Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My favorite cuticle cream, Orly's Cuticle Therapy Cremé

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Orly Cuticle Therapy Cremé

I assure you that I am alive despite my dearth of posts, I'm just working like crazy and OMG right now I really dislike hospital hand foam and excessive hand washing. My hands are dry, dry, dry. Though I've somehow managed not to bring RSV home to my 4 1/2 month old, so there is that.... I've been working a lot the last 10 days or so, hence not much posting here on the blog.

And, my hands are getting very dry.

So, I've just dug through my drawers and my office/beauty room, and have found 3 tubs of magical, magical cream! I had thought I was out, but, no! (This is success people. Also, I probably need a good night of sleep, I'm overly enthusiastic about cuticle cream tonight.)

We all have a beauty product that we stock up on and buy in large quantities. One of those products for me is Orly's Cuticle Cream. The cream is thick, super hydrating, and is often the last thing I apply before bed. In the winter I use it as an ultra-hydrating hand cream to help combat dryness. And it works.

Orly Cuticle Therapy Cremé is a little hard to find in stores, though they do carry it at Sally Beauty, and in the big tub! I buy a new tub of it almost every time I'm at Sally Beauty Supply, which is about once a month since I'm doing a monthly post with them now (the result of this is that I'm spending a good 10 minutes per trip drooling at their wall of polish and trying not to buy all. the. polish.) But, this tub of cream always finds its way into my basket! I slather it all over my cuticles and when I'm really dry it goes all over my hands. Like tonight. I'm so glad I found 3 hidden tubs!

You can buy your own at Amazon or Sally Beauty

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Rodan+Fields REDEFINE Skincare Line is luxurious, effective and joyful to use. Learn why Lola's Secret Beauty Blog thinks this is a top-notch anti-aging line worthy of your attention!

Love luxury beauty? Check out the Luxe List at Phyrra!

Prime Beauty is crushing over the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for March: spring freshness, great snacks & travel goodies--yes please!!

Few things scream spring louder than flowers and a coral pink lipstick. Givenchy made the ultimate spring lipstick by combining the two in their Le Rouge Couture Edition! See just how pretty it is on Mostly Sunny!

How many cosmetic items do you use in a day? Beauty Info Zone and Makeup Wars were commissioned to use just five. Could you do that?

There are some new Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick shades hitting counters soon and Christa from Perilously Pale is showing us 6 of the 7 gorgeous spring shades.

Need a new scent for Spring? Pammy Blogs Beauty is loving L'Occitane's NEW Fleurs de Cerisier!

What if you either lived in a desert climate or visited one? What would you use? Fifteen Minute Beauty shares 13 favorites from a desert living blogger.

It's flashback time here at The Painted Rogue, and this time we're digging back into that classic dungeoneering manual: the Ultimate Rogueish Guide to Battle-Ready Red Lipsticks! As always, these guides are open to your suggestions, so tell me: what's YOUR favourite red?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Desert Beauty Must Haves from Raging Rouge

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Today I have a great post from my friend Jen, she writes one of my favorite beauty blogs, Raging Rouge! Jen and I spend a lot of time talking about our mutual beauty obsessions, but we also share a love of shopping (especially all things Tory. She has helped me spend way too much money!) Today she's sharing a few of her favorite products to cope with living in the desert. Recently she moved to the southwest and it has taken her much trial and error to readjust her routine! I hope some of her info can help you deal with the intense heat and sun of the desert.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion ($39): I’ve been buying and rebuying this product since it was first released. It has been my go-to sunblock for vacations in the desert, and now that I’m a desert dweller I still use it regularly. It’s pricy, but this SPF50+ also wears beautifully under makeup and protects the skin from sun exposure for a long time.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.4%; Octocrylene 3.0%; Titanium Dioxide 1.4%; Zinc Oxide 16.4%;


Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray SPF 50+ ($36): Since I’ve moved to the desert, I’ve added this spray sunscreen to my routine. It’s not an obnoxious mist that leaves everyone in the vicinity coughing when you use it. Shiseido uses a true pump spray that delivers broad spectrum UV protection that can reach tricky spots like the back.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 15.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.5%, Oxybenzone 5.0%

Neutrogena UltraSheer Face & Body Stick Sunscreen SPF 70 ($8.79): My sons hate wearing sun block, so I was happy to discover this 70+ sunblock stick. I apply it to my boys every morning before school, and they get through a recess-filled school day (and extracurriculars) with no burns!

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%, Oxybenzone 3%

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 ($30): You never know when an afternoon in the sun might present itself. This product makes sunblock application OVER makeup a breeze, without compromising your look. It’s available in many formulas, including one with a bronze tint.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 13%, Zinc Oxide 14%


Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm ($4): The delicious tropical flavors offered by Sun Bum help remind you to re-apply a lip balm with SPF throughout the day! The latest flavor I’ve tried is banana, which smells just like a smoothie to me and soothes dry lips in the hot summer sun.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 15.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%

Klorane Mango Butter Intense Nutrition Repair Masque ($23): When I first moved to Scottsdale, it didn’t take long for my hair to turn to a horrible straw-like texture. Truthfully, it looked more like a stack of yellow hay than hair. I’ve been using Klorane Mango Shampoo and Conditioner for years, so for extra moisture I added on the Repair Masque. It was just what my dry tresses needed to get back to a normal state.

Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex ($35): After washing and drying my sun-damaged hair, I applied this leave in conditioner daily. I also passed on heat styling as often as possible (trust me when I say this step is easy to skip when it’s 110 degrees or higher). Bumble and Bumble Mending Complex made my hair feel softer the very first time I used it, and improved the health of my hair more and more with each use. I was heartbroken when I ran out, but a bottle will last for a long time!

Clinique Sun Face Cream ($21.50): In my quest to find superior Broad Spectrum sun protection, I found Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream. This formula doubles as a luxurious anti-aging face cream, while also providing an SPF 50. It’s been a great choice for my sensitive skin, and is actually a reasonable price!

Active Ingredients: Oxybenzone 5.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Avobenzone 3.00%, Octocrylene 2.70%

True Blue Spa Paraffin Super Softening Hand Lotion ($12): I first discovered this product when I forgot to pack moisturizing gloves on a vacation. My winter-ravaged hands needed attention and a Bath & Body Works employee treated me to a short hand massage with this rich hand cream. It is, hands down (pardon the pun), the best I’ve ever used! Now they are scattered throughout my house, in my car, and in my bag at all times.

True Blue Spa Glycolic Acid Cracked Heel Treatment ($15): It’s flip-flop season for about 10 months of the year here in the desert, so heels need extra TLC or they will crack and bleed. Prep for a scorching summer with this glycolic moisturizer that removes the dry, damaged top layer of the heel while it delivers a deep moisturizer.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil ($19): You really never know when a chance for a swim might pop up when you live in a warmer climate, so wearing waterproof makeup everyday is generally a good idea. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes is my favorite eye pencil in general, and luckily handles the water like a champ!

NARS Pure Sheer Lip Treatment ($25): Sunblock, color, and an emollient feel make this lip treatment a permanent fixture in my bag during the summer months!

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($10.50): If you’re wearing waterproof eye makeup daily, a top notch waterproof eye makeup remover is a must. Luckily this Sephora brand remover is a reasonable price, and cuts through even the best waterproof formulas without irritating the delicate eye area.

Jen blogs at Raging Rouge, go check out her blog!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Day in Lippies: How I Change On The Go

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A Day in Lippies: How I Change On The Go

Burt's Bees has asked me to share how I change up my lippies throughout the day. When do I refresh? When do I change things up?

I have to be honest and say that I rarely wear the same lippie all day long. I usually have a collection in my jeans pocket (or white coat pocket if I'm working that day), and I use each product very specifically. I have an actual plan!

A Day in Lippies: How I Change On The Go

For me, it all starts with the most basic lip balm, the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I put it on as I apply lotion in the morning. It really moisturizes my lips while I dry and style my hair as well as apply makeup. It also seems to be an amazing primer under lip gloss! A light layer of this lip balm under any gloss will make the gloss last for hours (that's your pro lip tip of the day, just FYI). After that, I typically use a variety of pink and nude toned lippies. I've really found that this color combination works with my pale skin, making me look more awake! You can find colors that work for this with the Burt's Bees Shade Finder for their Lip Color Products.

Recently, I've been starting the day with applying the Lip Crayon once my makeup is complete. My favorite shade is the Carolina Coast seen here (swatch #1). It's a perfect mid-tone pink, and despite sipping on coffee all morning it should last until late morning.

As my lip crayon finally starts to wear off, I start reaching for products to reapply while on the go. If I'm at home that means I'm with my two girls, so I really need something fast and easy to apply. I've found that the Lip Shines offer just enough color and I can swipe them on without needing to worry about perfect application! Peachy (swatch #5) is the one I've been reaching for most often. I really love the neutral shade layered over the pinker tone of Carolina Coast.

If I'm at work, I often carry two products in my white coat pocket. First, a tinted lip balm (Honeysuckle, #2) to provide a little color. Just like before, I love to layer pink and more neutral, so I often pair it with Ocean Sunrise Lipgloss (#3). The lip balm base helps the lip gloss last a lot longer, and the combination of pink and neutral/tan works really well with my pale complexion.

Finally, I can't even tell you how many tubes of Champagne Lip Shimmer (#4) I own! It offers very little color, mostly it has just the right shimmer color for layering over any other lippie. I love to carry it with me for quick reapplication, particularly during the winter when I feel like my lips are dry.

Am I the only one that carries a big selection of lip products with them? What do you do?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt's Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, March 16, 2015

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty

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The best of ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty

I'm a big fan of ULTA, have you noticed? They have a great mix of price points, I love that they have such a huge selection of salon only hair care, and their SAs are helpful. I've even had them open drugstore makeup to check color matching for me (I don't know if this is allowed, but it has happened!) All of the stores I've been in have been in strip malls, with big, big plate glass windows. So, a ton of natural light! (Unlike my other favorite beauty store, you know the one I mean, where I feel like I need to bring a huge flashlight to find what I'm looking for)

Twice a year ULTA has their 21 Days of Beauty Event, and I love it! They have some amazing deals and exclusive products pop up during the event as well. I always scour the ad for the deals I'm most interested in. Guess what? My ad arrived on Friday. Here's what I'm looking at picking up, and I'm really excited because a few of these are items I need to stock up on!

Stila Smudge Stick ULTA 21 Days of Beauty

Here are the days that I'm adding to my calendar:
March 16Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner, Buy One Get One Free
Today, I've already stocked up! I like Damsel (a dark chocolate brown) and Stingray (black) for every day. It is the perfect smudging liner that stays put all day long. I bought 3 Damsel and 1 Stingray while running errands this morning.

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: Butter London

March 19Butter London Nail Lacquer & Treatments $9 each
This is a big day! This is the one that many of my friends wait for during the 21 Days of Beauty and go crazy! I am a fan of Butter London too, and I like to stock up on new, fun colors. My picks this year: Cake Hole (great swatch pics here), Giddy Kipper (great pics over at Vampy Varnish), and Poole (great pics over at Beauty Junkies Unite)

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: Your Brows But Better and Clarisonic Mia

March 20It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil $12
I've lost track of how many times I've mentioned this brow pencil on the blog! It's my regular go-to brow pencil. It's the perfect ashy-brown, so it works for most blondes, all brunettes and those with black hair. It may (or may not) work for redheads. It depends on how red you are. I love that it is very skinny, so it always feels sharp. It takes me about 15 seconds to do my brows and I'm done! This is 50% off. I might have 6 of these sitting in my on-line shopping cart, just waiting for March 20....

Clarisonic Mia 1 Facial Sonic Cleansing $79
If you've been thinking about buying a Clarisonic, here's your chance! Mia 1 is one of their more "basic" models, and it uses the same brushes as the rest. I think it's a little different based upon size and timing features (which honestly, I ignore anyways). I really do think that the sonic feature is important over a rotating action for your deep cleaning brush, just based upon many discussions with dermatologists. This is an amazing price, snatch one up while you can!

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: StriVectin Age-Fighting Discovery Kit
March 27 StriVectin Age-Fighting Discovery Kit $20
If you've been thinking about trying out StriVectin (or maybe you use it already but need some fresh travel sizes), this kit is $15 off today! If you're on the fence, here's my review of their latest StriVectin SD Advanced Skincare.

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: LORAC Champagne Dreams Palette
March 29 LORAC Champagne Dreams Palette $15
I'm a sucker for neutral eye shadow palettes. This one came out as a Cyber Monday exclusive on, and while it's on their site I haven't ever seen it in stock (maybe I just have bad luck?) There are great swatches over at Beauty Junkies Unite.

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
April 1 Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush $15
This is one of my favorite blushes! I know the original price is a bit steep for most people, but this blush lasts forever. Forever and ever. It has 3 pretty shades in each that can be worn alone or blended. All have just the right amount of shimmer. I have Peach Beach and Something About Berry and use them a lot! Check out my Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme
April 3 It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme $16
I keep hearing how amazing this cream is for those with rosacea and redness, and I really want to try it out! $32 seems a bit high for something I might only use once or twice and I'm not sure if my skin will tolerate it at all. So, 50% off is when I'll buy it!

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