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Beauty Finds I'll Be Purchasing Again

About a month ago the big Sephora Spring Savings Event happened and my cart was full of goodies. Some things were my favorite beauty staples, while others were new products I wanted to try. Here's the deal. I am in no way a beauty blogger. I tend to be a creature of habit - finding products that work for my skin and lifestyle and sticking to them. When I talk about ANYTHING... especially beauty related, it is products that I use and love. I'm not an expert, but I know what works. Today on the blog I'm sharing 6 new beauty finds I'll be purchasing again!

First Let's talk brows. I've been filling in my eyebrows for years using my favorite Hourglass brow liner (linked here). I've always been 100% happy with how my brows look. One beauty addition I've been wanting to add to my routine is a brow gel. Something to finish off my look. During the sale, I decided to purchase the Anastasia brow gel and I LOVE! It has a slight tint that really works well with my pencil, and I love the way it holds my brows in place. The applicator works just like mascara and the hold like hairspray. I'm wearing the color BRUNETTE which works perfectly for me.

Next is a foundation primer. Primer is something that I just started using in 2021. Being over 40 (gasp), my skin is not what it used to be. I need all the smoothing weapons I can get. Enter the addition of primer. It's no secret that my skin has always been less then perfect. I've been prone to acne my entire life... yes, even in my 40's. So I've always been extremely cautious as to what I put on my face. I saw this Bobbi Brown Primer. 'Vitamin Enriched'... oil free... and antioxidant protection against the elements. So - I said a Hail Mary and added it to my cart. Here's the deal - I LOVE THIS STUFF! Not only does it smell great, it gives my skin a smooth base so my foundation looks even and flawless. Best of all, no breakouts! This primer has become part of my daily routine. So happy I tried it.

Next was foundation. I've mentioned before that I have been on the hunt for that perfect foundation. Hunt over. Since I was trying the Bobbi Brown primer, I decided to also add the Bobbi Brown foundation to my cart. I chose the Long-Wear Weightless Foundation because - I hate feeling like my makeup is caked on and I don't have time for touchups during the day. It made sense to me. Again - so so happy with this Bobbi Brown foundation. The weight is so good and I get no cakiness at all. Also - no breakouts what so ever. I've been wearing the color 'cool ivory' which seems to be the perfect tint for my Minnesota skin. Also wanted to mention, this foundation has an SPF of 15 - love that!

Next was concealer. Here's the deal... I'm getting older and my eyes are starting to show it. I really needed to up my under-eye game. I've been seeing Tarte cosmetics everywhere, and hear nothing but rave reviews from other influencers. So at the Sephora sale, I decided it was a good time to try. I purchased the Tarte Creaseless Concealer (linked here). The consistancey is thick, which did scare me a little. This product is a miracle worker! It goes on and stays on... no creasing throughout the day. No raccoon eyes in the evening. It's awesome! To apply, I make a 'V' shape under each eye. I then wet my beauty sponge and start dabbing to blend. The slight dampness on my sponge is just enough to blend this concealer perfectly. Definitely a new found staple in my beauty routine. For reference, I'm wearing 'light'.

Next is a product that's a cross between concealer and foundation. Some days when I'm working around the house or just hitting the gym, I don't have a need for a full face of makeup. Full face or not, the truth is I always need just a little something to make my skin look even and polished. Enter Charlotte Tilbury's 'Hollywood Flawless Filter'. This does just what the name says - it gives my skin a flawless filter. (And Lord knows I love a good filter!) The applicator on this product mimics that of a concealer. I throw some between my brows and a dab on each cheek. I then use my go-to foundation brush (my current favs are Artis Brushes linked here) and blend in the product. I literally use this EVERY SINGLE DAY. On days I wear a full face of makeup, I apply my Flawless Filter on top of my foundation (prior to powder, blush, and bronzer). On days where I'm heading to the gym, I wear this alone on my bare face (over my morning moisturizer). It gives just the right amount of coverage for that perfect no-makeup look. And guess what - no breakouts! I've been wearing the color 'Fair'.

A quick note on my final beauty find... I'm a lip gloss girl through and through. Give me a pair of trendy sneakers and a killer lipgloss and I'm a happy girl. This Too Faced Lip Injection lipgloss is hand's down my current favorite. I love the gloss look it gives to my lips. Also it gives your lips an instant plump which I love. TRUE STORY- I was in the car with my husband the other day and he goes... did you get your lips done? Nope! It's my Too Faced!! This lip gloss has a little tingle to it, but that's just how you know it's working. I feel like I need to buy stock in this lipgloss... seriously.

So there you go - 6 beauty finds that made their way into my daily routine. I've linked everything, so give them a try. I'm seriously loving every one!

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Love Emily.

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