Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Favorites!

Ok, today I have a super quick March favorites to share with you! I'm also really excited because I have been testing out a bunch of products and doing a lot more makeup looks, so I will have more to share with you this month.

1. My first favorite has been my Victoria Secret body spray in the scent Moonlight Dream. This isn't a scent I would normally wear because the main scent is honeysuckle,  but it has a warmth to it that makes it very pleasant. 

2. My next favorite has been Coty Airspun loose powder. It has been great for setting my under eye concealer. It's much lighter than a normal powder so it doesn't look cakey, powdery, or heavy. I purchased this at CVS for about $6.99.

3. My favorite eyeshadow this month has been Milani's Bella Champagne.  I have been on a hunt for a cheaper alternative to my all time favorite Urban Decay's Sin, and this is definitely close.  This is a great lid color for a quick look. You can find this at Walmart for $3.98. 

4. I think my all time favorite of this month, and I can say for sure for April as well, has been L'oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum. There was so much hype about this on YouTube months ago, and I was A LOT skeptical,  but it has been life changing!  Seriously, I have such dry rough skin and this has softened my skin so much with everyday use. It's for sure worth the cost. I purchased it at Target for $19.99.

5. My favorite lip balm this month has been my Softlips Intense Moisture lip balm in Double Mint. I LOVE sweet mint lip products, and this is like those, but on crack! It's also very moisturizing like other Softlips lip balms. I bought a 2-pack at Big Lots for $1.50.

6. My favorite lipstick of March has been Rimmel's Kate Moss lipstick in #29. This was in a display for an Urban Bohemian collection.  This color is unlike any lipstick I have. It is a mix between a fushia and a purple. It's a gorgeous color for spring. I purchased this at Walgreens for around $5.99

7. An oldie,  but a goodie. L'oreal Voluminous mascara in carbon black. This mascara always seems to find its way back into my life, and it happened again in March. This is a great lengthening and volumizing mascara. I purchased this at Walmart for about $7.99.

8. My last favorite of March has been Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair body lotion. This is seriously the best lotion I've ever used. It has drops of Vaseline jelly in it to help repair super dry skin, and it works amazing. This was sent to me from Walmart,  but I have seen it in stores for about $3-5.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

February Faves

Hey! So today I have the beauty products I used the most during February to share with you. A few of these things I just recently purchased and LOVED throughout the month, and a few were old favorites.

My first favorite was the Clean & Clear Persa-gel 10. Since I had my son in August, my skin has been TERRIBLE. I thought it was just stress at first, but now I'm sure it's hormonal. Either way I have never had so much acne before. I usually use Clean & Clear Advantage spot treatment which the main ingredient is salicylic acid. That has always worked well for clearing up existing acne, but it was no longer helping as much. So I decided to try something new. Sticking with the brand I love, I bought the Clean & Clear Persa-gel 10. The main ingredient in the persa-gel 10 is benzoyl peroxide which Clean & Clear claim it's the same prescription formula recommended by doctors. This acne medication has helped so soo much with clearing up and preventing acne. My skin is almost back to normal, and I seriously would recommend this product. You can get this at Walmart for about $6. 

My next favorite is the Matrix Exquisite Oil Replenishing Treatment. This is a hair treatment that contains Moringa, Macadamia, and Argan oils.  This product claims to protect and nourish, add softness and shine, and help make all hair types more manageable. It also can be used over night as a deep conditioning treatment. When this line of oils first came out from Matrix, I was obsessed with the Strengthening Treatment for fragile hair. My hair is thin and was in very bad shape and that oil treatment was amazing. It was so good I never tried the other oils. I was seriously missing out on the Replenishing Treatment. It has helped my hair sooo much lately! I have stopped using all other products and only use this oil on my damp hair after I shower. My hair has been so soft and shiny! If you're licensed, you can purchase this at Cosmoprof. If you're not, I know you can purchase it at Ulta or a Regis salon for around $20. It is worth every penny. :) 

Another favorite this month has been my Bath and Body Works body spray in the scent Sensual Amber. Anything that smells like amber I love. Throw in sandalwood and vanilla, I could eat it! (Its that good) This is a great fall scent, but I love it all year long. You can buy this at Bath and Body Works for around $14

I have also fallen madly in love with the Tartelette amazonian clay matte eye shadow palette! I have a whole review on it you can check out if you're interested. These eye shadows are seriously perfect. I've used them everyday this month and can't see myself stopping any time soon. I purchased this palette at Ulta for $44.

This next favorite has been my go to for quite some time. It is the NYX HD Concealer. I am currently using the shade cw 04, but I switch between medium and 04. I also like the yellow shade. I use this for my dark circles, redness, and acne scars. I love it because it never looks cakey, even on my super dry skin. I purchased this at Ulta for $4.99

My favorite lipstick during February was the Jordana Modern Matte lipstick in the color Matte Classy. OK, originally I only bought the Matte Dare lipstick from this line. The color was AMAZING...but the formula was way dry and made my lips look so bad and patchy. I definitely wasn't planning on purchasing any other colors. Then I saw Matte Classy, and the color was so perfect, AND Jordana was on sale buy 1 get 1 50% off! So I decided it wasn't much of a loss if it ended up being as bad as Matte Dare. I'm so glad I did! Its not nearly as dry or patchy. It's just a perfect mauvey-natural color. I purchased this at KMart for about $2

Now on to what makes my world go round. Music. These are my favorite, completely over played songs of February. 

1. Ben Howard "Oats in the Water"
2. Ben Howard "Call me Maybe"
3. The Head and the Heart "Winter Song"
4. Nirvana "You Know You're Right"
5. The Civil Wars "I've got This Friend"
6. Adam Levine "No One Else Like You"

Friday, February 13, 2015

NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

Hiii! Today I am reviewing NYX's Highlight and Contour Pro palette. As soon as I saw this palette on Instagram, I HAD to have it asap! I was about to finally give in and buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit which is $40, but then I saw this NYX palette for $25 and decided to try it first . This palette had 8 shades which made it an even better deal than the Anastasia one. I have never used a NYX bronzer/contour shade, but I have used their illuminators which I LOVE. My favorite one is Ritualistic, it is a gorgeous light golden highlight. So I had really high hopes for this highlight and contour palette, but unfortunately I was disappointed. These were really powdery and made a mess every time I put my brush in them. That I could live with, but they also do not blend well. I used multiple different brushes to see if maybe my brush was the problem, but I was still left with darker, muddy looking patches on my face. It seriously sucks because there are some great colors in this palette. I do however, like the highlight powders. Even though they are a bit powdery, I will keep using them. I especially like the banana powder to set my under eye concealer. Overall, I sadly would not recommend the NYX highlight and contour pro palette. Even though $25 is much better than $40, $25 is still quite a bit and I would expect better quality. I definitely think in this case, it is worth spending the extra money to get the Anastasia contour kit. 

These are the first 2 highlight shades. The one on the left is a pearly white and the one on the right is a matte nude. 

The top is the pearly white and bottom is the matte nude. 

These are the 3rd and 4th highlights. 
The left one is a matte pale yellow(banana).
The one on the right is a pearly peach shade. 

Top is the matte pale yellow and the bottom is the pearly peach shade.

These are the first 2 contour powders.
The one on the left is a matte brown with red undertones. The one on the right is a matte neutral brown. 

The top is the brown with red undertones and the bottom is the neutral brown.

These are the last 2 contour powders.
The one on the left is a matte taupe brown. (This is my favorite one.)and the one on the right is a matte deep brown. 

Top is the taupe shade and the bottom one is the deep brown. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tartes Tartelette Palette

Hi everyone! Today I decided to to review Tartes new Tartelette Amazonian clay matte eye shadow palette. I bought this a couple weeks ago and I love it so much, I've used it everyday since. This is the first Tarte eyeshadow palette I've purchased, and I seriously have been missing out. The quality of the eyeshadows is just unreal. They are super smooth and every single one is crazy pigmented. I also noticed these eyeshadows last a long time, with or without primer. Normally my eye shadow starts to look worn after 6+ hours, with these I've notice even 10-12 hours later my eye shadow still looked perfect. This palette is great for an everyday neutral look, or even a super dark sultry look. Ive been able to do so much with this palette and I plan to share some looks soon. So I'm going to show you all the gorgeous colors and some swatches and if you like what you see, I seriously recommend going out and getting this palette asap!

Free Spirit is a cream color. 

Force of Nature is a nude. 

Dreamer is medium warm brown.

Multi-tasker is a dark chocolate brown.

Caregiver is light pale pink.

Natural Beauty is a light nude mauve color.
Best Friend is mauve-y purple color. (My favorite)

Bombshell is a dark plum.

Super Mom is a light ivory cream color.

Wanderer is a light brown.

Power Player is a taupe color.

Fashionista is a jet black.