Top 10 Best Perfumes

Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my list of the Top 10 Best Perfumes available. Over the years I have tried a lot of different perfumes, and have found that I am drawn to ones that are unique, as well as long-lasting.

When I walk by, I don’t want other people to be able to instantly identify the perfume I am wearing; which nowadays is so easy when everyone wears super popular perfumes like Viva La Juicy. My goal is to intrigue others and to personify the “character” I am feeling like that day. That being said, I find that perfume is a great tool in impressing people with the message YOU want to send. For example, a lot of people say that I look young for my age; so when I need to command respect in a room with people who would otherwise discard me due to my appearance, an extra sophisticated, classic perfume can subliminally change their mind.

With #1 being the most favorite (although they are all very close and I love each one for different reasons), here are the ones that I think are the most unique, long-lasting, and pleasant :

10. Philosophy – Love Sweet Love : is very sweet and innocent. It’s notes include sweet fruits like mango, and light florals. It has a bit of musk as well that makes it not so “childish”. I like wearing this perfume during the day on errands, or even out to lunch. You can get 2 oz for $42 at Sephora.

9. Victoria’s Secret – Sexy Little Things Noir : is the opposite of sweet and innocent. It is feminine in that it has top notes of blackberry and vanilla, but it turns ultra seductive with jasmine, musk, and woody notes. Although I don’t wear this perfume very often, I appreciate its originality, and love wearing it when I want to feel extra sassy. You can get 1.7 oz for $44 at Victoria’s Secret.

8. Dior – Miss Dior Cherie : is young, but smart. It has fruity top notes like cherry mixed with florals like jasmine and rose, and a warm base of caramel and patchouli. I would imagine this to be the perfume of a very young business executive in Paris, who has a youthful love for things like ballet and romance. I enjoy wearing this both day and night. You can get 1.7 oz for $90 at Sephora.

7. Jessica Simpson – Fancy Nights : is one of the most warm and spicy fragrances I have ever experienced. It immediately catches your attention with amber, vanilla, and musk, mixed with seductive florals like jasmine. I like warming up with this on cold winter nights. *this product appears to be discontinued, but you can find it in the 1 oz packaging at Target for $19.99.

6. Burberry – The Beat : is sophisticated with a rock and roll twist. It is woody and musky with unique additions like iris, pink pepper, and tea. I’m not sure how Burberry does it, but something about it just feels british. I like wearing this perfume when I want to feel refined, but a little edgy. You can get 1.7 for $60  at Ulta.

5. Bobbi Brown – Beach : resembles sunblock, but in a really good way. It’s notes of jasmine, mandarin, and sea spray instantly make you feel like its summer and you’re on a warm sandy beach in the tropics. I like wearing this when I need a little summer pick-me-up. You can get 1.7 oz for $67.50 at Sephora.

4. Philosophy – Amazing Grace : is very clean and light. It has notes of musk, freesia, and rose. I wear it when I want to feel ultra feminine and understated. You can get 2 oz for $44 at Sephora.

3. Ralph Lauren – Romance : is extra sophisticated. It has notes of chamomile, ginger, and white musk, mixed with very light florals like freesia and rose. I like wearing this when I want to be taken seriously and command the attention of the room. You can get 1.7 oz for $65 at Sephora.

2. Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely : is classy, sophisticated, and ultra feminine. It has soft white musk with lavender, and a touch of citrus. It is very intimate and soft, and I like to wear it when I want to invite people to come in closer. You can get 3.4 oz for $68 at Macys.

1. Tocca – Florence : is a perfect blend of white musk, gardenia, rose, and jasmine, with a hint of fruit. When I wear it, I feel like a powerful queen who is just a touch evil. It embodies power, sophistication, beauty, and class; and has become my signature fragrance. You can get 1.7 oz for $68 at Sephora.

Let me know what your favorite perfumes are, and if any of these made your list!

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Mascara Reviews and Pictures!

Hey Ya’ll! This post features the mascaras that I have purchased and gotten samples of from the past year or so. And no I don’t use year old mascara! I simply have kept them for the purpose of reviewing later. 🙂 Here We Go :

Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara – has a medium sized tapered bristle brush and is medium wet in the consistency. It is great for lengthening as well as volumizing. It does not smudge and lasts all day on top and bottom lashes. $16.00 at Sephora. One of my favorites. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara – has a medium sized bristle brush with a slightly tapered tip. It is a wet formula, has great staying power, and is volumizing as well as lengthening. $16.00 at Sephora.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval bristle flexing brush and a very wet gel-mouse formula. $6.99 at Ulta. 

Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval rubber flexing brush and a medium wet consistency. It provides average volumization. $7.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – has a small spiraled bristle brush and a semi-wet formula. This mascara clumps easily and I highly dislike it. $5.49 at Ulta.

Loreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara – has a medium-large bristle brush and a wet consistency. I prefer using this mascara over a dry mascara to add extra volume, rather than on its own. When used by itself it can clump and smudge. $8.99 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion – has a thick medium sized  rubber brush and a flat top. It’s a medium-dry mascara and adds a good amount of length and volume. $9.49 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume – has a thick medium sized rubber brush with a flat top and a medium consistency. It is a holy grail mascara for me and add tons of length and volume when worn lightly or built up. $8.99 at Ulta.

Origins Underwear for Lashes – has a tapered spiraled bristle brush. It is essentially a lash primer that claims to add volume by attaching white fibers to the ends of your lashes. I don’t feel that this product works well at all, and is just a messy unnecessary extra step.   $16.00 at Origins.

Origins Full Story Lush-Lash Mascara – has a small-medium bristle brush and a wet consistency. This mascara clumps and smudges horribly; especially when paired with the Origins Underwear for Lashes. $15.00 at Origins.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara – has a thick medium sized bristle brush and a medium-dry formula. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras because it add the most incredible amount of volume and thickness to the lashes and is smudge proof. $18.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Benefit They’re Real – has a medium extra spikey plastic brush with added spikes to the tip. It is a medium-wet formula and is also one of my favorites. It quickly adds volume and length to your lashes and when applied heavily, it can look like you are wearing natural looking false lashes. $23.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow – has a medium sized slightly tapered bristle brush and a medium consistency. This mascara is volumizing but frequently flakes and smudges. $18.50 at Ulta.

The Balm What’s Your Type “The Body Builder” Mascara – has a small bristle brush and a very wet formula. It is volumzing, but clumps and makes your lashes look messy and goopey. $19.00 at thebalm.com .

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes – has a very tapered bristle brush and a wet-medium formula. It adds mega volume and length and last all day and night.

BEST FOUNDATIONS EVER!

Hey guys! This post is all about foundations that I love. You should first know that I have very fair normal skin with acne scaring and occasional breakouts. These are in numerical order with number one being the best. If you like this post and want to see the worst foundations ever, click here : https://beautybysarahmarie.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/worst-foundations-ever/

Here we go!

5. Clinique Even Better: This foundation has a staying power like no other. Its hard to describe without actually trying it, but it is like an illuminating stain. It is super blend-able and smooth, but once it sets it stays and the coverage is medium. I wish the shade range was a bit better (the very fair is still quite tan) but thats my only complaint, and even then I can easily make it work with some bronzer down my neck. This foundation claims that it “evens and corrects”; I haven’t noticed any significant improvement, but it definitely doesn’t make anything worse.SPF 15, ($27)

4. Make Up For Ever HD: I love the shade range available for this product (actually all MUFE products) and the smooth finish it offers which is mainly a matte finish with a hint of satin. This foundation has medium-buildable coverage, photographs beautifully and has great staying power. Your skin looks extremely healthy and flawless when wearing this, yet I find that sometimes concealer is needed for any scars. ($42)

3. NARS Sheer Glow: Let me first say that the application of this foundation is key, I like to apply it with a beauty blender sponge. I’m not sure what NARS was thinking, but I would not call this foundation sheer OR glowy, so if that is what it luring you in know that it is medium coverage with a matte/satin finish. That being said, I was lured in by the shade range for fair skin, and that part is amazing. This foundation one of my all time favorites! ($44)

2. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr: This is the best long-wearing foundation I have ever tried. It is perfect for special occasions when you need to look flawless for a long time. I specifically use this for special occasions because it is a little bit heavier than I would like to wear day to day, and the price is on the higher side ($45). But if you work or go to school long hours and want to invest in a high end foundation, this one is it. The shade range is great and the finish is a nice matte/satin and the coverage is medium-buildable. SPF 15.

1. Clinique Acne Solutions: I know this might be a strange choice for the number one best foundation ever, but truthfully I’ve never found one that is better. I have been using this foundation since my sophomore year of high school and it has always been a staple in my collection. It has medium-buildable coverage and offers the most natural and flawless finish ever. I don’t think that it clears my skin like it advertises, but it definitely prevents any new acne. I never have to worry about touching up while wearing this foundation because, like my number five pick, it is sort of like a stain once it sets. The shade range is also good, thankfully they offer one for my very fair skin and the price is reasonable ($27).

The Top 5 Nudes You Can’t Live Without!

Hey Everyone! Since I got such a positive response from my last post, The Top 5 Browns You Can’t live Without, I thought I would do another similar post. This one is going to be all about nude/neutral eyeshadows and feature my picks for each category. Again, this is just my opinion in what can help make a collection complete, and what I’ve found helps me the best. These shades can be in the form of powder, cream, etc. Here we go! ( scroll down to read about each color)

#1.The Eraser– This is a color that I talk a lot about in my YouTube videos that should help “erase” any mistakes by blending into your skin tone much like a face powder  does. I find the skin around my eyes is a bit lighter than the rest of my face, so I prefer using a color like Brule by MAC instead of a face powder for that area. This color CAN be used for the same thing as color #2, but I highly recommend getting a different shade that disappears completely into your skin, so that you can’t see it at all.

#2.The Matte Highlight– As the name says, this highlight shade should be matte and compliment your skin tone flawlessly. It is one of the most important neutral shade you can have, and for me it’s Bone by Bobbi Brown. I use this color with almost every single look. The goal of the color is to be able to match everything and everything, and most importantly not compete for any attention. You should able to use this color on the lid, brown brown, and inner corner; and if your’e lucky, you can use this as an eraser if you’re in a pinch.

#3.The Champagne Highlight– A perfect example of a champagne highlight is Candlelight by Bobbi Brown because  it has such subtle highlighting qualities that mimmic being lit from within. Champagne colored highlights are excellent for eyes, but also double as a superb cheek bone highlight for a natural looking inner-glow. This type of neutral shade is great in a collection because its such an amazing alternative to a white highlight or lid color.

#4.The Bright White– For this shade I recommend finding a super bright, stark white color. My favorite is the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX, which is a cream eyeshadow. This type of product is an excellent base when using bright colors because it grabs ahold of the pigment and makes colors appear brighter. You can also apply it to your inner corner or brow bone and blend it out to create an insanely bright highlight.

#5.The Complimentary Shade– The complimentary shade is an absolute must for every collection because it can be used in conjunction with other shades or by itself. This will be a color that you feel looks best on your skin tone and give a subtle wash of color. For many this is an eyeshadow like Naked Lunch or All That Glitters (both by MAC), or any taupe, tan, or peach color that is more often that not a frost. Because my skin tone is extremely neutral, All That Glitters (possibly the most popular complimentary shade ever) can look a bit too peachy/pink toned on me. Coincidentally, Elle Fowler (AllThatGlitters21) has a pink toned complexion, so its no wonder the color that she named herself after looks so fantastic on her! Thankfully, in the 2012 Hey Sailor Collection, MAC came out with an eyeshadow called Jaunty which was similar but more of a neutral sandy color ,which worked a lot better for me. This is probably the most important color you can acquire on your quest for the perfect collection, so make sure you’re absolutely in love with it; if you’re not, then keep looking. Remember, the goal of this color is to be a “go-to” color that you can throw on your lid with some mascara and feel great.

Thanks for reading ❤

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The Top 5 Brown Eyeshadows You Can’t Live Without!

Hey Everyone! Today’s post is about the top five brown eyeshadows that I believe should be in everyones collection. My top five browns just happen to be all MAC eyeshadows but feel free to use this as a guideline for what you already have and or what your favorite brands are. Pictures and swatches are below.

#1.  A Cool Light Brown, such as Wedge, should be an essential in everyone’s makeup collection because it wears so many hats. This type of color can be used as a lid color, brow color, and my personal favorite, the queen of all blending colors! Wedge, for me, is a go-to color for any and every look if i need to add depth to my crease or blend out any harsh edges. It is also an amazing transition color from crease to brow bone.

#2. A Warm Light Brown is another basic must-have for the same reason as a cool light brown. My favorite warm light brown, Cork, is amazing at adding warmth to any look at the same time as blending and transitioning colors. Though I typically prefer more cool to neutral brow colors,  a color like this is excellent if you are trying to add warmth or just naturally have a warm hue to your hair color.

#3. A Medium/Dark Brown is one of the first colors I would recommend picking up as soon as you start collecting makeup. This essential eyeshadow for me is, Espresso, but it’s important for this color in particular to be most suited to your skin tone. I find that Espresso is a neutral brown, but some people could argue it leans more warm or cool; it just depends. The eyeshadow you choose for this category will be a staple color used for many things, so make sure you choose one that you feel works best!

#4. A Warm Red-Brown, like Folie, is a must-have for me because it makes simple, everyday looks seem instantly more high-fashion. I believe this is because most people wouldn’t normally gravitate towards an eyeshadow with red undertones for fear of looking tired or ill. While this is a valid concern when it comes to pink and red eyeshadows, red when mixed with brown correctly, it can be one of the MOST flattering combinations and make you look more editorial and chic. **I like to use this color in the crease and attach to the outer part of the lower lash line**

#5. A Deep Cool Brown is a fundamental piece for all collections, especially for those who love smokey eyes. The most basic and common way to use a color like this is to apply it to the lid/crease and more heavily in the outer corner to add depth for a classic smokey eye. However, I like to use this color with an small angle brush to add insane, natural looking thickness to my lash line. My favorite deep cool brown is Mystery.