Sunday, May 10, 2015

April 2015 Favorites!


Because why stop buying makeup, ever?! 

I am well aware that we are well into May... but I'm allowing myself a grace period.

I considered making a video of these... but then thought "they don't need to hear me blabber on about what I like" and decided a good old fashioned post would be just as satisfactory.

So here goes: a couple of the products that I have been loving / obsessed with for the month of April. I try to mention new items, so don't think that anything I have mentioned before is no longer a favorite. I just wouldn't want to bore you all by talking about MAC Soft and Gentle highlighter every month for the rest of my life.


In no particular order:

MAKEUP FOREVER Pro Sculpting Duo #2

$39.00 {Check it out here}
This is an unreal highlighter.  This is the kind of glow you can see from outer space. I'm not stoked about the bronzer, as it is a little too orange, but I think the highlighting portion of this is worth it!

Ardell Demi Whispies 

$4.00 {Check it out here}
The ultimate natural lash. These look good with any eye look, any eye shape, and any occasion. I forgot how much I loved them before I used them on all of the bridesmaids I did this month. I usually get a multipack and end up saving even more money.

MAC Green Gel Cleanser 

$21.00 {Check it out here}
I know that I just did a post about this, but I absolutely needed to mention it. I have been using this every night and I love how it has cleared my skin. We also sell travel sizes for $10.00 if you want to try before you buy!

Arcona Magic Dry Ice 

$52.00 {Check it out here}
This stuff is some serious business. I have ridiculously dry skin, and when I need that extra push that I know without a doubt will hydrate me, I use this. Pricy, yes. But totally worth it. The hylauronic acid and fructooligosaccharides help to lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling hydrated and restored.

Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel

$78.00 {Check it out here}
I use this twice a week, and I can visibly notice a difference in my skin. 6 minutes is all that it takes to work. This targets uneven skin tone, texture, and scars. It is a peel, so be careful if you have very sensitive skin, but I cannot recommend any skin care line over Arcona, and this is one of my favorite products.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation

$45.00 {Check it out here}
This is such a random foundation for me to like, but I do. Rather, I love it. I haven't used anything but this and Matchmaster for a very, very long time. This has the same amazing coverage as Double Wear, but with a more hydrating feel. Again, Miss Dry Skin over here loves her moisturizing products. This applies beautifully, looks stunning, and every day people come up to me and literally say "your skin looks perfect." No matter what. It is a gorgeous finish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette

$30.00 {Check it out here}
This is such a unique color selection, and the quality is, as always, amazing. I wouldn't say that this is for everybody, but I have been getting creative and making some pretty cool looks. If you like to experiment with color, you can do a lot with this palette.

MAC Mineralized Blush - Warm Soul

$27.00 {Check it out here}
This is a cult favorite, and with good reason. I wear this almost everyday. I put this on almost every client. It is a beautiful, warm toned rose with a hint of shimmer that makes everyone who wears it look glowy.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Clear Skin: Two Products

Hi guys... I have been MIA and I apologize.

What else has been MIA, you ask? Well, my acne. To be honest, I have never had perfectly clear skin. But as of lately, I have toned down my extremely long skincare routine to just two products, and I feel and look way better.

First, I remove my makeup as I normally would. I use the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil, which I have a review of in my previous posts. But I am not counting that as one of the products, because sometimes I am lazy and just use Dove soap in the shower, and my makeup comes off just the same.

I'll get to the good stuff:
My cleanser and moisturizer are everything right now.
I have been using the MAC Green Gel Cleanser and Cetaphil Cream.

That is it. Two products!
This cleanser is insane. It leaves my skin feeling SQUEAKY clean... I'm talking baby just born clean, and then I slap on my moisturizer and I am good to go.
I do have extremely dry skin, and this cleanser is drying because it is so hard on acne, but it doesn't affect me negatively whatsoever if I apply my moisturizer. If you have acne or oily skin that you want to dry up, go pick up this cleanser. You will love it!
The moisturizer is a pretty standard house hold item. I have been using this for years. It is affordable, you can pick it up from the drugstore, it lasts forever, and it WORKS. I do prefer the cream because it is much thicker, but if you have oily skin, just try out the plain old Cetaphil Lotion, which is a little lighter.

I hope this was helpful, and that in time you too will feel good in your bare skin!