Summer for me was quite a different experience this year. I am a mommy now, so summer nights consist of putting the baby down to bed rather than partying like in the previous years. Also, I recently moved down to San Diego. The weather is much hotter than my home in the Bay Area.
Now that summer is coming to an end, I thought I'd share with you some of the products I purchased and have grown to love this season.
Who loves Bath and Body Works? I DO! I DO! I love things that have a fruity and flowery combination, and during their semi-annual sale, I stumbled upon their Hawaiian collection (which was 50% off!!!). This tropical scent is perfect for the sunny weather. I used it almost every time I left the house.
I love Jo Malone's limited edition scents. This summer they came out with Silk Floral, which also has the flowery/fruity combination I love. Only one spray lasts me most of the day, and I love that I can mix this with my favorite scent, Nectarine Blossom.
This was my go to moisturizer this summer. Not only is it very hydrating to the face, but it has SPF. I didn't have to ever worry about putting sunscreen because THIS did the job. Just a little warning though, it smells and feels just like sunscreen, but it doesn't put out a white cast face like most sunscreens do.
Mommyhood has allowed me less time to do my makeup, so I wanted to give BB cream another chance. I didn't have a great experience with a brand that I purchased a couple years ago. Gladly I found THIS gem. I am able to skip 3 steps (moisturizing, concealing, foundation) by simply applying this product to my face with my foundation brush or Beauty Blender. Upon application, my entire face is flawless and remains this way for the rest of the day. My skin has also improved since using this product. I have less breakouts and my skin is so smooth and soft. I probably will use less foundation from now on.
I have a love hate relationship with this product. Mostly love. I love that it stays put throughout the day when applied correctly, but I hate that it takes a while be comfortable with the motion of applying it because of the unique shape of the applicator tip. I have also found that clumpy messes of the liner also tend to get all over my lashes. Nevertheless, Benefit did a great job in coming up with this tip because it really makes creating winged liner EFFORTLESS. Hopefully once I'm a pro at using this, I'll drop the hate.
Did anyone else know that Drew Barrymore came out with her own line of products? I've seen this brand at Walmart for a couple years now and didn't really pay it any mind, but I wanted lip chubbies and saw a review and these little guys. While they are not long lasting, they are quick and easy to apply, creamy upon application, and very pigmented. They are true to color of the packaging as you can see in the the swatches below. The shades I have are (Left to Right) Mauve Over, Berry-more, and Floral Coral. My favorite is Berry-more.
Thank you again for those who take time to read! Let me know what you think and what else you would like to see on the blog! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
I follow Anastasia on Instagram where she likes to post sneak peeks of her upcoming products. I knew I had to try Dipbrow when she first posted about it as my current brow routine wasn't really working for me. I had been using a Milani brow pencil and powder which serves as a great and less expensive dupe but doesn't nearly last as long as Anastasia products. So, with much excitement, I purchased Dipbrow and after one use, I FELL IN LOVE. Unlike pencils and powders that tend to fade and leave us with half smeared off eyebrows, this pomade is waterproof and stays put ALL DAY. I never have to pull out my brow pencil to retouch, nor do I find parts of my drawn on brows all over my forehead. It applies smoothly and blends in well with a spool brush.
I use a flat liner brush to line my brows at the bottom, an angled liner brush to blend the product to the rest of my brows, and a spool brush to set everything together. I also like to use my foundation and concealer brush to conceal excess product for clean shaped brows.
So, there you have it! Amazing brows using Anastasia's Dipbrow. I don't think I'll ever go back to another brand of brow products. =D
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy!
For the rest of my face:
Smashbox Photo Finish primer
Lancome Teint Idole: 360 Bisque
Cover FX concealer: N Light
MAC Studio Fix: C6
Coastal Scents Contour Palette: Brown (contour face); White (highlight)
Pregnancy insomnia means DARK CIRCLES and my doubling up on foundation in this area was no longer working. Even my MACCosmetics Studio Sculpt concealer in NC42 wasn't doing the job. To make a long story short, I've been eyeing CoverFX's concealer for quite some time and decided to finally purchase it as my dark circles were looking REALLY bad and almost like I had 2 black eyes. I must say that after a month of usage, I am beyond happy with my purchase. A little bit on the pricey side of $27.00, this concealer definitely minimized the appearance of my dark circles and does not apply cakey at all. I like to apply this after my foundation and set it with my MAC Studio Fix powder. I also found it best blended with my ring finger and/or Beauty Blender instead of a concealer blush. This concealer is in the shade N Light.
This MakeupForever mascara in Smoky Extravagant is amazing! And YES, after this past year of raving about Benefit's They're Real mascara, I found another mascara that does WONDERS! This mascara comes with Sephora's birthday gift as a trial size. It gives my already long lashes, more volume which almost makes it look like I'm wearing falsies. I almost can't wait to run out so that I can purchase the full size. =D
These lipsticks aren't new releases, BUT they are fairly new to my kit. This past summer, I have built my lipstick collection courtesy of Back2Mac and an obsession for purples, berries, and reds. Pictured are RubyWoo, Heroine, RiriWoo, Heaux, and RiriBoy... which are all matte and retro mattes. I love matte lipsticks as they seem to last longer and look better in photos. Contrary to most reviews, I found NO DIFFERENCE whatsoever between RubyWoo and RiriWoo, but was happy to own the limited edition version anyway. Heaux is currently my favorite paired with a plum colored lipliner and brown eyeshadows. I'm saving RiriBoy and Heroine for the spring and summer as these shades are little too bright for the winter trends.
I'm usually pretty good about new releases with makeup, but with all the busy-ness in my life, I didn't know about Naked 3 until I stumbled upon it's release date on Urban Decay online. I wasn't too impressed as I have all 3 preceding Naked palettes already and thought I'd be buying something I already have, but then again, I bought into peer pressure as most of my friends had already pre-ordered theirs... Might I say, I fell in love in a way different than I did with the other Naked palettes as I discovered shades of purple and rose gold that weren't included in the others. Since purchasing it last December, this has been my go to palette for every look I have used on myself. My favorite shades, so far, are Factory which I like to use in my outer V and crease, Buzz which is a light rose/purple color that I like to use on my lids, and Liar which I also use on my lids for darker looks but still appears soft because of its purple/rose gold undertone. The palette also came with 4 generous samples of UD eyeshadow primers which of course works best on their shadows and a brush similar to the one included in Naked 2.
Thank you all for reading, and hoping for no more hiatus!
I can't believe my last blog post was in June! But as we all know, life happens, and well, my life has been quite eventful since I was last active in the make-up and blog world. I'd like to dedicate this post to update you all on what's been happening.
In July, my fiance left for Navy bootcamp. He graduated in September.
Shortly after he left for bootcamp, I found out that we were expecting. Our baby girl is due in March of this year.
In November, my fiance FINALLY came home after bootcamp and A school, and we got married (hence my new name). We had a small wedding with family and close friends.
My husband deployed in December, shortly after he reported to his permanent duty station. He is due to come home soon, and my due date is right around the corner. =] I've also decided to take a break from my special ed credential program in preparation for the baby. So while on maternity leave awaiting the arrival of my little one, I decided to pick up on the blog after a long hiatus. Please stay tuned for all projects and reviews I have lined up, and thanks again for reading.
Let's start off with my new favorite liquid foundation!!! Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24hour Makeup. When they say 24 hours, they MEAN 24 hours. I have worn this foundation through a pool party and clubbing all night long in Vegas and throughout a full day of work without having to retouch. I get no blotchy spots like I normally would with other foundations and coverage is medium. Definitely recommend this foundation, and I don't think I'll be using a different brand for a while. (My shade is 360.)
MAC's Up the Amp is currently my favorite summer lipstick shade. A cross between pink and purple really adds the pop of bright color we all expect during the summer, but isn't overdone. I like to pair it with natural eye makeup (as seen below) to let the color speak for itself.
I was hesistant buying this at first because I wasn't sure I'd actually wear it, BUT it's mint green: THE MOST POPULAR SHADE THIS PAST YEAR (or so)!!! I tried it, and I LOVE IT. Add it on the bottom of your lower lids or waterline for a small pop of color in your eyes (seen below). I wore this going to the beach, and I must say, attracted some attention! This is Stila's Waterproof Liner in Turquoise.
PS. Wear with natural shadows and nude lips!!!
I went to Sephora looking to buy more Clarisonic gel for my Mia when the Product Consultant recommended Fab First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser to me. She said she uses it with her Clarisonic which makes her face radiant the next day. SO, I too wanted my skin to look good and purchased this product. The day I purchased it, they offered free little goodies: a travel size face cleanser, eye cream, and a bracelet. GOOD DEAL! What made me more happy is that my face was radiant (just as she said about hers) the next day and maintained a soft texture for the rest of the week ridding me of my blotchy spots I had been suffering with since winter! This face cleanser is found in Sephora stores for about $20 and is made with ALL NATURAL PRODUCTS. Pricey, but worth it.
Thank you all for taking the time to read! Hope you enjoyed and look forward to creating more material for you!
I've heard talk about the BeautyBlender for a really long time but was hesitant to purchase it. $25+ for a sponge did not seem worth it when I was okay with what I already had in my kit. I stumbled upon these little guys at TJMaxx for less than half the price. On the right is Cynthia Rowley's Blending Sponge. I haven't used it yet but have read good reviews on its comparability with the BeautyBlender. This was only $5.99. On the left is a blending sponge by Revive which looks almost like the BeautyBlender itself. It was only $4.99, and for that price, it does a wonderful job at blending. I use this to blend in my powder when it appears in weird and uneven patches, or my blush/bronzer when I've put on too much. It's amazing! If it does the job at a cheaper price, why bother, right?
I needed a good translucent powder to use in the rare occasions I wear liquid foundation. Using Studio Fix on top made my face feel too cakey which then turns my skin into a disaster the next day. So far, I like the lightweight texture of this product. I found that it doesn't work well with BBCream because it doesn't cover much. This was $15 at The Cosmetic Company Store.
Spring is starting peek through the corner which means it's time for BRIGHT COLORED LIPSTICKS! I found this beautiful bright purple shade (Gemma) in Stila's Color Balm Lipstick. I love that it moisturizes, and I love that it's very bold. I pair it with my Prune NYX Lipliner and VOILA! Bold spring lips.
I got tired of using my Shadow Insurance, so upon stumbling upon a large collection of MAC Paint Pots at the outlets, I purchased this! I like my shadow primers creamy and thick,just like this product, because it really allows the shadows to stick. I found that some primers, like Shadow Insurance, are kind of oily. This shade is in Painterly and only $13 at The Cosmetic Company Store.
Again, I found MAC Studio Sculpt at The Cosmetic Company store for only $12 and LUCKY ME, I found one in my shade. =D I love that this concealer simply covers my dark circles and doesn't define any of the the fine lines under my eye. LOVE! And at a cheap price.
I wanted to go back to reviewing this product. I know was raving about Tarte's BBCream and Poreless, BUT I found that with more use, I was developing an allergic reaction to it. I loved the smooth texture it had upon initial use, but with longer wear, my face would itch and turn blotchy. DUD. For me anyway.
I have been looking for a quality brow pencil without the expensive price, and since I have trusted Milani's Brow Fix, I purchased Easy Brow in the same brand. It glides on smoothly, and I like that it comes with a spool brush on the other end for convenient blending. I'd say it's comparable to Anastasia products without the Anastasia price.