Gearing Up For Summer

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As I gear up for summer (and my vacation to Mexico), it becomes standard that the hunt for summer-proof beauty items begins. This summer, I’m rediscovering the CoverGirl LashBlast Volume mascara. I’m not partial to waterproof formulas as it is too harsh on the lashes. This formula lengthens and provides volume and doesn’t require multiple coats.

I also picked up the Olay Total Effects 7 Featherweight Moisturizer. I picked it because it provides moisture, includes a broad spectrum SPF 15 sun protection, and in addition to the multiple anti-aging benefits, it promises to be lightweight, quick-absorbing, and weightless. Definitely a winner in my book since I can’t be bothered with heavy creams on my face during the hot summer months!

What are you loving for summer that’s new to your beauty arsenal?

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick Swatches

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L to R, top to bottom: Melted Frosting, Melted Melon, Melted Metallic Peony, Melted Metallic Bunny, Melted Metallic Debutante, Melted Metallic Tu-Tu

Too Faced have been out with their “Melted Lipstick” range for a little while now, but they only just released a new “metallic” formula that adds shine and iridescence. They sent me a few of their range and I thought I would swatch them for you!

Formula: Opaque, creamy, moisturizing, this lipstick is like a hybrid between a liquid lipstick and an actual lipstick bullet. It truly does feel like a melted-down lipstick in tube form. Goes on opaque, sometimes catches on dry patches depending on the color, great staying power, leaves a long-lasting satin finish on the lips, with higher shine accompanying the Metallic formulation.

Price: $21

Verdict: If you enjoy liquid lipsticks but don’t enjoy the dryness that can sometimes accompany it, these would be a better option for you. Wish they came out with a matte version! I also preferred the original (non-metallic) version since I’m not a fan of frosted finishes. If you like the “Frost” range of lipsticks from MAC, you will like the Metallic range.

Favorite shade: Melted Melon & Melted Strawberry (a tie between them both)

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L to R, top to bottom: Melted Metallic Macaron, Melted Metallic Dream House, Melted Metallic Violet, Melted Metallic Jelly, Melted Berry, Melted Strawberry

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Jouer Perfume Oil

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Recently Jouer sent me their Perfume Oil–and basically, it is genius. It involves a rollerball perfume (a concept we all know and [most of us] love–for its portability, convenience, unobtrusiveness, and value). But instead of an eau de toilette variety as is typically the norm for rollerball editions, this involves a perfume oil. The concept is genius, and leaves me thinking, “Why haven’t they all been in oil form?”

“Why have I wasted my money on rollerball perfumes watered down with alcohol?”Read & Comment →

Zoeva Bamboo Edition, Vol. 2

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I feel like you guys have asked me tons of questions lately about Zoeva brushes, and I want to make a few things clear:

  1. thus far, they are the best quality brushes I’ve ever owned and used
  2. I use at least one Zoeva brush every single day

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you one of their newest releases: The Bamboo collection Vol. 2, which comes in this gorgeous metallic-gold-lined-interior cylinder, and comes with a plethora of brushes, enough to do pretty much anything you would want to do to your face. And: they’re vegan.

The downside? It may be nitpick-y, but I don’t enjoy the brown-tipped edges of the brush heads. I find that it makes me think they are dirty, even when they are clean. I know that it aligns with the whole bamboo theme, but instead it just looks slightly dirty. 

Other than that minor gripe, I have to say, you simply cannot go wrong with a set of Zoeva brushes. I prefer them over MAC brushes, Sigma brushes, and even Real Techniques brushes (other than the foundation/buffing style brushes–RT is the bomb for that).

These retail for a whopping €65 (euro) but I think if you don’t own a complete set of Zoeva brushes, and you have the money to splurge, it’s worth it. These brushes last forever. If you’re on a budget, feel free to skip them and go for the Eco Tools line at drugstores–they’re fantastic alternatives!

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Budget Alternatives

Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum

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It’s rare that I get up and talk to you about a single product in a blog post, but this deserves to be mentioned. I’m in love with a lotion–and I’m pretty sure it loves me back (at least, my skin thinks so). I’ll bet you didn’t guess it was from Vaseline. Their new serum-based restorative lotion (called Vaseline Intensive Care™ Healing Serum) has my hands clapping in celebration, because finally there is a lotion that 1) sinks in quickly 2) moisturizes deeply 3) doesn’t feel sticky and 4) smells intoxicating. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get your hands on it (hooray!).Read & Comment →

Casual Date Night & How to Contour Quickly

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Parka – Loft (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings – J.Crew Factory | Boots – Pour La Victoire | Bag – Louis Vuitton (find preowned) | Nails – Shellac Fedora | Beanie – North Face (similar)

Today I wanted to share my typical winter date night outfit and makeup look with you guys. I’ve also found a really great way to highlight thanks to two new Clinique products. When it comes to a casual movie date with my husband, you won’t see any high heels or super tight jeans–I’m much more low-key than most, I guess. I prefer natural makeup (jazzing it up with a quick, easy, and foolproof contour method, more on that below) and a cozy sweater. (Gasp!) leggings round out the casual comfy nature of the outfit. Since it was particularly chilly, I added my army green hooded jacket and North Face beanie. You’ll probably notice that I’m quite short–so to give the illusion of longer legs I try to match my shoe/boot color to my pant, so here I’ve used black biker boots from Pour La Victoria to give some of that illusion. But let’s be honest. My legs are damn short.Read & Comment →

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2015

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I have been a fan of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent since last year, which is a relatively short amount of time when you count up how many years Bronze Goddess has been a “thing”. Every year the beauty conglomerate releases the fragrance (often in new packaging) and every year it sells out, never to be bought again…until the very next year.

This year I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle in advance of the release, so I could share this year’s packaging update with you all. On the left you’ll see last year’s packaging, which featured a pretty, mirrored gold finish. This year’s packaging is more translucent, more in line with prior iterations, with a subtle gradient effect. 

Bronze Goddess is the definition of summer, bottled. If you’re not a fan of coconut and sun cream, then you won’t be a fan of Bronze Goddess. But to my comrades who love walking around smelling like a sexy piña colada, raise your hands up because your next bottle of Bronze Goddess is about to be available…soon.

Available: March 2015