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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MY EVERYDAY BEAUTY PRODUCTS





I only buy my beauty products from three places: Sephora (in-store or online), a department store at the nearest mall, or (depending on the product) a drug store such as Walgreens. Last weekend while I was at Bal Harbour Shops, (my second home lol), I stopped by Neiman Marcus to buy my life-saving eye cream. It is really is life-saving. (More on that in a minute.) Of course, it went from me needing one thing, to me buying four things. Does this not happen to everyone though? 

First off, I want to state that this is not a paid post. I truly want to share my daily products with you all. I get questions every single day on snapchat, Instagram, on my blog, via email, etc. regarding the beauty products I use.

The eye cream I use is clé de peau's "Eye Contour Balm Anti-Wrinkle". It's clearly from Paris, no surprise there, and is sold at all major department stores and online. I am not going to sugar coat it, this eye cream is not cheap or affordable in any way. It is $145. The reason why I buy it, is simply because it works better than every single drug store and department store eye cream I've ever used. (Believe me, I've used them all). 

I am 27 years old now, and I have been using eye creams to prevent wrinkles since I was 19. Yes, 19. The reason why I use this eye cream is because it is effective. It is so creamy, thick (in a good way), and absorbs so quickly, you can apply your eye concealer just a few seconds after applying it. This eye cream works wonders for my eyes, filling in the bags, awakening my eyes, and best of all, it moisturizes, preventing fine lines from forming. It's goal is basically to help you look as youthful as possible. I use it under my concealer every single day. (clé de peau's eye concealer is another product that is also highly recommended by beauty experts- see #8 below). 

I apply this eye cream on every single night. As you can see, I really don't want eye wrinkles. It just keeps the skin under my eyes moisturized all day long- even underneath my makeup. I would not keep buying this product If it wasn't worth every cent. For me, it lasts about three months. This formula is so creamy, you do not need to use a lot. 

Below, you can find all of my daily beauty products, and why I use them. This is all according to my opinion, and I truly believe in every product listed here. Click on the purple links to shop, or to get more info on each product. xx


(Note: Goes counter clockwise from right to left in the above photo.)




1.) The Best Eye Cream



What it is: A velvety, rich balm with pure retinol that hydrates the delicate eye-area skin, dramatically improves texture and promotes resilience to counteract visible signs of aging.

What is does: It reduces the visibility of eye-area lines and wrinkles by delivering pure retinol, a recognized treatment in wrinkle care, within a high-performance formulation. It penetrates surface skin smoothly and gives the eye area a dewy, moist feeling for the entire day. It diminishes dullness, enlivens the eye area with a look of noticeable radiance and transforms dryness-prone skin into supple softness, encouraging a sensation of innate moisture and resilience.


The Best Drug Store Eye Cream


What it is: This light, non-greasy L'Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense Eye Cream is specially formulated to defend against signs of premature aging around the eyes. Visibly reduces puffiness, smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and diminishes the appearance of dark circles around the eyes.

What it does
: Visibly reduces puffiness, smooths the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and diminishes the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. Key Ingredients in the formula, Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid, penetrates the skin's surface to hydrate and nurture skin around the eye.



2.) My Favorite Nude Lipsticks




Colors:

Latte (Matte - caramel nude)
Safe World (Matte - rose nude)
Honey (Matte - rosey nude)
Famous (Cream - pink neutral)
Full Frontal (Cream- blush nude)
Chai (Cream - yellow nude)
Work It (Cream - pale nude)
Nylon Nude (Cream - sandy nude)
Done Deal (Cream - true nude)





Colors:

Faux (Satin - mauve pink nude)
Honey Love (Matte - Light beige tone with rose nude)
Velvet Teddy - (Matte - Deep tone beige nude)
Yash (Matte - deep neutral nude)
Pure Zen (Creamsheen - frosted warm nude)
Shy Girl (Creamsheen - creamy neutral coral beige nude) *I use this as an everyday lipstick!*


Colors:

Namaste (Matte - nude)
Birthday Suit (Matte - rose pink nude)



Lip Tip: Throw on this clear lip gloss to make your nude lips really pop!





