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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Jaclyn Hill Fall Favorites Tag!!

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Happy Fall, beauties!!

Okay, Fall officially starts tomorrow, but the festivities have been in full swing! There's Pumpkin Spice- Everything, and the air is getting crisper and crisper!

Fall is my favorite season, so, I decided to participate in the Jaclyn Hill Fall Favorites Tag! Though I was not tagged, Jaclyn gave everyone full permission to use this tag, and I will take any opportunity to share some of my Fall favorites!

If any of you are interested in participating in the Fall Favorites Tag, I will have the questions listed below!

Let's get started!

Favorite Candle: My absolute favorite Fall candle is Mahogany Teakwood by Bath and Body Works. I'm pretty sure this is not an official "Fall" scent, because its sold year round, but due to its scent, I only find it appropriate to be used in the Fall season.

It is described as, "the luxurious scents of fine woods enlightened by delicate lavender and geranium." Basically, it smells like a mans cologne, and I love it. It's very musky, perfect to match the crisp Fall air blowing through your window! I am waiting until tomorrow (the official first day of Fall) to burn it! YAY!

An honorable mention... We Love Fall by Bath and Body Works! It's a fragrance trio, and it consists of three layers of scents to burn through. Sweater Weather, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Apple! Three for the price of one!

Favorite Lip Color: I've really been loving the Mally Beauty Lip Creme in the shade, Sangria. It's a gorgeous, deep, vampy lip that works perfect for the deep-lip Fall trend. Because it's a creme, it leaves your lips super hydrated! Hydration is key during the Fall/Winter months when the air gets a bit drier.

Favorite Drink: If I was asked this a week ago, I would have had a different answer, but due to recent discovery, my answer HAS to be the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. Oh. Em. GEE.  It is soooooo good!!! I actually intend on swinging by a Starbucks and picking one up today. There is also a Salted Caramel Mocha Latte that I'm sure is just as delicious, but I've yet to try it. GO TRY THIS DRINK! Can you tell I love it?

Favorite Blush: I don't really have a blush that I use primarily in the Fall, but the first one that comes to mind is the Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur blush. It's a rose gold cheek powder. I think rose-anything is perfect for Fall makeup. It's a little deeper than the pinks and peaches of Spring an Summer!

Favorite Clothing Item: HANDS DOWN... plaid flannel shirts. I live for flannel, and I live for plaid. Therefore, I own WAY too many plaid flannel shirts. They are the staple item in my wardrobe for Fall. I'm counting down the days until I can bust them out!

Favorite Fall Movie: While I probably should say Hocus Pocus, I'm going to go with another classic: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! All of the Charlie Brown classics are staples of mine in their respective seasons. Hocus Pocus is practically shown all year round, but It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is only shown ONCE, maybe twice a year. Right before Halloween. That's what makes it so special!

Favorite TV Show: I am anxiously awaiting American Horror Story's return! I cannot wait to see what AHS: Hotel has in store!

Favorite Thanksgiving Food: I have so many loves for this question! I'm going to go with my Grandmothers recipe for Vegetable Medley. I only have it on this ONE day, and I always look forward to it! It's a secret recipe, so I can't tell you what it is. Shhhhhh! ;)

Favorite Halloween Costume: I think my favorite Halloween costume that I have ever worn, it's going to have to be a Scarecrow costume I wore two years ago! I thought it was soooo cute! Especially the hat. But I'm also pretty amped for the one I will be wearing to a party this year as well. ;D

There you have it, my friends! Those are all of the questions, and my answers, to the Jaclyn Hill Fall Favorites Tag! I left the questions below for you peeps to answer if you'd like to do it yourselves, and please share some of your favs with me! Introduce me to some new Fall loves!

Until next time, Stay beautiful,
Christina Bracco

Jaclyn Hill Fall Favorites Tag Questions:

Favorite Candle?
Favorite Lip Color?
Favorite Drink?
Favorite Blush?
Favorite Clothing Item?
Favorite Fall Movie?
Favorite TV Show?
Favorite Thanksgiving Food?
Favorite Halloween Costume?

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Top 5 Must-Have Mascaras!

Hello again, beauties!!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Labor Day weekend! Now that summer is coming to a close, and autumn is upon us, I will be back weekly on my blog! Though I am so incredibly sad to see summer go, I am ready for all the great things autumn brings along. I have some great favorites, routines, and tutorials planned for fall, and all fall beauty trends! Yay!

Today, I wanted to share with you all my top 5 must-have mascaras! 

I own quite a number of mascaras. I'm not even entirely sure how I've accumulated them all, but my makeup organizer now has an entire drawer dedicated to all of my mascaras. As I was sitting down doing my makeup yesterday, I looked at that drawer, and thought it would be fun to share my favorites! I love all of the mascaras I own, but I narrowed it down to my top 5. I do have a drugstore honorable mention at the end, for those that are looking for something less expensive!

My top 5 are the mascaras that I nearly ALWAYS rotate in reaching for whenever I'm doing my makeup!

My Top 5 Favs:

  1. Lorac Pro Mascara
  2. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara
  3. Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
  4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  5. Mally Beauty Get the Last Lash Maximizing Duo Mascara

Let's start with the Lorac Pro Mascara, shall we?

