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Building Blocks – Cruelty Free Basics to Making Up My Face!

I thought I’d share something kind of different today and go through the products I tend to use every day to start my makeup. These items don’t typically vary much. I may switch out concealers or try a new brow product, but the actual steps involved in getting to a basic better-than-I-just-woke-up kind of face are more or less the same. It’s from this point that I would start adding color to my eyes or just finishing up with some mascara and gloss to run out the door. Lip gloss? Who am I kidding? I rarely wear lip gloss…with July being an exception! 🙂 Anyway, I wouldn’t call this a quick holy-sh*t-I-missed-my-alarm kinda look, it’s more like the building blocks for anything else. Now that we’ve overstated the point, let’s get to some details! 🙂

July Favorites & an UNfavorite! Ciate, ColourPop, the Balm, Too Faced, Urban Decay & More!

As always, Summer is just flying by! I feel like it’s been a busy month, but I can’t really think of any significant events that occurred. Regardless, Summer is nearly over…I know, it’s not really but when the back to school ads and sales begin, you know the end is near. So, July was a decent month beauty-wise though I had an issue a week or two ago. We may have the first unfavorite mentioned this month! JApologies for the drought of posts lately. It’s just been rather hectic and time and energy have been scarce. No need to get into life nonsense, let’s just get into the best of the best beauty in July!!!

I’m going to begin with the most spectacular of nail polishes. Special enough that I devoted an entire review to it (you can check it out here). It is the Olivia Palermo for Ciate Polish in Sunday’s.” Since I did review it, I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, but it is absolutely the prettiest pinky-nude shade that goes with anything. I love the gel-like formula as well and it is just stunning – in presentation, color and formula. Hands down favorite nail polish…maybe ever!

I’ll also briefly mention my favorite-ist of favorite mascaras – Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. I’ve reviewed this as well and you can read more here, but I felt like I needed to try something new for a while so I took a break. For that, I deeply apologize Better Than Sex because you are pretty close to the most perfect mascara in the world! JIt is a bit tricky to apply without getting all over your lash line and I don’t like to attempt it on the bottom lashes, but the volume is to die for. It’s ok for length too, but it really shines in the volume department, which is what I’m most after. It definitely brings the drama! I still have a few sample size tubes around so I have yet to buy a full size, but I definitely will the moment I run out of samples! And, not a complaint, but what’s up with so many ways to get another mini tube? May you never run out of or cease making the Better Than Sex Mascara, Too Faced! J
Since I’ve been using a different mascara on my bottom lashes, I’ll mention that as well. It’s only been recently that I’ve started adding mascara back to my lower lashes and the Tarte Gifted Mascara has been spectacular! It’s a great mascara in general – though it’s no Better Than Sex! – but it is excellent for the lower lashes because the wand is relatively thin and it doesn’t smudge or transfer. Again, I have a baby size and I reviewed this many moons ago (see it here), but I’ve been loving it for lower lashes as well as less dramatic mascara days.
Something else that I’ve been using pretty much every day, but never mention is the Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. Concealer just doesn’t quite cancel out my under eye discoloration as well as I’d like without really caking it on, so this definitely helps. I’m still not sure I love it, but it’s doing the job and it’s a semi-affordable cruelty free option. To be fair, I haven’t really tried many other correctors because I don’t know of many that are still cruelty free. If you need something that helps, the Pixi Corrector is a good option.
For covering up blemishes, redness and any other just undesirable-ness on my face (not my under eyes), I’ve been reaching for the Bare Minerals Multi-Tasking Concealer in Bisque. I’m not usually a huge mineral foundation kinda gal, but I really like using this on top of liquid foundation to just add needed extra coverage. It really does provide coverage and I feel like it also helps set everything in that area since it is a powder product. It’s also pretty quick and easy so I absolutely love the Bare Minerals Bisque lately.
I have an oldie but a goodie for an eye shadow favorite this month. It is Urban Decay’s Roach.” I have always loved this shade. In fact, I think this is the first Urban Decay shadow I ever purchased and possibly the first “high end” shadow I owned. It’s a red-dy bronze that I love just putting all over the lid for a lazy girl’s smoky eye. Mine is still in the older UD packaging with a slightly different formula I believe, but it’s still a fantastic formula. It’s more the color that I love and “Roach” is freakin’ fantastic! J

For a quick and easy blush, I’ve been reaching for Hot Mama from theBalm. Hot Mama is one of those blushes that just kind of works with everything. It’s a subtly shimmery peachy-pink. It is essentially a dupe for NARS’ Orgasm, but I think I like Hot Mama better because I feel like it takes less building, it seems smoother and I don’t notice any glitter, which I sometimes see with Orgasm. Hot Mama is just a great don’t-have-to-think-about-it kind of blush. Lovely!

Depending on my eyes, I was reaching mainly for 2 different lip colors. With the smokier “Roach” eyes, I’ve been tending towards the Christopher Kane for NARS Lip Gloss in “Glow Pink.” Yet again something that I’ve reviewed here. I swear I didn’t intended to have so many links. Proof that I love what I review! J I’ve also been reaching for this gloss with minimal makeup. It’s just a great, comfortable subtle flush of a slightly purple-pink. Other days, I’ve been grabbing for the Lippie Stix in “Brunch” from ColourPop. I love everything about this little tube of amazingness! It’s a satin finish lipstick, but it really looks more like a not-quite-matte. However, it is insanelycomfortable! The color is a gorgeous and wearable orange-y coral. I never thought I would like a color like this on myself, but I adore it! And the Lippie Stix are so freakin’ amazing that I want to own them all!!! It’s been one extreme or the other for my lips in July. J

L to R: Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Brunch & NARS Lipgloss in Glow Pink
Now quickly for my unfavorite. It’s actually a spectacular product that does what it’s supposed to, but it made me break out because of it. It is the Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Lava Rose-Vedic Masque. It’s a mud mask that’s supposed to help pull all of the gunk out of your pores…and it did. My face didn’t much like having all that crap near the surface and it broke out more than it has in quite a while. Fortunately my skin is clearing up now but it was rather unhappy for a week or two there. If you need a good mask for clearing out pores, this is fantastic but for me right now, it just wasn’t a good choice. J
I think that’s going to do it for my July Favorites. It’s been a good time beauty-wise, despite the skin freak out from my poor masking choice. I think I am actually going to post some random favorites next (probably on Friday). I’ve never done that before, but I have enough miscellaneous items for July that it just makes sense. I hope you will come back for it, but I love you even if you skip it. JUntil then, thank you so much for stopping by!

November Favorites – w/ Urban Decay, IT Cosmetics, Bare Minerals, Hugo Naturals, Out of Africa & Face Atelier

It’s been a slightly strange month and I think I’m glad to see that it’s over! However, it was a pretty good month for beauty products, so it’s time for my November favorites! I do not have a ton of products to mention, but I have come across some new products that I really, really love. So let’s get on with it, shall we?! J

My first favorite is an oldie, but a goodie. It is my Urban Decay Brow Box in “Honey Pot.” I imagine there’s nothing particularly special about these brow powders, but I really like the kit and, at least for the older version, I like the layout too! The convenient compact kit contains a light and a darker shade of brow powder, some baby tweezers, a little baby brush and a pan of clear brow wax. I haven’t ever really used the tweezers, but I always use the mini brush. I find it’s actually works pretty well and it’s nice and small, which I find makes it easier to be precise when filling in my brows.
The colors are great for lighter hair, while not being so light that your brows don’t show up. Then there’s the wax, which I just apply with my fingertips after the powder, to keep everything in place. I really prefer the older version’s layout because the brow wax is in a little drawer away from the powder so it stays nice and clean. The newer one has the wax right next to the powders, which I envision getting little bits of powder all over the wax and making a nasty mess.
Other than the couple times I tested out a new brow pencil that didn’t work well for me at all, I have used the Urban Decay Brow Box every time I’ve filled in my brows this month! J
My next favorite is a blush that I’ve used before, but never in this shade…which is gorgeous! It is the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Hydrating Brightening Anti-Aging Powder Blush Stain. Wow! That’s certainly a mouthful! These blushes are really pigmented, last amazingly well, and blend beautifully. This month I started using the shade “Magical in Mauve” and it’s just perfect for this time of year! It give a nice healthy flush to the cheeks and I have also worn this pretty much every day this month! It’s a beautiful plummy-mauve shade that appears to have a slight bit of shimmer in the pan, but I don’t really see it on the cheeks. If anything, it just adds more radiance. So, so pretty!!!
This next product is totally new to me, but now I just might be addicted! It is the Marvelous Moxie Lipstick from Bare Minerals in the shade “Live Large.” I’ve never tried these lipsticks before because whenever I swatch them in stores, they just don’t look like colors I would wear. Then I did a google image search on some of the colors and thought “Live Large” looked really pretty and decided to try it. Aside from being a stunningly beautiful color for fall and winter, the formula is incredible! It is nice and creamy, but stays put. It’s very pigmented, but it doesn’t look like you’re wearing lipstick…well, other than the fact that they’re a different color. It’s incredibly comfortable and not at all drying. It’s just a really impressive formula and I have been obsessed with it this month! J
For lip balm, I’ve been using the Hugo Naturals Pineapple Coconut Lip Balm and it is really great! It’s a bit more on the greasy size, but it is also seriously moisturizing! My only complaint is that it’s become a bit grainy and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t bother me that much, but it’s kind of weird and every time I apply it, I find myself wondering why it’s so lumpy. It’s kept my lips in tip-top shade though, so I can definitely deal with it! JIt is also Vegan and Gluten-Free, which is awesome!
Finally, with the cold weather returning, my hands have been getting pretty dry again. I’ve been reaching for my Out of Africa Organic Shea Butter Hand Cream in “Verbena.” I really love this stuff! I don’t find it to be overly greasy, but it hydrates hands beautifully. The scent is light and doesn’t linger and it’s just the perfect hand cream right now! I broke the cap from using it so much! J
An honorable mention this month is the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro. I’ve been testing it all month, but I’m still on the fence. I like it a lot – it has great coverage, looks beautiful, applies and blends beautifully and is just all around really nice. I’m still trying to find the best way to apply it, but I don’t feel I can call it a favorite yet because I’m still trying to determine how to avoid greasiness because it does tend to make me a bit oilier throughout the day. Other than that, I really love this foundation! I just don’t love blotting my face all day, so it’s still a question mark for me.

That’s going to do it for my favorites this month! I hope you enjoyed and thanks, as always, for stopping by! Let me know what some of your favorite products have been over the past month! I need more suggestions for new things to try! Ok, no I don’t, but I still want to know what everyone else is loving! JUntil next month, I hope you all have wonderful holiday season!!! J

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