Friday, October 2, 2015

My Secret Beauty Weapon

I wanted to share my little secret for skin, hair, and nails. I have been using this product for almost 6 months now and have noticed such a change! I get compliments on my skin at the grocery store with zero makeup on and have people messaging me and commenting on how great my skin looks. Let me tell you it does NOT come naturally!

I had a friend whose eyelashes were so stunningly long and thick I thought she was either using Latisse or had eyelash extensions. She told me she had been taking hair, skin, and nail vitamins. Seriously?! Yes she was serious. I ordered these in about 2 seconds and it is one of my favorite products I own now! I have since become so obsessed with this brand I distribute it myself. What is my little secret?

ItWorks Hair Skin Nails I get them on autoship right to my door every month and I NEVER miss a day! I have stopped using Latisse, my after baby old man hair line is completely back to normal, my nails grow at the speed of light, and my skin never breaks out and overall looks healthier than it ever has. I'm sure my hair could be super long, but I'm keeping the long bob for now!
Just give these supplements a chance and you will thank me! I can promise you that you will be thrilled with your results! You can purchase them HERE directly from yours truly 

Check out one of my other favorite product posts here!

And please feel free to message me with any questions about this product or any others. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's been awhile since I've shared all my favorite makeup products! These are products I use almost every single day or every time I do my makeup! Some of them I have posted frequently, but it's only because they are amazing products that I use over and over! Here is a quick breakdown of each!

1.NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer This is just my go to every day concealer (See here for my other favorites). It blends easily, covers, and looks natural.

2.Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer Crystal Shine Gloss These are just stunning alone or over lipstick. They feel amazing and leave lips looking insanely beautiful! I tend to use Pink 515 the most.

3.Lancome Rouge in Love Lip Color Have been using this all the time simply because I love the perfect baby pink color in #307B Sweet Embrace. It's a beautiful bridal color as well!

4.Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Limited Edition - Rose Gold I'm a big fan of Becca highlighters. And anything Rose Gold. It leaves the most beautiful glow on the skin and never looks cake or too sparkly. 

5.Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé I am OBSESSED with this product. Just looking at this makes me happy. I use it during the weekday for a quick swipe over my lids, as a highlighter base on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose, or anywhere I want a little glow. I can't even describe how gorgeous this color is. The color I use is Guava/Moonstone.

6.MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee Have used this eyeliner for years and years. I never get sick of this color. It's not as harsh as black, easily blends, doesn't flake, and makes eye color pop. My favorite and the only color I can use on my inner waterline. 

7.Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara This is great simply because it is super volumizing. It doesn't take much to accomplish full lashes.

8.Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink Another one I have used for years and have gotten so many friends hooked on! It looks hot pink in the package but goes on a perfect pink that flatters everyone I have used it on. 

9.TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick A little pricey, but if you ever run out of this you are using WAY too much. I buy a super dark color and use it as my cream contour. I love this because it always looks super natural and blends perfectly with foundation.

10.TOM FORD Bronzing Powder Again, pricey BUT comes in a huge compact that will last for a very long time. I will probably never run out. I love this because it photographs beautifully on myself and on clients. Well worth the price. I use this as my bronzer/contour powder. 

11.Beauty Blender Pro Cleanser Kit My favorite way to blend and apply foundation, concealer, and contour creams. Always leaves skin looking natural and flawless. This kit is great because it comes with their cleaner. This cleaner is all I use to clean this sponge and my brushes with. Also, it's the only soap I have found that will get ALL the foundation out of your Beauty Blender. 

12.MAC Lipstick in Angel I think I may drive people crazy with my Angel lipstick addiction. I don't care, it's my everything! Ride or die! The most perfect pink ever made. 

13.Yves Saint Laurent Dessin des Lèvres Lip Liner Love the shade in #13 - my favorite dark nude liner. Goes with everything! 

14.M·A·C 'Warm Neutral Times 15' Eyeshadow Palette The only palette you will ever need. Every shade is better than the next. Well worth the price, and actually a great value. This would be $160 if you bought every individual shadow and the price on this is $85. 

15.Too Faced Primed & Poreless Loose Powder Your makeup will last ALL day and night if you set it with this. Since trying this I have never used anything else. It's just WOW! 

16.Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup This combined with the Too Faced Pored & Primed Loose Powder will leave your face absolutely flawless and you will literally not have to touch it up at all. I never use anything else. It fills pores, covers any imperfections, and won't budge.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

LONDONTOWN Lakur: Enhanced Colour Nail Polish

Hi loves! Wanted to share a really great nail polish brand I recently discovered. I came across these polishes on Instagram actually. Their gorgeous colors caught my eye! I did more research on this brand and they have rave reviews! I had to try for myself! In real life one color was more beautiful and vibrant than the next! They have mastered the perfect shade of every dream color out there. They have been tweaked to get the shade just right. They have taken hints from all the major nail brands and cult classic shades to create the perfect polish. I have to mention, each shade is London themed with names like: Teatime, Earl Gray, Chim Cher-ee, Across the Pond, and Water in my Wellies. How cute is that?!

I'm really into nudes at the moment and these nudes are shades that actually compliment your skin color. It's tough to find a nude polish that is just right for you. All 3 that I have worked beautifully with my skin tone. I found this true with each shade- the reds, blues, & pinks. All were colors that I am ALWAYS looking for but don't seem to exist. 

My thoughts on the actual polish: It glides on seamlessly, left no bubbles, was not goopy, sticky, or tacky. 2 coats and the color was completely opaque. I wore one to the beach for a week long vacation and my finger nail and toe nail color did not fade in the sun whatsoever. This is the first time I've ever had that happen. I was extremely impressed. The color lasted around a week without chipping on my fingernails. My toenail polish didn't chip at all. The polish lasts longer than most because they are developed to adhere to LONDONTOWN's kur: Nail Hardener and Base Coat; this reaction creates a molecular bond that reinforces nail strength and works to prevent nails from breaking, cracking and splitting. Genius!

The VERY best part of this polish is:
  • "9-free," does not contain the toxic chemicals;
    • Formaldehyde-free
    • Toulene-free
    • DBP-free
    • Formaldehyde resin-free
    • Camphor-free
    • Lead-free
    • Xylene-free
    • Ethyl Tosylamide
    • Paraben-free
  • Vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.
Here are a few of my favorite colors from the line! Excuse my not totally perfect paint job!

color: Murray Me
another view of Murray Me

color: Mauve Over

color: Lady Luck

Friday, September 18, 2015

Are you getting your greens?

Happy Friday loves! I wanted to quickly share a product I'm really in love with right now. We all know that if we want beautiful, glowing skin we have to eat lots of fruits and veggies, water, etc. You know the drill! My skin was becoming super dehydrated from all the coffee I was drinking. I needed an extra boost in the afternoon, but have been feeling guilty having that extra cup (plus not sleeping well from the caffeine). I knew I wanted something in the form of a drink (I'm a sucker for health drinks in general). I tried drinks mixes from Vega One and New Chapter Organics from Whole Foods and I cannot deal with the horrendous taste. If it tastes bad just count me out!

I started ordering the ItWorks Greens on the Go (I like the Berry flavor) from a friend and became completely obsessed with them. They are in little individual to go packs so you can just add them right to your water bottle without measuring any powders. I'm getting that extra boost of energy I need, plus all my greens for the day that I am seriously lacking. I love that it is non-GMO and pesticide free, so I never have to worry about what I'm putting into my body! A HUGE plus, I noticed my skin was becoming extra clear and way less dehydrated looking.

So for anyone needing their daily dose of greens, plus some extra energy- I highly recommend these! I usually am not into the whole "pyramid scheme" selling stuff, but this is a product I am obsessed with. I made a page for you to easily shop for them here instead of purchasing from someone you don't know, etc. (since we're bff's right?!).

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! It has really made a difference in my energy levels and overall feeling of well-being!

Shop Greens on the Go here!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Top 3 Concealer Picks

By popular demand, I am sharing my favorite concealers today! And by popular, I mean popular! What is your favorite concealer?? It's one of the most frequent questions I get asked. Most of us have probably had all of the same issues with concealer: It settles in wrinkles, makes wrinkles look worse, doesn't cover dark circles, cover circles but makes wrinkles stand's an endless cycle! Here are my top 3 picks for all of your under eye woes! 

Make Up for Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Concealer I wanted to start with my #1 favorite concealer. I was introduced to this by a friend a couple of years ago, and have been hooked ever since. 

What I love about it: A little goes a long way. This tube will last you a very long time. It dries to a perfect matte finish (but will not leave you dry or flaky). Because it dries to a matte finish, once you set with powder it will not budge, crease, settle in lines, or move whatsoever. It also can cover even the darkest circles with just a tiny amount of product. Bonus: It's waterproof!! It will last through sweat, tears, and rainy days! Woo hoo!

I suggest: This formula dries very quickly, so I suggest you apply one eye at a time. I always set my under eyes with powder after applying concealer. The color I use is 6. I use this color year round. It is 2 to 3 shades lighter than my skin, but I prefer a very light under eye. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer I reach for this one on days I'm going for a more natural look. If I'm in hurry, but still need a little help under the eyes - this is my go to. 

What I love about it: It blends easily, has a sponge tip wand applicator, covers circles, leaves eyes moisturized without creasing or melting away. This is just a great concealer all around. 

