Empties

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How is it that I've been writing for this blog for this long and yet I've never made an empties post?? I love reading empties posts by other bloggers. Mostly because I'm nosy af. But hey, who isn't! It's always cool to see what products other bloggers have been using and what they thought of it after using it the whole way through. Soooo today I'm going to do a post of my own!

NEUTROGENA NIGHT CALMING MAKEUP REMOVER CLEANSING TOWELETTES - I've been using Neutrogena's makeup remover wipes for a while now, but this was my first time purchasing the 'night calming' ones. I actually liked them better than the original ones!! They have a really lovely scent, which is supposed to help you sleep but it's debatable whether or not it actually works, haha. Neutrogena is by far my fav brand when it comes to makeup removing wipes as they're really gentle on sensitive skin but clean off makeup really thoroughly. I'll def be buying these again!!

MAYBELLINE BABY SKIN INSTANT PORE ERASER PRIMER - I picked this up on a whim a while back and ended up actually really liking it! It's not something I'd use for heavy duty makeup or if I was trying to make my makeup last for several hours. But for casual, day-to-day use, I think it works pretty well! It definitely made my skin feel really soft and smooth, so that was cool. And the bottle looks so tiny, but it holds a shocking amount of product in there. I kept thinking that it was nearly empty but it held up for a while yet.

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA - My go-to mascara!! I just picked up a replacement for this bad boy, as I simply cannot be without it. I've been using this for a long time and I talked about it recently in my Holy Grail Beauty Products post (x). I just love it. I'll probably be repurchasing this over and over again for the foreseeable future.

GARNIER MICELLAR WATER FOR OILY SKIN - This has been sitting near-empty in my makeup drawer for wayyyy too long. So it's time to part ways with this. I was really into the Micellar water trend for a while, particularly during the spring and summer seasons of last year. But I don't know, it just doesn't do it for me anymore. I'm over it. Won't be repurchasing this again. Neutrogena wipes have my heart, sorry micellar water!!

What products have you used up entirely? 

Felicia x

April Favourites

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Happy May, everyone! I'm sure all of you have heard/seen the "It's Gonna Be May" meme a thousand times in the past few days so I'll spare you guys from having to hear it again. But do know that I'm definitely thinking it right now, haha.

I'm back with another favourites post for you guys!! I've been on a bit of a "no spend" trend this month as I dropped a small fortune on dresses other things the past couple months and now I'm broke af. Soo these are all products that I've already owned for a while, but they have found their way into my regular rotation as of late!

MARC JACOBS HONEY PERFUME - I love this perfume so so so much. I bought this last year while I was in NYC and have been utterly obsessed ever since. But with spring officially arriving this month, I've been getting a lot of use out of this pretty scent. It's described online as being a mix of "nectars of honeysuckle and peach, honey, vanilla, and smooth woods" - it's so lovely.

NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM IN "SAN PAULO" AND "ANTWERP" - These two have been the lipsticks I've reached for most this past month, as I've been loving bright, bold shades for this weather. San Paulo is described as a "plummy pink" whereas Antwerp is a "mid-tone yellow-toned pink"...which is pretty much just a bright pink. They're fairly long-lasting and not at all drying on the lips which makes them the perfect lightweight lippy for a nice spring day!

E.L.F. COSMETICS MAD FOR MATTE EYESHADOW PALETTE - I talked a bit about how much I've been loving this palette in my Spring Makeup Look post (x). This is by far my most used palette of April, followed closely behind by the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I feel like burnt orange and brown shades really go with brown eyes - am I crazy, haha?? Anyway, it's been getting a hell of a lot of use lately and I'm sure that'll probably be the case next month as well!!

E.L.F. COSMETICS MAKEUP BRUSHES - I've been really loving E.l.f. brushes this month! They're honestly great brushes, especially for how inexpensive and easily accessible they are. At least 9 times outta 10, when I pop into my local drugstore, I walk out with a new E.l.f. makeup brush haha. Some of my favourites are the Blending Brush, the Blush Brush, the Highlighting Brush, and the Eyeshadow "C" Brush.

