Starting today, Saks is offering a large tote filled with unique, travel-sized samples with $125 beauty purchase when you use code FALLGIFT2, while supplies last, limit one per customer. There are several holiday launches available online at Saks already, so it might be a good time to get a start on your holiday shopping 🙂 Do let me know if you haul anything!
We’ve teamed up with Beautylish to give away the newest BY TERRY palette, Magnet’Eyes ($96 value), which features shades ranging from icy white to shimmering turquoise. The formula can be used wet or dry, and the palette includes a dual-ended brush. Head over to Beautylish to enter (full contest rules here). Good luck! 🙂
Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!
The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!
Just in time for summer, Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF20 has launched! It is described as an “all in one skincare and complexion enhancer” that will “cover imperfections, dark spots, redness, acne scars, and blemishes with a radiant finish.”
To kick off the launch of the new tinted moisturizer, celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg demonstrates how to achieve a “no makeup” makeup look in the video above, while the video below shows how to prep the skin and apply your tinted moisturizer. As the newest addition to the Vinoperfect line, it contains the range’s signature ingredient, viniferine, which Caudalie says is more effective than vitamin C.
The new tinted moisturizer is available in two shades (Light and Medium) and retails for $49. You can learn more about the Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer at Caudalie.
With the temperatures steadily rising, it’s time to start thinking about our favorite ways to make our makeup look better longer,-and in the world of beauty, summer collections are already releasing! Coachella, one of the biggest musical festivals of the year, is heading into its second weekend, and Sephora Collection is the exclusive beauty sponsor for the festival this year. If you’re attending this weekend, you can stop by their DIY Beauty Bar and play with on-trend products or try a complimentary Fiber Mask (which might be just the pick-me-up one needs at such an event!). If you’re not, you can check out Sephora’s top DIY Festival Beauty picks here.
In the spirit of festival beauty, here are five of my top tips (and tips within tips!) and some high-end recommendations from products I’ve reviewed over the years. What are your tried and true favorites that last all day for you?
PRIMER IS YOUR FRIEND | One of the main reasons we reach for primer is to improve longevity out of any products, whether you’re working in an office environment for 12 hours a day or you’re going to be attending your favorite concert outdoors. Eyeshadow and face primers are excellent for prolonging wear, keeping oil at bay, and generally help the products you layer on top adhere better in the first place.
- NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (Review)
- Hourglass Mineral Veil (Review)
- Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer (Review)
CONSIDER LIQUID & CREAM BLUSH | Liquid and cream cheek blushes and stains often wear longer than their powder counterparts, but the real magic can occur when you use a liquid or cream as your blush primer and then “set” with a powder blush. I recommend using the color you want the most in the cream version, and then layer with a slightly sheerer, more subdued version of it in powder form, which will help you maintain the color, brightness, and intensity you wanted without overdoing it. Alternatively, you can also use translucent setting powder patted over a cream to lock it in place, or if you have a really bold cream blush, you can use flesh-toned setting powder to tamp it down and set it.
- Becca Beach Tint (Reviews)
- Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle (Reviews)
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured (Reviews)
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush (Review)
- Make Up For Ever HD Blush (Reviews)
- YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (Reviews)
CHOOSE YOUR STATEMENT | A more minimal makeup look that uses key products to make a statement is easier to maintain and gives you less to worry about even in the hottest, most humid climates. The easiest way to this is to incorporate a pop of color on the eyes or on the lips. I love using a boldly colored eyeliner on the lash line. If you prefer pencil eyeliners, smudge a similarly-colored eyeshadow on top to help keep it in place even longer than usual. Liquid and gel formulas tend to be more reliably longer-wearing, especially those that go on more liquid and really set and lock in place. One trick I’ve picked up over the years is just how far a bright, rich lip color can go to brightening the face. What’s nice is even a shorter-wearing, but bold, formula is often easy to reapply and keep in a pocket or small bag. However, if you want to avoid touch-ups, opt for a satin or matte shade in a richer hue, like a red, berry, or plum, or a liquid lipstick, as these tend to have the longest wear. You can also use lip primer or a matching lip pencil to extend the wear of your lip color of choice. Keep lip balm or a gloss of your choice with you for easy touch-ups for extra long days out (12+ hours).
- Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream (Reviews)
- Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon (Reviews)
- Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow (Reviews)
- Giorgio Armani Eye Tint (Reviews)
- Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick (Reviews)
- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Reviews)
- Laura Mercier Caviar Stick (Reviews)
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream (Reviews)
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes (Reviews)
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Reviews)
- NARS Audacious Lipstick (Reviews)
- NARS Eye Paint (Reviews)
- Sephora Contour Eye Pencils (Reviews)
- Stila Smudge Stick (Reviews)
- Too Faced Melted Lipstick (Reviews)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Reviews)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil (Reviews)
SET & FORGET | Setting powders and setting sprays can help to lock in your look before you walk out the door and give you a lot of breathing room for extra-long wear. When setting with powder, make sure to properly apply: it’s not a mere feathery dusting of product; you want to gently press the powder into place with a brush, pouf, or sponge. I like to do a final sweep in a more feathery motion afterwards, which I find gives a more even, smooth look. If you’re not looking for ultra-long wear, you can do a quick spritz of any facial mist or even just water held eight to ten inches away from the face to finish, as this will take away any excess powder and give you a more natural finish overall. Whenever I know I’m going to be outside on a hot day, I’ll use a setting spray as my last step, and I find it does seem to keep everything look a little better a little longer–particularly for base products and preventing blush from separating over time. It took me awhile to come around to them, but I’ve definitely noticed they help. If you have really oily skin, consider keeping a powder compact with you for touch-ups as needed.
- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (Review)
- NARS Light-Reflecting Loose Powder (Review)
- Urban Decay All Nighter Fixing Spray
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Loose Setting Powder (Review)
DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN | There’s no way to share tips for getting the most out of your summer beauty routine without a reminder to wear your sunscreen. Head to toe, and never skimp on the quantity! You want a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. If you’re going to be outdoors for a really extended time, consider a tinted moisturizer with a higher SPF rating that is easy to reapply throughout the day so you can maintain your protection as well see if physical sunscreens can work for you. A good hat and sunglasses are also additional ways to keep your skin safer from the sun! If you’re reapplying over heavier makeup, pat gently and avoid too much rubbing, but if you need to rub, rub in small circles.
We’ve teamed up with Beautylish for a giveaway featuring By Terry’s Eye Designer Palette in Smoky Nude ($96 value) — one lucky winner will get this limited edition palette before early access for the full launch of the By Terry Eye Designer Palettes on Beautylish starts! This limited edition palette contains ten eyeshadows that can be used wet or dry in a spectrum of neutral hues. Head over to Beautylish to enter (U.S. participants only, full contest rules here). Good luck! 🙂