Beauty Finds

I’m obsessed with NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils ($27). Like the name suggests, they glide on with ease. Sometimes I’ll use them as a liner with other lipsticks. Other times I’ll use them to fill in my lips, and then I’ll simply apply gloss throughout the day. I use a few shades but my favorite color is “Intriguing,” which is a rose pink.

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I’ve been use Dove deodorant for years. I recently switched to Dove Dry Serum antiperspirant ($12.99). It goes on so smoothly and I love the compact packaging (great for travel!). My favorite is the Rose Silk scent because I’m obsessed with any rose based fragrance.

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It can be fun to sparkle sometimes. But I don’t like intense glitter. That’s why I was thrilled to find Essie “Birthday Girl” ($8.99). It’s a sheer pink glitter that’s perfect for layering over nude nail polishes. Sometimes I’ll just add a layer to my ring finger. Other times I’ll use it to create an ombré glitter mani to extend the life of my gels. Head over to my Beauty Highlights over on Instagram to see the tutorial!

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I heard that it’s bad to keep sunscreen in the car because the heat can change the ingredients of the lotion. So I keep powder SPF in my car instead. I’ve been using Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45 ($30). The applicator makes it so easy to apply when you’re on the go!

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I’m constantly applying lip balm throughout the day. I like having one with SPF to protect my lips. One of my favorites is Kiehl’s Lip Treatment ($22). It has SPF 25 and the tinted versions double as a lipstick! I use “Simply Rose,” which has just the right tint to make it look as if you just ate a watermelon popsicle.

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I use Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator ($80) every night after washing my face. It’s a serum that acts like an exfoliator, helping improve the texture of your skin. They say you can use it twice a day, but I find it to be very effective even just applying it at night.

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I love the look of orange lipstick. But the color can often make your teeth look yellow. So instead of a classic orange, I turn to a coral-orange. My fave is MAC “Vegas Volt” ($18.50). The addition of pink to the lipstick helps in keeping my teeth looking white.

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When I entered my 30s, I was told I should really start incorporating retinol into my skincare routine. I don’t like to use concentrated retinol, since it can be harsh on my skin. So to prevent wrinkles, I use Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream ($85) since it doesn’t bother my skin.

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One of the first mascaras I ever bought was L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($7.95). A makeup artist recommended it to my mom and she recommended it to me. Over ten years later, it’s still my favorite drug store mascara out there. I use “Blackest Black.”

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My absolute favorite highlighter is Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($25). It has just the right amount of shine to give your face a youthful glow. But unlike other highlighters, it doesn’t look too sparkly. I use “Gilded Honey,” which is a golden powder. I swipe it over my cheekbones and my brow bone.

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I’m always reaching for my hand sanitizer. My go-to is EO hand sanitizer ($5). It doesn’t have the alcohol smell that so many hand sanitizers usually have. My favorite scent they have is lavender. It’s so relaxing!

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I’ve been using Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 for a couple of weeks now and my skin has majorly improved in texture! Sydne Style readers can get free shipping plus gifts by using code SYDNE at checkout. They’re so much quicker to use than going into a dermatologist and getting a full treatment.

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I usually wear a tinted moisturizer. But when I want a little more coverage I’ll reach for Revlon Colorstay Foundation ($13.99). I love that it’s matte, since I tend to have oilier skin. It’s super creamy, soft and easy to blend.

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One of my favorite mascaras when I’m going for a glam look is Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($11).It’s a really intense black. I usually apply two coats but even with just one coat, it makes your lashes super thick with tons of volume.

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I’ve been using Mary Kay Travel Roll-Up Cosmetic Bag ($29.49) as my go-to travel makeup bag for years. It rolls up and has a bunch of compartments to organize your makeup. My favorite part is the hanger. When I travel, I hang it on the towel rack or the mirror in my hotel bathroom, making getting ready a breeze!

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I’ve been using Dove deodorant for years, specifically their dry spray deo. I go back and forth on different scents but my all time favorite is Dove Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant ($5.59). It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any marks on my clothing, no matter what color I’m wearing!

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I love anything and everything rose scented. One of my favorite skincare brands that has rose products is Korres. And one of my favorite of their products is the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial ($48). The scent is what initially drew me to the product. But the results are what keeps me getting a new tub every time I get to empty. Every time I use it at night, I feel so moisturized and refreshed in the morning!

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When it comes to breakouts, my absolute favorite product is Kate Somerville EradiKate ($26). The minute I notice a blemish I apply the pink liquid at night and when I wake up it’s dramatically smaller. I always keep the single applicators ($22) with me when I’m traveling since that’s usually when I see breakouts.

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Mary Kay Chromafusion™ Collection eye shadows have rich pigment that last 12 hours. Seriously, I’ve done my eyes in the morning and the shadow is just as gorgeous in the late evening! I love how blendable the shadow is. You can keep building it to create more drama.

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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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