In an effort to change things up on the blog, I've decided to include some of my daily routines, mostly because I am incredibly nosey and find these things really interesting when it comes to other people. If I am in your house, I will find your makeup bag/medicine cabinet/beauty stash and go through it. I have boundary issues, sue me. But enough nonsensical babbling, let's get down to business. When I return from work, I typically remove all of my makeup, bathe, and embark on a nightly routine that helps me unwind for a peaceful night's rest. This typically involves me burning a candle. Lately, It's been a nameless candle from Penhaligon's of London, which I like because it's purple and smells yummy. I stole it from the library in my house (sorry, Dad). First thing's first, I slather myself in moisturizer. My body cream of choice, as of late, has been the Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Cream which is heaven. Heaven in a delightfully pretty glass jar (which can be re-purposed once you're through with the product). I suffer from dry skin, and this seems to nick the flakey, dry, itchy side effects of the cooler temperatures, right in the bud. The I proceed to my Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream/Mask, which, as the name denotes, is genius. You will have the softest feet, every single morning when you use this nightly. It has fruit enzymes that exfoliate while you sleep. So cozy up my toesies in a fluffy pair of socks, I do, and I wake up every morning to silky, smooth feet. The scent of this product, however, a combination of fruity and minty, with a serious bite, leaves something to be desired. But, for now, I can deal with it. Next, I wash my hands, sometimes twice, to get rid of the less than appealing smell of my foot cream, and then proceed to moisturize my hands. I reach for my Soap and Glory Hand Food, which I adore-- this tube was at my desk at work, but has since been replaced by a much larger tube because it is germ season and I have taken to obsessively washing my hands. Hand Food, literally nourishes your dry hands, but doesn't leave them greasy, absorbs quickly and has a lovely scent. You really couldn't ask for more in a hand cream. Next I apply my Kiehl's Cuticle Balm which has been heaven sent. It's a wee bit sticky and emollient, but it soothes irritation and seriously aggravated cuticles, which can be attributed to my seriously un-ladylike habit of biting my nails. Not cute. But, I'm trying to quit. Finallllllly, I slather on a healthy dollop of lip balm. I'm still loving the Nivea Lip Butters--YUM. Then it's time for T.V. or snuggling up to a good book (most of the time television wins that battle, I'm ashamed to say), and off to bed I go. For good measure, I'd also like to add a few other bedtime essentials. Namely, BedHead Flannel PJ's, which I can't live without. I love them so much, I get a pair for Christmas every year. I am a huge advocate for looking put together, even while you sleep. I also like to snuggle up to Lou, my lavender stuffed lavender lamb from the Sonoma Lavender Company. You can microwave them for 10 seconds, which makes them extra snuggly and cozy, and makes your room smell of lavender, gently lulling you to sleep. Lastly, I recently purchased the Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts, which have been said to be "good sleep in a bath. I'm still testing it out (stay tuned for an in depth review), but so far my thoughts are that this luxurious treat lives up to the hype. With that, my bedtime routine is concluded. Sweet dreams, sleeping beauties!
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I believe that every girl needs a ravishing red lipstick in her beauty arsenal. Whether you're looking to be festive, look like a chic french girl (red lip, hardly any other makeup), add a pop of color to a monochromatic style, or just change things up from your beauty regimen, a red lipstick is always the perfect standby. I have gone through many a red lippie and the above choices are my favorites. Left to right: Revlon Black Cherry. MAC Dubonnet. MAC Russian Red. MAC Ruby Woo.
1. MAC Ruby Woo. This lipstick has a cult following and for good reason. A true vintage matte lipstick, it's blue based and super bright. Your teeth will look blindingly white and it literally does not budge. This is a year round staple for me. (For whatever reason these have photographed super pinky-- their real colors are truer red tones)
2. MAC Russian Red. While Ruby Woo is more of a standard staple in my makeup bag, Russian Red is definitely a lipstick I turn to for special occasions. A classic old-hollywood red, this lipstick ensures that you will be notice. I once wore it to a formal and have never received so many compliments on my lipstick. A red-lip that Marilyn Monroe herself would approve of.
3. MAC Dubonnet: While the two other MAC lipsticks above are matte, this lippie is from the MAC amplified lipstick range. This essentially means that it has beautiful pigmentation, is moisturizing, and has a satiny, lustrous sheen. I prefer this lippie when I'm looking for a darker lip, as it is a true wine color. It looks divine with the autumn color palette, and is truly one of my favorites for when I want a seasonally appropriate luscious lip color.
4. Revlon Black Cherry: You're probably looking at this and thinking to yourself, "Is she insane? This lipstick is black." And while I pride myself for being adventurous with my makeup, I can say that I don't aim to look goth. On the lips, and apparent in the swatch below, this is a beautiful deep berry color. Amazing for an autumn evening outing for drinks-- you will look polished and glamorous, even if the rest of your makeup is simple and natural. It must also be noted that of all drugstore brands, in my opinion Revlon consistently comes out with the best lipstick formulations.
5. Chapstick Hydration Lock: Essential to every darker lip color is prep for your lips. Unless you want your lipstick to look mangy and cracked, and just all around icky, I suggest you use a lip balm on your lips while you put on the rest of your makeup, to ensure your lips are plump and moisturized-- perfectly primed for your lipstick. This chapstick happens to contain my favorite ingredient hyaluoronic acid, which sounds scary, but essentially what it is is a molecule that can hold 1000 times its weight in water. It literally grabs onto moisture and binds it to your skin. My holy grail ingredient, I look for it in all of my skincare products. But in this case dry, flakey, cracked lips, be banished! Say hello to perfectly
smooth and plumped lips that will be ravishingly dressed in red.
Swatches top-to-bottom: MAC Ruby Woo. MAC Russian Red. Mac Dubonnet. Revlon: Black Cherry.
Monday, October 14, 2013
My favorite natural lip colors for when you need that certain "je ne sais quoi" to look a little more polished. Right to Left: Laura Mercier Brown Sugar. MAC Patisserie. Revlon Lip Butter Pink Truffle. Burberry Sepia Pink.
1. Laura Mercier Brown Sugar. This lipstick is super sheer and moisturizing. It gives the lips a nice sheen, perfect for day or night wear.
2. MAC Patisserie: This is my go-to lip for when I'm doing smokey eye makeup at night. Its a pinky-nude that gives a subtle nude tone to your lips without giving you a dreadful deadened/zombie look.
3. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle: I wrote about this in my latest favorites post, and I stand by my statements. This moves from my makeup bag to my handbag, and I find myself swiping this on multiple times a day. The perfect natural pink color, I don't think I'll ever go without. (And the price-point doesn't hurt either!)
4. Burberry Sepia Pink. I bought this a year ago because I read on a makeup blog that Rosie Huntington-Whitely wears this on her lips. Give her a quick google if you're not aware of who she is-- she has the most gorgeous, simple makeup all of the time, and her lips are always in a swath of rosey perfection. This lipstick is pure luxury, and definitely worth the more upscale price tag.
Swatches top-to-bottom: Laura Mercier Brown Sugar, MAC Patisserie, Revlon Lip Butter Pink Truffle, Burberry Sepia Pink.