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Fueled by her love (obsession) of all things beauty, Maree Sye writes from the viewpoint of the everyday woman. Recently transitioning from a decade long career as an executive in the cosmetics industry to her current role as sales manager for a baby goods company, Maree has turned her insider information into a spectator sport. Choosing products appropriate for the office, understanding how to transition from day to night, and constantly seeking the elusive weekend “makeup, no makeup” look are the issues that keep Maree up at night. When she is not testing out products and blabbing about them on This That Beauty, you can find her blabbings on A Little Bit etc, her personal fashion/beauty blog – it’s a little bit fashion, a little bit beauty and a whole lot of sass. Maree currently resides in Bergdorf Goodman (or her apt in Midtown Manhattan), spends her summers vacationing at Sephora (or the dog park near her apt), and dreams of one day amassing so much makeup, that she will need a bigger home. Follow Maree on twitter @alittlebitetc or follow her down the street if you like – most likely she is on her way to pick up a new lipstick.

Summer is just around the corner and this means humidity isn’t far behind. Summer is always welcome, but humidity is persona non grata! Alas, there is nothing to be done about humidity, so, we have to arm ourselves with the right beauty products to get us through summer looking our best. Though my warm weather makeup routine gets pared down a bit because of the heat, I still need to pull myself together for my day job. Finding the right sunscreen that wears well under my makeup, yet still is able to protect me from the sun, is crucial. Here are three that wear beautifully under makeup as well as provide broad spectrum protection against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.

 

Shiseido Urban Environment SPF 42

shiseido urban environment oil free uv protector spf 42This SPF from Shiseido has been a tried and true favorite of mine for a few years. It is incredibly lightweight, feels great on the skin and dries down to a matte finish! So in addition to getting great sun protection, this formula also acts as a primerunderneath my foundation. The compact packaging design also makes this one of my favorite sunscreens to bring when I travel. Sephora $32

 

Revive Daily Cellular Protection SPF 30

Revive Daily Cellular Protection

A bit more of a splurge, this Revive Daily Cellular Protection SPF 30 blends both the skincare and sunscreen worlds perfectly together in one product.  The formula helps to target fine lines and wrinkles, continuously nourish and hydrate the skin while also helping to protect the skin from environmental aggressors. It has a rich texture but feels weightless on the skin and I can wear it year ’round. With heavier creams I tend to worry about the excess shine factor, but fear not my oily skinned friends — this does not make skin oily or shiny throughout the day.  Neiman Marcus, $215.

 Murad Invisiblur

Murad InvisiblurThis new launch from Murad initially caught my attention just by the name alone — InvisiBLUR. It sounded like something I wanted to get on my skin asap! The formula has a silicone like feel that instantly mattifies the skin and blurs any imperfections. But unlike some products that have that slippery texture to them, this one does not make my skin feel like it is suffocating underneath. It provides a gorgeous, smooth finish under foundation. We have had a few hot days in NYC already and this has held up spectacularly in the heat and humidity, so I suspect it will be close at hand all summer long.  Sephora, $65

 

What are some of your favorite sunscreens to wear under makeup?  Leave a comment below!

We made it through winter, you guys! Though we are not totally beach ready yet, the temps are beginning to warm up and that means one thing – bronzer time! Nothing goes better with bright sunny weather than a healthy radiant glow. And while it’s nice to want to get that tan from the sun, it’s a lot safer if we just fake it. Here’s a look at 3 bronzers you need to try this summer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

 Hourglass Ambient Lighting BronzerAs an avid Hourglass fan, I could not be more excited for this launch. The ambient lighting powders were a groundbreaking product that gave skin that filtered, “lit from within” look that we all covet. The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer gives that same effect but with a bronzy, radiant finish. It’s formulated with an innovative Photoluminescent Technology that refracts light and helps to enhance your best features. Imperfections look blurred and smoothed away and what is left is healthy gorgeous skin that looks sunkissed. While it is suitable for slight contouring or highlighting, I prefer this swept over my cheeks as my main blush choice. It has significant pigmentation but can be blended out easily if I apply too much. For those who already love the Hourglass powders, this is a definite must have in your collection. Available in two shades. (Sephora.com $50)

