Stories by: Carolyn

BeautyEstelle and Thild Repairing Oil Complex

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It’s no secret that we have a love affair with oils. In fact, all winter, we’ve been rotating through five or so faves in our routine, but now that the days are warmer and humidity is starting to become a real threat, we’re trading in our heavy duty oils for something lighter. Enter Estelle & Thild, a luxury organic beauty brand from Stockholm that’s made its way stateside by way of Net-A-Porter. One of their key products, the Super Bio-Active Repairing Oil Complex is our new must-have oil for the season.

The delicately scented oil is so light and dry that it instantly absorbs into skin, leaving it a smooth, velvety texture akin to the best primer. The oil not only feels great, it’s also great for moisturizing and anti-aging, working to improve skin long term. The oil is infused with the brand’s microalgae-based ingredients which helps to even skin tone, boost collagen production, increase elasticity and soften fine lines while combatting free radial damage. The result is a youthful glow that reflects both the oil’s finish on the skin as well as the improved health of your dermis with regular use. You can use the oil both morning and evening–the oil works well under makeup, giving it a smoother look as well as an overnight treatment. And the product is so lightweight and easily absorbed that it’ll never come off or stain your bedding. The best part? It’s ideal for use during the warmer months because it will never leave you looking greasy.

For more info, check out the product exclusively on Net-A-Porter.

Beauty, HairWhy You Should be Swapping out your Daily Shampoo with Ojon Co-Wash

ojon_cowashThere are some beauty rules that you know you should follow because they’re good for you…but it’s just so damn hard! For example, the shampooing every day thing. 10 out of 10 hairdressers agree you shouldn’t wash your hair every day because it’ll strip your hair of beneficial natural oils and wear down the strands, but changing that habit can be really hard, especially if you enjoy your daily shower routine. Well, thanks to the new Ojon Rare Blend Cleansing Conditioner (also called Co-Wash), you can go on as you normally do and not have to worry about the effects of using too much shampoo–simply swap out your shampoo/conditioner combo every other day and use the co-wash instead. This amazing alternative to lathering shampoo and conditioner will leave hair glossy, smooth and refreshed without stripping it of any of the natural oils that shampoo does. The low lather formula is sulfate free and made with a blend of 5 oils which softens and nourishes hair and boosts shine. It has a fantastic light fragrance and makes washing your hair feel like a luxurious little ritual–and best of all, you don’t have to worry that you’re “doing it wrong.” Thanks Ojon for making practicing good beauty habits so easy!

 

Accessories, Beauty, MakeupPerfect Pairing: Bobbi Brown “The Katie” Glasses & Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Glasses and Gel Eyeliner

If there’s one thing Bobbi Brown knows, it’s how to make women feel confident (after all, she’s made an entire career out of it). That’s why she’s launched a new collection of optical eyewear, because Bobbi knows that glasses should not be relegated to those “I can’t even deal” days. As a fellow four-eyed gal, I completely agree–in fact, why not make a statement out of it? Bobbi’s “The Katie” glasses in navy blue does just that–the flattering frames may be a retro throwback, but the punchy color is distinctly modern. With the focus on your eyes now, make sure you accentuate your peepers with some intense lining action. In fact, Bobbi says that properly lining your eyes is one of the most important things you can do for a gorgeous glasses look. Her new ‘Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner‘ packs the pigment, intensity, creaminess, and longevity of a gel liner with the precision and convenience of a pencil. Getting stand-out eyes has never been easier.

Bobbi Brown ‘ The Katie’ Glasses, $220, BobbiBrownEyewear.com
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, $24, Sephora.com

BeautyLupita Nyong’o is the new Face of Lancome Paris

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Well we totally saw this one coming! After the Internet clamored to get their hands on Lupita Nyong’o’s  lip balm after she whipped it out at the Oscars, we knew a beauty deal was just a matter of time. Today Lancôme Paris announced that the stunning Mexican-born-Kenyan as their newest brand ambassador and we think it’s the perfect match. Nyong’o fits right in with the beauty brand’s elegant, feminine, and aspirational feel.

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” says Lupita Nyong’o. We can’t wait to see her gorgeous face in future Lancome ads.

Bath & Body, IntimatesPerfect Pairing: Warner No Side Effects Bra and Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

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This spring (we can call it that now, right?), it’s all about taking care of your armpits. Instead of only complaining about them (amirite?), it’s time to give those forgotten body parts some love. Two of my favorite products of the moment strive to do exactly just that–and they work even doubly well when used together! Warner’s No Side Effects Bra is the first bra I’ve come across that’s dedicated to fighting “sleevage”–or in laywoman’s terms, armpit fat. In addition to being insanely comfortable, soft and cushy, the bra even contains an extra side panel solely for the purpose of tucking and smoothing away that area. So now when you’re wearing a sleeveless or silky top, you no longer have to curse your armpits–you can instead, admire them.

Speaking of sleeveless and silky shirts, they also tend to show off one other armpit pitfall and source of many complaints–wetness. This season, you can put that worry to rest too with the new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant which delivers, not one, but two day’s worth of protection with each application. Now you don’t have to sweat it (ha ha) even if you forget a day. Of course in addition to fighting wetness and odor, the product is also packed with Dove’s nourishing skincare ingredients which soothe and smooth. Oh, and it goes on clear so you don’t have to worry about that embarrassment either. Trust me, your armpits will never be happier.

Warner’s No Side Effects Bra, #36, Macys.com
Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, $6, Drugstore.com

 

HomeDrink SOMA (& An Early Lesson on Marriage)

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People often ask me if things feel different after getting married. Since my husband and I cohabitated for a year before we even got engaged, I would’ve expected to answer “no.” Well, I was wrong–and never did that become more apparent than when I bought our first water filter as a married couple.

My husband only likes to buy tried-and-true products. He is anti-trends. Me? I’ve tried everything from fermented gel lotion (it’s the next big thing), to sleep-mask self tanners (get on it), to long distance energy healing sessions. If I discover something new, I’m curious to test it out. 50% of my GChat conversations are essentially me sending links of products to my friends followed by “I want this.” My husband writes off my ADHD product obsession tendencies half affectionately, half mockingly as an effect of my “blog life.” Well, someone’s gotta try all the new things.

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Accessories, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsession: Sandy Leong

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Sandy Leong, of eponymous luxury jewelry line Sandy Leong Jewelry, isn’t just a talented designer–she’s a fabulous woman. When we first met her at a press preview months ago, we knew we’d be gawking at her line of modern structural jewels (just take a look at this statement topaz ring and twist bangle with diamonds)–what we did not expect was to end up chatting and laughing with her for an hour! Naturally, we needed to know what all her obsessions were…so we can add them to our own list!

ONE. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara — Look beyond the catchy name; this mascara is my go to daily secret for keeping my peepers looking peppy.

TWO. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment — In love with this skin treament – it really does add a daily glow to the face  – no secret about it! 

THREE. Sandy Leong Origin Mesh Bracelet — Part of my classic collection and still a favorite- this 18K gold bracelet lays nicely flat against the wrist- perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle.  I even wear it while playing tennis!

FOUR.  Case Mate iPhone5 ID Case — This cover with room for my ID, metro card and Visa — great for those days when I’m walking the dogs, running errands, picking up groceries and oh, wait, what are those cute jeans doing in the window?

FIVE.  Dark denim by IRO  — I love the way these jeans fit.  They are super flattering and have been my go to denim brand lately.

 

SponsoredRoad Testing Olay’s new Sensitive Body Wash

olay_sensitive_body_washAlthough I’m normally not too sensitive when it comes to beauty (a definite plus when my job involves trying all sorts of products), this winter I’ve been experiencing a peculiar problem. I’m blaming it on the super cold weather and the hot showers I’m taking because of it—my skin has become so dry and sensitive that I literally have scratch marks from my upper back to my lower legs thanks to how irritated and itchy my entire body has become. (Insert huge sigh. I actually just did that while writing this.)

So when Olay approached me to give their new Sensitive Body Wash a try, I was more than happy to oblige. Out went my usual assortment of fancy fragranced shower gels and even my old standby, Dove, and in came the new bottle of ultra-gentle and ultra-moisturizing Olay body wash. What’s so fantastic about this product is that it’s formulated to sensitive skin so it’s unscented, dye-free, and soap-free which is a major plus because the last thing my delicate, scratched up skin needs is anything that could irritate it further. But while it’s gentle, it’s still incredibly effective at moisturizing—more so in fact that most other body washes I’ve tried. I was impressed and decided to investigate why. READ MORE

Beauty, Makeup, NailsPerfect Pairing: Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Pop Orange and Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death

Processed with VSCOcam with k1 presetI’m not one to talk smack on any reds (truly, I love all the shades) but lately I’ve been feeling like my go-to classic blue red could benefit from an extra dose of sass–a bit more heat. In response, I’ve gravitating towards fiery tomato hues that strike just the right balance between the season’s it-color orange and the glamour of a bold crimson. On my lips, I’m wearing Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Deatha thrilling red that injects a bit more intrigue into daily life. Inspired by Tatiana Boncompagni’s book of the same name, the moisture-rich lipstick is meant to reflect the complex and glamorous intrigue of the story’s leading ladies. On my tips, I’m slathering on multiple coats of Jin Soon’s Pop Orange. Part of her new Color Field collection, the bold, creamy hue is inspired by mid-century pop culture but modernized for today’s fashion forward pack. Like all of Jin Soon’s polishes, this hue imparts a can’t-look-away high shine finish and long lasting color that’s already on its third week running. Try wearing both the limited editor lipstick and nail polish for a coordinated look that’s sure to turn heads and inspire conversation.

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death, $23, VotreVu.com
Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Pop Orange, $18, Nordstrom.com

Beauty, MakeupPerfect Pairing: Aerin Kaleidolight Palette and Rose Balm Lipstick

Aerin Beauty Spring 2014 Essentials

In beauty editorial, no word is more overused than ‘perfect’–I’m certainly guilty of it as well, but there is no other word that can better describe these two key pieces from Aerin’s Spring 2014 collection. They’re all you need to put your prettiest–and most radiant–face forward for the season. The Kaleidolight Palette is designed to be an all-in-one complexion brightener, featuring five versatile and light-enhancing shades that add a subtle glow to cheeks, lids, or anywhere on the face. The palette contains the classics–two shades of beige for highlighting, two shades of bronze for contouring and adding warmth, but you’ve also got a beautiful rosy pink blush and a vibrant lavender powder that instantly brightens eyes. You can use each color separately, but I often do the lazy-girl-swirl and take a large blush or powder brush over the entire palette. Even with minimal effort, the payoff is gorgeous–a beautiful, natural-but-better, glow for the entire face.

The only other tool needed for complete complexion perfection is lipstick and this season, Aerin launches her best one yet. The new collection of  Rose Balm Lipsticks combines luxurious color and balmy texture with a light shine finish that gives yourl lips that same pretty glow. The lipsticks come in ten shades–from a peachy coral (Cabana) to a moody purple (Wild Lilac) to a blush pink (Pretty). Pictured above is a pinkish neutral shade most aptly named Perfect Nude.

Both items are encased in Aerin’s signature gold packaging–and is equally as elegant displayed on your vanity or work desk.

Aerin Kaleidolight Palette, $70, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom
Aerin Rose Balm Lipsticks, $30, Saks Fifth Avenue

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