Luscious Beach Vibes

Do I need an intervention? You can never be too prepared for a day at the beach!

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Shopping Logic

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LUSCIOUS JUDY SHOPPING LOGIC

My shopping vibe is pretty wacky.  For instance, I just spent $50 at store that I wasn’t very impressed with because I didn’t want to seem like a freeloader when I took a free full-size Luna bar they had in a basket near the dressing room. So when I received a coupon from Sephora telling me that I was eligible for a free birthday gift, my first instinct was to go directly to the store and blow some birthday cash. The closer it got to the expiration date of this coupon, the more I realized that I would rather shop online. I have more control on the Internet, I think. If I shopped in store, I would buy more things that I don’t necessarily need, but absolutely want.

It was about time for a new bottle of MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens’Eyes. This waterproof eye cleanser is a staple in my vanity. A full-size bottle lasts about 5 months and I use  3-4 pumps everyday (which is more than most will need, but I wear a lot of mascara). It is incredibly gentle and does not make my eyelids greasy. Would you believe me if I told you that I used baby oil as makeup remover for YEARS before I discovered this product. OH, THE SHAME.

Another product I needed to re-up on was concealer, I am so loyal to my NARS concealer but was in the mood to try something new. I decided on TARTE Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. These days, I look for products that might be waterproof, full-coverage, with anti-aging ingredients and this concealer fits the bill. After weeks of using this concealer, I can’t say that I’m in love. Since this concealer is full-coverage, it is SO thick. It is almost hard to apply because it is almost like glue. Not sure if it is because I am oily, but this is not creaseless. Actually, it immediately creases after applying and I have had to set this concealer with MAKE UP FOREVER  HD Microfinish Powder to avoid creasing. (It’s good practice to do that anyway!)  Of course, I have too much pride to return a concealer to SEPHORA. For sanitary purposes, returned makeup never gets the oppurtunity for a second chance, like clothes or shoes do. I would feel bad knowing a barely used product was getting thrown away because I was being adventurous. This is some Luscious Judy Shopping Logic. Do you see how I personify beauty products because I’m too lazy to go to the SEPHORA store?

My shopping cart needed two more dollars to qualify for free shipping. I would much rather spend extra money on an object rather than pay for shipping. Great thought process, right? I decided on ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Pods for just eight bucks! White China Clay is a main ingredient in this pore purifying mask. I have been using this once a week. My skin endures a lot of abuse. Somedays my skin is suffocated by makeup for 13 hours, other days I’m sweating out toxins that dry on my face and clog my pores. This is a great mask that leaves my skin feeling renewed.

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(Matching my mask to my bathroom wall and cardigan.)

 

I love ordering from SEPHORA online because they always offer 3 samples with every order. This was especially great when I shipped my Mom her birthday present (Romance by RALPH LAUREN) because I customized samples that were specific to her needs. This order, I opted for Passiflora by NEST FRAGRANCES. I am such a lover of fresh, floral fragrances and this scent is so feminine and pretty. It makes me want to lay in a bed of water hyacinth. The packaging is pretty fantastic as well. I love all products FRESH and got myself some Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate.  They had me at age delay. It is never too early to start acting against signs of aging. Antioxidant rich noni fruit juice is a powerful ingredient that moisturizes and visibly firms at the same time. I was going to try a sample of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It was rather heavy for a tinted moisturizer. With that being said, it took longer than normal to dry, therefore making my face feel oily. I love almost every NARS product that I get my paws on and I’m sad this didn’t work out for me. OH, THE JOY OF SAMPLES.

Lastly, my MAKE UP FOR EVER birthday gift was less than exciting. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Who complains about a FREE birthday gift?? Don’t get me wrong, I am always down for a travel-size Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I love that cone-shaped brush. It is great for lengthening and separating lashes. I was excited to finally try Rouge Artist Natural lipstick, I am a MUFE junkie but don’t own any lipstick! The shade of the box looked like a muted red but I was less than impressed to find that it was actually N9, a coppery pink. This lipstick hydrates for up to 8 hours as well as adds shine. This is probably the most boring color ever. This shade is so barely there that it reminds me of something my Mom would have made me wear as a young teen. I have an arsenal of what I like to call ‘work lipsticks’, which are shades that I only wear to work because they are subdued. I wouldn’t even wear this to work. It doesn’t vibe for me or my skin tone or my love of bold, colorful lipsticks. Thanks anyway, MUFE, I’m going to regift you to a friend who will be more appreciative!

I think that you learn a lot about a person when you pick up on their shopping habits. There are those who get in and get out, then there are those who do laps around a store before realizing they want nothing. Online shopping has made it so easy to desire and acquire things that  turn out to be duds. We all have our methods of madness. What are some of your shopping quirks? I can’t be the only one who has them!

