Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gloss Guide Lippie Love

Wanted to share with you some gorgeous lipsticks and gloss that I am dying over!! Vibrant reds, perfect nudes, and glistening golds! Enjoy! xoxo

YSL Gloss Volupte in Golden #1: This gold may seem like a color you would never think to actually wear, but it looks AMAZING over a matte peach (like MAC Peachstock). This combined with the peach photographs beautifully. I actually hunted this color down because I saw the combo in a photo.

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Instinct (red) and Dreamy (nude): I love the whole matte lip look right now, however, I can only do nude or red in that look. These are my favorite formula of any of the mattes I've tried. They don't dry my lips out or make them look flakey, and they stay put. 

Technicolor Lip & Cheek Tint in Passion Orange and Mystique Coral (left to right): These are so much fun if you want a pop of color! I am obsessed with the way they feel and look. These 2 shades are soooo gorgeous with a nice little sun kissed glow and minimal eye makeup. They compliment my skin so well. Love packing these for vacation because you can also use them for a little dab of cheek tint.

P.S. This brand is a new Korean line that I am obsessed with. I will post on a few things I love from them - especially their mascara!

Make Matte Lipstick in Scarlet: This to me is just the perfect go to red lipstick. It says matte, but that's just because it has no shimmer whatsoever. This is not that trendy "flat finish". The shade is a perfect mix of every great red that was ever made. In love!

Swatch of Make in Scarlet

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Skincare

Thought I'd share with you some products I'm loving this summer! They have really been helping keep my skin hydrated, unclogged, and bright! Enjoy!

I've posted on Boscia before. This is a brand I absolutely love and keep coming back to. In the summer I can't help but want to be in the sun and have a nice little tan goin on! I LOAD on the suncreen because I never want to burn. With that being said, I'm adding a lot of gunk to my face with the sunscreen, the sweat, etc. This is why I'm loving the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel. It is keeping my skin unclogged and glowing this summer. You use it just like a face mask. Apply to clean/dry skin, massage in circular motions, and then rinse with water. I let it sit for about 5 minutes for a deeper "peel". I don't actually peel with this product- it doesn't irritate or make my skin red - it just feels smooth and plump afterwards. 

Along with the peel I have found the neatest little sponges they make - the Konjac Sponge Mini Trio. They come in a pack of 3, hence trio! I use them with my face wash and they feel amazing! They are really tiny and compact when they are dry. When you get them wet they expand a bit, but are so silky and soft. I guess each color is suppose to do something different, but so far I'm still using the brown one. One cleanses and brightens, one cleanses and deeply hydrates, one cleanses and purifies the pores. They aren't labeled, so I'm not exactly sure which one does what. I believe the one I'm using now (brown) must be the hydrating one. It's feels almost slimy (not in a gross way). I've really liked them this summer for the extra help with cleansing. I'm so bad about using my Clarisonic, so maybe this is just something fun and different! Each sponge has a little string so you can hang to dry- I feel like it gets less germy this way! 

For my other post on Boscia click here!

The other brand I'm really liking is H20. It's so funny because this was a brand that was really popular in the 90's and then kind of fell off the map! I started seeing them again in Ulta and was really excited because I use to love it! They have reinvented themselves and have some really amazing quality products. These 2 have been my go to products every day.

The Face Oasis Sea Foam Toner: Just one use and you may be addicted! I'm someone that uses a toner every single day, twice a day (or any time I wash my face). I just have to! This is by far the coolest toner I have ever used! It comes out just like a mousse. You apply with a cotton ball or cotton round just like you would a liquid toner. It's packed with all kinds of goodness from the sea. I'm not sure why, but I always feel like any kind of "sea" anything is better! This has Sea Kelp, Marine blends of Wakame, Sea Fennel, Sea Lettuce, Bioactive Seawater, and Sea Flora Peptide Complex. You're basically a mermaid after the first use! Most of all - I love the way my skin feels after! I'm hydrated and my skin is ready to soak up my moisturizer!

Shine-Neutralizing Gel: I love to put a gel moisturizer on after a long day by the pool or outside! This is so cooling and refreshing! Again, it's packed with goodness from the sea! It's a nice lightweight moisturizer, and even though it is shine neutralizing it doesn't leave me tight or lacking in the moisture department. This is a goodie!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Favorite Brand Alert!! The Balm Cosmetics

The Balm Cosmetics makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop! They have the CUTEST packaging, best products, and even the product names are adorable! 

One of my favorite things in life is OF COURSE lip gloss. Their new gloss "Read My Lips" is amaaahzing! The colors are vibrant, pigmented, and glide on perfectly. They come in a wide variety of colors and textures. Some are sheer with a pop of color and others are totally opaque. I am basically in love with these glosses. They also look amazing over lipstick for a totally different look. Did I mention they are infused with Ginseng (A powerful antioxidant known for its mentally stimulating properties)?! A mind stimulating lip gloss...hmmm...why not!!

Below are swatches in 2 different lighting situations:

Here are some other fun products from their line that I'm dying over! I seriously had way too much fun playing with all this stuff. I have some upcoming bridal and event makeup sessions, so I will post pics of what I used from The Balm. Their palettes are just to die for! I'm especially excited about the cream color cheek palette "How Bout Them Apples". I will never need to carry around a million cheek colors in my kit. Also, the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter is THE BALM...get it...I'm here all night folks! XOXO

Featured: The Balm Voyage palette, How Bout Them Apples cheek palette, Balm Desert bronzer, Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter, Nude Dude Volume 2 palette

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Too Faced Melted vs. L.A. Girl Glazed

I have seen both of these glosses popping up like crazy on Instagram over the last few months. I kept getting the 2 confused. I'm a little late to the game but decided to give them both a try!

