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natural lipstick colors

5 Your-Lips-But-Better Lipsticks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a bold lip. Hot pink, deep red, velvet berry, I love them all. But there are some days where I don’t want to have to check to make sure my lipstick isn’t smudged or fading.

That’s when natural lipstick colors are clutch. These your-lips-but-better shades add a polish to your look while still being low maintenance. If these shades start to smudge or fade, it’s not as big of a deal since they match my natural lip color closely. If I don’t have time to freshen up for a couple of hours, I don’t even have to worry.

There are lots of great options out there and shades for all skin tones, but I wanted to share five of my favorites. These perfectly compliment my ghostly-pale complexion and blonde locks, and I’d love to hear if they work for other folks as well!

natural lipstick colors

Palladio in Lady Rose | Bobbi Brown in Blue Raspberry | Fresh in Petal

Sensai in Akanezome | Rimmel in Tower of Mauve

And of course, you could always go really natural and just rock a little lip balm, but where’s the fun in that? There is just something so nice about applying a lovely lipstick as you’re getting ready in the morning. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel like I’m ready to take on the world!

What are your favorite natural lipstick colors?

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Winter-Moisturizers

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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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?

Photos: beautyXposé; Diclosure

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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younique

A Love Affair with Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

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!

younique

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!

younique

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.

younique

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!

younique

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.

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About the author – Amy Genduso

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.

Photos: Amy Genduso/beautyXposé; Disclaimer

marsala

Sneak Peek: SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette

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?

marsala

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.

marsala

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.

marsala

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?

Photos: beautyXposé

2014 beauty favorites

2014 Beauty Favorites

2014 was a good year for my personally, professionally and when it comes to beauty. I tried a lot of new products that I like, some that I hated and a few that I loved. It’s those items that I loved that I wanted to share with you here today. My 2014 beauty favorites. So peruse them below and give them a try is you’re so inclined. Happy New Year, beauties!

Hair:

2014 beauty favorites

Remington Wand | Simon & Tom hair serum | DermOrganic leave-in treatment | Not Your Mother’s Dry ShampooKérastase Mousse Bouffante

Skin:

2014 beauty favorites

GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud | Clinique face soap | Nuxe mask | Fresh face oil | Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator | Skin Authority cleansing brush

Makeup:

2014 beauty favorites

beautyblender | Smashbox primer | Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow | TooFaced bronzer | TooFaced palette | NARS blush | MAC paint pot | Benefit mascara | NARS concealer | Lumene CC cream | MAC lipstick and lipliner | Stila eyeliner | NARS eyeliner | Anastasia brow wiz

What were your 2014 beauty favorites?

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Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

It’s scientifically proven that I can’t turn down the chance to test out new hair-related goodies. Whether it’s a new shampoo or a new hair tool, I just need to get my greedy little hands on it. So of course, I couldn’t say “No” to the change to test out the Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand.

My hair is naturally curly, but I’m an insane person, so I blow dry it straight and then physically curl it myself on a regular basis. Like I said, I’m insane.  And while I love my Sultra, it can be hard to get a loose wave rather than a more defined curl with that specific tool, so I was looking forward to trying a new brand and barrel shape.

With my excitement came a bit of nervous curiosity. Would the oval barrel make my hair look kinky? Would a more affordable brand work as well as my Sultra? Side note: I’m a marketer’s dream – I assume that the more expensive an item, the better it is. So with excited jitters in my belly, I heated up the wand and started wanding my little heart out.

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

I’ll jump to the chase here – I was more than pleasantly surprised with the end result. I was able to achieve a loose wave by keeping the wand on a lower heat (around 320 degrees) or a more defined curl by turning up the heat (around 360 degrees). And while the waves/curls did fall a bit more throughout the day than when I use my Sultra, they were still intact and just as lovely at the end of the day. They even held up through a good night’s sleep!

For $29.99, this bad boy is a steal. So if you’re in the market for a curling wand (or even if you aren’t), you should scoot your caboose to Target and snag one for yourself.  And with that, I’ll leave you with some product features and gratuitous pictures of myself:

  • Oval Waving Wand with Silk Ceramic Technology
  • 410⁰F Digital salon high heat
  • Digital Displays/Controls for precise temperature control
  • Includes heat resistant glove for safe and easy styling
  • 30 second heat up and 60 minute auto shut off
  • 4 year warranty

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Have you ever tried a curling wand before?

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Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

This has been my year of foundation (and BB, CC creams and tinted moisturizers … you get the picture). I’ve broadened my horizons further than I ever imagined possible. I’ve tried more formulas and brands than ever before, and I have to say that I’m loving the range of options that have opened up to me.

One such new brand is Osmosis Colour. I was a bit skeptical of the CC Cream at first because it comes out white with what appears to be little beads of color. I thought there was no way it could blend to match my skin, but I was wrong. It was a great color match with surprisingly good coverage for a CC cream.

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

In the spirit of total honesty, it’s not the longest-lasting CC cream out there, but I like its lightweight formula, even, buildable coverage and the fact that it’s fragrance free. While some products feel like they’re clogging your pores, I barely even noticed I was wearing this throughout the day. A bottle will set you back $38, which is a bit more than I normally like to spend on a CC cream, but not totally absurd price-wise. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can purchase here.

What is your favorite CC cream?

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glossybox

December GLOSSYBOX

Another month, another GlossyBox. I was mourning the ending of Christmas cheer and opening presents (let’s just be honest) when I opened my front door to find the most festive GLOSSYBOX on my front stoop. It was a lovely surprise and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. So without further ado, here is what I unwrapped:

glossybox

glossybox

 

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glossybox

If you’re interested in receiving a monthly beauty surprise on your doorstep, you can sign up here.

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