11.04.2016

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale 2016 Recommendations


My Wishlist:

Hello, my fellow makeup junkies! Sephora VIB Rouge 20% sale is here!! I've already placed an order and now I'm working on my second order. I thought I would share some of my recommendations also, the items that I'm planning on purchasing from this sale. So let's keep this short and jump right to the products. I will do this in categories of  skincare, beauty, hair, and fragrance. The sale started today for the VIB Rouge members and it will continue from 11/4 and end on 11/7 use code 20ROUGE. AS, for VIB members the sale will begin from 11/11 and end on 11/14 use code 20VIB.

Skincare 

Beauty


Hair
Fragrance



This concludes my Sephora sale recommendations. Most of the products that I've mentioned here are things I've already used, using or in my Sephora cart which is why I can vouch for them. I'm very picky when it comes to fragrance if I had to pick one out of the three I shared I would go with Tom Ford Noir it smells amazing! Another item I want to squeeze in is the Beauty Blender Two .BB. Clean ($40.00) I'm definitely picking this up I love the cleanser it really deep cleans the sponges. That being said once I receive all the goodies I will either do a haul post or share on my Instagram. I would love to know what's on your wishlist please let me know in a comment below. If you're shopping online don't forget to use the coupon code 20ROUGE or 20VIB before checking out. Happy Shopping!!

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11.03.2016

Popsugar Must-Have Box | October 2016


Popsugar Must-Have Box $39.95 shipping included is a monthly subscription box, filled with full-sized home, beauty, food, fitness and fashion products. There is also a mini box $15.95 shipping included which is a smaller version of the box of curated, full-sized products (Note: items are different from Monthly Must-Have Box).  The Must-have boxes are valued over $100 this one is valued $120 and if you count the special extra goodies it goes up to $152. So for $39.95 a month, it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Also, you can apply the coupon code SHOP5 to save $5.00 off your subscription. 

Popsugar Must-Have Box | October 2016 
  1. Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella $58.00
  2. Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath $28.00
  3. My Cup Of Cocoa Dark Drinking Chocolate $4.99 
  4. Morning Culture Rise & Shine Diner Mug $16.00
  5. The Makeup Eraser Mini  $12.00


This brand is new to me but I saw the words Brown Sugar Vanilla and I was sold! This smells amazing, it's like a two-in-one product shower oil and bubble bath. This shower oil leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. It lathers really well, the key ingredients are Grapeseed Oil, Specialized Sugar Molecules Tropical Probiotics, and Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice. This is paraben free. sulfate free, phthalate free and cruelty-free. 


I always see this all over social media and I'm not going to lie I was a bit skeptical about this. Well, now I get to try it out! This is a reusable ultrasoft makeup remover cloth that erases makeup with only warm water. I put this up to test and it did remove my makeup pretty well, however, I still had to reach for my Bioderma and followed by double cleansing. So I'm not sold on this product 100% but it was nice to finally see what this is all about. 



I'm a huge coffee and hot chocolate fan so when I saw these two products in the box I was really excited to use them. I've been using the mug ever since I've received it, I love the simple little Rise & Shine quote it's a perfect way to start your day with an awesome mug full of coffee or hot chocolate. yum! 



I love Henri Bendel! Everything is so cute and girly in that store and this umbrella alone surpasses ($39.95 bucks) the value of the whole box. This is a very lightweight, easy to carry in your purse umbrella perfect for the unexpected rainy and gloomy weather we are having in New York. The classic Henri Bendel stripes and print makes this umbrella super chic. 



I love a good pen liner so when I saw this I was excited to try it but as soon as I noticed the round tip I was kind of disappointed. If you're not really good with wing liner this can be a good way to practice by dotting in the liner and then filling it in. As for me I rather go for a good old pointy tip liner, this is not waterproof or smudge proof. 


Book Summary:
Lisa Sugar has an amazing job. She spends her days at POPSUGAR creating content about pop culture, must-have handbags and makeup, healthy recipes, and Instagram-worthy sweets. She manages an enormously successful, growing company with employees who love what they do. And her life is just as great at home. She and her husband have three daughters and she’s the number one soccer mom who loves reading bedtime stories every night.  
 
How did she do it? By figuring out what her dream job was, taking risks, and believing in herself. And now she wants to motivate others to do the same. She wants to show them how to live colorful, interesting lives where every second counts. 
 
She'll do so by sharing her personal and business story. Lisa knows that creating your dream job requires hard work, patience, and experience. She'll give advice, in big and small ways, about exactly how to do that, from starting a company to ditching a relationship that isn't working to becoming a fabulous boss. And with the great, accessible writing style that has made PopSugar such a hit, she'll make it fun!


I'm saving this book for the upcoming weekend. It sounds like a good read so I will keep you guys posted on my Instagram. Overall, I'm absolutely loving the Popsugar Must-Have Boxes, for $39.95 a month you'll be getting a box full of goodies that are valued over $100 and you can't really beat that price! 


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10.27.2016

Skincare Edit: Five Gentle Cleansers For A.M. Routine


Hello! I wanted to discuss gentle cleansers which are great for sensitive, oily or dry skin. I use these cleansers during my A.M. routine. I usually use toner, essence, serum, night cream and follow up with an oil so I love using a mild calming and soothing cleanser in the morning that plumps and refreshes my skin. I don't prefer double cleansing in the morning, a gentle cleanser gets the job done just right. Sometimes finding the perfect cleanser for your skin can be difficult so today I've gathered up 5 cleansers that will suit different skin types. Let's begin!
 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ingredients:
  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate: Acts as a mild surfactant that gently cleanses the skin without irritating or residue. 
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Lightly hydrates and leaves skin comfortable.
  • Sodium Trideceth Sulfate: Pulls dirt, debris and makeup from the skin and dissolves them.
  • Twelve-Essential Oil Blend (including Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Sage): Helps soften, soothe, and rejuvenate the skin. 

Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Alcohol, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Guaiacum (Guaiacum Officinale) Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Rosa Damascena Extract, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Extract, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).

Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($36.00 for 16oz) has been a favorite of mine for many many years, I even got my mom and sister hooked on it. This is an award-winning, highly effective facial cleanser to tone and hydrate skin and it's also formulated for all skin types. The packaging is a plastic bottle with a press flip cap. Purity Made Simple is a light yellow color with a milky consistency and it's got a light fresh herbal scent to it. This cleanser lathers up very mildly it doesn't get quite soapy and although it removes most of the makeup I wouldn't rely on just this cleanser to remove every trace of makeup. It doesn't strip away the natural oil nor does my skin begs to be moisturized right after cleansing, it leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. If you're going to use this face wash to remove makeup I suggest doing the double cleansing method after you use a makeup wipe just to ensure you're removing all makeup residue from the skin. With winter approaching this would make an ideal cleanser for sensitive dry skin. This is available at Sephora and Nordstrom.



Derma|e Purifying Gel Cleanser Ingredients:
  • Kimarine Wakame and Bladderwrack Marine Algae helps boost skin purity and resiliency. It is potassium rich, magnesium rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants.  
  • Activated Charcoal eliminates toxins from skin's surface.
  • Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense.
  • Aloe Leaf Juice revives skin with fresh, healthy hydration. 

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. 

Derma|e Purifying Gel Cleanser ($15.50 for 6 fl oz.) is a gel cleanser that's targeted toward normal to oily skin. This cleanser comes in a tube and it's a certified organic product it's fragrance-free, sulfate-free, pH-balanced formula that lathers away sweat, oil and toxin build-up for a clean, refreshed, glowing complexion. The consistency is very thin and soft and it lathers up really well, leaving skin soft and smooth. I started using this cleanser a few months ago when the weather was much warmer so far I'm really impressed by this product. I only use this cleanser during my morning routine and I would recommend this for the A.M. since its quite mild. Also a little goes a long way when it comes to this face wash it's been about 4-5 months and as you can see the tube is still full. It's 100% vegan with minimal ingredients which makes it the perfect face wash to get your skin refreshed and plumping for the day. I have oily skin and this really helps keep the oil at bay without getting any dry patches. Despite being a cleanser for normal to oily skin type I can see this cleanser working well on dry skin too since it does contain some hydrating properties. I absolutely recommend this cleanser it's a good one! This is mineral oil free, cruelty-free, paraben free, gluten free, lanolin free, GMO-free. It's available at Wholefoods, Target, Ulta and Derma|e.  


Yes To Cucumber Daily Gel Cleanser Ingredients:
  • Cucumber a soothing vegetable extract. 
  • Green Tea a calming herb. 
Water, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maris Limus Extract, Alcohol, Copper Chloropyll, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenethyl Alcohol,  Fragrance (Parfum).

Yes To Cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser ($5.89 from 9.99 for 3.38 fl oz.) is naturally derived hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested formulations blend soothing botanicals with other ingredients to help keep sensitive skin supple. This cleanser was recommended to me by my friend Michelle and since we both have similar skin type I had to try it. Yes To brand is a natural beauty line, made with fruits and veggies and it's free from parabens, free of Petroleum and SLS. The consistency is very thin and it smells amazing like a fresh cucumber although it doesn't lather well it does get the job done. I have to admit I go through these tubes within weeks but since it's so affordable I don't find this to be a big issue, I just purchase two tubes at a time. This cleanser is 98% natural so if you have very sensitive skin, then this is definitely worth checking out. This is available at Target and Ulta.



