Currently Obsessing Over…


One of my favorite things to do when I read magazines is meticulously comb through the pages of recommendations for the best beauty products. (Confession: I am a self-admitted beauty product whore.) When I was younger, I had no less than 2 Caboodles fully stocked at all times with hundreds of creams, shadows, lip glosses and mascaras. Granted they were all mostly Wet’n’Wild brand or Bonne Bell, but nonetheless, they were plentiful. My Caboodles runneth over.

Since my early days of cheap beauty product hoarding, I’ve since raised the bar on quality, and more importantly, gotten (somewhat of) a grasp on quantity. I still fall victim to the occasional ZOMGYOUMUSTTRYTHIS recommendation along with the “It’s Gift Time!” promotions at the expensive makeup counters in the mall, but for the most part it’s under control. However, there have been a few new introductions into my regimen lately that I am really loving, so in an effort to take you all down with me, I thought I’d share. I know, I’m very generous.

Let’s begin.

1. The perfect eye shadow. I’ve become much more of a minimalist in the last year when it comes to makeup. For a few reasons. A. I’m lazy and I’d rather sleep in 10 minutes longer in the morning. B. My lunchtime gym routine has me looking a hot mess by 1pm, anyways. And C. I just find it an overall more attractive look. For me. (Just my opinion.) So in exchange for my bright purples and rich charcoal browns I used to slather across my sleepy eyelids every morning, I’ve opted for more muted tones as of late. This one below is great because it not only adds just the right amount of shimmer, but it’s also really versatile, and I think would look great on any skin tone.

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe (Source)
Price: < $4

2. Much-needed hairapy. If you are anything like me, your hair has been through the ringer. Highlights, heat (my God, the heat!), flattening irons and tightly wound rubber bands are all contributing factors. It’s a miracle I even have any hair. Thankfully I do, but what I’ve got is certainly damaged and desperately in need of some TLC. So after my 20th time hearing about Moroccan oil and it’s magical healing powers, I decided to test it out for myself. And although I’ve only used it a few times, I love it. I can already see that my hair looks shinier and healthier, and it cut the air-dry frizz I’m normally left with in half. And it was only sale at Giant for only $4.99. Holler.

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil (source)
Price: < $5 on sale

3. Stay Put Polish. I used to only paint my nails for special occasions. Like my wedding. Or my birthday. Or any other day that would involve celebrating me. (Which in my personal opinion should be every day. But whatever.) Why? Because much like Hollywood marriages, manicures never last. But when I saw some of the fun colors from Sally Hansen earlier this summer, I couldn’t resist, and I bought 4 of them. And to my complete shock… they lasted. For like a week, no less! And I mean, they lasted. Through kickboxing, dish-washing, nail biting (I’m working on it), all of it. Best of all, the colors are fun and bold, which if you’ve been reading your fashion mags, is right on trend. It’s like a party for your hands.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away! (Source)
Price: < $3

4. Tool time. I love when my hair is curly… but I hate curling it. It takes forever, my arms fall asleep, half of my hair looks like a poodle while random sections get missed, causing me to look like a cracked out Sorority sister. It’s never a good time. But a few years ago, I learned that by holding the hair around the barrel, you get a more natural curl. It takes less time, and you don’t end up looking like you got a bad spiral perm. So After a few months of wondering about this fabulous little contraption below, I saw it on Amy‘s blog and I decided it had to be mine. A short trip to Target later and it was official: I was in love*.

Conair Infiniti You Curl (Source) Price: around $29.99


*Let me know if you want a quick how-to on using this thing. It’s easy, I promise!

So there you have it. 4 wonderful SSH approved beauty products that are currently sitting atop my bathroom counter. And all pretty affordable, which is even better. See? Saving money can be fun. Now if only Sephora would stop sending me so many emails…

What are your current favorites? Oh Lord, I might have to break out the Caboodle again…

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  1. I’m crazy about the nail polish as well- considering how inexpensive it is, it works SO well!

    And I’m glad you like the curling iron! I think my favorite part is that the curl seriously lasts ALL day.

  2. I’m currently really into soap, water and my hairdryer.

  3. I definitely want to run out and get that curling iron! One of my roommates in college had one like it and I was obsessed with it…though I could barely do it myself.

    If you ever have time to do some sort of “vlog” tutorial on it, that would be awesome 🙂

  4. Your hair looks so pretty curly! I need a curling iron like that. Mine doesn’t do a thing for my hair. I’ve been hearing really good things about that oil. I am definitely going to pick it up. 🙂

  5. I’m really into 3D nails right now!

    Exhibit A – Magnetic Polish:
    Exhibit B – Holographic nails:

  6. I’ve read on so many blogs that love the wand to curl hair,and read tons of DIY posts about turning your curling iron into a wand, but i’m scared because I don’t know how to use it! I’ve tried not using the clasp on mine and it barely curls. Please do a how to!
    And although I’ve recently replaced it with an Urban Decay shade almost like it, I have been a huge fan of cover girl’s “mink” which is essentially the same color you are showing, for yearssss. I’m talking 1997 aka Spice Girls era. Hence why I decided it was time for a change. But i still love it, and kind of have a stock pile of it, so it will be my travel go to.

  7. I’m really looking forward to trying that magnetic nail polish. I also am currently loving: my kid’s hair detangler (‘cuz I’m worth it, too!) and my moroccan oil is all I use when I want my hair to look perfect!!

  8. I love your curly hair! How do you use the hair oil? Just rub a drop in or do you wash it out? Gimme the scoop!

  9. Yah, I have a bitch of a time trying to keep nail polish from chipping. I’m hard on it.

    Also, I still wear the cheap grocery store eye shadow. Its the only brand I’ve been able to find in the right color. 🙂

  10. Please do the how to! And how do you do a side bun? I tried unsuccessfully for 30 minutes this morning. I’m so over sucking at doing hair. I can’t afford a wand thingy yet, but I’d still like to know the wrap the hair around the barrel trick. How-to me!

  11. I adore CG eye shadow and blush. It’s the best.

    Thanks for the hair tip. I’ve got a great curling iron, but I rarely ever use it.

  12. Okay, I’m sold. I need that.

    :::stomps off to Target in search of magic curling iron:::

  13. So, I need to get that Morrocan oil crap. Also, i’ve tried using my regular curling iron like that, just holding the hair around it and nothing happens. Do I need the special one?

  14. See here’s my issue with the curling wand: I already burn myself all the time, this just seems like an opportunity to burn my fingers on every curl. And you know I’d do it.

  15. I used to have a neon green and purple Caboodle. Those were the days!

    I am intrigued by this curling iron…love the hair! I want mine to look the same so I might go check this out…

  16. I definitely want to try that Argan oil! I’ve been using a leave in conditioner a few times a week which seems to help keep my colored/heat overloaded hair pretty healthy but I’m always looking for something better to try! Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. Jess, I’d love a quick how to on the curler. I love curling my hair but can’t stand using a curling iron. I usually give up half way and then end up tying it all up! HELP!

  18. I bought the same curler but somehow, it still gets botched! Please post the how to!

  19. I’m casting my vote for the “how to” on this magic curling iron!

  20. OMG Caboodles. OMG.

    Yes, tutorial please. I’m hopeless with my hair.

  21. Oh, Sephora, let me count the reasons why I love Sephora! I get their e-mails too and always need…want…to get their deluxe samples. And the online sales….amazing! I think I have some shopping to do!

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  23. my achilles is anything that says ‘NEW!’ i know, a flaw. i’m shocked too.
    ps – i’m tardy to this post party, but can i just say the words caboodle and bonne bell brought a single tear to my eye? i used to have a starfruit-flavored lipsmacker about the size (and consistency) of a glue stick. and also, tinker bell peel-off pink nail polish. move over jonbenet….too soon?

  24. I literally have been wearing that Cover Girl Taupe eye shadow for the past 5 years. It’s hands down my favorite color so much that I got worried once they would run out so I bought 6 of them during one trip. Yup I’m a weirdo.

  25. I totally remember the Caboodles! My was the purple glittery one. I also had a small pink one that I lugged in my backpack. Why? I have no idea, just cause it was pretty I think!

    I’ve been wanting to try the Moroccan oil also, but haven’t found a good price on it in my area. Boo!

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