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. 



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