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Serious About Skincare

20 Dec
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Éminence Age Corrective Ultra Collection

To me, skincare should always be the priority when it comes to our beauty routines, with makeup and color products coming secondary. Meaning if we only have the funds for one, put ‘em towards good skincare. Which makes sense if you think about it. The better your complexion, the less foundation you’ll need.

As a beauty writer, skincare can be difficult to review because you really need to use the same products consistently in order to see results – or lack there of. Color products are much easier, which is why you see so many more makeup reviews & tutorials vs. skincare.

Having said all that, there are a few brands I want to mention that I’ve been impressed by over and over again. Their names all oddly sound alike, and all three generally fly below the trend radar.

 

Equitance

equitanceI don’t even remember where I received my first sample of Equitance cleanser, but somehow it ended up coming with me on a 3-day mountain getaway. By the time I got home from that trip, I had to find out what else this brand had to offer.

The best I can recommend for first-timers is their Brightening Set. It’s got the basic essentials for anyone wanting a less dull and more vibrant complexion. The set comes with a Toning Lotion, Cleanser, Serum & Spot Corrector, and Hydrating cream. You get that fresh-from-a-facial feel after each use. A fabulous set for holiday gifting, too!

You can also opt for a Trial Kit if you just want to get a sense of the brand. Look for them both at equitance-us.com.

 

Éminence Organic Skin Care

mhm_holiday_2015_bagproductÉminence is probably my favorite organic line. I started using it after an esthetician in Ojai used their Stone Crop masque for my facial. Last year, they created a Must Have Minis Starter Set that I still love to give as a gift. It’s a “Customer Faves” collection of naturally fragrant, truly effective, travel sized products that come in an adorable faux suede zip pouch.

 

This fall, the brand launched an Age Corrective Ultra collection of targeted hibiscus products: a lifting eye cream, an instant line filler, and a lifting neck cream. Yes, please! These “ultra” additions formulated to improve our puffy, tired eyes, lazy jowls, and expression lines, take the already popular Éminence Age Corrective Collection up a beautiful notch. Find it at buynaturalskinare.com.

 

Exuviance

exuvianceYou might be familiar with NeoStrata. Exuviance is by the same company. Lots of science behind the brand. Lots of targeted products for specific skin concerns. Go surf Exuviance.com and see if your issues are addressed. Odds are they will be.

I was excited to find a cream that would help me battle an aging neck and décolleté area. If you’re someone like me, who wishes she used more SPF in the ’90s and is now waging war on resulting little brown spots, this one’s for you!

The Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream is great. Right after application, your skin texture looks more toned and smooth. High five for immediate gratification! After consistent usage, you’ll notice skin looking healthier, firmer, and more even in pigmentation. Look for it online and in ULTA stores.

 

For yourself or someone you care about, all three of these skincare brands have wonderful holiday gifts avail now.

xo

Trish McEvoy: Makeup Elegance

19 Dec

Once we’ve got our skincare routine rolling, it only makes sense to apply color products that will support our beauty goals. Think about it. Are you going for full coverage? Barely there? Holographic-ish eyes? Fuller lips? Dewier cheeks? Lashes for days?

I’d never limit myself to using just one brand. But after the age of 35, you start noticing which products tend to disappear on your face, settle into expression lines, or just look silly. For example, as much as I love sparkle (love!), I now opt for a more flattering sheen or pearlized luminizer instead.

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Trish McEvoy Voyager 7

 

I’ve been using Trish McEvoy lip glosses for years. I lived in her pretty shimmery rose until it was sadly discontinued. It wasn’t until recently that I explored the brand further. And I’m so beyond glad I did!

For winter, I love dabbing on her Beauty Booster Oil instead of foundation primer. If you like eye primers, run to get her Eye Base Essentials. And her mascara – amazing! It forms those “tubes” around your lashes so you won’t experience flaking or smudging. Looks like you’re wearing very natural lash extensions.

The Trish McEvoy Makeup Planners are also perfect for travel. They’re like notebooks filled with the makeup you need for every day. Even brushes! I love that everything she includes is actually usable. Gorgeous basics plus accent colors to help ensure we look like the best version of ourselves. Thanks Trish!

Need a quick gift? Pick up a Voyager 7 planner for any busy woman who deserves to look her best on-the-go. Great for a holiday boss gift!

Also available at Blue Mercury and HSN.

xo

The Beauty Lover’s Stocking

15 Dec

Admit it, there’s nothing (gift-wise) more disappointing during the holidays than a gorgeously wrapped piece of crap. No one wants delicious icing and meh cake. That’s why I love fun (useful!) stocking stuffers. Greatness, unexpected.

 

So here are a few of my favorites this year for the beauty lover’s stocking.

 

Makeup that someone wouldn’t splurge on for herself is always appreciated – whether tucked in the stocking or next to the latkes. And don’t worry if your color selection isn’t perfect – almost every retailer will exchange it for a better fit. I know you know this, but it has to be said.

 

 

PRACTICAL GIFTS SHE’LL TREASURE

The Beauty Blender. She may not want to spend the $20+ on herself for a little foam egg… so do it for her. She will love it. In fact, she’ll start wondering how she lived without it for so long. BeautyBlender.com

 

Pursonic Set of 2 Sonic Travel Toothbrushes & 4 Brush Heads. Once you’ve gone electric toothbrush, you just can’t go back. Except that we seem to for convenience-sake whenever a suitcase is involved. That’s why I love this set of Pursonic travel toothbrushes! Compact, cute, super travel-friendly, and a great price point. QVC!

 

 

HER NEWEST PURSE STAPLES

Edward Bess Glossy Rouge Lip Color Wardrobe Gift Set. Perfect for the minimalist. These shades don’t look like much – until you put them on. There’s a nude, pink and red. All feel like you’re wearing nothing and look like your very best natural. Build the color to your desire.QVC

 

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet. She can now have a hand cream in every purse that was created from ingredients found throughout Provence. Think Shea Butter, Lavender, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Povoine, Neroli & Orchid. At least she can smell like she spent the holidays in Provence. L’Occitane

 

 

WHAT’LL MAKE HER DO A HAPPY DANCE

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

“I have enough mascara already,” said No Woman Ever. If she’s never tried this mascara, she’ll be singing your praises well through 2017. If she has, she for sure wants another. For anyone who wants more volume in her lashes, this is the Bentley of mascaras. Also check out the Too Faced “Christmas in Paris” holiday gift sets. Aww-dorbs!

TooFaced.com or Sephora

 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer

Give her the tint, gloss or stain she covets. I’m obsessed with this product… but not gonna lie, it isn’t easy to pick a shade with this one. I had to open each once because the packaging gives very little away. I quickly fell in love with Boudoir (502) though. I can’t imagine it not looking good on someone. Just brush on one even coat for a long-wearing stain. Let it dry. I repeat: Let. It. Dry. After a minute, you can add another coat for a gorgeous lacquered look.

Go to the Armani site, select Sephora and Nordstrom locations.

 

xx Happy Shopping!