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.


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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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I Tried Glossier: Here’s What I Think

With tons of new beauty lines launching every week, I’m skeptical to try a new brand comes out. After all, can it really be better than my go-tos like Nars? So when I heard about Glossier, I didn’t think much about it. Flash forward a few years later and Glossier popped up in Vogue, and I thought – THIS IS LEGIT NOW. I must try it. For a bit of background, Glossier was started in 2014 by Emily Weiss, the blogger behind Into The Gloss and former Vogue staffer. In just a few years, Glossier has amassed a huge cult following, with up to 10k waitlists for new lipsticks.

Scroll down for my first experience ordering Glossier, the final look and “would-I-buy-again?” decision.  This is very serious makeup business.

Here are the three products I ordered.

First impressions: It arrived in 3 days, even though the site said 5-8 days. I also had forgotten I ordered it, so it was like surprise makeup. Opened to find free samples and a sheet of stickers – a fun touch. The products I ordered came in a pink zippered pouch made of bubble wrap, loving that idea. No plastic waste and I have already repurposed that bubble bag. The Boy Brow and the Generation Lipstick are smaller in size than I anticipated for $18 but it’s not a deal-breaker. (p.s. The website is super easy to navigate and checkout was quick).

IMG_8582.jpgIMG_8586These three products together lent themselves well to a berry-colored palette. I loved this look for daytime! It felt light and pretty, but I still got some full brow coverage. The only other products I’m wearing are:

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The Best Beauty Gadgets You Need Now (That Actually Work!)

Ladies – there’s a lot of beauty gadget nonsense and hype out there. With all the new products coming out all the time, how do you know what’s worth the $$ and what’s not? Behold, my favorite tried and true gadgets you won’t regret (at all price points!)
Eyelash Curler
If I could have only ONE beauty product for the rest of my life, an eyelash curler would be it. It is literally the best invention of all time (better than electricity and indoor plumbing? Maybe.). Using an eyelash curler takes 10 seconds and makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, more lovely, more awake. And don’t cheap out on a $5 drugstore version, invest the $20 in one that works better and will last for years: Shu Uemera or Kevyn Aucon. Just buy one. Don’t break my heart.



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Quick and Easy Smoky (Metallic) Eyes

Gorgeous smoky eyes… We love the look, hate the time and skill it takes to actually put the makeup on, am I right? Lucky for us all, I’ve discovered a smoky eye that takes only 5 minutes and 4 products to complete – and the steps are so simple, your makeup experience level can be zero.

It’s the the perfect solution when you have approximately 15 minutes to go from eating ice cream in sweatpants to your best friends’ birthday party. That’s hypothetical, of course. Check out my tutorial below, and be that girl at the party with the eye makeup everyone wants.

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The Best Beauty Spots in Chicago

I couldn’t share my Chicago trip with you and not mention all the best beauty spots! Have you met me? Even if you’re just in town for the weekend, I recommend you find an hour and check out one of the below places. Basically I’ve made you my ride or die beauty checklist in Chicago. The Flywheel class is the best solution to the food from this post. Ps my Insta is live! Check out @thechampagnechic, and tell me what you think!

Arch Apothecary: Consider this place your own personal glam squad. They do makeup application, blowouts, eyebrows, waxing, updos (if you’re feeling fancy)… you name it. I’ve been here dozens of times since it was steps from my old apartment and the entire staff is super nice and just as important, excellent at what they do. Head in with your bff before a night out or for just a little pick-me-up mid-week.

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