Beauty Must Haves: June
I have fallen in love with some great beauty products recently and thought I'd share them with you!
I'll start from the top(ish) and go as close to clock wise as my wonky layout will let me.
when we skimp on sleep we are more drawn to sugary or high fat foods the next day not to mention, overeating. Those choices can lead to bloating and your skin breaking out from poor eating habits. No one likes feeling sluggish, bloated or seeing a few pimples pop up.
My best friend had originally ordered me some chewable tablets during my wedding planning because I was suffering from insomnia. No bride-to-be likes waking up feeling and looking like crap day in and day out. I'm thankful she introduced me to this magic. The tablets were really great at getting the job done but I would easily need a full 8-9 hours of sleep to not feel like I had taken an elephant tranquilizer the next day. I believe they were 5 MG per tablet. I like this spray more because it's only 1.5 MG per spray and usually 1-2 sprays will help me fall asleep and sleep soundly through the night. I don't wake up feeling groggy at all. The taste isn't AMAZING but it's also not terrible. I suggest taking it about 15-20 minutes before bedtime. I like to do a little spray if I am not feeling tired then do my nightly beauty routine.
Buy yours here for about $20!
Town and Anchors site but it is probably safe to assume it was via Pinterest or from Instagram. I saw a post about their Leg Oil helping minimize cellulite. Now I don't see in the product description on their website saying anything about cellulite but I know that is why I purchased it. Now if you are not aware, pretty much every woman on the planet has cellulite somewhere on their body. I think the jury is still out if Gisele Bundchen is obsolete of it. Cellulite is one of the many "blessings" bestowed onto us women. There is some research out there saying it's genetic, hormonal and so on. It also exists in woman of every shape, size and ethnic background, although how much and where varies person to person. YOUR CELLULITE IS LIKE A UNIQUE SNOWFLAKE. There is also no evidence of a cure all magic pill, although, yes, a healthy diet and exercise definitely helps. I bet all that information makes you feel really hopeful and happy doesn't it? The good news is cellulite is a very superficial thing that use to be considered normal and it didn't even have a name until the 1920's BUT I understand why some people are more sensitive to having it than others. I happen to hate mine. I'm not ashamed to admit that if I had a ton of money I'd get that shit lasered off Khloe Kardashian style. So until I win the lottery or that check from the Princess of Zimbabwe clears in my bank account I am just going to have to try all the topical products out there.
I'm happy to say I actually noticed a difference. Yup, you heard me. I saw my cellulite diminish by a noticeable percentage. How I do I even percent that accurately? It diminished by....err.....maybe 40%?? There are two big ingredients in the product that have been shown effective on diminishing the look of cellulite on a superficial level (aka what your naked eye sees at the skin's surface). Apricot Kernel oil and coffee. I'm sure you've seen DIY coffee scrubs all over Pinterest. I like this oil better because I don't have to deal with the messy coffee grounds plus you have the apricot kernel oil which adds the extra POW. I like to massage this into my trouble spots after I get out of the shower. Your skin tends to absorb oils/moisturizes more efficiently after a shower/bath. I like the smell but it does tend to lean on a more masculine smell than frilly and feminine. The good news is the smell doesn't overly linger afterwards.
Buy it here for $26
amazing foundation but I like to wear it only on special occasians. Not because it has a cakey look or feels heavy but because it's ridiculously expensive. Also I think less is more during normal day looks. I went with the Bare Minerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream because it has SPF 30 in it and works like a BB and CC cream. I'm getting old(er) and I want to get carded for drinks for at least another 2 years so I am starting to take better care of my skin. We all know one of the biggest culprits to "aged" looking skin is sun damage so anything with SPF is a must for me now. At first I got a darker shade of the cream but it was too dark. It looked better blended into my hand but on my face I looked a bit orange. I opted for Ginger 06 after returning the other one. It has a subtle golden hue to it. I apply about a nickle size amount to my fingertips then blend into my face in a fashion similar to my moisturizer. If I notice a few areas needed a little extra coverage I will tap a tad more into those spots. I basically am living a concealer free life after purchasing this. It has a great creamy texture that leaves my skin looking dewy, not oily. Plus it's mineral based which is great for all of us with sensitive skin.
Buy it here for $29
Buy it here for $12
Under eye primer
Buy it here for $3
Lipsticks and tinted balms
Rose Bud Lip Salve but I like the look of a good creamy lipstick. I am really into textures. I had been looking for a good "nude" or "natural" lip color that would give me that perfect Angelina Jolie pout. I love how her lips always look hydrated but not glossy and the color is natural looking but not flat. I had to find a lipstick that could do this.
I'm glad I discovered Nudus . I had seen a few beauty writers and bloggers raving about the shade 27 Kisses, but worried again that the color would not show up on me. I love that the product is not only cruelty free but also organic. I get weirded out by the idea of having whale fat on my mouth. I put off ordering it for a while because spending money on a lipstick over $30 that may not even show up on me stressed out my bank account. Luckily I saw one of their stockist, Integrity Botanicals, offered samples at $2.50 a piece. I loooove when companies give samples. I ordered three shades (just to try out the three I was most drawn to) and all three were really great but 27 Kisses was definitely my favorite. It didn't show up as a dull nude lip color and doesn't dry out your lips. If I feel like they are feeling a tad dry after a few hours I just apply a small dab of my Rose salve in the center of my pout and I'm good to go. I highly, highly recommend this shade for anyone looking for the perfect nude, natural lipstick.
Buy it here for $35
marker-ish applicator and nothing causes some raised eyebrows like looking like you're drawing on your face with a magic marker. So I was looking for a good tinted lip balm to throw in my purse for on the go and in public touch ups. I really love this BB Lip balm by Bite. It has SPF in it which is great for summer since sunburnt lips are literally THE WORST. It keeps my lips super hydrated and gives them that stain look, plus it smells AH-MAZING. I got mine in the color Dolce because darker colored lip balms tend to not read as dark on my lips. I would not recommend this color for everyone. I highly suggest testing out the colors first.
Buy it here for $24
Eye shadow palette
looks so fresh and effortless. The soft neutral browns and touch of peach/pink tones are great for day and night looks.
Buy it here for $5
Buy it here for $8
Buy them here and here for $8.50 each
follow a 12-17 step skin care regimen every day, twice a day. No wonder their skin is so amazing. This products powder releases in a self measured amount every time so you don't overuse the product and waste it. Which is good since this stuff doesn't come cheap. Because you have to dispense the product into your hand and it's a powder I don't suggest using it in the shower. I like to use it after I get out of the shower. I dispense the pre-measured amount into one hand, add the water, and use my other hand the mix the two together. I then use both hands to massage it onto my face. I then leave it on my skin for an additional minute. Once you rinse your skin with feel really soft and clean without feeling dry. I have not experienced any redness or irritation from this product. I use it 4-6 times a week.
Buy it here for $60
I hope you enjoyed discovering some new products!