Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Favorites: Beauty Products

Happy Friday!!!  It's my favorite day of the week. I love knowing we have the whole weekend ahead of us. This weekend we don't have too much on the calendar so that means you'll be able to find us at home cheering on USA in our favorite winter sports.  We're so excited about the Olympics starting!  Here's a random bit of info for y'all.  I actually danced in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics when I was 16 years old!  It was such a cool experience and since then I have always loved the Olympics.

Today I'm not talking about the Olympics though...instead I'm linking up with some of our favorite bloggers to share some of my favorite beauty products for Friday Favorites.

Here's the deal, while I love products, I really don't use that many. I like to keep things pretty minimal  mostly because I want my getting ready for bed or getting ready for the day routine as quick as possible.  I can't stand buying a product thinking it is going to be great and then realizing it isn't really as awesome as I had hoped.  I use a lot of reviews and recommendations from other people to try to make sure I'm not just wasting money to get products that I'm not going to love so that is how the idea of this post came about. Maybe by me sharing some of the products I love, some of these will become your favorites, too!

Back in August I shared this shirt on Instagram and SO many people wanted to know where they could get it. Well here is a confession.  I don't drink Diet Coke and at that point I had never used dry shampoo!  

That actually isn't true. I had used one brand of dry shampoo that I got a sample of, but it made my hair sticky, weighted down, and just gross.  After that first attempt I had written it off and said no more to dry shampoo.  Well, then my friend told me about how she just started using Batiste Dry Shampoo and how it changed her life.  Not in some crazy big way, but it did change her daily routine and allowed her to go longer between washings so I was willing to give it a try.  I'm telling y'all, this stuff is amazing! If you haven't tried dry shampoo, start with this brand because it is the best.  

I used to wash my hair everyday that I wanted to fix it because it just did better after a fresh wash and blow-dry.  Now though, I can use this and still style it and it looks good, if not better.  Or I can use it when I know I'm going to be throwing it up into a ponytail and working out, but don't want it to look greasy. I'm telling y'all, this has changed my routine! 

  There are so many different scents and varieties and I wasn't sure which to start with, but I just went with the Clean & Light Bare and love it. It smells SO good and fresh and I feel like it smells like my hair does after leavening the salon.  I'm obsessed with the scent. It does seem a bit white when I spray it onto my roots, but for me that works because I have blonde hair.  My friend who told me about it has dark hair and she uses the one for darker hair. There is a brunette one and a Dark and Deep Brown option also if you have darker hair.  

While we are on the topic of hair, another product that was recommended to me and I now use regularly is this Moroccanoil Root Boost

I have really fine hair and it can look pretty limp and lifeless if I just dry it straight. I usually have to add some curl or something just to give it some life. When I tried this for the first time the former pageant girl in me rejoiced!  Jen and I always joke we love big hair and this stuff does the trick. I just spray it on my roots before blow drying and it adds texture and lift that I need! 

I have tried a lot of different mascaras and eyeliners over the years.  From expensive ones to things I pick up at the grocery store and I always come back to this combo.  I prefer them over any expensive brand and I think they work so much better.  The eyeliner goes on really smooth and the mascara makes my lashes look long and full.  

I like Blackest Black for the mascara and both Espresso and Carbon Black for the eyeliner

I've been using this e.l.f. highlighter in Blush Gems for a while now. I have other brands and different types (stick form, loose powder), but always come back to this!

Plus, it is only $4 so you can't beat that! 

When I'm not wearing LipSense, my go-to for some lip color is Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer. I have to be really careful about what kind of products I use on my lips because I had a horrible allergic reaction a few years ago, but this stuff is the best.  

It's moisturizing and adds color and simmer, but it is more sheer at the same time and feels very light on. My favorite colors are Peony and Watermelon. 

Last, but not least for day is my secret for taking makeup off...especially eye make up.  I use coconut oil!  Just plain, get from the grocery story, coconut oil.  I once read that this could be used for taking off makeup and I tell you it is the BEST!!!  I keep a jar in my bathroom that I use only for beauty use. 

I use these make-up wipes first and then use the coconut oil to take off my eye makeup. I just put a bit on a tissue and rub it onto my eyes and it gets off all the mascara and eyeliner. I also sometimes use it on a q-tip the next morning if I have remnants of eye make-up from the day before. It might sound weird, but I promise this is one of my favorite beauty tricks! 

So my last favorite is something I'm hoping y'all can help me with. I'm on the search for a great concealer. The brand I used to use is no longer available and I've tried at least 4 since then trying to find the right one and just haven't come across one I love. I have darker circles under my eyes and need something light to help brighten them up.  Do you have one you love?  If so, please email me or share in the comments! 

What are your favorite beauty products?  Anything you have tried and loved?  Please share! 

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  1. My favorite concealer is Make Up Forever Full Coverage Concealer. It full coverage, long lasting and water proof. Completely amazing! You should try it!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! That sounds like just what I’m looking for. Off to check it out!


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