Totally crushing over my first ELLandEMM purchase, the ‘Emmie Rose Gold and Pink’ necklace. I’m actually not a pink girl, which is probably why I paired it with a “manly” structured denim shirt from J.Crew.
(I believe the shirt I’m wearing is actually on sale right now… Go figure: HERE)
You can also purchase this necklace HERE.
Jenn hand makes all of this jewelry. She’s on YouTube too! Just as a disclaimer, I purchased this necklace myself. She didn’t even ask me to post this, but I really do love the necklace that much! Plus, I believe in this world you have to support small businesses, and a girl with a dream!
Jenn makes the best affordable statement pieces. I’ve had to stop myself from buying jewelry at Forever 21, H&M, and even Top Shop. It’s fun, but everything falls apart in 10 minutes or turns your skin green. I love how her pieces are elegant and unique, but not heavy or overpriced. All the jewelry is so versatile. You can dress it down, as I usually do, or even get some inspiration from Jenn’s Instagram, because she always looks super classy!
PS: I also apologize for my lack of blogging. I redesigned my blog, which was an annoying feat for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. I needed to step away from the computer for a bit after that ordeal. I still have a few kinks to iron out, but I think this design will make life easier for us all!
Clearly my Intsagram is chalked full of manicure pictures. I incessantly change my nails polish. It’s become such an addiction, I actually keep nail polish remover on my nightstand. I do not have naturally nice nails. I started biting my nails when I was about 5-years-old and quit only a year ago. Any former nail biter will tell you that the constant gnawing ruins natural nails. Thankfully, I’m also addicted to QVC and discovered Perfect Formula.
Perfect Formula is a gel-based product that you use as a base coat to help strengthen your natural nails. It comes in a clear or pink shade. The pink shade is great if you don’t want to wear any nail polish. It brightens your nails and looks like an instant French manicure. It does, however, alter the color of your nail polish on occasion. For instance, if you wear a red nail polish and use the pink gel coat, you’re polish tends to look a bit more purple than red. A glass nail file is also so important! I promise you’ll notice a difference if you invest in one.
The top coat is amazing as well. I’ve never been a fan of Seche Vite because the smell is horrendous, it dries out quickly, and the warning label just isn’t normal. This helps maintain your manicure and adds a lot of shine.
If you keep a look out, QVC usually has mini-sets, so you can try out all the products. I’ve also seen the pink gel coat at Sephora. Definitely give this one a try!
I painstakingly went through the trouble to de-pot all of my NARS blushes, only to drop the entire palette on the floor. Everything survived, except for my favorite blush, Orgasm.
Thankfully I learned how to reassemble a broken powder. No need to throw away a broken powder, bronzer, blush or eye shadow again, follow these easy steps!
The only supplies you need are rubbing alcohol and I used a painting spatula. You can find this at any craft store, or just a butter knife.
1.) Using the painting spatula, I crumble the broken pieces into a fine powder.
2.) Add rubbing alcohol. Use a little at a time! I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t use enough, you can always add more, but if you add too much, it’s all over for your powder. The final product should feel like a cream/gel blush.
3.) Once it is the perfect consistency, spread the mixture in the pan as evenly as possible.
4.) Let dry. This could take 24-48 hours depending on how large of an area you are working with.
Perfect ‘Orgasm’… Once again. Tee hee hee.
A pretty nice innuendo in the title, if I do say so myself. As you’ve probably guessed, I detest the Urban Decay NAKED Palettes in comparison to this LORAC Pro Palette. I originally bought both NAKED palettes on a whim. I had things to return at Ulta and nothing else appealed to me, so I caved. They were a frosty and shimmery mess on me, so I exchanged them for this palette. I have yet to regret that decision.
C’est magnifique, no?
The first bit of the palette are great matte and iridescent shades. Perfect for highlighting, and “GOLD” can really add a pop below your crease.
The latter shades are perfect for adding depth or creating a great look for the evening.
