Monthly Beauty Picks: JANUARY

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Happy January!  This month, I’m focused on enhancing my beauty routine with some products that give you that extra ounce of “Je ne sais quoi”.  I found a glowing highlighting palette, replenishing Conditioner, and lash-discovering mascara that all seem to do exactly as they promise.  Can the rest of 2016 be just like that, pretty please? Read more for reviews and tutorials featuring my favorite beauty picks for January.  _1030690

Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner:

Boy, that’s a mouthful! This is a conditioner so nice I loved it twice! I actually had been using it a while back, but because it is a tad on the pricier side, I strayed to find something with the same bang for a better buck.  Isn’t that what every fool says when they come crawling back? Spoiler alert: I failed.  I bought this again.  I love how moisturizing and repairing it is, AND love even more that it is free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic colors.  The less yucky stuff in my beauty products the better!



Maybelline Lash Discovery Minibrush Mascara:

I’ve finally figured something out.  The skinnier the brush, the better the outcome for my lashes! I was a sucker before for those “big, fat brushes” that seemed to promise more luxurious lashes– what I’ve found is that the skinnier the brush the more control I have over coating every last lash.  I end up getting seriously long and dark lashes, and less mess.  And that is just what I’m looking for.



HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit:

Hourglass is a fabulous nontoxic beauty company, famous for its primer, lipsticks, and ambient light highlighting powders.  You used to have to choose between them– were you more a “Dim Light”, a”Diffused Light”, or a “Strobe Light” kinda girl?  Well now you have them all at your disposal.  NO more choosing! This palette is so great, you can do everything from bronzing to contouring and highlighting your face. After applying blush, I like to dust the top left and top middle powders on my cheek bones, brow bones, and down my nose for a lit-from-within glow.







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  1. Kolyssa says:

    Thank you for sharing! I agree with you about the skinny mascara brush, it’s so much more efficient with no mess. I have enjoyed reading your blog posts ever since you were featured on the Today Show’s Facebook page. I really appreciate your perspective! My favorite products are also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and all that icky stuff. And they are cruelty free and made in the USA too. I like products that use pure essential oils. Here is my favorite bath, body, and skincare brand in case you wanted to check it out! It would be so cool to hear your review on these products too!

    01.05.16 Reply
    • Hi Kolyssa!

      Thanks so much, I always love hearing about healthy beauty products– I will check these out!


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  2. Rebecca Bergman says:

    Hi Eva,
    I’m just wondering if this mascara is washable or waterproof. Whenever I wear washable mascara, it flakes off and I always end up with “raccoon eyes” by the end of the day. Also, do you have any mascara suggestions that are hypoallergenic? Many mascara brands make my eyes itchy and red.


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    • Hi Rebecca!

      This one is washable (I can’t wear Waterproof– I get so frustrated fighting to get it off at the end of the day!) but I haven’t experienced any problems with it flaking. I know they DO make a waterproof formula of this same mascara though, maybe you can try that! I really like Clinique mascaras also– I believe their whole line is hypoallergenic.

      Good luck!!


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  3. ac says:

    Greetings! Desperate to find a way to keep my eye lashes curled for more than an hour. Currently, I use the tweezerman or she uemura eye lash curler (warm up with hair dryer for a few seconds), Lancome primer (don’t even know what this is supposed to do?!) and Guerlain (please try!), Chanel or Clinique mascaras. I have been searching for years, like so many other gals, for that perfect mascara and have finally narrowed it down to three, but now need to keep my lashes curled for more than an hour! Any tips would be welcomed.
    I use “organic pure care” shampoo and conditioner and really like it. It is made in Italy and can actually only find it in one salon in Charlotte. I am actually going to try the shampoo you recommended and was sold on the anti aging formula. I have every other potion and lotion that claims it will help me from aging and am disappointed I didn’t know I could also protect my hair from aging!? I am a sucker for anything like that. Since I had my daughter almost 17 months ago, I have aged a decade!

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    • Hi!!
      Have you tried holding the curler closed for ten seconds on each eye?? This trick really helps me. Then apply mascara as usual. See if that works!!!


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  4. Adie says:

    Hi Eva,
    My friend has just become the Australian distributor for Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging conditioner. I love it, it’s so luxurious! It’s comforting to know that it’s nasty free to use on my 4yr old daughter. Her hair smells & feels amazing afterwards.
    I love your blog, thanks for keeping it real. Keep up the good work!
    Mama in Melbourne, Australia

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  5. Brooke says:

    After a few hair color mishaps and a round of color correction at the salon, I started using the Caviar line and it’s been a life saver! It softens, smoothes and adds shine. I love the Caviar Cream 10 in 1. It’s great to smooth on frizzy ends. This line is pricey, but if it helps save your hair from breaking and splitting, it’s worth it!

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