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Wednesday
Dec122018

Hiram Green Hyde 

If Hyde represents the grand adventures I'll soon embark on, then I'll leap in without hesitation. Smoky and intoxicating, this new unisex fragrance by Hiram Green will seduce anyone who's up for the unexpected.

Hyde is easily one of my favorite natural perfumes of the season. It's bold and spicy but not overwhelming. The leather-themed scent offers up opening notes of lemon and bergamot, which then melds with oakmoss, birch tar, labdanum and cassie flower. Vanilla lends a faint sweetness to mellow out the smokiness. And, it has an impressively long-lasting power. I can still smell it the day after. 

Hyde is available in a 50ml bottle (€144) and 1ml sample (€5) at hiramgreen.com. San Francisco shoppers can also find Hiram's perfumes at Tigerlily

 

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

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Wednesday
Nov142018

Clarins Shimmer & Shine Holiday 2018 Makeup

Clarins makes it easy to look polished for the holidays, which is a relief if you have a busy social calendar. The limited edition Shimmer & Shine collection consists of only three products. 

A few swipes of the Illuminating Sculpting Powder ($40) will add a beautiful glow to your cheeks and decollete. This pale gold pressed powder is the perfect finishing touch for any festive occasion. 

The new Red Berry Glam shade of the ever-popular Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($26) is just so pretty. The shimmery red gloss is the perfect color to brighten any complexion. You'll be ready for anything if you keep this in your makeup bag. 

Your lashes also get a gilded makeover with the Gold Mascara Top Coat ($28). Dab it on the lash tips or apply it over your mascara (or by itself) for a flashier look! 

Available at all Clarins counters and www.clarinsusa.com

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

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Thursday
Sep132018

SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask

If you've neglected your skin this past summer, it's time to give it some love. SK-II just launched their Overnight Miracle Mask, which features their signature ingredient Pitera and sleeping tree extract. This leave-on nighttime gel mask is designed to make your skin look smooth, nourished and bright. 

After cleansing, apply a layer of the mask; do not rinse and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash your face as usual and continue with your daytime regimen.

It comes in a set of six masks, but I found that each portion has enough product for at least two applications. I woke up with noticeably softer skin and felt that my skincare sunk in better in the morning. 

Available for $105 (6 masks) at www.sk-ii.com.

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

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Wednesday
Aug292018

Clarins Joli Rouge & Black Fall Makeup

Clarins is keeping things slightly minimalist with their fall 2018 Joli Rouge & Black makeup collection. The eyes only get black eyeliner and mascara so the focus is all on the lips. 

If you like the ombre look then you'll love the Joli Rouge Gradation two-toned lipsticks ($30). The formula boasts up to 6 hours of hydration while the creamy texture keeps lips soft and comfy. Available in three pretty color duos: 801 Coral Gradation (coral with papaya), 802 Red Gradation (red with rose nude), and 803 Plum Gradation (plum with deep red). The plum duo is perfect for fall! 

Get effortless lash line definition with the limited edition Waterproof Gel Eyeliner ($28). Highly pigmented with carbon, it stays transfer-proof for up to 12 hours. This gel eyeliner also comes with a mini liner brush to keep things sharp and defined. 

And, the beloved Supra Volume Mascara ($28) is back with a cute design packaging. It contains cassie flower wax to keep lashes soft and protected. 

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

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

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Tuesday
Aug212018

Esqido Gel Eyeliner 

False lash expert Esqido just launched their new Gel Eyeliner, which is available in both black and brown shades.

I love the color payoff and the creamy formula doesn't skip or tug on the eyelids. It's also waterproof and rub-proof but it removes easily with an oil cleanser. Each eyeliner pencil comes with a tiny pull-out sharpener at the end of the pencil—super convenient!

Available for $10 each for a limited time ($16 regular price) at esqido.com.

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

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Wednesday
Jun272018

Clarins Water Lip Stain

Clarins is always on-trend with their makeup products. This time they've launched the Water Lip Stain ($28), which is available in four shades: Rose Water, Red Water, Orange Water and Violet Water.

Clarins Water Lip Stain in Rose Water.

Featuring organic raspberry water, organic aloe vera, and an anti-pollution complex made of succory dock-cress, white tea, and furcellaria, the matte texture stays kiss-proof for hours. The water gel formula feels very light and fresh; you can barely feel it on your lips! You can also let it dry out a bit and apply another layer for a darker wash of color. 

