Beauty Gift Ideas for any Budget

Just when you thought I was done with the gift guides, I had to bring out another… 😉 This one is for all the beauty product lovers out there, like myself. So I put together some of what I think our great gift ideas for anyone’s budget. I’m sharing some of my favorite items and brands with a few things that are on my own wish list this season. I didn’t want to just throw a few products together that just looked good, I put together items that I know are great products for a great deal. 🙂 Continue reading “Beauty Gift Ideas for any Budget”

Best in Beauty 2016

Today’s post is all about beauty!!
I am a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. I put together all my most used and most loved products for all of 2016. Most of these are items that I’ve  repurchased over and over because I know they work.To start off I am going to talk about my favorite, which is makeup. I have always had a love hate relationship when it comes to makeup. Well I love it and it hasn’t always loved me. The past year I have had the worst allergies and makeup was one of them. I tried a new eye liner and eye shadow and things went wrong. My eyes swelled up for a solid month. So I ended up going back to my Maybelline eye liners and mascara because they are gentle and affordable. If you are having  similar issues I highly recommend this brand for their eye products. They’re both long lasting and easy to apply. Another makeup item for eyes is the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. It’s a palette Ive used for a while now and I love it. Its a perfect balance of shimmer and matte shades so you can switch it up. My favorite shades are booty-call, snakebite, and tease.

I also included my favorite foundation, concealer and powder which cover and conceal everything. Both foundation and concealer are from Estee Lauder the double wear stay in place line. If you have acne prone skin this will not break you out and it lasts all day. The best way of applying them is with a beauty sponge or a dense face brush. I included my two favorites, which are both from the drugstore. The pressed powder is by Rimmel London in the shade 001 transparent. It’s very affordable and you can find it in the drugstore. I have tried many high end and low end powders and this one is the one I always go back too.

For skin care I have found the brand that has really worked for me and that is Clinique. To give a little background of my skin, I have very oily, acne prone skin, and it’s been a long journey to really find what works for me.  This brand has always been gentle enough for daily use but still harsh enough combat acne. I highly recommend checking them out if you have similar issues with your skin. The other Clinique products I wanted to mention are the clarifying lotion for after you wash your face and the moisturizing gel for oily skin. These two have made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. They other Clinique items are the acne face mask, that I use as a spot treatment for blemishes and the eye cream. Both I have been using for years now.

As far as hair care, this has been the year I have really taken the best care of my hair. It’s fuller and thicker than its ever been and I truly give credit to the products that I have been using. I wash my hair every 3 days and instead of a conditioner I use a deep repair mask that I let sit in my hair for 5 to 10 minutes. It has made a huge difference in the texture of my hair. It’s the Macadamia deep repair mask. Another favorite it the Perfect 10 leave in spray. It does so many things, from conditioning, heat protection, and controling frizz, and more. Without this my hair gets very dry at the ends and hard to style. Another great tip, if you don’t wash your hair everyday, is to use a dry shampoo. I have tried many different types and I always go back to the Baptiste dry shampoo. It works well and it’s affordable.

That’s all of my favorite beauty buys for 2016. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you use any of these items or recommend something new for me to try.

Here are all the products mentioned and a few more below with links to buy 🙂


Skin Care

Eyeshadow Nail Polish

After mindlessly searching on Pinterest I stumbled upon the coolest trick for painting your nails I had ever seen, using eye shadow as a nail polish. I had to try this. It took me a few attempts to see how to get it to really work for me. Here is two to techniques that I tried.

1.One way to do this

For this method you will need:
Plastic spoon (to mix your new color)
Plastic knife (to scratch off the eye shadow)
Clear polish
Eye shadow (mine is MAC in cranberry)

Mix the clear polish with your eye shadow. It does work but the nail polish brush drys fast with the eye shadow in it, so fast that it gets ruined. I tried soaking it in nail polish remover, didn’t work. I tried using water, didn’t work. I ended up putting it back in the clear nail polish. You can see in the picture the eye shadow fell to the bottom and now the clear polish has a bit of color in it. 🙁 So if you have a little less clear polish  that you need to use up, then this method is good for that.

This was the final result. I liked it, but you do end up using more eye shadow, and it comes out more shiny than glittery (if your using a glittery eye shadow).
2. The other way to do this 
(which I prefer)

What you will need:
 Makeup sponge
Clear polish

Eye shadow (mine is MACs honey lust)
I also used OPI Cajun shrimp on my other nails

Apply the clear polish on your clean nail and then quickly dab a triangular sponge into the eye shadow (you only need a little). Then dab it on your nail while its still wet. Just a couple of dabs on your nail will do, otherwise it will smear and wont look right. Then apply another clear coat to seal it. Loved this technique the best. You use less eye shadow, less mess, and the color comes out closer to the actual eye shadow color.

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