Friday, April 24, 2015

April Beauty Buys

Yayyy for Friday!  This week has been a busy one over here.  My mom & brother flew in earlier this week for sort of an early Mothers Day celebration {this was the only weekend we could all get together} so I've been entertaining all week, which if you read here regularly you know that I LOVE entertaining guests!  We have a little getaway down to the FL Keys planned for the weekend, and I can't wait to show them how different the Keys are compared to Miami.  Everything is just much more relaxed, and on chill island time down there.  Should be a great weekend for us :)  Hoping you have something fun planned for the next couple of days as well!

Today I wanted to chat about some new beauty buys that I've scooped up over the last month.  I've recently been putting a little more effort into my makeup routine than I normally do {trying to feel pretty in my ever growing body} and I bought a little more than the average month.  Some of the products I'm really digging, and others.....ehhhhhh not so much.  I'll share all the deets below so let's get started!

What I Bought:

  •    Nail Strengthener:  I swear I have the weakest nails in existence.  Everyone keeps telling me that my hair & nails will get so long & strong during this pregnancy and I'm still waiting for that day to happen.  Until then, I thought I'd give this natural strengthener a go and so far I really like it.  It's doing a really good job at keeping my nails from splitting {which is my biggest problem}, and seems to last for a long time.

  •    Waterproof Mascara:  I've praised Bobbi Brown's waterproof mascara on here so many times in the past that I don't even know if it's really worth talking about again, but I will say that this is by far the best waterproof, no smudge, stay put all day mascara I've ever come across.  It's perfect for our hot + humid Miami summers, perfect for swimming in pools or the ocean, and great for exercising.  If you're not using this you definitely should be.  The end.

  •    Concealer:  So no joke I started getting the dreaded "mask of pregnancy".  And where does it crop up?  Right above my upper lip with a small blotch on the side of my nose basically making it look like I have a big ol' mustache.  Insert crying emoji here.  Adam's been teasing me calling me Tom {for Tom Selleck lol!}.  Luckily, I have a really good sense of humor about my new upper lip shadowing but that didn't change the fact that I still needed a really good concealer to lessen the 'stache look that I've recently been rocking.  Enter this concealer from MAC.  It does exactly what it needs to; covers any imperfections & dark spots, blends really nicely while moisturizing, and doesn't look heavy whatsoever.  I've even been using it under my eyes, and it really brightens up that area.  Lalalove this product and I'll definitely be repurchasing.

  •    Shea Butter:   I really don't like the smells of any of my stretch mark creams so I bought this shea butter that is infused with coconut & papaya.  It smells heavenly, and makes my skin extra soft + hydrated! 

  •    Blush:  Possibly the prettiest blush from Bobbi Brown {color Antigua}.  It's actually labeled as an "Illuminating Bronzing Powder", but it's 100% a blush in my eyes.  It's a lovely light pink shade with a small amount of shimmer.  Perfect for the barely there no makeup look.

  •    Lip Gloss:  I bought 2 new colors of lip gloss this month, one from MAC and the other from Bobbi Brown.  The MAC Cremesheen Glass in On The Scene is a really pretty everyday peachy nude with a slight shimmer and semi-opaque coverage {perfect for summer}, while the Bobbi Brown Almost Nude Lip Gloss is a pale almost milky pink and looks great on its own or layered over any lipstick.  I'm really happy with both of these so far!

  •   Tinted Moisturizer:  While I was purchasing the concealer for my above mentioned problem, the sales girl convinced me into buying the new MAC Lightful Tinted Cream {I'm using color medium plus}, promising me that it completely illuminates your face giving you a nice healthy glow.  Save your money girls, this just seemed like a basic tinted moisturizer to me and I like the other ones I have on rotation so much better.  The only plus side to this tinted cream is that it does contain SPF 30, but that doesn't make up for how basic this is.  Will not repurchase.

  •    Nail Polish:  A beautiful, clean, limited edition nude polish from Bobbi Brown {first time that I've tried this brand for nail polish} that looks subtle, polished, and great with a tan.  I have a feeling this is going to be on repeat all summer!

  •    Deodorant:  My slow transition to more all natural products continues with this Long Lasting Deodorant from Tom's brand.  I picked this up from Whole Foods last week on a whim after I ran out of my usual brand and really like it!  I've been a 'Secret' deodorant gal for years, but this switch has been great.  This contains no artificial fragrance, preservatives, or aluminium.  I'll definitely continue to purchase this.

To shop any of these products, click on the image below or click on the descriptive links above... 

What new products have you tried out recently?  Any recommendations for me?  Leave a comment below and fill me in.

I hope that you all have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by! xx


  1. I love MAC concealer, but I've been recently using a new Urban Decay one that I love!! I'm a huge fan of that color gloss you're sporting! I hope you have a great time in the Keys this weekend! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. What shade do you use in the MAC concealer? I've been loving Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (I thought it would be heavy, but you can apply it sheer with a brush and only in the areas you need!) and Lavanila deodorant, which is all natural too! Xo

    1. I'm using NC30. Thanks for the reco on the deodorant! :)

  3. I always love your recommendations. Gotta try the nail strengthener! My nails are soooo pitiful. Have a wonderful weekend in the Keys with your family. Super jealous!



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