200 Posts Later – A Giveaway.

A photo of a table setting with makeup instead of food

Well, ladies and gentleman. We’ve reached 200 posts. I’ve written 200 posts in 3 and a half years and you’ve been here along for the ride. Consider this 200th post an opportunity for me to tell you how much I love you, my blog, and this entire experience. This post is going to get a little mushy and a little cheesy. Plus, I’ve got a little gift to you to say thanks.

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Top 5 Face Brushes.

face brushes in a pot with marc jacobs daisy perfume I’m not one who falls in love with a brush easily. It has to be soft, not shed, apply product well, clean easy, and not take 50 years to dry. I find that I’m pretty loyal to a couple of my brushes because they get the job done and they do it well. Not only that, but they’re all drugstore or drugstore prices. I own a handful of high-end brushes and almost never use them because they just don’t do it for me or even compare to the performance of my cheaper brushes. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Let’s talk about what makes them absolute all-stars.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder Revisited (Again).

A photo of some makeup brushes and the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder

When I find a product that works well for me, I stay pretty loyal to it. I have been using the Palladio Rice Powder to set my base for a few years now because of the airbrushed finish it gives and how well it lasts. Unfortunately, it’s a bit (a ton) messy and inconvenient to travel with. I’ve recently been decluttering my makeup collection and decided to see if I had a cleaner, but still effective alternative to the rice powder. Lo and behold, I owned the perfect powder all along. The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder is my newest hero.

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Fall Plus-Size Clothing Haul and Body Image.

Fall Plus Size Clothing

This was kind of hard for me to post.  If you’ve been around these parts for a bit, you know I have PCOS, a syndrome that causes a hormone imbalance.  PCOS can cause obesity and makes it hard to lose weight.  Recently, I’ve been ballooning in weight quite quickly.  It’s been knocking my confidence down a peg in a major way.  I’m getting more active and eating better to try to take care of myself, but in the mean time I need to accept myself more and love who I am where I am.  This video is kind of a part of that journey.

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Autumn Travel Makeup Bag.

Tara holding her autumn makeup bag

I feel like packing a trimmed down makeup bag when you’re a makeup enthusiast isn’t always the easiest thing. I’m terrible at predicting what kind of looks I might want to go for ahead of time and usually end up over packing an unruly amount. I recently did some traveling and felt like I actually used everything I brought with me. I love seeing what’s in other people’s travel makeup bags and felt like sharing what was in mine.

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FOTD: Spoopy Sweet Eyes.

Tara wearing a candy corn themed eye look and orange lipstick

Halloween is my jam. I’m obsessed with decorating, the movies, and the candy, but I kind of suck at putting together Halloween looks. I feel like everyone with a blog or YouTube channel is pulling out all the stops and coming up with incredible tutorials, and I haven’t been able to figure out what I want to do. I wanted to do something really low-key and more wearable than full on skeleton makeup. It came to me while I was indulging on some candy corn that for this years Halloween look, I would become candy corn. Well, that I would do a candy corn inspired makeup look.

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On My Lips Fall 2015.

A photo of Tara's lipstick picks (Revlon Black Cherry, Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Bumbleberry, e.l.f. Moisturiing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose) with swatches next to a tiny pumpkin, a candle, and a cork trivet

It’s pretty obvious I’ve fallen into an autumnal black hole.  It’s been Fall this and Autumn that for a few weeks now and I’m not stopping anytime soon.  Although it doesn’t feel at all like Fall in Florida, I’ve been trying to find little ways to make the slow transition into the season.  The easiest change to make (without getting real sweaty in layers in 90 degree weather) is switching up my go-to lippies to some more moody shades.

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A Makeup Collection Reset – Eye Palette Declutter.

A photo of Tara's Eyeshadow palette collection

Maybe it’s all the talk of the KonMari method or the fact that my makeup drawers are looking a bit cluttered, but I’ve caught the decluttering bug.  My collection has started to outgrow it’s home and it feels very wasteful on my part.  I’ve started have a proper sort through all my products and it’s been helping me use what I have as well as reevaluate how important it is that I keep certain things.  I’ve decided to document this little venture (and I’m addicted to decluttering videos) so I figured I’d share the experience.

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The “On the Go” Beauty Edit.

The NYX Green Tea Blotting Papers; Stella by Stella Mccartney; L'Oreal Infallible Setting Powder; Too Faced Bumbleberry Lipstick with macarons and tea on a marble table

I’m not a huge touch up girl.  I guess that’s because I have really high expectations of my makeup lasting and looking fresh through out the day.  I don’t usually bring products along with me because a)  I don’t use them and b) they clutter up my hand bag, but recently a couple of beauty heroes have snuck their way into the depths of my purse.

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