Are They Dupes?: Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula VS Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil

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Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils are held to be holy grail material. Too bad they cost an arm and a leg. And lots of us can’t find them anywhere. Shu Uemura has only three counters here in Italy. And they aren’t even distributed all over the country. Nope, they are all in the same area up north! Seriously, what’s up with that, Shu?

Whatever. If you make it so hard for us to get hold of your precious gems, we’ll look for dupes. I have just happened to find one for the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula. It’s from Garnier, a cheap brand available anywhere. I’m talking about Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil. Their formulas are almost identical. Let’s take a look:

Ingredient Analysis

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Mineral, Corn Germ, Safflower Seed, & Jojoba Oils

Cleansing oils use the “like dissolves like” principle to remove makeup. In other words, oils like mineral oil, corn germ oil, safflower seed oil, and jojoba oil, are able to dissolve the oils in your makeup, allowing everything, even the most stubborn of foundations and waterproof products, to be removed quickly.

Cleansing oils are also gentler than other types of cleansers. Usually, cleansers contain surfactants that, allowing water to mix with dirt and oils, remove all impurities. But they can also remove too much of the oils that keep your skin naturally moisturized, causing dryness. If you’re cleansing with an oil, instead, there’s no chance of you removing too much oil. Result? Clean and soft skin!

Polysorbate 85

Polysorbate 85 helps to disperse oil in water. When used in a cleanser, it gives the formula body and prevents the oily and watery parts from separating. This makes the resulting product more effective and more pleasant to use.

Further Considerations On The Formula

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil have very similar formulas. They contain the same oils and emulsifiers (polysorbate 85), and they are all listed in the same order, so they provide the same benefits. There are some minor differences, but these aren’t big enough to affect the way these cleansing oils work.

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula Ingredients

Paraffinum Liquidum/ Mineral Oil, Zea Mays/ Corn Germ Oil, Polysorbate 85, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil/ Safflower Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/ Jojoba Seed Oil, Camellia Kissi/ Camellia Kissi Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Squalane, Zingiber Officinale Extract/ Ginger Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract/ Rosemary Leaf Extract, Sea Water, Isohexadecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethyl Oleate, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Linalool, Fragrance

Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil Ingredients

Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Zea Mays (Corn Germ) Oil, Polysorbate 85, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil/Safflower Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Parfum/Fragrance, Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Linalool, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isopropyl Myristate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Alpha-Isopropyl Ionone, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, F.I.L. D162171/1

Avaibility

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula is available at Shu Uemura USA in two sizes, 450ml ($67.00) and 150ml ($31.00). Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil, available in a 125ml size, can be bought at Ulta for only $7.99.

The Bottom Line

If you’re on a budget, can’t be bothered to splurge on a cleanser oil, or can’t find Shu Uemura anywhere in your country, opt for Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil. It’s almost an exact dupe for the pricier Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and works just as well.

Have you ever tried Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and Garnier Nutritioniste Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil? If so, which one is your favourite?

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Say No To The Wedding Diet

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I have always loved weddings. Two people, lucky enough to have found each other in this mad, crazy world, pledge to love, honour, and support each other, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for the rest of their lives. They share their joy and commitment in a beautiful ceremony in front of all their loved ones. Everyone gets to dress up, eat well, and have fun.

Weddings are truly magical. But, in the past 15 years, they also got nasty. At least for the bride. I remember, when I was a child, brides-to-be talked about how much they loved their fiancé, the delicious foods they planned to serve to their guests, the beautiful location they had chosen for the reception, and all the other myriad details that make planning a wedding both exciting and stressful.

No one talked about weight. No one, regardless of what size they were, ever even thought they had to lose weight for their big day. They just chose a dress that flattered their body type and that was that. Now every bride, regardless of what size they are, goes on a wedding diet.

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Brides-to-be wake up earlier to go to the gym everyday, go on strict diets free of carbs, sugars, fats, and whatever else the diet industry has decided to demonize that year, and, if that doesn’t work, even resort to dangerous diet pills or other drastic and harmful “lose weight fast” programmes some internet guru is selling.

