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July Favorites

It’s that time again and guess what? I’m on time! There are a few products that I’ve been using daily that I’m really enjoying.

  1. Rodial Contour Brush

rodial conturThis angled brush is perfect for working on your contour – I especially enjoy using it with the Rodial Banana Powder I
mentioned last mont in the favorites post.

This brush is soft, picks up powder easily and blends seamlessly. It’s been my go to brush since I acquired.

 

2. Kérastase Elixer Collection

fondant-elixir-ultime-a-l-huile-sublimatrice-260-410-202This collection has captured my heart. My hair, despite my every-four-weeks coloring and daily hot tools usage. The conditioner is great at moisturizing without weighing down hair.

The same can be said for the spray, which I use lightly on towel dried hair. The Ultime set is for any hair type (even us ladies with thin or fine hair), and it lives up to its word. Weightless.

elixir-ultime-huile-cheveux-fins-260-410-200These products have kept my hair looking so great during the summer’s worst (it’s been tiny bit hot and humid, if you hadn’t heard), so eliminating the frizz my naturally wavy hair has is super important. Carrot Top, I am not. LOL

 

 

 

3. Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Glosshard candy

This inexpensive Wal-Mart find has my lips happy. It’s formula is moisturizing and a little plumping, shiny gloss with a hint of shimmer. The light light color makes it great to swipe on a
nytime of day, but you can also use it as a topper for other lip products like stains, matte lipsticks and so on.

There are several light colors that all work pretty similarly, so feel free to try more than one or just close your eyes and point.

And that’s all I’ve got for July – and look, we’re right on time!

 

 

June Favorites

There’s so much good stuff I’ve been using this past month. So, so much! So let’s get started.

Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser
I have very red cheeks. Not Rosacea, as far as I can tell, but highly pigmented cheeks. Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser helps to soothe and calm my cheeks while removing dirt, grime, and makeup at the same time.  Actually, the entire line of Redness Relief products are great, but it all starts with the cleanser, right? You can find the entire line at paulaschoice.com – I like shopping on their site directly because they allow you to purchase SAMPLES (for .50), which is a great way to try something new without breaking the bank to do so – or to buy products that are the perfect size for traveling. The full size is around $17 – not too bad at all.

NARSSKIN Double Refining Exfoliator
One thing I learned from Nars’ International Makeup Artist Uzo is that EXFOLIATING is the way to keep your skin looking young and fresh. Sure, moisturizer is important as well, but keeping those dead skin cells turning over is the way to glowing luminous skin. I really like this formula because you can feel the grains, but they are small and rounded. They don’t hurt or irritate skin, but after you rinse the product off your face, you can definitely tell your skin is smoother. This is the time to use that moisturizer you love. It now has a better chance of sinking into skin, and giving you the benefits you desire. At $34, it may sound a little expensive, but you will be surprised at how long it lasts. I’ve been using mine for a little over 3 months now and haven’t had to buy a new bottle. And yes, you can (and should) use this type of exfoliator every day. I prefer to use in the AM, but PM would be fine also. NARS products can be purchased in the boutique (if you’re in Atlanta), online, or in a full Sephora store (not the ones in JCP)

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana PowderINSTAGLAM-COMPACT-DELUXE-BA
While I have heard of the banana powder craze, Rodial’s version was my first to try. A true skeptic, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am a believer now!

I put this pressed powder on thickly after I use my under eye concealer and let it “bake” for a few minutes while I finish up the rest of my makeup. I do the same thing along my jawline, right below my contour.

Once I have finished my makeup, I dust off the excess and BAM – my under eye discoloration is gone and my eyes look well rested. It doesn’t settle into lines or look cakey at all! My jawline looks amazing and it makes my contour look even better. Now I have to try Rodial’s Contouring Powder! The luxe compact is $57 and is supposed to be available online and in Blue Mercury stores, but I haven’t been able to find it.  When that information becomes available, I’ll leave a comment for those of you who are interested in purchasing it.

Terry De Gunzburg Thé Glacé Parfum
theglace
I love perfume. I’m always switching it up and trying new fragrances based on the time of the year and my mood. Despite my penchant for fragrance changes, I’m falling hard for The Glacé. What a gorgeous fragrance this is. It’s a light citrus (I smell a hint of lime) that dries down to a soft musk that is still undeniably feminine. Sure, it’s expensive; it even smells expensive. There’s a sophistication in the fragrance that screams luxe. However, at $170 for a 100ml bottle really is not that expensive, comparatively speaking. And if you love it as much as I do, you’ll wear it all the time and get your money’s worth out of it. Look for it on Barney’s website.

That’s all I have to share for June favorites. Leave a comment down below if you’d be interested in reading about UNFavorites.

 

xo,
Brett

November Favorites

The holidays have really kicked into gear by now, and there are lots of favorites on my list, so let’s jump in!

Blemish + Age Defense

1. Acne Treatment
Even though I’m in my late 30’s, I still get breakouts, whether due to hormones, stress or bad luck. However, I have a powerful product in my must-haves that keeps the damage minimal without drying out my face. It’s the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense liquid. Just a few drops on a blemish and it begins working to dry it up without drying aging skin.

Yes, it’s a little bit of a splurge at $88, but it’s worth it. One bottle will last months, and it’s the best blemish treatment I’ve found in many years of looking!

2. Under Eye Circles

Jane Iredale’s Enlighten

Whether the holidays have you stressed out to the point you’re not sleeping, or you’ve been to too many holiday get-togethers, the under eye area can give us away so quickly! Jane Iredale’s Enlighten under eye concealer is the way to go for covering up those dark areas. Unless you are very dark complected, I would choose shade 1. The trick is to use your middle finger and take the smallest amount and pat gently under the eyes.It will look a little reddish orange but that’s OK! Then you can cover with a tiny speck of foundation, or a colored powder. Either way, your eyes will look more vibrant and alive! At $29, it’s not exactly cheap, but not too pricey considering one pot will last a long time.

Rose Jam Shower Gel

3. Smell Goods
It’s that time of year again when LUSH ever so graciously shares with us the Rose Jam shower gel. A mixture of roses and lemon, this shower gel will become your instant favorite. As I looked today, it’s out of stock online, but you may be able to find it in stores – if not, I’d suggest perusing eBay. It’s totally worth it. I make sure to get enough each Christmas to last me (sparingly) throughout the next year. Haven’t once regretted it! lush.com

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturizer

 4. Getting Rid Of Fine Lines
Yep, I’ve got them. Mine are mostly around my mouth, and I hate them! Short of doing some kind of injection, I’ve found the Rodial Bee Venom Moisturizer softens the deep crease I have on the right side of my mouth. I’ll go ahead and tell you now – it’s expensive. $190 a jar. But it’s much less expensive than Botox or Juvederm or any other fillers. Maybe you can even score a sample – who knows?

I know, I know I owe you a December/End of the Year favorites. Working on that now! I love each and every one of you who stop by to read my thoughts on everything beauty, skin care and hair care. You are my people!