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CityWalk Appeals to Beauty Shoppers

15 Jun
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Nectar Bath Treats | Razzle Dazzle Donut Soap

Last I visited Universal CityWalk, it was all food and tourist shops. Which makes perfect sense for the locale. That said, I was presently surprised when I popped by this week to discover some new beauty-tailers.

First, there’s the mother ship: Sephora moved in! And it’s a good one. Many coveted collections line the walls. Picture brand new, untouched rows of BITE lipsticks, Pat McGrath palettes, Huda, Anastasia & Dior glosses, Tatcha eye brighteners, MILK sticks, Kate Somerville serums, and more. Heaven for an unapologetic product lover like myself. Stop by!

Then I discovered what can only be described as the love child of LUSH and Sprinkles. It’s a natural body shop called Nectar Bath Treats—just diagonal from Sephora. Wall to wall popsicle soaps, milkshake soaks, and handmade fruit smoothie scrubs. For bath lovers, it’s a dizzying experience. Crumbly Ice cream soaps, fizzy bath bombs, and macaron bathing treats. A one-stop gift shop—perfect (and safe!) for kids, too.

There’s even a make-your-own fragrance bar. I opted for a blend of vanilla and sugar body butter. Because when in Rome.

Now that I think about it… these locations are genius. By the time you leave Nectar, you want to get your hands on a treat you can actually eat. And whatdya know…there’s are about 6 candy stores within a stone’s throw. Brilliant!

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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

 

 

 

 

Kate Bosworth in Marc Jacobs Beauty

12 Jan

Kate Bosworth

Anyone else wonder what makeup Kate Bosworth was wearing last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards? It was a head-turning palette of glowy, ethereal, and bold color.

Turns out, it was all Marc Jacobs Beauty – done by the brand’s Global Artistry Ambassador Hung Vanngo. The motivation for her look was to reflect optimism and hope. No wonder I was drawn to it.

Below is an exact breakdown of all the Marc Jacobs Beauty products that Hung used on Kate.

EYES

  • Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Sunset 74
  • Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Scandalust Eyeshadow Palette (shades below)
    • They Call Her (crease + lower lash lines)
    • That’s Why (outer edges)
    • Cause A Fuss (inner corners + brow bones)
  • Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  • Brow Wow Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe 2

LIPS

  • Poutliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Oh Cocoa 310
  • Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Rei of Light 212

FACE

  • Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation in Bisque Medium 26
  • Remedy Concealer Pen in 1 Rendezvous (brightened center of Kate’s face)
  • Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer in 2 Alive
  • Perfection Powder – Featherweight Foundation in Ivory Bisque 200
  • O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in Tantric  (temples & cheekbones)
  • Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in 502 Lines & Last Night (cheeks & temples)
  • Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator (cheekbones & cupid’s bow)
  • Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist 

Shop Marc Jacobs Beauty at: Sephora, Sephora.com, Marcjacobsbeauty.com, Neiman Marcus, Neimanmarcus.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorfgoodman.com

 xo

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

20 Nov

By the end of this week, your email will be flooded with tons of discount offers. And a week from today, even more will pop up. What follows is a small compilation of beauty deals that you can look forward to for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Enjoy!

ULTA | Ulta.com

Get great discounts on brands like Lipstick Queen! Get a signature makeup pouch & mini nude lip liner when you spend $30 or more on Lipstick Queen product.

KORRES | korresusa.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Up to 60% off bundles for the entire weekend (11/24 – 11/26)
  • CYBER MONDAY: 30% off any purchase for 1 day only with code CYBER
  • Free shipping on any purchase from 11/24 – 11/27

Lip bundle: Natural Lip Essentials $45 ($110 value)

  • 2 mango butter lip sticks (cinnamon, natural pink)
  • 2 raspberry twists lip sticks (grace, allure)
  • 2 guava lip sticks (wine red, natural pink)

Greek yoghurt bundle: Greek Yoghurt Makeup Prep $55 ($93 value)

  • Smoothie priming moisturiser
  • Under Eye Priming moisturiser
  • Makeup wipes 

Body bundle: Head to Toe Hydration $68 ($137 value)

  • 2 Shower gels (vanilla guava, white grape)
  • 2 Body butters (Japanese rose, jasmine)
  • 2 Mandarin Lip Butters (Rose, Peach)

MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL | macadamiahair.com

Get 50% off + free shipping on all orders placed November 22-27

NARS | narscosmetics.com

Give & Take Event! All online purchases will be 20% off. This is the only site-wide sale all year! Enjoy discounts from November 23-28.

OLE HENRIKSEN | olehenriksen.com

November 22-28, use code “FRIYAY” at check-out to get a FREE 9-piece skincare set ($63 value) loaded with skincare favorites (deluxe minis) with every $50 purchase + free shipping.

  1. Truth Serum
  2. Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer
  3. The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser
  4. Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
  5. Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
  6. Truth On the Glow Cleansing Cloths (10-pack)
  7. Power Peel Transforming Facial System (1 use)
  8. Power Bright 3-Step Professional Brightening System (1 use)
  9. OLEHENRIKSEN Travel Bag

 

NORDSTROM | Nordstrom.com

Cyber 5: For 5 days, November 23-27 get an array of online discounts and promotions on brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Smith & Cult, Bobbi Brown, Dermaflash, Anastasia & more!

SHU UEMURA |ShuUemura-USA.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND (November 22-25): 20% off any order over $50; 25% off any order over $100 with code SHUBF
  • CYBER MONDAY (November 27- 28): Expect a new flash sale every 24 hours!

SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR |ShuUemuraArtOfHair-USA.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Get 25% off any $125 order + get Limited-Edition Super Mario Brothers Paddle Brush, Gift Bag & Free Shipping. *Not applicable to limited edition collections, gift sets or travel sizes.

MILK MAKEUP | MilkMakeup.com

Milk will be running specials from midnight 11/21 thru Tuesday, 11/28. Also look forward to:

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Get 3 Liquid Strobe liquid highlighters for $30 ($72 value)
  • CYBER MONDAY: $10 off ALL kits

 

CATRICE COSMETICS | CATRICECosmetics.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Black Bag Deal (November 24th & 25th): Pick any 5 products for only $20 + get free shipping & black gift bag
  • CYBER MONDAY: Spin to Win (November 27th): Spin digital wheel to receive random deal

 

Happy Shopping!

xo

Friends & Family Sales: On NOW!

18 May

imagesWho doesn’t love Kiehl’s? There’s something for everyone, especially with summer coming up. LOVE their SPF products! They don’t clog pores + hold up well during sweaty outdoor activities.

From now through May 22, enjoy a 20% discount during the Kiehl’s Friends & Family Sale when you enter the code FRIENDS at checkout. Available in stores or on Kiehls.com.

 

If you love a good facial scrub, you’re familiar with ExfoliKate. This week you can snag it, and any other Kate Somerville products you want for 30% off! Another Friends & Family Sale… and this one includes FREE samples, shipping + returns. Just use code FFBEAUTY30 at checkout. Katesomerville.com

 

Lastly, you can save 20% on one item at Ulta Beauty through June 3rd. We’ll take it! Just show this coupon on your phone when shopping in-store, or plug in code 503251 at checkout when shopping ulta.com.

Happy Saving!

xo