My Favorite High End Beauty Products

Hey y’all!

Last month I shared my favorite drugstore/affordable beauty products and a lot of you have messaged me telling me you have tried the products and loved them! I’m so glad my posts have been helpful, and I absolutely love when people reach out to tell me they like a product I recommended!

I decided I would share some of my favorite products that are a little more on the pricey side, but totally worth the money. Since I made the decision to stay home with Bryant, I am having to be more money conscious than ever before, but these products truly are worth the extra cash. I would not recommend them if they weren’t!

Face Products

My skin issues are : Acne scarring, Large pores, and Redness. I am always on the hunt for products that will even my skin tone and texture and I think this is the holy grail. Trust me, this trio will give you the MOST flawless face you have ever seen.

  • Smashbox Primer Water: This really hydrates my skin and my foundation goes on so smooth after I spray this on. I even spray this on my face on days when I don’t wear makeup because it’s so refreshing and hydrating. I especially love during the winter months when my skin gets super dry!

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I love using primer because keeps my makeup on for much longer than without! I don’t use it every day, but for when I really need my makeup locked in. Smashbox has several different kinds of primer, so check them all out! This one is my favorite because it fills in my pores, but they have one for redness, oily skin, dull skin, etc!

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear: Full disclosure, if you don’t like a heavy or thick foundation, this is probably not for you. BUT it is the best foundation for your money, in my humble opinion! It covers EVERYTHING and stays on for hours. I only have to use 2 pumps to cover my face, so one bottle lasts me about 3 months.

Eyeshadow Palettes

I have a serious palette addiction. I cannot stay away. And they are the one thing I refuse to skimp on. These palettes all have great color pay off, are easy to blend and stay on your eyelids for a long time. I have a lot more I could share, but these are my absolute favorites and are constantly in my rotation!

Brows & Mascara

  • Anastasia Brow Wiz: This brow pencil will change your life. You can fill your brows so easily and they look so natural. It’s easy to go in with a light hand if you’re new to filling in your brows and aren’t too sure where to begin. I think the color selection is the best too, so you can find your perfect shade!

  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara: I have super short and thin eyelashes, and this mascara is my absolute favorite to keep me from looking dead. B actually bought this for me as a gift before I had even tried it and he really hit the nail on the head. I love the brush because it has so many little bristles so it gets every lash. It also lasts ALL day.

Setting Powder, Bronzer, Highlighter

  • Laura Mercier Setting Powder: I have had the same container of powder for almost 2 years and I’m just now starting to run out. It doesn’t take much to set your makeup and it is 100% translucent — no white cast on your face! I mainly use it to set my concealer under my eyes, but during the summer I set my whole face since I’m usually sweating in this Georgia heat!

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer: This bronzer was sent down from heaven. It is the absolute perfect shade to give you a sunkissed look, is not shimmery OR orange! I use bronzer year round to keep from looking dead and I highly recommend this. It lasts forever, too because you truly don’t need much! They also have a travel size that is only 11.99 if you’d rather try before you invest in the big one!

  • Smashbox Spotlight Palette: It is very rare that I don’t wear highlighter. Even when I go more natural with my make up, I usually put a dab on my cheeks. It just makes your skin look dewy without being oily and just brightens your whole face up! This palette also lasts forever, so you’re getting your moneys worth, for sure.

Hair

During the summer, I try not to blow my hair dry as much.
First of all, it’s too hot, but I also like to give my hair a little break from the heat, the pool water, the sweat, etc… Any time I do use my blow dryer though, I always use these three products.

  • Pureology Hydrate Shine Max Serum: I have used Pureology prducts on and off since high school and I have always been a fan. I recently starting using this serum, and my hair hasn’t been this shiny in a long time! I put it on my towel dried hair, even if I’m not planning to blow it dry. It adds shine without making it greasy, decreases frizz and fly aways, and it also helps seal in my color longer! I use 2 pumps if I’m blowing my hair dry but only 1 if I’m letting it air dry.

  • Keranique Follicle Boosting Serum: After Bryant was born, I was terrified of post-partum hair loss. I had read horror stories of hunks of hair falling out or breaking off of women’s heads and I was so scared of this happening to me! I have very thin hair as it is, and I am not about that bald life… #BigHeadProbs
    Anyway, I don’t know if it was my prayers or this stuff, but either way I’m thankful to say I am 8 months PP and have yet to have any hair fall out! I use this after the shine serum and spray it directly onto my roots throughout my head and then massage it into my scalp. I will say if you don’t immediately dry your hair, it can make it greasy, so I would only spray this on when you are ready to start blow drying!

  • Keranique Lift & Repair Treatment Spray: The third and final product from my regiment is this spray. It gives me volume. seals & strengthens my hair AND is a heat protectant! I spray this throughout my hair and then finger comb it from the roots to the ends. I can tell a noticeable difference in the fullness of my hair when I use it! I highly recommend this for my thin or limp haired gals!

My Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

With all the traveling I have been doing this summer, it seems like all I do is pack and unpack my suitcase. I love being busy, but I get stressed out when I’m trying to remember what I need for each trip! Today I’m actually getting ready to go to youth camp with our church, and I had to run to the stores to get some essentials… I thought I would take some time today to share my favorite drugstore makeup and beauty products!

What do I mean when I say Drugstore Products?

All I mean by “drugstore” is affordable (Less than $20) and readily available at your local drugstore (Walgreens, CVS, etc) or superstore (Walmart, Target, etc).

Of course, I love a good high end product, and I will splurge when something is really worth it! I may do a post on my favorite luxury products soon, but today we are focused on Budget Friendly.

Face Products

Drugstore foundations have come a LONG way since I was younger! I used to be such a snob until I decided to branch out and try some new things. These are all definitely “go to” products for me and I almost always have them in my makeup drawer!

Blushes/Bronzes & Powders

I’m a big fan of finding affordable brands for these types of products because I go through them like crazy! I love blush and bronzer and use them year round… I am also very oily so I go through power pretty quickly too!

Eye Products

Ok, I will admit, I am an eyeshadow SNOB. I very rarely use anything but high end eyeshadows — DON’T JUDGE ME. But the rest of these products are awesome, especially for the price!

Lip Products

Lip products are one thing that I very rarely buy high end. I just buy so much lipstick and go through it so quickly, it doesn’t really make sense to buy a $30 lipstick… These products have truly stood the test of time!

Hair & Skin

These 5 products I have literally been using for YEARS. I have tried other products and just cannot find anything comparable. These will go with me to the grave.

I hope this is helpful for any of you looking for some affordable beauty buys! Each of the pictures is linked to the product, if you’re interested in buying anything I’ve shared. I’m going to do another post with my favorite makeup brushes soon, so stay tuned for that!

XO, Laura Beth

June Favorites

This month went by so fast! We had such a great beginning to our summer and I can’t believe how much Bryant is changing every day. I haven’t had a lot of time to shop and look for new products, but I have found a few good ones that I wanted to share! Some are products I personally love and some of things I use with Bryant. I hope some of these work for y’all! Let me know if you find anything you love too! : )

Tinted Moisturizer

My typical “holy grail” foundation is Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. I love that foundation and use it almost daily! But, during the summer, especially when I’m just running errands or even going to be outside in the heat, I like to use something a little more light weight (and less expensive).

I have tried a lot of tinted moisturizers, but I recently tried this new one from Avon and I love it! It’s buildable coverage, which I really like so I can customize my look based on the occasion. When I get sweaty in the Georgia heat, I don’t feel like it’s caked on my face either, which is a definitely plus this time of year.

Aviator Sunglasses

I love aviator sunglasses because I feel like they look best on my (big) head/face, but I lose sunglasses almost every time I get a new pair, so I wanted to find some that were cheap but also looked good. I found these on Amazon and I absolutely love them! I got them in brown and black, and they also come with a little case. Definitely great to keep in your bag or your car, and if you lose them, you’re not gonna beat yourself up over it!

Setting Powder

I usually don’t set my foundation with powder because I don’t like a super matte look, but in the summer when I’m sweating like a bodybuilder, a girls gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I use this on top of full coverage foundation, tinted moisturizer and sometimes even on a bare face when I’m feeling extra greasy. This powder is super cheap and really good quality for a drugstore brand. I’ve used it for years!

Wool Dryer Balls

I was actually gifted these for Christmas and held off on using them for a while, mainly because I didn’t get it? But I’ve been using them for about 2 months now and I think they really do make a difference! I notice our clothes dry faster and they are a great replacement for dryer sheets! I spray them with essential oils sometimes, which I love since we use unscented detergent.

Baby Favorites

Included in this list are my favorite products for feeding Bryant both at home and on the go! Also included are our favorite teething ring and the sun hat we use when Bryant is swimming! The hat is our favorite because of the ear flaps and the fact that it ties around his neck, so I don’t have to chase it around the pool.

Click the picture for a link to the product!

August Favorites

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Long Time, No Blog! I took the summer off to relax and enjoy... But I'm back! : ) I just wanted to share some of my favorite new products from this past month...

  1. Loreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm

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This is admittedly an old favorite that I have used for a year or so now, but over the summer I tried some other deep conditioners and they just fell short! I recently went lighter with my hair, so I have been really intentional about making sure it's moisturized and taken care of so it doesn't look fried! I use this in place of regular conditioner, and I absolutely love the way my hair looks and feels.

2) Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes

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First of all, if you're not using a makeup remover of some sort before you wash your face, I promise you there is still makeup left when you go to bed at night. I used to be weary of this "unnecessary step", but once I started using them I never looked back. I have tried several different brands, but I keep coming back to these! Most other brands burn my eyes or feel too rough on my face. These are very moist and soft, so they are gentle on your skin, but the liquid is very mild so your eyes don't feel like they are about to fall out of your head. These are holy grail item for me!

3) Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

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This. Foundation. Is. Life.

It's so light on the skin and the coverage is on point. I apply mine with a stippling brush and I am obsessed with the way it looks. I'm not sure if I would say it lasts 24 hours, but it lasts all day at work, which is good enough for me!

I will say, if you are oily (like me), you MUST set it with a powder. Especially in this Georgia humidity, the "glow" can start looking like "grease" real quick.

I cannot wait to see how it does in the cooler weather.

4) Maybelline Face Studio Master Concealer

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I bought this concealer in June... And then left it in our room at BaseCamp... So I thought. I actually found it in my suitcase at the beach last weekend, and I was so excited to try it! I LOVE it. The coverage is absolutely out of this world, but it's not drying or cakey and it blends like a dream. I just set it with a little translucent powder and I'm ready to go.

5) Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

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I have talked about this product for years, but all I really have to say is it's awesome. I hate washing my hair more than anything, so this really saves me when I'm feeling especially lazy. I love the hint of color because it leaves no residue, and it comes in brown, blonde and red, so you can get what you need, girl.

 

6) Smoky Gray Mist Wax Cubes

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I think is a great transition scent from Summer to Fall. It smells a little like cologne, but not so much that it gives you a headache. I love using my wax melter, but I just saw this comes in a candle too, so I might be adding that to my collection very soon!

 

That's all I got for you this time. I hope I can get back to regular posts soon! : )