December favorites/2017 wrap up

Hi everyone,

Today, as we are in the last couple days of December and of 2017, I thought it would be the perfect day to do my December favorites and wrap up this year. So, starting with beauty and I have a couple of favorites from my December Glam Bag, if you haven’t read that post I’ll link it below, and the first is the bag itself. It’s silver with a band of silver sparkles around the top and the inside as well as the zipper is aqua and I love it. Not only is it wintery, but it’s so my colors.

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My next Glam Bag favorite is the Essence Cosmetics I Love Crazy Volume Mascara in Deep Black. I’ve worn this a couple of times and I really like it. It does give my lashes volume and thickness.

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And my last Glam Bag favorite is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary. I’ve always liked the Smashbox lipsticks and this one is no different. It’s a gorgeous red, it’s long lasting and it doesn’t dry out your lips like some red lipsticks can do. I definitely recommend it.

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I want to make a note quickly and say that I haven’t yet had a chance to try out the Purlisse sheet masks, but I will let you know what I think once I have.

Next up I’m going to talk about a few of the things that I got for Christmas and for that I’ll start with my stocking. The first thing I pulled out of my stocking was a set of four gold rings from H&M. I love rings and these are the perfect simple accessory.

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The next thing was a full sized Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar 24 hour moisture Ultra Shea body cream. This is one of my favorite scents from Bath and Body Works and probably my favorite lotion.

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The rest of my stocking was full of a loofa, some toiletries (toothpaste, makeup wipes, etc) and candy.

Moving on to some of my presents, there are a few that I wanted to mention and the first is a curling iron. I was in desperate need of a medium sized curling iron, I have one with a small barrel and one with a really big barrel, but I was lacking some middle ground so this is perfect. It’s a Conair Instant Heat curling iron with a 1 1/4 barrel. I’ve always liked  Conair because I have a lot of hair and it’s thick and these get really hot and create nice curls.

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Next up is one of my favorite gifts I received and it’s the Too Faced Best Year Ever collection. You guys know how much I love Too Faced and I’m so in love with this. It comes in a little zip up case that is gold with pink stripes on the outside and it says “I have way more makeup at home” on the front.

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When you open it you see black and white stripes and the three palettes are stacked on one another and there is a mini Better Than Sex mascara on the top. It also comes with a little booklet that has four different looks and how to create them.

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Like I said, there’s three palettes and they are I Believe in Pink, Natural Beauty and Super Fun Night.

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I Believe in Pink has six eyeshadows ranging from super light pink to purple with a blush in the shade Pink Poinsettia. I have over the last three days worn at least one color from each palette and these shadows are very pigmented and look fantastic on.

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Natural Beauty has six eyeshadows in the gold and brown shades and a bronzer in Warm My Heart.

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And Super Fun Night has six eyeshadows in a mix of different colors and a highlighter in Dashing Through The Glow.

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I will be doing a more in depth post on the Best Year Ever in the new year, so look out for that.

And the last beauty related thing is actually a sample that I got with the Too Faced collection. It was a small bottle of the Atelier Mandarine Glaciale perfume. I’m going to be honest with you guys, the second I smelled it I was in love. It has mandarin, ginger and vetiver and is a really fresh and warming scent. It also reminds me of something from when I younger, but I can’t remember what it is. I did order a full size bottle of this and it is on the pricier side but Sephora offers it in at least two sets that I’ve seen that have other Atelier scents.

I have a couple of clothing favorites, this Christmas was very sports heavy for my family and none of us were mad about it. When it comes to college football USC is my team and I was lacking in things to wear on game day but now that’s not the case. First up is a racerback ombre tank top. Ignore the wrinkles, I had it folded. But I love a tank top and can’t wait to wear this.

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Next we have a white V-neck t-shirt that says Fight On! which is the name of the USC fight song. What I like about this shirt is it’s incredibly soft and it’s slightly on the baggy side, not overly but I tried it on and it looks great tucked into jeans.

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And finally we have a black and gray hoodie. I don’t think I’ve taken this off since I got it, it’s fleece lined on the inside and it does a great job keeping me warm.

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USC plays Ohio State tomorrow in the Cotton Bowl and I think it’s going to be a great game. Go Trojans!

