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BeautySleep Some More

Sleep is an incredible luxury on so many levels, and it’s prime time for skin to naturally repair itself. According to experts, 7 to 9 hours is optimal for collagen repair, which plumps skin and keeps it from sagging. Sleep is also great for blood flow, which allows that natural glow to shine through. I don’t even need to mention that puffy eyes result from reduced blood flow and show up as dark circles since the skin is so delicate in the area. There are never enough hours in the day, but sleep is more effective than any beauty products money can buy. A perfect antidote to sleep deprivation is Slipsilk, a luxurious 100% silk mask inside and out which outshines all other masks with its thickness, softness, and durability. Slipsilk simultaneously blocks out disruptive and stimulating light while providing a gentle landing spot for the upper cheeks and eyes. Instead of rubbing your entire beauty regimen off, friction is reduced around the delicate eye area to keep it fresh and young.

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Mom & KidsBonpoint Sample Sale

Our favorite sale for the little ones is approaching once again, and it never disappoints. Chic French fashion at a discount is something I would fly to Paris for (and eat pastries nonstop), but this sale’s a bit easier to get to. Just remember to leave the stroller at home!

Lust ListAutumn Loves

As beautiful autumn weather and colors will soon be upon us, my soul rejoices for the fresh season and new beginnings. I’m happy to share a few favorites which tickle the senses and inspire us for the fall. My love affair with Ilia products continues, the makeup collection of organically based products which give off a healthy glow. As I tone down my color game from the summer, the elegant bronzer Sway is the perfect highlighter to add dimension for a clean and sophisticated look. It doubles as a beautiful cream shadow to illuminate the eyelids and warmly contour the face. Sway cares for your skin responsibly with ingredients that also heal, including Beeswax, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil.

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SkincareRodial Anti-Aging Rose Gold Collection

I occasionally ponder the proverbial question of what I’d like to take to a deserted island, and always laugh to myself that the sun and salt would butcher my skin so I better take a miracle skincare line. When I started using the new Rodial Rose Gold Collection (soon to be available at Saks), I fell so hard for it that it earned a spot in my carry-on to the deserted island. The series contains White Rose Cells to oxygenate the skin and inhibit aging, which has been scientifically supported.  24 Carat Gold Technology stimulates wrinkle smoothing action, and vitamin C increases radiance and nourishes skin. Soon after application, I could feel the supple but firm changes in my skin, The line also brought back softness and radiance I haven’t experienced in years.

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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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