beauty finds

I am such a n00b when it comes to makeup and hair, but I’m always fascinated by people’s beauty routines and the products they use. This past year I’ve been experimenting with new products because if this is something I do every day (makeup that is..for hair I often opt for the legit bedhead look), I might as well have fun with it and find the best products to use.

I’ve been trying new skincare products too, but as of late my skin has been breaking out (which it rarely does), so I’m going to lay off them in an effort to figure out what is triggering it. More on that later.

Anyway, here are some beauty finds (from an amateur) I’ve really liked so far:

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Lipstick is something I’ve never really worn, but I have been wanting to make a point to. Regular lipstick would drive me UP THE WALL with how easily it came off and smeared and how often I had to reapply. Then I found this line of lip pencils and am obsessed. Sure, your lips need to not be dry and flaky, and sure if you eat/drink you’ll still want to eventually reapply, but so far it’s working wonders for me. The Dragon Girl is a perfect red (I always get compliments), and I just picked up Sex Machine, which is an awesome, natural every-day look (and as it wears off, it’s not super obvious). Plus, I really love the matte look (as opposed to glossy). I honestly don’t know how it’s taken me so long to realize how much lipstick can really elevate your look.

Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: I’m an eyeliner girl through and through, and I had never used liquid until I found this. Now, I’m never going back! The pen makes it so easy to apply, and it stays on so well (so well in fact that if you mess up, good luck fixing it if you wait longer than .2 seconds). If you are one of those people who apply eyeliner on the inner rim of your eye, this one is probably not for you (as the liquid will just leak into your eyeball, and ain’t nobody got time for that). It seems to last me about 6 months before running out.

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CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara: I have been using the waterproof version of this for YEARS and just recently switched to the regular (the waterproof is truly so, so hard to get off, and it was tearing out my lashes). I have pretty long lashes, but they aren’t thick, so I’m a big, BIG apply-lots-of-mascara type of girl. I haven’t found a mascara that I am 100% obsessed with, but this one has been the most reliable, and I always come back to it. I replace mascara so frequently that I’m not going to spend $30 on a tube of mascara. I do apply a lot of coats, but even without the waterproof aspect, it stays on really well (unless…you know…cry). Plus, people often ask me about my eyelashes, so I’m assuming this one is doing its job. 😉

Xtava Satin Wave 5-in-1 Curler: I literally have no idea how to use a curling iron (the clip freaks me out). But I DO know how to use a straightener and have been using one to curl my hair for years. It’s super quick and easy but hasn’t always given me the type of curls or waves I’d like. I’d been seeing tutorials for getting those “beachy waves” using a wand, so I thought i’d try it out. My hair stylist recommended this one, saying Xtava makes great products – plus it’s cheap, won’t fry your hair, and is interchangeable (a couple sized wands and curling rods). I’ve only used the large clipless barrel, and haven’t used it tons – I’m not as quick with it as I am with my straightener – but it does the job extremely well. Seriously, the curls stay forever. In fact, I’m working on it NOT holding the curl so well, haha. I wish it came with a larger wand size, but I think this is a great option if you want to try using a wand and not spend tons of money initially. Warning – this one doesn’t have a plastic tip at the end, so you absolutely have to use a heat-resistant glove, or you will burn yourself. Google a video tutorial to see how to use it and seriously, it only needs to be held for a few seconds to get that curl. 😉

Even though I’ve worn makeup for a long time (and always wear it), I get pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to products because I’m lazy and don’t want to waste money. It’s been a nice change of pace experimenting – and actually having fun – with my makeup and hair routine. Currently I’m on the hunt for a signature perfume to wear (rose scented, preferably), as I’ve never been a perfume wearer either.

-wonderland sam

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7 thoughts on “beauty finds

  1. looks like you got a great bunch of products! I love the Stila liners; comparable to the Kat Von D ones! never tried NARS lip products but that color looks nice and neutral xx

  2. Great post , I love that mascara… it was one of the first ones I ever used. It’s really nice. & matte lipsticks are always good.

    1. Thank you! I think I’ve been using this mascara since it came out! Haha. I’ve experimented with a couple others, even more expensive, but always come back to it.

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