7/30/15

Cleanser Review: Jurlique, Soap & Glory, Sjal, Zelens and Dr. Hauschka

I love testing cleansers. If I could test them all day every day I would. (well I guess I would have to give my face a break one in a while, ugh) Here are 5 that I have put through the paces over the past few weeks and months.
1. Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream - I think of this more as a mask/cleanser than a standard cleanser. As you can see from below, it is a thick grainy texture so it is definitely better for a second cleanse or even a treatment. I add a bit of water to it to make a thick paste and then pat it on my skin. I use upward massaging motions to work it onto the skin for a minute or two and then gently rinse it off. My skin is left smooth, plump and hydrated. Truly a unique product.

2. Zelens Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm - Boy is this stuff thick! Which initially had me wondering whether it would perform better as a makeup remover/first cleanse or massaging second cleanse. I did feel that it removed makeup nicely, but it's a pricier cleanser so I would prefer to leave it as a second cleanse and really work it well into the skin. Because it is so thick, I like to remove it with a warm cloth and love the final result of how my skin feels and looks. Definitely another win from Zelens.
3. Sjal Deep Pore Cleanser - We all know how judgey I can be when it comes to skincare and makeup and I often make snap decisions about a product from just the name or appearance. I am forever proven wrong, but yet I keep doing it. Here was another example of a judgement gone wrong. I saw "deep pore cleanser" and immediately thought it would be foamy and stripping and designed for oily skin but leave my skin feeling worse. And this was after falling in love with the 2 Sjal masks....I'm a tough audience. Welp, my assessment couldn't be further from reality. This is the most luxurious and decadent creamy balm that glides over the skin like silk. I use this as a second cleanse because I want every bit of the key ingredients to get right on my skin and not be wasted trying to cut through makeup. Add water and this melts beautifully leaving the skin feeling like it's had a day at the spa. After a good 2 weeks of using regularly, my skin look noticeably brighter and my pores appeared cleaner and less noticeable. The cap is a bit troublesome to remove but frankly I could really care less because what's inside is so remarkable. Two thumbs up! 

4. Soap & Glory Deep Cleansing Milk - First things first - this stuff smells unbelievable. It has a sweet and enticing aroma of fresh peaches and I wash just a few seconds longer each time to enjoy the smell. But yummy scent aside, the formula itself is soft, creamy and delivers just the right amount of moisture and hydration to balance my oily skin. I know this may seem like a bold statement from a product I was only recently introduced to, but it secured a spot in my top 3 favorite milk cleansers already. Yup, told you it was bold. But when you know, you know. Ya know?

5. Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil - I typically don't write my blog posts in order of least favorite to most favorite, but in this case I ended with my favorite cleanser of the bunch. I have tried a lot (seriously, a TON) of cleansing oils and this was a stunner from first cleanse. The texture is thick but not too thick, and literally erases any and every trace of makeup from my face. Stubborn eye makeup, thick foundation, 13 layers of bronzers....not a match for this stuff. And while it is easy to emulsify and rinse off, it doesn't completely dissolve immediately. I have to work the water into the oil to really get a good milk which ensures I get a deep clean. My skin is left soft and smooth, and if I absolutely had to skip a second cleanse it wouldn't even matter. This stuff is that effective and my skin loves it. I told my mother to go out and buy this immediately. LOL. We love to chat skincare and text about our routines and I told her that her face needed this cleanser. Stat! I'm bossy when it comes to skincare. Sorry not sorry. Her face will thank me.
*pr samples included

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7/28/15

Review: Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon

While Butter London is known for their fabulous nail polishes (Slapper is one of my favorite teals ever), little is known of their emerging makeup line. I was excited when they sent me these new Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons for review, because we all know how much I love a jumbo crayon. (If you didn't know that, now you do. #themoreyouknow)
There are 7 shades in the collection and they range from super nude to wearable naturals to vibrant pinks and deep reds. The formula is a medium coverage with a soft and creamy texture. However, when I say soft and creamy don't think I mean easily broken and completely a mess in the slightest bit of heat. These stay quite firm and keep their shape when applying. The finish is a more natural look with a slight shine that makes my lips look healthy and moisturized. They definitely last quite a few hours (typically 4-5 with me) though I do need touch up the paler shades more often.
The swatches in order from left to right starting in the left top corner: Tea With the Queen, Trout Pout, Disco Biscuit, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Toff and Ruby Murray. My favorite two shades were definitely Trout Pout (I also love the nail polish shade) and Teddy Boy for an everyday neutral shade. To check out the rest of the Butter London makeup line, click here.

7/27/15

Bobbi Brown Beauty Bash Event Details!

Come join me for a fun beauty event at the Bobbi Brown counter at Bloomingdale's 59th St this Thursday evening, July 30th from 5:30pm-8pm. It is the Bloomingdale's Beauty Bash event and there will be a ton of fun things happening on the beauty floor! I will be at the Bobbi Brown counter where the team will be doing makeovers, showcasing the new Telluride collection (the eye palette is everything) and I will be chatting about all my favorite Bobbi must-haves. And to make it even a bit more exciting, the first 5 readers that arrive at the event will receive a special beauty gift from me (and it's a great one!) It will be tons of fun and I can't wait to meet all of you.

RSVP here and I will see you there!

Details:

Bloomingdale's Beauty Bash
Bobbi Brown counter
Thursday, July 30
5:30pm-8pm

Video: A Night Out Makeup Look + Beauty Bash Event Details!!!

A fun night out makeup look I wore this past weekend for a friend's birthday. And don't forget about my upcoming event, this Thursday 7/30 from 5:30pm-8pm at the Bobbi Brown counter at Bloomingdale's 59th street! RSVP here.

Here are the products used in the video:

7/24/15

Video: My Summer Beauty Essentials

A video on my summer beauty essentials! between skincare, beauty and bodycare, these are the products that I enjoy using in the warmer weather. Scroll down to watch the video and don't forget to subscribe to my channel!

Here are the list of products mentioned in my video:


7/22/15

A Workday Look

While I love my casual summer dresses and shorts, I still need to have pieces in my wardrobe appropriate for a more professional situation. My office is business casual but there are many instances when I need to look a bit more refined for meetings or presentations, so I picked this dress up recently at Aritzia as a great alternative to a standard shirtdress. The neckline, sleeves and material gave it a bit more of a polished look, but the color felt more exciting than basic black. And while I always am hesitant to pick a button-up style because I have a larger chest (32E - yes, we've been over this, I hide it well), this had enough room so there was no gaping between the buttons. Though if I ever need it, I am not opposed to using a bit of Hollywood fashion tape to help reinforce any space between buttons. I have an upcoming video on my fashion and accessory closet staples and this tape is an absolute must have. 

Dress - Aritzia (on sale! and also love this style) | Shoes - Manolo Blahnik | Bracelet - Eddie Borgo (color sold out but love this one and this one) | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (similar here) | Bag - Louis Vuitton
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