The Mother’s Day Edit

The Mother's Day Edit

Here’s what the mama in your life is craving for a Mother’s Day treat.

  1. Let’s face it — moms are busy gals! Gift her the makeup palette she needs to easily bring her look from day to night with the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Limited-Edition Eye & Cheek Palette in Sultry Star Power ($28). With 6 shimmering eyeshadows, and a mauve blush, mom will feel glamorous. 
  2. Ralph Lauren Tender Romance Eau De Parfum ($76 for 1.7 oz) is warm and sweet, like your mom. She will love how this scent captures the sweet and gentle nature of love
  3. Maybe she’s a skincare junkie, or maybe you’d like to give her the gift of a good skincare ritual. Perfect for all skin types, First Aid Beauty Spring Into FAB Skin ($48) will freshen up her complexion just in time for the warmer weather. 
  1. New York moms need the Vera Bradley Auto Open Bubble Umbrella ($44) to stylishly stroll the city during this rainy spring! Trust me — she won’t mind when it’s raining anymore.
  2. Mom got a sweet tooth? Sugarfina Sweetest Mom 4 Pc. Bento ($34) is sweet like her. Hand deliver this treat and you night even get her to share. 
  3. Gift mom with the tools she needs to jumpstart her garden this spring. She’ll be stylishly gardening with the Marimekko for Target Adult Gardening Tool Set 4 pc. in  Kukkatori Print Primary ($20).
  4. Coloring can be relaxing, regardless of your age. Creative moms will love the intricate design in  Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book ($16).

What will your mom love this Mother’s Day? Happy day to all the mamas out there!

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2016 – The April Edit

The April Edit

  1. Though the weather in NYC has been so wacky lately, I’m starting to wear dresses and skirts. The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub ($24) is keeping my legs soft and smooth. It’s not too abrasive, but the gel-like formula will slough off all your dead skin. 
  2. St. Moritz Instant Self-Tanning Mousse ($13) is the first self-tanner I’ve used that doesn’t make me end up looking orange and streaky. Application is easy because of the tinted formula. No more blindly slathering on self-tanner!
  1. I’ve been wearing Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Peony Kiss ($18) on my lips since I first got it earlier this month, and I’ve been getting so any compliments! The formula is demi-matte, but never drying, and looks lush and plush on my lips. The pink color is fresh and great for everyday wear all spring and summer. 
  1. Big shoutout to my boyfriend for gifting this new beauty innovation to me! Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done ($34) is the solution to all my summer skin woes — it’s kinda like a primer, concealer, and foundation in one, without being heavy. Everyone needs this for the warmer months. 
  1. It’s true that there’s no real difference between a pink beautyblender and a nude one, but I’ve been loving my beautyblender nude ($20) this month. I find that it doesn’t look as dirty and faded as the original pink. I still wash it a few times a week though! 
  1. Wow. Wow. Wow. I love a good bronzer all year long, but I’m really picky with which ones get to grace my face. Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($15) is the perfect light to medium bronze. It’s not matte, but it’s not shimmery — it’s pretty luminous and natural looking at the same time. Plus, it smells like coconuts. 
  1. Quick story about this shade — my aunt had a baby boy a few months back, and I was so disappointed the brand had an “It’s A Girl” shade but not an “It’s A Boy” shade! The brand launched the latter in its Soft Shades collection for spring. OPI Nail Lacquer in It’s A Boy ($10) is a beautiful soft blue color for the warmer months, on hands and feet. 

 

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11 Beauty Products To Unleash Your Inner Mermaid

Originally published on BuzzFeed.

I know you’re a mermaid. You know you’re a mermaid. Let the world know your true identity with these sea-inspired beauty picks.

1. Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Can’t make it to the ocean? Bring the ocean to your bathtub. Packed with seaweed and sea salt, this fresh bath treat will have you flipping your tail with glee. Plus, you’ll smell like you just stepped on land for the first time in forever.

2. Sabon Body Gel Polisher in Tropic

Brazilian women use sand to exfoliate their skin. Mermaids use Sabon’s Body Gel Polisher. This rice-powered polisher will give you glowing, beautiful skin all over. You’re also not going to want to stop smelling yourself. 

3. OGX Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Drench your locks in moisture and harness the power of the ocean in your shower. This shampoo and conditioner is going to put shine in your hair and a smile on your face. It’s meant for dry and damaged hair, but it’s also light enough for any mermaid to use. 

4.  Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask

Look luminous and healthy at the same time with this sea-powered, hydrating skin treat. This cooling, blue face mask is formulated with tea from the Jeju Islands of Korea, and glacial lake blue marine algae. 

5. Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara

What’s better than a natural, mineral-based mascara that promises length and volume all while not running down your face when you’re swimming in the deep blue? You’re going to want to stash this little gem in your beach bag.

6. Ralph Lauren Fresh Eau de Toilette

This may as well be the official scent of summer — magnolia, sparkling lemon, and chilled watermelon create the perfect signature fragrance for any sea (or land) dweller. You’re going to smell as fresh as a sea star.

7. Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

The sheer, watery glow from these blushes are going to look beautiful on your cheeks whether you’re going to the supermarket, to work, or swimming with all your fishy friends.

8. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

It’s not called “the little black soap that changes everything” for no reason. Reveal radiant skin with this detoxifying cleansing bar powered by — you guessed it — sea mud, and 26 minerals derived from sea. 

9. Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette

With shade names like “Mermaid,” “Seashell,” and “Starfish,” how can you resist? The colors are luxuriously pigmented and shimmery and will look great against your tan this summer.

10. Essie Nail Lacquer in Barbados Blue

Let the silvery-baby blue shade lift your mood and remind you that you really are a mermaid, even though you lack a tail.

11. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

Get your tan on without the burn with this soon-to-be cult classic bronzer, available in two natural looking shades. 

 

 

 

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3, 2, 1… DONE: Your Guide To The Quickest Mid-day Touch-up

Sometimes it feels like I barely have a second to breathe in the middle of the day. If I’m at school, I’m drowning in books and papers in between classes. If I’m at work, I’m glued to my computer, in a meeting, or drowning in beauty products (which is not a bad thing.) When I barely have enough time to get a much needed iced coffee, it’s sometimes hard to find enough time to touch up my makeup during the day, which is also much needed. Sometimes during a bathroom break I look in the mirror and see my makeup is melting off my face. You don’t have to pick between eating lunch and ensuring you’re looking and feeling your best if you stash these products in your bag and quickly use them to refresh your look.

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain, The Body Shop, $14

I’ve been using this magic potion for years. I originally purchased it years ago because my lip color kept coming off on my boyfriend’s face! Haha. This color is rosier and a little more blue based than Benefit’s Benetint. I also like the gel formula better than Benetint’s liquid formula. I find this stain to be longer lasting and downright beautiful on lips and cheeks. One swipe on your lips, one tap on each cheek. Perfect.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, drugstores, $17

Look instantly luminous with a few tap, taps of this cushion makeup. Swipe it on under your eyes, accross your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin for an instantly luminous foundation refresh. Say aaahhh. (Hey oily girls – you can wear this too!)

Urban Decay Deslick Pressed Powder, Sephora, $32

A third of a hundred bucks for a non-colored pressed powder? Yeah, it’s pricey. But it’s so worth it. I first got this powder to bring with my on my trip to Italy last summer. It was hot and I was taking so many photos outside. That normally equals being a shiny mess in photos, but with Deslick stashed in my purse, my skin looked surprisingly fresh. It’s never cakey and never looks like you just put powder on your face, which is what I love about it. A little bit goes a long way and this compact will last quite a long time. Yep, you need this. Swirl your brush into the compact and glide it over your oily parts – sides of your nose, bridge of your nose, chin, and forehead.

Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Pointed Foundation Brush No. 121, Target, $13

I love this brush for quick touchups. The dense and angled bristles are fantastic for tapping both the Lumi Cushion and Deslick into your skin.  You can seriously use this versatile brush for everything from blending contour products to applying concealer.

What do you do during the day to freshen up your makeup?

 

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Beauty Rebranding

Image from Liveurvanity.com
Image from Liveurvanity.com

Yesterday I posted about Estee Lauder’s new sub-brand, The Estee Edit, now available at Sephora.com. The launch comes at no surprise (though much excitement.) Estee Lauder is often seen as a “mature” beauty brand, one that is used by many older women and not as many young faces. As part of this “rejuvination” of sorts, EL picked up KJ as the fresh, new face of the brand, which instantly harnessed much attention from a younger group. The new launch, with fresh and bold new packaging and a brand new feel, is aimed toward a young, trendy group, and is positioned to compete with brands like Urban Decay and Tarte. Will The Estee Edit launch at Sephora be enough to draw in a new market?

I think so.

I appreciate how EL is going about this new branding. New packaging and a new face might not appeal to older clientele, especially those who have been using EL for years and would be thrown off from a new feel. Creating a new line exclusively at Sephora seems to be the right move, and I’m excited to see how it pans out.

Lancome did something similar in recent years. Lancome was (is) also seen as a “mature” beauty brand, one that might not appeal to a younger market. The introduction of brighter, more trendy eyeshadow colors  without a doubt drew in the eyes of younger shoppers, myself included. Lancome’s Spring 2016 lineup is “cute and playful” and definitely is marketed toward young women. Lancome has also recently launched their “Parisian Pop” collection, which has a very  vibrant feel to it, with colorful mascaras and eyeliners.

How about the opposite? I’ve always thought of Maybelline as appealing toward a younger market. They are usually very trendy (and are the first mainstream drugstore beauty brand to launch a black lipstick next season) and their color cosmetics are appealing to a younger crowd. Do you think Maybelline could do more to appeal to a more mature market?

What do you think?

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Calling All Beauty Junkies – The Estée Edit Is Here

Image from Sephora.com

The Estée Edit has officially hit Sephora.com, and Estée Lauder brand ambassador Kendall Jenner is calling all beauty junkies to check it out. You must know Estée Lauder, or at least be familiar with this beauty counter brand from your mom and grandma. I can’t say I’ve tried anything from the brand, but there’s lots of cult favorites — everyone talks about their Double Wear Stay-In-Place makeup and Advanced Night Repair serum that originally launched in 1982. Now, Estée has launched a line of cosmetics and skincare marketed toward young women. This brand facelift will surely reach a new market, especially with KJ leading the charge.

Speaking of facelift, The Estée Edit’s packaging is so sleek. It’s bright blue, white, and silver theme carries throughout the entire collection. I’d be happy to display the line out on my vanity. 

On Sephora.com, the new sub-brand’s launch page divides products up into 4 categories: The Edgiest Attitude, The Barest Attitude, Guest Editor Attitude: Go Glow, Complexion Hybrids, and Dissolve The Drama. Page visitors can also view behind the scenes content featuring guest editors Kendall Jenner and Irene Kim, beauty influencer from Korea.

One of the coolest new products is the Lip Flip. Lip Flip is a sheer toned lipstick to transform any lip color and deepen or lighten it. It comes in two colors, Turn Up and Turn Down, which are yellow and black, respectively.

I’m also eyeing the Flash Illuminator in Spotlight. This cream is a highlighter-skincare hybrid designed for all skin types. It reminds me of my beloved MAC Strobe Cream. I imagine this cream would be great for mixing into foundation for a nice glow, or applying on top of foundation for a strobe of light. What makes this cream standout from MAC’s similar product is that it comes in 5 shades to be the right amount of light for all skin tones. Sign me up!
The Estée Edit is currently available on Sephora.com for VIB and VIB Rouge members.

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My Top Contouring Picks

Damn girl.

Contouring products are everywhere — it wasn’t just a 2014 trend! It seems like every beauty brand has their own contour/highlight duo or palette. How do you know which ones to try? If you’re like me, you want to try EVERY product out there. Unfortunately, that would make my wallet cry. I can’t claim to have tried every product, but out of the many I own and have played with, these are my favorite products that grace my face almost every day.

tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer in park avenue princess

This is $24 well spent. I’ve been using the same product for months and it barely looks like I’ve made a dent in it. tarte always wins at industry trends, and the sculptor take sthe cake in contouring sticks. The color is so beautiful on my skin — not too bronze, not too taupe. It has a very subtle shimmer and blends so easily. I sometimes use the slenderizer brush that tarte released at the same time, but I mostly use my Real Techniques sponge. Applying and blending the cream in is seriously foolpoof.

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Light

 Since I purchased this little gem last month, I haven’t used any other concealer to hide dark spots, under eye circles, and to highlight my face. The texture is so silky, but not so creamy that it doesn’t make me look like an oil slick. I squeeze a blob of product on the back of my hand, and apply it with a skinny, flat concealer brush, and blend with my sponge. Plus, if I covered up the label, you wouldn’t be able to guess that it only costs about 8 bucks.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow

The color name “Glow” is so accurate for this blush! At first, when I dot it on your cheeks, it looks so bright and almost neon. It blends so smoothly and seamlessly into my skin, and looks like a natural flush. $6 is an outrageous price, especially considering that it compares to higher-end makeup, like stila Convertible Color.

tarte Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer in park avenue princess

Another park avenue princess favorite! I can’t get enough of this iconic tarte shade. After I have completely blended in my contour cream, concealer, and blush, I sweep this highlighting bronzer on my cheekbones. I then use my concealer and flat brush again to draw a line under the bronzer, and blend. My cheekbones look flawlessly sculpted like Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. Okay…maybe not that sculpted.

 

What are your favorites?

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Halloween-ing In The Office

I love Halloween. I love spending hours picking out the perfect character, gathering materials, sewing, painting my face, and sometimes even my hair. Halloween-ing is mostly an art, can be a bit of a science, and definitely is a ton of fun. If you are lucky enough to work in an office or work environment where you can dress up for Halloween, by all means, you should, but do so tastefully and creatively.

If you’re a teacher, you should dress up as one of your students’ favorite characters, like Junie B. Jones. Your students will love that, and your coworkers will admire your creativity. Plus, she has so many fun adventures and outfits to match.

This was my favorite book series as a kiddo!

If you’re a beauty editor, you should highlight (no pun intended) your skills and showcase your take on a sugar skull. Or a wild animal. Or a celebrity, but not just recreating their MOTD, but their whole facial structure, too. I know you’re a whiz with your contour, so this can’t be too hard.

Hauntingly beautiful!

If you’re a doctor or nurse, you should dress up as a super hero, because really, that’s what you are. Don’t  be afraid to even create your own super hero for the occasion. Your patients will get a kick out of it, too, and you may even ease a few nerves.

Na na na na na na na na….

If you work in a small, close-knit department, you should organize group costumes, like characters from Mad Men, presidents and first ladies, the Addams Family, or have a red carpet theme. Group costuming is so much fun when everyone participates! Imagine all the buzz that your team will generate around the office.

How awesome do they look? So awesome.

If you’re in need of a last-minute costume to wear to your office, go for a polished Mary Poppins. You probably have all the props and pieces in your closet, and with all the crazy weather we’ve been having in New York, might even need to use that umbrella!

Classy as always.

 

Will you be Halloween-ing to the office this year?

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Beauty By The Ounce: Lip and Cheek Stains

Recently, I had a conversation with my mother about how much money women spend on cosmetic products. We, as beauty consumers, often overlook the ratio of cost to product. We may elect to spend less money upfront, but in return are getting much less product. For this study, I analyzed the cost to product ratio of lip and cheek stain hybrid products. The list is in order of the least to greatest cost per ounce. Keep in mind that all products are not the same formula or type of formula, but produce similar results, which is why I chose to compare their cost to product ratio.

 

Sephora Collection Colorful Cheek Ink Gel – .67 oz for $14 – $20.89/oz

NYX Cream Blush – .23 oz for $6.99 – $30.39/oz

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush – .16 oz for $6.99 = $43.69/oz

tarte cheek stain – 0.5 oz for $30 = $60/oz

Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stan – .40 oz for $30 = $75/oz

Clinique Chubby Stick Cream Colour Balm – .22 oz for $22 – $100/oz

Becca Beach Tint – .24 oz for $25 – $104.17/oz

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee – .18 oz for $22 – $122.22/oz

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color – 0.2 oz for $29 – $145/oz

Stila Convertible Color – .15 oz for $25 – $166.57/oz

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks – .13 oz for $29 – $223.08/oz

MAC Casual Color – 0.08 oz for $22 – $275/oz

 

The price difference between the first and last product is astronomical! As consumers, it’s important to see how much money are are spending, and in turn, how much value we are giving to a specific product.

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Wish of the Week 9.24.15

This week, I’m lusting over so many products, but here are my top picks.

Photo from www.ulta.com

Though not a new product, NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder ($10 for .28 oz)  found its way on my radar and I really want to try it. It looks like it could be a dupe of Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, which is a highly coveted product. I love NYX Blotting Powder for its performance in making my skin matte. I always use it over my foundation.

Photo from www.soapandglory.com

 

 

I remember when Soap & Glory was sold at Target! Now it’s at Sephora, and I’m happy I can rack up points on S&L purchases. I have dry skin, especially in the fall and winter months, but I love summery, fruity scents. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream ($15 for 10.1 oz)  sounds like it will be the best of both worlds! The scent is vanilla musk and lime. Mmmm!

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Photo from @LushStirling on Twitter.

 

I’m so flipping excited over Lush’s new products! Since Lush Oxford Street opened and debuted 200 new products exclusive to that location, I’ve been searching Instagram for glimpses of them. Finally, we have a small taste of those new inventions in the states. The product I’m most excited about is Lush Rub Rub Rub Solid Body Scrub ($9.95 for 4.5 oz). I’ve used the original RRR that comes in a black pot, but this new version is now an easier-to-use solid bar. Those who love thr original formula should not fear though — it’s still available! The scent of the original RRR is so beautiful and delicate, made with jasmine, mimosa, and orange. I hope the new solid scrub has the same scent as the website claims it does. The blossom design on the bar is also so beautiful. Lush always wins with their product designs.

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