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.
Spring is well underway, and what better time than now to prepare your skin for the upcoming warm weather? Priyana MD has recently launched a new product called Damage Control C + DNA Repair, and I was more than excited to give it a go.
Damage Control C + DNA Repair is a daily moisturizer that helps improve aging, sun-damaged skin by offering hydration and skin lightening benefits. This sounded perfect for me, as I have begun to notice lots of freckles (aka sun spots- gasp!) during the summer months. I’m also not crazy about the fine lines and wrinkles that appear around my eyes when I smile.
For the past month, I’ve paired the moisturizer with Priyana MD’s HylaSilk HA + NIA + Peptides Hydrating Serum and their VersaLift Eye Restore + Lifting Cream applying in the mornings and evenings. Although I’m not sure I’ve noticed a decrease in my sun spots, I have absolutely seen a difference in how hydrated my skin looks. The skin around my eyes feels firmer, and as they claim, lifted. And I didn’t realize how much my dark circles improved until I took a few shots of my eyes. Check out my makeup free face below.
I love the glow these products give my skin. The pictures above show what my skin looks like after applying all three following my shower. I am not usually a #makeupfree selfie kind of girl, but I was excited to share these with you to show how radiant my skin has become.
Although Priyana MD’s Damage Control C + DNA moisturizer may not be budget friendly for all (at $75), I have barely put a dent in it…and it works! I’d rather spend a little more on something that is long lasting and effective, to be honest. You can bet that this has become my new spring routine, and will continue to be essential through the summer months. What a great way to start the new season!
Since today is the last day of March (get the picture already, Mother Nature) I figured it would be a good time to pay homage to my month’s favorites. Aside from the brow wiz, these are all new goodies.
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.
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
At the beginning of the year I was all “Oh I won’t buy as many new beauty products this year.” I thought I was going to be so sly and passing by the CVS beauty aisle and Sephora like I didn’t give two flying ducks. I WAS WRONG.
Over the past few weeks I’ve acquired an eyeliner here, an mascara there. By the time I stopped and looked around, I had a nice little CVS and Sephora haul on my hands. The brow pencil was an empties replacement, but the rest are all new goodies that I can’t wait to test out.
Hi there, beauties. March is here, which means a couple of things. For one, Spring is just a couple short weeks away. Second, it’s time for February favorites. Like last month, I don’t have a huge amount of favorites, but I’m going with a zen less-is-more approach to life lately. Ok, that’s a complete lie … I just got back from Sephora with more than I intended to purchase … but I have just been dabbling in a bit of this and a bit of that rather than obsessing over specific products. And with that, let’s gander my monthly favorites and check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo – This is not a new favorite. In fact, the first time that I wrote about this amazing product was August 2013. I use it more-or-less on a daily basis. On first-day, second-day and third-day hair. It adds volume and texture to my style in addition to having three other uses. And the fact that it’s only $6 at my local CVS is just the icing on the cake. Just assume that this dry shampoo is a monthly favorite moving forward unless I say otherwise.
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – This is a new find rather than a recently re-discovered product. I had heard so many great things about this mascara online, but never got around to purchasing a tube of my own until last month. The first couple of tries were a huge flop and I thought that the hype was all smoke and mirrors. Then, as if by magic, the mascara did wonders for my lashes. They are lengthened, defined and almost look like falsies. Whenever I wear this, I get loads of compliments on my lashes, which is always the true test.
Lumene CC Cream– This isn’t a new product. Like the dry shampoo, I’m bringing it back from the back of my drawers. This Lumene CC cream makes my skin look naturally flawless and dewy. It’s the perfect everyday base for whatever look I am going after. I’m reaching the bottom of my bottle and it’s about time I replenish my stock.
Kate Spade New York ‘Gramercy Grand’ Bracelet Watch – This was a Christmas present from my parents. I had it on my personal Pinterest “wish list” board and they generously nabbed it for me. I squealed when I unwrapped it and put it on my wrist and I haven’t taken it off since. You will have seen it all of my fashion posts here, here and here.
This giveaway is now closed — Oh and another February favorite? Giving back to my readers! This month, I’m running a giveaway for a $50 Sephora gift card so you can treat yourself to some new goodies. Who knows, maybe they’ll be your March favorites. You can enter in the widget below. Good luck to all who enter!
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.
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!
If you’re like me, you’re still recuperating from the holidays. All of those late nights, delectable desserts and extra glasses of wine did a number of my skin and left my eyes tired and my under-eye bags even more prominent that before. And while you can’t technically catch up on lost sleep, you can fake it with the help of makeup and a well-executed eye patch.
