Summer Contouring Face Off

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Summer is officially here and, apparently, not going away anytime soon (Evian spray, please!). Here in the Inland Empire, where temps can be in the triple digits to 80’s-90’s in the evening, that still doesn’t mean I want to go naked makeup-wise when it comes to an evening out on the town. Enter the world of contour. Who doesn’t know about it by now? (Thanks, Kim Kardashian!)

I’ve tried the very popular Tarte Park Avenue Princess face sculptor. It’s a simple crayon-looking stick that literally slims your face down and focuses the spotlight on your cheekbones (or anywhere else you want to accentuate). When you put it on (or any contouring product for that matter), it looks completely ridiculous – until you rub it in and follow with a bit of bronzing powder (I like Nars’ bronzing powder). Then, all of a sudden, you can see the effect and you think to yourself, “How did I ever live without this product?”

My issue with the Tarte Park Avenue Princess was its value for the money (duh; knowing me) – it seemed like I went through it so quickly. I was visiting Ulta more frequently than I was getting my nails done. The product just didn’t seem to last for me. And then I was at Sephora, and I saw this awesome two for one contour and highlight stick from Nars. I decided to try it – – and…

It’s a total winner! I have had it for six months and it doesn’t break off, or send me searching for the nearest beauty store when I’m on vacation. I know there will be people who don’t agree with my opinion, but it’s what has worked for me. I feel like Nars doesn’t get the credit they deserve for their innovative products.

What’s your fave contouring product?

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Spring Faceoff: Best/Worst Foundation for Your Face

Happy Spring, everyone! Where did winter go? Oh well, on to Easter & Passover.

I had LASIK eye surgery in January (more about that in an upcoming post, I promise). While there were many (rather annoying but necessary) restrictions put in place for the first week or so (e.g., no pools, hot tubs (FOR A MONTH!), no makeup (FOR A WEEK!), I considered it a minor nuisance compared to glasses (which my husband was literally SICK of hearing me complain about since we met).

When I did get back to finally being able to apply my face again for a night on the town, I opened my makeup bag to use the last of my Urban Decay Foundation and (gasp) horrors almighty, the dang thing had spilled ALL OVER MY MAKEUP BAG!! And I hadn’t even traveled anywhere! While I LOVE Urban Decay Eye Palettes and eye shadows in general, this foundation really disappointed! It was thin, I had to use a ton to get anywhere near full coverage, and just never did it for me. (Photo Credit: Ulta.com)

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57 tissues, 2 towelettes and 3 makeup wipes later, I gave up and finally tossed the remainder of the foundation in the trash. And thus began my love affair with Christian Dior Airflash Foundation. Yes, it’s expensive (60 bucks), only available at Sephora; and no, I can’t use a coupon a la Ulta.

I spray a little on my face, and boy, does it go a long way! It’s lightweight, but gives me all-nighter, I’m gonna go to Vegas and party til 5 AM, wearability. My skin can breathe! And best of all, it’s a clean container. No mess in my makeup bag means less fears of explosions each time I get ready for a night on the town. (Photo credit: Sephora)

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Sorry Urban Decay, but Christian Dior is the winner on this Spring Foundation Faceoff – what are your thoughts? Urban Decay vs. Christian Dior — ready, sound off!

XOXO

The SocalSocialite

Dear Sephora, What Happened to Your Hair (section)?

I guess getting older is part of life; and along with it comes an adjustment – to life, to your energy level, and of course, to retail stores deciding to change the brands and styles they carry.

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Along with this revelation, Sephora has proved to be no exception. This past weekend they were running a 2x points on skincare promotion, so naturally, I stopped by to pick up some of the goodies I mentioned in my last post.

I decided to seek out a new leave-in conditioner (I love Fekkai) and was shocked when I was greeted with only a handful of options – and none of the ones I’m used to seeing. What the $%%##? Fekkai is nowhere to be found! The lady informed me they no longer carry that brand. Why? Is it too low-scale for their classy hair products?

I’m the kind of girl that carries a separate container in my purse chock-full of coupons. I love deals. But I also love luxury and prefer to dabble in both.

Is Sephora getting too snobby and exclusive with their haircare products? Or am I just getting too old and stuck in my ways? What do you think?

XOXO

TheSocalSocialite

Clean Beauty I Want on a Wednesday…

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Happy 2015 to you all! Sorry I’ve been on a writing hiatus lately with the holidays and end of year festivities.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? I sure did. Continue my yoga and pilates regimen, and continue eating cleaner! What’s helped me stick to my resolution is following a ton of yoga and clean eating inspired Instagrams.

Along with clean eating, I’m getting into products lately that clean my face and leave it ready for a good night’s rest, such as Murad’s Hydrating Toner – this stuff doesn’t burn my face and it gets the job done. What is it about the New Year that makes me run to Ulta and Sephora? I seem to always run out of products around the same time, twice a year! How convenient for the stores and inconvenient for my wallet!

Even thought it’s January and freezing in many parts of the country, this doesn’t mean the sun isn’t an issue. Lather up on that SPF, ladies and gents! I prefer some SPF tinted moisturizers that don’t make me dehydrate halfway through the day. Some faves are the Christian Dior BB Creme with SPF and Tarte SPF Tinted Moisturizer.

What are your Wednesday Must Want Clean Beauty Items?

XOXO

TheSocalSocialite

The Airbrushed Expectation

To many outsiders, “old-school people” (including my own mother), makeup is seen as superfluous, unnecessary, a waste of time.

If I had a dollar for all the guys during my pre-married life who told me, “You look so much better without makeup”, I would be living in a mansion next to Heather Dubrow in Newport Beach right now. That is not true!! What guys mean is they want you to have makeup. They just don’t want to be able to see it on you (minimal is key, subtle coverage is everything!) Example: Foundation, neutral eyeshadow, maybe mascara.

I am a fan of transformative makeup. During the week, I’m much too busy to put on a full face of makeup. I don’t like doing “minimalist makeup” either – it’s either SPF, or full-on coverage. I am running around (I work for myself) and much too harried to care. I already have the man of my dreams, I’m not out to impress anyone. My makeup routine during the week pretty much consists of SPF 20 Urban Decay tinted moisturizer.

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I want to know why I feel discriminated against shopping in makeup stores for makeup when I love makeup! Maybe I don’t look “pulled together”, but I really know my stuff. Anyone had the experience of going into a department store wearing lounge clothes from Victoria’s Secret and being treated like a poverty-striken homeless bum? I feel a similar way if I go by the department store makeup counter or high-end makeup store. Even Ulta sometimes.

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We need to further educate society in two ways:

1) Guys need to understand that those of us who like getting glammed up and ready to go out is a process. Women are not airbrushed unless they are shooting a magazine cover (or selfie-tastic Kim Kardashian). We are not going to look perfectly polished in two seconds. Ever.

2) Makeup stores really need to train their staff to be nice to everyone, regardless of how much makeup they are or are not wearing. Or to take it a few steps further, regardless of what one looks like.  I have been treated much differently (especially in Sephora) when I come in after working out versus on a date night with my husband. This is unacceptable. How the heck would you know that back home I have a huge stockpile of makeup? When employees are rude or flat out ignore me, I don’t feel like buying anything. Furthermore, it just hurts my feelings. I’m sensitive.

Onwards & upwards,

The SocalSocialite

Covering Up on Cloudy Days!

On days like these where I want to crawl into bed because it’s gloomy outside (I sometimes think I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is why I love sunny So-Cal! self-diagnosed), I have to have my extra dose of caffeine to keep me going but also remember to take care of my skin!

That’s right, I am a SPF-hound (and I play SPF police with everyone in my family, making sure they wear sunscreen especially on days like this!!). My fave ones are tinted moisturizers because it gives you an effortless glow and at the same time, decreases your risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer) and keeps your skin from burning.

I especially love this Becca version (@ select Sephora stores) because it feels great on my skin, makes it look like I bothered to put makeup on, and has an SPF of 25. Win win!!

Sunglasses burn, stay away and come again another day, and while you’re at it, take the grey sky along with you.

What’s your fave tinted moisturizer??