My Top 7 Beauty Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Steals & Deals

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The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one of my absolute favorite times of the year for beauty product shopping. You can score some really great deals, especially from the Beauty department. If you are unfamiliar with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, let me lay it out for you.

Once a year, Nordstrom as a huge sale store wide for their Anniversary. Many brands not only offer discounts on their products (and this is usually the only time you can get discounts on Beauty products at Nordstrom) but they always have some sort of free gift with purchase during this time as well.

This year the sale runs from July 20 through August 5th but if you are a Nordstrom cardmember you can gain access to the sale right now! Below I’ve selected some of my top picks from the sale. These are brands and products that I love and would definitely purchase during the sale.
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I love Jo Malone’s fragrances and this little set is a great way to be introduced to the brand. The Jo Malone fragrances and body products are great to layer over each other to create your own unique scent. This set includes English Pear & Freesia, Peony & Blush Suede and Blackberry & Bay. All beautiful scents by themselves but can make some wonderfully interesting scents when combined.

$60 value for $45

Jo Malone London Discovery Collection

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I just love the beautiful shades of this lip set from Charlotte Tilbury. In this set you receive one Matt lipstick shade, exclusive to Nordstrom, in Rose Kiss, a hydrating lipstick in a rosey satin finish, also an exclusive, called Blushing Dream and a long wearing, smudge proof liner called Pillow Talk. This pinky nudes will be create the perfect pout for any summer look. Plus, the rose gold packaging is adorable.

$90 value for $60

Charlotte Tilbury The Pretty Pink Lipstick Set

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Diptyque candles from France are some of my favorite, but with the price of an individual candle they are more of a treat. This set is such a great deal as you receive an assortment of five smaller sized candles. The set includes mostly florals such as Roses Candle, Tubereuse Candle, Figuier Candle, Feu de Bois Candle and my favorite the Baies Candle.

 

$75 value for $55

diptyque Candle Set

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Anastasia of Beverly Hills is the queen when it comes to brow shaping and brow products. I love these two and have used them frequently, so this set is a great deal. This scent includes the retractable Brow Wiz pencil with spoolie and the Clear Brow Gel for achieving those perfect brows.

 

$43 value for $28

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo

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Now I have to admit that I’ve never tried any of the skincare from Herbivore but I’ve been dying to. I see them all over Instagram and they just look amazing. This three piece set includes their most popular (and most Instagrammed) products: the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème, the Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Glow Mask and the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. This super hydrating set is perfect for all skin types and is vegan and cruelty free. I absolutely have to get my hands on this set.

 

$76 value for $52

Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater + Gemstone Trio

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Ok, I’ll be totally honest and say I picked this one just because of the supercute cupcake pouch. This set includes a Glimmer Balm and a Glossy Boss gloss. I’ve never heard of this brand before but had to include it because of the pouch alone. I mean, come on, it’s a cupcake. This brand is also cruelty-free.

 

$42 value for $26

Windy Lux Sweet Set

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Now this last pick is actually a brand I used to work with. Elemis has amazing skincare that utilizes Mediterranean marine algae. This cream is amazing at smoothing, firming and revitalizing skin. It is truly an amazing anti-aging moisturizer. Elemis is also a company that does not test their products on animals. This set is almost a 50% savings on the cream. This is definitely a steal!

 

$256 value for $172

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Duo

Let me know in the comments if you are going to hit the Nordstrom Anniversary sale what you plan on picking up!

 

 

*All photos are from Nordstrom.com and I have used them here for educational purposes. Links are non affiliate links.

 

June 2018 Favorites – A Francophile’s Favorites & A Giveaway

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Favorite videos and posts are well…some of my favorites. They are my favorite to make and to watch/read. As July 14th is Bastille Day, a big holiday and celebration in France, I thought I would make my June and July Favorites all about my favorite country, France. So for these two months I will share some of my favorite French products that I’ve been loving and obsessing over.

Beauty Products

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L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm

What they say: The Precious Eye Balm offers a velevty, soft formula to help smooth and firm, and visibly reduce dark circles and puffiness.

My Review: This is one of the best eye creams I think I’ve ever tried. The texture is very light, somewhere between a heavy balm and a milky cream. It glides on the skin very effortlessly and instantly brightens. I have definitely felt that after using this for two weeks my eye area seems smoother, more lifted and much brighter.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

What they say: Cleanses softly and helps to hydrate and nourish the skin all-day-long with almond oil.

My Review: This is heaven in a bottle! The oil turns to a foaming cleanser when it makes contact with water so it takes the place of shower gels that can often be too drying. You can even use this to shave in the shower. The scent is sweet and warm, leaving your skin soft and smooth all day long. The scent is light enough to be there without being overpowering. This is going to be a holy grail bath and body product now.

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Guerlain Blurring Active Primer

What they say: Blurring Active Base, the smoothing primer by Guerlain, instantly blurs the appearance of pores and allows skin texture to look more refined day after day, while mattifying the complexion for perfect skin all day long. Its fresh and non-greasy texture allows the skin to breathe while prolonging make-up hold. Its formula contains an antioxidant for an anti-pollution effect*, and improves the appearance of the skin and helps to preserve it** against daily aggressions.

My review: I’m not someone who wears foundation but I do like my skin to look it’s best. I’m a big fan of skincare and using great skincare to make our skin look incredible, instead of covering it up with a bunch of makeup products. However, there are those days where we just want a little something extra to help our skin look flawless. On these days where maybe my skin texture looks off, or I’m a little red, I like to use blurring primers.

I recently discovered this one from one of my favorite Beauty brands, Guerlain. The texture is a little thick, but glides on the skin easily. It really minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, giving me a more even textured look. It is great at helping to matify the skin as well, keeping me shine free all day long. I’ve used BB creams and bronzers over this and those products apply nicely and stay put pretty much all day. I even like wearing this alone to give a more flawless look to skin.

Guerlain Blurring Active Primer

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Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum

What they say:  Inspired by the passionate love story between an emperor and an Indian princess, Shalimar, which means “temple of love” in Sanskrit, symbolises the promise of eternal love forevermore. It is a fragrance of desire. With its smouldering and slightly impertinent character, the star oriental fragrance in perfumery embodies skin-caressing sensuality with a hint of the forbidden. “Wearing Shalimar means letting your senses take over,” Jacques Guerlain would say.

In 1925, the Shalimar bottle designed by Raymond Guerlain won first prize at the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition. Its curves were inspired by the basins of the famous Shalimar gardens. The fan stopper with its sapphire transparency recalls the garden’s eternally gushing water.

My review: This perfume is a classic and I think we all maybe grew up with one woman in our life that had this on her vanity. My grandmother used this fragrance and the scent always evokes memories of her getting ready.

I find this to be a very unique and beautiful fragrance, unlike any other I’ve ever smelled. At first the scent is strong but it does dry down to a beautiful, powdery incense like scent. The top notes of flowers and bergamot give a crisp freshness to the scent. The heart of Shalimar includes powdery florals like iris, jasmine and rose. The base notes lend to the softness of the scent on the final dry down. These include tonka bean and vanilla. Truly a beautiful fragrance.

Shalimar by Guerlain

Lifestyle

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organizer 

My review: I’m really not a fan of carrying a bunch of stuff in my pockets, which is usually why I carry a bag of some sort. This goes for wallets too. I hate having a bulky and heavy wallet in my pocket.

I’ve always been a Louis Vuitton fan and when I came across this pocket organizer I knew I had found the perfect wallet for me. This slim organizer has just enough slots for me to carry a little cash, my ID and a few credit cards. I keep it pretty close to empty so I don’t overpower it’s slimness. It fits easily in a bag or even my pocket, without being bulky and annoying.

Also, I try not buy too many leather products, and this is a waxed canvas, so I feel better about this purchase. My Pocket Organizer is in the Monogram Eclipse pattern, which to me looks very chic and manly.

Louis Vuitton Pocket Organizer Monogram Eclipse Canvas

Books

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The Private Life of Marie Antoinette by Madame Campan

I don’t know why I have this obsession for Marie Antoinette, but I’ve had it for years. In fact in sixth grade, I did a report on her. But she is one of my favorite people in history. I do think she is one of the most misunderstood people in history and sadly was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This book is the memoir of one of her ladies in waiting, Madame Campan, who details Marie Antoinette’s arrival at Versailles and all of the struggles she endured while reigning as the Queen of France. It’s a fascinating read as it’s from a first person point of view of someone who actually lived beside Marie Antoinette during this time. I learned a lot more about her through this book. If you are interested in Marie Antoinette, the French Revolution or French History in general, I highly recommend picking up this book.

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake

Another favorite person in history that I adore is Yves Saint Laurent. I’ve been fan of his and the brand for years. He was such an interesting person and created some new and unusual trends for his time.

This book is well researched and details the friendship between the two rising stars of French Fashion, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Their relationship is what we would now call “frenemies”. It’s interesting to learn more about these two amazing designers and how they broke into international fashion fame.

Documentaries

Versailles 73

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Battle at Versailles

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Both of these documentaries were ones that I discovered on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The funny thing is that they are both about the same event in history. In 1973, fashion influence, Eleanor Lambert decided to host a Fashion Battle at the Versailles Palace.

At this time the palace was falling down and in desperate need of repairs. The Fashion Battle was to be a fundraiser to raise the funds to help restore Versailles to it’s former splendor. The Fashion Show pitted American designers (Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Anne Klein and Bill Blass) against French designers (Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Pierre Cardin and Hubert de Givenchy).

Both documentaries have amazing footage and interviews with people that worked on the show, with the designers and even some of the models. While both are interesting, I actually preferred Battle at Versailles because it has more in depth reviews with the people who were there.

That is what I’m loving for the month of June. I’ll be doing a Francophile’s Favorites Part Deux as I share what I’m loving for the month of July. Coming soon! But for now, you can hear more about my thoughts on these products in the video below. I am hosting a small giveaway as well, so make sure to watch the video for the details about how to enter the giveaway.

au revoir!

Pacifica Beauty Full Brand Focus & Review

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At the beginning of this year, I set a few goals for myself. One was to go back to being Vegetarian/Vegan and another was to move towards using more cruelty free brands in my beauty products. While on the hunt for some great cruelty free skincare I stumbled across Pacifica Beauty.

I had always thought of them as that company who makes the fun perfumes that you see sold in Whole Foods. However, while casually shopping around in Ulta one day, I came across a whole skincare set up from Pacifica. They make skincare? Who knew?!

I don’t know if I had missed that they made skincare, or if there was a recent launch of skincare? However shortly after discovering them they released a ton of new products. So, I spent hours pouring over everything on their website to learn more about the brand and their products. I created a list of what I wanted to try and quickly purchased my whole list. No seriously, I bought almost everything! Check out my haul videos on YouTube. As well as my Top Five Pacifica Beauty Products.

About Pacifica Beauty

The company founder started Pacifica Beauty because of her love of aromatherapy and working with essential oils. They make 100% vegan and cruelty free products without any of what I call “the nasties” such as SLS, sulfates, parabens and petroleum. In addition to perfumes and skincare, they also make hair products, makeup and bath products like bath bombs.

I’m easily drawn in by cute packaging and Pacifica has some of the prettiest, Instagram worthy packaging I’ve ever seen. But more than just being pretty, their products are amazing and really work well. The company also has a loyalty rewards program and a recycling program, so there are many reasons you can feel good about supporting this brand.

I want to share a few of my favorite Pacifica Beauty products with you. I can’t share them all, otherwise we would be here all day, because I mostly use their products exclusively now. However, you can find out more about the company and hear my thoughts on the products in the video at the end of this post.

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Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil Rehab

This little beauty right here has to be my absolute favorite from Pacifica Beauty. I’m a huge fan of the oil cleansing method and have been doing it for decades now. I’ve always used plain Sweet Almond Oil or the Rose Cleansing Oil from Badger Balm but this is now my go to cleansing oil.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

A natural oil-based skin cleanser that removes makeup gently and effectively and rinses clean while restoring the look of healthier skin. Stress and late nights wreak havoc on your beautiful face. Dissolve away the day (or the night) and melt it all away. At least you will always have your memories.

My Thoughts:

First off the scent of this amazing! It’s like cleansing your skin with cake frosting. The coconut scent is so beautiful. I really love the texture of this as well. Most cleansing oils can be…well… too oily. However, this one is so light in texture that it doesn’t feel too heavy on the face. It is great for all skin types, so you don’t have worry about it being too much for your skin.

It leaves the skin feeling super soft, well hydrated and leaves a beautiful glow to the skin. I use this as my nightly cleanser and sometimes I do the Korean cleansing method where I will follow this up with a foaming cleanser. This is incredible at removing makeup too, even waterproof mascara. Yes, I tried it out! I love this so much that I decided to try all of the Pacifica products with Coconut…

Pacifica Beauty Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil Rehab

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Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash and the Coconut Essence Hydro Mist

If you are lover of coconut and that delicious scent, then Pacifica has you covered. They carry a whole line of Coconut products. I use the Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil, the Coconut Shave Whip, the Coconut Cream to Foam Face wash and the Coconut Essence Hydro Mist.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash – Party then, clean it up now. Clean skin is your first step in recovery from stress and late nights. Our cream to foam formula starts off like a creamy lotion cleanser, but as you massage it in, big bubble action lifts dirt and debris to the surface for easier removal.

Coconut Essence Hydro Mist – Aromatherapy and skin love unite in this light, hydrating mist infused with coconut water designed to help tone and balance the look of skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and dewy. Use anytime for a pick me up.

My Thoughts:

The foaming face wash is one that I don’t use everyday, but still love it. A little bit goes along way with this one, and it foams up really nicely. It leaves the skin definitely feeling deeply cleansed but without being drying or stripping.

The Coconut Essence Hydro Mist is another must have. It has the same incredible scent of the cleansing oil. I like to use this as my toner and as a refreshing skin moisturizing pick me up throughout the day. The mist is light and leaves the skin soft and glowing.

Pacifica Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash

Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist

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Alight Mulit-Mineral BB Cream

I don’t often wear any type of makeup product, but there are days where my skin is just not having it. I can be prone to breakouts and redness due to stress. So for these days, I wanted something light enough to cover the redness but without being too heavy or looking like I was wearing makeup. Enter the Pacifica Beauty Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

Think sheer moisturizing tint with benefits. A true multitasking miracle that hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects, leaving a sheer bare skin finish. Specialized mineral pigments that instantly adjust to your skin shade allow one color to work for many. The sheer application can be built up for just the right amount of coverage, while helping diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven tone.

My Thoughts:

This is such a beautiful product. In fact, I’ve raved about it in numerous videos of mine. It is very light weight, so a little goes along way, and it blends beautifully into the skin. I do find it works well with MOST skin tones as well. It has a sheer tint that helps to cover redness, minimize fine lines, evens out skin tone and leaves the skin glowing. Seriously, this is like your skin but BETTER! It’s absolutely gorgeous product that I will always keep on hand.

If you are someone who wants flawless looking skin without wearing a ton of makeup products such as concealer, foundation and powders, then you need this BB Cream from Pacifica!

Pacifica Beauty Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

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Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter and Tahitian Gardenia Perfumed Hair & Body Mist

I’ve always been a Bath and Body Works boy! That was until I decided to go cruelty free. So I’ve been looking for some good dupes for my Bath and Body Works shower gels and body lotions in fun and unique scents. I decided to give the body products from Pacifica Beauty a try – I bought the Body Butters and Perfumed Hair & Body Mists in Tahitian Gardenia, Indian Coconut and Island Vanilla. Although, I have to say that the Tahitian Gardenia has surprisingly become my favorite.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

This heady, vintage-inspired blend showcases the sacred Tahitian gardenia bloom, a symbol of love, unity, grace and strength. Its sweet, smooth and slightly citrusy aroma is reminiscent of jasmine, sweet orange and tea leaves.

My Thoughts:

This is such a gorgeous scent. It really takes you away to a mental tropical vacation. The notes are citrusy and lightly floral. It is definitely a tropical floral scent that is perfect for Spring and Summer. The body butter and spray have an amazing scent throw that lingers gently on the skin throughout the day without being over bearing.

My only complaint is that I wish they would do soaps or shower gels in these scents instead of just the body butters and sprays. I really like to layer scents, usually using shower gel, lotion and body sprays in the same scent to extend the wear of my scent. For some reason I am having trouble finding a cruelty free brand that does these all in the same scent in their body ranges.

Tahitian Gardenia Perfumed Hair & Body Mist

Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter Tube

I hope you enjoyed this review of Pacifica Beauty and if you want to hear more about the  brand and my thoughts on some of their products not mentioned in this post, make sure to watch the video below. If you have tried any of the products, I’d love to hear your experiences with Pacifica Beauty, so leave me a comment below.

 

  • This post is not sponsored by Pacifica Beauty and all products featured in the post and accompanying video were purchased with my own money. The post does include affiliate links to some of the products, meaning if you click and purchase I receive a small percentage of sales.

My Holy Grail Moisturizer – Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate Review

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When it comes to beauty products I tend to avoid overhyped products, but every once in awhile there is a product that comes to my attention that I just have to try for myself. Such was the case with Lait Creme Concentrate from the French brand, Embryolisse.

This amazing product has been a cult favorite of makeup artists, models and celebrities for years. It’s certainly lived up to the hype in my opinion. I now call this plain looking tube my holy grail of moisturizers. If you have seen any of my videos on YouTube, you’ll will know that I rave about this product pretty much all the time.

About the Company

Embryolisse was founded in Paris in the 1950s when a French dermatologist specializing in skin disorders created the first product, Lait Creme Concentrate, to offer to his patients. The brands simple and no frills packaging offers many great products that have now become the “beauty secrets” of many makeup artists.

Embryolisse products are a favorite of shoppers at French pharmacies but fortunate enough for us, they are now sold pretty much globally.

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What They Say

24-Hour Miracle Cream The must have product for makeup artists, models and celebrities. A cult favorite that has found its way onto countless photo shoots, television and film sets internationally. This creamy lotion is three products in one: primer, moisturizer, and make-up remover. Its formula remains extremely simple and effective with nourishing ingredients that restores the skin’s natural glow and gives a boost to tired dehydrated skin.

Ideal for these Skin Types: Dry Skin
Aging Skin: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Loss of Firmness
Ingredient: Aloe Vera, Shea Butter
Skin Care: Treatments and Serums
Application Area: Face
Treatments and Serums: Wrinkle Cream
* from Embroylisse’s website.

My Review

I can see why this is a cult beauty product. My skin is super soft and hydrated feeling all day. A little bit of this goes along way, the texture is rich and glides effortlessly onto the skin. It absorbs quickly, without any greasy feeling, but leaves skin hydrated all day. It even helps to plump the skin a little, minimizing the appearance of fine lines.

It leaves a pearly glow to skin that looks beautiful but not shiny or oily at all. It works well under makeup as both a moisturizer and a primer. I love using this as my daytime moisturizer as it is light enough to wear during the day.

This is definitely my holy grail moisturizer and will forever be in my skincare routine. In fact, I often purchase multiple tubes so I never run out. I have even tried a few of the other products from Embryolisse and loved every single one of them.
Grab your own tube at the link below and let me know what you think!

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

3 Steps to the Perfect Everyday Contour Look

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It’s pretty common in today’s beauty world to see the overdone contour and highlight look like the picture above. Some beauty influencers try to achieve that flawless, Instagram filtered look by painting their faces for the back row. This is one of my least favorite Beauty Trends and it’s time for it to stop! No more contouring like a Drag Queen to go run errands!

Unless you’re an actor on stage or a Drag Queen, contouring and highlighting should be about enhancing your natural beauty and features, not covering them up. In this post I’m going  to share some simple steps to achieve an everyday contour look that enhances your features. If you are new to contouring and highlighting this will be a perfect post to help get you started.

What is Contouring and Highlighting?

Contouring is using darker makeup to create shadows on the face that soften features and create depth. These can be features that you want to pull away from view or soften and hide them a little. For instance, you can use contouring to slim a nose and to soften a strong jaw line.

Highlighting is using light to bring those features forward that you would like to be more noticeable. For most people this is a way to make the cheekbones more prominent.

1. Contouring and Highlighting Products

There are typically two types of contouring and highlighting products you can use: cream and powder products. You may often see people on YouTube using both. You absolutely do not need to use both to achieve an everyday look. Most of these YouTubers are painting their faces under harsh and bright lighting so they want the colors to stand out. In my opinion this is too much for everyday and I recommend using one or the other.

Cream products are better for drier skin types, as the creams can often shift on oily skin causing a muddy look to your contour. Although there are some great cream to powder or cream to matte products. Setting your creams with a setting powder can help then stay put a bit longer as well.

I prefer using contouring and highlighting powders. These have a more matte finish, work better on oilier skins and tend to stay put and wear longer than most creams.

2. Consider Your Skin Tone

The Beauty community really needs to stop going too dark or too light with the contouring. It’s pretty common to see people using contouring products that are way too dark or using too light or even white concealers to highlight.

For contouring I recommend using a shade that is one to two shades darker than your own skin tone. I really like using bronzers for contouring as it also adds some warmth to the skin.

