Monday, September 26, 2016

Neon Blonde Weekly | September 25


Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
September 18, 2016

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store
this coming week on Neon Blonde



Fall Beauty Switch Out
September Beauty Favorites
Now Trending | Fall 2016
One busy travel weekend down, three to go. The past few days were spent in Annapolis, MD celebrating the wedding of a good family friend. The night itself was so beautiful (i'll be posting snippets over the next few weeks on Instagram) and the weekend's weather showed the first signs of Fall. Add in some delicious crab cake sandwiches, lots of Orange Crushes, and some family bonding for an all-over well spent weekend. This week continues to be busy with prepping to move into my new space. Cue the last installations, purchases, and unboxing to get settled. Here we go...

I'm loving this top from Urban Outfitters for Fall. Florals and voluminous sleeves? Count me in.
This illustration showed up on my Instagram feed last week and I need it for my bedroom.
Busy like me? Here are 7 easy dinners, courtesy of Buzzfeed.
I'm on the hunt for a pair of tall black suede boots and these are calling my name.
Neon Blonde Weekly | September 18 Read this post
What Sarah Loves - September Read this post
L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation | First Review Read this post
Glossier "Pure" Serum | First Review Read this post

     

Friday, September 23, 2016

Glossier "Pure" Serum | First Review


When my favorite "cool girl" brand Glossier releases a new product I am all on board. I've been an avid lover of the pantone pink brand for a while now, not only for their amazing branding but also for their simple approach to skincare. Everything I've bought so far has exceeded my expectations and resulted in numerous reorders and me anxiously awaiting the UPS delivery guy. The latest addition to their product line is the Supers - a trio of serums. 


Serums can be described basically as supplements for your face. They're strong, fast-absorbing, and jam packed with nutrients to boost your skin. My favorite part about Glossier's take on serums is that they believe in the theory that you are not just a skin type. Instead, your skin and its needs constantly changes and requires different treatments along the way.

Enter the three separate products and benefits of the line...

Super Glow | Key ingredients include Vitamin C and Magnesium; use to brighten and revitalize skin (i.e. when your skin feels tired and dull)
Super Pure | Key ingredients include niacinamide and zinc; use to soothe and clear skin (i.e. when you're stressed, hormonal, or just ate a ton of McDonalds nugs)
Super Bounce | Key ingredients include hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5; use to hydrate your skin (i.e. when you're coming off a bender of a weekend and your skin is thirsty AF)

Before these products were even announced I was already on the hunt for a serum to add into my routine. Thankfully the "Super Pure" seemed right up my alley to alleviate any redness and buildup in pores. Straight to cart it went.



I feel like I don't even need to mention my thoughts on the packaging since, well, LOOK AT IT. Not only does the glass bottle feel weighty and comes with a convenient dropper applicator, it also simply looks great on my counter. If there's one thing Glossier does well it's branding.

Application-wise I apply 3-4 drops on my face after my nighttime cleansing and rose water spray. I then tap the product into my skin, let it set, and follow up with moisturizer. The product has a water/gel-like consistency which feels substantial but sinks so well into the skin. 

After application I feel my skin is more balanced, softer, and smoother - which is just what I'm looking for. I haven't noticed a major difference in redness after using it for a week but my skin just feels so nice. The best part is that you can use multiple products within the line to target different areas of your face. For example, I would likely use "Super Pure" on my cheeks and T-zone and then "Super Glow" on the rest of my face.

I think my favorite part of the formula is that it has key ingredients but isn't harsh. Most products that promise breakout reduction tend to be filled with 'hard' ingredients that can leave skin feeling tight or dry. Instead, the "Super Pure" is paraben free, fragarance free, and not tested on animals. Now that's something I can get down with.

Currently you can snag all three of the Supers on Glossier for $68 - which I think is a major deal. Normally serums can run from $40-$100 solo, so getting the pack for under $70 is amazing! If you're going for more of an individual approach then each Super is retailing for $38. 

Want even more of a discount? Purchase through this link and you can get 20% off of your first order: http://bff.glossier.com/d85A-

For math purposes - it is Friday - that means you can snag the pack for less than $55 and it includes free shipping. Yes, please.

     

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Loreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation | First Review



If you were around last Winter then you most likely were involved in the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation hype. People went nuts for this lightweight, budget friendly, demi-matte product. I personally owned at least two tubes of it and used it on the reg. So as you can imagine, when L'Oreal announced they were making a 'glow' version it was game on. The Pro-Glow was set to carry the same benefits of the Pro-Matte formula; good for normal to dry skin, 24 hour wear, and 12 shades, but this time with a luminous finish to ride off of on the trending dewy makeup look.

Discover the new pro finish of longwear: up to 24 hour wear with a hydrating glow.

The Pro-Glow utilizes the same packaging as the Pro-Matte, only this time with a blue hue on the package instead of red. I find this build of tube to be useful and minimal; nothing special or fancy, but easy enough to twist off and squeeze out some product. The Pro-Glow formula is definitely a lot more watery than the matte -which can be expected. It is recommended to shake the bottle before applying, so I'll usually do that and then squeeze a dime size of product onto my back of my hand. I then use a fluffy foundation brush to sweep the product across my face (a beauty blender would work great here as well). I find the coverage of this foundation to be definitely medium and that it applies as a light texture. Personally, this type of serum-like formula is my favorite when it comes to foundations since you can always double up on coverage if you feel like certain areas of your face needs more.

One tip is that you definitely need to set this foundation with a powder; otherwise it can be a bit too greasy feeling. I usually end up doing this anyway with my foundations but if it's something you normally skip then it can be a deterrent to using this on a daily basis. 


My biggest peeve with this foundation is shade matching. You would think that if a brand is creating the same product but in a different formula than the colors would match - wrong. Although I was normally a Shell Beige 102 in the matte formula I was no where near the same in the glow formula. Actually there wasn't even a Shell Beige 102 that existed for glow. I've purchased two different shades so far (firstly 207 Sand Beige and now 205 Natural Beige) and frankly neither of them are a true match. Part of me knows I need to go back to the store to snag a lighter shade, but the other part of me dreads going back for a third time. To add to that, the glow formula definitely oxidizes a lot more than the matte one - meaning it can go orange or darker as it interacts with the air. Normally when trying out foundations I would swatch the product in store, walk around into natural light, and see how it performs. However drugstores don't normally let you swatch or test anything out so it's hard to find out how a color really works with your tone. To beat the system I'd recommend going at least one shade lighter than what you think is your match, just in case.

For my last note on the shade frustration, out of the 12 shades there is only one that I would consider to be light or deep on both sides. This can be extremely frustrating if your skin tone falls within that range - although L'Oreal has stated that they are coming out with more shades. 


Overall, I think this is a really solid foundation once you find the right shade for you. Personally I don't think it lives up to the Pro-Matte hype and I would normally purchase a more high-end foundation if I was looking for something glowy since the formula is hard to nail down. However, at $13 a pop this can be a really great option for an everyday "throw on and go". Does it really last for 24 hours? Frankly, I wouldn't ever test this out nor do I need a foundation to last for an entire day. However I do find that the Pro-Glow is fairly long lasting but I normally need to powder halfway through the day (as I do with most glowy foundations). 

Have you tested this foundation out? How do you like it compared to the matte version? 

UPDATE (one day later): I snagged shade 203 Nude Beige last night at the drugstore and it's such a better match. Now with a true application I can say that I really do love this product. It smoothes out the skin and a little bit goes a long way in application purposes. Now, you only need to find your shade...

     



Monday, September 19, 2016

What Sarah Loves - September


What Sarah Loves - September

September is the month for new beginnings and cooler temperatures. It also tends to be the trendiest of the year; fresh off of Fashion Weeks and full of creativity.

So I saw this photo of Lucy Williams and immediately re-routed my collection of pieces. Something about the light relaxed denim, black simple accents, and a pop of color in her jacket made me so inspired. I think my favorite part of a new season is swapping out pieces (i.e. your go-to eyeshadow color or flats) for a new, amped-up version of it. 

My biggest tip for investing in a new season is to find timeless items that you can use in different variations. I have at least three tissue turtlenecks on my wish list and can picture them in so many ways; layered under a trendy velvet slip dress, tucked into high waisted jeans with a bomber jacket, or added on top of an a-line skirt with tights and OTK boots. Then you can snag the more 'trendy' pieces at a discounted rate; i.e. these metallic Gucci-inspired loafers for $33.

I'll take one of each, please.

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Neon Blonde Weekly | September 18

Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
September 18, 2016

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store
this coming week on Neon Blonde




What Sarah Loves - September
Loreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation | First Review
Glossier "Pure" Serum | First Review
Fall Beauty Switchout

Somehow my first post of September is now on the blog, and we're already more than halfway through it. I would repeat the same sentiment "life has been crazy lately" but I feel like I've stated that in 99.9% of my last weekly roundups. Can't say it's not true though. Between a full-time job, still getting acquainted back home, and now renovating a new house (more info coming here soon!) it's been a whirlwind. There's been a lot of painting and errand running and not a lot of time to sit down and write posts. However, we're quickly getting into dark lip and leather season - which is personally my favorite - so I want to be extra sure to carve time out for this little corner of my life. On that note: the next four weekends will be spent on the road between Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York so keep your fingers crossed for me!

The Everygirl put together an article on "Why You Need to Stop Skipping Your Lunch Break"
Are you an autumn fiend like me? Prep for the LOLs
This red and lace midi dress is so perfect for fall weddings and holiday season
Forbes + Ban.do make a #girlboss collab come true with this interview of Jen Gotch
This guy documented his first week of work at Target and it's hilarious
This blazer comes in four colors and is under $40!
A smart guide to choosing the right houseplant for your space
Neon Blonde Weekly | August 28 Read this post
Tuesday's Top Picks: Transition Pieces Read this post
The Candle Your Boyfriend Would Steal From You Read this post



     


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