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Loving Lately: Beauty Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve chatted beauty on here, so I wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite beauty products at the moment. Some you may have seen on here before and others are more recent finds, but all are worth chatting about. The funny thing is, just about every one of these products I discovered because of other bloggers. The sea of beauty products is entirely too intimidating to me, so I love when I read reviews from other women sharing products that really stand out to them. I don’t have the time or energy to try every different wand for mascara, or every shade of lipstick MAC has to offer and don’t even get me started on tracking down the perfect hair products (ahhh!). So thank you, thank you bloggers for helping me to find some of my favorite beauty products. Read on and you just may discover some of yours…

MAC Lipstick in ‘syrup’: This is my go-to everyday lipstick. I’m not sure how long I have been using it, but the tube is nearly empty and that never happens for me! I have quite a collection of lipsticks that have piled up because I grow tired of the color and move on to the next. Not the case with this one. It’s the perfect pink…not in your face, but enough that makes you feel put together.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer: This one has definitely been on the blog before because it’s been a staple for years. Some days I wear it alone (especially in the summer) and other days I’ll add some foundation on top. It gives a fresh look without overpowering or making it look like you’re actually wearing any make-up. Some days I’ll add in a drop of their primer which adds a bit of a dewy glow to the skin.

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara: This would be the latest addition to my make-up bag. I’ve been a Benefit’s They’re Real fan for a few years now, but I’m pretty sure this one has turned me. There’s something about the thick wand and it’s shape that grabs my lashes and transforms them. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new mascara or not, I think you should give this one a try!

Amika Undone Texture spray: This is another product I’ve been using for years and it’s still going strong (well, not the first bottle, I’ve been through many of them!). When I first wash my hair (which I typically do every other day) and dry it, it ends up a little too smooth and shiny for my liking. I realize that’s the point of washing one’s hair, but it doesn’t work for my style. This spray adds the perfect about of texture and ‘un-done-ness’ and I rarely go a day without it.

Benefit’s Erase Paste: Another staple for me. I’ve been blessed with under-eye circles so this is a must in my beauty bag. This concealer stays put all day long and does a wonderful job covering what it needs to cover.

Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer: Technically this is a bronzer but I use it for contouring. I don’t use it everyday but it makes a noticeable difference when I do. My mom actually asked me what I had done differently to my make-up last week, she told me my cheeks looked like a model’s (or was it movie star?)…either way, you get the point. Go get some ;)


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