August 16, 2016
In the morning, post workout, I cleanse with Skin Cuticles LHA Cleansing Gel, followed with Biologique Recherché P50 and Embryolisse Lait-Creme.
In the evening, I use the Eve Lom Cleanser or Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate, again followed with Biologique Recherché P50. Then a few nights a week I layer on Sunday Riley Good Genes and either Skin Ceuticals Triple Lipid Restore or Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme depending on what I have open. Or, if I'm feeling super dry, I will use a few drops of Sunday Riley Juno. No, I don't think it smells amazing, but it does do a fantastic job moisturizing. I'm also fanatical about using eye cream, I rotate between Kate Sommerville Line Release and Verso Super Eye Serum. Usually one night a week I do a mask, during the summer I'm really enjoying the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Mask.
Skin Cuticles LHA Cleansing Gel | Eve Lom Cleanser (use with these) | Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate | Clinique Take the Day Off
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask | First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Mask
Biologique Recherche P50 (I order mine from here)
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Kate Sommerville Line Release | Verso Super Eye Serum
Skin Ceuticals Triple Lipid Restore (night) | Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme (night) | Sunday Riley Juno (oil) | Embryolisse Lait-Creme (day)
June 1, 2016
I'm the first to admit I am not adventurous when it comes to makeup, it just isn't really practical given my lifestyle (read: uber professional for work). That said, there are a couple of makeup trends that have caught my eye this spring/summer and I may just work up the confidence to give them a try!
one // colored eyeliner
This is one to be approached with caution as I think most of us have memories of the strong pastels that dominated the makeup scene in the 80's and 90's. That said, a fresh face with a pop of blue eyeliner is a modern twist and perfect for warmer days. I would give this or this eyeliner a try and be sure to keep the rest of your face fairly neutral.
two // colored mascara
I don't think this will every fly for work (or at least where I work) but I am really excited to give this one try this summer. A punchy blue mascara with a simple white-t and denim shorts would be really fresh for summer. I think I'm going to give this one a try, it wont break the bank and the colors look awesome, it comes in a blue and purple.
three // defined brows
I don't think a strong brow is ever not in style, but some new products on the market are making it easier than ever to groom your brows with one swipe. Give the much anticipated Boy Brow a try.
What makeup trends are you looking to try out?
February 24, 2016
On our way home from Hong Kong we had a stop in Seoul and I was determined to pick up some skincare goodies at duty free during our time in the Incheon airport. I should have done some research beforehand as the first pass through duty free was nothing short of overwhelming. In addition to the major international skincare and cosmetics brands that we're pretty familiar with, there were probably two or three dozen other brands for sale that I'd never heard of before.
After trying to get my bearings and chatting with some of the sales girls, I walked out with three packages of masks - two different types of facemasks and one package of the infamous foot peeling mask. So far, I've loved both the face masks, they haven't irritated my super sensitive skin and have been wonderfully moisturizing. As predicted, the peeling foot mask isn't the prettiest thing to witness, but it is very effective - and oddly satisfying. Overall, I highly recommend snagging a couple of sheet masks to try next time you're wandering around Sephora. Put on some comfy clothes, get your TV show of choice queued up and have a little spa night at home for a fraction of the cost of a regular facial. Also, if you find them at a good price or can buy in bulk, I'd stock up as they also make great gifts!
January 26, 2015
2. Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Red
3. Still All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
5. NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave
6. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red
Do you like red lipstick? What is your favorite brand/color?
January 8, 2015
Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 Eye Cream
Kiehl's Lip Balm
Earlier this year when I was in the middle of wedding planning I finally realized it was time to get serious about my skincare. I've never had terrible skin, but I've always had my fair share of acne and breakouts and now, the inevitable smile lines are beginning to show (not that I regret a single one of them, quite the opposite), but I'd still like to do my best to take care of my skin. So I started by finding a dermatologist and making a visit, (my first since high school!).
After a thorough skin check, and thankfully nothing out of the ordinary, I left with a couple of prescriptions and a new skin care routine. That routine shifted a bit based on subsequent visits and as my skin adjusted to the new products that were recommended, but I now have a routine that is working really well for my skin at last. In addition to the above products I also use a prescription face wash, a topical acne treatment as needed and a Retin-A a couple of days a week. It may seem like a lot of products and fairly involved, but for the first time in as long as I can remember, I feel comfortable enough with my skin to forgo makeup on the weekends for the most part.
