Stories for: Beauty

Beauty, MakeupTalika Eyebrows

Full, luscious eyebrows are all the rage right now from the runway to instagram. I love Cara Delevigne’s bold brows which define her look and increase her fierceness, if that’s possible. Even if overtweezing or aggressive waxing is a part of your eyebrow history as it is mine, there’s hope in Talika’s Eyebrow Lipsocils Ink. The multi-talented brow application works as a pigmented filler as well as an eyebrow growth serum and regenerating treatment. The tip is perfectly designed for precision with a fine bevel which I use to feather out from my main brow line. It does show up pretty dark, so I suggest conservative experimentation the first couple times. Over the course of about a month, my brows are healthier and fuller, all with just applying a daily dose of filler which I would do anyway!


Beauty, MakeupAntonym Organic Beauty

From organic food to natural skin care, it can be overwhelming trying to find healthy but effective products. It seems we can’t even drink water nowadays without pondering alkalinity, reverse osmosis, and source! I’m on an ongoing quest to curate high-performance cosmetics that don’t compromise pigmentation and staying power but are friendly to skin and health. Antonym is a brand known for runway-worthy color collections while using quality organic ingredients formulated without animal testing. It’s eco-friendly with fabulous bamboo packaging, which makes toting my favorite quad eyeshadows light and easy. Some of my favorite style icons, Kate Mara, Ashley Green and Keira Knightely have worn Antonym for red carpet looks. The blendable color combinations of the quads are versatile enough to work on variable skin tones. I happen to love To the Moon and Black for a dramatic sizzling eye, so perfect for a night at a newly opened restaurant. While the colors brought me out of my comfort zone a bit, they were easy to manipulate and apply and the intensity stayed fresh through post-prandial drinks too!


BeautyNew Year, New Line

Perhaps the best kept beauty secret of 2018 so far is Elcie, a luxurious and comprehensive line of makeup by talented makeup artist Lilit Caradanian. I’m sharing a few of my favorites from the collection which have had the greatest impact on my daily routine and are a delight to use!

My favorite product from the line is the Hydra Enhancer, an alkaline facial mist which elegantly captures the heavenly scent of Jasmine. I love keeping it at my desk as a quick spritz will liven up and restore moisture to my skin, while refreshing my senses. This moisture blast is particularly important to battle the effects of the extremely dry air that indoor heating produces. The Hydra Enhancer is also perfect under makeup and periodically in order to help makeup set and stay put. Antioxidants fight free radicals to slow aging, and anti-bacterial properties keep blemishes at bay. The mist absorbs quickly and feels feather-light. My little secret of this enhancer has also served me well: after an evening including a few cocktails, I spritz generously just before falling into slumber and then immediately after waking to restore moisture and nutrients to skin, and it looks like I got ten hours of sleep!


Beauty, MakeupDior Addict Lip Glow

This new year feels… slightly frigid, but full of hope for longer days, new beginnings, and a fresh outlook. Dior Addict Lip Glow is a sheer, lightly pigmented line which gives lips a healthy fresh sheen and a hint of color. I’m in love with the concept of showing natural beauty by highlighting rather than covering. Protection and nourishment should be at the heart of makeup, as it’s only as good as what’s underneath! I apply a couple coats of the lip glow which glides on like butter. Lips are instantly moisturized and take on a uniform pink tint which looks polished and healthy. Although the lip glow hints at spring, it’s particularly soothing right now with the bitter wind chapping lips like no other. Three finishes are available depending on what look you’re going for: dewy, holographic, and matte. The Holographic finish is new to the line, which has a subtle iridescent finish to enhance lips, and for me it has an optical plumping effect as well. The new Matte is still very comfortable but with a more velvety look. My favorite color is the divine lilac, which shows up as a subtle tone which isn’t too pink on my naturally rosy lips. I really appreciate the long-lasting effects of the glow, as I’m always on the go and don’t have time to reapply every few minutes.


Beauty, NailsFall Musings with JINsoon

Autumn is in full bloom, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with fresh and sophisticated nail collection inspired by Art Nouveau. JINsoon is always on the cutting edge of pairing well with the latest fall trends, and their latest release is a Fall Art Nouveau collection so sophisticated you can actually build a wardrobe around! The modernized rustic palette contrasts both temperate and dark colors, drawing from the influence of established artists to look completely fresh and modern. My favorite shade is the dark and mysterious Abyss, a moody nocturne blue which looks striking in both bright sunshine and dim candlelight. It takes the lead with so many fall looks and will carry right through winter as a fabulous accent.


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.


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.


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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