The Princess Tag!

 

Hey Everyone!

This is the Princess Tag, which is basically a list of your High-End favorites. I know that everyone has a different definition of high-end vs. low-end, so as a disclaimer, the majority of these products will be in the $30 and above price range. It would be easy to just pick the most expensive products that I have in each category, but these high end products are actually ones that are amazing enough to be worn by a princess.

Skin Prep Product : Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Sheild SPF 50, Sephora, $58

Primer : NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15, Sephora, $34

Foundation : Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, Sephora, $45.50

Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover, $18, Nordstrom

Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, $30, Nordstrom

Blush : NARS Blush, $30, Sephora

Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer, $30, Sephora

Highlighter : Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder, $45, Sephora

Eyeshadow Palette : Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eyeshadow Palette, $47.50, Sephora (Limited Edition)

Eyeliner : Dior Diorshow Art Pen, $30, Sephora

Mascara : Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, $27.50, Sephora

Brow Product : Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner, $24, Sephora

Lipstick : Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine, $35, Sephora

Lipgloss : Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie, $18, Sephora

***Let me know what your “princess worthy” products are in the comments!!!***

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Updated Skin Care Routine *

Hey Everyone!

This post is all about my updated skin care routine, as of February 2014. I have been using this routine for a couple months now, and I absolutely love it. It is a lot different than my previous routines that kept to a strict step by step system. While those are great for some skin concerns, I find that my skin, as well as the majority of peoples skin, is constantly changing and needing different things to keep it healthy.

As of now, my skin type is acne-prone (mainly cystic), susceptible to dryness and irritation at times, and susceptible to concentrated oiliness at times. I have moderate to severe scaring left behind from previous breakouts, and moderately sized pores on my cheeks.

**Disclaimer* I have been doing skincare routine videos/posts for years. Just because I am using something different now does not mean that I dislike the products mentioned in previous posts. Skin changes and acclimates to things (especially mine). This is just what is working for me now. **

Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – is a thick cream with micro beads to exfoliate. It has 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, as well as glycolic acid. I think this is a great cleanser for both morning and night because it does a great job of cleansing the skin gently without over drying. It has a light medicinal fragrance, and rinses clean without leaving any residue on the skin. When my skin is being particularly good, or when it is extra sensitive and needs a break, I will only use this product for that day. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – is a dual action acne treatment that has 5.5% benzoyl peroxide, 0.4% LHA, and soothing flower extracts. It has a thin cream consistency with no fragrance. I prefer this treatment over the similar Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment because it has a higher percentage of benzoyl peroxide as well as many other better ingredients. I typically apply this in the evening only to the areas of my skin that have active blemishes due to the fact that it is extremely potent and can cause irritation to my skin if over-applied.

Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – is a soothing gel/mousse moisturizer with 0.5% salicylic acid. I love this product because it is extremely soothing and leaves the skin looking and feeling healthier. It has a slightly medicinal scent with notes of cucumber and citrus. I use this in the evening after cleansing or cleansing and treating.

Mario Badescu Drying Cream – is a thick, clay-like cream that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. It contains ingredients like aloe, beeswax, lemon extract, and colloidal sulfur to quickly dry blemishes, even erupted ones! I like that this product is slightly tinted to conceal problem areas as well. I typically use this product when I have a stubborn blemish that needs to be dried out.

Clinique Spot Healing Gel – is a concentrated 1.0% salicylic acid gel that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. I use this product when I have a deep cystic blemish that needs a little extra help. Unfortunately this product is no longer available, so I will not ramble on about how wonderful it is.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer – is a gentle moisturizer that has a light milk and honey fragrance, and ingredients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil. Kiehls also has an identical product that contains an SPF, but I opted for this one so I can use it anytime for any occasion. I use this product every morning, and every time I apply makeup.

Dior DiorSnow UV Sheild – is a translucent SPF 50 PA+++ moisturizing cream. It has the most luxurious feeling to the skin, and has a convenient pump applicator. I usually mix this in with my Kiehls moisturizer daily, but I also apply a proper coat to my entire face and neck when I know I will be in the sun all day. This product gives fantastic sun protection.

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream – is a thick, hydrating eye cream that has ingredients like royal jelly ( which is “made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients. It is a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce for the queen bee”), cucumber, and chamomile. It has a strong smokey campfire fragrance that could be bothersome to people, but it does not bother me much as it dissipates fairly quickly.

Vitamin E Oil – whenever I am not wearing makeup for the day, or have extra dry skin or dry patches, or want to pamper my skin, I apply vitamin e oil. It keeps my skin super soft, smooth, clear, and healthy, and I would recommend this to everyone. I use the Derma E Vitamin E Skin Oil 14,000 I.U..

Where to Buy:

Proactiv+ – http://www.proactiv.com , about $40 dollars for a three step system. My sizes are 6oz for the cleanser and 3oz for the hydrator.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $36 dollars for 1.35oz .

Mario Badescu Drying Cream can be found at Ulta for about $14 dollars for 0.5oz .

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer can be found at : http://www.kiehls.com/Ultra-Facial-Moisturizer/351,default,pd.html?start=16&cgid=face-moisturizers , for between $18 and $38 dollars depending on the ounces you choose.

DiorSnow UV Sheild can be found at Sephora for $58 dollars for 1.3oz .

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $18 dollars for 0.5oz .

Vitamin E Oil can be found anywhere that sells vitamins. I got mine at Sprouts market for less than $15 dollars for 2oz .

Summer Beauty Essentials

Hey Guys! Its finally summertime so obviously you’ll be spending a lot more of your days in the sun, by the pool, at the beach, etc. And since your daily routine is changing, so should your beauty routine! Here are some products that I love for creating quick, easy, and long-wearing summer beauty looks.

A great moisturizer and sunscreen are both extra important when your skin will be exposed to direct sunlight. But since I don’t like to layer a ton of products on my face, especially when it is hot, its extra convenient to have both things in one product. For this I like to use the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer, which is organic and contains anti aging antioxidants; plus it smells great! If you feel like you need more spf protection, but don’t want to use a higher spf sunscreen from the drugstore that might cause issues for your skin, I would invest in the DiorSnow UV Sheild SPF 50.

For summer face makeup, I like to use products that will give me a flawless face that lasts without looking or feeling like a have a lot of makeup on. This may sound like a tall order, but using a medium to full coverage foundation that can be sheered out, I like NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, is probably your best bet. This can be done by mixing together your foundation and moisturizer, or by using a dampened beauty blender sponge to apply a sheer layer all over your face and adding more only where you need. (Beauty Smarties : I know what you’re thinking. A medium to full coverage foundation is recommended, but the title of the recommended foundation is Nars SHEER glow. Yes. That is contradicting, but even though Nars markets this foundation as sheer, which it can be when applied with a light hand or a damp sponge, it is actually more of a medium coverage foundation when applied “normally”, and can be built up to a full coverage. Its versatility is what makes it so popular! ) 

The Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is a cream/gel golden highlighter infused with argan oil. Its great summer staple because you can use it just about any way you could ever want or need. Here are just a few ways it can be applied :

Under or mixed in with foundation

As a highlighter for cheekbones

As a highlighter for the entire body

As a cream eyeshadow

For cheeks, long-wearing cream products are the way to go! I like the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer which is a sheer light tan bronzer with a slight gold sheen. Its doesn’t get muddy or orange, and blends very well. I also like the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Peony because it looks very natural and mimics a slight sunburn while still looking like a natural pretty glow from within. I like to apply both of these products with a kabuki foundation brush.

Just like cheeks, long-wearing eye products are great for summer. The Maybelline Color Tattoos are great cream eyeshadows that can be used as a base or alone. I especially like the shade Bold Gold for this time of year. I also love the Tarte emphasEYES eyeliner, especially the shade Bronze, because they are made with amazonian clay and are waterproof. You don’t have to use a waterproof mascara if you’re not planning on swimming, but a great mascara that you trust not to smudge is essential for the hotter months; I like the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara.

TIP : If you’re fair skinned like me, the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Crayon is an amazing product to cover discoloration as well as brighten. On my more natural days, I like to apply this to my entire eye area ( lid, brow bone, inner corner, and under eye area ). If you have darker skin, let me know if you have found a product like this!!!!

Summer is one of the most important times to protect your lips because they will be facing sun exposure a lot more than any other time of year. Unless you want dry, cracked, and sunburned lips, make sure you keep them moisturized and protected. Here are some options :

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment is great because it is smoothing, non-sticky, gives your lips a sheer wash of red, AND protects your lips with SPF 15.

Nivea Lip Butters are ultra luxurious and moisturizing. I like the Raspberry Rose Kiss flavor because it gives my lips a soft pink highlight, and smells like raspberry shortcake!

MAC Plush Glasses dont offer much moisture or protection, but they are super sheer and long wearing which makes them great when you want just a little something extra to enhance your natural summer beauty. The shade Fullfilled is an awesome summer nude.

