10/22/14

Weekend Staples

Since a good part of my week is spent in more professional clothing for my office job, I am happy have comfortable pieces that still look polished for when the weekend rolls around. I am not a sweatpants kind of gal, but a comfortable pair of jeans, flat boots and an easy-to-wear coat can feel very similar. I picked up these Sloosh rain boots last year because my Hunters were beginning to look haggard (now they have been reduced to my really bad weather boots), and when they arrived I was shocked at how perfect they were for daily wear. I don't always find rain boots to be suitable for sunny days, but these Sloosh boots (love this style as well!) are seriously the coolest and most versatile all-weather boots I have ever come across. They can be extremely fitted around the ankle so it can take a bit of patience to get them off (or a second hand occasionally - LOL), but they are super comfortable to wear during the day and look like great sans bad weather! And of course I had to transition my hats from straw fedoras to wool ones for winter. It's still quite sunny and bright during the winter so I am a big fan of using hats as sun protection as much as my SPF. I picked this one up in two colors from J.Crew and love the way it fits. I still haven't mastered the art of how not to get my makeup on the inside brim of the hat so that is my only drawback when wearing them. But when that wind picks up and the temperature drops, I am just happy to have something to help me stay warm and block out the wind from my face.

Coat - Club Monaco (old but similar here) | Jeans - Hudson | Boots - Sloosh Boots | Gloves - J.Crew (similar here) | Hat - J.Crew | Bag - Louis Vuitton


10/21/14

One Can Never Have Too Many Neutral Eye Palettes

I know - that title is a little bit of an exaggeration, but all my fellow beauty addicts can relate I'm sure. *wink* Both palettes were new brands to me, as I have not tried much from either Lorac or Mark. but I can say that I certainly will try more in the future. Though these palettes may seem similar to each other to an average person (i.e. my husband who said to me "those look identical, why are you going to put them both in a post?" Ugh, mind your business), but to our trained beauty-loving eye, we can all see how different they are from one another. One palette is a bit more warm and rosy, while the other features more gray and taupe based shadows. See? Validation for needing both.
1. Lorac Unzipped Palette - Calling all rosy-neutral fans!! This is for you. I can't say I always gravitate towards a pinky based gold or brown, but I was surprised how well these wore on my skin tone. I was afraid they would come out too orange, but I was happy to see more of a bronzed-golden look to most of the shadows when worn. Most have shimmer except for the palest and deepest shades, but the kind of shimmer that you want to wear. No disco ball eyelids here. The texture is creamier than I anticipated and I felt the colors blended beautifully. I found that the first 6 shades of the collection wore well as lid colors while the last 4 (top two and bottom two on the right of the palette) were better for crease and liner colors. And the best part? It comes with a mini eye primer sample which was just what I needed when I travel.
2. Mark. On The Dot Neutral Eye Color Compact -  First things first - how cute is this palette??!!! MEEP! The shape and size of the shadows remind me of those candy dots and candy makes me happy, ergo this palette makes me happy. The minute I unboxed this after Mark. sent it over, I rushed to the bathroom to play with it. The colors are simply perfect! The taupes, gray-browns and plums are just the sort of shades I prefer to wear most days. The pigmentation strikes that happy balance between not too rich and not too sheer, which to be honest is my ideal shadow formulation. While my initial reaction with super pigmented shadows is always "WOW!", I then realize I find myself working harder to blend them down so I can wear them during the day. Here it was easy to apply my desired amount of color with only a few strokes and little to no blending. And the fact that this palette fits in the palm of my hand makes it a no-brainer for travel, overnight trips and makeup bag status. I just received this a few weeks ago and I'm already making predictions that I will hit pan on it. And is there any greater honor for a makeup product? I think not.
*pr samples included

What are some of your favorite neutral eye palettes?

10/20/14

What Should Be In My Closet

Ok, fall is finally here and I have to deal with it the only way I know how. With some shopping! I'm not a fan of pants to be honest, but I feel I need more of them in my wardrobe since I can't wear only tights and a skirt every single day. But if I am going to wear a skirt, I am enjoying the midi length right now. I just picked up this one from Nordstrom Topshop and think it is perfect for the colder weather! And because I love the Nordstrom Topshop section, can we discuss this dress? OMG. I need a tea date stat to wear this to! Ok, back to the task at hand. My finds from this past week! Click on each link for more details. 

