4.14.2014

Amarté Skin Care - A New Beauty Discovery

When east meets west...Korean heritage and American makers that is. This skin care line aims to include eastern skin care philosophy and western dermatology, designed to cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate. I believe, this could be something unique....

 

Amarté HydroLift Cream and Daily Wonder Cleansing Cream


I have been getting less sleap lately and stress as we know it usually tends to leave a mark on the appearance of my skin first. Dry and dull with blemishes that just won't back off, are amongst others the first symptoms. What to do? Try something new to replenish and rehydrate the skin!

What you see is what you get. It says rich, creamy, deeply cleansing and silky with deeply hydrating ingredients - well then you better believe it! For my dry and tired skin this is a perfect fit. The cleanser doesn't leave my skin dried out and is a great base for the ultra smooth long lasting moisturizer. 









Amarté BB Cream Light Tint



Talking about refreshed spring ready skin...to top it of, Amarté has a BB cream with, get this: SPF 36! I couldn't be happier! Now, unfortunately their color spectrum is far from colorful. If I am not tanned, Light Tint fits just fine my pale skin tone. However, mixing it with other products makes it an easy to use and highly coveted BB cream in my collection!

Overall, this skin care line reminds me a lot of Dior or even Lancome. What a treat!! If you are in need to replenish your skin and change things up a little, Amarté is a great way to start. 


What is your special skin care treat? Are there any luxurious new products your are splurging on?

Disclosure: This post contains products that have been to me for review purposes. As always I only state my honest opinion. Find more information on my disclaimer policy here.

4.07.2014

How to get rid of tan lines and keep a healthy tan

The sun is out and nothing can stop you now....from tanning that is. At the beach, in the park or even just walking your dog, getting a tan is quick and easy. But what about those unwanted tan lines? 

Here is my ultimate guide to getting rid of tan lines and keeping that healthy tanned glow!



Step 1: Prepare your skin!
A no-brainer but I will mention it anyways, exfoliation is key! An even surface guarantees an easy and flawless application and result.
I currently use the Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant. Gentle yet effective, this citrus face exfoliant removes dead skin cells and any impurities. 

Depending on your preference self tanning or natural sun etc, you will have to moisturize your skin to keep it healthy and if you do go outside, always remember to use a sunscreen.

Step 2: Tan..duh..
My favorite self-tanner at the moment is Beautisol's Self-Tanning Mousse. 
Absolutely 100% effective and natural looking, this self-tanner will get you that dark tan in a few hours and will last up to 5 days! If you like St. Tropez, you will love Beautisol.
Find here a more in-depth review!

Step 3: Correct and Cover 
I am a self-tanner kinda girl but even that doesn't save me from getting those tan lines once out in the sun.
There are 2 options to erase those unwanted marks. The old-fashioned way: makeup! Foundation can help temporarily cover up the lines, however you will have to be very advanced to get the exact color and long-lasting effect without it smudging or looking unnatural.

I recently had the chance to discover a new idea: Tanee


This little helper in the size of a felt-tip pen, is quite neat. Simply fill in the lines as if you were to draw on your tan. Just like any self-tanner, you will see an immediate color that slightly deepens with time. I will have to say though, the pen does dry out rather quickly amd might not match every skin tone.

Don't forget to keep your skin hydrated and exfoliate regularly. Your skin needs moisture to give a healthy glow and only healthy skin will do so.
You will be able to re-apply your self-tanner or touch up with a wash-off bronzer easily.


What are your best self-tanner tips or do you have a secret to getting rid of those tan lines?

Want more tanning action? Here is your chance for a special treat: 
Use the coupon code BBLOGGER and get 15% off any purchase at Beautisol.com (Valid until June 15, 2014.).
Use the coupon code BOGO2014 for a "buy 1, get 1 free" offer at Beautisol.com (Valid until June 31, 2014 and at $17 value.).


Disclosure: This post contains products that have been to me for review purposes. As always I only state my honest opinion. Find more information on my disclaimer policy here.

3.31.2014

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream for Makeup Monday


After BB came CC and since it does say hydrating, I just couldn't hold back. I had to try the newest kid on the block and let me tell you, it didn't disappointed!

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream in Natural

 

I am a sucker for tinted moisturizer and BB creams for sure but to be honest, I don't really fall for the all so new and exciting reasons why CC is better than BB or however clever marketing might want to spin it. For me it all comes down to moderate coverage, hydration and SPF, no matter what letter is on the packaging. 

This CC cream [CC= Color Correcting] has an SPF of 20, is light weight and has 7.5% Octinoxate which you can usually find in rather hydrating formulas.
As you can see above in the image, once squeezed out of the tube, it comes in a white fluid. While applying on the skin though it turns into skin color, depending on the shade you chose.

Find here a previous post on high end BB Creams in comparison (Urban Decay, Hydroxatone, Clinique).

As for coverage, compared to similar creams it is actually quite nice. I would still apply concealer on top where needed but it alone already does visibly change the overall look of your skin.

As for the hydrating, it does definitely work great for my dry skin. Big plus!

Overall, this is definitely one of the better CC/BB creams I have tested and used. Definitely recommend if you are interested!


Have you ever tried any of the Studio Gear products? What are your thoughts on CC creams?

Get a discount now! 15% off if you are a blogger + another 10% off if you mention my blog! Find more on the company here.

Disclosure: This product has been sent to me for review purposes. As always I only state my honest opinion. Find more information on my disclaimer policy here.

3.27.2014

Daring Dress and Makeup for One of Those Days

You know those days, when really nothing seems to work quite right? One of those days, when really you just want to be like f@#k it, I don't care anymore. Yup, I had one of those days. My plan of attack: turn it around and make it the best day possible!


What do I mean by that? When the odds seem to be against you, when nothing is working according to plan, I like to turn it up a notch. Boring day or someone criticizing me? Not a problem, I say: bring it!

I am wearing: 


So, today it's all about looking the best, feeling the best and ultimately achieving my best! If that means I have to wear that special dress (that dress that is hanging in my closet for months as fitness motivation, "one day I'll wear you") and a daring attitude to go with it! So be it. 

Conclusion: You can accomplish so much, if you only dare! Dare to be you!


Stay tuned: A new diet and fitness update is coming very soon!!!


What was your most daring moment so far? Have you ever struggled with staying true to yourself? I'd love to hear your story!


3.20.2014

Makeup Hoarding and the Rediscovery of an Urban Decay Favorite

You know that feeling when you re-discover an old favorite from a long time ago? Ya, I had that just recently. While getting ready in the morning, I spread out the content of one of my makeup bags and rediscovered a beloved eye shadow, I didn't even know I had. (One of the downsides of being a makeup hoarder)....


Well, yes I do consider my self a makeup-aholic. No matter how many eye shadow palettes or BB creams I have, there is always something new and better around the corner. Or at least that's what my mind is telling me.

While I discover constantly new amazing items, some of the older ones tend to get lost or find a place on the very bottom of my draw. Now, that morning, it finally came back to the surface.

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Midnight Comboy


I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed this subtle peachy- rose color with the most dazzling glitter accent. Perfect for a natural look with a twist. 

As for the rest of my "it's spring, give me a glow"- look, I always love to mix the Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer with a BB cream (here Clinique, Age-Defense BB Cream). Perfect to let your skin shine and to enhance the look with a dewy finish.


Gotta love a day like that.


As a true makeup lover, never forget to take care of the accessories that come with it, aka: clean your brushes! Here is how.


What is a recent re-discovery of yours?