04/06/16

March Favorites – Beauty

March Favorites

I had to round up some of my favorite beauty products with y’all… it has been awhile since I have done a beauty post. These are just a few of the products I am loving or obsessing over at the moment. I went a little crazy at Ulta last month but it was totally worth it!

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation –  Soft Beige, $5.99 Target

When it comes to foundations, “matte” is my buzzword. Any indication that a foundation is matte has me running to the nearest store to swatch and smother all over my oily-skinned face . The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is one of those products. In addition to its mattifying claims, it’s also supposed to be oil-free and ultra-light weight (hence being called a “mousse”). My first thought when applying this foundation was something along the lines of… “Holy Coverage!” If the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is anything, it’s ultra high-coverage. Yes, it 100% covers all the flaws on my skin. Also true to its claims, the foundation is very light-weight. When applying, it feels super soft and airy. I love that it lasts all day on my skin.

NARS Mini Blush/Bronzer Duo, $24 Sephora

I have been looking for the perfect blush/bronzer mixture to do two jobs at once. I have minimal time in the morning to do an entire contour so the bronzer does that for me. The bronzer is amazing and you don’t even need to apply much in order to get the perfect contour, in this case less really is more. The mirror is also handy, it’s small so there’s no need to carry a compact mirror around. Also, both products last all day, and I don’t find myself re-applying throughout the day. I ordered this product online at Sephora for $24.

Nivea Mens Post Shave Balm – Primer, $7 Target

Yes, I know I am probably late to the game on this one but it is literally like the best steal EVER! I always get really giddy when someone in the beauty community finds a product that is versatile and multi-use. Several beauty bloggers found this product and raved about it working as an incredible makeup primer. I of course, ran to the drugstore to try it for myself and I found it to be major. The Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm is designed to soothe irritation on a man’s face after shaving. Let me tell you, this product doubles down as one of the best face primers I have ever used. You get 3.3oz of product for just under $7.00, making this a major beauty bargain. A small amount of product goes a long way. The product itself looks and feels like a lotion, but it is very lightweight. Upon applying it to your skin, you feel a light cooling effect that is not only super soothing but incredible for waking your skin up in the morning! It absorbed quickly and left my skin feeling really nourished and silky smooth AND it smells amazing! 🙂

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $54 Sephora

First impression: WOW! I have been literally avoiding this product because I knew I was going to find a similar palette for much cheaper but its not about the money at this point… so far I have not been disappointed by it. The 12 all-new neutrals, all of which have rose tones, come in UD’s typically soft, easy-to-blend formula (and matte, pearl and glimmering metallic finishes). Sure, that means there’s some fallout, but on the flip-side, the shadows are ridiculously easy to blend, and if you do your eyes first, clean up, and continue with your face makeup, it’s all good. And, it should last forever 🙂

NYX White Pencil (Strawberry Milk), $5 Ulta

“The perfect soft, highlight to brighten up your eyes”… easily summed up! NYX is a fairly reasonable priced brand so if you are looking for eyeshadow bases, you could do a lot worse than these pencils, not to mention they come in a wide array of shades. I love the strawberry milk hue because of the shimmer it puts off. The regular “milk” color is a little too white for my taste. As far as longevity, I didnt have to reapply this product all day. If you applied powder eyeshadow on top of it, it would probably last longer. This pencil is versatile as you can use these as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and depending on the shade as a highlighter.
NYX Butter Lipstick, $6 Ulta

You have no idea how long I’ve been trying to find this lippie! Since way back when NYX first launched the matte lipsticks, every time I would hit up my local beauty supply or make a quick trip to Ulta it was always sold out. Every single time. But I didn’t give up. I would hopefully peek at a NYX display in any store that had one…you never know right? Well a few weeks back I FINALLY found it and scooped it up with a quickness. My wait is over and well worth it. I love this color!! I have a few other colors in the NYX Soft Matte Lipsticks but this is hands down my favorite. It looks a lot darker in the tube than I originally expected and if you’re lighter it will definitely pull darker on you, but the deep berry color makes it very wearable for me. I wouldn’t call it a daily wear but it’s a great color to pop on if you want to add some color without being too dark and bold.

