Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Top 10 Beauty Favorites

Hello sweet friends!
How are you this fine Tuesday?
Me, well I'm doing swell. :)
Today, I decided to share with you my recent "Top 10 Beauty Faves".
Which I will be linking up here, for Top 10 Tuesday and here for Makeup Monday.  
I usually change up my daily makeup routine by the season....
Or if I discover a new beauty product which rocks my world and I must make a switch! ;)
Most of these items are new to my routine (as in1-3 months 'new'), but have really made an impression on me.... Making them worthy of a new top 10, to share with you.

 1. Crest 3d White: I started buying this whitening toothpaste when I started drinking coffee every morning, again, and my regular toothpaste just wasn't cutting it... I really like this brand, my breath stays fresh my teeth stay white... it does the job.
2. Dove Gentle Exfoliating Bar Soap: I use this for both my face and body. YES, I said face! Normally I use the Mary Kay Timewise Miracle set for my face. But I fully ran out last month and decided to just grab something else until I could buy more. Rather than buying another typical face wash from another brand, I decided maybe I would try bar soap for a while. Instantly I thought of Dove for bar soap, since its the only one that doesn't leave that weird dry feeling on your skin after using it. I decided on the gentle exfoliating one because my face just needs that (like always). And I actually am LOVING it for my face. Now this could be because of the combination of this soap and the next two items on this list, but my face is so much softer now.. And I have not even been using a separate moisturizer for my face! I'll probably stick to it for a long while before going back to my Mary Kay set. (Since it seems to be doing the trick and is a lot cheaper!)

3. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB: Ok, so I dont know if it has been from stress or what, but my face had been breaking out like crazy. Well crazy for ME, because I normally have very clear skin. So I wanted to step away from my normal foundation and either go natural or try to find something lighter for my skin, so it could heal up. I started doing some research and discovered BB Creams! BB Creams (for those living under a rock like I previously was) aka beauty balms or blemish balms are multi-bennificial creams that are sort of like a tinted moisturizer (only way I can think to describe it) but better...With many more benefits. I did research and checked out reviews for all the bb creams on the market right now, and decided to just go with Maybelline's Dream BB first. Over all it got just as good of reviews as any (on the cheaper side) and well you all know Maybelline is like my fave... SO yeah. According to the site these are all the benefits Maybelline Dream BB is supposed to have:
• Blurs imperfections
• Brightens
• Evens skin tone
• Smoothes
• Hydrates
• Enhances
• Protects with SPF 30
• 0% oils and heavy ingredients
Maybe its just placebo affect - But I really think it has been working wonders on my skin. Again, I believe its probably the combination of this and the dove soap and the next item e.l.f. blemish powder... But my skin has not felt this soft and amazing in a long time! So I love this product. Its very light weight, and just what I needed to give my face/skin some time away from my normal foundation, to clear up.

4. e.l.f. Blemish Powder: I love this stuff, Ive already gone through the whole jar and have some on its way to me now. One thing I love about e.l.f. products is the price (extremely low!) but the quality for the price is amazing. This powder is probably one of e.l.f.'s more higher priced items at $8. But its SO worth it. It comes with a little applicator brush, because its supposed to be used to spot treat blemishes. But don't use the brush that comes with it. Ive actually been using it as an all over powder, applying it after using Dream BB, with my kabuki brush... This would explain why Ive gone through it so fast (well if 2 months is fast, but if you are just spot treating, I imagine it would last a lot longer). Since using this  my face is softer and my breakouts have dramatically decreased. Love this stuff!!

5. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (Dark Circles): I'm always on the lookout for a great product to help my dark circles. Ive used and loved many, but I still typically switch them up very often! I read a great review about Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for dark circles, and decided to give it a try. I definitely think its a great product. It covers well. It has a soft applicator which is nice since the skin around my eyes can be so sensitive! Over all I really LIKE it. I want to say I love it, but something stops me there. I couldn't tell you what it is, but I just feel there is SOMETHING missing about it, that could make it better. I will definitely keep using it for a while. And I have no complaints about it. Its truly a great product (obv. top 10 worthy) but as I said before, I'm always on the lookout for a great product to help my dark circles.

6. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Bronzer & Blush: I bought this (at Target) in December while in Napa on my anniversary trip. It really grabbed my attention because its just so cute! LOVE the hearts! Ive always loved the look and packaging of anything Physicians Formula... But aside from that, the other thing that caught my attention was that it came with a free full sized bonus item (the next thing on this top 10 list). Im sort of a sucker for deals and freebies. So I bought it. I wasn't sure how much I would actually like it, but now its the bronzer/blush that I use daily. The bronzer is not orangey or too shimmery. Its just perfect, creates a great shading/contouring affect. And the blend of those colors of blush are great too. Love this product.

7. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Lipstick:  So as I mentioned above this came as a freebie bonus item with the bronzer/blush. I thought it was just too adorable with the little heart in the center! SO cute. In this picture it looks very pinkish, but in real life its actually very orange/coral-ish. I was really iffy if it would even look good or if I would even wear it (or want to ruin the cute heart in the center), but I thought 'well its free - no biggy if I don't like it'! Surprisingly though I DO like it. The color is very subtle. And sort of blends to a soft coral/pink/nude lip color. And I like it. It looks pretty natural, in my opinion. Also it smells like roses. Which actually does make me happy.

8. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm: There isn't too much to say about these. I just love them. The fun colors, the fun scent, the lite color tint it gives your lips... Love. I wear them by themselves often, but mostly like to wear them over lipstick too. They are nice for a lip balm, but I will say I don't think they are as moisturizing as they claim... Well at least not compared to Carmex - which is just amazing - nothing really compares to Carmex in terms of healing/moisturizing, in my opinion. So there is that. But they do the trick, I still just adore these cute lip balms, I have several and use them every day.

9. Radiant Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick (Daphne): I cannot say enough good things about Radiant Cosmetics! I love what they do, their mission to raise awareness for and donate a portion of their profits to stop human trafficking, such a wonderful company to support. Of course I am a fan of their products too. And lately if you see me wearing lipstick its most likely their moisturizing lipstick in 'Daphne'. Gorgeous color, but Ive also got my eye on the shades 'Strawberry Fields' and 'Park Avenue'.

10. My Beauty Addiction Mineral Eyeshadows: My Beauty Addiction is a shop I found while browsing for makeup on etsy! And I must say their shop is aptly named! I'm already addicted to their shop. What I love about their shop is that they offer good sized samples (enough for several uses/applications) at a pretty decent price. I recently purchased their shadow poxy/eyeshadow primer ($4.50), as well as an eyeshadow sample pack which is 10 samples for only $8.50. I will be sharing looks that I created with the samples I bought on upcoming Makeup Monday posts. But I can tell you now, that I LOVE their eye shadows. My favorite so far is called Rampage (the one in the image above) its a gorgeous pink color, which truly looks amazing on. All of their mineral eyeshadows are just gorgeous rich vibrant colors that just get me excited to do my makeup each day and try a new look! You all should know by now how much I love color on my eyes... The fun colors from this shop make me feel like a kid in a candy store! No joke. I'm going to be ordering more samples soon to try more of their colors before I decide which to buy in full. If you're someone who likes to be adventurous with your eye makeup, I would definitely suggest checking out their shop!

Phew... You all still with me?
That sort of seemed long winded, but I hope you all enjoyed it and found it helpful!
Please feel free to share with me what would be on your most recent top 10 list for beauty products.
Anything you would suggest I try, or that you might like me to review for you?
Let me know! :)

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  1. Ok, I love this post! I've done a couple similar to this, but didn't organize it the same way you did, and the difference is genious, in my opinion... Definitely easy to follow and not boring.
    I love posts like this anyway. I like hearing what other people love to use/beauty secrets. Thanks for sharing! Maybelline is my favorite too.

    1. Aw thanks so much for letting me know that! I definitely appreciate it, and its good to know when Im doing something or presenting my posts in a way that is pleasing and enjoyable to others! :)

  2. I almost bought that BB cream yesterday! Maybe the next time I go to Target, I'll get it :)

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested. :)

    1. Definitely get it, especially if you are looking for something new/different than your typical foundation! I love this stuff. ♥

  3. I have never tried the babylips but I keep saying I want to try them..may just have to grab one or two my next trip to Target! Great post girl!

    1. I promise you wont regret it. They are just so delish. Sounds silly, but those adorable baby lips always put a smile on my lips! HAHA

  4. Love Babylips! I'm definitely gonna check out My Beauty Addiction. Stopping by from the Tuesday10 link up!

  5. Love Babylips!! I have a box full... it's kind of scary.. I can't live without the Maybelline Age Rewing concealer and the BB Cream is one of my all time favorites!!



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