April 28, 2016
5 TIPS TO MIX UP YOUR MAKEUP BAG FOR WARMER WEATHER

5 TIPS TO MIX UP YOUR MAKEUP BAG FOR WARMER WEATHER

With warmer days fast approaching, it's time to get out of your makeup rut and start emulating lighter, fresher, glowier makeup with subtle pops of color in all the right places. Here are my top 5 tips to getting your makeup bag ready for what's to come:

  1. Lighten up your daytime base - Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizers are nothing short of classic. Opt for a moisturizing formula, or an oil-free one should you be concerned about being too dewy in the warmer weather.
  2. Swap out heavy liquid lipsticks for smooth satins - Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour still manage to look matte, but are much lighter weight and more hydrating than liquid formulas. These come in the most beautiful array of colors...
  3. Become a bronze goddess - Heavier cream contours may no longer be as appropriate for the hot'n'steamy days ahead. Of course, you can wear whatever you choose, but thick layers feel uncomfortable to me when things heat up, so I opt for a lighter sweep of bronzer (I like Tom Ford's) to define my features instead. I also love to use bronze shades on my eyes as well, as it gives a summer twist on a smokey eye and looks like you've just come back from vacation.
  4. Add a subtle hint of color - In one place at a time. Either a bold lip, swipe of navy liquid liner (or another jewel-tone), or a graduated neutral-to pink shadow. I love the Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette for a choice of beautifully blendable neutrals (and a few quirky bolds), Lancôme's Artliner (liquid) now have an exceptional range of shades, or Lancôme's Drama Liqui-Pencils for a favorite pencil liner that last exceptionally long.
  5. Glow all out - Use a glow-getting primer in places you want to add a bit of extra radiance. Either apply in sections for a more subtle look, or all over for a more intense lit-from-within glow. I like to use the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Dim Light on my cheeks and chin, and then use their Veil Mineral Primer on my t-zone to create the perfect balance of natural, non-oily glow.

What are your warmer weather makeup tips?
April 26, 2016
APRIL FAVORITES

APRIL FAVORITES

Here I'm showing you what products I have been loving for the month of April. There have been a lot of really great new products this month and I've also picked up a few old favorites again. I'd love for you to watch and subscribe to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)!
LANCÔME JUICY SHAKERS: MY THOUGHTS

LANCÔME JUICY SHAKERS: MY THOUGHTS

Like I've mentioned recently, I'm not as experimental with lip products as I used to be. Although I have a collection that would tell you otherwise, I'm starting to know more and more what's worth buying and what I'll wear and won't. Just when I thought I was content with my spring lip rotation (and bright lip favorites), Lancôme has me feeling all the lip product addict feels over these art-meets-makeup lip concoctions. 

The Lancôme Juicy Shakers are what my inner teenager has always wanted in a lip product. The packaging is hefty and high quality, yet has this amazingly fun cocktail shaker shape. I'll admit it was mainly the packaging that got me here - but I was pleasantly surprised by what was inside the shaker as well. It's a bi-phase lip oil and pigment that's meant to be shaken and then applied with the plush sponge applicator for wash of sheer color. 

I'm kind of addicted to these little cocktails...the way they feel moisturizing and make my lips glow is quite amazing. I have the shades Mangoes Wild (a bright fuchsia that leaves a pink stain), and Freedom of Peach (a pastel peach that makes the lips look fuller and gives a hint of color). What surprised me is that each shade has it's own distinct flavor as well - they're like candy for the lips! I've been toting these around with me since they've made their way into my stash and can't get enough of them. They leave my lips with the perfect wash of wearable color while making them feel nothing short of juicy (in a non-sticky way) and soft. I love the color selection as well, I think these will be my go-to lazy girl lip product of the spring and summer. 

Have you tried these yet?
April 25, 2016
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Sunday, May 8th is Mother's Day! Where has the time gone? Basically, that means it's time to get our butts in gear and get to shopping for gifts already. I know there's nobody who is more selfless than my mom, and it's a great time to show that you appreciate what they do for us. Here I've rounded up some gifts that I think would put a smile on any mother's face and definitely make for a nice treat she wouldn't necessarily pick up for herself.

Pictured:
  1. Laura Mercier 'Tea Menthe Citron' Eau de Toilette - This is a perfect fresh and crisp springtime scent that I think would be such a lovely pick-me-up for any mom. It smells like mint, tea, citrus, and cardamom and is inspired by Morocco. It's such a refreshing scent that feels like a getaway in a bottle. Just what any mom needs... 
  2. Inspirational Quote Paperweights - A classic, simple, and thoughtful gift-topper. What's great about this idea is that you can choose a quote that means something to your relationship.
  3. Maison Martin Margeila 'Replica Beach Walk' Candle - I would gift candles every single time if it were up to me. I love to receive them myself, which is always how I judge a gift. This beautifully packaged candle is labeled in cotton with a particular memory; this one is inspired by a walk on the beach. Think light, sun, sunscreen, salty skin, and a warm breeze - bottled.
  4. Diptyque 'Figuier' Room Spray - You know I love Diptyque, and home fragrance. This fig inspired room spray is one of my all-time favorites from the brand and makes any space smell fresh and clean, just like the fruit itself. Plus, the bottle makes it a decor piece in its own right.
  5. Zoeva Luxe Prime Brush Set - One of those things I know my mom wouldn't necessarily think to buy herself, but would definitely appreciate as a gift. These brushes make blending a breeze and come with everything she could need, in a great black leather pouch. 
  6. Tom Ford Lily Sunglasses - I love gifting sunglasses. I know it can seem like a hard item to choose for someone else, but picking a classic pair of cat eye glasses from a timeless brand makes for a winner every time. I love this particular pair tortoise, because it matches everything.
  7. Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette - I love the blendability of Laura Mercier's eye shadows and these are particularly beautiful. This palette is chock full of buttery shadows in different textures, including matte and sateen, with 12 neutral shades to choose from to create a variety of looks. This is a beautiful "treat yourself" gift. 
  8. Carven L'Absolu Perfume - A sophisticated, sensual floral oriental scent housed in a chic milky white and gold glass bottle. This scent is such a good one that, I imagine, would smell amazing on everyone. Fragrances are always one of my favorite gifts to give, and I think Carven does them really well.
Not Pictured, but recommended: 
  1. Kate Spade New York Dot-Print Cropped Pajama Set - Because who doesn't love receiving a crisp new pair of cozy pajamas?
  2. Creed x The Glow Curated Gift Set - Choose from two exclusive, luxury gift sets from the storied fragrance house, curated in collaboration with Violet Gaynor and Kelly Stuart of The Glow.
  3. S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle - A chic and reusable water bottle in a pretty champagne gold color.
  4. DIY Marble Tray - I did a post on this recently. If you have time, making a gift is always a great option as well. This would make a great piece for her to store her beauty bits, or even for serving appetizers for guests.
  5. Tory Burch Chain Crossbody - If you want to go all out, a classic crossbody on a chain is something every woman needs. I love how this one comes in wallet style, perfect for safely storing all of her cards and phone - yet big enough to fit a lipstick ;). 
What are you going to give for Mother's Day? I hope this roundup has helped.
April 22, 2016
CLINIQUE'S SUNNY UPDATES

CLINIQUE'S SUNNY UPDATES

When it comes to the warmer months I'm all about lightening up my base and, of course, adding a hint of a bronze glow to my makeup. Clinique has recently launched two new products that help to do exactly that, and I couldn't be more excited to add them into my makeup bag to prepare for the sunnier days ahead. 

Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee - This lightweight bronze-tinted gel (sans shimmer) is one of those products you never knew you needed. It's a multi-tasking gel that can be worn alone, or added to foundation to warm up the skin and create an instant glow. I love doing both, actually - I've been mixing in with foundations that are too light for my current skin tone to add some warmth, and on weekends I love using it as a base alone and then spot concealing. I'm not usually one to go for a tan-enhancing product, but the shade of this is so incredibly natural and washes off at the end of the day. It's like an instant pick-me-up and glowy boost for the skin in one. A summer makeup bag staple...

Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF 50 - This do-it-all compact contains a moisturizing BB cream that provides breathable, natural looking coverage and a hit of serious SPF. I love how it feels when applied to the skin - it's cooling and comfortable - just what sun-parched skin needs. It's the perfect handbag and travel essential for perfecting the skin at a moment's notice, and it somehow manages to control shine and hydrate my skin at the same time. I won't be traveling this summer without it.

*pr samples included.
April 21, 2016
FAVORITE BOLD LIPSTICKS FOR SPRING

FAVORITE BOLD LIPSTICKS FOR SPRING


Today I'm talking about my favorite bold lipsticks for spring. It's my favorite time of the year to whip out a bold lip and use it as an accessory. I've just recently shared my current lip kit in a post, and now it's time to talk about bolds! I'd love for you to show your support by watching and subscribing to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)!
BYREDO LA SÉLECTION FLORALE

BYREDO LA SÉLECTION FLORALE

Byredo is one of my favorite fragrance brands at the moment. Every new launch and fragrance story they product really speaks to me, and I love how so many of the scents are either deeply rooted in history or Ben Gorham's personal memories. I have personally tried 4 of his scents prior to this set, and loved them all, Gypsy Water being my favorite. I wanted to take a deeper plunge into the brand and La Sélection Florale was the perfect way to try each - not to mention, these .4 oz (about 100 sprays) sprays work amazingly for travel. I love the idea of bringing a new scent on each trip, as then that fragrance becomes a part of the memory that you can return to whenever you please. Here are my thoughts on the six fragrances included...

Inflorescence - This scent is like spring in a bottle. It's like a burst of flowers, in a fresh and airy way, without any green side to it at all. The freesia and lily are the most prominent notes to me at first and the dry down is also truly floral, with a base of jasmine that smells true to the flower itself. 

Top notes: Pink Freesia, Rose Petals. Middle Notes: Lily of the Valley, Magnolia. Base Notes: Fresh Jasmine.

Bal D'Afrique - Such a unique and amazing fragrance. There is somewhat of an addictive quality to this sweet scent that keeps me coming back for more. It smells very fruity and citrusy when first sprayed, but in a very sophisticated way, and I love the musky, vetiver dry-down that meshes with the fruit to form an almost pineapple-like concoction. I think it's sexy in an unconventional way and the lasting power is pretty great here as well.

Top notes: African Marigold, Bergamot, Bucchu, Lemon, Neroli. Middle Notes: Cyclamen, Jasmine Petals, Violet. Base Notes: Black Amber, Moroccan Cedarwood, Musk, Vetiver.

Blanche - To me this fragrance epitomizes cleanliness. It smells of soapy skin and fresh laundry with notes of white florals. It's innocent and airy - like a breeze on an early spring day. I think this is such a pretty and feminine fragrance that is both unobtrusive and personal.

Top notes: Aldehyde, Pink Pepper, White Rose. Middle Notes: Neroli, Peony, Violet. Base Notes: Blond Woods, Musk, Sandalwood.

Flowerhead - Inspired by an Indian wedding, this is a scent that's bursting with fresh-cut flowers and I, for one, think it's transportive and beautiful. I'm not normally a fan of tuberose, but here it smells much more watery rather than musty, as it mixes well with the other floral notes and reminds me of a fresh bouquet. Instead of the typical floral containing tuberose and jasmine, this is a blend with green rose, cranberry, and lemon which adds a beautiful herbal dimension. It's love with this one. 

Top notes: Angelica Seeds, Lingonberry, Sicilian Lemon. Middle Notes: Dewy Tuberose, Rose Petals, Wild Jasmine Sambac. Base Notes: Fresh Amber, Suede.

Rose of No Man's Land - The newest fragrance addition to the Byredo lineup, this is a unique rose fragrance that I've quickly become fond of. It's a different type of rose fragrance than I'm used to - in the best way possible. The roses in this fragrance smell very fresh to me, almost fruity, and more similar to how they do in nature, with a very green and almost grassy side. What I love about it is how it has a pepper note, which works so well here and it eventually settles onto my skin in a soft, creamy rose, thanks to the amber note. This is such a dreamy spring fragrance I may have to even pick up the full size soon...

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Turkish Rose Petals. Middle Notes: Raspberry Blossom, Turkish Rose Absolute. Base Notes: Papyrus, White Amber. 

La Tulipe -  Based on the first blooming flower of spring, the tulip - this scent is meant to represent the flower whose fragrance is said to be hardly noticeable. Here it smells very clear, crisp, and almost sunny in a way that portrays all aspects of the flower; the waxy green of the leaves, the earthiness of the bulb, and the fresh floral of the petals. It's light and clean in the same respect as Blanche, but in a more floral sense.

Top notes: Cyclamen, Freesia, Rhubarb. Middle Notes: Tulip. Base Notes: Blonde Woods, Vetiver.

Which of Byredo's florals appeals most to you?
April 19, 2016
THE NEUTRAL SPRING LIP KIT

THE NEUTRAL SPRING LIP KIT

I've been quite a lip loyalist lately, constantly reaching for the same few products nonstop. While I feel guilty leaving the rest of the stash out to dry (maybe, quite literally), there are a few here in my lip kit (mine, not Kylie's) that I have fallen absolutely in love with. And, now that the weather is perking up and my lips aren't as dry, I can actually wear lip products without my lips peeling off. If you can't already tell, there's also a bit of a theme developing in the color department. I'm loving my softer nudes and pinks, and these ones especially...

Glossier Generation G in Like - A pretty rose hue that looks like a matte stain and feels like a balm. Glossier does a pretty good job of describing the way it looks on the lips..."popsicle stain." 

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 - This is the perfect matte for those who hate the texture of typical matte liquid lipsticks. It feels moisturizing and almost mousse-like, and the color is a dusty peach/pink that instantly brightens up my complexion. 

Lanolips Banana Balm Lip Sheen - If you like banana-scented anything, you need this balm. It's rich and has just the right amount of shine and micro-shimmer. It's lip enhancing in all the best ways, and better yet - you don't need to dip your finger in a pot to get to it. Addicted

Tom Ford Ultra-Rich Lip Color in Revolve Around Me - I spoke about this in my Tom Ford demo video, but it's probably my favorite lip release of the season. I'm obsessed with the soft, lip-flattering nude shade that sits perfectly in between brown and pink - is it brink? Any way you slice it, this is one I may require backup(s) of. 

Nars Lip Cover in Overheated - This one's hard to pin down - but in a good way. The color itself is more mauve-brown than anything else, which makes it very of-the-moment. It has a rich color-payoff and feels like a more moisturizing version of a liquid lipstick. A really unique one that I love...

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk - I know - am I ever not obsessed with this? I will spare you details, but just know - if you haven't tried this perfect pinky nude liner yet - get on it!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita - The liquid lipstick that launched a thousand dupes, this is the OG browny nude version that everyone needs in their lives. I love this one at night, paired with a brown smokey eye and rose-hued blush. I've yet to see someone who it doesn't suit.

Dior Addict Lip Glow in Lilac - I am proud to say I actually finished an entire tube of the original pink Lip Glow. Now, this shade, is even better in my opinion. The shade becomes more of a muted pink than the original, more dusty and I can't help but think that the subtle blue undertone also gives the illusion of whiter teeth. Balmy, glowy-lip goodness...

*pr samples included.

April 18, 2016
WHAT'S IN MY CARRY ON?

WHAT'S IN MY CARRY ON?


