My Current Beauty Favorites

Back in May I did a little post of what I was currently loving in the beauty department. I mentioned that it was all brought on by my obsession with beauty gurus on YouTube and I'm here to say that .... the obsession will not be dying off anytime soon. I went on some major splurges and I also had my birthday thrown in there too so I have been able to try out lots of new products, lots! I've been figuring out what works for me and what doesn't. And I'm currently at a place where I'm very happy with what I'm using and that I can take a break from searching for the best products for me.  I'm sure my bank account and credit cards really appreciate this. I'm also going back to Vegas in September so a spending freeze is very needed right now. 

Lush Tea Tree Water: THIS STUFF. I fucking love this stuff. It's for the exact skin type that I have - oily, redness, spotty, blemish prone... and I swear it has helped me. I'm legit obsessed with this spray. It's made with tea tree, juniper berry and grapefruit, it smells amazing, feels so refreshing and has brought my skin back to life. I got the small bottle since I wasn't sure if it was gonna be bullshit or not but now I need the big bottle and I need it for life. Since I have oily skin and wear makeup everyday, I tend to get a couple pimples here and there and I always get at least one when my period is coming. But not with this gem. I spray it every time I wash my face, shower, take off my makeup and sometimes randomly throughout the day if I'm lounging at home and not wearing makeup just because when I'm not using it, I miss it. I want it on my face always. 

Lush Lip Scrub - Bubblegum: I have tried so many lip products, everything that says "medicated" and everything exfoliating and nothing has worked like this. I can put chapstick on every hour on the hour and I will still have chapped lips and like pieces of skin just chillin' there that I can bite off. I took to Twitter in complete desperation for a second time to find out something that might work and this was suggested. My desperate ass immediately bought it and after one use I noticed a difference. I've been using it for a month now and my lips have never been like this. I'm in love. (Between this and the above, how did I never try Lush products before?!)

Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment: This should maybe go under the "I'm not sure if this is a favorite" category. By now we know that I have very oily skin (only on my face, the rest of my body is dry as a lizard) and I was under the impression that if I spent a little more, I would get something that works. Meh. This cost almost forty dollars, I've been using it twice a day for a month and I'm still not sure if it's doing anything. I do still get oily throughout the day, but I think I'm less oily... maybe? I don't know. And I don't know if it's due to this or all the other 3257296 oil control products I'm using. Has anyone messed with this before? Did it work for you?

Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray - oil control: I had been wanting to try this forever but felt it was a bit pricey. I happen to hit their site one day when they were having a little sale and I finally went for it. I love this setting spray! I've tried the Urban Decay and MakeUp Forever and loved them, but this is much better for me. I will for sure be purchasing it again but I think I'll get the "bridal" one next time because that one is like cry-proof and sweat-proof and in the So-Cal heat I think a sweat-proof setting spray is a necessity. With this, I also got a sample of the primer which you can see below.  

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray: Ok so here is where I get torn with the above because I love this one too!!! Especially since it's a matte finish. And you can't beat the price, it's only a few bucks. When it comes to this and the Skindinavia, it's usually a win of whichever one is closer to me when I reach for them. Or when I'm doing heavy makeup, I'll set my foundation and concealer with the Skindinavia, then complete the rest of my makeup and finish the whole thing with the NYX Matte spray. 

Nip + Fab Viper Venom Eye Fix: Ulta sent me a 40% coupon for this and I had never heard of this brand before. But it's 40% off of something to help my eye wrinkles so yea, give it to me. I guess it doesn't totally belong in this post because I've only been using it for 2 days so I don't even know if I love it yet. But it sounds pretty awesome and I'm hoping it helps. Has anyone used this??

Skindinavia Primer Spray: Like I mentioned above, this was a sample I received when I purchased the finishing spray. The first reason I love this is simply because it's a spray. Every other primer I've ever used has to be applied with your fingers. I was using the Benefits Porefessional, ugh it's expensive and I really didn't see what the big deal was. I think my makeup sits perfectly fine on this and I will be buying the full size. But of course, the oil-control one. 

NYX Pore Filler: While I don't think this is "omg so amazing", it's the best I have found so far. It does fill the giant pores on my cheeks, but I have to put a lot of it on to make some sort of a difference. And it ain't cheap so I used it up pretty quickly and that bummed me out. If anyone has suggestions for a better pore filler, send it my way. Until then, I will probably stick with this one and only use it for special occasions. 

Rimmel Matte BB Cream: I honestly stopped using BB creams almost a year ago because I felt they were pointless and made no difference. Clearly, I kept trying the wrong ones. I absolutely love this one and I will buy it over and over forever. Although, this one will probably last forever because you only need a very small amount for your entire face. And it's a matte finish so duh, my oily face loves it. The only not so great thing I'll say is that it's a very thin liquid so it flows out quickly and almost always makes a mess. 

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation: Finally! I got this! I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday and decided it's finally time to get the expensive foundation I'd been eyeballing for so so long. I was super paranoid that I was gonna hate it. As soon as I got home, I took off my current make up and put this on. Legit, And hiiiiiiii it's MATTE! Such full coverage, so matte, so smooth. I just love it so much. And when you apply it with the Beauty Blender... omg just perfection. Since it is on the pricey side, it's my "special occasion foundation". 

Ugh mascaras will be the death of me. I've probably tried hundreds in my life and hate them all. Every one of them flakes and falls into my eyeballs and irritates my eyes all the live long day. Until now. 

Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara: I had no idea what I was getting into with this, I just went for it. And on my first day wearing it, I made it to the end of the day with NO FLAKES and was super excited. It also does what it says, makes my lashes really long. But the no flaking part is the most important part for me. 

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flash Mascara: I actually got this in a subscription box a long time ago. I think I used it a few times and thought I hated it. But I pulled it out recently and realized it's pretty damn amazing. It makes my lashes huge and long and full and DOES NOT FLAKE. I don't prefer it for my bottom lashes but love it for my top lashes. 

CK One Mascara: Um, this should also go under the "not sure if it's a favorite yet" category because I also just got this two days ago. It was a birthday gift from Ulta. Apparently it's a pretty good mascara. It has a twist thing at the top and you can change the extension of the brush for a different effect. Pretty cool. I'll be wearing it to work tomorrow to find out if it flakes or not, so I'll keep you posted. Has anyone tried this?

Lush Translucent Setting Powder: Pricey, but lasts forever because I only use it to set my under eye concealer. It smells amazing, my concealer never creases and it's a mattifying powder ;)

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finish Powder: I live and die by this stuff. It's my holy grail product right now. I carry it in my purse with a little EcoTools brush and apply it to my chin, forehead, nose and under eyes whenever I start to feel oily throughout the day. I use oil blotter sheets first, then brush this on real quick and my face is immediately matte again. When I was in Vegas last month, I used this constantly to fight against the Vegas heat. I LOVE THIS STUFF. 

Smooth Sexy Hair - Smooth and Seal shine spray: I mentioned in my last beauty faves post that I was hating every hair product and was having a hard time finding things I love - because everything I love gets discontinued. I picked up this mini size from Ulta and fell in love with it right away. Since the SexyHair products are not cheap, I wanted to get the mini one to try it out. It's been a few days and I already know that I will be going to grab the full size of this. With my new hairstyle, I'm finding that blow drying it is gonna have to become a habit, but I'm terrible at it and no matter what I do or use, I end up with a giant frizzy lions mane. This stuff calmed it right the fuck down and I'm sold! (But really, how the hell does one give themselves a blowout?! It's impossible. I can't do it.)

RealTree perfume: I have a really hard time finding perfumes that I love. I could probably list five that I've like in my whole life. I got this sample in my Ipsy recently and I wore it the whole weekend in Vegas, loved it, the boyfriend loved it and I'll be getting the full size. Because how can I not? It's only 20 bucks!

Whoa, that was a lot! And this post is filled with Lush products and they were all the first products I've ever bought from them. I guess I love them! Ironically, I'm also giving away a gift card to Lush over on Whispering Sweet Nothings. So if you're interested in trying any of the things I mentioned (especially the Tea Tree Water) head over there and enter to win! There's a bunch of other goodies in that giveaway too. 

Also, I joined Jackie and friends at Jade and Oak for a $150 Urban Outfitters giveaway!! 

Happy Monday! jk lol, Monday's suck. But lets try to have a happy one!



  1. I am totally on a spending freeze right now but the tea tree and bubblegum are going on my list to try it out. The Revlon Photo finish is so good on my skin too.

  2. kathy@vodka and sodaJuly 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    i have the kat von d tattoo eyeliner and it's amazing!

    Vodka and Soda

  3. you will love the tea tree water!

  4. that will have to go on my list to buy!

  5. I loveeee the Kat Von D foundation. It's my everyday foundation but I make it last by mixing it with primer. And I recently discovered lush and I'm in love. I need to try the Lush setting power. My concealer creases big time.

  6. it's so amazing! which primer to you mix it with??
    i can't tell you how many times i've walked by a Lush store and just thought meh that seems dumb. and now i cannot get enough!!! yea try the setting powder, my concealer never creases anymore. It comes in the small jar like the lip scrub, so it's hard to get a big brush in there or else i'd consider using it for all over. but i just dip the sigma f35 in and swipe it under my eyes.

  7. The first two Lush products are on my to-try list, so I'm glad you love them! :)

  8. i can't express enough how much i love the tea tree spray! you'll have to let me know how they work for you after you get them.

  9. Pore Filler is definitely a good drugstore option as far as primer goes... my fave, for sure!

  10. Love posts like these! I always go back to them when I need to buy something and need opinions! Loveeee these!

  11. maybe my pores are just way too enormous lol. only on my cheeks though

  12. this makes me happy! since i posted it yesterday i've been thinking maybe it was too many products for one post and i should have done a youtube video. i'm glad it will be a guide for you :)

  13. How is the Kat Von D foundation? I have oily skin and been wondering about this foundation..

  14. i LOVE it! since it's pricey i only use it for certain moments rather than everyday. but when i do, my skin is flawless. my face is so so so oily, like no matter what products i use, it's so frustrating. so i still oil blot a little throughout the day with this foundation, but barely. :)