Designer Spotlight: Lisi Lerch

30 Aug

IMG_3289Have you ever surfed a site and stressed over too many items in your cart? Yeah, same. 

This month I’ve been obsessing over the happy pieces on Lisilerch.com. In case you aren’t familiar with Lisi, her story is awesome. She bailed on Wall Street to design Kentucky Derby Hats. Then eventually morphed into jewelry and handbags. Today, her accessories can be seen on everyone from athletes to A-listers.

As a west coaster, I love a big cheery accessory to wear on outdoor beach holidays – like July 4th or Labor Day weekend. Since the latter is approaching this weekend, I’m sharing a few of my favorites from Lisi’s site. Perfect for sprucing up jeans or a jumpsuit.

Two things to note… 1. She’s got a rare sale going on now! 2. Anything on the site makes a gorgeous gift – especially packaged in her signature pink satin duster bags. Don’t be surprised if I mention her name again around the holidays.

SHOWN: 

EMILY (White) – These are my faves! Lightweight and perfect for an on-the-water kinda day! Love the feminine beading against the chain link. They come in 13 different color ways. Next in my cart: Black and Cotton Candy!

BOBBI (Aqua)– These look amazing dressed up or down. And the price point is awesome! Truthfully they look more expensive than they are. As someone who generally opts for solid gold or neutral jewelry, my adoration for this aqua beaded pair regularly surprises me. But whenever I catch a glimpse of them in the mirror, I feel happy.

… And really, what more can you ask for from your jewelry?

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xo

 

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Moitié: 10-Day lashes in Los Angeles

24 Jul

IMG_2811A new lash just arrived in Los Angeles. Sitting somewhere between fake eyelashes and lash extensions is Moitié. Pronounced moy-tee-ā, the brand was created by computer engineer Sima Mosbacher and offers DIY lashes that stay on up to 10 days. Lil’ bit of trivia: At age 20, Sima became the youngest female commercial pilot in the world! 

A big fan of salon lashes, Sima loved the ease of being makeup-ready each morning. But ultimately, she would suffer the drawbacks of brittle natural lashes and breakage as a result. So she created a gentler option where the lashes adhere to your natural lashes vs. your lash line.

IMG_2792Go online and check out the different options for ordering a DIY kit. Or if you’re in Los Angeles, stop by her kiosks at The Grove (just outside Nordstrom) or The Americana. I recommend having the techs on-site apply them for you. But for those with a steadier hand than me, the kits are there and ready to take home and apply at leisure. Kits come adorably packed in pink with everything from application tongs to remover glue.

I went for the natural look, and liked them at night. But during the day they were still a bit extra for me. I lasted 3 days before having to remove them. That said, I cannot personally confirm that they last a full 10 days. If you don’t wash with an oil cleanser or makeup remover, I can see them going the distance though. NOTE: When using the lash remover, make sure to ONLY apply it to your lashes and not your lash line. #Lessonlearned 

IMG_2719Oh, they’re also waterproof — A great summer savior for those who hate waterproof mascara! If you stop by a kiosk, drop me a line and let me know how it went. Even better, share a before & after!

xo

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Lip Masks: Best Bets

17 Jun

I’m all about a great lip product. From gloss to sheen to liquid lipstick, I’ll try anything. I even enjoy the look of a matte lip… just not on me. It miiight have worked on a pre-30 me. Anyway with all this day-to-night lip love, I’ve always made sure to sleep with a great balm slathered on. And unlike the lip oils I love so much, these balms and masks don’t end up on my pillow.

I’m often asked about my favorite formulas. So here goes. A few of my favorite overnight lip masks, in no particular order…

 

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

This might be my all-time favorite overnight lip formula. It’s packed with vitamin c and hyaluronic acid to lock in nutrients from four kinds of berries. The formula hugs your lips in a way that just needs to be experienced. And even better—A little goes a long way, so it lasts a while. Great bang for your buck! A few new flavors have been released, but I’m partial to the original.

BITE BEAUTY Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy

I prefer this packaging to their other agave balms that can be hard to get out of the tube. Like most Bite products, this formula feels soothing right away. It’s a nature-derived balm-to-oilish blend of agave, pomegranate, sunflower, safflower, and jojoba seed oils.

FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy

Said to hydrate lips for a full 24 hours! Not sure it does that for me, but I like it enough to use it often at night. It’s got all kinds of good stuff in it (like sea fennel and orange extract!) to hydrate and delay signs of thinning lips.

 

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion

Full disclosure, I tend to like most products Dr. Dennis Gross puts out. So no surprise I’m a fan of this age-fighting lip soother. It helps rejuvenate parched lips, plus defines and strengthens lip borders.

