Now that December is here its time to BATHE in glitter and everything holiday chic. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is experimenting with festive makeup looks for holiday parties or even weekend drinks.
During the holidays I love a classic deep lip, some shimmer or sparkle on the eyes & fresh skin.
I rounded up some of the most glittery, glitzy, shimmery makeup items I could find. Any of these will be sure to add some holiday spirit to your look
Hey guys! I’m back from a brief hiatius & promise to have more regular content coming your way.
During the past month, I’ve added one new item to my skincare routine & I have never had better skin in my entire life. If you’ve read other posts or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I struggle with hormonal, cystic breakouts, those super deep blemishes that come & go and are impossible to treat topically.
It seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, and I have this theory that my body is giving me a big fuck you when every month it realizes I’m not bearing a child (thanks, hormones). Before I changed my routine I was averaging 2-3 cortisone injections (yes you can get HUGE blemishes injected to help them shrink & prevent scarring) a MONTH. That’s like $150 worth of treatments for something isn’t preventative!
This led me to explore LED light therapy. If you’re not familiar, LED is a non-invasive painless light treatment that uses both red (for wrinkles) and blue (for acne) light to improve skin. Red LED light stimulates collagen which adds plumpness to skin, improves texture and reduces wrinkles. Blue light kills bacteria that causes acne and also decreases oil production & shrinks pores.
You can get LED therapy during facials, but it’s very expensive (like $200 a treatment), and the most effective way to get the benefits is through everyday use.
So… when Dermstore was having a sale I bought the Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro and let me tell you, it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. At just under $450 it’s a huge investment, and I definitely got a little bit nauseous after I pressed “buy”, but it has paid for itself and then some in the time I’ve used it.
The mask is freaky, you look like a transformer when you put it on. I’ve been using once, sometimes twice a day, after cleansing and before I apply any skincare products. Note: definitely don’t put sunscreen on before you use, it blocks some of the light, but don’t worry, LED is not the same as UV and there is no damage done to your skin. There’s a red, blue or purple (red+ blue) setting to combat wrinkles, acne, or both. I’ve been using the purple setting because I’ve definitely noticed fine lines so want to just get everything taken care of everything in one fell swoop. The mask has a set timer for 3 minutes so I just sit & relax while the LED does its work on my face and then wait for the light to shut off. It’s that easy.
Within a week I noticed redness was reduced & my skin seemed smoother and more even. My boyfriend noticed right away, which means it must have been pretty obvious because… men. By week 2 & 3 I was not breaking out at all, I got one tiny bump around that time of the month but it was so minor I didn’t care. Marks from old blemished have been reduced and I just look better all around. I’ve started wearing less makeup, venturing out of the house & even to work with just sunscreen, moisturizer & some brow gel, which I would rarely do before. I wanted to see how the mask worked on it own so I stopped all of my other anti-acne treatments & have just been washing my face, toning & using moisturizer and the results are phenomenal.
This isn’t a paid endorsement (I wish I got this for free) but I really can’t speak highly enough of this mask. It’s seriously lifechanging and I feel like I’m saving so much money becuase I just don’t have to worry about treating huge cystic blemishes. buying new products etc. It’s expensive, but when I added up all the other products/services I was using to just keep my skin feeling normal I realized I’ve saved a lot of money.
In short, if you struggle with cystic acne and or fine lines & can fit this into your budget, definitely get your hands on this baby. Totally SimpyB approved.
Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of blog posts, but I just got back from a fantastic trip to Cabo & definitely took a bit of time to unwind. While I was there I tried to keep my beauty & hair routine as minimal as possible, so thought I would share what I packed with you guys!
With 90+ degree temps & humidity, plus frequent pools dips, no one wants to be dealing with a ton of makeup & high maintenance hair. I even told my boyfriend that I was committing to not wearing makeup the whole trip… but didn’t end up sticking to that haha. At the very least, I kept things low key. If you’ve read my Summer Heat Proof Makeup blog post, then you’re probably familiar with some of my favorite warm-weather products. For this trip, I brought the following:
Pretty minimal if I do say so myself! My go-to cosmetics case this hanging Tartan & Twine one, so I can hang it up out of the way. Hope this was helpful, are any of you going on any beach/warm weather vacations soon? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Friday! Here are the things that kept me going through the week…
Dying for this silky blue bodysuit, perfect jewel-toned piece to add to your wardrobe for fall!
I love home pieces that are fairly neutral but have interesting textures & patterns, this Urban Outfitters rug fits the bill, I’m thinking of getting it for my room. AND it’s on sale!
