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Five Neutral Nude Pinks I’m Loving Right Now

May 24, 2022

Nude Pink Nail Polishes

opening image: round marble tray, coffee table book, sunglasses

You girls know I love a good neutral nude nail, there are so many good shades out there! Wanted to round up 5 I’ve been wearing lately I think are worth checking out. Essie, Olive and June and Gucci shades are applied with 2 coats, the Chanel and Dior have 3 coats.

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Essie Topless and Barefoot is probably one of the most-complimented nail colors I wear. It’s a great perfect pale nude pink. If you’re looking for a quick-dry version I highly recommend checking out Expressie Crop Top and Roll. It’s not exactly the same but it’s really close.

Chanel Onirique

Chanel Le Vernis Onirique

Chanel Le Vernis in Onirique 923 is a really pretty soft pink nude with a hint of peach. It’s on the sheer side but has smooth coverage. If you want a more transparent finish 2 coats is sufficient. I applied 3 for a bit more color. It’s part of the Reve de Chanel collection which I hauled but didn’t review. I think all 3 nail colors are really pretty (if you don’t mind semi-sheer colors). So far I’ve only seen the collection available online at (P.S. I still love Organdi, but I wore it so much I’m trying to switch it up a bit!)

Olive and June

Olive and June CHM

Olive and June has quite a few good neutrals. It’s hard to pick one favorite, I love CDJ, MM, GH, EC, HZ, the list goes on and on. You can check out all their NEUTRAL colors here. I am really loving CHM which is a beige neutral.

Gucci Beauty

Gucci Beauty Annabel Rose

I wish Gucci Beauty would launch more colors because I love the ones I’ve tried so far! Anytime I wear Annabel Rose I always get questions “what nail color are you wearing?” It’s a nice everyday neutral with a tiny bit of shimmer to give it some dimension.

Dior Vernis

Dior Vernis in Nude Look 100

I know a lot of you used to be die hard Dior Vernis collectors. I used to be too. They seemed to have slowed down on new color launches but I recommend checking for the latest. They don’t always launch new colors at other retailers but you can usually find them online at Dior (I love the three new ones for summer!). I hauled Nude Look 100 since I love the lipsticks in this color. Nude Look 100 Nail Polish is a nude pink. It’s a tiny bit transparent with a bit of a jelly finish. Two coats covers my nail maybe 85% of the way. It’s smooth and non-streaky and just a tiny bit of my nail shows through. I love it. I think it’s a great rose nude pink.

I have a lot of other nail polish features on the blog. You can click on the NAIL POLISH category to pull up all the other roundups I’ve done. If you want more nude/neutral swatches you can check out these posts:

For those new to the blog and my Hand/Nail Care Essentials rounded up here. My current go-to base coat is the OPI Natural Base Coat. For top coats I love the OPI Top Coat, Essie Speed Setter and Gel Setter.

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What are your favorite neutrals?

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10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

May 16, 2022

May Skincare Hair Care Favorites Kerastase, Elemis, Naturium

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Wanted to round up 10 things I’m loving right now in a skincare + hair care edition. I feel like I’ve been focused primarily on makeup here on the blog I’ve neglected skincare and hair care. I wanted to give some love to the skincare lovers and readers and highlight some recent new loves and discoveries.


Elemis Skincare Favorites

Marble Tray: Crate and Barrel

I just started using Elemis and I’ve been blown away by how good this line is. I shared a look at some things on stories last week and was happy to hear a lot of good feedback from you! They’ve given me a promo code SABRINA20 to use and save 20% off Elemis from now through June 30th.

I love a good cleansing balm and I tried both the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* (1) and Elemis Pro-Collagen Naked Balm (2). Both are great for removing makeup and sunscreen without stripping the skin. Apply and massage to dry skin and it starts as a balm, transforms into an oil cleanser and then a milky cleanser texture when you add warm water to rinse. These come with a cleansing cloth (love). They can also double as a mask if you leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The Naked one is their unscented version which is really nice especially for those who are sensitive to fragrance in skincare.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm + Resurfacing Pads

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads* (3) are the best resurfacing pads I’ve tried. Most leave a film or are too strong for my skin but these have the perfect formula and strength for me. They have Lactic Acid and Probiotic Ferment Complex to help accelerate skin turnover. I use them 1x per day (although you can use 2x) and it’s helped with skin texture. My skin is prone to a lot of clogging with sweat, sunscreen, and makeup. This helps remove dead skin and exfoliate.

