Birthday Wishlist: Luxury Makeup

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My birthday is this weekend so I thought it would be fun to round up some luxury makeup items that are at the top of my wishlist. These are all cult products in the beauty blogging and beauty YouTube world so I know they’re good, but they are very expensive. I’ve considered purchasing these items at one time or another but couldn’t make myself spend the money. So let’s just say I wouldn’t mind opening up a gift this weekend and finding one of these inside. Maybe someday I’ll decide to splurge but for now I’ll keep dreaming of these beautiful products.

1. Tom Ford Lip Color
2. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
4. By Terry Ombre Blackstar
5. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Color-Coded Eye Shadow Palette
6. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel
7. Dior Rosy-Glow Petal Awakening Blush
8. Burberry Eye Colour Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow

What luxury makeup products are on your wishlist?

Spring Nails: The New White

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Nails Inc. recently released their new line of pastels, a collection named “The New White.” There are four colors (left to right): Whitehall, Swan Street, Lily Road, and Whitehorse Street. Whitehall is a pale peach. Swan Street is a soft mint. Lily Road is a baby pink. Whitehorse Street is light gray with a hint of purple. The intensity of the color in the polishes changes in different light, ranging from almost white to true pastels. The polish can apply patchy if you’re not careful, but two thin, light coats applied with a steady hand results in a beautiful finish. I use a base coat and top coat with this polish which helps prolong the wear time. I’ve been wearing Swan Street for three days now and have minimal chipping. This is one of my favorite nail polish purchases I’ve made in recent years and I plan to wear these colors all spring and summer. These are great if you want a clean, classic nail with a hint of color.





February Favorites


It’s favorites time again! I tried a lot of products in February but very few stood out enough to for me to call them a favorite. (Many had potential and could be a favorite in March so stay tuned). Instead I rediscovered a couple old favorites, as well as discovered some instant favorites. So let’s jump right in!


First is a new favorite. This is the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine. It is the perfect peach for Spring. The blush is insanely pigmented and lasts all day. The texture is smooth and the blush blends like a dream. This is the first product I’ve tried from Laura Mercier and I love it so much that I plan to check out her other products soon.


My new favorite eyeliner is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown. I’ve been using black liquid liner for a while now and wanted something a bit softer. After hearing and reading rave reviews of this eye liner, I decided to try it out. The pen is easy to use and apply a clean line and the color is dark without being too harsh. The eyeliner lasts all day and doesn’t smudge or flake. There is a wide range of colors to match any eye color or skin tone. I’ve already picked up the color Indigo for when I want a brighter eye look. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to dive into the world of liquid eyeliner.


The first old favorite I rediscovered is my beloved Revlon Colorstay foundation. This is my holy grail foundation. I’ve been trying some new foundations recently but none of them were quite working for me. I was digging through my foundation drawer and found this foundation and decided to try it again. I honestly had forgotten how much I love it. It lasts all day and leaves a beautiful finish on the skin. It doesn’t stick to any dry skin which was my biggest issue with other foundations I’ve been trying. The foundation comes in two formulas, one for normal to dry skin and one for oily to combination skin. My sister has been using the formula for oily skin and loves it as well. This will forever be my favorite foundation.


My second rediscovered favorite is Benefit They’re Real mascara. This is the perfect mascara for when you want insane lashes that look like they could be falsies. The wand has a ball of bristles on the end that helps you reach the lashes in the corners of your eyes and helps you separate the lashes if needed. The formula is lengthening and volumizing and all around amazing. It doesn’t flake and lasts all day. My only problem with the mascara is how waterproof it is. This makes it hard to remove at the end of the day but the effect is worth it.


My last favorite is MAC Fix+. I use this as a finishing spray to set my makeup and help it last all day. It adds a nice glow to the skin as well and can be used throughout the day to refresh your makeup. I sometimes spray this on my beauty blender to help blend my foundation or cream contour. Fix+ can also be sprayed on an eye shadow brush before applying eye shadow to get a more intense color payoff. This is a great product for someone looking to keep their makeup fresh all day.

I also thought I’d start including some random, non-beauty favorites. Just a quick list showing what else I’ve been into lately.

Music – Milo Greene
TV – Parks and Recreation (the finale broke my heart and made me so happy at the same time)
Book – Yes Please by Amy Poehler
App – Candy Crush Soda Saga
Youtuber – ViviannaDoesMakeup

That’s it for my favorites! It was hard to pick my favorites for February since very few items stood out to me, but we’re only 5 days into March and I already have some favorites picked out. What products have you been loving recently?