Beauty Faves

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I follow a whole bunch of beauty bloggers and YouTubers (official term?), and one of the things I always look forward to are their monthly favorites posts. While I’ve never taken the time to do one of my own, I think about it whenever I’m getting ready in the morning and decided it was time to share a few favorites.

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I definitely don’t have the space or the budget to buy a whole bunch of new hair and makeup supplies each month (although my collection suggests that I think I do), but there are a few things that I consistently reach for.

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I first got this Benefit Porefessional primer as a sample over a year ago. I’ve tried a few other primers, but this was always the one I came back to, so I eventually caved and bought a full-sized tube. It’s not greasy, slimy, or sticky like some of the others, and when I put it on my face I can actually see it making my pores disappear. Sold.

The Neutrogena foundation was somewhat of a happy accident. I ran out of one of my other foundations and my spare was still a bit too dark for me (I switch between two for summer/winter). When I went to buy a new one, they were out of my shade, so I grabbed this one instead and I couldn’t be happier with it. The first time I put this on my face, I immediately followed it with powder and then was all “hey, wait a minute, I didn’t even put concealer on.” This has NEVER happened to me. I ALWAYS use concealer to cover any dark spots or hyperpigmentation, but this covers my face so perfectly that I’ve been able to skip that step about 75% of the time. Surprisingly, it’s not that heavy on your face even though it’s definitely a full-coverage foundation for me. Love it.

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On to eye things. This is always my favorite part! I own so many of these Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows, but my favorite is definitely Bad to the Bronze. It’s the well-loved one that you see open in the photo above. I use it several times a week, both as a base and by itself. These are all just so creamy and stay put better than a lot of my powder shadows.

Everyone always raves about the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, but I get irritated with anything that I have to sharpen (lazy.) so these Stila Smudge Sticks are perfect for me. They’re the same price as the Urban Decay liners, but they twist to sharpen and come in a ton of different colors. My favorite is Lionfish – the coppery-colored one in the photo above.

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This Too Faced Chocolate Bar is the holy grail of eyeshadow palettes. I splurged on it last month after reading so many good reviews about it and hooooooomygawd it smells like chocolate. I spend as much time sniffing it as I do putting it on my face. The color payoff is great and you can create lots of different looks with this since it has some neutral colors as well as some pink and purple shades. Some are matte, some are shimmery, all are delicious amazing.

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While I have yet to find anything that will take care of my dark circles completely, this Garnier roller comes pretty close. The cool, metal tip feels great on my eyes, and the color is just enough to conceal any darkness without looking too bright or yellowy on my face. I’ve gone through so many of these.

Almost done with eye things, I swear. This L’Oreal mascara is a recent fave, but after it’s gone, I will definitely be buying it again and again. It lengthens without clumping, and the curvy shape to the wand makes it so that I can get to the outer corners of my lashes without poking myself in the eye. I reach for this almost every day.

I don’t wear color on my lips very often. I’m much more likely to grab a nude-toned gloss or even some Carmex (fancy, huh?), but this Julep gloss in Charming has been on my mouth a lot lately. It’s just pigmented enough to make it look like you tried, but still definitely a neutral. It’s not sticky at all – I actually find it pretty moisturizing.

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Time for two non-makeup favorites. The Tresemme Keratin spray is intended to be for flat-iron protection, but I use it whenever I heat style my hair. I find that I don’t even have to use a flat iron after blow drying if I use this spray first.

This last favorite was another accident. I ran out of the Bath & Body Works cream that I use religiously and decided to try this Bodycology one as an emergency alternative while I was in Walmart one day. I didn’t expect much, but I liked the smell and it was inexpensive, so I bought it. It smells incredible. It’s sweet and a little bit fruity, which wasn’t really what I expected given the flower on the package. I love it almost as much as my B&BW lotion, so on the months when I’m feeling cheap, I will definitely be trying more of these.

That’s my list! What are some of your go-to beauty products? Do you love some of the same things, or is there anything new I should try? My bank account is dyyyyying to know.

2 Comments on Beauty Faves

  1. Michelle
    June 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm (4 months ago)

    I love lists like this! Here are my faves:

    I love this and use it for my hair daily. I would say the $30 bottle lasts about a year!
    http://www.kiehls.com/Creme-with-Silk-Groom/262,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=hair-styling-aids

    Best. Face Scrub. EVER.
    http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/skin-care/skincare-top-rated/vitamin-c-microdermabrasion.aspx

    This is my favorite mascara for big events. It keeps my eyelashes long and perky all night! (I use waterproof for those events). A good eyelash curler is ALWAYS a MUST HAVE.
    http://www.covergirl.com/eye-makeup/mascara/lashblast-24-hour-mascara

    My favorite eye shadow set is…
    http://www.toofaced.com/p/eye-shadow-palettes/boudoir-eyes/

    I like this lotion a lot lately. It’s not sticky, smells good, moisturizes well and smells nice. Plus, it makes my skin look pretty.
    http://www.jergens.com/products/daily-moisturizers/bb-body-perfecting-skin-cream.aspx

    These lipsticks are AMAZING. The color is as light or dark as you want and has the feel of an emollient lip balm! Super moisturizing and looks gorgeous on! I own four colors!
    http://www.fresh.com/lip-care/lip-treatment/

    This is the BEST SMELL EVER. I can’t stop smelling myself when I wear this scent. You need it. Now.
    http://www.thefaceoffinn.com/collections/fragrance-oils/products/white-sand-fragrance-oil-10ml

    These bras are the best for summer! SO comfy!
    http://www.shopcoobie.com/shop?c=coobie-bras

    • Nicole
      June 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh my goodness, I want to try everything!! Actually, I have one of the Fresh lip balms and I do like it, I just don’t use it a lot because I always feel like I’m “saving” it since I paid so much for a freaking lip balm! Love the Jergens lotion too. I am a face scrub nut, so I’ll definitely try the Body Shop one and let you know what I think. Yay!!