Dress: The Reformation Mystic. Tights: Wolford Velvet Opaque. Shoes: Aerin. Lips: MAC Russian Red. Nails: Chanel Malice. Rings: Ippolita. J.Crew. Target.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Any nail-biter will tell you that the process of quitting is seldom a simple feat. Yet, month after month, failure after failure, we try and try again. In the past I have weened myself from my habit by regularly scheduling manicures. But, the second I give myself a little wiggle room... into my mouth my digits return. Lately I've had a wild, girlish fling with painting my nails in between my appointments, when my polish is looking less than fresh. Essie Ladylike, a new addition to the permanent collect and an ironic nod to my attempt to halt my un-ladylike habit once and for all, has become the apple of my eye during this fling. It's not a nude polish-- its an opaque mauve. It's at once, grey, pink, lavender and nude and a true neutral with a creamy finish. It adds color to your tips without giving you dead-looking doll hands, while also remaining subtle enough to not show wear and tear after a few days. Inky nails certainly have their appeal, but boy, do they have a tendency to look manky and disgusting quickly. So, into my regular rotation Ladylike has gone, for those in-between days. Fingers crossed that this chic shade and regularly touching up my nails will have my horrible habit kicked to the curb by the holidays and into 2014. EEEK, how time flies!
Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It's in everything from your toothpaste, to your shampoo, to your skincare. It's so commonplace that you've probably never paid it any bother. Well, friends, let me tell you, this ingredient is sabotage bottled. As I've mentioned before, I have dry, sensitive skin, and not to state the obvious, but I'm a beauty junky that is constantly testing new lotions and potions. A few months ago I decided to purchase Clean and Clear's Morning Burt Brightening Facial Cleanser (pictured above). The bottle touts that it will brighten and refresh, rendering you wide-eyed and fresh faced, ready to start your day. After about two tries, I can tell you that this claim is complete and utter nonsense. Both times I tested it, my face was dry, tight and felt uncomfortable all day-- despite having followed up with heavy duty moisturizer. This prompted me to take a sneaky peak at the ingredient list. Low and behold, ingredient number two? SLS, of course. Then I googled it. The search results were not pleasant, and that's putting it kindly. Essentially, SLS is a surfectant, or foaming agent, that is put in body products to create a sudsy lather, and re-enforce to us subconsciously that they are effectively cleansing our bodies. In actuality, this ingredient is classified by the FDA as an irritant, and has been found to be quite corrosive and harmful to one's skin. Here's the truly shocking part: it's not just in your skin, it's also found in garage floor cleaners, engine de-greasers, and car-wash soaps. Talk about multi-purpose! It can be used to clean your face and your car! Unsavory, to say the least. Following my discovery, I decided to phase out sulfates in my skincare regime (the finessed routine will inevitably make an appearance on this blog, no doubt). I have replaced foaming cleansers with the Boot's Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm (pictured below), and while this product too has its drawbacks, in a mater of weeks I saw an improvement in the condition of my skin. Dry patches and redness all but disappeared. I can't make the claim that this small change will solve your every skincare woe, but hopefully awareness about this sinister skincare ingredient might help your daily routine be a little more beneficial to your skin. After all, we only get one face, so we best take the proper care of it.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
As promised, I have filmed a video tutorial of how to wear a deep lip color, with three different options. Seasonally appropriate, so rich, and adds so much dimension to any ensemble. Enjoy! xx
(It may help to open it in a different browser to see it bigger, as blogger only lets me insert a video of this size)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Shirt and Chambray: J.Crew. Skirt: J.Crew(owned it for 9 years). Tights: Wolford Merino Wool in Anthracite. Jacket:Theory. Bag: Miu Miu. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Jewels: J.Crew. Ippolita. Rachel Leigh. Boots: Zadig and Voltaire. Lippie: Burberry Lip Cover Sepia Pink.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Left: Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Shade 11. Right: Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Shade 09.
I don't know if it's the chilly weather or just the approach of the holidays, but recently I have found myself consistently grabbing for the varying shades of crimson in my beauty arsenal. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved red lipstick, but recently come to realize the true power of painting your pout. I think it all starts when you're little, playing with your mama's cosmetics at her vanity. You smear some lipstick all over your mouth (or face, because realistically, your motor skills aren't that developed), and all of a sudden you feel a little more grown up. I am in my 20's and red lipstick still has the same power to transform my comportment and the way I carry myself as it did when I was a tot. There's a reason red lipstick is associated with the power-house femme fatales of classic Hollywood. As a color, it has the singular power to convey glamour, depth, and strength. On an obvious level, it's hard to miss-- garnering attention, but also communicating power and certainty. Swipe some on and all of a sudden you walk a little taller, your face is a little brighter, and you command the attention of those you meet.
