Space NK Beauty Edit Gift with Purchase: 9/10/14 (& a Barneys GWP Sneak Peek!)

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It's that time of the year again! Space NK's Autumn Beauty Edit event is coming to the US next week, on September 10th, 2014. I love Space NK's curated selection, rewards program, generous samples, and lovely sales associates. If you have been looking for a new beauty spot or need to stock up on some of your favorites, this is the time to do it! 

Isn't this gift MASSIVE? *love*

This gift will be available with purchases of $250 or more online and in stores on September 10th. Those of you planning to visit a store should reserve a spot at one of their events too! 

I also have to note that Barneys New York will also be having their beauty gift with purchase event starting on 9/10. I'm trying to get a hold of more info on this one, so stay tuned. The bag does look a bit more exciting than the past two events, so I may indulge in some of my Aesop wishlist...  

Will you be participating in either gift with purchase event? I'd love to know what's in your shopping cart - imaginary or not! :)

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Waxalene: The All Purpose Wonder Balm

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It was about a year ago when I first read about Waxalene on Genuine Glow, but I've wanted to try it ever since. I bought a jar a few months back, and then shortly after, Waxalene reached out to me to try out their new lip balm size!

*PR Sample

waxalene review, natural petroleum jelly alternative

Slathering Waxalene on my dry patches takes me back to the days when my mom would give me Vaseline for those troublesome chapped spots, but in a much nicer, green way. All 4 ingredients in Waxalene (yes, FOUR!) are Non-GMO, and the product itself contains no petroleum products and is not tested on animals. 

This stuff is a dream for a dry skinned gal like me. I'm appalled to say that due to poor moisturizing habits, parts of my legs still really haven't recovered from the horrible cold winter we had in Chicago. Every time I apply Waxalene to those awkward dry patches, my skin improves. Waxalene does say that this is good for eczema and psoriasis, but I haven't been able to test it out for that. I think it would be perfect for those chapped noses after a terrible cold season, or on dry/cracking skin - for sure a great petroleum jelly alternative! 

This works really well on my chapped lips, and seems to keep them from getting any more chapped, which is always a good thing for me. It is safe to say that Waxalene is among my top lip balm picks. (Gasp!) I'm thinking my cuticles could use a dose of this, and I may just take a closer look at the other suggested ways to use Waxalene! 

I didn't realize at first, but the lip balm size contains the exact same formula as the regular size tubs of Waxalene. The product itself is quite creamy, and reminds me of partially melted butter. (You know when you melt it, and then it starts to harden again? Or am I the only weird one who spends so much time with butter?) It is almost scent free, and isn't sticky to use. 

I purchased my tub of Waxalene at Spirit Beauty Lounge, but it is also available at Whole Foods and a few other retailers. The lip balm size comes in right around $4, and I've been toting it around with me everywhere all month. Even the largest size comes in at around $18, which to me makes Waxalene a great all purpose product to have around!

What do you think about Waxalene? Have you tried it, and if so, what do you use it for? I'd love to know!

Ingredients: organic soybean oil (non-GMO), beeswax, organic rosemary oil (non-GMO), and vitamin E oil (made from non-GMO soybeans)

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Wishlist | August

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I haven't been shopping or browsing much beauty lately (shocking!), but I'm still slowly adding things to my never ending list of beauty products to try... 

Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford. Need I say more? I kind of want everything, but Tom Ford's Orchid Haze has been on my list since it came out, and every Charlotte Tilbury kit that is available in the US right now is tempting... (I think when Tom Ford fall and Charlotte Tilbury hits Nordstrom, I will probably go crazy!)

I sort of missed the memo that J.Crew had expanded their beauty selection... and then a bunch of it went on sale! There's a few RMS Beauty items I'm considering, but I'm really eyeing the Bite Beauty for J.Crew. I've also really wanted to try Sachajuan Hair in the Sun, a UV primer of sorts that is a relatively new release for the brand. (P.S. J. Crew has an extra 25% off promo code until 8/25 that applies to these AND RMS Beauty.)

Once upon a time, I promised myself that I could splurge on some Shu Uemura hair products if I ever grew my hair out. Perhaps that time is now, since my hair is getting longer and I plan to keep it that way! I love a good makeup bag, and this Jonathan Cohen for Shu bag looks pretty sturdy and spacious. It appears to be only available by itself now, though it was previously been available with a set of products as well. I'm happy to see, that they still offer a number of pretty gift sets like this Moisture Velvet option that look great. (Plus, Shu has a selection of Customer Favorites on sale for 20% off!)  


Last but not least, there are some new(ish) products at Sephora that have caught my eye... Has anyone tried out this new Becca eyeshadow palette or the Lowlight Sculpting Perfector?  

The new Hourglass eyeliner has me this close to hitting checkout, especially after so many positive reviews. And this bright cream blush from Givenchy is really catching my eye!

Of course, there are a million things on my wishlist, but these are at the top. Have you tried any of these products or bought anything on your wishlist lately? I'd love to know! :)

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Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

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Radical Skincare is one of those brands I've always been curious about, but also avoided because of the high price tag. When I was given the opportunity to try out their new(ish) Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum, I jumped at the chance. My often dehydrated skin can always benefit from a serum!

*PR Sample

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum Review

Intended for all skin types, this serum meant to fight aging, improve firmness and elasticity, and keep skin hydrated. While I'm not certain I can speak to the anti aging properties of this serum, I can definitely speak to its effect on my skin hydration and overall tone. 

From Radical Skincare:

ONE SERUM for all skintypes, all ages, all ethnic origins to fight 16 identified causes of aging. The triple potency action of Trylacel™ technology in a complete, universal and multi tasking serum designed to achieve fast and visible results. 13 active ingredients chosen for their efficacy ,their ability to work in synergy, their clinical results to reduce the deepest wrinkles, even skin-tone, improve skin elasticity and firmness.

Trylacel™ a radical breakthrough in suspension technology, keeps the antioxidant potency and performance in the cream to deliver maximum benefits and results quickly. By combining and encapsulating maximum levels of powerful antioxidants, clinically proven reparative and soothing agents in a bi-lipid membrane.

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum swatch

This serum is relatively light, and very much conventional in texture. I do have to note that this serum is lightly fragranced and that scent to me is a very traditional floral that may be hit or miss.

In terms of results, I do feel like this serum keeps my skin looking even, and I can often use this without any additional layers without feeling dehydrated. For me, that is a big deal, as it has been over a year since I've been able to feel hydrated with only one layer of product. My preference, however, is still to layer another moisturizing product on top.

At this price point, I can't fully recommend that you purchase this very pricey serum since I can't speak to the anti-aging aspects. Perhaps I'll have someone try it out, and report back! As it is, it has functioned just fine for me with no adverse reactions in the weeks that I have used it. 

What do you think about this serum from Radical Skincare? Is it something you would splurge on? Do you have any recommendations from the brand? I'd love to know! 

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INGREDIENTS : Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Balanites Roxburghii Seed Oil, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Decarboxy Carnosine HCl, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Superoxide Dismutase, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Hexapeptide-9, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Squalane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Lecithin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Pentylene Glycol,Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Sodium Dehydroacetate

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Old vs. New: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

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You may know that Koh Gen Do's Aqua Foundation is one of my favorite products ever, and I've finally managed to stop by a counter and pick up a sample of their new formula to try out. 

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation review

Their new formula has perhaps one or two new shades for those in the light to medium skin tone ranges. I thought that they had released a darker variation, but it appears that shade 143, the sample I have, is the darkest shade. (I'd say I am pretty square in the "Medium" category right now after a bit of sun, perhaps somewhere between NC35-40.) 

Koh Gen Do foundations have been my absolute favorites since I discovered them, so I have been wondering for the last year how the new formula compares. Those of you who are fans of the old formula, don't despair. I'm hard pressed to find any differences between the two. 

Like the original, the Aqua Foundation formula is best applied in a patting motion for maximum coverage. Both the Aqua and Moisture Foundations are very long wearing on my normal to dry skin, and perfectly natural in finish. I've mentioned it before, but whenever I wear Koh Gen Do Foundations, I always notice how nice my skin looks... until I remember that I am indeed wearing makeup!  

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation OC-2 Swatch, Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation 143 Swatch 

I have the shade OC-2 in the original formula, and while I thought that the new shade 123 would work for me, it actually doesn't at this point in the summer. (I have the Moisture Foundation in 123 however, so I'm curious how the shades in the two formulas compare.) The sample I have is of 143 in the new formula, and I believe it is just a smidge more yellow and very slightly darker than my OC-2. 

Take a look at my video, where you can see both formulas in action. If I had to choose, I would probably pick the old formula over the new, though I don't think I'll be needing to buy any foundations anytime soon! 

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Koh Gen Do is available through their own website as well as Barneys, Sephora,, and now Nordstrom

What do you think of Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation? Have you tried either formula? I'd love to know!


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Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre

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Last year, I remember falling for Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre shortly after it came out. The color was to die for, but I held off and eventually decided I didn't really need to buy another bright lip product I wouldn't wear very often... 

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre review

A few months back though, I definitely changed my mind. After having success with their Agave Lip Mask and loving my custom lipstick, I decided I just had to get Sancerre. 

The Sephora site describes Sancerre as a pinky red, and I think it is my perfect pinky red shade! Like the other Bite products I've tried, the formula is quite brilliant. It is light, but long wearing, slightly hydrating and scent free - all qualities I LOVE in my lip products. 

Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre swatch

I have to note that EVERY time I have worn this, I get tons of compliments on the color. The color lasts on me for at least 4-5 hours even with light snacking and drinking water. It can even make it through meals decently, though I typically wipe off as much as I can prior to eating out of habit. I do have to mention that it took me 10 swipes with makeup remover to remove that swatch off my arm... 

Wearing Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre 

When my friend Gummy posted her review of Sancerre and another shade from the range, she mentioned that the applicator was really a deal breaker for her. I do have to agree that the applicator makes it difficult to apply with a clean edge, but I'm not terribly opposed to using a lip brush or cleaning it up afterwards. 

For those of you who can't deal with the applicator, I recommend taking a look at the shade Quince in their Luminous Creme Lipstick or High Pigment Pencil. Based on swatching, the two shades are very similar! 

I love the concept of Bite Beauty - ingredients that you can eat - and can't wait to try more of the brand. What do you think of Bite Sancerre? Have you tried this or any other product from Bite? I'd love to know!


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