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I'm back!!! Current Makeup Favorites:

“Sometimes the greatest miracle is being able to face exactly where you’re at and say: This is where I am. No running, no hiding. There’s gold for me here and I intend to find it, no matter what.”

Hello my loves!!! It has been a while. After taking an entire year off from blogging, and honestly thinking I wouldn’t come back… I’ve realized how much I missed it. I wanted to apologize for my absence to those of you who genuinely loved this blog.

I’ve done a lot of soul searching.

A lot has changed in my life. And I realized just how much I was doing certain things because other people thought I should be doing them rather than because I genuinely wanted to. If any of you have found yourself in a similar place you know that simply ends up with you being miserable.

Creating a life the way YOU dream & envision it is so very important.

Fast forward to now ↬ I am in a much better place mentally. My business has grown, my relationship is incredible, and my family and I are healthy. Not much more you can ask for, right? I am focused once again and excited to be back to reviewing products - back to my roots. I’ve missed you all and thank you to those of you who stay in contact with me via my Instagram. You guys are truly the best.

So enough rambling! Here are a couple of my current favorite makeup products. Short but sweet; I haven’t been able to put these down!!


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MAC Studio Fix Powder NC15 & Real Techniques Brush Crush 301.JPG

Call it a quarter-life crisis, I’ve barely worn makeup for the past couple months. I fell out of love with makeup for a while there.

Although this product is not new, I fell in love with MAC’s Studio Fix pressed powder (Shade NC15). I love applying it with my Real Techniques Brush Crush brush (say that 5 times fast) 301 - it’s a flat, dense brush and I either buff the powder in for a lighter coverage or dab/press it on for maximum coverage.

This powder is intense. It can become a full coverage powder real quick. But I love how versatile it is! I have been wearing this - and only this - as my base (and concealer) for the past month or so. It’s easy. When I’m lazy, I slap this on and it covers what I need it to cover but I can keep it lightweight in other areas that don’t need the coverage.

I’d recommend a primer underneath, either a mattifying/oil control or a hydrating primer depending on your skin type to help with longevity. I definitely wouldn’t wear this for a full 12 hour day, it breaks down too much on my skin. But for most days, this does the trick.


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theBalm’s Take Home the Bronze bronzer in Oskar…. As you can see, he’s very loved, and dirty. I’m so close to hitting pan!

** These bronzers have been renamed! This shade is now Oliver **

I’m pretty pale. So it’s hard for me to find bronzers that aren’t too orange or dark. This one is perfect. It contours and bronzes, not too warm and not too cool. I try to use others in my collection and always, always end up adding some of this over top because nothing compares! It blends beautifully, builds up well and lasts all day.

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In this photo, I am wearing theBalm’s bronzer as well as one of the blushes that I’ll talk about next!


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bareMinerals Gen Nude blushes in That Peach Tho and You Had Me At Merlot.

I love these blushes. I found them at TJMaxx, girrrrrl!!! That was a good shopping day!

I can’t say enough about these. They are gorgeous, pigmented, sooo creamy and blendable, they last all day. They are just so good. The Merlot shade is the blush I am wearing in the photo above. It’s definitely made for much darker skin tones than I have, and I have to use the lightest hand ever, but it was such a pretty shade! I couldn’t pass it up.

I’ll be picking up more shades, that is for sure.


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I love Buxom’s glosses. I’ve said this countless of times but they are truly my favorite. This shade is impossible to photograph and I wish I could post a little boomerang video here to show you just how multidimensional this shade truly is… But you’ll just have to take my word for it. Buxom’s Holographic Full-On Lip Polish in Savannah is my absolute favorite lip topper ever right now. It is holographic, without a doubt. It shifts from the shade above to a gorgeous pink that I could not get to photograph for the life of me. It leaves the lips looking so juicy.

If you are unfamiliar with Buxom’s glosses, they do have a “plumping” formula that feels very cooling on the lips that some people may dislike but I enjoy (my boyfriend hates it lol) and it does have a slight scent. I definitely haven’t ever noticed plumping from any of Buxom’s products but I love them nonetheless. They just make good lippies. That’s all I can say!


That’s it for my current favorites! I hope you guys enjoyed and I hope that you’re as excited as I am that the blog is officially back!!! Please leave your favorites down in the comments below and leave any post recommendations that you’d like to see as well!

Love you all to the moon and back! xoxo.


