this is the time of year when all mascaras begin to betray me. when you combine oily lids, watery eyes and virginia humidity, smudging is inevitable. i think i probably hate raccoon eyes more than anything. the rest of me could be impeccably put together, but a smudge of mascara under my eyes just makes me feel like such a hot mess. am i alone here?
after a recent bout with smudging – even my go-to’s were failing me! – and a refusal to move towards waterproof, i was on the verge of going for extensions. as a last ditch effort, i sat down to do some serious research on smudge-proof, yet washable mascaras and the only new-to-me mascara popping up in reviews was l’oreal telescopic carbon black. i ran to cvs with mediocre hopes, but let me tell ya, this stuff was love at first swipe.
first off, it’s blacker than black so you get intense definition and stand-out lashes before we even begin talking length – which it delivers in a big way. the brush separates everything out beautifully and doesn’t clump (not one bit!) for long, glossy, gorgeous black lashes. i love the fanned-out look that this gives to my eyes and smudging is nonexistent.
i’m more impressed by this mascara than every single designer mascara that i have tried in recent months. i don’t know where this holy grail has been hiding, but i’m so glad that pages (upon pages) of google research has brought us together.
l’oreal telescopic mascara carbon black, $7.59 >
Posted in eyes, lashes
i don’t know what it’s like where you are, but in virginia, we came crashing head-first into summer at about 100 mph. i went from wearing jeans and long sleeves to shorts and a tank over night. suddenly, i’m exposed and very aware of my pasty skin – which after a long winter, lacks hydration, brightness and any hint of a flattering glow. beyond all of that, i’m headed to miami in a few short weeks creating the need for a major skin-tervention.
so, what’s the gorgeous product serving as my saving grace? meet mark. naked love body butter. off the bat, the naked love scent from mark. is insanely good. it combines apricot nectar, white peaches, freesia, and skin musk for an absolutely intoxicating combination. mix the heavenly smell up with the absolute best skin-moisturizing formula on the market and my friends at mark. are really onto something.
this chubby tub of goodness houses a heavenly and rich hydrator that soaks in and adds moisture without feeling heavy. it makes a quick difference in the visible health of my skin, delivering a soft and smooth texture that’s to die for. perhaps best of all, i love how the yummy scent hangs around all day and that it feels like full-on pampering without a lot of effort.
if you’re on the search for something to make your skin feel blissful and smell even better, this may just the the best $12 you ever spend.
mark. naked love body butter, $12 >
lucky me – my role as mark. blogger ambassador continues in 2015!
Posted in skin
i have searched makeup counters far and wide for the perfect everyday eyeshadow, so imagine my surprise when perfection was discovered on the drugstore shelf. i admittedly haven’t given wet n wild a second glance since high school, but when this palette started popping up on my favorite beauty spots around the web, i hunted it down immediately.
technically designed to give your face an all-over highlight, hollywood boulevard is generously sized (i.e. huge – easily the size of my palm) and includes shades of pink, brown and golden yellow. at first glance it might not look like something you want to douse your eyelids in, but i promise you that the resulting finish is soft and natural, a subtly sparkly pink champagne with the slightest gilded look that’s perfect for everyday. in short? it’s neutral, easy, and ultra glowy.
i think i’m so in love with it because the powder itself is almost creamy, making it a gorgeous option for your eyes (and far better than a lot of eyeshadows that just don’t hold together). it stays in place really well on my oily lids and gives a solid full day’s worth of wear time, especially if i add a layer of this stuff underneath.
wet n wild is giving me everything i’ve been searching for! it’s beautifully neutral, yet special without trying hard. it’s pigmented and buildable – all from a very surprising source.
wet n wild shimmer palette in hollywood boulevard, $5.99 >
Posted in eyes, lids
Tagged wet n wild
i don’t craft anything crazy in the eyeshadow department, but i cannot stand a creased lid. for whatever reason, my eyes tend to be a little oily so that means my favorite shades are often in jeopardy by mid-afternoon. for a solid three years, i’ve used mac painterly paint pot for added security. while it served the purpose, it’s not technically a primer so i found myself searching recently for something a little stronger.
historically, one of the best things going on the market is urban decay primer potion, but the original shade is a little too pink and chalky for me. it never really did the trick. when i caught wind that a limited edition shade and revamped formula had been created, i had high hopes that it would work for me.
the enigma shade is a neutral matte beige, a perfect match for my skin tone without impacting the true colors of my go-to shadows. you swipe it on with the applicator, then blend into place with your ring finger. it’s soft and easy to work with, creating a beautiful canvas. i love how it preps my eyelids and it also brightens the tiniest bit. something in the formula smooths out my eyelids to eliminate any minor imperfections and it dries to a satin matte finish.
the real test? it holds shadow in place for a solid eight hours. it’s a gorgeous shade and formula, a total workhorse in a very pretty package.
unfortunately it’s one of those things you’ve got to grab ASAP as i’m not convinced that it will be around for long!
urban decay enigma eyeshadow primer potion, $20 >
Posted in eyes
Tagged urban decay
i haven’t had a haircut in months, so it’s kind of strange that compliments for my “cut” have been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. (i mean, no complaints – tell me my hair is pretty any day of the week and i’ll kiss you square on the lips.)
when i thought about it, the hair love started right around the time that i introduced this volumizing hair oil from beauty protector into my routine. it’s ah-mazing.
not only does it go on super light, but it takes all of the fight out of my curls and waves and it leaves my hair smooth, shiny, with gorgeous shape and hold. i put it on damp hair before blowdrying and i’m obsessed with the resulting style. it has turned my straw-like strands into glossy locks and i love that it protects from the heat as well as uv rays. it smells subtly sweet and gives me touchable soft hair that’s tamed, manageable, and not weighed down.
all of that from an oil.
i would have almost never put oil on my hair before reading this post from laurie a long while back. when the beauty protector team reached out to say hello, i asked how quickly a bottle of this supposed liquid gold could be sent my way, and the rest is history.
i think that this is the beginning of a beautiful and longstanding relationship.
do you put oil in your hair?
beauty protector protect + oil, $25.95 >
Posted in hair
there are times when my nightly cleansing ritual feels impossible, but knowing the dangers of sleeping in my makeup means that i will do anything to prevent going to bed in a full face. on nights where i can’t be bothered to cleanse, tone, and moisturize, i’m incredibly thankful for one of my favorite brands and their newest wonder product.
simple skincare micellar cleansing water is so much more than a makeup remover. it’s formulated with triple-purified water, designed to effectively remove makeup with no rinsing required and it provides instant hydration thanks to skin-loving ingredients.
one cotton pad and a generous amount of simple skincare micellar cleansing water removes all of this (including primers and eye makeup – just be careful around your eyes).
you don’t have to rub or tug, just wipe gently and follow up with a cotton swab to get any leftover mascara from underneath bottom lashes.
my skin feels so smooth and balanced afterwards that there’s no need for toner or my go-to moisturizing mask. this one bottle replaces multiple steps, meaning that i can skip these three on nights when i’m just not up for it:
and my routine looks more like this:
with this kind of advanced cleansing, i’m no longer finding the need to keep harsh makeup-removing wipes at my bedside table. on nights when i can’t drag myself from the sheets to wash my face, simple skincare micellar cleansing water and its advanced cleansing abilities are saving my skin.
simple skincare has just given you one less excuse for going to sleep with your makeup on! Is this the secret beauty solution that you’ve been searching for? Be sure to #TestTheWater to find out!
compensation for this post was provided by Simple Skincare via AOL Media. the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Simple Skincare or AOL.
Posted in skin
back when i used to dye my hair blonde and tie my ponytail with a black satin ribbon, dove made a foam conditioner that i bought and used religiously. it was like a mousse that you used in the shower and it was the most weightless conditioner that i have used to date. it smoothed and detangled, leaving my hair feeling incredibly soft and fluffy without any grease. sadly, they discontinued the conditioner somewhere in the last decade and i have been floundering ever since. (note: you can still buy it on amazon, but i’m pretty sure those cans are 10+ years old…)
when i got word from r+co that they were releasing a foam conditioner, i swear my mouth started salivating. designed to “fight the evil forces of gravity” this gorgeous formula exits the can as a cream conditioner, but rub it between your hands and it turns into a rich foam (kind of like shaving cream). it does all of the dirty work to detangle and soften my hair after a vigorous shampoo, but it rinses completely clean without any extra effort.
it’s bringing my ponytail back to the good old days (ahem, 2004) with all kinds of fluff and bounce. the weightless softening and conditioning might be a step or two above what dove delivered, thanks to the ever changing technology of haircare, and while the $29 price tag is far from the $3 that i used to spend at the drugstore, you really can’t put a price tag on good hair.
r+co analog cleansing foam conditioner, $29 >
Posted in hair
’tis the season to toss away the dark lip, moody eyeliner and embrace the pastel goodness of spring! my friends at mark. are doing it oh-so well with a handful of light and fresh launches.
my favorite is the trio of pearly intense shadows in the spring fling palette ($15). they are easy to play with, fun to apply, and a cinch to mix and match for a myriad of flirty looks. i’ve been layering them together for a wash of iridescence – so, so pretty.
to bring my cheeks into the light of spring, i am completely attached to the new release of my favorite mark. product ever in a new coral collection of shades. touch and glow coral ($16) might be the most versatile product on my beauty counter. i’m obsessed with it’s bronze-y warmth that doesn’t look clownish and the gold cubes at the top make for the perfect highlighter.
for a finishing touch, the latest nail lacquer set ($18) comes complete with two shades – a light coral and a gold – and my favorite lip click in coral fixation. (fun fact: coral fixation was my very first love from mark.) the coral lip brightens up my whole face, pulling everything together in one gorgeous formula. i’m still playing with the nail shades and practicing to perfect a look similar to this.
if you’re looking for an easy way to tote your new favorites (because trust me, you won’t want to be without them!), this clamshell-shaped only essentials makeup bag ($14) has a cool gunmetal finish and is the perfect size for your dailies.
so much beauty from one brand – just in time for spring!
pinch me! i’m extra lucky to be continuing my reign
as mark. blogger ambassador in 2015.
Posted in cheeks, eyes, lips, nails
i’m rounding out six years of testing beauty products for the glossarie. these days, i find myself less and less impressed by the ordinary. new lip gloss formula? meh. another mascara that promises crazy length and volume? i’ll believe it when i see it.
i’m trying to only focus on sharing the truly unique and innovative with you, so it may be surprising to some that the hero of this post is a bb cream. (i mean, aren’t we on to ee creams by now?) a bb cream may not be that big of a deal, but a $6 bb cream that outshines all of this season’s fancy foundation launches? now, that’s something to write about.
let me preface this post by saying that i probably would have never plucked a $6 bb cream off of the drugstore shelves. the wonderful people at e.l.f. recently sent me a plethora of product last week and far be it from me to deny you beautiful people the chance to save some serious cash on your daily face – so i gave it a whirl.
the thing that i truly love about this product is that it primes and perfects in one easy step. i have come to the place in my life where i can’t survive without a primer. shine starts to break through mid-day and the smoothing effects of a primer are a must for my 33-year-old skin.
e.l.f. has created a simple multitasker that presents a seamless, glowing, yet shine-free finish, and it lasts all day. this stuff is easy to blend and serves as the perfect base for everyday makeup. i’ve been wearing the fair shade which provides more coverage than just your average natural tint. you get pigment along with anti-aging ingredients to treat your skin to a dose of nourishing moisture, plus spf 20.
that’s a lot of bang for your very little buck, no?
e.l.f. bb cream spf 20, $6 >
Posted in face, foundation
i’m fresh off the plane from l.a. and i have never felt more pale. i clung to my bronzer for dear life over the last five days and i also took refuge in two lip products because they give gorgeous color that instantly brightens and flatters.
the first is a custom pink (“my pink”) from clarins ($23) in their new instant light lip balm perfector. it’s melty and smooth, not too sheer and ultra hydrating so it helps my lips stay comfortable during this never-ending transition into spring. for a self-adjusting pink, it’s really beautiful (falling somewhere between a bubblegum and a raspberry, depending on the day) and just the right amount of pop without being too bright.
the other balm, from jane iredale ($25) is more of a fiery coral, called forever peach, and it brings a vinyl look to lips – similar to the photo above. it goes on like a gel, feels incredible and gives a warmer, more tropical vibe to my beauty routine, especially when paired with a touch of bronze. i’ve been using it interchangeably with the clarins, depending on my outfit and mood.
each balm is minimal, easy, effortless – just what my everyday makeup look was calling for in california, and even more necessary now that i’m back on the east coast.
are you into these color changing balms?