Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Makeup Splurges: 5 Under $50


Summer is officially half-way over...eek! Before we start thinking about fall and all the new makeup goodies hitting the counter for the next season, I wanted to share five items that I'm loving this summer. Each one is under $50!

  1. Pur Minerals Gloss Stick (Coralline): A random find at my local Ulta. This buttery gloss pencil adds just the right amount of color for day and night. It's easy to throw in my bag and go. Loving its coral, apricot hue. ($16)
  2. LORAC Unzipped Palette: I had every intention of purchasing the new LORAC Pro Palette 2, but this lovely one kept calling out to me instead. It's the perfect warm combo of mattes and shimmers especially for those of us with hazel eyes. ($40, includes item #3)
  3. LORAC Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer: How have I missed this eye primer? It's AMAZING. This non-drying primer keeps my shadows intact all day. I'm fond of its squeeze tube applicator as I think it's more hygienic than the doe foot applicators found on other primers. (The mini was included with the Unzipped Palette; the full-size version is $21.)
  4. NARS Matte Multiple (Anguilla): Another winning cheek multiple from NARS. Its ginger pink hue (neutral leaning cool) is super flattering on my fair skin. I usually pair it with a highlighter or shimmering bronzer for best results. ($39)
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Skinny Brow Pencil (Caramel): This is one of the most natural looking brow fillers that lasts all day. The spoolie on the other end is also convenient. No need for another brush or other brow tool. ($21)
What about you? What are your favorite summer splurges so far?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Wine-Inspired Body Scrub


I know summer is here when I start emptying my body scrubs faster than any other skincare product.

One of the new scrubs I've recently discovered is 100 Percent Pure Cabernet Grape Body Scrub. This sugar scrub beauty is packed with fruit oils to deeply moisturize while anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants nourish. And its fruit acids brighten gently for a healthy glow. Anything to bring on more glow...right?

This one is also sugar-based (not salt), so it's fairly gentle on my sensitive skin. I don't have to worry about going overboard in the exfoliation department. For that very reason, I try to avoid using salt scrubs as they're way too abrasive for my skin (except on my feet!).

More than anything, I'm thoroughly intoxicated by its cabernet grape scent. It makes me want to go pour a big ol' glass of wine. And did I mention the longevity of its fragrance? I can still get a whiff of the scent the next day. Yum!

If cabernet grape is not your thing, 100 Percent Pure also makes other delicious scents to choose from including Meyer Lemon, Coconut, Honey Almond, Green Apple and a bunch more.

Purchase info: 100 Percent Pure Cabernet Grape Body Scrub is available in the company's brick and mortar stores (a few nationwide), as well online. A 15 oz scrub retails for $28.00.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Take 2 Tuesdays: LORAC Pro Palette


For today's take two, we're headed back in time to December 2012. On a whim happy-birthday-to-me purchase, I snagged my most-favorite eyeshadow palette to date — LORAC Pro Palette. (See original review.)

I can honestly say that I've used LORAC Pro at least four or five days a week since my purchase, and it continues to impress. The range of colors, which is a 50/50 mix of mattes and shimmers, is quite versatile for day and night use without getting too blah or over the top in tone and texture. 

I've found that most shadows in this mix are incredibly buttery and can even be applied with your finger although I wouldn't try this technique with the darker shades. Better yet, they stay put all day long! However, I do like using an eyeshadow primer to help increase their longevity and provide a solid canvas for application.

Even the cardboard packaging has held together well. Quite frankly, I almost passed on the purchase because I thought the cardboard looked flimsy. But it still looks nearly brand new although I have spritzed it with alcohol several times to give it a good clean.

If you are a minimalist who wants a do-it-all shadow palette, this one is for you. And for the rest of us, LORAC Pro provides an excellent addition to our stashes. It may easily become the one you'll reach for on most days.

Friday, May 30, 2014

My Pre-Breakfast Skincare Routine


I have a confession...I perform a pre-breakfast skincare routine daily before my regular AM routine of skincare products. Yes, that's two different AM routines. But hear me out on my rationale.

As soon as I wake up, the first thing that I do is splash my face with water to remove any excess of nightly products and sweat and prep my skin for the day. I prefer to skip cleanser altogether as I found it made my skin oiler. Sometimes too much exfoliation (and cleansing) can strip your skin of its natural barrier and cause it to go haywire in excess oil production. Trust me on this one.

Next, I'll give my face a spritz or two of any toner that is in current rotation and then I'll apply two or three drops of One Love Organics Morning Glory. This is a lightweight serum that boosts my complexion with a powerful blend of natural antioxidants, niacin, and polypeptides. Because it's in an oil form, it also adds a light layer of moisture.

I also love applying Morning Glory because it smells AMAZING. Its aromatherapy is quite addicting and it never fails to give me that extra boost of energy to start my day. Done...next stop caffeine!

Now to the reason why I have two routines. I work from home so my hours are all over the board. However, I try to break up the late morning with a trip to the gym. I always go "naked" face to allow my face to breathe while I'm working out. When I come home, that's when I'll shower and perform my regular rotation of skincare products. While it may seem overkill, I find I really need that early morning series to clean off the night's gunk and add a tad of moisture.

What about you? Anybody else do an extra skincare routine during the day? Drop me a line and share your extra routine.

Purchase info: One Love Organics Morning Glory is available online. Prices start at $29.00.
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