And my last couple of favorites are music favorites. The first is the Ed Sheeran song Perfect. Everyone has been talking about this song recently and with good reason, it’s fantastic. If you somehow haven’t heard it yet, go and listen to it.

The last two are from Robbie Williams Under The Radar Vol. 2 album, which came out recently and my two favorites from this album are Bambi and 9 To 5. Bambi is one of my favorite songs of 2017, it’s a fun and very Robbie Williams. And I love the fact that he covered 9 to 5, if you like the original version of the song then you’ll like this one.

That about wraps it up for this post and I want to take a minute and thank you guys for reading, liking and commenting this year. 2017 was a crazy year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring.

Until next time, I hope you all had a great December and 2017 and I appreciate every one of you :).

-K

December Glam Bag post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/blogmas-day-14-december-glam-bag-unboxing/

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Blogmas Day 18: Christmas playlist

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 18! Today I’m going to be talking about my Christmas playlist. There’s only a week until Christmas, which I can’t believe, and I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my Christmas Day playlist. And I’m happy with what I’ve got.

  •  To start off I’ve got the Michael Buble Christmas album. I love Buble, especially during this time and hands down my favorite song from the album is Cold December Night. If you haven’t ever heard that song look it up, it’s fantastic.
  •  Next we have the album it would not be Christmas without, Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey.
  •  Once Upon A Christmas, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. I love a bit of Kenny and Dolly and I’m not ashamed that I know all the words to all the songs.
  •  The Sinatra Christmas Album, Frank Sinatra. An absolute classic, you can’t have a playlist without Frank.
  • The Andy Williams Christmas Album. Just like Sinatra, Andy Williams is one of those voices I love to hear during the holidays.
  • White Christmas, Bing Crosby. If you like Bing’s voice, then this is a great album for you and it’s full of Christmas classics.

Now on to the song portion of the playlist.

  • Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney. I’ve mentioned that this is one of my favorite Christmas songs and it makes me smile every time I hear it.
  • Step Into Christmas, Elton John. This song is super fun and one of those songs that instantly makes you want to sing along.
  • Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Lennon. This is classic Christmas to me, I listened to this song growing up and sang it once for a school Christmas concert so I have a special place for it in my heart.
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, Bruce Springsteen. You guys may have noticed there’s a theme here. I really like the Christmas songs of the artists I listen to normally.
  • Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens. This is a song I only discovered last year through watching Zoe Sugg’s Vlogmas. And it’s become one of my favorite Christmas songs. Definitely give it a listen if you don’t know it already.
  • And lastly we have Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. I’ve said before, not strictly a Christmas song but one of my all time favorites.

That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys have the same songs or albums on your Christmas playlist let me know and if not let me know what songs you do have on your playlist.

Until next time, have fun listening to your Christmas playlists and I hope you’re enjoying Blogmas :).

-K

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Blogmas Day 7: Favorite Christmas songs, piano and ukulele edition

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 7! Today I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my favorite Christmas songs to play on piano and ukulele since so many people, especially this time of year, enjoy playing.

Starting off with piano, I have this book that my dad gave me ages ago, I think it’s from Hal Leonard, and it has 91 songs in it. The goal is one day to be able to play through all of them but I’m not there yet. This book has some of my favorite songs in it so it’s always the one I turn to first.

  • Christmas Time Is Here, from A Charlie Brown Christmas. When I was a kid I loved the Charlie Brown Christmas and I’ll still watch it when it comes on but this song was always one of my favorite things about it. And it just makes me smile when I play it.
  • Happy Holiday. Originally from the classic movie Holiday Inn, if you’ve never seen it and you like White Christmas you will like it because they are very similar. This one of those songs that really fun and it’s simple to play.
  • Jingle Bells. Simply because you can’t have Christmas without some variation of it.
  • Joy To The World, both versions. The traditional Christmas and the Three Dog Night song. Three Dog Night is and has always been one of my favorites, they were my first concert, so why not play their song at Christmas, it is called Joy To The World after all.
  • The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. This one is fun for me because it’s one of those songs that everyone knows and they just start singing along when you’re playing.
  • Wonderful Christmastime. I said the other day that this is one of my favorite Christmas songs and it’s also one of my favorites to play. Although to be fair anything by Paul McCartney I love playing.

On to ukulele, I’ve only been playing since January and thankfully I picked it up quickly. And it’s become one of my favorite things.

