Beauty Buys – April 2017

This weekend I’m in San Francisco celebrating friends of mine who are having a baby! Isn’t it strange when you’ve realized you’re of the age when something like that is NORMAL? While no friends of mine my age are preggers yet, it still seems strange that it could happen any day now. A BABY! A human! FOREVER!

Anywho, I haven’t done a Beauty Buys post in a very long time, and wanted to provide some recommendations. To be honest, I’ve really curbed my Sephora habit since moving to Boston, but that doesn’t mean I don’t go a little crazy at Walgreens when I’m in there for a box of tissues.

St. Moritz Self Tanner Review

St.Moritz Instant Self Tanning Mousse in Medium ($12.99 at Ulta) + Application Mitt for Body ($9.99 at Ulta) + Face (2 for $5.99 at Ulta)

Ah, being tan. Everyone wants to be tan but no one wants the sun damage, the risk of looking orange, or to pay for a person to spray your bare ass on a weekly basis. Luckily, that’s where St. Moritz comes in. Many compare it to the high-end brand St. Tropez, and while I haven’t tried that one, I do think the St. Moritz does a great job. I used to use the Jergens foam, but soon realized it really smelled horrible and I was having trouble sleeping because of it.

With this one, the proper application is KEY: using the larger mitt for your body, and the smaller one for your face and applying the foam in small circles so that you don’t streak is really important. One other tip I actually learned from the side of the bottle: move your knees and elbows as you apply to limit creases. While this foam doesn’t work as great as a spray tan, it’s much less expensive long term, fairly easy to apply and gives a light natural glow that I need to come out of hibernation after winter.

Coconut Curls Review

Coconut Curls Styling Frizz Defying, Curl Styling Milk ($5.79 at Target)

I bought this on a whim trying to get more of that piecey curled look, but I actually use this everyday as a primer for my hair, even when I wear it straight. It has the most delicious coconut smell and leaves my hair feeling soft but never greasy. It seems to help my hair hold style a little better than usual – even if that style is straight – and it definitely tames the frizz. It has replaced my coveted Living Proof Prime Style Extender! Never thought I’d see the day.

No7 Felt Tip Eyeliner Review

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner ($8.99 at Target)

I hated this the first few days I used it, but I think the felt tip just had to be broken in a little, because now I’m a fan. It goes on easily, and is the perfect balance between pencil being too light and liquid being too dark. I bought it after breaking my millionth Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Liner. That eyeliner is WONDERFUL, but does not travel well. I  swear if I even take it out of the bathroom and think about putting it in a suitcase the whole tip breaks off. So while I still might see if Sephora will replace the Smashbox one for me, I wanted to get an eyeliner that would travel well so I didn’t have to keep asking them to replace it. This No7 felt tip definitely does the trick.

 

So there you have it! My favorites from the last few months. Anything you want me to test out?

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