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june favorites

May and June Favorites 2015

Things have been a bit crazy lately with all the travel for my “real” job, so May slipped through my fingers before I could find the time to write up a favorites post. And considering I’m about to depart on yet another trip (an actual vacation this time) for the next two trips, I won’t have time to do a June favorites before July rolls around. The solution here? A really late May favorites and an early June favorites all rolled in to one. Woop, woop!

Being on the go for the past few months has meant that my makeup routine has been trimmed down. I don’t feel the need to overload my carry-on with excess palettes or break the TSA 3-1-1 rule with multiple liquid foundations.

And when I have been home, I’ve been prepping for vacation with sunless tanner, bright polish  and burn-free skin. And now that I’ve rambled for long enough, let’s get to the main event … my current beauty faves.

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Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation | Benefit Roller Lash | Michael Kors Gold

Skin Authority Sunless Tanner | IT Cosmetics Brow Power

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Vegas, Baby | Aveeno Sunscreen

What beauty products are you loving lately?

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June Empties 2015

This is titled “June Empties,” but I took these photos in May … so do with that what you will. Just like in my last empties post, most of these are hair and skin care products. Apparently I haven’t been smothering my face in enough makeup this year. Woopsies.

Anywho, let’s take a gander of the products I’ve used up since March and discuss whether or not I’ll be repurchasing.

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Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner – Dove has been my favorite drugstore shampoo/conditioner for a while now. It leaves my hair feeling healthy and shiny smooth. It never weighs down my tresses while still keeping them soft and luxurious. Repurchase? Already did.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash – Aveeno is my go-to brand for body lotion. It seriously rocks my world, and now so does their body wash. It’s super affordable and leaves you feeling oh-so-touchable. Repurchase? Already did.

Meg 21 Moisturizing Toner – I loved that this toner contained Witch Hazel. Something about the smell and the way it feels on my skin is just lovely. Plus, I could feel this toner fighting any spots that would creep up on my skin. I didn’t repurchase yet cause I had another toner to use up, and that makes me sad.  Repurchase? When I run out of my other toner.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil – This stuff is my jam. I have been using it since March of 2014. It’s ultra moisturizing and I just love the scent. It’s perfect to apply before bed but also light enough on your skin for morning too. Moral of the story – I use it ALL. THE. TIME.  Repurchase? Already did.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – I mean, what could I say about this that hasn’t already been said? It’s my staple concealer – perfect for any and all events/makeup needs and doesn’t cake in my under-eye lines.  Repurchase? Already did.

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water – This cleansing water is an amazing dupe for Bioderma. I use it every night before washing my face, and it is a boss at removing all my makeup. Yes, even eye makeup. It goes with me everywhere … even to the airport bathroom when I obsessively remove makeup before my flights.  Repurchase? Already did.

What goodies have you used up lately?

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March Empties

March Empties 2015

I have actually never done an empties post before, so I figured it was about time. It works out nicely because I recently used up the last of a bunch of different beauty items. You’ll notice that this is mostly hair and skin care products because I run through them much quicker than makeup and perfume.

I’ll give you a quick run down of my thoughts on each product and whether I plan to repurchase or not. And with that, let’s get into my March empties.

March Empties

March Empties

March Empties

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – This is not only an amazing drugstore concealer, but an amazing concealer despite the price. I would gladly pay twice or three times the price for this concealer. It covers dark circles fully and seamlessly. You can’t even tell you’re wearing makeup. It’s one of my two go-to concealers, and I make sure to always have one in my makeup stash. Repurchase? Already did

L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – This is bay far my new favorite mascara. I like it more than most of my designer mascaras right now and would gladly pay department store prices for this amazing drugstore find. It lengthens and defines my lashes and scores me loads of compliments whenever I wear it. Repurchase? Already did

Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator – I don’t go to sleep without using this amazing gel. I was beyond devastated when my boyfriend said he had used the last pump because I hadn’t planned in advance and had to go a few days without before my new bottle arrived. It turns over my skin cells, keeping my face bright and smooth. Repurchase? Already did

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub – This is the most amazing store-bought scrub I’ve ever used. The only scrub that comes close to rivaling it is my homemade sugar scrub. It was a lifesaver this Winter when the harsh weather took a tool on my poor skin. Repurchase? Eventually once I use up my other scrubs.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap – This is the only face cleanser I use, and I have been for years now. It does the job without being too harsh on my skin … all while being super affordable. I don’t feel the need to even try out other cleansers for the time being. Repurchase? Already did

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo – This dry shampoo is MY JAM. I use it almost every day, regardless of if I just washed my hair or if I haven’t washed it in days. I refuse to use anything else because this works so well for me and is less than $10. Repurchase? Already did

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo –  I am neutral on this shampoo. It does a fine enough job, but I’m not dying to replace it. I’m weirdly un-loyal to any specific shampoo and conditioners, so I’ll just check out which brand is on sale next time I go to CVS. Repurchase? Maybe

Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – Same reaction as to the Hello Hydration Shampoo. Repurchase? Maybe

I don’t think I’ll run through products quickly enough to do a monthly empties post, but I’ll save all my bottles and do another one when I’ve got a decent amount of products to talk about.

What beauty products have you used up recently?

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January Favorites

January Favorites 2015

January is a weird month, it’s the start of a New Year, which is exciting, but nothing really exciting happens during the 31 days. Retails stores are trying to sell all of their Winter items to get ready for Spring inventory, but shoppers really just want warmer weather. After a couple of holiday-filled months, January is relatively uneventful.

That general in-between feeling flowed over into my beauty stash as well. I was perfectly happy with all of the goodies I’ve been using, but I wasn’t overly obsessed with as many beauty products as before. Nothing was wrong with anything, but I only really flocked to a few products over and over.

January Favorites

Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator – I have a feeling this is going to be a skin care staple for life. It’s a gentle-yet-effective exfoliant, which is majorly needed during the cold, dry months. I use it nightly as soon as I get out of the shower and before I lather on the face lotion.

Chloé Eau de Parfum – This is an oldie for which I rediscovered my love this month. This is scent was actually one of the first presents my boyfriend got us when we started dating. He had been working in France for a few months and brought back the full-sized bottle for Christmas. This perfume is expensive, so rather than paying full price for a bottle that takes me forever to use, I picked up a rollerball last time when I was at Sephora. I’ve used it almost daily all month and I haven’t made much of a dent, so I have a feeling this small package will last me at least a few months. Plus, it’s easy to travel with, which is key for me with all the weddings and work events I travel to.

bareMinerals Touch Up To-Glow – I’ve been suuuuuuuuuper lazy this month, and foundation is just too much effort. This pressed powder has been the perfect easy solution for weekends when I just can’t even. One swipe across my face and my flaws mysteriously blur away and I look fresh-faced all day long. Sadly, this was part of their holiday collection, so I don’t think you can buy it anymore.

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub – I’ve only had this for the past couple of weeks, but this is already a major favorite. The eucalyptus and ginger scent really wakens you up and the sea salt leaves your skin smooth and soft to the touch. I just noticed I’ve used almost half, so I’m trying to ration myself, but I have a feeling I’ll be buying a replacement real soon. 

DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment – This stuff is made by gods. Just a drop or two and your hair is silky smooth and you’re waving hello to your most fabulous blowout ever. I’ve used it every day this month and I don’t think I’ve even used up a tenth of the bottle. I have a feeling DermOrganic and I are going to have a pretty long-term relationship.

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner – This is another oldie that I rediscovered in January. I was feeling just a touch too lazy to bother with my regular stila liquid liner so I busted out my angled brush and this gel pot. I had forgotten just how much I love a good gel liner and how easy it is to apply in the morning when it’s pitch black and I’m wondering why I’m even awake.

SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette – Sadly, this is another limited-edition product that seems to have sold out. I never would have imagined owning a palette like this because it has colors other than browns and nudes. THE HORROR. I see a green, blue and marsala shade. While this palette intimidated the hell out of me at first, I ended up loving it! I guess it pays to step out of your comfort zone.

What were your January beauty favorites? Share them in the comments so I can give them a try!

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Smooth Winter Skin: Moisturizer

Oh hi there, beauties. Remember how last week I was talking about my exfoliating routine? Well I’m back, back again, with the sequel to that post … my go-to Winter moisturizers. What good is exfoliated skin if you don’t moisturize it, anyways?

Winter-Moisturizers

So let’s get down to business. In the morning after washing my face , I apply a couple of drops of Fresh Seaberry Face Oil to my face (pretty self explanatory) before I apply my makeup. This oil gives me moisture that lasts all day while creating a nice base for my foundation.

Then, I smother the rest of my body in either The Body Shop Wild Argan body butter or Skin Authority Olive, Fig, Shea body butter. There is really no rhyme or reason as to how I pick one on any given day, I just go wherever the body butter winds take. They are both amazing products with lovely scents, I can’t say enough good things about them.

Then comes night time. After my shower, I follow the same body butter ritual as the morning and then apply either the GlamGlow ThirstyMud mask or the NUXE Masque Crème Fraîche de Beauté if I think I need a little extra moisture over night. Just like with the body butters, I can’t speak highly enough of these two products. They offer amazing results, leaving your skin quenched, and both smell amazing. I prefer the scent of the NUXE mask slightly more because it smells exactly like honeysuckle, which reminds me of my childhood.

