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Have you ever had your life get flipped upside down, sideways and then diagonal on you? I’m sure many of you have and it just so happens that life has decided to really go topsy turvy. It started in January, however, really hit me and my family in February. You see, the husband accepted a fantastic position about 2 hours away from where we were living. That meant we needed to move. Good thing, however, is that our lease was up anyway, so that was the easy part. The hard part was moving to an area where we didn’t already have a place to live. My go with the flow kind of attitude and bright eyed optimism gave me the idea that we would be able to find a place within a couple weeks…a month at most. In the mean time, we could stay at a hotel for a somewhat extended period of time. Well, it’s been two months and we are still in a hotel.

While some may think hotel living can be a fabulous lifestyle, let me be the one to tell you that fabulous it is not. Life with out a home down right sucks. It has been more than a challenge every day, especially with out the luxuries that a home has to offer. Whether an apartment or house, when you have a place that you can go to at the end of the day and be able to unwind, what a beautiful and peaceful thing to have. Something that I may have taken for granted before.

Suffice it to say, during this time my beauty routine has gone down the drain. Part of the reason is that I have a fraction of my beauty tools with me. Oh, how I miss my own bathroom! However, I have learned the absolute minimal routine that allows me to be able to go outside with out looking like I just got out of bed (even though that is exactly what I am doing every morning!)

So far, my absolute minimal routine is using 3 of my favorite products. First and one of the most important are my brows, mainly because I over plucked through out the years (I grew up in the 90’s and 90210 was a major beauty influence for me…you should see my high school sophomore photo…no, never mind, you should not). Anyway, one of my go to brow products is either Anastasia Brow Wiz or NYX Micro Brow pencils. I love them because they are so fine, I can fill in my brows and make them look full yet natural at the same time. I can use either with or with out make up and I just look as though I have naturally full brows! I have been able to fill my brows in less than 30 seconds, which is just about the time I have before I walk out of the hotel room. Of course, when I first wake up it looks like I just woke up…and since I don’t have a coffee maker in the room, I need to fake it with a little concealer. My go to concealer is from Nars, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla,  which melts into my skin and allows me to fake perfect skin with out looking as though I have any makeup on! A little around my eyes, on my lids, down the bridge of my nose, on the outer corners of my nose and outer corners of my lips, then just tap in and voila! Perfect skin faked. Love this product and I have written about it before…it still is my go to concealer for every day. And I am still on the same tube…this product lasts a really, really, really long time!

Lastly, I finish with mascara…especially since my lashes are fine, light brown with blonde tips, which makes them disappear when I do not wear any mascara. Needless to say, mascara is a definite must for me. Now, recently I have been playing with some different mascaras as there have been some new formulas I have wanted to try or some crazy deals out there that I just couldn’t pass up. Anyway, my normal go to is the L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara that I have written about in the past. But then I started using Revlon’s Ultimate All In One Mascara (which surprisingly I am able to use as in the past my eyes were unable to use Revlon mascaras or liners) and I really, really like it, (minus the flake factor towards the end of the day). Well then, Nouveau Cheap blog shared a great deal on the Nordstrom site where I was able to snag a freebie sample of the Chanel Mascara, which I have been using for the past week or so and this one has become my absolute favorite! I love how the deep black color makes my lashes pop at the same time it also separates, lengthens and volumizes the base of my lashes…all with out flaking through out the day!

While not having a home to go to everyday, it is nice to have a mini beauty routine to keep me going as well as keep my sanity. I know that as soon as the popular snow season is over, inventory will be available and we will be moving into our home beautiful home in no time.

 

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Beauty’s 50 Power Products…

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I am an absolute sucker for beauty lists, top 10, top 20, top 30, they all get me excited.  So when I read an article the other day on Women’s Wear Daily written by Peter Born where they listed the top 50 power products that made a significant difference in the beauty industry, I was SUPER excited!  Basically it’s the top 50 best, the power players, the big dogs, those products that other brands copy.  The type of product that can “generate enough enough cash flow to sustain itself for years, if not decades.”

