everyday beauty essentials

everyday beauty essentials
Nars Orgasm Blush

A peach-pink color, replete with flecks of gold shimmer, is one of the most flattering blushes ever created. Works with ANY skin tone.

everyday beauty essentials

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Bendable Liquid Eyeliner was the true winner! Its smudge-free formula allows you to create a line as fine or as thick as you desire. With that said, we just had to give some love to Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara. This mascara gives intense, full body, high-volume lashes in a single stroke.

everyday beauty essentials

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

1 Tube of this hand cream is sold every three seconds! That should be proof enough that this holy grail works on dry hands and it’s never greasy.

everyday beauty essentials

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

With its clean scent and creamy formula, this moisturizing body wash does a good job of leaving skin squeaky-clean but never dried out. 

everyday beauty essentials

L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

Strong enough to lock your style in place for hours, but fine enough that it combs right out, consider this hairspray a must.

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We often scour beauty magazines to keep up with the latest and greatest when it comes to beauty essentials. In the current issue of New Beauty Magazine Spring-Summer 2017 edition, the magazine featured several award-winning beauty products. We weren’t surprised that we had many of them in our beauty arsenal.  In fact, these are so good that we’ve found ourselves buying them over and over again.  All of them are must-haves in our daily routine, and we know that they will quickly become part of your daily regimen as well. Consider these the best of the best!

Information obtained from New Beauty Magazine
Spring-Summer 2017

 

Bronzer

By Terry Tea To Tan Face & Body Bronzer 

Bronzer

Sunny days are coming; we better be ready! Time to look at a high-end bronzer that creates, builds, and enhances a natural-looking tan. Tea To Tan Face & Body Hydra-Bronze By Terry is a self-tanning free bronzing water with a universal shade that suits any skin tone.

This bronzer delivers a sun-kissed natural look making our skin look healthy without a self-tanning agent. We are impressed with the mistake-proof composition that prevents transfers but washes off in the shower.

We simply spray it on a large makeup brush and then apply to our face, neck, shoulders, and décolletage. You can customize the application as you please thanks to the bi-phased formula. Despite being waterproof and quick-drying, you may want to give it a few minutes to set before getting dressed.

Enriched with black and red tea extracts that provide antioxidant protection, this product is so versatile that you can get dual results, depending on how to use the water: calm or shaken.

With the calm water method, you obtain a subtle matte color effect that you can wear under or over makeup. Use after you shake the bottle and get a shimmer effect that gives a beautiful bronze glow that will set and last.

We approve the powdery floral scent that reminds us of roses and has some fruit active essence tones. With the help of this revolutionary bronzing water product, it’s easy to be a bronze goddess year-round. Get your skin ready to shine like a watercolor masterpiece.

 

 

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

L'Occitane

Almond Shower Oil

Fun Fact: This shower oil transforms into a delicate foam when it comes into contact with water.  It is also great for shaving your legs!

Almond Supple Skin Oil

 Fun Fact: Formulated with more than 50% Almond Oil, this light, fine body oil effectively helps skin feel supple and smoother.

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Lavender Foaming Bath

Fun Fact: L’Occitane uses lavender sourced directly from farmer’s cooperatives in Haute-Provence.

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Fun Fact: 1 of the Shea Butter Hand Creams is sold every 3 seconds around the globe!

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Almond Milk Concentrate

Fun Fact: Put this on directly after the shower as to accompany your Almond Shower Oil.

Divine Cream

Fun Fact: The main ingredient in the Divine Cream is essential oils from the Immortelle flower, a flower found off the coast of Corsica that never fades, even after it’s been picked.

L'Occitane Eau De Parfum

Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum

Fun Fact: This fragrance is brand new and just launched April 12th.  It’s inspired by the Golden Hour, a moment in time right before the sun sets when the light embraces the sky. 

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Sometimes we can use a little pampering session. Let’s say a head to toe luxurious experience with products made with the finest ingredients. Join us on a trip around L’Occitane’s Beauty Essentials & Luxuries.

Known for being truthful to the best scents and traditions of the South of France, L’Occitane has put together a line of products that is an absolute temptation – from shower gel to fragrance nothing is forgotten.

Karen and I are long-time fans of the Almond Shower Oil, which gives your skin a silky, unbelievably soft texture all year-round, especially in the winter months. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the best product for shaving!

To make our bathing experience even more fabulous, try the Lavender Foaming Bath for a heavenly lavender scented, soothing, and relaxing bath with lots of bubbles. You’ll be transported to the blue fields of lavender in Provence in a blink.

If you are following our routine, the Almond Supple Skin Oil or The Soothing Almond Milk Concentrate are next in line for an extra dose of hydration after the shower. And please don’t forget the hand cream, which is highly concentrated with 20% shea butter but absorbs into the skin without leaving oily traces.

Next stop: your beautiful face. The Crème Divine is an anti-aging face cream that gives up a youthful glow and leaves our skin vibrant and radiant. This best-selling, award-winner hydrates and soothes, while fighting against those unwanted wrinkles and visible signs of aging.

Finnish up you pamper session with a warm and sensual fragrance: Terre De Lumiere Eau de Parfum. With a blend of zesty, sweet and musk, it’s the perfect scent for hot summer months. It lasts a long time and is incredibly addictive, though not overpowering.

As you can tell, we are very keen with this post and confident that you will love the entire line. We always want products to perform well, especially when there is a steeper price tag involved; these passed the test with distinction.

Each one of these products would be perfect Mother’s Day gift. We know it’s not as bold as offering a trip to the South of France, but if you invest in this line, you’ll get a close experience without the jet-leg and airport stress-free. Case to say: bon voyage!

*Fun Facts provided by L’Occitane

 

Editor: Maria Ines Raposo

 

Mon Paris

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

Mon Paris

Today we bring you a fragrance signed by one of the most influential and inspired designers in the world and inspired by Paris, the city of intense love: Paris. A sophisticated and classy perfume with touches of red berry, pear, white Datura flower, white musks, and patchouli: Yves Saint Laurent’s Mon Paris.

It’s fresh and modern, yet mysterious and sensual. We picked this up during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale, right on time to kick off Spring/Summer season with a new fragrance. It only helps that it is inspired by a city with such allure for beauty and fashion lovers as Paris.

We love that it’s feminine and sweet but also has the woodsy notes to add that bit of sexy. Overall, it’s a great combination of notes that smells delightful and not overbearing.

Lasting all day without wearing off, we both get a ton of compliments whenever we use this. If we had to summarize our feelings about this one in just three words, it would be: passionate, sensual, and sophisticated!

Mon Paris

Notes:
Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss.

 

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

Matrix

Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Benefits

Matrix

Miracle. There’s a word to watch out for in the beauty industry! For the sake of research, today we put our sceptic-self aside and decided to give a chance to Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Miracle Treat 12 Benefits. We didn’t keep a methodic checklist, but there is no doubt that there are several benefits involved.

The premise is simple: this is a multi-perfecting spray that keeps colored hair vibrant and conditioned between salon visits. So much that all you need to do is color outside the lines. Among its 12 essential benefits, are antioxidants to protect against environmental aggressors, strengthen hair, keep color vibrant, and avoid fading.

We spray it into damp hair and confirm it got smoother and tamed – bye bye frizz. It leaves hair feeling soft and manageable but not weighed down or flat. Our hair is full of body and there’s no sign of oiliness nearby.

We can tell that it prolongs the life of our color-treated hair: Lauren’s highlights are still looking vibrant even after several washes. A major plus it the fact that it protects against heat (blow dryer, curling, flat iron, you name it!).

With Matrix Total Results Miracle Treat 12 Benefits, our hair detangles well, looks shinier, and smells breezily good. To be honest, the only con of this one is trying to read the instruction label. To save you the trouble: use as a leave in conditioner. You can thank us later!

 

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo