Tuesday Tip: Dry Skin Quick Fix

Do you ever try to put makeup on in the morning but are thwarted by pieces of dry flaky skin no matter how much you moisturize? Uh, yeah, me neither… but if you DO (not us), the buck stops here. Time to bring out the big guns and get rid of that dry skin fast (picking at it with your fingernail is not the answer). I have two secrets:

1) Scotch Tape: Sounds like crazy talk, but a little piece will spot treat, and remove a piece of stubborn dry skin immediately. No irritation to your face.

2) Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel:- Best for when your whole face needs a pick me up. These little babies make your skin instantly smooth and flawless. Use all over your face to exfoliate and smooth in two steps. Tip: Cut each of the little pads (one each of the two steps) in half to double how long they last. Use one half, and put the other unused half back in the packet, fold the top, and seal with a binder clip to keep them fresh.
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xo Alaina

Five Things I Can’t Live Without Right Now

IMG_2824reformation dress.jpg1) Summer dresses from Reformation. I could happily buy every dress they make. Mine is sold out in blue, but it does come in four other equally exciting colors. Find me on insta for more style pics: @thechampagnechic Continue reading “Five Things I Can’t Live Without Right Now”

Tuesday Tip: Instantly Radiant Skin

Ever just wake up in the morning and for whatever reason your skin looks dull or flat? Like you drank too much, but you didn’t? (Or maybe you did, I don’t know what you’ve been up to!) I’ve found the short-term cure: L’Oreal’s Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. I love this product because it takes only five minutes and results are immediate. You apply, leave it for 5 minutes (while you sip your coffee), then gently rub it into your skin briefly to exfoliate, before rinsing off. I like to rinse the mask off with a damp towel rather than my fingers for better exfoliation. Voila! Instantly perkier morning skin. I’m not sure about any “renewing cells”, but my skin is rosier and brighter looking, which is all I can really ask for. You can pick it up at any drugstore including Amazon and Target.

Tip: Make sure you get the “mask” and not the “cream”, they are different, but look the same.

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xo Alaina

Tuesday Tip: Ribbons

IMG_2703I’m starting a new section of my blog called “Tuesday Tips”. I hope to give you simple ways to glam up your life, make your beauty routine easier or elevate your style. For my debut post, I’m highlighting something that’s always close to my heart no matter my age: RIBBONS. Not only are they so versatile, ribbons of all fabrics and colors are cheap and easy to come by (any fabric store and even Target has ribbon). So you can get saturated velvets for fall and bright cottons for spring. If I’m at a craft store, I like to buy 1-2 yards (about $1) and then cut it at home. Cut the ends on a diagonal for more polish, or leave them straight and frayed for more edge. Bonus: Ribbons also make great headbands or chokers!  Continue reading “Tuesday Tip: Ribbons”

Best Foundations for All Skin Types

A girl can’t be expected to settle down with just one foundation! I personally need a different formula based on season, event, temperature, day of the week… why limit yourself? It’s your FACE. If my skin is super dry, the last thing I want to do is shellac a heavy layer of makeup over it. And if it’s broken out, I need more coverage. Each foundation in my repertoire is a little bit different and has a different beauty perk. No matter your skin type, coverage preference, or whether you prefer matte or dewy, I’ve got you “covered” with my favorites, reviewed here.

Before we go on: Remember to get a winter foundation and a summer foundation. You don’t want a pale foundation covering your sun-kissed skin, and the reverse is true in the winter. Nobody likes a dark foundation line on your chin.

chanel perfection lumiere velvetBest for “No Makeup” Look: Chanel // Offers light coverage, but even-toned, glowing skin (almost dewy if it’s weren’t matte). The formula is velvety and soft to the touch, and feels as light on your skin. A great option for those “I just look like this” days or those who prefer low maintenance makeup but still need some coverage. My go-to in summer. Continue reading “Best Foundations for All Skin Types”

What To Get From The Sephora Fall Sale

Alright let’s get right down to it. The Sephora Fall Sale is here from now until November 15th. I’ve already made four online purchases and been in-store twice, and I’m ready to talk about my purchases. While beauty is fun, the Sephora Fall sale is serious.As for the discount, if you are VIBRouge or VIB you get 20% off (the first time VIBs get 20% too), Insiders (everyone else) get 15% off, which is nothing to sneeze at since Sephora rarely has ANY discount codes. Overwhelmed by where to start? Right here in this very post, I’m sharing my top products to stock up on.

If you’re looking for something I didn’t list (like a hairdryer or a new primer), but not sure what you want, Sephora staffs up like crazy during this sale, so go in store and ask an associate. They are super knowledgeable and will have the right recommendation based on your needs. The best part of it all? Sephora has a 30 day return policy EVEN IF IT’S BEEN USED. So, no risk at all to try something new.

And remember it’s also the perfect time to pick up replacements for the tools you use everyday but you haven’t thrown away in like, 10 years, like your eyelash curler,  blending sponge, or foundation brush. A good time to replace those grimy tools.

MY SEPHORA FALL SALE FAVES

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Fall Makeup Must: Copper Eyes

I’m super obsessed with metallics for fall. Accessories, clothes, shoes, makeup, you name it, and I want it to be metallic. (I actually just tried to buy a entirely sequined metallic jumpsuit but it was veto’ed by my more rational friend. Like, where would I wear that? But it was so pretty… sigh.) Anyway back to my one true love: Copper. Not just for pennies anymore. For your FACE! I stumbled upon this amazing eyeshadow from MAC and it’s been the answer to my copper pleas. This specific hue is guaranteed to pop your eye color brilliantly (especially you blue and green eyed babes). Try these four steps to swoon-worthy beauty. (Took me 3 minutes, I swear!)

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