May 31, 2016
MAY FAVORITES

MAY FAVORITES



It's that time of the month again! We're here talking all of my favorites from the month of May. It's been a good one beauty and skincare wise, with a new fragrance favorite thrown in for good measure. I'd love to know what products you've been loving this month, don't forget to subscribe to follow along on any videos. Let's make June the best month of the year - yay for summer. 
May 30, 2016
THE SPRING/SUMMER NAIL POLISH EDIT

THE SPRING/SUMMER NAIL POLISH EDIT

I'm finally back into doing my nails, after going on a bit of what I'm calling a nail "hiatus". Needless to say they had looked better and once I sat down and took the time to really get them back in line I was back at it oohing and ahhing over pretty spring shades. I've got a few old favorites and a few new; I've recently fallen in love with the formula of the Smith & Cult nail polishes for their long wear and opacity in just two coats. Here are my current go-to shades...

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in The Graduate - I love this color. It's the perfect latte hued taupe that I reach for whenever I want my nails to look clean, but not stand out. It's great for spring and summer as I feel it would look gorgeous with a bit of a tan, but I know I'll be wearing it year-round.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in City of Compton - I don't usually gravitate toward these types of pinks, but this one is unique in that is's opaque and somewhat retro. It has a cool bubble gum pink hue that works as an accessory to an otherwise neutral ensemble. 

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Subnormal - A pale "is it gray, is it blue" cream that is pastel enough to be considered a neutral. I can't quite compare it to anything else I own, but it's almost like a bright but stormy sky and I love it.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Bitter Buddhist - This is the one that got me into the brand first. It's a muted, minimalist take on mint that I think looks good on everyone. It's perfect for the warmer months but I'd even wear this year round, as it's the chicest pastel green I've yet to come across.

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Sweet Cheeks - This is a pretty pastel violet that is almost a more purple based (pastel) version of the City of Compton. 

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in On the Ropes - I love this dreamy coral as it has a white base that makes it really pop. It looks especially beautiful paired with dainty gold jewelry.

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Love Letter - It's like an update on a classic, an uber wearable and not overly girly peachy pink. It's one of my go-to's for when I want a bit of a feminine touch.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Lilacism - A creamy pastel lilac that always makes my hands look elongated and more feminine. I find it ultra flattering and as far as wearing color goes, it's pretty neutral in that it has a white base. It's a modern classic.

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Scarlet Chinois - I'm not usually a classic red nail polish fan, but this fiery orange-red paints on beautifully and looks amazing on toes with a pair of strappy sandals. If you've got a summer event to attend, try this one.

*pr samples included.
May 27, 2016
WHAT'S IN MY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAKEUP BAG

WHAT'S IN MY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAKEUP BAG

Hooray for the long weekend! Sunshine, good company, cold drinks, being on the water...who else is excited for the start of the summer season? In the spirit of enjoying the weekend in the most carefree style possible, I packed my makeup bag with essentials for doing just that. These are my go-to fuss-free, mostly cream-based products that can be slapped on and forgotten about while I'm out enjoying the weather and time off. I'm going to be spending some time with my family and friends on the lake and since I'll be mostly outside or on the boat these types of products (SPF included) will help perk things up quickly and comfortably. Hope you all enjoy the weekend!

For Base - I've managed to keep things unfussy (somehow; I'm actually patting myself on the back for this one) and I'm chalking it up to just how good this La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream is. I've done a full post here, and yes, it's super pricey, but basically it's a skin perfecting tinted fluid cream and sun protection in one. It uses that ever-so-famous caviar technology that the brand is famous for to help protect and brighten the skin, while giving the skin a plumped and smooth look instantly. It's not greasy at all, and once it meshes into the skin it has a skin-like satin matte finish which I love. But enough on that, I've also been getting on really well with a new concealer. Ooh...I know, I've put down my Nars for something else, shocker. The bareMinerals Bareskin Concealer is ahh-mazing. It's high coverage, but since it's a "serum" consistency so it's fluid and moisturizing enough to blend without creasing, but it sets and doesn't slip and slide around either. I use the shade Light and it works for both dark circles and blemishes, so bonus points there. To keep t-zone shine at bay, I'll be using my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, which I've hit pan on. Need I say more?

For Cheeks - For a bit of an extra, but completely non-greasy, glow I've got MAC Strobe Cream by my side. I find just a small dab of this gives me a lit-from-within radiance without a single speck of shimmer. I'm into cream based products for low-key weekends so this is all the highlight I need. For blush I'm all about bouncing the Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher in Surf's Up onto my cheeks and going. It's got a cushion applicator that deposits a soft, hydrating, sheer liquid blush in an ethereal baby pink color. It's an instant complexion pick-me-up that brings such light to the face and looks so natural. I'm obsessed. Keeping with the liquids and creams theme, I'm also bringing the Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer to add a bit of a bronze goddess glow, even though I'm really super pale. This helps me fool everyone, so it's a keeper.

For Eyes - It's all about the cream shadow sticks here. I'm bringing my all time favorite formula for it's staying power and beautiful colors, the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in the shades Bronze Moon and Ombre Mercure. I've also tossed in my trusty Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper because I'm attached to it and always like to have it with me in case I'm in the mood for a winged liner. I'm telling you, 8/10 times I am! And of course, my Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, which is definitely on it's last leg. It's been well loved though and it's one of those formulas that seems to have gotten better the longer I've had it for. I thought I would get one last weekend use out of it and then say my final goodbye.

For Brows - I've recently been trying something new in the brow department, and am excited to report that it's a definite winner. It's the teeny tiny Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette and it creates the perfect hair-like strokes, comes with a spoolie, and has no red undertones whatsoever. It's literally a perfect ten product.

For Lips - Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer is amazing for everyday lip moisturizing; but I'm also bringing my new favorite lip stain - Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stain in Sweet Suite. It's a balm stain hybrid that feels so hydrating and comfortable on the lips, but still leaves behind a stain once the shine wears off. It's amazing. I'm also bringing the Tom Ford Ultra Rich Lip Color in Aphrodite for night. It's a beautiful blue-based pink that really brightens up my complexion, and I love that it can also be dabbed into lips for a less notice-me stain. 

For Spritzing - Jo Malone Nashi Blossom Cologne. Full review here

What will you be packing for your weekend away?

*pr samples included.
May 26, 2016
MY SUMMER SUN PROTECTION ROUNDUP

MY SUMMER SUN PROTECTION ROUNDUP

Sun protection; one of the least exciting products to talk about in the world of beauty and one I've tried avoiding having to use on a regular basis for way too long. I've always figured the SPF in my foundation or tinted moisturizer would be enough to protect me, and really didn't like the feel or result of wearing it on my skin. It would leave me broken out and just more oily than I'd like, but not in a good way. Of course, I don't want to deal with damage later, so I've I've been testing out a few sunscreens and day cream + SPF hybrids. These will be your saviors for those lighter coverage days (cough, cough MDW is coming up), or the days you're too busy enjoying the sun to be bothered with makeup. Summer sun is no match...

The Day Cream + SPF Hybrids - It seems as though this category would be quite ideal when it comes to day-to-day sun protection. Who doesn't want to kill two birds with one stone? I definitely do, but until I discovered these guys I didn't really have one in my stash that floated my boat. The Eve Lom Daily Protection + SPF 50 feels ultra hydrating, yet is oil-free and manages to sink in immediately and boasts quite the hefty dose of sun protection (50, which is the most I'll usually go for). For anyone who worries about sun damage and hyper-pigmentation, the Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50 works wonders at brightening skin and keeping any dark spots or splotchiness at bay. I love how it's fluid enough to massage in quickly but keeps the skin comfortably hydrated. Another favorite, the Cosmedix Peptide Rich Defense is great for those with dehydrated skin, but who still don't want to look too shiny or oily. It plumps up the skin and feels just like an ultra-nourishing day cream, that just happens to have an added SPF of 50. Think of this one as the anti-aging superstar in the sunscreen game. 

The "You can't tell your wearing any" Fluid Sunscreens - If you have your day cream down pat, and are just in search of some extra protection, these guys are for you. The Beauty Rx by Dr. Neal Schultz Solar Defense Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 is ideal for toting in your beach bag because it's so lightweight you can get away with reapplying all day long. It's suited perfectly to oily-combination skins, but also doesn't feel drying on dehydrated skin whatsoever. I love how it sits under makeup and that I can't even tell I'm wearing it at all. If you're looking for a "green" alternative to sunscreen, but don't want to sacrifice on formula, the Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense is a really good one to keep on hand. I like that it has an illuminating quality to it, and it's jam packed with antioxidants and good-for-your skin ingredients. This one is a bit more moisturizing though, so if you are worried about oil build up I'd stick with the previous Beauty Rx option. Last, but definitely not least is the French pharmacy classic Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50. This is the most fluid of the bunch - so much so that it is almost runny. That doesn't mean it's not one of my favorites, though. It's one I've always got on hand because it gives my skin the perfect dose of moisture and doesn't interfere with makeup. It's even safe to say that this was the one that made it easier to begin wearing SPF on a regular basis as well because of the comfort and beautiful finish. It also comes in a teeny bottle that shakes up and is the perfect size for traveling (even if you're going carry-on style) and summer getaways. 

The Pore Blurring Sunscreen - I was almost tempted to give this a category of it's own and call it "more Tatcha perfection" but instead, let's go with pore-blurring. I've devoted an entire post to the wondrous Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35 in the past. If you're interested, you can find it here. But, allow me to reiterate just how much I love this stuff. I use this as a replacement for primers during the warmer months, as it really seems primer is the perfect step in which to incorporate sun protection. Not only is it great because it's a two-in-one, but I'd even use this if it didn't include an SPF. It's silky, lightweight, but hydrating enough to allow makeup to glide on perfectly afterward...all while blurring pores and imperfections. Dare I say, they've made sunscreen a joy to wear? Well, it's true.

*pr samples included.

May 25, 2016
GET TO KNOW ME: QUESTIONNAIRE

GET TO KNOW ME: QUESTIONNAIRE


Hey guys, today I'm doing something a bit different video-wise. I thought it would be fun to get to know each other better - so I'm doing a "get to know me" tag to answer some questions about myself. I hope you enjoy, and stay tuned because next week's video will be "favorites" and I have a bonus pack with me coming up. Subscribe here so you don't miss it! Thanks for watching. 
May 24, 2016
TATA HARPER TINTS FOR THAT LIT FROM WITHIN GLOW

TATA HARPER TINTS FOR THAT LIT FROM WITHIN GLOW

In terms of makeup, that natural glowy look is what it's all about currently. There's a time and place for heavier makeup, but on a daily basis I like to apply my makeup and then not have to really think about it after. I know, ironic coming from someone who writes about the stuff every day, right? Well, in my daily life, I like the products I reach for to not be intimidating. Meaning...if I have to stare into a pot of eyeshadow and prepare myself mentally before applying, it's not going to be one I go for often. Yup, I've fallen victim to many a one-swipe-wonder product and that's exactly what these Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tints from Tata Harper do so well.

You know I am a fan of her skincare line, and I've tried the shade Very Charming before. It's gorgeous, and easily one of my favorite cream blushes to date. Well, I recently tested out the tint in Very Popular and the Highlighter and am absolutely in love. I love, and rely on a good dewy cheek product to breathe life back to my skin after applying a bit of a base. For me, there's no better way to make things look fresh and skin-like in an instant and these two products work together, or separate so beautifully. 

The Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Popular adds a pop of warm rose color and seems to glide beautifully over the skin, melting into the natural texture for an über realistic flush. To me, it looks as though skin was just out in the cold or flushed from a run outside. I love how it plumps my cheeks and how well the rose-hue compliments the olive undertones in my skin. 

The Highlighter is done in a universally flattering sheer pearlescent white. While it appears white in the pot, when it's dabbed onto cheekbones or otherwise, it just brightens and gives the skin a sheeny glow that's not at all glittery or obvious. This is one of those products perfect for lovers of no-makeup makeup and I'm telling  you, you'll want to slather this all over your face. It's amazing and unlike any other highlighter in my stash, in the best possible way.

Have you tried Tata Harper's tints before?

*pr samples included.
May 23, 2016
LA PRAIRIE CELLULAR SWISS ICE CRYSTAL TRANSFORMING CREAM

LA PRAIRIE CELLULAR SWISS ICE CRYSTAL TRANSFORMING CREAM

It's not often that I get this excited over a tinted sunscreen, but the new La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream is so much more than just that. I've been testing it out over the past few weeks and can say that it's quickly become a staple base product that I know will take me through summer with fresh, protected skin. 

First off, it's an oil-free complexion perfecting moisturizer and sun protection in one. It is more than just a dual purpose product - I actually use this for three different reasons. It can be used as a lightweight oil-free moisturizer, as it pumps skin with the benefits of La Prairie's cult-classic skincare line. It really does transform the skin's texture and seems to glide over fine lines, pores, and imperfections instead of drawing attention to them like some tinted cream bases tend to. I also love how it can be used in place of a sunscreen, because it really is nice to eliminate some of the added layers sometimes and simplify things, and because it doesn't irritate my skin or feel greasy like a lot of them can. I was also pleasantly surprised at how much I love this as an actual base. On the skin it feels so satiny, with no tackiness whatsoever in the dry-down, so it keeps skin feeling so fresh and just like...skin. Because it's oil-free it is the perfect light to medium coverage base for the warmer months and works well layered with any other products in your routine as well. I recommend dabbing the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush on the high points of the cheeks for a bit of color and glow. This won't be leaving my makeup bag this summer, that's for sure.

*pr samples included.

May 20, 2016
TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID & NIGHTBLOOM POWDER SNEAK PEEK

TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID & NIGHTBLOOM POWDER SNEAK PEEK

I type this with hurried fingers as this is such an exciting new release from Tom Ford. Of course, if you're a regular around here you'll know that Tom Ford makes both some of my favorite scents and most worn makeup products. The brand is celebrating their iconic scent, Black Orchid, and in doing so have released a new product to further celebrate the Tom Ford woman. As Mr. Ford himself describes her..."My customer is not a wildflower. She's an urban flower, she's a hothouse flower, she is an orchid." What better way to celebrate an urban flower and standout woman than with a beautiful new...highlighting powder.

So...this is one worth marking your calendars for: July 16th, FYI. The packaging of the Nightbloom powder is nothing short of divine, as it replicates the black beveled packaging on the fragrance itself. But, in actuality, it's what's inside that really does it for me. This is a finely milled glistening golden highlighting powder with a warm undertone that is unlike any other I've tried. It has incredible staying powder and adds a touch of soft-focus light anywhere it's applied. I love the shade and how the silky powder melts right into the skin. It's the perfect compliment to the Black Orchid fragrance in it's ability to amplify the beauty of such woman Tom Ford describes.

Black Orchid is truly a classic fragrance, and one I've always worn and loved. It's a powerful scent that commands attention and I always receive so many complements when wearing it. The fragrance is centered on the exclusively grown Black Orchid and also contains notes of Black Truffle, Patchouli, Plum and Noir Gourmand Accord. It's a scent whose sensual and timeless notes last all day and amplifies the natural perfume of the skin while doing so. It's addictive, sweet (but not too much so), timeless, sexy, and definitely luxurious which is made even more clear by it's art-deco inspired bottle.

Have you tried Tom Ford Black Orchid yet? Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Nightbloom powder release as well...

*pr samples included.

GRWM: SPRING SHIMMER LOOK

GRWM: SPRING SHIMMER LOOK



Hey guys! Today I'm sharing how I create a subtly shimmery and bronzed makeup look perfect for both spring and summer. Hope you guys enjoy the video and please show your support and subscribe. I also have linked all the products below so that you can shop my favorites yourself and recreate the look. 
May 19, 2016
THE PERFECT PALETTE FOR A SUMMER GLOW

THE PERFECT PALETTE FOR A SUMMER GLOW

It's been quite some time since I've raved about a palette in the face category. Eyeshadow palettes are all fun and good, and to be honest...they're easy because they curate colors for you (usually). I love a good variety when it comes to shadow shades and I'm not bummed when there's a shade or two that doesn't float my boat. However, when it comes to face products (i.e. blushes, bronzers, highlighters, powders) I am a bit more hesitant to say the least. It takes two hands for me to count how many such palettes I own and in which my brush never graces more than one shade. Now, something about the design of this By Terry palette (and 5 star ratings) caught my eye, and now here I am with own glowing review. Pun intended...

The By Terry Sun Designer Palette (I have the shade 2 - Light & Tan Vibes) includes everything you could need in a palette to achieve a dreamy summer glow. I was a bit hesitant when it came time to purchase this because of the size and shape of each pan - I was worried that no brush could finagle its' way through the zig-zag pans of powder without messing with their neighbor. To my surprise and delight, I was wrong. A tapered powder brush navigates its' way perfectly through the maze without tainting the other shades, and the colors work so beautifully together it wouldn't matter if they did mix. But the real reason I love this palette is because the quality of the powders themselves is beyond anything I've every experienced before. 

