Top Beauty Tomes Beauty Enthusiasts Should Read Now

Friday, April 16, 2021

French Beauty 
The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out
By Mathilde Thomas
Much like her brand philosophy, Mathilde Thomas, cofounder of Caudalie, has taken the same natural-focused, simple approach to beauty itself. This wonderful tome details a wealth of beauty gems and secrets acquired during her upbringing in rustic France along with expert commentary and knowledge on the science of skincare. To Thomas, beauty doesn't require harsh tactics or ingredients but rather highlights healthier alternatives and practices to achieving a youthful, radiant appearance. A wonderful reflection of unique experiences. readers are treated to the presentation of beauty through both the European and American lens and ways we can jumpstart our health the French way. 

Ageless Beauty the French Way: Secrets from Three Generations of French Beauty Editors
By Clémence von Mueffling
A truly special guide, Ageless Beauty the French Way is a unique comprehensive French beauty manual revealing the greatest secrets, tips, practices and more by three generations of French beauty experts. If you've ever wondered about French women's luxurious lifestyle customs or their effortless approach to beauty, the pages of this book are filled with details that reveal just that and more. From skin and hair to their signature makeup aesthetic and far more, Clémence von Mueffling along with her chic mother and grandmother have spilled their top professional secrets and classic beauty traditions on the pages of this beauty treasure. 

Cosmetics Connoisseurs 
The Makeup of a Confident Woman: The Science of Beauty, the Gift of Time, and the Power of Putting Your Best Face Forward
By Trish McEvoy
A true powerhouse in the beauty industry, Trish McEvoy's extraordinarily successful international beauty brand and teachings has made her a recognized global cosmetics authority. With vast knowledge in all aspects of beauty, McEvoy penned her best beauty practices in one title which serves as both a how-to guide and an empowering text concentrating on the beauty and power within. 

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup
By Lisa Eldridge
lustrous career creating beauty looks for some of the most recognized starlets in Hollywood, Lisa Eldridge still has time to film engaging content for her wildly popular Youtube channel. An expert in her field, Eldridge has as a vast knowledge of the history of beauty which brings an insightful and interesting perspective to her book. Within, readers are taken on a lovely journey of the evolution of beauty where its colorful history is beautifully explained along with exciting modern makeup practices. 

Thorough Works From the Experts
Perfumes: The A-Z Guide
By Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez
A tome devoted to all things fragrance, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez penned a hefty guide which not only explores renowned perfumes but invites readers behind the curtain of the fragrance world through engaging essays. Along with their favorites, readers are given an informative peek at how memorable blends are formulated, the aromatic ingredients of which they're made and interesting historical influences. 

Great Skin - Secrets the Beauty Industry Doesn't Tell You 
by Ingeborg Van Lotringen
Straight from a seasoned professional, Ingeborg van Lotringen penned this informative tome which details all the best industry secrets often kept under wraps while teaching her readers tried and true methods to achieve great skin. A must-read for all, this helpful book helps readers understand skin and how to choose skincare for their unique needs in an clean and  intriguing fashion. 

An Atlas of Natural Beauty: Botanical Ingredients for Retaining and Enhancing Beauty
By Victoire de Taillac
Along with its beautiful illustrations, this stunning work from L'Officine Universelle Buly, an iconic Parsisian apothecary, analyzes the allure of natural beauty with sophistication. Emphasizing the importance of natural-focused beauty and self-care concepts through Buly's unique aesthetic, this stunning atlas details useful recipes and effective techniques to enhance one's beauty naturally. Having had the opportunity to globally grow this iconic beauty institution in various cities, the authors pulled from their worldly travels and have compiled their best beauty methods, techniques and quality ingredient knowledge from their worldly travels in this comprehensive book. 

Energizing Spring Scents to Jumpstart The Season

Monday, March 29, 2021

As the sunshine becomes abundant and the temps grow more palatable, spring invites a refreshing change across the board, including our choice of fragrance. With the long winter behind us, now is the time to embrace bright and punched up fragrances that carry beautifully through summer. Fresh floral notes, sparkling citrus and delectable upgrades to familiar favorites are all present in this year's fragrance offerings. Read on to find out the best energizing scents to get you ready for the sun-drenched seasons ahead. 

