Tuesday, September 2, 2014

7 Deadly Sins - Greed

noun: greed
  1. intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
    synonyms:avaricecupidityacquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacityMore
    antonyms:generosity, temperance, indifference


Monday, September 1, 2014

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Palette


Makeup Geek has done it again! A highly pigmented, super stunning palette called Vegas Lights is now available. I can't highly recommend this palette enough. It includes everything from a highlight to a shadow that can be used as a liner. It full of metallics that don't even need to be applied wet for a bright application. I think the swatches and pictures speak for themselves...

The Shades:

Casino - metallic gold
Mirage - ivory shimmer
Sin City - rose gold metallic
Desert Sands - matte mustard
Roulette - metallic burgundy copper
Bada Bing - deep reddish brown with burgundy sparkle


Charlotte Tilbury Glam in the US!

“Makeup is powerful.
It’s every woman’s secret weapon.”

"Charlotte believes that beauty is not an exclusive club. Make-up is every woman’s secret weapon to become her most beautiful and confident self. Charlotte understands that make-up must be easy and fool-proof – from how you buy it to how you use it. With this in mind, Charlotte has created an uncompromising collection for the modern woman who is as likely to do her makeup on the run as she is to sit down at a vanity. By decoding her expertise into essential make-up tips, tricks and tools, Charlotte has created a new make-up mantra for every woman: EASY TO CHOOSE, EASY TO USE and ALWAYS IRRESISTIBLE." - Text from Temptalia.com

I have had my eyes on so many of Charlotte's products for months and with so much excitement about this launch I had to share with you!
In case you are new to Miss Charlotte's work and collection...everything from the packaging to the colors oozes glamor and richness. It is definitely high end material and almost a collectors item because of the beautiful packaging. The products are grouped into about 10 different "looks" all inspired by different Hollywood muses. Check out all ten here.
The Vintage Vamp

Her collection will be available starting September 2nd at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, and NET-A-PORTER.

*All photos are from Temptalia.com and are just a sample of a huge range of products and colors!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aging Gracefully - Hand Cream with SPF

One thing people often overlook is hand skincare. Yes we get manicures sometimes weekly, buy nail hardeners and cuticle moisturizers... but what about the skin on our hands?

SPF is "all the rage" right now as people are now becoming aware that it does not do anything good to your skin except absorb your daily dose of Vitamin D. To prevent our skin from being damaged from the sun's rays you need SPF. It has probably been drilled in your brain lately but it's true. To prevent those pesky age spots, wrinkles, and dryness that we get as we age, slather on some good old sunscreen.

I've been on the search for an SPF hand cream for a while now and I have two that I would like to introduce you all to. They both have a great SPF number and help brighten up the skin on your hands over time.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Hand Treatment SPF 30 is the drugstore product I found. Since I just bought it, I'm not totally sure if it improves spots (plus I don't really have any, just freckles) but I love the texture (very lightweight) and the scent (a basic sunscreen scent) is not overpowering at all. The box says "Immediately hands are smoother, more even toned, and moisturized for 24 hours. In 4 weeks significant decrease in the size and intensity of discoloration and dark spots, and hands look healthier and younger." They recommend applying this cream twice daily, in the morning and afternoon. The box also states it can be used on your chest, bonus! It retails for around $8 and you can find it in your local drugstore. I found mine at Harmon's Discount. You can also check it out here.

Supergoop is a higher end brand that has been gaining popularity as the SPF rage has spread. Their Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn and SPF 40 is a great addition to your medicine cabinet or your car cup holder! The bottle states it has an "innovative blend of antioxidants and super broad spectrum protection". "Formulated with omega-7 fatty acid rich sea buckthorn fruit and skin nourishing meadowfoam seed and argan oils, this moisturizing age-defier lightens dark spots and improves skin's elasticity and texture while safegaurding skin from future photodamage." It is a generous bottle of 10oz. which I really like. The scent is kind of off putting at first but eventually fades away. I love the fact that the ingredients are very beneficial, especially the argan oil. It retails for $29.50 which seams expensive but in the end you will probably be paying around the same for the Garnier. Supergoop can be bought here.


Urban Decay Naked Basics 2

So excited about this baby! It's a cool toned palette of six new Urban Decay shadows. There are five matte and one demi-matte shade for a highlight.

I love the colors of this palette. If you tend to gravitate towards taupes, this will speak your language. I do wish the highlight shade was a tad lighter like in the original Naked Basics (Venus) but other than that the colors are perfect.

If packing light is something you look for when packing up your makeup bag than this is a great option for you. It's very travel friendly. You will have everything you need from highlight (even for your cheeks!) to your eyeliner in one perfectly sized package.

The Shades:

Skimp - demi-matte ivory with a very slight hint of peach to brighten
Stark - matte nude pink
Frisk - matte warm grey taupe
Cover - matte muted red brown
Primal - matte muted brown
Undone - matte deep blackish brown


Friday, August 29, 2014

A Shower with Frank

After reading what seemed like hundreds of reviews on Instagram I found myself intrigued by the benefits of a coffee scrub. Supposedly the scrubs help eczema, stretch marks, cellulite, dry skin, and psoriasis. I knew I had to test it out. Being affordable doesn't hurt either ($17.95 and free shipping for the coconut one) and if it will help improve my skin then I am all for it.

Frank is an all natural scrub made of fresh coffee grounds, sea salt and depending on the version you choose, coconut oil and almond oil. I chose the coconut grape seed version because I love coconut. The scent of this one is heavenly. It is a mix of coffee and coconut with a hint of salt that smells to me like a delectable morning dessert. I could not stop smelling myself after I showered. lol

The website says "lets get dirty" and they aren't kidding. It will cover your shower in coffee grinds and the water will turn a brownish color. Don't be alarmed, as it washes down the drain and leaves behind the smoothest skin you will ever feel. I was alarmed at how my skin felt and after just one use too! It felt super moisturized and comfortable with a "glow" I could not ignore.

Right now I can't say if it has helped improve my skin tone or anything since I have only used it once but I plan to continue using this product. An update will be posted in a month or so to let you know how it's going. For now, I highly recommend this scrub and you can find it here.


BH Cosmetics Fall Makeup