Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Beauty Essentials

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As Nordstrom's beauty influencer for their Nordstrom Beauty Spot campaign, it only made sense to share my current beauty favorites... top5
For makeup, I usually go pretty bare most days. I like a touch of concealer, a swipe of mascara, and extra-curled lashes. My fail-safe favorites include: Esteé Lauder Sumptuous mascara, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation (I mix two shades), Shu Uemura eyelash curler, and Nars blush in Zen
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As I've gotten older I've realized the less products I use on my skin, the better. I believe in simple steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. I do a mask once a week too. Right now, I'm using AmorePacific Cleansing Foam every morning and night. Then at nighttime, I'll use pure witch hazel as a toner and moisturize with a drop or two of Clarins Santal Oil. For the day, I'm into Clarins Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 20 and Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum for those mornings when you wake up with swollen, sleepy eyes.
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Perfumes are so important to me-I feel like they're always connected to memories or experiences, kind of like music. My new favorite fragrance is Tom Ford Santal Blush. Sometimes I combine it with Tom Ford Oud Wood for a sexy, masculine, creamy fragrance. I'm attracted to scents that are woodsy and warm. I absolutely detest anything fruity. I also recently bought Nars Monoi Body Glow oil and I'm already obsessed. I rub a little between my palms and apply while my skin is still wet. It reminds me of those magical vacations where all I do is lay in the sun all day long. 

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87 comments:

Luba Dimitrova said...

Thanks for sharing your beauty tips Karla ! You are a great inspiration !


XX Luba

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TERRA said...

Thanks For Sharing!
I love your lipstick, its so pretty!


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Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

thanks for this, I cannot wait to try some new products.

xo
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Cory Scott said...

Love your lipstick! I have exactly that colour, "Rebel" from M.A.C.!

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Q said...


fresh face with a strong lip.... that color really suits you.

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Hannah said...

I need to find my perfect perfume! This reminded me.

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YZ Chan said...

I really like that shade of lipstick you're wearing in the first picture. Thanks for sharing your beauty tips! x

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Özge said...

Thanks for sharing :)

k come karolina said...

how cool is that!



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Jenny Plog said...

Thanks for sharing , your tips!!!



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Diana said...

Loving your lipstick!! Looking gorgeous!!

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DISOWNED said...

That lipstick in the first photo is inspiring. I am totally running to sephora on my lunch break now!

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Denisa said...

Nice inspiration. Great day.

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Marielis Marquez said...

I love the paint color lip

Style-Squared said...

Awesome!;)




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Christina Storm said...

Gorgeous! Love the lip color!

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lena said...

nice collection!

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Pink Elephant Blog said...

I am so in love with your hairstyle! Would love to cut mine like that! The lipstick looks fantastic on you!

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Erin said...

My mother swears by witch hazel too! I might just have to give it a try now!

xx Erin

KJ said...

Thanks hun - I am interested in the trish mcevoy eye serum. Now that Im in the 2nd half of my 30s, I have problems with dark circles. I see that it works against that. So sign me up!

Elisa Taviti said...

Amazing make up!



xx Elisa
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Kas and Blue said...

Loove NARS makeup! It's my favourite!

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xoxoxox

FASHION SNAG said...

Can't wait to check some of these out!


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La fatina said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

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Anonymous said...

Karla, your make-up/skincare routine is excellent, but where is the fitness routine? I've been patiently waiting for over a year lol. The progress you've had is amazing and you seem to be one of the few people who doesn't mind eating some french toast or something. I know fitness/weight is a very personal (and you open yourself up to unsolicited opinions) but so you don't have to give us a play by play. Everyone's body is different anyway. Just give us tips that really got you on track, your favorite exercises and maybe a typical day in food.

abigailalicex said...

I just ordered my first Nars blush but in Super Orgasm rather than in your shade Zen. I'm so incredibly excited to try it out as i always see bbloggers post about Nars but i haven't hopped on the bandwagon until now!

I'm giving away a MAC Lipstick of the competition winner's choice on my blog if you would like to enter!
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jennifer schmittlin said...

i try to use as few products as possible. I've even given up perfume for a bit, it sometimes irritates my skin.

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Izabel said...

Thank you for this post, perfumes are my obsession! Like you, I prefer woody, warm scents with sexy masculine touch, so I definitely need to try Santal Blush... When it comes to other scents, I really love Jose Eisenberg J'Ose (my fave! really outstanding notes combination) and Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT.

I have a question... what perfumes are in the background? I can see Daim Blond on the left and Balenciaga on the right, but I'm curious what's in the middle?

