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Boxy Thoughts (I never did unboxings September through November lol)

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Before I do my Boxycharm unboxing that I received this month, I thought I would give my thoughts on some random products that I never got around to unboxing from, oh I don’t know, September to December!

Whoops! Life gets in the way sometimes!

One product I got in November I believe was the Cover FX illuminating setting spray. Typically I just purchase my Urban Decay all-nighter spray, however, I enjoy trying different setting sprays on my dry skin. This one works beautifully. The mist is super fine, and leaves a dewy finish on the skin. I would for sure purchase this again.

Another product was the KNC beauty sheet lip mask. Three of these jelly like masks came in a box. They were supposed to hydrate and plump. These were slightly hydrating but I didn’t feel like they did anything drastic. I would not pick these up again.

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I got a few lippies through the months. The top burgundy one shown is “Storm” from Laqa and Co. cosmetics. This is a gorgeous color, and the matte formula is actually super comfortable. However, the applicator is super thick, which makes application difficult. The middle shade is the Tarteist lip paint in “Salty.” I actually like this matte formula. It’s fairly comfortable and applies well. I also really enjoy the color of this lipstick. It’s a nice peachy nude, and I think it will be perfect for spring. The last shade is “Stripped” from Colourpop’s satin lip range. I love this formula and have several, so I was super pumped to get this beautiful nude shade.

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One product I was super glad to receive was the Becca pressed highlight in “Prosecco Pop.” While I already had this in the Jaclyn Hill palette, I was super pumped to receive a single of this. I love a true gold highlight and this color is gorgeous. Plus you can’t beat the formula of Becca’s highlights. In addition, the price point was awesome, as it was almost double what boxycharm costs on its own!

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In addition, I received the Winklux Kitten palette. I nearly died at the packaging. Cats and pink, my two favorite things. This is actually a super nice palette. I really love the color range, it’s a bit more unique than what we’ve seen on the market recently. In addition, the shadows blend and apply really well. This was definitely a hit product for me.

I hope I didn’t miss anything! I’ll have this months Boxycharm up soon! I truly love this service!

Do you guys get Boxycharm? What has been your favorite product thus far?

Until next time!

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Kylie Cosmetics “Red Velvet” Lip Kit

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On this blog, it’s not secret that I’m super basic, and therefore have fallen in love with Kylie cosmetics. This Christmas, I snagged the lip kit in “Red Velvet.” It’s my first red from Kylie cosmetics, so stay tuned for my mini review!

I already have a post dedicated to Kylie Cosmetics in general that I will link Here. So, I don’t want to waste too much time discussing the formula. I will say that I love the consistency. It’s fairly comfortable and lasts literally forever. Be sure to check out my other post for more in depth information.

I’m obsessed with this packaging. I kept the box for a Christmas decoration. The sparkly green lips and peppermint on the front make me so incredibly happy (I am literally a Christmas elf and or Bob Cratchit). The actually lipstick packaging has a white outline and drips, which is different from the normal glossy black.

This lip kit is no exception to my obsession. I used to constantly wear red, and while I have moved into the nude territory, I still live for a red lip. This is a gorgeous bright red, which leans towards a bit more of a warm tone. It’s a festive shade, and fits in perfectly with the holiday aesthetic. I’m so happy I got my hands on this shade.

The formula on this shade is fantastic. It isn’t patchy whatsoever, which can happen occasionally with deeper colors. I know I’ll get quite a bit of use out of this shade.

All in all, I’m thrilled I added this to my Kylie collection. The color is festive, fun, and long lasting for Christmas!

Do you guys love or hate Kylie cosmetics? Did you grab any of the holiday releases?

Until next time!

Xoxox

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Makeup With a Big-A$$ Price Tag That’s Worth Busting Open Your Piggy Bank For

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As I wrap up testing out Subculture (literally have been trying that baby all week), I thought I would share with you pricy products that I really enjoy.  Some products, I look at and immediately regret shelling out the cash for.  However, there are several products in my collection that I paid a pretty penny for, and I find them to be totally worth it, and most of them worthy of re-purchasing.

I love drugstore products so much, but, some makeup is just worth spending a little bit more money on.  Quick disclaimer, there are several Marc Jacobs beauty products.  In my opinion, it is a luxury brand that’s worth the money.  Sorry for the repetition, but I truly enjoy them. That’ll be discussed below.  Here are some of my favorite high end products that I don’t regret purchasing!

I first want to touch upon a contour duo.  I prefer duos to kits, as I feel contour kits are not super useful for most people.  At most, I only use one of two contour shades.  I just feel as though duos are much more practical.  My favorite contour duo is the Marc Jacobs #Instamarc powder.  First off the colors are perfect.  The yellow is typically the only highlight shade in a contour kit that I actually use, as it really brightens up the under eyes.  I absolutely love the bronzer shade in this duo.  It’s extremely neutral.  When a color is too cool, it can appear muddy, but if a contour is too warm, it doesn’t create a shadow on the face.  I think this color is perfect for a natural, light contour.  This is a product I use in an everyday, low key makeup situation. In addition, these powders are super finely milled and are creamy when applied.  Although $49.00 is a bit much, I truly believe this product is worth it.  This was a birthday present to myself last year and I am so happy I purchased it.

Another product I love is the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation.  This is a product I usually only for going out or special occasions.  This is a super full coverage foundation.  Four small drops is all you need.  This is too full coverage for my day to day routine, as I prefer a very light base on a normal basis.  However, I really love this for full glam.  While the price is $55.00 (eek!), I think this is worth it (but you best believe your girl went into Sephora to get color matched).  You don’t use this product up quickly as it covers a great deal.  I also snagged mine when I had a $20.00 off coupon so it helped ease my wallet’s pain.

I also adore the Hourglass ambient lighting palette.  This retails for $62.00.  I had my eye on this for ages, and decided to pick it up when I had a gift card.  I love this face palette for two reasons.  I love the shade Dim Light (far left) for setting the whole face when I don’t need long wear coverage.  It gives the skin such a glowy effect and is truly beautiful.  I use the other two shades as a highlight and bronzer for days where I don’t wear foundation and want a simple makeup look.  These powders are so finely milled and apply to the face to easily.  If you don’t want a full palette I recommend picking up one of the full sized palettes.  They’re truly great quality, and I want to try the blushes and bronzers so badly.

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The Laura Mercier translucent setting powder if a cult classic.  There is definitely a good reason for that.  On the daily, I’ve been using the Koty air-spun powder for setting my under eye area.  It’s not my favorite, and is not cruelty free so I will not be re-purchasing. That powder has nothing on Laura.  The Laura Mercier is just so much softer.  I find that my skin never looks cakey when I use this powder.  I also only use it for my under eyes, as mentioned, so it doesn’t run out super quickly.  It feels and looks great on the skin.

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I also swear by Becca Highlights.  You can see my comparison and collection here.  These highlights give an intense glow.  However, with the Anastasia glow kits (check out that comparison here), I feel like they leave more of a stripe on the cheek bone.  I don’t get that effect with my Becca highlighters.  They are just a tad bit more natural.

If I had to pick one palette to use for the rest of my life, it would be the Anastasia Modern Renaissance.  First off, as a warm toned lover, the colors are to die for.  But the real reason to love this palette is for it’s formula.  I love a more powdery shadow, and these certainly fit that category.  They are pigmented, blendable, and pretty much a dream.  Everyone, even cool toned lovers should pick this baby up.  Honestly, there are a million reviews on this palette but I totally recommend shelling out the $42.00 and trying it for yourself.

One more Marc Jacobs product (whoops)!  I only own minis of the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, but they are amazing.  I purchased the Christmas set that contained five of them last season, and they do not disappoint.  The formula is extremely creamy, applies smoothly, and is opaque.  No matter whether you are using a nude or a deep, vampy shade, the colors do not apply in a patchy manner.  These are worth it in my book.

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Finally, for brows, I could not live without Anastasia Beverly Hills.  My brow routine for daily makeup in typically a brow powder for the tail end, and Brow Wiz in the front.  For the nighttime, I switch my powder with dip brow.  I certainly use other powders, but I just feel as though the Anastasia applies smoothly, and is very soft.  The dip brow is an awesome pomade for really taking your brows to the next level.  Finally, Brow Wiz applies so naturally, and can be used totally on its own as well.  Honestly, I have other brow powders and products, but I just don’t feel that they compare to ABH.
Do you guys feel like some things are just worth the extra money?  Or do you stick to affordable options?  I personally need a good mix of both!  Keep an eye out for a post about my favorite affordable options!

Until next time,

xoxox

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Trying to Live That Blogging Lifestyle

Hey y’all!!

Welcome to Monograms and Makeup!  I’ve tried to blog countless times before, and after using WordPress in a journalism class, I knew this was the platform for me.

I love writing.  I’ve dabbled as a journalism major for the past year, but seriously flopped at doing actual reporting.  So it’s the business route for me.

But, what I love infinitely, more than writing, is buying beauty products.

I’m the ultimate girly girl.  If it comes in pink, I buy it.  If I can monogram it, I do.  Glitter it, bedazzle it, make it glam.  I aspire to be an everyday Elle Woods.  So, it was no surprise that during my junior year of high school,  my interest in makeup came about.  I’d watch countless youtube videos of collections and hauls.  That’s when it happened.  That’s when I became the makeup hoarder I am today.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe strongly in using everything I buy.  But of course I can’t help getting the same shade of a lipstick from different brands.  I love comparing and contrasting (it’s like science, right?).

I won’t lie and say I’m the best with makeup, but I do love trying out looks and products.  You can’t except any tutorials out of me, but I have countless reviews.

I hope through this blog, I can save busy women time and money by testing out different products to see what’s worth it, and what you should leave at Sephora.

Until next time!

xoxox