Saturday, January 25, 2014

Best Face Forward: {January 2014}


Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Let's Get Naked. Rimmel Scandaleyes Thin and Thick Waterproof Liquid Liner/ Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner 001 Black. Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation. Cle de Peau Concealer. Revlon Blush Oh Baby Pink. Urban Decay Naked Basics Shadow Palette.


After watching and re-watching Audrey Hepburn opposite Cary Grant in "Charade" (one of my all-time faves) over the holiday's, I found myself lusting after the fresh, yet mod and matte makeup artistry of the film's makeup artist, and Audrey confidante Alberto de'Rossi. The focal point of the look is Audrey's gorgeous eyes, fluttery lashes, and brightening, but neutral lipstick and blush-- nary a contour line in sight as that would muck it up. As you can see, most of the products I used are new from Rimmel, my perennial drugstore pick, and my thoughts on them, and even a tutorial are below. Enjoy. 

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: When this product first launched, I avoided it because well, it just seemed sooooo... basic. But, when I received it for Christmas, I realized that maybe, just maybe, basic can be better. You can use the lighter neutral colors for a natural look during the day, and pop it into your makeup bag to kick things up into the realm of smokey after work. Compact and versatile, the shadows are creamy and have good pigmentation, not to mention are very flattering on most skin tones. Well worth a purchase if you are in the market for something, for lack of a better term... basic. 
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Waterproof Liquid Liner: I had such high hopes for this product. I really wanted to love it, but it fell short of my expectations. A liquid liner of this design is perfect for someone wanting to learn how to do a feline flick or a kitten eye, but the applicator is so firm you have to drag it across your lid, which means you don't get a clean line. Also, its not as black as I would have hoped.
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner: I use this when I'm not using the above liner. It's not waterproof which is a serious shortcoming. It is, however, an inky black. I would advise you to stay away from this product until you have mastered liquid liner or the application process might be more frustrating than it is worth. 
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara: This was also a smidge of a letdown. When you first apply it, it does exactly what it says, you have lush, fluttery, gorgeous lashes. Two hours later you have black debris all over your face because it flakes. Not cute. 
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Mouse Foundation: Overall, I really enjoy this product. It's a departure from the dewy bases that I gravitate to, and it has great coverage, and pretty good staying power to match. I would say that if your skin is really dry, skip it, as it cakes up on dry patches. 
  • Cle de Peau Concealer: The Birkin Bag of coverup, this baby dishes out a serious wallop to your wallet. The benefit is it lasts quite a while. The serious downside is, in my opinion, its not really revolutionary or rave worthy, with its tendency to crease and settle into lines. That's just how I feel and there are loads of other beauty mavens who claim this is their holy grail concealer. To each his own, right?
  • Revlon Blush Oh Baby Pink: Beauty confessional time... I bought this blush because I saw Olivia Wilde wearing it in the product's advertisement and she just looked so pretty. I'm a huge sucker, I know. Doesn't have the best staying power, but for people like me who can be a little, erm, heavy handed with their blusher, it's perfect because you can really layer to get a desired effect. Nothing rave worthy, but not terrible either. 
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Let's Get Naked: I love this lipstick, and it fills a void in my vault of lippies because I don't have any other colors like it. I bought it because it reminded me of the shade Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany's-- not too pink, not too peachy, just the perfect fresh lip. Rimmel just reformulated this lipstick in the last year, and the relaunch is amazing. I'm definitely going to buy more shades. 

If you got all the way through and care to see how I apply these products every morning, take a look below or click here:





