All The Pretty Things

3 years ago
So I've developed this new habit lately of not spending time with my boyfriend and watching beauty gurus on YouTube instead. And now we insert a popular internet saying - sorry not sorry. Really though, I can't stop and eventually my bank account is gonna get real sick of the stuff all these girls are convincing me to buy. I whored a couple things out on my Instagram the other day, but there is so much more to that! While I may be ditching the dude and swiping my cards too much, I'm learning so much about my beauty needs. I mean, I am gonna be 32 next month, so it's beyond time for me to start taking serious care of my skin! I already have some crows feet that like to hang out when I smile - and I'd appreciate if it stopped there - so I've been trying some fancy anti-aging things. Beyond that, I've become more knowledgeable and skilled in my makeup routine and what products are working for me. But, I can't seem to get the hair going the way I want. I have this constant bad luck where every product I've ever loved in life gets discontinued - mostly when it comes to hair. So I'm always always always buying new stuff for my hair and right now I'm not loving anything.. yet.

But lets just get to the point and tell you why I'm here in this big white space today. Pretty simple actually, I just feel like sharing some of the things I've been loving!

 

Olay Cleaning System: Yes, just another Clarisonic knockoff but still, it's awesome. This comes with a microdermabraision scrub as well as a cleaning scrub. I use the cleaning every night before bed, and I'll add using the microdermabrasion 2-3 times a week with it. It feels so good, and my skin looks so alive after. And I got this on sale at Ulta for $30! (Clarisonic is like $150).

L'Oreal 1-Minute Revitalift Cream: Like I said, I've been trying some anti-aging things... I really love this so far. I don't believe the whole "results after one use" thing -ever- but I like it enough so far that I'm excited to see how my skin has lifted after a few weeks. Also known as, hopefully my crows feet shrink. Maybe it's all in my head, but when I look in the mirror after using it, I think my skin looks slightly younger. It smells pretty amazing too!

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation: Such a great drugstore foundation! I've been using Urban Decay Naked for awhile and it was just ok, good enough. But there has been so much rave about about this Revlon foundation, I had to try it. And now I don't really see me using anything else! And when applied with a Beauty Blender, just, incredible.

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer: I got this in a subscription box awhile back and I never bothered with it. I decided to give it a try recently and I'm liking it enough to use it all up. It's not the greatest primer at all, but it gives you a very summery glow! It does leave the skin extra moist, so I wouldn't suggest this to anyone with oily skin, like myself. I find myself using oil blots throughout the day more than normal, but it gives me such a pretty golden glow I can't stop using it yet. If you have normal/dry skin this is something to try! I use it when I'm short on time in the mornings before work and I don't even apply foundation after it, just some concealer and I'm good to go. Also, you can get this at Target!

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: Speaking of concealer, I have found my favorite ever. Another drugstore gem! I was using the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Palette for a long time and still reach for it sometimes. But when I saw every single beauty guru using this Age Rewind bad boy, I had had had to get it. And yes! It is all the rage! I can't tell you how exciting it is to find drugstore products that actually work well! Stop what you're doing, and go get this now.

Beauty Blender: At this point, you should all own at least one of these. This is something I had seen in some videos last year and was dying to try but didn't want to spend the money. But then it showed up in a subscription box one day and all the clouds opened up. Nothing makes foundation look like this thing does. Although, I don't own any Sigma brushes yet [on the b-day list] so I guess that's not fair to say. But really, put your Target e.l.f. brush aside and invest in this little miracle sponge.

Make Up Forever Mist & Fix: Another Urban Decay product I had been using for months was their make-up setting spray. I like it a lot, especially the oil control one. But once it was empty, I wanted to try something different so I went the with MUF one. I've only used it a few times but I do think it holds slightly better and it smells really good! While I am satisfied with this one, I'm still on the hunt for a better one. Any suggestions?

And a not-so-favorite...
Prime Time Smile Active Blue Whitening Kit:  I didn't picture this one up top because, NO. What a load of garbage. I really wanted to get the Whitening Lightning brand but the boyfriend went ahead and purchased this one first. And ugh, what a waste of money. Do not buy this, it's such a lie. And they kinda screw you right on the package, which we didn't notice until after we took it home. First of all, it says results after one use (LOL), but it says that the whole process will be 7 uses. BUT the pen only contains 5 uses. So you already need to buy more of their crap just to get the full 7 uses. No thank you. Most importantly, it doesn't whiten! Like, at all!

Sidenote: In case you missed my mention of it on Twitter, I'm working on a Draw My Life video. If you were ever thinking of doing it, it's not easy (unless you had some silverspoon life) because trying to decide what you do and don't want to include is tough! Especially when writing about your childhood, and who you might hurt or call out. Also, stuffing 30+ years into about a 10 minute story is quite the challenge. On a positive note about the process, I'm finding it therapeutic. While it's hard to remember and/or relive some things, it's pretty cool to see how far you've come and all the things you've battled. Life is so weird.

I can't wait to complete it and share it with you.

NOT a sponsored post. Not even a little bit.

 

 

xo, Kelly Louise

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