September Favorites! Birthday Month and Haul special

2016, Beauty, favorites, makeup, monthly favorites, Uncategorized

That’s right! It’s birthday month. Every year this month, I celebrate and take out time for myself. Whether it is a nice day at the spa resting up, or not worrying about splurging for myself, I take full advantage of this month by indulging!

Here are some of my favorite items that I’ve indulged in.


Lips

I’m starting to believe that a good lipstick can make or break an outfit/look. I’ve noticed how many women of the Indian subcontinent lean towards darker, more brown tones for lipsticks. I’m the opposite at least until the fall and winter seasons. I love the bright pinks, the hot fiery reds and the bold magentas and burgundy tones. Anything to brighten up my face!

 

Foundation

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab makes me feel like I’m well rested and that I’ve got the best skin in the world. It’s light and refreshing while it covers my slight imperfections. I’ve ranted and raved about this foundation for many months. It’s definitely my favorite go-to foundation for taking pictures and for social gatherings. 

 

Eyes

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve bought an eye shadow palette. The last one I got was the Urban Decay Smokey palette last year. I’m still using that but this time around I wanted some more shades for the fall. I finally broke down and ended up getting the Smashbox Matte Exposure palette. It’s got the perfect shades for this fall season from mauve to deep purples, I’ve been using this palette like crazy.

 

Bag

This month I splurged on a present for myself. I haven’t bought a fun bag in a while and I definitely didn’t have one in this burgundy plum color. I’ve been loving the options that Michael Kors has out right now. Plus I scored this beauty at TJ Maxx for only $99!

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Favorites-February

2016, Beauty, eye, makeup, monthly favorites, sephora, skin care, skincare, year in review

Feburary Favorites

I’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of new products in the past year. It’s been a blessing to be able to test my skin and my routine with various foundations, lotions, and tons of different make up products. Obviously, each and every person is different and there are going to be some things that are my absolute favorites that you might not like, and things that I dislike that are your absolute favorites.

That being said, let’s take a stab at my favorites from this month!

 

Skin Care

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I’m getting old. There is no denying that and with age comes a whole myriad of skin changes. I’ve been trying to avoid using crazy ingredients and keep to a more holistic approach to taking care of my skin. That being said, I do not ever intend to stop using my Clarisonic. It’s been the one thing that I always run back to whenever my skin doesn’t feel soft and supple. I use it with my Philosophy Purity face wash. It’s a crucial part to my weekly cleansing routine.

Toner

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I’ve always been a toner girl. I’ve had uneven skin tone since I was a teenager and I’ve been using a toner to combat that. When I was younger, I’d use the alcohol-free toner from Neutrogena. It was cheap and worked when I was younger. Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to change my routine. I’m currently using the Pixi Glow Tonic. It has a subtle scent of roses and it feels like I’ve been bathed in a luxurious rose bath.

Moisturizer

I’ve tried to use the Neutogena moisturizer and it ruined my skin. I’ve since been exfoliating like crazy and using my go-to moisturizer.  The Clinique moisture surge helps renew my skin and I’ve been using it religiously day and night to heal the cracks on my face.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, 1.7 oz

 

Foundation

I’m an avid fan of the Urban Decay Naked foundation for daily wear and light coverage. In fact, it’s my go to foundation on the routine. But February was filled with many events and occasions were a light coverage foundation just wouldn’t cut it.

That’s when I discovered the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I don’t need a whole lot of coverage even when I head out to parties or formal events for work. Pairing the Nars Sheer Glow with my Nars concealer provides just enough coverage so my face looks dewy and fresh.

Plus being of Indian descent, I’ve been amazed to find that the Sheer glow foundation has a color called Punjabi. That color happens to be the most perfect match to my skin. It’s not too light nor is it too dark. It just provides the most flawless coverage for my skin.

It’s a bit on the pricey side, which is why I’ll most likely reserve the foundation for special occasions.

Nars Sheer Glow in Punjabi

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Concealor

I’ve got fine lines under my eye and that makes covering dark circles a difficult task. I like how this formula is very light and doesn’t settle into the creases under my eyes. I also like that I can layer it on and still look natural. Again this is my go to product for my daily routine. For more coverage, I’ll use my Nars concealer. 

Urban Decay Naked

Eyeliner

I’ve been a fan of the Eyeko eyeliner for years (I got my first one in an IPSY bag). Recently it’s not being sold at Sephora anymore and as much as that saddens me, it also gives me the opportunity to try something new. I’ve been using the Stila liquid eyeliner pen for a few months now. It’s not as pigmented as my Eyeko eyeliner, but it is still just as long lasting. 

 

The felt tip on the liner allows me to control my application and create a precise wing. It’s been a blast creating fun liner looks with this pen.