November Beauty Favorites

Clinique Color Pop Lipstick in Poppy Pop, Cola Pop, and Punch Pop, LORAC Skinny Palette in Black, Essie Polish in After School Boyfriend Blazer and Sugar Daddy, Maybelline Fit me powder, L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes, L'Oreal True Match Foundation

This month brought a few new beauty finds, and a few re-discoveries! These are some of the products I've been reaching for every day!

1. L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes - November Beauty Favorites - Southern New Yorker

It's no secret that I've had a long-running love affair with L'Oreal's Million Lashes Mascara (One of the best drugstore mascaras, seriously.) but I've just discovered their False Fiber Lashes mascara, and I have to say, it's pretty dang amazing. For full, fluttery lashes, this golden beauty is a winner!!

2. Essie Polish - After School Boy Blazer and Sugar Daddy

You can never have too many Essie polishes. It's simply not possible. This month, I've been loving wearing this sheer pink shade, Sugar Daddy on my nails. It adds a sophisticated polish, but isn't too obvious when it chips (because who really has the time to keep up with a manicure?)

For the toes, I've been all about After School Boy Blazer. It's a dark, dark navy that almost appears black, and it looks too cute!

3. LORAC Skinny Palette in Black

This little gem has been picked up almost every day! I use the second shade all over the lid, fourth for a contour, and then use the darkest brown or black for a liner! It's a perfect travel palette, and has colors for both day and night! Unfortunately, this exact palette was a limited edition, but LORAC has the Matte Pro Palette which is very similar!!

4. Maybelline FIT me Powder

It's getting colder, which means dewy summer skin is no longer here and winter mattes are here to stay! I love Maybelline's FIT Me powder because it provides the perfect finish without looking chalky or cakey.

5. Clinique Color Pop Lipsticks

And for the 600th time, please let me tell you about Clinique's Color Pop Lipsticks! These hyper-pigmented suckers have gorgeous color, insane lasting-power, super hydration, and are my OBSESSION. I currently have Cola Pop (A rich brown-red), Poppy Pop (a bright orangey-red), and Punch Pop (a bold fuchsia). I adore them and plan on collecting every single shade! 

6. L'Oreal True Match Foundation

I mentioned this foundation in my Drugstore Foundation Comparison and it definitely won out of all the types I tested. It has a nice, medium coverage, it's easy to apply and there's an enormous shade range in three different tones (cool, neutral, and warm) so you're guaranteed to find a perfect match!

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Audra

Drugstore Foundation Comparison

Drugstore Foundation Comparison

As most of you know, I've been in college in NYC for about two months now, and with the college life, comes the college budget! That said, I've had to trade my beloved Dr. Jart BB Cream for a more budget-friendly option. And so the search for a new drugstore foundation began! Here are the 4 that I've been testing out over the past few months: 

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August Favorites

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, Essie Gel top coat, Essie pearl polish in Imported Bubbly, LAQA cheek and lip balm, Maybelline New York under eye brightening concealer, and L'Oreal Lumi highlighter in Ice - Southern New Yorker - August Favorites

I'm always amazed every month when I realize how much time has past! I feel like I wrote my July Favorites yesterday! 

August has been the month of illuminating skin, fun nails, and eye shadow palettes (I bought two in one month, that's a lot for me!) 

1. L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1

I picked this one up at the beginning of August and have loved it ever since!! There's a great mix of matte and shimmer shadows, as well as several different choices for highlight-midtone-contour. I would call this one a pretty good drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (which is my holy grail). 

2. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Best. Top. Coat. Ever. I've had a long standing addiction to Essie polishes but when It came to base/top coats, I was strictly a Sally Hansen girl. That was up until I grabbed this baby off the drugstore shelf (and never looked back!) 

3. LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag

I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of cream or stick blushes until I got this little bit in my Birchbox! The color is gorgeous, it's very blendable as a blush, and SO pretty on the lips! Birchbox has a trio of these in a cute little clutch that I'm dying to pick up!

4. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminator in Ice

After a bit of resistance, I decided to jump on the highlight bandwagon. (and boy, am I so glad I did!) I've mixed it with my foundation for a gorgeous glow, and patted it on the very top of my cheekbones for a little added radiance. 

5. Essie Imported Bubbly

HELLO NEW FAVORITE. I saw this pearly pink polish on the shelf and fell in love. It's almost as subtle as a nude, but just that little bit more interesting! I've worn it for about three weeks straight! (sorry, not sorry)

6. Maybelline Dark Circle Concealer

I picked this one up because I had heard several other bloggers raving about it, and I have to say, it lived up to the hype! My only issue is that the lightest color offered is still a tiny bit too dark for me #palegirlprobs 

Any new products you've been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Audra

Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris

So this post started out as a Top 10 Under $10, but after picking out my favorites products, I realized that 6/10 were all by L'Oreal Paris. Therefore, here are my top 6 products from L'Oreal! 

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara - Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris - Southern New Yorker

Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

I have sung the praises of this mascara for as long as I've used it (which is several years). I'm honestly not sure I could survive without this mascara, and I would pick it over any high-end mascara that I've tried so far. It lengthens, defines, and keeps them perfectly curled ALL DAY. Not too much in the volume department, but pairing it with a volumizing formula and it's golden! (Literally)

L'Oreal Paris Collection Nudes Lipstick in Julianne Nude -  Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris - Southern New Yorker

Collection Nudes 

I first discovered these when I was picking out a lipstick for my Senior Prom, and while I've always had a tiff with the way L'Oreal lipsticks smell, I fell head over heels for this color! Plus, the lasting power is amazing for a drugstore lipstick! I picked Julianne Nude as my color, but there are quite a few in the range!

L'Oreal Paris Brow Dup -  Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris - Southern New Yorker

Brow Shaping Duo

Brows completely make or break your makeup. I am a firm believer in strong, dark, defined brows, and this duo is fantastic. I generally don't use them both for one look, but instead use the lighter one for a more natural look and the darker one for when I want a thicker, darker brow. Love them both!

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1  -  Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris - Southern New Yorker

Color Riche La Palette Nude 1

I am palette obsessed. It started with Urban Decay's Naked 2, and now I can't stop. I was a bit skeptical of a drugstore palette but I was very impressed by this one! The color selection is great, and the pigmentation is much better than I expected! Plus they have two different palettes to choose from (I presume one for lighter skin tones, and one for darker, but could just be personal preference). 

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Makeup Setting Spray -  Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris - Southern New Yorker

Infallible Makeup Setting Spray

Hello Amazing! I was over the moon to find a drugstore setting spray that actually worked! Best dupe I've found for the Urban Decay version and half the cost! I will absolutely be keeping a can of this on hand always. If you only check out one thing from this list, make it this! (or the mascara. I have a love affair with that mascara)

L'Oreal Paris EverPure Blonde Treatment -  Top 6 Beauty Products from L'Oreal Paris - Southern New Yorker

EverPure Blonde Reviving Treatment

No product post would ever be complete without me talking about a bottle-blonde product, and this color refresher/deep conditioning treatment is definitely a new favorite! I actually saw a difference right after using this in the tone of my hair (a major win!) plus, the added deep conditioning is heavenly! Maybe I need to add this to The Best Products for Bottle Blondes!

Those are my top products from L'Oreal! Let me know below if you've tried any of these or which ones you want to go check out!

xoxo,

Audra

*This post is not sponsored by L'Oreal Paris