Today I'm showing you what I'd typically pack in my carry on! Travel season is upon us, so I thought this could be helpful to those who will be jetting off within the next few months. I'd love for you to show your support by watching and subscribing to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)!
DIY MARBLE TRAY

DIY MARBLE TRAY

I've been searching high and low for the perfect marble tray for ages now. Pinterest has me dreaming of crisp Scandinavian-inspired interiors, but finding the right pieces is harder than I could've ever imagined (insert world's tiniest violin symphony here). I've spotted a few I liked before, but really - is a slab of plain marble with handles worth a $300 price tag? I'd rather fill it with pretty objects from Byredo, Le Labo, and Diptyque, thank you very much. So, to save myself the rather large wad of cash, I'd been using plain marble tiles and pieces I picked up from the Home Depot (glamorous, I know) - but was still unhappy with how unfinished it looked. Little did I know, I could create my own for just a small fraction of the price, in just a few minutes, and with the exact look I wanted. So the way I see it, I've saved enough money making this myself to fill it with at least one more luxe scent...you with me?

Here's how I did it - it's so easy, you'll be making them for every corner of your home. You'll need:
1 piece of marble (tiles from my local hardware store cost about $4)
2 cabinet handles/pulls of your choice
4 vinyl bumpers
epoxy glue

Flip your piece of marble upside down and stick one vinyl bumper on each corner. This will just prevent the piece of marble from sliding around (or scratching surfaces) when it's placed down and give it a more finished look. Then, flip it over and measure where you'd like your handles to go and mark it with a Sharpie, while you mix your epoxy glue. Now, use a toothpick to apply the glue to the bottom of each handle and place them down on the piece of marble where you've just marked. Viola! Allow the glue to dry for at least 4 hours to make sure it won't budge. While you're patiently waiting, you can browse online for items to fill this wonderful tray you've just made.

You can use this to store perfumes, trinkets, candles, fancy lotions and potions, spirits, or as a cheese plate. Here are some items I've placed on mine (or would like to): Le Labo Santal 33, Diptyque Candle, Byredo Bohemia Candle, Byredo Gypsy Water, Byredo Bullion, Byredo Flowerhead Body Lotion, Moleskine Voyageur, David Yurman Amethyst Albion Earrings
April 15, 2016
A FEW FAVORITES FROM DR. DENNIS GROSS

A FEW FAVORITES FROM DR. DENNIS GROSS

Recently, I've been trying out some products from Dr. Dennis Gross and just as I thought I had my skincare regimen down pat, these have made me reconsider. I'm really not sure why I haven't gotten into the brand earlier, because let me tell you...the products have taken my lackluster winter-ravaged complexion and made it glow again. Here are my must-haves from the range:

Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense - I am very, very picky when it comes to sunscreens as many tend to break me out or leave that tacky film on my skin. So, when I tell you this stuff is amazing, I really mean it. It packs a punch with an SPF 50, while managing to feel lightweight and completely absorb into my skin. I also love that it protects against dark spots, as hyperpigmentation really does tend to be brought out by the sun. It just feels comfortable to wear and you can be sure it's coming with me on my next getaway.

Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster - Probably the most versatile skincare item I've yet to come across, this serum contains a potent dose of Vitamin C and can be added to any other products to help brighten your skin tone. I love mixing a few drops in with my foundation, as it makes me feel as though I'm doing something good for my skin while wearing my makeup. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum - This creamy serum works overnight to help reduce fine lines, increase firmness, and reduce blemishes and imperfections. After using this cocktail of ferulic acid, retinol, and niacinimide I wake up with bouncier, plumper skin that's brighter. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream - I am obsessed with the texture of this eye cream. It has the lightweight texture of a gel and the deep hydration of a rich cream, and it instantly makes the skin around my eyes appear firmer. After using this for a few weeks, it has definitely brightened my dark circles and it goes under my concealer like a dream.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula - Where have I been that I hadn't tried these previously? I rely on chemical exfoliation to keep my skin clear and bright and these individually wrapped two-step pads make the process so easy and effective. I love that they're gentle enough for daily use and don't cause any irritation at all - no redness, nothing! Since using these, my pores look smaller, my skin feels smoother, and I've had no breakouts whatsoever. Pretty good deal, no?

Have you tried anything from Dr. Dennis Gross before?

*pr samples included.
April 14, 2016
TOP 10 WOULD BUY AGAIN PRODUCTS

TOP 10 WOULD BUY AGAIN PRODUCTS


Today I'm talking about the top 10 products that I would repurchase again when I run out! These are my must-haves and I wouldn't want to be without them. I'd love for you to show your support by watching and subscribing to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)!
RETHINKING HAIR MASKS

RETHINKING HAIR MASKS

There is one major word of advice I can offer you if you want longer, more lustrous locks: deep conditioning. I'm sure by now you'll know I've been growing my hair out for quite some time - it was above shoulder length when I started so, although it feels like forever, I've definitely gotten somewhere. I haven't had a cut since last September (I know, I have to face the stylist eventually) but by now I'm usually itching to have my dead ends chopped and quit the process altogether. I swore to myself that this time would be different and I've been taking a few measures to make sure I keep my promise...namely, a miracle-working hair mask

Hair masks are really something I never could be bothered with in the past. Who wants to wait 5 minutes or more to rinse out their conditioner? Plus, so many on the market just ended up weighing down my thick hair, making it not worthwhile in my eyes. Enter the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask - cute name, even better product. I've been slathering this on weekly and loving how it's made my hair stronger, shinier, and ends bouncier. This deep conditioning mask is different because it's free of silicones, DEA, and artificial dyes, making it safe for all hair types including colored hair.

The heavenly scented mask works in just a few minutes to restore hydration and vibrancy to hair, thanks to a blend of nutrients (sans nasties) including B Vitamins, argan oil, rosehip oil, and biotin. The best part about this is it doesn't weigh my hair down at all, as it has no heavy silicones and my hair somehow manages to feel cleaner. I'm left with this amazing swishy, fresh-from-the-salon (or the closest I'll be getting for awhile) feel and lab studies show that it even reduces breakage by 81%. Right now, that's all I could ever ask for. It's safe to say that this tub of hair-nourishing goodness won't be leaving my shower...

*pr samples included.
April 13, 2016
CHANEL LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW FOUNDATION

CHANEL LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW FOUNDATION

If you've been following along my little blogging journey with me, then you'll know that I've long been a fan of the Chanel foundations. Chanel seem to always know how to create a base that looks natural and flawless and there's surely one in the range to suit everyone. They've managed to produce two of my all time favorite foundation formulas; both Vitalumiere Aqua and the Perfection Lumiere Velvet sit high up on my shelf. So when I spotted the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation on some of my favorite beauty blogs from across the pond a few months back I was intrigued to say the least. I've finally managed to get my hands on the stuff and here's how it lives up to my expectations...

The new release from Chanel promises a smooth, glide-on formula that produces a fresh and healthy looking coverage. The formula is thick and creamy (and packs a punchy SPF 25), but as promised when applied it blends nicely into the skin for an even, medium coverage that isn't at all cakey. I love that it's somewhat matte, but still glowy and fresh - it gives a beautiful lit-from-within look to the skin. However, I wouldn't classify this as dewy, ad it does completely dry down on the skin so if you're super dry then it might not be moisturizing enough for you. I find that this is a great everyday foundation for my normal to combination skin (it should work well on normal, slightly dry, or slightly oily skins) and is perfect for those who prefer a whack-on-and-go type of base. It gives my skin a nice, even look instantly and I love how fresh and smooth it feels on my skin. 

Bonus shoutout goes to the packaging *drools* which is both luxuriously heavy, yet still compact (although not as much as my other favorites). I love the frosted bottle and the pump disperses the product cleanly, with one and a half pumps giving me plenty to work with. If you desire a glowy (not dewy) and balanced base for daily wear then this is worth trying out without a doubt! 
April 12, 2016
#SMELLSLIKESPRING

#SMELLSLIKESPRING

First off, have you ever seen such a beautifully arranged box of flowers? I think not. But, of course, that's now what we're here to discuss today. Today I wanted to share with you two floral must-have fragrances for spring. I know, I know *florals for spring...groundbreaking* - but sometimes they're so good it doesn't matter. If you're a regular around here you'll know by now that I am a huge fan of the Maison Martin Margiela Replica fragrance line and these seasonal-bloom inspired scents are certainly no different. 

Think...fleeting moments spent in damp and mossy sprawling green gardens (Promenade in the Gardens) or a walk through a Parisian market where flowers lie in bunches and stems crushed on the ground in a frenzy of market shoppers eagerly awaiting the arrival of the warmer months (Flower Market). 

Flower Market - A sophisticated and feminine take on a rose bouquet, surrounded by fresh wet blooms of jasmine and tuberose with a soft, woody finish. 
Top Notes: crushed leaves accord, freesia
Middle Notes: sambac jasmine, Egyptian jasmine, tuberose, rose
Base Notes: peach, cedarwood, oak moss

Promenade in the Gardens - An English garden after the rain is portrayed here in a calming, fresh floral scent with an elegant heart of patchouli and vetiver. 
Top Notes: crispy green accord, freesia accord, coriander oil
Middle Notes: Turkish rose oil, peony accord, sambac jasmine absolute
Base Notes: patchouli heart oil, vetiver oil, Australian sandalwood oil

*pr samples included.
April 11, 2016
TRAVEL MAKEUP & BEAUTY BAG

TRAVEL MAKEUP & BEAUTY BAG


Today I'm dishing all my travel makeup and beauty bag secrets! Watch the video to see how I pack all of my essentials, what I bring, and what my top packing must-haves are. I'd love for you to show your support by watching and subscribing to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)!
6 TIPS FOR YOUR BEST BROWS EVER

6 TIPS FOR YOUR BEST BROWS EVER

It's no secret that brows are to the face what frames are to a photograph. I've long been against that super unnatural concealer-rimmed block brow look, and always have opted for a more natural brow - even if that means they look less than perfect. Remember, brows are sisters...not twins. I really wonder who it is that quoted that first - pretty clever, no? Anyway, they were right. And once you can accept that they will never look identical then you can move on and work toward each arch looking its' individual best, and as similarly shaped as possible. Trust me, I speak from experience here as I've long dealt with a missing piece of eyebrow (thanks, scar) and have learnt how to balance them out without overplucking, overshaping, or overdoing it in the product department. Here are my 6 best tips to achieving your (not Cara Delevingne's) best brows ever...
  1. Pluck, don't wax. This is the only way you can maintain precise control over which hairs go and which stay. It's sometimes only a few carefully remaining hairs that make all the difference to the overall shape and fullness of the brows. 
  2. Limit the number of hairs you take each week. To two, maybe three from each brow. Yes, it takes some self control but the less often you pluck, the less often you will have to, as the follicle's growth cycle will reset itself. This will also help prevent over plucking, leaving brows with more time to become fuller. 
  3. Don't fight the natural direction of the hair. Use a spoolie to brush hairs in the direction that they grow naturally. I, for one, have always wanted fluffy, brushed up brows. But it just doesn't work for me, as it's not the direction my hairs fall naturally. One of the best ways to see this is when the hairs are wet - brush them until they settle into their rightful place. They will look their best and probably fullest this way.
  4. Don't use a color that's too dark. It ends up looking too harsh, and therefore obvious. If you have dark brows already, you're better off choosing a shade that's one lighter than your hair color, and preferably on the ashier side of the spectrum unless you're a natural redhead. 
  5. Leave the front of the brows bare. Unless, of course, you have a scar to fill in. This makes the brow look more natural, because nobody's brows start out at an exact 90 degree angle (the dreaded block brow). Instead of making yourself look angry and older, brush up the baby hairs at the front and leave them bare for a fuller, more youthful look.
  6. Have your go-to product arsenal at the ready. And know how to layer them properly, without overdoing any one product. I tend to just use a pencil, then a gel to set them as I find I have the most control this way to create hair-like strokes. If you do use multiple products, I've heard that the appropriate order is pencil, pomade, powder, and then gel. My go-to brow products don't change often (unlike my other beauty products - ha!) and include: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Transparent, Tweezerman Slanted Tweezers, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #14
What are your tips for caring for your brows? Would love to know your tips and tricks.