Makeup Monday: Naked 3 Palette

January 8, 2014 § 2 Comments

Well hello lovelies! After an unannounced and unanticipated two month hiatus, I am back! Thank you for your patience with me while I was out of commission. I’m not sure that I ever mentioned, but my husband has twin brothers who both had some quite exciting life happenings scheduled for Christmas week. One had a baby due on Dec. 24 and the other was getting married on Dec. 28! Well along with these little life happenings come showers and planning and such. So from November on, I was sucked into the swirling vortex of baby-wedding land. And it was lovely, I must say! We walked away from all the craziness with two new ladies in the family and I couldn’t be more excited about either one!!

But now that life has slowed down enormously, I feel like it’s time to dive back in. And what would be more appropriate than a Makeup Monday post? A Makeup Monday post on Tuesday! You know how I roll.

My husband has figured me out over the past (almost) four years of marriage and confirmed this by turning my Christmas into a massive makeup haul. I cannot tell you how excited I was to unwrap FIVE The Body Shop makeup brushes, a YSL lipstick, a gorgeous palette from Jouer (with an incredible story to boot! more on that later), and the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette!

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Quite honestly, I didn’t even know they had released a third palette (I haven’t caught up on Essie Button in months!). So I was elated at his gift-giving prowess. Turns out, he couldn’t decide between the 2 and the 3 and asked a Sephora saleswoman. They said that the 3 was better for fair skin, and he went for it!

Naked 3 is filled with rosy-hued goodness. From the super light-pink Strange to the dark Blackheart, there’s a little red or pink in every shadow. Candidly, I was a little uncomfortable with rosey colors on my eyes at first. Sometimes those colors can make you look like a 5-year-old got a little carried away in mom’s makeup bag, if you know what I mean. But leave it to the Naked team to give us just the right tints that end up flattering most any face.

IMG_9271As per usual, the pigmentation is fantastic, especially when paired with their Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I even noticed that the glitter option Dust is less flaky than the respective sparkly Sidecar in the original palette.

It also came with a double-sided brush, one for painting it on and the other for blending. While it is a basic brush, the quality is only a couple steps down from two of The Body Shop brushes Joel got me. Not bad, I say.

One note about value. These aren’t cheap palettes. I think all three of them are $50. But, Joel got me the original Naked Palette for Christmas two years ago and I have only hit pan on TWO of the colors!! These two colors happen to be the over-the-whole-lid colors. And I have been using the Palette at least 3/4 of the week for that two year period. All that to say, if you’re asking yourself if it’s worth the investment, I can say 100% that it is.

IMG_9212Overall I am super thrilled with this gem! I haven’t figured out which colors are my go-to just yet, but I’m having a lot of fun experimenting! Did any of you get the Naked 3 Palette? If so, what are your favorite combinations? Do you like Naked, Naked 2 or Naked 3 the best? I guess I’ll just have to get Naked 2 to give you my final vote!

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Makeup Monday: Lily Collins Smokey Eyes

November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

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My favorite look lately is this Lily Collins smokey eye. I’ve seen this look creeping back into popularity lately, after a season praising a more fresh-faced look. While I’m all for the natural approach {and often wear it myself}, every now and then, we just need to glam it up! Especially during the holidays.

As you’ll see here and hear repeatedly in the makeup world, when going for a smokey eye, be sure to pair it with a neutral lip and cheeks. For some, that may mean a nude lip. But I prefer more of the natural tone of your lip, as seen above with Lily’s barely coral pout. Check out Yves Saint Laurent’s Volupte Sheer Candy in Dewy Papaya or Marc Jacobs’ Lovemarc in Dizzy Spell in to achieve the same look.

As a blue-eyed blonde, I will probably modify this look by using more of a greyish-purple-toned shadow, as opposed to the full-on black. This will reduce the harsh effect and go for a softer smoke. I’ve seen Ashley Olsen pull off a bronzey-black smokey eye on green eyes and it looks stunning as well. All of these colors can be found and played around with using the Naked palette, if you’re looking for a good place to start.

I highly recommend taking advantage of this trend coming back in style and making it all your own!

Makeup Monday: Coach Poppy

November 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Y’all. I don’t really consider myself a perfume kind of girl. I have had a total of three perfumes in my possession over the last 10 years, and I really only use two of them. The other one is just sitting on my bathroom counter, collecting dust.

But I have found something that makes me change my whole thought on the matter. I might just be a perfume girl.

While wandering the aisles of Sephora over the weekend {this is starting to become an expensive habit}, I came across the rollerball display. Curious, I started investigating, assuming they all would smell “nice” to me, but that I wouldn’t really find anything I liked {read: I thought this was a safe display to hover on because I thought I wouldn’t be tempted to buy anything}. But my plan went awry and I stumbled upon a perfume that had me at hello.

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Coach Poppy. The fragrance was so lovely that I literally kept trying to smell other samples, but would come back to this one every other time just to smell it again. You would have thought I had tried heroin for the first time… I was addicted that fast. And after that, there was no hope. I would not be leaving Sephora without this amazing gem.

Thankfully for me, this new rollerball phenomenon has made it much more affordable to try a smaller dosage of a perfume to make sure you really love it before investing in the full size. So this little beauty made its way home with me.

Coach Poppy

The fragrance profile overall is friendly and sweet. It’s very clean and uncomplicated. But all the while, maintains a maturity that most other flowery perfumes don’t get right. It’s something I feel like Marion Cotillard or even Kate Middleton might wear by day. A confident, elegant friendliness. Is that even a thing? I don’t know, but Poppy just made it one. Really, really lovely.

I recently read an Allure article that said the newest trend in perfume is to layer fragrances to make your own unique scent. The idea of being able to actually customize a fragrance that relatively no one else has is fascinating to me. Scent is an intense memory trigger, so to be able to layer a fragrance or two to create an olfactory experience that communicates who you are to those around you just seems like a wonderful new way to express yourself. I love Poppy so much as it is, but I love the idea of being able to pair it with something else when I am ready for a change in the future.

What are your favorite perfumes? Is there one you feel like reflects your personality best?

Makeup Monday: Greys and Pinks

October 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Joel’s 30th birthday was this weekend, so we spent most of the weekend celebrating and had very little downtime. And I’m on a work trip today. All that to say, I didn’t have much time for an in-depth Makeup Monday today. Excuses, excuses, I know. 

But instead of bailing altogether, I decided to share a beautiful look I found on Pinterest recently.

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The photo is of Melanie Laurent, who is a just beautiful French actress. Her hair looks magnificent here. But if you push through to her face, the makeup she’s wearing is so soft and flattering. I just love the grey eyeshadow, barely there mascara, pink-pink cheeks and simple pink lipstick.

It’s kind of what I think all blondes truly look like without makeup on, but exaggerated beautifully. 

What are your favorite makeup looks? 

 

Makeup Monday: Favorite Non-Makeup Beauty Products

October 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

While this is supposed to be a makeup post, I kind of consider anything beauty-related fair game. So today I’m going to talk about non-makeup beauty products that have gotten me super excited lately.

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SKINCARE

As much fun as makeup can be, it’s kind of irrelevant if you don’t have the basics under control. These skincare products have been doing a great job of setting the stage, so to speak, for some makeup artistry to take place.

  • Boot’s Botanics Organic Face Hydrating Day Cream: As you know, I love Boot’s Rosewater Toner and I’ve been looking for a good moisturizer, so I was really excited about this product. After using it for a couple of days, it’s a little thicker than I would prefer, but I really like the smell and the packaging. I’m on the fence if I’m going to keep it — but I think it would be great for someone with drier skin than mine. It’s pretty great for a drugstore option.
  • StriVectin Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles: This eye cream came in my Birchbox a few months back and I have loved it! I feel like it just rejuvenates my eye area and gets rid of some of the puffiness. I don’t have a lot of wrinkles yet, but I like using this stuff in hopes it’s preventing more wrinkles down the road.
  • Vaseline: This is my secret weapon. I hate the oiliness of most makeup removers, and the price tag associated with them. Lotion is a good alternative for eye makeup remover, but it often can sting your eyes. Vaseline has been the best answer for me! It’s cheap, lasts for-e-ver and is super gentle. The only downside is that it leaves eyes very oily and can result in makeup creasing. But if you pair it with a good eyeshadow primer, it isn’t a problem at all. This is by far one of the best secrets in my beauty arsenal.
  • Boot’s Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz: I’ve talked about this many a time before, but I still love this stuff. I wish Boot’s would come out with an entire Rosewater line because the smell is to die for. This stuff just leaves my face feeling so clean! And I have had way fewer breakouts since I started using it last year. This and the Vaseline are truly the best two drugstore products I have ever used. I doubt I will go to a name brand solution while these are in existence.

BATH & BODY

Unlike my fave beauty blogger, Essie Button, I am not a huge moisturizer. In my past, I have rarely used lotions. But as I’m starting to near my 30s, I realize that keeping my skin hydrated is important to prevent wrinkles, stretch marks and the like. So I’ve found a few products that make that process much more enjoyable to me.

  • Trader Joe’s French Liquid Soap: This stuff is the bomb! The flavor is Orange Blossom Honey and it smells so. good. And the packaging is beautiful as well. A great addition to any sink area.
  • Suave Aloe with Cucumber Lotion: I don’t know about you, but when I get a sunburn, aloe really doesn’t help me much. Sure, it cools me down for a few minutes, but I end up feeling sticky and dried out. My skin rarely recovers from the burn either. Well this Suave lotion is a game-changer. With aloe mixed into the lotion, it not only provides that cooling sensation, but when applied twice daily after a burn, both my husband and I have noticed that it usually restores the skin with rare occurrences of peeling. It’s really a miracle worker.
  • EO Body Lotion in French Lavender: I received this lotion as a gift during a work retreat earlier this year. The smell is phenomenal. It is so calming that I have been reserving it for use before bed. Now that it’s part of my pre-sleep routine, I find myself wanting to use it all day. But saving it for bedtime makes it special. This mixed with melatonin puts you into a blissful sleepy state and makes the night time feel luxurious.

HAIRCARE

I rarely find haircare that’s worth spending a lot of money on. But this Birchbox find changed my mind.

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  • Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo: This stuff. Y’all. It is amazing. I have very fine, thin hair that gets weighed down very easily. I have to fake volume by not brushing my hair before blow-drying and by lots of dry shampoo. But this product added volume to my hair without needing the dry shampoo and made my whole scalp feel clean and refreshed. When washing, it does take a good bit to get a good lather going, and it ends up feeling very very dry after rinsing. But as soon as you add conditioner, it feels incredibly soft and hydrated. I am sold and will now be purchasing the full size version – my first Birchbox purchase! I can’t recommend it enough.

Hope you enjoyed this non-makeup beauty post! Let me know some of your favorites!

Makeup Monday: Sephora Wishlist

October 8, 2013 § 2 Comments

While meandering through Sephora yesterday, I mentally noted several new products that I will now share with you!

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1. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow – Every time I go into Sephora, I have to swatch this beaut. It is stunn-ing. With tiny little glitter bits and then larger flecks, this appeals to my over-the-top sparkly obsession. I am not sure the staying power of this, but my assumption is the primer that comes with it was specially formulated to get the job done. At $32 a pop, I can’t quite bring myself to actually purchase this. And I can’t quite ask anyone else to purchase it for me either. This is one of those moments where I am really sad that Santa isn’t real.

Sephora Classic Large Powder Brush

2. Sephora Classic Must Have Large Powder Brush – I am in love with this massive powder brush. It’s so soft, I just want to swirl it around my face for hours… is that weird??

Josie Maran Argan Oil

3. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light – Josie Maran’s line is extremely intriguing to me. And the backbone to the whole thing is her 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil. The packaging says you can use this as a moisturizer, which I happen to be in the market for. I’m very curious to see if this might be great or just the worst idea ever for an oily skin lady like me. Have any of you tried it?

Smashbox Master Class Palette II4. Smashbox The Master Class Palette II – I have been pretty impressed with Smashbox every time I’ve had one of their products, so I am very interested in their Master Class Palette II. The colors don’t look great on the screen, but they look beautiful in person. It’s only $59 for 28 eye shadows, 4 liners, 5 blushes and 3 bronzer/highlighters (compared to the $32 for one Stila eyeshadow), which makes it quite the bargain! Now this is something I’d feel comfortable asking for for Christmas.

What do you have your eye on lately? Any great beauty finds I should check out??

Makeup Monday: Birchbox Review

October 1, 2013 § 2 Comments

I’m finally back after a long hiatus. Thanks for still stopping in and looking for posts while I’ve been gone. While life hasn’t exactly slowed down a ton, I’m going to try to make time to get on here as much as possible. Because this and you are my happy place! So let’s start back with a bang with Makeup Monday!

IMG_9773I love Birchbox time. That feeling when I open my mailbox and see the little package sitting inside. Oooooooh. I love it. It’s like Christmas every month.

As I take off the lid, I slowly read the little love note. I am so careful to read the whole cover letter while my heart starts racing, begging me to turn over the card and see what products I got. But I don’t give in. I always wait to read the product list after I go through everything in the box. Because I wouldn’t want to dilute my favorite moment… peeling back the pink tissue paper to see this… my treasure chest for the month!

IMG_9787This month’s box was a sampling of Birchbox faves over the last several years. So it was nice to have a box full of winners!

This month, I received:

  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive – this has a great smell and seems like it will do a good job. I just need to keep using it.
  • Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum – I’ve been using this daily, and while I don’t really have wrinkles yet to diminish, I do think it’s been firming my eye area and helping with dark under eye circles.
  • Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Delirium – this is a fun purple, but I can’t wear it to work. I plan to try this one weekend to see what I think.
  • Benefit’s Sugarbomb Lip Gloss – I do not look good in shimmery, pale lip glosses. So it kind of stinks since I get super excited whenever a lip gloss/lipstick gets included. I’ll probably pass this on to my sister.
  • Coola Mineral Sunscreen – I love Coola’s sunscreen! The older I get, the more sensitive my face gets to sunscreen. I had a massive breakout this summer after using generic sunscreen on my face. So following the breakout, I used an earlier sample of this from a Birchbox a few months back and was thrilled with how it felt on my face and with how clear my face stayed after using it! So pumped to have a second sample.

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