Must-Have Hot List from Foundation to Primer for Any Budget

As the seasons change so does your preference for certain makeup. 

Winter is perfect for darker hues, moisturizing creams and scrubs. 

Springtime is when you want to have a fresh, glowing face free from harsh products. 

For those of us that like to wear makeup at any time for any occasion during any season (guilty) below are some hot items you can’t go wrong with. The below showcases a few different options for some of our makeup favorites like: foundation, primer, bronzer, blush, concealer and more. 

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Foundation:

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Blush

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Bronzer

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Concealer 

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Primer

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DIY Lip Scrub

Ward off those rainy, (almost) Spring time blues and keep your skin and lips fresh and soft during this time of year. I’m a huge fan of making your own facemasks – or really and sort of product that you’ll be using on your skin. 

However – as we all know – things come up, we get busy and it’s just easier to buy one for $30 from your favorite store. 

Below are some great DIY Lip Scrub options, that provide something for everyone! 

Take a look and note your favorite below in the comments.

Happy Friday everyone and try to stay dry out there! 

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There are two prime bases for each of these lip scrubs, either coconut oil or brown or cane sugar as the exfoliants. The cane as you know, is lighter and provides are more gentle scrub while the brown sugar is a bit more coarse – you can choose which you prefer for your lips. 

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I like my scrubs to really reflect the holidays any time of year, because let’s face it – the holidays create the best smells for your home. 

Below are the typical ingredients you can use in your scrub:

Ingredients:
– brown or white sugar
– extra virgin coconut oil
– chopped herbs and fruits of your choice
– flavor extracts and spices of your choice

Here are the instructions for prepping your lip scrub:

Instructions:
1.
 Choose your container, and measure your exfoliant so that the container is just about half full.
2. Measure the coconut oil—you want a 1:1 ratio of oil to sugar.
3. Transfer oil and sugar to a mixing bowl, then add the chopped herbs and fruits, followed by flavor extracts and spices of your choice. Add each of these “to taste.”
4.  Mix gently to combine—over-mixing will make the granules begin to dissolve.
5. Add scrub to an air-tight storage container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Remove from fridge at least five minutes before use so that the mixture can soften.

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The first lip scrub combines white sugar, fresh rosemary and a few drops of peppermint extract. Sometimes the extracts can be a bit pricy – so if you’d prefer not to use an extract I think incorporating fresh orange or lime zest into the mix will do the trick. 

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This recipe uses honey, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. After mixing add a light dusting of ground clove and orange zest. You’ll smell this fragnant scrub immediately! 

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This is sure to be a favorite for any person – just add some cinnamon and mix and you’ve got a light and flavorful spread. 

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This fabulous scrub uses vanilla extract and chopped cranberries and is perfect for spring! 

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This is also a great gift for friends and family – running low on rent because you shopped too much? Me too. This makes a completely personalized gift that doesn’t cost too much money and will mean much more to the special person who receives in than a store-bought gift. Be sure to include a cute little label so they know what they’re getting! 

And voila! 

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XX, Confetti13

A Few Friday Favorites..

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Happy Friday everyone! 

I am a chronic favorite product stalker – and love reading my fellow bloggers favorite must-have products. I will say however, that often times I come across a post like that, most of the products they detail are either paid or far too expensive for my budget.

Below, I’ve included some of my favorite products that are all within the $100 budget. You can even get some of these (most) at your local grocery stores or Bed Bath & Beyond stores. Win.

I own my own Spray Tan machine because I used to spend countless hours and countless dollars at the local salon getting my weekly spray tan. I just happen to be a German, Russian, English, Swedish who does not tan naturally despite what Island I am on.

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SUN is my GO-TO tanning lotion that does not leave any streaks and actually makes you look tan, rather than orange or brown. Warning though: the lotion is dark brown so make sure you have something to exfoliate your palms afterwords so you don’t look you just went digging through the mud. No natural-looking tan can cover up brown fingers. Believe me on this one. I swear by this stuff. I use it almost daily and it’s great to refresh a tan or begin one. If you suffer from the winter white-ness, this is a product you must get.

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Hoola is sold by Benefit, and is one of the best bronzers I’ve ever come across. I have used every bronzer there is on the market, see above a la Spray tan machine owner. It is hard to find a product that complements most skin-tones without making you orange, sparkly, and let’s face it (no pun intended) – look like you just bronzed the heck out of your face while your neck and arms are still completely white. This product when used with a big round brush can be applied to the neck and chest as well for the same desirable effects. 

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This is my favorite eye liner of all time. I am a black eye-liner, green-eye enhancing wearing fool. I swear by eye-liner and I typically don’t go one day without it. Eyeliner and bronzer are my absolute must-haves. These two will always be on my list. What i love about this – is that there is no sharpener needed, you simply twist and have the perfect eye-liner pencil ready for use at any time. Try a simple look with bronzer, eye-liner, mascara and a neutral lip for a natural look for any occasion. 

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ELF cosmetics (Eyes, Lips, Face) is an up and coming brand that offers products in mineral brand, Studio finish and other styles much like MAC or Bare Essentials offers different types of lines within their brand. I love this mineral revitalizing face spray in the morning. Not only does it help hold make up after you’ve applied, but it’s light and doesn’t leave streaks on your face after you’ve sprayed it. I believe you can get this baby for $3 as well. 

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One thing I have been using consistently (besides bronzer) since I was a young teenager is wrinkle cream. You can never have enough in your drawer. One thing women often forget, is that although a ‘natural’ suntan is a thing of beauty and lasts forever without every coming off (like a spray tan) the damage to your skin is often irreversible and will undoubtedly cause wrinkles. Due to my fair skin, I’ve unfortunately suffered with the misconception that if my friends with darker skin tones can tan, I surely will too. That is not the case and I’ve suffered horrendous sun burns because of it. It is never too early to use this stuff and it won’t break the bank.

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Last but not least is a product by Oribe that’s been featured in InStyle magazine and has even the Angels talking it This voluminous spray is great for any type of hair and is meant to be used on damp hair right out of the shower before a blow-dry. It gives the extra emphasis you need before a new day or a night out. 

Hope one of these products does the trick for you!

XX, Confetti13