Monday, August 24, 2015

Switch it Up: Summer to Fall Beauty

I can hardly believe that Fall is right around the corner. My allergies are kicking up in high gear so that's usually the first sign for me! Seriously though, where did the summer go?! I've been loving my low maintenance summer beauty looks, but it's time to trade some of my summer favorites in for some new fall products. Keep reading below to find which favorite products I'll be turning to for fall! 

Summer to Fall Foundation

Foundations: Switch out your BB and CC creams for more coverage
Tarte CC Primer has been a long time favorite of mine. Although I'm sure I will still use it time to time, I find with cooler weather I'm reaching more for my Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation. Now that my skin has a little bit of a summer tan, my Smasbox foundation is the absolute perfect shade for my skin-tone and it just blends in flawlessly for some nice medium coverage. 
Lipsticks for Fall
Lipsticks: Switch out your neutral and "my lips but better" shades for berry shades
One of my favorite "my lip but better" shades is Bite Beauty's Heather which is a dusty rose. Although this will still get some wear, I'm going to be reaching more for some bright and some deep berry shades. A new recent fave of mine is Bite Beauty's Juniper.

Bronzer for Fall

Bronzer: Switch out your shimmers for mattes
For Bronzer's I'm going to turn more to some medium matte browns like Tarte's Park Avenue Princess instead of some of my more shimmery products like Too Faced's Pink Leopard. For summer I really tried to keep my lids and lips more neutral and simple and in return I liked to go for it more with bronzers and highlighters to accentuate my sun kissed summer skin. Now that fall is right around the corner and I'm going to amp up some of my eye and lip looks, I'm going to tone it down a little bit on the shimmery bronzer and reach for more matte shades.

Fall Nails

Nails: Switch out your summer corals for fall cabernet
I really played it safe this summer and mainly wore bare nails which is pretty unusaal for me. When I did have paint on my nails, I usually wore a peach like Lauren B. Nail Color in Sunset Blvd or a classic bright pink. I'm ready to switch it up a bit and include some deep cabernet colors like Lauren B. Nail Color in The Chateau.

This doesn't mean you have to toss away your summer favorites, just incorporate some new products into your routine. I really did enjoy easy neutral lids and lips with a healthy summer glow from shimmery highlights and bronzers. However, I'm also looking forward to mixing it up a bit and incorporating some wow me products into my daily fall routine. These certainly aren't steadfast rules, these are just some of the ways that I'm enjoying switching things up.

Happy Fall Shopping!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Favorites

Don't get me wrong, I do love summer, but sometimes the high temperatures and humidity are just a little much for me. This is why I really try to keep it simple makeup wise in the summer months. There's no worse feeling than having heavy makeup and foundation on and feeling like your pores can't breathe and your makeup is just sweating off your face. I figure I'm not the only one that has that problem so today I'm bringing you some of my summer favorites for an easy care free summer look. 

A refillable, six-shade eye palette with expertly curated, primer-infused, neutral to mauve shades. I was looking at some of the new Buxom shades and customizable refillable palettes they just came out with. A lot of the colors I was reaching for were already in the Dolly's Wild Side palette so I figured I'd just pick up this one since I already loved the shades. Plus, if I ever want to change it up I can buy an individual shade and switch it out. These soft shades have been perfect for creating summer looks plus if I want to kick it up a notch I just use "Wild Nights" which is a deep shimmery plum.

