Beauty Edit: Sephora x JCPenney with Urban Decay

“Every woman in this world wears a little sparkle, some in their dress, and some in their eyes.”

-Shala Khan

The end of year holidays are my favourite time of the year without a doubt! I love all the sparkle and shine, and the cold weather that is perfect for layering all your fashion favs at once! I love having moved to Washington State with all the fir trees and snowy mountains.

However, at times our location can seem very remote, especially when shopping- the local mall is tiny. I mean super duper tiny; it’s kinda sad. What’s not sad though is how pretty much every small town has a local JCPenney, which means Sephora and what beauty gal doesn’t love Sephora? I’m SO glad that JCPenney has partnered with them to bring some of the best makeup brands to even remote parts our country.

Sephora inside JCPenney and Urban Decay.

If you haven’t tried Urban Decay you are totally missing out! It is everything you need: whether you’re a makeup dabbler or a pro! I’ve tried almost every product Urban Decay sells and each one has gone above and beyond my expectations. It’s smudge proof, oil and sweatproof, has amazing colour payoff and is affordable. Their best product, in my opinion, is the Primer Potion– it’ll keep your eyeshadow and liner perfect through anything. I have super oily skin and the potion keeps everything right where it’s supposed to be. (I’ve talked about it many times in previous Beauty Edits!)

I am totally in love with this sparkly 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner and deep rosy Vice Lipstick for all my holiday looks! The colours are vibrant and the sparkles stay put without ending up alllllll over your face and everything else you own. As for the lippie, it’s smooth and creamy and stays put throughout your evening. The fact that you get a lipstick and a liner that match perfectly from Sephora inside JCPenney is always the best!

The new Urban Decay Distortion Eyeshadow Palette is more than just your regular palette. It has 10 shades (9 new ones!!!!) and 5 “transformer” shades that can be layered over any other the other colours to create infinite makeup looks. If you LOVE playing with makeup like I do this palette is perfect for you. Head on over to Basking in Burgundy’s Instagram page to win your very own compliments of Sephora inside JCPenney and Urban Decay.

Do you have a fav beauty brand? Have you ever hit up a Sephora x JCPenny? Are you equally as excited about the holidays?

I want to know it all!

This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #SoWorthIt

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PS: Don’t you love this sparkly tank and turtleneck combo? Best part- no worrying about bra straps! Check out this post for my turtleneck layering tips.

Beauty Edit: Best Amazon Beauty Buys

“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that.

Word of mouth is very powerful.”

Jeff Bezos

Hi, my name is Kait Elizabeth and I am a self-proclaimed Amazon addict.

I’ve been a Prime member since the company launched the membership program and it definitely pays for itself every month! FYI, an Amazon Prime membership is so much more than free two-day shipping. I use their music streaming service daily, often watch movies or shows via the site and LOVE using Amazon pantry to have groceries delivered right to my door. (One step closer to my goal of living in my pjs and never leaving the house…..)

Is Amazon your jam too?

Obviously, they sell everything under the sun which can make it difficult to sift through everything to find the winners. So for this Beauty Edit, I’m going to share five of the products I ordered from Amazon and have used in the past week!

Best Amazon Beauty Buys
Best Amazon Beauty Buys

1: AuraCacia Lavender Oil

Lavender is traditionally used for its calming effects. This oil is strong without being overwhelming! I love using it on my pillow at night or in my bath to relax.

2: Baby Foot

This product made it’s round last year as the big new thing in the pedicure world. I was hesitant at first to believe the results could be so good. Let me tell you though that this product works as claimed! Be prepared to wear socks for a while because your feet will be a flakey mess- but then you’ll have perfectly smooth Baby Feet!

3: Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask

This mask is less than $10 and will help heal all the damage summer dealt to your skin! It’s super hydrating and leaves you feeling refreshed.

4: Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

This product has a cult following across the globe. It’s uber moisturizing and can completely change your lips overnight! I’ve posted about it before but love it so much I had to add it to my best Amazon beauty buys.

5: Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence

Have you ever tried the Lumene brand? It’s the bomb.com. The products are jam packed with vitamin c and are super gentle and brightening! I use their vitamin c serum and eye creme but just recently added the essence to my routine and my skin couldn’t be happier! Honestly, I’d compare it to the Ole Henrikson line!

What are your best Amazon beauty buys? I’ve love to hear what you use your Prime membership for!

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Beauty Reboot: 90s to 2010’s

“Don’t ruin a good day today thinking about a bad day yesterday.”

-Unknown

Fashion and beauty trends tend to go in an ever revolving circle. Here today, gone tomorrow and back the next! Let’s be honest, sometimes they are so bad we’re really happy when they go away and roll our eyes when they return. Other times we turn a trend into our personal style and cry when we can longer find it in the store! For these three beauty trends, they died down and came back new and improved. Let’s check out the 2017 recreations of some past trends:

1: Lipgloss

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Remember lipgloss in the 90s? Beauty gurus everywhere wouldn’t leave the house without a lip that was shiny and sticky or shiny and frosty! You probably had a drawer full of Lipsmackers (my fav was the clear strawberry one!) and Juicy Tubes. The wet look wasn’t practical- the sticky level was off the chart, your mouth could catch more flies than your windshield! The new lipgloss formulations are shiny and majorly moisturizing. They leave lips feeling luscious without your hair sticking to every square. If you loved your gloss back in the day, you need to try the 2017 update.

