Winter Beauty Favorites

I test out and experiment with new skincare products pretty regular throughout the year, but when it comes to makeup I realized I typically stick to what I have and just re-purchase. The past two months I’ve picked up a few great new products that I’ve found through other blogs, makeup experts at Nordstrom and Sephora or just browsing online and wanted to share my current favorites with y’all!

Living Proof Shampoo

Living Proof Full Shampoo

I’m a big believer that the hair products you use actually make a difference in the quality and appearance of your hair. I was hesitant to try this Living Proof version since it seemed pricey for a small bottle. After using it just once I could already tell a difference in how my hair felt. I have fine hair, but a lot of it, so it takes some serious mousse/shampoo/concoction to get volume that lasts. This helped tame any frizz, added volume and is made without any sulfates and parabens. Will definitely be re-purchasing.

Fresh Sugar Lemon Gel

Fresh Sugar Lemon Shower Gel

You’re probably thinking body wash is body wash. I thought the same until I picked this up and started using it. I switch between a  deep moisturizing one in the winter and this Fresh gel that smells amazing. It lingers on your body and is something so small that feels like such a luxury. This would be a great stocking stuffer!

MAC Paint Pot

MAC Paint Pot (Soft Ochre)

My old eyeshadow primer ran out and I was ready to try something different. This MAC version offers subtle color and stays put until you use makeup remover at night. I love the way this brightens up the eyelid, goes on super smooth and acts as a neutral base at the same time. Plus, for only $21 I know this will last me much longer than the NARS and Urban Decay I previously had.

MAC All That Glitters

MAC Eye Shadow (All That Glitters)

While testing out the MAC Paint Pot, the saleslady and I started pulling some new eyeshadow options. Layer the paint pot above with this shadow and you have the perfect, easy, ‘no make up’ eye. I’m convinced this color would look good on anyone since it goes on lightly and adds just the right amount of color. I’ve also been wearing this shadow in ‘soft brown’ as the color in my arch and crease. I layer it on top of the All That Glitters.

 OPI Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs

85% of the time this is the nail polish that I have on. It’s my favorite neutral with a hint of pink. I was wearing this when Brian proposed and I’ll be wearing it again on our wedding day. Plus the name is adorable.

 Next week I’m sharing my favorite new skincare products that’ve totally changed my skin for the better!



  1. December 18, 2014 / 7:50 am

    I am totally adding the fresh body wash to my next Sephora outing that sounds sound amazing. I love that about your nail color! I have been debating what color to go with and most likely I’m thinking just stay with a soft pink. I was wearing like a deep red/glittery Holiday color when we got in engaged that I painted on quickly in the bathroom before dinner because I was convinced it wasn’t the weekend so I didn’t get a proper mani before 😉

  2. December 18, 2014 / 7:52 am

    I’ve been wanting to try Living Proof. I’m trying to buy sulfate free/paraben free shampoo and body wash so glad to know that brand is! Is the Fresh body wash sulfate and paraben free?

  3. jillian
    December 18, 2014 / 8:15 am

    i love just about everything from Fresh! that body wash sounds amazing. xo jillian

  4. December 18, 2014 / 8:48 am

    great list! i use a painterly MAC paint pot for a primer and i love it. they last so long! and anything from fresh is the best ever if you ask moi. xo

  5. December 18, 2014 / 8:50 am

    I love the lemon scent of the Fresh shower gel. I need to check out that OPI color, I love a nice neutral pale pink.

  6. December 18, 2014 / 9:06 am

    Thank you for these fantastic recommendations! I’ve been on the lookout for that nail polish ever since I asked you about it in one of your style posts. 🙂 That shampoo also sounds pretty great – we have similar hair I believe, so I need any help I can get in the volume department!

  7. December 18, 2014 / 9:06 am

    That fresh shower gel sounds heavenly – I need to test it out for sure!! I love that OPI color, I wore that for my bridal shower 🙂 xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  8. December 18, 2014 / 9:20 am

    Love that nail color, I wear neutrals like that most of the year too. That shower gel sounds amazing!!

  9. December 18, 2014 / 9:33 am

    I have that Mac eyeshadow in that color and it’s been my fave for years…Mac has the best eyeshadows

  10. December 18, 2014 / 9:52 am

    My hairdresser has been yelling at me to step up my shampoo game. Panteen is out. I’ll have to check out Living Proof. Thanks!

  11. December 18, 2014 / 10:15 am

    I’ve recently fallen in love with Fresh products, that one sounds amazing! I love my MAC paint pot, use it every day!

  12. December 18, 2014 / 10:19 am

    I’ve never heard of that shampoo or Fresh products, thanks for letting me know.

    LOVE that OPI color.

  13. December 18, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    YES, YES, YES to the Living Proof shampoo! After my hair from hell months-long episode, I can’t see using anything else. It amazes me how the conditioner is so weightless for fine hair, too!

  14. December 18, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    i always love new recommendations! thanks for sharing!

  15. December 18, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    The Living Proof shampoo and condition are amazing! I am so glad I splurged on those and now I want all of their other products! I have to pick up the Fresh body wash, because while I usually won’t spend on that, a great one cannot be beat! I totally agree on the Mac eye base. It’s my favorite and it costs less and does more!

  16. December 18, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Darn! I just bought some new shampoo today from Ulta and now I’m wishing I bought that Living Proof and tried something different. I did buy a shampoo that doesn’t have any sulfates so I’m interested to see if it helps keep my hair a little less oily!