My Beauty Empties

my beauty empties

As much as I love trying new products, I have a few tried and true favorites that I replace again and again! A few of them ran out at the same time recently, which inspired me to share them all with you! Here’s the list- 

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer - This has been my go to moisturizer for several years. It’s very thick and great for dry and sensitive skin. I also love the simple ingredient list.

Pillow Talk Lipliner - This is the perfect lipliner for almost any shade of lipstick. It defines your lips beautifully, and makes your lips look fuller. I also like to cover my whole mouth and then put a glossy balm on top for a my lips but better look.

Glossier Milky Jelly Face Wash - I don’t know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through! It cleans my face but never irritates it, which is exactly what I’m looking for. (don’t forget to get 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link).

Nars Cyprus Eyeshadow (on sale!) - This might be the first eyeshadow I’ve ever “hit pan” with. It’s the perfect every day color that makes eyes look defined but not overly dramatic.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - I love the finish on this foundation. It looks velvety, but not dry or overly matte. It also lasts all day, even in the humidity. Finally, it blends like a dream and can be layered for a sheer to full coverage finish.

Fresh Sugar Petal Lip Treatment - This lip balm has the opacity of a lipstick but it is so moisturizing. I use it whenever I want a pretty pink but my lips are too chapped for lipstick (I.e. almost every day, lol).

Beauty Blender Brush Cleaner - I love this solid makeup brush cleaner. It gets all the stubborn makeup off my brushes without any hassle. Plus, since it’s a solid it’s convenient to store and travel with. I haven’t bought any other brush cleaner in years!

Glossier Lash Slick - I love that this mascara never flakes or clumps or smudges, EVER, and it’s easy to remove in the shower. It is a more “natural” looking mascara if you apply only one coat, but it can be layered to add drama.

What are your beauty empties? Anything I need to try?

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The Best Natural Looking Lipstick for Spring

the best natural looking lipstick for spring

The “my lips but better” lipstick looks is one of my favorites all year around, but especially in the spring. I feel like everything is so fresh and glow-y this time of year, I like to sport a natural looking face with some extra highlighter and doe lashes, and don’t want to distract from the look with my lipstick. My criteria for a good spring lipstick is that it can’t be too drying, it needs to have a natural looking pink color, and it should add some shine. Over the years I’ve narrowed down my favorites and I’m excited to share them with you!

the best natural looking lipstick for spring

Chanel Le Rouge In Merry Rose - This lipstick and lipgloss combo is the prettiest pink beige lip color that brightens your whole face and lasts all day. I did a full review about it here. 

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipliner - This lipliner is one of my all time favorite makeup products. I use it almost every day to define my lips, and I often fill in my whole mouth and add a balm on top to add some gloss. It looks so pretty and natural. 

the best natural looking lipstick for spring

Glossier Generation G In Like - This lipstick goes on very sheer, so you can layer in as much color as you want. It pairs really well with a lipbalm too. Here is my full review.

Bobbi Brown Lipstick In Sandwash Pink - This is such a classic “my lips but better” shade (I even heard a rumor Kate Middleton wore it for her wedding). It lasts a long time too, and isn’t overly drying. I wear it when I want a little more color than the Glossier or CT lipliner. 

natural looking lipstick for spring

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm In Petal - This is another all time favorite lip color. The formula is so, so hydrating and the pink color is really pretty. It has a bit more pigmentation than the other colors, so I wear it when I want a pretty pop of light pink. 

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick In Bitch Perfect  - This is the most beige of the bunch. It’s a great neutral color when your outfit just doesn’t call for pink lips. I like to blot it on after applying the CT lipliner and get a more sheer finish.

What are your favorite lip colors for spring?  

 

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Glossier Milky Oil Review

Review of Glossier Milky Oil
Review of Glossier Milky Oil

I’ve been using Milky Oil for a few weeks now, and I really love it! Now that I’ve used the product for a little while I’m excited to right a full review for you guys. (I hate it when people review skincare and they’ve barely used it! Don’t you?) The makeup remover comes in a light pink squeeze bottle. I really like that the dispenser makes it almost impossible to pour out too much product, and I haven’t had any issues with product leaking out once the cap is on.

Review of Glossier Milky Oil

To use, shake Milky Oil well and pour onto a cotton pad. Then wipe all over your face after washing. It gets up the rest of your makeup, even stubborn eye makeup. Unlike a lot of other makeup removers I’ve used, it doesn’t leave an oily residue and it doesn’t sting. I feel like my face is clean without being dried out (squeaky clean skin isn’t actually good! It means you’ve stripped your skin of it’s natural oils and protective barrier).

Review of Glossier Milky Oil

I have very sensitive skin, and Milky Oil hasn’t caused any redness or irritation. That’s a big win in my book!

Review of Glossier Milky Oil

Overall I give the product an A+!

Have you tried Milky Oil yet? Or any other great new skincare? Don’t forget you get 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link : )

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My Favorite Clean Skincare Products

Today I’m excited to share my favorite clean skincare products. For a while now I’ve tried to eliminate parabens, retinol, strong fragrances and other more toxic ingredients from my skincare. I know there are a lot of mixed opinions about whether these ingredients are safe, but I personally don’t like to use them. I know that it’s a very personal choice, and I’m not here to preach or judge, but rather to share the products that work well for me!

I know that there are a lot of options out there, and a lot of labels (organic v. clean v. natural v. all natural…the list goes on!) and it can seem overwhelming! I personally start my “clean” product search by looking at curated product lists put out by companies like Credo beauty, Goop, and clean at Sephora and then check the ingredients on ewg.org. Then, I test them to see what holds up! Here are my current favorites -

My favorite clean skincare products
  1. Jet Lag Mask - This mask has a heavenly texture. It is super thick and moisturizing, and your skin just drinks it up. Feel free to use it as a face mask, or also as a night cream.

  2. Ursa Major Face Balm - This day time moisturizer smells so good! It is super moisturizing despite the light texture, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It’s the only beauty product JD has ever requested that I re-purchase, he never wants to run out!

  3. Biossance Eye Gel - I like the fact that this eye cream absorbs into the skin without a lot of rubbing or tugging, and it makes my eyes look more awake.

  4. Herbivore Prism - I love, love this stuff! it’s a daily serum and it leaves your skin more even and refined, and it lasts for months.

  5. Juice Beauty Anti-Wrinkle Serum - This serum makes all the rest of your skincare just glide on, and adds an extra boost of hydration to dry skin.

  6. Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer - I love how thick and moisturizing this cream is. Apply at night for glowing morning skin.

  7. Biossance Squalane Oil - This oil adds some extra TLC and moisture to dry and tired skin. It’s a great extra layer if night cream isn’t enough (I always use two moisturizing products before bed, for example).

Have you tried any of these? What do you think of them?

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NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intriguing Swatches & Review

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intriguing

Today I’m excited to share a more old school type of blog post where I share a review and swatches of one of my more recent beauty purchases, the NARS Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intriguing. I always love these types of posts when I’m searching the internet for cosmetics, so I’m excited to “pay it forward” if you will and write posts with basic facts about the color and formula of products (like I did with Chanel’s lipstick in Merry Rose).

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intriguing

The pictures shows Intriguing looks on my lips without any other lip color or lip liner. I did use a primer to help with longevity and to neutralize my natural lip color, which means that this is the color of the lipstick that anyone would get if they prime their lips no matter how pigmented their lips naturally are.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intriguing

I like the rosy color of Intriguing, and that it isn’t too pink. I call it a nude rose. Also, if you are wondering, another day I wore it without priming my lips first and then it veered into a more rosy red color.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intriguing

The Matte Lipstick Pencil formula lasts for several hours without eating or drinker, and it’s easy to reapply since the pencil fits in any sized purse. It also layers nicely, meaning it doesn’t get too caked or start to pill. The only draw back is that the formula is rather drying, but I think that can be said of any matte formula.

Overall I’d give it a 4/5, which is a pretty high review from me! I really liked the nude rose color of Intriguing, and the fact that you get two colors in one depending on whether or not you prime your lips. Plus the pencil is so convenient to carry around for touchups and makes for an easy application process as well.

Have you tried any new lipstick you really liked lately? I’m all ears!

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Glossier Milky Oil Makeup Remover

Glossier Milky Oil Makeup Remover

Today I’m really excited to announce the launch Glossier’s newest product, an eye makeup remover! It’s called Milky Oil and it uses both micellar water and makeup-erasing oil to erase all that stubborn eye makeup that’s waterproof or long wearing. I’m super excited about this product, and here’s why-

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had an eye infection, well it turned out it was a a large stye under my eyelid that had gotten inflamed. Since then I’ve been making a huge effort to make sure every last flake of eye makeup is removed each night (not that I didn’t before, I just have been extra extra diligent) and looking for a new makeup remover. My beloved Bioderma doesn’t work very well on eyeliner, and all of the “eye makeup remover” products I have tried or researched are either $$$, don’t work very well, or involve one time use pads which isn’t my favorite. I was getting pretty frustrated in my research and then, as has happened before, Glossier came to the rescue with a new product!

Glossier Milky Oil Makeup Remover

I love that Milky Oil can be used with a cotton round, or you can even use it in the shower if you want to reduce waste. To use it you just shake the product to combine the micellar water and makeup-erasing oil and wipe it across your eyelids a bunch of times. Unlike other products, like makeup removing wipes, Milky Oil won’t tug at your delicate eye skin or rub and cause irritation. Plus, the packaging is pink : )

Finally, and one of the best parts, Milky Oil is only $12 ($15 CAD, £10 GBP, €12 EU, 90 DKK, 120 SEK) and you got 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link, here.

Tell me, what’s your go to makeup remover? Have you used Glossier products before?

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A Makeup Trick That Makes Your Eyes Look Bigger

A Makeup Trick That Makes Your Eyes Look Bigger

Do you ever wonder how models get their eyes to look super large and wide awake? Well, this is the trick! It’s very easy and you can use your current eye makeup to do it.

  1. No makeup

  2. Take your favorite eyeliner and line the bottom of your eye. Line as close to your eyelashes as possible, and if any winds up on your waterline just take your finger and wipe it away. I like to use a dark brown eyeliner, I think it looks less severe. My current favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury eye kohl in Audrey.

  3. Find a dark colored eyeshadow and a flat slanted eyeliner brush. It’s key that the brush makes a very thin line. I used the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette (an all time favorite) and this brush.

  4. Take the angled brush and tap it into the eyeliner and then stamp the eyeliner on the outer corner of your eye so it forms a sideways V. Stamp it as close to your eyelashes as possible.

  5. Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend out the shadow. To do this you swipe the brush back and forth along the bottom and the top of your eye where the eyeshadow is. I love the MAC 217 brush since the bristles are very dense and good at blending, but any small blending brush will work.

  6. Apply mascara to both your top and bottom eyelashes. Make sure none smudges below your eye, but if it does simply clean it up with a Q-tip.

  7. Here the eye on the right has makeup. Isn’t it amazing what a difference it makes?!

  8. Finished product.

Tell me, how do you normally apply eyeshadow? Do you have any favorite new techniques? I love learning new ways to use the makeup I already have, don’t you?

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Review of the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer

Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer

Today I am so excited to share my review of the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer. Like a lot of you, I assume, I first saw the brush on Instagram. It looked way to good to be true, but my blowdryer is on it’s last legs so I decided to try it out. Well, let me tell you, it exceeded my expectations! I get the same results using this volumizing brush as I do when I do a blowout with a round brush and blowdryer and it takes less time. Plus, this volumizing brush is a LOT less expensive than a nice blowdryer or the new Dyson hair tool looks a lot similar and is over $500. (And sold out everywhere.) Needless to say, I am thrilled with this hair tool.

Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer

What is the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer? Well, it looks a lot like a giant round brush that you plug in. When it’s turned on, hot our comes out of the sides of the brush, like if you put a round brush around the nozzle of a blow dryer.

Alterna CC Cream
Drybar Clips

How do you use it? I blow-dryed my hair just like I always do. I let my hair air dry for about 30 minutes and then I apply a blow dry cream; my favorite right now is the Alterna CC Cream. It has a nice hold but doesn’t feel sticky or crunchy. Then I section my hair using Dry Bar Clips. I dry the front first, and then I work my way up the back of my head one section of the top, and finally I do the hair at my crown. To use the brush, you place it under a section and then slowly roll it out (just like you would normally do with a round brush). Do this 2-3 times per section, depending on your hair. I took pictures of the process -

Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer
Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer
Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer
Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer
Revlon One Step Volumizer Hair Dryer

Then at the end I like to go through all my hair quickly one last time to make sure everything is dry. For your reference I have al to of hair, and it isn’t straight but it isn’t wavy. It can take me 40 minutes to dry with a cheap blowdryer; with the Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer it took less than 20 minutes.

So, in short, 6/5 stars!

Have you tried this brush yet? Do you love it like I do?

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How To Combat Dry Winter Skin

I don’t know about you, but the cold and dry winter weather has done a number on my skin. I’ve woken up with so many dry, flaky patches and my lips are constantly chapped. To say the least, it’s not a good look (and it’s not comfortable either). To combat this “winter skin” I’ve brought out the big guns - thick products full of moisturizing agents - and tried to be extra diligent about taking care of my skin. Thankfully, it’s made a big difference and I feel like my skin is coming back to life. Here are my favorite tips - which aren’t all about buying new products by the way. There are lots of ways to take care of your skin that don’t involve any extra $.

Winter Skincare Products For Your Face
  1. Use lots of moisturizer. Make sure you slather it on morning and night, and use a thick layer. Also reach for products that don’t have a lot of added fragrance or other facial irritants. Even if your skin isn’t normally sensitive, gentler products will soothe your winter skin a lot better - excessive dryness breaks down your moisture barrier, so you don’t want to risk irritating it further. I’m currently using the Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer at night (it really makes my skin dewy!) and Embryolisse in the morning (it’s great under makeup, it makes everything apply smoothly and doesn’t feel greasy).

  2. Skip physical exfoliators. Your skin is already chapped, you don’t want to cut it up further with scrubs. Instead, look for chemical exfoliants. These will help repair your skin without tearing it up. If you need one, I love Prism by Herbivore, and I’ve heard great things about Glossier Solution. The Prism makes my skin look more even, and I feel like my other products apply a lot smoother. Plus it’s never irritated my skin, which is rare.

  3. Use masks to provide extra TLC. Moisturizing masks are a great way to add some extra hydration, and detox masks can help combat pimples so you don’t have to reach for harsh anti-astringents. My favorite detox mask is Glossier Galaxy Greens (it’s really good at eliminating pimples when you can tell they are coming but haven’t sprouted yet), and I’ve heard great things about the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. I’ll actually be picking it up once I’ve used up my stash of product samples!

  4. Drink lots of water and get sleep!

Winter Skincare Products For Your Lips
  1. Apply lip balm before you go to sleep, and as often as you can throughout the day. I keep mine next to me so I can keep reapplying after I eat or drink. If you need a new lip balm the best one I’ve ever used is Dr. Lipp.

  2. Use a lip scrub so that the lip balm penetrates your skin and doesn’t just flake off with your dry skin. You can use a slightly damp toothbrush or a face cloth. Apply lip balm, and then gently rub the toothbrush or wash cloth in small circles for about two minutes. You can also use a lip scrub, like this one French Girl Lip Polish.

  3. Switch out lipstick and lipgloss for tinted lip balm. I personally use the Fresh Sugar ones; I find them to be very moisturizing and the colors are so pretty (Petal and Spice are my favorite).

Winter Skincare Products for Your Body
  1. The skin on my body gets the driest - I call it the cities and it plagues me all year round, but especially in the winter. Anyone else? One thing that helps a lot is to put on yoga pants immediately after I get out of the shower/bath. I read it holds in moisture and I’ve noticed a big difference.

  2. Always apply moisturizer when you get out of the shower/tub. Personally, the only one I will use is Burt’s Bees with Aloe and Buttermilk. It’s the only moisturizer that doesn’t make my keratosis pilaris worse, and it soothes my dry legs in winter. I think any product makes a difference if you don’t have sensitivities though, there are so many good inexpensive ones out there like Eucerin; just make sure there aren’t a lot of added fragrances, it can cause extra irritation which is the last thing you want.

  3. Use a scrub with essential oils to slough off dead skin so the moisturizer can get through and repair your skin. I always pick up a small container at whole foods.

  4. Try and take less hot baths and showers. To be honest, I never manage to do this my self because a steaming how shower is one of my favorite things in the whole world, but I’m sure it would help if I did!

Do you have any tips for winter skin?

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Makeup

Doesn’t the Midge Maisel always have the perfect face of makeup on the show? I love the bright pop of lipstick she always has. Watching her rock so many corals, reds and pinks on the show has made me want to step outside my beauty comfort zone and start adding a bit more color to my lips. So, I started browsing online to see what my options are and I hit the jackpot - I found the exact products worn by Rachel Brosnahan, the actress who plays Midge, when she won at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago (!!) Here’s the list-

The Makeup Worn by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose - Swatches and Review

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

I have been looking for the perfect “my lips but better” lipstick for ages and I finally found it right before the holidays. Chanel’s Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultra Wear Lipcolor in Merry Rose is, quite simply, the perfect shade. It is a nude pink that adds warmth to your face but still matches everything. Plus, it lasts forever, even through eating, and has a lovely shine that makes your whole face look awake and happy.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose
Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

Chanel’s Merry Rose comes in a double sided applicator. One side has the long wear lipcolor, and the other side is a gloss. I like to put on a couple layers of the lipstick, wait a minute, and then add the gloss. I then touch up with the gloss throughout the day.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

Here, I paired Merry Rose with a light smokey eye, a subtle contour, and a little bit of bronzer. Plus lots of mascara. To be specific, I used on my eyes I used Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 for eyeshadow, Charlotte Tilbury eye kohl in Audrey to line my waterline and her black eyeliner on top, Trish McEvoy voluming mascara and Anastasia brows in taupe plus her clear gel. On the rest of my face I used my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and Magic concealer, her Filmstar bronze and Glow, the Tom Ford Soleil bronzer and as a finishing touch the Glow and Cheek blush which adds the prettiest subtle pink glow (truly, this blush glows).

I’ve used Chanel’s Merry Rose with a nude eye, a smokey eye, a cat eye and every shade of pink blush and or bronzer and it matches everything. Plus it matches every outfit. It’s one of those shades that if you could only wear one lip color for the rest of your life Merry Rose would be it.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

Finally, I like that the Le Rouge formula lasts all day but isn’t drying, especially if you exfoliate your lips at night. I’m not the best at reapplying lipstick throughout the day, so a long wear shade is perfect for me.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

What’s your newest lipstick addiction? Do you have a my lips but better shade?

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