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

Life Changing PEEL OFF Base Coat

If you have ever painted your nails with solid glitter polish, YOU KNOW it’s going to be a pain to get off. You could try acetone, scraping the nails, the foil method…or you could just use a PEEL OFF BASE COAT, peel your glitter off in two seconds and be good to go. Sounds too good to be true, so I wanted to test it out.

This is the UNT Ready For Takeoff Peel Off Base Coat. I ordered this product from Amazon, but it shipped from China, so I had to wait a little while to receive it. This product has great reviews, and wasn’t too expensive at $13.

Application

I started off with clean nails and made sure to swipe each nail with acetone to get rid of any oils on my nails. I applied one coat of the base coat to each nail and let it dry. It smelled a little bit different than regular nail polish, kind of like a glue smell. It also felt cold going on the nails. It was easy to apply.

Next, I took one of my favorite glitter polishes, the Nails Inc Polish in Rocket Fuel, a silver holographic glitter, and applied two coats.

After that dried, I applied my topcoat. I used the Essie Gel Couture top coat, but any top coat will work.

Finished product is nice and shiny.

Now, for the moment we’ve been waiting for…does it peel off?

I used a little manicure stick, (but you can also just use your nail on the other hand) and gently peeled it off from left to right.

Whaaaaaat.

Right hand.

Left hand.

Is this gross?

SO EASY! SO QUICK! Doesn’t leave any residue on my nails and doesn’t damage them by peeling. This stuff is amazing! No more scraping to get the glitter off, thank goodness.

Have you tried this?

xx

Current Beauty Faves

Hello friends! I hope you are having a good spring! I love spring, but I love summer even more, and can’t wait for it. I have a few fashion posts coming up, but today I am sharing my current favorite beauty products of the moment (since I missed March Faves) 🙂

First up is this Wet N Wild Pro Flat Contouring Brush. I have been wanting a densely packed flat top narrow brush like this for awhile, and this is exactly what I had in mind. It’s so pretty with the rose gold pointed handle (fancy), and it feels nice and soft. I can use this for applying my bronzer or contour powder. It gets right under my cheekbones and really nicely blends the powder. Great price too!

Next is a pencil liner, this is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Black. I am sure that I have talked about this liner before, but it’s pretty much my favorite pencil liner out there (RIP Estee Edit). It is super black and creamy, and it stays put all day, even in the waterline. AND it’s from the drugstore.

Lastly for makeup is a super bougie shadow, this Burberry single in Nude 002. This is probably the most beautiful shadow that I own, hands down. It’s a taupe/silver/brownish gold…I don’t even know how to describe it but it is metallic and sparkly and wonderful. Just go swatch it. This pic doesn’t even do it justice.

For skincare, I have gone back to using Philosophy’s Help Me Retinol Treatment every night, and I just love how this makes my skin look in the morning! It really smoothes the skin, lessens the appearance of pores, and my dark circles. It does dry me out a little bit, so I just use extra moisturizer in the morning.

Another skincare product that I can’t do life without is this Dr. Jart SPF 30. I love this lightweight sunscreen, and I use it every day under my makeup. It doesn’t have a strong smell, doesn’t feel greasy, and doesn’t break me out. I’m sticking w you, Dr.

Last thing for skin are these random Eye Patches that I found on Amazon. I figured i would give these a try because you get 60 for like, $5! They have collagen, vitamin e, and give a lot of hydration to the under eye area. They really reduce puffiness and make my eyes feel nice. Love these little babies.

Lastly, for my hair, is the Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry Cream. I apply a little bit of this to my hair before blowdrying, and it makes my hair so smooth and soft. It’s good to use a cream or some type of serum in your hair prior to blowdrying because it protects from heat and really smoothes after you’re done drying. This is a good one! It smells really nice too.

That’s it for the faves! …and I promise to blog more 🙂

xx