Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beauty Faves

I've gathered up a few beauty favorites lately, so I thought maybe we should talk about them.  Some were new to me, so this will serve as a review of those products.  Others are tried-and-true products for me that I thought might be of interest.

Beauty Favs

  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel:  I'm sure you've all at least heard of this by now.  This is touted to give you the lasting wear similar to a shellac gel, but no lights are required & it removes with regular nail polish remover.  I'm all about trying to find that "long lasting" polish, so my girls & I picked up a couple of colors to try.  The first time I tried it (with B Girl & the Miracle Gel Top Coat), I'm sorry to say that I didn't get but 3 days out of it before it starting chipping.  Disappointing, to say the least.  However, since we had already purchased another color (Blue My Mind) I gave it another chance.  Both times I applied 2 coats of the color followed by 1 coat of the Miracle Gel top coat.  The second time around has been much better!!  I sailed through until day 5 when I started noticing some wear on the tips.  I applied one more coat of both the color & top coat that night & have been still wearing it with success...today is day 8!  While I don't think I'll manage to get the 10 days to 2 weeks out of it like the claims, if I can continue to get 8+ days of wear time, I'll be a happy camper!  Side note:  for those who have used CND Vinylux, I would say this is very comparable.  
B Girl

Blue My Mind
  • Beauty Blender:  You may recall that I pondered purchasing a Beauty Blender a few months back. Well, I didn't end up getting one at that time because I just didn't think I needed it.  However, I spent a few days with my Sister in the Mountains recently & she let me try out her Beauty Blender.  Can I just say I was instantly sold!  My past methods of applying my liquid foundation have been 1)just applying with my hands much like you would apply moisturizer (I know, terrible!) or 2) using a foundation brush.  The "hands" method being the fastest & while I noticed a better result using the makeup brush, it was also more time consuming & would leave little bristles from the brush on my face.  The Beauty Blender provides me with the best of both worlds - quick application & flawless results.  I pretty much follow the same steps you can see in this video & then I follow up by also applying my concealer under my eyes using the same method, just with the smaller end of the blender.  I will say that I was worried the first time I used it because it didn't appear that I was getting enough coverage.  However, just wait a couple of minutes & the makeup will "set" & you'll be left with beautiful results!
  • Tarte 12-Hour Foundation:  While we're on the subject of the Beauty Blender I may as well talk about the foundation I use.  I was turned on to Tarte's 12-Hour Foundation a couple of years ago when an Esthetician recommended I use it for my acne prone skin - I haven't looked back since!  It provides excellent coverage, but feels lightweight & smooth!  So, if you're in the market for a new foundation I would encourage you to give this a try (can be found in-store at Sephora & Ulta) - other people I have turned on to it love it too!
  • "They're Real" by Benefit:  To date, my most favorite mascara!  I get great length & volume from it!  That being said, it does have a couple of downfalls:  It's pricey!  I have actually started only purchasing the small travel size tube because I feel like the regular size dries out too quickly & the price is more manageable in the small size too.  Also, I apply 2 consecutive coats on my lashes.  If you wait too long in between applications, it will be a hot mess.  Also, in-store at both Sephora & Ulta.
  • Bright Lips:  Inspired by this pin, I decided I wanted to try a bold fuschia-ish lip.  I ended up with Violetta from MAC.  I love it because it's different for me, plus I feel like it changes up my whole look with just a simple tube of lipstick. You can also check out this pin for a great way to apply/wear bold lipstick.
This Instagram pic is the best one I have that shows the lipstick (& the mascara for that matter) :-)
  • Shoe Comfort:  I wanted to share with you all this wonderful post Carylee did a while back (that she sent to me after I asked if her feet are surviving her *beyond* awesome shoe collection).  I thought it had great information on products for making your shoes more comfortable & wearable.  Great info, so stop by & check it out here!!  Also, if you've never seen her blog, then you must check out her Closet Room & her shoe collection - both drool worthy!!

That's the end of my sharing, but if you have any favorite or "must have" products or beauty info, I'm all ears!!  I always love hearing what works for others!

*linking up with:  Trend Spin Linkup, Manic Monday, Mix It Monday, Monday Bloom, Monday Must Haves, Style Elixir, Tuesday's Pretties, Because Shanna Said So, The Pleated Poppy, The Hump Day Blog Hop


  1. Ooh I love this post!! Love reading your review of SH Miracle Gel. As you know, I'm experimenting with that too, but just the top coat, and I'm still pretty happy with it. I just picked up CND Vinylux top coat to give that a whirl and compare. But 8 days of wear with just one touch up session is AMAZING. Guess what mascara I will be ordering like, TODAY. Yeah. Your lashes are so envy worthy And I love that lip color on you!! So pretty! Thanks for the great reviews!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  2. This is such a great post and great reviews! It is good to have a review on the miracle gel. I was thinking of trying it but was on the fence. I guess it depends on which color you choose! The beauty blender is definitely the next purchase on my list and I will definitely be checking out Viloletta at the Mac counter! I love this color on you!

  3. Well ok then! Now I want the mascara too! I use Clinique lash power bc it articulates my sparse lashes and doesn't give me raccoon eyes. But I may have to try this one now! And YAY!! I'm seriously loving my Tarte foundation also!
    So happy the shoe post was helpful for you! I appreciate the shout out!!

  4. I want to try the gel nail polish. Love the darker blue on you. Your makeup looks gorgeous, especially your eyes.
    from the link up

    please stop by, jess


  5. Great picks! I've been curious about that new Sally Hansen polish but still skeptical of the long wear claims. They do look super shiny though!

    xo, alison*elle

  6. I've been wanting to try that beauty blender for a while now! I love your review!



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