April Favorites

I haven’t done one of these in a hot minute, but there are quite a few things I’ve been loving lately I would love to share with you all!

Ps the sun is out and which has made me 10325983% more happy and willing to take more photographs. So….enjoy!

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Wintertime Lip Edit

Fall is my most favorite time of year. Well, Fall and Winter. I couldn’t choose.

I am a sucker for crunchy leaves, crisp air, snowfall, hot cocoa. I know, I know, I’m what most would call “basic.” And guess what? I am basically okay with that.

So, as all basic girls do, we darken our lip colors this time of year. Why? Well because it’s what the fashion/beauty industry tells us to do and damnnit I think I look great in a red lip.

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August Favorites

Hi friends!

Another month has passed, and it is now officially fall. How do I determine that it is fall? When pumpkin spice lattes come out, when I can start donning leggings and boots, when the leaves start to change, I could go on and on…

I’m going to be honest…I’m so excited for fall. It has always been my favorite time of year.

But, before I dive head first into that pool, let’s finish up this summer season with my favorite goodies from this month!

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Book: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book is such a page-turner. It is so full of twists and turns, up and downs, you will honestly not want to close this book. I think I read it in two days?

Makeup: The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. OMG. If you love Jaclyn Hill like I do you have to go out and purchase her latest collab with Becca cosmetics. Honestly my new fave highlighter. Secondly, the Milani Amore Matte Liquid Lipsticks. These lip colors are so pigmented, so long-lasting, so amazing I would recommend them to anyone and everyone.

Jewelry: I have been adoring this statement necklace I picked up at Francesca’s. The gold/cream/white color scheme makes it match with any outfit. It adds a dramatic kick to basic white tees or dresses up a summer dress.

Bodycare: The Body Shop is one of my favorites places and mango is one of my favorite scents. Put them together and you have the Mango Hand Cream from the Body Shop. I keep this little treat in my handbag and use it daily. It brings just the right amount of moisture to the skin without being greasy and smells divine.

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What have you been loving this month?

-xobrendykins

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July Favorites

Hi friends!

It has been a long time since I have written a favorites post. I loooooove reading other people’s posts each month; seeing who is loving what, which books are the most recommended, which lipsticks fit the season and so on. What makes favorite posts so amazing in my opinion is that they are the true consumers reviews. It’s not always the most reliable to read reviews on company websites as many of them go through filtering processes and don’t show the full realm of what consumers think. But by reading an individuals personal blog, or watching their personal YouTube video, you see their true and honest reactions to each product or item.

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This July I have been loving quite a few items, everything from makeup to fashion to books. I hope you enjoy a little peek into the goodies that have been accompanying me all month!

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Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home: This book is written by blogger Emily Schuman, creator of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere.  Now, if you haven’t read her blog, you definitely need to check it out. Emily writes about all the things she loves, fashion, beauty, food, home decor and more. This book focuses on her tips and tricks to making your home beautiful. I adore interior design and loved flipping through the gorgeous pages of beautiful photographs to gain inspiration for design. I have this book sitting on my coffee table, I love having colorful books out for guests to browse through.

Prada Candy: This has been my scent of the summer. It is light, yet comfortable. It has undertones of vanilla making it a warm scent on the skin that lasts all day. Another note lying in this gorgeous packaging is caramel. It is sweet, but seductive with hints of musk as well. I adorrrre it 🙂

MAC Syrup: Thank you Lily Pebbles for my latest addiction. This MAC shade is a Lustre meaning it has a creamy, reflective appearance. It is a perfect “my lips but better shade” with hints of nude, pink and mauve. It is so flattering and can be reapplied throughout the day with no caking.

Blue Sunglasses: It’s the heat of summer, and where I live the sun beats down intensely. I love picking up cheap sunglasses at little boutiques and stands in the mall. I always lose them or break them, so to me it isn’t worth it to purchase a pricey designer pair if I’m just going to sit on them later. I picked up this blue-teal pair from Charming Charlie’s and have been living in them since.

NARS Laguna: Bronzers are the key to makeup existence during the summer months. It can warm up a look and take it from a 6 to a ten in seconds. It’s hard to find a shade that fits your squinting without being too red or muddy. I’ve heard a million people talk about this bronzer but I had never tried it. Finally, this month I bought one for myself. This color is gorgeous on and can be built up for a darker contour or toned down for subtle color. LOOOVE:)

And that’s what I’ve been loving lately! What has been your fave beauty product this month? Any good movies or books?

-xobrendykins

November Favorites

Oh boy,

This post is a tad late, like a week. Whoops. Forgive me?

Thank goodness.

Ok, so without further ado, I’d like to present to you my most loved goodies for the month of November. These are the items I was excited to use and never let out of my sight!

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#1- Grace Helbig. In particular, her new book “Grace’s Guide.” I adored this book. It was the perfect way to end my evenings, reading a chapter or two before bed. Her hilarious antics and stories make you feel like you’ve found your long-lost goofball big sister.

#2- Kenra hair products. I’m not even going to limit it to one, the entire Kenra Platinum haircare range is superb. Maybe it’s because I recently spent too much money getting my hair colored that I feel as if I owe it better quality products- but more recently I’ve been venturing into the premium haircare brands at Ulta. And I’m so glad I did. The finishing spray, the texturizing spray, the curl defining cream, I could go on and on.

