mark Naked Love Body Collection

As I sit at my desk with warm sunshine beaming through the windows, it feels like the perfect day to write about my newest love, mark’s Naked Love body collection.

Officially, Naked Love is comprised of apricot nectar, white peaches, velvet freesia, and skin musk, but to me (and many others) it smells like juicy grapefruit with a warmer heart. Mark’s body butter formulas are among my favorite, so it’s no surprise that I’ve fallen head-over-heels for the Naked Love Body Butter. The thick gel cream absorbs quickly and leaves your skin glistening in that ultra-hydrated way, making it great for the front of your legs, collar bones, and anywhere that’s ready to be seen.

The Naked Love Body Wash is like a breath of fresh air on early mornings. It’s like a shot of espresso in the shower, so I use it on those days when the alarm just won’t stop going off. Plus, the beautiful rose gold band on the bottle is so very chic.

The collection also includes the Naked Love Hand Cream (I can’t wait to get my hands on it, pun intended) and the Naked Love Body Mist. Prices range from $6-$14, so if you’re a lover of bright florals (or grapefruit, for that matter) this is one you won’t want to miss.

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With all this talk of my favorite makeup products, I figured it was time that you actually saw me applying it. I’m not a makeup artist, but I do have an abundance of enthusiasm for exploring product texture, application, and color, so I thought it would be a little treat to share this insight into my routine. If you want to see anything in further detail, let me know and I just might create a post focusing on that in the future!

Products used (in order of appearance):

As I finished, my friend Ella (thanks for the camera work, bb) asked ‘do you do this every day?’. If we’re being honest, this is my “quick” everyday look.

Want to see more? Let me know in the comments below!

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10 Minute Makeup

We’ve all had those days – late nights followed by early mornings where every moment of sleep is precious. Not only did I get home much later than I wanted from an Oscars viewing party last night, I had a breakfast business meeting that required a level of polish I did not have the energy for. The only solution? My go-to 10 minute makeup look that fakes awake better than a quad venti skinny vanilla latte and conveniently fits into this Rebecca Minkoff ‘Makeup Stash’ red leather makeup bag.

I love these products because they either include a built in applicator or are best when applied with your hands. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Start with a BB cream: American BB creams are like supercharged tinted moisturizers. My latest drugstore favorite is the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing BB Cream is my favorite for these drier times of year. On quick days, I apply it over Dr.  Jart+Ceramidin Liquid serum and buff it out with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush.
  2. Conceal, conceal, conceal: Hands down, my favorite new product discovery is the Physicians Formula Super CC Instant Blurring Eye Cream. It’s lightly tinted, ultra-hydrating, and protects with SPF 30. You could also replace this step with your favorite concealer or YSL Touche Eclait.
  3. Fake the glow: Whenever I’m feeling tired, the first place I pump up the color is on my cheeks. That extra pop of color goes a long way to making you look (and feel more alive). For easy application on the go, I love Stila’s Convertible Colors. My favorite color of the moment is Rose – it’s a great bold flush on my fair cheeks and a beautiful lip color.
  4. Define your brows: One of the quickest ways to look pulled together in a flash is to define your brows. Stila’s new Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil is great for brows in a flash because even though I’m heavy-handed, I’ve yet to go overboard. It’s like it’s foolproof, magic, or both.
  5. Highlight the high points: Highlighter sounds like one of those “bonus” steps that would be nice to do, but adding radiance to the tops of your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and inner corners brightens up your hole face. My favorite for doing it in a quick & natural way is NARS The Multiple in Copacabana. You could even use it as a sheer wash of color on your eyelids on top of an eyeshadow primer in a pinch!
  6. Define your (lash)line: Without liquid liner across my lash line, I get those ‘oh you don’t look like yourself’ or ‘you look tired comments’, so when I’m really tired, you won’t catch me without it. The quickest way to a fine cat eye is mark’s On The Edge liquid eyeliner in Cleo (a matte black). The thin brush makes it easy to create a sharp line and the easy access to additional product makes sure the application is smooth. Desert island eyeliner without a doubt.
  7. Lash out: Mascara is never optional in my book, no matter how many respected makeup artists send models down the runways au naturale. Stila’s Mile High Mascara is great at creating the lash look I want in a flash – deep black, defined, and volumized – thanks to the unique brush design. Plus, the mixed metals tube design is ultra-chic.
  8. Pencil it in: Lip pencils are the lipstick tubes younger, cooler sister. You can whip them around the curves of your mouth in a flash. My late winter favorite is NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal, a deep purple berry that is equal parts sophisticated and fashionable.

