Sunday, January 27, 2013

Urban Decay - A Bewitching Collection

 I'm crazy for Oz!!!




Urban Decay has created two gorgeous limited-edition palettes inspired by the Disney movie “Oz the Great and Powerful." I just got an email for early ordering of these sets. How did Sephora know I just happen to be OBSESSED with anything Wizard of Oz?! Of course...I had to order both. How could I choose?! Both sets come with 8 unique eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a high-shine lip color. The Theodora has the gorgeous smokey browns, golds, and olives that I die for!! The Glinda has silvery blues, purply pinks and golds...it's just too much to handle! I believe they are already available on the Urban Decay website - I just like to rack up my Beauty Insider points with Sephora. Full review with pics & swatches to come!! 

Click here to order your Glinda palette or here for the Theodora palette.




Thursday, January 24, 2013

LAVANILA LABORATORIES - The Healthy Deodorant

Go au naturale....with your deodorant that is! 



I have been on the search for a chemical/aluminum free deodorant (that ACTUALLY works) for forever! I have tried probably every brand that Whole Foods offers and the results were....TERRIFYING! I smelled like a 13 year old boy by the end of the day. GROSS!! After tons of research and reading endless reviews I came across LAVANILA. It has rave reviews...as in almost no bad reviews at all. I immediately ordered 2 from Sephora (vanilla lavender and vanilla blackberry) and was sooo excited to try them out. Well, the reviews are correct - this stuff ACTUALLY works! Yay!!! It's a miracle! 

For those of you wondering why you should switch to a chemical free deodorant...let me fill you in! Most antiperspirants contain aluminum and triclosan (and much more icky stuff) - chemicals that are linked the major scary health problems. We apply deodorant right where our lymph nodes are - making it almost certain that it will be absorbed into our bodies. There are various studies linking antiperspirants to breast cancer and even Alzheimer's disease. The list goes on! It's not worth the risk! Especially now that you can use LAVANILA! :) 

Click here to order your LAVANILA now! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wedding Makeup

The products I used for my big day




Wedding season is approaching FAST! Just a few months away for some people. Unlike most brides, I barely thought about the decor - my #1 concern was WHAT MAKEUP SCHEME WILL I GO WITH?! Silly to some people, but for fellow beautyholics - this is major! I stressed about what moisturizer to wear, which foundation to go with, the lips, the eyes, and everything in between! After much research, Pinteresting, and trial and error I finally had a game plan. 

I've had so many people ask what products I used - so here it is!! A lonnnnng list of all of the products I used for my wedding almost a year and a half ago now! Time flies! 


Moisturizer:

MAC Oil Control Lotion (I did NOT want any shiny face pics) 

Concealer: 

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer


Foundation:
Make Up Forever HD Foundation

Powder:
Lorac Oil-Free Wet/Dry Powder Makeup (just on t-zone)

Setting Powder:
Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder

Bronzer:
Guerlain 4 Seasons Bronzer

Blush:
Lancome Blush Subtil in Rose Romantique 

Face Highlighter:

MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell (as base on outer part of cheekbone)

MAC Iridescent Powder/Loose in Silver Dusk (lighty dust with fan brush to set) 


Eyeshadow Primer:
MAC Paint pot Soft Ochre

Eyebrows:

Ben Nye Pressed Eye Shadow in Espresso

Eyeshadow:
MAC Brule (all over lid as base)

MAC Soft Brown (base for crease)

MAC Mulch (outer edge of crease)

MAC Sable (gently over entire crease)

MAC Woodwinked (lid)

MAC Amber Lights (center of lid)

Eyeliner:
Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar (top loner only - then applied MAC Embark over  to set)

MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee (in waterline and outer corners under bottom lashes)

MAC Sable and Amber Lights (with liner brush gently smoked out under bottom lashes)

Lashes:
MAC 30 Lash singles (I did 2 layers of lashes - first the singles over entire lash line)

MAC 20 Lash half lashes (these are more of a corner flare - layer over singles)

Lip Liner:
Estee Lauder #13 Tearose

Lipstick:
MAC Fabby (blot well)

MAC Angel (blot well)

Lipgloss:
Lancome Ravishing Coral (first, all over) 

Giorgio Armani Gloss D'Armani #102 Beige (apply lightly for finishing touch)


OMG that was a LONG list!!! It takes a lot more makeup than you think to look great in your wedding pictures. Needless to say this was very time consuming, but I was beyond pleased with the results. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Keep It Clean

Let's get sanitizing!! 





With flu season upon us let's not forget about sanitizing our makeup. These handy wipes can disinfect your lipsticks, lip gloss, cosmetic pencils, and just about anything that has a surface! Keep some in your purse, your car, or your makeup bag! I also have 2 sprays by Beauty So Clean - one for my brushes and one for my pressed powders, eye shadows, cream foundations, etc. If you are a germaphobe like me go buy these...like yesterday!! I use them every single day and the sprays last FOREVER! 

I order from alconeco.com 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

January Lips!

 Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #67 Caprice






I'm soooo in love with this Chanel long wear lipgloss! It's a full coverage lip gloss  (I'm not usually a fan of sheer glosses) and stays on longer than their Glossimers. The color is such a pretty peachy pink with gold undertones. Anything Chanel glides on like a dream and has the best texture - never sticky. I think this may be a new staple!! 

(usually it comes in a solid black tube - they sold me the last new tester they had)


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sephora & Ulta January Goodies!

Replacing my Clarisonic and more fun buys! 


Sadly, my Clarisonic finally had to be replaced. RIP! It had one too many drops in the shower! I chose the Mia this time for a few reasons (I previously had the Plus). It was only $119 compared to the Plus at $225. The Mia is the cheapest one by far. The Plus has lots of different speeds and settings that I NEVER used or changed. Once I picked one - it stayed on that setting for the eternity. The Mia has only 1 speed setting and I am completely fine with that. I honestly think all those settings are a waste. The Mia works just as well, and who needs all those annoying beeps and pauses anyway! 

Other fun goodies I picked up...

Fresh Sugar Lemon Sugarbath cubes - because I love my baths more than life itself and these smell sooo yummy

Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake - shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath all in one...this is a staple by my tub and I go through them like crazy

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Treatment Bar - it's a face mask in a bar form and really helps with oil and clogged pores

Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator - my second bottle of this in a row - light and glides on so nicely- really keeps my skin moisturized but not greasy

Tarte Smooth Operator BB - also my second bottle of this - free of any nasty parabens and other icky stuff 

Tarte Gifted Mascara - I got a sample of this at Sephora and fell in love with it - doesn't clump at all and is really buildable - I'm super picky about mascara so I'm really excited about this
 
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