Today is going to be a bit different. I usually try to pick one product I’ve been loving for my Weekly Favorite post. However, I’m racking up new purchases that I’m loving that I haven’t had a chance to talk about. As you’ll see, some of these are products I’ve really loved, but I don’t have enough to say about them to make it a whole post in itself. So, instead of just doing one favorite, I’m talking about 3 my favorite recent beauty purchases. Actually… a couple of these aren’t “purchases” per se since I got them in my Sephora Playbox. But, I pay for that subscription so technically they are purchases.
3 Favorite Recent Beauty Purchases
Soap & Glory Archery Volu-Boost Brow Fibre Gel – $9.99
As we all I know, the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel is my one and only. I’ve been using it for years and I have yet to find anything like it. However, that hasn’t stopped me from actively looking for other brow gels. I actually wrote a post breaking down some drugstore options here. Recently I’ve been seeing Soap & Glory everywhere! They are at Ulta, Walgreen and even Target so of course when I say a sale, I had to pick up a few products to try out. One of them was the Archery Brow gel. I got the color Talk of Brown.
The brush and little fibers in this product are very similar to Benefit’s Gimme Brow and Essence’s Make Me Brow. The brush is tiny so you can be very precise, and the little fibers add volume. What is different about this compared to those two is that the formula itself is more like an gel. The Benefit and Essence products feel more like a mousse to me, while the Soap & Glory and Anastasia products are more like a gel.
The Archery fills in sparse spots, adds a little volume and holds my brows in place. It also dries with a bit of shine which looks more natural since our brows are supposed to look like hair.
Is it better than the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel? No, it’s not, I still live for Anastasia. However, it’s probably the next best thing.
When I got a mini Beauty Blender in my last Sephora Playbox, I thought it was the cutest. However, I also thought it was probably another unnecessary beauty tool. That was until I actually used it for my under-eye concealer.
Because of the smaller size, you can be a lot more precise with this than a full size Beauty Blender. This is particularly important if you do your eye makeup before your foundation and concealer (which I usually do). It’s a lot easier to accidentally get concealer up on the lid or on top of eye shadow with a bigger sponge than with this. It’s also really convenient for detail clean up (such as around the brows).
I know, it’s all very high maintenance haha but I really love this little thing.
Since I liked it so much, I bought the baby versions of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. You can get two of these for $5.99 (compared to $18 bucks for two of the BB minis). I will say they are larger than the mini beauty blender. However, they are a decent dupe.
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme – $26
I have a little confession. I’ve pretty much boycotted Kat Von D products because I’m not a big fan of her public persona. It’s actually pretty childish since we have no idea what goes behind closed doors. But, even since the whole Sandra Bullock/Jesse James/Kat Von D scandal I’ve disliked her. So I refused to buy her cosmetics. The only product I’ve ever bought has been one of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks.
When I got the Lock It Concealer Creme, I didn’t think I would like it. I’ve never heard people talk much about it, and I’m very particular about what concealers I use in the under eye area. I also go it in the shade Medium 19 which is a bit darker than I usually prefer for the under eye.
Most times when I try out a new product I usually apply it using my preferred tools and methods, and I pay pretty close attention to how it feels and looks. With this concealer however, I had such little faith that it would work that I threw it on in a rush. I first applied this straight from tube, dabbed it with my fingers and went out the door. As in… I didn’t set it with powder… THE HORROR. Usually when I apply concealer I blend it with a damp sponge and ALWAYS set it with powder to avoid creasing.
After my rushed application I went straight to Pilates class and then completely forgot about it. When I got back home and looked in the mirror I was completely shocked that it hadn’t budged and it hadn’t creased. With no powder. That has to be a miracle right?
I’ve since tried applying it with different brushes and sponges and setting it with a few different powders. It works really well with all. Also, although the color is darker than I prefer, it matches my skin tone really well so it works perfectly when I don’t wear any foundation, but want to cover my dark circles since I don’t have any obviously brighter under-eyes.
Side Note: There are two versions of the Lock It Concealer. The original, and the Creme version that I’m talking about above.
Have you tried any of these products? What products have pleasantly surprised you recently?
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