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Memorial Day Sales 2020

May 22, 2020

Warm Weather Favorites By Terry Tea to Tan, IGK Jet Lag, Rayban

Rounding up all of the Memorial Day Sales happening now for beauty! Included a few others for home and fashion. If you have any others to add let me know in the comments!

BEAUTY SALES

Antica Farmacista – Save 20% off sitewide through Monday with code MEMORIALDAY

Beautylish – Spring into Summer Event, save up to 50% off bundles

Becca Cosmetics – 30% off Sunlit Bronzer and 5 deluxe samples with purchases of $75+

Bite Beauty – 4-piece set on every $40+ order including: mini Agave+ Intensive Lip Mask in Agave, mini Outburst Longwear Lip Stain in Orange Fizz, Kiss Printed Makeup Pouch & Round Mirror, use code: SUMMERNOW ends 5/25

Bloomingdale’s – Memorial Day savings 30-50% off select items, extra 50% off marked items

By Terry – 20% off sitewide with code GLOW20, through the weekend

Clarins – Save up to 30% off select products, choose 5 travel sizes with any $100+ order, use code MDW20

Charlotte Tilbury – Save up to 22% off Magical Savings bundles

CoverFX – Use code SUNNY for 20% off all orders, plus a free gift on orders of $65+

Dermstore – 20% off sale on participating brands with code SUMMER, ends May 27

Drybar – 20% off select tools online and select shops

EM Cosmetics

  • Spend $50 get 10% off with code HAPPY10
  • Spend $75 get 15% off with code HAPPY15
  • Spend $100 get 20% off with code HAPPY20

Farmacy Beauty – 25% off + free tote with orders $100+ with code SUMMER25

IGK Hair – 20% Off sitewide with code MAY20, ends 5/31

It Cosmetics – 25% off sitewide + free shipping, no code needed

Kate Somerville – Free full size ExfoliKate Cleanser with purchases $65+ this weekend with code EXFMAY

Kiehl’s – 15% off any sunscreen and SPF product with code SUN, ends 5/27

Kerastase – Spend more get more minis with $85 – $125 spend, use code MEM20

Lancome – 25% off sitewide, no exclusions

Molton Brown – 20% off online through 5/25, no promo required

Pat McGrath Labs – Save up to 40% off eye and lip spring products, prices as marked

Peace Out Skincare – Save 15% off sitewide with code MDAY15

REN Skincare – Weekend savings:

  • Save $10 off orders $50+ with code SAVE10
  • Save $15 off orders $70+ with code SAVE15
  • Save $25 off orders $100+ with code SAVE25

Sephora – Save up to 50% off for Memorial Day, prices marked down

Sisley Paris US – 20% off sitewide, no code needed

Smashbox – Take up to $50 off purchases

  • Spend $50 get $10 off
  • Spend $75 get $15 off
  • Spend $100 get $25 off
  • Spend $150 get $50 off

Soko Glam – Glow Savings

  • 15% off orders $50+ with code GLOW50
  • 20% off orders $85+ with code GLOW85

Tatcha – Mini Silk Canvas with orders $100+ use code SILK20

Tarte – $25 summer steals (includes palettes, shape tape and more), runs 5/22 through 5/24

T3 Micro – Spend more save more event

  • Spend $150 get $25 off with code SAVE25
  • Spend $250 get $50 off with code SAVE50
  • Spend $400 get $100 off with code SAVE100

Peace Out Skincare – 15% off with code MDAY15

Violet Grey – Summer savings at checkout

  • $15 off $100
  • $50 off $250
  • $100 off $500
  • $250 off $1,000+

HOME DECOR

CB2 – Save up to 40% off all things outdoor, added daily weekend deals change daily throughout the weekend

Crate and Barrel – Up to 40% off sitewide, exclusions apply

Pottery Barn – Buy more, save more 10% off $100 or more, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $1,500 or more with code SAVEMORE

Serena and Lily – 20% off sale with code LIVEWELL

West Elm – Buy more, save more 10% off $100 or more, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $1,500 or more with code SAVEMORE

Williams-Sonoma – Special limited-time savings throughout Memorial Day

FASHION / FITNESS

Alo Yoga – Save up to 50% off OMG sale items

Ann Taylor – 60% off with code SUMMER

Banana Republic – Save up to 75% off everything including new arrivals

Club Monaco – Save 25% off purchases with code LONGWEEKEND

Coach – Select styles up to 50% off

Current Elliott – Extra 60% off sale styles, prices taken at checkout

Equipment – Extra 60% off sale styles, prices taken at checkout

Frame – Save an extra 30% off sale items

Jcrew – Up to 60% off purchase with code HISUMMER

Joie – Extra 60% off sale styles, prices taken at checkout

Nike – All sale items up to 40% off

Paige – 30% off all white styles with code WHITEOUT30

Ray-ban – 20% off selected eye wear, 30% off online exclusives with code FLASHSALE

Revolve – Take an extra 20% off sale items

Sam Edelman – Start of summer sale with an extra 30% off with code MEMORIAL30

Splendid – 40% off almost everything with code THISISBIG

Stuart Weitzman – Take 40% off warm-weather styles with code NEWWEDGES

Tory Burch – 25% off select styles with code TOGETHER

 

Hauls Roundup

Five Things

May 4, 2020

May New Beauty Launches Beauty Shelf

I cannot believe it is already May! It seems as though summer will almost be here and I feel like it was just yesterday the new year arrived. I have a quick roundup today featuring five new things I have been just started testing but wanted to put on your radar. A lot of you have been asking me about a couple of these I previewed on Instagram stories so I hope this will answer all your questions!

