New In: Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist

If there’s one thing I love most in the world of beauty, it’s a hydrating face mist. While I have naturally oily skin, I like to keep mists in my handbag and on my vanity to a) refresh my makeup/dull skin midday and, b) cool me off during the summer.

When I heard that Josie Maran released a face mist I instantly ran to buy it. The Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist, $38, promises to amplify the benefits of your skincare ritual while nourishing, smoothing, and brightening. Sign me up!
josie maran nirvana mist
Meant to be applied to skin after cleansing, this mist can also be used throughout the day to revitalize skin and boost hydration. It has an alcohol-free formula (great as it won’t dry out your skin) and contains contains argan oil extract to nourish and coconut water for hydration.

While I love the concept and the amazing ingredients described, I was neither amazed or bored. This product is good. Is it MIND BLOWINGLY AWESOME? No, but it’s okay. Although it felt nice on my skin when applied, my skin was a bit oilier than usual. The spray nozzle is nice and gives a great, even spritz. I guess for $40, I expected much more. If luxury face mists are your thing, then go for (heck try the Tatcha Dewy face Mist – that is amazing!). If you’re on a budget, Mario Badescu might be your new holy grail.


because sometimes you need a boost

You ever have those time where nothing is working with you – beauty wise? Lately I’ve been breaking out like CRAZY and my hair has been having a meltdown. Not only am I growing my hair from a pixie, but I’m also going natural and ditching the chemical relaxers.

Times like these you need a boost. Ain’t no shame in my game so I’ve been digging into the world of vitamins and supplements. I’ve previously taken Viviscal and Hairfinity, but those are primarily focused on just hair care. I was recently introduced to HUM Nutrition and I am beyond curious.
hum nutrition review
They have 25 different products that are cheekily named yet all have a targeted focus. Seriously — they’ve got you covered whether it’s dealing with energy, mood, skin, nails, etc.

I was gifted samples a few weeks back but too nervous to take them (primarily because the world of supplements freak me out). But after doing a bit of digging and research, I’m ready. The HUM site gives loads of details surrounding their products (clinically proven, non-GMO, etc.) and on Sephora, the reviews speak for themselves. It’s honestly all of the user reviews that give me the confidence to take these! This September, I’m going to be taking several different supplement – so follow my journey!

  • Hum Nutrition Flawless + Fearless™ Supplements ($29) combines two of its most popular formulas— Daily Cleanse and OMG!™—into one product to target breakouts. My skin has been pretty angry lately with new breakouts popping up almost daily. They’re largely hormonal but I’ve been unbelievably stressed lately so I’m excited to give these a go. Daily Cleanse helps detox, cleanse, and get rid of toxins that cause breakouts; while OMG! brightens and even skin tone. Can I get a hallelujah!
  • There’s also the Hum Nutrition Runway Ready™ Supplements ($35) which is geared towards glowing skin, shiny fuller hair and perfect nails. While they don’t promise hair growth, I think this will be helpful as I go through my healthy hair journey. Length is important but healthy hair is more important to me.
  • Lastly, the Uber Energy™ Supplements ($25) piqued my curiosity because I’ve been feeling a bit down lately. Tired, stressed, and overall more anxious. Two key ingredients in this product are L-tyrosine and rhodiola rosea which have been shown in clinical studies to hold off fatigue, increase productivity, and help maintain calm in stressful situations.

I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated (mostly on Twitter so follow me!) throughout the month. Are you familiar with HUM? Have you tried their products? Are there other supplements you take and love? Let me know in the comments!

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summer 2015 skincare routine

I often get compliments about my skin (thank you, thank you, far too kind) and when asked about my skincare routine, I’m not afraid to spill on what products I use. I love skincare and I blame one of my earliest work experiences at Lancôme. It was around the launch of Génifique and my former boss took me through the process of making a splash around a new product. I learned all about the tedious press release writing process but the most fascinating bit was hearing from R&D learning about the product, the benefits, the ingredients, etc. Yes my mother, the OG Beauty Guru, always stressed important grooming habits but it wasn’t until that time where I was fascinated by the science behind skincare.

Fast forward several years and I’m still enamored with the world of skincare. Instead of writing press releases, I do my own research and use my face as a petri dish (just kidding). I am, however, always looking up ingredients, what would and wouldn’t work on my skin type and tone and trying to move forward. So it should be no surprise that my skincare routine includes more than just a cleanser. I’ve documented my morning summer skincare routine, because I use different products seasonally and during the evening.

This doesn’t even count when I’m trying to pamper myself. I’ll save that for another video 😉


Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment

It seems like GlamGlow came out of NOWHERE and took over the beauty scene! Between high praises from YouTubers for their Supermud mask and my love of the SuperCleanse daily cleanser, GlamGlow is defintiely a skincare brand making the ranks and into my medicine cabinet.

