I usually use my annual post to talk about beauty products I purchased and liked, but did not blog about for whatever reason. This year, it will primarily be products I had every intention of blogging about, but never found the time. Time….between meals, diaper changes and playing with brightly colored singing toys with my little cutie, my free time is spent trying to find the energy to eat and shower. Oh, my poor neglected blog. Thankfully, my love of beauty products remains strong despite my ever shrinking budget. 2016 may focus on creative discussions of my existing collection versus new items.
Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush
The colors I picked may look like they belong in a crayon box, but they are lovely. Anyone, from fair to dark should give these a shot. These apply much more subtle than it may appear and blends out nicely. I would still suggest a light hand and soft brush to build up the intensity. Bittersweet is the first purple blush I’ve tried that works because it has a pink undertone. Rapture makes a lovely neutral cheek for darker complexions. I’m never one to take seriously the long-lasting claims brands put on their products. I don’t experience noticeable fading after a typical day, but I rarely do with any blush I use. ($26, 6.8 grams)
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint
On days when I can’t think of any creative eye shadow pairing, but want something quick, easy and pretty, I grab an Eye Tint. It’s one of those formula hybrids that start out as a cream/mousse consistency and dries down to a long-lasting finish. The applicator brings up way too much product to apply directly to my lid. I always use a synthetic flat brush to pick up some product. I find this product dries pretty quickly, so there isn’t much time to blend out. I start out slow and in thin layers and build up. For my complexion, I prefer a wash of color when using the lighter shades. The shimmer and intensity becomes a disco ball very fast. ($38, 0.22 oz.)
Raw Apothecary Unrefined Raw Shea Butter
I’ve been using raw shea butter for over eight years. I’ve used multiple brands during that time, but this is by far the best. It is the softest, smoothest, raw West African Shea I’ve tried and thrilled to have discovered it. It is my go-to moisturizer for my skin and thirsty hair (although mixed with other oils and conditioners). It’s perfect for my little one’s skin as well. Shea butter has vitamins A and E, natural anti-inflammatory properties and has a light nutty scent that doesn’t linger. This Shea butter comes inside a clear plastic bag. You get a wooden spatula to help get the product out, which is helpful. The packaging does take some getting used to. An opaque jar is definitely needed for the portion being actively used, but it’s worth the effort. ($14, 1lb on Amazon.com)