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Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Order Today

8 May

Well hello! It’s been a minute. My apologies. The days (ok, weeks) have gotten away from me. But, as I’m sure someone still says: Better late than never.  So just in time for you last minute shoppers, here are a few fun suggestions for Mom’s big day.

2018 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.56.09 PMLUXE SKINCARE: Send an at-home version of Kate Somerville’s celebrated Melrose Place clinic. Advanced age-defying formulas and curated kits for every skin-type are available, but I recommend the special Every Day Warrior box for Mom. It features Kate’s coveted Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Moisturizer+Serum, Eye Gel, NEW Cold Cream Cleanser+Makeup Remover, and exclusive wash cloth—all wrapped in a beautiful blue box.

 

ACCESSORIES @ POTTERY BARN:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.13.50 AMThe McKenna collection of leather jewelry cases at Pottery Barn is wonderful. Beautiful pastels lined in ultra-suede with special compartments, so delicate pieces don’t get tangled. My personal favorite is the McKenna Jewelry Binder. Perfect for the woman who travels often.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.24.19 AMMake her mornings easier with the smart simulations of the Simplehuman wide-view sensor mirror. Any woman who knows the frustration of putting on makeup only to get outside and see a clown in the mirror, will fall in love with this ultra-luxe beauty tool. It’s a special must-have for Mom’s vanity. It mimics natural sunlight, and even has a motion sensor that turns on when she approaches.  It’s also got different magnifications—optimal for tweezing and using liquid liner.

 

NEW MAKEUP:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.47.42 AMAnd what goes better with a makeup mirror than a perfect new lip color? There are so many great formulas out right now, so pick out one that she might not have tried yet. I fall for every collection Pat McGrath touches. So when she finally launched her own line in Sephora, I was all over it. And it doesn’t disappoint. There are so many rich wearable shades–Modern Woman MatteTrance Lipstick is my latest go-to cool mauve.

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If Mom prefers an all-natural formula, check out the latest from Tarte Cosmetics. Their Color Splash Lipstick from the Rainforest of the Sea Collection wears really well. Griege, Salt Lyfe, Set Sail... So many moisturizing satin, full coverage options. All in beautiful sea-blue swirled tubes.

 

 

HER PERFECT PAIR:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.04.59 AMWhen your feet feel good, you feel good. Who knows this better than Mom? Send her the ultimate gift card: customized shoes. From narrow to extra-wide, sizes 2-15, Shoes of Prey will create the shoe of her fashion dreams. Sneakers, boots, strappy stilettos—she can choose her fabric, lining, color, heel, everything. Or she can opt for a pre-designed style. Whatever she creates will arrive at her door in less than two weeks.

BONUS: Designing her custom shoe is a fun project you can do together. 

 

TIME FOR HERSELF:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.39.51 AMI always love a gift card to a local day spa. It might not feel that creative, but she’ll thank you after an afternoon of self-care. If she doesn’t appreciate a massage, remind her about facials, scrubs, relaxing tea, blow outs, manicures, et al. Most good day spas have a laundry list of services.

I’ll go into more detail in another post about the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in California, but if Mom happens to be around the Sonoma area, I highly recommend treating her to a day here.

 

xo

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 2

11 Dec

 

I’m back with my second list of Gift Guide suggestions! If you aren’t shopping for any Beauty lovers, feel free to stop reading now. What follows are some of my favorite seasonal offerings from lesser-known to popular beauty brands.

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.45.46 PMFresh

Fresh has delightful packaging all year-round, but during the holidays they outdo themselves. This year, the brand even included some colored pencils for gift customization. The Fresh Sugar lip balms are always a safe bet. For someone who appreciates non-irritating skincare, pick up the Holiday Glow Skincare or Skincare Solutions Set for age-delay essentials. Fresh.com

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.49.33 PMBuxom

Buxom has some of my very favorite go-to lipglosses. For the holidays, they always come out with great collections and this year is no different. If you’re shopping for a gloss fanatic, don’t give it another thought. Head straight for the Buxom Lips Off Leash collection at Sephora. It features 7 shimmering Full-On Lip Polishes and 8 Full-On Lip Creams for a glassy-smooth finish. 15 totally wearable, lip plumping, deliciously scented mini glosses. Sephora.com

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Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Trios let you pick two pans of crease-resistant shimmer/matte/metallic shades. All can be used with a wet or dry brush, and fit easily into a reusable black compact (sold separately). Shop with her unique eye color in mind at elizabetharden.com.

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.55.38 PMFarsáli

The Farsáli Unicorn Essence is a cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists. It’s a water-based, dual purpose serum that preps the skin perfectly for makeup.

The brand recently launched Rose Gold Elixir – another oil that also reduces the look of facial creases. It’s made with pure 24k gold flakes that leave skin radiant. Personal tip: I love using this on my lips under matte lipstick! Both products are finally available at Sephora in full and mini sizes. Grab a ribbon and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift!

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 7.00.54 PMWinky lux 

This little Winky lux Balm Baby Trio is adorable! 3 full-sized lip balms. Pill shapes. Flower-filled. Total fun. Nordstrom.com

 

 

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BeautyBlender

The Midas Touch is designed as a festive holiday ornament. It includes one original beautyblender and a mini blendercleanser solid in limited-edition packaging. The perfect starter kit for flawless makeup application. Sephora.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 9.37.03 PMDrybar

Love this trio of Drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves. Travel-sized Detox Dry Shampoo, Detox Dry Conditioner, and Triple Sec 3-in-1 make the essential stocking stuffer. thedrybar.com

 

 

That’s it for now! Expect some fragrance and beauty tool ideas in Gift Guide No. 3

xo

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide | No. 1

6 Dec

Instead of one lengthy guide of gift suggestions this year, I’ll be posting a few shorter lists over the next two weeks. If you’re stuck and want specific ideas, feel free to comment below or email me.

I’ve gotten a few inquiries about buying gifts for the woman who has fun, feminine style – but doesn’t necessarily need more beauty products. I can’t totally relate to the notion of too many products… but okay, I’m game.

From a stocking stuffer to spa certificate, here are a few ideas to get the girl who basically needs nothing.

 

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Jennifer Adams HOME

For the woman who appreciates style and always seems to look effortlessly chic – pick up a Jennifer Adams throw. You might be familiar with Jennifer’s bedding collections, but check out

 her new lifestyle site! Each throw is handmade with the most gorgeous natural fabrics. Timeless linen, cotton, silk threads, accent tassels, etc. She’ll keep it forever. Shop Jenniferadams.com.

 

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The Hollywood Silk Solution

Silk pillowcases are more than just smooth and cool on your face. They can extend the life of your blowout, reduce hair breakage and those fine facial lines you can develop overnight. These come in 3 colors and are made from the highest grade (6A) pure mulberry silk. Single cases are sold in cute, small boxes – easy to pop in a stocking, or the mail. Shop thehollywoodsilksolution.com.

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 4.41.03 PMWander Wet Bags

I love throwing these bags in my travel tote or gym bag. Put anything you want to keep separate in one of these eco-friendly, water-resistant bags. Made right here in So Cal, they’re available in 4 sizes that fit a phone and some keys, all the way up to a wet suit and towel.

My favorite print is the Starfish in Whitsunday Sand, but check out all the Wander Wet Bag options at wanderwetbags.com.

 

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Honestly, what woman doesn’t love cookie dough? Personally, I prefer it to the actual cookie. Now you can have edible (no eggs) cookie dough sent anywhere. There are even vegan & gluten-free options. Best. Gift. Ever! Create a fun variety pack of your own, or go with their popular edoughble suggestions. My favorite: Milk n’ Cookies. I haven’t tried S’more Please yet but I’ve got a good feeling about it. Shop edoughble.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 11.48.47 PMBlue Medi Spa

I’ve driven by this spa in Sherman Oaks for years, and not stopped in until recently. I now get why they were voted Best Medical Spa of the Year by American Spa Magazine. A gift card to Blue Medi Spa is a fool-proof idea for anyone in LA – including men. Check out their site for facials, injectables, laser hair removal, and more. The Perfect Derma Peel is really popular… but gift with caution. No one wants to be insulted by a present. Amiright!?

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 12.00.47 AMGive Back

I can never spend enough time in a park. Walking, camping, hiking, anything! We are so lucky to have access to so many gorgeous national parks. Help support their upkeep by donating to the National Park Foundation – the official charity for the National Park Service.

There are a few ways you can buy gifts and support America’s parks at the same time…

  • Donate in honor or memory: Donate to national parks in someone’s name to celebrate their memory or mark a special occasion
  • Park gear: Pick up one of these gifts to support NPF’s important work
  • Volunteer: Invite someone to get their hands dirty with you… Help out a park or program together!

 

Stay tuned for Gift Guide No. 2!

xo

 

 

Mom’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

9 May

Showing up to Mother’s Day brunch without a gift is generally frowned upon. This Sunday, show Mom you’ve got her best interests in mind. From beauty to genes, here are a few gifts that won’t sit and gather dust on her shelf.

Makeup:

s1931385-main-LheroIf Mom hasn’t been introduced to BITE lip products yet, now’s the time. Each lipstick and pencil  is handcrafted from only natural and organic ingredients—like fruit butters and Manuka honey.

I love the BITE Multisticks for lips, cheeks, even dabbed onto eyelids. The limited-edition LOVE set makes a perfect gift – with 2 Multisticks (1 rosy taupe, 1 cool plum taupe), 1 sparkly Prismatic gloss, and 1 purse-sized mirror. Available now at Sephora.

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Another multitasker is Kopari’s Coconut Melt. Hair, tummy, face, heels – use it head to toe for ultimate soothing, 100% organic and unrefined coconut oil hydration. I also can’t get enough of their Coconut Body Milk. If Mom likes coconut oil, Kopari products are a must-have. Pull one of the gift sets or create one yourself at koparibeauty.com.

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I’ve never tried anything from Amore Pacific skincare that doesn’t feel absolutely nourishing and luxurious. If you aren’t familiar with these high performance products “powered by Asian botanicals” and Mom loves wonderful skincare, take a chance on this brand.

Go to a local Aritaum shop or Sephora and work with the consultant to pull products perfect for Mom’s skin type.

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Give Mom a break from styling her hair on an upcoming occasion. There are so many Dry Bar locations now, one is bound to be near her. Admittedly, I use to question the necessity of these salons. But after one experience in the chair (and a smell of the Dry Bar products!!), I’ve changed my tune. There’s just something about not having to style your own hair.

Anyone else ever experienced a perspiring head from a hot hair dryer, causing your makeup to melt and the blow dry to take twice as long? #FirstWorldProblems, yes. But you are after all reading a beauty blog.

Go to your local Dry Bar or order a gift certificate online at thedrybar.com.

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Looking for less Beauty, and more Bauble? Helen Ficalora has the sweetest pieces. The charms can be purchased separately, and Mom necklaces can be individualized to your preference. Check out the pieces online, or the shop in Beverly Hills (461 N. Canon Drive) and show her just how much she shines.

Mom Testing:

kit-mothers-day.255fdc2c125fMom genes? Yes! We’ve all seen the commercials, but have you ever thought about what a perfect gift it might be for a relative? Consider giving Mom the gift of DNA genetic testing & analysis. Literally show her what she’s made of! You can even opt to add in information about her ancestry.

Order today and get $20 off at 23andme.com.

Happy Sunday to all. May none of us f*ck it up!

xo

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

9 Feb
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I wouldn’t presume to know what gift you should get your Valentine this year. Aside from some really good generic suggestions anyway.

But if you’re shopping for your friends or sisters …or basically anyone you aren’t sleeping with…I’ve got some not-s0-ordinary gift suggestions sure to make them smile.

 

ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU

Clarins’ Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm creates a subtle flushed pink on everyone and smells like red currant. This nourishing balm is made with cocoa and shea butter, so it feels great on dry lips or under long-wear lipstick.

 Clarins’ Skin Illusion Blush is purse-friendly and comes with a mirror, packed powder, and sponge all in one. It comes in three universal shades but I like Luminous Pink for a sweet blushing cheek.

Both the Clarins blush and balm come in exclusive Valentine’s Day packaging and are limited editions.

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Milk+Sass

 

NOT SO KNOTTY

I like these macarons better than the real ones! These brand new Milk+Sass compact brushes are adorable – plus they take out every knot and tangle. Perfect right out of the shower on curly or straight hair, these detanglers fit snug in your palm and even have a built-in mirror.

Such a cute surprise gift for any friend who loves a functional accessoryand French pastry!

 

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No matter what the plan is, mini-sized bottles of bubbly make the night more fun. They’re also extra festive tied to a balloon… or packed with a pint of Choctál Madagascar Vanilla!

Try a sweet festive Stella Rosa (Stella Berry!) or delicious Pommery Champagne Pops Rose. Rosé all day, amiright?

 

LYFT HER UP

Don’t feel like driving on Valentine’s Day? Here’s one more reason to take Lyft. A select number of riders in Los Angeles will be offered a pretty greeting card from their driver, courtesy of Lovepop. I love these 3D popup cards. They’re based on the Asian art form Kirigami and are actually frame worthy…which isn’t an awful idea if you don’t plan on giving it to someone else.

The cards retail for $8 to $15 each, so make sure to thank your driver.

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Lovepop Kirigami cards

 

THE SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP

Show your best friend how much she means to you with a gift she can wear every day. The symbolic crossed arrows say that no matter what paths your lives take, yours were always destined to cross.

These hand stamped necklaces from The Silver Wren look perfect with the friendship symbol nestled between you and your bestie’s first initials.

GOLDEN GIRL

Lately I’ve been obsessing a bit over these gold chain earrings by Gabriela Artigas. The people at You’re So Baby in Echo Park are probably getting sick of seeing me swoon over them. I love how the delicate chain drapes down off of the mini 14kt staple.

Grab these luxe earrings for a truly deserving girl this Valentine’s Day – even if that girl is you!

 

xo

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