July 29th, 2014

My most amazing friend Camilla started the site I Define My Beauty. It’s so awesome and a perfect daily read, whether you’re into fitness, health, sports or just enjoy being inspired to think differently about how you define yourself and YOUR personal definition of “beauty” - and to free yourself from definitions and perceptions that might be limiting your ability to be the awesomest.

She’s also founding Bring Your Daughters to Workout day coming up this January, to inspire a passion for strength and boundless physical (un)limitations early on!

To read her inspiring story behind the blog, watch her Ted talk here!

If you have a point of view to share on the site, the day, the talk etc., feel free to comment here or on her site.

XX

July 18th, 2014

So you know how Nordstrom stocks so many of your favorite beauty besties - Bobbi, Kate, Jo, Laura, Trish and much more?  Well, they are having a massive Anniversary sale on Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com starting today (July 18-August 3).

They have TONS of beauty exclusives, lemme throw out some numbers - $208 value for $85, etc.

GO!

Image: Elle

July 18th, 2014

Sometimes skin care gets incredibly scientific. Even though I don’t always know the ins and outs of whats really going on when I put XYZ serum on my face, if it’s made by a brand I trust, I’ll do it. 

Clinique (creators of the infamous 3-step-system - everyone’s first solution to adolescent acne, am I right?) just created one of these magically scientific products. It’s called Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum

                    

True to all of Clinique’s products, this serum is fragrance free and very kind to your skin. It was five years in the making - and, based on the ingredient army inside, I’m surprised it didn’t take longer. Scientific rundown of this formula is it’s ‘Smart’ because it is designed to respond to whatever your skin happens to need. A little red reduction, a little dark spot correcting, a little moisture, a little glow, even a little tightening!  Maybe it knows your face better than you do?

Unscientific rundown is it feels lovely and knowing that over time it will fight off whatever problems my skin is going to have before I know I am going to have them is a pretty great perk. This formula is just so… Smart

Does This: Daily serum formulated to respond to your skins specific wants and needs
Is This: Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum
Get This: Sephora
Price: $89

Product c/o the brand, Image: Visionaire

-Kristin 

July 17th, 2014
I have a lot of gratitude for Bloglovin for supporting my blog from the beginning, and if you don’t know about their Bloglovin Awards … you do now!
If you have a minute please consider your favorites and CAST YOUR VOTE, from beauty to fashion to street style to brand blogs, and everything in between
https://bloglovin.wufoo.com/forms/nominations-for-the-2014-bloglovin-awards/
XX

I have a lot of gratitude for Bloglovin for supporting my blog from the beginning, and if you don’t know about their Bloglovin Awards … you do now!

If you have a minute please consider your favorites and CAST YOUR VOTE, from beauty to fashion to street style to brand blogs, and everything in between

https://bloglovin.wufoo.com/forms/nominations-for-the-2014-bloglovin-awards/

XX

July 16th, 2014

I have never experienced DIY in prestige skincare until now. 

this is scientist + skittles taste the rainbow + custom serum for your face

What could I possibly be talking about?

Skin Inc, a Japan based company (always on the cutting edge) just released the world’s FIRST skin supplement bar called My Daily Dose

                    

Here is the game. See the little droplet bottles above with the different colored circles floating about? Each one of those is a different type of serum specialized for a different type of skin need. For example, the purple one is Licorice serum for sensitive skin, the green one is Collagen serum for wrinkles, etc. 

After taking a quick quiz, Skin Inc helps you identify your top 3 skin needs and recommends your 3 corresponding serums, THEN (and this is the fun part) you can choose one of these rainbow colored bottles and combine the 3 serums to make your own custom Daily Dose

My Daily Dose consists of a little purple, sky blue, and red.

(This is one of the coolest beauty systems I’ve played ever with)  

Does This: Create a serum customized for your skins needs
Is This: Skin Inc My Daily Dose
Get This: www.iloveskininc.com
Price: $85 per 20ml serum

Product c/o the brand, Image via FGR

-Kristin

July 8th, 2014

I tried something new this weekend that I had never tried before, and I’ve been telling everyone about it since. (Spread the word!)

NYC based Cecilia Wong was born to work in skincare. She figured out at the age of 14 that if eating fruit is good for your skin, it must also work as a product. Cecilia started making blueberry/papaya masks later that day. Since then, she’s graduated from fruit masks to her own skincare line and cult facial spa.                  

                 

Cecilia specializes in 3 different types of unique non irritating facials - Microcurrent, LED Light Therapy, and Oxygen. I went for Door #3 Oxygen. This is what happened: Cecilia spent the first 15 or 20 minutes massaging my face with a gentle cleanser (amazing), followed by extractions (necessary), and then she did the Oxygen Treatment. This treatment entails using a small oxygen dispensing devise (similar to what they use to blow water off your teeth at the dentist) mixed with Vitamin C and aloe. She infused every pore on my face with 100% pure O2. Treating your skin with pure oxygen is like feeding your cells an extremely healthy meal - it gives them the energy they need to replenish. She finished by applying her Black Currant Serum to my face. 

