Friday, January 9, 2015

My Holy Grail Products from 2014

We all have those go-to products we always use despite the occasional change in routine. Despite experimentation with other products I always come back to these, without fail these products work the best for me, and none other will compare. Every other product I try falls short in one way or another, and I always come crawling back to my tried and true favorites. Here's a list of the products I swear by:

Perfume: Outspoken by Fergie, sold by Avon

Face: Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-cream
Hands: Vitabath Spring Green.
Body: Outspoken By Fergie, sold by Avon
Feet: FootWorks Healthy Intensive Deep Moisture Cream, sold by Avon

Eyelid: NYX Eye Primer in Nude (for neutral looks) and White (for bright looks and bold colors)
Under Eye: Revlon Photoready Eye Primer and Brightener
Lip: NYX Lip Primer in Nude
Face: ELF Face Primer in Clear

Lip Exfoliator: ELF Lip Exfoliator

BB cream: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream in Light/Medium

Full Coverage: CoverFx Cream Foundation and Pressed Mineral Foundation, both in N10, sold by Sephora
Medium Coverage: CoverGirl Clean Pressed Powder for normal skin in Buff Beige (summer) and Classic Ivory (winter)

Concealer: Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in Sand

Blush: CoverGirl Shape N' Blush in Perfect Rose (Now a "Vintage" item, which is kind of scary)

Contour/Bronzer: Maybelline Blush/Brush II in Cinnabar/Copper Penny Frost (Also, scarily a "Vintage" item)

Pencil: Avon Glimmerslicks Brow Definer in Dark Brown
Gel: CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash in Clear

MAC eyeshadow single in Beauty Mark
ELF Studio Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette (144 shadow palette: The Rainbow One)
ELF Essentials Brightening Eye Color in Drama

Cream: ELF Cream Liner in Black and Brown
Liquid: NYC Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Pencil: WarPaint Beauty Wing Tip Liner Pencil in Black or Milani Eye Pencil in True Black and Dark Brown

Mascara: CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara in Black and Brown

False Lashes: Ardell Fashion Lashes #110
Lash Glue: Duo Lash Glue in Dark

Lipbalm: Burt's Bees Original Lip Balm
Lipliner: Avon Glimmerslicks Lipliner in Clear
Lipstick: Nyx Matte Lipstick in Nude
Lip gloss: Liplicious Flavored Lipgloss in Mulberry

Face: St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub (light abrasion), St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub in Invigorating (heavy abrasion)
Body: Bath and Body Works 2 in 1 Superfruit Body Scrub and Wash in Pure Passion (back, chest, shoulders and arms), Summer's Eve Cleansing Wash in Simply Sensitive

Makeup Remover: 
Wipes: Garnier The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towlettes
Liquid: Wet N' Wild Eye Makeup Remover

Longwear spray: (I haven't made it through my first bottle yet and it's been years but I'll give you it's name anyway) Icing by Claire's 

Brush Cleaner: Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

Brush Set:

Crazycity Professional Cosmetic Makeup Brush Set with Bag, Sold by Amazon (Imported from China)

Hope you guys enjoyed seeing what products I repurchase every time I run out of them. Stay tuned for reviews of these products, and more!

Stay Beautiful.

This Year's Upcoming Posts

Okay, Ladies! It's 2015. I'm working on a post currently that should go up tomorrow which will list all my Holy Grail beauty products I swear by and will always reach for when I purchase. After this post goes up I'm going to work my way through the list and review the items one by one in posts throughout the year. I may insert a post here and there that is not on the list simply because you guys know I'm always buying more stuff and trying new things, despite having my tried and true products around. I'm doing my best to get every type of beauty product I use onto the list, complete with names and color or number codes whichever the brand has. Some things I listed a category for, but I haven't got a particular product I reach for, because I'm always experimenting. And some things, like lip liners, I just started purchasing about 3 months ago, and since I have only tried one brand I didn't deem it fair to label it my Holy Grail product because I have no idea if I truly find it to be better than any other products out there.
I'm going to try and do a small segment on men's products as well closer to the end of the year. (I have to try and rope my lovely man into trying products for me and giving me his thoughts though, because I'm not sure me trying the products will yield the desired reviews. Men think differently than I do.) Post comments or email me your thoughts and any products you might be curious about for your men, if this is something you guys would be interested in me trying to get working.

Stay tuned for my Holy Grail list, and more product reviews!

Stay Warm and Beautiful

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Skin Repair

One of the samples I requested in my Package from Ulta a while back has become a nightly staple for me during the cold days of winter this year. I have absolutely fallen in love with Vitabath hand cream. It makes my dry hands feel absolutely silky soft, moisturized and rejuvenated after a long day out in the cold. The cream is nice and thick, quick drying, but doesn't leave behind a greasy film behind after application. The scent is salty but in a pleasant way. The scent is called Spring Green. It reminds me of the ocean, which is a wonderful thing to think about in the winter because it reminds me that the warmer days of summer are coming soon.

I use this lotion every night as part of my bed time routine. It helps to remove they dryness from being out in the cold all day.