Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Blushing Blush

Milani Baked Blush

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk blushing. Not the embarrassing kind but the makeup kind. Blushes are a dime a dozen these days. Chances are if you pick up a blush at the drugstore it’s not going to be a complete dud. Good blushes are harder to find and even harder to identify in the sea of blushes. Don’t despair, though, I’ve got you covered.

These baked blushes from Milani were on sale at my mom’s local Wal-Mart. Being the sweet lady she is, she picked up a couple for me too (thanks, Mom!). I’m so glad she did! These blushes are amazing and so pretty! They are crazy pigmented and blend out flawlessly. I’m not normally a fan of baked products as I think they are challenging to use, but these are fabulous! If you’re looking for a new blush in your life, I highly recommend this one!

What’s your favorite blush?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Budget Shopping, Makeup, Product Review

The Best BB Cream

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Summer is in full swing! I don’t know about you, but I’m not super fussy with my makeup in the summer. Quick and easy application is key because I want to go outside and play! BB Creams are the answer to all my foundation needs in the summer (and on any rushed morning for that matter!).

Last summer, I reviewed 5 of my favorite BB Creams (see that post here) and asked you all what your favorites were. I got the best recommendation from my lovely friend Sue over at Wine Wows! from Sue (if you need a wine rec or dinner idea, do yourself a favor and go read her blog right now!). She told me about Maybelline Dream BB Fresh.

Guys, this stuff is amazing! The coverage of this product is stellar for a BB Cream. It glides on easily using your fingers making application a breeze. As far as the color range goes they have 3 options: Light/Medium (that’s what I have), Medium, and Medium/Deep.  I find that most BB creams just blend so well into the skin that they just end up enhancing the skin’s tone, so an exact color match is not required.  Plus, since it has SPF already, you don’t need to apply an additional sunscreen!  Score!

This has quickly become my favorite BB Cream and one I’m sure to be rocking all summer long! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s so good!

What’s the best product recommendation that you’ve ever received?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Fabulous Finds Friday, Product Review, Summer

Fab Fit Fun

Summer Box 2018

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15277665697273889156636926348826.jpgphotogrid_15277420874633549445860718129736.jpgIt’s FabFitFun time again!  Let’s unbox the summer box!  Buckle up, because it’s FABULOUS!!!

Summer & Rose Beach Towel: $55

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Guys!  This is the softest towel I’ve ever touched!!!  It’s so cozy and cute!  I’ve been using this non-stop since it showed up on my doorstep.  Jasmine and I love it!

ORLANDO PITA PLAY Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray: $34

photogrid_15277667694057026271338680976470.jpgThis is another item I’ve been using non-stop since the box arrived.  It’s a weightless spray that protects hair from UV damage and heat styling.  My hair is very oily and this doesn’t weigh it down AT ALL.  It’s a great product.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: $29

photogrid_15277666230403514103139531907339.jpgThis is a fabulous gentle exfoliator!  I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks or so now.  I’m not sure about the brightening effects, but it certainly leaves my skin feeling smooth!

Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar: $48

photogrid_15277669543937796154563952106568.jpgThis is one luxurious body treatment!  It has all natural ingredients that exfoliate and hydrate the skin.  I love using it but it does have a scent to it.  Think of any gift store that has all the candles and that’s what it smells like.  It’s not terrible, by any means, though.  This is a lovely product that feels so great on the skin!

tarte tarteist PRO glow highlight & contour palette: $45

photogrid_15277672026328996711796098840177.jpgThis is GORGEOUS!!!  We all know I’m overly frugal and don’t often (or ever) spring for a high-end makeup product.  Having the chance to try this out was awesome!  Let me tell you, this is a beautiful highlighting palette.  This would work well for any skin tone and any look you may want to achieve.  Could this be my gateway to higher-end makeup?  We’ll see.

tarte tarteist PRO to go palette & sex kitten liquid liner: $43

photogrid_152776713028797619841928160721.jpgYou were supposed to pick between this product and the highlighting palette above OR you could add the second palette for $10.  Only $10?  Yes, please!  This eyeshadow palette is gorgeous!  The formula is so creamy and blends out really well.  I wish there was a lighter shade for a highlight, but I just use one of the colors from the highlight palette.  This is a great palette to travel with as it’s so small and compact.  I took both these palettes on a recent trip and was very happy with the number of looks I could create with such a small, travel-friendly palette!  Also included was a liquid liner.  I’ve never used a liquid liner before, so I need some more practice with this product.  Overall, these palettes are fabulous!

COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer: $32

photogrid_15277667334361728794698166259043.jpgWho doesn’t need a sunscreen in the summer?  I love they included this product in the box.  I’m lazy and don’t always buy a sunscreen just for my face.  When I don’t use an SPF made for the face, though, I end up breaking out.  Luckily, FabFitFun to the rescue!  I haven’t used this yet, but I’m excited to try it out!

Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish: $14.99

photogrid_15277668053164292124497967186167.jpgThis is the product I didn’t know I needed.  At first, I thought it was silly, but I set it next to the sink anyway.  I’ve been using it non-stop, though.  Need to wash some dishes and don’t want to get your jewelry wet?  Cool, just put it in the tray!  Genius!

FOREO LUNA fofo: $89

photogrid_15277670032414441090077879124440.jpgGet excited about this exclusive launch product!  According to the FabFitFun insert, it’s a “revolutionary device…powered by Bluetook technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile, which is sent straight to the newly launched FOREO LUNA app.”  Now, that’s a high-tech beauty product!  Check out this video from Jen Luvs Reviews to get an idea of how to use it.  So far, I really like it.  Once you download the app, it guides you through how to use it.  Basically, it analyzes your skin condition and moisture level and then you can use the device to cleanse your face.  It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and clean.  It’s fabulous, maybe not $90 fabulous, but if you got this in your box, do yourself a favor and use it right now!

Total Value: $389.99 for $50!!!

This just might be my favorite box yet!  I’m using everything in this box.  If you haven’t tried out FabFitFun yet use my code to get $10 off your first box!  You’ll LOVE it!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Fabulous Finds Friday, Product Review, Spring, Summer

How to Keep the Bugs Away All Summer Long

Bug Soother FTW

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Photo by Jacek Mleczek on Pexels.com

There’s one drawback to the warmer weather. Bugs. Nothing can spoil a perfectly good walk in the woods like swarms of mosquitoes buzzing in your ears. Don’t despair, though. I have the perfect solution to fix all your summer bug blues!

Enter Bug Soother. This product first appeared on my blog last summer (see the post here). I truly love this product. It repels gnats, no-see-ums, sand fleas, black flies, mosquitos, and more. And smells great! I’ve handed out samples to friends, family, and co-workers. Everyone comments on how nice it smells. It’s safe for kids and pets too! Big thanks to my sweet sweet niece for modeling this fabulous product!

Inadvertently, I put this product to the test a couple weeks ago. The ticks are thick this year. Seriously, they’re everywhere. Normally when I go hiking, I put on Bug Soother and a tick repellant as Bug Soother doesn’t specifically say it repels ticks. Welp, there was no tick repellant to be found in my house. I had no choice but to proceed on my hike with just the Bug Soother.

With the Bug Soother in tow, the puppy and I set out on our adventure. It also happened to be mushroom season, so we left the beaten path and scoured the tall grass and woods for the elusive morel. We didn’t find any mushrooms. 😔 On the other hand, though, we didn’t have any ticks! 😊 Bug Soother for the win!

Interested in trying Bug Soother? Head on over to Bug Soother and enter the code ‘MissyAnnIA’ for 25% off your first order. You’ll be happy you did!

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Fashion, Makeup, Product Review, Spring

Things I’m Loving

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking favorites!  I love sharing my favorite things with you and, even better, I love hearing about your favorites!  Make sure to share your top notch products with us below!  Okay, let’s get into it!

Bar Soap

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Bar soap?  Yes, bar soap.  About 4-5 years ago I made the switch from body wash to bar soap.  The original intention was to use the bar soap to make my own body wash.  Turns out, that’s pretty time intensive, so that plan never came to be.  Such is life.  But I had the bar soap, so I decided to use it up.  Lo and behold, a discovery was made!  You know how you can get those little bumps on your arms?  I constantly had those bumps on the back of my triceps.  When I switched to using the bar soap, though, those bumps went away!  Sweet!  Bar soap all the way!  My favorite brand is Dial as they have so many scents and it rinses clean.  Some other great options are Zest and Dove.

