I don’t normally feel compelled to post about National “fill in the blank” day, week, month, etc. It gets quickly out of control as I could be posting about something every.single.day. The world is full of problems and many of us face our own health-related issues. I think it’s human nature to connect with awareness projects that have touched you personally, in some way. If you had a mother or a friend diagnosed with breast cancer, or if your father died of heart disease (like mine did) you tend to associate with those groups because of your own battles.

While not necessarily life-threatening, eczema can be a huge obstacle to the people who suffer from it. My husband happens to be one of those people. I know first hand how embarrassed he feels when he suddenly gets a patch of eczema on his eye before a meeting. He has tried many different products, prescribed to natural, which all seem to only mitigate the damage, rather than actually solving the problem.

One of the products that has been working, and quite rapidly, is Hydraluron.

*press sample*

Hydraluron

Hydraluron contains a pure form of hyaluronic acid and helps skin retain it’s moisture and in so doing stopping a sudden eczema outbreak.

My husband has been using this for about two weeks and we both have noticed a significant difference in the areas where he is prone to eczema. The texture of the product is like a serum and it’s very lightweight. The results were pretty instantaneous. Within 24 hours the area around his eyes was noticeably improved and hydrated, the flaky appearance was gone and his skin was smooth. I plan to start using this myself for added moisture during the coming winter months.

While Eczema cannot be cured (yet!) it can be managed. We both recommend adding this product to your daily routine if you are someone who battles with this skin condition. You can pick this up at Walgreen’s or Drugstore.com in the U.S.

19. 10. 2014

Hello! I uploaded a new haul video over the weekend full of all kinds of shimmery, holiday things. Andie from Techno Cupcake visited me here in Chicago and we did some serious shopping. You can check out her video below as well.

I hope you had a great weekend! :)

 

 

To say that I love highlighters is an understatement. All forms and colors- if it shimmers and glows I am most likely going to want it. That’s just how I roll. When the holiday season comes around we usually see several brands release new sparkly products that are party-ready with plenty of glow. And so we find ourselves here.

Chanel Camelia de Plumes

It started with Chanel. The gorgeous Camelia de Plumes. I had seen pictures floating around Instagram for weeks leading up to it’s release. I knew I would have to grab it. As soon as it became available I did. The beautiful design lured me in, but it’s the color and the formula that leave me breathless. It’s a silvery shade mixed with a very pale gold sheen. You can see the pale/white gold reflect when the light hits or when you tilt your head. It’s a nice touch and makes this powder all the more unique. The formula is reminiscent of the gelee or extra dimension versions we have seen from Estee Lauder and MAC, respectively.

As of writing this post this highlighter is still available on Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. If it strikes your fancy even a little, I would grab it sooner than later. These special powders tend to disappear and once they are gone you’ll have to resort to ridiculous eBay prices to find it again. It retails for a staggering $72, and worth it, in my opinion. ;)

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow

And then Bobbi Brown had to go and do this. I was mostly unaware of Bobbi’s planned holiday release mainly because her products tend to be very repetitive and frankly, the quality is quite hit or miss. I have tried many Bobbi Brown products and I usually come away feeling underwhelmed and maybe even hoodwinked. You see, Bobbi’s products always seem to get rave reviews and the celebrities who promote the brand (Katie Homes, Kate Middleton) can’t seem to get enough. With all of that clout I’d expect the products to be nothing less than stellar. Unfortunately, most of the time I feel like I overpaid and Bobbi under-delivered.

Back to this highlighter though. I was unconvinced by online swatches. I had to see this in person to appreciate it’s texture and color. The powder itself has a marbled effect with pink on the outer edges blending in to a lighter pink/white pearl shade in the center. The overall color will vary as I think each pan is different. Mine comes away looking like a very light pink, with a warmness to it that keeps it from looking silvery. Again, this formula is very similar if not exact to the MAC and Estee Lauder versions (not surprising since they are all owned by the same company).

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Comparisons

Comparisons (clockwise from bottom left): Bobbi Brown Pink Glow, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous, Estee Lauder Modern Mercury, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, MAC Superb, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz, Chanel Camelia de Plumes

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Swatches

Swatches L-R: Chanel Camelia de Plumes, Bobbi Brown Pink Glow, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous, MAC Superb, Estee Lauder Modern Mercury

None of the other highlighters I have really come close to these two new ones. I do have some liquid/cream highlighters that are more pearl/white in color (MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base and Becca Pearl come to mind) but I don’t have any in powder form. Most of the lighter highlighting powders I own are more gold in color, making these two welcome additions to my collection.

I don’t think either of these powders disappoint and I am happy to have them.

Happy first day of fall! The nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter; is there anything more comforting than the change of season?

A few days ago I shared my favorite blushes for this time of year. Now I’ve gone through my collection and picked the eyeshadow shades that I gravitate to as the leaves start to change.

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Shown (from bottom left): Burberry Chestnut, Burberry Mulberry, Dior Golden Savannah, NARS Galapagos, Chanel Fauve, Paul & Joe 076

You will notice a theme as you look at the products I selected. Warm tones, burgundy, brown and taupe. I really enjoy khaki tones and browns that lean warm/orange. They are effortlessly appropriate for the season. I believe the Dior and Paul & Joe palettes were limited edition but the rest of the shades are readily available. You can never go wrong with Burberry shadows and these two colors paired together or used alone are stunning.

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Swatches L-R: Dior Golden Savannah, Paul & Joe palette, NARS Galapagos, Burberry Chestnut, Burberry Mulberry, Chanel Fauve

You can see just how perfect any or all of these shades are!

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Shown (clockwise from bottom): MAC Fluidline in Rich Ground, Chanel New Moon, Giorgio Armani #28

One of my all time favorite gel liners is Rich Ground from MAC. It’s a perfect coppery-bronze shade that has a slight red undertone to it. Chanel’s New Moon is not for the faint of heart. It’s extremely glittery and shimmery. It’s a night time shade for me but the effect is gorgeous. Armani’s eyes to kill shadow in #28 is a blend between rose gold and copper. It’s wearable for daytime looks for me.

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Swatches L-R: Chanel New Moon, Giorgio Armani #28, MAC Rich Ground

You can see that the Giorgio Armani shade has more pigment and a sheen where New Moon is quite glittery and more sheer. Rich Ground has amazing payoff and a shine to it that just makes my eyes pop.

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Shown (clockwise from bottom) MAC Outre, MAC Saddle, MAC Cranberry, MAC Sable

Finding an eyeshadow palette to use throughout the fall can be difficult, especially if you have something very specific in mind. I would recommend putting together some of your shades from MAC or Inglot (or any brand with single shadows) and making something that’s all your own. That’s one of the reasons I love Z palettes. I love having the ability to switch and swap colors as my mood or season dictates. I picked a few colors from my MAC palettes that I reach for this time of year.

I hope you enjoyed my selections and got some new ideas for shades to try. I have two more Autumn picks posts left- lips and nails, so watch out for those in the next few days. Let me know some of your favorite eyeshadows for fall; I’m always on the hunt for a gem!

The first day of Autumn is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. While I enjoy the summer, it’s been quite hot and humid here for about as long as I can tolerate. I prefer the fall with the cool breeze, changing colors and warm soups! I love the weather when you need to throw a sweatshirt on to go for a walk at night.

In celebration of fall I went through my makeup and picked out the shades for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails that I always wear this time of year. I am going to start with my favorite- blushes!

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Shown: NARS Madly, Hourglass Mood Exposure and Laura Mercier Mocha Spice

In the fall I tend to go for similar colors for lips and cheeks. Nudes, berries and rosy tones make up the majority of my choices for both categories. I think I reach for nudes more because I tend to amp up my eyes more in the fall. These three shades are all very nude, in my opinion. None of them are completely matte, which I like. Nude shades can be harder to blend into the skin without a satin finish or a bit of sheen. It makes it more skin-like.

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Shown: Tarte Blushing Bride, MAC Stark Naked, NARS Mata Hari, NYX Raisin

Not all berry shades have to be intimidating. They can be a berry pink, have a mauve tone, etc. that make them easier to wear. MAC Stark Naked was limited edition (NARS Sin is somewhat close) but the rest are readily available. Mata Hari was a surprise for me when I bought it years ago because I expected it to be a summer color. While it does look great with a tan, Mata Hari is a chameleon. It has just enough mauve/murkiness to it mixed with the right amount of berry pink. It’s a must have for me.

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Shown: Illamasqua Sin, NARS Mounia, Becca Raspberry/Opal

While you can certainly use more sheer tones, it’s also fun to throw in some of those really pigmented colors that can imitate the effect of the cold. Illamasqua Sin and NARS Mounia are perfect for the fall. NARS Mounia was discontinued awhile back, but try a shade like NARS Taos or MAC Ambering Rose for a similar effect. Becca’s Beach Tint Shimmer in Raspberry/Opal is also worthy of fall must-have status. It’s the only cream product that made my list- but for good reason. The color gives a nice, refreshing berry tint while the highlighting aspect leaves behind a warm and wearable gold sheen. The two paired together are perfection and the formula is wonderful with excellent staying power.

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Swatches from L-R: Illamasqua Sin, NARS Mounia, NARS Mata Hari, Tarte Blushing Bride, MAC Stark Naked, NYX Raisin, Hourglass Mood Exposure, NARS Madly, Laura Mercier Mocha Spice, Becca Raspberry/Opal

Also worth noting are the two highlighters I reach for in the fall season.

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Shown: Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous and Guerlain Parure de Nuit

Both of these majestic (yes, it’s that serious) highlighters were sadly limited edition. Try another highlighter from Guerlain, like their meteorites perles. MAC has released a highlighter called Superb that is pretty spot-on for Rose Rendezvous. I have some comparison swatches of similar highlighters done here. If you ever spot one of these in a blog sale definitely snatch it up!

That wraps up my favorite cheek products for the fall. I’ll be doing eyes next!