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Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir vs. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury is UK based luxury brand that is amazing.  It combines makeup with skincare for foundations with long lasting results. The Light Wonder Foundation hides perfections and while keeping skin hydrated for 18 hours. It provides light, buildable coverage (with a SPF15) that will last all day without feeling heavy. It comes in a pseudo squeeze bottle that prevents contamination and insures you can get every last drop out- which is good because it clocks in at $46. It is also hard to find. Some Nordstrom stores carry it and you can buy direct from the website. It really is a premier product so if you’re looking to splurge on a foundation for a wedding or big event, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand.

Covergirl Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation

If you can’t find a Nordstrom with Charlotte Tilbury or you don’t want to spend nearly $50 for foundation, Covergirl has a great option. Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation is made with vitamins E, B3, B5, antioxidants and an SPF of 20. It has a similar consistence to the Light Wonder foundation, is buildable and is priced around $10.

*Note: In both of these foundations I had to get 1 to 2 shades lighter than they appeared in the bottle. For some reason (maybe the anti-aging ingredients) it looks darker on your skin, so go somewhere where you can test it.

Three face masks to rescue winter skin under $25

Winter can be hard on your skin. Cold weather outside coupled with heat inside buildings can create dryness, itchy skin and sallowness.  My usual treatment go-tos are tissue and hydrogel masks, but putting them on in the winter makes you feel like you’re in a cryotherapy booth. Here are three products that will soothe winter skin without making you feel like you dunked your face in ice water.

Yes To Miracle Oil Calm & Sooth Primrose Oil Mud Mask, $3.29 (I may get a commission from this link)

This pink tinted mud mask is made with youth inducing evening primrose oil, meadowfoam oil, aloe and  rosemary leaf extract. It  soothes and hydrates skin. leaving behind a faint rosewater scent. Each packet can easily produce least two mask sessions. Find them at Ulta and CVS stores.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49 (I may get a commission from this link)

This mask is perfect to use after a day out in the cold. Just peel the tab and feel the mask heat up on your fingers. Natural charcoal helps to draw out impurities and blackheads while heat soothes your skin. Note: This mask is more effective and easier to remove in the shower.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $25

I got a sample of this mask, tore through it and went to buy the full size.  Laneige Water Sleeping Mask has this “Moisture Wrap” technology that creates a barrier to hold in moisture for eight hours. You can use it with your favorite overnight moisturizer or by itself. I like to cleanse with PIXI Glow Tonic first to keep oily skin at bay, and then apply the Water Sleeping Mask. The directions say to use it two-three times a week, but if my skin is really dried out and needs a good plump, I use it everyday. Get it at Sephora or Laneige.com.

An easy fix for those holiday breakouts

The holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Too much sugar, alcohol and stress can cause unwanted blemishes to pop up on your skin, right before a big party. I discovered this little gem at CVS you can use to both reduce a pimple and hide it from the world (and your fingers).

Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots are tiny plastic-like dots made with hydrocolloid and work like those blister band aids. The dot is applied over the pimple, disguises it and draws out the fluid, decreasing inflammation and shortening the life of the pimple. They are supposed to last for eight hours but if you have a larger, more active pimple, you made need to use them more frequently . Spot Dots are also very helpful if you are a picker and will help heal dry spots on your face.

Each package contains 30 dots of different sizes and retails for $3.49. I got mine at CVS in the K Beauty section, but you can get them online at peachandlily.com.

Extend time between salon highlights with this toning trick

If you’re a little a late making it to the salon and your hair is driving you nuts, here is a little trick you can try at home. As your highlights grow out, your virgin (darker) hair is exposed. The contrast between the highlight and your new hair growth is a stark contrast and makes the roots stand out. You can use a toner from Sally Beauty Supply to tone the hair, removing brassiness and minimizing the root.

Caveat: If you are not comfortable DIYing hair color products, inquire with your salon about a toning treatment!

I starting using Wella Color Charm toners based on the recommendation of YouTube Colorist Sylvia Reis (ellebangs). She is a blonde specialist and has a bunch of tutorials for the DIYer.  I use two different toners (half and half) to get my perfect color. The people at Sally’s can help you figure out which color is best for your hair. I am more of a blue than a purple but the mix of T18 and T10 (I may receive a commission from these links) makes my hair a  nice buttery blonde. Find out if you are blue or purple here.

To use I mix 1 part toner to 1 part  Sally Beauty Sensitive Scalp 20 Volume Creme Developer and 1 part Salon Care 20 volume Clear Developer. The Sally Beauty Sensitive toner smells really good! If you are worried about the hair lifting, use 10 volume instead. I mix clear with creme to get a thinner consistency. I pour each ingredient into a plastic applicator bottle, shake to mix and put on plastic gloves.

You must work fast! Apply to wet hair, covering hair from root to tip.  You will only leave this on a few minutes! Watch your hair in the mirror and if you see any blonde pieces turning really purple, it’s time to wash it out. To preserve the toning, rinse out the toner but don’t use shampoo, just conditioner. Sometimes it takes a day or so to see the full effects of the toning, so don’t panic! If you don’t like the color, you can use a color shampoo or just wait a month for the color to wash away. Ellebangs also has  a newer video using a demi- permanent Wella color with an activating lotion to tone.

ULTA haul $15 off $50 coupon

Score at ULTA with these coupons coming to your email

For about the past nine months or so, I have been getting $15 off $50 coupons in my email every quarter. Here is how I took advantage of the deal and read the end to see how to get yours!

  1. Mia Puffy Pony, $6: I sometimes work as a photography assistant and I thought this would be a neat accessory to add volume to a  long, thin ponytail. Unfortunately, this only works if you have thick hair already.
  2. The Scrub Of Your Life by Soap & Glory, $12: This five star body scrub smells great, comes in a handy squeeze bottle and gets rid of the rough spots!
  3. Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm by Clinique, $6 (trial size): This balm transforms into an oil that removes even the thickest mascara and physical sunscreens. Find the trial size hidden in the Clinique displays.
  4. DipBrow Pomade by Anastasia, $18: I got a deluxe sample of this brow pomade and had to get it. It comes in a nice range of hair colors and makes your brows look like a professional did them!
  5. Tarte Lip Sculptor minis, $12: When you want to put gloss over your lipstick you end up messing up your gloss wand or trying to use your finger. Tarte Sculptor by Tarte has a lipstick on one end and the matching gloss on the other. Problem solved! Find this mini duo tucked into one of the prestige cases or up at the cash wrap.
  6. 10 days To Great Skin by Clinique, Free: ULTA has been serving up unannounced freebies  with purchase lately. They change every day and you never know what you’re going to get. This kit has 10 ten days worth of Clinique skincare including Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion and Dramatically Different Moisturizer. Perfect for your next vacation.

Now for the deals – Most of them come to my secondary email (not the email registered to my account), but still work with my club card. I have also been getting quarterly 20 percent off total purchase offers to both emails. These offers are GOOD on prestige products! Try to set up a second email and see what you get!