So, what’s changed? What’s prompting women to put their health at risk at what should be the happiest time of their lives? Well, around 2000, the diet, fitness, beauty, and media industries, knowing there’s always a lot of money to be made in promoting unrealistic ideals of beauty, created this new “flaw”. Exploiting the natural desire every bride feels to look her best on her wedding day, these industries have started promoting their own ideal of wedding beauty: thin and flawless.

All of a sudden, bridal magazines featured weight loss and plastic surgery ads, workouts tips to make you lose the last few pounds quickly, the newest cleansing juice to detox, and lists of bloating foods to avoid. TV shows like Bridalplasty and Shedding For The Wedding, where brides-to-be go through hell to win a plastic surgery makeover or lose a few pounds for their big days, started appearing on our TV screens. Fitness and diet experts began creating weight loss programmes aimed at brides-to-be.

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Their goal, supposedly is to help brides wow their groom at the altar. Never mind he was already wowed or he wouldn’t have proposed at all. But, if you go on a wedding diet, there’s a real chance your fiancé may seriously regret popping the question. Your fiancé fell in love with you the way you are. He doesn’t need, nor wants, you to change to please him. He’s pleased when you are well and happy. And diets get in the way of that.

Trying to achieving an unrealistic beauty ideal is stressful and tiring. Dieting deprives your body of the important nutrients it needs (yes, your body needs some carbs, sugar, and healthy fats too to function properly). It takes away the pleasure of eating, which makes you cranky. It leaves you feeling hungry and tired almost all of the time.

It darkens your mood and prevents you from making the best decisions. Planning a wedding is stressful enough as it is. It is even more so on an empty stomach. And it can wreak havoc on your sex life too. It’s difficult to get in the mood and enjoy yourself when you are concentrating on all your “flaws”, wondering what your fiancé may think of them, sure he dislikes them as much as you do (he doesn’t, or he wouldn’t be with you, trust me).

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Wedding diets make the bride miserable. And they make the groom miserable. No wonder men often ask their fiancées to stop dieting. And yet, they are ignored. Brides want to look good on their big day. And they want to look good in the wedding pictures. Those are forever. A permanent reminder of how good they looked on that day.

Problem is,they’ll never look like that again. If you need to go on a strict diet and workout regime to maintain a certain weight, then that’s just simply not the ideal weight for you. Nothing you do will ever change that. But, every time you look at those photos, you’ll wish something could.

So, basically, in the months before your wedding you starved yourself, woke up way too early to exercise, and drank disgusting detox juices just so that you could feel good about yourself on your wedding day and hate yourself for the rest of your life, wishing you could fit at least once more into your bridal dress. Where’s the sense in that?

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There is none. Dieting, unless it is for health reasons and under medical supervision, makes no sense. It makes even less sense when you are getting married. Because that’s the time where the lies of the diet, beauty, fitness, and media industries are revealed. They tell us that we need to look thin and perfect to be loved, and yet, there you are, about to marry the love of your life. So, enjoy it!

It’s that joy that will make you look your best on your wedding day. Have you noticed that the best wedding shots aren’t those that are perfectly orchestrated? That the most beautiful brides aren’t necessarily the thinnest? No, the most beautiful wedding pictures show brides caught unaware, with that huge smile on their faces and twinkle in their eyes.

You won’t get that if you are worrying about the little underarm fat you haven’t managed to get rid of in time for the wedding. You won’t get that by starving yourself, munching only on salads and drinking only lemon water. You won’t get that by running for miles. You won’t get that by shedding two dress sizes to fit into a tiny gown.

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No, that “I’m-marrying-my-soulmate” glow that makes every bride look radiant and beautiful only emanates from within when you are fully enjoying your big day, celebrating the love you and your husband share, together with your friends and family.

So, say not to wedding diets, and reclaim your wedding for the joyous celebration of love and commitment it is supposed to be. And enjoy every moment of it.

What do you think of wedding diets? Have you gone on one or are planning to? Or do you think we should ditch them and just enjoy our big day too?

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Product Review: Benefit The POREfessional

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Name: The POREfessional
Brand: Benefit
Size: 22ml
Price: $31.00

From Benefit’s website:
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put.

What I liked:
– reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines
– lightweight texture, dries to a matte finish
– can be used both under and on top of makeup

What I didn’t like:
– needs to be reapplied throughout the day
– strong unpleasant scent

More than a Pro, Benefit The POREfessional resembles an amateur to me. You know those budding photographers who take awful shots and then slap a soft focus filter or something like that onto them in post-production, hoping that’ll hide all imperfections? That’s exactly how Benefit The POREfessional works.

Its boring formula is simply a mixture of silicones and film-formers designed to make pores and fine lines appear smaller temporarily. Silicones do this by smoothing out the pores and filling in fine lines and wrinkles. They also give slip to the primer, allowing it to glide smoothly on, and a velvety feel to the skin.

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I know a lot of you don’t like to use silicones because they don’t allow the skin to breathe, but that’s not true. Skin can’t breathe. It doesn’t have lungs. But it perspires. And this action is not prevented by silicones. That’s because of their special molecular structure, made of big molecules with wide spaces between them.

The real problem with silicones is that their effect is only aesthetic. Remove them, and your pores and fine lines re still there, as big as before. That’s the problem with film-formers too. When they dry, they contract, providing a tightening effect. This results in a “blurred look” that makes pores, fine lines, and wrinkles look smaller. Take them off, and that effect is gone.

There is nothing wrong with this MO. In fact, it is the same most primers use, so it wouldn’t be fair to single out POREfessional for it, and praise the others. My problem is that its name, POREfessional, makes it sound like this were a pro at dealing with pores. And from a PRO, I expect something better. Like the use of salicylic acid.

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Salicylic Acid has the ability to penetrate inside the pores and remove all the gunk that is accumulating inside them and stretching them out. This wouldn’t make your pores smaller than they are supposed to be, but it would bring them back to their original size. It’d also help to control oil production better.

As it is, POREfessional only blurs out imperfection on your skin for a few hours. Then, you need to reapply it (just on the areas where you need it). Its lightweight beige texture dries to a transparent, matte finish, so it can easily be applied on top of makeup without ruining it (although putting a primer on top of makeup just sounds so wrong to me).

But the strong scent, which to my nose smells like a synthetic blend of citrusy with a medicinal twist, makes that very unpleasant to do. It doesn’t smell good, but at least, it doesn’t hang around for long. But if you can put up with that, and don’t mind POREfessional can only make your pores APPEAR smaller for a while, it may be worth a try.

Ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides, Trethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.

Available at: Feel Unique, Sephora, and Ulta

Summary
Benefit POREfessional helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, but only for a few hours.

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclosure:a sample of this item was in a gift set my friend Janessa sent me for Christmas .In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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Spotlight On Coconut Oil

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Olive oil will always be my favourite oil for cooking (you’re not a real Italian if you don’t use it for everything in the kitchen), but these days, for beauty purposes, I much prefer coconut oil. Although it is not quite the miracle worker many claim it is, it’s one of the most beneficial oils out there. For hair, it’s actually the best.

Before I explain why, let me clarify one thing. When I talk of coconut oil, I mean virgin coconut oil. That’s the type scientists have been studying. Other types probably work similarly, but if you want the full proven benefits of coconut oil, opt for virgin coconut oil.

Now, what’s so good about it?

Coconut oil is a wonderful emollient

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat content. Ok, maybe this wasn’t the best way to start. Isn’t fat always bad? Well, not really. It’s this fat that gives coconut oil its emollient properties. Studies have shown that it is as good as mineral oil at moisturizing skin (although it turns rancid faster). It is also very gentle, which is why it is widely used in products for babies and toddlers.

