9/16/14

What Should Be On My Vanity

Can you even with that Laura Mercier brush??? I KNOW. Fall is always such a fun time for beauty. So many great launches, all the holiday sets just around the corner - it's like a smorgasbord of new makeup and skincare! I have to admit I am not always lusting after what's new, because there is still so many great products out there that I have yet to try, but this week's finds happen to all be relatively new launches. There are so many amazing foundations that have been released recently, it's hard not to want them all! This new one from Laura Mercier has been my absolute favorite, though I did not yet try this one, which everyone has been raving about. What's on your beauty wish list this week?

1. Laura Mercier - the pattern of this brush is everything. 

2. Dior Rouge Baume - I have a weakness for lip products and the fact that these are sheer makes me want them even more. I popped by the Saks counter the other night to check them out in person, but sadly there were no testers. I may just have to buy some sight unseen.

3. Cle de Peau Beaute Translucent Powder - I am such a sucker for packaging.

4. JINsoon in Melange and Heirloom - I love JINsoon polishes and her colors are always so unique. This season's collaboration with Tess Giberson is no exception.

5. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Matte Cream Eye Color - After falling in love with their eyeshadow quad in Desert, I am eagerly wanting to try more eye products from D&G.

6. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt - So different from any other Jo Malone scent I've experienced - this woodsy/citrus-y fragrance is next on my list.

7. Dior Star Foundation - Even though I complain that their Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Makeup has a horrible shade selection, I STILL want to try this new foundation. I'm keeping hope alive that this will match a tad better. 

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9/15/14

Video: The Skincare Products I Brought With Me On Vacation

Here's a look at the skincare products I brought with me on my recent vacation. Watch the video below and don't forget to subscribe!
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9/12/14

Two Foundations That Are (Finally) Fair Enough For Me

If you watched my foundation collection video, you know that I have a lot of foundation. Probably more than I should. Whoops! But the challenge that I talk about over and over again is that most foundations are not light enough for me. And if they are, they oxidize immediately and then become too dark. So many companies think they go light enough (or even dark enough), yet only end up covering the middle of the skin tone spectrum. So when I find formulas that are light enough or dare I say, even too light, I jump for joy! Here are two foundations I recently tried that have a super pale shade suitable for my Casper-like coloring.
1. EveLom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster – From the swatch on my arm, it seems a bit darker than the Dolce & Gabbana, but trust me this is as ghostly as I need it to be. The formulation is absolutely divine and while the name says it is a tinted moisturizer, it wears like a true foundation. The coverage is quite significant but still allows my skin to show through – a feat that many companies try to achieve but few rarely master. I initially tried the Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation and found it to be a bit too shiny for my oily skin, but the finish was beautiful so dry skin would probably love it. The Tinted Moisturizer is a better bet for oily skin with a finish that leans a bit more natural satin, so a setting powder will still be necessary. As far as staying power, it lasted all day for me with minimal touch ups needed. I found it a bit too heavy on extremely hot days, but now that the weather is cooling down, I can see myself getting a huge amount of wear out of this. 

2. Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in Classic 60 - This may actually be one of the top 3 palest foundations I’ve ever tried and I love it for that! As I stated in my foundation video, the reason I tend to prefer paler foundations is that it allows me to wear bronzers and finishing powders to warm up my skin. Often when I purchase foundations that seem to be pale enough, I am unable to wear any of my favorite aforementioned powders over top because my base makeup almost always oxidizes. My oily skin is always a bit hesitant to try anything with the name “luminous” in the title, but I read such great reviews on this foundation so I decided to give it a go. I do find it works best when worn over a primer or if applied to bare skin, my skin needs to be a bit wet with moisturizer so that it buffs in perfectly. Though I was hesitant about the “glow” factor as implied by the name, the finish is more of a natural radiance than overly shiny. I do need a loose powder through my t-zone but other than that it wears for a good 6-8 hours on my skin.
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9/10/14

Back To Basics

There are not too many outfits more classic than a pair of skinny jeans, a button down blouse and heels. I love the ease of wearing a dress or skirt, but I have to admit that I feel most stylish in an outfit like this. I like to balance the undone with the polished - to me that is one of the best combinations. And I know many of you may wonder why I  never fully tuck in my blouses, choosing to leave the back untucked. To be honest, I can't stand the feeling of it being completely in. It makes the waist line tighter and more uncomfortable and many times the shirt tails won't completely stay in so I've adopted this look for a few years now. I know it became "trendy" a while ago and I was happy to have some validation, but trend or no trend this way is more comfortable to me and will always be my chosen shirt styling.

Shirt - GAP | Jeans - Rag & Bone | Belt - Madewell | Heels - Manolo Blahnik | Bracelet - Giles & Brother
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9/8/14

The Four Ole Henriksen Products Everyone Should Add To Their Skincare Routine

Ole Henriksen is one of those brands that no matter age, skin type or or concern, there is a product for everyone. And there are 3 core products (now 4, but the last one is new) that just about anyone can use, and frankly should use. Between the affordable price points, efficacious formulas and sleek, minimal packaging, I do believe it's one of the best skincare brands out there. I am a long time user of the Truth Serum and was excited to try the other 3 products when Ole Henriksen sent them over. If you are in the market for a skincare routine change, I highly recommend looking at any of these products. Here are my thoughts on each:

1. Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation - So many of you have been recommending I try this moisturizer, and now I can see why. It's oil-free which is always nice, but still intensely hydrating. My problem with most oil-free formulas is they still leave my skin feeling slightly dehydrated and uncomfortable. Clearly, Sheer Transformation did not fall into the latter category. In addition to tons of anti-aging benefits and pigment lightening ingredients, it just feels good on the skin. And wearing makeup over it is a dream. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - my readers are right again. This moisturizer knocks it out of the park. (the only sports reference I will ever make so let's take a moment to acknowledge that)

2. Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser - It's cleanses like an oil, balm and milk, but feels completely different than anything I've used before. This texture is absolutely divine and it combines all the aspects of my favorite cleansers into one. It feels like a jelly when you first touch it and should be applied with dry hands to a dry face. It begins to melt down into an oil as you rub it in removing makeup immediately, and finally when you add water turns to a soft milky emulsion that keeps my skin feeling hydrated and soft. A truly novel product that delights me each time I use it.

3. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum - Ugh, so good. So, so, so good. This Truth Serum is chock full of amazing ingredients, the most prominent being Vitamin C. This does absolutely everything except make you coffee in the morning. It brightens, supports collagen production, minimizes fine lines and helps defend against environmental damage. Use it morning or night or both, but just USE it. It's great for almost any skin type and is the perfect addition to most skincare routines.

4. Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment - Dull skin has met it's match with this product. Holy cow! It gives a serious exfoliation to the skin overnight, but surprisingly is not irritating. I use this in place of a serum and it's as if I had a facial the day before when I wake up. Yes glowing is overused but I'm sorry, when a product makes your skin glow, there is just no other word that will suffice. And this seriously makes it G-L-O-W. As cliche as it sounds, it's true. Even better news is that it now comes in a set with the Truth Serum and Sheer Transformation for $70 at Sephora - in other words....you need it. Get your skincare loving hands on it here.

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