Spring Beauty Essentials

One thing I love about a change in season, is the chance to freshen up my beauty routine.  And because I am so enamored with the below products, today I thought I would share my current beauty must-have with all of you…
Spring Beauty Essentials
1.  Bare Minerals BB Primer: this stuff is AWESOME! I am a huge fan of primers and have tried all of the cult favorites, but this is by far the best.  It goes on silky smooth, has a slight tint to even out blemishes and redness, I no longer get oily in my t-zone after a few hours (like I do with every other primer I’ve tried), and, of course, it has all the benefits of a BB Cream!
2.  Bare Escentuals Pressed Powder:   I have been a fan of the loose powder for years, and was super excited when they launched the pressed.  However, I was initially turned off by the fact that the colors weren’t interchangeable with the loose, and by the fact that it didn’t get rave reviews right away.  However, my favorite Bare rep got me to try it a couple of months ago and I’m hooked!  Initially, you do have to be aware of the difference in application (it goes on a little heavier than the loose if you aren’t careful), but once you get it down, it’s super easy and natural looking.  PLUS no more mess all over the bathroom counter!
3.  NARS Orgasm Blush: I use this year round.  Hands down my favorite blush and works with just about any skin tone.  If you haven’t tried this, you must-it’s a staple in my beauty bag.
4. Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in Fly High:  I always gravitate towards YSL and MAC lipsticks, but when I saw a photo of my favorite blogger, Julia, from Gal Meets Glam, wearing this color during NY Fashion week, I HAD to try it.  And am SO glad I did!  The color is the perfect shade of pink for Spring, and it is super comfy and long lasting-in fact, it reminds me a bit of a gloss.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stuff!
5.  Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Apricot:  Another tried and true favorite that I have been wearing for years. In the summer I wear the bronze, but in the spring, the Apricot is the perfect amount of warmth and glow and looks great layered with Orgasm.
6.  Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner:  BEST.  EYELINER.  EVER.  I recommend this to everyone, and everyone who tires it is hooked.  Super easy to apply, doesn’t smudge (I can wear it without any touch-ups all day long), and yet, it super easy to remove.  I guess you could say it’s easy on the eyes in more than one way!
7. MAC Prep+Prime Translucent Finishing Power:  After constantly reading about this product, I recently decided to give it a test drive.  And the verdict?  It’s fantastic!  It is the perfect setting powder, gives my makeup a perfectly finished look, and reduces the look of fine lines and pores.  I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked!
8.  Urban Decay Make Up Setting Spray:  Another tried and true favorite in my beauty routine.  Now that I’ve used it, I can’t go without it.  And let me just tell you, all make up sprays are definitely not created equal.  So if you are in the market, this is the one.  Trust me, try it and you’ll be hooked.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  And please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about the above products!
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Pucker Up!

I get a lot of questions about the different red lipsticks that I wear on my blog.  And so today, I wanted to share my four favorites with you.  Now truth be told, I am a total lip gloss junkie and don’t usually tend to gravitate towards lipstick-mostly because I have always found them to be messy and uncomfortable.  BUT since discovering  these 4 products, I find myself wearing lipstick more and more often.  And more importantly, actually liking it!
NARS Heat Wave: really fun orange/red; my go to in the summer; lightweight, but not super long lasting
STILA Fiery: burgundy red color; long lasting vinyl gloss that wears like a lipstick; pretty comfortable, and amazingly long lasting (even through drinking and eating); sponge applicator makes it easy to apply
URBAN DECAY Revolution in 69: true bright red, my personal favorite lipstick (in all colors!); super comfy, long lasting, easy to apply
MAC Ruby Woo: super fun color; cool red tone with a matte finish; a little drying-definitely pair with a gloss
Happy, happy Friday to all of you!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

FPF: Smashbox Brow Tech To Go

Eyebrows are important. Like really important. They frame the eyes and give definition to the face. But all too often, I see women neglecting their eyebrows. And while I must admit that at first I found the thought of penciling in my eyebrows to be a little bit daunting, ever since I discovered Smashbox Brow Tech To Go, my eyebrows are neglected no longer.

Brow Tech To Go is quite simply a pared down, travel version (but full size) of the famed Smashbox Brow Tech. There is nothing intimidating about this brow pencil, and it’s so easy to use, there is virtually no room for error. And not only that, but I love that it is one piece instead of 3 or 4 (like most brow kits) which makes it a quick and easy step to add to your beauty routine. Just define eyebrows with the angled pencil (glides on easily and naturally), and then brush on the gel to hold in place. Easy as pie! Plus this product lasts and lasts. It’s really just all around awesome…

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Smash Box Brow Tech To Go

For those of you in the SLC, don’t forget about the Fashion Fusion event at Fashion Place Mall tonight!  Fashion show starts at 7pm!

And to everyone else, happy, happy weekend.  I hope it’s a good one!

P.S.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram for pics from tonight’s event!

Get Your Tan On

Get Your Tan On
With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the official start of summer just around the corner, and warm weather here to stay (fingers crossed!), I am ready to bust out the shorts, dresses, and tank tops.  But what I am NOT ready to put on parade, is my pasty winter skin.  And while you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a tanning bed, I do love the look of a nice bronze glow.  Over the years I have tried a lot of different products in order to achieve a natural looking faux tan, but have either hated the results, or the smell.  But a couple of years ago I discovered L’Oreal Sublime Glow lotion and I have never looked back.  It’s a fantastic product that I use year round, and can’t imagine using anything else.  And because I love the lotion so much, I have tried several of the other tanning and bronzing products in this line, but haven’t been super impressed.  That is until I recently tried the tanning towels.  And let me tell you, they are AH-mazing!!  They are super easy to apply, are relatively odorless, and I find when I use them in tandem with my lotion, I am able to achieve that beautiful, natural looking faux tan I have been trying forever to create.  Hallelujah!
So if you are looking to try a new tanning product, give these two a whirl.  I am pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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FPF: Best Make Up Primers

Best Make Up Primers
While it might seem like just another added expense, I assure you that a makeup primer is an essential step to your beauty routine.  Not only do primers help to hide fine lines and wrinkles, creating a silky, smooth canvas to apply your make up to, but because they drastically improve the application and look of your make up, you will find that you need to apply less make up.  Particularly if you use a neutralizing version (my favorite!) which helps to reduce the appearance of any redness, spots, or blemishes.   An added bonus?  They also help to make your makeup last longer throughout the day.
Happy weekend!
xx

FPF: The Perfect Glossy Lip

The Perfect Glossy Lip

Bonne Bell Lipsmacker (you can find this in any drug store) |  Smashbox Limitless Lipgloss | Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss

I LOVE a good glossy lip.  And while Chanel Glossimer remains at the top of my list, I also recently discovered another lip gloss that I am enamored with-and that is Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing gloss.  It is a fantastic product and lasts an amazingly long time.  BUT it is a touch sticky on the lip so I like to layer it with my favorite chapstick.  And then recently, on a whim I layered on my favorite Glossimer (Sweet Beige) over the top and the results were perfect.  An ultra glossy lip with incredible staying power and none of that uncomfortable stickiness! 

Happy Weekend!

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FPF: Beach Essentials

Beach Essentials
In honor of my trip to Nicaragua, and with spring break fast approaching, I thought for today’s Favorite Product Friday I might share my favorite beach essentials.   So if you are lucky enough to escape to somewhere warm this winter, then this post is for you.
Happy weekend!
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