5 Things

I found a tag going around YouTube a while back that had the person filming describe/discuss the products that made them feel pretty. I don’t usually get into things like this, but for some reason, I liked the idea of examining my products in that manner. Out of the hundreds of items that I possess, which ones actually make me feel pretty and witty and light? Well, I’ll tell you.

Pretty Things

  • Warm brown eye liner. I feel like a deep, chocolate brown liner makes my eyes stand out in the best way. I have dark brown eyes, and when the combination of dark brown liner and deep black mascara come together, my eyes are the focus. My husband likes them especially well, so that doesn’t hurt.
  • A perfect nude lipgloss. No matter how much I try to branch out, a perfect-for-me nude gloss that I can throw on with any makeup look and carry in my pocket like Chapstick makes me the happiest. The right one make my lips look luscious without being obnoxious, and further compliments my eyes by not competing for focus.
  • A fresh haircut. Is there anything more uplifting for our self-image than gettin’ our hair did?!
  • Nude blush. A blush that delicately walks the line between being rosy with a brown undertone and without being too red? YES. PLEASE. Really, all of the makeup products I’m pointing out are ones that work together to create a look that I feel is the most flattering for me. I feel the prettiest, most capable, and most ready for anything when I’m wearing a neutral, nude blush.
  • Michael Kors fragrance. No matter how many times I stray, no matter how many new perfumes I try, this scent still does it for me. I can go a while without smelling it, then wear it one day and just think this is me.

What makes you feel gorgeous?

Masked

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I decided to buy the Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask after seeing video after video of beauty bloggers raving about her skin care line. I mean, when people like LisaSZ09 tell you she’s abandoned her tried and true favorite products for this line, that’s saying something.

This mask is gorgeous! It has a light, spa-like scent, almost herbal. I don’t usually care for herbal scents, but this one is very pleasant. I really appreciate the packaging, as I’m not crazy about scooping products out of a tub/jar, so the metal squeeze tube is perfect.

The product itself is very lightweight and smooths on like a moisturizer. I put it on after I cleanse, and my dehydrated, dry skin just drinks it up. After using the mask, my skin is smoother, more supple, and feels fantastic. The suppleness is noticeable for up to 48 hours on me and even causes my foundation to apply more smoothly.  I use it in the morning or in the evening and keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe the mask off with a damp cloth or face wipes and continue with the rest of my skin care routine.

My skin is so happy I bought this! You can buy the Intense Hydrating Mask here for $45. (Many vloggers are equipped with discount codes, so keep your eyes peeled.)

Nude lips much?

Over the course of the past few weeks, I’ve somehow collected several new lip products. I’m not sure how that happened? ::wink wink::

I’m not ready to do full reviews yet, but I do have some initial thoughts ready for public consumption. I will warn you though- there is definitely a pattern with my shopping choices (with one glaring exception).

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The gang’s all here:
Dior Addict lipstick in Beige Casual
L’Oreal Glossy Balm in 200 Lovely Mocha
Femme Couture Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in Nude Kiss
Ulta Butter Balm in Luna
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 105 Ambiguous Beige
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Flirtatious

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Swatches, left to right:
Dior, L’Oreal, Femme Couture, Ulta Butter Gloss

The Dior Beige Casual is a lot more sheer than I realized, even after swatching it in Sephora. I think the Glossy Balm feels great, but the color’s a little more pink than I prefer.
I bought the Femme Couture from Sally’s Beauty and I’ve never heard of the brand before. So far I’m in love with the color and the texture!
The Ulta gloss is nice, but not all that remarkable.

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Swatches, left to right:
Armani, Bite Beauty, Revlon

The Armani Ambiguous Beige may be the best nude shade I’ve ever found, but it’s so heavily fragranced. I love the Bite lipstick, but I’m afraid it’s going to melt if I leave it in my car; they’re incredibly soft.

This isn’t the first Revlon Lacquer Balm I’ve owned, and yet again, I’m thoroughly impressed. Such amazing texture and pigment!

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I’m really getting into luxury beauty products (gulp!), which is starting to show in my posts and Instagram photos. Time to send my husband golfing.

June 2014 Favorites and #savePacificBlue

These videos are some of my most loved videos to watch and, therefore, are some of my favorites to film. The month of June was simultaneously hectic and awesome, and I welcomed summer with open arms, possibly for the first time in my adult life.

My skin wasn’t cooperating, though, but I talk about a product that really made a difference. I also go on about a nail polish you probably need. (You’ll have to hunt for it, but I promise, it’s worth it.) And Makeup Geek? Makeup Geek KILLED the month of June, as evidenced by the new products they’re offering and the ones that made it into my June Favorites.

Grab a cup of coffee and find a comfy chair while we talk about June’s best in beauty.

Rainy Day Tidbits

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Really lovely July 4th weather, no? Suffice it to say that my pool plans were cancelled, along with those of the entire complex. My husband and I are going to salvage what we can of the day by eating charcuterie for dinner and watching a movie. Netflix saves the day!

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I changed out my little vanity desk for the larger desk we had for an office space in the main living area. We didn’t really use the desk as anything more than a dumping ground for clutter, and I needed more space at my vanity. The picture above shows how much organizing needs to be done. I think I’m going to shut the bedroom door for the rest of the day.

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I went into a newly-opened Sally Beauty Supply yesterday and picked up a couple of quads by Palladio. These aren’t sold in the selection at Ulta and I thought they looked like something I would enjoy spending money on.

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The warmer toned palette is clearly the winner of the two. I haven’t worn them yet, but I have a sneaky feeling the purple-y, sheer quad will be returned.

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That’s all that’s going on here. I hope you’re having a fantastic Fourth of July (if you’re American) and that you have an awesome weekend!

Back From Hiatus and No Longer a Twenty-Something

My twenties are officially over; I turned 30 on June 27. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t bother me like it does some. I happen to believe I am so much cooler now than I was. Sure, I don’t get carded nearly enough, but what can you do?

I remember when I turned 25 and I noticed a significant change in my skin- the texture, the oiliness (or lack thereof), and the fact that now I had to take take care of it or face the consequences (pun actually not intended). No more sleeping with makeup on every night, no more teen skin care lines, and lots more sunscreen. 30 is roughly the same, only the products are more complex and more expensive.

I bought a face mask from Colleen Rothschild in honor of my new decade, and I’m pretty excited about it. It smells fantastic and even though I’ve only used it once, I think it’s going to be glorious. I’ll give it a full review when I’ve had a chance to use it more.

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I also purchased some luxury and prestige beauty items, but I think I’ll save those for a video. I won’t call it a birthday haul, because if I’m honest, I bought most of it myself!

I bought these earrings on my birthday from my favorite accessories boutique, Wicked Peacock, in Rockport, MA. If you ever are in New England and you have the opportunity to visit Rockport, take it! It’s an artsy community with great shopping.

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-Laura

PS- Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @newshinebeauty!

On A Sabbatical, of Sorts.

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6 months from today, I’ll be 30. And I’m looking forward to it. However, there are some things I thought I would have accomplished or learned by now that I haven’t, and I have to figure out why that is. In order to do so, the noise and the distractions have to go. So, for at least 6 months, I’m leaving Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, the excess reading of blogs, (most) YouTube videos, and (most) TV behind. (I don’t plan on deleting everything, just being inactive.)

I’d like to think I will come back to this space ready to make it what I know it can be.

I’m going to go pick up a book, go to the gym, cook a new recipe, learn how to use ALL the buttons on my camera, and anything else that strikes me if I need something to do. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in 6!

-Laura