Origins Haul – CC Cream and Everyday Lipstick

I purchased these items from Origins, and they’ve become beauty staples!

Origins CC Cream and Liptint Rain and Shine

Watch my video to see what I use, why I love it, the difference between CC Creams and BB Creams, and a great lip color for everyday.

ORIGINS HAUL – CC CREAM AND EVERYDAY LIPSTICK

Although I liked the Garnier BB Cream I previously did a review on, I found that I favored this CC Cream. I liked that I still got the ease of applying multiple solutions (SPF, color, moisture, pore minimizer, etc.) with one swipe and that it’s more natural for my skin. It works for all skin types, and comes in Light/Medium (what I used) and Medium/Deep shades. It’s one product that I can use as I’m transitioning from hot to cold seasons, without having to worry about too much/too little coverage or needing a “tanner” skin base.

The only downside is that of course Origins is more expensive than drugstore brands, but I feel it’s better quality and a little goes a long way. The lipstick as I mentioned is AWESOME, especially since I am usually a gloss girl. This line is not heavy or sticky, and is really moisturizing. It actually has shea butter and grapeseed oil to hydrate.

The products also smell great, with the CC Cream having the signature Origins spa-like scent, and the lipstick having a minty scent and flavor.

Have you tried CC Cream? What do you wear on your lips everyday?


Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

I had fallen back into my lazy skincare routine of just using face wipes to remove my makeup, or even worse, falling asleep with it on. Although face wipes are a good quick fix, they didn’t give me that I-just-had-a-facial type of clean. This completely changed when my sisters bought me a Clarisonic Mia 2 for my birthday!

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

All of a sudden, I had smoother, softer, more toned skin with smaller pores and fewer blackheads. And I’ve only been using it for a few weeks now! Watch my video review and make sure to add this to your holiday wish-list if you haven’t already.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Review Title

The features of the Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleanser are:

  • 2 varying sonic speeds for even very sensitive skin
  • 1-minute pulsing timer
  • Interchangeable brush heads (some meant for different skin types and purposes, or simply replacements)
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Waterproof device that’s rechargeable
  • Primes skin so it absorbs topical treatments better, such as moisturizers and serums

If you’re interested in getting one yourself, make sure to check out these great special sets & offers from Clarisonic!

Happy Holidays!


Cruise and Beach Vacation Essentials – Stock Up On End of Summer Sales!

Cruises, beaches, tropical resorts! You’re probably wondering why I’m doing this post going into Fall, huh? In my attempt to hang onto the last bits of Summer, I actually have good reasoning beyond that. Here’s why!

  1. Summer is ending so now is the time to find great stuff on clearance and stock up for next year.
  2. I live in Florida so it’s still 90+ degree beach weather!
  3. Most importantly, my husband Gary and I are celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary NEXT WEEK (yayyy!) on an 8-day Carnival cruise! SOO EXCITED!!! 🙂 While cruises are definitely top of my mind right now, I actually know a lot of other people who are going/just went on a cruise too. Makes sense because you can find great deals on cruises in the off-season.

Whatever the case, my universal problem with traveling has always been packing because, let’s face it, I pack way too much….I like options! So I thought long and hard to narrow the essential must-have pieces for a cruise or really any other beachy, tropical getaway. You can use this as a packing guide, or inspiration for items to hunt during these end-of-season sales.

CRUISE WEAR

Obviously it doesn’t have to be these exact pieces, but this is a general idea of basics to include. A few tank tops and shorts, a casual sundress, a swimsuit coverup, a nicer outfit you can dress up or down (like the romper), comfy flip flops, and dressier shoes that still look casual (platform wedges).

You’ll want to accessorize with a bag that is fairly neutral so you can wear it with everything, cool sunglasses, and a straw beach hat. Of course you’ll need a few bikini options, and I’d suggest mix-and-match bikinis so you can get more looks out of less pieces. Victoria’s Secret is actually having an end-of season sale right now on their swimwear, so I’d suggest checking it out! I just stocked up.

WHAT’S IN MY CRUISE BEAUTY BAG

If you’re like me and don’t want to be pale in a bikini, you should checkout the Style Trials Bronze Skin Series for the BEST Self tanners.

I just want to leave you with one last thing. Have a great Labor Day weekend, and think of me while I’M ON A BOAT!

 


Yeeeep, I just went there. 🙂

What are your  top fashion and beauty items when packing for a vacation getaway? Leave me a comment and let me know!


How to get a Flawless Face

I recently got a request to do a flawless face tutorial, and I LOVE requests! There are many things that can go into a flawless face, starting with good skincare, but I wanted to focus this tutorial on an everyday makeup routine that’s a perfect base for ANY makeup look. I cover tips and techniques for achieving this look and making it your own, touching on a few beauty tricks. It really depends on how much coverage you’re going for, but for my preference I like a minimal look for everyday, which I showcase in the video. I do mention ways to get heavier coverage though (which I love to do for nighttime or blotchy skin problems), so make sure to watch the entire thing!

I forgot to mention in the video that before you start any flawless face look, you start with a clean, moisturized face. I also like to add face primer to smooth out skin and have makeup last longer.

HOW TO GET A FLAWLESS FACE

Products Used

Make sure you checkout these other posts I mention that go hand-in-hand to this flawless look! These are great basic techniques to ANY makeup routine! 🙂

HOW TO GET PRETTY, CONTOURED CHEEKS

HOW TO GET BIG, BEAUTIFUL EYELASHES!

So my question to you is, what kind of coverage do you prefer for an everyday look?


