Sep 252014
 

Oribe Signature and Supershine08I started going gray in my early 20’s, and I began having it colored soon after. By this point in my life my hair needs TLC almost constantly. Although I’d love to get away with inexpensive hair products, I’ve embraced the need to use premium products to tame its tendency toward coarseness and its need for constant moisture.

Oribe Signature and Supershine12Every time I try something from Oribe, I fall more and more in love with the line. The scents are complex and beautiful, but the real payoff are the incredible results. Today, I opened a new set of Oribe Signature Shampoo ($36) and Signature Conditioner ($39).  Even a single use of this duo makes my hair soft, manageable and shiny.

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The shampoo uses a covered flip top. No messing with separate caps in the shower.

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It’s surprising that my hair doesn’t seem to need any styling products after using this duo.

Oribe Signature and Supershine10The conditioner uses a flip-top cap.

Oribe Signature and Supershine14This gives me “celebrity level” hair, if I can create a phrase. I actually bought the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream ($49) to go with the set, but my hair didn’t seem to need it today after using the Signature Shampoo and Conditioner.  I’ll have to report on this one later.Oribe Signature and Supershine05Overall, another successful experience with Oribe. Bot  Oribe Signature Shampoo ($36) and Signature Conditioner ($39) are available at Barneys (free ship with all orders).

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Sep 242014
 

makeuproom

As if life isn’t busy enough, I’m working on adding an addition on my new home.  The original home was designed in the 1930’s, so I thought integrating some custom storage for makeup is a nice upgrade. I wanted to share some pictures to get your suggestions. These are mock-ups for the storage space that I’m considering (two sides of the longer walls, the shorter wall just has more counter space (I believe).

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As you can see, there is drawer-space galore, and cabinets for larger items above.There’s a nice window so that I can take Cafe Makeup pictures when the lighting permits. We’re about to commit to this design, so if you have any creative ideas we’d love to hear them!

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Any thoughts are appreciated!

 

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Sep 222014
 

Shiseido Ultimune4

Lately I’ve been musing about ways to protect my skin. I’ve tried several lovely skin care products over the years, and given Shiseido’s reputation for high quality I was wondering about their offerings. I’ve loved their sun protection, foundations, several makeup items, and their Benefiance Eye Contour Cream. This time, “I tried Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (1.0 oz/$65 and 1.6 oz/$95). Check it out HERE.

This is a first-of-its kind product, and it incorporates 20 years of research in its creation and development. Here are the images of the available two sizes:

 

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This concentrate is designed to protect skin from all factors–including stress, environment, and aging. The line recommends using on the face in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning. I’m also adding a a drop or two on my neck area.

 

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This lightweight concentrate includes the line’s Ultimune Complex, which is designed to boost the skin’s defenses that have begun to deplete due to aging. According to Shiseido, these are called “Langerhans Cells” and they hold “the key to promoting skin’s multi-defensive power.” These cells, which protect the skin when one is younger, become less effective with age or stress. Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is designed to compensate for this loss, to protect the skin, and prevent further damage.

 

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The formula contains a variety of plant-based ingredients, including a unique botanical cocktail of ginko biloba leaf extract (an anti-oxidant, which helps prevent damage), and herbs from both the East and West.

 

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The container has a pump top that keeps the formula protected until needed (the pump action is very controllable).

 

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When applied, the formula is a light concentrate that quickly absorbs. As a light product, you will want to use this before any other skincare, sun care, primer, or foundation (because you want it closest to the skin to work best). The formula has a light slightly floral scent that fades quickly. I noticed a lovely effect on the first application–my skin felt more hydrated, lifted, and smooth. It looked and felt similar to the effect of using a moisturizing face mask. The product absorbs quickly and feels as if one is not wearing anything (except with better looking skin!). The line promises a more youthful glow in as little as one week, and increased firmness and resilience after four weeks. Based on my brief experience, this is well worth a look.

 

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You can check out Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate HERE. It really helps you discover the #beautyinyou!

 

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To learn more, see:

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This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. Many thanks to Shiseido for sponsoring this post. Also, this post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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Sep 162014
 

Lierac 2For those with combination skin, finding a good moisturizer that doesn’t turn to an unflattering “glow” by the end of the day is a challenge. There are a few gel moisturizers on the market that fill the gap. Nonetheless, Lierac Magnificence Gel ($78/ 1.7 oz.) goes the extra mile by adding a matte finish.  Having worn this day and night for the past several days, I can say that this product is:

  • breathable and featherweight-light
  • works well alone and under foundation
  • delivers moisturized, healthy looking skin, and
  • provides a matte surface that avoids the “3 p.m. glow” that other moisturizers can cause.

Lierac 5Sometimes I’m tempted to avoid moisturizers because of a heavy feeling, or the thought that skin that produces oil throughout the day doesn’t really need it. It always seems counterintuitive to me that, despite my oily forehead, product specialists would tell me that my face did need moisture. They were right of course, my skin looks far more healthy with a dose of moisturize (as is the case for most people, even those with combination or oily skin).

 

Lierac 3Leirac’s Magnificence delivers surprisingly good results. Wrinkles seemed softened, my skin seemed firmer, and the texture seems far less stressed out. The primary ingredients are:

D-Glyox Complex (Pomegranate Flower, Silk Tree, Liposome Peptide) helps reduce the visible signs of skin aging at the source Hibiscus Flower Extract improves radiance, evens out skin texture and refines pores.

A full ingredient list is here:

Lierac 4Overall, I was really impressed. Lovely formulation, no afternoon “glow,” but really delivers on healthy-looking. lit-from-within, firmed and pore-minimzed skin.

This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 132014
 

Here are a few more things that caught my eye at New York and London Fashion Week SS ’15

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Via @MAC_Caroline_D–new MAC Trend Forecast eye palette, 43 & 35 lashes, MAC Red Lipmix/Clear Lipglass mixture at Sibling.

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At Proenza Schouler, MAC Eye Gloss (Pro) was used on a nude matte face:

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Over in make-up, Tom Pecheux decided to give the brows an element of play using Mac Cream Eye Shadows with a dash of powder eye shadow in a matching colour,

browsA similar vibe at Badgley Mischka…

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At Michael Kors, featuring his own bronzer.

kors MAC at Zac Posen.

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….and a MAC video previewing some of their upcoming products.

 

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