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June Beauty Favorites


My top five beauty products from June are a mix of hair, skin and makeup items.  Read on to find what I loved as well as where to purchase them!

1. NYX Cosmetics HD Foundation

NYX Cosmetics HD Foundation

For the past year or so, I used Bobbi Brown stick foundation, which I loved.  What I didn’t love was the price tag.  One stick cost $44 and lasted about 5-6 weeks if I was careful. I decided to find a new foundation that was way more affordable. I follow @msirsah on instagram (she’s amazing, make sure to check her page out) and she mentioned the NYX Cosmetics HD liquid foundation.  I decided to take a leap and buy one and test it out.  I went to Ulta and chose the color “sand beige.”  The foundation retails for $18, but I used a coupon and got it for $13.  I am in love with this foundation!  It is dewy, which I wanted, and long lasting if I use a powder on top.  You have to powder on top or the foundation won’t stay on the skin.  I can layer the foundation for extra coverage and it looks great.  I would absolutely recommend this foundation and if you don’t want to pay $18 for a drug store foundation, shop at CVS or Ulta and use a coupon (if you sign up for emails or their points card, you get coupons).

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder is my favorite product in my makeup bag.  It’s literally magic.  I love thick brows and I as a kid, I took that for granted.  As I got older, I noticed that my brows don’t really grow and that’s where brow powder comes in.  I use the dark brown (Brunette) to fill in my brows as well as lengthen the front end of them.  I use Anastasia’s brow brush #12 ($18) and using the lighter color of the duo, carefully draw the tips of my brow (above my nose)–this gives the illusion of fuller brows. The powder lasts all day, as well as during a sweaty session at the gym.  I’ve tried the brow wiz and the dipbrow pomade from her line as well–both of which work great.  I prefer the powder because it’s easier for me to apply and it looks natural. You can purchase the brow powder for $23 at Sephora/; the brow powder has two shades, one lighter and one darker.  There are 11 shades in the line.

As a side note: When I was blond, instead of dying my brows lighter, I decided to just use a blond colored brow product instead.  I thought that my brows would get ruined by dye so instead, I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in blonde and painted over my brows to make them look lighter.

3. Tarte Maracuja Oil

Tarte Maracuja Oil

I got a mini bottle of this and fell in love with it!  It’s a treatment oil that you put on your face and neck at night.  A little bit goes a long way for this product, which actually brightens, moisturizes and smoothes skin.  I did not break out at all and the next day, my skin felt smoother and less splotchy.  I also felt like it faded redness which is a major issue for me.  I like to put it on my forehead and neck especially to prevent wrinkles and keeps it moisturized.  When the mini bottle is done, I will definitely be purchasing this product again.  The Tarte Maracuja Oil comes in a .5 oz bottle ($15), a .6 oz rollerball ($17), a 1.7 oz bottle ($48), and and a 3.4 oz bottle ($75) at Sephora and

4. Marrakesh Oil Products, including the Marrakesh Nourish Shampoo, Hydrate Conditioner, Marrakesh X, Marrakesh Endz and Marrakesh Oil

Marrakesh Oil Hair Care Products vegan

My hair became extremely damaged after going blond last year so I decided to go for gentle, moisturizing products and found Marrakesh Oil products. I love how these products are vegan and cruelty free.  There are no animal ingredients, no animal testing, no sulfates, no parabans, no phalates, etc.  They have Argan and Hemp oil so they are extremely nourishing. The nourish shampoo ($13.99) and hydrate conditioner ($15.99) are gentle on color treated hair and afterwards, my hair feels good.   I used the Marrakesh X ($15.99) immediately after I get out the shower and brush it into my hair.  That product is a detangler and really helps with frizz control and adds moisture.  Next, I use the Marrakesh Endz ($17.99 for 4 oz), which is a cream you put on your ends (for split ends).  I like to use the Marrakesh Oil ($22.99) after I wake up in the morning and want to put some moisture and shine into my hair.  You can either order the products online or use their salon locator to find a vendor located near you.

5. Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide

Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide

This product is essential in my hair routine.  I put a small amount into my hair and brush it in before I blow dry it.  My hair becomes visibly shinier, softer and way less frizzy.  It also protects your hair from hot irons and hair dryers. The key is not putting too much or else your hair can turn oily.  Always, always dry your hair with a blow dryer after putting this product in your hair. I don’t recommend using this before straightening or curling it because then you start making your hair really oil.  It really works amazing when you want to blow dry your hair. It also has a nice scent. In the summertime, my hair can become frizzy so anything that combats that, I love.  One bottle lasts a long time and definitely worth the price. It’s on sale on Amazon for $16 right now.



January Beauty Favorites


Hi Lifestylers!  Here are my five favorite beauty products that I’ve been loving in January.  Make sure to comment below and tell me your beauty faves! XOXO Sarah!

1. NYX Cosmetics Lip Liner

NYX Cosmetics Lip Liner The Lifestyle Reporter

I recently bought my first NYX Cosmetics lip liner and I have to say, it lasts a long time, and the color was absolutely gorgeous.  It cost me only $3.49!  I love their brown tone colors, including “Natural,” “Peek-a-boo Natural” and “Mauve.”  It’s also a cruelty free item so definitely something I will buy again in the future.  There are so many pretty colors, and soo much cheaper than MAC!  You can still get the Kylie Jenner lip colors for a fraction of the cost!

2. OPI Matte Top Coat

OPI Matte Top Coat The Lifestyle Reporter

I love matte nails and OPI’s matte top coat does the job!  Simply paint your nails any color you like, let it dry, and then paint one to two coats with the matte top coat.  My favorite thing to do is paint my nails matte black!  The matte top coat usually lasts about 1 to 2 weeks depending on how careful I am!!  It costs $9.50 at Ulta.

3. KMS California Hair Play Makeover Spray

KMS California Hair Play Makeover Spray The Lifestyle Reporter

The KMS Dry Shampoo has a yummy scent and it gives your hair amazing volume!  You just spray it in your hair and it’s not hard to brush it into your hair.  It’s also not too expensive and lasts a while.  This is a great product if you have oily hair or if you just want to have more volume.  It can be purchased at Ulta for $19.99 (for a 6.7 oz. bottle)

4. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream

While in Utah, this lotion was an absolute lifesaver!  By the end of the day, my hands were always so dry and cracking.  At bedtime I would put this lotion on, and by morning, my hands were so smooth! It also smells great–like apricots and vanilla.  I’ve had mine for over a year and it still does the job.  I throw it in my purse and use when my hands are super dry.  It can be purchased at Sephora for $22 USD (but currently out of stock 🙁 ).

5. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Rosé 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Rose Tint Lip Balm The Lifestyle Reporter

This stuff works wonders on chapped lips! It makes my lips silky soft!!  I like to put it on at bedtime because when I wake up, my lips become so soft and its makes putting on lip liner a lot easier.  I love this color, the red tint, if you just want to wear a red look out but don’t want to commit to red lipstick.  It also has SPF which is very important!!  It’s pricey–$22.50 for one, but they do last a long time.

4 Beauty Items You Need This September


I love September, because it means fall is coming soon.  The leaves fall and the weather changes (well it changes a little here in LA).  September also means new beginnings and what better way to start the month than by purchasing some new beauty items!

1) Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne

This is a beautiful fragrance.  It has a musky, earthy but clean scent.  The wood sage is so subtle–it’s probably one of my favorites.  This is not a floral scent so keep that in mind.  I will definitely be adding this to my perfume collection.  A 1 ounce bottle can be purchased for $60 and a 3.4 ounce bottle for $120.  It can be purchased here.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne The Lifestyle Reporter

2) Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Sand Eye Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is beautiful–it has eight shades, four that are shimmery and four that are matte.  Some days I’m all about the glitter and others, I like to keep it simple.  It’s quite pricey at $65 but to me it’s a collector’s item.  It can be purchased here.

Bobbi Brown Sand Eye Palette The Lifestyle Reporter

3) Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo

This shampoo is sulfate free and makes hair soft and silky.  It also protects the hair from UV radiation and heat–which is something I need!  This is a must have!  It is $30 for an 8.5 ounce and can be purchased here.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil The Lifestyle Reporter

4) Nars Satin Lip Pencil

These lip pencils are really pigmented and leave lips with a gorgeous shine.  I normally wear matte lipsticks or just a matte lip pencil but I love the texture and feel of these Nars lip pencils!  I love all the colors but I think I need to add either Biscayne Park or Isola Bella, both in the pink family.  Each pencil is $25 and can be purchased here.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil The Lifestyle Reporter


Which one is your favorite?