Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kylie Jenner Bronze Palette Review | 2017

Hello everyone, and happy Sunday!  I cannot believe it's almost the end of January 2017... I feel like I've had a sort of slow start to the year, especially because my college does a January term, so I haven't had school to kick me into high gear.  I think it's probably nice though that I've been able to be slow and relaxed for the first month of the year, even though it's kind of hard for my personality to feel good about it, but I am working on being ok with taking things slooooow... Anyways, this Christmas I was SO excited about getting the Kylie Jenner Bronze palette, like y'all, SO excited.  I'm first of all just a massive Kardashian fan, and also I've heard so many good things about this palette, so it was just a really big moment for me.  I thought I'd just share some of my thoughts on it, because I mean, who doesn't want to hear more about the Kardashian family (I know a lot of people don't ok but let's just pretend everyone does)?

First of all, I think that this palette is actually really well priced (I believe it's around $40) for the quality.  A lot of palettes that are higher end go for at least $50, so I was quite excited about that.  I know a lot of people aren't massive fans of the packaging, but I honestly don't mind it, I think it's very Kylie so if that's not your thing then you probably won't think it's that awesome in all honesty.  It's about the size of a CD case, and it's super thin, which is nice because it's so easy to take with you traveling in a makeup bag. 

The actual shadows themselves are SO good y'all.  They're so pigmented, it's honestly amazing.  I'm a massive fan of the color selection too, honestly at first I was doubtful of some of the orangey colors, but I tried them out and they're actually so wearable and flattering on.  Another thing I was doubtful about was the lack of more metallic/shimmery shades, as that's what I usually love to put on.  This is a mostly matte palette, but I actually love the matte shades way more than I thought I would.  Lately I've just been blending a matte shade into my crease and calling it a day, and these mattes all blend so well and look so amazing on.

All in all, if you're needing a new palette, or just want to try this one out, but you've been doubtful about purchasing it, I would say definitely give it a go!  I did get a lot of judgement for having a Kylie Cosmetics product, and I'll admit a tiny part of me was doubtful about it, but once I put it on y'all, I was totally sold.  It's totally worth the $40, and also it's just such a beautiful palette, and I've truthfully been using it everyday since I got it!

And that's all for today y'all!  I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday, and are enjoying the last bit of January!  I'll be back next week, I've been super inconsistent with my posting, but as school starts in the next week, I'll be able to get back on more of a schedule!  Have a wonderful week y'all!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Goals + Thoughts

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I know I'm probably the last of the world to write about New Year's Resolutions as it's now January 8th, but I'm just going to go along with it anyways!  I feel like 2016 was a weird mix of emotions for everyone, so I'm just really excited for this new year, and I honestly hope it brings so much joy and peace to everyone.  I got really excited about resolutions this year, so here goes!

1 // Read More

This was definitely a goal in 2016, but it was definitely one that I didn't exactly stick to.  I found that whenever I was faced with scrolling through my phone or picking up a book, I always just picked up my phone and would end up wasting hours.  So this year, I made a list of 20 books I want to read, which is a little bit ambitious, but I have already gotten one book read, so I'm feeling good about it so far!

2 // Spend Less Time on Social Media

To achieve this one, I actually removed Instagram from my phone for the month of January, which every single one of my friends laughed at because they think I'm going to be weak and re-download it, but y'all I'm going strong so far!  Also, I honestly don't miss it that much, and it feels like kind of a relief to not be constantly looking at what everyone else is doing all the time, you know?

3 // Be More Intentional About Spending Time With People

This sort of ties in with the less social media thing, because it's so easy to be sitting with family and friends and just be scrolling through your phone and wasting valuable time with loved ones. Thinking back, I've spent so much time doing that, so I'm dedicated this year to being intentional about spending quality time with loved ones.

4 // Stand Up for Myself + My Choices

I think it's just so important this year to stop wasting time beating myself up for not always doing what everyone else is doing, and to just be confident in who I am and what I love doing, and not let anyone guilt me into feeling bad for it!

5 // Be Open to Joy

This year I just want to be especially open to the joy and peace that God has for me, and to not doubt what he has in store.  I want to not cut myself off from that and get lost in the thought process of not being good enough for His joy, and to instead just embrace it all because He loves us that much!

And those are about them, and I'm just really hoping you all are having a great 2017 so far.  Also, I hope you're all watching the Golden Globes and loving them as much as I am right now!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Makeup of 2016

Hello everyone and a very happy 2017 to all of you!  I honestly cannot believe that it's 2017, I feel like I'm officially living in the future now.  It's so funny how fast 2016 went by, but at the same time some of the stuff that happened in the year made it feel like it lasted about 500 years.  But now I'm just grateful to be in a new year, and to be talking about my favorite makeup of 2016, because I used a lot of amazing amazing makeup this year!

Not that these are in any particular order, but the Becca x Jaclyn Hill face palette, which I think was sadly limited edition, was definitely my most loved bit of makeup in 2016.  It was a bit expensive, but I've honestly used it almost every single day since I bought it over spring break, and when I don't use it I feel like my makeup has less of a pop to it, you know?  All of the colors are so beautiful, and I just think this is one of my favorite palettes I've ever used honestly.  If you can still get your hands on it, it's worth the investment y'all!

The Nars eyeshadow duo in Isolde is another one of my best loved products this year.  I was so blown away with how pigmented and creamy these eyeshadows are, and the colors in this duo are so beautiful, especially if you have blue eyes.  I love the orangey undertones, and honestly these eyeshadows are just a dream to use.

The Rimmel Match Perfection foundation was probably the foundation I used most in 2016, just because it has the most beautiful finish that's really glowy and natural looking.  I feel like it gives your skin a really healthy look, and also it never looks bad in pictures, which is a huge plus for me because I hate foundations that give you tons of flashback.

 This Laura Mercier Radiance Primer basically changed my whole world this year y'all.  Before using this, I never really used primers because I just thought they were kind of pointless you know?  But I honestly find such a big difference when I don't use this, it just gives my face such a nice glow and makes my makeup go onto the skin so much easier.  

And last but not least, another absolute favorite from the year is the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, which I think I bought in the late spring, and have been using all the time ever since.  While I don't reach for it as much everyday, I do use it anytime I'm going somewhere that I want to look a little bit nicer, but still natural and glowy.  This is honestly just such a lovely formula, and I love the fact that it feels so light on the skin.

Well y'all, 2016 is officially in the books, and I'm so so excited for 2017.  I just love New Years, because I feel like it's such an optimistic holiday with resolutions and everything.  I truly hope that 2017 will be a wonderful year, and I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Day!