- White, Cream, Nude, Champagne, Taupe, Gold
- Light Pink, Light Bronze, Mauve, Pewter, Sable
- Garnet, Espresso, Deep Purple, Black, Slate
This palette really has a perfect blend of matte and iridescent shadows. I’m over the super-highlighted brow bone, so it’s nice that there is an array of subtle shades. The darker shades are also highly pigmented! If you felt that the Urban Decay palettes were overrated, I suggest checking this palette out. Although, the UD palettes have sturdier packaging. I didn’t like how the original palette was warmer tones and the second was cooler. I like that one palette can do it all. This LORAC Pro Palette definitely can!
My most frequently asked beauty question is you guessed it, what’s your skincare routine consist of? After a horrendous year long battle with acne, I finally figured out what works for me. The biggest thing I learned was to KEEP IT SIMPLE! I can’t stress this rule enough. Even if you have oily skin or acne-prone skin, don’t go for the oil absorbing, stripping, astringent, harsh products!
In case you were wondering, my skin type is hyper-sensitive and normal… The only time my skin turns to combination is when I use a product that goes wrong.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (mild) – This is one of biggest secrets to great skin… a gel based cleanser. It’s so important! Cetaphil also works quite well, but the Clinique is a little better at removing makeup, so I stick with that. It also lathers well, so a little bit goes a long way.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – I use this as a toner. My face HATES toner, so I’ve stopped using it. This Beauty Elixir has a cool, minty feeling that really wakes up your skin in the morning.
Clinique Moisturizing Gel Lotion – I’ve gone through countless bottles of this product. I know people claim that it isn’t really a moisturizer, but I could care less. It doesn’t make me breakout and looks great underneath makeup.
Clinique All About Eyes Serum – I love using a roller-ball in the morning because it just keeps everything quick and easy. I think next time I am going to try the L’Occitane Eye Roll-On because that contains caffeine, but the Clinique does have a great cooling effect to depuff your eyes in the morning.
If I am wearing a lot of makeup, I will remove my makeup with a Neutrogena wipe (I’m allergic to the MAC wipes.) If I’m wearing my usual minimal amount of makeup, then I just go ahead and cleanse with the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap again.
Perricone MD Blue Plasma – This product deserves its own blog post because it’s a lot of scientific jargon to explain. Despite the $100 price tag, I do actually like this product. I’ve experimented with it quite a lot, and I must say that 3 drops gets the job done perfectly and I don’t see any benefit to using this every night. I use it maybe 3 times a week.
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense – I love Clinique’s range of ‘Moisture Surge’ products. Depending on your skin type, you can find the perfect intensive moisturizer for you.
Benefit It’s Portent Eye Cream – Eye creams are the one product that I’m not attached to. I often switch up brands after each jar. Prior to this, I used the Algenist eye cream, which was $60. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a big different between that and this $30 something eye cream from Benefit. I don’t think this is an all time favorite. It does a great job for the price, but I firmly believe that eye creams are where you should spend your money! Crows feet and your neck will give away your age in a heartbeat!
Clinique Even Better Eyes – This is a potent eye cream specifically designed to get rid of under eye circles. Despite its mixed reviews, I can tell you that this product does work. There’s one stipulation, however, you have to use it consistently. As soon as you stop using it, I notice the dark circles return.
These are products I only use occasionally throughout the week or when needed…
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – I’m not a huge fan of masks. I believe that a good shower and an amazing exfoliator are the keys to clear skin and smaller pores, so I only end up using this about once a month. It’s definitely a nice mask, and I highly recommend sticking to clay-based masks.
La Mer The Refining Facial – This is my magic exfoliator. It has really fine beads, so it isn’t abrasive, even on the most sensitive of skins. It contains diamond fragments, which explains its hefty price tag. It also has a minty scent. Scrub this into the skin during a hot shower and when you walk out, your skin will feel so soft!
Luxiq – In the past I’ve talked about the fact that I suffer from Sebborheic Dermatitis. It’s a chronic skin condition and unfortunately there’s no cure. In the past, I used Desaximetasone, but I switched to this foam based steroid, called Luxiq. These obviously have to be prescribed by a doctor, but I highly recommend them.
DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel – HOLY GRAIL ALERT! I cannot live without this product. So long to those pesky spot treatments and no more of those paste like pimple creams. I simply place this gel on any spots or areas prone to breakouts, and it clears up any issue!
Well, now you officially know the secrets to keeping my skin “perfect.” I’ve tried the most expensive skin care brands out there and I always go back to what’s simple… usually Clinique.
If you have a favorite hydrating eye cream, leave it in the comments below! I’m always on the lookout for a great new product.
Now, I’m a girl who enjoys a great powder. I have to set my foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer, or my look just doesn’t feel complete. I don’t like the look of powder, nor do I like the feeling, so the perfect powder has to be able to set my makeup and be nearly invisible.
I often get asked how to use powder foundations. They usually come with a strange little sponge and people stew over the wet versus dry issue. I never use powder foundation with the sponge or wet. I always buff it into the face (think Bare Minerals infomercial.) I generally use the Sephora Airbrush #55 to do this.
My favorite powder foundations include:
Burberry Powder Foundation: This is the lightest powder foundation and not really suitable for people with oily skin or those looking for decent coverage. I know many people that use this as a setting powder because it is a very light powder foundation. I find that it lets your natural glow shine through.
Dolce and Gabbana Powder Foundation: I gave into this after I heard Raeview’s rave about it. I love this powder foundation, but I do feel that the packaging is bulky and you get less product than imaged. It’s still light with slightly more coverage than the Burberry. It also controls oil slightly better.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation: I’m going to be honest, I do prefer the Burberry and the D&G powder foundations to this MUFE, but it deserves a spot on the list. It’s slightly more powdery, meaning when I get the product on my brush, it tends to fly everywhere. This doesn’t happen with the previous two. The upside is that it also far more mattifying and full-coverage. If you have oily skin, want to use a powder foundation on its own, or need additional coverage over say a tinted moisturizer, then the MUFE is for you.
Neutrogena Skinclearing Mineral Powder Foundation: I wanted to include a drugstore product on this list and I’m a huge fan of Neutrogena, especially their Skinclearing range. This is the product I always keep in my purse and it is perfect for touch-ups. This is a great product for people with sensitive skin, acne, and those on a budget.
My favorite powders:
Since I tend to wear a BB cream most often, I usually grab for a powder foundation. When I’m go out for the evening and use a heavier foundation, however, I like a fine powder. My favorite setting powders tend to be loose or translucent powders.
Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder: I love this powder because they come in a range of shades. I picked a slightly darker shade to give me a bronzed look. It’s also matte, but since it is a loose powder, you won’t experience any build-up. This powder is similar to the HD powder, but without the choking hazard. It’s got that great finely-milled texture that you’d expect from a MUFE product.
Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact – Natural Finish Pressed Powder: I’m rarely a fan of translucent powders. I know they are supposed to be a neutral product, which is probably why I feel so blah about them. I quite like this version, mainly for the t-zone. On the off chance I don’t want to set my whole face with a powder, this effortlessly matches my skin and I can place it exactly where need be.
Make Up For Ever HD Powder: They’ve apparently changed the packaging of this, but I can’t get enough of it. There isn’t a makeup artist in the world that doesn’t keep this in their kit. It is made of pure silicone, so as stated, it’s a choking hazard, but a fabulous one at that. It’s perfect for setting concealer, all over coverage, or place it specifically in areas you’re concerned need some extreme oomph.
Hope this helps on your powder hunt!
LORAC launched these Baked Matte Satin Blushes, and boy, have the gotten popular! LORAC claims that the “LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush contains a silky-smooth, highly pigmented formula that blends easily and evenly for natural, long-lasting glow.”
I totally blame these purchases on LisaLisaD1!
I originally caved and got the pink toned blush, called Exposed. That seemed to be the most popular choice and a great Spring option. As far as shade is concerned, LORAC describes this as a peachy-pink. I find that this really is a true pink. It has a substantial glow, without being too glittery or frosty.
After realizing how much I loved Exposed, I caved and got in Plush. I feel so many of us are always on the hunt for the perfect peach. I had Gina from NARS in the past and it didn’t do ‘it’ for me. I also have Tangerine from Burberry, which is beyond amazing, but it’s more on the terracotta side. I love this peach! I find that the perfect peach is a combination of a florally peach tone, mixed with a bit of bronze. If it doesn’t have that undertone of bronze, it either looks too terracotta (i.e. muddy) or too orange. This is most subtle of the blush colors, so if you want something that is easy to blend and buildable, this is for you.
Here are the swatches of Plush and Exposed. I blended it out and did a stronger swatch so you can see the diversity of this product.
I think you’ll love these! They are much easier to work with than NARS and have the most wonderful sheen. I don’t even feel the need to apply a highlighter during the day.
I’m a creature of habit, so my makeup routine doesn’t really change. It took me over a year to figure out what makeup and skincare I wasn’t allergic to and I’ve finally nailed the routine that keeps my skin looking “flawless.”
Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Cream -I get asked a lot about this product. Primarily because it only comes in one universal shade. If this BB Cream doesn’t suit your skin tone, I add a little of Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in a shade or two darker than my skin tone. The other product I recommend is Clarins’ UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tint SPF 40 in Deep.
La Mer The Radiance Concealer (Medium) + I use Le Metier’s Eye Brightening and Setting Powder (Refresh) to set my concealer
I ‘ve been experimenting with different powder foundations to set my makeup with, but my favorite is the Burberry Powder Foundation. I use Trench #7.
Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Medium
LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush in Exposed
NARS Blondie + Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to set
Burberry Eye Shadows: Porcelain, Pale Barley, Chestnut
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Demolition
Origins Ginzing Mascara
In this photo I’m wearing Givenchy in Rose Desire
Lipstick and blush are really the only things I switch up. Someday’s I may feel a bit bolder and go for a lippie like Burberry ‘Blush’ or if I want a stronger cheek, I’ll use a NARS blush.
I posted this picture on Instagram over the weekend and it was quite a hit, so I decided to post the recipe as well. I love this breakfast or brunch meal post-workout because it’s full of healthy-fats and protein.
Here’s what you need:
I use Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread, toasted.
Fleur de Sel (I prefer this to sea salt because it’s not as crunchy), sprinkled on top of avocado
Turkey bacon, you’ll want to bake this in the oven at 400 degrees until it’s your desired crispiness
Poaching the egg is the most difficult step, but once you’ve mastered the poached egg, there won’t be any turning back. I learned how to poach an egg from Gordon Ramsay’s show, The F Word. It’s the easiest method. The secret it the timing. An overcooked or undercooked poached egg is the worst! The other tip that he doesn’t mention in this video is to add about a teaspoon of vinegar to the water. That is super important!
The La Mer Radient Concealer is officially my holy grail concealer. Did I just utter those words out loud? I believe I did.
I’m a concealer junkie. Next to eyeshadow, it’s probably my favorite thing to buy. I’ve literally tried every concealer under the sun, from Sonia Kashuk and Mabelline to Make Up For Ever and Cle de Peau. Thankfully, after testing every brand under the sun, I can stop wasting my money because for me, this is as good as it gets.
Nothing is as easy and flawless and this concealer to me. It is $70, which is the same price range as the Cle de Peau.
I think this concealer is better suited for people that have a drier under eye area. That’s not to say if you have oily skin you can’t use this. It just has a creamier consistency than say the Cle de Peau. It, however, is far less tacky than Bobbi Brown conealers and isn’t as watery as MAC Moisture Cover.
Nordstrom describes this concealer as: “This treatment cream concealer instantly smoothes and evens the skin’s appearance while adding radiance. Gemstone technology optically erases imperfections. Precious marine and plant extracts help reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, lines, wrinkles and pores. The look of redness and discoloration is diminished. Skin stays naturally flawless all day.”
I do have to warn you that the shades are very light, I think it’s because it’s quite illumining. I use shade medium.
The main reason I love this concealer is because it takes care of everything in one shot and makes life easier. It highlights, conceals, and acts as an under eye treatment due to the marine and plant extracts that are in all of La Mer’s products. I also love that it comes in a pot because I think concealer applies better if you’ve had a chance to warm it up with your finger.
I also set this concealer with the Le Metier Eye Brightening and Setting Powder or the MUFE HD powder.
If you’ve got the change to spare, I highly recommend this product.