Best of 2014

2014 was such a fun year for me!!  I want to thank every single person who reads my blog, leaves comments, follows me on social media and shows your support.  It means the world to me!  Having a blog it’s really easy to go back and look at my entire year.  Here are some of my favorite moments and products of 2014.  Get ready, because it’s long…

Skincare

fresh skincare

Fresh Soy Face cleanser: I don’t think I can say enough great things about this cleanser!  It will probably be on my favorites every single year.  This cleanser works for all skin types, it gently deep cleans and is a makeup remover.  If you have been reading for a while, you know how obsessed I am :)

Fresh Lotus Moisturizer & Seaberry Oil: The lotus moisturizer is my morning moisturizer all year long, no matter what the season or what I’m doing.  It’s light weight and is very hydrating.  Fresh seaberry oil I use almost every night.  This is my night time moisturizer that keeps my skin so dewy and plump looking.

skincare treatments

Cane & Austin Retexurizing Pads: This has been the biggest difference in my skincare in 2014.  These retexurizing pads are like little miracle workers!!  At first I used them almost every night, then after a few weeks I backed off a little and now I use them 2 times a week (at night).   They literally retexurize your skin.  It clears up texture, evens out skin tone and complexion, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and scaring, and gives the skin an overall glow.

Dr Brandt ‘Glow’ Eye Cream: This eye cream does exactly what it claims.  It lightens dark circles, lightens the under eye area and reduces fine lines.  I have been so impressed by this eye cream!

GlamGlow DualCleanse Treatment: Another product that exceeded my expectations.  It deep cleans, hydrates, lightens dark spots and evens out complexion.

moisturizers best

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Hand Cream: I discovered this only a few months ago, just in time for winter.  I use this as my hand cream every night before bed.  My hands have never looked this nice during the winter ever.  It’s so creamy and nourishing, and not greasy.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: Best lip treatment ever!  I use this as my “chapstick” or in my house we call it “lips”.  My son will say to me “Mommy I need some lips”, haha.  I love the smell, texture, creaminess and it keeps my lips so soft.

Jimmy Choo Parfume: Perfume is such a personal preference, and you may or may not love the one I love.  But this has been such an amazing perfume for me this last year.  I think it smells amazing, I always get compliments on how good I smell.  I highly recommend it.

Makeup

best foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: This foundation has been my favorite all year!  It is a full coverage foundation without feeling heavy or “makeup-y”.  It gives a luminous finish, the name probably gave that one away.  I love how it makes my skin look healthy and slightly glowing.  This works best for normal, combination and dry skin.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: I can’t count how many years I have been using this concealer.  My sister told me to buy it I think 6 or 7 years ago.  It is an amazing concealer and also doubles as an eyeshadow primer if you want.

primers

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter:  I use this in shade ‘radiant rose’ in my under eye area before applying my concealer.  This helps to protect the delicate under eye skin, provides more hours of non-creasing concealer and it gives a healthy glow (making everyone think you got a full nights rest even if you didn’t).

Urban Decay Primer Potion: Any time I am applying a heavier eye makeup look I always use this primer. When I use this my eyeshadow does not move for an entire day.  I’m talking 15 hours later and my eye makeup still hasn’t moved.

Urban Decay ‘Chill’ Makeup setting spray: After applying all of my makeup I always set the entire look with this makeup setting spray.  It gives a healthy look to the skin while keeping my makeup from moving all day.

best lips

Too Faced ‘Better than Sex’ Mascara: My favorite mascara ever!  It lengthens, volumizes and just makes my lashes look awesome.  Check out this instagram photo I recently posted wearing the mascara.

Dior ‘Incognito’ Lipstick & NARS ‘Turkish Delight’ Lipgloss: My fave lipstick and lipgloss all year, especially when worn together.  The Dior lipstick is so creamy and it’s this perfect nude with a touch of pink color (no brown!).  And NARS revamped their formula on their lip glosses and they are so much better.  You get the perfect ‘turkish delight’ color we have all loved for years, but with a better improved formula.

best contour

Anastasia Contour Kit: I got really into contour this year and was determined to find the perfect contour. This palette is awesome because it gives you 3 contour colors and 3 highlight colors.  Whether it’s summer time and I have a tan or super pale in the winter I will always have the right shade without having to go out and get something new.  I also love how little product I have to use.  Just a little tap of my brush and it’s enough to contour with.  Also I have to mention how easy the contour powder blends, which is very important to creating a natural looking contour.

NARS Ita Contour brush:  This brush is another must item to creating the perfect contour.  It’s super easy to use and gives me the perfect, natural looking contour every time.

best blush highlight

Becca Highlighter:  If you want to look like you are glowing from within, or maybe just stepped out of heaven, then you want this highlighter.  They color is so gorgeous!  I have it in both ‘opal’ and ‘moonstone’.  In the winter I get really pasty pale and ‘opal’ can some times be a little dark on me depending on what kind of makeup look I’m wearing.  So I usually grab for ‘moonstone’ or mix them together to create my perfect shade.

MAC Mineralized blush ‘New Romance’: Mac mineralized blush is an amazing formula.  I completely fell in love with the color ‘new romance’ last year.  It’s the perfect color of pinkish peach.  When applied it looks so natural.  I don’t really like to see the color of my blush sitting on my cheeks.  This just looks like my cheeks have natural color in them.

Fashion

There are so many fashions that I have loved in 2014.  Instead of going into which fashions were my favorite, here is a fun photo collage of my favorite outfits, moments and photo shoots I did.

best of 2014

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey.  I have enjoyed every minute of it!  And I couldn’t be here writing this blog without you, thank you!  Here is to another amazing year!  I can’t wait to see where 2015 takes me!