The Real OG: Oliver Goldsmith




Oliver Goldsmith, Audrey 1963 available here


When it comes to labels, I have always preferred not to be a walking advertisement for the company from which I purchased an item. This applies to practically everything, including my sunglasses. Sunglasses are those pieces that you can really tell the difference between quality, and while I have a fair amount of quirky, inexpensive pairs, I struggle to find high caliber sunglasses that don't have humongous brand logos on their arms. It's a personal preference, but I happen to find logos garish and obnoxious, so I avoid them at all costs, leaning towards brands that don't have flashy walking adverts on their spectacles, such as Karen Walker. 
Recently, my dad ever so kindly gifted me the sunglasses that are the focal point of this post: Oliver Goldsmith, Audrey 1963. Ever so fitting, given my obsession with Audrey Hepburn. Turns out, Mr. Goldsmith was the maker of many of her iconic sunglasses, including those that she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, How to Steal a Million, as well as the genius behind the sunnies sported by other super stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, like Grace Kelly. While many of the models that OG created for his screen sirens have been discontinued, Audrey 1963, has been in fact on the shelves since 1963. If that's not the definition of classic, timeless style, then I don't know what is. 
These sunglasses truly are a work of art-- they have weight, don't feel the slightest bit flimsy, and they have an air of timelessness. Instead of a label, they have two metal circles denoting the maker on the arms, so your focus is not on who made them, but rather the beautiful craftsmanship (each pair is handmade). A subtle reminder that elegance does not come from the label that you brandish, which is so easily forgotten these days. The proof is simply in the pudding-- sometimes going under the radar can make you feel like a movie star. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What I Wore: Polar Vortex Round Two



There are certain desperate times that call for a desperate abandonment of vanity. This frightfully cold weather qualifies as one of those times. Most people who know me are well aware of the fact that practicality is not my calling card, but during these frigid, punishingly cold days, I cast aside my vain, somewhat shallow desire to look nice all for the sake of feeling warm. So, if you see me walking, nay, waddling down the street, it's because I'm wearing two pairs of pants and a pair of tights, and so many many sweaters under my down coat that I can't put my arms down, please don't judge me. Some of you might call this a little dramatic, but I do have a tendency to be a worrier, constantly running around like the sky is falling, so bear with me. Hopefully things will warm up sooner rather than later, so I can go back to posting as normal, but until then I will be positing about things that do not involve you seeing my entire outfit. Until then, stay warm, safe, and frostbite free! xx

Friday, January 17, 2014

I.XVI.




Dress: Parker. Vest: Macys. Tights: DKNY Super Opaque (Amazing new favorite). Boots: Zadig and Voltaire. Bijoux: Heirloom. Rings:  Alexander McQueen, Caia Jewels. Watch: Hermes. Lippie: Rimmel Moisture Renew Let's Get Naked. 

Bougie




The months after the holiday frenzy are typically cold and quiet. After a flurry of festivities,  I typically settle in a rhythm that consists of more long soaks in the tub, movie nights, and cozy things that don't require being excessively social. The seasonal chill allows me to justify my grey gardens/hermit-like existence. Along with these cold-weather extracurriculars comes my part and parcel candle burning ritual. During the winter, I gravitate to warm fragrances, as opposed to fresh or floral ones. My personal favorites? Diptyque Figuier and Ambre. A few months back, The Times did a profile on expensive candles and the cult following that the brands have developed. Diptyque in particular is considered the upper-crust candle brand of choice-- found in the homes of many a tastemaker. They don't advertise, and their marketing relies on word of mouth. Why? They don't need to. Everything from the packaging to the ingredients of the candles are of the finest quality and caliber. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they also smell divine. Their scent throw is wonderful, and they have even burns which means they last. Go on The Coveteur and you'll see that their site is littered with images from various style mavens' homes including the brands eponymous, sleek packaging. These candles smell heavenly with price tags to match. In french, the word "bougie" means candle, and in the case of diptyque, it should come as no shock that the candles are synonymous with chic, well-to-do luxury. 

Figuier is a lovely warm scent that has woody notes as well as fruity undertones (which goes without saying because it smells of figs). The best way to describe it is a reminder of the warmer days to come. When I'm not burning that or Ambre, I have also been burning Laura Mercier Fresh Fig, which is fruitier, but still delicious. While people might scoff at the notion of literally burning away their money, investing in a quality candle can improve the atmosphere of your surroundings and the ritual can usher in your post work-day wind-down. Call me a bougie, bougie convert, I'm totally hooked.  




Bougie

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

{Mist in the Morning}




Dress (worn as blouse): Reformation. Skirt: Reformation. Tights: Nordstrom. Shoes: Juicy Couture. Ring: Caia Jewels. Sunnies: Oliver Goldsmith. Nails: Dior Frimas. 



