Monday, March 8, 2021

Amazon Finds

Amazon Finds
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Another month and another round of my Amazon finds! So many good ones in this roundup and as always, you can check out my Amazon storefront where I am constantly updating it with my finds. 

Olay Daily Facials// I just reordered these for the 100th time... ok probably not 100 times but I have been using these for years to remove my makeup. They are the best. I love them because I don't feel the need to use cleanser after this. It's like a makeup remover and cleanser in one. 

Frozen Face Mask// I just got this and love it. I love my ice roller and this is similar but hands-free! Helps with undereye puffiness! 

Phone Case// I got this phone case when I needed something ASAP when I got my new phone and I love it. It's actually really nice for the price and there were lots of nice colors to choose from. 

Beef Sticks// These are SO good. I love beef jerky and beef sticks like these and these are so flavorful. This is the perfect type of thing I can leave in my tote to have on-the-go.

Nail Strengthener// I love this nail strengthener and have been using it in between manicure appointments. It's supposed to help strengthen your nails but it's also a nice, shiny clear coat which I think I prefer over bare nails. 

Mini Dustpan// This is so cute for in the kitchen. If I spill coffee grounds or something little, this just makes it easy to quickly clean up. 

Striped Sweatshirt// My fiancĂ© got this and loves it to lounge around in. Just a classic, nicely made sweatshirt. 

Boot Laces// I got these to swap out with my Bean boots for a little color! 

Blistex//Always reordering this. One of my favorite lip balms. 

Folex// I spilled tomato soup on our barstools so I bought this and it really did work so well! I usually use Dawn dish soap as it seriously gets everything out but the tomato stain wouldn't completely come out so I tried the Folex and the stain was gone! 

Bamboo Frame// I have shared this a bunch before but this is the best source for affordable silver frames. 

Scalloped Bowls// Are these not the cutest?! I like little bowls like this because it helps me with portion control when it comes to candies and chips and snacky stuff like that! Plus they would be cute for dips! 

Humidifier// This winter has been SO dry was taking a toll on my nose and skin so I got this dehumidifier. There are like a million and one options online and I took a gamble. This one has turned out to be great and was inexpensive. I have never used a humidifier before and I was pleasantly surprised at how much it has helped!

Oil Sprayer// This is a lazy person's dream. A quick spritz and you've got oil in your pan ready to go- you don't even have to screw off a top, ha! 

Kibble Bubble// The cutest little pouch for small dog treats that can hook onto a leash. 

Blue and White Coasters// I mean do these even need any explanation?!

Makeup Brush// Such a good brush for the price. I much prefer this style of makeup brush vs. a more traditional style. 

Blue and White Mug// This mug is gorgeous!!! It would make such a cute gift. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Saturday Shopping

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! It's cold here this weekend which I'm a little bummed about, but there is some work and cleaning that I need to get done which will feel good when I get that done! I am headed to brunch on Sunday which will be fun! Here are some of the items I am loving from this week! 

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Best Concealer For Dark Under Eye Circles

The Best Concealer For Dark Under Eye Circles
Concealer in beige// Brightener in light to medium// Mascara + Primer

Two makeup posts in one week- this is definitely a first, ha!! I wanted to get this post up pretty quickly because of the Bergdorf Goodman beauty sale I mentioned in Tuesday's post. It ends soon and besides Westman Atelier being included, my holy-grail concealer is also included in the promotion. 

You get $50 off $200, $125 off $500, $275 off $1000, etc. The catch is that you have to spend at least $200 to get the discount. 

If you need some ideas to add to your cart (I also included these suggestions in Tuesday's post) I would recommend this body wash, my favorite perfume, this candle, the hairdryer I use weekly. 

Anyway, the concealer is pricey and I had seen a lot of people talk about it on social media and how much they loved it. I thought $70+ was a little pricey for concealer, so I had always held off. Finally, I caved, and oh my goodness am I so glad I did. 

I went from struggling with acne in my mid-20's and that thankfully went away but now at 30, dark under-eye circles have really become my gripe. It's funny because it's like once I hit 30, it was like a switch was flipped, and all of the sudden I had dark under eyes!! I think it was partially caused by my eyelash serum. A side effect of using an eyelash serum can be the darkening of the skin around your eyes and this definitely happened to me. I stopped using it and the skin around my eyes has really improved (so glad!!), but I still have darker under-eye circles than I would like. 

What is most unfortunate is that no skincare product can really get rid of dark circles. So, concealer it is. I was using Makeup Forever concealer and liked it but it never gave me the full coverage I was looking for. 

The Cle de Peau concealer is full coverage. I wear the shade beige. It somehow erases my dark circles, unlike any other concealer I have ever used. And yet it really doesn't feel heavy on my skin and it definitely does not look heavy or cakey. I also love that it has SPF 25 in it. It's in stick form and the consistency is really thick and doesn't feel creamy at first. You have to use your finger to apply the product (or at least I think you do) to warm it up so you can blend it. Once it is warmed up, it's quite easy to blend. 
The Best Concealer For Dark Under Eye Circles
I was sold on the first application of it and love it so much I will continue to repurchase even at full price. This is a before and after photo where I obviously did one eye before doing the second to show the difference. This photo is completely unedited... this one was taken a month or two ago and on the right, you can kind of see the 'redness' around the eyelid area and everything-  that is what I have been referring to on Instastories when I say the skin around my eyes was darkening! Luckily, that has since faded. 