The texture is as finely milled as silk and each feels almost airy to the touch. I love that in this palette the texture is consistent with each shade, no matter if it has shimmer or a satiny finish in appearance. There isn't a shade in this palette that I don't love. I have fair, but slightly olive-toned skin that I don't allow to tan due to SPF and these powders give me the exact type of subtle warmth and glow I want this time of the year. It includes 6 shades in total: a warm nude highlight, a rose-hued blush with subtle golden shimmer, a champagne highlight, a satin nude powder, a satin mauve powder, and a tan bronzer with flecks of golden shimmer. 

I've been wearing these shades alone and mixed for a beautiful, healthy, lit-from-within sunkissed glow. It's a great palette for travel because of the many options and versatility, and I will definitely be packing this for my upcoming trip to the Mediterranean. It's a definite investment, but there is a hefty amount of product in the palette and it includes everything you need for a beautiful summer look.

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Are you intrigued by the By Terry Sun Designer Palette too?

May 17, 2016
THE KIEHL'S PRODUCTS EVERYONE NEEDS

THE KIEHL'S PRODUCTS EVERYONE NEEDS

If I were giving product recommendations and advice to someone trying to develop a proper skincare routine for the first time, I don't think I'd make it through the first sentence without uttering the word "Kiehl's." The brand was actually my first true introduction into the world of skincare and it's what got me hooked. I picked up a few of their cult classic products and almost instantly saw a difference in the overall health of my skin. Of course, my skin has matured a bit since then but I still do love the brand and their products are failsafes, in my opinion. Today, Kiehl's deserves a moment in the spotlight here and I'm raving about a newly launched face mist and an old favorite eye cream that I don't think I'll ever be without. 

Kiehl's Cactus Flower & "Tibetan Ginseng" Hydrating Mist - You know I have a major obsession with face mists. Well, this addition from Kiehl's is the one I've been most excited about since hearing about it a few weeks back. Upon first spritz it's a fine cooling mist that soothes dry skin immediately, also reviving makeup in it's path. I love the relaxing spa-like scent and that it can be used almost any way you prefer it; as a toner, before or after makeup, and as a refresher throughout the day. The spray contains moisture boosting Cactus Flower, skin refreshing Tibetan Ginseng, and a mixture of essential oils that leave skin feeling smoother, awakened, and of course plumped. The larger size is perfect for your bathroom shelves, and the 2.5 oz. bottle makes for a perfect (TSA approved, yesss) travel companion/skin-revving purse addition.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado - If you're unsure of what eye cream to purchase, or never found one you loved, you're in for a treat here. The Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is rich, soothing, moisturizing and perfect for prepping for makeup because it sinks in almost immediately. I love how it's so gentle, and thanks to the inclusion of avocado oil, gives a really deep moisture feeling without any tackiness. It's seriously addictive, I use it almost daily to prep for under eye concealer, as demonstrated here. It's the one eye cream that I come back to time and time again. 

*pr samples included.
May 16, 2016
URBAN DECAY VICE LIPSTICK

URBAN DECAY VICE LIPSTICK

The new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are one of the most anticipated lip launches of the year. The brand has created an extensive lipstick wardrobe; offering 6 finishes (Cream, Comfort Matte, Sheer, Mega Matte, Metallized, and Sheer Shimmer), a whopping 100 shades, and newly coordinated 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils. Basically, no matter the color family, texture, and finish you prefer you are bound to find something in the collection that you'll love. True to Urban Decay style, there are of course some wildly unique shades included in this collection, but also some really beautiful nudes that aren't repeats of others in my collection. Here are my thoughts and favorites so far (FYI - I tried 10 lipsticks and 9 liners)...

My Favorite Bolds - In the top photo, I'm wearing my favorite bold shade out of the ten lipsticks I tried. It's called Menace and the finish is Comfort Matte. I love the rich, moisturizing feel of the lipstick and how the blue undertones in this magenta hue brighten up my skin tone. The other shade I love is 714 with a Mega Matte finish, making it perfect for evening wear. It's a true red with a seriously long lasting finish and it's one I believe will be a favorite (bold) among the collection for those who love a classic red. I wore this one out one night and was amazed at how little touching up I needed...even through my fair share of vodka sodas. 

My Favorite Textures - Without a doubt my favorite textures are the Cream finish and the Comfort Matte Finish. I am always a fan of a creamy lipstick that hugs the lips in all the right places, as they tend to be a bit more forgiving than their super drying counterparts. That being said, when I go bold, I do prefer that the texture be more on the matte side. In my opinion, this is the way that the color looks chicest and most flattering, but it can be hard to find a matte finish that doesn't dry out the lips and make them look smaller or imperfect. The Comfort Matte finish in this line is the perfect in-between as it's slightly more forgiving and moisturizing without making the lips feel tight or dry. I'm a huge fan already and can tell that the Vice lipsticks will become a new go-to for trying bold shades.