Dolly's Wild Ride Shades:  6 x 0.05 oz Eye Shadow in Silk Sheets (chai luster), Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl), Lingerie Lover (matte mauve), Mink Magnet (metallic bronze), Spoiled Sexy (matte deep mauve), Wild Nights (shimmering sugar plum)

This was a birthday present from my boyfriend and I was so excited to finally try Colour Pop after how many great things I've been hearing. I figured this set was a perfect chance to test out some of the lippie stix and blushes together and I already loved all of the colors. There really isn't a dud in the bunch. The blushes have a unique creamy texture that is really fun to touch and play around with. The pigmentation on these lippies are absolutely fantastic and they last hours and hours. I'd say you're good for about 5-6 hours. I love that they put in 2 bold colors as well as a more neutral everyday color that will still be flattering for most.. Even after a meal my lipstick still looks perfect and after they leave a really nice stain. The blushes I like but I haven't quite fell in love with them as much as the lippie stix. I also like the highlight shade but it is very subtle on my skin and I have fair skin. If you sign up for newsletters on their site right now, you will get a $5 off coupon plus free shipping over $30. I love this brand so much I've already put in 2 more orders since my birthday! 

Color Pop In Bloom. Cheeks: Tongue Tied– (Bright warm coral/Matte finish), Double Dip– (Soft peach with subtle highlights/Satin Pearl Finish), Hysterical– (Cool-toned plum pink/Matte Finish)

Lips: Freshman– ( Deep hot pink/Cream Finish), Sweet-Thing– (Cool-toned medium true pink/Cream Finish), , Frenemie– (Electric warm-toned coral/ Cream Finish)

Philosophy's The Supernatural Poreless SPF 15 Tinted Primer ($30, 1.6 oz)
This tinted free oil free formula contains SPF 15 to shield your skin from the sun's rays as it smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. What I love about this product is that it is a light peachy color which blends flawlessly into my skin and smooths out imperfections. I've basically been wearing this as my foundation even though the coverage would be extremely light. I figure let my skin breathe and my freckles shine through! 

bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Cream Eyeshadows, $18 each
Creamy and long-wearing color meets BB skincare benefits and SPF protection. I have two colors, Sweet Spice and Blushing Pink. Sweet Spice is a light taupe color and blushing pink is a light pink color. They do have some sparkle to them which is noticeable when you swatch it on your hand but no so much when it is applied to the eye. I alternate these depending on the day and have colors that I pair with each. For the Sweet Spice color I tend to top it with LORAC Pro's Mauve Shade and for Blushing Pink I top it with Buxom's Dolly's Wild Side shades Lingerie Lover (matte mauve) and Spoiled Sexy (matte deep mauve). You can also easily wear these shades alone. I love how simple and easy these are to use and they provide a great long wearing base. Love, love, love. My only complaint is I wish they would come out with even more colors and some brighter and deeper shades. 

I hope that helps you narrow down your summer beauty list. I've been seriously using most of these products daily and it's really been helping me create a simple and natural look that isn't boring. What are some of your summer favorites? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Instant Beauty Fixers

Sometimes you just need a beauty fix and you need that fix to happen in an instant. Keep reading for four top picks for instant beauty cure for some common beauty woes! 

FRIZZY HAIR: Sun Bum Beach Formula Shine On is the best at not only mending and repairing split ends but also in conditioning with Coconut and Avocado oils!

OILY, SHINY SKIN: Lumene Bright Now Blur is the best at minimizing the appearance of pores and making skin matte – with added Vitamin C for brightening!

DULL, BLEH SKIN: Smashbox’s LA Lights is the best multitasker – use it as a blush, lip stain or just to give color to your face!

DRY, SPOTTY SKIN: Lumene’s Complete Rewind Visible Wrinkle Eraser can be used for such more than just obliterating wrinkles over time – it has Arctic Sea Buckthorn to plump, moisturize and revitalize skin!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Trending: Bright Colors

Trending for Summer: Brights
Don't be scared to play with bright colors! Just have fun with it!

(From left to right) OPI Brights Nail Lacquers (richly pigmented formulas that stays true to color!) Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks (keeps lips looking flawlessly bold and protected with vitamins and antioxidant ingredients!) Streekers hair dye (these easy-to-use, temporary hair colors bring out your wild side), Scunci Everyday & Active Reflective Hair Ties are eye candy for your hair and wrist! Conair Detangling Brush (comes in a bunch of bright, fun colors)!

