Handbag Love Vol.2

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Well, this has been a long time coming…but better late than never, I suppose.
I only bust out my super light colored bags in summer- I feel like it’s the only season when the color of my paler handbags will stand out as opposed to wash out. The drier weather is also less risky as far as rain or mud stains are concerned. There’s something about a white or light beige handbag with a colorful outfit that I just love. ONWARD.



Burberry Maggie Knot Hobo in “Ivory” MSRP: $1,095.00


Features:

-extra large, flexible structure, holds EVERYTHING
-loosely framed collapsible top zipper
-the softest, most luxurious lambskin leather
-intricate pleated knot design at front and back
– heavy, durable hardware in ultra shiny gunmetal finish
-double padded and reinforced single shoulder looped handle
-signature Burberry plaid cotton lining
-4 interior pockets- 3 pouches sized for sunglasses and/or phones and one large zip closure pocket
-Made in Turkey


Measurements:

Bag height: 15 in.
Bag width: 18 in.
Bag depth: 4.5 in.
Strap drop: 8 in.

July 2017 Favorites

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I don’t know what happened to July. It was the 4th and then it was all over. Huh.
Choosing favorites for last month was super easy- these 5 items were stand alones.

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Dim Infusion”– I am going crazy with the Hourglass products lately. The quality is fantastic and I LOVE how subtle these ambient lighting blushes can be when applied with a light hand. My fav right now, in “radiant finish” is this one- “Dim Infusion” is described as “a subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth”. It is just the right tone for summer. ($38)

2. Oliver Peoples Lainie OV5159-S in “Red Havana/Brown Gradient”– sunglasses aren’t customarily on my Fav lists, but what the hell? I have had these quite a while and have just recently fallen back in love. They are oversized without being overwhelming, have just enough shade and are super lightweight. ($380)

3. Chanel Retractable Kabuki Brush– this thing is Luxe. Super soft and super dense bristles that work great for serious blending for large areas of your face. It’s the ultimate buffing brush and it’s easy to carry with you without messing it up. ($70)

4. Olive Tech Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser– I got this little bugger through a Lightning Deal on Amazon Prime Day, and I’ve been using it every single day since. It couldn’t be simpler to use or easier to clean. It has timed settings and a pretty, soothing display of rainbow colors. (42.99)

5. LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer– I’ve been really enjoying this bronzer – the giant domed pan is perfect for a body brush and the shade has a beautiful glowy finish for shoulders and legs. ($33)

That’s all I’ve got-
What were your favs for July?

❤ J

Japonesque Blush Cleanser Review

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Hi guys- as part of my “Empties” series, I thought I’d share some info about Japonesque Blush Cleanser- I really enjoy trying brush cleaning products because makeup brushes are an obsession of mine and I’m always looking for great products to clean them with. For washing brushes, I love my Sigma Glove and Savon De Marseille soap, but I also need a daily spray that I can use to sanitize and clean the bristle tips with.

Nothing is going to be as effective as the cleansers that are used to wash brushes with water. Soap and water really gets down into the yuck and removes ALL residue. Daily sprays are meant for convenience- you can give a brush a quick once over to sanitize it, remove product and dry it quickly for reuse.
One of the things I’ve noticed about Japonesque Brush Cleanser reviews is that a lot of people rate it low or claim it doesn’t work at all when it is, in fact, being misused. This is not a cleanser for washing brushes and it’s not meant to be used with water. The directions on the back of the bottle have pretty clear directions for use….that being said, the product name is probably misleading!

As a daily spray, used correctly, I find that Japonesque Brush Cleanser does its job….mostly. It DOES take quite a few sprays to really remove a lot of product. I blasted through this 4.25 ounce bottle like nobody’s business. Powder products are definitely easier to clean off the brushes- I noticed a slight stain remained with both liquid blush and foundation. The scent is light and medicinal, think lemon hand sanitizer, and the texture is very slightly oily. Brushes take a bit longer to dry because of the bristle softening properties this brush cleanser contains.

If you’re on the market for a quick, simple daily spray that’s going to be used infrequently, this might be great for you. On the other hand, at $14.00, MAC daily brush cleanser comes in a container almost twice the size for $2.00 more, and works a bit better, imo.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Review

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Hi guys- loose powders that blend multiple colors for the correct shade is by no means a new thing….that doesn’t mean these products are to be overlooked though! Makeup trends come and go, but an even, matte skin tone with a radiant finish never ever goes out of style.

Prisme Libre loose powder comes in 5 shades and their descriptions are as follows:

Mousseline Pastel: Delivers a natural-looking, opal effect
Taffetas Beige: Imparts a natural-looking, opal effect
Organza Caramel: Features a tanned effect
Satin Blanc: Provides a soft, illuminated glow
Voile Rosé: Gives a radiant effect

This review features Satin Blanc….onward!

