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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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Beauty, Skincare, TravelPacking It Up

I’m gleefully prepping for a long-awaited much-needed vacay to London and Paris next week. For me, the anticipation is painfully glorious as I spend every spare moment reading blogs, checking weather, and planning outfits. Trying to whittle selections down to a couple pairs of shoes is inevitably tough! My beauty case always carries my most precious essentials, so I’m sharing my top picks I can’t live without.

essenceThe Essence, a plumping skin softener by Tatcha is the newest addition to their anti-aging collection. The delicate milky fluid is a literal drink for the skin, and a luxurious addition to my relaxing cleansing ritual. Although it’s probably the easiest element to incorporate into daily skin care, it may make the biggest impact when used consistently. I appreciate the simple light fragrance and consistency of The Essence which won’t block pores. A high concentration of Japanese superfoods features Hadasei-3TM, a combination of antioxidants from Green Tea, Rice, and Algae. A smooth and youthfully bright complexion is the result the complex working to naturally stimulate lactic acid which in turn promotes cell turnover. Hydration is a significant need for any type of skin, and The Essence enables long-lasting retention of moisture. I simply pour a small amount into my palm, pat it into skin after cleansing, take a deep breath as it is absorbed, and follow with moisturizer. No matter how crazy travel is, this little bit of zen keeps my skin in prime condition and gives me that elusive calm.

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Beauty, SkincareAmore Pacific

amoreIn the London-like weather which has taken over January, I’ve reworked and tweaked my skin care regimen to add elements of intense moisture, nutrients, and antioxidants. The highlights of my new routine are a night and day pair from Amore Pacific, my long-trusted line to take care of my sensitive and needy skin. I love their philosophy of utilizing centuries of knowledge and botanically-based ingredients. I’ve had a long term obsession with green-tea antioxidants, and the Future Response Age Defense Crème showcases ingredients like potent hand-cultivated green tea from Jeju Island. Pine mushroom extract and Future Response Complex also work together to provide powerful antioxidant benefits. The antioxidants are the best weapons against damaging oxidizing agents from pollution and disease which run skin ragged and ages it quickly. The complex of 12 Asian Botanicals also work with the antioxidants to naturally reduce signs of aging and leave my skin supple and dewy.

I look forward to my cleansing ritual in the evenings, mainly because it feels so luxurious to apply the creme as the final step. I make sure to use horizontal motions across my neck and even down to the décolletage, and gentle upward circles for the face. A little bit goes a long way as it is rich and concentrated. However, it doesn’t have that oily feeling so breakouts can be avoided, and it will work for dry, normal, or combination skin.

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Beauty, Gift GuidesA Few of My Favorite Things…

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So no one burned down the house making the turkey this year (merci Dieu), and we’re off and running towards gift season. We’re in need of some calm after the storm after this epic year, and there’s no better way to do that than with a quiet corner, a cup of tea, and a candle. We have been scouring the current offerings for what we love the most, and can’t be found without some savoir-faire. Our favorites range from stocking stuffers to full-blown luxury, hope you love them as well.

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Beauty, SkincareVotre Vu Duette

3005_416x500My skin is better than a weather forecast when it comes to temperature changes! It starts to dry and flake even before the chill fills the air, especially lips and hands. Moisture evaporates quickly into cold air and leaves behind chapped and crackly skin. My lifesaver has been Votre Vu’s Duette which is a tube of rich and luxurious hand cream topped (literally) with a nourishing lip balm. The pop up top is a mirror which is more handy than I’d like to admit when making discreet checks during the day. The combo is genius and convenient, and it is either by my nightstand or ready to go in my day bag.

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Beauty, MakeupRimmel Brow Shaping

scupltingkit_productWhen I’m doing makeup on the go (subway, uber, planes), I need products that are easy to apply but foolproof that don’t require a lot of technical prowess. One nifty little compact that packs a punch is the Rimmel Brow This Way to create defined and manicured brows by filling and shaping. There are two easy steps: first apply wax to shape & fix, then layer powder to set. I’ve even used the wax on its own before with good results. The formula glides on easily and blends well, creating a natural look. The mini brush it comes with includes ends for precise application, and I love how this tiny box fits into my makeup pouch with no bulk.

The kit is available in three shades- dark brown, mid brown, and blond, there’s no complicated color matching since these are meant to complement a variety of natural brows. I have black brows myself, and find that the dark brown blends without looking unnatural (I’ve tried jet black brow liners before and look like Cruella Deville). The result is long lasting and dependable. And the icing on the cake? It’s around just five bucks!

Beauty, NailsRoyal Splendor

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We’ve heard how easy Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes are, and when we heard about their recently launched Royal Splendor Collection, we jumped at the chance to try it out.  READ MORE

Beauty, Skincaregoop by Juice Beauty

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The beauty world has been buzzing about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new skincare line, and it got me really curious! Was it any good? I love a good face oil – especially organic – but many that I’ve tried are simply too heavy, sitting and leaving your face oily…which only leads to not-so-great skin results. So of course, I wanted to try the goop by Juice Beauty Enriching Face Oil.

Ladies (and gents!), it’s good! It’s certified organic and made with a pure blend of USDA certified organic oils like jojoba, evening primrose, sunflower, grapeseed and others. The oil is meant to boost your existing moisturizing routine, but I’ve mainly been using it at night on its own. It’s only 1 fl. oz, but a little goes a long way. I love that the oily sinks in fairly quickly as well. The packaging is clean and pretty on your counter, and most importantly, it always leaves my skin feeling soft and glowy!

Beauty, MakeupGuerlain Summer 2016

guerlain_cover2I’m a perpetual admirer of the House of Guerlain, one of the most storied French cosmetics and perfume houses which remains at the cusp of fashion today.  Guerlain defines the haute-couture of beauty, and with each thoughtfully created collection, my notions of a classic product are redefined with fresh trendsetting ideas. The Color Collection 2016 is truly amazing and luxurious, and I’m excited to share with you my favorite highlights.

G042203It’s such a pleasure to unwrap and discover one of the ever-evolving Terracotta bricks which have an incredible cult following. The Terracotta Pause D’Éte is a limited edition, and my favorite of this summer’s bronzing powders for the face and décolleté. It warms beautifully, and magically produces cheekbones that remind me of Christy Turlington’s glamorous photos. The long-lasting blush/bronzer gives that nuanced glow deepened by a fine sun-kissed hint of gold which does an amazing job of hiding my freckles. The Duo Shades are flexible depending on the look you want to achieve. If I’m going for more of a flush to go with a brighter day outfit, I concentrate my brush in the middle for more of the pink-coral shade (which is a bit more powdery), and for a more sophisticated evening look, the medium-brown tone (the best-selling Terracotta shade 03) mixed with a shimmer of gold is stunning. An element of the swirl is inevitable, and for good reason: the blend is formulated to capitalize on natural skintone. The contouring “3” is perfect for applying the terracotta from forehead scooping in to cheeks to pop cheekbones and down to the chin. The magnetic case is a work of art in itself and is made of sustainably harvested wood. The top is held on by magnets but can be lifted off completely. A light fragrance of orange blossom, vanilla and musk makes for a delicate ending to an impeccable product.

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Beauty, Hair, SkincareGet Back Your Glow!

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Anyone else feeling like winter has left them with dry, dull everything? From my dry, flaky skin to dull tresses, my whole beauty regime could use an extra dose of moisturization this spring. Raise your hand if you’re in the same camp as me.

While I usually up my game during the winter season with ultra moisturizing products, this year seems particularly worse and I’ve needed to find some new products to help fix this! To the rescue are…  READ MORE

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