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Whole Foods’ Beauty Week

20 Mar
Beauty Week Bag 2017

Whole Foods’ “hello, beauty” bag

 

For the third year in a row, Whole Foods Market is hosting its Beauty Week. Beginning this Wednesday, from March 22-28, all cosmetics and facial care are 25% off!

BONUS: Trilogy products will be an EXTRA 25% off during Beauty Week, so this is the time to stock up.

INSIDER TIP: Stop in on Friday, March 24 for a limited-edition “hello, beauty” bag. The product-stuffed bag (shown above) is worth $90, but they’ll be selling it for just $18 while supplies last. This is an awesome chance to experience natural and organic products for those who haven’t.

Bag includes:

  • Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask (full size!)
  • Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
  • Dermae Hydrating Night Creme
  • Hauschka Facial Toner
  • evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm (full size!)
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
  • Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara (full size!)
  • Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
  • Pacifica Devocean Tenderness Lipstick (full size!)
  • Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
  • Whole Foods Market Peony Mint Blackberry Hand Cream (full size!)

The organic cotton “hello, beauty” bags were handcrafted by artists in India using traditional techniques of dabu indigo mud-printing, power loom weaving, and hand-tasseling.

For those not wanting to put up the $18, enter to win a free “hello, beauty” bag by sharing your favorite clean beauty products on IG or Twitter using #CleanBeautyFaves, starting March 22.

All Whole Foods markets are participating.

xo

The Beauty of Adele

12 Feb

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I’m a longtime Adele fan. But when she demanded a do-over LIVE on-air (and dropped a few F bombs!) at the Grammys, I completely fangirled out. She was not about to deliver anything but perfection for her friend George Michael.

Total respect.

And while I’m paying homage, I’ll bow down to Michael Ashton, too. He’s the artist we can credit for Adele’s glowing skin and signature cat eye tonight.

Before Ashton even applied color, he primed her face with Ole Henriksen skincare products. First he let a few dots of Ultimate Lift eye crème absorb under her eyes. Then he mixed a few pumps of Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil with a bit of Nurture Me crème and thoroughly worked it into her skin, blending outwards from the center of her face.

Ashton used the following Marc Jacobs Beauty products to create Adele’s gorgeous Grammy look.

FACE

  • Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut face primer (warmed up in hands first, then pressed into skin)
  • Genius Gel Super-charged oil-free foundation 26 bisque medium
  • Remedy concealer pen in 2 wake-up call (under eye, t-zone & high plane areas)
  • #instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in dream filter 20 (under cheek bones, around hair line)

BROWS

  • Brow Wow defining longwear eyebrow pencil in taupe 2 and ashbrown 4
  • Brow Tamer grooming gel

EYES

  • Twinkle Pop Stick eyeshadow in volver 402 (lid)
  • Style Eye Con no 7 plush eyeshadow palette in the lolita 206 (contours)
  • Magic Marc’er precision pen waterproof liquid eyeliner in blacquer (starting at inner corner and thickening as line extends outward to a fanned cat eye)
  • Velvet Noir major volume mascara (top and bottom lashes)

LIPS

  • Le Marc Liquid lip crème in slow burn 458 and fawn over me 452 (blot and clean up edges before applying second coat)

To set the look and give it extra vitamin-packed staying power, Ashton added a light mist of Ole Henriksen Nurture Me facial water to Adele’s entire face. And it worked. It ALL worked! Shop Ole Henriksen and Marc Jacobs Beauty on their respective sites or Sephora.

Congrats to Adele for 5 huge Grammy wins!

xo

Next: I’m after what products are used on Bruno Mars. His skin always looks flawless. Or maybe he’s born with it…

 

Simple beauty for 2017

4 Jan

img_1963New Year! Not so new me. I can’t say I make annual resolutions, but I do make a conscious effort to impart little changes in my routine. For those of us who found 2016 to be one challenge after another, you’ll feel me on this one.

Simplify in 2017.

As children we were often told not to take shortcuts, and how the tortoise would eventually triumph over the hare, and so on and so on. And as a “Creative” by trade, it feels almost instinctive to take the road less traveled so-to-speak in order to churn out the most impactful  campaigns and editorials.

…All of which is well and good, barring you’ve got the time. But as you get older and the days seem to go faster, you learn to work differently. You teach yourself to work smarter, not longer. And you realize that simplifying doesn’t mean half-assing.

Finding ways to simplify your life will slowly add extra minutes and eventually hours to your day. This could mean using an in-shower body lotion (like Olay’s Ultra Moisture) or spray oil (like Palmers) before you dry off, in place of your post-shower lotion ritual.

Or swap a 2-hour workout for a 30-minute power circuit training.

Or, forgo your blowout once a week and opt for a sleek, 30-second ballerina bun.

Or even try simplifying your daytime makeup. Try giving your skin (or lashes!) a break once or twice a week and see how you feel. You’ll be amazed how much better your makeup will look the next time you apply.

img_2211I’m giving my lips some breathe time by skipping the liner and heavy lipstick during the day. I’ve been going with a Cle De Peau conditioning balm by followed by a satin Femme Nude Lip Stylo (No. 5) by Hourglass. Super simple, sexy… and very commute-friendly!

If you’ve got any beauty  time-savers to share, feel free to email me or leave them in the comments below. There are so many little things we can do to give ourselves some well-deserved play time every day. I say 2017’s the year we do it!

#playmore

 

xo

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

FREE L’Occitane Kit!

15 Apr

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No joke! I love that there are no strings or BS with this promo. Just follow the directions below and you’ll score an adorable FREE Shea Starter Kit from L’Occitane – during April only. It includes: mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Light Comforting Cream, and exclusive collector’s tin.

Writer’s note: If you’ve never tried this hand cream, you’re in for a treat… It actually has a cult following!

To get your free gift, use THIS LINK and follow the prompts:

1)      Enter your email address

2)      Check your inbox for an exclusive email

3)      Present email at any L’Occitane boutique nationwide and redeem your FREE Shea Starter Kit

…Turns out some things in life really are free!

xo