Sephora Haul- 01

Hi, my name is Megan and I am a Sephora addict. Hi Megan.

It’s one of the greatest pleasures in my life, browsing through the Sephora website and reading reviews and finding the things that take my breath away. Then getting the package in the mail and opening it up and going through it. Oh, it just makes me so happy. Opening a Sephora package is almost orgasmic.

Anyway, I order from Sephora…a lot. Like…a lot, a lot. It’s my hobby. Skin care, beauty, makeup…it’s what makes me happy and I know that I have at least some talent in that field.

So this is the first of what I’m sure will be many hauls. I didn’t get a lot this time around, basically all skincare and mostly Sephora brand skincare.

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01. Sephora Collection Clay Mask: Grey. These adorable little packages are supposed to have 4 uses in each one. I’ve seen a few reviews from people saying that they lasted for 9 or 10 uses. The grey mask is supposed to be for ‘skin balancing and mattifying’. I am super excited to use this.

02. Sephora Collection Clay Mask: Blue. This one is supposed to be for ‘detoxifying and oxygenating’. It also says that this one is an exfoliant mask. I’m excited to use this one too and I can’t wait to buy more if they work well.

03. Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask: Algae. My best friend has gotten some of these sleeping masks before and she loves them so I knew that I had to try it, too. The blue algae mask is supposed to be for ‘purifying and detoxifying’ which sounds great for a hot summer season.

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04. Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask: Ginseng. I’m looking forward to trying this one. It’s supposed to be for ‘toning and firming’. I know that I’m still young but I am 25 and when it comes to anti-aging products, we all know that it is better to prevent than try to reverse and I think it might start being time to work on keeping my youthful skin. Toning is a good step.

05. Karuna Skin Clarifying Duo. Summer is a stressful time for me and I get stress related acne which means that I now have far too many pimples on my chin that hurt and leave red marks. It’s terrible. This is a cool product. It’s a two step process that begins with little spot treatment that you put on a pimple and a sheet mask that you ut on over top of it.

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06. Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Mask: Raspberry Refreshing. Origins is one of my favourite skin care brands. My skin just reacts well to it and everything that I have tried has been amazing. They’ve recently put out sheet masks and I’m super excited to use these. The raspberry mask is supposed to be very refreshing and revitalizing.

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07. Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Mask: Orange Radiance. I can’t wait to try this one, too. The orange is supposed to add radiance for a healthy glow. This should be good to use to really wake my skin up.

08. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (deluxe sample). I’ve been looking at this mask for a long time but I’ve never bought it. When I saw it in the options for a free sample, I couldn’t help myself. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be and I can’t wait to use it.

09. Tatcha The Water Cream (deluxe sample). I’ve been hearing incredible things about this brand but it’s very expensive so I was excited to see it in the point rewards section. I’m looking forward to using this to see if it’s worth the money.

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10. CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops (deluxe sample): Moonlight. This is another product that I’ve been looking at for a while but it’s got a pretty big price tag and I didn’t want to buy it without trying it first.

11. Perfume Samples: Clean, Viktor & Rolf, Balenciaga. I love perfume samples. Perfume is something that makes me so happy. I love trying out as many as I can.

I’ll let you know how I feel about these things once I give them a try. You never know, they might just end up in my August Favourites post!

All my love,
Megan xoxo

2017 Favourites – May and June

Last month was a hard month for me. Fuck, I’ll be honest. The past few months have been a little hard on and off. I really slacked as far as blogging goes and then the fact that the charging cord for my computer broke didn’t help matters. But no matter! I have plenty of favourites to share with you since I didn’t get around to doing my May favourites. Buckle up! We’re on a roller coaster that only goes up, friends.

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01. Purple Shampoo/Conditioner. I recently dyed my hair. I’m naturally a dirty, dark blonde; kind of leaning a bit more on the brown side. I’m also starting to go grey and I have a patch of pure white hair. So I’ve added more blonde to my hair and I think that in the future, I might want to go a bit more towards white. All of that being said, my hair routine has gotten a lot more involved. I wanted t buy a purple shampoo and conditioner to balance out any yellow tones in my hair and this combo from Drybar had amazing reviews. I love it. It smells like salon shampoo, it makes my hair feel soft and healthy, and it really helps my blonde. I am totally in love with this stuff.

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02. Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam and Texturizing Spray. I recently spoke about this in my last blog post so I won’t go on and on again. You can find that post HERE.

03. Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil. Again, I just did a post about Ouai products so you can find that at the link above.

