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?

 

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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!

Spring In My Step.

Happy Second Day of Spring ! ! !

Ok, does anyone remember when the first day of Spring used to be on March 21st? I have always celebrated on March 21st and thought it was strange when we all started celebrating one day early. Well, according to Space.com, the first day of Spring is technically on March 20, we just had it wrong for a 100 years or something. The bottom line is the IT IS FINALLY SPRING.

It’s finally time for bike rides & pastel pinks & booty shorts with knee-highs & wearing white!! I know the whole ‘white after labor day’ thing is so 80s, but I still like to give myself seasonal boundaries in my wardrobe & makeup.

I have been counting down the days til Spring because I have been dying to wear my  Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Skyscraper III shoes that I wore at my wedding! ( I swear, I’ll stop talking about it someday.) If you don’t own a pair of Melissas, please go buy a pair. This brand uses recycled plastic called Meflex to make their shoes, which makes them eco-friendly & sustainable. All of these shoes also smell like strawberries n’ cream. I was obsessed with the Skyscraper III for months and when I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy them, they were on super sale! We were meant to be! They were the perfect shoe for an outdoor wedding and now, I want to wear them ALL THE TIME. 5 inch heels are why I married tall. (Also, so my children can be Olympic Beach Volleyball players)

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A few years ago, I gave up wearing Vans shoes. I thought I was too old to wear sneaks like that plus breaking in a pair of Vans is a long, painful process and all you get is stinky feet and blisters. An uneventful trip to the outlet mall lifted my ban on Vans, when I bought a pair of Mint Authentic Lo-Pro Shoes simply because I hadn’t bought anything else. A pity purchase, if you will but I scoured the rack for a size 8 and didn’t see my size until my second look. They were meant to be mine whether I liked it or not but obviously, I refused to wear them until Spring because of their pastel nature. And I didn’t want to ruin my soles on rain or ice, gross!! It’ll be nice to get back into a pair of Vans, I’ll just have to remember keep band-aids on hand.

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PSA: With the first day of Spring brings open-toed shoes, let’s not forget our pedicures, PEOPLE!!!

I’m back!

I apologize for my absence, it has taken two weeks for me to recover from my two-week destination wedding vacation. I have SO many new products to review.

The makeup that I did for the wedding turned out amazing! I was so happy with the outcome despite being rushed, dripping in sweat for 5 hours, and an uncooperative false eyelash. I brought an entire makeup bag and only touched up my lipstick a few times. So glad someone captured me in my true essence, reapplying lipstick with anything that has a reflection! The honeymoon is officially over, now it’s March and time to get back to being luscious.

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2014 Resolutions

My only resolution for 2014 was to be more luscious. We are 22 days into the year and like everyone, I have fallen off the wagon. I am getting married on February 8th and I have decided that is *actually* when my new year will begin. New beginnings, baby.

In order to prepare for my upcoming nuptials, I have purchased my wedding makeup! Well, most of my wedding makeup. Oh, how I have loved using the wedding as an excuse to buy all of the makeup that I want. I still need to go back and get a few things, but have been playing around and cannot wait to show you my wedding day look!

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From left….

1. NARS Concealer in Custard
($22, Hands down, my favorite concealer)

2. NARS Concealer in Cafe
($22, Contour, Contour, Contour! )

3. HOURGLASS Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Natural
($55, Perfection and full-coverage are necessary for my wedding day.)

4. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
($41, My first Orgasm! and a lifetime worshipper of Laguna bronzer!)

5. LAURA MERCIER Creme Smooth Lip Color in Palm Beach
($26, Long-lasting and nourishes your lips, perfect shade for a tropical wedding)

6. NARS Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street
($24, Intense long-lasting liner, I will be using this as an eye-brightener in my waterline.)

7. SEPHORA Pro Precision Blush Brush #73
($34, Having a great blush brush can make a world of a difference.)

8. URBAN DECAY Naked3 Palette
($52, my first Naked palette, I am obsessed with rose gold hues right now.)

happy birthday garth + pigeon

5 years ago, these babies ditched the streets and found their way to 2123. if i could give their mother some treats, i would. they are the ultimate cat bad asses and i wish them a very happy birthday!

garth & pigeon, 2005

garth + pigeon, 2005

garth, 2008

pigeon, 2007

garth, 2010, suck it

pigeon, 2010, dont fuck with me