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October Beauty Favorites

October 24, 2016

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L’Oréal® Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten

I’ve heard a lot of good things about charcoal masks so I had been on the hunt for one to try. I found several but most of the them were upwards of $30 for a tiny amount and I had no idea if I would actually like it so why spend $30 on something that may end up in the garbage? Walking the aisles at Target (like I frequently do) I found this one for $10 and knew I had to try it out and I am SO glad I did! After the first time using it my skin felt so soft and it greatly reduced some redness I had going on. For $10 you really can’t beat this mask. It has quickly become my favorite. L’Oréal has a a couple other masks in this line, like the Red Clay mask that I can’t wait to try!

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go

I’m sure you have heard of Pixi Glow tonic. It’s amazing. But the Glow Tonic To-Go is even more amazing! It literally just combines the regular glow tonic on pre-soaked pads that make it a no-brainer choice. This stuff truly does what it says its going to do: tones, brightens and exfoliates. My skin loves this and I hated the day I realized I was out and had to wait a few days to get more. This is a holy-grail product that will forever stay in rotation of my skin care routine.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

I have heard a lot about this cc cream and had been wanting to find something a little lighter than a full foundation for everyday wear. I bought the ‘light’ shade of this (I think is the lightest shade it comes in) and it works pretty well for my skin tone. In the summer I’ll probably need to get the next darkest shade and maybe mix it will the light. This cc cream claims to be full coverage, however I think you would have to put quite a few layers on for it to be full coverage. With that said, it is definitely buildable. I usually use 2 pumps and apply it with a damp beauty blender.  It lasts all day, doesn’t settle into fine lines, and gives your skin a dewy finish without looking too glowy and still looks like your skin. I think the best part though is it contains 50SPF. I hate putting actual sun screen on my face so I always go for face products that contain SPF. I’m excited to give this product a try next summer and see how it holds up in the heat.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

This is a pretty great brush. It is great for applying cream and liquid products. I typically use it to apply my concealer and the soft bristles really help to make it go on flawlessly. The brush is fairly cheap at $9 and I’m glad I’ve added it to my expanding collection of Real Techniques brushes.

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Toning Shampoo

I literally could not say enough good things about this product. I have been using it for about a year now and it has made all the different in keeping my hair from going yellow. About year ago I got my hair colored a really icy/grey-ish blonde but I knew a few weeks later it would start yellowing, that’s just what my hair does. But after one use of this shampoo my icy blonde was back and I’ve been hooked every since! I typically wash my hair 3 times a week and I use it every time. You can leave it on your hair for up to 10 minutes depending on the look you are going for and you don’t have to worry about it turning your hair purple. I LOVE this shampoo so much, I will never use anything else again.

NYX Baked Blush

I love baked blushes and had been looking for a cheaper one. When I stumbled upon this one at Ulta I knew I needed to try it out. NYX is actually a super reasonably priced brand that doesn’t compromise quality. This blush contains an illuminator so you can that dewy quality without looking too shiny. I picked this up in the color ‘Journey’. It is a really pretty light pink with subtle peach tones and gold shimmer. I think its the perfect color all year-round. The best thing about this product is it truly does last all day and is fairly pigmented with out being too much so that your brush touches it and is doused in color. It’s pretty perfect 🙂

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick

I tend to be drawn to more nude lip colors. I had heard Rimmel lipsticks were pretty high quality so when I saw this one in the color Airy Fairy I knew I needed it. This lipstick is super moisturizing so it doesn’t dry out your lips and it has just a touch of sheen to it, so it’s neither matte or glossy. The color online looks a little more peachy than it is in person. It’s actually just the perfect combo of pink and peach with a really subtle gold shimmer. Putting it on its really close to my natural lip color, just boosted up a bit. I’ve been wearing it everyday since its easy to apply on the fly.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

I used to use a concealer from MAC but I got annoyed when I would run out and have to make a special trip to the MAC store or order it online. So I was looking for a concealer I could pick up at Ulta since I frequent them quite often (and it’s right next to my local Target which I’m at pretty much every weekend) This concealer is definitely my new favorite! It feels totally weightless on, doesn’t crease in those pesky under eye lines and really helps brighten up my face. And, it truly does cover everything without looking cakey. I usually set it with a light setting powder and I’m good to go.

Essie Gel Couture

This is by far the best ‘Gel’ polish I have ever tried, and I have tried A LOT. Two thin coats of the polish color followed by one coat of the Gel Couture Top Coat and just a few minutes later its done and dry, no light needed! It really does last for a full week without chipping at all and looks like the gel nail manicure you would get at the salon. Each color is a little spendy at almost $12 a bottle but in comparison to making bi-weekly visits to the nail salon, you’re saving a ton of money. This product is super fast drying, leaves your nails with that gel shine we all love, and doesn’t require a light. Pretty perfect in my opinion 🙂

 

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My New Favorite Fragrance

September 14, 2016

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When it comes to fragrances I have tried quite a few over the past few years in hopes of finding one that I could commit to and could really become my ‘signature scent.’ From cheap drugstore buys to expensive, I only want to use this sparingly because it cost so damn much, fragrances. I’ve tried them all.

It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago when I was in Anthropologie that I found THE ONE! I had actually gone in to try and find the Mermaid No.1 perfume that I had heard a lot about, but with no luck I started sniffing away at the countless other perfumes they had. And that’s when I found it, Fictions Eau De Parfum line, specifically the London She Knew He Was Forever. Initially I was drawn to the packaging. (I’m a designer so this tends to be a trend that gets me to take interest in a product) Not only was the packaging beautiful, and well crafted but the scent of this fragrance was basically everything I had ever been looking for and so much more!! (dramatic, I know, but I just love the smell so much!) The fragrance is a floral scent but not overly sweet like I find many floral scents to be. It’s top notes are magnolia and honeysuckle (my two favorite floral scents!) and subtle hints of green tea, honey, and a warm woody smell. Basically everything I could ever want to smell constantly.

I initially purchased the smaller, travel sized bottle so I could test it out for a couple weeks and make sure I was still in love with it before I purchased the full-size, more expensive bottle. One thing I’ve noticed with this perfume is a little goes a long way and lasts all day! Something that any quality fragrance really should do. And really, the cost of the full size bottle, $48, isn’t really all that much for something I think will last for months and months.

Safe to say, I’ve purchased the full-size bottle and will stick with this scent for the foreseeable future. 🙂

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