Their latest release, Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment ($69), promisee get rid of dark patches and uneven skin tone caused when your body produces too much melanin and provide quick results for even skin tone and color correcting.
glamglow flashmud brightening treatment
In this treatment is the brand’s TEAOXI technology, a patent pending White Birch Leaf steeping process, in which real pieces of leaves in the formula steep real natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid, and Ellagic Acid directly into the mud treatment to help provide a potent formula that improves color balanced skin tone.
glamglow flashmud
To see results, it’s recommend to use the mud treatment three days in a row, then use a 2-3 times per week after for maintained results. If you are going to use this, you must use high-SPF sunscreen daily to protect & maintain results when using FLASHMUD. Results will be lost during extended and/or direct/unprotected sun/sunbed exposure. Always follow directions. I’m currently using the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ and still loving it!

The Flashmud™ Brightening Treatment is available now at Sephora locations and online. Sample was provided for editorial consideration.


Nordstrom 2015 Anniversary Sale: Must Have Beauty

The highly anticipated Nordstrom 2015 Anniversary Sale is here! I rarely write about sales on this blog but this sale is my favorite simply because there are so many beauty offerings.

There are unbeatable values on exclusive and limited-edition items. If you’ve had your eye on something, now may be the time to pick it up. Below are a few of my personal favorite items, some that I’ve purchased and highly recommend and what’s on my wish list.
Nordstrom Sale Beauty
Charlotte Tilbury ‘On the Go Essentials’ Set $155.00 An exclusive kit by Charlotte Tilbury contains a travel-size Magic Cream, full-size Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, full-size Beach Stick in Ibiza, Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara, full-size Rock ‘n’ Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black, and a pencil Sharpener. Lastly it includes a first-edition Makeup Bag featuring Lips and a Charlotte Tilbury quote. I love her makeup bags!!

True NARS’ Lip Pencil Set ($49) I LOVE NARS’ lip pencils and Yu (the shocking pink hue) is a personal favorite. Pick this up just for that color alone. You won’t be disappointed.

LORAC ‘The Skinny Palette – Black’ Eyeshadow Palette $15.00 When I saw this at the press preview, I knew I had to have it. I literally rolled out of bed this morning, grabbed my phone and ordered two. LORAC’s shadows are unbelievably buttery and pigmented, so having a travle friendly option that cost me 15 bucks is a no brainer. The Skinny Palette contains seven gorgeous eyeshadows with beautiful matte and shimmer finishes, allowing you to easily create looks ranging from soft and natural to sultry and sexy. With a $133 value, be sure to snag backups! (Unrelated note: I’m giving away a LORAC Contour Palette up until 7/22)

M·A·C Look in a Box – Style Maven’ Face Kit ($49.50) When there’s a M·A·C kit available, always pick up that M·A·C kit, haha! They usually cons is of everything you’ll need so if you’re on a budget, it’s a great way to have the necessities without breaking the bank.

Moroccanoil ‘Moisture Repair’ Hair Set ($85.00) and Body Set ($92.00): Full disclosure I work for Moroccanoil but they aren’t paying me to write this. Since I do work for the brand, I love the products and think everyone should own something from them. My personal favorite is the Body Set since the Body Souffle is my JAM!

Clarisonic ‘Mia 2 – Mod Floral’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($119.20) so it’s no secret I love the Clarisonic since I’ve prattled on about it before but the Mia 2 is a life saver. I owe my clear skin to this little gadget and the floral on the packaging is pretty cute.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum Set ($165.00) I smelled this leathery floral chypre fragrance once and fell in love. I haven’t picked it up until now but definitely added it to my cart. If you love leathery scents, try this today!

Jo Malone LondonNectarine Blossom & Honey‘ Collection ($99.00) Jo Malone fragrances are one of my favorites. I’m obsessed with Peony & Blush Suede but sniffed this lovely treat at the preview. The fragrance starts off with a cassis note then goes into an acacia honey. The bottom note consists of peach. If that sounds up your alley, give it a go.

Trish McEvoy ‘Naturally Gorgeous’ Power of Makeup Planner® Collection ($168.00) Trish McEvoy always creates a great exclusive for Nordstrom with the makeup planner. It has every single thing you could ever need for traveling while allowing you to take our look from day to night easily. The best part is this has a $546 value but is under $200.

The sale goes from July 17th through August 2nd (while supplies last), on and in Nordstrom stores nationwide.

Disclosure: I attended a press event for the sale and received samples of some products mentioned above. I was not compensated to create this post. Affiliate links listed above.