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Thursday, April 28, 2016

April Beauty Favorites

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As we come to the close of April, I’ve been frantically testing out products I think are worthy of getting the favorite of the month tag. Here are a few I recommend. 

1. FRESH Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25 @ fresh.com, sephora.com) – Since it’s in a stick form, you can slide it in your purse and never worry about spillage. Now there’s no excuse for not wearing SPF, right?

2. IT COSMETICS Heavenly Luxe You Sculpted! #18 Contour & Highlight Brush ($34.50 @ itcosmetics.com) - So why don’t I have a brush like this in my collection? I didn’t realize how much I needed one in this shape until I saw this one! Isn’t that always the case? Love this one for (trying) to sculpt my cheeks and to brush under the jaw line. 

3. KISS USA Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick in Red Mangrove ($2.99 @ kissusa.com) – Wait, did you even know this brand made anything beside lashes and fake nails? I didn’t! I saw a few YouTube videos raving about their matte lipsticks so I had to try them and they are really all that. If you like a little moisture with your matte lippies then these are for you and how about that price?? I picked mine up at my local beauty supply store.

4. BENEFIT COSMETICS Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter ($26 @ benefitcosmetics.com) – This is such a nice matte pinky nude highlighter that can be use anywhere on the face. Lately it’s been ruling the tops of my cheeks.

5. CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream ($26.50 @ clinique.com and sephora.com) – I’ve never needed an eye cream more than in the last few months for some reason. #aging. This one is light on the skin and on the purse strings. It hydrates, depuffs and really seems to wake me up.

6. ELIE SAAB ‘Le Parfum Rose Couture’ Eau de Toilette ($80/1.6oz, $108/3oz only @ nordstrom.com) – Anything rose always welcomes springtime for me and I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it. Orange flower, jasmine, rose nectar, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, mandarin tree blossom, gardenia and warm honey rose. Every note says feminine.

7. TARTE COSMETICS Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette ($45 @ tartecosmetics.comsephora.com) – You don’t need to suffer from any kind of discolorations on your skin anymore! Color-correcting is all the rage for a reason. It works! This one has 6 creams shades to get your skin on point.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Latest in Matte Lippies from NUDESTIX!

Seems like every brand is jumping on the matte lip trend and I’m not complaining one bit! In fact, I’m quite obsessed. The latest is from NUDESTIX with their Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil shown here in Kiss, a just kissed rude nude.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cordless Curling Iron? I Tried One ...

I’ve tried cordless hair tools before and while they seem to mostly do what they set out to, none have impressed me that much. Next up? The CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron ($109.98 @ farouk.com) from the FAROUK SYSTEMS brand. So how did this one do? Click after the pic to find out!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Must Haves for Your Beauty Emergency Car Kit!

It never fails, I always find myself needing something beauty-related when I’m in the car going somewhere, so over the last year, I’ve put together a small kit that I keep with me in the front seat, so I’m never without ... anything. Here are 6 of my must-haves in the car. 

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1. Nail Clippers, Nail File - REVLON Deluxe Nail Clippers ($2.49 @ diapers.com) – these clippers have been my favorite brand for years. The cutters are always sharp and it never falls apart. Of course things don’t last forever, so glad these are inexpensive. And for a nail file … I have my favorite that I keep in the house, so for the car, I just use the cardboard ones like these Beauty 360 Emery Boards from CVS ($1.99/10 pack @ cvs.com).

2. Tweezers – there’s always a stray brow hair that needs-a-pluckin’ and I’m in a serious relationship with ones from TWEEZERMAN. They’re strong, always there for me and I’m really attracted to their Pink Perfection Mini Slant Tweezers. $14 @ sephora.com.

3. Nail Polish RemoverL.A. COLORS Nail Polish Remover ($1.59/32 pads @ lacolors.com) these handy removers come in 6 different fruity scents and the grape-scented ones I have are actually able to mask the strong scent of the acetone.

4. Floss – I keep floss picks everywhere! In my purse, my car, my desk, hidden in a box on my coffee table. I’m not married to any particular brand but these Complete Clean Floss Ultra Strong Shred Proof Floss in Fresh Mint ($4.29/125 flossers @ amazon.com) by DENTEK work well.

5. Face Wipes - wipes are soooo handy to have in the car and they’re great for so many other things! After using one, I find myself using it afterward to clean parts of my car interior when I’m stuck in traffic. In my car now is BURT’S BEES Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract ($2.99/30 wipes @ drugstore.com).

6. Clear Nail Polish – great for touching up a run in a stocking, a loose thread on a shirt button and I don’t have a favorite brand. I just use whichever one I’m using on my nails that’s starting to run out. One I like is MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Show Nail Lacquer in Clear ($4.29 @ drugstore.com).

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Now when it comes to makeup, yes, a makeup palette will do but remember, we are talking about a very small stash of items for an e-m-e-r-g-e-n-c-y. I found a really cool 2 ½” x 1” x 3” tall kit that houses 4 swippers of eye shadow, a small eye liner, lip liner, mascara and lipgloss. White the products are not your Lancome kind of quality, it will get you by and I so feel like this kit was made just for this story!

It’s called the Majic Kit and is put out by MAJIC BEAUTY. Choose from Golden Peach and Healthy Nude for $19.99 @ amazon.com.

Do you have anything else to add to the Car Emergency Kit?

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gift Pick: For the Scrub-aholic In Your Life

What It Is: LATHER 'Glow on the Go' Body Scrubs Travel Set - $35/4-2oz @ beauty.com.

