~ J Crew and Arquiste ~

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J Crew recently released two fragrances in partnership with Arquiste.  Carlos Huber, an architect specializing in historic preservation and the man behind the Arquiste fragrances, creates scents for a specific place and time.  He is inspired by a special event – in this case the ‘Exhibition by 31 Women,” the first all female modern art show in the United States.  Curated by Peggy Gugenheim in 1943 at the Art of This Century gallery on West 57th Street.

I love the idea that scent is a time capsule.  The Arquiste fragrance collection transports the wearer to evocative moments in history. I checked out the Arquiste website and was so inspired by the fragrances they offer.  A little pricey for my budget (3.4 oz retail between $165 – $190), but the story of each scent is amazing...

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~ Makeup Monday: Mai Couture ~

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I had never heard of Mai Couture until I received a sample of their Blush Papier.  These travel friendly makeup papers make touch ups so easy!  And you don’t have to worry about powder breaking and spilling all over your bag!  They do make foundation, highlighter and a 2 in 1 blotting/bronzer – but since I have only tried the blush, I thought it best to just focus on that!

According to the company just 1 sheet of the Blush Papier will instantly boost the complexion.  The pigment in the paper gives cheeks a natural flush of color, while the shimmer makes it easy to blend!  I was intrigued at the thought of not having to tote around my powder blush and brushes to touch up my makeup throughout the day.  And to travel without having to pack my entire makeup collection?  Heaven!

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~ Julep Maven Box: September Preview ~

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The September Maven window opened on Wednesday and the Art Walk Collection was unveiled.  From the swatches I think the colors are perfect for the transition from summer to fall.  There are some satin finishes (which I haven’t tried yet), as well as glitter.  It also looks like Julep is continuing to have a special box each month – this one is called Girl On The Go – and is heralded as the Fashion Week Survival Kit!  The Maven window is open until the 24th – so there’s still time to customize your box!

The new beauty product is the Plush Pout Lip Crayon!  I’m always up for a new lip product and I have high hopes for these!  Each crayon has a moisturizing treatment core packed with lip-loving ingredients like botanical oils, sunflower wax, and vitamin E...

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~ Currently Craving: Blush ~

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Lately I’ve been feeling like my blush is just too…monotone!  Which is why I’m currently craving blushes that have a bit more going on!

Shimmer?

Multiple Colors?

Bronzers?

Highlighters?

See some of my favorites below!  And share yours in the comments!

xoxo – T

 

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~ Tan Like A Kardashian ~

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I’ve found a new sunless tanner – and I’m so excited to share it with all of you!  My biggest issue with sunless tanners is the smell and the amount of time you have to leave them on.  I discovered Xen Tan a few years ago, and it has been my go to.  Since it only needs to be left on for 3 hours (instead of the normal 5 hour minimum) it was the best option.  I was in Ulta a few weeks ago, and the store was in the process of remodeling and moving things around.  I couldn’t find my normal tanner, but I saw a display for the Kardashian Sun Kissed line.  I know, I know…but I remembered that my roommate had met a girl while traveling who had a great tan.  When she asked her about it, she said it was the Kardashian brand.  I figured since it was on sale, what did I have to lose?

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~ Makeup Monday: Clean Your Brushes ~

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Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important steps in your beauty routine.  Too often though – it’s the step that we skip!  I know I’m guilty of this.  I’m rushing to get ready in the morning – barely making it out the door and to work on time.  Cleaning my makeup brushes is the last thing on my mind!  When I make it home at the end of the day (if it does pop into my mind), I realize that if I clean them now – they won’t be dry for the morning. 

Your makeup brushes are collecting bacteria, oil and dead skin cells – in addition to the actual makeup they are being put into each day...

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~ REVIEW: August Maven Box ~

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Welcome to the August Julep Maven Box Review!   Shipping took a lot longer this month – I finally received my Maven Box on August 13th!  Only 1 week before the next Maven window opens!  Julep recently switched shipping carriers, so they are working out the kinks.  I was a little frustrated, since when I first signed up I received my boxes on the 1st of the month (or a few days later).  However lately it’s been almost mid month before I get my goodies!  I’m hoping that the hiccups will be over after this.  I did email Julep with my concerns – and I was given 1900 free Jules!  

As I mentioned in my preview post – I wasn’t a fan of the Classic With A Twist Box, so I mixed it up and switched to Bombshell!  

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Neha ~ Described as a Sari Magenta Shimmer...

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~ Currently Craving: Fall Nails ~

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Even though the temperatures are still in the triple digits here in Arizona, the back to school excitement has gotten to me!  I’m ready for cool weather – sweaters, boots and scarves.  Since I still have a few more months before that will be a reality…I’ll settle for Fall Nails!  Bring on the jewel tones – emerald, sapphire and ruby!  The rich, deep pinks and purples.  The metallic golds and coppery browns.  And of course – Louboutin Rouge!

Which are your favorite for fall nails?  Share below!

xoxo – T

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~ Makeup Monday: 20 Years of Stila ~

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Stila is celebrating 20 years of makeup magic and the Fall 2014 Collection is all about this milestone! Magnificent Metals Lip Gloss - Mile High Lashes Mascara and Eyes Are The Window Eye Shadow Palettes! 

These 4 new shadow palettes are inspired by the spiritual notion that true beauty is revealed from within.  Each palette has 12 luxurious eye shadows to illuminate your inner beauty.  Encased in exquisite, jewelry-inspired compacts-a precious mix of rose, yellow and white golds-the shadows will inspire intrigue and delight.  I think the compacts are absolutely gorgeous and I want to just carry one around at all times!  Each palette retails for $49.

In addition to the Stila website, you can find the 20th Anniversary Collection at Ulta, Sephora and Beauty.com.

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~ CLARISONIC: Cleansers ~

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It’s been a week learning about the Clarisonic brand and the many options you have in cleansing with them!  So far we’ve covered the devices and brush heads, check out the posts if you missed them.  Today – it’s all about the cleansers in the Clarisonic family!

I do love that you do not have to use the Clarisonic brand cleansers with their products – they still work well with your old favorites!  However,  combining the specific brush heads with their counterpart cleansers gives an even better cleanse!

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This gentle, non-foaming cleansing milk removes impurities while soothing and comforting sensitive skin...

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