I left with healthy/glowing skin and two days later I do not have a single red/dry patch in sight. O2 really works! Huge thanks to Cecilia Wong for my dose of oxygen. I hope to see you again in the near future. Maybe for Microcurrent :)

Does This: Cleans, replenishes, hydrates skin with oxygen - reduces signs of aging, redness, dryness and promotes new cell growth
Is This: Cecilia Wong Oxygen Facial
Get This: Cecilia Wong NYC
Price: $200 + tax (worth every penny)

Service c/o Cecilia Wong, Image from Vogue Turkey June 2014

-Kristin

July 4th, 2014

Hope you have an amazing holiday weekend (or just an amazing weekend, if it’s not a holiday for you).

XO Ann + Kristin

July 1st, 2014
File Under // Newness
NYX - masters of funky colored/fantastic products at an incredibly affordable price - have some new releases that I highly suggest you know about.
                    
Macaron Lippie: Do you dare wear green/yellow/grey/black/lavender lips? If you do (there’s a time and place for everything) these highly pigmented lipsticks go on silky smooth, and come in the most unusual, but pretty bomb, colors.$5.99 at Ulta
Proof it! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer: This primer means business. The formula looks a little bit like cement (ironically - clear once on) and it will assure that your brow powder stays safely adhered all day. $7 at NYXcosmetics.com
Honey Dew Me Up: A combination of the magic properties of honey (a natural antiseptic), gold flakes and collagen results in the ultimate dewy touch while priming your face. And there is gold in it so, this rocks. $17 at NYXcosmetics.com
All Over Balm: Find it in three different combos - Macadamia Nut Oil with Honey/Vanilla Butter; Coconut Oil with Coconut/Vanilla Butter; and Argan Oil with Lychee/Vanilla Butter. This balm is for lips, cuticles, hands, dry elbows, anything that needs balming and it comes in a slightly over-sized Moroccan inspired tin.Each $6.50 at NYXcosmetics.com
Renew & Balance Skin Elixirs: Balance with tea tree oils or renew with coenzyme Q10 (fancy). These green and purple primers are means for a pristine/radiant canvas before say, adhering those dramatic eyebrows?Renew $12 at NYXcosmetics.com; Balance $12 at NYXcosmetics.com
Wonder Stick: This evolution of the wonder pencil takes contouring (an intimidating make up move) and makes it so easy. One side of the stick is the highlight, one the contour, and the side of the box shows you exactly how to use it for the ultimate face contour-tion. $12 at NYXcosmetics.com
Products c/o the brand, Image via 
-Kristin

File Under // Newness

NYX - masters of funky colored/fantastic products at an incredibly affordable price - have some new releases that I highly suggest you know about.

                    

Macaron Lippie: Do you dare wear green/yellow/grey/black/lavender lips? If you do (there’s a time and place for everything) these highly pigmented lipsticks go on silky smooth, and come in the most unusual, but pretty bomb, colors.
$5.99 at Ulta

Proof it! Waterproof Eyebrow Primer: This primer means business. The formula looks a little bit like cement (ironically - clear once on) and it will assure that your brow powder stays safely adhered all day. 
$7 at NYXcosmetics.com

Honey Dew Me Up: A combination of the magic properties of honey (a natural antiseptic), gold flakes and collagen results in the ultimate dewy touch while priming your face. And there is gold in it so, this rocks. 
$17 at NYXcosmetics.com

All Over Balm: Find it in three different combos - Macadamia Nut Oil with Honey/Vanilla Butter; Coconut Oil with Coconut/Vanilla Butter; and Argan Oil with Lychee/Vanilla Butter. This balm is for lips, cuticles, hands, dry elbows, anything that needs balming and it comes in a slightly over-sized Moroccan inspired tin.
Each $6.50 at NYXcosmetics.com

Renew & Balance Skin Elixirs: Balance with tea tree oils or renew with coenzyme Q10 (fancy). These green and purple primers are means for a pristine/radiant canvas before say, adhering those dramatic eyebrows?
Renew $12 at NYXcosmetics.com; Balance $12 at NYXcosmetics.com

Wonder Stick: This evolution of the wonder pencil takes contouring (an intimidating make up move) and makes it so easy. One side of the stick is the highlight, one the contour, and the side of the box shows you exactly how to use it for the ultimate face contour-tion. 
$12 at NYXcosmetics.com

Products c/o the brand, Image via 

-Kristin


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