April 29, 2015
NEVER ENOUGH CHARLOTTE

NEVER ENOUGH CHARLOTTE


Since the launch of her brand, Charlotte Tilbury's glamourous beauty products have occupied a good portion of the real estate on my face. I have yet to be let down by any of her products (it's safe to say I've tried a fair few) and each time a purchase is made my "to buy" list somehow lengthens itself. Her makeup collection is pretty streamlined in comparison to some others and I really like how each product serves a very specific purpose and is formulated with ingredients that help take the trouble out of makeup application. In my opinion, Charlotte's products make it easy to recreate her signature looks and make it fun to do your makeup with real results.

The first item I picked up was the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 01 Fair, which is a really beautiful shimmer free setting powder. I'll always love my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but I have been on the hunt for a more skin-colored mattifying powder for the Summer months. This one is perfect, as it's undetectable on the skin and creates a poreless finish without ever clinging to dry patches. I even took a mirror with me outside to guarantee a seal of approval on this and it looks so skin-like, even in harsh light, which I credit to the inclusion of active skincare ingredients like almond oil and rose wax.

I'd also been curious to try the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash, as I've been having a bit of a moment with illuminating bases and had heard great things about this one. The golden peach tones of this work really well with my warm skin tone, and the shimmer particles are so fine that they really help to create a diffused light effect making imperfections less noticeable. Not to mention, this formula is actually working with your skin instead of against it as it's paraben-free, and contains peptides, rose hip oil, and camelia oil. It's like an instant energy and glow booster for your skin - I'm already obsessed.

Of course, an eyeshadow quad was bound to happen at some point, so naturally I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita. I love Charlotte's video tutorials using this combination of colors, and the rich bronze and garnet tones of this palette seemed perfect for the warmer months paired with a bit of a tan. This really is an instant smokey eye look done for you and I particularly love the glittery "pop" shade at the bottom left, as it creates such a beautiful intensity to the look.

It's no surprise that these bits from Charlotte Tilbury have already gotten rave reviews - I have been using them daily since their induction into my stash and I can only say good things.

What are your favorite CT products? Enable my next purchase!
April 27, 2015
AERIN WATERLILY SUN PERFUME

AERIN WATERLILY SUN PERFUME

A lot to try on the perfume front recently, but as a fragrance hoarder I'm definitely not complaining! The Spring is the perfect time to switch out your fragrance from your darker, heavier Winter one, to something more floral, green, and fresh. One of my recent favorites is the beautiful Aerin Waterlily Sun Eau De Parfum, in all it's beautifully packaged glory. It's truly the perfect bright and watery fragrance for Spring heading into the Summer months.

The fragrance is meant to evoke "light reflecting on water, bright Sicilian bergamot and lush dewy greens to entice the senses for an invigorating, luminous first impression. Delicate, yet alluring waterlily and soft jasmine sambac add layers of depth and intensity, warmed by sweetly inviting musk." The scent is deliciously fresh and smells like a sweet Summer breeze drifting through the air laced with bright and warm florals. It's how I remember Italian gardens lining the Mediterranean to smell just after a light afternoon rain brought the sun back full force. It's a beautiful floral that's not too sweet, with just the right amount of citrus and musk to freshen up the jasmine base which lingers on the skin hours after first spritz.

It's definitely a fragrance to put out on display with a faux semi-precious stone cap, gold accents, and thick bezel cut glass bottle. This is the way that fragrance bottles should look, classic and beautiful and a piece of decorative art in their own right. A really dreamy fragrance both inside and out...

*PR Sample, All opinions are my own.
April 26, 2015
THE WEEKEND POST: BLOSSOMS AND BAKING

THE WEEKEND POST: BLOSSOMS AND BAKING



I thought it would be nice to start doing some weekend type posts here and there, which are just like chatty little life updates. A peek into what I do when I'm not playing with the latest beauty collections and perusing the makeup aisles, what do you think

So anyways, this past week we finally started seeing some beautiful blossoms, the ones above are on the Magnolia tree that grows in my backyard, and I can't be happier about it. It's been a long journey into Spring, to say the least, and it's about time things started to open up and welcome in the sunshine. If you live on the East Coast like me, I'm sure you share these feelings of joy for the return of flowers and greenery. 

In other news, I celebrated both my Mom's and Brother's birthdays this week, so of course there were dinners out and a bit of baking involved in the process. A trip to Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx was made, which I highly recommend if you're looking to enjoy an authentic Italian meal and a brick oven Nutella pizza for dessert. Yum.

I seriously need a detox after all the goodies that made an appearance, of which my favorite was an Italian Ricotta Crumble Cake that's dangerously delicious. My friend in Italy made this cake for me and my friends when we lived in Florence and I couldn't help but to ask for the recipe. Turns out it was passed to him from his grandmother in Naples, so it's safe to say it's a real treat to make. It's now a firm favorite for a non-sickly sweet cake option and my Mom loves it as well, so naturally, I took her birthday as an opportunity to make one - almost the entire thing was eaten! Maybe one day if I'm feeling generous I'll sneak the recipe into a post...

I hope you're enjoying the weather and having a great weekend!
April 25, 2015
PURPLE NAILS AND DAINTY RINGS

PURPLE NAILS AND DAINTY RINGS


I've always had a thing for Chanel nail polishes (who doesn't) but this season's releases have been especially beautiful. I absolutely love the Mediterranean vibes of the collection, the beautiful purple of lavender-filled fields, the rich turquoise of the cliffside waters, and the shimmering bronze of the earth and sunset.

It was one shade in particular that caught my eye the most, though, the Chanel Le Vernis in 727 Lavanda. I have a hard time finding polishes that have good wear time, and these ones always impress me with their superior lasting power. I love the jelly-cream purple shade of this nail polish, it really reminds me of grape candies and Summer fields filled with lavender in the South of France. Not to mention, I think it looks really beautiful with dainty gold rings...

I have been really enjoying my Rocksbox subscription as it allows me to try out new jewelry every few weeks, by exchanging one box for the next with the prepaid shipping label included. This dainty Gorjana ring has especially stolen my heart as I love that it's noticeable, yet subtle, and doesn't clash with my other jewelry. There is a great selection of designers and you can choose from both fun and sophisticated pieces by adding items to your wishlist. Of course, if you love any specific pieces of jewelry that you receive in your box, you're able to purchase them as well. If you're interested in giving it a go, you can use my code necessarynothingsxoxo to get your first month completely free. Just enter the code at checkout and you can start enjoying new designer jewelry every few weeks. Happy accessorizing!

*Subscription provided courtesy of Rocksbox, all opinions are my own.
April 24, 2015
AVEDA'S TOURMALINE CHARGED SKINCARE

AVEDA'S TOURMALINE CHARGED SKINCARE

To be honest, lately, I've been so caught up in my current skincare routine that I haven't been into trying too many new products in fear of messing with the state of things. That being said, something has to be seriously intriguing to get my attention, and I think it's safe to say that Tourmaline charged skincare fits that bill. 

Enter the Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Fluid and Hydrating Creme. In these products, finely milled tourmaline, which is a naturally energizing mineral, is mixed with marine plant extracts and 11 powerful antioxidants. Infusing Tourmaline into skincare products gives instantly noticeable radiance that creates a glowing and hydrated skin.

I've been using the Radiance Fluid after my usual toner, and its concentrated formula really helps to refine the skin by smoothing away any rough or dry patches and minimizing the appearance of pores. After I apply this I can feel an immediate difference in my skin, and I can't even tell you how smooth it feels. This is a perfect product to apply before your makeup in the morning if you have very oily skin, but if you're drier you might want to layer on the moisturizer. I personally go in after with the Hydrating Creme and massage a dollop into my skin for extra hydration and protection. I love how rich this creme is and how quickly my skin just drinks it right up. The combination of these two products leave my skin unbelievably soft but optimally hydrated and glowing, creating the perfect canvas on which to apply makeup.

I love that these don't contain any nasties and give me an instant hit of radiance, but also have brightened and refined my skin texture over time. If that's what you're after, give these a go...

*PR Samples, All opinions are my own.
April 23, 2015
CURRENTLY SWIPING: LIPS

CURRENTLY SWIPING: LIPS


This season has brought with it so many new lip product releases. I can't say I'm complaining though, as I love a good new product to toss into my handbag and swipe on, especially when it's a natural-lip enhancing one. As much as I love a good bold lip, those are usually reserved for special occasions and the odd night out, and the nudes and pinks take up residence on my lips on an everyday basis. So as you can imagine, this array of glossy, moisturizing, and non-sticky lip products with a hint of tint have my lips in a constant state of happiness. Here are my favorites...

Aerin Lipgloss in Weekend - A soothing and conditioning classic lip gloss in a non-sticky formula. I mostly love this for the shade of this as it really is the perfect weekend lip color, a pretty golden nude with a barely-there shimmer. 

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 01 Rose - If you're a fan of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Gloss then you're going to love these too. A glossy, balmy, and sheer lipstick that instantly perfects the lips with a touch of light enhancing pigment. The colors are subtle, yet noticeable, and I've yet to come across a shade I didn't like as they are all universally flattering. And as a bonus, they smell good enough to eat as well...

Dior 'Rouge Dior Brilliant' Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Paname - This liquid color balm shapes and brightens lips with precision thanks to the perfect 'reservoir' applicator. It's super nourishing and lasting formula doesn't sacrifice on pigmented color thankfully, like some can, and this shade in particular really is the perfect shimmerless mauvey nude. 

Rodial Glamstick in Bite - A tinted lip butter that delivers instant hydration and plumps lips slightly thanks to its nourishing formula. The color range comes in a beautiful array of nudes, one for every preference, and has a deliciously faint coconut scent. I love the clear acrylic packaging as well, but most importantly this has only been in my possession for two weeks and about half is gone already. If that's not an indicator of how much I've been reaching for this than I don't know what is...

Lancome Shine Lover Lipstick in Twisted Beige - I've spoken about this before, but it really is one of my current favorite lipsticks. It has a moisturizing and comfortable formula but still delivers on the color which is great for those who won't sacrifice their bold shades for juicy lips. This lipstick lets you have both worlds with lip conditioning properties and a pop of color, not to mention, there are some really pretty Spring shades in the range as well. 

What are your favorite current lip products for everyday wear?
April 22, 2015
FRAGRANCE MADE PERSONAL WITH COMMODITY

FRAGRANCE MADE PERSONAL WITH COMMODITY

Fragrance is something I've gotten more into in the past year or two, especially niche and unique fragrances. I like the idea that a fragrance can become the signature of a person, so when I heard Commodity Goods launched a library of fragrances that allow you to mix and layer them together to create your own personal fragrance I was intrigued to say the least. 

The concept of the brand really is a cool one, and I like the idea that you can try before you buy with the first at home fragrance fitting kit. Each Fitting Kit* comes with ten scents to sample, from which you can pick your favorite, or favorites for that matter. Betcha can't just pick one. The fitting kit allows you to try both fragrance collections, The Black Collection, whose scents are complex, dark, and moody, and The White Collection, with scents that are airy, light, and easy to wear. The White Collection contains: Mimosa, Gold, Paper, Tea, and Rain. The Black Collection contains: Wool, Book, Whiskey, Moss, and Gin.

Each scent is made with premium aromatic oils which are sourced all over the world and help create rich, complex fragrances. They are also Eau de Parfum concentrate, meaning the staying power is pretty incredible and will last throughout the day. Once you've decided on a favorite, you have the choice of purchasing a travel sized 10ml, a trio of 10ml, or a 100ml full sized bottle. What's great is that your first 100ml is $99, and from there on out you can pick additional ones for $66, which is a great deal for such a large amount of EDP.

I personally have three of the 10ml perfumes in Rain*, Gold*, and Book*. I also have two of the 100ml fragrances in Gold and Whiskey, which I like to wear layered together. The Gold scent, which is my personal favorite, is warm and rich with notes of amber, bergamot, juniper berries, vanilla, vetiver, camphor, musk, and tonka bean. It's a really unique take on vanilla, one that draws you to the person wearing it, that smells incredible and lingers on my skin all day. Whiskey is definitely a unisex fragrance with spicy and indulgent layers of Mahogany oak, sage, cinnamon, lemon, bergamot, amber, musk, sage, lavender, and ivy. The two layer great together and smell like a sexy, mysterious, and woodsy sophisticate. Other scent cocktails that I discovered from the Fitting Kit and fell in love with were Rain and Moss, Gin and Tea, and Book and Paper, naturally.  

Are you intrigued by the idea of mixing up your own fragrance cocktail? 
April 21, 2015
CHANEL CC CREAM: MY NEW BASE LOVE

CHANEL CC CREAM: MY NEW BASE LOVE


Although I speak about base loves quite frequently, it's not as often I dedicate an entire post to my love for just one. I'm not talking about a regular review, I mean a base rave. If you've tried them, you'll know Chanel always churns out some good ones, so when they released a new CC Cream I knew it could potentially become a favorite. Lucky for me I assumed correctly and now have found my perfect Spring and Summer skin corrector.

Last Summer, I loved the Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid, but in my opinion this one is even better than that. It's a closer color match to my skin, even though I'm the same shade in both (20 Beige), the CC offering is a bit lighter. It's also got much better coverage, while maintaining the glow factor and allowing skin to breathe. 

The CC Cream sits in the skincare range of Chanel's product offering, and is considered a makeup/skincare hybrid with complete correction face care. With this, I'm even able to skip my morning moisturizer as it acts as an all-in-one skin corrector, and with a whopper of an SPF Factor (50!) I don't need any additional sun protection either. It leaves my skin feeling healthy and comfortable, and although I have combination skin I don't find it to be greasy at all, just skin-like. 

On me, it lasts really well for a CC Cream, but if you're more oily you may want to powder your t-zone to ensure it lasts through a long day. To me it screams Summer skin, making things look as though you've just been out in the fresh air and under the sun. I especially love the packaging (as expected from Chanel) because it's small and compact enough for handbags and perfect for travel. I definitely see myself bringing this with me on my upcoming trip and wearing it through Summer!
April 20, 2015
BETTER THAN BY TERRY?

BETTER THAN BY TERRY?


My love for By Terry's Baume de Rose is strong, as it is for most luxe rose scented products. I use it almost daily and I love that it feels like a much deeper treatment than some lip balms that tend to sit on the surface and only moisturize temporarily. The only thing I am not so keen on when it comes to this little gem of a pot is the price - I mean, it's $60 for .35 oz, so I'm sure you can understand why. Also, I'm not a fan of dipping my bacteria laden fingertips into said $60 pot of balm if you know what I'm sayin'...

Low and behold, while testing out some new products from Aerin recently, I discovered a beautiful new lip balm love, the Rose Lip Conditioner*. It's a rose scented rich balm with a light pinky nude color that suits all skin tones, housed in a much more hygienic packaging. Just look at that pink squeeze tube, it begs to be kept in your handbag and brought with you everywhere. Like the Baume de Rose, the Rose Lip Conditioner* lasts longer on the lips than a typical balm and offers a much deeper relief for chapped lips, improving the overall condition over time. I personally like the color of this one a bit more, as it has more of a nude lean which helps disguise dry patches better. Did I mention the most important part? It's priced at $28 for .34 oz. making it luxurious, yes, but less than half the price of my previous favorite rose lip balm. I think it's safe to say I've found my new HG lip balm, and this time double dipping is not an issue. Thank God 
April 19, 2015
HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER


If you've been visiting my blog for quite some time, you'll know how much I love the Ambient Lighting products from Hourglass. If you're with me there, I'm sure you've heard news that Hourglass has recently added to the Ambient Lighting family with a new bronzer, the Ambient Lighting Bronzer, that comes in two shades. Radiant Bronze Light is the warmer and darker of the two shades and Luminous Bronze Light is the lighter option, and also the one I picked up. The shade is a beautiful mixture of a neutral bronze fused with the original Luminous Light powder.

Like the other products in this Hourglass family, this bronzer was created using the same "Photoluminescent Technology, featuring optically transparent particles that transform the look of skin by manipulating and refracting light to emphasize your best features." Quite a mouthful, but in less scientific terms, it's a soft super-finely milled powder that has a luminous finish, helping to create depth and dimension versus looking flat like most other bronzers. 

