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.
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.
Summer is here and I will be the first to admit that summer is by far not my favorite season (the heat, the humidity, the bugs, you get the point). But I survive by reaching for comfy, casual ensembles to get me by until I can reach for my favorite sweaters again.
This summer I am loving the casual combo of a loose button-down shirt paired with shorts. The button-down shirt is loose and easy allowing for good air flow while also providing arm coverage and the shorts can show off your ability to correctly use self-tanner. It’s a win, win. Steal a button-down out of your hubby’s closet and throw on with your favorite pair of denim or chino shorts.
Just a quick word on shorts: If you don’t like showing your legs (or more probable, your thighs) then opt for a longer length that hits above the knee, just keep them more fitted to avoid looking frumpy. However, if you go shorter, say mid-thigh length, look for styles that are a bit wider at the bottom. It will provide an optical illusion making your thighs look thinner.
Loving these looks from Current/Elliott and Hive and Honey available at Piperlime.
Doesn’t this combo look so cute on Tory Burch!
It’s March! Spring is on the way but this time of year can be hard to dress for due to Mother Nature’s changing moods, one day cold and windy the next warm and sunny. These spring essentials (many of which you probably already have) will help get you thru the roller coaster weather while still looking fresh and stylish.
Invest in a great denim jacket, if you don’t already have one. They add an extra layer of warmth without looking as wintry as your wool peacoat. Pair with a brightly colored button down shirt (roll up the sleeves of the jacket to reveal a little color) or wear over a gauzy floral top.
Add a long sleeve stripe tee to your rotation of tops. It looks brighter and more spring-like than your basic black tee but still seems fitting when paired with denim jacket or sweater on a chilly day. Both tops from JCrew.com.
Replace your dark, thick sweaters with an open weave cotton sweater worn over a striped tee or brightly colored top and paired with cropped pants or rolled boyfriend jeans. I love these sweaters by Joie and RD Style.
Add rolled boyfriend jeans and colored denim back into your regular rotation. They will lighten up heavier sweaters and jackets especially when paired with a cute pair of printed ballet flats.
Some great transition outfits from Boden: They perfectly balance spring trends with warmer items for chilly days.
I am starting a new feature on The Clotheshorse called Beauty and The Beast, where I feature my favorite beauty products as well as my favorite grooming products for horses. Simply put, beauty for both horse and rider!
My mom recently bought me and my sister-in-law the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System as an early Valentine’s gift. And let me say, it is amazing! After a few weeks of use my skin is soft, smooth and glowing. I use it every night with a squirt of Caudalie’s Gentle Cleanser to remove the day’s makeup and dirt. It is a true must-have to add to your skincare regimen.
Acting as a sonic micro-massaging tool, the cleansing systems gently penetrate the skin at 300 movements per second. The flexing action between the outer and inner brushes works deep within the pores to loosen dirt and oil, while the back and forth oscillating motion of the inner brush effectively cleans, clarifies, and stimulates the skin. Without putting stress on collagen fibers, the sonic technology works gently and effectively to provide a safe form of skincare without over-cleansing. It cleans 6x better than your hands alone and prepares skin for better absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers.
Available for $119 at Clarisonic.com.
I show horses and having a long, full tail is a necessity. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for products that keep my horses tail in tip top shape. I first stumbled on Moroccan Oil when my hairdresser kept using it on me every time she cut and colored my hair. It smelled amazing and made my hair soft and shiny without being greasy or heavy. Naturally, my first thought was this stuff would do amazing things to a thick, coarse horse tail.
I bought my first bottle a year ago and now it has a permanent place in my groom tote. Moroccan Oil contains anti-oxidant and vitamin rich Argan Oil (from a tree found in Morocco) that instantly absorbs into the hair and creates softness and shine without leaving a greasy residue. Its strengthens brittle and damaged hair while also increasing elasticity which keeps the hair from breaking when trying to comb out a tangle.
You can apply a dime size amount to a wet tail after washing or just apply it dry with your daily grooming. Your horse’s tail will look amazing. Available in most salons and Beauty Brand stores as well as online at Amazon.com.
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Wearing a denim shirt is essentially a no-brainer but wearing it without looking man-ish and maintaining your femininity can be a little difficult. A well-made, soft fabric denim shirt will instantly become a staple for your wardrobe that has the flexibility to be worn year-round.
The first thing to consider when buying a denim shirt is the fit, buy one that has a feminine fitted shape that hugs your curves and defines your waist in order to avoid looking like you stole it from your husband’s closet.
Denim shirts looks amazing when paired with black pants (tucked into wide leg trousers with sky high stilettos or worn with ankle-length capris and ballet flats). Keep your accessories feminine, think brightly colored shoes, dainty belts, an armful of bangles or layered necklaces.
Jewelry instantly glamorizes denim:
Go a step forward in feminizing a denim shirt by wearing it with a pencil skirt in everything from a plain fabric to lace to sequins. It will also look great paired under a sweater, untucked with the tails hanging out, overly a brightly colored skirt. Try wearing a denim shirt under a sleeveless dress for a fun winter look.
Replace your standard white or french blue button-down shirt with a denim shirt when wearing a black, gray or tan suit. It will provide an unexpected pop of color and texture.
Wear a denim shirt as a jacket over a sleeveless, glitzy, going out top or party dress.
A denim shirt is also a perfect barn staple, looking instantly chic worn with the collar popped up, a string a pearls and your breeches and boots.