Review: Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Toners were a part of my skincare routine that I was always indifferent about. However I have found myself over the last few years become completely addicted to trying out different ones that target various concerns. From hydration to cleansing and exfoliating, toners can be the key step in helping the penetration and effectiveness of the rest of your skincare routine. Today I bring you a new favorite from Mario Badescu focused on treating dry and irritated skin. The Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion also directly targets dilated and broken capillaries, resulting from skin conditions such as Couperose.


I suffer from Rosacea and dry skin on a good day. Most of the time I'm battling Acne, hives, milia, scars, and the list goes on. Regardless of the issue, if my skin is irritated, a few swipes of this with cotton pad post cleanse calms and soothes. A mild herbal smell accompanies the soothing sensation of this toner. If you are a fan of the Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner, this is very similar and both are virtually the same price. Rather than cucumber and allantoin in Kiehl's toner, Mario Badescu combines bee pollen, aloe vera, and keratoplast to combat sensitive and reddened skin while strengthening weakened capillaries. So if you have dry, sensitive skin, or broken capillaries, check out Mario Badescu's Keratoplast Cleansing Lotion. I picked mine up from Nordstrom.

Hope you enjoyed!

Love,
Claire

Top 5: Foundations

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Foundations are the base of makeup application. Despite the pun...I stand by that statement. Without a solid foundation product, I find it very difficult to successfully achieve the look I'm attempting to obtain. Regardless of degree of coverage, I tend to wear foundation almost all days. Of course there are the concealer and eyeliner and out-the-door days, and even no makeup whatsoever days; but the average work day I want/need to look more awake and presentable to clients and coworkers. Looking your best and putting effort in how you present yourself is a sign of respect towards the people you are surrounded by.


I'm so happy this video was requested because it's a perfect topic for me. For the skincare obsessed junkie, foundation and base products are the skincare-to-makeup hybrid product (especially the Korean BB creams I have to share). I love my blushes and bronzers, but I find myself testing and trying new foundations more than any other makeup product. Today I finally bring you my top 5. In general my skin does not change dramatically with the seasons, so these products have received a great deal of love over the last year. Definitely be sure to check out the video below for some great foundation/makeup base recommendations.


Products Mentioned:

MAC Face & Body Foundation

Hope you enjoyed!

Love,
Claire

NOTD: Julep Hailee

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I'm a nail polish addict. I love it so much that I'm part of the Julep Maven subscription program, a monthly subscription service that brings new nail polish and beauty products to my door. Over a year of being a member, I have never been disappointed with a single polish from Julep. Today I bring you a beautiful fall shade, Hailee (all the Julep polishes are girl's names). This beautiful matte, silvery-green polish will definitely take me through both Fall and Winter. 


I'm really looking forward to wearing matte finishes on my nails (luckily I have a great matte top coat from Julep to add to any color). I find it to be elegant, tasteful and much more modest than a glossy finish. Hailee is part of the "Suede Matte Finish" collection from Julep. After two coats, and no top coat needed, this richly pigmented is perfect. The brush on Julep polishes is not as wide as my all time favorite, the Dior brush, but it's also not a skinny brush. The formula of Hailee is very similar to that of the average Julep polish, thick and rich. Good news is that Hailee is now on sale on Julep's Website for $7.99 versus $14.99! Definitely pick up Hailee or any of the other shades in the Suede Matte Finish collection. Julep polishes can also be found at Sephora if you want to swatch the polish before spending the money.

Love, 
Claire

Empties: August 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Many favorites this past month hit the dust. I had to say goodbye to a luxurious and unnecessary (but oh so pampering) love, my LUSH Almond & Coconut Shower Smoothie; which I will be sure to repurchase next time I make my way to LUSH.


It's always frustrating that by the time I make it to finishing a product and talking about it in my Empties videos/posts, it's been discontinued. Unfortunately this month, two products that I really enjoyed are currently unavailable! Otherwise, I hope you find all the mini reviews helpful and interesting. Do note, that as I am a beauty product junkie, there is no judging needed for the hoards of product I pound through over the mere course of 30 days!


Products Mentioned:

Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser
Bath & Body Works Pocketbac Sanitizing Hand Gel Cilantro Peach (discontinued)*
Studio 35 Beauty Regular Nail Polish Remover Pad*
Andrea Modlash Strip Lash - 21 Black*
LUSH Almond & Coconut Shower Smoothie*
Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Body Glow
Chaacoca Intense Hair Repair Treatment Mask with Argan Oil*
the Balm En Root Hairspray Flexible Hold*
Suave Kids Soft & Smooth Detangler Twirlin Swirlberry
True Blue Spa 60-Second Manicure Hand Scrub
Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover
Butter London Acetone Free Lacquer Remover Pumpkin Warrior (discontinued)
Murad Clarifying Cleanser*
MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator*
Olay Fresh Effects S'wipe Out! Refreshing Make-up Removal Cloths
Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner (reformulated)
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser*
Alchemie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask*
Clarisonic Sensitive Skin Brush Head*
Naruko Raw Job's Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Mask*
Maybeline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Radiant*
Maybeline Baby Lips Peppermint


Travel/Sample Sizes:

Color Sustain Color Revealing Conditioner (x2)
Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for Dry Hair*
Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Spray*
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray*
A! Absolute! Makeup Cleansing Tissues Cucumber*
Ole Henrikson Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster (x5)*
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate*
European Wax Center The Exfoliate
European Wax Center Slow IT Body Wash
Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion
Dior Hydralife Youth Essential Concentrated Sorbet Essence*
Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream
bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener*
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne*
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne*
Stila Lip Glaze Lights (discontinued)*

* = I would repurchase


Be sure to let me know below if you have tried any of the products mentioned in the video!

Love,
Claire

A Week in Australia Part I: Sydney

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I am so fortunate to have so many friends and family all over the world. Not only do I have amazing people to stay with, but incredible tour guides as well. There is no doubt that knowing somebody in a foreign country can make your experience infinitely better and more authentic. Having an insider's guide to the best restaurants and beaches made my trip to Australia amazing. My cousin was getting married in Melbourne and I of course wanted to be part of her special day. Over the course of my trip, I spent six days in Sydney and three days in Melbourne. For today's post, I bring you a few of the photos  taken whilst in Sydney.

First things first, there are too many beautiful beaches in Sydney to count. There were man-made pools on the edge of the beach that would fill with the sea water (see below). Do note that I was there at the end of winter and the weather was still this beautiful.


One of the more famous beaches, Bondi Beach was surely something to see. I was so jealous of my friend who grew up coming here to surf and lay in the sun every day after school during highschool! We also had an amazing salad for lunch. It was made with slow-cooked lamb, yogurt, white kidney beans, pomegranate seeds, roasted carrots, fennel, mint & feta, absolutely divine and something I need to try to recreate!


One of my favorite spots was a little park in Dover Heights that was at the edge of the world. Not only were there plenty of adorable dogs running around, but this is one of the moments when I felt the shear distance between Australia and North America while looking out at the vastness of the Pacific Ocean (cheesy, but true). 


I had such an amazing time with my family friends. The only way this trip could have been any more perfect would have been if Nate and my parents were there to share it with me.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and stay tuned for Part II: Melbourne coming soon!

Love,
Claire 

Review: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Monday, September 9, 2013

It's time I talk about one of my favorite nighttime serums, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I only have good things to say about this magical little potion! Over extended use (about 3 months) I have seen drastic improvements in the texture of my skin, the fading of my scars, and the minimization of breakouts. My overall skin health has changed for the better with the consistent use of this lightweight essential oil blend. 


Because of the higher price tag of this item, I was sure to get plenty of samples from Kiehl's before diving in and making the plunge (Kiehl's is the best at giving free samples). With the improvement of my skin's texture, my makeup application is not only smoother, but also lasts longer. 
Every night, after cleansing and toning, I like to create a concoction of different serums before my moisturizer. My serum choices are based on my skin's condition and the issues I want to address that particular evening. Regardless of the combination I chose, Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate is always included. Not only does it blend beautifully with all sorts of other serums, but it's a product that has quickly become a holy grail item.
Definitely run to your local Kiehl's and get a sample of this amazing elixir. 
Also note, this magic-in-a-bottle is paraben free!

Hope you enjoyed,
Claire

Favorites: August 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Over the month of August I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Australia (travel post and haul coming soon)! Many of the products featured in my August Favorites came along for the ride as well. One of the star items is the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Booster which I am so happy is now part of my everyday skincare routine. For more lip product recommendation and one new limited edition product by bareMinerals, check out the video below.


Products Mentioned:


I promised that I would do some research on the rumors of the accessibility of Bioderma via Sears.com.  I come to you with good news! Sears Online is now carrying Bioderma Crealine TS H20 Micelle Solution, along with many other Bioderma products! I am so excited to get my hands into more Bioderma products to test out and report back to you guys. Definitely leave comments below of your favorite Bioderma products. See the link above to be taken directly to the Sears Website. 


Love, 
Claire

Beauty Haul #3

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Over the last few weeks I did a little shopping via the trusty internet. One of my favorite sites, ASOS, is one of the best places to get your hands on UK Brands that aren't available in the US. With free shipping and free returns how can you go wrong (they also have amazing clothes and accessories btw)?
I also swung by Nordstrom.com and SkinStore.com to pick up two very pricey, and very hyped up masks that I'm really excited to get my paws into. 


Be sure to watch the video below to see all the products that I've purchased over the last few months. Let me know if there are any products that you would like a more in depth review or tutorial on. 

Products Mentioned:


Hope you enjoyed!
Claire
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