December Beauty Favorites

Happy last Friday of the year and also my last monthly beauty favorites of 2018! There’s tons of skincare going on in today’s post as I discuss my viewpoint on switching from two different skincare sets during the week - which better your skin regimen and its effects. We’ve also got my latest favorite scented candle from Diptyque, a mysterious fragrance from Jimmy Choo, the best liquid eyeliner and only eyeliner I’ve been using these days, and a dark spot corrector that’s so insanely good I had to let you know about it NOW even before it’s available online! Don’t worry though, it will be by next week so check it out and pre-order! Continue reading to learn more about my December beauty favorites!

Elemis skincare products

ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN HYDRA-GEL EYE MASK

Only at ULTA! Smoothes, tightens, hydrates. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are clinically proven to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, these refreshing hydra-gel eye masks smooth, tighten and hydrate your delicate eye area. Potent plankton extract, combined with the power of padina pavonica and chlorella, provides an instant skin-tightening effect, while hyaluronic acid hydrates the fragile eye area. Eye contours are left looking visibly smoother and feeling intensely moisturized. 

ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN CLEANSING BALM

This No.1 Bestselling cleansing balm deep cleanses and leaves skin supremely soft. Luxurious Rose and Mimosa waxes are infused with nourishing Elderberry, Starflower and Optimega™ oils and supercharged with anti-aging algae, Padina Pavonica. For an intensely nourishing treatment, you can also use this product as a facial mask. This powerful, deep cleansing balm is a cult hero, and I can firmly attest to this. It’s the only cleansing balm I’ve been using since I’ve tried it!

ELEMIS SUPERFOOD CLEANSING WASH

This rich and creamy facial wash revives and refreshes while deeply cleansing the skin. Nutrient dense, green superfoods have been chosen to enhance your natural radiance, offering skin lacking vitality, a balanced diet of active ingredients for an outdoor, fresh glow. Broccoli Seed, Avocado and Pumpkin Seed oils are combined with a natural sugar derived Pre-Biotic to help ensure the skin’s precious microbiome balance is maintained while Wheatgrass, Kale, Nettle and minerals are combined to leave the complexion looking fresh, luminous, bright and radiant. Leaves your skin looking radiant, bright and fresh. A green and balanced skincare diet to leave the complexion feeling nourished and replenished. Dull looking skin is replaced by a radiant and fresh complexion. Offers skin the benefits of your recommended daily greens. The integrity of skin’s microbiome is maintained, leaving it feeling balanced and nourished. Vegan Friendly.

ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM

This is the ultimate wrinkle-smoothing day cream from ELEMIS. Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is clinically proven* to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 14 days, for skin that looks and feels younger and more firm. Padina pavonica, has been blended with ginkgo biloba, chlorella and precious rose and mimosa absolutes to moisturize the skin and visibly improve the appearance of fine lines, while supporting a feeling of suppleness, firmness and elasticity. 

AMORE PACIFIC TREATMENT CLEANSING OIL FACE & EYES

This gentle cleanser for the face and eyes is a blend of botanical oils—including green tea seed, babassu palm, and coconut oil—that dissolves and lifts away impurities and makeup (even waterproof mascara) without stripping away skin’s natural moisture. Upon contact with water, the multitasking formula transforms into a silky, non-oily emulsion that also works to improve skin luminosity and moisture retention for a smooth, glowing complexion. It is further enriched with hydrating green tea leaf extract and a radiance-boosting blend of ginseng root and white birch extract. 

AMORE PACIFIC TREATMENT CLEANSING FOAM

Effectively remove makeup and impurities without stripping your skin of essential moisture with AMOREPACIFIC US, INC.'s Cleansing Foam. Formulated with super hydrating Bamboo Sap and firming Red Ginseng Root, this anti-bacterial face wash contains exfoliating Vitamin E micro-beads that dissolve to release antioxidants. I like to use this skincare set along with the Elemis, and rotate them in the week. I feel when you use the exact same products all the time to the skin starts to not have the same effects versus to switching it up here and there. How do you guys feel about this?

AMORE PACIFIC TREATMENT ENZYME PEEL

Forget what you think you know about exfoliating peels - AMOREPACIFIC US, INC.'s gentle, botanical-infused formula is light enough for daily use. When combined with water, the fine powder transforms into a light emulsion that washes away dull, dead skin cells. You'll see a smoother and brighter complexion instantly. I use this enzyme peel twice a week and my face is smoother than a baby’s bottom! Truly amazing product!

CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR MINI

A natural, innovative toning mist that sets makeup, provides an instant burst of radiance, and tightens the appearance of pores, featuring the same bestselling formula with a new, improved pump to finely and evenly distribute the lightweight mist. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary's famous elixir of youth, Beauty Elixir is formulated with grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to provide an immediate burst of radiance. The complexion treatment reduces dullness and is infused with toning rosemary, astringent mint, and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. Beloved by celebrities and makeup artists worldwide, the Beauty Elixir is the ideal priming base and setting spray between layers of makeup for a long-lasting and smooth finish. Perfect as an aftershave for men too! This mini is ideal for travel.

DIPTYQUE POMANDER CANDLE

If you don’t know by now, my all-time favorite candles are from Diptyque. And this newly discovered scent is all the rage. Pomander is a delicious orange studded with cloves and cinnamon, the spicy scent of winter. It’s the most incredible fragranced candle, and you Diptyque’s candles burn for quite a long time on top of its quality scents. What’s your favorite scent by Diptyque?

JIMMY CHOO FEVER EAU DE PARFUM

Jimmy Choo Fever Eau de Parfum is an addictive and sensual fragrance. Effortlessly glamorous, the Fever woman has a mysterious side, yet always has the ability to shine.

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top: Black Plum Nectar

  • Heart: Heliotrope

  • Base: Roasted Tonka Bean

TARTE MANEATER LIQUID EYELINER

This vegan, quick-drying liquid eyeliner features intense black, lash-enhancing pigment spheres & a waterproof formula to ensure tonight's eyeliner won't turn into tomorrow's smoky eye. The micro brush tip glides on smoothly to create precise definition or drama where you want it & moves with the contours of your lashline for the perfect, one-swipe application. You can use it to sculpt & fill in spaces between lashes for an ultra-black boost in volume or extend it out to a sexy #maneater wing.

DR. DENNIS GROSS CLINICAL GRADE IPL DARK SPOT CORRECTING SERUM

A viable alternative to hydroquinone, this pro-level treatment fights discoloration by removing over-pigmented surface cells, brightening skin tone, and fighting against environmental aggressors. Skin brightness improves in as early as two weeks, while diminishing visible discoloration in eight weeks. Containing lactic acid helps fight acne and I can confirm dark spots are gone even after a month! I started to notice results right away. It will be available online and in stores January 4th. It’s $90 for one 1.0 fl oz bottle, but it’s literally magic potion in a jar so you will definitely be getting your money’s worth.

LOVE & XX’S,

 
 

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November Beauty Favorites

My monthly roundup of beauty favorites is now live on the blog! We have an assortment of skincare and makeup products, old and new, that I’m so excited to share with you guys! I love each and every one of these items as if they were my firstborn child (okay… pushing it there a bit LOL) but really, they’re just that good. I’ve discovered a K-beauty brand that has my all-time favorite cleansing balm that smells out of this world and is affordable; a super luxe creme that will probably have your eyes rolling (and not in a good way) but is sooooo completely worth its price; multi-faceted palette that makes for a blush, lip/eye tint; a men’s soap that I’ve been obsessed with its scent since I was a little girl, and the only perfume I’ve been wearing these days is done by the Italians… it’s all going down here on M +S! Continue reading to learn more!

LANCÔME ABSOLUE WHITE AURA

Looking for that extra luxurious skincare item for this time of the year? The Absolue Luminous Rejuvenation: an ideal look of rejuvenated skin, incredibly luminous. Lancôme has created Absolue White Aura Cream, specifically developed to reveal skin's brightness. White rose extract for the first time is paired with Pro-Xylane™ in a subtle, pearly texture, elegantly rich, yet fresh. Exceptional results; skin seems hydrated, rejuvenated as though illuminated. Skin seems to glow with an aura of light. 

BVLGARI LE GEMME REALI VERIDIA EAU DE PARFUM

I literally can’t get enough of this fragrance. Essence of galbanum, incense tears, bourbon vanilla, Veridia is a mysterious elixir, a concentrate of opulence with a deeply contrasting and charismatic Oriental woody green silage. There are other scents from the collection, but this one, by far, is my favorite. Everything about this bottle screams decadence, and Bvlgari is just that. If you’re looking to get something extra special for your day but not going too far over your budget, this perfume will make her VERY VERY happy. And you too, I know for sure! :)

Sulwhasoo

Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF 50 in no. 13

SULWHASOO PERFECTING CUSHION INTENSE SPF 50 NO. 13

What it is: A moisturizing and nourishing anti-aging cushion foundation that spreads seamlessly onto the skin, creating a smooth finish that delicately reflects light for remarkable, youthful luminosity.