The Too Faced Melted is exactly like a "melted" lipstick. It is less glossy and more of a thick lipstick. It is extremely pigmented, totally opaque, and has a nice texture. I like that it has a sponge tip applicator that the gloss squeezes out of. You can be a bit more precise with this.

The L.A. Girl Glazed is more of a thicker lipgloss to me. It is extremely glossy and has a great color payoff.  The applicator is just a slanted squeeze tube.

I really want to try some lighter shades in the Too Faced because I think they would be great all in ones (lipstick and lipgloss). As far as the bolder shades go, this is about as crazy as I can get. I am a nude/pink girl at heart! This is a really fun look for night though!

The Verdict: I am more of a glossy girl, so I like the high shine of the L.A. Girl. For a bolder look Too Faced may be the way to go if you are worried about smudging. To each their own!

Below are swatches in 3 different lightings comparing the two! Too Faced is on the top and L.A.Girl is on the bottom:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sunday Riley

I have been dying to try some products from this line!! I have had my eye on the Luna Sleeping Night 
Oil for so long! I couldn't get this stuff on my face fast enough. I've been using the SPF and the night oil for over a week now. Here are my thoughts!

Cashmere SPF 30

What is is formulated to do: "This powerful sunscreen, with its luxurious texture and finish, provides weightless hydration without any white streaks or typical oiliness. The formula detoxifies the skin and provides continuing anti-pollution protection. With use, skin feels softer, looks more youthful, and is protected from the daily assault of UV and pollution."

My thoughts: It is a nice lightweight daytime moisturizer. It is not oily in the slightest. In fact it may be on the dry side. If you have oily skin this is a great option for you! I had no skin irritation with this at all. Be sure to rub it in really well or it can leave a bit of a film. I like that it's not a super oily sunscreen, especially since I live in the South with high humidity.

Luna Sleeping Night Oil

What it is formulated to do: "With an advanced retinol complex, Luna helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously correcting damage caused by the sun, time, and pollution. Use this oil before bed to notice firmer, clearer skin by morning. Trans-retinol ester fights the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of skin elasticity while an essential oil complex calms and soothes skin. Cold pressed avocado, chia, and Concord grape seed oils sink into skin for quick absorption of actives while boosting radiance."

My thoughts: Before I even tried this I was already obsessed with it! A retinol that comes in a luxurious oil is pure genius! I love face oils (even though my sensitive skin isn't always crazy about them). It comes in a dropper bottle, which I always like. The oil itself is actually blue tinted and for some reason that made me like it even more. Don't worry your face won't be blue! It glides right on like a dream, and feels like heaven! So far no irritation, peeling, or redness. It seems to be very gentle. The first couple of nights I did notice a few little bumps (probably junk it pulled to the surface). It wasn't a breakout by any means and hasn't been an issue. I can't tell any major results yet, but my skin feels glowing and hydrated. Usually any retinol leaves me a bit peely and dried out. I'm thrilled that this is gentle. There is no need to moisturize after because your skin feels so plump and silky from the oil. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda

As if I wasn't obsessed with Armani Beauty enough. They have created the single most luxurious foundation I have ever laid eyes upon. The jar screams to be displayed on your bathroom countertop. Here are my thoughts on this $200 jar of foundation. Yes, you read that correctly. 

The product: Beautiful packing - duh. The jar itself is generously sized at 1.69 ounces (the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation bottle is 1 ounce for comparison). What's inside the jar is even better. Armani has foundation down to a science. This literally does what it claims it will do: "The new generation of tinted cream: the first supreme nude glow treatment with performance power that surpasses BB and CC creams. Transparent pigments suspended into a water based texture allow the skin to reflect light in multiple directions for an enhanced glow while blurring imperfections. The specially blended formula contains Armani’s exclusive anti-aging complex Reviscentalis to improve skin radiance and reveal younger looking skin. Hyaluronic acid and mannose complete the formula by adding deep hydration with a weightless feel. Available in Six Glow Enhancing Shades." 

It truly leaves your skin glowing, dewy, youthful, moisturized, and just plain perfect. 

Cons: The only downside to this is that I would not wear it to do full blown makeup. It's way too moisturizing and maybe not the full blown coverage you would want for a special event. This is a daytime foundation. It replaces your moisturizer and whatever daytime foundation/tinted moisturizer you use. To spend $200 on a daytime face makeup kind of hurts. BUT it will last for probably eternity. 

Skin type: If you have super oily skin this may not be the product for you. For my dry skin gals- you have found your favorite product! My skin is oily, but can also be super dry if not adequately moisturized. I usually don't wear makeup during the day, so I wore this alone with no powder, etc. My skin looked beautiful throughly the day, but by late afternoon I was a bit shiny. 

I would recommend getting a sample before shelling out the cash for this one. Armani is usually so great about giving out samples. 

Color Pictured: 04 Medium Glow
Hope this was helpful :)


Friday, May 1, 2015

Oribe Côte d’Azur

A quick post on a new product that I'm dying over! Oribe is one of my absolute favorite hair product lines. They hands down make the BEST smelling products out there. Their Dry Texturizing Spray and Thickening Spray are my go to staples! I think what I love most about them is the fact that they smell divine. The smell lasts for days and everywhere I go people are huffing my hair. Seriously, they are.

The point is, now they have bottled this amazing smell into a PERFUME. Genius!! Now my body can smell as good as my hair! Not to mention the name "Côte d’Azur"...who doesn't love the French Riviera?? Thank you Oribe!

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