SkinCeuticals Samples Review

I love being able to not only test out new skincare products, but I love getting sample sizes. They’re fun to test out, easy to travel with, and contain just enough product to test out the products. SkinCeuticals was nice enough to send over three sample products to try.

It’s a little bad timing since it’s winter in Chicago, but I got to try their Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF50 ($34). Even though it’s winter, it’s still important to make sure you’re skin is always protected from the sun… even if it’s only out for five minutes every couple of weeks. I’ve been applying this to my face before adding my foundation. It feels nice on my skin, and doesn’t have a strong and horrible scent. If you use something like this just on your face, a little bit goes a long way. So you know this will last you a good amount of time.

The Eye Balm ($81) works great for my under eye area that’s annoyingly dry. It also helps correct any age-related damage and can relieve any under-eye puffiness. There isn’t any kind of scent and didn’t irritate my skin in any way. It worked great at hydrating my eye, probably better than any other eye cream that I’ve used.

The Neck, Chest and Hand Repair ($70) works great when your skin is really dry… pretty much how my skin is during this time. I haven’t used this on my neck or chest, but this has been amazing at repairing my dry hands. My hands have never felt this soft after using a hand cream before. The price is a bit steep, but a little goes a long way and it really does wonders for your skin. If you have annoyingly dry hands and don’t mind spending $70, I highly recommend checking this product out!

Overall I’m super impressed with these products. I do wish they were more affordable, but when it comes to skincare, I’m okay with spending a little bit more. It’s important that you use the best possible products for your skin.

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Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Eye Shadow Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Eye Shadow Primer
I’m a huge fan of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and I recently purchased the poreless one, so I was stoked when I saw the new 24 Hour Photo Finish Eye Shadow Primer in my blogger bag at this year’s Makeup Show Chicago. I’ve always had great luck with Smashbox and this primer is no different.

I have annoyingly oily eye lids and until I tried this product, only one primer actually worked for me. The Photo Finish Primer has the same consistency as the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion. It’s a really nice eye primer that really helps my eye shadow stay put. Does it last 24 hours? No. Not on me, but it doesn’t crease and even makes the shadow pop a little more.

The eye shadow primer retails for $20 for .41 oz of product. Like with most primers you only need a little bit so it will last you a good amount of time. If you’re looking for a new, or better primer, than I highly recommend getting this primer. It’s really nice and one of the more affordable primers.

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Get Into the Holiday Spirit With Softsoap

Softsoap 2014 Holiday Body Washes

Christmas will be here soon enough and if the snow and 24-7 holiday music on certain stages isn’t enough to get my into the spirit, Softsoap will. They’ve released their new line of holiday scents: Venetian Vanilla Spice, Parisian Berry Bliss, and Alpine Mint Frost. The bottles and scents just scream Christmas.

I was sent three new, limited-edition scents to test out. Each one is a moisturizing body washes that leaves you skin feeling amazing.
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Kendall Jenner Named the New Face of Estee Lauder

Reality star turned model Kendall Jenner is the new face of Estee Lauder. The high-end makeup company made the announcement and many makeup fans are excited.

The Estée Lauder brand today announced that it has signed Kendall Jenner, fashion’s new breakout star and social media sensation. Kendall will appear in digital, TV and print advertising campaigns and play an active role in creating social media content that will live on Estée Lauder’s channels as well as her own.

“Bridging the worlds of high fashion, entertainment and social media, Kendall is a modern beauty who represents a whole new generation of women who live, breathe and share beauty, fashion and life 24/7, on their own terms, in a visually compelling way,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “She is the ultimate instagirl, and we are excited to leverage her image, voice, energy and extraordinary social media power to introduce Estée Lauder to millions of young women around the world.”

“It honestly feels like a dream to represent such an iconic beauty brand — it is an incredible honor and quite humbling,” said Kendall Jenner. “I found out when I was backstage at Paris fashion week, and all this time I’ve had to keep the news top secret. I am so excited to share it now and be part of Estée Lauder.”

Dessange Paris Ole Mirage Hair Line

Dessange Ole Miracle Collection

I’m always on the hunt for hair care products that’s going to make my hair look flawless. What’s even better is when you can find products that are super affordable. I found exactly what I’m looking for in the new Dessange Paris Ole Miracle Line.

The Ole Miracle Replenishing shampoo and conditioner smell absolutely amazing. It’s a subtle smell so you won’t have to worry about it clashing with your body wash or perfume. The products did a great job at cleaning, removed excess oil… my hair can get super oily if I go on three-day hair.

Normally I’m not the biggest fan of hair oils. Some leave my hair looking and feeling a little bit on the greasy side. When my hair can get oily at times, this is definitely not what I want. This replenishing oil doesn’t do that. It makes my hair feels and look so smooth. It does have a nice shine to it, but it’s definitely subtle and not at all greasy-looking.

The Ole Miracle Line from Dessange is definitely a nice collection. It has a nice smell to it, my hair looks amazing, and it leaves it feeling so soft. The shampoo and conditioner retail for $9.99 and the oil is $11.99 so it’s super affordable. You can find Dessange Paris products at your local Target.

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Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser

Sibu Beauty Cleanser

I always love being able to try and discover brands I’ve either never heard of or not familiar with. A new brand that I got to try out was Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser. It’s an all-natural cleanser that removed my excess oil and impurities and left my skin feeling amazing. The micro-particles in the cleanser works as a gentle exfoliation, which is really important at making sure your skin looks refreshed and radiant.

It’s definitely a deep cleanser that’s still gentle on your skin. If you’re like me and suffer from sensitive skin, you’re in good hands with this cleanser. My skin feels nice and cleaner whether I wore a full face of makeup or nothing at all. It won’t work at just removing your makeup, you’ll definitely need wipes and eye makeup remover. But it will help pick of the little makeup that you may have missed with the wipes.

The balancing facial cleanser is affordable at $17.95 for a 4.5 fl oz bottle. It’s a great cleanser that I plan on re-purchasing once I use up all of my other cleansers.

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Keep Your Hair Safe From Rain With a Scala Collezione Rainhat

Scala Collezione Rainhat

Fall is my favorite season with the cooler weather, upcoming holidays, leaves falling, and the overall atmosphere that fall brings. But what I love particularly enjoy is all of the rain that we generally get. Some nights look like a Michael Meyers movie. People choose the stylish Scala Collezione rainhat because of its design, value and reliable quality for rainy weather.

Most people would expect me to choose the wine color, but I went and did something different. I chose Charcoal because it would look great with my jacket and any outfit that I choose to wear that day. It’s a one-size fits all hat that fits nicely on me. I’m not a fan of how hats look on me, but if the hat keeps my hair dry than I’m good with that.

I really go to put the charcoal rainhat to the test during the many times we got rain this fall. I have to say that it really does work. I’ve never had a rainhat because I always thought it was just a gimmick and wouldn’t do anything different than a normal hat… always leaving my hair wet and messy. This hat didn’t. I have long hair so some parts of my hair did get wet, but for the most part, the rainhat kept my hair nice and dry. We just won’t discuss the serious hat hair that I had after removing it.

The Scala Collezione rainhat is available in four colors: Wine, Charcoal, Khaki, and Black. It’s a little pricey at $25 a hat, but it definitely work with it. You can purchase your rainhat conveniently online.

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Sephora VIB Sale – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not Christmas. November isn’t just my birthday month, but it’s also the time when Sephora does their annual Friends & Family 20% off sale. This sale and Black Friday beauty deals are my favorite times to do some makeup shopping. Because it’s early November you can still snag some great holiday beauty sets with the discount.

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Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Shadow

Kevyn Aucoin Topaz Loose Shimmer Shadow 3

As a beauty blogger you dream of being able to try and review some of the biggest and best luxury makeup brands. Nothing screams luxury quite like Kevyn Aucoin. While I was at the Makeup Show Chicago blogger event this past June one of the items in our blogger bag was a stunning Looser Shimmer shadow in Topaz from Kevyn Aucoin.
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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

Travel Makeup Bag

At the beginning of September I took a long weekend trip to Las Vegas. I was in need of a long getaway and this was just the trip. I don’t travel that often, but when I do, I try to pack only what’s needed. As much as I enjoying having options, I don’t want to deal with stuffing a ton of things in a small suitcase. [Read more…]