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Makeup of the Day: Peachy Keen!

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Today, I did a very simple, clean makeup look. I wasn’t feeling like going all out with colors but the natural glow of my skin this morning gave me an idea to go for more peachy tones. I don’t usually go for pinks/peaches just because I generally like to pack a punch, but today was an early morning class and I thought this look would carry through the day well. I started off by applying a sunscreen on my skin. I have oily/combination skin so I generally like to use sunscreens that don’t add an excessive amount of oil. On a regular basis, I like to use Olay sunscreen because it feels light, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave my makeup feeling cakey (worst feeling ever). During the time that it’s DSC_0082absorbing, I usually brush my teeth and my hair to make sure that, in the process of applying my makeup, I’m not removing the sunscreen. After it’s absorbed well, I start with my Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in #200. The color is fairly light for me, but to ensure that it matches my skin on a day to day basis, I like to add some warm bronzer (In this case, I used the NYC Color Wheel Mosaic) lightly on top to blend the color more effectively. I like to use my makeup sponge to dab the foundation underneath my eyes gently, as well as on the eyelid and area underneath my brow. However, I don’t use the makeup sponge much on other areas of my face just because I feel like it’s pretty difficult to clean and tends to soak up a great deal of foundation whenever I use it. It’s generally only used for touch ups and details. Then I used my Elf blush in “Pink Passion” on the tops of my cheeks to illuminate my skin. I don’t worry so much about my cheeks looking abnormally pink, because the next step allows me to make it more natural looking. I take my Covergirl “Translucent Light” powder and dab it across my cheeks and along my skin with a large powder brush to set the foundation and blend the blush into a more natural, rosy color. After I’ve set my makeup, I used just a touch of Clinique’s “Almost Peach” eyeshadow and dabbed this glittery, subtle pink just underneath my brows to illuminate my brow bones. The final step of this look was applying my new lipgloss from Neutrogena’s MoistureSmooth series in “Rich Raisin” very lightly, applying one even coat and blotting the excess.

I hope you guys enjoyed this step by step makeup of the day look, and if you have any suggestions on other posts that you’d like me to do, please do not hesitate to contact me! I love hearing from you guys! If you enjoyed the post, feel free to share and comment. Your support is always appreciated. Thank you! 🙂

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Illuminating Our Perfection, or Purposeful Deception?

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I got an email the other day that had me thinking about the significance of makeup, especially in my life. She asked how I felt about the accusations that using makeup is a deceptive way that women represent themselves. I figured I’d respond to this publicly because I feel that it is essential to my readers to understand why I write what I write and the role that makeup plays for me personally.

Let’s start with a little personal history! I’ve gotten on a beauty kick lately more so than ever. I’m really loving experimenting with makeup and different products ever since I visited Ulta and later got an Ipsy subscription, which delivers new, varying beauty products every month for only $10, making it pretty much impossible for a girl like me to refuse. My love for using makeup has been a consistent love. I remember, as a young child, I used to carry around one of those caboodle carrying cases full of makeup and sit around with my friends and create “makeovers”. Sure, they probably weren’t as aesthetically pleasing then as they’d be now (I’ve learned at least some skills since those days), but even then I understood what makeup meant to me. I loved using it because makeup is artistic as well as purposeful.

I see so many comments on the pages, videos, and posts of beauty bloggers by men (and some women) saying that makeup is deceptive and that it hides one’s natural flaws, making the individual more attractive than they actually are, attracting individuals who apparently think they naturally look flawless. Ahh. Let’s get this straight here. Makeup enhances one’s beauty and gives the individual the ability to exemplify certain physical traits while toning down traits they see as less desirable or bothersome. That’s not deceptive. It’s something that we, as humans, do similarly with many things. We always want to put our best traits forward, whether it’s for a job interview, a first date, whichever. Makeup is something that allows women to accentuate their best physical features.

Some women, like myself, also use makeup as a way to conceal acne scars in order to be more comfortable and confident in their own skin and especially in face to face social situations. For me, I focus immensely on the base of the makeup look: the foundation. I have had severe acne for the majority of my young adult to adult life and it has left me with unsightly, discolored scars that I don’t always like to leave bare. It’s a sensitive thing for me, having others ask about the permanent marks that were left on my face from these years, so I find that knowing how to apply my makeup effectively gives me a major confidence boost. Others aren’t looking for scars, but rather social queues on my face, which is a nice change of pace. I could imagine many others apply makeup for the same reasons. They would rather reduce the distraction of little flaws and feel comfortable and confident in their own skin than go out, barefaced, knowing that the uncomfortableness will ultimately hinder them. I remember feeling like I was going to cry every time I’d look in the mirror and see how badly my skin had gotten. Makeup gives the individual the freedom to look glamorous and to feel beautiful, acne scars or not. It’s more so for the individual’s sake than for any outside force, meaning that the use of makeup isn’t as much for “deception” as many like to call it, but for the expression of illuminating one’s perceived best features in vibrant, inspired new ways, neutralizing the flaws we have that chip at our confidence.

Makeup is enjoyable for me. I love to be able to have a clean canvas to create new looks every day and to experiment with different color palettes. I can change my look to fit my outfit, my mood, anything I desire. I honestly think using makeup is as “deceptive” as a woman looking beautiful in nice clothes. Is that deception too, because she’s not spotlighting the bumps and rolls that are just a natural part of her figure, but finding pieces that illuminate her best assets?
Realistically speaking, how is makeup any more deceiving?
Why should I not feel comfortable in my own skin?

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Ipsy First Impressions: A “Fresh Start” to 2015!

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The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the weird plastic texture of the bag and the unsightly colors. Don’t get me wrong! I usually love the bags the makeup comes in, but this time around was a different story….The orange, blue, and white combination on the bag is a little tacky in my opinion but I’m not generally paying for the makeup bag as much as I am paying for the actual products. I was expecting something a little cuter though. Maybe something a little more wintery?

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The first product I received was the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm tube, which I originally thought was a cream (which would’ve really pissed me off. I am not a huge fan of creams, but Ipsy hasn’t seemed to take the hint in the past!). I thought it would be colored or scented (hence the name), but it is clear. No smell that I can detect, no color. It says it is used for “daily protection, soothing treatment, fatty acid absorption technology” so I guess….there’s……that. On the back it says it’s for the treatment and prevention of dry, irritated lips. I have never in a million years had this issue, but I guess I’ll find a use for it one of these days. I mean, I did pay for it. I will find a use for it.

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And then, needless to say, I was frustrated again by another tube, that was in fact a cream this time around (Smh). I thought I made it crystal clear in my survey that I did not want creams of any sort, but……oh well. The one I received in this bag was the Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream, which is also for people with dry skin. Again, I am the exact opposite of a dry skin sufferer. My skin is actually pretty oily as is, hence the apparent distaste for skin creams in general. I will, however, use these products and let you guys know what I think of them regardless of my preference! When I went in to smelling this product, I was horrified when it ended up on my nose and actually smelled uncannily like play dough. Yes, that stuff you used to play with and sometimes eat as a kid. It smells awful to me, but if you’re one of the people that enjoys that peculiar smell, then you might actually really enjoy this product. Around your eyes. Unlike me, who unwillingly was marked with this scent on the last place I’d want it to be on my face!

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Next, I got this gorgeous pink Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow brush and it is the cutest thing ever. I love the color of the brush and the bristles already (pink is one of my top 5 favorite colors, so this was an immediately positive reaction!). I haven’t used the brush yet, but I am always in need of new brushes, especially for eye shadow, so I have a hunch that I’m gonna like this one.

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Then I got a Bellapierre Cosmetics pigment in “Exite”, which seems an awful lot like a spelling error. Is that a spelling error? Are you sure? No?…Okay moving on. This color is a shimmery white powder which I could imagine is going to look phenomenal when used to highlight and blend my eyeshadow. I’ve never had a pigment this glittery before, only glittered eyeliners, so I’m really looking forward to trying out this product. Most of the time, when I get pigments from Ipsy, they’re generally pretty fun sized but this one seems to be full-sized, which is a huge relief.

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Lastly, I got a Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in “Treasure”. The color is stunning and seems like it will be very neutral on my olive skin tone. It also has a little bit of shimmer to add that extra glam and has a pretty blue packaging box with whimsical white waves on the front. It looks expensive. When I looked it up, I came to realize that it is fairly expensive for an eye shadow and it’s actually vegan and cruelty free, which is totally awesome! Kudos to Ipsy for choosing brands that believe in causes like animal rights. I could see myself purchasing more from this brand if I end up enjoying the product.

If you’d like me to make a video of the final impressions of these products on my Youtube channel, let me know in the comments below! Same goes for if you have any questions 🙂

I’m going to restart my youtube channel so I’ll make sure to post a link to the new one as well!

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Whatcha Wearing, Mandirito?: All Eyes on Me – Casual Sunday

 

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Today’s Makeup Look: A simple, casual Sunday look for the closing of the weekend! I’m focusing on my eyes today (hence the “All Eyes on Me” title! Haha get it?) with a more dynamic eyeshadow and eyeliner combination, and toning down my lips with a subtle pink gloss. All of the makeup I’m wearing is from Ulta beauty, which is my go-to for all of my beauty essentials!

Products Worn Currently:

  • Studio Gear Lipgloss in “Sin City” – If you’d like to check out this lipgloss, click here! It’s $16 on the Studio Gear website. It’s a little on the expensive side but it has a glittery sheen to it and can be reapplied in layers to intensify the color. It also looks great when coating a red lip.

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  • L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black/Noir – If you’d like to check out the eyeliner, click here! It’s $8.95! I’ve been using this type of eyeliner for a year or so and I think that the best part about it is that it can make clean lines but can also be smudged to create a more sultry look.

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  • Covergirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara – If you’d like to check out this long-lasting mascara, click here! It’s $8.99! This mascara is one of the few that manages to stay on for a very long period of time. With that being said, if you’re going to a pool party and you still want to look cute, you should definitely try out Covergirl’s 24 hour mascara. I guarantee it will stay on the entire day/night. To make sure that I didn’t get visible mascara marks on the outside of my eyes, I applied my eyeshadow first.

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  • Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin – If you want a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen that won’t clog your pores, you can check it out here: click here! It’s originally $8.99 and the bottle lasts a while. I’ve been using this lotion for years and it works wonderfully underneath my foundation and powder. I used the moisturizer as a base to the rest of my makeup.

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  • E.L.F. Studio 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette – If you want a palette with plenty of colors and shades, click here! I love E.L.F. products. As a college student, if I can save money on anything, I am happy. Plus, I like being able to wear a bunch of different colors and knowing that each shade in the palette is enough for many uses. 144 colors is plenty to satisfy your fix! In this photo, I mixed several of the neutral browns and created an ombre that darkened at the outer corner of my eyes!

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Have you used any of these products?

What do you think of them?

Leave a comment below!

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Sassy Saturday: Brights and Fall Style Highlights

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I am not one to follow seasonal trends as I don’t have the money and patience to research and coordinate/purchase my outfits to conform to what is believed to be “Fall ready” wardrobe. Sure, I like fall style, comfy sweaters, messy buns, accessorized with pumpkin spice (*barf* why?!) cups of coffee (who doesn’t love that? I mean….the coffee thing. Not the pumpkin spice. Again, barf.). I am all for comfortable and cute, but what college student has the means to buy a new wardrobe for every season? That is why I recycle and restyle my outfits based on the season. If it’s hot, which it inevitably always is except for the couple of days in Florida when we have what is widely known as, and forgive me if I am using the wrong term, “winter”. “Winter” is it? I don’t really know. Regardless, this Sassy Saturday will be all about what I enjoy during the fall, style wise and whatever else.

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One staple that I love year round but especially in the fall is the amazing maxi cardigan style. Ah, it’s gorgeous! I think it also helps even out all the short little dresses in my closet. When I wear something short, I like to balance it out with a cardigan that is significantly longer. Plus, it ends up making me look longer and taller, too, which is always a plus! However, so far, I’ve only found three maxi cardigans that fit the specific criteria of what I like. I want them to be matchable but not black preferably, patterns are a plus, and colors are crucial but if they’re done in a creative, tasteful way. I don’t want to go out looking like I upchucked a super sized bag of skittles onto myself.

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This is also the ideal time to temporarily bring out the boots in my closet that are so tall they make my calves sweat on a regular Florida day. They’re beautiful, but are they appropriate for 95 degree weather? Not a chance in hell. I’m thinking maybe when I come home for a break I’ll gather up my boots and bring them back with me to celebrate the couple days of cold I’m hoping we’ll receive in the coming weeks! Wearing slouchy boots with dresses AND cardigans is about as wonderful as Fall style can get, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you basically haven’t lived. So please bring out the pairing for yourself and realize the beauty and functionality that it holds in this moderate weather!

 

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Next up is the fad of leg warmers, which I currently don’t own but am secretly begging to try. Do they really keep your legs warm, and do I really need to be warmer than I already am for fashion sense? I think they look a bit silly and impractical with heels, but wouldn’t mind trying them with some boots. Maybe, just maybe, I will give them a chance this Fall, but I think they are very cute. I think I’d find myself wearing them at home more than anything because nothing says cozy like socks for your legs. Or something.

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Ever since I began my Tumblr all over again (for the blog), I came to realize how much I love brightly colored lipsticks, even the ones with the unconventional colors. I don’t know if I’d have the balls to go out with blue lips, but I have the temptation to try. For heaven’s sake, I’ve already bought a teal wig. Might as well give blue lips a shot, too. I’m still considering it, really. But I feel like this trend is rising, maybe even beyond Fall. I’ve seen quite a few divas lately working bright lips with their subtle Fall get ups and it feels inspiring. I feel like my problem with typical Fall-wear is that so much of it is dark and neutral. Blah. But with these lips? There’d be nothing dreary about any outfit! If I muster up the courage, I promise you guys will be the very first ones to know of my breakthrough!

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And finally we have beanies! Beanies in every color, size, and texture! This is the one accessory I am tempted to basically pair with anything in any season, just because it’s such a cute, spunky addition to any look. Plus my style is very ambiguous. I have dominantly feminine pieces with dominantly masculine pieces. I pair my combat boots with my ruffled dresses. I like my style to be as spontaneous and quirky (I couldn’t find a more suited word, so I dearly apologize) as I am, and beanies add that kind of artistic flair that I desire in my outfits. Plus, if you’re having a bad hair day, they are quite possibly the best way to make it look like you’re going for something “effortlessly sporty” and secretly help tame the knotted beast if need be. When my hair gets rugged, a beanie will always be my go-to, and if I don’t have a beanie, well, I guess leaving the house just isn’t an option. Let’s hope it’s not an exam day

 

What Fall styles would you like to try this season, and which styles make you want to ditch the sweater weather for good?

Would you try some unconventional lip colors to spice up your look?

Comment below!

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5 Things I Am Grateful for This Week (And Yes, I’m Back for Good, My Beautifuls!…and Handsomes?)

A much needed update. I feel absolutely awful for spending so much time away from writing, but I’d like to tell you guys what’s going on before I continue this journey. This semester, so far, has had be taking an emotional and physical beating. I feel completely drained. I’ve done really well in college so far, gotten generally A’s and B’s up until this point, and now that I’m diving into my major-related classes, I’m working double as hard to keep those A’s and B’s I’ve strived for in the past. And yes, I’ve got ’em currently, but seriously, I’m whipped. So here we go. I am back in the writing game, I’m happy to be back at my blog, and I’m ready to continue this journey with you guys, everyone that’s supported me and cheered me on even when I felt like giving up. This one’s for you for being as awesome as you are.

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10 Things I am Grateful for This Week!

1. I have my inspiration back! For the love of God, FINALLY. I have a writing course that I’m taking that drains the creativity right out of me, so having this creativity in my grasp again is a blessing. I feel like writing keeps me going, and if I don’t have the energy to do it, I’m just not the same. So I am thankful for being inspired again!

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2. I am thankful that my car is in pristine (working) condition again. You guys weren’t there for the sh*tshow that ensued with my car situation and how every morning felt like a new adventure trying to figure out whether I’d get to class or not on time, or whether I’d be giving another desperate call to AAA. My little beater, Antonio, is officially back in business. Ladies….

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3.  I have rediscovered my obsession with Civilization 5. Between classes, I’ve been coming back to my apartment and continuing what I believe to be the longest single game I’ve ever played, with 15 cumulative hours played. WTF am I even doing with my life? 20 minutes in real life feels like 2 seconds in Civ 5. I feel like the best conqueror the world has ever seen. I think I’m just gonna take this love a step further and start talking to people in Civ 5 terms and if they know what I mean and can relate to the craze, they’re automatically friends.

Friend: “I had a good time today. We should do this again.”

Me: “How about we make a Public Declaration of Friendship for 15 turns to make it official?”

Friend: “Girl, you took the words right out of my mouth. Might as well open our borders as well, just for old time’s sake.”

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4. Ever since I started my subscription with Ipsy, I feel like I’m better equipped to look dashing in every situation and actually feel like I do. I’m learning how to accept using new products that I’ve never seen or heard about before without feeling like I’ve betrayed my regular purchases and am becoming more accustomed to experimenting with new makeup. *Fit Me foundation hysterically crying in the distance* I’m sorry, shhh, it’s not me or Ipsy. It’s you….You just….don’t Fit Me anymore

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5. And finally, last night I got a total of 12 hours of sleep, on accident. Yes, I repeat, on accident. Didn’t even mean to fall asleep, but your girl feel like she’s got rainbows shooting from her eyeballs. Sleep is such a beautiful thing. Every college student in the entire world knows this struggle.

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What are you thankful for this week?

Leave a comment below if you love me. And if you don’t? Well, I don’t love you either. The feeling’s mutual, buddy.

Whatcha Wearing, Mandirito?: My Super Sweet Saturday Style! (MOTD!)

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My sweet Saturday look consists of a very girly ensemble (especially for me!). I managed to take some time out of my relaxing weekend morning to create the perfect curl with only one burn to endure (which is an extreme success, as I am often burning myself at least 5 times due to the fact that I find curling wands awkward to hold). To get this curl, I used my wonderful Conair Infiniti Pro You Curl Curling Wand, which has proved its worth time and time again! It only took around 30 minutes or so to finish and perfect my hair in this look, but it would take much less time if you’re not a wookie like me. Hair to style is something that I don’t have a shortage of. I would suggest this curling wand to anyone that is a styling noob like me that is looking to gain some experience styling their own hair or wants a pretty sick burn that they can talk about at parties.

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If you’re interested in purchasing this wand for any of the stated and possible reasons, Target sells it for only $20.99, which is a steal for the results you get from this wand! I would recommend it for anyone who’s budget conscious but still wants to look like a million bucks!

I always do my hair first because I don’t like the feeling of my hair sticking to the foundation on my face while I’m styling. It makes me crazy. With that being said, I finished my curling job and used one of my all-time favorite hair sprays, one that I fairly recently reviewed, the Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Studio Size Hairspray by Got2B, which is sold at Ulta quite affordably.

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The next step is always to put on sunscreen, because I live in Florida where it is hot even on overcast days. I prefer to use Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 or SPF 30 (both work well!) because it’s not super greasy and still gets the job done. However, recently I ran out of Olay and have been using regular sunscreen (Coppertone Sport), which makes the foundation look a little more greasy than normal, but still protects my skin. I wouldn’t go a day without putting on some sort of skin protection. It’s important to realize that even when we are indoors, if we’re sitting next to a window, we can experience skin damage. Plus, it only takes an extra minute or two to apply some sunscreen, and ultimately who doesn’t want to look good when they’re 40 and up?

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When the sunscreen has dried, I use Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation, #235. I’ve been using this same foundation for a while now and it “fits me” like a charm! I use my Sonia Kashuk brush set to perfect this layer before I go on to a light powder that sets the foundation. After my skin routine has been completed, I advance to the best part: adding color!

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I find that eyeshadows, bronzers, lipsticks, and blushes make for a brighter, more vibrant face. I used my favorite bronzer, Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer with SPF 15 in #739 (“Ticket to Brazil”). For under $5, you can get the look of a two-week vacation on the beach without all the sun damage, which is a win-win for beauty product lovers everywhere. I try to keep the bronzer to a minimal color to ensure that the color still looks natural and I don’t look like I suffered an unsuccessful spray tan.

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I used my e.l.f. Endless Pro Eyeshadow Palette to give my eyes a bit of faded blue shimmer, creating an ombre effect from the lid to the brow. This palette has been an amazing purchase. I’ve had it for about a year now and haven’t even gotten to use all of the colors in it. It comes with 100 colors and only costs a mere $10. Yes, ONLY $10. That’s insanely good value for all of the color options you get. I bought mine at Target at the time, but I’m not sure if they still have it. Regardless, it is the same price when you purchase it directly from E.l.f.!

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Last but not least, I used the new lipstick I recently purchased, Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Plum Perfect, #435. This color is the perfect transitioning shade between Summer and Fall and is equal parts plum and red. I’ve always been a red lipstick kind of gal (I’m addicted to the pop of color!), but have recently been turned on to the color of plum. I think it looks fabulous in contrast with olive/tan skin.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Makeup of the Day for this beautiful Saturday, and remember to be experimental in your look! Trying something new with makeup every time you apply it can give you a world of inspiration to define and redefine your look.

If you have any questions about the products or would like to leave a comment, please do so! 

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