Who it's for: Anyone with any skin type who wants buildable coverage and a luminous finish.

What it does: It's formulated with precious red pine extracts, which deliver unrivaled radiance and resilience to the skin while boosting skin's look of firmness and density and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant-rich plum blossoms deliver clarity to the skin, while Sulwhasoo's unique Radiance Pearl Powder Complex provides remarkable radiance. The result is a silky, seamless yet perfected complexion with a healthy, natural-looking glow.

How to use: After dispensing an appropriate amount onto the cushion puff, gently spread the product across the face. Start from the center of the face and work your way outward. Apply more on areas where more coverage is needed, for a flawless finish.

Farmacy Beauty

Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

FARMACY BEAUTY GREEN CLEAN MAKEUP MELTAWAY CLEANSING BALM

A nourishing cleansing balm that gently melts away makeup and impurities caused by pollution, leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth. Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm instantly melts into the skin, dissolving away makeup and pollution residue so even the boldest eye makeup and sunscreen applications are easily removed. It refines the skin’s surface for a younger looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types, Green Clean can be used even on dry and delicate complexions. The balm features sunflower oil and ginger root oil to gently cleanse and nourish the skin for a glowing complexion. Extract of the Moringa tree, a native tree to India and Africa, helps to purify and refresh skin by removing impurities caused by pollution. Papaya extract acts as a natural exfoliator to help renew the look of the skin’s surface. An aromatic blend of lime, bergamot and orange essential oils revitalizes the look of skin. It features the unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™, which contains a high concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant that promotes an evenly toned complexion. All in all? Hands down the BEST cleaning balm.

Laneige

Water Sleeping Mask

LANEIGE WATER SLEEPING MASK

Recharge dehydrated skin overnight. This innovative mask is formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver intense doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin.

  • Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood, relaxes and comforts while apricot and evening primrose extracts brighten and purify fatigued skin.

  • The result: skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed, and soft. Wake up to soft, glowing skin.

Sleep-Tox™
A purification technology to help calm skin from damage and external stressors that skin suffers during the day. Antioxidant-rich Hunza Apricot and Evening Primrose work throughout the night to purify fatigued skin.

Hydro Ionized Mineral Water
Formulated with 6 moisture-maximizing minerals—zinc, manganese, magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium—that are ionized and stabilized in water to penetrate quicker and deeper into skin. It provides Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF), similar to skin's own moisturizing agents, to circulate and retain long-lasting moisture.

Moisture Wrap™
An exclusive technology that features a mineral network of moisture-rich beta-glucan to form an 8-hour time-release moisturizing layer over skin. It locks in active ingredients and mineral water.

Directions
Apply evenly across face. Leave treatment overnight and rinse off in the morning. *Use once or twice a week.

Erno Laszlo

Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanser

ERNO LASZLO PORE REFINING DETOX DOUBLE CLEANSER

Treat your complexion to Erno Laszlo Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse; a clarifying formula that delivers deep daily cleansing for clear, healthy-looking skin. Fortified with encapsulated Black Charcoal and a Fruit Enzyme Complex, the resurfacing cleanser reaches into pores to effectively draw out dirt, impurities and pollutants, without over-drying or uncomfortable tightness. A Kale Protein blend of mega-nutrients helps to restore a youthful appearance, whilst nourishing and smoothing for improved skin texture and tone. An easy, convenient alternative to two-step cleansing and exfoliating. Expect a detoxified, purified complexion with renewed radiance.

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD CLEARING TREATMENT MASK

The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin's natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid) works to help minimize pores and create clearer skin. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion. I love using this mask even as a spot-on fixer-upper, you know… that one zit just just won’t go away without a vengeance! This is the only mask that helps calm it down fast!

Redken

For Men Soap

REDKEN MEN’S CLEANSE BALANCED BAR SOAP

Now I know this bar is supposedly for men. But this soap bar is just magic and the smell is super intoxicating. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl and have been using it ever since. I have the hardest time finding them as they only exist in a certain amount of stores. But I love it especially in the winter. With Vitamin E and peppermint, the smell is my favorite part of this bar, even though it does a body good. Cleanliness-wise!

LANCÔME LE MONOCHROMATIQUE BEAUTY

WHAT IT IS:
A unique cream-to-powder tint that can be applied all over the face--eyes, cheeks and lips. This cushiony, soft texture glides seamlessly onto skin providing a subtle flush of color or a buildable rush of color.

WHAT IT DOES:
This oil-free flush of color was curated for the woman who wants an effortless makeup application and look! Available in 10 buildable shades--play in the monochromatic trend or spice it up and mix & match your favorite shades! Just a quick swipe on the eyes, touch on the cheeks and kiss on the lips, and you're ready to go!

LANCÔME X PROENZA SCHOULER LIMITED EDITION EYESHADOW PALETTE

A limited-edition eyeshadow palette featuring intensely pigmented, wearable hues straight from the Proenza Schouler runways. These hues will have you turning heads. Each palette features 10 shades in three lust-worthy textures: creamy matte, sparkling pearl and glitter.

LANCÔME X PROENZE SCHOULER LIPS KAJAL PENCIL ORANGE ARTY 08

The newest innovation in lips, these dual-ended Proenza Schouler lip kajals, provide the creaminess and precision of a lipstick on one side and the comfort and shine of a gloss on the other side. For ultimate versatility, use each side interchangeably or layer the gloss atop the lip crayon for the perfectly irresistible pout! Favorite shade: Orange Arty 08.

Created based on advanced medical technology used by Madonna’s renowned personal dermatologist, MDNA SKIN's The Beauty Roller harnesses the benefits of ultra-infrared energy powered by pure, high-density carbon to provide the appearance of lifted, luminous skin and toned contours. Designed to perfectly hug every curve of the face and body, this battery-free device helps visibly energize, lift, firm, and retexturize the complexion and enhance the absorption of serums and creams. Oversized dual-sculpting carbon spheres: promote lymphatic drainage, optimal product penetration, and tension relief. Ultra-infrared energy: permeates the skin’s surface to help visibly energize, lift, firm, boost hydration, and retexturize fine lines and wrinkles.

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Julep Passport To K-Beauty

JULEP PASSPOST TO K-BEAUTY: NO EXCUSES SUNSCREEN GEL | TRIPLE QUENCH SHEET MASK SYSTEM | NIGHT SHIFT SLEEPING MASK | BOOST YOUR RADIANCE FACIAL OIL | WHAT YOUR SKIN NEEDS FACIAL MILK | YOU GOT THIS SERUM DAILY MOISTURIZER  | DREAM BIG PRESSED SERUM | SO AWAKE EYE CREAM | CHARCOAL KONJAC SPONGE | HYDRATING CLEANSING OIL | LOVE YOUR BARE FACE CLEANSING BALM STICK 


This post is brought to you by Julep Beauty but all opinions are my own. 

Many of you have asked about affordable skincare and especially, K-beauty since my last luxury skincare post, so I finally have something for you guys that I think you'll really love as well! Julep is the latest brand to bundle up its K-beauty essentials into one convenient place. Its brand-new Passport To K-Beauty is the ultimate Korean skin-care vault, complete with 11 of Julep's best-selling products for helping your skin become as clear and glowing as a member of any K-Pop band. Continue reading to learn more about every product in this amazing beauty box and as always, where to shop!

The products are neatly organized in a multi-tiered pink box that can be easily stored on your vanity or under your bathroom sink. The packaging itself is quite aesthetically pleasing. With ingredients straight from Jeju Island, (a popular vacation destination site below the southern tip of South Korea,) you have a complete K-beauty routine in one easy-to-navigate place. You can mix-and-match the products depending on the time of day or what your biggest skin concern may be. Again, there 11 products divided up into three different sections: Protect, Hydrate, & Cleanse. Let's take a closer look at each section:

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PROTECT

NO EXCUSES INVISIBLE SUNSCREEN GEL

A completely transparent face sunscreen in an essence-gel base, Julep No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel delivers broad-spectrum SPF 40 that helps protect against UVA/UVB rays. This lightweight gel goes on smoothly and dries to a satin finish, making it perfect to wear under makeup. How do I use it: Apply liberally, 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

TRIPLE QUENCH DEEP HYDRATION SHEET MASK SYSTEM

Julep's Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System offers three steps to help reveal the appearance of softer, brighter skin. The complete three-part sheet mask system is all you need for a deeply hydrating and ultra-pampering boost to your skin-care routine. How do I use it: Use once to three times a week, depending on your skin's hydration needs. Perfect for traveling. 

NIGHT SHIFT SLEEPING MASK

An overnight moisture mask that you wear while you're fast asleep, so you wake up to smoother, more hydrated skin. It's formulated with a unique peptide blend, sodium hyaluronate, and botanical extracts--including Power Cell Complex--that work to deliver moisture to the skin. How do I use it: Massage a thin, even layer onto face, avoiding eye area. Apply to clean, bare skin or layer over serum and moisturizer. Leave on overnight and rinse off in the morning. Your skin will be oh so soft!

HYDRATE

BOOST YOUR RADIANCE REPARATIVE ROSEHIP SEED FACIAL OIL

Julep's Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil is a lightweight, fast-absorbing facial oil that gives an antioxidant boost to your skincare routine. Perfect for all skin types - even oily skin. The rosehip seed oil reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars, and hyperpigmentation. Regulates oil production while moisturizing. Vitamin E protects against dehydration and free radical damage while it aids in the absorption of the rosehip seed oil. Bergamot oil brightens skin while providing a natural uplifting fragrance.

WHAT YOUR SKIN NEEDS RESTORATIVE FACIAL MILK

What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk is an ultra-lightweight facial moisturizer, with a high-tech blend of five skin-boosting oils that absorbs quickly into your skin to treat, nourish, and hydrate. It's formulated with squalane, as well as the skin-loving oils of jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. How do I use it: Apply one to two drops onto face after cleansing. Can be worn alone or under moisturizer. Apply day or night.

Julep Beauty skincare

YOU GOT THIS PRESSED SERUM DAILY MOISTURIZER

You Got This daily moisturizing routine down with this stick that streamlines your serum and moisturizer steps into one. Formulated with soothing hydration and antioxidants with ingredients like camellia japonia seed oil, jeju blossom extract, sodium hyaluronate, and ceramidesso, it's ready to help you take on the day. How do I use it: Swipe the pressed serum stick on forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Gently massage in with fingers. Follow with an SPF during the daytime.

DREAM BIG NIGHTLY RENEWAL PRESSED SERUM WITH BHA

Julep Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA is an innovative stick that streamlines your nighttime serum and moisturizer steps into one. It deeply hydrates as it gently exfoliates to unveil smoother, more refined skin overnight. The salicylic acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid) lifts and loosens dead skin cells and purges the pores of impurities to improve skin's clarity, tone, and texture. Antioxidant-rich Jeju Blossom Extract protects against environmental damage. Sodium hyaluronate deeply hydrates to promote skin's suppleness and elasticity. Ceramides strengthen the skin's natural barrier, restore damaged lipid barrier caused by environmental damage, and prevent water loss.

SO AWAKE DEPUFFING GEL EYE CREAM

Julep So Awake Depuffing Gel Eye Cream is a lightweight, multitasking eye cream that handles all your everyday eye woes. It hydrates and depuffs the delicate eye area as it reduces the look of dark circles. Plus, illuminating micro-pearls perk up the look of tired eyes instantly. The Sodium hyaluronate deeply hydrates to promote skin's suppleness and elasticity. Turmeric root extract and banana flower extract soothe redness and irritation as they reduce the appearance of dark circles, providing long-term brightening effects. Antioxidant-rich Jeju bamboo grass & Jeju blossom extract protect against environmental damage as they soothe, nourish, and moisturize. Caffeine perks up tired-looking eyes and diminishes puffiness. Collagen improves skin's elasticity.

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CLEANSE

CHARCOAL BODY KONJAC SPONGE

Julep took their cult-favorite Konjac face sponge and made it big enough to use from top to toe. Helping to gently exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal a soft, radiant, and glowing looking complexion, the special teardrop-shape helps reach every facial curve and nook, while an attached suction cup makes for easy shower storage. How do I use it: Rinse under warm water before each use. Massage in a circular motion to exfoliate dead skin cells. Rinse thoroughly and squeeze out excess water after each use. Replace every one to two months.

LOVE YOUR BARE FACE HYDRATING CLEANSING OIL

This lightweight cleanser from Julep gently and thoroughly dissolves makeup and dirt without over-drying skin, then rinses clean. This formula treats your complexion to ingredients such as grapeseed oil; olive oil; and power cell complex, a blend of ultra-hydrating ingredients that includes rosehip seed oil, malvaceae lipid extract, and green coffee bean oil. How do I use it: Pump into dry hands and massage over dry face. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

LOVE YOUR BARE FACE DETOXIFYING CLEANSING BALM STICK

An innovative stick cleanser with a blend of natural oils and fruit enzymes that removes dirt, oil, and impurities while gently exfoliating for a deep-down clean. You can finally nourish and deep cleanse your skin at the same time. Treat yourself to a luxurious blend of natural oils that dive deep to remove makeup, dirt, oil, and impurities while delivering essential nutrients to soothe, repair, and moisturize the skin. Natural pomegranate fruit enzymes work to gently exfoliate and dissolve surface debris that can cause dullness and uneven skin texture, leaving you with a noticeably softer, more radiant complexion. Key Ingredients: Rice bran oil dives deep to purge impurities grapefruit peel oil cleanses and evens skin tone camellia japonica seed oil hydrates and clarifies skin.

So what is the verdict on Julep's Passport To K-Beauty vault? A big two thumbs up! It is available for $249 on julep.comulta.com and nordstrom.com. At first glance the price may not be 'right' BUT... the individual products add up to $326. With the vault, you're saving $77. You're basically getting two or three products for free, which is a plus when K-beauty routines typically account for 10 to 11 steps. Plus many of the products are travel-friendly, and I'm always down for K-Beauty while traveling! What do you guys think of this pretty pink beauty box?! Would you rather buy the products separately or in a bundled collection as such? Drop your comments down below! 

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August Beauty Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES: KIEHL'S CUCUMBER HERBAL CONDITIONING CLEANER | 
FRUDIA GREEN GRAPE PORE CONTROL SHEET MASK | 
ESTEE LAUDER REVITALIZING SUPREME PLUS GLOBAL ANTI-AGING CELL POWER CREME | 
FRUDIA GREEN GRAPE PORE CONTROL TONER | 
ORIGINS DR. ANDREW WEIL FOR ORIGINS™ MEGA-MUSHROOM SKIN RELIEF FACE MASK | 
URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER LIQUID FOUNDATION 7.75 | LANCÔME MATTE SHAKERS | 
YSL BEAUTY SMOKER EYE DUO GREEN | ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR | 
KIEHL'S CREAMY EYE TREATMENT W/ AVOCADO | 
ESTEE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK - VENGEFUL RED

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Happy Friday! What's everyone doing for the long weekend? I'm ready for some much need R&R for the next few days, as come Tuesday it's the beginning of a long and crazy week, AKA: Fashion Week. Today's post I'm sharing my latest beauty favorites that I've discovered and have been using for the past month. There's a ton of skin care and makeup products I'm excited to share with you, ranging from Lancôme, Estee Lauder, YSL Beauty and even a new K Beauty line called, Frudia. I found some really amazing lipsticks and face masks along with a brand new liquid foundation I've never tried, but am now officially obsessed with. Come take a look at all these goodies and how these can be incorporated into your beauty regimen! 

1. KIEHL'S CUCUMBER HERBAL CONDITIONING CLEANSER

You think drinking cucumber-infused water is refreshing? How about washing your face with it?! This ultra-gentle, foaming gel-lotion cleanser softly melts away dirt, impurities, and makeup while conditioning even dry, sensitive skin for a fresh-feeling clean that lasts all day. Formulated with whole cucumbers, carefully extracted to preserve the quality and nutrients of the fruit, and plant-based glycerin, this non-drying, non-irritating cleanser maintains skin's moisture leaving it soothed, velvety soft, and comfortably cleansed. My skin type is combination/oily, so I will definitely be using this cleanser to the start to the chillier season... it'll be perfect during winter time!

2. FRUDIA GREEN GRAPE PORE CONTROL SHEET MASK

Looking to get rid of that extra sebum on your face without drying it up? Stop worrying about oily skin and dirty pores. This nature-derived, botanical sheet contains 60% green grape extract to help tighten pores and balance the skin. Using a face mask like this quickly delivers active ingredients deeply to the skin to balance moisture and soothe your irritated skin. It can be used on all skin types.

3. ESTEE LAUDER REVITALIZING SUPREME PLUS GLOBAL ANTI-AGING CELL POWER CREME

This creme is the key to younger-looking skin. Unlock your skin's youth potential and see it spring back with new bounce, glow with radiant vitality. With Estee Lauder's exclusive RevitaKey Technology featuring exclusive moringa extract, this silky-soft, deeply nourishing multi-action creme encourages skin's natural power to amplify collagen and elastin. Lines and wrinkles look dramatically reduced. Skin's visible firmness, density, and elasticity are significantly improved. In just 4 weeks, 96% of women said their skin felt firmer. After using this creme every night for a little over a month now, I too can attest to an improvement in my skin's overall 'glow.' It's literally amazing.

4. FRUDIA GREEN GRAPE PORE CONTROL TONER

The only kind of toners I ever use are Korean. This pure, refreshing toner made up of 89% green grape extract controls pores with natural grape tannin and helps remove dead skin cells. Panthenol calms agitated skin, while fruits seed oil complex helps to maintain skin clarity. The tannin works with and vitamin E from the green grapes to not only hydrate the skin but keep it smooth and healthy. Soothe and hydrate your irritated skin with this fresh-feeling green grape toner, it smells fantastic too!

5. ORIGINS DR. ANDREW WEIL FOR ORIGINS™ MEGA-MUSHROOM SKIN RELIEF FACE MASK

A non-irritating, redness-reducing facial mask for those rather, extra rough days. The effects of sun, wind, and dehydration can accumulate, and your skin needs extra help to break the cycle. This rich treatment mask with hypsizygus ulmarius, cordyceps, and reishi mushrooms along with ginger, holy basil, and turmeric rushes relief to challenged skin to rapidly soothe signs of compromise. Chinese black bamboo leaf extract celebrated for centuries as a symbol of eternal youth, quells and calms visible redness and reactivity. And a unique blend of marine algae and moisture-replenishing plant extracts helps revitalize and restore luminosity to stressed skin while rebuilding a protective barrier to help avoid future flare-ups. Great for all skin types, skin is left calm and comforted. I use it once a week on top of sheet masks, and it's a great face mask.

6. URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHT LIQUID FOUNDATION 7.75

A full-coverage, matte-finish, waterproof foundation that lasts all night. All Nighter Liquid Foundation by Urban Decay provides full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. Get all-night wear and a blown-out effect you never thought was possible for a flawless-looking complexion that looks incredible and stays that way. Perfect for all-night affairs, this innovative formula is also comfortable enough to wear every day. While Naked Skin complexion products are semi-matte, All Nighter Liquid Foundation is completely matte and oil-free. Urban Decay loaded this formula with a higher amount of pigment (about three times as much as Naked Skin Liquid Makeup), so a little goes a long way. There's no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers. This waterproof formula diffuses light to blur flaws for beautifully perfected skin, while it mattifies and absorbs oil to reduce the appearance of shine. It's a wonderful foundation for fall. 

 

7. LANCÔME MATTE SHAKERS HIGH PIGMENT LIQUID LIPSTICKS 186, 270 & 272

A highly pigmented matte liquid lipstick that delivers intense color payoff with a lightweight, second-skin feel. Matte Shaker High Pigment Liquid Lipstick wears comfortably on your lips throughout the day without drying. Its pillow-like cushion applicator allows for precise application without streaking or smudging. And it's formulated with a patented Ultra Thin Film technology and vitamin E, so that lips feel double the thinness of a liquid lipstick and provides comfortable non-drying wear. Its unique cushion sponge allows for maximum absorption of the formula to deliver a precise, soft application onto the lips, and buildable color that dries without smudging or transfer. Just shake it to soak the applicator with formula, and apply the cushion directly onto lips to build the saturated color. Then wait for it to dry down to a lightweight, comfort matte finish. I even love mixing the colors together to blend an entirely different hue as well! Really amazing liquid lipsticks. 

8. YSL BEAUTY SMOKER EYE DUO IN GREEN

A dual-ended eye shadow pen that allows you to shade, line, smudge, and highlight to create easy smoky looks. The eye shadow comes with a creamy texture and water resistant formula. One side of the dual-ended pen has a dark shadow and the other side has a light shadow, so you can use it from day to night. Use the darker color as a base on your eye lid and lower eye lid in one stroke. Use the lighter color as a highlighter on the corner of your eye and at the arch of your eye brow. For a lighter version of the look, start with the light shade as the base on both upper and lower eye lids, then add contrast and structure by applying the darker shade to the outer corner of the eyes. There's an assortment of colors but I loved the green one. You can see it on me in this look here.

9. ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR SYNCHRONIZED RECOVERY COMPLEX II

Reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look. Wake up to more beautiful skin every day. Tested and proven: Advanced Night Repair dramatically reduces the look of key signs of aging. It maximizes the power of skin's natural nighttime renewal with our exclusive ChronoluxCB Technology. Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. More than 75% of women felt their skin looked more youthful in just 4 weeks. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. 82% felt their skin was immediately hydrated. Skin looks younger, radiant, more even toned. 83% felt their skin looked healthier, fresher, more rested in just 4 weeks. 25+ Patents and Patents Pending Worldwide. These stats are legit - it's my new favorite serum!

10. KIEHL'S CREAMY EYE TREATMENT W/ AVOCADO

This luxurious eye cream gently moisturizes the eye area without migrating into the eyes. Perfect for use under eye makeup, it contains highly effective natural ingredients that provide essential daily hydration and protection. The eye area is left softer, suppler, and more youthful-looking. This moisturizing eye treatment formulated with avocado oil is a definite must morning and night in my beauty routine. 

11. ESTEE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK - VENGEFUL RED

An Allure Best of Beauty winner, this six-hour wear, highly-pigmented lipstick gives your lip look the ultimate transformation. Make a bold color statement that lasts. Saturate lips with high-intensity color in one stroke, swiping on a statement shade that works with all skin tones. Designed with multi-faceted pigments that add definition, and a time-released moisture complex that seals in hydration, it leaves lips looking beautifully shaped, sculpted, and curvaceous. I have been trying to find the perfect red lipstick for the fall/winter season and this one is a definite keeper! 

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OROGOLD Cosmetics 24K White Gold Collection


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The latest skincare products I've been using literally has gold in its products. Not just one product, but in all of 'em. It's killer good. I've never had such smooth, supple skin before! OROGOLD Cosmetics has a variety of skin collections to best suit your needs and since I have a combination of oily/dry skin, I chose their 24K White Gold Collection. A total of seven products amongst the collection, it has all the essentials for face & body including a facial mousse cleanser and purifying toner, aromatherapy body oil, body butter, deep moisturizer, hand & body cream, and a multi-vitamin deep peeling gel. Let me tell you more about the products individually!

1. 24K MOUSSE CLEANSER

This gentle cleanser transforms into a creamy lather to effectively diminish the look of impurities such as dirt and makeup. I simply loved how fresh and clean my face was afterward. A thorough rich lather-type cleanser is my go-to's for face wash. 

2. PURIFYING TONER

After cleansing, this gentle toner helps diminish any remaining traces of excess oils and impurities to leave your skin with a healthier looking complexion.

3. AROMATHERAPY BODY OIL

With floral and citrus notes, The 24K Aromatherapy Body Oil is made with a blend of precious, nourishing oils and natural botanical extracts. With no synthetic fragrance, this luxurious oil is especially formulated to leave skin feeling moisturized, healthy and radiant. I'm completely obsessed with the fragrance let alone how amazing my skin feels after use!

4. CLASSIC BODY BUTTER

Made with a magnificent blend of rich ingredients, this classic cream delivers a new kind of softness to your skin. Suitable for dry skin types to leave you in luxurious comfort all day, it's the perfect body butter for the winter season and an even better stocking stuffer for the holidays. 

5. 24K DEEP MOISTURIZER

This moisturizer has a light, non-greasy texture that offers hydrating ingredients for healthier looking skin. The 24K Deep Moisturizer really helps replenish your appearance.

6. CLASSIC HAND & BODY CREAM

This light-weight hand and body cream is infused with organic argan oil and chamomile to help protect against dryness. Perfect for those extra cold days! The Classic Hand and Body Cream offers a luxurious skin-soothing experience.

7. MULTI-VITAMIN DEEP PEELING GEL

This unique peeling gel is formulated with superb ingredients such as bamboo stem powder, mandelic acid and vitamin C. The combination of these powerful ingredients with walnut shell powder help gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it with a soft refreshed sensation. I'm not big on peels because of my extremely sensitive skin but this one left my face looking youthful and bright. I was really happy with the results of this peel!

The OROGOLD Cosmetics 24K White Gold Collection is the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. With its rich, luxurious ingredients (even the package design is off the chain) and high-quality care, OROGOLD Cosmetics will have your skin covered for the dry wintry season and left feeling like a queen (or king). :) 

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Photos by: Suzanne Spiegoski

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