Face of the Day

I love my Saturday off. It usually involves me spending time with family or running errands. So I like to be comfortable. And I like my makeup to be kind of comfortable too. It’s not really a no makeup look but it’s a no-fuss look. Something I can throw on and know that I look put together without trying too hard.

So for skincare I have my current morning routine. I always start with my La Bella Figura barbary fig seed oil and then apply either argan oil or lately I’ve been trying LBF’s barbary fig renewal serum. Eye cream has been by Kahina which I’m testing out and will have a review up in another week or two. My SPF has been the same 100% Pure one I’ve been using forever. Last but not least we have lips and it’s my current favorite LBF la curacio. Not that I’m having a current love affair with LBF or anything…

My makeup for the day was simple and easy. I went with fresh skin thanks to Vapour Luminous Foundation (shade 115), and Illusionist concealer (shade 010). I followed up with Vapour Aura Multi-Use in Torch and a little rms living luminizer. I never leave the house without brows so I use my trusty Jane Iredale Bitty brow kit in blonde. Josie Maran mascara and Bite beauty lipstick in Fig and I was out the door. 
Today was spent baking cookies with my mom and trying on new lipsticks!


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Barbary Fig Seed Oil

This product is a total gem! I was lucky enough to receive this sample of La Bella Figura Cold Pressed Barbary Fig Seed Oil* in my recent Goodebox. Originally it was supposed to be the famed Decouverte Under Eye Repair serum but I think fate intervened. My skin has been so in love with since first application. I had read about Barbary Fig Seed Oil for helping with under eye circles and was anxious to try some.  I read more on La Bella Figura’s website that Barbary Fig Seed oil is brimming with antioxidants, Omega-3 and Vitamin E. Ingredients that  help to hydrate skin as well as soothe skin that is sensitized or stressed. Pretty much everything I look for this time of year in my skincare. 

So at first I was just applying this twice a day as an eye treatment. Then one night out of desperation for help with my dry tender skin I applied it all over and headed to bed. I woke up with the most beautiful clarity to my skin. It was soft and hydrated and I was just astounded. Argan oils really help with my dryness but often don’t take care of my redness/sensitivity. Finding something that takes care of both was kind of amazing.

I’ve played a lot with this sample since I’ve gotten it and have found that not only is it great alone but it also pairs well with other oils. (I tried RMS beauty oil and Olie Biologique Argan) 
It also works well under makeup as long as you give it a few minutes between oil, sunscreen and makeup application. 

I’ve just ordered a full size** of this as I decided my face cannot live without it. 
Also if you have any questions about LBF they have a Twitter @labellafigura10



*sample provided by Goodebox a paid sampling service. All opinions are my own as always. 
**Full size retails at $90 USD

6 Recent Favorites

I love this blush! This is a really vibrant “I just had a great workout” color. Kind of a pinky coral cool. 
It’s super smooth in texture and wears beautifully through my work day. This color is limited in a set I got at Sephora.

I got a sample of this in my last Spirit Beauty Lounge order. It’s a rich berry stain that leaves lips glossy and hydrated. It’s been my go-to for fall lip color. I’m getting the full size for sure.

In all seriousness, I think this is my holy grail of Argan Oils. This is the sample size of oil but I know that I have the full size on my wish list. It has an amazing consistency and smells incredible. I don’t know what it is about this one but my other argan oils haven’t smelled nearly as lovely. Seriously love for this here. 

Speaking of amazing smelling things this is divine! I got this in my Goodebox last month and it has steadily become a favorite night treatment for my skin.  To me it’s slightly richer than my Argan oil making it great for a night oil. It sinks into my skin overnight making me feel glowing and gorgeous in the morning.

This is a great color! It’s blackened brown with a gray tinge. Fantastic longevity for a cream shadow. I mean girls night out longevity. It totally surprised me with that. I love wearing it smudge along my lash line or as a winged liner. 

This is my newest find but I love it already. I’ve been having a few breakouts due to the temperature change and was looking for a lighter weight concealer than my rms or Vapour concealers. This is a very thin almost watery texture but has amazing coverage. I only need the tiniest dot on a blemish to make it disappear.


A Perfume Organic – Review

I used to love perfume when I was younger. It started when I was in grade school with Love’s Baby Soft a sweet powdery scent that I spritzed myself with daily. Then it was the ever popular “Body Splash” from various stores. In high school I tried everything from tropical coconut and pineapple scents to my ever staple vanilla. I love vanilla. I love everything from the sweet cupcake vanilla, to the deep earthy vanilla. And as I’ve gotten older the latter is my preference. 
I had a not-so-clean scent from a certain big box beauty store that I loved until the past few years. It was warm and sexy, I loved everything about it except that it made me sneeze. Now I’m not talking a tiny little “achoo”. I’m talking a full blown multi-sneeze attack. Yes, attack. I would be gasping for breath and running for the nearest sink and soap to get the scent off my skin. Not exactly what I wanted out of my daily perfume experience. When I apply perfume I’d like it to be a pleasant thing.

So I got a lovely little sample of A Perfume Organic’s  Mejica. I could have bathed in that sample.I finally bought it this winter as a Christmas present to myself and I’m so glad I did. I adore the smell of it. It just makes me happy. Mejica is described on the website as a “blend of three vanillas, rare resins and spices“. It is a warm spicy heaven.

Now I’m not the best at describing scents as I’m just delving deeper into that realm but, I’ll give it a whirl. On first application Mejica is very bold and spicy. It’s a familiar spice and always reminds me of my beloved chai tea. I can pick out a few of them like clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Then as it wears the warm sweetness of the vanilla comes in mixing with the spiciness. The finish (dry-down?, someone correct me if I’m wrong) is vanilla and something musky. But not a heady musk just soft. I find Mejica wears close to the body which I like. I’ve never been a loud perfume person. I really only want just me and Mr. Bunny to smell it. Well, and the occasional person I think would appreciate it. 

 
So if you like perfume I would surely check out A Perfume Organic. Amanda Walker is an amazingly talented Perfumer and is sure to have something for everyone. On my list for summer is to try Urban Organic.   
Mejica runs $65 USD and can be purchased at these retailers.

My Favorite Face

I have to tell you, I have two faces. Now don’t worry I’m not a circus act.
Let me explain.
At work I sell a different makeup line that what I tend to use on my days off. My day off face just wants to be relaxed and pretty but not trying too hard. My work face has to last through 8 hours of indoor heating, mag lamps and steam. It’s got to have staying power. But more on my “work face” in another post. This is about my twice a week favorite face. The products I tend to use on my day off help me achieve that “no makeup” look while still looking put together. These products together make me feel glowing and awake but not over done.


L to R top : Jane Iredale Clarity In-Touch Blusher,
rms beauty
living luminizer and “un” cover-up in 11 ,
vapour organic beauty
Stratus #902, Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 115 and
Aura Multi-Use in Spark
Bottom three: vapour organic beauty mesmerize in flash, Modern Minerals in Uma and
Josie Maran
GOGO mascara

Swatches!!
Top to bottom: vapour organic beauty Stratus #902, Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 115, 
  rms beauty living luminizer and “un” cover-up in 11, Jane Iredale Clarity In-Touch Blusher, 
vapour organic beauty Aura Multi-Use in Spark,
vapour organic beauty mesmerize in flash, Modern Minerals in Uma
All products purchased by me. Products purchased at Spirit Beauty Lounge

and at Vapour Beauty

100% Pure Sunscreen



This right here is a non-negotiable for me. I will not leave my house without some form of sun protection on my skin. The 100%Pure Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20 is an absolute favorite of mine. Being an Esthetician allows me to try a myriad of sunscreen but this is my Holy Grail.

What I look for in my sun protection is something that is both a moisturizer and sunscreen (who can be bothered with two steps?!). It also must be a full spectrum coverage (UVA/UVB) and preferably with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. That being said this product checks all the boxes for me. It’s a light to medium weight moisturizer with full spectrum UVA/UVB coverage from 15%Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide.It’s light enough that in the summer it’s my only product in the morning but now in the dead of the mid-west winter I can apply a moisturizer under it and feel hydrated all day. Protected and moisturized, it’s a win all around . I don’t get wrinkles from dryness and hopefully won’t get hyperpigmentation (sunspots) from UV exposure. Everything a girl could ask for right?



This product is available from the 100% pure website for $26 USD

Active Ingredients:
15% Titanium Dioxide
10% Zinc Oxide
Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)1, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beeswax, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) 2, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary), Origanum Vulgar Leaf (Oregano),Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) and Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon)