July Magazine Article

Hello everyone and Happy July!

I hope everyone has been having a fabulous start to the month! We had a great 4th filled with way too many fireworks purchased by my husband, and a fun quick getaway with the boys this past weekend to Marco Island! Time is suddenly flying; you light a sparkler and suddenly it’s almost mid-month!

After a maternity-hiatus, I’m so excited to say I’m back to writing my beauty column for the Lifestyle Media Group magazine for South Florida and this month’s column is all about Lip Service! One of the biggest focuses in my everyday beauty regimen, during both day and night, is my lips. Whether it’s a balm to keep them moisturized or a lipstick to transform my outfit (and mood), I’m always looking for the next latest and greatest lip products, which is why I’ve rounded up some of my current favorites for you! See below for all of my current top lip product picks for the perfect pout!

Beauty magazine article

Aesthetica Long Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick:
Aesthetica has made a name for itself with its contouring and highlighting kits, but I’m just as sold on these liquid lipsticks. They can be worn day or night and are formulated to last for hours, without drying out. Readers can receive 50 perfect off all items (yes, 50% off off!!) using the promotional code LIVELOVE50. $16; www.aesthetica.me

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15:
This product moisturizes, provides SPF and gives you a subtle but buildable color – perfect for wearing during the day! Suggested colors: Poppy, Tulip, and Berry. $24; Sephora, Nordstrom

NARS Audacious Lipstick:
A Hall of Fame brand when it comes to lipstick formulas, these NARS lipsticks (with 40 plus colors) glide on smoothly and are so pigment rich you can wear them without a lip liner. The color lasts, and your lips never feel dry.  $34; Sephora, Department Stores, www.narscosmetics.com

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Lip Oil Stick:
The the downside to long-lasting lipsticks is that you fear the color may really never wear off. This powerful-yet-gentle makeup remover stick is designed for such products. It will leave your lips hydrated and replenished. $15; Sephora, Ulta

MAC Prep + Prime Lip:
As avid lipstick users will attest, this is one of the Holy Grail products and I wouldn’t dare apply a swipe of lipstick without it! It smoothes out my lips and adds moisture, creating the perfect canvas for any shade to be applied on top. It also keeps my lipstick in place, an absolute must have! $17.50; MAC stores, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom

Cheers to an awesome month!

Xo,
Leah

That Time I Remembered I Had a Blog…and Sephora’s VIB Sale

Hello? Is this thing on?

So it’s me, Leah, and I know I’ve been radio silent. Like really, really MIA. I haven’t posted since November 11th, 2016 and with good reason, as we welcomed our little boy Max on November 30th! Things have been more than hectic in our household with two crazy and amazing boys, but as they said, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

newborn shoot

The funny thing about me not posting since November, is the last post was about Sephora’s Spring VIB Sale and guess what?! It’s baaaack! Beginning today through the 24th, VIB members will receive 15% off of everything in stores and online with code VIBSPRING.  I count down to these sales as they are my time to stock up on all my of favorites, as well as try items on my Lust List.

I own and have tried a lot of makeup. And I mean A LOT. Below are my some of my all time favorite products, things I buy and recommend over and over. I made this into a quick and shopping list, but you can head back to my article in November here to read about all of the reasons why I love them as I had written about most of these products back then as well…ya know, when I had time to write a manifesto on each product prior to having two boys, ha. But I promise they are all the best of the best and you should take advantage of the savings and see for yourself, but don’t wait too long since popular products often go out of stock during this promo.

Sephora VIB Sale Makeup

Makeup

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex

Lash Primer: Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer (I never apply mascara without it, period.)

