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Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Techie

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I enjoy getting ready. Doing my hair, doing my makeup, choosing my clothes. But drying my hair has always been my most dreaded beauty task. With the amount of hair I have, and it being so long, it usually takes me up to 30-40 minutes to get it completely dry.

I’ve had a couple of great hair dryers throughout the years, but my latest one was at the end of it’s run after a short couple of years. So I probed my hairstylist for her favorite hair dryers. She suggested BaByliss. I started researching and found nothing but amazing reviews for this Italian made beauty tool, created with a real v12 Ferrari engine, and nano-titanium technology.

The verdict? 6 minutes. 6 minutes is all it took for a completely dry, shiny blowout. Sold.

BaByliss Volare V1 Dryer Ferrari Designed Engine Ulta Beauty Techie Guide

The amount of times that I didn’t have time to finish drying my hair and had to let it air dry to look like a mess. I wish I would’ve discovered this piece of beauty magic much sooner.

If you’re in search of the perfect gift for the beauty techie in your life, I’ve rounded up an array of amazing products that amp up anyone’s beauty routine.

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BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer This hairdryer is magical. It’s no doubt worth the price to cut down significantly on your beauty routine time & comes with a 4 year warranty at Ulta.

Beachwaver S1 Lust Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show beach waves? This is the exact product top stylists used to create the effortless sultry look.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System This is a life changer. Using this facial brush everyday, makes my skin so soft, eliminates dryness, and helps fade any previous breakouts.

Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head With my hormones all over the place, being pregnant, I use this brush head to control breakouts. It’s safe for sensitive and acne prone skin.

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head Designed with a unique gradation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement, making it optimal for cleansing oily skin, skin with large pores or those looking to target hard to reach and uneven areas of the face, like the crevasses around the nose. This brush head is safe and gentle for use every day.

Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head If you have a sensitive to normal skin type, this brush is great.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brush Head This is the next brush head I plan on trying out. The luxurious brush head with plush new filaments that remove sebum and surface-level pigmentation to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dullness.

Clarisonic Smart Profile Skin Cleansing System If you’re obsessed with the results of the facial brush as I am, you can take it to the next level with this full body set, that includes a facial brush, body brush, and pedi smoothing disc.

Color Me Automatic Universal Starter Kit I’m dying try this foundation applicator that creates a professional airbrushed look. You can use it with any kind of foundation from liquid, loose, pressed, to BB creams.

Brought to you by People Style Watch and Ulta.

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Buff

Gift Guide For The Beauty Buff

Drybar Blowout Peace on Earth Good Hair to All! | Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® 2X Brush Cleaning Glove | Sephora FavoritesUrban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteGLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Ultimate Anti-Aging Set | GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment & Wet Lip Balm Treatment Duo | Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Plump Up Glossy StainGiorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation | Boscia Japanese Cleansing Ritual for Flawless Skin

One of my favorite gift guides, for the beauty obsessed in your life, or treating yourself! You can’t go wrong with any of these glam gifts.

 

Dewy Summer Beauty

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When It comes to summer beauty, I go for lightweight simplicity, with a touch of dewiness. This shimmery based primer, gives my skin the perfect subtle glow underneath my foundation, and this lightweight spray foundation is perfect for a simply flawless look. The key is to spray foundation onto an airbrush style makeup brush, and then apply to face in circular motions, so you don’t overuse the foundation, or look “too done up.” This has been my go-to concealer for years. I apply it underneath my eyes in an upside down triangle. It blends most naturally by patting the under eye area with a beautyblender.

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In search of the perfect blush and lipgloss for my wedding, I came across this pair. The dual-intensity blush is perfect for taking your look from day to night, going super subtle or making a statement. This blush brush can be used wet for more intensity for dry for minimal color. The lipgloss is the perfect amount of pop, and my favorite lip plumper & glossy stain is essential.

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blush | wet/dry blush brush |  lip plumper/hydrator | lip gloss | foundation | primer | concealer | beautyblender | bronzer | airbrush brush

Top Beauty Picks of 2014 : Makeup

Happy New Year! 2014 was filled with great memories, getting engaged, lots of road trips, vacations, and wedding planning. I’m so excited for our wedding year to be here, and to share everything with you along the way! I’ll be sharing my most coveted products of the past year including beauty, skincare and hair, as well as ones I’m itching to try this year.

Fave Beauty Products of 2014 | TheSubtleStatement.com

 Primer / Foundation / Winter Foundation / concealer / bronzer / blush / shadow primer / eyeshadow / eyeliner / eyelash curler / day mascara / night mascara / fiber lash mascara / brow pencil / brow shaping / brow gel / gloss / lipstick

In the dryer Winter months, I like to add a heavier foundation to my usual foundation and combine them for a more hydrating, long-lasting wear. What are the life-changing products you can’t live without?

Spring Beauty

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Happy Spring! In honor of the first day of Spring, I’m sharing my favorite Spring beauty finds. Nordstrom is currently holding a beauty event with fun gifts with purchase for over 60 brands, now until March 25th, so now is the best time to swap up your favorites!

NORDSTROM - Choose from 60+ Gifts with Purchase

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I’m such a beauty junkie, I’m always testing out new products, so I love the beauty subscription trend going on right now with companies like Birchbox and GLOSSYBOX (highly recommend joining!) I’m sharing my top must-haves that I fell in love with this year. What are your favorite beauty products?

Beauty Awards 2012 Skincare Cleansing Brush: Clarisonic Mia 2
Cleanser: Philosophy ‘Purity Made Simple’ One-Step Facial Cleanser + Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash or Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanse
Toner: Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads
Moisturizer: Mary Kay TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
Concentrate: Giorgio Armani ‘Luminessence’ Bright Regenerator Concentrate
Clearing Mask: Philosophy ‘The Oxygen Peel’ Kit (Super-Size Kit)
Anti-Aging Mask: Mario Badescu ‘Super Collagen’ Mask
Pore Reducing Mask: Mario Badescu ‘Cucumber Tonic’ Mask
Eye Products: Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Kiehl’s Eye-Brightening Concentrate
Lash Primer: DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Brown Serum: Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum
Spot Healing: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Lip Balm: Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Lip Mask: Mary Kay Satin Lips Set

Beauty Awards 2012 Makeup Foundation Primer: Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation
Concealer: Benefit Stay Don’t Stray
Powder: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder
Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush (72 Rose Initiale)
Bronzer: Tarte Mineral Bronzer (Park Avenue Princess)
Eyeliner: Lancôme ‘Le Stylo Waterproof’ Long Lasting EyeLiner (Cafe Nior)
Brow Pencil: Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil (2 Brown)
Mascara: ModelCo Fibre LASHXTEND
Palette: Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette (Taupe Craze 100)
Lipgloss: Chanel Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer (Seashell)
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine & Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour
Brush Set: Giorgio Armani Brush Set
Blush Brush: Chanel Blush Brush #4
Concealer Brush: Sephora Collection Pro Concealer Brush #45
Shadow Brush: Bare Escentuals Smoky Eye Brush

Beauty Awards 2012 Nails Polish: Julep
Polish Color: Butter LONDON 3 Free Nail Lacquer in West End Wonderland
Top CoatSeche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Nail File: Sephora Crystal Nail File
Polish Remover: Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover & Prep 
Cuticle Cream: CND Cuticle Eraser
Hand Cream: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Barely There

In need of a makeup refresher, I headed over to the bareMinerals booth at the IFB Conference. After trying out a couple of new products, I was on my way with a gift bag, filled with their newest foundation, precision brush, concealer and concealer brush.

While getting ready for Lucky FABB the next morning, I decided to test out the READY SPF 20 Foundation. To my surprise it was incredibly lightweight, yet had great coverage. Unfortunately I wasn’t matched the correct color, so with the help of bronzer, I was able to achieve the color of my skin tone. I later ordered my correct color from Nordstrom.  Their color palette made it easy to find the true match. Choose a color that appears darker than your skin tone. I was originally matched with Medium Beige, but Medium Tan was my best match.


I love the idea of wearing something lightweight, that doesn’t feel like a mask. The Precision Face angled brush makes it really simple apply the foundation evenly, even around hard to reach spots like around the nose. It looks completely natural, and after a long day at Lucky FABB, no touch-up needed. I’ve been using it ever since!

If you would like to learn more about the foundation, this Thursday, September 27th at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT Creator of bareMinerals, Leslie Blodgett, and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Fiona Stiles will be LIVE on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/bareMinerals. They will show you how to get Red Carpet Ready and introduce the bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation. Join the conversation at #bareMineralslive. Tune in the first ten minutes of the show for a chance to win an exclusive bareMinerals giveaway.

*This is not a sponsored post, just strictly my opinion.

Current Favorites – Beauty Routine

  1. Chanel Joues Contraste Blush – Rose Initiale #72 ($43) – The Perfect shade of pink for a rosy Summer glow.
  2. Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner ($29) – I always choose this long-lasting eye pencil over retractable liners.
  3. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – Ultralight Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 – Beige Rose #32  ($45) – A lightweight foundation with a flawless finish.
  4. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Lip Balm #1 ($7.50) – This neutral lip balm gives the perfect amount of shine that lasts for hours.
  5. L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes ($8.99) – The wand pulls lashes up for amazing volume.
  6. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara ($7.99) – This light-weight gel mascara leaves my lashes clump-free. (Combine the two mascaras for amazing clump-free volume.)
  7. Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer – Park Ave Princess ($29) – This weightless bronzer gives a natural, subtle finish.
  8. Benefit Stay Don’t Stray ($26) – This concealer primer has with enough coverage to pass for my concealer.