To revitalize my eyes, I’ve been reaching for the Patchology Energizing Eye Patches, which I was gifted from the beauties behind Gloss48, an indie beauty site based here in Boston. The patches refresh my eyes, making them look and feel like I woke up from a year of non-stop sleep. Two thumbs up from this beauty gal.
Unlike some traditional eye patches that must be tossed in the trash bin after one use, these patches have four lives in them. Hooray for sustainability(ish)! Since these aren’t a hit-it-an-quit-it product, there are a few more steps for use than other one-use patches. Three steps, to be exact:
Step 1: Apply Gel to Patches
Gently squeeze the Activating Gel Tube and spread a generous, even layer of gel directly onto the back of the first patch. Move to Step 2 (Apply Patches) and then repeat Step 1 with second patch.
Step 2: Apply Patches
Apply each patch to clean, dry skin and press firmly. The patch will activate automatically and begin the gentle micro-current infusion. Each patch should be worn for 20 minutes. If the patch is not adhering to your skin, simply add more Activating Gel under the patch and re-apply.
Step 3: Remove, Wipe and Store
Gently remove the patches and wipe the treatment area with the Refreshing Wipes to reveal renewed, refreshed skin. Following your treatment, you may apply your favorite eye cream, serum and/or makeup. Place the patch back onto the clear plastic sheet and then back into the re-sealable pouch.
A kit with one set of pouches will run you $35, which is under $10 a use. Pretty reasonably priced, if you ask me. If you want to try these out for yourself, you can order them from Gloss48 here.
You guys, I’m in LOVE! …with mascara, but still. A few months ago my friend, Ashley, began raving about a line of makeup she was selling called Younique. She was obsessed with their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara, and all I could think was, I own more mascaras than I’ll use in the next ten years. Eventually I caved and let her put it on me and Oh. My. God. Love at first sight!
Above is an unplanned early morning shot the first time I tried the mascara. On the left eye I have on my beloved $30 Lorac mascara. On the right is Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. What a difference!
Younique 3D Fiber Lashes is made with 100% natural fibers taken from green tea. For all of you eco-friendly gals out there, it is a naturally based, vegan product that is not tested on animals. And, for what it’s worth…it’s gluten free? Not sure how lashes can be gluten intolerant, but if yours are, they’ve got you covered!
The larger tube is a Transplanting Gel that has the same look and feel of regular mascara and is applied first. The second, smaller tube of Natural Fibers reminded me of a wand of black cotton candy. After applying the fibers, a second coat of the Transplanting Gel locks it all in. It was definitely as quick and easy to apply as regular mascara. I can also vouch for the fact that these lashes are water resistant, yet wash off easily with a facial cleanser.
After trying 3D Fiber Lashes, Ashley came over and we tried out Younique’s other products. My favorites were the Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner in Perfect and the Moodstruck Glorious Face and Eye Primer- both felt like satin and went on super smooth. Next on my wish list: Uplift Eye Serum. There are some amazing before and after photos floating around the web- check them out!
For $29, it is not inexpensive, but it is the exact same price I was spending on my original mascara. Want to experience the magic for yourself? It’s easy-for the next 10 days, you can order Younique products by clicking here. Now go fall in love!
Want to hear more about Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes? Check out Kristin’s review here.
About the author – Amy Genduso
Amy spends every waking moment around children, and she stands by the fact that a classic, polished look can still be achieved! Don’t let that fool you, she’s anything but basic. Ulta is her own slice of heaven, and she has a small hoarding problem with OPI and Lorac products.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I went on an eyeshadow bender recently, and one of my purchases was the new Marsala palette from the SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE collection. This throwback to the 90s is so divergent than the shadow shades I gravitate to, so I figured it was worth a shot. New year, new me. #Amiright?
Depending on what you’re used to spending on makeup, I think this palette is a steal at $39 because it comes with 24 gorgeous shades! That’s less than $2 a shadow, so it’s basically free if you think about it that way … And while many of the colors go out of my comfort zone, none of them are so crazy that I can’t imagine wearing them.
To be completely transparent, the packaging feels a bit cheap and I am more worried about dropping it than my sturdier palettes, but other than that, it seems perfect. I’ll be giving it a go today (today when you read this, not today when I write this), so I’ll make sure to update you on my thoughts.
Sadly, the palette is sold out online, but it’s worth checking your local Sephora to see if they still have any in stock.
What is your favorite shade in this palette and what do you think of the Marsala trend?