Monday, September 24, 2012

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Reflecting Powder

In the words of SJP, "Hello, Lover."

This is my new favorite powder. With a tiny twist of the base, the perfect amount rises to the top ready for use. And it comes with a lovely, soft brush for application. I use it to set my under eye concealer but it works for simple overall coverage. A formula of 48 minerals and 11 amino acids that delivers anti-aging benefits with a 33% decrease in fine lines and wrinkles in just 10 minutes! #lovingit

Thursday, September 13, 2012

theBalm 'Stainiac' Cheek & Lip Stain

If  anyone is lazy in the AM about putting make up on before work, it would be me. A few swipes of this multi-purpose cheek and lip stain and boosh, I'm looking flushed and ready. "Beauty Queen" is a lovely berry, almost raspberry and the color lasts on  my lips through bottles of water. It gives you that, "You look pulled together but I don't know why," look. Yeah, I'll take it.

Unite U LUXURY Argan Oil

So I've been wanting to try some sort of Argan Oil since the trend started a few years ago. I was reluctant however because my hair is mighty fine and thin and just assumed it wouldn't do anything for me. Well, turns out I was right. It made my fine, straight hair all the more straight and greasy, and yes, a little goes a long way. It's safe to say this is best for those with thick, coarse hair who need some moisture. I will say it smells fantastic-of tropical summers.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

YSL Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain

YSL Paris? Yves Saint Laurent? Saint Laurent Paris? I still vote for YSL.

Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain is fancy/French for kick-ass long wear lip gloss.

I have 10 Rouge Filtre. It is a perfect bright-yet-sophisticated berry red.
And the color & shine LAST.

It is the most I have ever paid for a lip product ($32), but stays so well & feels so nice on that I totally feel justified.

I will buy another when I run out-- in a year or two.

Monday, September 10, 2012

V Beaute

Evidence Eraser (cleanser)
Rub Off (exfoliator)
Undercover Agent (anti-wrinkle serum)
Lite Up (brightening treatment serum)
Buying Time (Everyday Creme)
Eye Never (eye creme)

Available as a travel friendly clutch (the It Kit) or individually.

I read about V Beaute before trying & thought "Oh great, another hedge-fund-manager/socialite using her money and connections to make people buy whatever crap she has other people making for her. Super, I love giving my money to people who don't get out of bed for under a million."
Yes, I'm slightly bitter about not being a millionaire-socialite. I would even make do without the socialite-part.

After trying the V Beaute line, however, I am impressed.
Very impressed.

Fragrance free! Paraben free! Products that work without irritating my skin!

I use the Undercover Agent before sunblock in the morning; then one of the face washes, the Light Up, the Eye Never, and finish with the Buying time at night. Tightens & brightens, makes my skin happy.

Can't argue with results-- this chick (V Beaute creator Julie Macklowe) has done the work & come up with something great. Expensive and lux, but you'll have your face for the rest of your life-- might as well treat it right.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening

Immortelle Brightening Essence

So, could L'Occitane have done something wrong?
I love the Immortelle Precious Cream & Eye Balm, was very skeptical that any reformulation could be good.
I tried the Brightening Essence (read: serum) and Moisture Cream, not expecting much.
I have rarely been so happy to be proved wrong!

This combo seriously worked on my parenthesis, those dark spots from my temples around the side & up onto my forehead.

My skin glowed, and not in that oily-sheen way.

Again, well done L'Occitane.

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P.S. The milky glass containers? Love almost as much as the cobalt glass.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Skinnygirl Smoothing & Firming Body Lotion

While I'm still having issues digesting this logo (pun intended), the lotion is good.

Smells like dried cranberries, absorbs quickly but the moisturizing effects last.

Gives me a nice, albeit brief, glow.

For $9.99, a good deal., and not animal tested.
Well done, Bethenny Frankel

Friday, September 7, 2012

Skinnygirl Face & Body: Vitamin C Face Scrub

Although I cringed at the logo, I tried this cranberry-smelling face scrub.

As a face scrub, I did not like it. Left some serious residue (intense moisturizers), the scrubby-bits were too rough...

As a body scrub, however, this ROCKS.

Smells good without being perfume-y, moisturizes, exfoliates.
Made my legs, arms, and feet feel smooth and pampered.

I will buy more for this winter to keep my skin happy.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Miss Oops Rescue Sponge: Deodorant Removing Sponge

You know how almost all deodorants promise not to leave white marks on your clothes but most of them do anyway?
I know I have tried to remove the stains with tape, lint brushes, lint rollers, dry towels, wet towels...
I usually just have to change my clothes.
No more!!!
Thank you, Miss Oops, for making something that actually makes the stains go away!
I've got one in my purse, & I plan on giving as stocking stuffers this year. Yes, they are that good.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More FNO 2012

Great events are happening tomorrow night!
Check these out:

-This Thursday, 9/6, stop by any Georgetown Cupcake location to relax and wind from all of the hustle and bustle of Fashion’s Night Out and score a FREE sweet treat. All Georgetown Cupcake locations (Georgetown, Bethesda, SoHo and Newbury) will be open until 11pm in celebration and will be offering one FREE cupcake per person (customers will be able to choose which flavor they would like) all day long!

In honor of FNO, Georgetown Cupcake has also created a special “Runway Red Velvet” Cupcake that will be available at each location, which visitors can select as their free cupcake.

-In honor of Fashion's Night Out, agnes b. is offering a 15% discount on Winter 2012 collection* in stores and on with the code FASHIONSNIGHTOUT2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FNO 2012

Hello all!
I haven't posted in WAY too long-- it has been an insane summer.
August was so bad, I actually was looking forward to September & work!
Despite the downer of back-to-work/school, I always start getting excited when the September issues start rolling in!
I've made it through InStyle, working on Elle, & looking forward to Vogue.
What's even better than the September issues?
If you live in NYC or are able to visit, FASHION'S NIGHT OUT! This year, it's on September 6.
I've never been so tempted to hop on a plane as I was on opening the email invite from Alexander McQueen.

For those of you lucky-ducks who are able to make it, here are some of the don't-miss events:

-SCOOP NYC & AG Adriano Goldschmied are having a BLOCK PARTY
875 Washington St at 14th Street, 6-9pm

-L’Occitane is whisking away fashionistas to the south of France this Fashion’s Night Out with decadent cocktails and delicious ice cream flavors inspired by the finest Provençal ingredients. On the evening of Thursday, September 6th, guests who shop the L’Occitane flagship boutique in New York’s Flatiron District will be treated to custom cocktails created by trendy Chelsea speakeasy Bathtub Gin
Outside of the L’Occitane flagship boutique, the legendary Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck will further enhance shoppers’ sensorial experience, offering complimentary ice cream scoops of flavors that evoke the iconic lavender fields and fruit trees of the south of France.
Throughout the night, consumers will be pampered with hand massages and receive exclusive special offers on L’Occitane’s lush products. Customers will also receive a complimentary L’Occitane Maptote filled with L’Occitane favorites like Bonne Mere Soaps, Almond Shower Gel and Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel with any $65 purchase.
What:  L’Occitane Celebrates Fashion’s Night Out
When: Thursday, September 6th, 2012 | 6 pm – 11 pm
Where: L’Occitane Flagship Store |   170 5th Avenue | New York, NY 10011 | 212-206-8860

-Redken is hosting their Fashion’s Night Out event on Sept. 6th at the Redken Gallerie and Exchange (565 5th Avenue).
Visit or Redken's FB page for more information.

-WHO:    TIGI, the leader in fashion hair care, along with Fashion’s Night Out and local designers:
SAINTCHiC – With their eco-chic and luxe women’s wear and accessories lines, SAINTCHiC gives back to the Earth by creating sustainable looks
Stone Savant Jewelry – This budding brand plays host to the combination of delicate yet bold stones with a perfectly crafted cadence of hues, weight and luxury
Cousin & Co. Inc. – This line of contemporary handbags complement the lives of today's well-rounder stylish woman, who insists on having both fashion and functionality at a great price
WHAT:    As a lifestyle brand that bridges fashion, music, culture and individualism, TIGI presents a night to remember.  Guests who visit TIGI Fashion’s Night Out: Beauty Meets Fashion will enjoy:
- Discounted TIGI hair care products and tools
- Local designer showcases with exclusive offers and pricing
- Live music by DJ Gordon Voidwell
- Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
- Meet and greet with TIGI Talent, including TIGI Global Creative director Nick Irwin.
WHEN:    Thursday, September 6th from 6pm to 11pm  
WHERE:    TIGI Advanced Hair Academy, SoHo, 466 Broome St, 2nd Floor (between Greene and Mercer)

Can't make it? Check out these invites:

WHAT: BLINGGUARD will host an evening of fun facts, fashion tips and more onTwitter. Look out for when BLINGGUARD tweets a question about jewelry, fashion or celebrity trends and re-tweet the right answer towin a complimentary BLINGGUARD product!
WHEN: Thursday, September 6th; 6:00PM-11:00PM

Beginning September 6th, stop by to receive 20% off a different product each day, for five days

Check back tomorrow for more!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream

Loving this cream. A hint of lemon and a super creamy texture, I put this on right out of the shower. I glob it on my dry dry cheeks and I'm soft and plump all day. Best part? It doesn't agrivate my rosacea or ezcema. It works great with the foaming cleanser. Wahoo!

Atopalm Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream

After trying this on my whole face, my skin was left tight and needing more moisture and I don't wear foundation so.... I'm probably not the best candidate for this cream. But, I've been using this cream on my forehead since I have bangs because no one wants to see them mad greasy and it's working out quite well.

Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam

This is exactly as it's described-lush. Great for dry and sensitive skin, this won't leave yours tight and yearning for moisturizer like a lot of cleansers do to my sensitive skin. One pump of this foamy goodness and you're all set. Liiiike!