Mila Moursi Cleansing Foam Ingredients:

Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfoacetate, Glyceryl Monostearate SE, Stearic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca, (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Resveratrol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trepenone, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide 7, Distinctive Phytostem Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, 1, 2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Fragrance (Parfum).                         

Mila Moursi Cleansing Foam ($70.00 for 3.4 fl oz.) effectively dissolve and removes impurities while maintaining your skin's delicate balance. This is pure luxury, I love starting my day with this cleanser and this product quickly became a staple in my morning routine. I love the simple packaging, it smells amazing (like you're in a spa), the consistency is creamy and it lathers up really well. A little goes a long way when it comes to this cleansing foam but to be honest the fragrance of this cleanser is so good that sometimes I squeeze out more product than I should (note: I'm at fault here). This is a lightweight, non-drying, soothing and hydrating cleanser. I think this is a great cleanser for all skin type. I'm running low on this I've been using it for about 5-6 months and I'm definitely going to repurchase this item. This is available at Space NK, Beautylish, Mila Moursi, and Barneys



Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask Ingredients: 

Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Squalane, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Silybum Marianum (Lady's Thistle) Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Sorbitol, Caffeine, Isododecane, Sucrose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Zinc PCA, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. 

Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask ($25.00 to $28.00 for 5 oz) is a refreshing foam that cleanses gently yet thoroughly. I received this deluxe size (1 fl oz.) tube as a GWP and I fell in love with it the very first time I used it. This cleanser smells divine I can't put my finger on it and it kind of lingers which I love! It lathers into this silky rich foamy texture, you only need a little bit of this and it leaves my skin feeling supple, fresh and luminous. I used this as a mask once and it isn't my favorite way of using this product I like to use this strictly as a cleanser. I noticed after using this cleanser my skin feels a little tight so I would say this is ideal for oily to combination skin. It's been over a month I've been using this cleanser and I still got a good amount of product left so this cleanser lasts a long time. Although EL suggests this cleanser for both A.M. and P.M. I find this cleanser doesn't do a great job removing makeup that well it's more useful as a morning face wash. I will be purchasing the full size of Perfectly Clean Foam soon, this is available at Estee Lauder, Nordstrom, and Sephora


If you made it this far then thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post. What's your favorite A.M. cleanser? Please leave it in a comment below, I would love to know your picks. 

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10.15.2016

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Review & Swatches


Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette
Price $59.00 for 0.08 oz. 2.5 g (x4)
Where To Purchase: Nars Cosmetics, Sephora


Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette

Product Info
#Narsissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette work your angles with an all-in-one cheek palette. Highlighter, blush, and contouring tones double up with a dimensional, wet/dry formula. Universally flattering. Ultra-versatile. Set Features:
  • Soft Tulle- It's a soft iridescent silvery shade with a frosted finish.
  • Damask with Gold Sheen- It's a warm peachy shade with a gold sheen. Kind of reminds me of the famous Nars Orgasm blush.
  • Peony- It's a vibrant bright pink shade with a satin finish. 
  • Titian- It's a rosy brown shade and it's a satin finish, with a hint of shimmer. 

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette


A while back I purchased two Dual-Intensity blush duo called Frenzy and Jubilation, it was love at first sight. So needless to say I'm a big fan of Nars Dual-Intensity formula, it can be used wet/dry and it's very pigmented with a beautiful metallic/sheen finish. The mirrored case with Narsissist printed on the compact gives the packaging a very sleek look. Inside, there is a total of four shades:A highlighter, two blush, and a contouring shade. On my medium to tan skin, the contouring shade can be passed as a blush. I have large pores on my cheeks and I usually prefer matte blushes but these blushes despite having a sheen to it didn't emphasize on my pores. All four shades are perfect for all skin tone, however, the highlighter shade can be a little too frosty for deeper skin tone. Also, the highlighter lacks in pigmentation I had to go over it a few times to get it to show up on me. As for the other three shades they performed beautifully, these blushes are blendable and gives you a nice glow especially if you have a tan it just looks stunning! I personally like to use them dry but if you want intense pigmentation you can use them wet. I use my favorite Hakuhodo J210 and J4004 brush to apply the blush and the highlighter, both brushes fit perfectly in the pan. This palette is also perfect to travel with, it's so nice and compact it can fit in your makeup case without it taking up too much space. Let's take a closer look at the shades.

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Soft Tulle & Damask


Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Peony & Titian

Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette


Narsissist Dual-Intensity Cheek Palette Ingredients

Overall
I totally adore this little palette it's a great multi-tasking palette since you can use the shades as an  eyeshadow as well. I've taken this palette with me while I traveled this summer and it served me well, it lasted about 8-9 hours even with all the hot and humid weather. This palette is Limited Edition so if you're interested, it's still available on Nars Cosmetics and Sephora website.

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