Monday, September 29, 2014

Makeup Wars: The Best Face Masks

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Makeup Wars: The Best Face Masks via @15minbeauty

Today for Makeup Wars we're showcasing our favorite face masks, a topic that is right up my alley! I'm a big fan of skin care, and actually, quite a few of these products were featured in my favorite skin care savers post (and the follow up, the best drugstore skin care products).

1. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (my Midnight Recovery Review): Ok, yes, this is not a face mask. But I've yet to find a hydrating face mask that works anywhere near as well as this one, so I had to include it in the post! I only need a few drops on my face at night and I'll wake up glowy!

2. L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Glow Renewal Facial Oil: This is the L'Oreal dupe of the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The oils are different, but they work the same way, except this one feels a little bit heavier on my skin. Super glowy results!

3. Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque (my original Rare Earth Mask Review): Yes, there are cheaper clay face masks out there (and I'll be recommending one in a moment), but now that I have rosacea and I'm pregnant, I've been reaching for this one over any other. It pulls everything out of my pores, doesn't get that "so tight it hurts" feeling as it dries, and it doesn't irritate my skin. Definitely worth the extra money if your skin is at all sensitive!

4. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: Depending on where you get it, this mask is usually in the $3-5 range, which is pretty tough to beat! It does a great job of pulling everything out of your pores, and I used it multiple times a week during my first (rosacea-free) pregnancy to help keep the hormonal blemishes at bay. However, my skin seems extra sensitive during this pregnancy, so this mask can be a bit irritating (hence, I'm using the Kiehl's), but I'm hoping that I'll be able to use this one again after I deliver.

5. Bliss Multi-‘Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask: This mask was just released by Bliss, and because it isn't pregnancy friendly I'm staring at it longingly on my countertop! It's yet another clay mask (I love cleaning out my pores, can you tell?), but this one has a few anti-aging extras. In particular, it has 10% Glycolic Acid, which really will help to exfoliate your skin and clean out your pores even more. There's also Jojoba Oil to help add moisture and plump up your skin and Kojic Acid to help with discoloration.

6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (my Instant Oatmeal Mask review): This mask is hydrating and it can be a bit exfoliating (there's oatmeal in it, you can use it like a scrub as you remove it), but mostly it is just really soothing. If my skin is red and irritated at all, this is the mask I reach for. In no time my skin feels more comfortable, it adds some nice hydration and my redness is gone. And did I mention it smells like cookies? It does.

7. Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask: Yes, I know this mask says hydration, and it is hydrating (though not quite as hydrating as a few drops of that Kiehl's Midnight Recovery). But, really this creamy mask is similar in effect to the First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Mask. It adds some moisture and calms down irritation. But, it doesn't smell like cookies.


What are your favorite masks? Do any of them smell like cookies too?






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Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

Phyrra shares Great Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes!

Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog learned the secrets of Tom Ford Beauty when she attended a Master Class with Todd Davidson at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, and it was a true game changer!

Now you can learn Tom Ford's secrets too! You gotta love a gloriously rich reddened berry lipstick and a metallic nail polish for autumn! Sunny from Mostly Sunny found her favorite lipstick and nail polish of the season with Givenchy Poupre Inouï Le Rouge and Bronze Insensé Le Vernis. Maybe they'll steal your heart, too!

15 Minute Beauty shares some of her favorite Merlot Nail Polishes for Fall. What color are you wearing obsessively on your tips this fall?

Stop being so sensitive and check out the Crest giveaway at Beauty Info Zone. Enter to win an awesome gift pack plus a $75 Walgreens Gift Card!

Does your daily skin care regimen need a quick fix? Carrie from eyeliner on a cat wants to help! Check out her list of 6 products which areMost Likely To Succeed.

Who doesn't love a palette that offers not only multiple eye looks but also blush, bronzer and highlighter? Christa from Perilously Pale reviews the amazing Tarte Rainforest After Dark Cheek and Eye Palette.

What are your Top 5 Handbag Essentials for Fall? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares hers as well a Freebie/coupon link for U by Kotex!

Have you brought back any new Holy Grail loot from your recent quests? If you're still searching, The Painted Rogue has a lead that's worth chasing up with her new HG friends, Laura Mercier's African Violet shadow and Amethyst Caviar Stick!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Beauty Products Worth Stockpiling: What I Hoard in My Bathroom

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Beauty Products Worth Stockpiling: What I Hoard in My Bathroom

While I have shared the beauty products that I repurchase the most often, I recently discovered that my husband is right. I've become a hoarder. No, you don't need to walk through specific paths in my home to move from one room to another. Instead, you can open up drawers in my bathroom and instead of finding a selection of beauty products, you'll find a few items, and those items will be in multiples. Because, if there is an emergency, I can not be without a specific product. Yes, I will use other products in testings, but these are definitely favorites and if there is a sale.... watch out!

1. H2O+ Bath and Body Products, Sea Amber and Grapefruit Bergamot scents: In the past I was a pretty basic shower girl. I used mostly Olay body wash, unscented lotions. But, over the last few months I've really enjoyed pampering myself with more luxurious scented products instead.

Grapefruit Bergamot Shower & Bath Gel and Moisturizing Body Balm: I was introduced to this scent at Disney World. I don't have a H2O+ store near me (though there is a small selection at my local ULTA, thank goodness!), and I couldn't find this scent on-line (though it's been added since the last time I checked), and it wasn't sold in the resort store either. So, for the last two years I've been the girl who was plotting how to get housekeeping to leave her more products, and then hoarding them once I was home! I use the little bottles very rarely, but they make me super happy whenever I do! So, when Hautelook recently had a big sale, I ended up placing two orders. Why 2? You can only order 12 items from any one sale. I did buy a few other H2O+ products, but I bought 12 Bath Gels and 8 Body Balms. Obsessive? Yes. But I don't care. I can use as much Grapefruit Bergamot as I want!

Sea Amber Body Lotion and Skin Smoother: When I was going on vacation at the beginning of August, I wanted to try a new lotion beyond my normal basic unscented stuff, and I ended up picking out this lotion at my local ULTA. It was just released recently, and I'm already obsessing over the warm citrus scent! I've since tried the matching body scrub and it is pretty amazing as well.

2. Venus Olay Razorblades: They're bigger than regular Venus blades, but the closer shave that I get with 5 blades and the Olay lotion sidebars are definitely worth it.

3. Skintimate Shave Gel: Yup, it's my favorite. I love that the can doesn't leave rust rings in my shower and I can stock up at Sam's Club.

4. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash: I bought 2 big bottles of this stuff from the Nordie's Anniversary sale, I think it is probably more than a year's supply. It takes everything off quickly and easily without over stripping my face.

5. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Lotion SPF 30: This is my go-to SPF lotion in between product testings. It is just enough hydration for my combination skin and absorbs quickly.

6. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (one of my favorite skin savers): This mask pulls pretty much everything out of my pores without hurting my skin.

7. Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat: I have bottles of this top coat everywhere! It definitely is the one that works best for me, letting my manis last about 7 days without a chip in sight. It is also super shiny.

8. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: This is my every day go-to mascara. And yes, there are 2 extras in my drawer waiting to be used.

9. Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner (Revitalash review): I haven't been able to use this while pregnant, and my eye lashes definitely can tell the difference! They're straighter and much shorter. I bought a year's supply from the Nordies Anniversary Sale, that's 4 tubes, so I can start right after I deliver.

10. Black and Dark Brown Eyeliners: I have a thing for eye liner (as seen by my best black eyeliner and makeup artists favorite eyeliners posts), but there isn't just 1 eye liner that I continually stock up and use every day. Instead, I have 4 that I consistently buy and recommend, and if they go on sale I stock up!

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eye Powder Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner


I decided to ask my beauty blogging friends for their favorite beauty items that they've started hoarding, over the next day or so they'll be adding their posts to this roundup! Go and check out which products they use over and over to the point that they hoard them in massive quantities!





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Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Little Extra Color From A Tinted Balm: L'Oreal Pop Balm Swatch and Review

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Loreal Pop Balm Swatch and Review

I've professed my love for L'Oreal's tinted lip balms many, many times on this blog. I love that they're hydrating, they aren't sticky, they give me just the right hint of color and best of all, they're easy to keep in my jean pocket so I always. always. always. can have one with me.

But....

Sometimes a girl wants a little bit more color. I try using lipsticks, but I fully admit that I'm still just not a lipstick girl. My lips are a tad too dry, so I need to do quite a bit of prep work to get lipsticks to really work well for me, they're not something you can just swipe on while running around!

Loreal Pop Balm Swatch and Review

L'Oreal just released their Pop Balms this fall, they're like their normal Color Riche Balms, but they definitely have more color pay off. I've been reaching for them more often as the temperatures have finally dipped down below 70 on occasion here in Ann Arbor. The pinks are my current favorite, but Fiery Red is going to be my winter go-to red, I can already tell!

Like the Color Riche balms, these are hydrating, not sticky, and I can take them with me everywhere. Check them out if you're a bit anti-lipstick like I usually am!

Loreal Pop Balm Swatch and Review


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