2 second bronzed, dewy makeup hack!

Want to hear my trick to bronzed, dewy makeup that lets me sleep in extra and still have time have time to get coffee before class? Ohhh yaaaaaaaaa

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1. First start of with the moisturizer or sunscreen! Always use SPF, even in winter. Pro tip: go with something tinted to skip foundation to shave off some time in your routine.

2. Here it is: 2 pumps Nars liquid laguna and 1 pump of a liquid highlighter. I love this Kevyn Aucoin one or the Becca one.  (Here’s a cheaper version from Makeup Revolution. I don’t have a cheaper bronzer but I can say that bronzer is 100000% worth it.)

3. Blend that all over your face with your fingers! And no, it’s not for the faint of heart or those that like a matte finish. You can mix this into your moisturizer or a tinted sunscreen for a subtler bronze/ glow.

What matters is the liquid bronzer + the highlighter mixed together all over your face because then you don’t have to use bronzer or highlighter and it shaves off a lot of time.

4. After that, I just put some concealer under my eyes, I do my brows, mascara and then I’m DONE.  Ok I add a lip too. Hahah.

Anyways, it’s fast and it fakes a bronze glow which I desperately need because New England has decided it still wants to snow so the only tan/glow I will have on my body will be fake. 🙂

I promise it doesn’t look as crazy as it sounds! You only use a little bit so it adds a really pretty bronze, glow without making you look Tin man ish. Hahah. It’s also a really great option if you don’t self tan your face!

Wishing you the happiest of Mondays if there was ever such a thing!

what to buy at the Sephora Sale!

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The Sephora VIB sale is just around the corner! Woot woot! If you’re rouge or your friend is, you can shop the sale 15% off this weekend…if you’re with them. Or next weekend Friday – Sunday 15% for Rouge, VIB and 10% off for Beauty Insider.  I love Sephora without a sale so when they have a sale you gotta go ham.  I’ve been curating my list for the past month.  Products like Drunk Elephant, Nars, Tom Ford, and lots of fragrance rarely if ever goes on sale. You HAVE to stock up!

BASICS

Any product you use in your daily routine…here’s a few examples.

  • Any concealers or foundation you use daily.
  • setting powder or spray. love the Laura Mercier setting powder. snag that on sale because its pricey.
  • Skincare you use daily whether its a cleanser, toner, moisturizer or serum.
  • Mascara!
  • Haircare.
  • Fragrance

NEED IDEAS? Here’s my picks per category.

Makeup //

Bronzer. Benefit Hoola is the best bronzer out there and it works on many skin tones plus, you can contour with it. The Milk makeup bronzer is a great cream bronzer. Nars liquid laguna is my absolute favorite. Kevyn Aucoin contour powder is awesome for coutour.

Highlighter. I will say Becca because they’re just that good. But disclaimer they are fragile af so if you travel and / or drop things a lot this is risky. Another good option is the ABH Amrezy highlighter — its gorgeous and feels sturdier.

Nars concealer! Their soft matte is my jam rn but I used to be obsessed with the creamy radiant which is equally as good.

MASCARA! I plan on getting one of their sets that allows you to try mini mascaras then redeem it for a full size one.  As for mascara, I love the Lancome Monsieur Big.

Lipsticks: Fenty gloss forsure. Fresh tinted balms are great for day to day or splurging on a new everyday lipstick. I like Dior, Nars or Guerlain.

I will say I’m not a foundation or eyeshadow palette person persay so lacking in those categories… BUT

Tarte makes some great everyday shadow palettes. The ABH Soft Glam is calling my bare lids as we speak.

I don’t like foundation but the Sephora Collection skin tint is awesome. It’s very light weight coverage.

Also the It Cosmetics CC cream is the bomb. I like the radiant one. The coverage is medium +, and it has SPF but it feels light.

Skincare //

Again, anything DE.

I love the Farmacy Honey potion hydrating face mask as well as the Herbivore Blue Tansy mask. Its a great alternative if DE baby facial is too strong for your skin. (like mine!)

This Laneige overnight lip mask is amazing. I use it every night.

I love Clinique Take the day off balm to remove makeup.

Beauty Water is an awesome micellar water, toner, second cleanse. The Fresh Rose toner also looks awesome.

Moisturizer wise I love the Tatcha water cream. DE Lala retro feels amazing.  And the Herbivore Pink cloud moisturizer is catching my eye.

Haircare //

Mostly what I use isn’t at Sephora but…

Olaplex freakin 3 is amazing. You can find it online for a tad cheaper but people have gotten fakes before.

Ouai Leave in conditioner is great. So is the frizz sheets for day 3 hair.

Drybar has some good sprays. My favorite is the Triple Sec Texture spray.

Living Proof dry volume blast is great for volume at the root.

LUXURY

I’m a broken record. Anything Drunk Elephant. I love their TLC Framboos and C-Firma serums. The marula oil melts into the skin. The sunscreen is awesome. Lala Retro + Protini feel amazing… point is you can’t go wrong with this brand, its expensive and it never goes on sale so stock up! There is a limit to 3 DE items per sku. My mom is bringing my dad with her to do another transaction because she loves DE that much.

Brands like Tom Ford, Dior, Natasha Denona, Pat McGrath — all the stuff that never goes on sale.

Tom Ford the bronzer is meh but if you want it in your collection now is a good time. If you just want a good bronzer I say go with Hoola.

Dior has good lips and gorgeous highlighters and bronzers.

Natasha Denona, quite honestly expensive shadows I haven’t tried but I like the chrome lid toppers!

Pat McGrath ahh the holy grail. I never wear eye shadow but I NEED one of her palettes….sublime if were getting specific. 😉

Expensive serums and oils if I haven’t mentioned one you like or want to try.

Fragrance!  I love Flower Bomb and Nest Black Tulip 

Tools! Whether it be a new hair dryer, an eye lash curler, a face tool or a beauty blender.

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The Bronzer Edit

I loveeeee me some bronzer!! I’m a firm believer in everyone looks better with a tan and since I go to school in New England I know how important bronzer truly is.  I didn’t really use bronzer when I lived in LA because I was always tan enough… Actually I lived for Benefit’s One hot minute bronzer in high school, it was a shimmer loose powder and I went ham with it ALL over my face.  It gave me J.Lo skin vibes or so I thought so obvi I went with it hahah. Benefit doesn’t even make that bronzer anymore.  Everybody cringes when they look back at their high school makeup and I always played it pretty conservative; mascara and blush so I’m not too mad about it.  I never had a crazy eyeliner phase either but I drowned myself in shimmery bronzer. 😂

Today I usually stick with matte bronzers, how times have changed, HA! but I love a shimmery bronzer for a dust of allover shimmer.  When done correctly shimmer can look more skin like but its harder to find. I like a bronzer with a sheen to avoid that intensely shimmer look.

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Here’s the bronzers I have that stuck out to me! Its a lot and I still have some more but heres what made the cut. I will say if you read my blog then you’ll know my favorites.

My favorites are:

Chanel Tan De Soleil. I am always on the look out for a bronzer dupe for this and I have yet to find anything similar. ( I think theres one on amazon prime from a random brand but it is continually sold out.) This one is a cream bronzer, not cream to powder and I just LOVE how it wears on the skin. It blends so nicely and its super flattering for an allover tan. I can’t stress enough how much I love this bronzer.

Benefit Hoola. I think this is the best matte, everyday bronzer that everyone should own. You can contour or bronze the face with it.  It pulls more orange so I think it would work best with light – medium skin tones. I have never found this to look muddy or orange on my skin.  Its a great formula and its just so easy to use. Def a staple in my collection and I use it often.  I even hit pan on it!

Physicians Formula Butter bronzer. I love this drugstore bronzer.  I think its the best at the drugstore and very comparable to Hoola. It has a buttery finish, it smells like a tropical vacay and it just wears really nicely on the skin. It has a hint of sheen to it.

Milk Makeup Bronzer. This is a great cream bronzer and probably the closest I’ve found to the Chanel one though they apply differently. Theres a difference between a cream bronzer and a cream contour. This is cream bronzer and I would say that you can use this to contour if you’d like but its a more warm tone bronzer so if you like cool tone contour than this will be a bronzer for you.  I just love how easily this warms up the face and how easy it is to blend.

Too Faced Sweetie pie bronzer.  I don’t use this as bronzer but as a blush. I don’t like blush but I like how this makes my cheeks look flushed. It has some sheen to it so it wears really nicely. I use this guy everyday and I haven’t found something like it.

NARS liquid laguna. This is a holy grail product for me. I use it to darken tinted moisturizers if I’m tan. I use it as a primer when I’m self tanned and I use it as bronzer. Its such a versatile product and it blends out SO well and effortlessly.  Big fan of this bronzer.

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Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra. Lets be real I got this because its Tom Ford. I don’t think its very pigmented so I always layer it with cream contour or the Milk cream bronzer stick. I use it a lot and it looks nicely layered with cream products. I do love it as an eyeshadow.

Milani Baked Bronzer. Not sure if because this is baked or but I don’t get much pigment from this. I think maybe I need to scrape off the first layer?  Patrick Ta recommended it and I love everything he does so I got it. Do I use it, no but it can be a decent shimmery bronzer from the drugstore that won’t look too overboard.

Makeup Revolution baked bronzer. This pulls very red and very shimmery. It could certainly wear as a highlighter for darker skin tones.  I got this to use in place of a blush and its just so red and pigmented.  I wouldn’t recommend this.

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Essence Matte bronzer. This product pulls more orange but I’m tan enough so it looks fine.  I like this bronzer for warming up my face.  It has a tropical scent with minimal fallout and for only $5 I think this is one of the better drugstore options out there. I just want to warn that it does pull more orange and compared to the other bronzers in the picture, it looks orangey in color.

Too Faced Chocolate Gold bronzer. This is very shimmery.  I use it in place of blush or very lightly dusted of my face and I love the outcome.  Its summer skin vibes forsure. Is this going to be your main, go-to bronzer probably not but if you like bronzers you’ll like this. I will say make sure your face is dry when you apply this because it can get patchy if it attaches to foundation or wet concealer.

Lisa Frank Bronzer. I got this in an Ipsy and I was shook with how good this bronzer is. The formula reminds me of Hoola in that its matte, pigmented and smooth.  But the color is darker then Hoola and I think this would make a great contour shade.   It’s $6 which is insane for how good it is but very sold out too.

If you’re new to bronzer I vote Hoola or Butter Bronzer.

If you’re a bronzer fanatic like me get the Nars liquid laguna. Its sooo underrated and so so good.

Any bronzers you love that aren’t here? Lemme know I love discovering new stuff to try!

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New York Beauty Crawl

I was in New York last week and whenever I’m in a new city I love too look and see what beauty and skincare stores they have! It’s just the beauty lover in me but New York is seriously a great option for beauty products.  Here’s what made the cut:

Ricky’s NYC.  

Ricky’s has multiple locations all over New York.  They’re a beauty supply store but they care brands like Bioderma, Embryolisse, Cosrx, Oribe, Violet Voss, NYX Morphe and The Ordinary. ( which for the record I am no longer a fan of but I can attest to the fact that their stuff is hard to find in store!) They also have a huge section of hair toners, dyes and coloring supplies!  I make sure to get some Bioderma every time I’m in New York because Ricky’s is the only store I’ve ever been too that has it!

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They have all the different Bioderma lines.

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Embryolisse and Cosrx. Both hard to find in stores!

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Olaplex.  if you need a hair mask this is a God send. My #1 recommendation and its also harder to find in store or even online. (beware of fakes!)

Glossier. 123 Lafayette Street. Lafayette and Canal for your cab driver 😉

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This mirror is right near the elevator.

If you like beauty you know Glossier so I had to include this because their only show room is in New York! Its located in little Italy and its a teeny tiny penthouse that is always jam packed. For example you have to wait in line to get in the elevator to get up to the showroom.  I’m still deciding if I like Glossier — not sure if its that good or if its really just over hyped and very well marketed. I think the showroom is a one time visit and done.  It’s all millennial pink;  cute, VERY aesthetically pleasing and even better for pictures…but super hyped up.  It’s tiny and very crowded so I don’t see a need to ever go back.

They have all their products out to sample and you fill out a note card of what you want, pay and then wait for them to call your name with your bag of products.  I got lidstars and a review of that will be up soon!

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Outside with the Glossier banners.

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One of the testing areas.

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the sink area. that Byredo Burning rose candle smells AMAZNG. The whole show room smells so good.

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I almost got the Glossier You solid perfume but I didn’t and I’m not too upset.   Peep my dunks I can’t put down!

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Another jam packed sample area. Hint its always jam packed.

Sample Sales

I went to the Space NK sample sale while in New York and it was an awesome sale with killer prices. Heres the post I wrote on that.  I totally recommend checking for sample sales while you’re there.

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The next Space NK sale won’t be for a while but heres what I got. Prices were around 70% + off. I paid $20 for a normal $100 Eve Lom moisturizer.

Duane Reade 

Duane Reade is basically a CVS with a kicked up beauty section.  They have them on just about every corner and I wish they would branch out past New York! I live for their Avene section. They make the best skincare for dry, sensitive skin hands down.  I always pick of the Skin Recovery Cream in the rich version. I haven’t found it in any stores besides Duane Reade so its a must.

