Recent Beauty Purchases

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Being in my 30’s, with 2 kids and a full time job, it’s very easy to get out of the loop of the best beauty products.  I know I should be better at knowing what the best makeup is since I work around it all day long.  But it’s so easy to get stuck in the same routine every day…  3 years later my routine isn’t working any more.  I realized this recently and decided to update things!

I have been very fortunate to be around some of the best makeup artist in the industry to ask my questions, Jaclyn Hill and Nicole (lipsticknick).  I mostly needed help with my face routine.  I asked them both their favorites and purchased everything they said.

I’m sharing today everything they told me to get, plus a few of my picks.

Don’t forget that today, November 15th is the last day for the Sephora Rouge/VIB 20% off sale.  Don’t forget to use your code for extra savings!!!

1. Sisley Primer: I think a primer before foundation can make or break your foundation thru out the day.  I have struggled finding the right primer for over a year.  Within a couple hours of applying my foundation it breaks up and looks messy all over my face.  Jaclyn has been telling me this is best primer but I haven’t wanted to spend the money on it.  I finally broke down (after a year of bad foundation looks) and decided to try it.  I’ve used it every day for the last 10 days with all different foundations and my makeup has not moved!!!  At my age, with my many skin issues, this primer is worth the money to keep my foundation smooth and flawless all day long.

2. Too Face ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara: This is a repurchase to me!  It’s been my favorite mascara for more than a year.  I can’t live without it!  It makes my eyelashes thick and long.

3. Quai Finishing Cream: I love my hair to have that bedhead, lived in, messy look.  With my blonde highlights I have to make sure I don’t use anything that makes my hair look dry.  A cream that is lightweight is the perfect solution.  I’ve used this several times in the last week and I’m in love!  It’s lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my hair.  It gives it lots of texture, body, shine and smooths out the ends.

4. & 5. Chanel Foundation & Powder: This is the foundation and powder that came recommended by Nicole.  It’s what she used on me for the Halloween party.  The foundation is incredible!  It’s a medium to full coverage.  I have applied a thin layer for a daytime look and it looks like natural skin (just better!).  For a nighttime/going out look I apply a little more, it still has a natural look with more full coverage.  It also feels weightless on my skin.

The loose powder is a great setting powder!  I love using a big fluffy brush to apply all over my face to set my foundation.  It feels amazing going on and give a smooth, gorgeous finish.

6. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream: This is a hair product I can not live a day without!  This is a holy grail product for me!  I apply to wet hair before I blow dry my hair.  It is moisturizing, texturizing, smoothes frizz, adds shine, heat protection, lightweight (won’t weigh down your hair)

7. Make Up Forever Eyeliner: I’ve always preferred an eyeliner, I’ve never mastered a gel liner.  I love one that stays on and won’t budge, but yet will buff out as I’m blending my eyeshadow.  This one is perfect!!!!  It’s what I was wearing in my Halloween makeup look.

8. Kat Von D Shade & Face Contour Palette: I’ve really struggled with what powder to set my under eye area.  I always feel like my under eye looks old and wrinkled.  And that my makeup settles and creases really quickly.  Jaclyn told me to get this palette and use the lightest color to set my under eye.  It’s been life changing!!!!  You can also purchase each color separately.  I choose to purchase the whole palette because I may want to use the other colors.

9. Chanel Chance: I’m obsessed with pretty much all Chanel perfumes!!  I think they are the best!  My all time favorite fragrance for going out (more of a sexy fragrance) is Coco Chanel Mademoiselle (different than the traditional Coco Chanel fragrance).  I also love their new Gabrielle fragrance.  I’m probably thru half my bottle by now.  I wanted to get this Chanel chance (pink color) because I was looking for a great daytime, light fragrance.  I like to spray perfume every morning, no matter what.  Even if I’m going to they gym.  Ok… especially if I’m going the gym.  I never want anyone to smell any sort of stick off of me.  I give myself a few sprays every time I leave the house, and drench myself when I go to the gym :)

10. Quai Soft Mousse: I have very thick, naturally frizzy hair.  But I’m always looking for something that can give me texture and volume.  I’ve used this once and it seems perfect.  It gave me tons of body in my hair and texture.  While feeling soft and looking very natural.

11. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick: Obsessed with this formula!!!!!  I’ve heard it’s amazing and it did not disappoint!  With all my liquid lipsticks, I take the time to apply 2-3 layers before I leave the house.  Waiting several minutes in between applying each layer.  The first time I wore this lip it was to a party, with a lot of eating and drinking.  I wore the lip without reapplying for over 6 hours. When I got home I saw that the lip had not moved! Absolute perfection!  The shade I have been wearing is ‘Lovecraft’.  I plan on getting more shades :)

12. Charlotte Tilbury Perfecting Powder: Powder can be a tricky thing.  We need it, but if it’s not good it can make your makeup look really bad.  In my attempt to switch up my face routine I asked Jaclyn what powder she suggested for me.  She told me to get this one.  It just came in the mail today and I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.  I swatched it and it looks amazing!!  I can’t wait to try it and see what it does to my foundation routine.

13. Make Up Forever Foundation: This is the foundation that Jaclyn recommended to me.  I have loved it!  It is a full coverage foundation and gives my skin a flawless finish.  It lasts all day without moving.  Although it’s a full coverage it does not feel heavy on my skin.  I wore it to a birthday party this past Saturday night and everyone kept asking what I did different to my makeup because it looked so good. I give all the credit to my new foundation!

XO, Rachel

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Reveal

jaclyn hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette

The long awaited announcement is finally here!  Jaclyn Hill (so weird for me to call her that because she’s my sister :) ) revealed her eyeshadow palette and the launch date!!!!!!!!

35 gorgeous custom shades releasing June 21, 2017

Jaclyn has been working on this palette for 2 years and it’s absolute perfection!  The colors, the formulas, the packaging… the only way to describe it is perfect!

I have personally been using this palette every day for months.  As soon as I got one in my hands I have never reached for another eyeshadow.  It has every color I need to create any look I want.

These eyeshadows blend and apply like no others I have ever used.  They go on like a dream!! They are so pigmented, I do not get fall out through out the day and the shadows never move on my lids.

jaclyn hill Morphe palette swatches

Nothing like this has ever been done!!!!!  No one has ever created 35 custom shades (the most gorgeous shades I have ever seen!) for $38!!  Morphe and Jaclyn are changing the beauty industry, showing everyone that you can get the best quality for a great price.

Working with Jaclyn behind the scenes has been an honor.  She is so creative and hard working.  She loves and cares about her subscribers so much, she will not stop working until the final product is complete perfection.  To watch her come up with ideas is being in the presence of a creative genius.  Paired with her hard work, her dreams have become a reality.

jaclyn hill x Morphe launch date

What’s in My Sephora VIB Shopping Cart

Sephora insider shopping event 2017

I love it when Sephora does their Insider shopping event!  I try out new products that I’ve been looking at and stock up on some favorite must haves.

1. Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette

I have been wanting to try her eyeshadows for a while.  I keep hearing rave reviews.  I love this smaller palette of 5 colors.  It also comes in many different color schemes.

2. YSL Lipstick

I recently got a YSL lipstick and I’m obsessed!  They really do have the best nude shades.  They are so creamy and gorgeous!!

3. Tom Ford Lip Balm

I love tinted lip balms for summer.  It’s a great way to keep my lips hydrated while keeping the overall makeup look light and fresh.  I like to wear something like this to the pool or beach.

4. YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara

I just got this mascara and I’m can’t get enough!!  I had to share it with you all!  I’m getting another tube to have a backup in my purse.

5. Ardency Inn Eyeliner

The best black eyeliner ever!  Goes on smooth with no tugging and stays aaaaaalllllll day.  Mine is running low so I’m picking up another one.

6. Givenchy Bronzer

With summer right around the corner I start to get obsessed with bronzers.  This one just came out and it looks gorgeous.  Anything to give me that summer sun kissed bronzed look.

7. Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

This looks so gorgeous!!!!!!

8. Cover FX Setting Powder

My favorite setting powder!  I’ve been using it for at least 6 months.  It’s running low, time to get more :)

9. Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation

I just started wearing this foundation a couple weeks ago and it is my absolute favorite foundation!  I don’t know how it took me so long to find this?!  It is an absolutely gorgeous finish!  I am shade p20 for reference.

10. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume

My holy grail favorite perfume ever!  I’ve been out of it for a while.  It’s time to get it again!

11. Tatcha Sunscreen

My favorite face sunscreen.  I used it every day last summer.  Need to get another bottle for this summer.

12. Amika Dry Shampoo

Love this dry shampoo!  It smells so good and isn’t to drying.

13. GlamGlow Setting Spray

I’ve been ride or die for the Urban Decay setting spray for years.  This one just came out and I’ve heard all the former UD setting spray lovers are switching over to this one.  This is definitely one I need to try!

14. Bare Minerals Lipgloss

One of the best lipglosses on the market!  I absolutely love their formula.  Definitely picking up another one or two in some fun shades.

15. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil

I have always wanted to try this.  I love the idea of my skin glistening and glowing all summer long!

Spring Time Make-Up Look

bare minerals matte liquid lipstick frenemy

EYES: Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette | LASHES: Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara | CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape (in shade fair) | LIPS: Bare Minerals Matte in shade ‘Frenemy’ | BRONZER: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil (in shade light/medium) | BLUSH: Becca ‘Flowerchild’ | HIGHLIGHT : Laura Geller ‘Gilded Honey’ | BROWS: Anastasia Brow Definer (shade soft brown ) + Clear Brow Gel

In the spring I like to wear my make up very fresh and light.  I like to keep it more natural with a fun and happy lip color.  I’m obsessed with this lip color!  It’s so fresh and beautiful!  The shade is so perfect for spring and summer.

I’m very hesitant to try matte lipsticks.  They tend to feel so dry and uncomfortable on my lips.  But this one feels amazing! It lasts all day long while still feeling incredible on my lips!  The first day I wore it I was hooked!  And I’ve been wearing it all week.

I finally ordered the Tarte Shape Shape concealer and it’s amazing!  I don’t know why I waited so long.  It has incredible coverage and doesn’t crease all day.

While I was ordering it I discovered the 21 days of beauty at Ulta.  I wish I had discovered it sooner!  Each day for 21 days they have different products on sale 50% off.  They have amazing deals on some great products!
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Best of Beauty 2016

I loooooove thinking back over the past year about my favorite beauty products!  I dig thru my bathroom drawers, thru my makeup vanity, in my top drawer of my nightstand, in my purse… searching for all beauty products I have been using daily and can’t live without.

This is the smallest best of beauty I have ever had.  It could be that a lot of my time was consumed with moving and starting a new job.  It could also be that there wasn’t that many new products that thrilled me. Either way, I wasn’t going to put products in my best of beauty just to put them in.  These truly are my best of beauty!

And what does it take to make the cut?  These are products that I use all the time!  I use these daily/weekly and if they disappeared I would shed a tear.  They are stand out products that I could not live without!

So let’s get into it:

1 & 2. Tula Cleanser & Moisturizer :  I discovered Tula skin care at the very beginning of 2016.  It was literally eye opening for my skin!  It is the best skin care I have ever used!

Tula Cleanser : The cleanser is a makeup remover and a cleanser.  I never use a separate makeup remover.  When I am wearing a full face of glam makeup all I use is this cleanser.  It gets my skin completely clean.  It is very gentle, great for all skin types; even my sensitive dry skin.  I use this morning and night.

Tula Moisturizer : The best daily moisturizer ever!  So hydrating yet very light on the skin.  I use this every morning and night.  This is the only moisturizer you need.

