Top 5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

Happy Sunday! Today we’re talking must have, can’t live without, holy grail beauty products.

My top 5:

  1. NYX eyebrow pencil with spooly- I love to keep this on hand for when I want a quick brow that’s still on point! Great dupe for ABH Brow Wiz at half the price.
  2. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara- Hands down the best mascara I have ever used. I have tried and will continue to try other mascaras but I always go back to perversion. It’s length and volume, what more can you ask for?
  3. Chapstick: need I say more?
  4. Real Techniques Foundation Brush- If I’m not using this brush I’m using a beauty blender. This brush blends flawlessly and doesn’t soak up a lot of product.
  5. Rice Brightening makeup remover wipes- My first holy grail makeup remover wipes were discontinued so it took me a while to find another. These wipes are gentle but effective and they are large! Which is great for a full face take off.

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You can find all these products at Ulta.

What are your holy grail products?

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Products I Regret Buying

Happy March! I’m kicking off the month with products I regret buying. These are all beauty items and in some way shape or form they just didn’t work for me.

Now, don’t get me wrong I have tried a variety of products from these brands and they are all amazing, these particular products just didn’t do it for me.

Everybody takes an L every now and then and these are losers for me:

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  1. Shea Moisture Mattifying Primer: not mattifying, too thick, it’s like face lotion (not good)
  2. Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray: you end of with white specks on your face and if they get on your lashes and eyebrows you can hang it up.
  3. Urban Decay Naked Smoky: I was being bougie and wanted the next installment in the Naked palette series. This palette is fine but the colors are not regulars for me. I don’t reach for this palette often.
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: Again I was jumping on the bandwagon and this blush is not one I reach for often. The color payoff is a little chalky for my taste.
  5. Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Merlot and Berry Me: these get very drying as you wear them. The color payoff is nice but the product doesn’t last long these broke down relatively quick, however, I think Dose of Colors have reformulated since I bought these.

 

Current Beauty Game Changers

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Happy Hump Day! I’m sharing my current beauty game changers. These are five products that I have been using pretty consistently and they are amazing!

  1. The Herbiarie Collagen + Retinol Daily Face Serum
  2. Fenty Beauty Match Stick in shade mocha
  3. Tarte Chrome Paint in shade fire dancer
  4. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
  5. Miss Spa Hydrogel Lip Treatment

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My Thoughts:

My skin is more supple and soft thanks to the collagen + retinol serum which I do use daily. Also Skyn Island products are amazing for stressed skin PERIOD! The hydro cooling gels work wonders on tired eyes! The Tarte chrome paints are seriously pigmented and give any look life! The Miss spa hydrogel lip treatment leaves my lips feeling moisturized and smooth. Last but not least my brand new baby Fenty match stick one word… BOMB. Stay tuned for a whole post dedicated to my love for Fenty Beauty!

Items were purchased at Ulta, Sephora, and Marshalls.

What are your current beauty game changers?

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Mini Mascaras

I think mini mascaras are the best thing that ever happened to the world! Ok a little dramatic but they are pretty awesome.

Pros:

  • Try it first! For more expensive mascaras it is really nice to be able to purchase a mini size for less and try it out to see if you want to purchase the full size.
  • Travel– Duh.
  • For those of us who don’t go through a tube of mascara in a month the mini size is perfect so you aren’t tossing half a tube of mascara at the three month mark.
  • If you don’t like it you didn’t waste 20 bucks or more on a full size.
  • Cuteness!!!!

Cons:

  • Really? After those pros how could you have cons?

Makeup chains like Sephora and Ulta are getting really awesome about selling “to go” mini products or offering deluxe samples as a part of a gift with purchase or rewards program.

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Try some today!

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I Have to Have it: Josie Maran

I have been in love with Josie Maran products since the first day I discovered them! Josie Maran Cosmetics uses the tag line “Luxury with a Conscience”. I think that sums up this brand perfectly!

High points:

  • Natural, eco-friendly skin care
  • Organic
  • Great packaging
  • Healthy
  • Gives results

Focus:

  • Hydrating
  • Skin/Complexion

The main ingredient and possibly the best way to identify Josie Maran cosmetics and skincare is everything has 100% pure Argan Oil in it. Argan oil is an all encompassing oil that gives healthy, natural, amazing results. Argan oil can be used for everything: hair, nails, face, body, you name it!

Products:

  • 100% Pure Argan Oil Original and Light formulas
  • Argan Cleansing Oil
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
  • Pure Argan Milk: Intensive Hydrating Treatment (Latest/Newest product)

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All the products mentioned are amazing. With Argan oil in every product you are guaranteed moisture and a healthy glow about your skin. (For more information on beauty oils refer to my previous post: On Trend: Beauty Oils) All the products are natural and don’t have harmful chemicals or ingredients. I like to think of Josie Maran products and cosmetics as healthy makeup. Your skin feels good and you feel good about taking care of yourself!

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I Have to Have it: Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics started out as The Face Place a makeup shop in San Fran CA, opened by twins Jean and Jane Ford.

The most amazing thing about Benefit as a company is that it’s not terribly serious! Some makeup companies seem so serious and straight-laced but with benefit they promote a culture of laughter and glamour! Read their mission I Love it!

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We believe in whistling while you work it… and faking it ’til you make it. We believe in fast and fabulous beauty solutions… and that glamour is grabbing life by the giggles and not letting go. We believe if at first you don’t succeed, apply more lipstick… that sexy gets you everywhere… and if you can’t be good, be gorgeous. We believe… Laughter is the best cosmetic!

Benefit is the best of both worlds they have an amazing culture of laughter and fun but at the same time their products are amazing! They have funny sayings and uber cute packaging but the product inside will blow you away!

Benefit’s blushes are a cult favorite. I think the first Benefit product I ever got was one of their blushes! Some of their amazing products in my collection include:

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  • Blushes: Hervana, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur
  • Hoola Bronzer
  • Watt’s Up highlighter
  • Stay Don’t Stray eye primer
  • High Brow eye highlighter
  • They’re Real Mascara

The Blushes are amazingly pigmented and smell great!

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The Hoola bronzer has won awards for being a universally amazing bronzing powder. Any skin tone can wear it!

The Watt’s Up highlighter is my favorite! It is a champagne colored cream highlighter that makes you look amazing every time!

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The Stay Don’t Stray eye primer is my second fav! It is hands down the best eyelid primer I have come across. The eyeshadows stay put, don’t crease, and look amazing all day with this primer.

They’re Real Mascara is on another planet! This mascara is a best-selling mascara. It takes your lashes from here to the sky! It lengthens, separates, and darkens your lashes like no other. My go to mascara hands down.

Benefit has also mastered appealing amazingly cute packaging! You don’t even want to throw it away!

There are so many other wonderful things to say about the company and many other products to mention but this post would be a mile long. In short Benefit is well worth it! Try it today!

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