September Beauty FAVES

Hello! September is over and it is officially fall! Today I have my beauty faves to share with you, and a lot of them are old faves that I have recently rediscovered. Oldies but goodies.

Here they are!

Let’s start with the makeup.

This magical powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This is a setting powder that gives a blurred look to the skin. It’s hard to put my finger on WHY I look so much better when I use this. It’s not shimmery or glittery at all, but it gives my skin an extra somethin’ somethin’. You know what I mean. It comes in a bunch of shades but this yellow-y one speaks to me. This is the second one I’ve purchased. It’s pricey, but it will last you a long time.

Next is the Bare Minerals Prime Time OG Primer. Now, I’m a big Bare Minerals Foundation fan, I wear it every day. I also wear this primer underneath it every day! I have heard people talk about powder foundations, saying they can’t wear them because it sinks into lines and pores, makes them look dry, etc…and to that I say, try this! It’s a soft silicone-y feeling primer that dries down fast and matte, fills in pores and gives a lovely smooth canvas. It’s a must have, even if you don’t wear powder foundation.

Ok, next up is an oldddd fave. So old in fact, I made my very first blog post on it. Back in the Amy’s Beauty Diary days. I cringe at this post, but here it is in all its glory. 2013 y’all. Anyway, I still love it. It’s the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose. It comes in a bunch of colors now (like 16!) but rose has always been the fave. It smells amazing like lemon cake, and it is so moisturizing and luxurious. I use this pretty much every day and it gives just a hint of color. I have two backups!

Next is also a really old fave that I recently repurchased after I read an article about how Meghan Markle does her makeup. She uses a shadow stick like this NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha. Now, in addition to wearing a brown pencil eyeliner (I do that too!) she uses a jumbo pencil cream shadow all over the lid and smudges it under the lashline. So yeah, I remembered this little guy from BACK IN THE DAY. It is so pretty, why did I stop using it?! It’s such a nice bronze-y metallic color, SO easy to blend and is so quick! Love it.

Here are some swatches of the pencil and the lip balm (and my blue veins).

Next up is a nail color I have loved since just about the beginning of summer. It’s an Essie color (no surprise there); the packaging just calls me! They always have the best colors. This color is A Touch of Sugar. This color is a sheer light pink with some golden shimmer. It looks like a really light rose gold. It is GORGEOUS.

Two more faves!

Sometimes I like to self-tan, and this one was my favorite all summer! This is the Loving Tan 2 HR Express. This is a foam, and I use it with a tanning mitt. I buff it in, wait around for about 2 hrs, and then rinse it off. It gives the best color. Not orange-y at all, and it lasts a solid week for me!

Lastly, a dry shampoo. I have always been a Batiste fan, but I hadn’t tried this scent, the Clean and Light Bare. Some Batiste scents are super overpowering, but I really like how this one is barely scented. Sometimes the scents give me a headache. Batiste is the best dry shampoo because it absorbs oil, and really makes my hair feel clean and volumized.

So, that’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy

August Beauty Faves

Hello! I am so happy to be doing a beauty faves post today! Summer is almost over, but where I live in Texas we will have summer for another month! It currently says 96 degrees in my car right now as I type this in the parent pickup line. 🙂

Today I am going to be sharing my faves that I have been using nonstop in August. I have everything from hair care to makeup, so let’s get started!

First off, I want to talk about this body cream from Sol De Janeiro. This is a very popular cream called the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I’ll be honest, I only bought this for the smell. It smells amazing. It’s a warm vanilla scent that reminds me of a tropical beach vacation. It is a VERY strong smell, and the smell lingers for me until I wash it off the next day. I wouldn’t use this daily, just because the scent is so strong, but a trip to the pool, beach, or something like that-it’s perfect. It is extremely moisturizing, and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy at all. It is also supposed to firm and smooth the skin over time. I really like this. Just go smell it.

Next, is a perfume. I am not big into perfume, in fact, I only have ONE (gasp) and it’s Chanel Coco De Mademoiselle. I have worn it for years and it’s just been my go-to. I really love floral scents and not much of anything else. I like to just smell like flowers, so this Replica Flower Market is perfect. This smells exactly like when you stick your face into a bouquet of roses to smell them. Exactly. And who doesn’t want to smell like that?! I bought the travel size because I wasn’t going to shell out $126 for the full size when I didn’t even know if I was going to like it. But, I’m definitely going to when this runs out! I also like that it’s an actual spray instead of a rollerball.

I am all about drugstore shampoo and conditioner (to me, it’s the styling products that matter), and I love this Dove Creme Conditioner Concentrated Moisture. This is probably the 6th tube I have used up, and it’s really nice. It’s a thick conditioner that feels like a mask. It smoothes and makes my hair super soft, and Dove hair products always smell really good. I get this at Walmart for like 5 bucks.

I have a few makeup items, first off, the best bronzer of life, my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soieil Matte Bronzer. I would be a ghost without this stuff. I’m on my third compact because I just won’t even try anything else. The milk chocolate color is perfect for my fair skin, it’s matte, not orange-y and it smells like CHOCOLATE. The best.

Next is this ADORABLE Winky Lux lippie. This is the Confetti Balm, and it came in a set with a Mini Disco Kitten Gloss in Hustle (which is my fave also) and a cute little kitten pouch. I LOVE Winky Lux. So, this lip balm is clear with glitter inside. It is so pretty and I love the sleek silver packaging. It looks clear, but once you apply it, it changes to a pink shade. It’s kind of like a tinted balm. It smells like vanilla and keeps my lips soft.

I mean, look at it.

Here are the bronzer and lip balm swatched.

My last fave is a nail color, and surprise, surprise, it’s Essie. The color is Go Ginza and it’s a very light lavender.

I’ve just been doing neutrals on my nails lately, and this lavender color is so light, that I consider it to be a neutral. It goes with everything, and just looks chic. It’s a great alternative to white or light pink.

So that’s all the faves for the month!

What beauty products have you been using this month?

Thanks for reading xx

BEST OF BEAUTY | 2018

Hello! Today I am posting my absolute favorite- the BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS of 2018. I have discovered some great ones this year, and I can’t wait to share them! I know that I haven’t blogged much lately, but I hope to change that in 2019. 🙂 Let’s get on to the faves.

Let’s start off with haircare.

I have rediscovered the Organix haircare brand and I love it so. I use the Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo (my husband does as well). We love it because it feels super minty and tingly, and really leaves our hair feeling clean. I also really love the Coconut Milk Conditioner. It is very luxurious and feels so soft on my hair. I usually go with drugstore shampoo and conditioners, and these are really nice for the price.

Skincare

I have used this Ole Henriksen Nurture Me moisturizer all year and I really love it. It smells like a creamsicle, it’s lightweight, doesn’t feel greasy, and it does such a great job of moisturizing. I use this every morning before makeup. It wouldn’t be a best of beauty post if I didn’t mention the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This is a toner spray that is so nice and refreshing. I use this all the time, especially when it is hot outside. It smells like a spa and feels sooo luxurious.

Nails

For nails, I have still been loving the Essie Gel Couture. Matter of Fiction and Last Nightie are my favorite colors. Matter of Fiction is a super almost white pink color that is so perfect with any outfit. Last Nightie is a tan/pink nude shade with a subtle shimmer. These polishes do not budge with the topcoat. Also, this year I have discovered the Nails Inc Duos from Sephora. Great price and BEAUTIFUL colors. I love these, and I want THEM ALL. I have the Holler-graphic Duo, The Unicorn Duo, and the Future is Fairy Duo.

Ok, let’s get on with the makeup.

This is the Bare Minerals Bare PRO. This is a pressed powder foundation that I LOVE, and I wear the color Aspen 04. I started this compact in January of 2018, and it is now December and I’m almost out. I have used this pretty much every single day of the year. It’s lightweight, has buildable coverage, doesn’t break me out, and gives me a luminous look. I will be starting my new compact soon!

For concealer, I literally only have one in my house. It’s the Tarte Shape Tape in the color Light. I use this underneath my eyes, and NOTHING compares. It covers my dark circles, lasts all day, and looks natural. Ride or die right hurr.

For bronzer, I love Too Faced. As you can see, the Milk Chocolate Soleil has been well loved, and a new one for me this year was the Unicorn Bronzer. The Milk Chocolate is matte, and lighter than the Unicorn, while the Unicorn gives a little bit of a sheen and is darker. Love this one for the summer. I’m trying to save the Unicorn though, so I only use the top part. 🙂

For mascara, there’s only one I’ve used this year- the YSL Babydoll mascara. I believe this is my fifth tube I’ve bought just this year. It is just perfect. It’s super black, holds a curl, and doesn’t flake. LOVE.

The life changing lip product that I have used all year is this Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. I know they have come out with a few new shades, but this one is the OG. It is so perfect. Such a pretty rosy gold shade, it’s not sticky, has just the right amount of shimmer, and it smells heavenly and fruity. They call it the “universal lip luminizer” because it supposed to look great on everyone.

So that’s it for the faves! They were good, right? 🙂 Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and thanks for sticking with me!

Here are all of my previous BEST OF BEAUTY posts:

BEST OF BEAUTY 2017

BEST OF BEAUTY 2016

BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

BEST OF BEAUTY 2014

BEST OF BEAUTY 2013

xx amy

November Beauty Faves!

I can’t believe it is almost December! I am so excited for Christmas and I’ve already got all of my shopping done. I even have everything wrapped! What can I say…I love shopping, even if it’s for other people, haha.

So, I’ve rounded up some beauty products that I’ve really been loving lately. Here they are!

