What I Got For Christmas: Beauty 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014
Hello all and happy new year! I hope you had a great holiday, here are a few things that I got for Christmas, as well as items that I purchased myself with a gift card!
 Benefit Instant Brow Pencil: Medium-Dark– This brow pencil is AMAZING. The shade matches my eyebrows perfectly, and I love the spoolie at the end of the pencil, it blends really well! This pencil is great if you are just starting out with filling in your brows, and gives you a very natural look.
Bobbi Brown Powder Blush: Pretty Pink– This shade of blush is very nice for every day use, and blends well on the skin. You could build the color for night time as well. I tend to like rosy blush colors instead of peachy colors, so if you’re like me then you will love this!
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette– I have been wanting this palette LITERALLY for the past year, and I was so excited and hyped up about trying this out, but I’m actually a little disappointed with it! I love the matte shadows, but the shimmery shadows are not creamy at all, and they look like loose glitter on my skin. Having the Naked 2 Palette from Urban Decay, the shimmery shadows of the Smashbox palette just do not compare. I will definitely still use the Smashbox palette for the matte shades, but I will most likely reach for my Naked 2 Palette for the shimmer shades. I was also disappointed because I thought I was going to get the free mascara, but I received a free eyeshadow primer instead, which I did not need.
Urban Decay Lipstick: F-Bomb– I have been on a major hunt for a TRUE red lipstick for quite sometime now, and this is a perfect option. If you’re looking for a red lipstick that doesn’t have orange, pink, or blue undertones, this is absolutely perfect. It has a semi-creamy/matte finish, and it is very hydrating!
L’oreal True Match Concealer: Fair/Light Neutral– I originally heard about this concealer from a beauty guru named Suzie (Hello October) and she raved about this so I had to try it! I definitely like the creamy formula, and I LOVE the fact that it does not get patchy or caked if I apply it to blemishes or spots on my face. My combination skin can be super difficult to work with when it comes to concealers, but so far this is working for me!
I’ll be doing a post for my recent MAC purchases, so look out for that soon! Let me know what you got for Christmas 🙂
Anjuli
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September 2014 Favorites

Hello all!

It has been a few months since I last posted. I have been busy with my new job, so here are my favorites for September!

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I’ll start with the candles. I am obsessed with Bath and Body Works candles, so I had to get my hands on the new fall scents! The Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun candle literally makes your house smell like a bakery, it’s absolutely amazing! I just recently bought this during their 2-for-$22 sale, which is a great deal. I also bought the Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle, and if any of you love caramel coffee as much as I do, then you will love this one!

Bath and Body Works Mad About You body mist– If you’re looking for a new fragrance that smells like candy and flowers combined, this is a great choice. I have been wearing this scent before I go out at night or to hang out with friends, and surprisingly the scent lasts throughout the night! If you prefer something that lasts all day, I recommend buying the eau de parfum in this scent.

Boots Botanics Mattifying Gel-Cream– ATTENTION all Philosophy skincare lovers, if you are looking for a more affordable dupe for the Hope in a Jar moisturizer, look no further! This has to be my favorite moisturizer that I’ve ever discovered. I have combination skin, so this moisturizer not only keeps my skin hydrated, but it also keeps it oil-free for most of the day. Boots got me hooked on this one!

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9 Lipstick– I originally received this lipstick in the mini size for my free birthday gift from Sephora, and I instantly fell in love! This lipstick color is really good for either every day use or going out at night. It’s such a versatile color and the creamy formula stays on the entire day. I’m definitely going back to Sephora to repurchase the full size.

Ulta Demi Eye Shadow in Brownie– I’ve been looking for a great versatile matte brown eyeshadow that I can blend with a lot of different shadows, and this was a great steal. The color pay off is great, and blends very easily on the eye. I use this with my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, and it works really well blended into the outer corner or the crease to create that smoky look.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Pressed Powder Foundation in Light– This is the first time I’ve ever used powder foundation, and I instantly fell in love. You can use this as everyday coverage or even for going out at night. I mostly use this for work because it gives me moderate coverage, which takes me less than 2 minutes to apply in the mornings and it still keeps me looking professional. It gives you an airbrushed look that lasts all day!

Ulta Sculpting Palette in Muse– I’ve always wanted to use bronzer and highlighter but I never had the courage to try it. I decided to buy this palette and it is great for beginners! The bronzer and blush color have great payoff, and the highlighter is great if you just add it right below the outer corner of your eyes and up to your temples.

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen– If you’re also a beginner at doing a winged-eye look like me, this eyeliner is a great option. The eyeliner ink doesn’t come out too fast, so that makes it easy to apply and create a look that can be build-able. It also stays on and lasts the whole day, and comes off very easily!

Thanks for reading everyone, I will be back with another beauty post soon!

Anjuli