Up to 4x Points @ Sephora’s Summer Surge: TREAT Yourself

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This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

This is the last post of a 4 part series about what to buy during Sephora’s Summer Surge event that earns you up to 4x the points on all your purchases. Click here to read my other articles: 5 Last Minute Travel Shortcuts, 5+1 Back to School Basics, and 6 Best Makeup for Fall 2014.

Earning more points at Sephora gets you more deluxe sized samples, which is obviously amazing because you get to try a whole bunch of stuff before you decide to purchase! And samples make for fantastic weekend travel sizes. These are the 5 Makeup Splurges I have my eye on and I’ll tell you why: Continue reading…

Up to 4x Points @ Sephora’s Summer Surge: FALL 2014 Makeup

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This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

As much as I don’t want summer to end, there’s something so darn irresistible about Fall/Autumn. I’m not even talking about the leaves turning colour, though that’s beautiful too. There’s something about Fall fabrics and makeup that I freaking love. The temperature dips a bit and suddenly you’re wrapping yourself up in these luxurious textures and spending more time primping in the mirror. You just feel GRAND.

Checking out Fall/Winter backstage makeup is always fun – unlike Spring/Summer where the makeup is a lot about fresh, natural and glowy, F/W always promises a bit of drama. This year it’s all about your eyes: pops of colour, metallics, and graphic lines. Nail art isn’t going anywhere, but nudes are going to be very popular (lucky me!), along with gold and grey metallics. Lips took a bit of a back seat this time around, with shades also on the natural fleshy side. Scroll down for the 6 Best Makeup to get you excited for Fall: Continue reading…

Up to 4x Points @ Sephora’s Summer Surge: 5+1 BACK to SCHOOL BASICS

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This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

Experimenting with skincare and make-up tends to start around middle-high school, and the first day of school is when you want to look your best, whether you’re going back to the same school or starting at a new one. Arduous hours and lengthy text conversations are spent trying to pick an outfit + makeup + hair that makes you look a little more grown up and collected, and doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard. My mom always told me from when I was in junior high that when one starts to wear makeup, don’t skimp on quality, even though it’s more money. Always choose makeup and skincare products that perform. That has stayed with me to this day.
So if you’re a teen going into high school, a young adult going into college, or a mom going shopping with her tween, make smart choices when purchasing products that go on your skin. Pick quality, not quantity.

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Sephora Summer Surge: 5 LAST MINUTE TRAVEL SHORTCUTS

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I know I know, it’s the long weekend and all you wanna do is hang around the great outdoors and enjoy the sunshine before the days get short and the mercury starts to sink. Who wants to think about shopping?? I DO – and I’ll bet a whole lotta you wanna as well when Sephora is practically throwing free points at you!

This week, from Monday, August 04 – Sunday, August 10, 2014, Sephora is giving VIB Rouge junkies 4x the points on all their Sephora purchases, VIB addicts 3x the points, and Beauty Insiders 2x the points ONLINE and IN-STORE.

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Get a FREE Anywhere Essentials kit from PAI Skincare for National Sisters’ Day

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Hey Green Beauty lovers! I’m sure many of you have sisters you love (though may have hated when you were kids) so what better way to celebrate National Sister Day this Sunday with an AMAZING deal from PAI Skincare?? Spend $70 USD or £40 GBP and choose 1 of 4 different Anywhere Essential Kits worth $37! Each 4 piece kit comes with their extremely popular hydrating Cleanser, Tonic, Moisturizer and organic muslin cloth (muslin cloths are a total game changer in my cleansing routine). I’ve tried and used their Geranium & Thistle cream, Chamomile & Rosehip cream and Camellia & Rose cleanser. All of them leave my skin feeling so fresh without a lick of greasiness.

Pai Organic Skincare is a British line proudly made in London, with a task force of about 10 women. It was founded in 2007 by Sarah Brown, a former PR exec who had developed a severe skin allergy and was tired of taking anti-histamines to mask the problem. With £15000 in savings, she quit her job, retrained herself in cosmetic manufacturing amongst other related disciplines, and launched Pai 3 years later, a plant-based organic skin care line for very sensitive skin.
Pai Skincare has been used on the film sets of Maleficent, Les Miserables, Black Swan and Thor.

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BYE BYE Panda Eyes: Smudge-proof Mascara for Little Lashes

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As an asian gal, it’s not surprising that I have fine, sparse and stick straight lashes. The first makeup product I used on a daily basis was mascara and to this day it’s still one of my ‘essentials’. However, I spent a good decade gingerly rubbing under my eyes every hour of every day, to get rid of the mascara residue that gives me panda eyes before finally switching to tubing mascaras. Since then it’s been BYE BYE panda eyes and I’ve never looked back.

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Classic Red Lips

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Welcome to my very first Flashback Friday!
I was sifting through my make-up pictures of old and I came across this shoot I did with Clara and her friend Rachelle back in the summer of 2012! How gorgeous does she look? I love red lips. No, I LOOOOOOOVE red lips. It’s classic, sexy, and DAMN EASY to do. When you’re in a rush, swipe some straight from the tube and ta-da! Suddenly you look polished :)
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Review: Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day cream

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I have been using oils on my face and body for a number of years now and I love it, but it doesn’t quite replace a great lotion or cream for me. Perhaps old habits die hard, but I love the touch and consistency of a lotion. There’s something very soothing about it.

My first Fresh Faced order came with a sample of Pai’s Chamomile & Rosehip cream. I gave it shot and was shocked at how lovely it felt on my skin! It’s a relatively thick cream but didn’t feel greasy at all. Since spring was around the corner at that point and I wanted a lotion to layer over my serum oil, I chose the Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream because it sounded a tad lighter.

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Review: Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser

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My slight obsession with skincare not only stems from my acne history, but also from my cute petite mom who has always had great skin and beautiful teeth.  She told me sometime in April that she was running out of the cleanser she had been using for the last few years, and she wanted to try something new.  Did I have any recommendations?  NOPE.  But I was getting into my green skincare and I really wanted her to give it a go as well.  I told her to leave it to me, I will find her a new cleanser!!  (That is pretty much as exciting as it gets in my life)  At the same time, Mother’s Day was the following month and I didn’t know what to get her.  I wanted to get her something practical, and this was my opportunity!  I only knew that she doesn’t particularly like gel cleansers as her skin feels dry afterwards AND that she has very high standards for skincare.  I spent a few nights researching and decided to give Kahina’s Facial Cleanser a shot.  I read that it was milky, non-stripping, non-lathering and the price point was very good.  Thankfully it was a hit and I’ll tell you why in a bit.
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Review: Dr. Alkaitis Organic Eye Crème

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I try very hard to use up my products before I start using a new one.  I had a full size Origins Plantscription eye cream complimentary of Sephora (it was a promotion last year) that I didn’t love but I was determined to finish it.  It seemed to take forever so when I found myself hitting the bottom of the jar, I thought, UH OH. I don’t have anything lined up.
I was starting to get interested in ‘green’ products at the same time so I took the plunge and ordered the Dr. Alkaitis eye cream from Fresh Faced entirely based on the ingredient list and online reviews.  I’m a huge sucker for products that don’t have water as their first ingredient (in this case it’s aloe vera).  Thank goodness it worked out or else I’d be using another eye cream I don’t particularly like for another million years.

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