Saturday, October 20, 2018

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

It's that time again- time for the roundup from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Below are the highlights of our weeks in one convenient location, including the links to the original posts. Check it out for some leisurely weekend reading!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves high quality luxury skincare, and recently fell head-over-heels in love with several Erborian Skincare products that have quickly achieved holy grail status. Hint: Their Solid Cleansing Oil is truly covet-worthy! #erborian 

Prime Beauty received her best subscription box ever with the BoxyCharm October 20118 box! Take a look at the goodies & brands she got! 

With everyone talking about pumpkin everything, Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite pumpkin skincare products, including an incredible natural pumpkin facial mask! 

Are you interested in clean pure cosmetics? If so you'll want to learn about CLEURE. Beautiful products that you can trust. 

Just because it is now fall doesn’t mean you have to say farewell to the beach for the next six months! Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has picked out her favorite 7 products that suit the cooler weather all while embracing her favorite elements of the beach. Check them out and see if any are your favorites as well! 

Do you use and love essential oils? How do you store your essential oils? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares How to Store Your Essential Oils in a way that's affordable, organized, and improving her entire experience using them. 

This week, Polarbelle is sharing her nighttime skin routine, which has some tips for everyone and particularly those with over 40 skin. Be sure to enter the giveaway! 

Pammy Blogs Beauty revives her damaged/highlighted hair with Nexxus's Keraphix line

If you have sensitive skin you'll want to read about some of the Evercalm products from REN Skincare over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear about your current favorites so please chime in below!

Until next time, have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pumpkin Carriage: An Orange Holographic Nail Lacquer by Born Pretty Store

Press Sample

Between illnesses and a few big changes you'll be hearing about soon, this month has been one of the hardest for me when it comes to keeping up with my blog. I'm hoping things settle down slightly so I'll get closer to my normal routine and get posts up in the mornings rather than finally sitting down in the evenings. Until then, please bear with me as I get posts up as frequently as I can! Now let's jump in on today's post!

While summer is arguably my favorite season, there certainly are things I enjoy about the fall. As an avid orange fan, I am always excited to see the leaves change colours and pops of orange can be found everywhere! Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I received the stunning Pumpkin Carriage by Born Pretty Store to review!

Whether you have more polishes than you can possibly use up in your lifetime (yep, that's totally me, and I have no regrets about that!) or you just want to try out a new-to-you colour palette, Born Pretty Store is often a great place to shop. Their bottles are smaller than the standard 15mL, so they take less storage space and you may even use up a colour! This particular bottle is 6mL.

In spite of the smaller size overall, I have no issues painting my nails with their slightly smaller brushes.

Pumpkin Carriage has great viscosity that applies easily across the nail beds. While it isn't as densely pigmented as some other Born Pretty Store nail lacquers, I was still able to achieve opacity in two coats. Those with longer nails or who apply with thinner coats may find they need to use three coats to cover visible nail line.

Other products used:
Glisten & Glow: Wedding Gown White and Little Black Dress

Here is the direct link to purchase this beautiful pumpkin orange nail polish! It is currently marked down for $5.39 per bottle.

While you are already on the website, be sure to check out what else Born Pretty Store has to offer for your nail art needs!

You can save 10% off full priced items from Born Pretty Store with code QWL91.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7 Products to Keep the Beach With You Even After Summer Vacation Has Ended

Press Samples Included

It has officially been the fall season for almost four weeks, but with the warm weather sticking around for quite some time, it has only really felt like it this week up here in wine country. As eager as I have been for the return of chilly days so I can enjoy my boots, scarves, and cozy sweaters, there are a few things about summer that I just cannot bear to part with. I am a beach-loving babe to my core, and it used to be difficult for me to part with my beloved beach-inspired beauty products over the cold months. While there certainly are no hard and fast rules in place that state I cannot enjoy my beloved tropical effects, I still feel a little out of place. For today's blog post, I wanted to share my current favorite products that will take your mind back to those hot summer days on the beach with sun-kissed skin while still embracing the colder and drier days we are now facing. Ready? Let's jump in!

Pearl Candle and Perfume Oil

Of our five senses, smell may be the best at triggering evocative memories, so it should come to no surprise that the first item on my list would utilize smell's incredible power. While I have an affinity to tropical fruit smells, I want something a little warmer for the cooler months, and the Pearl scent by The Sage Lifestyle has already become my daily go-to this season. Inspired by the organic gemstone created by mollusks, this fragrance was developed by Sage Machado and inspired by the birth of her oldest daughter, Sophie Rose Annabelle Lee. This scent captures the purity and innocence of the gem by combining base notes of woody sandalwood, fresh musks, and warm vanilla with a fresh, green mousse de chene heart note for a timeless fragrance that will keep you coming back. Even those that are sensitive to fragrances can enjoy this subtle scent that is far from overpowering! Whether you choose to wear it on yourself while out and about or to keep this warm scent close to home, you'll be amazed at how often others will compliment this delightful fragrance!

Tide Me Over Picture Perfect Cuticle Cream

I may not have been aware of the subtle changes going on around me, but my body definitely has picked up on them over the past month! With colder weather comes drier air and the return of cracked and peeling cuticles, unless you take care of them, of course. My preferred product is the Picture Perfect Cuticle Cream by KBShimmer as it is filled with nourishing jojoba oil, cocoa and shea butters and olive oil, and yet is it still able to be absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. The cuticle cream in scent Tide Me Over is a favorite of mine as it starts off with notes of fresh coconut before touches of woody sandalwood come in to warm it up. The bottle may be small, but you only have to use half a pea sized amount so it lasts for quite some time. The little opening is also perfect for slipping it on a keychain or carabiner so you can take it with you and apply no matter where your day takes you!

Skin Snob
Midnight Flower Dry Body Oil

Since we've already covered our cuticles, we have to be sure to moisturize our skin during this ultra-dry time as well! I'm usually ambivalent when it comes to body oils, so I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed the Dry Body Oil pads by Skin Snob! The cotton rounds are filled with nourishing argan, grape seed and sea buckthorn oils in addition to vitamins A, C and E to give your skin the ultimate treat. The application method is convenient and easy to use, so there is no worry about oil dripping on the floor to slip and slide on (I may know this experience well from other products). What won me over the most is that within about 5 minutes of application, the oils were fully absorbed into my skin so I could go about my day and not have to worry about oils transferring onto my clothing. The Midnight Flower fragrance brought back memories of my time in Hawaii and Tahiti, so I naturally had to include it in this post. Because floral scents overall aren't my normal go-to for during the day, this is more of a Girl's Night Out kind of product. Obviously if florals are your jam, you may wish to wear it all day long!

Octavio Hair
La Playa Salt Spray

I know what some of you are thinking: Come on, Jen, beach hair is meant for the summer only! I beg to differ! While the long and carefree tousled beach look may not be the most common this time of year, it doesn't mean you have to say farewell to the beach vibe altogether. Bulky sweaters don't pair well with too much lift of the hair, but there are ways to add the beachy elements without being over-the-top this fall. Current hair trends shows the return of both curtain and short bangs, and the La Playa Salt Spray adds a textured wave to your look while still keeping the desired sophistication of the season. I've not yet committed to adding in bangs again as I am toying with having my hair cut really short, but I am still enjoying using this spray on my inverted bob cut.

The Seaweed Bath Co.
Hydrating Seaweed Bath

One only has to look at the brand to realize The Seaweed Bath Co has been inspired by the ocean! All of their products utilize their seaweed-based proprietary ingredient, AlgaDerm Complex and Marine Tri-Peptide to repair and restore the skin's protective moisture barrier. This fall season, I am particularly gravitating towards the Hydrating Seaweed Bath. Argan oil, vitamin E, and Hawaiian Kukui oil naturally nourishes dry skin while Maine bladderwrack seaweed restores and calms troubled skin. It is available in lavender, eucalyptus & peppermint, and unscented options, but if you elect to use the scented versions, please be aware this bath product still has a rather strong seaweed smell. Given that seaweed is one of the main ingredients, it's not surprising the scent isn't masked completely, and it may be a turn off for some potential readers. I'm personally fine with it, but I still had to put this warning out for those that might not be a fan.

Alba Botanica
Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes
Deep Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

I have a strange relationship with facial wipes- I both love and dislike them at the same time, and it really depends on what I want to accomplish as to whether or not I use them. On days that I wear a full face of makeup, wipes never feel like they get my face fully clean, but on makeup-free days, wipes always leave a weird residue that I have to wash off anyway. I picked up these Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes to try because it contained two key words on the packaging- hawaiian and pineapple. These wipes actually work quite well at removing my makeup, particularly due to the addition of the pineapple enzyme. They do leave a little bit of product behind and some residue and a follow up with either micellar water-soaked cotton pads or a gentle wash to be a necessity, but when I want a little tropical "fix" this fall, these wipes fit the bill nicely. I should mention that those with sensitive skin will likely want to limit these to occasional use only and be aware that you may feel tingling or a slight burning due to the pineapple enzyme. I didn't notice it on my sensitive skin, but I don't use these daily nor on a relatively clean face to begin with. These are more for ultra-grimy cleaning after spending hours hard house-cleaning kind of wipes.

SoapyBliss Bath & Body Bakery
Mermaid Body Butter and Cupcake Bath Bomb

With a "Mermaid" scent, it is hard to not think about the ocean! The SoapyBliss scent is a delightful combination of creamy coconut with the salty ocean air, and it can be found in many products in the brand's lineup. The Deliciously Whipped Body Butter is just that thanks to the coconut oil, mango butter and coconut milk powder. That being said, my preferred go-to product is the mini sized bath bomb. After wearing those boots all day, these are the perfect pedicure treat! Whether you have a designated foot bath or convert a plastic tub, your tootsies will appreciate the little tlc. The "cake" portion is filled with both mango butter and avocado oil to treat your skin while it fizzes away in the water. The "frosting" serves as the perfect sugar scrub to slough away the dead skin although you can opt to just let it melt into the water and enjoy the extra essential oils that way if you wish.

As you can see, just because summer is over, it doesn't mean to have to permanently say goodbye to the beach over the next several months! The days may be shorter and the days colder, but with the right products with scents that evoke the crashing waves and still give your skin the added luxury it needs over the drier months, you can still relive your summer days, if only in your mind, until summer comes back again!

Also, I wanted to include a special thank you to Sage Machado and The Sage Lifestyle, whose Pearl fragrance unknowingly inspired this blog post!

Have you tried any of the products in this post? What scents bring back some of your favorite summer memories? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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