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Monday
Jan272014

Clarins Face Treatment Oils

I'm a huge fan of face oils and have been relying on them heavily to survive the cold weather. Clarins has a few soothing options that will work wonderfully if you're suffering from tightness and dry flaky patches. 

The non-greasy Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil contains blue orchid extract, hazelnut oil and patchouli to restore suppleness and vitality to severely dehydrated skin. You only need several drops to cover the entire face so the bottle will last for quite a long time. You can use it day and night, and it provides a prepped, smooth canvas for ideal makeup application.

I also adore the Santal Face Treatment Oil. Packed with sandal wood and lavender, the nourishing elixir calms and moisturizes irritated skin within minutes. The cardamom scent is so intoxicating that I can't wait to use it each evening! Definitely a winter skincare essential that you'll reach to again and again.

Available for $50 each (1 fl. oz.) at www.clarinsusa.com

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Wednesday
Jan222014

NARS Kauai Duo Eyeshadow

Uber metallic and luxuriously silky in texture, the new NARS Kauai Duo Eyeshadow promises plenty of bling but is still very elegant and tasteful. In fact, the stunning gold lame and iridescent smoky orchid combo sheers out a tiny bit if you apply it lightly on the eyelids. The dark violet isn't so frosty unless you really pack it on. 

The Kauai duo is currently sold out on www.narscosmetics.com, another testament to its growing popularity as a spring must-have. Fret not, as it will become available on NARS counters on February 1.

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Thursday
Jan162014

NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple

Described as a shimmering rose peach, the NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple is more like a warm bronzed peach with just a touch of shimmer. As a part of their High Seize 2014 spring makeup collection, I think this color will be one of the most popular items of the season. 

This buildable shade is perfect with a sheer application. At first I was worried that it would be too dark on my light-medium skin tone but it's very flattering. The shimmer mostly blends out so it won't get all over your face. Holding on for at least six hours, you don't need much product for fierce, contoured cheeks. 

Available now at www.narscosmetics.com

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Clayspray Toning White Clay with Aloe Vera Masque

I haven't used clay-based masks in a very long time but when Clayspray came to market, I was somewhat curious. For one thing, it's packaged in a convenient spray pump can so it reduces messy application. The clay is sourced from Spain’s Iberian Peninsula and their formula boasts a 60-65% ingredient concentration, which is about three times the amount of most clay masks. 


I tried the Toning White Clay with Aloe Vera Masque. Made for sensitive skin, it contains aloe vera extract to calm finicky skin flare ups. I first prepped with a light misting of their Comfort H2O with Green Tea mineral water spray, then squeezed out a dollop of the masque. One pump is enough to cover the entire face and it didn't take long to dry completely. The results? I was left with a radiant glow and blackheads were buffed out. It didn't dry out my skin, so I'm especially pleased with that. 

Available at beautyhabit.com for $59.95.

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Friday
Jan032014

Marie Veronique Organics Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask

I've been using the True Natural Botanicals (formerly Marie Veronique Organics) Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask and now I can't stop touching my face. The lactic acid formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin and is packed with mango and avocado butters to add a deep layer of moisture, as well as solanum tuberosum to brighten the complexion. The luxurious jasmine and neroli scent does wonders to calm you down. 

You're supposed to leave it on for 2-5 minutes so don't let it sit there beyond the recommended time. Other than a few small pink splotches around my cheeks (normal for my skin), I didn't get much irritation. It is such an important weekly ritual as you can feel the serum and moisturizer sinking deeper into the skin, vastly improving their efficacy. I went about with my usual evening skincare routine and the next morning I woke up to glowing, baby-soft skin. I'm still touching my face as I write this post. 

Available at tnbotanicals.com.

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Friday
Dec272013

Leckerlee Lebkuchen

If you have a craving for authentic German lebkuchen, Leckerlee makes some delectable treats to make your taste buds sing with joy. Based in NYC, Sandy Lee's Nuremberg-style gingerbread cookies are the real deal. I've been searching high and low for a quality version and her recipe is amazing. Soft and fragrant with a slight chew, these spiced cookies have a tender cake-like texture. You can get both sugar glazed and chocolate covered options. It's usually made for the holidays but I can eat this year-round!

Available at leckerlee.com. They're also on sale at www.williams-sonoma.com for a limited time. 

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Thursday
Dec192013

The BB Cream With Picture-Perfect Results

Sponsored by Revlon via Glam Media. 

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Nona Lim Soups

Some days you're so exhausted you don't want to lift a finger to make dinner happen. Thankfully, Nona Lim soups come to the rescue. Made with local, GMO-free ingredients, you can rock a delicious meal within minutes. The company uses organic ingredients when possible and each product is packaged in BPA-free packaging. Just snip the package, pour, heat, and enjoy. 

I liked the flavorful Zucchini Soup much more than I thought I would. The Carrot Ginger was quite rich and creamy – easily my favorite. Thanks to the addition of coconut milk, you won't miss the dairy at all. I also can't believe it's only 70 calories per serving. There are no preservatives, additives, dairy or gluten.

For those cutting down on sodium there is a lighter version of French Onion Soup. I found both Red Lentil Veggie and Asian Lemongrass options to be too light for my taste. Both could use more vegetables to give it more texture and depth. Nevertheless, these soups are a great alternative for busy folks who want healthier meal choices.

To shop online or locate stores: nonalim.com.

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Friday
Dec132013

Shu Uemura Lip & Cheek Fun-tasy

Based on the 6 Heart Princess animation film, the Lip & Cheek Fun-tasy makeup tint is part of the Shu Uemura holiday 2013 collection by Takashi Murakami. A tiny squeeze, about 1-2 pinhead drops, is all you really need for proper coverage. The Fuchsia Fun-tasy shade looks like neon pink out of the tube but it will be a much gentler shade once you blend it on your cheeks. As a lip color, it will enhance your natural lip color with just a tinge of fresh pink. 

Easy to blend and long-lasting (5-6 hours), you can tuck this in your clutch or jean pocket for quick emergency touch-ups. It's also available in four other shades: Dream Pink, Heroin Rose, Princess Coral, and Magical Red. 

$25 each. Available for a limited time at www.shuuemura-usa.com

For editorial consideration, review samples were provided by the brand's PR representative.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Yosh Han Appearance at Barneys New York

Artisan parfumeur Yosh Han will be making a few special appearances at Barneys New York to debut KÖNIG, her latest men's fragrance. Scented aura portraits will also be tailored for each lucky client — if you haven't experienced it yet this is your last chance for the year. Call and book your 15-minute appointment soon!

Yosh's tour schedule: 

Friday, December 13 – Scottsdale store; 1-6PM
Tuesday, December 17 – Beverly Hills store (call for appointment times)
Thursday, December 19 – Seattle store; 1-6PM 
Friday, December 20 – San Francisco store; 1-6PM

 

To learn more about Yosh: www.eaudeyosh.com

 

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