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Wednesday
Jan182017

Bellatorra Cellular Repair Night Cream

Bellatorra, a relatively new luxury skincare line, features Torra48, a microscopic encapsulated delivery system that allows their products to deliver optimal benefits for 48 hours. 

Their new Cellular Repair Night Cream is fortified with retinol, glycolic acid and sodium hyaluronate to repair and retexturize the deepest layers of the skin. The paraben-free formula also contains three peptides to address sagging, trigger collagen renewal and increase facial volume.

 

At first glance it looked pretty thick but you only need a thin layer to properly cover the entire face. It also absorbed very easily and my sensitive skin didn't have any adverse reaction. My skin feels and looks more refined and noticeably softer from regular use—I'm excited to see what happens if I use it for another 2-3 months!

Available for $385 (1.7 fl oz/50 ml) at Bellatorra.com and Barneys New York flagship stores. 

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

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Friday
Jan132017

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

This month NARS released their Soft Matte Complete Concealer, their highest-coverage, oil-free cream formula that covers dark circles and imperfections. 

Collagen-boosting peptides smooth the appearance of fine lines while vitamins A, C and E are added to condition the skin. This one is great at hiding those panda eyes and it doesn't feel heavy at all. The key is to dab lightly and blend as much as you can. Custard is great for light-medium complexions with yellow tones but you can also use Honey if you're slightly paler. 

Available for $30 at www.narscosmetics.com and all NARS counters. 

 

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

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Monday
Jan092017

Clarins 4-Colour All-in-One Pen

A limited edition launch for spring 2017, the highly-anticipated Clarins 4-Colour All-in-One Pen ($30) just went on sale over the weekend. How fun is it to have all your makeup liners within one retractable pen?

The creamy formula is enriched with sunflower seed wax, black acacia flower wax and jojoba so it won't tug on the lids. It comes with shades of indigo blue, black, and brown for the eyes while the beige is for the lips (to prevent feathering). You can also use the brown shade to fill in the eyebrows.  

This is so great for the beauty minimalists and those who adore multi-tasking products. Just bring this pen along with your fave lipstick and you're all set!

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

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

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Monday
Dec192016

Hiram Green Arbolé Arbolé

Hiram Green's new perfume, Arbolé Arbolé, is inspired by a famous Spanish poem. Romantic in tone, this new creation is woody and powdery. Though not for everyone, it will certainly attract those looking for something unusual and deceptively simple.

The warm, earthy fragrance comes on spicy with cedar wood, patchouli and sandalwood, then commences a pas de deux with honeyed vanilla and powdery tonka bean. A sweeping romance indeed. Plus, the bottle and perfume color is just stunning. This should tempt most niche perfume lovers so give it a try before committing!

Available in a 10ml EDP spray (€39) and 50ml bottle (€135) at hiramgreen.com and Luckyscent

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

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Thursday
Dec152016

Aftelier Organic Aged Pu-erh Tea in Tangerine 

If you need a bit of sunshine during these dark winter months, the Aftelier Organic Aged Pu-Erh Tea in Tangerine (25 gr; $20) will brighten your days considerably. Mandy makes this one extra special by sun drying the tea inside a tangerine peel for a week. To make it even more gourmet she added a touch of her amazing Yellow Mandarin Aftelier Chef’s Essence. 


Yummy citrus notes emanate from the package, making my mouth water. Be sure to brew it with a few bits of the tangerine peel! Smooth and slightly earthy, the aged Yunnan tea isn't bitter at all, and you can detect notes of honey and light caramel. Treat yourself to a container, or gift your favorite gourmand!

Available at www.aftelier.com.

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

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Wednesday
Dec142016

True Botanicals Body Balms

Last month, True Botanicals introduced a trio of gorgeous Body Balms (4 fl oz; $125-$200). Like all their products each one is crafted with a solid list of nutrient-rich ingredients, delivering immediate healing benefits. 

I tried the Rose + Neroli and wow...it's like you're bathed in a sumptuous veil of flowers. For several minutes I even felt like a queen. This balm is a major lifesaver during the winter months when we're all blasting our heaters—I even dab it on my face to treat an occasional dry patch. The souffle-like texture is non-greasy and absorbs right into the skin. You don't need a ton of it to nourish your body—it's best to use it right after a shower so you can seal it in. 

Two other precious scents, Frankincense + Sandalwood and Oud, are also offered, so go ahead and treat yourself!

Available at truebotanicals.com

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

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Thursday
Dec082016

Eminence Age Corrective Ultra 

The Eminence Age Corrective Ultra collection offers a fun, effective way to correct fine lines and tired eyes. I've been enjoying the Hibiscus Instant Line Filler ($70), which contains an awesome curved tip applicator to massage the serum into trouble areas. The formula contains hibiscus, ice wine active, stevia, botanical peptides (from hibiscus), and Voluform to soften and plump expression lines. You can use this once or twice a day under your regular cream. 

The Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream ($96) contains similar ingredients as the Hibiscus Instant Line Filler with the addition of caffeine and green algae to lift, hydrate, and de-puff the eye area. The stainless steel rollerball applicator is very soothing—I just love rolling it all over the eye area to relax myself. One little pump is all you need for both eyes and it did a great job at diminishing the fine lines. 

For more info: eminenceorganics.com

 

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

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Tuesday
Dec062016

2016 Beauty Gift Guide

From stocking stuffers to more substantial gifts, the following beauty picks will please every beautyholic in your life.

Patyka's bestselling Huile Absolue is a multi-tasking treasure. Made of 12 organic essential oils and plant extracts, you can use it for face, body and hair. $70; us.patyka.com.

Jane Iredale offers a cute Champagne on Ice lip gloss kit that's perfect as little stocking stuffers. $35; Dermstore.com.

 

 

If your beloved prefers natural perfumes, the new Aftelier Amber Tapestry will cheer her up. The unisex Oriental Amber fragrance is a warm, sumptuous cocoon that protects you from the elements. $6-$180 in various sizes (EDP & liquid perfume); www.aftelier.com.  

 

Skincare lovers will love the True Botanicals Trial Kits. These sets are the ideal introduction to the natural luxury skincare brand, providing everything to revitalize and address problematic, sensitive, and aging skin. $50-$100; truebotanicals.com.

 

Get easy smoky eyes with the Gucci Impact Smoky Eye Pencils. Available in three shades, these come with an applicator tip to make blending along the lash line effortless. $31.50; gucci.com.

 

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

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Clarins Holiday Gift Sets

Clarins has an assortment of holiday gifts for all budgets, so plan to do your holiday shopping early. The following are my recs:

The Holiday Glow Getters box ($125) is jam-packed with 20 of Clarins' best-selling products. The Advent calendar-styled gift box includes full-sized versions of the popular Beauty Flash Balm, Booster Detox, and the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey. You'll also get travel, miniature and sample versions of their makeup collection as well as the HydraQuench skincare line, and much more. The gift box comes with three bag accessories and gift tags if you decide to share it with loved ones, or...just keep it all to yourself!

Ring in the holidays with the relaxing Tonic Scented Candle ($75). Inspired by their legendary Tonic Body Treatment Oil, it features a spa-fresh fragrance that includes notes of geranium, chamomile, spearmint, basil and bitter orange. Burn time is about 50 hours. 

For the budget-conscious there are $15 stocking stuffers as well. This Beauty Sweets gift box comes with a Wonder Perfect Mascara and an Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer. 

Available now at www.clarinsusa.com.

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

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Tuesday
Nov082016

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick - Holiday Edition

Designed for red lipstick fans, the NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32) is available in a limited holiday edition. A must-have for every occasion, the full-coverage satin lipstick is offered in a universally-flattering scarlet red.

The matching lipstick case is also quite stunning and I love the magnetic closure. The pigment is so insane—you only need one swipe to get a seriously bold lip. If you love red, get this Sephora exclusive soon as it WILL sell out. 

 

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com. 

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

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