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in ‘Chocolate – medium to deep’

Highlighters: BECCA Champagne Pop Pressed Highlighter

Light Coverage Foundation (What I wear to workout, pool, etc): NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in ‘St. Mortiz’

Medium Coverage Foundation (What I wear during the day, running errands): Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation in ’118 = Y325′

Full Coverage Foundation (What I wear going out): Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in ‘Wheat’ mixed with Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate in ’34 – Beige Medium’

Blushes: NARS Orgasm and Impassioned

Best Lip Balm EVER: Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

Eye Brightener: BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Eye Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in ‘Medium’

Brightening Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder in ‘Peach’

Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Brow Pencil: Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill in ’6 – Deep’

Favorite Lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna, Fanny, Stefania…to name a few

Sephora VIB Sale Skincare

Skincare

Universal Cleanser: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Exfoliator: Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

Mask (It was so hard to pick one, for a full list of my favorite targeted masks check back to my magazine article here): Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Daytime Moisturizer: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex

Evening Moisturizer: Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer

Best skincare set, just buy it and thank me later: Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit

Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Best “Wake Your Eyes Up” Cream: Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Eye Wrinkle Cream (without spending a million dollars): Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream

Sephora VIB Sale Hair & Sun

Hair and Sun

Curling Iron: T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

Hair Dryer: T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i 

Dry Shampoo: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Hair Styling: Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1Texture Spray

Wash-Off Tanning Lotion: Tarte Better Bod Bronze + Contour Kit (Obsessed!!)

Self-Tanner for Face: Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (And check out this gift set featuring a full size Booster plus other goodies for less money!!)

Happy Shopping!!

Xo,
Leah

Sephora’s VIB Sale

Happy Friday!!

It’s here! The annual Sephora VIB Sale is here! Beginning today through Monday, VIB members will receive 20% off your entire purchase, both in-store and online using promo code 20VIB. Now’s the time to either ‘Restock & Save’ on all of your regular purchases, ‘Splurge & Try’ any items that you’ve been coveting, as well as take advantage and jump on your holiday shopping with the best gift sets out there! Here are my lists of suggestions for the promotion of the year!

Sephora VIB Sale

Restock & Save:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup – As I just wrote about in my November Lifestyle Media Group magazine article, this has quickly become my go-to foundation when I’m looking for smooth application that will last up to 15 hours! (FYI I wear the shade ‘Wheat’)

Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Primer - I know I’ve written about this many times in the past, I’ve been using it for years and never apply mascara without it!

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream – I started using this moistuzer at night a couple of months ago and I’m so happy I did! I love how smooth my skin feels, how light the cream feels, and I even love the smell.

TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara – Coming from a girl who has tried countless mascaras, this is by far my absolute favorite! I’ve gone through many, many tubes and will continue to do so.

BeautyBlender – A cult classic, and as much as I try (keyword: try) to keep mine relatively clean, now is a great time to purchase myself a new one!

Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head – If you use a Clarisonic to clean your face, it is suggested to replace your brush head every 3 months. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of not replacing it that often (cue hand raised!). I really like the Radiance Brush Head which cleans and addresses dark spots and uneven skintones for a radiant and more youthful complexion.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo – This is my favorite dry shampoo and I’m sure I’ll be going through my fair share of it once I have the baby, so now’s the time to stock up!

NARS Audacious Lipstick – I know I rant about these all time and for good reason! They glide right on providing the perfect amount of color that you need just one swipe. My favorite shades are Fanny (Rich Berry), Anna (Smokey Rose), and Stefania (Deep Magenta Fuchsia).

Dior Addict Lip Glow – It’s almost embarrassing how many of these I’ve gone through over the years, but it truly is one of my absolute favorite beauty products. It’s hands down the most moisturizing lip balm, providing a gorgeous subtle natural color.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – I got hooked on this cream about a year ago and I’m so grateful I did. Applying it each morning, it’s like a cup of coffee for the eye, as it’s actually made with coffee beans and ginseng, helping reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer – I love this bronzer for three reasons: the multiple shades available, the matte finish, and the insanely delicious chocolate smell. Seriously though, I could eat it.

Sephora VIB Sale Splurges

Splurge & Try:

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand – I love this curling iron because A. I’m a moron and can only figure out how to curl my hair with a clipless curling iron and B. I think it’s brilliant this it comes with three interchangeable barrels, allowing you to only purchase one curling iron with countless styling looks. Not to mention it was also an Allure Best of Beauty 2016 winner.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator - This is hands down my favorite exfoliator as it truly feels like it mimics a microdermabrasion treatment from a spa. While it’s on the pricier side, mine has really lasted as all you need is a pea size amount, just once or twice a week.

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo Kit - This is the best kit to try out two of Sunday Riley’s bestselling products; Good Genes and Luna Sleeping Night Oil. It’s a great price cut and even though they are smaller sizes, they’re still quite generous. But warning: you’ll absolutely fall in love with them! And if you’d like to explore more of the fan favorite brand, you can purchase the brand new set #SquadGoals Skincare Essential Kit, which also includes trial sizes of Good Genes and Luna Sleeping Oil, but also the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser and Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream as well.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer – So if you haven’t heard by now, the bestselling vacuum company, Dyson, has developed a hair dryer which is certain to be at the top of every beauty junkie’s wish list. It’s a high-speed, powerful dryer that delivers heat control for shine, dries hair fast, and straightens and smooths your hair. It includes intelligent heat control technology, which helps prevent heat damage. The downside? It’s $400. The upside? You can now save 20% on it!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - While this primer is pricey, it’s a bestseller for a reason. It’s mineral-based, water-resistant, and creates a perfectly smooth canvas for makeup application.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleRelease24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream - I’ve been dying to try this eye cream as I’m a huge fan of the brand and the fact that this cream fights five different types of eye wrinkles, while also working on loss of firmness and dark circles.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator - This is my new favorite highlighter than I encourage everyone to try, especially since it’s a universal shade to accomplish the perfect dewy glow!

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sea Breeze First Aid Beauty Set – If you’ve been longing for a Clarisonic cleaning device, now is the time to pull the trigger! And this set is great that for the same price as a regular Mia 2, it comes with three First Aid Beauty essentials products, a Sensitive Brush Head, and Luxe Facial Brush Head.

Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55 – I have been using this foundation brush for years and love that it really does provide an airbrush finish. Simply buff your makeup (whether it’s a powder, liquid, or cream) in circular motions.

Sephora VIB Sale Gift Sets

Gift Sets:

Sephora Favorites Superstars – These annual sets are always filled with the luxe products, giving a sample of bestsellers and this year’s is no exception! It’s filled with seven full-size items as well as six trial size items, including mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, primer, and a highlighter.

GlamGlow Poutmud Wet Lip Balm Treatment Ornament - If you’re looking for just a little something to be used as a White Elephant or stocking stuffer gift, look no further! Everyone’s lips get destroyed in the winter and this Poutmud Treatment is your solution, as it restores your lips making them softer and hydrated. It’s even wrapped as an ornament!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light – For the beauty expert or beauty newbie in your life (which could of course be yourself, wink wink) this powder palette is ideal! It includes the oh so popular Hourglass highlighter powders, bronzer, and blushes.

Fresh Skincare Treasures – I am such a fan of the brand Fresh and now you can buy someone the perfect gift set which features all of my faves from the brand! For a great price, the set includes trial sizes of their best cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, face polish scrub (which is amazing!!), and their Rose lip treatment balm.

GlamGlow Gift Sexy Supermud Set - This set of of three Glamglow’s bestselling masks would make an amazing gift for anyone looking for clear skin, including Supermud Clearing Treatment, Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment, and Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment.

Sephora Glitter Happy Brush Sets – Know anyone in need of some new makeup brushes? I couldn’t think of better ones to purchase for the holiday season! It includes six luxe brushes and the most festive glittery brush stand, which is sure to add the perfect sparkle to your vanity.

Happy Shopping!

Xo,
Leah

November Magazine Article

Hi everyone!

Happy November! I hope you’ve adjusted to the time change and that you had a great weekend! I’m still on bedrest – just eating, watching Bravo, and waiting for baby! So crazy to think that soon enough he’ll be here (today is exactly one month from due date!), as will the holidays; so much to be thankful for! I’m also grateful for the following reliable beauty products from this month’s Lifestyle Media Group Magazine Article, especially during these last 8 months!

November Magazine Article

MAC Dainty Blush:
Despite having so many blush shades available {both in stores and in my vanity}, I love how this looks great on everyone! It is a mineralized base and goes on lightly, allowing you to build color to accomplish the best light-pink, flushed cheek.
$28; MAC, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation:
While I own too many foundations to admit, I find myself reaching for this double-wear product whenever I need a long-lasting look. This color (Wheat) matches my skin perfectly, and the formula goes on so smoothly and doesn’t budge. $39; Sephora, Department Stores

Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray:
I’ve been using this spray for a year, and I’m fully hooked. My hair feels softer, stronger, and smoother. It also cuts down blow drying time – worth every penny! $68; Amazon, Oribe, Birchbox

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara:
This mascara continues to give me the best volume and intense black, separated lashes. If you want your lashes to look full and curled, this is a must-try. $23; Ulta, Sephora, Too Faced

I Cannoli Wear OPI Nail Polish:
I found myself choosing this nail polish over and over each time I got a manicure this year. Described as a ‘pale, creamy grey’, I’m convinced this shade looks great on everyone and is the perfect neutral to go with everything! $7-10; Ulta, Amazon

Cheers to an amazing month ahead!

Xo,
Leah

 

October Magazine Article

Hi everyone!

So not only is it October, but it’s practically mid October – whaaat?! It’s already been a hectic start of the month with my son’s 3rd birthday, celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Hurricane Matthew, and a huge FSU win this past weekend. All in the 10 days! And of course this means Halloween is like 20 minutes away, so let’s discuss getting our costumes and masks ready! Unlike football, there’s no penalty for these face masks from this month’s Lifestyle Media Group Magazine Article – only rejuvenated skin!

October Beauty Magazine Article

Deep Cleaning
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay MaskThis carbonated Korean clay mask is like a bubble bath for your face! Once applied, it bubbles as it removes dirt, exfoliates, and unclogs pores, and sloughs off dead skin cells. You can use 2-3 times a week and is suitable for most skin types, but especially oily. $11; Amazon, www.us.memebox.com

Pore Clearing
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores: The charcoal is like a magnet for even the deepest dirt, leaving your skin pure. Best used once a week; safe for dry and sensitive skin. $26; Sephora, www.origins.com

Acne Fighting
Glamglow Supermud Clearing TreatmentNo list is complete without this product. Though on the pricier side, it helps clear up breakouts and discoloration. Leave on for five to 20 minutes; use as often as needed as a full mask or spot treatment.
$69; Sephora (Currently Sephora has a great Limited Edition gift that includes a full size mask as well as travel size Thirstymud and Youthmud Treatments for the same $69!) 

Firming
Too Cool for School Egg Cream Firming MaskThis one-time-use Korean sheet mask will firm and plump your skin with collagen and egg extract ingredients. After just 20 minutes, skin will appear, firm, plumped, hydrated, and nourished. $6; Sephora, Amazon

Anti-Aging (Not pictured)
Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea MaskThis best selling mask includes mud from the Dead Sea, which is known for being highly effective against blemishes and will also draw out oil and toxins, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The mask can even be used on the body to help remove cellulite. $15; Amazon, www.purebodynaturals.com

Halloween is only three weeks away so get mask ready today!

Xo,
Leah

 

MAC: It’s A Strike Collection

So I clearly have my fair share of makeup. Like more than the average bear. Ok, I have a lot of f-ing makeup and technically shouldn’t get another beauty item for the next decade. So I try to avoid falling weak when I see a new collection and buy the whole thing but when I saw MAC’s new It’s A Strike collection, I could’ve bought almost every item before even trying them on. I mean, look at these colors!

MAC It's a Strike

These shades have me so ready for Fall, I wanted to share my faves so you can share in my excitement and purchase your faves before they’re all sold out (and yes, they’re selling out, I actually have two more items that are coming in the mail because my local store was sold out of them). Some of the pieces in the collection are staple colors, just like many collections, so I tried to just focus on the limited shades.

Lipsticks
Perfect Score: Described as Deep Red, I was happy that it was a Matte finish as I usually prefer a matte look especially with a bold red lip. The color is rich, full of pigment, and was easy to apply evenly. And while I have more red lipsticks than I can count, as soon as I tried it on I knew I needed to add it to my collection. I like that it’s a deep red, different than a classic cherry red, but not completely dark like a brick red. I’m really excited to wear this during the upcoming seasons!

Perfect Score MAC Lipstick

Babes & Balls: This lipstick is exclusive to mac.com and is described as a Deep Burgundy. Again, was relieved it had a Matte finish and I’m SUCH a sucker for a berry lip. In my opinion, it’s the perfect shade for Fall and will totally complete an outfit of skinny jeans, booties, and long cardi. If you remember my obsession for ‘Fashion Revival‘, this is similar but a little darker and they’re both amazing!

Babes and Balls MAC Lipstick

Cremesheen Lip Gloss
It’s A Strike: Typically I don’t gravitate towards glosses since lipsticks excite me more, but I was definitely drawn to this one which is described as a Soft Nude Pink, but I actually think it’s almost more of a soft nude mauve, which I really like. I think it’ll be perfect worn alone for subtle color and shine and probably will also look amazing worn over my favorite light pinks/nudes/mauves (Please Me, Angel, Lovelorn, Captive..to name a few).

It's A Strike MAC Cremesheen

Eye Shadow
300 Game: This is described as Blackened Cherry and is as pigmented as all of MAC’s other shadows and I loved again how different it is than other shades you see and probably own.

300 Game MAC Eye Shadow

Bowl Out: This shadow is described as a Midtone Grey and while I decided not to purchase it because I had to make sure my husband wouldn’t leave or kill me, I wanted to just note how pretty this shadow really is! While it may be a little similar to other shades you’ve seen (because it’s so pretty and versatile), I love the pigmented color and really like that it’s matte. You can mix it with anything and it would look great…and I’m currently regretting not buying it, sigh.

Bowl Out MAC Eye Shadow

Face Powder/Highlighter
Trophy: This is described as a Pearlmatte Face Powder and I’m pretty sure the packaging sells itself. But once you stop smiling over the bowling pin and ball design, you’ll see how gorgeous – and different this highlighter is. I like that it gives off a subtle pinky blush/white highlight, which sounds weird but once you blend and buff (and blend again because the white dominates), you’ll see how beautiful this powder looks!

Trophy MAC Face Powder

Lip & Cheek Colour
Blind Score: Described as a Dirty Red Lilac, I was completely intrigued by this cream cheek and lip colour as soon as I saw it. I loved that it was completely different than other blush shades I have and that I could wear it on my lips as well. I have a feeling this will compliment any plum and berry lipstick when worn as a blush for a perfect monochromatic look. Just use sparingly and build, especially so it doesn’t remove any of your face makeup.

Blind Score MAC Cheek & Lip Colour

Nail Polish
5 Pin: There’s not much to say about this nail polish, which is described as a Deep Wine, except that it is the PERFECT polish for Fall. Period.

5 Pin MAC Nail Lacquer

So now you’re biggest decision of the weekend is what are you going to buy?!

Xo,
Leah

September Magazine Article

Happy September! Even though we are still facing temperatures in the high 90s with insane thunderstorms here in South Florida, we can mark our calendars to celebrate the first day of Fall on the 22nd! And after a summer in the sun, it’s time to put our best face forward with products that nurture and soothe from this month’s Lifestyle Media Group Magazine Article.

September Beauty Magazine Article

GOLDFADEN MD Doctor’s Scrub:
This powerful exfoliator uses ruby crystals to help slough away dead skin. It also reduces the look of fine lines and minimizes poor size. You can use as often as once a day or as little as just once a week – because it’s that good – for the perfect glow.
$75; Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, Birchbox

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil:
The holy grail of night serums from Sunday Riley plumps the skin and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots in just four weeks. Because of the power of retinoid oil it’s not recommended for use during pregnancy.
$105; Sephora

Tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser:
This twist-up cleanser is actually a three-in-one facial stick, serving as an exfoliator, cleanser and face mask. It can be used on a regular basis without drying out your skin, or left on for 10 minutes as a treatment mask (before rinsing).
$22; Sephora, www.tartecosmetics.com

Son & Park Beauty Water:
This multitasking toner and cleansing water helps create a clean base to help achieve brighter, smoother and clearer skin. Use in the morning as a gentle exfoliant to prepare skin for makeup; use at night to remove makeup, dirt and oil. $30; Sephora, Amazon

GlamGlow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer:
GlamGlow has added a moisturizer to their line. Not just any old one – it’s illuminating! Apply in the morning underneath makeup or wear alone for full hydration that achieves an instant glow. Tip: If wearing underneath foundation, use one that’s matte to avoid looking too shiny. $49; Sephora, www.glamglow.com

Have a fabulous month!

Xo,
Leah

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