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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

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

 

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

Jouer Sample Sale

24 Jan

ATTENTION: Beauty lovers in the valley… and beyond! Jouer has a huge sample sale going on now in Chatsworth. Stop by and save big on makeup & skincare. Details below!