~ Skincare Sunday: Wash Your Face ~

I’m always telling people how important it is to wash your face – but I just recently got a lesson on how true that is!

A few Sundays ago was my day off work, and I had a nice lazy day at home.  I typically don’t wear makeup on my days off – and that day was no exception.  I showered and washed my face that morning – and went about my day.  That night – I did not wash my face before going to bed – figuring that since I hadn’t put any makeup on that day, I was good.

WRONG!

When I was getting ready Monday morning I realized just how bad a decision that was.  I don’t wash my face in the mornings – just rinse with water while in the shower, and then swipe witch hazel all over with a cotton ball before moisturizing.  And that morning – the cotton ball was just dirty!  I had to use multiple cotton balls to get all the grime off my face!

And then I laughed.  Because I’m always telling people to wash their faces at night!  And as women, I think we just focus on the fact we need to get the makeup off our faces – but we forget about the dirt and grime of life!  After all, we tell men to wash their faces at night – and they’re typically not slathering on the blush and bronzer!

The world can be a dirty place – so make sure you are always washing your face at night!

xoxo – T

~ Currently Craving: Coral ~

Every year at this time I find myself switching out my pink blush and lip colors for coral!  Something about the pinky-peach color feels like spring, and I cannot wait to update my makeup kit.  I also love the way coral looks on my fingers and toes as well – so I will definitely be bringing a new nail polish with me to my next nail appointment.

Take a look at some fun coral makeup options below!

xoxo – T

 

~ Product Review: Beauty-Full Volume ~

Since I started washing my own hair as a kid, it’s been pretty simple – shampoo then condition.  Which is why I was really intrigued with TRESemmé’s Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash System.  I have fine, thin hair – and have always struggled with volume.  So when I saw the ads for this new system, I knew I had to try it.  But I wasn’t sure if it would really give me the moisture and softness I need from my conditioner.

You start with the Pre-Wash Conditioner.  The thought behind this is that conditioner can weigh hair down.  So the bounce-friendly formulation, with Fleximax Volumizers and Fiber Polishing Actives, bind the cuticle to leave hair smooth and polished, even after you shampoo.  You’re left with soft  – not flat hair!

Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner

 

After leaving the Pre-Wash Conditioner on for about 1 minute and then rinsing – it’s on to the shampoo!  The Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo helps control static and volume, while leaving your hair prepped for styling!

Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner

In addition to wondering if my hair would be conditioned enough, I was more concerned with would my hair be clean enough?  I don’t wash my hair everyday (more like 2 or 3 times a week), so it’s pretty gross by the time I lather up.  So would this after conditioning shampoo really deep clean my hair?  And if it did – would it take away the softness that the Pre-Wash Conditioner gave it?

In the end I had nothing to worry about.  I’m not really sure how it all works – but just know that it does!  My hair was soft, had lots of volume and was clean!

This new shampoo and conditioner completely changed the way I approach hair washing day – and I love it!  Even better – the price!  Each retails for about $5!

So, if you’re looking for a new way to shampoo and conditioner your fine, thin hair – check out TRESemmé’s new Beauty-Full Reverse Wash System!

xoxo – T

~ Makeup Monday: Glossier Phase 2 ~

Since Glossier’s debut I’ve been a big fan.  The Priming Moisturizer is one of my favorites, and I love the way my skin feels after using both the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and the Moisturizing Moon Mask!

So with the launch of their Phase 2 set last week, I thought it would perfect to discuss their foray into makeup!

There are 3 items in the Phase 2 kit – Stretch ConcealerBoy Brow and Generation G (the lip product).  The goal is to make getting ready in the morning easy.  Glossier is all about bare and casual makeup – letting your skin shine through!

Let’s start with Stretch Concealer – there are 5 shades available (Light, Medium, Dark, Deep and Rich).  It’s buildable, so you can get more coverage if needed.  Like most concealers, it works best by warming it up between your fingers – then just dot on and blend outwards.  Purchased separately, Stretch Concealer is $18.

Boy Brow was launched last year.  Similar to Benefit’s Gimme Brow – it’s an easy way to fill in your brows. In addition to the color, it thickens brows and helps keep stray hairs in place!  There are three shades (Blond, Brown and Black), and it retails for $16.

Finally Generation G is the lip product.  Designed to give you the look and finish of a lip stain, with the glide and wear of a tinted lip balm!  It comes in 4 shades – Cake (neutral), Like (pink), Crush (hot pink) and Jam (plum).  I’m most interested in this – since I love to experiment with different lip colors and textures.  Generation G retails for $18.

Phase 2 retails for $50, but you can also purchase the products individually.  Let me know if you’ve tried the new Glossier products yet!  Share below!

xoxo- T

 

~ Product Review: Nivea In Shower Body Lotion ~

I have always been plagued by dry skin.  It gets worse in the winter, and I’m constantly on the search for the perfect lotion to keep my skin hydrated.  While staying at a friend’s house, I discovered Nivea’s In Shower Body Lotion.  She swore by it – so I decided to test it out.

You shower like normal, and then use the product like a lotion (while still in the shower).  Your skin is still wet – and you rub it in (though it won’t fully absorb).  Then just rinse off!  Ideally you should leave it on for 1-2 minutes, but I’ve rinsed it off right away and haven’t noticed a difference in the end result.