And that’s it; my routine is pretty simple. Just the way I like it.

So, tell me. How do you keep moisturized during the cold Winter months?

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Smooth Winter Skin: Exfoliator

I don’t have to tell you that it’s Winter, and unless you live in a tropical haven, I don’t have to tell you that the colder weather takes a toll on your skin. Dry, flakey skin is a Winter staple for me and my other Bostonians. Not a welcome staple, but a staple nonetheless.

Unfortunately, there is not quick solution for dry Winter skin. Due diligence and regular care will keep the alligator skin at bay, though. The first step for me (after cleansing) is always exfoliating. Using an exfoliator is key to sloughing off the dead, dry skin. That’s the stuff that makes you look like a snake about to shed it’s skin. Every person and their routine is different, but  I typically save my exfoliating for night. Mainly because I shower at night instead of the morning, but also partly to make sure I have 12 hours before anyone has to see my face incase the exfoliating doesn’t go so well.

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For face, I use a face brush almost daily with my cleanser to deep clean and as a means of exfoliating. Killing two birds with one stone is always a fabulous plus. I’ve recently been enjoying this Soniclear brush, but I still love my Skin Authority and Clarisonic brushes too.

After hopping out of the shower, I reach for my Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator, which is a peel in a bottle. It dissolves skin cell build up and leaves your face glowing.  And that’s it for my face. Now on to body.

I really only use two body exfoliators, both of which serve the same purpose and could be interchangeable. But I’m picky and neurotic, so I have specific reasons why I like each one. First up: The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub. I love the scent of this and how intense it is. I don’t use this daily as it’s a bit more rough, but I like to use it once a week to make sure I get rid of any build up that might have snuck pass me during the week.

My daily body exfoliator is the Skin Authority Bamboo Ginseng Scrub. The scent isn’t my favorite (not sure if it’s the bamboo or the ginseng), but I love that this is a soft exfoliator with a bit of lather once it hits the water. A perfect prep step before applying all of my favorite lotions … which we’ll get to next time. And while you’re at it, make sure to check out how I exfoliate my lips to keep them from getting chapped.

How do you keep your skin silky smooth in the winter? Do you have a favorite exfoliator?

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GlossyBox

November GLOSSYBOX

You know that motto “better late than never?” Yea,  keep it in mind while you read this posty-post. Yes, I know it’s December, but my November GLOSSYBOX didn’t arrive until yesterday (December, 2). Not ideal, but we’ll roll with it. Right now I’m just sharing info and photos, but once I get to try out these goodies, I’ll give you a quick update. You know the drill 🙂

This month’s box was overflowing with:

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I think the Harper’s BAAZAR collab box is my favorite so far, but I was pleased with my little haul this month.

What do you think of the products in this month’s GLOSSYBOX?

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june wish list

June Wish List

I’m a little bit late on this month’s wish list, but I’ll explain my radio silence from the past week in an upcoming post.

I don’t know if it’s the Summer heat that finally showed up or the fact that I’ll be traveling for work half of the month, but I don’t have a lot of goodies on my June wish list. Just a few makeup goodies and a pair of neutral Summer wedges. I don’t think I’m asking too much.

june wish list
Happy Shopping!

You can shop these items here:

What are you lusting after this month?

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beauty bloggers' favorite summer products

Beauty Bloggers’ Favorite Summer Products

June is here, which means that Summer is unofficially officially in full swing. Unless you live in Boston with me where it’s not warm yet this year, but that’s a different story.

You already know that I’m loving Bareskin, L’Oreal polish in Tangerine Crush and the Skin Authority skin cleansing system for Summer, but I thought you deserved to hear from some of my blogger friends on this topic too.