Some of these products were sent to me by the company in PR. I am not being paid to talk about any of these products. Some links are affiliate links.

Life Update and Makeup Looks of the Week!

"To be brave, by definition, one has first to be afraid."

- Robert Harris

Hello my beauties!! I'm sorry I've been so MIA on here. Life has just gotten in the way, as it tends to do so I thought I'd hop on here and fill you in on what's been going on with me and also start a new series type thing that I'm going to be doing where I share my makeup looks for the week! I'm the most active on Instagram and that is where I post my makeup looks but I know not all of you have an account so hopefully you'll enjoy these!

Hmmm where to start?

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If you follow any of my social media accounts, you've probably seen my debate on whether to invest in a new camera or not.. I've had a Canon Rebel T3i for the past year or so and it's fantastic.. But there were a few features that I've been wanting that this camera just doesn't have... Autofocus during filming for example.... The goal is to eventually, when I get brave enough, start YouTube. So I finally bit the bullet and invested in a beautiful new baby!

Sony a5100

The Sony a5100! Isn't she purdy?! The quality this gives makeup photography is phenomenal, it's very true to color and the flash is actually useable - and amazing. I am loving this camera and although it will take me some time to master how to use it and all the settings, I can't wait to provide better photos and soon, videos!

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Next up, and the biggest news as of late..... A new job! I started training yesterday, I will be the part-time esthetics educator at the beauty school I graduated from! I am so excited but very nervous and there is SO much to learn! I am so thankful that it is part time so I can still dedicate days to TMUA. Being able to do it all at once is such a blessing!

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So those are pretty much the biggest and most important things I wanted to share with you guys. I'm going to try to be much more consistent with my posts, I've been very uninspired lately so I hope that it will get better and please, if you'd like to see anything specific; whether it be reviews, makeup looks, diy's, favorites, etc... Let me know!

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Makeup of the week!

I skipped wearing makeup for quite a few days this week. I've had cystic/hormonal acne lately and I wanted to let my skin breathe as much as possible!

Benefit Hoola in the CreaseMy easy, super quick go-to look as of late has been utilizing Benefit's Hoola bronzer as both a bronzer/contour shade and an eyeshadow! Throw this in the crease alone or paired with other shadows and it is so blendable and beautiful! This isn't the best photo of it but this is usually what I throw on days when I'll be staying at my boyfriends and don't want to bring ridiculous amounts of makeup with me.

My go-to, nearly every single day lip has been using ColourPop's Bound lip pencil with Wet N Wild's Bare It All matte lipstick. Sometimes I'll throw on a nude gloss but this is my current favorite nude lip and it goes with absolutely everything!

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Easy makeup look 1

Another favorite easy, fast but beautiful look of mine! Throw a quick blending/transition shade in the crease, apply winged liner and lashes. Brows, bronzer and blush and then a fun pop of color on the lips!

My lips in this photo is a mixture of MAC's whirl lipstick with Amorous, another absolutely stunning lipstick from MAC.

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If you know you'll be out all day, pack black eyeshadow on your liner to keep it lasting all day long! And if you're wearing lashes, don't forget to bring the glue with you just in case one of the corners starts to lift up! That's the worst.

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Makeup Geek makeup look 1Ending the week off, I just had to go at least a little glam! But this is also super easy to do! Can you see a trend here? It was one of those months where I was busy but also uninspired so I didn't want/couldn't put a ton of time into creative looks. Simple but pretty, that's been the goal.

A little more dramatic contouring with Benefit's Hoola, a gorgeous nude lip using that Bound lip pencil again with Motive's Flesh Lipstick.Makeup Geek Makeup Look 2 For the eyes, I used all Makeup Geek eyeshadows and that inner corner glitter is a random one I found in one of my makeup drawers! I'm pretty sure it's an old craft glitter, which I wouldn't recommend using on the eyes so if you can invest in some cosmetic glitters, I'd highly suggest that! Lit Cosmetics has GORGEOUS ones!

I used Peach Smoothie as a transition and blending shade. Cupcake in the crease and Bitten in the outer corner! Maybelline's Gel Liner and then go in with Bitten on the lower lash line and blend it out with Cupcake! So easy!

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I hope you all have been doing well! Thank you for your patience, it's been quite a transition lately with so many things going on at once - thankfully AMAZING things - I am so blessed and I love you all so much! Let me know what posts you'd like to see in the comments below or on any of my social media! xoxo.

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