some beauty truths.

loreal revitalift blur


bare escentuals in warmth


dior bronze


clinique even better foundation

My beauty picks are quite a variety this time around...ranging from drug store buys, to hand-me-downs, to freebies or the occasional splurge. Like...I'm pretty sure at one point or another


gave that Burberry perfume to my mom...

Makeup is an instinctual thing. You have to know what works for you, and a lot of that comes with trial and error. I am fortunate that my mom and I allow each other to "borrow" makeup and try new things. I also fortunate that my grandmother formerly worked at Estee Lauder and gave me so many countless tips. I am lucky that I've been able to find brands and products that work for me. I might sound like I know what I am talking about, but I break a

lot of rules

when it comes to makeups. Like, how you're supposed to clean your brushes and throw out products that are over a year old? Psh! I don't do that. But I do look for products that are long-lasting and have worked for me over the years. I may or may not still have same Bare Escentuals bronzer from junior year in college...and re-buy the same

NARS Lipgloss

every single time I am looking for a new tube.

As for the pricier products...some of them are gifts, but some are also splurges. I tend to make a splurge on moisturizers and foundations. One of my favorite current items is the Loreal BB cream, which is under $10 at the drugstore. The Dior Bronze Auto Bronzant is a pricier pick, but it's worth the cost for an every-once-in-a-while, high luxe look. The perfumes are gifts...somehow, I find it hard to buy perfume for myself.

Oh! And Julep is my latest discovery. I received it in a RTR freebie, and it has been my go-to nail polish since. I love the texture and the sleek bottle. The shades are fantastic. I'd check out the perks of becoming a

Julep Maven.

.. ;) it's like a birchbox, for nails! This is the


I want next...

ciao ciao! xo