Summer Vacation Staples

I’m headed on vacation at the end of this week and there is nothing that I am looking forward to more. We’ll be at the beach so these are a few beach vacation essentials that will be accompanying me. Not to mention the books and magazines I will be bringing! They will be in an upcoming post this week!

  1. Beach towel 
  2. Swimsuit
  3. Beach basket 
  4. Face mist
  5. Lip balm with SPF
  6. SPF 50

How To Wear A Metallic Eye

Wearing a metallic eye can sometimes be difficult. At times it can feel “hard to pull off” or other times it can just feel too “extra.” I find that the best way to accomplish this look is to keep everything else simple and neutral. Then add a pop of metallic to the crease, or right above the crease like I’ve done here. I think this can be a great way to wear metallic eyeshadow on a day to day basis. What are your favorite ways to wear a metallic eye?

Beauty Staples Restocked 

I’ve recently picked up some fresh and new beauty staples. These are some of my favorite products and hence, staples in my beauty wardrobe. I was teeter-tottering between the Tarte Shape Tape and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for the past month and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a pride and true narsissist, at least when it comes to this concealer. Here are a few pluses: the wand is the perfect size for just concealing where you need it, it doesn’t oxidize and is the perfect shade for me, it doesn’t crease around my nose or eyes and lasts all day long. I highly recommended it if this fits the description of what you’re looking for. The Pacifica Aquarian Gaze is just one of the best mascaras in my opinion. It doesn’t clump, it’s waterproof and has a natural finish to the lashes. I might be biased because I’m an Aquarius but, hey. I always prefer to powder over my concealer, it just lasts longer. For this reason, I love using the Pixi Flawless Finishing Powder. It’s translucent, light weight and helps keep my makeup intact all day.

Nars Radiant  Creamy Concealer / Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara / Pixi Flawless Finishing Powder /

Graphic Green Liner Look

Today I’m showing you a recent look I’ve been loving that’s inspired by watermelon. A graphic green winged eyeliner look thats squared off and completed with a peach/coral lip color. Enjoy!

Eyeliner: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Matte Khaki
Highlight: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter in Exposed
Lip: Hema Soft Matte Lip Balm in Colour 1

Summer Glow Routine 

After having many a hectic and busy months, I’ve streamlined my skincare. Long gone are the days of using 5+ products for morning and evening. But it’s made it easy to get an effective and quick skincare routine. Always researching skincare for glowy skin has given me an upper-hand and I’ve found some great products this year just for that. I find that products containing anything rose (rosehip oil, primrose, just roses in general) leave my skin with a perfect natural glow. During the summer months especially, a natural glow really compliments my freckles.

Like I’ve said before, my skin is normal/sensitive. Occasionally on the oily side but nothing major. So I use three steps to get my skin ready for the day and glowy. I haven’t been wearing any skincare at night as a chance to give my skin a moment to just be. So cleanser, toner and moisturizer have become my basics.

Cleanse

I’ve been using the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser for 7 months now. I really do love it. It leaves my skin clean and moisturized. I couldn’t ask for a better product. I use warm water to lather a bit of the cleanser in my hands then spend a good 1-2 minutes massaging my skin. Then I take it off with water and a cloth or just water.

Tone

I recently switched to the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. In my opinion, it’s much better than the Herbivore Botanicals Rose Facial Toner. The spray  bottle is a big plus; it releases a gentle allover mist, I can actually smell the fact that there is rose in it (which is a plus for me) and just works better with my moisturizer. So after cleansing I spray this all over. The while it dries, I go in with my moisturizer.

Moisturize

I have been using the Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream for 5 months and I’m on to my second jar. It’s amazing! Neither thick, nor greasy. It’s easy to work into the skin but makes my skin soft and moisturized. After the toner, while it’s still a bit wet on the face, I take a bit of the moisturizer and blend it into the skin. It’s godsend.

The Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is proving to be a great year-round lip balm. In the colder months it works well on chapped lips but isn’t overwhelmingly thick or balmy. In the warmer months it just helps keep lips moisturized and healthy. All-around knockout.

A lot of the time we can neglect our hands in summer as it’s not as dry as in winter months. So I’ve put the Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream in here just for that reason. It’s another great year-round product. Intensively moisturizing but not overwhelmingly thick.

Treat

About twice a week I use the Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask. I’ve only been using it for about 2 months but it’s been really nice. I actually like getting to mix the clay with water and turn it into a mask, surprisingly relaxing.

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray/ Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser/ Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream/ Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream/ Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask/ Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream/

Updated Skincare Routine 

Over a month ago I went to pick up a new bottle of my standard cleanser at Target. If you’ve read my last skincare post, you’ll know that I am in love with the Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser and that it’s my go-to. But much to my dismay, Target no longer sells it, nor does Whole Foods or any other store in my area. Although I was ultimately heartbroken, I took it as a sign. A sign for me to get a new cleanser, of course. So I did a bit of research, as I always do when buying beauty products (and everyone else should too). I came across the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser. It checked off all of my boxes so I decided to go for it. Let me tell you, this is a kick-ass cleanser. Gentle, non-drying, smells amazing, and keeps my skin moisturized and clean at the same time. I’m so happy to have found another cleanser that I love.

I hear stories all the time about people being “moisturizer-happy” and after careful reflection, I’ve come to realize that I’m “cleanser-happy,” seeing as though I use not only my Aesop cleanser but also the Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar and the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I guess I just like options.

I’m sticking with my Odacité Jo + L serum, it really hasn’t left my side for almost a year. It’s the perfect serum for when my skin looks a bit lackluster and in need of help.

I’ve been trying out the Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil and I think in-combination with the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, it works best. This is my strictly night-time routine because it’s just a bit too much to wear under makeup during the day. The Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is probably actually just a magic potion because when I pair it with the Lapis Facial Oil at night, I wake up in the morning with plump bright skin and I can visibly tell that my various acne scars are diminished and my skin tone is evening out. It is really a relief, definitely going to purchase the full size versions once I run out.

In the morning I always keep it really simple. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. I need something lightweight but still creates a barrier for the day ahead. I’ve been reaching for the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist as a toner and then applying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. They work well together and keep my skin fresh and moisturized throughout the the day.

If you’re as skincare happy as I am then you probably know about the struggles of sticking to a regimen. It also is the best thing ever when you find products that you actually want to keep using despite the temptation of new, flashy products. What are some of your go-tos?

Cruelty-Free/Vegan Winter Skin Care Essentials

    
I have recently stumbled across a few products that have transformed my views of the imminent harsh winter’s affect on my skin and hair. Of course, they are all cruelty-free/vegan which makes them even bigger skin and hair savers. Here is a peak into my revived skin and hair care essentials.

Anyone who has experienced a Wisconsin winter knows the traumas of dry and cracked hands. But I can say goodbye to those painful times for good with the Badger Balm. It’s a deep moisture balm that can cure any dry or cracked skin. Additionally it has a rich menthol scent that cools the skin. I love it and find it works best if I apply it before bed and let it soak into my skin over night. When I wake up in the morning, before I head out for the day, I take a bit of the Aveda hand relief and work it into my hands. It does exactly what it says it does without leaving any trace of an oily residue and it rubs in within seconds.

I had to include a Lush face mask although I have already yacked on about them. But I honestly love them and Cosmetic Warrior might be my favorite. I can’t decide what I like most about it. The scent of it and the immediate results it delivers is pretty much like a fresh drink of water for my skin and my mind.

Then there’s my new Renpure cleansing conditioner which I must say has already shown its benefits within the first week of using it. Basically it’s like a gentle shampoo that removes just the right amount of oils on the hair cuticle. I use it everyday and only actually wash my hair once a week with the Renpure Argan oil shampoo. Because it leaves some natural oils on the hair it leaves my hair softer, stronger and I definitely notice more volume after using it. It also contains mint so it feels tingly on the skin. Winter can be harsh on my hair too but I won’t have to fret this winter.

I have been using the Sappo Hill old fashioned oatmeal soap for the past 2 months and I loved it so much that I bought it again. The scent is enchanting; it smells of a fresh batch of warm holiday cookies. Oatmeal is a wonderful natural ingredient that helps calm and sooth the skin which is what everyone needs in the cold winter months. Enough said.

Last is the Eco Lips Mongo Kiss lip balm. It uses the oil from mongongo nuts found in Zambia which contains deep moisturizing nutrients. It soaks into the skin instead of just laying on the surface like a lot of other lip balms.

Now that I’m all set for winter what are your favorite cruelty-free/vegan winter body care savers?