Beauty Faves

I got really great feedback the last time I did a “things I’m loving” in terms of beauty products so I figured it was time for another one. These are my latest beauty faves!

You may notice the mascara is familiar looking…it’s the same brand I posted about last time except it’s BLUE! Yes! L’Oréal came out with their same fabulous L’Oréal Voluminous Original mascara formula in a blue hue. I get too many complements when I wear it it’s almost embarrassing (especially because I forget I’m wearing blue mascara!) oh, and you can buy it at Walmart for under $7! It’s a no brainer and way fun for spring/summer.  This is also a nod to the first makeup I ever wore, which was purple mascara 🙂

The next thing I’m loving is my IT Your Skin But Better CC+ Full Coverage Foundation. I have acne prone skin that gets oily before the day is over.  This stuff really does make it look like it’s your skin BUT BETTER! And it helps keep my skin from looking like a shiny mess by the day’s end.  It has a nice light lemony scent that is the farthest thing from a makeup smell, it’s quite nice! I set it with my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and it’s awesome. You can get this at Ulta for around $38 (a little goes a long way).

The final product is this stunning gold, shimmery, perfection of a color nail polish. More specifically it’s Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish in terra coppa. My friend introduced me to it and said she loved the formula so I gave it a try. I honestly thought I had tried all the nail polishes out there but this one surpasses them all. This stuff is self-leveling so you have a smooth finish on your nail bed and it LASTS SO LONG considering it’s not an actual gel polish. You don’t have to cure this under an LED light and it removes with normal nail polish remover. Totally try it, you won’t be disappointed. It easily lasts a week without chipping and that’s super long in my opinion. I want all. The. Colors. And a bottle will cost your around $8. Not too shabby.

Which one are you wanting to try?!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Favorite things lately

img_7871I enjoy and appreciate when a blogger posts about certain things they are loving at the moment, so I thought I would share what I’m loving lately with you guys! (My inner thought: “if I find it useful and interesting, maybe my friends will too?!”) What I’m really loving this second? A late night snack of carrots and hummus. But I digress….

NYX Micro Brow Pencil and NYX Control Freak Clear Brow Gel (find it here and here)

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This stuff is legit! I used to buy the expensive Anastasia brand of both the pencil and clear brow gel, and this NYX brand gives the same exact results and application as the stuff that’s more than double its price! The pencil glides on easily (no tugging on your skin) and the brow gel isn’t too thick or heavy and you can’t even tell it’s on. I love that it sets my brow hairs in place and I don’t have to worry about the “tails” of my brows getting smushed out of place or going a little crazy looking throughout the day.

TRESemme Keratin Smooth hair serum (find it here)

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I have very fine and thin hair, but I have a lot of it. Whenever I blow dry it it gets all tangled and is a hot mess. When I put this in my damp hair and finger comb it through, I can literally blow dry my hair without a brush and run my fingers through it without getting caught halfway down. It makes my hair pretty much frizz free and suuuuuuper smooth. It’s not too heavy or oily feeling like some serums can, and this is important for us fine haired gals! I can’t believe I’m just starting to use something like this. Oh, and it’s cheap! AND it doesn’t make my hair greasy or oily. Total win!

Adjustable Rose Gold Feather Bling Bracelet (find it here)

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I love this feminine little rose gold bracelet I just got the other day from Charming Charlie. I have always loved feathers (they remind me of Native American jewelry which I love), and this one is just a more glitzy and trendy version. I also have been loving the adjustable part which is something you normally see on bracelets that are made of string (think of friendship bracelets!). I like the movement of the loose ends and the little bit of bling there doesn’t hurt either. This bracelet was $8! Super cute and looks great layered with other bracelets/a watch/other metals (silver/gold).

Alright, that’s all from me for now. Hope you enjoyed what I’m loving lately! A little dose of girly never hurt anyone.

Do you have favorite beauty/fashion buys you’re loving lately? Do tell!!!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Things I’m loving

You know when you just love something so much you want to tell everyone about it? That’s how I feel about these three products! These are long time favorites and no matter how many times I buy a different kind of product “just to see” if I like it better, I always come running back to these originals.

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

I love this shizzzz. I have to say, I am not the type to spend a ton on fancy schmancy hair care products. If it works AND it’s cheap, I like it even more. (doesn’t matter what it is!) Usually I’m all for more is more, but in this case, don’t go crazy folks. If you use too much or spray too close to your hair, you WILL see white residue.

On days when I use this I spray it in my hair (unbrushed, bed head, all nasty lookin’) and put it in a messy bun on top of my head. Then I get in the shower…if I’m not washing my hair, I’m at LEAST washing my body. (You can spray it and then do your makeup while it works too!) I swear this time that it’s sitting in your hair while you’re going about your morning routine is when the serious magic happens. When you’re out of the shower, all you have to do is massage your hair around at the scalp. Really go wild here – the more you rub, the “cleaner” it gets. Then brush, style, and pat yourself on the back for having awesome 2nd day hair. Or third or fourth day hair if you’re a lucky lady and don’t have to wash your hair errrrday. Whenever I use this dry shampoo I get complements on my hair. Go figure.

Oh, and P.S. – it smells so fresh. (and so clean clean) 😉

Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser

You guys. I have finicky skin. It’s oily. It’s dry. It’s sensitive. It’s a royal pain in the butt. I am no stranger to the dermatologist, and if I stray from my skincare routine, I break out like a hormonal teen. I have tried once before the normal Cerave cleanser, but it doesn’t foam and it felt like my face was still dirty/oily/had makeup leftover. I would also still break out when I used that kind. Then my dermatologist recommended I try the foaming kind (and she recommends Cerave brand over Cetaphil; take that as you will). I will seriously never stop using this face soap. It’s gentle, gets my full coverage foundation and mascara off of my face and eyes, and I can’t remember the last time I had a real breakout. *someone knock on wood* Sure it’s more expensive than your walmart brand face soap, but you can also find coupons on Cerave’s website. Who doesn’t love $2 off?!?! When your next bottle of face soap runs out, try this one!

L’oreal Voluminous Mascara

I saved the best for last. I don’t own an eyelash curler, and I haven’t my entire life. Some would say it’s because I’m blessed with long lashes. I say, it’s because I use an awesome mascara! I’ve used this stuff since undergrad…so around 10 years. Yup, 10. Not many people can say that they are loyal to many products for such a long time. I get asked all the time what I use on my eyelashes, especially from people who see me up close – my hairdresser, dentist, doctors, cashiers, complete strangers….you get the point. This stuff is GOOD. Funny side story, every time I go home to visit my family, my mom ALWAYS asks me what I use on my eyelashes. My answer goes something like this, “That L’oreal stuff that you introduced me to years ago….” Funny how that works.

You have to get the curved wand, though. Straight wands are worthless. I hold the curved wand wrong (I think). I don’t hold it so the curve “cups” my eyelashes. I hold it sort of sideways so the wand bumps into your eyelashes and pushes them upward more. Two coats are perfectly daytime dramatic, but you can go more if you’re not afraid to go there. Just be careful you don’t go all spidey-lash on the world.

Alright! Those are the things I’m loving right now and felt I HAD to share them with you. I realize not everyone has the same hair/skin so some products might not take to you as well. For example, that Great Lash mascara in the pink and green tube that everyone raaaaves about is garbage on my eyelashes. I might as well wear none at all. So if you hate some of this stuff, I get it!

Thanks for letting me “girl out” with you!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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