04. Sheet Masks. I think that I need an intervention. I am in love with sheet masks. No. That’s not the right word. I am OBSESSED with sheet masks. They feel so good on my skin, I can try a bunch of different brands that I might not try normally, and they’re just fun. I almost never place an order from Sephora without adding on at least one sheet mask. These masks from Dr. Jart have been some of my favourite but I love so many different kinds.

05. Candles. My best friend and I recently went to Edmonton on a shopping trip and while there, we stopped into Bath and Body Works. Their candles are some of my favourite and I like getting a few for the new season. These spring candles make my heart happy.

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06. Nest Perfume. I love perfume. It’s a weakness that I can’t afford. A good perfume just pulls everything together and I decided to spring and get this one. I love Nest as a brand but this one, called Indigo, is a lovely scent. It’s unlike anything that I’ve ever worn before. The site says that it’s an ‘exotic’ scent with notes of Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, cardamon, wild fig, and bergamot. I adore it.

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07. David’s Tea. I am a tea drinker. I am a tea lover. Going into spring and summer, I love fruity and light teas. I got the Oasis collection from David’s Tea so that I could try out a bit of everything. I also got this amazing travel cup that makes it really easy to turn any tea into an iced tea. It’s been perfect for around the house and at work.

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08. Too Faced Bronzer. I had heard about this chocolate bronzer before but I’ve always been a little nervous about getting something like this because I am so bloody pale. I’ve always been worried that it would make me look orange or fake. What I really like about this bronzer is that it’s very build-able. It also blends out really easily so it doesn’t make me look like I’m trying too hard. Plus…it smells like chocolate. What?!

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09. Origins Lotion. Origins has been a company that’s been good to my skin. I got this lotion and I adore it. It has a rather watery texture but it still adds a lot of moisture to my skin. It’s great for warmer seasons.

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10. Juice Beauty Serum. I’ve had some pretty bad hormonal and stress pimples lately so I wanted to get something that would help. This serum promises to clear blemishes and it does just that. I put this on the other night when I started to get a bad zit on my chin and in the morning, it was almost gone.

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11. Loreal Mascara. This is the feline mascara and I LOVE it. I have been looking for a decent mascara from the drug store and I wanted something new so I picked this one out. It’s very fluttery and I love how big it makes my lashes look. It reminds me of a Lancome mascara that I have. I think it’s a good dupe.

12. Real Her Liquid Lipstick. I got this in the spring Fab Fit Fun box. It’s really good quality. In the picture, it looks a little glossy but it dries down to a matte and it does not budge. I have to scrub this off at the end of the day which is exactly how I like my lipstick.

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13. Melodrama by Lorde. I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that Lorde has new music out. This album has been so much fun to listen to. She’s such an incredible artist and this album has been on repeat.

14. Harry Style’s by Harry Styles. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from his solo career but I was pleasantly surprised. He’s made some rather wonderful music and the whole album has just been such a joy to listen to.

15. Hasan Minhaj’s Home Coming King. I’ve been a fan of Hasan for a while now from his stuff on The Daily Show. I think he’s hilarious. So I was thrilled when I saw that he had a special coming to Netflix. He did not disappoint. I’ve never seen a comedy special like this. It’s part show, part special, part motivational speech. There is so much love and attention in this piece and I’ve already watched it a few times.

Brand Focus: Ouai Haircare

In the past year, I’ve really been trying to focus on finding good haircare and good skincare. I wanted to invest in products that I really love, not just what looked alright at the drugstore.

I’ll give you a bit of my hair background: I have rather picky hair that is a bit of a mess to try and tame. It’s frizzy and big and a bunch of different textures. Parts of my hair are curly, some parts are straight, some are wavy. It’s thick and just a pain in my ass. It’s also coloured, so there is some damage.

So I started to pick up a few products from the Ouai line and I am officially obsessed. This stuff is amazing. I’ve gotten my hands on a few things and there is still so much more that I want. I’ll break it down for you in the order that I would use these.

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01. Curl Shampoo and Conditioner. Let me start by saying that as far as ‘curl’ goes, I really haven’t noticed much of a difference. My hair needs more ‘wave’ products. That being said, my hair feels so soft and healthy after I use this. My hair is light and fluffy and easy to work with. I think that the next time I buy shampoo/conditioner from Ouai, however, I’m going to get the ‘clean’ or the ‘volume’ version.

02. Hair Oil/Rose Hair and Body Oil. I love oil. All oils are my favourite oils. I love body oil, hair oil, face oil, shower oil. I adore both the hair oil and the new rose oil from Ouai. I find that the original oil is thicker than the rose oil but they are both fantastic. I honestly can’t tell you which one I like more.

