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    The Best Nude Glosses

    lip gloss 6Nude lips are all the rage right now (cough cough, Kylie Lip Kit). And I’ll admit, as a fair-skinned girl who loves her berry lipstick like no other, the nude look was a trend that I was a little hesitant to embrace. But when I spotted this affordable kit at Target, I knew it was the perfect time to try it out. NYX is a favorite drugstore brand of mine, and its “Butter Gloss” is no exception. It’s a gloss that lives up to its name, and goes on like, well…butter.

    This kit comes with three wearable shades: Creme Brule (soft, light pink), Angel Food Cake (deeper fig) and Ginger Snap (dark, mauvey brown). I love them all and reach for them on a daily basis. This whole nude thing? I think I’m 100% on board.

    Creme Brule

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    Angel Food Cake

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    Ginger Snap

    nude lip 4*This post was NOT sponsored by NYX…I just really, really love their products.


    November Beauty Faves

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    I was in denial for many years, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m 100%, without a doubt, a beauty junkie — maybe even a hoarder. There’s almost always a lipstick or nail polish that miraculously jumps off the store shelf and finds its way into my cart. It’s so weird, guys. I don’t know how it happens…

    Without further ado, here are some of the products I couldn’t keep my hands off of in November.

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    1. Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara

    Oct Faves 2I’m pretty set in my ways when it comes to mascara. I’ve worn the same brand since I heard LC say it was cool back in her days on “The Hills.” But after reading so many rave reviews, I had to give Cover Girl’s Clump Crusher mascara a go. GUYS. This stuff is amazing and truly lives up to its name. You can literally layer on the coats without a single clump. Amen.

    2. e.l.f. Smokey Eye Kit

    Oct Faves 7This pallet. It’s love. I’m telling you, for how crazy affordable e.l.f. products are, the quality is amazing. The brown shades in this compact are my go-to’s for everyday wear, and the deep gray shades never disappoint when I’m getting ready to go out on the weekends.

    3. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in “Apricot”

    Oct Faves 1I rarely splurge on expensive makeup. I’m typically a drugstore girl. But during an event I co-hosted at Saks in Cincinnati last year, I somehow wound up at the Bobbi Brown counter and just like that, fell head over heels in love with this genius creation. It gives the prettiest shimmery glow. Well worth it.

    4. Essie Nailpolish in “Virgin Snow”

    Oct Faves 6So, I’ll admit, I laughed at the name when I picked up this shade. Virgin Snow — what is that? The first snowfall? Does the first snowfall typically have a lavender hue? Who knows, but name aside, this shade is my new fave.

    5. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

    Oct Faves 9I never thought I’d love a matte foundation, but this one is far from flat. It goes on smoothly, evens out skintone and is great for those with oily skin. If you’re in the market for a new foundation, I’d highly recommend this one.

    6. Clinique Chubby Stick

    Oct Faves 3This product is perfect for lazy girls of the world (i.e. me) who want to get the contoured look without all the hassle. Simply draw the creamy formula on the areas you want to contour and blend with your fingers or a brush.

    7. Anastasia Brow Wiz

    Oct Faves 8This was another product I splurged on, but again, SO worth it. I’d been using drugstore eyebrow pencils, but found the shade was always off. This product matches perfectly for a look that’s more natural, every time.

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    My First Time

    DSC_0911I remember the first time I officially wore makeup…and no, I’m not counting the times I snuck into my mom’s bathroom and plastered her red lipstick all over my face. I was in the 6th grade and going through the “I just want to be an adult, already” phase. The phase where I loved to tell people I was 13, even though I was 11 (only to have my little sister call me out for it in front of my summer crush — true story).

    I started carrying a purse, wearing perfume and migrating into the realm of scented chapstick and Wet n’ Wild. Then, one day while on vacation with my entire family, my older cousin pulled out her makeup bag…

    This is the part where things changed.

    Discovering a generously-filled makeup bag was how I imagined Christopher Columbus felt when he discovered the Americas. It was by complete accident, but it was all kinds of awesome. Lipgloss? The shinier and more flavored, the better. Eye shadow? I’ll take the powder blue, please. Glitter? Yep, let me just roll that all over my face (remember this stuff?).

    It snowballed from there.

    A year or so later — when the glitter fad became less sparkly — my mom treated me to my first “real adult” makeup experience at the Clinique counter. By the time I had reached 8th grade, my teenage skin was a complete disaster and this line worked like a charm. Now as a semi-adult, in addition to skincare, I can’t get enough of Clinique’s makeup products. Have you guys tried their new Chubby mascara? Mind. Blown. When Clinique asked me to try it, I said yes…times infinity.

    Now, for the really good part.

    The brand recently launched this new site called “The Wink,” which is so cool, guys. It’s a beauty and lifestyle blog wrapped into one, and will definitely become my new BFF when I’m on the hunt for makeup tips (seriously, where was this when I was bathing in glitter?). I bookmarked this post to give me a bit of inspiration with my new mascara. And can we just talk about this recipe for a second — popsicles in the name of good skin? Well, twist my arm…

    “The Wink” just launched today and I think you guys will love it. Check it out here and let me know what you think!

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    And because I rambled on about my first makeup wearing experience, I’m dying to know your story. Share in the comments!

    This post was sponsored by Clinique through an opportunity with Collectively, Inc. All opinions, ramblings and embarrassing stories are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make NWH a fun place to be!


    September Beauty Faves

    So, we’re already feeling the October vibes at this point, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sit back and reflect on what rocked during the month of September. And friend, where beauty products are considered, you know I loved more than just a few.

    Let’s dive in…

    Untitled design-31. e.l.f Perfect Finish HD powder

    septfaves2I’m a huuuuuge fan of e.l.f. products. This translucent powder has been a favorite of mine for awhile. It’s super easy to apply and gives skin an airbrushed finish. They recently repackaged it to come in a convenient compact, which I am 100% behind. I have the loose powder version and it’s a hot mess. Let’s just say there have been one too many incidents where it exploded in my car. Thanks, e.l.f. for saving me from myself.

    2. NARS Bronzer in “Laguna”

    septfaves4I feel like NARS “Laguna” is the Pumpkin Spice Latte of bronzers. People rave about it. They can’t live without it. And because I’m naturally curious, I just had to find out first-hand what the hype was all about. Let’s be honest, you could probably buy 10 PSL’s for the price of this bronzer, but in the end it’s worth it. The color looks great on most skin tones, and it isn’t shimmery or orange-toned like most of the bronzers I’ve tried.

    3. Essie Nailpolish in “Devil’s Advocate”


    This nailpolish is the perfect fall color. It’s a deep black/brown with a tint of burgundy. If you’re the girl who wants to try something other than black (which can be a bit too harsh on most skin tones), than this is your go-to shade.

    4. e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in “Wine”

    septfavesI. love. this. lipstick. That’s all there really is to it. I wear it almost every day to work, and for the price (just $3), it has some serious lasting power.

    5. e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette


    I never wore eyeshadow. Like, ever. This pallet changed everything. The lighter, neutral colors are my go-to’s for daytime, and the deeper, cooler colors are perfect for a night out. If you don’t want to fork out the cash for Urban Decay’s Naked pallet, then I highly recommend giving this one a go (it’s less than $10).

    6. Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighterseptfaves5

    I’m pretty sure I received this sample size in a Birchbox forever ago, and recently rediscovered it. I’m hooked. The paintbrush applicator makes it super easy to apply, and the finish gives you that “lit from within” glow. Beyonce, I think I found your secret.

    And that’s a wrap! Now, I’ve got to know — what are some of the products you loved last month? Share in the comments!

    Disclaimer: The e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color and the e.l.f Perfect Finish HD powder were given to me through an opportunity with Collectively. All opinions are 100% my own…as in, I’m 100% obsessed with them.



