FAVORITES | September 2017

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Another month has come and gone, and that means another favorites! This month, I share with you three beauty favorites, four fashion favorites, a movie favorite, and a TV show favorite.

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REVIEW | Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

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I was so excited when Origins released their SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $38) – I have been looking for a good SPF for a while, and I’m a big fan of Origins’ GinZing line, especially the Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $28.50) and the Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff (0.5 fl oz, $31). Origins just happened to be having their Friends and Family sale, so I purchased this without much hesitation.

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REVIEW | MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

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Full size of Y345 in the middle, with two cute deluxe samples of darker shades on either side.

I hadn’t been expecting anything else from Influenster this year, especially after that generous Posh VoxBox I received a few months earlier. So, needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered I would have the opportunity to try this foundation.

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FAVORITES | August 2017

In the blink of an eye, it’s already September, and we’re heading into Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. With that in mind, I thought it’d be nice to start a favorites series before summer comes to a complete end.

These posts will primarily be on beauty favorites, but if I have any fashion or other lifestyle favorites, I will include those as well. For this month, I have a fashion love that isn’t included in the post image – continue reading to see what it is! 🙂

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REVIEW | Urban Decay Brow Tamer

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I bought the Urban Decay Brow Tamer (0.15 oz, $20) a while ago after I heard a Youtuber talk about it (I forget who), but I only busted it out recently because I had finally let go of my long expired Benefit Gimme Brow (0.1 oz, $24). I’ve used the Brow Tamer enough times now that I feel like I can give a fair review of it.

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AT A GLANCE | The Ordinary

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From top down, left to right: (1) High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, (2) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, (3) Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, (4) Magnesium Ascorbyl Phospate 10%, (5) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, (6) “Buffet”, (7) Serum Foundation in 2.1 Y

The Ordinary has been all over the internet, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s an affordable, cruelty-free skincare line under the Canadian company Deciem, which is “an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty”.

My brother had been pushing me to try The Ordinary products for a while, but I never really kept his recommendation in mind. Then, a couple months ago I went to visit him for his graduation, I got to see and hear about the products in person. They finally caught my attention, and when I came back from my trip, I took the plunge and bought quite a handful of their products to try.

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HAUL | Nordstrom Anniverary Sale 2017

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I hadn’t been planning on getting anything during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year, but a few deals caught my eye that were so good I couldn’t resist. Here’s what I purchased:

  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Romance Set ($26, $38 value): This set includes a full-size (0.15 oz, $26) Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy and a half-size (0.07 oz, $12) Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15. Fresh has one of my favorite lip balm formulations ever (with SPF included!), and I’ve always wanted to try the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, so this one was a no-brainer.
  2. Living Proof Perfect hair Day Collection ($75, $130 value – SOLD OUT 😦 ): This set includes 24 fl oz bottles with pumps of both the shampoo and conditioner ($59 each) and a travel size (1.8 oz, $12) dry shampoo. My friend had gifted me a trial set of these products last year for Christmas, and I loved all of the products. The dry shampoo is probably the best I’ve ever used, and the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling clean and moisturized. I hadn’t ever planned on purchasing full-size bottles of the shampoo and conditioner because I don’t like spending a lot on shampoo/conditioner, but with this deal I decided to splurge. Plus, at $75, this set is almost 50% off what you would pay for the three items if you purchased them separately.
  3. beautyblender® air.port.pro Makeup Sponge Applicator & Large Cosmetics Bag Set ($35, $66 value – SOLD OUT 😦 ): Two beauty blenders, a solid sponge cleanser, and a large cosmetics bag, all for $35? This was another no-brainer, and a lot of people definitely shared my thoughts, as this is now sold out. Beauty blenders retail for $20 each and the sponge cleanser retails for $16.
  4. Band of Gypsies Faux Wrap Maxi Dress in Wine/Teal/Rust ($35.90, $55 after sale ends): I’ve been really wanting a wrap style maxi dress in a cute print, and this did not disappoint. It’s so flowy and romantic, and the different print at the very bottom of the dress was a nice touch. It also has a high-low skirt which I always think is extra flattering. I’m already thinking of occasions when I can bust out this dress to wear!

The sale ends Sunday, August 6, so get on it before it’s over! What did you all buy during the sale? 🙂

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