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The Emergency Wedding Kit…Plus A Little Giveaway

April 27, 2016

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Some of you guys saw that I shared my daytime makeup routine on Snapchat the other day, & one of the staple products shared was CC cream. That same day a lovely little package of goodies arrived with a bunch of other goodies. Coincidently the package contained my favorite CC cream.

Weird, I guess everyone is loving it because it’s just THAT good.

Anyway, since the whole package was so cute ( & inexpensive! ) I figured I’d share it on The Skinny Confidential for any brides to be. This seems like kind of the perfect bridal grab bag because 1.) it’s the prettiest, TSC-esque pink, 2.) it’s filled with insane products, & 3.) it has my ride or die, dewy CC cream.

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This pretty, limited edition Lela Rose Spring 2016 Cosmetic Bag is filled with:

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial primer and Brightener
Alterna Caviar CC Cream Extra Hold Plus
clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant
CLEAN Fragrance Air VOC
Wei Five Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Liquid Milk
Nuxe mini Hand Cream
Frais Pocket Sanitizer
BLISS Fabulous Drench ‘n’ Quench Cream-to-Water Lock-in Moisturizer Mini Tube
Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Trio Packette
Erno Laszlo pHelityl Cleansing Bar
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse
Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask
Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Dot
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum
REN Glycol Lactic Mask
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
♡ A gift to you from Beauty.com

See? Basically they filled this pink bag with all the latest bridal trends.

Clearly it’s bridal season so whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or planning on attending a wedding, this bag will cover you. Think of it as an emergency kit for the bridal season.

Three favorites are IT Cosmetics CC cream ( this deserves its own post ), the facial brightening, & CLEAN fragrance.

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beauty giveaway | by the skinny confidential

beauty giveaway | by the skinny confidential

Well, call me Kris Kringle because I’ve teamed up with Beauty.com to give away one full on beauty bag with all these goodies, a signed copy of The Skinny Confidential Book, & the Bombshell Body Guide. Just comment on my latest Instagram & share your favorite summer beauty product. EASY.

ALSO, if you’re engaged, check out Beauty.com’s bridal tutorials, curated spring bridal content, & bridal-themed guest editor page.

AND to whoever has already done the whole wedding thing: what’s the one beauty product you didn’t think you would need on your wedding…that you ended up REALLY needing? I feel like someone’s going to say a tampon?


Chat soon,

– lauryn, x

+ More wedding posts: engaged, wedding update, & dress details.

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In My Floral Travel Cosmetic Bag ( Plus You NEED This Lip Plumper )

February 19, 2016

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Firstly, HOW CUTE is this floral cosmetic bag?

I used to be guilty of have having 3 cosmetic bags to travel but after 1.) getting all my cosmetics taken by airport customs, 2.) hurting my shoulder from carrying too much, & 3.) kind of learning how to travel, I travel with one.

This is big so it’s a real win. Plus it’s like $9 dollars.

Anyway, enough about the bag, let’s talk about what’s in it!

You guys know we are in Cabo planning our wedding, really I wish you could all come. How fun would that be? LOL. So I figured what a perfect time to share what’s in my travel cosmetic bag.

Instead of doing the typical boring list, let’s just sort of shoot the shit shall we?

Ok so pink Q-tips, they’re just way cuter.

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I have a HUGE zit right now ( watch Snapchat & see for yourself ), normally my skin is not prone to zits ( don’t call me lucky BECAUSE instead I get hyper pigmentation— UGH ).

This zit is highly, highly annoying, so zit cream to the rescue. I’ve used acne spot fix since I was in 7th grade for random pimples- NO JOKE. It’s my ride or die zit product. & of course, pink Q-tips are necessary for applying the zit cream because the worst thing in the world you can do for a zit is to touch it.

I know everyone & their mom says this but here’s the real truth: when you pop a pimple the white crap in it is contagious. Meaning if you get that pimple goo ANYWHERE, & I mean ANYWHERE, it will spread the pimple. BACTERIA. Don’t believe me? Next time you pop a pimple & touch your face anywhere prepare to get more pimples.

I avoid this situation at all costs obviously.

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Pimple popping tips: start with a clean face ( I use an all natural soap bar ). Pimple gets popped with a pimple popper ( this is a thing guys, found it at the drugstore, really works wonder ), I make sure nothing gets anywhere & then I immediately apply Murad’s zit cream to the zit WITH A Q-TIP not my finger.

Is this making sense or do I sound crazy?

Whatever you do, avoid the finger after the popping the zit. TRUST ME.

Also very much about their blackhead cream & WAIT FOR IT…lip plumper.


To be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything from the lip plumper. Maybe just some shine? Boy, was I wrong. This lip plumper reallllly plumps ’em up.

Like total Kylie Jenner-style.

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Ok so we’re still on what’s in my travel cosmetics bag: I also threw in a cute Forever 21 necklace, Fashion Tape ( SO YES for every woman ), & a face massager to help with swelling. I found this contraption in Milan & I use it every day. A REAL life-saver.

Nippies are a no brainer because hard nipples are inevitable & these are essential for travel.

And then I threw in my camera ( not cosmetics, but necessary ), neon nail polish, & a teeth whitening pen!

Ok so that’s what I packed in my cosmetic bag. I feel like all of these thing are random but when you have a zit & hard nipples all of these things are kind of essential, no?

Ok, you’re up: what’s in your travel cosmetic bag?

lauryn, x

SHOP IT: zit cream | cream | lip plumper | striped top | cosmetic bag | fashion tape

+ this post is in collaboration with Shopstyle, as always all opinions are my own.
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Detox Mask Essentials: When A Little Cleansing Is In Order

January 28, 2016

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Sometimes your skin just needs a little DETOX to keep things fresh & clean.

Detoxing your skin should become a regular part of your skin care routine. You’ll start to notice a more dewy, moisturized, bright skin tone ( AKA detoxing your skin is the shit ).

You already know I’m obsessed  with the Aztec Clay Mask, but here are a few other detox mask essentials.

1. Mario Badescu Collagen Mask:

Every women, and man for that matter should be using collagen on the reg. This collagen mask will tighten, nourish, & purify skin. PLUS, it can reduce redness & irritation.

2. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask:

The secret to soothing skin after too much sun exposure. This mask is SUPER hydrating, great for sensitive skin, reducing puffiness & irritation, & helps lock in moisture.

3. New Zealand Bee Venom Mask:

This mask is my absolute favorite & best kept secret! Bee venom will naturally lift and tighten the skin VISIBLY. You’ll see the difference, it’s insane!

4. Crystal Hydro Gel Patches:

Don’t forget about your eyes! I’m obsessed with these for wrinkles. Put them under your eyes to smooth and moisturize, reduce or remove dark under eye circles, wrinkles, & crows feet.

5. Indian Healing Clay:

This is an oldie, but a goodie. More info on healing benefits: Aztec Clay Mask

6. Dermal Korea Collagen Mask:

This is the Korean secret facial mask, don’t spend $135 on SK-11 mask, use this Korean mask instead, you’ll literally get the same benefits. 

Who’s ready to DETOX? I’m literally off to do one of these masks now. 

Which is your favorite? Have any detox mask suggestions?


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Organic Makeup, What UP

January 11, 2016

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When it comes to makeup, I’m very specific.

I’m not a one type of brand kind of person, I pick the best products from each line.

For instance, I can’t live without my Bold Brow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills but then again, I love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer…& shit, I also love Benefit’s ‘Watts Up.’ Clearly I can’t make up my mind on ONE brand. You can see what’s in my Caboodle ( yes, Caboodle ) here.

On that note, I’m open to trying lots of different products. So when I went to sushi with my friend, Carly recently she told me about something different: organic beauty products. When Carly got pregnant she really started researching products. Including her makeup. Basically she broke down the following stats over sea-salted edamame & salmon sashimi:

+ Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues ( including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility ) are on the rise, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.

+ There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.

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+ Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

+ What’s worse is the Food and Drug Administration ( the agency that regulates cosmetics ) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful ( lead, formaldehyde, & phthalates ) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.

+ The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

+ The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.

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Now, I balance my life like a checkbook. While I love organic blueberries in my AM smoothie, my drugstore mascara is probably the farthest thing from organic makeup on the planet ( can’t win ’em all ).

