Stories by: Carolyn

Beauty, SkincareLa Prairie for Day and Night

Every time I get my hands on a La Prairie product, it instantly becomes my favorite–whether it’s a blush (the best, really!) or hand cream. After all, with such luxurious ingredients like caviar and platinum and innovative, cutting-edge technology, the products always just work. This fall, I can keep La Prairie by my side day and night, thanks to two genius product launches.

la_prairie_eye_lipFrom work desk to dinner date, my constant daytime companion is their new Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Perfection à Porter.. The genius eye cream and lip balm treatments are wrapped up in chic, portable packaging that I actually enjoy showing off to anyone who will look. Both anti-oxidant infused products are formulated to hydrate, plump, and illuminate the eye and lip areas, combat skin damage, and contain light reflecting particles to banish the look of fatigue, dryness, and blur imperfections. The texture of the product is very smooth and elegant–I can’t stop applying it! Thanks go the convenience and genius packing of two products in one, the delicate skin around my eyes has gotten more love than ever before.

caviarnightmaskFor nighttime care, La Prairie has also launched the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask. I tend to save this $300 a jar product for special occasions but when I really need glowing skin, this sleep mask delivers. Formulated with potent active ingredients that are designed to work overnight as skin cells rejuvenate, this mask smooths, firms, exfoliates, moisturizes, and renews while you sleep. The product has the texture of a luxurious night cream and is applied with a brush for the ultimate pampering experience. Once applied, the product easily absorbs into skin leaving no residue that could get on your bedding. In the morning, simply rinse your face as usual and be astounded by smooth, radiant skin. Usually I tend to shy away from heavier products out of fear that my combination skin will break out but I tried this a few times and there was not a pimple to be seen. I trusted the Luxe Sleep MAsk so much in fact that I used it the night before my wedding–in other words, it comes highly recommended!

For more info on both products, check out LaPrairie.com!

 

SponsoredDedicated: Getting Energetic for Fall

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I had a roommate who every once in a while would tell everyone in the house to “look alive.” I used to think that was a funny comment, but now as I’ve gotten older and life has gotten, generally speaking, a lot more stressful, I think back to her sentiment and whole-heartily agree. It’s a funny thing living in New York City—a place with boundless energy—that it can often leave you feeling anything but energetic. This fall, going into my eighth year in Manhattan (officially a New Yorker!) and newly married, I’m determined to change that. This season, in partnership with Olay Regenerist, I’m all about firing up my energy, reinvigorating myself (mind, body, skin) and in the words of my friend “looking a lot more alive.”

How exactly am I planning on doing this? First up—body. Thanks to my September wedding, I spent the summer being pretty active, taking to running trails in Central Park and finally getting a Pure Yoga membership. Though I enjoyed a few (maybe more) pasta dishes as soon as I got out of my form fitting white dress, I’m determined not to give up my newly active lifestyle. I generally tend to feel pretty lethargic during the cooler months, but I’m fighting the urge to vegetate by keeping up with my hot vinyasa practice. Finally nailing a difficult pose and the rush of energy coming out of class makes waking up early in the mornings totally worth it. READ MORE

Beauty, HomeTocca Delicato da Viaggio

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A few days before my wedding last month, I discovered what no bride wants to find–a quarter size stain right front and center on my delicate silk jersey dress! Since it was already way too late at this time to bring it to the cleaners, I had to take matters into my own hands. After my first attempt to find a stain remover pad failed, I reached for a makeup cleansing wipe. While that hack did remove a bit of the actual stain, it left me with a bigger (literally) problem–a rather displeasing yellowish water stain that now spread at least twice in size.

Thankfully, by this point, I had finally come to my senses and found my mini bottle of Tocca’s Delicato da Viaggio, delicate gentle wash. By applying the wash to a pristine, damp white towel (very important), blotting it across the area of the stain and then some, gently going over the spot again just with water, and then finally steaming over the entire area, I successfully removed all the stains, bringing the jersey back to its original pristine condition. Would I recommend at home laundering of your wedding dress just hours before the ceremony? Not exactly…but if you’re in a bind, Tocca’s Laundry Delicates are the way to go.

