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December 11, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: $25 and under

 

Happy Saturday! Did you know that it is 14 days until Christmas? That’s only two shopping weeks left. I hope you are all getting your Christmas shopping done early this year and not leaving it until the couple of weeks before, like me. But to be honest with you and it may not come as a surprise, but I LOVE shopping so I don’t mind taking it slow and finding the right gift as I come across it for the right person.

 

One thing that is very helpful with Christmas shopping is doing research prior online for gifts. It is easy to just go and pick it up in stores, but nowadays stores have so many great promotions going on online during the Holidays that you can usually find whatever you need for less online including free shipping. This is nice because it saves you the hassle of braving the cold and the crowd and I always love it when I receive a package at my door steps. Have I also mentioned money saving websites like Ebates or My Lucky Rewards and Shop At Home? Not only can you find useful coupons on these sites, but you can also get money back with each purchase you make online. All you have to do is set up a free account with either of these sites and before you make a purchase you go to either of these websites and search for the online store you are making your purchase from. If the store is listed, it will show what percentage of your purchase you get back. You then click on the link that leads to the online store and continue checking out like normal. That’s all you have to do. Sometimes its not much back, like 3% or something and other times it is 12%, so some stores are worth it more then others. I like Ebates the best because they offer the largest selection of stores, usually have the highest percentage back, and also mails out checks faster then the other sites. You can also set up your PayPal if you have one through Ebates and they will just deposit it into your PayPal account to use. It is so convenient! I still like using the other sites because they offer some stores that Ebates does not have and also a higher percentage cash back sometimes, especially with Shop At Home. This is just something I found earlier this year and I love using it. It saves me a little money here and there and all I have to do is to take an extra step and shop through these sites.

 

Well, here is a little Gift Guide with everything priced at $25 or less. I’m a little behind on these, so please forgive me. This is my favorite time of year and I have so much going on. This Gift Guide is perfect for friends, co-workers, as stocking stuffer, or white elephant gifts. These are a few of my favorite things and they are mainly for all the lovely women in your life. I think that each item is an amazing find, especially for $25 or less. Those Kate Spade Polka Dot Coasters in particular are fabulous and that Merona gold watch too. What a steal right? Isn’t it great that Jonathan Adler offers such wonderful chic gifts for such a great price? Love Love that umbrella. I also adore those Penguin Hardcover Classics Book. My favorite one is Pride & Prejudice of course! Mike got me several of them as our paper gift for our first year anniversary and I absolutely love them. I want every single book that they have, but I need to finish reading all the ones I have first. They are just very beautifully designed covers that are so sweet. I plan on having these forever and passing them on to my kids. Not only are these books classic stories that will be continued to read and loved by everyone for years to come, but they also have a special meaning for us. I am sure any friend would love to receive one of these book. Especially if you know what their favorite book is. Enjoy!

 

Products left to right:

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Love,

K

 


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November 22, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE GLAMOUR GIRL

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was quite an eventful weekend for me. We had our first snowfall of the year two weekends ago and it has only gotten colder from there. Mike and I were at a friends Birthday party on Saturday night when the roads froze over. While driving home you couldn’t go a mile without seeing a car either in a ditch or left on the side of the road. That was how bad it was! Luckily for us, we made it home in one piece.  Brrr…It definitely feels like Christmas is right around the corner and as promised I am doing a Holiday Gift Guide of my own picks for the perfect gifts for everyone in your life. Well maybe not everyone….

 

Over the following weeks leading up to Christmas I will be posting many other “Holiday Gift Guides” which will feature gifts grouped by subject, such as this one “Glamour Girl”. These items are all of my favorite picks for that girl in your life who is into fashion, beauty and just love glamorous things! I tried to include a range of items with different price points to make it easier to shop. Also be on the lookout for my  “Holiday Gift Guide:  $25 and under” featuring lots of products that I think you’re going to love! I hope you all enjoy this and check back soon for more “Holiday Gift Guides”.