03. Wave Spray. I can’t live without wave spray. I’ve tried a few different kinds but this one is my favourite. I sort of butterfly my hair while I spritz this in and then scrunch the product up. It not only makes my hair wavy, but it gives a lot of texture and body.

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04. Finishing Creme. I only have a small, sample size of this creme but I am desperately trying to hold onto the last bits. I adore this. I’ve never really used products like this before but I am obsessed. Again, it adds so much body and texture.

05. Texturizing Hair Spray. Are you seeing a theme? I adore texture. I love messy, sexy, just got out of bed, model off duty, didn’t try too hard hair. This texturizing spray adds immediate volume and body and lift.

06. Dry Shampoo Mousse. Dry shampoo is something that I am really, really picky with. I don’t like most dry shampoos that I try but this one just melts into my hair. It dries without leaving any gross residue and it doesn’t make my hair feel sticky. It’s a miracle.

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There are a few more things that I want to try. My best friend has been using their treatment mask for months now and she loves it. I really can’t praise this brand enough. It’s fantastic.

2017 Favourites – April

Is it just me or has April gone by in the blink of an eye? I don’t know where this month went, I really don’t. The weather has been getting me down lately, to be honest with you. I haven’t been in the best headspace and I think it had to do with the fact that it’s so cold and rainy and gross out. I just want spring! So here are a few of the things that have made me happy during this grey month. 

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01. Bento Box. I’ve wanted to get one of these pretty little bento boxes that I kept seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. I try to make sure that I am bringing food with me to work so that I am eating well and saving money. I finally got myself one of these boxes and have been loving it. It makes it fun to pack a lunch the night before and it’s just so pretty!

02. Converse Sneakers. Wearing these sneakers make me feel like myself. Like many people my age, I had a strong emo phase as a teenager and Converse sneakers were part of my uniform. I’ve wanted to get a new pair of these shoes for a long time and I finally got them. I’ve been wearing them almost every single day and every time that I look down at them, they make me so very happy.

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03. Gypsy 05 Roundie. This month, I got my first FabFitFun box and in this one, it came with this blanket. I adore mine. I think it’s so very pretty and while the weather has been crap, I’m really looking forward to taking this blanket down to the park in the summer with a good book. It just makes me feel good. It’s making me look forward to the summer.

04. Dr. Brandt Exfoliator. Skin care is something that I’ve really gotten invested in when I turned 25. I really want to protect my skin and make sure that it’s looking it’s best. I got this exfoliator in my FabFitFun box and have included it into my skin care routine. So far, it’s been really nice. I like the way it makes my skin feel and it smells really clean.

05. Deborah Lipman Nail Polish. Again, another little pick from my FabFitFun box. I am a lover of nail polish and this set has been adorable for spring. This blue just makes me so happy.

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06. Haute Mess Pouch. This pouch is just adorable and it’s a great size. I’ve been using it as a catch all in my daily bag but it was great as a purse when I went out once and I think it’s going to be fantastic for travelling.

07. Karuna Sheet Masks. I adore sheet masks and just masks in general. I love how relaxing they are and these particular masks are so calming and moisturizing. I am really liking them and I’m looking into trying other products from this line.

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08. Striped Cold Shoulder Top. My wardrobe is lacking. I have a hard time buying clothes for myself. I always have reasons to not buy things I like. However, I decided to just go for it and get this top from Forever21. I love it. I love the way it makes me feel and I got a ton of compliments when I last wore it. I love how good it makes me feel.

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09. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Highlighter. As far as makeup goes, I am trying to dip my toes into the world of highlighters. There are many higher end products that I want to try but until I get there, this drug store highlighter is fantastic.

10. Whispers of Love Oracle Cards. These cards were a gift to me from my best friend a while ago. I played with them a lot when I first got them but then I stopped playing with them and I’ve recently picked them up again. They’re wonderful cards, full of love.

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11. Bubbles. I am so happy!!! Bubbles were a lovely easter gift from my best friend’s mom and they make me so happy. Bubbles are just the best, guys.

12. Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion. Back to skincare, I am loving this lotion. It has a rather watery consistency and I really like it. It’s not heavy like a lotion but it’s moisturizing like a lotion. It’s some kind of magical skin potion and I am loving it.

2017 Favourites – February

It’s that time of the month! Favourites time! I don’t have a ton of favourites for this month, it seemed to really fly by and I ended up just using a lot of the same favourites from last month. I do have a few things, however, that I wanted to talk about. 

