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+ NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint in ‘Nude Tude’: I expected this formula to be very opaque, but it’s more sheer and buildable — perfect for a no-makeup makeup look. It’s more matte than the other products in my collection, so it also lasts longer. This deeper rosy tan shade is so pretty on tan skin tones, and it also works on the lips. 

+ Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Pillow Talk’: Although I don’t think this formula is anything special considering the price, these shades are absolutely stunning. It’s best for a more subtle, diffused eye look, and I reach for it for both special occasions and everyday wear. I haven’t been wearing much eye makeup for work, and this is great for a quick, effortless and subtle look.

+ Dior Nude Air Serum FoundationOne of my favorite bloggers recommended this foundation last year, and unfortunately its discontinued now. I need to find an alternative because it is truly amazing. It is lightweight and buildable, and it gives the most flawless airbrushed effect that blurs imperfections.

+ KKW Beauty Nude Lip Liner in ‘Nude 2’ & Nude Crème Lipstick in ‘Nude 3’: I haven’t loved all the products I have tried from this brand, but I love, love, love the lip products! The formulas are so high quality: creamy and comfortable, pigmented and long-lasting. This liner is a deep brown while the lipstick is a pale nude, and I definitely want to try more shades. The brand makes it easy to achieve the perfect nude lip combo for any skin tone.

+ Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Mask: The more I use this mask, the more I love it. In addition to its dreamy texture and color, this face mask brightens and soothes dull skin. It’s great for all skin types, including dry, sensitive and acne-prone like mine.

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