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This post is sponsored by Pretty in my Pocket on behalf of Paula’s Choice. All opinions are my own.

My skin has been acting up a little bit as of late, and I think the crazy 80 degree weather one day, 50 degree weather the next, could be to blame. You guys know I love trying new products all the time, and I especially enjoy trying new products when I know I need to improve or enhance my current routine.

Enter: Paula’s Choice. A brand that offers very high-end quality products at very affordable prices. I have combination skin – sometimes dry, sometimes oily, sometimes both at the same time. In other words, it can be hard to work with and manage. Something I appreciate about the Paula’s Choice brand is the wide array of products they offer for different skin types. Whether you’re in need of a product that will add moisture, or if you’re struggling with acne, there’s something for you.

Personally, I have been experiencing dry patches and a bit of redness, and so I have been using many of the Redness Relief products from Paula’s Choice. My three favorite products of the above are the Redness Relief Cleanser, Redness Relief Toner, and Redness Relief Moisturizer.

The Cleanser may be #1 for me – it makes my skin feel super clean, but is really gentle at the same time. Something I find with other face washes is that, although they do help my skin to feel clean, they leave my face a bit irritated and with visible red patches. Not the case with this product.

The Redness Relief Toner is again, very gentle on my sensitive skin. It adds back moisture and also evens out my skin tone. The Redness Relief Moisturizer leaves my skin feeling sooo smooth, and has never caused irritation or a break out.

If you’re interested in any of the above Paula’s Choice products, enter code PRIMPSPRING to receive 20% off of your order + free shipping until May 31, 2016!

Have you ever tried any products from Paula’s Choice? What are your favorites?

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Being that this past Sunday was the premiere of the 6th season of Game of Thrones, I decided to do a little Khaleesi, ahem, Emilia Clarke makeup. Because, I mean, look at her.

The girl can rock a serious red lip on the red carpet, but I think my favorite look on her is something natural and glow-y [obviously that’s what I’d like best]. I’m crazy about everything that’s going on in her GQ photos – voluminous, tousled hair, glowing skin, a neutral kind of smudge-y eye, and a coral pink pouty lip. So, that’s what I attempted to recreate here! Not exactly the same, but an easy everyday look that took minutes to achieve.

Face: I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation in 2 Fair to create a really smooth base. I then patted Glossier’s Stretch Concealer in Light underneath my eyes.

Eyes: I began by roughly lining my upper lash line with Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencil in Barbarella Brown, and then smudged it with a finger. I then applied the medium brown shade from the Mac x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days palette, quickly blending with a finger on my lids and into the crease. To add a bit of brightness, I took the highlight shade from the same palette and tapped it onto the center of my lids. To make the look a little daytime-smokey, I applied Mac’s Eye Kohl in Powersurge to my waterline. I finished the eyes with lots of Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.

Eyebrows: To create a slightly fuller brow [serious brow envy, Emilia], I filled in sparse areas with Makeup For Ever’s Pro Sculpting Brow.

Cheeks: I bronzed up my cheeks and temples with Tom Ford’s Powder Bronzer in Terra. To add a bit of color + glow to my cheeks I blended Smashbox’s L.A. Lights in Silver lake Sunset on the apples of my cheeks, blending upwards. For even more of a highlight I tapped the Halcyon Days highlight shade on the tops of my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose.

Lips: Lastly, on the lips I mixed the pink cream shade from the Halcyon days palette with Tom Ford’s Moisturecore Lip Color in Carriacou.

Anddd that’s it! Are you as crazy about GOT [and Khaleesi] as I am?

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I’ve loved Le Metier de Beaute products for years. I incorporate some of the brand’s products into my everyday routine; everything I’ve tried is of the highest quality, wears well, and helps me to achieve an easy glowing, natural look [my fave kind of look, as you know].

I feel like not enough people know about Le Metier – it’s a shame only a select few stores sell the line – and so I wanted to share my favorites from the line for those who want to try out a thing or two. Trust me, they will not disappoint.

  1. Creme Fresh Tints in Coral Nymph and Poppy – I can’t even count how many times I’ve mentioned this product on here. As you can see, I’ve used them quite a bit. You can apply to cheeks and lips, and I think it may be the only kind of dual purpose product that works really well on both areas. It is super creamy and blendable, and once it’s applied, it stays put. Both shades add a gorgeous color and glow to cheeks.
  2. Lip Cremes in Peche Creme, Purple Haze, and Sweet Creme – another formula that I am totally obsessed with. As the name suggests, these glosses are super creamy and really comfortable on the lips [not sticky at. all.]. The colors are also stunning – Peche Creme is a beautiful light peach with very fine shimmer – so nice for this time of year; Purple Haze is a really interesting, very slightly metallic lilac nude [very hard to describe – you’ll have to go swatch it for yourself!]; and Sweet Creme is a pale, very light pink that I think enhances any lipstick it’s worn with – especially Palm Springs, mentioned below.
  3. Colour Core Stain Lipstick in Palm Springs – one of my absolute favorite pink shades. Palm Springs is a baby pink with fine golden shimmer, and looks great on its own or with a gloss, like Sweet Creme. This formula is kind of like a semi-matte, in that it’s really long-lasting, yet still creamy and non-drying.
  4. Hydra-Creme Lipstick in Bellini – a really creamy, comfortable formula, and this nude is so perfect for everyday.
  5. True Colour Eyeshadow in Jojo – definitely in my top two favorite eyeshadows of life [it’s only current rival being Burberry Gold Copper]. Currently, Jojo is the only shadow I’ve completely used up. And I mean, really used up – I was scraping the edges with my brush. So, obviously, I had to go out and get a new one. This is a really pretty neutral champagne that has the most gorgeous buttery smooth consistency. I love wearing it on its own with a black liner and bit of mascara, or as a base for a more smokey eye. It’s perfect, you guys.
  6. Dualistic Eye Pencil in Tamarack – another great find – this golden brown pencil is so easy to work with, and never irritates my eyes. It’s my favorite shade to wear on my waterline, and I also love using it as a long-lasting eyeshadow base.

Have your tried anything from Le Metier? What are your favorite products from the brand?

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I have been a massive Glossier fan since the brand’s inception. I started to read Into The Gloss back in the days when Emily Weiss was the site’s only writer and editor, so when I learned that she was launching a makeup/skincare line, I practically lost it – and yes, picked up a Skin Tint as soon as I could add one to my online cart.

As much as I love the OG Glossier line, I’ve definitely been waiting for a bit of color. Well, let me tell you, good things come to those who wait. Phase 2 includes an incredible all-in-one brow pomade, an uber creamy, long-lasting concealer, and a natural lip stain-balm hybrid.

I’ll begin with Boy Brow, aka, my holy grail brow product that very naturally fills in sparse areas of brows, adds a bit of color, and sets everything to stay in place all day. Until this guy was released, my experience has been that, no matter how carefully I tried to fill in my brows with waxy pencils, trying to very finely draw the most natural looking hairs, it was still too much. Or, if I used a tinted gel, my brows felt far too stiff – not cute. So, A+ Boy Brow. A+.

Onto the concealer that dreams are made of – Stretch Concealer, that is. Sooooooo creamy, I apply it with my finger and tap underneath my eyes, going back and forth to blend. It never dries my skin out, never goes patchy or separates. I set it with a loose translucent powder, and know that I’m good to go for the day. I’ve also use this product as a light, yet buildable foundation when I’m feeling a no-makeup-makeup look, and need to get out the door quickly. I’ll blend with a finger on my t-zone and underneath my eyes, and will throw the little pot in my bag for quick touch-ups throughout the day.

Lastly, Generation G in Cake. Though this lip tint does feel balmy, I like applying a balm underneath or overtop of Cake as it isn’t overly moisturizing. I’ll apply one layer for a very light peachy-nude stain, or, go over my lips a few times to achieve a deeper nude lip look. Either way, I think it’s gorgeous – it’s a really interesting natural color and I don’t have anything very similar in my collection [and, trust me, I have lip products for days]. I also find that this particular color makes my lips appear fuller – it gives them a kind of just-kissed appearance, if you know what I mean. I do enjoy my lip liners, but I really love the kind of blurred look this product gives – pouty and natural.

Anddd I think that’ll do it! As you can tell, I’m into Phase 2. Now tell me – have you tried anything from the line? Are you as obsessed as I am?

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You guys know how much I love a good natural lip. As of late, I’ve really been liking something a bit more pink and girly, but that’s still wearable and can be worn with anything from an otherwise bare face, to a super smokey eye.

The above are the sort of shades that make you think, ‘hey, does that girl just have the best natural lip color of life? Or is she wearing something?’ My favorite way to wear this kind of pink [well, aside from the gloss] is to apply straight from the tube, and then blend it into my lips so that it becomes more of a natural looking stain. Very chic, very parisian. Right? right. Here’s the line-up:

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked

Mac lipstick in Fanfare

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

Mac Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Kittenish

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in English Rose

What are your favorite pink lipsticks?

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