BEAUTY

The Lowdown on Blogger Events

I’m sure you can already guess what this post is about from the title, so here is my take on what really goes down at all the blogger events I attend. Surprisingly, this was a highly requested post. Possibly because these events come off as a super exclusive and you only see the pretty instagrammable photos that are posted as a result… but really goes on…?

Day 1 of Blogmas: Holiday Gift Guides

For those of you who are new here this year, Blogmas takes place every December and I post every day leading up to Christmas. It only seemed appropriate to kick things off with my holiday gift guide. This year I created a shoppable catalogue, just browse through the pages and click on the item to instantly shop. Easy, breezy! Happy Shopping!

L'Occitane Skin Care

I have been loving my L’Occitane head to toe skin routine. If you want to receive a free sample of all three products click here. Get to know each of the products a bit better below.

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First off, the Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap Verbena. This soap smells just as amazing as it actually is. It is formulated with an 100% vegetable base and enriched with nourishing Shea Butter and Fresh Verbena. L'Occitane works directly with women's Shea-processing collectives in Burkina Faso, supporting economic recovery-and a heritage of natural harvesting traditions. I love the way this soap makes my skin feel and I can smell it on me all day long.

After using the Shea Gentle Soap I use the Shea Body Shower Oil. Shea Body Shower Oil gently cleanses and helps nourish dry skin, especially useful in these winter temps! Its rich texture leaves a nourishing, protective film, which helps soften dry skin. It contributes to soothe feelings of tightness, helping skin feel suppler and more comfortable. Its gentle fragrance delicately perfumes the skin. With the soap and oil working together I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin.

 The Immortelle Precious Cream is my favorite of the three. It is anti-aging and helps visibly minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Of course, so many products claim to do this, but the Immortelle Cream actually delivers. Immortelle is a flower with exceptional longevity: it never fades even after it has been picked. L'Occitane has led the first organic and sustainable Immortelle plantation program in Corsica, ensuring its quality and traceability. Its organic essential oil is rich in active molecules offering unique anti-aging beauty results. This is a product I will continue to use in years to come.

Want to try these three products for free? Make sure you sign up to receive you free sample here.

Why I'm Obsessed: Dermalogica

Honestly, I didn't think about skincare until this past year. I guess something inside of me sparked "OMG you're getting old" when I turned 25, so I did a lot of research to find amazing products that really work. I am a Dermalogica partner, but keep in mind, I wanted to use a variety of their products for a substantial amount of time before sharing with you guys. Dermalogica products have proven their worth in my skincare routine, and I can't imagine my life without them, literally.

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-Special Cleansing Gel- A soap free foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. I use every night after the pre-cleanse balm.

-Pre Cleanse Balm- This water-activated, balm-to-oil version of Dermalogica's top-selling oil cleanser deconstructs layers of excess sebum (oil), waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual product buildup on skin. Includes a mitt to assist. I use this initially to take off all my makeup - it even gets all of my waterproof makeup. I was gifted this about six months ago and the package came with a white pillow to test out with the balm, because they are that confident that all your make up will come off and leave your pillow free from makeup. My white pillows are make up free when I use this. *big sign of relief*

-Phyto Replenish OilMY HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. This oil has seriously changed the coloration and texture of my skin. I noticed the difference after about two weeks of usage and to this day, I apply with my moisturizer every morning and night.

HOW you ask:

Camellia and tamanu oils help restore the skin's natural barrier. Then, an essential blend that includes orchid flower and chia seed oil smoothes visible lines and locks in critical moisture. Finally, sunflower, rice bran and rosemary extracts create a luminous antioxidant shield against free radical damage. 

-Daily Mircofoliant- This has aided in my skin discoloration, here's how: a unique, rice-based enzyme powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. Their unique Skin Brightening Complex of Bearberry, Aspergillus, Grapefruit and Licorice helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation. Active agents derived from Rice Bran and Rice Extract help to regulate melanin production while micro-exfoliating dead cells. A super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed.

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-Phyto Replenish OilMY HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. This oil has seriously changed the coloration and texture of my skin. I noticed the difference after about two weeks of usage and to this day, I apply with my moisturizer every morning and night.

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Pictured above from left to right:

-Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment- YOU GUYS, who doesn't want to reduce the lines around their lips?!? I sure do, this product has decreased some of the lines around my lips and I am obsessed with this product. I use every night before bed and I can still feel it in the morning!

