The year is almost over!!! I am in disbelief!!!!
2017 will be here before we know it! I hope to regularly share my monthly favorites, but given that I only recently launched my site I was unable to do that this year. However I figured that since it’s the peak of shopping season for so many and I’ve been asked so many times it would be perfect for me to share with you my 2016 must-haves all in one place.
I will be sure to provide links with their current discounts to make sure you get the best deal possible! Also when shopping make sure you use ebates to ensure you get that money back, it’s free and easy to use no matter what you shop for!
As I was compiling the list and their links Tarte launched their Friends and Family sale which goes through the 11th of this month!!!
Before I continue sharing my favs from all other brands given I am a Lover of all things Tarte, you know I have to share my personal tried and true favs!
Hopefully with the sale you can get your hands on them too!
Use Code “Besties” to get 30% off!
Tarteist PRO Eyeshadow Palette http://bit.ly/2ha6lJJ
As a palette junkie, this is a definite must-have! I absolutely love the colors in this palette, these shadows truly blend like a dream and remain vibrant and beautiful all day! Pair that with great ingredients, there is no doubt that if you can, get your hands on it, do it!!
Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour http://bit.ly/2h9UMCz This is such a great Highlight and contour palette, I find that the creamy shade is incredibly flattering and blends out to give the right amount of dimension to the face while the highlight shades compliment just about every skin tone. The shades I find almost mimic the skin undertones resulting in a true highlight vs a streak of glitter on the face! Love, love, love it!
Rainforest of the Sea Skincare Travel Set http://bit.ly/2hkwnKU I included this set because it offers you the opportunity to try the awesome skin care items that I love! The spray and the moisturizer are everything! I am due for a restock myself! I am excited to try the very raved about eye patches as well! I hear putting them in the fridge helps tone down the puffiness while you hydrate too! If you try them let me know what you think!
Shape Tape Contour Concealer http://bit.ly/2gGie6Z
This concealer quickly became a true favorite of mine! This is a full coverage, matte all-day wearing concealer that is sure to cover any and all imperfections! It blends out beautifully and sets without creasing or flaking. The applicator is huge making it quick and easy to use!
Clean Slate™ Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer http://bit.ly/2gGzXewn
This is a great primer for pretty much every skin type! I absolutely love the way it works to smooth and prep the skin for your foundation. I feel it really does help affix the makeup to the skin. The Timeless smoothing primer is a great option for people with textured skin and more mature skin! I find this one helps fill in the gaps and provide the ideal amount of prep to skins meeting those needs!
Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation
http://bit.ly/2gGzXew This foundation although not very well known is one of my absolute favorite foundations! It provides full coverage that can be blended further to allow a medium/light coverage. The hyaluronic acid in it works to smooth and create a moisture locking barrier on the skin. I love the way this foundation sits on the skin and how it works with my skin to make it look its best even when at its driest, perfect for winter skin!
Three Mini Versions of my Favorite Mascaras
A great opportunity to try their great mascaras for a great price!
Ok, so onto my winter favorites!! I’ve been working on gathering this list for a while now, so I am truly excited to share them all with you! Please be sure to share your favorites and suggestions with me here and feel free to share this post on your social media handles if you wish 🙂 xoxo
I began with my hair because I definitely use heat on my hair in the fall and winter months much more than I ever do in the summer months. For my Hair you’ll find my dear Sedu 4000i hair dryer, this is by far the best hairdryer I’ve ever had! I absolutely LOVE it! I use it on both my daughter and myself, she has beautiful curly hair that I am able to straighten in 20 minutes without frizz or damaging her hair! I am able to blowdry my hair in less that 10 minutes and my hair is pretty full and long! I can’t say enough good things about it! As for my curler I’ve tried NUME and other brands but my Sedu takes the cake! It works like nothing else! Super fast and the curl lasts all day! Worth every penny in my opinion! These two together are a true dream team!
As for skin, although most love a full on matte face, I love the way a beautifully hydrated face looks even in the colder winter months. Unfortunately with the heat running indoors and the bitter cold outside make for skin that is dry and even flaky at times. This is why I find I need to exfoliate a little more and definitely step it up with my moisturizer, both on myself and my clients. Dr.Bronners Pure Castile Soap is my “holy-grail” go-to face wash no matter what! I use it to wash my makeup eraser and brushes too! I use this with my Clarisonic Mia and make sure to hydrate as soon as I am done washing to make sure I lock in moisture. For this I like to go in with an oil. There are three oils I reach for the most:
- This Organic Jojoba Oil by Leven Rose (On Amazon) is amazing. I use this not only on my skin as an all-over moisturizer but on my face too! Jojoba oil mimics our own natural oils which by using brings balance. It also contains properties that help with aging, acne and all sorts of skin ailments! If you’re oily it’ll actually help balance your skin and stop the overproduction of oil over time! Amazing!
- This Oil known as the Glow Enhancer from Elcie Cosmetics created by Makeup Artist Lilit is amazing it is a blend of “Meadowfoam Oil locks in skin’s natural moisture, while Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s sebum to produce less oil. With Rose Hip Oil in the mixture, it completes your skin’s necessity with it’s rich fatty acids that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Combined, these oils leave your skin soft, supple and radiant.” I can attest that this oil truly achieves these results! I have used it first hand and it remains one of my true go-to choices when bringing back balance to my skin after cleansing it or right before makeup, especially when I want to use my Elcie foundation.
- The most recent addition to my oil-collection is Josie Marans Argan “Milk”. I have only recently added this beautiful mixture to my collection but even after a couple of days I’ve noticed less dryness and my skin appears to glow the morning after applying this! I used this under my hourglass vanish foundation and the finish on my foundation was BEAUTIFUL!!! I loooove this. You can get this on easy pay on QVC now! A great time to try it!
As far as actual moisturizer the Tarte Drink of H2O I shared above is a true favorite along with this one by Bel Essence. The one by tarte is one I usually use prior to makeup application. I love the ingredients in the Bel Essence moisturizer for all skin types but even more on those with more mature/aging skin. It is super hydrating and leaves skin feeling super supple, which is key in the cold winter months.