What products make up your skincare routine?
October 17, 2013
June 13, 2013
Later that same day I read this post on some supplements that can often help with hair health and growth. Normally I waffle back and forth on these kind of things, is this really going to help, is it worth the cost etc. But not this time. After work I immediately marched myself into Whole Foods and bought two types of supplements to help with hair growth and strength. I picked up some Biotin as well as a Hair, Skin and Nails formula similar to this one.
What do you do to keep your hair healthy? Do you have a good heat protector to recommend?
June 3, 2013
I found these two deals today and had to share! I have been thinking about getting a bkr bottle (Gilt deal here) ever since I saw Sierra's post on them. I was hesitating a bit over the price, but now I am so excited to order mine! The voucher for St. Tropez sunless tan products (Gilt deal here) was also too good to pass up. I have a trip to Italy coming up in a few weeks and lets just say that I am beyond pale. I've heard nothing but good things about this brand and their sunless tanners so I thought it was a good chance to try them out.
Sometimes purchasing things on your phone is just a little too easy!
I have no affiliation with Gilt, other than thinking its a very cool company and loving many of their product collaborations and deals.
Do you ever shop on your phone?
January 22, 2013
December 27, 2012
December 8, 2012
The Clarisonic Mia 2 features all of the wonderful skin cleansing benefits of the other Clarisonic devices, but also has two speeds, as well as a handy timer feature to let you know when to switch areas of your face.
Do you have a Clarisonic? Do you like it? What is your skin care regime?
October 29, 2012
A few weeks ago I somehow lost my two favorite lip colors which I was carrying in my purse. I am still hoping they show up in another purse or a desk drawer or something but I have just about given up hope. Though unfortunate, this finally forced me to start searching for a fall lipstick. I normally find lipstick shopping right up there with jeans shopping, though much messier. However, when you finally find the right shade it is definitely worth it! This season I have been loving all of the dark wine colored lips I have been seeing and I wanted to find a shade that worked for me.
I finally went with Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Crushed Plum and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Kir Sugar. I am definitely not normally one for anything shimmery on the lips, but this is very subtle and goes very well over the deep matte lipstick and is also very pretty when worn alone.
October 22, 2012
This is a bit of a long story but I'll try and get to the point. When I was in San Francisco, the last day we spent with my parents and then in the early afternoon they had to drive home and we weren't flying out till the evening. So they dropped us off downtown before heading to the freeway. Well, when we pulled over at a red light and as I climbed across and out of the backseat, I lost one of my earrings. When I realized a few minutes later, I jokingly told M we had to go Tiffany's (which was right across the street) get a new pair. Obviously, that didn't fly, but as we had a few hours I was determined to find a new pair. So I tried Nordstrom (where they were originally from) but they didn't have any I liked, so we headed to Bloomingdale's, where I not only found the exact same pair, but was told by the salesperson that the Cupcakes and Cashmere book signing was taking place that afternoon.
Since we had a few hours till we were meeting M's friends I decided to get in line and see if I could get through. The only flaw in this plan was the fact that I didn't have the book. It's been in my Amazon cart for months but I just hadn't bought it yet. However, Estee Lauder was running a promotion that if you bought some of their products you could get a book with your purchase. A very kind sales lady brought me a tray of Estee Lauder products to look at while I waited in line, and without really putting too much thought into it, I decided on the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara and Pure Color High Gloss Lip gloss.
I have never purchased Estee Lauder products before, so I decided I should do a review as this was new territory for me. First off, the mascara is very good, it definitely magnifies and lengthens as the product description says it will. However, I find the brush to be entirely too big to get the corners of my eyelashes, and the brush does have a tendency to pick up too much product and make my lashes clump together. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but it is a step up from my usual Maybelline. The lip gloss is a pretty though rather generic color (the sales lady picked it for me) but I really don't like sticky, sweet tasting glosses, and this is definitely one of those. I don't love the application of it, I prefer brush applicators rather than squeeze tubes as I find them easier to control, but it does last fairly well. I don't think I would purchase this again either, but it is always fun to try new things!
Have you tired any Estee Lauder products?
September 13, 2012
I think we all know I am a big fan of manicures. After years of hating my chewed nails and raggedy cuticles, I finally started getting my nails done fairly regularly in an effort to make my hands more presentable. I have found there is no better motivator to stop picking at that cuticle or gnawing on that hangnail than a pretty new manicure. Having manicured nails makes me feel much more confident at work, plus its a fun and easy way to add a bit of color into my daily life. I find I always feel just a bit more put-together and polished when I have a manicure. Don't believe me? Check out what Lady Gaga has to say on the subject in her piece Six Reasons Why You Should [Get a Manicure]. I'm not sure I completely agree with all of her reasons (or her favored talon shape), but she definitely has a strong take on the subject.
Anyway, now that we've established the importance of manicures, lets talk about the most important part… the colors! Now that fall is upon us, it feels like a good time to transition to that fall wardrobe and color pallet, and this of course includes polish colors. Here are some of my favorites.
What colors are you looking forward to wearing this fall?
August 12, 2012
I feel like I say this every weekend, but this weekend went by entirely too fast! M's mom was here visiting and we had an agenda full of good (indulgent) eats, exploring the city and some shopping.
I was seriously impressed with my hair-doing skills on Saturday night when we got a bit dressed up to try a new-to-us restaurant David Burke Kitchen. Unfortunately my nice bouncy, soft hair deflated and frizzed the second I stepped outside, but it was fun to have well-behaved hair for at least a nanosecond.
I ordered something totally decadent for dinner, the lobster salad, which came with quinoa, endive and beet carpaccio. It was a bit too rich for my tastes but completely delicious and the presentation was unbelievable.
After two days of (too much) good food and drinks, it was definitely a little tough to get up for CrossFit this morning. But with some grumbles and groans we got ourselves to the 10am class for this workout.
Tabata Something Else
Complete 32 intervals of 20 seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest where the first 8 intervals are pull-ups, the second 8 are push-ups, the third 8 intervals are sit-ups, and finally, the last 8 intervals are squats. There is no rest between exercises.
I don't remember my reps for each exercise but I ended up with a total score of 254. I really don't know if that is 'good' or not, but I worked hard and I'm happy with my workout. We warmed up and cooled down with a quarter mile jog and on the cool down lap my legs were shaking like crazy after all those squats.
After the gym we headed to TJs to get some much needed groceries. I felt like a terrible girlfriend because we hadn't gone to the grocery store in over two weeks and there was literally nothing to eat at home all last week. Food situation fixed.
When we got home I headed down to the apartment gym for some elliptical action (damage control from the weekend eats) and more importantly to get my fill of the Olympics as they are now officially over. Tear. I had never watched rhythmic gymnastics before, but I was completely intrigued and I am a new fan. They made it look so easy, but I am sure it requires so much focus and precision to execute flawlessly. I would also love to know what leg workout those girls do. The commentator said they train for up to 8 hours a day which probably explains it, but man, wouldn't it be nice if there was a easy secret to getting those legs!?
Mid afternoon snack was my favorite summer concoction: Frozen berries, cut up peach (optional), unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some almonds (optional). There are many variations to this but I am completely addicted to frozen berries in milk.
After plowing through the laundry pile and catching up on some chores I put together dinner. Quinoa, sautéed kale and spinach, carrots and tomatoes, TJs pre-cooked salmon topped with lime juice, tahini and Siracha. Great combo.
Now it is time to fold this mountain of clean laundry before I collapse into bed. Anyone want to come help?
August 3, 2012
I am in desperate need of a haircut and per usual, I am seriously contemplating getting bangs. I had this debate with myself before my last haircut, and needless to say, I chickened out. I have three main things that I am worried about. One, they will look terrible. Two, they will be a pain to maintain. Three, having hair in my face when I workout and all day will drive me nuts. Are these 'fears' valid, or am I way over thinking this? Help!
(via Instyle August 2012)
July 19, 2012
I only wish I looked half this chic in the middle of a rainstorm!
Anyway, I left in significantly a better mood than when I arrived, and with much prettier nails too!
Wearing Essie Topless and Barefoot