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A Little Glitter’s 2014 Beauty Faves!

A Little Glitter 2014 Beauty Faves

I love all things sparkly, pretty, shiny and happy.  I also have borderline shopaholic and hoarder tendencies, so it makes sense that I am a total beauty supply junkie.  I order new products constantly.  Some work great and some are flops.  Here are my faves for 2014:

OPI – Big Apple Red.  I have worn this on my nails for most of the past year.  I use OPI’s GelColor and I am extremely pleased with how well it holds up.  I head to the salon every other weekend and soak off the old color and have a new one applied.  It takes about an hour and my nails look shiny and perfect for the next two weeks.  It is practically indestructible.  Big Apple Red is the perfect shade of polish.  The color is classic and flatters all skin tones.  I cant put black or dark colors on my nails.  As a New Yorker I tend to wear black clothes most of the time and the addition of dark polish feels sad to me.  Big Apple Red dresses up all my black.  

Urban Decay – Naked 3 Palette.  I love this collection of colors.  They have a rose gold tint that is extremely flattering with my skin/eye/hair color.  There are so many online tutorials for this product that I am still learning new ways to use it.  The shadows are pigmented with an easy to blend formula and I find that they don’t crease as easily as other brands.  

Dr. Brandt Skincare – Do Not Age Time Reversing Cream.  One of my biggest complaints in 2014 was dark under-eye circles and the beginnings of some wrinkles.  (Sidenote – getting old is terrible.)  I have tried numerous products that claimed to help with one or both of those gripes and failed miserably.  This cream really makes a difference!  It gets my stamp of approval and I can attest to the fact that it actually works.  

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo.  I have mentioned this product a few times on ALG.  I absolutely love it.  It is a clarifying shampoo that you use once a week.  It gets rid of all that styling build-up and leaves your hair bright, shiny and squeaky clean.  I also enjoy it’s minty fragrance.  This will definitely stay in my beauty arsenal for 2015.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night.  I did a post on this product last year here.  There are so many face creams out there and I find this one to be truly exceptional.  It makes my skin so clear and my pores so small.  I highly recommend it.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask.  I am obsessed with these masks!  Since they are kind of pricey I do use them sparingly but if you have a special occasion and are looking to really make your skin glow this is what you need.  They will not let you down!  I did a full review on them here.  

What were your favorite beauty products for 2014?  I am always looking for recommendations!




Good morning my loves!  Today I’m linking up with Biana and Meghan for a weekend recap!

ONE:  I mentioned to you guys last week that I was going to have a bit of a lazy, unplanned weekend.  It started off beautifully.  We all slept late, then I made some banana pancakes and Taylor and I lounged on the couch and watched a marathon of The Goldbergs. I had seen posters for this show all over NYC last year and I thought it looked dumb.  Then, for some reason I watched an episode recently and discovered how hilarious it is!  Now, Taylor and I are totally hooked.  

TWO and THREE:  A few episodes into our marathon, my adorable husband advised us that we had to be ready at 6 pm for a mystery family date.  He packed the car up and drove us up to Warwick, NY for a drive-in movie!  Yay!  This was on my Summer Bucket List and I was not sure we would be able to accomplish it because there are zero drive-in theaters nearby.  He did some research and located the Warwick Drive-In.  It was about an hour and a half drive from our house but so so so worth it.  Taylor loved it and we plan to do it again each Summer.

FOUR:  Sunday also started with sleeping late and then Taylor and I headed out for some girl time. Check out the purse!  That is definitely my daughter!  Soon she is going to want to dip into my LV collection.

FIVE, SIX and SEVEN:  Our first stop was the nail salon where I got my digits painted with my favorite – OPI Gelcolor in Alpine Snow.  I’ve been using this for a few years now – actually this was on my nails the entire Summer of 2013.  It holds up and stays bright white for weeks.  I wanted to switch it up a little so I got one ombre glitter nail as well.  

EIGHT:  After that we stopped for pizza (which Taylor was CLEARLY excited about, lol).

NINE:  I ended my weekend the same way it began – snuggled up watching TV with my fam.  

I feel super-relaxed and ready for the week.  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well!