Elemis Favorites


Best Bath Salts

Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak

I think the best kept secrets for the at-home spa are the Dr. Teals Bath Salts. I started taking more salt baths and soaks when Andrew and I started lifting weights. The Epsom salt baths help a lot with the muscle tension. I’ve tried a number of different brands and so far my favorite is the Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak (4). I get these at the grocery store or Target or Ulta. It has the best relaxing spa-like scent to me with the Pink Himalayan and Orange Bergamot mix. Andrew loves it too.

Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak

Marble Bath Caddy: CB2

The packaging isn’t the prettiest so I bought a few jars to store the salts in. I bought this Extra Large Glass Canister and a metal scooper from Crate and Barrel. I’m also not the most careful with glass so I picked up the Medium Matte Ceramic Canister as well to try (lid has a rubber seal). In case you want to know what I hauled at Crate and Barrel I’ve linked them below.

Crate and Barrel Home Haul


Naturium Skincare

Naturium Glow Getter Multi-Oil Body Wash

Another skincare line I’ve discovered this is year Naturium and I’ve been really impressed with their body products. They’re affordable yet effective and very good! I’m still working my way through trying all the Body Washes but I really love the ones I’ve tried. It’s been challenging to find a good sized body wash I really love that won’t break the bank (I repurchase often). My favorite so far is the Naturium Glow Getter Multi-Oil Body Wash* (5).

Naturium Bio-Lipid Restoring Body Lotion

They also launched a body lotion this year called the Naturium Bio-Lipid Restoring Body Lotion* (6) and I’m absolutely obsessed. It’s a really nice fragrance free option that isn’t greasy and absorbs quickly. Highly recommend and it’s $15. You can buy from Naturium and also at Target.

Kerastase Love

Kerastase Chroma Absolu

I visited my hair stylist earlier this month for a root touch up. I don’t highlight my hair anymore but the whites and greys have started to creep in so I see her every few months for a root touch up. You can follow her @melissajeanhairstylist if you’re looking for a great colorist in Tampa!

On my latest trip she was so excited to show me the new Chroma Absolu line from Kerastase and it’s pure love. It’s formulated for color-treated hair and I love it to add shine. It’s one of the best smelling lines I’ve tried.

I bought everything she used on me that was still available in the salon (they were already sold out of a few things) and I went immediately to Sephora to purchase the rest.

I also love the Kerastase Chroma Absolu Shampoo for Fine to Medium Color-Treated Hair (7) and Chroma Absolu Strengthening Conditioner (8). I bought the Gloss Shine Treatment and love it but think I would prefer a mask format instead. They have a Chroma Absolut Anti-Copper Green Mask for Color Treated Hair that’s supposed to neutralize unwanted red or copper tones in brunette hair. If I ever get highlights again I think this would be amazing.

Kerastase Serum Chroma Thermique Hair Serum

The Kerastase Serum Chroma Thermique Hair Serum (9) is my favorite blow dry protectant and frizz reducing spray that I’ve tried from the line so far. It’s better than the Discipline Anti-Frizz Smoothing Spray in my opinion.

A look at my favorite spray treatments from Kerastase. Left to right: Serum Chroma Thermique (I use as a heat protectant), Discipline Fluidissime (anti-frizz spray), Soleil Huile Sirene (bi-phase oil to soften hair, great for summer when your hair is exposed to more sun) and the Genesis Defense Thermique (blow-dry primer).

Best Kerastase Anti-Frizz Heat Protectants

Dior Beauty

Dior La Mousse OFF/ON Foaming Face Cleanser

Last favorite I want to highlight is yet another cleanser! I love cleansers and recently tried the Dior La Mousse OFF/ON Foaming Face Cleanser (10). It’s great to take off all makeup (although I still remove eye makeup first with a makeup remover + cotton pad). It has a whipped foam texture and a little goes a very long way. It also adds hydration and moisture back onto the skin so it’s not stripping. I love that it cleans but doesn’t leave my face feeling tight afterwards. Highly recommend!

