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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.

 

Fashion Lifestyle Roundup Sales

Instagram Roundup / Loving Right Now

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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Favorite tops and bottoms mentioned:

 

 

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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.

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