Get out of the shower and dry off like usual!  Nivea claims that you won’t need body lotion, since you applied it in the shower.  I did test it out that way several days in a row – and while my skin never felt super dry and tight like it does when I don’t use body lotion – it wasn’t super moisturized.  I found myself needing to still use body lotion after.

I’m anxious to test it out when the weather is warmer (since like I said above I’m always super dry in the winter).  I think I might be able to get away with not adding body lotion after in the warmer months.

There are 4 versions – I’ve tested the Cocoa Butter and Nourishing ones.  They also make Smoothing and Hydrating.  Honestly, I didn’t notice a difference between the 2 I tried, other than a slight variation in the scent.

It’s usually priced between $6 – $8 at my local Target and Walmart.  Though the last few times I’ve purchased it, Target had it on sale.  Once for Buy 1 Get 1 Free, and the last time for $5 each!

Overall – Nivea’s In Shower Body Lotion has become a staple of my shower routine each day.  It definitely leaves my skin softer!

xoxo – T

~ Currently Craving: Pink Nails ~

All fall and winter I rock dark, vampy nail polish.  But as soon as the weather warms up – it’s all about hot pink!  Earlier this week I got my first pink pedicure of the season!  So I thought it was only fitting to show off some of the pinks I’m currently craving!

What about you?  Do you have a favorite nail polish color for the warmer months?  Share below!

xoxo – T

~ Tuesdays With Tori ~

I know, I know – I said that two months wouldn’t go by again without posting something…and technically a full 2 months have not passed since my last post!

But seriously, this time I promise not to disappear again!  In fact I already have a few posts ready to go later this week!

I mentioned in my last post about a new job.  I’m now managing The Spa at Rancho Manaña as the Spa Experience Director.  The spa had been closed for 10 years before we reopened it the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s been a long process of getting things up and running, but I feel like we are finally hitting a nice groove.  It’s a beautiful facility, located on an amazing golf resort in the town of Cave Creek.  It’s also right next door to one of my favorite restaurants, Tonto Bar & Grill!

Anyway, I will be making a better effort to keep this blog going – so please let me know you’re reading!  Thanks for all of your support!

xoxo – T

~ Tuesdays With Tori ~

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  Life just really got away from me.  The holidays and all of the end of the year stuff made things a bit crazy!  At the end of November I started a new job (more on that later), and my lease was up on my apartment in December – so I needed to find a new place to live!

I definitely do not recommend trying to move around the holidays – it was so crazy!  Plus I was house sitting for a friend – so there was a week during all of that I couldn’t be at home packing my things!  Finally though, things have calmed down.  I’m settled in my new place, work has slowed down – and life is back to normal!

So the next step is getting Beauty Intern back to normal!  I’m slowly getting there…I don’t foresee a daily posting schedule anytime soon – but I promise 2 months will not go by again without something!

Thanks for all of your support – I really appreciate those of you who come to my little corner of the web.

xoxo – T

~ Gift Guides: Julep Holiday Sets ~

Last year Julep gave us the option to build our own nail polish holiday gift sets.  I ended up making a super cute one for my friend Erin consisting of many shades of green (her favorite color).  This year – in addition to the 3, 6 or 12 nail polish sets, you can also create ones with some of their makeup items!

Let’s take a look at what we have:

Julep’s Lip Crayons are the perfect way to get full coverage lip color and moisturized lips in one!  This unique lip crayon has a moisturizing core – and it smells delicious!  There are many colors to choose from – basic nudes to bright reds!  They normally retail for $20 each.  This gift set lets you choose 3 shades for $40!

It’s no secret that I love Julep’s Gel Eye Gliders.  So this set is a great way to stock up on your favorite shades!  For $50 you can choose 5 pencils!  This is one set that I will probably be keeping for myself!

If you’re more of a lip gloss girl – then this is the gift set for you!  Chose 4 shades of Julep’s best selling lip gloss!  Guaranteed shine  that’s not sticky – plus it’s super hydrating!  Normally these retail for $20 each – but you can pick up 4 for $50!!

Remember you can always put together a 3 pack of nails polish for $30, a 6 pack for $48 or a 12 pack for $98.  All of these create your shown sets come in the most adorable illustrated gift boxes too! So you don’t even need to worry about wrapping!

Hurry over to Julep and check out all the great holiday gift sets they are offering!

xoxo – T

~ Skincare Sunday: Cleanse & Polish ~

In my Birchbox from a few months ago, I received Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit.  This unique 2 part cleansing routine will leave your skin soft and glowing.  It comes with the company’s signature cleanser and a pure muslin cloth – a combination that works great!

First you start with the cleanser on dry skin.  Rubbing it in a circular motion – it’s creamy texture will remove all face and eye makeup.  Then you get the muslin cloth wet with hot water – and use it to remove the cleanser from your face.  You’ll need to rinse and repeat with until all of the cleanser is gone!

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I was surprised at how well it cleaned my skin – it felt really clean!  Normally I only get that feeling when I use an exfoliating scrub!  So this was a really nice experience. Using the muslin cloth with the hot water reminded me of the way Kari Gran recommends washing with their cleansing oil – so I loved that it was something I already did!

You can find Cleanse & Polish here and the starter kit retails for $25.50.

xoxo – T