Monday, January 13, 2014

Mignon



Sweater: Vince. Top: Zara. Skirt: LK Bennet. Purse: Mulberry. Tights: Wolford Velvet Opaque. Watch: Cartier. Bijoux: An Assortment of Heirlooms. Caia. Ippolita. Boots: Stuart Weitzman 50/50. Lipstick: Rimmel Let's Get Naked. Nails: Dior Frimas. 



Friday, January 10, 2014

Skincare Spotlight: Tatcha

Skincare Spotlight: Tatcha





Last month, I was so graciously given a few skincare samples to review for my blog by the brilliant Jason Ascher, Barney's resident makeup artist. After a good month of testing these lovely beauty bits out, I have to say I'm quite impressed. I tend to be pretty picky about my skincare, as I tend to be a bit sensitive to certain ingredients, but these products were really quite gentle and soothing, especially as the weather began to change. Not to mention the packaging is so simple, yet looks so pretty in your medicine cabinet... talk about a serious bonus. Best part about them?  No offensive fragrance. Heavily scented skincare is pretty much a hand grenade for the epidermis, so you could say it was love at first sniff. 
Some background about the brand: Tatcha is a Japanese brand that orients itself around the minimalist beauty regime of the geisha's. Well, say no more, you had me at "beauty regime". Anyone who has witnessed my bedtime beauty ritual can testify to its extensiveness. No stone left unturned. So, if you give me a line of products that will perhaps streamline this nightly endeavor, I'm in. Adding to their already serious allure, they don't formulate their products with parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, urea, DEA, TEA, or phtlalates. Music to my ears. 

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?

One-step Camelia Cleansing Oil
I really enjoyed using this product, it has a beautiful and light consistency, with no scent. When you apply it to your face it feels super luxurious, like a real treat. The one down-side is, it doesn't really live up to the "one-step" claim. I found that it took more than the prescribed two pumps to be useful, and a second cleanse was basically a requirement if you want to get every last stitch of your makeup off. However, once you wash it off, you're skin feels amazing-- perfectly conditioned, neither stripped, nor overly greasy.

Radiant Deep Brightening Serum:
This product is the real winner of the batch in my humble opinion. And while the price tag might make you want to gouge your eyes out, it really does work. In the winter, and especially in the brutal weather we've been having, not only can your skin start to be chapped, and dry, but it can also begin to look a little lifeless and dull. Maybe it's psychological, but after every night that I used this, I woke up feeling like my skin was super radiant-- "glowing from within"as they say. Call me shallow, but this seriously softens the blow of this product's price point.

Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream:
This cream is literally luxury in a jar. It has the most delightful texture-- it's incredibly smooth and as the name suggests, silky. Not only does it leave your skin feeling conditioned, but it's light enough that you don''t feel like it's too thick to wear during the day. I seriously enjoyed putting this on before my makeup every morning. Nary a breakout in sight, which is a testament to the quality and gentle ingredients. Further, the gel-like consistency makes it perfect for oilier skin-types who are looking to be hydrated, but not look slick... if you catch my drift.

Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream:
Definitely the heavy lifter of the two moisturizers that I received,  and an absolute treat. It feels heavenly, and absorbs to leave your skin super smooth, plump, and hydrated. I would say however, that since I'm only in my early twenties, I probably don't need to use a product that touts such heavy duty anti-aging abilities, so I wasn't able to notice any drastic differences in my skin. Maybe I'll have to revisit this in a few years. For now, I think I can get away without anti-aging creams and just stick to those that protect its condition.

In short, top-shelf worthy, if you can bear to shell out some hardcore $$$ for your visage.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Merriment








Coat: Vintage.Dress: House of Harlow.Tights: Wolford Versailles.Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Headband: Barneys. 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Snowed In




Sweater: Autumn Cashmere. Jeans: J Brand. Socks: J McLaughlin. Headband: Barneys.  

New lens! Taking some time to adjust to it, so bear with us for the time being! Happy 2014, wishing everyone a year  full of health and happiness!!! xx