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travel skin care and hair

What I Brought on a Business Trip: Hair and Skin Care

I’ve been traveling much more this year than normal because of all the events I’m managing for my “real” job. While it’s been great to explore some new cities, each trip messes up my weekly routine, and I LOVE routine. It keeps me focused and sane because who needs spontaneity and fun anyways? As my eating and working routine flies out the window during work trips, I hold onto my hair and skin care routine with a death grip.

When I travel for fun, I try to pack a carry-on because I think paying to check a bag is a crime and I’m terrified my bag will get lost in space. But when I travel for work, YOLO. Bag costs $50 to check? Not a problem. Bag over 50 pounds? Not a problem. You lost my bag? Problem, but I’ll just expense the stuff I purchase while I wait for my personals. And the best perk of checking a bag? Not having to deal with repacking liquids into stupid small containers. Full-size or bust for this bad bitch.

So on to the point of this rambling post … my go-to travel skin care and hair products, which just so happen to also be my every-day skin care and hair products.

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Makeup Remover Wipes | Face Wash | Resurfacing Accelerator | Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator | Wrinkle-Reversing Serum | Facial Cleansing Brush | Face Oil | Face Lotion | Body Lotion

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Dry Shampoo | Hair Serum | Comb | Paddle Brush | Round Brush | Flat Iron | Curling Wand | Hair Dryer

What skin care and hair products do you bring with you on trips?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Fall nail polishes

My Current Favorite Fall Nail Polishes

To say I’m excited for Fall is an understatement. I wore my first sweater on an 80 degree day in September and my riding boots before it dropped below 60. What can I say? I’m a basic white girl and Fall is just my favorite.

And another favorite? Nail polish. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know I change my nail polish often. Why stare at one color of nail polish all week when you could stare at multiple?! So the first order of business once the weather chilled was to whip out some of my current favorite Fall nail polishes.

Believe it or not, I haven’t purchased any new nail polishes this season. Ok, that was a blatant lie, I realized as I wrote the sentence. But, I only purchased one new polish, so that’s a win as far as I’m concerned. The new shade I nabbed was L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Glossed & Found and I’m wearing it on my nails as I type. It is such a beautiful, deep purple shade and I feel like a BAMF while wearing it.

Before I go off on a delusional tangent, let’s take a look at the other shades: SpaRitual in Clarity, Zoya in Rue, Essie in Smokin’ Hot and Stylenomics, Prestige in Sweet and FormulaX in their shade for VIBRouge card holders.

Fall nail polishes

Looking at these photos again makes me want to paint each nail a separate shade so I can stare at them all day long. I wouldn’t look like a crazy person at all … And if you do paint your nails a new Fall color, make sure to keep these tips and tricks in mind.

What shades are you loving for Fall this year?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

tarte away oui go

Sneak Peek: tarte Away Oui Go Palette and Collector’s Set

Fall has just arrived and Halloween is a month away, but makeup retailers are wasting no time preparing for the upcoming holiday season. To their credit, I’ve already gotten multiple requests to share my wish list with family, so companies like tarte are smart to plan ahead.That’s alright, their advance planning is a beauty blogger’s best friend. tarte recently reached out to let me know about their kits in their holiday 2014 collection.

Exclusively at Ulta

Exclusively at Sephora

Available at tarte Retailers

I had the lucky chance to take a sneak peek at the tarte Away Oui Go palette and collector’s set, which is available exclusively at Ulta this season. The set comes with a whole bunch of products  for eyes, face and lip, which makes it very worth every penny of the $48 price tag. Everything in the set is listed out below:

  • 16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
  • 4 full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes: Irresistible (soft melon), Envisioned (sheer coral), Limitless (peach rose), Intrigue (rose petal) (0.158 oz. each)
  • 3 deluxe Maracuja Lip Glosses: Paris (raspberry), Cannes (light pink), Nice (nude mauve) (0.06 fl. oz. each)
  • Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Portable collector’s compact (0.14 oz.)

Now on to what you’re here for … the photos! I can’t wait to play around with these products and share some looks with you in the upcoming weeks.tarte away oui go

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What do you think of the palette? Will it be on your holiday wish list?

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must-have beauty products

Must-have Beauty Products

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time testing out new products, jumping from one to the next. And while I love the variety, there are some products that I absolutely must have in my beauty arsenal. These are the items that I reach for day-in and day-out, the items that I stock up on on a regular basis. Without them, my life would be just a little less beautiful.must-have beauty products

Face cleanser | Face oil | Eyeliner | Covergirl Mascara | Benefit Mascara | Dry Shampoo

It wasn’t until prepping this that I noticed all my must-have are eye and skin care products. I’m not really sure the reason for this trend, but I thought it was interesting and I just had to address it.

Check out what other lovely bloggers stock up on: 


What are your must-have beauty products?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

velvet berry lip products

Velvet Berry Lip Products

#ICYMI – Velvet Berry lips are officially on trend for this Fall. I had seen the . And then when I saw one of my favorite bloggers, A Piece of Toast, sharing some of her favorite Velvet Berry lip products. It was a very real turning point in my life. It pushed me over the edge and next thing I new, I in the MAC store grabbing a Velvet Berry lipliner in Vino and lipstick in Hangup. It was the most edgy and trendy moment in my recent life, strolling around Newbury street in a bold lip, shoving Georgetown Cupcakes into my beautifully lacquered mouth.

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velvet berry lip products

Since embracing the trend, I’ve been on an online hunt for all of the Velvet Berry lip products. Lucky for you, I spent most of Saturday rounding up my finds. You’re welcome, my uneventful life is your gain.Velvet Berry Lip Products

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And if you aren’t totally confident about rocking a Velvet Berry lip, think about this … If I can do it, so can you.

What do you think about this trend?

Photos: beautyXposé;Disclosure

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Unboxing GLOSSYBOX for Harper’s BAZAAR

Might be hard to believe seeing as I have a beauty blog and all, but I’ve never actually received a GLOSSYBOX before. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’ve dabble in subscription boxes here, here and here, but never taken the plunge. So when the fine folks at GLOSSYBOX reached out about their special collab with Harper’s BAZAAR, I quickly said YES and waited anxiously for it to arrive on my doorstep. It finally arrived last week, and I anxiously ripped it open (after pausing to take some pictures for this post, obviously). You can read all about it below the gratuitous amounts of photos you’re about to see ..

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GLOSSYBOX for Harper's BAZAAR

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If you scoop up this box for yourself, you’ll receive five of the below items:

  • Vichy Liftactiv Night (0.51 fl oz)
  • Benefit, they’re real! mascara (0.1 oz)
  • Bvlgari Eau Parfume eau thé vert Conditioner (2.53 fl oz)
  • Bvlgari Eau Parfume eau thé blanc Conditioner (2.53 fl oz)
  • Essie She’s Pampered (0.5 fl oz)
  • Essie Madison Ave-Hue (0.5 fl oz)
  • OCC Lip Tar Black Dahlia (0.33 fl oz)
  • OCC Lip Tar Authentic (0.33 fl oz)

My box contained the Vichy Liftactiv Night, Benefit, they’re real! mascara, Bvlgari Eau Parfume eau thé blanc Conditioner, Essie Madison Ave-Hue and OCC Lip Tar Authentic and I couldn’t be more pleased with these goodies.

I already know I love the they’re real mascara, so I’m excited to have a travel-size version for my upcoming trips. Mini sizes always make travel more enjoyable. While I’ve never owned a bottle of Madison Ave-Hue, Essie is one of my favorite nail polish brands, so I can’t wait to sport this barbie-pink hue. I’ve been dying to try an OCC Lip Tar, and Authentic is totally out of my lippie comfort zone, so it’s a double whammy. Last but not least, I’ve never tried Vichy nor Bvlgari products, so I don’t know what to expect … which is always fun!

If you don’t have a GLOSSYBOX subscription, you can purchase this box here. To purchase a monthly GLOSSYBOX subscription, click here.

Do you have a GLOSSYBOX subscription or have you given any of these products a try?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Mini MAC Haul

A Mini MAC Haul

Believe it or not, but before the other week I had never so much as tried out MAC products. I had this preconceived notion that their products were too bright and crazy for a neutral-product gal like me. I never claimed to be the smartest beauty blogger out there …

When I was in Seattle recently, I had time to kill before a wedding since my boyfriend was busy doing wedding party activities. Another groomsman’s wife and I became fast friends and decided to get our hair and makeup done so we could relax rather than spend all morning rushing to get ready. We located a local salon that had last-minute openings for blow outs and then headed over to the MAC counter at the flagship Nordstrom.

My makeup artist did a wonderful job with the makeover. He gave me a neutral eye with a bold cat eye, fabulously bronzed skin without being unnatural and a bold hot pink lip. Then a mini MAC haul ensued. I didn’t want my look to go to crap halfway through the night, so I purchased my own lip liner and lipstick for on-the-spot touchups. And since I’d heard such great things about their paint pots, I picked up the one he used because why not? I actually used it for the first time yesterday and it was the perfect base to my everyday neutral eye. I see it becoming a staple product moving forward.

Mini MAC Haul
Hello, beauties!

Girl About Town | Painterly | More to Love

I couldn’t be happier with my purchases (and my makeover) and I can’t wait to show you future looks.

What are your favorite MAC products?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

vidal sassoon

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Touch Control Digital Hair Dryer

Hair care and touch screens are two things that I don’t typically associate with each other. For the past 26 years, my hair styling has been relatively normal and low key. And then I was gifted a fancy new blow dryer from the Vidal Sassoon Touch Control Line.It might have taken me a few times … or a few weeks … to properly use the touch controls on the dryer, but now I can dry like a touch-screen pro.

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Look at that red beauty!

