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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.

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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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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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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!

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