Love Your Skincare Routine with Basq

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“If it isn’t a pure pleasure, why use it?”

I found this great question on Basq’s website. It’s so simple, but so true – your skincare routine should feel like a mini-indulgence rather than a chore.

The Basq NYC line of skincare products are made with high quality, effective ingredients like essential oils and plant extracts. What makes them particularly enjoyable to use, however, are the luxurious textures, pretty packaging, and delicate, gorgeous scents. All of their products are suitable for sensitive skin and have been tested for irritation and allergies without the use of animals. They are also free of questionable ingredients like parabens and phthalates.

I have been sampling three of their products over the last few weeks. I like them all so well, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. Here’s a little more information about each:

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Calm Firming Body Oil $18

I know I just said it’s difficult to pick, and it is, but this amazing moisturizer is totally my favorite of the three products. I know this because I dropped it last night and it smashed on the bathroom tile. I let out a pathetic scream-wail and then repeated, “no, no, no, no, no” before swearing loudly. So, I guess I like it. A lot. Here’s why…

This body oil absorbs quickly and leaves me feeling super soft and lightly scented with an incredible blend of lavender and pear. The fragrance alone is just reasoning to love it. As a bonus to my post-pregnancy belly (yes, still), it contains 100% pure plant oils including toning rosehip and grape seed.

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Cucumber Tea Eye Gel $24

Eye bags are my number one complaint about my skin so I love a good eye gel. This soothing gel contains cucumber and tea to combat puffiness while fighting fine lines and wrinkles. It has a pleasant cooling effect, especially when stored in the refrigerator.

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Rebalancing Facial Cleanser $28

This gentle scrub refines skin texture without stripping or irritating skin. It is formulated with mild astringent, oak root extract, to clarify skin and treat blemishes, blotchiness, and redness. The compound is rich in tannins, which draw out irritants without drying skin.

These products and other skincare offerings, a description of key ingredients, and a plethora of celebrity endorsements can be found at basqnyc.com.

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Hair and Makeup for Anna from Disney’s Frozen

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Is it me or does almost every little girl want to be Elsa from the movie Frozen this year? I admit, she’s pretty cool. But seriously, the real hero of that story, for me, was Anna. I happen to know a really cute redhead and talked her into letting me do an Anna look on her. (Ok, there may have been some bribing…)

Anyway, Anna’s look is so simple that there is no need for lengthy tutorial. Here’s what I did:

1. I created Anna’s signature white stripe using white hair chalk. If you aren’t starting with red hair, you’ll need to start with a temporary hair color or skip it an buy a wig.

2. Parted her hair down the center and put in two simple 3-strand braids.

3. Added some subtle brown eyeshadow, blush, and pink lipstick.

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Voila! Easy and adorable. Thanks, Sidney!

A few other characters with fun hair and makeup not getting enough Halloween love this year:

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Wildstyle from The Lego Movie found on KSW & Co.

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Maleficent found on Daisy’s Heart Youtube channel.

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Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon 2 found on x3Haha’s Youtube channel

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3D Monster Nail Art for Halloween

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I’ve been having so much fun with nail art lately! While applying round, pearly nail studs in my plaid nails post, it dawned on me that they could serve as little eyeballs. With Halloween coming soon, I couldn’t help but use them to create cute 3D monsters. One of my monsters has a black speckled base over a pea green polish and the other is entirely 3D with orange caviar beads surrounding a single eye.

FYI, the studs are from Born Pretty, an awesome resource for nail art of all kinds as well as lots of other beauty-related items. Click the link on my sidebar to shop and use promo code PA10K31 for 10% off your purchases.

Find the 3-D monster nails how-to after the jump. Continue reading

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