Current Beauty Faves

Happy hump day, lovelies!  I wanted to change things up a bit today and do something that I haven’t done in a while-share my current beauty faves!  Typically I’m pretty loyal to my tried-and-true products, but over the last couple of months, I’ve stumbled on a few new things that I’ve added to my routine.  So I wanted to take a minute and share both the old and the new with all of you.  Details, and why  I love these products can be found below!

Favorite ProductsClockwise from top:

  1.  Moroccan Oil: I am obsessed with this stuff.  I color my hair and have extensions and it does wonders for both.  Since I started using this regularly about a year and a half ago, I have seen a huge change in my hair.  Plus, if you live in a dry climate like I do, it will help with static and dryness during the harsh winter months!
  2. Karen Walker Sunglasses c/o Ditto: I am obsessed with sunglasses, so I have absolutely fallen in love with a company called Ditto.  They let you rent any designer sunglasses of your choice for just $24/month.  There is no contract and you can change them out as often as you want (with free shipping!).  Plus, if you use code: ALLDOLLEDUPBLOG at checkout, you can try one month for free!
  3. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Palette: I’ve been super loyal to the original Naked palette for years, but I finally bit the bullet and picked this smokey one up.  And I am SO glad that I did!  It has great colors in it that I don’t already have, and it’s helped me to be more bold when experimenting with date night looks.  But it’s not just for dressing up either!  There are amazing neutrals for daytime as well.  It really is just a great all around palette and definitely worth every penny!
  4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation: this is a new product for me.  I have been wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Light pretty religiously for over a year. I love the matte finish, that it stays in place all day, and I never get oily.  BUT, this winter has been so dry, it started to make my skin look dry and cakey.  On the recommendation of another blogger (Mckenna Bleu-check out her blog here), I tried this one.  And you know what?  I LOVE it! It stays in place all day, I never get oily, and it doesn’t leave my skin looking dry like the Estee Lauder.  And even better? It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on my face.  This is probably my favorite out of all of the new products I’ve tried!  It’s also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates! I use this powder to set it.
  5. Benefit High Beam Highlighter: I was having dinner with a good friend a few months ago and I couldn’t stop staring at her skin.  It looked so radiant!  And when I asked her what her secret was, Benefit High Beam was it.  So obviously, I immediately purchased some for myself.  And the verdict? I am obsessed with it!  It’s super easy to apply, gives the most beautifuly radiant finish, and looks great blended using this.
  6. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara:  I am a tried and true fan of Bare Minerals Lash Domination. But I’ve found that mixing Lash Domination with this mascara gives me both incredible length and volume.  Plus, if I finish it off with a little Younique 3D Mascara for special occasions, it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes!  So good!
  7. Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner: this stuff is the bomb.com.  Not only is it super easy to apply (you can even put it on your face!), but it gives you a gorgeous, gradual tan that you can build as much as you want to.  When I went to the Bahamas with friends a couple of weeks ago, the weather was too cold to get any sun.  But I used this stuff for a little color and everyone talked about what a nice, natural tan I had when I came back! ha!  Plus, it doesn’t get streaky or blotchy around the wrists, ankles, or knees when you apply it or when it wears off.  This is hands down the best sunless tanner I’ve ever tried.
  8. Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon: I am a gloss girl and most lipsticks can drive me nuts.  But not these!  The color is super vibrant, they wear really well, and are comfortable on the lips.  Plus, the lid has a built in sharpener making it the perfect all in one! Ladybird (a fiery red/orange), Primrose Hill Picnic (the perfect bright pink), and Trout Pout (a great bright coral) are my go-to colors.

Let me know if you guys have any questions!  Would love to hear if you use any of these products, or what your favorites are!  I am always on the lookout to try new things!

xoxo,

Abby

 

Holiday Casual (and an amazing skincare giveaway!)

This week I want to show you guys three different looks to wear for your Thanksgiving festivities.  Whether your dinner is a casual affair, or a dressier event, this weeks posts will hopefully provide some inspiration to help you dress for any Thanksgiving occasion!  And today, I wanted to start with a super comfy, casual look (similar to what I will be wearing for our Thanksgiving feast!).  I mean really, what could be better than pairing your favorite leggings with a comfy tunic and over-the-knee boots?  A look as comfy as pajamas, but totally appropriate for any holiday meal. And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to learn about my beloved skin care regiment and your chance to win some of my favorite products!

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Tunic: Loft (obsessed!), also love this | Leggings: INC Skinny Ponte Pants (BEST pants ever-trust me!) | Sunnies: Karen Walker, similar (less expensive version) | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: Clare Vivier, flat version here | Boots: TJMaxx, similar, similar, similar

Today, I also wanted to share my skin care regiment with y’all and give you the opportunity to win some of my favorite products!  I have been using R+F  (Rodan + Fields-the same doctors who created Proactive!) for about 4 months, and my skin has never looked or felt so good.  A few months ago, I would never have considered sharing a no-makeup selfie (let alone 2!) with all of you, but now that I am using R+F, I feel completely confident au naturale, and I wanted to show you guys not only how great my skin looked after just one month of use of this product, but how much better my skin looks even now!

Please be sure to check out the R+F site and take the test here to see which R+F skin care regiment is right for you (I use Redefine)!  You can also enter for your chance to win a mini-facial below!  Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on your chance to try this phenomenal skin care! It’s been a life changer for me and I know it will be for you too!

Click on the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY link below for your chance to win a mini-facial (5 winners will be chosen!)!!

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Winners will be announced Monday, December 1st!  Good luck and thank you for stopping by!!!

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!

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!

xx

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!
xx

The Cold Shoulder

One thing I know for sure, I definitely did not get the cold shoulder from my friends and family on my birthday-in fact so many people in my life reached out and made such incredibly sweet gestures, that it is safe to say it was one of my best birthdays yet.  I did however, choose to wear my new bright pink cold shoulder top to my birthday dinner at my favorite wine and tapas bar with our very dearest friends.   It was a wonderful evening and I am so grateful to all who came out to celebrate, for the beautiful weather, the lovely gifts, and time spent with so many sweet friends that I don’t get to see nearly enough.  I was a very blessed birthday girl this year!

Pink Cold Shoulder Top:  RACHEL Rachel Roy via Macy’s

Skinny Jeans:  Gap Jeggings

Shoes:  DV by Dolce Vita Jude via Macy’s

Necklace:  JCrew via eBay (again, a word of caution if you go this route-there are a lot of terrible fakes on eBay right now)

Clutch:  Steve Madden via Macy’s (sold out)

Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Bracelets:  Tiffany, H&M, Forever21, Macy’s, Thailand (yes, the country!)

Sunnies:  Guess via TJMaxx

I love the cold shoulder trend.  I think it is a great way to dress up a simple top-in fact, the other cold shoulder tops in my closet are primarily jersey and most of them seem to have stripes.  I tend to gravitate towards them because they are comfy enough to make you feel like you are slipping on your favorite t-shirt, but add a few accessories and some cute shoes, and you have an outfit fit for just about any occasion-including a birthday dinner in your honor! :)  They also tend to be flattering on my most figures and are a great way to transition from long sleeves to tank tops.  I know I never feel quite ready to show my pasty white arms in the month of May, so a cute cold shoulder top is the perfect middle ground.

Happy Hump day!!

xx