New [to me] Beauty Favorites.
NARS Velvet Gloss lip pencil in New Lover— True story: last week I was running late to an event in Times Square and I was literally applying this while crossing the street and dodging tourists (I know). I didn’t get to see the finished result until a few hours later, and I was pleasantly surprised by its the sheer rosy glow that survived a no-mirror-application and cocktails!
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation— I’ve been faithfully using HD foundation for a few years now, but after reading so many glowing reviews I had to try this. The lovely ladies at Sephora gave me a tester to see how it worked with my skin, and after one week I was back to buy the bottle. The silky formula allows your skin to look like skin, with a less drying finish. The coverage is sheer, but it builds easily to cover blemishes or dark spots. I found that I like the look of the foundation better when applied with a foundation brush.
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Earthen Rose— Some days, pink blush is just not the look I want, but my skin still needs some healthy warmth. This amazing blush gives skin that glow reminiscent of summer, without sparkles or sheen. Anyone with a fair to medium skin tone, looking for a matte bronzer— look no futher!  Plus, you really can’t beat this price tag of $8.
OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet— I have been hunting everywhere for these lip tars and finally Sephora carries them in-store and online. They are rich pigments (vegan + cruelty free) that require the tiniest drop to cover the lips in matte, fast-drying color. Word to the wise— you’ll need a mirror and lip brush to apply it.
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black— I’m not a faithful to any one mascara, so I am constantly trying out new ones to find the be-all-end-all that’s under $9. This super-black formula glides in with the thick brush to coat and curl my otherwise stubbornly straight lashes. Best part? It didn’t flake or leave my lashes feeling like they were sprayed with Elnett, instead they were super soft and fluttery.
What are your new favorites for Fall?


Disclosure: Avon sent me an editorial sample, free of obligation. All opinions expressed are my own.

New [to me] Beauty Favorites.

NARS Velvet Gloss lip pencil in New LoverTrue story: last week I was running late to an event in Times Square and I was literally applying this while crossing the street and dodging tourists (I know). I didn’t get to see the finished result until a few hours later, and I was pleasantly surprised by its the sheer rosy glow that survived a no-mirror-application and cocktails!

Urban Decay Naked Skin foundationI’ve been faithfully using HD foundation for a few years now, but after reading so many glowing reviews I had to try this. The lovely ladies at Sephora gave me a tester to see how it worked with my skin, and after one week I was back to buy the bottle. The silky formula allows your skin to look like skin, with a less drying finish. The coverage is sheer, but it builds easily to cover blemishes or dark spots. I found that I like the look of the foundation better when applied with a foundation brush.

Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Earthen RoseSome days, pink blush is just not the look I want, but my skin still needs some healthy warmth. This amazing blush gives skin that glow reminiscent of summer, without sparkles or sheen. Anyone with a fair to medium skin tone, looking for a matte bronzer— look no futher!  Plus, you really can’t beat this price tag of $8.

OCC Lip Tar in StrumpetI have been hunting everywhere for these lip tars and finally Sephora carries them in-store and online. They are rich pigments (vegan + cruelty free) that require the tiniest drop to cover the lips in matte, fast-drying color. Word to the wise— you’ll need a mirror and lip brush to apply it.

L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black I’m not a faithful to any one mascara, so I am constantly trying out new ones to find the be-all-end-all that’s under $9. This super-black formula glides in with the thick brush to coat and curl my otherwise stubbornly straight lashes. Best part? It didn’t flake or leave my lashes feeling like they were sprayed with Elnett, instead they were super soft and fluttery.

What are your new favorites for Fall?



Disclosure: Avon sent me an editorial sample, free of obligation. All opinions expressed are my own.

Mario Badescu was introduced to me when I started working as a makeup artist. The boutique where I worked had the entire line, and after a few samples I was completely addicted. One great thing about MB products are their reasonable prices, which remain low because they keep the packaging so simple. Martha Stewart, Jennifer Anniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sharon Stone have all raved about this line. I adore so many of their products, but here are my absolute favorites.
Buttermilk Moisturizer: If you have acne-prone, sensitive, combination skin THIS is the daily moisturizer for you. Ingredients like lactic acid, carnation oil, and allatonin make this feel like a luxurious cream, without the pimple-causing effects. I have been using this every day for the last 5 years, and I swear by it.
Rosewater Facial Spray: Some nights after washing my face, my skin is tight and needing moisture. Aloe, rosewater, and herbs are combined in this sweet smelling mist to rehydrate the skin. Now you won’t need to worry about having a sticky face stain your pillowcase! 
Apricot Super Rich Body Lotion: Let me just tell you that this body lotion smells unbelievably good— fresh, clean, and simple. Super Rich it is. The texture is super creamy and thick, and it soaks into the skin for the ultimate hydration.
Glycolic Acid Toner: Combined with grapefruit, glycolic acid works to gently slough away dead skin cells that build up over time. If your makeup looks dull, it’s highly likely that your skin is in need of exfoliation, and this product does exactly that without any rough scrubbing particles.
Herbal Hydrating Serum: I love this product because it can be used in a few different ways. If you have oily skin, this could be used alone as a light moisturizer. If your skin is dry, or dry now because of the changing seasons, layer this under your regular moisturizer for additional benefits. If you just want to have a super-hydrating mask, you apply 2-3 layers of this, leave it on for an hour before your shower, and your skin will feel lovely!
Glycolic Eye Cream: For anyone with premature signs of aging and fine lines, this eye cream is bound to soften and hydrate your skin. Keep this in the refrigerator for a soothing treat before bed. The Vitamin E smooths, while the glycolic acid removes dead skin cells from the surface layer, to repair the tissue-like skin around the eyes. Believe me, your concealer will look even better when your under eyes are hydrated!

