take life one cup at a time mug, leopard print pants from Anthropologie and ruffle top, cactus earrings on lifestyle blogger Diana Elizabeth against the window

Recent Beauty Newbies + Favorite Oldies

take life one cup at a time mug, leopard print pants from Anthropologie and ruffle top, cactus earrings on lifestyle blogger Diana Elizabeth against the window
Bodysuit: Bentley Shay wearing size small / Pants: Abercrombie (same fit, similar, similar) / Louis Vuitton Cuffs: here and here / Mug: H&M Home / Earrings: H&M (similarsimilar)

I’m always experimenting with beauty products, and makeup is my faaaaavorite thing to play with – if I had to decide between clothes or makeup, oh that would be so hard for me! I could spend all day in a Sephora – and when I walk through department stores (when I’m actually in a mall) I have to walk by the counters fast or else I’ll get trapped in there!

I requested a few new products and I wanted to share a quick review on them and also drop in a few favorites and other alternatives in the category that I highly recommend with some in-depth explanation on the products. So I’ll show an image, but I will also link to a few other products I like to switch them out with as well.

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Retractible Foundation Brush

I was sent a package from lilah b. a clean, healthy, skin-kind formulation beauty line. The company is based in Nor Cal (hey home girls!) and are made in Milan, Italy. The packaging resembles stones and they slide to reveal the product. I use the retractible foundation brush daily and pack it with me on trips.

Clean Creamy Foundation

I use the creamy foundation as a contour creme since it’s a tad lighter than my skin tone and also under my eyes. It makes my eyes pop and it has great coverage yet still feels lightweight and nice on your skin, it feels like my skin can breathe. The only downside is the product weight for me, I wish the packaging was heavy because I’m so weight conscious during travel, so I tend to keep these products at home. But don’t let that stop you because if you love it and like clean minimal makeup, chances are you won’t be packing much beauty product in your travel anyway but I did want to mention it.

Complexion Booster

Daily I wear Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments (another clean beauty line) and I’ve been mixing Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter on after my foundation for an extra glow. It gives a more creamy blur coverage and I put it on my cheeks and where I need highlight. I have heard from some of you that you are curious about Charlotte Tilbury’s foundation and I’m trying to get my hands on a sample so I can review that for you soon.

Full Coverage Concealer

For a full-coverage concealer I tried Charlotte’s magic away which clicks into a sponge like applicator. It is full coverage and stays put. I also recommend Tarte’s Shape Tape that came as a strong recommendation from several friends. I use a beauty blender (dampen it) and gently blend it under my eyes. Nothing makes your eyes pop more than canceler under your eyes and cleaner eyelids – AND I’ve been using Lumify Eye Drops which really whitens your eyes! It’s amazing!

Skin Oil

I battle dry skin here and it’s so annoying! I was venting to my girlfriend Autumn during our shoot and she recommended L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil and mining a few sprays with regular body lotion. It’s magic! My body feels so much better with this oil. Since it’s $50 I promise mixing it with lotion will make it last longer and it smells delicious, I love the almond scent.

Versatile Eyeshadow Palette

My faaaaavorite shadow palette is Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills I like it because it has browns and purples and that gives me enough variety for whatever look I want. Bronze, browns, or warm and purple it really has it all – the pigment is great however there is a lot of fallout of the product when you are swirling your brush in the product and I saw a few users left similar thoughts on the website. I also use the brown shadow as a powder liner. I travel with this palette because of its versatility. Another favorite of mine (but it’s heavy so I don’t like to travel with it) is the Beauty Counter Necessary Neutrals palette I discovered over the holidays the pigmentation is very good!

Face Sunscreen

A new introduction this summer for a campaign I worked with was the Olay Sun Face Sunscreen + Shine Control, SPF 35 – there is a shine control version and a makeup primer version. This is perfect for all the outdoor activities we have going on this summer right? It’s lightweight and it doesn’t smell like sunblock. I think right now you can only buy online (Amazon included) because I haven’t seen it in stores and was recently asked about it by friends who couldn’t find it either right now – but maybe check back later it’s a very new product.

Dry Shampoo

Lastly, I have steadily been using Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo it has worked the best for me lately, sometimes I wish it was scented but then I am glad it isn’t. To get the hair funk smell out (if you feel like you just need to “refresh” I use a blowdryer on cool to get the air circulating in my hair as a refresh, a recommendation from a friend of mine and I love that! It really helps. A delicious smelling dry shampoo one is DryBar’s Triple Sec (but it is overpowering and what your scent will be once you use it). I also loved for great texture Aveda’s Shampure dry shampoo which adds incredible texture to increase volume at the crown. I use it on freshy clean hair to add texture.

Do you have any favorite beauty staples? I’m always expanding my beauty drawer and would love to try your favorites, let me know!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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