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Green Studded Jacket

cookbook store green studded jacket

cookbook store green studded jacket

cookbook store green studded jacket

cookbook store green studded jacket

cookbook store green studded jacket

vince camuto julia satchel, cookbook store green studded jacket

cookbook store green studded jacket

Jacket: LookBook Store / Top: BCBG (50% off) / Jeans: Paige / Shoes: Kate Spade / Bag: Vince Camuto / Lip: Dior ‘Incognito’

At this time of year I’m so over shopping for anything that has to do with winter.  I’m already thinking about spring and warm weather.  Since it’s still cold here, I look for pieces that can easily transition into spring.  So get ready for a lot of jackets!  I have always loved jackets, I find them so easy to wear.  If my mind is drawing a blank on what to wear I throw on jeans, tee and a jacket.  It’s simple, easy and always looks good.

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Tutu With Edge

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

rachel barkules chic wish blue tutu skirt

Tutu Skirt: ChicWish (also available in grey, berry and ice orange) / Leather Jacket:  BCBG (old) similar here, faux leather here / Tee: Sam Edelman ‘He Loves Me’ / Shoes: old, similar here, here, here / Bag: Clare V / Earrings: Baublebar / Lip: MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have caught on that I have a slight obsession with tutu skirts.  There is something about them that is so fun!! They are so girly and feminine, and when I put one on I know I am going to have a good time.  This particular tutu skirt is sooo comfortable.  The waistband is elastic and the tulle is so soft and there is a nice satin liner on the inside.  I am already eyeballing the ice orange color for spring/summer.  I am seeing a gorgeous summer day, tutu skirt with a white tank and sandals…. seriously dreaming of warm weather!  I am loving this tee for Valentine’s Day!  (it’s not to early to think about that right?)  I love how it says “he loves me”, it’s so festive without being pink or red.

We went out last night to celebrate my brother in laws birthday (John’s brother), so John and I went out a little early to take the photos before dinner.  It was colder out than I expected, so I ran home and switched out my sandals for peep toe booties, and my tee for a cashmere v-neck sweater.  You can see that look in my IG photo here.  It was such a fun night with friends full of laughter!  Happy Birthday Andrew!

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Weekend Wear

rachel barkules weekend wear

rachel barkules weekend wear

rachel barkules weekend wear

rachel barkules weekend wear

Denim Shirt:  similar Here / Graphic Tee: similar Here & Here / Jogger Pants: Here, also love this  & this / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Sunglasses: similar Here / Bag: Vince Camuto

A typical weekend for me is usually spent very casual and spending time with my family.  Whether we are at home or out doing something, I want to be comfortable.  The key to pulling off a good casual “loungy” outfit without looking like you are just wearing sweatpants or pj’s is easy.  Get a great pair of loungewear pants, most of the time called “jogger” pants, and pair it with a tee or tank.  At this point you can put on a denim shirt like I did, or a jacket like this, or just wear the tee and pants alone.  The shoes is what really makes the difference on the overall look.  Throw on a pair of strappy heeled sandals or pumps and you look much dressier.  Wearing a pair of flats or flat boots like I am makes the outfit very casual and laid back.

Let me know if you like seeing more casual outfits.  I just ordered myself some new jogger pants and am happy to style them for you :)  Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

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Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

rachel barkules tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

rachel barkules tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

Tartlette First Look:
-Lid: natural beauty
-Crease: best friend
-Transition (above the crease color, below the brow highlight): power play + wanderer
-Outer Corner: bombshell
-Upper Lash Line: multi-tasker with pencil brush smudged, bombshell with flat eyeliner brush just in the lash line
-Lower Lash Line: with pencil brush I layered and smudged natural beauty, best friend + bombshell closer to the water line, then wanderer along the outside
-Brow and Inner Corner Highlight: free spirit
-Blush: MAC ‘dainty’
-Lip: Gerard Cosmetics ‘Shimmer of Hope’, use code rachel for 25% off

tarte tartelette  Amazonian clay matte palette

tartelette swatches

rachel barkules tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

tarte tartlette eyeshadow palette

Tartelette Second Look:
-Lid: force of nature
-Crease: wanderer + dreamer
-Outer Corner: multi-tasker
-Upper Lash Line: multi-tasker, with a pencil brush smudged
-Lower Lash Line: dreamer + wanderer, smudged, with a little multi-tasker on the outer corner
-Brow & Inner Corner Highlight: free spirit
-Blush: MAC ‘new romance’
-Lip: Tarte Lipsurgence ‘Energy’

Both Looks:
-Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette
-Foundation: Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ in shade 2
-Concealer: MAC ‘Pro Longwear’ in shade NW15
-Contour: Anastasia Contour Palette
-Cheek Highlight: Becca ‘Opal’
-Mascara: Too Faced ‘Better than Sex’

I think matte eyeshadows are often over looked and under rated.  And finding good matte shadows can be difficult.  This palette got me so excited when I saw all the colors.  It has 12 gorgeous colors of all neutral shades, both warm and cool tones.  Then when I started using the palette I was even more excited.   The shadows go on and blend so easily with no fall out thru out the day.  Creating an all matte look is something unexpected and beautiful.  I also love mixing matte shadows with shimmer shadows to create a dimensional look.  You can easily incorporate it with other shadows you already own to create countless beautiful looks.

This palette is available at Sephora, Ultra and TarteCosmetics.com.  I went to several locations to purchase this and everyone was sold out.  I ended up ordering it online.

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