Happy playing! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Drugstore VIP: Very Important Products

High end beauty items don't automatically guarantee that a product is better quality or works better. There are instances where drugstore products perform just as well if not better than their pricier counterparts. In thinking about this list of my most reliable drugstore items, I thought about the makeup I chose to pack when I'm traveling. When I'm traveling I'm obviously more limited in the makeup items I can chose to bring and therefore must carefully select those prized items. Oh yes, it can be a difficult decision but there tends to be some drugstore items that are always guaranteed a place!

Drugstore VIP

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara is my favorite drugstore mascara on the market and probably one of my favorites overall. This has the perfect sized brush and formula for long voluminous lashes.

Elf $1 Eyeshadow Primer has been a product I've repuchrased many times as this $1 find holds up and actually even performs better than pricey high end products.

Rimmel London BB Cream applies like a dream and provides the perfect amount of coverage for my low key days!

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm provides the perfect splash of color on the go with added nourishing benefits. 

Burt's Bees Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment has been my savior in this cold winter weather. I always keep this in my purse. One application greatly improves the condition of my lips. 

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow is one of the easiest to use eyeshadows with intense gorgeous color that lasts. 

Scunci Bobby Pins are always a must, especially on the go! I always pack Scunci  hair ties as well but can always use a Bobby Pin to pin back some fly aways or do a quick up do!

What is your favorite drugstore travel item? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Sets from L'Occitane


Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Gift ($78): transport mom to the fragrant gardens of Grasse, France with this new spring collection gift set. Cultivated by traditional and passionate experts in the region, the NEW! Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc fragrance boasts the velvety, rich notes of the blue Iris flower combined with the luminous, transparent notes of white Iris. This precious set includes an Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Eau de Toilette 75ml, Shower Gel 250ml and Body Milk 250ml.

Hand Cream Trio ($28):  our best-selling fragrances are now accessible in a chic and convenient 30ml hand cream tube. Formulated with shea butter, these adorable hand creams will leave hands nourished and lightly perfumed. This set includes Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc, Jasmin & Bergamot and Neroli & Orchid Hand Creams.

Mini EDT Trio ($30): a gift set sure to please, this collection of travel size Eau de Toilettes is perfect for the mom on the go and ready to impress on any occasion. Including an Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc, Jasmin & Bergamot and Neroli & Orchid Eau de Toilette, pair this set with our Hand Cream Trio to for an all-encompassing fragrance experience.

Jasmin & Bergamot Collection ($78): boasting notes of captivating jasmine flower from Egypt intertwined with bergamot essential oil from Italy, two worlds collide to create this luxurious and sensual, floral fragrance. This set includes Jasmin & Bergamot Eau de Toilette 75ml, Body Milk 50ml, and Shower Gel 250ml.

Neroli & Orchid Collection ($78): a delicious fruity floral scent of Neroli & Orchid that conveys affection with Tunisian Neroli (orange blossom essence) and White Orchid absolute from Madagascar, in a sleek Eau de Toilette 75ml, soothing Body Milk 50ml, and refreshing Shower Gel 250ml.

Shea Butter Collection ($72): revitalize and hydrate head-to-toe with this nourishing collection of Shea Butter-enriched products. This set includes Shea Butter Hand Cream 75ml, Foot Cream 75ml, Extra Gentle Soap 100g, Ultra-Rich Body Cream 200ml and a travel sized Shea Butter Shower Cream 75ml.

Divine Collection ($186): show mom how precious she is with this luxurious collection of rare Immortelle Essential Oil beauty treatments. Made to leave skin vibrant and replenished, this set features a Precious Cleansing Foam 150ml, Divine Cream 50ml, Divine Eyes 15ml and Divine Lotion 50ml.

Lavender Collection ($72)get whisked away to the fields of Provence with this premium collection of soothing lavender products. Including a Lavender Foaming Bath 500ml, Shower Gel 250ml, Hand Cream 75ml, Body Lotion 75ml and Bonne Mere Lavender Soap 100g, this set will leave the body nourished, relaxed and stress-free.

