Friday, May 15, 2015

Current Beauty Favs

Happy Friday! This week has been dragggggging thanks to a cold that carried over from last weekend and Jeff traveling first for work and then pleasure. His bachelor party is this weekend down in New Orleans and it sounds like it might be a bit crazier than my party was - there are 20 guys going and I've heard talk of some pretty funny plans, like hiring a band to parade Jeff through the French Quarter. In any case, I'm glad to see the weekend again.

Anyway, today I'm talking beauty again. I tried a few new things recently (thanks to a couple gifts and a little Sephora shopping spree) that I've been loving and wanted to share with you.

NARS Lipstick Pencil - This came for free as a birthday gift from Sephora and I've really been loving the sheer, buildable color it gives. I'm kind of a lipstick-phobe after a few experiences where my lip color wore off unevenly, so this sheer color is my cup of tea. It's also nice and moisturizing, which is always a plus in my book. The rikugien color was my favorite.

bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Creme - Every other tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream I've used has left me wanting more, but not this one! It manages to cover any redness or imperfections without hiding my freckles, provides enough hydration to completely replace my moisturizer, and blends perfectly. Win win win. 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - A friend gave this to me as part of a little bachelorette present, and while I initially thought it was a scrub (it says sugar treatment!) I love that it's a fancy, SPF filled lip balm. I basically can't live without chapstick, and this one is super hydrating (which seems to be the theme of this post) and smells great. I put it on every night before bed. 

CARGO Water-Resistant Blush - For years I've switched between bronzer during the warmer months and blush the rest of the year, but this summer I'm not sure I'll put away my blush because I've really been loving this CARGO blush (I wear Los Cabos). It's a really natural looking shade and provides the perfect flush. I can't really speak for the water-resistant part though, I haven't noticed that it's particularly long lasting (although this summer will be the true test).

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - So this beauty favorite isn't all that new. I actually owned one of these back in middle school (my aunt claims to have won it during a taping of Oprah) but never really loved it because I thought it made my eyelashes look unnatural. Um, turns out I was just really bad at using it - I'm pretty sure I just held it really hard at the roots so they ended up with one 90 degree bend in them. I recently picked a new one up with a leftover birthday giftcard and it turns out grownup me is much better and eyelash curling, and I have a new step in my daily beauty routine. 

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  1. I am a HUGE Nars fan! I am obsessed with their foundation and concealer, but haven't tried their lipstick yet. It's next on my list! :)

  2. OMG I was soooo excited about the Sephora birthday gift this year!! I love those pencils!

  3. I think I need to try that complexion rescue!

  4. Hmmm I may need to try that NARS lipstick pencil. I tend to hate almost all lip products except for chapstick so I'm always on the hunt to find SOMETHING I like!