The Sunburned Blush Look

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While I certainly don't love getting a real sunburn, this summer I've been all about the sunburned cheek look. Wearing a blush to make you look like you maybe slightly overdid it in the sun is actually such a flattering look in my opinion - it gives the skin some life and color, and for me, it makes me look healthier. The key here is to look for blush shades that have a bit of a red tone to them and formulas that make themselves one with the skin. I like to apply these kinds of shades pretty much all over my cheeks, and even a little on the bridge of my nose, to really amp up that sunkissed/burned look.

 T-B | Glossier Storm, Dawn, Onomie Tamar, Nudestix Naughty n' Spice, Milk Makeup Werk, bareMinerals Strike a Rose

T-B | Glossier Storm, Dawn, Onomie Tamar, Nudestix Naughty n' Spice, Milk Makeup Werk, bareMinerals Strike a Rose

Glossier Cloud Paints in Storm & Dawn | I'm sure it's no surprise there are Cloud Paints included here. Glossier's two newest shades of the fingerpaint/blush are perfect for this kind of look. They're much brighter/deeper than their first four shades, making them great for a more dramatic blushed look for summer.  Storm is a deep, warm rose that instantly makes you look like you've come in out of the sun or you've spent the whole morning doing some intense cardio. Dawn is a stunning bright orange coral that gives an even more sunkissed look - definitely the one to go for if you want to look more "bronzed" instead of burned. The Cloud Paints of course are a thin, gel-like liquid blush that instantly becomes seamless with the skin, making it look like it's your own natural flush. (As always, you can get 20% off your first Glossier order through my rep link!)

Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick in Tamar | I've fallen hard for these lip and cheek sticks again, and I've been using at least one of them in every makeup routine lately. The formula is so creamy and leaves a beautiful dewy look on the skin, but they don't move around or wear away quickly. They're quite a bit more pigmented than you'd expect for a "makeup/skincare" product, so you really only need to dab on a bit and blend. The shade Tamar is a lovely wine shade that adds the perfect flush to the skin - it's a little bit brown and a little bit red, so it's great for looking like you've been in the sun.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Werk | Another new shade - Milk's chubby sticks for lips and cheeks have always been a favorite formula of mine, but there was never a shade I constantly wanted to reach for until they brought out Werk, which is a dusty rose. On me, it has enough warmth and enough of a red tone to give that perfect mix of a little bit tanned and yet a little bit pink. In the sun I only turn pink, so this is an upgrade for me. The formula is creamy and easy to apply and blend, making it a go-to for summer when you just want to get out the door and get to the beach or something.

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NUDESTIX Nudies All Over Face Color in Naughty N' Spice | This is another creamy formula that becomes one with the skin. I love the Nudies formula because it's quite thin, so it really does sink into the skin, feels weightless, and it moves with the skin without sliding around. Naughty N' Spice is a similar dusty rose shade to Milk's Werk, although it's a little more vibrant (less "dusty"). It adds a really nice natural flush to the skin and looks a little more red (on my skin) than Milk's Werk.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Blush in Strike a Rose | This is the only powder blush on this list, but this really speaks to how lovely and skinlike the formula is. When you swatch these blushes they almost feel like a cream to the touch, and I've found that no matter what brush I use, the perfect amount gets picked up every time for a soft wash of color on the cheeks. Strike a Rose is, you guessed it, a warm rose shade that perks up the complexion and looks like a shade a lot of people would naturally blush. This one is perfect for summer because it's the most long-lasting (because it's a powder), so it won't melt off your face on a hot day. 

What are your favorite blushes for a more "sunburned" look?

 

Loving Lately | June Makeup Favorites

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Long time no favorites post, right? Since I haven't done a Favorites in a couple months, there are too many products I want to write about to fit into one post. So part one, The Makeup, is today! I can't believe we're already halfway through the year - it's certainly flown by and doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon. Here's hoping I can actually get more time to sit and pump out a few more posts than I've been able to lately. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless FilterIf you're a fan of glowy skin, run, don't walk and pick this up. I put off buying this for awhile because I wasn't really sure what it was, but the reason it can be confusing it because it literally does it all. Wear it all over the face as a glowy primer, mix into foundations to make them dewier, or apply to the high points of your face after foundation for a subtle highlight with no shimmer. It works equally well at all three, which is usually quite rare. My favorite way to wear it is by mixing it with other products (are you surprised?). I stripe it on all over my face, concentrating it on the high points of my face, and then I go straight in to my foundation without blending the Flawless Filter first. This was a bit of an impulse buy, but it's become my favorite product from Charlotte Tilbury that I've tried.

