August Beauty Favorites

This month I have been loving a lot of the same products as I have in July (Hello Flawless Powder by Benefit, Loreal True Match Concealer, Soap&Glory Primer, ABH Dip Brow Pomade, etc.) But I have been trying to experiment with some products I have been hoarding in my makeup drawers and found some gems worth sharing.

Here is my 1000% honest review of some of my most used beauty products this past August.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner ($20)  I usually use Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner but recently I have been reaching for this one by KVD because it is so easy to apply. I have very shaky hands so achieving the perfect wing is no easy task for me but this liquid liner makes it so much easier and stays in tact all day. The only thing is that once it dries, it is almost impossible to get rid of, so be careful to fix your mistakes while it’s still wet.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara ($27.50) This mascara is on the pricy side but is amazing for every day even without eyeliner. The formula makes your lashes super long and voluminous. While it’s not my favorite mascara in the world (Better Than Sex by Too Faced), it is definitely in my top 3. I have been wearing it during the day without eyeliner with a very natural glowy skin look.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Eyebrow Gel ($22) This gel keeps my brows in tact all day even in the heat. I usually start with Anastasia’s Dip Brow Pomade and then go over my brows with the gel. If I’m feeling really lazy though I will just reach for the gel for an easy way to tame your brows during the daytime.

Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($35) I have been especially into the “baking” this summer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the fad, baking is when you apply concealer and then a thick layer of translucent powder and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. The translucent powder traps the heat that naturally emanates from your skin and locks your concealer in place for hours. Baking is great for the Summer because it prevents your makeup from melting away in the heat and keeps it all in tact. This powder works especially well to achieve the perfect baked face.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment ($22) This mask is amazing. The formula not only exfoliates your skin for a deep clean, but also smooths it. After a long day of sweating in the 95 degree weather and wearing makeup, this mask works to flush away all of the impurities and deep cleans for a brighter complexion.

Casual Summer Day Outfit

I could live in boyfriend jeans. They are like the socially acceptable equivalent of sweatpants. After hunting for the perfect pair for months, I found one that is not only comfy as hell, but also doesn’t break the bank (your girls poor af).

In light of my obsession with bf jeans, I decided to put together a post on my favorite way to wear them, along with links to some of my other favorite summer pieces. Plus, this outfit is so simple, you’ll be able to throw it on and be happy hour ready faster than you can order a marg.

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1.Contemporary V-Cut Cami $14.90 at Forever 21

2. “Out From Under” Lace Bralette $20 at Urban Outfitters

3. Ray Ban “High Street” Sunglasses $150 at Nordstrom

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4. Articles of Society “Janis” Boyfriend Jeans $68 at Nordstrom

5. Marnie Distressed Tote $44 at Francescas

6. Penny Leather Slingback Sandal $24.99 at Urban Outfitters

Let me know in the comments what your favorite summer pieces are!

July Beauty Favorites

It has been 100 degrees in DC and I have just about had enough. Here are some of my favorites that can take the heat.

1 Soap and Glory “One Heck of a Blot” Primer: seriously this primer rocks and this is coming from a girl who loves primer. On the bottle it says made with”12 hour shine bloc” and “pore shrinking” technology. All I know is that walking to the metro in 800 degrees my makeup is still in tact and matte. I can’t complain. As for pores, eh, not as great as Benefit’s Porefessional.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Dusty Rose:” my favorite brand of liquid lipsticks and such a wearable summery color. Wear it all day it seriously won’t budge.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Exposed:” This is an amazing nude blush that is so natural looking. I always use it for a “no makeup” makeup look because this blush makes it look like you have been laying out in the sun all afternoon.

4. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara: Best mascara on the planet. Worth every cent. Always a favorite. This summer I have been wearing it out with no eye liner and it still looks amazing.

5. Tory Burch Perfume Rollerball: I bring this shit everywhere and people are constantly asking me about it. It smells so citrus-y and summer-y and it’s only $29.

6. Loreal True Match Concealer: Don’t get me wrong – Mac Pro Longwear is my favorite concealer, but the pump makes it take so long to put on so recently I have been avoiding it. This one is a great drugstore dupe for Urban Decay Naked Skin. The applicator is amazing and makes life so much easier and has pretty great coverage. I hate spending a lot of time on makeup in the summer so this one has been my go to.

7. Anasrasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade: So I ran out of my brow wiz so I have begun using the Dipbrow again and I have fallen back in love. While it has a rep for making fierce bold brows, you can also easily put together a natural every day look.

Let me know in the comment section below what beauty products you can’t get enough of this summer!

I’ve Been Hoarding Liquid Lipsticks So You Don’t Have To

Liquid lipsticks are probably the best thing that has ever happened in the world of makeup. You can spend the day outside in 100 degree weather, eat the messiest of cheeseburgers, then make out with a gorgeous guy, and still have some solid color going? I’m sold.

With literally every brand coming out with their own versions of this beauty fad, how can you be sure which is best?

Don’t worry kittens. I have spent way too much of my free time trying out some of the most popular lippies so you don’t have to. I broke down the pro’s and con’s of each including price, staying power, color selection, and ease of application.


From left to right: Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in “Teeny Tiny,” Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in “Lolita,” Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Lipcolor in “Juju,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Soft Lilac,” Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Beso.”

1. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

Pros: by far the best staying power, price ($6 dude), color selection (35 to choose from)

Cons: super drying (you gotta hella exfoliate your lips beforehand and lather on the Burts Bees)

2. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick

Pros: the color lolita (it has a cult following for a reason), easy application, staying power, large color selection (29 shades)

Cons: love the color selection but many are too edgy for daytime (sorry KVD), price ($20)

3. Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipcolor

Pros: color selection is huge (19 shades) and they are all so wearable, easy application

Cons: staying power (honestly disappointing, smears easily while others could last a and yes I’m lookin at you Colourpop), price ($18)

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Pros: staying power, super pigmented, huge color selection (21 shades), really easy to apply

Cons: price ($27)

5. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Pros: color selection…that’s about it

Cons: super liquidy and harder to apply, staying power isn’t horrible but not as great as others on the list, price ($24)

Here’s my definitive ranking:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills

2. Colourpop

3. Kat Von D

4. Bare Minerals

5. Stila

Honestly I would repurchase all of them except Stila. I know I missed a ton of brands (NYX, Ofra, Limecrime, etc.) sorry, your girl will waste her paycheck on makeup but that paycheck can’t buy all of them.

Comment below your favorite brands/colors because I am genuinely interested! Happy Monday 😉