Last Minute Gifts

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If you’re struggling to find a gift still (don’t worry I do it too) here are a few favorites of mine and even some new goodies I think would make an awesome gift for your special someone!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - I mentioned this in my SpaceNK gift guide but seriously, it’s the best thing man invented for hair. It smells amazing and gives you second day hair in an instant. I have both the full and purse size.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm - My stepmother caught a whiff of this the other day when I went to visit and she immediately fell in love! At first she thought it was some type of perfume but I had to tell her it was a hand cream. It’s packaged in this awesome metal tube and contains Rosemary Leaf, Almond Oil, Cedarwood, Mandarin.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms - After seeing these on Sabrina’s website I knew it would be the perfect way to get a taste of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty line. It comes with 3 mini lipsticks in the shades Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect and Marilyn. This would be such a cute gift to any lipstick lover!

Diptyque Winter Votive Candle Set - The set above is from last years release but this year they released another set of five fragrances with woody and spicy inflections which create a cozy, winter atmosphere. What I also like about these sets are that you can easily split them up and gift them individually. These would also make cute table settings if you’re hosting a dinner party, place them on a plate and have your invitee take it home.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist - This spicy floral scent is available for your hair, yes that’s right your hair! It’s very soft compared to the actual perfume but the bottle is gorgeous and something a bit different to gift.

*By Terry Baume De Rose - The ultimate treat for anyones pout. I said in the past I didn’t want to believe the hype but everytime I slather this on I’m more and more convinced how amazing it is!

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow - I received one of these as a Christmas gift last year from my step sister and I was so happy. It came beautifully packaged as all Burberry items do and I have yet to hit pan! These are my favorite eyeshadows ever and really recommend trying them out.

*Daniel Wellington Watches - The simplicity of these watches are what I love and I can’t wait to give my father his for the holidays! They have a wide selection of faces and leather bands. Use the code “holiday-lipstickwithsomesunshine” to receive 15% off your order including free shipping.

 

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys

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Tom Ford released 50 (I repeat F-I-F-T-Y) new shades of miniature lipsticks all named for the men Tom Ford himself admires, from intimates to collaborators that inspire him. These will be available to purchase on December 26 at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman as well as the Tom Ford website. You can now pre-order them on Neiman Marcus and they’re offering a free limited edition lipstick case box when you purchase 3 shades. I know some people were confused thinking its a set of 3 for $32 total but that isn’t the case, they’re $32 individually.

A full-sized TF lipstick contains 0.10 oz. of product, the new miniature lipsticks contain 0.07 oz. The $18 dollar price difference when you divide it per ounce seems reasonable in my opinion, you still get the same experience with the satisfying click and TF embossment on the bullet. Even though the lipsticks are smaller in size they’re the same quality as the original sized lipsticks. You can see above what the size difference in packaging is compared to the full size, for reference they’re almost the size of a M.A.C lipstick.

I chose the shades :

  • Peter – Peachy Nude with fine shimmer
  • Gustavo – 90’s Chocolate Brown (my favorite)
  • Rafael – Bright Orange Red

Super safe I know but that’s how we roll here at LWSS. The formula is consistent with the original, very creamy, pigmented and hydrating. They contain Soja Seed extract, Brazilian Murumuru Butter and Chamomilla Flower Oil. I’m just extremely please with these little guys and can’t wait to get my hands on a few more shades!

Will you be trying out any of the 50 shades of Tom Ford?

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Dark Lip Tutorial

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 I’ve been asked quite a few times to do a tutorial for this look, like I said in the video I think its perfect for the holidays and I even share a little alternative lip color if you aren’t feelin the vamp shade. This is such a simple easy look and shouldn’t take you hours to do. For those who are interested I will be uploading a festive holiday look including lashes and grown-up glitter (by that I mean the good stuff). I hope you guys enjoyed this video and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t yet!

Currently Loving . . .

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After I filmed, edited my November favs my iMovie crashed and I lost all of the footage! I was furious but now I will be investing in an external hard drive to prevent it from happening again. I gave up on trying to re-filming everything but still wanted to share some items I’ve been loving and currently using. *Last year I skipped December favorites and did my top 13 products of 2013, this year will be my top 14 products of 2014 so keep an eye out for that!

