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I ran into one of my friends that I haven’t seen in forever at the grocery store and the first words out of her mouth were “OMG Amanda I am so obsessed with your blog”. I’m not going to lie I asked her repeat it to Mark when he came back to find me….it made me feel a little bit like this.
I can’t even begin to tell you how humble that made me feel. Blogging has become such a creative outlet and a platform to share all my newest finds and loves. She was telling me she has a baby, is working and studying for her boards so she doesn’t have time to research products or clothes. “Whatever you tell me I get it and I’ve loved all of it. Thank you so much for your recommendations!” (or something to that effect). That is what makes the countless hours so worth it. I also really like making people laugh (if you haven’t noticed by my incredibly embarrassing stories by now). I truly love all the connections I’ve made already with everyone. I literally crack up 10 times a day with all my email banter back and forth with y’all. Okay I’ll stop with the Miss America pageant speeches and let’s get into some finds I have been loving lately.
L’Oreal RevitaLift Blur Cream
Okay remember this post about early prevention? I am all about wrinkle creams. Now is the time before they set in. I got this cream as a small sample and I was blown away enough to buy a tube (when it was on sale naturally at Walgreens). I washed my face, put on my moisturizer and then put a tiny amount on my face at the end. About a minute later I was really pleasantly surprised. My face was matte. My pores were minimized and my natural skin looked airbrushed. Those tiny fine lines in my forehead were gone. I have no idea how this magician cream did this but I was sold. I didn’t even put any face makeup on for the day my skin looked that good. I tried it the next day and put makeup on top of it and my makeup looked flawless and I used less than I regularly did due to how smooth my skin was. Plus it has SPF 30 in it, multitasker. Also using it for 4 days straight and no breakouts. I highly recommend scooping this up!
OPI by Sephora Betsey Johnson Line-XOX Betsey
This is my absolute favorite neutral nail color. It is the most perfect beige pink. You only need one coat, it dries fast and matte. The polish doesn’t chip easily and is super easy to swipe on quickly so you aren’t walking around with bare nails. I got this at Sephora during the holidays…unfortunately cannot find it cheaper than this. Here is a very similar OPI one as well. I gave a bottle to my mother and she loves it as well. Perfect universal color.
Melaleuca Renew Intensive Skin Therapy
My sister gave me this 1oz travel size and I put it on my hands and elbows. It is the best hand cream I have found yet. It absorbs quickly and does not stay greasy. It makes a barrier and doesn’t wash off even with all my frequent hand washing throughout the day. The lotion makes your hands incredibly soft and it is fragrance free. You can find it here and here in the small travel sizes.
Eyeko-Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
This is my absolute favorite high end black liquid liner. It has a felt pen type of tip and goes on easily. It is the blackest black eyeliner I have found. Doesn’t smear and is non-irratating. It is extremely long lasting and dark pigmented. The only thing that drives me nuts is the last one I bought the plastic inside end piece kept on getting stuck on the tip of the eyeliner when I would pull the cap off. My friend Kelly has it and she said it never happened to her. So clearly I am an aggressive cap pull offer apparently. If you wear black eyeliner you will absolutely love this liner! I am the black eyeliner connoisseur trust me on this one. You can find it here and here.
This isn’t as darkly pigmented but works really well for a daytime look and half the price.
e.l.f. Studio Angled Blush Brush
I have tried their makeup and didn’t particularly like it. I have another one of their brushes and the bottom broke off. However this brush has stood the test of time and I absolutely recommend it. It is $3 bucks….you can’t go wrong with that.I use it for my contouring. I really use that term loosely because I probably do not do a good job. However I use my bronzer and shadow in the hollow part of my cheeks. I pull my cheeks in and that line that is created I angle this brush in there and sweep out. Cara is my go to when it comes to all things makeup application and technique. This HAC (highlight and contour) post will help you from looking like this.
My biggest takeaway from her HAC technique is the shadowing in your cheeks and the straight line on either side down of your nose with concealer. I have been loving this NYX High Definition Concealer.
Alright there are my current favorite products on my radar right now. How about you? What are your favorite picks right now?