..TOODLES 2018. It was a rough one emotionally, but my beauty exploration and fashion addiction survived the madness and remained strong and exciting! I'm heading into 2019 with a new attitude towards health and beauty. My shoe and handbag addiction will probably continue to be ridiculous (by some standards), but 2018 has taught me to make changes, embrace new brands and get creative with my style and makeup.
My biggest obsession is sunglasses. I purchased too many Chloé sunglasses this year! MIU MIU sunnies recently took over my looks, but Chloé reigns supreme on my sunnies shelf.
I just snagged these MIU MIU star embossed sunglasses and Swarovski crystal embellished sunglasses and glasses chain at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. LOVE! I'll be seeing stars in 2019!
My personal style remains the same - chic joggers and sock-style boots with printed t-shirts and sweatshirts. My favorite clothing brands are 3.1 Phillip Lim, Fenty X Puma, Tularosa, GRLFRND, Mother, Spell & The Gypsy Collective, For Love & Lemons, Monrow sweatpants , Karl Lagerfeld and Fiorucci (t-shirts and sweatshirts) and Nation LTD (to name a few).
My infatuation with designer shoes and handbags remains expensive! Louis Vuitton handbags are still taking over my collection. I finally found myself an LV sales representative in New York and she's fabulous. Some LV bags are impossible to get (unless you have a rep). She snagged me a Summer Trunk tote and Time Trunk Alma handbag as soon as they hit the sales floor. She's my handbag fairy!
After a five year hiatus, Gucci has made a comeback in my collection. My husband tracked down a Gucci bag I had been coveting for months and gave it to me for our 10 year anniversary. Best gift a girl could get! AND, of course, I'm still a Chloé girl and LOVE Chloé handbags.
I LOVE BOOTS! I'm still rocking Fendi Rockoko and Yeezy sock-style boots. I purchased too many Adidas sneakers in 2018, got some Chloé boots and a new pair of Fendi fur slides (possibly the best purchase of 2018). I'm looking forward to summer, so I can strut around in my mew Fendi slides.
Another year gone and while I spent most of my time shopping and exploring new beauty products, my go-to brands remain the same. For anti-aging, Neocutis is my favorite. I got a mini fridge for Christmas and am keeping my Neocutis products in there. Applying cold eye and face creams is new to me and I love it! AND, I still love Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Face Cream (great for calming rosacea) and Extra Eye Repair Cream.
My favorite make-up brands list has changed a little. Benefit Cosmetics, Too Faced, Dior and beautyblender reign supreme in my Cosmocube. Oh and there's a few KKW Beauty products in there too - love the brushes. My long-time favorites, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier are still taking up some real estate in the cube.
I still get IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Treatment) and Clear + Brilliant laser Treatment. These two combined leave my skin looking fresh, vibrant and reduce the appearance of my rosacea. They are painful and expensive, but worth it. I'm also still doing botox. I've had a few botched jobs and am a little turned off, but I think it's about finding the right dermatologist..
My hair is finally back to normal. I suffered from botched hair for two years and it was a struggle. The silver lining is that I tried too many hair care products and shared my thoughts on b.a.gorgie.com. I hope my product reviews helped a few of you. Surprisingly, I introduced a new shampoo and conditioner to the routine in 2018. My long-time favorite Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner still have a permanent spot in the shower, but now I'm alternating with Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance conditioner. This stuff is amazing!
I tried Coolsculpting and got "minimal results". Highly disappointing. After waiting four months for maximum results and feeling like I spent too much money and wasted my time, I decided to start working out (there are no shortcuts). I also changed my eating habits. I'm eating healthier and smaller portions. I'm proud to say, I've lost 14 lbs. YUP! It was a slow process (took an entire year)! I have another 6 lbs to go and am hoping to get a MIRROR Home Gym in the 2019. HINT HINT.. I'm also considering the new fat reducing procedure Vanquish. I'll let ya know how it goes.
My favorite body wash and creams are Sol de Janeiro and Aveeno (for those sensitive days). The caramel-pistachio scent of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum body cream, Brazilian Crush body mist and Brazilian 4 Play moisturizing shower cream-gel are delicious! This cosmetic brand has made a few appearances on the blog and still reigns supreme.
That's my favorite cosmetics, procedures, fashion brands and style diary for 2018. I'm still a cosmetic junkie and am obsessed with shoes and handbags. I have a few trips in 2019 and am already planning my outfits..
..TOODLES 2018. It was a rough one emotionally, but my beauty exploration and fashion addiction survived the madness and remained strong and exciting! I'm heading into 2019 with a new attitude...
I've spent too much money on products and procedures to keep my face fresh and young, all the while, neglecting my neck & décolleté. Mind you, I'm still in my thirties and my skin looks great, but it's never to soon to implement an all-over, anti-aging routine. My décolleté looks fine (no wrinkles yet), but I do have two deep lines across my neck - I'm sure these lines are due to staring down at the phone and keyboard. Posture is not my strong suit!
I initially considered cosmetic procedures, BUT due to my last two duds, I am reluctant. Both Kybella and Cool Sculpting failed to diminish unwanted fat on my chin and abdomen respectively. Maybe that's my super power - invincible fat cells! In the end, it's a lot of money wasted and minimal results. So the search to find supreme anti-aging products for the neck and décolleté begins.. Oh and I'm realizing exercise is a must for the body - there's no easy solution to reducing body fat!
I've been applying Neocutis anti-aging products for years. So, of course I turned to my favorite anti-aging brand in search of an anti-wrinkle product for my neck. While perusing the internet, I also came across the "miracle" treatment - Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Instant Sculpting Wand. Sounds promising! I'm thinking these two products are gonna do wonders for my necklines..
The Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Instant Sculpting Wand claims to take 10 years off your neck, chin and jawline! That's a BIG statement. There are before and after pics on the Spencer Barnes LA site that show dramatic results, but there's no indication of how long these individuals have been using the wand? It says you will see initial results and further affects thereafter. This "no needle, no filter, no surgeon" product seems too good to be true!
The sculpting wand is easy to use and the application feels nice. Just pump out the product by pressing the button on the bottom of the wand (one pump is enough) and glide the stainless silver ball along our neck, chin and jawline. Horizontal and vertical movements along your skin will ensure an even product application and the mini neck massage is kinda nice.
The product has a cooling sensation and dries fairly quickly. If you need an extra boost, you can apply again five minutes later. The scent is light and swiftly diminishes - good, cause it's not so great!
I did not see a dramatic transformation after the first application, or the second, third.. After many weeks, my neck lines do appear slightly less intense (maybe 20% less visible). Along with daily use of the Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex, these two products are making a big difference, BUT which one is driving the anti-wrinkle bus?
I really like the Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex. The jar is innovative and dispenses just enough product to cover my neck & décolleté - simply remove the cover, push down on the white surface and a perfectly portioned dollop appears. Massage the rejuvenating cream along your neck & décolleté morning and night.
YES, I have noticed a change in my neck wrinkles over the past month. My wrinkles appear softer and my neck more youthful. Admittedly, I use the Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex everyday and the Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand a few times a week - SO, I'm gonna brand the Neocutis product as the anti-aging culprit here.
I've been applying Neocutis Bio Essential Lumiére Eye Cream for years. My dermatologist highly recommends this anti-aging brand. I love it and was super excited to learn that Neocutis launched a new line called Micro Essentials. I haven't swayed from my long-time serum and eye cream until now.
The Neocutis Micro Eyes Rejuvenating Cream has the same consistency, barely-there scent and feel of the Bio Essentials Eye Cream. It kinda feels like the exact eye cream. Albeit, sometimes we just need a change. Whether or not it's making a difference is irrelevant, cause physiologically, it's new and supposedly making a difference. I do however like this product and have permanently swapped my Neocutis Bio Essential Lumiére Eye Cream for the Neocutis Micro Eyes Rejuvenating Cream.
This product is lightweight, dries swiftly and doesn't irritate. I highly recommend applying the Micro Serum to your under eyes prior to applying the Micro Eyes rejuvenating Cream. It's the perfect anti-aging combination for the skin around your eyes.
Since I was already shopping the Neocutis Micro Essentials lineup, why not get a new facial cream too!? I use Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream daily - this stuff is great under makeup and smells super fresh. But, I'm aging and realize it may be time to introduce an anti-aging facial cream.
The Neocutis Micro Day Rejuvenating Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is AMAZING! The product is lightweight and tinted. It blends nicely and gives you an immediate softer appearance. Oh, and it contains that magical Hyaluronic Acid that everyones talkin' about (insert sarcasm)! Yeah, I'm sure Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient in anti-aging products, but the mention of this ingredient is getting old (pun intended).
I love this facial cream. I still apply Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream under makeup (I rarely wear makeup), but every other day, the Neocutis Micro Day Rejuvenating Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 is enough to brighten my complexion and nourish my skin.
I've spent too much money on products and procedures to keep my face fresh and young, all the while, neglecting my neck & décolleté. Mind you, I'm still in my thirties and my skin...
I'm a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. The first and last time I swayed from my barley there eye makeup routine, I applied blue mascara AND had a severe allergic reaction to the blue dye! Back to my skin-tone eye shadows and black mascara... I love nude eye shadow palettes, but they usually contain darker shades for a smokey look and I rarely go beyond a dark skin-toned eye shadow. All my eye shadow palettes are slowly withering in my Cosmocube. Albeit, I'm still addicted to eye shadow palettes and have too many! I'm more inclined to purchase single eye shadows and create my own perfectly nude palette.
My barley there eye makeup routine consists of seven pink-toned and skin-toned eye shadows, maybe a little sparkle and lots of layers. BUT, first prep + prime is essential. I'm obsessed with eye creams. I use Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream or Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream under my concealer and shadows, and Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream in the AM - yes, I have a wakeup and refresh skincare routine and then a prep + prime for makeup application routine. For anti-aging, I use Neocutis Lumiére Bio-restoraive Serum Powered by PSP and Neocutis Lumiére Eye Cream with PSP before bed. This stuff is amazing!
The Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream To Go is compact and the doe-foot applicator is super soft. The hydrating eye cream is light, silky and the perfect under-makeup moisturizer. Your under-eye area feels smooth and refreshed. This 6 ml travel size lip gloss-like tube (limited edition) is convenient and perfect for travel. I prefer this on-the-go applicator over the original Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream pot.
Primers are essential to an even skin-tone. Yes, your eyelids need a little primer too. Laura Mercier Eye Basics eyelid primer is like foundation for your eyelids. This primer is available in six shades - even a pale blue to brighten your lids. The foundation-like primer is creamy, conceals discoloration and creates the perfect base for eye-makeup. Eyelid primer is a must-have for the perfect nude(ish) look.
Back to my perfectly procured list of barely there shadows. I have to admit, I'm not a huge M.A.C fan, but the pink and skin-tone eye shadow selection is vast. The on-trend shades are gorgeous and the pigmented eye shadows last all day on your lids. I typically start with the lightest shade, apply pink-tone eye shadow to my lids and then two darker shades at the outer corner of my eyelids and in the crease. The final look is subtle, but makes my eyes appear uniform and brighter.
Apply Brulé satin eye shadow all over (up to your brow), Orb satin eye shadow all over (up to your brow), Malt matte eye shadow from the crease to your lashes, Grain satin eye shadow along the crease and blend Arena satin eye shadow from the outer corner and along the crease. Gorgeous! The subtle layers create dimension and elevate your natural, no-makeup makeup look.
I have been a fan of Sephora Collection eye shadows for years. The selection 'was' vast, the eye shadows are inexpensive and the pink-toned shades met my eye-makeup needs. There doesn't seem to be a big selection of the Colorful shadows anymore? Sephora still creates beautiful shadow palettes, but the single eye shadows are becoming obsolete. Bummer, cause I love the Sephora Colorful luster matte shadow in Desert Rose. The light pink shade is perfect for those 'I don't have time for makeup' days.
The Sephora Colorful glitter eye shadow in Walking in the Sand is a similar pink shade but has a little sparkle. I use this eye shadow to highlight the center or inner corner of my lids. This one is on sale at Spehora.com - Imma stock up.
I kinda wish I was aware that Sephora is discontinuing the Colorful eye shadow collection before I included two of my favorites in this list, BUT you can use these shades as a reference.. AND, it takes forever to shoot and edit these photos - Sephora Colorful eye shadows shall remain on my perfectly procured barely there eye makeup list.
I'm a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. The first and last time I swayed from my barley there eye makeup routine, I applied blue mascara AND had a severe allergic reaction to the blue dye! Back to my...
I can't live without these two products! Lumiére Bio-restorative Eye Cream and Bio-Serum with PSP. These two eye treatments are the basis for my extensive preventative anti-aging routine. First I gently apply the serum under my eyes and allow to absorb. Then I apply the eye cream under my eyes and on the outside where wrinkles are prominent. I use both treatments twice a day. I do not have under-eye swelling, or dark circles and I attribute that to my healthy diet, drinking lots of water and most of all to my Lumiére Bio-Restorative Eye Cream & Bio-Serum.
The Lumiére Bio-restorative Eye Cream is available in a 15 ml bottle. The Bio-Serum with PSP is available in a 4 ml pen that is great for travel and in a 30 ml bottle. The downside to these products is the price. The eye cream sells for around $85, the serum pen for $85 and the 30 ml bottle for $210. You do not need a lot of solution per application, so these products will last a few months. I know these treatments are expensive, but they're more than worth the money! You can purchase Lumiére Bio-Restorative Eye Cream & Bio-Serum on-line at Amazon or skinstore.com.
I can't live without these two products! Lumiére Bio-restorative Eye Cream and Bio-Serum with PSP. These two eye treatments are the basis for my extensive preventative anti-aging routine....