My Favorite Nude - Naked, a Cream Finish (wearing it the middle photos) has quickly become one of my most used lipsticks for daytime wear. It's a creamy nude that's the perfect balance between matte and shiny (I like it best once it's patted onto the lips) and it perks things up complexion wise with just the right amount of pink. The finish is enhancing and I get a good 3 hours of wear time before it starts fading - which to me, is great for a lipstick that also hydrates. 

Liner Talk - Right away I had a feeling that I was going to fall for these liners. I have an oddly shaped Cupid's bow that requires me to sketch out the shape prior to applying a bold color and the array of shades on offer make it so easy to find one that corresponds nicely. I also liken the texture to that of the eye liners - they glide so smoothly and offer a budge-proof finish once set, but aren't at all drying and don't settle into lines or bleed. If I had to compare them to any of the finishes of the Vice Lipsticks I would say that they fall close to that of the Comfort Mattes. 

I have a really good feeling these will be a big-time crowd pleaser. The huge shade selection, the beautiful array of finishes, the liners...oh, and the reasonable price tag ($17 for .11 oz) will have lipstick hoarders wanting to collect them all. Having seen the massive swatch post on Temptalia, I feel like this will become my new go-to range when I'm looking for a particular shade of lipstick. I'm already addicted to Naked,  Backtalk, Firebird, and 714. What shades do you have your eye on?

Shop Urban Decay here. Vice Lipsticks available in June - have your wallets ready...

*pr samples included.
May 13, 2016
TOP 5 NATURAL LOOKING MAKEUP HACKS

TOP 5 NATURAL LOOKING MAKEUP HACKS



Today I'm sharing my top 5 tips to achieving natural looking makeup. Think glowy, natural, dewy, luminous - all of our collective favorite makeup related words. I'd love for you to watch and subscribe to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)! 
JO MALONE NASHI BLOSSOM COLOGNE

JO MALONE NASHI BLOSSOM COLOGNE

Jo Malone recently released a new limited edition scent in time for springs blooms. Nashi Blossom is a beautiful floral bursting with a bright citrus note and anchored by delicate, skin-like white musk. It's feminine, playful, and bright with just the right amount of tang, softness and sweetness, to make this white floral unique. 

Jo Malone describes the scent as, "Petal pop. Spring bursts into pristine white blossoms. Soon to become succulent nashi fruit. The sweetness of pear with a crisp bite of apple. Bright with mouth watering lemon. Vivid juices streaming over nashi blossom, voluptuous rose and softest white must. In a unique bottle inspired by the nashi flower. Playful, radiant, efflorescent."

Top Note: Lemon
Heart Note: Nashi Blossom, White Peony, Jasmine Petals
Base Note: White Musk

To me this scent stays true to Jo Malone's roots, but with a unique spin. It's fresh, soft, clean, floral, sweet, and fruity all at the same time - yet, I can't quite compare it to another scent I've smelled before. It's like fresh laundry, zesty and sweet fruits, white blossoms, and soft skin bottled. It's one of those that draws people in and has them asking what you're wearing, yet remains subtle. The beautiful bottle makes it perfect for displaying on your vanity, adding just the right amount of color and pop of modern art. This is a beautiful floral that I will definitely be wearing throughout spring.

*pr samples included.
May 12, 2016
A STANDOUT HAND CREAM

A STANDOUT HAND CREAM

Believe it or not, there is one product that I'm consistently forgetting to squeezing into my beauty routine. Hint: it's hand cream. Up until now I thought it was almost somewhat pointless, but that's mainly because I had yet to find one that I enjoyed using. Leave it to Tatcha - makers of the radiance-inducing skincare line - to change my mind completely. With the Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream, I actually *want* to moisturize my hands...and more than once a day. 

This blue-hued cream feels like silk (as the name would suggest) as you smooth it over dry, cracked skin and is instantly absorbed. The precise tip allows you to apply as much, or as little as you want, but ensures none goes to waste. It contains a blend of indigo, squalane, and silk - all of which help nourish, repair, and soothe - but none of which sit atop the skin. 

Trust me, I am extremely particular about having hand cream residue left over after it's applied, but with this you're left with nothing but softer, healthier skin. I love the light unobtrusive scent and how comforting it is on my skin. I think I'm going to need a backup tube because I know I'm not going to want to be without this once I use the last dose. It's love.

