Favorites of the Week

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Welcome to the first installment of My Favorites of the Week.  I have been trying a lot of new products lately, some hits some misses and instead of reviewing every single last one I thought I would tell you what I have been loving each week!  I will do reviews of products that I think are really great or not so really great, just thought this would be fun, especially since I change up my beauty routine often.  To start things off:

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1. Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Highshine Lip Stain in Global Fierceness– This product is from the Fergie line and I picked it up at Walgreens on clearance for $1.50 and thought I would give it a try.  I don’t really own any red shades so I thought this would be fun to try, especially for Christmas.  This color is a deep, cranberry color which I really like because it’s not too red, it’s more of a deeper wine color.  I had no idea this was a lip stain, I really didn’t read the label until after I bought it.  When I see clearance it’s as if everything else is blocked out, I just know I need it because it’s super cheap (consumerism at its finest).  It definitely stained my lips, and they didn’t really feel tacky at all after about 5 minutes, but they still looked glossy.  But beware, if you do not reapply, your lips will be stained bright pink for a little while after.  They had a bunch of colors, so I am sure there is something for everyone!

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(left to right:e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer  and Hard Candy Lite Bright)

2. Concealer– This is one I am excited about because I am  mixing 2 different products!  I bought this Hard Candy Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer in Fair (504) a few weeks ago and I REALLY didn’t like it.  When I applied it went on thick and hard to blend, like paint as well as settling in my little lines and pores on my cheeks.   I was so bummed because it cost $8 at Walmart and I needed to now justify my purchase.  That’s when I had the bright idea to mix it with my e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer in Porcelain!  The e.l.f. concealer is a little yellow so this brightened and thickened it up!  Now, I get a full coverage concealer that also highlight and blends really well.

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3. Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream in Light Pale– I have tried a couple of BB Creams in the past and I really didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, I am usually a full coverage foundation kind of girl or no makeup at all.  I had coupons and CVS had a sale so I bought it!  I have been really impressed with this!  It says on the bottle skin perfector but I didn’t think much of it until I noticed it totally covers up the pores on my nose.  As in gone, no more, adios amigo.  It also really evens out my skin tone and gives a nice matte finish.  I top with concealer, powder and blush but would be just as comfortable by itself while I am out running my errands.

Those were my favorites this week!  Check back every Monday if you want to see what I am loving!  Thanks for reading, comments are welcome and appreciated!

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My Favorite’s of 2014

Favorites of 2014

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These are my most favorite things of 2014!  I use them all regularly and shout from the roof tops there awesomeness.  Shea Moisture Hibiscus and Coconut Body Butter not only smells fruity and great it is a really good moisturizer.  I love it and even use it to make lip balm with.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation is my go to everyday foundation.  It’s so light and covers really well as well as having a nice finish.  Revlon Colorburst is like a crayon and has a nice mintyness to it.  They also come in a ton of colors and types.  I love how convenient and easy they are to carry around, they are just awesome.  Wet n’ Wild Eye Collection in Petal Pusher I love this palette!  It’s soft and goes with everything or it can be sultry and dramatic.  I love most of their palettes but  this is one I reach for most often.  I usually just go for a little color while running errands and this has a variety that I really like.  Their shadows also have a great pigment, finish and blend really nicely on the eye. Laura Geller Balance and Brighten  Baked Powder Foundation is my go to highlighter.  As a foundation I don’t like it and as a powder I don’t like it.  But as a highlighter/illuminator I love!  It really makes you look lit up from within.  The next 2; GlamGlow  and Vince Camuto Amore  I just wrote about so I won’t bore you I will just say: love `em!  Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara is a great mascara.  It lengthens and volumizes your lashes like crazy! And last but not least is Herbal Essences Sleeker than Butter Shampoo and Conditioner.  This is probably my favorite shampoo and conditioner ever to exist.  It leaves my hair so silky and smooth and I never have frizz anymore.  Well folks, those were my fav things of this year!  What were your favorite things of 2014?  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment!

Favorite Makeup Products (Right Now)

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I am consistently changing up my beauty routine and always trying new products. I just wanted to share a few of my favorites right now!

I am really loving Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation right now.  I use 15 Ivory but it’s becoming too dark on my skin I think.  It feels really greasy and oily as you apply it but it sets into a really nice powder finish. You don’t need any powder to set and it glides on really smooth. I use my fingers but you can use a brush/beauty sponge if you’d rather.

e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Oil Free Concealer Porcelain- If you go back a few posts I wrote a blog post about this concealer. I love it! I use it all the time and love how it’s creamy and doesn’t crease. It makes me look more awake and really brightens my under eye area.

I love blush! On that note I am in love with e.l.f. Mellow Mauve. It’s a neutral color which I haven’t ever used before and I can’t stop using it. I apply it as if I were contouring with it and pop a highlighter on top of my cheek bones.  And you can see in that picture I have hit pan! Yay, another excuse to buy makeup!

Lipstick has never really been my thing, I was always a lip gloss gal. But, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick changed all that. I bought Pink Pout from CVS a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad I did. I love how it applies and it’s a perfect neutral pink for my skin tone. I usually apply Revlon Colorburst lip gloss in Pink Ice over the top. That gloss is my all time favorite gloss and if they ever discontinue it I think it will be the end of me. It’s almost a perfect match to this M.A.C. Lipglass I had over ten years ago that was limited edition. Don’t you just hate limited edition or discontinued items? I wish they were there forever! Or in a warehouse for people like me who don’t like change and wear the same shade lip gloss forever. Anyways, those are my fav things right now, that I can’t go out of the house without. I keep changing up my mascara and eye shadows, nothing really consistent enough for me to write about. As always, hope you enjoyed and comments are welcome and appreciated!

My make-up bag

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Yes that horrendous mess is my make-up bag currently.  I just bought some new goodies that I will be reviewing soon so I decided to clean out my make-up bag!  What is in here? Lots of old stuff! Some drugstore and some department.  First let’s go over what I have been using from the drugstore:

 

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Almay Smart Shade!  I have been using this for almost 6 months now.  It has SPF 15 and I use Light 100.   It’s pretty good.  I bought this after I finished my bottle of Chanel Perfection Lumiere in Beige Rose.  I absolutely love that foundation.  Truth be told I love EVERYTHING by Chanel especially their makeup.  Anyways,  I decided to try this makeup because it was skin matching and I am very pale.  I have a hard time finding any makeup in my skin tone.  I like that this is very light weight it really doesn’t feel like makeup.  I don’t think it looks like a lot of makeup either.  What I don’t like is that if you use too much it gets orangey on my skin.  Bleh! But I keep using it because I didn’t feel like trying tons of different makeup to find one that I liked.   Last year I tried the Revlon Age Defying foundation and concealer.  I feel like those aged my skin way faster than anything I have used.  It settled into my fine lines around my eyes and it just sat weird on my face.  I may have been using it incorrectly so I will give it the benefit of the doubt, I just don’t think I will use it again.  On to the next one!

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Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer in 010 light. I have been using this for about 3 months.  I believe they have discontinued this whole Wake Up line, but I might be wrong.  I liked this because it really brightened my face, but I did have to use a lot to actually conceal my dark circles.  I do have darker than average circles under my eyes, but I usually don’t use quite as much as I have been.  It comes with a brush attached to it which I really liked, but the squeeze tube squeezes out a lot of product at one time so you do have to watch it.  It’s pretty good as far as concealers go, way better than Almay’s Smart Shade concealer which in my opinion is just a horrible product.  But more about my Beauty Fails later!

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Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow.  I love this!  I used to use the Bobbie Brown Shimmer Brick and this was a great exchange.  I bought it way more than 6 months ago and will probably replace it soon because I dropped it the other day and what was left crumbled! The only difference is this is not a shimmer its more of a glitter but its great alone or with makeup.  I honestly love glitter so it doesn’t bother me at all, but I know some people really like a matte face.  That is not me!  I love glitter, shimmer, sparkles, and pink!  I don’t think I will ever grow out of it, I just have the challenge of making them age appropriate for me!  Last but not least!!!!

 

 

 

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Rimmel Scandeleyes Retro Glam mascara.  I really liked this!  The only con was that it ran under my eyes during work.  But I live in Phoenix and the high today is supposed to be 115! Also I worked in a restaurant and you run around and get all sweaty!  They make a waterproof version I just really don’t like waterproof mascara.

There is a bunch of eye shadows and lipsticks in here but nothing I wore regularly.  I kept it pretty minimal most of the time.  Mainly because I had a brand new baby and homeschooled a kindergartner, so I just didn’t have a lot of time for makeup!  These were my staples everyday but I am wearing some new stuff to see how I like it and I will write up a review tonight about it!  Please feel free to comment and share!