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Getting your makeup routine ready for fall


I love fall for so many reasons — one of those reasons being the chance to revamp my makeup routine and add in some products that haven’t been used since the previous season. For me, this means adding darker hues, warm shadows and berry cheeks. Here are a few of my favorite products for getting my makeup routine ready for fall:

Maybelline matte lipstick review

Maybelline matte lipstick review Maybelline matte lipstick review


Welcome back from the weekend! What were some of the highlights from your time off? I spend most of the weekend with friends — trying out a new Vietnamese restaurant, celebrating AppleJack Festival in Nebraska City (about an hour south of Omaha) and reading a new book I can’t get enough of (Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay). 

I picked up two shades from Maybelline’s new matte lipstick collection and have been testing them out over the past week. I’m not really a fan of matte lipsticks; I find most of them to be extremely drying on my lips and end up using a lip gloss on top.

However, these new matte lipsticks from Maybelline are amazing. They’re creamy and really pigmented, and surprisingly they don’t dry out my lips at all. The shade range is great, too, and they go from pretty nudes to bold brights in ultra flattering colors. They’re also less than $6 each at Target, so if I were you, I’d go pick up one or two to try out yourself. Well worth a try!

Black, white and blue

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Top: Loft | Denim: Elle | Heels: Target | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Bracelets: Forever 21, gift | Watch: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Maybelline’s Color Elixir in Petal Plush


If my closet is any indication of what I’m currently into, cobalt blue is going to play a major part in my fall outfits. As I mentioned yesterday on Instagram, I found these amazingly comfortable Target heels over the weekend and couldn’t wait to break them out. I’d highly suggest getting a pair! Not only is the price too good, but there are multiple color options. They were perfect for an afternoon spent downtown, working outside with an iced latte in hand.

July beauty favorites


In terms of beauty, July was all about long-lasting makeup that could stand up to the heat of the summer. I used most of the above products while doing my friend Keri’s makeup for her wedding (along with the other bridesmaids), and the products all withstood the test of a long day combined with summer sun and humidity. 

The Lorac Pro 2 palette has been the one palette I’ve reached for almost every day. And the Milani baked blush in Corallina? A drugstore dupe for NARS blush at a fraction of the price. I also bought the Josie Maran coconut watercolor eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold, and it is so pigmented. 

April beauty favorites


For April, beauty was all about ease. As I mentioned earlier this week, I needed simple and few products during my days spent traveling and hiking this past month in Utah. I didn’t want to pack a ton of makeup and skincare products for my trip, so that meant keeping things simple with the above products. If you’re looking to start transitioning your routine from cold weather to warm weather, I’d recommend one of these (especially this foaming cleanser — amazing!).

This week flew by … and yet it felt like I didn’t get done half of what’s on my to-do list. But this weekend, I’m reorganizing my office and bits and pieces of my bedroom. Nothing like a little home decor/organization project to get me excited for a few days off!