1 / Gisou

Beauty Look Book Review Gisou Minis

First I wanted to let you know that Gisou restocked their Mini Series Set ($55 available online at Gisou). I’ve loved their Hair Oil and a few other items from the line. I had been wanting to try their hair mask and heat protectant spray so when they launched a minis set I thought it was a perfect way to try. The set sold out within one day when it launched but just restocked. I plan on buying the full sizes of the Heat Protectant Spray – I think it’s a really nice one! (You can also find the full size items at Revolve, but minis and travel sizes are exclusive to Gisou.)

2 / Glossier Hand Cream

Glossier Hand Cream Review

Glossier launched Hand Cream in the cutest most creative packaging I’ve ever seen. And of course it’s PINK! My DMs have been flooded with questions about the formula. You want to know is it actually good and not just worth it for the cute packaging? I bought two and at $18 each I do think they’re worth it. It has a semi thick texture but absorbs into the skin easily. It has a soft dry down so there’s no sticky residue – similar to the Chanel Hand Cream. The Glossier does smooth the skin, offers a nice lightweight veil of moisture, but it is very lightweight and not super rich. It has a soft pleasant perfumed scent like a watered down version of their perfume. The packaging has the perfect amount of flexibility to squeeze easily but still bounce back and retain its shape. I like it for lightweight hydration, but if you need a lot of moisture I still think L’Occitane or Chanel will be better.

3 / Fresh Petal Soft Lip Cream

Fresh Rose Petal Soft Lip Balm Review

Fresh added a couple new things to their rose skincare line including the Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum (still testing) and the Rose Petal-Soft Lip Cream. I immediately started using the lip cream the day it arrived and am 100% in love. I think it’s a super nice hydrating soft cushiony balm. Think By Terry Baume de Rose but softer and not quite as thick in texture. I love how the Fresh Rose Petal-Soft Lip Cream feels and it has a soft pleasant rose scent.

4 / Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Foundation

Armani Neo Nude Foundation in 6.5

Ever since the Armani Neo Nude Foundation popped up online so many of you have asked for a review. I ordered Shade 6.5 online sight unseen and it’s a perfect match right now. It has a thin easy to blend texture with medium coverage. It’s supposed to give the skin a glow effect but on me it looks very matte. I like how it looks natural on my face but I still prefer the Luminous Silk Foundation formula and finish as it has some glow/luminosity. For a matte finish base I find the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation is still better – I like the way it blends and sits on my skin. Still I do think the Neo Nude Foundation is a nice lightweight base that is easy to blend and looks natural, I just find other bases better. It has silicone and alcohol in the ingredient list (which is hit or miss for my skin depending on how high up it is on the list). It did not irritate me but your mileage may vary.

Here are swatches next to the other 6.5 shades I have and wear:

Luminous Silk Foundation
Neo-Nude Foundation
Luminous Silk Concealer
Power Fabric Concealer

Armani 6.5 Foundation Swatches Luminous Silk vs Neo Nude

5 / Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm

Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm Perfect Pink and Nude Chill

Last is a sneak peek of the Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balms. I managed to order a few shades before they sold out on Sephora for the recent sale. I’ll have a full review soon, but I like these SO much better than the stick version (which I actually hated). I’ve been playing around with 001 Perfect Pink (soft pink that turns a soft flushed pink) and 17 Nude Chill (perfect beige). They have a semi thick but non-sticky finish. The liquid balm has a cushiony feel with shea butter and has a slight plumping feel but minimal tingle. I really like how easy to apply and love the pigment. More to follow soon as I’m still waiting on a couple other shades to arrive but I really like these!

Below wearing the Armani Neo Nude Foundation in 6.5, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder in Medium, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light, NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm, Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm in Perfect Pink, Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Honeymoon

Armani Neo Nude 6.5 and Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm in Perfect Pink

That wraps up my Five Things Roundup today! Hope your week is off to a good start and hope you’re all hanging in there! Sending you lots of love and good vibes.

 

 

Fresh Rose Skincare provided for review. Other items purchased by me.

Laura Mercier Roundup

Best of Laura Mercier

April 6, 2020

Best of Laura Mercier

Today I’m doing a best of roundup of one of my favorite makeup brands Laura Mercier. I have swatches of the new Caviar Stick Eye Colors and thought it might be a good time to do an updated round up of my favorite everyday makeup staples from the line. I get asked for my everyday makeup staples quite frequently and I’ve done several with a mix of brands. Some of you have asked for round ups by brand so I’ve decided to start with Laura Mercier. I’ve used them for years and even through numerous reformulations and revamps still find I use something from the brand almost daily.

If you like classic easy to wear looks and are in search of makeup staples I’m rounding up my favorites today.

Foundation Primers

Laura Mercier New Primers

I have a love/hate relationship with most primers. In my opinion there’s no one-primer-fits all formula. While I do find many will smooth and prep skin and also extend the wear I think finding a good primer depends on your skin type and also what foundation formulas you wear. As a good starting point, I’d recommend sticking with the same brand of primer and foundation as they usually make formulas that are compatible with their entire brand. For example I do think if you use an oil-free primer it might not be compatible with an oil-based foundation. If you find your foundation is separating on your skin I’d suggest looking at the ingredients and taking a look at what moisturizer or primer you are using underneath.

All that said, I put all of the new Pure Canvas Primers from Laura Mercier to the test. Since I use the Flawless Fusion or Flawess Lumiere Radiance formulas most frequently, I felt the new primers would all be compatible. Out of all the new ones my top three are the Protecting SPF 30, Illuminating (when I want more glow) and the Perfecting. All three will smooth the skin to give you better foundation application and help extend the wear. I don’t use them everyday as I think the foundations I have are quite good with lasting power and application, but I do think these are nice ones to try. They’re unscented and silicone-free for those looking for options suitable for sensitive skin.

