Holy Grail Beauty – Updated

#hellosexy Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

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This is hands down the best mask I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a LOT)!  My skin can be pretty temperamental, but this skin treatment is everything!  Literally after one use, I see an improvement in my skin.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who fights breakouts.  The full product is quite pricey, but this #hellosexy pack of single-use kits is a great way to check it out.

Moisturizer: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

I need a moisturizer that will keep me matte throughout the day, and this moisturizer does just that!

Foundation:  L’Oréal TRUE MATCH™ Super Blendable Makeup

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No matter how many high-end foundations I keep trying, I always come back to True Match!  It really does blend beautifully, and their wide range of shades means you can find a perfect match for your skin like I did.

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

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These two products do a great job at filling in my brows!  I typically use the pencil first, brushing through my brows to make it as natural-looking as possible.  Next I use the brow gel to pump up my brows (they’re pretty sparse); this product combo is just perfect!  It looks very natural and stays all day, even through workouts.

Eyeshadow Primer: Benefit Stay Don’t Strayshadowprimer

Using shadow primer is a total game-changer!  Not only does it make shadows last longer, on days when I put on minimal makeup for work, it is perfect for giving my lids a wash of color and making me look fresh and awake.  Most days I’ll swipe this on and define my crease with a bit of bronzer, and I’m good to go!

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette and Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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The Naked eyeshadow palette is worth all of the hype.  ALL OF IT!  It has neutral shadows in different finishes (matte, shimmer, satin, sparkle), and it is really all you need.  You can create endless day and night looks, including the most gorgeous smokey eye looks.  The shadows are highly pigmented and stay put for hours and hours.  The Blushed Nudes palette from Maybelline is a really great (and much more affordable) option if you aren’t looking to splurge.

Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

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Hands-down my favorite liquid liner.  The brush tip lets you make a really precise line. Even for someone who isn’t a winged liner pro yet, you will look super fab with this stuff.  Let me tell you: it. does. not. budge.  In my younger years I’d use this, go out and dance until the club closed, sleep in my makeup (I know, SO BAD), and I’d wake up to perfect liner!!!  A-ma-zing.

Lash Curler: Sephora Collection Show Curl XL Lash Curler

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This curler is a bit wider than most, and it gives me the perfect curl every time!  My eyes are a bit hooded, and this really opens them up.  I usually hit the eyelash curler with my hairdryer for just a few seconds before curling my lashes; it will give you a curl that lasts all day.  Just be careful you don’t get it too hot- you literally only need to have the air on it for 3 or 4 seconds.

Mascara: Jordana Best Last Extreme Volumizing Mascara and Cover Girl Clump Crusher

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I’ve tried everything from $1 mascara to $40 mascara, and I’d have to say that these two are my favorite!  Both are very affordable (Jordana is under $4 at Walgreens, CoverGirl $7.99 at Ulta).  The Jordana mascara gives amazing seperation and length without clumping or flaking.  The CoverGirl mascara also defines and lengthens lashes, providing a very natural look – my everyday choice.

Lashes: Ardell Natural Demi Wispies

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These are perfect if you want to go for a “are they fake or not?” look.  Really pretty and natural-looking, not too heavy!  I don’t wear falsies too often, but these are my go-to.

Nails: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

The BEST!  I typically do my nails at home, I’m not especially good at it but my friends always ask where I got them done; that’s how good this stuff is.  It dries really quick and gives your nails a beautiful shine.

Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy

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Love, love, love this perfume.  Don’t ask questions.  Just smell it next time you go to the perfume counter, you’re welcome.

Shaving: Kiss My Face Moisture Shave and Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor

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If you’re wondering why I included what I use to shave in this post, it’s because this is the one thing I will not experiment with anymore.  After much trial and error, this shave lotion and razor is the only combination that works, and works really well at that.  Everything else I use gives me awful razor burn.  If you have trouble with shaving, give this a try!

Let me know what you think of these beauty products – and if I left your favorite off the list.

xoxo, Katie

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Beauty Must-Haves: September 2016

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($29)

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For some reason my skin has been freaking out lately, big time.  I had to completely change my skin care routine to control the breakouts, but I finally found the magic combination.  This cleansing balm does an amazing job at taking off makeup, even waterproof mascara.  If I wear a face full of makeup, I’ll use this and then give my face one more quick wash with an acne-fighting cleanser.

Beauty Secrets Acetone Nail Polish Remover ($2.29 with Beauty Club Card):

This nail polish removerimg_0196 is pretty great.  It is really affordable, nourishing, works well, and I think it actually smells good!  Don’t judge me until you try it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($55) and Destiny Boutique Charcoal Facial Detox ($9.99 at T.J. Maxx) 

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I had really bad breakouts for the first time in years recently, so I had to revamp my routine.  I had tried Dermalogica in the past, but lately had been using more affordable products.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I went ahead and bought this daily microfoliant and it has greatly improved the texture of my skin.  I keep it in my shower because it is this weird powder you have to mix with water to form a paste.  When I’m not using the microfoliant, I have been washing with the charcoal facial detox, and so far my skin is pretty happy.  According to their site, “NO ETHOXYLATES, MINERAL OILS, FORMALDEHYDE DONORS, SULFATES, PARABENS, ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FRAGRANCE or any of that scary stuff.”

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)

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This drying lotion is amazing, trust me.  You take a Q-tip and dab it on the spot to work its magic overnight.   I don’t really have much else to say about this stuff.  Best spot-treatment ever.   There is significant improvement in just one night.

 

 

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lip Gloss in Kinky ($22) 

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This lipgloss is a really beautiful nude shade.  The formula is not too sticky, long-lasting, and it doesn’t dry your lips out.  I actually purchased this for $11 during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty (whoot whoot!),  and I will definitely buy it again.  P.S. it comes in 22 shades.

 

 

 

Maybelline Eyestudio Colortattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow ($6.99)

These eyeshadows are SO GOOD!  I use my fingers to put it on my eyelid, and then I blend it up and into the crease with a blending brush.  So easy, but it looks like you tried way harder than you really did.  Perfect.  I will line my upper waterline, throw this shadow on, then a quick coat of mascara, and eyes are done.  I especially like this specific eyeshadow because they aren’t too expensive, you can find them really easily, and they come in a lot of shades and several finishes.

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