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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

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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

Beauty, MakeupSmashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

smashboxliquidhaloAfter a summer of barely there makeup, I’m embracing the change of season by returning to polished makeup–the darker colors for fall practically demand it! The first step to the new made-up me is flawless foundation and this season that is Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Now that I’ve been spoiled with all those super natural BB and CC creams, I have a higher standard for my foundations–no longer will I accept anything too heavy, too cake-y, or too mask-like. Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation is fabulous because it’s an ultra-blendable light texture that doesn’t coat or cake on the skin but still leaves behind a completely even complexion and that enviable glowing-yet-matte finish. The product is almost like a gel and formulated with Liquid Light Technology that acts as filters and diffusers to blur out imperfections. The foundation is easy to apply with fingers or a brush, goes on smoothly, and blends into skin easily leaving your face looking natural-but-better–a great product for everyday wear and the perfect canvas to show off those rich fall hues.

Beauty, SponsoredDedicated: Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System

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With my wedding just weeks ago, every little beauty move I make till then has to have a purpose and has to work! Gone are the days of just “trying out” products—from now till the end of the month I’m only sticking to what’s guaranteed to produce results. One tool that I’ve been using recently is the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System, which is now my go-to product for cleansing and exfoliating. READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupAll the Artisan Brushes

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MAKE UP FOR EVER has just put all the other brands on notice because they’re introducing a new Artisan Brush Collection that involves a whopping SEVENTY-SIX brushes. Seventy-six! I didn’t even know that many were possible! The brushes range from the kind that you’ll use every day to more specialized ones that you would only use on special occasions–there is seriously a brush for anything and everything you could ever want to do on your face or body. The creation of the brushes has been a five year process for MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Creator and Artistic Director, Dany Sanz: the construction of each brush involved twenty-five unique stages and each one was hand-crafted by a total of thirty people from beginning to end. That’s a lot of detail! READ MORE

Beauty, SkincareDr Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

drjart_ceramidinliquidWhat do you do when your skin needs a lot of moisture but has a natural tendency to turn oily when you apply a serious product? Why, turn to the newest product from Dr Jart+ of course–Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizer.

Unlike your typical moisturizer, Ceramidin Liquid is an uber-light liquid that you apply with a cotton pad all over the face. Thanks to the weightless texture, the product absorbs immediately, leaving behind no shine, stickiness, or any residue at all. However, don’t be deceived by the watery formula–Ceramidin packs a powerful punch to deliver all day moisture. The key ingredient in the product, ceramide molecules, are essential lipids that are naturally found in the surface layer of the skin and help to keep skin healthy and glowing by strengthening the skin’s barrier function and locking in moisture. This product helps to hydrate by replenishing ceramides as well as deliver additional nutrients–licorice extract, panthenol, and aloe vera among others– to help relive tightness, nourish, and repair skin. The result is that skin feels great all day with no risk of teetering into greasy terrorist. A win-win for combination girls (and guys) everywhere!

Beauty, NailsFall for PixieDust

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You guys, there are new PixieDust colors for fall! I can’t even tell you all how happy this makes me – as someone who loves glitter polish far, far more than anyone who isn’t thirteen and into One Direction should, I can never get enough of the sparkly goodness that is the PixieDust formula.  It’s so fun and festive and it just makes me smile whenever I’m wearing it.  How can anyone resist a polish like that?  Here are the new shades that you’ll be rushing out to buy:

  • Tomoko – a champagne silver with a matte, textured sparkling metal finish
  • Chita – a forest green in a matte, textured, sparkling finish
  • Sunshine - a “Van Gogh” navy blue in a matte, textured, sparkling finish
  • Carter - a royal purple in a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish
  • Arabella - a rich fuchsia pink in a matte, textured, sparkling finish
  • Dhara - a fiery orange copper with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish

These are all super pretty, but if I had to pick favorites, I’d have to go with Tomoko, Chita and Sunshine.  Tomoko is such a beautiful metallic shade–it’s definitely a “look at me” shade, but in the best way.  Though I’m not normally a huge fan of green or blue polishes, I also love Chita and Sunshine, a green and a blue that are just absolutely gorgeous–unique and eye-catching–everything you want in a polish when you’re in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

You can check out all the shades on www.zoya.com,  Grab them before they’re gone!

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