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01. Addition Elle Bra. I think that every woman should have a bra and underwear set that makes them feel sexy. Doesn’t matter if there is someone who is seeing it or not. You walk through the world differently when you feel sexy. As a plus size woman who has always struggled with my weight, being able to feel good is HUGE. Since teaming up with Ashley Graham, Addition Elle has come up with some incredibly beautiful pieces that fit and feel sexy.

02. Love Crunch Granola in Aloha Blend (Pineapple, Coconut, and White Chocolate). I spoke about my favourite breakfast in my last post and this granola is to blame for that. I’ve really been loving the flavours and it’s a good quality granola. I can’t wait to buy more!

03. Lokai Bracelet. I’m sure that you know about this bracelet. It contains mud from the Dead Sea and water from Mount Everest, reminding us to stay humble in times of success and have hope in times of struggle. It’s a bracelet that I have wanted for a very long time and I finally decided to get it this month. I have been loving it. They recently put out a bracelet that is an orange colour with a portion of the proceeds going to support a mental health charity and boy, do I want that bracelet!

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04. Welcome to Paradise, Now go to Hell by Chas Smith. This is a book that I have read before. I adored it. I truly loved this book. I needed a book to read one day and I just grabbed this one and I have fallen back into it. It’s a memoir by Chas Smith about his time on the North Shore of Oahu and the surf culture there. It’s about the locals and their fierce protection of their waves and the way that these local manipulate the surf brands that hold their competitions at Pipeline. If you’re into surfing, I recommend this book, it’s a fascinating read.

05. Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Sheet Mask. Skin care is one of my favourite things in the world and I love sheet masks. I decided to try out this one. It’s the first product I’ve ever had from Dr. Jart+ but I love it and I plan on buying more of the sheet masks to try them all out!

06. Sally Hansen Therapy Nail Polish in Re-Nude. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a nail polish from the drug store but the colours in this line had been calling my name. I will say that it’s hard to get this to look opaque on the nails. I have to do quite a few thin coats of the stuff to get it to how I want it to be. That being said, this colour is worth it. It’s the perfect nude for me and I am in love. I love a good nude.

07. Tombow Dual Brush Pens Portrait Set. I have mentioned these pens in a previous favourites and will likely talk about them more in a future post about my bullet journal. I recently got myself this set that I’ve wanted for a very long time that has all of these dusty pinks and muted nudes and I adore it.

08. Hard Candy Tea. This is another rediscovery this month. I adore this tea from the David’s Tea summer collection and lately, I’ve been craving fruity teas. I picked this one back up and I am loving it. It’s a refreshing blend of apple, sour cherries, cranberry, coconut, kiwi, and more. It’s so bright and fruity and it’s really been picking up my spirits.

09. Tapestry. I got this piece above my bed as a gift and it’s my new favourite piece in my room. My mom and I put twinkle lights up behind it and it’s given my room such a cozy vibe. I love it. It makes me happy every single time that I see it.

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10. Riverdale. This is a show that I never thought I would like. I wasn’t sure about it when I saw the promo and then I really wasn’t sure when I first started watching it. However, I am totally sucked in. I am obsessed. It’s an awesome, awesome show. It reminds me of all the things I liked from the first seasons of Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. It’s smart and funny and thrilling and sexy and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

11. Sirius. I love having pets. I truly believe that a pet will bring so much love into your life. I, unfortunately, can’t have cats or dogs in my apartment. I would love nothing more than getting a cat but we’re not allowed. So I decided that I wanted a fish. It was still a living thing that I could love and look after and care for but I wasn’t breaking any rules. So when my best friend was going to the next town over (where the nearest pet store is) and she asked me if I wanted her to pick me up a fish, I said YES! I’ve named him Sirius and he’s the highlight of my day. I’m getting him a new tank to live in soon and I can’t wait to spoil him. He’s my baby 🙂

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12. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I have loved John Oliver for a while and I’ve always liked this show but I recently really got into it instead of casual viewing and I’ve been obsessed. I feel like I’ve learnt something after watching one of his clips.

Brand Focus: Kat Von D Beauty

I’m sure that everyone in my life is really sick of me talking about this brand and I can assure you, dear reader, you will get sick of hearing about it. Just get used to it showing up in makeup looks, favourites, etc.

Kat Von D is an incredible brand. A little bit of history: Kat Von D is a tattoo artist, born in Mexico and raised in America. She rose to fame on the shows Miami Ink and then her own LA Ink. In 2008, she launched her make up brand by the same name. Her brand prides itself on being cruelty free and vegan and making you feel like a badass.

