Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Recent Faves

Hi loves!!  I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend!  It's about 80 degrees here and my make-up is working overtime to keep from melting off my face!!  I wanted to share a couple things that I've been LOVING recently and I highly suggest you check them out if you haven't already!!  Ok, numero uno is... 

Revlon PhotoReady foundation (003 Shell)

Here it is on my hand in daylight

It's a bit more watery than say, the Laura Mercier Oil Free foundation, but it provides ample coverage and goes on like silk!  Now, I don't know if that's in large part due to my NARS primer or if it's just that nice.  I haven't tried it without primer to be honest, but it feels pretty smooth when I rub it into my hand.  It also STAYS on and doesn't make me look like a greaseball after 2 hours of wear.  Yes, I will need to blot about 6 hours into wearing it, but doesn't make me look super oily like I know some foundations do.  I went to the drugstore wanting to pick up a cheaper foundation for the days that I don't want to waste my higher end stuff and this blows everything I own out of the water.  I was pleasantly surprised to say the least and for only $12!  You can't beat that.  Onto numero dos!

YSL Touche Eclat (#2)

I'm pretty sure everyone's tried and loves, but I am pretty new to Touche Eclat and at first I just couldn't justify spending $40 on a concealer.  But I kept reading rave reviews, so broke my bank account and bought it.  I have to say, I jumped on the band wagon immediately.  IT'S. SO NICE.  It brightens up my under eye area and stays put.  It's also very silky which I like better than cream concealers, mainly because I've lost most of my elasticity so I need products that will be very gentle in that area.  This one does the trick and more.  I took a before and after just so you can see the amazing results!

After / Before (sorry wrong order I know)

Here is a pic of me with both the Revlon PhotoReady and YSL TE in the best daylight I could find!!

Numero tres - my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils!  ULTA was (is) having a sale on NYX stuff and these were like, 50% off so I bought a few.  I've always heard what a great base they provide for eyeshadows and well, they're right.  I used "Milk" in the photo above and it definitely made the colors a lot more vibrant than I know them to be.  They're incredibly pigmented and really easy to blend.  I can't wait to use my other colors for more smokey looks!

Pots & Pans - Pure Gold - Purple - Slate - Milk

With flash / Without Flash

Numero cuatro is my new Hot Tools hair straightener.  Again, bought this from Ulta as they were having a 15% off online sale last week, so I couldn't resist.  I don't own a straightener and although I already have stick straight hair, well, you can do other things with it I suppose.  Plus it's so pretty with it's zebra print and pink flowers!!

It goes up to 420 degrees and I believe it is originally $60.  I've used it once and look how much better my hair looks than from the picture above - 

Last but not least (and this is completely non-beauty related), my new favorite place is Half Moon Bay, CA.  If you saw my post a few days ago, I went to San Francisco for work and omg what a beautiful town.  Loves!

Anyway, that's the end of my favorites at the moment.  I hope you enjoyed and let me know what your recent favorites have been!!!  xoxoxoxxoo


  1. You look lovely my dear! Love your hair in the second photo. I should give Revlon PhotorReady a go, I heard so many good things about it :)xo

  2. Your make up and hair are fab, great post.

  3. @ArtDonatella - definitely try Revlon PR! It's cheap enough so you won't break the bank and totally worth it!

    @cornflakegirl - thank you darling :)

  4. I love Revlon's Colorstay but haven't tried Photoready yet. I need to pick up a new summer foundation so may well see if there's a good shade for me. Also, neeeeed to get some of those NYX Jumbo Pencils in my life! xx

  5. Roz - I need to try the Colorstay but will probs pick it up after my Photoready runs out. E-mail me your new address!! Once my one-month ban lifts, I'll pick you up some NJPs!

  6. NYX Jumbo Pencils are amazing. I hate the fact they aren't easily accessible in the UK - it sucks :( LOVE this post hun! x

  7. Thanks Rachel!! I know, NYX is awesome, but you guys have so many other brands we don't have!!! Grass is always greener I guess, huh?