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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.

june favorites

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

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.

june empties

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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april 2015 favorites

April Favorites: 2015

April has come and gone. It was a fabulous month; maybe the best so far in 2015. Seeing as it was my birthday month, that might be a slightly biased statement. Oh well.

Can you believe it took me 27 years to finally test out Make Up Forever HD Foundation? And I call myself a beauty blogger ….. *disappointed head shake.* While I normally reach for light coverage foundations and BB creams, I’ve been L-O-V-I-N-G this more heavy-duty number. I can’t put it down. And with that, let’s move onto the rest of my April favorites.

april 2015 favorites

Foundation | Rollerball Trio | Agave Lip Mask |  Foundation Brush | Floral Pants

And while we’re at it, let’s talk a walk down memory lane and look at my January, February and March favorites as well.

What were your favorites this month?

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march favorites

March Favorites 2015

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’ve had this look on repeat all month. Apply tinted moisturizer, sweep on shadow, define my brows and a few other odds and ends (read: mascara, blush, etc.) then wash off at the end of the night. I’m not bored yet and I don’t see a huge shake up in my daily routine just yet. Who knows, maybe my March favorites will roll over into April.

march favorites

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water | Neutrogena Long Wear Eye Shadow

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue | Anastasia Brow Wiz

What beauty products are on your March favorites list?

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CVS and Sephora Haul: Makeup and Skin Care

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.

sephora haul

Peter Thomas Roth Trio | Neutrogena Palette | Sephora Cleansing Water

Becca Perfecting Palette | Bite Agave Lip Mask | Physicians Formula Mascara

Rimmel Eyeliners | Anastasia Brow Wiz

I haven’t really had a chance to try these out yet because, like a good blogger, I waited to take pictures. Because pics or it didn’t happen. Now excuse me while I go play with my new lovelies.

What makeup goodies have you snagged recently?

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February Favorites: 2015

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.

february favorites 2015

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.

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss – I discovered this glass last month. You might remember it from my 5-minute Valentine’s Day Makeup video.  It has a great color payoff and is relatively long lasting, all without being tacky or expensive. It’s one of my new favorite gloss brands.

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!

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I’d love to hear what you would purchase with the gift card if you were to win. 

What were some of your favorite goodies in February?

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Soniclear by Michael Todd

Soniclear by Michael Todd

There is nothing I love more than the feeling of a freshly cleansed face after a long day. When you’ve sweated through all of your makeup (sexy, I know) and you feel like a giant oil spill, it’s so refreshing to remove all of your makeup and wash away the day.

And while cleanser on its own is all well and good, cleaning your face just feels so much more luxurious when using a skin-cleansing brush. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard me share my thoughts on my Clarisonic and my Skin Authority. Well, I have another wonderful brush for you today, lovelies. The Soniclear by Michael Todd.

Soniclear by Michael Todd

Soniclear by Michael Todd Soniclear by Michael Todd

The key difference between the Soniclear and my other brushes is the antimicrobial brush. A cleaner brush means a cleaner face, which is a plus when you’re … you know … trying to  clean your face. Think about it, you don’t want to be simply pushing bacteria around on your face, so it’s a plus to not have to replace your brush head every couple of months like with other systems. Since I’m not a scientist, I’ll let the Soniclear team explain their antimicrobial system in more detail in the below video.

In addition to the antimicrobrial system, I’m also impressed with the battery power. I’ve been using my brush almost daily over the past month and change and I haven’t needed to recharge it at all. That excites me more than you could ever imagine because I’m the laziest person ever and charging my beauty tools is sometimes just too much work sometimes.

There is nothing I dislike the brush, but there are a few things I’ve noticed that I can’t decide how I feel about yet. First – the brush is larger than my other two, which isn’t necessarily bad,  but it makes me feel like I have midget hands. Second – I can’t decide if I’m imagining it or not, but I think the brushes are a bit stiffer than my other brush heads. Third – the Soniclear comes with a body brush head, which I used once but then never used again. It wasn’t bad, I was just too lazy to run the brush over my entire body.

The Soniclear by Michael Todd runs about the same price as most other cleansing brush systems – $149. It’s not completely inexpesive, but the blow is softened by knowing you won’t have to buy new brush heads every couple of months. If you’re in the market for a skin-cleansing brush, make sure the Sonicelar by Michael Todd is on your list. And if you do get it, let mw know in the comments section below!

Do you use a skin-cleansing system?

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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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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I’ve been keeping something from you beauties for a while now, and I just couldn’t live with it anymore. Meet one of my main squeezes – the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation weekly, sometimes daily, for a few months now, and I just realized I was too busy applying it all the time to actually write up a review.

I’m typically not much of a foundation girl; I’m more of an alphabet cream kind of girl. BB Creams and CC Creams are my jam. But true to its name, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation offers airy coverage that can be built up to a heavy cover with a light feel. The foundation never cakes, flakes or leaves my skin ravaged at the end of the day.

Charlotte Tilbury

And if I wasn’t convinced of my love already, I always get buttloads of compliments on my skin when I wear this, which is always the true test of a good foundation. Can others tell the difference (hopefully positive) in your skin?

Charlotte Tilbury

And while we’re on the Charlotte Tilbury train, let’s quickly discuss their KISSING Lipstick. I have the shade Coachella Coral, and I haven’t made up my mind about it yet. I love the formulation and the wear the lipstick wears, but it’s a bit of an odd shade for Winter. I think the shade will grow on me as the weather warms, but I would buy another shade in a heartbeat.

So, moral of the story? I’m loving my Charlotte Tilbury products and I can’t wait to try out more. And while you’re at it, treat yo self and pick up some goodies for yourself.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products lately?

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exfoliators

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.

exfoliators

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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