Stories by: Charli

Beauty, Gift Guides, Makeup, ShoppingTarte Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection: One-Day Sale

Tarte QVC One-Day Sale

Yes, this is happening! I’ll make this quick …

For those of you who have never been in my bathroom, I have an entire drawer full of Tarte Cosmetics — and I wear their eye shadows almost every day. So you can imagine how delighted I was to receive a sample of their Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection, three gorgeous gift boxes filled with full-size, vegan-friendly, cruelty free products. The set includes a box of Amazonian clay eyeliners and Lights, Camera, LASHES mascaras (two each), a box of four LipSurgence Lip Cremes and a box of 16 Amazonian clay eye shadows.

And get this, for today only, they’re available at QVC for only $49.98. That’s, like, almost a $200 savings. (What?!? Is the world ending?!?) I suggest you get over there and buy at least one before the price goes up. They make great gifts — and since there are three boxes, you can keep one for yourself. (The hard part is choosing which one!)

Food, Gift Guides, Los AngelesGet in the Spirit with Twice the Vice

Twice the Vice Chocolates

Is it too early to talk about holiday gifts? My mind is already racing with ideas! It started at a truffle-making class I took recently at Caffe Luxxe, one of the best coffee shops in Los Angeles (well, Santa Monica, to be specific). There, Craig Boreth, founder of Twice the Vice chocolates and author of The Hemingway Cookbook, plied us with his amazing artisan spirited truffles.

Made with Callebaut Belgian chocolate, Twice the Vice chocolates are filled with top-shelf liquors such as The Glenlivet 15-year Scotch, crowd-pleasers such as Bombay Sapphire gin and cocktails such as the Woodford Reserve Mint Julep or The Big Lebowski lovers’ favorite, the White Russian. Each piece is packed with 1/8th to 1/10th of a shot, giving you a much richer, more sophisticated flavor than you’d get with those funny little bottle-shaped chocolates. Still, while select boxes are still illegal to ship in many states, the chocolates aren’t overwhelmingly potent — which is a good thing. Of course, if you choose to eat a whole box yourself, I can’t guarantee you won’t get a buzz!

Twice the Vice spirited chocolates are available online and totally worth the price. I highly recommend ordering them this year for the drinking men and women in your life — naughty and nice!

Beauty, Fashion, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsessions: Ashley Wagner

Insider's Obsessions: Ashley Wagner

The torch is off to its first spacewalk and we are three months away from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi! To ramp up for the big event, let’s see what Olympic figure skater and brand new COVERGIRL Ashley Wagner is obsessed with right now:

ONE. Lorde — “She’s only 16 years old and she looks wise beyond her years. Her look is almost like a fortune-teller and her music is the perfect combination of moody and edgy.” (Lorde’s 17th birthday was yesterday, just after this interview.)

TWO. Finding the perfect big chunky turtleneck — “I need to get this staple into my wardrobe. Even though I live in California, I’ll be in Boston for Nationals and I want to be prepared.” Our budget-friendly recommendation: H&M’s Knit Turtleneck Sweater.

THREE. Olay Fresh Effects (S’Wipe Out!) Refreshing Make-up Removal Cloths — “I need to make sure that I keep my skin nice and clean. I take so much pride in my skin and even when I’m wearing lots of makeup for competitions, these take it right off.”

FOUR. All Saints winter line — “It is super comfy casual, but at the same time it’s nice and edgy and can be dressed up or dressed down. I should probably look for a turtleneck from them.” Oh hey, here’s one!

FIVE. COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara — “I love how it goes on so thick, which gives me a ton of volume and fullness.” Tip: COVERGIRL recommends applying more of this curling mascara on your outer lashes for a winged look.