New Moon Judy

Happy May 1st!!! I cannot believe we are already five months into this year. The first of May is always significant for me. You see, my  birthday is on April 29th and I always set goals for myself for *my* new year. Since, April 30th is typically a recovery day, my fresh start always begins on May 1st. So far, 2014 has turned out to be fantastic. I got married on 2-8 and think that’s pretty cool, since I just turned 28. In addition, there was a Solar Eclipse / New Moon in Taurus that fell on my birthday. You know I love my numbers and my new age !! I have been looking forward to this cosmic shift and have been excited for some new things to pop off.

I already started my day with a Hot Vinyasa class. My girlfriends and I are doing a yoga challenge which consists of practicing 21 hot yoga classes in 31 days. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I picked up hot yoga when I began my fitness journey last year to prepare for my wedding. I’m not ashamed to say that I was a bride with a serious mission to look damn good in my wedding gown. I set fitness goals for myself and achieved them.  The wedding is over and done with but I am dedicated to staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So what if my vanity pushed me to becoming a healthier person, mentally and physically. /endminirant  Also, a yoga challenge is going to be the perfect way to head into the Summer!

New Moon Yoga goal: to do a headstand

My BFF and skin care guru, Lauren came from the Pacific Northwest to visit last week. I’m so thankful that she has the knowledge to tell me how to protect my skin from aging! Everyone needs a skincare personal shopper, PS. I knew that I was a geezer when I got so excited about all of the anti-aging products that she gifted me !

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1. BENEFIT Peek-a-bright eyes Illuminating Kit 

(Not quite anti-aging, but this kit can help me look bright eyed & bushy tailed.)

2. BOSCIA Pore Purifying Black Strips

( Is there anything more satisfying than rippin’ out blackheads?)

3. OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

(Vitamin C helps to brighten and minimize fine lines.)

4. ALGENIST Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel

(This microderm abrasion peel improves skin texture and tone, keeping the skin smooth)

5. GLOW BY DR. BRANDT Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream

(They had me  at “diffuses light to soften the look of lines & wrinkles.” Super nourishing!)

6. BENEFIT The POREfessional

(A priming balm that minimizes the appearance of pores AND fine lines. Makes my face feel silky under makeup)

7. OLE HENRIKSEN Ultimate Life Firming Serum

(Tightens the skin as well as locks in hydration)

New Moon Skincare goal: Minimize forehead wrinkles

 

My parents were so kind to gift me a Bath & Body Works basket full of goodies from their Hawaii line. There were years when I got a boujie lotion/body spray set for every freakin’ occasion. I haven’t gotten one in awhile and I was excited to re-up on lotion/body spray/hand sanitizer. Sometimes it’s necessary to smell like a coconut sunset.

New Moon Bodycare goal: Moisturize more!!

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Enjoy the rest of your month!! Lots of fun posts coming up. Don’t forget your SPF and your sunnies in this beautiful weather!!

 

Earth Day Vibes

 

Happy Earth Day!!! I hope everyone is getting’ their green on today. I rode my bike to work and watered my plants with water that I saved from yesterday. It was the least I could do! In addition, all of the brands that I am using today are Earth conscious.  I’m sure you have all dabbled with some of these brands, but do you know how awesome they actually are? As much as I try to be environmentally responsible, it is not always easy or in my control. It feels so great to be able to indulge in products and know they have the Earth’s best interest in mind.

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Aveda

In my opinion, Aveda has always been the O.G. eco-friendly line for luxury beauty products. As a teen, I always wanted to go into the Aveda store at the mall but I thought I was too much of a scrub. Recently, I worked at an Aveda salon and I learned they are truly an amazing company. Their products are botanical-based and naturally derived. Aveda sources sustainable & renewable plant based ingredients from all over the world while ensuring their impact does not negatively effect the environment they are sourced from. The entire month of April is EARTH MONTH for Aveda. Proceeds from Earth Month support clean water projects, near and far. Some of my favorite Aveda products are the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser, the perfect morning-after cleanser because it increases cell turnover! Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer is sheer yet protects your skin with SPF 20. Lightweight and radiating! Yes, Aveda seems really boujie but the bottom line is they have pioneered the way for environmentally & socially responsible beauty products.

