I couldn't be more excited about today's post and I can't think of a better way to kick off a Monday (and the month of September!) than with a major giveaway from Amazon Luxury Beauty!
Let me rewind though.
When we were living in Boston my husband was going to grad school full time and while he was doing schoolwork, I was making friends with his classmates and their spouses. It was an awesome two years for me personally and I met some amazing friends that we are still close with today. One of them is my friend Kara.
She was a classmate of Ryan's who I met on the very first day and we've been close ever since. Not only is she the sweetest and incredibly smart, she's got a very, very cool job. Kara is the marketing manager for Amazon Luxury Beauty and she decided you all needed some amazing cosmetics. Isn't she the best?
She sent me some of her current top picks to test out and review and another set of the same items to give away to one of you! So let's talk makeup.
I'm a mascara junkie, so I was really anxious to try this out. I have the wimpiest lashes and am pretty sloppy when it comes to applying mascara, so it's always interesting to try a new one.
Overall, I loved this mascara. It's a nice curved brush which makes it a much less messy application for me. It fit right along the natural curve of my lash line and I didn't end up with it all over my eyelid like I normally do. I loved the color payoff and how it lengthened my stumpy lashes, as well as its staying power. The photo on the left is with no mascara at all and the photo on the right is after eight hours of wear. This was also a very smooth formula and absolutely no clumping, which is amazing after you apply eight coats as I tend to do.
I was a little nervous upon first opening this lipstick. It looks dark and I don't find that's a good look for me. Don't be scared though! As you can see, it swatches as a really beautiful berry color and looks really flattering on. I've worn this almost daily since receiving it and think it's a great color to transition from Summer into Fall.
This has an SPF 15 which is ideal for this time of year since the sun is still bright and the days are still warm. It's got a really nice slip to it and applies like a balm, which is a requirement for me when it comes to lipstick. A lot of lipsticks tend to look patchy or caked on when I apply them, but this has a really nice balm-like quality with impressive wear time. Working almost like a stain, it applies so smoothly but the color stays around long after you apply.
This was the only item I wasn't thrilled with, but don't go yet. While the color didn't do much for my skin tone, I think it would be ideal on someone else. It's a really pretty nude that I would absolutely be drawn to in a store or salon, just darn my pale, pale skin. That being said, I love Butter London polishes for lots of reasons. The application is the primary reason I love BL, because it has a nice wide brush that makes it easy to apply a full layer with fewer strokes which equals faster drying time and a smoother look. The formula is thin, making it easy to apply multiple coats for an opaque look and I also really love the packaging - it's so sleek and the square top pops off to expose a small round handle that makes it very easy to maneuver. Even if this isn't your shade, there are tons to choose from over on Amazon.
I love sunscreen year round and it totally qualifies as a beauty product in my book. This product is available in a mist and a gel, which I can't speak to, but I can say that I loved the lotion. I'm not super picky about sunscreen when it comes to my body - as long as it keeps me from burning, but my face is a different story.
I've been having the hardest time with breakouts this summer. I've been working out more (so sweating more), it's been super hot (even more clogged pores), and we're outside a lot which means sunscreen on my face. My jawline has been a mess so it was actually the perfect time to test this stuff out on my face, since it couldn't get much worse. I wore it under my makeup (and without primer) every day for a week and was so impressed! My breakouts healed and I didn't get any more, so it's definitely not a pore clogger. It's fairly matte and I didn't feel any shinier at the end of the day than without it, and I got the sun protection my fair skin really needs. I don't need sun spots in addition to acne scars, thanks.
My favorite part, though? It smells good and is reminiscent of the Coppertone Water Babies sunscreen smell, which I personally love. I really liked the pump dispenser as well - it's mess free since you can just put the cap on, throw it in your bag, and go.
I saved the best for last.
I l-o-v-e this.
I'm terrible about moisturizing. Really bad. I hate putting lotion all over after showering and then trying to pull clothes on my sticky limbs. This is a dry oil, so after you rub it in, it's gone. It has a little bit of shimmer which is great for Summer, but I'm thinking I'm going to rock it year round. It gives you this lightly tanned look without the rays and it smells amazing.
So now the fun part. Go ahead and enter to win all these products (a $240 value!). The giveaway will close next Monday so you've got a week to get your entries in. If you don't win, you should still check out Amazon's Luxury Beauty selection. If you're a regular Amazon shopper like me, you won't regret taking a couple extra minutes to swing through there before you check out with your diapers, wipes, kids books, etc. Good luck, I really hope you win!