Restørsea Skincare

I have told you guys about my skincare routine (morning & night) in the past on my YouTube channel. But since my last update, I’ve had quite the switcheroo with my moisturizers. I’ve been using Restørsea Day & Night creams since I last spoke to you guys and my skin has completely transformed. Instead of combination/oily skin, my skin type is now, actually, normal. It hasn’t been that way since puberty! My acne is markedly improved, only popping out for hormonal bouts in a monthly fashion (ahem). I haven’t changed anything else about my skincare so I’m quite certain that all of the aforementioned beneficial changes to my skin can be attributed to these two products.

In the above video, I describe at length how these two moisturizers work, and what other differences I’ve seen in my skin. I also give you guys a little update on my lash extensions (by the way, mention my blog at Winx Lash & Makeup Studio in Houston and get 40% off your full set!).

Restørsea Rejuvenating Day Cream, $150
Restørsea Restoring Night Cream, $175
Special Offer set: Full size Day & Night creams for $225 using promo code DAYNIGHT

This is probably one of the most expensive sets of products I’ll ever recommend on this blog, but I couldn’t not share it with you just because it’s pricey. It probably won’t be for all of us, but for those who can make the splurge (and like to do so) this stuff is transformative. Now, you could just as easily use less expensive moisturizer day and night, and in fact I’ve recommend several of my favorites in the past that I happen to love.

*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Products were sent to me for PR purposes.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm

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I have the pleasure of testing out a lot of beauty products as a result of the work I do on my blog. Sure, I get excited when I get to try the latest name-brand release, but what gets me even more excited (albeit a bit less often, sadly) is when I try something from a brand I’ve never heard of and fall in love with it. Such is the case with this Merumaya Melting Cleansing balm. I love cleansing balms – they take makeup off like a dream and don’t make your face feel tight or dry, and they’re perfect for almost any skin type (except maybe the extremely sensitive?). What I like about this cleansing balm over the Emma Hardie cleansing balm is twofold: first, the packaging is in a squeeze tube, which I find infinitely more hygienic than digging my grubby hands in a jar every day. Secondly, I adore the smell. Rather than pungently herbal, this cleansing balm smells soft and floral. I think they’re equally effective, and while I’m not putting one over the other completely, I am happy to have both in my skincare collection.

Are there any other cleansing balms out there you would like me to review? Also, I’m doing a Q&A video very soon so please send me your questions via Twitter or Facebook (tag them with #askPSS so I know you’re okay to be featured if your question gets selected)!

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Nude Attitude

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When it comes to lip glosses, I’m not the world’s foremost expert. Heck, I’m probably not even the foremost expert in my zip code. Normally I detest the inevitable hair-strand-entrapment-syndrome that accompanies said application of lip gloss. I also hate the tacky, sticky feeling on one’s lips. But a lot of that has changed recently thanks to brilliant new formulations. Unfortunately, HSES (hair-strand-entrapment-syndrome, do try to keep up) still exists, but we can’t win ‘em all, right?

The great thing about nudes is just how all-encompassing the term ‘nude’ really is. It depends on your natural skin shade and undertone. It depends on if your preferred nude leans more cool or warm-toned. I myself prefer a peachy nude to avoid making me look sallow or dead. Here are my favorite neutral-shaded lip glosses (plus one long-wearing matte liquid lipstick for good measure–or possibly because I swatched it thinking it was a lip gloss and realized a little too late that it wasn’t. #truth).

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Nude Lip Gloss Favorites

  1. Nyx Mega Shine lip gloss in 122 Natural
  2. Lorac Lips With Benefits gloss in 1293 Chuck
  3. Benefit Ultra Shines gloss in Life on the A List
  4. Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in In The Flesh
  5. The Balm Plump Your Pucker in Cocoa My Coconut
  6. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in 600 Nude Eclipse
  7. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 05 Bellissima
  8. Revlon Colorburst in 008 Peony
  9. Kryolan High Gloss in Toffee
  10. Revlon Colorburst in 058 Bejeweled (Limited Edition – search on eBay)

Collective Haul (Tarte, Benefit, NARS, Nyx)

Somebody stop this girl! Or don’t, because then she wouldn’t have any haul videos for you guys! So it’s up to you…

Products Hauled

The Wet Brush
essie The Cuticle Pen
Nyx Blushes in Rose Garden & Peach
Nyx Butter Glosses in Peaches & Cream, Merengue
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in 300 White On
OPI Nail Envy (Matte formula)
CND Stickey Base Coat
NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder (Pressed) in Translucent Crystal
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage foundation (Light Sand)
Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine powder
Physician’s Formula Bronzer Booster in Light/Medium

Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel – the husband will make an appearance in a video once we hit 10,000 subscribers!

What’s In My Bag + Giveaway

Hey guys! I wanted to share with you what’s in my current handbag. You know I love doing this videos but I only get around to doing them once a year or so (check out my last version).

Handbag & Its Contents

Alexander Wang Rockie in Rose Gold | Kate Spade wallet | Forever 21 pouchette | Ted Baker Makeup Bag (similar) | Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural | Leatherman Squirt S4 (this Micra one looks better!) | Banana Republic sunglasses | Canon Powershot S110 | Mont Blanc pen | Lodis card case | Moo “Lux” business cards | iPhone 5

Giveaway!

Because you all are such a huge, ginormous part of my life, I wanted to give back to you for being such great supporters of my blog and YouTube channel. I’m giving away to one lucky member a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC bag in a gorgeous Rose Gold color (my favorite!). To enter, you’ll need to be a subscriber of my channel on YouTube. But there are a ton of *extra* ways to enter, and tweeting daily (via the widget below) will earn you extra entries (max one per day)! Thanks for being such a wonderful part of my life since 2009…It’s going to be a great year!

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New Year’s Resolution & Fitbit One Review

Hey guys! Just a quick little video review of my newest purchase (and no, it’s not a new lipstick). Don’t forget to leave me a comment down below with what YOUR resolutions for the new year are! And if you wear one of these types of trackers, let me know what kind and what you think of it, because I’m super curious.

Mentioned In This Video

Fitbit One
Fitbit Zip
Jawbone Up

P.S. – would you like an updated What’s In My Bag video soon? How about winning bag again? Let me know!

Bombshell Silver Sunset Tutorial & Giveaway

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Hey guys and gals! Welcome to 2014! I’m so happy it’s an even-numbered year. Is anyone else like that? I just automatically assume odd-numbered years aren’t going to be as good as even-numbered ones. But then again, I’m a little superstitious, and a lot OCPD. Go figure. Let me know in the comments if I’m not alone.

Anyway, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite glam looks lately, and I’m calling it (for lack of a better phrase), my “Silver Sunset” look, and if you’re wondering about the sunset part, well–you’ll just have to watch the video to find out, won’t ya? It’s one of my smoky eye tricks!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Keeping Haircolor Fresh

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I have been highlighting my naturally ash-blonde hair since I was a freshman in High School, and although most of the time I’ve only trusted my hair to the pros (after a few at-home box-dye scares in the late 90′s) I’ve been really impressed with just how great DIY hair coloring has become. All the more intriguing are at home salon-quality glazes/glosses, which John Frieda pioneered.Please Click To View The Full Post →