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OOTD: Zara, Target & Brunch

Over the weekend I went to brunch and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do an OOTD and FOTD kind of let the rambling begin....

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Zara. A few years back I went through a phase where I hoarded literally everything Zara came out with (especially their shoes) and then the past year or so I just lost interest. Well...the love and hoarding has come back full force and with a vengeance. 

I first saw this coat on Laura from buynow/bloglater and stalked it on the website for two weeks before I bit the bullet and bought it. I'm so glad I did. It's the perfect mint green and it's made of light material, so it's great for spring. Also, if you haven't read Laura's blog...go right now. Her taste in everything is top notch and she is the epitome of class. You can find the coat here.

Moving on to the dress. I bought this from Target a few months back and it was an absolute steal. It's made of that slightly stretchy scuba material, so it's really comfortable and it has a cute flower imprint all over it. 

The shoes are yet another Zara purchase. I love them. I'm not one of those girls that have heels glued to their feet 24/7 and I'll only wear them if I know I'll be sitting (majority of the time) wherever I go, but these are easy to walk in and are as comfortable as heels can get...I even wore them shopping. You can find the shoes here.

I've had this Tory Burch bag for about 2 years now and it's really the only bag I use. It looks massive in the photo but it is the perfect size. Not too big to the point of breaking your back but not too small that it won't hold anything. You can find the bag here.

Onto the face...

I primed the face with Hourglass Mineral Veil, which is great for oily skinned gals, and The Balm Put A Lid On It on the eyes, it's similar to the Urban Decay and the Too Faced primers. I'm still on the search for an eyeshadow primer that will keep me crease proof because nothing has been able to hold up on my lids. 

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation is still going strong and I'm loving it even more now that I'm using the Beauty Blender sponge. I could get rid of all my foundation brushes and be perfectly content with only using this sponge for the rest of my's that good. I then followed up with Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer on any spots and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes. Both are great concealers and I highly recommend them. 

I set everything with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I'm still on the fence with this powder and I don't really understand the hype. It does have a slight blurring effect but I can see tiny glitter particles when I get really close to the mirror which I'm not to keen on. However, I do like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder under the eyes. This bottomless jar has lasted me ages and I don't think it's running out any time soon. 

I used NARS Laguna Bronzer to warm up the face. As you can see this is well loved and I think I've gone through about two of to say it's my go-to. I like it because it's not glittery but it's not matte just adds such a nice glow to the skin. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure has been on my cheeks all month. If you're having a hard time deciding which colour blush from the line I recommend you start with this colour. 

Urban Decay Naked Palette is a great staple and it's well loved by many. If you haven't seen this and you're partial to neutral eyeshadows check this one out because it can go from everyday natural to evening easily. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner in the inner rim. I wouldn't really call this waterproof...but it has decent staying power and does the job. If long, voluminous and curled eyelashes are what you're after try the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. It's amazing. period. 

And lastly my go to Anasastia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in medium brown for the brows. 

Phew...and I think that about wraps things up! 

Have you guys been loving Zara as much as I have lately? I cannot wait for the new store to open near me...sorry wallet. 

Beauty at a Bargain: E.L.F. face Brushes

When it comes to beauty bargains there isn't anything that competes with the affordability of E.L.F. Cosmetics. I love a great beauty deal as much as the next person but if the quality isn't there then that kind of defeats the purpose. Just because a product is affordable doesn't mean you should expect anything less when it comes to quality...just my philosophy =]

E.L.F. Cosmetics is such an affordable brand...nearly everything in the line ranges from $1 to $6 dollars and not much (save for a few makeup kits) is marked higher than that. I don't know why I had never tried anything from the line up until now but when I saw they were having a 50% off sale, I figured why not? I have to say...I'm glad I did because these brushes are great quality and cheap as chips.

All of these brushes are from their "studio" line, which means they are all $3 but with the 50% off sale they were $1.50...nothing beats thats. All of these brushes are synthetic and cruelty free and I haven't really had any problems with shedding.

The first on the left is the Complexion Brush. This works great with setting powder or bronzer. I think it's a bit big for blush, but honestly this brush could be your one stop shop for powder, bronzer and blush if need be. It's not too dense either, so it blends things out nicely.

Next, is the Powder Brush. This is a flat top brush and it's the most dense out of the bunch. If you're using this with setting powder I would press the powder onto my face rather than sweep it on with this brush. I think this would be good for powder or liquid foundation as a buffing type brush and also great with cream bronzer.

The Stiple Brush is duo finer brush. It's more densely packed at the base and thins out toward the end. This is the brush that has the most give to it. Since the bristles are so loosely packed I think this would work well with extremely pigmented blushes or bronzers for a lighter handed application.

The Angled Blush Brush is great for blush and contouring the face. I love the slanted cut of this brush because it fits perfectly into the contour of the cheeks making it a synch to fake cheekbones.

Next, the Small Stiple Brush. This one is great with cream blushes and highlighters. This brush was on the top of my list because Emily from BeautyBroadcast raves about this brush and I completely understand why.

The last two are the Blush Brush and the Small Tapered Brush. These two are so similar...they are basically the same shape but the blush brush is just a fraction bigger. The blush brush is much smaller than your traditional blush brush, but I like it because it allows for a precise application of blush. The small tapered brush is perfect for setting your concealer with powder, applying highlighter or for precise contouring.

If I had to pick my favourites it would be the Complexion Brush, Angled Blush Brush, Small Stiple Brush, and Small Tapered Brush. These brushes preform just as well as any of my other higher end brushes and I find myself grabbing for them over others. If you're in search for great brushes that won't break the bank I high recommend checking out the face brushes in the E.L.F. Studio Line. You can find all of these brushes at

What are some of your must have face brushes?

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