  • White Christmas. I really like the different sound the traditional songs take on when played on a ukulele and this is a great example of that. There is this guy on YouTube, I believe his name is Ukulele Mike and he has tutorials for a ton of different songs and is really great to learn from.
  • Mele Kalikimaka. The Hawaiian Christmas song, so it only makes sense to play it on the ukulele.
  • Feliz Navidad. Not the best song on piano, but really fun on ukulele and guitar.

As you can see I don’t play a whole lot of Christmas songs on the ukulele, but I enjoy the ones I do play and look forward to adding more in the future.

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys play either instrument let me know what you like to play.

Until next time, enjoy the music and have fun playing :).

-K

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November favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as November is nearly over, I thought that I would do my November favorites. But before I get into that I want to mention something exciting, this year I’m doing Blogmas. So every day up until Christmas, starting December 1st, there will be a new Christmassy blog post, this is something I’ve wanted to do since I started blogging and I’m excited about it. But back to this month, starting with beauty I have a couple of favorites from my November Glam Bag from Ipsy and as always I’ll link that post down below if you haven’t read it. First we have the ColourPop Pressed Shadow in Come And Get It. I’ve worn this a couple of times since talking about it and I bloody love it. It’s a gorgeous shade, very versatile and the color payoff is fantastic. ColourPop eyeshadows are where it’s at.

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Next up we have the Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is Feisty. There are a couple of things I love about this blush, first being the color. It’s a dusty rose and that’s a shade that I think is great all year round. The formulation is really nice and it’s very blendable/buildable. All good things if you ask me.

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Continuing with the beauty favorites we have the EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in Rose Nude. I highly recommend EM Cosmetics lipsticks. The formulation is really nice, they’re long lasting, feel great and light on the lips, and it smells really good.

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My last Glam Bag favorite is the SKYN ICELAND Berry Lip Fix with Wintered Red Algae. I put this in my skincare routine after I got it just to see and I can honestly tell you that I love it. It’s always been part of my routine to put something on my lips right before I go to bed, I wear a lot of lipsticks and different products and want to keep my lips healthy and soft. I normally use the Vanilla Softlips, and I love it, but I started alternating between that and this and my lips have never been softer. And if that wasn’t enough for you, it smells incredible. I will definitely be delving more into SKYN ICELAND.

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Moving right along, I have a couple of app favorites. The first is Poshmark. I was going through my closet recently and found some pieces that I either hadn’t worn, don’t know why I bought them to begin with, or had worn once or twice but didn’t have a real place in my wardrobe anymore and I wanted to do something with them and found that Poshmark was the best app for the job. I made my first sale a couple of weeks ago and it was a really easy process. I highly recommend it and I have a couple of really cute shirts in my Posh closet right now, @kyrasage18 if you guys are interested. Let’s do some business :).

My second app favorite is the Design Home app. I’m one of those people that quite likes interior design and I have a couple of house flipping shows that I absolutely love. I will admit that when I first saw the ad for this app I was skeptical, but I downloaded it and I love it, it’s a lot of fun.

Next up I have a website favorite and that’s Etsy. I recently started my Christmas shopping and was looking for something specific for a friend of mine, I won’t say what on the off chance she reads this, but I found it, beautifully made and reasonably priced and I’m really happy with it.

My next favorite is something I discovered randomly, the other week I was scrolling through YouTube late at night looking for something to watch and I came across this segment from Michael McIntyre’s Big Show called Send To All. Basically what he does is takes the phone of a celebrity guest on the show, sends out a crazy text to all the contacts in that persons phone and reads out the replies. It is one of the funniest things and I think that Michael McIntyre is one of the funniest people, really makes me laugh.

My second to last favorite is Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, the food, the fun and the ridiculous amount of laughter that comes with my family getting together. I made apple pie like always do and I was really pleased with the way it turned out, it was delicious. I really should make this pie more throughout the year.

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And my last favorite is a song and it’s Hard To Say Sorry by Chicago. I listened to Chicago growing up, thanks Dad, and they have a ton of great songs, but this is probably my favorite song of theirs. It’s just one of those songs that I will belt out and I have no shame. If you haven’t heard it definitely  give it a listen.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what you loved during November.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great November :).

-K

Glam Bag post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/november-glam-bag-unboxing/

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October favorites

Hi everyone,

First off I want to say happy November. I can’t believe this year has gone by so fast, but as it is the first of the month I thought it would be a good time to do my October favorites. Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my October Glam Bag. If you haven’t yet read that post I will link it down below. The first is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I’ve been using this everyday since I got it and I absolutely love it. I don’t have particularly dry skin, but it is getting colder and the cold can be harsh on your skin and this is the perfect thing to combat that. I definitely recommend it.

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My next favorite is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion. This is one of my favorite pencil liners that I’ve used. It glides on smooth and once it’s on it doesn’t smudge. However, I am the type that if I’m going to mess up my liner it’s going to be with a pencil opposed to a liquid, so if you do happen to mess this up or smudge while applying it can get a little messy. And definitely don’t be like me and try to do eyeliner in the car. But besides that, I love it.

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Next up we have the MDMflow Liquid Matte Lipstick in Retro. I can’t express how much I love this lipstick. I absolutely love the color and the formulation and staying power are amazing. It’s a very well made product and I want to wear all of the MDMflow lipsticks. Definitely check them out.

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And here’s a picture of me wearing the Urban Decay liner and this MDMflow lipstick.

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And my last favorite is a Pretty Woman NYC nail polish in the shade Wine With Ice, Garçon. I’ve mentioned how much I love the Pretty Woman NYC nail polishes, they last and the formulation is really nice. And this one in particular, it being a deep wine color, is the perfect shade for fall.

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Moving on, I have a food favorite. And it’s the Yoplait French style Oui yogurt. These yogurts are thick, creamy and only made with a few ingredients and I really like them. They come in these little glass pots and I think they’re the perfect size. There are a couple of different flavors, but my favorites are the Vanilla, Black Cherry and Lemon.

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My second to last favorite is Halloween. Halloween kicks off the holiday season and it’s always been one of my favorites. I love to dress up and be festive. I went to a Halloween party like I do every year and I honestly changed my mind on my costume like four times, but I ended up going as a cowgirl and I had a lot of fun.

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It is worth noting that my lipstick is the Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick in Lady Balls, it’s one of my favorite red lipsticks, and my boots are from Just Fab.

I also carved a pumpkin because you can’t have Halloween without pumpkins and I went with a bat design this year.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite. And it’s two songs from Eric Clapton’s Behind The Sun album. Behind The Sun has always been an album that I liked and it has some fantastic songs on it. The first is It All Depends and the second is Something’s Happening. These two songs are so different but they’re both amazing and if you haven’t heard them or any other songs from the album definitely give them a listen. It’s so worth it.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites in October let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope everyone had a great October :).

-K

October Glam Bag post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/october-glam-bag-unboxing/

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September favorites

Hi everyone,

I’m a little bit late with this, but today I wanted to talk about my September favorites. September honestly flew by and I can’t believe we’re into the first week of October and I’m already planning my Halloween costume. So the first thing I want to talk about is beauty. I have a few favorites from my September Glam Bag, if you haven’t read that post I will link it down below. My first Glam Bag favorite is the bag itself, it fit the Ipsy Boss theme perfectly. I love the black and gold with the spikes and I’ve been carrying this in my handbag since I got it and I love it.

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My next favorite is the Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey. This has a great shimmer, it’s nicely pigmented and the lighter shade is great on it’s own as a highlighter.

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My third Glam Bag favorite is the ColourPop Lippie Stix in the shade Glam Bag. I really liked this shade when I swatched it and even more when I put it on. It’s matte, which I love and it doesn’t feel heavy on the lips. If you haven’t checked out ColourPop already, definitely do. Their lipsticks are fantastic.

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My last Glam Bag favorite is the Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect nail lacquer in Deception. I really liked the color of this nail polish when I saw it. I love grey nails, especially this time of year and this didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend Adesse New York if you’re looking for a good nail polish.

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Moving on I have a couple of food favorites, the first is the Vanilla Blueberry Kind bars. I always keep bars like these in my handbag, they’re a great on the go snack and lately Kind bars have been my favorite brand. These ones specifically have blueberries, vanilla, and 5 super grains, oats, millet, amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa. They really are so good.

