4.23.2014

Get Ready With Me - Gym Style!

I always say, you need to find what motivates you when going to the gym or doing any sport for that matter. What keeps you going and what makes you want to come back? Personally, I have my routine down, know what I need to set the tone even when it comes to makeup! 
So let's get ready....


First up, healthy intake in form of a few supplements: 

My current protein powder of choice: Syntha-6. Great addition to any cereal, smoothie or just on its own as a shake. (I am still looking for the ultimate protein powder, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear about it!)
Amino1000, a great way to support your muscle growth and recovery.
BioCorrex Collagen and Fish oil soft gels. Full review to come soon!




 
Next up: Makeup!
Yes, I do wear makeup at the gym. Don't worry, I am not talking the full face heavy duty type of
makeup. I am just referring to a light base to cover dark circles and blemishes as well as some water-resistant eyeliner and mascara to look awake and semi put-together. (You never know who you might meet.)

What I use: 

Mix of Amarté BB Cream and Studio gear CC Cream. Great for mix of hydration, high SPF and slight coverage.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and BeautyBlender as main tool. 

Final touches with Urban Decay's NAKES Basics palette (matte and natural eye shadows), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil and Kevyn Aucoin mascara. Some NARS blush to add some slight color to the face and NYX lip balm. Done!


Quick and easy, ready to go! Do you wear makeup at the gym? What are you quick-fix essentials?







4.18.2014

Rita Ora's MTV Movie Awards Inspired Makeup Look

Don't you just love a great red carpet makeup look? This week's MTV Movie Awards were packed with incredible makeup looks and one that stood out to me the most was Rita Ora's hot red lip! 
Let's dive into Friday night with a radiant red lip makeup look brought to you by Mary Kay!


There is nothing easier when it comes to spicing up your makeup look than to keep everything simple and let your red lipstick do all the work. Once you have found the right shade that goes with your skin tone ( I am using cooler undertones), all it takes is a little bit of practice and you are good to go at any moment! 

Switching up your look form office to after-hour cocktail or day to night, whatever it is you want to achieve, a great red lip can truly work magic! 

Rita Ora was wearing a dazzling black dress with a daring neckline and old Hollywood inspired waves in her hair. Perfectly suiting her radiant red lip focused makeup look. 


Want more Rita Ora? Take a look here at my "What Would Rita Wear - Rita Ora's Makeup Bag" post. 


Here are the products I used, sponsored by Mary Kay: 

Base: Temptu AirBrush Foundation (see details here)
Additionally, Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer, MAC Studio Finish Concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to finish up (see why I swear by this powder here).

  •  Lightly sweep Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush across the cheekbones for that just-pinched look.
  • Tap lightly Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color Sienna onto the lid and slightly blend into the outer corner. 
  • Apply a thin line of Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner in Black on the upper lash line and then Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black to the waterline. Then coat lashes with Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black for full voluminous lashes.
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Clear and then apply Mary Kay Crème Lipstick in Really Red to attain the perfect red pout.
Rita Ora MTV Movie Awards Makeup


Find here more information on Mary Kay cosmetics and beauty products.


What was your favorite makeup look from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards? Are you a fan of Rita's makeup look?


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.

4.14.2014

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.