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Beauty, MakeupA Fresh Tarte

tarteIt’s always so great when a brand updates a product you already love–it’s kind of like your favorite product getting a new outfit or a kick ass new pair of shoes. (Can you tell I’ve been shopping a lot lately?) And those fabulous new outfits are now adorning the Cheek Stains and Power Pigment lip tints.

Tarte’s Power Pigments are lip tints are pencils that have a touch of mint to them, and are easily applied (you can do it without a mirror!) and give you some minty freshness with a decent amount of color. I love the way the pencils have the shade colors right on them so you can easily figure out which one you’re grabbing without having to open it (always a problem when you carry as many lip products as I do!). They also make my lips super soft because of the vitamins and shea butter, so they’re almost balm-like in a way. All of the eight fantastic shades were inspired by the colors of the Cheek Stain, making it even easier to go for a coordinated look if that’s what you’re after.

The Cheek Stains are the same they’ve always been, just with what they’re calling a makeover (a brand after my own heart!)  The sticks use the same easy push-up form as before and the colors still leave a good amount of natural looking color on your cheeks that lasts all day.  The containers are definitely smaller now so they’re easier to tote around with you or pack (always something to consider) and they look great paired with their matching Lip Pigments. All around, the new look these old favorites are sporting is fabulous. Check them out!

Beauty, SkincareYon-ka Hydra No 1 Treatment

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We’re all familiar with and love designer resort lines as a relief from the bundled-up winter, but what I’ve recently come to realize is that skin needs a resort holiday as well! From a change of scenery and climate is born a need for the equivalent in skincare, which I’ve found in the hydrating anti-aging treatment Yon-ka Hydra No 1. On my recent respite from the uber-cold northeast winter, I toted the Parisian line’s Hydra No 1 Serum and Fluide with me and have been in love with the results. Yon-ka’s anti-aging hydrating complex  restores and maintains hydration levels both in the skin’s superficial and deeper skin layers, but is very lightweight and absorbs well. Because hydration is the basis for skin’s softness, tone, smoothness, and brightness, the Hydra line works both instantly and long-term to restore and retain moisture. An innovative formula of imperata cylindrical, aloe vera, and silicon feed my complexion and relax tightness due to dehydration.

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Beauty, SkincareKiehl’s Launches Ultra Facial Overnight Mask & Intense Hydration Cream

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I’m writing this post in honor of the fact that I’m going to China tomorrow and I have gotten upgraded. Let me count the number of times I’ve been able to sleep while spending 15 hours over the Pacific Ocean/North Pole in all the 20 years I’ve been flying to Asia…and that number is zero. But now, thanks to a very generous friend who passed along his Executive Platinum perks for the day and that 40,000 ft lifesaver called a lie-flat bed, I can actually catch some winks on this overnight flight instead of just sitting there in misery the whole way.

So it was just the best timing ever that I got my hands on the new Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque and Intense Hydration Facial Cream–it was like somehow they knew that I was traveling from one freezing locale to another and would desperately need both items to keep my skin hydrated for the journey. Plus now I can actually enjoy the “overnight” benefits of the Overnight Mask while en route–and you’d better believe that I’ll be decanting these products into TSA approved sizes so I can slather on a healthy helping on the plane while I’m s-s-s-sleeping!  READ MORE

BeautyValentine’s Day Beauty is Coming Up Roses

Coming Up Roses

Coming Up Roses

Aerin Rose Balm

Aerin Rose Balm

Fresh Rose Face Mask

Fresh Rose Face Mask

Le Couvent des Minimes Cleansing Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Cleansing Cream

Dolce & Gabbana Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Rose

Dolce & Gabbana Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Rose

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Korres Cheek Butter in Philia Rose

Korres Cheek Butter in Philia Rose

Amala Rose Concentrate

Amala Rose Concentrate

Roses de Chloe

Roses de Chloe

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Candle

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Candle

Coming Up RosesAerin Rose BalmFresh Rose Face MaskLe Couvent des Minimes Cleansing CreamDolce & Gabbana Gloss Fusion Lipstick in RoseMario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and RosewaterKorres Cheek Butter in Philia RoseAmala Rose ConcentrateRoses de ChloeViktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Candle

Like all things classic, roses tend to have a reputation of being a bit too “old school.” Some people may even actively avoid wearing rose products all together out of fear of appearing one (or two) generations too old. But I’m here to put that powdery perception to rest; the newest crop of roses are light, feminine, joyful, and yes–even youthful. From the most romantic hue of blush to a facial mask infused with actual flower petals, we’ve rounded up our nine favorite products of the moment just in time for Valentine’s Day–perfect for beauty gifting or to enhance your own bathroom shelves. Below, our guide to la vie en rose.

1. Aerin Rose BalmRoses have long been used in skincare thanks to its hydrating and anti-aging benefits. Aerin Lauder is a fan, having made the flower (and color) a signature across all the products in her elegant beauty line. Her new Rose Balm is completely dedicated to the flower, carefully crafted with an extract from over 350 petals and can be used to soothe and moisturize any part of the body from eyes and lips to face and cuticles. The unique balm formula is deeply moisturizing but ultra light to the touch without any stickiness and leaves behind a natural radiance. The product is housed in a gorgeous frosted glass jar with just the subtlest hint of rose fragrance. READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareIndie Lee COQ-10 Toner

indieleeq10Toner is one of those debated beauty items (kind of like facial mists), where it’s hard to get a definitive answer on if you really need it. One of the most common reasons you hear for using toner is that it’s supposed to help remove any last traces of product that has made it past your cleanser. This might be true, but instead of stocking up toner, it makes me want to buy better makeup and cleanser. In other words, I never felt convinced enough to incorporate a toner into my beauty regimen.

When Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner landed on my desk though, it completely changed my perception of this category of beauty products. This non-alcoholic toner is infused with so many hydrating ingredients from hyaluronic acid to citrus aurantium flower oil, that it’s actually quite effective as a moisturizer on its own. I discovered this by accident one day when my face felt so dry and tight (thanks a lot crazy weather) that I grabbed the first thing within reach and slathered it on. That thing happened to be Indie Lee’s toner, sitting closest to me in a queue of things to test. I was immediately impressed with this product right after I applied it–my skin felt soothed and softer instantly. To test how long lasting the results were, I opted not to put an additional moisturizer over it–and it turns out, even hours later, my skin still felt comfortable. Now would I recommend this in place of your moisturizer? No–but in extreme weather or if you suffer from dry skin, it can be a very effective additional step to incorporate into your routine. I now use it every evening and after my morning showers. Dry skin begone…and yes, any stubborn makeup remnants as well.

Indie Lee COQ-10 Toner, $32, Dermstore.com.

Beauty, HairDavines Hair Makeover

DavinesNounouShampooResolutions are so much easier to keep when they involve treating yourself well! My new year, new hair resolution has been so fun to explore, and much needed as my hair was feeling limp and neglected. With the help of Davines’ line of high-quality products, I have a good feeling that this resolution’s going to stick around. I first learned about the brand when I asked an Italian acquaintance what her secret was to effortlessly gorgeous hair. Happily, she didn’t reply that it was chalked up to good genes and I had no hope, but that the eco-friendly Italian line Davines was worth chasing down. Armed with this bit of information, I started exploring their products from shampoo and conditioner to hair oil, with fabulous results.

I admit that I take my hair for granted, and it’s easy to forget that hair can age too–and very quickly if it’s not given some regularly-scheduled TLC. I began using Nounou shampoo, which is specially formulated to nourish and illuminate color-treated hair which typically has a damaged keratin structure. Nounou shampoo is a must-have for preserving color, since the last thing you want after sitting through a long hair appointment is to let it all go down the drain! Even if you wash your hair on a daily basis like I usually do, hair never feels dry after treating it with Nounou. Although there isn’t a huge amount of lather, my hair feels very clean following the shampoo treatment. The clean and sophisticated scent makes me feel like I’m in a salon and instead of harsh chemicals including sodium chloride that can strip color-treated hair, locks are fed with rice proteins, and silicon microemulsions. Nounou shampoo deeply moisturizes with carbohydrates (hair has to eat too!), vitamins, mineral salts, and lipids through nature’s best source, chestnut milk. A welcome side-effect is that it’s moisturizing to my scalp, so even with the cold weather I don’t get flaky.

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BeautyPerfect Pairing: Guerlain Météorites Clair Pearls & Powder Brush

Processed with VSCOcamPolar vortex, Arctic tundra, too cold to breathe–whatever phrase anyone is using to describe this cold front, the next sentence is usually the same: “I wish it were spring already!” 

Unfortunately, since winter isn’t showing any signs of letting up soon (or perhaps because of it), I’m strongly gravitating towards any spring-y makeup that lands on my desk. The product I’m reaching for most frequently these days? Guerlain Météorites in (02) Clair, the brand’s newest face powder and part of their 2014 Blossoms collection. Just looking at the pastel pearls immediately reminds me of Paris (a little Miss Dior Cherie throwback anyone?) and Easter all in one. It’s happiness inducing, and luckily the glow it’s giving my cold weather-battered skin is just as warm. The colorful blend of pearls are infused with “Stardust technology,” a light-creating polymer which gives skin that romantic youthful glow. But the real genius is that each color pearl performs its own vital function: yellow and green help counter redness, pink to add freshness, mauve to catch light, and white to illuminate the complexion. READ MORE

Beauty, Skincare5 Oils That’ll Change How You Approach Skincare

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ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum

ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Origins Planscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil

Origins Planscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil

Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum

Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum

.ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerumKiehl's Midnight RecoverySunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face OilOrigins Planscription Youth-Renewing Face OilJoanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum

They call it a skincare routine for a reason: you’ve probably been doing that same old wash/moisturize two step for as long as you can remember. Even as an avid beauty product connoisseur, I find it pretty hard to incorporate a new product regularly beyond the initial testing phase. But every once in a while, something so good comes along that you have to make room for it–on your bathroom counter and in your beauty schedule. In this case, I’m talking an entire category of products: oils, which dare I say, has even replaced my usual face cream this winter.

According to Dr. Harvey Leo, a research scientist at the University of Michigan who spends much of his time studying how ingredients interact with skin, oils are some of the most effective products for helping skin lock in and retain moisture. Ample hydration, as we know, is the key not only to a healthy complexion, but that coveted glow (and despite what you may think, none of the grease). Even something as simple as canola oil can do the trick, says Dr. Leo, but I totally get it if you’d prefer to leave the Crisco in the pantry. Below, I’ve rounded up my five favorite oils of the season–try any of them and I’m pretty sure they’ll become the favorite part of your new beauty routine.

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BeautyPerfect Pairing: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow & Duo Brush

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Brows: seriously underrated and often overlooked. People frequently cite mascara or lipstick as their can’t-live-without-product, but when was the last time you heard anyone lament about not being able to leave the house unless her brows were perfectly groomed? Well, that would be me, and once you start paying attention, the before/after will seem so stark that you’ll actually feel naked without a little brow touchup. Thanks to Anastasia Beverly Hills new Dipbrow Pomade and #12 Large Duo Brush, achieving polished, defined brows are now easier, quicker, and more foolproof than ever. READ MORE

Beauty, NailsScotch Naturals Red Hot Trio

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Well, here’s a novel concept: a nail lacquer so pure and free of chemicals that it doesn’t smell. While I usually tend to avoid sniffing polishes, I found myself bringing bottles of Scotch Natural up to my nose on more than one occasion in disbelief that I really couldn’t detect any scent aside from a very mild whiff of almonds. Crazy right? And that is how, through the unlikely sense of smell that I first fell in love with one of the most luxurious and innovative polish brands on the market.

Scotch Natural polishes are created using a unique water based (as opposed to solvent based) formula and are absent of a slew of chemicals typically found in nail polishes. In addition to being free of all toxins, Scotch Natural polishes are also vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, fragrance free, and paraben free. What’s left is water, an adhesive agent, and color–a rainbow palette of 43 shades ranging from the softest blush to the moodiest indigo. Now in time for Valentine’s Day (and for red-lovers, any day), Scotch Naturals has released a trio of their favorite reds: Tartan Swizzle, a vibrant magenta, Stiletto, a pink-red creme, and Whisper, a shimmery pale pink in a beautiful, giftable set complete with their Sticky Base Coat and On The Rocks high gloss top coat. The polishes are highly saturated and evenly coats the nail bed with just one swipe for chip-free color that lasts (3 days and going strong!). Added bonus: the polishes also seem to dry quicker than their non-toxic counterparts, now officially leaving you with zero reasons not to get on the better-for-you bandwagon.

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