13 products I can’t live without

13 products I can't live without

I think every woman finds themselves buying makeup that they intend on trying out, to end up putting on their “normal” makeup everyday.

I know I do this.  I will experiment with different colors on occasion.  But if I need to look my best I go with what I know will get the job done.  I used to use more expensive makeup but then I realized, I can accomplish the same thing with less expensive makeup.  It’s really all in the application.  My makeup routine is the following:

  1. Cover all my flaws with concealer.  And I won’t lie to you.  I’m heavy-handed when it comes to concealer.  I sometimes will use the concealer that looks like lipstick because it is much faster but doesn’t feel as good on your face.  TIP:  The best foundation application requires a foundation brush, triangle sponge, and a powder brush.
  2. Lay the foundation.  I love the kind above because the shade looks natural (porcelain ivory) and it gives my skin the moisture it needs.
  3. Follow up with loose powder to set the foundation.  If I am looking pale I will add a little bronzer (not shown).
  4. Blush.  TIP:  A little blush goes along way.  Even on the super light makeup days I add a touch of blush.  Finding the right shade of blush was actually the hardest thing for me to find.  If it’s too pink it doesn’t look natural.  Too orange and you look like a clown.  Too brown and you look dirty!
  5. Highlighter eye shadow.
  6. Midtone eye shadow.  Who doesn’t love gold?
  7. Crease eye shadow.  Sometimes I go darker but I try not to go too dark for everyday wear.
  8. Liquid eyeliner.  I love liquid eyeliner!  The line you get with liquid eyeliner is so defined.  I always use it on my top eyelid and often rock the cat-eye or winged look.  I love the old Hollywood makeup vibe.  Once you make the switch from pencil you won’t go back.  TIP:  If you mess up with liquid eyeliner, don’t start all over.  Use concealer to fix a slip of the hand.
  9. Brown pencil eyeliner.  For the bottom lid.  Smudge with a makeup brush for a softer more natural look.
  10. Mascara.  Always use more that one coat.  It will make your eyes stand out.
  11. Lip liner.  Another item that when you start to use it, it’s hard to stop.  It keeps your lips looking great all day and keeps lipstick in place.
  12. This bright hot pink lipstick is so pretty and can be toned-down with a little bit of lip gloss (or chap stick applied over top).
  13. Lip gloss.  Because it automatically makes your lips look kissable.

Products are listed below.  What are some of your favorite products?

My Favorite Burt’s Bees Products

My Favorite Burt's Bees Products

I have been searching for the perfect skin care products that don’t break the bank.  I absolutely adore Burt’s Bees moisturizers.  I take moisturizing seriously, I am getting to that age where combating wrinkles is important.  I use the sensitive skin moisturizer in the mornings and the night cream at night.  The deep pore scrub I only use 1-2 times a week.

The Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage is one product that now that I have found it, I can not live without it.  Plus Burt’s Bees have the bonus of being composed of 99% natural ingredients.  My skin has never felt better and all of their products have a very pleasant smell.

This post was not sponsored by Burt’s Bees.  It is my own personal opinion.  I LOVE there products!

My Favorite Burt’s Bees Products by honeysucklelace featuring an exfoliating facial cleanser

Burt s Bees face moisturizer
$25 – thehut.com

Burt s Bees lip care
$6.13 – thehut.com

Go-to Shops for the bargin shopper

go-to-shops

I love to go shopping any chance I get. I also try to be very reasonable when I shop. You do not have to spend a million dollars to look like a million bucks! I will admit I occasionally splurge, but not often. When I do, it has to be for a piece that I completely fall in love with. Like head-over-feet, wear-every-chance-I-get in love. Here are stores I frequent whenever I get a chance. They seem to cover the basics of what I seem to need without breaking the bank. When I have a chance I’ll go over my splurge stores.

My favorite stores for MYSELF (in no particular order):

Always has the current trends. Their clothes are playful and fun. I love the Gap. I really miss their musical commercials. I will never forget the They call me mellow yellow… one.

Highly recommend for the trends that you know you won’t wear forever. This place makes it easy to buy pieces to keep with the trends but not break the bank.

My go to for office attire. AND they have mark-downs all the time!

I love everything in this store. I LOVE IT. They have the most polished sophisticated looks that I can’t get enough of. I especially love their outlet stores.

Another of my favorites. Enough said.

Money saver and usually good for going out attire.

If you’re an Angel, you know they have the best coupons. Who doesn’t love getting free underwear WITHOUT having to but anything!

Has a little bit of everything. I actually find A LOT of the stuff for my husband here.

I cruise through there women’s stuff anytime I get a chance. I’m always having to go here for something anyway, so occasionally (or frequently) I get a new scarf, or tank, or pj, set out of it.

Department.Store.Warehouse. Best idea ever!

Who can get enough of this store? Color coordinated and full of jewelry, hand bags, and shoes. It’s accessory heaven.

This is my go to place for summer stuff. I don’t care if I’m the oldest person in the store, they have the cutest denim shorts and skirts for cheap.

Good for everything, need I say more?

Dillards has amazing shoe sales at the end of each season!

Ok I actually love JC Penney. However, all of the stores are not created equal. The one at Fair Oaks Mall is fabulous. I find dresses for special occasions here all the time for barely anything. It’s a HUGE money saver without sacrificing style.

Again not all stores are created equal. The Lynchburg, Virginia, Belk is how those from my quaint hometown can still line their closets with cute clothes.