Thursday, August 28, 2014

beauty review: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

this past weekend i bought myself the Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques. if you've ever watched a makeup tutorial on YouTube, chances are you've already seen their brushes used {you may even own a few yourself!}. of course, typical me {late to the party}, it wasn't until last summer that i finally purchased the brand's kabuki brush {review coming soon!} and followed with the purchase of a couple more of their best-sellers.

better late than never, right?

 in any case, when it comes to applying my makeup, i typically use my fingers, but i'm no stranger to using a sponge or brush. as far as sponges go, i've used many; i really like the sponge that some may consider the holy grail of sponges, the BeautyBlender. i don't personally own any of them, but have had them used on me by makeup artists. comparably, the Sonia Kashuk sponge is one i've used and repurchased for years. i consider this to be my fave, so you can only imagine that i'm feeling a bit torn when it comes to my feelings about the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge... 

thanks to its unique shape, the Miracle Complexion Sponge is multi-functional, and works a bit better than my favorite sponge. don't get me wrong, i still j'adore SK,

as the product promises, the different sides make the sponge give various finishes and ways to apply your foundation. the rounded sides blend foundation {and even loose powders} flawlessly to large areas of the face when a repeated dabbing or stippling motion is used. for perfect coverage of blemishes and imperfections, using the precision tip is best; use of the flat edge makes application of foundation and concealers around the eyes and nose so easy.

 i love this little orange gem!

the Miracle Complexion Sponge washes easily with a bit of shampoo and water {Sonia Kashuk makes my favorite cleanser}.

watch below as Sam Chapman {Real Techniques creator and fab makeup artist} shows off all the ways the Miracle Complexion Sponge can be used...

you can find all Real Techniques products at Ulta. be sure to visit for more info as well as tutorials for every product they make!

i bought this; pics taken by me :) 

Monday, August 25, 2014

currently loving: c. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body Souffle

when it comes to my skin, keeping it nourished and moisturized is important. when a product works well, the next thing that makes or breaks my decision to keep using it is the scent. this c. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body Souffle not only keeps my skin feeling soft and smooth, but it smells incredible!

i'm all about floral and citrus-infused scents, so this blend of mimosa flower, coconut, grapefruit and orange were happy-making from first smell. with it's tropical, bright and sweet fragrance, this soufflĂ© is fabulous for summer. the rich blend of oils and skin soothers melts beautifully in to my skin and never feels heavy, so i love using it even on the hottest days.

there's so much in this body soufflĂ© to pamper you and your skin, so you should discover it for yourself! find the c. Booth range of products at Ulta and Rite Aid {i've seen it at CVS as well}. to find a retailer near you, visit

product sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

hair therapy {how-to}: perfectly disheveled topknot

 if you're like me, you're still a fan of the top knot. this simple style is uber-versatile and depending on how you wear it, works for any occasion. i love discovering how stylists come up with new variations and i have another one, from nyc Cutler/Redken stylist Jenny Balding, to share that i think you'll enjoy. for best results, Jenny recommends starting with day two hair onwards as this will make it easier to manage hair with its already 'lived -in' texture.

ok, here are the details…

*to start, mist hair with dry shampoo, focusing primarily on the roots ~ this will give your hair more texture, grip and volume.

*follow with a light hairspray throughout for added hold and grip.

*sweep your hair into high ponytail, and keep checking to see what it looks like from your profile, positioning your ponytail in the most flattering point of your head for your face shape. take the ponytail and back-brush from the underneath lightly ~ this creates a slight disheveled texture.

*sweep around the base of the ponytail and pin using U shaped hairpins ~ these really anchor the hair best which means you will only need 2 or 3 to secure.

*and with that, you should have a perfectly disheveled topknot that looks ultra stylish and works for any event.

thank you, Jenny! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

beauty review: TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

to keep shine at bay, blotting papers are fabulous for absorbing excess oil without disrupting makeup. TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers are quite luxurious and a great option for all skin types!

i think glowy, dewy skin is pretty, but when you have oily skin, there is a line when shine gets a bit out of hand. i'm getting older more fabulous, so i find this issue to be less frequent. that, of course, doesn't mean i never need anything to help. i use other blotting papers but these soft sheets stand apart thanks to having that little something extra

made with all-natural 100% abaca leaf {strongest among natural fibers and used for many things in the paper industry} and gold flakethese fragrance and powder-free sheets work beautifully to keep my skin looking fresh. the slim packaging makes them purse-friendly and great for travel.

i highly recommend you treat yourself and check these out! visit for more info.

product featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

hair therapy: heal and repair with Dove

we all know heat styling is a great way to create fabulous hairstyles. if you battle with dry, lackluster hair, you know keeping heat to a minimum is important for your hair's health. and when temps are high {as they currently are here in so cal}, it's beyond understandable to want to avoid extra heat by any means necessary.

so when you're choosing to avoid heat, for whatever reason, it's important to have products around that will give hair a fresh, healthy appearance between washes. i was given some new hair goodies from Dove that not only combat over-stressed, flat, and hair desperate for attention, but can help to extend the life of your style, thus avoiding added heat…

Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam is formulated for those days when you want to skip blow-drying. with just a couple of pumps, it helps to freshen up my hair; it provides a light, flexible hold, while leaving my hair feeling soft and manageable, without added weight.

the fine mist of Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray can be used on wet or dry hair. it adds just the right amount of texture to give my hair a boost, adds fullness and also gives hair a soft hold.

summer is a good time to skip shampooing from time to time. of course, good-looking {and smelling} hair is a must. that's where Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo comes in. i love that it's invisible on my dark hair, smells beautiful and adds fullness so i can wait another day {or two} more before washing my hair.

when frizz rears it's ugly head on icky, humid days, Dove Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum is the key to keeping it at bay. this nourishing oil is rich yet lightweight and smells fabulous! it adds shine, tames flyaways and cares for hair {thanks to argan oil}, an always appreciated benefit.

do you have any favorite Dove hair products? you can find these and the rest of the range of products at  your favorite mass retailer and

products featured provided by Dove' all pinions my own; pics taken my me:)