For your Face...All about Eyebrows

It's been awhile since my last beauty post. I still have a great love for products but my routine has stayed pretty simple and constant lately.  The one product I recently found and have already hooked many of my girlfriends on is Nars Eyebrow Gel.  Besides getting my eyebrows waxed and weekly tweezing maintenance I never paid much attention to my brows.  A few years ago I bought a brow pencil that I didn't love but used it occasionally never really noticing a difference.  About two months I was chatting with one of the girls at Blue Mercury about eyebrows and how they really shape a person's face and create definition. She mentioned I should try the Nars product and it is really great! It goes on so easy with a mascara like wand and it stays on all day.  It comes in 4 colors (I used Athens), fills in brows and gives them more shape by using the wand to lift up your brows as you brush in the gel and then gently brush them towards their natural shape.  And you probably all know this but Tweezerman makes the best tweezers. The combination of the two is perfect for shapely eyebrows and a more contoured face:-) 

For your face...Vacation Ready. On the beach, by the pool, or touring a city in the sun.

I like to think of myself as always prepared, especially when traveling.  When we toured Australia we went from cities to beaches, mangroves, rainforests, scuba diving, hiking, tennis matches, let's just say we did a lot.  We typically left our hotel room between 7 and 8am and returned maybe before dinner to wash up and sometimes not until much later.  Last summer when reading some fashion blogs I came across one of my new favorite accessories and gifts to give, truffle pouches.  They are fully closable, come in varying sizes, and are cute.  I love being able to put all of my necessities in one little pouch and being able to transfer them all from one bag to the next without dumping my bag to find everything. Below is a list of the things I find most needed to get ready for a day out and about in the sun.  I like to keep my makeup minimal when in the sun and the water, not only is it not attractive to be sweating makeup all of your clothes but it's not good for your skin.  Think less is more!


1). Truffle One No 1 Clarity Pouch.

2) SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30.  My favorite sunscreen. Goes on smooth, scent free, and doesn't clog  pores.  I find this to provide great coverage and long lasting protection.

3) Ultra folding hair brush mirror.  I have a couple folding brushes from makeup freebies, they are great for travel and fit in almost every bag.

4) Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara. For waterproof mascara this gives great length and is non-irritant. And you can't beat the price.

5) Scrunci No Damage Thick elastics. Never go without a hair tie.

6) Dermalogica Travel Size Multi-Active Toner. A friend gave me this as a gift and said it was great for travel.  It is! I used it on the plane to refresh and often times midday.  It helps to rehydrate your skin, especially if you want to reapply.

7) Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil. Goes on smooth with clean precise lines and is waterproof.

8) Chantecaille Ultra Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 primer. I love this product.  Not only is it sunscreen but also a terrific primer.  The consistency is very different from most sunscreens.  It goes on feeling a little greasy but dries quickly leaving skin feeling hydrated.  Makeup goes on smooth and stays on!  I am so impressed with this product, the coverage was amazing and long lasting.  In the strongest sun I never burned, even after 4-5 hours.  

9) Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15.

10) Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Flavored Lip Shine. Adds a pop of color and shine without looking overdone.

11) Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I carry these almost everywhere.  Great to refresh on the go!


What are your must have sunny vacation must haves?

For your...Skin. Keep your skin hydrated and healthy in the artic...Chicago.

Happy Friday!  Update about tonight's event at Blue Mercury, we are going to postpone the event until after the holidays so more of you can come!

I woke up this morning and the TV said -3 degrees!  Are you kidding me! The weathermen keep saying that these cold days are not indicative of the rest of winter and let's hope so.  As the temperature plummets my skin demands more attention, especially my hands.  Here are some things you can do to keep your skin soft and non-irritated...

1) Avoid taking long hot showers.  I know it is just what we what to do but it is super drying to your skin.

2) Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water to fight off the winter dry air.

3) Wear your SPF.  The winter sun is super strong even though it ain't warm!

4) Exfoliate with a good body scrub 1-2x a week.  

5) Get a humidifier. Not only will it help your breathing, but also your skin!

Here are my picks for best winter skin care.

The California Baby Calendula Cream is really amazing.  It is created for newborns very sensitive skin and works great on extra-dry, irritated, and even cracked skin.  A little pricey for a small container but a little goes a long way.  

What's your favorite winter skin favorite?

J.R. Watkins Coconut Scrub, Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, Kiehl's Lip Balm , Aquaphor, Kiehl's Body Butter ,L'Occitane Hand Cream , California Baby Calendula Cream

J.R. Watkins Coconut Scrub, Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, Kiehl's Lip Balm , Aquaphor, Kiehl's Body Butter ,L'Occitane Hand Cream , California Baby Calendula Cream

You're invited!

I am beyond excited to announce that I will be hosting a Trish McEvoy event at the Chicago Southport Blue Mercury! Trish McEvoy is one of my very favorite beauty brands. Her mascara is number one on my list, as well as their eye shadow stick, and wild blueberry vanilla candle (smells amazing without evening burning it!).  Stop by to sip champagne, try out some new products, holiday gift shop and maybe get a touch-up for your evening.  Trish McEvoy has great "planners" which are a portable makeup vanity, encompassing everything you need in one amazing case, ideal for travel.   I would love to see all of you there, the more the merrier!

Please RSVP by leaving a comment below or emailing me at Fitsouffle {at}