Some of My Beauty Favorites

Hi guys! Once again, the weekend is over WAY too quick! :(

So I know I did a lot of beauty related posts last summer and fall, but I have since gotten out of the habit. That doesn't mean that I haven't been trying lots of new products though! I like these types of posts other bloggers do, so I though I'd share some of mine. Over the past year, I have discovered new products that are now go to products for me. I won't share all of them today, but maybe in the future I will if you guys like that sort of thing.

So first up is Banana Boat Summer Color Self Tanning lotion. Last summer I used Loreal Sublime Bronze, but have since been converted to this stuff and like it much better! It works for any skin tone and really gives you an amazing glow that turns you brown, not orange. It's not streaky and the formula is tinted so you can see where it goes. It gives a noticeable glow after just one application. I also use this on my face.

Next is ELF Cream Blush. So far I have tried Heartbreaker, Seductress, and Tease and I love them all. I use ELF's stippling brush to apply these and that makes it foolproof because those brushes dispense the product well so you don't get too little or too much. The cream blush/stippling brush combo create a nice airbrushed finish and it lasts for pretty much all day on me. The other thing I love is that you get a TON of product for only $6.
My next go to is the Bead Head Wave Artist. This is similar to a 3 barrel iron, but creates a deeper wave that is less crimpy looking. This has ceramic plates and you can set the temperature so that helps minimize damage. These waves last until I wash my hair next...they sort of loosen up after the first day which is how I prefer them, but I pretty much have to do nothing to my hair for the next 3 days and it still looks great! This also works really fast, it only takes me 15 minutes to do my whole head and my hair is pretty long.

This is a product that I have had the chance to try through Bloom.com's sample program a few times.  I have been using Loreal Magic Perfecting Base, but I love this Pop Beauty Face Magnet Primer a lot more. Face Magnet really helps my makeup stay on and looking good all day. I just need a small coin size amount spread over my face to get a nice, fresh canvas for my makeup. I definitely plan on buying it once my Loreal runs out.

Next is ELF Eyelid Primer. This product is only a dollar and it works so well! I hardly ever have eyeshadow creasing, even at the end of the day when I use this. I have used Smashbox's Photo Finish Lid Primer before and definitely prefer the formula of the ELF to it. I really have nothing bad to say about this, and you can't beat $1!

And finally, my most recent favorite, the BeautyBlender. At first I thought it was just an extremely overpriced sponge, but I finally caved and bought it and have no regrets. In fact, I haven't used anything else to apply my foundation or concealer since I got it! The key to success when using this, for me anyway, is to use pretty warm water when saturating the sponge. I find that this helps "melt" my foundation flawlessly onto my face. The reason I like the BeautyBlender so much is because it makes applying foundation foolproof. It always gives even coverage and never let's foundation become cakey. Really, it makes it so it's not obvious that you have foundation on, which is what we all want. I also like the pointed tip for concealer around the eyes. 

So those are my recent favorites! Have you guys tried any of these products? I would love your feedback on whether you care to see these sort of posts ever again. :)
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  1. I literally LOVE everything you posted! The self tanner used to be my go to, right now i'm using something from Sun Labs, but I still go back n forth. I also love the hair tool, I love wavy hair so I wanna try it!

    1. I am glad you like this stuff! If wasn't for other bloggers I wouldn't know about a lot of 'em!

  2. I LOVE this post so much because you listed stuff that's actually affordable. I'm curious to try the E.L.F. blush now. And the banana boat tanner!

    1. I am all about affordable beauty. I really believe you don't have to spend a lot to get great results. I will splurge occasionally, but very rarely! :)

  3. Agree - weekend went waaaay too fast - I need a good 4 day weekend. Thanks for some suggestions. I am curious where you get the sponge? I used to use an expensive sponge from Sheido...before that it was the big bag of disposables that I re-used for some time, washing them out. But once you find how amazing a really good sponge can be, there is no going back like you found! Anyhow...we don't have a dept store anywhere around for 250 miles with the recession. Love to know where/who has this brand and also what the cost is. I would love to try it!

  4. I got my BeautyBlender from Bloom.com and I know Cherryculture.com has it (they are also having 20% off the entire site right now too, if I'm not mistaken). It's 19.95 for 1 and $25 for 2. A little pricey, but I will buy it over and over because I think it's worth it. They also sell a cleanser that can be used to clean it because it's meant to be used over and over, but I feel like most brush cleansers work for mine. I was sold on buying one after I watched a bunch of reviews and tutorials on youtube. If you do get it, I am interested in knowing your opinion! Hope that helps! :)


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