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
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 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/Sephora.com; 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
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 Sephora.com.
4. Marrakesh Oil Products, including the Marrakesh Nourish Shampoo, Hydrate Conditioner, Marrakesh X, Marrakesh Endz and Marrakesh Oil
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
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.