Stories for: Beauty

Beauty, MakeupBoho Rock with Butter London

lsdWith one eye always on the runway, Butter London is label that we can count on to fuse  fashion and Rock & Roll. Since Butter shades are created specifically for the runway, we know we’re on the cutting edge when new colors are released. I love getting creative with high-fashion shades which add edge to any ensemble, especially if I’m dressed in one of my many neutral or black ensembles I’ve been gravitating toward. The Boho Rock collection takes earthy neutrals to the next level with soft, shimmering shades that accentuate every skin tone.

The Lucy in the Sky shade of Nail Polish is aptly named as it’ll definitely give you a trip! Undertones are reminiscent of tangerine trees and marmalade skies, and a girl with kaleidoscope eyes. I applied three layers to get a more opaque look packed with disco-fun glitter, which shows off gold and silver tones on a rose pink base. Butter polishes are always carcinogen-free which means no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, or parabens. Since they are formulated to nourish and protect nails, rocking color doesn’t come at a cost of healthy nails.

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Beauty, NailsMagical Pixie Dust

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Oh, Zoya. You really do know how to satisfy my glitter loving heart!  The new Magical Pixie Collection is a trio of shades with their trademark Pixie Dust finish pumped up even more with bigger glitter and their first ever holographic pixie particles. Does that sound amazing? Because it really, really is. Here are the three shades you’re going to be coveting:

  • Cosmo – A silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles
  • Vega – A blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles
  • Lux – A rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles

zoyaawakenI’m currently wearing Cosmo on my toes and it is a glitter explosion–you can see the different sizes of glitter (it sparkles an insame amount) and how holographic the finish is. The woman who was doing my toes at my salon couldn’t stop talking about it and even pulled a few of the other people there to look at it too. And the other two are equally as pretty, just in different colors. If you like sparkly polishes at all, you REALLY need these.

Also new for spring from Zoya is their Awaken collection. With delicious sherbet shades of purple, green, blue, pink, orange and gold, it’s the perfect collection to take you into the warmer weather. All of the shades just beg to be worn on a picnic or with a cute dress. The collection also includes a top coat called Monet, a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper and you can wear it over any of the shades in the collection (or any others you already own) for a super cool effect. Love this one. Bring on spring!

Beauty, MakeupPerfect Pairing: Aerin Kaleidolight Palette and Rose Balm Lipstick

Aerin Beauty Spring 2014 Essentials

In beauty editorial, no word is more overused than ‘perfect’–I’m certainly guilty of it as well, but there is no other word that can better describe these two key pieces from Aerin’s Spring 2014 collection. They’re all you need to put your prettiest–and most radiant–face forward for the season. The Kaleidolight Palette is designed to be an all-in-one complexion brightener, featuring five versatile and light-enhancing shades that add a subtle glow to cheeks, lids, or anywhere on the face. The palette contains the classics–two shades of beige for highlighting, two shades of bronze for contouring and adding warmth, but you’ve also got a beautiful rosy pink blush and a vibrant lavender powder that instantly brightens eyes. You can use each color separately, but I often do the lazy-girl-swirl and take a large blush or powder brush over the entire palette. Even with minimal effort, the payoff is gorgeous–a beautiful, natural-but-better, glow for the entire face.

The only other tool needed for complete complexion perfection is lipstick and this season, Aerin launches her best one yet. The new collection of  Rose Balm Lipsticks combines luxurious color and balmy texture with a light shine finish that gives yourl lips that same pretty glow. The lipsticks come in ten shades–from a peachy coral (Cabana) to a moody purple (Wild Lilac) to a blush pink (Pretty). Pictured above is a pinkish neutral shade most aptly named Perfect Nude.

Both items are encased in Aerin’s signature gold packaging–and is equally as elegant displayed on your vanity or work desk.

Aerin Kaleidolight Palette, $70, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom
Aerin Rose Balm Lipsticks, $30, Saks Fifth Avenue

Beauty, Fashion Week, MakeupKevyn Aucoin Runway

Lela RoseWith NY Fashion Week behind us and Paris fresh in our minds, I’ve got a rush of adrenaline and new ideas and obsessions. Of course the fashion is amazing, but beauty is what completes the picture. In several shows including Milly and Lela Rose, Kevyn Aucoin produced some of the most editorial looks. The flawless, creamy complexions of the models were accented by glittery eyelids and dewy fresh lips were simple but fresh and beautiful. I’ve put together some of my favorite elements for a take-home version of the runway looks.

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BeautyCetaphil Launches Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

cetaphil_cleasning_clothsI’ll admit it: I’ve been jumping on the cleansing cloths bandwagon. A quick glance at my new bathroom cabinet (which I’ll spare you for now as I am mid-move) shows an assortment of wipes from all kinds of brands. I’ve got ones that are oil-balancing and acne-treating and skin-radiating, but at the end of the day I really just want my wipes to do one thing: remove makeup, clean, and doesn’t leave me feeling guilty about not giving my face an end-of-day wash.

Luckily Cetaphil, purveyors of gentle skin care, has just launched Cleansing Cloths and despite having just used them for a couple days, I’ve already deemed them my new favorites. The first things you’ll notice about these cloths are that the texture is much softer than many other wipes you may have tried and the size is quite a bit larger. Cetaphil designed these cloths to be a one-stop-shop and thanks to the fragrance-free gentle formulation, they’re even safe for removing stubborn eye makeup. Each cloth is infused with Cetaphil’s ever popular gentle cleanser and according to the brand, is effective enough to cleanse the entire face and even replace face washing. While I wouldn’t recommend doing that on a nightly basis, the wipes do leave the skin feeling clean and refreshed–never leaving behind any kind of film or other ickyness. Priced between $5.99 and $6.99 (or $5.39 at Target right this second) for a pack of 25, these wipes are super accessible. Grab a pack and try them out for yourself!

 

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
Aerin Rose Balm
Fresh Rose Face Mask
Le Couvent des Minimes Cleansing Cream
Dolce & Gabbana Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Rose
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater
Korres Cheek Butter in Philia Rose
Amala Rose Concentrate
Roses de Chloe
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.

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