Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Picks

What’s better than a sale on your go-to products? Sephora sale’s are far and few, but coveted by makeup and skin care lovers alike. While I haven’t been wearing much makeup in quarantine, I have been meaning to try some new skincare products, as well as stock up on some favorites for when I go outside again some day! haha.

I recently tried a few new products from Sephora, some cult favorites, that I would highly recommend. I also am very particular about what I buy skincare/ makeup wise and am a creature of habit, so I have certain products I buy again and again.

Here are some old favorites, new favorites, and cult classics:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Wow, I heard about this many times. I wanted to try it for some time, and then I finally bit the bullet in February and bought it. I can’t tell you how many compliments I got wearing this mascara at work! People I barely talk too were saying my lashes looked great, and I was shocked.

I usually wear the Glossier Lash Slick, and I guess it’s a little more subtle. If you’re going for a bolder look, this Too Faced mascara will do the the trick!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

I have always been a drugstore makeup girl, other than a few mascara’s and eyeshadows here and there. But in terms of concealers and BB creams, I have always purchased brands like Neutrogena, CoverGirl, Maybelline, etc.

I’ve been taking accutane for the past couple of months, so I decided to try this highly recommended concealer. So far I love it! It works really well and it doesn’t get dry and flakey, all without being greasy looking. Now I am one of the people highly recommending this cult favorite concealer!

Burberry My Burberry Black Perfume

One of my all time favorites that I have been using for years now. I started off with the My Burberry original scent and since have moved on to the My Burberry Black scent. The Blush scent is also great, along with the original!

I always try out a rollerball version if I’m not 100% committed to a scent yet. I also like to mix it up, and this is a more cost effective way to do so!

Sunday Riley C.E.O Brightening Serum

This is a product is one I’ll be trying for the first time, as it comes highly recommended from Beauty Insiders, as well as other skincare fanatics. Vitamin C Serum is said to help brighten dull skin, as well as lighten hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. I’ve also heard great reviews of the Drunk Elephant C Serum, as well as the Summer Fridays CC Me Serum!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Many bloggers I follow rave about these drops! I did a test of one on my hand at Sephora and it worked really well! After digging into some of the reviews on Sephora’s website, most users with sensitive skin said it didn’t trigger any skin issues for them. A win-win!

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

By far my favorite way to self tan. St. Tropez works so well, and I love the Express version, just because I like to shower before I go to bed. My two secrets to getting a great tan with St. Tropez is to use the tanning mitt (absolute game changer) and this video on how to apply their products!

There are so many great products available, and depending on the amount you spend per year determines what percentage of discount that you get!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks and Favorites

It’s that time of year again! The NSale is here for Nordstrom card holders and access for everyone else begins on July 19th.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items I already have that are being included in the sale, as well as some of the items I’m picking up this year.

What I have and LOVE:

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

I got these leggings this winter and they are so great. I’m able to wear them to work with a long sweater and with everything else on the weekends and at night!

They are also camel toe-proof because there is no seam in the middle of the leggings, which I thought was sort of weird at first. Spanx proved me wrong! Sans middle seam for the win.

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover

I got this pullover last fall, and although I seriously do not need another pullover/sweatshirt in my life, this one is worth it!

The inside is a sweatshirt like material, and the outside is super soft and fuzzy! I can’t wait to break this out again.

Blank NYC Suede Moto Jacket

My aunt got this jacket for my for Christmas 2 years ago, and I’m still obsessed with it. I have the gray color, and I feel like this is just a timeless piece that will always be in style.

Just a tip, I would size up one size especially if you are sort of in between sizes. I got the extra small and I think I could have taken the small. The arms are a bit tight, but it’s livable.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez self-tanner has been one of my go-to’s since I started using it last summer. I have the express and I think I might need to invest in another!

The mitt is key, so don’t forget to pick up one of those as well.

On my wish list for the sale:

Blank NYC Suede Mini Skirt

Okay… I LOVE this skirt and I’ve been looking for a cute suede mini for quite a while now. I know the suede is good quality because I already have the jacket.

Now the debate is: do I get gray to match my jacket? Or get the coffee color because it’s super cute and fall friendly? 🙂

Kendra Scott Ever Pendant Necklace

I have always wanted a Kendra Scott necklace like this! I finally may actually make the purchase I have thought about countless times.

Mario Badescu Trio

This trio has two of my favorite products of all time, and a new product I would love to try!

I recently was turned on to rose facial spray. I have the travel size but I think I need to upgrade, and this trio seems like the perfect opportunity.

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

My eye has been on these cardigans for about a year now. I think I might actually pull the trigger this year and get one!

Blondo Waterproof Booties

Waterproof?! Sold. I actually have the suede knee high black boots by Blondo and they are great in the horrible wintery mix type slush.

I think that’s it for this year’s sale. There’s a ton of great deals on so many brands, so don’t wait too long!

Happy shopping, xoxo!

My favorite Glossier products

I have never been much of a makeup girl (other than mascara), but last year I stepped into the Glossier show room for the first time with my friend, Elizabeth, and I was instantly drawn to all their products. I don’t know if it was the monochromatic packaging or the fun product names, but I felt compelled to buy some makeup for the first time in a long while.

The show room allows you to sample and try their products, which are all laid out on white pedestals. Since the line isn’t huge, they have everything very spread out and organized in a type A fashion. My first visit, I purchased 2 lidstar cream eyeshadows and 3 balm dot com skin salves. I since have been back several times and made a few other purchases, such as the lash slick, solid perfume, and more.

Here are some of my Glossier favorites so far:

Lash Slick

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The lash slick is a great mascara for length. They don’t really make my lashes volumized, but they do a great job of lengthening and not clumping together. While I usually prefer a black-brown mascara, lash slick is all black. It still looks great and does the job while not being too much. I personally think it’s great for both day and night, aka perfect for a day-to-night look from work!

Lidstar

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I have purchased lidstar a few times because I love them so much! I have slip, fawn, and moon, and I bought another duo and gave slip to my sister for her birthday. I love how subtle they are, while still being fun. They are all fairly neutral, and layer perfectly. I sometimes layer all three, and I like to use moon as almost a highlighter for the brow bones and corner of eyes. Can’t recommend enough to those who like more of a minimalist look.

Boy Brow

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Okay, so I tried boy brow several times. It doesn’t work for me because my eyebrows are decently colored and I don’t want them too thick, but they are great for people with unruly or extremely light brows!

Balm Dot Com

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I LOVE balm dot com, which my friend Elizabeth introduced to me. It was actually the first Glossier product I heard about! My first purchase at Glossier was actually a balm dot com trio. I use the tinted versions on my lips, and the other versions on my hands and elbows as well!

Soothing Face Mist

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This mist has the best scent. The rosewater is so relaxing and it just makes you feel cool and refreshed. Good for sensitive skin as well.

Super Pure Serum

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The Super Pure Serum is supposed to help skin keep in balance. While I’m new to this product, I do think it is helpful to incorporate into your everyday routine. Zinc is great for the skin, which is an element of this serum. They also have a few other serums that I would like to try, and they are offering a trio of the serums for a great discount!

 

Let me know if there are any Glossier products you would like me to try, or you would like to hear more about.

Happy shopping, xx

5 Products I’ve Been Loving Recently

1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

This product is my NEW FAVORITE thing. After hearing about this aluminum-free deodorant, I saw it at the airport on my way to Florida and I decided to give it a try!

To be honest, I haven’t used women’s deodorant since high school. I really didn’t like it, and I felt like it didn’t actually work, so I started using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant all the time. No one notice that I smelled like a boy, and I also didn’t smell like weird flowers and have white, crumbly armpits (ew).

Kopari is the perfect deodorant. It smells great, it works really well, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it goes on clear! Plus it is free of harmful ingredients, so it’s a win-win.

2. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

I’ve used a few Mario Badescu products in the past, such as the Drying Lotion and the Cucumber Tonic Mask, but this is one of my new favorite products! Amazing on a hot day for a little refresh, and a great afternoon pick-me-up. I use it in the morning before I jade role, and sometimes after I shower, just because! The smell is so calming, and it’s good for sensitive skin.

3. The Oaui Leave in Conditioner

I got this in my FabFitFun box, and I have been loving it! I usually shower at night, and a little of this helps keep my hair tame and less frizzy after sleeping on it. I have lightly wavy hair, and I spray some of this on and comb through with my fingers. I don’t lose the waves, except I do lose the frizz, which is a plus!

4. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is the easiest self tanner that actually works well. It’s pretty fool proof and will give you a nice glow, fast. Personally, I think the self-tanning mitt is the key, along with watching this video from St. Tropez!

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Collagen is great for the skin, and you don’t get it from other foods (other than bone broth), so this supplement is one of my favorites! I’ve been having the vanilla flavor

I also have the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen from Vital Proteins as well, which tastes great in smoothies, water, and even mixed into cranberry juice (a recent and delicious discovery).

 

 

 

 

Review: Skin Laundry after 4 treatments

I’m back with my review of Skin Laundry! As I wrote previously, I started going to Skin Laundry for their laser and light facial. The first appointment is free, which is great because the treatments are usually $75!

I just had my 4th week getting a laser and light facial, which I have really been enjoying. I felt as if the first 2 weeks I did see an improvement in my skin. I came out of the facial glowing, and my skin looking great. I had a few small breakouts that subsided quickly following my treatments, but nothing huge or noticeable.

This past Thursday, they used a stronger laser because I had done well with the last two treatments. I thought my skin didn’t look as good afterwards, but it looked great the next day. This week I used the highest level laser, and my skin adjusted to it well!

I’m continuing my laser and light facials twice a month after this last treatment — they have a membership which gives you a slight discount, and I feel like this could really help my skin over time.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Review: Laser Facial at Skin Laundry

Recently, I stumbled upon Skin Laundry on Instagram stories. After looking at their social media and website, I knew I had to try it! The first appointment is free, which is awesome for an expensive service.

The staff made me feel very welcome and comfortable, as well as did the RN that was performing the treatment. They have a few different treatments, however the free treatment is the laser and light facial. They use a YAG laser first, which is like a warm, pop rocks feeling. Then they use an Intense Pulse Light laser which helps to kill bacteria, and target pigmentation, inflammation and redness.

I was nervous for the treatment, as I have very sensitive skin, however the facial was quick and got easier as it went on. At first, the laser felt shocking on my skin, but after the first round I didn’t feel it at all! The second round is painless, although they do use a powerful light which you can see through the goggles. Since it was free, I decided to add a hydration boost because the cold weather was making my skin extremely dry. The hydration boost was nice and cooling after the laser treatment!

My skin looked great post-treatment and I was very hopeful that this would help with my acne scars and inflammation over time. I had a small breakout the next day, but it quickly subsided and my skin looked great over the weekend! I would definitely recommend trying this if you have acne prone skin, acne scars, pigmentation, or really any other skin issues!

I am going again this week, and I will hopefully give an update on my progress! If you decide to go, feel free to reach out for a referral 🙂

 

 

 

Spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed

I posted ages ago on Instagram that I was getting a spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed. I discovered you have to make an appointment a little bit further in advance, and couldn’t get an appointment to try the sugaring hair removal.

However, I was able to get my first ever spray tan! I was so nervous to get a spray tan, because of the typical concerns: It might look unnatural/orange, what if it streaks. I also was just concerned it might look uncharacteristic, as I am VERY pale.

 

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All of my concerns were washed away after I went to Sugared + Bronzed in Union Square. I opted for the regular tan, where you don’t sweat or shower for at least 8 hours after. I’ve never tried the express tan, although this might be great if you have limited time on your hands.

Jade, my spray tan artist, made me feel so comfortable and gave me some great tips for keeping my tan lasting. She told me that moisturizer was the key to a long lasting tan. I workout and shower very often, and the tan lasted over a week with moisturizer slathered on post-shower. It wasn’t as tan on day 4 or 5, but you could still tell I was definitely tanner than my usual self.

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I felt like there was some kind of stigma around spray/fake tans. While tanning beds are not good for you, spray tans are harmless and make you look great. My confidence was up from just looking tan. I didn’t look too tan, I didn’t look orange, I just looked and felt awesome.

Sugared + Bronzed also has a new client special:  if you buy one service, you get a second one for free! I can’t wait to use my next tan for a special occasion, or even just for fun.

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Outfit details: J. Crew pineapple t-shirt, Principle denim shorts, Soludos ciao bella smoking slippers, Jack Wills sunglasses, Pearl and Shine Jewelry tassel earrings, SHEIN striped dress.