Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top Five Beauty Products of 2015


Happy almost New Year guys!  I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and were able to have a restful time celebrating with loved ones.  Now that I have finally recovered from my chocolate coma, I thought I would write about my top five beauty products that I reached for again and again in 2015.  It was SO hard to narrow it down to just five, but in the end I made it, so I hope y'all enjoy this post!


This stuff, oh my gosh.  It has such a silky finish on the skin and really does an amazing job of covering up any redness and blemishes.  I find its sort of a foolproof foundation for me, it never looks cakey or too heavy and I honestly love the finish on my skin SO much,


I'm pretty sure I have talked about this mascara like a million times already, but each time I use it I'm even more impressed by it.  I wore it yesterday with no other makeup on at all, and I looked in the mirror halfway through the day and was so impressed by how much it lifted my face.  I love so much that it doesn't make my lashes stick together because that is such a pet peeve of mine.


This is my go to blush for a healthy pop of color.  It looks pretty scary in the pan as its a super bright pink and it looks like it will give me the 'ol clown effect, but it really doesn't.  Its super easy to apply and isn't patchy or too pigmented or anything, and I just found myself going for this almost every single day!


I looooove this stuff so much.  So so much.  First of all, it smells like cotton candy which honestly, is reason enough to love it for me, but wait, there's more.  It gives the most beautiful sheen and is not heavy or sticky at all.  I put this on and it instantly makes me feel like a princess, which we all need in everyday life, am I right?


So if you are still struggling with hitting the perfect contour, this is lil dude is your new best friend. Seriously, this stuff makes your cheekbones POP.  Like Angelina Jolie pop.  The contour shade is not too warm, so you won't come off looking muddy or dirty if you have pale skin like me, and the highlight is so beautiful and nice and subtle, so I find its nice for an everyday look.

I don't know about y'all but I am so so excited/ready for 2016.  Personally, New Years is one of my favorite holidays just because I love the good fresh start it gives!  I've already made some resolutions... eating less chocolate isn't one of them, but I'm beginning to feel it should be...

See you all in the new year!

xoxo

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Introducing A New Blog Name!

So, quick PSA, I've just changed the name of this blog from Fashion is Funny to Makeup is Funny. Why you ask, did I do this thing?  Because I decided, after much thought, that I wanted my primary focus of this blog to be more on beauty than fashion, thus makeup replaced fashion! Hope y'all like it and are having a super wonderful Christmas Eve Eve!

xoxo

Holiday Series | Stocking Stuffers Under $15


Well friends, its crunch time isn't it?  If you don't have all your gifts by now, its an all out mad dash to the nearest Target/J. Crew/Any open store.  I've gone ahead and taken the liberty of rounding up a few last minute stocking stuffers that are amazing and all under 15 dollars.  Whats not to love?

Happy last minute shopping, stay safe out there!

xoxo


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Series | Cozy Holiday Night Routine

As Christmas is fast approaching, I love to have cozy pamper nights more and more.  The dropping temperatures aren't helping with my growing obsession, but I'm not complaining, as last week it was 70 degrees, which doesn't really feel like Christmas to me, you know?

Anyways, here is my usual layout for a nice cozy pamper evening around the Christmas season...

1 // I always start out my pamper evenings with a nice warm bath, which is one of my favorite things to do ever.  Usually I will put some bath salts in there, and put on a nice movie, usually something that makes me feel happy, like Elf or While You Were Sleeping

2 // After my bath, I take off my makeup.  Lately I have been sticking to the same products I mentioned in my November Favorites post, which are Obagi face wash and Everyday Coconut face lotion.  I start with the Obagi cleanser, then I use Vaseline on a Q-tip (weird, I know) to remove any leftover eye makeup.  Next I apply the Everyday Coconut face lotion, then finish with the coconut Chapstick, which I've been loving

3 // Once my face is primed for the night, I'll change into some comfy pajamas, put on some wool socks (these are the best!), and get into my bed!  Then I'll either watch some Friends or Parks and Rec on Netflix, or I'll read whatever book I'm currently reading (right now its all Agatha Christie!) and read/watch for about an hour or so.  Usually I'll light a candle here, and all my christmas lights that I have strung around my bed are on, which gives a cozy glow to my room

4 // After a bit of reading/watching, I will wrap up my evening with a quiet time of praying and reading the Bible.  This is the best thing to put me at peace and give me joy to finish my day and my cozy evening!

