October Beauty Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES: NARS HEARTBREAKER BLUSH PALETTE | BVLGARI SPLENDIDA FRAGRANCE | LANEIGE FRESH CALMING TONER | LANEIGE MOUSSE MOISTURIZER | MAC STUDIO FIX FOUNDATION NC30 | WUNDER2 PERFECT SELFIE | URBAN DECAY NAKED CHERRY EYESHADOW PALETTE | ESSIE NAIL POLISH FALL/WINTER COLLECTION 18 | bareMINERALS BAREPRO GLOW HIGHLIGHTER IN WHIMSY | SKINMEDICA LUMIVIVE SYSTEM


Happy Hump Day! I know, I know… I’m way overdue on my monthly beauty favorites! I’m so sorry that it’s been MIA - August and September were extremely busy for me and I honestly did not have time to do the posts. Instead I went into more detail with specific brands that were launching a new collection of products that I felt would cater to my readers. I did one on higher-end skincare (HERE) and another travel-minded one that was more on the affordable side. (HERE) So, I hope you enjoyed and without further ado, here it is, finally back where it should be, my October beauty favorites is up! From a blush palette that’ll want you to shout to heavens thanking them for such a creation to a great skincare brand fighting against blue light (Hi, cell phones), there are a soiree of goodies that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on ASAP. Continue reading to learn more about my latest monthly beauty faves!

Only at ULTA!

Add seductive warmth with iconic matte and shimmer blushes sure to bring the passion. NARS Heartbreaker Blush Palette includes three lustworthy shades. Limitless intrigue. The packaging features a metallic red textured design on the compact for a special standout touch.

The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's bestselling, most iconic shades for cheeks. NARS blush delivers healthy-looking color that enlivens the complexion and provides a natural-looking flush to flatter any skin tone. Iconic shades include a range of translucent, natural tones, each with a subtle pink undertone for a natural-looking blush to highlight the complexion. Silky, superfine micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure irresistibly soft, blendable application. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects, from ultra-sheer to powerful pops of color.

Spiked with color. Studded with style. Uncover your inner rebel with a covetable collection inspired by the iconic punk fashion of the 1970s. Stud your style with daring shimmer and shine; spike it with explicitly bold shades for a look that's authentic. Irreverent. Always relevant.

A $66 value!

Shades include:

  • Luster (sheer golden apricot)

  • Orgasm (peachy pink w/ golden shimmer)

  • Amour (matte rose pink)

Mysterious & seductive, the Splendida Magnolia Sensuel fragrance by Bvlgari is definitely one to fall for and is my new favorite autumn scent. Neroli freshness, splendid magnolia and the heart of patchouli collide for a feminine fragrance that embraces the playful passionate and sensual side of being a woman. 😍 Scents: zesty freshness, splendid magnolia, and chypre woods. And can we just admire the gorgeous packaging on top?! So luxe.

TONER

Pure Deep Sea Water balances and visibly strengthens skin's moisture barrier to hydrate while Lychee Peel Extract offers soothing comfort and antioxidant protection. Perfectly suited for sensitive skin types, this toner is formulated without oil and alcohol and has only 10 must have ingredients.

MOUSSE

Blended to perfection with the nutrient-rich Deep Sea Water and polyphenols from Lychee Peel Extract quickly whip into action to deliver instant soothing relief to visibly stressed skin. The non-sticky, mousse formula makes it ideal for all skin types, including sensitive.

Find your perfect M·A·C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation shade!

Embrace Every Shade of You with the Studio Fix lineup. This 24 hour wear foundation combines a matte finish with full, buildable coverage, with broad spectrum SPF 15 protection. Applies, builds and blends easily even while controlling shine. Comfortable and extremely longwearing, it helps minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish.

Benefits:

  • Longwearing, 24 hours

  • Reduces appearance of pores

  • Controls oil and shine

  • Nondrying

  • For all skin types, especially oily skin

  • Provides staytrue colour

  • Nonstreaking

  • Noncaking

  • Nonsettling

  • Photofriendly

Wunder2's Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder is the easy way to filter-flawless skin in real life. Formulated with High-Resolution Powder Technology, this ultra-soft, bouncy powder magically transforms the skin to become poreless and pixel perfect. Perfect selfie formula contains a high performing blend of perfecting powders, which are uniform in particle size. It provides a smooth feel and soft-focus finish without masking the skin, leaving it looking natural. A combination of specially treated silicone and nylon eliminates the appearance of pores, wrinkles and shine whilst promoting an elastic-like effect so the skin is able to expand and contract with facial movements without the powder setting into fine lines, creating a photo perfect finish. The ultimate finish to your makeup look in under 2 minutes without the use of a photo filter.

In Stores 10-26!

This is the wildest way yet to look better Naked...Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette has a sexy vibe that's more tart than sweet. With 12 never-before-picked neutrals, this vamped-up cherry-hued palette is sure to bring out your sultriest, most tempting eye looks ever.

These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. Urban Decay is addicted to Bing - a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And they can't get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax.

Because serious staying power and shadow that doesn't flake or fade out on you are non-negotiables, each shade is made from our mind-blowing formula that gives its velvety texture, rich color and blendability.

Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush - ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other. Whether you're at the office, in between flights or getting ready at the apartment, Naked Cherry spices up everything from chill neutrals and sexy shimmers to super smoky eyes.

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free.

Urban Decay is beauty with an edge.

Shades:

  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)

  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)

  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)

  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)

  • Juicy (soft warm peach)

  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)

  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)

  • Bing (deep mauve matte)

  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)

  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)

  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)

  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)

Essie nail polish never fails me. A fall/winter shade nail polish collection that will have you in love for NYC. Exclusive easy glide brush for quick, even application. Shiny, smooth appearance. Extensive color palette with hundreds of nail polish shades. Uptown, downtown or crosstown-these variated colors will sizzle in any of the concrete jungle neighborhoods. I’ve been really into deep reds and metallics for fall! Which ones would you go for first?

BAREPRO Glow Highlighter by bareMinerals is more than just a highlighter, this versatile formula with light-reflecting mineral pearls provides a veil of natural-looking luminosity when used alone as a highlighter, and can be used to transform the finish of your favorite liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer or skincare products to add customized luminosity.

This light as air bi-phase liquid is infused with oat sugar to instantly smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and green lentil extract and bamboo extract to smooth the appearance of pores and even skin's texture. Mineral lock technology prolongs wear up to 16 hours.

Energize your skin with LUMIVIVE™ System from SkinMedica by clearing imperfections, alleviating damage and restoring vitality. Formulated with a blend of antioxidants and coenzyme Q10, this face serum works to reduce uneven pigmentation, free radical damage and redness. 

The LUMIVIVE™ System includes: 

  • LUMIVIVE™ Day Damage Defense Serum: an antioxidant serum that defends skin from damaging environmental aggressors such as blue light (HEV) as well as pollutants in the air

  • LUMIVIVE™ Night Revitalize Repair Complex: an evening serum that revitalizes and detoxifies the skin while reducing the appearance of environmental damage

Key Ingredients:

  • Cacao Seed Extract: offers blue light Protection

  • Bioflavinoids: create a bio-barrier on the skin

  • Alteramonas Ferment Extract: provides environmental pollution protection

  • Mirabilis Jalapa Extract: detoxifies skin

  • Pentapeptide 34 Trifluoroacetate: supports endogenous coenzyme Q10 and ATP levels to recharge and invigorate skin

Key Benefits:

  • Protects against blue light and environmental aggressors

  • Promotes radiant and even skin tone

  • Decreases visible redness

  • Discoloration

  • Detoxifies skin

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Fall Makeup Look with Bobbi Brown


THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BOBBI BROWN.

My favorite season is here! Crisp air, leave foliage and everything pumpkin, your girl is a little too excited for it all! Fall makeup is supposed to be subtle but with a touch of the dramatic. Some classic favorites? Black eyeliner, rich red lips, and overall warm tones. I've been wanting to create a look that's not too difficult to do but at the same time, also super gorgeous and still quite natural. Think of a very underplayed smokey eye with a cherry autumn lip and some gold highlight glowy-ness. Which is why I'm thrilled to partner with Bobbi Brown to share this fall makeup look with you guys! Continue reading to learn about every single product we used to achieve this look along with a quick fun makeup video!

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When I met Analise Traficante, the Bobbi Brown BDA & Brand Ambassador at Bloomingdale's in SoHo, during NYFW, I knew we had to work together! She and I instantly connected and along with her talent, her personality is what really drew me to her. Filming didn't even feel like work, but more like two girls just hanging out in our bedrooms (like teenagers) playing around with makeup. When I gave her my vision of the look I had in mind, she instantly got me. Say no more, she went with a very subtle smokey eye with hints of dark brown and purples along with a gorgeous rusty red lip and highlight to boot.