I’m probably the farthest thing away from a domestic goddess, and when I cook for myself I always make sure I follow a healthy recipe. I made this Baked Chicken Milanese from my favorite healthy food blog, SkinnyTaste and it was SO GOOD!
Ok, this is a little bit crazy but I bought this. Dermstore had a 20% sale on all devices this week so I couldn’t resist almost $100 off this LED lightmask. The reviews are good, and I’ve been hearing so much lately about all of the amazing skin benefits of both blue (for acne & acne scars) and red (for wrinkles & pore refining) LED lights. My skin has been a nightmare lately so I’m really excited to try this out, and feel like I got a 2 for 1 with the anti-aging & acne benefits! I’ll keep you guy posted on results.
Probably the ultimate Friday fave….I’m leaving for Cabo next Wednesday for a short getaway with my boyfriend & I can’t be more excited!
This week was short & long at the same time, but as always, I’m excited for a little weekend R&R. Here are a few of my favorite things this week
Love these wine colored tassel earrings, perfect fall party accessory
I’m obsessed with leopard print right, along with the rest of the world, and these pumps really hit the spot (and they’re under $150!)
I’m late to the Summer Fridays party but I’ve arrived and I’m SO here for it. I know they launched a new product recently that I have yet to try, but I just used their OG JetLag mask when my skin was freaking out (breaking out but also dry… my boyfriend said I looked like a recovering Zombie, thanks babe!) and I woke up with smooth hydrated skin that glowed.
I’m shook. Honestly, I can’t wear these a ton because they’re a major statement piece… but the heart wants what it wants.
I somehow stumbled upon Lucy Wood’s channel on Youtube & am dying over her “Average Girls Tries Pretty Little Thing Model Outfits” video. Someone needs to show women that we can’t all pull off these ridiculous trendy looks made for models .. and that’s OK! She’s body positive, beautiful, hilarious & a great fashion & beauty resource.
I started reading Silence of the Girls this week and am almost done, I’m obsessed. It’s the classic Illiad told from a women’s point of view. If you love the classics but want something with a modern twist, you’ll love this.
`I rarely leave the house without a little glow. Whether it’s a little shimmer moisturizer mixed in with my sunscreen before a run, a swipe of highlighter when I’m doing a barely there look or a super-glam, blinding highlight, I don’t feel complete without a little glow. Here are some of my highlighting tips
I like to add a little shimmer during every step of my makeup process. I start by adding something like Mac Strobe Cream to my foundation, or in case of a “no-makeup” day, I mix it in with my sunscreen if I’m going outside.Once I have my foundation/bronzer/concealer done, I like to highlight all the high points of my face, down the bridge of my nose, my cupid’s bow, cheekbones, brow bones, the temple as well as the inner corner of my eye.
A note on color & tone– I always prefer a warm highlight over a cool one. Obviously, the exact shade depends on how deep your skin tone is, but very few people can pull off an icy, blue toned highlight. The whole goal of highlighter is to give you a healthy, glowy, lit-from-within look, and I find that happens best with peach, rose gold, bronze, or warm gold, highlights. I also shy away from anything to yellow gold as I think it looks a bit harsh.
Were officially in September! When fall comes around I like to freshen up my beauty routine, focusing on moisturizing masks, fall-inspired colors & maybe a foundation switch up.
I’m probably the last person to try this Summer Fridays mask, but I just grabbed one because I think it’s going to be helpful during this transitional time, my skins tends to freak out with temperature changes.
I’m a huge fan of setting sprays that don’t dry you out; this one looks nourishing
I can’t wait to get my hands on this new foundation from legendary makeup artist Gucci Westman, reviews say that its light and natural looking & super easy to apply
I have one color of this liquid lipstick and I’m a big fan, not too drying & lasts for a long time. I’m looking to grab some deeper colors to wear this season
This cranberry Tom Ford eye quad screams fall, and I love wearing warm colors on my eyes. It’s expensive but really luxurious looking
Barbara Strum products are the newest stars in skincare, these nutrition supplements meant to aid in keeping skin glowing & youthful.. definitely something I need
Who else likes to buy new products when the seasons change? Let me know if you end up picking up any of these!
I heard Jen speak on a podcast about how most people don’t focus on their mobility, joints, flexibility etc until its too late, and freaked myself out. Luckily she has a program that’s $15 a month and gives you mobility flows, HIIT workouts & core workouts to keep yourself strong in all the ways we neglect. I work out a lot but I’m not good at stretching and taking care of my joints, so I want to force myself to be better with this program.