Wednesday, June 3, 2015

May Favorites

Hello everyone! Its the end of May, can you believe it?!  
 I know it has been a while since I last posted. One of the biggest lessons I am learning about blogging is that it takes a whole a lot of time! The month of April was very busy and so was the month of May. I was trying to write posts when I could but I didn't have the time to finish or publish them in a reasonable time frame. Hopefully from this post on since its now practically summertime I will have time to dedicate to blogging regularly. That is what I want very much for these upcoming months. 

Now, onto the favorites! 

I guess the first favorite I will talk about was my birthday! 
On the first of May I celebrated my 22nd birthday. ( And yes, I had that Taylor Swift song kinda stuck in my head all afternoon...twenty twooooo-ooooo~). I had a wonderful afternoon with my friends. I got treated to a special birthday breakfast and some really nice gifts and then went out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Portland called Fuji. It was such a beautiful day and definitely a favorite for this month. ( Always a favorite, birthday's are the best!)

Now for some beauty favorites..

The Beauty Blender

My first beauty favorite of the month is the famous complexion sponge, the one and only of it's kind! The original Beauty Blender
This sponge that grows before your very eyes under some water. This sponge blends foundation and concealer into the skin more seamlessly then most foundation brushes. I love this little guy, it feels very refreshing too, if you use cool water with the sponge. I can see what all the hype is about with this sponge, there is nothing else that really compares in texture and how well it does its job. Holy grail in my book, I will always highly recommend it. 

The BodyShop Honey Bronzer

Its practically summertime now which means all the bronzing products come out to give us all that warm sun-kissed glow. One of the best ones I have discovered is The BodyShop Honey Bronzer. The one I own is in the shade 02. For those pale complexions out there this product has a great choice of shades which compliment a lighter skin tone without looking muddy, or orange. This bronzer is matte and also has very build-able color which looks very natural on the skin. Plus, that honeycomb pattern is extremely precious. 

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette

Since sharing my initial thoughts on the relatively new Kat Von D Shade Eye Palette in my Beauty Haul post a little while back. I have been reaching for this palette a lot. I never knew having all these neutral matte shades would be so handy and essential to me. The palette features neutral, warm and cool shades. I have been mainly sticking to the warm shades and sometimes dipping into the neutral shades as well. My favorite shades in particular are Succubus which is a rich sienna color and also Ludwin which is a warm, orangey peach which is really great as a transition and crease color. Overall, I am very happy that I own this palette. It is very versatile and I admittingly use it everyday to create my eye looks.  

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows 

So on the opposite side of the eyeshadow spectrum my other eyeshadow favorite has been this little quad of Makeup Geek's Foiled Eyeshadows I ordered this month. After hearing so much about them on Youtube and seeing how they swatch I knew I had to pick some up. I got the shades : Whimsical, Starry Eyed, HighWire and Magic Act. Now, these eyeshadows I can fairly say are the most beautiful shimmery eyeshadows I have ever used. Period. They provide not even just shimmer but a metallic almost wet look. I am what they call "obsessed" with these eyeshadows and I want more. Luckily, Makeup Geek's Foiled Eyeshadows only cost $10 dollars a pan. Which is relatively affordable especially for the superb quality you are getting I am almost surprised they do not cost more. My personal favorite so far is Magic Act which is a very light gold, its just mesmerizing and bright on the lids. I also have liked popping "Whimsical"- which is a light silvery pinky lavender shade on the under rim of my eyes just for something different and fun. Seriously if you like shimmery eyeshadows. You need to try these! They are incredible. 

Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Palette 

So I have been meaning to talk about this product for ages.....whoops! This magical palette features three of Hourglass's famous Ambient Lighting Powders. These powders are either a subtle highlight for the high-points of the face or a all over face powder to set foundation while also giving a full on "glow from within" look to the skin. I prefer using the middle shade which is the lightest under my eyes and cheeks. And then using the two other darker shades to cover the edges of the face, temples, jawline and contours of the cheeks. Or more recently, I have been mixing all three of the shades together with a brush and then lightly dust that all over the face. I can't really describe the effect this gives, its just really subtly stunning. This palette has been a favorite since the holiday season, which is when I picked it up. Better late to mention it than never.

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush 

My last beauty favorite I intend to talk about today is one of my favorite eye brushes; Bobbi Brown's Eye Blender Brush. ( This is another product I have been meaning to mention for ages but haven't). This brush is extremely soft and excellent for diffusing color on the eyes. I use it every single day without fail to blend out any color on my eyes. Its an essential tool to have to get any eyeshadow blended and harsh edges diffused. 

Some other favorites this month include :

- Finishing the school semester ( whoo!) 

- Lilacs and warmer weather + everything being green 

- Mini Frappuchinos ( such a precious little size! Its soo bitty!) 

- Kinfolk Issue 15 // The Entrepreneur's Issue had some amazing and inspiring articles that I really enjoyed 

- Changing my hair color! After over six years of black hair I finally decided to change things up and go in a lighter direction. Currently its a auburn shade which I like but I am ultimately aiming to go lighter. So far I have had positive reaction from it so that makes me very happy.   

And that about wraps up my favorites for this month! I am happy to get this up because I have not posted a favorites in a very long time! I am excited for all the fun adventures the month of June will bring! 
I hope you all are having a wonderful week! Let me know in the comments some of your favorites from the month of May, I would love to hear from you!
Until then, See you soon. 

- A 


  1. Wow! I really love your blog!


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