Beauty Review Friday

Happy Friday!! I’ve recently tried out some new beauty products that I wanted to share with you! I’ve tested out a mud mask, eye gel, mascara, and lip gloss and have recorded my thoughts in the videos below!


Pure & Essentials Minerals Mud Mask and OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel were provided to me by BrandBacker. YSL False Lash Effect Mascara was provided by Influenster and I purchased the YSL Tint-In-Oil Lip Gloss on my own. I chose to review the products and all opinions are completely my own!

What’s in my purse?

I think most women would say that they carry their lives around in their purses! Even magazines like Us Weekly have regular columns asking celebrities to dump our their purses for all readers to see. So, what’s in my purse? Here’s a sneak peek into my Longchamp Le Pliage bag…

These are things that I typically carry around on a day-to-day basis, although I most definitely pare down the items (and switch to a smaller bag or clutch!) for a night out to dinner. If you want to shop any of my on-the-go items from the pink Herve Chapelier cosmetics bag, I’ve listed a few below:

Skincare routine & a video!

Shop all of my favorite skincare products from the video!

Traveling with Cuyana and One Truffle

Just after Christmas I became so obsessed with de-cluttering my life. I donated half my clothes to a nearby family who had suffered loss from a house fire, I tossed about 10 lbs worth of old magazines, and went through every beauty and heath item in my bathroom. I ended up tossing so many things that were old, unused or expired, and re-organzing all of the remaining items.

I was so pleased with how much progress I made that I decided to upgrade my travel toiletry cases. I chose a leather set from Cuyana to hold all my makeup and “dry” items and a One Truffle Clarity Clutch for my liquids.  When I hit “purchase” I made a deal with myself that (with the exception of sunscreen) all of my travel items had to fit  into these cases, or else it had to go.

Cuyana 1 Cuyana 2

I took a good look at my makeup and tossed so many things that I had laying around but never used. Right now I’ve mainly been using Marcelle Gold BB Cream that I discovered through Birchbox, YSL Concealer and YSL Touche Eclat pen, Great Lash Mascara, Benefit Gimme Brow, and MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup.

When I want a little extra eye makeup, I use MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch, Laura Mercier Eye Stick in Amethyst (thanks, Betsy!) and/or Make Up Forever Eyeliner in Black.  Not pictured are a few other lipsticks and lip pencils from YSL and NARS.

One Truffle

Although I leave my Cuyana makeup bag on the counter for everyday use, I leave my One Truffle packed up so I can just toss it right into my suitcase when I travel. Lately I’ve been using Complex15 Face Cream (discontinued! so sad), Bioderma Crealine, and Caudalie Dry Oil for taking care of my skin on the go. I prefer Nuxe Dry Oil for everyday use, but sadly they don’t make a small travel sized bottle!  My travel sized bottle of Bioderma was purchased Paris, and I fill it up from my larger bottle at home.  I always have a body wash packed up (usually a sample from Birchbox!) and I keep refilling my sample size Beauty Protector spray from the larger bottle I own. I always purchase the smaller Jo Malone perfumes since they travel well too. Right now I am obsessed with Wood Sage & Sea Salt, although I also like Nutmeg & Ginger for this time of year.



A few other items that I have in my larger Cuyana case (not pictured) are:

MAC Blush in Fleur Power
Essie Nail Polish in Fiji
Sun Bum Sunscreen
Nars Powder
Nivea Lip Balm
Nars Powder and Eyeshadow Brushes
Vichy Deodorant
Mason Pearson Hairbrush
Mint Rosebud Salve
YSL Rouge Pur Couture #9
twistband Hair Elastics

It feels quite nice to have all of my travel items neatly stored and packed up.  It makes it so much easier to find what I need when I am traveling, and when I get home I can quickly see what I need to refill. I tested out my new travel system while in Atlanta last week and I must say it really made a difference.  I had just what I needed, and a stylish perk was that the cases also looked really nice sitting on the white marble sink at the hotel!