What products have you guys been loving this month?! x

Felicia x

Spring Makeup Look

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Hello lovelies!! Things have been crazy lately, which is why I haven't been posting so much. I know that I'm constantly saying "I'm so busy, pls forgive me!!" but honestly, I have been. It's all about finding that balance between life and blogging, y'know?

Spring has been coming around here, slowly but surely. Last week, we were having some lovely weather, like 14C-18C, which is great for spring here. But next week we're apparently set to have some really nice weather, more like 20C to even 26C, which is veryy exciting! I'm hoping to maybe shoot and post a spring lookbook sort of post sometime next week (weather permitting - fingers crossed!), so look out for that!! :)

For now, I thought I'd write up a post talking about my typical spring makeup look.

Jumping right in. I always start off with my eyebrows for some reason haha. I've been using the E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit for about a year now and I'm obsessed. I totally ignore the powder side (lol) and instead use the cream to just fill in the sparse bits of my brows with an angled brush, then I run a spoolie brush through them to disperse the product. The cream is really long-lasting and stays in place, whereas other cream brow products tend to shift on your face which is a no-no.

Next up, I prime my face. I much prefer cream-based primers as opposed to sprays. One of my fav cream primers is the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Face Primer (phew, whatta mouthful). Before I apply any face makeup, I just apply this to my entire face, rubbing it all in until it's absorbed. This one, in particular, makes for a really dewy makeup look, which I love for the spring and summer seasons.

Moving on from face, for now, I move onto eye products. I've been really loving the E.l.f. Cosmetics Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette (which is now being called the "Mad for Matte Nude Bloom" palette). I love the warm tones of this palette, especially the burnt-orange shade and the pink-y sort of shades. I take that burnt-orange and blend it into my crease, then blend a bit of the dark brown into the outer v. I finish it all off with that pink shade on my lid. Once I've finished with the shadows, I go for a thin cat-eye with my Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I used to do cat-eye looks all the time in high school, but stopped for awhile, and now I'm back doing it again I guess! Haha.

While I let my liner dry a bit, I go onto my face. I've been using the Rimmel London 25hr Breathable Foundation for the past couple months, which I reviewed here. I blend that all over my face with a blending sponge - I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - and then I cover up all my spots and such with the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. Once I've finished up with all that, I go in with a bit of bronzer and blush - for bronzer, lately I've been getting a lot of use out of my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer which I've had for ages, and for blush, I use my fav E.l.f. Cosmetics Candid Coral Blush which I'm sure I've talked about before. After, I brush on some Too Faced Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder so soften the harshness of my blush and bronzer. And I pop on some E.l.f. Cosmetics Shimmer in Gold on my cheekbones and Cupid's bow.

Going back to my eyes, I like to brush a bit of that orange-y shade from before just under my eyes, with a thin angled brush just to add some depth to the look. Then I go in with an eyelash curler and finish up with a coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. 

And that's it! Here's the final look...

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(Don't mind my bangs as they seriously need to be trimmed, haha) So there ya have it. Very simple to do, doesn't take very long at all, and it's a bright look for spring!

Happy last day of April y'all! 

Felicia x

5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

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Hello everybody! Today, I thought I'd talk about five of my holy grail beauty products, mostly from drugstore brands. I've been using these products consistently for a very long time, some for a couple years now, and they have never failed me. These are pretty much my all-time favourite products, ones that I use pretty much on a daily basis!

Let's just jump right in then, shall we?

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA

I've heard many a beauty blogger rave about this bad boy and about a year ago, I decided to give it a shot. At first, I found it quite clumpy and heavy on the lashes, but I find it just takes some getting used to. If you apply it with a light hand, you should easily be able to get a clump-free look! I love this mascara in particular because it separates my lashes (again, light handedness necessary!!) and really darkens them. Personally, length isn't an issue for me as I have very long natural eyelashes, but I've found this makes them appear even longer.

MAYBELLINE SUPERSTAY BETTER SKIN CONCEALER

I've been a die-hard fan of the Better Skin concealer for some time now. I think it's a lovely, lightweight concealer for brightening and also covering up blemishes, without being too harsh and heavy on the skin. What I love best about it, however, is that it's considered safe for sensitive eyes and skin, both of which I have and dealing with them is a nightmare. I've def had far less of an issue with irritated eyes or skin whilst using this!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT

This one is an oldie, but a goodie!! I actually first purchased this original ABH Glow Kit in my senior year of high school, as a bit of a post-exam treat for myself, and I immediately fell in love. I know it was sorta hyped up back when it came out, but it is a lovely product nonetheless. I love the shades in this kit, as they are more gold/pink, which is more up my alley than the white or metallic shades of other palettes. My personal fav is "Dripping in Gold" which I've sadly recently hit pan on :(

COLOURPOP ULTRA SATIN LIP

I love ColourPop. They're by far one of my favourite inexpensive makeup brands of all-time. And $6 is a small price to pay for their incredible liquid lippies. The formula of their Ultra Satin Lip is really quite nice. Personally, I don't find it very drying on the lips, and it's definitely long-lasting. Not to mention the shades are absolutely beautiful!!! I find that they have so many options, which makes this range so versatile.

MAYBELLINE FACESTUDIO MASTER PRIME FACE PRIMER BLUR + ILLUMINATE

This doubles as a highlighting product and a primer, which is pretty cool. If I want just a pop of highlight, I'll just blend in a spot of this on my cheekbones and on my brow bone. But if I want a really dewy overall look, I'll use this as a primer and apply it all over my face, before putting on my foundation. I think it gives the perfect amount of glow for a spring or summer makeup look, so I use this a lot during the summer season!

What are your favourite/holy grail products? 

Felicia x

Favourite Tarte Products

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I really really really love Tarte. It's just one of those brands that I have been buying from since I was first introduced to makeup and I keep going back for more, all these years later. I've had a few misses with Tarte, as I have with any other brand, but today I thought I'd share with you some of the hits.

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TARTEIST LIP PAINT MINIS

I'm really not quite sure how I ended up with not one, but two of these mini lip paints - but what I do know is that I love 'em. They're the perfect size to toss in my purse and take on-the-go with me when I'm running out the door. I own the shades "Birthday Suit" and "Delish" - a nude-pink and a rosy mauve, respectively. "Delish"gives a more super-matte finish, it's the kind of a fun lip colour for nights out, whereas "Birthday Suit" is a creamier matte, which I find more of an everyday kind of shade. I would absolutely buy these in full-size in the future, but for now, I love carrying these lil guys around!

TARTE BLUSH BAZAAR PALETTE

I talked about this product in my January Favourites post, so I won't go into too much detail here. I just wanna reiterate just how damn much I love this palette. 10 WHOLE SHADES. Seriously, how convenient is that??? I'm a huge fan already of the Amazonian Clay Blushes, so this is straight up my alley. I just really love how there's a mix of both shimmery and matte shades, rather than just one or the other. I think it just adds that extra bit of versatility to the palette as a whole. As I mentioned before in my January post, I have been loving "Authentic"and "Angelic" best out of the shades in this palette.

TARTE CLAY PLAY FACE-SHAPING PALETTE

This is a new purchase of mine but it quickly became a favourite for me after it arrived in the post. This face-shaping palette has a variety of matte shadows that can be used for eyes, brows, and face - plus an assortment of contour shades that are just to die for. One thing that really drew me to this palette is how ideal it is for travel. If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may know that I'm often going back and forth between home and Orlando, which makes condensing my makeup collection into a travel-friendly size a real challenge. This is perfect for me, as it's like a bunch of palettes combined into one thin - and beautiful - package. I've been using the shades "Journeyand "Ember" for my eyes lately and I love them!!

What Tarte products do you guys love?

Felicia x