Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Order Today

8 May

Well hello! It’s been a minute. My apologies. The days (ok, weeks) have gotten away from me. But, as I’m sure someone still says: Better late than never.  So just in time for you last minute shoppers, here are a few fun suggestions for Mom’s big day.

2018 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.56.09 PMLUXE SKINCARE: Send an at-home version of Kate Somerville’s celebrated Melrose Place clinic. Advanced age-defying formulas and curated kits for every skin-type are available, but I recommend the special Every Day Warrior box for Mom. It features Kate’s coveted Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Moisturizer+Serum, Eye Gel, NEW Cold Cream Cleanser+Makeup Remover, and exclusive wash cloth—all wrapped in a beautiful blue box.

 

ACCESSORIES @ POTTERY BARN:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.13.50 AMThe McKenna collection of leather jewelry cases at Pottery Barn is wonderful. Beautiful pastels lined in ultra-suede with special compartments, so delicate pieces don’t get tangled. My personal favorite is the McKenna Jewelry Binder. Perfect for the woman who travels often.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.24.19 AMMake her mornings easier with the smart simulations of the Simplehuman wide-view sensor mirror. Any woman who knows the frustration of putting on makeup only to get outside and see a clown in the mirror, will fall in love with this ultra-luxe beauty tool. It’s a special must-have for Mom’s vanity. It mimics natural sunlight, and even has a motion sensor that turns on when she approaches.  It’s also got different magnifications—optimal for tweezing and using liquid liner.

 

NEW MAKEUP:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.47.42 AMAnd what goes better with a makeup mirror than a perfect new lip color? There are so many great formulas out right now, so pick out one that she might not have tried yet. I fall for every collection Pat McGrath touches. So when she finally launched her own line in Sephora, I was all over it. And it doesn’t disappoint. There are so many rich wearable shades–Modern Woman MatteTrance Lipstick is my latest go-to cool mauve.

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If Mom prefers an all-natural formula, check out the latest from Tarte Cosmetics. Their Color Splash Lipstick from the Rainforest of the Sea Collection wears really well. Griege, Salt Lyfe, Set Sail... So many moisturizing satin, full coverage options. All in beautiful sea-blue swirled tubes.

 

 

HER PERFECT PAIR:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.04.59 AMWhen your feet feel good, you feel good. Who knows this better than Mom? Send her the ultimate gift card: customized shoes. From narrow to extra-wide, sizes 2-15, Shoes of Prey will create the shoe of her fashion dreams. Sneakers, boots, strappy stilettos—she can choose her fabric, lining, color, heel, everything. Or she can opt for a pre-designed style. Whatever she creates will arrive at her door in less than two weeks.

BONUS: Designing her custom shoe is a fun project you can do together. 

 

TIME FOR HERSELF:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.39.51 AMI always love a gift card to a local day spa. It might not feel that creative, but she’ll thank you after an afternoon of self-care. If she doesn’t appreciate a massage, remind her about facials, scrubs, relaxing tea, blow outs, manicures, et al. Most good day spas have a laundry list of services.

I’ll go into more detail in another post about the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in California, but if Mom happens to be around the Sonoma area, I highly recommend treating her to a day here.

 

xo

 

 

 

 

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#Internationalwomensday

8 Mar

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Here’s to the women who lift each other up and aren’t afraid to rock the boat. 💪🏼💪🏾💪🏻 #internationalwomensday

I pulled this from one of the best commercials I’ve seen in awhile. Nike ran it during the Oscars, featuring Serena Williams.

 

Today Only: FREE Mascara!

3 Feb

 

NYX has had some really good beauty bargains in the past, but this one takes the cake-free mascara. Couldn’t help the pun. Today only, the brand is hosting a special trade-in event to celebrate their new Worth The Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara.

Be among the first to bring ANY old tube of mascara (doesn’t have to be NYX) into a NYX Professional retail store in the US, and they’ll swap it out for a FREE Worth The Hype tube. YAY! Free mascara to start the weekend.

Click HERE for a list of stores.

