MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC Cosmetics. The mecca for all things lipstick. I remember purchasing my first like it was yesterday. I walked in, nervous, approached a friendly looking staff member (who I happened to go to high-school with, and liked) and asked him to choose the perfect color for me. I gave him no boundaries, no requests. I just said “pick the color you think suits me.”

And the rest is history.

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Spring/Summer 2016 Lip Trend: True Red

I was sitting around this week thinking, what lip color should I wear today?

I know, I know. Big life decisions.

Is the Kylie nude still in? Are the winter mauves out? I JUST DONT KNOW!

Thank goodness for Google. After some searching, some runway reviewing and some Sephora stalking, I have determined that this spring and summer I will be rocking the candy-apply reds.

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Travel Makeup Essentials

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As someone who has an obscenely large makeup collection, it would be entirely impractical to travel with all of it. It usually takes me quite a bit of time to decide what I want to bring with me when I go to work- let alone on a two-week vacation across the world. So here are the makeup essentials I like to bring with me when I travel, for any amount of time:

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Flawless Winter Skin: Makeup

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When winter comes along, my skin tends to get a bit more dreary, a bit dry and overall quite dull-looking. I’ve lost my glowing tan, and what am I ever to do about it?

The answer is makeup. The answer is always makeup.

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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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July Favorites

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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