The first thing I got from this brand was the Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner in Trooper. Believe me when I tell you that it will be the best liquid eyeliner that you ever use. It’s super black, easy to use, and it does not budge.

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Tattoo Liner in Trooper

This year, I decided that I wanted to try some more of her stuff. I’ve been looking for a foundation/concealer/powder combo that would be perfect for me. Something I really love about Kat Von D is that they have a really big range of skin tones. I am terribly pale. Like…I could play a vampire on a TV show and they wouldn’t have to use special effects on my skin at all. I have a hard time finding foundations that work for me because either the lightest shade isn’t light enough or it’s rather yellow-toned. This foundation works perfectly for me and it feels great on my skin. Plus, like most of her stuff, it lasts all day.

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Lock-It Foundation in Light 42 Neutral
Lock-It Concealer Creme L5 Neutral
Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent

I have also fallen in love with the liquid lipstick. It’s an addiction. I have a problem. I have bought more than I would like to admit (sorry, Erin, I bought more 😂). I’ve said it a million times already but this lipstick is the first lipstick that doesn’t bother me when it’s on. It stays on through anything and looks beautiful. Of course, it is a matte liquid lipstick which means that your lips will feel a little dry but to me, it’s worth it. I’m obsessed.

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Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
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Bow n Arrow
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Now…I will say that this is just the start. There are a few other things that I really do want. I think my next purchase will be the Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette

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The Shade and Light Contour Palette

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And the Alchemist Holographic Palette.

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I also would like to get the majority of her brushes. I love a good makeup tool.

I just adore this makeup. I like the way that this makeup makes me feel. I can’t get enough.

Daily Looks: Casual Black

If there is one thing you should know about me it’s that I love nothing more than black. I was a little emo kid and while  I have grown up and my fashion taste has become a little more sophisticated, I still haven’t lost my emo kid heart.

I dress in all black. I love skulls and slightly strange things. That’s just how this is. So I’ve dreamed of having the perfect black lipstick for a long time. I wanted something matte, something that I would never have to worry about getting everywhere, something that was black enough. I had finally found it in Kat Von D’ Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and I wanted it so, so badly. However, it was constantly sold out.

This year, I had been spoiled by my manager at work and was given the lipstick! So I’ve created this casual, comfortable look mainly based around this heavenly lipstick. Black lipstick is something that can seem a little hard to pull off but I think that you can really dress it up or down depending on what you wear it with.

For the clothes, I went with a pair of leggings from Forever21 that have a leather look to them, as well as a grey cardigan from Forever21 (because it’s cold and nothing makes me happier than a cozy cardigan). To top it all off, I wore my favourite shirt that says The Future is Female (it makes me feel like a badass and it’s true).

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On my face, you can clearly tell that I have an obsession with Kat Von D. I will be making a post on my favourite pieces from her collection later.

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1.Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in 42 Light Neutral
2.Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Cream in L5 Neutral 
3.Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder
4.Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
5.Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches
6.Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
7.MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul
8.Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (I used the shade Tease in the crease)
9.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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As a quick note about my hair, I used a few products that I am obsessed with. The Ouai products are all I’ve ever wanted and the Wave Spray plus the Texturizing Spray is hair heaven!

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It’s simple, it’s casual, it’s cool, and it makes me feel like a badass. All I want from a day ot day look.

XO, Megan

Rosy Summer Makeup

I am a makeup lover. I adore putting makeup on and dressing up and pampering myself. It makes me feel like I’ve taken care of myself. In the summer, I like to wear make up that’s light and feels natural and isn’t going to be sweat off the minute that I step outside. This is a look that I’ve been wearing most days.

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  1. Naked 3 Palette: I blend the colour ‘nooner‘ into my crease and my lower lash line with ‘strange‘ in my inner corners.
  2. Too Faced Primed and Poreless: this is the best translucent powder that I’ve used and in the summer, I’ll use this on its own without heavy foundation. It helps keep me shine free but doesn’t feel like I have a ton of gunk on my face.
  3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: the best liquid eyeliner ever. No question. Nothing is better than this. End of story.
  4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: the best mascara ever. No questions. Nothing is better than this. End of story.
  5. MAC Blush in Warm Soul: it really is what the name says…warm. It’s a blush that’s not too pink but it’s not too dark and brown. It just adds a warm glow.
  6. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipstick in Seduction: a beautiful nude matte lip

It’s warm. It’s rosy. It’s the perfect touch of colour to a summer day.

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