Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Few of my Favorite Things

Oprah does it, Ellen does it, Julie Andrews sang an iconic song about it, and now it's my turn to tell you about my favorite things.  I don't have the financial resources to do a give away, but I thought it might be fun to do a reoccuring post about my favorite things.  This one's topic will be beauty products.
These are my every day and special occasion items. Stuff I technically could live without, but I really don't want to.

Not all the items are featured in the group shot, so I took photos of each individual thing, and then will tell you why I love it.

 Item 1, Eyeshadow Palette by Sephora in Moonshadow Baked.  All ten of the colors are super sparkly neutrals that look fabulous with any outfit and depending on how heavy handed you are with your make up brush, they can take you from office appropriate to smoldering temptress in no time. 

 Item 2, Perfume, Falling in Love by Philosophy.  This scent like being young and carefree in the summer... or cotton candy if you want a more literal definition.  I love the whole product line in this scent (bar soap, body wash, lotion, body butter, etc) but the perfume is definitely my favorite.

 Item 3, Moisturizer, Dramatically Different + by Clinique. I was going through a rough patch with my face, I couldn't figure out what was wrong, I had been using the same moisturizer for more than 10 years and all of a sudden my skin felt raw and sensitive, it was scaly, and I was breaking out like a teenager. My mom recommended that I try using Clinique and she bought me a bottle. Let me tell you something sister, this stuff is miracle cream. Within 48 hours my skin felt normal again, it wasn't raw or scaly. I've been using it for a few months now, and it's awesome. I can't remember a time where my face has felt healthier.

 Item 4, Nail Polish Remover, Express Nail Polish Remover by Nails Inc. This stuff is fast and awesome, it works like an acetone based remover without it (except with glitter polish, get out your heavy stuff for that). It has a sponge inside and you just soak or spin it around and the polish comes off like magic.

Item 5, Primer, Perfect Prep Primer by Mally, it might sound like a tongue twister, but it keeps your face in place even after dancing the night away.

 Items 6 & 7, Luscious Red Lips, Barcelona by Buxom (lip stick) and Sangria by Sephora (lip liner). My favorite lip color is red for day or evening wear. Some times I feel like my lips walk into the room before I do, and I'm okay with that. These two compliment each other nicely and are both long wear shades so you don't have to worry about leaving your lipstick on your coffee cup or a loved one's face. 

 Items 8 & 9: Ready by Bare Minerals and the Bare Minerals Precision Face brush. This particular Ready (pressed powder) is a bronzer, but I love so many of them that it could be a post in itself. I've been using Bare Minerals for at least 6 years now, and my biggest complaint from years past is how messy the loose powders are. They fixed that problem with the Ready line and now I use the foundation (medium beige), the bronzer (high dive and skinny dip), blushes (the tease, and the secret's out), and their mineral veil. This make up doesn't clog your pores like other foundations can, and it feels light even when you're wearing a lot of it. I've covered nasty sunburns with the foundations and have evened out skin tone with a flick of my brush and always have a flawless natural look.  

 Items 10-13, Wen. I admit it, I was skeptical, I wasn't even super fond of it in the beginning, but I'm a convert. I only use the cleansing conditioner (shampoo) a couple times a week, but when I do, my hair smells fabulous for hours and it's soft and as long as I remember to rinse it REALLY WELL it looks great (if you leave any residue behind you get that 90s grunge look, and not in a good way). The tea tree treatment feels great and is good for dry itchy scalps, the spray is good to refresh your hair and your face, and the almond serum is a fantastic tool to tame flyaways and to gloss up your strands.

 Items 14 & 15, Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner, this is my every day stuff, it smells fantastic and works great as relaxing aromatherapy treatment at the same time. It's sulfate free, it's hydrating (I have dry scalp), and my hair has been the healthiest it's ever been since I started using it. 

 Items 16 & 17, Dramatic Eyes, Skinny Liquid Eyeliner by Eyeko and Size Queen by Too Faced. I love Love LOVE this liquid eyeliner, it has the ease of a pencil but the drama of a liquid, it's waterproof so even if you have seasonal allergies or catch a showing of The Notebook your eyeliner will not run, I can't say the same for this mascara, but if you can keep your tears under control you can have super long fabulous eyelashes that defy nature without having to know how to apply falsies.

 Item 18, Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes by Burt's Bees. This stuff is awesome. It cleans off all your make up, it leaves your skin feeling soft and it doesn't dry it out like some cleansers can. 

 Item 19, THE BEST TOOTHPASTE EVER, seriously, Optic White by Colgate makes my mouth so happy. It keeps my chompers white, my breath fresh, and my smile wide. 

 Item 20, Dry Shampoo by Oscar Blandi, this dry shampoo is great for those days when my Wen hair care products are a little overbearing or I don't have time to wash my hair. It smells great, it gives my hair bounce when it's lackluster, and can save the day in a pinch. My suggestion is to put it on the tips of my fingers and then work into my scalp and then the body of my hair instead of pouring it directly on, that way I don't have to worry about using too much and going from oily to flaky in one deft move...small amounts worked in different locations helps prevent hair fails.

 Item 21, Top Coat, Seche Vite. I can't say enough about this, I recommend it to all my friends who are nail polish obsessed. It's fast drying so you aren't out of commission for very long, it's high gloss so your nails look fresh for days after your manicure, and it seems to protect against chips unlike any other product like it.