Highlighting

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Now that spring is here (haha) I have been trying to get a more glowy makeup look. This can be hard, since I usually use neutral colors, and highlighting can look a bit extreme. These are a few of the things that I use to get a natural effect. The first is the Anastasia Powder Contour Kit. This has colors for contouring and highlighting, and my favorite is the one in the upper right hand corner. I sweep this under my eyes and more heavily above my cheekbones.

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The other product I use is much more affordable. It’s the L’Oreal Powder Glow Illuminator. Since it’s a drugstore highlighter, it’s more chunky with it’s shimmer rather than the buttery texture of the contour kit shades. But it does a great job for noticeable shine. I find this is best for taking selfies, and I use my fingers to dab it above my cheekbones.

What are your favorite highlighting products?

If you want to see what else I’m up you, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

 

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Book Club (October 15th, 2016)

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I bought a book last week and I literally did not put the thing down. I could not put it down.

The book was In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. I had heard and seen a lot about this book, so I went to Barnes and Noble and took the plunge.

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Can I just say, if you are looking for a spooky or tense book for October to give you the Halloween feels, this is the one to get.

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I remember buying this and starting the first few chapters. I was hooked, and I took it everywhere (in the bath, up to New Hampshire, into bed) just so that I could finish it.

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Favorite quote:“There’s a disappointment in the banality of what makes people tick, but at the same time, there’s a kind of fascination at seeing the inner coils and cogs.”

I think the reason I connected with this so much was the reluctance of the narrator to go to an event that will drudge up her past, and the fact that for a lot of the story, she’s unreliable. I, too, hate running into people from high school. I totally understand the anxiety that rises with encountering an ex, or even hearing about an ex. Also, she is a writer, and I found her personality very relatable. I was so invested in this story that I woke up early and stayed up late to sneak chapters in. It was totally engulfing, and I highly recommend it to everyone since it was written so incredibly well.

 

One last quote from the book to stay with you:

“The night was drawing in, and the house felt more and more like a glass cage, blasting its light blindly out into the dusk, like a lantern in the dark. I imagined a thousand moths circling and shivering, drawn inexorably to its glow, only to perish against the cold inhospitable glass.”

Are you hooked?! I hope so.

Book Club (October 4th, 2016)

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This is the best time of year for everything, especially reading. I’ve been upping my book game and trying to read a lot more and a lot faster so I can get to everything I want to. The air is wonderful and cool and perfect to bring out a picnic blanket and a good story. The library nearest to be has been being renovated, and I’m going today to see how it turned out. While I’m there, I plan on bringing home a lot more books. When I will read them all, well, we will see.

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Book I Read: The Muse by Jessie Burton

This book started off very strong for me and I felt incredibly intrigued by the characters and plot. Towards the middle it got more tedious but I pushed through it because it was a 14 day rental at the library.

Quote from the book: “I’ve seen what success does to people, Isaac, how it separates them from their creative impulse, how it paralyses them. They can’t make anything that isn’t a horrible replica of what came before, because everyone has opinions on who they are and how they should be.”

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I’d say if you like a good art themed-mystery, maybe something a little less intense than The Da Vinci Code, you might like this. The characters were well thought out and interesting, and the story had twists and turns that were really interesting. The author has a great tone in her writing and the visuals were very enjoyable!

Have you read this book? Let me know what you think. I’d love to read the first book she wrote, which is called The Miniaturist. Has anyone read that one as well?

-Heather

Book Club: September 20th, 2016

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I just got finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I actually finished it a little while ago, but I never got around to writing this until just now. I was so happy to dive into the wizarding world again. To get familiar with the characters again and learn about their lives was (no pun intended) magic.

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Favorite Quote: “The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” 

I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. To see my Goodreads account, click here! 

Let me know if you read this as well. I saw some controversy online about the characters and discrepancies of their personalities between the previous books and this one. I personally didn’t mind it very much. I think you need to keep in mind that this is written in script form, so there is a lot less depth to the words. In the other books, there is so much behind every character and chapter and event, and a play just reads a bit different with less explanation.

 

“Secretly, we’re all a little more

absurd than we make ourselves

out to be.”

-J.K. Rowling

 

Book Club: August 11th, 2016

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I just finished the book The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I had been wanting to read a book like this for a long time. The setting was gorgeous, set in England during the late 1800’s at a girl’s boarding school. This is the third book in the series, and I had never read the first two. I know that sounds terrible, but this one seemed far more interesting to me!

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The only negative thing I will say about the book is that it’s very big, with a lot of story going on, and sometimes it feels rushed.

Besides that, I loved it!

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I had been wanting to get more reading done, but this is quite a long book. It took up a lot of time! I would recommend it to anyone who likes period books, books about magic, or coming-of-age books for teenage girls.

“Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villains.”
― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

Lush & Illuminating | Favorites of the Month: July

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Most of my favorites this month are things I’ve had awhile, but some of these are new! I’ve had good skin most of the time and I give credit to these products. I’m also trying to use as much of my “summer” makeup as possible, because fall is coming, and I can’t wait to switch to fall colors!

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Palmer’s Gentle Daily Cleanser

I use this about 2-3 times a week with my Clarisonic, and it is really nice! I always try to use a smooth formula, and this leaves my skin so soft and smooth.

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This is so gentle on my skin without doing too much damage.

CoverGirl LineExact Liquid Liner

This is the best drugstore liner I’ve used in a long time, and the color is very black. At first I wasn’t sure about it because you have to really shake it before use. But it is so small and travel friendly, I don’t mind having to shake it up before applying. It’s so handy! It goes on as more of a gel than a liquid in my experience, but I have a lot of control with the handle.

Maybelline Baby Lips Doctor Rescue Lip Balm in “Soothing Sorbet”

I love using this right after using my lip scrub. The Doctor Rescue range has menthol in it and really helps with dry lips. And geez, my lips have been dry. This has been a lifesaver!

Lush Lip Scrub in “Mint Juleps”

I try to use this every once in awhile since it is such a deep exfoliator. This is my favorite flavor of their lip scrubs and it makes me feel ready to put on whatever lip color I may choose. If you haven’t tried these, go out and get one! They aren’t super expensive and they last a really long time.

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Beauty 360 Illuminating Daily Moisturizer

I’ve been concentrating this around the sides of my fave where I get dried out. I am so impressed with this stuff!

I was using a really expensive moisturizer and had to pick up a cheap one when I ran out, and I can’t get over how well this does the job.

It’s very light, but that’s what I like about it. Some of my others have been so heavy and it feels like they are clogging my pores. This is very natural, and it contains sunscreen!

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This makes shaving so, so quick.

Leon Max Reading Glasses

I got these from my eye doctor back in December and they aren’t any fancy designer, but they are really cute! I love using them to work or read, the tortoise pattern is classic.

Movie Favorite: Crimson Peak

I really, really loved this movie, and I watch a lot of scary movies. I rewetted it a few times and I’ve concluded it’s one of my favorite horror movies ever.

The story is inspired by Jane Eyre and Rebecca, and those are some of my favorite books. The costumes are gorgeous, the setting is beautiful, and the acting is superb! I could watch this over and over. Since it’s getting to be spooky season, (I know, too soon…) this is a great recommendation to get you in the mood. I’ll be watching this every weekend until Halloween…

I will also say, if you are usually scared of horror movies, this one isn’t really bad. There is some gore, but it isn’t like watching a torture movie (a la Saw) and it’s done really well. The ghosts are more artistic than realistic, and in my opinion, everything Guillermo del Toro touches is gold. _DSC0214

 

That’s about it for this month. I’m aware that this is a bit late for a usual favorites post. At least we’re still in the early days of August! I have a feeling I’ll be doing more favorites now that we’re getting closer to Autumn. I’m generally much more inspired during this time.

-Heather

Everyday Makeup Look

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I’ve been wearing very minimal makeup lately. In fact, most days I don’t wear any makeup at all because of this heat.

But every now and then when I want to do a quick and no-fail makeup look, these are the products I use. It’s important that the products I splurge on are great quality, and then they last me forever. The Lorac Pro palette is absolutely fantastic and never fails to give natural and super pigmented colors. I also use my Mac “Trace Gold” blush on the apples of my cheeks and blend it with my contour.

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For my contour, the Anastasia kit has been a life saver. It doesn’t take much to give some shape to your face, and building product is so easy. The highlights included are amazing and I find that the yellow toned one sets my underage concealer perfectly! Depending on what colors I’m using on my face determines what contour shade I use. I tend to use the warmer shades, but I love the cool tone too. This palette is something that I had no idea I needed, and now I can’t live without it.

Even with a simple face of makeup, adding some bronze brings your face to life. I use my “Trace Gold” after I’ve contoured and try to blend downward. It has a gold shimmer it in that looks lovely on the cheekbones. You could wear just that and some mascara and look wonderful. I think less makeup in the summer is the way to go.

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Finishing the makeup off with a smear of berry on the lips is pretty much all I need.

What is your current everyday makeup?

-Heather

Indulging | Birthday Haul

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I finally bought something from Anastasia! I know everyone is obsessed with them, but I never wanted to dish out the cash for their products. Since I got money for my birthday and for graduation, I decided to splurge a little bit!

I got the light to medium contour kit, and I absolutely love it. The packaging is gorgeous and the colors are pigmented and perfect for warming up and shaping your face. I used it today for the first time and it was buildable, which I’m happy about.

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Besides some summer colors of nail polish, the only other thing I bought were these Biscoff cookies. These are those delicious cookies you get when you’re flying, and I’ve had them some other places in Europe.

I found these at Ocean State because I just recently bought the Biscoff Cookie Butter that’s a spread that tastes just like these cookies. If it sounds indulgent, trust me, it is. After eating that (I use it on rice cakes) I started looking for the cookie version. These are delicious and they taste great with coffee and tea. If you can get your hands on these, I would buy a few packages!

Basically, this haul consists of:

-Anastasia Contour Kit in Light to Medium

-Sally Hansen Miracle Gels in “Get Juiced” and “So Much Fawn”

-Biscoff Cookies

And that’s it! I thought I’d share this because the contour kit was a pretty big purchase, and I’m also excited about those nail colors. The mauve-colored pink is the one I’ll use next, I love it’s rosy color. Let me know if you’ve used the contour kit and if you have in tips/tricks. I’m getting the hang of it, but I love it so far.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Coming Up Roses | Royal Rose Hydrating Serum Review

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Recently I started using this Royal Rose Hydrating Serum by the brand Valentia that I am now obsessed with. Before this point, I had actually never owned or used a serum. A lot of them were very expensive, and I had no way of knowing if they would actually work. This, however, does work wonders and I’m so glad to introduce it into my beauty routine. Since it’s alcohol free, paragon free, and uses 98% natural ingredients, it is a very trusted product to be putting on your face. Also, for those of you who check for these things, they are also 100% cruelty free.

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When I first started using this, I actually made the mistake of thinking it was also a moisturizer because that’s how creamy and hydrating it felt on my skin. I use one pump, (although if my skin is feeling extra dry I use two) and smooth it all over my face after I’ve cleansed in the morning and at night. After letting the serum dry, I put on my normal moisturizer.

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The best thing I’ve noticed about my skin after using it is that I don’t have patches of dry skin on the sides of my face near my ears the way that I used to, and as soon as I put this product on, I can tell that it’s working.

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Another great thing about this is that it seems to soothe my irritated skin, especially if I have some sort of breakout.

I am really impressed with this product and I am even considering buying more from this company because of the way my skin feels. If you want to check out their brand, visit their website here. You can also buy the product through Amazon here.

Sincerely,

-Heather (With a much more hydrated face)