ways to wear a red lip:

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