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Allison’s All-Time Favorite Makeup Products

I’ve tried a ton of makeup products, and most of them just don’t seem to work out with my oily, acne-prone skin. Either it makes my oily t-zone worse, enlarges my pores or worst of all: breakout city. So when I find a product that works with my skin, I will continue to buy it until it isn’t available anymore. Here are my all-time favorite makeup products that always keep me coming back for more… 

1. Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Seeing countless advertisements and tutorials with this push-up gel liner definitely pushed this product to the top of my must-try list. Not only is it ridiculously easy to use, but it’s long wearing and waterproof! If you’re new to the world of liquid eyeliners and not sure where to start, buy this pen. It makes applying eyeliner as easy as applying chapstick. And if you can’t master the cat eye, this pen definitely makes it easier.

2. Benefit’s Gimme Brow

There’s a lot of Benefit on this list. Truthfully, I started my affair with Benefit when I tried Porefessional—that miracle cream made my large t-zone pores invisible! Since then, they’ve completely gained my trust. Their new tinted brow gel was no exception—it makes my brows look naturally thick, and it’s a cinch to apply. I don’t have to worry if I’ve penciled in my brows too much or too little—the fibers in this gel easily blend with your eyebrows to create a natural-looking fuller brow. Ask an associate to demo the product on your brows… I guarantee you’ll love the results. 

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12 Sales To Shop This Labor Day Weekend

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While I’m a little sad about summer coming to an end, I’m definitely looking forward to the great sales going on this weekend. If you’re looking to score some great deals this weekend, here are some great Labor Day weekend sales to check out… 

1. Baublebar: Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off!

2. Madewell: 20% off of select boots and dresses and an additional 30% off of sale with code YESYES.

3. Sephora: Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites, online only.

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11 Hairstyles To Take You From Summer To Fall

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Living in Texas, the transition from summer to fall seems to take forever. Somewhere between the beginning of football season and sipping on pumpkin spice lattes in 100 degree heat, fall manages to finally arrive. So whether the transition is gradual or overnight, here are some fun styles to wear and transition from season to season, like A Cup Of Jo‘s twisted ponytail tutorial featured above!

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Once fall rolls around, I start to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and second day hairstyles. Warm summer temperatures usually mean I’m throwing my hair up in a messy bun, but fall gives my hair a workable texture that allows for braids and waves that don’t fall flat. This casual side braid tutorial works on shorter lengths, and it’s a perfect summer style because it keeps hair off of your face! If you’re in a climate where you can enjoy cooler fall temperatures, embrace your second day hair texture and lightly curl a few strands for some added waves.

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How To Find Your Perfect Nude Lipstick

I used to think that it was tough to find my perfect red lipstick, but when I started my search for the right nude shade for my skin, I was at a loss. While a shade can certainly look like the right color for my skin, it turned out that the texture and color makeup would be all wrong. So after enlisting the assistance of a professional, I was able to narrow down my search to find one of those ‘my lips, but better’ shades. If you’re looking to find a great nude lipstick for your skin tone, here are some good places to start…

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For fairer skinned gals, it’s best to go with a nude lipstick that contains peach or pink—it will complement the color of your lips and prevent you from looking washed out.

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What To Buy At Victoria’s Secret Before School Starts

This fall, I’ll be entering my fifth and final year of college. So trust me when I say when attending a university, you’re likely to see a lot of Victoria’s Secret outfits and accessories! Maybe it’s how comfy their boyfriend sweats are, or how each pair of PINK yoga pants hug your curves just right. Whatever it is, college girls love it!

So in honor of the Fall 2014 semester, here’s my Victoria’s Secret wish list for my senior year of college…

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Our Top Beauty Buys Of The Year (So Far)

Allison: When it comes to my hair, there’s definitely a fine line between being well-conditioned and greasy. I’m a huge fan of dry shampoos, and when I received a sample of Serge Normant’s Dry Conditioner in one of my Birchbox subscriptions, I completely fell in love. Not only does it smell incredible, but it works to keep my hair soft and manageable, never greasy. But be careful, if you keep some to stash in your purse, your co-workers and friends will definitely expect you to share.

Annie: Moringa Oil! My stepmom-in-law asked me if I had Botox!

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The Ultimate Beauty Bucket List For Your 20s

I spent most of my teenage years avoiding makeup altogether. Growing up in the country as a total tomboy, I didn’t become interested in cosmetics until I had already graduated high school! Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my 20s learning basic makeup application and finding products and colors that work with my skin—it’s been quite a learning experience!

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So whether or not you’re a late bloomer like myself, or just trying to find your perfect colors and products, here is a great beauty bucket list for your 20s… 

F I N D   Y O U R   B E S T   R E D   L I P S T I C K

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Finding a good lipstick that complements your skin tone doesn’t have to be tough. If you have lighter skin, it may be best to go with a coral-red with hints of orange. Pink-based or cranberry reds tend to look best with medium skin, and cool-based reds always look amazing with dark skin. You can also pick your favorite red lipstick based on your skin tone—this handy guide with product recommendations is a great place to start!

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