I’ve been incorporating more and more all natural, organic beauty products into my routine and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you! I keep coming back to this facial oil by Indie Lee. It’s only $32 – a fraction of the price of other facial oils – and keeps my skin feeling so hydrated. Use it in the morning or at night – and even add it to your foundation for a boosting effect. This coconut body polish from Herbivore is a treat to use weekly in the shower. I rub it in circular motions all over – and particularly around my butt/thigh area which needs more attention! It wakes up my skin and leaves it feeling uber soft! I did a blog post with iluminage years ago – and still use their silk eye mask to this day. It’s often sold out on Nordstrom because it’s so effective and well made. I notice a huge difference when I forget to pack it on trips! You are what you eat – which is why I incorporate collagen powder into my smoothies everyday. Vital Proteins just came out with this collagen creamer which adds the yummiest flavor to smoothies and baked goods! I haven’t been as good about dry brushing as normal lately and I definitely notice my digestion and circulation are a bit off so I’ll be dry brushing when I return home for sure! Call me crazy for purchasing an almost $100 glass water bottle filled with pink crystals – but I love it and it looks pretty on my desk/wherever I bring it and helps me drink more water since I always have it with me! I have heard such good things about The Beauty Chef products and just bought her cookbook! I’m looking forward to trying out her wellness products – particularly her inner glow beauty powder and collagen! I’ve heard that most leading makeup brand setting powders are extremely carcinogenic so I’ve been searching for a better option for a while now. This one from Jane Iredale has great reviews so I am going to test it out and report back! This conditioner smells HEAVENLY – I wish it were a perfume. The girl who created it lives in Venice and is just the sweetest. The conditioner and sea spray are my favorite products from her line. I’ve been hearing a ton of buzz around the line RMS Beauty – and judging from the reviews – it seems like I need this lip + cheek duo! What are some of your favorite wellness beauty products? Do tell!
I spent the other week in Palm Springs for an annual girls spa getaway and wanted to share all of the beauty items I packed! I only brought my tried-and-true spring beauty essentials since the week was all about detoxing/cleansing and I didn’t need a ton of makeup for our low key activities. I shared some of the fun things we did during our trip in my How To Create A Healthy Girls Spa Getaway post from over the summer. Having a relaxing/healthy week away with some of your best girlfriends is such a nice way to reset and recharge! See below for my current beauty faves (PS nothing in this post is sponsored – these are all just products I love and have used for years ;))
Toiletry bags from Cuyana, Madeline Weinrib, and St. Frank
I always get so many questions about my cosmetic cases! They’re all from different brands, but blend together quite nicely right?! The Cuyana one makes a great birthday or bridesmaid gift because it can be monogrammed, and comes in several different sizes and colors.
I’ve been using this exfoliator for 6 years now. A friend introduced it to me in NYC, and I fell in love immediately. It’s super gentle and I use it in the shower about 4 times/week. It’s often sold out – but I found it here!
Indie Lee face oil
Everyone and their mother seems to be talking about/using face oils! I only recently added one to my routine because my skin had been insanely dry and I felt like I needed an extra boost of something. Well, let me tell you, it’s a game changer. This one is extremely affordable as far as quality face oils go (its $32) and has amazing reviews and results.
Sisley face mask
I’m a huge fan of all Sisley products. They’re on the pricier side, but you definitely get what you pay for. This mask is the BOMB DOT COM. I use it 3 times/week in the bathtub.
Silk eye mask
I sleep so much deeper when I wear an eye mask. It’s crucial to block out light from windows, the TV, our phones, an alarm clock, etc. and this eye mask does the job – plus it helps prevent wrinkles!
La Mer eye cream
I’ve tried several different eye creams over the years, and I keep coming back to this one. It just works. It feels really good/has a great consistency and I genuinely believe it’s worth the money.
Archipelago oat lotion
I got this lotion in a gift bag and was hesitant to try it because I don’t typically love super scented/perfumey/fancy body lotions. I tend to stick to my basic coconut lotion from Whole Foods! I’m really glad I did tried this one because it’s legit the silkiest, smoothest, most luxurious moisturizing body lotion I’ve ever used. I’m addicted and no other body lotion compares. I also couldn’t resist buying it in this coconut scent!
I was recently informed that makeup wipes don’t actually take off all of the dirt/makeup on your face. I guess I’ve been living under a rock LOL. I wasn’t being good about cleansing my skin at night/regularly so after learning this I decided to step up my game and invested in this milky Sisley cleanser. It’s so light and gentle and literally makes my skin glow. My friend Grace loves using it too and she always has the best beauty recommendations!
I stopped wearing deodorant a few months ago (I know EEK right?!) but I had heard so many bad things about the aluminum in most deodorants and then I couldn’t find an all natural deodorant that worked for me so, I just stopped putting any on! It took about a week for my body to get used to it and then much to my surprise, I didn’t really sweat that much and/or feel like I needed it. If I’m doing an intense workout class and worried – I will spray the deodorant they have in the bathroom on, but generally I just forgo it. Hopefully no one notices! Anyways, this Diptyque perfume is my absolute hands down favorite and my signature everyday scent so I like to take it everywhere I go and just spritz a bit when I feel like it :)
Giorgio Armani foundation
No matter what, I always dab a bit of this under my eyes or all over my face to even out my skin tone. It’s an award winning foundation for a reason and has a cult following. I wear shade 6.5!
Charlotte Tilbury highlighter
I raved about this highlighter in my Fall Beauty Must Haves post. It gives you the prettiest glow and revives tired looking skin.
Charlotte Tilbury mascara
I’m still thinking about getting lash extensions but I seriously love this mascara (and as you can see from the reviews so does everyone else!!!)
Read all about the benefits of dry brushing here!
Sisley face cream
This anti-aging face cream is thick and creamy. I notice a significant difference in the texture and lines in my forehead and around my eyes when I use this. It’s incredibly expensive so I like to rotate it with a few other face creams to make it last longer!
Thanks to Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential for turning me onto this device! She is always talking about the benefits of lymphatic drainage facials (remember when I talked about them in this post after going to Provence?) The Clarisonic uplift allows you to give yourself a lymph massage every single day! I use it for 5 minutes in the morning with this face oil and instantly feel more awake, de-puffed, and my makeup goes on better. I believe if you already have a Clarisonic you can just purchase this head and clip it on!
Aerin hand soap and body wash
I am obsessed with this scent! Vanilla with a touch of amber = dreamy and luxurious. It’s inspired by Morocco and comes in the chicest packaging!
Dr. Jart SPF
I’ve said it before, but I’m not very good about remembering to apply SPF. It’s something I know I need to do and am trying to work on being more religious about this year! I really like the consistency of this SPF – and I also like using Supergoop’s SPF mist especially after I’ve already done my makeup.
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How is it already mid December?! This month always flies by and it’s usually around this time that I get a little flustered thinking about who and what else is left on my Christmas shopping list!! Kiehl’s has been one of my favorite brands for years (literally since I first discovered their Ultra Facial cream – back in high school. Trust me, it’s the best.) I was so excited when they reached out about their almost sold out Limited Edition holiday gift sets. The gift sets come in the cutest packaging so you don’t have to worry about wrapping anything, they feature some of their best selling products, AND are such an insane value for what you get. One gift set that stood out to me in particular is their Glow-Getter set which is under $75 and features a mask, a nighttime cleansing oil, a face serum, and a brightening moisturizer. The mask is amazing and one that I’ve used many times before! They have the cutest set of 4 mini mask jars that is under $50 and would make the PERFECT stocking stuffer!!! The turmeric + cranberry masque is one of my favorites. If you’re shopping for the guy in your life… you can never go wrong with one of their grooming kits. Every guy loves this shaving cream that comes in the kit and the face wash too ;) Shop more of my favorite last minute gifts from Kiehl’s below – and buy something for yourself too (like this lavender bath gel with aloe, this grapefruit body scrub, this clay masque, and of course the Ultra Facial cream.) PS be sure to use code JINGLE for $20 off any purchase of $65+ through the 31st!
When it comes to makeup for a formal occasion like a wedding or event – I always choose to do my own. I feel way more comfortable when I do it myself, and luckily have been able to master a formal makeup look that is natural, yet elevated. If you’ve been following my blog for a while – you know that I rarely wear lipstick. I opt for a nude lipgloss or no color at all. When Clé de Peau Beauté sent me one of their new lipsticks in this dreamy pink/nude color called Silk Scroll, I couldn’t resist trying it. It’s literally the prettiest pinkish, tan shade and instantly made my lips pop. I knew this would be the perfect color to wear to my childhood friend’s wedding in Positano. The bride, Annie (also a fellow blogger and entrepreneur) and I met in preschool believe it or not! She is the sweetest human inside and out and even more obsessed with makeup then I am! I am always looking to her for makeup/beauty suggestions. Her husband is just as kind and down to earth as she is – and their intimate wedding of 60 people – just tight knit friends and family – was a true reflection of their love for one another. The wedding was a dream – set in a private villa turned hotel on a cliff that overlooked Positano. You may have seen pictures on my Instagram! I couldn’t help crying my eyes out as they read their vows to each other – and even now thinking back to that moment and that night I get emotional. I’m so grateful to have forever friends like Annie and to be able to celebrate such special moments in such a magical setting.
It’s amazing how the right makeup look – or even just one beauty item, like a gorgeous new lipstick, can give you that extra confidence and pep in your step to really radiate in those moments. I received compliments and questions throughout the entire night and on Instagram from so many of you after the wedding, so I wanted to list all of the products I used here! I tested out my full wedding look – complete with my bridesmaid dress, accessories, hair, and makeup a few days before the wedding to ensure everything was just right. I used all of Clé de Peau Beauté’s skin products (their cleansing foam is amazing!) and finished with two coats of Silk Scroll. I can attest that the lipstick really did last for 8 hours – and better yet, the semi-matte finish looked stunning in person and in the photos. I was so happy with my entire look and loved that I looked as radiant and joyful as I felt when celebrating my sweet friend. I’ve been wearing Silk Scroll regularly ever since and love their selection of reds and deep berry shades for fall. If you’re looking for that perfect special event make up look, I’ve put together my step by step guide to achieve that beautiful glow.
- For clear, radiant skin, I love the cleansing foam. Add a little bit of water to create a soft foam that’s easy on the skin.
- Gently work the cleanser into a lather in circular motions and rinse to start with a clean slate.
- After moisturizing, apply concealer to the desired areas. I use this under eye miracle working concealer with SPF 25. Gently blend under and around the eyes – I like to use my fingers!
- Once you’ve completed your look, finish it off with a swipe of Silk Scroll – my current favorite lipstick. Apply directly to lips for an even layer of long-lasting moisture for 4 hours AND long lasting coverage for up to 8!
- At the end of the night, rinse and repeat with the foaming cleanser and apply their super luxurious night cream for intense moisture. Smooth it slowly over the face right before bed.
I’ve been meaning to share my fall beauty must haves for a while – especially since I’ve been receiving so many questions about my routine and favorite products on Insta! For as long as I can remember, Nordstrom has been my go to destination for all my beauty related services and products. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the entire Charlotte Tilbury makeup team at the Nordstrom Grove counter and I fell in love with 3 products: the Full Fat Lashes mascara, the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight, and the Magic Eye Rescue cream. This mascara has been a GAME changer in my beauty routine. I like to apply 3 coats (I wait at least 5 minutes to apply the last coat.). Someone asked me if I had fake lashes on the other day – and I about fell over – such a compliment! This highlighter is THE BOMB DOT COM and it’s so easy to apply (you can check out Nordstrom’s videos for step by step tutorials.) I tap my index and middle fingers into the highlight palette and blend over my cheekbones, nose bridge and above my brow bone for that dewy glow. I throw this in my bag since I don’t even need a brush to apply it. This under eye cream is one of the smoothest I’ve ever tried and instantly plumps that delicate area (remember to only lightly tap eye cream into your skin versus rub since it’s so fragile.) I almost forgot to mention a Charlotte product I’ve been using for years and years…her Rock N Kohl Iconic Eyeliner. It goes on sooooo easily, doesn’t irritate your eyes (so you can apply it deep into the crevices) and helps you achieve that really smoky, sexy eye – which I looooove! I use it in “Marlene Midnight” – a rich navy blue color that’s a teensy bit less harsh than your typical black liner. This is the only liner I wear when I go out to events or formal dinners. I really could go on and on about Charlotte’s products – they’re nothing short of amazing. A few other items I’m obsessed with right now are; this Tom Ford bronzer in Gold Dust, this Tom Ford blush brush (I’ve used this forever – it’s 100000% worth the splurge), and the Black Orchid perfume. I have so many perfumes and rotate between all of them depending on what mood I’m in. If I had to use one word to describe this perfume, it’s LUXE. It’s a fragrance for the girl who wants to smell insanely sophisticated. This blush brush is the best one on the market hands down. Tip: make sure to wash it with warm water and light soap every few months! And where do I begin with this bronzer? It’s just the right shade of brown so you look sun kissed year round. Last but not least, lips! I get a ton of questions asking me what lipgloss I use. I’ve been using this high shine, sticky gloss (sticky in a good way) for over 10 years! Yep, over a decade. It’s the perfect nude and really accentuates/makes your lips look plump. It doesn’t take away or compete with a dark, smoky eye and works in casual or formal settings. The exact color I use is C-Thru. Shop all of the products mentioned (which are all available at Nordstrom) below!