Water Lip Stain in Violet Water.

A small amount goes a long way so you only need to dab on a little bit of product. The tube is going to last a long time, even with frequent use. I love the little brush applicator as it feels like I'm using a tiny watercolor brush to paint my lips. 

Clarins Water Lip Stain in Red Water.Water Lip Stain in Orange Water.

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

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

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Monday
Jun182018

Eminence Wildflower Collection

Celebrating the bounty of summer, Eminence just launched the Wildflower Collection. Designed for all skin types, the two-piece collection features the healing benefits of European wildflowers. 

The Wildflower Cleansing Balm ($52) transforms into a cleansing oil for a double cleanse regimen. Elderflower, cornflower, linden flower and poppy seed oil provide antioxidants and essential fatty acids to protect and rejuvenate the face. You can also emulsify it with water to turn it into a light cleansing milk. Either way, it will leave the skin extremely soft, clean, and hydrated. 

The Wildflower Ultralight Oil ($56) is a lovely body oil for summertime use. Evening primrose, primula, and echinacea oils come together to nourish the entire body. It has a beautifully light floral scent and its dry oil texture soaks into the skin instantly. It's also quite versatile so you can use it to condition cuticles and tame frizzy hair. 

For spa retailers, go to eminenceorganics.com.

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

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Thursday
Jun072018

Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

Last Saturday I was invited to visit Mandy Aftel's amazing little Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley. A labor of love between Mandy and her husband Foster, this museum took them three years to build and complete. 

Photo credit: Joel Bernstein

This beautiful archive is a special opportunity to see, touch, and smell Mandy's personal collection of antique perfume essences, raw materials, and rare perfumery books. It has taken her thirty years to collect these precious treasures, so we're extremely lucky that she has decided to share them with the public. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and generosity on this topic are boundless.  

Photo credit: Joel BernsteinThere are a lot of fabulous discoveries: an ambergris display; an interactive breakdown of her Curious perfume notes; a custom-built perfume organ that contains over 200 botanical absolutes. You'll get to taste some chocolate that's flavored with your choice of Chef's Essences. As a parting gift you'll also get to choose three letterpress scent strips to take home.

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly suggest you visit this lovely museum. If you're a perfume lover, this is definitely a must-see. 

Image credit: Joel Bernstein

The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is open each Saturday from 10am-6pm. Admission is $20 for a 1-hour visit. Tickets and more info are available at www.aftelier.com.

For editorial consideration, a press visit was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Jun052018

Eve Lom Radiance Face Mist

Now that it's summer, it's more important than ever to keep your skin hydrated. Thanks to the new Eve Lom Radiance Face Mist, maintaining a dewy complexion is super easy. 

Made with Bulgarian rose otto oil, the luxurious mist increases moisture levels by 80% upon application. Used twice daily, it can firm up skin in 4 weeks. Micro algae, wild indigo, magnesium, zinc and copper are included to keep skin calm, hydrated and protected against environmental stress. I like to keep it at my desk so I can mist whenever I can, and the elegant rose otto scent is so lovely and uplifting.

Available for $45 (1.6 fl oz) at www.evelom.com.

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

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Tuesday
May292018

In Fiore Sauvetage Serum & Lumiere Complexe

I am pretty excited to see In Fiore launching two new skincare products from their Made in Japan line. Partnering with Albion, these two items will ensure your skin will be in great shape this summer. 

The Lumiere Complexe Face Oil Concentre ($115) is a lightweight brightening oil that is used for strengthening the skin barrier as well as fighting natural and artificial radiation. I've been in the sun a lot lately and I feel this keeps my complexion bright and even. I layer this under sunscreen along with their Soleil Fleur Before Sun Treatment. 

Featuring freshwater blue-green algae from Kyushu Island, the Sauvetage Care Serum Concentre ($110) is designed as an intensive ten-day treatment. When you're on this protocol you don't need to use other serums, oils or moisturizers. You can also use it as a spot treatment for acne or alternate it with your regular serum whenever you need some extra TLC. My skin looks so much better the day after I use this. It's perfect for reviving your skin whenever it shows signs of stress, blemishes or fatigue. 

Available at www.infiore.net

 

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