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Coconut Oil has UV protection properties (but DON’T use it as sunscreen!)

I have already talked about this, so I’ll be brief. Coconut oil is being touted as a natural alternative to commercial sunscreens because of its supposed ability to protect skin from UV rays. There is a kernel of truth in this. Coconut oil has some sun protection properties, but only minimal.

A 2010 study has shown that coconut oil has a SPF… of 7! That’s a lot lower than the minimum level of protection recommended by dermatologists, which is 15. So, while coconut oil may help boost the protection properties of your sunscreen, it certainly is no substitute for it, and should never be used as such.

Coconut oil and acne

Coconuts contain between 45-48% Lauric Acid, a fatty acid that has antibacterial properties. A 2009 study has shown that it can kill propionibacterium acne, the bacteria that causes acne.

Does that mean that coconut oil can treat acne? Not so fast. One of its components can, which is not the same thing at all. Coconut oil itself may help, it may not. Further studies need to be carried out before we can say for certain that it is an effective treatment for acne.

We do know, however, that coconut oil is classified as comedogenic. While this doesn’t mean it will clog pores and cause breakouts as soon as it touches your skin, if you have oily skin that’s prone to blemishes, coconut oil may make things worse.

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Coconut oil is the best hair oil ever

Enough about skin. What does coconut oil do for hair? A lot. Unlike most oils, coconut oil can penetrate inside the hair shaft, conditioning and nourishing hair from within. It makes it stronger, shinier, and protects it from hydral fatigue.

Hydral fatigue, due to swelling and contraction of the hair during the uptake and loss of water, can damage hair. Coconut oil, by reduces swelling of the hair shaft when wet, limits the damage. That’s why it makes such a great pre-wash treatment. Plus, it also reduce damage while combing.

Does coconut oil has any side effects?

I’ve already mentioned how coconut oil can clog pores and causes breakouts in some people. In others, coconut oil can cause allergies. This is very rare, but can occur. If you experience any negative side effect, discontinue its use immediately.

The Bottom Line

Although coconut oil can’t be used as sunscreen, and it’s unclear how well (if at all) it works for acne, it is one of the best, most effective, and gentler moisturizers for skin and hair.

Do you use coconut oil?

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Product Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss In Garnet Desire

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Name: Pure Color Gloss in Garnet Desire
Brand: Estee Lauder
Size: 0.2oz
Price: $24.00

From Estee Lauder’s website:
High performance wear. Feels light and luscious, never sticky. Drenched with conditioners. Smooths on precisely, stays on perfectly.
Each shade comes in the luminous, multi-dimensional finish that suits it best: Shine, Shimmer or Sparkle.

What I liked:
– good colourful payoff
– shimmery, brightens up the face
– hydrating, non-sticky texture
– delicious sweet scent

What I didn’t like:
– average staying power

My obsession for Estee Lauder Pure Color Glosses shows no signs of abating anytime soon. After Raspberry Pop, Pink Innocence, and Blazing Coral, I’m now rocking Garnet Desire, a shimmery cool strawberry shade.

So, what’s so special about these glosses? Where to start…? The formula. It’s lightweight. Hydrating. And, most importantly, not sticky. They feel so comfortable on the lips, and glide on smoothly thanks to the doe-foot applicator.

Then there’s the shimmer. Lots of shimmer. Elegant and sophisticated, it brightens up your face without making you look like a cheap discoball. And what to say about the colour payoff?That’s just right. Not so sheer that you’re wondering why the heck you’ve just spent $24.00 on something you can barely see. But not so pigmented to scare the less adventurous of you off.

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And I haven’t even mentioned the scent yet. Delicious. It’s sweet and fruity. Think of figs coated in a thin veil of sugar. It will not be anyone’s cup of tea, of course, but then when has a scent ever pleased everyone?

Talking about tea, these glosses don’t like it much. It fades when I drink it (or anything else). It disappears even faster when I eat. Left untouched, it stays put for only a couple of hours. A bit disappointing, isn’t it? If I could change one thing about these glosses, I’d only make them a bit more longlasting. But then nothing is perfect, I guess.

There are so many shades to choose from but if you love a red lip, whether you have the courage of wear it or not, opt for Garnet Desire. If red lips scare you, Garnet Desire makes for a gentle introduction to this classic, timeless shade.

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It’s sheer enough not to make you too uncomfortable and self-conscious when you wear it. Sure, if you’re not used to it, you’ll still feel a but weird at first, but before you know it you’ll be wondering why you were so hesitant to try a red gloss and rush to the nearest beauty counter to buy a bright, intense red lippie.

If you are already into bright, bold reds, then Garnet Desire may look too tame for you. Used alone, it may well be. But when swiped at the center of your lips when you’re rocking a matte shade, it ads some luminosity and depth to the look. So pretty!

And it can be worn all year round. Personally, I rock all kinds of shades all year round, but I know some may feel uncomfortable wearing a pastel lip in the fall or a vampy pout in summer. But sheer reds are always in, always make you look great, and always give you a little confidence boost. No makeup stash is compete without one.

Available at: Nordstrom

Summary
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Garnet Desire is a sheer, shimmery red with a lovely, hydrating, non-sticky texture. But it only lasts a couple of hours on the lips.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration.In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.183

Hello gorgeous,

I hope you are sitting comfortably, enjoying a nice Sunday, and in the mood for some random ramblings. Here we go:

My Favourite Musicals

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I have already talked about my love for musicals (really, how much more wonderful life would be if we all burst into a song and dance every now and then?), so today I’ll just mention my favourite ones. There are many many more that I love, but these are the ones that I could watch again and again and never get tired of. Here we go:

Wicked

Wicked tells the real story of the Wicked Witch Of The West, from The Wizard Of Oz. Born with green skin, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) meets Glinda (The Good Witch) at uni. Despite their different personalities and opinions, they become friends, fall for the same man, and find out how corrupt the wizard’s government is. It’s their reactions to this discovery that determines their destinies.

Wicked is a social and political commentary on the nature of good and evil, power, and its ability to whitewash its supporters and slander its enemies. The music and songs are also amazing. Defying Gravity is currently my fave song ever. It boost my mood and my confidence every time I hear it (which is every day lately). I so can’t wait for the movie (should be out next year, fingers crossed!).

Sunset Boulevard

Norman Desmond is a faded star of the silent screen era. When she meets Joe Gills, a young and poor playwright, she believes he can bring her fame and love. But soon, it all turns bloody. A story of betrayal, disappointed hopes, and the fickle nature of fame, it shows just how cruel Hollywood can be.

Unfortunately the musical is very expensive to stage, which is why it is performed so rarely. But if you can, get hold of the soundtrack. It’s awesome, especially With One Look, a song that reminds us of the ability of silent film stars who could express whatever they needed to with just one look. The 1950s movie with the amazing Gloria Swanson is well worth a watch too.

The Phantom Of The Opera

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its tells the story of the beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious and disfigured musical genius. You all know the story, so go see the musical as soon as you can. I love the operatic style of the musical score, and I always get a shiver down my spine whenever I hear the title song, The Phantom Of The Opera. Absolutely breathtaking.

Moulin Rouge

I love how over-the-top and extravagant this musical is. That’s part of its charm for me. It tells the story for Satine, a beautiful courtesan promised to a duke but who falls in love for a poor writer, Christian. It’s a story of love and death, passion and jealousy, hopeless dreams and harsh reality.

The movie is a feast for eyes and ears. I only wish they had chosen another actress. Nicole Kidman acts well, but she doesn’t have the voice to be the lead in a musical imo. Yet, I melt every time she and Ewan McGregor sing Come What May. That must be one of the most romantic songs of all time.

