I’ve already found my favorite summer lip color – and that is really an understatement – I am obsessed with this unique lip product. The addictive formula is powered with two phases of oil. The first is transparent and provides shine. The second is pigmented for a wash of color. The formula contains five kinds of oil: Peach kernal oil, a well-known emollient, softens lips; sweet almond oil conditions; apricot oil hydrates; cranberry oil provides rich antioxidant properties; and muscat rose oil, rich in essential fatty acids, soothes your lips.
Just make sure to shake the mix and tap the cushion onto lips. You can layer over liner or lipstick for a more pigmented look. It smells delicious, nourishes lips and gives the pout a youthful look. Available at Sephora and Nordstrom.
The last couple of months, I have tried to elevate my work wear. I haven’t always been successful thanks to a bad alarm clock habit, but the days I do posh-up, I feel more professional and productive. This look above is my dream look – I like to use heels and a skirt to be feminine but polished. The project requires a little closet makeover but I think it is a valuable investment. Meanwhile, some other finds from around the web:
With the arrival of 2016, I welcomed a deeper, unsettling redness in my cheeks – no bueno. It seemed to have come out of no where. I have bumpy, congested spots that required more makeup than usual. I started coming to terms with the fact I have inherited my genetic rosacea. But leave it to April’s Rosacea Awareness Month to bring attention to a line that has finally brought some relief.
Jurlique’s Calendula Redness Rescue helps calm redness with organic ingredients. I am hard pressed to pick a favorite from the three products from the line that I tried out – I think they have all earned a spot in my permanent collection. First up, the classic Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream utilizes their proprietary Comfort Complex to works against sensitivity while providing hydration. Along with Calendula, the formula contains Chamomile, Echinacea, Self-Heal, Spilanthes and Marshmallow extracts to provide an effective defense in soothing red, sensitized skin.
I’ve been on a mist kick lately, so not surprised I fell hard for the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. I love the subtle scent and hydration. The balancing spray also makes makeup look natural and dewy.
Last is a serum I like to layer below the cream. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum helps with redness, but also gives a youthful glow. It works against fine lines and encourages radiance. All three are available at Sephora and Jurlique.com.
I’ve been complaining about it here on the regular, but I feel the need to say it again: my skin has been going nuts. I finally found a serum that has cleared up my skin within a week (keep an eye out for a review later this week or next). But I also think the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub has been playing its own role.
Bioré has always been a favorite for drugstore beauty – I adore their charcoal collection. So this immediately had my attention. The formula is powder-to-foam (perfect for travel) and works as a deep skin cleanser. The scrub activates with water and turns into a surprisingly luscious foam. It gives skin a solid clean without being harsh and exfoliating without over-scrubbing. Because it is a deeper cleaning, I try to limit use to 2-3 times per week.
Another season brings another inspired and beautiful collection from NARS. I mean, just look at the shot above. If it doesn’t make you crave sunshine on your face and sand in your toes, I don’t know what could. This summer, NARS partnered with contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias to channel French Riviera inspiration. The ten-piece collection captures “high fashion moments steeped in exclusivity and ease.”
The first of two products I tried was the Dual-Intensity Blush in Liberation – a light shimmering pink paired with a caramel rose. While these shades look deep, they give a perfect kiss of color, ideal for spring skin. The silky texture applies weightlessly and blends into skin for a natural look. I like a wash of color, but this can be built up for a more editorial look. I use the darker shade under my cheekbones and on my hairline. The pink goes right on the apple of my cheeks. It also can be used wet for a luminous, dewy and translucent look.
The second product I tried was a new NARS formula, Lip Cover, and I adore it. The saturated color is a high-pigment gloss. It comes in four shades and I have been trying out Get Dirty (such a good name) which is a desert rose. The effect is a rich nude that channels Kardashian with class. I get a couple hours of wear and it is ideal with a sheer gloss layered over it.
The Summer 2016 Color Collection is available exclusively at NARS until May 1st when it launches at Sephora.
Manic week! But the days are flying by and my favorite thing to say is that means we are having fun. Snugging the dogs, walking in the sunshine and working on some meal planning techniques have been on dock this week. Hope you guys have enjoyed some of this spring weather we are finally having. Some finds from around the web: