new beauty additions


tinted moisturizer

| Benefit

Fake Up

| Elf

Cream Eyeliner

| Urban Decay

All Nighter spray

I think its apart of my spring fever...but a few weeks ago I stocked up on some new makeup essentials!

I decided to cancel my birchbox subscription, partially because 

a) I was tired of receiving


samples that I really loved, 

and b) I'd rather save the $10/month and splurge on something I really need.

So - here are a few of my current favorites.

NARS and I go way back. I remember my first ever NARS purchase - lip gloss in

Turkish delight.

A high school favorite of mine. Ah, the memories. 

This tinted moisturizer will hopefully prove to be good to my skin - I am optimistic.

I can't bring myself to wear


tinted moisturizer, though, as a this will be more of a foundation.

A birchbox find that I have


was the Fake Up concealer from Benefit. Love love love.

I don't usually buy concealer, and if I do I usually pick up a less expensive version at CVS..

but I am beginning to see the magic! I like to swipe this under my eyebrows, 

under eyes, and even over some blemishes to brighten up my face before adding more.

Another awesome and amazingly-priced pick is my Elf cream eyeliner.

When I put it on in a hurry, it can be bad takes precision and patience.

But I remember on a day I actually took my time and did a really good cat-eye, I loved the results!

It stays on all day.

Speaking of staying on: my friends recommended the UD "All Nighter" spray to me.

I wore it out on new years' eve and it was


It's also available in an oil-control version.

After a night of being out and hot and sweaty from dancing, it kept my face clear and clean.

so, there you have it! some current beauty essentials.

what are you swearing by these days?

ciao, xo