February Beauty Faves

Hello! I can’t believe it’s almost March! Today I’m going to share some products I’ve been using and loving all month long.

I’ll start off with some hair products.

I have been wearing my hair straight a lot this month, and I like to work ONE pump of this Living Proof Restore Smoothing Blowout Concentrate in my hair before blowdrying. The consistency is a serum and it smells so good and really smoothes the hair. I blow dry my hair with a round brush and this, and it gives the perfect blowout. I am almost out of this, so I will definitely be repurchasing.

When I want to put waves into my hair, I blow dry it and then I wrap sections of around my curling wand. After I am done making the loose waves, I hold up the hair I’ve curled from the top, spray some of this Sephora Collection Texturing Spray in, and then put it down and kind of scrunch it. It gives some texture and volume to the hair, and makes it look kind of undone and tousled. I love the smell of this and how beachy it makes my hair look.

Next, a skincare fave I have been using for a few months. This is the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

This product is a chemical exfoliant that is supposed to unclog and shrink pores, smooth and even out skintone, and help with acne since it contains salicylic acid. I don’t have trouble with acne or breakouts, but I had noticed my skin looking a bit dull and my pores looking larger. I decided to try this since it is top rated on the website. I apply a little bit of this to my skin every night and leave it on. After a one week purging period, my skin was so much brighter, clearer, and just smooth looking. My husband said it looked like I was wearing foundation when I wasn’t! I honestly can’t believe the difference in my skin. My pores are totally shrunk down, and I feel like my skin looks so youthful and bright.

Lastly, a few makeup faves.

Benefit Roller Lash is one of my favorite mascaras of all time. It is pricey, but it really lengthens my lashes and keeps them curled. I don’t like the price, but I do love this mascara and the packaging!

This gorgeous highlight is going to be so so pretty for the summer, but I’ve already been wearing it! This is the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati, which is a beautiful silvery champagne color. This is a teeny sample, but it has lasted almost a month. I’ve been using it over my blush and in my inner corners of my eyes for highlight. I love it and will need to get the full size soon!

Here’s a swatch!

That’s all the faves for this month!

What have you been loving?

Thanks for reading xx

Makeup I Always Repurchase

You know how you have those certain makeup products that you always go back to? You know, the ones that never fail you!

I try a lot of makeup, but there are special products that just can’t be beat! I am going to share all of those today. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will probably know all of these already. Here they are!

I went through my collection, and I am sharing only the things that I have repurchased MULTIPLE times. These are things that I don’t want to live without!

Let’s start with my three base products.

I’m a powder foundation girl, and I’ve used Bare Minerals for over 10 years. I even wore it on my wedding day! A few years ago, I stopped using the loose powder and traded it for the pressed version. I love the pressed version more because it isn’t as messy as the loose powder. This compact lasts me a whole year, and I use it pretty much every single day. It gives me the light coverage I want and I LOVE it. I wear the shade 04 Aspen and I use this brush to apply it.

Next is the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. This is the 4th or 5th compact I have purchased of this. This bronzer is matte and only a few shades darker than my foundation. I apply it all over the perimeter of my face and under my cheekbones. I can also use this to contour since it is matte. Bonus – it smells like chocolate!

Lastly is the best concealer I have ever found, the magical Tarte Shape Tape. I have been using this pretty much since it came out, and it’s one of the only concealers that covers my dark circles and doesn’t crease. Love this stuff. I wear the shade Light.

Next, some eye products.

Like the rest of my makeup, I like my brows natural, so I use a powder to fill them in. This Anastasia Brow Powder Duo has been my go-to for 4 or 5 years now. I use a small angled brush to apply a teeny bit of this to my eyebrows using short quick strokes. It fills in the sparse spots and still looks natural. I wear the shade Dark Brown.

Next is my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. I love to try mascara and I do have a lot of high-end faves, but for the price and quality, this one takes the cake. It is super black, it lengthens like crazy, adds volume, and holds the curl all day. I have been using this for about 2 years, and I don’t buy anything else.

I don’t wear a lot of black liner or liquid liner, so I go for a dark brown liner. I think it looks a little bit more natural and not so harsh against my fair skin. UD 24/7 Liners are THE BEST, and I have used them for years. I don’t even try other brands. I use them on the upper lashline, lower lashline, the waterline, and they last all day. My favorite shades are Demolition and Bourbon.

On to lips!

You won’t usually find me in a bold lip. I go for the “my lips but better” look. My favorite lipstick of all time is MAC Syrup. It is the perfect sheer and shiny pinky purple, and just looks so nice with my skin tone. It is moisturizing and perfect. I have repurchased this more times than I can remember.

For favorite gloss, it’s hands down the Dior Lip Maximizer. A long time ago, I read an article where Sarah Jessica Parker was raving about this gloss, and I had to try it. As soon as I did, I was hooked! I just like to buy the sheer light pink color, which is all it used to come in, but now they have a bunch of shades. This gloss smells like vanilla, it subtly plumps the lips (feels minty and tingly), and it LASTS. It’s not sticky, and it looks good over any lip liner or lipstick.

Here are swatches of the lippies.

Mac Syrup, Dior Light Pink

So that is it for all of my repurchased makeup products!

What products do you purchase over and over?

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Beauty Review | Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper

Hello! Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is filled with love 🙂 Today we are talking about lips! I love any lip product that promises plumping. I have a thin upper lip, and my lips are a bit uneven, so I think that a little bit of PLUMPAGE makes them look fuller, more even, and just, better.

I’m always on the hunt for a new plumper, so when I saw that Too Faced released new colors of their cult favorite Lip Injection Extreme Gloss, I knew I had to pick one up. This gloss retails for $29, and I picked mine up at Sephora.

I selected the color Pink Punch, which is a fluorescent hot pink. There are 5 colors to choose from. Just from looking at the tube, I knew it would be really sheer because it looks jelly-like. I love the packaging.

So, this is a really nice lip gloss. It isn’t sticky and it really lasts on my lips. After applying it, you start feeling a tingle as it subtly starts the plumping effect. After about 5 minutes, the lips are super plump and juicy!

Look at the difference!

The pictures here DO NOT do it justice. The difference in person is HUGE.

The plumping does last a few hours, but after that, my lips go back to normal.

I love this gloss and I’m so glad that I picked it up!

Have you tried this? Do you use lip plumpers?

Thanks for reading! xx

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JANUARY Beauty Faves

Hello! It is the end of January, which means it is time for a new batch of FAVES! Here is what I’ve been loving this month.

My first favorite is this pink nail color from Essie. This is called One Way For One, from the recent Flying Solo collection. This is a beautiful hot pink color with a golden pearl sheen. Sooooo pretty.

Next, a matte rosy blush color from Clinique called Rosy Pop. I love this line of blush colors. They are so pretty, long wearing, and I love the packaging. Here is a swatch.

Lastly for makeup, THE best liquid liner. This is the Stila Stay All Day liner. This liner is a super matte black color, and the pointy felt tip makes it so easy to use. I don’t use this every day, but when I want to do my makeup FANCY, I use this. It really does stay put.

Lots of haircare faves this month!

So, Pureology is some of the best haircare out there. This line is the Strength Cure line, and not only does it smell amazing, but I love how much the shampoo lathers up. It doesn’t have sulfates, but it produces so many bubbles and my hair feels so clean after using it. The conditioner is equally good, it leaves my hair so so soft. If you feel like splurging, try this!

Next is my favorite hairspray, Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off the Press. This hairspray provides a light, touchable hold. I use this in my hair when I curl or wave it, and it keeps the style, but it’s not crunchy. I can still run my fingers through my hair when I use this. It smells good, too.

Lastly, my trusty Wet Brush. We have six of these bad boys between my girls and I. Having two girls with long hair, and myself, we have a lot of tangles, and the Wet Brush really helps. It is better than a comb because it doesn’t pull the hair and it detangles easily. We also use these on our dry hair. They come in tons of colors. Love them.

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

xx amy

The LIP Edit | Collection and FAVES

Hello!!! Today I have a super fun post all about lippies! I want to share my current and decluttered lip collection- which is basically just all of my faves. I don’t collect makeup anymore, so my collection is very small. It takes me FOREVER to use up a lip product, so I hardly ever buy them. I only have what I love.

Here’s everything!

So, as you can probably tell, I am a nude, my-lips-but-better type of girl. You won’t find any bold or bright colors here…I’m just not that adventurous.

Let’s start off with lip pencils.

From l to r: Bond Girl, Pillow Talk, 14C

Charlotte Tilbury makes the best lip pencils. They WILL NOT BUDGE.

Charlotte Tilbury in Bond Girl – a really natural pink berry color.

Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk – the perfect pinky nude color.

Make Up For Ever’s 14C – a pink/rose nude color.

Next up, lipsticks/lip balms.

From l to r: Confetti, Syrup, Rose

Winky Lux Glimmer Balm in Confetti – a shimmery “mood balm” that adjusts to a pink color. It is so pretty.

MAC Syrup – my favorite lipstick of all time. This is a lustre formula, so it’s sheer but buildable, and it’s moisturizing and shiny. I love it. Total my-lips-but-better.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose – a sheer red tinted lip balm. I have used this for YEARS (it was my first blog post in 2013!)and it’s so moisturizing and smells so good.

Lastly, the GLOSSES. Glosses are my favorite!

Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com – a clear balm with a holographic sparkle. Smells just like birthday cake!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme in Pink Punch – a lip plumper that comes off with just a hint of pink, smells like Big Red soda.

Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow – a natural, rosy nude color with shimmer. Smells like fruit punch.

NARS Lip Gloss in Love Me Do – a hot pink cream, no smell.

Dior Lip Maximizer in Pink – (my fave!) is slight lip plumper; smells like vanilla mint.

Winky Lux Disco Gloss in Hustle – a hot pink with tons of shimmer, so so pretty. Smells fruity!

So, that is it for my lip collection! I am trying to use up things before I buy new things, but it’s so hard!

Let me know if you would like an in-depth review on anything shown!

Thanks for reading! xx