Charlottle Tilbury Light Wonder FoundationSpeaking of Charlotte Tilbury, I've fallen back in love with the Light Wonder Foundation. I don't know why I ever stopped using this for a second, because it truly is the most beautiful foundation I own. It gives a good amount of coverage (light, bordering on medium) and yet is totally undetectable on the skin. Seriously, usually you can see foundation sitting on my skin just a little bit, but not with this one. It becomes one with the skin and gives the perfect glow. It lasts pretty well on me, too.

MAC Eyebrow Styler* | I don't change up my eyebrow products often, so when I do, you know the products are great. I got a box from MAC last month full of eyebrow products, and I instantly fell for the Eyebrow Styler. It's a skinny pencil with a spoolie on one end, which is normally the type of brow product I go for. The shade Stylized is perfect for me - it's an ashy brown that almost has a bit of a green tone to it, which surprisingly works really well with my skin and hair color. It's quite pigmented but easily blends when brushed out and lasts so well. I wore it in my brows for my wedding!

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter, 'Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal' | This one was influenced by Joelle Hyman, one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. I had this highlighter sitting in my collection for a couple months (I grabbed it when my sister decluttered it), but I always tend to reach for cream highlights over powders. Seeing Joelle talk about it reminded me what a beautiful product it was - it looks like a cream highlight once on the skin, so it's perfect for summer when you want the look of a glossy cream highlight, but you don't necessarily want the feel of one. I've been dipping into the Lightning Dust shade almost every day (with an Elf Highlighter Brush) and I'm obsessed.

Glossier Cloud Paint, 'Storm'* | Of course I had to include the newest Glossier launch. Out of the two new Cloud Paint shades, Storm is definitely my favorite and the shade I was waiting for. It's a warm rose-y brown that gives the perfect flush of color to the skin. I have to use a very light hand, but the result is always so lovely and fresh-faced. The Cloud Paints are my favorite blush formula anyway, so I'm happy to have this new addition to my collection.

Milk Makeup Kush Mascara + Glossier Lash Slick* | If you want fluffy, fluttery lashes that look like extensions/falsies and don't smudge at all, I'd definitely recommend trying this combo. The Kush Mascara gives a good dose of volume and really makes the lashes look soft and fluffy, and then combing the Lash Slick through after the Kush Mascara has dried really separates the lashes and lengthens and fans them out even more. Kush lasts pretty well on me on its own, but using the Glossier as a "top coat" really seals it in and makes it not smudge at all. I wore this pair for my wedding, and despite lots of happy tears and dancing until I was sweating, I didn't have mascara smudges under my eyes all night.

YSL Liquid Color BalmsYou can always tell I love a lip product if I buy it in multiple shades. I first bought the YSL Liquid Color Balm in shade #10, wore it twice, and loved it so much that I went back and got #12. They feel like water going onto the lips, are more pigmented than I was expecting, and look soft and balmy. It's such a good everyday lip product because it wears away evenly and leaves a subtle stain. I like that these aren't overly glossy, but they still seem to glide over lip lines and make the lips appear plumper.

Lancome L'Absolu LacquerI have since bought a second shade of the Lancome L'Absolu Lacquers after taking the photo for this post, too. These initially feel quite similar to the YSL Liquid Color Balms when applied to the lips - almost water-like and cooling, but they look quite different. These are a bit more pigmented, much more glossy, and yet feel weightless on the lips. It pretty much feels like you don't have anything on. My favorite thing about these, though, is their longevity. When applying them, they feel like they're not going to last very long, but they last hours and hours and even stay put through eating. When they do wear away, the glossiness fades first, and then the color evenly fades into a stain. If you're wanting a glossy bright punch-y color for summer, definitely go with one of these - they'll last you through barbeques and ice cream!

Bobbi Brown Lipstick, 'Sandwash Pink' | I had to mention this one because it was my wedding lipstick. I love the formula of Bobbi Brown Lipsticks - they don't feel too thick or heavy on the lips and yet have good pigmentation, leave a nice satin finish on the lips, and last well through eating and drinking. Sandwash Pink is the perfect neutral pink that makes it a lovely "my lips but better" shade. It showed up really well in wedding photos without drawing attention away from the rest of my bridal makeup look.

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip BalmAnother impulse purchase that I thoroughly do not regret. I'll admit I was sucked into this by the packaging and also because it was the last one in my Sephora when I went to "just swatch it." But it's become one of my everyday go-tos. It gives the lips a nice wash of pink, and the golden shimmer running through it doesn't look foiled or frosty, but rather gives the lips a plumped, glossy sheen. The balm itself is lovely and actually hydrates the lips with NARS's Monoi Hydrating Complex. I've been reaching for it as my daytime lip balm no matter what other makeup I'm wearing!

What makeup bits have you been loving recently?

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Bridal Makeup Picks | Everything I Wore For My Wedding

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I've been promising this post for awhile, and now it's finally here. I just got married on Friday, and I did my own makeup. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I had quite the journey of figuring out everything I'd wear and what kind of look I'd do for the day. After a few trials and a lt of practice, I think everything went off without a hitch.

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I started off with freshly washed and moisturized skin (let me know if you want a post on the skincare I was using in the lead-up to the wedding, too!) and applied a base layer of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer. I never used to be a primer gal, but this one truly changed me. It sinks right into the skin but plumps up and hydrates it, which for me is key for getting my makeup to stay in place. I found my perfect foundation rather early in this whole process, and it was actually a mixture of two - I mixed equal parts Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation with the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation (which has since been reformulated - I still used the old version). This combo gave me the perfect amount of luminosity, a skinlike finish, and great longevity. It lasted all night long. For concealer I went in and covered up any lingering patches of redness with the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer, which is my ultimate favorite. I love it so much that I couldn't even think of another one to even try when doing my makeup trials. Since it doesn't fully cover my acne scars, I took it a step further and spot concealed with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.

For my cheeks, I layered cream and powder products for optimum longevity. I started with a base of the Glossier Cloud Paints* in Dusk and Puff, using Dusk in places where I'd bronze and contour, and Puff on the apples of my cheeks where I was going to apply blush. I also used the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand as an initial layer of highlight - this is one of the prettiest highlighters I own, so I had to make use of it on the day. As for powders, I contoured with a bit of the Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Grisaille, which is a beautiful cool-toned brown in an easy-to-use, buildable formula. I also went for a Surratt Artistique Blush as my blush shade, dipping into La Vie En Rose - I almost went for a lighter shade, but I'm glad I chose something a little deeper that stood out in photos. To blend together the blush and contour, I added a bit of the Guerlain Terracotta Sun Trio Bronzer. Then I dusted a bit of the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlight on the tops of my cheekbones and browbones - this is probably the best highlight for brides. It's super subtle and gives you a lit-from-within glow. I finished off the skin with a veil of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder through the center of my face.

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I knew I wanted a more feathered, less blocky brow look, so I started with a layer of the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown and followed it with the MAC Eyebrows Styler in Stylized.* I only just got the brow pencil last week, but I instantly fell for the formula and application. It's waterproof, and it lasted all night without smudging. For my eyes, I was feeling a slight rose gold look, but I also wanted to throw in some cool tones since they're more flattering on my skin. To combine those two things together, I used the Glossier Lidstar in Cub as the base for my eyeshadows - it not only gave my whole eyeshadow look a more rose-gold hue, but also worked beautifully as an eyeshadow primer and kept what I put on top from creasing all night. I went in on top with MAC Eyeshadows, dipping into the Cool Neutrals x15 Palette and a custom palette my sister made from me - I used mostly Quarry, Cork, and Naked Lunch from there. For a little extra sparkle, I patted a bit of the Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimiere on the center of my eyelids. Rather than a harsh liquid line for eyeliner, which I don't feel is very flattering on me, I did a soft smoky wedge using the Colourpop Eyeliner in Brew-Haha topped with a dark brown shadow from the MAC Cool palette. For mascara I went a bit rogue, choosing to layer two formulas, neither of which was waterproof. I started with a layer of the Milk Makeup Kush Mascara because I just love how it makes me look like I have dramatic lash extensions - it makes them look super fluffy, fanned out, and voluminous. Then on top I combed through some Glossier Lash Slick to help separate any clumps, lengthen, and keep it from smudging. The longevity of these two blew me away - I was actually afraid I'd have to do an emergency waterproof mascara run the morning of the wedding, but these two ended up holding up perfectly, even when my husband broke down in tears during his vows, which made me cry a lot. The mascara didn't smudge at all throughout the night, holding up from about 2pm to 3am.

The last thing to apply was lipstick, and again, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know what a dilemma I was having - I attach a lot of sentimental value to lipsticks, so I kind of wanted a new one that I could forever remember as my "wedding lipstick." But I also wanted to wear something I knew I liked and would hold up well. In the end I found a compromise - I went with a Bobbi Brown Lipstick, which I knew was a formula that worked well for me, but I picked up a new shade, Sandwash Pink. It's such a perfect, classic neutral pink. I hear it's the one Kate Middleton wore for her wedding, which is what made me make a beeline for it when I went to Sephora with my sister for this quest for a wedding lipstick. It worked out so perfectly and is now my new favorite lipstick. I layered the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk underneath of course, and for the reception I topped it with the Lancome L'Absolu Lacquer in Infra Rose for something a little more fun - the shade looked lovely over Sandwash Pink, and it added a beautiful gloss that stayed put really well. I definitely need to run out and buy more shades now, because the formula is phenomenal.

So that's it! Everything I wore on my face for my wedding. What are your favorite makeup picks for special occasions? And are you with me on the wedding lipstick thing?

Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Lash Slick: Glossier’s New Mascara

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Finally: a full face of Glossier is possible! Glossier’s latest launch, Lash Slick, is their take on mascara.  Like all things Glossier, this is definitely a “your lashes but better” mascara. It’s separating and lengthening, like eyelash extensions you can wash off at the end of the day.

248 formulas later, Glossier has really perfected the everyday mascara. It doesn’t feel like a fiber mascara, but look closely and you’ll see the little 1-2mm fibers in the formula. film forming polymers coat the lashes and hold the fibers in place on the ends of the lashes - true extensions! It also contains vegan biotin to condition the lashes. 

The wand is of the plastic variety, and while I normally prefer fiber brushes, this one is clearly perfect for the formula. It easily grips each lash and combs through them effortlessly, resulting in each lash being perfectly coated in product and fanned out. The result is a natural-looking lash that’s just enhanced - a little longer, a little curlier, and a little more full. 

 Top: No mascara, Bottom: 2 coats of Glossier Lash Slick

Top: No mascara, Bottom: 2 coats of Glossier Lash Slick

While the formula looks beautiful on the lashes, the real selling point for me is its longevity. It’s water-resistant and not waterproof, and yet it lasts and lasts on me. I’ve said time and again I struggle with mascaras smudging underneath my eyes, but I haven’t had that problem in the slightest with Lash Slick. I haven’t been able to wear mascara on my lower lashes for years because of smudging, and I finally can now. Speaking of, this formula lends itself especially well to the lower lashes - you get doll eyes instantly. Lash Slick looks exactly the same at the end of the day as it does when i first put it on - just as black, just as long, and just as curled. It also washes off so easily despite being so long-lasting. It comes right off with warm water, making makeup removal at the end of the day a breeze.

Lash Slick is for sure my new everyday go-to - I love how natural it looks and how well it stays put throughout the day. If you’re looking for a lash-extensions kind of look, then look no further! 

Lash Slick was sent to me early for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Link points to my Glossier Rep Page - you get 20% off your first order, and I make a small commission. 

Pat McGrath Labs Spring Launches | Subversive La Vie en Rose Palette & Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner

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One of my favorite makeup artists is Pat McGrath, so naturally I’ve been drawn to pretty much everything she launches in her line. Every new release and collection seems so thought-out and unique, so everything I've tried has been a welcome addition to my routine. Lately I've been trying to step up my eye makeup game and wanting to stray a bit from my usual super neutral looks, so the new MTHRSHP Subversive La Vie En Rose Palette and Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner landed on my doorstep at just the right time.

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I've only recently become familiar with the eyeshadow palette formula - my sister just got me the Subliminal Platinum Bronze Palette for my birthday. The quality I fell in love with last month in that palette has remained consistent in this newest palette for spring.

The La Vie en Rose Palette houses such a beautiful array of shades, from a brilliant gold, to a royal purple, to a bright magenta pink. It was a little intimidating at first, but I've quickly fallen in love with the bright rosy looks I can create with it. I've started falling into the habit of thinking a palette needs to have a warm matte brown "transition shade" in order to be usable, but this palette has totally thrown that idea out of my mind. I actually love buffing the pink shade into the crease to start out a look, and the shimmery shades look beautiful in the crease as well - they become more of a satin finish as you blend them, so they work perfectly anywhere on the eyes. The shades included are Euphoria (pink plum frost), Paranormal (deep plum suede), Purple Reign (royal purple sheen), Gold Nectar (gold metallic), Rose Risque (bright pink sheen), and Pale Fire (peachy-pink duochrome).

Like I said above, the quality is top-notch. These are pigments, so they don't feel quite as "buttery" and soft as other eyeshadows, but they perform beautifully on the eyes. They have just the right amount of pigmentation - enough to show up right away, but also easy to build for more intensity. They're also quite blendable - they certainly make me look more skilled at eyeshadow than I really am. The shadows are incredibly long-lasting as well, even on my usually creasy eyelids. Not only do they stay put without creasing, but they also don't fade or lose their brilliance throughout the day.  Even without a primer, there's no creasing, and they blend effortlessly.

 T-B | Pale Fire, Purple Reign, Gold Nectar, Paranormal, Rose Risque, Euphoria 

T-B | Pale Fire, Purple Reign, Gold Nectar, Paranormal, Rose Risque, Euphoria 

As for the liner, that's a win as well. I'm not always the biggest liquid liner fan, but this one has been easy enough for me to use and is starting to convert me. I usually have the most luck with the brush-tip pens, but this felt tip is so flexible that it is just as easy to control and manipulate. I can get such a smooth, even line even with my shaky hands. It's incredibly black and long-lasting, so it's perfect for adding a bit of drama to any look. 

Have you tried any products from Pat McGrath Labs? What's your favorite?

La Vie en Rose Palette & Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner have been sent to me for this review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Loving Lately | 10 Recommendations for the Sephora VIB Sale

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It's been awhile since I've written about some products I've been loving, and so what better time than when the Sephora VIB sale about to start. This time, I've selected five skincare and five makeup products that I'm loving that can all be found in Sephora, in case you're looking for something new to try out while there is 10-15% off. As usual, I've been all about glowing skin and a more minimal makeup look, so these products are all perfect for achieving that.

The Skincare

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner* - I've loved this for about a year now, but in the past few months it's really grown on me. I use multiple layers morning and night, and my skin has been feeling so much softer and more hydrated. If you love rose, you'll love this. It smells beautiful, just like everything from Fresh, and I just love how there's rose petals floating in the toner. There's an unused bottle pictured, but just know I've already gone through two of these.

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Summer Fridays Jet Lag MaskThis seems to be the product of the moment. Everyone is raving about it, and for good reason. Summer Fridays is a new brand started by lifestyle bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores, and the Jet Lag Mask is their very first product. It's kind of an all-in-one treatment, really. It hydrates, soothes, gently exfoliates, and depuffs - it's basically a facial in a tube. I've seen endless ways to use this, but my favorite is applying a thick layer and letting it soak in for 30 minutes to an hour, and then gently rinsing off anything left over. It instantly makes my skin smoother and softer, and it does an amazing job of depuffing my undereye area as well. I will definitely continually repurchase this as I run out. Unfortunately this sold out at Sephora as I was writing this post, but I still think it's so great it's worth paying full price for. It's currently in stock on the Summer Fridays website. Also, the Origins Mega-Mushroom Mask has been giving me similar results and is still in stock at Sephora.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye CreamI've only been using this for about a week now, so while I can't comment on longterm benefits, I'm already so incredibly impressed. This has to have one of the nicest consistencies of an eye cream I've ever used - it almost feels balmy, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all. I love the airless pump packaging, and the pump is super easy to control, too, so you don't waste product. I've noticed this instantly seems to brighten up my dark circles a bit and really smooths out my undereye area. I've been using it every morning, and my concealer has been looking so much nicer - it doesn't cake up or look dry throughout the day. This may have beat Babyfacial as my favorite Drunk Elephant product!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* - I recently got to try a few things from Caudalie, and one of the standouts was this beautiful serum. It's a milky serum that works to hydrate, renew radiance, and brighten dark spots with the help of viniferine, an ingredient from grape sap that's proven to be more effective than Vitamin C. Dark spots are always an issue for me - I break out often, but the most annoying part of the breakout is waiting for the leftover mark to fade away. I've been using this every morning and have noticed my acne marks fading more quickly, and I just feel like I look more "glowy" in general. This is a "morning of the wedding" product for me, for sure.

