A few products have made me a happy girl recently. You know I’ve got to share…

It’s been a long time since I’ve found a blush I love until I met the MAC Powder Blush in Margin. You can see just how beautiful it is on Claire. I’d describe this blush as a mauvey-coral with a hint of shimmer. It makes me feel like I’ve been sunkissed even when that’s a far cry from the truth here in January.

The bareMinerals Facial Cleansing Oil makes taking off makeup a breeze. I’ve finally found something I like just as much as, if not more than, the Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser (to take off makeup, not to cleanse face completely). I massage three pumps of this into my skin and gently on the eyes to remove makeup. Then I rinse and follow up with my regular cleanser. It seriously melts away makeup and feels fantastic, especially in these colder months since it conditions and nourishes the skin.

I don’t even know how to describe just how beautiful the glo minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation is. I’m in the shade Naturelle, which I love because it’s very olive-toned, so it cancels redness. It feels lightweight on the skin and is more light-reflective and skin-perfecting than the highly rated YSL Touche Eclat foundation, in my opinion. This foundation is formulated with diamond powder (um, diamonds?), which reflects and diffuses light to create a softer complexion. It also is formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 15 and specialized moisturizing agents to deliver a flawless, youthful complexion. I have oily/combination skin and this doesn’t get oily on me. At the same time, it is never dry. It’s just kind of perfect, and I don’t say that often. Just so you know, this is not a full coverage foundation. I would say that it’s about medium coverage, but I alway sheer out my foundations with a dampened brush to make them lighter coverage. It’s definitely buildable, though, if you are interested in more coverage! It’s also not the longest wearing foundation because it’s not super matte, but I’m completely ok with having to powder a few times throughout the day for it to stay put. To me it’s very similar to Makeup For Ever HD Foundation in terms of longevity. Oh, and it applies beautifully with this brush.

So, I don’t own the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, but I’ve sampled it pretty much every time I walk by the fragrance counter. I like to sample a perfume a good handful of times before buying it since they are so pricey. This fragrance smells different than anything I’ve ever smelled. It’s woodsy and fresh at the same time. I think I will be obsessed with this in the spring and summer when I don’t really want to smell like a certain perfume, but just want to smell good

I might have a hard time explaining the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device because, to be honest, I’m still not quite sure exactly what it is or how it works. Doesn’t sound too convincing so far, does it? This product was given to me as a gift and I have to say that I noticeably look more refreshed after using it. I even had someone tell me that without that person knowing that I had just used this. By placing the metal tips on the skin, it uses advanced microcurrent technology to improve facial contour, tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You just apply the primer, which is included, then glide this device along a contour of your face in an upward motion. When it beeps, you move it along a different contour of your face. Don’t worry, there is a video that explains exactly where to place the product and when. The whole regimen lasts about five minutes, but it can last as long as 20 minutes (I’ve never used it this long). It’s an amazing device and oh! …it’s currently on sale for 20% off at beauty.com.



  1. January 15, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    I love your beauty posts! I actually just got my package from Sephora yesterday – ordered the Wash-Away Gel Cleanser and GinZing eye cream! Do you just use your wash-away to remove makeup and not wash your face entirely? Trying to make sure I understand what you meant by that. Thanks!
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    • January 15, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks! Ah, you'll love both of those products. Yes, I just use the wash-away to remove makeup, then follow up with my regular cleanser (which seems to change all the time). This is what the woman at the Clinique counter told me to do. I'm sure you could use it as your regular cleanser, though. If it works for you, then why not, right? Either way, just make sure to cleanse twice – once to remove makeup, then again to actually cleanse the skin!

    • January 17, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I usually use an eye makeup remover and then cleanse my whole face, but will make sure it's doing a thorough job! You have helped me better understand skincare in the last couple years because I was always unsure of what I needed, or if I was doing too little or too much! It can be overwhelming! 🙂

  2. January 15, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    I always look forward to your product reviews! I'll turn 30 this December and it is GAME ON to get a really good skincare routine established. I've been struggling with finding something gentle enough for my sensitive skin to take off my makeup prior to cleansing and everything else, and I just added the Clinique Wash-Away Gel to my Sephora cart– it sounds perfect! Happy Thursday 🙂

  3. January 15, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    That foundation sounds lovely! I was loving the Bare Minerals bareSkin foundation over the summer, but with the colder weather, I feel like I need something new until it warms up here again! Is that your favorite foundation brush? The glo minerals one? Also on the hunt for one of those 😉

    • January 15, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      My absolute favorite foundation brush is the Sigma F80, but this one comes awfully close. The bristles on this one are a little longer, so it doesn't buff in quite as well as the Sigma F80, although I think the quality of this one is better. It feels luxurious! I also love the beauty blender for applying foundation!

  4. January 15, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Wow, I need that blush! It looks beautiful on Claire! Do you think the foundation is better than the Bare Minerals one? I've been using that for about 7 months and really like it!

    • January 15, 2015 / 5:40 pm

      I think you'll love the blush! Dare I say this foundation may be better than the Bare Minerals one? That's a tough one, but I think the Glo Foundation is more light reflective and maybe a little more airbrushed looking. They are both amazing!

  5. January 15, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    Bloomingdales has cute sweatshirts on sale that say "Holy Chic" and I thought of you. I should have taken a photo. They are on sale too 🙂

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