Sunday Link Love, Volume #032

Happy Sunday!

How’s your Sunday treating you?   I like to try to take it easy on Sundays, though I usually end up taking it easier on Saturday, get mad at myself for it, and then try to make up for it on Sundays!

What are your Sunday plans? We’ll be heading over to a local farmer’s market (our usual weekend ritual!) for some fresh fruit, veggies, and the like.  I grabbed some delicious toffee last weekend, and I think I’m going to have to sneak some in this time, too! Yum!

Are you ready for Monday? Yes!  I love Mondays.  I love how busy and full Mondays tend to be 🙂  Keeps me on the straight and narrow!

Best part of your weekend? We went hiking with Mellan yesterday morning, which was fun for all!

Makeup Tutorial: Pop of Chartreuse

Makeup Tutorial: Pop of Chartreuse

Quick & easy tutorial for this green look from last Friday! Enjoy 🙂

You will need the following…

Sephora Sun Kit for Sunscreen Newcomers

Sephora Sun Kit

Though I noted it where applicable, I know my skin reacts poorly with high concentrations of silicone, so I did not test those sunscreens on my face and only on my arm.  So while my skin may react one way, and I may be overly cautious by avoiding products altogether that contain it high-up on the ingredient list, your skin is inevitably different from mine–that is to say, don’t write off a product merely because it breaks my skin out.  For instance, I’ve worn both Shiseido’s SPF 55 and Neutrogena’s Dry Touch during previous summers and never thought they were acne-causing culprits.   I also regularly wear Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, which also contains dimethicone and other silicones.  Like many things in life, it may be about finding the right balance or mix–aka not layering on a sunscreen, primer, and foundation that all have it!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

Recommendation:  If you’re still in the market for that perfect sunscreen, this kit is one way to trial several without having to purchase full-sizes.

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This Week’s Beauty Report: Sunday, June 13th, 2010


La Mer for World Ocean’s Day 2010

This Week’s Beauty Report: Sunday, June 13th, 2010

  • Philosophy introduces Microdelivery Purifying Peel — a one minute purifying enzyme peel with natural enzymes and a fruit-acid complex. It retails for $40.
  • Lancome Definicils Precious Cells High Definition Amplifying Mascara will be a Nordstrom exclusive, and it is available for pre-order now in-stores. This mascara is designed to regenerate damaged follicles and deep condition with a formula for thick, rich lashes.
  • MAC Pigments have launched at counters (finally!) as well as some new shades were rolled out to freestanding stores. Pigments retail for $19.50.
  • Boots has launched their own Facebook page!
  • Guerlain’s Terracotta Lady Bronzing Powder is driving me bananas–as in, I want it desperately! It’s so classy. $62 will get you one for yourself.
  • Anastasia rolls out a Highlighting Creme Duo ($35) just for Nordstrom (for now, at least). There’s a liquid highlighter to be used alone, with foudnation, or body lotion. Then there is a natural creme blush for cheeks, lips, or eyes.

Kenzo Amour Ryoko Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

KenzoAMOUR

Kenzo Amour Ryoko ($29.00 for 0.7 oz.) is a travel-friendly fragrance. L’eau Par Kenzo Pour Femme and Flower by Kenzo are also available in the new, travel-friendly packaging. For men, L’Eau Par Kenzo Pour Homme and Kenzo Homme are also available. Each scent is housed in a plastic box, and then in a plastic, curved oval-ish “rock.” They actually look a bit like a computer mice to me, actually. They fit well in the palm of the hand, and the plastic packaging means less chance for breakage as compared to the glass bottles of many perfumes.

RYOKO means travel in Japanese and Kenzo takes fragrance into uncharted territory with this airline-friendly, pocket sized nomad spray. The slow and sensuous journey of a couple through Asia, punctuated by encounters, bursts of laughter and smiles, soft sensations, pictures and perfumes brimming with life. A bird accompanies them, symbolizing the flare of love and the freedom of traveling.

KenzoAmour begins with a sweetened floral burst before it dries down to a soft vanilla and musk, with a hint of woodiness. It’s exactly the kind of scent that I’m personally into it. I love musky, woody scents coupled with the sweetness of vanilla (but not sugary vanilla). Amour is never cloying or sticky-sweet–this is sweetness without being overwhelming–it’s not the kind of sugary sweetness you smell when you walk into a bakery (or Coldstone, ha!).

Notes: Frangipani Blossoms from Bali or Borobudur, Cherry Blossoms from Japan, Tanakha Wood, Incense, Thai Rice Steam, Vanilla of La Réunion, White Tea from China

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The Summer Season: Korres #47 Orange Brown Lipstick

Korres #47 Orange Brown Mango Butter Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a semi-opaque, muted orange. It has very subtle shimmer, but it gives off more of a slight gloss finish than it does a shimmery one. It’s surprisingly pigmented–the swatch makes it look rather sheer, but on, it delivers beautiful coverage. It also makes lips look fuller without emphasizing lip lines. It’s a very moisturizing and smooth-feeling lipstick that lasts about three to four hours on me. It also has SPF 10, which is always a nice bonus!

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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