HOW: Anti-aging lip and perioral treatment smoothes the appearance of laugh and feather lines while you sleep. This rich overnight formula firms, hydrates and restores skin on and around the lips. Indian gentian extract, advanced volumizing technology and sesame seed extract help restore skin volume and reduce the appearance of fine feather lines and wrinkles. Vitamin-rich shea butter hydrates to improve skin elasticity and restore barrier function against visible signs of aging.

-Age Smart Renewal Lip Treatment- A daily treatment with a patented polypeptide restores delicate tissue, minimizes contour lines and helps prevent the signs of aging. I am obsessed with this lip treatment and I apply in the morning and can feel the effects all day.

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Pictured above from left to right:

-Barrier Defense Booster- My winter fav. This product is brand new, and just in time. The cold winter temps do a number on our skin, but this defense booster literally locks in moisture and makes sure your skin is ready for any weather thrown at it.

HOW: Concentrated oil booster that soothes and moisturizes to restore balance to sensitive skin. Triple defense complex nourishes the skin, relieves dryness and reinforces barrier integrity against future irritation.

-Special Cleansing Gel- A soap free foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. I use every night after the pre-cleanse balm.

-Pre Cleanse Balm- This water-activated, balm-to-oil version of Dermalogica's top-selling oil cleanser deconstructs layers of excess sebum (oil), waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual product buildup on skin. Includes a mitt to assist. I use this initially to take off all my makeup - it even gets all of my waterproof makeup. I was gifted this about six months ago and the package came with a white pillow to test out with the balm, because they are that confident that all your make up will come off and leave your pillow free from makeup. My white pillows are make up free when I use this. *big sign of relief*

-Dynamic Skin Recovery- A moisturizer with 50 SPF that doesn't make my face feel greasy and stimulates collagen synthesis! Sign me up!

HOW: SPF moisturizer to help combat triggers that lead to skin aging. Achieve absolute hydration and help defend against the internal and external causes of skin aging with this medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 50. A patented polypeptide combined with glucosamine and soy helps stimulate collagen synthesis, enhances the skin's natural ability to fight skin-aging free radicals (reactive oxygen species) and helps prevent the signs of aging caused by sugar reacting with proteins in skin (AGEs).

Pictured above all my favorites from the post combined.

Seriously, Dermalogica has improved my skin and I barely wear my full face of makeup. I either wear just foundation or just powder, if any. I used to NEVER EVER leave the house without a face full of makeup because I was so insecure about my skin. My main issue was the discoloration, which has now been fixed thanks to the pyhto replenish oil + mircofoliant. I also struggle with super oily and super dry skin depending on the weather or location- which the barrier defense paired with the dynamic skin recovery have evened out. Another favorite of mine, the lip treatment. My lips always get chapped when fall and winter roll around, but I can honestly say my lips stay hydrated all day thanks to the lip duo.

I highly recommend Dermalogica and encourage you to give them a try. It's never to late to invest in your skin and the prices are reasonable, especially since the products ACTUALLY do what they are meant to do.

Please let me know if you have tried Dermalogica or plan too!

XOXO E,

Volition Beauty

Have you ever had an idea for a beauty product? Volition Beauty takes the beauty ideas of everyday people and turns them a reality. All these products began as an idea and have since been made into a reality by submitting online and voting. Now these products are in Sephora, how amazing is that?!

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The top five Volition products sold in Sephora. My favorites are the Turmeric Brightening Polish and the Helix Eye Gel.

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The Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask is unlike any face mask I've ever used! PSA: IT DOES NOT DRY OUT WHEN IT'S ON. Gel suspension technology delivers superior moisture to skin. Unlike most masks that dry and cake on skin, this formula draws out toxins and other impurities from the skin, detoxifying but never drying. I'm not kidding, the first time I used this mask, the uneven skin tones on my face became one, all while feeling rejuvenated and smooth. I'll take 20 more please.

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*Favorite Volition Product* Everyone meet turmeric, turmeric meet everyone. You might drink turmeric in your lattes, you might not even know what turmeric is, regardless, you are going to want turmeric allll over your body after you read about it. The Turmeric Brightening Polishgently exfoliates skin to unveil brighter, softer, and smoother skin. I mix this with my daily face wash and I am left glowing after! A little more about turmeric: It can heal wounds, It can help your psoriasis, It may help with acne scarring, It is anti inflammatory and so so so much more. Give it a shot, you'll be doing your body a great deal of good. TRUST.

With so many eye creams/products/serums out there is it incredibly difficult to find one that works for you and what you need. Volition's Helix AM/PM Eye Gel is just the perfect eye product for me, morning and night. I religiously use this every morning and night and I can actually see a difference in the skin surrounding my eyes, my fines lines have become finer and my eyes are not as puffy when I wake up. Sharing the description of this product so youall have a better understanding of the AM/PM factor: In the morning, this collagen-rich Eye Gel acts like the perfect primer under makeup to visibly blur fine lines and wrinkles. Overnight, its powerful helix complex—a potent, organic compound rich in allantoin, collagen, elastin, and glycolic acid—hydrates, renews, and promotes healthy, youthful-looking skin. Eyes are brighter, smoother, and de-puffed. Most product descriptions aren't accurate, but I believe this is accurate AF.

Don't let the name fool you - The Oceanene Youth-Boosting Gel is not a product created with only your mom in mind. This youth-boosting gel should be used as a preventative as well as a solution. I have been using this for a few weeks now, and although I am not concerned with wrinkles, I have noticed my skin looking brighter and more plump. It contains brown algae to support natural collagen synthesis, vitamin C for brightening, and sodium hyaluronate for visible plumping.

Last but not least, the Oil-Control Mattifying Mist. For those girls on the go - think blotting pads but next level. This mist has been a daily necessity since it has been so hot in LA - see pic below, oil peeking out of my bag. I typically don't have oily skin, but this is also works to lock in your make-up as well. This spray's velvet, matte finish leaves skin powdery soft, hydrated, and refreshed— while stabilizing overall oil production. WIN WIN.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about these products! I have had so much fun trying them out. I always always try beauty products before I share them with you guys. It's sometimes a slippery slope sharing beauty products because what works for me may not work for you. But, with that said, if you want to try these products out I have a discount code that can be used on the Volition Beauty website. Visit volitionbeauty.com and use the code: "EMILY20" for 20% off. The products linked below are linked wit Sephora and my code can not be used at Sephora, only on the VB website.

Please please please let me know if you try anything, and if you have an idea for a product - just submit an idea on their website!

xoxo E

Holy Grail Beauty

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Hello Lovelies!

I thought I would mix it up a little for March Madness and share some of my favorite beauty products. These are my holy grails, I lightweight freak out when I am running low on any of these products. First up: Primer.

 

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: Pore Minimizing

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This primer leaves my face feeling fresh, even and flawless. This formula blurs out any imperfections, mattifies shine and controls oil for up to 8 hours!

2. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water + SPF 30

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Once I discovered this product, I have refrained from using anything else. The consistency of this foundation reminds me of silk! I recently learned about this product having a built-in primer water that allows the foundation to glide on. I also have never broken out from this product even after accidentally sleeping with it on (opps!) I highly highly HIGHLY recommend trying this out.

These products work so well together. They compliment one another and work especially well with oily and dry skins. (Which is what I have)

3. Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Powder Brush #91 & Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Fan Brush #92

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I have tried countless brushes, and I must say the Sephora Pro collection is a win in my book. The bristles stay in place and don't fall out. My powder and highlight are evenly distributed. And they are both super soft - which is a must for me. I recently discovered these and I can't wait to try more Sephora brushes.

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

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This palette is life. I casually picked this up at the local Sephora, but apparently this palette is super hard to track down and has been sold out online for awhile now! I can totally see why, everything about this product is amazing. The variety of colors alone caught my attention but the reason I ended up buying this over the others was because the highlights are buildable, highly pigmented and long lasting.

5. And last but not least, Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

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I can guarantee, after a one time use with this product, you'll want to add this into your weekly skin routine. I loved the smell and texture right off the bat - but what I was most surprised with was how incredibly soft my skin was after. AND there are no parabens, sulfates or phthalates. I truly believe in this product and the funny thing is I got this for free at Sephora with my points! I kinda knew I would become obsessed though because I have used the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Facewash from Origins since high school.

And thats it for beauty! I hope you you enjoyed this post <3

Do you have any holy grails? Comment them below or on my insta @emilyemig