The color I have is perfect for my NW20 skin tone, can be worn subtly or layered for more impact. It can also be used either as an all over bronzer, or as a light contour. At $50, it's a bit of a splurge for a bronzer, but each one is unique and hand mixed for the most beautifully patterned outcome. These are also amazing quality - very smooth, layer beautifully with other powders (especially the other Ambient Lighting powders and blushes) and are not at all shimmery. If you're seeking out a new bronzer that doesn't look ruddy but gives you a beautiful glow, I would definitely consider giving this a try. I can be quite picky with bronzers, but this one is perfect, and is going to make for a beautiful tan enhancer come Summer time as well. 

What do you think of the new bronzers from Hourglass?
April 18, 2015
L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE FOUNDATION

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE FOUNDATION

I think we can all agree that with the warmer months upon us, it's time to start breaking out the budge-proof bases. I like my makeup to look light and fresh during the Spring and Summer, so I don't want to be touching up too much throughout the day as to avoid things caking up. Recently, I stumbled upon the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation at the drugstore and was intrigued by its promise of 24 hour wear time and oil control properties - sounds pretty much perfect for long Summer days, doesn't it

L'Oreal says this foundation has a demi-matte finish, a 24 hour wear time, medium coverage, and air-light texture. I obviously had to put this to the test for myself to see if all of these amazing claims could be true, so I slapped on a mixture of the shades 102 and 103 at around 8:00 AM to see how well this base would last throughout the day.

First of all, I have to say that I agree with the recommended application technique; so I smoothed a pea size drop "onto my skin in rolling motions" to create a flawless coverage. I worked in small sections as I noticed this stuff set down to a budge-proof finish pretty quickly, and let me tell you, once it sets it really isn't going to go anywhere until you want it to. The finish definitely sits more on the matte end of the spectrum, but I like that the finish isn't flat or cakey looking like some matte foundations can be. It gives a pretty good dose of medium coverage that's definitely very buildable, and if you have redness in the skin at all it seems to cover that really well. It's almost a whipped texture that I would liken to a less moisturizing and fuller coverage version of the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. If you have oilier skin, this is definitely going to work well on you, but I would still recommend making sure to exfoliate and moisturize prior to wear. 

The verdict: By 10:00 PM that same night, the foundation hadn't been eaten up by my skin (not even my nose!) and had still remained pretty fresh looking. A bit of settling had occurred around my nose area, but that is something I experience with every medium coverage foundation. All in all, a really good budget option for the warmer months that are approaching - no worrying about touchups here!
April 16, 2015
AERIN KALEIDOLIGHT PALETTE

AERIN KALEIDOLIGHT PALETTE


The Aerin Kaleidolight Palette was re-released as a part of Aerin's 'Essentials' Collection for Spring 2015. The collection is a carefully edited selection of Aerin products - the modern sophisticated woman's must-haves that she can't go anywhere without. The products are easy to use and relied on to create polished looks for a busy woman with a glamorous lifestyle. If I close my eyes and imagine a glamorous woman, I certainly could see her taking a stunning palette such as this one out of her handbag for touchups. Can't you?

Keeping with the theme of effortless beauty this palette definitely screams versatile if I do say so myself. The understated and sleek gold compact is complete with a hefty sized mirror, and contains five light-enhancing shades of powder including bronze, pink, beige, and lavender. Upon first glance I wasn't quite sure what would be the best method to use this stunner of a palette, however, I find a swirl through each shade gives the skin a subtle skin-perfecting natural glow. You can also use the shades individually to contour, blush, powder, or just as a general pick me up which definitely makes this a desirable item to have in your collection. 

The powders are finely milled and really blend seamlessly into the skin for an undetectable finish that becomes one with the skin instead of sitting on top. These powders also have a luminous quality to them without being shimmery or glittery whatsoever. Thank you Aerin! Not to mention that these double as eyeshadows as well, and their buttery texture makes for easy blending. I've been wearing the pink and beige shade blended together for a subtle dose of color that matches my cheeks and I'm loving it. 

This is essentially a do-it-all palette that would be great to keep in your handbag or travel bag for touchups on the go. You can't go wrong with something that looks this beautiful inside and out...

*PR Sample, All opinions are my own.
April 15, 2015
ORIBE VS. ORIBE

ORIBE VS. ORIBE

A bit of competition never hurt anyone, right? I recently decided to step outside the box and away from one of my favorite hair products - the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - and test out another offering from the line. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy for me to put down my trusty texturizing spray in exchange for something different seeing as I always have to have a can on hand. I will say, I wasn't expecting to fall as hard for the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray, but I was pleasantly surprised by this beachier hair sidekick. 

If you're a fan of the cult classic texture inducing dry shampoo/hairspray hybrid, I'm pretty sure you're going to love this one too. Just think - it's similar to the texturizing spray but without the mattifying agent, and instead, a glossy and salty edge that works better at holding waves in place and accentuating any you've already got. I'm already accustomed to using the texturizing spray in my post-curled locks, and this one still gives the bit of texture and grit but it helps them hold for much longer. 

The verdict: I've been reaching for both of these on a regular basis; sometimes on their own, and sometimes a little bit of both does the trick for sexy, tousled waves. The Dry Texturizing Spray would be my favorite all rounder if it had to be narrowed down to one. But if I lived in a permanent state of Summer and needed hair with that covetable swishy movement - the Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray all the way.

Have you tried either of these hair products from Oribe?
April 14, 2015
SPRING BEAUTY LOVES

SPRING BEAUTY LOVES


We've made it into Spring (yasss) and with the weather finally beginning to warm up, I've been lightening up on makeup colors and been enjoying fresh, soothing scents. I've rummaged up some older favorites from my beauty stash and have been loving them all over again, and have enjoyed playing with some pretty new(ish) additions as well. 

For base it's back to one super glowy product, the Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid, which I love using once my skin has seen the sun a few times. I use the shade B20, which can be a bit dark for my pasty white Winter skin, but come Spring and a small dose of Vitamin D I'm back to it again. It really gives a nice perfecting bit of coverage but looks like you've got nothing but a moisturizer on - not to mention it makes you look as if you've just been on vacation. 

On the cheeks I've been all about cream blushes lately, and right now I'm loving the creamy versatility of the Nars Matte Multiple in Laos, a pretty rosy shade with a hint of brightening coral. It's kind of a 'my flush but better' color, if you will. I'm also adding warmth with a sweep of my new favorite complexion enhancer, the Tory Burch Divine Bronzer and Blush* which has a similar effect as the Guerlain Meteorites when you swirl together the three shades. It's subtle, but makes a great natural bronzer for those with paler skin. 

On the eyes I cant stop using the Tom Ford Eye Color Duo* in Ripe Plum, for a barely noticeable bit of color different from my usual neutrals. I love how the opalescent shade adds a soft multi-tonal dimension to the plum shade, which can be worn either sheer or full on. I'm surprised by the multitude of looks you can create with only two shadows, and will definitely be bringing this little gem with me on weekend trips in the future. 

For lips I'm loving moisturizing neutral shades for easy daytime wear. One of my new favorite formulas for long lasting but sheer color is the Lancome Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick in Twisted Beige. It's a gorgeous pinky nude that mimics my lip color but tones down the redness just enough, and keeps lips looking perfected with a hint of shine.

My room has been smelling of fresh and milky fig trees thanks to the Diptyque Figuier Room Spray. If I close my eyes I can almost pretend that I'm sitting right next to the real thing on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Perfect for this time of the year. My usual baths have been getting an extra dose of luxury lately as well with a little pour of the Aveda Stress-Fix Composition Oil* which smells like lavender and eucalyptus. It's the perfect pre-bedtime treat that practically lulls me to sleep and it doubles as a body oil as well because it's not overly greasy and absorbs quickly. 

What products have you been loving lately?
April 13, 2015
GAME CHANGING FACE MISTS

GAME CHANGING FACE MISTS


Sometimes all the blending in the world doesn't make my foundation look skin-like enough for my tastes. When that's the case, for me, there's only one step left to take to achieve an undetectable base. Face mist. Yup - they come in a variety of finishes suited to every which skin type out there and help infuse a bit of life back into your makeup, if perhaps, you've gone a bit overboard with foundation. Here are my favorites for keeping things glowy, hydrated, and looking natural...

The Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist is one for those of you who like cute packaging and portable products. Aside from its intense levels of cuteness, a few spritzes of this on top of makeup juices up the skin with a cocktail of fruity moisture. The aloe helps soothe skin and the fruit extracts hydrate and help increase elasticity so your face looks less tired and dull and more lifelike. No flat foundation here.

If your complexion leans on the oily side of the spectrum but you don't want to sacrifice on dewy moisture, there's the Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist. This is a really cool one as well because it's a toner mist with a powder suspended inside, so you shake it up to activate before spritzing it onto your face. I love this stuff when I want to set my makeup and control oil a bit to disguise pores without succumbing to a lifeless and overly matte complexion. A really great one to have on hand come hot Summer days.

The Mario Badescu Facial Spray is the one I always have around...and keep backups of. It's a great all rounder of a product that can be used as a toner before applying skincare, after makeup for setting, and throughout the day for an extra dose of skin soothing hydration. It also smells like roses and is one of the best priced sprays out there - so that's two bonus points from me! 

Do you rely on face mists for a dewy and long lasting makeup?
April 12, 2015
THREE TO TRY

THREE TO TRY


If you're bored of your current makeup routine - look no further. Here I have three products that you need to try, two seriously amazing, and one unique enough to earn itself a permanent place in my routine. Oh - and one might just be my latest lip product obsession...hint, hint.

Let's start off with the most controversial and slightly confusing of the bunch. When I first tried the Diorskin Nude Air Serum SPF20 Foundation I have to say I was on the fence with my opinion. Did I love it? Did I want to leave it behind? But of course, I gave it some time and changed up my application method a bit, and low and behold it's turned out to be a seriously dreamy base. The tricky thing about this product is that it's super fluid, but it sets down in a matter of seconds, so blending needs to be quick and easy. That says a lot coming from someone who could spend days blending their foundation in - but really. I've discovered the best way to use this is by mixing it with a fluid primer on the back of my hand, taking some on a brush, and buffing it into the skin. I love it with the Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Primer, as it creates the most dreamy silk finish on the skin. That added bit of slip gives you more blending time, but doesn't disturb the finish of the foundation. Better yet, the Chanel Primer adds a bit of luminosity (not shimmer), sheers it out, and gives it a serious dose of longevity. This combination has been my new base du jour. If you've tried this foundation and are unsure about it - try my tip and see how it changes on your skin.