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We used one of my favorite illuminating powders of all time: The Nude Finish Illuminating Powder from SS16. The warm, gold tones are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall makeup, plus I think warmer highlights for olive skin is more flattering than cooler tones in terms of overall skin complexion as well as hair (but we can talk about hair in a whole other post.) The color we chose for lipstick shade is called, "Burnt Cherry" in Bobbi Brown's newly launched Luxe Matte Lip Color Beauty. These luxurious matte lipsticks feature oil-infused powders and pure matte powder pigments that deliver full coverage, a comfortable, lightweight feel and 12-hour high-impact color.

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Skin prep also included products from the Bobbi Brown line, such as their hydrating eye cream which has CHANGED my life. If you're looking something to rid of those bags, this magic potion in a jar IS IT! We also moisturized with face cream as well as a primer before setting in the foundation and concealer. Other favorites as well are the Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, the Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Truffle, and the limited edition Camo Luxe Eye & Cheek Palette - A modern spin on iconic camo that features six matte, metallic and sparkle shadows for multidimensional eye looks, plus a light-reflective highlighting powder to instantly illuminate skin—all in one versatile palette.

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I've added direct links to shop this fall beauty look in the top and end of this post, so feel free to check these items out! Remember, some items are limited edition, so you should take a look now rather than later. Got a question about this makeup look? Drop yours in the comment section down below or come find me on Instagram! Special thanks to the wonderful Analise for her makeup wizardry, you are amazing! Check out her Instagram here as well (@misstraficante)!

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July Beauty Favorites

JULY BEAUTY FAVORITES: DERMAdoctor® MED e TATE WIPES | DERMAdoctor® KP duty | 
LAURA MERCIER FACE ILLUMINATOR POWDER 'DEVOTION' | LAURA MERCIER FAN POWDER BRUSH | 
GUERLAIN ABEILLE ROYAL YOUTH WATERY OIL | GUERLAIN KISSKISS LIPSTICK 'HOT CORAL' | 
KÉRASTASE TOUCHE CHROMATIQUE 'COOL BROWN' | AMOREPACIFIC CREME FLUID | 
PYT BEAUTY NO BS EYESHADOW PALETTE 

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GUERLAIN, AMOREPACIFIC & LAURA MERCIER BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

My monthly roundup of beauty favorites is now live! I've mixed it up a bit in today's post, ranging from different items in skincare and makeup. In today's post, I'm featuring several on-the-go products ranging from a multi-purpose eyeshadow palette, antiperspirant wipes and even a hair color corrector. There are also a couple of beauty brands that I LOVE but just haven't had the pleasure of trying until now. One is Laura Mercier and the other is Guerlain! I even found my summer's moisturizer for those extra hot days, and trust me, you don't want to miss out on this creme! Continue reading to check out all the details plus reviews and as always, links to directly shop the beauty products featured in today's post. 

DERMAdoctor® MED e TATE ANTIPERSPIRANT WIPES

MED e TATE your way to a blissfully dry existence with antiperspirant wipes that purify the being and help reduce embarrassing sweating and wetness. This patented harmonious union of antiperspirant therapy is fortified with botanicals to help create a supremely dry state of consciousness with a simple swipe. These wipes are a lifesaver, especially in the summertime when the temps rise. I find using a few wipes, one after the other helps on those extra hot days. I do notice a shine left from using them, but a little face powder takes that away. Great for people who sweat more than the average person, you can use them on your face, neck, underarms and on your hands.

DERMAdoctor® KP DUTY

KP Duty is an AHA moisturizing therapy for dry skin that contains a patented blend of glycolic acid, green tea extra and urea to help exfoliate, calm and hydrate skin. It helps to improve the appearance of parched skin and rough chicken skin bumps (like keratosis pilaris), leaving your skin feeling softer, smoother and more hydrated. This condition develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block hair follicles and cause bumps to develop. The bumps are usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. They're white, sometimes red, and typically don't hurt or itch. But they're annoying! I always get them during the summer and this is the ONLY lotion that helps get rid of these bumps! Highly recommended. 

