Good Morning, friends! It’s Friday! Can I get a what what?
Sorry… I guess I am pretty excited about this one. Are any of you just as pumped about the holiday weekend? Although I will be missing our families, I am really looking forward to spending the weekend and Easter with friends.
Today’s Friday Favorites post is kind of a long one, but it’s also a special one. Continuing on with HWG Beauty Week, today’s compiled list of favorites is all about products you would find in my beauty drawers.
Lets get right to it!
Friday Favorites #33: Beauty Edition
• lip crayons + balms
Ever since I discovered these Revlon colorburst balms, I have also been on the hunt for lip crayons.
I love the mixture of lipstick and lip balm (or chap stick) all in one!
• PINK body sprays
I have always been a big fan of body sprays. I love perfume, but even more love the portability of sprays in plastic bottles and not feeling bad about spraying my clothes and self several times a day with a lighter fragrance.
Since Christmas, these bad boys have come in handy to keep ready in my purse, gym bag, and even car.
You can’t really go wrong with anything from the PINK beauty line.
• false eyelashes
A lot of women are terrified of wearing and applying false eyelashes. I have been wearing and applying them myself for dance competitions and performances for over fifteen years now. (!!!) I guess you could say they have become like a second skin to me, and now I hardly even notice when they’re on.
I wear a variety of brands and styles, but I have found a few favorites I turn to for games and fun nights out.
My go to pair for the entire 2013-14 NBA season and fancy dinner dates have been Ardell Wispies.
• warming face masque
I received this warming trend green tea masque as a present from a friend a few years ago and have been very careful to make it last ever since.
I absolutely love the warming sensation it gives as it dries and always look forward to my at-home facial nights knowing a layer of this stuff will be included. Very calming!
• press on nails
I am not a huge fan of acrylics, or spending a lot of money on my nails so I have turned to press-on nails for years.
My favorite kind is Kiss French Petites or Real Short length, and both retail for around $7-$8 a box. There are several skeptics out there about using press-ons, but I can personally assure you that they are wonderful.
The box includes easy-to-apply instructions, the entire process takes about ten minutes, and they always last at least five days after I put them on. Try adding a clear top coat for extra shine! I would bet money that no one will suspect they weren’t professionally done.
• bare Minerals makeup
I have been using Bare Escentuals as my primary foundation and powder for years, but rarely talk about it.
When I don’t need anything heavy (and by heavy I mean foundation for a game, a night out, or an appearance) I prefer the lighter every day coat of bare Minerals makeup.
I find it to be heavy enough to cover but light enough to look natural.
Also, I like to switch between buying the Original and Matte versions every now and then. If you aren’t sure what shade is yours, you can purchase it in stores and get matched up in ULTA.
Check out my 5-Minute Makeup Tutorial for more of my every day wear!
• bright lip colors
All of the following lipsticks are from MAC. (<- my absolute fav!)
From left to right: Sheen Supreme-Full Speed, Amplified-Full Fuchsia, Amplified-Impassioned, Satin-Pink Nouveau, Matte-Pink Plaid, Cremesheen-Creme Cup and lip liner is Process Magenta.
I love pink lips, but occasionally enjoy bright reds, corals, or even a nude lip depending on the outfit. A fun lip color can dress up your going-out look, and depending on the outfit become the focal point of color.
I am a MAC fanatic, especially for lips and eye shadows. Most shades go for $14.50, but prove to be worth every penny.
• self tanning lotions, wipes + sprays
Just in case you missed my Spray and Self-Tanning 101 post this week, here is my all star line up of products:
From left to right: Gradual: Neutrogena build-a-tan Sunless Lotion, In-between: California Tan Instant Sunless Lotion,In-between: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze, Medium Natural Tan, Instant: L’Oreal Sublime Luminous Bronzer, Instant Action, Instant : California Tan Instant Sunless Spray
• GUM soft picks
(Also part of a HWG Beauty Week tutorial I shared earlier on my Every Day Teeth Whitening routine!)
Soft picks are made to keep your teeth clean after meals and in-between brushes. I adore the travel case they come with and the minty fresh feeling I have after using them. I new must-have item I always have in my purse!
• argabeta oil
In the past, I have had problems with my hair tangling. I purchased this Dikson ArgaBeta oil from my hair salon back in October and it has significantly helped out with matting.
You only use a tiny bit, since the oil is really concentrated and goes a long way. It’s also been great to keep some of the frizz down and gets my hair looking closer to silky and smooth!
• curling wands
Once you get used to it, curling becomes much easier, and I love how much you can vary in curl shape.
• ALMAY liquid eyeliner
After trying out several over the years, this simple black liquid eyeliner from ALMAY is what I buy over and over.
I use it every time I wear eye shadow and love the control I have with the sharp point to make tiny wings.
• Essie nail polish
Besides O.P.I. I have only went out and purchased Essie over the past few years. In my opinion, it really is the best!
Happy Friday! 😀