Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts

May 13, 2014

Natural Beauty Favorites of the Moment featuring Burt's Bees Brightening Line

Mostly what I have to talk about on here is running and food, but today I'm switching it up and talking about some natural beauty products I'm loving.  Now that it's starting to actually feel like spring/summer and I'm feeling less like a cave creature who doesn't want to leave my warm bed, I've been focusing on trying to look less than ghostly pale and more even-toned.  

Since I have sensitive and acne-prone skin, I'm pretty cautious about what products I'm using on my face. With the huge trend of natural makeup and products, finding things that won't irritate my face has been a lot easier!

Avoiding crappy food helps my acne, but I still have a bunch of leftover dark spots and scars from years of fighting it.  This is why I was really excited to receive some samples of the new Burt's Bees Brightening Dark Spot Corrector (retails for $20.00).  It claims to visibly brighten skin, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles in 4 weeks.  I'm a big fan of Burt's Bees chapsticks so I was interested to try another one of their products.   

The Brightening Dark Spot Corrector is noncomedogenic and dermatologist-tested, along with using natural daisy extract which is shown to brighten skin by regulating skin's melanin production.  The whole Brightening Face Care Line also includes a Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser, Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream, Eye Treatment, and Refining Tonic.   The product line claims to brighten and even skin tone when used as part of a daily regimen over 8 weeks. 
The corrector is super thin and light!

October 21, 2013

MIMM #14- Love yourself

Hello, hope you are having a marvelous Monday! 

Now that the marathon and all that training is over I'm trying to get into a new routine. I want to schedule time to do things that I actually need to do-cleaning, school homework, those grad school applications that have barely been touched. Having it written down in my planner helps me tackle tasks and avoid procrastination. 

Besides penciling in time in my week for those chores, I've decided to add in some "me" time. It's silly, but I always find myself setting on my computer or phone at midnight wondering where the day went. Last night I finally finished a book I had been in the middle of for a while, two days before it's due back at the library (after being renewed the maximum three times!).  

Also one of my lovely new friends I made marathon training was getting married on Saturday so I took that as a chance to pamper myself. It was nice to actually getting all dressed up for once in a while. Also it's been a while since I've felt super pretty-lately all I can see in the mirror is bloating, weight I gained training, and all of my least favorite physical qualities. 

It's time to start pushing all of that negativity out-or at least start to try.  I wouldn't say the nasty things I say to myself to other people. 

I wore a dress to the wedding that I have in my closet that was comfortable and flattering. I suck at a lot of girl skills like doing my hair so I went to get my hair blown out at Haute Blow Dry Bar. It was all the best parts of a haircut i.e. the wash and styling.  I highly recommend a blow dry bar for a big event or if you just want a good hair day. They are apparently really popular in Los Angeles and New York, and I could see why-the salon was packed with ladies getting their hair done for weddings and parties on a Saturday afternoon. I wish I could get my hair to look that fabulous every day.  

Of course getting dolled up deserved a selfie!

Aftewards I decided to pop into Sephora to see if I could take advantage of their express makeup services and get my eye makeup done.  They have complimentary services for one part of your makeup done right in store, as a way to persuade you to buy some makeup. Usually on a Saturday afternoon their makeup artists are swamped, but I was across the street and thought it was worth a shot. I ended up sitting right down and having a super nice and helpful makeup artists give me a bold smoky eye and also help me pick out a new foundation to use.

 I'm super self-conscious about my acne-prone and oily skin, after years of awful cystic acne in college so finding something that can make my skin look matte and even is a big self-esteem boost. 

My everyday makeup is pretty much only some foundation/BB cream, powder, and mascara during the week so this was a nice reminder to have fun and get a little glam . I loved the bold smoky eye I got to rock and was sad I had to wash it all off at the end of the night. It's amazing how much some better a little hair and makeup made me feel. The wedding ended up being intimate and lovely-I even managed to catch the bouquet. Believe me, it means nothing :)

 Here are some of the ways I had a marvelous weekend. Try it sometime. 

Marvelous is spending a lot of your time smiling.

Marvelous is feeling pretty.

Marvelous is weekend cuddling, especially as it starts to get chilly outside!

Marvelous is celebrating love.

Marvelous are mini cupcakes. You can tell yourself that 6 of them is actually only like having 1 regular sized cupcake. 

Marvelous is going out and having lots of fun (and drinks!) with new people. 

Marvelous is Sundays spent in sweatpants on the couch. 

Marvelous is homemade banana bread. 

Here's some marvelous Monday motivation if you are feeling less than awesome about yourself lately: 





Have you treated yourself to some pampering recently? Did you have a fun weekend?