Friday Favorites July 3

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EcoTools Konjac Pure Complexion Sponge – For months I’ve been dying to try a Konjac sponge, but kept passing it up because of the $18 price tag. Last week at Target I saw this one for $4.79 and thought I’d give it a try. The sponge is very rough when dry, but as soon as you get it wet and lather some face cleanser in there it is amazing! Normally I wash my face with my clairsonic when I want to exfoliate. If I opt for a wash rag or some other cloth my face gets irritated from daily washing. This sponge is really gentle, removes all the traces of make up that my make up remove leaves behind, and leaves my skin feeling soft. Apparently the sponges are said to last 1-3 months.

Garnier Beach Chic – I picked this up at CVS Pharmacy for roughly $5. I’ve always been a fan of Garnier’s beach texture products. In the summer months the humidity reeks havoc on my hair so adding a few spritz’s of this helps maintain some kind of style. It does not weight your hair down because it is very light. This is not typical hair spray so do not expect it to hold a style all day. The smell is also pretty pleasant.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ –  This can be purchased from MAC for $22. This is something useful in the summer time. If kept in the fridge, you can spritz some on your face as a refresher. It’s a great product, but you can find something that does the same thing for much cheaper. Check out this product by Evian for $12.

Sugar Lip Treatment with Sunscreen – I received this lip treatment as a sample. Although, it is a bit costly at $22.50, the product is worth every penny. My lips are chronically dry regardless of the season. I apply this first thing in the morning before my makeup and my lips stay moisturized throughout the day. Usually I apply the un-tinted color underneath lip-glosses for extra SPF. Of course you can find a similar product that is much cheaper, but I have yet to find a replacement that continues to moisturize my lips hours later.

Also, do NOT forget about this beauty launching on Wednesday July 8th!

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Friday Favorites

friday favorites textFriday Favs Template1.) The Body Shop Body Butter, Blueberry – $14.50 – Several months ago I mentioned the Strawberry scented Body Butter in a favorites post. When I was almost out of it I visited my local Ulta, but it was sold out. In fact, every scent that I’d actually like was sold out. So, I went on Amazon and low and behold I found a blueberry scented one! Amazon has several other scents too that I have not seen in stores. Anyway, I love this just as much as the strawberry. It has a very light blueberry scent that is not over powering.

2.) Nyx Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Little Susie – $5.99 -This product came in last month’s Ipsy box (that I did not review). At first glance the color looks like a light pink/coral, but once I applied it I was surprised how bright it actually was. It went on very smoothly and was not sticky. I felt it was more similar to lip gloss, but not as sheer. This isn’t a color I’d typically wear, but maybe I’ll throw it into the rotation.

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3.) OPI Nail Color in Bubble Bath – $9.50 – This is a very, very soft nude shade. I was concerned that it would require more then 2 coats to actually look like the color in the bottle, but two coats was plenty!

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Friday Favorites January 21

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bareMinerals 5-In-1 BB Cream Shadow in Elegant Taupe – I received this cream shadow in an Ipsy bag several months ago. I know that  many people rave over bareMineral products but, none of their products stood out to me. This 5 in one shadow claims to provide 12 hours of wear, primer, brightening benefits, smoothing of fine lines, and sun protection. Does it live up to it’s claims? Definitely! It has great staying power and will last 8+ hours of work and through my work out afterwards. (I know, it’s bad but, sometimes I don’t take my makeup off before I work out!)

Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream – The incredibly bitter cold winter we are having has left my skin dry, especially my face. I was looking to add a moisturizing cleanser to my routine and this Murad one had great reviews. The product is supposed to be ultra moisturizing and renew dull, dry skin. After using it for two weeks my face does feel more moisturized. The best thing about this cleanser is that it is very gentle and light. A tiny amount goes a long way!

Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Brush & Shade + Light Contour Palette – I posted a quick review of the contour palette last week. (Click here to see the post) My lovely Husband bought me the brush to go along with the palette for Valentine’s Day and gave it to me early! I wanted the brush ever since I saw Kat’s post of the packaging on Instagram. The angle of the brush is perfect for contouring and the bristles are soft allowing the product to blend seamlessly. If you are looking to buy a quality contour brush, this is a great option!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Many of you have mentioned that this is a really great concealer that is very creamy and does not settle into fine facial lines. A lot of concealers I’ve tried seep into my tiny under eye lines and accentuate them! So far I’m loving this product. The consistency is creamy which, I believe keeps it from settling. It seems to last a lot longer then most concealers I’ve tried in the past. I wear glasses everyday so, some of my eye makeup does rub off. Thanks to everyone who recommended this!

