Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Sunnies

It's my humble opinion that your best beauty accessory for summer is a great pair of sunnies! That's right, sunglasses take care of a multitude of needs - they protect your eyes from the sun's rays, as well as the delicate skin surrounding your eyes; they eliminate the need for eye makeup, hiding dark under eye circles and puffiness; and they just looking pretty darn cool. 

My sunglass collection is small, but ticks the boxes in several categories. First up, my D&G modified cat-eye in tortoise shell and gold. These are my "fancier" sunglasses, as they have a trendier, rather than classic, shape. I love the tortoise shell and gold - they coordinate with most of my wardrobe and the wide frames protect me from the sun while adding a movie-star quality to any look.

I have two pairs of Ray-Bans. I've had my New Wayfarers for years now. These are the epitome of classic sunnies, with an updated, smaller frame, perfect particularly for most women's smaller faces. I especially love that mine are polarized. They're great for any outdoor activity where you want to eliminate flat lighting (especially great for overcast days!).

My recent purchase are these Aviators with a matte gold frame (also currently 20% off with code Fall20). These are so lightweight, I can wear them hiking or just out and about. The matte gold is a unique take on another very classic shape.

I love that I can throw on sunglasses with some lipstick and have a complete look! What are your go-to sunnies for summer?
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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Perfect Lip Perfector

What may be an old favorite for many beauty bloggers is a new acquisition for me. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is toted as being the best gloss on the block. Coming in eight light, natural shades, it's perfect for a "no make-up" make-up day, an actual no make-up day, or with a darker eye look.

I find it incredibly smooth and moisturizing, and it isn't sticky at all. It has a slightly bizarre fuzzy, angled applicator that some might find un-hygienic, but I personally don't have a problem with it (better than sticking your finger repeatedly into a pot of gloss or balm, but that's just me!).

I've been loving the shade No. 4, Petal Shimmer (though I'm unable to detect the "shimmer") and No.1 Rose Shimmer is next on my list. I can tell you it's likely I'll have one of each before the year's end!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Huge Sephora Haul!

Filming videos like this one confirms the shopping problem that I always suspected I had, but when you lay it all out there for the world to see, it becomes all too real. On the up side, I'm LOVING the products I purchased from Sephora over the past month. Watch to find out what I got!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Neutral Palette That's Anything But Boring

I was a tad bit naughty today at Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. I stopped into the beauty tent and found this gem - the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Collection. Along with the Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner and the Smokey Eye Mascara, it includes twelve be-yoo-ti-ful shadows! A perfect mixture of mattes, shimmers, and metallics will let you achieve anything from a simple, daytime matte look to all-out glam for a night on the town.

For this look, I took Ivory across the entire lid followed by Naked from the lash to the crease. I added Birch to the crease for definition without making the look too dark, and then took a bit of Espresso into the corner. To give the eye a little something extra, I used a setting spray on my brush before patting Chiffon, one of the sparkle shadows, onto the center of my lid.

My personal favorites include matte shade Naked, which is a nude-peach that adds a hint of warmth to the eye and Smokey Topaz, a metallic that is the most gorgeous hybrid of taupe, purple, and gold.

At $85, it isn't cheap, but if you consider what you're getting, and the fact that it's valued at $208, this collection is a steal. I'd hurry to Nordstrom before they run out!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The June Favorites... in July

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I spent every day last week at the Apple store. After some hiccups in saving data and installing a new hard drive and operating system, I am finally up and running again! I filmed my June Favorites way back and have finally been able to edit and upload. Let the viewing commence!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dupe of the Century

Tom Ford Pink Dusk
Wet n Wild Think Pink
Alleluia! I've found THE dupe of the century! I absolutely love my Tom Ford lipstick in Pink Dusk. It's my perfect "your lips, but better" color and the formula feels incredibly comfortable to wear. Coming in at 50 big ones, though, makes me fret about what I'll do when my tube runs out. Enter Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Think Pink. For only $2.29, you can have a tad pinker version of TF's Pink Dusk on your pucker, and coming in at 1/22nd of the cost, it doesn't matter that the formula isn't quite as creamy and smooth. Another positive is the staying power of the WnW lippie - it's part of their MegaLast collection which boasts four hour wear time. What are you waiting for? Run to your nearest drug store now!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Buxom Haute Pink Lips

A sure sign that you're a beauty blogger is VIB Rouge status at Sephora. It's part of their frequent buyer program for those of us who spend way too much money there yearly. There are some perks, though, the most recent being a 3-piece collection from Buxom with a purchase. I was excited to give Buxom products a try, since I'd always been intrigued by their lip-plumping products.

In the "Haute Pink Lips" mini collection were two glosses and a lipstick. I am ob-sessed with the Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress. It is the most beautiful, delicate peony shade in a non-tingly, super creamy formula. It's great with a tan, but will be even prettier next spring, though at the rate I've been wearing it, I'll need to purchase a full-size.

Full-Bodied Lipstick in Mistress

Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole

Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing
The Full-On Lip Polish in Nicole is a sheer, sparkly, strawberry pink gloss. It smells like caramel and tingles upon application. In spite of having more shimmer than I usually wear, this gloss feels surprisingly soft and smooth on the lips. The Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing smells like an Andes Crème de Menthe tastes (heaven if you ask me!). It's a sweet coral-pink that's lightly pigmented. The plumping power of this gloss is all in the Vitamin E jojoba oil.

The Buxom brand has surpassed my expectations. I guess that Rouge status is worth it after all.