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! READ 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): READ 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.
Once upon a time, I left one of my favorite slips — a black cotton Calvin Klein number — at an ex-boyfriend’s house after a bad breakup. To this day, I occasionally think of that slip and wish I had gone back to get it. (Figures I’d be more upset about the slip than the boyfriend.)
Now, I can finally let that little regret go. Thanks to the Frederick’s of Hollywood Beauty Sleep Collection, I have two new black numbers that are even softer and sexier than my old “flame”: the Beauty Sleep Romper and the Beauty Sleep Robe.
Each piece is $48 or less, made mostly of rayon and cut to flatter. Details like lace trim, lace paneling and peekaboo cutouts make them hotter than your average intimates. Best of all, I feel super comfortable in them and my husband finds them way more attractive than my usual getup (a tank top and pajama pants).
To browse the collection and spice up your sleepwear, visit fredericks.com.
Photo by Steve Rousseau
If you’re a Chanel lover and you haven’t tried Les Beiges yet, get ready! It’s debuting in August. I have been using it daily and it’s a fantastic multitasker. At first glance, it just seems like a bronzer, but it’s a tad different. The super sheer powder not only enhances your complexion with a soft, very natural glow, it helps set makeup and provides sun protection with SPF 15. READ MORE
I just tried one of Blushington‘s new Weekday Specials and I was so impressed I wanted to share. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Blushington, it’s a makeup and beauty lounge in West Hollywood frequented by L.A.’s chicest locals, wedding parties and celebs like Emma Roberts. There, you can get professional makeup applications and beauty maintenance services while drinking champagne and catching up on chick flicks. (Also, the Drybar is next door, which is very convenient should you want to top off your beauty service with a blowout.) READ MORE
On your mark, get set … buy! I am pleased to announce that I am now a delighted owner of Les Vernis Couleurs Culte de Chanel, five cult nail colors brought back from the past by Chanel for a limited time.
In line with its recent brand heritage films (perhaps my favorite bit of advertising this year), Chanel’s nostalgic turn means we get to experience Black Satin (true black), Beige (warm neutral), Rouge Noir (deep red), Particulière (taupe) and Pirate (true red) once again in all their glossy glory.
If you love these cult shades as much as I do, watch the hip little film above to get into the mani-pedi mood, then click your way over to Chanel.com and stock up before they sell out.
Oh, and while you’re there, check out Chanel International Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge’s tips on how to get their Summer 2013 Beauty look. It’s inspired by butterflies!
Welcome to Part Two of my nude shoe obsession.
As I’ve searched for nude pumps, ankle strap sandals and the like over the years, I’ve noticed that it’s really — really — hard to find the right shade of nude. To truly elongate the leg, I prefer a shade that matches my skin color as closely as possible. But too often, the leather is almost brown (too tan) or almost white (too light). Once in a while, I find a near-perfect match. This time, it’s in Coye Nokes Spring–Summer 2013 collection. READ MORE
If you’re not familiar with Ballet Beautiful by now, you should be. Owner and former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers counts Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler, Kirsten Dunst and several Victoria’s Secret models among her svelte celebrity clients — and she helped tone Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Her latest offering: These gorgeous satin ballet slippers made by Porselli for Ballet Beautiful. I immediately thought “gift!” as soon as I saw them. They’re perfect for dance enthusiasts and those who just want to have the best. If you’re interested, get to the website now because they are selling out. (They also carry leather slippers.) READ MORE
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