Get Ready With Me # 3: Red Lip

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A few weeks ago I did a review on one of my favorite red lips, Maybeline's Color Sensational Vivids in On Fire Red. Even in the summer time, I think it's always appropriate to wear that classic red color with a neutral eye. The post was so popular that I decided to do a Get Ready With Me video featuring the lipstick. Accompanied by some sweet tunes, you can see all the products that I used and how I used them to achieve the look pictured below. Don't be fooled, a more natural eye doesn't always mean less products! Be sure to click on the video below to see the look!

Products Mentioned:

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Angelic (Limited Edition)

Hope you enjoyed! 


FOTD 7.28.13

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This Face of the Day post highlights what I've been wearing the majority of the time over the last month. I've rediscovered my Chanel Lift Lumiere Foundation in combination with my MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder. As you can tell the coverage isn't full, which is actually something that I like. Foundation for me is to even out my skin tone and let my skin also shine through, giving a much more natural look. Combined with MAC Springsheen, a shimmery coral blush, I have created a neutral base for a slightly more dramatic eye. 

First off, I always need to cancel out the dark veining on my eyelids with MAC Painterly Paint Pot. I then go all over the lid with MAC Blanc Type, in the crease with MAC Wedge, and on the inner corner and brow bone with MAC Nylon...can we all tell that I love MAC?

I have fallen back in love with winged eyeliner. Using products like the Lorac Front of The Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner makes it so easy to flick a little wing and add some drama to your eyes. I love my gel liners, but there is nothing easier than a really fine felt tip pen. This one specifically has stayed saturated and very black for almost a year; definitely a thumbs up from me. 

With a little brown eyeliner in the waterline and smudged on the lower lash line, and a coral combo on the lips, this is one of my favorite ways to wear black eyeliner in the summer. I feel as though it adds a little drama while still being fresh and light for those hot summer months. Of course, for me, a look can never be complete without highlighter, so a slap of Dior Amber Diamond finalizes the FOTD that I've been enjoying wearing to work and out on date nights with the boo. 

Hope you enjoyed!


Restaurant Review: Tilth

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A quick trip to Seattle for a friend's med school graduation resulted in a visit to Tilth. We were there early, and had the restaurant to ourselves, thus as would be expected, the service was impeccable. More importantly however, the food was delicious. Both Nate and I ordered what was their take on Biscuits & Gravy. Two large cheddar biscuits with two fried eggs sitting on top and smothered in sausage gravy. A surprisingly filling but exceptionally tasty, rich, and decadent dish. We both cleaned our plates, a feat to say the least. 

I also got the chance to taste the waffle, which was perfectly crunchy and sweet. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will certainly be visiting it next time I'm in Seattle. I absolutely adore brunch and all the food and cocktails that go along with it! 

Hope you enjoyed and the photos made your mouth water!


Review: Origins Clean Energy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Over the last 6 months I've become quite obsessed with cleansing oils. It's turned into my favorite way of removing makeup. I love the process at the end of the day of massaging the cleansing oil into my skin and slowly removing the makeup, dirt, and grime of the day. As of now, the cleansing oils that I've gotten my grubby paws on are: MAC Cleansing Oil in Tranquil, Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil, Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, and the Shu Uemera Premium Cleansing Oil. Now I bring you Origins Clean Energy. Now that I'm halfway through using this product, I thought it was ample time to tell you guys what I think. 

Thicker in consistency than that of the MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Shu Uemera oils, but thinner than the Josie Maran one. The slight herbal scent is not offensive at all, but definitely not my favorite. Overall, I have to say, this is probably my favorite of all the cleansing oils I have used as of yet. However my curiosity is no where near satisfied! Back to Clean Energy, while containing no mineral oils, it takes off all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara. I liberally use the oil every evening as my makeup removal system. After, I always go in with my cleanser and Clarisonic Mia as a second cleanse, and to ensure I've removed all traces of gunk. In general, I don't feel satisfied with a cleansing oil as my only step, especially when a full face of makeup is involved. Big thumbs up from me in regards to Origins Clean Energy.

Let me know in the comments below what cleansing oils you guys love!


My Week in Instagram #11

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More food, face masks and kitty pictures. I'm really quite predictable aren't I? Really though, the food in Portland is amazing and I have so many upcoming restaurant reviews. One of my best friends was in town for a whole week and we took the opportunity to try out so many delicious places! Make sure to follow me on Instagram if you enjoy these pictures: @csr204.

right to left/top to bottom:

strawberry balsamic ice cream | tasty & sons | kiehl's rare earth deep pore masque | broder
halibut burger | favorite energy drink | my kitty | stew @ pambiche
do i look like my cat? | brunch @ equinox | sandy river | hot summer weekend

Hope you enjoyed!

NOTD: NYC - Spring Street

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Everyone has that nail polish color that constantly sucks them in. For me it's that orangey-red that is so incredibly flattering on every skin tone, i.e. O.P.I. Cajun Shrimp. I'll walk into the drugstore or Sephora and see a new display and get excited for what I think will be a beautiful new shade to add to my collection, and in turn to take it home and see that I have 15 others exactly the same. This new polish is no exception. However, it is incredibly inexpensive and a great formulation. NYC Spring Street retails for under 2 dollars and is a great find if you have never dove into that world of the bright red with a hint of orange. 

In two coats the polish is opaque and started to chip after 4 days of "aggressive" wear. I have multiple of these NYC polishes and have been impressed with the quality for the price every time. Regardless of the fact that I have so many colors similar to Spring Street, I'm still happy I have added it to my arsenal. I find it to be a perfect all year classic color, but especially in the summer. It gives the perfect pop of tasteful color on my hands. I found mine at my local Rite Aide. 

Hope you enjoyed!


Review: L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This is one of the most long overdue reviews as of yet. I've been using this product for almost a year now and have only really mentioned it once, in my Best of Beauty 2012. However, the L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum deserves much more attention then that. This amazing elixir of sorts is a concentrated form of essential oils from the immortelle flower, a never-fading flower, even after being picked. It's ability to sustain itself translates directly into an anti-aging ingredient, potent and powerful.  

The thick and white (get your head out of the gutter) consistency of the serum is beyond luxurious. Even though it does leave a sticky residue on the skin, it works beautifully with any moisturizer applied on top. Over consistent use of this product I have seen a radical change in the texture of my skin. Even though this has a hefty price tag ($70), I think this is definitely worth getting a sample of at least. If you are one that invests in your skin care, you know that a quality product can be even more expensive then that. Price aside, this luxurious product really improves the quality of your skin, reduces scarring and minimizes signs of aging. Check out your local Sephora for a sample of this anti-aging elixir. 

Hope you enjoy!


Review: Skin 79 Rose Mask

Sunday, July 21, 2013

After a long day at work, one of my favorite ways to relax and wind down is to spend a little time pampering myself. I will change into more comfortable clothes, slowly massage my makeup off with a cleansing oil, and eventually slap on a face mask. As the mask is doing its magic, I'll go make dinner, throw some laundry in the washer, and anything else that needs to be done around the house. My latest mask obsession is by Skin 79. A brand that I was introduced to in a small asian beauty supply in San Francisco when I was on the hunt for more Liole products (I love that BB Cream). I saw this mask discounted and I decided it looked like my kind of thing: chunks of rose petals and moisturizing, perfect. Surprise, surprise, I love the Skin 79 Rose Mask and it has quickly become one of my favorites. 

You can see this mask in action in my Sunday Routine video where I used it immediately after a deep pore cleansing mask. When I'm breaking out, the cleansing mask will pull the impurities out, and the Skin 79 Rose Mask hydrates while calming the irritation and rosacea. The cooling gel consistency is a little odd at first, as it seems like you are putting strawberry jam on your face, but the moisturizing and calming effects are immediate. I suppose that on hot days this would also be a great mask to pop in the fridge and use it as a cooling agent as well (i.e. post sun exposure/burn). For the quality of the product, I find the price at $14 to be incredibly affordable and worthwhile. Unfortunately, the accessibility is limited as this is a Korean company that is not widely available in North America. I have been really enjoying using this product during the Spring and Summer when my skin is dry and I've pulled some really long hours at the office. However, I will have to see if the moisture and hydrating factors will stand through the test of my incredibly dry and dehydrated winter skin. Stay tuned for a future update.

Hope you enjoyed!


Empties: June 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

And the insanity of empty products continues with another month of hair products, skincare, and body products. Unfortunately, I didn't make it through any makeup this time around. Some favorites that I'm sad to see go are the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, the Bumble & bumble Sunday Shampoo, and the Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. Make sure to watch the video below to see mini reviews on all the products mentioned, also you can see my new hair!

Products Mentioned:
Shiseido Facial Cotton*
Jason Natural Hand Soap Calming Lavender*
Hugo Naturals Essential Mist French Lavender
Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Dry Shampoo Spray
Bumble & bumble Sunday Shampoo*
Rusk Cure Green Apple & Tea Tree Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Chaacoca Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Shampoo*
Chaacoca Argan Oil Daily Moisture Repair Conditioner*
Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Conditioner*
Tresemme Nourishing Rituals Liquid Gold Shine Therapy*
Red Flower Italian Blood Orange Lotion
eos Shave Cream Vanilla Bliss*
REN Neroli & Grapefruit Body Wash*
Bath & Body Works Cashmere Glow Shower Gel*
Boscia Restorative Day Moisture Cream
Exuviance Soothing Toning Lotion*
Julep Daily Defense SPF 30
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque*

Travel/Sample Sizes:

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray*
Nick Chavez Prickly Pear Restoring Mist*
Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum*
Jane Iredale Tantasia
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate*
Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream*
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

* = i would repurchase

Hope you enjoyed!
Love, Claire

Review: Kiehl's Magic Elixer

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kiehl's does it again! Another hit from one of my all time favorite skin care/body care/hair care lines. If you are some one who suffers from either a dry/itchy scalp, or dry and damaged hair in general, the Kiehl's Magic Elixir  is a great product to help remedy your lack of moisture. Because of the higher price tag of this item ($20), I tend to use it on my most needed areas, i.e. my scalp. As mentioned in my Sunday Routine I like to run this though my scalp, parting it as I go along (check out the video to see a demonstration). 

The nozzle applicator is perfect for running up and down your scalp, making it not only easy, but ideal for dispensing just the right amount. The oil blend contains rosemary, which is not only rich in anti-oxidant but it is soothing and calming for the scalp (it can be found in many scalp treatments on the market). What I find so special about this product is not just the rosemary oil, but that it's blended with avocado oil (nourishment), safflower oil (more moisture), and aloe vera (calming). My hair and scalp drink up this oil like its going out of style. Definitely stop by your local Kiehl's to pick up a sample, I assure you it's worth a try.

Hope you enjoyed!

Favorites: June 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A little late, but it's finally time for my June Favorites. A new mascara obsession was found along with a new favorite body scrub, which is something hard for me to do. Kiehl's and MAC have both done it again with great products. Make sure to watch the video below to get descriptions on all the products that I've been loving over the month of June.

Products Mentioned:
Origins Planscription Anti-Aging Serum with Anogeissus
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