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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

Naimie’s

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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

Coolest Weekender Bag for Him or Her

18 Dec

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When I travel I like to look put together but not stuffy or uptight. Usually that means a pair of leggings or stretch jeans with a simple Alexander Wang T-shirt (or I’m loving the Rag & Bone T’s right now) a super soft loose sweater, and a great carry on bag. Well, only very recently did I discover my new great carry-on favorite, J. Crew’s Abingdon Weekender $198.00

I LOVE the distressed casual look of this bag while still pulling it together with leather trimmings, handles, buckles, and most importantly the base. Having the base be all leather is the must-have as a lot of canvas carry-on or weekend bags have canvas bottoms, which will wear much faster. This way you can safely put your bag down and not worry about tears or stains like you would with an all canvas bag.

The label on the inside of the bag states ‘Dry Goods and Men’s Furnishings By J. Crew’ but I say this bag is UNISEX – rugged enough for a man and so hunter chic for a woman. Making it a perfect shared bag for weekend road trips, Hampton’s here I come, that won’t have him feeling shy about carrying around your lady weekender. And, this bag is well worth the price, a lot of bang for the buck. Well, time for me to go pack it up, I’m heading off to London tonight and so is my Abingdon.

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From J. Crew’s website: Inspired by vintage hunting gear, our Abingdon collection focuses heavily on timeless fabrics and made-to-last construction. You’ll notice recurring details such as rugged waxed cotton canvas, burnished leather trim and brass-finish hardware. We constructed this updated weekender with heavy-duty shoulder straps and added extra reinforcements to help it withstand repeated use. It’s really the perfect bag—tough, roomy and fit for all occasions (we think it’s too good just to be used on the weekend). Adjustable shoulder strap fully extends to 49 3/4″. 8″ handle drop. 17 1/2″H x 26″W x 9 1/4″D. Waxed cotton canvas.
Available in Khaki, Deep Olive, or Slate Grey.

Burning Desire: Candle Wish List

13 Dec

Screen shot 2012-12-13 at 10.10.36 AMAs a self acknowledged candle junkie I have tried and tried many a candle. And, many with great results. I’ve already written about my love for Diptyque’s Baies candles, a classic for year round, and now the Diptyque Holiday Collection $32.00 – $68.00  This limited edition Holiday collection is packaged in elegant lovely containers decorated with a replica of a hand-drawn design which gives off a beautiful colored light when burning.   The collection is a range of 3 candles Sapin Doré paying homage to the fir tree, Amber Oud  reminiscent of an Oriental journey filled with rare spices, and Oliban transporting you to an Arabian dream highlighting resin frankincense.

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For a better price point, still not bargain basement deals, I also love Voluspa’s Champagne Rose $24.00 or the Grande 3 wick versions for $60.00. The Grande version ha a 120 hour burn time and is beautiful on a table with a triple wick being burnt. It also smells divine with notes of rose champagne, cassis berries, and white rose petals. This scent really fills the room but is not too overwhelming. I like to light the Grande size when having guests over to create a nice warm ambiance.

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Every time I burn Restoration Hardware’s French Oak candle $39.00 – $49.00 EVERYONE asks what it is and remarks how much they love it, it is Herbes de Provence mingled with purple iris, white oak and a hint of smoky wood. Totally enveloping and the packaging is stunning for gifting! The candle comes is 3 sizes packaged in the wooden box which I now use on my desk filled with pens and colored pencils.

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And last but not least, Patch NYC OWL Candle $37.00 When I saw these candles I was drawn in by the vintage-inspired packaging and old world feel. Then for a double do good, the candles are 100 percent soy with a 72 hour burn time. The labels on the front of these candles are silhouettes of different animals and the owl scent is an earthy scent of sandalwood, tobacco and vetiver – perfect for a winter vibe. I also recommend the STAG candle with the scent of siberian fir that is fresh but not overpowering, thanks to light notes of citrus and raspberry.

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.

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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.

Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

28 Nov

We all have a family member or friend who simply has everything and every year with the Holidays upon it is a struggle to find that perfect gift.

Well, you need look no further as this Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide has something for even the most discerning of us ladies.