At $44.99, this dryer is a total steal. There are over ten temperature and ten speed settings on this dryer, which means you can get very picky when it comes to exactly how you’d like to style your hair. And for such an inexpensive dryer, it does the job! My hair is dry in no time flat and it hasn’t done damage to my ends like other dryers. Plus it’s lightweight, so it’s easy to tote around for travel, which is what I did during all of my June trips. My dryer has already been to four different states!

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One touch to perfectly dry hair

While I feel fancy using the touch screen controls, I think I would prefer more basic (for lack of a better word) controls. It’s easy to turn on, set and lock, but it can be hard to unlock the settings when trying to turn off the dryer. Sometimes I give up and just unplug the dryer. It’s just a little too much work at the end of a long day.

Have you ever tried touch-screen hair tools?

Photo: Amazon; Disclosure

 

sephora haul

My Recent (Mini) Sephora Haul

As you might have read, I’ve been a lazy mothertrucker when it comes to my beauty routine lately.  And as soon as I wrote that post and clicked “publish” I decided it was time to get my ish together. The very next day I wore a full face of makeup. A full face, I tell you. It was a miraculous event. After busting back in to my daily makeup routine, I noticed there were a few items that needed refreshing. My eyeliner had dried up, I was bored with my brow gel and I ran out of face oil. Oh the horror!

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Hooray for shopping!

Off to Sephora I went. I didn’t get a lot of items, just the necessities … as much of a necessity as makeup can be. I am LOVING my new Anastasia Brow Wiz and I’m glad to have a fresh bottle of face oil again. Ladies – I bought my last bottle in March and it lasted me until last week. Best $50 I’ve ever spent.

I went in expecting to repurchase my Bobbi Brown gel liner, but the Sephora I stopped in didn’t carry it in my color. So, forced with a dilemma – new liner or no liner – I decided to try out Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner. I’ve only used it once so far, and so far so good. I’ll keep you updated on that.

Now that I’ve gotten a reminder of how fabulous Sephora is (it had been months, folks), I’m dying to go back but I’m trying to restrain myself. But if you want to do a little shopping of your own while I’m busy trying to avoid it, enter our $50 Sephora gift card giveaway.

What makeup items have you nabbed lately? 

Photos: Disclosure

 

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Clip-in Locks: Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Complimentary products were provided for this Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

When it comes to my hair, I have a really short attention span (remember my blonde ambition incident last year?). If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d even consider using up one of them on magic hair that would change color and length at any moment to match my mood.

While that’s not possible, Irresistible Me hair extensions offer a great option for getting long locks whenever you’d like.

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Irresistible Me extensions let you change your hair length in a snap!

For hair extensions, quality is really #1 in my book (I’ve seen extensions made out of yak hair before, and trust me when I say it isn’t pretty).  Irresistible Me agrees that high quality human hair is the best, offering 100% natural Remy clip-in hair extensions at wallet-friendly prices.

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Beautiful, silky extensions made out of real Remy hair.

There are two lines:  Silky Touch (starting at $69) and Royal Remy (starting at $129). The Royal Remy line is higher quality, as it comes from one donor with virgin unprocessed hair, which is then dyed to match one of the 14 colors offered by Irresistible Me.

The deluxe line of Royal Remy extensions from Irresistible Me are premium quality
The deluxe line of Royal Remy extensions from Irresistible Me are premium quality

Getting the right color match to your hair is critical to ensure no one knows you’re wearing extensions. Normally, I’d be hesitant to order extensions online without seeing them in person, but Irresistible Me has a very informative video that makes it as easy as possible to get the right match. Plus, they offer free exchanges and returns for customers in the U.S. and Canada.

After watching the video, it was pretty clear that I needed to get the Chocolate Brown color, since my hair is very dark, but also has warm highlighted tones in it.  When the extensions arrived, I knew I made the right decision, because they blended so perfectly that it looked like I was clipping in my own hair.

Chocolate brown is a deep brown with rich, warm tones.
Chocolate brown is a deep brown with rich, warm tones.
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The Royal Chocolate Brown extensions are a perfect match to my own mane.

The clip in extensions come in 10 pieces:  1 piece of 4 clips (8″ wide), 2 pieces of 3 clips (6″ wide), 5 pieces of 2 clips (4″ wide) and 2 pieces of 1 clip (1.5″ wide). They also come in different lengths (14″, 16″, 18″, 20″, 22″ and 24″) and different weights ((100 grams, 140 grams or 200 grams, though the three longest sizes only come in 200g weight). This variety lets you get your clip-in hair extensions as long and as thick as you’d like.

I chose 20 inch extensions at 200 grams since I’m already starting with longer hair to begin with.

My natural hair without extensions.
My natural hair without extensions. 
After clipping in Irresistible Me hair extensions:  Long and glamorous!
After clipping in Irresistible Me hair extensions: Long and glamorous!

I absolutely love my new extensions, and I’ll wear them any time I feel like adding some length to my locks. And because they’re human hair, I can curl, straighten and wash them just like my own hair (while being careful with them so they last a long time).

Want your own? Check out Irresistible Me hair extensions for yourself and learn more at IrresistibleMe.com.

 

Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyXposé