MONTHLY OBSESSION

I’m very much in favor of anything that speeds up my morning makeup routine.  Having a toddler means virtually zero alone time, and these days the morning minutes seem to disappear virtually instantly.  Sometimes a little mascara and concealer just doesn’t cut it and I want to bring it up a notch.  This is where Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Color Chameleon’ Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil comes into play.  Since the pro makeup artist launched her new line, it’s been getting rave reviews.  I’m a fan of many of her products (and more reviews of the ones I like are to come), but I especially love the versatility of these pencils.  They glide on silky smooth and are  blendable, but stay put until you take them off.  You can sharpen them to a point for more of a precision liner, or smudge them all over the top and bottom lashes for a smokier look. So far I’m loving the bronzy “Amber Haze” color for my green eyes, but I definitely plan to pick up a few of (if not all!) the rest.

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POWDER BRONZER

I have to admit that I’m an avid bronzer user.  These days, I try to keep my face out of the sun as much as I can, but I do like a healthy glow to my complexion.  You can use bronzer to give yourself a tan, add dimension and contour, and give life to otherwise dull skin (not that you have that).  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bronzers, with little or no shimmer, that deposit natural, buildable color in the convenience of a powder compact.

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Left to Right:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Rimmel Natural Bronzer
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
NARS Bronzing Powder
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer

FLORAL & BOTANICAL BEAUTY

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My amazingly talented cousin Claire, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series, and since April showers bring May flowers, then this is the month of beautiful blooms.  To celebrate, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite flower infused beauty products.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

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Rose: John Masters Rose and Aloe Hydrating Mist, By Terry Rose Lip Gloss, Christian Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

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Camelia: Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

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Camomile: Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile, Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream

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Jasmine: Leonor Greyl Masque Fleurs de Jasmin

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Orange Blossom: Le Couvent des Minimes Deodorant with Alum Stone