Thursday, October 23, 2014

I've been keeping some beauty products a secret from you guys because I wanted to do a collective post about them. I've recently acquired some wonderful things that have not only enhanced my appearance, but have also saved me some time in my beauty routine.

I wish this had come out years ago, because I'm almost certain it would have prevented me from investing in some so-so eyeshadows and palettes. You ladies know I'm a neutral girl when it comes to playing up my peepers, and these six shades are perfect! Not too warm, not too cool. Neutral is truly the best description, and I recommend it to every skin tone, eye color, and level of experience with makeup. There isn't a single shade, even the darkest brown, that I haven't used. In fact, I have worn it consistently for the past three weeks. I used it for my friend's wedding as well. 



I don't know why my hands are so awfully dry and cracked, but I know my new puppy has a lot to do with it. I'm constantly cleaning up after her which means washing my hands like a nutcase. As most of you know, I also work with children so there really is no such thing as excessive hand-washing! While out with my best friend last week for dinner, we popped into Sephora and I bought this cream on impulse while in the check-out line. Good call. This lightly scented cream is working wonders on my desert hands. 



The three things that this eye treatment promises include brightening, depuffing, and smoothing. It delivers all three. For reference, I'm 30 years old and although I don't have wrinkles or fine lines just yet, my eye area is a bit dark and tired looking most days. I like to put this on over my regular moisturizer in the morning, but underneath my foundation and concealer. The light pink-peach shade is great for brightening, while the metal applicator is cooling and soothing for tired, puffy eyes. 



This is my third bottle, if that gives you any idea of how much I love it. My hair is fine, but I have a ton of it. Foaming volumizers weigh it down, but this liquid spray is the solution for that. Sheer, subtle volume that keeps my roots from falling too flat. In conjunction with the Oribe dry texture spray, my hair has been much happier these days (no easy feat). I also find that I can go an extra day without washing my hair, typically on every third day.



And two very recent buys I have yet to play with...
This purchase is solely because of Lorraine's recent YouTube videos where she raves about Marc Jacob's limited edition nail polish, "Midnight in Paris". It's an inky blue, reportedly inspired by the night sky in Paris. Here, the color looks black, but I can assure you there's a distinct blue to it. 

The sheer red lipstick is by Dior, and it's called "New Look". They both looked beautiful on her, and although I don't even slightly resemble Lorraine, I definitely feel that they are wearable for most people. I'll keep you posted :)


17 comments:

  1. Nice products!!!

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  2. I've been hearing great things about Naked Basics 2 but I can't justify yet another neutral palette, haha. I want to see swatches of the MJ nail polish... it looks so pretty!

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. I'm wearing it on my nails right now and it's so good :) I'll showcase it next week!

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  3. Love these detailed reviews, Noelle! What a great post. I really need to look into some kind of volumizing product for my hair but I hate going through the trial and error process of it. So expensive! But I might just be willing to take your word on the Aveda product and give it a shot! The Urban Decay palette looks great too and I want that Dior lipstick like yesterday. What a gorgeous red and gorgeous sleek packaging!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. I'm so happy you like my beauty posts! Once upon a time, I solely did beauty reviews and swatches. You know, before fashion took over ;) the Dior lipstick is my new favorite!

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  4. I def relate to the dryness of the hands. I do wash my hands a lot but, I can't help myself in my work space. It's a guy's kind of world, which means their level of hygiene can be different. haha. Also, I LOVE that Naked palette. So good. =)
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. Dry hands are the worst! Mine get so irritated. I wish there was more we could do about it besides hand creams.

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  5. you've listed some of my favorites here - naked 2, hand food & midnight in paris (which i bought because of its name, i admit... and then, i fell in love).
    aveda volumizing tonic sounds like an amazing product, thank you for sharing!

    xx
    a possible fantasy
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    1. Thank you, I always look for new blogs I'm not reading yet! I'll check yours out :)

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  6. Lovely post :) great blog, I have followed you with Bloglovin and if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I've been through 2 bottles of the Aveda product - definitely love the root lift it gives! I really liked the Soap & Glory handcream - but mine started smelling rancid within a year (it takes me forever to use up handcream because I have so many)....maybe when I bought it, it was already old - but I was surprised it went bad so quickly!

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    1. Really? I do remember seeing hand food on your blog, I think it was last year? Well this is a trial size so I doubt I'll have it for long! Thank you for letting me know though zeba :)

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  8. These look like good products! I love finding just the right thing and I am picky about my stuff. I was just telling Gina I use two Aveda hair products that I love. I haven't tried this particular one, but I think I might need to! I have been considering buying that Urban Decay palette for a while. I am a neutral person too.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. I highly recommend the palette Amy Ann! It really is such a good deal. It was 29 dollars for 6 shadows, and all of them are gorgeous!

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  9. I like the beauty posts Noelle. I've been on a makeup ban for 2 years now (self imposed, after I stopped blogging) and only buy stuff here and then but still enjoy reading about what others are reading.
    Q - does the Marc Jacob polish look like the OPI Russian Navy or is it much darker? That one is my all time fave inky blue.
    Loving the Naked Basic palette but I have all three Naked palettes and can't justify another one ;)

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  10. The Naked palette is on my wishlist. I am waiting for the next VIB Rouge sale =) Thanks for the info. Have a great week!

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