TOP SHELF BEAUTY

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My top shelf (well, actually my top drawer because our bathroom is lacking a medicine cabinet) had been upgraded by a few products I have been obsessing over. Today, I am sharing my top skincare products that I am always reaching for on the daily.

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Goop Instant Facial / Herbivore Face Mist / Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil / Resurfacing Mask / Creme de la Mer / Supergoop Sunscreen / Cuyana Travel Case

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FEWER, BETTER GIFT GUIDE

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We are just fifteen days away from Christmas eve and my little holiday break could not come at a more oportune time. I am ready to unplug and recharge to start the new year feeling inspired.  We will be traveling to Scottsdale to celebrate the holidays with my family and I am feeling extra giddy because my grandparents are coming this year. We have planned a weekend full of  family traditions, like going to Zoo Lights and celebrating my mom and Patrick’s birthdays the day after Christmas. They happen to be one day apart just days before Christmas.

Since I have a few extra gifts to find this year, I decided on gifting really special presents this year. When it comes to finding the “perfect” gift for someone I think something personal makes it extra special .  I have always been a huge fan of the brand, Cuyana (see here and here) and their mission for fewer, better things. This year I am taking on their mantra when it comes to gifting my loved ones.

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Cuyana Travel Cases (c/o)

IN MY MAKEUP BAG

La Mer Créme de la Mer / Goop Instant Facial / One Love Organics Brightening Serum / Stowaway BB Cream / Nars Blush and Bronzer 

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THE PERFECT BLOWOUT

Fromm Beauty

Do you ever wish you could figure out how to get a perfect blowout at home?

Whenever I get my hair cut, I always try and make my blowout last for as many days after since I can never seem to get it perfect after the first wash.  My hair is naturally curly (and not the pretty curls that you would lust over). Since I was young I have been blowing out my locks and then using all the hot tools to smooth out that frizz.  What I didn’t realize is that I just needed the right brushes to use to get that lasting blowout like at the salon.

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BEAUTY DETAILS: JUNE

By Rosie Jane Fragrance

I have said this before but when it comes to beauty, I am pretty low maintenance. However, the older I get the more products I find filling my drawers.  Here are my June Beauty Picks:

Caviar Anti-Aging Shampoo and Conditioner / Caviar Volume Spray /  Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil Spray / Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil  / L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Towlettes / By Rosie Jane Fragrance Oils / Kérastase VIP Spray 

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OIL OBSESSED

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No matter what the season, my skin is always dry.  I  am lucky enough to be blessed with clear skin, but no matter the season, my skin is always craving hydration. Coming from a girl that has dry/sensitive skin, here are a few tips on how to keep that skin glowing and smooth.

TAKE A HOT SHOWER

The first thing I do in the morning is take a hot shower. I turn on the shower as hot as it will go and let the steam fill the bathroom.  I then hop in and turn down the heat and let the steam open my pores and let the moisture soak in.

FIND BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT WORK FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

This winter Bare Minerals sent me a quiz to find out what skin type I was before sending me their new 3- step Skinsorials line.  After taking the test, I found out (well, already knew) that I was the standard dry/sensitive skin type.  I have to be honest, when it comes to trying new products I am always a little nervous at first. Thankfully trying out the new Skinsorials line was a little easier since I have been a fan of Bare Minerals since high school. It was actually the first non-drug store makeup I ever purchased and I still use their powder foundation to this day!

My 3-Step Skinsorials Routine

Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil.  Oil cleansing has been all the rage lately, but until now I had never tried one because I was so nervous it was going to leave my face feeling greasy.  Well, I was completely wrong.  When you wash your face, gently massage the oil onto your dry skin and then lightly dampen your fingers.  This will activate the scent of Lavender and Tangerine and leaves your skin feeling silk smooth.

Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion. Serums are pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.  The older I get, the more and more I noticed those little fine lines around my eyes and forehead.  Honestly, I should have started taking better care of my skin when I was younger, but now I am doing everything I can to help prevent the signs of aging.  This new serum helps to promote your skin’s vitality and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (yes, please!).  The best part is that it smells amazing.

Butter Drench.  This restorative rich cream soaks into my super dry skin and leaves it feeling so moisturized.  I have been using it every night and I love the feeling of waking up with soft skin.

You can pick out your 3-part ritual here based on your skin type.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER 

I am so guilty of not doing this, but it really does make a huge difference for keeping your skin glowing and moisturized.

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*The post was created in collaboration with Bare Minerals. 

SUN KISSED LIPS

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There are 3 must-have items when packing for a beach getaway. Well, if you count my phone, magazines and the makings for a margarita then there are more than 3.  :) Before I left for the Caribbean, I made sure to bring along these items.

THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE 

You may have seen my new beach tote in this post, but this Mar Y Sol bag was a game changer on my latest beach vacay. Not only did it fit perfectly atop of my carry-0n when traveling, but it also fit everything under the sun when heading to the beach.  Two towels, a change of clothes, lots of magazines and even my new straw hat (guys, I never thought I was a hat person until I found this one.) Let’s just say, this is a must-have item when heading to the sand.

VASELINE LIP TINS

Right before my trip, Vaseline sent me their new lip tins to test out and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only are they the perfect size to fit in my Truffle pouch but I have a little beauty secret thanks to my great-grandmother. I have been using this trick for years, so naturally it is only fitting I spill my secrets with you today. The trick: add a little Vaseline to your eyelids and lips. It’s that simple! The sheen from the balm creates a glowing effect. It is perfect if you don’t want to wear makeup at the beach but still achieves that fresh-faced look. I tried the Rosy Lips tin for a little hint of color and I have to say, it totally did the trick.  The best part about these $3.50 Target finds, they come in four different flavors in cute colorful tins.

SUN PROTECTION

Nothing is more necessary at the beach or pool than a pair of your favorite shades, sunscreen and a big sunhat.  Here are a few of my favorites:


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* This post was sponsored by Vaseline. I love their lip tins and now have them in my bags, at my desk and in my bedside table. Thanks for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible! 

NEW YEAR, NEW DO

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Or really maybe just a trim.  Since our wedding in April, I have continued to grow my hair long but with the new year, I am kind of feeling a new do.  When it comes to my hair I am pretty low maintenance. I don’t use color or do Keratin treatments (although I really want to test it out), so every 4-6 months I make my appointment to trim up my do.  Honestly, other than a horrendous haircut that happened when living in Ohio, my hair has been pretty much the same for the last 10 years.

So today, I am feeling a change.  Maybe a little shorter?  What are your thoughts?

I laugh as I write this because I know the minute I walk into the salon, I will tell my girl Lacey (she is awesome if you live in Dallas) I just want to freshen it up and keep it healthy.

Maybe this year is the year I will get adventurous! Wish me luck.

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NATURAL BEAUTY + A GIFT GUIDE

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I have come to realize that natural beauty normally comes with a price (or a high price tag that is).

That is until I learned about W3ll People beauty.  Almost all of the products are under $30 and their all natural formula keeps you not only looking good but feeling good too.

Not only can I do my daily makeup routine in three (well 4) easy steps, but W3ll People products create that easy glow everyone looks for.

ALTURIST FOUNDATION POWDER

I have always stayed far away from foundations.  I have been so lucky to have pretty good skin (thanks Mom and Dad) my entire life and never felt it was necessary to cover my face in liquid foundation.  When I tried this powder foundation, my opinion completely changed.  It is light coverage and just gives your skin an even tone.

UNIVERSAL MULTI-STICK AND BIO BRONZER STICK

After I use the foundation powder, I use the universal multi-stick for blush and the Bronzer stick for a little contour.  Just make sure you have a good brush to smooth out the highly concentrated color. :)

EXPRESSIONIST MASCARA

Add a little mascara and call it a day! Even ELLE and ALLURE agree this is one of the best mascaras on the market.  This mascara is 100% cruelty-free, petroleum-free, paraben free, gluten-free, coal tar-free, aluminum-free, fiber-free, and clump-free! (please read about what is in your mascara….it will change your mind about buying natural products!)

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Also, in case you haven’t checked out the Gift Guide, here is my top beauty picks.  They also make great Stocking Stuffers too!

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* Thank you W3ll People for partnering on this post.

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DISCOVER

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After recently discovering Clinique’s new Chubby Mascara, I knew I wanted to test out more of what Clinique had to offer.  After hearing about their new Smart skincare line, I ran over to Nordstrom to purchase a bottle of the serum (Let’s just say I am a little obsessed).  To make my trip even better, I was able to discover some new must-have products thanks to Nordstrom’s Bonus Gift with Purchase event.  The cosmetic bag was filled with the some of Clinque’s top selling products for me to try.

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FACE

The Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, and Mild Liquid Facial Soap are the classics when it comes to taking care of your skin. It was nice to try all three of these products and decide what to purchase and what would end up sitting on my shelf.  To be honest, all three of these products are now on the top of my wish list.

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LIPS AND CHEEKS

When it comes to makeup, I am a tried and true kind of girl.  I keep my makeup regimen pretty simple, so when I find a product I love I stick with it.  I love that I was able to try the Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Beauty and Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm in Roly Poly Rosy. The Chubby Stick is a total game changer. Blush is one of my daily must-haves and this product has changed the game.  The cream stick has long lasting powers and the color happened to be perfect for my skin tone.

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EYES

My beauty discovery all started with the Chubby Lash mascara, so being able to test out some of Clinique’s top shadows and dual mascara was something I was excited to find in my Gift with Purchase.  I have never been great with eyeshadow but this neutral color pallet is great for everyday looks.

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I am so excited I was able to discover so many new products thanks to the Nordstrom event.  For all you Dallas gals, be sure to head to Nordstrom Northpark to pick up your Gift with Purchase. Hurry these great products will only be available until supplies last.

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*This post was created in collaboration with Collectively. Thank you to Clinique and Nordstrom’s for sponsoring this post.  

THE WINK

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Can you wink? Can you keep a secret, I can’t wink. ;)

I really try to keep my makeup routine as simple and easy as possible. This may have something to do with not really knowing how to wear it or just because I am pretty lazy. The products I use daily are mascara, under-eye concealer (those darn dark circles) and blush. As far as blush and concealer go, I have found my tried and true brand, but mascara has always been a different story. That is, until I tried Clinique’s new Chubby Lash mascara.  It extends your lashes without clumping and doesn’t smudge (smudging is my nemesis..but really). I will be testing out a few more Clinique products in the upcoming months!

Today, I am so excited to be partnering with Clinique to share the release of their new lifestyle website, The WinkThe Wink is not just about beauty- it’s about living your most beautiful, confident life.  Wellness, Art and beauty tips are just a few topics covered on the site. Even Gray Malin (one of my favorite current artists) shares his inspiration for his next travel photography series.  Be sure to head over to The Wink to see more.

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*This post was created in collaboration with Collectively and Clinique’s The Wink.  All opinions are my own.