May Skincare Favorites

That wraps up my 10 Things I’m Loving Right now! What have you been loving lately?

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Gifted product/press samples have a * next to them. All other items purchased by me.

Beauty Favorites Loving Right Now

April’s Top 10

April 30, 2022

April Favorites

Another month has flown by and I can’t believe it! This has been one of the best months Andrew and I have had in a while, especially with the addition of Ollie to our family! Rounding up April’s Top 10 Favorites. Would love to hear what you loved this month too!

Naghedi St Barths Tote

Naghedi St Barths Medium Tote beautylookbook

I discovered Naghedi this year and love the woven neoprene material. I ordered a few of the St Barths Medium Totes in a few colors. I have from Dove, Capri and Cocoa (color featured). They come with a matching flat zip pouch and I absolutely love them! It’s the perfect size for me. Roomy and large but not too large. I can wear it over the shoulder or on the arm. Cocoa seems to be only available at Bloomingdale’s right now.

Naghedi St Barths Medium Tote beautylookbook\Naghedi St Barths Medium Tote beautylookbook

I just ordered a few of their makeup pouches too. They just launched a Waste Not Collection which includes pieces that use materials and scraps from previous launches. They have some really fun colorful variations! You can also find their products on their website Naghedi NYC.

Celine Sunglasses

Celine 50mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses in Milky White

Ollie is 14 weeks old!

I splurged on another pair of Celine 50mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses in Milky White. I had a gift card to use so I happily used it on these white sunglasses. I have the same ones in Havana/Green. They’re more on the trendy side for me but I love them! Available at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom.

A quick look at some of my favorite Celine Styles

Top to bottom: 50 mm in Milky White / 50 mm polarized in Havana/Green, 48 mm Black/Smoke, 48 mm in Brown (light)

Celine Sunglasses Favorites

Bottega Cassette Belt Bag

Bottega Cassette Belt Bag

I love mini bags and have been loving the Bottega Cassette Belt Bag. I bought this in Miami and wear it cross body style. It fits my phone too! I filmed a Reel of what fits inside. It has a soft leather which feels super luxurious. Already plotting my next Bottega purchase!


Lululemon Belt Bags

Lululemon Everywhere and Mini Belt Bags

Obsessed with all things Lululemon! Both Andrew and I wear things from them almost daily. I love the Everywhere Belt Bags and have collected them in multiple colors. They recently launched a Mini Belt Bag style which I think is super cute. I’m wearing it below!

Lululemon Mini Belt Bag

Too Faced Palette

Too Faced Born This Way Sunset Stripped Palette

The best eye palette this month for me was the Too Faced Born This Way Sunset Stripped Palette. Love all the colors, the texture, formula and finish. Swatches and review in this post here.

Hermes Lip Oils

Hermes Hermesistible Infused Lip Care Oil

My favorite lip product this month was the Hermes Lip Oils. Still highly recommend them! Review + swatches here.

Tom Ford Eclat Nu

Tom Ford Eclat Nu Blush Duo

My favorite blush this month was the Tom Ford Eclat Nu Blush Duo. I wish they would launch more colors in this formula because it works so well with my skin type. Looks natural, has a subtle glow, blends perfectly right into the skin. Review + swatches here

Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturizer

Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer in 32N

I tested a lot of new foundations this month and I really love the Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer in 32N. It looks natural, has a slightly dewy finish (but not too dewy), has enough pigment to even out the skin, and it lasts a decent amount of time for a tinted moisturizer.

Fragrance Favorites

Sol de Janerio Beija Flor Elasti-Cream

I have so many spring fragrance loves and will have a roundup soon. If I had to narrow down my absolute top picks this month though, it would be the Sol de Janerio Beija Flor Elasti-Cream for it’s sweet rich mix of jasmine and pink dragonfruit.

For perfumes I was pleasantly surprised by Mizensir Vert Empire*. It’s one of their new launches and it’s such a beautiful fresh green earthy scent. The notes include orange citrus, cardamom, sandalwood and sage. You can use my promo code SABRINA15 to save 15% off purchases at Mizensir (US).

  • Top notes: Essence of mandarin, essence of cardamom, paradisone
  • Heart notes: Essence of Petitgrain, essence of angelica roots, ambrox
  • Base notes: Essence of benzoin, essence of sage, essence of Australian sandalwood

Mizensir Vert Empire

That wraps up my top ten! What did you love this month?

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Press samples have a * next to them. All other items purchased by me.

Beauty Favorites Nordstrom

10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

April 18, 2022

Nordstrom Beauty Spring Launches Cle de Peau, Jo Malone, Tom Ford

Excited to share a look at some newer beauty launches I’ve been testing out from Nordstrom! I’ve put together an edited roundup of 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now. There’s lot to explore right now from Nordstrom Beauty. I always check their Beauty and Fragrance New Arrivals weekly. They also have a fun Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Idea section with cute sets and ideas. Here’s what I’ve bought and loved recently.

Nordstrom Beauty Spring Launches Cle de Peau, Jo Malone, Tom Ford

New Cle de Peau

Cle de Peau Radiant Cream Foundation + Concealer New Formula O40

Cle de Peau has revamped a number of their cult classics. They reformulated the Cle de Peau Concealer and it now has SPF27. The new version is just as good and opaque as the original, but seems a bit smoother and slightly more lightweight in texture. I use the shade Buff for an exact match.

The Radiant Cream Foundation has also been reformulated and I like this one better than the original. This has a more natural finish, doesn’t feel as dewy/thick, and lasts all day even on my combination skin. From the newer reformulations I’ve also tried the Radiant Fluid Matte and Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation. Out of the three I prefer the Radiant Fluid or Radiant Cream for a natural glow with good coverage without looking heavy. I’m the shade O40 in all three formulas right now. In the summer I’ll use BF50.

Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo Eclat Nu

For cheeks I’ve already featured the Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo Eclat Nu and love it for a truly natural looking blush. It has a pretty medium pink and a soft beige. A number of you wanted to see it swatched on the arm and also next to Reflects Gilt so you could see the shimmer intensity. Eclat Nu has a very subtle radiant glow (no visible shimmer) while Reflects Gilt has that high shine reflective shimmer to it. Lasting power is great for me on both.

Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo Eclat Nu vs Reflects Gilt

Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo Eclat Nu vs Reflects Gilt swatches

Jo Malone

Jo Malone Bitter Mandarin, Aqua Lemon and Orange Blossom Hair Mist review

There are so many new beautiful fragrance launches this time of year. Roundup of my favorites to follow soon! Jo Malone launched quite a few in their New Blossoms Collection which includes Silk Blossom, Sea Daffodil and Bitter Mandarin. All three are gorgeous (I own Silk Blossom in last year’s limited-edition bottle). This year I picked up Bitter Mandarin which smells like a delicious citrus with orange and mandarin mixed with some warm amber for some zest. I would say it’s unisex leaning more towards the masculine side but I really love it on me.

There’s another collection of scents encased in a beautiful light turquoise bottle featuring their Wood Sage and Sea Salt (one of my favorites) alongside four other new scents. The citrus lover in me I fell in love with Aqua Lemon which has a mix of mandarin, lemon and cedarwood. It as an almost soft feel to it even though it’s a citrus. I also have Forest Moss on my radar which has juniper, geranium and moss.

Jo Malone also launched their Orange Blossom Hair Mist in a fun limited-edition packaging with a clear jar and white cap. I love their Orange Blossom scent so I thought this would be fun for summer.

Jo Malone Aqua Lemon

Too Faced

Too Faced Born This Way Sunset Stripped Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced launched another neutral palette called the Born This Way Sunset Stripped Eyeshadow Palette and I’m obsessed. It’s a scented eyeshadow palette. It smells like summer, almost like a beach or pool like scent. Colors are smooth and easy to blend. I love every single color and there’s a good range from light to dark so you can create a wide range of looks. I love the sparkles in this – they are best as toppers for me. Lasting power is great and there’s minimal fallout when I apply on the lids.

Too Faced Born This Way Sunset Stripped Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Born This Way Sunset Stripped Eyeshadow Palette

Lip Loves

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Lip Oils, Hermes Lip Oil, Gucci Lipsticks

Always love playing around with lip colors. I rediscovered my Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Lip Oils. These are a unique gel balm formula that transforms into an oil when you apply. I love that these are hydrating, smooth and colors are beautiful. I love all three, but 2 Pretty is the perfect cool-pink shade.

I just reviewed the Hermes Hermèsistible Infused Lip Care Oils. I 100% think they’re worth the splurge and perfect for spring. Shade 3 is the best bright sheer pink I’ve tried in a long time!

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Lip Oils, Hermes Lip Oil, Gucci Lipsticks

Last is a look at two of the Gucci Rouge de Brilliant Glow and Care Lip Colors. These aren’t new but I just started using these again. I love these because they’re perfect swipe-and-go lip colors with a hydrating balm like finish but with good color coverage. Julie Blush is the perfect peachy pink and Sally Soft Honey is a pretty neutral pink beige. I want to try some of the brighter shades because the finish is so good. Soft shine, good coverage, good lasting power for a balm product and gorgeous colors!

Gucci Rouge de Brilliant Glow and Care Lip Color in Julie Blush

Gucci Rouge de Brilliant Glow and Care Lip Color in Sally Soft Honey

Nordstrom Beauty Spring Launches 2022

That wraps up my 10 Things I’m Loving Right now. If you’ve been wondering about any of these newer launches I hope this roundup helped! You can find all of my favorites available now at Nordstrom.

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Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own. All items were purchased by me.

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Everyday Makeup Favorites from Tarte

April 13, 2022

Everyday Makeup Favorites from Tarte

I’ve been playing with more and more from Tarte over the past year and I’ve discovered quite a few favorites! Tarte always has great options that are easy to wear and long-wearing. Here is what I’ve tested and loved so far!

Tarte Makeup Favorites

Concealers + Foundation

Tarte Face Tape, Shape Tape Concealer 36S

Shape Tape Concealer is a great opaque concealer that is easy to blend and stays put. Their newer Shape Tape Ultra Creamy is better for me. It’s creamier like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but the Tarte is thicker and has more coverage. I alternate between shades 35N or 36S for both formulas.

I’ve tried a few foundations from Tarte in the past but never found one I truly loved until recently. The latest one I’ve tried is the Face Tape Foundation in 36S which is a nice one if you like full coverage and long lasting power. Since it’s opaque you do need an almost exact match. I liked it but didn’t love it until I tried it with the Base Tape Hydrating Primer. It’s great for smoothing, priming and hydrating without feeling too heavy. I’ve been using a few mini samples and just ordered the full size.

Blush + Bronzer

Tarte Maneater Blush and Glow Cheek Plumps

The Maneater Blush and Glow Cheek Plumps are a huge hit for me! They’re a liquid-gel formula that’s easy to apply and blend. I have three of the neutrals in Buff, Pink and Peachy Pink which are great for everyday. They give the skin a dewy blush without looking or feeling too emollient or dewy.

For bronzers I like the Park Ave Princess Glow Bronzer for a natural glow. It’s a neutral bronze that looks nice without any orange undertones. They also have a Matte Version available in two shades.

Tarte Park Ave Princess Glow Bronzer

Tarte Blush, Bronzer, Foundation, Concealer Swatches

Eye Makeup

Tarte Leave Your Mark Eyeshadow Palette and Tartlette Baby Bloom

I’ve played with a few of their eyeshadow palettes and really love the Leave Your Mark Eyeshadow Palette. It has everything for a complete neutral tan-gold-pink eye look. I’ll use the shimmery pale shades as a cheek highlighter as well. Pigment is medium but buildable and colors are easy to blend. This is a great no-fuss kind of palette.

Tarte Leave Your Mark Palette swatches

Their mini eyeshadow palettes are also really cute and easy to wear. I love the Tartelette Baby Bloom for a pretty mix of colors. It has a good range with just 6 colors so you can create a number of different looks. It has pretty shimmers and a couple mattes.

Tartelette Baby Bloom Eyeshadow Palette swatches

The Quick Stick Shadow Liners are fun for a one-and-done kind of product. Just apply the cream shadow end all over the lid and line with the other side. The shadows stay put once they set and the liner is a nice creamy smudgeable kind of pencil. I have Taupe Luster + Black and Rose Gold + Brown. I just ordered the Golden Pink color. I think they’re going to be great for travel too.