P.S. Love the color of lips!

lanciacoriandoli said...

great post, amazing lips!

Love&Studs

Isa said...

Love your lipstick !
Isa

Abstract Organza said...

you are absolutely flawless!

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Nikki Williams said...

love the dark purple lipstick. perfect for fall.

xxoo,
nikki

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Jessica B said...

Great makeup picks!

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Yarden said...

love this look!
the lipstick looks great on you :)

HayleyMG said...

you are so beautiful <3

Hayley xx
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Maya said...

Love your lipstick color. It looks some kind of Gothic style.
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Anonymous said...

Hey, have you made any progress in getting your archives back? It has been several weeks since someone asked you.

Laura Neuzeth said...

You are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing some of your beauty products with us.

Laura
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Mafalda said...

Thanks for sharing your tips!
Mafalda ❤
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Jillian said...

You're missing my fav. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

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Laura Girard said...

Love your lipstick !
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Love from Paris

LoveYourEgo said...

Scents really bring back memories =) Although I enjoy a dramatic look I prefer simple make up.

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Alice Bradshaw said...

I love Thayers brand, I love the package so much...
NARS is the essential too ;)

Xxx
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Evi said...

Great post! Love the products!

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JACK EN NOIR said...

you look amazing!


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Epp said...

You are truly inspiring with how few make-up you actually put on! Love your routine :)

xoxo

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lepetitmondedeJulie said...

Love first picture!
xx

Krizia said...

I love the plum lipstick on the first picture!

x Krizia

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Katharina S. said...

Thanks for sharing this beauty tips! :)

Katharina from CATOU

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Irena Sahara said...

I'm in love with ur lip color xx

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Hanna Lee said...

So agree with u on using less on ur skin for the better! Love a beauty post like this esp coming from u ;)
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Andrew Evan said...

Flaw free. Thanks for sharing!

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A said...

Love learning about beauty routines! You have really good skin. Hoping for your promised fitness routine soon :)

Keshia Latoya said...

Wow, I really love your blog! You're such a beauty. I'll certainly follow you. Do take a look at my blog!

xx.KL
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Jen27 said...

Beautiful picks! Thayers toner is my absolute favourite and that Tom Ford fragrance sounds heavenly :)

-Jen

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Chantelle said...

I think I may try that eye serum you mention. I always have such puffy eyes on nights with little/fitful sleep.

Indulgera said...

Beautiful and simple

x
Liz
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Cristina Monti said...

I use most of the products you're recommending, they are the best!
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Jain Fiorella said...

great tips!!!

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Joana Leite said...

Cute post!!

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Maggie Adofo said...

Love the lippy on you!

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Instant Milk said...

LOVE the lip color<3

xx

Debra Bros said...

How good is Witchhazel as a toner! I've been using it for almost a year now and the difference in my skin has been absolutely amazing. It feels good to be using a mostly natural product too, win!

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Wonderful..i love those outfits and specially tom perfume i love that very much..Thanks for sharing it..

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CHAMA FASHION said...

Awesome post!
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Marla Robinson said...

I used to love the Nars Body Glow but, unless it's been reformulated, it still contains parabens.

Style and Paper said...

Great beauty tips!!!!!! I still remembered the last ones you did.

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LIKE-ENCHANTED said...

You're beautiful, radiant, glowing, brief ... beautiful in these photos.

Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

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FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

Such a great post! I love your blog!

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Grazziella said...

you look fantastic !!! THANKS FOR SHARING


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Ella - Rose said...

thanks for sharing you're beauty secrets :)
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bisou

Olya Baileys said...

Georgeous outfit! ;-)
Like all details! very inspiring look!
good post!!!

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TSO OTM said...

Subtle post love it.. Thanks for sharing your beauty ritual and for the inspiration.

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Gabrielle Clayvon said...

Please do a makeup tour and closet tour via pictures. I would love to see your collection in its full glory.

newbornfanatic said...

Thanks for sharing your beauty stuff!! Its always so fun when people share their favorite products or routines! :D

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Arianna Gallo said...

Makeup tutorial *_*

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Melanie said...

i love the nordstrom campaign! great to see your beauty faves! thanks for sharing!

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Irene said...

LOOOVE the trousers :)) great blog :)x

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Turista said...

Great makeup set!
I love all !!! Thanks for sharing this tips !

Tia Lou said...

Love that lip color on you!

Nele said...

Super gute Produkte, die du dabei hast.

Leslie Musser said...

That lip color is divine! The perfect winter sentiment.

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