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!
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: (more…)
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:
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!
Your neighbor. I brought wine.
It’s times like these — when I’m completely unprepared to entertain guests — that I appreciate Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough, a frozen gourmet cookie dough that produces cookies with a homemade taste. In this case, they made entertaining my neighbor possible without my having to cancel plans to watch “Breaking Bad” with my husband. (And I didn’t have to palm off leftovers to my coworkers the next day!)
An easy-bake solution for busy foodies, Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough takes about 11–15 minutes to make (counting preheat time), and you can mix and match any of the six available flavors for a delightfully spontaneous snack. While it’s a tad more expensive than say, Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, it eclipses the competition IMHO. Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough is made without artificial colors, flavors, additives or preservatives and it’s available in Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate Wasabi, Oatmeal Toffee, Chocolate Spice and Lemon Drop. What’s better than that?! (more…)
Remember how I had OCC? Well, it’s flaring up again.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) just debuted its Fragmented Alice Colour Collection and it’s now available! For the first time, the cult makeup artist favorite is collaborating with a painter, Chicago native Gail Potocki, whose hauntingly beautiful, twisted series Fragmented Alice paintings present what the brand calls a “uniquely macabre” take on C.S. Lewis’s Alice in Wonderland.
I checked out Gail’s paintings recently at a launch event, where OCC Brand Manager and Director of Makeup Artistry Courtney Tichman demonstrated the limited-edition collection. After gazing at Alice’s often forlorn, oil-painted expression, enhanced by layers and layers of color, I was instantly inspired to go home and play with my makeup. What seemed like unwearable shades at first in the OCC collection turned out to be delightfully sheer, majestic, even psychedelic! (more…)
Like many mixed-race gals, or actually, just gals in general, I find it hard to choose a foundation that matches my exact skin shade and tone — so I usually settle for something sheer in the “Ivory” or “Light Neutral” category. When I first heard NARS was releasing a new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in 20 shades (yes, 20 shades!), I thought, “Finally! They must have the perfect match!” But alas, the closest I could find was Deauville (a light shade with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertone). I must confess, I thought this shade would be too dark, too thick and too warm at first, but au contraire, it worked out beautifully! (more…)
One of the things I like best right now about Rimmel London, besides the fact that Kate Moss is plastered all over their website, is their Fresh, Flawless Summer Face look. It’s super simple and puts focus on perfect skin and eyebrows — my key must-haves for “no makeup makeup” days. Best of all, it keeps you looking awake all day and translates easily to night if you apply a bold lip. The overall effect is both runway-inspired and fit for daily wear!
To get the basic Rimmel Fresh, Flawless Face, all you really need are four items (each under $10): (more…)
I’ve been really into citrus lately — and not just because it’s still in season here. When the weather heats up, anything with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime makes me feel cooler, more refreshed and happy to be alive. This is why I’ve been spritzing Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Grapefruit fragrance all over the house — and on myself. It’s a very smooth yet perky scent, with an initial blast of grapefruit and lime that dries down to spicy vanilla and sandalwood.
Lavanila, an L.A.-based company, prides itself on using organic sugar cane alcohol, essential oils and botanicals. The result is a scent that isn’t as likely to irritate your skin or your senses. If you love citrus and vanilla — and are attempting to avoid products that contain any or all of the following: parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, or aluminum (whew!) — I recommend keeping a bottle of this in your bathroom.