Formulated especially for very fine fabrics including silk and cashmere, Tocca’s Delicato da Viaggio are exceedingly gentle and designed to clean your delicate and special garments without harming or irritating the fabric. The detergents come in four of Tocca’s signature scents: Florence (English rose), Cleopatra (a light grapefruit cucumber), Stella (Italian blood orange), and Touch (a sparkling gardenia pomegranate). Your fabrics are left not only gently cared for but washed in delicate fragrance. The detergents can be used either with hand wash, in the delicate cycle of your washing machine, or as I learned–as a spot treatment.

If you haven’t decided which scent is your favorite yet, try Tocca’s Laundry Travel Set–a $22 collection that features all four fragrances. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TOCCA is donating 15% of net proceeds of the Delicato da Viaggio set to Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization  focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women,while providing support for high-risk individuals. Learn more–and give your favorite garments some extra TLC–at Tocca.com.

Beauty, Makeupem Michelle Phan Waterliner

em_michelle_phan_waterlinerGuilty pleasure: Michelle Phan videos. There may even have been one or two occasions where a marathon YouTube tutorial watching session has led to me exclaiming “OMG how it is already 3am!” Even though I’m much more of a “natural looking makeup” girl myself, I always appreciated Michelle’s ability to transform her eyes (it’s an Asian thing). So when her line em Michelle Phan launched, the first products I wanted to get my hands on were her eye makeup, in particular, the much-touted waterliner.

The waterliner, as it turns out, was love at first use. Phan created this product for her fans who wanted an eyeliner that was easy to apply, had great color payoff, and didn’t smudge or budge even on the delicate waterline. The waterliner certainly lives up to all those promises: it glides on smoothly and  is highly pigmented so there’s no need to go over the lid multiple times, the thickness is just right, and best of all, once on, the liner stays put. It’s one of the few liners that I can use on my lower eyelid and still have the look be in tact (no panda eyes there) hours later. On the other side of the liner is a smudge tip which makes it easy to blend the color onto the lids for a smokier and softer effect if desired. This product is truly a game changer in my makeup routine because for the first time, I can create beautifully lined eyes in just 30 seconds with no muss, no fuss. Now having wider, more expressive eyes can be an every day beauty look, not just saved for special occasions.

My favorite shades are Midnight Black for the most intense, glamorous finish, Chocolate Dream for an every-day soft, pretty look and Amazing Grey, which creates a really nice, dreamy effect. The waterliner comes in 12 shades ranging from amethyst to turquoise to rose gold. The next step is to collect them all!

 

FashionHow I learned to stop fearing Business Casual and love LOFT Pants

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Believe me when I say that I have a serious aversion towards anything remotely “business-casual.” After I left my last job where that dress code was a requirement, I purged my closet of all my black, grey, pinstripe, and navy work pants. These days, if I can’t go to the office in shorts during the summer, I actually kind of freak out a little. So when Ann Taylor LOFT challenged me to style up a pair of their new black pants for Refinery29, I was a tad skeptical–after all, isn’t that where everyone goes to buy their business casual gear? To my total surprise and delight–the pants were totally awesome, comfortable, flattering, and didn’t make me look like I was going to work at all. For day, night, AND casual weekend (seriously) looks with the same pair of pants, check out the full feature on Refinery29!