Jo Malone Red Hibiscus & Yellow Hibiscus 
Along with two relaunches, Jo Malone's limited edition 2021 Blossoms range features two floral-focused fragrances, Red & Yellow Hibiscus, perfect for the sunny seasons to come. These vividly formulated scents both uniquely bottle the essence of a beachy paradise, each presenting a different profile of island-inspired scents. Red Hibiscus, which is abundant in tropical forests, is the heart of  this fragrance. It is complemented by soft and inviting hints of Jasmine Sambac and Vanilla which creates a sensual blend kissed with a citrus dash of mandarin. Conversely, Yellow Hibiscus serves as a bright pop next to the more sensual and smooth sister fragrance. This radiant interpretation features fresh floral notes like rose with a sunny spark of lime to awaken the overall blend which is finished off with a more mellow note of white musk. 

Bulgari Allegra Collection 
A five fragrance collection reimagining passionate Italian emotions through scent, the Bulgari Allegra collection is certainly a feast for the senses. Expertly pulling familiar scents signature to Italian living, each fragrances is blended with botanical classics, sparkling citrus and sweet fruit notes. Whether you're in a mood for a sweet blend, a punchy mix reminiscent of an Italian getaway or a romantic evening in historical Rome, there's a perfect perfume for you in this lovely, luxurious collection. 

Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle In Bloom 
For spring, Aerin has expanded on her beautiful and much-loved Mediterranean Honeysuckle fragrance and created In Bloom. This limited edition extension on the 2015 favorite is beautifully layered scent on its own which bottles elegant and luminous notes of the warmer season. Classically bright honeysuckle and grapefruit is joined by rich tuberose, jasmine, and bergamot. A truly sophisticated take on a warm weather favorite that stands strong on its own. 

Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia 
Lauder's iconic Beautiful fragrance is a beloved favorite which was reimagined for the 2021 woman. Beautiful magnolia is an emotional fragrance evoking the memorable spark one gets when meeting a new romance. It's an exciting blend of crisp Maté and Water Lotus met with luscious botanicals like sensual Turkish rose and Gardenia. Luxe additions like Cedarwood and Sandalwood round out this complex scent that will sure to become a fast date night favorite.

NEST Perfume Oils
The authority in all things luxury scents, NEST New York newly launched a dreamy range of opulent perfume oils. These beautifully blended oils expertly capture the heart of each fragrance's star ingredient. With the foundation of each respective scent coming from botanical ingredients signature to exotic locales, every unique blend becomes a pronounced stop on a grand global journey through sensational aromas. For an amplified, lasting wear, mix in a few perfume oil drops with your favorite unscented body cream or lotion.



5 Beauty Lessons I'd Tell My Younger Self

Friday, March 19, 2021

Please lather on SPF on both your face and body every single day, no exceptions. Your skin is prone to keloids and needs to be completely protected from the sun at all times. Additionally, limit your time in the sun, your skin will burn and lead to lasting damage. 

Bronzer is not face powder, remind yourself of this important rule every time you grab that oversized shimmery tan palette. You will look back on your photos with a tinge of horror as your face will be a few shades tanner than your neck. Try using the three technique when applying this beauty favorite, it'll bronze the proper facial points naturally warmed by the sun (it will work just fine). Bonus: Quit pairing MAC Cosmetics Myth with this super tan look, overly pale lip colors will never be a flattering option. 

Gelled scrunched hair may be all the rage, but don't do it everyday. All that hairspray and gel will damage your healthy hair. Speaking of damage, throw away your hair straightener. Applying all that heat to your lush naturally curly hair will only lead to weakened tresses, breakage and split ends. Enjoy the natural texture and look of your hair. 

Blemishes are unavoidable but please let them heal on their own. Resist the urge to pick at your skin. Continuing to do so will leave unsightly, deep scars that will take ages to heal. Embrace skincare, proper treatments and let your skin breath when suffering. 

Speaking of suffering skin, heavily fragranced body products like lotions, soaps and soaks may smell lovely but they irritate your delicate skin, avoid them at all costs. Lastly, stay away from witch hazel, it's NOT for you. 

Oh what a journey you'll be on! Enjoy every bit of yourself, take all of the photos and don't worry about your jean size. Your body will always change and face tough times, but your strength will never waiver. Loving yourself is the greatest beauty lesson of all, you'll look back and feel silly for worrying about the little things. You are wonderfully beautiful as you are now and always. 

