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How I Whiten With Smile Brilliant

I have never been particularly confident about my smile until recently. In middle school, I went from a messed-up snaggle-tooth, to a full mouth of braces (with colored rubber bands, anyone else remember those?). When I finally got that metal out of my mouth, my teeth were never particularly bright-white. My budding, (and now full-fledged) coffee addiction didn't help out either, since things like coffee and red wine stain your teeth. Dang.

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ReviewsAudra Koch
Glossier Black Tie Set

Glossier has pushed farther into the makeup realm and created a gorgeous set of essentials, called the Black Tie Set, to accent and enhance the natural glow that their skincare products have already created for so many cult-followers. Their skin-first makeup-second mantra has created a popular idea about makeup that they should aim to enhance, not hide. 

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Beauty, ReviewsAudra Koch
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Foundation is the hardest makeup product to get right. We all want something that is going to look, feel, and wear well even after several hours, and preferably with little to no touch-ups. Put the fear of breakouts on top of that, and you have a real challenge here. I recently started a quest to test as many luxury foundations as I can (giving each one at least a month or more to test) and after CHANEL's Les Beiges Foundation, next up on the list is Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation

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5 Minute Makeup

If only I had the time every morning to spend an hour perfectly applying makeup and styling my hair. Unfortunately, no such luxury exists, and I mainly resort to throwing my messy hair into a ponytail and applying a coat of mascara as I run out the door. However, lately I have almost perfected the art of applying just the basics in a way that makes it appear as though I put more effort than I did!

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Beauty, ReviewsAudra Koch
Beauty Haul

Morning, Lovelies! I've done quite a bit of shopping lately and I thought I would give y'all a haul post today on the beauty items that have found their way into my collection lately! I'll report back most likely in my August Favorites on which ones we're outstanding, and I'm excited to try the majority of these while on vacation this week in Cancun, Mexico (don't worry, there will be one vlog at least, maybe two!) Tell me below any of these that you've tried, and your thoughts! Or If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!

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Pixi Glow Tonic Review

I've been such a skincare fanatic lately, so after hearing over and over and over again about how amazing the Pixi Glow Tonic is, I broke and finally ran to Target for a bottle. I wasn't so sure in the beginning that it would work as well for me, since I have dry, yet blemish-prone skin, and most of the reviews we're by people with oily skin, but I've become a believer! 

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Swatch Video + Review

There has been so much buzz about these little drugstore lippies that I had to see what all the hype was about. While running into walgreens (for one thing, and walking out with 7, as per usual) I spotted a display of these and grabbed two shades, Addiction and Devotion. After testing (and falling in love with) those two, I ran to ULTA for four more, picking more adventurous shades this time, and I was hooked

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CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

I tested several high-end foundations before deciding on the CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. I had pretty much made up my mind when my mother complimented me on "my skin" almost every single time I wore it! It has a medium, but bulidable coverage, and sits a bit middle-of-the-road in terms of finish. It's not quite matte, but not quite dewy either. You can definitely play up either finish depending on what primer you use under it (I recommend the BECCA Backlight Primer for a glowy/dewy finish, and Benefit Porefessional for matte). An added bonus particularly for fair girls, is it's SPF 25 (woot!) to keep those sun-rays off skin every single day. 

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Beauty Haul + Mini Reviews

Morning, Lovelies! I've recently picked up a few bits and pieces from the drugstore, ULTA, and Sephora, and I thought I would share my mini-haul today with you! Some of these are repurchases of things that I love, and some are completely new!

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Beauty Box 5 Review

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Beauty Box 5, a monthly beauty subscription box, asking if they could send me one of their boxes for review! Well the pretty little blue box arrived last week, and was greeted by an explosion of confetti and bright floral cards! (and coupons! Woot woot!) The box has both full-size and sample-size products, but overall it's a solid set for the $12 price tag!

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Glossier Phase 2: Makeup

Good morning, Lovelies! I got to go to a very exciting event this past Saturday, the launch of Glossier's Phase 2 makeup! For anyone who isn't familiar with Glossier, it's a skincare and makeup company started by Emily Weiss from Into The Gloss, which is an amazing blog if you don't already read it! We actually met Emily on our way up to the Glossier penthouse, and she was just as lovely and genuine as she comes across online! 

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