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Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Girly Things | 5 comments

Five {Beauty} Favorites

Hola! You guys know I’m all about trying new beauty products, so today I’m sharing 5 products that are new to my beauty drawer that I am absolutely loving!

I purchased a few of these items myself and some were gifts I received, but this post isn’t sponsored and all opinions are my own. If a product is on this list it is because I genuinely love it enough to use it each week and repurchase it in the future, so that means I find it worthy of being shared on here with you! Some affiliate links are included in this post, but it doesn’t change the purchase price for you, should you choose to buy anything. And if you do buy something from this list, I so appreciate your support and I hope you love these products as much as I do!

Touch in Sol Liquid Foil & Glitter Eyeshadow Duo

This glitter eyeshadow by Touch in Sol is so pretty and I love that I don’t need a brush to apply it (because I’m all about that 5 minute make up routine). I purchased this in the shade ‘Eldora’ after seeing a beauty blogger rave about it and it is a very bold and pigmented gold color (so if you don’t like bold then skip this one). I’m obviously wearing it and loving it now, but I think this will be a staple for me in the summer because it just feels ‘beachy.’ I really want to try the plum color now because I love the gold so much. Does anybody else have that problem? If I find something I like, then I want to buy it in every color.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry

This spray! Oh my gosh. If I had to pick a favorite from this list, I think this would be it. Now, let me tell you that I’m not usually a fan of Bumble and Bumble. I’ve tried a handful of their products and they’ve all found their way to the trash because they just weren’t for me. Either I didn’t like the smell or they didn’t do what they claimed to do (or perhaps it was just user error and I had no clue what I was doing). So, I was hesitant to try this surf foam spray and I waited weeks before finally trying it and now I don’t think I’ll ever be without it. Bumble and Bumble describes it perfectly: A part mousse (but way lighter), part salt spray (but less gritty)—for big, beachy texture with heat-styled polish for fine to medium, healthy hair. I wouldn’t use this if your hair is already thick because you probably don’t want it to feel thicker. However, I have fine hair so I love when my hair feels thicker and has some texture to it. Also, I do NOT like using this product if I’m just blow drying my hair straight. It doesn’t feel as soft and if I am going for bone straight hair, then I want softness to it (this product makes my hair feel a bit sticky). BUT, if I am letting it air dry and just hitting it with the diffuser to add some body OR if I’m blow drying it and hitting it with the curling iron for some waves/curls then this product makes my hair hold the look so well and it adds so much volume! I wouldn’t recommend this product to everyone (Mom – I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t like it), but if you have fine hair and you want big, beachy curls with more volume then definitely give this product a go! You can get a sample of it for less than $20 if you’re on the fence about it. 🙂

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Serum Solid

I got my hair colored a few weeks ago (my grey hairs are getting out of control) and I opted out of a hair cut when I was at the salon. I haven’t found a stylist in GA yet that I absolutely love and every time I let someone near my head with scissors in this state they botch my hair (I miss my NYC girl more than words can convey). So, I’m boycotting haircuts, but unfortunately I’m in desperate need of one because my ends are so dry. The girl who colored my mane put this Kerastase Elixir on the ends of my hair and it sealed up my split ends and made it look like I just had a hair cut. I was in the middle of telling her that I didn’t need 1 more hair product when she rubbed that cream on the ends of my hair, and then I was all, “Oh, girl! Put that on my tab.” It is a solid serum that you rub together between your fingers (a tiny bit goes a long way) and then you rub it onto the ends of your hair and it just makes your hair look shiny and healthy. Now, I want to be clear – my hair is still dry and in need of a haircut and the ends are NOT healthy, but when I rub this serum on the ends it does make it appear healthier than it really is. It’s all a facade, but there’s no shame in my game.

Also, I keep having these moments where I’m like, “You know what. I’m cutting a bob. I’m doing it. I’m going for the mom cut.” And yet I’m too afraid to even let someone trim my hair. I probably need to stop investing into hair products and invest into medication because I’m CRAZY!

Skin Ceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

I got this lipid replenishment treatment for Christmas because I’m an adult now and adults don’t ask for fun gifts – they ask for practical gifts like anti-aging cream. This was seriously the ‘big gift’ I asked for. Is that sad or what? I’m not sad about it though because I love it. And listen – I’m going to be honest with you. I don’t understand a thing about lipids and fatty acids so I’m not even going to try and explain to you why this product is good for your skin because I don’t have a clue, but I do know that this stuff smells amazing and it makes my skin feel nourished and hydrated – like I just left the spa. I use it every night before bed and I love how it makes my skin feel fuller and healthier. I’ve been a fan of Skin Ceuticals for years and I think this is my favorite product I’ve ever tried from their line.

Charlotte Tillbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eye Shadow Pencil

I know there is already another eyeshadow on this short list, but I just couldn’t pick a favorite between these 2. I love this Charlotte Tillbury eye shadow pencil because I can apply it quickly without a brush. I have the shade “dark pearl” which is a smokey, purple-y, taupe-y color – perfect for brown eyes. The color is so pretty and I can make it darker if I want a more dramatic look or dial it down if I want it to be subtle. If you read the description of the eyeshadow on Nordstrom’s website you can see what shades are recommended for you based on your eye color. I’ve been on a Charlotte Tillbury kick lately and I haven’t tried a single product from her line that I haven’t absolutely loved! I’m a big fan! And now, I obviously want this eye shadow pencil in the amber color (its the other color recommended for brown eyes) because as I mentioned above – if I really love a product then I set out to collect it in every shade.

Your turn! What’s a beauty product you’re loving lately? I’m on the hunt for a good eye cream! Any recommendations?


  1. I love the eye shadows!

  2. I read your beauty posts religiously, which is HILARIOUS when my own beauty routine consists of baby shampoo, whatever conditioner was on sale, a weekly Noxema mask & some vaseline around my eyes. You’re my adulting hero! 😂

    • I am cracking up at this comment because YOU are my adulating hero. I saw where you went to the women’s march and I was so proud of you. THAT is adulting. LOL

      And your comment means so much to me because I know you are all about simplicity so the fact that you are even slightly entertained by my obnoxious obsession with beauty products makes me feel a tad bit validated for writing about such silly things. Also, I’m totally trying Vaseline around my eyes – that’s such a great idea. I’ve actually thought of trying coconut oil in place of eye cream, but it’s just SO thick…it feels pore clogging? AND, I talked with someone who is an aesthetician the other day and she said the MORE we put on our face, the WORSE things usually get – so when it comes to face products apparently less really is more. Which makes total sense when I think about it, but my problem is still that I want to try ALL the things. I need help. And a visit from you. XOXO

  3. I ordered the Kerastase Elixir to try because I needed shampoo too. I’d be a wealthy woman if I had all the money I’ve spent on hair care products but Kerastase is a great product. Call me before you go extreme with the bob! 😂 We need to see Derek while we are in Orlando! He will tell you the truth after listening to you and then cut your hair like he wants it! 😂✂️

    • I would love to see Derek. I miss him and so does my hair. You will love the Elixir – a little bit goes a long way so don’t overdo it and only put it on the ends of your hair! And make sure to rub it between your fingers before putting it in your hair. I love it – it really ‘seals’ my ends and makes them appear not so frizzy.

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