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

 

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FPF: Pitchnic World Premiere

Some of you may remember this post that I shared back in May when Justin and I attended the annual spring fundraiser for Spy Hop (one of our favorite events of the year). But for those of you who don’t, Spy Hop is a tremendous organization in our community that gives high school kids the opportunity to participate in the arts outside of the regular classroom. And we have been blessed to have the opportunity to become involved and give our support to some of their programs. One of which is a film making program.

At the fundraiser last spring, the kids pitched 4 different films to us and we were able to bid on our favorite and help with the costs of creating the films. So last night, 6 months later, we attended the world premiere party and first time screening of these films. And this morning I am still blown away by their talent, their poise, the caliber of the films we saw, and the excitement for what lies ahead for these bright young people.

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Instagram Filter:  Amaro

Dress:  BarIII (last summer), similar

Cardigan:  Old Navy

Belt:  Mossimo for Target, similar

Necklace:  Stella and Dot Leona Pendant

Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Gold Clutch:  Michael Kors via TJMaxx

Leopard Wedges:  Aldo, similar

It was 72 degrees in the SLC yesterday, so I was thrilled to have the chance to wear a dress and pumps with no tights one last time this season.  But I didn’t want to look too summery, so I took one of my favorite summer dresses, and paired it back to a cardi, a cognac belt, and some leopard pumps to give it more of a fall feel.  I love pieces that you can transition from season to season.  They are the best investments you can make in your wardrobe!

Happy weekend everyone!

xx

Favorite Product Friday: bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color

We all know colored lips are all the rage right now.  From hot pink, to orange, to red, lips have become a fun vehicle to add a pop of color to any ensemble.  And because I am a gloss girl (you can read about my adoration for Chanel lip gloss here) and always tend to gravitate towards a nude, glossy lip, this has been a hard trend for me to embrace-and not based on look (I love wearing a bright lip), but rather on comfort (I hate how drying lipstick can be!). That said, I have tried several lipsticks, specifically MAC and L’Oreal, based on my favorite fashion magazine and blogger recommendations, but I didn’t fall in love with any of them. So when a consultant at the bareMinerals counter recently tried to convince me to try their new Pretty Amazing lip color, I agreed-solely because I was sold on the gorgeous shade of red she was offering.

And boy am I glad that I gave it try!  This product absolutely lives up to its name.  It is a hybrid between a gloss and a lipstick so while it has a fully pigmented color, it isn’t drying, and has the creamy texture of a gloss but it isn’t sticky.  The precision applicator allows for you to apply without a lip liner (which is how I use it) and its staying power is down right impressive.  Plus the colors are vibrant and beautiful.  Pretty Amazing, right?

So if you are looking to try a bright lip for the first time, or if you are looking to try a new product, this is the one ladies.  Strength (red), Ambition (fuchsia), and Moxie (baby pink) are my favorite shades  as far as brights go, but they have some fantastic nude and neutral shades as well.  Plus they look great when you layer a gloss over them.  Chanel is still my number one choice for gloss, but I also like the bareMinerals Moxie and Buxom glosses too.

Tip:  I put on chapstick (yes, I am 5 and still use Lip Smackers) before I apply anything to my lips, whether it be a gloss or a lipstick.  It helps the product go on more evenly, and makes it more comfortable on the lips thus extending the wear.   

Summer is the perfect time to rock those bright lips, and now that you have insight to such a great product, there is no excuse not to try this hot trend-so get out there and dress up those beautiful kissers!!

Happy weekend dolls!!

xx

P.S. Let me know if you have any questions or if there is a specific product or part of my beauty routine that you would like me to blog about on Favorite Product Friday. 🙂