Satin Blanc features 4 small cubes- each containing 3 gram of product. Shade #1- a fair beige, Shade #2- medium warm beige with slightly more orange undertone, Shade #3- a light/medium cool beige, Shade #4- a fine white powder with the smallest, sparest microshimmers imaginable in it.
The texture and feel of this product on the skin is kind of like an already ground up version of Guerlain’s Meterorite pearls, with less glow to it. Because the powder is loose, it’s a bit easier to control application- getting just a much or as little as you need.

What I was really impressed with was the long wear this had without anything else on my face. We all have those lazy days where we want to give our skin a rest and this is the perfect item for those times. On a bare face, it zapped my shine, even out my skin tone and dulled the appearance of pesky red spots without sinking in and making my pores look huge. The tiny little micros are just present enough to look like a natural glow. With a slick of primer or tinted sunscreen underneath, the effects are even better. Product is scented with a light, fresh floral and baby powder- not too over powering but noticeable.

I was not so sure about instructions recommending the use of the small satin terry puff that comes with, but it actually worked great! Place it inside, snap the lid on, flip over, tap once or twice, flip upright and remove the lid- there you have it, the perfect amount of powder. Good on Givenchy for not instructing buyers to use more than they need to try and get more frequent replenishing purchases….at .42 ounces, this product will last a while.

Givenchy Prisme Libre loose powders are available at Sephora for $55.00 US HERE

Foxbrim Complete Retinol Serum Review

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I began using retinol products a number of years ago to improve my skin and help slow its aging process. I currently am in love with Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, but have tried DOZENS of different serums and moisturizers containing (or CLAIMING to contain) retinol. This is one of them.

First some facts-

Foxbrim Complete Retinol Serum is a full size 1 oz. glass bottle with dark brown semitransparent glass. It also contains a glass dropper dispenser. The serum can be applied alone or underneath a moisturizer and a sunscreen with adequate SPF is recommended after use (retinol can cause sun sensitivity).
Onward to the review-

Foxbrim’s Complete Retinol Serum is said by the brand to use “the strength of 2.5% retinol (Vitamin A) combined with natural moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe, jojoba and green Tea extracts to help erase signs of aging, renew damaged skin and revitalize elasticity”.
There are a few things I liked about this product and a few I didn’t.


PROS-

-product lasted a long time and I only needed a small amount to cover entire face and neck
-product was just about odorless, which I appreciate in my skincare stuff
-Price was great! 17.95 US for 1 fl oz.
-product felt nice upon application and was quick drying

CONS-
-I saw no visible improvement after months of use. This is a MAJOR con, but you do have to consider that this product may work better at preventing damage than repairing it.
-this retinol serum had just about the consistency of water, which made me question wether it had retinol in it at all.
-Retinol is known to be extremely sensitive to light and oxygen. Each time you open the lid on the tub or unscrew the cap, you are exposing the product to both those elements and the chemical loses its effectiveness. So….this bottle was see through, meaning light got in….strike 1. And EVERY. TIME. I opened the bottle I exposed the entire contents to oxygen….strike 2.
– and for strike 3….my skin did not behave or react like it had with any retinol product I’d used before. NORMALLY, when I begin using a retinol product, my skin gets slightly irritated and tight and I slowly have to build up to use the product at full strength….that might sound harsh, but that’s actually how I know the active ingredient in it is,in fact, Retinol. My skin had no reaction what so ever.

Well….there you have it. Not buying again.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit Review

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Hi Guys- I happen to suffer from an acute case of highlighter hoarding, so of course this palette had to be in my life. The Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills features 6 shades listed as “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity”. They’ve been been formulated to be mixable and buildable, adding a multi-dimensional glow to body and/or face. ABH’s brand products are all vegan and cruelty-free- the next weight of the Aurora Glow Kit is 4.2 grams with each pan containing .15 ounces each.

Shades are –
Eclipse: a soft cantaloupe orange with an intense pink overtone and fine champagne toned micro glitters
Luna: a cool silver grey with a pearly highlight and white shimmery micros
Spectra: a muted mauve purple with rich magenta highlight filled with hot pink micro glitters

Helia: a sage/tea green with a slightly yellower highlight and super fine pink micro shimmers.
Orion: Sky blue with an electric highlight and silvery microglitters
Lyra: a sandstone orange (darker than Eclipse) with a dusty pink undertoned highlight and honey gold glitters

All of these shades have enormous color payoff- upon first swatch, Spectra and Orion felt like they had a slightly drier consistency than the others, but once you broke through the initial surface, you can see that ABH did a great job of keeping these formulas alike- all have a rich, almost cream consistency. Even fall out patterns are similar with the exception of Luna and Eclipse- these 2 shades seem to drop just slightly more product than the rest.

My favorite performers in the bunch are Orion and Helia- they both have highlights that work great on my fair, cool toned skin and pair up well with the blush shades I prefer. Lyra is a great collarbone highlight and I like Luna best for the cupid’s bow. I was hesitant about the look of Spectra in the pan, but upon application, this shade comes off beautifully- a bright, shimmery pink with a slightly purple undertone.

Check it out at the ABH website here, $40.00 US.

Too Faced Sweethearts Baked Luminous Glow Bronzer Review

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Hi guys- I have always been a fan of the Too Faced Sweethearts blushes- the shades are great on almost everyone, the trio tones make them versatile and I can’t resist blushers with a built-in highlight. Photos below are appearance in both shade and direct sunlight.

Enter Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in “Sweet Tea”….the only shade so far. Too Faced wisely chose to re-use their cute heart shaped cardboard container for this one, designing the packaging in mint green, dark brown and gold- the kind of box you’d see housing real Parisian macarons.

The net weight of the product is 5.5 g, or .019 ounces and is priced at $30.00 U.S. The heart bronzer is split vertically into two tones, light and dark, with no divider in between so you can swirl your brush and pick up and little or as much of each shade as you’d prefer. Oddly, my container isn’t split evenly down the center- I’m not sure if this is true of all of them, but I have slightly more of the dark shade than the light.

Both shades have a baked, very faintly marbleized finish and carry very fine, gold toned micro shimmers throughout. The effect on the skin is a bit closer to the glitter side than it is glow.

Sweet Tea is buildable, but it’s easy to go to heavy upon first application- there’s a ton of color payoff per brush swipe. Both shades have a warmer undertone than I’d normally wear but in summer, it works, especially with a warm peach or salmon shade of blush.
Too Faced Sweethearts Baked Luminous Glow Bronzer in Sweet Tea is available HERE on the Too Faced website.

Health and Beauty Back Ups….

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Hey guys- So after a recent H+B closet sort-out, I loaded up a box of precious back ups and stored them all in one place. I thought I’d show off what’s in my queue-

1. For a toner, I’m currently using Foxbrim’s Orange Blossom Water and Korean brand Etude House’s Wonderpore is up next- I have a major problem with large pores across my nose and I am really looking forward to trying out a toner that focuses on cleaning and minimizing them. The packaging is kitschy and I can’t resist products that have peppermint! Check it HERE

2. Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in “Soothe & Sleep with Lavender” is a must have. The finely ground Epsom salts dissolve quick and give off a fantastic therapeutic lavender and eucalyptus scent- I always have this on hand for the bath or mani/pedis…you can’t be the price. @ Target HERE

3. While we are on the mint/eucalyptus kick, I might as well mention that I almost always have a tea tree oil or peppermint oil bath bar on hand. Currently, it’s the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Body Bar and next up is Bath and Body Works Stress Relief in “eucalyptus + mint”. I don’t use these as an all over body bar, but I do love using them with a nail brush on my fingers and toes. Again, the scent is soothing, they last a forever and my husband actually likes these because they’re one of the few bath products I have that don’t “make him smell like a chick”. 😊 Info on this bath bar HERE.

4. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in “Berry”– this one is on back up for the identical tub I’m currently working on…and I mean TUB. For $20, you get a pretty generous .7 ounces of product with a handy little rubber application brush. This product has totally replaced my usual slick of Carmex or Chapstick at night. I apply a heavy layer right before bed and let it soak in while I sleep. In the morning my lips are soft and any irritation or chapping I was dealing with the day before is gone. Sephora now carries it, CLICK ME.

5. As a travel brush set, I currently am using BH Cosmetics Art Pop Brush Set and have these babies as back ups for the eye brushes- Japonesque Dual fiber eye brush set. I love the shorter handles for travelling and the heads are soft and durable. @ ULTA.

6. For a lip scrub and treatment, I’m currently using Bliss Fabulips SugarLip Scrub and Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm, and I can’t wait to bust into this set I got for Christmas- the Sara Happ limited edition Brown Sugar gift Set, featuring a brown sugar lip scrub and the lip slip luxe balm. This set is still available at Nordstrom.

7. Soap and Glory Clean On Me creamy clarifying shower gel is a must have shower product and I usually have an extra bottle or 2 on hand- Soap and Glory’s signature scent is LOVELY and as expected, I have the Righteous Butter to go with it. I love this stuff so much in summer! Also at ULTA.

8. Etude House BeBe Foot Mask- If you haven’t done a foot mask yet, you should- pop the bags on and leave them for a half hour, then wash and dry your feet….in a few days, the dead skin starts to peel and fall off by itself. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s gross as hell but when it’s all over, your feet as SO. NICE. AND. SMOOTH, much better than I can do with a pedicure alone. Amazon carries this product!

So if you’ve used any of these products, let me know- what did you think of them??
What’s in your back up closet?