More Stuff I Buy: Caudalìe, Marc Jacobs, Dr Jart, Living Proof, Anastasia, & A Fan Brush

A few weeks ago Sephora had their VIB event where insiders (just like a frequent flier) got 15% off of anything in the store. It’s not a huge amount but if you’re out of something anyway, it’s a good time to pick it up.

I bought two more things from Living Proof hair care, the mousse which works great for volume without being sticky and their PHD shampoo which I also love. The only thing I’ve bought so far from the line that I wouldn’t buy again is this volumizer which doesn’t actually volumize because you aren’t supposed to use it on your roots so I don’t get the point. Everything else is magic and makes my hair look better. Really, give it a try if you aren’t loving what you currently use. I can’t praise it enough.

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My bronzer is now applied by this fan brush. Bronzer and blush brushes can apply color in a too-concentrated, streaky way but the fan dusts on powders like blush or highlighter really lightly so it’s hard to overdo it. Brushes make all the difference.

Fan brush

I bought another Caudalîe Beauty Elixir which I’m never without for my kit or my own bathroom. I also got another brow powder from the best around, Anastasia. My last one lasted me close to 3 years.

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Not pictured: Living Proof PHD Shampoo and the Fan Brush

Now for the best and worst of it:

I really wanted to love Dr Jart’s SPF 45 BB Cream mostly because I love a good BB Cream and this formula is wildly popular and really well reviewed on Sephora.com. But here’s the thing- see the color on my hand below? It’s like a weird clay color that looks really ashy and dull on the skin. It’s also really light so most women wouldn’t be able to wear it. I looked like I had a weird mask on and it never blended into my skin. It also broke me out which never happens these days. I hated it.

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The best for last. Believe what you’ve read- Marc Jacobs’ color line is pretty amazing. This pencil combines the longevity and of a gel with the ease of a pencil and comes in a rainbow of shades. The black one I have is so rich and glides on with barely a swipe. I can even use it to tight line without it transferring or running down. When I returned my Dr. Jart BB Cream I picked up his shadow palette (the starlet) and couldn’t be happier.

Before & After: Just the Basics

Liz, a  bride with an upcoming wedding I got to work with last week has pretty much the ideal face; big eyes, full cheeks, and pouty lips.  I can see why she isn’t a fan of the overly made-up look since she really doesn’t need to wear much day-to-day, so I created a timeless look that she (thankfully) loved using the basics that I reach for over and again in my kit.

What I used:

Face:

Primer: Hourglass no 28
Foundation: Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
Concealer: Smashbox High Definition
Setting Spray: Caudalîe Beauty Elixir
Powder: Koh gen Do Maifanshi Face Powder

Eyes:

Primer: Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Lavender Pink
Eye Shadow: Urban Decay Naked 2
Liner: NYX Super Skinny Eye Maker
Mascara: NYX Doll Eye
Lashes: Ardell #110
Brows: Anastasia Brow Duo

Cheeks:

Smashbox Blush Rush

Lips:

Liner: Philosophy The Supernaural (discontinued)
Gloss: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss 104 Sweet Heart

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A few things:

I’m finding that my go-to concealer these days is Smashbox High Definition. It’s creamy and covers everything so well but also blends into the skin with minimal creasing.

I start with the face first, once you get the skin right the color is easy. I spray the Caudalîe Beauty Elixir on the skin as I blend the foundation which helps it to melt into the face leaving the foundation looking invisible.

Koh Gen Do has pretty much the best everything when it comes to primers, foundations, and powder. I buy it, I use it on myself and in my kit, I love it. Seriously, this line is hard to beat. Yes, it’s pricey but it’s worth it because of how it conceals while leaving the skin so natural and almost dewey looking. Their products do what’s promised.

Everyone in the world should own that NYX gloss. It’s the prettiest shimmery nude ever.

Resveratrol For the Skin: Caudalîe Vinexpert Firming Serum

If there’s one thing I’ve always used (and tell others to use too) it’s an antioxidant during the day. They prevent oxidation on the skin from free radicals (things like pollution) that turn apples brown after being peeled and left out. Antioxidants like vitamin c and a few others fight the free radicals and slow the cells from aging, like what happens when you add lemon juice to fruit to prevent it from browning.

I’ve tried quite a few, most of them serums containing C and E but the one I was using wasn’t doing anything anymore so when Vinexpert Firming Serum arrived I was excited to give it a try. Caudalîe is known for its Resveritrol-rich formulations, a natural compound found in grape skins (it’s what makes red wine healthy.) Dr. Oz has touted the stuff as important to the body over and over which has many people aware of its powerful effects. This serum quickly wowed me and gave my skin much needed radiance and life in a matter of weeks. I noticed right away that after using it my face looked as if I was wearing foundation. Its soft focus pigments blur imperfections and give a more toned and healthy appearance right away while over time the Resveratrol firms the skin and protects it from daily stressors.

I don’t know if my skin was just tired of the same ol serum I’d been using and it lost its potency somehow, but this is something I will buy again once mine runs out because I can actually see what a difference it’s making.

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Caudalíe Beauty Elixir

Caudalíe’s Beauty Elixir is one of those one-size-fits all things that becomes a cult classic by mostly word of mouth. It’s a refreshing spray that visibly perks up skin and gives makeup a second life.

I use it on a damp Beauty Blender sponge to blend and set foundation and concealer but I also spray it on skin right before makeup as a last step prep. Most women carry it in their bags and use it throughout the day in place of powder to keep makeup fresh without looking chalky or heavy. It has been praised for shrinking pores, calming redness and breakouts, and adding a fine layer of visible hydration. I just know that my client’s skin looks much better when I use it which is why I’m on my 4th bottle.

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Best Combo to Cure Dry Winter Feet: Pevonia Silky Foot Peel & Caudalîe Foot Beauty Cream

In the winter, regular pedicures aren’t even on the radar. When our feet are hidden under socks and boots, it’s hard to even remember they’re in there. While I’m guilty of forgoing regular winter foot maintenance, I’ve found two products to help me fake that just-back-from-a-pedi softness. Pevonia’s Silky foot Peel combines manual exfoliation (bits of pumice), with a chemical one (salicylic acid) to break down dry, hardened skin so it’s easily peeled away. Just rub a dime sized amount completely into your dry soles until the hardened skin begins to roll and fall away. It’s an instant pedicure that takes just a few minutes but the results last several weeks, especially when you use Caudalie’s Foot Beauty Cream daily.

I’ve never been one who believes each body part needs a cosmetic mate (eye cream is good for those who need it, otherwise using your moisturizer will probably do), I always had the same belief for foot cream. Why wouldn’t I just extend my regular body lotion south to soften my feet? Caudalie’s Foot Beauty Cream is different from a typical body cream and my feet can testify to that fact. Their special micro-beads that mattify the skin without the use of powder was my favorite thing about the cream before I knew what it was. Your feet feel silky soft but aren’t greasy to strike the perfect moisture balance so your feet are comfortable and not sliding around in your shoes. Used daily, I can go about a month before using the Silky Foot Peel because it softens well enough to keep calluses away.

It’s a routine you’ll actually love doing that gives big results.

Body Scrubs; Erno Laszlo, Caudalîe, La Mer

Body exfoliator is something you’ll always find in my shower. Keeping your skin young isn’t restricted to your face, so sloughing off dead skin so the new, bright skin underneath can show is as important to your routine as anything else. Plus it’s a totally relaxing spa-like experience, especially if you’re using something fantastic.

Erno Laszlo’s Gentle Body Exfoliator smells divine. When I use it, I typically skip scented lotions or even fragrance just so I can enjoy the subtle scent of this fresh, almost citrusy scrub. The granules sit within a moisturizing cleanser that foams up and offers the ultimate in a close shaving experience.

6.7oz $38 ErnoLaszlo.com, and various department stores including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Sacks Fifth Avenue nationwide

Resveratrol, the super antioxidant found in the skins of grapes (i.e. red wine), is front and center of Caudalie’s patented skincare. Over time, it’s believed that resveratrol can help with signs of aging and radiance. Their Crushed Cabernet Scrub is super dense and gives exfoliation that’s completely decadent, which is why it’s the signature scrub at their spa. Crushed grape seeds and brown sugar blended with honey make for a deep exfoliation experience while the juniper, lemongrass, and rosemary essential oils add a scent that’s both spicy and exhilarating.

7.8oz $35 Caudalie.com, Beauty.com, Sephora

Diamonds are a body’s best friend since The Body Refiner from La Mer contains over 1.5 karats in diamond powder combined with La Mer’s legendary ingredients to polish and buff your body in a way that only La Mer can. Sensitized and delicate skin won’t be overwhelmed by this gentle exfoliation, and you’ll enjoy seeing the shimmery diamonds on your skin as much as the smooth as glass feeling it leaves behind.

6.7oz $110 LaMer.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other fine department stores nationwide