I am a beauty junkie and with that comes a love for beauty product samples. There is something about the small packaging and the promise that this product may just be the best you have ever tried and if it isn’t you aren’t out the money of buying and trying full-size products. My friend and fellow blogger Allyson In Wonderland introduced me to an amazing new beauty website called Birchbox on her blog.
I was intrigued by a company that offers you a monthly subscription that happily deposits a box full of beauty samples into your mailbox. It’s pretty simple, for $10 a month you receive deluxe beauty samples that allow you to try top beauty products and if you like the samples you can order the real deal on their website (plus they usually give you a discount if you buy the full-size of one of the samples they sent you). It’s a brilliant concept and well worth subscribing to; I got my first box last week and it was full of great samples that I immediately put to the test; now if only I had thought of it!
PS I was in no way compensated for this post. It’s just a product I love and wanted to share with you all!
I first learned how to apply eyeliner when I was 15 at the Bobbi Brown counter in Neiman Marcus. We were in Ft Worth at the American Paint Horse Association World Show and were doing a little shopping in our down time between showing and riding. It was the first time I had ever had my makeup done by a professional and it was then and there I became a life-long devotee of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. At the time the makeup artist used black eyeshadow and an eyeliner brush to rim my eyes, instantly making them pop and transforming me into a glamourous woman.
For years I have tried different types and brands of eyeliner but always went back to my trusty powder eyeliner applied with the eyeliner brush I bought so many years ago at Neiman Marcus in Ft Worth. The only problem with powder shadow is that it does not always last a full day without re-application so I decided to try the much lauded Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner by Bobbi Brown.
Let me tell you, it is AMAZING! This gel formula goes on so smooth and easy and once it sets, it stays on. My black cat eyes lasted thru a full day in the barn (riding and working horses, bathing horses, cleaning the barn) as well as dinner and drinks with my husband that evening. Use the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush to apply it and off you go with perfectly rimmed eyes.
The weekend is fast approaching and it’s time to get your friends together and hang out in your backyard or by the pool. I have the perfect summer drink to make for all your pals or if you prefer to drink alone this pitcher will last you all weekend. Cheers!
1 bottle of red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, rioja, zinfandel, shiraz)
1 lemon cut into wedges
1 orange cut into wedges
1 lime cut into wedges
2 tbsp sugar
splash of orange juice or lemonade
2 shots of gin or triple sec (optional)
1 cup of raspberries or strawberries (may use thawed or frozen)
1 small can of diced pineapples (with juice)
4 cups gingerale
Pour wine into large pitcher and squeeze the juices from the wedges and toss them into the wine. Add pineapple, sugar, lemonade and gin. Chill overnight. Add gingerale, berries and ice just before serving. You can skip the gingerale, if you wanted it to be richer and less fizzy.
Tip For The Weekend:
If your summer involves spending a fair amount of time in a pool that uses chlorine, your skin can come out very parched and this great tip helps re-moisturize your skin. Salt is a potent hydrator that can help deliver moisture to your skin cells. So if you’re dried out after a day of swimming, soak for 10 minutes in a bathtub of water and 1 cup table salt. Rinse briefly, pat yourself dry, then seal in the remaining moisture with lotion while your skin is still damp.
My absolute, must-have summer essentials that get me thru the summer with style and grace:
Protect your skin from the sun with La Roche Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, it’s the best hands down! Absorbs quickly, non-greasy and loaded with lots of science that protects your skin.
Thick liquid and powder foundations can goop and smear when the temperature rises, so I rely on Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. It provides just enough sheer coverage without being thick or heavy and makes your skin look luminous.
I have very fair skin and refuse to tan naturally so I spend a fair amount of time and money using self-tanners and have tried them all. St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is the best! Provides even, natural-looking color with no self-tanner smell.
I know I have blogged about the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm before, but they are really so good that I must mention them again. Grab a few and keep one stashed in your car, purse, beach bag, desk drawer and the barn (for my fellow equestrians). They provide light-weight, moisturizing color perfect for summer days.
Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara is my new favorite mascara. This long-wearing (ie won’t smudge or melt in the heat), glossy formula reveals lashes you never knew you had.
So sorry for the lack of posts. I was thrown into the middle of horse show season only to be spectacularly booted out when my horse was diagnosed with EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis). His case is relatively mild and is currently on 30 days of medicine but only time will tell if he will ever make it into the show pen. Hooves, fingers and toes crossed for a good recovery!
Anyway, I am back to blogging! Today, in honor of Memorial Day weekend and the official start to summer, I am going to share my newest lip stick obsession and an amazing recipe for popsicles both of which will keep your lips extra juicy!
I should send Clinique a thank you note for inventing the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm but I think my buying every color they make is probably thanks enough. I haven’t been this obsessed with a lip product since Chanel’s Vamp days. This chubby stick imparts a highly moisturizing, brightly colored pout in one swipe. It stays in place without being too thick and gooey. Easy peasy for hot summer days. Buy one in every color!
Nothing says summer quite like popsicles and last summer I got in the habit of making them in my Zoku Quick Pop Maker after a day in the barn. This recipe for Watermelon and Blackberry Margarita Popsicles is divine. Enjoy!
Makes 14 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles
20 oz. watermelon (1/2 a small watermelon)
3 oz. blackberries (7-9 regular sized berries; not the giant obscene ones that are the size of a thumb)
4 oz. limeade
4 oz. tequila
2 oz. triple sec
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until well blended. Pour mixture into popsicle wells.
Cover top of popsicle form with foil and cut a tiny hole in the center of each well. Place popsicle stick through the hole.
Place in freezer until frozen. To release popsicles, run hot water over outside of mold for 2-3 seconds.
If the hot, dry summer air has left your skin parched and looking to soak up some serious moisture consider adding these to your daily beauty arsenal. These are my favorite tried and true products to banish dry skin.
For The Body:
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter: Luxuriously Whipped, Sinfully Addictive. This air-whipped confection is light-weight and absorbs quickly to deliver deep, all day moisture. It banishes dry spots and keeps rough areas like knees and elbows soft. Plus, it smells amazing! Available at Kiehls.com.
For Your Hands:
My hands take a beating in the barn on a daily basis and Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is my saving grace. This blend of select ingredients allows skin to actually draw and absorb water from the air, forming a “glove-like” protective barrier against moisture loss. It also contains a blend of botanical oils as well as natural wax derived from Olive Oil, which further soothes, moisturizes and conditions skin. This lotion protects against and repairs the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements. Applied nightly it keeps my hands soft and smooth despite my barn work. Available at Kiehls.com.
For The Lips:
Being out in the elements combined with being inside with cold, blowing air from my air conditioner makes my lips demand all day moisture. Neosporin Lip Help Daily Hydration Therapy and L’Oreal’s Color Riche Balm are my go-to lip savers.
Neosporin Lip Help is clinically proven to restore visibly healthy lips in 3 days by reducing dryness and protecting lips from sunburn with SPF 20. I apply it morning and night and my lips have weathered this year better than ever. I use L’Oreal’s Balm during the day (I keep a tube in my tack room to re-apply before and after riding) to keep my lips constantly hydrated with a tint of color. Both available at your local drugstore and Target stores.
For Your Horse:
Dry, summer air, sweat and constant rinsing can have the same affect on your horse as it does on you, but adding a hair coat shine supplement to their daily feed regimen will have him shining like a new copper penny. My horse Woody is on Smartpak’s SmartCombo pellets which includes their SmartShine supplement. SmartShine provides vital Omega 3 Fatty Acids from stabilized Flax Seed to promote healthy skin and create a stunning coat. This supplement really, truly works. I get constant compliments on how shiny and healthy Woody’s coat looks. Available at Smartpak.com.
Woody’s shiny hair courtesy of SmartShine:
Keep their mane and tail soft and dandruff free with an oldie but goodie, Mane N Tail Conditioner. I have tried them all and I go back to this one every time. It keeps my horse’s hair soft, tangle-free and it truly helps grow tails thicker and longer. It is my go-to super product. Available at your local tack store.
If you are stuck inside on a cold winter day and your after-Christmas diet forbids an elaborate baking project try making your own lip gloss.These little pots of gloss will moisturize your lips as well as make great gifts for your gal pals.
Homemade Kiss Gloss: Courtesy of Cheeky Kitchen
1 teaspoon paraffin wax
4 teaspoons coconut oil
4 teaspoons petroleum jelly
4 white or pink (or whatever color you like) candy melts
1/2 teaspoon oil-based candy flavoring
Grate the wax into a ziploc freezer bag. Add the coconut oil, petroleum jelly, candy melts and the flavoring. Place the bag in a bowl of very hot water and allow the ingredients to melt together. Massage the bag a bit to mix the ingredients together. Snip a corner from the bag and squeeze the ingredients into small containers (use sterilized bead holders purchased from JoAnn). Pop your lip gloss containers into the fridge to cool completely.