Hey everyone! I’m Marnie Goldberg. I’m a 42-year old wife, mother, volunteer, and former elementary school teacher/reading specialist living in San Antonio with my husband, two boys (ages 14 and 17), and three dogs. I discovered the world of fashion and beauty in my late 30’s and I want to share what I’ve learned with all of you!
One of the things I like to do at the start of every new year is get organized. I started going through my skincare collection and I noticed that I have quite a varied assortment of skincare from many different brands. They all serve a unique purpose and I can’t say that I’m partial to any one over another. The one thing they mostly seem to have in common is that I had gotten quite a few of them from QVC. They carry so many brands and different types of skincare, and they’re always offering amazing deals and special offers. If you’ve never ordered from QVC before, you MUST take advantage of the $10 off your first purchase with the code TEN4U. And in case you needed some ideas of what to order….here are a few:
Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit with Mask Tasker Tool
If you’re looking for a very budget friendly way to explore this brand and get SIX masks to play with, then you can’t go wrong with this set. This was actually the first PTR product I purchased, and I’ve gone on to purchase many more, including…
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 7 Piece Set
This is the same concept as the above set, except the mask sizes are quite a bit larger. You can get quite a few uses out of each mask, and the more deluxe size also makes this a great gift that you can break up and give to a few people (it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays)!
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask
After getting a few of the mask sets, I have also purchased the full-sized individual masks. One of my favorites that is gentle enough for me to use everyday if I was so inclined is the Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask. It’s great for my dry skin, and if you want an extra morning wake-up, keep this in the refrigerator and apply in the morning. It feels GREAT on a hot summer morning!
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask
I have dry skin, so sometimes charcoal masks don’t work well for me. However, this mask also has honey in it which means it’s perfect for my skin type. There is another version (click here) that’s better for more oily skin as well.
StriVectin Powerlift Instant Tightening Mask
I’ve talked about this one before-it literally feels like it’s sucking your face back into place. I’d like to think that gravity is not working against me, but it is. I use this one in the morning after I’ve had a long night!
Skyn Iceland Set of 8 Eye Gels & Eye Cream
Speaking of long nights…I am never without these eye gels! I always keep a set in my travel bag too. These are the best eye masks I’ve ever tried for the eye area and making me look more awake. What I really like is that they aren’t overly “gooey”, so they don’t leave a ton of residue on my face when I’m done.
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief
I keep this out on my bathroom vanity. I spritz my face with it after I wash it, especially if I’m jumping in the shower next. It keeps my skin feeling moisturized and fresh feeling before I move on to apply the rest of my skincare later. It’s also great as a little pick me up later on in the day when I’m feeling a little tired-and my skin is showing it!
First Aid Beauty Coconut Priming Moisturizer
I haven’t actually tried this, but the whole beauty universe is abuzz about this product. I haven’t had the best of luck with traditional primers, but I feel like this one would work well with my dry, somewhat sensitive skin. Have any of you used this? What do you think?
QVC is also offering a great deal on a little bundle from It Cosmetics. I love these deals because not only do you save quite a bit of money over buying the products individually, but they usually include a good variety of items so you can either stock up on favorites or try out some new products you may have had your eye on. In this case, the It Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin Collection includes the Confidence in a Neck Cream, Confidence in a Gel Lotion, Bye Bye Lines Foundation, and Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush. I’m really excited to try out the Confidence in a Neck Cream, because I am VERY guilty of bending my head down constantly to look at a computer screen, a laptop, my iPad, iPhone, or even a good old-fashioned book. I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t ignore what’s happening below my chin, and I think this cream is going to be perfect for me.
I haven’t tried the Bye Bye Lines Foundation past swatching it on my wrist and face (Fair was a PERFECT match!!), but I’m excited about how it blended into my skin and I’m VERY excited about the ingredients list. It’s infused with peptides, caviar extract, and hydrolyzed collagen, and it also says it has caviar extract and sea water. Does that remind you of another favorite foundation of mine? I can’t wait to put it to the test!