Guerlain Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer

 Guerlain Four Seasons Terracotta BronzerIf there is one thing Guerlain knows how to do – it’s make bronzers. Many brands struggle with creating bronzers for all skin tones, and end up putting out colors that only work for those that fall in the light-medium category. This is where Guerlain is far superior and makes bronzer shades for any and all skin tones from fair to deep. This particular Four Seasons range offers colors that would suit any and every one without looking too orange or too muddy. It imparts the perfect amount of warmth to the skin due to the addition of a pink/red shade in the compact. Never too shiny or too matte, this formula falls right in the middle with respect to shimmer and blends effortlessly on the skin. It’s a bit of a splurge, but worth every penny. Available in 4 shades. (Sephora.com $76)

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

While achieving that summer “glow” on the skin is the goal, for many of us with oily skin we want options that can give our faces a bit of color without any shimmer or shine. The Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer was an immediate favorite of mine from the first time I used it. It’s a matte texture that manages to look fresh and youthful on the skin without giving an overly powdered effect. The powder is very finely milled and has a smooth feel that translates to a soft and velvety finish to the skin. I can use this both as a contour powder or bronzer, and even after a full day of wear it never oxidizes. It is a perfect bronzer for the summer, but also remains a staple in my makeup routine in the fall and winter because of how natural it makes my skin look. Available in 3 shades. (Sephora.com $30)

Whether you are looking for a skin perfecting type bronzer, a brand with extensive shade ranges or a matte option, there is a bronzer our there for everyone.

What is your favorite bronzer at the moment?

I love the ease of a lip gloss but the finish of a lipstick, so, I was ecstatic when the liquid lipstick trend emerged. Typically most liquid lipsticks are applied by a wand, and have full coverage.  In this post, I will talk about three of my favorite formulas and the differences between them. If you are looking for a long wearing, full coverage lip color, then you must give one of these lip colors a try!

Hourglass Opaque Liquid Lipstick

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I know Hourglass was not the first company ever to do liquid lipsticks, but they were the first ones on my radar. I heard tons of buzz surrounding the formula, and had to see what all the fuss was about. The first shade I purchased was Canvas, a neutral rose, I immediately loved the creamy velvety finish. It dries down to a very matte finish, so, exfoliated and hydrated lips are a must prior to application. The applicator is a small doe foot/sponge tip and bends easily, making application is a breeze. I reach for Hourglass Opaque Liquid Lipstick regularly — it would definitely be my top pick for a liquid lipstick. $28

Pros: Easy applicator, creamy texture, beautiful color range, comfortable on the lips.

Cons: Lips must be well hydrated and exfoliated before applying.

 Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream

 bite beauty cashmere lip creams

There is no doubt that Bite Beauty knows lip products – it’s the only type of products that they make! These Cashmere lip creams launched a few years ago and immediately piqued my interest. With the name “cashmere” in the title, I assumed the formula would be velvety and smooth, which it is, but there is definitely a bit more drag or pull with these lip creams. Out of all three mentioned in this post, this is the driest so adding a lip balm throughout the day will be a must. The applicator is a long sponge tip which makes it great for lining around the edge of the lip to get a more precise line, but it can be a bit stiff when using on the rest of the lip. The colors and pigmentation are the most intense I’ve ever tried, so there is absolutely no worry about these coming off. Those looking for the longest wearing lipstick that will make it all day,  Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream is the one for you. $28

Pros: Super long wearing, beautiful color assortment, rich pigmentation, great ingredients.

Cons: Difficult applicator, can drag or pull when applying, lips may need additional moisture throughout the day.

 

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color

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These are some of the newest liquid lip colors to hit the market, and while they have many of the same qualities as a traditional liquid lipstick, the formula is just a tad different. Many liquid lipsticks have that prominent matte finish/feel immediately, but the Laura Mercier Paint Washes have a demi-matte finish with a lot more slip and emolliency. The applicator is a standard sponge/doe foot, yet extremely thin and narrow so it aids in making sure the application is precise, which is helpful since the formula is wetter than a traditional matte formula. The pigmentation is very saturated so it will most definitely stain the lips and last all day until you remove it with either an oil cleanser or makeup remover. The color range is beautiful and there are some gorgeous nude shades along with bright shades to appeal to all preferences. I would definitely recommend Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color for someone that wants the longevity of a matte formula but with a creamy feel.

 Pros: Beautiful shade selection, more emollient feel on the lips, super saturated color

Cons: Wetter formula which makes it a bit challenging to apply.

What is your favorite liquid lipstick formula? Leave me a comment below!

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Cleansing is my favorite part of my skincare routine. There is something about removing all the dirt, oil and makeup from my face that is so liberating and I feel refreshed instantly. Typically I use my hand when applying and removing cleansers, but after I was introduced to a few different tools to help make the process easier,  I was hooked. Even though there are tons of devices out there to help you cleanse your skin better, the two I enjoy the most and find the least abrasive to my skin are muslin cloths and konjac sponges. Both are more mild than a cleansing brush, and can offer a slight exfoliation without irritating the skin or stripping it.

Muslin Cloth

Muslin ClothsMuslin is a soft, tightly woven light fabric usually made from cotton. It is stiffer than a typically cotton cloth and thinner than a traditional terrycloth towel, but absolutely fantastic at cleansing the face. I find that muslin cloths work really well when paired with cleansing balms, but in a pinch can be effective with just about any cleanser. I like to apply my cleansers with dry hands to a dry face, massage it around to remove my makeup, place the muslin cloth under warm water and hold it against my face for a few seconds. This really helps to warm up the cleanser on the face, emulsify it and make it easier to remove using gentle circular motions around the entire face. The water softens the cloth so it’s easy to work with, but the stiff fibers really help to give a light exfoliation which always takes my normal cleanser results to the next level. Many brands offer muslin cloths with their cleansers, such as Liz Earle and Eve Lom and they also offer then separately as well, so, you don’t have to keep reusing the same one forever. I find that my muslin cloths can last me a few weeks if I use them 1-3x/week, but once they begin to look too ragged then I know it’s time to toss them. A set of 3 is available at Sephora and retails for $22.

 

Konjac Spongekonjac-sponge

Besides the muslin cloth, I enjoy using Konjac Sponges as a way to remove my cleanser and give a light exfoliation. Konjac sponges are made from the root of the Konjac plant. It feels like a rock to the touch, but as soon as you add water it become spongey and soft. I find that because the sponge is oval in shape, it does a great job at getting to more targeted areas of the face where I have larger pores. I am able to spend a few extra seconds there massaging the sponge over my skin to help break up any congestion. Though the sponge can create a slight lather, I don’t use it in place of my cleanser but rather as a complement. There are many different options to try, but I prefer the Boscia Konjac Sponge ($15) or the one from Dr. Sponge.

Both the muslin cloth and the konjac sponge are great options to add to any skincare routine to enhance the cleansing experience. They add slight exfoliating properties – the muslin cloth is my favorite to use with thicker balms, while the konjac sponge is easy for me to use with gels and milks. The muslin cloth tends to give me an overall exfoliation and helps with any texture issues I may be having, while the konjac sponge is smaller and easier to use when I want to target areas with clogged pores or congested skin. Either would be suitable for all skin types, though I would recommend doing a patch test if you have extremely sensitive skin.

Have you tried a muslin cloth or konjac sponge? Which do you prefer?

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Every time there is a new major skincare launch, I get absolutely giddy with excitement. It’s like Christmas morning over and over and over. There has been a ton of hype surrounding the launch of Sunday Riley’s new face oil, Luna, and rightfully so. Her other three oils, Artemis, Juno and Isis quickly became cult classics. So, could Sunday Riley do it again? Yes. Yes, she most certainly can. Sunday Riley Luna Oil

I usually think of oils as great products for nourishing, hydrating and soothing the skin, but Luna packs a serious anti-aging punch with the addition of a trans-retinol ester. This advanced retinol complex is designed to target fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, pore size and the loss of elasticity. Whew. That covers just about everything. And thankfully, it does just about everything when you use it.

It is recommended for use in the evening, typically as your last step. I prefer to use this alone after cleansing and toning, or occasionally I will layer over a serum. It has the texture of a thick oil, but surprisingly sinks right into the skin. The formula is blue in color, which was a tad shocking to see at first, but thankfully it disappears almost immediately after it is massaged in. From the very first night, I was able to see a difference in how nice my skin looked – even toned, smooth and not a dry patch in sight. After using it over the past few weeks, I began to see the pesky dark spot on my chin begin to fade, as well as any remaining scars from previous blemishes or breakouts were slowly fading. Though it nourishes enough to be a great addition to your winter routine, it is incredibly lightweight so it will surely transition well into spring and summer. And at a $105 price point, being able using it year round is a necessity.

Sunday Riley Luna is available at Sephora and retails for $105.

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If you are both a jewelry and makeup lover (and frankly if you love one, how can you not love the other?), then this next collaboration is most definitely for you. Baublebar has teamed up with Benefit Cosmetics to create three limited edition gift sets complete with treats from both brands. Each box contains 1-2 classic Benefit products and the perfect matching Baublebar accessory. It’s the perfect treat for yourself or for a friend….or both!

 

Sparkle Shine and All Things Fine

Baublebar x BEnefit collaboration box

This festive and sparkly kit combines Crystal Ballerina Studs and Foliage Studs with a deluxe size of Posietint and Highbeam. It’s the perfect amount of shine for both your ears and your cheekbones.

 

Real Romance and a Rosy Future

Benefit x Baublebar collaboration

This set pairs a XO Asymmetrical Alpha Pendant from Baublebar with a deluxe sample of Benefit’s cult classics, They’re Real Mascara and Benetint. A delicate chain necklace, dramatic lashes and rosy cheeks goes with everything.

 

Love Luck and Long Lashes

Baublebar - Benefit collaboration

This final set matches up Baublebar’s Gold and Rose Gold Cone stretch bracelets with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. This set is my personal favorite because I love the idea of matching an edgier piece of jewelry with full, voluminous lashes.

Each kit sells for $34.00 and is currently available at the Baublebar.

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Cleansing balms rival cleansing oils as my favorite way to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. Balms work well for all skin types and often provide a softer and more nourishing way to remove all the makeup, dirt and grime from the day without stripping the skin or leaving it dry and uncomfortable. There are two that I use regularly in my skincare routine and find do an amazing job both leaving my skin clean and helping it stay clear. I will highlight the differences and similarities between the two and how I use them in my routine.

Clinque Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

This was one of the first cleansing balms I ever tried and it was instrumental in turning me on to the entire category. The texture is a chunky balm that spreads easily on the skin and removes makeup effortlessly. It suits almost any skin type, even those with oily skin who may fear a balm cleanser. As someone who has oily skin, I have found that balm cleansers not only help keep my skin clear but leave it less oily than other cleansers.

 

I apply the Clinique TTDO Balm with dry hands to a dry face using upward circular massaging motions to help gently remove makeup and dirt. After massaging it into the skin, I then add water and the balm emulsifies into a milk. A wet washcloth or muslin cloth can be used to remove it, but I find it easy just to rinse it away with my hands and warm water. This balm is great for everyday use and removes every last bit of makeup that I am wearing. A great addition for anyone looking to add a cleansing balm into their routine. Available at Sephora for $28.50.

 Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom’s cult classic Cleanser quickly became a favorite of mine after just one use. It has many of the same features and benefits as the Clinique one in regards to helping remove makeup and keeping my skin clear, but the texture is a bit more granular so it offers exfoliating properties as well. This is more of a twice a week treatment cleanser for me rather than every day because it really helps to remove dead skin and give a strong exfoliation.

I apply the Eve Lom Cleanser the same way as the Clinique balm – with dry hands and a dry face, but I let it sit on the skin for longer in order to allow the enzymes to work to break down debris and slough off dead skin cells. After 3-5 minutes, I soak the muslin cloth (that comes with the cleanser) into very warm water and apply it to my face, hold it there for 15-30 seconds and then remove the cleanser. What’s left is some of the softest and smoothest skin I have ever had.  Available at Sephora for $50.00.

What is your favorite cleansing balm to use?

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Post New Year’s is never fun. The holiday season is over, the vacations have ended, and (in the case of NY) it’s bitter cold. But the upside is that all the spring beauty releases begin popping up making it easier to get through the January lull. Here is a look at 4 new and upcoming makeup and skincare launches that have caught my eye.