Juicy Lip Balms

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump in Primrose

Last but not least many of you know I’m a huge fan of the Maracuja Juicy Lip Balms. They’re some of the best click-style tinted balms that I’ve tried. My top 3 favorite colors are Grapefruit and Rose. They have pretty good pigment for a tinted balm. Love the hydrating feel, shine and texture.

They recently launched their Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump which has the same moisture, pigment and finish, just with a plumping effect. They feel cool on the lips and I love that the tingle is pretty minimal. I love all the colors I bought. I’m wearing Primrose in this post.

Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump

Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump

That wraps up my current Tarte favorites. There’s so much I haven’t tried yet and I’m slowly working my way through trying more in their line.

If you have any favorites let me know! I’ve been really curious about the Tartelette Full Bloom Eyeshadow Palette and SEA Power Flex Concealer. Let me know what else I should try if you’re a Tarte expert!

In this post I’m wearing:

  • Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer
  • Face Tape Foundation 36S
  • Shape Tape Ultra Creamy 36S
  • Quick Stick in Rose Gold / Brown
  • Leave Your Mark Eyeshadow Palette
  • Maneater Mascara Mini
  • Maneater Blush and Glow Peachy Pink
  • Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
  • Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump in Primrose
  • Top from Reformation

Makeup Look in Action in my latest Reel too!

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Items I hauled are from Tarte, Ulta Beauty and Sephora.

Beauty Favorites Sephora Skincare

Skincare Favorites + Staples from Sephora

March 31, 2022

Best Skincare to Shop During the Sephora Sale

The Sephora Spring Savings Event starts tomorrow! The event runs 4/1 through 4/11 for Beauty Insiders with early access for Rouge Members starting first. I’ve rounded up the best skincare tries by category. I rotate frequently depending on season and how my skin is acting. Here is what I’ve tried and loved. If you’re looking for something new I hope you find this list of recommendations helpful!

Dates and Details

Use code SAVESPRING at checkout to save. You can use the code multiple times throughout the event! The access dates and details for each tier (exclusions apply):

  • Rouge Members save 20% off 4/1 – 4/11
  • VIB Members can save 15% off 4/5 – 4/11
  • Insiders save 10% off 4/7 – 4/11

Also all Sephora Collection items are going to me marked down to 30% off (no promo code needed for these items) throughout the event. Here is what I have had in rotation and loved by category:

Cleansers + Makeup Removers

Best most repurchased cleansers are from Kate Somerville, I love pretty much everything in her line! She has an excellent range of effective skincare for all skin types.

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Toners + Serum + Moisturizers

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Night Treatment + Face Masks

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Sunscreens – Face

I’m currently testing a lot of sunscreens and will have a roundup as soon as I can, but here are my favorites right now:

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Body Care

I could probably do an entire list of body care favorites but to keep it edited and more streamlined, here are my favorites:

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Lip Treatments

My Top 5 formulas + Andrew’s favorite:

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That wraps up my favorites in skin care and body care! Let me know if you need any other recommendations or have questions! Stay tuned for another roundup tomorrow with my all-time favorite foundations + bases!

Beauty Favorites Nordstrom Roundup

Beauty Essentials to Pack For Your Next Vacation

March 14, 2022

Vacation Makeup Essentials

We’re back from another week in Miami and we had such a great time in the sunshine! Today I’m sharing my vacation makeup essentials featuring favorites from Nordstrom. They carry most of my go-to brands and beauty staples. I love browsing their New Beauty Launches on a weekly basis for the latest!

Stephanie Johnson Miami Makeup Bags

I’m always on the hunt for cute functional makeup bags to take on travel. Stephanie Johnson has some really cute options and I bought the Miami Palm Medium Makeup Bag ($35) and the Zip Around Medium Makeup Bag ($40). (There’s also a Jumbo Size available too).

The zip around case is the perfect size for essentials. Quality is great and they have other prints available too. The flat one is also nice and perfect to hold beach essentials like sunscreen, lip balm, perfume etc. I love the sleek and streamlined design. Also love being able to see inside through the sides since the material is slightly see-through.

Base Essentials

Vacation Makeup Essentials

My go-to vacation base combination is the Chanel CC Cream with SPF 50 ($55, I wear 40 Beige), YSL Touche Eclat All-Over Concealer Pen ($38, I wear Shade 3 or 4.5) and the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Filter Powder ($45, Shade Medium is my match). My base rotates depending on season and weather but time after time I keep going back to these 3 staples.

I love the Chanel CC Cream because it has the perfect texture and coverage (I blend it with a sponge) and has a high SPF. It’s one that lasts all day and looks good in photos.

The YSL Touche Eclat ($38) is a nice brightener for under the eyes and works to conceal redness around my nose. I use the classic Touche Eclat most of the time, but they also have a Touche Eclat High Cover version ($38). It has more coverage and in my experience it’s just as good, just more pigmented.

Pressed powders are always the way to go for for travel. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder ($45) in Medium to set, blur and smooth the skin. Two other favorites for blurring powders are the Chantecaille Blur Finishing Powder ($79) or Sisley Blur Expert ($105). Expensive but worth the splurge!

Best Makeup Bases: Charlotte Tilbury, YSL and Chanel

Bronzer, Blush, Highlight

I love trying new bronzers each season. My go-to bronzer of the moment is the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Powder in Deep ($58). Anytime someone asks what bronzer I’m wearing it’s this one! For my no-fuss natural looking blush I love the NARS Orgasm Blush ($30) for a pretty flattering soft peachy pink with gold shimmer. The Tom Ford Soleil Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt ($89) has been a long-time staple I really love too. I also use this on the eyes sometimes!

NARS Orgasm Blush

Vacation Makeup Essentials Chanel Les Beiges, NARS Orgasm, Tom Ford Reflects Gilt

Eye Makeup Favorites

For the eyes I think the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Crème in Tiger Eye ($89) is the perfect palette for a pretty vacation eye look. I brought 3 eye palettes with me on my trip and this was the easiest to use for a quick eye look. My current favorite eyeliners are the Sisley Phyto-Khol Star ($62) in Sparkling Bronze and Black. They have lots of colors and the formula stays put all day (also available in a Matte Version). I always pack the Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Pen ($59) for a liquid liner. My favorite mascara right now is the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl ($29.50).

Eye Makeup Favorites

Lip Favorites

Spring to Summer Lip Favorites

For lips I tend to pack way too many lip products even though I usually use 1-2 shades on vacation! I’m all about the shine lipsticks and absolutely love the Sisley Phyto-Rouge Shine ($60) for a hydrating lipstick with a glossy finish. Dior just launched their new Addict Shine Refillable Lipstick ($39) and they have so many good colors. I picked up a few of the neutrals and immediately fell in love with their classic Nude Look 100. They also have a few Couture Cases in Silver, Denim and Pink available separately. You can interchange them which is super cute and fun! (Haul + review on what I picked soon.)

The NARS Afterglow Lip Shine in Orgasm ($26) offers the smoothest finish I’ve tried for a gloss with a pretty peachy pink shine. Love pairing this with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Pencil ($18) in Sun Baked.

Spring to Summer Lip Favorites


Sunscreen, Perfume, Hair

Vacation Perfume and Sunscreen favorites

I’m currently testing several new sunscreen formulas and will have a roundup soon. The one I liked the best during my trip was the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion ($49). It has a clear transparent finish (no white cast), has a good dry down, blends in easily and has the longest lasting power on me. It’s easy to reapply without feeling goopy or thick.

My go-to vacation perfume is the Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel in Paris-Riviera ($90 to $140). I have this in both the travel and full size. It’s my most-worn scent these days and it’s Andrew’s favorite on me! I also adore the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc in the Shimmering Body Oil (love the mini sized duo).

I’ve started to get into scrunchies for hair accessories and splurged on this chic Saint Lauren Bandana Scrunchie. Spendy but I love it. Lots of other cute Hair Accessories at Nordstrom that are more affordable in hair clips, scrunchies, scarfs and more.

For hair styling products I found the dpHUE Color Fresh Leave-In Conditioner ($28) to be the best multi-tasker for me. It worked to detangle, condition and smooth the hair while doubling as a good heat protectant for my hair dryer.

Vacation Makeup Favorites

You can find all of my favorites at Nordstrom.

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Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own.

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