I love to use this mascara whenever I'm looking for natural-looking volume. The wand is so unique, and the thickness of the bottom leaves my lashes looking so beautifully fluffy. The pointed tip makes it easy to separate, avoid clumping, and lengthen my lashes.

It is a lengthening, thickening professional mascara. It's smudge proof, and flake-proof. Only downfall: It's not waterproof. However, I have never experienced any panda eyes, or situations where it ran, and I'm a crier!

The Lorac Pro Mascara costs $23.00 at Ulta Beauty.

Next up, the Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara!


It's so crazy to me that I've included this mascara in my top 5 favorites, because I wasn't sure about this one when I first tried it! I was gifted this mascara, and when I first used it, I did not like it at all. Whomp whomp. I'm not even sure why I didn't like it, I just didn't. So, it just sat in my mascara drawer, untouched for a while. 

I have seen countless beauty vloggers and bloggers use and praise this mascara, so I thought, "let me give it another try," and it has become a fav of mine! Maybe it caught me on a cranky makeup day. 

This mascara wand is so incredibly unique. It is a straight wand, but it has a little ball at the tip. Use the mascara as per usual: holding the wand horizontally and wiggling your way up. The staggered bristles grab close to the root, giving more length and volume. Then, go vertically: use the ball at the tip, filled with tiny precision bristles, to lift, define, and curl every single lash.

I use this mascara when I want a bit more drama with my look. I curl my lashes, and then apply two coats of this mascara, and I have beautiful, long, dramatic lashes! Unfortunately, this mascara is also not waterproof, but as I said for Lorac, I have never experienced panda eyes! 

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Macara costs $24.00 at Sephora. If you want a try-before-you- buy, Sephora sells a travel size for $12.00! I've been thinking of trying the new Benefit They're Real in blue... how do we feel about this? Should I give it a try? Have you? Let me know! 

Tarte Gifted Mascara! I've talked about this mascara on my blog before. I mentioned it in a monthly favorites. As you can see, I am consistent! Haha

I own this mascara in a travel size, but I fully intend on purchasing a full size when I run out! This is another mascara I like to use for a natural, fluffy, volumized look with no clumping! 

This mascara is unique because it's infused with Amazonian Clay, like many other Tarte products! This mascara was created to offer long-term reparative, rebuilding, and strengthening benefits with each use. Amazonian clay also works to keep lashes hydrated and nourished to prevent fallout and brittle lashes. The amazonian clay also works to improve pigmentation and volume, making your lashes look brighter, blacker, longer, and more full! This mascara is not waterproof, but still no panda eyes happening.

A full size tube of Tarte Gifted Mascara costs $21.00 at Sephora.

On to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara! 

This mascara is in the top 5 just for it's name alone! Just kidding, but how daring. I love it! 

This mascara is a fav among beauty lovers, and it's not hard to see why. I was so excited when I received this mascara in a kit from HSN a while back. 

It has a beautiful, hourglass-shaped wand that clings to every lash, long or short, that curls and lengthens your lashes, and has incredibly black pigment. I like to wear this mascara when I'm doing a smokey, vampy eye look and I'm looking for some plump, dark, intense, voluminous lashes. It just pulls a smoked out look together. Two coats on the top, one coat on the bottom, and this collagen-infused mascara has your lashes long, defined, and intense. I love it!!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara costs $23.00 at Sephora. 

Finally, we have the Mally Beauty Get the Last Lash Maximizing Duo Mascara!

Mally Beauty is famous for its award winning mascaras, and this one does not disappoint! I cannot begin to express the perfection of this mascara. It's probably my favorite of the five. The volume and definition your lashes get with just one coat, it's insane! 

This mascara is probably the most unique of the five, due to its duel-ended wands with two different formulas for two different purposes. On one end, the maximizing wand is thicker, with a special formula for maximizing, volumizing, lifting, and filling your lashes. The thinner wand, for defining, has a formula created to define the curl of your lashes and keep it in place.

I apply this mascara by first, curling my lashes, and then applying two coats of the maximizing end, and one coat of the defining end to the top lashes; and then one coat of the defining end to the bottom lashes. I naturally have very long lashes, but this mascara takes my lashes to a whole new level.

If you need an idea of how amazing Mally Beauty mascaras are, I remember when I was backstage at the Rachael Ray show when filming my segment with Mally Roncal, after I got my makeup done, everyone backstage was asking me if they were my natural lashes, or if I was wearing falsies. That's the kind of reaction you want to a mascara! 

You can get the Mally Beauty Get the Last Lash Maximizing Duo Mascara for just $25.00 at! 

On to my honorable drugstore mention... L'Oreal Paris Volumizing Original Mascara!

Before I got into more high end makeup, this mascara was my go-to. I LOVED it! It works great! Def one of the best drugstore mascaras, and for just around five or six dollars at Target? You cannot beat it! 

And there you have it! There are my Top 5 Favorite Mascaras, and one drugstore honorable mention! 
What are some of your favorite mascaras? I have many others, but I'm always looking for suggestions. Send them my way!

Until next time, have a wonderful week! And for those going back to school this week, best of luck! Wear a smile :)

Stay beautiful, 
Christina Bracco

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