“As my SHH would say, my vanity is good for the economy.”

CHANEL VITALUMIÈRE AQUA ULTRA-LIGHT SKIN PERFECTING MAKEUP SPF 15

“The tiniest drop of this new hybrid fluid creates a fresh, natural complexion. Skin looks refined and feels refreshed, creating an exquisite makeup experience. The fluid formula has a soft, water-light texture, and comes in 10 shades that match perfectly to skin’s undertones, whether pink or beige. Dermatologist-tested. Noncomedogenic. Oil- free.”–Nordstroms.com

Comes in TEN colors

IN MY PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT WHORE OPINION: 

I recently started hearing RAVE reviews about this foundation here:

and here:

While I don’t know these lovely ladies personally, they do play a big role in my product purchasing strategies 🙂

The truth is, I don’t actually “need” a foundation.  My skin is good enough (thanks to lots of exfoliation and good natural products, that are packed with antioxidants) that I can usually get away with just blush or bronzer, mascara and lip gloss.  I am a fan of this minimalistic application option 🙂

However, there are times when I need just a little more.  Not enough to warrant a full coverage foundation (ever) and I still haven’t found a tinted moisturizer that I have been satisfied with–seriously, I hate the stuff.

I was a little nervous considering the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua as it is an official foundation.  After hearing the reviews, I thought it was worth a blog post at the very least.

I was pleasantly surprised with the formula.  I did spend a FULL MINUTE shaking the bottle to ensure that it would be as light as possible.  This is absolutely my favorite thing about this foundation.  I actually have moisturizers that are SIGNIFICANTLY thicker.

I used my fingers to apply as the video’s both mentioned that its nice to get the formula warmed up in your fingers first. I like this application method a lot and really do believe that warming the liquid up allows for a smoother finish.

The other thing I REALLY liked about this formula is that it is easily as light as a tinted moisturizer.  I felt like my skin wasn’t being suffocated–at all.  In fact, I didn’t actually think about it at all after I had applied.  This in itself is noteworthy as generally, I apply and can’t stop thinking about the way it feels on my skin–I HATE THIS FEELING.  HATE IT.  So, I was especially impressed that it was so light.  Also, because its so moisturizing, I didn’t wear anything under it except for Monistat aka Vag Cream in my T-Zone.  I really like that this is an option for me.

I applied a second layer to the spot on my chin that suffers from a personality disorder (but only right before our wedding, when we travel or have an awesome event that will surely include loads of photography–obvi).  I loved how build-able the coverage was and it was build-able without being noticeable and totally covered the light scarring–DOUBLE WHAMMY!

Here is a semi good picture of the spots on my chin that, imo, aren’t noticeable. I wish I had a picture of the glowiness (is that even a word? apparently not as my spell check won’t recognize it–but you get what I mean).  I really really liked the overall sheen/luster/glow/dewiness.  It really is like a second, but better skin.

**DISCLAIMER: this picture is also an excellent example of learning to trust your stylist.  Even though Pam warned me that this color would likely wash me out and be far too ashy, I insisted.  (IRONICALLY, the whole reason I even wore a foundation is to add color back to my face after this hair color experiment)  She did EXACTLY what I asked for, and she was 100% right on.  Pam: 1  Product Whore: 0–The good thing is, 1: the application was perfect and 2: I really enjoy Pam’s company, so nbd.  As my SHH would say, my vanity is good for the economy :)**

Overall, I am super happy with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.   I would absolutely recommend it for anyone looking for a light coverage foundation that gives a really nice healthy glow.  I have received loads of compliments while wearing this foundation-and this is the first time ever that I would dare to recommend a foundation.

That said, I did get home last night, after 8 hours of wear and immediately washed, exfoliated and masked–just incase it was settling into my skin and clogging my pores.  I am a spaz.

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Introducing the WORLDS WORST MASCARA….EVER

“What it is:
A long-wearing mascara that curls lashes instantly and over time.

What it does:
This mascara features innovative lash-curl memory that continually curls lashes throughout the day and a proprietary curling resin that dries down and holds the curl of lashes for long-lasting results. A unique brush coats and extends each individual lash for eye-popping results. Its intense carbon black hue delivers a lush, dramatic lash line from base to tip.”  Caption and Image from sephora.com.

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I got this as a sample with purchase–this is the only redeeming factor.

Tried it for a dinner at home with neighbors.  Normal night, not too hot, pretty chill.

As I put it on I was immediately disappointed.  It did NOTHING for my lashes.  I actually re-dipped MULTIPLE times because I thought maybe the formula didn’t get on the wand….not the case, at all.

Then an hour later I walk by the mirror in the dining room and noticed that there are HUGE black smudges under my eyes.  Like the kind where you wore your best mascara out on the town, get wasted, spend the night with your head in the toilet crying and fall asleep with your make up on.  It was terrible, and only an hour after application!!!!!  WORST EVER.

image from: The Austin Betty

I got 99 problems, but chapped lips ain’t 1.

I just cleaned out my purse and found an alarming amt of lip products.   Seriously, who needs this many lip products???  I guess I do 🙂

That said, I maintain, I love my Dior Glow and would never downsize that one.  I will leave one for my office though.

The One Love pot is more of a lip care/all over moisture–clearly I need to keep that one!

The Laura and YSL are great colors for work/webcam–these I absolutely have to keep.

The Stainiac is a lip/cheek stain.  This is a just in case of emergency.  I have to keep this one for sure.

The Sugar I keep in the rare event that my SHH needs a lip balm that isn’t glossy or glittery.  @#AlwaysPrepared

And the Clinique is the only true gloss.  Its the closest color to my own lip color so I like it a lot.

 

Catch Up!

Wow, its been a while.

Since the last time I blogged I have:

Re-enrolled in school.

The Institute of Integrative Nutrition – Health and Wellness are passions of mine.  However, as of late, they haven’t been enough of a priority in my life.  After trying the Atkins diet starting in October I got REALLY sick.  REALLY really sick.  I originally felt amazing.  I had so much energy and I was dropping weight like crazy.  I had read all the books and scoured the internet for feedback and tools about the diet.  I found the good the bad and the ugly.  Based upon my own research, I decided to move forward.  I took it very seriously and very rarely cheated.  THEN, I started to have some tummy trouble.  That tummy trouble turned into colon issues.  Those colon issues are currently dictating all my activity levels in one way or another.  It is a disaster.

I try hard to not use my blog as a soap stand…so forgive me for this.  It drives me absolutely crazy that I spent 16 years in school learning algebra and world history (I do understand the importance of world history).  These years are meant to prepare you for the real world.  Unfortunately, I have found few occasions in “real life” that require any kind of geometry or algebra.  In the event that I do need any geometry, I find that GOOGLE solves everything.   I am resourceful.  CRAZY resourceful.

In all 16 years of learning, I was never taught the two most important lessons for daily activities: eating and spending.  No coincidence that our country is well known for being obese and in debt.  I resent our education system for not spending more time teaching me the importance of the value of food and a dollar but spent weeks on the value of a right angle.  That said, I should say, I loved my teachers and school.  I had a great school experience otherwise.

All of that to say that for years I have been considering going back to school to learn more about nutrition so that I can teach/help people understand the importance and the basics.  I finally took the first steps and enrolled!

I have so much to learn and a burning passion to help people understand the importance of food value.  This is why I chose the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. Stay tuned for more!

Also, my SHH and I planned and executed a wedding this month.  Our very good friends T and J LOVE got married and SHH and I did what we could to make this event as smooth as possible.  During and after the event we received so much positive feedback that we decided to throw our hats into the wedding planning business in SB.  We really had a great time together 🙂  we had talked about this as a possibility for years and finally pulled the trigger-we are in the practice of pulling the trigger lately :).    It is a HUGE risk, but we are excited to test it out.

Also, we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary!

and one year later…

We took an amazing weekend spa getaway.  I highly recommend a spa getaway.  Seriously, it was amazing.

And now on to products….

I had a recent Sephora Haul….

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, Radiant Touch

“What it is:
A luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion.

What it does:
Loved by models, makeup artists, celebrities, and women everywhere, the award-winning Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT Radiant Touch is like eight hours of sleep and an instant pick-me-up in a magic wand. With a few strategically placed strokes of TOUCHE ÉCLAT, the complexion immediately looks rested, rejuvenated, and radiant.

What else you need to know:
TOUCHE ÉCLAT banishes shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light and creating an instant lift to the eye area. TOUCHE ÉCLAT widens eyes when used between the eyebrows and along the sides of the nose, and creates fuller looking lips when used in the hollow of the chin and around the contour of the lips. It’s formulated for all skin types and for anyone who wants instant radiance, luminosity, and lift.”-Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I have heard LOADS of raving fans on Vlogs go on and on about this product.  Apparently YSL, has been a leader in the world of foundations (which I do not wear) and recently the launched YSL Touche Eclat as a foundation in Europe-it will launch here next month.  The foundation is getting RAVE reviews and I wanted desperately to try the highlighter 🙂

Drumroll pls…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I really loved it.  Looooved it.  It is the perfect amt of glowy.  That said, I have a few others that have a similar affect for less.  I don’t often discuss pricing but for $40 for highlighter I felt a responsibility.  Since highlighter is one of the only products I wear, I will keep this as I like it a lot, but I don’t know that I would re-purchase.

VOLUPTÉ SHEER CANDY – Glossy Balm

“What it is:
A glossy lip balm.

What it does:
This balm dresses your lips in a sheer veil of brilliant color boosted with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruit extract. Its ultra-light, sensual texture leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to eight hours and is ideal for year-round use.”-Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

OBSESSED.  I love the color, the formula and the smell is so dreamy. It’s like chap stick, but longer lasting and amazing color.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Bio-Oil

“Bio‐Oil is a specialist moisturizing oil that smooths and tones scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‐Oil has won 80 skincare awards since its global launch in 2002. It is America’s #1 selling multi use skincare oil.”  Biooil.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

This might be my very first drug store find review.

For weeks I have been hearing rave reviews for Bio Oil.   FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.  I finally made a special trip to CVS to investigate 🙂

So far, I really like it.  It makes my skin so so so soft.  Though, the scent took some getting used to for both me and SHH.  It’s not bad, its just different.  Also, I made the mistake of spending time in the sun hours after application and I am quite certain that even though I applied SPF 50, the reason I burned is the residual Bio Oil.  I will continue to use it for now as I love the way it makes my skin look supple and feel so soft.  Stay tuned for more on Bio Oil.

Neons.

I always feel like I am just behind all the”cool” trends, for instance, I am just now catching on to the 80’s neon craze 🙂  Fortunately for me its seems to be back!  Neon pink is my fav…clearly.

In other news, something happened today that has never happened to me in all my years….I hit pan on my Laguna bronzer!  This is beauty blogger lingo for, I am almost out and am at the bottom (pan) of my compact 🙂

I switch product so much and so often that I NEVER ever get to the bottom of ANY PRODUCT–the closest I have ever come has been lip gloss.  This is a true testiment of my undying love for this product.  The picture above is a Nars Duo with Orgasm and Laguna.  It’s so great for summer…and winter…and fall…Lets face it, I live in Cali, we only have one season and its called…AWESOME.  I totes recommend this Duo!  DO IT, GET THE DUO!

Ab Fab April Finds

Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue

What it is:
A deeply penetrating overnight treatment for damaged hair that repairs while you sleep.

What it does:
This powerful treatment repairs and replenishes damaged hair, restores and reinforces hair strength, and prevents future breakage. It absorbs instantly and won’t leave greasy residue on pillows or sheets. The more you use it, the healthier your hair becomes.” -Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:   HOLY SMOKES BATMAN.  That said, I should mention that I am constantly a victim of marketing…CONSTANTLY.  For instance the other day I bought Crest GLAMOROUS whitening toothpaste.  Really?!  Glamorous?  How so?  How is that measured?  I’ll tell you how… PURCHASES BY SUCKERS LIKE ME!  This product was no different.  I recently got suckered in by the Alterna Caviar line.  Mostly because it says CAVIAR–David and Victoria Beckham eat Caviar–I bet Will and Kate do too.  I love their accents, and Kate and Posh have amaze hair.  I want to put Caviar in my hair!  CHA-CHING!

The truth is, I got this as a Sephora sample last night.  Applied, enjoyed the pleasant scents, pulled hair up, slept on it, and washed with Caviar shampoo this morning.

MY MANE LOOKS AWESOME.  SERIOUSLY AWESOME.  Princess Kate ain’t got nothin’ on me (Ironically, that’s NOT the first time I’ve used that line in my blog.)

My split ends have disappeared….VANISHED!  WHAT WHAT?!!?!  ALACAZAM-ED!

GO GET A SAMPLE!  DO IT.

Sephora by OPI TRENDTIPS

“What it is:
A collection of precut nail strips in a variety of lavish designs.

What it does:
No fuss and lots of flash: flaunt flirty, fabulous designs on fingers and toes in one simple step with these nail appliqués. Sephora’s authority in beauty trends combines with the color expertise and renowned quality of OPI for a collection of gorgeous, detailed tips no salon can replicate.

What else you need to know:
These real lacquer strips are made of a solid-film material with an adhesive back. They feature extended wear, zero dry time, and easily remove with standard polish remover. Each pack includes a set of 16 strips to fit all nails.” -Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:My other FB BFF (who I have actually met once, but thru the wonder of Facebook have fallen deeply in love with)”the hot Russian” as I refer to her fondly, told me about these.

EASY PEASY BEAUTIFUL!  I was pressed for time last night and didn’t get to my mani pedi.  I grabbed these walking out the door at Sephora.  I was apprehensive, but curious.  I FREAKIN LOVE THESE!  It took me a few to get it down pat, but I LOOOOVE them.

Moral of the story:  when the hot Russian tells you to do something…do it.

CHANEL OMBRE D'EAU FLUID IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW

CHANEL OMBRE D'EAU FLUID IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW

CHANEL ILLUSION D'OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW

CHANEL ILLUSION D'OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I was standing at the Chanel counter-waiting for help when the woman next to me noticed I was looking at the CHANEL OMBRE D’EAU FLUID IRIDESCENT EYESHADOW she swore up and down that it was the best shadow she has ever used.  And that the little vile of awesomeness will last forever.  Nuff Said–PURCHASED–CHA CHING

The CHANEL ILLUSION D’OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW I watched in one of Tanya Burr’s beauty Vlog’s.  She has the worlds best pouty lips and English accent–You already know how I feel about Posh, David, Will and Kate.  So I ran out and….CHA CHING.  LOVE IT.

Because they are both long wear liquid-ish shadows they last forever–I obviously love that:) and it doesn’t get stuck in my Asian Eye crease.  Also, I mean it when I say, CHANEL HAS THE BEST COLORS!  I am just ga ga over them.

IT WORKS BODY WRAP

“The It Works body wrap is a detoxifying wrap that works to target the areas YOU choose in a 45-minute application. The body wrap is approximately 21″ long and 11″ wide at it’s widest point.  It comes pre-packaged and ready for use right out of the bag.  There is no need for a messy application process.  Simply pick the area you want to get results in and place the applicator smoothly on your body and use saran wrap or an ace bandage to keep it in place for 45 minutes.

You can achieve better results by drinking lots of water during your wrap day and for 3 days after, since the product continues to work for 72 hours after you remove it.

So take an hour for yourself, relax and lose.” -http://bodyapplicators.com/

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

My very good friend from college told me about her experience with these.  I obviously had to know more.  So I bought them, shipped them, and tried them on Monday night.

I did everything the box says.  I drank all the required water–Before and After.  I measured in three spots and marked the locations of measurements:)

I put the slimy wrap on at 5, instead of saran wrap I used Spanx x2:) I laid patiently for two hours–FREEZING.  The medicated wrap has a mentol-ish tingle.  But I was FREEZING.  TWO SWEATSHIRTS AND A BLANKET COLD.

At 7 I peeled it off and rubbed the rest of the lotion in.  I retook my measurements…DRUM ROLL PLS….1 inch in 3 places in 2 hours!  Weird!

While, I don’t recommend this for “weight loss” as I truly believe you need to eat well for health.  I do recommend these for a “PRE-EVENT I NEED TO LOSE A FEW INCHES TO GET IN TO THIS AB FAB DRESS FOR THE SAKE OF MY SELF ESTEEM.”

Update–its Wednesday now, I did the original wrap on Monday, re-measured this morning 1.5 inches.  WEIRD!  Love it:)

To purchase–USE MY FRIEND: Mandy at agregoire4@gmail.com  SUPPORT MY FRIEND!  She is amaze!

Mascara Mystery SOLVED!

Thanks to my Sephora BFF-Jacob, I FINALLY found a solution to my mascara woes…

If you remember from my earlier post, I am FED UP with my mascara flaking off under my eye and SCRUBBING it off after I wash my face with makeup remover.  No one should be so aggressive with that sensitive skin under your eye.  EVER…Love it, nurture it, don’t steel wool it:)

Last weekend I went in to Sephora in a near desperate search for the WORLD’S MOST PERFECT MASCARA EVER IN HISTORY.  Needless to say it was daunting….

I left with:

Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara

What it is:
A do-it-all mascara with an innovative expandable brush.

What it does:
This mascara features a unique brush that changes with the turn of a dial. The fully extended position can be used to majorly volumize lashes; twist down to the ultra compact position to precisely comb through lashes for incredible length, separation, and definition.

Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara *I AM WEARING THIS RIGHT NOW*

What it is:
A mascara that lifts, curls and holds—like a curling iron for your lashes.

What it does:
Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara delivers maximum curl for dramatically long lashes with extra body and definition. Infused with an essential blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and natural extracts, its formula fortifies and conditions lashes without clumping, smudging, or flaking. The dual-length bristles of the full-curl wand lift lashes up and back, while the long-wearing formula holds the curl in place. Lashes get instant body-shaping results.

And last but NOT LEAST IN ANY WAY:

Blinc Mascara

What it is:
The famous pioneering, tube-technology water-resistant mascara.

What it does:
Blinc Mascara is the original tube-technology mascara. It’s invented to form tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes for maximum amplification and hold, rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Once applied, the tubes bind to your lashes and don’t run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.

What else you need to know:
This mascara adds both volume and length, to give you a radiant natural look that lasts all day. Neither water nor pressure alone will remove Blinc Mascara. Only the combination of lots of warm water and gentle pressure (no need for harsh makeup removers) will slide the tiny tubes effortlessly off your lashes into your hand. Upon removal, you will actually see the tiny tubes slide into your hand.

Among the nominees in the 2008 Best of Sephora, Blinc Mascara has is clinically tested to be non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, and active people in search of a mascara whose look, hold, and ease of removal is without compromise.

Blinc Mascara has been clinically tested to be non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

In My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I have only tested the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara and the BLINC (cut me a break its only been 4 days!)

Today I am wearing the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Curl and Lengthen-overall, EH.  I think for the price I could get the EXACT same effect from Cover Girl but for half the price and none of the guilt. Its been 2.5 hours and it has stayed put.  Stand by for more details on this…including wash off.

The Blinc Mascara wasn’t my own choice, Joseph definitely conned me into this one.  And by conned, I mean, he felt that it would be the best option considering my current gripes.  AND MAN WAS HE RIGHT–he usually is.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT for an everyday mascara.  I love that IT NEVER FLAKES OFF.  It’s a VERY natural pretty look, not much for plumping or thickening (granted it doesn’t claim these at all) but totally great for lengthening and separating.  BUT THE BEST PART IS (INSERT DRAMATIC DRUM ROLL HERE) IT COMES OFF TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY EFFORTLESSLY (insert hallelujah chorus here)!  No scrubbing, no repeatedly washing with makeup remover, just a firm grasp with even light pressure and they pull right off.

At first I was worried that the removal process would take my lashes too.  So far I haven’t noticed a single lash coming off…AND BELIEVE ME with these “dinks” for lashes I have been watching like a hawk.

This mascara is perfect for work.  It’s a good Saturday running errands and don’t want to look too tired.  That said, its not enough for date night, or a wedding or a night with the girls.  These nights I want something more.  I need something that will “pop” and that will thicken and lengthen in a MUCH bigger way.  For these occasions, I have come to peace with the makeup remover and scrubbing.  Totally worth it.

Overall I would say my mascara dilemma has been solved.  LOVE YOU JACOB….

True Story

Scene:  Walking down State Street-Sunday AM-BEAUTIFUL DAY

People are milling about.  The sun is shining and I need coffee.

I am about to turn to cross the street when a homeless man stands up a few feet in front of me and SCREAMS–literally screams “YOU’RE JUST AN INTERNATIONAL PERVERT.”

I turned around, because obviously he couldn’t be talking about me…**While I was born out of the country I have only spent a total of 30 days out of the country since then…hardly international…and pervert??????  Well…what’s your definition?**  Turns out he is in fact referring to me.

His outburst stopped sidewalk traffic.  **It felt like one of those after school specials where everyone freezes, but the main character continues to speak as if the others can’t hear him…very Zach Morris on Saved By the Bell.**

In the seconds that followed here is some insight on what was happening in my head:

1.  REALLY???!  Is this really happening right now?

2.  Then suddenly I wondered if I was mooning everyone with my new sundress?  Did the back of my dress get caught in my panties?!!?!?!  OMG can they see my bum?!?!  A quick pat down confirms that I am decent.

3.  Seriously, he can’t be talking to me.

4.  Is this some kind of Asian racism?!

5.  What can he mean by “just an international pervert?”  Is it a declaration AND an insult rolled into one?!?!

6.  What are my options here?  I really want to laugh, but I feel like I should be insulted–its too early to be witty, and it will likely be lost on him.

7.  Is that smell coming from him?  It’s burning my nostrils…RUN!

Finally, I decided to roll with a NASPNod And Smile Politely-if I had to guess, its likely a southern thing.  Actually, if it were southern it would be NASPP, the second “P” is for Pleasantry…something like NASP followed by “Oh, that’s just lovely/darling/precious .”

As I walked away, I texted my fav’s the story.  Here’s the best part:

My bff responds:  International because you are Asian

Me: And pervert because?!!!?

My bff: Awkward….

End Scene

Later that same morning I got stuck in a dress and had to have two store girls CUT ME OUT….I clearly should’ve stayed in bed.

In other news:

Korres

“Cherry Full Color Gloss
What it is:
A high-shine color lip gloss formulated with hydrating cherry oil.

What it does:
Cherry Oil Lip Gloss is a full color, lip conditioning gloss with a non-sticky texture that softens and cares for lips and provides a high-shine finish. Cherry Oil hydrates the lips while vitamins E and C offer antioxidant benefits.

What else you need to know:
This gloss is available in a range of shades from natural to vibrant.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

Sephora is the exclusive beauty retailer for this product.”  -IMAGE and INFO FROM SEPHORA.COM

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I looooved the color.  LOOOVED it!  I was excited to try a new gloss with my new all natural philosophy.

EPIC FAIL.

I got the WORST allergic reaction to this gloss.  It’s been 7 days and I am still recovering from the hives and pussing on my lips.  It was like a character from Star Trek Deep Space Nine crawled in to my mouth.  Hives, Swelling, Pussing-the tri-fecta.

It’s not easy being a product whore…


What’s in my VACATION makeup bag???

ONE MORE SLEEP!

My vacation makeup bag isn’t all that different from my everyday makeup right now.

Over the weekend I scored some AWESOME Sephora gift cards for my Bday!  I did some updating:)

I am a big believer in scent triggered memory.  While we were on our honeymoon in Kauai, I found this smell and fell in love it smells like chocolate, orange and HEAVEN. I like to wear it on vacation so when I smell it later I will associate it with these memories:)

On vacation, eyes are important to me.  I want to look awake, but not over done.  I picked this mascara up yesterday and am VERY impressed with the results so far.  We will see how well it holds up on vacation before it gets an official review.

Eyes: DiorShow New Look

Eye shadow on a beach vacation seems unlikely to me.  This was also part of my birthday gift card purchases.  The packaging is small enough to fit in my makeup case so it made the cut.  We will see if this gets used at all.

Eyes: Two Faced Natural Eye

I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this cream blush.  CACTUS FLOWER by Nars is amazing.  It has the nicest golden/coral color and I love the consistency.   Its perfect for vacation!

Cheeks: Nars Cactus Flower Cream Blush

I have mentioned in other posts that I really love highlighter.  Highlighter is perfect for vacation for me because it allows for a barely there shimmer.  It also helps me look nice and awake.

Highlighter: Tarina Taranitino Dream Hyperlight

I LOVE LIPS!  AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS STUFF!  I wear it every single day.

Dior Lip Glow

It’s in the high to mid 80s in Cabo this week.  It will be perfectly humid, but not uncomfortable.  Just in case, Boscia Blotting Linens…No one wants to look shiny.  I also like to use these before I deplane…it helps me feel refreshed.

Boscia Blotting Linens

SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN!

PTR SPF 30

AND

SUPER FLUID UV DEFENSE SPF 50--TURNS TO POWDER

I am super duper serious about preventing any more sun damage.  When I get back I am going to start the treatment of my HIDEOUS sun spots.  So in the mean time I am planning to protect them as much as possible.  That said:

It won't fit in my makeup bag, but this is ESSENTIAL to my skin care.

WOO HOO VACATION!