Products from left to right:

 

I won’t deny that several, if not all of these item are on my own Christmas wish list. I mean who wouldn’t love to have that fabulous sparkling clutch on their shoulders while out at a Holiday party or that lovely necklace shining around their decolletage paired with that perfect little black dress. Did I mention that the Juicy Couture cocktail ring doubles as solid perfume holder? Just dab a little bit on our neck and wrist and you will feel and smell glamorous, very couture couture indeed. Any girl would will feel so special to be able to wear the seasons hottest colors on their nails or that adorable bracelet on their wrist. I especially adore the Tocca perfume set. It includes two of my favorite scents, Stella and Florence. Have you smelled these fragrances yet? They are so lovely and light. Tocca has several different kinds and I want to own all of them!! And what glamour girl would be without a great essential makeup brush set, like this Bobbi Brown one. Just perfect for travel or to carry with you everyday. And I know you are definitely eyeing that Marc Jacobs wallet for yourself. It is one of the  chicest wallet I’ve ever seen. I am in love with the gold clasp and the embossed logo on the lambskin. Tres chic!

 

Have a lovely Monday!

 

Love,
K

November 16, 2010

Sephora Friends & Family Haul + Other Beauty Purchases

Sephora Friends & Family

One of my favorite beauty stores Sephora was having a Friends & Family sale the other week and I was able to pick out some goodies online. I was waiting very impatiently for my package to arrive and am very excited to share it with you! Since I just stocked up recently on makeup from Burberry (which I am still LOVING!), I didn’t really go crazy and order a lot of things. Instead I picked out some things that I’ve been wanting for awhile.

This is what I ordered:

NOTE: I won’t be adding pics of the Stila Travel Palette in this post because I will include it in a separate post.

And Samples of:

  • Pucci Sole 149 Eau de Toilette
  • Prada L’Eau Ambree Eau de Parfum
  • Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum Spray

 

 

Juicy Couture “Couture Couture”

If you don’t know already I previously purchased the Juicy Couture “Couture Couture” Eau de Parfum Roll On earlier this Summer (You can see the post Here), and absolutely love it. So when I found out that Sephora was having a F&F sale, I figured it was a good time to finally get it. I’ve been using my Chloe Eau de Parfum every day now and am running low on that, so I will need to pick another bottle in the coming months.

 

 

CUTE CHARM

 

 


BACK OF BOTTLE

 

 

 

BACK OF BOX

 

 

 

BOTTLE & ROLL ON

 

Dior “DiorShow All For Your Eyes”

I needed some new mascara so I picked up this DiorShow box, which comes with DiorShow mascara in Black,  a mini Duo Express Instant Eye Makeup Remover and a mini Crayon Eyeliner in Black. All for $24, the same price as the DiorShow mascara itself plus 20% off, such a great deal! I also bought this kit because I wanted to try out the Crayon Eyeliner, which I tried for the first time when I got my 1920s Halloween makeover.


 

Essie’s Smokin’ Hot & Luxedo

Both of these colors are from Essie’s Winter Collection. I bought these because they reminded me of a few OPI colors and wanted to see how they compare. Essie’s “Smokin’ Hot” reminds me of OPI’s “You Don’t Know Jacques” and “Luxedo” reminds me of OPI’s “Lincoln Park After Dark” and “William Tell Me About OPI”. I haven’t tried them out yet, but I will do a post when I do. I think I want to get Essie’s “Masquerade belle” too. Have you guys tried any colors from Essie’s Winter Collection? Which one is your favorite?

Burberry “The Beat”

I purchased this about a month ago, but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. I’ve heard great things about it and think it would be fun and something different for me. A departure from my usual floral scents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like trying out new fragrances and really love Chloe and Juicy Couture “Couture Couture” . What is your favorite? I am also working on some Holiday Gift Guide posts that I am very excited to put up. Look out for them soon!

 

Love,

K

October 28, 2010

Burberry Beauty

I have been a big fan of Burberry for years and when I heard that the company was debuting a Beauty line in July, I couldn’t wait to check it out. The collection is available at Nordstroms and Burberry stores, but unfortunately for me I live in one of the states that does not carry the line (not even in the Burberry store). As much as I wanted some of the products I couldn’t bring myself to just order them online in case I didn’t like any of it, so I put off purchasing them. Luckily for me I was able to take a quick trip to Chicago this past weekend and got to see the whole collection in person.

I went to the Nordstrom off of Michigan Avenue and got a little make over from a sales associate for Burberry. The sales associate was really helpful and did a great job. Whenever I get a makeover at a department store I always leave hating everything they put on me. It is probably because I really like natural looking makeup and where ever I go they always put way too much on and make me look like a clown. That was definitely not the case at Burberry. I loved everything I tried on and the sales person was amazing at picking out what would look good on me!

I think I instantly gravitated towards their beauty line because I know that the Burberry look has always been very natural and the new beauty ads really showed that. I love their peachy cheeks and rosy lips!



The Burberry beauty collection includes 96 products ranging from:


Foundation, Pressed Powder, and Compact Foundation

 


 

 

Blush and Bronzer

 

 

 

Lipstick, Lip Gloss, and Lip Pencil

 

 

 

Eye Shadow, Mascara, and Eye Pencil

 


 

I went to Nordstrom prepared with a list of products that I wanted to try after doing some research online and watching reviews on youtube. A really good review I found for Burberry cosmetics is from a beauty guru name REAview. I always enjoy watching her reviews and tutorials. She does great reviews of products with a lot of good information and I like her taste in cosmetics. She also has similar skin tone to mine so it is easy to see if something would look good on me or not. After watching her Burberry beauty review, I knew I that I would love the products.

My original list included:

  1. The ‘Light Glow’ Natural Blush in No. 02 Cameo or No. 04 Peony – $42
  2. The ‘Lip Cover’ Soft Satin Lipstick in No. 02 Cameo or No. 08 Tea Rose – $30
  3. The ‘Lip Glow’ Natural Lip Gloss in No. 07 Cameo Pink or No. 04 Blush – $27
  4. Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation in Trench No. 05 – $52

And I ended up getting:

  1. The ‘Light Glow’ Natural Blush in No. 04 Peony
  2. The ‘Lip Cover’ Soft Satin Lipstick in No. 02 Cameo
  3. The ‘Lip Glow’ Natural Lip Gloss in No. 10 Nutmeg
  4. Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation in Trench No. 05

My Purchase:

Nordstrom was having a beauty event going on the time I was there, so I got a cute little canvas bag with my purchase, along with some extra samples of the lipstick and foundation.


 

 

Me playing around with the camera

 

 

 

 


The ‘Light Glow’ Natural Blush in No. 04 Peony


This blush is so pretty on. It is a very natural light shade of rosy pink. It is very pigmented so you only need a swipe or two with your brush to get a good amount of color on your cheeks. The case is a really nice metal-like material with a gun-metal color with the Burberry signature check on it. The blush case also has a magnetic closure, something very unique with cosmetic cases I’ve never seen before. It also comes with a cloth pouch with Burberry check print if you can see in the photo to the left of the case.

 

Info from Nordstrom.com:

 

Formula: This airy micro-powder ensures rich shades. Silicones provide an easy glide.

Benefits: An effortlessly natural fresh complexion and a healthy glow.

Protection: Provides moisturizing benefits.

 

 

 

 

The ‘Lip Cover’ Soft Satin Lipstick in No. 02 Cameo

 

I don’t usually wear lipstick, but I really love this shade. It is a light peachy pink, just the way I like my lip glosses. It is made with the same material as the blush case and also has a magnetic closure, so the lid snaps into and aligns with the bottom of the lipstick case. The lipstick itself is very creamy and smells wonderful. Like a mixture of rose petals and lavender. I just love it!

 

Info from the Nordstrom website:

 

Formula: Super-light ‘second skin’ texture provides intense moisture immediately after application. Combination of oils and light waxes helps easy application and extreme comfort.

Benefits: Pigments dispersed in a clear gelled structure ensure high color fidelity. Shiny polymers offer perfect luminosity. Balanced color palette from nude trench tones to Burberry reds.

Protection: Contains anti-aging ceramides for fuller lips. Guarantees continuous hydration. Contains UV filters to protect from damaging environmental exposure.


 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Lip Glow’ Natural Lip Gloss in No. 10 Nutmeg

 

I originally wanted the ‘Lip Glow’ in No. 07 Cameo Pink or No. 04 Blush, but I loved the way the Nutmeg color looked on top of the Cameo ‘Lip Cover’ so much that I went with it instead. The sales person was the one who suggested it to me and I am so happy that they did. The ‘Lip Glow’ has a similar texture and consistency as my favorite lip gloss, Chanel’s Glossimer. Very creamy and not sticky like other lip glosses. The ‘Lip Glow’ also has a similar scent as the ‘Lip Cover’.  I think this is my next go to lip gloss and I would like to try Cameo Pink next.

 

Info from  Nordstrom.com:

 

Formula: A creamy touch and perfectly adherent texture. Light oils and spherical powders give fluidity and comfort.

Benefits: Reflects light to create illusion of plumper, fuller lips. Leaves lips supple, glowing with natural highlights and subtle iconic tones.

Protection: Ceramide complex recreates the intercellular cement. Hydrating formula keeps the lips replenished. Fine lines are filled from within, lips are naturally plumped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation in Trench No. 05

 

I have always hated foundations and have never used it. I always hated how thick and fake it looked on. Maybe it was because I never found the right one, but I really loved to use Tinted Moisturizers instead. I just think it is so much more natural looking then foundations. My favorite ones for the past few years has been Stila Illuiminating Tinted Moisturizer or the Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, seen here on my Beauty Essentials post. After seeing RAEview’s review and tutorial and hearing her talk about how light the Sheer Luminous Fluid Foundation was, I knew it would be perfect for me and something I would be interested in trying. After testing it out in person, I was amazed at not only how little product it took to cover my face, but also how  natural and supple my face looked. I am really happy with this product. The bottle is very nicely made and I really like the pump on it. I got Trench No. 05, the same as RAEview.

 

Info from Nordstrom.com:


Formula: A sheer and light cream fluid. A gelled structure for optimum light diffusion.

Benefits: A subtle finish and natural glow that illuminate the skin. The skin feels beautifully bare, supple and comfortable.

Protection: Hydrating formula. Contains UV filters to protect from damaging environmental exposure.

 

 

 

 

 

I apologize for how long this post got, but hope you found it helpful. I am by no means a beauty expert and don’t know a lot about cosmetics, but these are just some products I really liked and wanted to share with you. Have you tried these products yet or are interested in trying them? Let me know what you think! Are there any new beauty products you have been loving or have your eyes on? I love trying new products! Hope you are having a good week! Look for another post soon about my other fun purchase.

 

 

Love,

K

October 8, 2010

Lauren Conrad New Book Release

Lauren Conrad just released two books yesterday. One is a style and fashion book, titled “STYLE” and the other one is the third book from her  L.A. Candy series titled “Sugar and Spice”. These are some photos from the NYC Barnes and Noble book signing. I think she looks so gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think she looks very beautiful and elegant in her Notte by Marchesa Lace Dress. Her is hair is perfect as always and her makeup is so feminine and natural.

 

 

I have not read any books from her L.A. Candy series, but I did pick up the “STYLE” book. I’ve always admired Lauren’s style and I’m glad she came out with a book. Her book is filled with great photos and topics.  She includes everything from how to build your wardrobe to how to change your makeup to go from day to night in less than 10 minutes. This is great for anyone who really enjoys Lauren’s style and not only want to learn about how she dresses, but also all find out all her style and beauty secrets. I have to admit, one of my favorite part of the book was the handbags and shoes section.

Here are so photos from the book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here styling a simple black dress multiple ways. Love it!

 


 

Some Hair and Beauty.

 

 

 

And even helpful travel tips for dressing and packing.

 

 

I have to say, I am loving her even more after reading her book. I just really enjoy everything about her style. Her looks are always so classic, simple and feminine. Her makeup and hair is always flawless. Very natural and stunning. It was fun to flip through the entire book and every topic was something I want to read about. It definitely kept my attention, unlike many other Style and fashion book. But you have to check out the book for yourself to see what I am talking about. I hope you found this fun and interesting. Have a fabulous weekend!

 

Love,
K

October 7, 2010

Celebrity Inspired Fall Looks

 

I can’t tell you how much I adore Fall. The crisp weather, the beautiful foliage, the pumpkin lattes, and of course the fashion (trench coats, berets and abundance of scarves)! Thinking about it makes me so happy. Here are some celebrity Fall looks that I really love. I hope it inspires you as much as it did for me to have fun with your wardrobe this Fall.


 

Olivia Palermo

 

I love the pink coat with the beautiful lace dress. Pairing it with the rocker black heels is perfect.

 

 

I love everything about this outfit from head to toe. Gorgeous hair, check. Big black sunglasses, check. Just the right amount of jewelry, check. Statement bag since the whole outfit is every casual and subtle, check. Sky high rocker platform sandals, check. I am really loving this girl!

 

I found this inspirational outfit on Polyvore. It has a few things I like this Fall, Olivia Palmero, the color tan mix with black, and capes, not to mention the awesome accessories.

 

Keira Knightley

 

 

 

 

Don’t you love her new bob? She is absolutely stunning. Her makeup is also gorgeous.

 

 

 

Clémence Poésy

A very simple, yet feminine outfit.


Sarah Jessica Parker

 

A fun way to dress up a military jacket! Leave it to her to make it work.


Alexa Chung

 

A classic trench is a key piece in your Fall wardrobe, but I am loving the bag!

 

Rachel Bilson

 

 

Rachel is always spot on with her outfits. I love the way she mixes each piece, feminine, but also with some leather. Just gorgeous and perfect for Fall!

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

 

The top outfit is a nice way to dress up shorts (if you can still wear them) for Fall and the bottom one is Fall basic, stripes. Very nicely done.

 

Emma Watson

 

 

Don’t you think this is the perfect Fall outfit for a casual day out shopping for strolling through the apple orchards?


Leighton Meester

 

 

A nice look for the Fall’s every so popular cargo skinny pants.

 

 

 

What do you love about Fall? Are there any Fall Fashion/Looks that are inspiring you?

 

Love,

K

September 1, 2010

August Faves: Chloé Eau de Parfum

Wow. Can you believe that its already September 1st? This Summer has really flown by for me. I am sad that Summer is coming to an end, but I am also very very excited for Fall! I have already picked up a few essential pieces for Fall that I can’t wait to do a post about. There was also some awesome sales going on recently at Bloomingdales and Piperlime, so I will post what I order once they are delivered. While I am waiting for my packages I know that I have one key item that will take me from Summer into Fall……..my Chloé Eau de Parfum!!

I have been coveting this perfume ever since it came out in 2008, but I already had too many perfumes at the time to purchase another one. I was really in love with Chloé bags then and I especially liked the simple and sweet design of the new Chloé bottle. After smelling the sample in a magazine, I knew that I would love it! Well skip forward to July 2010 and I finally ran out of my favorite perfumes, I decided to make a change and take a chance on this one. I even went to my local department store, which surprisingly carried Chloé (FINALLY!) and tested it. I even wore it for a whole day to see how long it would lasts and if it would still smell as nice after it mixed with my body chemistry. Well luckily for me, it did! The Chloé Eau de Parfum is a very light and floral scent. It is sweet, but not overwhelming at the same time. A perfect scent that lasts all day.

This is from the Sephora.com:

Top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee embody subtle freshness. At the heart, midnotes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose rise to sublimated femininity. A base of velvety elegance comes to fruition through cedarwood, amber, and honey.

I usually gravitate towards very light floral scents and this one is exactly that. And how perfect is this? One of my favorite flowers are peonies and I love Lychee (especially Lychee cocktails)! Others that I have used in the past are Dior Addict 2, Gucci Envy Me, and Juicy Couture, just so you can have a reference. One of my all time favorite fragrance was Burberry, but sadly they don’t make it anymore.

I purchased the fragrance from Sephora.com. It was very fast service and I also got free shipping. What I found most helpful was reading the comments and reviews that other customers wrote. They even had a special gift with purchase going on so it was a done deal! The gift set included a mini Chloé Eau de Parfum, 1 oz Perfumed Body Lotion, and a makeup bag. For some reason I thought that the Body Lotion and Eau de Parfum would be larger. Maybe because the picture made it look like Body Lotion is almost as big as the makeup bag. I knew that 1 oz is very small, but the picture was a little deceiving. They are both very very tiny, but I am not complaining. Free is free. The bag is cute. The top portion is a linen material and the base is a suede like material with the words Chloé stitched into it. The bottle itself is GORGEOUS in person. I absolutely love the shape of the bottle and the feel of the grooved glass. It is so sleek and elegant. And lastly to give it a feminine touch, it is topped off with a hand-tied beigey-pink ribbon. It was overall a great deal and a very good purchase! I absolutely LOVE it!

The other perfume I was debating on was Juicy’s Couture Couture. I really liked Juicy’s Couture Couture, but in the end I decided I loved Chloé even more. I might still pick up Juicy’s Couture Couture in a few months so that I can have a different smell to choose from. I also really love the crown top. I’m such a sucker for beautiful packaging! It’s like artwork to me. This fragrance is much stronger then the Chloé. It’s a lot deeper and richer, but still very nice. I think it would be nice for Fall, especially to out at night.

From Sephora.com:

This scent opens with a top of succulent pink grape accord frolicking in a field of natural orange flower and mandarin. A heart of blushed plum and honeysuckle flirts with bold star jasmine. At back, creamy sandalwood lazes with moist amber in a haze of rich vanilla.

I even picked up a roll-on bottle of Juicy Couture Couture to try out and am really loving how portable and convenient it is! It doesn’t provide a nice coverage as a simple spritz from the bottle, but it is nice to have if  you want a nice pick-me-up if your going straight from work to dinner or out. I usually put some on around my neck and on my wrists. I really wished they made this cute handy bottle for Chloé too! It is such a great way to try out a perfume without having to commit to big bottle. I have so many bottles of perfume that I got sick of after wearing it a few times.

I hope this post was fun and helpful for you!

Love,

K

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August 9, 2010

Beauty Essentials

We all have a list of essential  MUST-HAVE makeup in our makeup bag and today I would like to share mine. These are all of my favorite beauty products that I have been using for years and some are new favorites that I recently found. These products are perfect for girls who are on the go like me who don’t like to spend a lot of time getting ready and want to look fresh and pretty all through the day.

MOISTURIZER

My face is not very oily or dry, but I really like how supple and moisturized it feels whenever I wear moisturizer.  I put it on right after I get out of the shower and not only does it keep my face looking fresh throughout the day, but it also helps the rest of my makeup last longer. My favorite one is Clean and Clear Morning Burst Morning Glow Moisturizer. I find that this one in particular is the perfect consistency. It is not too think or oily. It just goes on very lightly and smooth. It instantly brightens my face and makes me feel more awake. I tried the other  Clean and Clear moisturizer called the Deep Action Cream Cleanser, but didn’t like how thick it is and how it dries. Another great thing about this product is that it is SPF 15. I think the MOST important beauty product ever is SUNSCREEN. You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

TINTED MOISTURIZER

I wear two different kinds of tinted moisturizer throughout the year. Stila’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer w/SPF 15 during the  Spring and Summer and Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer w/SPF 15 through Fall and Winter. As you can tell, I’m all about the moisturizer! I prefer the coverage of a tinted moisturizer for everyday wear over that of foundation. For some reason I find that every foundation that I have tried are all too thick and makes my face look like I have 10 pounds of makeup on. Which is not pretty at all. I like to look very natural. Unless I really need thick coverage, like for my wedding day or if I have a lot of blemishes to hide then I would use foundation, but otherwise I just stick to a tinted moisturizer. I think that it gives me just the right amount of coverage and color. It blends in and evens out my skin tone very well.

The Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer is perfect for Summer because it is more lightweight then the Color Tinted Moisturizer. During the hot days of Summer I like to wear the least amount of makeup as necessary. The last thing I want is having my face feel really thick and sticky from heavy makeup. It also has a little shimmer in it that helps brighten up your face. Just perfect for when your out and about in the summer. You don’t want to look like you are wearing a lot of makeup, you just want a nice summer glow! I wear Shade #1 and purchase it from Sephora.

Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer is great because it provides me with more coverage and color during the months when I don’t get as much sun exposure, so I am more pale. It helps me imitate my nice summer glow during the cold Fall and Winter days of Minnesota. Before I discovered the Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer I use to mix a drop of my Clean and Clear Moisturizer with Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer to thin it out a little more, so that it would be more lightweight for Summer. I wear a Medium in this product. Also purchased at Sephora.

FACE POWDER

My best friend was the one who turned me onto this product earlier this year and I have been using it nonstop since then! It is Philosophy’s The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas spf 15. I just lightly brush this face powder across my face after I apply my tinted moisturizer and it just gives me an extra amount of coverage that lasts all through the day.  The powder evens out my skin tone perfectly without making it look very cakey or over powdered. I think the secret is that it has a great built in sponge, so it disperse the perfect amount of powder and applies it evenly across my face. It is a perfect all in one product! You don’t need to carry a separate brush or sponge around to apply it. I’ve been using it for months now and I still don’t need to replace it. It works perfectly with my Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and I carry it with me ever where I go for when I need a quick touch up after a long day of work. It is my absolute MUST-HAVE beauty product!

BLUSH

My all time favorite blush would have to be the classic NARS Orgasm blush. It just gives me the perfect peachy glow. Especially nice during the Fall and Winter when my skin is more fair and I need to add more color to my face. I just need to apply a few very light stroke of the blush on the apples of my cheeks and it stays on all day. I’ve been using this product for a few years now and still think it is the perfect shade of peach for me.

A new favorite blush that I have been using lately is Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion. It is a very pretty shade of pink that gives me a nice rosey glow for when I want a more pink on my cheeks rather then my usual peach. I think Chanel always has nice shades of pink blushes to pick from and this one is great.

EYELASH CURLER

I don’t think I have to say much about this eyelash curler. It is the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. I’ve been using it for the past five years and LOVE it! It curls my eyelashes perfectly and makes them look so nice and long.

MASCARA

I’ve tried so many mascaras over the past several years and have been using this one for the past year or two. It is the Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistique. I especially love the brush with this mascara. I think the bristles does a great job with applying a nice coat of mascara on each of my lashes without being clumpy. My eyelashes are pretty short and this mascara is great at making it them look so long and full. It is especially wonderful when I layer on a few coats. It makes my lashes look so long and sexy. Perfect for a night out.

LIP BALM

I’ve been using this lip balm for the past six years. It is the Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve. It comes on really light against my lips and gives it a natural peach glow. I like to wear it by itself or underneath a lip stick or lip gloss, which I think helps makes the colors last longer. Very pretty and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Well I hoped you enjoyed reading this as much as I did  putting it together!

Love,

K