Friday Faves!

Every Friday going forward, I'd like to start doing a "Friday Faves" post, highlighting the products I've been reaching for a lot over the past week. These products might be ones I've talked about already here on the blog or they might be something I haven't posted a review on yet. I end up trying and reviewing so many different products, I thought it might be fun to share the products I'm personally using this week.
Let's take a look!
1. Lorac Pro Palette ($44 at Ulta)- I feel like I'm so behind with this, but I just got the original Lorac Pro Palette for Christmas and have been using it so much the past few weeks. It has such a perfect  neutral color range for every day looks and like all Lorac palettes, the formula is soft, pigmented, and super blendable!




2. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Foundation ($38 at Ulta on 1/31)- I received this a few weeks ago in a set that's being sold at QVC and I've been using it almost every day since. It's basically a lighter-weight version of the CC+ Cream (another favorite of mine) and has the same beautiful satin finish. It's so easy to use if you're in a rush in the morning, just swirl a brush into the compact and buff it into your skin. It doesn't give quite as much coverage as the CC+ cream but you can layer it up without it getting cakey or settling into fine lines. 
3. Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contouring Palette in Light to Medium ($12.98 at select Walmart Stores)- If you've been following me on Instagram, you've probably seen all of my latest Flower Beauty hauls. They've definitely upped their game in a big way...everything I've tried so far is amazing, including this Contour Palette. The formula is sooo silky and smooth and these shades are gorgeous on my fair skin tone, as you can see in my swatches below. 


4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip Shine ($8.99 at Ulta Currently BOGO 50%)- This lip gloss contains hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth your lips. I have the shade Radiant Rose and it's the perfect "my lips but better" shade. It goes on feeling very thick and slightly sticky but after a few minutes it smooths out and feels more like a liquid balm.  It makes my dry, lined lips look plumped up and a lot smoother, and the hydrating feeling lasts for hours even after it wears off. I really want to buy more shades now (they are sheer so the lighter shades go on almost clear while the deeper shades provide a sheer wash of color). 
5. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ($9 travel size)- I received this travel sized bottle in a skincare gift set from QVC and I'm obsessed! It contains Beta Hydroxy Acid which exfoliates the deeper layers of the skin and cleans out your pores (unlike AHA's that exfoliate just the top surface of the skin). It makes my skin feel so smooth and the rough texture on my cheeks has been greatly reduced since I've been using this! I find that my makeup goes on so much smoother and it doesn't irritate my skin at all. I will definitely be buying the full size when this one is gone. 

6. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($55-$105 at Sephora)- You guys probably remember hearing me talk about using the Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM every night before bed all Spring and Summer, but when the weather turns cold, I switch to the Sunday Riley Luna. It gives my dry skin an added boost of hydration along with being a very effective retinol treatment. I apply it before my moisturizer (or mix it in) and my skin is smooth and glowing in the morning. 

7. Korres Coconut Guava Body Butter ($29.95 for 2 at HSN)- It's no secret that I'm coconut obsessed, so when I found out that one of my favorite body butters had a coconut scent, I had to try it! I've used the Korres Guava Body Butter and Shower Gel in the past and loved how hydrating they were...they're amazing for dry skin. This version takes the beachy, fresh guava scent and sweetens it up a bit with the addition of the coconut. If you're not a fan of sweet scents but still want that beachy vibe, the original guava might work better for you (there are also 7 other scents available at Sephora). If you haven't tried this body butter yet (or the shower gel for that matter, you're missing out! 

Well that's it! My Friday Faves for this week. What are your favorite products that you've been reaching for lately? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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  1. I've used that Paula's Choice BHA Toner for over a year now and I'm telling you NOTHING has ever done so much for my skin. I hadn't seen my mom for a while (she lives out of town) and the first thing out of her mouth was how she had never seen my skin look so good. It's good for acne, anti-aging, shrinking pores, blackheads...I swear by it. My mom is in her early 60s and she started using it and was also totally blown away by the results. If you love it now, wait 3-4 months for the longer-term results.

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    1. Oh my gosh I can't wait! I don't think I've ever tried a skincare product that produced results so quickly! :)

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    2. I second that. The best way to describe my skin now is simply radiant. I've used the bha in conjunction with one of her toners for about two years now. I get compliments on my skin quite frequently--I can assure you that never happened before I discovered Paula's Choice.

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  2. I am really excited about that Paula's Choice BHA product, I keep hearing so much about it from the beauty community and now I think I'm just going to try the travel size. I too suffer from noticeable cheek pores and rough-textured skin but I never knew there was a product that would fix it, other than using a primer which is temporary! Also I completely agree with you about the Korres body butter. I haven't tried the coconut but the Guava and Vanilla Guava are mainstays in my bathroom. IMO they are SO underrated as a brand and I don't know why more people aren't talking about their body products especially.

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    1. I totally agree about Korres...they're really underrated! I've been using their body butters and shower gels for about 13 years now and they're still favorites of mine! I have some in our guest shower and everyone that stays over always compliments them and wants to know where they can buy it. Also, your skin sounds a lot like mine so I think you're going to LOVE the Paula's Choice BHA!

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  3. Thank you for your mini review of the Neutrogena Lip Gloss! I've been curious about it but haven't seen any reviews. If you do get more colors, I'd love to see swatches!

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    1. I definitely plan to pick up some more so I'll be sure to do that! :)

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  4. I also ordered the IT on the QVC TSV. I've only tried it once and i'm on the fence about the application, especially with the brush that came with it. What have you found to be the best method of application with this foundation?

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    1. The first time I used the brush I felt like it wasn't stiff enough to to pick up enough product. So I ended up using another brush that had shorter bristles. Then I tried the IT brush again but this time I used a bit more force, pressing it into the foundation to make sure I grabbed a lot of product and it worked better. But if that still doesn't work maybe a flat top or rounded brush with shorter, stiffer bristles will work better. :)

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  5. I like this Friday Faves post, and look forward to it becoming a regular.

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  6. I was never a big fan of the 2% BHA Liquid but I do love the lotion.

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  7. Love to try these products but with 2 kids in college most are too expensive. Sigh

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  8. I love the lorac pro! I use it everyday and have hit serious pan on about 4 shades 😁 If you like the Paula's choice exfoliant you should try Body Merry's glycolic acid face wash! I love it! Check out my blog elegantlycreated.com I linked it in my first post 😁

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  9. Interesting blog,good collection you have of skin care products.Thanks for sharing the blog with us.

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  10. Vitamin C Serum's ugly truth https://youtu.be/McLFXyi9YjQ

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  11. "It Cosmetics" is seriously the best! Have you tried their anti aging under eye concealer!? It is amazing! Love reading your blog! I just started blogging and I am loving it!

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I love getting comments from you and hearing about your experiences with the products, whether you agree with me or not. It's the best way other readers can get the best information before they buy, so keep the comments coming! :)

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