BUT. Organic makeup/products still spark my curiosity…like, I still want to know about them…& even try them out.

Because I’m constantly on the hunt for new products, different opinions, &/or cool ideas, it’s totally not surprising that I was intrigued, right?

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Carly sent me some organic makeup products from Beautycounter to test out & naturally, there were a couple I loved.

SO spotlight on:

♡ ROSE WATER: because what girl in the world doesn’t love the idea of waking up & casually spritzing rose water on her face? Especially when it’s all natural organic rose water? Helllllo. This is so Elizabeth Taylor/Valley Of The Doll-ish in all the right ways. The rose water now sits pretty on my nightstand. So sexy.

♡ DEWY MOISTURIZER: this is tinted. Anything that’s moisturizing & tinted is a total win. I love the word dewy ( have you noticed? ). There’s nothing better than a dewy, fresh glow. Nothing greasy, just a little dew— ya know? Over the matte look, in to the dew. Since it’s organic & all-natural, I’m in to it even more.

♡ EYE LINER: for some reason one of my favorite products on the site was the organic eye liner. Reason being: if I’m putting something near my eye there’s some time of relief knowing it’s natural. Typically I just use eye liner when I’m working or going out, so this is perfect for someone like me who’s not an everyday eye liner girl.

♡ JASMIINE OIL: Carly sent me this jasmine oil & I was immediately hooked. As you know, I love using oils to remove my makeup. With this one, you can take off makeup AND use it as an after makeup moisturizer. YUM right? Organic, all-natural, AND moisturizing. YES PLZ.


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Obviously I still have my ride or dies in my makeup bag BUT I will definitely be adding a couple of these organic products in to the mix.


Also, check out my Snapchat for a tutorial on pumpkin pie spice coffee ( I show you my FAVORITE way to whip up an AM cup of Joe ). Username is laurynevarts.

Talk soon, lauryn xx

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Not The Biggest Blush Fan, But I Do Love Orgasm-ed Cheeks

December 10, 2015

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Sorry guys.

I just really couldn’t help myself with the title. It was too easy.

Let me break it down so you get it: since the holidays are sparkly & shimmery, I figured we needed to talk BLUSH. Orgasm blush, specifically.

But wait, blush is tricky.

I feel like it’s very easy to look KRUSTY THE CLOWN-ISH if you overdo it.

That’s why I love a good orgasm.

Take your mind out of the gutter—- I’m just talking about the best blush ever: NARS cream blush in ‘Orgasm.’


It will make your cheeks look like you just had a big…O.

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Perfectly rosy, with a hint of shimmer & not incredibly overwhelming.

Especially in to this blush during the holidays. I really can’t get ready without it. If you’ve used ‘Orgasm’ blush you already know this though. If you haven’t your makeup bag is totally missing something.

By the way, there’s a very specific way to apply blush.

Like very, VERY specific. Because can we talk about the time I went to get my makeup done & the lady contoured me…WITH BLUSH? That was just NO? Eer right?

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You never want to contour with blush. You always want to put it on according to your face shape ( I like it on the apples of my cheeks ).

Ok so, how to apply blush like a pro:

♡ Suck your cheeks in, like you’re sipping from a BPA-free straw.
♡ Keep it on the apples of your cheeks.
♡ Don’t over shimmer the blush.
♡ Too red= just NO. A hint of light pink is perfect.
♡ Apply it properly according to your face shape.

This article says:

To slim a round face: Sweep it along your cheekbones ( suck in your cheeks to locate them ) & extend the color out to your temples.

To balance a heart-shaped face: Apply blush below the apples ( the meatiest parts ) of your cheeks and blend out to your hairline.

To soften a long face: Blend blush beneath your apples, but not out to your temples.

Trust me, try Orgasm & prepare to fall in love…HA.

Keep it simple, slightly pink, with a tiny bit of sparkle— happy holidays, lauryn x

+ Shop my MU look: foundation | powder | crimson lip | Orgasm cream blush | illuminator
+ Holiday outfit: black top | red skirt ( sold out, similar ) | gold clutch | black pumps

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