Elevated Hair Styling Finds at Target

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wide Tooth Comb | Kristin Ess

When it comes to styling hair, the usual necessities are seen in every routine. From tools to products, a complete routine can quickly become overwhelming. Opting for a streamlined collection of elevated basics can be game-changing. These select products deliver salon-quality results which upgrade simple styles to magazine-worthy looks. Best of all, these key hair styling upgrades don't break the bank and can all be found at Target. 

Perhaps my favorite find, SGX NYC Do It All Dry Texture Spray is the perfect styling companion for a multitude of looks. A unique product functioning as a dry shampoo and hair spray, this product adds a flattering oomph to hair while refreshing and volumizing the roots. A must-have for lush blowouts, this multitasking wonder is great for updos as well. Added texture not only makes hair more manageable for  intricate creations but also adds an extra layer of hold. 

To mimic those glossy, picturesque tresses seen in commercials, a shine product, like TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shine Serum does the trick. Without added weight or a greasy after feel, this serum glosses over hair and leaves it looking healthy and full of sheen. A little product goes a long way and beautifully tames frustrating frizz, flayaways and stiff ends. 

To escape the dreaded bends traditional hair ties cause, Teleties Hair Elastics save fresh blowouts from annoying marks and damage when tying away. A favorite for quick updos, these secure elastics minimize snags which lead to painful hair pulls and breakage. Sliding hair pins under these coiled ties also provides additional grip. 

For an ultra-stylish and chic finish, Kristin Ess released an array of beautiful, quality hair accessories to jazz up your favorite hair styles. Achieve the coveted Bridgerton look with the Bow Slide or create a regal look with the celestial clip set. From a styling perspective, I appreciate her choice to create a large hair bow accessory with a gripping clip design rather than a standard hair tie. The clip style can easily slip onto barrettes, pins and ties which makes styling with these hair adornments truly limitless.  

3 Elegant Ways to Tie a Silk Neck Scarf

Monday, March 8, 2021

Luxurious. Classic. And so very CHIC.

Silk scarves will always be a favorite accessory to pull from my wardrobe. These boldly colored and pretty patterned squares instantly elevate ensembles and add a polished accent to any look. Whether it's a skinny style delicately wrapped around my wrist or a large statement piece topping off my favorite blazer, silk scarves are a wardrobe staple that remain timeless and fashionable. While I've shared smart ways to style a silk scarf in this post, the following story will highlight elegant ways to tie a neckerchief, a smaller silk scarf variety, around the neck.

Style 1 // Simple Fold Tie
1. Fold your neckerchief in half diagonally, be sure to have the pointed edge facing downwards and smooth over any ripples.
2. For the next fold, securely fold the long edge inwards half way. Be sure to keep the pointed edge free. 
3. Tightly pinch the ends of the freshly folded edge and bring the scarf to the front of the neck. Join both tails at the nape and tie once. 
4. Holding onto the knot, shift the scarf over to the right side of the neck, with the pointed edge sitting neatly at the left. Tie the knot once more for a strong tie, neatly adjusting the tapered tails over the shoulder.  

Style 2 // Double Fold Tie
1. Follow step one of the previous style. 
2. As in Style 1, the scarf will be folded inwards but this time it will be folded twice, a third of the way in each time. 
3. Now the scarf with look like a long, slim style with a pointed tip. Bring to the front of the neck, pull the two edges to the back and knot.
4. With the free tails, bring them neatly to the front and tie once more. Double knotting for a secure tie. 
5. Lastly, adjust the setting of the scarf. For this style you can keep the pointed edge centered  or placed to the side like I did below. 

Style 3 // Complete Tie  
1. Follow step 1 of Style 1
2. For this style, fold inwards from the pointed side. Pull the pointed tip up towards the long folded edge.
3. Continue folding two more times until you have a neat long, slim folded scarf. 
4. Tightly hold the ends and bring the scarf to the front of the neck, making sure it's centered. Tie once at back.
5. Bring the tails to the front, keep them aligned with the initial placement and tie twice at the center. Pull and accentuate the tails for a tidy look and make sure all the folds are properly tucked and present clean lines as seen below. 