You can get the whole It Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin Collection now for under $70 (plus shipping and handling), but if you bought everything separately it would be $174! That’s quite a savings! One more thing-if you order now through January 12th, they’re offering free shipping too!
Did anything I mention catch your eye? Do you have any skincare faves from QVC? The brands I mentioned are just a drop in the bucket-which ones do you want to hear more about next time?
Happy New Year, Friends! Are you ready for my yearly “Best of” series? My favorite video (or blog post) to create is the round-up of my monthly favorites, so of course the ultimate favorite is a best of the best post. In this case, I’ve gone through all my monthly favorites videos from 2018 and picked my all-time standouts from all twelve months and put them into one place-my Best of Beauty 2018. I’ve broken down the best into several categories-face products, eye products, lip products, skincare and “random”. There is not an item for every kind of makeup product. I’ve solely chosen to go with the ultimate faves for this list. Here’s a handy list for you if you’re out shopping, and if you keep scrolling, you’ll see all the pictures too! Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel too so you don’t miss the video! I’ve put it on the bottom of this post if you’d like to watch it here, too! And now that we’ve tackled Best of Beauty, stay tuned for Best of Fashion and Best of Lifestyle next!
Most people say that they love to travel, but I would not be one of them. That’s not entirely true-once I arrive at my destination, I am thrilled to be wherever it is that I am. But I am one of those people that gets a bit anxious at the thought of packing up my stuff in anticipation of all the possibilities, the contingencies, the “what-ifs” that may arise while I am not at home with my arsenal of products and comforts of home.
I’m not necessarily an overpacker, but I do like to have options, whether it’s a few extra outfits, two or three more eyeshadow palettes, or every hair tool I own. This can lead to a very heavy suitcase, especially when I try very hard to limit myself to carry-on luggage only. So while it’s essential for me to be able to pare down what I’m bringing as far as size and weight go, I still need to be able to count on my products to do their job well (which helps with my travel anxiety). Enter the T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer, which has been my loyal travel companion for many, many years now.
When I’m at home, I rely on the full-size version T3 Hair Dryer to blow dry my hair, but for travel I never leave home without the T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer. First there’s the obvious-it’s not only compact, i.e. “travel-size” but it actually folds into itself to make for a much smaller footprint in your luggage. Of course, that also makes it incredibly lightweight and easy to handle when styling my hair. However, don’t let the size fool you-it packs quite a punch and dries hair very effectively. It’s also incredibly quiet, which is nice when the whole family is crammed in one hotel room and everyone is on their last nerve. It has two heat settings and a cool-shot button, which I love to use once my hair is fully dry to help “set” the style, especially when I’m round-brushing a blow-out.
A few other fun facts about the T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer-it has a scratch resistant surface, which is helpful for those of us who are not too careful when tossing it into a full suitcase among souvenirs, shoes, toiletries, etc (my suitcase will never make it into one of those “organized pack with me” videos), it has dual voltage, which is great for the world travellers reading this, and, the best part…it’s currently on sale on QVC.com for $99 starting today and going through November 4th. It normally retails for $150 so that’s a great savings and it’s perfect timing before you start on your holiday travels. It comes in white or black with rose gold metallic accents or black with purple metallic accents, so the hardest choice you’ll have to make is which color to choose?
If you’re reading this blog post, then odds are good you’re a big fan of the beauty world-whether it’s the newest trends in cosmetics, hair tools, skincare, or beauty tools, you love it all as much as I do. I’m always looking to add the newest and trendiest product to my collection, but sometimes I don’t move fast enough and it sells out, or I learn about something too late and it’s already discontinued. That’s where eBay comes in! Yes, it’s still a great place for collectibles and auction items, but there is so much more to eBay, most importantly to me, mainly fashion and beauty!
I was lucky enough to meet with some representatives from eBay this spring and I learned so much about this retailer. I feel like I got the “Insider’s Guide to eBay” and it opened my eyes to a whole other world of shopping! Let me throw some numbers at you. Did you know that 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is brand new? How about the fact that on any given day, there are 1.1 BILLION listings on eBay? And of those items, 69% of them ship for free!
So while all those numbers are very positive, they can also be a little overwhelming. They did share some tips to help narrow down the search. The first thing I’d recommend that you do is head over to the eBay Fashion homepage to see what’s new and trending. Another great spot is the eBay Daily Deals page. You can filter your results by category there as well. Let’s say you have something specific in mind. Maybe you really wanted the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario but you missed out on this limited edition beauty (like I did). Just go to the Top Filters and set “Condition” to “New”, “Buying Format” to “Buy It Now” and then adjust “Guaranteed Delivery” to the timeframe that fits your schedule.
Even though all three items were listed with three separate sellers, I was able to add all three to my cart at once and pay at one time. All were brand new, and came in pristine condition in their original packaging in well under a week. Two came in three days!!
I know to the average person these purchases may not seem like a big deal, but to a beauty product junkie like me, it’s wonderful. It’s like getting my hands on a unicorn!
If you’re interested in chasing down other limited edition products, check out these options below:
If you’ve shopped with eBay before, I’d love to know what you’ve picked up. And if you have recommendations for discontinued or limited edition makeup that you think every good beauty lover must have in their collection, please let me know in the comments below!!
I love playing with makeup, but I get very lazy when it comes to styling my air. More often than not, I like to wash my hair at night, let it air dry overnight, then style it in the morning. I picked up a fairly new product at Sephora called the Living Proof In-Shower Styler. The idea is you wash your hair like you usually do, then apply this to your hair in the shower, lightly rinse it out, then let your hair air dry. This product is ideal for straight to slightly wavy hair, and it’s supposed to leave your hair less frizzy and more “styled” than if you left it to its own devices without the product. I have noticed a HUGE difference when I use this product, but let’s face it, I do not wake up in the morning with perfectly styled hair. There is still some work to do, but it’s far less than what I used to have to undertake. All I really need to do is whip out my T3 1 inch curling wand and quickly curl the top layer of my hair, then smooth out the ends and any really kinky under layers with my Paul Mitchell 1 inch Styling Iron. The whole process takes about 5 minutes, which is about 20 minutes less than when I don’t use the Living Proof In-Shower Styler. To me, that’s a game changer and totally worth it! The best part is that the style looks good the first day, but even better the second day and can last as long as four days if I avoid working out and rain!
I’ve listed the products I use when I’m creating this look. Keep scrolling down to see the video of me styling my hair once it’s dry!
Living Proof In-Shower Styler Demo | MsGoldgirl - YouTube
I first saw this concept in a video from Risa Does Makeup on YouTube and thought it was fabulous, and then LisaJMakeup texted me and asked if she thought we should give it a go. I love this concept because while all of us “beauty” influencers get sent a lot of free PR product, how many of it is so good that we’re willing to repurchase it? The original video idea was to pick 10 items that we would repurchase, but I went ahead and picked 10 products that I DID repurchase. There are far more than 10, but for the sake of space and time these are the top ten…at the moment! Please scroll down to see my picks, and if you’re interested in learning more about them and/or purchasing them, feel free to click on any of the pictures that interest you!
Top 10 PR Items I DID Repurchase | MsGoldgirl - YouTube
Most of the beauty obsessed (if you’re reading this I assume you are one of them) are well aware of Sephora’s two big Beauty Insider Events-the 15% off VIB Sale in April and the 20% off VIB Sale in November (slightly lower numbers for VIB and BI’s). But I was totally blind-sided when the news came out recently that Sephora had revamped their Beauty Insider program and to celebrate it, they were having another Event this month! VIB Rouge members will be able to get 20% off their purchases August 24th-September 3rd, and VIB and BI members will be able to shop the sale August 30th-September 3rd, saving 15% and 10% respectively. The codes are as follows: VIB Rouge=YESROUGE, VIB=YESVIB, and BI=YESINSIDER. Codes can only be used one time online but as much as you’d like for in-store purchases.
If you’re interested in learning more about what’s changed with the Rewards Program, I’d recommend heading over to their page where they break it down. They’ve also hinted at more changes to come in 2019. But for now, I’d like to go over some recommendations if you need some ideas to fill your shopping cart, as well as what’s on my wish list. I’m filming a haul video and that will go live on my YouTube channel on Thursday, August 30th. If you haven’t already subscribed to my channel, please consider doing so! As of writing this post I’m almost at 100,000 subscribers and as soon as I’m comfortably at that magic number, I have some BIG giveaways planned!! You can subscribe right here!
Now for my wish list…I reserve the right to end up hauling things not on this list, because like everyone else as soon as I get in-store and/or get online I will be distracted by a million other things and end up with something that was completely not on my radar. Who else falls victim to this?!
We all know I could go on for days with a wish list and recommendation from Sephora. Or from anywhere that sells beauty products. It’s our happy place! How fun would it be for us all to meet up at a Sephora and just hang out? Since that isn’t likely to happen, be sure to comment below and let me know what you’re eyeing for your shopping list! I’d love to get your recommendations too!
You can find some great deals in this category. People might not see what you’ve bought, but you’ll be wearing these items every day under your clothes! My two most worn bras are in this category, and I stock up on basic colors every year. No one ever said they had too many nude bras, right? Here are my recommendations for bras, underwear, pajamas and intimates from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:
The twice-annual Ulta 21 Days of Beauty is right around the corner, and I’ve had quite a few requests for my personal recommendations. I’ve gone through the list, and the only products I will recommend are ones I’ve actually tried myself OR someone I implicitly trust uses and loves the product. So, if your favorite item isn’t listed, it’s not because there’s something wrong with it-I just don’t know enough about it to give it my stamp of approval. If you see something is left out that you think the world needs to know about, PLEASE mention it in the comments! At up to 50% off, you can’t pass up these bargains!! There are 3 different categories: Hot Buys (they’re available every day during the event), Beauty Steals (those are only on sale for one specific day only) and the Buy-Three-Get-One-Free Travel Minis Sale (pretty self-explanatory).
If you’re a Platinum or Diamond Perks member, these Beauty Steals ship free through April 7th. It’s three weeks of beauty junkie heaven, so let’s take a look at my picks!!
These products go on sale for one day, and one day only, at 50% off the regular price. Some products are available in store and online, some are online only deals.
March 18 Lorac Pro Palette 3 $22 (online only)
Of all the Pro Palettes, this one is my favorite in terms of color selection. The longevity has some hits and misses, but at this price point it’s definitely worth grabbing!
March 21 Persona Identity Palette $16 (online only)
I have this palette and reach for it all the time. The colors were designed for brown eyes but great on everyone since they’re a warm-ish neutral selection.
First Aid Beauty Love Your FAB Skin $22 (online)
This is a 5-piece set that includes their cleanser, radiance pads, moisturizer, lip therapy and intensive peel. If you’ve ever wanted to try the line, you can’t beat this price!
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara $13.75
I have loved each and every Lancome mascara I’ve ever tried. Don’t pass up an opportunity to get one at 50% off!
March 30-Happy Birthday to Me! Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads $22.50
IF I could still use glycolic acid without breaking out, I would get this in a heartbeat. These pads also contain salicylic and lactic acids, along with a whole bunch of good-for-your-skin stuff.
March 31 Anastasia Brow Wiz $10.50
I’ll be honest-the spoolie always breaks off for me. But-at $10.50, it’s worth it-drugstore pencils cost the same and aren’t as good!
Welcome to a brand new year! Before we dive into 2018 and explore all the new stuff coming our way, I’d like to take a look back at 2017 and go over what were the standouts from last year. This post is all about beauty (and haircare and skincare), which will be followed by two more Best of 2017 posts/videos, so be sure you’re subscribed to the blog and my YouTube channel so you don’t miss a thing! All right, let’s break these down into categories, starting with makeup in the order in which I apply it, then hair care and skincare.
