My ALL-TIME Favorite Beauty Products

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

This is a new find for me. I have never been a liquid foundation person. I had been an avid user of Bare Minerals powder-based foundation since the 8th grade…so the past EIGHT years…until I found this foundation. I was really wanting a more high coverage foundation that would last longer throughout the day, because I tend to have more oily skin. I had heard so many good things about the Double Wear foundation, and after reading all of the rave reviews, I finally got myself a bottle this past Christmas. It is AMAZING. I won’t ever be able to go back. It makes your skin look so good and actually lasts all day. It’s definitely a new holy grail product for me.



Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

I started using these eyeshadows a few months ago and I am obsessed with them. I use the colors ‘Golden Goddess’ and ‘Rose Gold Retro’ and I wear them everyday. They are really sparkly so if you prefer a more toned-down makeup look during the day, I would just set these aside for your night-out makeup. But I love sparkle so I have no problem wearing mine during the day. The pay-off is really beautiful and there is no fall-out at all.



Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner

If you read my All About My Hair blog post, you already know that I love this shampoo and conditioner. My mom and I have been using this stuff for the past few years. It makes your hair feel so good and healthy. I love how thick the shampoo is too. My mom and I get the big bottles to last us a few months, which is what I’ve linked above. That’s why they’re so pricey.



T3 Convertible Base & Whirl Trio Interchangeable Wand Set

This is another product that you’ve seen if you’ve read my hair post. I heard about this curling iron because a TON of bloggers that I follow use it. It is very pricey, but I got it as a birthday gift last year and I love it. If you curl your hair as much as I do (all the time), I highly suggest investing in this product. One suggestion I do have though, is to only purchase one barrel that you think you’d like to attach to the base. I got the set of three attachments and I only use one of them. It’s sort of a waste to spend the extra money on all three (even though they call it a “deal”) because you could spend less money on just one. I only use the 1″ straight barrel and the other two just sit in my drawer.



Milani Baked Brush in ‘Dolce Pink’

I love blush! I feel like it just brightens up my face and my makeup isn’t complete until I have it on. But if I’m being honest, I’m not very picky when it comes to my blushes. All I ask is that it be pink and have a little bit of shimmer. I have tried higher-end, cult classic blushes like Nars ‘Orgasm,’ and although I liked it, it didn’t exactly blow me out of the water, especially considering its cost. But I just grabbed this blush randomly one day at CVS and I think it’s really great. It lasts all day and has good color pay-off and beautiful shimmer. Plus it’s eight bucks, so…..what more do I need to say?



Vanillamint Supreme 2X Lipgloss

This might seem kind of random since it’s just one of those random lip glosses that Bath & Body Works carries, but I honestly love this stuff. I love the fact that all of the flavors are mint flavored, because I really like the tingly feeling of the mint on my lips. My favorite flavor is the Cinnamint one, but I couldn’t find it on their website. I feel like the cinnamon in it sort of plumps your lips. To be honest I feel like the plumping factor that the mint in these lip glosses gives you makes them a solid dupe for the Dior Lip Maximizer. My mom has the Dior and I tried it one day, and I didn’t really notice a difference between it and the mint gloss from Bath & Body Works in terms of their plumping factor.



NYX Lip Pencil in ‘Mauve’

I used to never wear lipstick or lip pencils, I would just wear a gloss. But over the summer I started wearing this lip pencil under my gloss and I can’t go back. Now I feel like I look dead when I don’t have this lip pencil on. All I do is line my lips with it and then fill them in just a little bit. It’s just a great, simple lip pencil, and it’s only $3.99.



Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

This is another product that I have been using since literally the 8th grade!! I had really oily skin in middle school and I would always get so bummed because my eyeshadows would crease on my eyelids by the middle of the day. I watched a bunch of Youtube makeup videos and found this product and have been using it ever since. Your eyeshadow won’t go anywhere. It is spectacular. Plus a little goes a long way, so a tube lasts you like a year. I’m sure a lot of people are thinking, “Ew, gross it’s expired!” but I don’t care lol.



Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I’ve been using this bronzer since the 9th grade. It is the perfect shade for fair skin, and isn’t harsh or orange at all. Plus it is matte so that’s nice. Simply put, it’s just a great, easy bronzer! No fuss!


honorable mention

The only reason these products are not included in the list is because I could not find them online! But two products that I LOVE are the Almay Intense i-color liquid eyeliner and pencil eyeliner for blue eyes in the shade ‘Brown Topaz.’ I rave about these eyeliners. I have been using them since…no joke…the SEVENTH GRADE!!! So ten freaking years. If these eyeliners ever got discontinued I don’t know what I would do. The fact that I couldn’t find them online scares me a little bit. I may have to got Ulta tomorrow and buy every single one that I can find. The color is the perfect shade of brown, not too dark and not too light. It compliments blue eyes perfectly and is such a flattering color. I think they have colors for brown, hazel, and green eyes too. I can’t speak for those colors since I have blue eyes, but I’m sure they are wonderful too. Seriously next time you are at Ulta or a drug store, pick up these eyeliners…just make sure you leave some for me. They are holy grail products for me, for sure!


Touch of Camo


| Altar’d State Tee  | Jean Jacket (old, so similar here, and here) | J. Crew Pants | Sam Edelman Boots (15% off!)|

How has everyone’s long weekend been? Mine has been really good! My parents came into town and we had a great time running errands and eating at a few of my favorite places in Charleston. (Here’s a few random restaurant recommendations for you whenever you’re in Chuck Town: Five Loaves, Boxcar Betty’s, and Sugar Bakeshop). My parents do so much for me and I am so grateful for them. I miss them so much already…

I took these pictures awhile ago over Christmas break! This outfit is a little different from what I might normally wear, but I really liked how easy this outfit was. The tee and stretchy pants made the outfit really comfortable, and I’m already thinking of other cute ways I could style this tee. This style camo is really in right now, and I’m kind of digging it.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how embarrassed should I feel when I say, “digging it?” An 11? Yeah I was thinking 11 too. Too bad I’m feeling like a 13 though. I really need to catch up on the slang of today’s youth. I talk as if I’m trying to embarrass the kids I don’t even have yet.


Pop of Leopard


BLANKNYC Jacket (under $100!) // Bobeau Dress (old, similar here, and here) // Sam Edelman Booties (20% off!) // Lisi Lerch Earrings // Tory Burch Clutch (old, other cute styles here, and here)

Hello, friends!! It’s a new week…but I don’t know how I feel about it. My holiday break is over, and I’m back in Charleston for the first day of school. Why does it always go by so fast?? It feels like it was only a few days ago that I was headed to Charlotte for Christmas. I guess my favorite time of year is over, and now I just have to wait another 350 days for Christmas Eve 2018. Huhhhh, so sad.

Anyways, today brings one of my favorite outfits on the blog to date. This jacket is one of my favorite purchases of 2017. It comes in three colors in the leather version, and five colors in a suede version. I actually jut bought the suede version a couple weeks ago, and I cannot wait to wear it. It will be on the blog very soon. I think a cute jacket can make an outfit. You can throw it over a t-shirt and jeans, and the outfit will be instantly dressed up. It makes everything so easy. In this post I’m wearing a super simple black dress and black tights, and the leather jacket combined with the leopard booties makes the look something a little extra.

I hope you all are having a fantastic start to your week. My parents are coming this weekend to visit me, and I am counting down the days. Visits from the parents mean trips to the grocery store and maybe a little Target trip too. Have you seen their Valentine’s Day section??  So much pink, so little time. The perfect place to buy things you absolutely don’t need! My specialty!


January Strolls


| Rebecca Minkoff Sweater | Topshop Jeans | Sam Edelman Booties | Tory Burch Clutch (old, so other cute ones here, and here) | Ray-Ban Sunglasses |

How was your New Year’s, everyone?? Mine was pretty good! Nothing too wild though…my boyfriend and I actually ended up calling it a night at around 10:30 haha. Just a couple of crazy kids, huh?

This is a nice casual outfit that I thought was so easy and simple, but still managed to look casually chic. Maybe one day I will use the word ‘chic’ without feeling super pretentious, but until then I’m just gonna keep saying it. Everyone loves an outfit that looks good with little effort, right? Also, I can’t recommend these boots enough. They are the same ones I was wearing in this post, but in black. Told you I wanted to get my hands on them, didn’t I? They are selling out fast at a lot of places, so I suggest grabbing them while you can.

