Best Beauty Buys: Meet My Favorite Products

spoiled pretty best beauty buys products Best Beauty Buys: Meet My Favorite Products I love beauty. But what I love more is introducing women to beauty products that they never knew existed but will change their lives. That’s why I started Spoiled Pretty, after all.

I’ve been blogging since 2007 and have posted 2,900+ product reviews and articles. I’ve dropped a lot of knowledge over the past seven years and I encourage you to search the site and get better acquainted. But for those who are short on time or need to quickly get down to the nitty gritty, I’ve added an exciting feature to Spoiled Pretty.

Editor’s Picks is a new option on the navigation bar (top left). Browse my favorite products in six categories: Bath and Body, Fragrance, Hair, Makeup, Skin Care and Tools. And be sure to bookmark or check back often, as I’ll be frequently updating with fabulous finds.

Did any of your personal faves make my list? Any beauty picks you’re dying to try? What holy grail products am I missing? Tell me in the comments!

 

MAC Fantasy of Flowers

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A glorious garden of irresistible shades unfolds, its hidden pleasures unearthed, as delicate pastel Pigments unfurl and the dewy sparkle of Cremesheen Glass casts a luminous gleam. Rose-coloured hues burst from lustrous Lipstick, while a heavenly hybrid of Mineralize Eye Shadows blossom with natural splendor. Cheeks are kissed with the graceful glow of Mineralize Blush, and vivid pops of colour flourish as Fluidline and Nail Lacquer bring this flowery fantasia to life.

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LIPSTICK ($15)

  • Fleur d’Coral: pale creamy peach (lustre)
  • Naked Bud: neutral sheer nude (lustre)
  • Dreaming Dahlia: sheer red-coral (lustre)
  • Rose Lily: sheer pastel pink (lustre)
  • Snapdragon: mid-tone blue pink (lustre)
  • Heavenly Hybrid: mid-tone berry (lustre)

 

MAC Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass MAC Fantasy of Flowers

CREMESHEEN GLASS ($20)

  • Nectarsweet: soft pink-peach
  • Flare for Fantasy: mid-tone pink-beige
  • Pagoda: frosted cool pink
  • Playful Petal: electric magenta
  • Star Quality: bright orange-coral
  • Galaxy Rose: mid-tone violet pink

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MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

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MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance ($40), specially formulated for oily and combination skin, delivers weightless hydration for a radiant, healthy look. The silky gel emulsion acts as a primer, improving the appearance of foundation and powder. Now available in Radiant Pink, suited for fair skin tones, the translucent formula smoothes on easily, featuring illuminating pearl powders that transform dullness into a healthy, natural glow.

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MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct

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Introducing MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct, an innovative new line of color correcting creams and powders that enhance and perfect your skin tone.

  • Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 ($30) is a creamy, tinted primer that evens skin tone in a multi-tasking formula.
  • Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Powders apply transparently, smoothing away the appearance of lines and imperfections. Available in Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose ($24) and a go-anywhere Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact ($24).

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Launches Today!

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MAC‘s spokesperson for 2014, Rihanna, launches her VIVA GLAM campaign today. Two strikingly bold shades of blue-red frosted Lipstick and Lipglass, perfectly capture her fearless, confident style. Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM Rihanna goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS – so you can look good and do good, all at the same time.

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Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

“Wear sunscreen! I promise, you’ll thank me when you’re old!”

My mother, forever subtle, has been pushing sunscreen on me for as long as I can remember. Once I could drive, any time not spent working over the summer was spent at the beach, getting seriously bronze. Like most people, I prefer how I look with a little bit of a tan, and my sun protection usually had single-digit numbers. Fast-forward to my city life, where the majority of my time is spent indoors, and all of my foundations tend to have names like ivory and buff. I wear SPF 15 every single day to prevent skin damage – on my face, neck, and the back of my hands. I’ve been a faithful customer of Olay for years. They make a great all around moisturizer for sensitive skin, and I practically buy it in bulk.

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Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss

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Attention beauty junkies. Urban Decay just added a new product to its beloved Naked collection. Behold…Naked Lipgloss!

Naked Lipgloss is the perfect gloss to complement an Urban Decay smoky eye. With its addictively creamy texture and gorgeous, high-gloss finish, Naked Lipgloss feels so luxe that you’ll want to keep applying it all day—even when you don’t need to. The best part? Unlike most addictive substances, it’s actually good for you!

350 Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss

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Tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

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Do you travel to see family during the holidays?  I do, and between shopping for all those gifts and attending festive parties, I barely have time to pack for my trip.  Tarte takes the guesswork out of your holiday (or everyday) makeup palate with their Beauty without Boundaries Collection.  All you need for your natural or sultry look is included in one stylish Missoni-esque makeup bag.

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Pantene Truly Natural Hair Care Collection

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Because my hair is over-processed, dry and damaged, I only wash it about once a week. Which means that when I “do” it, I better do it right – or else my hair will look jacked for the next seven days. Forget a bad hair day; it’s more like a bad hair week for me. So when I’m offered the chance to review new hair product samples to review, I’m usually reluctant. But not this time, because it was Pantene doing the offering—and I’m a big fan of the brand.

A few weeks ago, Pantene reached out with an offer to send me one of their new-ish lines to review: Truly Relaxed or Truly Natural. I have chemically straightened hair and have used the Truly Relaxed products off-and-on for almost a year (they’re pretty fabulous), so I opted to try the Truly Natural line. Even though my hair hasn’t been in its “natural” state for almost three decades, the product descriptions contained important buzz words like “moisture,” “shine,” and “frizz control”—so I decided to give them a try.

Here’s what Pantene sent me:

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Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo is “designed to gently cleanse your hair’s unique structure and remove buildup—leaving it shiny, clean, and refreshed.” Overall, I really liked this shampoo. It effectively cleansed my hair, but was gentle while doing so. It smells fresh and I love that the formula is silicone, Paraben and dye-free. (more…)

Your Weekend Plans: Go See The Best Man Holiday

BMH Poster Your Weekend Plans: Go See The Best Man Holiday

This weekend, grab your girlfriends and go see The Best Man Holiday – which hits theaters today.

On Tuesday, I attended a screening with Mama Spoiled Pretty and her BFF, Estelle – and we had so much fun.  We laughed hard and cried harder (this rom-com is also a tearjerker – so bring some tissues). In fact, I got so choked up at one point that I had to remind myself that this is a movie and the actors are all fine IRL. Anyway, here’s the movie description:

After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. (more…)

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