*pr samples included.

May 11, 2016
A SPRING/SUMMER HAIR PRODUCT UPDATE

A SPRING/SUMMER HAIR PRODUCT UPDATE

If you've been around for awhile now you'll no doubt know that I've been trying my best to coax some volume out of my very weighty hair while growing it out. My heavy, silky straight hair is the bane of my existence...I want nothing more than cool-girl beachy waves. In an effort to eventually achieve this I'm staying away from the hairdresser until I actually manage to gain some substantial length back. While I'm patiently awaiting long locks, I'm trying to keep things manageable, so any health inducing, volume boosting, and generally texturizing products are welcome here. I've been testing out a number of new (to me) products hoping to achieve my best summer hair - here are the standouts...

Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner - I'm not too loyal when it comes to shampoo and conditioner, but I do look for a pair that creates some volume and doesn't weigh things down. I was pleasantly surprised by how light, swishy, and clean this all natural (even vegan) duo left my hair feeling. I've been using it for about two weeks now and even through numerous heat styling episodes, my hair has managed to feel strong and healthy and I have no noticeable split ends. The scent is perfectly invigorating for slow mornings and I love how the conditioner seems to absorb into my hair when applied - not sit on top. No exaggerations here - styling seems to become easier, and my hair feels nourished and bouncy...not flat and heavy.

R & Co Rockaway Salt Spray - You know I love a good salt spray, so when my go-to Sachajuan Ocean Mist was on it's last leg I picked this adorable bottle up in SpaceNK on recommendation and decided to give it a spin. It smells dreamy (like fig and amber - not salt) and I love the packaging, but it's what's inside that counts. This volume-inducing mist cuts out the dreaded "I cant run my fingers through my hair" feel we all get when using certain salt sprays. I'm used to sacrificing textural appearance for a slightly ratty feel but with this one I don't have to. It adds a hint of bend I didn't know my hair had and gives a tousled, volumized look while still maintaining a soft, swishy hair feel. Win.

Christophe Robin  Cleansing Mask with Lemon - While it's nice to use said texturizing products to style your hair, buildup can often be a problem. That's where this deep cleansing mask comes in to play. It smells like lemon, is safe for all chemically treated hair, and will give your hair a volume boost after it wipes out all the product buildup at your roots. The application is also truly unique and a dream to use. Just apply it to the hair and leave it on for anywhere from 5-20 minutes (depending on how deep of a clean you need). When it comes time to rinse, you slowly add water and work it into a foamy lather while scrubbing away before doing so. Once your hair dries, you'll be left with shiny, bouncy hair and a clean fresh start for styling.

Christophe Moisturizing Hair Cream - So many hair creams tend to feel sticky when applied - but don't write this one off for that same reason. Think of this as you do your favorite lightweight moisturizer - it sinks in on contact and leaves things feeling hydrated, soft...and you, with an overall better canvas. No matter what style I'm going with, I can run a bit of this through my mid-lengths and ends to add a bit of definition and tame frizz, while adding back moisture lost to heat styling. 

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender - Hair oil is something I've always relied on to tame flyaways and keep my ends healthy (applying it anywhere near my roots is a big no no), but it's not always so easy to find one that absorbs completely. This oil comes in a solid form (like coconut oil) and will turn into an oil when it's run under warm water. Just a few drops helps protect the hair during heat styling and adds a certain manageable slip to ends. I love how you can't feel any oil residue, so much so, that I can even use a small amount of this to add shine near my roots - which is nothing short of a hair miracle.

*pr samples included.

May 10, 2016
PRODUCTS I USED UP

PRODUCTS I USED UP


Today I'm chatting all about the products I've used up recently. This is my first ever "empties style video so let me know if this is something you'd like to see done more often in the future. I'd love for you to watch and subscribe to my channel - search Necessary Nothings or subscribe at youtube.com/NecessaryNothingss (2 S's)! 
May 09, 2016
GIORGIO ARMANI SEPIA COLLECTION

GIORGIO ARMANI SEPIA COLLECTION

Giorgio Armani's Sepia Collection couldn't have come at a better time. I'm going through a bit of a taupe and brown phase, but in a much more subtle way than is currently popular. I love a sheer lip color with a hint of brown, a dark nail color, and a bit of chiseled cheekbones and glow never hurt anyone either. Think, warm and earthy tones that appear as though there's not a complexion out there that they wouldn't flatter. That's exactly what the Sepia Collection brings (but in a streamlined way) and I couldn't be happier about it. Here's what's included in the collection:

Giorgio Armani Sepia Palette - This dreamy highlighter and contour palette effortlessly gives the face a naturally defined and lit-from-within glow without looking heavy or overdone. In fact, the blendability of the powder makes it one of those you'll be reaching for on a daily basis, and the highlight is everyday-friendly. I've been using this nonstop on my cheekbones to sculpt in the easiest possible way. The natural colors help perfect my skin tone and add just the right amount of sepia tint to help add shade to those areas you want to look more defined.

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Sheers - (203 Sepia, 204 Far Away, 604 Malbec) Armani does lipstick right. I love the sheer and comfortable texture of these lipsticks and am so pleased with the fact that they still pack a punch in the pigment department as well. Each of these shades has subtle bits of shimmer running through, but I love how it helps to create the illusion of fuller lips without being obvious. These are the perfect way to tap into the browny-nude lip trend that's so right now, without looking like you've overdone it. I've been wearing the shade Sepia (light tan nude) almost everyday since I've received it and am obsessed with it. I think these will be some of my most worn lipsticks this season.

Giorgio Armani Nail Lacquer - (200 Sepia, 201 New Mexico, 202 Terra Bruna) This is my first foray into Armani nail lacquers, and I'm wondering what took me so long. I love the creamy, densely pigmented shades and how the shape of the brush forms so perfectly to the shade of the nail. It makes it easy to get a precise manicure and in two coats you're left with perfectly even, smooth color.

*pr samples included.
May 07, 2016
THE TOTAL HOURGLASS BASE LINEUP

THE TOTAL HOURGLASS BASE LINEUP

You know I'm no stranger to a good Ambient Lighting Powder from Hourglass. I'd even go as far as saying it's my all time favorite setting powder...my "holy grail" if you will. Since falling hard for the brand's silky, radiance inducing powder formulas, I'm now heading into unknown territory (their bases) and wondering why I didn't do so sooner. I've reviewed all of their powder based products previously and they've never failed me to date. So, here's the total breakdown on Hourglass base products...oh, and grab a pen and paper too, because you'll be have quite the shopping list after reading this. You've been warned.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - I'll get this out of the way first, because of how much I've spoken about this in the past. You know by now that if you're looking for a powder that manages to leave you looking fresh and glowy (and like you have your own personal lighting assistant following you around) that this is the one for you. 

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation - Of the fuller coverage offerings here, I was most excited about trying this one out. It certainly hasn't let me down and has even exceeded my expectations. I love how fluid and silky the consistency of the foundation is; it would work wonders on an oily complexion as it settles down to a powdery matte finish but never looks dull. For me (and my normal/combination skin), it's a dream to apply and it glides over the skin for a natural, but flawless medium-coverage finish. It never needs retouching and has eliminated the need for over-powdering altogether.

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup - Think of this as Immaculate's creamier, anti-aging counterpart. The coverage is equally as flawless but it imparts a bit more of a dewy finish, making it perfect for those with drier skin. Better yet, it also acts as a skincare treatment - meaning you'll look great instantly and even better long-term.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - This is without a doubt my new favorite primer. The hype is real. Just a tiny bit of the silky primer eliminates pores and instantly minimizes imperfections while helping to mask redness like a dream. I love how it still allows my skin to breathe, and unlike many primers with similar claims, this one really leaves the skin perfectly prepped for makeup and keeps it looking fresher, longer.

Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum - This two-in-one primer serum nourishes and hydrates dry skin like a dream. The texture is more fluid than the Veil primer, and contains a blend of oils to help makeup glide overtop perfectly. If you're looking for a primer that adds glow without any shimmer in sight, this is the one for you.

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint - A creamy tinted moisturizer that adds a good dose of coverage that looks like your skin, but better. I love how it plumps things up upon application and makes you look like you've actually drank your recommended dose of water for the day. 

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer - This lightweight primer adds a barely there filter to the skin prior to foundation application. I have the shade Dim Light and love how it gives a bit of warmth to the skin while imparting a natural looking glow. It works so well under makeup and set with a bit of the corresponding powder. If you're one of those blessed with near perfect skin, try that combination on it's own for a bit of a pick-me-up.

What are your favorite base products from Hourglass?

*pr samples included.