They also have the Balm cosmetics and I didn’t end up getting some but I want to try their bronzers and highlighters!

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Their Avene section. image via cafe makeup.

HONORABLE MENTIONS.

Sephora

I like Sephora in New York because they’re massive!  For instance everyone I went to had  a Natasha Denona section and I haven’t seen that in a while. I was able to find some stuff I haven’t seen in many stores.

Ulta

Sure they’re everywhere but I like the Ulta on 86th because it has a huge Mac section and it carries all the Colourpop stuff!

C.O Bigelow Apothecaries 

Sort of like a kicked up pharmacy with a bunch of different skincare and beauty products. I didn’t go here but its on my list for next time and I’ve heard good things.

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Looking at the location and I’m so mad I didn’t go here because it’s down the street from Glossier! Ugh and its all Asian beauty which is my weakness. I got enough while was in NY so its probably for the better but def want to check this out! I also head back in a month. 😉

Credo Beauty

They carry high end, all natural beauty products. I want to check this store out and they also have locations in NY, Boston and  LA!

Space NK 

Space NK has a normal store and they have everything from Kevyn Aucoin to Ren to Eve Lom to Malin + Gotez to Byredo!

Blue Mercury

I saw so many of these while I was there. They have high end makeup and skincare. Think Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Diptyque, RMS, Oribe and YSL to name a few.

 

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Thats what made the cut for my NY beauty crawl.  Any places you swear by for beauty prouducts? Lemme know! Please! 🙂

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Skincare I travel with!

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I do my best to condense what I bring because most of the time I will shop when I’m away. ALL of the time I will shop when I’m away, lol.  I love going somewhere new and looking for new skincare and makeup. I’m in no way a light packer but I’m trying and I’m working on only bringing what works best for me while leaving room for whatever new finds its way to me!

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Cleanser. I’m not too set on a cleanser but I like this Skin Laundry one.

Bioderma micellar water: I use this as a makeup remover and as a 2nd cleanse. I love and swear by this stuff.  It removes any extra makeup on your face without leaving a greasy residue.

Paula’s choice AHA liquid exfoliator: This stuff works the best for my skin and keeping it smooth without many blemishes. I 100% need this when I travel because I’m usually eating good food and lots of dairy which isn’t great for my skin!

Acure Blue tansy oil:  I love an oil for added hydration, especially because traveling or a new environment can dry out skin. This one is light and layers well with other products.

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A good moisturizer! I have a few that I go to but this is a must for me since I have dry skin. Usually I’ll bring one that can work for day and night. Lately my routine has been the Paula’s Choice, the Acure oil and a moisturizer. Simple and my skin is loving it.

For moisturizers I like: The Avene rich cream, Embryolisse, Replenix or Malin + Goetz moisturizer.

Ole Henrikson Eye Cream: I just started using this but I think its a must for travel because you’re fatigued and so is your skin. This also works as a intense moisturizer on dry patches that you may have pop up. It happens and an eye cream is extra thick.

Chapstick. Always vaseline and always the stash of lip sticks/glosses that I have in my bag.  If my lips are really bad I’ll bring this Laneige lip mask

Natural Toothpaste. I never brought tooth paste when I traveled but I switched over to a natural tooth paste 2 months ago and the rashes I would get around my mouth and on my lips are 100% gone.  I always had rashy lips and I just blamed on whatever lip product I was using. Nope, tooth paste because if you think about it, you get tooth paste on your lips daily! I will never not travel with tooth paste again.

Face spray. I like some sort of face spray for added hydration, a toner and for setting makeup if I need too.  I brought this Trader Joes Rose toner which is great at calming redness.  I also really enjoy the Mario Badescu cucumber spray

Acne dots: You never know if you’re gonna get a zit and these are great because they’re easy to travel with / small and they work so well.

Sunscreen! Always bring sunscreen. I love the Drunk Elephant umbra Tinte.  

Good cotton, especially if micellar water is your main form of makeup removing.  I like these Muji ones. 

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Space NK warehouse sale

I’m in New York for the rest of the week for my easter break!  The Space NK apothecary warehouse sale is this week and I’m so excited I’m in town and able to go! It’s on 260 5th Ave.  5th and 28th if you’re taking a cab. 😉   All the products are about 50-75% off.  Craziness.  Here’s what they have, what I got and tips for the sale.

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WHAT THEY HAVE

Here’s the flyer.  They did have Ouai, Ren skincare, Sunday Riley, Oribe, Byredo, Diptyque, Artis and GHD but when I went today they were already sold out of all of it!  When I went today (3/28) the standout brands were Lancer, Malin + Goetz, Kevyn Aucoin, Lipstick Queen, Rodial and Nudestix. Still good stuff but the really good stuff as expected was gone.  They should be getting a restock tomorrow so I may make a trip back since the prices were so amazing.

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WHAT I GOT

All the Kevyn Aucoin makeup was $10.  The Lancer scrub was $20.  The Malin + Goetz set was $20-30. The Nudestix was $10. James Read tanners were $10.

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WHAT WAS LEFT

For Kevyn Aucoin I saw some foundations, eyeshadow duos, the candlelight highlighters, sculpting wands, some lipsticks, and primers. All the Kevyn Aucoin was $10.

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Here’s the makeup tables.  Peep the hourglass sign on the wall. Hourglass makeup for $10?! They were sold out of all of that.  😦  They had a shit TON of Lipstick Queen stuff which was $5-$15.

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Some By Terry stuff. I saw foundations and tinted moisturizers. Colors were either super light or darker shades. $10.

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Malin + Goetz lotions, eye creams, skincare sets, shaving cream, hair gels and perfume.  The moisturizer was $20. The skin set with a chapstick, moisturizer, and cleanser was $30. They also had travel sets for $20.  The perfumes were $50.

They also had James Read Tanning Lotions for $10.

TIPS for the sale. 

Everything is final sale. Cash or Card.

The sale is going till the Sunday the 1st.  They open at 10 a.m. I got there today at 10:40 and I maybe waited in line for 5 minutes if that.  They have a coat and bag check when you walk in!  Its not that big inside either so they only let a certain amount of people in at a time.

The prices are amazing but some of the stuff could be used or damaged. Every product I got was perfectly new and ok. My advice is grab a product from the back of the display. You can tell if its been opened or not.  If you think someone has opened a product open and check because if you buy something used its yours.

My best piece of advice is to take laps around the room!  They are constantly putting stuff out and sometimes its leftover products that they only have one of so you have to be walking by to grab it. People will also put stuff down that they don’t want to buy anyone and you can find good stuff that way too.  I found a Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder just making laps around the room.  It was the last one and currently $50 at Sephora. I paid $10 for it.

I also found my Malin + Goetz moisturizer that someone put on the table after not wanting it. It was the last one.

If you think you may want it put it in your basket because when you come back it will be gone. You can always take it out of your basket.

I think I will go back tomorrow because I would love to find some Sunday Riley face oils or an Hourglass bronzer. Also would love to get some Oribe and some Ouai products!

Big thanks for Sharm Toaster for posting about the sale on instagram which is how I found out about it! I also got the first picture from her blog.

Beauty Maintenance

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I show a lot of products I use but not so much brushes/ tools / all the behind the scene stuff when it comes to my beauty routine!  Here’s some essentials I use daily!

Vaseline: my favorite lip balm.  I have some in my bed, (yes I sleep with it lol), in my car, in my purse, in my school bag and anywhere else I’ll need it.  It’s the best non-irritating chap stick.  I look for stuff without lanolin and this doesn’t have that.  The pink bubbly scent is my favorite.

Invisibobble Hair bands: I’m absolutely obsessed with these hairbands. They don’t pull hair or leave a dent and they are all I use!  I love them for the gym, sleeping at night or whenever I need to put my hair up.

Sonia Kashuk makeup sponge: I love a beauty blender and thats usually what I stick with but this is the best great drug store version I’ve ever tried! It’s just as soft and it’s massive.  It gets huge when you wet it and I love the size for applying makeup faster.  I never want to use a little sponge after this one! I may even like it more then a beauty blender just because its so big.

NYX eyelash curler: I’ve had this curler for years and its never done me wrong.  It curls my lashes well and its still in great shape.

Catrice Lip cushion: This is like a shiny lip balm with a sponge applicator.  I usually put this on every morning after doing my makeup.  It’s a glossy nude lip and I think you can never have too many of those.

OPI in You don’t know Jaques. Essie in Caviar Bar. My all-time favorite nail colors.  I’ll usually get gels in one of these colors but I have the normal version for my toes or when I don’t have gels.  Neither have shimmer because I don’t like shimmery nail polish. I either do full glitter or normal, no in between.  The colors are just a taupey brown and navy blue.  I love dark colored nails!

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