Friday Favorites Is Back!

Happy Friday nerds & nerdettes! It’s been a while since my last Friday Favorites, but now seemed like as good of a time as any!

For those new to my blog, “Friday Favorites” is a weekly post about my favorite products from the week! It’s not always makeup or beauty product related it can be anything! This week’s favorites are all makeup & beauty products

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The Makeup Nerd’s Spring Favorites

Can you believe it’s already June? I can’t! Seems like only yesterday I was starting at my new job, preparing for Christmas, and doing Winter progress reports. Now it’s June and its hot and quite humid here in Baltimore, I’m planning a wedding while working full time and kids are preparing for Kindergarten at school.

On the plus side, with my very little bit of spare time I’ve come across quite a few amazing products that I had to share with you guys!

Favorite Skincare Product
Image1. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil $46 USD

I was very hesitant about putting oil on my oily/combination skin, all I thought about was my face breaking out like a teenager. When I received a sample of this in a previous Sephora order I tested it out and it was so amazing I ordered the full size bottle. It turned my dry cheeks into baby soft skin with noticeably smaller pores and a natural glow to match!

2. Origins United State Balancing Tonic $20 USD

I was originally head over heels in love with Lush Cosmetics Breath Of Fresh Air toner but it hasn’t been as effective at balancing my skin lately so I tried Origins’ United State Balancing Tonic and it has done wonders for my skin! Not only does it give me that fresh, clean feeling like an astringent (without completely stripping my skin hello!) it also moisturizes.

 

Favorite Fragrances

Image1. Versace Yellow Diamond $69 USD

I love love loooooove this fragrance! It just smells like Spring and I’m always getting compliments on this fragrance when I wear it.

2. Diesel Loverdose $65 USD

Holy guacamole I swoon for this fragrance. It smells like licorice candy and vanilla which is unusual but it just smells so yummy and a perfect night fragrance!

 

Favorite Tinted Mositurizer & BB CreamImage1. NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska $42 USD

I’ve never been a big fan of tinted moisturizers because they do not give me enough coverage and make my skin breakout like crazy! With this tinted moisturizer though, it gives me a natural glow with a sheer coverage that is perfect for daytime and the Alaska shade fits my skin tone perfectly.

2. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin $12 USD

After hearing mixed reviews on the original formula of this BB cream I was in no hurry to buy it, but once Garnier came out with a BB cream for combination and oily skin I was excited. The color is slightly darker than my skin but now that it’s Summer and I’ve been outside more it’s not even an issue! This version of BB cream is pretty good, I get no breakouts from using it and I get no greasy feeling when I wear it. Coverage wise it’s pretty good it covers most of my acne scars and gives me a dewy natural finish.

3. Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme Compact in Vanilla Glow $39 USD

I’ve replaced my MUFE HD foundation with this amazing BB cream! Not only does it promise full coverage and trust me it does (my skin looks flawless when I wear this over a primer!), the Vanilla Glow shade is a dead on match for my skin. I absolutley love this BB cream!

 

Favorite ConcealerImage1. YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch 2 Luminous Ivory $40 USD

I don’t think I would classify this as a traditional concealer, its more of a highlighter but one things for sure this pen is uh-mazing! I use this as an under eye brightener and it instantly gives me that fresh eyed look which help with my dark circles.

2. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Medium Light

This concealer not only covers tattoos but dark circles, acne scars, anything! You name it this concealer works wonders. I thought medium light would be too dark but it’s pretty decent color match for my skin.

 

Favorite Setting PowderImage1. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Finishing Veil $15 – $30 USD

I already love the Primed & Poreless primer so this was a no brainer! It gives me an airbrushed finish and doesn’t give a white chalky layer over my makeup.

2. NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder $34 USD

At first this powder was on its way back to Sephora but I didn’t realize all it needed was the right brush! This powder is very different from most setting powders I’ve tried, it has a different consistency and feel once applied to the skin. I use this powder so much I’ve already hit pan with it!

 

Favorite Bronzer & BlushImage1. Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer $30 USD

First of all, the pink leopard is too adorable! This blush/bronzer gives a very nice luminous glow to the cheekbones and look amazing on most skintones :).

2. NYX Stick Blush in Orchid $6 USD

One of my favorite drugstore blushes ever! Highly pigmented and blends effortlessly with my e.l.f. small stipple brush. I have these stick blushes in every color and they’re all amazing. I highyl recommend if you haven’t tried these you should!

3. Buxom True Hue Blush in Luvitate & Mini Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti $39 USD

I got these in the Buxom Passport Collection Day Tripper Edition set from Sephora but took these out for my future Z palettes cause this blush and bronzer are amazing! The blush is very similar to NARS Orgasm blush and the bronzer is a light bronzer with shimmer and gives a nice sun kissed glow without any orange or streaking. Plus, the bronzer smells like coconuts!

 

Favorite EyeshadowImage1. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Moonspoon, Space Cowboy, and Stargazer $20

These eyeshadows are so damn pretty! I love glitter eyeshadows more than life itself so when I saw these I had to snag them up. To avoid fallout apply over eyeshadow primer with fingers, when I used my brush I got glitter all over my face.

 

Favorite Eyeliner & MascaraImage1. CoverGirl Clump Crusher in Very Black $7 USD

This is another drugstore product I would say works better than most high end brands. This lifts and seperates my lashes beautifully while adding tons of volume and no tarantula eyes yay!

2. Too Faced LashGasm Mascara $20 USD

I use this as my everyday mascara cause it gives me nice length and volume for everyday natural looks without flaking or smudging. If you couldn’t tell I love Too Faced products!

3. L’OREAL Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black $8.99 USD

Another drugstore mascara that works amazingly! It gives me fluffy lashes with volume and rich black color. Short and sweet…it’s amazing!

4. NYX The Curve Eyeliner $14.99 USD

Although this is recommended for beginners I still love how easy it is to apply and lasts all day. This eyeliner is great for when you want to do cat eye looks.

 

Favorite LippiesImage1. CoverGirl Jumbo Lip Balm in Berry Twist $8.99 USD

This balm is a dupe for Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Super Strawberry and at half the cost it’s well worth it. I love using this for a sheer wash of color on my lips and it keeps my lips soft for hours!

2. Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Balm in Chic $6 USD

Since jumbo lip balm sticks are very popular it’s not hard to find a drugstore brand that carries these. Hard Candy’s version is less of a balm and more of a lipstick in my opinion but the colors are beautiful and last a while. Chic is a nice nude pink for everyday looks and applies smoothly without drying.

3. NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie $4.99

I’m not a big fan of sticky lip gloss and this is far from the traditional lip gloss. It melts like butter on your lips and this color is a nice pink shade that compliments all skin tones.

4. NYX Lipstick in Thalia & Indian Pink $3.99 USD

These are nice drugstore lipsticks that do not dry or flake on lips but I do recommend using lip balm first to moisturize lips before applying these lippies. Thalia is a nice pink/beige color which is almost a dead on for my natural lip color and Indian Pink is a nice coral pink with shimmer for Summer.

Favorite BrushesImageImage1. Crown Brush C439 Deluxe Round Buffer $13.95 USD

I adore this brush! I’ve been using it for my NARS tinted moisturizer and it gives me a lovely airbrushed finish.

2. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush & Blush Brush $8.99 USD each

These brushes are pretty amazing. I love using the Expert Face Brush with my BB creams and liquid foundations and it always gives me a nice airbrushed flawless application. The blush brush is awesome for contouring and has very soft taklon bristles for a a nice natural application.

3. Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set $34.95 USD

These brushes are high quality and has almost every brush you’ll need! The face brushes are ultra soft and apply makeup effortlessly and the eye brushes are amazing at picking up color for any eye look you could imagine!

 

Favorite Makeup RemoverImage1. Boots No.7 Quick Thinking Wipes $6.99 USD

I’ve tried just about every makeup remover wipe and these are by far my favorite! They take off every spec of makeup and removes my mascara and eyeliner easily while moisturizing my skin!

 

Are my Spring favorites in your list of favorites as well? I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely Summer weather!

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Day Twenty-Four: Your Favorite Perfume(s)

I have downsized my perfume/body spray collection recently, mainly for space reasons and I keep buying perfume and never using it haha. Fiesta I’m going to show you nerds all of my fragrances then my favorites :).

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Back Row

1. BBW Country Chic Fine Fragrance Mist

2. Ed Hardy Love & Luck

3. BBW Sensual Amber Body Spray

4. BBW Paris Amour Body Spray

5. Victoria’s Secret Pink Body Spray

6. Knock Off Theirry Mugler Angel Perfume

7. Knock Off Donna Karan Be Delicious Perfume

8. Axe Anarchy For Her Spray

9. BBW Black Amethyst Perfume

Middle Row

1. Lolita Lempicka

2. Baby Phat Goddess

3. Guess Seductive I’m Yours

4. Live Luxe by Jennifer Lopez

5. Juicy Courture

6. Wrapped With Love by Hilary Duff

7. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell

8. Playboy Lovely

9. Circus by Britney Spears

10. Fantasy by Britney Spears

Front Row

1. Kim Kardashian Gold

2. Kim Kardashian

3. Baby Phat Love Me

4. Baby Phat Dare Me

5. Paris Hilton

6. Siren by Paris Hilton

7. Can Can by Paris Hilton

8. Love’s Soft Jasmine

9. Shakira

10. Celine Dion Sensational

My Favorites

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Each fragrance, in my opinion, is unique and I use them for different occasions. Baby Phat Goddess is a floral scent that I wear as my everyday perfume since it lasts for most of the day (in a nice way not a in a cheap hooker strong scent way). Guess Seductive I’m Yours is a woodsy/floral scent which is a perfect night out with my girls scent since its a little stronger and lasts all night. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell is a fruity/floral scent that I wear for day dates with my boyfriend since its his favorite and reminds me of summer when I wear it.

Lolita Lempicka is a sweet/spicy/powder scent that honestly is the best friggin thing I’ve ever smelt :). I wear it as a secondary daytime everyday scent. Kim Kardashian Gold is a citrusy/spicy scent and my winter fragrance since its a moderately strong fragrance. Kim Kardashian is a sweet/floral scent that reminds me of a gardenia perfume my mom wore that I always loved.

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May Favorites

I know its already a week into June but last month was a month of many, many favorites! Not only did I come across some great beauty products but some other great finds as well :).

1. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

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I had originally bought this as a Nars Orgasm dupe and this quickly became my go to blush since I’ve had it in my collection :). If you’re thinking of buying this blush you should! It’s amazing, and only $7!

2. Lolita Lempicka Eau De Parfum

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I’m officially obsessed with this fragrance! I tested it on a shopping trip one day and hours later I was addicted to the smell :). The icing on the cake? The 3.4 ounce bottle  I purchased on Amazon was $35!

3. Homemade Greek Yogurt Pops

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I really am trying to eat better guys and its no picnic lol. I’m actually trying to become vegetarian cause I’m just tired of eating meat, I always feel bad emotionally and physically so I know its what’s best for my body. With that said I also have a horrible sweet tooth so when I decided no more ice cream I knew I needed an alternative to make this stick, enter greek yogurt pops my savior! :)

4. NYX Box Of Eye Shadows Palette

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This 112 eyeshadow palette has been quite busy since its made its way into my collection, especially with this makeup challenge! The majority of these shades are amazingly vibrant even without a base. I can never get sick of NYX products :).

5. Cherry Culture Watermelon Lip Balm

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This lip balm smells so yummy and fruity it instantly reminds me of summer :). It leaves my lips so soft and moisturized I usually just take the cap off for a quick fruity pick me up lol.

What are some of your May favorites? Leave a comment!

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I Love Amazon!

Just a quick post on my love for Amazon

In my post Internet Haul I mentioned I ordered the most wonderful smelling perfume, Lolita Lempicka’s self named fragrance and to my shock it arrived 24 hours later! It wasn’t expected to get here till Friday, which was quite reasonable but 24 hours?! Lucky me I guess :)

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I can’t stop smelling my wrists, people might start to think I’m crazy lol.

Oh and don’t forget, my Mother’s Day giveaway is ending Saturday night @ 11:59 PM EST so if you haven’t entered, you’ve got 4 days left :)

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Internet Haul

It seems like I can’t go 5 minutes without going through shopping withdrawl and need to buy something! I buy most of my higher end beauty and makeup products online cause it’s faster and guaranteed to be available. This morning I checked HauteLook for their beauty deals steals of the day, and I was excited to find one of the beauty events is one of my sought after brands that I’ve never tried before.

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Every time I stop by my second home, Target, I always go to the makeup aisles and browse (and buy of course lol). I always seem to make my way towards the Pixi Beauty section and see tons of cute cosmetics I’d love to buy but can’t fathom spending such a pretty penny on something I haven’t heard much about, or have purchased before. You can imagine my excitement when I saw Pixi was having a sale and the one item I wanted the most was a mega steal.

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The Ultimate Beauty Kit has 32 gorgeous shadows ranging from mattes, shimmers, and brights, 16 lip glosses, and 8 blushes with pink, peach, and mauve hues. This adorable palette is retailed at $40, but for today only I purchased it for $15! I am too excited to wait for this palette but sadly I must lol, but once this baby gets in my hands I will be testing this out and reviewing :).

I also picked up Pop Beauty’s Lip Magnet Primer, No.1 Naked Nude.

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It plumps and primes lips for application of lip gloss or lipstick. I haven’t seen this product at ULTA where Pop Beauty products are sold so I’m not too sure how well this works but it’s retailed for $15 but I got it for $4. While at ULTA this past weekend I was browsing the fragrances and tested one I admittedly never heard of but have seen the pretty bottle.

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Lolita Lempicka’s Lolita Lempicka fragrance is an alluring fragrance that gently balances the sweetness of ivy leaves and aniseed with delicate violet and iris root, and finishes with a smooth hint of vanilla and musk. This sensual fragrance is pure, light, and endearing.

Notes: Ivy Leaves, Aniseed, Amarena Heart, Violets, Iris Roots, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk.

My description of this fragrance: heavenly :)

It was love at first spray, I can’t describe the scent but it lingered for hours on my clothes that had me sniffing my shirt all day. I was dead set on finding this perfume online cheaper than the retail price ($92!) and found it for $35 on Amazon.

I’ve got so many lovely packages coming I don’t know which I’m more excited for :).

Have you tried any of these products, if so did you like/dislike them? Leave a comment!

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