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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A few of my favorite things

So, spring is coming. You can feel it. Even though there's still snow on the ground and tons in the mountains, you can feel the air turning friendlier.

This is my backyard right now.
Suddenly, the urge to shop overcomes you. The good weather is coming... you must update your wardrobe! Hurry, start working out! The winter weight must come off so you can fit into tiny shorts and tank tops!

Ok, so maybe you're like me: you're an adult, so you have bigger plans for your limited income than a shopping spree and makeover each time the season changes.  (Although you'd love to spend your money that way... I know I'm not in a position to be doing it!)

One of my favorite things on earth is buying new makeup. The first day I get to wake up, shower, and put new makeup on my face is pretty much my adult-version of Christmas. (Maybe I'm easily amused?) Since there was no money for a new wardrobe (which is badly needed, btw), I went ahead and splurged on Last week they had an awesome sale (50% off Studio!) and I convinced Husband it was worth indulging in.
My current setup

My dad stopped by today and commented, "You look more cheerful today."
Well, this is why. A few of my favorite things came in the mail a couple days ago, and I got a chance to use them today. :)

(Disclaimer: I might sound like an eyes.lips.face commercial, but I promise they aren't paying me... I just love makeup, and they happen to have a lot of good quality products for really good prices!) Ready to hear about my favorite things??

#1:  e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer ($6)
No, I'm not joking. I used to think primer was a ridiculous ploy for the cosmetic companies to get more money. How unnecessary, to wear makeup under your makeup!


Face primer has seriously changed the look and texture of my face. (Note: pictures included in this post are primer-less. If I'm in a rush, I skip the primer to save time.) 

#2: Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes ($5)

I live with acne and have since I graduated fifth grade. I imagine it will be my companion until I die, as I am 26 and it still hasn't left me alone. So my favorite item in my makeup bag is concealer. It's absolutely essential for oily skin like mine, and picking the right kind and color is pivotal. You want it to be one or two shades lighter than your foundation. Some people say to use cover-up after foundation so you're only using it where your blemishes show through your foundation. I reject this philosophy because it always seems to be impossible to blend completely. I start under my eyes, because I always have dark circles. (I have three children, after all, so I'm not getting a whole lot of sleep.) This concealer is my favorite because:

a) It never makes me break out, which is what I seem to have happen with every other concealer I've tried, completely defeating the purpose,
b) It actually covers my dark circles,
c) I can use it all over my face and end up with the right color - I don't have to stick to the eye area & buy a separate concealer for the rest of my face.

(Sidenote: I have to admit, I absolutely adore Mary Kay concealer in Light Ivory, but it makes my face break out like crazy. If your skin tolerates the Mary Kay formula, I HIGHLY recommend it. It's the best coverage I have found and a tiny tube lasts me a year.)

#3: e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit (dark)

I have light hair and dark eyebrows, and I spent a lot of time trying to fix that problem. Eventually I got so many compliments on my contrasting pasty-white face/black Audrey Hepburn eyebrows, I have accepted and learned to love them.

However, my natural eyebrows come in a shape like Laurdes Leon (you know, Madonna's kid, pictured to the right). I spent years plucking to acquire the shape I wanted, and do you know what happened? I'm going to say this very small, so maybe she won't see it: 

Exactly what my mother said would happen (and I quote, "If you keep plucking your eyebrows so small, you're going to end up with none!" To which I of course replied, "Don't be ridiculous, Mother, I have caterpillars for eyebrows. They're not goin' anywhere").

Anyway!  So my eyebrows are getting a bit thin. I'm definitely not Jerseylicious or anything, but they need a little bit of extra length, and I finally found the perfect product to do that. (Eyeliner/brow pencils are too defined and create a harsh line that looks fake.)

#4: e.l.f. Lip Liner & Blending Brush

I'll admit, this purchase was an add-on. You know, like the checkout stand stuff you buy while you're waiting for the cashier to ring everything up, that you really don't need? It turns out I love it. I have full lips, which sometimes are distracting, but I'm a huge fan of lip liner anyway. Call me a drama queen, but I love the dramatic contrast between red lips and white skin. (Picturing Snow White? Me too.) Anyway, this product is awesome because it has the perfect natural shade (twist-able pen tip), and the other side of the stick is a lip brush for blending. This is going to end up replacing my carry-everywhere, can't-live-without-it lipstick. (Which, by the way, is Maybelline lipstick in Ginger.)

#5:  My very favorite eyelash curler in the whole wide world is only $1.  (you guessed it... e.l.f.)

Throw your other eyelash curler away and splurge on a $1 e.l.f. eyelash curler. Not the $3 one, the $1 one. Yeah, it's that good.

Also, my favorite mascara. When Maybelline came out with Colossal Volume Express and Falsies Volume Express, they looked so cheesey, I was sure I wouldn't be trying them.

That is, until there was a really good sale... I bought both of these for $5 at Rite Aid, and I've LOVED them. Definitely makes my top 10 products list.

#6: My new e.l.f. Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette - Limited Edition ($10 sale, $20 reg.)

I've only had a chance to experiment with a couple of colors so far, but


Doesn't it just make you want to get all dressed up and pretty??

#7: Moroccan Oil ($50-60)

What did that just say?? $60? Is she crazy?!

Yes, I'll be honest with you... I'm one of those girls who thinks Pantene ProV is, like, top of the line. So when Husband gave me a Moroccan Oil gift set for Christmas, I was kind of a brat. I thought it was a frivolous thing to spend so much money on.

But I have seen the light. And it is a beautiful light.

He gave me Moroccan Oil shampoo & conditioner, styling cream, and oil. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting. The next morning I washed my hair with the new shampoo and conditioner, thinking how quickly it would be gone, and I added the oil and styling cream after my shower. As I dried my hair that day, I started kicking myself for being such a brat. This was the BEST shampoo, conditioner, and hair product I had EVER used.

The next morning I woke up, went to wash my hair (as I always do, because my hair is extra-oily and has always required washing every single day), and I found that it looked exactly like it had the day before. It didn't even come close to getting oily. I hardly even knew what to do with myself, I had so much extra time on my hands!

And the compliments... Oh, the compliments. I haven't had so many people comment on my beautiful hair since high school (when teenage hormones made it gorgeous all on its own). Remember how I was sure it was a short-term gift? Not even close. Two months later, I haven't even finished the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner (because I have to wash my hair half as often, and because it requires WAY less than regular shampoo), and the oil is probably going to last me the next 6 months or more.

He spent about $60, and it makes me happy every single day. Seriously good investment.

I got all of this on sale, so (excluding the Moroccan Oil), I got a complete makeover for $25? 

Yep, that's definitely my favorite thing. 

Well, besides these guys...


  1. Wow, this post soooooooo makes me want to get all dressed up and pretty!

    Glad you're happy today. Maybe if I did my face each day it would be happier. I'll be right over, you can show me how to do it. :)

  2. Alright, you have sold me on that Moroccan Oil stuff! I do not invest in my hair at all, pretty much because I'm cheap, but also because I don't know what to buy! So I usually buy whatever drug store shampoo is on sale.... um... yeah... not workin'.

    I'm saving for that stuff. (Yes, I have to actually save to buy something that costs $60. Sad, I know.)

    You look gorgeous! I love a good make-over too. So fun! :)


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