 My Fav New Glosses

2: The Metallic Eye

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The metallic eye of yesterday went from lash to brow. It’s not a surprise the blindingly pewter look didn’t go past a crazy night out and quickly died away! Do you remember the Bonnie Bell eye creams? If only primers existed to keep all the metallic goodness from sliding into the crease…. Today’s metallic eye stays put and compliments your eye colour- like this bronze and blue combo. This trend is back and ready to leave the strobe club lights behind and see the fresh air by day!

My Fav New Metallics

3: Press On Nails

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Do you remember the first time you convinced your parents to let you do fake nails? I was 9ish and was convinced press on nails would make me look so grown up- like a teenager! I picked out a yellow pair to match my favourite one size fits all yellow top with a daisy pin (totally Lizzie Mcquire inspired!). The rest of the weekend was spent constantly finding and trying to reattach the nails. Ugh. Definitely not the Hilary Duff nails I had dreamed of.

A while ago I saw my sister who had the most gorgeous manicured fingernails and I couldn’t believe it when she told me they were press on! Needless to say, I hopped right on over to Target to get myself a pair (I got out of Target for under $50 that day!). Upon application, I couldn’t even tell they were there, except for how amazing my nails looked. The new press on nails last through showers and dishes, can opening and don’t bubble off your nail! If you’re looking to shake up your manicure look I highly recommend trying out a pair.

The New Press on Nail

I’d love to hear your experiences with these trends or your favourite 90s trend!

Any #beautyfails or plain old #lols?

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Beauty Edit: Sunscreen Without the Ew

Beauty Edit: Sunscreen

By now, knowing you should wear sunscreen- not just while you’re in the sun but even when basking in the moon’s rays- has been told to you a million and one ways. I get it! Melanoma is scary and dangerous. On the other hand though, don’t you just HATE how sunscreen feels on your skin? I do. So much. I hate it to the point the benefits of wearing it disappear from my mind as I think of the chemical pore clogging formula that will leave me slicker than a slip and slide!

Fortunately, the world of sunscreen has come a long way from my days as running around as the Coppertone baby- sliding right out of my ever-watchful parent’s hands and glowing a shiny white color. I’m sharing four products that I feel are effective while leaving your skin non-slippery, stinky and your pores empty!

1: Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen

The word emollient gets me every time! According to dictionary.com, emollient means, “having the power of softening or relaxing.” Add in some spf and pure lavender scent and you have a winner! The scent is not overwhelming, just soft and pleasant and no slip and slide to be found upon application! 

2: Supergood Everyday Sunscreen

This product has powerful UV protection that is perfect for daily wear under your makeup. It won’t make you break out or your boss ask who’s going to the beach cause of a strong sunscreen scent. Just make sure to put some on the back of your hand’s so they stay young forever like your un-sun damaged face! (They are always the giveaway….)

3: No-Ad 

I had to throw this one in for the men. My hubby hates “fancy” sunscreen and wants the cheapest most effective products. Enter: No-Ad, they don’t do any advertising so their costs stay low which they then pass on to the customers. This is the most classic formula you can find, but it doesn’t leave behind white streaks. The scent is NOT overbearing- definitely, husband approved.

4: Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers

I saved my favourite for last! I have been using this product for YEARS now. If you want something with coconutty goodness that isn’t overpowering this is the sunscreen for you! The formula feels light, gives a slight bronze glow, makes you smell like a tropical goddess and keeps the evil sun rays at bay. I highly recommend any product from the Australian Gold line- you really can’t go wrong! Plus, I can use it on my face with no breakouts- LOVE.

What’s your go-to product to beat the aging power of the sun? Let me know which new ones I need to try!

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PS: If you need some summer makeup ideas to wear over your new favourite sunscreen be sure to check out my post: Waterproof x Sweatproof!

3 Deep Conditioners to Fix the Winter Snap

3 deep conditioner treatments to save your hair!

Everyone says summer takes the worst toll on your hair- I’m convinced it’s the winter. The summer sun, salt water, and chlorine give my hair the best volume and tousled look ever! Winter, however, leaves it lifeless, frizzy and straight up broken. In times of serious distress, I turn to these three tried and true deep conditioners to heal my hair. These products will get rid of any and ALL breaking, split ends, and dullness!

THE SECRET

My secret to making them work extra hard and to get the BEST results possible is to put them on your hair while it’s DRY. You read that right- do NOT apply them in-shower like the instructions say but cover ever single strand before getting your hair wet. Instead of water filling the cuticle you will be filling it with all the deep conditioner magic! BONUS: Leave it in while you do your chores or chill- the longer the better!

The 3 BEST Deep Conditioners

1: Tony Moly Glow Ring Hair Mask 

This two-step process really is magic- like unicorn hair as the results magic. First, you apply the deep conditioner packet (there is more in the envelope than it looks like!), then cover with the moisturizer infused shower cap. The heat that is trapped by the cap causes the ingredients to really penetrate the hair shaft. Bye bye frizz!

2: L’oreal Extroidenery Oil Conditioner

I have oily hair; finding a good shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes without weighing or leaving a film can be HARD. Last year, Influenster (SIGN UP if you haven’t- it’s the bomb!) sent me the new L’oreal Extroidenery line and I fell in love- especially with the conditioner. It leaves your hair so soft and silky- plus at $3.99 you can’t go wrong!

3: It’s a 10 Hair Mask

I have LOVE It’s a 10 products for years; I use their leave in conditioner every day! This a heavy duty deep conditioner that will seriously reverse the negative effects the winter weather has had on your locks. Again, apply it to dry hair catch up on your social media and Netflix, then rinse to show off your shiny healthy new look!

Do you apply conditioner to dry hair as well? Or do you have a kick ass hair conditioning product?

Sound off below and let me know!

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