Monday, November 24, 2014

BEAUTY: November Favorites

Guys, it's almost Thanksgiving. When the heck did that happen??

The hubs and I are hosting our first ever "Friendsgiving". Neither of our families are able to make the trip out west so we're having two other couples over who are nomads like we are! I am super excited but also a touch nervous because it is our first time hosting a grown up dinner party!

This month has been a bit crazy due to mandatory overtime at work (me) and joining the National Guard (hubs). As a result I felt I deserved a bit of a treat and bought this bad boy.

Isn't it pretty? I am a little embarrassed that's it's my third Hamilton but hey, when you find something you love, stick with it! (Right honey?)

I also decided to branch out a little and invested in a new curling iron; I had been using a $30 Conair from Target...Which did the job but at end of the day, my curls looked less beachy and more afro-like. I LOVE Amika's Switch Kit Starter Set. The barrel is removable and multiple other options are available, from Glam Goddess to Beach Bombshell. I haven't bought any of the other barrels yet because the one included is exactly what I need. My curls look great all day with minimum fuss in the morning! 

Ever since I started using primers I have been on the hunt for a good under eye one; I feel like most eye primers are meant for eyeshadow rather than concealer. I received this one from Smashbox as a sample and fell in love at the end of the day when I looked in the mirror and saw how NOT creased my under eye concealer was. The formula is moisturizing and the pinkish tint also helps correct under eye shadows. 

I had been using Sonia Kashuk brushes for my eye makeup...and they do the trick. Really if you don't want to spend too much money on eye brushes, they are great. But ever since I bought Too Faced's Kabuki brush, they just felt rough on my skin. But have you seen the prices of some of the makeup brushes at Sephora? There are some for over $50! While I'm more willing to splurge on a brush that I use on my whole face, I'm less likely to do so for brushes just for my eyes. I snagged this and this handy set at Target and am super impressed! They feel just as soft as the Too Faced brushes for a fraction of the price. Are they of the same quality? Probably not but they do the job and feel softer on my skin than the Sonia Kashuk ones.

What are you guys up to for Thanksgiving? 

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