Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Arbonne Makeover and Banana Republic Scallops

Merry Christmas! I hope you all could enjoy time at home with your families from near and far.  I hope your days off were filled with traditions (new and old) and lots of holiday cheer. I'm blessed enough to have three main families (my dad's, my mom's and my husband's-- see below for some cute group shots), and spending time with my loved ones was something that made Christmas so special.
My dad's side cousins :-)
Congratulations to my cousin Kara (second from the right, front) and her new fiance, Josh (back with sunglasses)! Yay! 
Also, to my cousin Neil (back right) who will be marrying his fiance, Caitlin (far right), in October!

My mom's side of the family :)

And 13 lovely Fremeaus! Or Fremeaux as we named our group text! 

My time at home in Ohio and in Michigan to see Mike's family over the Christmas weekend was so wonderful! So much fun, in fact, that I'll break my postings up into a few different looks and foci.

My mom sells Arbonne products, and she has been gifting them to my sister and me for the past ten years.  No one can believe she's 66 years old, and she always attributes it to her Arbonne skincare products and makeup.

Above: my mom, me and my sister at our wedding on July 11, 2015
Photography by Blossom Lane Photography
Above: my mom and me in Florida (wearing Arbonne sunscreen, of course!) 

I wanted to give you a little run-down of the Arbonne products I use each day, so I did a little before/during/after photo shoot of the makeup.  I'll list my mom's contact information at the bottom of this post, in case anyone is interested in purchasing.  The best part of my mom selling Arbonne products is her monthly newsletter. It's pretty hilarious (and honest!). She will tell you which products and makeup are great and which are not worth the money.

The intelligence line of shampoo and conditioner (far left) is phenomenal. Your hair feels so clean after each use-- there are no heavy residues left over. 
I have always had incredibly sensitive skin, to the point where I cannot use any body washes (except Arbonne products) with scent in them. The Unwind bath gel smells aaaaaa-mazing, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. The scent is therapeutic!  
We also love the Pure Vibrance shampoo and conditioner (purple bottles), particularly if you have color-treated hair. It really brings out the natural shine in your hair.
I'm totally obsessed with the Smoothing Facial Cleanser by Arbonne (far right). It removes my makeup so easily, and it leaves my face feeling incredibly refreshed.

The RE line of products from Arbonne is the best skincare I've ever used in 28.9 years of my life! 
I opt for the Restorative Day Creme (with SPF, which is perfect year-round) for my daily moisturizer.  For my body, I love the RE Firming Body Cream. The scents of the RE line products are light enough to not bother someone with uber sensitive skin (like me) but lovely enough to be noticed by others. 

My Arbonne brushes are the best I've ever used. They do NOT shed bristles like other brands I have used. There is nothing worse than a rogue makeup brush hair on your face! 

My no-makeup face! Eek! Shield your eyes! Haha. 
Earrings: Kate Spade 

Mrs. necklace: Kate Spade
Belle necklace: no longer available in stores, but you could create your own through this Etsy shop.  

Scalloped shirt: Banana Republic (thanks to my extremely stylish hubs!)
Pleather tuxedo-stripe leggings: from a boutique in Geneva, but here is an alternative pair. 
(Hint: if you like the idea of pleather/leather leggings but are leery of wearing a fully (p)leather legging, this is a perfect alternative. Just a touch of faux leather detailing to make the look edgy!). 

Another makeup-less shot. Forgive me! 
This Arbonne primer is to-die-for. My makeup stays on for 12+ hours-- seriously! Between school and poms practice, I can leave work at 6:00 pm, and my makeup will still be in place from my 6 am application. 

Just apply a thin coat to your eyelids if you want to start small and test out a primer. 

A closer look 

My mom's Mecca of Arbonne eye shadow! It's so great that she labels these for her Arbonne open houses.  

First, I used Blossom blush. I love this color year round. (Full disclosure: the lighting is good in these shots-- I am NOT tan by any means, but this blush really makes me look like I have a bit of a Florida glow!).
Speaking of GLOW, my lady friends and family members are obsessed with the Arbonne Bronzer. I use it from March to October! It is the best-- absolutely no orange tint-- just adds a little natural sun. 

My base layer is done!

Chocolate is my absolute favorite color of the eye shadows. It has an ever-so-slight sparkle, but it's perfect for a glam-brown smoky eye. 

I use Linen for just beneath my eyebrow. It's light enough to highlight the brow without looking overdone. I can wear this to work OR on the weekends. 

I love lining my my eyelashes with Blackout. This creates a look just like a liquid eyeliner, but as a shadow, it's so much easier to apply successfully!  The thin, angled eyeliner brush I am using is included in the set linked above. 

The Arbonne "It's a Long Story" mascara is so great due to its brush.  It's long-lasting (through 8 periods, poms practice AND Pure Barre!), and I love the straight shape of the brush and bristles. It separates and elongates my eyelashes.  

Eye shadow and mascara in place!  I then lined my lower rim in Ebony eyeliner. It glides on so smoothly and effortlessly. 

Now to perfect the pout! This lipstick is PHENOMENAL!  I thought I loved MAC, but then I used Arbonne's Peony smoothed over lipstick and fell madly in love. How fun is this color? 

Ta-da! The "after" shot. 

I am telling you, the Chocolate eye shadow is so fabulous for brunettes and blonds alike! 

Cooper liked my look! :-) 
The Banana Republic scalloped blouse can be worn with a tank top underneath (as pictured) or buttoned all the way to the top to accentuate the scalloped details. 

And the best part: my adorable side-kick and photographer! Shout out to Mike (follow him @Fremeauji on Twitter) for being the most patient, supportive and wonderful man I know. 

My beautiful mom. She is also wearing all Arbonne products.
Her lips are Peony, too! 

My shoes:  BCBGeneration

Cooper approved of my look! 

Feel free to contact my mom at LSeven49@zoominternet.net for any inquiries about Arbonne. I can help, too! But, she is really the expert. She has taught me all I know!  Her Arbonne website is: http://laurasobotka.arbonne.com/ 

Have you tried Arbonne before? What did you think? What is your favorite product? 

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