On a given day when I'm feeling down on myself, the bright hues of my lippies help me hold my head high. It has been noted that in times of economic crisis, consumers are less likely to buy costly luxury goods. However, in said turbulent times, it has also been noted that lipstick sales shoot through the roof. This is known as the lipstick effect. Women may not be able to buy a Chanel purse, but they can splash out $36 for a tube of luxury that can comfort them in times of trouble. For me, lipstick, and makeup in general, is not about fashioning myself in a manner that is attractive to the opposite sex, it's about self-expression and doing a little something for myself every single day. Indeed, lipstick has helped me through dark days, and perhaps even helped me assert myself when my confidence has wavered. So, ladies, if life has got you down, in the words of Elizabeth Taylor (a force of nature in her own right), "pour yourself, a drink put on some lipstick and pull yourself together."
If you're feeling hesitant about splurging on a lippie that you may seldom wear, I highly suggest the Kate Moss for Rimmel Matte Lipstick range. These rich lippies come in a number of shades, and are a genuinely gorgeous formulation-- they go on like butter, and have incredible pigmentation, rivaling topshelf brands in terms of quality. The packaging has Kate's autograph in red, adding a significant cute factor. And they will run you around $6.00 at the cash register. Not to mention, if you are a savvy shopper and look for coupons on new displays in the drugstore, or participate in rewards programs like those at CVS, they can be even cheaper. This past weekend, I picked up two for myself, in shades 09 and 11, which are respectively a beautiful true berry and a cranberry, (very seasonally appropriate-- video tutorial to come... stay tuned) at CVS, where they were running a deal of "buy one get one 50% off" on all Rimmel cosmetics. Cha-ching! I also used a coupon for $1.00 off that I grabbed earlier in the week. This rendered the total damage of my splurge at a whopping, wait for it.... $9.13 and that's including tax! I still feel the buzz from my shoppers high.
Top: Shade 11 Bottom: Shade 09
Perhaps these tips might inspire you to take the leap and experiment with a red lip. I can only hope it does. You never know, it might bring out something in you that you never knew was there.. Ready, set. paint your pout, then paint the town red!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Chambray: J. Crew. Jeans: Current Elliot (Thanks J!). Belt: Michael Kors. Shoes: LK Bennet. Bijoux: J.Crew and Forever 21.
Yesterday morning, I found myself in a bit of a pinch time-wise... Let's just say I hit the snooze button about six times too many. In my time crunch, I had to eliminate unnecessary frills from my morning routine. It was adios to the notion of a thoroughly made up face, and au revoir to the slightest thought of a fussy outfit. It was somewhat warm out, so I figured it would be one of my last opportunities to wear my light-weight boyfriend jeans. As inspired by my dear friend J, in another darling friend, M's, Instagram, yesterday was the day I decided to try out that infamous "Canadian Tuxedo" otherwise known as, denim-on-denim. So far, so good. Then, I needed a belt because said fantastic jeans necessitate something to prevent an unladylike flash of undies (it happens, I know, but's its never endearing. Ever.)
As fate would have it, I couldn't find my plain belt, and my similar tones of blue called for a splash of something to make it a little more interesting. So, out came by tried and true Michael Kors leopard print belt, which I have owned for almost 6 years now. Since I was already going matchy with the denim, I figured I might as well go balls to the wall and really kick the whole matchy-matchy look up a notch. Off I scampered to go shopping in my Mama's closet, where I laid eyes upon the most glorious pair of flats in the history of office appropriate shoes. Leopard print? Check. Mary Janes? Check. Dear diary... Jackpot.
I think what prevent the double helping of leopard from looking cheesy are the minimal accessories I chose, jewelry wise. One necklace, two rings, bare arms. That eliminated the chance of being cluttered, visually. Further, the hardware of the belt and the slightly different tones of the leopard print compliment each other nicely, or at least they do in my opinion. I would not have venture for more than one leopard embellishment, if I were, say, wearing my leopard print coat-- talk about overstimulation. Oy vey, that would be a lot to take in. If anything, I suppose even if this look hurts your eyes, it is a testament to the age old stand-alone that it's all in the details.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Today I bring you yet another new feature to the blog. I was a tad nervous about adding a video component (I have stage fright) but after some love and encouragement, I decided to throw all caution to the wind: behold my everyday routine to render myself polished and professional. Last week, my co-worker, P, and I had a thorough wag of the chin about our mutual love of beauty related goodies and she suggested I make a tutorial for my blog followers, in case they found themselves curious or in need of makeup tips. So, *gulp* here goes nothing!
(1) Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. (2)Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. (3) Rimmel Glam'eyes quad-- Smokey Brun. (4) Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal waterproof liner-- Brown. (5) Benefit Wattsup. (6) Benefit They're Real Mascara.(7) Nars Blush-- Dolce Vita. (8) NYC Bronzer Sunny. (9) Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder. (10) Revlon Lip Butter Pink Truffle.