3.) My Favorite Splurge Nail Polish




Colors: 


Night Breed (Black with silver sparkle)
Orgasm (Yes, just like the famous peachy blush!)
Zakynthos (The perfect nude!) (Pictured above)



My Favorite Drugstore Nail Polish




Colors:

Samoan Sand (Nude)
Dulce de Leche (Nude) *This is my go-to manicure color! It's such a beautiful blush nude!*
Princesses Rule! (Soft pink with sparkle)
Alpine Snow(Solid White)*I usually only use this color on my toes. It is so gorgeous when you are tan!*
Not So Bora-Bora-ing Pink - (Rose pink)
Two-Timing the Zones - (Vibrant hot pink)




4.) Best Nail Helpers




Why I use it: If I don't have time for a manicure and have to paint my own nails, I use this after I apply nail polish, because it dries them so quickly.


Why I use it: I have to use this before I apply nail polish because my nails struggle to grow sometimes. It drys almost instantly, and you can apply your nail polish right over it.


Why I use it: If you don't have the time to actually paint your nails, but still want to apply a nail strengthener, you can apply this alone, and still get beautiful neutral color. It comes in four neutral colors.




5.) The Best Mascaras Ever

















6.) My Everyday "Pencil" Eyeliner




What it is: A gel pencil eyeliner that glides on effortlessly, delivering super-saturated, long-lasting color.

What it does: It stays blendable for a few seconds after you apply it so you have time to create limitless looks. The formula provides 24-hour wear and is waterproof, too.

My personal use: I use these on both my lash & water line. I honestly love how it stays all day, especially on my water line, and they're easy to smudge! I have been a fan of the "Bouncer" blue color lately.




7.) My Everyday Foundation 





Coverage: Medium - Full Coverage
Finish: Matte

Skin type:
✔ Sensitive
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

What it is: A 15-hour, long-wearing, oil-free, and transfer-resistant liquid foundation with a matte finish and weightless, medium-to-full coverage.

What is does: Get lasting wear and all the coverage, without the weight. This oil-free foundation is formulated with Skin Fusion Technology to seal it into place for 15 hours of high performance, comfortable wear that’s transfer-, sweat-, humidity-, and water-resistant. Coated pigments glide on to create buildable, medium-to-full color that beautifully evens out your skin tone with color that stays true and wears evenly. The matte finish is never dull, flat, or cakey, and it minimizes imperfections while silky fine powders help control oil immediately and throughout the day. Weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. It’s ideal for all skin types, especially normal to oily, and it’s available in a wide array of shades.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: This product is oil-free, free of fragrance, noncomedogenic, and dermatologist-tested. It is transfer-, sweat-, humidity-, and water resistant.

Why I use it: I have combination skin, that is very sensitive and can break out with the wrong foundation. I have used almost every foundation, including MAC's Pro Longwear foundation, and the infamous Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation. Although some people swear by these foundations, I HAVE to use an oil-free foundation. After switching over to Laura Mercier's Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, not only has my skin been 100% better, it gives my face an overall smooth flawless glow. Your skin will look so flawless, you don't even really need to apply any powder on top of it. It's worth every penny- Trust me!

My color: Honey

My color when I am tan: Honey + Buff mixed


The two brushes I use to apply my foundation for flawless coverage: 








My Other Favorite Foundations (Oil-Free!)




Coverage: Medium - Full
Finish: Matte

Skin type:
✔ Sensitive
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

What it is: An oil-free, hydrating foundation that gives you flawless skin for 15 hours—plus, it's tested to ensure that you look gorgeous in any light.

What it does: Achieve medium-to-full, buildable coverage with a natural matte finish. This foundation blurs the look of imperfections with light-diffusing spheres, and it stays put for 15 hours of wear—no touch ups needed. Lightweight and comfortable, it’s exercise-resistant, sweat-resistant, and transfer-proof, and it works on all skin types.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, and free of oil, fragrance, talc, and sodium lauryl sulfate.

Why/When I use it: I use this product when I want a little extra coverage, especially If I am doing a beauty shoot, or know that I am going out at night and am going to take pictures. It lasts all day and all night.

My color: 2.2



The Best Drug Store Foundations (Oil-Free)







Coverage: Medium
Finish: Matte

What it is: An ultra-lightweight foundation that absorbs oil for a matte and poreless-looking finish. This unique formula goes beyond matching skin tone, it is also designed to match the texture of normal to oily skin. This mattifying foundation does not clog pores and is oil-free.

Why I use it: When I want to wear foundation, but am not doing anything too crazy that day, I will wear this inexpensive foundation because it works just as good as an oil-free department store brand. I don't recommend it for taking photos, because it's light - medium coverage. It's still really good though for everyday life.

My color: Pure Beige 235

Coverage: Full
Finish: Matte

What it is/does: Combat under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with the full coverage, water-resistant Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer. A no mess, no drip pump dispenses just the right amount of fluid needed to achieve a flawless look and works around the clock to keep skin looking naturally perfect!

Why I use it: My makeup artist in NYC used this foundation on me recently, and I absolutely love it. From the full coverage, to the affordable price, to the fact that is is indeed oil-free. This foundation is perfect for photoshoots or taking photos! Best of all, since it's also a concealer, you can use it solely to apply to blemishes on no-makeup days.

My color: 02 Natural + 05 Warm Beige mixed



8.) The Only Under-Eye Concealers That Work For Me (I'm a blogger, trust me: I'm a pro at covering the bags under my eyes.)







What it is: A concealer that delivers long-lasting, full coverage while correcting the appearance of dark circles, spots, imperfections and uneven tone without a heavy finish.

What it does: Ideal for those looking to conceal imperfections or brighten and smooth skin for a more even-toned look, this concealer leaves skin refined with a seamless finish while protecting against UV rays.

Why I use it: I have waisted so much money at both drug stores and department stores trying to find the perfect under eye concealers that would make me look like I actually got 8 straight hours of beauty rest. This concealed is by clé de peau, the same Parisian brand that makes my ride or die eye cream. This concealer is well-known in the beauty world, and I see why. I have been using it for two years now. It's creamy, easy to apply, and has this magical brightening effect, that just covers any signs of tiredness, and gives you a brightening glow! This product too, is worth every penny.
Research results: In a study of 110 women aged 20-50 years immediately after use, 96% said the area covered with concealer naturally blends with the skin.

How to use: Apply after your skin care products or after your pre-makeup base. Extend the product one centimeter out and apply directly to desired areas. Blend gently with your fingertips. The use of a concealer brush is recommended to enhance the application of concealer and achieve a more beautiful finish. You can even use it to prime your lips and eyes to keep lipstick and eyeshadow looking fresh and vibrant throughout the day. Use it to contour with one shade darker than your natural skin tone, sweeping underneath the cheekbone from your hairline to mid-cheek and under your chin, blending the edges to diffuse. Use it as a highlighter, choosing one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and sweeping under the eyes, down the nose, on the cupid's bow and at the high points of the face, blending the edges to soften.



My color: (And also the most common color) Beige

The brush I use with this product:









What it is: A lightweight, fluid formula.

Who should use it: Anyone who wants medium-to-full coverage with a comfortable, natural matte finish.

What it does: It gives a smoother, flawless-looking finish on the skin while helping to conceal flaws, dark spots, skin discoloration and undereye circles.

Why I use it: It works better than any other concealer in this price range, and honestly is the most full coverage concealer I've ever seen. It's great for taking pictures, and really does last all day (and all night.)

My color: NC 30




9.) The Only Powders I Trust On My Face




What it is: Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is a luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish. It can be used to set foundation and to touch up makeup throughout the day. It's formulated with the brand's 77-Mineral Complex in addition to vitamin E.

Why I use it: I have been using this powder for about five years now, and I honestly wonder what I even did with my life before I used this product. I am not a huge fan of MAC's foundation, so I was first reluctant to use this powder. To my surprise, It does WONDERS for my skin. I apply the tiniest bit with a powder brush over my foundation, for the most flawless coverage ever. This mineral formula does not make my skin break out at all. I even apply a little to my chest or anywhere else on body to cover any blemishes.

My color: Medium Dark










What it is: A talc-free, sheer, loose powder that sets makeup, extending wear and imparting a matte finish to the skin. This talc-free, loose setting powder instantly imparts a soft-focus, matte finish to the skin, extending wear and minimizing transfer without adding any color to the skin. Great for baking without looking chalky or ashy, the formula contains kaolin clay and oil-absorbing microspheres to minimize oil and improve the appearance of pores. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: A convenient sifter minimizes mess and ensures less product waste. This product is clinically tested, vegan, and free of fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc.


Why I use it: I recently went into Sephora on the hunt for a great setting powder (for my combination skin), that wouldn't make me break out, and something that I can apply right over my foundation for flawless skin. Sometimes, when I take photos at night with flash, my skin appears to be "Casper-like" despite all of the bronzer I am wearing. The specialist said that when you wear a mineral powder, it will reflect the light, making your face appear lighter and brighter. This powder is mineral-oil free, so I no longer have that problem.    

My color: Medium









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What it is: A cult-favorite and award-winning, silky powder with a touch of sheer coverage to set makeup for lasting wear.

What it does: Translucent Loose Setting Powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear, without adding weight or texture. This bestseller creates a modern, matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage, while it absorbs oil and reduces shine all day. The pros know why it's their favorite: the powder is a little denser than an average powder, providing super smooth, even application and blending. This no-flashback formula means you'll look great in photos, and it creates a soft-focus effect to subtly blur the look of fine lines and imperfections. It will not settle into fine lines or pores and never looks cakey.

Why I use it: You just can't go wrong with this setting powder!


Brush I use with these products:










10.) My Favorite Blushes 



Colors:

Orgasm (The blush that looks great on every skin tone.) *I use this everyday*
Super Orgasm (Orgasm, but with more intense sparkle)





Colors:

Prism (Matte - muted pinkish brown) *I use this when I want more of a contour blush look with no highlight in it*
Melba - (Matte - soft coral - peach)
Sunbasque - (Sheertone Shimmer - peach with pearl)*This is similar to NARS' Orgasm*


Brush I use with these products:


11.) My Favorite Bronzers and how I use them






What it is: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder is a lightweight powder bronzer with a soft, matte finish. It's your secret to achieving a sun-kissed look year-round (or whenever you want to warm up sallow skin).

Who it's for: It's ideal for anyone who wants a natural-looking, back-from-the-beach glow. (You can also use this bronzer for powder contouring.)

Why it's different: Formulated with the perfect balance of red and brown tones (the colors that exist in a true tan), this lightweight, mica-free formula creates the most natural look.

How to use: Using a bronzer brush, sweep Bronzing Powder on the apples of the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, where the sun naturally hits the face. Finish with a light application on your neck.

Why I use it: I love the red and brown tones of Bobbi Brown's bronzers. I actually use this exact bronzer in a bit darker shade (Tawny Brown) to contour my cheeks, nose, and forehead. It does wonders!

My color: Tawny Brown (Great for contouring the cheeks, nose, and forehead)



Brush I use with this product:






Best Body Bronzer (When you need a quick tan!)





What it is: The iconic Laguna formula is now available in a breakthrough bronzing fluid. NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer is sheer and ultra-versatile with a weightless texture that contours, bronzes and blends effortlessly.

Why/When I use it: I only use this product when I am shooting swimwear. I love the dark natural glow it gives my body. It's like photoshop in a bottle, and it never creases. After it dries, it doesn't even stain my swimwear or clothing. Go buy it, and thank me later.

Tip: Create any effect under the sun by wearing the bronzer bare or mixing with makeup for an allover, healthy-looking glow.





12.) The Only Products I Use On My Eyebrows Daily (Even when I don't wear makeup)








13.) My All Time Favorite Highlighters






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The brush I use to apply my highlighter:







14.) My Favorite Makeup Primer and Setting Sprays





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What it is: A weightless setting spray that keeps makeup looking just-applied for up to 16 hours.

What it does: Is makeup meltdown ruining your midnight mojo? Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. Developed in an exclusive partnership with SKINDINÄVIA, this groundbreaking, clinically tested formula is suitable for all skin types and features patented Temperature Control Technology. It actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. The result? Smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or night) without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: Unlike similar products on the market that feel sticky or tight on your skin, the sprayer delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it—and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there.

Research results:
In a 7-day clinical study of All Nighter:
- 78% of participants said All Nighter helped their makeup last for 16 hours
- Over 80% said their makeup not only looked better, it stayed on better (even in the T-zone) without settling into fine lines
- Whether they had combination, oily, or dry skin, 88% or more said All Nighter was the best product to help their makeup last









What it is: An alcohol-free, quick drying matte setting spray that instantly sets and secures makeup for all-day wear, reduces shine, and minimizes the look of pores. 

What it does: This alcohol-free setting spray instantly mists on a matte effect, while giving your makeup serious staying power. The ultra-fine mist application delivers a weightless, long-wearing matte finish while absorbing surface shine and minimizing the look of pores. Use it throughout the day for an instant matte touch up as needed. 

What else you need to know: This product is vegan, clinically tested, and free of fragrance gluten, mineral oil, and talc. 


Research results:
In a consumer study on participants after 7 days: 
- 93% said it gave their skin a more radiant appearance
- 80% of participants said it helped their makeup last all day
- 90% of participants said it felt lightweight, dried quickly, and was comfortable on skin all day, without feeling sticky or greasy
- 84% said it made their makeup instantly feel set and secure
 









15.) My Must-Have Moisturizing Products







What it is: An oil-free, anti-aging water cream that releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals, and optimal hydration for poreless-looking skin. 

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Sensitive

Solutions for:
- Dryness
- Pores
- Dullness and uneven texture


What it does: The Water Cream provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration with the unique water-burst that breaks upon application to deliver nourishment without leaving skin sticky or greasy. It clarifies and refines skin with pure, powerful Japanese botanicals: Japanese wild rose visibly tightens pores and smooths skin texture; Japanese leopard lily helps control excess oil and purify skin by supporting natural skin turnover; and hadasei-3—an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae—restores healthy-looking radiance. The formula imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: Beauty icons for over 300 years, geisha adopted Japanese wild rose to create a refined, poreless-looking canvas underneath their makeup. The Water Cream has harnessed this potent botanical to honor the original makeup lover. This pure formula is noncomedogenic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, dermatologist tested, and cruelty-free. It is formulated without mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, or TEA.

Why I use it: I have used so many moisturizes since I was 16 years old. I need to use an oil-free moisturizer to ensure my skin stays moisturized, but doesn't break out. I travel every month, and am based in humid Miami, and sometimes that takes a toll on my skin (As you know, my skin is very sensitive.) I discovered this product in Sephora a few months ago, and after using it everyday, my skin has never looked so perfect and smooth! I just apply it every morning before I put on makeup, and my skin remains perfectly moisturized throughout the whole day- whichever city I'm in at the moment.I highly recommend this moisturizer to everyone, any age, and every skin type. It does wonders! Totally worth the price to have perfect skin.  







What it is: Super-hydrating lip balm goes on clear and contains vitamins A, C and E to soften and condition lips. Advanced ingredients help moisturize and protect skin.

Why I use it: I know, yes, I pay $22 for a lip balm. I have tried almost every form of lip balm in the world, and this seems to be the only product that always works, and lasts for hours. It doesn't have any color, but does have a very faint, beautiful rose tint. I always carry this in my purse, especially when I am on an airplane.






What is it: Every Age, Every Stage, Every Day. For All Skin types. Lightweight hydration for everyday use. Fragrance Free. This everyday, lightweight moisturizer is ideal for all over body hydration. Helps restore skin's natural protective barrier. Keeps skin moisturized and hydrated. Non-greasy formula leaves skin immediately soft and smooth. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance free. Dermatologist recommended.


Why I use it: This seems to be one of the only hand lotions that isn't greasy, absorbs easily, and hydrates my skin and hands for hours. I always carry the travel size in my purse, especially when I am on an airplane.



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