We were on the way to have dinner in Manhattan with my husband’s old college buddy and his family this past Friday. Since we arrived earlier that afternoon to expressly browse through some shops, like McNulty’s Tea & Coffee on Christopher Street, I happened to also tack on a quick walk to Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab located in Soho. Too bad they were getting ready for a private party since I would have had an old favorite lipstick remade… a beautiful mid-tone pink I can’t seem to find a good dupe for believe it or not though I’ve looked everywhere and driven various SAs mad over it in the process. I will have to schedule an appointment one of these days. I heard that they do an amazing job so I can hardly wait ;)!
Soft, durable, least shedding bristles, overall sleek design, grabs just the right amount of pigment whether natural or synthetic fiber [though this depends on you too ;)], fairly affordable (great investment), and easy to clean… these are all the things I love about my Sigma Beauty brushes :). I have two of their sets (use them daily for nearly 4 years), their full-size and travel-size; it’s ideal to have two different sizes. My only small qualm is with their eyeshadow brush (Pencil E30) which I use for the outer corners of my eyes; personally I would benefit from a smaller, stiffer brush since I don’t have the deepest creases. Most people don’t have to be concerned with this… To be fair, I may not be using the best brush for what I’m trying to achieve so I’ll have to look into another Sigma brush. Honestly they are the best brushes I’ve ever owned and trust me, I’ve owned a good number of them from many well-known brands.
*Photocredit: Sigma Beauty
For a long time I believed red lipstick simply looked awful on me. One day, I was inspired by CamiLovesKiwi on You Tube to give reds another try. At first I wasn’t used to the bold look of red on me, even with very minimal eye makeup minus winged liner, so I quickly gave up and went back to wearing mostly light to medium neutrals… I continued to hide within my “safe” colors. I finally learned that if I wanted to get comfortable with pulling off bold shades like reds and corals, it’s best to stick with it for even a little while ;); afterall, there’s a shade out there for everyone… just takes a bit of patience to find it.
A few years later and most recently I discovered Besame Cosmetics because of You Tube Chrissstttiiine‘s Lipstick Collection video. Since I love vintage glamour and retro looks, I was easily seduced by their Noir Red 1930, Merlot 1933, and Red Velvet 1946. I love their attention to detail, whether the gold packaging with pretty chrysanthemum motif or whistle-shaped lipsticks! Great formula too! So give them a try! Mwahhh ♥
*Photocredit: Besame Cosmetics
Inspired by Priscilla Ahn’s (musician) positive review of Rain Living, I’m planning to make a purchase to include a few of their bath bombs and bath salts. It’s been a small decision put off for too long; maybe about a year even :(. Oh my, has time flewn! I recently saw their products at the Westport Connecticut’s Terrain on one of my terrarium shopping expeditions; the first time I’ve seen their stuff sold in a store, though their free-standing shop isn’t too far away by train. A welcome reminder of how detox and rejuvenation is essential before taking on future cares… and now I must formulate a special bathtime playlist ;)
*Photocredit: Rain Living
I don’t differentiate between seasonal or day/night scents. To me preference will always supersede trends. Here is a playful medley of my new favorites…
While browsing at my favorite Anthropologie, a tube of Library of Flowers‘ Arboretum caught my eye, but didn’t make a purchase until my visit to New York Botanical Garden weeks later ;). It delivers all that it promises too… “divinely creamy, dissolves quickly into skin, extra-conditioning delivering deep hydration to parched skin, a replenishing pick-me-up, restorative and healing, unique formula with superior soothing power, sublimely scented & irresistibly soft sweet, silky joy at hand!” With a top note of green cardamom, middle note of ylang ylang, and bottom note of amber resin, you’ll be smelling like a beautiful bloom. Love their gorgeous packaging as well! I picked up their reimagined triple-scented perfume alternative, the Parfum Crema (a modern interpretation of parfum intended to be worn in place of traditional fragrance). I would categorize it as a sophisticated exotic floral and I’m very excited to try all the other scents they offer!
*Photocredit: Library of Flowers
Can’t wait to become better acquainted with this next brand… none-other-than, Illume Candles. Their Cactus Verde has a crisp refreshing “green” scent as its name suggests. It’s a soothing and moisturizing paraben-free blend of cassis, pink sea salt, and wild geranium with a hint of avocado.
*Photocredit: Illume Candles
Last but not least, Zents :)… I remember agonizing over the choices of Ore, Petal, Sun, Water; and though the light and feminine fragrance of Petal won out at the end, I still have the other scents on my mind… Another day, another splurge ;). Though it’s a”greasier” (for the lack of a better word) formula than the previous two products, its texture is non-lingering and very quickly soaked up by the skin. I always feel like Cleopatra as I open the pretty stone container (so very nice!), as crazy as this sounds. With the notes of lily of the valley, freesia, and lemon, it’s no wonder that anyone would feel like a queen ;). Zents raves, “this deep conditioning daily treatment balm transforms even the driest skin, repairing moisture-depleted elbows, knees, heels and cuticles. With a powerful infusion of 100% organic shea butter and a protective dose of beeswax, the Concreta rehydrates and restores skin’s natural softness.” I can substantiate that this is no empty rave!
I haven’t written on this topic for quite a while. Hair accessories… love them!.. and something that you can never have too much of ;). Every once in a while I’ll find myself wandering the beauty aisles and find something blog-worthy, like Sally Beauty Supply DCNL’s both pretty and handy-to-have hair accessories. I’m normally a tee and jeans girl so when I feel like dolling up with just a little effort, I like to go for a beaded ponytailer, a rhinestone claw clip, or jeweled bobbies and barettes. I’ve also included other favorite staples below…
*Photocredit: Sally’s Beauty DCNL Hair Accessories
On the first evening in Cape May, New Jersey, my husband and I walked to the main shopping strip (just minutes from the White Dove Cottage, Bed & Breakfast). BTW, thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the White Dove; Stella gives it two paws up as well!
After a quick preliminary scout around the area, I found the cutest bath boutique ever and quickly ditched the hubby… Bathtime Cape May (also fully-equipped with a custom fragrance bar); most certainly a bath lover’s haven… Every brand imaginable… I was drawn almost magnetically to their Farmhouse Fresh collection; what a perfect find! Since autumn’s crispness was approaching and that we were far away from home, I decided that a Splendid Dirt pumpkin puree mud mask was in order. Awww was it pore-fection too =); a thin, gradually tightening film, quick dry, yummy scent, easy cleanse-off, and fairly reasonably priced at $20 for a 3.2 fl.oz. jar. For you chocolate lovers out there, they have a chocolate version too called Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask… so with a name like that, what are you waiting for?
*Photocredit: Farmhouse Fresh Goods & Bathtime Cape May @ CapeMay.com
I’ve tried a few of Lush’s face masks and really love them! These are the ones I’ve tried for my combination, mildly sensitive skin (recommended via a Lush consult)…
Cupcake: Great for oily or spotty skin.
Catastrophe Cosmetic: A blueberry infused maintenance mask.
Love Lettuce: Balancing mask for all skin types.
BB Seaweed: A gentle seaweed mask for sensitive skin.
You will easily get 3+ uses from each regular-sized container ~2.1 oz. Please remember to refrigerate as soon as you get home since they can spoil easily (all made from fresh ingredients be it fruits or veggies, essential oils, clays, and herbs and can only be purchased at a Lush store for this reason). I also wouldn’t recommend purchasing more than two at a time since they are meant to be used once to twice a week as a facial treatment. From my experience, they can be safely kept in one’s fridge for 2 to 2.5 weeks without worry of spoilage. Also, when you “Take Back 5” (5 containers of any size #5 recyclable plastic), you will receive 1 free 2.1 oz. face mask which is quite an awesome deal =)! Another wonderful detail about Lush is the ability to sample the mask on your skin at the store. I hope you will give them a try; they have quickly become a repurchase must for me =).
*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics
Becca’s Songbird and Wild Honey mineral blushes have quickly become two of my collection faves. Becca’s blushes goes on smooth with great color payoff and lasting power. I was inspired by You Tube’s CamiLovesKiwi to give Becca Cosmetics a try. I’m glad this brand is also available at Sephora. Going to check out their lip products soon ;)!
*Photocredit: Becca Cosmetics
After years of improper leg skincare, I’ve developed a number of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and very dry skin below my knees. Last winter I realized that I needed a drastic change of regimen so as a trial remedy, I had a few waxings and meticulous tweezings done over a course of a few months and even tried spray tanning in preparation for the approaching summer. I was mostly pleased with the spray tan too; however, due to my extremely dry skin, the color wasn’t as even as I would have liked. I was recommended Tend Skin by an aethetician. I really like the product. I usually use it after my shower and on well towel-dried skin. My legs show a good improvement so I will definitely continue using Tend Skin. I’m currently also careful to only use the most moisturizing shaving cream I can find- I learned my lesson. Just bought myself a refillable roll-on =).
*Photocredit: Tend Skin