This year for the holidays, I’ve kept my look super simple and it’s been a great time saver. I’ve added just a few products outside of my regular makeup routine to add a little sparkle this season, otherwise it is business as usual. Here are the holiday beauty products that I’ve added to my arsenal this season:
This morning while I was browsing what’s new at Sephora, this little gem immediately stood out to me: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer. I have always loved Kate Somerville’s line and have had the pleasure of meeting Kate 3 times now, I would recommend her products to anyone looking for good skincare. Which is why I’m dying to get my hands on this moisturizer.
The idea with ExfoliKate Glow was to take Kate’s hero product ExfoliKate (often described as Kate in a jar) and transform it into a moisturizer that gently and effectively exfoliate skin from within. The same papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes found in ExfoliKate are also found in this new moisturizer along with a trio of acids to help smooth and hydrate skin at the same time. Glycolic and lactic acid will help exfoliate skin and hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate skin.
In case you’re wondering what is in this product to counteract any possible irritation caused by this exfoliating skin cocktail, ExfoliKate Glow also contains prickly pear extract. This is known as being anti-inflammatory, soothing and deeply nourishing. It is a great ingredient to have in skincare as it also has brightening and anti-aging properties in it.
You can find the new Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer now in Sephora and online at katesomerville.com retailing for $65.
Got 15 minutes to spare? You might need to spend that free time moisturizing those cuticles and your hands with these new Le Mini Macaron Hand and Finger Masks. How cute is this packaging? Just launched this month, these masks retail between $4.50 to $4.99 and are a great way to indulge in a little self-care.
Le Mini Macaron is known for their affordable at-home gel-manicure kits. Now they’ve come out with some treatments to help restore nails to their rightful glory. I’m a little obsessed with this packaging though, makes me want some sort of dessert concoction with ice cream in it tonight.
Here are the new masks introduced this month:
- Rose Nail & Finger Mask – hydrates dry cuticles and brittle nails with lavender and rose extracts.
- Sweet Mandarin Hand Mask – nourishes dull hands with mandarin orange, fig and ginkgo biloba extracts.
- Vanilla Almond Hand Mask – hydrates dry hands, contains soothing vanilla and sweet almond extracts.
- Jasmine Green Tea Hand Mask – revives tired hands with coconut oil, jasmine and green tea extracts.
I’ve been telling myself I’m going to start making care packages with cool beauty products for friends and family, specifically had my future mother-in-law in mind for this. Wouldn’t this be a great addition to a gift basket with some soaps and body lotions in it? A few hand masks and nail masks are definitely going on my shopping to-do list. How about you? Is your curiosity getting the better of you? 😉
There are some things in life that just make you feel good about yourself. Getting my makeup done by someone is one of those things, I leave the artist’s chair feeling more confident and put together, even having learned a few new tricks. Whenever I have the chance to do this, I clear my calendar and jump at the opportunity. There’s bound to be a few good selfies in it! 😉
This Saturday the Bellevue Nordstrom is one of those opportunities. Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch will be on site giving private one on one makeup consultations as well as introducing the new Dolce Matte Lipstick and Summer Shine makeup collections. If you haven’t had the chance to play with these collections yet, Saturday is the perfect time to up your red lipstick game and plan your summer makeup wardrobe.
Keep reading for information on how to make your appointment for Saturday!
I’ve been obsessing over Jin Soon’s latest collection for a little while though, those shades are completely on point for this season and I’m hardcore coveting all of them. Just in time for the unofficial start of the summer season, Jin Soon’s created a great look for your digits for this Memorial Day using shades from her recent collaboration with Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop. The best thing about this design? Even the most novice nail artist can totally achieve this look with no problem at all.
Step 1: Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat
Step 2: Apply JINsoon Doux
Step 3: Using a striping brush, create slight waves with JINsoon Cool Blue diagonally from the left to the right side of the nail. Vary the thickness so one side is thicker than the other. You can do this by slightly applying more pressure with the brush as you draw the line.
Step 4: Using JINsoon Kookie White, mimic the line from Step 3 right below it
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 using JINsoon Coquette
Step 6: Apply a top gloss like JINsoon Top Gloss
You got this, right? Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
The Dolce & Gabbana spring makeup collection has landed on counters and it is serving up the perfect spring look on a pretty platter. This collection is overflowing with vivid color to play with for nails, lips, eyes and cheeks. Even if bright colors are out of your comfort zone, this collection’s palette of color has options to ease your way into that bright light.
If you are in the Seattle area, Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch will be here this weekend to give personal consultations so it is the perfect time to visit the counter and play with the spring collection. Keep reading for more information on booking your consultation and which product from the spring collection is a must-have! Continue reading
When I want something, I will go anywhere I need to go in order to get it. Patience is not one of my virtues. I wouldn’t admit this to just anyone but since we have bonded over beauty products, I’ll tell you. After going to two other stores, I once drove 49 miles each way for an Armani foundation. I hunted down Valentina’s Home Brewed Pure Body Care Perfume Oil in True Love in much the same way over the course of the last few months.
Every time I would try to buy this perfume, every other fragrance would be in stock but True Love. It eluded me for months, and apparently a lot of other gals. It wasn’t until a random stop at Whole Foods on Christmas Eve for a centerpiece that I finally found it. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Isn’t that how it always goes? You find what you want when you least expect it. What I didn’t expect was how much I’d love the whole Valentina’s Home Brewed Pure Body Care line.
When you take three of the world’s top hairstylists and put them together to create a forward thinking, innovative haircare line, you get the new R+Co line. R+Co has Howard McLaren, the Garren and Thom Priano at the helm and what you get is a fun, stylish line of hair products with attitude. Another interesting fact about this new line? The Oribe product line is part of the same parent company… need I say more? When Seattle’s Gene Juarez Salon invited me in to sit down with a senior stylist and try the line for myself with a blowout, I was excited and ready for some hair play.
The minute I read about this line and the brains behind it, I was intrigued. R+Co is a unique line and it keeps the health of your hair and scalp as its top priority with all of their products being treatment oriented. Every detail was thought of; from the stylish packaging, the different fragrances each product features to the ingredients at the very core of the line. All of their products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They are also vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and color safe.
Last year I resolved to use up all of the skincare and makeup I had been hoarding during the last few years. Some of it went in the garbage but most of it was used up to the point where my stash got pretty lean, something the old Carla would have hated. The current Carla is pretty happy with the size of her stash, there is plenty of room for new green additions.
I worked my way through quite a few cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers. Along the way, I developed an interest in oil cleansing. I was reading everything I could on essential oils and carrier oils until I finally started using my own blends to remove my makeup and moisturize my skin. There was a period of adjustment but I found that I really preferred oil cleansing to how I use to cleanse my skin, it was relaxing and left my skin feeling better than ever. I was hooked but more on that later…
As for makeup, there are two things I have not purchased recently: foundation and concealer. I know a lot of you can relate to this, I had so many bottles of foundation and tubes of concealer that I forbid myself from buying any more. For the most part, I stayed the course. Small samples don’t count, right? I still have some foundation to work through but I’m almost at a point where I’m ready to scoop up some products I’ve been dying to try. I’m looking at you, Gressa and Kjaer Weis!
Do you know that feeling when you’ve gone for a long walk and you realize the end is in sight? That’s how I feel about this foundation/concealer “no buy” of mine, I’m glad it’s nearly over!
Part of the problem with developing an interest in green beauty is its price point. For some, the price tag for some products puts them simply out of reach. That is definitely an issue for me with a few products I have been eyeing. This is part of the reason why I signed up for Petit Vour, a vegan and cruelty free monthly beauty box. It’s a chance to try some of the newest in green beauty while keeping my budget in mind… the other reason is I just like receiving goodies in the mail. 😉
For $15 a month (other subscription pricing is available as well), you receive a box with four to five samples from up and coming brands in the green beauty world. You pay at the beginning of the month and your box is shipped mid-month. Petit Vour also lets you earn points much like other subscription boxes that you can redeem in their shop. The big draw for me was seeing the list of brands they are working with, most of the brands I have on my radar right now.
My box took about two weeks to reach me, which was a bit of a disappointment but it is very possible that the holidays had a lot to do with it. I let that go and will re-evaluate with my second box shipping later this month. Once I finally received my box, I was a happy gal… I had a gorgeous, vampy full sized nail polish, a new deodorant to try, a matte peach blush and a sample of a serum from a brand that was new to me. I didn’t receive a 5th product but I assumed the blush was full sized so I considered this fair.