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Makeup Menu: The Pinks

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Pink might be my favorite makeup color to wear. Today I combined some of my favorite pink products to create a wearable, winter makeup look.

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Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

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Milani Baked Blushes are a thing of beauty. Their marbled look and textured shimmer make them the cheap version of the coveted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.

Luminoso has been a favorite of mine since I discovered it. I wasn’t sure which color to try next and then Mac’s Warm Soul had a spotlight moment on the interwebs. Berry Amore is supposedly a dupe for Warm Soul so I decided to try it out instead since it is the more affordable option.

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CVS Makeup Haul

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I made a cheeky trip to CVS!

I had been hearing about the new Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara so I had to pick it up (Make sure you print off the $3 off manufacturers coupon you can find online so its only $5!).

Instead of going to Ulta to earn rewards points like I typically do for my drug store makeup splurges, I chose CVS because they carry Milani and I had to have another one of their Baked Blushes. Luminoso is amazing so I opted to try Berry Amore because Amelia Liana insisted it was a good dupe for Mac’s Warm Soul Mineralize Blush. I’ll report back on that.

As if I didn’t have enough Revlon Lip Butters. I had to try this color. I bought Crème Brulee, a very nude shade. It looked intimidating-ly brown in the tube, but I love the look it gives the lips.

More in depth reviews of all these products coming soon!

-Jules

The Best Makeup of 2014!

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There were 5 MVP products of 2014 for me.

These were the things that I used daily for long stretches of time and know I’ll be able to rely on them for years to come.

And here are my favorites:

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Mac Vanilla Pigment

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The ultimate inner corner highlight. Hands down.

I have talked about L’Oreal’s Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte here and named it as dupe for Mac’s Pigment in Vanilla.  Now, after having using Vanilla for a while, I can safely say I prefer it to the drugstore version.

If you already own Iced Latte I don’t think you need to run out and buy the Vanilla pigment, but L’Oreal’s version is $7.99 and you can now buy this to-go sized version of the Mac pigment for $10.  So for just a couple more dollars, you get a higher-end, more beautiful product.  Plus, you only need the tiniest amount of product so I think this small container will last you a lifetime.

I am personally a fan of a dramatic inner corner highlight, so I like a product like this that offers an intense shimmer and is really going to elevate the simplest of eye looks.  I think this pigment is too glittery to use under the brow bone, but it has become my favorite for the inner corner.  On days when I don’t use it, my eyes never look nearly as open or bright.

-Jules

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte

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I really enjoy these Infallible Eye Shadows from L’Oreal (my favorite is obviously the shade Amber Rush).  They are essentially a pressed pigment and provide a very metallic, glittery effect.

Iced Latte is a very pigmented white shade that can be used all over the lid or as a highlight shade.

As far as I can tell it is a great dupe for Mac’s Vanilla pigment; this eye shadow is just not as loose.

My favorite use for this product is as a dramatic inner corner highlight and occasionally I use it under the brow bone.  You can even dust it sparingly on the tops of your cheekbones for a cheek highlight.  Who says you can only use eye shadows on the eyes?

This is an impressive drugstore highlighter and I think it adds just the right amount of impact to any dramatic eye look.  It may not be for everyday, subtle highlighting, but it is quite beautiful if you’re looking for something a tad more striking.

-Jules