INNISFREE Lip Sleeping Mask with Green Tea

I like the lip balms from this iconic K-beauty brand so the sleeping mask was a must-try. I’m not big on green tea, but the fragrance is light and unbothersome. This is a reliable, travel-friendly formula. Great for nightly conditioning – but maybe not therapeutic enough for deeply cracked lips IMO.

PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster

Not an overnight mask, but more of a daily treatment to revive aging lips. It’s got hydrators and advanced peptides to help wake up collagen production around the lip line and reveal a more youthful look.

DR. MACRENE 37 ACTIVES High Performance Anti-aging and Filler Lip Treatment

This is more of a treatment to fight lip lines than a softening lip mask. I’m not even certain it’s meant to be used overnight, but that’s how I saw results in the morning. It claims over 20 actives, including hyaluronic acid and peptides for overall rejuvenation and plumpness.

Budget-friendlier options:

 

MILANI Keep It Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment

Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands! I’ve always liked their lip scrub, so it didn’t surprise me that their moisturizing lip treatment‘s packed with Shea butter and 6 oils (coconut, olive, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba & argan!) to help minimize lines and prevent chapping.

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched

Said to provide 8 hours of hydration, this one’s got a cult following. It’s not an overnight mask per se, but it could work as one AND it’s got SPF 20 for daytime use.

AQUAFOR Healing Ointment

For treating serious cracks or irritated skin, this is a longtime editor favorite and go-to formula for multiple skin needs. Definitely worth keeping in the drawer as a general fix-all.

 

That’s all folks! Let me know if I missed any of your faves — or if you’ve got thoughts on any of the above.

xo

Diptyque LA Pop-up

6 May

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Mother’s Day is this weekend. Got a plan? Got a gift? I’m halfway there.

If you’re in Los Angeles and planning on running over to The Grove for an easy Anthropologie find… Don’t. It’s not there anymore. Big bummer.

Rumors have Sephora moving into the bigger space, but I’m not sure if that’s accurate. They sure could use more floor space though.

What you can find at The Grove now (and through May) is a gorgeous Diptyque Pop-Up shop, right outside Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel. It’s kind of a sensorial ode to the brand’s iconic fragrance collection… but I went to visit my candle obsession: Feu de Bois. It was love at first whiff years ago. The wafting scent fills a fireplace void in my little apartment.

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The pop-up coincides with Diptyque’s latest launch—their first genderless eau de parfum. Called Eau de Minthé, it’s their interpretation of fougère (fern)—with notes of mint, patchouli, and geranium.

For myself, I found it too masculine. That said, it smelled amazing on the man next to me. Stop by for Mom or yourself and try all the distinctive scents from this exquisite Parisian fragrance house.

NOTE: Father’s Day in next month for those who plan ahead…

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xo

GTL: Dua Lipa

11 Feb
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Dua Lipa | 61st Annual Grammy Awards |Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Did you catch the Grammys last night? The former FLOTUS made a standing o-worthy appearance in a shimmering olive Sachin & Babi pantsuit, JLo took on Motown, Alicia pounded two sets of Keys, Katy Perry looked like she fell off a cake, and Bebe Rexha proved a size 8 can still look red hot.

Probably the most female-centric Grammys in history.

One of my favorite looks came from Best New Artist winner Dua Lipa. Reminiscent of Liz Hurley’s iconic safety-pinned Versace, Lipa accepted her award in a black, white, and gold-adorned gown. Makeup artist Lilly Keys complemented her sleek bobbed hair products by Charlotte Tilbury.

Here’s a breakdown of the Charlotte Tilbury products used to get Lipa’s look.

COMPLEXION

  • Magic Cream primed Lipa’s face for a smooth, glowy canvas.
  • Brightening Youth Glow and Wonder Glow were tapped in lightly, followed by Magic Foundation for a flawless finish.
  • For areas that needed some extra coverage, Keys combined Magic Away and The Retoucher concealers, plus Mini Miracle Eye Wand under her eyes.

CHEEKS

EYES

  • Shades from the Pillow Talk Luxury Palette were used to prime her eyes, followed by some shimmer from Eyes to Mesmerize in Bette.
  • Color Chameleon eye shadow pencils in Amber Haze and Golden Quartz deepened the color.
  • Rock N Kohl eyeliner in Barbarella Brown added further dimension.
  • The Feline Flick liner created the final statement cat eye
  • Legendary Lashes Volume 2 mascara was used on Lipa’s top and bottom lashes

LIPS

 

If you try to recreate Dua Lipa’s Grammy beauty look, post it on IG and tag @cityofglossangeles so I can see it!

xo