November 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty

It's almost December, and you know what that means! It's time for a roundup of my favorite holiday gift sets for all the beauty addicts - and women who would appreciate some pampering - in your life. Keep scrolling...there's truly something here for everyone, and it's all separated out by category!

Overose Paris Shahaman: I absolutely love everything about these candles; from their hefty pink packaging to their scents and minimalistic labels! I'm not sure I know anyone who wouldn't appreciate the glow of one of these during the holidays.
Elemis Joyful Glow: Talk about a holiday classic! This scent showcases vanilla, orange and cinnamon for the perfect Christmas fragrance. I love the shimmering silver glass holder as well - it can be repurposed after use!

Bath & Body
Jo Malone Body Crème Collection: Jo Malone is always a luxurious treat. I love their fragrances, and their body cremes are no exceptions! Not only do they layer well with the fragrances, but they smell beautiful on their own as well. These are perfect for travel, and are sure to help the receiver find a new favorite.
Diptyque Figuier Room Spray: Another standby favorite; Diptyque's Room Sprays offer a reprieve from the usual candle for home scents. I love the fresh, milky fig fragrance of Figuier.
Tom Ford Boys & Girls: Beautifully giftable versions of Tom Ford's cult classic lipsticks. With so many shades to choose from, you'll find something for everyone on your list. My favorites are Nico, Ryan and Evan.
Sara Happ Perfect Pout in a Box: All of the (über luxurious) products you need to exfoliate, hydrate, and restore the condition of your lips. This kit is absolutely perfect for the winter; I don't know anyone who wouldn't find this kit useful.
Buxom Customizable Palette: The perfect gift for the discerning beauty lover. I love that you can customize this completely, and that there are so many stunning eyeshadow shades to choose from. What I like most about this is the beautiful, buttery texture of the shadows themselves. Fill 'em up!

Studio Arhoj Chug Mugs: This seems like an odd choice, however, I swear these mugs are going to get heart-eyed reactions from everyone. I love that each is handmade and unique in a bright array of shades (I like the pastel), and they double as incredible vanity-top beauty storage!

Kate Somerville All Glow, No Glitter Set: The perfect kit to give friends and family who love pampering their skin! Kate's classic Exfolikate line is a surefire choice for creating smooth, radiant skin during the winter, and I love how there are two full sizes and one travel included in this set.
What's on your holiday gift list this year?
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November 20, 2017

Space NK Holiday Heroes Silver Edition Collection

If you've been reading this blog for awhile now, you'd no doubt know that Space NK. is one of my favorite places to shop for niche beauty products. In fact, it's the place where I've discovered many products that turned out to be some of my all time favorites - it's truly any beauty lover's dream.

This holiday season, Space NK has teamed up with Nordstrom to offer a limited edition beauty bag packed with a roundup of their cult classic products. The Space NK Holiday Heroes Silver Edition Collection contains exclusive, curated products that are hits with all who try them. The contents of the bag include: 

- By Terry Baume de Rose Crystalline Mini: The perfect way to carry By Terry's incredible rose lip balm on the go!
- Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Volume Mascara: I love this mascara for it's formula and tiny brush. The formula does not smudge, cake, or crumble, and washes off easily. The brush is super narrow and allows for precision.
- EVE LOM Cleanser: Talk about a cult classic; this is the original balm cleanser. It feels like such a treat to use, and is almost like a mini facial every time you cleanse your face.
- Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment: This lactic acid serum is both exfoliating and hydrating at the same time. It's one of the only serums I continually repurchase and know will get my skin into shape when it needs help most. This half ounce bottle is ideal for travel.
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: A travel size of my all time favorite spray-on hair product. It volumizes, texturizes, adds hold and even absorbs excess oil. Oh, and it smells incredible.
- Smith & Cult Glass Souls Nail Lacquer: Smith & Cult make the most long lasting, high-shine nail polishes around. I can't wait to wear this silver glitter edition over top my nail color during the holiday season!
- Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick: A moisturizing lip color that has a natural looking red tint - it was inspired by the way women wore their lip color in Medieval times.
- Silver Cosmetics Bag: An adorable, Space NK branded silver bag perfect for packing all the essentials.
This gift is an ideal choice for any beauty lover (or yourself), as it holds the perfectly curated edit of bestselling beauty products. I also love that it contains all the essentials necessary for a weekend away, as well as some party-season favorites. So, whether you're like me and already love the products that it contains, or you want to give someone an opportunity to try out something new, you can't go wrong

The bag retails for $99, but is valued at $225, so it's a great value as well. I am so excited to stock up on these sets and give them to some friends for the holidays!

*created in collaboration with Space NK.

November 12, 2017

Worth The Investment: La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation

When it comes to spending money on beauty products, it often seems as though cosmetic formulas are put on the back burner, behind skincare. I often come across articles discussing why it's important (if your budget is restricted) to "save money on makeup" and reserve the big bucks on quality skincare formulas. While I do agree that beauty starts with healthy skin - which stems from a healthy diet, hormones, genetics, and of course a proper skincare routine - what about the other products that are sitting on our skin all day? 

While I'm also guilty of not always putting ingredients first (we can't be blamed for good marketing) when it comes to foundations and concealers, I have also suffered the consequences of using makeup products that don't do the skin any good. Constantly testing new products does give you insight into a few things, and one of those is that a base formulated in the same way as skincare the does skin wonders.
After having a bit of skin trouble as a result of testing a disagreeable foundation, I went back to using a tried-and-true luxury favorite: the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation. I've spoken about it before here, but this isn't your average foundation and concealer combination product. In fact, La Prairie's formula includes luxurious caviar extracts (the same that are included in their famous Skin Caviar Creams and Serums) that help to firm and lift the skin while providing complete coverage and a skin-like, dewy finish. 

In my experience, in just over two weeks of use, I can already see a big difference in the health of my skin. I typically apply the foundation just after I've let my morning moisturizer sink in, and right from the start it feels different than any other foundations. My skin feels as though it's perfectly balanced, smoother, and hydrated without feeling oily or looking obviously "made up." I also love that the concealer shade is slightly lighter in tone than the foundation for a brightening effect, and the texture is creamy, yet soft and matte, so it blends perfectly but really lasts. The combination of the two products wears beautifully throughout the day; not only does product remain on my skin for the entirety of the work day, but it meshes well with my natural skin.

 While the foundation is beautiful to wear, it is the skincare benefits that has this formula standing on top of my makeup stash. At the end of the day when I remove the product, my skin feels nourished and healthy, versus tired and dull like it often can with other foundations. I'm more than two weeks into using this foundation and I see just why this formula is worth the investment. 
Have you tried the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation before? If so, what are your thoughts?

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