I did a post a while back on five minute makeup, and for the longest time that was my gold standard minimal makeup routine. I’ve been super busy lately, so I’ve gotten my makeup routine down to three (YES THREE!) minutes.[Continue reading…]
I got back from my fun-in-the-sun Hawaii vacation and found that frolicking in the saltwater, sand and sun did a number on my skin and hair. So last week I was all about skin and hair repair! I found these lovely products helped to get my post-vacation self scrubbed, moisturized and glowy.
Origins Incredible Spreadable Scrub & Exfoliating gloves from Parissa
Here’s your math for the day: Incredible Spreadable Scrub plus exfoliating gloves from Parissa equals skin smoother than a baby’s butt. Seriously. Incredible Spreadable Scrub is a salt and olive oil based exfoliator, so if you have open cuts or just got waxed don’t use it cause it will hurt like a mofo. But if your post-vacay skin is need of some serious scrubbing then this gets the job done.
The one thing that I’ve found that takes this scrub from good to great are the white exfoliating gloves which come “free” in Parissa’s waxing kits. I wax at home, so I accumulate quite a few of these gloves. And even though I’ve used other brands of exfoliating gloves in the past, for some reason the ones from the Parissa kits get the job done really well.
Don’t be surprised if you end up leaving a ring around the tub. I’m serious ladies and gents … it works.
Ocean Potion Aloe Gel
This is the best aloe gel I’ve ever used. It’s light, absorbs easily, doesn’t feel sticky and is super hydrating. I hardly ever peel but when I get the sense that my skin has had too much fun-in-the-sun I slap a layer of this on at night on my arms, shoulders, or wherever it feels dry and tight and my skin is as good as new the next morning. You don’t need to use a lot and at seven bucks a bottle it’s quite a steal.
Bumble & Bumble Super Rich Conditioner
The price tag is steep on this conditioner but it is well worth the price if you’ve got hair that’s dried out from saltwater, chlorine and sun exposure. The texture is thick but not goopy, and it sinks right in. I use a small dollop and concentrate on the ends and voila — soft and shiny hair! And did I mention the smell is divine? It’s light and floral, like honeysuckle.
I’ve got a bad case of post-vacation blues. I think I miss being in the water more than anything else. If you live somehwere where the ocean temperature is 70 degrees take a dip or go surfing for me today so I can live vicariously through you!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
Here’s my mental run through before I head to the beach: Flip-flops? Check. Cute bikini? Check. Cowboy hat? Check. Sunscreen? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!
While many people associate sunscreen as something that you only use during the summer months, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day of the year. I am proud to say that I’m a year-round sunscreen girl, a sunscreen connoisseur of sorts! [Continue reading…]
Here’s a pic of my travel makeup:
Ziplocs aren’t sexy, I know.
I go on trips a few times a year, and at the airport I always see at least one cute girl hauling a sleek, heavy-looking train case full of makeup to her gate – and I’m always glad it’s not me.
While I like the thought of having access to all of my makeup while I’m on vacation, I don’t want to have to carry it around from plane to train to car to boat to rickshaw to … well, you get the picture. Basically I don’t want to haul around more than I have to. And I also don’t want to risk breaking or losing blushes, eye shadows and other products while I’m in transit. [Continue reading…]
Here’s a quick daytime smokey eye with two of my favorite MAC shadows – Vex and Club
Brows – MAC Concrete
Shadow base – MAC Paint in Bare Canvas
Highlight – MAC Vex
Crease – MAC Soba
Lid – MAC Club
Upper and Lower Lashes – MAC Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz
Lashes – Dior Show
Paula Dorf Cheek Creme, Cha Cha
MAC Blush, Dollymix
Liner – MAC Subculture
Gloss – Laura Mercier Lip Glace Rose
It was my birthday weekend this past Saturday and Sunday and I spent lots of time doing my favorite things: eating and hanging out with close friends and family. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Here a pics of the ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins (Jamoca Almond Fudge with Chocolate Cake, yum). I may have a slice for breakfast!
Happy Birthday to all my Gemini girls!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,