Like my lipstick, the color of dawn…

As I did last year I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty products from 2016. This is a little late going up, being that it’s now the end of January, but better late than never! This year I didn’t splurge too much, I stuck to a lot of what I know, so with that being said, I took the time to use up samples and look for less expensive alternatives to established faves.

1. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – I got this as part of the spa discovery trio, and I only recently opened this scrub. I found a refreshing scent, a gentle exfoliate, and a skin master. My skin looks great after using this scrub, not that I was surprised!

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream – When I read that Burt’s Bees was releasing a BB I knew I had to try it! And I found myself loving it. All the essentials are there, the coverage is buildable, the formula light, the colour match great! And the best part is the price, I have spent a lot of money in the search of a great BB, and it can be found at your local Target!

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream – This is my first Bobbi Brown product experience and it’s not going to be the last, as I am with most eye creams, I don’t expect much going in, but this is right up there with L’Occatain Immortel Eye Balm.

4. Josie Maran Argan Oil – If there is one thing I love, it’s a face oil, I got this as a point perk from Sephora and in between switching up my skin care I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a lightweight, well aborsbing oil, there’s no scent which is also nice, and it’s a little less expensive in comparison to my Fresh Seaberry oil, and there is also a jumbo size.

5. John Freida Sea Waves – very similar to the original from the late 90s early 00s. It enhances my natural waves and give great texture, all for a whole hell of a lot less than Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray. And a lot more nostalgic for me too.

6. NARS Cruella – I’ve always been a red lippie sort of gal, but I, like many struggled to find the right shade and the confidence to pull it off. I have always been team NARS and this is no different. It’s rich deep red with a huge colour pay off, I rarely find myself reapplying. And I love this shade for Autumn/Winter, when deeper matte reds are in order.

7. Earthmama Angelbaby Nipple butter – about 6 months into my pregnancy there was a lot going on with my body, one strange thing that happened was my nipples were so dry that they were flaking.  Regular body lotion and cocoa butter did not work, this was the only product that did the trick. Also great for use on your elbows to smooth them.

8. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – I got both as a point perk and finally decided to try them, that was a mistake, because I love them and they are expensive! They both smell great, the shampoo makes my hair feel really clean, while the conditioner leaves my hair really soft and manageable. I prefer to use them before a blowout.

9. Water – Legit just drinking a shit ton of water. During this year alcohol and coffee were kept to ridiculously low minimums, and rightfully so, and water stepped up in a big way! Once I calculated how many ounces of water I drank and is was triple digits. It was summer and really hot.

10. Fresh lip balm – I got this as part of a holiday set I got at last year’s VIB Rouge sale and I freaking love it! I didn’t want to because of its steep for what it is price tag and because I have a million EOS lip balm eggs, but I will repurchase in the future. I love the lemony scent, you don’t find that with many Fresh products.

I’m looking forward to work through a lot of my beauty stash again this year and focus on skin care.  I’m looking forward to a healthier 2017, and little by little I will share my skin care and wellness progress.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Bentley by LDR

Put your makeup on…

2015 was a year of exploration in the beauty world for me.  I tried so many things some good, like Nars satin lip pencil in Rikugien, L’Occitane Immotelle eye balm, Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  Some bad like Lancome Visionnaire, Benefit BadGal mascara, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve eye gel.   And the ugly like Nars All Day Luminous Powder foundation, Benefit They’re Real mascara, and Wen.  With all of the products I tried, I spent a lot of money and energy trying to find products that work well for me.  And I’ve got my routine down pretty well… Now.  My last big splurge on something new was Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, which is amazing.  I’m sharing some of my favourite new obsessions from this year.  Some are major splurges, while others are more reasonable.  Here are my must haves that I tried this year.

1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – I had been wanting to try this face oil for a while and I am so glad that I did.  I love how it smells, it is a midweight oil that absorbs quickly, and I feel it is mild for my sensitive skin.  I feel like I have had good results, my fine lines are not as noticeable, my crows feet are subsiding, and I’m not getting as many blemishes (always a plus!).

2. Beauty Blender – This little pink sponge is a magical miracle.  Not only has it changed the way I apply my foundation, but it’s made the process way easier.  I strongly recommend this little wonder sponge to everyone.

3. Besame Violet Brightening Powder – This setting powder is by far my favourite.  It brightens and gives my skin a matte natural look that I am head over heels for.  And did I mention it smells divine? Because it smells amazing!

4. Philosophy Microdelvery – I started using this exfoliating scrub mid year and I love it.  It is gentile and effective.  I really enjoy using it.  I can’t see using anything else for my exfoliating purposes.

5. Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – I was not expecting much when I first tried this product, and I was blown away.  Not only did my eye shadow stay put through 11 hours, but it didn’t crease or melt off.  I was sold after using it once.  There are many similar products but This one really takes the cake.

There are so many products that I use and have used over the past few years.  I’ve decided to tone it down for 2016.  I have spent a lot of time and money on trying to find products that work for me.  I don’t need to make Rouge in April, or even re-qualify.  I am looking forward to using up what I have and only repurchasing what is necessary.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen (Watch out my Jersey is showing!)    

So mothers, be good to your daughters too…

Mother’s day is fast approaching, it’s May 10th, jeez… that came up on quick!  We are planning to have a nice dinner with the mothers.  Still the question remains, what to get them?  Here are some things that I would pick up for my mom.  My mom is a low key woman, she doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, she loves to read and craft. The beach has a special place in her heart, but she loves sweaters too!

foot cream

My mom love, love, loves this L’Occataine foot cream, she discovered it from a set that I bought her as a Christmas gift this past year.  It’s a little expensive for the price, but if this stuff is as good as my mom says than it is totally worth it!

My mother is such a bibliophile, The apple does not fall far people!  While I am a Chanel No. 5 Gal ’til the end I am always open to finding my mom something that reflects her personality.  This perfume is just the ticket!

Foundation
As mentioned above my mother does not wear a lot of make up, but if she does wear make up, it’s Bare Minerals.  I turned her on to the brand back in 2012 in preparation for my wedding.  She wanted to look nice (of course!) but didn’t want to look like a different person.  I suggested that she have her make up done at a boutique.  Once there they matched her with a colour, and they are very forgiving, and hooked her up with an awesome starter set.  Since then, she’s still not super into makeup, but loves the brand and what it stands for. 
Sweater
If there is any thing I picked up from my mom, besides my love of Haute Couture, it’s an affinity for sweaters.  From merino wool to cashmere to angora to cotton. Sweaters are easy to wear from day to night, work to play.  This bad boy from L.L. Bean (one of our faves), is perfect for her, a lovely deep shade of purple, a turtle neck and super soft and comfy cashmere to keep her warm (I often joke that she wears all the layers)! And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now, 
Kiki
Title from: Daughters by John Mayer (Yeah, it’s a little sappy.  I even danced with my dad at my wedding to this song.  And I think it was the only time I didn’t want him {or anyone else} to see me cry)