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Hands-Free Living in LA

19 Jan

As much as I love a gorgeous clutch bag, life’s just easier when I go hands-free. From hiking to shopping, I always appreciate having both hands at my disposal.

This winter I’ve been continually grabbing the following items every time I know I’ll need both hands free to swatch, shop, sample, hold my nieces, hike with trekking poles, etc.

 

Healthy Back Bag

unnamedI tried the crossbody Healthy Back Bag to help relieve the stress on my back when I hike or do the Culver City steps. It’s designed in a teardrop shape that ergonomically molds to your spine. There are pockets everywhere (even one for a tablet!) that organize and distribute weight evenly across my back, too.

I got the Microfiber material and adore its resiliency, but every bag has a special hook for keys… fab for those of us who tend to lose ours amidst the mess of big bags! 

 

 

Robert Matthew Dakota Crossbody

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-4-05-32-pmIf you want to go hands-free day or night, check out the Robert Matthew accessories. I like the Dakota Crossbody bag a lot for non-athletic activities. It’s such a comfortable style!

The animal-friendly pu leather is super durable – and much appreciated by all those friends of PETA. Dakota’s red inner lining and light gold tone hardware add to the bag’s chic style, as well.

 

 

Samsung Gear IconX Bluetooth Earbuds

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-4-02-35-pmAnyone who makes a habit of hitting the trails or treadmill has experienced (probably more than once!) a flying phone after accidentally snagging its attached cord.

 

Thankfully we’ve evolved past requisite cords, but not all options are comfortable. I found a particular pair of on-ear cordless headphones excruciating after 20 minutes of climbing stairs.

 

I’m now sticking with the Samsung Gear IconX buds. I was sure they’d fall out of my ears, but they totally stay put – even when you sweat. They’re little cord-free Bluetooth earbuds that can store music and track your workout info… leaving your hands available to carry free weights, jump rope, or rub out burning thighs.

 

 

Baby Zala Infinity Shawls   

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-12-35-27-pmLastly, if you’re a new mama and getting tired of carrying around a Hooter Hider or the like, this one’s for you! Use this roomy, uber-soft cotton Baby Zala Infinity Shawl any way you want. Wear it as a poncho, a shawl, or cardigan-style. Perfect for convenient breast feeding! You can also open it up to use it as a wrap, stroller cover, or baby blanket.

It’s so cozy. Your baby will love it as much as you do. Also makes a wonderful New Mommy gift!

xo

 

Serious About Skincare

20 Dec
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Éminence Age Corrective Ultra Collection

To me, skincare should always be the priority when it comes to our beauty routines, with makeup and color products coming secondary. Meaning if we only have the funds for one, put ‘em towards good skincare. Which makes sense if you think about it. The better your complexion, the less foundation you’ll need.

As a beauty writer, skincare can be difficult to review because you really need to use the same products consistently in order to see results – or lack there of. Color products are much easier, which is why you see so many more makeup reviews & tutorials vs. skincare.

Having said all that, there are a few brands I want to mention that I’ve been impressed by over and over again. Their names all oddly sound alike, and all three generally fly below the trend radar.

 

Equitance

equitanceI don’t even remember where I received my first sample of Equitance cleanser, but somehow it ended up coming with me on a 3-day mountain getaway. By the time I got home from that trip, I had to find out what else this brand had to offer.

The best I can recommend for first-timers is their Brightening Set. It’s got the basic essentials for anyone wanting a less dull and more vibrant complexion. The set comes with a Toning Lotion, Cleanser, Serum & Spot Corrector, and Hydrating cream. You get that fresh-from-a-facial feel after each use. A fabulous set for holiday gifting, too!

You can also opt for a Trial Kit if you just want to get a sense of the brand. Look for them both at equitance-us.com.

 

Éminence Organic Skin Care

mhm_holiday_2015_bagproductÉminence is probably my favorite organic line. I started using it after an esthetician in Ojai used their Stone Crop masque for my facial. Last year, they created a Must Have Minis Starter Set that I still love to give as a gift. It’s a “Customer Faves” collection of naturally fragrant, truly effective, travel sized products that come in an adorable faux suede zip pouch.

 

This fall, the brand launched an Age Corrective Ultra collection of targeted hibiscus products: a lifting eye cream, an instant line filler, and a lifting neck cream. Yes, please! These “ultra” additions formulated to improve our puffy, tired eyes, lazy jowls, and expression lines, take the already popular Éminence Age Corrective Collection up a beautiful notch. Find it at buynaturalskinare.com.

 

Exuviance

exuvianceYou might be familiar with NeoStrata. Exuviance is by the same company. Lots of science behind the brand. Lots of targeted products for specific skin concerns. Go surf Exuviance.com and see if your issues are addressed. Odds are they will be.

I was excited to find a cream that would help me battle an aging neck and décolleté area. If you’re someone like me, who wishes she used more SPF in the ’90s and is now waging war on resulting little brown spots, this one’s for you!

The Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream is great. Right after application, your skin texture looks more toned and smooth. High five for immediate gratification! After consistent usage, you’ll notice skin looking healthier, firmer, and more even in pigmentation. Look for it online and in ULTA stores.

 

For yourself or someone you care about, all three of these skincare brands have wonderful holiday gifts avail now.

xo

Trish McEvoy: Makeup Elegance

19 Dec

Once we’ve got our skincare routine rolling, it only makes sense to apply color products that will support our beauty goals. Think about it. Are you going for full coverage? Barely there? Holographic-ish eyes? Fuller lips? Dewier cheeks? Lashes for days?

I’d never limit myself to using just one brand. But after the age of 35, you start noticing which products tend to disappear on your face, settle into expression lines, or just look silly. For example, as much as I love sparkle (love!), I now opt for a more flattering sheen or pearlized luminizer instead.

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Trish McEvoy Voyager 7

 

I’ve been using Trish McEvoy lip glosses for years. I lived in her pretty shimmery rose until it was sadly discontinued. It wasn’t until recently that I explored the brand further. And I’m so beyond glad I did!

For winter, I love dabbing on her Beauty Booster Oil instead of foundation primer. If you like eye primers, run to get her Eye Base Essentials. And her mascara – amazing! It forms those “tubes” around your lashes so you won’t experience flaking or smudging. Looks like you’re wearing very natural lash extensions.

The Trish McEvoy Makeup Planners are also perfect for travel. They’re like notebooks filled with the makeup you need for every day. Even brushes! I love that everything she includes is actually usable. Gorgeous basics plus accent colors to help ensure we look like the best version of ourselves. Thanks Trish!

Need a quick gift? Pick up a Voyager 7 planner for any busy woman who deserves to look her best on-the-go. Great for a holiday boss gift!

Also available at Blue Mercury and HSN.

xo

Get Buxom Lips

12 Dec

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As much as I LOVE makeup, I’m not someone who wears a ton of it. There just isn’t always time. But as a woman over 35 (yeah I said it!), I don’t feel dressed without a little color on my face. Mascara and lip gloss are my go-tos, when I’m short on time.

 

I have at least one gloss in every purse. A hair tie, too. For every day, Buxom makes my favorite Lip Polish. It’s plumping, not too sticky, and Vitamins A & E help keep my lips soft. What’s best, every shade is totally wearable.

 

Go into a Sephora or Ulta. Close your eyes and pick one Buxom Lip Polish. Just for the helluvit, try it on. Even if it looks like a color you wouldn’t normally wear, it’ll look good on you. You’ll see. Hey post a photo on IG if you do it and tag me @glossangelesgirl! They’ve got 100 shades (literally!), and you might just find one with your own name on it. I did! Apparently I’m a “cool succulent rose.” I’ve been called worse.

 

You’ll love the Buxom holiday gift packs, too. Great assortments of shades, each perfectly purse-sized! Some for you, some for them. Total win-win.

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-12-30-56-pmHappy Shopping, you #BuxomBabe you!

 

xo

#MCM Marc Jacobs… Beauty!

7 Nov

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Marc Jacobs beauty is hosting their first-ever Friends & Family sale event! So take a break from the CNN and HuffPo election reads, and head over to marcjacobsbeauty.com for a stress-free, non-accusatory, plain ol’ fun shopping experience.

Shop now through November 10th at marcjacobsbeauty.com and get 20% off of all your favorites, like liquid eyeliner, airblush soft glow duo, and even online exclusives. Shop soon, as it’s a limited-time event and use code mjbfam. You’rrrre welcome. #marcjacobsbeauty

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