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Beauty, MakeupMagnificent Metals

stilaeyeJust 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!

Beauty, SkincareLa Prairie for Day and Night

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.

la_prairie_eye_lipFrom 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.

caviarnightmaskFor 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!

 

Beauty, Makeup, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: FLOWER Lip Service Lip Butter

FLOWER by Drew Barrymoore Lip Butter

Beauty, MakeupHarness all the Energy

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Elemental Energy Eye Shadow Palette

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 LacquersREAD MORE

Beauty, HomeTocca Delicato da Viaggio

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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.

Beauty, New York, Skincare, Spas & SalonsCecilia Wong Facial: Hello, Moisture!

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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. READ MORE

Beauty, Makeupem Michelle Phan Waterliner

em_michelle_phan_waterlinerGuilty 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!

 

Beauty, NailsThe Zenith of Holiday Nail Collections

Zoya Zenith Collection

As much as I love reds and golds, I am SO sick of them being all over every holiday collection.  I have way too many of them already!  So I was super happy when Zoya’s Winter Collection Zenith came in the mail and there wasn’t a red or gold to be found.  Genius!  It’s a smaller collection for them – only six shades – but it’s all icy blues, silvers and purples.  Exactly what I was craving for the holidays this year!  Here’s what you’ll find in the set:

  • Mosheen – a astro ice blue topper, perfect for layering over other shades to change up the way they look.
  • Dream – a deep space blue with holographic glitter (my favorite one!)
  • Payton – a galactic cranberry with holographic glitter (so unique and pretty – definitely the only one in my stash like it)
  • Belinda – a cosmic purple metallic
  • Cassedy – a celestial pewter metallic
  • Seraphina – a Polaris silver metallic

The whole collection is just really, really pretty.  There’s not a dud in the bunch, which doesn’t always happen.  And since it’s not made up of “holiday” colors, I know I’ll be able to wear it year round and enjoy it long past December.  So far, I’m really batting a thousand on the holiday releases.  Let’s keep it up, people!

Beauty, MakeupA Flawless Complexion

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I work long hours at the office and go out a lot of times afterwards (I mean, who doesn’t need an after work drink..every day), so I really need my makeup to last as long as possible. Because as much as I say I’m going to touch up after work, I really only do it about half of the time (or less) because it’s just a pain. If I’ve already set aside time for makeup during the day, I don’t want to do it again! I’m just lazy that way, ok? So I’m really loving the duo of Stila’s new CC Cream Stick and Stay All Day Concealer.   It’s quick, easy and gives me the look of a flawless complexion that lasts straight through after work drinks.  It’s the perfect combo!  READ MORE

Beauty, Skincaredon’t call it a comeback: dermalogica double cleanse

Dermalogica Double Cleanse
It’s been a while since we wrote about Dermalogica, which has been a skin care staple in the beauty industry for what seems like ages. But I’ve been trying a lot of their products lately because (disclosure!) I’ve been working with them as a copywriter. Conflict of interest? Yep. Should you read this anyway? Yep. Here’s why:

The benefit of writing for this blog, and for several other beauty publications over the past decade, is that I’ve been exposed to far more products than the average consumer. It also means I can provide  an informed opinion on products based on experience, trial and error, and product education. I am generally skeptical, and only choose to write about products I actually like, regardless of whether they were provided for free, at a discount or by a client or employer.

So, with that said, Dermalogica has been rocking my socks off (or makeup, to be precise) this month with their Double Cleanse regimen. What is that? It’s their philosophy that to achieve “a professional level of clean,” you have to clean your skin twice. When I first learned about this, I thought, “What nonsense. Who wants to clean their skin TWICE? That’s gotta be bad for you.” But then I tried it, and I don’t think I can ever go back to a single cleanse.

The Dermalogica Double Cleanse consists of: READ MORE

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