Brows On Fleek

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When it comes to makeup, I really enjoy trying new products to see if I find something new to incorporate into my daily routine. One thing I have never tried experimenting with though is brow products. I’ve never really liked the look of having super ‘defined’ brows—anytime someone used a brow pencil on me it made my brows incredibly dark and I didn’t like how pronounced they looked. I even distinctly remember on my wedding day telling my makeup artist to NOT touch my brows with a pencil, I only let her use a tiny bit of clear gel to keep the hairs in place. I have always stayed away from brow products, that is, until now!

I get my brows shaped at the Anastasia Beverly Hills counter at Nordstrom, and the girls have always tried to get me to purchase the Brow Wiz mechanical pencil and I’ve always passed on it, thinking I didn’t really need it. But when the brow duo pack went on sale for the Anniversary Sale, I decided to just try it because it was such a good deal! I can honestly say I don’t know why I waited this long to get it! I don’t go crazy when I apply it, just a few strokes on each brow and then a quick swipe of the clear gel and my brows instantly feel ‘put together’. When I did my brows one day last week, Freddy made a comment and said that my brows were “on fleek”, which is something he has never said before! Clearly this product works ;) I got the Medium Brown shade which matches the color of my brows really well, and I make sure not to go too dark so that my brows don’t overpower my overall look.

Sadly the duo pack that was on the Anniversary Sale is sold out, however, the same exact products are still available and sold separately! Click here for the Brow Wiz and here for the clear brow gel :) I will definitely be buying more of these 2 products whenever I run out! Forever a new staple in my beauty routine!

All Things Beauty on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I can't believe the best sale of the year will be over on Sunday! Part of me feels like it just started, while another part of me feels like it's been going on for months. One of my favorite categories of the sale is beauty because there's so many amazing deals that only happen once a year. Since there's only a few days left to snag these items at these prices, I felt it was time to share some of my favorites with you! 

In last week's post where I shared the 8 things you should buy on the #NSale, I mentioned that eye shadow palettes are one of my favorite items to purchase this time of year. They're always a great value because they generally include more colors or also include a blush/bronzer duo as well. This one from Bobbi Brown has some gorgeous neutral shades that would work with any skin tone, plus has a blush, bronzer and highlighter! There's also this one for $65 that has some really pretty gold and pink tones. 

There's also a lot of great deals on lipstick, like this MAC lip trio set where you can create multiple looks from just a couple colors. I also love the neutral colors in this Anastasia Beverly Hills duo which are great for an everyday look. A couple years ago during the sale I bought a Laura Mercier lip kit that I absolutely loved! It came with a liner and it was in a really pretty rose shade, and this year they have essentially the same thing but this time it also comes with a gloss! #winning

When it comes to skincare, I have a few trusted brands I turn to time and time again, one of them being Mario Badescu. While I haven't tried all of the products from the line, one of my favorites is the Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Facial Spray. I first tried it out a couple years ago (figured $7 wouldn't break the bank if I ended up not liking it) and I definitely ended up loving it! It's such a simple spray but smells wonderful and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. I'll spray it on after I wash my face in the morning and night, and I'll also spray it on after I put on makeup to help set it. Last week I discovered their newest scent, Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender, and I immediately knew I had to have it! I've been using it before bed at night--the lavender scent is so relaxing and helps me unwind for the night. For the Anniversary Sale you can buy a 4-piece set which includes both sprays, a cleansing gel and their famous drying lotion (for breakouts) for just $30. 

Last but not least let's talk hair care! I'm a huge fan of Drybar's dry shampoo collection ever since I tried it for the first time last summer. You can get a 4-piece set that includes full and travel sizes for $52--I love that it includes the travel size! I've also heard wonderful things about Oribe hair products and they've been on my wishlist for some time now, and now is the perfect time to get them! This set comes with shampoo, conditioner and a texturizing spray and it's only $38. 

There you have it! Just a few of my beauty picks from the #NSale. Stay tuned this week as I share more last-minute finds before the sale ends! 

Three New Mascaras

It's been some time since I've written a post about beauty products, mainly because I'm not an impulse beauty buyer (like I can be with clothes!) I really plan out what products I'm going to buy after doing some research and maybe even test out some samples. So, with that being said, I'm really excited to share 3 new mascaras with you that I've been dying to try!

Some women have their "thing" when it comes to beauty products. Some are lip color fanatics, while others might be obsessed with eye shadow palettes. I can say that I truly love experimenting with different mascaras! There are some people who don't feel that there is any difference between mascaras that you find at a drugstore vs. a beauty or department store, however after using multiple different brands over the years I have noticed a difference with the wear and overall longevity of the tube life. 

For the past couple years, I have gone back and forth between Le Volume de Chanel and Dior Blackout mascara. My preference between those two came down to how easily I was able to take them off with makeup remover at night. The Dior mascara didn't come off quite as easily, and at the end of the day I would notice black goop in my eyes that had formed, and it just didn't feel too great! So, when Nordstrom had their Mascara Madness event last month (where you buy 2 get 1 free!) it seemed like the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons and go for some new formulas. 

Since I just got them in the mail a couple of days ago, I haven't had a chance to try them all. However, I have tried the Bobbi Brown 'Eye Opening Mascara' and so far I'm loving the results! I am wearing it in this selfie I posted on my Instagram yesterday, but it went on really well and I felt like it gave my eyes a "pop" that I haven't seen with other brands. 

It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but the tip of the brush is actually quite large and full (bushy, if you will lol) so it gives great volume when you're applying it to your lashes. As I test out the other two mascaras I will keep you updated and hopefully narrow down to my favorite! 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Blushfully, 

Belle

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