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9 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without & 4 I’m Dying to Try

Not that I was ever all that great at consistently updating my blog, but since becoming a parent, I’m really struggling to find that balance of working full-time, parenting full-time and blogging – oh and resting sometime in between! Not to mention, poor Beckett has had a cold that’s been lingering like a bad habit and has now developed into the saddest little ‘help me momma’ cough. ANNNNDD when she doesn’t feel well, the only thing that cheers her up are snuggles which has ultimately led to Joe and I both being sick as well. The Venti household could use a break right now…or a vacation. I’d take either.Nevertheless, with all the sickness my skin has been looking a little ‘meh’ lately, which has me in a frenzy about my skincare and beauty routines right now. I’ve been scouring websites and blogs looking for new and old cult favorites to see if there are any products I can add to my routine that I might love. That said, I realized I haven’t really shared any of my favorites with you all – so without further ado:

I use this on my lips constantly…I’ve always had very dry lips that no amount of hydration and water consumption resolves. I’ve tried every chapstick under the sun and the only thing that ever hydrates my lips is Aquaphor. But not just any Aquaphor…the giant tub of it. Don’t ask me why, but it’s different than the lip repair and it works better!

Joe (and Beckett) got me this for Mother’s Day this year..had I not had my eye on it for so long, I might have taken offense to my husband buying me a device to get rid of wrinkles, but truthfully, this is the bees knees. I use it a couple times of week, and I can tell such a big difference in my skin since May. It’s a little pricey, but worth every penny!

I’ve been using this mascara religiously since I was probably 19 or 20. I’ve tried a ton of different mascaras and I always resort back to old faithful. I love the bigger wand because it really gets in there and covers all my lashes. I have naturally blonde (meaning nonexistent) lashes, so without mascara I look like a 12 year old. I love this stuff! I’ve also recently been using this mascara and I’ve become quite fond of layering it with Buxom Lashes!

I was introduced to this brand when my sister in law had her first son. She swore by the soap and lotion for him and started using it herself. Then my mother in law started using it and then I got pregnant, so I started using it. Yes, it’s baby lotion – but it so soothing and smells so clean and I can’t get enough!

This was an investment piece for me…growing up, I always used drugstore hair dryers way beyond their expiration date and my hair really suffered because of it. I have naturally medium-thick hair that is usually very long (I cut it all off after my wedding!) and can be a real pain to dry. After my last Conair hair dryer croaked, I caved and treated myself to DryBar’s Buttercup Hair Dryer. Not only has it sped up my drying time (which is clutch because I frankly don’t have 25 minutes to stand in front of a mirror drying my hair anymore), but my hair is so much healthier and manageable.

I think I went out and bought this concealer after reading an article that Kim Kardashian used it – afterall her makeup looks nice, right? Whatever the reason, I love this concealer. It hides the dark ‘I’m a mom’ circles under my eyes, and can be used as a highlighter to sort of contour my face. It doesn’t crease, and the color Custard is universally flattering!

I wouldn’t call this my signature scent (that spot will always be reserved for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle), but I bought this last year and it is hands down one of my favorite perfumes to date. I’m not quite sure how to describe the scent, but it makes me feel powerful and classy when I wear it and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want that little extra boost of female BOSS!
I was originally introduced to this brand via a sample at Sephora a few years ago. I was struggling with some acne after moving to Chicago and my skin just couldn’t adjust. I used the sample twice and already my skin was that of an angel. I immediately went out and bought the full-size and have been using it ever since! I’ll admit, I find washing it off to just been a pain, but your skin will thank you!
With blonde lashes comes blonde eyebrows, which truly stinks in a world of full on fleek brows! It also stinks when it comes time to look for a pencil or powder to fill them in. I’ve experimented with a lot of different products in the arena, and was never truly SOLD on any until I came across the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pencil. It’s convenient, looks natural and it lasts forever.

ANNNDD, here are 4 products that I’m considering trying, so feel free to comment below if you use(d) any of these, why you love it, why you don’t, etc.

I’ve been on the hunt for a new face wash for a few months now. I’m currently using this and while I love it, I really dislike the packaging. If it came with a pump, this would be a whole different discussion, but I can be quite a picky individual and despite checking most the boxes, it’s just not a perfect 10 for me. I’ve read so many great things on the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser, but I’ve been hesitant to try it because I’m leery of falling in love with something that I can only get at Sephora.

In a world of Kylie Jenner lips, everyone is on the quest for the perfect pout – myself included. I kept seeing this pop up in Instagram posts so I did a little digging and I must say – I’m intrigued. It has pretty good reviews, but it’s a little pricey and I’m not quite convinced it’s worth the investment. If you’ve tried this product, please leave a comment below and let me know how it is!
Now that I’m a mother and I’m running on borrowed time, I’ve found myself wanting to simplify my makeup routine. I’ve always been a liquid foundation wearer, and I have no complaints. I love the look and feel of liquid makeup and am simply looking to see if this powder can achieve a similar look in a fraction of the time.

I can’t say I know anything about this product, but I can tell you that it is EVERYWHERE right now and has phenomenal reviews. This may be the first of these 4 products to get purchased 🙂


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