Products That Are Totally BFF’s

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You know when you buy a product and you’re like sweet this works great, love it but then when you use it with either the tool it is supposed to be applied with or another holy grail type of applicator and now you’re like……mind blown.  That is how I feel about these products that are totally great by themselves but added with their BFF and now they are a serious doubt threat.

I totally was a NYX concealer (medium) kind of gal and don’t get me wrong it does the job beautifully and for under $5.  Then I used my Sephora coupon and went for the NARS concealer that B raved about and I do love it.  I am the Custard color.  Universal color for most.  My next project is to do a side by side and length of wear comparison because concealer is one thing that I do have to buy a few times a year.  Once you add the airbrush concealer brush you will feel like how did you ever apply concealer with your fingers before? Oh and it has the most perfect cap to keep the brush clean.

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Nars concealer |  Sephora Airbrush Concealer #57

I have been using this little trifecta of fun for the past month and it honestly gives my latest airbrush makeup trial a run for its money.  The MUFE in the green primer does an amazing job taking all the redness out of your face.  Make sure you let it dry for a few minutes.  Then you just need a tiny amount of the YSL foundation applied with the brush and hello flawless skin.  I use B30 (reference point).  Now if I can just find my receipt for the individual brushes that I bought I am totally getting the entire set. Seriously such a steal!
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I’m no pro at contouring but with these tools it does make it a little easier.  Cara’s post is my holy grail for instructions.  Use the Elf brush (it’s 3 bucks I seriously have like 4 of them) right under your cheek line straight to your ear.  Then use the fluffy brush to frame the outside of your face and blend. I used to be a BareMinerals bronzer fanatic but after I got my mini sample of laguna I now see what the cult favorite is all about.

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Elf Angled Brush  |    NARS Laguna  |  Airbrush Bronzer Brush

I know I sound like a broken record but the YSL glossy stains are the best lipgloss stains that exist.  I mean what red do you know stays shiny, isn’t drying and won’t transfer onto your wineglass?  Then when it fades it does so naturally and does’t leave that weird outer red lip liner thing.  I know they are pricey but I have had my holy grail red (#9 rouge laque) for like a year now and besides losing it in a clutch here and there it is still kicking.  My two new favorite neutral colors are N 107 Naughty Mauve and N 106 Beige Anarchist.  Great investment!  Added with the Peter Thomas Roth lip cream absolute perfection!  It helps with those dry winter lips and gives a really nice fullness.  I have been putting it on every night and morning and I really notice the difference!

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Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle |   YSL Glossy Stains

Holy grail eyelash curler (even though they can be scary) with my new favorite mascara equals lash perfection.
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If you want eyeliner that would stay on if you went swimming in a pool and then got out and rubbed your eyes but then still will wash off with face wash then here you go.  My ultimate black eyeliner pencil.
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To finish off that airbrushed look and then set it.  The Urban Decay setting spray is for real.  I mean it held up my makeup during our engagement pictures in the FL heat and was literally budge proof.  I am a believer.

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NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder |  Urban Decay Setting Spray

Finally for those strong nails!  You’ve heard my talk before about how strong prenatals make your hair and nails.
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Well there you have it my favorite dynamic duos and trios.  Have you ever discovered how much better a product works when applied with a certain brush or product combo?  Tell me your product besties!  A lot of these would be great stocking stuffers just saying….. You know you want to follow me on Bloglovin so you can keep up with all these informative BFF posts right?  xoxoxoxo
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57 Comments

  1. December 10, 2014 / 5:54 AM

    All of those products sound great! I am going to have to remember all of these and check them out ASAP :D Thanks for sharing this list!

  2. December 10, 2014 / 11:02 AM

    I definitely believe that a great brush makes a huge difference! I can’t wait to try some of these. Great post!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. December 10, 2014 / 11:37 AM

    I really want to try that mascara! You are my go to for product advice now, esp mascara! Have a great day Amanda! xo

  4. December 10, 2014 / 11:45 AM

    I love the urban decay eye primer! It’s so wonderful!! :)
    Love seeing all of your BFF pairings haha

  5. December 10, 2014 / 11:55 AM

    Get out of here with this brilliant post!!! Seriously love it – I need to get that concealer brush from sephora – I’m sold!! I’ve been taking Biotin and it really helps, so I’m going to check that nail polish to make sure I’m getting the most out of it!!

  6. December 10, 2014 / 12:12 PM

    What a fun post idea, lady!!! Love the concept!

  7. December 10, 2014 / 12:46 PM

    that ud liner is the best!!

  8. December 10, 2014 / 12:49 PM

    this is a great post idea! i love it all. too bad i wear no make up/concealer/blush/etc so i’m just learning here :) but the lip stuff has me wanting to make a purchase. damn blogging and my wallet :)

    cheshirekatblog.com

  9. December 10, 2014 / 1:02 PM

    brushes are SO important to great makeup application. i found out a while back that my sister uses ONE brush for everything…and she wondered why her makeup never looked good *smh*

  10. December 10, 2014 / 1:03 PM

    YES to the NARS creamy concealer (also thanking B for that rec!) and to UD’s primer potion. I can’t imagine ever putting on eye makeup without it now :)

  11. December 10, 2014 / 1:09 PM

    I need to learn how to contour! It always looks amazing but I can’t do it at all LOL! And I still need to try your YSL lip stains. I can’t believe I haven’t tried them yet!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

  12. December 10, 2014 / 1:38 PM

    This is such a good idea for a post!!! I couldn’t agree more about the eyelash curler and mascara. Those two brands in particular are the best!

    Ashley
    http://www.minck.co

  13. December 10, 2014 / 1:57 PM

    Great post. I love that YSL Foundation. It’s fantastic. I so need to try that lip stuff from Peter Thomas Roth.

  14. December 10, 2014 / 2:11 PM

    I have to admit, I hardly ever step foot in Sephora. I have a pretty good love affair with Clinique and can buy it other places than the mall.

  15. December 10, 2014 / 2:11 PM

    I want to try so many new products now! But especially the YSL Lipstain!

  16. December 10, 2014 / 2:15 PM

    Love this post! So many great products. Love you tips on how to use them!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  17. December 10, 2014 / 2:26 PM

    haha this is a cute list, and the Urban Decay lid primer is amazing, I swear by that product!

  18. December 10, 2014 / 2:32 PM

    love this post idea. i feel the same way about foundation + the bare minerals brush. that thing is so soft. some of my bristles started falling out so i zoomed to sephora and was like THIS IS NOT OKAY. they gave me a new one in 2 seconds. no questions. god i love it. and thank you for reminding me to take my prenatals!

  19. December 10, 2014 / 2:40 PM

    This post is pure genius. I’m always looking for people’s makeup tips of how to make things last longer, etc. Thanks for the round up, girl – I clearly need to check out those Sephora brushes!

  20. December 10, 2014 / 2:49 PM

    That UD spray is the BEST. I also use that NARS setting powder and I love it. Thanks for sharing some reviews about the other products too, I’ll have to add those to my list. :-) I hope that you are having a great day so far too!!

  21. December 10, 2014 / 2:52 PM

    Love this! Those brushes sound amazing, I’m going to have to check them out! I’m starting to run out of my bare minerals bronzer, and I already love NARS so I’m thinking I should just try laguna next!

  22. December 10, 2014 / 2:58 PM

    I don’t know how I EVER wore eyeshadow before eyeshadow primer! I use the UD Primer Potion now (and have for years) but I originally used the Bare Minerals one. Couldn’t imagine now using it now!

  23. December 10, 2014 / 3:00 PM

    I swear by the Urban Decay Setting spray. I use it every single day. My skin is super oily and it helps keep the oiliness away for longer. It’s just amazing lol

  24. December 10, 2014 / 3:01 PM

    I’m adding that concealer to my shopping basket right now. Struggle city with the skin lately!

  25. December 10, 2014 / 3:04 PM

    Love these posts because I always learn about the best stuff. I love UD primer and eyeliner too – they are my faves. I also like MAC eyeliner too, it goes on just as smooth as the UD in my opinion.

  26. December 10, 2014 / 3:16 PM

    Want to try that MUFE primer!

  27. December 10, 2014 / 3:17 PM

    Oooh – I am def going to try some of these products.

  28. December 10, 2014 / 3:20 PM

    You always have the best product suggestions! Looking forward to trying some of these!

  29. December 10, 2014 / 4:05 PM

    Well isn’t this just the most brilliant beauty post ever! I’m not a big beauty girl, but I did learn to contour a few months ago and it was a total game changer. I love a good primer and really need to get another shadow primer. I have like no eye lids when I close my eyes so it always gets in my crease and clumps. Love this girl!

  30. December 10, 2014 / 4:17 PM

    Ahh love this, I have a few “dream team combos” as I call them, myself! I can’t live without that setting spray!!

  31. December 10, 2014 / 4:54 PM

    love this! i am so bad about choosing products and brushes so this is really helpful :)

  32. December 10, 2014 / 5:04 PM

    I need that nail polish strengthener, my nails are so brittle. The Elf angled brush is perfect for contouring.

  33. December 10, 2014 / 5:12 PM

    I wish I could take prenatal vitamins. The iron in it KILLS my stomach.

  34. December 10, 2014 / 5:22 PM

    girl, I wish you could see how many notes and open new tabs I was doing before I just saved this entire post! Thanks for the reviews! These are most DEF my favorite posts! xo Happy hump day!

  35. December 10, 2014 / 5:39 PM

    Such a great list! I am a huge fan of that Urban Decay eyeliner, too! :)

  36. December 10, 2014 / 5:57 PM

    I want to try that NARS concealer with the airbrush! Where did you get that Elf angled brush? The link isn’t working for me. :) thanks!

  37. December 10, 2014 / 6:04 PM

    This is such a great post!! One of my goals for the new year is to invest in some great beauty products and revamp my routine. I’ve been a bit lazy and haven’t updated any of my products or tried anything new in a long time. Thanks for the tips!!

  38. December 10, 2014 / 6:16 PM

    This was so great! I have the NARS concealer on my Christmas list – fingers crossed. I was actually at Costco yesterday and they have YSL lip stains there for only $28! I’m kicking myself for not picking one up… I may go back later, ha!

  39. December 10, 2014 / 6:20 PM

    I’ve heard people rave about concealer brushes before, but I haven’t taken the plunge to get one… Thinking that may go on my Christmas list now though because concealer is the only thing I wear every single day. Gotta cover up those under eye circles, stat! That lip stain looks gorg too…

  40. December 10, 2014 / 6:34 PM

    I totally want to try a new foundation but with the bareMinerals brush (too pricey to ditch ha). Great combos, lady!

  41. December 10, 2014 / 6:37 PM

    Ok, next time you are up here we are meeting at Sephora in SHills mall and you taking me shopping!

  42. December 10, 2014 / 7:01 PM

    This reminds me, I should really start back taking prenatal vitamins. Love all of the UD products!!

  43. December 10, 2014 / 7:12 PM

    i’m totally gonna get that $3 elf brush next time i go to target. i just got a new elf product (lip lock i think) and it’s freaking AMAZING and was $3 i mean isn’t that the best?

  44. December 10, 2014 / 7:34 PM

    I’m loving this post!! It’s so true that certain products work so much better when applied with the right tool or paired with another. I’m going to have to pick up a few of these to go with some of my current product loves. Thanks girl!

  45. December 10, 2014 / 7:48 PM

    Can I have your makeup collection, please?!? I really need to up my game! This is a great post and now I am dying to try the contouring BFF’s!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

  46. December 10, 2014 / 9:36 PM

    I love the pairing between Nars and the Sephora brush. Very nice. I wish I had that in my makeup bag

  47. December 10, 2014 / 9:54 PM

    I love all the combos!!! I haven’t tried the YSL yet. I am really loving the Naked foundation by UD.

    I keep buying more and more of the $3 ELF brushes…good stuff!

  48. December 10, 2014 / 10:00 PM

    Love this!! My sephora airbrush brush is MY BFF!! Best brush ever! And I still need to get that lipstain!!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

  49. December 10, 2014 / 10:10 PM

    This is such a great post idea, I love it! Once I started using a fluffy brush for concealer it literally changed everything – they blend like a dream, and in no time. Sometimes in the winter I’ll apply the product first with my fingers to warm it up to skin temperature, but I’m guessing that since you’re in Florida you never have the problem haha.

  50. December 10, 2014 / 11:12 PM

    I may have to try just that lip treatment… mine are terrible this time of year, no matter how much balm I drown them in!

  51. December 11, 2014 / 4:39 AM

    Love this! It’s just in time to prepare for the holidays… a great makeup look is a must!

    Found you in one of the fashion blogs I frequent and thought I’d give you a visit. Would you like to connect via GFC or other social networks? Let me know if that is something that is of interest to you :)

    xo,
    Abby
    http://www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

  52. December 11, 2014 / 4:57 PM

    I’ve got to add the Urban Decay liner to my list. I’ve heard so many great things about it. And I’m a FIRM believer in the setting spray!

  53. December 14, 2014 / 4:26 AM

    I need a better concealer and me thinks Ill try nars. Im giving up on my current one.

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