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New to me beauty: Guerlain

This one tweet might have changed my life.

Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but how have I never heard of Guerlain? Thanks to the lovely @Beauty411, I headed straight to Sephora to find out more. The Météorites Perles is an adorable little tub of shimmery pearls that come in a few different colors – I purchased mine in Teint Rosé, the lightest – which is a light finishing powder. Not high-school-shimmery at all. Let’s be honest, we’re too old for all that glitter. GuerlainMeteorites

What I found when I visited Sephora was a “Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit” which included a decent-sized sample of the Météorites Perles (pictured above), along with the Météorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer and Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator. Now I got to try three Guerlain products for less than the price of one full-sized Météorites Perles. Win.

The other kicker to this story is that I ended up loving the primer and the illuminator even more than the powder!


Guerlain Illuminator









PRIMER (left): The little pink pearls diffuse into a creamy primer that keeps my foundation on all day and adds a layer of light underneath. I absolutely love it.

ILLUMINATOR (right): The Illuminator has a soft brush to apply the light formula. It takes just a few clicks to awaken your under eye area and any other spots which could use a little brightening up. I’d been looking for a product like this and I might have found my next obsession.

Overall, Guerlain is a definitely a luxurious cosmetic and skin care line. No details spared in the packaging and it makes you feel a special kind of pretty when you put it on in the morning. Next, I cannot wait to try some of their amazing lipstick.

Have you tried Guerlain? What’s your favorite product?

Battle of the Beauty Boxes: Birchbox vs. Glossybox

There are a lot of beauty subscription boxes out there, but the two most popular are Birchbox and Glossybox.

I have been a subscriber to both Birchbox and Glossybox for a long time. Because of this, my friends often ask me which I like better or which they should sign up for: “Birchbox or Glossybox.” It’s a tough decision because I like them both for different reasons. For me, I can’t bring myself to quit one or the other because receiving both of them every month is like Christmas for beauty nerds. With beauty products wrapped in delightful tissue paper and ribbons, I can’t get enough.



3 Beauty Trends from Fall 2013 Couture

I recently wrote a post on my favorite looks that came out of Fall 2013 Haute Couture week in Paris. However, being the beauty nerd that I am, I also noticed three very distinct beauty trends that emerged.



Let your skin take center stage

Makeup artists created simple, low-maintenance looks at Fall 2013 Couture. The skin on models at Valentino and Giambattista Valli was glowing and healthy-looking because of the Argan Oil base and highlighters used on the skin. A high-shine natural gloss, lightly filled-in brows and a touch of pink on the cheeks completed the look that really let the skin shine.


Giambattista Valli












Slicked-back low buns for Fall

Many designers chose a slicked-back low bun to accompany their haute couture looks this season. With their sleek nature, why would we be surprised? Take a cue from these shows to incorporate an easy, low bun this Fall. Hair at some of these shows featured a clean, central part, while others boasted severe side parts, but both looked like the models’ hair was pulled back when it was soaking wet. This is a great way to control fly-aways while looking utterly sleek.

Elie Saab

Christian Dior













Retro hair and old Hollywood glam still reigns

Makeup and hair at both Chanel and Amani Privé felt very retro and old Hollywood, respectively. Chanel’s stylists created an extreme-faux hawk of sorts with twists to place designer Karl Lagerfeld’s turned-up newsboy-esque hats upon. With bold brows and rouge on the cheeks, the look was simple, yet bold. And definitely retro.

The beauty look at Armani Privé, on the other hand, was the epitome of old Hollywood glam. While the clothes, to me, felt very 80s-inspired, the hair and makeup upped the glam factor. The hair was pin-curls and the makeup was understated yet chic with just a soft shimmer on the eyes and a pale, plum lip.


Armani Privé