Mario Badescu was introduced to me when I started working as a makeup artist. The boutique where I worked had the entire line, and after a few samples I was completely addicted. One great thing about MB products are their reasonable prices, which remain low because they keep the packaging so simple. Martha Stewart, Jennifer Anniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sharon Stone have all raved about this line. I adore so many of their products, but here are my absolute favorites.

Buttermilk Moisturizer: If you have acne-prone, sensitive, combination skin THIS is the daily moisturizer for you. Ingredients like lactic acid, carnation oil, and allatonin make this feel like a luxurious cream, without the pimple-causing effects. I have been using this every day for the last 5 years, and I swear by it.

Rosewater Facial Spray: Some nights after washing my face, my skin is tight and needing moisture. Aloe, rosewater, and herbs are combined in this sweet smelling mist to rehydrate the skin. Now you won’t need to worry about having a sticky face stain your pillowcase!

Apricot Super Rich Body Lotion: Let me just tell you that this body lotion smells unbelievably good— fresh, clean, and simple. Super Rich it is. The texture is super creamy and thick, and it soaks into the skin for the ultimate hydration.

Glycolic Acid Toner: Combined with grapefruit, glycolic acid works to gently slough away dead skin cells that build up over time. If your makeup looks dull, it’s highly likely that your skin is in need of exfoliation, and this product does exactly that without any rough scrubbing particles.

Herbal Hydrating Serum: I love this product because it can be used in a few different ways. If you have oily skin, this could be used alone as a light moisturizer. If your skin is dry, or dry now because of the changing seasons, layer this under your regular moisturizer for additional benefits. If you just want to have a super-hydrating mask, you apply 2-3 layers of this, leave it on for an hour before your shower, and your skin will feel lovely!

Glycolic Eye Cream: For anyone with premature signs of aging and fine lines, this eye cream is bound to soften and hydrate your skin. Keep this in the refrigerator for a soothing treat before bed. The Vitamin E smooths, while the glycolic acid removes dead skin cells from the surface layer, to repair the tissue-like skin around the eyes. Believe me, your concealer will look even better when your under eyes are hydrated!

Travel Week: Best Beauty Items for Air Travel

Whether you’re taking one last vacation before August ends, or flying to New York for Fashion Week, these items will help you look your best. Jet lag? What’s that?

       

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1. Baggu collapsible tote. Fold it into a tiny square to keep in your purse in case you need an extra bag for groceries, library books, or a last-minute shopping trip ($8). 
2. Minimergency Kit for Her. For life’s little emergencies. Contains hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and adhesive bandages ($13). 
3. Mens watch. Wearing a watch is the first step to abiding by a rigorous schedule. This menswear watch from Timex is as stylish as it is affordable ($39).
4. Envelope clutch wallet. Holds everything imaginable and doubles as a clutch for a coffee run or cocktail date ($13). 
5. Black leather flats. They go with just about everything from casual attire to office wear, and the leather provides comfort, breathability, and lasts beyond one season.

1. Baggu collapsible tote. Fold it into a tiny square to keep in your purse in case you need an extra bag for groceries, library books, or a last-minute shopping trip ($8).

2. Minimergency Kit for Her. For life’s little emergencies. Contains hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, sewing kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and adhesive bandages ($13).

3. Mens watch. Wearing a watch is the first step to abiding by a rigorous schedule. This menswear watch from Timex is as stylish as it is affordable ($39).

4. Envelope clutch wallet. Holds everything imaginable and doubles as a clutch for a coffee run or cocktail date ($13).

5. Black leather flats. They go with just about everything from casual attire to office wear, and the leather provides comfort, breathability, and lasts beyond one season.

The Best of Stila Cosmetics

      

One of the very first makeup lines I used and adored, is Stila Cosmetics. What you see is what you get, with this range of products. For me, no trip to Sephora is complete without checking out some of their products.

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