And thats all folks!  Hope you all enjoyed it, and I hope you guys are having a wonderful Christmas season!

xoxo

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Series | The Best Festive Cookies


Hey friends!  Well Christmas is... drumroll please... four days away!!  Can you believe it?  I can't wait, but I'm also gonna be a little sad because the season is going to be over... but we have four days left, so lets make the most of them by making festive cookies, right?

These are snickerdoodles, which I personally love and think are so festive, so I thought I would share the recipe I used to make these, because honestly, they are SO good, if I do say so myself.  The recipe is titled Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles, and y'all they are the best ever.  Ever.


Ingredients -

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon



Directions - 
1 // Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C)

2 // Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Blend in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  Shape dough by rounded spoonful into balls.

3 // Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon.  Roll balls of dough in mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheets.

4 // Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set but not too hard.  Remove immediately from sheets.


And enjoy!  Hope y'all love these as much as me and my whole family did, I can assure you they vanish pretty quickly!

xoxo


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Holiday Series | 3 Holiday Party Outfits

As we are in the thick of holiday season, I thought I would serve up a little holiday party outfit inspiration for y'all!  Christmas is like... less than a week away.  Can you believe it, because I sure can't!!  Luckily I got all of my Christmas shopping done yesterday, so now all I have to worry about is planning cute outfits to wear to holiday parties!

These are just ideas for looks I might wear, I hope y'all enjoy them!  And I hope y'all have mega fun at all of your holiday parties!

xoxo



Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Series | My Top Five All-Time Favorite Christmas Movies


Elf - Is there anyone, anyone, who doesn't love this movie (if there is, and its you, we need to have a serious talk).  Seriously, I laugh about once every minute watching this movie.  This is such a classic that to me, it doesn't feel like Christmas without watching this at least 100 times.  Key words: at least.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York -  Is it weird that I like this one better than the first one?  Honestly both are brilliant, and it was a really tough call, but I just really appreciate the grandeur that he indulges in while in NYC.  I feel like as a child this was my dream maybe....

(Side note, do y'all know the song "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"  I'm listening to it right now, I love love love it!)

Love Actually - I actually love this movie.  That was terrible, I'm sorry, that was just sad.  Anyways, this movie is the. most. amazing. thing.  I cry every time, and believe me, it is very very rare for me to ever cry in a film.  But every time I see the little boy run through the airport to say goodbye to his crush (does anyone else think she dresses eerily similar to an American Girl of that era?) I mean, the tears are just pouring.  And don't even get me started on the Aurelia/Jaime storyline.  I die.  If you want the movie equivalent of a warm hug, this is it.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas - Oh my gosh... I'm laughing at myself writing this.  All my friends make fun of how much I love this movie, but like honestly its gold.  Its gold I tell you.  I mean ok it has this great message that Christmas isn't about a perfect day, but about being with people you love, which is like A+, and also I just love the animation, and ok maybe I am an 8 year old inside, but don't judge me till you watch it, ok?

While You Were Sleeping - I know this isn't maybe a traditional Christmas movie, but it happens at Christmas ok?  And it is just so good.  Like, ugh.  I love it.  Its such a feel good movie, and every time I watch it I want to be a part of that family more and more, mainly because the Grandma is all of us ever,

Well friends, these are the films that I particularly enjoy during the holidays every year.  I hope y'all enjoyed this post, and have a wonderful day!

xoxo

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Series | My Christmas Wishlist



I don't know about y'all, but for me half the fun of the build up to Christmas is picking out the perfect gifts for friends and family.  With four siblings, a sister-in-law, and my parents, I always have my work cut out for me!  Buuuut... I'm not gonna lie, I like to build up my own wishlist too, because its Christmas, you know?

Honestly, I'm so excited about this Harry Potter illustrated book.  Like me and my best friend have been nerding out over it for a solid two months, no shame.  Also, can we talk about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit?  Life changing.  

Happy shopping friends... and don't forget, while you're out there shopping for your family and friends, don't deny yourself the joy of scoping out your own wishlist.  No shame!! 

Happy shopping!

xoxo

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Toning Mist Review


I bought this Yes To Grapefruit mist about two weeks ago, and have been using it daily since to prime my face before makeup, and I am 100% in love!  It smells SO nice and fresh, and doesn't have a sickly artificial grapefruit scent at all.  It doesn't irritate my skin one bit, which is such a plus as I have pretty sensitive skin, and the Yes To Cucumber face wipes did irritate my skin, so I was a little worried, but no worries on that front!  I think best of all is that once it dries on your face, it leaves the skin with the most gorgeous radiant sheen.  The. Most. Gorgeous. Sheen.  The whole Yes To Grapefruit line promises radiant, glowing skin, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed whatsoever.  It also makes foundation sort of glide on, which is amazing.  

So, long story short, if you want to look and feel like a glowy amazing princess/supermodel, here's your ticket.  Seriously, its so worth the eleven dollars!  Get over to Target ASAP peeps!

Hope your Hump Day is A++ friends!

xoxo






Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sick-Day Makeup...


Ughhh... I got out of school for Christmas on Friday, and on Friday night I felt a cold coming on.  Oh life.  Yesterday, despite feeling under the weather, I had to go out and brave the world because, ya know, life.  So I thought I would show y'all a super quick, simple way to do makeup that will bring life back into a pale, sick face!

1 // After priming my face (I used this amazing facial mist by Yes To Grapefruit, I'm going to post a review on it tomorrow!), I take Maybelline's Age Rewind concealer and apply that liberally on my chin, under-eye, nose, and t-zone, and blend in with a beauty blender.

2 // Next I fill in my brows with L'Oreal's brow stylist (surprise surprise), and use elf's clear gel to set them in place.

3 // On to blush, I take Clinique's Blushing Blush in Sunset Glow and sweep that across my cheeks.  This is a gorgeous coral-y shade with gold shimmer, and I find it really wakes up my face.

4 // For mascara I used Maybelline's The Falsies, and did two coats on my top and bottom lashes.

5 // To finish the look I used Clinique's Suberbalm Moisturizing Gloss in the color Rootbeer for a really pretty sheer plum shade on my lips.

And thats the look!  Its so quick, and looks so fresh and pretty!  I hope y'all enjoyed this post, now I'm off to find some kleenex!

xoxo

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

My Top Five Favorite e.l.f. Products



For those of you who don't know, e.l.f. is a magical/mystical brand of makeup that ranges from the $1-$10 dollar range for most of their products.  Amazing right?  While it is amazing that you can get a lip pencil for less than a pack of gum, this obviously means not all of their products are going to be that great.  I have tried out a fair amount of their products, and these are the five that I find I reach for at least three times a week, so you know they're pretty good!

Tone Correcting Powder



As you can see from this picture, I realllllly like this powder.  I find that it has a sort of blurring effect on my skin, and takes away any redness I might have left after foundation.  Also doesn't make my face look majorly flat, which is a plus!

Contouring Blush and Bronzer (St. Lucia)


If we are going to be real, I do not like the blush in this set at all.  I find it has really poor color pay off and has these huge chunks of gold glitter that I just do not care for.  BUT the reason I included this was that the bronzer in this palette is so so nice.  Its really creamy for a powder, and I find it goes on really smoothly to my skin.  It is super pigmented so for sure go lighter, then build up if you want to.

Prism Eyeshadow Palette (Naked)


Ohhhh my gosh, this stuff is so amazing.  SO amazing.  This hands down is my favorite elf product of all time ever.  These shadows are so so pigmented and buttery, and the shades are just beautiful.  They aren't so much glittery as they are metallic-y if that makes sense, but they just have the most beautiful pay off on your skin.  And for $10 dollars I mean, can it get any better?



This stuff is really just a good, basic eyebrow set.  It doesn't give you crazy dramatic eyebrows, so I find it quite nice for an everyday kinda deal.  I don't use the powder that comes with it that much, but the gel kinda stuff is really A+!

Matte Lipstick (Rich Red)


This is really nice if you are looking for a bright, punchy red thats under $5 (oMG!).  I love the color, it is matte so make sure your lips are moisturized, but it is really good quality and I really love the formula.

And that's my five favorite e.l.f. products for you all!  Hope you guys liked it and I hope you all have a stellar Wednesday! 

xoxo

Friday, December 4, 2015

November Favorites (lil bit late!!) // Candles and more Target Pajamas

Hey y'all!  Happy December to ya!  Is anyone else as incredibly excited for this month as I am?  I mean SO so excited.  The parties, the cookies, the presents, snow, buying gifts, Christmas lights, hot chocolate and a million other things that come with this month just make me so happy.  Also, can we just appreciate that cookies was second on that list?  I've got my priorities sorted obviously.

Anyyyyways, on to the excitin' stuff, November favorites!  This is a little bit late, as its already December 4th (so exciting!!!!), and I've honestly been meaning to write this since Monday, however this is my second to last week of school before break, which means extreme exams and extreme stress.  Keep me in your prayers this next week as I've got exams nearly every day next week, and I'm hoping to hold on to some bits of my sanity!

Oh my gosh I gotta stop rambling... on to the favorites!

Mini (fake) Topiary



Sorry for the sort of sad picture quality, but honestly I'm so in love with this little topiary (it's the one in the back of the picture with the white pot and lights strung round it!).  I got it at Target about two weeks ago, along with the little lights that are around it, and I think its such a cute little addition to my room, and it adds a little pop of something green, and best of all its fake so it won't die!  Pure genius.



I've just gotten this product about a month ago, but I already know its true love between us.  It gives the most beautiful finish to your skin, and really perfects and evens out redness.  I use it with a buffing brush from e.l.f. and it blends quickly and beautifully, and doesn't feel heavy on skin whatsoever.  Soo basically this stuff is brilliant, and only costs 6 dollars, how is that even real??




This concealer has such an amazing consistency, it almost feels like you're putting a thick lotion on, which feels so amazing right about now as its December and my skin is entering dragon mode (ugh). It does what it promises as far as brightening my under eyes, and it really does make me look waaay more awake, which is much needed basically always, am I right?  I'm not really sure why mine is in a pink tub, because on the Ulta website, its in black/clear packaging.  I think this must be old packaging... hmmm.  Packaging mysteries aside, this has been a huge favorite throughout November.

Everyday Coconut Face Lotion


Truth be told, I have had a very love/hate relationship with this lotion brand, mainly because I have tried their body lotion, but found that it was super watery and ended up just drying my skin out even more.  Cue the sadness.  BUT I went out on a limb and tried out their face lotion, and totally loved it, ironically for basically the same reason I hated the body lotion.  While this doesn't dry my face out at all like the body lotion did, its not too thick on my skin and leaves me soft and moisturized but not oily looking at all.  I use it in the morning and the evening and its such a dream!



Ok, I'm just gonna be real with y'all, my eyebrow game I feel like has never been strong.  Like ever.  I have thick brows that just sort of live their own life on my face and I have just let them live until I decided to change my life for the better and reign in the beasts.  And this pencil has helped soooo much with the taming of my eyebrows.  What I love so much about it is that it looks so natural, but you can build it up really easily too.  It also lasts nicely with some clear gel over top, and I find in the mornings when I'm half-asleep, I can still make my eyebrows behave with the help of this lil dude.



Aaaah.  Isn't this just the season for candles?  To me, this is the epitome of perfect Christmas candles.  It smells like a little piece of heaven right in my room, and that is not an exaggeration y'all.  My sweet mom gave me this as a little mid-week pick me up a few weeks ago.  Moms are just the best, aren't they?  Its not a super strong scent, which I prefer because the super strong ones kinda make me feel a little nauseous after too long.  Also, the little box its in is so gorgeous, and once the candle is all burned, you can use it for little trinkets!  Also I really love the coordinating candle set, so festive and amazing. 




I know, I know.  Last month it was the pizza pajamas, this month its the fuzzy pink sweatshirt.  You may very well be thinking to yourself, when will the Target pajama madness end?  And I say to you, quoting the great Jessica Day "you question my pajamas, you make me question our entire friendship."  But seriously, what this thing lacks in style, it makes up for in being the most snug, comfy, soft, pink amazing marshmallow sweatshirt.  I liked it so much I bought a matching one for my bestie, so if thats not enough to get you to go buy one, I don't know what is.

Knock Knock Sticky Notes


Aren't these the cutest?  Whenever I use one of these, they always make me smile.  I just love how bright and eye catching they are, and they also have a great stickiness to them, if you know what I mean.  Some sticky notes are always coming unstuck which is just aggravating, but these never have that problem.  Knock Knock is probably one of the cutest brands I have ever seen, they have SO many options of sticky notes and notepads that are all adorable and sure to brighten even the gloomiest day!

Well that was my super long, super chatty November favorites, I hope y'all enjoyed!  Sorry I haven't been blogging so much lately, I have been dying to, but like I said earlier school is demanding a lot of my time lately, but I will be back more regularly in no time! 

xoxo