January Beauty Favorites

January 2015 Beauty Favorites || Runway Chef And we’ve officially made it to the weekend, and a long-weekend at that! While I wish I could be jetting off somewhere warm and exciting, or even hitting the ski slopes, I will, a las, be working. Mr. RC and I are getting down to the final stages of relaunch, which means it is crunch time for us. Hopefully, we’ll still manage to do a fun thing or two around the city. Please tell me you have more exciting plans than I do!

Before we get into the weekend festivities, though, let’s talk about my three favorite beauty products from the month. Two have to do with skin care (because winter has been a real B to deal with) and one is just for fun. Let me know if you’ve used any of these items before and what products you’re loving as of late.

Enjoy your three-day weekend! xx

January 2015 Beauty Favorites {Aztec Green Clay Mask} || Runway Chef Aztec Secret Indian Healing Green Clay // I’ve been using this simple clay mask for quite a few months now. As you can see, a little goes a long way (it barely looks like I’ve touched the container!). Even though this mask is super basic and super affordable, it’s one of the better ones that I’ve ever used. Your face gets super tight and all kinds of tingly and I feel like I can actually feel the dirt being sucked right out of my pours. The only things to keep in mind when using this- it’s very strong so don’t use it too regularly (I use it every other week), and don’t use it right before you have to go somewhere. It will make your face somewhat red and splotchy and it usually takes my skin about an hour to calm back down. Is it worth it? Ab-suh-freaking-lute-ly!

January 2015 Beauty Favorites {Acure Argan Oil} || Runway Chef Acure Argan Oil // This winter has been particularly dry and harsh on my skin, so my face has been soaking up any moisture I give it. Unfortunately nothing seemed to be moisturizing quite enough until I tried this oil. My face has improved immensely in the month or so that I’ve been using it. Also, after I rub it into my face, I rub whatever is left on my hands into the ends of my hair and it’s made a huge improvement on my hair being soft, shiny, and fly-a-way free.

January 2015 Beauty Favorites {Smashbox Lip Lacquer} || Runway Chef Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in “Bordeaux” // I’m obsessed with this stuff! Like wear-it-every-single-day (and in all my recent outfit posts) obsessed. It was sent to me as a gift, and, if I’m being completely honest, when I first saw it, I thought the color was going to be incredibly dark….so I came this close to shoving deep into the dark crevice’s of my makeup drawer, never to see the light of day again. Luckily, before it got buried away, it happened to be the only lip product I could find to grab while I was dashing out the door, so I gave it a try and I’ve been in love ever since. The color actually goes on much lighter, almost translucent, in what ends up being a natural-looking shade of rose. While the shine may not last forever, the color certainly does. After eating dinner and drinking wine all night my lips will still be rose-stained.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef One of my favorite things about the holidays is how everything gets elevated to the next level, making even the most ordinary things feel special. One area that is especially fun to glam up is holiday beauty. Whether it’s for a Christmas party, the annual family photo, or a quick change from work to a festive get-together, here are a few effortless ways to elevate your holiday glow. Bonus: I’ve included a few links to beauty-themed gifts at the end of the post.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glam Hair} || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glam Hair} || Runway Chef Glam up your hair // If you don’t have time to throw you hair into a fancy up-do, simply add a bit of glam to your hair using a jeweled hair pin (lots of good options here), or, if you don’t have a hair pin, use a fancy vintage pin. Carefully secure it with a bobby pin and you’re good to go. 

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glitter Nails} || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Glitter Nails} || Runway Chef Boost your mani // Add on a coat of glitter nail polish. Not only will it quickly make you look party ready, but the glitter will also help distract from any small chips in your base coat color. If you’re really short on time, just give one or two nails a coat for an accent nail.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Red Lips} || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips {Red Lips} || Runway Chef Power up your pout // If you don’t have time to do a complete face of makeup, make sure you pump up your pout. Red is a no-fail classic this time of year (see tips on how to find the perfect shade of red), but to make sure the color stays you’ll want to triple up on your products. First, line your lips with a nude pencil. Next, apply a thin coat of chapstick or vaseline. Follow that with a couple of applications of your favorite red lipstick (I’m loving this one right now), and finish the look with a red lipgloss.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef Add a little holiday shimmer // Another way to quickly take your face from everyday makeup to party-ready makeup is to add on highlighter. Dab it on your cheekbones, in the corners of your eyes, under your nose, and under your lips. Just don’t go overboard or you’ll look shiny instead of sparkly.

5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef 5 Quick Holiday Beauty Tips || Runway Chef Putting on the spritz // No holiday outfit is complete without a spritz or two of your favorite fragrance. Or, use the holidays as a time to be bold and try a new scent. Current one that I’m loving: Elizabeth Arden Untold (which, by the way, also makes a great gift!).

Bonus tip: While you’re wrapping presents, make sure you save any scraps of tissue paper. They work perfectly as blotting paper.

Gifts for Beauty Babes

November Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites || Runway Chef #beauty I’ve been a major slacker lately, at least in the beauty department. But with dropping temps, ain’t nobody got time to be slacking on their skincare (as I was so pleasantly reminded by my rough, dry skin).  I’m currently focusing on upping my routine for the winter months and hunting down a good retinol cream. Please tell me you have retinol cream suggestions, because my skin is dyyyyyying without it (I can no longer use my old one due to my ever-difficult skin allergies). Also, I’d love to know what you’re doing to prepare your skin for winter, if you switch out products, etc and what beauty things you’re currently loving.

Thanks for reading and hope you guys have a great weekend!

November Beauty Favorites {@jergensus BB Body Cream}  || Runway Chef  #beauty Jergens BB Body Cream c/o // I’ve long been a fan of Jergens Glow lotion to keep my “glow” going throughout the winter months, so I was anxious to try their BB Body cream. My skin has gone through every torture imaginable with my skin allergies so anything that promises “flawless skin” I’m game for trying. After just a few uses, I definitely started noticing a more even skin tone and that alone is a miracle.

November Beauty Favorites {@drbronner soap}  || Runway Chef  #beauty Dr. Bronner’s Soap // It’s not called “magic soap” for nothing. This soap may be the simplest soap on the market but it truly is magical. My Mom used this for everything growing up (yup, the dog even got bathed in it), so when my skin allergies started up I knew I needed to revert to my soapy roots. I have the unscented one for babies (because my skin is a temperamental baby that can’t handle any scents) and I use it for everything- face wash, makeup removal, body wash, makeup brush cleaning, even apartment cleaning.

November Beauty Favorites {@elizabetharden Lipstick}  || Runway Chef  #beauty Elizabeth Arden “Red Door Red” Lipstick c/o// I’m always on the hunt for the perfect shade of red. This one is my latest favorite. It goes on light so you can have a more natural lip, or you can keep applying it for a darker shade. Some of the red lipsticks I have go on so dark that I look more clown and less human. By the time I’m done blotting off enough lipstick to give me a “normal” shade, I’ve got more color on my face than I do my lips making me look like the victim of a clown murder. Hence, you can see why I appreciate a shade that goes on a bit lighter.

Morning Skin Care Boost

Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool For me, my morning routine starts with getting a full 8 hours of sleep, or at least in my dream world it does. Unfortunately, the reality is that I have a wandering mind, noisy neighbors, and a New York City apartment, so I consider myself lucky when I get 6-7 hours of sleep. To make up for my lack of sleep, I try to live a very healthy lifestyle. I take vitamins, drink lots of water, workout every day, start my day with fresh fruit and hot tea, and fill my plate with as many organic, whole foods as I can. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough. To get an extra boost I rely on skin care products. I’m sure you all remember me talking about my crazy skin allergies, so the search to find products that are both safe for my skin AND beneficial isn’t always easy. However, I was recently introduced to a product that does not upset my skin, but it is also perfect for rejuvenating after nights with little sleep. Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen is beauty sleep in a bottle (minus the sleep part). It’s infused with the essence of honeysuckle and white tea, which helps your skin to look refreshed and ready to face the day. It also has SPF 15 in it. I feel good using this product knowing that I am nourishing my skin and helping it to stay beautifully protected.

What is your morning routine like and how do you make up for a lack of sleep? Do you use the Olay Fresh Effects products?

Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection} || Runway Chef #beauty #skincare #FreshToSchool This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Growing up I absolutely hated my bushy eyebrows. It didn’t matter how many times someone told me that Brook Shields had thick gorgeous eyebrows “just like me”, the only thing I saw when I looked in the mirror was Oscar the Grouch. So naturally I plucked my eyebrows into oblivion. Literally. At one point I think you might have even needed a magnifying glass to see them. It was scary. Like Halloween scary, except 24/7 (#notok). Fast forward a few years and I’ve now come to realize that thick eyebrows really are gorgeous. Instead of wishing my brows looked like anything but Brook Shield’s, I now want them to look as much like hers as possible. Well-groomed and well-shaped eyebrows not only help to define your face, they also make your eyes look bigger and brighter and it’s one thing that should never be skipped in your daily routine. Even if your tight on time, doing just your eyebrows (along with a coat of mascara and adding a touch of concealer) will make such a huge difference. To achieve the perfect eyebrows, here are my tips-

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto A before shot of my eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tools of the Trade: Eyebrow brush, clear mascara, tweezers, eyebrow brush/comb, small scissors 

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto First, you’ll want to figure out what the proper shape of your eyebrows should be. Using your eyebrow brush handle as a guide, line the brush straight up against your nose (like the first picture). The end of your eyebrow should line up with the handle so anything to the  side opposite your brow should be plucked. To figure out where the highest part of your brow should be, hold the brush diagonally from your nose to your eyebrow across the farthest side of your retina. Your arch should be wherever the brush hits (see the second picture). To determine where the end of your eyebrow should extend to, keep your brush lined up with your nose but this time move your brush to the farthest corner of your eye. Your eyebrow should extend out to the point at which the brush hits (as in the third picture).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After you determine the shape your eyebrows should be, use the eyebrow brush to gently brush them from the center towards the outer corner.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Pluck any stray hairs using your tweezers.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Next, use the comb side of the brush to comb your eyebrows up and out.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Use the scissors to trim any hairs that extend pass the brow line. I usually only do a trimming once a week, unless it is needed.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After the brows have been cleaned up, you’ll want to fill them in with an eyeshadow or brow color that is one shade darker than your natural brow color. I use the dark brown from the Les 4 Ombres Chanel eyeshadow palette. (I like to use eyeshadow as opposed to a pencil as I think the color is less harsh and it blends in more easily creating a more natural looking eyebrow.)

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Add on a coat of clear mascara (or brow gel) to lock in the color and keep your brows in place.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To finish the look, I like to add a swipe of a shimmery eye shadow right underneath my brow to highlight the area and really make my eyes and brows pop. Here I’m using Chantecaille in “Marigold“.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto In this picture you can see the dramatic difference between the eyebrow that has been done (left) and the one that has not (right).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To maintain my eyebrows, I usually follow the plucking and trimming routine once a week, of course plucking out stray hairs as need be. I fill my brows in with the color and gel any time I do my makeup.

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