LAURA MERCIER FACE ILLUMINATOR POWDER 'DEVOTION'

A long-wearing, buildable and versatile highlighting powder that provides a natural-looking, radiant, allover glow. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder highlights the skin with pure light-reflecting pigments for a color-true, multidimensional, and luminous finish that complements all skin tones. Its non-dusting texture allows for excellent color payoff and applies smoothly and evenly onto skin without dragging. Designed to complement all skin tones, the unique formula brings natural-looking radiance to the complexion for an instant glow that lasts up to eight hours.

 LAURA MERCIER FAN POWDER BRUSH

"I developed this product to help women create a radiant look for themselves using a performance makeup artist tool that allows a buildable layer of shine from subtle illumination to extreme radiance." Laura Mercier  A fan brush made to pick up and softly apply product onto the skin for a flawless application, I love that it's buildable to your liking. Some days I want that glow to be more subtle where others I want to pack that extra 'punch' to my skin. This brush has become an essential highlight brush in my makeup brush arsenal!

GUERLAIN ABEILLE ROYALE YOUTH WATERY OIL

Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil offers the skin all the power of Guerlain-exclusive ingredients: Ouessant Black Bee Honey and exclusive Royal Jelly. This revolutionary formula combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion. The skin appears instantly smoother, plumper and revitalized. Replenishing micro-drops of oil are released at the very last minute, leaving the complexion looking radiant. The skin feels incredibly silky and baby-soft to the touch. Shake the bottle. Take 2-3 drops of the oil. Apply morning and night to the face and neck before the cream, instead of, or before the serum. Bee products are some of the world's most effective natural healing substances. Guerlain Research has extracted their powerful active ingredients to create Abeille Royale: a skincare programme with a Repairing Concentrate that stimulates key skin repairing mechanisms, continuously helping to diminish wrinkles and maintain skin firm. Definitely an A+ in my skincare book.

GUERLAIN KISSKISS MATTE LIPSTICK IN HOT CORAL

Guerlain imagines KissKiss Matte, a hydrating and plumping matte lipstick, intense like a lipstick and comfortable like a balm. The subtle spice extract it contains gives the impression of voluminous lips while the precious oils and the hyaluronic acid smooth and hydrate them. KissKiss Matte offers 9 captivating shades for all special occasions. The iconic packaging is adorned with a golden matte veil. My favorite color for the summer is their 'Hot Coral' shade. 

KÉRASTASE TOUCHE CHROMATIQUE IN COOL BROWN

Kérastase Touche Chromatiques - Cool Brown is an ink-in-care to mix in Masque Chromatique. It neutralizes unwanted red reflects for an enhanced cool brown. I use this product about once a week to keep my hair from looking too brassy. They have other color correctors for copper and red shades as well. It's perfect for those who don't have time to make a trip to the salon every few weeks. I try to go every two months if time allows it. This has been such a game changer in terms of color for my hair in between salon visits!

AMOREPACIFIC THE ESSENTIAL CREME FLUID

The Essential Crème Fluid offers the ultimate in green tea antioxidants for your skin. Each bottle contains 150 baby green tea leaves handpicked from the brand's green tea gardens. T-Essentials, a vital nutrient from green tea polysaccharides and green tea carotenoid, enhance and recover skin's moisture, texture, and flexibility. Neutra-Melting Emulsion Technology, the brand's exclusive technology, neutralizes oils from botanicals for all the nutrient-rich benefits in a silky texture. Micro Moisture Capsule Factor unlocks moisture deep within skin's layers and teaches skin to retain moisture more effectively.  

PYT BEAUTY NO BS EYESHADOW PALETTE

Consider this your new go-to, on-the-go eyeshadow palette. 8 shades, including essential mattes and glam shimmer finishes (plus a mirror to do it on the fly). PYT knows you hate hitting the pan on your favorite base shades, so they've made them twice as big. Best of all, it is small enough to fit in any makeup bag (or your back pocket) so you can really take it with you. This is a perfect travel-sized palette because you don't have to take 8 different products, just one that fits more than just eyeshadow! Plus the eyeshadows are easily transitioned from day to night looks, so there's that as well. All in all, a total steal and at only $28! 