ELF Lotion Wipes, $1 Target

This is the first time I’ve ever tried lotion body wipes, so I have nothing to compare it too, but I’m sure it’s like any other makeup wipes. It feels very moist and has a light lotion feel to it. I use these to wipe my makeup off if I am not showering the night before. I can not stand the smell of regular baby wipes since they remind me of wiping my son’s bottom as a baby lol – these have a coconut and vanilla scent which is refreshing! They are not sticky or too wet. You can not beat the price for a pack of wipes… $1!!

HAIR FAVS!!!!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Finishing Cream, $12 Ulta

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I have been using this product since college… no joke! It is the only product that doesn’t make my hair feel greasy or heavy after I apply. John Frieda recently updated the packaging of their products and I love it. I do not use the shampoo/conditioner as it does not do much for my hair but the styling products are legit. I use the finishing cream after I straighten my hair. I apply a pea-size amount to my hands, rub them together and then finger it throughout my hair. It smells amazing and helps to tame those frizzy flyaways.

Mark Hill Turn Up The Heat Extreme Heat Protection Spray, $5 Ulta

Mark Hill Turn Up The Heat Protection Spray

I love using a heat protection spray before I blow dry my hair and this product helps protect it, but also works amazingly at smoothing down the lengths and ends of my hair. I’ve been really impressed with it and love how smooth and tangle free it leaves my hair. It also helps create a really smooth blow dry and I can actually feel how soft it’s making my hair each time I use it. I only have it in the 50ml version, but I will definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out! It also makes the curling process easier because my hair tends to get softer. It smells really good too! I also love the spray of the bottle. The nozzle is different from other heat protection spray.

What are some of your favorite beauty products? If there are any you think I need please comment below!!

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
11/18/15

Thanksgiving Feast Outfit Ideas

Thanksgiving Feast Outfit Ideas

I dont know if everyone is ready for lots and lots of amazing food but I know I sure am….. I have put together some of my favorite picks for Thanksgiving Day outfits! Notice that most of them are very loose fitting for that extra room for food. I am loving all of the new holiday sweaters from SheInside. They have such fabulous clothes at affordable prices.

Thanksgiving Feast Outfit Ideas

Plaid cardigan
shein.com

River Island cream vest
riverisland.com

Charlotte Russe hat
charlotterusse.com

Plaid scarve
alinaboutique.com

H M round scarve
$12 – hm.com

Thanksgiving is a week from TOMORROW! I know the main focus is being thankful and family as it should be. But we can still be thankful and look fabulous all at the same time. (And get our grub on)
Enjoy!
Brittany 🙂
Brittany
11/13/15

November Beauty & Skincare Review

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Happy Friday!!

I have not done a beauty/skincare post in awhile and with the weather changing, I am starting to feel it in my skin. I am that person who starts itching all over and will dry up like a prune in the winter. With my 30th birthday coming up…. (OMG I cant believe I will be the big 3 0) I have also noticed my skin changing and becoming not so firm anymore. I have never really been one to use the high end facial products for firming and hydrating but NOW I am starting to wish I did. I do however love face masks because of how soft they make my skin feel.

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Freeman Mint & Lemon Clay Mask: Ulta $5.00 (this is an amazing product for $5)

I am an avid Ulta shopper for many reasons. They have everything from higher end products to drugstore products. This helps to not feel like you are spending your entire paycheck on beauty products. I needed a new facial mask for my dry skin and found one that is amazing! For those who are not aware of the brand, Freeman Beauty is an US brand making skin beautiful from head to toe for almost 40 years. They are well known for their affordable mask and foot products. Coming back to where I was, I found the section of face/foot masks and found several Freeman products. Immediately, I started processing the one that I would want to try, but we all know that such decisions are so tough. I finally grabbed the Mint & Lemon as I knew this was going to feel great!