Click here to view my entire skin care post I did just 2 months ago.  I go more in depth about each product I use and why.  Also, if you want to save 25% off + free shipping on tula.com use code lifescandyjar25

3. Colleen Rothschild Intense Moisture Mask : This moisture mask is the best moisturizing mask ever!  You can leave it on for 10-15 minutes.  Or (the way I use it) leave it on overnight.  Every time I use it I wake up with skin extremely dewy, glowing, plump and even skin tone.  I like to use this once a week to keep my skin looking amazing.  Seriously a game changer!  You can read my entire review Here.

4. Farmacy Sheet Mask Melody : I discovered sheet masks at the very end of 2015.  This past year I finally found my favorite sheet mask.  I love getting the sheet mask melody from Farmacy.  This way I use whatever my skin needs are.  The mask melody includes firming, brightening & anti-wrinkle.  Their masks are so amazing, after 10 minutes I see a noticeable improvement in my skin.  A sheet mask can be a little weird and messy, but so worth it for the results.

5. Buxom Lipstick : I have been a fan of Buxom lipstick’s for a while.  I love the formula, it is creamy and pigmented.  This year I fell in love with the shade ‘guilty angel’.  It is the every day shade with pinky peachy undertones.  I can wear this shade with a natural makeup look or smoky eye.  Doesn’t matter, it always looks great.  You can see it in my every day makeup look.

6. Lipgloss : I love a glossy lip!  I know matte lips and liquid lipsticks are all the trend right now.  But I will always prefer a glossy lip!  Here are my 2 favorites:

Marc Jacobs Lipgloss: This gloss is great for a high shine look.  I currently have this in shade ‘sugar sugar’, which is the prefect nude shade for all skin types.  It is extremely glossy and looks amazing alone or over a lipstick.

Anastasia Lipgloss: This formula is amazing!  It is thick, pigmented and extremely moisturizing.  I love so many shades of this gloss.  I wear one almost daily, I have them stashed around my house and in my purse.  My favorite shade is ‘Rio’, it is the perfect hot pink ever.

7. GlamGlow Lip Balm : This lip balm feels amazing and is so hydrating!!!  The love for this lip balm started out with having it on my nightstand and putting it on every night before bed.  Now I have one in my kitchen and in my purse.  Basically I have to always have one right by my side.

8. Too Faced Mascara : This mascara has made it on my best of beauty 2 years in a row.  There’s a reason for that… because it’s the best! I use it every single day, it’s the Queen of mascaras.  It makes my lashes thick, full, long and amazing.  I have ventured out and still haven’t found a mascara that is equal to this one.

9. Hair : Dry Shampoo, Texture, Oil : It has been a year for hair change for me.  I have had to look for many different hair products for my ever changing hair style.  I have found some amazing products that I can not live without.

Living Proof Dry Shampoo : This is the perfect dry shampoo.  It soaks up any extra oil, eliminates smell, gives body and volume.  But it’s not to heavy.  It doesn’t weigh your hair down or feel like you have anything in your hair.  You can use this dry shampoo, get fresh hair and still run your hands thru your hair.  Hey, when you know you know :)

Bumble & Bumble Dry Spun : This is a newer favorite in the last couple months.  I used it in at my sisters house and instantly fell in love.  It gives very light texture with an airy, fluffy look.  I love the look it gives all day long, and even the next day.  It’s only been 2 months but I can’t live without it!

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil : With all the highlighting and color treatments I have done in the last 2 years it has left my hair dry and damaged.  I worked very hard in 2016 to get my hair healthy.  No more crazy hair treatments for me!  This invisible oil has been a life saver for my hair!!!  It is hydrating and soothing, yet doesn’t weigh the hair down.  I put in on the ends of my wet hair and dry as usual.  I have noticed a huge difference in the health of my hair, so much healthier, shiny and less fizzy.

I want to thank each one of you for an amazing year and for supporting me!  I love blogging so much and I love writing about things I love.  It truly is my therapy and happy place.  I love escaping the ridiculous stresses of life and sharing my love for beauty and fashion.

I still can’t believe I have anyone who wants to read what I say or look at what I am doing with my life.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you so much!!!!  Thank you for reading and being apart of my journey.  I hope you have an amazing 2017! :)
rachel barkules