And my last food favorite is on the other side of the healthy spectrum and they are the Strawberry Peanut M&M’s. I don’t always eat M&M’s, but I saw these in the grocery store and I couldn’t help but pick them up and they were delicious.

And lastly, I have a music favorite and it’s Ringo Starr’s new album Give More Love. Top to bottom this is truly fantastic. Some of my favorite songs from this album are Give More Love and Standing Still. If you haven’t heard any of this album yet definitely check it out on iTunes or YouTube, it’s worth a listen.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we have any of the same favorites let me know and if not I’d love to know what you loved during September.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope everyone had a great September :).

-K

September Glam Bag post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/september-glam-bag-unboxing/

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Three easy makeup looks and OOTD’s- Summer 2017

Hi everyone,

Today, as summer is pretty much over, I wanted to share three of my favorite outfits and makeup looks from summer 2017. I’ve done a couple of these previously and I really enjoy them. So the first look is from July and I’m still so in love with it, I don’t know where the shorts are from as they were a gift but the necklace I bought at Forever 21 ages ago.

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So, starting with my face and after going through my morning routine, I started with my foundation, which I am out of but I’m going on a little shop tomorrow to pick up another, I use the L’Oreal Paris true match super-blendable foundation in the shade N2, Classic Ivory. To go with that I use the matching L’Oreal true match concealer in N 1-2-3, Fair/Light and I top that with the e.l.f. HD Powder in Sheer and use an e.l.f. powder brush to apply. I’m almost out of that too, but I ordered the Tarte Amazonian Clay finishing powder so I’ll let you know what I think of that. As for my bronzer I use the bronzer in the e.l.f. blush palette in light and the blush I used is the blush from the palette on the right in the bottom left corner. And finishing off my face I use the Urban Decay Afterglow 8 hour powder highlighter in Sin, still my favorite highlighter definitely recommend it and I apply that with the e.l.f. fan brush.

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Moving on to eyes, I went to one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes, the e.l.f. Everyday Smoky palette. I used the two brown shades in the middle, I applied the lighter brown with a Bare Escentuals eyeshadow brush and blended the darker brown with the Skone blending brush and used another brush to apply a light shimmer, third from the left, to the inner corner of my eyes and under my brows. Mascara wise I used my trusty Maybelline Falsies Volum Express and Maybelline Great Lash and using an angle brush, I filled in my brows using Too Faced Up in Smoke. And I finished the look with a Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick, which are some of my favorite lipsticks, in the shade Queen B.

My second look is from July 4th and I always love doing a festive look.

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Face wise I kept everything the same as my last look.

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For my eyes I used Smolder from the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette and blended it out and used White Lie in the inner corner of my eyes and under my brows. The eyeliner I used is one of my favorites, I’ve talked about it many times, and it’s the EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner with a Brush Tip. The Falsies and Great Lash for my lashes and Up in Smoke for my brows. And of course I had to do a red lip, so I used the Too Faced Melted Matte in Lady Balls. This is hands down one of my favorite red lipsticks.

And my last look is actually from yesterday and not technically an OOTD. But I was wearing dark skinny jeans and a Ramones shirt.

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For this look I did use a couple of different products. In addition to my normal concealer I used the YADAH Silky Fit Concealer BB Power Brightening in Light Beige, this gives great coverage and I definitely recommend it, and I apply that with a Micro Mini Beauty Blender. I also used the Firma Beauty 103 Angled Contour Brush. It’s a great size and it’s one of the softest brushes I own. And the final thing I changed was my blush. This time I used the Balm, Balm Springs blush in the shade In Full Swing.

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This look is something I don’t normally do and I didn’t know how it would look on me but I ended up really liking it and I already know a couple of things I want to do different next time to enhance it. For this I used the Hikari Cosmetics cream pigment in Honey Dew. I had used this as a highlight shade but not as a base, but it’s very pigmented and the color payoff is great. I then used White Lie on the inner corner and under my brows. The eyeliner I used is Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner. The Falsies and Great Lash on my lashes and one of my favorite lipsticks, the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème in 246, Slow Burn. I really like the formulation of the Marc Jacobs lipsticks and they last, which is a major plus.

That about wraps it up for this post. Like I said, I really enjoy doing these posts so I’ll probably do another for fall.

Until next time, take as many OOTD pictures as possible and have fun with your looks :).

-K

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