This year Sephora started doing this monthly-based subscription service that delivers 5-6 of the latest make-up products right to your own home! We think it’s a fantastic way to try new products especially since there are hundreds to choose from!
Check out what was in our bag
TART GUARD SPF MOISTURIZER- It’s pretty creamy and is a medium coverage foundation! This product is also perfect for summer because it has an SPF so we’re definitely loving it!
BRIOGIO – Curl Charisma – YOU KNOW WE LOVE OUR HAIR PRODUCTS, and this one smells amazing!
Alien Perfume by Thierry Mugler- We’ve actually known about this perfume for a while and used to wear it a few years ago! It smells very robust! It’s definitely a great summer scent because it blends in well with your natural oils and lasts all day!
K-DUB EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK BY KAT VON D: Kat Von D’s products are amazing. We love her concealer for dark spots and it our go-to for something highly moisturizing! This liquid lipstick is purple-pink and perfect for summer! It actually matches a pair of heels we have in our closet. Perfect summer shade and it will go nicely with a pretty white dress!
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE BB DONT BLOW IT: This smells good but it’s not our favorite.
MURAD INVISIBLE PERFECTING SERUM: Murad products are great! And we really need more primers made specifically by dermatology companies rather than beauty ones! This has an SPF as well and anything that protects our skin is definitely a ‘YES’ in our books!
REVIEW: Overall, we think this is a great concept! Getting a cute package in the mail that is wrapped is so fun! And even if the products inside are a hit or miss (either because you already have them or you have tried them in the past and didn’t like them), the surprise of not knowing what’s inside is the best part! Think of it as a little gift to yourself each month! Also, going to Sephora can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. One of the good things about Sephora play is that it narrows the options down for you which is totally half the battle when it comes to make-up shopping! By only having one product for your face or one product for your eyes to try on, this allows you to really assess if it’s a good product or not! We say ‘yay’ to Sephora Play!
The most amazing thing about being a woman is that we can bounce back from almost anything, and so can our hair! Summer activities like going to the beach and swimming in a chlorine-filled pool can cause our hair to dry out and become brittle so it’s important to pay a little extra attention to your hair to ensure those locks are gorgeous all summer long!
Never brush your hair when its wet. When our hair is wet, the follicles are weakened and are more prone to breaking.
Never apply heat to your hair when wet. When heat is applied to wet hair, it completely withdraws the moisture from your hair. Instead, wait for your hair to dry or use the cool setting on the hair dryer and then use the hot setting.
Always apply a heat protective spray. This adds moisture to your hair, preventing the natural moisture from evaporating and enabling your hair to keep its natural shine. These are our absolute favorites below:
Lastly, the ultimate healthy hair tip is to use a hair balm in the shower!
When you blow dry, flat iron or chemically treat your hair, you end up with wick, rough hair with split ends. Heat completely ruins the body of your hair and you won’t get that same shine which is why you MUST use a hair balm! Hair balms coat each strand of hair and seal in the moisture making each follicle smoother than ever. This truly makes our hair look beautiful and brings back our hair after years of styling! The balm is to be applied while your hair is still warm after you have shampooed and conditioned. If you have fine hair apply the product mid-way down, if you have thicker hair you can apply at the root. Massage it in for about 5 minutes and then rinse. By applying this when your hair is warm from the shower, your hair follicles are more absorbent of the product, allowing it to work it’s magic from the inside out. The product we use is L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 System and it does absolute wonders! You can now officially say “goodbye” to dry dull hair and hello to healthy silky soft locks!
We take our beauty products very seriously so when it comes to going on vacation, it can be hard deciding which ones to pack without packing it all! It’s hard enough figuring out how many shoe options we can fit into our carry on, so we have created a simple list of the absolute most essential products you need to survive any summer getaway!
Benefit Lip and Cheek Stain- This stuff is amazing! It works as both a lip, cheek and eye stain!
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection- Not only does this product smell incredible, this sunscreen leaves your skin feeling flawless! It’s for combination to slightly dry skin.
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish- Exfoliating your skin is crucial for a perfect tan, and we LOVE this gentle exfoliate that moisturizes your skin as well!
Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil- We are always making sure our hair is as healthy as possible and this oil is great if you have dry ends!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer- This is our most loved light foundation. It is not heavy at all, leaves your skin feeling moisturized yet not too oily and most importantly it creates a beautiful and natural glow! Definitely a Bombette beauty favorite!
While drugstore lipliners and mascaras may be okay, when putting something on your biggest organ, just anything willno longer do. Especially while pregnant you must be extra careful what you use on your largest organ, your skin! What you put on your skin is always absorbed by your bloodstream (pregnant or not) and can be passed to your baby though the placenta.
The problem with most skin care products is that their labels are deceiving and down right manipulative. Take, for example, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Gel Oil. I hear so many women talk about Palmers for stretch marks. You would think that this product contains cocoa butter since it’s in the name, right? Wrong! There are only three active ingredients, none of which are cocoa butter!
Avobenzone–can be found in urine and breastmilk, therefore making it unsafe for pregnant women or children to use.
Octinoxate–is absorbed rapidly into the body, known to cause cancer, increases estrogen and damages the thyroid.
Oxybenzone–is known to cause cancer, reduce sperm count in men and potentially contribute to endomitriosis in women.
Keep in mind that this is just one cream out of many others that are equally misleading and contain harmful chemicals. That being said, it is extremely important that we look at the ingredients in our creams. Especially if you have important skin issues like eczema or stretch marks! Creams containing artificial chemicals might temporarily promise hydration but will further exacerbate the issue. And if you have stretch marks you will want to apply the healthiest product possible to nourish and heal those vulnerable areas.
Natural products such as olive oil and coconut oil are gaining more and more attention because they are pure, safe and healthy to use on the body! It also doesn’t hurt that they can most likely be found in your kitchen cabinet! Healthy, affordable and multi-useable, coconut oil and olive oil definitely win in my eyes!
Sometimes it isn’t the fancier option that’s better.
Most of us wear SPF on a daily basis, but chances are, when you were younger, you didn’t. So those dark spots you see on your face, you can most likely blame them on your careless summers in the sun as kid. An easy way to diminish the appearance of these spot we’re left with is with spot correcting serums and creams. The market is FLOODED with them. You can literally spend over $400 on some of these products, or as little as $25. We’ve picked our 7 favorites that will work for any budget.