With Autumn, comes maroon, deep purples, forest greens, mustard yellows and so many more warm colors. I went through my lip collection to pick my favorite shades for Autumn and Fall and although I do not have a forest green shade to show you, I hope my color choices inspire you to pick up a new color to try this season! Each photo contains a link to the site.
As the BareMinerals lipstick's name, be bold this season and choose something that is out of your comfort zone! What is your favorite fall/winter lip product? Happy Sunday xoxo
Bonjour! Today's post is dedicated to a love of mine, which "begins with the plant and ends with the product, and with beauty". Clarins holds a special place in my heart because of its dedication to using nature as its source. I feel good about using products that are eco-friendly because you only get one face (unless you pay for a new one) and I want to treat it as well as I treat my body. Below are five reasons why Clarins has changed my life.
Clarins Products I own:
The one-step gentle exfoliating Cleanser with orange extract is a beautiful scrub. I use it once a week and it is so gentle and can be used for all skin types. The citrus smell wakes me up in the morning!
These are two Clarins face masks that I own. The one standing up is a Pure and Radiant mask with pink clay. The directions say to rinse off with cold water and to leave on for 5-10 minuets. It is very soft and gentle. The bottom mask is a HydraQuench cream mask for dehydrated skin. This mask needs to be removed with toning water after 5-10 minuets of application. This mask is more lotioney and creamier.
These two items have been and will be repurchased time and again. The product on the left is a one step water-comfort cleanser. It is a toner and cleanser in one. Smells like peach, and very refreshing. I apply this with cotton rounds and there is no need to rinse off! The product on the right is up there in the makeup remover godliness. It can remove water proof mascara and any glittery eye-shadow. Very gentle and does not leave an oily residue.
This is a sample size that I got as a gift with purchase (which is very common with Clarins :) ). It is called a Cleansing Milk and it has alpine herbs. It is for normal to dry skin. I use this at night to remove my makeup and again it is very gentle like most Clarins products. It also smells fresh and starts as a cream and reduces to a gel like oil (once combined with water and rubbed in) that feels soothing to the skin.
Time for makeup! Pictured above is my primer and foundation by Clarins. The primer is a sample size (which was another gift with purchase) that is known as the Instant Smooth Perfecting touch. The formula is very smooth and soft and rubs right in. You use this to cover wrinkles, fine-lines and pores. I used the foundation in 109 Wheat and it is the Matte Skin Balancing foundation with SPF-15 and is oil free. This foundation gave a high coverage and was very light at the same time. It also smelled like kiwi!
This angel is also known as the BB Skin perfecting cream. It is a face sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 25 and it also revitalizes, protects and evens skin tone. It provides light to medium coverage and for me, it replaces my foundation. Smells like fruit and I apply it with a flat foundation brush. I have the shade 02 medium.
Working from left to right, we first have the Bronzing Duo in 01 Light. It is a mineral powder and provides a really nice warm sun kissed glow. I apply bronzer in a 3 shape starting from my temple to my jaw, and a touch on my nose and chin. The middle is my magical friend, or Clarins calls it Instant Concealer. I have the shade 02. This concealer is smoothing, long lasting and revives tired eyes. I use this every morning and after work if I am going out somewhere. It literally makes any darkness and fine lines disappear. Make this gal your friend! Finally, on the right is a new find for me. It is called an instant light brush on perfector. I have this in a shade 02 also. This baby is supposed to erase shadowing. So I use this around my nose, mouth and under my eyes and so far so good!
Above is an Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. I have the shade 06 Rosewood Shimmer. This tube claims to provide younger, fuller looking lips. I love the application and texture and it also comes in five other shades!
Perfect the beauty you have, choose Clarins. What Clarins product do you recommend? Happy Sunday! xoxox
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It's my party and I can.....get a facial if I want to! That's exactly what I did! My sister bought me a facial at the Body Restoration Spa _in Center City Philadelphia. From the moment I stepped into the receptionist wing, I felt calm and worry-free. The staff were really nice and there were plush couches where you wait for your treatment, in your robe and slippers. I enjoyed the selection of healthy treats, calming music, and flavored water as well.
The facial itself put me to sleep. I had a scrub, an oil, moisture treatment, a cleanse, and lots of warm cloths all over my face. Click the photo above t read more on The Body Restoration facial!
My day in Photos:
I ended my birthday facial with an amazing dinner at Audrey Claire _ which is pictured above and my favorite frozen yogurt place Yogorino (not pictured). If you have not gone yet, get yourself to Audrey Claire! They have amazing, fresh local food and I could never have enough! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Thursday to you! xoxox
We all have those moments when we have five minutes to get dressed, do our hair, and do our face. Well, it happened to me last night. At 10:00 pm, I found out that my friends were going to meet at a bar at 11:00 pm, at a bar that was about twenty minutes away. By the time I worked up enough energy to get ready, it was 11:00pm, so I slipped on a maxi skirt and a top and then looked in the mirror. Boy, did I need help! My hair was wavy (in a bad, slept on way) and my face was lacking life. So I thought about what makeup pieces are quick and essential for a fun night out. I already had on foundation from the day, so that was covered, but below is a list of makeup essentials that spruced up my face for a casual, hip evening with friends...
Body Shop Bronzer
NYX Butter Gloss
NYX HD Concealer
Miss Manga Mascara
Lancome Bronze eye shadow (not pictured)
Straightener (for my messy waves)
I felt golden, bright and alive again! What are your quick essential makeup must haves for an evening out?
Happy Sunday xoxox
To be honest, I am not that kind of gal to wear makeup to the beach, but last Sunday I wanted to try an experiment. I looked for my makeup that is long lasting, waterproof, and/or has SPF. All of these products, you can purchase at Ulta_, and drugstores like CVS and Wallgreens. Below is a picture of the makeup products I tested out for hot beachy weather.
I was fairly pleased! My face did not get burnt (I applied sunscreen, as well), and the mermaid turquoise eyeliner lasted till I washed it off at bedtime. Honestly, I think I may have used too much makeup. Next time, I will stick to the concealer, mascara, lips and eye-liner, especially if I plan to go swimming. The less the better, but if you do choose to wear something make sure to remember three things: Long lasting, Waterproof, and SPF! Now, the bathing suit, that's another story...
What are your thoughts on wearing makeup to the beach?
Happy Sunday! xoxox
I love to travel. Any chance to hop in a car, on a plane, a boat, a blimp, I am there! I also like to keep my skin clean and fresh wherever I go. I bring with me my skincare routine and makeup but a much more compact version.
Above: Cleansers, wipes and exfoliaters. These are perfect for morning and night but I only exfoliate once a week. I would only bring wipes and one cleanser with me on a trip. If it is a week or longer, I would also bring an exfoliater with me. The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is my current favorite (mini). You use it with a hot cloth or a hot muslin cloth and apply the cream on dry skin!
Above: Moisturizers, primer and concealer. I am soooo in love with the Body Shop's Shea Butter Body Butter and this little package is perfect and slim for any bag. The primer potion by Urban decay is awesome for keeping that beautiful eyeshadow on for the whole day. The concealer/brighter on the far right is from Clarins. I use the full size religiously and If i did not have the sample size I would bring the full size. I also will bring a night cream, like the Clarins Multi-Active Night and a day cream such as the Lait-Creme Concentre. I found these amazing Body Shop masks in these very slim packages so why not have a pamper night to double the fun of being away!
Above: Some mini makeup items. Here is an example of some mini makeup staples. I included (top left to bottom right) a Benefit highlighter, The Body Shop eyeshadow quad, Benefit They're Real mascara, Josie Maran hair oil, dry shampoo, deodorant, Anastasia brow powder, Clinique Blush and Clarins lip perfector. This is an example of some small/mini makeup items that I will bring or have used on trips. I also bring along my current foundation (Lancome) or a high-coverage BB cream such as the Pacifica one I am loving.
If you like to travel like myself, what are some essential minis you like to bring along? xoxox
A good foundation, mascara and lips make a face come alive and awake! This post is dedicated to my lips or what I put on them, I should say. From "designer" to drugstore I will tell you pros and cons of my lip collection. Also, make sure you take care of your lips. The skin on your lips is very sensitive and vulnerable. They need to be moisturized and protected from the sun. In the summer, I always put an SPF lip balm on my lips as my base, however the sun is out all year so be nice to your lips annually. A lot of lip products actually have some SPF in them which is a treat! Enjoy my collection and at the bottom, please ask any questions and give any suggestions regarding lip care and product! Toodaloo! xox
Pictured to the left is my collection of high-end lip products. Starting from the left is the Clarins Lip Plumper. It is a soft nude-brown lip gloss that is not sticky. It comes out nice and smooth and is perfect for a nude lip. Next is a coral-orangey pink Clinique lip stick that is shimmery. It glides on smooth and feels moisturizing. It is nice for spring and just adds that little touch of color to add softness to your face. Bobbi Brown comes next! This color is orange and it is my first highly pigmented orange lipstick I ever bought. This color has to be worn carefully. It is matte and long lasting and needs to be worn with a brown, nude or smoky eye, something neutral. It reminds me of the 60's and 70's! Next is one of my favorite pink lipsticks I own. It is by Lancome and it is extremely pigmented. Just one swipe for the swatch and the color is perfect. I love the poppy bright spring/summer color. It is eye-catching and happy! My last high-end product which was a free lipstick for Valentines Day is another Clinique lipstick. I am not a huge fan of the color but if I am need of a red color it will do. It has too much sheen for my liking but it has a lot of moisture.
These are my Baby Lips! I love these tinted lip balms. I highly recommend these for almost anyone. They are so moisturizing and smooth/soft. The middle pink one is extremely pigmented giving a soft baby pink look to the lips. The one on the right has a sheer orange tint and the one on the left has sheer dark red tint. I really enjoy the moisture and colors of these tinted lip balms.
Again, sadly all of my photos did not upload so I will finish this post when they do. Sorry for the inconvenience but I am glad I showed you an example of my high-end faves and my low end faves. What is your favorite lip product? Have a great night! xoxo
Today's Post is dedicated to, drum roll please.......EYE SHADOW PALETTES! Breath a sigh of relief folks, I got you covered for great quality pallets that are for most eye colors. Now, I have my eye on a few palettes but I am going to review what I DO have now. So sit back, relax and enjoy the blog! Note: All of these palettes besides one can be purchased at Ulta and Sephora.
This Urban Decay Palette was one of my first well-loved pallets! It includes 10 shiny colors that range from browns, pinks, and a bold blue and green. Urban Decay shadows are very pigmented and last for a long time on the eyes. I recommend using the Urban decay Primer Potion to place first on the lids! You can really have fun with the colors in this palette. I like using this for nights out.
This Too Faced (French and Fabulous) palette allowed me to feel bright and confident in my travels in Italy. I studied abroad in Rome, Italy a couple years ago for five months and before I left the country I bought this palette to bring with me. I love love LOOVEEEE the pink (mess in a dress) and the purple (poodle puff raisin). It looks so soft and youthful with my brown eyes. The two pans on the right were bronzers, which I obviously loved. The one on the upper right had pink, orange and brown tones,and the bottom right pan had a split pan, of half orangey brown and half brown. I recommend this palette to women and young teens who want to try a little color because you have your neutrals with a little shazam!
Ok. so I was pleasantly surprised when I found this palette in my local Ulta in Montgomeryville, PA. Anastasia is known for her eyebrows, she is the eyebrow Queen, in my opinion. For the first time, she is now moving on to eye shadows. This palette is called Anastasia Beverly Hills This was super affordable too! The colors are just as pigmented as Urban Decays'. It includes three matte shades (without shimmer/shine) and seven shimmer shades. I love the neural colors in this palette. You got your browns, purples, peaches and goldy-nudes. What's not to like?!
