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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

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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)

Beautyblender Sponge

1 Oct

Want great makeup? Then you need great tools. And the king of great tools is the Beautyblender sponge.

Invented by top Hollywood make up artist Rea Ann Silva, this applicator will give your makeup an airbrushed look. Thanks to the ergonomic teardrop shape and its suede texture, this sponge blends out foundation beautifully and buffs out excess makeup for a more natural streak-free finish! Nimble enough for getting into corners like your nose and eyes, and broad enough to quickly cover larger areas. And unlike all the other disposable sponges that rapidly disintegrate, this eco-friendly and non-dsposable blender is easy to clean so it lasts you years. And it’s also latex free, non-allergenic and odor free. It’s not surprising this is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner!

Tips:
My favorite way to use it, is to wet the sponge first before applying foundation and then stippling in the makeup. Just press/bounce the Beautyblender on the skin. You can even add a twisting motion when you want to work it in even more. The results are amazing and effortless! Glowing natural looking skin, while maintaining your foundation’s coverage. No one will know your wearing makeup with this simple technique!

Wash it regularly, to prevent bacterial buildup. No need for anything fancy. Just use your facial cleanser to keep it clean.

Available for $19.95 at:

Beautyblender

Sephora

Available for $13.75 at:

Amazon

Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara

22 Aug

For some reason, I hate to spend a lot of money on mascara. More than any other makeup purchase, expensive mascara seems to feel indulgent. That is until I discovered Dior’s Diorshow Iconic! Not to be confused with the acclaimed Diorshow, which I find much less impressive. A tube of Diorshow feels stiff on the lashes, even though it creates a beautiful full set. But the tube does loose its umpf, drying out very quickly. (The same issues apply to the infamous L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, in my opinion.)

Dior Iconic on the other hand,  lasts an unbelievably longtime.  Granted, you should toss mascara after 3 months to prevent infection, bacteria, etc. Thus, the main reason I hate to spend a lot of money on mascara. But Dior Iconic is truly ICONIC! It defines and curls lashes for a lifted eye. It lengthens, yet thickens beautifully! And all of it looks natural. Soft, supple, full, long, separated, blackest black lashes.  Not spidery, not clumpy, not smudgy, not flaky. Lashes stay flexible and lifted all day, without being dry and cakey. You wont have the “why-are-my-lashes-drooping-by-3-in-the-afternoon-syndrome,” with this extra hold formula. And the best part, if you want to build the drama up for a night out, thanks to its velvety texture, you can reapply Iconic flawlessly, for a buildable false lash look.

Now the brush is a bit odd. Rubbery  and untraditional is the best way to describe it, but I love it. Dior calls it oblique. It does take a nanosecond to get used to, but it will make other brushes seem fussy and a tad ineffective in comparison.

Dior Iconic is THE ticket for truly show-stopping, jaw-dropping  lashes. Hands down, the BEST MASCARA I’ve tried to date! Give it a shot!! I think you are gonna love it!!

TIP:

For a stunning fan of lashes, layer extra coats on the ends. Really get your brush into the base of your lashes and pull up, wiggling the mascara wand as you go to get them separated but well-coated.

FROM DIOR ON THEIR UNIQUE BRUSH:

“Inspired by the tailoring technique of cutting fabric on the bias to create maximum curve, the Iconic brush features soft silicone bristles that spiral around the stem to lift, curl, and separate every lash.”

Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Noir/ Rich Black

Available for $28.50 at:

Sephora

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

2 Aug

I have tried many a primer, and thus far, this is at the head of the pack! Why?  Because Veil delivers on every promise it makes.  It fills in pores and evens out your skin tone, truly blurs out imperfections, softens fine lines, and lights up your face in a realistic way!  Its souffle-like texture blends flawlessly and it keeps its promise of having your make-up look fresh all day, without the shine or stickiness of most primers.  In fact, it feels as if your skin has nothing on it.  There could be no better name for this product.  A veil of luminosity is exactly what you get!

Another huge plus?  The SPF 15 in here is not a chemical sunblock.  The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that it’s formulated with makes this the healthier choice for your skin.

Ah, Hourglass!  Every time I stray, I come right back!  Even if you are too expensive at $52.

Tip: Want a less made-up look but still looking sans flaws?  Use the Veil Mineral Primer on its own.  You will be in awe.  I can’t tell you the amount of times I have forgotten to put on foundation thanks to this little powerhouse!

From the Hourglass site itself:

  • MINIMIZES THE APPEARANCE OF LARGE PORES AND FINE LINES
  • PREPS SKIN FOR MAKEUP APPLICATION WHILE EXTENDING ITS DURABILITY
  • NATURALLY-DERIVED TITANIUM DIOXIDE AND ZINC OXIDE PROTECTS SKIN FROM UVA/UVB RAYS
  • OIL-, FRAGRANCE-, PARABEN-, GLUTEN-, SULFATE-, PHTHALATE-FREE AND VEGAN
  • WATER RESISTANT

Ingredients: 

Zinc Oxide 4.20%, Titanium Dioxide 2.45%. Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – Oil Free – SPF 15 – 1fl oz

Listed at $52.00

Available at:

www.sephora.com

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

20 Jul

This is one of my favorite staples in my skin care regime and apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way.  SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic is an Allure Best of Beauty three-time award winner!

There are a couple of things to note before considering adding or supplementing it into your own skin care regime.  First thing to note is it is pricey, costing $146 for 30 ml.  Secondly, if you’re not a consistent user or looking for quick results this may not be the product for you.  It’s best results are seen with ongoing use and giving it a fair shot.  I’d recommend at least a month.  It did not help much with my hyperpigmentation but it does give my skin an overall healthier look and feel.  And lastly, the smell is not exactly pleasant due to the plant antioxidants.  In the morning when I use this serum, I apply my sunscreen on top which dulls the smell and doesn’t personally bother me much.

Vitamin E can also make certain skin types break out but again if it doesn’t the benefits of this antioxidant are great!  CE Ferulic is not marketed to oily/breakout prone skin.  For that they offer Phloretin CF due to it’s supposed antiseptic benefits.

Ingredients:  Antioxidant combination of 15% pure L-ascorbic acid, 1% alpha tocopherol, and ferulic acid.

Starting at: 

$146.00

30 ml

Available at:

www.skinstore.com

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