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Friday
Sep302016

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Pure

Velvet Pure, a new fragrance released by Dolce & Gabbana, is a fresh floral blend that celebrates the reseda flower. Also called mignonette, reseda is a highly fragrant herbaceous plant that grows in the Mediterranean region.

The Italian luxury fashion house designed Velvet Pure as an homage to the art of traditional perfumery. Other notes include galbanum, jasmine, cistus labdanum, fig leaf, narcissus, jonquille, North African neroli, geranium, Haitian vetiver, and orris butter.

While marketed as a unisex perfume, this is definitely an airy, bright floral. However, the fresh green notes will allow any confident man to pull this off with success. Either way, it's a pretty scent that will appeal to those who love sweet and herbal notes.

Available in a 50ml (1.6 oz) bottle for $230 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Sep232016

Function of Beauty Haircare

My friend Natalie recommended Function of Beauty's haircare and I was so glad I tried it. The customizable haircare line lets you tailor everything from formula to scent to shampoo color. You can also personalize your order by having your name printed on the bottles. How fun is that?

I took their hair quiz to pick a formula based on my concerns (color protection, hydration, etc.) The ordering process is easy and the price is much more affordable than many premium haircare brands. For instance, a set of 8 oz shampoo and 8 oz conditioner is $26. Free shipping is included. 

I liked how the shampoo gets my hair clean without stripping my hair. It feels soft and healthy even before using conditioner. The conditioner is pretty weightless so it doesn't leave a residue, which I love. I selected white tea jasmine as the fragrance, which wasn't strong or overwhelming at all—it's just right for me as I'm sensitive to certain scents. All Function of Beauty products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. It's also vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Curious? Get $5 off by purchasing via www.functionofbeauty.com/?ref=57CF3797D9C86

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Sep162016

Memento Mori by Aftelier

Aftelier's newest perfume, Memento Mori, is an unusual one. Mandy Aftel is stretching her creative genius by creating this deeply personal interpretation of a beloved's scent.

Notes of butter, beta-ionone and orris conjure the ephemeral saltiness of one's skin. Turkish rose plays a pivotal role in retelling this love story, but it's the civet, ambreine, patchouli and ambergris that add a warm muskiness. Exotic yet familiar, Memento Mori has a strong sillage, allowing the wearer to cherish the happy memories for just a bit longer. 

Available in a 1 oz eau de parfum spray ($180) and 1/4 oz liquid perfume ($180) at www.aftelier.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Thursday
Sep152016

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara

The Supra Volume Mascara ($27), the latest mascara from Clarins, is a solid one. It includes cassie flower wax, panthenol, and carnauba wax to condition lashes and boost volume. There's no clumping and you only need two coats to create flirty lashes. It's weightless and goes on smoothly, and is quite easy to clean off with cleanser or makeup remover. 


Available at all Clarins counters and www.clarinsusa.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Thursday
Sep082016

Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipsticks

The new Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipsticks ($35) offer something for every lippie addict. Whether you want something bold or neutral, you get to pick from 50 gorgeous shades (35 satin, 15 matte). Each one is formulated with hyaluronic acid and mango butter to plump and hydrate the lips. 

I tried shades 060 Premiere, 414 Saint Germain, and 555 Dolce Vita. Premiere is a pretty mauve pink while Saint Germain is a delicate pink nude. My favorite is Dolce Vita, a warm nude with hints of red and brown—it's absolutely perfect for fall and flattering on many skin tones. 

Rouge Dior 060 Premiere

Rouge Dior 414 Saint Germain555 Dolce Vita

Available at www.dior.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Sep022016

True Botanicals Hydrating Cleanser and Nutrient Mist

True Botanicals (formerly True Nature Botanicals) recently revamped their brand identity as well as creating many new skincare products. As for the existing formulas, each one has a new name but they're all just as awesome as before.

I tried the new Hydrating Cleanser, CALM ($16-$48) and Nutrient Mist, CALM ($16-$48). Both are available in 1 oz travel sizes and are tailored for sensitive skin. The cleanser does a great job of removing makeup and sunscreen without irritating my skin, which has been regularly prone to redness during hot weather. Aloe vera, green tea seed oil, helichrysum and German chamomile come together to banish dry, flaky and reactive skin. 

The Nutrient Mist smells so lovely, instantly soothing my fussy complexion. Blue chamomile, algae oil and avena oat extract contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties to repair and calm compromised skin. I definitely need to keep a bottle of this around at all times!

 

Another product I love is the new Polishing Grains ($44). Made with adzuki bean, rosehip seed, oat flour, kaolin clay and rice powder, this is one of the most natural exfoliating products you can find. You can customize your cleansing routine by using 1 shake for a gentle exfoliation, or 2-3 for a more intense cleanse. You can also use this with any cleanser. 

Available at truebotanicals.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Aug262016

Clarins Boosters

Clarins is now offering a trio of Boosters ($39) to manage various skin issues. Designed to be used with any moisturizer, serum, foundation or mask, the three formulas can be used anytime to address specific needs. You can use it once a week, once a month, or whenever you need to recharge your skin. 

The Repair Booster contains mimosa tenuifolia to banish redness and dry skin. If you've been over-exposing your skin to extreme temperatures or saltwater, this is the one to use. Made with green coffee extract, the Detox Booster is ideal for combating pollution and heavy diets. I like using the Energy Booster whenever I'm not getting enough sleep or when I'm facing jet lag. It has ginseng extract to revive dull and fatigued skin. 

As these are concentrated formulas, you have to mix them (3-5 drops) into your preferred cream before application. My skin seems to be extra supple whenever I use these boosters and the tiny bottles are perfect for tucking into a purse or carry-on luggage. 

Available at all Clarins counters and www.clarinsusa.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector & Aura Multi Use Blush

I'm really impressed with the Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector ($56). If you don't like to use foundation but still want to look polished, you need to try this product. You can use it by itself or with foundation and it'll even out blotchiness, giving you a fresh and glowy complexion. 

I tried shade s904, which is great for light-medium skin with neutral or olive undertones. Made with 70% organic ingredients, it contains botanicals like elderberry, frankincense, myrrh, cape chamomile and pumpkin seed oil to condition and moisturize the skin. 

Pair it with the Aura Multi Use Blush ($36) in Starlet 204 and you'll nail the dewy look. The warm pink has gold and silver micro shimmer which adds a pretty flush of radiance that looks extremely natural. 

Available at www.vapourbeauty.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Aug162016

Scentbird Perfume Subscription

Scentbird provides a convenient sampling subscription for perfume addicts. Each month, you'll receive a generous 30-day supply for $14.95. The 0.27 ounce (8 ml) vial contains enough perfume to dispense 4 sprays per day and your first order comes with a reusable protective case. 

There are over 450 fragrances to choose from, including luxury brands like Tom Ford, Carven, Etat Libre d'Orange and Histoires de Parfums. You can also take a fun quiz to receive recommendations based on your personal preferences. I choose to sample ThirdMan Eau Moderne, a unisex eau de cologne with citrus and orris.

To start your subscription: www.scentbird.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Aug122016

Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes

This fall, Clarins keeps it simple by placing their focus on the eyes. The French beauty brand is offering three gorgeous sets of the 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette ($43). Each one features four mineral-based shades that deliver a blend of satin and matte textures. 

4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 02 Rosewood.

Available in 01 Nude, 02 Rosewood, and 03 Brown, the eyeshadows are long-lasting and buildable. The Nude palette is perfect for daytime while the Brown makes a smoky eye easy to achieve. I like using a wet brush to get a more intense look, especially with the Nude palette. My favorite is the Rosewood. 

01 Nude palette.

03 Brown palette

Availble now at www.clarinsusa.com and all Clarins counters.  

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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