Kilian In the City of Sin/1.7 oz. 1.7oz $245.00 For the truly LUXE lady a new fragrance by the renowned Kilian Hennessey. In the City of Sin is a place of extreme temptation where every street corner offers the possibility of impromptu encounters and seductions. The fragrance opens with an explosion of Bergamote from Calabria, pink Peppercorns and Cardamom from Guatamala. It then evolves into a heart of Apricots and caramelized Plums held in check by the Turkish Rose Absolute. A light haze of Indonesian Incense entrances and then lends a profound depth, further sustained by Atlas and Virginia Cedar woods and rich Indonesian Patchouli. Needless to say a beautifully complex fragrance that comes in a stunning white enamel clutch wrapped with a golden snake. Fully seductive and fully luxurious!

Rodin Face Oil $150 & Luxury Body Oil $110  Olio Lusso was created by Linda Rodin, stylist and former fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar, to satisfy what she felt was missing in the anti-aging skin care market. Her line now has a cult-like following among fashion and beauty insiders and justifiably so! It is a miracle oil for women of all ages who seek beautiful, dewy skin that conveys an extraordinary sense of well-being. Made with an exclusive, aromatic blend of 11 essential oils to soothe and soften the skin. As an step up in gifting you can pair up the face and body oil for a complete package. Although, either of these items will light up the recipient on the insider and out! Oil is an essential part of a healthy beauty regime.


Another much anticipated gift for the BEAUTY & TRAVEL buff is the LIMITED EDITION Rodin Travel Kit $85.00

Frederic Malle Notre Dame Candle $95.00 OR Diptyque’s Set of 3 Mini Candles $84.00

Comme des Garcons 2 Incense Sticks $36.00

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Make it up and make it personal with a hand picked selection of products for your lucky recipient. Mix and match a great set of eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails to give a customized set that is is both personal and her favorite gift.

I may be, well must be, somewhat biased but tenoverten’s WORTH $18.00 is one of my favorite nail polish colors of the season from the famous NYC salons tenoverten. The polish is both 5 FREE + CRUELTY FREE and lasts by using the best raw ingredients all compliant with the leaping bunny effort to encourage suppliers to also provide cruelty free ingredients. Not just in the finished product. Worth is currently featured in this month’s Marie Claire and is a truly gorgeous gold. Not too yellow and not glittery, an on-trend must-have metallic. Come December  tenoverten is also offering a discounted polish set for the Holidays for the true nail buff in your life… or if you’re recipient is in NYC go the extra mile and pick up a gift certificate for a little pampering.

Too-Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof & Tearproof Eyeliner in Perfect Moss $18.00 This new liner is easy to apply and a perfect daytime green-gray color. Dark enough to create effect and make your eyes pop but still light enough to get a natural look. It’s also a great gift as application is easy, it glides on smoothly to get a clean line. Another great ‘eye’ gift is always a classic black mascara like Lancome Definicils $26.00.

Jouer Cheek Tint in Peony $20.00 The perfect cream blush to add a soft flush of pink to any winter blues.

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Stalker $16.00 NY Based cult brand Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic is not only 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free but this amazing product is a hybrid between a lip gloss and lipstick. Meaning it goes on like a gloss but then dries matte like a lipstick. A few other pros are that it lasts for hours (date night may be an exception), is highly pigmented, and comes in a range from subtle to super bright fun. Even colors like neon pink, blue, and orange. I’m not quite ready to be that experimental but a classic Hollywood red like Stalker or the new color Electric Grandma are safe bets to gift anytime of the year. And remember a little bit goes a long way so only use a tiny dab to start with.

Or for luscious lips try this UBER-LUXE lip set from iconic Gucci designer Tom Ford.  Hint: if anyone is looking for a gift idea for me then this is the one. Tom Ford Beauty 4 Piece Lip Color Boxed Gift Set $192.00 Colors include:Lip colors include Spanish Pink, Crimson Noir, Nude Vanille, & Wild Ginger giving a range from nude to show stopper.

Happy shopping and always remind yourself it’s the thought that counts not the dollar value. So, pick up a great gloss for a friend and she’ll smile right back at you while wearing it. xo

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)

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