Beauty Finds

My favorite hair style when I’m feeling lazy is a sleek ponytail. Recently I’ve been using hair accessories to make my ponytails more glam. My current favorite is my Kitsch pearl hair tie ($6). It makes looking chic while getting ready in a rush so easy!

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When I want a natural looking lash, I pick up my Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara ($33). The three ball brush create instant volume and length. And it adds just the right amount of product to enhance your eyes without looking like you’re wearing clumps of mascara.

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My favorite lip color to wear in summer months is coral. This summer, I’ve bene in love with NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in “Valencia” ($26). It’s super creamy and the color lasts so long!

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I’ve been bringing this Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eye Palette ($29) with me on all my trips. The first three shades are perfect for creating a natural daytime look. Then I’ll add some of the dark shadows to the crease of my eye and smudge it in the waterline for a more sultry nighttime eye.

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One of my favorite nude nail polishes is Essie “Topless & Barefoot” ($9). It looks more beige in the bottle but when I do a manicure, it has a pink-beige hue that perfectly matches my skin when I’m on the tanner side.

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I don’t too crazy on contouring. I just like a little bit to brighten my under-eye and accentuate my cheekbones. The Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit ($40) has everything I need in one palette. I use the “Banana” powder under my eyes to disguise dark circles. Then I use the “Fawn” powder in a 3 shape on the sides of my face to accentuate my cheekbones. During the summer, I’ll add the darker “Havana” powder. The kit comes in two options. I use Light to Medium.

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I was shopping at Jemma Sands’ holiday pop up when I discovered the most delicious candles. I fell in love with the Venice fragrance. I told the designer how much I loved it and she revealed that she was coming out with a perfume oil with the same notes. She had a sneak peek on her so I rolled it on, and was in love! She was so sweet that she let me take home the sample. The roller perfume oil ($52) is available online. It has the sandalwood smell that I love. But it also has unique notes of fig and cardamom.

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My favorite blush for night is NARS Orgasm blush ($39). It has a touch of shimmer and adds just the right amount of pink to my cheeks for a natural flush.

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I generally only use false eyelashes for TV or beauty shoots. My all-time favorites are Ardell demi wispies ($7.69). I usually buy them in a pack of 5 and take them off carefully so I can re-wear them three to four times. They look really natural, adding just a subtle touch of glamour.

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I received a Wet Brush ($12.69) and it has since had a permanent home in my beach bag. It’s incredible for detangling wet hair! I use it after I get out of the pool or the ocean and especially love that the soft bristles don’t bother my scalp when I’ve been out in the sun all day.

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I get weekly comments on my “glow.” No, I’m not pregnant or genetically blessed with glowy skin. I’ve just been using BareMinerals tinted moisturizer ($30) for years. I’m not a fan of heavy makeup for everyday and it’s the perfect lightweight cream that moisturizes while providing coverage. I also like that you can layer it for more coverage. I use shade Tan 07.

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My hands often get really shaky so perfecting a cat-eye is really hard for me. I’ve tried a bunch of different eyeliners and so far my favorite has been Urban Decay perversion eyeliner ($22). It has a superfine point, which makes application easier. It also dries really fast, leaving less room for messy error.

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I’m a huge fan of two-in-one products. Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior ($95) is a moisturizer and serum in one pretty pink bottle (yes, I’m a sucker for packaging that looks goon on my vanity). I use it when I don’t want too much product on my face. I find that my skin absorbs it instantly and the smell is light and delicious.

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My lips have been crazy chapped. So I’m super thankful for Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12). It’s a thicker lip treatment and you can instantly feel the moisture upon application. I use the original version at night because I prefer no added fragrance when I sleep. But I keep the pink tinted Rose flavor in my purse for moisture on the go.

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I used to use a pumice stone on my feet in the shower but always found in awkward to hold. I picked up this CVS 4-in-1 Foot Paddle ($6.49) last month and it’s been a game changer. Depending on the roughness on my feet I’ll use different sides to smooth away calluses.

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My friend Allison has the most beautiful skin. So when she launched Mara Universal Face Oil ($72) I could not wait to get my hands on it. I’ve used it for a week now as the last step of my nightly skincare routine and my skin has been insanely soft when I wake up. Plus, it has such a relaxing scent that I find it helps me fall asleep as well.

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Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream ($48) is super moisturizing. But it’s also really lightweight. The scent is is delicious without being overpowering. And as an added bonus the minimalist packaging looks perfect in my white bathroom.

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I’ve been using eye rollers for years. I keep them in the refrigerator for a cooling effect on my eyes in the morning if I don’t sleep well… and they’re especially helpful when I don’t feel well. Every time I opened my fridge when I was sick I’d reapply my Garnier Anti-Puff Eye Roller ($9.89). The cool ball helped ease my sinus pain and the formula helped me look a little better than I felt.

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I got a ton of questions about my nail polish when I posted this photo on Instagram. Essie Gel Couture “At the Barre” ($11.50) has been my go-to nude for a while now. It’s a very nutty nude, that works well if you have yellow undertones to your skin like I do. I’m also just a fan of their gel couture line, period. It’s so easy to apply and lasts longer than regular nail polish.

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I chatted about easy ways to hide grays (I started getting pesky grays very early on). But this newest product I tried is my favorite yet. I’ve always been a fan of Oribe hair products so I was curious about the Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray($32). It’s a lifesaver! You literally just spray it on your grays and run out the door. Unlike other products I’ve tried it’s not sticky whatsoever. The only downside is if the product can get on your hands when you apply. But this is the case with all temporary root touch up products I’ve tried. It’s nothing a quick wash of your hands can’t fix.

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I’ve been wearing Philosophy Amazing Grace Ballet Rose perfume for over a year now. So I was thrilled to see they just came out with a Fragrance Roll-On ($18).  It’s the perfect way to take the feminine scent with you on the go, and is also perfect for travel.

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If I could only own one red lipstick it would be MAC “Lady Danger” ($18.50). I get compliments every time I have it on, from summer into winter. It has a lot of orange to it, which works with my warmer collection. Plus, I always love the smell of MAC lipsticks. It makes me reminisce about high school.

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