HomeA Sferra Home

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Maybe it’s the change of season or maybe it’s because you know..I’m getting married any day now..but I’ve been completely obsessing with stepping it up with the home decor (I’ve also been dreaming about a new apartment but that’s another story). Not only have I totally been going nuts on my Pinterest board with pinning alllll the inspiration, I’ve actually started buying new dressings for my home. The first place I turned to, of course, was Sferra– a long time favorite brand when it comes to anything and everything luxury linens. My top picks for fall are below:

 

sferradorsey1. Sferra Dorsey Cashmere Blanket

My absolute favorite investment so far is the Sferra Dorsey cashmere blanket which I bought for myself as an early wedding present. I discovered the luxury of a cashmere throw completely by accident–the weather in New York had gottenmuch  cooler practically overnight and the only thing I had in the house to cover up with was a large cashmere scarf. Despite the fact that my fiance called it a “postage stamp”–it was a scarf after all–night after night he fights me for just a little corner of the cashmere. It’s the softest, most cuddly material you could sleep under. Sferra’s 50×70 version makes it a little easier for us to share and even though it’s light weight, it’s blissfully warm and oh-so-soft. READ MORE

Fashion, SponsoredSimple #RedCarpet Giveaway

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Beauty friends! You know that here at TDO, we love Simple Skincare so we are super excited to share that Simple is running a lil Twitter giveaway this week. From today through Wednesday, September 25, follow @SimpleSkincare on Twitter, use #SimpleVIP and #RedCarpet hashtags, and tell us how you use Simple® to get red carpet ready (shouldn’t be too hard after all that beauty inspiration last night!). Simple is giving away 100 prizes– a gift bag filled with skincare goodies.

On Wednesday from 8-9PM EST, Simple is also hosting a TweetUp. Hosts include Simple Advisory Board fitness expert Kacy Duke and makeup expert Gita Bass. Make sure you follow @SimpleSkincare and use the tag #FallBeauty to ask these two experts any advice they have about fall skincare, especially as it relates to makeup/fitness. The brand is prizing even more Simple product during the chat – plus, four grand prize winners will receive $100 American Express gift cards, a yoga mat and a makeup sample. You definitely don’t want to miss out!

Beauty, MakeupSmashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

smashboxliquidhaloAfter a summer of barely there makeup, I’m embracing the change of season by returning to polished makeup–the darker colors for fall practically demand it! The first step to the new made-up me is flawless foundation and this season that is Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Now that I’ve been spoiled with all those super natural BB and CC creams, I have a higher standard for my foundations–no longer will I accept anything too heavy, too cake-y, or too mask-like. Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation is fabulous because it’s an ultra-blendable light texture that doesn’t coat or cake on the skin but still leaves behind a completely even complexion and that enviable glowing-yet-matte finish. The product is almost like a gel and formulated with Liquid Light Technology that acts as filters and diffusers to blur out imperfections. The foundation is easy to apply with fingers or a brush, goes on smoothly, and blends into skin easily leaving your face looking natural-but-better–a great product for everyday wear and the perfect canvas to show off those rich fall hues.

Beauty, SponsoredDedicated: Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System

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With my wedding just weeks ago, every little beauty move I make till then has to have a purpose and has to work! Gone are the days of just “trying out” products—from now till the end of the month I’m only sticking to what’s guaranteed to produce results. One tool that I’ve been using recently is the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System, which is now my go-to product for cleansing and exfoliating. READ MORE

SponsoredSimple Inspiration

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If you’re like us, Pinterest is your one-stop-shop for finding info and inspiration for…everything. That’s why we’re excited to hear that Simple Skincare has just launched their Pinterest board because we are all about easy access to skin, health, and wellness resources at the click of amouse—please oodles of pretty pictures to help us distress and feel inspired every time we look! As a Simple Ambassador, The Daily Obsession also created our own #SimpleInspiration board. Be sure to follow us as we update with pins that inspire us to live well and be well.

Starting today through September 27, Simple is also giving away a gift bag filled with Simple skincare goodies plus a $50 American Express gift card (For some extra pampering!). You can enter to win simply by getting involved on Pinterest!

Ways to Win:

  • Upload your own pin using content from the Simple Blog or Simple YouTube page using the #SimpleInspiration hashtag.
  • Repin any pin from the Simple Pinterestpage using the #SimpleInspiration hashtag.
  • Pin directly to our Simple Inspiration! pinboard with your favorite piece of Simple content, using the #SimpleInspiration hashtag. To enter this way, make sure you’re following our Simple Inspiration! pinboard.

For terms, conditions and full content rules, click here.

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