January 27, 2018
My Switzerland Travel Essentials from La Prairie

My Switzerland Travel Essentials from La Prairie

The day after Christmas I left for a two week trip to Europe; the main goal being to explore the Alps during the winter season. A few friends, my boyfriend and I flew into Paris and enjoyed five days eating at our way around the city and visiting Versailles. I always love taking a trip right after Christmas; the cities are still lit up with lights and the crowds die down for a few days, only to reappear in time for New Year's Eve. That being said, we decided to head to Switzerland before things got too crowded in the City of Lights, so I packed up my arsenal of La Prairie products and headed for colder temperatures.

The Alps were stunning; we used Interlaken as a base to explore the surrounding Jungfrau region and spent time in Wengen, Grindelwald (my favorite) and Jungfraujoch. It was cold and dry at those high altitudes, so I was thrilled to have skincare that I could rely on to keep me hydrated and looking fresh even through all that train travel and bitter cold. 
We met a Swiss woman who lived in Grindelwald, and one of the first things she mentioned was that Swiss women relied on certain brands to keep their skin healthy in that kind of climate, because of their ingredients. I am happy to report that La Prairie was on that list..."a worthy investment," she said.

Of course, I had to streamline my routine as much as I could, so I brought a few of my favorites from the brand on my journey. Every morning after cleansing and applying toner, I applied the Essence of Caviar Eye Complex around my eye area to keep the skin hydrated and feeling taught. I swear this little dropper is filled with miracle fluid; every time I was looking tired, I would pat on some of this and look instantly more awake and refreshed. 

When my skin is drier, I like to eliminate the need for thicker base makeup, and one of my tips for being able to do that is to layer skincare. I would apply the illuminating eye cream from the Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Perfection à Porter, along with a layer of the lip balm for a perfected pout. Then, I'd dab on just a bit of the Light Fantastic Cellular Concealer to my under eye area for a light dose of coverage that wouldn't dehydrate the area. 

For the rest of my face, I relied completely on the multitasking Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil for a dose of moisture and sun protection that also managed to smooth away dehydration lines and keep my skin feeling balanced. And trust me when I say that blending a bit of the Cellular Radiance Cream Blush on the apples of my cheeks made all the difference. I love this blush for its ability to fuse into the skin and look completely undetectable - my favorite shade is Rose Glow.

I'll be sharing my travel guides soon, but in the meantime, tell me - what products do you rely on in colder climates?

*pr samples included.

January 13, 2018
Fragrance Curated for You

Fragrance Curated for You

Fragrance has always been an element of beauty that can easily alter my mood; it's closely tied to memories, and can really leave a lasting impression. It's for these reasons that I really appreciate niche fragrances, especially when they involve a bespoke selection and creation process. 

I recently discovered a New York City based brand, Olfactory, which is quite unlike any I have encountered before. They truly take the meaning of bespoke fragrances to the next level, and offer customers the opportunity to not only select a unique scent, but to then further customize it by intensifying certain notes and personalizing the label. 
Every Olfactory NYC fragrance is made specially for the customer in the brand's New York studio. The collection encompasses nine fragrances in total, however, each of them can be tailored to the wearer's personal taste by blending combinations of accords to further enhance certain notes. 

This is the new way to wear fragrance; I personally love the idea that when I wear Olfactory, I'm wearing a fragrance unique to me. I also found the process of selection incredibly satisfying, as I was able to describe the notes I typically enjoy in a scent, and Olfactory presented me with Hunter, which contains tantalizing notes of Vanilla, Musk and Ambrette. I then had my scent further personalized with an additional green note, as I tend to like green fragrances with an overall vanilla or amber base, which resulted in my perfect winter fragrance. I love how it sits close to the skin and feels comforting, like it was truly made to suit me.

One of my favorite things about Olfactory is that they don't focus on big marketing and really stress the quality of the fragrances themselves, which allows them to price their scents fairly, especially for bespoke products.
It's safe to say I'm a convert to Olfactory's fragrance line; I already can't wait to select and personalize a scent for the Spring and Summer months from their collection. Have you tried this brand before?

*Thank you to Olfactory NYC for sponsoring this post.