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?


Friday Freebie! L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner

This cool deal is featuring a FREE 50ML shampoo and conditioner duo from L’Occitane ($10 value). For all you Orlando followers, there’s a L’Occitane store in the Mall of Millenia, or you can use this boutique locator to find one near you. This deal is only available in the U.S.

If you haven’t heard of the brand L’OCCITANE en Provence from the South of France, they’re a high-end, natural beauty company with fun soaps, candles, and hair/skincare lines. I haven’t personally tried them yet (although I’ve been paying a lot more attention to the brand lately and itching to test them out), but I just signed up for the deal and can’t wait to give it a shot. If it’s free, why not?!

Style Trials L_OCCITANE en Provence - USA Summer Hair Care Giveaway

Just go to L’Occitane on Facebook, “Like” them if you haven’t already, and enter your info here. If you’re on a mobile phone, you may need to try this link instead. Then you’ll be emailed a form a few days later, and you can take it to the store for your free shampoo/conditioner. Best part? NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!

You only have 10 more days to sign up for the deal, and it’s only while supplies last. So get on it and let me know what you think! Also, let me know if you’ve tried any of their other products.


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?


Bronze Skin Series 1 – The BEST Self-Tanners

Sun tanning became popular in the 1920’s when fashion designer Coco Chanel got burnt vacationing on the French Riviera. Thus, resulting in her famous tan. As the oddball of being the only light haired, fair-skinned girl in my family, I always longed for this beautiful, bronzy skin. Alas, I grew up having to wear embarrassing t-shirts over my swimsuit because my skin burned so bad.

Now that it’s known that a “healthy looking tan” is really NOT healthy (eww to damaging wrinkles and skin spots), I am grateful my Mother doused me in sunscreen to protect my skin. With pale complected beauties becoming more popular now (think Anne Hathaway), porcelain skin tones are becoming “cool” again.

Megan Fox Tan versus Pale
Photo Credits: http://www.listal.com/list/tan-vs-pale

Still, I think many people will agree that when you are exposing a lot of skin during the warm months, they would prefer to be tan over pale. This is why I’m a HUGE advocate of self-tanners. They give you a glowy, even skin tone, improves the appearance of lumps and bumps, and personally makes me feel thinner in a swimsuit. Weird but true! Because of this, I have tried every kind of self-tanner out there, and have A TON  of tips and tricks I want  to share!

If I did this all in one post, I would have a novel. That’s why I’m going to break them up into a mini Style Trials “Bronze Skin Series.” This first one is going to touch on the types of self-tanners and my tried and true (not orange) favs of the bunch.

1.) GRADUAL Self-Tanner

If you are new to self-tanning and want to DIY, then go for a gradual tanner. This is one that has a diluted formula because it’s mixed with lotion, so it won’t turn you as dark with one application. If you don’t need to be immediately 6 shades darker the next day, then you can literally apply this  everyday in place of your normal lotion, and the color will gradually build up to a darker color. This also makes it a good route to go if you are worried about making novice mistakes and having streaks. Again, this type of lotion can take up to 6 applications to truly see the full results, but you have less risk of mess-ups.


Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

2.) EXPRESS GRADUAL Self-Tanner

If you want to try a gradual tanner that doesn’t require as many applications to see the color, try this express version.  It’s what I currently use if I need some quick color during the day that isn’t as stinky as regular self-tanner, and only takes 1-3 applications to really see results. It’s more of an in-between to the normal gradual self-tanner and a regular self-tanner.


Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer

Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer

 

3.) Regular Self-Tanning LOTIONS

There’s a lot of good ones, and there’s a lot of orange ones. But L’Oreal Sublime is MY ABSOLUTE FAV self-tanner to use at home for a really natural color and easy application!

Use this if you’re confident in applying self-tanner and need to be tan the next day. This won’t immediately give you long-term color when applying, but it does have a built-in bronzer. Although the tint gives you a little bit of color immediately, you still need to wait at least 6 hours before washing it off to get the lasting color. A bonus to the tint is it makes it easier to apply and catch any “missed spots.”

The lotion actually has some pretty, sparkly light reflectors in it too, but my only downfall is it stinks like all self-tanners. The smell is actually not as bad as others, but I don’t typically wear it out of the house before it’s washed off. The texture is more of a gel rather than a lotion, which I like too. It makes my skin soft and is easy to spread and quick to dry.


Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion

Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion

4.) SPRAY Self-Tanners

I have tried several DIY spray tanners, and I honestly have not liked them. I’ve tried ones where you have a hand-held spray gun and ones that come in aerosol cans. I’ve found that they come off splotchy, don’t turn you very dark, and it’s pretty impossible to do your back by yourself.

With that being said, I have tried spray tan booths or getting spray-tanned by a person and LOVE the results! This is the most expensive option of all of these choices, so I typically reserve them for special events. I’ve found they are great because you don’t have to worry about the hassle, and it typically comes out pretty even. Out of the two, the booths are my favorite because you don’t have to worry about tan lines (or standing naked in front of someone hosing you down!), and it only takes about 60 seconds in the booths. But the pros of having a person do it is that they can apply the tanner to make certain areas darker if you wish, and even contour to make you look like you have abs!

Many tanning salons offer spray tans, and sometimes have monthly unlimited packages. You’ll find different solutions at different salons (including organic formulas), but the one I use is VersaSpa at South Beach Tanning Company It doesn’t smell so bad either!

 

Spray Tan Booth Example
Photo Credits: http://www.spraytanbooth.net/

 

*QUICK TIP!* Many of these brands make separate self tanner for your face, but I typically just use the same tanner for my body and it works just fine. If you’re worried about it being too dark on your face, moisturize your face first to dilute the formula a bit.

Do you use or will you try self-tanners? What kind of self-tanner is most your style?


We have a Winner for the #EclosBeauty Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! So my first official giveaway has wrapped, and we have a winner! Yay! 🙂

Here’s how the winner was chosen. As my rules state, the method of entry was leaving a required comment about the Eclos Beauty Skincare product you wanted to try most. Additional entries were allowed as specified (i.e. following me on Twitter, subscribing to my youtube, etc.) and had to be entered as separate comments. After the deadline date, I  numbered the comment entries like this:

Then I used random.org, a 3rd party tool that randomly selects a number from the range I put in (1-11 in this case as there were 11 entries). One click of the “generate button,” and the winner was selected.

Congrats to……….dum dum dum dummmmmmmmm………….drumroll…………trumpet sound…….

LUCKY#5!

She has won the Style Trials #EclosBeauty Skincare giveaway. Congrats!

I will be doing more giveaways like this, so make sure to subscribe to Style Trials so you don’t miss a chance. Simply enter your email address (you can also do so at the top right-hand corner of this blog), then click the verification email you’ll recieve. From that point, you’ll be all set and won’t miss a Style Trial….or giveaway. 🙂

Thanks!


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)!

Eclos_StarterKit.jpg

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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