day to night: bite beauty lip treatments0

bite beauty lip treatments

lip products tend to suck the life out of my lips. something about that skin is just extra sensitive and i can always tell by the “morning after effects” when i’ve overdone it on lip color the day before. it’s no fun to have to slather your lips in a treatment balm to undo the damage when the rest of you is all done up, but thankfully bite has solved that issue by adding a gorgeous rose gold pearl tint to their intensive lip mask treatment. usually a product that i reserved for overnight use, this new development means that i can wear it during the day and it actually looks pretty. not only does the color pigment make for the perfect no makeup look, but my lips get extra special treatment from all of the agave goodness. just gorgeous.

at night, i soak my lips in bite bb for lips in natural. it works to restore the texture of my lips overnight and i wake up in the morning feeling renewed softness. my lips are more healthy and hydrated throughout the day and as an added bonus, spf 15 makes this the perfect protecting balm for daytime, too. since the formula is thick and a little grippy, it serves as a beautiful lip primer to lock in hydration underneath of your favorite lip color as well. if you prefer, you can pick this one up in four beautiful tinted shades for a little extra lip enhancement.

it’s no secret that bite has quickly established themselves to be an authority in lips and these two innovative and new releases just prove that they are not relinquishing the throne anytime soon.

bite agave lip mask champagne ($26) and bite bb for lips ($24) >

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alterna caviar cc cream for hair

i am 11 days into motherhood and finding myself in a true state of bliss. lou is absolute heaven and proving herself (at least for the moment) to be a very good and sweet little baby. currently, she is peacefully sleeping, and while i could just stare at her all day long, i thought that for the sake of sanity i might return to beauty blogging while i have a free moment.

it hasn’t taken long for me to reevaluate my beauty routine, eliminate the fuss, and prioritize the products that are all business. i’ve been using alterna caviar cc cream for hair since the week before i delivered and it was love at first pump. far from the first cc cream for hair that i have reviewed, this one easily trumps all of the rest. in short, it delivers all of the amazing 10-in-1 benefits of other cc creams (heat protection, smoothness, moisture, shine, anti-breakage, light hold, uv protection, manageability, strength, and softness) but it leaves my hair better than ever: silky, glossy strands with beautiful shape that holds for a solid three days. hydration is feather-light and my hair is visibly much healthier than before i started using the product.

this is the closest to a salon-qaulity blowout that i can get in my own bathroom and while my hair is definitely ready for a bath on day three, i could probably push it far beyond that boundary because there is virtually no grease and oil rearing its ugly head and demanding shampoo. well done on this miracle product, alterna! i can see why the blogs, magazines, and 400 sephora reviews are all raving about the results from this perfect leave-in lotion.

alterna caviar cc cream for hair, $25 >

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our tiny beauty arrived on friday night! please meet louisa jay ramos (“lou”) and excuse me while i take some time to drink her in. thank you for all of the love and well wishes throughout my pregnancy – we will return to beauty business as usual very shortly.

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what is it about summer that calls for – no, make that demands – a beautifully bright look-at-me lip? it’s been quite the search, but i have finally found the one and it’s stila stay all day vinyl lip gloss in melon vinyl that has been rocking my world.

it’s a super moisturizing, highly pigmented gloss, in a punchy pink that’s equally perfect for both hot summer nights and a mid-week pick me up. with this gloss, the secret’s in the sauce: seaweed extract and organic green coffee oil are what make this formula so nourishing – a major bonus over other glosses that can feel like they suffocate your lips. it goes on bold with high shine, but it’s not heavy and it’s nondrying so you won’t melt in the heat.

my recommendation? pair this lacquer with your best maxi dress, find the nearest rooftop and seize the summer.

still stay all day vinyl lip gloss, $24 >


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beauty essentials


i get a lot of questions about my beauty essentials. inquiring minds want to know about the must-have products that i can’t live without and the parts of my routine where i tend to splurge instead of save. when it comes down to it, these products work extra hard to keep me looking polished and pulled together – even if i’m feeling like frazzled mess!

the facial exfoliators
everyone should make a solid investment in one or two treatment products that tackle their specific skin issues. my skin needs chemical exfoliation to stay clear and i have found mario badescu glycolic foaming cleanser ($15) to be my best friend in the shower and somme institute transport pads ($58) are the perfect thing to use after washing my face at night. both products remove dead skin cells and keep my pores fresh and clean.

the tinted lip balm
i know – i’m like the poster child for tinted lip balms, but there’s a reason for that. the right one gives enough color to pull your look together while keeping your lips nice and soft. for me, this baume in love from lancome ($26) teases out the natural pink in my lips and is equal parts casual and sophisticated. it keeps me looking in control when i’m on the go and i can swipe it on without looking in a mirror.