 

Armani Eye Tints

Armani Eye Tints

I mean, hello?! Would you look at all those beautiful colors? It’s been a while (and I mean a long while) since I have purchased any Armani eye shadows. Nothing has really moved me from the collection in quite some time, except for their Rouge Ecstasy Lipsticks which were launched last year. But as soon as I saw these liquid eye shadows pop up online, I knew I would have to try them. They have quite a high shimmer content, which is normally not my thing, but they can be sheered out to be more wearable for the day. And the fact that there is a great mix of bright colors along with neutral shades makes these an absolute must buy for me. Available at Nordstrom for $38.00.

 

Perricone Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment

Perricone Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment

In case you are new around here, let me catch up you up. I LIVE for Perricone MD’s Blue Plasma. It is a non-acidic daily peel that gives my skin all the great benefits of a regular peel but without any of those harsh side effects (peeling, redness, irritation – yuck). So naturally when I began to see rumors of a possible Blue Plasma cleanser – I was waiting with bated breath. It has officially launched and sounds amazing! It helps to remove skin impurities with stripping the skin, purify pores and preserve hydration. Annnnnnnd it’s great for all skin types even sensitive. Available at Sephora for $39.00.

 

Benefit Puff Off!

Benefit Puff Off

I have a confession – I want to try this product simply because of the buzz. No other reason. I have seen bloggers and makeup lovers raving about this product and I want in. I do struggle with puffy eyes (mainly because I am a restless sleeper and always end up sleeping on my face – I know, the worst), and that applicator seems so inviting that I just want to put it on my eyes now! Benefit actually describes it as a custom “ironing” tip which is genius. Um, yes I want to iron under my eyes until they are smooth and line free. LOL Clearly their marketing is working – on me that is. Available at Sephora for $29.00.

 

Hourglass Modernist Eye Palettes

 Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette

I’ve never met an Hourglass product that I don’t love, so of course I am already obsessed with these Hourglass Modernist Eye Palettes and they literally just launched. Between the color range, the aesthetic of the palette and the fact that texture is incredibly smooth and buttery feeling, makes these a must have new spring launch. I had the opportunity to preview these at an Hourglass event the other night so I can confirm that these are swoon-worthy and necessary for your makeup collection. Available at Sephora for $58.00.

 

What spring launches have caught your eye?

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Another year has come to a close and now it’s time to reflect — reflect back on all the beauty products that we have tried. I’ve reviewed and tested many different products over the past 365 days, but there were those few products that stood out amongst the rest. That makes them worthy of their own post. I present to you my Best of Beauty 2014 picks.

Best of Beauty 2014  Picks

Sunday Riley Good Genes – A total cult classic and now I know why. It’s a multi-purpose anti-aging serum that targets fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation, dullness and uneven skin tone. But what makes this even more special is the immediate effect you see after using it just once or twice. Nothing like a product with instant gratification to get you hooked.

Anastasia Brow Wiz – Eyebrows may not be the most glamorous part of the face, but they are a vital part. Without a good brow, the rest of the face can look unfinished and incomplete. I fell in love with this ever-popular product because of its ease of use, amazing color selection and long lasting wear.

First Aid Beauty Blemish Patrol Pads – These are my blemish busting miracle pads! If you follow me on instagram or read my blog, you are probably sick of me talking about them over and over but they are just that good. Gentle enough to use twice a day, I add these into my routine after cleansing and before my serum/moisturizer and I am guaranteed a breakout free existence.

Guerlain Maxi-Lash – I tried a lot of mascaras over the course of this year but Guerlain’s Maxi-Lash won my heart. The formula is initially quite thin and lackluster, but many of my readers suggested that I wait a few weeks for it to thicken up before giving it my final judgement. Well, they were 100% right. After about 2-3 weeks, the formula completely changed and it became the perfect consistency for thick, voluminous, long, dark lashes. False lashes need not apply.

Sephora Formula X System – I love getting manicures, but no matter how well I take care of my nails, they end up chipping after just 2 or 3 days of wear. I have tried a few different base and top coats which were nice, but nothing as substantial as Sephora’s Formula X system. It consists of a nail cleanser, base coat and top coat and no matter what nail polish I use, I am guaranteed 6-8 days of a chip free and long lasting manicure.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide – Since foundations and concealers are my weakness, I thought it would be a bit of challenge to pick a favorite from this past year. However, it was just the opposite. The new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide was the one foundation I reached for consistently because of its ability to always make my skin look great. It never made me too shiny or too matte, and wore like a dream all day long. And the fact that it is designed for all skin types is just an added bonus.

