With 90 degree weather and hot sun every day, I don’t want a lot of fussy color and makeup running down my face. Fresh, bright and youthful is what’s called for this season with a focus on facial contouring. It’s easy to be intimidated by the concept, but in a few simple steps I’m loving the new “no makeup” (wink, wink) look while making the most of my facial shape. A neutral but dynamic visage goes with any outfit, from summer whites to wedding wear, so you only have to pack one palette to take on travels!
Contouring is the ubiquitous topic du jour it seems, and I confess I’ve never considered it too seriously until now. The idea behind contouring is to shape, highlight, and bronze in the most flattering way for any shaped face. The concept is so simple yet appealing, so I can’t think of any more excuses for putting it off. I was immediately hooked by Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio which transforms my face in seconds, and is incredibly easy to use. The set comes with a guide detailing recommended custom application for any face- it covers anything from oval to heart-shaped faces. Lines and shapes are strategically placed under and over cheekbones to highlight, and the lighter color on the forehead and chin. Blending is a cinch since the creamy pencils glide on, and it’s actually pretty fun to draw shapes on my face before smoothing the lines with my fingers.
How ready are you for summer? Because while I’m not particularly craving sweating the second I’m outside of the AC and going through sunscreen like it’s my job, I am excited for beach parties and more margaritas than usual. So I was super excited to get my hands on Zoya’s new shades for summer. There are two new collections – Island Fun and Paradise Sun – and both of them will make you giddy for the sun and fun of warmer weather.
All of the Island Fun shades are super pigmented (so make sure you wear a base coat to avoid staining your nails) and have a cream formula. My favorites in this collection are Demetria (sooo pretty!) and Cecelia, but if you like greens, Jace is really interesting and different than anything already in my (vast) stash of polishes. Here are the shades you’ll find in it: READ MORE
Say the brand aden + anais to any modern mom, and she’ll immediately tell you how it’s a must-have for any baby’s nursery. Every mom I know raves about their 100% cotton fabric, sharing how the soft fabric doesn’t irritate baby skin and comes in a range of prints that fits numerous aesthetics. Here are our favorites: READ MORE
For our latest Insider’s Obsessions feature, we’re chatting with Christina Jean Durante, the Founder and Creative Director of up-and-coming luxury footwear brand, Femmes Sans Peur! With a deep fashion background, designing for brands such as Dolce Vita, Pour La Victoire, Kelsi Dagger, House of Harlow 1960 and others, Durante recently stepped out on her own by launching Femmes Sans Peur. The brand showcases her innovative approach to design, keen eye for color and unique mix of worldly details inspired by her travels. Check out the line at the Femmes Sans Peur website, and see what she’s currently obsessing over below! READ MORE
Cara Delevingne. Jacquelyn Jablonski. Brooke Shields. Lily Collins. All of them have big, bold and — most importantly — flattering brows. While colorful, accessorized brows are taking center stage in high fashion this summer, it seems most people are rocking the natural, full-brow look off the runway. And why not? Full brows are easy to maintain (grow, baby, grow!), and they give you reason to try Eylure London, my favorite brow makeup products from across the pond. READ MORE
Our favorite childhood cartoon is coming to life, thanks to Persona! The collection of 18 sterling silver beads and charms featuring the iconic Peanuts characters will be available in stores late August. A holiday collection will be released online and in stores in November to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the upcoming Peanuts feature film. All beads and charms in the ‘Peanuts by Persona’ collection are handcrafted in sterling silver and feature Austrian crystals, hand-painted enamel, and Italian glass.
We can’t wait to get our hands on these pieces for a throwback to being a kid! The collections will be available at PersonaWorld.com and at select Persona retailers across North America.
It’s hard to think about my little girl growing up sometimes, and realizing that loving her so much also makes me want to protect her as much as possible. Now that she’s becoming more independent, I absolutely want her to know what to do if she ever finds herself separated from us. The new book launching today, When Lyla Got Lost (and Found) is a perfect way to introduce precautionary measure to a child without scaring them. The book is simple enough for a 3-year-old to understand, but the message is pertinent for older children as well. The watercolor illustrations are endearing and cute- and they certainly engaged my munchkin. Moms can all relate to that split second where something shiny or bouncy takes the attention of a little one, and suddenly they are out of sight! Lyla’s experience provides peace of mind for both parents and children, so a happy (and relieved) reunion can take place.
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