Get Ready With Me #4: NARS Spring 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Watch my latest Get Ready With Me Video featuring my picks from the NARS Spring 2014 collection that I've done a previous post here. Hope you enjoy this casual and chatty style of video. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to continue with these kinds of videos!


Did you pick out any products from the recent NARS collection? If so, make sure to comment below!


Thanks for watching!
Love,
Claire

Review: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons

Monday, April 14, 2014

A brand that I have loved for over a year and a half is Bite Beauty. Focused on using primarily food grade ingredients, Bite Beauty is a lip product brand that truly deserves more attention. A line full of high quality products, they recently released limited edition Matte Creme Lip Crayons in bold and beautiful colors. During the VIB Rouge 15% sale I picked up three colors that I thought I would share with you today. I chose Kumquat, Sweety, and Satsuma.  


First things first, the lip pencils are creamy and incredibly pigmented. Not only are they a bold spring/summer statement lip but they are long lasting and comfortable to wear. I was curious to see if I had anything in my collection that was comparable (including limited edition shades). As you can see below Sweety is the closest to Milani Fruit Punch, but still not an exact dupe. 


While Satsuma is probably the shade that I had that most similar lippies, like Nars Yu and Mac Embrace Me, it still doesn't compare to them because the texture is unlike anything else I have. The faint citrus smell is pleasant and adds to the entire experience of this product. My only gripe is that they didn't make more shades. All the released colors are bright and bold, and for those that don't feel comfortable with such a statement look, cannot partake. However, a very similar product, the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils are equally creamy and pigmented. However, they are glossy and don't come in a matte finish.


If you are a fan of the bold lip, I say run to your closest Sephora, the exclusive retailer of Bite Beauty, for the Matte Creme Lip Crayons. I have really fallen in love and look forward to wearing these in the upcoming warmer months. 

Hope you enjoyed!
Love, 
Claire

Empties: March 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Only after a mere two weeks, I completed enough products to fill up an entire bag to talk about! Many of the deluxe samples I tried ended up being full size purchases during the Sephora VIB Rouge 15% Sale. Check out the video below to see my mini reviews of all the products I used up during the last half of march (aka since my Current Empties video).


Products Mentioned:

Samples
Candles
Bath & Body Works Wild Strawberry (discontinued)

Hope you enjoyed, 
Claire

Favorites: March 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Over the last few weeks I found a few new favorites that I wanted to bring to your attention. One of my favorite skincare lines, First Aid Beauty is back in my life in full swing. Featuring both a cleanser and exfoliator from the line in the video, I'm only scratching the surface on plethora of amazing products First Aid Beauty creates. Stay tuned for a Brand Review video of First Aide Beauty in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my March Favorites!




Love, 
Claire

Beauty Haul #5

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A pre-recorded haul from the end of January. I wanted to share some of the new items that I have added to my makeup/skincare arsenal. This haul features all high end products from Nordstrom, Sephora and Beauty.com. 


Definitely make sure to watch the video below to see the new products that I recently picked up. Be sure to let me know in the comments if there are an specific products you wanted me to review or feature on the blog.


Hope you enjoy, 
Claire

Review: First Aide Beauty Face Cleanser

Thursday, April 3, 2014

As of late I am falling madly in love with many products from the First Aid Beauty Range. Not only are they reasonably priced for high quality products, but they contain no nasty ingredients, are safe for all skin types (including sensitive), and are incredibly effective. In the past I've only used the shaving cream, and was very impressed, but recently I've gotten my hands on some of their most basic and best selling products. Today's review is on the First Aide Beauty Face Cleanser


Creamy and foaming but without stripping the skin, this white cleanser has been great for my hyper-sensitive skin. The last few weeks have also proven to be intensely stressful and my skin shows it! First Aide Beauty to the rescue with this calming and fragrance-free cleanser. After makeup removal I lather this all over my face with either my hands or in combination with my Clarisonic, I feel refreshed and cleansed, without that "tight-skin feeling". I definitely recommend this delicate and lovely cleanser for anyone and everyone. If you are suffering from irritated and acne-prone skin (like me) the First Aide Beauty Face Cleanser with surely calm your woes. 

Love, 
Claire

Review: Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

As promised, this year I'm making sure that I give credit to the stand out products that I love and recommend wholeheartedly. I have found that many a "holy grail" item has slipped through the cracks and never been put on stage to receive it's well deserved applause. Today's standing ovation goes to the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water. Compared to the famed Bioderma, along many others, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best cleansing water I have ever used.
After soaking the Shiseido Cotton Pads and holding it over my eye makeup for a few seconds, I am able to swipe away all of my makeup. Without any oily residue, no rubbing or tugging needed, my makeup comes off almost magically. It honestly feels like water, hence the name, without any burning or irritation. Two reasons why this takes the cake versus Bioderma. The first is that it is ever so slightly more effective at makeup removal and second, it is incredibly easily accessible via Sephora.com, Barneys, and even Hautelook. I recommend trying the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water for anyone interested in an easy, effective, and high quality makeup removal product. Do note that I highly discourage this to be the sole cleansing step in your routine, this is only for makeup removal, not cleansing. 

Hope you enjoyed, and let me know in the comments below if you've tried anything from Koh Gen Do!

Love, 
Claire

2013 Favorites: Hair, Body, & Tools

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finally, the last installment of my overdue 2013 Favorites featuring haircare, body care, and tools (including brushes). There were a surprisingly large amount of items in this category, and many extremes (i.e. mentions of Bath & Body Works items while also Oribe). I've found myself over the last year really getting into makeup brushes and starting to appreciate the art of a well manufactured brush and that affects it can have on your makeup application. I've even already made a few more brush investments in 2014 that I'm excited to share and review! Let me know what you think of the video in the comments below and I hope you enjoy!


Products Mentioned
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Contour Brush
Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45
Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56
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