My Fair Lady

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is a classic. Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, is determined to turn Cockeny flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady to win a bet. It’s delightful and charming, “the perfect little musical” as it has often been called. I Could Have Danced All Night is my happy song. Whenever I’m happy, I can’t help but sing it in my head over and over again.

What are your favourite musicals?

Beauty Wishlist, Vol.10

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BARE MINERALS SEAMLESS SHAPING & FINISH BRUSH ($38.00)
A brush that features natural fibers for sheer application and blending of finishing powders, luminizers, and bronzers. You just can’t overdo them with a brush like this. Available at Sephora.

BARE MINERALS GLOSS ON THE GO DOUBLE-ENDED MARVELOUS MOXIE LIPGLOSS SET ($26.00)
I just can’t resist lipgloss sets. This one contains three doubled ended ones, for a total of six shades. They are: Charmer and Spark Plug (ballerina pink and dusty pink pearl), Show Off and Hot Shot (baby pink and flamingo pink), and Rebel and Stunner (pink mauve and pure magenta). Available at Sephora.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO MESMERISE ($32.00)
This cream eyeshadow acts like a gloss, providing a sheer wash of colour with a shiny, wet finish. It has a cooling effect too, so it’s perfect for hot summer days. It’s available in five natural and wearable shades and a bright teal hue, Cleopatra. That’s my favourite. Available at Nordstrom.

CHANEL LE VERNIS ($27.00)
Chanel has released four new nail polishes for the summer, and the one that’s caught my eye is called Mediterranee. A beautiful teal, it’s the perfect accessory to complement any summery outfit. Available at Nordstrom.

CHANEL LUMIERE D’ETE ($65.00)
Embossed with a lush camellia blossom, this golden-bronze powder adds sun-kissed radiance to the complexion, eyes and décolleté. Available at Nordstrom.

CHANEL STYLO EYESHADOW ($34.00)
Infused with water, this eyeshadow stick glides smoothly on the lids, and cools them. It’s available in five shimmering, long-wearing shades: Campanule (Purple), Azulejo (Teal), Laurier Rose (Rose), Olivine (Olive green), and Caroube (Brown). Available at Nordstrom.

What I’m Reading Now

leave your mark aliza lichtLeave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht
A global fashion communications executive, Aliza Licht is the voice behind the wildly popular @DKNY PR GIRL twitter feed. She loves fashion, rocks social media, and is very passionate about mentoring. Her conversations on twitter have led her to have coffee, and dispense career advice, to strangers interested in starting working in fashion, PR, and social media. But she can’t have coffee with everyone. That’s why Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. was born.
Part professional memoirs and part career guide, this book tells you everything you need to know about how to land the job of your dreams even when you have no experience (Aliza had just left medical school when she got a job at magazine, a field she knew nothing about), how to create your own personal brand, how to make yourself indispensable at work (don’t learn just your job, learn everyone else’s too), how to rock social media and PR and much more. A lot of her advice can seem pretty basic, but it is incredible how many people still get this stuff wrong.
Well, now you won’t anymore. Aliza is honest, sarcastic, and friendly. Reading her book is like talking to a friend. One who’s firmly in your corner and encourages you to give your best and go after your dreams, but doesn’t hesitate to tell you the mistakes you are making and how much work is really necessary to succeed.
If your career is going nowhere, you are thinking of changing jobs, need a motivational boost, or are just a Licht fan, I highly recommend you pick up this book. You’ll love it. Available at Amazon.

The Links

How Much Sunscreen Do You Need to Use on Your Face? – Future Derm

The new Personal Care Products Safety Act: what you need to know – The Beauty Brains

Hair Science: How well do mild cleansers really clean hair? – The Natural Haven Bloom

Hang your makeup brushes out to dry with these free DIY Brush Tree Hacks – My Women Stuff

How to Build a Wardrobe That Works and Always Have Something to Wear – Forever Amber

Disclosure: I received the book from Netgalley. In addition, the post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.
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