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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Review Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eye Shadow Collection

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After months of wanting to get my hands on the Too Faced Nashville Nudes palette, my Husband purchased it for me as an Easter present. The colors are light and very feminine. As with any Too Faced palette, it does not disappoint! The quality and pigment of colors is excellent. My only complaint is that all of the colors are shimmery. During the work day I prefer not to look sparkly and usually pair a matte shadow with a shimmery one to balance it out. Regardless, this palette is one of my new favorites!

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Friday Favorites Valentine’s Day Edition

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Tomorrow is a day that is dreaded by some and loved by many. The retail industry rakes in a boatload of money from candy, stuffed animals, and jewelry each year for V-day. Although it is over commercialized, I love Valentine’s Day. Not because I’m all squishy loving love, but I adore the combination of red and pink together. Everything from pizza to donuts can be bought in a heart shape. Can food get any cuter?

I complied a little list of a few of my favorite products for Valentine’s Day. Usually my Husband and I stay low key and go out on another night to avoid the crowds. I’m not really one to get all dressed up regardless. This year we decided to go to New York City for a few days next week and visit some museums and friends up there. I can’t wait! Anyway on the favs…

Essie Nail Polish in Play Date My new favorite Essie polish! Once applied this color is just as vibrant as it appears in the bottle. This pastel-ish purple is such a pretty color for the slowly approaching spring.

Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Very Berry This blush is bright and really pigmented. A little bit goes a long way for those of you who have paler complexions. Candy Glow and Peach Beach are two other color options. The Candy Glow color is probably better suited for pale skin tones while Peach Beach appears to have more of a shimmery bronze tone. This blush is pricey, but Too Faced products have not disappointed me yet! The packaging itself is adorable.

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Russian Red This is the classic movie star red lipstick. Generally I am not a lipstick person, but I was going for a pin up look when I got married and picked up this color after it was highly recommended to me. I paired it with some cheap Rimmel lip liner and it looked amazing.

Calvin Klein Euphoria Perfume My all time favorite perfume, Euphoria is a light floral musk fragrance. The smell lasts all day, but is not overpowering. Next time you are out stop and try a sample of this! You have to smell it to understand my love for it!

I may be late to the party, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear MAC is releasing a Cinderella Collection!

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It is available starting February 26th on their website. I feel the packaging is a little bit plain, but I suppose it fits well with the product colors. I love the feminine earth tones and am specifically looking at purchasing the beauty powder and maybe a lipstick!

Have a Happy V-Day!

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Review Too Faced Sweethearts Blush

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Being so close to V-Day I was drawn by the cute heart shape of Too Faced Sweethearts Blush when I first saw it at Ulta. My Husband offered to buy it as a V-Day present and gave it to me early as long as I promised a blog review in return.  There are three individual colors in each blush. Too Faced offers three different shades to choose from, Something about Berry, Candy Glow, and Peach Beach. Something about Berry is a mixture of shimmery bright pinks, Candy Glow offers lighter pinks with peach tones, and Peach Beach looks like a shimmery bronzer. I chose to purchase Something About Berry because I wanted something very bright to contrast my super pale winter complexion.

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This is my first Too Faced blush purchase and I am happy to report the quality and pigment is exceptional!

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For the price tag, I was a little disappointed with the packaging. The blush is encased in cardboard, which I initially found difficult to pull off the lid. After a few uses the lid slid off easily. As long as the cardboard holds up, I can deal with the packaging. Something About Berry is incredibly vibrant and on my pale skin toner a little goes a long way! I’m glad I added this blush to my collection!

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Review Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime & Blur

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I’ve tried using primer several years ago for the first time and bought the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer for a whopping $36. It did smooth out my skin, but I didn’t really notice a difference with how long my makeup lasted. Since it didn’t really live up to it’s claims, I put it in the back of my makeup drawer and just forgot about it. Time to time I’d pull it out and try again, but clearly was never really satisfied with the results.

Flash forward to my everyday face post last week, I had mentioned that my blush does not stay put no matter what I do. Asa from Lace and Pearls Blog suggested I try out a primer. While browsing around the makeup section at the drug store, I saw this Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime and Blur. I picked up the Blur + Smooth version for a reasonable price of $6.99.

Fresh out of the tube, here is a photo of what it looks like.

20150205_070607I was surprised to find out that the consistency is a little bit runny and similar to a facial lotion. Once applied, the product actually feels like the Smashbox Primer. I’ve only had it for a few days, but I did notice a difference in the length of time my makeup lasted. My blush stays put and my foundation doesn’t soak into my skin by the end of the day.

I highly recommend this product as a cheap alternative to Smashbox!

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