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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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Thursday
Jul282016

April in Paris Amelie Collection

I've been admiring Beatrice Amblard's work for many years and I used to peruse her luxurious leather goods whenever I was in the neighborhood. Her daughter, Amelie, is now continuing the legacy of her mother's artisan profession by introducing her own leather designs. 

Naomi Tote

The Amelie Collection consists of five basic designs, which include a backpack, tote, shoulder bags and a clutch. Hand-stitched and designed in their San Francisco atelier, each bag takes 20-35 hours to complete. The fun colorblock trio of orange, red and taupe will go so well with neutrals. The bright red is so gorgeous against the taupe!

Sienna shoulder bag

I love the Naomi Tote ($2,800). It's the perfect size if you're carrying a laptop and the tab closure keeps everything in place. If you're looking for a stylish bag for work, this one's it. The Sienna shoulder bag ($2,200) has a detachable strap and the simple geometric design keeps things fresh and modern.

For just a few more days, you can get 20% off any item from the Amelie Collection. Use the code Amelie2016 through August 1. 

To learn more and see more designs: aprilinparis.us

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Thursday
Jul212016

NARS Powerfall Fall 2016 Makeup

It's hard to think about fall beauty when it's so hot outside, but NARS just presented their Powerfall 2016 fall makeup collection. And as usual, it's a good one. 

Fans of the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29) will love the new shades. Antares, an iridescent white gold, is gorgeous on its own but I love to pair it with Arcturus, a shimmering indigo. Color payoff is great—both are so pigmented I didn't even use a wet brush.

The new Velvet Eyeliner ($24) is another highlight. Nine flattering shades are available and I'm in love with the smooth and creamy formula. It almost feels like a gel liner so it won't drag on the delicate eyelid. The London (stormy grey) and Kaliste (teal green) are my favorites—such pretty options for a modern look.

Bold matte lips are back and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26) in Infatuated Red will make a huge statement for fall. The limited-edition garnet shade is lightweight, non-drying, and won't rub off for many hours.

The Powerfall collection is available at all NARS boutiques, counters and www.narscosmetics.com

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

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Thursday
Jul142016

TATCHA Luminous Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate & Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum

TATCHA is a fab skincare line and I've enjoyed many of their products in the past. Recently I've been using the Luminous Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate ($110) and the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum ($95), both of which are excellent to fend off fine lines and wrinkles.

Designed as a concentrated version of the popular Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, the Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate contains 7 botanical extracts to restore a youthful appearance. Once the gel warms up on your skin it absorbs instantly. A tiny spoonful is enough for me and I wake up to firm, glowing skin. My face looks so moisturized I could skip day cream if I really wanted to. This one's an absolute must if you travel a lot—it's the perfect antidote to dry airplane skin!


The Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum is weightless in texture. Made with Okinawan red algae, honeysuckle leaf and caffeine, your eyes will firm and plump up in no time. 23-karat gold dust is included to brighten up the eye area, making this a luxurious treatment. It's also great under makeup, making it ideal for hot weather. 

Try the travel sizes ($30-33) first before committing to the regular versions—they should last a few weeks. 

Available at www.tatcha.com


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

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Thursday
Jul072016

Dilettante by Hiram Green

Bright, fruity, and floral, Hiram Green's newest eau de parfum, Dilettante, celebrates different facets of the orange family. I'm always fascinated with what natural perfumers come up with and I love being able to experience their creations. In this case, I happen to love orange so it didn't take much for me to fall in love with this perfume.

Hiram Green's Dilettante, featuring a new bottle design.

Featuring a deceptively simple blend of orange blossom, petitgrain and orange essential oil, the natural fragrance captures the essence of summer. It feels light and breezy, yet contains a green spiciness that's not usually found in a typical citrus-based perfume. It's a sweet and sexy composition and I would happily spray this all summer long. 

Available in a 50 ml bottle for €135 at hiramgreen.com. Dilettante can be pre-ordered at Luckyscent.com ($165) in the U.S.

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

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Tuesday
Jun282016

Summer Lip Colors by Clarins

Wow. Clarins has a huge focus on lips this summer and they're offering lots of new goodies to make them stand out.

Available in 10 wearable shades, the Joli Rouge Brilliant Moisturizing Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick ($28) contains a Shine Booster+ Complex to deliver pearlescent shine for up to 6 hours. Mango oil and organic marsh samphire are added to boost plumping and moisturizing properties. Most of the sheer colors I've tried are gorgeous but I especially love the stunning 13 Cherry (warm red), 30 Soft Berry (nude pink) and 7 Raspberry (medium pink). I also recommend 27 Hot Fuchsia if you prefer a bold lip.

 

Joli Rouge Brilliant in 30 Soft Berry

An ideal product to use for warm weather, the new Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm ($20) reacts with your pH level to bring out a unique rosy pout. Cocoa, shea butter and red currant provide 8 hours of hydration. I love the cute cardboard packaging, which is sourced from sustainably-farmed forests.

The ever-popular Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ($25) has three limited-edition shades: 10 Pink Shimmer, 11 Orange Shimmer, and 12 Red Shimmer. The vanilla candy scent makes it super fun to reapply again and again. I use the lip gloss alone but you can add it on top of lipstick for extra shine.

The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($25) was so popular it was sold out when it first came out. A new 03 Red Berry shade has been introduced to Clarins fans, and if you love this item, definitely stock up on this new color!

Available at all Clarins counters and www.clarinsusa.com

 

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

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Tuesday
Jun142016

Rituel de Fille Makeup

I first heard about Rituel de Fille via Goop. If Gwyneth Paltrow approves of the LA-based natural makeup line, then it's gotta be pretty good, right? Handmade in small batches, the brand was created by three sisters who are beauty and fashion industry veterans. Each product is 99% natural and is cruelty-free.

I got a chance to try a few items and I'm quite impressed with the pigmentation. The Inner Glow Cream Blush ($24) is a favorite. The Rapture shade is a pale pink that has a gorgeously dewy finish. It's the perfect color to brighten the face and it's hard to overapply with this shade. You can also use this for eyes and lips. 

The Ash and Ember Eye Soot ($27) is a concentrated cream-to-powder eyeshadow. Packaged in a tiny pot, you can use it with fingers or with a small eyeshadow or eyeliner brush. The long-wearing formula makes it easy to create a smoky eye within minutes. I tried Seven Sisters, a cool dark grey with a shimmering finish. Depending on the lighting, you can see glints of indigo blue or deep violet. 

The Enchanted Lip Sheer ($21) is extremely moisturizing. It feels like a hybrid of lip balm, gloss and lipstick. Datura, a warm rose pink, is very flattering and should work on most skin tones. 

Available at ritueldefille.com.

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

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Wednesday
Jun012016

Eminence Vitaskin Targeted Treatments

Eminence recently launched a trio of VitaSkin Targeted Treatments to tackle acne, sagging skin, and hyperpigmentation. These concentrated formulas are to be used sparingly, so a tiny droplet is enough for most situations.

The Bright Skin Targeted Treatment is quite effective at lessening the sun damage I've accumulated so far. Licorice root, punarnava root, turmeric and Swiss alpine plants are the key ingredients behind the brightening cream. I also like to use it on my hands as a spot treatment. It takes about a few weeks to see results. 

Made with their Natural Retinol Alternative, the Firm Skin Targeted Treatment smoothes away fine lines and restores elasticity. Acai berry, botanical hyaluronic acid and snow algae are also added to firm and tighten skin. I love how portable these slim tubes are—it can be a lifesaver when you're traveling. 

Available at all Eminence spa retailers for $65 (0.5 fl oz). For more info: eminenceorganics.com.

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

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Monday
May302016

Kali Box

Available by monthly subscription, Kali Boxes ($19.95) aim to makes your period a more manageable experience. Arranged in pretty packaging, each box contains certified organic tampons, organic cotton wipettes, and a pampering bath and body treat. Previous boxes have included a sugar scrub or lavender bath salts. 

I tried the Half & Half box, which contains a total of 14 regular and super tampons, 10 individually-wrapped wipettes, and a 2 oz. bottle of rosewater toner. There are options get all regular or all super tampons. Plus, whenever a Kali Box is sold, $1 will be donated to Girl Up, a United Nations foundation that empowers adolescent girls in over 70 countries.

Not ready to subscribe? You can order a sample box for $6. 

Available at kaliboxes.com.

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

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