Instagram: ChelseaWears

11.30.2013

Are we insta-pals?

Leah Reena Goren Cat Pouch

11.23.2013

A huge score from Renegade SF -- love this as my makeup bag.

[ cat pouch - leah reena goren ]

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser // Rivitalize & Glow Serum

11.16.2013

[ aurelia probiotic skincare miracle cleanser* // sample of revitalize & glow serum* ]

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Skin Cleanser* is a quality makeup removing cleanser which has taken the place of my beloved Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm as I've been feeling a little bored with the same old routine day in and out and was looking to get a little experimental (I've also adopted using Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser as a second step to mix things up -- watch out for this crazy girl!). The switch up has actually been working out really well, so I'm not running back to my old routine anytime soon.

I apply a good sized dollop of the Miracle Cleanser* to my dry face, enjoy the fresh and natural scent, and work it into my skin. It rubs in very smoothly, despite not being an oil based cleanser, and comes off easily with a quick wipe over with it's accompanied washcloth. I haven't tested it, but I suspect if I did a once over with a cotton pad of Bioderma there would be very little to no makeup left on my skin at all. I have about 3/4 of the tub left, but I suspect I will be purchasing this once it's used up.

I apply the Revitalize & Glow Serum* after a second cleanse, whatever mask and toner I may or may not be using at the moment, and some La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (if it's nighttime). It sinks into my skin within seconds, feels light and airy (not tacky in the slightest), smells nice, and wears very well under makeup. Combine that with some Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream and I'm left with soft, hydrated skin that honestly looks more glowy than it has in ages (thanks to also drinking LOTS (!!!) of water daily). I've been looking for a good anti-aging serum since forever; so, despite the fact it's a tad pricey, I've got plans to buy a replacement once this runs out next week.

I can't really think of any negative things to say; I really love both products and would 100% drop my hard earned money down to buy each of them... and probably some more products I'm curious about from the line... my bank account is super thrilled about that. Not.

*When I was contacted about my potential interest in sampling Aurelia skincare for review I was immediately sold upon reading the word probiotic. I'm a huge fan of probiotics -- I take them multiple times a day orally and credit them with helping quell my crazy chin acne situation. I was not paid to write this post. I accepted these products for review.

What I Wore: 10.20.13

11.08.2013


Sweater: Vince
Top: Topshop
Pants: Topshop
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs Purse
Necklace: Minoux

Illesteva Leonard Matte Light Purple Sunglasses

11.07.2013

Save While Spending: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

11.06.2013

Pale Skin Contour Products - Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow and Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium

11.04.2013

If you are light skinned, finding a perfect contour can be a challenge... Too dark! Too warm! Too harsh! 

Through extensive "research" -- what I prefer to call my sitting in sweatpants watching YouTube videos for 3 years straight -- I have finally narrowed it down to the only two contour products I really need... Illmasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow and Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium. One cream. One powder. Great cheekbones. [ HINT: Apply these all over, instead of a blush, and prepare to be amazed. ]

These really are THE must-have contour products for every self respecting pale makeup lover/hoarder (Let's be real. We, the makeup crazies, all totally fall somewhere on the "hoarders" spectrum. I, for one, am still waiting for the episode where someone is buried in makeup. She's out there. Drowning in MAC lipstick. I can feel it.).

L'Oreal EverCrème Sulfate-Free Moisture System - Shampoo + Conditioner

11.03.2013

Heads Up: L'Oreal EverCréme is a cheaper alternative to my beloved (and pricey!) Ojon Damage Reverse.
$7 vs. $24. You do the math.

[ l'oreal evercréme intense nourishing shampoo and conditioner ]

This L'Oreal EverCréme shampoo and conditioner duo performs amazingly well for its price point. $6.99 each?! Yes gawd, girl. My bank account is finally happy with me.

Pros? Sulfate-free, smells nice, and makes my hair feel crazy soft... rivaling the much pricier Ojon set I typically buy.

Cons? They sometimes give my hair too much nourishment. It will feel a bit weighted down and even slightly greasy/sticky from leftover product after showering. Make sure you spend a little more time than usual washing out the conditioner and you'll be fine. Or maybe I'm a just fully grown baby who can't even shower properly. Also, most days it's hit or miss whether this will make my naturally wavy hair texture look nice (AKA non-frizzy -- the holy grail for wavy/curly hair).

Verdict. Despite the great value and performance of this duo, the Ojon Damage Reverse line remains the all around favorite because I pretty much never have to worry about frizzing issues with those. Not everyone can pull off the Grace Coddington look on the daily (especially me, in the SF fog!).

Datter Industries Cat Face Ring

11.02.2013

 Picked this bad boy up at Renegade to share with my mom (AKA she bought it, I will borrow).
meow, meow.

Atelier Cologne - Vanille Insensée

11.01.2013

An intoxicating, gorgeous, sexy, warm vanilla scent.