The Royal Blowout w/ Oribe

Courtesy of Oribe

I’ve had such great hair days since my hair stylist and hair colorist gave me proper direction in the art of Blow drying.  Yes, ladies  blow drying is an art form and I am living proof that it can be achieved in the privacy of your own home.

Now that I have the proper cut, color and brush the hair styling products I started using are working!

I’m in love with the Royal Blowout by Oribe, my hair is shiny and full of life!  Afterwards my hair resembles a perfect in-salon blow dry. 

*The weightless serum mist  gives a glossy, patent-like shine for a flawless finish*.

My hair was smooth, hydrated, protected and drying time was cut in half!  My hair texture the next day was so thick and luxurious I was tempted to use my dry hair shampoo!

Royal Blowout by Oribe gets a TEN!

$42

Available at Neiman Marcus & Barneys New York

Kate Middleton: Makeup Tips for a Princess

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The adage that less is more is true – this holiday Kate Middleton not only captured the heart of a prince, but the hearts of makeup junkies everywhere, including mine.
During the Royal couple’s photo shoot with Mario Testino, the soon to be Princess of Wales applied her own makeup.

I couldn’t stop gushing over the pictures, I loved her makeup and came up with a quick makeup guide to help us all achieve a pretty makeup application for the princess in all of us.

This guide also substitutes as a 10 minute makeup routine – providing you’re starting with clear and healthy skin.

1.) Moisturize with an SPF and don’t forget the eye cream – I recommend Vinoperfect by Caudalie and Colbert MD Nourishing eye cream.

2.) Start the makeup application with an illuminating base – Chanel Illuminating Makeup Base is silky and leaves the skin luminous and dewy $42

3.) Sheer Foundation- Nars Matte Sheer Foundation $42 or one of my favorites OneBase by Cargo Cosmetics.

4.) A loose mineral setting powder – Mineral Rice Powder by Youngblood Cosmetics is perfect.

5.) Grey Kohl eye pencil by Laura Mercier – line your top and bottom lash for a modern smokey eye $19

6.) Curl your lashes with a heated eyelash curler – I love Talika’s heated eyelash curler $45

7.) Dust those gorgeous cheeks with beingTrue’s Apricot blush or Cargo Cosmetics Contour Pallet in Malibu $19/$30

8.) My favorite mascara is Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils – it’s my favorite! $30

9.) Lip Gloss/ Lipstick – I love Lip Fixation by jane iredale – in Devotion or Fascination but if you’re feeling bolder try Rapture – it lasts all day until you take it off! $25

Kate skipped the mascara, used a touch of lip gloss and looked stunning – for those of you that wish to skip mascara I recommend Talika Lipocils – because it promotes hair growth and enhances your lashes overnight!

*This post was inspired by Bazaar

Natural Glow Facial Towelettes by Yes to Cucumbers

Courtesy of Yes to Carrots
 
After testing eye makeup for days at a time and eye allergies my eyes need some tender love and care.  I’m too lazy to cut cucumbers, and sometimes can’t make it over to the bathroom sink – I’m either too busy blogging or watching General Hospital ( Brenda’s back). 
 
To remove eye makeup I found these amazing soothing towlettes by Yes to Cucumbers, the scent is pure healthy goodness!  The towlettes are gentle, all natural wipes that remove all traces of dirt and makeup. 
I love the Cucumber, Aloe Vera and Green Tea properties that infuse my skin with hydration, moisture and leave my skin ever so soft.
  
The towlettes are made with sustainable fabric that are FSC certified, so you’re not only getting your glow on but you’re being forestry responsible. 
 
If you travel a lot like I do, then you’re going to want to pick up a few of the travel sizes, they also make great stocking stuffers.
 
 
$5.99
 
Available at Target & Walgreens
 
 

Intensify your lashes with Talika

Courtesy of Talika

I became intrigued with the idea of Talika’s heated  eye lash curler.  I was sceptical at first, believing that if I didn’t follow directions I would surely burn my lashes.  Not a chance, the controlled temperature made this beauty device easy to achieve gorgeous more dense lashes. 

I’m in love with this amazing beauty tool, it’s safe, gently and effective.  I couldn’t stop starring at my lashes.

Sometimes no matter how effective mascara or lash enhancing products are you can’t quite achieve the lashes of your dreams.  I can honestly say that Talika’s Heated Eye lash curler was the icing on the cake.

All these months of testing so many amazing eyelash enhancing products prepared me for this moment, this heated eye lash curler was the missing piece to the puzzle.

Intensify your lashes with Talika for more dense and lush lashes.

Heated Eye Lash Curler by Talika gets a TEN!

$37

Naturally swollen stained lips by Poppy King

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My sister Wendy is a tinted lip balm junkie, from drug store to department store she owns them all.
She recently gave me Medieval by Poppy King – a gorgeous sheer cherry red that is infused with Vitamin E and other healthy ingredients.
Poppy King is known as the Lipstick Queen, and is well-known for her signature Red Lips.
Researching for this beauty post I discovered that during Medieval times women stained their lips with Lemon, this created a bee stung effect, giving the appearance of gorgeous naturally swollen RED Lips.
I use this tinted lip balm alone or over my favorite Red Lipstick – I love the extra hydration and gorgeous color.
$18
Barneys New York
77 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Rio Rio by TopShop Cosmetics for the Holidays

Courtesy of TopShop Cosmetics
Everyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with Red Lipstick – especially a Red so gorgeous it reminds me of taking a vacation.
My recent travels have yet to take me to Rio – this Holiday Season I can dream of a warm tropical climate with Rio Rio by Topshop Cosmetics.
I loved the silky texture, the lipstick was hydrating and moisturizing.  My lips stayed soft and kissable all afternoon, and I didn’t have to reapply after morning coffee.
A gorgeous Satin Matte lipstick that leaves your lips hydrated and nourished throughout the day – available in 6 luscious shades.
Rio Rio by TopShop gets a TEN!
$16

Nourishing eye cream by Colbert MD

Courtesy of Dr. Colbert, MD

In a former life Dr. David Colbert was a dermatological research consultant for Chanel Skincare, now he’s known as the dermatologist to the Stars, with countless featured editorials in magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Self, Bazaar, Elle and Glamour – the list could go on and on. 

 Dr. Colbert is the founder and head physician of The New York Dermatology Group, and one of the most selfless doctors in the world, lending his expertise, name and talent to many of the worlds most charitable organizations,  the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation to name one. 

I had the opportunity to learn of Dr. Colberts Skincare collection: Daily Nutrition for the Skin and after testing the nourishing Eye Cream, I saw visible results after my first applicationMy eyes immediately had a more youthful appearance, they looked softer and brighter. 

The Nourish Eye Cream provides the skin with long-term collagen production, re-hydrates the skin around the delicate eye area and lightens dark circles while reducing puffiness.  The Daily Nutrition Skincare Collection by Dr. Colbert delivers immediate radiance to the skin, fights against inflammation and reverses the signs of premature aging. 

The plant-based nutrients are delivered to the skin in their fully active state to the skin´s cellular level – the results are luminous, healthy and radiant skin. 

I love that the tiny laugh lines around my area were diminished, and that my eyes were restored to visible radiance!

Nourishing Eye Cream by Colbert MD gets a TEN!

$110

 Barneys New York

 77 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

415-268-3500

New blemishes no more* w/ Dr. Brandt

Courtesy of Dr. Brandt Skincare
 
I’m like most women, I tend to experience acne during that time of the month.  I mask and cleanse  and still it’s not enough to prevent the acne breakouts around my jaw line and chin.
 
I’m vain and now that I write a beauty blog am under pressure to have great skin.  What products do I use?  I incorporate Dr. Brandt into my skincare routine.
 
Recently I’ve been using New blemishes no more cleansing pads by Dr. Brandt and they have made a huge difference in my acne prevention! 
 
The cleansing pads are not harsh or abrasive, and they leave my skin clean!  I admit I’m lazy and don’t always use toner – the cleansing pads are formulated with Dr. Brandt’s technologically advanced blemish fighting complex – Active Impurity Shield.  The pads absorbed and regulated my excess sebum, without drying out my skin! 
 
I experienced a reduction in acne breakouts – and my skin was left clean, clear and PH Balanced. Dr. Brandt for  healthy skin, isn’t it time you brought the Doctor home with you?
 
New Pores no more cleansing pads by Dr. Brandt gets a TEN!
$25
Available at Sephora
 

New Blushable Creme Blush by New York Color

Courtesy of New York Color
I love this Blushable Creme Stick by New York Color.  The color melted into my skin, it was easy to blend and the color was soft and gorgeous.
 
It’s oil-free and drys to a silky powder while nourishing the skin with Vitamins.  I loved the  long-wearing wearable coverage that gave me that soft radiant glow all day.
 
I tested Plaza Pink – a gorgeous luminous pink that I used as a highlighter under my eye area. 
 
The price point is amazing and makes this beauty product a Beauty Steal at $3.99
 
Blushable Creme Blush by New York Color is available in 6 gorgeous colors and gets a TEN!
 
Available at Target