Cold Weather Haircare Heroes

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Hair evidently behaves differently in contrasting seasons. Each season holds a unique set of environmental stressors and elements which impact the overall condition and health of the hair. In winter, lack of moisture in both the scalp and hair itself becomes a predominate issue which can be troublesome if ignored. Combating these sometimes uncomfortable seasonal consequences with effective treatments and products can help revive stressed tresses and aids in the maintenance of healthy, strong hair. Whether it's revitalizing a suffering scalp or repairing a damaged mane, here are four beneficial products resolving winter's greatest hair woe. 

Before we tend to the tresses, it is crucial that we assess the root of the issue. In this frigid season, the scalp can unsurprisingly grow drier and flakey, which creates a frustrating itchy and inflamed response. Tacking on incorrect shampoos or styling products to the strained area can sometimes dry it our further which only compounds the initial concern. Reaching for a scalp-specific product with essential ingredients that work to flush out impurities while balancing scalp disruption is key. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is an ideal solution as it consists of charcoal, a powerful cleansing ingredient known to drive out pesky impurities and works to rid the surface of dead skin cells and grime, successfully creating a healthy foundation. An expertly blended product, this shampoo is chock full of healing ingredients, similar to those found in effective skincare. Hygienic ingredients like tea tree oil formulated with a refreshing duo of mint oils (spearmint, peppermint) heal itchy scalps while dehydration is remedied by a deluxe dose of coconut oil. Massaging in this nutrient-laden shampoo onto the troubled scalp, working well through the hair (don't miss the ends!), provides a comprehensive soothing solution. 

Regardless of hair type, an intensive weekly mask concentrating on restoring moisture is a greatly effective element in a lasting strategy to maintain healthy hair and revive damage. Wavy and curly hair textures crave more moisture so opting for a richer formula promoting deep conditioning and softness is imperative. Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque is a recurrent favorite as its various botanical ingredient-rich blend tackles common hair stressors while infusing hair with smoothing, moisture-rich oils. The masque's potent multifaceted approach to healing hair revives it by strengthening strands from root to tip, sealing in moisture without added weight and protects against the wear of natural keratin while combating dryness causes by numerous harmful factors. With extended use, this impressive mask is sure to leave you with strong, envious locks ready for the season ahead.

With smart solutions to cleanse and treat tresses ready to be implemented, how can we amplify hair hydration between washes? This once tricky issue is easily fixed by impressive hair oils developed to provide hydration without unsightly greasy results. Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté, a decadent body and hair oil, delightfully works on both styled and damp tresses and provides hydration and shine to dull winter hair. Packed with a fortified mix of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, this natural beauty oil protects hair while sealing in much needed moisture ultimately leaving locks lusciously healthy. 

Interestingly, delaying a hair wash can offer a beneficial break that can be helpful to the overall health of hair. For certain hair types and textures, over-washing can lead to drier conditions which only leads to further complications during the cooler months. Shhhowercap, the ultra-chic eco-friendly cap is the perfect shower companion that protects hair on days a wash is skipped. These boldly colored, beautifully designed reusable shower caps are constructed with durable, lasting materials which help reduce waste caused by disposable alternatives. In an effort to further minimize waste, using these stylish yet useful sustainable caps limits water usage and additional electricity pulled from damaging hot hair tools used to dry and style freshly washed hair. 



Dial a Dilemma: Lackluster Winter Skin Rescue

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Winter is certainly a tricky season for skin as it is forced to adjust to extreme competing temperatures. Cool winter air coupled with the dry conditions caused by indoor heating leads to overly dry, lackluster skin. Rather than loading up on highlighting cosmetics, focus on the actual condition of skin, what it's lacking and how to repair these concerns. 

How do I restore my skin's radiance during the winter?

Unsurprisingly, skin appears more stripped and dull during the cool months and remedying such an issue simply lies in strengthening the skin, more specifically the skin's barrier and diminishing loss of water (moisture) throughout. Epidermal water loss leads to a flakey, drier state of skin and can also cause unsightly redness.

Angela Caglia Soufflé Moisturizer is the ideal one-step solution as it precisely tackles this vital concern while a potent blend of effective ingredients work towards soothing and softening the skin. What makes this special product stand apart from the rest is its use of a unique patent-pending Lipid-Lock technology which expertly uses essential fatty acids to diminish trans-epidermal water loss throughout with intense hydration. 

While this exclusive technology solely makes this twice-a-day, lightweight moisturizer a skincare necessity, it is the overall vitamin and antioxidant-rich formulation that truly transforms skin. Meadowfoam Seed Oil, an exceptional, deeply moisturizing component that mimics the skin's own oils which ultimately balances the skin is the lead ingredient in this daily skin wonder. With extended use, this healing and luxurious blend will not only rejuvenate the skin but will work towards softening fine lines, intensely hydrate parched, dry areas and help achieve optimal skin health. 


Top Moisturizing Solutions for Dry Hands

Monday, February 22, 2021

With our new ultra-careful reality encouraging frequent hand washing and sanitizing, it's no surprise that the condition of our hands is starting to suffer. While promoting safety and keeping harmful germs at bay, hand cleansing practices are depriving our hands and cuticles of moisture and leaving them in a vulnerable heath. Coupling this with bitterly frigid temperatures creates a detrimental situation that screams for repair and restoration. Reviving dry, battered hands doesn't require a handful of steps or products, but rather a succinct strategy that should be consistently followed.   

Dry hands not only look rough but feel uncomfortable as cracking and small cuts become more common in weak, moistureless skin. The easiest, fool-proof way to tackle dry hands instantly is a creamy, dreamy, ultra-moisturizing hand cream. While a wealth of small, bag-friendly hand creams line store shelves, this is the time to get smart with your choice and opt for one with impactful ingredients. Skylar Renewing Hand Cream, is formulated with hyaluronic acid (HA), the superstar skin-plumping ingredient which amplifies hydration. Beneficial anti-aging peptides, which work beautifully with HA, help this product work overtime to protect hands while healing agents like vitamin E an coconut oil provide lasting hydration and restore elasticity. Best of all, this non-greasy concoction's subtle scent will keep you in an island state of mind in our winter reality. 

To maximize on hydration, seek a mask treatment providing a 360-degree healing approach. Overall hand health is vital as tricky areas like cuticles and  delicate skin between fingers is often overlooked. Nourishing masks like Patchology Perfect Ten Self-Warming Hand and Cuticle Mask uniquely charges up by natural body heat and quickly gets to work on dry, suffering areas. This at-home, 10-min glove mask mimics a luxurious spa-like experience while remedying overly dry hands. A rose and coconut oil blend soothes and softens with macadamia nut oil protecting against further damage. This comprehensive buttery soft solution is the perfect hand reviving treatment to use weekly.

When giving attention to the hands, its important to highlight the cuticles. With over-sanitizing stripping the skin of moisture, the cuticles become overwhelmed and dry out to the point of harsh, painful cracking. Now is the time to embrace natural nails with an enhanced focus on cuticle health and strong natural nails. Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure takes a luxe approach to maintaining natural nails by concentrating on improving cuticles with a protective oil and a unique nail tool  which helps achieve a glossy nail texture. Nourished, natural nails not only gives nail beds a break from high-maintenance polish but bolsters long-term healing. This simple yet effective set features a chic, fortified buffing plate that unites nail keratin resulting in an impressive week-long, high gloss finish. Top off this therapeutic nail treatment by drenching cuticles in a potent, comforting oil consisting of various fruit and essential oils. 

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Currently Loving - Jason Wu Beauty Hot Fluff Lipstick

Saturday, February 20, 2021


It's finally here! Fashion designer Jason Wu has launched a cosmetics line, simply titled Jason Wu Beauty and it's one you'll certainly want to shop. The clean beauty range, newly launched at Target, features a versatile collection of cosmetics in universally-flattering tones that can be used to create an array of looks. The modestly-priced beauty line features an impressive collection of color cosmetics and select skin products that aim to elevate everyday makeup essentials. With a passion to create high-quality cosmetics without breaking the bank, Wu's beauty philosophy is all about refined elegance and femininity.  The item I was most excited to get my hands on was a the Hot Fluff Lipstick, a matte lippie issued in seven stunning colors. Marketed as a light-as-air formulation that can be used beyond the lips, I finally put this coveted product to the test. Was this wonder product a bust or a new beauty bag staple? Read on for my unfiltered thoughts on this new lippie. 

Akin to the texture of both  MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss and Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick, Jason Wu Beauty Hot Fluff lipstick appeared soft and richly colored right in the tube. As I swiped it along my lips, I instantly knew this was going to become a fast favorite. The result was a smooth, highly pigmented matte application that delivered even color with a single swipe. While most matte lipsticks can feel a bit drying, that wasn't at all the case with this product. This almost creamy, shine-free lipstick felt comfortable on the lips and didn't break or flake when blended or smeared. Though lightweight and airy, the actual lipstick doesn't skimp on quality. Impressively, each swipe offered substantial product that didn't feel too thin and wore away beautifully. 

An ideal product to create a cool of-the-moment monochromatic look, this multipurpose product can also be used on the cheeks and eyes. Functioning as a color stick, it's easily blended formula is best used with fingertips as the natural warmth from the hands makes application a breeze. Customizing the intensity of color of this lipstick works lovely as added layers melt in and don't cause that unsightly caked finish. A truly multifaceted product, this lipstick is a valuable product to keep in your beauty kit or bag. 

It's very evident that Jason Wu's beautifully imagined refinement and feminine tones of his designs are present in this beauty collection. Whether it's this incredibly colored lipstick or the alluring eye palettes and more, this is a must-shop range that will surely elevate your beauty routine with a touch of sophistication. 

Posh & Pretty Valentine's Day Gifts

Thursday, February 4, 2021

It's that time of year again when all things pink. red and heart-shaped are lining shelves and racks in all the shops. As a lover of love, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays and encourage all, even single friends, to enjoy this sweet day. As much as it is a celebration for couples, gal friends use this usually romantic day to celebrate the unique bond and friendship among one another. With celebration comes gifting and I've rounded up a few posh and pretty Valentine's Day gifts your loved ones will surely enjoy long after this fun holiday has passed. 

A favorite to both give and receive, fine jewelry is a special treat that holds both sentiment and value. A luxurious option that makes a bold and lasting statement, fine jewelry has the power to pronounce the wonder of a moment or holiday in an extravagant fashion. If you're motivated to gift fine jewelry this Valentine's Day, try opting for sleek pieces in higher grades of solid gold which is an exceptional metal that never goes out of style. 

Nicole Wegman, the powerhouse behind Ring Concierge  revived the jewelry industry with her outstanding NYC-based fine jewelry brand. Her unique and jaw-droppingly stunning diamond rings may be on every contemporary gal's wishlist but it is her elegant gold jewelry designs that have wowed many jewelry connoisseurs and enthusiasts. One of my favorites in her growing range of gold pieces is the Love Ring, which beautifully wears singularly on the finger or stacked atop sparkly gemmed bands. 
SALE ALERT: Ring Concierge is hosting a V Day sale starting today until 2/9, here are the details: 15% off fine jewelry orders under $850 // 20% off fine jewelry order $850+

For those who are looking for a more ornate jewelry option fit for a snazzy personality, look no further than Filienna, a lovely jewelry brand merging the intricate technique of filigree design and  the elaborate art of henna. The brand prides itself on creating jewelry with meticulous attention to detail while using a variety of quality metals. Each eye-catching design presents itself as a piece of wearable art. 

These show-stopping heart-shaped earrings are a perfect item for this occasion as its romantic design is stylish enough to wear long after the holiday. While its larger style and pretty blush silver material seems grand, these light-weight beauties can be worn from day-to-night with ease. 

A fresh manicure or an indulgent bath sound like ideal self-care activities to revel in for this love-centric holiday. Shower yourself or a friend with a beauty treat or two which upgrade routine tasks with fun alternatives. 

A darling trio of JINsoon polishes seems like a winning gift as these high-quality nail varnishes are coveted favorites among the best in the fashion community, Trio de Couleurs houses three sweet shades fit for the holiday. Whether you like a single shade or a full set of whimsical nail art, this trio is sure to be a fun set to explore.  

Bath and body products with superb ingredients makes the extra steps in our bathing routines well worth it. 54 Thrones luscious Polish + Hydrate Valentine's Gift Set includes two botanically-rich body items that make an ordinary task a more lavish experience. For the full effect, begin with the Duafe Polish bar which gently buffs the skin, exfoliating as it runs along the body and leaves  behind a soft, cleansed canvas. To retain the yummy results of the polish bar, hydrate the skin with the Kenyan Hibiscus + Moroccan Rose Beauty Butter, an ultra-nourishing, dense formula that locks in the moisture. 

Who doesn't appreciate a beautiful accent of love displayed around their space? Taking a note from the hallmark hues of this love-filled day, gifting colored designer decor items that go beyond brief joy is a wise choice. A charming frame displaying a meaningful photograph or a fancy candle with an enticing aroma  both serve as lasting reminders of the person who gifted it while looking incredibly chic set up on a shelf or vanity. 

Housed in a gorgeous deep red colored glass jar with a contrasting petal-pink trimmed logo, Diptyque Tuberose Candle is as pretty as it is deliciously scented. Featuring the brand's signature quality and exceptional formula, this floral-rich aroma will fill a room beautifully till its very last burn. 

A well-loved motif in Aerin's classy range of decor and interior design collections, this heart-shaped frame chicly produced in a lush red velvet provides romantic elements to any place it's displayed. Its charming shape and bold hue draws the eye and creates a statement while being a beautiful visual reminder of a significant moment. 


5 Simple Tricks to Hide Tired Eyes

Monday, February 1, 2021

While the recommended eight hours of sleep is something we all wish we could enjoy nightly, busy lifestyles and responsibilities keep us further and further away from our beds. If that's not tiring enough, new year schedules are in full swing and most of us may be skipping out on much need rest. As a result, tired eyes are an inevitability we cannot avoid. Thankfully, clever cosmetic tricks and effective skincare secrets help cheat brighter and restful eyes in a pinch. Grab a coffee, settle in and read on for five simple tricks to hide tired eyes. 

1. If you've had a long night, chances are your eyes are in need of some serious depuffing the next morning. The best way to rid this unwanted reaction and boost circulation around the sensitive under eye area is using proper facial tools. Angela Caglia's Rosebud Eye Treatment features two expertly shaped orbs which nestle perfectly in the under eye space and are a fool-proof solution to reversing these undesirable issues. To use these luxurious tools, begin by placing them in the inner under eye area and gently pressing, continue by softly gliding outwards along the orbital bone towards the temples. To maximize the depuffing quality of these orbs, set them in the fridge overnight as their rose quartz composition hold cool temperatures well. The chilled orbs will deliver an incredibly soothing cooling response which will expedite the process of diminishing puffiness. To further amplify the effects of these impressive tools, apply a thin layer of Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum along the under eye, outer eye and brow bone area. This potent triple-peptide, vitamin-C rich serum will not only help with darkness but will refine texture and soften lines. 

2. After testing an array of under eye products, I found one amazing product that both brightens and lifts the under-eye area in a matter of minutes. Peter Thomas Roth's 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches are packed with hydrolyzed collagen and caffeine which deliver visible brightening results. These little wonders are as luxurious as they are effective and offer a firm, hydrated and lifted appearance after one ten minute use. Mimicking the look of a well-rested and youthful look, these patches are my favorite secret to hide facial exhaustion. 


3. While some assume packing on loads of concealer may mask dark circles and fatigue, it may cause a greater problem of unsightly heavy application and look worse. The trick is to use a good high-coverage concealer and strategically apply with a light hand. My preferred pick is Kevyn Aucoin's The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer, a celebrity makeup artist favorite, is a creamy, pigmented multipurpose product that can improve the look of skin by correcting, covering and highlighting. To correct darkness and brighten the under eye, use a flat concearler brush to swipe a bit of product to the back of the hand to warm slightly. With the same brush apply a light swipe of product to the hollows and trouble spots of the under eye area, followed by gently buffing the product with a fluffy concealer brush. Due to its concentrated, highly pigmented consistency, a small amount of product is enough for adequate coverage. 

4. When placed correctly, pale colored highlighters (powder, cream or liquid) work beautifully to open up the eye and offer a shimmery pop. Using a fool-proof product like Charlotte Tilbury's Beauty Highlighter Wand on the tear duct and brow bone enhances these targeted points, giving a more awake, eye-opening effect. I find using a small flat precision shadow brush helps apply this product neatly in these smaller areas. 

Another super easy eye-opening trick includes two items you may already have in your cosmetic collection: a nude-colored eyeliner and soft brown eye shadow. To create this simple refreshed eye look, apply the light-toned liner to the waterline and frame the liner by applying the brown shadow tightly along the lower lash line with an angled liner brush. Finish with a few coats of your favorite mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. 
Tip: Avoid using white liner in the waterline as that can look too harsh

5. Getting a head start on treating fatigued eyes on night's sleep will be scarce is the perfect skincare cheat you'll thank yourself for in the morning. Reaching for an overnight mask that features nourishing qualities and brightening agents before an evening slumber helps revitalize the delicate eye area while you sleep. A favorite I keep returning to is Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask, a cream-gel formula that stays put during the night and delivers a a much-needed soothing dose of hydration to my sometimes parched under eyes. The morning after garners a radiant and more restful appearance and it's smoothing benefits makes makeup application a dream. 



5 Street Chic Ways to Style a Scarf For Winter

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

I get it, it's pretty hard to look chic in winter. With a typical winter wardrobe consisting of bulky coats, heavy knits and layering up like a crepe cake, warmth often times trumps style. We may feel cozy with our coats buttoned and zipped to the tippy top but end up feeling more like fluffy marshmallows with legs. Thankfully, winter accessories, especially scarves, help jazz up our weighty outerwear with a punch of color and style. As one of my favorite year-round accessories, here are five street chic approaches to styling a scarf this winter.  

Vibrant Tones
Perhaps my favorite type of scarf to wear, boldly colored silk scarves in eye-catching patterns offer an elegant and chic accent to a multitude of looks. Color is often reserved for warmer months and is shied away from during the winter season. Breaking the mold and opting for a poppy silk scarf not only helps break up a muted winter ensemble or outerwear, but provides an elegant element to bulkier styles. Silk provides warmth without weight and looks lovely wrapped classically around the neck. 

Tonal Print 
If you enjoy the fabric and feel of silk but are not yet ready to jump into full color, try reaching for a silk scarf with a print in complimentary tones to your wardrobe or coat. Slinging the scarf around your neck without traditionally wrapping around allows the colors and print to peek through from under the coat and offers a chic accent without creating too much of a competing contrast. I like to diagonally fold in half with the pointed triangle falling towards back and the tapered tails fall in the front which creates a more elongated look. 

Classic Wool Styles 
Perhaps the most common style in our winter wardrobes, rectangular wool scarves are a standard warm accessory that doesn't require much effort. Elevating this seasonal classic with a belt gives a more polished appearance. Whether your belting your favorite wool scarf over a knit dress or coat, this style draws the eye to the waist and creates a flattering shape and dimension to your overall look. Opting for a belt with a fancy buckle in a sturdy metal (brass/silver) further upgrades this simple styling tip. 

Faux Fur Accents
While fur garments and accessories look and feel luxurious, many brands are designing beautiful faux alternatives which are both ethical and modestly priced. A great way to dip your toes in this faux trend is by trying a stole or scarf with your choice of outerwear. Due to their voluminous quality and stiffer design, tucking a faux fur scarf under the tie sash of your coat or favorite belt helps keep this chic accessory in place while giving a slimming look.  

The extravagant quality of cashmere makes it the reigning champion of cold weather garments and stylish extras. A beautifully soft and lasting fabric, cashmere shawls and scarves make excellent wardrobe staples. These versatile pieces can be effortlessly worn but experimenting with fresh wrapping and tying techniques can offer a new perspective to this classic style. Whether it be a half or full large bow design, tying your cashmere favorite in an eye-catching fashion can offer a whimsical feature to your winter look without sacrificing warmth.  

How to Get The Look 
Classic Wrap 
Begin with a square silk scarf. Take one corner and bring to the opposite corner, folding into a symmetrical diagonal triangle. Holding the two corners on the folded edge, bring the scarf up to the neck. Tie the scarf once at the back, comfortably securing at the neck - the scarf should appear with the pointed portion of the triangle in the front . Once tied, bring the two tails to the the front and knot twice in the front to match the point. 

To achieve a more voluminous wrap, follow the steps above but instead of working with the triangle we will create a neat pointless shape. Simply fold the point inwards towards the end, creating a lengthy rectangular scarf with pointed tails. Follow above and knot off-center in the front for a chic look. 

Large Bow 
Gather large scarf or shawl evenly at the middle and hang around neck. Neatly tie once in front and continue into clean bow. Adjust tie and tails to symmetrically sit at the neckline of the coat and make sure the tie is secure. To finish, fluff the bow's curves to accentuate the design. 

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