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Easy, Giftable Beauty Ideas

12 Dec

Although I’m more than happy to accept beauty gifts all year long, December is the more acknowledged month for gift giving. What follows is a list of thoughtful, sure-shot suggestions for the beauty lover and self-care supporter in your life.

MAKEUP

Pat McGrath Labs Mini LUST Gloss Trio: You can’t go wrong with these super wearable (warm or cool) glosses from the queen of color. No one delivers rich, blendable color formulas like Ms. McGrath! She defines makeup artistry. Even her packaging is gift-worthy.

If you’re shopping for an eye palette, her Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow in Iconic Illumination has big color payoff that doesn’t read like finger paint. It’s a covetable compact quadrant of warm gold and bronze hues with the perfect pop of fierce bordeaux.

If the site is sold out, most Sephoras are now carrying the brand.

 

LIP CARE

Laneige formulas simply make me happy. The Kiss Me All Day holiday collection comes with 3 full-sized glowing lip balms. Packed with Murumuru and Shea butters, each fruit-flavored tube keeps lips soft and hydrated all day long. There’s even a hint of tint in the Berry and Peach.

For someone suffering from dry, cracked lips, the Kiss Me at Midnight holiday collection is gift perfection! Laneige basically pioneered Lip Sleeping Masks and from the many others I’ve tried, none compare to their vitamin-enriched, protective formula. I believe the sites are sold out of this collection (complete with full-sized original Berry flavor + 2 new travel-sized Mint Choco and Sweet Candy limited editions), but I’ve seen them inside Sephora stores recently.

 

NATURAL SKINCARE

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Anyone who appreciates natural skincare will fall in love with the Lavido Age Away Replenishing Cream. Lavido is an Israeli brand that’s actually new to me and I can’t get enough of their formulas. This age-delaying cream boasts Summer Snowflake (something else new to me!), Hyaluronic Acid, and Grapefruit Seed oil. Simply massage it into freshly-washed, slightly damp skin until it absorbs.

 

CBD-INFUSED SKINCARE

With all the CBD lines sprouting up lately (see what I did there?), I have to include a few of my favorites. Because some are seriously overrated!

Well makes a truly unique CBD Face & Body Mask that feels so good on dry and sensitive skin. It’s made with Kaolin Clay, Argan and Avocado oils. You leave it on for like 10 minutes and then just rub it in. No messy mask removal!

I’m a little obsessed (sure that makes sense!) with the Well CBD Body Cream. It is well-priced luxe hydration without the greasy feel and it smells like sweet, spa-vacation Lemon Grass. Aside from the 300mg of CBD, it delivers big skin conditioning benefits from Vitamin E, Shea, Avocado and Coconut oils.

If you want to help protect your person’s face from common offenders like blue light, infrared and UV rays, grab some CBD Blue Light Defense SPF 30 by Dermaquest. It lightly hydrates while protecting collagen and shielding skin. This brand has a bunch of wonderful solution-specific formulas, with and without CBD. All definitely worth checking out!

 

TOOLS

The PMD Clean Pro is next-level facial cleansing, with one side for cleansing and the other for applying serums using heat therapy. It breaks down the dirt and oil in pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute while apparently operating at the perfect frequency to lift, firm, and tone skin. This might not seem like an obvious gift, but someone who is serious about facial care will love it! Blame me if they don’t. 

Lastly is a super luxe brush collection from IT Cosmetics. Your Brush Magic! is a limited-edition 5-brush set for makeup application. It comes complete with specific face and eye brushes that are travel-ready in a soft pouch and clean lucite carrying case. Give them the perfect excuse to toss those old brushes and start the New Year with new plush ones!

 

Happy Gifting Season!

xo

 

 

 

 

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

2 Dec

Pat McGrathI’ll make this quick. It’s Cyber Monday and there are some good beauty deals to be found! I’m even using Rakuten to get cash back on my purchases. It’s super simple. Just search the Rakuten site for the shop you want and click it to activate your discount. Some stores are offering up to 15% back!