 

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Makeup Bag Essentials

Hey Everyone! This post is all about the essentials that you need to have in your makeup bag, but probably don’t already. It’s a list based on things that I actually use on a regular basis; whether I’m going out with friends or am traveling on an airplane. I don’t believe you need to bring a ton of things that do the same thing, just some really good multipurpose products and a few tools. If you are a makeup lover like I am, chances are a few extra goodies will accumulate in your bag, but…

Here are the things that you absolutely need:

 Moisturizer with SPF : This is important because you never know when you are going to be in direct sunlight OR get a little dry. I use the DiorSnow UV Shield White Reveal because it has SPF 50 PA+++ and does not have a strong scent. I love this product because it protects my skin so well and actually helps heal it.

 Face Powder : It is important to have a face powder for quick touch ups throughout the day. Makeup can wear off from things like the weather, sweating, or just touching your face. I use the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus. You can also dust a face powder over your eyelids if they get oily, crease, or your eyeshadow needs to be further blended.

 Concealer : Like a face powder, it is important to have a concealer with you to cover any blemishes that might pop up while you’re out. My favorite concealer is the Revlon ColorStay Concealer, but I bring my MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 with me because it has SPF and is much creamier, so it makes application and blending easier on the go.

 “Color Stick” : When I say color stick, I mean a product that you can use on both your face and lips (sometimes eyes if need be, but I would avoid it if possible). The Josie Maran Argan Mini Color Sticks are great because you can apply them as a lipstick or blush, and they blend perfectly with a brush or your fingers. It is nice to have a blush with you because blushes tend to fade throughout the day, as do lipsticks; so it is convenient to have a product that does both.

 Makeup Sponge : This tool comes in handy for me quite frequently. Makeup tends to move and settle into pores, fine lines, and creases making your flawless face disappear. The flat Sephora Cosmetic Sponge is perfect for pressing and blending the makeup back into place.

 Eye Makeup Brush : As I said above, makeup moves; so it is handy to have an eyeshadow brush to blend your eyeshadow out. I love the Urban Decay dual-ended brush that came with the Naked 2 Palette (of course any dual ended brush would be just as perfect) because it has a flat shader side AND a blending side.

 Powder Brush : To use with your face powder. I use one from The Body Shop.

 Blotting Linens : Obviously these are great for blotting oily skin, but they also double as a wipe if your mascara, eyeshadow, or lipstick smears. I use the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens.

 Hair Brush / Mirror : You can find a “pop up” hair brush with a mirror at any drugstore; I got mine a Target in the travel section. This product comes in handy a lot for me.

 Q-Tips : These are great for quick makeup touchups OR application, as well as cleaning out your ears. You can even use them to clean things out of small spaces like your phone.

 Hair Ties : For tying up your hair, money/keys etc.

 Perfume : Makes you feel fresh anytime. I carry Viva La Juicy with me in rollerball form.

Do you have all the essentials? Comment below if you agree with my list or if I left something out that you use!

 

Top 10 Best Perfumes

Hey Everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my list of the Top 10 Best Perfumes available. Over the years I have tried a lot of different perfumes, and have found that I am drawn to ones that are unique, as well as long-lasting.

When I walk by, I don’t want other people to be able to instantly identify the perfume I am wearing; which nowadays is so easy when everyone wears super popular perfumes like Viva La Juicy. My goal is to intrigue others and to personify the “character” I am feeling like that day. That being said, I find that perfume is a great tool in impressing people with the message YOU want to send. For example, a lot of people say that I look young for my age; so when I need to command respect in a room with people who would otherwise discard me due to my appearance, an extra sophisticated, classic perfume can subliminally change their mind.

With #1 being the most favorite (although they are all very close and I love each one for different reasons), here are the ones that I think are the most unique, long-lasting, and pleasant :

10. Philosophy – Love Sweet Love : is very sweet and innocent. It’s notes include sweet fruits like mango, and light florals. It has a bit of musk as well that makes it not so “childish”. I like wearing this perfume during the day on errands, or even out to lunch. You can get 2 oz for $42 at Sephora.

9. Victoria’s Secret – Sexy Little Things Noir : is the opposite of sweet and innocent. It is feminine in that it has top notes of blackberry and vanilla, but it turns ultra seductive with jasmine, musk, and woody notes. Although I don’t wear this perfume very often, I appreciate its originality, and love wearing it when I want to feel extra sassy. You can get 1.7 oz for $44 at Victoria’s Secret.

8. Dior – Miss Dior Cherie : is young, but smart. It has fruity top notes like cherry mixed with florals like jasmine and rose, and a warm base of caramel and patchouli. I would imagine this to be the perfume of a very young business executive in Paris, who has a youthful love for things like ballet and romance. I enjoy wearing this both day and night. You can get 1.7 oz for $90 at Sephora.

7. Jessica Simpson – Fancy Nights : is one of the most warm and spicy fragrances I have ever experienced. It immediately catches your attention with amber, vanilla, and musk, mixed with seductive florals like jasmine. I like warming up with this on cold winter nights. *this product appears to be discontinued, but you can find it in the 1 oz packaging at Target for $19.99.

6. Burberry – The Beat : is sophisticated with a rock and roll twist. It is woody and musky with unique additions like iris, pink pepper, and tea. I’m not sure how Burberry does it, but something about it just feels british. I like wearing this perfume when I want to feel refined, but a little edgy. You can get 1.7 for $60  at Ulta.

5. Bobbi Brown – Beach : resembles sunblock, but in a really good way. It’s notes of jasmine, mandarin, and sea spray instantly make you feel like its summer and you’re on a warm sandy beach in the tropics. I like wearing this when I need a little summer pick-me-up. You can get 1.7 oz for $67.50 at Sephora.

4. Philosophy – Amazing Grace : is very clean and light. It has notes of musk, freesia, and rose. I wear it when I want to feel ultra feminine and understated. You can get 2 oz for $44 at Sephora.

3. Ralph Lauren – Romance : is extra sophisticated. It has notes of chamomile, ginger, and white musk, mixed with very light florals like freesia and rose. I like wearing this when I want to be taken seriously and command the attention of the room. You can get 1.7 oz for $65 at Sephora.

2. Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely : is classy, sophisticated, and ultra feminine. It has soft white musk with lavender, and a touch of citrus. It is very intimate and soft, and I like to wear it when I want to invite people to come in closer. You can get 3.4 oz for $68 at Macys.

1. Tocca – Florence : is a perfect blend of white musk, gardenia, rose, and jasmine, with a hint of fruit. When I wear it, I feel like a powerful queen who is just a touch evil. It embodies power, sophistication, beauty, and class; and has become my signature fragrance. You can get 1.7 oz for $68 at Sephora.

Let me know what your favorite perfumes are, and if any of these made your list!

Clinique Acne Solutions Review

Hey Everyone! Today I’m reviewing the Clinique Acne Solutions regimen, as well as talking about my current skincare routine. For those of you who don’t already know, I’ve suffered from breakouts for the majority of my life and have since been on numerous different routines and treatments trying to solve the problem. Before I started the Clinique regimen, I was using the Neutrogena Skin ID system, which really helped my skin a lot, but they discontinued that line leaving me to have to find something else. Yes, I have been to dermatologists many times throughout my battle with acne, but I’ve found that when I use the harsh treatments they tend to prescribe I lose the health of my skin and end up having to quit using any kind of treatment and only use gentle cleansers and moisturizers to get it back to “normal”. That is why the majority of the time I prefer using non-prescription treatments. Now back to the review!

This system has three steps:

1. Foaming Cleanser: The cleanser, as mentioned in the video, is not as thick of a foam as I would like but it does the job with 2-3 pumps of cleanser without over-drying the skin. I like to use it with my Clarisonic to really remove all dirt/makeup well.  2% Salicylic Acid

2. Clarifying Lotion: This clarifying lotion is actually a liquid toner, not a “lotion”. I apply it after the cleanser with a cotton pad all over my face, excluding my eye area, and down my neck. It is excellent at removing excess dirt/makeup and tightening pores. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the size of my pores since the very first use of this product. 1.5% Salicylic Acid

3. Clearing Moisturizer: Although this treatment moisturizer absorbs nicely into the skin, be extra careful 10-20 minutes after applying it if you are wearing dark clothing or have dark sheets as it could bleach them. 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide

*4. Spot Healing Gel: You can feel this spot healing gel working on contact. It brings cystic acne to the surface as a whitehead in one to two doses and dries it up within three. Excellent! 1% Salicylic Acid  **optional step**

Overall, I would give this system a 4/5. It was able to significantly clear up my skin extremely quickly without making it look and feel unhealthy. If you have heard bad things about Clinique products and are still weary, I would recommend getting a sample of  the spot treatment first. If you like the spot treatment, you will love the rest of the line!

 

I also use for my Morning Regimen :

1. Cleanse – Aveeno Brightening Daily Scrub

2. Treat – Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright

3. Eye Cream – Origins GinZing

4. Moisturize – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Origins Brighter By Nature, DiorSnow UV Shield

5. Conceal – Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream