Beauty

Beauty Pie Favorites

If you haven’t already heard of Beauty Pie – well then you’re in for a real treat! This members only club is a one stop shop for affordable luxury beauty. It’s the brainchild of Marcia Kilgore; who is a legend in the beauty space and started Bliss, Soap & Glory, and Fitflop (just to name a few!) So how does membership work and what makes the prices so reasonable?! You can choose which membership you want depending on how much product you use per month. All of the products are super high quality and they have everything from makeup to skincare, accessories, candles, and fragrance. The products are so affordable because they’ve eliminated the middleman, don’t have stores, don’t do celebrity marketing, and instead just focus on giving you great products without the markup. Beauty Pie Favorites After hearing Helena, Grace, and Krystal rave about Beauty Pie, I was so excited and intrigued to test out goodies from the line. I ordered a nice assortment of skincare + makeup items and fell in love with their Super Healthy Sleep Oil, Superglazy Lipgloss, Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops, and Multiglow Strobing Stick. You all know I LOVE face oil, and this one was so light and packed with antioxidants. Bonus it’s a clean product, which makes me love it even more. If you’ve been hesitant to try a face oil, I highly recommend trying this one! I can’t leave home without a nude lipgloss and this smells AMAZING, has the best texture/consistency, and is a beautiful neutral shade for day or night. It has just the right amount of shimmer to it, which really makes your lips pop. The two products that totally blew me away me were the highlighters. The Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops come in this cute little bottle with a dropper and a few dabs on your cheekbones give you the most gorgeous bronze glow. I also like putting a bit on my collarbone and shoulders for date nights. What’s nice about these drops is that they blend beautifully so you don’t have to be a makeup expert to apply them. The other highlighter; the Multiglow Strobing Stick is IDEAL for everyday, particularly that all natural daytime glow we all want to achieve. Just run the stick down your nose and cheekbones and WALLAH you’ve got a fresh faced look in 2 seconds!!! This stick is now permanently in my purse for quick touch ups throughout the day, and you can even use it on your eyelids or in the corners of your eye for that extra pop. It’s amazing how highlighter just makes you look so much more awake. You can sign up for Beauty Pie here, and use code KATSENTME for an additional $50 spending allowance for your first month of membership! A few other products I loved were the Ten Best Neutral Eyeshadows Palette, Wondercolour Cream Eyeshadow Stick, and Superbrow Color Mousse. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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Clean Beauty Favorites

I’ve been slowly swapping out my beauty cabinet with cleaner products for the last 4 years. It’s been a transition, and involved a lot of trial and error, but I feel so much better knowing I’m putting cleaner products on my body. I’m so excited to share a few of my favorite products from Beautycounter that I’ve been using since I first became interested in clean beauty. Beautycounter What I love about Beautycounter is that their mission has been to get cleaner and safer products in the hands of everyone since Day 1. They have really focused on educating their customers about which harmful ingredients to avoid and been advocates for better laws in the personal care industry. They prohibit the use of over 1,500 questionable ingredients in their line – yes 1,500! I also love that their products actually WORK. More often than not, I’ve been rather disappointed in some of the clean beauty products I’ve tried, but I can honestly say I’ve never not liked a single item from Beautycounter. What makes their products so great? They’re clean, high quality, luxurious, affordable, AND the packaging is GORGEOUS. I love staring at their products on my vanity because they’re just so darn pretty haha. Aesthetics are important especially with things that you’re using and looking at everyday, am I right?! None of their products are overly scented (you know that intense fake, perfume smell I’m talking about) which is MAJOR for me because I’m really sensitive to scents. My Favorite Clean Beauty Products Ok, so where do I begin?! Ok well, the first product I was ever introduced to was actually their body wash. It’s hard to find a clean body wash that smells and feels good – and this one definitely fits the bill. It has the most subtle citrus scent and makes my skin so smooth! You can’t go wrong with their pretty light pink lipgloss in Opal Moonstone, Essential Brush Set (which is 100% animal hair free), Balancing Face Oil (you know I’m addicted to face oil!), Mattifying Powder, and Luminous Highlighter. Two Clean Anti-Aging Products To Know About Two newer products that I’ve been testing for the last month and love are the Ultra Renewal Eye Cream and the Tripeptide Radiance Serum. Both are from their Countertime Collection, which is all about anti-aging and packed with Retinatural Complex. It’s been really hard for me to find a clean eye cream that I like, and I am so relieved that I have FINALLY found one! The texture of this one is buttery smooth, blends beautifully, and I noticed my under eye circles are way more faint. Serums are something that I was unfamiliar with until about a year ago, and I’m so glad I started incorporating them into my skincare routine. The Tripeptide Radiance Serum can be applied before your moisturizer or face oil, and it just gives you that extra boost of hydration and glow. This one really evens out my skin and makes me more confident to go sans makeup on my off days. What are some of your favorite clean beauty products? How important is it to you to incorporate clean products into your routine? I would love to know!
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Summer Beauty Favorites

I’ve really fine tuned my beauty routine over the years. I’ve been able to narrow down which items I keep on my vanity at all times which is great because everything is so easy to see and access. It’s even better for the summer – especially with so many short weekend trips, because then I don’t have to bring a boatload of products with me! Current Favorite Summer Beauty Items I wanted to share some of my current favorite summer beauty items (which are also my go-to year round products!) with you. I’m a believer in less is more for everything in my life. When it comes to skincare it’s always nice when you can stick to a few products that actually work – and work WELL at that. I’ve tested my fair share of face masks since starting this blog, and have been both pleasantly surprised and majorly disappointed in several of them. So I decided to step it up and try out the patches from SiO Beauty. Their EyeLift patches really wowed me and helped fill in the fine lines around my eyes overnight (hello 30). I definitely wasn’t as diligent about applying sunscreen or protecting my skin from the sun in my 20s. Now, I am paying for it now. These eye patches are made of medical grade silicone (aka they mean business!). And they’re reusable up to 15x which I LOVE (more bang for your buck.) They’re not gooey, wet or messy like many of the other masks I’ve tried . Therefore, they don’t slip down your face. They comfortably hug the skin and provide deep hydration to help promote the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture. This leaves the skin smooth, hydrated and firm! I love that I can sleep with them on, and even wear them for a few hours while I’m at home unwinding. Another Skincare Product I Adore It is one I’ve raved about on Stories – and has a cult following for a reason. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is full of incredible, pure ingredients. It is safe to use when pregnant and give you that effortless glow. I notice I get fewer breakouts when I use it. It must be the essential oil blend. Plus, I get tons of compliments on my skin. I rub a nickel size drop in my palm at night to heat up the serum. Then I pat it into my skin and around the patches if I’m wearing the SiO EyeLift that night. My pores are smaller the next day, and everything is smooth and clear. You may remember My Favorite Face Oils post from a few months ago? I tested 10+ different oils and reviewed them all. Well, I have to update the post now because this Goop face oil beats them all! I recently got a sample from my intern and she converted me. The smell is heavenly and natural, the texture is perfect. The way it just sinks into your skin makes it ideal for applying pre-makeup in the morning. For A Gorgeous Bronze Cheekbone Try the Bobbi Brown bronzer in Bali Brown. It’s been my go-to for 10+ years, goes on so well and looks so natural. For a light, clear coverage get the Giorgio Armani foundation. It’s not super thick so it’s great for everyday, and can be applied using your hands. It blends into your skin effortlessly and doesn’t clog pores. For those wondering, I wear shade 6.5. I have gotten down to washing my hair 2 times a week. I find that it looks better a little messy and gives me more volume this way! In order to keep it looking fresh I swear by R&Co dry shampoo, vegan and cruelty free powder. The spray is great too, but the powder is AMAZING for summer travels. Perfume I rarely wear perfume in the summer, but when I do I love this Florence based brand that I found in a shop on Abbot Kinney called; Vanilla del Madagascar. I also bought the Amber scent and they mix beautifully together! I couldn’t find the perfume online for purchase, but this is their site. If you’re in NYC, Only Hearts in Nolita also carries their perfume! Shop all of my summer beauty must haves below!
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Shopbop + Sephora Sales

Exciting news! Shopbop is having a SURPRISE 2 day sale, and Sephora is having a SECRET sale for VIBs. Take up to 40% off 1000+ styles at Shopbop. Take 20% off sitewide at Sephora with code HEYROUGE if you’re a ROUGE member, 15% off with code HEYVIB. If you’re a VIB, and 10% off with code HEYINSIDER if you’re an INSIDER starting May 2-6. Shopbop Sale I have my eye on several things from the Shopbop sale… For next winter, I highly recommend snapping up these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots, this Mackage coat (as seen here), and this Woolrich down jacket which I LIVE in during the freezing temps. For summer, I love this royal blue maxi dress, this Eugenia Kim sun hat, this embroidered tunic, this stripe jumpsuit, and this simple midi dress. For year round, you can’t go wrong with these Rag & Bone booties, this stripe tank, these Stuart Weitzman simple sandals (that I own in 5 colors!), and these classic white jeans. A few other fun items I’m loving are these gold earrings, this kimono, this red midi dress, and these silky PJs. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Sephora Sale From the Sephora sale, I recommend the following… For hair: Caviar shampoo + conditioner, Dyson hairdryer, and the T3 curling iron. For makeup: Charlotte Tilbury highlighter, Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner in Marlene Midnight, Charlotte Tilbury mascara, Giorgio Armani foundation, Laura Mercier caviar eye stick in Rose Gold, Lawless setting powder, Nars eyeliner in Via Appia and Bobbi Brown brow kit. For skin: Dermalogica exfoliator, Clarisonic massage head, Drunk Elephant face oil, Sunday Riley face oil for blemishes, Ole Henriksen toner, Supergoop sunscreen, Tata Harper resurfacing mask, Tata Harper resurfacing serum, and La Mer eye cream. For body: L’Occitane bubble bath and Laura Mercier body cream.
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