I suggest: As always, set with a loose or pressed powder. This step will really make all the difference in getting the most out of your concealer. The color I use is Medium Custard. This seems to be a great neutral color that I can use year round.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer This is a super duty, not messin around, get the job done concealer. This is for those full glam nights and special events. 

What I love about it: This little tiny jar will last you a lifetime. It is so rich, so opaque, and just plain luxurious. Once applied you will not see any imperfections, dark circles, veins, etc. It gives you that full glam look!

I suggest: Start with the TINIEST little dab and work your way up from there. When I say a little goes a long way, I mean it with this product! This concealer does require a little bit of work. I first start with a teeny little dot on my fingertips and dab under the eyes. I can then see how much more, if any, I need. I then use a concealer brush (my favorite is this Sephora concealer brush) to gently buff it out. Last, I finish blending with a Beauty Blender sponge (make sure to wet it until it expands, squeeze out all water out, blot excess water out on a towel). They key to this concealer is to buff and blend! Set with powder (a must with this) and you are looking totally flawless! The color I use is SX06. If you have a Kevyn Aucoin counter in your area (counter locator link here), I would suggest you get color matched. It's a bit tricky trying to guess your color online. 

Note: This can also be used as a foundation for your entire face (use sparingly, blend, blend, blend)

Thanks for reading!! Please feel free to comment below with any questions! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beauteque BB Bag

There is nothing more fun than a monthly subscription of surprise beauty goodies! I love this new trend and have tried plenty of beauty subscriptions, from New Beauty Test Tube to Birch Box. I have to say Beateque is one of my favorites. It has the most unique products you won't find in any other beauty subscription. The reason? All of the products are Korean. It's super fun because chances are they are products you have never seen or even heard of. The Korean beauty industry is known for being innovative and cutting edge, so this is definitely a one of a kind beauty box. Let's check out what's inside the Beauteque BB Bag!

What's in the August bag: 

1. It all comes in the cutest little makeup bag. Awww...and look at the bow! Perfect size to throw in your purse. Every month you will get an adorable new bag!

2. Holika Holika Wonder Drawing No Smudge Liquid Liner: Define eyes with this smudge proof liner. Will not flake.

3. Hanaka V-Line Chin Patch: Collagen and Centella Asiatica firm skin and encourage a v-line shape of the chin.

4. Pure Derm Clean and Fresh Peeling Gel: This mask deep-cleans and mildly exfoliates skin for a refined finish.

5. Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream: This multitasking cream moisturizes, reduces appearance of wrinkles, and reduces acne scarring and blemishes. 

6. The Saem Perfection Concealer: Conceals blemishes for a flawless, long-lasting finish. 

7. Pure Derm Hair Mask: Restores hair to radiant condition with honey, sweet almond, olive oil, Chamolie, and Jojoba Oil.

8. Blotting Paper: Absorb oil and banish shine without compromising your makeup.

That's 8 items! Yes please! 

A little more about the subscription: You can choose between the BB Bag or the Mask Maven. The BB Bag is a mix of all different makeup products and masks (shown in my photos) and the Mask Maven is strictly masks (for face, hair, etc.). They give you tons of different payment options starting at $13 a month. Pretty sweet deal! Hope you guys enjoy!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3 Products You Need For Perfect Nails

These are 3 nail products I have used for YEARS and the only ones I ever use when I do my own nails. I have been out of all 3 for WAY too long, so I finally ran into CVS yesterday specifically to buy these. I was using several other top/base coats I just happen to have while I was out of these. They left bubbles, chipped, and were plain awful. These are the absolute best. 

Orly Bonder - This is the BEST base coat you will ever find. Ever. Ever. Ever. What it is: a unique rubberized base coat that grips for lasting adhesion. It dries super quick to a matte finish. I truly notice a difference when I don't use this particular base coat. I also feel like it fills in ridges and imperfections in your nails for a smooth polish application.

Orly Won't Chip - This makes my polish last for a solid week. When I get my nails done at the salon my manicure is literally chipping the next day, so I say a week is pretty remarkable. What is is: a protective polymer shield that helps nail lacquer chipping and peeling. My favorite thing about it is that it doesn't bubble (my biggest nail pet peeve) and it leaves my nails looking super shiny and glossy. 

Nicole by OPI Drying Drops - I really believe these drops help my polish dry faster and prevents nicks. What it does: with just one drop, nails are dry to the touch in 60 seconds and completely dry in 5 minutes. It is formulated with soothing Jojoba and Vitamin E to treat cuticles. It leaves my nails looking soooo shiny and cuticles are super moisturized. Trust me this stuff is amazing, you won't be able to do your nails again without it.

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