the cure-all concealer
coverup just won’t cut it. i need something super reliable that’s going to zap dark circles and hide the occasional breakout while treating my skin issues at the same time. this workhorse from miracle skin ($36) hydrates, treats, protects, and color corrects while also smoothing and minimizing fine lines. it matches my skin perfectly and plays very nice with my favorite foundations.

the everyday spf
i’ve had my share of on-again-off-again relationships with moisturizers over the years, but after having a questionable mole removed last year, i knew that it was time to settle down with an spf that i will actually apply daily. this one from mario badescu ($26) isn’t greasy, sticky or pore-clogging making it a cinch to commit to. a little goes a long way and my skin looks forward to drinking this stuff in each morning.

the reliable polish
when it comes to the polishes that i actually buy and keep in my medicine cabinet (as opposed to those that i borrow from the salon shelf ), i look for something that is easy to apply and lasts all week long. deborah lippmann’s formula cannot be beat. two thin coats are all that you need and her timeless nude – aptly named naked ($18) – manages to look both classic and cool at the same time, a total no-brainer.

what are the things that your makeup bag couldn’t make it through the day without?

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summer shakeup4

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there is no question that preparing for my first baby has really shaken up my summer. it’s evident everywhere i look – from less frequent blog posts to the products that are taking over my test lab (yes, that’s nipple butter), and even my drink of choice.

if a milkshake was my first trimester vice, my third trimester has been all about the classic arnold palmer. my go-to has been Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade™ (but if you prefer, they also have Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade™ or Teavana® Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade™ – talk about delicious mocktails!). i can get it from the drive-thru and it has saved me from more than a handful of afternoon slumps as this babe continues to grow.

while previous summers have been all about the beach, traveling and rooftop drinks, this summer has been consumed with preparing my life to welcome our little miracle. thankfully, pregnancy has not been one drop of the drama that i expected. i feel stronger than i have ever been and amazed by the fact that my body is creating life. i have to believe that this is one of the most incredible things that i will ever do and i am trying not to let the magnitude of what i am accomplishing escape me.

my head used to be consumed with ideas for product reviews, strategies on how to grow my sales territories (the day job) and how i’m going to approach to the anthropologie tag sale. don’t get me wrong, that’s all still in there, but i’ve found myself making room for contemplating things like how i will instill confidence in my daughter and ultimately give her the right to choose her own path.

to celebrate the shakeup, i have been saving summer inspirations on pinterest:

best summer ever

it’s an unbelievably exciting time and i’m grateful for every day of this wild journey to motherhood. i wish i knew how this life change will affect the glossarie, but for now i intend to continue business as usual. i cannot wait to share the news of our little one’s arrival with you very soon!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Starbucks through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Starbucks, all opinions are my own.

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tarte colored clay tinted brow gel

this new brow’scara from tarte turns even the most unruly brows into shapely arches – extending the time that i can get away between threading appointments. you might think that tinted brow gels are tinted brow gels, but there are a couple of things that this product has going for it that set it apart from my previous favorite.

the brush is impossibly tiny and thin, bringing much needed precision to the process. (it makes me want to toss my spoolie and never look back!) because the bristles are close together the gel does not clump up in spots, it just gets smoothed evenly onto each individual brow hair subtly filling in any sparse spots and taming the hairs. the brush wand is also soft and flexible so it works with the natural shape of your arch and texture of your hair to get things going in the same direction – it doesn’t just force the hair into a sleek shape. the whole process takes all of ten seconds and the remarkable change that it makes to your entire face is seriously impressive.

ladies who like their brows to look natural will really appreciate the way that this tinted gel enhances what you have, making vast improvements on pigment and shape. aside from keeping things looking great in an instant, the formula includes peptides that condition brow hairs and best of all, the look lasts all day long because the colored clay is resistant to water, sweat, and oil. that’s a whole lot of brilliance in one slim tube – bravo, tarte!

tarte colored clay tinted brow gel, $21 >
(30% off until 11:59 pm TONIGHT with code FANDF
during tarte friends & family event)

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i adore mark celebrity makeup artist jamie greenberg. we are yet to meet in person, but my obsession with her you tube channel makes me feel like i know her. along with being uber talented, jamie is also kind of a super mom. i constantly stalk her instagram for the occasional peek of her cutie daughter leni, so i wanted to tap into her momma bear expertise and have her give me some much needed advice for keeping my makeup fresh while i wait for my own mini me to arrive.

i’m embracing it as much as i can, but what is your best trick to help deflect attention from my expanding belly?

try to deflect with bold makeup choices, i think a bold lip is first and foremost. also, i love a statement necklace, drawing attention to your neck rather than your belly!

it’s hot! how can i look polished without literally sweating my face off?

less is more – groomed hair and minimal makeup make it easier to navigate the heat. try carrying blotting sheets with you, this way you can constantly touch up your skin without piling on makeup over and over again. i also love those little fans that they sell at bed, bath & beyond for an instant cooling effect!

sleeping is a challenge (and I hear it’s only about to get worse!) – what are your favorite tricks for disguising tired eyes?

i’m really into lash extensions or fake lashes because they instantly open up your eyes. plus, they create a full look when you’re so tired you don’t have much time for any other makeup!

i was not anticipating the sun spots and skin pigmentation that come with pregnancy hormones. any advice on how to combat this pesky problem?

a good concealer that you can dab on naturally so it just covers the pigmentation, but blends evenly into your skin. the good thing is that the spots will go away after pregnancy. remember to use plenty of safe SPF so you don’t attract any more sun spots!

post-baby, how can i look presentable and pulled together in as little time as possible? what areas should i concentrate on, what is ok to skip?

messy hair is a clear giveaway that you’re tired and there’s a newborn at home, so if it’s possible, spend time perfecting your hair. curl your lashes, apply mascara and a cheek and lip tint – applying minimal makeup will save time you can spend on your hair. you will look polished and it won’t take much time! also, a top knot is an easy style that always looks chic!

finally – just because i’m obsessed – how can I make my eyebrows look like lucy hale’s?

let’s be honest, lucy was born with perfect brows.

damn. well, a girl can dream.

if you’re craving more from jamie (and you should be) – please check out her you tube channel. i promise you will be hooked after watching my two favorite videos – the one in which she gives her 89 year old grandmother a makeover for her daily trip to the grocery store and the one where she lets her adorable daughter leni do actress marla sokoloff’s daughter’s makeup. (hilarious!)

many thanks to jamie for her kind advice. one week and counting down to baby gloss…


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i am in love with this photo of emma watson. i’m not sure how recent of a snap it is, but her makeup is just spot on perfection. i also happen to think that she is one adorable class act of a human being, someone i would totally love to have a latte (or perhaps something stronger) with – however, it could be totally embarrassing when i show up having perfectly recreated this face.

to start, her tapered brows frame her face beautifully without taking over. whoever filled them in has mastered the art of concentrating color in the inner corners and leaving the edges soft and natural. i do still love a bold brow, but there’s also something to be said for this kind of subtlety. i would use a matching brow powder and my favorite brush to get the look on my own.

moving down to that teensiest of cat eyes and those lush black lashes, i would try using a very thin black liquid liner. to emulate emma, i would take it just beyond a tightline on the top lid, flicking it out into the corner of my eye (not beyond) and then carrying it about a third of the way under my bottom lash line for a touch more definition. for blacker than black defined lashes, i’d reach for my favorite precision mascara – it never, ever clumps.

finishing things off with that sweetly pink lip is a piece of cake. my go-to shade from nars (called catfight) is a semi-matte nude mauve. when polished off with the very slightest touch of cotton candy gloss, my lips are looking as good as lucy’s. (did anyone else love my week with marilyn?) oh, and if you want the story on emma’s to die for tribal pearls, they are dior - but i am planning to score my own more affordable version from baublebar.

do you love this look as much as me?

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clinique chubby stick cheek colour balms + baby tints3


clinique baby tints + cheek colour balms

summer has me craving color, but i like to keep things super lightweight in the heat. clinique has delivered some real beauties in their two new chubby stick collections – one for cheeks and one for lips. they pair together beautifully and i’ve been changing up my combination daily, yet to discover one that i’m not fully obsessed with.

the moisturizing cheek colour balms pack a lot of punch. the formula is an oil-free gel that the fibers in my stippling brush grip right onto, giving a ton of color payoff once it hits your cheekbones. (i found myself needing to hold back a bit on application, so be warned if you are heavy handed!) once in place, these feel like nothing at all, look natural, and they wear all day long with no fading or smudging. i’ve been alternating amp’d up apple (definitely nude, not at all red) and robust rhubarb (true peach) most frequently and i’m very much in love. clinique has easily created my new favorite cream blush.

the baby tints are a fresh take on clinique’s popular chubby sticks. they are lighter, more moisturizing, and they go on sheer, turning into a super pretty tint that develops after you apply. now, i often have a bone to pink with “blooming” lip colors because they tend to go neon and unnatural on me. while these may be a bit more of a luxe price point for a sheer, tinted balm, clinique has really nailed the subtle “blossoming” lip phenomenon. each one of these is prettier than the next and i am finding them to be the perfect finishing touch to everyday summer makeup. my advice? go play with these asap and find your favorite(s)!

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