#3- MAC Lustre lipstick in Plumful. Sometimes I want a lip color but I’m not in the mood to reapply every hour or so. Plumful is the perfect all-season, not-too-bright but not-to-subtle color. Its pinky/purpley/reddy shade is so attractive on and I’ve found myself reaching more and more for it.

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#4 Rose Gold necklaces. I am such a sucker for a bit of rose gold. I don’t know what it is about this shade of jewelry but I just find it so flattering! This specific necklace is a chunky chain piece I picked up at H&M and find an excuse to wear with every outfit.

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#5 Benefit brows. I know I know. It really took me this long to jump on the benefit brow wagon? Yes, yes it did. And that’s all thanks to a certain someone who has brows of perfection and credits it solely to Benefit…you know who you are…

#6 Elizabeth Arden 8hr Nourishing Lip Balm. I love this. So much. You know how it’s super windy and cold this time of year? And regular old lip balms just won’t fix those chapped lips? Well look no further. This magic tube is all of your wishes come true. I’m a convert.

Whadya think? Any products you’ve tried out this month that you’d recommend? Let me know below!

-xobrendykins

 

October Favorites

Oh goodness guys,

Its been awhile.

I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a monthly favorites post. I want to try to get back into the swing of things as I love sharing things that I am loving in my life with you all!

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Fave Person:

The first thing I have been loving this month is a Youtuber- Zoe Sugg. Zoe, or “Zoella,” films beauty, makeup and lifestyle videos that showcase her everyday life and what she loves. Anytime I need a pick me up, I always turn to her channel to uplift my spirits. It’s nice to see someone else your age going through some of the same things as you with the normal bumps and rough patches we all go through. Recently, Zoe launched her own pamper evening collection of goodies- including this makeup bag. Of course, I couldn’t wait to support her in her adventure so I promtly placed an order:)

Fave Perfume:

All month I have been obsessed with Lancome La Vie Est Belle. I have never owned a scent that so perfectly captures who I am as a person. Its classic, not too sweet but not too musky, mature but youthful, and utterly magical. Plus, the boy likes it too!

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Fave Face Product:

I have recently been getting back into using highlighters and contouring my face a bit more than I normally do. Along with that comes a hunt for the perect shade of highlight for my skin tone- in comes Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Opal. I adore this color for its blended gold, bronze, and opal tones. When applied lightly to the cheekbones, it gives the most subtle glow that draws attention to all the right places.

Fave Lippy:

I love red lipstick. Throwing some red on my lips makes me feel instantly put together, classy and strong- all aspects I admire in women and love to embody in myself. This Maybelline matte lip color in the shade Siren in Scarlett is bold, bright and daring. It gives a little boost of confidence all for under $10.

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Fave Others:

I would like to discuss my obsession with candles. I looooove them. Like during the fall, I go absolutely mental and have so far purchased at least 6. Why? Because they’re so cozy! A simple candle can turn a room into a home, bringing warmth, character, and evoking emotion through scent. My favorite scents are slightly sweet, fall-like smells. And my favorite candle scent of all time is Pumpkin. This Yankee Candle in Pumpkin Spice is the end-all-be-all of pumpkin smells. I die.

Lastly, my hedgehogs. The cutest things ever?! Yes, I know. I found these little guys at Target and knew I couldn’t leave them behind. Each about $3, they are going to make my dining table so stinkin’ cute!

 

And that’s what I’ve been loving this month! What have you been loving?? I’d love to hear below, or you can let me know on Twitter, @xobrendykins!

-xobrendykins

 

February Favorites

Hello loves!

As February comes to an end (actually its already March….so I’ve already failed), it’s that time again to round up my monthly favorites!

This month, I have quite a few random favorites that I am so excited to share with you all! WHOOO!

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1. Raisinets: Can we just take a moment to talk about how dang good these things are? Why has it taken me so long to discover this majestical snack?! This little morsels of deliciousness come in both milk and dark chocolate and a variety of snacking sizes. How. perfect.

2. Peace Tea: I have drank 1-2 of these per day. The entire month. Okay not really. But close. Tons of flavors, tons of tasty tea-ness, tons of fun. Annnnd the one pictured is my last one…. 😦 (editors note: do not fret, I went to the store and purchased more…phew)

3. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara: Best drugstore mascara I’ve tried in a long time. This little purple tube creates the best false lash effect for only $4.99! Usually drugstore mascaras make my eyes irritated, but this one doesnt seem to cause any irritation and washes off easily too! The wand is also curved to perfectly caress your lashes into submission.

4. Sweet Spun Sugar Candle: This pink-colored sugar-smelling delight is worth the $10 I spent on it at Target. Long-lasting, not too overpowering of a scent, and just overall perfect for the Valentine-season.

5. Garnier Dry Shampoo: I have never been a big dry shampoo person, but I finally purchased this Garnier one. First thing I noticed was the smell. Sooooooo good. Like really really good. It also has a cooling effect too when you spray it on- is that weird? I dunno. I liked it. Overall, did the job.

6. Cross Ring: Old Navy for the win. This delicate silver cross ring was around $6-ish at old Navy and is so simple that it matches with anything. It’s now a staple in my jewelry collection.

7. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: Finally, this tube of concealer is another rave of mine. I use it as an undereye concealer/brightener and it does wonders. Successfully covers bags and circles, while simultaneously adding a slight shimmer to brighten that undereye area fabulously. Around $5-ish at Wal-Mart.

Whew, that about wraps up another month in 2014! What were your favorites? Anything you’ve been trying that you adore? Let me know in the comments!

xobrendykins