Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 Best Beauty Finds

Recently I've discovered a few new beauty products that I can't get enough of. I wanted to share my recommendations since I always love to hear other people's opinions when trying to navigate the endless options of beauty products out there these days. These are a few products I've been using pretty much every day and only wish I had found sooner! 

The first of these finds is the Smashbox under eye primer, which I feel like I can't live with out ever since I discovered it! I first got a sample size of this from Sephora with my beauty insider rewards, and it's the best thing I've ever discovered unexpectedly. I don't know what magic is in it, but it really helps to minimize under eye dark circles and puffiness. The gel is very sheer with a slight shimmer to it that is imperceptible once it's on your skin, but certainly helps you to look more awake and under eye circles less dramatic. Even on days when I don't bother with makeup, I will usually swipe a little bit of this under my eyes to make my face look more awake and presentable.

This bareMinerals tinted hydrating gel was an impulse buy when I needed to spend a few more dollars to unlock a promo, and I don't regret it one bit. It's a great back up to have on hand for days when you don't want to put on a full face of makeup, but want to even out your skin tone a bit and add a touch of color. The shade I grabbed is probably a little darker than would be recommended for me, but it goes on pretty sheer while still delivering noticeable results for a tanned look. I've used it under my regular makeup for a touch of hydrating color, and on it's own for more casual days.

A few months back I picked up this Lancome blush to replace my favorite bareMinerals one that I talked about here last summer. I wrote about just how much I loved my favorite hot pink blush from bareMinerals, but unfortunately it was a limited edition color so when I ran out I had to find something else to replace it! After testing just about every bright pink blush in Sephora I found this gorgeous shade from Lancome. It is very similar to the Bare Minerals one I had loved for years, so I am happy to have found something that I love just as much. Something about the hot pink shade adds a glowing touch to my makeup look that soft pinks and red tones just don't achieve. I love that it makes my face look awake and adds a bit of color while still looking natural. Believe me, it's not so shocking on as it my seem!

For some reason I have the hardest time finding lipsticks that stay. Even ones recommended for their lasting quality don't seem to work on me, they fade or rub off within an hour. This Makeup For Ever Artist Lip Blush is the first red lip color I've found that actually stays in place over a long period of time without fading or rubbing off! For some reason they only make it in one color (come on Makeup For Ever, let's get on this in every shade of the rainbow!) but it's a great bright cherry red color that is perfect for a touch of drama. I seriously have never found anything else that compares in lasting time, and I couldn't be happier with how this one wears. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for a lasting red lip! (and who wouldn't be?)

I picked up this No. 7 foundation on a (genuine, non-paid) recommendation I read from one of my favorite bloggers, and I really like it! It was recommended as an all-day lasting foundation with medium coverage and a smooth no-show appearance, which is exactly what I was looking for as a beginner to liquid foundations. (I previously used bareMinerals powder foundations for years, and still switch between the two sometimes). I love that this foundation goes on easily just applying with my fingers, and doesn't leave streaks or obvious lines. As always it's important to blend at the jawline, but I find that in general this formula goes on easily and doesn't look too obvious. I always like a natural looking makeup look that's not cakey, and this one does the job. The color I got is called "cool vanilla" and is the only light yet not pale shade with a blue undertone. I was nervous to buy it without getting to try out a tester, but the color is actually perfect for me and really evens out my skin for a soft and flawless look.

Any must have makeup finds or recommendations? Let me know! I always like to hear what other people swear by so maybe I can try it myself!

xoxo, CC

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