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!
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!
On the drive to the gem that is Kiawah Island Resort just outside Charleston, South Carolina, I fell in love with the South all over again. The sun twinkled through the towering trees and hanging spanish moss to create a fantastical charm that simply cannot be found anywhere else. The resort is built on an island 10 miles wide, lined with wide scenic beaches and is one of the world’s premier destinations for golf (the Ocean Course is a past host of the PGA Tournament), thus making it my husband’s favorite place on earth. Accommodations can be custom tailored to visitors’ needs, from the award-winning Sanctuary Hotel to gorgeous houses ranging from traditional to contemporary that can be rented by the night (perfect for our next visit with our daughter!). The Sanctuary is an elegant mansion overflowing with graceful decor from sumptuous fabrics to soaring windows, inviting the panoramic ocean view in. The resort has won several Conde Nast Travel awards, including #1 Resort on the U.S. Mainland and #1 Island in North America. The top-notch service of the resort is a testament to their recognition, with someone always eager to be of help, whether in the pools or restaurants. More »
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! More »
Every day around 3 p.m., I get the munchies. You know, right before the sleepies kick in. And almost every day, I’m totally unprepared. The jar of mixed nuts on my desk has been reduced to crumbs. I’m out of Maccha Green Tea Kit Kats. I have no change for the overpriced Doritos in the vending machine. Life is rough. ;-)
But yesterday, life got smoother when Ping! My co-worker emailed me with a coveted Graze invitation code. Headquartered in London, Graze is a food-meets-tech startup that offers nutritious, delicious mail-order snacks. To use the service, members rate the snacks they want to try, specify where to ship them, and choose whether to receive them biweekly or monthly.
With help from a patented algorithm called DARWIN that customizes snack choices based on member preferences, Graze staff packs and ships snack boxes to members in the U.S. and the U.K. DARWIN also helps staff members ensure there are multiple tastes and textures are represented in each box, and that any user-selected dietary requirements are satisfied. And, get this, every box is just $6, including shipping!
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: More »
Believe me when I say that I have a serious aversion towards anything remotely “business-casual.” After I left my last job where that dress code was a requirement, I purged my closet of all my black, grey, pinstripe, and navy work pants. These days, if I can’t go to the office in shorts during the summer, I actually kind of freak out a little. So when Ann Taylor LOFT challenged me to style up a pair of their new black pants for Refinery29, I was a tad skeptical–after all, isn’t that where everyone goes to buy their business casual gear? To my total surprise and delight–the pants were totally awesome, comfortable, flattering, and didn’t make me look like I was going to work at all. For day, night, AND casual weekend (seriously) looks with the same pair of pants, check out the full feature on Refinery29!
Maybe it’s the change of season or maybe it’s because you know..I’m getting married any day now..but I’ve been completely obsessing with stepping it up with the home decor (I’ve also been dreaming about a new apartment but that’s another story). Not only have I totally been going nuts on my Pinterest board with pinning alllll the inspiration, I’ve actually started buying new dressings for my home. The first place I turned to, of course, was Sferra– a long time favorite brand when it comes to anything and everything luxury linens. My top picks for fall are below:
My absolute favorite investment so far is the Sferra Dorsey cashmere blanket which I bought for myself as an early wedding present. I discovered the luxury of a cashmere throw completely by accident–the weather in New York had gottenmuch cooler practically overnight and the only thing I had in the house to cover up with was a large cashmere scarf. Despite the fact that my fiance called it a “postage stamp”–it was a scarf after all–night after night he fights me for just a little corner of the cashmere. It’s the softest, most cuddly material you could sleep under. Sferra’s 50×70 version makes it a little easier for us to share and even though it’s light weight, it’s blissfully warm and oh-so-soft. More »
Beauty friends! You know that here at TDO, we love Simple Skincare so we are super excited to share that Simple is running a lil Twitter giveaway this week. From today through Wednesday, September 25, follow @SimpleSkincare on Twitter, use #SimpleVIP and #RedCarpet hashtags, and tell us how you use Simple® to get red carpet ready (shouldn’t be too hard after all that beauty inspiration last night!). Simple is giving away 100 prizes– a gift bag filled with skincare goodies.
On Wednesday from 8-9PM EST, Simple is also hosting a TweetUp. Hosts include Simple Advisory Board fitness expert Kacy Duke and makeup expert Gita Bass. Make sure you follow @SimpleSkincare and use the tag #FallBeauty to ask these two experts any advice they have about fall skincare, especially as it relates to makeup/fitness. The brand is prizing even more Simple product during the chat – plus, four grand prize winners will receive $100 American Express gift cards, a yoga mat and a makeup sample. You definitely don’t want to miss out!