Roses et Reines Collection ($72): known as the flower of Queens, mom will love the delicate and subtle, fragrance revealed in this elegant rose collection. The set includes a Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette 75ml, Bath & Shower Gel 250ml, Hand & Nail Cream 30ml, Body Milk 75ml and Bonne Mere Rose Soap 100g.

Almond Collection ($72)sourced from Haute Provence, almond oil has the natural ability to nourish and beautify the skin. This wonderful gift set, complete with Jumbo Almond Shower Oil 500ml, Delicious Paste 50ml, Milk Concentrate 100ml and Delicious Hand Cream 30ml, will leave mom’s skin silky and radiant.

Verbena Collection ($72)a perennial favorite, mom will feel refreshed and revitalized with our Verbena collection featuring notes of rose, geranium and lemon tree. This set includes Verbena Shower Gel 500ml, Body Milk 75ml, Perfumed Sachet 35g, Hand Cream 30ml and Eau de Toilette 20ml.   

Savons de Provence ($21): These 100% vegetable based soaps gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of its essential moisture. This charming set includes our best-selling, Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap 100g in Lavender, Milk and Verbena scents.

Happy early Mother's Day to all the moms out there! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour {Review}

I would probably say my beauty session lately is definitely with lip products. I still love blushes and eye shadows, but I can't seem to resist lipsticks and lip products lately! That's why I'm very excited whenever a new lip product comes out, especially from a brand like Laura Mercier! Their new Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour has really got me impressed!

The first thing I noticed was that I really liked the sleek design of the product and the second thing I noticed was just how vibrant the color was. I was ready to jump right in to test out the claims of this product! I was sent a bright orangey red color called Vermillion Red. First off, this was super easy to apply. The applicator is baby soft and has just enough flexibility to make your application perfection. This is especially appreciated with a bold red lip where any mistake is painstakingly obvious. The color was really true to the color in the bottle. I found it to be bright and highly pigmented. It definitely made an impact! I only had to apply one thin layer for full pigmented coverage. 
  About: Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour, $28
· Creamy formula envelops lips in richness with a demi-matte finish
· Lightweight, comfortable, all day wear
· Multi-functional paddle brush for one stroke colour application
· Available in nine rich, intense and creamy colours
I was very curious to see how this lasted throughout the day. I'm usually pretty tough on my lip products and have found a lot of them do not live up to their wear claims. This product claims to be lightweight, comfortable and have all day wear. I definitely found those claims to be true. This product lasted seven hours on me! Those seven hours included a lunch of yogurt and then some greasy delicious chicken for dinner. I kept looking at my lips throughout the day to see how it was holding up and each time I looked I thought, well it still looks absolutely perfect! It wasn't until about an hour or so after dinner that I did notice it starting to fade. 

I did notice it started to fade a little unevenly, meaning I had more product around the outside of my lips than the inside. This wasn't quite as noticeable as I've had with other products. I hate when you have to constantly worry about your lipstick and whether or not you have a ring around your lips. I really wouldn't worry too much about this as it is super long lasting. I also did notice a slight stain after. My lips were a little dry after this faded, but that's probably due more to winter than the actual product (it is currently 15 degrees here but feels like 6!). 

This product once applied didn't fully dry on my lips throughout the day. The upside to that is that it remains super comfortable on your lips unlike a true liquid matte lipstick which usually drys quicker and can cause a tight and uncomfortable feeling. However the downside is that I did have some transfer throughout the day onto things like a coffee cup. I really liked the demi-matte finish of this product. It wasn't too shimmery or shiny, it did appear somewhat matte with just a little bit more comfort and gloss to it. It really is a finish that I was impressed with. I think the closest product I can compare it to is Too Faced Melted Liquified lipstick. I do love those, but I'm loving Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour even more! I'm excited to check out the other colors in this line. This product is definitely a win in my book!


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