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January Favorites: Beauty + Lifestyle

Ok, ok. Before I get into the products I have been LOVING the past few months, I want to start off by giving a quick apology for my absence on the blog! I decided to take time off from writing over the holidays, and once Winter break ended and I got back to school I needed time to adjust to my new schedule and classes. With that being said- I’m back! And I’m back with a list of goodies I think you may enjoy…


1. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette: Over the holidays I decided to use my gathered gift cards to do a little splurgin’. And when I think of “splurging” the first thing that comes to mind is high end luxury makeup. Whoops! This past holiday season, Hourglass Cosmetics released the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette. Hourglass powders in general are the highest of quality and can do pretty much no wrong in my book. This palette, however, is unique in the fact that it is an entirely new formula to the brand. The three shades in this particular palette actually combine 3 classic Hourglass formulas- their strobing powder, ambient lighting blush, and ambient lighting powder- to come up with a blush that can dually be used as a blush and a strobing powder at once. With three shades (a coral, a natural nude, and a berry mauve) this palette is an incredible option for anybody looking for a blush that will give a natural flush to the cheeks and glow to the skin!


2. Becca Blushed With Light Palette: In case you can’t tell, I’ve been having a bit of a blush thing lately. There’s just something about the cold Winter months that has me longing for a rosy cheek. While I love the Hourglass palette for that subtle flush, whenever I’m in need of a pop of color to the cheeks I’ve been turning to my Becca Blushed With Light palette. This limited edition palette (still available on Beautylish) offers a mixture of matte and luminous blushes that are guaranteed to be fitting for any occasion. The three shades are classics that Becca offers individually- Wisteria, a dusty mauve (which is my favorite of the bunch!); Songbird, a peachy bronze; and Snapdragon, a luminous coral. All in all, this palette holds three blush shades that are truly universal and never go out of style. Plus, the packaging is simply to die for!


3. Soap and Glory Brow Archery 2-in-1 Crayon: Guys. I freakin’ love this. When it comes to brows, I don’t typically stray far from my NYX Microbrow Pencil, or my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. But, to be quite honest, I’ve been less and less into the super structured “instagram” look lately and have been loving a nice and natural bushy brow. And if you are trying to achieve that look, then this bad boy is for you. The Soap and Glory 2-in-1 Crayon is what I imagine the ABH Brow Definer is (which I’ve never tried) but with an extra kick- it has a built in brow gel! What I love about the pencil portion of this product is that it is so quick and easy to use, and will never give you a harsh or unblended look. As for the gel, I was admittedly skeptical at first, but oh hot dang, I’m in love. All in all, if you’re looking for a way to speed up your brow routine to achieve a natural look, I highly recommend trying this out.


4. Maybelline Peach BuffI don’t know about you guys, but finding that perfect nude lipstick is a feat I find to be quite impossible. And while I still haven’t 100% achieved that goal, Maybelline has got me getting real close to getting there. Maybelline has always been one of my favorite brands when it comes to lipstick formulas, and with their new line of “Inti-Mattes” my love has grown. With a wide array of nude lipsticks in the line, there is one that really stood out to me while I was browsing the aisles. “Peach Buff” is a neutral to warm nude shade with the slightest peach undertone. What I love about this shade in particular is that it isn’t too pink, peach, or beige. Instead, it somehow manages to be a perfect combination of the three, and won’t wash you out when wearing. Of course, nude lipsticks are entirely dependent of preference and skin tone, so if you aren’t liking the sound of this shade in particular, I would still recommend checking out the other shades in the line. But this one’s pretty damn good.


5. Maybelline Blushing Pout:  Like I said above, Maybelline slays the lipstick game for me, and I always love testing out their old and new shades. One of my favorite lipstick lines that Maybelline offers is their “Creamy Mattes”. As I was paroozing the Target aisles a couple weeks ago, I saw the shade “Blushing Pout” and thought I would give it a whirl. What I love about this shade is that it’s wearable, but incredibly unique at the same time. In the tube it looks like a regular soft pink shade, but when applied, Blushing Pout comes off as a cool toned pink with aaaaalmost a lilac hue. This shade is pretty much Winter in a tube in my eyes and reminds me a whole lot of the oh so classic MAC “Snob”. 



6. Marc Jacobs Daisy DreamOk, I’m not even going to pretend I know how to properly explain fragrance. All you need to know from me is that this shiz smells like HEAVEN. Here’s the #legit explanation: Inspired by the boundless spirit of daisies and blue skies, Daisy Dream reflects Marc Jacobs’ irresistible mix of intricate details, elegance, and femininity for a fresh interpretation of the iconic Daisy motif. The fruity-floral fragrance has a light and airy touch, bursting with top notes of blackberry, grapefruit, and pear. The heart notes are introduced with a bouquet of jasmine, lychee, and blue wisteria, and a medley of white woods, musks, and coconut water reveal the base notes.


7. Wool and the Gang: As “old lady” as it may sound, my favorite way to relieve stress is by knitting! Because of the level of concentration needed for the craft, and the attention needed to keep track of your pattern, whenever I knit I find it near impossible to think of anything other than my fingers moving. Coming from somebody who admittedly has severe anxiety, knitting is something that I rely on to calm myself down, and one of my current favorite knitting resources has been Wool and the Gang! Wool and the Gang is an online website that offers everything from pre-made knits, to their own line of yarn and patterns, to knitting kits that can pretty much guarantee you’ll make something great. Knitting is something that I’ve come to rely on in times of stress, and is something I recommend to anyone who’s going through something similar. Whether you’re already a pro, or a knitting novice, Wool and the Gang will have something for you!


8. The Devil in the White City: Similarly to my lack of skill in describing perfume, I’m going to leave the description of this killer (hehe) book to the pros. All you need to know from me is that I considered it an A+ (and Leonardo Dicaprio is supposedly going to be in the movie version (If that makes a difference)):

Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book’s categorization to be sure that The Devil in the White City is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. Burnham’s challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous “White City” around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair’s incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison. The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World’s Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims. Combining the stories of an architect and a killer in one book, mostly in alternating chapters, seems like an odd choice but it works. The magical appeal and horrifying dark side of 19th-century Chicago are both revealed through Larson’s skillful writing.


On that charming note, my favorites are finished! I hope you enjoyed reading about what I’ve been loving as of late. As always, feel free to comment down below to let me know what you’ve been loving, or to let me know what kind of posts you would like to see from me in the future.

Have a splendid day,

Love, Lieve





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