Natural Cosmetics

Last week during my delicious spa escape, I got introduced to Susan Posnick cosmetics, an all-natural mineral line.

I’ve tried a few mineral-based make-up brands in the past with mixed results.

Some of the brands seemed to be cakey and unappealingly unnatural.

But in the end, I just love something new.

The first thing I tried from Susan Posnick was a dual ended pencil that was both a concealer and a brightener.

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The pencil was really creamy and didn’t drag at all across thin undereye skin.

Winner!

Next up: bronzer and foundation with buildable coverage, plus a neutral pencil with eyeshadow on one side and eyeliner on the other.

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The eyeshadow/liner duo has a subtle gold eye shade with hazel liner. Gorgeous!

The lipsticks were real stand outs, with all-natural ingredients and nice flavor.

I got three:

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From left to right, they are “Dubai,” “LA” and “Shanghai.”

The most satisfying part is that they have a magnetic closure. Snap, snap, snap. Love.

One thing I noticed is that these products don’t seem to last all day and need reapplication, but I can live with that for a nontoxic trade-off.

P.S. There was a holiday gift with purchase of free shimmer powder and an adorable, tiny brush. Yay! I thought this was super pretty and sent it to my BFF as a fun surprise.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Deals

Oh, how I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! 

Spectacularly sad but true, I look forward to this event with no small amount of anticipation every year.

The Beauty Exclusives are particularly hard to resist.

Yesterday I got my hair done at a salon that happens to be a mere 10 minutes away from the only Nordstrom around, and mysteriously my car navigated there on my way home.

This year did not disappoint.

First up, this Kate Somerville set.

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While this set is still pricey ($98), it’s worth $191, making it one of the best deals of the sale. The Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle cream is worth $90 alone. And if you haven’t tried it, the ExfoliKate treatment is one of the line’s star products. 

Next, AERIN Beauty’s ‘Lilac Path’ perfume:

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This was a wild-card that I did not anticipate purchasing (and also not an official Beauty Exclusive), but I got swept up in the scent and had to have it. There are five fragrances in this line, and it was difficult to pick out the one I liked best. I was waffling between this one and two others, ‘Ikat Jasmine’ and ‘Evening Rose.’ They were all really sophisticated and a little more perfume-y than what I normally wear (either Bobbi Brown or Jo Malone). This picture doesn’t do the bottle justice; the cap has a lovely lilac stone on top.

With the AERIN perfume, I received an Estee Lauder gift with purchase. I chose the cool colors for the lipstick and eyeshadows. You also could select a moisturizer in a generous sample size. The other items were a cleanser, mascara and serum, all packed in a navy blue bag.

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These Voluspa candles were a steal! I bought two sets, one for myself and one for gifting. I’m not sure if I’ll keep them together or break them up, since they make such great hostess gifts and are easy to wrap in colorful fabric, furoshiki-style.

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The last thing I purchased was a bit of a beauty risk, at least for me.

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Since I’ve been maintaining my fake eyelashes, I’ve been wearing almost no eye makeup, which means my lips need a little more attention lest I look completely washed out. 

Once again, I’m late to the party, but I love the modern look of a nude eye and bright, matte lip. Except up to now, not on me.

This M.A.C. set came in pink, coral or nude. It still feels outside of my comfort zone, but I went for the pink. Bright, shocking pink.

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Besides the gloss and lipstick, there’s a brown eyeliner (full-size) and eyeshadow trio with two champagne-y colors and one that is a sparkly plum. All are pretty.

Here’s me trying out the lipstick:

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Still not sure if I’m ready to go out like this. Baby steps.

In the end, I got another bag of beauty samples, which I love to save and use for traveling.

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The blue bag is the Estee Lauder one from the gift with purchase, and the purple nylon one contained the samples above. There were two Jo Malone perfumes (score!), plus samples from Kiehl’s, Lancome and Laura Mercier.

I was embarrassingly excited over this haul.