10/19/14

Paintbox Nails

I rarely showcase nail art on the blog (or on my fingers) because I never find any designs that are minimal enough for my taste, or polished enough to wear in my everyday life. That is until I came across Paintbox nails. I first began seeing their manis all over my Instagram feed and thought immediately "these designs are so chic and understated" followed by "I need to try this place asap!" So when they reached out to me recently to come down and try out their services, I was ecstatic. Founded by a former beauty editor, Paintbox is tucked away on a quaint side street downtown NYC - you could almost miss it if you were not looking for it. Once you walk inside, it's quiet and comfortable with inviting decor that evokes a feeling of a "trendy nail salon" but thankfully without the attitude. And since they only do manicures, the space is adequate to hold a good number of clients without feeling that we are sitting on top of one another. Here is a picture of the nail area and drying station - I told you, super chic yet warm and inviting.
While you can get a traditional manicure (or gel if you prefer), their specialty is nail art. And the best thing is they have a book of designs for you to choose from. And as someone that cannot make a decision for the life of me, I was thrilled that there were not an overwhelming number of choices that make you waste your entire visit just deciding on a design. Their designs also change each season which I love because you always know it will reflect the current trend or colors suitable for that time of year. Below is the book of options - and my chosen look for my nails.
As a social media lover, the most brilliant thing about this salon is the mani-cam built into the wall that you can use after your manicure. Just put in your email address and place your hands under the camera and your decorated digits are Instagram ready. See my pic below.
For timing purposes, make sure you give yourself a good 45min - 1hr if you choose to get nail art because these things do take time. But trust me, it's worth it. My birthday is in two weeks and I am already going back to treat myself to a birthday manicure. Now my only task is deciding on my next design.

To book an appointment or more details, visit the Paintbox website and blog. And if you go, make sure to tweet me (@alittlebitetc) a picture of your nails!

10/17/14

The 3 Products I Am Adding To My Skincare Routine To Transition It To Fall

Even though I am constantly trying new skincare products for the blog, I do tend to have a few transitions that I make twice a year. I think if I lived in a warmer climate with year-round consistent temperatures, I would keep many of the same products. But living in NYC, our winters can be brutal and summers almost unbearable, so I do need to switch out/add in a few products to help my skin deal with those changes. For the winter that means adding in richer, more nourishing products that help to heal, hydrate and protect. Since the temperatures haven't plummeted just yet, I am easing into these slowly so my reviews for these are  going to be more from a first impression stand point, and  I will give more detailed updates as the months go on.
1. Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream - I enjoy adding in a rich cream to my routine for the colder weather, but frankly I can only go so rich. Being that I have oily skin, some thicker moisturizers just sit on the surface and never absorb. Bleh. So when I received this Chantecaille cream, I hesitated for a second. Then when my skin was particularly irritated recently from a cold I was getting over, I threw this on last minute to help give my face some relief. Welp. That's all she wrote. It was magic on the skin. Super hydrating, incredibly rich but disappeared right in. Since it is infused with rose petals, I figured it would have some soothing and healing properties, but this took it to a whole other level. My skin felt so relieved after that I knew this would be my chosen winter face cream. And the fact that it's supposed to help stimulate the skin's natural immune system is just what I'm going to need when the winter's unrelenting weather kicks in. *shudders* 

2. Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid - I know you are beginning to see a theme here with my picks - hydration, hydration, hydration. Even though my skin is incessantly oily, it can become dehydrated so quickly - especially in the winter. The Ceramidin Liquid is one of the thinnest serum textures I have ever tried, which surprised me immediately. Most serums have some slip to them or tackiness that can remain on the skin. Not this Ceramidin Liquid - it felt like I was applying water to my skin, it was that thin. Almost thin enough to be layered with another serum, which is great for those that love to layer. *raises hand* And for all you sensitive skin gals and guys, I've read this Ceramidin Liquid is a sensitive skin savior.

3. La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare - Now that I've sufficiently covered the bases for my face, the final skincare addition is for the eyes. The fact that this is an essence that can be layered under any eye cream (currently I am going back to this for the winter) makes it more appealing to me because I know I can get stronger results. I frankly couldn't wait until winter to begin testing this so I have already added it into my routine, and first impressions are quite impressive. The texture is thin but rich and gives the eye a soothing effect while tightening at the same time. It's truly unique. After the first few nights of using this essence, I noticed a remarkable difference in the way my eyes looked when I woke up. Fine lines were barely noticeable, eyes were hydrated and a lot less puffy. Hallelujah! And then I began adding it into my morning routine as well and that's when I saw the strongest difference. My eye area was brighter (the essence itself has an iridescent finish), smoother and more hydrated which made it almost unnecessary to wear concealer. If this is how I feel after just a few weeks, I can only imagine what my eyes are in for this winter. For reference, this is a .3oz sample size they sent to me, and the full size is .5oz. It should also be noted that I barely use a full drop for both eyes so I can imagine a full size bottle would last me a very long time, which is an important point when deciding to invest in a pricey skincare item.
*pr samples included

Do you transition your skincare routine from season to season? Why or why not?

10/16/14

Video: Space NK and Sephora Haul

So I've been shopping.....mainly Space NK and Sephora. Is there any better place? Nope. I picked up a few items and figured I would do a video to share all the fun purchases. I listed all the products below for your reference. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

3. Chantecaille Eye Shadow in Granite and Opal 

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