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops* - In case you didn't see my rave review of these on Tuesday, I highly recommend the newest product to hit Dr. Jart+'s Cicapair Line. I love the orignal Color Correcting Treatment, but I really love that the Camo Drops give me the same redness correction while feeling ultra soothing on my skin, giving a little bit of glow, and then also feeling completely weightless. If the thickness of the original held you back from making the purchase, I'd definitely try these instead.

The Makeup

Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin TintI seriously can't shut up about this skin tint lately. The only thing keeping me from throwing out all of my foundations in favor of only wearing this all the time is that there isn't a perfect shade match for me available. There aren't many shades in the range, but it does cover a wider spectrum than what I've usually seen. Hopefully they expand the range, because this truly is the most beautiful base product I've ever tried. It somehow manages to look and feel like nothing while giving the skin a radiant (but not greasy) glow, blurring the pores, and evening out skin tone. It also lasts the entire day on me without fading or wiping away. It feels like a burst of water when applied to the skin and instantly makes me look more awake and healthy. Normally if a shade doesn't work for me I'll just return the product, but this performs so well and looks SO pretty on my skin that I've been experimenting mixing it with other products - the effort is worth it!

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NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye ColorI want to be an eyeshadow person, I really do. But I can never drag myself out of bed early enough to have enough time to do a full look. So, I rely on cream eyeshadows and easy-to-use eyeshadow sticks, and my favorite by far are the NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Colors. These come in so many pretty shades (both matte and shimmery), and once they've set they will not move at all. I normally have an issue with things creasing on me, but not with these. They glide on so easily, are nice and pigmented from the get-go, and are easy to blend out with just a finger. My favorite shade at the moment is Nudity, a glistening peachy champagne shade that really brightens my eyes.

Lilah b. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer DuoCarrying around an eyeshadow palette and brushes seems like too much for me, but I'll happily pack a powder bronzer and brush for the day. My favorite bronzer at the moment (and also probably ever) is this beautiful duo by Lilah b. Not only is it the perfect shade for me, but the formula itself is just pigmented enough to easily bronze the skin without going overboard, and the packaging is stunning. You've probably heard people say how luxuriously heavy Lilah b.'s packaging is, but it's even more amazing in person. 

BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh PowderThis sounded too intriguing to pass up, so I picked it up a few weeks ago even though I'm not usually a powder person. It actually feels wet/cooling when first applied to the skin, which I'll admit is the weirdest sensation ever. But what that does is make it able to set your makeup like a powder while diffusing everything to look like you've just used a face mist. It's a truly mind-boggling product in the best way. I can't comment on its oil-controlling abilities since my skin is on the dry side, but it certainly does extend the wear of my makeup and glides flawlessly over my skin. It doesn't make my skin look or feel dry and rather blurs everything out, like a filter in real life. I know powders don't seem like a very exciting purchase, but trust me on this one - you need it.

Dior Addict Lip GlowI'm sure you predicted this one. If I had to only wear one lip product for the rest of my life, I would choose Dior Lip Glow in a heartbeat. I love that it's moisturizing enough for even my dry lips, and every shade I've tried (Pink, Raspberry, and Berry) has left such a pretty tint on my lips. If you're really looking to treat yourself and are more of a lip balm/stain kind of person rather than a lipstick person, then you can't go wrong with one of these. The Raspberry shade is pictured, although I think the Berry one is my current favorite to wear.

What are your favorite products from Sephora?

The Sephora Sale runs from 4/20-4/23 with 15% off for VIB and VIB Rouge and 10% off for Beauty Insiders.

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.