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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!

June and July Favorites

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Favorites” post, but it feels good to be back in business. These picks were a tough, as I’ve been wearing very little makeup the past few months. My beauty routine has been pretty minimal (I blame it on the God-awful DC humidity, but it’s mostly just laziness) but there are the handful of products I wanted to talk about.

Face Off | Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner vs. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

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I’m a liquid liner kinda gal. I’ve loved the winged liner look ever since my junior year of high school, when my mom took me to a  Lancome counter before Homecoming. The woman tried her darndest to teach me how to create a perfect cat eye…and even though it took several years to perfect, I stuck with it. (Looking back at photos of myself from that era make me cringe…Oh how far I’ve come.)

Now, winged liner has pretty much become an everyday thing for me. There are obviously a million ways to wear liquid liner, but I especially love to pair a dramatic flick with a red lip. It just feels so classic and polished!

One of the things that I’ve learned over the years, is that it’s all about having the right tools. I’ve tried lots and lots of different liners, but I discovered the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner about two years ago, and it immediately became a staple. Last fall, however, I began hearing lots of people talk about the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I decided to give it a try, and I’ve been testing it out, side-by-side with the Stila liner for the past four months.

Here’s how the two stack up…

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.

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…

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.

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