beauty bloggers' favorite summer products
Happy Summer!
  1. Phyrra’s Pretty Little Exilir “This hair mask is great for Summer to rehydrate your hair after being in the sun, getting it lightened, or swimming in pools. I use this weekly to keep my hair nice and soft!” Eugenia of Geniabeme
  2. Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream – “I love this milky almost clear gel moisturizer for summer because it is lightweight, not greasy in the least, and doesn’t clog pores or create milia. Also, it is fragrance-free so it doesn’t interfere with all the other sunscreens and scents that summer seems to bring.” Allison of  Never Say Die Beauty
  3. The Zoya Tickled Collection – “These beautiful creams are opaque in two coats & perfect for nails that scream summer!” Stephanie Louise of All Things Beautiful
  4. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette – “I love bright colors in the Summer and this palette is perfect for it! I’ve been mixing shades from the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette with nudes to still be work friendly while having a fun pop of color.” Lisa of  Cosmetic Sanctuary
  5. NCLA nail polish in I Only Fly Private – “It’s such a fun coral shade that’s great for summer. It goes with a lot of other colors and it really stands out against bronzed skin.” Tashina of Logical Harmony
  6. Clinique City Block day time cream with SPF 40 – “I have a very pale complexion that burns very easy, so I need lots of SPF in the summertime! Along with this cream being fairly affordable as far as daytime creams go, it also gives me a great base for my makeup application.” Kaelyn of MyFairDaily 
  7. Elemental Herbs All Good Lips Active Beauty Tints SPF 18 – “These natural, moisturizing lip balms offer broad-spectrum SPF protection with physical sunscreen (pure zinc oxide) while adding a soft wash of beautiful color!” Harshleen of BeautyTidbits
  8. Urban Decay Loose Ultra Setting Powder – “It provides perfect coverage without being the least bit heavy. I get compliments on my face whenever I use it.” Stephanie of Makeuprshutup
  9. Skindinavia Oil Free Makeup Primer – “Skindinavia Oil Free Makeup Primer is awesome for summer, it helps seal the skin before makeup is applied and is sweat proof, paraben and oil free.” Norah Salazar, Makeup Artist  at Norah Loves Makeup 
  10. Too Faced Melted Lipsticks – “I love the bright, punchy colors, especially Fuchsia, Candy, Violet and Ruby! They’re easy to apply, the formula is comfortable to wear and they’re very pigmented.” Courtney of Phyrra
  11. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Cream and Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray – “My hair normally takes FOREVER to air dry! I use the Cream all over and the Spray at my roots. The cream allows my curls to “clump” while the spray gives me texture and lift at the roots! Speeds up drying, too!” Jessika of Polish Insomniac 
  12. Josh Rosebrook’s Cacao Antioxidant Mask – ” I love this skin soothing, radiance boosting mask. I like a bare face for summer and this mask gives skin the chance to glow without makeup.” Cindy of Hello Dollface, Naturally
  13. Pond’s Luminous BB+ Cream – “Spf + light second-skin coverage make this a more desirable alternative to heavy foundation in the warmer months. This is such an easy product to wear; just slap it on your face and GO!” Carly of The Science of Chic
  14. Dermalogica’s After Sun – “With the heat turning up, I know thay even though I am diligent with putting sunscreen on, sometimes it’s envitable that you will end up burnt. Dermaologica’s After Sun helps heal, soothe and reduce any irritation or redness caused by the sun and getting sun burnt. Seriously it is a life changing summer must have!” Jamie of  Makeup Life and Love
  15.  Neoteric Cosmetics Inc Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturizer with SPF15 – “This moisturising cream absorbs quickly, doesn´t leave any greasy residue and it feels light on my skin. It also works well with my makeup.” Leelo of Beauty by Miss L
  16. Kama Ayurveda Lavender Water – “Kama Ayurveda Lavender Water is pure distilled lavender water and super refreshing for summers and to carry around..acts as a toner too.” Bhumika of New Love-Makeup 
  17. Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber – “I love it because it is organic sun protection! This sunblock rubs in nicely just like lotion (doesn’t leave that white residue), and leaves your face super smooth and soft.” Saarah of Beauty Momme

There you have it – 17 of the beauty bloggers’ favorite Summer products.

What are your favorite beauty products for the Summer?

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My Current Winter Skin Care Routine: January 2014

The extreme cold and dry air can wreak havoc on your skin during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean you have to stand for it. You are too fabulous to put up with dry, flaky skin, damn it!

Up until this year, I never changed my skin care routine with the change of seasons. However, as I noticed my skin staring to flake in November, I decided to take matters into my own hands and switch up my routine a bit, adding deeper moisturizing products to the mix. I swapped out my Clinique face lotion for Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, added a night cream and started using a face oil once a day after cleansing. Plus, I snatched up the coveted Bioderma while in Canada over Thanksgiving, and I’ve noticed that removing makeup before using my face cleanser/Clarisonic has more-or-less killed all of the acne I’d been battling in October.

Instead of rambling on and on, Lord knows I could, I’ll share all of my products below in one snazzy photo and a list of links. Who has time to read anyways?

winter skin care routine
Don’t let the harsh winter weather dull your skin (or your sparkle)

Face: Remove | Exfoliate | Cleanse | Oil up | Moisturize (day & night & eyes)

Lips: Exfoliate | Moisturize

Body: ExfoliateMoisturize

So there you have it – my current winter skin care routine. It’s definitely the season during which I use the most skin care products, but it’s worth the extra time to keep my skin healthy and glowing. Check back in a few months (weather in Boston permitting) for an updated springtime skin care routine.

How do you keep your skin healthy during the harsh winter months?

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