Beauty Review

Highlighting and Contouring

Highlighting and contouring are really simple ways to enhance your features.  The idea can be intimidating to some, but it is simply the use of dark and light areas to shade and contour your face in a flattering way. Highlighting and contouring shouldn't be considered  techniques only used on "heavy" or full make-up days. The idea is to use a shade darker than your skin tone to contour and use a shade lighter to highlight.  

First, you want to identify your face shape. You can reference this diagram to help guide you. 

There are a zillion tutorials on pinterest, youtube, etc. that can help you if you need more information. 

The 10 Commandments of Contouring and Highlighting by Allure Magazine gives really great tips if you are a beginner.  

 I use these products in my every day routine.  The contouring or shading helps define my cheek bones and jawline, and the highlighting helps to create a dewy, fresh-faced effect.  

{Added Bonus : These products in particular are great to use during the colder months when your skin is losing that summer glow and can start to take a grayish, dull tone.}

1. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream - I love this product. It is a non-greasy, SPF 35 "beauty balm" that I wear alone on "no make-up" days or to even out my skin and create a primed flawless base. I put this on over my moisturizer. I think this has better, but still light, coverage than a typical tinted moisturizer.  Smashbox describes this product as a "multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond."   

2. Sonia Kashuk Primer Base Perfecting Brightening Primer -  On those particularly gray and dull complexion days, I will mix a tiny of amount of this in with my moisturizer.

3.  Nars The Multiple - This product is fantastic. I use "Shimmering Apricot" on my cheekbones. I apply this after the BB cream and under eye concealer. It is a cream to powder stick that can be used on cheeks, lips, eyes, body, you name it! It gives a warm glow. This should be in everybody's make-up bag. It wins the Best All Around Award. 

4. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick -  My go-to highlighter. I apply this at the very top edge of my cheekbone, a dab in the bow of my lip, and to highlight my eyebrows. This product does what it's name suggest and makes your complexion look more luminous. I use shade "sparkling sands 45."

5. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch - I've been addicted to this product for years. I use it over my Stila concealer in the under eye area to lighten and brighten.  It's really an instant brightener for your face. This product has reached cult following. If you don't believe me, read some of the more than 3000! reviews on Sephora that give it 41/2 out of 5 stars. This is another one that everyone should use. 

6. Nars The NARSSist Cheek Kit - A great compact all-in-one kit that has a perfect bronzer for countering, a blush, and highlighter powder. This is great to have in your purse to refresh your make-up. If you are not sure what products are best for you, this is a great item to start with! 

To contour I use my Nars bronzer in Laguna. It is in the cheek  kit mentioned above. 

Are you already highlighting and contouring? What are some of your favorites? 

Xo, e

Sunday Quick Picks + Sunset Cocktails

Beauty Review

I love the way my hair looks when I've been on the beach all day. I have found this product, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, to be the closest to recreating that texture and wave. I really love the results! It works great on wet or dry hair. If using it on wet hair, I spray it on just out of the shower, scrunch, then let it air dry.  I use the Conair Styling Wand to do any touch ups. On dry hair, the surf spray does a great job to give some volume and texture to next day hair.  These two things are a staple in my hair routine.  If you haven't tried them already, you should! 

Bumble and Bumble has this to say about their product:  "This styling spray adds volume and texture to the hair to create a sexy, wind-blown feel. Its salt-infused formula adds fullness, hold, and a cool, matte finish."

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I was given this Kai body buffer as a gift and I became totally hooked to the scent. It's a light, clean scent that isn't overpowering and smells just plain FRESH.  I wear the lotion daily. The scent is great for those times when you want a little something extra, but not necessarily a concentrated perfume.  The body buffer is awesome, and it leaves you feeling like you just left a spa! Exfoliation is key to healthy skin. This buffer will do the trick! Kai fragrance is sold in plenty of retail and online places, but I usually stock up when I see it on Gilt.com.  (Do you shop on gilt.com?? If you don't, you're missing great deals. It is my go to sale site.)

From Kaifragrance.com:  description : a light blend of exotic perfumes and natural essences, including palm, coconut and olive oil, infused in a hypo-allergenic sponge to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize the skin. packaged in a set of two sponges that release kai scented foaming bubbles when wet. set of two, approximately 30 uses 

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Next up is my favorite cocktail to keep the endless summer feeling alive! I named it the Cabana Boy. {I have no idea if this is a legit, named cocktail.}

I promise you'll love it!

Cabana Boy:

Mint

Malibu Rum (or your favorite coconut rum)

1/2 Cranberry + 1/2 Water

Splash of Sprite Zero (I like for fizz. can be omitted)

Lime

 

Served best at sunset!

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Speaking of cocktails, how incredibly awesome are Ashley Longshore's cocktail rings?! Nobody pulls off oversized statement jewelry better. 

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Keep chasing summer with beach hair and sunset cocktails! 

Xo, e

Fab Five - Beauty

Beauty Basics

Here are five of my beauty basics that I could not do without. Most of these products have been consistently my go-to's for several years. 

1. They're Real mascara by Benefit - $23

Hands down the best mascara I've ever tried. Doesn't easily run, easy to remove, and makes my lashes look naturally bigger and fuller. MUST Try. 

2. Olay Regenerist Daily Serum - $16

I love this product. I don't think it has "regenerated" anything, but I use it under my eyes to help keep my eye area moisturized, help concealer glide on more easily, and to prevent the "caked on" look.  If you have dry skin or an issue with concealers getting gunky, this product is worth trying.  It lasts forever because you only use a tiny amount. 

3. Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna -$24

Nars is king when it comes to blush. Orgasm is a perfect peachy-pink shade that can be layered to build intensity of color. Laguna is the perfect bronzer for contouring and giving a natural warmth.  I have been using this combo for over five years and I haven't found something that can beat it yet. 

4. Stila Perfecting Concealer - $23

I couldn't live without this product! It covers my dark spots, dark circles, and redness. It is a creamy, easy on concealer that stays put. It comes in several shades. I use C, D, or a combo of both depending on the time of year. One tube will last me 6 months, at least.  

 5. Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner - $19

Love this eyeliner for many reasons. It doesn't irritate my sensitive, contact wearing eyes.  It has a built in sharpener so you never have to use a dull tip again! {insert perv joke} It is long lasting, but easy to remove. You'll never have this bleeding down your eye giving you the zombie effect.  What's not to love about that?!!! Zombies are really freaky. Don't be that girl.   I wear the color Java. 

 

 

It's almost Friday, Fox Den Readers! Wooo whooo! I've got a date tonight with Mr.Fox. Time to go put on some of this make-up and get outta these sweats! 

Xo, e

Drug Store AllStars

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You ever have one of those days where you feel like the second your feet hit the floor you never stop moving for hours. . . and hours. . .?   Well, today was one of those days.  Before I knew it, it was 6pm and I hadn't sat down.  

Mr. Hudson has been sick this week.  I am one of those "laid-back" moms that doesn't get overly anxious about illness.  I have rarely been sick (knocking on giant planks of wood) and, thank the Lord, Huddy is 21 months old and has never taken an antibiotic.  Not one.  Sure, he has had the stomach bug and a mild cold or two, but nothing warranting a sick visit.  Not one ear infection.  Nothing.  I've never even detected a fever until this week.  You would think that him never being sick would make me more laid back, but, instead, I've become convinced I'm missing something.  So, we went to the Dr. today.  This little nugget has Croup. 

That's pretty much the face I've been getting all week. 

To give his immune system a boost, I made him a smoothie this A.M.. Smoothies have helped tremendously in ensuring that he gets enough leafy greens.  I used what you are seeing here, plus a little unsweetened almond milk.  I'll share more of my favorite vitamix recipes in future posts.  Try to contain your excitement. 

While I was waiting at the drug store for H's prescription, I picked up some of my favorite drug store all-stars and thought I'd share them with you. In high school, CVS was my 'get out of the house, no questions asked' one-stop shop. I still love it. Here are some of my go favorites:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail color is honestly one of the best, fast drying, long lasting, nail polishes I have ever tried. It's a saturated color that makes one coat application a possibility. Shown is 'Fuschia Power 320.'

I am also obsessed with Revlon's 'Colorburst' balm stain and this Revlon lipgloss.

 Lips from left to right: Revlon 'Fuschia Finery' lipgloss // Revlon ColorBurst in 'Lovesick' and 'Smitten'

Those are what you'll see me wearing in most of my posts. The balm stains are long lasting, but not a creepy, hooker look the next A.M. stain.  These are totally worth a quick trip to the drug store this weekend!!

The products below are in my daily routine.  

The CeraVe was recommended to me by my Derm. I love it. It has SPF 30 and has ZERO sunscreen smell. I love the smell of sunscreen, but not everyday. This is perfect for a higher SPF protection, but without smelling like a cabana boy. The Hyaluronic acid is a perfect humectant to keep my dry skin feeling hydrated, but not sticky or clogged. 

The Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail has been a life saver for me. Non-greasy and has seriously improved my dry hands and weak nails.  I have been using this for years and have never found anything that comes close. Plus, the size is perfect for air travel. 

This Clearasil face wash is a MUST HAVE.  I, thankfully, have never struggled with acne prone skin, but this, hands down, is the best make-up remover I have used.  It can get ANYTHING off and is gentle enough for contact users and sensitive skin. I can not say enough positive things about this face wash. I have tried every cleanser under the sun. This is the shiz. 

For quick fixes, the Neutrogena cleansing towelettes are great.  If you are like me, washing your face can be the last thng on your mind at night. I keep these by my bed for a quick wipe down when my lazy bones have taken over. 

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After Dr. and drug store visits, I refueled with my favorite. 

Farmer's market tomato and avocado toast with red pepper flakes. Does a body good. 

 

Mr. Fox and I are off on a weekend getaway tomorrow sans sweet baby.  Will report back next week with our travel recap.  

Xo, e

Foxy Hair Care

Beauty Product Review

My first beauty product review will be for The Wet Brush pro Select Paddle Brush and for the Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000.  Both have been great additions to my hair care routine.

First let me say that I have thick, often dry hair that is wavy to curly in the back and mostly  straight in the front.  Quite the combination!  

The Wet Brush is a MUST have for anyone who has a hard time brushing through their hair because of tangles and/or a tender head. Luckily, I do not have a tender head, but I do struggle with tangles. No more tears or knots with this brush! The one negative I have is that when my hair is dry it is really too thick for The Wet Brush to properly brush through. So, I have reserved it for fresh out of shower brushing and leave the styling up to other tools. 

The Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 is AMAZING. Not only does it come in the most fantastic mint green color, it is HANDS DOWN the best dryer I've ever owned.  Why do I love it so??!  It has a small, compact design that doesn't leave you with arm cramps after using. It has cut my drying time for my thick hair in half from about 15 minutes (Using the T3 Featherweight) to about 6 minutes. That alone is HUGE!  In addition, it minimizes frizz like all dryers have promised me, but I've yet to see one deliver. Harry Josh delivers and I thank him! The frizz fighting is so good that I no longer have to follow my blow dry with using a straightening iron. With a little one at my feet, streamlined beauty routines are essential. This blow dryer cuts my dry time in half  AND eliminates a whole follow up step.  Pure Genius.  Bonus: It claims to be the most energy efficient.  HOORAY!