Last week while I was at work, a new natural asked me about this blog. She wanted to know if I ever posted favorites and wanted to know what my favorite items were for hair and beauty. I’ve only done it once because my favorites are usually very consistent. I thought about her request though, and realized that I have been using a lot of new items that I love. I thought I would sit here tonight and share some of my summer favorites with you guys and get some of your opinions on these items as well.
You already know a lot of my hair favorites. I love the conditioning creme from Renpure Organics and have been a die hard fan of it since I first purchased it. It has simplified my whole wash/conditioning routine and added with a little Apple Cider Vinegar (which is a favorite that is not pictured), my hair thrives on wash day. I never have issues with excessive shed, breakage or detangling. This product is a keeper.
Castor Oil is also one of my all time favorite hair products. My hair adores it and eats it up wet or dry. Since the use of my Castor Oil and Vatika Oil tag team, my hair has become thicker and fuller and more manageable. A little of this product goes a long way. Of course, I am out of Vatika Oil, which is another favorite…that’s why it is not pictured.
All of my favorites in my hair at the same time…also wearing a few of my makeup favorites with Ruby Woo by Mac on my lips.
Can you tell I love the Leave In Conditioner from Mixed Chicks? I do. It smells awesome and works beautifully in my hair. My curls are moisturized and pop when I use this leave in. I had to get the sample size because I used up my other bottle…I will be heading to Target later this week though!
…and last but not least, I love spritzing some rose water and glycerin in my hair when it’s extra dry. The smell is very pretty and the glycerin and rose water mix keeps my hair and skin so moisturized.
I was turned on to Lancome a few years ago by one of my good friends Amy. She swore by their products and when I visited a Sephora in Paris, I left with a bag full of Lancome sample goodies. Since then, I fell in love with their beauty, fragrance and skin care products. My current favorite from Lancome is the Dual Finish in Suede 555 (C). The lighting in my house made it look warm, but because of my neck area, cooler color foundations/powders work well with my complexion. Since it’s hot and humid in Louisiana, I wear this when I want little coverage or when I want to make my foundation matte…which is my other favorite item: the Teint Idole Ultra 24H in Suede 555 (C). This foundation is all that and then some. I cannot in express to you how much I love the finish of this foundation on my skin and how it looks so natural and beautiful and matte and lasts throughout my entire workday. These two items will be my staple from now on. LOL. They just look soo good on me. LOL.
My face using the Dual Finish in Suede 555 (C) and matte lip stick from Kat Von D with a little highlight around my Cupids Bow.
I’m trying not to make this post solely about Lancome, but their products have been some of my favorites for a long time. I picked up the Youthful Radiance Advanced Genifique Regimen Set which includes the Advanced GÉNIFIQUE Youth Activating Concentrate, the GÉNIFIQUE EYE Youth Activating Eye Concentrate, and the CRÈME RADIANCE Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser. The CRÈME Radiance works so well and removing dirt and oil from my skin. I love it sooo much and use it in the morning and evenings when I am removing my make up. I also noticed that the dark puffiness under my eyes is starting to slowly fade away after using the GÉNIFIQUE EYE Youth Activating Eye Concentrate. I love them all. My skin is soo even and looks awesome. When I leave the house without makeup on, I don’t feel the need to have any because I feel like my skin looks good. I’ve even gotten complements about my natural skin from plenty of people after using these products. They are very much my favorites and will stay in my bag indefinitely. LOL.
…and of course, I cannot live without my Becca Beach Tints. I got a few of them for my birthday and Christmas last year and they have been a die-hard staple in my makeup routine. I love the subtle flush of color that they give to my lips and cheeks on days where I want a more natural look. I pair this with a light application of the Dual Finish from Lancome, a not so light application of the Definicils Mascara and a thin stroke of black eyeliner and I have the perfect soft and natural look.
Other Beauty Faves:
If any of you follow me on Instagram or Facebook…or even Twitter for that matter, you know that I hand make my own soaps. I know exactly what my skin needs so I usually make formulations to combat some of the skin problems that I’ve consistently suffered from. I also love making my own soaps because it gives me a creative outlet to make something that I can share with others, sell, or gift. I love this particular bar that I created because it has Golden Seal, Chai, honey, Patchouli, Rose Water and Glycerin…and of course Shea Butter. These are all of my favorite things wrapped in one bar…and it feels so decadent when I use it.
Ok…so I said that I wouldn’t make this post all about Lancome, but my two all time favorite fragrances are from this company. I love the fresh scent of Miracle. This has quickly become one of my all time favorite fragrances. When I wear this or La Nuit Tresor, my other favorite fragrance from Lancome, I get tons of complements. I think I love La Nuit Tresor so much because of the Patchouli. LOL.
…and last but not least…I won this Naked Manicure Professional Set from Zoya on Twitter a few weeks ago, and since then, I’ve fallen in love. My nails are in such an awesome condition after using this set and I can verify the claims that this product “…provides intense therapeutic, long term benefits for stronger, healthier nails.” I love the Naked colors and the color correction that they provide. The colors last a full week without chipping and you cannot even tell because they are truly ‘Naked’. I’ve been looking for a more natural looking manicure for my nails for times when I do not feel like the bright reds, blues or greens that I sometimes tend to rock. I’ve been embracing a more natural look lately and this set came right on time!
I hope that you enjoyed my favorites. I know that I enjoy them everyday. LOL. I am a beauty junkie and collected tons of cosmetics, skin care items and hair care products. These are the ones that I consistently go to and they give me a feeling of satisfaction when I spend my money on them and use them…LOL…so naturally, I had to crown them as my Summer favorites! ♥
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