Tutorial by JULEP: Winterize Your Nails!

Hey everyone! As blustery blizzards are starting to become a norm here in the Midwest, with the cold air comes dry skin. I’ve got a few tips from Julep here today and some tricks; what I do to avoid chapped skin, and to keep hands looking nice throughout our long winters.

1) Clip and shape your nails. This is necessary in all kinds of weather, but longer nails are more prone to damage and are more fragile in the drier winter.

2) Fix up your cuticles! Julep recommends soaking your nail beds in their Vanish Curticle Softener & Remover ($18) for at least 30 seconds. You can then push your cuticles back gently with an orange wood stick or cuticle pusher.

3) Buff your nails (gently!) and take care of any hang nails you may see. Remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water afterwards.

4) Either use a nail treatment, like Julep’s Oxygen Nail Treatment, or other preferred brand, or polish using your normal routine. Julep has some great selections here . I like Zoya’s anchor base and armor top coat system, $10 /each.

5) Finish off with some quality hand cream! I like L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream ($28 for 5.2 oz) or Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy ($30 for  or about 8.8oz). I also like to use Crabtree & Evelyn’s 60 second fix for hands, not right after applying nail polish as the exfoliator product can affect the shine of the topcoat) as it really does work and it definitely helps in the rough long winters (I’ve noticed my hands have gotten drier since I’ve gone to university in Wisconsin–Madison is only 2.5 hours from Chicago, but noticeably colder!)

Another tip that I live by is never washing my hands in hot water. Hot water tends to dry out skin even faster, so I only wash my hands with warm water.

What are some of your tips for winterizing your hands?

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Review: NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Dione

Hey everyone! The Makeup Show had rolled through Chicago a few weeks ago and I picked up one of these babies. They are already available online and retail for $29/.o5 oz. So–I noticed at the display that it’s really hard to get a photo of these shadows. They look lighter due to the metallics/shimmers in the pigment at certain angles. For example, in the above photo, Dione looks much cooler and a little lighter than it really is.

Dione is a light metallic taupe-y gold. It’s pigmented when dry, but when applied wet, it really pops. Be warned, the metallics in this range are REALLY metallic when applied wet. Most of the shades in the range are similar in that regard but the darker colors tend to be more satin.

Dual Intensity eyeshadows come in a square magnetic packaging at $29/ .05 oz while single shadows retail for $25 and are .07 oz. So you’re really paying more. I always thought you could use any eyeshadow wet and that the ability to be used wet is the main focus of this product, I’m not sure it’s worth the extra price. However, as a product, it’s pretty solid and has some gorgeous colors.

The product is nicely pigmented and lasts a full day with primer. When applied wet, the application looks fresh for at least 6 hours. Looks very nice, but again, this shade is very metallic.

My consensus? If you like one of the colors, as I did with Dione, the NARS dual intensity shadows are a good buy. There are a few duochromes that are harder to dupe. If you’re on a budget and aren’t looking at specifically using water to bring out colors (as some of the shades really pop when applied wet), then give it a pass.

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Elizabeth Olsen for Flaunt Magazine

Hey everyone! This was sent my way and I adored the stunning imagery and the video. Thought you guys might like it!
“This short art-house style film follows Elizabeth during the photo shoot from her recent Flaunt Magazine feature and shows her sporting the latest contemporary looks from a number of the fashion world’s hottest designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino. 
Elizabeth is taking Hollywood by storm with her breakout roles in Godzilla, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and her most recent film which is still in production, The Avengers: Age of Ultron in which she will star as The Scarlet Witch. “

Elizabeth Olsen from Flaunt on Vimeo.

ElizabethOlsenFlaunt_HunterAndGatti2 ElizabethOlsenFlaunt_HunterAndGatti5 ElizabethOlsenFlaunt_HunterAndGatti6I think the colors and styling are all fantastic and really like it. It’s funny because I haven’t heard from the Olsen twins for quite some time (heard as in kept up with their work!) but I like that Elizabeth at least is still doing her thing and stunning in fashion.

What do you think?

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Haul: MakeUp Show Chicago

Hey everyone! So recently I had the chance to attend the Makeup Show Chicago. Entrance tickets were around $45, but the deals and seminars were insane. For example, NARS was 30% off, MAC 25% off, Kevyn Aucoin was ~40%off, Inglot had 10$ lipsticks, Stila $5 eyeshadows…Crown brushes were under ten (sometimes under $5); it was insane. Lots of people were there as well, but it wasn’t too crazy. Bottom line: If the Makeup Show is coming to your city, GO!

What I hauled:
NARS Dual Intensity Dione Eyeshadow
MAC Taupe
Stila Kitten & Rain eyeshadows
Kevyn Aucoin eye palette #2
2 Crown brushes
4 Red Cherry eyelashes
Inglot lipliner 857
Inglot lipstick 134

Have you been to a Makeup Show in your area? Let me know in the comments!

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EOTD: Bright Liner with Neutral Lid

I think I’ll be wearing this look to the beach or the pool quite frequently this summer! It’s a nice pop of color while having an otherwise neutral eye. It’s also pretty simple.


Black liner on the bottom (I used MUFE black eyeliner pencil)

Turquoise (or any other color) winged eyeliner (I used shu uemura turquoise gel liner, LE a few autumns ago)

Laura Mercier sandstone (peach) eye shadow all over & inner lid

MAC Go starflash eyeshadow (bronze) in crease and over the black liner

What’s your favorite colorful shade of eyeliner to use?

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EOTD: Spring Greens

Back once more :) First year of university is in the books! It’s been difficult but so rewarding, and life’s been flying by. Hence why the blog has been slightly neglected, but I’m trying to be better about it. Here’s a recent EOTD I did:

Products used:

Brows: Shiseido Deep Brown eyebrow / eyeliner compact , Anastasia clear brow gel

Maybelline the Volume Express mascara


Cool toned white shadow (I used MAC Dazzlelight)

Mint green shadow (I used RMK 01 silver pale green, LE awhile ago)

Green-grey shadow (I’ve used Lancome Erika F but here I used MAC Apres-ski)

Dark green shadow (I used Bourjois 07 Noir Emeraude, with a dampened brush) over black pencil eyeliner on bottom and close to lash line on top

What do you think? Have you been rocking more colorful eyes in the name of changing seasons?

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GIVEAWAY! Obiqo Gentle Face Scrub & Restoring Night Cream


I will be giving away one of each product that I have reviewed last week: the Gentle Face Scrub & Restoring Night Cream.

Restoring Night Cream

Gentle Face Scrub


RULES: Open to continental US residents only. You must register for the Obiqo newsletter here. You must also comment on this post to let me know that you want to be entered to win, along with your email address.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: You can increase your chance of winning by following @lavieenbeauty and retweeting this tweet. The giveaway will end APRIL 4 2014 (April 3, midnight central time).

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Review: Obiqo Gentle Face Scrub, Restoring Night Cream and Giveaway!

Restoring Night Cream

Hello everyone! I’ve been quite busy lately but thought I’d write up a quick post about a brand new to me. This is how the brand is described:

“Obiqo is a luxurious sea-inspired skincare range that combines nutrient-rich sea kelp from New Zealand’s pristine waters and the powerful anti-oxidant properties of French organic sea lavender.
Obiqo’s range of marine-derived skin care products provide a touch of luxury at an affordable price. A protected natural resource and the star of Obiqo’s unique skincare line is New Zealand sea kelp, which is harvested under license and then blended with proprietary formulations of sweet herbs, natural flora extracts, essential oils and sea lavender to provide a rich sensory experience. Obiqo products are not only great for your skin, they’re sensational for your soul. All the marine extracts used in these products are derived from sustainable sources and the methods of extraction are natural, gentle and solvent-free. The Obiqo range of unique marine facial products has been formulated for women aged 30-55 years with normal to dry skin.”

I admit that I had never heard of Obiqo, but I do like their products. I was lucky to be able to test two products: the Gentle Face Scrub and the Restoring Night Cream.

Gentle Face Scrub

The face scrub retails for 27.99 USD but is currently on sale at the above links. It is described as having ‘natural jojoba beads gently polish away dead skin cells to reveal your complexion’s natural radiance, sweet almond oil and apricot oil massage skin, while nutrient rich sea kelp and sea lavender provide an antioxidant boost.

Gentle Face Scrub

The scrub is in a nice squeeze tube with a clean, functional design. The product is a good consistency, not too runny or thick, and has many small granules to scrub your skin. You only need a dime-sized amount at most to scrub. It’s very effective and leaves my skin soft and smooth, with no adverse effects. There was no noticeable scent to the scrub.

Restoring Night CreM

The restoring night cream comes in a thicker plastic (but with a good weight to it, so it feels more luxe) jar. It retails for 38.99USD but is currently on sale for 14.99USD at the link above. I would really like to see companies package a spatula with these kind of jars but it works this way as well. It’s described as “Natural marine extracts work overtime while you sleep to help promote elasticity and rebuild firmness & essential oils of evening primrose and borage promote smoothing and softening in this restorative night cream”.

It’s a thicker cream, very solid, but a little goes a long way. I use this after my regular moisturizer at night and wake up with very soft skin. It’s important not to use too much or your skin will feel oily. I’ve experienced no adverse effects, and the hydrating cream is perfect for the abnormally cold weather that’s been around my area! It does have a slight fragrance, but it dissipates quickly.

Bottom line, Obiqo has a few quality products that are currently on sale, but you could have the opportunity to try them for free!


I will be giving away one of each product that I have reviewed today: the Gentle Face Scrub & Restoring Night Cream.

RULES: Open to continental US residents only. You must register for the Obiqo newsletter here. You must also comment on this post to let me know that you want to be entered to win, along with your email address.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: You can increase your chance of winning by following @lavieenbeauty and retweeting this tweet.

The giveaway will end MARCH 15 2014 (March 14, midnight central time).

Please note that this post contains a sample product sent to me by an Obiqo representative for review purposes. For full details, please see my Disclaimer and Copyright Information.
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