My Current Beauty Favorites

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Hello and welcome!  In keeping with my plan to step up my posting frequency here on the blog, I thought I would pop in today and share some of my current beauty favorites

While I love makeup (and shopping for makeup!), I really hate to waste time and money on big ticket items like foundations and skincare if they aren't going to work and work well.  Because I have sensitive combination skin, I unfortunately cannot get away with skimping on these parts of my makeup routine.  There have been a few exceptions to this, but they are few and far between. So I am super excited to have found some products that seem to be doing the job just right!  I have had all of these items for several months now, as I don't like to blog about anything that goes on my skin until I have had ample time to make sure I am truly happy with how it works.  

But with that said--onto the favorites!

First, I want to talk about TooFaced's Better Than Sex Mascara.  Normally, I can't justify spending more than $10-$15 on a mascara.  To me, a mascara is a mascara is a mascara--they pretty much all do the same thing (I usually swear by L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara if you're looking for a great drugstore option!).  However, while in LA, I purchased the travel sized version of this mascara just to see if I liked it.  And like it I did--it left my eyelashes looking as if I was wearing false lashes or extensions.  This was particularly exciting, as I can't really use either extensions or falsies because I am most likely allergic to the glue.  If you have the same problem, this mascara is a fantastic solution!

The next item I am loving is the Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector.  When I was in LA, my skin was having a total meltdown and was basically a shiny mess for the entire first week I was there.  I went into Sephora desperate for something that would help it calm the eff down.  Initially, I wanted a setting spray for oily skin.  However, the makeup artist helping me suggested this product.  She gently patted the cushion onto my problem areas, and I saw an immediate improvement.  I use this item as a primer, to set my makeup, and to touch up throughout the day.  The fact that it is bascially three products in one makes it a worthwhile investment!

I spent a few months this summer hunting for a new setting powder in anticipation of the impending end of the Laura Mercier powder I'd had for years (literally. I think I had it for five years).  While I didn't hate the LM powder, I didn't love it, either.  So this time, I decided to try the setting powder from GloMinerals.  I use it to "bake" the foundation and concealer on my T-Zone and smile lines, and then blend everything out with a lighter powder I got last year from NARS.

Speaking of NARS, my final two beauty favorites are from this brand.  I love NARS--in fact, I don't think I have ever been disappointed with anything I have bought from them. 

The first product I am loving from them is the Sheer Glow Foundation.  This foundation is so light that I can barely feel it on my skin, and doesn't get all "gunky" throughout the day like pretty much any other foundation tends to do on my skin.  Therefore, it was nothing short of a miracle from Baby Jesus that this one actually behaves like it is supposed to.  The best part is that a little goes a long way, so even though it is a bit on the spendy side, I will likely not need to buy new foundation for a loooooong time.  I use this product in the color Santa Fe, and I love it, especially when teamed up with my Murad Cushion for setting and touch ups!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Laguna Bronzer!  This bronzer is a cult favorite that I am super late to the party on.  Better late than never, right?  I had been wanting to try this bronzer for ages, but needed to use up the one I had before I could justify spending money on a new one. Let me say--it was worth the wait! I have used shimmery bronzers for years, but have recently been wanting a more matte look on my base so I could then add some sparkle with blush and highlighters.  This bronzer gets the job done beautifully!

And there we have it--my current beauty favorites!  Have you tried any of these products? What are your current favorites?

I hope you found this post helpful, especially if you have cranky combination skin like I do!

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  1. I love NARS products specially. Glad to see your favorites. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a great day.

    1. Aren't the just the best? Thanks so much for reading <3

  2. Super post.Rado te citam samo tako nastavi ☆


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