When highlighting you can use a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your natural skin color, but don’t go any lighter. Concealer is meant to conceal! I recommend using highlighting powders to add that glow and enhance features, instead of too light concealer.

3. Application Steps

How and where you apply the products will be determined based on your face shape and features. Take a look at your face without makeup and think about what features you want to soften and which ones you want to highlight.

  • Apply your foundation and concealer as normal.
  • To enhance your cheekbones first create a hollow underneath the cheekbone.
  • Suck in your cheekbones and swipe your contour color under the cheekbone.
  • I like to work down from the temple to just about an inch or two to the corner of the mouth or to the center of the cheek.
  • To slim the bridge of your nose, dust your contour color down the sides of the nose blending down to the tip of your nose and up towards your brows or even blending into the transition color of your eyeshadows.
  • To soften a jawline, swipe your contour color just along the jawline and blend downwards onto the neck.
  • Highlight where you want light to hit the face and pull features forward, such as top of cheeks, brow bone, center of the chin, bridge and tip of nose and the center of the forehead.
  • Add your cheek color and any other makeup you may be applying to finish your look.
  • Set and diffuse with your setting powder, see the video below for more on diffusing your contour and highlight.
  • Make sure all products are seamlessly blended in and blended together so there are no harsh lines to the look.

I hope this post helped you learn a bit more about contouring and highlighting and how to use it for an everyday look. Help me banish the beauty trend of too much makeup! If you need more information or tips for application, check out the tutorial video below.

Beauty Battle: Guerlain’s L’ Instant de Guerlain vs L’ Instant Magic

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Anyone who knows me or who watches any of my videos, knows I love fragrances. Especially, Guerlain Fragrances. They are pretty much the only fragrances that I purchase and wear. I consider myself a bit of Guerlain collector actually.

Beauty Battles are a series that I created awhile back to compare two similar products against one another and see which one comes out on top. In today’s Beauty Battle, I’m pitting Guerlains L’ Instant de Guerlain against Guerlain’s L’ Instant Magic.  Although the names are very similar, that is about where the similarities end. These two fragrances couldn’t be anymore different.

The Fragrance Notes

L’ Instant de Guerlain is a very soft floral fragrance created in 2003 by the nose Maurice Roucel. The top notes are citrus such as Mandarin and Bergamot. The heart of the fragrance includes the soft white florals of Magnolia, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. The dry down is the beautiful base notes of Vanilla and Musk.

L’ Instant Magic is more of a powdery, woodsy fragrance that was created in 2007 by Sylvaine Delacourte and Randa Hamammi. The top notes are Bergamot, the heart of the fragrance is Rose and Freesia and the final base notes are white musk.

To hear my final thoughts on these two fragrances and see which one came out victorious, check out the video below. Have you tried either of these two before? What is your current favorite fragrance? Sound off in the comments!

Au revoir!

L’Instant de Guerlain for Women

L’Instant Magic by Guerlain for Women

Eating Around the World – Tiffins at Animal Kingdom

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Now that we live in Orlando, we have made it a goal to dine at every restaurant on Walt Disney World property, including restaurants, counter service and more. This includes all the dining options at the parks, resorts and even Disney Springs.

We have started a YouTube video series called “Eating Around the World” where we share our experiences, thoughts and opinions on these restaurants. Recently, we found ourselves having an impromptu lunch at Tiffins at Animal Kingdom.

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I was very delighted to see the many vegetarian options that Tiffins had on the menu, because it can often be challenging to eat vegetarian at the Walt Disney World Parks. Tiffins is named after the Indian word for “lunch” as well as the three tiered metal lunchbox that Indian workers carry. It has a very globally inspired menu featuring Asian, African and Latin cuisine.

The decor is absolutely beautiful and inspired by the sketches that Disney Imagineers created while dreaming up and building Animal Kingdom. The walls are adorned with photos, collages and sculptures.

I ordered off of the Chef’s Prixe Fix menu and we started with the artisanal cheese board, chickpea falafels and a spicy cauliflower dish. Matt had a delicious corn cake dish that was similar to a polenta type of meal, topped with veggies and drizzled with a sweet and spicy sauce. I had the vegetarian noodle bowl, which was a spicy broth and filled with ramen like noodles and tons of fresh vegetables. Both were absolutely delicious.

To find out more about Tiffins and hear our thoughts on the restaurant, check out the video below.