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Beauty, SkincareMakeup Drop+

The latest iteration of a beauty tool I’ve come across is both innovative and functional, and fun to use! The Makeup Drop+ is a silicone beauty applicator which contours and blends makeup for a professional finish. A small amount of product is applied to the drop, and then using either the rounded end for broad application or pointed end especially near the eyes, the desired effect is achieved. It’s not only precise and efficient, but it’s healthy for skin due to its shape and softness, not to mention hygienic compared to fingers or brushes which can harbor bacteria and cause blemishes. An added bonus is that product isn’t wasted- only a small amount of product is needed compared to more absorbent applicators and brushes. The drop is easily cleaned with water and soap, and is an eco-friendly and hygienic addition to the daily makeup regimen. At the end of the day after makeup removal, I use the textured side of the Makeup Drop+ applying a bit of cleanser to whisk away dirt and grime, and after washing it, I use the drop to apply moisturizer. I believe in investing in quality products, and the drop helps me make use of every last bit of product. Trust me, you’ll be hooked once you try out this cute Makeup Drop+!

Beauty, MakeupCharlotte Tilbury: Hollywood Lips

Charlotte Tilbury’s fabulous new product hits the beauty scene with a bang: bold, pigmented color comes in a weightless form with the Hollywood Lips collection. Noticeably absent is any caking or dryness, and the full coverage matte finish glides on like a gloss. The genius crescent applicator mimics the natural curve of your lips to facilitate coverage in one stroke. A bonus “side effect” is that my lips look incredibly plump and soft, even a little smile gives off a huge impact. My personal fave is Too Bad I’m Bad, which is a sweet but definitely not shy pink. Its boldness (even without a lip liner!) makes it the center of attention to my look, and I’m Instagram ready within seconds! READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupIlya Lip Conditioner

It’s rare that a lip color can approach perfection, but I was actually astounded by the comfort and ease by which Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner slipped onto my lips like a silky curve-hugging dress. My lips were instantly transformed from drab to hydrated and polished with just the right amount of color to go from day to gloaming. Relatively new on my radar, Ilia‘s foundation is a connection between organic beauty and contemporary fashion. The line has already earned my respect for a high quality product which is versatile, healthy, and beautiful. The two colors I love most are Bombora and Darlin, the former being an easy red tint which turns out a sheer rosy color when applied. Darlin is a summery Peach Nude for any skin tone which I guarantee will add that finishing polish to any look.

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HomeKrigler Parfumery: Charming California Candle

I adore a good fragrance as much as the next girl, but sadly can’t tolerate much perfume. Krigler’s Charming California 215 Candle is an elegant way to infuse the lovely scents of the storied haute parfumer into a room to relax and transport the imagination. Inspired by the magic of Los Angeles, the Krigler family spent two years creating this scent, dedicated to the glamour and exciting possibilities of LA to complement their first West Coast store at The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. I love that the fragrance paints with bright citrus from orange blossom softened by lily of the valley, bulgarian rose flowers and jasmine. I can almost smell the sun as the rich but delicate fragrance filters through the air.

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SkincareDr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum and Eye Cream

If you haven’t already tried and regularly use retinol, you’re not alone. Things quickly become confusing with questions like, is a prescription needed? What derivative is right for my type of skin? Is it really effective on fine lines? I was in the same boat, until I started investigating following a need to rework my skin regimen due to some visible changes (more freckles, fine crinkles and folds). Retinols are vitamin-A derivatives which dermatologists recommend for discolorations, lines, and to speed cell turnover. In prescription creams, retinoic acid is the active ingredient, but retinols are shown to be gentler and work just as well in many long term cases. Besides sunscreen, retinol is the gold-standard for anti-aging that medical experts swear by, so even minimalists should have this in their beauty lineup. For a great over-the-counter treatment, I highly recommend Dr. Brandt’s 2% Retinol Complex Serum and the 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream. This duo not only passes the test for effectiveness and comfort on skin when used correctly, but is a great “starter” for retinol, and is likely to continue as a happy complement to your beauty routine.

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HomeThe Starling Project

The poetic marriage between a stellar cause and a luxury product seldom takes place as beautifully as it does with The Starling Project. The mission of the project is to provide solar energy to global communities in need. The founder, Sterling McDavid, was inspired by a trip to Vietnam through UNICEF, and discovered the need and value of a renewable source of energy to empower those living without electricity. What we take for granted every day, 1.2 billion people live without, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia. Solar energy is the beginning of the end of air pollution, poor water quality, and opens doors to modern advances.

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SkincareSun’s Out, Sunscreen On!

Of all the skincare options, the one that every dermatologist agrees on across the board to prevent aging and damage to skin is a daily sunscreen. Now that we’re all out frolicking in the sun (or desperately seeking some respite from it at the pool), it’s high time to protect, recharge, and fortify facial skin. I am so grateful that ZO Skin Health has formulated the ideal suncreen in Oclipse Daily Sheer SPF 50. After searching for years, I had all but given up on finding a great hydrating formula that doesn’t feel and smell like sunscreen. Oclipse Daily Sheer glides on and absorbs almost instantly, carries a very light scent, and seals in moisture. It blocks UVA and UVB rays as well as high-energy visible light and infrared rays, preventing irreversible damage to skin. An added component, ZOX12, is a 12-hour time release complex that fights free radicals, so even after the sun goes down, it’s still working hard to fight damage!

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Bath & BodyMalin + Goetz Lime Bar

Well hello there, summer! I am so excited for the fun sunny days ahead, filled with beach trips, pool floats, and rooftop libations. My beauty regimen also takes on a vacation vibe, now that I’ve shed a few heavy layers of moisturizers. While I’m not quite on the anti-haul bandwagon, I do streamline products so I end up keeping those that have the biggest impact on my beauty routine. I also count luxury and feeling pampered as a big positive factor, because sometimes during a busy day, it’s all a girl has to indulge for a few moments. My favorite new addition which embodies a summer scent in a foaming glycerin cleansing bar is Malin + Goetz’s lime bar soap. It’s seriously the best-smelling soap ever, and it’s the only way to wake up in the morning, even before coffee.

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Mom & KidsBonpoint Sample Sale

My beloved Bonpoint is having their amazing sample sale! I had the chance to visit Bonpoint in Paris on a rainy day in March, and it was pure magic. This sale is the best opportunity to incorporate some French chic into little wardrobes.

HairFatboy Stylin’

Perfect_Putty_Large201_grandeI’m a little obsessed with my hubby’s hair- it’s gone through many stages, some admittedly better than others (wanna grab a hat today, honey?). One product that’s made a huge improvement in style and texture is the Perfect Putty from the edgy Fatboy line. It’s just the right consistency for getting the texture for a chic bed-head look. When I first came upon Fatboy Hair Products, I was taken by the story of a Tyson Kennedy, a hairdresser moonlighting as a rock star (does it get any cooler?). A quick flip through Tyson’s own hairstyles through the years is a testament to his versatility and expertise in style and achieving a look. The shampoo and conditioner are also stellar, and smell so manly!

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