Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 Beauty Products To Help You Get Bikini-Ready

It's almost that time again; bikini season! Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have to be the most dreaded time of the year. With a few great products, you can have smooth, glowing skin in no time. 

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  • Exfoliate! This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but for those of you who didn't know, exfoliating is a great way to get rid of all the dead skin cells on our bodies. Kind of gross, but it's true. Exfoliating also helps prep the skin for self-tanner! Lush Ocean Salt is a beauty blogger favorite and rightfully so. The coconut cream and sea salt scrub contains fresh avocado and coconut, perfect for hydrating the skin all while scrubbing off toxins. 
  • Cleanse! A nourishing creamy body wash can go a long way. Soap & Glory 'Clean On Me' is a clarifying shower gel with natural mandarin peel extract. It also contains a built-in body lotion! 
  • Moisturize! Every woman wants soft, moisturized skin, especially if you're spending time out in the sun. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is a ultra-hydrating whipped body butter. I prefer body butters over traditional lotions. The consistency can be a bit thick and intimidating, but you'll feel moisturized for much longer. 
  • Treat! A body firming lotion can be very helpful in battling cellulite. We don't want to admit it, but a lot of women suffer from cellulite and a quality serum can really help. I have yet to try it myself, but I've heard only positive reviews of Soap & Glory Sit Tight. The serum is designed to release caffeine, a known cellulite fighting agent, when you're sitting. I spend most of my time sitting at a desk, so a product like this would be absolutely perfect.
  • Tan! Lastly, if you're wearing a bathing suit, a healthy glow definitely helps. St. Tropez Self Tanning Bronzing Mousse is my holy-grail self tanner. It provides a non-streaky tan almost instantly. I'm definitely looking forward to trying their new Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil; it seems a bit more luxurious than their other products.
How do YOU prep your skin for bikini season? xo

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Current Favorites // April 2014 // Feat. Shamelessly Sparkly

It seems the months are flying by, and it's quite obvious that with every passing month, I find myself obsessing over more and more fantastic products. As far as beauty is concerned, I've been drawn to highlighters and blushes that aid in creating a flawless, natural glow. For jewelry and accessories, I have been all about bold, statement pieces!


My absolute favorite of the month is hands down this beautiful stone cuff from Shamelessly Sparkly. As soon as I saw this piece on their site I was immediately drawn to the bright, almost neon stones. It's such a versatile piece that I can dress up or down. It would look perfect with an evening dress, but it looks equally as perfect with a casual daytime outfit. 

The Floral Perfume Bottle Print is available at SHOP MCBL

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Lipstick Queen did it again. Now, I know whenever I come across a new product I claim it's my favorite, but seriously this lipstick is beyond words. Poppy King took her obsession with glamour and created a beautiful coral lipstick inspired to pair perfectly with animal print fashion. Lipstick Queen 'Jungle Queen' is a semi-sheer, moisturizing coral lipstick, absolutely perfect for this season. Red lips can be a bit harsh for the warmer months, so 'Jungle Queen' is the ultimate Spring shade.

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"Always Lipstick Print" available at SHOP MCBL
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As all Lipstick Queen products do, Jungle Queen applies flawlessly. The lipstick contains Vitamin E which conditions and hydrates your lips throughout the day. Nothing bothers me more than lipstick that dries out within a couple of hours, and I have never had that issues with Jungle Queen. In fact, it lasted for hours without reapplication. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

3 Make-Up Collections To Look Forward To // Lipstick + Glosses

Every time I turn around I feel like a make-up brand is releasing a new line of lip colors. I try to ignore the releases, but lately the product lines being announced have been quite intriguing. It seems cosmetic brands are constantly trying to push the barriers and innovate ways to reinvent lipstick. Although I'll always remain faithful to a good old tube of lipstick, I'm definitely a fan of these new all-encompassing lip products. 

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Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush is a new line of multitasking lip and cheek stains. The stains are lightweight, non-sticky, and the air whipped mouse formula allows for easy blending. The Baby Doll Kiss & Blush seems perfect for the girl on the go and they're available in 12 signature YSL shades.

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Too Faced recently released a line of liquified long wear lipsticks, called Melted. Their new liquid lipsticks are designed to have the "staying power of a stain, intense color of a liquid lipstick, and the high shine of a gloss." Melted is perfect for those of us, myself included, who find traditional lipstick a bit too drying. Melted is available in six vibrant shades and available now at Sephora, TooFaced.com, and other Too Faced retailers.
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Probably one of the most buzzed about releases, NARS decided to take their cult favorite lip gloss and reformulate it into an all new hydrating texture. The new formula is designed to hydrate the lips, as well as smooth fine lines. The reformulated glosses also feature a new doe foot applicator for more precise application. The collection will feature 30 glosses in total; 23 NARS favorites and 7 new shades. The reformulated lip glosses will be available online at NARS starting today. 

Will you be purchasing any lip colors from these new collections? 
I definitely have my eye on a few YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blushes xo

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