The 2022 ATB Gift Edit: For The Gals

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

 

holiday gift guide for her

And just like that we have once again entered the most joyous time of year. The holiday season is an exciting period where glitz, glam and giving are matters of importance. 

While thoughtful, the generous act of holiday gifting isn't always the easiest of tasks. With an overwhelming selection of items flooding every retail avenue, finding the right gift can often become a bigger stress that one needs during this festive time. Thankfully, we at ATB have done the hard work and found chic and elegant picks that will please your trickiest gift recipient. 

Read on to discover a streamlined, ATB editor-approved edit featuring fanciful finds, unique bits and luxurious items that are sure to wow every lady on your gift list. 


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BEAUTY 
Hermes // Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick (No. Rouge Bleu)
Whether you're looking to take the award for best stocking stuffer or want to upgrade your best gal pal's signature lip shade, Hermes matte lipsticks are just the item to do the trick. These luxurious tubes house a lip color with an excellent non-drying matte formulation that feels velvety smooth on the lips. Living up to their designer name, the quality of this lipstick is evident with every swipe

Mason Pearson // Hairbrush
The most elite hairbrush currently on the market, there is a reason this particular hair tool is favored by professionals and royalty alike. Comprised of fine boar bristles, this expertly made brush gently grazes the scalp, uniformly distributing natural oils and offering a sleek, non-tugging action with every comb. Unlike any ordinary brush, this wood-handled hair wonder has endured years of excellence with many imitators but remains the superior choice. An ideal gift for a giftee who values great hair and deserves excellence.

Chantecaille // Philanthrophy Cheek Shade Blush (Emotion - Bee)
A more amplified take on giving, Chantecaille's stunning beauty and skincare range centers around products that give back to conservation. With such philanthropic roots, gifting from this brand supports a wonderful cause while treating a loved one to a striking and high-quality treat. For this festive season, we're spotlighting the Bee Cheek Shade as its finely-milled formula offers a soft flush of color with a dazzling iridescent finish due to the lavish gold bee center. 
 
A true gift of luxury, the Florasis Complete Impression of Dai Gift Box Set is one worthy of those of the very top of your gift list. A truly magnificent gift set featuring some of the brand's most coveted items, each item is presented in the most striking of fashions with the actual products doubling as works of usable art. Best of all, these luxurious products and thoughtful extras are carefully nestled in an eye-catching box which can be used as an elegant cosmetic storage vessel after the initial unboxing. An ATB favorite, this C-Beauty brand is offering extravagance without sacrificing quality. 

BEAUTY - BODY 
A beautiful fragrance set, this valuable assortment is a winning option this gifting season. Highlighting a refreshing blend, the Essence of Dreams Electric Sky fragrance is for the vibrant personality who loves botanical notes finished with woodsy elements. A scent that will become a fast favorite, this set's versatile bottle sizing will help keep this fragrance in reach at all times. 

A wonderful companion to the fragrance of the same name, Libre Body Oil is an indulgent gift that leaves behind its intoxicating scent in a nourishing way. Best of all, this beautiful blend holds a multipurpose quality that can be used on both the skin and hair. 

ACCESSORIES 
A lovely statement piece that will carry well throughout the seasons, this vibrant floral scarf is just the accessory one needs to liven up any ensemble. The chic, botanical print feels luxe while the generous size can be fashioned in an array of styles. A favorite accessory to gift, this elegant scarf is a great pick for the one who loves a bold accent.

J.Crew // Santorini Feather Bag (Color - Mauve Blush) 
An ideal piece for the playful and more whimsical gal on your list, the J.Crew Santorini Feather Bag takes on the season's hottest trend with a twist. While the materials speak to the contemporary style craze, this chic bag features timeless elements that will feel fresh for years to come.

A polished piece for the gal who loves a gold accent, this charming bow cuff by Jane Win is one that grows more interesting the closer one gets. Featuring darling etched heart and star details along the high quality 14K gold-plated brass, this lovely piece is ideal for one who loves a gift with meaning.

Always a beautiful gift option, a piece of jewelry with a sparkling element is always sure to wow. Featuring a modern leaf-like design, the gold-dipped Laurel Climber earrings are splendid addition to any jewelry box. Comfortably sitting on the ear, these glistening climbers make a sleek statement without looking too heavy.

Anthropologie // Bistro Tile Mirror
For the beauty enthusiasts and the one who appreciate design, this beautifully eye-catching Bistro Tile Mirror is a fantastically crafted piece that deserves to be noticed. A practical yet polished gift, this fancy necessity is the well needed upgrade your gift recipient didn't expect. 

SHOES 
Margaux // The Mary Jane (Color - Olive Velvet) 
A luxurious update to a timeless silhouette, the Margaux Mary Jane in elegant olive velvet  is a gift that will be greatly enjoyed by the sophisticated personality on your list. Not often found in such a chic shade, these classic flats maximize on style without skimping on comfort.

Emilia Wickstead // Satin Buckle Pumps 
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A glamorous pair of buckled satin pumps in rich noir is just the gift for your fanciest gal. An elegant choice with eternal style qualities, this captivating gift choice is one that will be reached for time and time again. What better way to ace gifting than with an elegant item that is guaranteed to become a preferred choice for a variety of moments.

Florasis Redefines Opulence Through Elevated Cosmetics

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

chinese beauty brand florasis


If you frequent the social media accounts of top international makeup artists and industry connoisseurs, you may have seen the ultra-luxurious palettes by Florasis featured in their attractive creations. A leading Chinese beauty brand, Florasis uniquely blends the abundance of Chinese beauty traditions with their vast arts and culture into remarkable cosmetics that not only visually stun but offer an outstanding quality of color. Read on as I dive into the extravagant world of Florasis and how the brand is redefining opulence through color cosmetics, beauty and presentation. 


BRAND INSPIRATION
Dreamed up from the mind of one formally educated in landscape architecture design, the founder of Florasis blended a passion for botanicals and Chinese arts with fine beauty experience to create this unique beauty brand. Founded in 2017 by the naturally striking and inspiration-rich West Lake region in Hangzhou, China, every component of Florasis is steeped in the historic beauty of Chinese culture and arts. After densely researching centuries-old documents and tomes detailing the beauty traditions of this Asian society, the attention to floral and herbal ingredients was very apparent. With the knowledge of these nature-powered beauty adornments, the team sought to bring these magnificent recipes into the modern era charged by innovation and design. The result is a beauty range like no other which vividly depicts Chinese heritage with contemporary formulation. 


STRIKING DESIGN  
Before one even dips into their almost-velvety powder cosmetics, the remarkable designs emphasized in every Florasis product speaks volumes. When developing this unique line, design was a crucial factor for the brand and the founding team were sure to infuse Chinese traditions through specific ingredients as well as other key components of presentation. The exquisite design elements feature intricate embossed imagery of cultural symbolism like the graceful and elegant peacock, a prominent symbol of the Dai people of China. From their beautiful palettes to their lipsticks, each artistic arrangement is thoughtfully crafted in every aspect. From packaging to product patterns and materials, an opulent tone is woven throughout the range which extends to the overall quality of each product. A premium cosmetic, Florasis products are true piece of  impressive art worthy of a prime spot on any vanity. 


THE COLLECTION 
In addition to being visually stunning, Florasis offers a comprehensive range covering all of one's cosmetic needs. The ever-growing collection features eye-catching, boldly hued palettes as well as a set of sophisticated shades for the face and lips. The carefully chosen colors throughout the line encourages the creation of varying looks ranging in intensity and style. 

florasis eyeshadow palette





With each inspired by an enchanting myth or cultural folktale, the meticulously designed patterns on each product spotlights elements of these poetic stories, further accentuating the roots of this brand. Their best-selling Floral Engraving Phoenix Palette offers an ornate arrangement of powder shades with stunning etched details highlighting the "All Birds Pay Homage to the Phoenix" myth. Much like the fine silky powdered shadow formulation evident in this palette, the powder products present throughout this collection are of the highest quality and sit beautifully on the skin. 
florasis translucent powder

florasis blossom lipstick


Whether you're looking to dress your eyes, lips or skin in a veil of color, Florasis has you covered with their impressive product catalog. Issued in both a classic satin-finish lipstick (Blooming Rouge Love Lock Lipstick) and liquid option (Blooming Rouge Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick), the lip options extend from neutral tones to punchy rouges, all of which apply comfortably on the lips. Finish off your makeup with their signature Fairy Peach Blossom Ultra-light Setting Powder, a finely-milled translucent powder that seamlessly sets your foundation with a soft-focus, airbrushed finish. 

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A beautiful merging of magnificent Chinese culture with modern beauty, Florasis is an impeccable C-Beauty brand with one-of-a-kind factors. With an exciting entry to the American market, this extravagant line offers a unique touch to this ever-evolving market while being a beautiful celebration of Chinese traditions. 


top c-beauty brand florasis




IMAGES COURTESY OF BRAND 

Bouclème Launches Limited-Edition Collaboration with Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Monday, November 7, 2022

Bouclème x Preen by Thornton Pregazzi Scarf

In an exciting collaboration right in time for the holiday season, Bouclème, a clean, plant-powered curly haircare brand founded by Michele Scott-Lynch is partnering with celebrity-favorite Preen by Thornton Bregazzi to launch an ultra-chic multiuse accessory to sport year-round. The star piece is a stylish scarf featuring a reimagined take on the English fashion house's "Electric Bloom" pattern illustrating a fanciful floral design with contemporary elements. 

Signature to the brand's romantic tone, the modern floral pattern dazzles in a bold blue hue that sits against a soft pink background. This fashionable yet functional accessory launch spotlights curly-haired individuals and offers a stylish option to dress up an array of beautifully curled hairstyles and more with ease and elegance. Whether one opts to frame their curls with a classic headband wrap or chooses to weave this vivid scarf into a chic braided style, the ways to wear this polished accessory are truly endless. An expert in curls, Bouclème founder Michele often struggled with finding hair accessories and sought to create a fun piece that not only served the curly hair community but one that could be enjoyed by all. "I use a scarf in so many ways from wrapping my hair at night to tying my curls up. Working with Preen meant we produced something that everyone could use," says Michele. 

Bouclème x Preen by Thornton Bregazzi scarf launch


Best of all, elevate your chosen hairstyle with Bouclème Super Hold Styler, a premium styling product which makes for an ideal companion to this hair accessory. A lightweight gel gets to work on defining curls while adding a dose of moisture, this brand favorite delivers major lasting power that won't breakdown throughout the day. Highlighting a Bouclème-charged hairstyle with their fresh limited-edition scarf makes for an eye-catching, unique look that is sure to impress. 

When creating this stylish accessory, Michele certainly had purpose and gifting in mind. "We wanted to partner with Preen to produce something super cool for Christmas that wasn’t just the usual seasonal gift set," explains Michele, "Why just limit to curls when you can wrap gifts in the scarf or even make it a gorgeous necktie.”

Bouclème x Preen by Thornton Bregazzi scarf styling

She encourages one to image this elegant scarf beyond the measures of a hair accessory. This unique piece can be added to favorite bag or wrapped around your wrist or waist for an attractive accent. Its lightweight fabric and generous cut allows it to be manipulated in beautiful designs like bows and twists for added dimension and flair. 

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A limited-edition launch to get all buzzing in excitement, be sure to shop this wonderful launch exclusively on boucleme.us on Monday, November 7th, 2022. 




IMAGES COURTESY OF BRAND 

A Mesmerizing Holiday Gifting Experience with Rituals

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Rituals Holiday Collection 2022


The holiday season is a significant time of year which evokes feelings of gratitude, immense joy and a desire to express appreciation through the thoughtful act of gifting. Though, with such a dizzying display of choices, finding an ideal gift can often times become a tricky task. Thankfully, Rituals, a luxurious beauty brand focusing on fine fragrance, has streamlined the gift-giving process by launching a carefully curated holiday collection that is sure to impress in more ways than one. Read on to discover the mesmerizing Rituals 2022 holiday launch and how this mindful range is creating a memorable gift experience in multifaceted ways. 

HOLIDAY COLLECTION // INSPIRATION
Infinitely inspired by the centuries-old traditions of Asian cultures, Rituals turned to Japan for this year's holiday collection. With a mindful focus on the Japanese art of origami and expanding on the culture's approach to gifting with an emphasis on presentation, this year's ready-to-gift sets beautifully illustrate these traditions in marvelous fashion. Each gift set is meticulously wrapped in the layered, folded method of this art with elegant hints of Rituals signature design elements. With such an ornate origami-inspired wrapping technique, this year's modern sets offer a sophisticated presentation that is sure to create a lovely gifting moment. 

While the wrapping is enough to wow the receiver, the luxurious Rituals body & home items are all housed within reusable, keepsake gift boxes that offer an extra aspect of surprise to this unique gift. Each set features a thorough assortment of products in some of the brand's signature scents like Ayurveda, Sakura and Karma as well as two premium holiday additions (Sweet Jasmine, Savage Garden) for the more fancy personalities on your list. Best of all, every component of these unique sets are composed of environmentally-conscious materials. 



rituals Ayurveda gift set and karma gift set


SUSTAINABILITY PROMISE
While remaining a luxury brand, Rituals is deeply passionate about formulating and offering their expertly-blended signature products in the most sustainable measures. Steeped in their brand philosophy, Rituals brings sustainability to the forefront by consistently evolving and finding modern ways to upgrade their packaging and practices with conscious solutions. As recognized in this year's holiday collection, the brand chose to assemble this impressive curation with a range of recyclable materials without sacrificing their trademark luxurious essence. The paper used in this seasonal launch is FSC certified as well as including a minimal use of rPET (highly recyclable plastic) design components. Excitingly, previously used ribbon finishes are replaced with more environmentally-responsible alternatives like paper closers with metals seals which offer a refined and polished touch to their packaging. 

Highly valuing the importance of sustainability and the results of such practices on our lands, Rituals continues to make an effective change through informed choices which helped them attain their new B Corp status and remain committed to reducing their carbon foot print by half per product by the year 2030. With such a path, the brand hopes to achieve Net-Zero by 2050.  

Amplifying their goals and commitments towards a more clean planet, Rituals has made their greatest sustainable efforts yet with this holiday collection. This moving effort was implemented by choosing environmentally-mindful alternatives in every aspect from product formulation to design. 

savage garden gift set rituals


ADVENT CALENDAR // INNOVATION MEETS LUXURY
Perhaps the most coveted gift of the holiday season, the 2022 Advent Calendar is a grand item of wonder exquisitely blending holiday charm with the best of the brand through a fresh innovative design. Unlike traditional advent calendars, this ornate and striking 3D calendar can serve as a piece of holiday decoration while sparking joy via a daily treat. Fully equipped with a string of lights, this modern, eye-catching  calendar is true feast for the eyes and spirit. Sparkling in every aspect, this reimagined seasonal delight encourages one to indulge in the best aspects of this giving season without breaking the bank. Containing $213.50 worth of lush surprises, this $125 sumptuous decorative gift gives far beyond its initial reception. Reserved for those on the tippy top of your gift list, there's no better way to dazzle this special person than with the lasting gift of the Ritual of Advent 2022. 

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From sophisticated design elements to the fine points of quality and their signature excellence, Rituals has truly perfected the art of gifting with this year's impressive and swoon-worthy holiday collection. Stand out from the ordinary this festive season by discovering the magic of giving the Rituals way, one which is rooted in luxury and driven by improving our world through effective sustainable efforts. 

2022 rituals advent calendar

The ATB Perfect Ten // JULY 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

 

An Editor's Monthly Favorites in Beauty

THE ATB PERFECT TEN | JULY 2022


SKIN

sunday riley c.e.o vitamin c brightening serum

The luxurious silky texture of this Vitamin C is a winning factor on its own but the wonderful results achieved by this serum earned this product a prime spot on my bathroom vanity. Melting beautifully into the skin, this creamy Vitamin C leaves skin radiant whilst improving texture and working on overall brightness. I was happy to learn that this formulation pairs nicely under makeup as well. 

sunday riley u.f.o acne treatment face oil

This summer has been an interesting stretch for my skin as it has been frequently experiencing allergy-related blemishes and pesky breakouts in the same areas (often around the base of my nose and upper lip - high trigger points for certain food-related allergies). This miracle product not only settles a new blemish but keeps them at bay (Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid). While the scent of this product is quite jarring, it's incredible in respects to strength and efficacy. 


MAKEUP

Rose Inc. Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush

An unexpected star in my July roundup, this cream blush has a truly lovely texture which is slightly cushion-like and blends like a dream on the skin. I've used this multipurpose beauty wonder with both my fingertips and proper brushes and both work well with application. 

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Power

I was reminded of this old favorite at the start of summer and it has since not left my makeup bag. The ultra-fine, lightweight texture of his powder makes it a warm-weather beauty hero. When all my powders were melting, texturizing or breaking up in this unforgiving heat, this powder came to the rescue and reclaimed it's rank as best translucent powder in my book. 

Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Airbrush Concealer

A product which lives up to its name, this surprisingly fluid and light concealer provides an adequate veil of beautiful coverage without the need of excessive product. As well as standing up to the heat, this impressive concealer does not crease or oxidize throughout long hours of wear. I regret not giving this amazing pick a fair go on my initial try - it is truly an outstanding concealer. 

HAIR

Drybar 100 Proof Smoothing Oil

When the heat picked up in July, my long, heavy hair was in serious need of smoothing assistance. This oil went right to work on my puffy, frizzy hair and provided a calmness to the frizz with a subtle sheen without any greasy or sticky residue. 

IGK Hair Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray

My hair absorbs every ounce of humidity in the air which activates a frustrating frizzing response (sense a hair theme here?). To combat this unwanted reaction, I turned to a multifaced smoothing product from a long-used and loved hair brand, IGK Hair. Functioning as an anti-frizz product, this  spray also features heat-protectant and high-shine properties offering a salon-like finish to heat hairstyling. A perfect companion to my summer blowouts. 


BODY

Native Deodorant Palm Leaf & Agave

A natural, aluminum-free alternative to my usual choice, this wonderfully scented deodorant hasn't left my tote bag all July. With a classic cream bar applicator, I was a bit skeptical about this deodorant. To my happiness, their effective formula offered long-lasting odor-protection for a full day out and about.
Nivea Skin Firming & Toning Gel Cream with Q10+

One of my favorite steps in my post-shower routine, this product offers a cooling oomph to my skin while calming any redness or irritation after shaving. A gel consistency, this fast absorbing product can be applied alone or after body lotion and leaves a beautiful finish on the skin. I'm sure to apply an extra layer on my legs before stepping out the door. As a long time user of this toning gel, I've seen a more refined texture and appearance of my skin which speaks well to the efficacy of this product.


FRAGRANCE

aerin cedar violet

My fourth scent from the Aerin fragrance range, this warm floral blend is one I've reached for lots this summer. While this is not a sparkling, sweet floral profile more recognized in the warmer months, this amber and cedarwood infused floral scent has offered a luxurious finish to my daily looks whilst making me look forward to cooler days. Another exceptionally formulated fragrance from Aerin that sits beautifully on the skin. 




Toasting to Tennis in Bryant Park NYC

Friday, August 26, 2022

US Open Event - Park Terrace Hotel


As summer winds down and the lazy days of this relaxing season slip behind, a refreshing new energy enters the city in anticipation for the arrival of the 2022 US Open, the thrilling tennis championship tournament hosting the biggest names in the sport. 

On Wednesday August 24, guests gathered at the Park Terrace Hotel to kick off the final Grand Slam tournament of the year and celebrate the hotel's newly renovated Terrazzo Lounge and their modern new coffee bar. The exciting event included special appearances by professional tennis starts Belinda Bencic (Olympic Gold Medalist, Tokyo 2022) and Alex de Minaur, an adorable collection of adoptable dogs from PupStarz Rescue, as well as an impressive live demonstration by a skilled latte artist detailing how their "Bark Terrace Latte," a hot beverage illustrating a charming puppy design, comes to life. 

Set in Bryant Park, New York, guests of this late summer soiree enjoyed sprawling views of the botanical oasis below and marvelous midtown sights from the venue's elegantly styled terrace. As they made their way indoors, attendees mingled among a delectable spread of fresh breakfast delights and an endless offering of richly-flavored coffee and tea beverages, all enjoyed in the new, chic and contemporary space. 

While this memorable caffeine-charged affair drew an exclusive set, the Terrazzo Lounge & Terrace invites all to experience this year's US Open in style at their spacious and sophisticated venue. Visitors can watch daily matches and enjoy every serve on their grand screens with a perfectly blended  artisanal cocktail or coffee in hand. Take a break between sets and head out to their lively terrace and enjoy a scenic respite on one of their relaxing seating arrangements or network along the lush greenery overlooking some of NYC's iconic architectural wonders. 

Enhance your US Open viewing experience this year by visiting Terrazzo Lounge & Terrace at the Park Terrace Hotel, the premier destination to screen the 2022 US Open games in the finest fashion - you won't want to miss this unique experience. 


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US OPEN COCKTAIL MENU 
PARK TERRACE HOTEL | TERRAZZO LOUNGE & TERRACE

GAME SET MATCH // Kilbeggan Whiskey with Ginger Beer topped off with Lime Juice
PIMMS CUP // Traditional British Pimms Cup with Cucumber & Mint Garnish
COURTSIDE // Hudson Bourbon wih Antica Aged Sweet Vermouth & Seasoned Orange Bitters 
MATCH POINT // Ketel One Vodka with St. Germain Elderflower muddled Strawberry with Lime Juice & a spritz of Soda



IMAGES COURTESY OF THE PARK TERRACE HOTEL 

US Open Press Event - Park Terrace Hotel


US Open Press Event - Terrazzo Lounge & Terrace






8 Essential Beach Day Skin Wonders

Monday, August 15, 2022

caudalie beauty elixir spray mini


As we settle into the sweltering days of high summer, nothing sounds more refreshing than escaping to the cool waters of tranquil beaches. The most anticipated outings of summer, beach days are just the relaxing luxury we hope to frequently enjoy. Though, nothing spoils a delightful afternoon on the sand quicker than a sunburn or over-warmed, irritated skin. To avoid such an incident, I've compiled a roundup of highly effective skincare products and more that are sure to soothe, protect and revive skin whilst on the beach and beyond. Read on to learn more about these top reliable favorites you'll want to tote along on your next trip to the beach. 

best SPF for the beach



THE FACE 
While I never step outdoors without an adequate layer of sunscreen, I'm sure to dial it up for a fun sunny outing like the beach. This sun care application requires a multilayered method which includes: an initial layer of cast-free sunscreen, SPF-fortified color cosmetics and an easy sunscreen for reapplication. Before applying a great SPF-infused complexion product, I layer on my favorite facial sunscreen find of the summer, (1) Bliss Block Star Invisible Sunscreen SPF 30, a beautiful lightweight mineral formulation which effortlessly blends onto the skin without any of the unsightly chalkiness often seen with traditional sunscreens. For a wash of flattering color along my cheeks and lips, (2) Physicians Formula Natural Defense Triple Defense Multicolor Stick in SPF 20 in Natural Rose is a pretty option as it effortlessly blends on the skin and can be intensified in tone without an unsightly patchy or grainy finish. 

An often forgot about area of the face, the lips are highly vulnerable to the moisture-stripping effects of the sun. Therefore, seeking an ultra-nourishing product with added sun protection is essential. A perfectly fitting choice and one I reach for regularly is 3) Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, a decades-old beauty bag staple and a personal favorite lip product formulated with a decent grade of SPF. Not only does this soft, pleasantly scented lip balm sink right in and gets to work on conditioning parched lips, it also provides defense against harmful sun rays. 

THE FACE // REVIVE & RELIEVE 
In the midst of all the fun, the skin will need an eventual break from the sun. Coupled with a timely reapplication of sunscreen, the soothing (green grape, rose, rosemary oils) and refreshing (orange blossom water, lemon balm) spritz of (4) Caudalie Beauty Elixir Spray will become a welcomed bit of relief. A fine and delicately scented mist, this facial spray revives sun-drenched skin and adds an extra bit of hydration while boosting skin's radiance. For an instant cool down, maximize on the fresh ocean breeze and switch on a nifty portable hand fan. This pleasant stream of cool air will help cut the heat on the face and neck (my most over-warmed areas) and feel like an incredibly satisfying pause from the beaming sunshine. 

best SPF for the beach


THE BODY
Much like the face, choosing the right sunscreen for the body makes all the difference. Not all sunscreens are created equal and it is important to find blends that are both compatible to your skin type and also properly veil the skin in sufficient suncare. My tried and true sunscreen duo involves two uniquely impressive formulas that not only provides a potent barrier against the sun but aids the skin in a wealth of ways. For the initial and more targeted application, my go-to is (1) Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreena smooth, lightweight, fluid formula which is easily blended onto the skin with an invisible finish. Interestingly, this unique sunscreen features exclusive technology which activates a stronger degree of sun protection when exposed to external heat and water. For the trickier and tougher to reach areas, my favorite is (2) La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 60 is a non-greasy, alcohol-free lotion with a spray mechanism which evenly applies on the skin. Suitable for all skin types, this lasting sunscreen dries down to a silky finish which remains water-resistant for well over an hour. This effective pair goes on to soothe and moisturize the skin whilst protecting against damaging sun rays. 

THE BODY // REVIVE & RELIEVE 
As careful as I am, there will always be a moment when my skin reaches it's heat limit. The quickest way to alleviate the uncomfortable feeling of over-warmed skin is spritzing on a replenishing product designed to remedy irritated sensitive skin, one such skin savior is (3) Cadulie Grape Water Moisturizing Mist, an ultra-hydrating, antioxidant-rich blend which soothes dry skin and reduces redness, all while cooling down the sprayed sections. If that isn't enough, the best way to amend distressed areas of the skin is layering on a thin layer of ultra-calming (4) Aloe Vera Gel. Keeping both reviving products over ice in a portable cooler intensifies the refreshing and comforting factors of each and quickly gets you back to the fun on the sand. 


long island beach


This Plant-Based Answer to Retinol is Youth In A Bottle

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

best antiaging serum



Since its launch, Herbivore Botanicals has transformed the scope of skincare through the power of nature. Committed to creating effective skincare formulated with naturally derived ingredients, Herbivore's sustainably driven brand offers mindful products from design to final product execution. Their gem-toned bottles housing potent blends have captivated many and their latest launch, Moon Fruit Serum, is sure to do the same. Read on to discover the impressive ways this recent brand addition is transforming aging skin. 

With so many anti-aging products on the market, Herbivore expertly formulated the secret to turning back the clock on aging through natural substances. Moon Fruit Serum is a plant-based retinol serum which works directly on the signature characteristics of aging skin and effectively diminishes the progression of these familiar signs. 

Crucial concerns like fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texturing are remedied by this potent product without any harsh effects on the skin. Those suffering with these hallmark issues of aging skin as well as acne and loss of suppleness are prime candidates of this plant-based retinol alternative as its clinically proved blend goes to work on dramatically reducing such issues while promoting a more youthful, heathy condition of skin . Due to its heavily researched non-synthetic compilation (peptides, 1% Bakuchiol, vitamin-rich super fruits), this reformative anti-aging serum offers a dramatic improvement in skin through gentle, well-tolerated ingredients which are universally suitable and safe to use while pregnant and breast feeding. 

The key to achieving lasting results and maintaining a healthy state of skin through this serum is strict consistency. Like all treatments of quality, results are seen through steady use which is even more important for a product like this as it's natural composition sometimes requires more time than its synthetic counterpart. Though more time may be needed to achieve maximum results, the improvements outweigh the treatment timeline. The best way to attain the ultimate benefits of this serum is to use it during your evening skincare routine with 1-2 pumps applied to freshly cleansed face and brought down to the neck (an often ignored section) prior to moisturizer. A prime skincare tip to lock in this powerful youth-boosting serum is using an enriched facial oil as your final skincare step. 

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UNDERSTANDING THE INGREDIENTS 
1% Bakuchiol // The key plant-based element currently present in the skincare industry as the most effective alternative to retinol. This remarkably researched gentle ingredient is proven to prevent fine lines and wrinkles while aiding in the recovery of elasticity, firmness and lightening of pigmentation, all commonly occurring in aging skin. 

Vitamin-Rich Natural Ingredients // Derived from a carefully chosen combination of superfruits and herbs, these contents are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, C, B5 and essential acids which are clinically proven to firm skin. 

Peptides // Naturally extracted from key plants which offer multipurpose benefits ranging from firming skin along the face and neck to tightening suffering skin areas in these targeted spaces. 


best anti aging serum




IMAGES COURTESY OF BRAND

City Approved Beauty Bag Essentials

Monday, June 13, 2022

beauty bag essentials

As we head into the high heat months of the year, our beauty bags require a bit of an upgrade that'll help beat the city heat in polished (and protected!) fashion. The key concerns during this sweltering season include high-grade sun care and easing the traditional woes of this sunny period (hello, frizzy hair and sweaty complexions!). To combat these often pesky issues, keeping the right products on hand is vital. From hair taming wonders to multipurpose cosmetic winners, here are my city approved beauty bag essentials that'll offer a revived and refreshed appearance in a New York minute. 

top beauty bag makeup


THE FACE
Between running in and out of muggy subways and strolling crowded outdoor spaces, buzzing through the city on busy days calls for high quality makeup that'll stand up to my packed schedules. But even the best of applications need a mid-day spruce up and that starts with a touch of a powder. My favorite powder to settle that unsightly shine is (1) Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Powder-No-Powder. This lightweight translucent powder never feels cakey or blotchy and its seamless matte application looks terrific on camera. Amna Tip: Tuck a slim round powder puff into the case for a flawless on-the-go application.  

For my oily complexion, maintaining a photo-ready base is sometimes tricky during the summer. A dash of powder and a top-up of color helps create an radiant look with minimal effort. (2) Rose Inc. Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush is a wonderful staple as it beautifully blends on the skin and offers a soft hydrating wash of color that can be intensified if needed. For an on-trend monochromatic take, I sometimes blend this clean cream product atop my lips for a flattering, cohesive look. Best of all, this versatile product doesn't demand any fancy tools - clean finger tips is all that's needed to blend this blush. For a polished lip alternative, the ultra-chic (3) Pillow Talk lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury is a year-round beauty bag power player. This sophisticated neutral shade pairs well with a glossy topper or mixed with a bolder hue for a customizable option. 

THE FACE // SPF
With these back-to-back days, I'm often catching a break in the park or a bench on a picturesque sidewalk under the unforgiving city sunshine. However minimal, extended time in sun demands a reapplication of sunscreen every few hours. A traditional sunscreen would disrupt a makeup application so how is one to remain protected yet polished? Enter (4) Supergoop! (Re)Setting 100% Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 35, a compactly designed brush product housing a powder SPF which allows you to adequately coat the skin with precision. The small brush helps get sunscreen to the tighter areas of the face yet it's fluffy enough to apply along commonly exposed skin areas like the shoulders, neck and sensitive décolletage. This powder alternative became a fast staple as its lightweight formulation delivers sufficient sun protection without the sticky or greasy after feel often seen in more common SPF choices. 


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HAIR
Much like the face, the hair sees its own set of issues during the summer. Enjoying long days in the sun can feel heavenly on the skin but leads to dry hair while increased humidity enhances frustrating fizz. Thankfully one newly launched hair hero remedies both of these seasonal hair woes and beyond. (1) Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hibiscus Hydrating Hair Oil Mist is a small yet mighty product you'll want on hand all seasonal long. This luxuriously scented (jasmine sambac) enriched  mist evenly distributes on the hair and tames troubling frizz while offering a veil of UV protection. While that alone makes this a summer hair saver, this multifaceted hair perfume oil goes further than simply scenting tresses and hydrates dry sun-soaked hair while boosting shine and softness without disturbing any previous hair styling. Due to its clean, hair-benefiting qualities, extended use of this antioxidant-rich product doesn't diminish its efficacy and can be used daily on all hair types. While the product can be locked in with a simple tousle with the hands, I love using it with (2) Kristin Ess Wide Tooth Detangling Hair Comb, a sleek slim wide toothed comb that glides through the hair and loosens any tangles that occur under the hair on extra warm days. Amna Tip: For flyaways at the crown, spritz the the straight spine of the comb with the Fable & Mane Hair Mist and glide along the hair for an easy and lasting way to keep these teeny hairs at bay. 

No hair essentials roundup would be complete without a strong hair accessory to pull away and keep the hair back while remining chic. My go-to is the (3) Emi Jay Peach Cabana Hair Clip, as its strong functional hold and generous size holds hair up well without slipping. Best of all, the darling peach striped design feels sweet and summery. 

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Whether you need a complexion refresher, a punchy pop of color or a rejuvenating on-the-go hair boost, this tried-and-tested collection of streamlined products will keep you looking your absolute best as your stroll through the city this warm, sunny summer. 

How To Recreate the Timeless Hair & Makeup On Anatomy of a Scandal

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

 

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It's no surprise that Netflix's latest show, Anatomy of a Scandal, is generating a lot of buzz and it has nothing to do with the subject matter of the program. The attention is focusing on Sienna Miller's exceptionally chic hair and makeup seen throughout the series. Sienna plays Sophie Whitehouse, a polished mom whose picturesque life of privilege comes undone when her husband is involved in a high-profile consent scandal. While the jury is still out on the quality of the storyline, there's no denying that viewers are absolutely mesmerized by her look which perfectly blends elements of polished mom and the enviable London cool girl essence. 

Her signature look - effortlessly loose waved tresses and a glowing barely there makeup look - highlights all the hallmarks of a timeless yet luxe appearance without the work. I hunted down the details behind her elegant screen-stealing look and found the exact products and tools required to recreate this style yourself. 

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THE BEAUTY LOOK
Kate Benton, the hair and makeup powerhouse behind Sienna's impeccable look used her hair and makeup as a mode of story telling for her character and beautifully depicts her emotions in this respect throughout the series. As a person of life-long privilege, the character of Sophie is no stranger to luxury which was evident in the choice of makeup. The key to her luminous, fresh faced beauty style was to illustrate a refined look without looking overly perfected. 

To achieve her flawless radiant complexion, Kate used a light application of  Burberry Ultimate Glow Foundation, a hybrid product which infuses skincare heroes like moisture-locking hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich ingredients (white tea extract) for a youthful, radiant finish. For areas which required a bit more coverage, she followed up with Maqpro PAM Daniel Phillips Six-Color Palette, a comprehensive cream-based palette suitable for fair and medium skin tones. This versatile product was also used to further enhance Sienna's cheeks bones. For a touch of youthful color, a flushed cheek look was achieved with Chantecaille Cheek Gelee. To maintain the luminous elements of her skin and prevent a heavy made-up look, powdered products were avoided. 

The product I was most interested in tracking down was the exact red lip Sienna stunningly wears in Episode 1. The entire ultra-elegant yet cool look not only made me pause the episode for a clearer glance but made me return to it once the series ended. This perfect rose red hue was created by using a blend of Burberry Kisses Matte Lipstick in The Red 106 and Maqpro Red Lip Slim Lip Palette


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THE HAIR LOOK
In the first court appearance, the audience gets a generous view of Sophie's chic waved hair - her signature soft look. Unlike classically waved or curled tresses, the key to Sophie's waves was to keep the look undone. Using a Babylisss curling iron, Sienna's hair was loosely curled leaving the ends out, ultimately achieving a soft wave reminiscent of beachy waves with a luxurious twist. While her hair appeared rich and healthy, plenty of texture was achieved courtesy of Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Hairspray, which offered a more practical look fitting for a busy mom. For the final touch, her waves were tousled with the fingers for a more relaxed finish. 

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As the series progresses, both the hair and makeup begin to lose their luster as Sophie's life starts to unravel. Slowly, the beautiful tousled blonde hair is pulled back into an unfussy ponytail, the makeup loses its glamorous edge and finally at the peak of her stress, those immaculate waves are thrown up in a messy bun and paired with a minimal makeup look. Regardless of how terribly Sophie's life crumbles around her, what Kate so wonderfully achieves is maintaining the common thread of refinement in all stages of her looks despite how diminished they become. While the script may have left much to be desired, the visual treat Kate created with Sienna's hair and makeup is sure to leave a favorable stamp on this limited series. 

Get The Look: Gigi Hadid Glossy Rose Beauty Look at 2022 Met Gala

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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After a 2020 cancellation and months long delay in 2021, the 2022 Met Gala is back once again. The glamorous event, which draws many famous faces across industries and members of the press, made up for lost time by delivering a dazzling and memorable event. The red carpet hosted plenty of extravagant and eye-catching looks which created quite the buzz on social media. Gigi Hadid's bold burgundy Versace ensemble and slick beauty look was one of the note-worthy looks which caught the attention of many. 

The standout beauty look was created by Erin Parsons, Global Makeup Artist for Maybelline New York, featured fresh tones with glossy elements mimicking Gigi's shiny vinyl look for the evening. Using popular favorites from Maybelline, the overall look, which concentrated on the lips, also drew inspiration from the theme of the evening with tonal notes matching her ensemble. “We really wanted to keep her clean, fresh glowing skin, as a nod to the gilded glamour of back in the day when they would only use cheek rouge and red lipstick," says Erin. 

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FACE
To achieve Gigi's flawless base, Erin begin by applying SuperStay Longwear Liquid Foundation (105 Fair Ivory) to her skin with Superstay Active Wear Concealer (11) layered atop. To set her application, she followed up with the dusting of Lasting Fix Banana Setting Powder. Moving onto cheeks, Erin created a youthful, flushed color effect with barely-there contouring and Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush (Fuchsia Spark). "Hadid really loved the idea of fresh skin with lots of blush," says Erin. Once complete, Erin enhanced the high-points of Gigi's face with Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter (Light Iridescent 100). Prior to heading out on the the red carpet, Erin used Fit Me Matte Poreless Pressed Powder (120) to touch up Gigi's skin and keep her makeup camera-ready. 

EYES & BROWS
Using the Nudes of New York Palette, Erin softly sculpted Gigi's eyes by applying a modest amount of the shade Heroine in the crease and along he under eye for a delicate, clean look. In lieu of traditional liner, Erin expertly defined the eyes by using the shade Self-Starter from the same palette with a fine brush for a soft framing effect. For a grand, eye-opening effect Erin finished the eye look with a sweep of Falsies Lash Lift Mascara (Brownish Black) to Gigi's lashes. To keep in line with the fresh notes of the look, Erin kept the brows minimal, using on Tattoo Studio Brow Lift Stick (Clear) to keep them naturally in place and skipped any additional color assistance. 

LIPS 
The focal point of the beauty look, Gigi's edgy burgundy lips featured a beautiful layering of rosy shades. Erin's stunning makeup look always features aspects of contemporary elegance and this look no exception. "Of course, we had to add some dramatic gloss for a modern touch," explains Erin. To create this look, she began by defining Gigi's look with Color Sensational Shaping Lipliner (153 Divine Wine). For a multi-dimensional look, Super Stay Vinyl Ink Liquid Lipcolor (Wicked) was applied to the outer corners of the lips with the center saturated in Super Stay Vinyl Ink Liquid Lipcolor (Red-Hot).  Not only did this create an ultra-luxurious and sleek lip look mirroring Gigi's outfit but the long-lasting and smudge-resistant formula offered a photo-ready look ideal for the red carpet. 


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