product empties part 2

beauty product emptiesNew video! All of the products I’ve used up, loved, and hated. Check out my latest product empties video below.

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#NYFW Backstage Beauty: Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2016

It’s been interesting seeing Joseph Altuzarra’s career grow over the past several years. Sophisticated and ladylike, his collections are always quite beautiful. This season, he took inspiration from his father’s hometown of Basque (northern Spain) and the collection was filled with leather, burlap cotton, and crinkled linen.

The beauty look, of course, had to complement the design so while the clothes were elegant and slightly undone, so was the hair. Led by Odile Gilbert, the inspiration was the natural, easy and unstructured hair of folk rock musicians.

Starting with damp hair, Odile combed through Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through strands from root-to-tip. She then misted a few pumps of Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection throughout the hair. This combo helped created a rough and natural texture. The hair was then rough dried, and she gently twisted random sections with fingers as she went along to enhance the natural-looking effect without building volume.
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The hair was twisted back and away from the face and secured with low with a clear elastic, creating a “V” shape with the hair. The rest of the hair was left loose. To finish off the look, she applied Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. For a natural and a bit undone look she framed the face by pulling wisps of hair along the hairline.
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For nails Julie Kandalec for essie took inspiration from the mother of pearl and shell accents found throughout Altuzarra’s collection so she created a pearly negative space moon manicure.

She began by applying essie’s first base base coat to clean, filed nails. Then she applied one coat of like linen, avoiding the nail’s half moon shape at the cuticle and followed with one coat of au natural over the entire nail. She finished off with gel.setter top coat.

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Disclosure: I work for Moroccanoil but they didn’t pay or ask me to post this. I just like the hair.

July 2015 Favorites

Another month has gone by which means it’s time for another beauty favorites! Leave me a comment with what your favorites of the month were :)

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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.
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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 Nordstrom.com and in Nordstrom stores nationwide.

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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.

valentine’s day makeup: getting ready

I find the getting ready process way more fun than I’m supposed. It’s a sensorial experience for me and I love taking my sweet time from start to finish (sorry to all of my friends reading this – now you know why I’m always late). Regardless of what your makeup look is, below I’ve outlined key products to kick off the mood starting from the shower.
valetines day body and hairLUSH is one of those brands that I adore and their Prince Charming Shower Gel doesn’t disappoint. It’s currently sold out on the website (update: it’s back on the site!) so stalk their stores to get your hands on this! With a blend of fresh pomegranate juice, Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion and almond oil this will leave your skin soft and smelling ahh-mazing. The shower gel doesn’t leave a reside and you don’t feel tight or dry. Perfection to its core. After you moisturize, apply a bit of Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil on your legs, arms, and décolleté. Not only does this have the intoxicating signature Moroccanoil  scent, it imparts a hint of shimmer (NOT glitter) so when the light hits you it’s a subtle shimmer. I love it to bits. Before you blow-dry your hair, apply a pump of Moroccanoil Treatment to your strands (mid-lengths to ends)-you will thank me.

PERFUMES
For those who love a warmer fragrance, diptyque’s Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum is a gift from above. Key notes include vanilla (are you seeing a trend with me?) spices, and black frankincense. It’s a seductive fragrance without being too excessive or loud.

212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera is a lighter fragrance than Eau Duelle with notes of tangerine, bergamot, rose pepper, and gardenia but the musk tempers it and stops it from being a little girl’s perfume. This is a perfume that you can wear all day and still feel sexy.

Carven Le Parfum is fresh and simple. It’s not the overly sexy perfume and it’s great for the girl who wants to smell pretty. With jasmine and ylang ylang, this perfume is clean ad fresh without smelling like soap. Being that it’s from couture house Carven, it’s sophisticated but not “old.”

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede I’ve contemplated buying this fragrance for a year before biting the bullet a few weeks ago and I am kicking myself for waiting so long! I don’t normally gravitate towards fruity florals but this is a beautiful blend . Another perfect for daytime but great to wear at night scent. It’s a soft floral with musky undertones. The top note is red apple but not annoying; middle notes are peony, jasmine, carnation and rose; base note is suede. The suede isn’t leathery for those who favor notes of leather in their fragrance. Overall, I think this is a lovely scent and I’ve gotten more compliments from guys when wearing this recently than anything else. So…win?

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Disclosure: some products were provied for editorial consideration. That said, I only feature products I love. Also I work for Moroccanoil but they don’t pay me to blog about them, unfortunately.