Josie Maran 

Does anyone remember that Josie Maran was in a Backstreet Boys video? Of course, we all remember her as a Maybelline spokesmodel! In 2007, she launched her own cosmetics line that claims to be ‘Luxury with a Conscience.” JACKPOT. It can be hard to figure out which products are actually earth-friendly and organic. There is no question with Josie Maran. Her *star* ingredient in her line is  100% Pure Organic Argan Oil. The Argan Oil is sourced from Morocco, where Josie works with women’s co-ops to economically & socially empower those who produce the argan oil. I use it daily as a moisturizer for my face and hair! So does my husband. I am a big fan of the Bear Naked Nail Wipes. (and the Face wipes!) I haven’t smelled acetone in SO LONG. My cuticles stay moisturized and a portion of the proceeds of this product support the Polar Bear SOS initiative ! Josie believes every day is Earth Day!  (She is also a Fixed Earth Taurus, like me!!)

Origins

Origins is a fantastic natural cosmetic line who is committed to protecting the planet. They use wind energy and renewable resources to manufacture their products. Origins is committed to giving back. They are partnered with Global Releaf, an organization that is devoted to caring for the environment by planting and maintaning trees. Across the United States and internationally, over 25 million trees have been planted. I am so in love with Plantscription aka their anti-aging line. This line is infused with Anogeissus tree bark extract, which delivers extraordinary results. Anogeissus is a sacred tree that is native to the Republic of Ghana. Years of research have shown that the use of Anogeissus extract boosts the skins natural production of fibrillin as well as protects collagen. I have noticed visible repair of  my saggy under eye after religiously using Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Cream. Spend $40 on the Origins website and get a FREE FULL-SIZE eye cream. Spend a little more and they’ll plant a tree!! It is never too early to prepare for the aging process. And I feel SO much better about it, knowing that I am nourishing my skin with plant-based products.

Tarte

This is one of my FAVORITE cosmetic lines. They take pride in being eco-chic. Tarte products are cruelty-free and naturally derived from plant extracts, minerals, and essential oils. These ‘high-performance naturals’ are made with skinvigorating ingredients  like Amazonian clay, acai berry extract, and maracuja, among other amazing ingredients. I am truly impressed by this brand as it is environmentally conscious as well as devoted to long-lasting cosmetic formulas. I was a Tarte believer after buying Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer. YES, WATERPROOF BRONZER. Once you go matte, you never go back. There is no shimmer in this bronzer which was key for me, as shimmer can make my oily self look like the tin-man. Tarte supports co-ops in the Rainforest who work toward reducing environmental waste while developing sustainable products. Tarte also believes Amazonian clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient. It balances the skin while removing surface oil (thank you!) and improves texture. My favorite way to apply any face makeup is with The Buffer, airbrush finish brush. It is made from sustainably harvested bamboo. It was a magical day when I found this brush. It is durable and makes my skin look flawless whether I am applying a dry powder or a liquid foundation. It is important to keep this brush clean (and all other brushes). It feels brand new every time I wash it. Isn’t it wonderful that things can last for a long time when you simply take care of them?

Check out these awesome brands, if you have not already! Who knew you could actually be making a difference during your beauty routine?

 

Metrosexuals: OUT, Bearded Bastards: IN

Remember when dudes who were meticulous about their appearance were called ‘metrosexual’? According to Merriam-Webster, a metrosexual is “a usually urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes.” This term was first used in 1994, which was a horrendous time for male fashion and maybe just fashion in general. Cher Horowitz said it best, ” It looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair – ew – and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.”  20 years ago, looking like a slouch was the trend. Everyone was sagging their ripped jeans. I feel like the word has some kind of negative-ish conotation. I bet some bully coined the term ‘metrosexual’ while hating a dude who was looking pretty fresh. That’s just my guess.

I’ve always thought the word was silly. Then I realized I might hate this word because all of my male friends are metrosexual!!! JUST KIDDING. Ok, so I happen to live in an urban area where hetero males actually give a shit about what they look like. Can’t we all agree that a man who cares about his well-being and appearance is attractive? These days salons offer specific services for men and they have an ARRAY of beauty products to chose from, specifically made just for them. Dudes deserve to enjoy the same luxuries that we ladies do. /endrant

My BFF Adam works in the beauty industry and always has the best insider info on new products. (My secret is out!!) Adam also has a luxurious beard that I begged him to grow out for my wedding. He didn’t, but he had a five o’clock shadow and looked amazing.  In the past couple of years, beards have experienced a revival. Generally viewed as a sign of rebellion or laziness, these days most can agree that beards are hot right now. Anyhow, Adam recently started using beard oil from The Bearded Bastard. This is a line of handmade products dedicated to FACIAL HAIR. Mountain men everywhere are rejoicing.  Made with essential oils and other natural ingredients, a few drops of beard oil is meant to condition and make beards feel soft and luscious. The Bearded Bastard also carries beard combs, pomades, clays, and other products that will help you maintain that beard!


