January Beauty Favorites | 2017

January beauty favorites

Hey y’all! Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that I haven’t talked about the beauty products I’m loving as much as I’ve wanted to. To start connecting with my readers more, I’ve decided to start a monthly series where I talk about what makeup/skincare I’m loving! Next to following me on Instagram, this is one of the best ways for me to show you everything that I’ve also been testing out and keeping in my collection! Keep reading for more on January Beauty Favorites of 2017!

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4-Step Daytime Smokey Eye

Daytime Smokey Eye

On days when I want to leave the house with natural makeup, but with a little oomph I always steer towards a daytime smokey eye. I also find it perfect for day dates with my boyfriend or when I have a full day of running errands and I want to look a bit more put together. Today I’m sharing one of the easiest (and fastest) ways to recreate this look with only 3 shadows and brushes! Keep reading for a step-by-step on this beautiful and glowy daytime smokey eye!

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Wet N Wild Spring 2017 | Review + Swatches

I’m baaaaaaack! I can’t believe that literally in the past 3 weeks and during the midst of the holiday madness, I finally moved to Austin, TX! I’m finally all settled in and incredibly relieved that I don’t have anything pressing constantly on my to-do lists. In the meantime, I’ve been trying some new drugstore goodies that are out for the spring season. One of the most anticipated products that I was looking forward to was the Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation. Having already tried their primer from the Photofocus line and loving it, I was eager to get my hands on this baby. As soon as I settled into my new home, I grabbed my keys and drove to the nearest Walgreens in hopes that they would have my shade. Keep reading for more on what I picked up from the Wet N Wild Spring 2017 launches!

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2016 Summer Beauty Favorites

Summer Beauty Favorites _Nancy SparklesThis summer was a season of discovery. In the past, I used to just accept my oily skin for what it was and tried to bear with it throughout the hot, humid summer days. This year, I decided to put that lazy habit behind me and start investing in a couple of products that have changed the way and what I wear on my face during the summer. I made some pretty sweet discoveries along the way and have found some of the most amazing gems at Sephora and the drugstore. I’m super happy with my roundup of go-to products for the summer as they’re probably going to become some of my most necessary staples in my regular routine for the remainder of the year. Keep reading to check out my 2016 Summer Beauty Favorites!

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April Ipsy Glam Bag- First Impressions

Nancy Sparkles_Ipsy copyA few days ago I received my April Ipsy Glam Bag and was seriously impressed by the products, which wasn’t always the case. Back in January, I decided to renew my Glam Bag because it was around the time when I began revamping my blog. I had the subscription previously, but I was honestly never impressed. I had a few hits here and there, but it wasn’t enough to justify spending $10 every month (especially considering I was on my college budget at the time). However, these past few months have been getting better and better in quality and value. Here are some of my first impressions after a couple of days of trying out these products.

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Crown Brush (C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush). This product was probably one of the ones I was the most excited about. It’s extremely soft and considering how light it feels, it picked quite a bit of product and applied beautifully on my cheeks. I recently bought Wet N’ Wild’s Color Icon Blush in Rose Champagne and this brush made the application so seamless that it didn’t feel like I had to be super careful about overdoing it.

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Starlooks Cream Eyeshadow (Rose Gold). One of the biggest goals I had this year was to go out of my comfort zone and start trying makeup that’s outside of the typical eyeshadow powder formula. I had used a few paint pots before, but I was still curious on trying cream eyeshadows. Part of me expected this product to be exactly like my holy grail Rubenesque, but this was definitely a formula of it’s own. At first application, the product looked beautiful because the entirety of the swatch wasn’t blended out and all of the color and metallic finish of it was intact. However, I was disappointed afterwards when I began applying the product as I typically would with a paint pot. As I started patting it on my eyelid, it became super patchy and the areas where it dried just felt very heavy (photo above shows initial application on the left and blended out on the right). The color was beautiful, but I was really hoping the formula would match it’s looks. I’ll be playing around with it more this month, so stay tuned on any updates!

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Tarte LipSurgence Lip Crème (Wonder). Seriously, how beautiful is this shade?! I have quite a few red and pinky red lipsticks in my collection, but nothing matches this shade at all! It’s the perfect color for spring and summer and this is definitely one of the smoothest and long-wearing lip crayons that I own. I wasn’t sure what it was but when I first applied it, my lips looked incredibly smooth and the formula overall just felt really light. It’s the type of lip color that you forget you’re wearing until you’re halfway done downing the chips and guac (ha!). Also, huge bonus points to Tarte for making this sample still twist more product out. Am I already in love? Yes. Will I actually buy the full size? YES!

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MoroccanOil TreatmentThis product I have actually already owned the full-size of and I love it! It doesn’t have a chemical smell, if anything it smells really good and light. It doesn’t leave any residue or make your hair greasy after a few days. As a girl with thick, wavy hair, this product was a lifesaver when it came down to using it before styling it. I usually just straighten my hair and this amped up the silkiness and overall made my hair feel so much healthier over time. Definitely recommend!

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Jor’el Parker Fango FacemaskUnfortunately I was only able to try this product once because my acne recently cleared up and being super paranoid, I decided to not mess with my skin so much and give this another try later this month. The smell was ok, it smelled like your typical mud mask (kinda musky, but sweet depending on the oils added in). It dried down pretty quickly, which I didn’t mind because it was thick enough that I wouldn’t have to go over one spot again just to fully cover it. Once I rinsed it off with warm water, my face felt extremely clean and refreshed the next morning. As I mentioned, I’ll definitely give this a go a few more times before I give it a full review later, but as far as first impressions went… I’m not scared that it’ll damage my sensitive skin.

Needless to say, that I really enjoyed my April Ipsy Glam Bag. I’m definitely planning on sticking with the subscription and letting you all know my initial thoughts and final reviews on these products in the future! Did you get any of these in you glam bag this month? Let me know what you think! Until next time ✨