Valentine’s Giveaway!

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (the perfect time for some extra pampering) I thought I’d do a fun little giveaway of some of my favorite hair and skincare products! One lucky follower will win all the samples shown above. The contest runs through midnight on February 9. Head on over to my instagram account for official rules on how to enter. More details on the products below. Good luck!! 🙂

Avène Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum – highly concentrated serum providing 24 hour hydration. Perfect for winter months and those with dry to very dry skin

R+CO Cactus Texturizing Shampoo – texture-building particles brings out hair’s natural wave for that perfect undone chic girl style

Moroccan Oil Fleur de Rose shampoo & conditioner – An everyday shampoo & conditioner that gently cleanses as it hydrates. Antioxidant-rich argan oil and replenishing vitamins help provide immediate hydration and shine, while coconut oil helps lock in moisture to leave hair feeling sleek and nourished. Delicately fragranced with a luxurious rose scent. Safe for color treated hair.

Beautyblender Liquid Blendercleanser – Who among us doesn’t own a beautyblender (or similar product) at this point? Gotta keep that holy grail makeup tool bacteria free! Easy to use and gets the job done.

Moroccan Oil Original Treatment – The product that started it all. The best seller. Good for smoothing and strengthening hair as well as controlling frizz. A win win. Be careful not to use too much or it may weigh your hair down.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy – I love all things Fresh and this is no exception. Good for dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Smooth on morning and night.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask – This is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. Their products and prices are on point. I love this mask! Intensive moisture mask designed to revitalize dull, dry or mature skin with naturally exfoliating papaya extract and antioxidant oils of vitamins A and E. Skin is left refreshed, smooth and glowing.

Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 – Smooth away fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin and to prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones combine with Soy Protein to even out skin texture, as natural minerals provide a neutral tint to balance skin tone and enhance luminosity and radiance. Plus SPF! Need I say more 🙂

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – A lightweight priming cream that extends the life of hairstyle up to 2 times longer. Can be worn under other products or all by itself.

Bliss Multi-Face-eted all-in-one anti-aging clay mask – A nice charcoal mask to nourish skin, unclog pores, and reduce fine lines while brightening and evening out your skin tone.

Phyto 7 Leave In Day Cream – A weightless leave-in conditioner that instantly hydrates, smoothes and protects fine to medium textured tresses while preventing frizz and split ends.

Summer Skin Savers

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My go-to summer skincare products to help keep my skin exfoliated, hydrated, and glowing without stipping essential oils or weighing it down with heavy creams.

Avene Micellar Lotion

I recently started using this and I love it so far! A ‘3-in-1 cleanser, toner and make-up remover that softens the skin’ this has been a nice alternative to my nightly face wash. I use two cotton pads worth of product to fully eliminate all of my makeup and I have to say, it does a great job and my skin feels hydrated and soft afterwards!

M-61 Hydraboost Serum 

I use this in the AM often without a moisturizer – it’s hydrating enough that in the summer months you don’t need one! Added bonus: it’s packed full of peptides to firm and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Extremely gentle on the skin, smells amazing, and can be rubbed over the eyelids while washing to remove eye makeup. Love love love this stuff.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish

I keep this in the shower and use 2-3 times/week after cleansing to exfoliate my skin. It’s not as harsh as other exfoliators can tend to be so my skin still feels soft and hydrated when I’m through.

REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

“A transforming overnight treatment with glycolic and lactic acids to soften fine lines, hydrate, and refine skin to reveal a glowing, renewed complexion by morning”. I apply this a couple of times/week at night after my serum and wake up with brighter, smoother skin!

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Moisturizing Super Cream

I got a sample of this from Sephora to try and have been loving it! In the summer I would only use this at night but would definitely use this has a day cream during fall/winter! It’s very hydrating, goes on smoothly and absorbs easily.

Bluemercury Haul: Summer Shopping Party

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Ok, I admit it – I am slightly obsessed with bluemercury. Mainly because they give THE BEST samples/gift with purchases that I have yet to find at any other beauty store (sorry, Sephora – I still love you!) and I never feel as overwhelmed as I do at Ulta/Sephora, mainly because their stores are much smaller. I will say their only downfall is the sales associates/beauty gurus. They’re either a wonderfully helpful or super standoffish/don’t know what they’re doing. My first few experiences at bluemercury I had the sweetest ladies help me and they did a great job in product selection. Recently though, I have steered away from going into the stores due to poor customer service and opt to shop online (free 2 day shipping – heyyyy)

What bluemercury does best is their shopping parties. They do these quite frequently with amazing gift with purchase bags and a couple times a year (Christmas + 1 or 2 other times) they give up to 20% off your entire purchase! Unreal. The gift with purchases are phenomenal and is how I’m able to try such a variety of high end skin care products I would normally never buy.

I attended their summer break shopping party last week and it didn’t disappoint. I had tried some of the samples in the gift bag previously, but luckily they were some of my faves – Oribe dry texturizing spray! and I am super excited for a few of the ones I have yet to try – bumble & bumble all-style blow dry  and Supergoop! defense refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50

At the shopping party I grabbed some tried and true favorites:

And decided to try some new products as well:

  • M-61 PowerGlow Body Butter  – I love the original hydraboost body butter so am excited to try this version which will hopefully give some of the same effect as the PowerGlow peel to the rest of my body!
  • Laura Mercier candleglow sheer perfecting powder in shade 2. I will admit I was skeptical about this as I never use powder and find it to look too cakey on my face but decided to give it a try after chatting with the sales rep and trying it on. So far I am loving it! Gives a nice luminous finish to my skin and is not drying at all.
  • Trish McEvoy fan brush #62 – this brush is just so so in my opinion. Or maybe I just don’t know how to use it properly? Oh well. I really just wanted to try a fan brush so I could get my highlight on like the rest of ya’ll.
  • Lune+Aster eyelid primer – have yet to try this but it has some great reviews so we’ll see!

Thoughts on some of these products/can someone please explain to me how to use a fan brush?? 🙂

 

Product Review: Revive Purifying Clay Mask

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I’ve had a couple of samples of this mask sitting in my makeup bag for ages now and hadn’t had much enthusiasm to try it given my love/hate relationship with clay masks. That is, until tonight when I was rifling through my stash trying to decide which mask to use and came across this ReVive Masque de Glaise. Per usual, before sampling a new product I google the crap out of it and read reviews to see what people think of the product before I decide if it’s worth trying.

The mask claims to be a deep cleansing facial mask that firms, hydrates and rejuvenates lifeless skin by lifting off impurities. I’m not usually a fan of clay masks just given the application process, which can be uncomfortable as they dry and messy to wash off. The reviews for this product were pretty great: easy to apply, great results, etc. so I gave it a try.

It didn’t go on QUITE as smoothly as I had hoped. Some reviewers claimed you didn’t need a lot of product because it spread so easily but I found the opposite to be true: that I needed more product than I imagined in order to thoroughly cover my face. The drying process wasn’t as uncomfortable as usual (read: my face didn’t feel completely buried under dry cement) and it was relatively easy to wash off! Compared to the bliss multi-‘face’-eted clay masks that I’ve been using most recently, I found this one to be a breeze!

After removing the mask, my skin definitely feels smoother and more hydrated though still quite a lot of redness which I was hoping to reduce. All in all though, I like this product. Am curious to see how my skin reacts after a few weekly treatments of it… Given the hefty price tage ($125 per 2.5oz) though I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this anytime soon, but I was definitely glad to be able to sample it 🙂

Effortless Spring Makeup

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I am all about easy, breezy, out the door makeup once it warms up and my skin has a little color to it! These are my current favorite go-tos for effortless spring makeup.

Unless you have skin concerns that you really want to cover up, you don’t need much more than a tinted moisturizer, a little concealer and some bronzer. I prime with this Lune+Aster Real Glow Primer which looks great under the tinted moisturizer for an added glow. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer has been a staple of mine for years (and it’s SPF 20!). Light coverage but just enough to make your skin look even and polished. My favorite bronzer has been Nars Laguna Bronzer Powder but I dropped it recently and it crumbled to pieces so I need a new one! Any suggestions?? I have a sample of Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer, which I’ve heard is quite good so I’m going to give that a try.

For the eyes, it’s nice to keep it simple and just sweep a cream shadow stick over the lids. A favorite has been Trish McEvoy’s 24 hour shadow and liner. The coverage is great and it’s really easy to blend out with your finger. I love the rose quartz color and think it looks great on all skin tones. Swipe some mascara and that’s it! I just tried this Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara  and I have to say it’s pretty nice! Definitely more on the natural side, but great for daytime wear. And it doesn’t clump, which is a pet peeve of mine 🙂

Add a pop of coral to the lips and cheeks and you’re good to go! Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Coral Reef and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick  in Venezia are two amazing colors, easy to apply, and they really do stay in place for hours. Nars Blush in Orgasm is a cult favorite for a reason. It looks great on everyone!

Beauty lovers, have you tried these products? Any other favorites I am missing?

xx