2/6/16

Jelly Cleansers

I am already a HUGE cleansing oil and balm fan. I use one every single night either as my first or second cleanse. So you can imagine my excitement when a new, similar yet different texture began popping onto my radar - cleansing jellys! There is this one that I have used for awhile and swear by, and this one that smells incredible, so my interest was instantly piqued when these two new cleansers recently launched. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser has a name alone that makes me want to put it on my face, and then Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser sounds like a mini facial in a tube. 
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser top, Yes to Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser bottom


1. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - I have been a fan of the Glossier range for about a year, and even included this product from them in my 'Best of Beauty 2015' video. This is the first cleanser from the line and they launched with a winner. The texture is incredibly smooth and creamy, mixing the feeling of a milk and balm into one product. I enjoy using this as my second cleanse and rubbing it in for a light massage. While I have used it as a first cleanse and to remove makeup, I found that it was able to break down most of my makeup except for certain mascaras that may be long-wearing or water resistant. Because of this, I preferred it as a second cleanse, and more recently as my morning cleanse. My skin is left hydrated and noticeably more supple, which always leads to a smoother makeup application. And a smooth makeup application ensures a better day, amiright?!

2. Yes to Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser - Just like the Milky Jelly Cleanser, the name of this cleanser lured me in immediately. Hydrating and melting together in a description sounds delightful. Whereas the Glossier was more of a morning cleanser or second evening cleanse, this Yes to Coconuts cleanser has solidified a place in my evening routine as a first cleanse. It does a phenomenal job of removing makeup, while simultaneously making my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth. As with all balm and oil cleansers, I apply this with dry hands to a dry face and the first thing to stand out to me was the slight warming sensation that I felt! Not an irritating warming, but a calming warming that made my skin feel relaxed. It immediately cut through my makeup and even my stubborn eye makeup came off effortlessly. It emulsifies to a soft milk when adding water, but I do prefer to remove it with a washcloth rather than just my hands. One final bonus is that the price point is under $10 which makes it a steal! I haven't found too many drugstore cleansers that appeal to me, but this one will definitely be going on the repurchase list for sure. 
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2/3/16

Layered


I've never been great at layering. I always love the way it looks, but anytime I try it I feel bulky, nothing fits properly and it's uncomfortable. I always laugh and say I feel like Ralphie's little brother in 'A Christmas Story', who puts on his snowsuit and whines "I can't put my arms down". Hahahahahaha! However, the key to layering is finding the right fit. This sweater I snagged during the Club Monaco holiday sale has a really wide silhouette with bell sleeves and a slight A-line shape to the bottom of it. So I figured if I wore a very lightweight slim-fitting button down shirt underneath, it would be a more proportionate fit. And I was right! The shorter, wider length of the sweater paired with the longer, slimmer length of the blouse made for the perfect combination. It's also the easiest way to stay warm without having to add a bulky coat. I love getting inspiration from other bloggers and street style, but not every look works for my body type. But that doesn't mean I can't find a way to eventually make it work! And for those gals who have a bigger bust (yup, I hide it well), these Rails blouses are a perfect fit without any gaping. Though I still secure the spaces between the buttons with this tape, but the draped fit is super flattering. 

What are some trends that you wish you could wear or want to wear?

Sweater - Club Monaco (on sale!) | Shirt - Rails (similar here and here) | Jeans - Current Elliott | Boots - Isabel Marant (similar budget version here) | Bag - Chloe | Bracelet - Vita Fede | Sunglasses - Chloe 

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2/2/16

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors - The Perfect Lip Balm/Gloss Hybrid

There are some products that take me forever to finally try though they have been on my radar for years. But new launches often can distract me (ooooh something shiny *loses attention*). Thankfully I force myself to explore long-standing products regularly so I don't overlook any gems. These Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors manage to capture so many great lip product qualities in one formula. Hydrating and moisturizing like a balm, but with the pigmented shiny  finish of a gloss.
And then there is the color range. HELLO NEUTRALS! These are all super wearable, give just a hint of color to the lips yet can be worn alone or layered over multiple different lip products. To be honest, it just comes down to what color hits your fancy because as you can see from the below swatches, most of them look very similar on the lips.
My personal favorites are 05 and 06 because they have a bit more depth, while 01, 02 and 04 have a milky nude quality to them that looks best layered over a deeper shade.Yet still I added all 5 colors to my makeup bag because I adore all of them and find they will work interchangeably with most of my everyday looks.
Because the lip swatches all looked so similar, I felt that arm swatches would give a more accurate representation of the differences between each shade. The applicator is a cushy sponge that makes application foolproof. While there is a gorgeous shine with these lip perfectors, they are not tacky in the least. I would highly recommend giving these a try - your lips will thank me!
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2/1/16

3 Masks for Glowing Skin

After cleansers, masks are my favorite skincare items to use. The results are often instant, I can use one after another, I can treat different parts of my face with different masks - the possibilities are endless. And it's a great way to try a brand without fully investing in a moisturizer or serum. I've recently tested out a few new masks that are designed to help detoxify, clarify and exfoliate the skin. I love using these types of masks at least once a week because they help to keep my skin looking fresh and glowing.
1. Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque - Hormonal breakouts have met their match with this mask. The activated charcoal helps to draw out impurities and my skin is less oily the next few days after using. But the added bonus of alpha hydroxy acids to this mask means that the skin gets a nice chemical exfoliation, while removing the mask gives a manual exfoliation. The result is super smooth and radiant skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend a patch test first to ensure it doesn't cause irritation.

2. Pixi Glow Mud Mask - Compared to the Dermalogica mask, this Pixi mask is smoother in texture with little to no graininess. It still did an amazing job of detoxifying the skin and helping to decongest especially when I was having breakouts, and my skin looked radiant and felt soft and soothed after using. If I had to rank them, this Pixi mud mask is the most gentle out of all three masks which is nice when my skin may be feeling a tad more sensitive but still needs a good clarifying treatment.
3. Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask - Tula is a new brand to me and as I said before, the first product I like to try from a line is typically their masks (or cleansers - I'm a sucker for either). While this mask still gave me a strong exfoliation, I loved the addition of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids along with Vitamin E to help nourish and condition the skin. Too often exfoliating masks can focus only on removing dead skin, but I loved how my face felt replenished and hydrated after using this. The lactic acid gives a chemical exfoliation while the small granules give a gentle manual exfoliation. It's been a great addition to my winter skincare routine because it manages to balance smoothing my skin with keeping it calm and hydrated. It's a masking win/win! AND - as a bonus for all those that are interested in trying this or any other products from the Tula line out, they have generously given me a discount code for 25% off the entire line + free shipping! Use code: Maree25 to receive the special. You can shop the entire line here. Enjoy!
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1/30/16

Video: Tutorial with First Impressions

Instead of a traditional review on the blog, I figured I would give my thoughts while using them in a tutorial. I also swatched all the eye shadow shades for your reference below. Hope you enjoy!


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1/29/16

Snow Day

It's hard to get creative with your fashion choices when dealing with snowy weather. So instead of trying to worry about putting together a perfect outfit, I go back to the basics. Parka. Sweater. Jeans. Snow Boots. That's my standard. And this J.Crew sweater has been a staple in my closet for years now, and always looks good whether I dress it up or down. Since the L.L. Bean snow boots are consistently sold out each season, I picked up these Sperry ones a few years ago and have loved them ever since. They are a classic color and shape and keep my feet warm - which frankly is all I care about when it's below freezing. I snagged this Madewell parka late last year because 1. I live for all things army green 2. It has a cute cinch at the waist 3. It has a removable fuzzy inner layer that keeps me insanely warm. I am shocked that it's still available on the site, but it is and it's on sale!!! Boo for me because I paid full price, but yay for you if you snag one! The snow is finally beginning to melt which means I can bring out some normal boots again without fear of them being destroyed. And I cling to that hope until the first signs of spring, which hopefully will come sooner rather than later.

Parka - Madewell (on sale!) | Sweater - J.Crew | Jeans - Rag & Bone | Hat - J.Crew | Boots - Sperry (mine are an older style but similar here and here) | Sunglasses - Westward Leaning (c/o)

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