Beauty

Favorite products for hair and makeup

I had a wildly successful makeup month and really got excited about my morning routine again. Check which product below is 50% off on Friday 3-31 at Ulta!

Harvey Prince Organics – Hello: This is my favorite spring/summer scent. The description on Harvey Prince’s website says this perfume has notes of “Meyer Lemon, White Grapefruit, Satsuma Mandarin, Summer Forsythia, Pink Plumeria, Wild Verbena, Tahitian Vanilla, Sensual Musk.” All I know is it smells delicious.

ABH x NG Glow Kits: I won’t go on and on about this, so check out my full review here.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I’ve fallen in love with this primer once again and am super pumped to pick it up for only $16 tomorrow at Ulta!

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: If you want to be matte, I mean, super matte, then this is the foundation for you. Normally I am all about the glow but I’ve especially loved this in my t-zone this month. I just picked up the Pro-Glow version so I’ll put together some more in-depth thoughts soon! I am 101 Classic Ivory.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Paaarty: This is the mini version from the Sephora Birthday gift and it is so cute! This is the perfect peach-but-not-too orange shade for spring and summer.

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Happy first day of Spring! In case you weren’t aware, Ulta kicked off their 21 Days of Beuaty yesterday and the deals are amazing! There aren’t a ton of new launches I’m excited about right now, so I thought I’d show you what I’m planning on purchasing during the three-week sale:

Saturday, March 25: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara ($10 normally $21)

Sunday, March 26: Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($19 normally $38)

Friday, March 31: Smashbox Priming Water ($16 normally $32)

Sunday, April 2: Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($10 normally $20)

Friday, April 7: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Peaceful ($14 normally $28)

I’m not sure that I’m going to get everything on this list, but I know that I’ll definitely grab the two primers and the eyelash curler. What are you snagging during the sale? Let me know!

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I’m the last person to board the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Train. All of her Glow Kits are beautiful, but none have ever really stood out enough for me to buy. My normal go-to highlighters are Becca Opal, Champagne Pop when I’m a little more tan, and ColourPop’s Stole The Show. Since so many people were disappointed with the holiday Glow Kits I was a little nervous about this one, but something told me I had to go for it. Plus, Nicole sisters need to stick together.

I was lucky enough to snag this in stores before it launched thanks to an amazing associate at Sephora. I was so excited I didn’t even swatch it to test it out. I walked straight up to the counter and headed outside for a Boomerang. The packaging looks like cotton candy dumped in glitter. Sign me up.

In the pan, these shades look very glittery. I was nervous that they’d feel dry but these are some of the creamiest powders I have ever worked with. In most palettes there’s always one dud but all of these are buttery goodness.

I thought that Forever Lit would be my go-to shade but I’ve worn Forever Young almost every single day since I purchased this palette. To apply, I finish my makeup, generously apply my setting spray and then go in with my highlighter before it’s dry to really make everything pop. The other day one of my coworkers said she could see my highlighter from across the room – the highest compliment you can give a makeup junkie.

T-B: Kitty Kat | Forever Young | Daydream | Forever Lit | Glo Getter | 143

Kitty Kat and Forever Young are not as similar as they appear in the swatches. Kitty Kat has a touch more gold with a peach base and Forever Young has more silver with a neutral to cool base. Glo Getter and 143 are far too dark to ever be a highlighter on me but are stunning on the center of the lid.

In case you haven’t already figured it out, yes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is absolutely worth the hype. If you can find a way to get your hands on it, run toward the register and don’t look back.

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Today I wanted to share with you a quick post about how I’ve worked on clearing up my winter skin. I’ve been struggling with very unbalanced skin the last few months and finally feel like I have it under control. My skin was dry and flaky but still producing a lot of oil. With a new facial oil cocktail and some gentle products, I’m happier with my skin now than I’ve been in awhile. This isn’t my full routine (my medicine cabinet is actually embarrassing), but these are great products to add if you need to mix things up.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Oil: I first tried this serum back in July from Influenster and it has been a staple in my skincare routine ever since. It really plumps the skin and adds an extra boost of moisture. To help with the extremely dry patches I was experiencing, I started mixing in a drop or two of the oil, which smells like Pez candy. The oil absorbs beautifully into the skin and plays well under foundation.

e.l.f. Exfoliating Scrub: This scrub reminds me of Lush’s Let the Good Times Roll. It’s an extremely gently exfoliant that doesn’t dry you out, perfect for sensitive skin.

Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash: I use this face wash to help when I’m producing more oil, especially around that time of the month. It does leave your face feeling a little tight, but your skin feels super clean after.

NIP+FAB No Needle Fix Eye: If you’re in the UK, you’re in luck and can purchase this eye gel. I was kindly sent this from NIP+FAB and have noticed a considerable difference in the one rather deep-set wrinkle I have under each eye (I’m not gentle enough when I put in my contacts). Since I don’t know where to purchase this in the US, I’m afraid to run out. In the meantime, it’s fabulous.

No7 Early Defence Night Cream: This is my second night cream from No7 and it is just lovely. It feels so luxurious, but with a mid-range price point, you don’t have to feel guilty about taking care of your skin. It’s lightweight but extremely hydrating, perfect for those who want a do-it-all nighttime moisturizer.

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Throwing away a big bag of empties is such a satisfying feeling. Over the last 10 Empties I’ve done, I’ve started to shy away from very in-depth reviews since I talk about a lot of these products so often. I’ll give you the highlights:

Sephora Avocado Eye Mask: I order 3-5 of these a month. I switch between the Avocado and the Pomegranate, both are wonderful for plumping and moisturizing.

SinfulColors SinfulShine Step 2 Top Coat: I’ve raved about this top coat on Instagram, but in case you need to hear it one more time, this is the BEST top coat I’ve ever tried. I only switch out my nail polish because of outgrowth, not because there are any chips.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher: *repurchases 50th tube*

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: Not only is this scent a deliciously sweet margarita dream, it also has a great lather, perfect for shaving.

Milk Makeup Micellar Water Makeup Remover Wipes: Nope. These smeared my makeup around but didn’t really take anything off.

I’ll review a few more of these products in an upcoming spring-themed blog post!

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