July 2014 Favorites

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It’s that time again! I know I’m a few days late, but it’s always better late than never, right? This month I didn’t have too many favorites, but a few of them were new purchases for me so let’s jump right into the products!

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft

Kat Von D recently relaunched her line of lipsticks with a new matte finish, as well as some new edgy packaging. I picked up two of these lipsticks, but the one I’ve been really loving is Lovecraft. The formula of these lipsticks is amazing. Usual mattes tend to really dry out the lips, but it’s not the case with these guys. They definitely don’t moisturize the lips, but they don’t dry them out at all. I’ve found that they have really long wear time and I only have to reapply after eating. I’m seeing a few more of these lipsticks in my near future!

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Lorac Pro 2 Palette

The Lorac Pro 2 was recently released and I have been LOVING it. The original Pro palette is one of my favorite palettes of all time, so I had really high expectations for this guy. Luckily, he’s definitely lived up to them! With this palette you can do a really neutral look for every day wear, or bump it up with some color. The possibilities really are endless. I did a full review for this palette so if you’d like to see swatches and my thoughts, check it out under the “Reviews” section of my blog!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

This is probably the most hyped up product of 2014 and I definitely see why. The color of this highlighter is amazing. It’s really warm and looks GORGEOUS on the skin, especially if you have a bit of a tan. The pigmentation is out of this world. One small swipe of the brush and you can highlight your whole face. I can’t get enough of this product!

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MAC Springsheen Blush

This blush has been a rediscovery for me. I purchased this a few years ago and have since shied away from blushes that have any glitter or shimmer in them. For some odd reason, I’ve done a complete 180 and now I’ve been really into shimmery blushes. This blush is a deep coral color with small flecks of gold. It’s soooo gorgeous! This blush has easily moved into one of my top blushes.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate

I have been hearing about Anastasia products a ton within the past year or so, but I was so stuck on my MAC brow pencils that I never branched out until just a few months ago. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has now become my holy grail brow product. It’s seriously amazing. The actual pencil is very thin so you’re able to really sculpt out the perfect shape for your brow. One end also has a spoolie so it makes doing brows a wiz, just as the name suggests. I’ve already been through three of these pencils, I love them that much!

That concludes my July Favorites! Comment down below and let me know which products you loved last month!

xoxo Kara

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June 2014 Favorites

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Hey guys! It’s that time again! Can you believe that the year is already half over? June especially seemed to fly by for me! So here’s some products that I’ve been loving throughout the month.

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The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer

I heard such great things about this highlighter that I finally broke down and purchased it. Boy, I’m so mad that I waited so long to get it! Since I received it I have shoved all of my other highlighters aside and have used this guy every single day. It’s a pretty intense light-golden hued highlighter, and it makes my skin GLOW! It also lasts all day long on me. I cannot say enough good things about this product! It’s definitely moved into the top spot for my favorite highlighter.

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The Balm’s Betty-Lou Manizer

I liked the Mary-Lou Manizer so much that I also decided to pick up the Betty-Lou Manizer. This is a deeper rose-toned highlighter and it’s a bit to dark for my skin  to use as a highlighter, so I like to apply it over top of my blush. I’m usually not one that loves anything shimmery on my cheeks, but this is so beautiful that I’ve been wearing it nearly every day. It gives a very natural “glow from within” look that really livens up the face.

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Milani Rose Powder Blush in Love Potion

Speaking of putting the Betty-Lou Manizer over my blush, this is the one I’ve been putting it over! I’m absolutely in love with this blush. It’s a matte muted pink and I’ve been loving it for the summer. It’s extremely pigmented, so a little goes a long way! I also wrote a review on these blushes, so if you’d like to check it out, click here: https://xoxokarbear.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/milani-rose-powder-blush-review/

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Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Dutchess

Lorac recently released a new line of lipsticks, so naturally, I had to pick some up! The first color I was drawn to was Dutchess. It’s a muted purple color with a matte finish. This guy is a little tricky to work with since, let’s be honest, the color looks like a bruise! So I like to lightly tap it onto my lips instead of apply it like a normal lipstick. The light amount of color is so gorgeous and a little different from the nudes and pinks that we tend to see most of in the summer months. I also love the packaging of these! Lorac just nailed it with these lipsticks.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

It’s no secret that my favorite drugstore mascaras belong to the L’Oreal Voluminous line, so I decided to try out Miss Manga since it’s pretty new on the market. It has a natural bristle brush which strays away from the usual plastic wands that the Voluminous line usually carries. I have to say, I’m loving the wand! One thing in particular that is unique about it is that the wand bends. We’re not talking about a slight bend, it literally bends to a 90 degree angle! This was a little strange to get used to, but I’m finding that I love it the more I use it. The mascara gives me length and volume and hasn’t once smudged on me during the day. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this guy!

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

I’m a huge fan of matte lips, and I’ve been loving the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. They are super long lasting and have a ton of different colors. The best part? They’re extremely wallet friendly at only $5.99 a pop. The only negative is that they do dry out the lips, as do most matte lip products. So I just plop on a bit of lip balm before I apply the Matte Lip Cream and it seems to help quite a bit.

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with this bronzer! It is literally the perfect shade. It’s not too muddy or too orange, and it looks incredible on the skin. It can be used as a typical bronzer, or as a contour for people with a lighter complexion. Also a fun tip, if you’ve been looking to track down the NARS Ita brush, the little brush that comes with this guy is a great dupe! It obviously has a much shorter handle and the brush is slightly thicker than the Ita, but it’s great to test out to see if you like the application before you splurge on a brush.

That concludes my June favorites! Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know what products you’ve been loving this month! I’m always looking for new products to try out. I hope you all have a great week and that all of you Americans enjoy your 4th of July!

xoxo Kara

 

My Favorite Foundations

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Without a doubt the question I get asked most is “What foundation do you use?” It’s such a hard question for me to answer because I don’t use just one and I can’t possibly pick a favorite! So here is a list of my top foundations. I’ve included some high end and some drugstore brands so you can find a good foundation no matter your budget!

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MAC Studio Fix Liquid

This foundation has been a favorite of mine for years now. It’s full coverage but doesn’t make you look cakey, if applied correctly. It gives a demi-matte finish and is suitable for all skin types. MAC has an excellent color range so chances are you’ll be able to find one that matches you perfectly. One word of caution though, I’ve heard people say that MAC foundations break them out. I’ve never had a problem with it and I have acne prone skin, but just know that if your skin doesn’t cooperate, MAC has a great return policy!

Studio Fix foundation is $26 and can be purchased at a MAC store, counter, or at maccosmetics.com

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L’Oreal True Match

This is hands down my most worn foundation. I cannot say enough great things about it. Not only is it affordable and available at the drugstore, but the color range is fantastic, and it lasts all day on me. It’s a medium coverage foundation but can be built up into full if you need more. If your on a budget and need a more affordable option, this foundation would be my #1 pick.

True Match can be found at drugstores and ranges from $6-$9 depending on location

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Urban Decay Naked Skin

This foundation is like any other that I’ve tried. It very runny when you squirt it out, which is usually a characteristic of more sheer foundations, but somehow that formula covers flawlessly! It truly lives up to it’s name because it feels very light on the skin, like you have a ‘naked’ face. The color range is pretty limited so if you’re very fair or very dark, you might not find a match for you.

Naked Skin is $39 and can be found at Ulta, Sephora, and urbandecay.com

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Revlon ColorStay

This is another great foundation from the drugstore. It’s medium coverage but can be built up to full. It gives a beautiful natural finish. There’s also two different formulations that accommodate all skin types from dry, to normal, to oily. They also have a really good color range.

ColorStay ranges from $6-$10 depending on location and can be found at drugstores

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Make Up For Ever HD

This foundation is amazing because it gives you a finish that looks just like skin. It has a medium coverage and can be built up. The foundation is very long lasting and is great for someone looking for beautiful coverage, but not wanting to look like they have a full face of foundation on. It is a bit pricey, which is the only downfall.

HD foundation is $42 and can be purchased at Sephora or the MUF website at makeupforever.com

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Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation

I was rummaging through the isles of Target one day and stumbled upon this guy. I was instantly drawn in simply because it contains salicylic acid. For those of you that don’t know, salicylic acid is known to calm and treat acne. A foundation that treats and cures acne while you wear it? I’m in! It is full coverage and I can get about 9 hours of wear from it. Unfortunately, I don’t have acne any longer so I can’t really test the working power of the salicylic acid, but I can say that my skin does look more even after wearing it for a few days.It’s an excellent foundation and budget-friendly so you can’t go wrong!

Neutrogena Skin Clearing foundation  is $8-$12 depending on location and can be found a drugstores.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo foundation

If my skin is ever giving me a hard time and I really need a foundation to cover up everything, this is the one I reach for. It is definitely full coverage and I found that it applies the best with a beauty blender. It gives a matte finish and lasts on my skin all day long even when I’m having extra oily days. The color rage is also fairly good.

Lock-It Tattoo foundation is $34 and can be purchased at Sephora or sephora.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave a comment telling me what your favorite foundation is! Have a good one!

xoxo Kara

May 2014 Favorites


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Hey guys! It’s time to say goodbye to May and welcome in another month. I know it’s cliche, but can you believe that the year is half way over? Time has flown! Here’s some of the products I’ve been loving all month long.

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Dose of Colors lipsticks in Love Potion and Play Date.

I know I’ve been ranting and raving about these guys, but I can’t get enough of them! They are creamy, pigmented, and the most comfortable lipsticks I’ve ever worn. I wrote a review and posted swatches of these so check that out in the ‘Reviews’ section if you want to see more of my thoughts on them.

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MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze

This is a new product for me and I’m loving it so far. As the name suggests, it’s a gorgeous shimmery bronze that adds a beautiful glow to the skin. My favorite way to wear it over top of my blush to give an “inner glow.” I’m excited to play around with this more as my skin gets a bit darker this summer. I can only image how gorgeous it will look with a tan!

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser concealer

I’ve had this product for a few months now, but lately I’ve found that it’s the first concealer I reach for! It has a light consistency but offers great coverage. It blends easily and I haven’t had any issues with it creasing throughout the day. The little round sponge on the top makes me cringe knowing the bacteria that can build up in it, so I need to find a solution to make it more sanitary. Otherwise, its an excellent under eye concealer and I’ll definitely repurchase when it’s gone since I’m getting low!

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Maybelline The Elixir in Blush Essence

This gloss is pretty close to perfection. It’s creamy and not sticky and it has excellent color payoff. Not to mention you can snatch up this little guy at the drugstore for only a couple of dollars. You really can’t go wrong! I keep it in my purse and toss on over lipstick or by itself depending on my look for the day. I like it so much that I think I’ll pick up a few more colors next time I visit Target.

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Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in 01 Highlight 

This is a little sample size that I got when I cashed in some VIB points at Sephora. Since the day I got it I haven’t touched any of my other highlighters! It gives the most gorgeous highlight without making you light up like a disco ball. It also doesn’t have any big glittery pieces in it, which I love. I’ll definitely be picking up the full size once this guy runs out.

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Maybelline lipstick in 915 Blushing Beige

This lipstick is from Maybelline’s The Buffs collection which was released a few months ago. I love my nudes, so I had to try some of these. This color in particular has been my favorite. It’s very creamy and pigmented and definitely a true nude. I’ve been wearing it with my smokey eyes and I’m in love!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blush in Blissful

I’ve had this blush for quite a while and I rediscovered it this month. Let me start by saying how much I adore the Amazonian Clay blushes! They have a very buildable coverage which I love in my blushes. I like to be able to control the intensity with whatever look I’m wearing. They also last all day on my skin. This particular color is a matte pinky-coral that is perfect for the spring and summer.

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MAC eyeshadows in Quarry (left) and Soft Brown (right)

These are shadows that I have heard about for years but for some reason never purchased. I can’t even tell you how disappointed I am that I put off buying these for so long! They have easily become staples in my collection. They are both gorgeous in the crease to blend out whatever eyeshadow I’m rocking for the day. I have been using Soft Brown for warmer looks and Quarry for cool shades.

(Pictured in top picture) Ecotools Domed Bronzer Brush

I totally forgot to take a close up of this brush, so sorry! But I’ve had this brush for years and have been neglecting it for about the past year. One day my makeup brushes were all dirty so I reached for this guy to put on my powder and I fell in love with it all over again. It’s extremely dense and put on my powder so beautifully that I haven’t used any other brush since.

Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what products I’ve been loving throughout May. Here’s to a happy and healthy June!

xoxo Kara