New Year Beauty Boost- My Favorite Items!

I’ve had a few readers e-mail me asking for my makeup routine..
So re-sharing the items in my makeup bag. :)
With the start of a new year…maybe you are wanting to try out some new products.
These are my favorites..and maybe, this year, they’ll become yours!
I swear by the mac under eye cream…and the urban decay
cream to powder foundation. (all items linked below!)
As far as a cleansers/moisturizers…
1. E.l.f. Eyelid Primer – Target
I got this in an eye shadow set from E.l.f. at target. (a mini version) and I love it! I never used primer before… it works magic. Makes sure you don’t get those creases.. and some days when I don’t have time for eye shadow I just put the primer on for a nice matte finish.

I went into Ulta not knowing what type of foundation I was going to get..But I wanted something new. I AM IN LOVE with this product. A little goes a long way. I don’t use the brush that it comes with..instead I use a big brush from E.l.f. I got at target. It makes putting it on a lot easier. It goes on as a cream..dries almost immediately to a foundation..and leaves your skin covered and lovely. For those of you who are blessed with perfect skin..don’t both with this.. but I need it to make me look alive/decent. ;) Love it.

I don’t wear a lot of lipstick or lip gloss. why? the husband doesn’t really like it.. and you want to make the man you are smooching happy. ;) So that’s why I love this lip balm. gives you a hint of color and moisture..without any sticky feeling.

ALLELLLUIAAAAAA..that’s what the angels in heaven were singing around me when I discovered this product. As a mom who barely gets enough sleep. barely sleeps through the night because of babies crying or babies pushing on my bladder in my womb…this is a God Send. It brightens you up. a little goes a long way. A couple times I was in a rush and didn’t pay looked in the mirror and I looked like a doll. But..when used right it makes you look like you actually did sleep in till whenever you wanted like you did in college. ;)

I am not a fan of loose powder..I don’t know why..maybe I’ve used the wrong kind. But after I put on my foundations and concealer I do a light dap with this powder..and use it throughout the day for touch ups. Leaves you looking matte. which I like. shiny… bad.

Again..same as the comments above for the color riche lip balm..
love the hint of color and moisture..without a stickiness or harsh color.
husband approved.

I have used this forever. I used to use this along without the Urban Decay Foundation.. but I would always have to use more concealer on my blemishes/red spots etc…. But the day I used both foundations (as seen by a youtube makeup girl with different products) I found I barely had to use any concealer to touch up.. it was way better of coverage. I put on very little of this though but preps the skin nice.

Ok…. I used to have no time for eye shadow. and I never liked the shine of them..But when I tried this (with the eyelid primer) I fell in love! I love being able to mix up the shades. some days I just use the light..some days I do a smoky eye. I like options. It lasts a long time.. and goes on beautifully. it’s CHEAP. try it.

Been using this since high school…..seriously…I won’t wear anything else.
I’ve tried other mascaras..but this one is the best.
It makes your eyelashes look so long..and it lasts.. You can get lots of drama with multiple coats..or the perfect darkness and length with a quick quote before a toddler tries to put their baby on(IN) the potty. sienna-“poopy!”

10. Sonia Kashuk Blush -Target
Big fan of these products. Still a blush hopper..trying to find one I love. But I’ve been using this for a couple years.. so…that means something. ;)
I love the shade…makes me look alive.
alive looking is always nice when you are going on a date after a long day.

OH..MY GOSH! LOVE! If you need a concealer stick….this…. is the one!
I used to use a wand one from clinique..and then a pot one from mac..
but this one beats them all. don’t use the others anymore. don’t need nearly as much.
It goes on way better..covers better.. and lasts longer. Plus it’s more fun with a cute pencil.

Eye brow magic.. A little dark shade on my eyebrows frames the eyes..
I used to pluck my eyebrows more..but the past couple years I’ve been letting them grow in..(still keeping them groomed) and I think that it makes you look a lot younger if they are thicker rather than thin lines. So.. something to think about. A little shadow on them fills them in and helps the shape.

Cosmetic Tools:

I love maybelline full n soft. you should try it.

If you are wanting some more Beauty Boost Products..
I posted last year a 1 Week Beauty Boost!

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    January 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I tried that mascara thanks to you, and I love it! I will never go back to any other mascara!! (:

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    January 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks I will totally try a few of these since you always look flawless in your pictures.
    I did wanted to ask what type of straightener do you use?

    Thanks and many blessings!!

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    Sugar Aunts
    January 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I just discovered e.l.f. at Target right before New Years (looking for a little sparkle for my lids ;) I LOVE it! So affordable (aka cheap) and no animal testing, too ! Thinking of you guys!

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    The Geeks Wife
    January 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

    New Follower.
    Feel free to follow me back at and on Twitter at @ElijahsMama :)

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    January 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for this- any chance you’d be willing to do a post showing us how you actually apply your makeup?? I think that even using the same exact products I’d still get results not as good as yours! :)

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    January 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I was just thinking I needed to change up my makeup routine. Thanks for the info I have already gone out and purchased some of your favorite products. Happy New Year.

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    January 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Oooh, thanks for re-posting this. I’ve been thinking I need to up the quality of my make-up stash and skin care routine and this is perfect for suggestions! You really do look like you have flawless skin all. the. time. :)

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    January 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    If you use liquid foundation you NEED to get mac’s stippling brush!! It gives you that flawless, airbrushed look and applies foundation much lighter. I love it :)

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    January 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these–Your make-up looks great in your pictures!! I’ll definitely be adding a few of these to my routine!
    Found your blog just a few weeks ago—love it!!

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    January 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I wanted to know what color you are using for the mac mineralizing concealer?

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