Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites: Hello Gawgeous!

The fact that I'm writing a beauty post is pretty amusing to me.  I mean, I wear makeup and all but I'm far from some kind of aficionado and if I ever tried YouTube makeup videos, they'd be the ones that people just made fun of.  I've been wearing makeup since I was 12 and other than adding liquid eyeliner to my routine a few years ago, I've pretty much always used the same stuff. 

A game changer for me was subscribing to the Sephora PLAY box.  Y'all.  I love this subscription so much!  It's $10 a month and includes five samples of products they carry as well as a perfume sample. It's been a great way for me to branch out of my Revlon and Cover Girl.  I have nothing against drug store makeup, believe me.  I remember back in 2000 when George W. Bush was first elected president (or maybe even when he was just campaigning), People magazine ran an article on Laura Bush.  The article claimed she wore drugstore makeup and loved Stevie Ray Vaughan and I remember thinking, "I like that lady!"  Even now, she's like 70 and still lovely.  (And, not to get totally political here, but even though I'm rainbow flag waving liberal, I do have a soft side for the Bush ladies and even Dubya and his daddy themselves.)  I think that says something for drugstore makeup!  All that to say this . . . I really, really have to LOVE a product to spent more than ten bucks on it.  Which brings me to . . .

Tarte Tarteguard 20 Tinted Moisturizer
I've long been a fan of the Revlon BB cream but no more.  I'm now addicted to Tarte.  The price ($36) goes against everything I believe in but ohhhh my.  Amazing coverage.  I have really bad sun spots on parts of my face and it completely covers them while also being extremely light weight.  It's perfect for summertime - even Memphis INSANE humidity summertime (seriously, people, it'll be 90 degrees with a 125 heat index)! -  because it really doesn't feel like you have any makeup on at all.  I received a sample in my June PLAY box and knew from the first time I wore it that I would have to order a full size.  I just love it so much.  By the way: I STILL have some of the sample left, two months later, and that's using it at least two days per week, most weeks more.  My only complaint is that the darkest color is "medium" and that's me in the summertime.  If you get darker than me, then this won't work for you until they expand their line.

(Side note to say I TOTALLY love Tarte's wrapping!  Unicorns!!)

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
I've always been a "wash my hair every day" person because, hello, that's how we were all raised and because I have a seriously oily scalp.  Missing a day of washing hair would leave me with OIL-LAY hair like woah.  I wanted to be one of those people who only washed once or twice a week but it just wasn't happening for me.  Until I tried this stuff.  Oh man, it's awesome!  I am down to washing my hair just three times a week now (two times coming soon!).  The price tag is STEEP ($53 for the larger size, something I couldn't commit to so I'll be ordering the smaller size when it's back in stock) but it lasts a good, long while.  My sample has lasted a couple months so I can easily see this being something I only have to buy once or twice a year.  And, really, I just love the way it smells and how it revolutionized how I wash my hair!

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Cleansing Water
I'm a certified Lazy Girl when it comes to taking makeup off.  Which is probably why I have wrinkles marching their way all across my forehead.  This stuff is PERFECT for us lazy girls.  It's a makeup remover, cleanser, and moisturizer all in one and you can use it WITHOUT WATER.  I keep a bottle and cotton balls on my nightstand (disclaimer: this pic taken by Mark's nightstand rather than mine because he was out of town last week.  I don't have "Space Invaders'  on my nightstand!)  so I can take makeup off at night while I'm lying in bed.  It's super budget friendly, too, the Yes to website lists it at $8.99 but I think I only paid around $6.99 at Target.  Oh, and it smells SO good!


BB Don't Blow It
Guys.  GUYS!  This has revolutionized how I "do" my hair in the summertime.  I have very fine, wavy hair and I kinda  REALLY hate it!  I've tried MULTIPLE products to give me the beach waves look and none have worked until the BB Don't Blow It.  Seriously, this is a miracle cream.  I LOVE IT!   A couple weeks ago, Cady and I met for a GNO and I mentioned I didn't do anything with my hair.  She said, "but it looks awesome!"  Yeah.  Because this stuff!  Love it!

And, to balance things out, I wanted to do a couple of save instead of splurge:

I received this mascara in my latest PLAY! box and, not gonna lie, it's pretty awesome.  Thing is, though, I wasn't blessed with many things but he good Lord did give me big boobs and long lashes.  I did feel like it elongated my lashes but no more than the Maybeline  ...

The best drugstore mascara EVER.  Seriously.  We're talking a $24 mascara versus a less than $10 mascara.  YOU KNOW WHICH ROAD TO TAKE!

Then there's this one . . . 

Somebody please hold me while I cry.

I love a very light pink lip gloss for every day.  Love.  LOVE, okay?  LOVE.  I found this ELF version (110 Flirty Pink) at THE DOLLAR TREE once upon a time and it instantly became my go-to for every day lip gloss.  Well.  One night, I went out and the girls snuck into my bedroom and used up all my lip gloss and now I hope they are both cursed with crusty lips for the remainder of eternity (kidding, I love them, but I hope their own daughters doddle in their lip gloss one of these days!).  I haven't been able to find it anywhere else and I'm thinking that, since I found it at Dollar Tree, it's discontinued.  The Clinique Chubby Stick Watermelon is really (really!) close but way more expensive ($17!) and not as much color.  Give me all the ELF!   

So there you have it . . . some Friday favorite beauty finds from SO not a beauty girl!


  1. Once you start using real makeup it makes it so hard to go back to drug store! Some drugstore stuff I like though: L'Oreal Infalliable/Maybelline Fit Me. Both have really good coverage. Wet and Wild also makes a foundation called PhotoFocus that's really good! The LashParadise is a great dupe for the TooFaced Better than Sex Mascara. Liquid CatSuit is the best lipstick there is!

  2. But the Anastasia Beverely Hills Modern Renaissance Pallete is absolutely worth the splurge price!