Once in awhile, when school isn’t kicking my butt, I like to help around in the kitchen. Although I don’t do it often, I think cooking is somewhat soothing, and eases my head of anything that I may be stressing over. This past weekend, my mom and I found this great recipe for easy stuffed peppers which we obviously needed to try ASAP. Not only were they super delicious, but they were healthy as well. For a quick and tasty treat, I would totally recommend!
I luckily discovered these three products towards the end of the month of February and they have quickly transitioned into my holy grail, most coveted products – that’s saying a lot isn’t it? I say this hoping that you guys will possibly take a chance and try these three new products out. Or if you’re willing, offer some new options for me to try – I’m always on the hunt for new products to give a go.
This winter has been particularly harsh towards my skin. I usually deal with combination skin, with an extremely oily t-zone. But lately, I’ve been trying to deal with normal to even dry skin, which has been a new challenge. I have the luxury of working at the Body Shop and being able to try our products – but unfortunately nothing was cutting it for me. That’s when I stumbled upon an article where Jennifer Aniston swore by the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer. I know of course that she is the spokeswoman for it – but I decided to give it a go, and oh boy was it worth it! My skin is no longer suffering from dry patches, and it’s looking more radiant that before, plus it has an spf 15 which is just perfect for the winter weather.
I have been a big fan of Real Techniques brushes, not only are they much more affordable for a student like me, but they are great quality. While out running errands, I picked up the flat top stippling brush and I don’t regret it one bit. It’s been great in applying my foundation flawlessly. It doesn’t create lines when blending and the brush itself doesn’t hold onto the product, making me use a lot less. It’s just been a great brush that has reduced makeup application time, which is perfect when rushing to get out the door and get to class on time.
I have always loved the idea of attaining perfect beachy waves, but I just haven’t been able to find the perfect product for my hair… until I found this TRESemmé’s sea salt spray. It has been a lifesaver on days that I have no time to put too much effort into my hair, but it still allows me to look presentable. I think what definitely lets me hop on board with this product is how inexpensive it is – a totally awesome drugstore find that I recommend 100%.
Any recommendations that I need to try next month? Let me know in the comment section down below!!
I am constantly looking for new skincare products to try, and while I love working at the Body Shop, my entire skincare regimen consisted of Body Shop products, which are amazing, but I do like variety. So, keeping with the much more natural trend, I looked into Lush, and what they had to offer. I didn’t want anything that was going to be similar to what I already owned, so that’s when I found, this. First of all, it’s amazing, and is great for these winter months, giving that extra needed hydration without making me any oiler, and that is a complete bonus.
Everyone knows that doing a cat-eye with your eyeliner can be really tricky if you’re new to it. Let’s be real, it’s even if you’ve been doing it for years. So when I was watching a couple blogs by heyclaire, and saw her raving about this Milani eyeliner, I knew I had to try it. She’s a professional makeup artist…you can’t go wrong with that. It’s a great eyeliner, and has made the eyeliner application that much easier and faster for me because it is so precise.
I have many days a week (hello 8:30am classes 3 times a week) when I’m just super lazy to put makeup on…even though I look like a complete zombie. So I really try and make the process as easy as possible. That’s where this guy comes into play, MAC’s paint pot in Groundwork. I do not have the time to put a lot of emphasis on my eyes, so I just sweep this on, and put on eyeliner and I’m good to go. This lasts ALL day, it’s amazing, and the colour intensifies my eyes just a little bit so that the eyeliner isn’t too contrasting against my pale skin, everything just looks a little warmer.
I’m going to split this into categories or else this is going to be way too overwhelming for you guys because I’m going to be honest, I have a lot of favourites that I found this year, or rediscovered, or just have loved for a really long time. All of these products I continue to use over and over, and will probably continue to purchase in the years to come!
I’m going to start with foundations/concealers/primer. My favourites have to be the Tarte Amazonian Airbrush foundation, L’Oreal True Match and MAC’s Prolong Wear Foundation. I use them all for different things and these two have already been mentioned previously. But I use MAC if I’m going out at night or will just have my makeup on for a really long period of time – it lasts forever. For concealers I absolutely love my MAC studio fix concealer for any blemishes or redness I have, it stays on all day, and my NARS creamy concealer which is just great under my eyes to cover those wonderful dark circles without creasing. My favourite primer is The Body Shop’s instablur, it is very similar to the Benefit porefessional but is half the price!
Getting into the eyes, my favourite palettes this year were the Lorac Pro 1, and the Naked Basics 1. Both have been essential, and I use them almost everyday with basically any look I do, for day or night. My Wet n’ Wild liquid eyeliner in black (the original formula) is also a must pretty much everyday, and I’ve been told that even Lady Gaga wears it – so it’s basically gold in my books – and which I of course have currently misplaced.
Moving onto bronzer, I use the Honey bronzer from The Body Shop, in 02. It is great during the colder months as I do get much paler and don’t self tan. It doesn’t look too orange, is matte, and doesn’t look muddy which are basically the only things I look for in a bronzer. I also found a great highlight from the drugstore, Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer – don’t let the name fool you, it is a great highlight and is ridiculously affordable, which is a total bonus.
Lipsticks, need I say more? I’m obsessed with so many different lipsticks, but there were a couple that I gravitated towards the most, and surprise surprise, most of them are MAC. So, MAC Plumful, MAC Brave and MAC Blankety and MAC Please Me. They are always being carried around by me, no matter what makeup I have going on they are my go-to’s. Along with those, I have been loving my NARS Audacious lipstick in Bette that I was gifted. It is such a beautiful deep and dark red that I have been loving during these colder months. Another great find are the Urban Decay Naked glosses, I got one in my Naked on the Run palette and I have been pairing it with every lippy, it’s super moisturizing and I usually don’t like lip glosses but this one is a keeper.
*not mentioned are blushes, mascara or brushes because I have yet to find some absolute favourites in those categories, sorry guys!