The Beauty Lover’s Stocking

15 Dec

Admit it, there’s nothing (gift-wise) more disappointing during the holidays than a gorgeously wrapped piece of crap. No one wants delicious icing and meh cake. That’s why I love fun (useful!) stocking stuffers. Greatness, unexpected.

 

So here are a few of my favorites this year for the beauty lover’s stocking.

 

Makeup that someone wouldn’t splurge on for herself is always appreciated – whether tucked in the stocking or next to the latkes. And don’t worry if your color selection isn’t perfect – almost every retailer will exchange it for a better fit. I know you know this, but it has to be said.

 

 

PRACTICAL GIFTS SHE’LL TREASURE

The Beauty Blender. She may not want to spend the $20+ on herself for a little foam egg… so do it for her. She will love it. In fact, she’ll start wondering how she lived without it for so long. BeautyBlender.com

 

Pursonic Set of 2 Sonic Travel Toothbrushes & 4 Brush Heads. Once you’ve gone electric toothbrush, you just can’t go back. Except that we seem to for convenience-sake whenever a suitcase is involved. That’s why I love this set of Pursonic travel toothbrushes! Compact, cute, super travel-friendly, and a great price point. QVC!

 

 

HER NEWEST PURSE STAPLES

Edward Bess Glossy Rouge Lip Color Wardrobe Gift Set. Perfect for the minimalist. These shades don’t look like much – until you put them on. There’s a nude, pink and red. All feel like you’re wearing nothing and look like your very best natural. Build the color to your desire.QVC

 

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet. She can now have a hand cream in every purse that was created from ingredients found throughout Provence. Think Shea Butter, Lavender, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Povoine, Neroli & Orchid. At least she can smell like she spent the holidays in Provence. L’Occitane

 

 

WHAT’LL MAKE HER DO A HAPPY DANCE

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

“I have enough mascara already,” said No Woman Ever. If she’s never tried this mascara, she’ll be singing your praises well through 2017. If she has, she for sure wants another. For anyone who wants more volume in her lashes, this is the Bentley of mascaras. Also check out the Too Faced “Christmas in Paris” holiday gift sets. Aww-dorbs!

TooFaced.com or Sephora

 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer

Give her the tint, gloss or stain she covets. I’m obsessed with this product… but not gonna lie, it isn’t easy to pick a shade with this one. I had to open each once because the packaging gives very little away. I quickly fell in love with Boudoir (502) though. I can’t imagine it not looking good on someone. Just brush on one even coat for a long-wearing stain. Let it dry. I repeat: Let. It. Dry. After a minute, you can add another coat for a gorgeous lacquered look.

Go to the Armani site, select Sephora and Nordstrom locations.

 

xx Happy Shopping!

 

 

Products that (Really!) Work

19 Nov

There are beauty products that I love and others that I’m merely attracted to, whether it be for packaging, how good it looked on someone else, or its actual efficacy. Sometimes it’s a combo deal. And sometimes I will myself into using a product simply because of the money I spent on it. You get it.

All that said, when a product actually works and does everything it promises, I want to scream about it from the rooftops. But since my building’s roof has been deemed permanently off limits, a shout out on social media will have to suffice.

Without any further babble, here are a few products I fully recommend…

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Baby Foot

If you do a lot of walking or hiking (or just have jacked up feet!), you will thank me for this one. I first heard about Baby Foot when I was getting a pedicure and the nail tech asked if I wanted callous remover. When I replied I didn’t, because it never worked, she laughed and shook her head in agreement. Then she casually mentioned this product her client used once that truly resurfaced the soles of her feet.

Baby Foot might be the simplest, most effective beauty treatment you’ll ever give yourself. All you do is wear these formula-filled booties for an hour. I put socks over them for a tighter fit. One episode of Nashville later, I was done. Fast forward exactly five days and my feet are peeling off excess layers. Sorry if this sounds gross (I can hear my sister cringing), but I found it fascinating. A few days later and my soles were renewed.

Baby Foot is all-natural, made with 17 kinds of natural extracts, and said to be effective on Athlete’s Foot, blood circulation and odor issues, too. Learn more or pick up an envelope at Babyfootusa.com.

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 Lift Kits

I heard about Lift Kits from a stylist I know. She gives them to her male clients who need an extra boost next to taller counterparts in films or on the red carpet. Or really anywhere I guess. At first I thought the idea of “lifts” was funny, but apparently it’s really a thing in Hollywood.

I had a friend of mine pop a pair into his shoes and he went from saying they were stupid to, “I’m a brand new man up here!”

They also make smaller lifts for women, and ones that give you a little booty lift. Ladies who hate lunges: this could be your answer.

Check ’em out at myliftkits.com.

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Embryolisse Embryoderme

Love love love this this rich vitamin-packed moisturizer to revitalize my complexion quickly. When my skin feels tight or looks dull, I swap out my morning lotion for the Embryoderme cream by Embryolisse. Within minutes my skin wakes up and all signs of irritation are history.

Enriched with collagen, Shea butter, elastin, and Vitamins A, E & F, this cream absorbs quickly and keeps skin hydrated in even dry winter weather. I know makeup artists swear by the brand’s Radiant Eye stickand it’s great, too – but I find myself relying on the Embryoderme much more in the cold months.

Try it out this season at embryolisseusa.com.

 

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Hourglass Archbrow Sculpting Pencil

Think all eyebrow pencils are the same? Wrong. They vary in quality and wearability as much as regular eyeliners do. As someone with thinner brows, I’ve tried everything from powders to pencils to waxes. Hands down, the triangular-shaped Archbrow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass is my favorite.

It combines powder, pencil and wax in one product – and is available in 9 different shades (9!) to create naturally fuller looking brows. The buildable formula lets you opt for a bold and intense, or soft and natural look that stays put all day. It’s also double-ended so you can brush your brows into place once you’re done filling them in.

Find your perfect brow shade at hourglasscosmetics.com.

That’s all folks! Until next time.

Oh, and if you try one of these fab 4, tell me what you think!

xo

 

Ultimate Dreamer Package in Indian Wells

20 Oct

Agua Serena SpaFor years we’ve been harnessing October to bring more awareness to Breast Cancer. As a nation we use organized walks, runs and different types of promotions to focus on the awful disease. We pay homage to those who have suffered from it, and educate others in hopes of preventing it. It’s a beautiful effort and giant strides are being made. But you know all this.

What I haven’t seen a lot of (or perhaps at all?) is something the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is doing in October. The hotel is inviting anyone to go on their Agua Serena Spa site and submit the name of a Breast Cancer survivor. The hotel spa will then email the survivor a credit of $35 to use toward the service of their choice. I love this!

Additionally one of these guests will be selected to win a full day of spa services and lunch. Prize awarded on November 5th.

Agua Serena lobbyIn related news, I had the pleasure of experiencing the Ultimate Dreamer Package at the 30,000 square-foot oasis called the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Agua Serena Spa. There is no one I wouldn’t recommend this head-to-toe indulgence for – everyone deserves such thorough pampering at least once in her life.

Writer’s note: I loved their robes. Spa robes are very important. Truly. Absent pockets or too small a fit can really damper the comfort of a spa day.

The package begins with a fragrant agave nectar oil and sea scrub exfoliation—of which you rinse off in a private outdoor rain shower. Next the technician massages Vitamin E oil onto your skin and follows it with a warm paraffin treatment. While the paraffin is working its magic, a neck and scalp massage are blissfully administered. Then you shower again.

I try hard not to fall asleep during spa treatments, but you almost have no choice in the matter here.

Stop two is when you are brought in for an 80-minute Opulence Facial. Lots of complexion inspection, lots of serums, lots of product-to-face immersion. In my hazy state, I recall talk of Vitamin C. Annnd then I passed out.

The last stop is for a Spa Bites Lunch, concluding with an Apple Blossom Manicure and Pedicure. The nail techs are wonderful, adding extra care and customization wherever possible. Treat someone this December who you want to celebrate, want to thank, owe a favor, or even just like a lot.

Hyatt Regency IWOne final note in closing about the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. This is a lovely property – it’s family-friendly, great for lovers, golfers, tennis enthusiasts, and so on. Having said that, the hotel itself probably wouldn’t make my Top 10 list. But the staff would. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited somewhere in Southern California where the staff went above and beyond to make your experience memorable. From dining to spa to the front desk – every person we spoke to showed genuine interest in perfecting our visit, and (even more rare!) seemed thrilled to be employed there.

#RelaxPlayIndulge

 

 

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

44600 Indian Wells Lane | Indian Wells, CA 92210

760.776.1234

Indianwells.hyatt.com

Sephora Opens at The Grove (!)

2 Oct

#SephoraTheGrove

Woo hoo, I’m doing sassy high kicks! Sephora is celebrating its Grand Opening at The Grove today.

Yes, I actually do get excited for every one of their new stores… as with each Sephora comes a slightly different personalty that still maintains all the comfort of my favorite staple beauty products.

And when I see those seven shiny black letters on a storefront outside my normal stomping grounds [insert angels singing here], it’s even more comforting. Judge if you want, but Sephora really does feel like the Mother Ship sometimes.

Anyway, personal ramblings aside, The Grove location offers free (yes FREE!) beauty classes and has a special IQ Technology that helps you find your perfect foundation and lip shades. Also check out the back of the store for a new kind of skincare experience. Cough Lancer Skincare cough cough.

Sephora at The Grove | 189 The Grove Drive | Los Angeles, 90036

#SephoraTheGrove

xo

Honest Beauty in LA

25 Sep

For those of you who have fallen in love with the The Honest Company, you’re going to love this one…

Today, actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba has opened Honest Beauty in a gorgeous pop-up shop at The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, PS-02, LA 90036). It’s right off the valet entrance, between the escalators and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

The space features the color products, skincare and even art from local artists. Her makeup is versatile, user-friendly, and much better for your punim than the average makeup brand.

My favorites so far:

  • Everything Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20
  • Luminizing Powder – all 3 shades are beautiful!
  • Creme Blush Truly Charming
  • Truly Kissable Lip CrayonHoney Kiss

Head over to The Grove to work with one of the Honest artists and find your best shades. Or, hop online at honestbeauty.com.

Oh! Another beauty suggestion… If you have to stand next to Jessica Alba on a humid 100-degree day, consider putting on some lipstick.

Honest Beauty

xo

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