Foundation and Concealer

Best Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Foundation

I’ve written about the Laura Mercier Foundations countless times. Brands often reformulate and revamp and I have been really happy with all of the bases I’ve tried from the brand. My top 4 favorites:

Setting Powders

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

I use the classic Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder on a regular basis with their Powder Puff or a Powder Brush. I also really like their Loose Glow Powders which I use more as a highlighter (lighter shade) or bronzer (for the deep color). The classic Translucent Loose doesn’t add any color and is compatible with all of the foundations I use regardless of brand/formula. Even though it’s white it doesn’t add any white cast to my skin. If you’re a long-time Laura Mercier fan you might remember she used to have tinted versions of the matte loose powder, I really wish they would bring those back!

Eyeshadows

For eyeshadows my absolute favorites are her Caviar Stick Eye Colors. I use Rosegold and Copper religiously for an all over wash or as a base for powder shadows. Rosegold is the best neutral shimmer – it looks good alone or with other shades. For her cream shadows I find they are creamy and easy to blend. Pigment ranges from sheer to full depending on how much you layer or blend (with fingers or a brush). Once they set they stay put on my eyes but they remain creamy long enough to work with.

She launched 12 new shades recently, I swatched and played with 10 of them (the ones I thought I would actually wear). They run warm and on the pink side. The fuchsia colors or pinks aren’t really my vibe but I swatched them anyways. I was able to wear Raspberry and Magenta when layered/mixed with other shades though. My favorite of the new ones are the pinks in Sunrise and Nude Rose.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color new shades

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color swatches

I swatched 10 of the 12 new colors (there are 2 blue shades I didn’t swatch), new ones include:

  • Pearl is a pale cool white shimmer
  • Sunbeam is a pale yellow shimmer
  • Golden is a yellow gold shimmer
  • Sunrise is a satiny soft warm light pink with a slight sheen
  • Nude Rose is a shimmery rose pink
  • Sienna is a shimmery orange
  • Raspberry is a shimmery mauve rose
  • Burgundy is a slightly deeper plum shimmer
  • Magenta is a hot pink shimmer
  • Violet is a shimmery violet

I wear Rosegold, Copper and Sandglow the most frequently. In pulling the products for my roundup it occurred to me that it has been a while since I swatched the colors I have. These are the shimmer colors. There are also matte options but I find they pull a little dry on me. Colors swatched: Beam, Sugar Frost, Rosegold, Magnetic Pink, Moonlight, Grey Pearl, Intense Moonlight, Metallic Taupe, Sandglow and Copper.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color swatches

Purples and deeper shades: Rush, Orchid, Intense Amethyst, Violet, Burgundy, Amethyst, Burnished Bronze, Plum, Cocoa and Smoke. I use the last 3 colors swatched as liner, I’ll apply them onto a detail brush and then smoke or smudge them along my lash line.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color swatches

Highlighters

The world has gone highlighter crazy and the trend doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Even with all the new launches I think the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator remains a good everyday staple. Indiscretion is the best neutral champagne in my opinion. It has enough warmth to not look overly frosty or pale on my skin. I ordered the two newest ones with the floral pattern from Nordstrom and think they’re beautiful!

  • Affection (new) is a light pale champagne shimmer, it has a good amount of shimmer in it but is smooth
  • Sensation (new) is a shimmery copper, on me it pulls more like a shimmery blush/bronzer but isn’t too orange
  • Devotion is a pale pink shimmer
  • Addiction is a pale yellow gold shimmer
  • Indiscretion is the best neutral champagne highlighter
  • Inspiration is a lovely pink mauve frost (detailed review + look here)

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Swatches

Color: Blush, Lipstick + Gloss

Classic Neutral Makeup Laura Mercier

For color all the Laura Mercier products have gone through a reformulation at some point. I like what I’ve seen so far! The Blush Color Infusion in Fresco is a perfect everyday neutral blush. It has a tiny bit of shimmer so it’s not flat. I like that it adds a bit of warmth and color without darkening or oxidizing like a lot of nude blushes can do. For the lips the Rouge Essential Silky Creme Lipsticks are the best no-fuss classic lip formula. They’re creamy with full coverage but feel weightless. There’s a bit of shine in the finish which gives them a more natural lush look. I love all the neutrals but find Brun Pale and Nu Prefere are my kind of everyday nudes. I’ve used the Lip Glace since my high school days long before the repackaging and reformulation. I actually really liked the original perfume scent these had back in the day. Right now they’re vanilla scented and have a slightly sticky feel but it’s not too thick. Opal is my favorite for layering on practically everything.

A couple close ups wearing:

 

Everyday Neutrals with Laura Mercier

Everyday Neutrals with Laura Mercier

Best Everyday Makeup from Laura Mercier

That wraps up my favorites from Laura Mercier! I hope you found the favorites helpful. If you want any other brands featured in a Top 10 or Best Of post let me know in the comments.

You can find Laura Mercier available online at Laura Mercier, Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and all other Laura Mercier retailers.

 

Most Laura Mercier products featured are press samples. Items purchased by me include the Face Illuminators in Indiscretion (repurchase), Affection, Sensation, Lip Glace in Opal, Tinted Moisturizer in Sand 3N1.

