Alba Botanica Good & Clean Foaming Cleanser

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Face cleanser is one beauty item I just can’t justify spending money on.

I mean, I’m certainly guilty of splurging on my favorites every now and then, but I would certainly prefer to not spend the money if I find a drugstore cleanser that I love.

This week I am visiting Bailey and needed some face wash so I stopped over at CVS and found this Alba Botanica Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser:

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The creamy formula lathers nicely to break up makeup and oil yet it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.  With no parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances, this oil-free cleanser rinses clean leaving skin feeling refreshed and balanced.

The best part? It cost me less than ten dollars.

Alba Botanica Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser is available at CVS and other drugstores for $8.99.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Makeup Bag

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Happy holidays Makeup Bag friends!

We finally opened our fourth restaurant in Kauai and since our Poipu Beach location is under renovations for several more weeks, I took advantage of the down time (and Janey’s school break) and came to northern Nevada to spend the Christmas holiday with Bailey.

We are sad that Bree isn’t here with us, but she is enjoying Christmas with her boyfriend Alex back in Kauai.

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Last night my sister came over and we baked cookies, ate tacos and played the “new and improved” Clue game. Which, OMG, can we please discuss?? I’m not sure how or when this happened but Clue is just not the same. First of all the characters are ALL WRONG. I mean, look at Miss Scarlet.

 

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And Colonel Mustard is now moonlighting in a boy band, as my friend Sara suggested on Twitter last night after seeing his picture:

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And check out the new game board. Looks like something crazy went down in the bedroom. I just haven’t been the same since playing this game last night.

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In less upsetting news, here’s my Christmas nails:

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This is called Holidaze from the Gwen Stefani OPI Collection. I love the deep maroon-red but the formula is more sheer than I prefer. It’s definitely not as dark as it appears in the bottle. Even after two heavy coats, I can still see through it. Three coats might have made this perfect.

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Today was a relaxing day that included presents, a trip to the movie theater to see Mockingjay Part I and a nice long nap.

I even mustered up the strength to go for a run in this chilly weather. (Must have been the nap!)

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I hope your holiday was filled with joy and you were surrounded by the ones you love.

Thank you for your continued support of Makeup Bag. I look forward to sharing a fun and beautiful 2015 with you!

Chanel Spring Reverie Parisienne

chanelspring chanelspringsI know it’s not even Christmas yet, but I can’t stop obsessing about this new spring collection Reverie Parisienne from Chanel.

I love everything about the Desirio nail color, an intense magenta, and the La Rominesque Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lip Color both shown on the model above.

In this springtime garden inspired collection are two vibrant palettes: wistful pink and dreamy coral. Here are the product highlights:

Powder Blush

  • Le Jardin De Chanel Satiny pink duo
  • Joues Contraste Silky coral

Les  Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

  • Tisse Fantaisie Pink coral, white satin, pale green satin, intense brown
  • Tisse Paris Soft rosewood, delicate ivory, intense rosewood, intense slate grey

Le Vernis Nail Color

  • Tenderly Purple rosewood
  • Desirio Intense magenta
  • Paradisio Pearly Pale Green

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color

  • Insaisissable Vivid Coral
  • Badine Light Pink

Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color

  • La Petillante Coral Red
  • La Romanesque Magenta

Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine

  • Desinvolte Soft Coral
  • Etourdie Soft shimmering raspberry

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

  • Fleur D’Eau Jelly coral
  • Crazy Fuchsia Metallic magenta

Chanel Spring Reverie Parisienne is available beginning in January at department and specialty stores and online at Chanel.com.

Festive Holiday Lips

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You don’t have to be Gwen Stefani to successfully rock a red lip.

While it takes a bit of practice and a little extra care, nothing lights up your face and says I’m being festive like red lipstick.

With so many variations of shade and texture available it’s nearly impossible to not find the perfect red lipstick for your taste. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • MAC Ruby Woo (Shown on both Bree, top right and Bailey, bottom right.) This vivid red looks great on complexions with both cool and warm undertones. It has a matte finish and tends to last longer than other finishes if you don’t fuss with it. (And by don’t fuss with it, I mean don’t be licking your lips and/or pressing them together throughout the night. That’s a recipe for red-ring-around-the-lips, not a good look on anyone.)
  • MAC Red (Shown on Bree, bottom left.) This satin-finish blue red has a creamy texture that’s easy to apply straight from the tube. This makes for breezy touchups at the dinner table (after dinner, that is).
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia (Shown on Bailey, top left.) Audacious is the new full-coverage, long-lasting formulation from NARS. This deep garnet shade looks great with bronzy shadows and the moisturizing formula keeps lips feeling nourished all night.

redliptipsKeeping red lips looking pristine throughout the night can sometimes be a challenge, but well worth the effort if you want to bring your A game. Here are some of the best red lip tips I’ve come across:

  1. Exfoliate lips with a dry washcloth before applying foundation. This sloughs away dry skin and makes for a smooth surface.
  2. Moisturize lips with Chapstick before applying lipstick. Don’t lay it on thick, instead just tap lightly onto lips, leaving just enough product to leave skin feeling tacky.
  3. If applying straight from the tube is too daunting, use your finger. It’s not precise, but a great fuss-less look.
  4. Be sure to bring a mirror with you and periodically check for smears and lipstick on your teeth.
  5. When reapplying, just focus on the center where color has faded. No need to spend 15 minutes in the powder room perfecting the lines, you’ll be missing out on great conversation. (Or do what I sometimes do: switch to a less fussy lip product halfway through the night and forego the “checkups” altogether.)

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When Janey saw me working on a photo edit that involved her sisters, she insisted that she should be included as well. She quickly went to the vanity and applied MAC Malificent before posing for these selfies. Thank you, Jane!

Training Journal for Runners: Believe Journal

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Several weeks ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and a string of clicks led me to the new Believe Journal, a training journal for runners written by professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas.

Training logs are an important tool for runners. I’ve used one for several years and let me tell you, it’s a total reality check when it comes to logging miles. Whether I’m preparing for a race and feeling undertrained or wondering why my hip injury is nagging again… looking back through a training log can be quite revealing.

As a runner who is prone to injuries, an increase of more than 10% in mileage per week can wreak havoc on my joints. And while I don’t usually do speed work, it’s nice to keep track of my pace for no other purpose than just knowing. Also, when it comes to race day, it’s helpful to look back on successful races and be reminded of what I ate, how I slept, what I wore… All of these details can be tracked in a training log and used for later reference.

The authors of Believe Journal created a fun and insightful training diary that’s easy to use and inspires you to work toward your goals and become a better athlete.

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I ordered a Believe Journal for myself and love it so much I bought one for each of my running girlfriends, too! Look how excited they are:

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Believe Training Journal is available online at BelieveIAm.com for $18.95