Ava Grace's Closet: Beauty Must-Trys

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Beauty Must-Trys

Lately, I've been sent, asked to try or come across SO many great new.to.me beauty products.
I love to catch up on the fall editions of all of my favorite magazines to see the new drool worthy clothing but also for all of the fabulous fragrance + beauty ads and new product offerings.
Spring + Fall are the times I find I most enjoy changing up my usual routine and/or trying out new products.


Beauty Must-Trys

1. I know it's odd to see a tinted moisturizer for the fall but I just had to share this! I picked up Sonia Kashuk's radiant tinted moisturizer at Target {find it here // I purchased "beige"} this summer and am just loving it. It does NOT provide a ton of coverage but gives you some sheer cover along with a nice glow + at a fraction of what my old favorite by Laura Mercier cost. I use it on days when I want to look polished but don't want to do a full make up. {read: drop off + pick up/coffee run}

2. If you're like me, you are forever buying lip glosses in search of "the one". My very favorite gloss {"dewy jube" lip gelee by M.A.C.} was discontinued and hence, my search is never-ending. This summer, I was stocking up on Bare Minerals products at their outlet in Florida and saw this one. Know that I very much dislike their "moxie gloss" {for the scent alone} so I was not easily swayed. This all-natural gloss goes on beautifully, lasts and has NO odor. I purchased the "rose" to replace an old gloss shade that I adored. It's not identical but similar enough that I am enjoying it.

3. An ex-work colleague recently entered the world of Arbonne. I hadn't previously known much about their products but after trialing the entire RE9 anti-aging line for just under 10 days + reading up on everything I could find; I feel like a wee bit of an expert now. 
I must say, I quite enjoyed the products minus the cleanser which lathers less than I enjoy. {and yes, I know this is a good thing + based on lack of foaming agents but this girl likes a good lather!} Now, onto this serum...fantastic! And, it claims to give you the "arbonne glow". 
Now, I don't know about this glow they speak of but I will admit, I was stopped twice while using the products and asked about my routine. 
Coincidence? Maybe. 
I also really liked the night and day creams and had no reaction to them which is huge for me. 

4. Ah, cream blush. Let me count the ways in which I love you.
More so in the colder months so when I spotted this one by Top Shop {shade is "flush"} I had to give it a go for the cute packaging alone!. 
It gives you, well, a "flushed" look + I love that. As for longevity, it is quite similar to others I have tried. No complaints.
Note that a little goes a LONG way. Too much and boom, you look like a real live china doll. Not in a good way. 

5. My friend Michelle {aka the Sephora addict} sent me a few samples recently including some of this one, Make Up Forever's HD foundation {mine is shade #127}. 
Love, Love, LOVE! 
Definitely the foundation I will be using this fall/winter. 
I wore it out to an event recently and the coverage is just unbelievable. Truly flawless + has the bonus of not looking "made up".
Can't say enough about this one.
I also noticed on their website that there is an "HD kit" available which includes this product as well as a few brushes and what looks like a primer. Plan to check that out as well.

6. This is what was in the other sample that she graciously sent over. 
I say graciously as after trying this mask, I am not sure that I would have shared.
GlamGlow is getting a ton of amazing press right now and is being touted as a "celebrity must-have". It's not cheap.
That said, it actually works and you can {unattractive as it may be} "see" it pulling dirt and oil out of your skin. Some people experience a slight tingling, I did not.
But my complexion looked and felt cleaner than it ever has when I was done. And my husband {yes, of course I made him try it} swears the blackheads on his nose have all but disappeared!
There are 2 variations of the mask, one that is anti-aging and one that is deep-cleansing. 
I want both. 
Badly. 
Do yourself a favor and get to Sephora asap to grab a sample.
Worth it for the entertainment value alone. 

7. If you follow me on instagram, you might have already seen my praise for this little gem; Benefit's Instant Brow. I saw an ad for it in the current issue of In Style + quickly dogeared the page. I picked it up the next day and have not gone a day without using it since.
It is so easy to use, the shade {I chose the darker of the two} is very natural + it stays put. 
As I'm aging, I find it harder and harder to grow my eyebrows in. Ugh. This helps make it look as though I have more than I actually do. 
Oh, and if you're NOT following me on instagram, you really should. Find me here

8. And last, but not least, my new favorite red "igniting love" {who come's up with these names?} by China Glaze. I am already starting to panic at the thought of not being able to find more of this shade since I picked it up at TJ Maxx.
It is the prettiest cross of red and orange {though NOT coral} that I have ever come across.
And as such, it's been on and off and back on my nails for the past 2 months. 
Bonus points for minimal chipping. 

I'm excited about the new fall makeup trends including the darker oxblood lip and the all natural nail which I have always loved the look of.
It's always such an exciting season for fashion.

Any looks or products you are loving that I should know about?
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15 comments :

  1. I tried out the Glam Glow mask from a few samples I received and became totally obsessed! It's definitely a must try! Great picks!!

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  2. Ooh, that Glam Glow - I so want to try it!

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  3. I cannot get on the cream blush train! Maybe I just need practice to apply, but it always seems blotchy to me! Great picks though!

    Hope your well! We should definitely chat soon!
    xo

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  4. oh gosh...my skin is crawling at the thought of those pore strips that popped into my mind! but that glam glow sounds like a great product...will look into it.

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  5. I love the China Glaze polish colour, I've been looking for an orange/red but more on the red side for fall

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  6. I'd love to try the Make Up Forever's HD foundation !

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  7. I'm using cream blush too coz I love its staying power. I also read raves about the Make Up Forever's HD foundation!

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  8. Ok, my fave is that nail polish! Just the type of shade I love and China Glaze is a great brand too!

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  9. This looks amazing..Red nail polish is my fav color!
    Will try them soon.

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