I’m absolutely ecstatic to be escaping to my beloved Paris for a few days this week! It’s been a year since I was last there, and when I’ve been away for a while I start to feel a yearning tickle under my skin for the charming streets, delicate pastries, and of course the effortless-chic fashion. I love Paris in all seasons, but autumn is my favorite time to go when the big tourist rush is over and the crisp chill is in the air making it perfect for tea and croissants in the afternoon. Before I take off, I always have to go over my wardrobe with a discerning eye (often leading to a frenzy), when I try to find that outfit that’s been waiting for the right moment to be taken out. Just in time for my trip, I have fallen for the only thing that could make me even more excited for the hop over to France: Guerlain’s Crazy Paris Holiday Collection. Each exquisite creation in the collection speaks to the glamour of Paris, inspired by the bright lights that illuminate the city at night. Guerlain is celebrating its reopening of its flagship boutique in Paris at 68 Champs Elysees, hence the “68″ theme for the beautiful packaging of each piece. (more…)
Halloween is the best holiday ever. Why? It’s the one time where it’s perfectly acceptable for adults to act like 8-year-olds. And I loved being 8. Of course, this year, Halloween is on a Thursday, and some of us are ill-prepared. So here’s a quick roundup of great Halloween makeup looks that can help you pull together something at the last minute, assuming you have all the goods or can get to a store near you. Just channel your inner 8-year-old and you’re all set! (more…)
Who knew an entire spa treatment experience could come in such a cute little package? No, I’m not talking about a mini manicure kit or foot soak. What I am referring to of course, is the new Spa Sonic is an all-inclusive polisher system consisting of a facial cleansing brush, a large brush for the body, a pumice pad for rough areas, and a facial sponge for microdermabrasion and reduction of fine lines. In other words, it is a full-body and facial treatment in a budget-friendly package, ready to give immediate results! (more…)
Just in time for the holidays, Stila has introduced a collection of Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows. They sent over five shades (out of the entire collection of 12) for me to check out and turns out, they are my favorite shadows that I’ve tried in a long time. Each shadow comes with a mini Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer and a little tray–you put a drop of the primer on the tray, then mix some of the shadow into it to create a sort of pasty concoction, which you then press onto your eyes with the tip of your finger. That sounds complicated but it’s actually easy and pretty fun, and the shadows are so, so gorgeous. They’re so shiny with an interesting foil finish and they glitter more than any shadow I can remember using recently. It’s a glitter explosion! (Which means that you should also be careful when putting them on so you know, it’s not a literal explosion). These probably aren’t the kind of shadows you’re going to want to wear to work, but for a party or a night out, you can’t go wrong with any of the shades. I’m partial to the Titanium and Vintage Black Gold shades myself, but they’re all nice and I kind of find myself wanting to own them all. (You know, just in case…) So fun!
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.
From 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.
For 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!
I almost always love the SEPHORA + PANTONE collections when they come out every season and this fall is no exception. The limited-edition products are meant to convey the energy of nature’s elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – through color, texture and design. It’s a really interesting idea – the colors were inspired by shifting climates and atmospheric conditions, so you get a wide spectrum of shades ranging from bolds to neutrals. The collection includes a number of different products – Jumbo Eye Pencils, Molten Liquid Liners, etc… and so far I’ve had the opportunity to try out the Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette and three of the four Elemental Energy Lacquers. (more…)
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.
In New York, there’s always a wait for anything good! After my long-anticipated facial with Cecilia Wong, I can now see why she is considered a guru for facials in a city full of the best spas and salons. It was difficult to choose from Cecilia’s carefully crafted menu of treatments, but I finally settled on the Hello, Moisture facial treatment since autumn is upon us and moisture will be harder to come by! I admired Cecilia’s own flawless and glowing skin as she welcomed me to her downtown spa location, a spacious and airy oasis over the hustle and bustle of the city. As we sat down, Cecilia reviewed my concerns, and actually custom tailored the facial to my needs. I have a tendency to get patches of red, irritated skin as the seasons change, which were addressed with the soothing facial. (more…)
Guilty 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!