Happy Things

Happy Friday lovelies! I’m looking forward to seeing some close friends and family this weekend and staying inside where there’s air conditioning.  And Sunday is extra special because True Blood AND Dexter are on.  YAY!  Have a wonderful weekend! {Jon and … Continue reading

My Fave Sunless Tanners!

It’s that time of the year again so here are my absolute favorite sunless tanners!  You can check out my post about sunless tanner last year here, as well as my tips for getting an even application here! Fake Bake … Continue reading

Happy Things

Since I missed last week’s Friday post due to the loss of a close family friend, I’ve included some highlights of the past two weeks in pictures.  It’s been an emotional time recently but there have been some really great moments … Continue reading

My Current Skincare Routine & Product Favorites

I’m always curious to know what other ladies swear by when it comes to skincare so I wanted to share my current must-haves with you!  Last year I did a post about essential skincare steps and products, which you can … Continue reading

Gourmet Beauty Makeover & New Sponsors!

Happy Tuesday!   You may have noticed that my little blog got a lovely makeover this week!  The delightful blogger and graphic designer, Melisa Holguin from Pie N’ The Sky (pictured below—how cute is she?!), has transformed Gourmet Beauty into exactly what I wanted.  … Continue reading

Happy Things

YAY, it’s Friday!  Tonight I’ll be attending the ABQ The Magazine’s Best of the City 2012 party with Devon, who rightfully won Best Aesthetician, and a few other friends.  Devon seriously gives the BEST facials EVER.  If you are in … Continue reading

Happy Things & Winner of Facial Giveaway!

Happy Friday! Thank you all so much for entering my giveaway with Broadway Skin & Body Retreat for a 60-minute Cooling Facial! The winner is Mandi Kane!  Mandi, I just had this facial last night and I can tell you, you are in for a treat!

To show all of you how much we appreciate you entering this giveaway, Broadway Retreat is offering each of you a 30-minute Express Facial for only $25 (normally $45)!  This discounted offer is valid through August 31, 2012.  To take advantage of this, call the spa at 505-246-2400 and reference the giveaway.  Thank you again! We are grateful for each of you for supporting us!

Here are the happy moments from my week captured in pictures!

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{My friend Shay came in town for her birthday and Jon and I were lucky enough to spend it with her and a few of our old friends}

20120719-103521.jpg{Clean, sheer nails were a nice change from my summer brights. This is Essie Pop Art Pink}

20120719-103540.jpg{A Diet Vodka Tonic was the perfect evening refresher after a long day at work. Just mix 1 shot of good vodka with diet tonic water and squeeze the juice of 1 lime wedge}

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{My collection of lipsticks and glosses that I carry in my purse on a daily basis makes me both extremely happy and embarrassed at the same time. My coworker Melanie calls these my “just in case” items!}

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{Happiness came in the form of mail this week when both my July Birchbox and my summer NewBeauty TestTube arrived! Posts coming soon about both of these delights!}

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{I found the most perfect bouquet of creamy white Hydrangeas for my Mom’s birthday at Trader Joe’s}

20120719-103655.jpg{We spent my Mom’s birthday at her home in Corrales enjoying Indian food and the beautiful post-storm weather}

{Spending Thursday night at Broadway Retreat with Devon sipping wine and getting a Cooling Facial!}

What brightened your week?

Giveaway!! Cooling Facial from Broadway Skin & Body Retreat

This giveaway is for all my New Mexico followers! My favorite spa in town, Broadway Skin & Body Retreat, is giving one lucky Gourmet Beauty reader a 60-minute Cooling Facial! This gentle soothing facial is perfect for all skin types. It will cool you down from the tips of your toes to the tension points of your scalp. This summertime facial includes a cooling eucalyptus hand, arm, and foot massage while fresh cucumber slices energize and rejuvenate your eye area, decreasing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. A gentle soothing gel mask is applied to the skin to calm, balance, and revive the complexion. The facial is a $75 value!

Below are the entry rules & guidelines. The contest will run from today through midnight Mountain Time on Thursday 7/19/12. Winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck and thank you for reading Gourmet Beauty!

Giveaway Rules & Guidelines

  • Like Gourmet Beauty on Facebook here
  • Like Broadway Retreat on Facebook here
  • Comment on this post with the following information:

1) Confirm you have liked both Gourmet Beauty & Broadway Retreat on Facebook

2) Tell us why you would like to win this facial

3) sign your first name to your comment

Guest Post! Bridal Beauty Routine by Devon Thompson of Broadway Beauty Blog

I’m really excited for today’s post!  My best friend Devon got married to her college sweetheart on May 5, 2012 and I had the pleasure of being her maid of honor.  It was a wonderful wedding and Devon was truly the most breathtaking bride.  She is a professional esthetician and makeup artist and owns her own spa, Broadway Skin & Body Retreat.  She also writes the skincare and beauty blog, Broadway Beauty Blog.

Devon did her own makeup for the wedding and did an amazing job.  As an expert in skincare and beauty, I asked her to guest post today and share the makeup she used to look so stunning as well as some skincare tips and products for brides-to-be.  Enjoy!

When Arantha asked me to be a guest blogger for Gourmet Beauty I was honored.  Arantha and I have been best friends for many years and we always shared a passion and obsession with skincare and cosmetics products.  Naturally, I elected Arantha to be my Maid of Honor when I became engaged last spring. I unofficially referred to her as the President of my wedding and I relied on her not only for her MOH duties but her ideas, opinions, and advice for my bridal make-up palette.

I did my own makeup for the wedding and Arantha asked me to share the products I chose and some skincare tips for brides-to-be, so here you go!

{Best friends!}

 My wedding colors were very light and springy (lots of white, blush pink, lavender, and champagne) so we decided that shimmery nudes and mauves would be a romantic color palette for my make-up.  See my wedding day make-up products below:

Lorac Unzipped eye shadow set

100% Pure blush in Peach

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner Pencil

Make-Up Forever High Definition Foundation

MAC lipstick in Creme Cup (Arantha and I both wore this on the wedding day)

-I had eyelash extensions provided by WM Lash Lounge

-Hair styled by Rosalie Wood of Waves Salon (She is amazing and did hair for a few of my bridesmaids as well, including Arantha)

{Applying my makeup before the wedding}

{My beautiful bridesmaids and me relaxing in the honeymoon suite before the wedding}

Every girl wants to look her best on her wedding day but before the lashes and lipstick go on, you need to prep your canvas.  Implementing a healthy and consistent skincare routine is the most important aspect of achieving a flawless appearance on your wedding day.  I have extremely oily, sensitive, and reactive skin so it was important for me to focus on balancing my skin before the big day.  Check out my lifesaving skincare products below:

Image Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser: I am so in love with this cleanser.  It is a foaming gel based facial cleanser that removes make-up and impurities without leaving a residue or over drying my skin.  It is ideal for all skin types particularly sensitive and oily.

100% Pure Carrot Facial Scrub: Since I have very oily skin, I like to exfoliate everyday.  Some exfoliants are too harsh to use that often, but that’s why I love the Nourishing Carrot Facial Scrub from 100% Pure.  It is gentle enough to use daily without causing irritation and my skin always feels silky smooth after I use it.

100% Pure Organic Rose Hydrosol Facial Tonique: This natural aromatic mist instantly hydrates and soothes the skin.  I love spritzing my face with this after a deep cleanse.

Image Clear Cell Acne Masque: This is the best facial masque for oily/acneic skin I have every used.  My skin literally looks improved after each application.  I use this about three times a week to absorb excess oil and quickly eradicate blemishes.

100% Pure Super Fruits Night Balm: This luxurious balm is my nighttime treat.  It is rich and creamy and gives me the hydration I need without clogging my pores.

