05/11/16

April Beauty Favorites

april favs

Yes I know I am a little late to the game but now that my entire bathroom is packed up, I actually had time to go through what I am loving in the beauty world! Some of these I actually have had awhile but forgot about them. (Oops) Nothing like finding things you forgot you purchased… It was like FREE stuff!! Check out the favs below:

Bumble & Bumble Dont Blow It:

If there’s any one product that will help you have frizz free hair this summer it’s the newest Bumble and bumble product, Don’t Blow It.  I really like this for naturally wavy hair. With just this one product, the hair stays soft and bouncy. It has plant-based conditioning and all the right ingredients for wavy texture. I love that it feels light and gives me loose waves. Try putting it in damp hair and scrunching it, or if your hair is straight try this product on damp hair and let it dry in a bun or braids for the perfect frizz free waves.

Peter Thomas Roth Birthday Set:

Sooooooo slightly forgot about this while I was packing up our bathroom. I received this on my birthday back in December. Whoops!! I picked it up at Sephora when I received a birthday email for the free gift set! Even though I recently just started using like 2 days ago, I love the cleansing gel. It feels amazing and really does the nitty gritty with oils. I haven’t tried the mask yet as I am a little too busy to do this but I will be trying it very soon. This is a pretty good deal after finding out the retail price for each of these. Technically, I was going to include this in the May favorites but I was too excited and did not want to forget about it again 🙂

Benefit “Porefect Giveaway” Duo:

I actually won this doing an online survey through the Benefit website. Another score!!

Fake Up: When I first opened this, I honestly didn’t know how to use it. It’s my first time to hear about the Benefit Fake Up. According to the product guide it came with, the Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer should help you hide dark circles around the eyes. Also, Benefit promises that the finish would look natural. It contains vitamin E and apple seed extract that could help diffuse fine lines around the eyes. This stuff does work but not for all concealers. I regularly use the Maybeline Under Eye Concealer and it did help with the creasing. When I used my NYX concealer a couple times, it wore off by the end of the day.

Porefessional Powder: This product somehow surprised me, though I’ve read bad reviews about this, I actually prefer this over some of my powders now. My pores just vanished after applying this and it made my face matte for hours. I still have to test this powder for a few more days to know how I exactly feel about this.

Benefit Dallas Bronzer:

How gorgeous is this bronzer?! The fact it’s called “Dallas” was enough to hook me but it is a gorgeous shade with flecks of gold in so you don’t need a highlight when you use this as it is already shimmery enough. It doesn’t look glittery though it has a nice golden sheen that isn’t too obvious! It’s super pigmented and lasts ages too, absolutely love this!

Bare Minerals Powder Foundation:

On my big Sephora trip last month, I wanted to try out a good powder to mattify the oiliness of my t-zone. There were many loose powders from Laura Mercier to Make Up Forever, but their shades didn’t match my skin at all. So I was recommended to try Bare Minerals by the sales associate. Bare Minerals has a wide shade selection to fit almost all skin tones/colors. Since Texas is extremely hot, I went for a medium tone with a matte finish. It was awesome match for my skin, and looked quite natural and minimal. It controlled the oiliness on my T-Zone and helped with the  humid weather. I was very impressed and at that moment I thought “I found my perfect powder!”!

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder:

Like I mentioned before, I was on the hunt to find the perfect powder for summer! I had already convinced myself to find a translucent powder since it’s very versatile. So, not only did I get a foundation powder but I heard so many great things about the LM translucent powder, I had to try it! Well… this stuff was pretty legit! The associate set it over the Bare Minerals powder I had just tried and I was like… DONE! The best part is, it doesn’t mask the color of the foundation. It’s indeed translucent! Woohoo! I have oily skin so this thing can keep my face matte 2-3 hours. If you have normal to dry skin, it can probably last you up to 5 hours.

First Aid Brand Facial Radiance Pads:

I learned about the importance of using an acid toner and following it with a hydrating toner when my oily skin starting getting out of control in my 20’s. I found the First Aid Beauty pads while searching the net for a product that was paraben-free. This product isn’t organic, but it has ingredients that I recognize. I find it gentle enough to use every day—even twice a day. I use it on my face and neck after my second cleanse in the evening. It’s still wet enough, so I get the most out of it!  It does tingle a tiny bit but that means I know its working. I have moments of thinking, is this strong enough? But then I remember that my skin is happy and clear. So it’s all good. No need to amp it up. Definitely recommend this product!

Total Moisture Facial Cream:

I’ve never bought any of the skincare from Benefit but I have been interested in trying it out. I was interested in the moisturizer after using the other Benefit products. I have noticed that since using this on an almost daily basis my skin hasn’t been as oily as it usually is. I tend to use it in the mornings after I shower since I use most of my skincare products at night. It has a thick consistency and needs a bit extra time to soak into the skin. This is when I pick out my clothes for the day. Some days I can get quite far into the day and it’s still soaking in. I’ve had this for about 2 months now and it’s still going strong because you don’t need to use that much. If anything it might even be worth buying a different product from Benefit just for the sample of this… but don’t tell them I said that! That’s just from one blogger to another.

What are some of your beauty favorites? Are there any products you think I would love?

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany

  • I’ve been wanting to try the First Aid Radiance Pads but just didn’t know. Thanks for the review – I just might pick them up now!

  • sweetandmodern

    I’m always looking for something that would make
    My super wavy hair dry “pretty” 🙂 may have to try the bumble cream!

    • Yes…. It is greatness! You dont need that much so it will last awhile too 🙂

  • the First Aid Radiance Pads are my favourite, I have one of the pots of 60 pads and will definitely be repurchasing!

    • They are so great for removing dirt and makeup! Love them 🙂

  • I love the Benefit products! great review!

  • My sister swears by the Total Moisture Facial Cream, but I’ve never used it. Benefit has so many great products. I love the Fake Up concealer and Porefessional. I want to try the powder now. No pores + matte is a combo I’m always looking for.

    • Omg all of their products are so amazing!!! I will however go broke if I use all of them all of the time lol

      • Tell me about it! Last time we were in Ulta, my sister pointed at that section and said, “If I were rich, I would have everything over there.” What a dream!

  • Oooh, interested in trying the LM translucent powder! And I swear, Benefit bronzers are the bomb!! I haven’t used Dallas since college, I became a devout Hoola fan, but I think I need to revisit! 🙂

  • Uuuu…some great favorites you have there! I love the Benefit Dallas Bronzer it’s gorgeous!
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  • Blushstopshere

    I agree on the First Aid Brand Facial Radiance Pads. They’re worth recommending.

  • Great products selection! I love Bare Minerals foundation powders they give such good coverage and are light on the skin! I m on the look for a bronzing powder and the Benefit Dallas one sounds lush ☺️ X

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