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Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

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I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara, and on first swipe, I was unimpressed. But for $29 you bet I was going to use it! And something happened…

It’s been two months of using this product and I’ve realized what the draw is. That brush!! It catches every single lash and brings it front and center! While the mascara itself is nice, it offers a lovely fanned out natural look, I prefer something bolder and thicker like Benefit’s Roller Lash or Urban Decay’s Perversion.

However, that being said, I think anyone who likes a natural look but wants each individual lash to show, this one is for you! I think I might try the legendary lashes to see if I can get a thicker mascara but with Charlotte’s amazing brush!

Here is a photo of one eye with Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, and the other eye has nothing.

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Okay, wow that’s a close up isn’t it? Well, you can see the difference in lashes, and ┬ájust ignore that I haven’t done my brows yet. But seriously, look at all of the lashes! I didn’t know I had so many!

So, TL;DR This mascara grew on me, and I would repurchase it.

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My New Skin Care Routine

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I’ve fought dry skin all my life, and while I never had acne, I did get eczema and random reddish patches.

I’ve spent the past few years working on my skin care regime, and with help from the other Bookish Beauties here, I’ve discovered a few really cool products.

Face Oil. Holy cow, why did I never use you in my twenties?! Nourish Organics Argan Face Serum is my current fave, but if you prefer a dry oil, the Nuxe brand has a fantastic one.

Masks. Sheet masks, peels, overnight masks, so many masks, and so much fun! Pictured is my Pacifica overnight mask. It’s thick without being sticky or clogging my pores. I used it on a long flight and my skin never felt gross or dehydrated.

In my quest to dupe Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, I’ve discovered a few really neat products:

Pixi Day Dew Glowtion not a dupe for Magic Cream, but absolutely a dupe for MAC Strobing Lotion, and Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting lotion.

Pixi Primer which is extra sparkly, just FYI, but adds a fun shimmer underneath bb cream or foundation.

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream. I bought this in travel size for a trip and have never looked back!

Boots No. 7 Botanics Night Cream (which I’d actually consider more of a dupe for Clark Botanicals).

Boots Botanics Toner feels so refreshing. I hate Clinique’s toners, so I figured that mean I just hated toner. I was so wrong.

elf setting spray which smells like cucumbers, holds your makeup and feels really nice on.

Acure clay mask smells amazing! It’s like aromatherapy while you mask! And the best part? It doesn’t get hard on your face! I hate dry clay masks. This reminds me a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Clay mask. It isn’t the same color or texture, but they feel similar on, and the results are also very similar.

I’m looking for a new BB Cream, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment and let me know!

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Curly Hair Don’t Care

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I have curly hair. My daughter has curly hair. Our curls are nothing alike. Her hair is super thick and her curls are tighter and well, curlier. These products work on both of our hair. I think the Don’t Despair Repair is good for any hair type, but the Curl Charisma line is pure magic for my curls. Mine are looser than my daughter’s curls are, and these products hold the shape so well for me! With my daughter’s hair, it keeps the frizz and tangles down. Amazing what the same product will do for different types of hair!

I highly recommend the brand, and if you have curls, grab at the very least, the curl cream. It’s so moisturizing and still holds your curls together. We curly girlies need to stick together LOL

Allure Christmas Surprise

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I was really surprised when Allure sent me an email saying they were sending me one of their beauty boxes for Christmas! Holy cow!

I’ve been a subscription box junkie for years now, but I hadn’t joined the Allure one. For one, I thought it was more expensive than it is-it’s a super affordable $15 per month, but if you order now, you get the first 4 months for only $10 a month* and for another I didn’t realize how awesome everything you get really is!

*Disclaimer: I get no kickbacks or money or points if you join. I just really want you all to enjoy the beauty and makeup:)

img_3570My box came with a Doucce Freematic eyeshadow single in Kristi-a brown shimmery shadow. Gorgeous and fab for all skin tones.

A can of Klorane dry shampoo, a must have for every person out there with hair. Seriously it’s awesome.

A full-size tube of Mally Beauty mascara that has perfect timing as I’d just thrown out my last tube of mascara. (I go through mascara a lot. Like every 6 weeks, so this is great for me!)

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter which is amazing and delicious and luxurious.

Some Briogeo Curl Charisma gel that trust me, my curls love! I love this brand, but I’d only ever used their Don’t Despair Repair hair conditioner, so this was a treat indeed.

And last but not least, my favorite find in this beauty box, a Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer in Freesia Pear. The lather smells amazing, it’s thick and luxurious, and I have to keep stealing it back from my kids’ shower since they keep taking it!

Enjoy, guys, and Happy Holidays!

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Jingle Vox Box

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What a fun little box! Influenster sent out! This was the Jingle Vox Box, and it had everything from a mini Olaf to tater tots! What a great variety!

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Hallmark’s Itty Bittys are so darn cute that I bought an R2D2 for my son, and gave my Olaf to my daughter.

I have used Kiss lashes before, so getting these was fun. I wore them out on New Year’s Eve. This was the first time I used their eyelash glue separately. Both the lashes and the glue worked just fine for me. Easy to use, and no problems taking them off. I wish I’d had this brand back when I was a ballerina-I swear I had no eyelashes left after using the old crappy glue.

I used the coupon to grab some tater tots for the kiddos, which are always a hit.

The nail polish was not my favorite. It’s called Pure Ice, and I didn’t like how it applied. My color was in Home Run and it was patchy and chipped easily. Although I was very happy at how well it came off. I hate when nail polish decides to stick around long after you’ve tried to remove it! For about $2 a bottle, though, it’s decent.

The NYC waterproof eyeliner was great! NYC is one of those brands that never gets enough attention. For a drugstore brand, their products are definitely on par with Cover Girl or Rimmel.

Cetaphil isn’t my moisturizer of choice, but it’s good. I have dry skin so I like how thick it feels.

And the Biscoff cookies. They were delicious. I am a huge coffee drinker, and these went really well with my afternoon coffee.

*All products courtesy of the brand and Influenster

What’s In My Bag?

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I finally ditched the diaper bag, and when I did, I found something like 15 lip glosses in it! So I thought I’d share!

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Don’t ask me how any of that fit in that tiny makeup bag. I’ve downsized to probably 5 lip products now, but I know it’ll just end up like this again.

So how about you? Do you have way too much stuff in your purse? Or do you keep a normal amount of makeup in your bag?

#FrostyBox from #Influenster

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So Influenster sent me their Frosty Box Vox Box (say that 10 times fast! LOL), and it came with quite an assortment of goodies.

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Everything here you can get at Target. I’ve already bought the Boots No. 7 serum, and I love it! First things first, I’ll go ahead and give a rundown of each item.

There are Fruit Vines bites, which I hid from the kids and ate all myself, because that’s how I roll ;P

An Eco Tools round brush that is way better than the one I already had. I’ve blow dried my curly hair straight with it twice now, and both times it gave me a smoother look than the Goody one I bought like 10 years ago.

McCormick Gourmet Thyme which worked out perfectly since my thyme plant died this winter.

The sample of Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced night serum, which as I said, I’ve already picked up.

A Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup remover, and a Scandaleyes water proof kohl kajal black eyeliner. I love pretty much all Rimmel products, and I don’t think you can go wrong with their black liner. I’m replacing my MAC black liner in Smolder (it’s not waterproof).

This might be my favorite product in the box, an NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugarplum. This is a matte look that was much smoother than some others I’ve bought, although I’d still use a balm underneath so it glides on better. This lip product is less than $2 so you really can’t go wrong here.

And Lastly there is a 2 pack sampler of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea. Now I love peppermint tea, but this had a more black licorice taste. That works for me, but some might not like it. In fact my daughter loved it, but my son didn’t.

So, this was a really fun Vox Box, and I’ve really enjoyed sampling and reviewing all of the products. As I’ve said before, influenster is a really fun site to play around on, check it out, and read some of the product reviews.