This was another sort of slow month for beauty additions. However, I found myself running out of several products all at the same time (don’t you hate when that happens?), so I will share a few of those products, plus a couple new favorites. I’ll be replacing or replenishing all of the products I ran out of, so hopefully I will have lots of new to share with you on the next update. Here’s what I’m using now and don’t forget to tell me some of your favorites in comments – I’m always looking to try something new!
Kerastase Nectar Thermique + Elixir Ultime: I ran out of both of these products in the last week, although they’ve lasted me at least a year. I combine the two in equal amounts (although sometimes slightly more Elixir Ultime, depending on how dry my hair feels) as pre-blow dry prep for my hair as a heat protectant and smoothing elixir and use them from roots to ends. I love everything about these two, from what they do to my hair to the way they smell.
Estee Lauder Eye “Take it Away” Makeup Remover: I actually got a sample of this product in a gift with purchase a while back and didn’t try it until I ran out of my makeup remover wipes and had some stubborn waterproof mascara to deal with. I liked it so much that I went out and bought the full-sized product. You can use it all over your face, but I only use it on my eyes before I wash my face and use my Clarisonic at night. It is very gentle and really does a great job of getting all of your makeup off, including waterproof mascara.
Kai Body Lotion: I have received lots of Kai products as gifts and they always fall into the “too nice to use for everyday” category for me. Well, I’ve been trying to give up on that way of thinking and use the things I have for a little everyday pampering. I like the Kai lotion as part of my evening routine. Because winter is (sadly) going to be here before we know it, I’m trying to be better about lotion at night anyway, but the lovely scent helps me feel a little more spa-like relaxation before bed. I also love the Kai body glow spray for daytime or dressing up.
NEST Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Candle: Okay, I’m not sure this completely counts as beauty but I have one of these in several rooms (including in our master bath), so I’m including it. The candles have a lovely, soft and spicy scent that just perfect for fall!
Clarins “Perfect Eye” Products: The combination of the Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow (I use Taupe), the brand new Kit Sourcils Pro Eyebrow Palette, and 3-dot Liner (I use brown for daytime) are perfect for an everyday fall eye look. Let me give you a little more detail on this one. First of all, the eyebrow kit is AWESOME! My eyebrows are fairly substantial and unruly but I rarely do anything with them. This one little kit comes with tweezers, a brush, wax and some shadows (which you can use in brows and on your eyes) all together. It makes it so easy to touch up and perfect your brows – which makes a surprisingly huge difference in refining your everyday look. The shadow is great for everyday because it’s just a one and done cream that is really soft to apply and you can build on as much color as you want. This eyeliner is really cool in that the tip is like a little three tined fork that you dot on your eyelid right at/in the lash line. I tend to smudge mine a little to soften it up a bit, but it’s really easy and such a cool application that fills in your lash line nicely (helping add the look of more lash volume, which I know I always want). The combination is easy and oh-so-quick to apply and easy to travel with.
Because I love these eye products so much, I’m partnering with Clarins to give away a set of “perfect eye” products to one lucky winner – you’re going to LOVE these! As usual, just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below before 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 30 and I’ll notify the winner on October 1. Also keep an eye out on Instagram for another bonus way to enter!
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