Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes

I love blush. I love blush a lot. I know most of you know this already, but I figured the first step is admitting it, right?

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swatches from the left: Berry, Plum, Ginger and, Peach Pop

I knew I wanted to try these since they look so beautiful and I heard such amazing things about them. I first got Peach Pop to try. Once I had tried Peach Pop I knew I was doomed. The formula is just fantastic! Then I got the other three. The texture is a very soft powder almost a cream but so not powdery (it doesn’t puff up, gather in the corners or anything like some powders do). It actually looks almost like a cream on the skin. The finish is very light and fresh and it has an amazing sheen to them. They are not shimmery. And they are not matte. They are just healthy looking. They also last very beautifully on the skin and I can still see them after 9-10 hours of wear. They blend really nicely as well. I find they aren’t scary pigmented (NARS Exhibit A I’m looking at you) so you can build from light to bright color.

The colors are really nice and basic. Nothing too crazy and there is a good solid everyday color for just about everyone. I really truly love these blushes, and I hope the line gets more colors. Before I you see them all on my cheeks let me say my favorite colors are Peach and Plum, but that is just due to personal preference.

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wearing Peach Pop on my cheeks

Peach Pop is very true to its name. Its peach. I’m in love with it and I’ve been using it almost daily.

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wearing Ginger Pop on my cheeks

Ginger Pop is very similar to Peach but it is deeper in tone and less peach. This leans more coral but it also has a very natural undertone so its the kind of blush that will just go with everything.

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wearing Plum Pop on my cheeks

Plum Pop is a purple toned pink. I find it adds just the right amount of brightness and flush to the face. The purple undertones brighten the complexion and I’ve been loving this one for spring.

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wearing Berry Pop on my cheeks

Berry Pop is a warmer, deeper version of Plum. I think this blush will be my main man in the summer since there is a bit more substance to the color than the light, freshness of Plum Pop.

All in all, I love these blushes. I highly recommend trying one in a color you enjoy. Ever color option is great and natural looking, nothing too crazy (though hopefully there will be in the future). You can get these blushes online, at Clinique counters and at Sephora for $21.

The rundown: A+

Changing Up Fragrance

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Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche (spring/summer) and Gucci Premier (fall/winter)

I haven’t talked about fragrance on this blog yet since I really find it very personal. I know some people who use a different scent all the time and then others who only wear one scent. Plus, everyone has very specific preferences about scents and, I think scent is so amazingly personal. Scent is such a big sense for me, a certain smell can take me back to a specific place, person, time or feeling. So instead of talking about what scents I like I wanted to just talk about refreshing your scent for the warmer months.

I find switching to a lighter fragrance in the spring and summer really refreshing. Its also a great way to get myself in a happy, fresh and, bright mindset every morning. After such a long, hard winter I really want to enjoy this spring and summer. I am looking forward to the warmer weather, and changing up my perfume is just another way to enjoy it.

Do you guys change up your scents a lot? Or are you loyal to a single fragrance? Do you change scents based on the time of the year or just your mood?

So…Your Nails are Wrecked

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nail saviors

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been wearing a lot of polish lately. When I am wearing polish all the time, my nails get mega weak. This is due to the lack of air and nutrients your nails can get while that beautiful polish is covering them. When my nails get weak, chippy and peely (all technical terms mind you) I reach for the nail saviors above.

First I use a nail strengthening polish, the one I have been loving lately is the Sally Hansen Miracle Cure. I really think it works. You add a coat every other day and it has nutrients and minerals to help strength the nail. I then use a cuticle oil to help improve nail strength. Your cuticles are the cells that end up growing into your nails, so improving their health will improve the health of your future nail. I love the Essie Apricot Oil since it smells amazing and isn’t sticky or tacky.

Be sure to keep your hands moisturized to help prevent weak nails as well. Hand creams do have more nourishing oils than body lotions, so having a good one at your desk at work or in your hand bag is great. I really really love the Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream, its amazing and you can get it at the drugstore. It soaks in quickly, which is so important since I hate having sticky hands. It is also very very moisturizing. Its great. I find mine at CVS, but I know it can be hard to get a hold of sometimes.

When I have weak nails, besides caring for them, I like to cut them short so they don’t catch on anything and break. I use nail clippers first and then use a file to clean them up and shape them. Glass nail files are actually much more healthy for your nails and will prevent flaking. But if you file in just one direction it is more gentle on your nails as well.

Do you guys have any products you swear by when your nails need some TLC?

NARS Cyprus Eyeshadow Review

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NARS Cyprus Eyeshadow

I picked up Cyprus recently because it just looks so perfect for spring and summer. Plus, considering how much I love the NARS eyeshadow formula I figured it had to be a good decision. It was.

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NARS Cyprus swatched on my NC/NW20 skin

NARS Cyprus is a really beautiful shimmery light bronze shadow. I love using this all over the lid to make an easy, brightening eye shadow look. Some Cyprus over the lid and your bronzer in the crease = perfect easy summer eye.

I love how easy and beautiful this shadow is, because to be honest, once summer hits and I become a huge grease ball I really can’t be bothered with full on complicated makeup. I just can’t. This shadow is also super long lasting (all day with a primer! And no, that it not always the case) and blends like a dream. Both of which are things that add to the amazing-ness of this shadow.

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wearing NARS Cyprus

I see this becoming my go-to shadow this summer. Its just perfect. You can get this shadow online, at NARS counters and at Sephora for $25.

The rundown: A+

My Morning Skin Care Routine

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the products

I figured I would start the week off with some skin care. I am currently very happy with my skin care routine, and I now feel comfortable sharing it with you guys.

Not to overwhelm you, I decided to start with just my morning routine (the nighttime routine will come later). In the morning I prefer a lighter version of what I use at night. For cleanser I use the Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser. This one does have a strong fragrance to it, so if you don’t do well with that be warned. There are also small beads in it to very gently exfoliate. Its a very foamy face wash and you need only a tiny bit to really get a lot of lather. It is very gentle, and I really enjoy it in the mornings.

I then tone per usual with my Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner (great stuff). This toner is mildly hydrating and it just rebalances the skin after cleansing. For my eye cream I love the Origins GinZing Eye Cream since it is brightening and lightweight. I find this doesn’t make my makeup run or move under my eyes during the day and the beautiful peal it has brightens the under eye area before you even put makeup on. Chemically it has caffeine and ginseng increase circulation to reduce puffiness and darkness.

My morning moisturizer is an old time favorite. I have been using it for about 7 years now. The Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Combination Skin is just the best. I don’t know how it does it, but it manages to help control oil in my t-zone but still moisturizes my cheeks and other slightly less oily parts. Its doesn’t clog my pores and it sits beautifully under makeup.

So thats my morning skincare, I have been using these products for about 6 months now, and they are working very well for me. I have acne prone, oily, congested skin (sounds great right) for reference.

What do you guys love to use for your morning skincare?

My Top 5 Concealers

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YSL Touche Eclat, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Make Up For Ever Full Cover

With warmer weather finally showing up (thank goodness) my face makeup moves to a concealer and a powder foundation (the oil, vey) for my base. Thanks to the warmer weather, I wanted to round up my top 5 concealers to share with you, since they will all be in heavy rotation from here on out.

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from the left: YSL Touche Eclat in 2, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Fair, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, Make Up For Ever Full Cover in 06, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in 02

The first concealer I love is the YSL Touche Eclat in 02, which I have posted about in the past. Its very lightweight, brightening and fairly light in coverage. I really love using this product as a liquid highlighter all over the face, but its also great under the eyes if you don’t have much to cover or as a way to blend out a heavier product or color corrector.

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YSL Touche Eclat in 02

The second is also a brightening concealer, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Fair has both the longest name and the best consistency for under eye work of the 5. It is creamy without being heavy and packs more coverage than the YSL Touche Eclat. It is similar to the YSL since it has a pink brightening undertone as well. I really love it, and since you can grab it at any drugstore its so amazingly easy to get and affordable. Sadly, it has a pretty gross applicator. The sponge tip is kinda gross, but you can take it off or apply with a brush.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Fair

The third is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, I love this one for the upcoming summer. It is radiant, but works for face concealing as it packs some very serious coverage and isn’t tinted. The formula is what makes this concealer truly luminous (and it really is). Its also amazingly easy to blend and looks like skin. I find with a primer I can make this concealer last all day (since it is quite creamy it only lasts 5 hours or so without a primer on my oily skin).

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

The fourth is just amazing. Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer in 06. This concealer covers everything and straight up lasts all day. I use this exclusively on my imperfections (acne, dark spots, redness etc…) and not under my eyes. I find it too drying there, but it can work as a base to under eye concealer to make it last longer. You also need a tiny amount thanks to the mega pigment. Its amazing. And did I mention its waterproof?

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Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 06

The last is a newbie to the concealer family. Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage in 02 is just fantastic. I use this for the same imperfections as the Make Up For Ever since its a heavy cream concealer and I don’t need that kind of coverage under my eyes. You can use it under the eyes, especially since it handily comes with a more yellow shade and a more peach shade. I mix them together depending on the shade of my imperfection (dark spots get more peach to correct while redness gets more yellow). The consistency is thick, but with some warmth it blends amazingly and covers everything. This has the most coverage of the five and I find it lasts a very long time on my skin. Very impressed, very much in love.

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in 02

What about you guys? What concealers do you swear by? I am always looking for great new suggestions.

Clairsonic Luxe Brush Head – Cashmere Cleanse

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Clairsonic Cashmere Brush Head

I love my Clairsonic (you might remember when I got it, I wrote some posts on my experience if you are curious). When I got my Clairsonic it came with some extras, one of which was a Cashmere brush head. At the time that I got the set the brushes were new, and I started using the Sensitive head since that was what was already on the Clairsonic. Now that my old brush is past its three month use, I switched it out for the Cashmere head I had sitting around.

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Clairsonic Cashmere Brush Head

The Cashmere heads are kind of like duo fiber brushes. There is a set of longer bristles and then a shorter set that sits inside. Once you press down on your face the longer bristles smoosh around and the short bristles buff at your skin. This brush is super soft and I find its a more gentle exfoliation. I also find its not as effective, but since it is more gentle you can use it more frequently, so its kind of a trade off. I haven’t been using my Clairsonic more with this brush head simply because I use mine everyday as it is (congested skin for the win). I end up supplementing with another exfoliator about once a week, like the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate.

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Clairsonic Cashmere Brush Head

All in all, its a really amazing brush. Mega luxe and soft its a joy to use. I do find it a gentle version of the sensitive brush head so if you find the other Clairsonic brush heads too rough for your skin, I would highly recommend this. Personally, I don’t think I will be repurchasing since I need a bit more juice, but its a really lovely way to cleanse. Very relaxing.

You can get this replacement brush head for $30 online, at Clairsonic’s website and at Sephora.

The rundown: B+ (its great, just not for me)

NARS Portobello Eyeshadow Duo – Matte About You

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NARS Portobello Eyeshadow Duo

I recently picked up another NARS eyeshadow duo (I know, shame on me, but I just love these shadows!). Anyway, I grabbed Portobello since I always grab the fun, bright (or orange), sparkly shades and I figured it was time for some basics.

NARS Portobello is a duo of matte medium toned browny shades (there is no more blah than this people). The left color is a little bit lighter and warmer while the right shade is more cool toned and a bit darker. The right shadow actually reminds me of exactly its description on the NARS site, a “Matte Mushroom”. I know, doesn’t sound appealing, but its basically amazing and you need it in your life.

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NARS Portobello Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

Both shades are beautifully pigmented and super smooth. They blend like a dream, which, considering the shades is kind of their purpose in life. So good job NARS, you knocked it out the park. I absolutely love this duo and I have been using these shades in my crease since I got it. I also love doing an all matte eye with the duo, using the left color all over the lid and the right color in the crease.

The formula of these shadows is just fantastic, I really am in love with the formula. The shades are pretty amazing as well. They really are well done basic shadows I can use everyday. Its the products I am going to be using every day that I really enjoy splurging on, its a little bit of luxury for your eyes.

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wearing NARS Portobello

You can get this amazing everyday staple duo shadow for $35 online, at NARS counters and at Sephora.

The rundown: A+

OPI Live. Love. Carnaval

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OPI Live.Love.Carnaval

I grabbed this shade from the new OPI Brazil collection because its just so bright and happy. The color comes off as a pink-coral but sometimes is looks more orange. It really depends on the light. Either way its super beautiful and fun. I can’t help but think of summer and sea when I wear it.

I found the formula lovely. Very smooth, no streaking or anything. The image above is two coats, which gives full coverage color. The polish wore 3-4 days on me (which is very good, I have very chip prone nails).

Personally, I would recommend this shade from the Brazil collection if you like coral nail polishes. You can get OPI at Ulta and at supporting salons for $9 a polish. Its beautiful! What are you excited to wear for polish this summer? Have you checked out the new OPI collection?

The rundown: A+

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Sephora 15% Off Sale – A Haul

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the haul

I figured that before the Sephora 15% off sale ends (April 11th) I would share with you guys what I got, in case you need some ideas.

First I grabbed some basic skin care, I love getting my basics on sale. I know I’m gonna need them, and now they are cheaper! I grabbed a 4 pack of the Clairsonic Sensitive heads (love these) and the Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser (my morning cleanser, love this stuff). And since I have been eyeing the Sephora Skin Cleanse Kit since it came out, I grabbed that too.

For makeup I got a NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (my Urban Decay Primer Potion is almost all out) and their single shadow in Cyprus (a pretty bronze for summer). I also got the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 25 (I’ve wanted this for a while) and the new Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Peach.

Finally (I know, I was really bad and got too much stuff) I grabbed Bumble and Bumbles Curl Conscious Defining Creme (you might have noticed that I have naturally wavy hair) and a new fragrance for Spring Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche.

Okay, all done. What did you grab from the sale? Are you planning on getting anything?