To the left is a palette by the Ulta brand. It is the Carnivale Collection . Ulta comes out with palettes and nail-polishes that correspond to Holidays and seasons. I happened to be shopping around the time of Mardi Gras last year and spotted the bold colors in here and just had to have it. This palette includes one pink lip color, one bronzer and nine eye shadow colors. They are creamy and fairly pigmented. I like the poppy yellow (honey bee) and the emerald green (green machine). But I can't lie, I love all of the bright shades and the warm browns. This palette also includes two eye shadow tutorials for a festive night out on the town!
Stila: In the Garden is a palette of ten shades that are beautiful spring colors. I don't love the light green shades because they do not enhance my brown eyes (the light green shades are better for hazel and blue eyes). Other than the three light green shades, I enjoy the highly pigmented warm colors. I like to use the creamy white shade for my tear duct areas (chinois). I am excited to explore other Stila palettes very soon!
Dun da da daaaaa...here is the highly popular Naked, Urban Decay Palette. With ten neutral shades (two are matte), there are endless looks one can create from this palette. The packaging comes with a nice wide mirror and can open and close with a hidden magnet. This is always my go-to palette when I do not want to fuss and figure out what to put on my eyes. With mainly brown and gold tones, there is also a few mauve and purple colors that really play nicely with brown eyes. This palette works well wih all eye colors, because of the neutrality of it. If you are deciding on an eye shadow palette, I recommend buying this one (especially as a first palette). Start slow with the neutrals and then branch off into the palettes above which bring more colors and vivacity. What are your favorite palettes? Please Comment below on palette recommendations and any questions you have about my collection. Thanks for reading :) xoxox
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See what there is at Sephora_
Visage (Face) Based on Combination Skin
“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones”
― Helena Rubinstein
Helena Ruinstein cannot say it any simpler, however beauty most definitely comes from within as well. Your face is a canvas, cliche as it is, your face needs to be treated with kindness and handled with care. Or just put a FRAGILE sticker on your face. Pictured below are my favorite face moisturizers (at the moment). Besides cleansing, moisturizing is extremely important for your skin. It prevents aging, corrects redness and discoloration, and provides moisture (obvs) among many things. The down bar next to each product is a direct link to where to research and purchase for your own face. Starting from the left:
Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night_ face cream is a natural moisturizer (which is a plus..GO NATURAL!). It says to use morning and night but I use it in the morning for no real reason. I like the smooth consistency and it does not make my face feel oily. I purchased this item because it came in a kit which was on sale and I have some Pacifica products that I enjoy (lips and perfume). Pacifica as a whole is very affordable too!
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration day lotion_ came in my December Birchbox. I love love love the smell! It says that it is clary sage. It smells like a spa in a tin! Very refreshing on the skin, especially after an exfoliating skin care. Very moisturizing and you only need to use a very little bit to get the job done. I highly recommend this one!
The Acure Day Cream_ is very light and smells of orange, which I love for skin care. It is for normal to dry skin and the three main goals are: firming, hydrating and restoring. I can definitely feel the firming effects of the moisturizer. I like that too! I like knowing that a product does what it says. I really like this product, which I purchased from Whole Foods, because it is all natural and provides lots of benefits to your canvas.
Last, but not least is my current night cream. Origins never does me wrong! Mega Mushroom Skin Relief_ leaves my skin feeling baby butt soft every night before I go to bed. I have a sample size. The full size is quite costly at $62.00 but there is no price on treating your skin properly. This face cream reduces redness and sensitivity and I have both. I enjoy everything about this one!
Corps (Body) Based on "slightly" dry skin
"I live to eat and I live to moisturize"- Me :)
Ahhh there is nothing better than having smooth hands. For a busy lady like me, who uses her hands constantly (and washes), it is very important to keep my hands healthy and taken care of. Especially in the cold winter months, promise me you will dress your hands and body in a blanket of protection. Pictured below are my favorite body moisturizers (at the moment)that I indulge in morning and night. I now take the time to say "Thank you" for keeping my hands and body soft protected. Ahava Mineral Body Lotion_ is more than a lotion/moisturizer to me, it is also nostalgic. I went to Israel on Birthright_ and swam in the sea that this came from.(plug: a free 10 day trip to Isreal..click the link for info) Ahava has minerals from the dead sea, which is a natural spa for your body, as well as aloe vera and witch hazel to provide your skin with moisture and refresh. The smell is faint and fresh and my skin always feels sooo smooth and ready for the day or bed. I bought this in the Ahava factory in Israel. Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion_ is incredibly moisturizing. This is aimed for dry skin and its main ingredient is shea butter. With Clarins, there are instructions for use and application (this goes for all Clarins prducts) and I am supposed to apply with light stroking moments. I am very happy with this product and I purchased this in a skin care kit at the Clarins counter in Macys. The Bee Kind Body Lotion_ smells like it says (of honey and Chamomille). This is also a Birchbox find. I love the smell of honey and the lotion is very wet so you only need a small pea size for the hands. A portion of the proceeds supports and benefits honey bees and sustainable pollination research. So, its good for the body and environment. The L'occitane hand cream_ has great packaging! I love this little tube (so easy for on the go!). Although it stays on my night-stand, it is a handy portable size. It is very rich and creamy and gets the job done. This product began in Provence, France from a gardner in 1976 and is pleasing hands all over the world and going strong. I purchased this lotion in a kit with a foot cream and two bar soaps. The Body Shop Coconut Body Milk_ is a spray body lotion which is watery not creamy. I enjoy the coconut smell and the refreshing feel of the "wet" coconut oil. It is very gentle on the skin, and it helps to restore the body's natural moisture. Last but not least, my Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Cream came in the same kit that I purchased the Pacifica face moisturizer. I love the sweet vanilla(ee) and coconut(ee) smell! The texture is not too creamy but creamy enough. It is not as moisturizing as the other products but is fresh and gentle on the skin.
Welp, there ya have it! My moisturizing products in a nut shell! I left one product out, because it did not fit in the picture. It is another dead sea lotion, which I love called Deja Vu. Very hydrating and fresh and it lasts for hours, almost all day! What products do you use and recommend? I hope I inspire you to protect your canvas and begin to bring out your outer beauty. xoxo
My makeup lives in various places. From my purse, to my work-bag, to my dresser, it has various homes. On my dresser, I have organized and divided my makeup into several containers according to tools and parts of the face. My purse, well that's a different story...
The picture to the left is a white wooden abode. At the top, I have my lipsticks and mascaras. The top drawer holds primers, highlighters and blushes/bronzers. The bottom drawer contains individual eyeshadows. Currently, my eye-shadow pallets lay on my dresser. I bought this gem from Amazon.
My makeup brushes spend their days and nights (when not in use) inside an Ikea candle holder. I love the gentle lace look of the candle holder and I knew it would be perfect for my brushes. It is a great height too and there is room for more brushes to come inside. (I smell shopping!!)
My eye-liners sleep inside a cool gray and white chevron tin. I am into chevron these days and I needed something tall and wide to fit my family of eye-liners. I bought this tin from the dollar spot of my local Target. I do love a good bargain! :)
The rest of my lip products (mainly balms and glosses) live in this chic little bowl I got from the kitchen aisle of Home Goods. I adore polka dots and using items for a new purpose, such as this ice-cream or cereal bowl as a home for lip products.
My hair accessories live in a pink chevron container. Since, my room is pink, white and black, all of my room accents match the color scheme.I like how all of my clips and bows fit snuggly inside a fun girly box. I got this from Target also at the dollar spot, which is in the front of the store. I can't help but smile when I reach for a hair clip!
Where do you store your makeup and hair accessories? Thanks for reading! xo
A teacher who loves to be creative inside and outside the classroom.