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June Beauty Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES: BROOKLYN CANDLE STUDIO MAUI ESCAPISM CANDLE | 
JESSICA JOHNSON BEAUTY 3N1 HYBRID FACE OIL | JESSICA JOHNSON BEAUTY T3 HYDRO-ACTIVE 
SPRAY SERUM | ISLE OF PARADISE MEDIUM SELF-TANNING DROPS | KNOURS. BODY + V ZONE SOAP | 
KNOURS. GEL CREAM | PIXI GLOW-Y GOSSAMER DUO DELICATE DEW & SUBTLE SUNRISE | 
MELTMORE PORE REMOVER DUAL PRIMER | URBAN DECAY COSMETICS BORN TO RUN EYESHADOW 
PALETTE | bAREMINERALS MATTE FOUNDATION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 GOLDEN BEIGE 13 | 
bAREMINERALS MINERAL VEIL | bAREMINERALS BEAUTIFUL FINISH BRUSH

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY URBAN DECAY AND bAREMINERALS BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. 

Hi, everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July (to those who celebrated.) We kept it very low key since we both still have a lot of work to finish up on this week - plus we've never been the type to go away when everyone else does. The traveling is awful and everything is more expensive so we like to go away when less people do. Along with keeping up with my work, I always take advantage of New York City when everyone's away. You get to go to restaurants you'd otherwise never have a chance to get into and in the mornings there's no street traffic to fight off! The city is very different when it's a ghost town. This is also the time I clean out my closet and get the apartment spic and span and totally cozy. What can I say, I'm old(er) and like to be home nowadays! And what better feeling that cleaning up your place and seeing how great it looks afterward? Hence the delay on my monthly beauty roundup! Sorry guys, I'm super late on this post, and with the holiday being smack-dab in the middle of the week, it made my content scheduling a bit wonky. Apologies for keeping you waiting, but I promise it's worth the wait because in my June beauty favorites I'm sharing my newly updated summer skincare and makeup routine. One huge change? Goodbye liquid foundation! Continue reading to learn more and also to shop the products! 

The tide rises and falls on a secret beach on the island of Maui and, with it, notes of sea salt, sea moss, and driftwood evaporate into the air. A touch of zesty bergamot and soft ylang ylang round out aromas of the ocean. The Escapist collection takes you to our favorite places in the world, places we’ve traveled to that have a permanent place in our olfactory memories. Double-wicked and housed in white textured boxes and screen-printed glass tumblers, this collection will tug at the heartstrings of minimalists around the world. Hand poured by Brooklyn Candle Studio in Brooklyn, New York with 100% soy wax for a clean burn, a cotton braided wick primed with vegetable wax, and fine perfume oils and essential oils sourced from around the world. No phthalates, dyes, or preservatives. Volume: 13 oz Diameter: 3 3/8 in Height: 4 1/4 in Burn time: Up to 70 hours

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Johnson from Jessica Johnson Beauty to check out their two new products being launched: a 3 in 1 face oil and a spray serum that is truly out of this world. I've been using these in my new skincare regiment and the results have been nothing but amazing! During the warmer months, my combination skin is far from flawless but since using these two products, my skin has never looked more supple, softer and full of that natural dewy glow we women all covet! These two products will remove your makeup, cleanse your skin, hydrate, strengthen, protect, nourish, and reduces inflammation. Think about how much time and cabinet space you save! Here's a breakdown of these two products: 

3N1 HYBRID FACE OIL 

This proprietary blend of 6 oils deeply cleanses, nourishes and hydrates. C02 Botanical Extracts of turmeric, calendula, & St. John's Wort that reduces redness and inflammation. For best results, use with their organic bamboo face cloths (so freaking soft!!!)

STEP 1: MAKEUP REMOVAL/MASSAGE/FIRST CLEANSE

Massage 4-6 pumps of oil over entire face, neck, chest and eye area. Using gentle circular motions, massage for one minute. Lay warm, wet washcloth over the entire face, take a few deep breaths and enjoy the relaxing effects of lemongrass, citrus, and sage essential oils. Gently wipe off oil, using circular movements, paying extra attention to the eye area to remove all makeup (completely safe!). 

STEP 2: SECOND CLEANSE 

Double cleansing at night is essential to healthy skin. Using 4-6 pumps of oil, spread evenly over face. Moisten fingertips with warm water and gradually add warm water to the face, creating a milky emulsion. Rinse well with warm water and pat skin dry. 

STEP 3: TREATMENT

Moisten skin well with the t3 Hydro Active Spray Serum. Place 1-2 drops of oil in the palm of your hand. Rub hands together then evenly massage a fine layer of the oil into the serum. All creams and lotions are an oil & water emulsion. In this step, when you blend the two products, you are creating a lotion right onto your skin! How amazing is that?!

T3 HYDRO ACTIVE SPRAY SERUM

The T3 Hydro Active Spray Serum is packed with the powerful treatment ingredients found in intensive serums, but it's easily applied as a spray! To use, after cleansing the skin spray serum on skin. While skin is still wet, massage 1-2 drops of 3N1 Hybrid Face Oil over serum. Use as needed throughout the day or during air travel to keep skin hydrated and protected. Here are some of the key ingredients founded in this serum:

Sodium Hyaluronate: An intense hydrator that attracts and binds moisture to the skin.

Royal Jelly: Contains complex B vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties. 

Olive Leaf Extract: Moisturizing fatty acids and antioxidants hydrate and protect skin.

Peptides: Softens the appearance of wrinkles, supports elasticity, reduces puffiness, anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory. 

Grape Cell Extract: A powerful anti-oxidant that protects skin from UV stress and helps maintain the cell characteristics of epidermal stem cells. 

Pomegranate Extract: High levels of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, helps speed wound healing, sun damage, supports collagen & elastin production. 

Isle of Paradise Medium Self Tanning Drops n Self tanning water with colour correcting actives a green base for a natural golden glow with no streaks no smells or orange tones. Whether that s for the beach or brunch Isle of Paradise has got your tan covered! Formulated with Superbalance Complex to reduce redness, calm the skin and improve your karma :) I strongly recommend mixing these drops into your moisturizer WITHOUT your hands. Isle of Paradise has other products that are also recommended using a mitt with, so just a small piece of advice when using this brand. The results are great but you have to be careful... but with any self-tanning products, I strongly suggest a glove or mitt to blend it in. These drops are very subtle but you will still get a great sunkissed tan!

I came across Knours. in June while attending Foundermade for the second year in a row. It's basically a summit where emerging brands come together to network and connect with press, buyers etc while sharing knowledge and experiences. The founders of Knours. have always been inspired by clean living. Through a shared passion for exercising and eating right, it naturally evolved into skin care. Believing that everything has an effect on one's body, they sought to provide women with the best, clean beauty line that would help and not harm them during pivotal moments of each month. Thus, Knours. was born. An efficacious collection of 8 essentials dedicated to helping women feel beautiful and confident every day.

KNOURS. pH 5.6 BODY & V ZONE SOAP

Formulated with naturally fermented, Korean artisanal vinegar 'Hanega'Using a low-acid formula to match skin's slightly acidic pH, this soap is gentle on the skin and prolongs moisture retention. It removes impurities and excess sebum. It’s not only beneficial for the skin on the body, but also on hair and the sensitive V-zone. Your all-in-one cleanser.

KNOURS. GEL CREAM

A lightweight, soothing gel cream that keeps temperamental skin under control.This hypoallergenic, soothing gel cream will give your skin peace. Meditate on how good it feels.

Add a touch of light to your makeup with PIXI Glow-y Gossamer Duo in 'Delicate Dew' Or 'Subtle Sunrise', a highlighter duo with natural glow.The delicate, super-silky powders deliver natural-looking brightness to the complexion, creating lit-from-within luminosity. With a creamy, skin-like texture, the highlighters blend effortlessly onto skin, brightening and enhancing high points on the face, such as cheekbones and brow bones. Perfectly pigmented, the results will look natural in any light.

MELT MORE PORE REMOVER DUAL PRIMER CREAM & BALM

Meltmore is 100% formulated with ECOCERT certified, EWG verified all natural ingredients. 
The worlds’ first pore specializing in cosmetics solely formulated with ECOCERT certified EWG verified all natural ingredients.

1. Formulated with no chemical ingredients for perfect cleans + zero trouble. All natural ingredients design to melt away perfectly. No remaining product is left behind to clog pores or cause breakouts, but this dramatically reduces the look of pores while smoothing your complexion. It's the ultimate blur balm. 

2. Pore removing primer balm. Powerfully refines pores! Candelilla wax deeply purifies pores, while instantly working to help smooth skin while peppermint tightens the pores and leaves skin smooth and healthy. 

3. Hydrates your skin with a flawless finish. The light texture cream refreshingly hydrates, smoothes, and blurs common skin concerns such as blemishes, redness, scars, bumps leaving you virtually flawless. 

