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I’m Glossy Thanks to Oribe Curl Gloss



My hair stylist Q turned me on this curling creme. Every time I get my haircut I bring my trusty Paul Mitchell Foaming Pomade. Don’t get me wrong. I love my Paul Mitchell, but one day she said let’s mix them together. I decided to trust her even though I really didn’t want to. Whoa! My curls were shiny, hydrating and smelled so good. Oribe Curl Gloss Hydration & Hold should be on any curly girl’s hair list. My hair is short and I plan to always have this one in the arsenal.

Thanks Q.

Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask

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It’s that time again. Time to get back to the business of beauty. I’m so excited because I have tested out some amazing products over the past few months and I can’t wait to share them. First up is Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask. I’ve noticed I need more hydration on my skin. I need to do masks a lot more frequently than I did when I was younger. I’m pulling out the big guns and this is one of them. It puts into my skin the TLC that this winter is taking out of it. It smells divine and I pretend I’m on a beach when in the sun when it’s on my face. I have taken to applying all my masks with a fan brush like they do in the spas. It adds a little something, something.

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Instant Facial Smoother

Roc Instant Smoother

How are your holidays going? Mine are going well. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest. I am trying to slow down and enjoy the slower work days, the fewer emails that seem to be coming and bask in celebrating my birthday in the next few days. Yay! I’m also taking inventory of products and clothes I haven’t worn and expired beauty products. This means I can add new products to the arsenal to help my skin.

I’m currently loving on RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Instant Facial Smoother. It primes the skin so my tinted moisturizer applies and looks better. It’s pretty light compared to other primers and I don’t feel I want to peel my face off. Plus, it’s great for travel.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with RoC® Skincare. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for All About the Pretty. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – Fragrance

Fragrance Holiday Guide

This was THE hardest post to write for the holiday season. Why? I have a shelf of fragrances and they are my weakness or as my grandmother used to say “my smell good.” There are some really good fragrances out there at all price points. Enjoy the smell goods darling. They are worth it. With out further beauty adieu, let’s get this fragrance party started.

Nirvana Black Pure Perfume Oil. I own the Nirvana Black and White rollerballs, but the minute I smelled the oil I knew I was gonna be in trouble. It’s intense. A little goes a very long way.

Flower Beauty Sultry Fragrance. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this fragrance. I have a few Flower Beauty makeup items and I am now happy to add the scent to the beauty arsenal. Go buy her Rosebud lipstick. Trust me. Drew and her team did an amazing job. This price point is bananas.

Nova Chakra Eau de Parfum. Catbird boutique can do no wrong in my book. They started the whole mid-finger ring trend and their tiny gold bands are addicting. What is equally as addicting? The beauty section on their site. If you can’t make it to their Brooklyn boutique it’s okay because the online boutique is a gem.

Strange Invisible Perfumes Black Rosette. I met Alexandra Balahoutis in Miami in 2011 at the opening of the Elle Spa at the EdenRoc Hotel. I had a girl crush on her due to my love of Epic Gardenia; my first scent by the perfumer. I’m always interested in what she creates and all I want is to wear Black Rosette for the next few weeks. When I was in Los Angeles in April I made a visit to the boutique and it was a fragrance fanatics dream shop. The rose is minimal due to the hit of leather. his rose kick I’m on is getting kind of crazy.

Tiossān Fatale Perfume. I recently heard about the Tiossān brand because of the skincare. It’s the first luxury beauty brand from Senegal. Immediately I had to know more so I jumped on the site and was stopped in my beauty girl tracks when I saw they also had a fragrance with notes of spicy vanilla. My addiction is to help others by providing them intel on new beauty brands. You are welcome.

JOYA FvsS Composition No. 1 Parfum Roll-on. My girl Amber hipped me to this fragrance and I am thankful she did. I find myself carrying it around in my makeup bag just to get a whiff during the day even if I’m not wearing it. It also helps with those weird subway smells I endure a few times a week.