What are Your Best of Beauty 2014 Picks?

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If you are a skincare lover and have not yet alerted your entire family and friends to all the great value sets out for the holidays, you’re not doing it right. This is the time to stock up on some your favorite brands or to be introduced to new lines of products you have been wanting to try.  Here are six great holiday skincare sets that are worth receiving (or giving.)

 Gfit guide for luxury skincare lover

1. Kate Somerville Red Carpet Essentials Kit – I love when brands do a kit of their cult classics. Both the Exfolikate and Dermaquench Lift are two of Kate Somerville’s most popular products and are great staples for any skincare routine.

2. Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solutions Set – There is no better time of the year to gift a Clarisonic than the holidays. It’s that item that we won’t splurge and buy ourselves, and secretly hope a family member or friend will give us. And this set comes with two Clarisonic cleansers and a serum to help get you started on your way to that perfect skin.

3. Eve Lom Ultimate Collection – File this under decadent holiday gifting. If you receive this Eve Lom set, you better be sure you have an equally amazing present to give back. This set contains all of Eve Lom’s most popular products – with the iconic cleanser taking center stage.  But don’t worry, this set comes with products for the eye area and lips as well so you can be sure that your entire face will get the royal treatment.

4. Revive Limited Edition Artbox – Part skincare set, part work of art. Half of the appeal of a gift is the packaging and this Revive set does not disappoint. The set is done in collaboration with artist Markus Linnenbrink and is truly a collector’s piece with the stunning keepsake box that houses 5 of Revive’s best selling products including the pillar product, the Moisturizing Renewal Cream.

5. Tata Harper Daily Essentials Skincare Discovery Kit – For those natural beauty lovers in your life, Tata Harper blends the best of both worlds – luxury and naturalness. And with this Discovery Kit, 7 of Tata’s daily skincare essentials are available to try in one set.  The best part is the price point which is under $70 and can even be a good option to use as stocking stuffers if you want to break up the set. So many options!

6. Omorvicza Limited Edition Introductory Set – As I stated earlier, skincare sets are the best way to try products from a line that you are slightly familiar with or have been wanting to try for a while.  These introductory sets often offer deluxe sized samples of their top sellers so you can pick and choose what you will purchase later in full sizes. Of course there is always that risk that you could love everything, and then you are faced with what to pick up first.  I have a feeling that will be the case with this Omorvicza set which features products designed to help brighten, energize and give a deep cleanse.

There you have it, a gift guide for the luxury skincare lover. The only thing left for you to do is send this list to your friends and family and keep your fingers crossed.

Happy Holidays!

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I love reading blogger monthly favorites almost as much as I enjoy compiling them. It highlights the best and most loved products and that is saying a lot because bloggers get to try A LOT of products. I even include products in my monthly favorites that I’ve been using for quite some time but just feel the need to speak about again. That is the case for this month – all of these products I’ve chosen are ones that I’ve been using for a few months but can’t stop talking about. So without any further ado, let me rave about them some more.

 La Prairie Foam Cleanser

La prairie foam cleanser

Why I Love It: It gives a thorough deep cleanse while still managing to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Who It Might Work For and Why: Anyone looking for a foam cleanser that will not dry out their skin. I typically shy away from foam cleansers because of their propensity to strip my skin of its natural oils thus making my skin overcompensate by producing more oil. This cleanser not only cleansed and soothed my skin, it helped to balance it as well.

Bottom Line: This cleanser is a bit of a splurge, but with results as good as these, it’s worth every penny.

Available at Saks for $80.00.

 Shiseido Future Solution LX Foundation

Shiseido Future LX Solution FoundationWhy I Love It: It’s a foundation infused with skincare ingredients to help retexturize, lift and brighten the skin.

Who It Might Work For and Why: This is a great formula for anyone who wants to receive skincare benefits from their daily makeup. Though it has ingredients targeted for anti-aging, the formula is so smooth and flawless that it would work for any age. Once I apply it, I find that the foundation looks so invisible as if it’s fused with my skin.

Bottom Line: There is a limited shade range unfortunately, but if you can find a shade that works for your skin tone, I highly recommend giving this a try. Your skin will thank me.

Available at Nordstrom for $85.00.

Lorac Unzipped Palette

Lorac Unzipped PaletteWhy I Love It: It’s a gorgeous rosy-hued palette that mixes  both shimmer and matte shades.

Who It Might Work For and Why: Those that prefer a warmer, bronzy look would absolutely love this eye shadow palette. The colors all work beautifully together and are a mix of everyday neutrals that can create the perfect look for day or night. Though a majority of the shades have shimmer, it’s a wearable shimmer that would be suitable for most occasions. The darker shades are matte which make them perfect for lining the eye or transforming a day look to night.

Bottom Line:  This is an eye shadow palette that would work for any skin tone and for almost any occasion.

Available at here for $40.00.

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Even though we’ve had a run of warm days here in New York City, I know that cold weather is lurking and being a creeper on all of our nice weather fun. While my skin is enjoying the current temperatures, I know I need to prepare for when that changes.  Here is a look at how I will be changing up my routine for this fall/winter season.

Hydrating Serum

Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Serum

 

Dry radiator heat and windy days take a toll on my oily skin. Yes, even oily skinned gals get dehydrated. A hydrating serum like Kate Somerville’s Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum is a great one to add into a routine because it adds the desired hydration without leaving a heavy feeling on the skin. Available at Sephora for $75.00.

Soothing Moisturizer Kiehl's ultra facial cream

My anti-aging efforts do not take a back seat during fall/winter  but I do find that I need to pamper my skin a bit more during the colder months. Moisturizers that help to heal, soothe and nourish are always in constant rotation for me. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has been a staple for years because of it’s gentle yet effective way of keeping my skin hydrated and calm. In fact, the entire Kiehl’s Ultra line of products work great. The  overnight masque is perfect for nights that skin is extra parched, the cleanser  gently cleans all skin types and the SPF lotion is a household favorite since both my husband and I both use it. The couple that hydrates together stays together – isn’t that the saying? (It’s not but just go with it.) The Ultra Facial line is available at Nordstrom.

Gentle Exfoliator

 Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder

Unfortunately no matter how well I hydrate,  pesky dry patches still occasionally rear their ugly heads during fall/winter. But since my skin is often a bit more sensitive during this time, I like to add in a gentle enzyme powder exfoliant like the Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. It helps to work both manually with the powder and chemically with enzymes giving the skin an exfoliation that won’t irritate the skin. Tatcha’s Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (also try the Deep and Gentle) is available at Tatcha.com for $65.

Nourishing Body Cream

Kate somerville Eczema Therapy Cream

I know most of this post has been focused on skincare for the face, but where I suffer the worst discomfort in the winter is on my body. My skin gets itchy, scaly, dry and uncomfortable which makes getting dressed a nightmare. Unfortunately many of my standard body creams just don’t cut it. I recently discovered a product that will save my winter skin. Kate Somerville’s Eczema Therapy Cream is designed for those who suffer from eczema but I have found it to be superb at helping to relieve my skin of irritation and dryness. It’s fragrance free, designed for sensitive skin and formulated with colloidal oatmeal, which helps to protect the skin. Available at Sephora for $48.00.

What products do you add into your skincare routine to help transition it to winter?

 

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I think I speak for all beauty lovers when I say ‘I love fall makeup and skincare collections’! They are always the most extensive and all the best launches are typically released in the second half of the year.  The fall season is what major beauty hauls are made of, right? Here are  4 Fall Makeup and Skincare Launches that you should get excited about.

Dior Rouge Baume

 4 Fall Makeup and Skincare Launches to Get Excited About - Dior Rouge BaumeAfter getting everyone all hot and bothered with their Addict Fluid Stick launch, Dior came back with these new Rouge Baumes.  Sheer and comfortable like a balm, but with staying power of a lipstick. The color range is incredible so I am anxious to experiment with some deeper shades since they may be more wearable than a full coverage lipstick. Available at Saks for $35.00.

 Dior Star Foundation

 4 Fall Makeup and Skincare Launches to Get Excited About - Dior Star Foundation

I know, I know. TWO Dior products in this post? Yup. They have been killing it with releases recently and I am so intrigued by this new Star foundation.  The shade range seems to be a bit better than previous formulations, which is a plus, and the formula is designed to help even skin tone, reduce the appearance of dark spots and brighten. What can be better than that? Not a darn thing. Available at Saks for $50.00.

 Charlotte Tilbury

 4 Fall Makeup and Skincare Launches to Get Excited About - Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow quadThough this brand is not a new launch for the rest of the world, it is for the United States. Finally making her debut in store at Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom (the Grove) this month, the Charlotte Tilbury line has been highly anticipated by many, including myself. I have not splurged on anything yet, since I am waiting for an official counter to open so I can get the full experience. However, a few things on my radar are the eye palette in Sophisticate (all matte and all amazing), her Cheek to Chic blushers (I do have one of these and absolutely adore it), the eye shadow sticks and her soon to be released matte lipsticks.  Available at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman now.

 Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

 4 Fall Makeup and Skincare Launches to Get Excited About - Shiseido Ultimune ConcentrateWhat is a favorite fall beauty launch list without a skincare mention? This new concentrate from Shiseido has received quite the buzz this fall, and personally I can never resist a new serum. I specifically like that it is designed for any age range and that it boosts the benefits of one’s current regimen, regardless of concern.  While not only helping to diminish wrinkles and boost radiance, the Ultimune complex helps to boost cell’s defensive functions in order to help the complexion reach its full potential. Sign me up! Available at Nordstrom for $65.00.

What Fall Makeup and/or Skincare Launch are You Excited About?

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I love a glowy, fresh complexion as much as the next gal, but there is a fine line between dewy and oily. And that fine line is called powder.  The right powder can enhance a foundation’s finish and allow skin to still glow, and the wrong powder can just be downright awful. I have tried a TON over the years and can say that I have successfully found 4 setting powders for oily skin that I love. Typically I don’t apply them over my entire face, just down my t-zone and they help to give me a gorgeous natural matte, or even a natural velvet-y finish while still allowing the properties of my foundation to show through.

La Mer The Powder

La Mer The Powder

At first sight, I did not think this was going to keep me very matte since there is a finely milled shimmer that runs through the entire powder. Well joke is on me, because not only does it keep me matte, it does that rare thing of making me look radiant without any shine. I’ve read reviews that state it makes pores look like they have disappeared, and I can’t agree more. I use the powder puff it comes with and press and roll it in my skin after my foundation and it gives the most beautiful airbrushed finish. It can add just a touch of color to my face, so I often make sure I use this with a lighter foundation to counteract any oxidizing that may occur. Available at Nordstrom for $65.00.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

by terry hydra powder

This is the equivalent of one of my heavy duty mattifying primers – it’s THAT good. But what is so exceptional and unique about this product is that it’s suitable for any skin type, it’s not just a setting powder for oily skin. Designed to be a powder that conceals, corrects and protects the skin, it gives an invisible matte finish while helping to correct imperfections. And when I tell you I can get a full 12 hours of wear out of this powder, I am not kidding. It is truly my mattifying miracle. Available at SpaceNK for $60.00.

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose SEtting Powder

This was the first loose powder I ever fell in love with after one use. Laura Mercier is the master of the flawless face and this invisible loose setting powder is a tribute to that. Suitable for any skin tone from fair to dark, this delicate yet effective loose powder helps to give a smooth matte finish to the skin. And utilizing Laura’s recommended ‘press and roll’ method when applying makes all the difference. Simply dab the powder puff lightly into the powder and then press the powder onto the face and roll it into the skin. While I have tried using it with a large powder brush, I find this to be the most effective way to apply. Available at Sephora for  $37.00.

Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Powder

While I do prefer a loose powder for setting my makeup, it is quite impractical to carry around. I have tried blotting sheets and various pressed powders, but this pressed version of Laura Mercier’s iconic Invisible Powder is my all-time favorite. It immediately takes away any shine without adding additional product to the skin or altering the color of my makeup. It comes with a mini powder puff in a compartment underneath the powder so a quick press and roll throughout my t-zone helps to immediately mattify and remove any shine. Available at Sephora for $34.00.

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