Monday, August 12, 2013

Gimme Brow!



Can we just talk about the fact that there is an EYEBROW REVOLUTION happening right now?



I went to Benefit in SoHo to get my brows waxed. Now, I haven't always been a fan of Benefit's makeup products but am slowly becoming their biggest fan. I mean, the "They're Real" mascara has changed lives.



I went in there just knowing that I am not buying any more brow products. I love my Anastasia pencil and that's final. The brow artist of course says, "have you tried our new brow product?" I'm thinking, "No, and I don't intend to!"


But then...


She applied Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel ($22) and I was shocked. How can a tinted brow mascara be such a non-starchy, perfect colored, non-chola-drawn-on-brows, great filler-inner? It took about 3 seconds to brush it on and looks like I spent 20 mins expertly filling in my brows. 



This is all I am using from now on! It's a 3 step time saver. It fills, colors and sets in one swipe!





Seriously, just get it. 





Find it here





Happy brow filling!
Xo, Court

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

{Skincare} Rodan + Fields







The dermatologists that created Proactiv have targeted their now aging, post-acne customers (genius) via several new skincare lines. Each system is designed for a different skin concern:


REDEFINE
For the Appearance of Wrinkles, Pores and Loss of Firmness.


REVERSE
For brown spots, dullness, and sun damage.


UNBLEMISH
For acne and post-acne marks.


SOOTHE
For sensitive, irritated skin, and facial redness.


ENHANCEMENTS
For optimized results with your regimens.


ESSENTIALS
Everyday Dermatologic Necessities.


AMP MD
AMP MD System











These products are sold by independent consultants and not in retail locations. They have a 60 day money-back guarantee.





My friend Nicole is a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant and sent me a little mini facial to try.

The Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste was the best scrub I've ever used! You apply on dry skin and it emulsifies and scrubs with sugar as well as salt. My skin has never felt so smooth! 
Next I applied a capsule of Redefine Night Renewing Serum that contains retinol and peptides. I love that this is pre-portioned so you don't use too much. Retinol is key for anti-aging but drying if over-applied. It gave me a nice healthy glow in the morning :)
I also tried a capsule of Redefine Lip Renewing Serum which reduces the appearance of lip wrinkles and youthfully plumps with antioxidants and peptides.






Check out Nicole's website where you can order products and also learn how to become a consultant.










Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Easy Summer Hair + Makeup

Summer is so my season. I love the sunny park days and the way it gets everyone out of the house and together. And I love that I can wear minimal makeup and let my hair air-dry! As a mom to a newly walking one year old, I have little time to spend on myself so the faster the beauty routine, the better!




Here are my favorite products lately and my daily routine:


Skin


AM: In the shower, I cleanse with Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution, exfoliate with Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, then spritz Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner over my face and chest. I apply whatever eye cream I'm trying that day from either birchbox or beautybar (currently StriVectin) then slather on my go-to face cream for the last 2 years Neutrogena Light Night Cream (yes, I apply it for day!)

PM: Same as above except no microfoliant and once I week I use a Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask. I would be using retinol here as well but I can't while I'm still nursing!



Makeup

Keeping it simple is key when dealing with humidity. I'm really into Supergoop CC Cream in light to medium as my foundation. It's so light and blends really well. Then I use South Seas Skincare bronzer because it matches my spray tan/ self-tanning products from them. Then it's Stila Custom Color Blush in sheer coral and Benefit They're Real mascara. I apply my favorite lipgloss or chapstick throughout the day and that's it!



Hair

It's too hot and humid to even think about blowdrying my hair! I use Barex Colourlife Shampoo and Conditioner (or colourlife mask in place of conditioner). I finger-comb my hair and part it the way I want in the shower while the conditioner is still in. When I get out I do not brush my hair but towel- scrunch and then apply serum to the ends and then scrunch in either Bumble and Bumble curl conscious defining creme or Shu Uemura Kaze Wave foam. Towel scrunch again to blot excess moisture and don't touch! When it's close to being dry, I spray maybe 3 squirts of Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray in the ends and a little more serum. Done!



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Beauty Tip: {Eyelash Curler}




I was never into the idea that any lash curler was better than another. My drugstore one recently bit the dust and I was in the market for a new one. 


While at Sephora, I decided to get this tweezerman one (only because it was rose gold and so pretty!). When I got home and tried it, I was blown away at how much better it fit the shape of my eye, gripped right at the root and curled better.

Using a good lash curler before applying mascara is the key to getting a more open-eyed look and I suggest using one every day!


Find it here






PS: Came across this hilarious photo while googling lash images and had to share! LOL! WHY!?



Friday, May 10, 2013

Simply Jess Coco-Mint Lip Balm Giveaway!!


One of my good friends and fellow blogger, Jessica, has a great skincare blog called I Heart Skincare. She is a fabulous esthetician with an impressive background and has amazing skin herself! She shares great tips and reviews a plethora of products.

She recently came out with her first product- Simply Jess Coco-Mint Lip Balm. It's amazingly hydrating and yummy (she sent me a sample!) AND it's made from natural, non-toxic and organic ingredients:

  • 100% pure Organic Peppermint essential oil – heals dry, chapped lips with a cooling effect.
  • Shea Butter – Rich and moisturizing
  • Organic Coconut Oil – Nourishing and protecting
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil – Relieves dryness and irritation


It's also great because it comes in a regular chapstick tube instead of a pot that you have to dip your fingers in (what a mess).

I love to apply it before bed and throughout the day. It's clear, moisturizing, non-sticky and not too pepperminty. And I love that I know exactly what's in it!

Find it here at her etsy shop!



AND...

To celebrate the 3 year anniversary of her blog, Jessica is giving away 3 tubes of her coco-mint lip balm!


To enter, click here.





Thursday, May 9, 2013

BB Cream and CC Cream

BB cream bursted into magazines, makeup counters and drugstore shelves not too long ago. CC cream soon followed.

What the heck is it?

BB (or beauty balm or blemish balm) cream has been popular in Japan for some time now and has finally made its way to the states. Not all BB creams have the same ingredients but most are pretty much a moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen in one. Some have oil control, vitamin E or vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid as well as other beauty-boosting ingredients.

Most that I have tried are like a tinted moisturizer consistency. I personally love Bobbi Brown's BB cream in fair ($42). I like that it doesn't have crazy coverage and that it has sunscreen in it. I wear it most days.

Find it here


CC cream takes it one step further and adds in tone correcting ingredients. It's ideal for someone with an uneven skin tone from acne or age spots, etc. It has a lighter application than BB. A great one I recently tried was from Supergoop in light/medium ($32).

Find it here




*I realize that these creams market to the consumer as being "all in one" but I still recommend washing, toning, treating and moisturizing before applying.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

{Tip} The Importance of Well-Fitting Lingerie






The right style/ size/ shape of your bra can do wonders. Your clothes will lay and fit better and just knowing you have a beautiful bra on can give any girl a glow!

If you've never been professionally measured, you're probably wearing the wrong size. You'd be surprised what size you actually are! 



I personally like the selection of bras at Nordstrom and the girls in the lingerie section are very knowledgeable about fit. The bras hold their shape for a lot longer than the bras I was buying before. 



Be sure to have multiple styles of bras on hand at all times:




Mostly I just like nude bras because they go with everything. 
A couple of black ones are usually ok too.




The brand I'm really loving right now is Chantelle Paris. The bras are beautiful, comfortable and of great quality. Go out and get measured ladies!

xoxo




Friday, March 15, 2013

{March} Sample Society Box



I must say, Beauty Bar's Sample Society hit it out of the park this month! Every product was of great quality and deluxe sizes. There was even a full size Butter London polish (which is one of my fave nail polishes!)

Here are the 5 items this month:

1. Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Hair Care Volumizing Conditioner I'm a fan of Blandi's Pronto Dry Shampoo so of course I love this conditioner. I already have a giant mane of hair so I definitely don't need more volume but I would recommend to the skinny hair gals. $24 for full-size

2. Hollywood Fashion Tape I've been wanting to try this fashion tape! That's exactly what it is: tape for your clothes. It's clear, flexible and double sided. It holds together the part of your shirt between the buttons that may peek-a-boo your bra, you can stick it to your skin and to a low-cut top to avoid any slips, and you can even temporarily hem your pants with it! Great to keep in your purse for emergencies! $9.55 for 36 count.

3. Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer A great silver metallic that is perfect for layering over any other color of polish for nail designs. I wouldn't wear on every nail but maybe for a pop of shine. I love it because it doesn't have harsh chemicals and isn't just clear polish with sparkles- it's an actual metallic. $15 for full-size
4. Murad Essential-C Moisture SPF 30 Considering buying this in full-size. Your daily moisturizer should have multiple functions and sun protection and anti-aging, anti-oxidant vitamin C are important ones! $60 for full-size

5. Lashfood Nano-Peptide Natural Eyebrow Conditioner I was actually just about to buy this product as my brows are currently in rehab from someone who over-trimmed them! It does exactly what it does for your lashes but for your brows! Great for creating lush Brooke Shields brows or for just a little boost from over-plucking. $90 for full-size (awesome sample!)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

They're REAL!

I stopped by Sephora yesterday to pick up a few things and discovered they were out of my favorite mascara (Bobbi Brown Everything). I asked one of the girls walking around what they recommended. She led me over to Benefit (which I'm not a big fan of) and swore by the "they're real" lengthening and curling mascara.

I gave it a try. WHOA! Crazy length! It looks like I have lash extensions and isn't clumpy, flakey and doesn't smudge. I'm a new fan! $23



Get it here

{Shaving Tip}


After I had my daughter, I developed these little bumps on my arms and legs and my skin became very sensitive. Shaving irritated my legs and made the little bumps worse. I tried different kinds of soaps, gels and shaving creams and nothing was working.

Then I remembered a little tip someone once told me: Use conditioner instead of shaving cream! Of all the conditioners I had in my shower, Bumble and Bumble's Quenching Conditioner works the BEST! (I'm sure they won't be happy about the fact that I'm not using it on my hair!) The blade glides over it smoothly and I never get nicks or razor burn anymore! 

Try shaving with your favorite conditioner!