Friday Favorites, Vol. 1

 

Happy Friday! I've decided that today I'd share my first installment of Friday Favorites here on the blog. I'm curious to see how well this little category on the blog does, so please let me know if you'd like to see Friday Favorites become a more frequent, if not permanent thing! 

Makeup Favorites

I don't know what is is, but I have a slight addiction to anything skin care/makeup related these days. While fashion is my first love, taking care of my skin and finding out which makeup products work best for me are slowly but surely taking the number one spot in my heart. If you follow me on Snapchat (you can find me @alexisbakerrr if you don't follow me already, tsk tsk), you know I go into a mini "Sephora Haul" rant at least a few times a month. It's so fun to tell you about what I've discovered or what I'm excited to try, or what I added to my basket at the last minute standing at that trap of travel-sized things they have strategically placed right before the cash wrap. I just feel like I'm obliged to share with you all what I'm currently loving and what works for me, in hopes of you loving it and it working for you, too!

** Disclaimer: This isn't my makeup routine in it's entirety. These are simply just products I'm currently loving. So no, there is no primer, no moisturizer, no setting powder in this set, but I definitely do use them when trying to achieve a fully makeup look. :) **

 

Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF 20 in Dark Beige (050) - Three words: You. NEED. This. I am obsessed with Don C.'s wife, Kristen Noel Crawley and the way she is so passionate about taking care of her skin. She uses a lot of Dior products and I wanted to try this stuff since she swears by it, and now I see why. This is the lightest, most flawless foundation I've ever used. The coverage is super buildable and you forget you even have makeup on. When I'm not looking for something too heavy, I'll mix a few drops into my moisturizer and call it a day. You'll definitely want to apply this foundation with a dense makeup brush, not a beauty blender - the beauty blender will just absorb all of your product. 

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick Compact in Cranberry - This compact is one of the most diverse compacts I think I own, and I am so glad I added it to my arsenal. I use it as a blush, but there are highlighting and bronzing components in it as well which basically do everything I need it to do for my face with just one swipe. If I'm looking to warm my face up a little more than usual or highlight it a little more than just an equal distribution, I'll focus on one particular part of the compact to satisfy whatever look it is I'm looking to achieve. There are different color combinations of this brick, but this one is perfect for me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown - The only thing I use on my brows, so that's really all I have to say. What I was using before this lovely invention, no clue. The formula is great, the shade matches my eyebrow hair color perfectly and the result you get look like real little eyebrow hairs. Super easy to control, too. 99.9% sure all of my female readers own this, it's that good.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow - I love, love, love this palette. The shades in 'That Glow' give you such a sunkissed, healthy glow. I use it with the ABH #23 brush. Match made in heaven. 

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara in Blackest Black - I stumbled upon this mascara, and I am so glad I did. The formula isn't too harsh, it defines my lashes perfectly, ANDDDD I don't lose any lashes when I go to remove my eye makeup! Woo!

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Club Mix - I own a ton of the NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils because they're just that good. Not too sticky, but also very moisturizing. I love the shade 'Club Mix'. It looks a little like my natural lip color with a hint of berry. The only thing I wish you could do with these bad boys is sharpen them... 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater -This is the icing on the cake for me. I think I got my first Mario Badescu product in a random Urban Outfitters store, and I purchased it because of the smell alone. It's divine. I love anything rose-scented. I spray this on after I've done my makeup to finish everything. It's kind of like my version of MAC's Fix+ spray, but an all natural alternative. Plus, it's not sticky like I MAC's is after I spray it on my face. It's also nice to use as a hydrating mist on a hot day. I even bring this when I'm traveling to spray on my face mid-flight. Mario's price points are pretty appealing, also. 

 

So, there you have it, these are my Friday Favorites! I hope some of you try my favorites out and find that they'll become your favorites, too! 

xo, 

AB