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April 12, 2019

Sam Edelman Gala Sandals White Spring Sandal Season

Happy Friday! I have an Instagram roundup on some outfits and accessories I’ve been loving lately. A few of you have asked for more info on sizing/scale of the mini bags I’ve posted in a few flatlays so I’m sharing all the details today!

Quick note that a few retailers are having sales going on right now that you might want to take advantage of. Many of my accessories are on sale!

  • Shopbop’s sale ends April 13th (extended by one day) with code EVENT19 you can save 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500
  • Nordstrom is price matching a lot of the items from the Shopbop Sale (you’ll have to search by brand or product name)
  • Tory Burch is having a sale event through April 15th, 20% off $200, 25% off $350 and 30% off $500 (there are quite a few exclusions), use code SPRING
  • J.Crew is having a sale with 50% off sale styles and 40% off everything else, online only with code SALEUPGRADE, ends April 15th (update)

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Sam Edelman Gala Sandals, Jcrew Toothpick Jeans, Ark Bag Dupe

Ark Bag dupe / Sandals Sam Edelman / Jeans Jcrew Toothpick / Polish Chanel Joyau

I did a quick series on Instagram Stories about one of my Ark Bags. This one shown above was a gifted dupe and it’s a very well made one. The differences between the real Cult Gaia and this one are slight, I wish I knew where it was from but it was a gift and I’m a little embarrassed to ask! A few of you mentioned you think it’s this one from Amazon or possibly this one from Tuckernuck. Based on what I’ve seen for the bamboo/wood ones the dupes are very well constructed. If I knew where my exact dupe was from I would 100% buy it.

My favorite sandals this season are from Sam Edelman. I bought a couple pairs and these Gala Sandals are on sale at Shopbop. They run true to size and are very comfortable.

I recently rediscovered J.Crew denim, I always thought their jeans were pricey but with the sales it makes them 100% worth it. The 9 inch high rise has a good fit where it doesn’t feel like they are falling off like lowrise ones. No belt needed for this style and at the same time they aren’t too high it makes me feel like I’m wearing pants up to my chest. They’re a little stretchy but still sturdy enough to hold everything up and in! My favorites however are still from Paige in the Verdugo Ankle style (any color). Out of all the brands/styles I’ve tried I think Paige has the most flattering cuts and fit.

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Cult Gaia Mini Ark Bag Natural

Cult Gaia Ark Bag Mini in Natural / Sunglasses Rayban / Lipstick Tom Ford Carriacou (review soon) / Hair Oil Gisou Mini / Bracelet Celine

My curiosity got the best of me and I felt like I just had to know what the original was like. I bought the real Cult Gaia Ark Bag in the Mini Size Natural Color from Nordstrom (also available at Shopbop) and think it’s SO cute. The real ones have the Cult Gaia branding inside the handle and in between the strips are tiny round beads while the dupes usually have a gap with the clear plastic showing. I’m 5’3″ and find minis fit my frame better in general but they aren’t always practical because of how little they hold. The mini measures 6.25 inches tall, 9 inches long, 2.5 inches deep. (Scroll down for a photo of me wearing the mini.) I think it’s the cutest thing ever and it is big enough to hold my wallet, phone, keys, a compact, sunglasses and a couple lipsticks. I do think the bigger sizes, even the small is more practical to hold more things without overwhelming your frame. I’m keeping the mini I bought and my gifted dupe – think both are the perfect summer bag, even years after it originally launched. If you want something more unique opt for the Tortoise or pretty Acrylic Colors, I love the blue and melon colors!

Quick note on my sunglasses from Rayban, the style code I have is RB2185 and I have the polarized options which are slightly more expensive than the non-polarized versions. I did not realize this until after I bought mine. I know people say polarized sunglasses have better protection for the eyes, but sometimes I don’t like the way they shift colors. I still really love mine and I own quite a few polarized sunglasses. Just wanted to tell you in case you wanted to know or wanted something around $50 cheaper opt for the regular versions.

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Staud Mini Shirley in White and Tory Burch Emmy Sandals

Bag Staud Mini Shirley / Sandals Tory Burch / Hat Lack of Color / Lips Bobbi Brown Lychee Baby, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Liner, Charlotte Tilbury Kidman’s Kiss / Perfume Byredo Bal D’Afrique / Earrings Mikimoto / Sunglasses Celine

I’ve had the Staud Mini Shirley bag for a little over a year now and love it! As with the minis vs small, I do like my mini, but the bigger options are going to be a lot more practical. I wish I bought the small size but since I use this for days I only carry essentials. It’s perfect for date nights or quick trips out. It doesn’t have a shoulder strap or long handle to throw over the arm which is the only downside to this style for me. They did just launch another clear option called the Clear Bissett Bag which seems more practical if you need a longer handle to hold over the shoulder or want something a little bigger around.

These style Tory Burch Emmy Sandals run a little small, I’d recommend going a 1/2 size up. I normally wear 6.5 in their millers, with these I opted for a 7. The classic Millers are still the most comfortable as the sole of these are stiffer, but they’re still easy to wear for me.

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AGolde Parker Shorts in Swapmeet

Hat Lack of Color / Sandals Tory Burch / Shorts AGolde / Black case The Daily Edited / Sunglasses Chanel (old style) / Polish is Chanel Le Vernis Jaspe

I bought the AGolde Parker Shorts the last time Shopbop had a sale and this was the first time I tried high rise shorts. They’re on the high side as described but it’s a nice change from the shorter lower waist options I’ve tried. Color shown is Swapmeet which is a lighter blue and they have some fun distressing giving them a more casual vibe. I also love the color Rock Steady which is a more traditional classic blue jean color.

To this day Tory Burch Millers are still my favorite sandals. The sand patent has lasted the longest for me. I’ve worn my others TO DEATH and they are starting to wear, but they have lasted probably 5 years and I’ve worn them EVERYWHERE so I think they were well worth the splurge. My brown leather ones have seen better days – but they have lived through a lot of travel, rain, humidity and moving. I’m planning to repurchase and replace them soon.

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Clare V Petite Sandy and Sam Edelman Beckie Slides

Bag Clare V Petite Sandy / Card Case Gucci / Polish Chanel Perle de Corail / Sunglasses Celine / Sandals Sam Edelman Beckie

Another sale splurge last month was the Clare V Petite Sandy and I did not realize how small it was going to be even after checking the dimensions online. I still love it and think it’s the perfect size for me! (See one photo down to see how small it is.) The larger Sandy is more of what I envisioned this being like though because it’s bigger and has a longer strap to hold over the shoulder. You can buy a separate shoulder strap from Clare V for a lot of their bags which is something I’m considering for my petite option.

Another pair of Sam Edelman shoes I’ve been loving are the Beckie Style in Natural Raffia (runs true to size for me). They have a similar style called Bay Cutout which has solid/smooth leather but I have not tried those yet. The Beckie options are the woven material and it’s very sturdy and comfortable with a slight cushion like the Gala.

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By request, a few mirror selfies to show scale of the bags. I’m 5’3″ and 118 pounds (I’ve gained weight with our indulgent Miami vacation eating and have also gained muscle weight with our weight training). The struggle to stay fit is real when there are so many tempting good food places to try when you travel. I’ve been fluctuating like a yoyo.

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Right photo:

OOTD AG Robyn Jacket White, Mother Denim Skirt, Cult Gaia Mini Ark, Staud Mini Shirley, Celine Round Sunglasses

Below more photos of another mini bag:

OOTD Madewell Tie Front Top, AGolde Parker Shorts in Swapmeet, Clare V Petite Sandy, Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Black

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One last post from Instagram! I mentioned the Anthropologie Cloudfleece top a while back and a lot of you wanted to know what it looked like on. I posted a photo sharing the Mint color. It’s super soft and lightweight and hangs nicely for a relaxed fit. I’m wearing the XS here.

You also wanted to know how big/small the Tory Burch Marsden Crossbody is on me. It measures 9.25 by 5.5 and 1.25 deep. Here it is on me over the shoulder and worn as a crossbody. I wish it had an adjustable strap to make it a tad bit shorter but it’s easy to wear and most of you are taller than me so it’s probably going to be the perfect length! I wear it all the time and it has some slots inside to put cards so you don’t need a wallet. I’ve owned it since last July and it’s held up very well even in Florida humidity and rain.

Anthropologie Cloudfleece Top, STS Blue Shorts, Tory Burch Crossbody

Top Anthropologie / Crossbody Bag Tory Burch / Shoes Converse / Shorts STS Blue / Rimless Aviator Sunglasses Marc Jacobs

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I hope you found this roundup helpful to answer all your questions! Let me know if you have any other ones. If you’re shopping the Shopbop sale it ends today April 13th so make sure to check it out!

 

Beauty Favorites Roundup

Best of 2018 Beauty Favorites

December 30, 2018

Best in Beauty Favorites 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

What a year it has been! I cannot believe that 2018 is nearly over, it flew by so quickly. Today I’m rounding up my Best of 2018 Beauty Favorites with a mix of new discoveries alongside a few staples from previous years. I went through this entire year of blog posts to make sure I didn’t miss anything! Also a number of you have asked for my absolute favorite tried and true staples so I’m going to put together a separate post of beauty things I cannot live without. For this roundup I focused mainly on new products I really loved that I tried this year.

Complexion, Highlighters and Base Products

Best Eye Makeup

Favorite Lip Products

Skin Care Loves

I really found myself gravitating to a lot more skincare tries this year compared to makeup. I wasn’t able to review everything as testing often takes so long to truly see results. I’ll do an updated skincare routine post in the new year so if you have any questions please leave them in the comments! My absolute favorites:

Hair Favorites of the Year

That wraps up my favorites for the year! I hope you found some new loves too. Let me know in the comments what your favorites were! Also I’ve been a little behind on giveaways with my recent travels so I’m doubling up and giving away 2 sets of beauty goodies. Two readers will be selected to win all these items listed below:

  • 1 Away Mini Travel Case (winner can select 1 choice of Pink or the Halo color)
  • All 3 Fenty Gloss Bombs in Fenty Glow, Diamond Milk and Fussy
  • Fenty Holiday Duo with lip minis of Spanked and Griselda
  • 1 Beautyblender Original
  • 1 Mini Drunk Elephant Serum
  • 1 Mini Tatcha Watercream
  • 1 Mini Living Proof Dry Shampoo

Open internationally to anyone 18 years or older. Runs through 1/5/2018. Simply enter by completing at least one of the steps in the widget below. Two winners will be selected at random within 72 hour of giveaway end time and will be winner names will be displayed / announced on the widget. I’ll contact winners directly via e-mail. Prizes typically ship within 1 week. Not sponsored or affiliated.

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Roundup Sales

Black Friday Beauty Deals + Exclusives 2018

November 23, 2018

Best Black Friday Beauty Deals 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

Happy Black Friday! I’m rounding up the best beauty deals and steals I’ve found for this year’s sale season. There are a few really neat limited-edition exclusive launches I think are worth checking out. If you have any more to add let me know in the comments!

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills – value sets marked down, individual items and palettes up to 50% off
  • Bare Minerals – 20% off $100 purchases with code SHINE, Black Friday Exclusive: Solar Spectrum 10-piece full-size face collection for only $49. A $183 value, while supplies last, valid 11/22-11/23
  • Beautylish – Jeffree Star special launches, Bioderma beauty bundles, Charlotte Tilbury 30ml Scent of a Dream with $100 Charlotte Tilbury purchase, 30% off select Jouer favorites
  • Becca Cosmetics – select palettes, brushes and blushes are marked at 50% off
  • Benefit – Get 25% off everything, plus free shipping with code BENEBINGE – valid 11/20-11/24
  • Bite Beauty
    • Black Friday Special, 20% off sitewide + free standard shipping on all orders, no code needed, 11/23 only
    • Black Friday GWP: Bag + Mirror, Mini Lip Pencil #34, Mini MCLC Leche, Mini AB Gazpacho with $35 purchase (code: FRIDAY5, can be used with 20% off and free ship, valid 11/22 to 11/24
  • Blissworld – 25% off sitewide with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
  • Bluemercury – Receive 12 FREE deluxe beauty samples with your $100 or more purchase, no code needed, valid through 11/24
  • Bobbi Brown – 25% off everything + free shipping on any order, plus a free full size Black Friday gift with any $75 order, use code BFGIFT
  • Buxom Cosmetics – 25% off site wide with code BFW25, valid through 11/25
  • Byredo – receive a free 70g candle with any order above $75 and enjoy free shipping, choose between six options at checkout, while supplies last through 11/26
  • Caudalie – 50% off select merchandise plus bonus gift with any purchase of $50 or more, use code FRIYAY, ends 11/28
  • Chanel – special Black Friday limited-edition launch Les 4 Ombres in Legerete Et Experience, swatches + review here
  • Charlotte Tilbury – save up to 40% off select kits and value sets
  • Clarisonic – 20% off holiday gift sets with code GIVETHANKS18
  • Cle de Peau Beaute – complimentary 5 piece bonus with orders $300+, valid through 11/27
  • Clinique – 25% off any order with code 25OFF (exclusions apply) plus a free full size with with any $75+ order
  • CoverFX – save 25% off with code THANKS25, plus full size custom enhancer drop with $50+ order
  • Decorte – special Black Friday deals and offers:
  • Dermalogica – get up to 5 free travel sizes when you spend a certain amount, valid through 11/25 while supplies last, spend tiers are from $50 to $200+
  • Dermstore – save 30% off select brands with code FRIDAY at checkout, valid 11/23
  • Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last, they’re also running some GWP promos throughout the weekend, check on their Exclusive Offers Promo page, current one is with a $100 purchase using code CHEER (while supplies last)
  • dp Hue – 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY plus free shipping
  • Elemis – 25% off purchase with code BF25 at checkout
  • Farmacy Beauty – 20% off site wide or 30% off purchases $120+ with code CYBER, valid 11/23
  • First Aid Beauty – 4 free minis on all orders$35+ with code FABFRI
  • Foreo – Black Friday sale with select items marked off, valid 11/22 through 11/27
    • 30% off Luna 2, Issa 2 and Issa Mini 2
    • 25% off Luna Mini 2, FOFO, UFO and UFO mini
  • Fresh Beauty – gift with purchase deluxe sample options with a $75 purchase receive 4 deluxe samples, or $125 and receive 6 deluxe samples, valid through 11/24
  • Giorgio Armani Beauty – 20% off with code ARMANI20 plus a complimentary lipstick with orders $125 or more, add a palette with orders $200 or more, valid through 11/29
  • Glamglow – 30% off everything plus get a free full-size powermud with orders $79+, no code needed
  • Glamcor/Riki – 25 to 55% off sitewide plus holiday bundles, or use code BOGO50 for 50% off second Riki
  • Glow Recipe – 25% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY25, exclusions apply
  • Hourglass Cosmetics – holiday savings event with $20 off orders $125+, $30 off orders $150+, $50 off orders $200+, valid 11/23 through 11/26
  • Impressions Vanity – Black Friday sale, select items marked down
  • IT Cosmetics – 20% off sitewide with code ITFRIDAY
  • Kate Somerville – 25% off sidewide with code CYBER25 plus free full-size Dermalquench with purchases $150+
  • Kerastase – 20% off orders of $100, plus free shipping & Hairstyling Comb Gift, use code THXFF18, valid 11/22-11/23 (7AM EST)
  • Kiehl’s – Your choice of 4 deluxe samples and free ground shipping on orders of $25, PLUS a Limited Edition canvas pouch on orders of $45+ with code BFRIDAY, valid 11/23-11/25
  • Kopari – 20% off with code STEALS at checkout
  • L’Occitane USA – doorbuster deals 50% off and various GWPs with $100 or $165 purchase, use code THANKFUL at checkout
  • La Mer -Personalize a 4-piece set in your choice of cosmetic pouch with a complimentary set of embroidered patches. Make it yours with any $150 purchase.
  • La Roche Posay – 30% off all orders with code BLACKFRIDAY2018, valid 11/23 only
  • Lancome – 20% off + free shipping on any order, use code FRIENDS, valid 11/19-11/27
  • Laneige – 30% off best sellers + free shipping on orders $35+, open for 6 hours 12 PM through 6 PM est, 11/23
  • Laura Mercier – limited-edition Smokey Eye Set + free shipping with any $75+ order using code SMOKEY
  • MAC Cosmetics – 25% off for MAC Select members, sets are excluded, valid through 11/26
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
    • Black Friday Pre-launch Exclusive (11/22 – 11/25) exclusive new collection: Eye-conic in Flamboyant and 5 shades of Le Marc Lip Crème
    • Black Friday GWP (11/22 – 11/24): Mini Velvet Noir, mini Highliner in Blacquer, and mini Lip Crème in Slow Burn + makeup pochette with orders over $75
  • Molton Brown – 25% off all purchases (excludes Advent Calendar and Luxury Fragrance Collection), valid through 11/26
  • NARS – 20% off sitewide with code TAKE20, valid through November 27
  • Neiman Marcus – $50 off $200 orders, select items qualify, includes beauty and fragrance, use code THANKFUL at checkout
  • Nordstrom – Over 80 Beauty GWPs available, while supplies last
  • Ole Henricksen – 20% off sitewide plus 4-piece GWP with any $50 order, use code CYBER2
  • Omorovicza – 30% off all skincare with code BLACK, valid on full size products only excludes sets, offer runs through 11/27
  • Ouai – buy any two full-size products get the third one 50% off with code HALFOUAI
  • Pat McGrath Labs – Black Friday Private Vault Pieces on sale
  • Peach and Lily – 30% off sidewide with code PEACH2018, exclusions apply, ends 11/27
  • Philosophy – 40% off sitewide with code blackfriday40, valid 11/23
  • QVC – Black Friday beauty bundles, value sets and mark downs
  • REN Skincare is running a few promos and GWPs:
    • 25% off site-wide starting 11/23 until 11/25
    • 20% off Holiday Sets on 11/24
    • November 23: Spend $85 and receive a FREE full-size Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk
    • November 24: Spend $75 and receive a FREE full-size & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray
  • Revive – $50 off $300+ purchases with code BLACKFRIDAY50, valid through 11/24
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – earn a $75 gift card with $150 purchase, use code THANKFUL
  • Sephora – Various items are marked down for a limited time:
    • 11/23 Black Friday Only! Deal today, gone tomorrow! 50% off Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. Online and in store.
    • 11/23 After the turkey comes the shopping! These picks are $15 and under. Online and in store.
    • 11/24 – 11/26: 10 free trial sizes with $90 purchase! Use code GOBIGGER at check out. Valid online only.
    • Sale page of all sale items here.
  • Shu Uemura – 20% off $50+ orders, 25% off $100+ orders, plus bonus gift on orders $120 or more, use code SHUBF
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair – 25% off orders of $100, plus free shipping & designer travel case ($98 value), use code THX18, valid 11/22-11/23 (7 AM EST)
  • Simplehuman – Top 10 Best Sellers marked down up to 25% off including their Sensor Mirror with Touch-Control Brightness for $150 (marked down from $200) and Sensor Mirror Mini $97 (marked down from $130), plus other home accessories marked down
  • Sisley-Paris USA – exclusive Black Friday duo set, for a limited time get the Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream plus free full size Black Rose Cream Mask
  • Smashbox – 30% off $30+ orders for Smashcash Members, 25% off $30+ Orders for non-members, no code needed
  • Space NK USA – Buy one, get one half off, exclusions apply, valid through 11/26
  • Supergoop! – 25% off with code HOLIDAY, ends 11/26
  • T3 – 25% off with code FRIDAY18, ends Sunday 11/25
  • Tarte – 30% off with code FRIDAY30, valid on 11/23
  • TatchaPlay to win Black Friday Mystery Offers including special offers, complimentary treasures, and more. New offers available every day! Valid through 11/25
  • Too Faced – 30% off site wide plus free shipping with code PINK30
  • Ulta Beauty – Black Friday Beauty Busters sale
  • Velour Lashes – Black Friday Lash Out Bundle for $49 with code LASHOUT at checkout
  • Violet Grey -$15 off purchases $100 or more, $50 off $250 or more, $100 off $500 or more, $250 off $1,000 purchases
  • Zoeva USA – 25% off all items starting 11/23 through 11/24

Acccessories and Fashion

  • AG – 25% off select items
  • Anthropologie – 30% off everything (some exclusions apply)
  • Banana Republic – 50% off regular priced items, no code needed, card members receive extra 10% off when you use your Gap Inc. Credit card, use code BRCARD, valid through 11/24
  • Barneys New York – limited time designer sale up to 60% off savings
  • Bloomingdale’s – Buy More Save More Event on items labeled “Buy More, Save More”, discount applied in cart, valid through 11/25
    • Take 15% off when you spend $100 to $249.99
    • Take 20% off when you spend $250 to $399.99
    • Take 25% off when you spend $400 or more
  • Coach – select bags are 50% off
  • Equipment – 30% off your entire purchase with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
  • Free People – select items 50% off, discount taken at checkout
  • J Brand – 30% off with code FRIDAY30, valid through 11/25
  • J.Crew – 50% off your entire purchase for most items with code TGIF, valid through 11/24
  • Joie – 30% off entire purchase with code THANKS, valid through 11/26
  • Lululemon – Black Friday sale markdown on select items
  • Madewell – 25% off purchase with code DEALWITHIT, valid through 11/25
  • Nike – extra 25% off select styles with code THANKS
  • Nordstrom – savings up to 60% off on items throughout site
  • Rag and Bone – 25% off everything with code TAKE25, ends 11/26
  • Revolve – up to 50% off select items
  • Paige – 30% off most items with code CYBER30
  • Senreve – spend $500 and receive a free limited-edition smooth bracelet pouch at checkout
  • Shopbop – buy more save more event:
    • 15% off orders $200+
    • 20% off orders $500+
    • 25% off orders $800+
  • Splendid – 40% off everything, no exclusions with code BLACKFRIDAY, ends 11/25
  • The Daily Edited – updated, 10% off all orders, discount automatically applied at checkout
  • Tory Burch – take 30% off $250+ orders, also up to 60% off sale items with code THANKS, ends 11/26
  • Truffle – 25% off sitewide with code CHEER25, valid through 11/26

I have a couple things I’ve been wanting from Violet Grey that I might finally buy. I’m also super tempted by all the L’Occitane sets for the season.

Happy Shopping!

 

Loving Right Now Roundup

10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

March 12, 2018

Loving Right Now, Glow Recipe Watermelon Juice Moisturizer, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Serum, Armani Lip Magnet 508, Bronze Eyeliner NARS, Hourglass Sisley-Paris, Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Lip Gloss, Lanolips Coconut

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Starting the week with a highlight of 10 things that I’ve been loving in the beauty world. There are a lot of spring launches I’ll be covering soon. So many pretty palettes for cheeks and eyes that I’m really excited about and swatching this week. In the meantime a few things in skin, hair and makeup I think are worth checking out right now.

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar, Armani Lip Magnet 508, NARS Kohliner Altiplano, Hourglass 1.5MM Bronze Eyeliner, Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Waterproof Brown

Shown above from left to right:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer ($55) is an ultra smooth glow primer with a soft pearlescent sheen. It’s designed to be color-correcting and help with redness. I find it on the sheer side so for me it doesn’t quite color correct but it does noticeably brighten the skin and prepare it better for foundation application. I’ve also been experimenting with her Hollywood Flawless Filter in a few shades. I’ve worn her Magic Foundation in Shades 5, 6 and 7 depending on how tan I am. I ordered her Hollywood Flawless Filter in 3 and 4. Review soon, but I’ve been loving how versatile it is underneath or on top of foundation.
  • Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer ($28) in Cream and Sugar is now available in the full size. Review and swatches of the lipgloss, lipstick and liner in this post.
  • Armani Lip Magnet in 508 ($38) launched late last year, a few new shades were added to the line. I fell in love with 508 which is the lightest option in the formula and a light neutral nude pink. I also really liked 510 which is a pink plum but found it similar to 507 which I already own and reviewed so passed on that color. I’ve added swatches to the Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stains in the nude shades I own below (review here).
  • I’ve always been a bronze eyeliner fanatic. I find it more interesting than basic browns but still falls in the neutral territory. Three I’ve been obsessed with that don’t smudge, tug or feel dry include:

Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar, Armani Lip Magnet 508, NARS Kohliner Altiplano, Hourglass 1.5MM Bronze Eyeliner, Sisley Phyto-Khol Star Waterproof Brown

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The Daily Edited Large Cosmetic Bag, Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask, Glow Recipe Watermelon Juice Moisturizer, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Serum and Lanolips Coconut Balm

Shown above:

  • Lanolips has been a favorite for a long time for an affordable lip balm that is super hydrating. My favorite has been the Lips 101 Ointment Strawberry Multi-Balm and as the ultimate coconut lover, I went nuts when I learned they launched a Coconutter Multi-Balm version and ordered 3. You can find it at Nordstrom and Ulta Beauty. It’s been in my top 3 lip treatments this past month (the other two loves are Sisley and By Terry). The Lanolips gives instant relief, has a thick enough texture to really hydrate and stay on the lips but doesn’t feel goopy or thick. I haven’t tried the Coconut Hand Cream version yet but I am really tempted to.
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Double Serum ($38) is a leave-in conditioner spray. It’s bi-phase so you have to shake it to mix the two serums. I’ve rediscovered this (I used it a few years ago and loved it and used it up). I’ve found this to be really good to add moisture, shine and help detangle the hair. I can use it as a pre-heat treatment or just spray and let it air dry.
  • Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask ($45) is something I feel 100% lives up to all the hype. It has the best fresh watermelon scent that is very natural smelling and isn’t overly sweet. I’m super picky about what I put on my face at night because I don’t like feeling or smelling product. I feel like it interferes with my sleep, but I still do use night time skincare. The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask feels amazing on the skin. Hydrating but still lightweight. It’s a truly breathable sleeping mask that has soothing watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs. I do wake up with noticeably smoother and balanced skin. It’s something I think everyone should check out. They have the cutest Mini Size ($22 for 1 oz) I plan on taking with me whenever I travel.
  • Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer ($39) is the latest from Glow Recipe. It’s an ultra lightweight moisturizer for oily to combination skin. For me it has just the right amount of moisture but if you’re dry they recommend using it as a serum to layer on before your regular moisturizer. It has a bouncy gel texture which feels really nice and smooth on the face (I usually do not like gels because they’re sticky). It softens and calms my skin.
  • Also this one makes for favorite #11 but I get so many questions about the large cosmetic pouches I have. The one above is by The Daily Edited, it’s the Large Cosmetic Case. I bought two of mine with the Blind Monogram Initials (which means they just emboss it with letters but there’s no gold foil). I’ve also featured my pouches in these posts Best Travel Beauty Cases, San Francisco Travel Packing and Sisley September Subscription Highlights.

 

Loving Right Now, Glow Recipe Watermelon Juice Moisturizer, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Serum, Armani Lip Magnet 508, Bronze Eyeliner NARS, Hourglass Sisley-Paris, Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Lip Gloss, Lanolips Coconut

That wraps up 10 things I’m loving right now! More to come this week featuring new spring makeup launches. What are you loving right now? P.S. I am going to resume weekly giveaways this week. For the month of March, they will be announced weekly to blog newsletter subscribers only. Make sure you’re subscribed to stay in the loop!

Press samples include Glow Recipe Skincare + Sisley Eyeliner.

Empties Roundup Skincare

Empties

March 2, 2018

Beauty Empties via The Beauty Look Book

I’m starting a new series on empties which I’ll be doing every 2-3 months. As a beauty blogger, I test a lot of product and it’s pretty much impossible to use up everything. A lot of you have asked what I do with all the stuff I review or receive. I have favorites I use on a regular basis, I have tried-and-true products I don’t always feature on repeat because they’ve sold out or are limited-edition. Some items I keep on hand for comparisons. I also share a lot with friends, family and readers too! And of course as much as I’d hate to admit this, often times product expires before it gets used up so it gets tossed.

Things I use up or toss on a regular basis such as mascara, liquid eyeliner, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. that I probably won’t share unless you’re interested. In today’s post I’m showing you most of what I used up in January and February of this year. I say “most” because I actually did a huge purge of near empties when we moved. Andrew rescued some of these from our bathroom trash bin and said I should save them for an empties post because he was sure a lot of readers would want to know what I’ve used up. Press samples have a * next to them.

Part 1: Cleansers and Removers

Beauty Empties March | Beauty Look Book

I am obsessed with cleansing waters. I often use them as part of a multi-step process to clean my skin or to remove makeup in between swatches.

  • Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads are pretty much the only makeup remover that will remove my waterproof mascara – thanks to all my readers who recommended this to me via Instagram, also if you buy these in store note there are two variations, the one with the oil is the one you want to get!
  • La Roche Posay Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin – there are several variations of this, I think mine is an older version because the current ones are called Micellar Water Ultra – you can find at a wide range of locations like Target and Ulta, I ordered mine direct from their website
  • Elemis White Flowers Eye and Lip Make-Up Remover is something I used up but won’t repurchase, it takes at least 3 soaked pads for me to remove my waterproof mascara (I have to soak, press onto lids for a few seconds and remove, then repeat)
  • Deborah Lippmann The Stripper Polish Remover is my favorite nail polish remover that won’t dry out the nails or make them peel, it’s gentle enough for me to use frequently especially when I’m swatching nail product
  • MAC Brush Cleanser is something I go through a lot of, and yes you can use baby shampoo, but I actually don’t like it because it always leaves a film on my brushes
  • Bioderma Sensibio Lotion is a gentle toner that I love, I also have the larger size but keep minis on hand for travel
  • Bioderma Sebium H20 is one of my favorite cleansing waters, it won’t remove waterproof makeup but is great for the face (this one still has a tiny bit of product left, probably about 1/2 inch which is why you still see liquid inside)
  • Sephora Collection The Cleanse Daily Brush Cleanser is something I use for a quick clean when I’m swatching, it’s also great for travel if you just need something to do a surface clean
  • MAC Gently Off Wipes + Micellar Water * is gentle to multiple times over when I’m lip swatching or face swatching
  • beautyblender cleanser solid is pretty much the best thing to clean beautyblender sponges

 

Part 2: Hair Products

March Empties Oribe, Moroccanoil, Christophe Robin

Some hair styling products I’ve used up:

 

Part 3: Bath and Shower

Beauty Empties | Beauty Look Book

I go through a lot of bath and shower products. I would say that it’s this category that is missing a lot of my empties because I threw out a ton of used up product a couple weeks ago.

  • Fresh Sugar Lychee Sugar Bath Cubes are my favorite to make the bath smell amazing, these are spendy and the rate I use these up is pretty expensive, but I love them!
  • Verb Ghost Shampoo (large size) I love this shampoo, it’s hard to find product that works well in Florida water! I also bought the conditioner but I don’t condition as much as I shampoo so they always last at least twice as long
  • Le Labo Shampoo and Conditioner are both ones I have mixed feelings on, I like the way they perform and the smell is amazing, but they’re not sulfate free, I don’t know if this is necessarily a bad thing, in Florida I think it’s almost essential to make things lather, the water here is very different from other parts of the US! My husband loves this formula though
  • Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser is a thin formula for body wash but very gentle on the skin
  • Sisley Phyto Blanc Lightening Foam Cleanser * has ingredients to lighten the skin, but I didn’t see much change in my skin, I find it gentle and brightening but not really lightening if that makes sense
  • Jack Black Face Buff is the best face scrub of all time according to Andrew, we both use this so we go through it pretty fast
  • Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Purifying Cleanser is a soft foaming cleanser that is good at removing excess oil without stripping the skin
  • Glamglow Supercleanse Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser is one of Andrew’s favorites as well, I like and use it a lot, I prefer the original version but this is more gentle and I can use it daily or just on oily skin days

 

Part 4: More Skincare

Beauty Empties | Beauty Look Book

More face and body products that were used up:

  • Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment (sample size) is a firming peel off mask, I did have the full size at some point and used it up, it’s suggested you leave on for 20-30 minutes for it to dry and work it’s magic, I don’t usually have that kind of patience but it does work well to firm the skin
  • Glamglow Supermud is the best mask to clear out clogged pores and reduce excess oil, I have lost count of how many I used up
  • Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel is the only face gel I’ve liked, most are too sticky or tacky, I’ve since switched to the Water Cream * which is more lightweight and thinner in texture
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen is one Andrew likes for the fluid texture
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF is Andrew’s favorite face sunscreen, it’s thin and liquid so it absorbs into the skin and doesn’t feel greasy
  • Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen minis I always keep on hand, in the purse and in the car – it’s my favorite body sunscreen that I can reapply regularly without it ever feeling greasy

 

Part 5: Makeup

Beauty Empties | Beauty Look Book

A few makeup empties I kept and one almost there! I throw out mascara every month. There were some lip balms I used up recently as well but I didn’t keep the tubes.

 

Part 6: Fragrance

Beauty Empties | Beauty Look Book

I burn candles on a regular basis and often keep them to recycle for storage. At some point I accumulate too many so I’ve given away quite a few. In February I finished Diptyque Tomas Maier Palm Beach and Baies. I also used up a ton of the miniatures but didn’t keep those.

Creed is a favorite in our house these days. Much to my wallet’s dismay though, Andrew loves Aventus so much he has used up 3 bottles since we discovered it last year. I ended up buying him the flacons for Valentine’s Day and he has a black leather atomizer that he refills. I used up Virgin Island Water in the small size a few months ago but kept the bottle, I think it’s just so pretty I want to keep it!

I also used up Tom Ford Soleil Blanc in the small 5o ml size. Rather than repurchase it I bought the Travel Set (it comes with 3 vials) so I can carry it around with me in my purse. I have the new Eau de Soleil Blanc on my wishlist as well.

Beauty Empties | Beauty Look Book

That wraps up my empties! Will do another one in a couple of months and I’ve made a mental note to keep all things I use up and not toss so I can share for the next post.

Do you use up beauty products frequently? What did you use up in the last month that you can remember? Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I’m going to try and go through all the comments and answer your questions. New post on Sunday!

Roundup

Instagram Roundup, Some FAQs and the Apps I Use

February 1, 2018

Beauty Look Book Anthropologie Mirror, Byredo Tree House, Louis Vuitton Parfums

Happy Thursday! I have three things for you today: an Instagram roundup with some FAQ, a list of the 3 Instagram apps I use and a spring cleaning closet blog sale! I get a lot of questions about my Instagram posts @beautylookbook. Often times the images are snippets from the blog to alert readers a new post is up, other times it’s more of what’s inspiring me. I don’t have a consistent plan or schedule for content – I’d like to be more active and organized and hope to do more this year. First some FAQs:

  • What cameras do you use to take your photos?
    • I have used a few cameras over the years, these days I alternate between my iPhone 6S and Sony a7R II with a FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens. I have an iPhone X which I’m trying to set up as well but I have a long list of things to do and haven’t gotten around to it, but I’m excited to try it! So many of you ask about all the cameras I’ve tried – I did a roundup a few years ago, I’ll try to put together an updated one in the next month or so. For now I’ve started to put together an Amazon Shop Page and I’ll be adding more of the equipment and tools I use that you can refer to. My equipment is usually bought from Amazon or B&H Photo.
  • What apps do you use for Instagram?
  • Can you tell me about (insert product name) in this photo?
    • I get lots of questions about certain products in my photos, I’ll round up my recent ones and go through them below 🙂

Instagram Roundup

Beauty Look Book Beauty Flatlay | Byredo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel Nuvola Rosa Nail Polish, Louis Vuitton Perfumes

We’ve been in our new place for a couple weeks now and yes I’m thrilled we don’t have to move for a while! I’ve been slowly unpacking things and it’s like Christmas as I rediscover things. We’re in the process of ordering furniture, I always forget that delivery can sometimes take a while. For this photo, a lot of you ask about the mirror I have. It’s the Gleaming Primose Mirror in the smallest size. I also recently bought the Byredo Tree House Candle which is a beautiful smoky scent. I smelled this in the Byredo store in Soho last spring and have been dreaming about it ever since. Some of you have noticed the larger sizes of Louis Vuitton perfumes! The Louis Vuitton team sent over an amazing surprise package with a full size of the Apogee and a travel atomizer set of Dans La Peau *. Both are beautiful for spring. I can definitely update you on these. For now you can read my review on all 7 scents in the Les Parfums Miniature Set review. There’s also a new one launching in the spring and I’m dying to smell it!

Everyone has been asking about that pink nail polish, it’s Chanel Nuvola Rosa from the Spring-Summer 2018 Collection. And yes, it’s lovely! The pale pink makeup bag is the Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Case in the Epi material in Dune. It’s held up remarkably well over the years. Some other more affordable options can be found from The Daily Edited.

What's In My Bag | Beauty Look Book

Bag spill shot on my iPhone with a little editing using the Snapseed and Afterlight apps. On the nails is Dior Love for spring. I’m going to try and find you a dupe as it’s sold out and only available online at Dior.com. Handbag favorites are the Chanel La Creme Main * because it has a lovely light scent and an amazing velvety drydown, Sisley Lip Treatment because it has no scent and is lighter in finish than the By Terry Baume de Rose, Tom Ford Lipstick in Lara, Tom Ford Soleil Blanc (in the travel atomizer), and Glossier Lip Gloss (this referral link will get you 10% off your first Glossier order). The Louis Vuitton Tote I have is the Neverfull MM size. It has quite a bit of patina on the leather as it’s been through quite a few rain storms. I find the darker leather or bags like the ones from Goyard hold up better in terms of color in wet rainy areas.

Beauty Look Book Beauty Flatlay | Narsissist Wanted, Louis Vuitton Apogee Perfume, Tom Ford Lavender Lure, NARS Lip Cover Summer Fire

For the flatlays so may of you ask where I get the sheepskin rug. I’ve had a few from Pottery Barn. They’re on the expensive side but so soft and fluffy! One got ruined from our pets chewing their dog treats on it. I try to keep them in places where the dogs don’t go. It’s pretty much the only way to keep them clean. Flats are my favorite flats of all time which are the Chloe Scalloped Flats. I’ve had a black pair for a few years now and they’re the most comfortable ones I’ve bought. Also shown is the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette * (still obsessed), Tom Ford Cheek Duo in Lavender Lure * (so pretty), NARS Lip Cover in Summer Fire *, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz, MAC Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed, L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black, Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist #2 and Louis Vuitton Perfume in Apogee *.

Beauty Look Book Beauty Shelfie

I have received so many questions about my shelfie! The only place in our house that is put together because right now I’m going through tons of boxes trying to find clothes, shoes, skincare etc. If you have more questions let me know. I’ll do a makeup storage post once our house is more put together and I figure out how to organize everything. Details row by row below:

Top Row 1

Middle Row 2

Bottom Row 3

Beauty Look Book Perfumes | The Beauty Look Book

Where do you get your trays? I shop around for different ones – they keep me organized! This one above is the Fishs Eddy Gilded Cafe Mirror Tray. I also like the Acrylic ones and White Lacquered squares from West Elm. CB2 also has some cute options. My rectangular marble tray was from Restoration Hardware.

Photo Editing Apps for Instagram

Most everything on the blog is edited in Photoshop. For the phone, the three Instagram Apps I use include Afterlight, Snapseed and Planoly. In my recent survey most of you said you were not interested in blogging tips but some mentioned questions about photography, Instagram and editing. If you want a more detailed post on this let me know in the comments. You can download all of these on the App Store on your phone.

Instagram Apps

Afterlight and Snapseed are my main go-to’s for image editing. I like the functions on Afterlight to change tone, brightness, sharpness and contrast. Snapseed has a lot of tools to edit the perspective if an image has any distortion. It also has a healing function to fill in gaps along the side. The selective tool is amazing for brightening a specific part of the photo you tap, such as a corner or brighten a shadow – this allows you to brighten one part without changing the entire image.

Afterlight

Afterlight @beautylookbook

Snapseed

Snapseed @beautylookbook

Before and After

Here are a few before and afters, this is just editing for my iPhone photos, blog photos go through a different editing process:

Before and After Editing iPhone

Before and After Editing iPhone

Planoly

Planoly is an Instagram planning tool. It allows me to see how things are going to look from a feed perspective and also helps me plan content. It lets you move unplanned content around so your feed looks a bit more cohesive. If you purchase the paid version you can also see a history of your posts with the times you published them and engagement. The calendar helps give you a bigger picture of how often you’ve posted, what times and historical engagement.

Planoly App Instagram @beautylookbook

Spring Cleaning Blog Sale

Last but not least, I’m doing some spring cleaning for my closet. I’m selling a bunch of bags, wallets and other leather goods to make way for new items. You can check out my Blog Sale Page here (US only).

Blog Sale

I hope you enjoyed this Instagram Roundup! Let me know in the comments if you want to see anything else!

Featured products that were press samples have a * next to them.

Beauty Beauty Favorites Roundup

Five Summer Beauty Loves

July 2, 2017

Summer Beauty Essentials | The Beauty Look Book

I love the summer sunshine and warm weather. It’s one of the main reasons we picked Florida to move to from San Diego because we really just love the sun. I’m especially fond of summer for beauty because bronzer is in and even though I wear it year round, I’m always looking forward to new formulas and colors. There are quite a few new summer launches that I’ve been loving – if I made a comprehensive list it would be quite long. Many of you want a super edited version so I’ve picked my top five summer beauty essentials to share today.

Summer Beauty Lovin' | The Beauty Look Book

Shown above: Towel // Sunglasses // Sandals // Stripe Pouch // Replica Beach Walk // Supergoop! Sunscreen Mousse // Tory Burch Bel Azur Fragrance // Clarins Lip Oils // Guerlain Ultra Shine Bronzer // Shorts // Swimsuit

My five simple summer beauty must-haves include:

  • A good body oil – I just did a roundup of summer body oils for soft glowing skin, of course right after I did my testing Maison Margiela launched a Replica Beach Walk Dry Body Oil (thanks to one of my readers Lori for putting this on my radar!). I still really love my top picks as mentioned in my previous post, but Beach Walk is a summer beach vacation in a bottle. This one has a salty more beachy feel compared to the fragrance version. I think the two layered together makes for the ultimate summer combo. The Dry Oil feels silky smooth on the skin and is nicely hydrating. Also huge plus it comes with a spritzer! Notes include Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin. There’s also a Body Lotion and Shower Gel version too.
  • An everyday sunscreen – my go-to winning brand this summer is Supergoop! with a tie between the Sunscreen Mousse and Everyday Sunscreen. I carry both in my purse almost all the time (I alternate between the two and they both come in travel sizes). Both have SPF 50 and are easy to reapply. I find it impossible to stay out of the sun here in Florida and sun protection is a must. Both have been really good at preventing the burn and protecting skin. Review here and here if you want more info.
  • Summer fragrance – I’ll do a roundup of the best summer smells soon, Tory Burch just launched a new fragrance called Bel Azur and it’s just beautiful. It comes in a few sizes. It has a light fresh and sweet combination with a bright feel. Notes include Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Neroli, Pink Peppercorn, Peony, Patchouli Heart, Vetiver Heart, Cedarwood Oil. I notice peony and neroli a lot in this one.
  • Lip moisturizer – I’m a lip balm junkie and I’ve been really loving the Clarins Lip Oils. They have a nice lush feel and are super easy to just swipe and go. They launched new shades this spring including two that will change color with your lip chemistry. In case you missed it, review and swatches in this post. There are 7 shades total now. They give the lips just a slight tint of color.
  • Bronzer – I’ll forever be loyal to Edward Bess’s Daydream as my holy grail, but this season I’ve also been loving the Becca Sunlit Bronzers and Guerlain Terracotta Ultra Shine Bronzer. For the Guerlain one I have to say Cafe Makeup made me do it. We both stopped by the Guerlain counter during our beauty trip in New York earlier this spring. It rained in the city the day we met up but it didn’t stop us from going all around town to scout out the best in beauty. The artists put this on her at Bergdorfs and it just made her skin glow in a naturally beautiful way! This one is really gorgeous.

Also not beauty-related, but to date the best summer sandal splurge I’ve made are the Tory Burch Miller flip flops. They are really quite expensive but 100% worth the splurge. I wear them everywhere and am a bit embarrassed to admit how many different colors I’ve bought by now but they’re really comfortable and they make wearing flip flops fashionable.

To celebrate summer beauty, I’m giving away 4 $100 eGift Cards to your choice of Nordstrom or Sephora. It’s open internationally but you must enter through the widget below and be 18 years or older. Full details listed in the Terms and Conditions:

  • Four separate people will be selected at random to win a $100 eGift Card to Nordstrom or Sephora
  • Giveaway runs from 7/2/2017 to 7/10/2017 11:45 PM EST
  • Open internationally
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  • Enter by using at least 1 of the steps provided in the widget
  • Winners will be selected at random and e-mailed by 7/12/2017
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Tory Burch Fragrance, Beach Towel Sunglasses, Clarins Lip Oils, Supergoop! Sunscreen gifted.

 

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