My Most Recent Makeup Buys…

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Hey guys! Picked these items up at Sephora quite a while ago. It’s taken me too long to get this post up, but I thought I’d share it anyway, cuz what the hell, it’s fun.

Kat Von D Color Correcting Eye Shadow Primer in “fair” : I got a sample of this product and absolutely loved it. This stuff is no joke. I swatched it when picking the right shade out and after about 15 seconds, it was REALLY HARD just to wipe it off the back of my hand! Your eye makeup is staying put with this product. I LOVE that it’s in a crayon- less mess and the formula is a bit drier, which I need. Check it out HERE.

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Sparkling Bellini” : I knew I was getting this eventually because I am crazy about my other Sweethearts in “Peach Beach”. This shade is a gorgeous, fun and bright pinky salmon color with a bit of shimmer- perfect for the upcoming summer months. Look HERE.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette : I am very into the both “Sunlight” panel, which is a beige champagne and gold tone, and the “Moonlight” panel which is a warmer, pearlier rosy beige. The center panel? I don’t know what the F it is, honestly. It’s dry and chalky. So far, it has been utterly useless as a finishing/ setting powder and since it is invisible on my skin, I have no clue what to do with it. Link HERE.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Neutralizer Color Corrector in “2 Green” : Was skeptical about this, but I like it so far. It does a fantastic job of cancelling out blotchy red tones before I put on foundation and it seems to work great under my concealers. The packaging…not so much. The pen/clicky bottom thing annoys me. I’d rather have a wand and a tube, of better yet small jar, so I can control product waste. Take a peek HERE.

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Comments about any of these products & links to your most recent beauty purchases please!!

xoxo
Jillian

The Best French Drugstore Products

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Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a great week. Today I wanted to share a few of France’s best selling drugstore products.

Embryolisse Laboratoires Lait-Creme Concentre : Excluding Bioderma, I’d say this one is probably the best known in the U.S., thanks to a number of beauty subscription boxes including deluxe samples of it. If you shop American drugstores, this product is most similar to a cold cream, but with a slightly thinner consistency. This multi-purpose cream is great for hardcore moisturizing, priming, removing makeup, making cream eye shadow, cleansing and even adding texture to your hair.

As a moisturizer : I would recommend this product for people with dry skin only. It is very effective if you’re looking to heal and calm flaky, red patches. Because our skin types vary so much, some people would say it’s lightweight and use it daily while others find it much too heavy for frequent use, or avoid using it in summer completely. I have dry/ slightly combination skin, and this stuff works best on me as a night cream or underneath my makeup, because foundations tend to zap all the water from my skin. When I put this on, I avoid the oilier zones of my face and give it ample time to absorb before adding any more product. I also love to mix this with my heavier, matte foundations because it lessens the coverage and make the finish more dewy.

As a primer : I love primers that shrink pores and even out skin tone, and Embryolisse has never done either one for me. However, if you’re into primers that smooth the surface of your skin, you might love it.

As a cleanser/makeup remover : I love this stuff for removing face makeup with a cotton pad before cleansing, but I’ve never (and probably would never) use it as a cleanser, especially in warm weather.

As a hair product: Never done it, but this has become a popular way to use it! Rub a small amount into the ends of damp hair to add weight and texture.
As a cream eye shadow base : Absolutely not for me. I have oilier lids and I need a much drier cream eyeshadow formula if I don’t want this sliding down my face.

Full size is 2.54 oz, $28.00

Check this product out here.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse : This multi-functioning dry oil for skin and hair is the sh*t. It’s a bit like Divine Oil, but much lighter, quicker to absorb and a LOT harder to over use and make your hair and skin all greasy. The scent is a gorgeous combo of natural oil and nutty scents- sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, and macadamia. I love the easy moisture and subtle shine this add to my arms and legs. For hair, I use a liberal amount on my damp ends and use small amounts to rub into dry scalp patches before the shower. I fell in love with Nuxe a few years back for their Gelee Exfoliante Douce, an outstanding exfoliator with rose ingredients…and now THIS STUFF.
P.S. Thanks Target for carrying this!

Full size is 1.6 oz, $29.00

Check it out here.

Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray : I decided to pick this up having heard that it’s far superior to Evian’s Brumisateur and I’d have to agree. I love using facial sprays at the most random times- I’ve found they work wonders in giving my makeup a quick pick up, giving my skin a boost after taking off my makeup, rehydrating my skin in airports or in hot, dry weather, and cooling down after the gym. I’ve used a number of sprays and even the packaging on this stuff is superior- the spray never goes faulty, the cap stays on and the can is heavier. The mist is super fine and amazingly refreshing. Infinitely better at soothing redness than the others.

full size is 10.58 oz, $17.60

Check it out here.

Spicy Lebanese Beef + Vegetable Skewers

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Hey guys! I wanted to share this recipe with you today because it’s officially grilling season here- the weather has been just gorgeous- and these are AMAZING.
We love Middle Eastern food in my house and these are labor intensive but easy! and so delicious.
Before I get going let me just say: This isn’t for the faint of heart. It is heavily spiced and aromatic. If you are new to food from this region of the world, I suggest halving the spices and going with beef. For someone who LOVES food like this and has had it often, you’ll probably appreciate the full spices with ground lamb more.

This recipe serves 4-5!

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What you will need:
15-20 BBQ skewers

FOR THE MEAT:
olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or lean ground beef
2/3 cup minced FRESH parsley
1/2 cup of onion, minced OR 1 tbsp. onion powder (I like to add a little of both)
1 1/2 tbsp. cumin
1 1/2 tbsp. coriander
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

*FOR THE VEGETABLES:
1 yellow, 1 red and 1 orange pepper
2 small zucchini
a dozen mushrooms
1 large red (or yellow) onion
1 large eggplant
*all cut into large, bite size, impale-able pieces:)
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seasoning of your choice- for the veg, we like to toss with middle eastern kabob spice, which is found at most Asian specialty and halal markets. No salt seasoning works great too. Feel free to keep it simple with plain ‘ol salt and pepper.

What you need to do:

-Mix all meat ingredients together well in a large mixing bowl, using a few dashes of olive oil to moisten.
-Chill mixture in the refrigerator for at least a half hour. While it’s chilling, soak skewers in a few inches of water and prep your vegetables.
-place all chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl with sealable lid, add oil and seasonings, put on the lid and shake to toss, coating the vegetables evenly.

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-when meat mixture is ready, break off pieces and roll into a ball. Skewer and then flatten slightly, making kind of an egg/oval shape that is roughly 2 inches long and an inch thick. Alternate these with the vegetables.

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(Usually, I find that since this meat is heartier than a simple piece of steak on a kabob, no more than 2 pieces of meat are needed per stick. )
-coat grill generously with non-stick BBQ spray.
-On medium-high heat, grill skewers 6 to 10 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you like them.

Serve with your choice: Rice (Jasmine, Basmati or Pilaf are all wonderful) or flat bread (we like naan)

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ENJOY!

The Empties: Caudalie Divine Oil Review

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Hey ya’ll! For those who aren’t really familiar, Caudalie is a French skincare company founded in 1995 by a husband and wife team who wanted to create a line of chemical free, natural products with ingredients derived from grapes, grape seeds and vines.
As popular as it was in France, Caudalie wasn’t available in the United States until 2001 and Divine Oil quickly became a hit among skincare enthusiasts.

Divine Oil is a natural blend of sesame, hibiscus, argan and grape seed oils. It’s lightweight in texture, yet pretty heavy duty once applied. A tiny bit of this stuff goes a long way. This is a great multi-tasking product for those who seem to constantly be battling dry skin or their face, dry, brittle hair and dry skin on their body because Divine Oil works great for all three. Use a few drops on damp hair, rubbed into the ends and use it in place of a moisturizer for face and body after cleansing. It absorbs quickly, but the hydrating effects last. The scent is light floral and it has a definite grape seed oil scent going on. I will absolutely be purchasing this again.

…and here’s a plus- Caudalie plants a tree for every bottle purchased!

A 100ml bottle of their Divine Oil is $49.00. Check it out here.

Have a great day and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

xoxo Jillian

The Empties : Stila Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio Review

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Hey there- I’m sure that most of you are familiar with correctors in both powder and cream form, but for those who don’t know- correctors are typically products that are layered over unsightly changes in tone like redness, discolorations and under eye circles to even out your skin. Most often, you’d put these on after primer and before concealers, foundations and other bases.

When I was in my teens and early twenties, I never really used (or saw a need for) correctors, but as I’ve gotten older, these babies have really come in handy. I especially love trying out powder correctors because they seem to have a huge range of finishes and coverages.
I’ve gotten through this one most recently- Stila’s Set & Correct Baked Powder Trio. This tightly packed powder is shaved off the top by a grinder that you twist down onto the product. You basically grate the powder off the round cake as you twist and it pushes the powder (now in a loose form) through the holes on the top. I thought this packaging was a little gimmicky and weird at first. Pro- this made it easy to control how much powder I was using BUT con- I couldn’t CHOOSE which powder I wanted to use because they were all shaved down together.

The trio colors are stated as:

Peach – brightens and illuminates
Green – minimizes redness
Lavender – counteracts sallow undertones

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By no means is this idea unique. Many lines carry versions of similar corrector powders including e.l.f, jane and Physician’s Formula. I haven’t used any of the other brands corrector powders, but I did really like this one. Stila Set & Correct powder was super light weight and very user friendly. With a nice fluffy brush, it’s the kind of thing you hardly need a mirror for. I loved throwing this on with sunscreen and lip balm on the days I wasn’t wearing any makeup just to help even out my skin tone. It was also great to use as a setting powder over full coverage, matte finish foundation.
I would recommend this product for people who are in to very natural looks, use only lightweight makeup or are new to the cosmetics scene.

Check it out here!

xoxo
Jillian

The Empties : Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream Review

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Hey guys-
I have always been a big fan of beeswax lip products. They do a great job of locking in moisture while providing protection, and I love wearing them overnight. I got this 1 ounce container in a Burt’s Bees Tips & Toes set for $13.00. Check it out HERE.

This hand cream is spectacular. The almond scent is light and natural, the cream is very hydrating and dries without leaving a film. I loved using this at night with moisture gloves and I actually preferred this for cuticle softening over the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle formula, which I found to be a bit too thin and greasy.

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream is a heavy duty product that is slow to absorb and had just the slightest sticky texture when you first put it on your hands. It’s moisturizing and healing ability are totally worth it though.

Have a great day!
xoxo
Jillian

April 2016 Favorites

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Hey guys! Hope everyone had a great month…I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda happy to see it go. I’m looking forward to warmer, sunnier weather.
Here are some of my favorites for April:

1 . Sedona Lace EB 15 Pointed Crease Brush: Very very soft , no shedding, a fantastic price AND a very tapered tip that’s perfect for blending in the crease without moving too much product around. Also great for applying powder to the lower lash line. See it HERE.

2. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in “Unique Pink” : I got this last year from a beauty subscription box and I have been in love with it forever! I love the pointed tip, the compact design, the smooth texture and the pretty pink sheen this puts on my lips. It’s PH reactive so the shade looks a bit different on everyone. I want the rest of these. Look HERE.

3. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Sparkling Bellini” : I have featured my other sweethearts blush in monthly favorites before and now it’s this ones turn because hot damn, this color is gorgeous- a rich pinky peach with a hint of sparkle. It’s going to be perfect with bronzer over the summer. See it HERE.

4. Wet Brush Original Detangler in “Pastel Green” : I have very thick, very long hair and have been on a bit of a brush breaking rampage as of late. This is the only brush purchase I’ve made in the last six months that I’ve been happy with…it’s been the most inexpensive as well. It’s HERE.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Neutralizer in “Vert Green” : I was hesitant to purchase this because it’s on the pricey side and I have yet to fall in love with Radiant Touch but….I am so glad I got it. Super easy to use, great blendability and it kills any red spots. Works great with all the concealers and foundations I’ve used with it so far. At Sephora HERE.

I’d love to see what everyone else is loving laltely- Link your favorite posts in the comments please!!
XoXo
Jillian

April 2016 Books Read.

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Hey guys! Got through a few more on my reading list this month than I thought I would. #1 Surprising Disappointment has to go to These Demented Lands…I love Warner and was expecting more from it. I actually liked both The Woman Upstairs and Slow Man more than I thought I would, and THE ABSOLUTELY HANDS DOWN BEST BOOK READ THIS MONTH- The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

ONWARD:

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A Catch of Consequence By Diana Norman

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
By Muriel Barbery

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The Impossible Knife of Memory By Laurie Halse Anderson

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The Night Listener By Armistead Maupin

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Slow Man By J.M. Coetzee

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These Demented Lands By Alan Warner

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While My Sister Sleeps By Barbara Delinsky

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The Woman Upstairs By Claire Messud

What did you read this month? What are you currently reading?? I’m always looking for suggestions!!

XOXO
Jillian

FOTD. Sunset Shades.

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FACE:
The Balm Time Balm Primer
MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 Camoflage Cream Palette
Dr.Jart+ BB Beauty Balm
NARS illuminator in “Laguna”
It cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumintation in “Light”
Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder in “Starlight”
DiorSkin Nude Tan in “002”

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EYES:
MAC paint pot in “Painterly”
Kat Von D eyeshadow in “Sand Timer”
Lorac PRO 2 Palette shades “Cool Gray” and “Nectar”
Bobbi Borwn Everything Mascara
Anastasia Brow Wiz in “Granite”

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LIPS:
Bonne Bell Vanilla Cream Soda Lip Smacker
MAC “Shy Girl” lipstick

What did you wear today? I need pictures, comments and links! love you guys xoxo have a fantastic day!

-Jillian

The Empties : Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter Review

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Okay, Okay. I have featured this in my monthly favorites, and I know you know about this shit but whatever, I’m doing this review- short and sweet.

To be perfectly honest, this body cream has no qualities that make it super duper outstanding….it just has a ton of GOOD qualities that add up pretty fast!

-The scent is Soap & Glories signature “pink” fragrance. If you haven’t smelled this before, its listed as “bergamot, mandarin, jasmine, rose, peach and strawberry. The fragrance is a light, delicious fruit and floral combination that’s perfect for any season.

-This thick, smooth cream is quick to absorb and very moisturizing, but not so heavy that it sticks to your clothes or leaves white streaks on you forever.

-The price is reasonable- SHOCK- A big 10.1 oz. tub of this luxurious body cream is available at Ulta for only $15.00 U.S.

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I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this product. If you have no sensitivity issues or skin problems and are looking for a great all around after bath moisturizer, this stuff is it!!

XOXO
Have a fantastic day everyone!

Jillian

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