10 minutes to a hydrated face

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter has been brutal on my skin this year. This month has been a lot of below-zero days and those low temps don't mesh well with me. No matter how much moisturizer I put on my face it's constantly felt so dry and dehydrated.  I ordered the Origins Drink Up mask in hope that it would do something too add some hydration back into my face. And it claims to do it in 10 minutes? Even better.

I've been using it twice a week and I've definitely seen a noticeable difference. I typically leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off. The next couple of days after using it I don't even need moisturizer because my skin feels that soft and hydrated. Exactly the kind of results I was hoping for with this mask. The formula is pretty gentle too, and it didn't bother my sensitive skin. The mask uses algae extracts as part of the moisture boost, and it smells really fresh.

I'd recommend checking it out if you've been struggling with dry skin this winter!

Haul, First Impressions, and FOTD

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I decided to treat myself to a few new beauty products this weekend. Work has been incredibly busy and I've been working 6 days a week, so I thought this would be a nice mood booster. I tried them all out for a little FOTD and I thought I'd share my initial thoughts on all of them. Warning- there's unintentionally a lot of pink in the group today...

I've really been wanting to try out a primer lately, mostly in the hope that my makeup will last a bit longer throughout the day. I went with the Maybelline Master Prime and chose the type for redness control. My nose and cheeks can get more of a red undertone to them than I'd like, so I this one would be better for me than the illuminating or smoothing versions. In terms of redness control, I really didn't notice a difference on my skin, but it did make a smooth, hydrated base for my blush and concealer. Once I've tested it a little more for the longevity of my makeup, I'll report back as to how it performs.

In my February Ipsy box, I received the Model Co blush in the shade Cosmopolitan. This little pink number has been on my cheeks all week. The blush has good pigmentation and is such a pretty pink for livening up the face. It also lasts without fading longer than most blushes that I've tried. I'm pretty impressed by this one.

Rimmel's Provocalips is a new product that I first saw on Love, Krista and instantly knew I had to check out in the shade Dare to Pink. I've just used this once, but I am completely obsessed! The shade is your-lips-but-better pinky-nude. It glides on and sets into place quickly, then gets sealed in with the glossy top coat. Once it's set and locked in it does not budge, even through drinking and eating! The gloss wears off after a few hours, but the color itself remains.

And my Maybelline Color Tattoo collection increases by one... Inked in Pink from the metal collection was calling my name and now I know why. The metallic sheen of this soft pink cream shadow is really what makes it special. It applies smoothly with just your finger and adds doesn't crease when you use a eye primer beneath it. The quality of the Color Tattoo range is fantastic and I would highly recommend checking out this one from the group.

If you ever spot a quad from theBalm, grab it! I'm not sure if these are limited editions, but I would be very disappointed if I missed getting them. I bought the Mont Balm quad in the fall and absolutely love it (Whistler is gorgeous!), so when I spotted the La Balmba palettes, I had to get one. There is a brown-toned version that I bought and a blue-toned version, as well. The colors are all richly pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend, as I've come to expect from theBalm. I used Flamenco in the crease and Mambo as a liner. I can't wait to create more looks with these colors!

FOTD breakdown:
Primer - Maybelline Master Prime
Concealer - It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye
Highlighter - L'Oreal Magic Lumi (fair), theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Bronzer - Nars Laguna
Blush - Model Co Cosmopolitan
Brows - Anastasia Brow Wiz (medium brown), Benefit Gimme Brow (light/medium)
Eyes - Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink, theBalm La Balmba (Flamenco, Mambo), Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Klorane dry shampoo- my favorite hair refresher

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I'm definitely a daily-hair-washing kind of gal. However, each week when Sunday morning rolls around I really can't be bothered to jump into the shower. Enter Klorane's dry shampoo. I got this little travel size can in a monthly beauty box and gave it a shot. I'd previously tried the much-hyped Batiste dry shampoo and absolutely hated it (white residue, horrible smell- definitely not a fan).

Klorane's dry shampoo, however, I'm addicted to. It gets rid of of the dirty aspects of your hair, adds a little oomph of volume, and smells so good! Oat milk is a main ingredient and a quick spray leaves your hair with a nice, natural scent, rather than a chemical smell, like some other dry shampoos. Overall, this little can does the trick for fixing up second-day hair and gets my stamp of approval.

If you're looking for more dry shampoo recommendations that have been thoroughly tested, check out Reviews.com's* dry shampoo roundup! They've reviewed quite a few of them via some serious testing to help you find the perfect one that will work best for you, along with some useful application tips!

*This post was done in collaboration with Reviews.com. All opinions are my own, as always.

Lilac Nails

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'm clearly sick of winter and desperate for spring with this nail polish. I picked up Essie's Lilacism to refresh my nails and get out of the dark color/glitter rut I've been in for months. I was really excited to slap on this light, whimsical shade and it didn't disappoint. Opaque in two coats and chip-free for five days. Perfection. This reads more light blue, than light purple in my opinion, though. Lilac makes me think of purple, but this is more of a cool-toned blue and similar to the color of hydrangeas in the spring. Either way, it's lovely and a new favorite in my nail polish collection.

Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? It can't come soon enough! As living proof, here's a pic Steve snapped of me next to a snow pile in a parking lot last weekend. Yep, this is where I live.

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Pink Glowing Cheeks

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I am definitely an eye shadow lover at heart, but if there's another beauty product that I love (almost) as much, it's got to be blush. It's such an easy way to take your face from the dreaded "Are you feeling ok today?" to a healthy and fresh glow. There's so many options out there, so I though I'd share with you my current pink blush of choice.

The Stila Baked Cheek Duo is a gorgeous combo of a bright, light pink on one side and a deep rose on the other. They both have a slight shimmer that adds a glow to the cheek, rather than a glittery look (which I despise in a blush). You can wear each side individually or swirl your brush in both to get a multidimensional pink flush. I love that it's a buildable blush that glides on like a dream and has pretty good staying power throughout the day, too. This has been my go-to blush for so many looks when I'm not sure what to pair with the rest of my look.

The rest of my makeup: 

Baxter couldn't resist joining in on a photo. He's going for Blue Steel- I think he nailed it.

Smashbox Cherry Smoke

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cherry Smoke- sounds like a 1980's rock album...and I love it! The name really drew me into the Smashbox Cherry Smoke eye shadow palette and it was the colors that sealed the deal. Gorgeous neutrals mixed with a couple pops of wearable color. The packaging is sleek with a magnetic closure, too, so it would be great for travel.

Top to Bottom, Left to Right:Bare, Unadorned, Shell, Rustic, Oxidize, Topaz, Dark Cocoa, Ebony
The Photo Op formula translates into shadows that are buttery smooth and highly pigmented, so each color is just as stunning on the eyes as it is in the palette. My favorite shades are Oxidize, a copper-toned shimmer, and Rustic, the "cherry" shade that's great for a colorful liner or a smoky eye. On days when I can't decide what shadows to wear, I've been reaching for this one, as it's so versatile and has a little bit of everything.

Left to Right: Bare, Unadorned, Shell, Rustic, Oxidize, Topaz, Dark Cocoa, Ebony

Shell all over lid, Oxidize on outer corner
Have you tried the Cherry Smoke palette from Smashbox?

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