Thursday, January 12, 2017

Best Beauty Purchases 2016

Morning! Some of my favorite posts to read at this time of the year is people’s favorite posts, best of, or recaps. I just love looking back and seeing all the good and positive from one year and heading into the new year with hope and happiness. Another favorite post of mine to share and to read from other’s are their favorite beauty products! When I initially went to write this post, I didn’t think I had too much to share, but then when I reviewed my Instagram and published posts- I had a lot! I was pretty successful in the beauty product department for 2016 and didn’t really have any stinkers, but today I’m sharing just my absolute favorites of the year with you!

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These products I’ve used over and over again and will absolutely repurchase them when I run out (some of them I already have!). Below are the pics I had on hand and had shared previously, so there's also some items that I didn't include in this list. Not because I don't like them or have buyer's remorse, but I wanted to focus on the must-haves in my beauty bag! So, here are my top products from 2016!

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So I used to use individual MAC Shadows every single day of my life for years, I have my three favorites (Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, and Satin Taupe) and thought I would use them every day until I died. Honestly, I still love them, but I don’t even remember when I used them last. I’ve been pretty much living in these two palette this past year. The MAC Warm Palette is so versatile, I just love their shadows! The Tarte Tease Palette I keep in my makeup bag and use it all the time. The shadows blend so well!

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Hello life changer here! I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t use a primer before mascara, I’m so used to it now! It makes your lashes look so full and long, no amount of coats could give you the same look of mascara alone. I tried skipping this step recently just to see if I'm over exaggerating and nope, it's the real deal. Lash gold I tell ya!

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This is one of my fave lipsticks (along with Hue and Crème Cup), it’s the perfect nude with a hint of pink and goes with everything! Pure Zen is on the left (shown with Creme D'Nude) and I absolutely love this lip color! Perfect for every day and pairs perfectly with a smoky eye. I bought a few bright colors this past year (like 7!) and this one has to be my favorite of the bunch, plus I love the formula.

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Hands down, Springsteen is my favorite blush ever, it even took over my beloved MAC Warm Soul. It’s the perfect balance between peach and pink and I love that I can layer it for the right look. Shown next to Dolllymix.

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These sponges are my absolute favorite! They blend like a dream and have really stepped up my foundation and concealer game.

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These three colors are such a great addition to my collection. Penny Talk is just gorgeous and I don’t think I’ve ever received so many compliments on a nail color before! Let’s Chalk About it is the perfect white with just a whisper of pink to it, and Too Yacht To Handle is such a fun, bold color!

There it is, my top beauty purchases! It was SO hard to narrow it down to these ten items. Finding ten wasn't intentional, but I'm glad it's a good even number. There were so many great beauty products and, like I said I really didn't get any duds. I chose these ten because they're products I really couldn't do without. The ones I reach for again and again.

What were your favorite beauty products this past year? What should I add to my cart this year?


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Product Review: Tried and True Image Skincare Favorites + Giveaway!

Several years ago, I tried my first Image Skincare product and after using it for a few weeks I became a lifelong customer. Finding the right skincare product can be trying and can follow a series of trial and error. It you have sensitive or problematic skin, it can even be emotional to try a product and not see any results or worse yet adverse results.

All my life, I’ve had pretty even skin that tends to dry out and can be sensitive at times. I never really had an issue using any product (as long as I bought the sensitive version of it), but never saw a change in my skin. Not a single product brought my skin to life, evened out the skin tone of my rosy cheeks, or worked with what I had naturally to make it better and stand out. It just did its job in the laziest way possible and I had no results one way or another. None of this is true for Image. After a few weeks, my skin brightened up, I could wear less makeup, and even with long nights nursing babies my skin never looked better.

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I use several products from Image and have a few favorites that I can’t imagine going without. Please, never ever discontinue these gems Image, I would be absolutely heartbroken and stalking Ebay and Amazon for every last bottle produced! My skins feel younger and smoother, and maybe even more importantly looks younger and smoother when I use these babies. Any time I fall asleep and sleep in my makeup and not do my routine, my skin wakes up feeling like a hangover. That’s how I’ve finally realized how important it is to really take care of your skin and use the products that’s best for your skin type.

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I've been using their products for years and have some new ones I'm testing out, but I had to share with you guys my tried and true products. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Tinted Moisturizer: This stuff is my jam! Especially on no makeup days or in the summer. It’s the perfect amount of coverage and I love that it has good SPF coverage!

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Vital C Serum: I use this every morning and on my lazy evening routines. It smells so good and really locks the moisture in! I feel like my skin almost immediately glows after application.

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Ormedic Lip Complex: 100% this is my favorite product for my lips in the entire world. It works miracles! My lips get so dry and crack in the winter, plus I bite my lips, so they can just get tore up. This little baby gets my lips healed and soft within two days. I swear by this!!

Ormedic Gel Masque: I love using this regularly, it helps to soothe and hydrate unbalanced skin. I keep it in my shower and my skin feels amazing after! It's gentle enough to use every day.

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Iluma Brightening Crème: This is part of my nightly routine, it has made such a huge difference in my skin! I find that when I use this regularly, my skin looks and feels happier. It looks brighter and younger is is possibly my favorite of them all!

Iluma Brightening Eye Crème: I’ve used several different eye crèmes over the years and this one I like the best. It’s just the right consistency to keep my eye area hydrated and non-greasy.

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The Max Cleanser: This is part of my daily regimen and I need to start buying it in pairs because I hate when I run out! It’s so gentle and gets off all of the grime and makeup that’s left behind. It's the perfect formula and foams up just enough. No matter what I use in the shower for my face, I always am sure to use this! It's an absolute staple for me!

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I love the products so much that I want to share them with you! I’m giving away all of them to one of you! That's the Tinted MoisturizerVital C Serum, the Ormedic Lip Complex and Gel MasqueIluma Brightening CrèmeIluma Brightening Eye Crème, and The Max Cleanser!!! I'm so excited about this giveaway, it's been in the planning for weeks and I can't wait for you to fall in love with Image Skincare!!

Check out my Instagram to enter!
Contest closes on Friday January 13 at midnight PST, US resident only.

Thank you Image Skincare for sponsoring this post! All products were provided to me for consideration, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I love Image Skincare and their products have truly made a difference for my skin!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

OOTD: Bell Sleeves

Good morning everyone! How is everyone's first full week of the new year? Mine has been so-so, but I still feel great about the year and reaching my goals. Going back to work and waking up to an alarm has been pretty tough, and I forgot my keys in our other car on Tuesday! Oh my gosh you guys. At least each day is a new start right?

Today I'm sharing this gorgeous bell sleeve top (available in six colors!!) and is on sale for $12!! I love it! It's a nice thick fabric and is perfect with jeans and boots or slacks and heels. It's such a simple and chic top that's was to wear a bunch of different ways

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Our Christmas Break

Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful and magical holiday! I can't believe how quickly this past month, year, and holidays went! Wasn't it just the start of December?

Our Christmas break was so fun and memorable. It was one of the best Christmases I've had! Matt and I both have had the last ten days off work and I've loved being home together. Our vacation had a good mix of both busy and fun. We baked, watched Christmas movies, stuffed our bellies, crafted, and relaxed. Here's a quick recap of our break!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Product Review: NIVEA Men Post Shave Balm as Primer

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah! I LOVED seeing everyone's posts on Facebook and Instagram! It was such a magical day for us, I'll be sharing a recap next week!

Today I'm sharing a review of NIVEA Men Post Shave Balm as a makeup primer. Yep, you read that right. When the balms arrived, Matt thought they were for him and I was going to put them in his stocking! Um, no sir, those are mine and I might share with you if you're nice. Using the Balm as a primer became popular with several YouTube beauty vloggers and totally took off! It's made with glycerin which acts as a glue to your foundation helping it last and last. I'm a total beauty junkie and love finding new products that serve multiple purposes. I couldn't wait to dive in!

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