Anyway, I got my mom hooked on the concealer, too. I had my dad put it in her Christmas stocking, ha! And then some of my girlfriends also purchased it. 
The Best Concealer For Dark Under Eye Circles
Top to Bottom:
 Brightener in light to medium
Concealer in beige

It does go on sale sometimes. I purchased the concealer last fall via Nordstrom and was able to get it for $62. And right now it's included in the Bergdorf sale. In the photo above, I heavily swatched the concealer and brightener (more on that below). You can see how much coverage you get with the concealer and you can see how the brightener is a lot more sheer and light-reflecting. 

The Best Concealer For Dark Under Eye Circles
The next product I wanted to tell you all about is this under-eye brightener. It's part concealer, part color corrector. A makeup artist recommended a color corrector to me once and I have been using one ever since. Previously, I was using this Smashbox stick, which is great, but this is even better. I have tried the Urban Decay corrector and didn't care for it (I think it has since been discontinued). 

The brightener is a peachy color that is used to counteract the purple-blue tinge that you can get under your eyes. If you saw the color for the first time, you might just think it's the wrong color for your skin, but it really does balance out the purple undertones. It's a lighter coverage and so I would not really call it a true concealer, although you can wear it on its own and I do that sometimes. 

If you layer the Concealer and Brightener, the two together are flawless. I don't do this daily, but for a special occasion, this is the answer! If I was doing my own makeup for my wedding, I would be using exactly these two products without a doubt. 

The unfortunate news is that Becca is going out of business in September which is why I wanted to share immediately because as of writing this, the brightener seems to be out of stock everywhere. SUCH a bummer. However, I linked to a bunch of different sources and will alert everyone if I see it pop back into stock. When I do, I will promptly be purchasing backups!! The size you see in the photo above is the small size as it was actually sold out last spring when I first purchased it so I could only find it in a Becca gift set and bought that, and actually, ended up falling in love with the Becca under eye primer and setting powder.

A lot of makeup artists use this color correcting palette, so I might have to try that out when I run out of the Becca! 

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Thursday, March 4, 2021


I say this EVERY week but it is so true what they say about time flying the older you get. These weeks just fly by!! I am OK with that right now because I want to get to warmer weather and spring!! 

I am a broken record here, but this week has been mundane/groundhog day. I will say with the slightly milder temps, I am reveling in being about to get out on nice walks. We also have cooked at home every day this week. I am always proud of us when we do that because it's not often, ha!! 

I will say we have watched a lot of good TV lately... I put one of the shows I watched by myself down in the 'watching' category but we also had a fun sushi night on Saturday and afterward watched I Care A Lot. It was a thriller-type movie and we both really liked it! 

I'm currently on the hunt for sconces for our kitchen. We have an electrician scheduled to come at the end of the month and install them but I still have not found any I absolutely love! I'm also STILL on the hunt for a dining room table and chairs. I literally cannot find anythinng I am in love with! 

Wearing: I recently got this striped cashmere sweater and I am so impressed with it. The cashmere is lofty and so soft. It feels a lot like a Vince sweater but for a lot less. I really liked the thicker ribbed neckline. 

Eating: I stumbled upon this gift set when searching for Grillo's pickles and this is such a novelty! They are alcohol-soaked pickles, which I would imagine be even better for pickle martinis!! They also have tequila-soaked jalapenos which would be SO delish for spicy margaritas this summer! How fun and what a really unique and interesting gift idea. 

Reading: Oh my goodness, my favorite Taco Bell is launching a chicken 'sandwich'. I am SO intrigued, ha!!! The best chicken sandwich I have ever eaten is at Chikn in Oakland in Pittsburgh. I stand very firmly on that!!
Sale: Dermstore is offering up to 20% off on a TON of skincare and beauty. I am linking to some items that are my very favorite. I just stocked up on these eye patches that have recently become a favorite of mine for puffy, dark undereyes! 

 I finished Firefly Lane (Netflix) and really liked it. I had no idea what it was about when I started it so I had no idea about what to expect... it's set up a bit like This Is Us in terms of how the storyline jumps from different decades to tell the story. I would assume it's set up for a season 2 because it ended abruptly, but the ending SHOCKED me. It's a book but I have not read it- one of my girlfriends has and said the book is a lot better. 

Loving: I LOVED Full House growing up and this article is so fun to read! 
Wanting: THIS TOP!!! Oh my goodness, I haven't seen a chic madras piece in SO long and I am here for it!! I'm also loving the Marlo Thomas collection at WS. 

Pittsburgh: What's opening and closing this month. Tupelo Honey is coming!!! They have one in Charlotte and we have gone when visiting my sister and it is delicious! 

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