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I adore my Vianel VC Wallet along with my new blush Jouer makeup bag

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Nars Tran Bleu lip pencil has been on my lips for quite some now, it’s such a pretty matte wine shade. The Burberry Gold palette has the perfect blend of warm and cool shades that balance each other very nicely. Burberry’s Oxblood nail polish is a rich vamp nail shade that has a gorgeous cream finish. My Burberry perfume is such a fresh scent and how cute is this dinky sample bottle? A rediscovery but I forgot how amazing Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet looks on the skin. I’ve been all about gold simple accessories and love my vintage choker. I pair the choker with a bar necklace from E & E Project along with some gold stacking rings from Homegrown Silver & Stone. My new Daniel Wellington watch is another addition to my collection, you can receive 15%off your very own watch by using the code “holiday-lipstickwithsomesunshine”. I’ve been piling on layers of the By Terry Baume De Rose, this is going to be a big problem once I run out!

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Surprisingly all these items fit in the Jouer makeup bag, it opens up very widely and is coated in a suede material on the inside.

My Vanity/Workspace

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When you associate bloggers & beauty you automatically think of some massive makeup station with tons of makeup, that clearly isn’t the case over at LWSS HQ’s. In the past I hoarded all colors of the rainbow, makeup collections/releases and never used it. I’ve now realized it’s about what I use and making the most of it. I literally ask myself questions like “Will I really use this?” or “Do I really need this?”. It’s very hard because I’m a true beauty addict but I’ve learned less is more over the years.

I always share a peek on IG when my little corner is at its best (it can get very messy), but I thought I’d give you the deets in a proper post. My mother was kind enough to drive over 3 hrs to get this laptop table for me as my birthday gift this year. It’s from IKEA and it’s only $40. I’ve talked about it before, it’s nothing fancy like a Malm but I love it! Initially it was just my desk but I kept bringing makeup over to it and thought if all my everyday items are in one place it would be much easier in general. I keep most of my makeup here and the rest in a box in the bathroom. I always do something on my blog called the Muji Rotations which is a detailed look of what I keep in my acrylic drawers throughout the seasons. On top of the drawers is another acrylic storage compartment that I came across at a Marshall’s and my everyday brushes. I have a wired basket on the shelf that contains lipsticks, base products and some eyeshadow palettes I tend to reach for.

I currently have Diptyque’s Baies & Amber candles to burn while I’m applying makeup or working. I also have empty jars that house tools like eyelash curlers, lip primers, lash combs, cotton buds, lip brushes, tweezers, and a sharpener. My newest addition to the tablet top is my Simple Human Sensor mirror which really has improved my makeup application and I don’t think I could ever be without it! I keep bigger items like my Chanel loose powder on the side because its too large to fit in the drawers, plus it’s a really pretty tub of powder to stare at while working. I’m happy with my little set up because there is nothing that I don’t use so I’m not blogging for the sake of, I like what I use and I get to share real experiences with you all.

What do you guys like to keep on your tabletops?

Post Pamper Sesh

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It’s been rather horrible (weather wise) here on the west coast and today has been nothing but rain. I’ve been testing some new skin, hair and body products so I thought I’d share todays little pamper session with you all!

  • To set the mood I lit my new Belle Fleur Candle in Bergamot Cedar, it’s slightly fruity with mild spice to it. I like to start with my hair and I used the Oribe Signature Shampoo and Conditioner to give it a good wash. Like all Oribe products they smell absolutely heavenly and the duo left my hair super soft! Then afterwards I’ll go in with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray once my hair is straightened and ready to be styled for some oomph. I added two cap fulls of the Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil in De-Stress which contains Coconut, Rosewood and Ho Wood Oil. This is very soothing and definitely helps ease the mind while soaking in the tub. I also like to take this time to throw on a face mask depending on how my skins behaving but lets be honest here, a pamper routine wouldn’t be complete without a mask right? I am currently loving the Eve Lom Rescue Mask because it’s been a huge help to calm my irritated pepperoni face. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and use a muslin cloth to remove. My skin usually starts to show improvement as the week goes by.
  •  Moving on to some new skincare I’ve been trying out the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit and my skin has really taken a liking to it. It includes their Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, Radiant Deep Brightening Serum and the Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream. I massage the oil cleanser all over my face and wash it off with a muslin cloth. I then take the rice powder and mix about a dime-sized amount with a few drops of water until it begins to emulsify, this is such a wonderful exfoliator without being abrasive or drying. Lastly I applied the serum to prep for moisturizer. Another amazing product from Tatcha is their Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask. I popped these on prior to moisturizing my face to get the most absorption out of them, I had them in the fridge for a while so that they would get nice and cold to help with my puffy eyes. These are addicting and I will have to get more! Peel the backing, leave on for 20 minutes and then just pat in the residual moisture underneath the eye. I then piled on layers of the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Cream, the cold harsh weather has sucked everything out of my face and I’ve talked about how amazing this is here! Then for an added layer of eye hydration I pat on the Bobbi Brown Eye Cream which I’ve used for years, super basic but I love it.
  •  Now since I posted a photo up on IG of the By Terry Baume De Rose it would only be fair if I shared my thoughts with you guys. I really wanted to say it’s just a hyped up product because of the hefty price tag but man is this good stuff. This might sound gross but when I first applied it all the dead skin on my lips somehow peeled off and then I was left with plump smooth lips! The smell can be a bit strong at first so those who are sensitive to smell might want to pass. Also if you’re going to purchase it get the tinted balm vs. the original, I have the shade Rose Babe which is a gorgeous light pink. I save body care for last to avoid getting lotions on my face prior to skincare. I’ve been sticking to the Caudalie Divine Oil to help with the rest of my dry ass body. It indeed smells divine and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin either. For perfume I spritz a bit of the Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black, it’s a sensual spicy scent  and perfect for this time of year!

Last step in this whole sesh would be some tea, a snack, and nail painting time. I’ll have to do an updated nail routine at some point but I now like my nail shape to be very short and rounded. I can type better plus it’s much more flattering on my manly looking hands! I’ve been obsessed with the Burberry Polish in Oxblood, it’s been my nail pick for about 2 weeks already and the formula is excellent. I tried it without a top coat and I didn’t see chipping for about 5 days. With a top coat it lasts for about a good week before you start to see wear on the tips. Oh and if you try this at home don’t forget to blow the candle out, I do all the time!

Boy Meets Girl

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Every girl should own a suit, whether it’s fitted or the boyfriend style. I feel comfortable in a looser fit and I quite enjoy the androyogynous look. I always joke around and say I like to dress like a boy but truth is I was the biggest tomboy growing up. I stole my brothers jeans and Dragon Ball Z t-shirts all the time! Now as an adult I’ve discovered my love for makeup and dainty accessories which help bring a little femininity to my wardrobe. There are no rules to fashion anymore and I don’t dress to flatter my figure, I pretty much wear whatever the f*ck I want! Like I’ve said in the past it’s all about confidence, don’t let the opinions of others discourage your curiosity to play with style.

Blazer : Zara (similar)  //  Shirt : J.Crew  //  Pants : Zara (similar)  //  Hat : Janessa Leone  // Shoes : Jeffrey Campbell  //  Watch : Daniel Wellington (use code “holiday-lipstickwithsomesunshine for 15% off)  //  Choker : Vintage  //  Bar Necklace : E & E Project

Jouer 2014 Holiday Collection

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 Jouer released their limited edition Christmas collection this year, they always do the cutest packaging and have amazing price points for every budget. Jouer is one of my favorite makeup brands because of the quality of makeup they produce. Everything is sheer, light, effortless and great for the natural approach when it comes to makeup looks. This year we have 4 awesome gift sets, their new pressed powder and much more.

  • Le Petit Brush Set (Limited Edition 5-piece Travel Brush Set & Cosmetic Bag) $35 – The brushes are made of synthetic hairs with acrylic handles. The cosmetic bag is worth the investment alone because its spacious and such a lovely shade of dust rose. Perfect to chuck in your purse or for travel.
  • Fête Fabulous Palette (Limited Edition 5-piece Color Collection) $54 – You get their mattifying bronzer in Sunswept, powder shadow duo in Crème & Espresso, cheek tint in Petal, moisturizing lip gloss in Mirage, and crème eyeshadow crayon in Rococo. This is such a great palette considering at what its priced, everything is full-sized and would be more expensive if each item was purchased individually. It’s my favorite out of the bunch!
  • Luminizing Brightening Powder $32 – A newer release but this is a part of their permanent range. It’s a pressed powder that will enhance your natural complexion with a subtle shimmery veil. It contains Vitamin E, Cucumber and Chamomile Extracts to calm and sooth the skin. It also includes a cute flat kabuki brush. I’m really loving its champagne packaging too!
  • Bisou Bisou (Limited Edition Lip Gloss Trio Gift Set) $25 – This includes 3 full-sized lip glosses in the shades Glisten, Malibu and Monaco. It’s a great idea for a stocking filler or even a little treat for yourself.
  • French Kiss (Limited Edition Lip Gloss Trio Gift Set with Gold Glitter Bag) $25 – This includes 3 full-sized glosses as well as a glittery gold coin bag. These shades all contain shimmer in them.

I love that Jouer stayed true to their aesthetics and didn’t go all red for this collection, you can wear these shades all year round. Now because you guys are awesome and it’s the holidays I will be giving away both lip gloss sets (Bisou Bisou & French Kiss)! All you have to do is write which set you would like to win in the comments below and follow @jouercosmetics. It’s an international giveaway so anyone could enter and the 2 winners will be announced on 12/26, Good luck to everyone!

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“No Wasting Makeup” Days

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You ever have those days where you just want to quickly run to supermarket but you think to yourself “there is no need to wear that $60 Dior foundation”? Yep, I though I was the only one but Suzie gets it too! As much as I love makeup I will use certain items on certain days sparingly, unless I’m feeling ultra fancy while shopping for some pads/tampons. I guess it’s just me being practical but I feel like it’s a waste of a makeup look or I’m washing my money down the drain (literally) as I remove it off my face at the end of the day. I have an appreciation for everything I own and try to make it last a long as possible because I respect my things. If I don’t head out bare-faced which happens more often than not I will throw on a few things to look put together without wasting product.

  • Foundation - The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation is a safe choice for me, It might be pricer than your average drugstore foundation but it has great coverage for everyday. I can skip powder and sometimes even concealer depending on how my skins behaving.
  • Concealer - If I need a little extra coverage the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a good all rounder. I can use this for dark circles and blemishes without it looking cakey.
  • Blush - You’re probably sick of me talking about the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed but I’ve tried nothing like it. I reach for it without even thinking about it and works for any look I’m trying to achieve.
  • Brows - The Revlon Brow Fantasy is something I discovered during my challenges in the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and I’ve been using it ever since. It has a pencil on one end and a gel on the other. Perfect for everyday and it saves me having to use my Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil.
  • Lips - If you’re Kim K then maybe I can see you using a Tom Ford lip color every single day but if you’re a nobody like me save the $50 lipstick for another time. I think it just hurts messing up the TF embossment, am I the only one? I just grab my Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and keep it moving. Even if I owned the entire TF lip range I couldn’t justify using something so gorgeous just to head out to the gym, or would I? #thestruggleisreal

I’ll curl my lashes and sometimes even pass on mascara. Waterproof formulas are a pain in the ass to wash off so maybe this just out of pure laziness rather than being wasteful. Do any of you ladies feel the same or are you selfie ready with your best products on at all times?

Navy, Camel & Gold

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 The next best thing to black is navy, I thought I’d inject a bit of color into my winter wardrobe. Camel combined with navy make an incredible pair, even with a pop of gold which I normally don’t do but I have to say it’s growing on me. I was able to snag this sweater at 50% off which was my only black friday purchase this year. I’m embracing color little by little but still keeping it very basic and true to my style.

Top : Gap // Hat : Janessa Leone // Jeans : Zara // Shoes: Jeffery Campbell (similar here) // Rings : HomeGrown Silver & Stone // Lips : Dior Addict Extreme in Incognito