Sunday, February 5, 2012

product love

Hey, y'all.

Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  I'm in a bit of a bloggy funk I guess!  I've got lots to say, and lots on my mind, but not much time to blog.  I'm also short on photos, and posts are more fun with photos.

Enough excuses!

So, I'm a bit of a make-up and hair product junkie.  Between Christmas gifts, Christmas money, and a recent trip to Sephora where I let a "fancy" man put make-up all over my face, I've been loving on some new, and not so new beauty products!  Let me show you what I'm loving:

First up, High Definition Foundation from Make Up For Ever. 

Wow.  This stuff is great!  My 31 year old skin is starting to look a little not so great these days.  I'm not sure if it's just my age, or nursing, or pregnancy or a combo of the afore mentioned, but this foundation does the trick!  It has great coverage without feeling or looking heavy, and a little goes a looong way.  It's going to run you a bit more than your drug store brand, but it's well worth the extra cash.  It looks especially great when applied over:

Mattifying Pomegranate Primer from Korres.

I had never tried a primer before and I was given a sample at Sephora.  A very large sample thank goodness!  I had never tried a primer before but man oh man I do love it.  It all but makes my pores disappear, and that's been a major issue for me lately.  I'm going to be pretty sad when this sample runs out and I actually have to spring for a tube of this little baby.


My new foundation goes on even more smoothly when I use the foundation brush from this set:
Professional Airbrush Set from Sephora.

I went a little wild at Sephora.  Christmas money was burning a hole in my pocket.

I had never used a brush to apply foundation and I love it!  It really does make my skin look super smooth.

Speaking of smooth, my hair is anything but.  Y'all have seen the curly mop that is my hair.  My hair is so dry and frizzy, I HAVE to use some sort of product every time I style it.  Daddy Bird's Aunt Janie is a beautician and she introduced me to this little combo of moisture for my dry locks:

Farouk Royal Treatment Pure Hydration Shampoo by Chi and,

Chi Silk Infusion leave in treatment.

These are not new products, but they are new to me.  I think they've made my hair less dry and more shiny.  I really love the Silk Infusion, and it's great whether I'm leaving my hair curly or attempting to straighten it (why do I bother?).

Another hair product I love is:

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.

I love, love Aveda products, and this one has been great for taming the curls.  It's lightweight and not crunchy.  Love it.

Here's one my Mom in Law gets all the credit for,

Ultra Balm, baby.

Ok, this one is a splurge.  If I was not given this as a gift, I may not buy it for myself, but, a little does go a long way, and it is really, really great stuff.  My heels are nasty dry.  This stuff, along with a daily rasping with the trusty Ped Egg, is slowly softening the nastiness.  Sorry to be so graphic, but it's really bad.  As in, the Boy Birdie touched my heel a few months ago and said "ouch!  Mommy you cut me with your foot!"  Ahhh, from the mouths of babes.

To top off my pedicure, I love

Essie nail polish.

I love that I can pick up Essie at Target and even some Wal Marts now.  I love Essie's colors and I feel like the durability of the polish is excellent.  I'm really hard on polish, you know, with the cows and all.  I actually worked cattle in my last manicure with Essie and didn't get a single chip.  Now that's sayin' something.

Here's a little trade out I learned recently.  I'm a HUGE fan of Lancome's Hypnose Mascara.  Like, I wear it everyday.  If I was stranded on a desert island I would take my Hypnose.  Well, in December I ran out of the stuff (AAAKKK!) and I thought I was probably getting some for Christmas so I didn't want to buy any.  I decided to try this $5 beauty

Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara

Dang if it's not a good substitute!  I'm going to keep buying this stuff.  What a steal.

There are my current favorite beauty finds.  What are yours?

OH, PS, None of these are paid endorsements, duh!  None of these companies could give a crap about how I feel about their products, I just wanted to share with y'all!


Patrick T said...

A "fancy" man...hahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahaha. That made me laugh!

Well, when part of your job entails marketing yourself and trying to look your best, I have to say I'm kinda into products, too - but rather the male section. You'd love Korea, Melissa. They are known for their great skin products!

melissaballard said...

Oh, Patrick! He was fancy! He even told me he was "fancy"! Hahahaha! I laughed so hard. I had so much fun with my new friend Desmond! He knew his way around a make up brush for sure.

all you need is love said...

Well dear we both know I am not huge on the girlie girl stuff but I am with you...the curly messy mop on top of my head...I am interested in the Chi stuff...I tend to swap a lot on hair stuff. I too like the mascara...I use it as a staple too. I went to Sephora too and they actually showed me stuff my super allergic skin can actually use!!!!! Oh and the best part...they showed me how to use the stuff. I LOVE IT!!!!