Monday, February 25, 2013

Favorite things 2013: Beauty edition

I did a favorite things post back around Christmas with an update of my favorite exercise gear and I have been wanting to do an updated one based on 'beauty products,' so here we are! You can check out my previous Beauty Products post as well.

First, let's begin with the one product that has completely changed my hair over the past year. I have a lot of hair, but the hair itself is pretty fine. It is wavy and has a tendency to frizz. Before I changed my hair routine my hair was constantly frizzy and I often called it my lion's mane. But, after much trial and error, I have found products and a routine that works best for me.

Moroccan Oil
Ah, the almighty Moroccan Oil. This product has dramatically changed the texture of my hair for the better. It is definitely a little pricey, but if you have frizzy hair, then I think it is worth it. Plus, it lasts a really long time. Well, it lasts a long time for me because I only wash my hair about 2 times per week.

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Shampoo/Conditioner
I tried the Moroccan Oil brand of shampoo and conditioner, but I just did not find it to be that great for the price. I still use the Organix brand that I mentioned in my previous Beauty Products post. Like I said, I only wash my hair about twice a week. I know not everyone can do this, but if you have frizzy hair, it can really help to only wash it a couple of times a week in order to prevent more damage.

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Hair dryer (Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Volare V1 Full-size Dryer)
Look, this hair dryer is not 'cheap' and it was definitely an investment. I do think that it shortened my drying time by a few minutes and will be worth the price in the long run since I was buying a new dryer almost once a year. Also, the 'cool' setting is actually cold air, not just 'not hot' air, which really helps with setting your hair style. I do not use a straightener unless absolutely necessary because I find them to be too damaging. I do curl my hair every now and then when I'm feeling fancy.

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Hair brush (Umberto Round brush)
If I ever lose this hair brush it will be a very, very sad day indeed. This is my absolute favorite brush. It's the perfect combination of being able to get the tangles out of my long hair while still having enough 'pull' from the bristles to pull the wave out of my hair when I am drying it straight.

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Face wash
Yes, I still use Noxzema. It is just a product that works for me. It feels good, it gets all of my makeup off, and it helps keep breakouts at bay.

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Makeup remover
I also still swear by my Almay eye makeup remover and Olay's Toner.

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Moisturizer
I have tried to make sure that I use some kind of facial moisturizer ever since I was in high school. It's pretty funny when you go to the store and you are buying 'anti-aging' moisturizer and the cashier is like, 'Um, why do you need this?'
Prevention, you guys!
I think that they have changed their packaging, but the one I use is just the classic, black and white tub of cream. I prefer the cream (actually the night time cream) over the lotion because it actually seems less 'greasy' to me. I haven't been able to use one with sunscreen in it because for some reason it breaks my face out every time I try one. But, I really want to try and find one with SPF in it because I don't always wear my makeup with SPF.

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Makeup
I love, love, love this powder. It's perfect by itself for everyday makeup and it's perfect for setting a heavier liquid foundation. But, don't even think about using that crappy brush that comes with it. I use my Flawless Face Brush from Bare Minerals.
*Side note: I posted that I was trying Bare Minerals foundation in my last post and of course, it made my face break out again. That makeup is just not meant for my skin.

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On days that I want my makeup to be a bit heavier and last longer, I add a liquid foundation. No matter how many kinds I try, I always end up coming back to Revlon Colorstay. It just does best on my skin and it really does last all day and all night. (I've used this one off and on since 6th grade!!)

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I have been going back and forth between my Bare minerals blush (in 'Thistle') and my Nars blush (in 'Orgasm.' Yes. You read that correctly). However, I tend to use my Nars blush more often.

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No matter how many mascaras I try, I always come back to this line from Covergirl. I just can't use the traditional mascara brushes after using these. They separate my lashes much better.

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I'm not 'loyal' to any particular eye makeup. I tend to just get whatever is on sale at the drugstore. So it's typically Revlon, Maybelline, or Covergirl. I just bought some new ones recently and they were all Revlon. (Can you tell I like Revlon yet?)

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I think sometimes people forget how important eyebrows are. They can really enhance or....de-hance?...your face. I like Revlon's Colorstay Brow Enhancer. It also has a highlighter on the other end which is pretty good as well.

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I bet you can't guess what my favorite eyeliner is. Maybe Revlon should reimburse me for all of this free advertising. (That's sarcasm, people).

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I love a red lip and I really like both Revlon's Lipstain and their Lipstain Balm.


Well, I think that is enough for one post.

What are some of your favorite products?











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