December Beauty (& misc) Favorites

11 Dec

I wanted to quickly list the products I’ve been using a lot this season and a brief reason why:

To begin, good brushes are essential and I’ve gone through far too many to come to some I really, really like, and am always on the search for the best. Here are two face brushes I would highly recommend.

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Left: Real Techniques expert face brush. This brush can be used for a lot of different things. But I personally like it for creamy makeup or concealer. It’s really versatile
Right: tarte airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush. It was tough for me to shell out the $32, afraid it would end up like all my other brushes but I’m so glad I did. This really does apply the right amount of liquid foundation flawlessly and quickly. No steaks or continuos blending. (sorry, they’re currently dirty)

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Next is MAC paint pot in Painterly. I think it’s obvious that I really like this product, and need a new one. I personally use this as a primer most of the time, because it evens out the eyelid as well as keeps eyeshadow in place and vibrant. I find it much easier than using UDPP or the other eyeshadow primers because you get the exact amount of product you want without the mess.

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Now the obvious. Urban Decay Naked palette. As much as I want the Naked 2 palette I need to use up some of my other makeup. I will eventually give in soon enough though. This palette has a great variety of colors, mostly being neutral. I’m sure most of you are pretty familiar with this palette. Also, it lasts a long time, you’re getting twelve eyeshadows, and I’ve used this palette a bunch, and there’s still a ton of product left. Plus the packaging is extremely convenient.

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I grabbed this stuff at Sally’s on my mission to find the best dry shampoo, I really like it. Some dry shampoos either smell terrible or just don’t work. I find this one to work well, and has a neutral scent. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t always come in a pink bottle (it was breast cancer awareness time when I purchased mine) But it’s quite cheap and does the job.

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Maybelline Dreame Matte Mousse is pretty awesome. It’s a creamy mousse and it blends into my skin perfectly. I use this most of the time when I don’t want to use liquid foundation, but still want nice, simple coverage. I use this for my under eye area to brighten up in about 30 seconds. As long as you find the correct color, you’d definitely appreciate having this on hand.

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Black waterline liner is an essential for me, and I’m at a toss up between Revlon Luxurious Color and Milani Liquif’Eye, they both are simple to apply, very black, and last for hours. Would recommend both.

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Benefit eye bright – Considering I like simple and quick, I really like this pencil to apply quickly to my inner corner for a perfect eye brightening, highlighter.

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Blondes, this stuff works! I can’t say how it really is for the health of your hair, but I was AMAZED how it fixed my roots. I’m naturally dirty blonde, and roots can be a pain. I used this shampoo in the shower a few times, as well as spray the Lightening Spray on just my roots or wherever I wanted it to blend. After a few uses, my roots were completely blended. It was a miracle. So I used it a few times and will put it away until my roots start showing again… or maybe I’ll actually go to the salon 😉 The picture connected to this is the best I have of my “roots” after a few uses, this is about 3 months after a coloring.

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I just recently purchased this Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles and I really like it. As mentioned in my last post, it’s very quick and convenient. You twist the dial and dab a bit under your eyes, then blend with your finger or the expert face brush (above)

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I’ve used Loreal Elnett for a long time, but recently found Paul Mitchell Hold me Tight. It smells nice and holds well, but without the gross, sticky, obvious glaze.

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Top Shop, I love topshop. I wish there was one near me. I wanted to list “sun shower” in the post, but figured I’d swatch moon shine while I’m at it. This gold pencil is the quickest & creamiest shimmery gold color. It’s easy to blend and looks really nice alone or mixed with other shadows.

Now for the non-beauty products:

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Bath & Body Works aromatherapy line trump anything else at B&BW. Eucalyptus Spearmint is a scent like anything else and really relaxing, and Lavender Vanilla is, well, Lavender Vanilla.. amazing.

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Bob’s Red Mill Products.. This brand offers a lot of gluten free options, all really healthy and containing a lot of good grains. I’ve tried many things from this brand and everything has been impressive. Here I just mixed Bob’s Red Mill Muesli with milk, strawberries and bananas.

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This was the only picture I would find pre-loaded onto my computer of my favorite heart-rate-monitor (bottom right photo) This is the Polar FT7 HRM, I did a ton of research when looking for a HRM and chose this one. I’m very happy with it, and it really motivates me when I’m running or taking classes at the gym to see where my heart rate stands, how many calories I’ve burned, average heart rate, etc. It also keeps a database of everything if you want to track your patterns. (I’m also obsessed with mason jars)

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I found this mug at Target this weekend ($7) and took it for a test run tonight. I’m satisfied, my hand fits perfectly in the handle, it’s larger than most, and it’s cute & customized.

Have you tried any of these products, what are your Holy Grail Products?

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One Response to “December Beauty (& misc) Favorites”

  1. Modesta Whistlehunt December 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I didnt look for this, but I enjoyed this, found it enlightening! Keep up the awesome work!

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