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A few of my favorite things: April

Wow! My second ever favorites of the month post!

A little late… but I will try and stick current obsessions that I haven’t included in previous “favorites” – which well, shouldn’t be too hard, since this is only the second time.

Just like my previous favorites post, I will include prices just in case anyone has been contemplating trying these out.

SKIN:

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($44 to $68 USD)

From Kiehl’s: Purely Potent Over-Night Repair. • Lightweight, overnight treatment. • Regenerates, repairs, and replenishes skin for a smoother, healthier skin. • Works with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors to dramatically restore skin. • 99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free. 

Why I’m loving it:

  • Literally made a difference overnight!
  • After a month – my skin has improved dramatically
  • I don’t think I can go a day without using this stuff
  • P.S. It smells lovely!

BODY:

Neutrogena Body Oil ($9.99 to $15.99 USD)

From Neutrogena: Delicately light sesame formula that instantly vanishes into the skin, sealing in moisture. Skin feels moisturized, soft, silky and looks radiant. Lightweight, Absorbs quickly, Available in Original and Fragrance-free.

Why I’m loving it:

  • Hydrating – locks in the moister ( I apply it at the end of my shower)
  • You can add it to your bath water
  • Fragrance is subtly amazing and stays on your skin all day
  • Great for lazy days or days I’m so rushed I skip the body moisturizer  

FACE:

So the following products, in addition to being some of my favorites, are my current favorite daily face make-up combination.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free in “Bisque” ($42 USD)

Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in “Nude”  ($7.99 USD)

NARS Bronzer in “Laguna” ($34 USD)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in “Medium” ($29 USD)

MAC In Extra Dimension Extra Dimension Highlighter in “Whisper of Gilt” ($29 USD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Dollface” ($25 USD)

FRAGRANCE:

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb ($25 to $105 USD)

BOOKS:

So this one overlapped April and May, but it’s has quickly become an all-time favorite obsession!

E.L. James Fifty Shades Trilogy

Why I’m loving it:

  • CHRISTIAN GREY!
  • Hot, Sexy and Sensual
  • Complicated, Complex and Raw
  • Intriguing and Real

And that’s all for now 😀


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It’s my BIRTHDAY and I’ll go to the BEACH if I want to!

Whoa… I feel like I have been M.I.A. from the blogosphere – gosh, sometimes having a job really gets in the way of blogging!

Well, guess what, I’m getting old – yeah, it’s my birthday very soon and one of my presents to myself is a mini-vacation to the BEACH!! So excited, haven’t been in a few years, plus I’m actually taking some vacation days from work! I haven’t taken any vacation days, whatsoever, since I have been working at my current job.

I’m not sure how the company will survive without me, BUT I don’t care ’cause I’ll be chillin’ at the beach!

So, since I’m obviously a make-up junkie, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ll be taking with me.

SKIN:

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50

Neutrogena SPF 15 Lip Moisturizer

MAC FIX+ Spray

Great for giving your skin a moisture boost!

MAKE-UP:

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in “Bisque” 

Great coverage and so light on the skin! Love it.

Neutrogena 3 in 1 concealer in “Buff 09” 

Lightweight concealer + Eye cream + SPF 20 = Awesomeness!

NARS Bronzer in “Laguna”

Check out my love and tips for bronzer here!

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

Show me swatches! << Click!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in “Medium”

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish  in “Whisper of Gilt”

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in “Glorify”

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in “45 Bold Gold”

Stays put forever!! Wear it sheer or layer it up for gold painted lids! Use it subtlety on other areas to highlight and brighten.

MAC Paint Pot in “Rubenesque”

Who doesn’t love a MAC paint pot and this one is perfect for that bronzed beach look!

Top: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in “Buried Treasure”

A black-brown with gold shimmer and serious staying power. Hello waterproof!

Bottom: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Junkie”

Great way to add a pop of color at the beach without going heavy on the make-up! Waterproof!

Korres Lip Butter in “Mango” 

Great for keeping your lips soft and hydrated, with the perfect flush of coral color!

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain and Balm in “Flame”

Long-lasting color, plus a balm – perfect for sunny beach days.

FRAGRANCE:

 Jo Malone Wild Bluebell 

Keep it light and fresh! Want more on Wild Bluebell?

 HAIR:

Tresemme Climate Protection Finishing Spray

For all hair types, won’t leave white residue in your hair, works against humidity, static, wind and has a UV blocker!

