Friday, January 22, 2016

Recent Beauty Favorites


Hey dolls! It's been a while since I've shared some of my recent beauty favorites and I figured it was about time I dish on some of my latest beauty loves. These aren't necessarily brand new products, but they are new to me, and I've pretty much fallen in love with each and every one of them. Somehow they've made their way into my beauty routine, and I'll tell you exactly why I love them and how I use them. 


Before I get to the products, I wanted to let you know that this post is not sponsored in any way, but it does contain affiliate links, which means that if you happen to purchase said item through the link, I get compensation for it (a very, very small percentage). I've also included regular links to the brand websites too, but in cases where the item can be found cheaper somewhere else (like on Amazon) I let you know and linked you to the better deal (where I purchased it from). I'm just sharing a good deal when I see one!

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo | $5.99

As a naturally curly-haired woman who never wears her natural curl, dry shampoo is like my #1 hair must-have. I only wash my hair every 3-4 days, which allows me to smooth it with my blow dryer only twice a week and keeps it from getting overly fried. It also leaves me with some crazy greasy hair by the end of day 2. I've tried just about every dry shampoo on the market and this is the one I tend to buy the most. It's pretty cheap and you get a pretty good sized bottle (some drug store aerosols are tiny!) and it smells great. Plus, it's not as noticeably white and chalky as some others. I have dark roots, so if I go a little overboard it can tend to look a little grey. To avoid this, I shake the can, hold it about 8-10 inches away from my hair and spray all over my roots, hairline, and any greasy-looking areas that need some help. Then I let it sit for a minute or two, flip my head over, and use my fingertips and palms to rub the product in and diffuse any remaining white powder. Some dry shampoos are pretty heavily fragranced, but this one is light and refreshing, and not too overpowering.

John Frieda Root Blur | 18.99 {$14.99 on Amazon}

I've been looking for an affordable product like this forever now, and I'm so glad John Frieda finally created this product that's available in drug stores. It's a pigmented mineral powder and brush set that used to blend away roots in between color jobs. Whether you have grey, dark roots, or light roots, this product can help camouflage any obvious roots you have. I don't know about you, but my hair grows pretty quickly. I have these super light, golden blonde roots that start to show about a week or two after I get my roots touched up, and then I'm stuck staring at those little blondies until I'm ready to refresh my color again. I use the Chestnut to Espresso color, and the combination of both colors lightly brushed on my part and around my hairline works perfectly, allowing me to stretch out the weeks in between root touch ups. It comes in 4 colors, and hopefully, they'll create a few more (especially for the red heads!) Tip: if it's a dry shampoo day, I use that first and finish with the root powder. 

Hey Honey Open Your Eyes eye contour lifting cream | $28

I was recently introduced to this product through my January Ipsy Glam Bag and I'm so glad I got a chance to try it. I have a lot of different eye creams that all promise to do different things, and most of them don't deliver. My main problem is puffiness under my eyes, and I'm also concerned with the little fine lines I'm started to get (hello, 31). Another problem I have is finding an eye cream that I can use in the morning that won't cake up underneath my eye makeup- most are too thick or goopy. This eye cream truly does work to reduce the puffiness and tightens the skin under my eyes in the morning without leaving me with little balled up bits of greasy cream under my concealer. $28 is a bit of a splurge, but my eyes are totally worth it and this product totally delivers. When my little tube from Ipsy runs out I'll definitely be ordering a full sized tube!

E.L.F. Instant Lift Brow Pencil | $2

I've been trying to go for more of a natural look with my brows lately, which is super hard to do with sparse brows and after years of drawing them on with a pretty heavy hand. I love this waxy pencil and the brow brush on the end. I use the brush first to tame my brows, then use the pencil to lightly draw short, quick lines, mimicking tiny eyebrow hairs. If I get it too dark, I use the brush to gently comb the brows again and to lighten and soften the penciled areas. It took a bit of practice, but after a couple of days I fell in love and now prefer this pencil over my usual brow stuff. The only downside is that I've only been able to find this pencil online, so next time I'm ordering like 5 at a time. The color I use is Neutral Brown and one pencil lasted me about 2 months.

E.L.F. Hydrating Under Eye Primer | $3

This hydrating under eye primer is infused with Vitamin C & E, shea, green tea, aloe, and ginko biloba to condition the skin. I love how lightweight and sheer it is, making it moisturizing without pilling underneath concealer. It really keeps your makeup from settling into fine lines and gives my under eye concealer major staying power.


Well, there you go- five of my recent beauty favorites. Have you used or heard of any of these? Let me know in the comment section- I love hearing about new beauty products and why I need to be using them!

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