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!
Pictured above is the Revlon Elusive Insaisissable (205) and the Striking Spectaculaire (240) colors. Let me know if you are loving something similar!
• 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
Ever since I purchased this one last fall, I haven’t even turned on a curling iron. I have loved and used it so much since owning it, I finally bought the bigger version to use as well.
Once you get used to it, curling becomes much easier, and I love how much you can vary in curl shape.
Make sure to check out my How I Curl My Hair, How I Scrunch + Tight Curl My Hair, and How To Get More Wear Out of Your Hair video tutorials showing exactly how I use them!
• 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!
Pictured: really red + set in stones over the accent ring finger. #partynail
Happy Friday! 😀
Strength and Sunshine
I use the same liquid eyeliner! It is my favorite 🙂 I only use it on my top lid though and then I line my bottom lid with a normal pencil liner.
I do the same! It’s a great product!
Jordana makes a lip stain that is very similar to the Revlon lip crayon and it’s only $2.99. They also have a Best Lash mascara that is great (also $2.99). You can find the Jordana brand at Walgreens. It’s my newest obsession. 😉
Yay! I’ll have to pick some of that up. Thanks so much for the suggestion!! 🙂
Anna-Marie @Beauty and the Beets
I like the Tarte Lipstain lip crayons too. But I love Essie nail colors- and I am going to look up where to get that warming trend green tea mask right now! Happy Friday!
Ohhh nice, I’ll have to keep a look out for those! I actually got the masque from Janeen when she used to sell BeautiControl. I’m sure you could order one from the link I posted!
Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes
I love bare minerals makeup. I got a starter kit for Christmas a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. I totally agree about Essie nail polish. It’s my favorite. I think it lasts longer and doesn’t chip as much as some of the other brands. I own a ton of colors in the bright pink/red family.
Also, I’ve loved beauty week. Great idea!
So lad you’ve enjoyed the post. Thanks for your sweet comments! Happy Friday 🙂
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie
I’ve always wanted to try a curling wand! I’m just so scared I’m going to burn myself!
I was also scared of that. The ones I purchased actually came with finger gloves to help you with it! Once I got the hang of it, I didn’t even think about it anymore.
Ohhh eyelashes!! How I was so scared! LOL I love those relvon lip colors you have…definitely will be purchasing some of my own soon! Happy Friday!!
Love the wispies for both games and nights out 🙂 Happy Weekend!
Her Happy Balance
I’m a Bare Minerals lover as well. I’ve been wearing it since high school and I’ve never looked back, it’s just the right amount of coverage. I love bright lip colors as well. Mac makes the best colors, I’m big on reds. They had a Barbie collection years ago and I still use products from that line. As for fake eyelashes – love ’em. I usually apply the individual lashes to the outer corners of my eyes for nights out. Happy Easter!
Loved the Barbie collection as well! I definitely had a couple of purchases back then. I’ve never tried the individual eyelashes! Happy Weekend 🙂
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
Have you done a tutorial on how to put on fake lashes? I’ve only worn them a couple times before (both of which a professional assisted) and would LOVE to know how to do it on myself. 🙂
I haven’t! I did a video wayyyyy back about fake eyelashes but it was really just me rambling. I’ll have to keep that request in mind for the future! 🙂
love bare minerals!!
My fav line, especially in the summer when it’s hot and humid!
Runner Girl Eats
There are more beauty items in this post than my entire house! So many fun things. My favorite beauty item is def Bad Gal Lash by Benefit. A good mascara is all I need to instantly feel better 🙂
Ha, I know… I’m a little ridiculous. That’s mascara sounds awesome!
Body sprays rock!
I suck at using liquid eyeliner :/ You could do a tutorial, that would be fun 😛
Love the nails, they look like “real” ones!
Have a nice weekend, thanks for sharing!
Ha, I feel like I fake my way through liquid eyeliner applications. I really don’t know what I’m doing, but it usually seems to work out. I’ll keep that in mind for a future post or video. Happy Weekend!
Love the revlon balms, have you tried the NYC crayons? They’re surprisingly not bad for their price! l I’ve been on the hunt for sunless tanning products this spring and will check some of your recommendations out. Happy Fri!
I haven’t! I need to get on that. Thanks so much for the suggestion and Happy Weekend!
Couldn’t agree with you more about the VS PINK body sprays – so yummy! I like Urban Decay’s 24/7 liquid liner, but I’ll have to consider rotating it with the more affordable Almay version. If it wasn’t for the affordability factor, I’d use Laura Mercier’s products every day – they are awesome! Thanks for all the great beauty advice this whole week!
I really haven’t found anything quite as good for the price! Glad you have been enjoying the tutorials. Thanks for reading!
I have to agree on the MAC products and not just because I work there 😉 They are just great products all around.
Ugh and those Revlon balms surprised me with how good they were! I love those types of products where you don’t need a lip liner underneath. Kind of a two in one which is sweet.
For sure! I have been swearing by MAC for ages. LOVE their products!
I’m am Essie junkie! That reminds me… need a manicure today! 🙂
Yes, I’m sure you deserve it! 🙂