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorite beauty deals for today only…

  • LORAC Cosmetics – 50% off sitewide! Yes, f’real! Code: CYBER50
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – 20% off sitewide + free shipping. I’m in!
  • Laura Mercier – A very rare 25% off sitewide … except my favorite perfume for some reason!
  • Buxom Cosmetics – 25% off sitewide + free shipping! Best. Glosses. Anywhere! Code: CYBER25
  • Tarte Cosmetics – Up to 60% off on super deals + 25% off everything else. Hello, Salt Lyfe! Code: CYBER
  • Too Faced – 30% off sitewide. Check out their Natural Nudes lipsticks with coconut butter! Better Than Sex mascara for $18? Always. Code: PINK30
  • Pat McGrath Labs –$10 (Yes, $10!) LuxeTrance Lipsticks! All hail the queen! 25-20% off sitewide + free shipping! No code needed.
  • Armani Beauty – 20% off sitewide. Luminous Silk Foundation? Nothing better. Code: CYBER20
  • Laneige – 30% off sitewide. The Lip Mask trailblazer!
  • NARS – Up to 30% off sitewide. Head to the site to find your discount.
  • Voluspa – 25% off sitewide. I’ve mentioned the Milk Rose candles before. And now I’m noticing a lotion, too. This girl’s accepting gifts!

Happy shopping, all. Save today… and give back tomorrow! #givingtuesday

xo

Meet Tulsi Spa: Ayurvedic & Wellness Center

15 Nov

image1For those who are used to traditional day spas, Tulsi Spa is a different kind of experience. Hidden inside the infamous El Royale Gardens Hotel in Studio City, each treatment space is housed in a cozy, refurbished guest room.

Guests are greeted with a warm welcome upon entrance, where a lovely retail boutique sits on the left. The vibe is pure wellness. Everything is Ayurvedic. I’m told sessions are conducted by appointment only and therapists are called in according to their specialty.

My visit began with a facial. At the onset, my therapist told me she was an Ayurvedic Practitioner, not an esthetician. So my facial was more of a mask (homemade blend of chickpeas, orange, and rose) than a steamy multi-step process. It felt a bit like doing a DIY mask at home with your friend.

Next was a therapeutic treatment called Basti. It consists of placing a big dough ring on the affected area, then filling it with medicated oil said to reduce pain, swelling and tension. Truthfully, I’m not sure if it worked but it felt relaxing for the most part.

If you’re used to a day spa type of experience, some of the treatment names might feel a bit misleading. Like the facial, for example. But if you love Ayurveda and eastern wellness practices, Tulsi Spa is a must-visit in Los Angeles. And you should get familiar (if you aren’t already) with the spa’s co-owner Lissa Coffey… She’s a fountain of gentle, Ayurvedic knowledge.

Check out the website and call ahead for wellness appointments. Parking is super easy and there’s an abundance of herbs, oils, creams, and gifts at your disposal.

Tulsi Spa | 11117 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604 | 323-829-1882

Namaste?

LORAC Sale on Now

22 Oct

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I don’t normally post Friends & Family Sales but this is a good one! And by good, I mean great discount! The LORAC Friends & Family Sale is on now – and runs through October 28th. For those who don’t know, LORAC is the brainchild of longtime Hollywood makeup artist Carol (spelled backwards = lorac) Shaw.

Get 40% OFF sitewide! Awesome, right? Just use code FAMILY at checkout. Exceptions include sale items and the Rachel Zoe collection. But still plenty of deals to be scooped up. Get free US shipping on purchases over $25.

Suggested products: Pro Palette 4 (shown above), LUX Diamond Crème Eye Shadow, Front of the line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, Alter Ego Diamonds and Pearls Lip Gloss Set 6 Carats

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You’re welcome.

xo

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?

lisilerch.com

xo