Tutorial: How to Contour and Highlight your Cheeks

Some people are just born with beautiful, defined, high cheekbones, while others need a little help bringing them out. For those of us who crave cheekbones like Angelina Jolie, Kiera Knightly, and Scarlett Johansson, this tutorial is for you! I’m going to show you how to do some basic face contouring, so you can make the most of your cheeks. This will give you really pretty, dewy looking cheeks, and add shape while creating the look of high cheekbones. It’s something you can do everyday, and you don’t have to use the specific products I use. You just need a basic highlighter, whatever blush you want, and shading powder or bronzer.

Angelina Jolie Cheekbones
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Kiera Knightly Cheekbones
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Scarlett Johansson Cheekbones
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Pretty, huh? Watch my video below so you can achieve this look.

HOW TO CONTOUR/HIGHLIGHT YOUR CHEEKS

Products Used:

Here’s some “after shots” showing my contoured cheeks from all angles. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Win an #EclosBeauty Skincare Kit! Review & Giveaway! {CLOSED}

This post brought to you by éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a confession.  I’ve been pretty lazy with my skincare, only using makeup wipes or doing the worst thing EVER and falling asleep in my makeup. SO BAD. It’s really important to have a beauty routine, and stick to it. With the right routine and products, your skin will also get in routine, less likely to have random breakouts.

I’d also like to age gracefully (what girl wouldn’t?), so I’m conscious of anti-aging preventative measures. I remember asking my dance teacher years ago what she wished she had done different in high school. Her response (which could have been literally anything in the world)? “Started wearing eye cream!” I guess that’s where I got it from, so a good eye cream is definitely on my list of must haves in a beauty routine, along with a cleanser, moisturizer and exfoliator.

So needless to say, it was perfect when, I received an opportunity to test out éclos Skin Care this past week. There’s also an opportunity for you to win another identical kit they sent me, so keep on reading (YAY for giveaways)!

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Reading about éclos Skin Care, I was intrigued. It’s different from other anti-aging skincare lines because it features Apple Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple, This has shown tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, which encourages aging skin to behave like younger skin! They say the plant extracts, viatamins, and anti-oxidants in these products (combined with the Apple Stem Cells), helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too. So overall, this sounded like a great product for anti-aging and reversing the clock!

Checkout the kit they sent me.

It included:

  • Facial Cleanser Skin Prep
  • Cellular Activator Face Serum
  • Moisture Theraphy Regenerative Cream
  • Restorative Eye Cream
  • Instant Radiance Facial Scrub
  • Skin Remewal Clay Mask
  • Terry Cloth Head Band

I have to say, this is truly a complete skincare line! I used the cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and eye cream on a daily basis, the clay mask twice a week, and the facial scrub (which I LOVED) every other day. Here’s some of the things I noticed.

  • The products smell GREAT! I felt like I was at a spa, giving myself a facial everytime and truly indulging.
  • The face serum dries really fast, so you don’t have to wait  to put on the moisturizer.
  • With the eye cream, a little goes a long way. *STYLE TRIAL TIP* Don’t waste excess eye cream. Use it on other line prone-areas (forehead, smile lines, creases in neck).
  • The facial scrub is now one of my favs. It felt like a gentle sugar scrub, but definitely exfoliates well. It also warms up when you first put it on. This specfic product has won beauty awards, and I now know why!
  • I also really liked the clay mask. I have combo skin, and it didn’t dry me out. You only have to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and you literally feel your skin tighten. A cool sensation!

I can’t believe I’m putting this on the web, but for this kind of review you deserve a before and after shot so you could truly see the results. Me in all my no-makeup glory. 🙂

BEFORE

AFTER

When comparing the before and after pics, you can see that my skin looks more even and less oily in the after shots. The most noticeable thing to me is that the dark circles under my eyes have greatly improved. Keep in mind this is after only using éclos Skin Care for 1 week. I’m going to continue using it because my skin feels softer, purified, and it didn’t make me breakout. The only thing I would do different is to add SPF in the moisturizer. I like to wear SPF 15 on my face everyday by just having it built into my face lotion, but I guess it’s okay because I’ve been using Bare Minerals face powder which has SPF in it too. So at least I’m covered that way.

Now for the fun part…YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A MATCHING KIT (a $19.99 value)!

To enter this giveaway there is one requirement and five additional entry options:

LEAVE SEPARATE COMMENTS FOR EACH OF THESE. Comment entries will be numbered in the order they appear, and I’ll use Random.org to randomly select and verify the winner. If any of the optional entries apply to you already, just say so in the comments (i.e. “I am already a subscriber” and post the email address you subscribed with in a comment).

Required (1):

1. Go to éclos Skin Care’s website and tell me in the comments which product in the kit you want to try most.

Optional Additional Entries (5):

2. Follow @MyStyleTrials on Twitter and leave me your Twitter handle in the comment.

3. Subscribe to StyleTrials on Youtube and leave me your Youtube name in the comment.

4. Subscribe to StyleTrials by entering your email adress. Let me know what email address you subscribed with in the comment entry.

5. Share this blog post on Twitter saying “I just entered the #eclosbeauty skincare giveaway via @MyStyleTrials.” Include the link to your tweet in the comment entry.

6. Share this blog post on Facebook saying “I just entered the #eclosbeauty skincare giveaway via StyleTrials.com.” Include the link to your Facebook share in the comment entry.

Good luck! Entries will be accepted through Friday, July 6th, 2012. You must have a U.S. shipping address to enter.

If you don’t win and still want to get your hands on some éclos Skin Care, it’s available at Ulta, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and GNC. These products also boast that they do not have parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, or petro-chemicals (potentially harmful synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum). Good to know!

EDIT: 1.16.13 GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER!

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