Granted this routine took far longer to write and read than the entire process actually takes, but I love the nearly every portion can be applied on the go – on the subway, in mid flight, or between appointments in the back of a cab. Or when you ignore your alarm because of one too many margaritas. No judgement here!

What does your 10 minute makeup routine look like? Tell me in the comments below!

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A look A look back at all the makeup I loved in 2014. And WOW did I love a lot!

2014 Best in Beauty

I love makeup. It’s my favorite product category to write about and undoubtedly the category that I also spend the most money on. I want to try everything and I love when colors or formulas surprise me, pulling me outside of my comfort zone. No lip color could be too bold or liquid liner too intense. Looking back at my year in beauty, these are products I am proud to call my 2014 best in beauty:

  1. NARS The NARSissist Palette ($79) – My most used palette of 2014 and still the most versatile. It’s a must for me when I travel.
  2. Edward Bess Quad Royale in Summer in Capri ($45) – Still the best healthy flush blonzer (blush & bronzer) I’ve ever used, especially in the winter. There’s a drugstore dupe, but as with most dupes, it’s not quite the same.
  3. Revlon Colorstay Foundation ($12) – Still my favorite. It’s the best for combination girls who want a long wearing slightly luminous foundation. There’s nothing better!
  4. Anastasia Contour Kit ($40) – A relative latecomer to my favorites list, but a worthy mention all the same. The middle color in the bottom row, Fawn, has sparked my new favorite look for the last quarter of the hear. I use Fawn on an angled cheek brush and create a contour/blush effect, top it off with some highlight and I’m done. It’s perfect! I also use all three highlight shades in various ways. Best best best!
  5. mark On The Edge Liquid Liner in Cleo & Medusa ($10 each) – I love to try every liquid eyeliner I can get my hands on, but most disappoint. At first glance, these tubes look like every other ordinary brush liquid liner, but the formula is matte and opaque, and the super thin brush makes it easy to create a thin line. Cleo has become my everyday go-to line.
  6. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey, Vanilla, and Custard ($29 each) – Although I’ve worn Honey the most this year (under my eyes), Custard and Vanilla also deserve honorable mentions. There’s no better liquid concealer on the market, period.
  7. NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Greta, Brigitte, and Lana ($32) – Hands down, the Audacious Lipsticks are my favorite lipstick formula on the market. Although I selected these three shades for this photo, I would wholeheartedly recommend any of them. I’ve already gushed about how much I love Carmen and Lana is a close second. I could talk about my favorite shades all day long. Just try me!
  8. Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in Chestnut Brown and Pale Grape ($34) – Without a doubt, my favorite eyeliner formula that I’ve tried this year. They are super pigmented, creamy, and long wearing in my waterline. I want to collect them all, especially the black, but the purple and brown have proved to be quite versatile thus far. In 2015, I’m coming for you, Burberry!
  9. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($70) – I’ve already written about this concealer twice this year – need any more proof that I love it? It hasn’t left my makeup bag since the first time I used it. We’re in a deeply committed relationship.
  10. NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder ($35) – My favorite all-purpose setting powder. My skin still somehow looks luminous and perfected through the powder, and it’s also great for setting undereye concealer. There’s a lot of debate within the beauty community between the loose and press versions, but I love them both equally. Please don’t make me choose!
  11. Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation ($29) – The best foundation launch in 2014, in my humble opinion. From the color range to the formula to the wear, this foundation will work on nearly everyone. And it’s affordable!
  12. Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Everlasting Honey, Limitless Pink, Timeless Coral, and Endless Guava ($18 each) – I love these so much that I got my mom hooked, gave them out as birthday and Christmas presents, and have embarked on a journey to collect them all. They are effortless, hydrating, and so unique. Need more reasons? Check out my review.
  13. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($38) – This highlighter could send signals up to the space station, and it singlehandedly reignited my love affair with all things shimmering on my cheekbones. I love it so much that I followed a Pinterest tutorial so I could repack after it shattered. Carry with caution, but love without abandon.
  14. Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadows in Trafalgar ($60) – Every time I’ve visited a Sephora in the past six months, I’ve stood longingly in front of the Dior display and scanned the rows for the product that would ignite a fire in me the most. I’ve also said out loud, to friends, ‘I think I have a Dior problem’. The first step is admitting that you have a problem, yes?
  15. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara ($7) – It’s still my favorite mascara. Just that simple.
  16. Buxom Full-on Lip Cream ($19) – My absolute favorite lip gloss formula to wear. I have all of them and love them equally, but I receive the most compliments from Creamsicle. Are you sensing a pattern yet?
  17. Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss ($8) – These glosses are comfortable, hydrating, and easy to wear. The color is never too overpowering or sheer, so it’s always just right. Goldilocks would totally approve.
  18. NARS Pencil Sharpener ($6) – You probably think this is a funny thing to include in a Best of Beauty list, but it’s still the best pencil sharpener I’ve ever used. It also happens to be cheaper than Sephora’s in-house brand sharpener, which amuses me to no end. I also gave this as a Christmas gift this year, because we all deserve the very best.
  19. mark Touch and Glow ($16) – My pal and celebrity makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg is OBSESSED with Touch and Glow, but it took me several (and I do mean several) months to finally come around to it. Now that I’ve finally seen the light, there’s no turning back. Touch and Glow is a hybrid blush/highlighter that gives you the best glow. I love to use it with a fan brush, but if your skin has more color, I’d go right in with a blush brush. The name says it all!
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Mark Saint Barts Soleil Perfume

At the beginning of every summer, I become obsessed with the idea of adding one of the quintessential summer fragrances to my collection. Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino, Bobbi Brown’s Beach, and Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess are all summertime classics, but it seems silly to pay mega bucks for something that is going to sweat off in a few hours. Enter mark’s latest foray into fragrance, Saint Barts Soleil. This beachy fragrance is only $24, so I don’t feel guilty about reapplying throughout the day.

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It’s incredibly reminiscent of Bobbi Brown Beach, but a slightly more fragrant version. At first spray, Saint Barts Soleil smells like salt water & coconuts, but then it develops to include notes of the frangipani flower. It’s also a scent that is best directly on the skin and holds up well in the heat, as opposed to many other fragrances that can turn in warmer weather. There’s also a subtle shimmer lotion ($14) that’s great for layering on your arms or legs.

I struggle with my fragrance selection every summer, but I love that this is affordable, doesn’t sour, and instantly takes me away to an island. Tell me what your summer fragrance musts are in the comments below – I’m always looking for new recommendations!

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Makeup Monday

Although Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, I know that it’s time for me to embrace the season when I start reaching for all coral everything. The biggest sign this past week was my codependency on Laura Geller’s Love Me Dew lip color in Lychee Glace. I had to wear it every day, even if I was sitting at home in my pjs. The second sign was when I opted to skip mascara (I know, I KNOW) on more low key days. Forget a whole new world – I feel like a whole new girl!

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon in Lychee Glace ($16): It took me a bit to come around to the Love Me Dew formula, mostly because I was expecting it to be something that it’s not. It is not a balm, nor is it a gloss, and it’s not a stain. Know that from the minute you pop the top off one of these unassuming lip crayons and you’ll be ready experience full on color. If you don’t believe me, check out this Instagram pic of me wearing Lychee Glace. At first application, the color is a beautiful pinky coral, but as color builds throughout reapplication, it becomes a gorgeous orange. The formula is definitely moisturizing, but it also has more staying power than you might expect. I’d compare the texture to that of Revlon’s Lip Butters. The price is great and the color assortment is too. I can’t wait to wear Plum Freeze this fall!

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Portobello ($35): Many moons ago, when I was just started to explore the NARS brand, I picked up the requisite Orgasm blush & lip gloss. I soon branched out to eyedshadow duos, starting with Portobello. The matte brown shadows may look blase to some, but to me it unlocks a world of subtle definition. The two similar, yet different, brown shades look great in the crease, but my favorite use is to sweep them along the lower lash line. Especially in the fall months paired with vampy lip colors, like MAC’s upcoming lip color collaboration with Lorde, it adds definition without taking way from the focal point of your look. My passion for this duo was so strong, that during one visit I convinced my mom that she needed it too. Now that it’s back in my life, I can’t ever imagine being without it again. OTP, me and Portobello 4 ever.

BECCA Mineral Blush in Gypsy ($32): While I don’t love to wear the BECCA Mineralize Blushes all of the time, they do hold a very special place in my heart. They are incredibly finely milled and only available in the most flattering shades, so there’s no worry about trying a shade that is too far outside of your comfort zone. But they’re also packed with really beautiful, albeit intense shimmer that also doubles as your highlighter. If you’re looking to pair one with a strong eye or a bold lip, the shimmer may be too much, however if you’re going for a glow with the focus on your cheeks, this is a blush you should try. Gypsy in particular is a gorgeous blue-based pink that can sometimes lean a little lilac on me, depending how much sun I’ve seen. Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest enough to give them a swatch or two next time you’re in Sephora. It’s worth it!

Nudestix Skin Concealer Pencil in Light 2 ($24): There’s only a few single concept beauty brands on the market, so when another one comes along I’m automatically interested. Nudestix aims to take the concept of your makeup bag and edit it down to three to five pencils housed in a grown up pencil box (complete with mirror). While I’m still getting a feel for the line, the Concealer Pencil has found a permanent home in my (albeit oversized) makeup bag. The formula is a bit thick and on the drier side, so it makes a perfect spot coverup or lip outline companion. It’s also great for perking up your brow bone, but I haven’t loved it under my eyes. I’m a special case there, so take that opinion with a grain of salt. I love the ease of whipping it out, dotting it on and throwing it back into my bag, plus every pencil comes with a sharpener so you never have to be without.

mark On The Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo ($10): mark recently revamped their iconic Hook Ups, the product that put them on the map when they launched over ten years ago. The revamped pairings now also come with new packaging that makes them just as pretty on their own, but connected they’ll have the same look that you know and love. There’s something about the thickness and flexibility of the brush that sets the On The Edge liquid liner apart. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it lays down well close to the lash line, yet doesn’t flop about as I *try* to gently sweep the brush around the curves of my lid. I also love that it’s available at drugstore friendly pricing and named Cleo, adding yet another layer to my never-ending Cleopatra fantasy.

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Makeup Monday: Right On Spring

We’ve had hints of spring in the form of warm sunshine for the past couple of days in NYC. As much as I’d love to believe that pure spring is around the corner, there’s snow in the 10 day forecast. All that doesn’t stop me from reaching into my makeup bag for some of the newest and greatest products to hit the market. Have you tried any of these? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

mark Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Palette ($20): How can you look at this cheery eye palette from mark and not smile? What’s even better than three spring-ready eye shades you see in the photo above are the three neutral tones that are on the backside of the swing out packaging. Slide the palette to the left and lift up to reveal a warm neutral trio that rivals the best of the neutral palettes. The only downside is that each of these shadows packs a mega shimmer punch, so if you need a matte on the browbone or in the crease, you might need to supplement with something like Sonia Kashuk’s Eye On Neutrals 2 palette, but this is a great palette nonetheless.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs lipstick in 920 ($8): Full disclosure, I purchased 915 Blushing Beige a couple of weeks ago and hated it. It’s funny how the right color can totally turn your opinion around, but a lot of the same things sill hold true for 920 Nude Lust. First, these are part of Maybelline’s Color Sensational line of lipsticks, which is the same formula that you know and love. 915 didn’t work out well for me because the color is much lighter than the product leads you to believe. 920, on the other hand, is exactly (to a near disturbing accuracy) the color of my lips. It’s like a BB or CC cream in the way that it evens out the color and gives my lips the slightest bit of enhancement. Pairing it with Kevyn Aucoin’s Lip Liner in Minimal is the perfect boost of color this lipstick needs to be one of my all time favorites for spring. I’m going to keep playing with liner & color combos for 915 in an effort to make it work.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear CC Curl + Care Mascara ($10): I feel like I’ve tried a lot of the Physician’s Formula mascaras in the past, and while they’ve been good, none of them have affected me like this formula. It’s as if I was walking through a mascara desert and the wand swept down to save me like an ocean mirage. The wand looks just like any other rubberized wand, with many short, spiky nubs to help move the product through your lashes. It’s also curled to add some curl enhancement. The formula is on the drier side and doesn’t flake throughout the day. I’m so impressed!

Kevyn Aucoin Lip Liner in Minimal ($26): I’ve raved about this flesh-toned liner before, but paired with the Maybelline lipstick mentioned above, it has a whole new life. If you love nude lips but the “death mask” look isn’t for you, try the selection of “nude” toned pencils from Kevin Aucoin. The man was a master at contouring and enhancing, so it’s no wonder that he has this color selection down to a science.

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer ($32):  In truth I haven’t had this primer very long, but from the minute I squeezed the product out onto my fingers, I knew that it was true l-o-v-e. It dispenses clear and thick, but as you rub it across your skin, it seems to sink into the skin with a satin, powdery finish. The concept is a “breatheable” matte, so don’t expect this to mattify your skin in the way that MAC Blot Powder might, but it will help to control oil and banish shine in a super natural way. I love that the viscosity of the formula doesn’t interfere with my foundation or cause it to slip throughout the day, and the fact that it is packed with skincare benefits make me feel like I’m doing something great for myself.

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mark Make It Rich in Royale

These days it feels like I’m neglecting my eyeshadows in favor for richly pigmented lipsticks, even though the cooler months tend to be eyeshadow season for me. There are so many great statement making colors that it has become difficult to choose just one, but this week it’s all about mark Make It Rich in Royale ($7).

In the swatch, Royale looks a bit more bordeaux than it appears on the lips, but that is what makes this color so great. Because of the pink undertones, you can play to mold it into the color that you want. In the photo above, I’d been wearing it all day and mixing in a bit of NARS Train Bleu to deepen the color or MAC’s Heroine lipliner to play up the pink. Adding to the list of what makes Royale special is that it has a slight metallic finish – and not in the 80’s kind of way. The effect is monochromatic, giving the lips a dimension that is hard to achieve without adding a gloss.

mark Make It Rich in Royale

Does Royale look like another lip product in your collection or do you think it’s unique? Sound off in the comments below!

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mark On The Dot Palette and MAC The Monster's Bride

Clockwise from top left: NARS Blush in Madly, MAC The Monster’s Bride Palette, mark On The Dot Lip Palette, Kevyn Aucoin The Lipgloss in Valentina, and MAC Kohl Power Eyeliner in Orpheus

So many amazing products cross my desk and I’ll be the first to admit that not all of them get the love and attention that they deserve. In an effort to widen the spotlight, I’m introducing Makeup Monday, a collection of five products that I’m loving. They could be brand new or well-used classics, but what they all have in common is they make me smile. Maybe they might make you smile, too!

Clockwise beginning with the top left:

NARS Blush in Madly: I never would have selected Madly off the shelf, but at Sara‘s insistence, I had to give it a shot. The best way to describe it is as a satin warmed peach, perfect for the winter when you’re lacking color but still want to have a glow. i love wearing it with peach, nude, or red lips and it blends perfectly with even the richest brown smokey eye.

MAC The Monster’s Bride Pro Palette x 6: Never would I ever have thought that a palette named The Monster’s Bride would be so darn wearable. Outside of Bitter, which is special in its own right, every other shade is a pure classic. Mylar is a beautiful opalescent highlight; Omega is a classic taupe that makes a wonderful contour shade for the crease; Club is one of MAC’s most special colors, a teal and brown duochrome can change depending upon so many factors; Brun is a lovely matte, mid-tone brown; and of course the classic Carbon, a matte black.

mark On The Dot Lip Palette: mark is such a playful brand, so it’s no wonder that the On The Dot Lip Palette is packed with nine small wells of perky glosses. From multiple nude tones, to cheery pinks and all the way to bronzed orange, this lip palette could sustain even the most easily distracted.

Kevyn Aucoin The Lipgloss in Valentina: There are few things that I love more than purple-y pink lip color, and Valentina falls squarely into that category. The gloss is non-sticky and super hydrating, plus the unique applicator hugs your lips as you apply. So chic!

MAC Eye Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Orpheus: Repromoted in the Divine Night holiday collection, I’ve owned and passed over Orpheus before. The color indicator on the bottom of the pencil doesn’t do this color justice. It’s a deep burnished brown with muti-tonal glitter and if you smudge it out, it closely resembles Satin Taupe eyeshadow. The Kohl Power formula is perfect for smudging, but longer wearing than its kohl pencil counterparts, making it a great pairing for a smokey eye.

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Maine in the fall

Although it is probably the shortest fashion season in NYC, fall is undoubtedly my favorite. There is nothing more glorious than New York City in the fall. The energizing clack of your boots on the cold concrete as you cross Broadway makes you feel like you’re on the runway. The lazy Sundays spent snuggling with your friends on a park bench as you clutch a pumpkin spice latte between your fingerless gloves. CAPES.

In celebration of this, the first day of fall, I thought I’d get a little Von Trapp on you and share a few of my favorite things that I’m excited for this fall:

Happy fall!

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Lucy Hale Really Red

Lucy Hale at mark’s 10th anniversary celebration

(Really Red is a photo project celebrating red lips and the women who love them. If you’re a red lip devotee, please visit the launch post for more info & to submit your own. Afraid to go red? I hope these photos inspire you to find your own perfect shade!)

This is an extra special edition of Really Red! Last night at mark’s 10th anniversary celebration, I had the chance to chat with actress Lucy Hale (better known to some as Aria on Pretty Little Liars). As luck would have it, she was wearing red lips for the occasion, so she kindly answered the Really Red questionnaire.

  • Name: Lucy Hale
  • Age: 24
  • Red of choice: mark Make It Rich Lip Color in Hot Sauce
  • First red memory: “I dressed up as Jasmine for Halloween when I was 4 or 5, so my grandma put red lipstick on me. I smiled really big because I didn’t want to get it all over my teeth.”
  • Tip for finding the perfect red: “Play around! Everyone’s skin tone is different. A more coral red tends to look better on me. Just mess around – that’s what is so fun about makeup and lipstick!”

 

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Where Ive Been Volume 5

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! I’m heading to Chicago for 10 days a week from today, plus I decided to take on the daunting task of redesigning my site (welcome!) and moving blog platforms. I hope it’s a better experience for you and ultimately easier to maintain. To bigger and better things!

I’ve seen a lot of great products, met really cool people, and had my hair touched a lot over the past two weeks. Here’s the rundown on what happened, clockwise from the top left corner to center:

Henri Bendel Fall 2013 Accessories Preview: In a big step forward, Henri Bendel hired a new creative director to oversee the accessories collections. Pina Ferlisi’s impressive resume – think McQ, Gap, Perry Ellis, and Marc By Marc Jacobs – accounts for the positive changes that we’ll start to see from the brand. Fall 2013 is her first collection, and it did not disappoint. My favorite were the array of tech accessories that really take what we know about the intersection of fashion + tech to the next level.

Wei To Go: I’ve always heard lovely things about Wei from Felicia at This That Beauty, but I’d never given the line much of a chance. After having a lovely chat with the line’s founder, Wei Young Brian, I am absolutely enamored with her spirit and journey. I won’t gush too much, but I do want to point out how genius the Wei To Go line is, packing two weeks worth of product into the most travel friendly of containers.

Post-It & Scotch: Have you ever been in a room filled with brightly colored paper and printed tape used to create art? It’s overwhelming in the best way. Scotch used their wide assortment of patterns and colors to create a hopscotch grid and DIY projects, while Post-It mesmerized me with a super jumbo size (bigger than Lola!) and a diamond pop up dispenser. There’s even a travel dispenser for when you want to keep Post-Its in your bag. They really think of everything!

Elle Women In Music with Cover Girl: Elle’s Women in Music issue is always one of my favorites, celebrating kick ass songbirds that are in heavy rotation on my iPod, so I was excited when Cover Girl asked me to join them at the party in celebration of the issue. The party also included performances from Martha Wainwright, Rita Ora (who is surprisingly talented), and the incomparable Kelly Rowland. We even received these snazzy interactive bracelets that pulsed with the beat during Kelly’s performance. So fun!

Drag Race screening with Bob Mackie: During a recent event, my friend Lorna of The Fabulous Report very casually mentioned that she was attending a screening of Drag Race at the Bob Mackie offices and I basically invited myself. The Bob Mackie team welcomed me in and I had a pretty amazing time. PS – there’s a Bob Macke Barbie with bananas that shake. You’re welcome.

MAC Cosmetics Spring 2013 Master Class With Gordon Espinet and Lyne Desnoyers: We hear about so many “trends” and innovations that it can often get overwhelming to find the truth, which is why I love listening to MAC when it comes to the latest in beauty from fashion weeks around the world. They brought their artistry and knowledge to the students at FIT so they could get a jump-start on understanding how the relationship between beauty and fashion works.

Hourglass Cosmetics Lip Oil: I’ve had this product less than a week and I can already say with certainty that I’m obsessed. A 24k gold tip dispenses a creamy, ultra moisturizing oil balm in a way that makes you feel like you’re visiting the future during application. The product is a bit expensive at $42, but on my holy grail list for eternity.

Weekend beauty: I’m not very good at being ‘low maintenance’. I love a full face and coiffed hair, but sometimes it’s not realistic. When I try to be more relaxed, I reach for Josie Maran’s Protect and Perfect, Maybelline’s Baby Lips, Avon’s 24 Hour Eye Moisturizer (with SPF!), and a comforting vanilla fragrance. The new Marrakesh Instant Vacation fragrance from mark reminds me of my beloved Bohista from many years ago.

Mirror Mirror at Carol’s Daughter: Formerly known as The Back Room, Lisa Price has turned the rear area of her flagship Carol’s Daughter store in Harlem into Mirror Mirror, a brand new salon experience. Rooted in an individualized salon experience, Mirror Mirror focuses on giving each woman the education she needs to have the best hair of her life. My hair was seriously damaged from a bad at home color experience and the steam treatment brought the shine back to my hair. More on the services coming soon!

Avocado toast (!!!): In my few years in New York, I’ve always heard about “avocado toast”. On a basic level, it doesn’t sound particularly exotic. Avocado on toast? Seems simple. The way the staff at Cafe Gitane mixes the avocado with chili flakes and lemon juice to create a buttery mixture that is to die for. I’ll be trying to DIY it, but I’m sure it won’t be the same without the ultra hip atmosphere.

Tarte’s Aqualilies Collection: The Tarte collaboration with Aqualillies has to be the winner of the prettiest packaging award for Spring 2013. Vibrant corals and vivid turquoise are overlaid with hatched gold patterns. Plus, the products are pretty great, too. The Bronze and Glow combines a liquid version of the Park Avenue Princes bronzer with a shimmery peachy-pink blush to create a summer essential.

Shu Uemura launches Hair Essentials Kit at John Barrett: Combining two star products, Shu Uemera has created the Hair Essentials kit with a travel version of Essence Absolue and Volume Maker. I consider both products essentials, with both products treating very different issues that I also seem to have simultaneously. Your makeup bag isn’t just for makeup anymore!

Sally Hershberger and the biggest hair of my life: Earlier this week, I attended an event celebrating the additions to the Sally Hershberger product line and the latest summer hairstyles. From the minute I sat in Travis’ chair, I knew this wasn’t going to be an ordinary styling event. Before I knew it, my hair was teased into a mountain (see Dina’s pic for proof) of amazing that combined Marge Simpson, Mad Men, and the B52’s. It was so well constructed that it even managed to look exactly that good the second day. Travis, I solute you!

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