And for that new lip gloss love I was telling you about - it's the Dior Rouge Brilliant Lipgloss, a lip color and care in one. It's unlike anything I've tried before - a glossy, balmy, oil - yet feels super comforting on the lips while giving a serious hit of color and shine. The shade 310 Paname is the perfect nudey pink - the ultimate my lips but better shade. The applicator in itself is enough to land this a permanent spot in my handbag, as it picks up the perfect amount of product and shapes the lips thanks to its precise and flexible wand. If you're in the market for a new gloss you need to try this.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend! 
April 11, 2015
TORY BURCH'S PERFECT MAKEUP

TORY BURCH'S PERFECT MAKEUP



Tory Burch on my feet and hanging from my arm? Yes, love it. Tory Burch on my face? Something I could also get used to - just look at that gold embossed packaging. Drools. One of my favorite designers has a capsule makeup collection that could make just about anyone want to streamline their routine (my vanity would probably look a lot more elegant with just a few items on it anyways). Tory's products are all dual purpose and work so well to create a fresh and elegant look whether you're on the go or at home. 

I love these products so much, it's probably a good thing there aren't too many items in her collection - I'd seriously fear for my wallet. Starting off with my favorite item, the Lip & Cheek Tint in Cat's Meow is probably the best dual purpose lip and cheek product I've ever tried. I love the shade of this; it's a universally flattering rosy pink that creates the most perfect wash of color on the cheek. It's dewy but not greasy and so long lasting for a cream product. But the reason I love it most is that, for once, it works equally well on the lips as it does on the cheeks. Many products claim to, yes, but this one is moisturizing enough to blend beautifully into both and creates a seamless look. 

Then there's the Bronzer & Blush in Divine, which comes encased in a seriously pretty orange palette with gold accents. It's one of those products you want to take out of your bag, hoping someone sees how elegant your makeup is. Maybe that's just me? The powder is a mixture of three natural and pale-girl friendly shades; one bronzer, one blush, and one peachy highlighter, that when swirled together create a really subtle glow and give a hint of color. 

Let's not forget the perfect purse-friendly Tory Burch EDP Rollerball that smells so feminine and classic. Notes of tuberose, peony, bergamot, and jasmine are given an unexpected twist of sandalwood and vetiver. This is an easy to wear scent that's really beautiful for Spring - not to mention, I'm having a bit of a thing for florals with an edge at the moment.

Perhaps these are the most beautiful additions to anyone's travel makeup bag or vanity? I'm sure they'll be making into mine come June. 

*PR Samples, All opinions are my own. 
April 10, 2015
BOLD MATTE SPRING LIPS

BOLD MATTE SPRING LIPS

I wish I were "French girl" enough to wear a bright red lip without a stitch of makeup elsewhere on my face, but I'm not quite there yet. However, I can do a bold matte with very minimal makeup elsewhere, and for that look I have a few favorite lip products I reach for without fail. These full-on lip colors are bright, yes, but also help brighten your overall look so you actually can get away without much else going on on your face...

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore - A true hot pink; this shade looks almost fluorescent on the lips. I like this one for nights out, as it can be worn as a full-on accessory to any outfit. A gorgeous one to consider come Summertime in my opinion.  

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera - This is a classic orange red that I think would look pretty on just about any complexion. You know I love Hourglass products, and this one is no exception. Great packaging, of course, but the shade inside is one of my all-time favorite bright lip colors that always draws compliments. Be ready...

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette - Possibly the most long wearing lipstick, ever. This pinkish red is the shade I'm wearing in the photo above, and I love it for it's skin brightening blue-based color. If you're looking for a lipstick to wear to an event during which you won't have time for touchups...meet your match. You'll also need a bottle of seriously powerful makeup remover for when you do want to take it off. 
April 09, 2015
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE DO SURF HAIR

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE DO SURF HAIR


I've always envied the beach babe types who never seem to have to style their hair, yet they always have those tousled care free waves. It's the perfectly imperfect look that has a Cali meets Paris vibe to it; a certain je nais se quoi combined with that just out of the ocean texture. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those lucky enough to be born by the seashore, or in Paris, so I'll take all the help I can get to mimic the style of those who were. If anyone knows how to fake that surf girl hair it's Bumble and Bumble. I've been a longtime user of their Surf Spray, but recently I've been relying on the rest of their Surf line to give me the waves I lust after. 

I've been starting out the styling process by prepping in the shower with the Surf Foam Wash Shampoo to cleanse and following with the Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner to nourish my hair. I've never been one to get excited over a shampoo because I've found many of them rear the same results, but these have changed my mind completely. Not only do they smell amazing, but they really help remove all the grit from my hair left behind by styling products so that there's nothing weighing it down. The combination of these two really help to give my hair extra body while enhancing any natural kinks that I do have - exactly what I need to achieve a tousled beachy look. 

While my hair is still damp I spray in some of the Surf Infusion, an bi-phase oil infused salt spray which really helps nourish my hair and adds more of a natural wave while I let it air dry. The blend of tropical oils and sea botanicals really help to condition my hair but still give me the same breezy beach texture that I'm after. As someone with super thick hair, I really benefit from the extra bit of moisture as it definitely helps to tame any stubborn frizz trying to overtake my wavy texture. 

Once it's dried I like to add a bit of extra definition to the front pieces with a curling iron, as it really frames the face nicely. I typically don't touch the rest of my hair and let it do its thing for more of a relaxed look, and finish it off with a bit of Surf Spray. For me, this step is essential in giving my waves that extra bit of hold and also mattifies, making things look windswept and sun-dried. 

I'll definitely never wake up with hair like Gisele, but these products are definitely giving me reason to embrace my natural texture and helping me to achieve beach girl hair - miles from the beach.