Weekend Indulgence

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Since moving back into town, the hubby and I accidentally started a fun Saturday morning ritual.  It all started when a co-worker brought in some bagels from a local bakery.  Turns out, said bakery is only a mile from our place and is oh so delicious!  It was necessary that I immediately shared this new found treasure with the hubby.  And voila!  A new weekend tradition was born.  Now, no Saturday morning is complete without a trip to our favorite bakery!  This is such a special weekend tradition and gives us something to look forward to during the week.  Do you have a weekend ritual?

Children’s Xyzal Allergy Medicine

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The warm weather is certainly refreshing, but that comes with a price for us allergy sufferers.  My allergies have been in full swing, complete with a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and the like.  Bummer, but a small price to pay for the fabulous spring weather.  Allergy medicine is very tricky for me.  After years of use, Claritin and Allegra don’t work for me anymore.  Benedryl and Zyrtec Knock.Me.Out.  No joke.  I’m down for the count!  Xyzal will make me drowsy as well if I take a full dose.  After some experiments, I found that I only need half a dose.  Instead of breaking all the pills in half (which never works to split them exactly in half), I opt for the Children’s Xyzal Liquid Allergy Relief.  It makes taking half a dose so easy.  If you have allergies that aren’t terribly severe or you’re sensitive to medication like me, I would highly recommend trying this out.  Have allergies?  What are your remedies?

Activewear

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With the abundance of warmer weather, the puppy and I have taken to the hiking trails.  I was in need of some new activewear.  Turns out, activewear is expensive!  Even looking on thredUP was not fruitful.  Seriously, I just need something to sweat into, it doesn’t need to be fancy.  Slightly begrudgingly, I turned to Wal-Mart.  I was pleasantly surprised by my finds.  First off was this sports bra from Fruit of the Loom.  It’s oh so comfy and keeps everything in place even with the most intense workouts.  I also found this fabulous Danskin Now tank top.  This tank is so flowy, flattering, and will keep you cool.  What’s not to love about that?

e.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick

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Seriously, I cannot stop wearing this lipstick!  I threw this in my shopping cart on a whim and I’m so glad I did!  The formula is matte without feeling uncomfortable or looking overly dry.  Plus, it has great staying power!  I have the color Mauvelous (see what they did there).  The pun fits perfectly because this color is absolutely marvelous!  It’s the perfect neutral lip color that’s just right for work or for any daytime look.  You need this in your life!

What things have you been loving lately?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Makeup, Product Review

Brow Wow

And where I’ve been…

Hey, guys! I’m back and oh how I’ve missed you! This never, ending winter seriously extracted all my creative juices. Then, when spring finally arrived a couple weeks ago, the puppy and I headed for the hiking trails.  We spent every possible minute outside.  Additionally, I’ve recently taken on a fun new project at work that required what little creativity I had left. Thanks to those of you who reached out. I truly appreciate your support! I’m recharged and ready to get back to it!  Now, let’s get into the good stuff!


Essence Make Me Brow

For anyone who has blonde hair, you know the love/hate relationship that goes along with having light brows. In my younger years, I loved it! Having barely there brows meant I didn’t really need to take care of them. No waxing or plucking, which all sounded terribly painful and so not worth it. My grandma always told me I should fill in and darken my brows, though. A strong brow game would accentuate my features and tie my makeup look together.  She was so right!  Too bad I didn’t listen right away.  Better late than never, though, right?

20180216_FFF_Main3Now that I’ve realized the importance of brows, I was off to find the perfect brow product.  Oh boy, was I in for a surprise!  I was quickly bombarded with thousands of product choices.  Seriously, so many choices!  Who knew there were that many options for brows?!?!   The store aisles were lined with pencils, gels, waxes, powders, oh my!  I’ve tried my fair share of each type.  The winner so far is Essence Make Me Brow.    This is an eyebrow gel mascara.  It’s listed for $3 at Ulta and comes in 3 shades.  I’m in the shade Blondy Brows 01.  To use the product, simply run it through your brows like a mascara and that’s it!  If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to up your brow game, I highly recommend this product!


What’s your favorite brow product?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you all in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

 

Beauty, Product Review

Konjac Sponge

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today’s Fabulous Finds Friday was recommended to me by my friend, Abby (hey, girl!).  I love getting recommendations, so feel free to leave me ideas here or on my Facebook page.  She recommended a product called a Konjac sponge (find it here).  What’s a konjac sponge?  Well, it’s a Korean beauty product made with konjac root fibers from the konjac plant found in eastern Asia.  These roots contain many minerals and vitamins.  These sponges are ideal for all skin types as well as sensitive skin.  They are intended to gently exfoliate the skin to make it feel soft and smooth.  It’s gentle enough to use every day, which is so nice. There are several different varieties of this sponge depending on what skin issues you may have, but I just went with the original.  
The sponge is hard when it’s dry.  It becomes soft and pliable as it absorbs water.  So, first, you want to wet the sponge.  You can use this sponge with cleanser or on its own.  I tried it both alone and with cleanser.  I prefer using it alone.  The key is to NOT wet your face first.  Simply lightly rub your face in circular motions and you’ll absolutely love the results.  This isn’t great at removing eye makeup, but it doesn’t do a bad job of removing face makeup.  I just love how my skin feels after using this.  In fact, it works so well that I get excited to wash my face!  That’s a win!
Do you have any skincare recommendations?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk YouTube.  I love me some YouTube!  I can get lost for hours tangled in a sea of make-up, music, and more.  My favorite videos, though, are the make-up ones.  I especially enjoy Emily Noel’s videos (check out her channel here).  Her recommendations are always informed and honest.  You can tell when she truly loves a product and when she doesn’t care for it.  I appreciate that in a beauty reviewer.  She is always talking about (and using) the Milani Eyeshadow Primer (find it here).  I never thought eyeshadow primers were necessary.  However, after hearing her talk about how fabulous the Milani one was over and over and over again, I finally gave in and tried it.  Oh boy, am I glad I did!  I can’t believe how good this stuff is!  For starters, it’s only about $6 for a tube.  I’m guessing a tube will last a good year as I’ve been using mine for about 3 months and barely made a dent.  It goes on smooth and leaves a nice, even, blank slate for eyeshadow.  Not only that, but it extends the wear of the eyeshadow as well.  It’s the product you didn’t know you needed.  It really is fabulous.  I would highly recommend checking it out! 

Beauty makeup product review
Do you use an eyeshadow primer?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Hair, Product Review

The Secret to Fabulous Hair

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Today, let’s talk secrets again.  We’ve been sharing a lot of secrets lately.  Last week it was the Secret to Soft Hands and this week it’s the Secret to Fabulous Hair.  To all the fine haired girls out there, this one’s especially for you!

Today’s secret was discovered a few months ago at my sis-in-law’s wedding.  I was getting my hair done and the stylist asked if my hair holds a curl.  My hair stay curled?  Ha!  No way, man!  Then, she pulled out a magic potion.  No joke, my hair stayed curled for 3 days!!!  I’ve never been able to hold a curl for 3 hours let alone 3 days.  What is this magical potion you ask?  It’s a texturizer!  I can’t believe I’ve gone 30+ years without knowing this secret!  My favorite so far is the Garnier Fructis Texture Tease Spray (find it here).  I’ve also tried and enjoyed the Not Your Mother’s Double Take Texture Spray (find it here).  I’m so happy the stylist that day finally showed me how to do my hair.  I’ll never leave home without it again!
What’s your secret to fabulous hair?
Thanks for stopping by.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Product Review, Winter

The Secret to Soft Hands

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Let’s talk secrets.  I’ve got a big one to share with you today!  Even in the depths of winter, my hands are as soft as a baby’s you-know-what.  How do I do it?  Simple, with O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream (find it here).    My mom gave me a tube of this for Christmas (thanks, Mom!).  I had never heard of it before, but she assured me it was awesome.  She was right!  Aren’t moms the best?  I love that it’s not greasy, soaks in quickly, yet leaves your hands feeling moisturized.  It also doesn’t come off after washing your hands throughout the day.  That’s a huge plus in my book!  I apply it in the morning and before bed and that’s it.  Honestly, my hands have never felt smoother even in the summer!  Do yourself a favor and pick up this lotion today!  You can find it at most major drugstores and our grocery store even carries it!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

What’s your secret to soft hands during the winter?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn