December 23, 2015
CREED THE AMOUR COLLECTION

CREED THE AMOUR COLLECTION

Creed produces some of the world's finest fragrances, and has a long-standing tradition of family and luxury. The brand was passed down from father to son, and today, remains the world's only privately held luxury fragrance dynasty. Pretty chic, right? 

Creed The Amour Collection (curated by the Master of Fashion), is sure to be top of any fragrance or luxury-lovers list this Christmas. Men, take note - if you wanted to score big with your lady this is the way. The set features the Love In White collection; Love in White Perfume (2.5 oz.), Love in White Perfumed Oil (2.5 oz.), and a full size Love in White Candle. Now...onto what makes this scent so special.

Love in White was created by the Master perfumer, Olivier Creed himself. It was inspired by his love of sailing the world, and is meant to capture the sense of freedom that comes with that. The fresh, floral fragrance is made up of hand-chosen essences from five different continents, making it a representation of global culture. 

Overall, the scent is described as "a zesty citrus grounded by powdery rice husk and cool florals.

Top Note: Spanish Orange zest.

Middle Note: Tonkin rice husk, Egyptian Iris, Italian White Jasmine, Daffodils from the French Riviera, Guatemalan Magnolia, and Bulgarian Rose.

Bottom Note: Vanilla from Java, Calabrian ambergris, Indian Sandalwood.

It's one of the house's most popular scents, and for good reason. It's fresh and feminine, but not short on sophistication. It's the smell of a woman who knows what she wants and who wants to be remembered - a truly luxurious gift
December 22, 2015
MY MUST-HAVES FROM SUNDAY RILEY

MY MUST-HAVES FROM SUNDAY RILEY

I'm a bit late to the game here; but, better late than never they say. I have been testing out these products from Sunday Riley over the past few weeks, and I have to say - they've landed themselves a permanent spot in my routine. These few treatments are unlike any others I have come across, almost in a category of their own, and are extremely effective. Read on if you're looking for skincare that'll make you glow...

I used to be a devotee of Balm Cleansers, but after awhile I grew tired of spending so much time massaging them in to allow them to remove makeup - and I certainly wasn't a fan of the residue some left behind. I also only use them at night, so you can imagine just how perfect the Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm is for me. This sugar-based balm to milk cleanser is super gentle and effortlessly removes all traces of makeup - even stubborn mascara. It also contains cocoa butter and Mimosa flower wax to moisturize and blue tansy and German chamomile to soothe irritated skin. I also love how relaxing the balm is to use thanks to the inclusion of vanilla and orange essential oils; it really is zzz-inducing.

Speaking of the perfect nighttime products; Luna Sleeping Night Oil works hard after you fall asleep. This fast-absorbing retinol oil helps to reduce pore size, repair the look of damaged skin, lines, wrinkles, and promotes an overall more clear complexion. It contains a blend of potent active oils including blue tansy (to soothe effects of retinol), German chamomile, cold pressed avocado, chia, and concord grape - which, as you can imagine, have you waking up with plumped and glowing skin. I've been using it for two weeks and can't even tell you how much my skin loves this oil.

And, of course, I can't speak about Sunday Riley without mentioning their cult-classic, Good Genes. This lactic acid treatment is really, just that. Lisa Eldridge has raved about what it can do for your skin before - can a product have a more legitimate stamp-of-approval than that? The answer is no. It's a corrective treatment, that can be used as either a serum or mask, that plumps, increases circulation, and brightens for a more even and clear complexion. I'm hooked.

What are your favorites from Sunday Riley? 
December 21, 2015
LAURA GELLAR THE DELECTABLES

LAURA GELLAR THE DELECTABLES

It's not too often I fall in love with a new eyeshadow formula. So when I devote an entire post to a new palette release you can trust that it's got to be really good. That's exactly why I am here today to tell you about the Laura Geller "The Delectables" palettes. 

The palette is available in two shade ranges; one Delicious Shades of Nude, and one Delicious Shades of Cool. Having warm undertones in my skin, I tend to lean toward warmer shades for everyday wear, and the Delicious Shades of Nude is chock full of beautiful options ranging from satin to shimmer; 14 to be exact. The palette contains creams, golds, shades of red-brown and garnet, and of course your classic bronzes and even an unexpectedly flattering khaki. I was even pleasantly surprised by The Delicious Shades of Cool palette - the shades range from wearable taupes and pearls to graphites and rich, deep plums and navy. This palette is sure to give you every potential option you could want for a smoldering night out look. 

True to Laura Geller style, the shadows are baked powders...and really some of the best I've ever tried in terms of blendability and pigmentation. If you're into palettes, you know it can be difficult to find baked shadows whose payoff isn't at all chalky or drags when applied. These are buttery smooth and can be used both dry, or wet for more depth and intensity. Better yet, these shadows have the creaminess of a primer baked right in, so the wear time is exactly what you'd expect; they're not going anywhere

Have you tried these palettes from Laura Geller yet? 
December 18, 2015
THE HOLIDAY-READY NAIL EDIT

THE HOLIDAY-READY NAIL EDIT

It's the most wonderful time of the year...to pamper and prep for all of those last minute holiday parties you find yourself getting invited to. More often than not you're left with no time for a manicure, but fret not, there are a bevy of nail prep kits and chip-resistant polishes that will have your nails looking party-ready in no time at all. And most importantly...last for more than just one party. Here are the steps and products it takes to get there...

First, PREP - The contents of Deborah Lippmann's Cuticle Lab pretty much have you covered when it comes to a smooth canvas. With this kit, there's no need for any physical cutting, just gently push them back after applying the Cuticle Remover and voila! Follow up with some nourishing Cuticle Oil and you'll have the perfect, smooth base on which to begin applying the polish. I always find this helps to ensure the color lasts longer as well, so it's an important don't miss step.

Next, BASE - Definitely a much more important step than some may realize. I used to skip out on this part of the manicure because I had deemed it unnecessary, and sometimes, it even made it harder to paint my nails after. Enter Deborah Lippmann's array of base coats that make polish adhere and dry down to feel like there's nothing there but bare nail. My favorites are: Fast Girls (a thin base coat that dries fast and smooth), Turn Back Time (a nude ridge-filling base that works wonders for any nude mani-lovers), and Hard Rock (a strengthening base & top coat). 

Then, COLOR - My latest color obsession comes from Smith & Cult. There's been a lot of talk surrounding this niche brand recently, and for good reason. The color selection is absolutely amazing; great non-streaky nudes, like Ghost Edit, brighter options for those who like to pack a punch, and of course, glitters. My favorites are Ghost Edit (the most perfect nude that works even in one coat - no streaks!), Dirty Baby (that black with micro-glitter - I'm obsessed), Kings & Thieves (punchy, but chic royal blue), and City of Compton (an update on a girly pink). 

Last, SEAL - Can't forget the top coat! I always, always, always use a quick-dry one, but am careful which one I choose. Some fast drying top coats have a tendency to shrink, or recede from the nail edge, ruining your manicure completely. Since I don't have the patience to wait a full hour for my nails to fully dry, I rely on Deborah Lippmann's Addicted to Speed topcoat, which seals the nail and dries in minutes.

Holiday manicures sorted. What are your at-home manicure essentials?

*pr samples included.
December 15, 2015
WHY I LOVE OMOROVICZA

WHY I LOVE OMOROVICZA

I recently introduced you (or, at least, myself) to the Hungarian luxury skincare brand, Omorovicza, here. Well, I'm back at it again to talk about why their products have remained a staple in my ever changing routine - which really, is a rarity. However, there are a couple of products from the brand have helped keep my skin clear, bright, and smooth even through the change of seasons. 

Deep Cleansing Mask - I spoke about this mask briefly before, but I loved it so much I went ahead and purchased the full sized pot. It has been saving face, quite literally, even now that the temperatures are dropping. The mask is infused with Hungarian moor mud, which helps to draw out impurities from deep inside your pores, yet, never creates dry or aggravated skin. My skin feels nourished when I take it off, and it feels smooth and virtually poreless. It's become an essential part of my skin upkeep kit - I love to use it on weekends and as a mid-week skin detox. I know it's working because even during *that time of the month* my skin remained clear and fresh. 

Refining Facial Polisher - This exfoliator is one of the best I've ever come across. It combines moor mud, micro-algae, and natural pumice to smooth skin by gently buffing away dead cells and dirt. While manual exfoliation gives instant results, fruit acids also work chemically to regenerate skin cells and keep skin radiant and glowing. I use this a few times a week to ensure no dead skin gets left behind and clogs my pores. I'm also kind of obsessed with the green color of the exfoliator - makes application all the more fun. 

Have you tried any gems from the brand?
December 14, 2015
WHAT TO WEAR WHILE TRAVELING

WHAT TO WEAR WHILE TRAVELING

With the holidays fast approaching, travel is something that's on all of our minds. Whether for business, a post-Christmas vacation, or if you're going home for the holidays - knowing what you're going to wear takes a load off stress-wise. After countless restless flights, I've learned that the best way to fly is as comfortably as possible. Luckily, with a little bit of planning, fashion does't have to take a back seat to style. Invest in some cool, quality basics, and you'll be sure to arrive to your destination looking as chic as you did when you took off. 

Here are some of the items I'm sure to take with me no matter where I'm headed...
  1. Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask - A hydrating, brightening mask that won't leave skin greasy and can be worn on the plane without disturbing your neighbor. It's virtually undetectable and doesn't require washing off with that questionable airplane bathroom water. Basically, you need this
  2. Theory White Tee - A chic, quality option that holds up well through travel. 
  3. MCM Passport Holder - Keep your passport and documents tucked neatly, and chicly away in this passport holder. It somehow manages to make going through security that much better. 
  4. Sandro Collar Coat - It's always a good idea to wear your heaviest item on the plane. This one is clean, sturdy, and won't get stained - plus it layers well with just about anything you might wear throughout your trip. 
  5. Chloe Marcie Crossbody - It's always a good idea to bring a crossbody with you on your trip. I love this one, as it's spacious enough to fit what you need...and can even be tucked into your tote during check-in. 
  6. Louis Vuitton Neverfull - This is the tote I was talking about. It's pretty much the best bag investment you can make, as it can be filled to the brim with any travel documents, beauty products, and snacks you may need on the flight. 
  7. Burberry Cashmere Scarf - The do-it-all accessory. I like this one because it can double as a cozy blanket during your flight and keep you warm throughout your trip while you're sightseeing.
  8. Ash Slip On Sneakers - Black leather sneakers with a cool factor. These add a bit of height for a slimming effect, and you'll be so thankful you brought them with you. 
  9. Vince Sweater - Easily pulled over that classic white tee. It'll also be a go-to throughout your trip for layering and looks classic. 
Don't forget to bring your warmest leggings, and of course your entertainment essentials. Where are you heading for the holidays?
December 11, 2015
DARPHIN ESSENTIAL OIL ELIXIRS

DARPHIN ESSENTIAL OIL ELIXIRS


Darphin is one of my go-to skincare ranges when I need a glow in an instant. Their 8-flower Nectar Oil Cream is more like an experience than a moisturizer; their products are seriously luxurious. The Essential Oil Elixirs are more or less their hero product, so I have been using them for about a month to see what all the talk was about. 

The oils are rich, deeply nourishing, and beautifying. Each one is created around a different essential oil, and targets a different skin concern - meaning you can create your own very specific skincare elixir by mixing the ones best suited to you. I love being able to tailor my oil cocktail to my skin's current needs, which in truth alter from day to day. Here's a breakdown of the four I've been using to create my happiest complexion yet. 

Niaouli Aromatic Care - A mattifying aromatherapy concentrate for combination to oily skin types. Niaouli helps to control excess oil production without stripping skin or leaving a greasy residue. My skin drinks this stuff in immediately and I wake up with a healthy glow the morning after using it.

Jasmine Aromatic Care - A restorative blend of essential oils for mature, hyperpigmented skin. Jasmine nourishes the skin deeply, helping to reduce signs of premature aging and promoting radiance. Ylang Ylang and iris also help to combat fine lines and make skin feel dewy and plumped.

Orange Blossom Aromatic CareAn aromatherapy essential oil treatment for sensitive skin types. It brightens, lightens, and restores balance to stressed skin. If you've had a bad reaction to a product or deal with climate change - this will bring your skin back to its happy place - and beyond.

Rose Aromatic Care - A rejuvenating aromatherapy essential oil treatment for normal skin types. Rose works to soften the skin, banish impurities and moisturize. The oil also helps to fight free-radicals, keeping skin youthful longer. A great addition to a winter skincare regimen. 

*pr samples included.


December 08, 2015
FRAGRANCE GIFT GUIDE

FRAGRANCE GIFT GUIDE


To me perfume has always been a gift that I love to give and receive. Some people find it a daunting task to choose a fragrance for someone else, as it can be a very personal preference. But to me that also means it's something that can bring someone a lot of happiness and a gift that keeps on giving. They'll have it for at least months after, and who knows, maybe the scent you chose for them will become their new signature. Allow me to tempt you with some of my current favorites; there's really something for everyone in this edit.

Maison Margeila Lipstick On - The perfect scent for the beauty lover - it's reminiscent of the smell of lipstick and soft powders - the notes that would fill a small room while a woman is getting ready. Such a unique scent, and one that smells better the longer it's worn. 

Maison Margeila By the Fireplace - If you're a fan of the smell of firewood in the winter, this is that memory, bottled. I imagine being in the Alps, nose pressed to the window watching the snow as the smokey, cozy smell of embers fill the chalet. 

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom - A warm, inviting floral oriental. The fragrance includes delicate notes of honeyed golden mimosa flowers and spicy crushed cardamom and ends on a smooth, creamy shot of tonka bean.

Tom Ford Amber Absolute - A rare scent infused with fumes of African incense. Tom Ford's signature amber accord is grounded with a salty warmth and rich labdanum. Notes of addictive patchouli, golden woods, and sandalwood are made smooth and inviting with a touch of vanilla. This is one of those scents that makes you want to get closer; one they'll all ask about.

Byredo Gypsy Water - A longtime favorite of mine, it smells like a free-spirited woman might; warm, spicy, a bit earthy - as though she'd been in the woods by a campfire. To me, there's nothing quite like it, and one I always gravitate on days I want to be comfortable and warm. Notes of bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries, incense, pine needles, orris, amber, vanilla, and sandalwood are reminiscent of the Romany lifestyle.

Carven Le Parfum - Fresh, charming, floral. A fragrance that sparkles; it smells clean and floral but is also memorable. Jasmine, neroli, ylang ylang, sweet pea, and sandalwood create a scent that lingers on the skin with warmth and freshness.

Jimmy Choo Illicit - Glamorous, addictive, sexy. A very alluring fragrance for a confident, strong woman who is a risk taker. It's adventurous and flirty all while being very sophisticated, with notes of rose, jasmine, honeyed-amber, and sandalwood.

*pr samples included.

December 07, 2015
MY LANCÔME HOLIDAY LOOK

MY LANCÔME HOLIDAY LOOK

Lancôme has unofficially deemed it necessary to wear a bold, matte lip this holiday season - and I'm not mad about it. I actually have to say that a cozy turtleneck, a sexy floral scent, and a pop of color on the lips is one of the easiest looks to pull off as well. 

You may be wondering how, but the new Color Design Matte Lip Crayons have made painting your pout any shade you please as easy as twist, outline, and scribble in. These mechanical lip crayons pack a serious punch in the pigment department, but manage to be lightweight and creamy enough to not dry out your lips - which is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention, the angled crayon nib makes it super easy to precisely apply the crayons without making a mess of things. The colors were designed for the "it girl" in us all, and that's something I can get behind. My personal favorite bold shade in the range is called Contain Yourself - but it's going to be a bit hard to because it's just so good.

And because one is never enough, Lancôme is treating us to two densely formulated lip options this season. The L'Absolu Rouge Définition lipsticks come in a chic gold-lined black tube with that satisfying magnetic closure we all love - but the formulas are what we're here to talk about. These lipsticks are highly pigmented and rich with a demi-matte finish, meaning they still have a touch of moisture and are not quite as flat in appearance. But, they stay on for at least 4 hours without having to be reapplied and make lips appear fuller and smooth throughout wear. What's also impressive is the shape of the bullet, as it's angled at the tip so that you can apply the color more precisely - something I think is totally necessary when you don't have a lip liner in the exact color handy.

To really get the holiday vibes going - spritz on the the La Vie est Belle perfume. It means "life is beautiful" in French, and I think it really embodies that overall feeling of happiness and joy, which is especially perfect for this time of the year. The fragrance is the first ever iris gourmand and is warm and comforting like a traditional floral oriental scent, but has a unique hint of Patchouli that makes it a bit effortless and rebellious. Very Parisian chic.

*pr samples included.

December 06, 2015
M-61 SKIN TREATS YOU NEED NOW

M-61 SKIN TREATS YOU NEED NOW

Don't you just love a good skincare product that's easy to use and ridiculously effective? I know I certainly do, which is exactly why I haven't been able to put down these M-61 skin treats. You may know the brand for their Power Glow Peel, which is undeniably one of the best peel pads out there, but they have some amazing new additions to their powerful skincare line.

M-61 Vitablast C Scrub & Mask - This is a one-minute Vitamin C & E exfoliator and mask in one. The rich scrub also contains skin-loving ingredients like seabuckthorn, papaya, and yacon - which all work together to soften, smooth, and promote a radiant complexion. Most importantly, a pea-sized bit of this product gives you more glowing skin in as much time as it takes to brush your teeth. It's a perfect treat for the skin that isn't a complete time-suck, but I find it works wonders if it's left on a bit longer as well. I know we all love a good multi-tasking product, and this is one of those that simply works and promotes an overall more radiant complexion. 

M-61 Hydraboost Eye - The colder months are upon us, and if you haven't already started, now's the time to kick-start moisture for your eyes. The delicate skin around the eye can become the driest, so this peptide-packed firming and moisturizing eye cream is your new best friend. This fast-absorbing cream contains hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 to help plump and nourish the skin, making you look more well rested and fresh. 

Have you tried any products from M-61 before?

*pr samples included.
December 02, 2015
BEST BEAUTY BITS OF NOVEMBER

BEST BEAUTY BITS OF NOVEMBER

November has been filled with holiday beauty releases and a bit more free time than usual to play around with them all. Thank you, Thanksgiving. Though I wasn't quite ready for the holiday week to be over, I am excited to share with you some of my favorite products from the month of November. Think of it as your capsule shopping list should you feel so inclined

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer & Foundation - This is the most luxe skincare/makeup hybrid I own. Like all things La Prairie, it contains Caviar Extract, which is supremely moisturizing, energizing, and nourishing. All this from a makeup product, you ask? This isn't just makeup - it's a three-in-one skin perfecter; creamy concealer, flawless foundation, and luxe skincare product. The coverage is perfect, looks natural, and you only need the tiniest bit for a natural-looking base. The concealer is also perfect for under eyes, as it's creamy and nourishing, but doesn't settle into fine lines. I've been using it all month long and have to say it's improved the texture of my skin during, and after, wear. It's nice to feel like your makeup is doing something good for your skin, and that's exactly what this product does. 

Tom Ford Brow Sculptor - When Tom Ford does something well, he does it really well. This is my favorite brow product lately, as the angled wax nib helps you to shape the brows perfectly and the shade (Espresso) is the perfect brown without being to ashy or red. The texture of the product also helps to hold brow hairs in place without looking still, as some gels can do. Finally.

Guerlain Meteorites Holiday 2015 - I've spoken about my love of Guerlain a lot recently, but the holiday take on the classic meteorites is just stunning. I can't get enough of these, as they add great radiance to the complexion and an ethereal touch to your makeup routine. That packaging doesn't hurt either. 

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Vendome - The colors in this palette are perfect for everyday, and I love the addition of the pink shade. It's a wearable change from bronze neutrals and all the shades are so versatile, especially because they can be applied wet, for more intensity, or dry.

*pr samples included.

December 01, 2015
ICONIC NUDE MATCHING LIPS & TIPS

ICONIC NUDE MATCHING LIPS & TIPS

Matching made easy - that's so Violet. I don't know about you guys but I love a bit of Violet Grey. The website is amazing, there is no more chic beauty destination out there, and the product selection is so perfectly curated you'll never again wonder what to pick up or what to leave behind - Violet does all of that for you. 

That bit of advice is invaluable, but more so than ever when it comes to matching lip and nail colors. Sometimes, there is nothing more classic and beautiful than a classic red or nude lip with color-matched tips.

I'll admit I was dying to make a purchase from Violet Grey so that I could receive the impossibly chic makeup bag that the sets come with. But the practical voice inside my head urged me to purchase the set with the perfectly curated lips & tips combo. It includes Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate and YSL Nail Lacquer in 22 Beige Leger - two products that I'm wearing as I type this post and have been since they've arrived. 

Nude Kate is the most perfect, universally flattering, shade of beige nude lipstick I've discovered in quite some time. It makes lips appear plumper and there's no denying Charlotte's formulas really can't be beat. I do recommend buffing lips prior to wearing a shade this pale though, just for a smoother canvas and to make sure no dry patches poke through that chic nude lip. Even better, it's nail varnish counterpart, Beige Leger is the most utterly perfect shade of sheer nude ever. I'm pretty positive that this shade could transform even the most dire nail situation into chic, polished tips. 

Do you love the idea of the perfectly curated lips & tips sets as much as I do?