SUNBLOCK!!

 

 Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces SPF 50 Sunblock

Oil free, waterproof, sweatproof, fragrance free, tear free, hypoallergenic – if its good for a baby’s face its good for mine!

Neutrogena Fresh Cooling  Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45

Amazing feeling on the skin in hot weather! It’s also non-greasy and waterproof, also non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores).

Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 100

Ultra sweatproof, waterproof, non-greasy, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), oil free! Resists wear-off from friction, activities, sweat and water! Of course, you need to reapply throughout the day.

 So excited for my mini-vacation!!! Did I mention it was going to be PERFECT weather 😀 


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Get your BRONZER on!

SPRING is here and that means it’s time for bronzed, glowing Springtime and Summer skin! Healthy, glowing skin is always a guaranteed “trend” for Spring and Summer, so with that I thought I’d share some tips I have for getting that bronzed look; as well as  sharing my favorite bronzers (with swatches).

Things to remember:

  • Bronzer is not meant to be used on your entire face, but the areas of the face sunlight would naturally hit (usually the places you may tend to get sun burn)
  • When using bronzer for contouring the face, use a matte bronzer or one with very little shimmer (absolutely no glitter) for the most natural look
  • When using a powder bronzer, remember to powder those areas of your skin/foundation with translucent powder first – otherwise the pigment of the bronzer can “stick” to your skin and be difficult to blend
  • If you are heavy-handed with your brush (or new to bronzer), use an extra large loose (less dense) long haired brush – it will pick up less product
  • Less is more – the best thing is to build up your bronzer to the look you want, a little at a time
  • Powder bronzers tend to work best for normal to oily skin types, especially in warmer months! Though you can use cream or gel bronzers, just remember to prime your skin properly
  • Cream and gel bronzers tend to work better for normal to dry skin, but you should still prime your skin properly during the warmer months, as cream and gel products tend to fade more quickly , especially in the heat
  • Don’t forget to add just a bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks for balance, the blush-bronzer combination is always gorgeous
  • Remember don’t choose a bronzer that is too dark, too dark bronzers may look unnatural (or eeek – dirty!)- also select a natural looking blush color to compliment your bronzer choice (a light cream blush will help create a glowy natural look)
  • Keep your make-up simple, if going for that bronzed glowing look
  • Tap your brush off when using powder bronzer
  • Don’t forget to blend!
  • Invest (if you are able to) in a quality brush just for bronzer
  • If you wear your hair up, don’t forget to add a little bronzer to the back of your neck as well
  • Avoid bronzers that are too orange! Orange = unnatural

Where to apply bronzer (for that bronzed summer glow):

  • Tops of cheeks (cheekbones)
  • The bridge of the nose
  • Chin
  • Forehead
  • Use the remaining product left on the brush around the perimiter of your face, onto your neck and chest – you don’t want a bronzed-glowing face and pasty neck (don’t forget the back of your neck)

Where to apply bronzer (for contouring the face):

  • First, choose a matte or nearly matte bronzer – the less warmth in the bronzer the better (this is about contouring not bronzing/tanning the skin)
  • Underneath the cheekbones (and everyone does have cheekbones!)
  • Perimeter of the face (to slim and draw the center of your face forward)
  • Along the jawline (remember you need to blend some product downward onto your neck for a diffused natural look – no harsh lines here!)
  • Beneath the chin
  • Down the sides of the nose (and very lightly under the tip of the nose)
  • Always use a light hand and least amount of product for contouring – you can always build it up

LOTS of info … I know, but now onto my favorites!

NARS Bronzer  in “Laguna”

NARS Bronzer  in “Casino”

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

SWATCHES:

All these bronzers can be used lightly, I have swatched them heavily so that the differences can be more easily distinguished.  For reference, I am an NC25 in MAC.

NARS Laguna: Great for light and meduim skin tones, can be used for contouring on light skin tones

NARS Casino: Deeper than Laguna, slightly less shimmer than Laguna, great for deeper skin tones and contouring

Tarte Park Ave Princess: Great for light to medium skin tones, leaves a gorgeous golden sheen, NOT for contouring, great highlight for medium to deep skin tones

Tarte Matte Waterproof Park Ave Princess: Great for light to meduim skin tones, great for contouring, waterproof = great for warmer months