*PR Samples, All opinions are my own.
April 08, 2015
PRODUCT ROUNDUP: THE BEST OF RECENT RELEASES

PRODUCT ROUNDUP: THE BEST OF RECENT RELEASES


Early Spring months always provide us with quite a hefty dosage of new releases. I'm not complaining - at all, but it can be quite difficult to pinpoint which are worthy of a purchase. I've reviewed many of these products on their own over the past few months, but right now I'm gathering together my "best of" recent releases so that you can start compiling that shopping list. Here's what I couldn't do without...

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight - full review here. This is like Benefit's High Beam compacted into stick form and converted into a cream-to-powder formula. I love the ease of using this product, no brushes needed, it makes a great addition to your makeup bag for some on the go glow.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - full review here. This has quickly become my go-to base for indelible coverage that doesn't look caked on. I will warn you though, if you have dry skin this will be more noticeable on you, however, oily skinned girls listen up - you need this.

Rae Morris Pro Powder Brush 22 - I'm not usually one to rave on about brushes, but this is seriously the softest thing I've ever felt. It makes all powder products apply much more beautifully and never gives that cake-face effect. If you're a powder hater, this brush may just convert you. Pricey, but in my opinion a serious investment in my beauty routine.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue - full review here. This product made it into my March favorites and still remains a firm favorite for light, comforting coverage that isn't like your typical tinted moisturizer. It allows your skin to breathe but the finish that it leaves is so smoothing you won't be able to stop feeling your face. Get a tube, you'll thank me later...

Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne - I won't go on and on about this considering I posted about it quite recently, but just know that I've found it hard to reach for anything else on a day to day basis. Such a beautiful, crisp floral that's perfect for Spring.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in 11 - full review here. A stunning rose-gold shade in one of my favorite cream shadow formulas. This stuff will not budge and can be worn in a super sheer wash of color or built up for a more intense look. Love.

Chanel Rouge Coco in Cecile - The new reformulated Chanel lipsticks are so beautiful, not to mention the impeccible shade range. So many pretty lipsticks, so little time. I like this peachy pink shade as it has very fine shimmer that gives the illusion of fuller lips.

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Sticks - full review here. As I mentioned in my post, these are like contouring sticks for dummies. The trio comes with a face shape chart and corresponding contour pictorials, and the creamy formulas blend like a dream. I also love how the contour shade is less ruddy than some cream formulas, and the bronze stick makes the transition from highlight to contour as seamless as possible.

Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink - full review here. A primer that feels like a milky serum and brightens the skin tone without any shimmer? This stuff is seriously addictive.

What are your favorite new releases?
April 07, 2015
THE SPRING LIP SHADES

THE SPRING LIP SHADES


Admittedly, I've always been a bit of a lip product hoarder, so much so that I don't even remember the shades I already own when I go to make a new purchase. Come Spring you'll find me lightening up on my face makeup and darker eye shades - those are saved for nights out - and as a result of that, lips become the main focus of the look. Whether it be matte pinks, nudes, or barely there color, here are the five shades currently on rotation making up my Spring edition lip wardrobe. 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 106 Beige Anarchist - One of my all time favorite lip product formulas. This shade especially perfects the shape of the lips with no need for lining. I love that it looks like a gloss but is much more comfortable and stays put for hours - yes, even through meals. This nude shade is gives a beautiful bit of color without overtaking the rest of the makeup.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 220 Showy Flamboyante - Easily one of the most pigmented lip products at the drugstore, these matte balms are still a favorite of mine. I own multiple shades, but this hot pink is particularly beautiful for pairing with nude eyes in the warmer months. It's the perfect statement lip shade that's matte but moisturizing at the same time. Bonus - I'd have to say it's a pretty close dupe for Chanel's La Diva lipstick, another favorite of mine.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer - I know that everyone loves these balmy glosses, but it's for good reason. They instantly give lips a fuller appearance, tone down any natural red pigmentation, and just give a much more perfected look. Basically, they deliver exactly what's promised and I don't think I could ever have enough of these. I personally love this rosy shade best for Spring.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink - You didn't think I'd skip the browny pinks just because it's now Spring, did you? I love the formula, and cupcake scent, of CT's lipsticks, but especially love this shade. It's the perfect balance between a browny nude and pink; there's really a bit of both in there for a more uplifting effect. I also like how creamy these lipsticks are and there's no noticeable shimmer in this one whatsoever.

YSL Volupte Tint in Oil in 5 Cherry My Cherie - pictured above. Whenever my lips are dehydrated, but I want a nice bit of skin brightening pink, I reach for this. I've spoken about this product multiple times recently, but I just couldn't put together a Spring lip shade post and not include it. It's truly been a staple in my makeup bag and routine. I love the fact that it's not sticky and gives a longer-term moisturizing effect than most lip stains. It's really such a beautiful product.

I'm interested in what's been occupying your lips at the moment - fill me in on your must haves for Spring!
April 06, 2015
JO MALONE SPRING BLOSSOMS

JO MALONE SPRING BLOSSOMS


It wouldn't be right to welcome Spring in without a new Jo Malone perfume release. I seem to have acquired a new Spring scent wardrobe thanks to their new beautiful pastel-capped, blossom inspired fragrances - and I'm definitely not complaining. In fact, I'm loving these so much that I'm tempted to run to the counter to pick up the additional fragrance in this release to complete the trio. If only the sun would decide to stick around for long enough, we'd have real Spring blossoms filling the air with their sweet fragrances, but for now at least we have Jo Malone.

Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne - I fell in love with this fragrance upon first spritz. Is that possible? If not, let's make it a thing, because this really is a divine scent. It's crisp, yet soft, with notes of peach, cashmere wood, and osmanthus, a rare flower native to East Asia. The flower in nature is likened to apricot and peach, giving this cologne its fresh floral edge. It's the perfect floral for those who hate sickly-sweet fragrances, as it's soft and sparkling, making it perfect for everyday wear. I love this unique take on a blossoming scent. 

Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne - This fragrance truly captures the essence of Spring in a bottle. It's light and uplifting, but also the slightest bit fruity thanks to a mixture of bergamot, cherry blossom, mimosa, and rose notes. After the initial hit of bergamot fades the scent opens up to a powdery heart that contrasts beautifully with its musky base. It's such a pretty and feminine fragrance in my opinion, absolutely delicious for Spring. 

Both of these scents are beautiful and perfect for those who love light and fresh floral fragrances with an exotic twist. Certainly not your grandmother's florals, thankfully, and I'm loving these both right now.
April 05, 2015
CURRENT DRUGSTORE FAVORITES

CURRENT DRUGSTORE FAVORITES


Every once in a while, what was meant to be a quick trip to the drugstore to pick up cotton balls and nail polish remover turns into a serious makeup shopping spree. Recently, I had a good peruse through the aisles of my local drugstore, leaving with quite a few products in hand, some of which I have been absolutely loving lately...

I ran out of my usual micellar water from La Roche Posay, and of course they were also out of stock in store. Growls. In search of a replacement I picked up the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, and oh wow, this stuff makes removing makeup a cakewalk. This bottle contains the exact amount of product for less than half the price, and does the job of removing my makeup in less time. I also find this to be more soothing on my skin as it has little to no scent whatsoever, which is a huge bonus in my opinion. I've also been struggling with under eye circles lately, as the area is a bit dry and many of my concealers are creasing on me, so I decided to try out the Garnier Skin-Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller. I've been enjoying using this under my usual concealer, as it's lessened the need for a ton of additional product. It really brightens up the area and soothes puffiness thanks to the inclusion of caffeine.

In terms of bases, the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream really caught my attention, promising skin-clearing sheer coverage. While I don't tend to have breakouts, I do like that this is more mattifying and less greasy than some BB creams can be. I'm a definite fan of the satin finish and light dose of coverage it gives, and for a drugstore option it feels more like skincare than makeup, which is a big plus.

If you read Friday's post, you'll know about my love for this new L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Pink, which feels like a stain/primer hybrid but stamps onto the cheeks leaving a beautiful flush. It's seriously hard to describe the texture of this, but the color is so uplifting and makes my cheeks look like I just went for a run in fresh air, which I quite like. 

Of course, I couldn't leave without picking up a lip product. I'm sure you know I love the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains, so naturally I gravitated toward the ultra similar L'Oreal Colour Riche Extroardinaire Lipcolour in Rose Melody. I will say this has a bit less staying power, but on the plus side is a bit creamier and less heavily scented, and overall makes for a pretty awesome dupe. Not to mention this particular color is seriously a beaut.

Now we've had our cheap and cheerful fun, tomorrow's post is a bit more of a luxe one. Stay tuned, because if you're a fan of beautiful Spring blooms you'll love the products I'm going to be mentioning.
April 04, 2015
AVEDA'S CANDLE FOR A CAUSE

AVEDA'S CANDLE FOR A CAUSE

You all know how much I love candles. But even more importantly, I love making a purchase knowing that I'm helping to support a good cause. As a part of Aveda's Earth Month, April 2015, they are kindly donating 100% of the purchase price ($12) of their Light the Way Candle to the Global Greengrants Fund, a non-profit organization that works to solve environmental problems all around the world. Since 2006, Aveda has raised $9 million through sales of its Light the Way Candle, the majority of which has helped support clean water projects right here at home and around the world. 

The soy wax candle is housed in a 100% reclaimed glass beverage bottle and are scented with pure flower extracts and organic spices including vanilla, ylang ylang, and cinnamon from Madagascar. The scent is warm and fresh all at the same time and burns cleanly and evenly for 27 hours. Help support a great cause with Aveda and fill your home with this inviting and richly scented candle. 

Find out more about Aveda's Earth Month initiative and other ways you can help protect water here.

*PR Samples.
April 03, 2015
FRESH PINK SPRING MAKEUP

FRESH PINK SPRING MAKEUP


It's been Spring for quite a few days now, but the weather's just finally catching up with the season. While I'm not usually a pink lover, I've been using quite a few pink toned products lately, as they give a really nice fresh glow to the skin and add a touch of barely there color. The perfect transition into Summer, really. And because...who doesn't love an easy bunch of products that are totally slap-on-and-go friendly?

After I finish my usual base routine, and before any powder products go on my face, I have been using cream blush. The L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Pink is a really strange textured cream/liquid blush that looks amazing when stamped on the cheeks with a stippling brush. I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, which also happens to be pink - it's like it was begging to be included in my photo, right? It looks so natural and fresh, and best of all there's no shimmer to be seen in this budget friendly option.

When it comes to using pink on the eyes I tend to go for more of a rose gold shade, like MAC Sable, considering bubble gum looks a bit Barbie for my tastes and skin tone. I like how the the shade is barely-there and beautiful and I've been using it consistently in my Spring makeup routine. For lips, it's back to an old favorite, the Dior Addict Lipstick in Singuliere, which I repurchased in a recent Sephora haul. Unlike with my eyeshadows, I love the sheer bubblegum pink shade of this lipstick especially for its moisturizing gel-texture. 

How do you incorporate pink into your makeup routine?