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For my good pal Chip’s birthday, my h-band and I gifted him some Bearded Bastard goods. Uppercut Featherweight Pomade is a lightweight wax with a medium hold. Easy to comb, easy to get out and lemony scented! He says it is the best pomade he has every used! For $20-$30, you can get 1oz of beard oil of your choice OR they offer sample sizes for $5. Smelling the oils was the most fun part about giving Chip his gift.

Woodsman Smells like  “a sexy pencil sharpener” Obviously, a super woodsy oil with heavy notes of sandalwood and pine needle.

Morocco– Smells like “a Cinnamon Roll Yankee Candle” Scented with amber & coffee (and other essentials), this smells like an exotic latte.

Opium Den– Smells like “sweet forest floor”, my personal favorite! Slighty smoky and sweet with tobacco and vanilla notes.

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Shout to my bearded dragon babies. Treat that special bear in your life right. Check out The Bearded Bastard for all beard necessities!

 

 

PSA!

Let me welcome you to the new Luscious Judy!

4 years ago, my two friends Adam, Noel & I created this blog. I still can’t remember why we chose Luscious Judy. We wrote about all the things that we liked, sexy men, cool fashion, cats, but mostly sexy men. We had a good run, but we fell off pretty hard. I was itching to get back into the blogosphere and didn’t want to come up with yet another URL. It sounds lazy, but do you know how hard it is to come up with a cool blog name? Redirecting the focus of this blog was the best idea that I had. ANNNNDD here we are! Luscious Judy is now dedicated to BEAUTY & BOOTY.

I have been a makeup addict for as long as I can remember.  At 15, I found my first MAC counter while on a family vacation. You can’t show a pizza face teenager Studio Fix Powder Foundation and expect her not to fall in love with a full-coverage look. Ever since, then it has been ON. You name a beauty trend (or faux), I’ve tried it. I’ve bought it. I’ve pimped it out. I’ve hated it. Blue eyeshadow + Pink lips, Dream Matte Mousse obsession, SO MUCH BLUSH and not enough eyebrow.

I just found a picture of myself in 2006, when I was spending student loan money on Chanel compacts. Clearly, I had not discovered my correct foundation shade then, do you see the white face to tan body ratio? Oh, how I am so glad that I have evolved into Laguna-loving bronzer freak. I might not be a makeup professional, but I have a deep love for the beauty industry. I am truly fascinated by makeup and definitely view its application as an art form and not just a daily routine. There is always going to be something for me to play with and write about and that’s fun! Hope you enjoy the route Luscious Judy is taking!

 

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The morning after….

After a night of karaoke and bourbon, taking off my makeup is the LAST thing that I want to do. This part of my routine is nowhere near as fun as putting the makeup on. I have been guilty of sleeping in my party face more times than I’d like to admit. I normally try to keep face cleansing wipes on hand for situations like this. Although, it always fun to give my face special love after party nights like these!

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First of all, if I haven’t raved about SensEyes by Make Up For Ever, then here it is! The best eye makeup remover that I have ever used. A little product goes a long way, which is great for taking off day old waterproof liner/mascara/etc. No oily residue, which was always my #1 issue with waterproof makeup remover.

I am truly obsessed with Soy Face Cleanser by Fresh! This gel cleanser is great for all skin types and my face always feels super squeaky clean after I use it. Soy proteins in the face wash help maintain elasticity as well as keep my complexion looking healthy!

Doing a Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque by Aveda is my way of apologizing to my face after a night of being trapped in foundation & powder & blush, etc. This clay masque brings impurities to the skin surface while absorbing excess oils. I normally leave this masque on as long as I can, then drape a hot towel over my face to really open those pores. It is immediately effective. Sometimes I will use this masque as a spot treatment for mondo zits, it always helps.

After doing a masque, I have to make sure to moisturize! This is when I break out my Argan Oil by Josie Maran. Typically, I reserve this product for use in my hair, but this is liquid gold is special treat for my face, for morning afters only. Argan Oil is chock full of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that have healing & repairing properties for every inch of your body. Such an amazing organic, natural product. (You could also use dash of coconut oil, about a dime size, if you don’t want to splurge)

My eyes are definitely the feature that I pay special attention to the most. The combination of naturally dark circles under my eyes and a sleepless night is not pretty. I rely on Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer by Smashbox to bring me back to life. This primer is super hydrating and does a fantastic job reducing puffiness and improving skin tone. This product has caffeine & peptides & basically, all the things to halt the aging process! I can’t get enough.

Lastly, DRINK WATER!! ( I don’t like the taste of water, so I will add something for flavor, whether it is 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vin or Chia Seeds or a packet of Emergen-C.) Boozin’ is SO bad for your skin. Not only are cocktails dehydrating, but we deplete some vital skin nutrients with every sip. Drinking water is essentially an internal moisturizer for your skin.

The morning after always sucks, but the key is to not look like it does!