Mint and Lemon clay mask claims to give relief from inflammation caused by breakouts which was the main reason I gravitated towards it. During that fun female time every month, I tend to have breakouts on my face. I wanted something which would help prevent as well as calm down my skin after breakouts. The texture of the mask is soft and not rough which makes it feel amazing. This mask did not stop breakouts, but has helped calm my skin. You can feel it start working the second you rub it on your skin. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

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L’Oreal Revitalift Night Cream: Ulta – $25.00

Over the last year, I have learned that night creams are extremely important for your skin. Especially being an avid tanner in my past life, I know that I will need some major skincare in my near future. While day creams cover the moisturizing step, you also need to repair all those dead skin cells. Not only does it moisturize the skin all night long, it provides the key nutrients your skin needs to repair itself for your busy day ahead. Sometimes day creams only have the basic ingredients to provide healthier looking skin. This is what everybody aspires to have! However, night creams not only create healthier looking skin it has thicker and stronger ingredients to ensure this look night and day.

 

The first night of using this I could already tell I was going to love this product. My skin was tighter around my eyes and I looked a little more refreshed that morning. I tend to overuse products by applying too much sometimes but I dont think this is the case with this product. It goes on very smooth and does not make your skin oily or sticky. I hope I see more results as I continue to use it. I am going on my 3rd week of using it at night and I am already obsessed!

Now for my go-to makeup products……

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: Ulta $39.00

This stuff is literally magic in a bottle…. When I was younger, I never had the best skin. I would constantly have breakouts and still have scars from previous zits and pimples. I have gotten numerous facials and even micro-dermabrasion to help reduce the redness. Some of them did help reduce the redness and the scarring but they have not completely gone away. This is the only foundation I have found that has helped cover up those scars and actually lasts ALL DAY!!!

This amazing product is an oil-free, 12-hour liquid foundation formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters. It is also dermatologist tested and vegan friendly.

Product review: Infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay, the skinvigorating formula intuitively addresses your unique skin concerns, helping to improve overall skin clarity and texture, while the full coverage makeup fades over the appearance of large pores, discolorations and other imperfections. With all mineral, non-chemical sunscreen filters, this gentle formula features Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen, is vegan friendly and oil-free. Available in a large shade range to match women’s unique skin tones and undertones.

If there is one product that I will invest my money in it is this one. I apply it with my beauty blender (pictured below) with light dabbing around my face… I have noticed using the beauty blender rather than a makeup brush has helped blend the foundation better. I also use this beauty blender to apply my highlighter that I have noticed is lasting longer also!

Swissco Beauty Blender: Ulta $5.99

 

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Maybelline, The Nudes Eyeshadow Pallette: Target $9.99

Confession: I am an eyeshadow palette hoarder! If there is one thing I buy everywhere I go, its a new palette! I love trying new colors with different outfits. I am that one person who feels like they are missing out on the latest and greatest if I see a new one in the beauty section. I know some of you may be over the whole naked/nude eyeshadow palette thing, but they are the most universally flattering palettes around. They can go from various day to night situations and because of that I will never get tired of neutral colored eyeshadows…EVER.

I tested all of them on my arm for a better visual on the actual colors.

eyeshadow arm

The palette includes five matte shades and seven shimmers, although in the pictures it is hard to see. I did also find that when using a brush it took a bit of effort to get decent color on my brush enough to do a complete wash of color over the lid and in the crease, but it does get better the more you use the shadows. These are great colors for blue/green/hazel eye colors but will also work for that natural, smoky eye. And it is super affordable 🙂

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LiLash/LiBrow – $99.00 (each) Click here to purchase

I have been using this product for over 2 years now. I actually used to sell this at my old job and I was pretty skeptical at first. You just never know what to expect when it comes to making something grow that is naturally grown on our bodies. But, within the first week of using it my eyelashes and eyebrows were already longer and fuller. Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture but here is a picture of them now.

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I use this product everyday right after I apply my mascara. These will last a good while too as you only need to use the smallest amount of product, you literally pull the brush out of the tube and wipe off the excess back into it. I like the way the brush on the lash serum is a lot smaller for easier application too! It literally has lasted an entire year without re-purchasing. As far as the LiBrow, I used to not really have any eyebrows. This product has helped make them fuller and thicker. I use an eyebrow pencil to help darken them but I apply the LiBrow right before I apply my makeup. It is a little pricier than the previous products but it is totally worth the splurge!

This is my November product review and I am hoping to start doing these weekly. Stay tuned for more affordable and AMAZING beauty products!

Brittany 🙂

 

 

Brittany