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I recently purchased some new beauty products and wanted to review them for you. It can be challenging to know which beauty products to try, and which to avoid when the market is so saturated with both good and bad products!
Four of these products are from the drug store, which is great because they are affordable and easy to access. The others are from Sephora and Nordstrom – both of which are really easy to shop online!
Let’s get down to the products…
HourGlass Blush // INCANDESCENT ELECTRA – The best blush I’ve found in so long!! The color is so beautiful, and shimery- I absolutely love it! I’ve had this for 2 months probably and have used it every day. The funny thing is though it doesn’t even look l
NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker // CARBON BLACK – I got this product on a whim. I’ve been using the same Bobbi Brown eyeliner for the past 10 years and love it, but was looking for more of a defined sleeker look. I think that could be achieved with the Bobbi Brown with a thinner brush, but I wanted something super defined.
This pen was at first tricky for me to get the hang of because I’m SO not used to using a pen like this. After the first 5-10 tries, I started reaching for it every day. The pen itself is really soft which makes it easy to apply. It stays on all day which I love, and doesn’t smudge. This is a major plus for me!
NYX Micro Brow Pencil // ASH BROWN– I’m going to be honest and say at first I wasn’t sold on this product. I was worried the crayon end was too hard and wasn’t easy to apply. However, I kept using it and I realized that I just didn’t really know what I was doing. If you lightly apply the crayon end to your eyebrows and create a defining line and fill it in, this product works beautifully. I’ve never used an eyebrow crayon/pencil before, but have truly noticed a difference in my overall make up look by adding a little hint of color to my brows. I recommend this product because it’s not overwhelming and you can gradually add color.
L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara // BLACK NOIR – this is not a new product but I wanted to share how much I continue to love this product. Coming from someone who used to only buy Bobbi Brown, Clinique or Chanel mascara, I highly recommend this drugstore product. I love that it comes with the primer in the same applicator and I love the coverage it gives my lashes. It also never flakes which is huge for me!
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel – As I mentioned above, I’ve never really done anything with my eyebrows besides get them shaped and brushing them. This brow gel changed my game! It’s amazing the difference when your brows stay in place all day! I love applying this after using the brow pencil! I would highly recommend this product.
Becca Cosmetics // Opal – I use this highlighter above my blush line to highlight my cheekbones. I also use it to elongate my nose, and right above the top of my lip to create a pouty effect. I love to use this highlighter as my eyeshadow base and then use my bronzer as my accent color. It creates a simple yet glowing day time eye that is super warming and beautiful.
Essie Gel Polish // Color + Top Coat – Essie just sent a whole box to me and they’re FABULOUS! I have been wanting to try an at home gel other than the Sally Hansen product I’ve previously tried and loved. But being an Essie + OPI girl from the beginning, I was thrilled when I opened up the package and saw at home gel! So fun! Make sure you buy both the color and top coat!
Today I’m sharing an everyday beauty routine video!! Please bear with me because the editing is a little rough. I’m still learning how to use imovie…so I apologize! I really enjoyed doing this, but next time I may just do it as I go instead of doing the voice over! What do you guys think?
Anyway, let me know what you think. I will link everything below so you can shop all the products I talk about in the video.
Thanks for watching and for the support and love! XO
Face Primer: Smashbox
Concealer: Smashbox BB Cream in Light
Bronzer: Bobbi Brown in Natural
Blush: Bobbi Brown in Nectar
Eyeshadow: Bare Minerals set, “Top Shelf”
Eyeshadow: also used, Urban Decay, “Buck”
Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown Long wear Gel in Black Ink
Lip Liner: Bare Minerals, sold out, similar here in Borderline
Lipstick: MAC, Creme Cup
I just revamped my beauty routine for Summer, and I LOVE what I’ve done and I think you will to…
If you don’t already follow me on Snapchat, you can get ready with me and see how I use these products in live time! Go check it out! Username: Stylemelauren
I have always been a Bobbi brown and Chanel girl, and don’t get me wrong, I still have staple products from them that I re buy, but recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of new products out there that I’ve wanted to try, and I’m so glad I did!
Let’s get down to it…
#1. Smashbox Face Primer – I use the green tinted one, but you can also use the clear or the pink depending on your skin type. Since my skin is normally a little on the red side, I use the green to even out the pink tones and create a neutral tone.
#2. 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer -Because I liked the Smashbox face primer so much, I decided to try their Eye Shadow Primer. I highly recommend this product. I was use MAC’s 24 extended eye base and it was OK, but this one works better
#3. Smashbox BB Concealer Pen – in color Light. I don’t generally have super dark circles under my eyes, but this concealer really pops my eyes. I love this pen because it’s easy to apply and doesn’t crease!
#4. Tarte BB Tinted Moistureizer – Light Medium – coming from someone who really really appreciates full coverage, I was MORE than hesitant to try this product. I was happily surprised and fell in love with it. It’s much lighter than my normal foundation ( I LOVE Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (My color = 2N1 Desert Beige), and Chanel Perfection Lumier (My color 12 Beige Rose in Winter, haven’t used in summer) ) but this one is perfect for the Summer months!
#5 Tarte Pressed Powder – Light – I use this over the BB Tinted moisturizer and it helps complete the foundation look. I wouldn’t use the moisturizer on it’s own, unless I was at the beach, so make sure to buy this when you buy the tinted moisturizer! The result is fabulous!
#6. Laura Mercier Setting Powder – such a staple. I can’t leave the house without it. It’s colorless so it goes on and sets the moisturizer and powder
#7. Hourglass Blush – Incandescent Electra – This is a new color for Hourglass, and a new product for me. I’ve never used Hourglass before and I LOVE this blush! It’s so light and feminine for Summer.
#8. Bobbi Brown Bronzer – Natural – I’ve used this for years and I will never stop! It’s the perfect matte bronzer (no shimmer) I use this on my cheek bones, along my hairline, on my neckline, and on my neck. I also use this as my darker eyeshadow for an easy summer look. (See in my snap) I forego my regular eyeshadow and use the Becca Highlighter and this Bronzer as my shadows. It’s so easy! I also add a little bronzer under my lower lip to create a pouty look.
#9. Becca Highlighter – Pearl – I take a little brush and put it above my cheekbone and work my way up toward my temples. This gives you a glow is super sexy and beautiful. I also add it to the top of my lip to complete the pouty look!!
#10. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner – Black – Another product I’ve been using for YEARS. It’s a great product and super consistent and easy to put on.
#11. Lancome Eyelash Primer – new to this product but I absolutely love it!
#12. Lancome Hypnose Drama – Black – New to this mascara too and absolutely love it. Been wearing it all day today and has made my lashes super long and they haven’t dried out!
#13. Urban Decay Lip Gloss – Electric Pink – I just love an easy lipgloss to put on and go. This one is awesome!
#14. Lastly, my entire look would NOT be complete without my beauty blender. What did I do before I had this!? This is my absolute favorite new product EVER! Here’s a tip: Run the blender under cold water (in my snap I said Hot by accident – USE cold or warm, I like cold!) then put your foundation directly on the blender and tap it all over your face. Make sure you use a tapping motion for blending instead of rubbing. I also use it under my eyes to blend my BB Concealer.
#15. Anatasia Brow Gel – for summer I’m not super committed to added color to my brows in case it gets too hot. I have a fear of me wiping my brows with my hand and it coming off everywhere. lol My brows are pretty full so a gel works great for me to set them for the day. I’ve been loving this gel because it helps them keep their shape!