Loving Right Now

Loving Right Now + Instagram Roundup

March 13, 2017

Nordstrom Beauty Favorites | The Beauty Look Book

Happy Monday lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend. So many of you have sent me the sweetest notes, comments and messages about my recent move. We’ve all adjusted quite well and are loving the Florida sunshine. I’m still on west coast time internally and with the recent time change now I’m even more confused about timing. The first couple days we arrived in South Florida were the hardest for me. I didn’t realize how homesick I’d get – but I am adjusting and each day we love exploring the Tampa Bay area. We’ve driven all over the place in search for cute places to visit, explore and also have found some really amazing food places. My mother in-law flew in to visit us for a week and having her here was the best. We’ve also found that the Bahamas are only a little over an hour flight away so we have already started planning some fun weekend getaways!

I have upcoming reviews from Tom Ford, Chanel, MAC, Sisley and more coming this week, but first I wanted to do a quick post of what I’ve been loving right now and an Instagram roundup as there are some things I don’t want you to miss.

Loving Right Now | The Beauty Look Book

First, in the top image has a mix of long-time favorites and new items. The MAC Work It Out collection has three new scented Prep + Prime Fix+ Sprays that come in the mini size. They launched scented versions a long time ago (I missed out) and have brought back Lavender, Coconut and Rose. I received Lavender as a press sample and loved it so much I bought the other two. These are setting sprays to make your makeup look a little less powdery. Or you can spray it before you start the makeup process to add a bit of hydration. There are also new eyeshadow palettes from MAC in the x9 version or a x15 version called In the Flesh. I prefer the larger palettes with the full size pans as they’re a bit easier to use and dip a brush into.

Also the weather in Florida is quite a bit warmer than what we’ve experienced this winter in Southern California so I’ve had to experiment with different moisturizers, foundations and bases. Two I’ve really been liking are the Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation (Bisque) and the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation (Bisque, all shades swatched here). My go-to setting powders are still the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Medium Plus) and Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder (Shade 2) – but I suspect I’m going to have to do more testing with my other formulas to see what will last the best in warmer humid weather.

The first thing I did when we arrived in our new home was to burn candles to try and make it smell like home. We went from a 1,100 sq foot loft to a 3,000+ sq foot home and we love all the space we have now! I also ran around spraying a different room spray in each room. I’m still hoping that Diptyque will launch all the scents in the US eventually. Baies and Figuier reviewed here. Gingembre and Fleur D’Oranger reviewed here. I usually buy mine from Nordstrom.

Diptyque Room Sprays Baies, Figuier, Lavender | The Beauty Look Book

One of the things I’m most excited about is the Away x Popsuki Collaboration. I’m a huge fan of their carry-ons and so is my husband. We’ve used ours in the Carry-On size for many trips and are obsessed. The latest is a limited-edition pink in all their sizes. Since I first discovered them last summer they’ve since added more sizes. They have a new Bigger Carry-On which they sent over and I can’t wait for our next getaway so I can use them. You can see my review of the carry-ons in this post here from our New York trip (save $20 off your first order by clicking this referral link).

Away x Popsuki Pink Luggage | The Beauty Look Book

Next is a sneak peek at two new-to-me brands. I just started testing the Sisley cosmetic line with the new Phyto-Blush Twist. I had used a few sample packets of their skincare before and it’s just SO amazing. I do love and use the Radiant Glow Express Mask. Based on raves from many of you I found a few packets at my local counter before I moved and my wallet is crying that I now love their Black Rose Mask and the Creamy Mask with Tropical Resins. I also started testing out some Maison Francis Kurkdijian – Aqua Celestia is amazing!

Maison Francis Kurkdijian and Sisley Twist Blush | The Beauty Look Book

Many of you asked for a close up and more thoughts on the Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Sandals. They are pricey but for me well worth the splurge. Different retailers have different colors and finishes so you may have to shop around to find the exact combo you want. At 5’3″ I am high-heel challenged. Most are too high for me to wear. These are just the right height and there’s no pain or break in period. They do run large so I recommend sizing a 1/2 size down. In most American brands of shoes I’m a 6.5, but with Stuart Weitzman I go down to a size 6. Below is the Naked Suede from Nordstrom.

Outfit Celine Belt Bag and Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Sandals | The Beauty Look Book

Another close up shot taken by Jessica Alexander of the Black Nappa Leather:

Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Black | The Beauty Look Book

Last but not least a sneak peek of some upcoming Chanel goodness. I bought a few of the Rouge Coco Glosses before I moved. My favorite is Tendresse. I just started testing more of the colors and will swatch what I have as soon as I can. I know many of you have asked for comparisons of old colors to new ones. I’m still unpacking (it’s going to take me forever) and we are planning some remodels to a few rooms, so for now I’ll most likely only be able to review the new colors for you. Cute eyelash mug below is from Etsy. Many of you asked when the Le Blanc Energies Et Puretes collection would launch in the US – it’s finally here! Currently only available on Chanel.com and this will be reviewed in tomorrow’s post.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

One last note, I splurged on a couple new leather goods and a few of you also asked whether I prefer the Gucci Marmont Card Case in the fold over wallet style or the traditional Card Case. I prefer the fold over larger one as it holds more but is still compact. You can fit cash inside and there’s plenty of room for ID, bank cards, credit cards without having it feel like it’s stuffed (I usually carry around 5-6 cards including ID). The leather is soft and plush but has held up remarkably well so far, both are great though.

That’s a wrap for my Instagram roundup/sneak peek! A Chanel post will go live tomorrow 🙂

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  • Those shoes are amazing! I love that the heel is thicker, too!

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    • Thank you Stephanie – they are quite the splurge but I love them!

  • Trecee Hutchinson

    Those shoes look so chic but comfortable, which is a must for me when it comes to heels. Like you, I can’t do super high heels. Can’t wait to see those new Chanel glosses! They look lovely.

    Trecee

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  • Kristen

    Come check out Dunedin! It’s a great little beach town just north of Clearwater. Welcome to Tampa Bay!

    • Thanks Kristen – will definitely check it out! So much to explore here 🙂

  • Lex

    I love a light, tropical fragrance. Gotta get my hands on the MAC sprays =) So cool that you can get the Bahamas quickly; I loved my visit there years ago. Those heels are beautiful, thanks for the tip to size down! Looking forward to your Chanel post tomorrow <3

    • Hi Lex – yes definitely look into the sprays soon, the Coconut one sold out on the MAC website already!

  • I can’t wait to try the MAC Fix+ Sprays, they sound divine! Tom Ford’s Waterproof Foundation is high on my beauty wishlist, too!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  • I am actually too scared to try Tom Ford foundation as if I like them half as much as their lipsticks my bank account is in trouble!

    Annabel ♥

    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Oh I know how that feels! I think MUFE also makes great foundations for the Ultra HD line but are more affordable!

  • lusuito

    love the pictures!

    lu | Coco&Louis

  • iheartcosmetics

    Congrats on the move, it must be so nice to live somewhere sunny like Florida, I say that from my desk, in London, staring out of the window into a sea of grey cloud lol! The Tom Ford foundation in one of my faves, and those shoes are so cute. Lots of lovely things and lovely pics in this post xoxo Sarah from Iheartcosmetics xx

  • hicharbo

    I am a bit puzzled how to use Black Rose Mask to see its results. Could you share how you use it and how you like it? I’m interested to know since your skin type is very similar to mine!

    • The Black Rose is more of a hydrating mask – it just makes the skin feel so well moisturized without the greasy feeling. I suspect there are more affordable alternatives. However if you want something with visible results like brightening, firming or lifting etc – then yes I would recommend checking out something else instead.

      • hicharbo

        Thanks Sabrina, yeah it makes sense to me now!

  • Sandra

    Welcome to the East Coast! You are a lot warmer down there in FL than we are up here in Vermont, though! I am looking forward to your Chanel post. I am especially interested in the Plisse Lumiere. The entire collection looks wonderful! love Chanel’s bronzers and illuminating powders.
    Sandraj

  • peepjr

    The Columbia in Ybor City has excellent food. Pie at Yoder’s in Sarasota. Siesta Key Beach. Nokomis Beach. California Taco.

  • Lea

    The MAC Work It Out collection is such a good idea! Thanks for the post!
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