So, of course, me being the curious beauty junkie that I am, I had to read the list and see how many of these products truly impacted my beauty life.  Here’s their list in alphabetical order…

1.  Axe Deoderant Body Spray
2. Bare Escentuals Bareminerals Powder Foundation
3.  Benefit Brow Zings
4.  Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
5.  Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray
6.  Calvin Klein CK One
7.  Chanel Vamp Nail Color
8.  Chanel No. 5
9.  Clairol Nice’N’Easy Root Touch Up
10.  Clarins Body Shaping Cream
11.  Clarisonic Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush
12.  Clinique Chubby Sticks
13. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
14. CND Shellac
15.  Covergirl Lash Exact Mascara
16.  Dior Diorshow Mascara
17.  Diptyque Paris Scented Candles
18.  Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel
19.  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
20.  Frederic Malle Editions de Parfum
21.  fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish
22.  Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
23.  Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
24.  Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
25.  Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey
26.  Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
27.  JLo Glow
28.  John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum
29.  Josie Maran Argan Oil
30.  Klorane Dry Shampoo
31.  La Mere Creme de la Mer
32.  Lacome Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate
33.  Lancome Juicy Tubes
34.  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
35.  L’Oreal Paris Mousse Absolue Hair Color
36.  MAC Viva Glam
37.  Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream
38.  Nars Orgasm Blush
39.   Proactiv Solution 3 Step System
40.  Pureology Serious Color Care
41.  Revlon Colorstay Lipstick
42.  Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
43.  Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask
44.  Smashbox Primers
45.  Thierry Mugler Angel
46.  Tom Ford Oud Wood
47.  Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
48.  Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer
49.  Yves Saint Laurent Opium
50.  Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat

Honestly, some I could care less about.  Quite a few of things I had never tried, but am absolutely in love with copy-cats.  There were some though that did change my life!

Chanel No. 5-  To me, it’s magical.  You can be having a bad day and you spritz it on and somehow the day is a little bit better.

Clarisonic Facial Brush- Own one!  I am a tech gizmo nerd, so anytime I can mix that with beauty, I’m a happy camper!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum- Made me like my hair again.  Enough said.

Lancome Juicy Tubes- Defined the late 90s for me.  Was my first “big girl” cosmetics purchase.  Nothing better than buying them at Macy’s during GWP.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel-  The only way to get my nail color to last longer than 12 hours.  No more acrylics for me.

Which ones on the list surprised you?  Which ones changed your life?

 

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Chanel No. 25

I’ve been reminiscing recently…mainly because the birthday is getting closer, oh a little too fast! I’ve been thinking about some of my first jobs in the beauty industry, specifically my first job in the industry. I was working at a Clinique counter and loved every day of it! I especially enjoyed meeting all the other Beauty Advisors in the department but even more so, learning various application techniques from extremely talented artists. One of the most talented artists I met was at the Lancôme counter. She seemed to always have a client in her chair and always have a very large sale afterwards. She had the talent and passion that infected me. I would watch her as she would apply makeup on the clients face and she would always be so sweet and explain everything she did to achieve the look.Chanelbrush

She showed me a lot of various tips and tricks and techniques as well. She also introduced me to the ultimate eye shadow brush that I use every single day and have kept for over 12 years! The ultimate eye shadow brush, the brush that can effortlessly pat on the base color, the brush that can be used in the crease, the brush that can be used to highlight the inner corner of the eyes as well as the brow bone, oh the brush that can do almost everything! The brush is the Chanel #25 brush, ‘Grand Pinceau Paupieres Doucer, Large Eyeshadow Brush’ is by far my most favorite brush in the world. Even with my employee discount, the brush was expensive for me…but of course, who cares when you are still living at home with your parents?

I didn’t realize it at the time, but the brush has been utilized so many times, practically every single day, for over 12 years, this was an investment I will never regret. In fact it makes me happy every time I use it. I know part of that comes from the beauty that is Chanel, the name, but the quality and various uses for the brush make the money I spent at the time totally worth it. The brush has never shed and has kept it’s shape all these years. I maintain it the same as I do with any other brush whether from E.L.F, Crown Brush or MAC. It is also the only brush that I will never, ever, ever toss or give away. If I were stuck on a deserted island and could only have one brush to apply my makeup, I’d take the Chanel #25 brush with me.

If you haven’t yet tried the Chanel #25 brush or you are looking for a multi purpose brush, this is a must for your collection!

 

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