M. Beze Once Bitten Natural Roll-on Perfume. I don’t know where I discovered M. Beze perfumes but I’m glad I did. It’s a really addicting brand and you can go crazy with their scents. I have my eye on their bath oils, but until then I will enjoy my vanilla concoction.

GIVESCENT Roll-On Perfume. I’m a little obsessed with the co-creator of this scent. Elena Brower is a big time yoga teacher, but she has a background in textiles and lived in Italy. This scent is her gift to us based on her time there. She leads retreats all over the world and she is on my list of teachers I want to either study under or go on one of her retreats in a fabulous location. The Turks & Caicos one is calling my name.

AERIN Fragrance Coffret. This limited-edition set features all of the beautiful scents that comprise AERIN fragrances. My favorites are Gardenia Rattan and Ikat Jasmine. If I’m feeling fancy I sometimes layer them together. Plus, these are the perfect sizes for travel.

HollyBeth Organics Flourish Roll-on Perfume. Yep, another rose fragrance but this has a mix of cedar thrown in so it gives a woody hint that balances out the rose and bergamot. Plus it’s organic and you can’t go wrong with that.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – Green Beauty

Holiday Gift Guide Green Beauty

I have been trying to green a few of my beauty products, but I still wanted them to be luxurious, have beautiful packaging and actually work. It took me a few tries to find a few of my favorite loves and they are perfect for the green beauty girl in your life. I’m not going to get rid of all my beauty products, because I can’t live without my Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, but I’m going to adding more green products to the beauty lineup.

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel. This has been called a “facial-in-a-jar” and the name fits. After using this product my face loves and me and I look like I had ten hours of uninterrupted sleep on a fluffy bed at the Ritz Carlton.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Beloved. I love a double duty product and this one works very well, delivers a great amount of color, and gives a great glow. It seems the luminizer should be next on my list. I will let you  know how it goes.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. Tata Harper creates all natural products on her farm in Vermont. I alternate between this resurfacing mask and the Epi-Peel. Everything right now is taking the dead skin off my face, neck, and décolleté to look radiant. Get this in your beauty arsenal.

The Gnarly Whale Chamomile and Roses Body Spray. I love a fragrance spray that isn’t a full blown fragrance. It works perfectly to wear on a Saturday when I’m taking a yoga class, but want to smell good. This is also great for nighttime if you don’t want a powerful scent. I love an Oud scent, but it’s a bit much for the boudoir.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Bath & Shower Oil. Since I’m not a great sleeper and I always need to unwind with a bath and book like a child, this oil aids in the doing that job. I only use it in the bath. I haven’t tried using it in the shower because I don’t see the point.

Jiva-Apoha Atman (Spirit) Body Oil. All Jiva-Apoha’s oils are handcrafted and 100% organic. I have become what my friend Renee calls a “hip-hop hippie” and I couldn’t agree more. I’m all about yoga, Danielle Laporte, burning sage, palo santo, and honoring the full moon. Yeah, I’m that girl. This oil is for grounding, purifying and calming. The way my life has been lately I need all the beauty-full help I can get. This oil makes my atman (soul) very happy.

Sveijior Lavender After Shower Spray. I was researching the best rose sprays and realized that all roses are not equal. There is some icky stuff in a lot of these rose waters and I didn’t want all that stuff on my skin at night. I’m trying to buy better and a less (it’s so hard), so when I discovered this rose and lavender beauty concoction I knew it was a must. I keep it on my nightstand and I use it as a face mist while I’m listening to my aromatherapy diffuser with the sounds of beach waves. I’m curious about their drinkable Bulgarian rose water. Stay tuned.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – Luxury Skincare

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I’m a sucker for amazing skincare. I do believe in the technology, research, and testing that goes into luxury skincare. Do I think it makes a difference? Yes. I suggest trying one bucket list beauty product, using it religiously, and then get back to me. Here are a few on my list to try. I’m a big fan of La Mer. After testing so many products it is my one go-to product to get my skin back on track.

Here’s a list of luxury beauty products I want under my Christmas tree this year.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion. Estee Lauder has never let me down with their Re-Nutrive line and I can only imagine how fabulous this product will feel on my face. As I approach another year of getting older, wiser, and feeling beautiful I want to age gracefully. I like my laugh lines and the crow’s feet that I’m starting to see around on my face. They make me look happy. This will slow them down so the when I’m not wearing any makeup I still get carded ordering a margarita.

La Mer The Destination Collection: The Creme. La Mer’s famous cream comes in two consistencies. A heavier and a soft creme. I prefer the soft creme in the summer and this oldie, but goodie in the winter. You don’t need a lot. It’s the only creme I’m never heavy handed with and that is saying a lot.

AmorePacific Time Response Skin Renewal Creme. I received this as a sample in a gift bag and I was hooked. Somehow I ended up with about three samples and I only apply this on an airplane. I don’t wear make up when traveling, but this creme helps me appear to have slept on a transatlantic flight when I haven’t done anything but read, drink wine and watch movies.

La Prairie Overnight Lifting Facial Set. La Prairie’s famous Skin Caviar collection is packaged perfectly in this limited-edition set. It includes the Luxe Caviar Sleep Mask which you apply at night and watch your skin transformed by the morning. You may look in the mirror and start singing “Who’s That Girl.”

Tatcha Miyabi Golden Glow Beauty Set. The set not only includes Tatcha’s phenomenal camilla beauty oil which your skin will thank you for using, but elevates the beauty game with it’s nourishing lip balm that contains 24k gold leaf.

RoC® MULTI CORREXION® LIFT Anti-Gravity Night Cream

Roc Night Cream

Old lady winter is here. It seems that fall lasted all of three weeks and then I was slapped with winter. I keep saying I’m not cut out for this, but until I can move back to Texas I’m stuck with the cold.

Because my skin feels like a piece of sandpaper without maintenance I’m adding the RoC® MULTI CORREXION® LIFT Anti-Gravity Night Cream to the arsenal. It’s creamy, hydrating, and doesn’t have a heavy scent if you don’t like perfumes in your creams. My skin glowed, but let me tell you what I noticed; my neck seems tighter. I know that’s a weird statement, but for the past few months my neck looked weird to me. I know I’m the only one who noticed and I was trying to find a product that made it look as great as my face. This did the trick. The crazy thing about getting older, wiser and more beautiful is new lines. But, I have an arsenal to help me win the battle.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with RoC® Skincare. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for All About the Pretty. 

Lip Lust with Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm

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I used to be on Facebook more than I am now. It seems that all the noise I can’t take. I go on for 10 minutes and I’m quickly frustrated. It’s the same stories repeated, commented, and then the slipper slope of notifications start coming to my inbox. There are times when Facebook can be great for me. This week proved it. My friend Jamie tagged me to follow Amerie’s new YouTube channel and told me that we have similar tastes – beauty products and books. Say what! So I go on and decide to watch the lip video and her suggestions.

The minute she suggested the Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm I knew I needed in my lip arsenal. A cold cream for lips? And why didn’t I know about this when I was in Paris last month and could have gotten three for the price of one. There I was re-watching the video and decided to head on over to Amazon to seal the lip deal. Thank goodness for Prime because it came quickly and I have been slathering on my dry lips. I continue to use another lip balm on top of it for extra oomph.

My book list on Goodreads has gotten longer from her suggestions. This girl is real book reader and her suggestions made me decide to finally get through the Magicians series over the holidays. She discusses book on magical realism and literary canon. From one english major to another, my heart is content.

I’m currently reading Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton and it’s so good. If you are on Goodreads follow me. If you don’t know what it is look it up. It’s Facebook for book lovers.

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