September 2016 Favorites

Another month gone, another moment to comment on how l quickly time flies. I know, predictable, but I had a lot of fun this month! I spent some quality time with friends and family, ate a lot, drank a lot and, of course, toed the line between effortlessly chic and mild mess. How did I do it? With the help of a couple of new beauty products and a movie I couldn’t stop watching! Here’s what I obsessed over this September:

Beauty Favorites
I’ve never come across an eyeliner that glides on silky smooth, smudges perfectly and then sets to a seriously budge-proof matte finish. That was until Ardency Inn’s Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Liner in Black came across my makeup table.

I received a sample of this in last month’s Birchbox and it quickly pushed all of my other liners to the side. It’s just as pigmented as the Nars Larger than Life Pencil and as silkily as any liquid liner I’ve come across. Not to mention Ardency Inn is an amazing indie brand with everything a free spirit needs to brave a music festival, coffee date or Mondays. 

I have been a die-hard fan of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, but it seems the queen has been overthrown! It started with a sample of Elizabeth Mott’s Thank Me Later Eyeshadow Primer.

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I tossed it in my travel makeup bag on our fourth of July weekend trip just to save space in my makeup bag. By the end of the family barbeque in Dallas heat the only thing still clinging to my face was my eyeshadow. Other primers leave a white cast that is, frankly, unappealing if you accidently blend too far out: Elizabeth Mott has managed to create a transparent primer that is actually transparent. That sounds like a lame claim, but you have no idea how hard it is to find a primer that turns your lids an ashy grey.

Foodie Favorites
Unfortunately I’ve been a bad blogger this month and failed to take photos of my gastronomical adventures this month, but I have loved smearing Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter on everything; especially with honey and cinnamon waffles.

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I’ve also been obsessed with this loaded greek salad recipe. I believe the capers are the true hero of this recipe. These salty, strange fruit buds give your salad a unique pickled peppery taste that compliments the other ingredients.

Movie and Music Favorites
I watched “The First Monday in May and fell in love. I’ve been fascinated with the exhibit topics and witnessing all of the planning, thought and effort that goes into each show.

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This year’s focus on the delicate balance between haute couture’s hand-crafted beauty, ready-to-wear’s mass production and every designer and process in between shines a new light on the shift in society’s value system and the cost of creating exceptional pieces in an increasingly disposable world.

I’m still in love every song on the “Suicide Squad soundtrack, especially Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” and Lil’ Wayne’s “Sucker for Pain.” Both tracks are deep, dark and perfect for that occasion I’m in the mood for deeply dramatic music, which goes along perfectly with the heartbreaking melodies of that take over gnash’s repertoire. He’s exactly what my angsty teenage self needed for breakups and long nights.

What have you obsessed been with this month? Do you have any music recommendations to get me out of this depressing funk? 

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