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    February Beauty Faves

    Feb Beauty Faves

    I’ve been slacking on this monthly post, guys. Sometimes real life gets in the way, and when I say real life, I mean real life. Like, running out the door, putting makeup on during my commute, life. Also…I should mention that I took these photos fresh out of the shower with a towel on my head. So, there’s that.

    But, you won’t hear any more excuses from this side of the screen. My monthly beauty faves post is back and this time, I’ve lined up a series of products that I can’t wait to tell you about. This little roundup has it all — from mascara and lipstick to concealer, eyeshadows and eye cream. Without further ado, here are some of the products I absolutely loved in February (and I’m wearing them all today):

    1. Too Faced “Better Than Sex” MascaraBetter-Than-Sex-Natalie-Was-Here

    I’ve always gravitated towards drug store mascaras. L’Oreal and Maybelline never disappoint. But then I tried Too Faced’s “Better Than Sex” mascara and my world changed. I don’t think my lashes have ever been happier or looked better. Whoever named this product, I know what you were thinking. Well played.

    2. Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshadow in “Florence”


    Stila released some pricey foil eyeshadows awhile back, and I remember standing in Ulta faced with the crippling decision of whether or not I should buy one. My internal dialogue went something like this, “Natalie, are you really going to spend $30 on an eyeshadow? Seriously. An eyeshadow. Do you know how many coffees you could buy with that money? A lot.” My caffeine addiction won in that instance.

    I thought all hope for metallic lids was lost, but then I found this crazy affordable dupe at CVS. If you haven’t tried Milani Cosmetics, add the brand to your list, stat. These eyeshadows are so beautiful, highly pigmented and well worth every penny of the $10 price tag.

    3. Valentia “True Glow” Eye Cream Valentia-Eye-Cream-Natalie-Was-Here

    I am the WORST when it comes to putting anything on my face before bed. My nighttime routine usually consists of me sluggishly removing my makeup with a makeup wipe before hitting the lights. On a good night I’ll apply moisturizer. But, eye cream…what 25 year old needs eye cream, am I right? Wrong.

    Preventative maintenance is where it’s at, and considering skin in your eye area is thin and more susceptible to lines and wrinkles, it’s time to get serious about skincare. This eye cream from Valentia is more like a serum, and it goes on so smoothly and really lives up to its name.

    4. YSL Touche Eclat Neutralizers in “Green”


    My Italian roots outweigh my Irish ones (75% vs. 25%), but my complexion says otherwise. I’m fair-skinned and struggle with redness, especially around my cheeks. This new product from YSL is a l-i-f-e-s-a-v-e-r. I simply apply the green concealer to areas of redness before my foundation, and it evens my skintone within seconds. Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

    5. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Aria”Stila-Natalie-Was-Here

    I love this lipstick. So, so much. Not only is it a gorgeous berry shade, but it really does last. If a lipstick can stay with me through two cups of coffee and the messiest cinnamon roll on the planet, then that’s when you know it’s a keeper. 

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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?