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Purederm’s Make-Up Cleansing Tissues

26 Feb

Purederm Cleansing Tissue

While a nice deep facial cleansing to wash alway all the makeup and debris of the day is the most effective, a pre-moistened cleansing cloth is a godsend in a pinch.

I’ll admit it! I’m lazy! And there are some nights where the thought of going through my preferred cleansing routine seems like a form of torture. But luckily, cleansing cloths can come to my skin’s rescue! No water, no rinsing needed.

Purederm Cleansing TissuesPurederm’s Make-Up Cleansing Tissues from Korea are unbelievably effective, non-drying, and unbelievably cheap. All makeup is wiped away in a few swipes. Mascara might require more tugging than a swipe, but off it comes in the end, with zero stinging. Skin feels super clean for a wipe, and I can breathe easy that I won’t be met with clogged pores or a pimple explosion in the morning.

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So where do you find them? Sadly, not at your local drugstore. But they are available at beauty supply stores and online, in a variety of delicious scents, thanks to the specific extract each type includes. Aloe, cucumber, rose, green tea, and lavender. They feel soft on the skin and they won’t shred when you put them to work. And their resealable packaging lasts longer than many other brands, keeping them perfectly moistened. No parched tissue here that require extra friction to get your eyeliner off.  You’ll be catching zzzs in no time.

Available for $2.80 for a pack of 30 tissues

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T. LeClerc – Loose Powder in Orchidee

14 Feb

T. LeClerc Loose Powder Orchidee

Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

T. LeClerc Orchidee

Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $50 at:

Barneys NY

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide Part 2: $100 and Under

11 Dec

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Beauty Bar Sample Society Gift Membership  3 Months for $45.00/ 6 months for $90.00  Join the SOCIETY and give a gift that keeps on giving with Deluxe-size samples from luxury brands (such as DDF and Oscar de la Renta) delivered to your door every month, $15 a month. Plus your giftee also gets a $15 gift code each month if they include any product from the brands sampled. This is the ultimate for a beauty junkie!

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Kiehl’s ‘Kenny Scharf Creme de Corps’ Limited Edition Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter $38.00 This is a doubly meaningful gift as it’s a gift that gives back, 100% of net profits up to $200,000 from worldwide sales of the Limited Edition Creme de Corps will support children’s charities around the world. And, whipped body butter is the perfect name for this luxe nourishing creme which has a rich clean scent. A classic gift of an item that has been a classic in Kiehl’s collection for over 4 decades.

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Chloé Rollerball Trio $55.00 I personally use 2 of these 3 fragrances and adore them, they have a beautiful kind essence. Each rollerball is 0.2 oz, is easy to pack, or great to throw in your bag as an on the go lady-like touch up scent.

From the Sephora website: Chloé Eau de Parfum captures the spirit of women—not about one singular woman, but rather about the rich and varied personalities of all Chloé women. Love, Chloé is a celebration of radiant, generous, and spontaneous femininity. Its fine, powdery scent is contagious, a beauty that is free and graceful.
L’Eau de Chloé is elegance injected with a modern twist. It’s an utterly innate sense of chic with the fresh feeling of springtime pastels, light dresses, and rose petals.


Screen shot 2012-12-10 at 6.30.00 PMJosie Maran Moroccan Scented Oil Trio $80.00 ($105 value) plus free shipping from Sephora
An all natural trio of luxuriously rich oils created with Josie Maran’s signature Argan Oil, an organic ingredient known to help prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and sebum production. Argan oil is produced from the argan tree in the semi deserts of Morocco and is the natural answer to maintaining healthy, youthful, radiant skin and hair. Additionally, these oils feature an exclusive blend of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids to infuse the skin with enriched hydration and encourage a healthy elasticity. Massage them into your skin for a calming effect or pour them into the bath for an aroma therapeutic experience, my favorite.

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Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence $29.95 Inspire beauty from the inside out, our motto at Glow + Tell. All the product in the world won’t make up for a bad attitude or a nasty spirit. So get in the right spirit as this book is a new kind of makeup manual that starts with who you are, rather than how you look. From the Bobbi Brown site “In this book, Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthfulskin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type. Brimming with personal and inspiring beauty stories from Blythe Danner, Alexa Ray Joel, Gabourey Sidibe and many others.” Bobbi Brown also has another beauty book manual classic called Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual $32.00 if you are looked for tried and true ‘how to’!

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser $75.00 This reed diffuser is a perfect gift for the Holiday season. Pine & Eucalyptus is the scent of Christmas morning and this collection is the ultimate way to have a lush lingering reminder of the warmth we surround ourselves with during the Holidays. It’s also a great gift for a friend who has everything because let’s face it who doesn’t love beautiful things that make your space smell beautiful… can you really get enough of them?

A Brush-Stroke of Genius by Celebrity Stylist and Writer, Michelle Brookhurst

7 Dec

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When joining a popular social-media site last spring, one of the get-to-know-you questions was “What is your most shameful secret?”.  I’m sure they were expecting a more salacious answer, but here was mine: I once spent $190 on a hairbrush.  I remember the day very clearly, Saks 5th Avenue, on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills,  the beauty department.  I was financially sweating over the purchase, but so excited and thrilled to finally be a part of the hair elite- today was the day I was buying my first Mason Pearson hairbrush.  I had read about Mason Pearson brushes in every beauty magazine, all the celebrity hair stylists insisted they were so amazing, how every supermodel has one in her purse, the shine, the luster, the hefty price tag.  I am no wimp to big-ticket beauty, I have shelled out for the Creme De Mer concentrate, the Natura Bisse Diamond cream,  and SK-II everything, but I had never spent that much money on something as simple and obvious as a hairbrush.  I paid big bucks for the promise in a jar,  the priceless dream of turning back the clock and having that dewy skin so ripe with youth and future.  But a brush? Like I could get at Target for $8? Was I really going to say goodbye to the Goody aisle and turn the corner into “that girl” land?

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Well, that bright and shiny morning in Saks, I did.  I received my first Mason Pearson hairbrush in it’s charming vintage style box, as though I was receiving my winner’s bouquet of roses at a beauty pageant.  There had been a very in-depth discussion as to which size and bristle I was to have.  Mason Pearson brushes come in an array of sizes, handle colors, and bristle.

From the Mason Pearson website:

Pure Bristle brushes: For fine to normal hair, fine long hair.

The models: Large Extra, Small Extra, Handy Bristle and Pocket Bristle.

Mason Pearson Boar Bristles

Bristle & Nylon Mixture brushes: For normal and short thick hair.

The models: Popular, Junior, Handy Bristle & Nylon and Pocket Bristle & Nylon.

Mason Pearson Boar Bristles & Nylon

All Nylon brushes: For very thick hair.

The models: Universal, Handy Nylon (Detangler) and Pocket Nylon.

Mason Pearson Nylon

I have fine long hair, so I went with the pure bristle, and I got a large size.  In for a penny, in for a pound.  That was about 2 years ago, and I have to say, I didn’t think about it much after the initial sticker shock wore off.  It definitely was excellent quality, all Mason Pearson brushes are handmade, and if you look at the website graphic regarding sizing, it is more like an aeronautical diagram than a design for beauty.  And it is a lovely brush, helpful for smoothing bumps from a ponytail, nice for calming down a frantic overcurl.  But I really didn’t get it.  I honestly didn’t see what the big deal was, it was nice, my hair looked soft, but was that more to do with my arsenal of shine serums?  My scalp seemed healthy, but it always had been, I had never been an oily scalp or dandruff sufferer. Had I just bought into the status symbol of the brand, without receiving the admiring and envious side eye from toting the latest Chanel?  I had listened to all the experts, I swiped the credit card, I brushed my hair, and no one, not one single skinny bitch ever said “your hair looks amay-zing” in that tone that simultaneously exhibits both desperate longing and murder inducing jealousy.  So what was the point??

AND THEN.

I am not a big blowdryer- I have had the same model hairdryer for 15 years, I own one round “blow dry” brush, and I blow my hair out maybe once a month.  Maybe.  I have that wimpy straight hair that if you use one drop extra of styling cream, the whole thing goes limp, and every time I have blown out my own hair I have been incapable of inducing volume.  So I do a natural air dry, and then hot rollers.  That had been my routine for 18 years.   Until the day I could not find my blow dry brush.  I looked around my bathroom, with 10 minutes to get myself coiffed and out the door, and panicked.  I could not arrive at my boss’s house with wet hair, I had cut my primping time way too close, and a big hat was not available.  But my eye fell on the plain brown Mason Pearson, sitting quietly, waiting to unleash it’s simple magic.  I turned on the hairdryer, picked up the brush, and within 5 minutes had the most beautiful, shiny, glassy straight, volumized, gorgeous mane of hair I had ever seen.  On my very own head.

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It’s like hot cocoa and marshmallows, cheese and macaroni, eggs and bacon, you could not think of a better combination than a Mason Pearson hairbrush and a damp head of hair.  I don’t know how or why, but it’s two strokes with a hairdryer, and the hair is dry.  It literally makes my hair smoother, shinier, and swingier than any shampoo commercial I have ever seen.  And it does it so fast! With my old round roll brush it took at least 20 minutes to get my hair 80% dry.  This simple, albeit expensive, hairbrush does my whole head in under 5 minutes.  I now blow dry my hair 4 times a week, just so I can marvel at the magic of the Mason Pearson.  This sucker is worth every dang penny.  There is no longer shame in my hairbrush game.  If my house was on fire, it would go in my purse with the cat. And boy would she come out shiny.

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*Do not use your Mason Pearson on animals. They will be unable to verbalize it’s genius.

Mason Pearson brushes are available at Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys NY, and many other retailers.

http://www.masonpearson.com

Michelle Brookhurst

Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire), turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer. She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Must-Have Neutral Sweaters for Sale: Gift or Keep?

30 Nov

J. Crew Collection Cashmere Cable Sweater: Was $238.00 Now $99.00 A classic cable knit sweater in a lovely heather camel is a timeless addition to a wardrobe. A great neutral and great with a pair of tall brown riding boots, a white tee, and fitted blue jeans – truly classic!

All you need is Paul & Joe Sister Altai chunky-knit wool-blend cardi-coat. Was $385 Now $192.50 SAVE 50% Cozy & Super Chic Fall cover-up with a colorful intarsia that requires no additional accessories.

Madewell Balladeer Sweater Was $118.00 Now $88.50 – 25% off with Online Code ‘OURTREAT’ Sweaters are all about texture so how about a little added 50’s embellishment in this playful supersoft angora sweater.

Rag & Bone Kali open weave sweater Was $349.00 Now $174.00 SAVE 50% Easy and breezy this slouch open weave sweater has a casual sexiness to it. It doesn’t try to hard and yet you can wear it for a night out with a pair of great black leather leggings – insert whistle here!

PROENZA SCHOULER Hooded Open Weave Sweater Was $575.00 Now $172.00 SAVE 70% This hooded open weave sweater in cream with button detail at collar and extra long sleeves is a SUPER DEAL by designer Proenza Schouler. I love the extra long sleeves which can be pulled over your hands for a coy and warm effect. Or, out of your jacket for a style statement that says ‘cool’.

Surface to Air Ginger Sweater Was $260.00 Now $182.00 SAVE 30% Taking color blocking to a more sophisticated level by using different shades of grey and combining different textures in each section and finished off with wide black bands, yummy!

10 Crosby Derek Lam Colorblocked U Neck Sweater Was $225.00 Now $139.00 I HAD to include one of my favorite not so neutral but still neutral sweater of the season. Colored in army, patina, and russet, these autumn colors and grandfather elbow patches give it a vintage vibe. So current, and so flattering!

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

19 Nov

Let’s face it. After a few hours of wear, even the best concealers will start to fade. I have searched high and low for  a concealer that won’t let me down. Now, while I’ve discovered some brilliant concealers, a no-need-to-touch-up concealer has yet to surface. Luckily, I stumbled upon a product that makes my fave concealers budge-proof, crease-proof, heat-proof, and fade-proof. This is going into the Must Haves List!

The Smashbox Under Eye Primer is a true multi-tasker. It’s not only hydrating but super-lightweight, with a silky texture that blends in smoothly and effortlessly. Loaded with caffeine and peptides, it also provides incredible nutrition for the skin. And the optical brighteners in this soft pink formula perk up those dark circles before you even add concealer.

But the best part? Once you pair this primer with concealer, concealer is locked in placed and looks completely natural. Those pesky fine lines disappear and even puffiness seems to be reduced (never an easy thing to accomplish with any product). All that and you need only the tiniest amount. One tube will last you a long time, making the $29 price tag more palatable.

From The Smashbox Site:

• Key immediate benefits:
o 69% increase in hydration-so don’t worry about skipping moisturizer!
o 56% improvement in clarity
o 46% improvement in radiance

• Key benefits in 8 weeks:
o 37% decrease in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
o 28% reduction of dark circles
o 21% decrease of puffiness

Available for $29 at:

Sephora

Ulta

Beauty (20%off Smashbox)

Why you should add an essential oil to your skin care regime

16 Oct

I had the same notions a lot of us do about rubbing oil onto my skin. I assumed this was a recipe for a breakout disaster and although I know my skin could use the nourishment I wouldn’t risk it. Well, I was wrong. Using a natural, essential oil-based product, showed me I had a strong misconception about the results. We have sought out ways to eliminate oil but in turn have created methods of hyper-production. The skin needs oil and therefore when we work hard to remove it, it works harder to replace it creating oilier skin.

“Like cures like, so a little bit of a healthy, plant-based oil on the skin helps the skin stay balanced,” Dr. Hauschka Skin Care CEO Mirran Raphaely told TODAY.com. “The right amount signals to oil glands that they can stop producing. It may sound counter-intuitive, but once you try this method, you’ll never go back.”

Decleor’s Rose D’Orient Soothing Serum Price: $68.00 This is one of my all-time favorites. It is a skin-soothing serum, helps me with redness in my skin, full of 100% all Natural essential oils for soothing and hydrating the skin. It comforts irritated skin and leaves it feeling soft nourished. This serum is particularly good for sensitive skin and I love the aromatherapy scent, it is a beautiful spa-like fragrance that also feels calming to me. Natural and Organic : 100% Natural, Paraben-free, PETA

 

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – 20ml Price: $24.00 Trilogy’s new advanced formulation Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ has been named “best natural face oil” in the 2012 Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Hot 100, just six months after launch, in a hat trick (3 years running) for the brand!It is a unique oil containing the nutrients and essential fatty acids that are vital for perfect skin health and a glowing complexion. This super-fine oil absorbs instantly, allowing the skin to breathe while it goes to work to prevent the signs of premature ageing and assisting skin growth and repair.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil  Price: $9.00 Referred to as a “medicine cabinet must”, this teensy bottle goes a long way in clearing blemishes. Just one drop can take on the nastiest of acne (whiteheads, the stubborn hard red ones etc…), without drying out your skin. It is full of anti-bacterial properties and has a calming minty smell, Tip – use a q-tip for application.

To read more about which  natural oils are best for your skin type check out this article at Brichbox.

 

 

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