Things I'm Loving

Thursday, August 25, 2016


1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Cannelle

I've been somewhat without concealer for the past month. I accidentally broke my Urban Decay Naked Concealer when I was home in July, but it was running out while I was on vacation regardless of the fact that I shattered its lid. I had a little bit of my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer left that got me through the following couple of weeks, but it was time I tried my hand at a new concealer. I always get nervous trying out new skin products as my face likes to break out any chance it gets. I didn't want to try something entirely new, but I also didn't want to repurchase the Urban Decay concealer because I just like to experiment with different products when I can.

Back in December, I picked up a sample of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to use as an undereye concealer. When I was on the hunt for a new one, this one was on the top of my mental list. It didn't break me out when I was using it back in the winter and I'd always heard good things about it from the beauty vloggers I watched on Youtube. I never know which shade to get so I just sort of...winged it with the shade here, but I ended up with Cannelle, which seems to be working out just fine for my skin tone (and foundation shade) at the moment! A little bit goes a long way, which is always a plus in my book. I just dot it over my imperfections, also known as my zits. I cover up my zits. Imperfections is such a kind way to describe my terrible skin, though. Thank you, Sephora descriptions.

I haven't had any issues with it yet! It hasn't irritated my skin, it wears quite nicely (I do set it though, just to really make sure it doesn't budge), and I like the packaging a lot! I always like Nars packaging though, even if the black matte packaging does get dirty easily.

2. TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara

Man, I feel like this one needs a big #TBT hashtag next to it. I used to use this mascara back in my early college days (because I'm so old now, yeah?). I think I just got caught up in trying a lot of new mascaras that I sort of forgot that this one existed. However, I started to run out of my MAC False Lashes mascara and this was the first thing I thought of when I was thinking of what to replace it with. I just love this mascara so much? It's one of the only ones that I've tried that actually keeps my lashes voluminous and curled. It's not the most lengthening mascara for my lashes, but I am quite lucky to have long lashes in the first place, so it doesn't affect me all that much. I'm typically more concerned with making my lashes thick and voluminous rather than spidery and long, so this mascara is just the perfect one for me to achieve that look! Plus, I love the pretty metallic rose packaging!

3. Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Well, I finally did it. I finally joined 2016 and got one of the most gorgeous highlighter shades ever. This was definitely one of the most impulsive purchases I've ever made. I was meant to be getting the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette to replace mine (RIP, thank you for lasting me a whole year before you ran out) and right before I went to check out, I took a peek at the Becca counter. I took one look at at the metallic rose gold packaging and I snatched it. Right then and there, I snatched it and took it right to the counter with me without another thought. I've certainly swatched it before, but I just told myself I didn't need it. I still don't need it, but I got it anyways and I don't know if I've worn anything but this shade since I bought it last week. Honestly, Becca highlighters are just a personal favorite of mine in general. They literally make your cheekbones glow. If you are looking to jump on the highlighting train, just go right in and get a Becca one. You will not be disappointed.




4. "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez

This is just a continuation in my never ending saga of Francesca Loves Pop Music. I heard a few covers of this song and enjoyed it quite a bit, but then it came up on one of the Pandora stations at work and I wanted to fall on the floor. It's so good. Charlie Puth's voice is just so smooth and lovely and then you know Selena Gomez is there. I'm joking. Kind of. But really, it's a really nice duet and I'll probably cry at some point listening to it, but so far I've been tear free and have been able to truly just bop to this tune.



5. Topshop 'Dart' Block Heel Sandal

And here we have another impulsive purchase on my part. I have no excuse aside from the fact that Topshop finally had my size shoe in my favorite style and in a color that I don't have that style in yet. All of the elements were there and I had money in my bank account. Honestly, the timing was perfect and we were meant to be together. I have a pair of shoes like this in both nude and, oddly enough, a neon apricot color, but not in black? How did I go this long without having this shoe style in black? It's a travesty, truly. There are so many outfits that I've worn that could've used a pair of shoes like this, but better late than never, right?

All of my co-workers must be so sick of me wearing these shoes every single day, but I can't help it. They're comfortable, they go with literally everything and they are so easy to put on and take off. My other ones have complicated buckles or just slip on and take a lot of wrangling to do so, but these just slip on and you just have to do one little side snap and they're secured. One day I'll stop wearing these shoes. But for now, I'm going to embrace their presence in my life.

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