MAKEUP

I absolutely love a glittery, sparkly, shimmery lid when it comes to eye makeup, and these Stila Glitter And Glow Liquid Eye Shadows are BOMB. They are chock full of beautiful glittery goodness. I only have one shade, Smoky Storm…but I NEED more. I use this overtop of a powder eye shadow to add a little bit (or a lotta bit) of extra sparkle, OR I dip my eyeliner brush in it and use it underneath my lash line. SO good for holiday parties!

Also for my eyes, I’ve been ditching the black liner and going for a softer option, like this Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Demolition. This is a matte dark brown that I like to smoke out on my upper lash line. It doesn’t look as harsh as black and is really pretty with warmer toned shadows.

HAIR

I have been using a few new hair products this month, first is this Neutrogena Anti Residue Shampoo. I use a lot of hair products in my hair (hairspray, dry shampoo, texture spray, wave spray) and since I don’t wash my hair every day, those products tend to build up. I use this shampoo just about once a week and it gets my hair super squeaky clean. I actually really love the smell too. My hair feels so clean and shiny after I use this.

For dry shampoo, I’ve been using this Organix Coconut Miracle Oil dry shampoo. I love anything coconut scented, and this smells really nice without being super overpowering. It reminds me of the beach and it does a good job of getting rid of oil and adding some volume to my hair. I spray this in, put a shower cap on, take a shower, and then after my shower I brush it out and style it. Works like a charm.

Lastly for hair is this Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray. This is supposed to be a “dupe” for that Oribe Spray everyone loves. I use this to add some texture and some hold to my hair after I curl it. I prefer beachier, looser waves versus curls, and this gives me exactly that look. It doesn’t make my hair crunchy or greasy, just adds a little bit of grip and volume. LOVE IT.

NAILS

I’ve got two nail colors that have been on rotate this month. They are both shiny metallics, which I always gravitate towards. Essie Gel Couture in Daring Damsel is a pewter gold color that is so nice and not streaky. Essie Gel Couture is my favorite for long lasting nail color.

The other color is OPI Cozu-melted in the Sun. This is a sparkly rose gold color that is from OPI’s summer collection. This color is beautiful!

What are your faves this month?

Thanks for reading! xx

August BEAUTY Faves

After taking about two months off, I’ve decided to bring back the ol blog and share a favorites post with you all! Hope y’all haven’t given up on me 🙂

Hopefully I will be able to get back to my old MWF schedule (maybe just MF?) now that both of my girls are in school. Allie started 2nd grade last week, and Ashley is starting Pre-K (only two days a week) this week. So, maybe I will have some free time on my hands! 🙂 I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Let’s talk faves!

Let’s talk about this eyeshadow palette which I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with.

This is the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. Too Faced recently repackaged this, hence the reason I found it at Nordstrom Rack for $13. This is a really nice palette! It has mattes, it has shimmers, and can take you from day to night.

Next up is this MAC blush in Springsheen.

If you are a fan of NARS Orgasm, you will love this! It is a peachy pink with a gold sheen. Pure ROSE GOLD.

Ohhh it’s so pretty. It is a sheertone blush, so it’s buildable, which I like. I don’t like super pigmented blush. This is a really nice one and stays on all day.

Also, something I really hate to love. This YSL Babydoll Mascara. It’s essspensive.

This mascara holds the curl in my lashes better than any mascara out there. Lash Paradise and Roller Lash are close, but this mascara takes the cake. It is super black, and really lifts and lengthens. I have to have this. YOLO.

I have a few lip faves that haven’t left my purse for almost a whole month.

First is this Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. I believe this is the only shade this comes in (they are releasing a pearly one soon though!) and it is just the perfect gloss. Not sticky, smells delish, and has a beautiful color and shimmer. Go look at the reviews! I’m not the only one who loves it. Here it is next to the blush.

The other lip product is the Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm. I had never seen it before but my sister gave it to me for my birthday and I LOVE it. The smell of it is like vanilla mint, and it subtly exfoliates and moisturizes your lips. It’s not as sugary as a lip scrub, but it does have a teeny amount of grit to it. I really like it and it’s perfect for my purse.

I’ve been using a new moisturizer, this Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Moisturizing Creme.

This brand has a bunch of different types in these jars, but I love this pink one. It is a nice thick moisturizing cream that smells like an orange creamsicle. Sometimes I will open my beauty cabinet just to smell it. It feels so smooth and nice on my skin and hasn’t broken me out.

Next, some hair faves. First is the Living Proof Restore Smooth Blow Out Concentrate.

This is a hair serum that you only need a teeny bit of (one pump) and it smoothes the hair and helps to minimize blow dry time. It smells AMAZING (duh, Living Proof) and my hair feels so soft after using it.

Next are these cute little hair ties.

These are the Invisibobble Slim ponytail holders. These are so cute and come in a bunch of colors. They will keep your hair up all day and they don’t make a dent in your hair when you take them out. Love them!

That’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy