New In And Loving: Ahava, Kate Somerville, It Cosmetics and Stila

These "New In and Loving" posts are some of my favorite to do. It's like a mish-mash of all different beauty things that I've tried and really enjoyed. Today's post ranges from skincare, to body products and makeup - in essence it's a little bit of everything.

1. Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist Cactus & Pink Pepper - First of all, I love oils. Second of all, I love the scent of pink pepper. But these together and I'm bound to love a product. While I have way too many body products at home, including many different oils - the one thing I hate about most of them is having to apply them with my hands. I love the idea of a spray applicator. One of my favorite body lotions of all time (this one) and my holy grail sunscreen (this one and yes you need it) both have spray nozzles and make the application process so much easier. I still have to rub it in, but to be honest the mist for this Ahava oil is so fine and delicate that in a pinch, I can get away with a spray and run. So application aside, the texture of this oil is perfect for those who want the hydration of an oil without the tackiness that often comes with them. This oil is so lightweight and absorbs almost on contact which makes it a perfect morning time staple for me. And the scent is so light and fresh, I have actually skipped fragrance a few times when wearing this.

2. It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better - It's hard to pull me away from my two favorite brow pencils, this one and this one, but I was intrigued by a brow pencil that claimed to be a "universal" shade. I did give it the side eye for a second, but surprisingly it worked perfectly! It's an easy to wear brown shade with a gray undertone that doesn't darken throughout the day. I am wearing it in this Instagram picture and think the payoff is quite natural. I am still unsure how it would look on those with super blonde hair, but to be honest I could see almost any shade of brunette or those blondes with dark roots pulling this off quite well.

3. Kate Somerville Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask - I've been on a roll lately with Kate Somerville masks. I just reviewed this one and this one here - and here I am back with another great option. While I have a ton of hydrating masks, this has a distinctly thicker texture and leaves my skin very firm after using. I have even slept in it and found that it wears beautifully as a sleeping mask! I just use a little less and find I wake up with beautiful supple skin. If you are looking for a hydrating mask but need it with a bit more oomph - I would recommend this one which provides the firming and anti-aging benefits as well as the moisture.
4. Stila Color Balm Lipsticks in Sophie and Isabelle - Ugh, give me all the balm lipsticks. I am such a sucker for a. lipsticks b. balm c. the perfect nude shades. I had never tried these Stila lipsticks before and frankly - I don't know why the heck not! They are BEA-U-TI-FUL. Medium coverage, soft and hydrating, longer wearing than most balms and their nude lip color options are right on the money. I fell in love with Isabelle a tad more because it really adds the perfect amount of color while still being quite nude so it can look great with nothing on the eyes or even a smokey eye.
*pr samples included

What are some of the products you have been loving lately? Tell me in the comments below! I love hearing your suggestions.

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Video: New Skincare First Impressions

I've only been testing out these products for a short time, but wanted to go ahead and do a first impressions video to put them on your radar. Stay tuned over the next few weeks and months to Instagram (you are following me, right?? hmmm??!!) and I will give updates as to how they are working for me. Scroll down to watch the video and don't forget to subscribe!

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Playing In The Snow

Playing around in the snow is infinitely better when it's warm and sunny outside than when it's freezing. It sounds almost like an oxymoron, but having to brave the snow when it's frigid outside just makes me hate the snow. When the sun comes out and the temperature warms up, then I actually have fun in the snow. It was finally warm enough this past weekend to venture out for longer than a one block bodega run, and my husband and I decided to walk around the neighborhood a bit. Of course snow boots were still necessary since everything was beginning to melt and turn to slush, but at least I didn't have to wear 13,000 layers. I have had these snow boots for a few years and they are the best for traipsing through the ice and slush - function wins out over fashion in this case. But sadly, no matter how much fun we had in the snow, I will still gladly trade in the whole thing for a sundress and sandals on the beach. Sorry, winter - it's not you it's me.

Parka - Three Floor (similar here) | Turtleneck - Club Monaco (similar here and here) | Jeans - AG Jeans | Boots - Sperry (similar here and here) | Sunglasses - Prada | Gloves - Carolina Amato

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Switching It Up With My Eyeliners

I go through phases with my makeup. There are periods of time where I will wear nothing but red lips, then nothing but neutral eyes and then others when I do intense blush. I like that makeup gives me the ability to change up my look whenever I darn well feel like it. I go in and out of my eyeliner phase and now I'm back in it. I've been alternating between two new options and wearing them just with a nude eye and mascara and I love the look.

1. Rouge Bunny Rouge Nocturnal Ink Liner - I don't have a steady enough hand for liquid liners with the flimsy flamsy brushes, so felt tip liners are always my friend.  But then the problem for me is the intensity with which the liner reads on my skin and sometimes it's just too much - I love the look of an intense dark, thick liner......on other people. But I don't tend to like it super intense on myself. So I was excited to get this one on my eyes because it was more of a soft black that can be worn lightly for just a hint of definition or built up to be a bit more bold (though it never gets crazy liquid liner bold to be honest). I'm currently wearing it as I type this post and I'm in my 8th hour of wearing it and there is no transfer to my upper lids (I just peeked in the mirror to check) and it still looks as smooth and even as it did first thing this morning. This will be on repeat for the next few weeks, I can guarantee you that.
2. Guerlain Les Tendres Eyeshadow Palette in Les Nuees - I keep seeing blue liner pop up on my radar, and I was itching to give it a go. I guess electric blue can be fun, but for me it's not practical with my day job. I wanted to find something that gave me a bit of color and felt different than my black and brown, but can still fly under the radar. I received this Guerlain palette a few weeks ago, and instantly knew this blue was perfect. It's navy but not too dark, royal blue but not too bright - and in the above pic I've applied it dry with an angled brush. I have also experimented by applying it wet for a more intense effect which also looks beautiful. The baby blue is not a color I normally wear but I have been putting it on top of the navy to change up the effect and it makes it more colorful but still subtle. The pink and white are sheer with slight shimmer so I have been wearing them alone on the lid - applied with a big fluffy brush to give a hint of shine on the lids. Shine not frost.The only frosting I like at this age is on my cupcakes, not on ma face.
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