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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

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!

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

 

 

 

 

Whole Foods’ Beauty Week

20 Mar
Beauty Week Bag 2017

Whole Foods’ “hello, beauty” bag

 

For the third year in a row, Whole Foods Market is hosting its Beauty Week. Beginning this Wednesday, from March 22-28, all cosmetics and facial care are 25% off!

BONUS: Trilogy products will be an EXTRA 25% off during Beauty Week, so this is the time to stock up.

INSIDER TIP: Stop in on Friday, March 24 for a limited-edition “hello, beauty” bag. The product-stuffed bag (shown above) is worth $90, but they’ll be selling it for just $18 while supplies last. This is an awesome chance to experience natural and organic products for those who haven’t.

Bag includes:

  • Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask (full size!)
  • Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
  • Dermae Hydrating Night Creme
  • Hauschka Facial Toner
  • evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm (full size!)
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
  • Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara (full size!)
  • Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
  • Pacifica Devocean Tenderness Lipstick (full size!)
  • Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
  • Whole Foods Market Peony Mint Blackberry Hand Cream (full size!)

The organic cotton “hello, beauty” bags were handcrafted by artists in India using traditional techniques of dabu indigo mud-printing, power loom weaving, and hand-tasseling.

For those not wanting to put up the $18, enter to win a free “hello, beauty” bag by sharing your favorite clean beauty products on IG or Twitter using #CleanBeautyFaves, starting March 22.

All Whole Foods markets are participating.

xo