Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beauty! Beauty! Beauty!

Anyone who has been around me for the past year can affirm in my slightly off putting and highly manic obsession with all things beauty. Whether it is in my subtle change in conversation about make-up or my my straight up over zealous enabling, I constantly find myself either selling my lastest favorite beauty product to a friend or sporadically bringing up, oh lets say, "the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks" into a conversation.

Above all, anyone who knows me well can assure you that I can be quite transparent. With that said, I give to you a sneaky look into my current favorite beauty products in my make-up bag. I change it up every now and again, but there are certain staples that stay all year round. This adorable make-up bag from Anthropologie sits in my handbag and saves me during the day whenever I need to touch up! I have also given each product a "Connie-approved grade & review" - which lets face it, doesn't mean a whole lot, I am no expert (transparency, remember?)!

Cheers! xx

Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Nut Lip Butter // A+
I seriously cannot love this product enough. First off, it smells like a freshly baked batch of macadamia nut cookies. Secondly, it straight up feels like butter on the lips. Thirdly, uh, what a bargain! The texture leave my lips feeling so lovely and smooth. The best part is that it really has nourished my lips far beyond the instant gratification. Its no gimmick.

Benefit "Hello Flawless!" Powder Foundation // B
I keep this in my make-up bag to touch up my face. There really is nothing majorly special about this product. It performs well, but no better than any drugstore pressed powder I've ever tried. Basically, the price of the product is not worth it to me. It does the job, but I will not be repurchasing this.

Maybelline "Full n' Soft" Mascara - Waterproof // A+
This HG worthy product has been around for ages. All I got to say is: nothing compares to this formula - no drugstore or high end mascara has beat this product for me. It keeps the lashes curled and gives volume like no other without leaving the lashes stiff and dry.

Revlon Lip Butter - "Creme Brulee" & "Juicy Papaya" // A - A
Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe my feelings toward the Revlon Lip Butters. Creme Brulee is the perfect nude for me. It may not suite all skin types, but I feel it compliments mine pretty nicely. Juicy Papaya comes off more sheer than the other one, which is nice because the color gives off a perfect tint. Can't wait to get more...someone better stop me before I get all the colors in the range!

Nars Cream Blush "Orgasm" // A
This cheek product is just so cute and compact - perfect for on the go. I don't bother with carrying any brushes with me in my handbag, so this blusher is perfect for me to touch up during the day. Even more lovely is that I use the same shade in the powder formula quite often, so everything is seamless!

L'Occitane Hand Cream // A-
Though the product's formula is top notch, the minus point is for the unpleasant smell. Some of you may like it but I am not particularly fond of it. It has kept my dry hands moisturized nevertheless, so it stays in the bag!

Cargo Lip Gloss Quad "Naples" // A
I seem to be having an epic love affair with this lip gloss quad. Maybe that's a little dramatic! Regardless, the quad is amazing. I love all four shades - which  always is a pleasant surprise when it comes to any "palette"-type of product. You ladies know what I mean... there always seems to be that one shade that is left untouched. But for this product, every color gets some love. Texture is nice - not sticky feeling.

Revlon Matte Lipstick "Strawberry Suede" // A+
It seems a bit selfish to even review this because this is a discontinued product. But here it is - I have always loved this red/coral shade. The formula is wonderful and it is the only red lipstick that I own  which is wearable during the day! If you're lucky enough, this little baby may be available on Amazon or eBay.

I hope everyone found this post enjoyable, I know I loved writing it. Many more to come!