Olay In-shower Body Lotion, Quench – I mistakenly bought this thinking it was body wash! It’s actually an in-shower body lotion that claims to infuse skin with moisture using the humidity of the shower to allow it to absorb more into your skin. The formula is exactly like regular lotion. It does not lather but, rinses off clean. I like to use this when I feel extra lazy and don’t want to take the time to put lotion on my skin. My only complaint is the powerful soapy smell.

Also, I just want to thank Nessa again from That Chic Fashion Blog for hand writing a sweet personal note for all of her favorite Bloggers in her #takebackwhatsyours campaign post! I admire each and everyone one of you who is participating. Thank you for sharing your personal obstacles and inspiring so many other people to do the same. I’m happy to be part of a community that is so supportive and encouraging!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Friday Favorites January 2nd!

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Wow, is it really 2015? I feel like the older you get, the quicker the years seem to fly by. I wanted to get back on track and do some Friday Favorites again. Usually over Christmas time I avoid the malls and other shopping centers because of all the craziness. Some people enjoy Holiday shopping, but I am not one of them. After all the Christmas posts I’ve seen, there are several products I’m dying to try! Here are a few of my favorites:

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1.) Shea-Infused Lounge Socks – These socks are so incredibly soft and comfortable. I love wearing them when I’m just lounging around the house. I bought this particular pair at Bath & Body Works, but drug stores, Target, Walmart, etc. all carry them as well. In those stores you can usually find them in the foot care section.

2.) Eucalyptus Spearmint Aromatherapy Body Mist, Body Wash, and Body Cream from Bath & Body Works -I received the Body Lotion & Body Wash as a gift. The scent is very fresh and it is not too strong like some aromatherapy products. Bath and Body Works sells a whole line of products so I picked up the body cream and body mist. Does it really relieve stress? I have no idea, but it smells awesome.

3.) Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade – After 4 years my Anastasia Brow powder hit pan so, I finally went out and bought this product. The consistency reminds me of gel eyeliner. The staying power is excellent and definitely prefer this over the powder.

4.) Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balm – In the winter time my lips are constantly chapped despite the various products I’ve tried to prevent it from happening. After doing some research, I read that Vaseline was actually the best treatment for chapped lips. Putting it on right before bed and sleeping with it on overnight really helps your lips absorb the moisture. The size of the package is perfect! It is a mini version of the typical Vaseline container that can easy be carried anywhere.

5.) Target Metallic Infinity Scarf – This is my very first infinity scarf and I love it! It is incredibly warm and has silver threading throughout the knitting. I’m a bit disappointed though because the weather has not been cold enough to wear it this winter. It’s too bulky and warm to wear as just an accessory.

That’s it for this week! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Friday Favorites November 26

Hey Hey! Hope everyone had a great Holiday! Over the past few weeks during my silence from the blog I’ve collected some great things I need to share:

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1.) Pink Sugar Perfume This scent is very sweet and reminds me of vanilla. While wearing this perfume I’ve been told I smell like cotton candy, cake, cinnamon, and a lot of other sweet things. My major perfume annoyance is when a scent does not last long. I’d like to be able to smell it here and there throughout the day, but not too over powering. Pink Sugar is very light and does last quite a long time.

2.) While doing a little retail therapy I saw this Guess coat at Bonton. I was looking for a dressy warmer coat rather then wear my puffy down coat all winter long again. The coat’s quality is exceptional and the fit is very flattering. It is hard to notice in the photograph, but the shoulders have a patch of fake leather on each.

3.) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation Still on my quest to achieve the perfect highlight and contour make up routine, I decided I was going to try to use a darker foundation for the contour color instead of powder. I already use one of the age rewind products as an under eye highlighter and am happy with the application, consistency, and price of the product. I’m not sure how long a full face of this foundation would last, but I can attest that it works well the way I use it. The no-mess application is super convenient!

4.) Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Vintage Plum I wrote about these cream shadows several times. Just when I think I have all of the colors I’d use I’ll see an different color at another store. Whenever I stop in at a drug store I just like to browse the beauty products because they all stock different products and shades. One of my favorite palettes is the Boudoir Shadows by Too Faced. As you can see the palette incorporates different shades of purple and cool dark grays. This cream shadow is the perfect base for this palette. While eyeshadow primers are okay, I have found that using a color cream base actually provides a deeper intense color and lasts longer.

5.) Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Mandarin I’m not sure why this shadow is described as a “gel powder” because it is no different then a typical eye shadow. Milani’s website describes it as a “light orange satin matte.” Again, this was another drug store purchase that I am very pleased with. I was looking for a shadow that was slightly orange but not over the top. My goal was to keep a natural look but add a tiny bit of color in there. I like to pair this with a deep brow in the corners of my eyes and place the orange just on my lids.