Image Solar Defense Universal Moisturizer SPF 30: The most effective way to preserve your skin and prevent damage is to protect it from the sun.  That’s why I use this lightweight daily moisturizer with SPF from Image Skincare.

{Zach and me during the reception}

You can read more details about the big day here!  Stop by my blog any time for skincare and beauty tips!  If you have any skincare questions I’d absolutely love to hear from you or come see me for a facial!  Here’s how to contact me.

XOXO,

Devon

Sunless Tanning Part 2: My Favorite Ways to Get a Sunless Tan

Happy Tuesday! Don’t forget about my amazing lip balm giveaway that started yesterday! If you haven’t entered already, go do it now! Also, voting has opened up for Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City 2012. I would so appreciate your vote as best blogger. This is listed under the “People” category of the survey. Even if you aren’t from Albuqerque you can vote, and I’d just love it if you did! 🙂 Here is the link to the survey. Please and thank you!

As a follow-up to my previous post last week about sunless tanning, here are my favorite ways to get a natural-looking, summery glow:

Airbrush Tan $35

Getting airbrushed is the best possible way to get a tan because someone is manually applying the product all over your body and making sure it’s evenly distributed. My best friend owns Broadway Skin & Body Retreat and gives fantastic airbrush tans using South Seas airbrush system. I’ve had many from her and it always turns out gorgeous. It lasts between 3-7 days, depending on the amount of activity, swimming, showering, etc. Also, keeping skin moisturized after getting the tan helps prolong the color.

Mystic Tan $30

Mystic Tan is another great way to get a safe tan. They have upgraded their systems over the last few years and the color is much more evenly dispersed. It’s nearly fool-proof, as long as you hold your hands out properly and use the provided barrier cream on your knuckles, wrists and ankles.

Image Skincare Body Spa Face & Body Bronzer Creme $26

This is by far the BEST tanning lotion I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a LOT. It has a light tropical smell and doesn’t have a strong scent like most tanning creams. It can be used on both face and body, unlike the other products I list below. It distributes gorgeous color that develops gradually. Image Skincare is a fantastic line of face and body products that can only be purchased through professionals. I buy mine at Broadway Skin & Body Retreat.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer $8.79

This really is an amazing product. It’s no wonder it continues to win beauty awards and fly off the shelves. They have different shades so you get the one that’s right for your skin tone and it provides gradual, buildable color. You don’t wake up tan after using it, but with regular use you can achieve the color you want and maintain it.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion $9.49

Before I discovered the Image cream, this was my go-to tanning lotion for deep color. First of all, it smells fantastic. It has a perfume-like scent to it that I love. It also has a bit of color to the cream itself and some shimmer, so skin is left with a beautiful sheen as soon you as you apply it. Like most tanning lotions, I have had a few mistakes with this but it was mostly user error. This is a fantastic product and it gives a pretty, natural-looking tan color to the skin. It also comes in medium and deep shades so you can pick the right color for you.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup $12.79

While this isn’t exactly a self-tanner, it is an absolutely amazing water-resistent product that gives legs a natural tan color when applied. I’m totally hooked on this stuff. Any time I didn’t remember to put on tanning cream before wearing a dress I spray this miraculous leg makeup on and voila! Gorgeous, lightly tanned legs with an airbrush finish. Any scars, bumps,veins and discolorations are covered. It’s very natural looking yet it gives really noticeable and gorgeous color and coverage. It does have a bit of shimmer to it but you can only see it in direct sunlight. I use the light version but they have one for darker skin as well. It absorbs fast (within 60 seconds) and won’t budge until you wash it off with soap and a wash cloth or body pouf. Just spray it directly onto skin or to your hands (a little goes a loooong way) and then apply. Either way you do need to rub it in to get even coverage. You don’t just spray it and it’s done. Be sure to apply it BEFORE you get dressed. It will stain clothes and it’s not easy to get out. But seriously, go get some of this stuff. Now.

What are your favorite sunless tanning products?