7 Beauty Products To Live By

If I had to choose only a handful of products to keep, that would be easy!  I go through a variety of make-up looks in an average week, but there are 7 products that I could live off of by themselves. 
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  1. Diorsnow UV Protection BB Crème $55 also available from Nordstrom
  2. Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder $54 also available from Nordstrom and Sephora
  3. Diorskin Nude Air Powder $54 also available from Nordstrom and Sephora
  4. Dior Glow Maximizer $42 also available from Nordstrom and Sephora
  5. Buxom Blush $24
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade $18 also available from NordstromUlta and Sephora
  7. Roller Lash > Benefit Cosmetics $24 also available from SephoraUlta and Birchbox

I consider this look fresh and easy because I can achieve it in under 10 minutes with these products.

Because I love my readers and I believe all women to be beautiful sans make-up, I share with you the transformation:

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I have freckles, pale skin, blond lashes and light eyebrows. I could use some help preventing sun damage, evening skin-tone and adding some drama to my lashes/brows.  I don’t skimp on foundation products because my skin is easily irritated and I feel it’s the first thing people notice, so I want to have well cared for polished skin at all times.  I don’t however pay top dollar for other products, so I’ll present alternatives where I see fit.

Step 1:

Diorsnow UV Protection BB Crème

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I love, love, love this product because it has SPF 50, goes on evenly without being greasy, and really goes a long way toward color correction.  I’ve tried many other BB creme products and I found that many of them went on greasy or so thin that there really wasn’t any color correcting benefit.  BB creme takes the place of your morning moisturizer, sun screen and foundation, so I want to get all three out of it without compromise.  I also noticed that most other BB cremes were between SPF10 and SPF 20.

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After application

After the application, my skin is slightly tacky feeling, which is perfect for powder application.  If I were going to run errands and hit the gym, I would stop here or just after applying powder to set it (using #3 and omitting step #2).  This product lasts through trips to the gym and pool.  I can lye out in the Arizona sun and sweat my face off, without losing my morning make-up.  Also noteworthy, I use this product daily and I generally get about 6 months out of one tube.

Step 2:

Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder

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After application

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Using basic contouring principles, I apply, with a contour brush, under the cheekbones, around chin, along nose and around the top and sides of the forehead.  A little goes a long way, but don’t be afraid to leave noticeable lines.  They will blend in with the step #3 and if they are a bit thick after step #4, you can always remove some with a dry tissue.  In a pinch, I have used this product for eyeshadow as well.  I travel a lot and if I forget my make-up bag, I’ll run out and get a few products that I can spread a long way.

Step 3:

Diorskin Nude Air Powder

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Medium Beige 030
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After application

I apply a small amount with a powder brush while rubbing in circular motions to blend the contouring from step #2.

Step 4:

Dior Glow Maximizer

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After application

Using highlighting principles, I apply a small amount with my finger to the bridge of the nose, T-zone, under the shaded areas under the cheekbones and just under the eyes. For highlighting, I also really like Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator $28 and Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer $28.

Step 5:

Buxom Blush

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After application

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Small amount applied with a blush brush to the apple of the cheeks.  There is no need to add more blush because contouring and highlighting have already defined the cheeks.  I have also used blushes from Dior and Covergirl as well.  Blush is better in small amounts, so I say match your shade and don’t accept the upcharge for expensive brands on this particular product.

Step 6:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pommade

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Another product that absolutely changed my life!  I was wandering Nordstrom one day hoping nobody would notice that I over-plucked my brows again, when a chipper young lady approached me and asked if I would like to have a brow consult.  I said, “Of course!  I need help!”  She took me back to the Anastasia Brow Studio on the main floor of Nordstrom Fashion Square and the tutorial began.  She showed me the array of stencils and how to determine which one was right for me.  After placing the stencil according to instructions, I can make a perfect brow with this pommade (or the powder $23 if I’m not going for waterproof).  I’ve been at it for so long, that I no longer need the stencil, but I’ll be sure to make a blog post on how to use them.  Stay tuned!

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After application

A well-defined brow changes the entire look.

Step 7:

Roller Lash Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics

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Roller Lash came into my life via Burchbox and I really liked it.  It lifts and separates lashes nicely.  I also like Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara $7 for a cheaper option.  I have a friend who has perfect lashes at all times and she uses Covergirl Lash Blast.  I highly recommend both of them.

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After application

Mascara finalizes the look.  It really does take me under 10 minutes (5 if I’m pushing it) to get this done from start to finish.  Check back next week for a video tutorial on this look.

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Art of Balance- Date Night

Creating a balance between hard and soft is one of my favorite aspects of styling.

Black Widow Top, Studio JoyLi

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Deconstruction in this mesh top, strikes fiercely, while the drape softens the look dramatically.
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Tom Ford Sunglasses, Rachel Zoe Clutch
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A closer look at the reverse dart reveals raw edges.
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Illuminating the mesh with a chartreuse under shirt, Nordstrom, draws the focus toward the details of the drape and the reverse darts.
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Serious contrast from the back view adds an element of surprise.
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Carrying the hem past the ankle of the shoe and pairing them with a matching colored shoe create the illusion of height.
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Hook and eye closures at the ankle of the pant, Studio Joy Li, allow the pant to hug the shoe.
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Minimalistic cuff bracelet, The Haute Pursuit.
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Silver details.

For more information on the “Black Widow Top” and “Hook and Eye Leggings” contact JoyLi:  Address: 7144 E Stetson Dr #115, Scottsdale, AZ 85251   Phone:(480) 970-1043

The Haute Pursuit Shop Cuff Bracelet: thpshop.co

St. Lucia Island

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The Petite Pitons are rock formations caused from erupted volcanoes.

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Ocean view from our resort.

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Waterfall where we rinsed off after taking a mud bath in the hot springs.

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Beach view from the other side of the island.

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The plants were absolutely gorgeous.  Flowers everywhere and it wasn’t even rain season yet.

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Rent The Runway

If you don’t know about Rent the Runway, I’m about to make your day!

Rent the Runway is a website that allows consumers to browse dresses (and some rompers, skirts, etc…) ranging from casual to black tie, and rent them for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them.  This is perfect for events because so many women purchase a dress for a special occasion, pay way to much for it, and see it end up in the back of the closet for years.  We’ve all been there.

How will you know it will fit?  Customers post reviews of how the dresses fit and their own measurements along with a snapshot of themselves wearing the dress.  I am 5’1″ with an athletic build, so when I look at the pictures, I seek out the short girls to see their reviews.  RTR also sends a second size as a back-up for free.  The worse case scenario is that a few days before your event, the dress comes and it doesn’t fit.  No problem!  Send back the dress and have a different dress shipped overnight.  Don’t worry about spilling something on a designer dress for which you would not want to pay full price.  The dresses are insured.

Rent The Runway | TheLuxicon.coRentals are available for four or eight day windows.  I was able to rent this dress for a beach wedding in St. Lucia by using the eight day window.  It worked out perfectly.  I almost rented accessories (earrings and a purse) through RTR to match the dress, but I decided to go with some I already had.
If you happen to live in a city with a RTR store (New York, Las Vegas, Washington DC and Chicago), you can actually make an appointment and try on dresses for rent.

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The applications for RTR are limitless! I asked my bridesmaids to choose their own dresses within a color pallet and one of my bridesmaids rented hers.  So smart!  I’m actually really happy that she did not get stuck owning a dress she may not have wanted to purchase.

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Amara Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ

Last weekend we stayed at Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona.

Amara has by far one of the best pools I’ve ever seen.

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Sedona is also home to some of the best sunsets on earth!Amara Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ | TheLuxicon.co  Amara Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ | TheLuxicon.coAmara Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ | TheLuxicon.co

Natural Beauty.

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Breakfast Creekside at L’Auberge:

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Until next time Sedona, my love!

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Iris- You Rock!

I follow @irisvanherpen on Instagram to exercise the creative side of my brain.  Iris VanHerpen is a Dutch designer with a true gift for Haute Couture.

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Photographer: Matthew Reeves, Style Zeitgeist Magazine
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Photographer: @teampeterstigter (instagram)

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Photographer: Morgan O’Donovan

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The Art of Recycling and Restyling Your Closet

You don’t have to go full Marie Kondo on all of your beloved pieces when you feel you may have out ‘matured’ them; sometimes you can rescue pieces by recycling and restyling your closet.  I had a bad habit of wearing these jeans, that weren’t artfully distressed until well beyond their expiration.  I jut couldn’t part with them, so I took a look at current trends and worked them in.

Summer is in full swing and if you were born before the 90’s, you remember when summer styles looked much the same as they do now.

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 I often find myself wishing I kept something from the past because everything comes back around.  I’m better at weeding out the key pieces that come back around.

As a rule, I hang on to unique jewelry, especially if it has an interesting feature that I’m not sure I will find again. What can it hurt? Jewelry doesn’t take up much space!

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I picked this whimsical necklace up around 15 years ago. I don’t often find an occasion to wear it, but with the recent surge in “boho-chic,” I’ve pulled it out a few times!

Sometimes it’s just too hard to let go of a fab pair of jeans. We’ve all been there.

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My husband used to gripe at me for pulling out these jeans. That is, before I took scissors to them and turned them into the jean shorts everyone is wearing. I’m so happy every time I get to wear them now because, while I can’t keep them forever, I’ve extended the life of my favorite pair of pants for just a bit longer.

I frequently find myself listening to my husband and my best friend about my style.  Truthfully, I get attached to the pieces I love.  When I need to retire my favorite pieces, they always know because they see me objectively and they can, without emotional attachment, make a sound judgement based on the standards they know I uphold.  Another simple trick is to turn all of your hangers around backwards at the beginning of a season.  When you wear something, hang it back up the right way.  At the end of the season, you are left with a clear picture of the clothes you wore and the clothes you never touched.  It should be relatively easy to comb through your “never worn” pile and decide which pieces should stay.

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XO,

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