NOTE: If you read this after Feb. 3, don’t sweat it. A new tube will only set you back $8.

xo

 

Kate Bosworth in Marc Jacobs Beauty

12 Jan

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Anyone else wonder what makeup Kate Bosworth was wearing last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards? It was a head-turning palette of glowy, ethereal, and bold color.

Turns out, it was all Marc Jacobs Beauty – done by the brand’s Global Artistry Ambassador Hung Vanngo. The motivation for her look was to reflect optimism and hope. No wonder I was drawn to it.

Below is an exact breakdown of all the Marc Jacobs Beauty products that Hung used on Kate.

EYES

  • Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Sunset 74
  • Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Scandalust Eyeshadow Palette (shades below)
    • They Call Her (crease + lower lash lines)
    • That’s Why (outer edges)
    • Cause A Fuss (inner corners + brow bones)
  • Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  • Brow Wow Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe 2

LIPS

  • Poutliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Oh Cocoa 310
  • Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Rei of Light 212

FACE

  • Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation in Bisque Medium 26
  • Remedy Concealer Pen in 1 Rendezvous (brightened center of Kate’s face)
  • Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer in 2 Alive
  • Perfection Powder – Featherweight Foundation in Ivory Bisque 200
  • O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in Tantric  (temples & cheekbones)
  • Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in 502 Lines & Last Night (cheeks & temples)
  • Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator (cheekbones & cupid’s bow)
  • Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist 

Shop Marc Jacobs Beauty at: Sephora, Sephora.com, Marcjacobsbeauty.com, Neiman Marcus, Neimanmarcus.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorfgoodman.com

 xo

Why I Think Hollywood Shouldn’t Wear Black

6 Jan

LBDThe Golden Globes kick off Awards Show season in Hollywood this Sunday. They’ve always been my favorite. Round tables with booze and food = way more entertaining than theatre-style seating. But this year stands to be a little different.

I have no desire to preach or educate anyone on Hollywood here. If you don’t know about all the misconduct accusations revealed last year, you can start by googling Harvey Weinstein. Like so many other examples of vile human acts (sexism, racism, etc.), none of this is new. It’s merely being gradually uncovered and brought to light for the world to watch. Ironically like a typical Hollywood drama. 

Of course it isn’t just about Hollywood… though no other industry is as intoxicated by power. My hope is that moving forward sexual threats, assaults, harassment, and even propositions won’t be deemed as acceptable and just a necessary evil of career advancement for women. Perhaps men will think twice now.

And I don’t agree that, “It’s hard to be a man now.” Sorry Dave Chappelle. Nobody is taking anything away. We’re simply asking men to be better. Take responsibility. Exercise respect. All things we learned back in Kindergarten… after not to run with scissors or eat the paste in Art Room.

Circling back to the Golden Globes, word has it there’s going to be a fashion Blackout. Those participating will wear all black in an act of solidarity and protest against years of unacknowledged sexual harassment in the boy’s club that is Hollywood culture.

I like the idea. For the most part. I believe if you’ve worked hard enough and gained the acclaim to be on that red carpet, you should be able to use the platform however you want. Fashion, politics, weed dispensaries, who you want to win, what you ate for breakfast… It’s all good to me.

The only thing I don’t get is, Why black? Are we mourning those who’ve been exposed and ousted? Most sexual assault victims spend enough time trying to stay in the shadows and not draw too much attention to themselves. So why pick a dark color?

Some male actors apparently want to show their support, too. Which is great! But by wearing black? What color tux did you wear last year?

We’ll find out tomorrow if it’s even happening… but going off the rumor mill for tonight, I wish the ringleaders would have chosen a color that really makes a statement. Something that says victims aren’t ashamed or keeping quiet any longer. Like red to say, I too am mad and disgusted. Or shiny silver to say, I’m shining a light on this sh*t. Which isn’t to suggest that men wear red or silver tuxes, but they could easily throw on a supportive colored tie or handkerchief.

See, Dave. Not hard to be a man.

HAPPY 2018 ALL!

Final Note to Dave Chappelle… who doesn’t read his fan mail, let alone an LA beauty blog: Welcome back. I admittedly cringed a few times during your Netflix specials … but your bits about the Oscars, voting in Ohio, and the backpack… well, those were comedy gold.

xo