I'm one picky girl when it comes to red lipstick. I've tried dozens and there are two criteria a good red lipstick must meet: staying power + matte. Perfect skin wouldn't hurt either which is why I'm currently using a Dermablend foundation to even out my complexion. Today I'm hoping to save you a bit of cash and share my top red lipsticks in my arsenal.
It should be noted that NYX is still my favorite but all five are swoon-worthy from vampy red to the perfect cherry red depending on the occasion. See below for the exact color and shopping link. I'd love to hear your favorites, too!
Happy shopping! xo
Okay, real talk. I never get to a spa. And that is not a complaint. I'm of the mindset that if I cannot relax at all - why spend the money? Heck, I can barely get through a no-chip manicure without tapping my toes and telling my manicurist to skip the hand massage complete with warm towel aromatherapy. Yeah, I'm that girl.
I haven't converted entirely but I am damn near close. I recently fell in love with nude lips. Matte, of course, so I thought I'd spill the beans and share my recent favorites. Tried and tested by not only myself but my girls, too. Yes, I have cultivated a team of beauty addicts back at the homestead! The oooooh's and ahhhhh's are quite cute.
It has been ages since I've written a Beauty 411. The truth is...I receive a shit load of beauty products (of which I am very grateful for) and it takes awhile for me to review, test, sniff and trial each product several times. Many do not make the cut and it has nothing to do with price tags. I assure you.
Micro-needling. I tell people I've had it done recently and their facial expressions morph into one of fear. It's pretty accurate because that's how I felt, too. Two thoughts entered my brain: needles + face = no bueno.
I've always had a good skincare routine. Cleanse in my morning shower followed up by a toner, moisturizer and eye cream. Standard but I felt it was better than the alternative and I very rarely went to bed with makeup on. The same routine ensued in the evenings with a weekly addition being a gommage or facial scrub to slough off dead cells.
When it comes to my stocking, I thoroughly appreciate a good beauty haul. I don't get to Sephora often but when I do, it feels like birds are circling my head and an angel choir cues up. It's my personal heaven complete with scents, colors, smart packaging, handy tools and more. In a sentence: I get lost. Hand me a cup of coffee and we're really talking!
I'm a girl that loves the event of getting ready. Sometimes more than the actual event. Yes, I said it. All my girly girls raise your hand in the air if you agree with me!
Every woman wants to be glamorous. Find me one that doesn't. And if you're on the go, be it a mom or a career woman, there's nothing like being pampered even if for a hot second. Or 45 minutes in my case. Meet The Glam Express - a full service beauty bar complete with nail services as well as blow outs, extensions and makeup. Their mission is simple: they provide fast, affordable glam.
Networking all these years has offered me wonderful friendships that have outlived any job I've had in the past. I suppose that's why I love it so much. When a very dear friend and former client reached out to me offering me the opportunity to tour and receive a treatment at Spavia Lincoln Park, I very gratefully accepted. It's almost as if she read my mind...or saw the tension in my shoulders. Whichever one comes first!
I try to keep up with my nails...I really do. It's usually pretty obvious that I'm a "DIY Spa Gal" what with the smudges and knicks but sometimes it's nice to leave it to the professionals. I'm ashamed of how rough my feet and hands looked this summer. Okay truth, I got one manicure and one pedicure the entire Spring through August.