Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Five New Beauty Finds


1. NYX Matte Lipstick in Aria

I have another matte lipstick from NYX in the shade Alabama, my tried and true brick red for fall and winter. I've used over half of it over the course of it's two-ish years in my makeup collection, which for the amount I have, is pretty darn good. I decided to pick up another shade from Target on a whim and I really like it! It's not straight up purple, but it's a nice deep violet shade, similar to the actual flower rather than the pastel violets we see during the spring time. I prefer the way Alabama applies, but I think for only a couple of bucks, Aria is a nice addition to anyone's makeup collection to switch up the fall nudes and reds.

2. L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Red Lip Color in Eva's Red

I know, I know, Francesca, another drugstore lipstick? I haven't purchased makeup from the drugstore in so long. It was about time I give some new brands a try. This is my first lipstick purchase from L'Oreal and I'm not disappointed! It applies as a nice creamy matte and while it's not entirely drying, it's at least not tacky and doesn't transfer onto my skin or heavily feather. It smells a little funky, which I think is just one of the downfalls to L'Oreal lipsticks, but that's not enough to turn me off from it. I think it's a really nice light brick red, as opposed to something like Alabama from NYX.

3. Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner

I did talk about this in a Things I'm Loving post a week or so ago, but I figured I'd bring it up again to give props to my pinch hitter. I ran out of my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and had to scramble around the makeup section at Target to find some sort of replacement for it. This line has a really thin tip, which allows for precise lines. My only issue, as I've discovered, is that it's very difficult to get a thin line while keeping it dark and opaque. At least, I haven't mastered the art of the extremely thin wing without having to go over it with black eyeshadow. But that's just a minor complaint and it has a pretty simple solution. I think if you're looking for a nice eyeliner pen

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo

I was a Suave dry shampoo user through and through up until this year. I picked up the Batiste dry shampoo for blondes on a whim and I'm really enjoying it so far. I now completely understand why the beauty community is in love with this product. It smells incredible, it doesn't leave any white residue, and it works. I am one of those people who has to wash their hair every day because my hair honestly does not like to cooperate on the second day, at all. It's a shame because life would be easier if I could just preserve my curls in a bun without having to deal with the oily roots. But, in a pinch, this stuff can make my disgusting oily roots look somewhat presentable. It's a miracle, honestly. If you're looking to try a new one out, give Batiste a shot. There are so many different scents as well! And they sell some bottles discounted at TJ Maxx and Marshall's if you can find them.

5. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

This is the only non-drugstore product on this list, but I have to include it. This stuff is incredible. I try to switch up my face washes as often as possible because my skin has a habit of getting used to what I'm using on it and therefore stops working. Granted, I haven't used a face wash geared strictly to acne in a while, but I still like to stick to this method. I've gone through my Lush, The Body Shop, and Philosophy phase and now I am all aboard the First Aid Beauty train. Look, there's a reason why the Youtube beauty community loves these products (and it's not just because of sponsorships)(okay, maybe just a little, but I get it). It doesn't have a scent, it takes off your makeup beautifully, and you only need a pea sized amount to clear your face even of the thickest of foundations. Basically, all I do when I wash my face is get it a little wet and put some face wash on. Anything that can break through my three layer mask is a winner in my book.

What are some new beauty products you've tried out recently?

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