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Beauty & Makeup 101: Sunless Tanner

This edition of the Beauty & Makeup 101 series is all about sunless tanner.

Let me preface this by saying that I have resisted the concept of a sunless tanner, or a tan of any kind, for many, many years. When pressed I’ve made Irish jokes, referenced gorgeous fair-skinned beauties like Nicole Kidman who make fair skin look amazing, and I’ve even trotted out a family history of skin cancer as an explanation for my pale, pale skin.

But the time has finally come!

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As with the first post in this series, Beauty & Makeup 101, the impetus was the SF Symphony Gala. I love running outdoors and have spent the Summer running races and tackling lake-side trails.

The unexpected side effect? Sports bra tan line!!

So I popped over to my favorite salon – The Social Beauty Co. – For an organic, paraben-free California girl spray tan. And it got me curious.

After that I did what I always do – I turned to Sephora for answers. Thus securing yet another year of VIB Rouge status.

I have a problem kids.

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{Pictures from Beauty Must Haves Pinterest Board}

After reading product reviews and checking ingredients, I decided to try out two different products to help me with my tanning aspirations. Both by Tarte, which is a favorite brand of mine.

I also got a chance to try out two drug store versions – the Neutrogena Build a Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning and Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan. Both worked out pretty well, though Tarte is my favorite so far!

Do YOU have any tanner tips? What’s your favorite tanning product or brand?

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Winter Skin Care Routine

Your skin care routine is especially important during the cold Winter months. The extreme temperatures and weather can suck the moisture right out of your skin, so it’s important to focus on moisturizing and treating your skin with care this season.

Here are some of my essentials!

Eye Cream:

Night Cream/Treatments:

  • Algenist SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Sleep Pack – This was my first experience with a “sleeping mask” and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It goes on light and absorbs quickly, which almost made me feel like I’d messed up the application since I’m more used to thicker masks. However, the next morning my skin looked and felt lovely! I’ve been alternating this mask every other night.
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil – This is a perennial favorite that I just restocked. The oil is divine this time of year!

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{Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream, Algenist Hydration Sleep Mask & Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate}

Daytime Moisture:


What’s YOUR Winter skin care routine? Do you have a product that you love, that I should try?

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Women’s March San Francisco

I’ve never used this blog as a platform to share my political beliefs, nor have I joined the heated partisan discussions on social media over the last few months.

And in fact, I’d say that my political leanings aren’t terribly relevant in this instance. Republican, democrat, liberal, conservative – That doesn’t really come into play here.

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So what am I here to talk about? The Women’s March being held here in San Francisco – And all around this country – Tomorrow, Saturday, January 21st.

Like I said, it’s not about your political party or leanings, it’s about raising awareness of inequality and standing up for those who don’t have a voice.

I don’t think I can say it any better than the Women’s March website:

The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.

While the original march is taking place in Washington DC, there are other marches being organized across the nation so that we can all show our solidarity.

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{Check out all the Sister Marches here}

I’ll be marching here in San Francisco with my family – Both male and female – On Saturday, and I hope that you show your support for this important cause as well.

I couldn’t be more proud of my friends and family around the country who are marching, or of the HUGE outpouring of support here in the Bay Area from local businesses.

Need some inspiration? I’ve got you – Huffington Post: 50 Stunning Photos of Women Protesting Around the World

Are YOU going to join a Women’s March in your city?

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What’s In My Bag: Everyday Handbag

There’s an ongoing joke at my office about the size of my daily handbag. While I switch things up fairly regularly, some of them could be considered… Sizeable. On weekends I tend towards crossbody bags and carry less with me, but during the week, when I’ll be away from my apartment for 12+ hours a day, I tend to haul my whole life around with me.

So, without further ado, here’s what’s in my bag:

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Plus, there’s the handbag itself. This is my baby – A large Givenchy Antigona. I have a medium-sized Antigona as well and it’s the ultimate Mary Poppins bag. You can fit an unbelievable amount of things in it. I always, always take this as my carry on bag when I travel.

What’s in YOUR handbag?

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Beauty & Makeup 101

When I decide to tackle a new project, I tend to get really excited. Like… Really, really excited. I loved running the San Francisco Half Marathon so much that while still high on endorphins, I signed up for the Golden Gate Half Marathon in November. And bought a running watch. And new shoes.

See what I mean?

I’m all in.

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So after binge watching videos on Lydia Elise Millen’s YouTube Channel, I decided that I’ve neglected my girlie side by never learning how to really do my own makeup.

I mean, I know how to do my makeup. I get dressed every day thank you very much. I can do a cat eye. I mastered liquid liner. I even have a makeup tray at home filled with things that I’ve bought over the years. Most of which I don’t use or even know what to do with.

But when my YouTube binge happened to correspond with trying, and failing, to book a makeup appointment to get me ready for a Gala, I realized it was time. I would do my own makeup for the event. For the first time in the six years I’d been going!

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{Kat Von D – Shade + Light Contour Palette}

So I’m going to start a new Beauty & Makeup 101 series this year where I share my adventures with new types of makeup – Contouring kits, what! – And products, and actually share some of the looks that I manage to put together.

I will never be a foundation-every-day kinda of girl, but I do love the idea of not having to shell out for a makeup artist every single time I have an event or a photo shoot on the schedule.

Tell me – What beauty or makeup subject would YOU like me to tackle? Any suggestions or requests?

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