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How was your week? We wrapped it up with blustery temperatures and wind, but that is to be expected for December around here! I can feel myself mentally preparing my list of all that I want to accomplish in January, from home organizing to setting some “Small Things” goals and doing some planning for the year. I’m a starter, and an ideas girl, but it takes a lot to “finish” some things that I start sometime.

Have you made Christmas Cookies yet? If you are planning to, my recipe is the best. šŸ˜‰

I talked about cream eyeshadow and shared my favorites on IGTV this week. If you are curious about watching how I apply an eyeshadow crayon, you can watch this makeup tutorial!

I also hopped on Facebook Live and curled my hair with my 1.25 curling iron from T3. You can watch that video here!

I also shared about my favorite $8 eyeshadow pencil, you can click here to see that post!

A few other links + loves from around the web:

Microneedling PATCHES?!

A few nail polish recommendations from Refinery 29. I’m waiting for Expressie to arrive in the mail and am DYING to try it!

These pumps are very comfortable to walk in with the block heel and just dropped in price!

This looks DELICIOUS! I think I’m going to try to make it this weekend!

The $8 Brow Pencil that Replaced my $34 One

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With very low expectations I tossed this $8 eyebrow pencil in my cart at Ulta a few months ago. It has turned out to be one of my favorite eyebrow products ever.

The Revolution Pro brow pencil has a very tiny tip, which means you can be precise about where the pencil strokes are. Ash Brown, which is the shade I use,Ā is the nicest grey/taupe shade for neutral hair color.

It lasts all day, but it can rub off if you aren’t careful. Also, it works best if you put a bit of foundation or concealer on your skin in any areas that don’t have hair. For example, my eyebrows basically stop growing about halfway across my eyeball, so I have to draw the rest of the brow on my face. In that place, it’s better to have something for the pencil to grab onto instead of smooth, clean skin.

I’ve tried a few other products from this brand that were “meh”, but this brow pencil is fantastic.

P.S. If you are curious to watch how I fill in my brows, click here!

The Best Blush Color To Wake Up Your Face

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Look for the brightest pink POSSIBLE, my friends.

I admit that when I see bright, punchy, Barbie pink I think “spring” or “summer”. I’m usually drawn to warmer, softer, and more “nude” shades in the winter. And while those are still a great option for so many skin tones, if you are looking to wake your face up this season look for a shade of blush that resembles a Bubble Tape package.

A few of my very favorite blush brands are Milani, Tarte, and Nars. I must admit that Charlotte Tilbury blushes I’ve tried left a little to be desired.

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink is bright with a little bit of radiance as well! Tarte’s Dollface from their Amazonian Clay 12 Hour collection, is a cooler toned Barbie pink. NARS “desire” blush is seriously bold but I imagine a subtle swipe of it on the apples of your cheeks will look stunning.

My only reminder to you is this: if you are planning on wearing red or orange-based lipstick, skip the punchy pink blush! It won’t create a cohesive look on your face. Instead, when wearing red lipstick, try just doubling up on bronzer for a little cheek definition without using a competing color!

 

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