Archive by Author

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

 

Advertisements

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

GTL: Dua Lipa

11 Feb
Dua Lipa

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

GTL: Keri Russell

28 Jan

Keri Russell - SAG 2019I loved the ease and wearability of Keri Russell‘s makeup at the SAG Awards last night in Los Angeles. Makeup artist Tamah Krinsky says the inspiration was “Modern day Grace Kelly… Classic with a little edge.”

The look was fresh and dewy skin with natural lips and a pop of color on her eyes. Easily replicable!

Below is a breakdown of the Lâncome products Krinsky used on Russell. GET THE LOOK…

SKIN: Russell’s skin was prepped with Absolue Precious Oil, then followed with Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Rich Cream and Visionnaire Yeux. Finally a light layer of Prep & Hydrate Primer was applied to prime her skin for makeup.

FACE: Lancôme Skin Feels Good in 025 Soft Beige was applied with a soft brush and finger-tapped in to keep the look sheer. Blush Subtil in Cedar Rose was dabbed on the apples of her cheeks.

 

EYES: Brow Define Pencil in 06 Brown was used to lightly fill gabs in her brows. (Celebrities: Just like us!) The beautiful lavender and plum hues came from the Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in 300 Amethyst Glam. To soften to look, the base color from the Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in 500 Jade Fever was applied along her brow bone and in the crease of her eyes. Two coats of both Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara and Definicils Mascara in Deep Black were applied on her top and bottom lashes. 

 

LIPS: Russell’s look was topped on with a few coats of L’Absolu Lacquer Gloss in 236 Pour Toujours. Simply beautiful!

 

xo

Quick Remedies for Common Skin Problems

3 Dec

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 10.10.22 PMNo one tells you when you’re 12 that you’ll still be getting zits at 40. And if it’s possible, they get even bigger with age. Yay hormones!

Our skin can experience a number of reactions this time of year from dietary changes, weather, more sugar intake, holiday stress… or just because it knows you have a big event and wants to fuck with you.

The good news is that we’ve got options. According to Dr. Manish Shah, M.D., there are safe (quick!) ways to treat common skin problems at home – or in the doctor’s office.

Hopefully you won’t need to use any of these, but just in case you’re human…

 

PROBLEM: Cold Sore

In-Office: A very diluted cortisone injection can bring cold sore inflammation down quickly. If you prefer a pill to a shot, ask your doctor for a Valtrex, Famvir, or Acylovir prescription.

At-Home: Try not to touch it. Obvs.Pick up an OTC medication like Abreva. Or try old-school remedies like using Visine or cold compress to minimize redness.

 

PROBLEM: Allergic Reaction

In-Office: If you’ve never experienced this kind of allergic reaction, contact your allergist or dermatologist immediately.

At-Home:

  • If you’ve had this reaction before, know what caused it and know it won’t affect you any other way – use a topical hydrocortisone cream twice a day, plus take Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec. All are longer acting and less sedating than Benadryl.
  • Try a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day. I’ve also found that dabbing milk-soaked cotton on areas after waxing minimizes redness and irritation.
  • If the allergic reaction occurs on the same day as your event, cover it up by color balancing the redness. The opposite of red is green, so apply green tinted concealer on the red area. The combination will create a flesh-toned hue.

 

PROBLEM: Cystic Acne Breakout

In-Office: Cystic acne can be treated with cortisone or “steroid” shots by gently injecting a very diluted quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into an inflamed cyst. “Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement,” says Dr. Shah

At-Home: Do not try to lance or cut into a cyst yourself. You don’t know where the root of the clog is or how deep it resides. You’ll only prolong healing and increase the chances of being left with a scar or dent. Here are a few safer options to try:

  • Aspirin Mask. Crush up an aspirin tablet and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply it directly to a cystic pimple and leave on as long as convenient. Aspirin is a cousin to salicylic acid and can help calm inflammation and pain.
  • Try Hydrocortisone Cream or High-Quality Retinoid. Find a triple-threat product containing hydrocortisone cream. Benzoyl peroxide lowers levels of acne-causing bacteria, hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation, and salicylic acid removes excess oil to dry out a pimple.
  • Put some ice on It. Applying ice can work wonders when it comes to decreasing swelling, redness, pain, or even itchiness associated with cystic acne.

 

PROBLEM: Puffy Eyes

At-Home: Eye puffiness can be improved by applying something cool, like a cold compress, chilled cucumber slices or tea bags for 5-10 minutes to help constrict blood and lymph vessels. I’ve had good results using a good refrigerated eye serum. Reducing salt intake and alcohol also helps.

 

PROBLEM: Sunburn

At-Home: 

  • Take a cool bath or shower. Set the water to a cool temperature that’s just below lukewarm and relax for 10-20 minutes. The temperature will ease the pain, and the water will lessen irritation. Avoid using soap, bath oils, salts or other detergents because they might irritate your sunburn and possibly make it even worse.
  • If you have blisters forming on your skin, take a bath instead of showering. The pressure from the shower might pop your blisters. When you get out, don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, let yourself air dry, or lightly pat dry with a towel. Apply cold compresses to your skin.
  • Apply aloe vera. Using the pads of your fingers, gently apply the aloe to your sunburn. Don’t rub it in like you might with a regular lotion. Leave it a bit wet on top of the burn to help prevent the skin from drying out and becoming more irritated. Reapply as often as necessary. You can also opt to treat inflammation with cortisone cream. Cortisone creams contain a small dose of steroids that can work to reduce sunburn inflammation.

 

PROBLEM: Too much filler

In-Office: As a rule, you should get fillers no sooner than 1 month before a big event to allow time for healing and touch ups – and make sure you only go to a Board-Certified specialist. If results aren’t what you desired, Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane are the easiest to reverse. An enzyme called Hyaluronidase can be injected to partially or completely dissolve initial Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane injections. Voila! Problems solved. 

 

If you’ve got any good at-home remedies, please share them in the comments.

xo