Why I Like It: Lather makes one of my favorite scrubs of all time and this sampler is a nice way to try a few of their others out. This one includes: Almond Crème Body Buff, Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub, Cranberry Sugar Rub and Yuzu Sugar Cane Body Buff.

If your body needs a light buff or a super scrub down, one of these will take care of it all.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Pick: For the Frequent Flyer

What They Are:

ORLA KIELY ‘Graphite’ Large Hanging Organizer - $29.99 @ target.com.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Airless Travel Kit
- $38 @ sephora.com.
KESTREL 'Grid' Small Beauty Pouch
- $54 @ anthropology.com

Why I Like These: Any kind of organization or travel bags always makes for a nice gift as we can always use them. This one from Orla Kiely is like this one I wrote about in October and just so convenient for travel! Just pack up the compartments and when you arrive at your destination, unroll it and hang it from any door with the attached hanger and you’ll have everything inside at your fingertips.

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With this Sephora container set, all the sizes of containers are airline approved and is an enhanced version of this one that I wrote about a while ago here. This set contains 2 x 1.69oz airless pump tubes, 2 x 1oz airless pump tubes and a .51oz airless pump tube, a .51oz jar, 1 Piston push stick to put product in the containers, spatula and waterproof pre-printed labels so you know which is which and they come tucked in their own see through mesh bag. Choose from two different color sets – Silver and Multi.

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The Kestrel makeup case is the perfect triangle shape of 7ish” x 3.5” x 4” for inside your purse to tuck those items you need to take with you on the plane. It's coated canvas so it's sturdy and will resist getting ruined should anything inside spill. 

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So who on your list would love these ones? 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Gift Pick: For Myself!

What It Is: MOLTON BROWN The Bathing Treasures Collection - $50 @ saks.com.

What I Like It: How many times are you out shopping for those on your list and you come away with half of your purchases for yourself? For me, it’s too many times to count, so this year, I thought I would just go ahead and give myself permission for something. I mean, how cute is this set of travel-sized shower gels? It’s a beautiful red box of 12 – 1.5oz bottles in the following scents: Pink Pepperpod , Gingerlily, Orange & Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Coco & Sandalwood, Japanese Orange, Samphire, Suma Ginseng, Black Peppercorn, Ylang-Ylang, Templetree, and Silver Birch. Stick with one scent all week or try a different one each day.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wipes that Could Change Your Life

Since my 20’s, I’ve been pretty good with making sure I take off all my makeup and wash my face at the end of the day. But lately I find myself reaching for a wipe to wash my face if I’m just too glued to a TV show that I can’t get up and do the whole process, so I've been keeping these close by. I've tried a LOT of wipes and these are the ones that have saved my skin!

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OLE HENRIKSEN Truth To Go Wipes ($6/10 wipes, $15/30 wipes, $25/60 wipes @ amazon.com)

KOH GEN DO Cleansing Water Cloths ($39/3x10 packs of cloths @ dermstore.com)

NYR ORGANIC Organic Facial Wipes ($9/25 wipes @ nyremedies.com)

BOOTS No7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes ($6.99/25 wipes @ target.com)

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sephora Helps the Frequent Flyer

Sephora-Frequent-Flyer-Travel-SetIf you’re a frequent traveler than you’re used to the 2oz rule but it doesn’t mean it’s still not a pain in the neck. SEPHORA feels the pain of that extra step in getting everything ready and has created the Frequent Flyer Travel Set ($12 @ sephora.com). The set is a .51oz pump container for shampoo/lotion etc and a .51oz jar for a scrub or night cream. What I like about this set it that the containers are a good quality but they also thought of some small details that the drugstore ones don’t have – two tools to help get the product into the containers (a spatual and piston push stick) and clear waterproof labels to put on the item when you finish. Nice!

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sample the Samples of Atelier Cologne Collection Voyage

I have amassed quite the collection of fragrances since they are one of my favorite categories of beauty products to try out. But it’s not always easy to find true love with one and sniffing a lot is on the menu.

I think we can all agree that small sample vials are not the most ideal way to try a fragrance because they  are usually hard to open and spill as you are popping the tiny top off. But then again, a full size bottle is not always ideal either, since fragrances are not cheap and think about how many you sniff vs. how many you really love.  

I think that fragrance samplers are just about the best thing on the planet as they are a great way to really get a feel for a some of the latest scents, like this one from Sephora.

Another one I’m really feeling right now is ATELIER COLOGNE Collection Voyage. The box it comes in is beautiful, with a cute read postage stamp in the upper right hand corner, like an internationally stamped box.

Atelier-Cologne-VoyageThis sampler of eau de colognes is .25oz sprays of the following scents: Orange Sanguine (fresh fruit), Grand Néroli (aromatic citrus), Bois Blonds (woody floral), Trèfle Pur (citrus + green), Oolang Infini (green + citrus), Vanille Insensée (woody vanilla), and Ambre Nue (oriental floral).

And as you can see from the above list, this one pushes all the fragrance envelopes! There are a few mellow ones and then some, whoa ones that will help you max your sexiness for an eve.

So which ones are my faves? I can see why the Vanille Insensee has such a following; Bois Blonds is really pleasant and while I normally love oriental florals, the Ambre Nue was just too much, surprisingly. Maybe one of the notes just didn’t jive with me but the Grand Neroli, oy, so sexy and full-bodied. $95 @ sephora.com. Will you be checking out this collection?

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