I’m enjoying my last week off before school starts again in a week. Ugh, isn’t that gross? Did I not just finish my last exam like a week ago?? It’s actually been three weeks since I finished my last exam, but it might as well have been one week ago because it has flown by.  Just thinking about sitting in class again makes me want to take a nap. And, ya know…cry.


December Instagram Round-Up

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| Cape: Red Dress Boutique (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Turtleneck: Loft (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Booties: Vince Camuto (40% off!) | Jeans: Articles of Society | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |



| Hat: Brixton | Wrap: Sole Society | Tee: BP. | Jeans: Topshop | Booties: old, so similar here, and here) |



| Cape: Red Dress Boutique (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Turtleneck: Loft (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Booties: Vince Camuto (40% off!) | Jeans: Articles of Society | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |



| Sweater: Lulu’s (old so similar here, and here) | Hat: Brixton | Leggings: Spanx |



| Sweater: old, so similar here, here, and here) | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |


| Cape: Red Dress Boutique (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Turtleneck: Loft (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Booties: Vince Camuto (40% off!) | Jeans: Articles of Society | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |



| Sweater: Lulu’s (old, so similar here, and here) | Hat: Brixton | Leggings: Spanx | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (another similar pair here) |



| Sweater: J. Crew (old, so similar here, and here) | Watch: Michael Kors (old, so similar here, and here) |



| Jacket: old, so similar here, and here | Sweater: old, so similar here, and here | Booties: Vince Camuto (40% off!) | Leggings: Spanx |


| Coat: super old, so similar here, and here | Top: old, so similar here, and here | Pants: Cabi (similar pair here for only $36.99!) | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |



| Sweater: 1.STATE (25% off!) | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |


| Coat: super old, so similar here, and here | Top: old, so similar here, and here | Pants: Cabi (similar pair here for only $36.99!) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (another similar pair here) | Earrings: Lisi Lerch |



| Sweater: Altar’d State (sold out, so similar here, and here) | Tee: Altar’d State |



| Sweater: Macy’s | Pants: J. Crew (33% off!)| Earrings: Lisi Lerch | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (another similar pair here) |


| Vest: Cabi (similar here, and here) | Sweater: old, so similar here, here, and here | Hat: Halogen (old, so similar here) | Booties: Vince Camuto (40% off!) | Jeans: Topshop |


| Sweater: 1.STATE (25% off!) | Jeans: Topshop | Earrings: Lisi Lerch | Hat: old, so similar here, and here | Booties: Sam Edelman (30% off!) |



| Sweater: BP.  | Hat: old, so similar here, and here | Earrings: similar here, here, and here |

Neutrals Can Be Fun


| 1.STATE Sweater (25% off!) | Lisi Lerch Earrings | Topshop Jeans | Sam Edelman Booties (30% off!) | Hat (old, so similar here, and here) |

And just like that, my favorite time of the entire year is over *sobs, cries, blows nose, weeps*. It actually brings me to tears a little bit. I know I’m being dramatic and that I have so much to be grateful for, but I always feel really sad after the holidays are over. I don’t want to drink Starbucks out of the plain white cups, or hear boring music on the radio. And you never realize how bland your house or apartment normally looks until you take your Christmas decorations down. I’ve already seen some people take their decorations down and I cant believe it! Just a few days have passed since Christmas and they’re already down?? What’s the rush?? I can tell you right now, mine are going to be up until February. That’s just how I do things at the Murray house.

One thing that’s brought me joy during this dark time in my life haha, has been spending my Christmas money and buying clothes. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…I’m materialistic and love to shop. Take me as I am.

These shoes are one of my favorite gifts that I got for Christmas this year. Let me tell ya, they make me feel so fierce. I literally want to buy them in every color. I want to buy a new pair of black booties, so if Sam Edelman brings back this style again next year, a black pair will definitely be on my wish list.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with your families and friends, and are doing a better job at coping with the fact that it’s over than I am!