Updated Makeup Favorites

Updated Makeup Favorites

Hey all! Long time writer, long time since posting (sorry)! I’m well-overdue for a beauty related post!  Since the majority of questions I get asked are in relation to makeup, I thought I would do an updated makeup favorites post! Doing freelance bridal makeup, there are definitely my favorite go to’s, but for me in my every day life, there are so many products I use that I really have been loving I want to share with you all. In this post, we will cover skincare and makeup!

SKIN

I received promotional items from Kiehl’s for a fundraiser they had last month. One of the products they sent me was an oil. Prior to receiving, I had never tried an oil before for skincare. Hesitant, because…oil… I went for it. Oh my gosh–I have fallen IN LOVE! Somehow it’s quick absorbing and not greasy at all. I do have to wash my hands after using this product, but wow–I wake up and see a difference! My skin looks brightened, more clear in tone, and balanced. It’s called Midnight Recovery Oil  which is meant to enhance the skin’s nighttime recovery. Definitely get your hands on this! One other product by Kieh’s worth mentioning and now part of my daily routine is their Creamy Eye Treatment. Meant for the under-eye, it’s a concentrated avocado oil formula meant to moisturize. It absorbs so quickly and keeps this area beyond hydrated! So thankful to be introduced!

Last but not least for the skin category is more of a misting refresher. It’s the Mario Badescu Facial Spray (aloe, herbs, and rosewater). I use this before makeup, after I set my makeup, and when it’s been a long day and I need a refresher. It smells so good, is so inexpensive ($7), and a new favorite of mine!

MAKEUP

Foundation
There are two foundations I have been loving–however, neither of them are “new” products. To preface, these are on the higher end in terms of cost (but if you know me, I expect a lot out of a foundation in terms of coverage, wear, and longevity).

The first favorite is the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. I shake this bad boy up, put about four mini-pumps (one full pump) on a flat kabuki Sigma F80 brush, swirl around and am done! This is an instant, skin-clearing, medium-to-full coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish. It says it’s resistant to sweat/humidity–I do think it holds up well, but not as well as my Estee Lauder Double Wear. I also get about 12 hours of wear (vs. the 16 hours it claims), but I do have a bit more oily skin. Regardless it’s an excellent foundation!

My second new favorite you saw me raving about on Instastories. It’s the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24-Hr Foundation. It’s been considered a replica of the Estee Lauder Foundation (I think they are similar, but not replicas). This is considered medium-full coverage and provides a beautiful velvet-matte finish. For me personally, the first layer is definitely medium coverage. I usually always go back for more product around my cheek area due to redness and hyperpigmentation. It feels different than the NARS foundation (more creamy and thicker, but not in a bad way) and it blends easier than the EL Double Wear foundation. Overall I really like it! I will say it doesn’t last 24 hours like it claims–I would say 14 is more realistic. Regardless, it’s a very quality foundation!

Concealer

Oh Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, how I love thee. Let me start by saying I did NOT like this product when I first tried it. Thick and creasy–no one has time for that! Well, let’s just say you do not need much of this product, and that makes all the difference. Honestly, I think it mostly has to do with the large applicator–it’s huge! Simply wipe down a bit of the applicator, blend out with a beauty blender, and it will be your new eye lift (cough) I mean best friend. 🙂

Mascara

Maybelline’s “Big Shot Colossal” Mascara is the bees knees, ya’ll. This mascara separates, lengthens, and volumizes your lashes! I will say if you do a second coat, do it quickly. I typically use another mascara as a top coat. If you are new here, I am a HUGE fan of layering different mascaras. If you like your lashes soft and fluttery, look no further than Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara. I feel like you could keep layering it on and it will never get clumpy! Repeat buy for me.

Eyeshadow 

If you are clueless when it comes to eyeshadows, head to your nearest Sephora or Ulta and buy the “Tarte in Bloom” eyeshadow palette. This palette carries colors that can be taken from day to night and has mixtures of matte and shimmer shadows. This palette is my go-to travel palette when I don’t want to haul a lot of makeup!

Lipstick

I’m saving the best for last! You know when you love something you buy it in multiple colors? Welcome to Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor. Let me be the first to say I really don’t like liquid lipsticks. They are so drying for me! These feel completely different. They appear matte, but feel more between a matte and satin finish. It’s hard to describe but you have to try! Also, this is the lipstick I get the most questions about. They have such a great shade range. Icon and Swank are my favorites (so far). These last about 3-4 hours for me. I adore the applicator–the product applies like a dream. Britt tip: Wipe down the applicator before use. You don’t need much!

There you have it! A quick snippet of some of my new go to favorites. What are some of your favorite new makeup products? Let me know on Instagram!

Until next time,
Britt

Tried & True

Tried and True
As part of my new online newsletter, “Tried and True” will serve as a series of posts of all my favorite products. Make sure to visit the “Newsletter” tabs for other fun categories!

Tried & True: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

This is not one of those “if you were on an island and can only bring one thing” (which would be mascara for me), but more so what makes the most difference in my daily routine. Blame it on my large pores or oily T-zone, but if I didn’t use this before my foundation, it’s incredibly noticeable. To even think the thought of not using it is a little scary (I realize, I’m attached)–but that’s just how much this product wows me. The key is to let your moisturizer sit in a few minutes before applying, and then let the primer soak in at least a couple of minutes. This makes all the difference in application for me. You can find it here with free shipping: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Tried and True: Kenra’s Volume Spray 25

As a product junkie, I love trying new things. However, when I find something I love, I buy it on repeat. This tried and true is a daily favorite. I have fine hair and typically curl my hair. I always want something that will hold my locks but not weigh me down or be sticky in formula. There is a reason Kenra’s Volume Spray 25 is a Stylist Choice Award winner. This product never lets me down! You can find it here: Kenra’s Volume Spray 25

Tried & True: The BEST lilac polish

Is it just me or is it difficult to find a pale purple that isn’t overbearing? Don’t get me wrong, I love fun colors but sometimes you want something classic with a twist. Look no further than Essie’s Nail Polish in St. Lucia Lilac. It’s an older one, but one I definitely plan to repurchase. How many polishes can you say that about? You can find it on Amazon here.

 

Microblading with Indy Microblading

My Microblading experience (2)

As you may recall, I am beyond delighted to share that I will be collaborating with the ever-so-talented, Indy Microblading, LLC to get my brows microbladed! Save the date for July 3rd at 1:00 PM EST to follow along with my microblading experience!

A little background: What started out for a love of makeup turned into doing freelance bridal makeup in the Indianapolis area. With that said, you know that I am always sharing products, tips and tricks on Snapchat, Instastories, and on my blog. It took me quite a bit of courage one day to show you all something that has always been an insecurity of mine: My half-missing eyebrows.

When sharing this on social media, I received so many comments from readers thanking me for doing that. I even had someone send me a selfie of their brows saying, “mine are missing too!”. It just goes to show that we all have something we are insecure about. I literally couldn’t imagine leaving the house with my brows on!

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Monat Review

Monat

If you have wondered about Monat and have considered use, keep on reading! I had an opportunity to try this product in exchange of a review. Monat was new to me, but I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it before based on how many comments I received when mentioning on Instastories! I had so many responses from people letting me know how much they loved it!

So, what is Monat you ask? Monat is a hair care line that is dedicated to bringing your hair back to its “youth-like” state. Monat carries many different treatment types— but ultimately each product focuses on bringing back the strength of the follicle, and providing nutrients to your scalp, which leads to hair growth. It’s easy to ask how products differ from one another, but when you see the statistics below, I think it speaks for itself!

For the review, I was gifted with the Intense Repair Treatment system. Upon first use, I was greeted with a minty smell—something I fell in love with! I also appreciated that their products are sulfate free. Although sulfate free is better for your hair, I don’t always love how it feels. When using Monat, I didn’t get that “is there really any shampoo in my hair?” feeling, so that was a plus for me! This product called for massaging into your scalp for a few minutes. Which, let’s be honest, I never do that typically, but I actually appreciated a moment of relaxation! Upon rinsing my hair out, my hair felt clean–but not that “overly-squeaky” clean that comes from stripping all natural oil. As for the conditioner, I did feel like I had to use more than normal to cover my hair, but absolutely loved how it felt after rinsing out.

The most noticeable thing for me (that was immediate and continued with use), was the texture of my hair when dry. My hair is very fine and I felt like my hair was actually fuller! It didn’t feel weighed down or oily at all–it just felt balanced! I also noticed how shiny it was, which is super important when you have highlights like me!

What impressed me the most was the statistics! Monat shares on their website that their clinically proven ingredients have demonstrated the following outcomes:

  • 88% Increased manageability and shine
  • 76% increase in collagen directly increasing follicle size
  • 70% increase in repair effect improving hair anchoring
  • 58% noticed a decrease in fiber breakage
  • 48% decrease in DHT hormone that contributes to hair loss
  • 46% increase in hair growth
  • 35% in hair follicle strength

If that doesn’t wow you, I don’t know what does! Even Nick was impressed with use. When he heard about the hair growth, follicle strength, decrease in hormone contributing to hair loss, and improving hair anchoring, he was sold!

To learn more about Monat, please visit www.theamysloan.mymonat.com

A very special thank you to Amy Sloan for offering the collaboration. You can find her on Instagram at @theamysloan.

If you use Monat, let me know!

Until next time!
Britt