    August Beauty Faves

    This series helps me justify my beauty/skincare addiction. Do if for the blog, right?augbeautyfaves3I’m no stranger to the beauty aisle. If you and I go to Target together, chances are you’d find me wandering the bright white aisles with five or so lipsticks in my basket (an addiction I’m trying to break). When it comes to makeup and skincare, I’ll try just about anything — from green tinted primers and clay masks to colored mascara.

    Here are a handful of things I couldn’t keep my hands off of in August:

    Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Let’s Get Naked”: The perfect nude lipstick. I told myself I’d never in a million years wear nude lipstick. I’m fair enough as it is, so concealer lips? No thanks. But this. It’s orangey pink and the formula is more hydrating than any other lipstick I’ve tried. I love it so much that I picked up a pretty red shade, too.

    Supergoop! Setting Mist with Rosemary, SPF 50: I remember telling my best friend once that I had this brilliant idea that was going to make me a millionaire. I think our conversation went something like this. Me: “So, you know how you’re supposed to reapply sunscreen every two hours? Well, what do you do if you have makeup on….remove your makeup and start all over? What if there was a spray you could just spritz on over your makeup!? Why has no one thought of this?” Well, needless to say, I’m not a millionaire. Supergoop! beat me to the punch. But it’s cool, because this product is pretty great. It’s a makeup setting spray that controls oil and gives your layer of SPF a refresh.

    L’Oreal True Match Foundation: I don’t even want to know how many foundations I’ve tried in my lifetime. I’d probably embarrass myself. I’ve experimented with almost every brand on drug store shelves, and I’ve even dabbled with some of the high end stuff like Chanel and Bobbi Brown. But I have to say, guys, nothing beats True Match. Its lightweight consistency sinks into the skin giving the best, natural-looking coverage. And the best part? ZERO breakouts. A major win in my book.

    NYX HD Concealer: I went to Ulta once in search of the perfect concealer. Top beauty bloggers rave about the NARS one, but I just couldn’t justify spending an arm and a leg on a tiny tube of concealer (where’s the fun in that?). When the girl helping me pointed me to the NYX aisle, I was sold. This stuff compares exceptionally well to higher end versions, but for a fraction of the cost. It’s creamy, blends well and brightens up those pesky under-eye circles in a flash.

    Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in “Noir”: The perfect black eyeliner. Nuff’ said.

    What are some of the beauty/skincare products you’re loving right now?


    April Beauty Favorites + A Special Invitation

    DSC_0162I know it’s already May (oops), but I honestly don’t know why I haven’t posted a series like this sooner. Now that I’m moving, I’ve come to realize how many beauty products I actually own (here’s a hint: it’s a lot). I’m flirting with hoarding, and things might be getting serious soon.

    So, I made a little pact to myself moving forward: I will try and use what I have before buying new stuff. For a beauty junkie like me, this is going to be tough. Walking into Ulta is a trap, and I really don’t think I’ll make it out alive.

    But even though my collection is enormous, there were several standouts that knocked my socks of in April. From a bright pink lipstick to light blue nail polish, it’s obvious I’m in full on spring mode.

    Freeman’s Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing MaskThis product combines two of my favorite skin care rituals (a clay mask and sugar scrub) into one bottle. It’s ah-mazing.

    YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara: I never thought anything could replace my Maybelline mascara until I was sent this one to try. And to be honest, I didn’t understand why people invested in the high-end, ridiculously expensive, I could buy a shirt with that money, mascaras. Now I know why. This little tube is a lash changer.

    Essie Nailpolish in “Find me an Oasis”: I’m all about the light polish colors for spring. This color from Essie is a whiteish blue, and has me dreaming of days at the pool.

    Revlon Lipstick in “Sultry Samba”: This lipstick is the perfect hot pink (as seen in the picture above). I’ve been layering it on constantly lately, and love to increase the intensity for nights out.

    Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum: I have a naturally red tone to my skin, especially around my cheeks. This daily serum helps to calm and reduce redness — I love it!DSC_0176

    What are some of your go-to products? Share in the comments! And as always, thank you for reading along.

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