Celebrities, Food, Gift Guides, Los AngelesPicture Perfect Gift: The Macallan Masters of Photography with Elliot Erwitt

The Macallan Elliot Erwitt
Remember the famous photo of Jackie Kennedy at JFK’s funeral? Or the ones of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Seven Year Itch and The Misfits? Those were taken by Elliot Erwitt, the man responsible for some of the most iconic photographs of our time. Erwitt is the fourth photographer to team up with The Macallan, my favorite Scotch, for their award-winning Masters of Photography series. (Previous collaborations were with Annie Leibovitz last year, Albert Watson in 2010 and Rankin in 2008.) The result? About 2,030 limited-edition sets featuring unique single malt Scotch whiskies paired with Erwitt’s gorgeous autographed photos. READ MORE

Beauty, Los Angeles, MakeupRoundup: Our Favorite Halloween Makeup Looks

Halloween Makeup Looks

Halloween is the best holiday ever. Why? It’s the one time where it’s perfectly acceptable for adults to act like 8-year-olds. And I loved being 8. Of course, this year, Halloween is on a Thursday, and some of us are ill-prepared. So here’s a quick roundup of great Halloween makeup looks that can help you pull together something at the last minute, assuming you have all the goods or can get to a store near you. Just channel your inner 8-year-old and you’re all set! READ MORE

Fashion, New York, Obsessions, San Francisco, ShoppingObsession of the Moment: Uniqlo Women Stand Collar Long Sleeve Blouse

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Fitness & Health, FoodAll Aboard the Graze Craze

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Every day around 3 p.m., I get the munchies. You know, right before the sleepies kick in. And almost every day, I’m totally unprepared. The jar of mixed nuts on my desk has been reduced to crumbs. I’m out of Maccha Green Tea Kit Kats. I have no change for the overpriced Doritos in the vending machine. Life is rough. 😉

But yesterday, life got smoother when Ping! My co-worker emailed me with a coveted Graze invitation code. Headquartered in London, Graze is a food-meets-tech startup that offers nutritious, delicious mail-order snacks. To use the service, members rate the snacks they want to try, specify where to ship them, and choose whether to receive them biweekly or monthly.

With help from a patented algorithm called DARWIN that customizes snack choices based on member preferences, Graze staff packs and ships snack boxes to members in the U.S. and the U.K. DARWIN also helps staff members ensure there are multiple tastes and textures are represented in each box, and that any user-selected dietary requirements are satisfied. And, get this, every box is just $6, including shipping!
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Beauty, Skincaredon’t call it a comeback: dermalogica double cleanse

Dermalogica Double Cleanse
It’s been a while since we wrote about Dermalogica, which has been a skin care staple in the beauty industry for what seems like ages. But I’ve been trying a lot of their products lately because (disclosure!) I’ve been working with them as a copywriter. Conflict of interest? Yep. Should you read this anyway? Yep. Here’s why:

The benefit of writing for this blog, and for several other beauty publications over the past decade, is that I’ve been exposed to far more products than the average consumer. It also means I can provide  an informed opinion on products based on experience, trial and error, and product education. I am generally skeptical, and only choose to write about products I actually like, regardless of whether they were provided for free, at a discount or by a client or employer.

So, with that said, Dermalogica has been rocking my socks off (or makeup, to be precise) this month with their Double Cleanse regimen. What is that? It’s their philosophy that to achieve “a professional level of clean,” you have to clean your skin twice. When I first learned about this, I thought, “What nonsense. Who wants to clean their skin TWICE? That’s gotta be bad for you.” But then I tried it, and I don’t think I can ever go back to a single cleanse.

The Dermalogica Double Cleanse consists of: READ MORE

Fashion, Jewelry, Shoes, ShoppingWhat to Wear & Drink to Your Emmy Awards Party

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You are having an Emmy party, right? If not, start planning! The folks over at The Savory alerted us to this handy drinking game and I couldn’t resist reposting. Of course, I put our own spin on it, so here’s my reco on how to look stylish as you sip (or gulp) your way through the night:

1. Wear this J. Crew Duchess Stone Bracelet. Buy a few and stack ’em! They go perfectly with The 30 Rocktail. And, from now through September 25, 2013, you can save 25% off your purchase!

2. Slip on a pair of J. Crew Collection Valentina Calf Hair D’Orsay Pumps in Hazelnut Leopard or Dark Aubergine. I am obsessed with these. Obsessed, I tell you. They’re mostly backordered online right now but if you head to the store, they might have them! (Sale applies, of course.)

3. Get into an AllSaints Lewis Dress in Black. It’s flattering. It’s silk (read: comfortable and glam). It works day or night. What’s not to love?!?

Enjoy, Emmy lovers!

Accessories, Fashion, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Madewell Arrowstack Necklace

Madewell Arrowstack Necklace, $55

 

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