Makeup doesn't have to be fancy. I'm so happy to see the days gone where drugstore makeup really looked atrocious. So glad to not have to go and choose just one thing from the Clinique counter (because it was the least pricey at the time) help your makeup when it really didn't, but we all have that mint green compact didn't we girls? So dang glad to see more affordable brands coming into Sephora and indie brands making a huge impact thanks to online availability. So I compiled a list of my least expensive but favorite products for as many category's as I could. I think I pretty much have them all.
I felt it very appropriate to do a monthly favorites, since I've been on a no buy for the last month. Therefore, I really dug deep in re-trying all my products again and purging the ones that didn't like anymore. It was a very interesting month. I rediscovered the products I really truly loved.
So let's just get into them:
I hope you like the shorter blog posts. Some rapid fire favorites....both skincare and makeup related. I'm surprised that I've never listed my favorite false lashes actually. I know I've reviewed several here and there but as far as a top 5 I've not done that. So, I wanted to because I tend to stick with my faves and I literally wear lashes every time I wear makeup.
In the beginning of my blogging and artistry the rage was mink lashes but the faux mink made a big impact. I prefer faux mink. I think they perform better, I don't have issues with taking care of them and getting a lot of wear out of them. The price is way better and they're easier to find.
Part 2 of My Favorite Products from 2017 is going to be makeup. I've tried quite a bit of new products and have some clear faves. I always appreciate it when there are clear stand out products that really hold top spot as a favorite.
So we've seen these types of lists everywhere now that we're nearing the end of the year. I personally love hearing people's favorite products. As skincare is probably the majority of my content I'm going to start with it first. Then I'm going to narrow down my makeup faves in another post to make it easier.
I've had a lot of favorites, but I took this list down to the ride or dies. The re-purchases. The recommendations. The stand alone Holy Grail products for myself in 2017. So let's get into it.
"Its the holiday season (the holiday season) so whoop dee doo and"......ok I'm obviously in the Christmas spirit! I thought it would be fun to do a quick round up of my fave red lip colors and formula that suits the Holiday season. I'm really in love with red lips right now so I think I'm gonna keep it going into 2018. Red is my new neutral. Ok maybe not, but I do love it right now.
Lets get into it. I'm going to include liquid lips, lip glosses, lip toppers and lipsticks. So hopefully there will be something for everyone.
I thought it might be neat, and maybe helpful, to show you some of my skincare line ups. To see what order they go in, for me. I love to layer products. So my simplified steps are still quite a few steps. My extensive, more in depth routines include weekly or bi weekly routines. It gets very confusing on my Instagram (@lovemascara) and I get a lot of questions about when I use this or that, where do I use this or that in the routine, and what's my AM routine is like.
So I thought it'd be easier if I didn't over explain in depth about the products them self and what situation exactly I would use a certain product is. I'm simply going to add in some routines of products that you've seen often, briefly explain what they are and where they go in my routine. I also think I'll break this up into AM, PM, Extensive Treatments, Multi Masking/Pamper/Selfcare Sunday. With a new category named "routines" on the blog which will be different from the category "go to routines" which target a specific concern I'm having with the skin.
Lets run down some of recent skincare faves real quick. There's been a lot of great products that I've gotten to try. These are the ones who stood out for me.
Take it from the top:
**Picture above is from @thegranolagoat on Instagram**
For a while, I've been trying different balms from all over, big and small companies. I have a bit of an obsession that started with May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon which is a cult favorite. So through the last year I've found some really awesome ones. However, I have found one that has taken place of Blue Cocoon for me personally.
It's time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This time it's hard to say what this product is other than a base. It's the Color Me Underglow Hydrator and I love it. I've worn it as foundation, I've used it under foundation, and over foundations. I've used it as a base for highlight on the cheekbones. So for me it's very versatile.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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