If you find yourself packing multiple kits for one look, Urban Decay's Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette is your globe-trotting go-to. When it's time to grab your carry-on and dash off to the next big adventure, you'll want to pack light. Enter Born To Run, an all-in-one eyeshadow palette that has everything you need to create neutral looks, add in pops of color and play with brights, no matter where you're going. With 21 of-the-moment shades - from jewel tones and modern neutrals to more colorful shadows - you've got every possible eye look covered in one sleek kit. Made from UD's mind-blowing formula that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color and blendability, Born To Run's Eyeshadow shades hold tightly onto pigment that stays put.

I'm revealing my new way of putting on foundation and I'm kissing liquid-form goodbye! I've been using mineral foundation and Holy Cow! It's got the same full coverage as liquid! Here are my three current summer favorites from bareMinerals: 

bAREMINERALS MATTE FOUNDATION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 GOLDEN BEIGE

A mineral foundation with buildable coverage and a naturally matte finish available in 30 shades for all skintones. This foundation's weightless minerals buff and blend seamlessly upon application. Redness, imperfections, and fine lines and wrinkles are visibly blurred, while excess oil and the appearance of pores disappear with just one sweep across skin, and improve over time, too. Matte Foundation is dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, nonacnegenic, and noncomedogenic so you can feel good about what you're putting on your skin, and it's available in an array of skintone-perfecting shades. It is formulated Without: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates All bareMinerals® Foundations are oil-free, noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested.

 

bAREMINERALS MINERAL VEIL SPF 25

Get the ultimate flawless finish while protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Make the most of your makeup with Mineral Veil, a see-through but spectacular finale for any kind of complexion. Minimizing lines, absorbing oils, and softening your complexion, it gives you a flawless finish that's too good to miss. And best of all, it's utterly weightless. Just a bare veil of minerals that lock makeup in place and give your skin airbrushed perfection. Benefits: Protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB raysGives your skin a soft, airbrushed quality. Is entirely translucent, allowing for a natural look. Keeps your skin clear of preservatives, waxes, talc, and binders. Minimizes pores and fine lines for a youthful complexion. Absorbs oils to keep your skin looking fresh and clean. Prolongs wear of bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation, Lipcolor, and Eyecolor. Can also be worn on bare skin for a fresh, feather-light finish. Works beautifully for all skin tones

 

bAREMINERALS BEAUTIFUL FINISH BRUSH

This luxuriously soft, extra-large, patent-pending brush delivers fast, even, controlled coverage to reduce application time. Engineered with a unique convex center and waved synthetic fibers that hold powder like water to a sponge, it deposits more product with less effort. Its skirted silhouette fits perfectly into our proprietary ORIGINAL and MATTE Foundation lids to help capture (and contain) every mineral. 

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May Beauty Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES: AVEDA FEED MY LIPS COLLECTION | 
LONDONTOWN GUILTY PLEASURE NAIL POLISH | KERASTASE COLLECTION | 
INNISFREE BRIGHTENING MASK | DIPTYQUE CHOISYA CANDLE | EVE LOM RADIANCE FACE MIST

Cheers to the long weekend! What's everyone up to this #MDW? We are keeping it low key and staying in the city to catch up on work and then some. We just filmed and shot for something pretty exciting yesterday, and I can't wait to share so I'll be spending some time on it for the next few days. This past month I was supposed to release a video I had done with a brand but when they decided to go in another direction, I was completely disappointed. All my work on the film was for nothing. But it's not! You see, I have been wanting to get more into videography and because of the original plans with the collab, it forced me to start learning more advanced stages in post-production in film. It's not easy, and quite frankly, I stress myself out to the max when doing it, but many of you have expressed your enjoyment in my film work, so I'm continuing my journey with it. My actual videographer is my husband, but I direct, style and edit the film. Just like with photographs. Wish me luck! I could just be relaxing on this long holiday weekend, but I'm a workaholic and way too giddy about the content we created! In the meantime, here is my monthly roundup of beauty favorites! Mint-scented, pigmented lipsticks that are actually good for your lips, the perfect summer pink nail polish, a collection of haircare products that'll make your head spin, a yellow brightening mask, orange blossom scented candle and the best face mist out there right now... it's all going down in today's post so don't miss out! Continue reading to learn more about these products and where the shop them!

You guys know I'm a big Aveda haircare user, and I've never tried their makeup before, but after trying this collection, it's safe to say I love both. 95% naturally derived, these long-wearing feed my lips™ lipsticks with nourishing certified organic cupuaçu fruit butter and botanical oils and their signature certified organic peppermint, vanilla and ginger aroma-flavor. You can choose from different shades in a satin finish created to complement your hair color. A balanced blend of botanical waxes helps deliver long-wearing benefits for color that lasts all day. Stays true for 8 hours and does not feather. The cupuaçu fruit butter helps nourish and moisturize for beautifully soft lips and the blend of botanical oils, including certified organic kukui, jojoba and sunflower help smooth lips. The lip liners are also well-pigmented and long-lasting and there's even a lip treatment with no shade to use as a lip balm in between shades. :)

Make that two martinis & a pop of cherry red! Give your nails the good stuff. Florium Complex infused Lakur by Londontown takes color to the next level by fusing bold hues with enriching botanicals to deliver long-lasting., high-shine wear that hydrates and strengthens with every application. My most favorite hot pink shade (without the shade being too bright) is their 'Guilty Pleasure' shade. Don't choose between nail care and color, pick both. Made in USA 9-Free, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Instructions Apply two coats of lacquer following an application of kur Nail Hardener; allow lacquer to dry for 10-15 seconds, then seal in nutrients with kur Protective Top Coat, kur Protective Matte Coat or kur Gel Genius Top Coat.

I've been using Kérastase haircare products since I was in college! They have amazing hair masks and lotions on top of shampoo/conditioners. With their new Reflection collection, it's the perfect regiment for hydrated, healthy summer hair! Especially if your hair is colored. To maintain my hair color and keeping my locks nourished, I've been using the Reflection shampoo, hair mask, hair balm and the new Incroyable hair lotion for a while now and the results have been amazing! Here's a breakdown of these four products:

Kérastase Reflection Chroma Captive Fondant 

A multi-tasking styling hair balm. Features a half cream half paste texture. Helps tame and mold style with no sticky feeling. Provides medium, flexible and long-lasting hold. Leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable with a natural look.

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Sulfate-Free Shampoo For Colored Treated Hair

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chromatique sulfate-free multi-protecting shampoo for colored hair gently cleanses hair to protect and maintain healthy hair color. This shampoo not only cleans the hair beautifully, it leaves it feeling nourished too. Free from the nasty chemicals in so many shampoos means that there is no further damage to color-treated hair. Would not use any other shampoo. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Kérastase Reflect Chroma Rich Masque

Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Masque is a luminous, softening, treatment masque for dry, highlighted, or color-treated. I've been using their hair masques for years and this one has been by far my favorite! The texture is very rich, thick and concentrated and a little bit goes a long way. It makes my over-processed hair exceptionally soft and smooth!

Kérastase L'Incroyable Blowdry Heat Lotion

Create endless looks with our first-to-market* ground breaking Couture Styling innovation. Miracle heat-sensitive microwax technology allows the hair to set and re-set styles with ease. For fine to normal hair, apply two pumps of L'incroyable blowdry lotion into hands. Distribute on towel-dried hair and blowdry for desired look. Restyle or change the look easily with the use of heat tools. 

A volcanic cluster yellow mask for sebum control and brightening. This is perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin. Aside from drawing out impurities from skin with the Jeju lava ingredient, this mask comes with special ingredients such as Vitamin C complex (yellow) for brightening. Perfect for when your skin is looking AND feeling a little dull. 

When I think of one of the world's finest luxury candles, Diptyque is definitely one of them. This finely scented candle releases the clean, vibrant fragrance of Mexican orange blossom Orange blossom is renowned for its calming, soothing properties. There are a variety of scents, but the Choisya candle is my favorite during the summertime. Burns for approximately 60 hours

A versatile, effective skincare treatment in mist form that hydrates helps to protect against the effects of environmental aggressors on the skin, and gives the complexion a radiant glow. The perfect solution for: Dryness! Formulated with enhanced actives in a water-light form, the Radiance Face Mist delivers an immediate increase in skin moisture by up to 80 percent after application, and hydrates up to 48 hours after use. A key moisture ingredient complex in the Mist supports skin's natural ability to regulate water retention and adapt to changing fluctuations in humidity, keeping skin balanced and refreshed. The formula is enriched with antioxidants that protect against free radicals and other oxidative damage that can lead to premature aging. An antipollution active of wild indigo extract acts to calm skin and reduces visible signs of stress caused by air pollution. 

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