August 19, 2018
My 'Retro Summer Nights' Look with Charlotte Tilbury

My 'Retro Summer Nights' Look with Charlotte Tilbury

When one of your all-time favorite makeup brands asks you if you'd be willing to create your very own "Superstar Look" to celebrate their Sephora launch, do you hesitate to answer "YES, PLEASE!!"? Well, I definitely did not. Not only was I excited to hear that Charlotte Tilbury was launching in select Sephoras; I couldn't wait to put on my makeup geek cap and get thinking about what type of look I wanted to create. 

Let's just say, this wasn't a difficult task. Immediately, when I think of Charlotte and her namesake brand, my mind wanders to glamorous highlights, sultry cat eyes and overdrawn nude pouts. I also knew I had to incorporate my three favorite products from the brand: the Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk, the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette and the The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner PenTogether, these three gems create the basis for this glowing, doll-eyed, bronzed look with nude lips. It reminds me of a modern 60's summer look and I absolutely love that it flatters all skin tones!

Scroll down for the entire product list!
For Base:
Magic Foundation in shade 3

For Face: 

For Eyes: 
Luxury Palette Color-Coded Eyeshadows in Dolce Vita & Golden Goddess
Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet

For Lips:
Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk
K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect
What are your favorite Charlotte Tilbury products, and what kind of look would you create with them?

*pr samples included.

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August 08, 2018
Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday

After seeing so many tempting new beauty releases, I decided it was time to start sharing my wish lists with you all. So, welcome to my series "Wish List Wednesday." For years I've been creating these types of lists in the "notes" section of my phone, and have used them as a way to keep on top of the beauty releases and trends because - let's face it - there are so many. Here is what I'm currently lusting after and will consider picking up, so let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself yet!
  1. Giorgio Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Blush - This water-based liquid blush looks right up my street! I love creamy products, but in the summer, certain cream blushes seem to slip and slide all over my face; this seems like the idea solution to that problem, offering a stain-like texture that stays put.
  2. Ilia Silken Shadow Stick - If you have been around for awhile, you'll know I love shadow sticks. This new one from Ilia is natural and looks absolutely beautiful; the shade range is filled with perfectly muted mauves and nudes.
  3. YSL Glossy Stain Holographics Lip Color - I am riding the glossy lip wave right now, however, I don't like gloss that remains sticky on your lips all day. These YSL stains have always been a favorite for exactly that reason, and this new range of holographic shades promise to illuminate and plump your pout.
  4. Tom Ford Sole di Positano All Over Body Spray - Described as "brillian. sunlit. invigorating.inviting." I can't help but dream of a trip to the sunny Amalfi Coast. Shhh...there may or may not be one happening this coming Spring. Already cannot wait!
  5. Guerlain KissKiss LoveLove The Heart Catching Lipstick - This is one of those times that the packaging and overall design sells the product. Don't you just want to apply that heart-shaped lipstick in public? I know I do.
  6. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - This isn't exactly brand new, but I'm finally starting to think it may be worth the investment. My current hair dryer seems slower, louder and more damaging than I'd like it to be and I've heard such great things about this one from Dyson.
  7. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3-in-1 Setting Spray - A mist loaded with nutrients that preps skin, sets makeup and acts as a toner? Count me in.
  8. Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact - These Soleil releases from TF are always some of the best; this compact offers a gorgeous peachy blush, contour and golden-pearl highlight all in one. I can already see this being the ideal travel compact for tropical destinations.
  9. Windle & Moodie Intense Treatment Mask - Straight out of Covent Garden comes this new(ish) haircare line that has celebrity hairstylists raving. I have my eye on this treatment mask for damaged that's precisely what mine is after a summer of sun and styling.
  10. The Hotel Couture 'A Place in the Sun' Body Lotion - This new range of body care and home fragrance products is made up of scents inspired by the beauty kits of some world-famous hotels. I love the idea of this one, which was modeled after the scent of Il Pelicano Hotel in Italy. When someone describes a scent as being reminiscent of a "mediterranean breeze"...I'm all in.
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August 05, 2018
The 'Summer Weekend Essentials' Edit

The 'Summer Weekend Essentials' Edit

Unless you live somewhere it's warm year-round, the summer months seem to fly by. For us New Englanders, we're lucky to get a good three months of nice weather, so when the weekend rolls around and last minute jaunts to lakes or beaches present themselves as opportunities, I like to have an edit of summer style essentials that I can reach for without wasting precious time. This means a capsule fashion & beauty wardrobe containing standbys that I already know will never fail me in warm-weather scenarios. This is also a great way to start your packing for any summer getaway; I already went on summer holiday to Puglia (headed back to the Amalfi coast in the Spring - eek!), but will be referencing this edit when it comes time to pack for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica! 
Here's what every 'Summer Weekend Essentials Edit' needs...
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August 03, 2018
A Mini Guide to Polignano a Mare

A Mini Guide to Polignano a Mare

When a place is this beautiful, I find it hard to come up with words that will do it proper justice. However, I loved the seaside town of Polignano a Mare so much that I just had to share a mini travel guide with you. Because - trust me - once you're done scrolling through these photos you'll find your fingers scurrying to type this town's name into your favorite booking site.

Puglia had been on my travel list for quite some years, as it was one of the few remaining regions of Italy that I had been desperate to explore but hadn't yet had the chance. When choosing which towns to call home-base while there, I instantly thought of this famous restaurant in a cave, and knew I had to pay a visit to this place dangling over the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea.

While it's not as popular as, say, coastal towns like those on the Amalfi Coast, Polignano is considered to be "the gem of the Adriatic" - and for good reason. Day-trippers often make their way from Bari, but overall, this place is considerably less touristy, yet offers striking beaches, delicious, inexpensive food, and ancient sites that make it worth a visit. I'd recommend getting there before everyone else finds out about this secret...
Where to Stay
After a bit of searching, I found the Gioví Relais hotel and spa on a website that offers bookings for small luxury hotels and ended up reserving a room through Expedia. To be honest, I found it difficult to choose a place to stay here, as it's a small town with fewer hotel reviews, but this hotel way exceeded my expectations. The Gioví Relais is a boutique hotel with suite-style rooms that are bright and airy, with high, vaulted ceilings and very tasteful beach decor. The hotel also offers a daily breakfast on their rooftop, which boasts views of the town's rooftops sweeping out over the Adriatic. I loved how spacious the room was, and appreciated the updated bathroom and big shower - which by Italian standards - were certainly luxurious.

Where to Eat 
Ah, glorious Pugliese cuisine! I know this sounds so dramatic, but seriously, the food in Puglia is incredible...and so cheap for Europe. For lunch, we ate at Casa Mia Trattoria Pizzeria and Trattoria Pizza Neuro twice, each. They are both located in the old main square, and offer extensive menus complete with delicious pizzas, pastas, fish, meat, salads and more. Some of my favorite restaurants for dinner were Meraviglioso, a seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean, and Ristorante Antiche Mura, another seafood-centric restaurant in a trattoria-like setting. Both of these restaurants were incredible and also offered pasta dishes or beef for those not into eating fish. 

Of course, I can't write this post without mentioning the social-media famous Grotta Palazzese; this is the restaurant I mentioned earlier that's set inside of a cave overhanging the ocean. First, I will say that this is an experience more than anything else; you literally eat in a grotto overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. But, I do also have to say - while I made a point to eat here during my trip - it was by far the most underwhelming meal I ate during my time in Puglia, and also the most pricey (by hundreds of dollars for just one meal). It's strange, because the food is prepared in such an upscale manner, but it pails in comparison to the delicious local options that aren't so geared toward tourists. That being said, if you do want to experience this restaurant, just know in advance that that's precisely what it experience that's all about the location. If not, then you can rest knowing you aren't missing out on an exquisite meal.
What to Do
I loved that, in Polignano a Mare, I didn't feel the pressure of a typical "go, go, go" European vacation...where you're trying to see as much as possible in a short period of time. It was more relaxed, but there was plenty to occupy our time. We'd spend the beginning of each day wandering the town and admiring the views and then we'd head down toward the old Roman bridge and beach. The main beach is beautiful and provides plentiful people-watching, but I'd also suggest walking off the beaten track; what you'll find is a series of ravines with empty beaches perfect for exploring and taking in the views.

From Polignano a Mare, we also took a trip to the Grotte di Castellana, which is a system of caves over 3km long that's located in the Itria Valley. I'm surprised that I hadn't heard of this attraction prior to going to Polignano, as it was a really incredible experience to be able to explore miles of underground caves made up of stalagmites and stalactites. Picture crevices dripping in pink, red and white crystal-like formations - so cool!

We also visited Alberobello, the charming whitewashed village that offers the highest concentration of trulli houses in the region. This town is incredible; I'd highly recommend at least a day trip there, as the ancient, conical-roofed houses that make up the town are really something you won't see elsewhere.
Have you visited Polignano a Mare before? If not, I hope this post has convinced you to add it to your bucket list!
July 31, 2018
Essentials for a Long-Haul Flight

Essentials for a Long-Haul Flight

While dreaming of my next getaway (can't come soon enough), I realized how much better I've become at packing my essentials for a long haul flight. I used to struggle with this, which often lead to bringing so many unnecessary items that I my shoulder was sore for days after our flight! Rookie mistake...

Luckily, over the past few years - and countless flights later - I've narrowed down my essentials to the items I actually reach for while I'm on the plane, or just after I've landed. I often think about packing in categories, so I don't miss anything.

Comfort: I have come to realize that comfort is above all else when traveling. I used to be concerned with my outfit choice, when in reality...looking put together is important, but being comfortable? Even moreso. There is nothing worse than wearing stiff jeans for 14 hours straight, so I typically opt for yoga pants with a long cardigan and tank top, or leggings and a drapey, long sweater. This way, I am comfortable, but presentable enough for landing. I also tend to bring a pair of luxe socks and my Slip Silk Eye Mask, which is the most comfortable way to block out the light, ever.

Entertainment: I'm that person who will watch movies nonstop throughout the flight, so that I'm not tempted to pay attention to the clock (and how slow it seems to be moving). After a few incidences where I was left wearing uncomfortable headphones for 10 hours (ouch!), I invested in a pair that fit well and provided great sound quality. I also like to bring a journal and pen with me, as some of my most creative ideas come to me while flying.
Beauty: Now for the fun part. I do like to make sure I care for my skin while flying, so as to prevent my skin from going awry before my trip begins. I try to limit what I bring on board to my essentials, because, like I said, things can get heavy fast. I tend to wear only mascara and spot-conceal for flights, so my skin isn't suffocating beneath layers of makeup. 

Oddly enough, my t-zone gets super oily when I fly (probably from all the dirt and grime that I come in contact with when traveling), so I like to limit my skincare to a swipe of balancing toner right when I get situated (the Sisley Grapefruit one is my favorite) and a hydrating mist spritzed throughout the flight to keep my skin refreshed and plumped. I also keep my lip balm on hand, because if I don't reapply often, my lips will be in horrible shape upon landing! The ByTerry one (expensive, but worth it) is absolutely perfect for this purpose, because it creates a barrier and stays put for hours. I love that it comes in crayon form now, so you don't have to put your fingers in the pot.

For hair, I tend to keep a mini texturizing mist like my favorite Oribe or Ouai ones in my bag, along with a detangling brush, so that right before landing I can head to the bathroom and give things a refresh. I also always make sure to bring a hand sanitizer, which I use before eating or drinking anything. Don't forget a good hand cream too because after all that hand sanitizer things start to feel dry!

Lastly, when I finally get off the plane, I like to have a mini perfume with me to spritz on. I really like a fresh or fruity scent for this purpose because it smells cleaner and not overwhelming.

Also, saving up sample sizes and minis from GWP's is a super helpful tip for your next trip...because who wants to lug around full sizes when you don't have to?! 

Necessities: While beauty products are "essentials", you won't get very far without your...wallet, passport, phone charger, camera & chargers, converters/adapters.
What do you like to bring with you on long-haul flights? Share your essentials below!

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July 30, 2018
5 Easy Rosé-Centric Cocktail Recipes for Summer

5 Easy Rosé-Centric Cocktail Recipes for Summer

I don't know about you, but the rosé craze has hit and I'm here for it. I've always been a fan of the blush-hued wine, but with more delicious varieties available than ever before, it's something to consider trying if you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon. 

In fact, I'm so into it that I've begun incorporating it into my cocktails as well. With just the right amount of crisp fruitiness and dry edge, this wine is the perfect addition to sangrias, frozen drinks and even pairs incredibly well with vodka or gin. Here are five of my favorite rosé-centric cocktail recipes ...both original and from around the web.

1) Rosé Sangria - The classic Spanish sangria is delicious on its own, but can sometimes feel heavy, which is why a Rosé version is perfect for summer sipping. I've perfected this recipe and love that it incorporates rose water, lemonade, a splash of brandy and raspberry liqueur for a drink that's boozy but light, floral and refreshing. 

1 bottle dry rosé
1 1/2 cup fresh lemonade
1 tbsp rosewater
2 tbsp raspberry liqueur
1/4 cup brandy
lemon slices & rose petals for garnish

2) Rosé Aperol Spritz - My all-time favorite daytime drink is an Aperol Spritz, so imagine my excitement at discovering this recipe that perfectly combines sparkling rose, aperol and passion fruit juice for a bit of a tropical edge. This is delicious - consider yourself warned.

3) Frosé - It's no surprise that this cult-classic drink made it on my list of easy rosé cocktails. It's a drink that cools you down, is delicious and perfect for any girls night. This recipe is my favorite, as it doesn't use vodka, so you can get away with drinking a few more.

4) Rosé Margarita - Yes, there is a way to combine your two favorite summer alcohols (we're talking about tequila & rosé)! It may be an unexpected combination, but somehow the dryness of the wine mingle with the sweetness of simple syrup, zesty lime and tequila for a tart and delicious cocktail. This recipe (#3 on the list) is so simple that you'll wonder why you haven't been making these all along.

5) Rosé Spritzer - Okay, so you've realized my love for spritzers is real. I began making this when I discovered this recipe, but I adapted it to suit my tastes. Instead of bitters, I like to use a dash of rosewater, which compliments the floral notes of the St. Germain perfectly.

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July 29, 2018
The Golden Summer Makeup Edit

The Golden Summer Makeup Edit

I've had a bit of a makeup routine switch-up over the past few weeks; after discovering an *incredible* new foundation that made my skin glow, I wanted to amp it up even more with some golden-goddess inspired products. It seems to be a trend lately that all of my favorite brands are catching onto; from rose gold shadows to tawny pink lipsticks and glosses that compliment the look. The best part? These products suit everyone and create a look perfect for everyday and summer soirées, alike.
By now, I'm sure you're wondering what the base in question is, amirite? It's the reformulated Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, which offers a satin-matte finish that evens out the skin and still manages to look fresh and skin-like while staying put all day. It's the dream foundation, you guys. 

I've then been going in with a wand-full of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and dab it across the tops of my cheekbones, on my cupids bow and down the center of my nose for an all-over pearlescent glow that has absolutely zero detectable shimmer particles, whatsoever. It's my favorite liquid highlighter yet; it can even be used as a base prior to foundation application, and mixes well with foundation, too. 

But the glow doesn't stop there! I can't talk about this edit without giving honorable mention to the über luxe Lilah B. Glisten & Glow Skin Illuminator. This is a drier cream-based product that has enough staying power to remain put even in the heat. I typically use this one when I'm planning on spending a long period of time outdoors, because I know it will last.
For eyes, I can't stop dipping into the limited edition Nars Eyeshadow Quad in Singapore; the consistency of the shadows are amazing because even with the intense shimmer they manage to be buttery and blendable. I love the overall tone of the shades here too...they're warm and give off a serious summer vibe when paired with a beaming highlight and bronzed skin. That berry shade is to.die.for.

On the lips, I've been switching between two products for this look depending on whether I want to amp it up or turn it down for daytime appropriate wear. For office hours, the Sisley Phyto Lip Delight Sensorial Lip Oil is incredible; it's a gel-based liquid lip balm that turns into an oil upon contact with your lips and enhances their shape and fullness. The colors are perfect for this look (and really any look) because they are all variations of natural pinks. My personal favorite shade is a peachy-pink aptly named, Sweet. 

If I'm looking for a more "finished" look, I will reach for the new Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sunset Lover. This is perhaps my favorite matte lipstick formulation of all time, and the mid-tone peachy-pink hue warms the complexion in all the right ways.
So, tell me; have you tried any of the products in my golden summer makeup edit?

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July 25, 2018
Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday

After seeing so many tempting new beauty releases, I decided it was time to start sharing my wish lists with you all. So, welcome to my series "Wish List Wednesday." For years I've been creating these types of lists in the "notes" section of my phone, and have used them as a way to keep on top of the beauty releases and trends because - let's face it - there are so many. Here is what I'm currently lusting after and will consider picking up, so let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself yet!
  1. Goest Perfumes Dauphine Fragrance Roller - This niche perfume brand has caught my eye with their minimalist packaging and unique scents. Out of all of their fragrances, Dauphine sounds the most appealing. Notes of rose, musk, almond and cream? Sounds like the most decadent dessert I've never eaten; count me in
  2. Revolve Beauty x Marianna Hewitt LET'S GET AWAY Beauty Box - I trust beauty guru Marianna Hewitt's opinion on makeup, and I definitely trust that she knows which of her favorites are ideal for travel, too. This box offers so much for the money and takes the pain out of packing your beauty products for you. Summer travel, take that!
  3. Edward Bess Precious Pearl Undereye Illuminator - How chic is this lipstick-like tube of eye illuminator? I can already picture myself taking it out of my bag and swiping it under my eyes for a quick mid-day makeup refresh. 
  4. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes - For the past year, I've almost exclusively used the Clé de Peau cult-classic concealer for my under eye area. However, I'll be the first to admit that sometimes, when my skin is dry, it can look a bit heavy in the eye area (still perfect for blemishes), so this new cream corrector seems like it will fix that issue! The concealer gods have smiled down on us with this release, you guys.
  5. 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint - I can't take my eyes off of this hot pink-hued lip & cheek tint. I've never tried anything from the brand 100% Pure before, but it seems to be popping up everywhere lately! I love a good multi-purpose product and think I'll be ordering this to pop in my handbag this summer. 
  6. NOTO Botanics Basil Yarrow Mist - An energizing, aromatherapeutic toner for hair, face and body? I'll take two. This basil, yarrow, and rosewater mist sounds so refreshing, I imagine I'll be spraying it everywhere, all the time.
  7. Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne - If it's Jo Malone, chances are I'm going to lust after it, but this Tropical Cherimoya Cologne really seems like a must-have. Passion flower, juicy pear and warm notes of tonka bean sound like the making of their dreamiest summer scent combination yet.
  8. Decorté Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color - I'm not sure if I'm late to the party, but I've never heard of this brand before. When I wear eyeshadow, I like it to be metallic and have an illuminating sheen, and this looks like the ultimate product for that. I also have to mention, it's bouncy in texture, which makes me even more intrigued. 
  9. Kosas Color and Light Creme - This cream bronzer and highlight duo is all natural and looks like the most beautiful pale color combintion. I am not a fan of a muddy bronzer, so this seems like an ideal color for, I've heard nothing but good things about this product. 
  10. D.S. & Durga Holy Ficus Candle - Hi, I'm Corinne and I'm a candle addict! This one piqued my interest because my HG note, fig, is the star of the show, yet it seems like an even more special scent with additional notes of ginger and saffron.