Beauty

 Bedding: Joss & Main,  similar ON SALE! //Satin Pillowcase:  Savvy Sleepers //Table: Target,  similar //Candle:  Dayna Decker //
Bedding: Joss & Main, similar ON SALE! //Satin Pillowcase: Savvy Sleepers //Table: Target, similar //Candle: Dayna Decker //

While Satin sheets have a reputation of being sexy and of ultimate luxury, (Martina McBride even has a song titled ‘Satin Sheets’ and there is an Urban Dictionary listing for ‘Black Satin Sheets’) I much prefer my cotton sheets. However I have fallen in love with the Savvy Sleepers satin pillowcases. They come in a beautiful variety of colors and different sizes along with an added luxury of a pocket for a love note or your jewelry. Satin pillowcases are a beauty tool that makes you prettier while you sleep! 

A satin pillowcase does wonders for your hair because the smooth, silky surface eliminates friction when you move, which helps prevent static and breakage. And it works. My hair’s natural texture is that of a lion’s. Not joking. Huge, frizzy, curly, and unruly all the way. But I have noticed a huge change in the health and manageability of my hair since sleeping on a satin pillowcase. An added bonus is that my blowouts have been lasting much longer too. 

The biggest reason that I was excited to try out a satin pillowcase though, is because of all of the skin benefits. Cotton sucks moisture out, so for those (like me) with dry skin, satin is a Godsend when you want to keep all of your moisturizer on your skin, and not on your bedding! 

An added benefit of satin pillow cases is that even if you haven’t washed your sheets and pillowcases in awhile, they always feel cool, smooth, like you’re living in fancy Old Hollywood.

Using a satin pillowcase is a small price to pay to wake up feeling totally glam with smooth hair and moisturized skin! How’s that for getting your beauty sleep?!

 

Top: Forever 21, similar//Pants: Missguided//Shoes: Steve Madden//Bra: Free People//Bag: Forever 21//Lips: Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin//Bracelet: Nadri//

I can’t help but admire Kylie Jenner’s style. I feel kind of embarrassed typing that out because I look up to (most) of her fashion choices and I am more than ten years her senior. But age doesn’t matter, right? Right. I’ll just tell myself that it doesn’t matter. Age aside, Kylie has been at the epicenter of some big beauty trends over the last year: the comeback of the ’90’s lip and the bold lob, AKA the long bob. 

I have been working on overhauling my closet and refining my own personal style, which for me means wearing more sultry silhouettes, classic pieces, and neutral colors because those are all things that I feel my best in. When I saw this outfit that Kylie wore to her lip kit launch party, I said to myself, “I have to recreate that look!” So this is my spin on the (almost) all-white, what I like to call “refined sexy” outfit. 

  Cover FX Foundation
Cover FX Foundation

A self-professed makeup-a-holic and lover of FULL coverage foundation, I am so excited to share my new favorite foundation with you! Growing up with rosacea and having it linger into my twenties has made me self-conscious about going out bare-faced. As a teenager, I wore a Clinique cover stick foundation, heavily applied to hide all traces of redness. Then I moved up to MAC’s Studio Fix foundation (still one of my favorites). I’ve tried so many foundations, and have a small handful of favorites, but I am so very impressed with the Cover FX line of foundations/face products. Recently I have been revamping my lifestyle to be more conscious of what I put in and on my body. For me, that means making tweaks to my diet and researching where my food and beauty products come from. Luckily the Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation is cruelty and gluten free, talc free, paraben free, and is a stellar full-coverage, silky product.

The shades: My shade is N40. The colors available are broken down into three categories: N (neutral), P (pink), and G (golden). I was very impressed with the range of colors; probably the best range I have seen from any brand before. Each letter (P, G, and N) has a wide range of colors.

The wear: Applied with or without primer (I have worn it both ways), this foundation stays put. It has stood the test of spin class, weight lifting, and running. It does not budge. Giving a silky finish, it looks natural but gives GREAT coverage. I was impressed that I did not feel the need to apply concealer around my mouth, chin, and nose as I usually do. This foundation is not dewy, nor matte, it just gives a soft, satin finish to your skin. In the photo above, I am not wearing any concealer or powder over the foundation with the exception of under my eyes. 

Pros: 

-Lasts all day

-Great coverage; covers redness

-No odor

-Cruelty free

-Takes very little product

-Great packaging

Cons:

-Price ($40 for a tube)

If you decide to try this foundation, please let me know what you think of it! 

My goal moving forward is to create more videos to share, and I’m so excited to share my skincare routine here – something I love to talk about! Taking care of my skin is super important, because healthy skin means a smooth canvas for makeup (among other things, of course). 

Skincare products mentioned:

Skinmedica AHA/BHA Cleanser: http://amzn.to/1NfJEy7
Neocutis Gentle Cleanser: http://amzn.to/1GrAmr1
Obagi Clenziderm Toner: http://amzn.to/1FRHoKE
Biopelle Eye Cream: http://amzn.to/1NfKlax
Biopelle Tensage Serum: http://amzn.to/1QTP6Eu
Elta MD SPF 45 Sunscreen: http://amzn.to/1KVuhac

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1. Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick: Bobbi Brown makes THE best highlighters! You can’t go wrong with the shimmer brick in ‘bronze’. It adds the perfect golden glow!

2. Essie LuxEffects “Summit of Style”: Essie’s LuxEffects glitter polishes make for the perfect stocking stuffers!

3. Smashbox Photofinish Primer: This is one of those products that I hate buying for myself, but it does wonders.

4. Younique Mascara: I’m the girl who usually uses 5 different mascaras to achieve that fluttery-lash look, but holy-moly did Younique change that!! This mascara system is like nothing I have ever used; it really does transform your lashes.

5. Clarisonic Mia: The Clarisonic Mia is one of my holy grail beauty products. I’ve been using it for about 5 years now, and it has made a huge difference in my skin’s appearance and texture. Anyone who receives this as a gift would be one lucky gal!

6. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: Anyone can use this gorgeous, neutral palette. The colors are universally flattering, and make for the perfect accompaniment to any eyeshadow colors.

7. Sigma 18k Gold Brush Set: Go for the gold (literally) with this luxurious brush set. This gilded set comes with a deluxe carrying case, perfect for travel.

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