Elizabeth and James: Nirvana White
If you know me, you know I am a perfume snob. I insist on smelling delicious wherever I go and I will never just wear anything. On one of my weekly trips to Sephora, I saw this very chic display of new perfume from Elizabeth and James. Elizabeth and James is the brainchild of the famous Olsen Twins (yes, those twins…Mary Kate and Ashley) and their more affordable fashion line under their flagship and luxury brand The Row. Every project the Olsen’s put their names on are chic with every detail executed to perfection. This perfume is no different. For goodness sake, the bottles look like pieces of art! (Seriously, I’m saving the bottle to put on my bookshelf.) There are actually two perfumes in this debut; Nirvana White and Nirvana Black. Nirvana Black actually smells very similar to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid while Nirvana White is very soft with beautiful notes of peony. I have never smelled anything like the Nirvana White. I know I will be wearing this perfume throughout the spring and well into the fall. I recently wore it to a networking mixer and people were literally coming across the room to ask me what perfume I was wearing.
**Sidenote- The Sephora perfume consultant blended both the Nirvana Black and White and they smelled great together. They can be worn this way as well!**
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White (and Black) can be found at sephora.com
1 oz. $55
1.7 oz. $75
Shea Moisture: Coconut and Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub
Lately, my skin has been really dull and dry and not as soft as I would like for it to be. I know that lack of hydration has probably contributed to some of these issues, but I needed a fix and quickly. I headed to my local drugstore (Walgreens) to peruse the aisles for a good body scrub and lotion and I came across Shea Moisture products. I had heard from friends about the softness and hydration effects from this brand’s hair products and when I discovered they had a line specifically for your body, I already knew what I was going to buy. I am cuckoo for anything coconut so I decided to try the Coconut and Hibiscus scrub. This product smells as good as it sounds. This scrub is all natural and enriched with vitamin E. After I got out of the shower, I didn’t need to use any other lotions or oils on my body. I used this scrub with a loofah and after the redness died down (from scrubbing so vigorously), I really was as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
12 oz. $9.99 and can be found at Walgreens and Target stores.
Carol’s Daughter Scar Butter
Every time I have a blemish and it finally goes away, I am usually left with an ugly little dark mark that takes months to fade away. I was reading up on some products and came across Carol’s Daughter Scar Butter. CD is known for their natural products and I have very sensitive skin so I am always on the hunt for products with natural ingredients that don’t cause irritation or inflammation. I’ve been using it for about 8 weeks now and I can definitely say that my skin is softer and my skin tone has evened out. Some of those pesky dark marks have even started to fade. I try to apply this product twice a day; in the morning as a moisturizer before primer and at night again as a moisturizer. I have noticed that using it in the daytime before I use a primer and put on my makeup, the scar butter makes my skin a little oiler during the day. I have discontinued using it in the mornings but I continue to use it at night. Hopefully with continued use, these marks will go away! I would suggest using this product anywhere you have small scars or areas where you have hyper-pigmentation like the knees or elbows. (I recently burned the left side of my mouth trying to use a hair removal cream and my sensitive skin was not having it! Good thing the scar butter has essential healing oils and the burn has gone away but I have a little ugly mark and I’m using this cream to help fade it.)
1 oz. $12 and can be found at carolsdaughter.com
Pop Beauty’s Face Magnet Primer
Pop Beauty is a popular cosmetic brand in London now making a huge splash here in the US. I try a lot of different products but once I find a good combination that works for me, I usually stick with it. My go-to primer is from Hourglass Cosmetics and it is their Veil Mineral Primer. The Veil primer has a very silky texture and helps me stay matte, but it can sometimes leave that white glow that you usually get after applying sunscreen. I was convinced to try Pop’s Face Magnet Primer while in Ulta and I have to say I have added a new product to my beauty regime. The Face Magnet Primer really acts as a magnet for your makeup. I noticed that my pores were smaller, my makeup stayed in place longer, and light reflected off my face in a beautiful way. Days when I am not in a makeup-wearing mood, after I moisturize, I use this primer and go on about my day. I will still use both products, but after trying Pop Beauty’s primer, I will definitely be seeking out more products from this brand.