While a tried out quite a few new foundations this year, three really stood out as favorites this last year, and one has been an ongoing favorite for some time now. I should start off by saying that I have dry skin, a bit sensitive, and I prefer foundations that add a “glow from within”, not exactly dewy or glittery. The first favorite is the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Foundation. I love that they have a shade range that includes three different undertones-golden, rose, or neutral. I wear it in the shade N1 in the winter and N2 in the summer. It has a medium coverage, satiny finish, and it lasts a good 10 hours on my face. My next foundation pick is from the drugstore. It’s the Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation and I wear it in the shade 10 in winter and 15 or 20 in summer. Even though it’s a cushion foundation, I use a brush to apply it. I just dip my brush directly onto the cushion and then stipple/blend onto my face. The Maybelline Dream Cushion doesn’t have the best longevity for me-maybe 6-8 hours of wear time-but it does have the most beautiful satin/radiant finish. I look well-rested and almost radiant, but not shiny. If you find that you’re running out of product, just reach into the compact and flip the sponge over. It’s almost like a brand new package after that! My last pick is not new to 2017, but it’s my most-worn foundation of the year. It’s the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, and I could write a whole blog post just about this foundation. First of all, it’s not really a CC cream. It really wears like a medium to full coverage foundation. I wear it in the shade Fair in winter and Light in summer, it is so moisturizing and leaves my skin looking absolutely perfect. The coverage is so great that I almost don’t need to wear concealer! And the added SPF 50 makes this a winner all year round. Finally, I love mixing it with other foundation that I find are lacking in one way or another-it makes other foundations behave so well! I need to also mention my two favorite tools I use to apply foundation, and they’re both from It Cosmetics. The first is the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that the name is too long! It gives a beautiful, smooth application to any liquid foundation. The other is exclusive to Ulta and it’s the Airbrush Complexion Perfection Brush. It’s a little bit softer than the first one, has an angled head and is half the price, so if you can only get one I’d recommend this one.
I use concealer for two different purposes-one to brighten my undereye area and one to cover blemishes. For undereyes, the standout is the Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer. I wear it in the shade Fair Neutral. If you want something that has the coverage of the Tarte Shape Tape but is a little lighter in how it goes on, you’ll like this. For the record-I ALWAYS apply Mac Prep+Prime Highlighter Pen in Radiant Rose under ALL my undereye concealers to cancel out any darkness I have under my eyes. For blemishes, I have two that I like for 2017. My all-time favorite since December of 2016 is the Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer in the shade Ivory. It’s a stick concealer that covers so beautifully, blends so well, AND stays put, especially in humidity. If I’m wanting a more traditional liquid concealer that is a bit heavier, I reach for the Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer. Don’t let the name fool you-it works GREAT on blemishes too!!
This is a bit of a cheater category because I threw a few random picks in here. The only powder I’m recommending for 2017 is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder. It is the most finely milled powder, so much so that it feels like nothing yet makes my skin look airbrushed (hence the name). It also doesn’t hurt that the packaging is just gorgeous!! The next 2017 Favorite just really didn’t fit anywhere, so I stuck it here. It’s the NYX 3 Steps to Sculpt in the shade Fair. This multi-use product can be used on the face and as eyeshadow. It’s a great all-in-one product that has been very much used this year. And finally, this next one sort of functions as a finishing step, so I put it in the “powder” category. It’s the Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray. I find that this really does a great job of setting my makeup and the delivery system is excellent-it squirts out a very fine mist that doesn’t leave me sticky. I’ve gone through two of the travel sizes so far, so now I just need to suck it up and buy the full-sized option!
For me, there’s only one. Everything else pales (ha, ha) in comparison. My favorite bronzer for 2017 is the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer. It’s not really a matte finish, but it’s not shiny at all-it’s actually the only satin bronzer I’ve ever seen. It applies evenly, and even though I’m heavy handed, I’ve never overdone it. On top of al that, it smells lovely. Just don’t grab it in the “light” shade unless you want to look like an Oompa Loompa.
I have two favorite highlighters, one from the drugstore and one from the department store, but they’re both very budget friendly. From the drugstore (ok, Walmart), it’s the Flower Beauty Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. This palette contains three of the most buttery soft, pigmented, in your face highlighters. This is not for those that are looking for subtle. It has a golden shade, a pink shade and a champagne shade. If you don’t already have this, you NEED to try it! The second pick for this category is any Jouer Powder Highlighter, although I’m partial to the shade Skinny Dip. If you like the Becca highlighters you’ll love these, and the price point is a LOT more budget friendly! Plus they have a bunch of color options.
The drugstore products carried this category. Again, Flower Beauty is putting out some great products, and their Flower Pot Blushes, primarily in Warm Hibiscus and Sweet Pea, are some of the best. Aside from the elegant packaging, the creaminess, pigmentation, wearability and blendability (that’s now a word) are better than most high-end blushes. If you’re looking for a drugstore dupe for Nars Orgasm, give Warm Hibiscus a try. If you’d prefer a matte pink, then Sweet Pea is for you. Another great brand that puts out dependable, fabulous products is Physicians Formula. I’m a huge fan of the Butter products, especially their blushes. I only have two out of the four, but I’d like to round out my collection soon. I currently have Natural Glow and Plum Rose, both of which are very subtle yet glowy. Neither of these shades are too pigmented, and you can’t go overboard with them. I can’t recommend the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blushes enough. Finally, even though it’s relatively new to me, I know I’m going to continue to use and love the Milani Color Harmony Blush Palettes. I have one in Berry Rays, but I’d really like to get them all! Again, these are soft, glowy, pastel type blushes. I definitely have a particular kind of blush that I like and I tend to stick with it!
EYE PRIMER & BROWS
I’m squeezing all three of my recommendations for these two categories into one for the sake of space. My all-time favorite eyeshadow primer is not fancy, it’s about $2 and it blows away the competitors. It’s the Wet n Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer and it does everything I need it to do. It provides a smooth canvas for my eyeshadows while also covering up the veins and uneven skin tone on my lids. For brows, it’s a two-step process. First, I fill in my brows with the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil in the shade 02. I have blonde hair but dark brows and this shade marries the two perfectly. Then I groom them into place (and lighten them a bit) with the NYX Brow Mascara in Blonde. It doesn’t leave my brows crunchy, washes out easily and yet it holds them in place all day.
I have three palettes to recommend, all drugstore, and then two stand alone products that are well worth the splurge. First is another pick from Flower Beauty, and it’s the Golden Natural Palette. This palette contains 10 warm, neutral/natural shades in a mix of shimmers and mattes. The shadows are buttery soft, pigmented, and blend nicely. If you’re more of a cool-toned shadow person, they have one of those, too! Then there’s the collaboration palette from BH Cosmetics-the BH x BubzBeauty palette. Again it’s a mix of shimmer and mattes, warm toned, neutral colors, with a few outliers thrown in. All of them are wearable shades and the palette is my go-to for traveling. The last palette is all matte-it will serve as a great companion piece to anything else you want to throw on your lids. It’s the Makeup Revolution Ultra Eye Contour palette and it’s a great dupe for both the Tarte Clay Shaping Palette and the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette, but at a much lower price point and more wearable (in my opinion) than the Tarte offering. From the department store, my most reached for eye product was the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Longwear Cream Eyeshadow, specifically in the shade Convoitise. It adds the most beautiful pale gold sheen to the lids, and can be worn alone or on top of any eyeshadow primer (or under it for that matter). I can’t live without it and plan on picking up more shades in 2018. Finally, if you’ve always wanted to wear glitter eyeshadow but were afraid of the application process and the fall out, then give the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows a try. They are truly a grown-up’s version of glitter eyeshadow and are stunningly beautiful, yet SO easy to slap on!
I love brown eyeliner. That’s pretty much the only color I wear. So here are my three picks for best eyeliners of 2017. For the traditional, must be sharpened, true pencil, I have the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eyeliner in Burgundy Suede, and the CoverGirl Queen Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Truffle. Besides having a ridiculously long name in common, they’re both creamy, glide on effortlessly, and are very long-wearing. My third pick is also in pencil form and also has a very long name, but it’s self-sharpening, meaning you just twist it up to get more product out. It’s a relative newcomer to my makeup game since I just started using it in December, but it’s quite an impressive little eyeliner and I can’t wait to explore other colors from this range. It’s the Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Earth(quake). This eyeliner is essentially a gel eyeliner compressed into a pencil form, and truly different from any other formula I’ve tried. I have to include my favorite makeup pencil sharpener in this category-it’s also great for lipliners or any kind of makeup pencil. It’s the Urban Decay Grindhouse Sharpener, and at $10 with two different sized openings, you must have it. I’ve had mine for years and nothing else is as effective-plus it holds the shavings in place so there’s no mess!
The Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto is really just a complicated way of saying Lash Primer, and this pale pink mascara primer is fantastic! It separates my lashes, thickens and defines my non-existent bottom lashes, and gives my favorite mascara something to cling to. Plus the packaging is adorable! The mascara that rose to the top for 2017 is the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara. I want a mascara to give me longer, fuller, black lashes, and this one does all that without flaking, clumping, smudging, from the moment I open a new tube to 3 months later. I love it
Two brands stood out for me last year. One is an old fave and one I just started exploring this year. The first two offerings are from Estee Lauder. First is the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Impulsive. It’s the most perfect, wearable everyday warm pink, and I’d say it’s a satin finish. I love the magnetic top-it will never pop off in your handbag! The next one is the Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in the shade Crazy Beautiful. The name describes it perfectly-it’s another great everyday pink in a more muted, your lips but better shade, and the finish has a bit of gloss to it. The next two are both new to me this year and from Charlotte Tilbury. The first is the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, which is a warm, pinky-nude. The other is the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Secret Salma, which I’d describe as a demi-matte muted everyday raspberry shade. I have it on in the picture above and in the video.
The main focus of my skincare in 2017 was to minimize occasional spots and to even out my complexion/skin tone. There were three new products that I added to my routine in 2017 that really helped with that. The first was the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream. I first started using it in January for a sponsored video and then it soon became a favorite. I immediately noticed an improvement in my skin tone, brightness, and less acne breakouts. I’m guessing that’s because of the retinol in it. I then added their Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment to my anti-acne arsenal. It’s like a little light wand that emits two different color lights to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria on a specific blemish. It really is a game changer! Toward the end of the year I added the SK-II Facial Essence. It’s not inexpensive (major understatement) but the changes to my skin are even easily apparent to my husband, who has now thought numerous times that I’m wearing foundation and concealer when I’m not! If you want to save some money, you can order it online from Costco if you’re a member. You’ll save $100!
This was the year I chopped off quite a bit of my hair and changed up the way I style it. There are two styling tools I can’t live without and I picked them both up in the last half of the year. The first was the T3 Whirl Trio Styling Wand. It’s a wand base that comes with three interchangeable styling wands, plus you can buy more in different sizes, with or without a traditional clamp. I’m definitely going to buy more wands in 2018 so that when I travel, all I need to do is take the base and a few wands instead of two or three separate tools. The other tool is the Paul Mitchell Neuro Styling Iron, which was highly recommended by my hair stylist. It’s a flat iron that straightens my hair in one pass and leaves it so shiny and smooth. You HAVE to try it! The last product I absolutely loved in 2016, 2017, and will carry on into 2018 is the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo. There will never be another dry shampoo for me. It gives volume to clean hair and actually soaks up the oil on dirty hair. And it smells amazing!
If you’d like to hear (and see) even more about everything I’ve mentioned in this Best of Beauty post, please have a look at the video, too!
Best of Beauty, Skincare & Haircare for 2017 | MsGoldgirl - YouTube