#MarchMatteness Bold and Bronze.

An assortment of matte bronzersHey there bow friends!

Today’s #MarchMatteness post is all about getting bronzed up and contoured with some of my absolute #1 matte bronzers. After going through matte blushes and powders it seemed only fitting that bronzers come into play.  Some of my favorites come from Tarte, NYC, MAC, Flower Beauty, and Wet N Wild.  For me they fall into three categories: only contouring, only bronzing, and multitaskers.

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#MarchMatteness The Ultimate Powder Round Up.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, Palladio Rice Powder, Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, Maybelline FIT Me! Matte and Poreless Pressed Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, NYC Smooth Skin BB Radiance Powder, MAC Studio Fix Powder.Hey there bow friends!

It wouldn’t be #MarchMatteness without talking about powders.  I’ve used all sorts of powders at this point in my makeup life and I’ve found that all powders perform in different ways.  Some act as complete mattifiers, some eliminate oil and shine while keeping a natural look, and some just set the makeup and allow for your natural shine to come through.  Today we’re going to be exploring all kinds including powders from Palladio, Rimmel, MAC, NYC, L’Oreal, Laura Mercier, and Maybelline (By the way, I don’t get any flashback with any of these powders in photos.).

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#MarchMatteness Matte Drugstore Blush Picks.

A photo of an array of matte blushes from the drugstoreHey there bow friends!

Today’s #MarchMatteness is all about matte blushes.  Even better, all of these blushes are drugstore and under the $10 mark.  I’ve tried bunches of matte blushes and have found that so many of them are chalky and not at all pigmented.  Fortunately, Milani and e.l.f. makes some absolute winners.

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#MarchMatteness Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks in Matte Dare and Matte It Girl

Hi there bow friends,

I’ve got another set of drugstore lip products for #MarchMatteness, the Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks.  I haven’t found very many matte lip products that I like from the drugstore, so I’m always up to trying something new.  I have a couple of star products from Jordana like the Best Lash Extreme Mascara and the Twist and Shine in Honey Love so I had pretty high expectations for these lipsticks.

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#MarchMatteness Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and Powder.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and PowderHey there bow friends,

This second  #MarchMatteness post is about the new(ish?) Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and Setting Powder.  I’ve always struggled with finding drugstore foundations for my oily skin and seeing so many brands coming out with base products targeted at oily skin is exciting.  And they even came out with a powder to go with.  I feel very special.

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Failing is Okay.

a photo of an ipad and diet journal with the word "ugh.." over it

Hey there bow friends,

So this is about the time where I reflect on my resolutions from last month.  Instead we’re going to talk about failure.  Last month I aimed to jumpstart healthy eating and exercise habits and let me tell you, I failed hard.  My health has been on a downward spiral for the last few months.  I don’t want to sit here and complain about it because I don’t really want to throw negativity everywhere.

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Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation and Giveaway Winner Announcement.

Smashbox Studio Skin in Shade 2.3

Hey there bow friends,

It seems every time that I review a foundation, I find my new favorite.  This time is not any different.  Normally I purchase things based on reviews and recommendations from you all or from some of my favorite blogs, but I was pushed to by this foundation after seeing it on Grace Helbig.  A little confusing, but let me explain. I had gone to Playlist Live 2014 and had the opportunity to meet Grace, Mamrie, and Hannah.  She was flawless and so was her skin. She was glowing without being oily or shiny and her skin was so perfected.  A few months later, she put out a July Favorites video where she finally revealed what was making her look extra magical.  The Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation was the key. Also, I heard being a good, funny person makes good things shoot out your face like sun beams so I’m sure she had that going for her. Continue reading

Beauty Exploration: Defining Duds.

NYX Wonderstick and RT Bold Metals 301 Contour Brush

Hey there bow friends,

So I’m a little chubby and round faced.  It’s not the most flattering thing, but I definitely work with what I’ve got.  In order to add some definition into my face I like to contour and highlight.  I usually use powder products (The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer and Tarte Amazonian Park Avenue Princess Bronzer) and my Real Techniques Contour brush to get the job done, but recently I decided to try a cream formula and new tool to apply it.  In come the NYX Wonder Stick in Deep and the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 contour brush.

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