Category Archives: Beauty

Things I’m Loving: September 2015

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I did a post like this in August and thought I’d keep it going. Below are a few things I’ve been using or wearing a lot this month.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil (in Smog)

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It’s no secret that I like the cat-eye look (see nearly every outfit post on this blog), but I don’t wear my eye makeup like that every day. Applying the perfect cat eye can be time-consuming, especially if I mess up, so on days when I’m in a hurry or don’t want to go for that look, I reach for this eyeliner instead. I have a few Urban Decay products, and I’m happy with them all, but this eyeliner is especially fabulous. It glides on so easy, smudges with little effort, and stays all day. I have it in Smog, but I might have to buy it in a few other colors. It comes in almost 40 colors, so there are so many options!

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

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Because I’ve been working out a lot lately, I’ve been washing my face multiple times a day (in the mornings after I wake up, before I work out, and after I work out). My skin can get dry in spots, especially when the weather starts to get cooler, and I’ve found that washing my face so often exacerbates this issue. I read about cleansing oils about a year ago and read good things about this one, but I didn’t work it into my regular skin care rotation for some reason. I recently pulled it out to see if using this instead of my regular face wash at least once a day would help with dryness, and I’m happy to say that it has definitely made a difference. I’ve always been one to reach for some sort of foaming cleanser, so the idea of rubbing my dry face with an oil to clean it is a bit odd, but it does a good job of removing post-workout grime and sweat (ewww) without drying out my skin.

Athleta Chi Tank (in Saffron Red)

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Over the years, I’ve noticed that I tend to buy items of clothing I really like in multiple colors, but I’ve taken that to an entirely new level with this tank. I think I now have it in seven colors (and I have my eye on the flash blue or the jazzy purple next). The fabric is lightweight, soft, and breathable, so it’s great for my sweaty Pure Barre workouts. Most colors come in extra long length in addition to the regular length. I prefer the extra long because it provides a bit more booty coverage, but the regular length works for me too.

Product Review: Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15

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I’ve mentioned Murad products on the blog before (here and here), so I thought I’d do a quick review of Murad’s Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15.

I’ve been using this product for about a year and have been happy with it overall. I chose it because it has an SPF, which my pale skin and aging eyes need. It moisturizes well, and although the bottle is only .5 ounces, it last for several months.

While I wish the SPF were slightly higher – SPF 20 or even 30 – the downside is really the packaging. The plastic cap breaks easily, so I find this product slightly difficult to travel with. Maybe I’m too hard on my luggage, but every bottle I’ve had has cracked or broken any time I’ve traveled with it, so I end up with a bit of a gooey mess in my toiletries bag. I’ve started putting it in its own plastic bag to at least contain the mess, but it’s still annoying. I’m almost out of my current bottle, so I think I’m going to try something else with travel-friendly packaging next. And I’ll get something with a higher SPF while I’m at it.

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Half-Face Makeup

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Allison Williams (the actress who plays Marnie in the show Girls) did a half-on, half-off makeup selfie a few months ago, and beauty vlogger Nicki Tutorial recently posted a video about the power of makeup. The half-face makeup selfie has since become a thing. Women are posting their half-face makeup selfies on Instagram as a way of responding to people who shame women for wearing or loving makeup. I won’t even get into how ridiculous it is that our culture tells women we’re supposed to look a certain way and then also shames us for trying to live up to that standard. Ultimately, if a woman (or a man) wants to wear makeup, why should anyone else care or judge?!?

For the pictures below, the left pictures show me with full make up after doing a set of blog pictures, and the right pictures are my half-face makeup selfies. My selfies are not as dramatic as some, but you can definitely see a difference around my eyes. Maybe I really don’t wear as much makeup as most people, or maybe it didn’t show up well in my iPhone selfies. Either way, here are my attempts at the half-face makeup selfie. I’ve included a list below of the products I used in case you’re interested.

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