Tuesday Treasures: New Beauty Buys

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Here are some new beauty buys I’ve been loving lately / can’t wait to try out. Do you or have you used any of them before? What are some of your recent favorite finds?

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Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner – Admittedly, I used this in high school before switching to the Clinique 3-step system. After moving on from that system, I stopped using toner all together. Lately though, my skin has been feeling so blah and I came across this at Whole Foods and decided to give it another go. A week in and I’m seeing some improvement so I’ll continue using it. It feels quite refreshing.

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SuperNail Cuticle Oil – I’m not the best at caring for my nails. I would love to have pretty painted nails all the time, but I’ve never been in the habit to maintain them (save for the occasional trimming and nail salon visit). Particularly my cuticles. I found this on Amazon and it had superb reviews. I didn’t purchase it until I walked into a Sally Beauty Supply. It’s a large bottle and was relatively cheap so I’m looking forward to using it on a daily basis.

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Super Pointy Cotton Swabs – These are perfect for those hard to reach places or to clean up excess nail polish.

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Dry Skin Brush – For years now, I’ve read about the numerous benefits dry skin brushing has to offer, but have been admittedly too lazy to try it out. Well, here’s my brush. I’m halfway there.

Tuesday Treasures: A New (and Cheap!) Liquid Eyeliner Discovery

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My friend and I were at a makeup store (that shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) over the weekend and noticed the cashier’s eye makeup. I loved the way she did it and asked her what type of eyeliner she used. She told me it was “Black Radiance,” a brand I’d never heard of before. She also said she got it from CVS (obvi, not the store we were in). My friend and I were both very enthralled at the perfection of her application. She went on to tell us that it took lots of practice, but she can now do a cat eye in 2 seconds.

She also stated that in regards to mascara and eyeliner, she didn’t feel the difference between expensive and inexpensive brands and it was all about the application. I have to admit, I did try a cheaper eyeliner once (I will not call out the brand, but it cost me $1 or $2). I wasn’t totally impressed, but for the money, I felt it was worth it. I’ve never purchased it again. However, I am going to check out this Black Radiance liquid liner. I could do a whole lotta practicing for the price ($2.99!).

Do you have a preference as far as buying designer or drugstore makeup? Have you noticed differences amongst products?

A New Nail Polish Color to Try: OPI Cuckoo For This Color

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I got a mani/pedi yesterday and decided to try a new polish color on my toes: OPI’s Cuckoo For This Color. It’s a dark green frosted metallic color and I love it. I guess I was feeling festive with it being St. Patrick’s Day weekend and all. When it comes to my toe nail polish, I am usually more adventurous than with my finger nail polish. I’d have to say, I would definitely try this on my finger nails. I put on two coats and it looks different depending on the light. It can go from a shiny metallic to almost black. I paired it with a nude manicure (Essie’s Topless and Barefoot). However, I consider this to be more of an autumn or winter shade (do you do that with your polish colors, too?), so I won’t be using it again for a few months. I’m glad I tried something new though, even if it is just a new nail color:)

Tuesday Treasures: Best Beauty Buys #2

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I’m back with another installment of my favorite beauty buys! These are items I’ve purchased time and again because they have proven their staying power with me. It’s not to say I have never tried new products since or will never try new products again, but I’ve come back to these time and again and with good reason. How about you? What are some of your favorite tried-and-true beauty products?

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Psssst Instant Dry Shampoo – Years ago, I saw a bottle of this sticking out of my sister’s BFF’s bag and she has the BEST. HAIR. EVER. Of course, I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself and I’m so glad I did! I don’t like to wash my hair every day, but it tends to get oily and I definitely need some help keeping it looking fresh. This does the job.

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Dove Body Wash with Pump – I’ve already included this in my first list, but I had to add it to this because now it comes in a pump! I’ve never been so excited to see a product in my life (ok–maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit), but how cool is that? I’d often wondered when they would get around to it. And now it’s finally here!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 – So I took a trip to Sin City with my friend and she pulled this out while we were getting ready one morning. She is an expert makeup artist and I am always fascinated by how well she does her eye makeup. After a swipe here and there, VOILÁ!, she was done. She swore with her heart that this eye makeup palette was the One and Only I would ever need in my life. I have been loving it since I got my own case.

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Benefit Brow Zings – Having nice eyebrows can make a world of difference in your appearance. I have a usual lady that I go to for threading, but when I can’t make it to her, I (hesitantly) will try someone new. Sometimes I get lucky, but most times not and I end up having to “grow out” my eyebrow hairs until I can get to my lady to fix it (she is kind of out of the way). In between those times and for everyday, I love using this to fill in any loose spots. (I should mention I have a teeny-tiny bald spot on my eyebrows due to a miscalculated jump on my parents’ bed. Ooops. I was a wild child.)

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit – I’ve been using this For. Like. Ever and I always go back to it. It does the job well and is pretty light enough that I don’t feel like I have cakey layers on.