As is with a lot of my content, this post was actually inspired by a recent conversation I had with my girlfriends. We were talking favorite beauty products, but more specifically our favorite places to shop for them. When I mentioned that I shop for all my beauty products on line they were at first kind of surprised. “Well, don’t you want to try things before you buy them?” is what one of my friends said, to which I replied that I do in fact try everything, I simply try it in the comfort of my own home!
And this is when I brought up the fact that I shop for all by beauty products exclusively on Nordstrom.com. Why Nordstrom.com? Aside from the fact that they make on line shopping incredible easy (I’m talking fast shipping and Free returns), I don’t always have time to go to a physical store during business hours, but I can shop online anytime! Love that by the way, one of my favorite things to do is to browse the beauty section before I go to bed. Another reason why I love shopping on Nordstrom.com is the fact that they have all of my favorite brands from Laura Mercier, MAC Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilburry and NARS to Drybar, Dyson and FOREO. Basically, I can shop for make-up, skin-care, hair care and tools in one place! Love that! Nordstrom.com even has a special Natural Beauty & Wellness section which I frequent & love!
Since this is a beauty post, I couldn’t really imagine writing it without at least mentioning some of my favorite beauty products (all of which I got on Nordstrom.com).
Before I get into make up, I wanted to mention a few skincare products I’m loving at the moment! First is of course the FOREO LUNA facial cleansing device. After hearing so much about it, I decided to give it a try and the results were really spectacular! I don’t think my skin ever felt cleaner or looked better (even the stubborn blackheads on my nose are gone). So now, it’s part of my daily cleansing ritual! Second is Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Serum – I woke up to baby skin after trying it for the first time and Génifique Eye Light Pearl Serum, which cares for your entire eye area (including eyelashes) to help with fine lines, under eye bags and firmness. Love this one! Last but certainly not least is my beauty blender, I don’t know how I did my make-up without it, but now I use it for everything from foundation to cream brushes and highlighters and results are always very natural looking.
When it comes to my day-time make up routine, I always stick to less is more philosophy! Natural looking foundation (NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation is virtually undetectable even in the brightest daylight), eyeliner, mascara (love Lancôme Hypnôse Instant Full Volume Mascara, especially with Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer under it), a nude lip (MAC Cosmetics makes the best one ever! Honey Love shade is not too light and not too dark, basically natural looking nude pout that’s perfect for day) and a wash of color on my lids. Eyeshadow is a fairly new thing for me, but I recently got MAC Cosmetics Times Nine Shadow Palette and now I’m super into it! Love to wear shade Antiqued (think old gold) all over my lids for day. It just adds a bit of light to the entire face and makes your eyes pop! Love that!
I’m sure by now you probably know that I am crazy about body-care products and oils and tanning products are always at the top of my must-have list. I’ve talked about MOROCCANOIL Instant Shimmering Body Oil many times before and it’s still a fave. Perfectly moisturizing, it offers just the right amount of shimmer for everyday (pretty golden-shimmery glow, normally I use it on my legs, arms and shoulders). A more recent discovery are Vita Liberata tanning products. People always ask me about my tan (no one ever asks me what tanning products I use, which is always a good sign because it means that my tan looks natural), and pHenomenal Tan Mousse is what I use on daily basis! Love the color, love the fact that it’s smell-free, love the fact that it dries fast, love the fact that it’s moisturizing! Basically just LOVE! Another product I love from this company is the Body Blur. It’s like a foundation for your body that covers imperfections (so think bruises, scars, anything really), gives a natural looking tint while reflecting light! Honestly, it’s absolutely amazing!
Normally, I like to use a hair straightener to both straighten and curl my hair and this one by Drybar is amazing! Easy to use, it’s very lightweight but also gentle. I definitely noticed that my hair looks smoother when I started using it! The Dry Texturizing Spay from Oribe also made multiple appearance on this blog and its because I literally swear by this product! In fact, I keep a travel sized version in my purse at all times! The way this product helps to hold and finish a hair style is amazing! It creates the perfect texture I could never achieve with hairspray, helps with fly-aways and adds volume!
If less is more, when it comes to my day-time makeup, more is definitely more when I go out. I like to play up my eyes, so lately I’ve been using the same MAC Cosmetics Times Nine Shadow Palette I use during the day, but for night, I like to wear “Honey Lust” under my brow bone and intensify the look by applying “Sketch” just above the crease and use “Noir” to wing out my eyes. I also love adding highlighter to the bridge of my nose, inner corners of my eyes and cheek bones. MAC Electric Wonder Ignite Face Palette has the prettiest shades and creates a very beautiful glow that makes your entire face pop! Normally, if I go for dramatic eyes, I opt for matte lipstick in a pretty coral shade! Always obsessed with Charlotte Tilburry lipsticks, the shade Sexy Sienna is just amazing! Though I love wearing it during the day, it looks especially striking paired with rich brown, burgundy and golden eye shades! If the occasion is very formal, I’ll apply a lipgloss over my lipstick. I’ve talked about NARS Multi-Use Lipgloss before (this stuff is incredible, you can even use it on your lids to create that wet eye-lid look), and it’s still a favorite! Shade “Star Babe” is my particular favorite. A soft golden peach, it looks beautiful layered or on its own.
Special thank you to Nordstrom & RewardStyle for partnering with me on this post.
Tiffany & Co Tiffany Eau de Parfum | Lancome Advanced Génifique Eye Light Pearl Eye Serum, Advanced Génifique Serum, Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused Mascara Primer and Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara | Jouer Powder Highlighter | NARS Blush, Multi Use Lip Gloss in Working Girl, Redemption, and Star Babe, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, and Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation | Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder | Acqua Metal Liquid Eyeshadow in Violet Argente and Reflect Gilt | Luxie Rose Gold Brush Collection | Mac Electric Wonder Ignite Wonder Face Palette, Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette, and Nude Lipstick | Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Translucent Loose Setting Powder | LUNA Mini 2 Compact Facial Cleansing Device | BeautyBlender Original Makeup Sponge Applicator | Moroccan Oil Instant Radiance Shimmering Body Oil | Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil | Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner, Hot Lips Lipstick, and Matte Revolution Lipstick | Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tinted Tan Mousse and Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish | Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray | Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips and The Tress Preeadbandss 1-Inch Flat Iron | Lele Sadoughi Gloss Headband, Double Ring Hoop Earrings and Small Crystal Lily Earrings | Reformation Bowie Off the Shoulder A-Line Minidress and Framboise Off the Shoulder Top