5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS WORTH TRYING: MARCH

 
BEAUTY PRODUCTS MARCH

In continuation of my new monthly series that features favorited beauty products including skincare, makeup & beauty tools. This month’s picks include a few skincare items, a favorited face sheet mask and a drugstore worthy mascara. Now days with so many products on the market, it can be hard deciding which ones are worthy of spending your money on. So, each month I’ll be testing and trying out 5 beauty products and giving you my honest opinion of them. This way you can hopefully find some new products to try for yourself or recommend for a friend. And if you have any products you want me to try, let me know in the comments below and i’ll add them to my must try list to review.


Here are 5 beauty products from this month that have become part of my beauty & skincare routine.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer

While recently shopping for a new moisturizer, my best friend recommended this one. So I grabbed a trial size from Target to test it out. My skin has been super dry lately. After just one day of using this moisturizer, my skin felt and looked more hydrated. I tend to have oily skin, so I love how it quickly absorbs without leaving my skin feeling greasy or heavy. And has hyaluronic acid which keeps your skin hydrated longer. I’ll definitely be buying the full size version to continue using in my skincare routine.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

This is my holy grail skincare product that I’ve been using for a few years now. I use it daily, once in the morning after cleansing my face for added hydration and at night to soothe my skin before bed. I also use it as a setting spray for my makeup. And I typically keep a travel size bottle in my tote bag for a quick refresh throughout out the day. It’s one of my go-to skincare products that I use year round to keep my skin hydrated in colder temps and refreshed during warmer months.

Tula Skin Reviving treatment Pads

I’ve been using several Tula skincare products the past 6+ months. And this is most recent purchase from their skincare line. These dual ended treatment pads are great for exfoliating your skin to help remove any impurities and clogged pores. They are so easy to use and leave your skin feeling renewed just after one use. Use 1-2 times per week for a mini facial you can do at home. I especially love that they come in individual packets making them perfect for travel.

L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara

I discovered this gem of a drugstore mascara through fellow blogger Cristin Coooper, who recommended it on her Instagram page. I tend to keep a few mascaras in rotation and this one has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s a dual ended wand with primer on one end and mascara on the other. It’s great for building volume and length with your lashes. I love how easy it applies and how it creates dramatic lashes. I buy the Blackest Black for added drama. Best part is that it’s inexpensive and you can find it at your local drugstore.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask

This sheet mask is literally the bomb! It’s feels soothing and refreshing plus it has hyaluronic acid which leaves your skin feeling super hydrated. You can apply this mask weekly to give your skin a boost or use right before you apply your makeup for an added glow. It’s one of the best sheet masks I’ve used and continually purchase. And you can find it at your local Target or drugstore.


What beauty products have you tried lately that you love?! Tell me in the comments below.





SHOP PRODUCTS:

XO, Rae

5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS WORTH TRYING: JANUARY

 
January beauty products blog image

Today on the blog, I’m starting a new monthly series that will feature favorited beauty products including skincare, makeup & beauty tools. Now days with so many products on the market, it can be hard deciding which ones are worthy of spending your money on. So, each month I’ll be testing and trying out 5 beauty products and giving you my honest opinion of them. This way you can hopefully find some new products to try for yourself or recommend for a friend. And if you have any products you want me to try, let me know in the comments below and i’ll add them to my must try list to review.


Here are 5 beauty products from this month that have become part of my beauty & skincare routine.

Beauty products January


TULA PURIFYING FACE CLEANSER

I’ve been using this face cleanser for the past 6+ months and it’s a game changer. TULA products are actually healthier for your skin because they contain probiotics. I love how this cleanser actually cleans your skin and removes makeup without leaving any residue or causing irritation. Although it is pricey ($28), it last awhile so you actually save money in the long run. I use a dime size amount to wash my face in the morning and right before I go to bed every night. I’ve had my current bottle for about 3 months now and still have some left.

IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE CREAM

I’m a huge fan of iTcosmetics. I’ve purchased several of their products and use their CC cream daily. I was originally using their Confidence in an Eye Cream, but recently discovered that they came out with this new eye cream. Which targets puffiness and dark circles, something that I struggle with. I’ve been using it the past few weeks and have noticed a huge difference. I love that I can use this cream day and night and it instantly gives my eyes a refreshed look. Bye Bye dark circles + bags!

URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER SETTING POWDER

This was gifted to me by a friend who had tried this setting powder and LOVED it! So naturally she thought I would love it as well. And she was right! I was surprised to see that it’s a compact powder and not a loose setting powder. But after initial application, I was impressed how flawless it applied on my skin. And being that it’s compacted, it doesn’t leave you with fall out on your face. And the best part is that it’s waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your makeup running in the rain or humid weather. I’ve been using this setting powder daily and continue to be impressed with it’s long lasting coverage.

JADE ROLLER ROSE QUARTZ

Chances are you’ve probably seen the newest trend of Jade Rolling your face. And I admit, I was skeptical at first. But after experiencing constant puffiness in my under eye area and face every morning, I was willing to try anything. And after spotting one at TJ MAXX, I decided to give it a try. I immediately noticed a difference just after one use. I like to place my jade roller in the freezer for a few minutes, then use it in the mornings after applying my eye cream and moisturizer. There are many benefits of jade rolling including; reducing puffiness, dark circles and fine lines, also promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The one I linked is from Amazon, however you can often find them at your local department stores.

KOPARI DEODORANT

Over the past few months I’ve been making the switch to using natural deodorant. And after several failed attempts with other brands, I finally decided to try Kopari. And after 3 weeks of using it, I haven’t looked back. It’s the only natural deodorant that has worked best for my skin and has lasted all day. It applies easily, has a light coconut scent and I can go all day without having to reapply. After all, it was voted Best of Beauty by Allure Magazine in 2018.



What beauty products have you tried lately that you love?! Tell me in the comments below.





SHOP PRODUCTS:

XO, Rae

SEPHORA VIB SALE 2018

 
Sephora VIB SALE 2018

Happy Sunday!! Starting this LDW weekend off by stocking up on some of my favorite beauty products. If you haven’t heard already, SEPHORA is having their Beauty Insider Appreciation SALE for all Beauty Insiders, which is their loyalty savings program. If you're not a Beauty Insider, don't worry! It's FREE and super easy to Sign Up. But hurry, the SALE ends Monday Sept. 3rd!

ROUGE: 20% OFF - USE CODE YESROUGE

VIB: 15% OFF- USE CODE YESVIB

INSIDER: 10% OFF-USE CODE YESINSIDER

I’m sharing some of my go-to products & a few NEW products I'm excited to try!

SEPHORA VIB SALE 2018

 

Favorites to Stock Up On

 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- I only use two brands of concealers, and this is one of them. This concealer is great for everyday use. It gives full coverage, is buildable and lightweight. And I love the applicator. If you're looking for a brightening concealer, try this one

It cosmetic CC+ Cream w/ SPF 50- I’m not big on foundation so this has been my all time favorite product that I use daily. It gives you light coverage almost like foundation without the heavy cakey feel. And gives you a natural look plus evens out your skin tone & has SPF 50. I wear the shade Light. If you buy ONE thing from the Sale, buy this! 

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencils- In the colors: Dolce Vita (dusty rose) and Cruella (deep red). These are two of my go-to lip colors for Fall. I love these lip pencils because they're rich velvety colors that apply smoothly and last for hours. If you haven't tried NARS lip products, you NEED to!

Tarte Double Take Eyeliner- I've been using this eyeliner for awhile now. The cool thing about this eyeliner is that it's double ended giving you a pencil and liquid. So you can easily use it for daytime and nighttime looks, depending on what type of look you're going for.  

Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette- My favorite eyeshadow palette! The colors are warm, super pigmented and long lasting. I love the color combinations within the palette and the shades are perfect for everyday or dramatic evening looks.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Lotion- I love this tanning lotion because it gives me just enough color without looking fake. It can be applied everyday and is buildable depending on how dark you're going for. And because it's a lotion formula, it also hydrates your skin. I like to apply it right out of the shower and then let it dry while I'm doing my makeup. Who says you can't be tan all year long?! 

 

 

 New Products to Try

 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask- This has been on my list of skincare products to try, for awhile now! It's a hydrating face mask for all skin types that's supposed to be like a drink of water for your tired, stressed-out skin. Need I say more?! It's been featured all over the internet as well as major magazines and seems to be a beauty favorite for many. Excited to try it out for myself and see what the hype is all about. 

Kopari Coconut Deodorant- Recently, I started making the switch to natural deodorant and so far, I haven't found one that works for me. So, when I found out that Kopari (a brand I already love) has their own natural deodorant, I knew I had to try it! So this will most definitely be added to my cart! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz- I was NOT blessed with eyebrows. I'm always on the hunt for a great eye brow pencil and this one comes highly recommended! With a retractable tip on one end and a brush on the other. It's also smudge-proof and comes in a wide range of shades. #BrowGameStrong

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask- Since I have color treated hair, I like to do at home hair treatments to keep my hair from looking dry and dull. This weekly treatment restores your hair's moisture and helps to prevent future damage. I'm already a fan of Briogeo's leave in conditioning spray so, I'm excited to try their hair mask.  

 

Tell me what's on your MUST HAVE Sephora Shopping list!!  Comment below. 

 

Xo, Rae

SEPHORA SPRING SALE MUST HAVES

Happy Monday!! Starting this week off by stocking up on some of my favorite beauty products. If you haven’t heard already, SEPHORA is having a huge SPRING BONUS SALE for all Beauty Insiders, which is their loyalty savings program.

ROUGE: 15% OFF - USE CODE YAYROUGE

VIB: 15% OFF- USE CODE YAYVIB

INSIDER: 10% OFF-USE CODE YAYINSIDER

Today on the blog I’m sharing some of my go-to products & a few NEW products I've been wanting to try. Today’s an ‘ADD To CART’ kinda day! 

 

Favorites to Restock Up On

 

It cosmetic CC+ cream w/ SPF 50- I’m not big on foundation so this has been my all time favorite product that I use daily. It gives you a light coverage almost like foundation without the heavy cakey feel. And gives you a natural look plus evens skin tone & has SPF 50.  Basically saving you several steps when getting ready for the day. I wear the shade Light.  

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel- If you’re like me and have to fill in your eyebrows daily. Then you’ll love this product! It’s a voluminizing brow gel that gives your natural brows definition and makes it easier for other brow products to adhere too. I start with this brow gel in (shade #1 Light) and then I go back in with a brow powder to fill in any other sparse areas. The gel helps make my eyebrows last all day without smudging. 

Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer - I was gifted this concealer by a friend back in December and I haven't stopped using it since. And I'm really picky when it comes to concealer. But this one has definitely been a favorite. It covers well and gives a brightening affect to my eyes, especially on days when I look less than rested. If you have dark circles, you should give this one a try!

Tarte Double Take Eyeliner- I recently discovered this eyeliner and I'm OBSESSED. For years, I strayed away from liquid eyeliner because I didn't like how it applied and would smudge during the day. But apparently, I was just using the wrong one. The cool thing about this eyeliner is that it is double ended giving you a pencil and liquid. So you can easily use for daytime and nighttime, depending on what type of look you're going for.  

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette- This is a 3 in one  highlight, blush & contour palette. Perfect for Spring and Summer for that beachy glow look.  And I love that it's a travel size so you can easily pack it for a weekend getaway or toss it in your makeup bag for on the go. 

Living Proof T.B.D. Multi Tasking Styler- This is my secret product for achieving that salon blow out from home. This styling cream helps gives your hair that smooth look and helps tames fly aways. It can also works great on styled loose waves to give them life again during the day. Tip: a little bit goes a long way. This product is sure to last you awhile. 

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss- My all time favorite Sephora brand lip gloss in shade 'Nude Alert'. It's an ultra shine gloss that has the prettiest gold undertones. And it goes with EVERYTHING! I wear this lip gloss all Spring/Summer long. 

 

New Products to Try

 

Kopari Slip Into Summer Set- I've been wanting to try more Kopari products and this kit comes with 3 of their best sellers. I'm already a fan of the Kopari Lip Gloss. But I'm excited to try the Coconut Melt as well as the Body Glow. These are sure to get me ready for Summer. 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette- This is a mini palette with 6 NEW shades that were inspired by Urban Decay's best seller Naked Heat Palette. These eye shadows punch a lot of color with tones of reddish browns and corals. 

Orgins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer- I've heard great things about this tinted moisturizer. It's great for those days when you don't feel like putting on makeup, but you still want some color added to your face. It differs from most tinted moisturizers because it has built-in SPF 40 and also helps energize your skin. 

 

Tell me what you’ll be stocking up on during the SEPHORA SALE!! Comment below. 

 

XO, Rae