Saturday, December 14, 2013

A few of my favorite beauty finds from 2013

I'm snowed in today -- we are expected to get between 6 and 12 inches of fluffy snow today, and when we shoveled, it looked like we had already gotten about 4. I expect we will have to shovel a second time.

I decided to write a post about some things I'm enjoying now. Some of the links below are affiliate links and are marked. Mostly I just wanted to share some fun finds.

1. Gwynnie Bee clothing subscription service (affiliate link)


 I still feel like this is such a great deal. I have the three-at-a-time plan, so I always seem to have something new on its way to me. This is definitely my favorite find of the year. I have never taken so many pictures of myself in my life.

2. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (Amazon Affiliate Link)



This summer I was wearing this in St. Moritz, but when I went back to Sephora this winter, the sales associate said Groenland would be a better match (not available on Amazon, here it is on Sephora).  This feels so light but has a little more pigment than some other tinted moisturizers, so it covers blemishes. There is a nice range of shades too.  It has a little bit of a dewy finish, which is nice this time of year when my skin tends to be dry. In the summer, when my skin gets oilier, I like Urban Decay's NAKED Skin Makeup, but this time of year it tends to look chalky on me.

3. Urban Decay's NAKED Basics palette (at Sephora and Ulta)

The problem with most of those eyeshadow mega-palettes is that they are too big to fit in my makeup kit.  This one from Urban Decay has matte, wearable shades. Here's a nice review with swatches. I don't really wear a lot of color on my eyes so I get a lot of mileage out of this.

4. Oral-B Deep Sweep Electric Toothbrush (Amazon Affiliate link)


Sometimes I miss the simplicity (and quiet) of my old manual toothbrush, but I got rave reviews from the hygienist at my last dental visit since switching to this one.  She said, "whatever you are doing, keep doing it." What I have been using is brushing with this every day.  Now that I have figured out how it works, I am getting great results and I'm no longer making a mess with it. I would have never bought an electric toothbrush for myself, so I'm very happy that I won this one from the Prime Beauty Blog earlier this year.


5. Bliss Spa The Youth as We Know It starter kit (Amazon Affiliate Link)

I found this on sale at T.J. Maxx for $25 and decided to give it a try.  My skin had begun to act up because of the cold. I have the weird issue that my skin can be be sensitive, dry, or acne-prone depending on the weather. This is a little bit moisturizing without being too heavy, and it has helped to calm things down a bit. I don't know if it's making me look younger, but it has kept my skin very soft.

By the way, I am still using my Clarisonic Mia 2 regularly, and my review of it from 2012 is by far the most popular link on my blog. I have had even better results since I switched to a delicate brush head.


Have you found anything fun that you'd like to share? Let me know.

21 comments:

  1. That Gynie Bee looks interesting, so how does it work? Seems like they try to find clothes for your size/style/body type or something? Looks like you've picked up some nice pieces!

    You mentioned that you have a bone spur but have never been offered euflexxa - might be something to ask about. There are a few other brand names, but it's HA (joint fluid) which lubricates the joint and nourishes the cartilage.

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    1. I wrote a little more about it here: http://www.perfectinourimperfections.com/2013/07/review-introduction-to-gwynnie-bee.html

      It's a subscription service for sizes 10-32 -- sort of like Netflix. You decide how many items you want at a time, and then choose items from their site to put in your virtual closet. The first delivery from me was three items and three prepaid envelopes. After that, as I send something back, they send me a new item and a new envelope.

      They recently added a try-and-buy service. So far I have actually bought only one dress -- the rest I have worn for a while and sent back. It's great because I never have to go to the dry cleaner -- the laundering is included in the service.

      I will definitely ask about the injections the next time my knee is flaring up. Thanks for the info!

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    2. P.S. If Gwynnie Bee sounds interesting, you can try it free for a month. (link is an affiliate link, if you try it through my link and decide to sign up as a paying customer, I get a free month for the referral)

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  2. I think you bought the black polka one I loved. That was a good decision, very good on you.

    I think you should also buy the navy/purple with the square neck and lace sleeves (tiny sleeves, not sure if would call them capped or what, I love that they look a bit like a wrap).

    That is a seriously great dress on you. If you know the brand, I would be interested in trying it myself. I have not always been able to wear squared neck, would have to try it. Of course, squared might work now. Not sure what changes I will find. . .

    The two abstract prints (I think) show that you need a more structured neck line. It isn't the fact that they are sleeveless. You are good in sleeveless. It is sort of as if they were dropped shouldered. I have to stay away from that cut myself. It is not that they are terrible on you. They are not. They were fun pieces. But noticed not best cut on you (I think).

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    1. I agree with you that the halter-neck style wasn't the greatest on me -- I wore each of those dresses once and sent them back. I think the biggest problem was that they were too loosey-goosey -- I look better in stuff that is more structured. That's the fun thing about this, though, I'm not stuck with anything.

      Thank you for the compliments on that blue dress. It is from London Times and is available in regular sizes (some of the Gwynnie Bee stuff isn't): http://www.bonton.com/sc2/shop/women/dresses/london-times-lace-shutter-sheath-dress_697683.htm

      I really like it but I'm not sure I need another fancy dress, especially since I just bought the black one. I am going to keep it for a while and think about it. I agree that it's very flattering, especially with Spanx (which I am not wearing in my photos).

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  3. Website was very helpful, because it lead me to Carson's website (so I can return without shipping fee). I ordered in 6, 8, 10 because there is just no way of knowing how it will fit.

    It was $98. I could find free shipping code but not discount code that worked on dress. I put myself on mailing list. So if code or coupon turns up, I will return all three to store and then re buy with code that works.

    What kind of discount do they give you for buying from your service (because they are used)?

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    1. I could get the dress for $51.30.

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  4. If I worked (and they carried smaller sizes), I would get this service in a minute. Seriously fun. Great way to try different styles. No laundry is great bonus. I am getting a lot out of your participation. I hope you keep posting pictures.

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    1. It's great for teaching -- and I don't expect to be smaller than a 10 anytime soon. There are some items not available in my sizes, but that's okay.

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  5. http://www.carsons.com/sc2/shop/women/dresses/london-times-tear-drop-print-knit-dress_621764.html

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  6. http://www.carsons.com/sc2/shop/women/dresses/london-times-petites-printed-sheath-dress_651872.html

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  7. I ordered those two in 6, 8, 10 also.

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    1. Cute! I was impressed with the quality on the London Times dress -- so hopefully you will like them. If not, maybe one of your daughters will, since those are such fun, colorful prints.

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  8. You you might have said this in a previous post -

    Gwynniebee site is a great source for researching brands.

    All the models are plus size, pictures shown for all items

    Brand names are listed for everything, so could order directly from manufacturers or dept stores

    Most of the brands have their sizes listed. So easy to research which companies are likely to have possible fits.

    Can plug in size and only see the clothes in that size, which is nice feature being offered on a lot of sites now.

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    1. It is a great site. The models give me a better idea of how something will look on me than most websites' models.

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  9. I have poked around a lot on that site. Love the not a model section where subscribers send in all kinds of pics of themselves in the clothes.

    Also, of course, today I got a Carson coupon for 30% off. It did work on the expensive dress (that you posted picture I loved on you). I simply ordered 3 more (6, 8, 10) and will take back the three I ordered yesterday. I called to stop the order from yesterday, but they said I would have had to call within 30 minutes.

    30% coupon did not work on the other dresses! but they were already deeply discounted, so I was okay with that.

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  10. I ended up keeping all three dresses I ordered from Carson's. Navy like yours, multi colored bright one, purple print. All three were same designer. All three fit best in size 8. It took today until I could try on multiple clothes at the same time. With navy dress, I didn't realize flesh tone, through lace, was lining. I thought I was seeing your skin. I like it better with lining - warmer, will probably last longer.

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    1. Yes, I was lucky that lining was a good match for my skin tone. It wouldn't work well on someone who had darker skin.

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    2. I thought that same thing. Actually I think they should have said the flesh color was lining. If I had been African American and ordered, I would have been ticked.

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  11. You can see it peeking if you look carefully, especially in the back view picture.

    Glad your other things fit and looked nice too.

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  12. I think I am having my navy one shortened to just above the knee. Middle liked it long, but I thought it was too long.

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