 

Lifestyle Roundup

Checking In

April 2, 2020

Beauty LookBook Vanity Desk

Just wanted to do a quick check in post to say hi and see how you are all holding up. The world feels like everything has been turned upside down and life feels like one long extended nightmare. In Florida we are now on a state-wide stay-at-home-order although it started earlier in our county with lots of businesses closing except for the essentials. Grocery stores, pharmacies, take-out food and pet stores etc are still open, but our beaches have been closed as well as some parks. A lot of our favorite bakeries and cafes have closed. The panic buying continues here (it started a lot later here than other places). It’s still nearly impossible to find toilet paper in stores. The paper towel aisle and cleaning sections always seem to be cleared out.

We are holding up just fine – we are social distancing but continuing outdoor walks to stay active and trying to support local businesses with take out as much as we can. We took our bikes for a ride last weekend at some parks and nearby trails – although with many parks being closed we aren’t sure how long we can do this. At home we are enjoying time in our backyard, doing more home work outs, cleaning and organizing. We just started watching the new season of Ozarks and Westworld. Better Call Saul is also on my list. I’m trying to stay distracted to stay sane and positive. Really looking forward to the days when things can and will go back to normal.

So how are you holding up? What have you been doing to stay busy at home? I wanted to answer some FAQs on new beauty launches – so many of you have been asking about things since everything now is literally online only. On my more immediate to-do list I will be reviewing the new Armani concealer, Chanel Les Beiges, By Terry summer and new Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks.

From recent posts, several of you have asked where this round mirror is from. I found it at Target and think it’s super cute. My other favorite makeup mirrors here.

Beauty Look Book beauty room setup

I haven’t been getting good sleep lately. Unfortunately I’m sure this is the case for many of you. I’ve woken up with puffy eyes more and these 111Skin Eye Masks have been life savers for me. I really love the Sub Zero De-Puffing Eye Masks (blue ones) are my favorites. I also really like the Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Masks as well (pink package). They’re a really nice treat in the mornings and I think they’re 100% worth the splurge. Some retailers carry them in 1 sheet packs too. I haven’t had much luck with melatonin sleep aids in the past but I’ve ordered the HUM Beauty zzZz to try as I really like their other supplements. If you have any favorites let me know.

111Skin Sheet Eye Masks

My favorite at-home comfy things to wear are the APL Techloom Slides. I own them in so many colors and bought some for Andrew too. They have nice support and are so much better than flats or sandals that have no cushion. We wear ours everywhere. The lighter colors are easy to clean up – I just throw them in the washing machine but air dry them. Below is the color Parchment (toes is an older nail polish color in Chanel Resplendissant).

APL Slides

My sweet girl Lucy and me in our backyard, she’s 15 this year! We really miss Jake who passed away over the summer. (Wearing Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine in Peace Star.)

Sabrina and Lucy in our Backyard

For those asking about DIY manicure tips, I’ve done several hand nail care routine posts in the past. I’ve been doing my own since we moved to Florida (for over 3 years now) since I’ve never quite found a salon that I really liked. In case you want to do your nails at home and want some tips you can find my most recent Hand and Nail Care Routine article here. Quick note that I think some of my holy grails from Deborah Lippmann have been reformulated. I ordered replacements and they don’t perform the same! I’m trying out some other cuticle softeners/removers from Sally Hansen and CND hoping they’ll work better.

Nail Polish Application Tips from Sabrina The Beauty Look Book

Will have the Chanel Les Beiges 2020 collection review soon! (Ordered everything except the 2 nail colors, still undecided about those.) I will also review the new Armani Luminous Silk Concealer (ordered 6.5 which is a good match for the 6.5 foundation).

Beauty Look Book Vanity Bathroom

How are you all holding up? What are some things that have helped you remain calm or sane? Any good new TV shows to binge watch? Good movies you love to re-watch? How are you staying active at home or are you able to go outdoors?

Hoping you are all well and safe. Sending lots of love. I’m doing a lot of stress eating at home to cope!

 

Roundup Skincare

Winter Skin Care Loves

January 9, 2020

Winter Skin Care Savers

makeup bag set from Cuyana

It’s our third winter in Florida and I cannot believe how the time has flown! It feels like it was just a short while ago that we were driving across the country to start a new chapter of our lives. Most of the year we find Florida to be sunny and warm but we’ve had a cold winter (it’s been colder than I remember it being in past years) and everything is significantly more dry. My skin has definitely felt it and so I’ve changed up my routine. Here are some things I’ve been loving recently for lips, hands and body to combat the dry weather.

Hydrating Lip Favorites

Favorite Hydrating Lip Essentials NARS, Hourglass, EM Cosmetics, Fresh

I’m still recovering from shock that Bite Beauty discontinued my holy grail lip mask and I know many of you are too. They’ve done some sneak peeks of their brand revamp on social and they’re launching their new Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask on January 10th at Sephora. I will be ordering it to try out. In the meantime, what I have in rotation now:

  • NARS Afterglow Lip Balms* are my most reached for balms these days. I always keep one in my purse! The original Orgasm shade swatched here. New spring shades swatched here. I’m constantly asked for an alternative to the Dior Addict Lip Glow because they often shift to an unflattering color. The ones from NARS have a more subtle color change and are nicely hydrating. I can wear it to the gym, use it for touch ups or on low-key makeup days.
  • By Terry Baume de Rose (mini size shown which was limited-edition) is the thickest most lush hydrating pot lip balm I’ve tried. It’s also one of the most expensive lip splurges I’ve made and repurchased several times over because I do think it’s 100% worth it. I will need to repurchase the full size very soon as I’ve nearly finished all the minis I’ve kept on hand.
  • EM Cosmetics Lip Cushion in Magic Hour* is more of a color product rather than skincare, but it’s the most hydrating lipstick I’ve ever tried! It feels lush and hydrating and smooth on the lips and is very comforting. I feel like it is a truly universally flattering color (as described) and it comes in the prettiest peachy pink nude with a lush shine. I hope they will launch this in more colors! Full review + swatches soon.
  • Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil in any of the tinted shades are the best lip oils I’ve tried. There are a number of “oil-infused” launches this spring and I will be doing an updated lip roundup soon. Many of them just don’t hold up to my expectations for hydration. A lot of them will add a nice shine to the lips like a gloss but don’t have the same hydrating properties like a true oil. As expensive as the Hourglass ones are I think they’re among the best. You can see the tinted versions swatched in my last year’s balm hits and misses here.
  • Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment is a balm I always find myself gifting away. I accumulate a lot from GWPs, press samples and various sets so I’m always splitting them up and sending them off to friends, family and readers. I finally decided to keep one and try it for myself and WOW! This is significantly more hydrating than the regular Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments (ones with tint) and I absolutely love it. It’s hydrating, smooth, smells delicious and prevents peeling. Also available in mini size in various sets like this 6-piece Travel Size Set, Travel Duo, On-The-Go Set to name a few.

Body + Hand Care

Winter Skincare Hand and Body Creams

For the body I’ve been loving a few unscented body creams or super light oils. As much as I love a good fragranced body lotion or cream, sometimes I just want something that won’t interfere with my perfume or one I can sleep in easily. Sometimes heavily perfumed face products or body creams prevent me from falling asleep.

Two body creams I’ve been loving are the Necessaire Body Lotion in the Fragrance Free version. I ordered it over the holiday as I’ve seen it everywhere on Instagram and I was influenced to buy it. I really like that it’s hydrating, smooth and has a soft velvety dry down. It absorbs into the skin nicely and doesn’t feel too heavy. I think it’s reasonably priced. (On the nails is the new Chanel Le Vernis in Daydream, review soon.)

I’ve also loved the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Nude Cream which I reviewed last November when it launched (it made my favorites list). It’s now also available at Sephora. I still use it almost every day and love how it’s hydrating, soothing and smooths out the skin. I’m not the biggest fan of the packaging because I find it a little bulky but it’s not a deal breaker and I actually do like the pump. It has a soft velvety dry down so it’s not greasy feeling. I feel like this is like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in body cream form (many of my friends have told me they’ve used the face cream as body cream).

I also wanted to mention that the Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver is another great unscented body cream that works for my skin. Both Andrew and I really like it.

For body oils the Chanel Gentle Oil for Body and Hair* has been at the top of my list for body oils. It’s lightweight, absorbs beautifully, makes the skin ultra soft and has the most beautiful lightweight fresh scent. If you’re familiar with the Fresh Body Cream version, the oil smells the same.

For hand creams I’ve been reaching for the Chanel La Creme Main Texture Riche and Le Lift the most. Some other of my favorites I’ve had in rotation in my Hand and Nail Care Essentials post.

Skin Care Loves

Winter Skincare Favorites Chanel, Augustinus Bader, Joanna Vargas and Fresh

For skincare my favorite moisturizer is still the Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream* for it’s lightweight texture and beautiful finish. On days I need extra moisture I’ve found myself loving the SkinRX Lab MadeCera Cream* that I got from Soko Glam for an ultra calming and affordable hydrating cream. (Full review here.)

I’ve also really been loving the Augustinus Bader Cream and Rich Cream which I bought in the mini 15 ml sizes directly from their website. The minis run at $85 each but they have a Discovery Duo on their website for $150 for 2 x 15 ml. They also have the 2 x 30 ml for $305 available on their website, Nordstrom, Saks, etc. I’ve been testing the Augustinus Bader Cream, Rich Cream and Victoria Beckham Cell Rejuvinating Moisturizing Primer for several weeks now. The Rich Cream is the best for winter or very dry skin. The Cream is my favorite for year round for my skin type. Both of these made my skin look significantly smoother and healthier. I think the Victoria Beckham version is nice for summer but it is the lightest out of the three and didn’t add a significant amount of moisture for my skin.

I will most likely be purchasing the regular Cream in the larger size once I’ve used up the mini.

For a more affordable option that works I’ve also been loving the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. The rose scent is subtle and isn’t overpowering once it absorbs into the skin. I like that it really is super hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy. It calms my skin on the days it has flare ups from allergic reactions. It soothes when it’s super dry and itchy. I think it’s a nice one to try!

For night time I usually let my skin breathe naturally without product except lip balm or eye cream, but I have started using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil again and love it. It helps balance out the skin overnight and is a great moisturizer that absorbs into the skin. You can also find it in a mini size in their Nourishing Essentials Set that comes with their Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

For eyes I’ve been rotating between the Tatcha Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream* and the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Both are super hydrating and have helped smooth out those tiny little lines that creep up when my skin is dry. I alternate between the two for day or night. They are on the rich/heavy side so when the hot humid weather returns to Florida these will most likely only be used at night for me.

For face-mists I’ve been loving the Chanel Sublimage La Brume for extra moisture but with a super fine mist. I feel like a broken record raving about it but I truly love it. I never want to be without it.

For sheet masks my I feel like my favorites will forever be the 111Skin ones. I have tried a few other ones recently (roundup soon) and really love the Joanna Vargas Forever Glow Anti-Aging Face Mask for a hydrating calming one and the Twilight Face Mask for deeper moisture and softening. The Forever Glow feels fresh and hydrating while the Twilight is heavier and makes the skin feel like baby’s skin. She has a Glow to Go Mask Set that has one of every sheet mask formula if you want to try them out before buying a full set.

That wraps up my winter skincare favorites! Would love to hear what yours are right now. I know Florida has a mild winter compared to other places, but it’s still dry and I hope this roundup gives you some ideas on what to try in case you’re looking for extra moisture for your skin.

I have the new Bite Beauty launches on my radar and also really want to try the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Mask. Also in case you missed it last year the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask is finally back!

 

 

Press samples featured have a * next to them.

Roundup Sales

Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2019

December 2, 2019

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2019

Rounding up the Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals for 2019! I already bought a few things over the weekend from 111Skin, Byredo, Sol de Janeiro and Diptyque which I’m pretty excited about. Also eyeing some sale picks from Reformation and Fresh Beauty as well.

Beauty Sales and Deals

111Skin – any order $250+ will receive a travel kit of choice

AmorePacific – 25% off sitewide for Cyber Monday

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Cyber Monday savings 10% off orders $75+, 20% off orders $150+, 25% off orders $250+ and bundles marked down for palettes, lipsticks and more

Bare Minerals – 30% off + free standard shipping with code CYBERSALE, through 12/2

Beautyblender – Mystery bag 7-piece set save $88 off kit with code SURPRISE19, limit 5 per customer

Becca Cosmetics – 30% off sitewide with code CYBER2019

Benefit Cosmetics – Take 25% off everything and free shipping with code FUNDAY, valid through 12/3

Bite Beauty – 75% off sitewide, on 12/2 only choose between 2 gift sets with any $40+ order, while supplies last, use code WARM or SOFT, while supplies last

Bloomingdale’s – Cyber Savings on regular and sale price items 12/1 to 12/3:

  • Take 25% off regular and sale price items labeled CYBER TAKE 25% OFF, and take 50% off clearance items labeled CYBER TAKE 50% OFF
  • Take 15% off when you spend $100+ on almost all beauty, qualifying items marked, discount applied in bag

Bobbi Brown – 25% off sitewide

Briogeo – 20% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY, ends 12/2

Bumble and Bumble – Receive a free 6-piece set with bag when you spend $60+

Byredo – receive a free 70 g candle with any order above $75 (selection available at checkout, one per order, while stock lasts through 12/2)

By Terry – Up to 70% off select products including Nude-Expert Foundation, Glow-Expert and more

Chanel – Special Cyber Monday launch bringing back the Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Pink! Plus a special promo for Beauty Look Book readers – starting 12/2/2019 any Fragrance & Beauty order on Chanel.com will receive a complimentary deluxe sample of Sublimage Crème (5 g/0.17 oz) by entering code REVITALIZE at checkout (while supplies last)

Chanel Les Tissages Tweed Pink and Beauty Look Book promo

Charlotte Tilbury – Cyber Monday sale with 40% off select bundles, blush sets, palettes

Cle de Peau Beaute – 20% off any purchase, one day only

Clinique – 30% off entire purchase with code TAKE30, also spend $75 and get more cyber treats, valid through 12/2

Colourpop – 30% off sitewide including palettes

CoverFX – 30% off and free shipping with code YAYMONDAY, also receive 3 exclusive gifts with purchases $125+

Dermstore – Save up to 30% with code DSGIFT through 12/2, exclusions apply

Diptyque – Limited-edition Black Friday launch in their iconic Baies candle with special design and black wax, limited run while supplies last from 11/29 to 12/2, also receive a mini candle duo (35g) and Lucky Charms ornament set on order $150+ with code CHARMS while supplies last (closer look at the candle here)

Drunk Elephant – 20% off site wide

Elemis – Top 5 at 35% off plus 30% off sitewide with code CYBER19

EM Cosmetics – 20% off most items (some exclusions apply including Merch, Magic Hour Collection, Serum Blush), no promo code needed

Farmacy Beauty – 20% off all orders or 30% off orders $120+ with code CYBER, runs through end of 12/2

First Aid Beauty – 30% Off orders with code HOLIYAY, valid through 12/2, offer excludes all Skincare Kits, Limited Edition Holiday Kits, New Arrivals and Sale Items

Foreo – Cyber Week Deals up to 50% off UFO, Luna Mini 2, Sheet Masks and more

Fresh Beauty – Take 20% off entire purchase through 12/2, automatically applied at checkout

Giorgio Armani Beauty – 20% off with code CYBER20, step up gift with purchase offers available as well

Glamglow – 30% off sitewide plus free sheet mask, no code needed, step up gift included with order $49+

Glossier – 20% off everything and save up to 35% off sets, ends midnight 12/2

Hourglass Cosmetics – Holiday event savings 11/29 through 12/2, no code needed

  • $30 off orders $150+
  • $50 off orders $200+
  • $150 off orders $500+

Kate Somerville – 30% off sitewide with code 30CYBER

Kerastase – Cyber Savings 20% off plus an Extensioniste Thermique Mini and free shipping with any order with code CYBM19 at checkout, valid through 12/4

Kiehl’s – Give more save more event with code JINGLE, valid through 12/2, excludes gift sets

  • $10 off purchases $50+
  • $20 off purchases $80+
  • $35 off purchases $115+
  • Also receive a free travel size Ultra Facial Cream + holiday pouch with code CYBER, valid 12/2 only

Kosas – Holiday Savings

  • 20% off any purchase $50+
  • 25% off any purchase $75+
  • 30% off any purchase $100+

L’Occitane USA – 20% off with code CYBER

La Roche Posay – 25% off all orders plus 5 free deluxe samples on orders $75+ with code BIGDEAL, valid 12/2 – 12/5

Lancome – 20% off and free shipping on any order and various GWP bonus options, valid through 12/3

Laneige – 30% off sitewide for one day only

Laura Mercier – 25% off, holiday 2019 collection excluded, no code needed, offer ends 12/2

MAC Cosmetics – 25% off plus free gift with purchase options

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Save 25% off sitewide plus free shipping with code MONDAY25, valid through 12/3

Molton Brown – 25% off everything plus free shipping, valid 11/27 through 12/2, no code required

NARS – 20% off orders or 30% off orders $150+, valid through 12/3, use code MORENARS

Neiman Marcus – Earn up to a $750 gift card with regular price purchase with code GC4YOU, ends 12/2

Nordstrom – Cyber Sale prices drop starting November 27th

  • Sale markdowns for Women, Men, Kids, Home and Beauty
  • 80+ beauty gift with purchase offers here

Omorovicza – Save 30% on skincare, receive a 4-piece gift with any purchase $200 or more, no code needed, runs through 12/4 (exclusions apply on their T&C page)

Oribe – 20% off Liter Sized bottles with code LITERS, ends 12/2

Ouai – 20% off sitewide with code OUAICYBER

Pat McGrath Labs – Cyber savings 25% off orders under $150 and 30% off orders $150+, valid through 12/2, no code needed

REN Skincare – 30% off sitewide with code CYBER30, ends 12/2

Riki Loves Riki – 25% off sitewide (items also price matched at Nordstrom)

Saks Fifth Avenue – Take 15% off beauty purchases with code CYBER, ends 12/2

Sephora – Sitewide savings, markdowns and promos

Shu Uemura Art of Hair – Take 20% off all orders, free shipping and an Essence Absolue Scented Candle with code CYMON19 at checkout, valid through 12/4

Sisley-Paris USA – Cyber Monday bundles

  • Perfect Skin Duo with Double Tenseur and Best-Selling Blur Expert (limited time price of $220)
  • Hair Rituel Set with Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for Scalp + Regenerating Hair Mask (limited time price of $220)

Smashbox – 25% off and 6-piece gift with any $30 purchase using code CYBER19

Soko Glam – 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY19

Sol de Janeiro – 25% off sitewide, no code or minimum required

Space NK USA – Buy one get one half off savings, ends 12/2, exclusions apply here

Sulwhasoo – 20% off sitewide

Supergoop! – 20% off with code GET20, valid through 12/2

T3 – 25% off sitewide with code MONDAY19

Tarte – Beauty steals up to 60% off and 25% off sitewide with code CYBER

Tatcha – Take 20% off sitewide including gift sets, ends 12/4

Ulta Beauty – Cyber Monday steals and deals, $10 off qualifying online purchases of $50 or more with code CYBERMON19

Violet Grey – Bi-annual sale spend more get more offers

Fashion, Home and Accessories

APL – Buy 2 get 3rd pair free with code 3for2 (one day only) 20% off Oprah’s favorites with code OPRAH

Banana Republic – 50% off everything online, no code needed

Barefoot Dreams – 30% off site wide (some items excluded, Nordstrom is also price matching a lot of items)

Club Monaco – 30% off everything and extra 40% off sale with code CYBERMONDAY

Coach – 50% off best sellers

Equipment – Save 30% off sitewide with code THANKS30, valid through 12/2

Everlane – Choose what you pay on select items, one day only sale

Frame – Save 25% off entire purchase and free shipping + returns, valid 12/2 only

J.Crew – 50% off purchases with code MONDAY online

Joie – 30% off sitewide with code THANKS30

Lululemon – Cyber Monday mark downs

Madewell – 30% off your purchase plus today only extra 10% off with code YAYINTERNET

Reformation – 30% off everything through 12/2

Paige – 30% off sitewide with code CYBER30

Saks Fifth Avenue – $50 off every $200 you spend (up to $500 in savings) with code CYBER19SF, ends 12/2, also take 15% off beauty purchases with code CYBER, ends 12/2

Shopbop – Buy More Save More event, up to 25% off full-price items and up to 75% off sale items, runs through 12/2

  • 15% off orders $200+ with code MORE19
  • 20% off orders $500+ with code MORE19
  • 25% off orders $800+ with code MORE19

Simplehuman – Top 10 Sale, save up to 25% off their top ten best sellers through 12/2

Splendid – 40% off everything, no exclusions with code THANKS40, runs through 12/4

The Daily Edited – 20% off everything

Tory Burch – Save 30% off orders $250 or more with code THANKS, exclusions apply, also save up to 60% off 100+ sale styles, valid 11/28 – 12/3

Truffle – 25% off with code MERRY25 (reviews here and here)

Happy shopping!

 

Beauty Favorites Roundup

May Hits and Misses

May 31, 2019

May Monthly Favorites, Beauty Hits and Misses

May flew by so quickly! I feel like I blinked and the weeks literally passed by in minutes. I’m rounding up this month’s hits and misses in beauty. I have a little bit of everything from skincare, hair care, complexion products and other makeup items.

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Chanel Favorites

Chanel Favorites Le Vernis, CC Cream, Camelia Water Cream, Les Beiges Tint

I’ve loved a lot of new launches from Chanel this month. They’ve been on a roll with new releases in makeup, skincare and fragrance. My favorites:

  • CC Cream with SPF 50 * is my favorite CC cream with medium coverage, I wear either shade 30 or 40 (application and review here)
  • Le Vernis in Afterglow, Open Air and Purple Ray* from cruise are the prettiest ones I think I’ve seen in a while from Chanel, I’m really loving the purples! (swatches here)
  • Rouge Coco Flash (my picks here, cruise colors swatched here) are among my most-worn for an effortless swipe and go kind of lip color
  • Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint in Medium (review here) is all kinds of wonderful for a natural glow
  • Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream* is probably my favorite moisturizer of the month, it has a lightweight texture and adds hydration and leaves the skin feeling softly refreshed and glowing, it works well with their foundations and after using this regularly skin feels more radiant and plump
  • L’Eau Micellar Water* is a new launch from Chanel, it’s a cleansing water that has a soft refreshing feel to it, it’s alcohol-free and gentle, it is scented similar to their Hydra Beauty line but isn’t irritating or overpowering, I use this as a first step for cleansing

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Hair Care Hits and Misses

Hair Care Hits and Misses

I’m on my third round of highlights and for some reason this time my hair has been so high maintenance. I feel the strong sun, salty ocean water, hard water plus beach time has been giving my hair so much grief. I’ve tried a number of shampoos and conditioners for color treated hair, most have been mediocre at best for color maintenance. I finally found something I love:

  • Hits include:
  • Misses
    • Kerastase Reflection Sulfate Free Shampoo and Reflection Conditioner were recommended to me by a friend, she swore by it! I kept using both until they were finished, but these were among the worst for me. I suspect it just does not work with Florida water. They would not lather well or rinse easily and they did nothing to maintain or protect color.
    • Oribe also came highly recommended. I really love their styling products so I am so sad to report that their Bright Blonde Shampoo and Shampoo for Beautiful Color did not work for me. I also used their corresponding conditioners when testing. The blonde one left my hair on the stringy side and the beautiful color option did not rinse well. I feel like their Gold Lust formula is far superior and I still love the Cleansing Cream. The color shampoos + conditioners (and mask) were an expensive miss for my hair.

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Most-Worn Nail Polishes
(also the ones asked about the most!)

I rotate nail polishes quite frequently but these are my most-worn polishes. Anytime I have my hand showing on Instagram, stories, blog posts I get tons of questions about what I’m wearing. I try to list and label them as much as possible, these are the ones that get the most questions:

Nail Polish Favorites OPI, Chanel, Essie

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Complexion / Glow / Bronzers

May Favorite Complexion Products, Bronzers and Highlighters

I feel like right now everything is still focused on getting that healthy glow. This month was filled with so many hits! I will have a full bronzer/glow post coming up soon, for now the best ones I tried this month:

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Eyes and Lips

May Hits and Misses Eyes and Lips

This month’s favorites for lips and eyes include:

The biggest miss for me was:

  • Dior Addict Stellar Shine in D-Galaxy – hauled this during the Sephora sale and it swatched so pretty on my hand, on my lips it’s a very slippery oily feeling glittery mess, perhaps the other colors are better, this one did not work for me!

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Skincare Hits and Misses

May Skincare Hits and Misses, Tatcha, Kopari, Glamglow, Farmacy

I’ve had so many issues with sunscreens this year on the face and body. I am testing one more formula and then I’m done and will most likely stick with my go-to’s. I can’t deal with the recovery time for allergic reactions. Right now my arms and legs are covered with bumps from my last test. It’s been a painful week for me. I just discovered that some sunscreens will cause a reaction when exposed to sunlight. I’ve also had ones that I’ve had an allergy to just from testing indoors. Full sunscreen post as soon as I’m done testing this one last formula (for those curious I’m testing out a couple from EltaMD).

The biggest misses:

  • Kopari Sundaze Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 – some people say that mineral is better than chemical for those with sensitive skin. I’ve tried both types and for me there’s really no guarantee because there are other ingredients to take into account. I’m not entirely sure what caused a reaction in this one, but it left a white cast on my face and within a couple hours tiny red bumps started to appear. Even after washing off it left my skin bumpy everywhere and it took a solid week for my face to go back to normal.
  • Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Lotion with SPF 50 worked amazingly on my face when I tested it so I thought I found a winner. The day I tested it I was indoors the entire day and had no issues. Our next beach trip I applied it on my arms and legs (rest of my face/body I had something else on to test/compare). By the time we got back home my arms and legs started to develop swelling spots. They turned into red bumps everywhere. It does contain oxybenzone which I suspect could be the culprit for my allergy when exposed to direct sun, but I’ve tried Neutrogena formulas before and never had issues. As I’m writing this post my arms and legs are still recovering.

The hits:

  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen is one of my favorites that won’t irritate my face. It also lasts long on my skin and doesn’t leave a white cast. Since it does adhere well to the face I recommend you be extra thorough with cleansing to fully remove it.
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream* has been really nice as my skin has felt dry for months with the air conditioning I’m in constantly. It has a nice rich texture that is surprisingly not too heavy for my skin type.
  • Glamglow Supertone Exfoliating Acid Toner is the best clarifying toner I’ve tried to keep my skin clear, minimize pores and help control oil on the T-zone.
  • Farmacy Beauty Better Daze Ahead* is the first CBD cream I’ve been able to tolerate the scent of. It still has an earthy kind of scent but it’s not overpowering like other CBD infused creams. It has a lightweight feel and was one of the few creams I could use post-sunscreen allergic reaction without having my face feel like it was on fire. It really did work to help moisturize and calm down my skin.
  • Rodin Luxury Face Cream* is a new launch that is an oil-infused cream for dry skin. I’ve found it pleasantly soothing and hydrating. It does have scent to it but it’s not irritating and smells like licorice and flowers mixed together. It has a lot of different oils mixed in so if you’re sensitive to oils you may want to try or patch test first. I’ve had no irritation issues and will keep on using this!

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That wraps up this month’s hits and misses! Would love to hear what you loved or didn’t like in the beauty world recently. Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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

 

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