Dec 092014

Here some things that have stood the test of time:
  • There aren’t too many products that promise brow growth–and who doesn’t love lush, full (and tamed) brows? Revitabrow Advance is a product designed to encourage growth. I was sent this as a sample, and used it for eight (8) weeks. For the first five weeks, I saw virtually no difference. At the sixth week, I was tweezing every day. My brows were noticeably longer, stronger, and much lusher.  One corner of my brow, which has not had growth for years, is sprouting baby hairs. Nordstrom is running a two-for-one pricing (2 for $110) for a set to carry you through for several months. All I can say is, be persistent (once or twice a day, every day), and it certainly worked for me. Make sure you have your tweezers ready. (Unlike my experience with Latisse, I did not have any skin darkening with Revitabrow.


  • I went through two generous samples of Chanel Lift Creme Riche ($165) before ordering a full size. It makes my skin look youthful, bright and clear. I’ve gone through an entire tub of Chanel Sublimage, and another of Chanel Sublimage Eye, and I did not like either one as much as Chanel Lift.



  • Perfumes are so individual, aren’t they? This time of year is a wonderful time to treat yourself, or your family member to a lovely, luxurious scent. Above, I’ve pictured some of my favorite lines, including Chanel, Guerlain and Hermes. Of course, I love all things French.


  • Winter can be so drying, and that’s not a lovely look. This year, I’ve turned to Clarins Tonic Body Treatment, which got rave reviews on Nordstrom’s website. It’s a gorgeous oil, as you might expect from this French company that knows its skincare. The scent is eucalyptus, which I associate with open-window drives through Northern California. It does fabulous things to wake me up and my skin feels baby soft after using it. If you do not like such scents, Caudalie Divine Oil is a nice choice. I also love beachy oils (like Estee Lauder’s), and Lush’s Ro Argan Body Conditioner (and while you are at it, pick up a Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel–it’s totally worth the hype).


  • My review of Chanel Rouge Allure glosses are here.


  • Anything L’Occitane this time of year feels perfect. I adore the Verbena line.


  • I’ve been enjoying my Wayne Goss brushes (original review is here).

I’d love to hear about any of your recent loves!


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Apr 152014

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One of my favorite makeup discoveries of this pre-summer season is Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30/0.50 oz.). To use this product, you place 1-3 drops into the palm of your hand, mix with your current moisturizer or serum, and place over your face and neck just before going to sleep. In the morning, I am waking up to the most beautiful, subtle, natural looking soft tan. No streaking or orange, really it’s absolutely perfect. Clarins Golden Glow Booster is now available from (currently 10% off), Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora.

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When I first read Clarins’ description, it sounded like just the right product for Spring. I wear sunscreen year round for anti-aging and to avoid other adverse effects of UV light. Still, I must admit that I look much better with a touch of color. This video made the experiment irresistible (it’s also helpful to show how the product is used, and is a short 1  1/2 minutes):

I don’t notice any unpleasant self-tanner scent, although it may be that I’m asleep so I’m unaware of any.  Honestly the results are extraordinary. Clarins has always been highly regarded for facial self-tanners, but this one in particular gives the most beautiful, natural glow.

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I’ve used this most mixed with a vitamin C serum (the Paula’s Choice reviewed here), as well as cream moisturizers. Every morning when I wake up, the glow is so good. If I use it several nights in a row, I start to accumulate more color. The color fades if I skip more than a day. If you’d like a more subtle effect, use just one or two drops. Enclosed instruction sheet (click to enlarge):

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Although your results may vary, I have to  say that this is one product that worked so beautifully for me that I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t share it with you.  Beautiful results, easy to use, and well worth the $30 price point. Love, love, love.

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Clarins Golden Glow Booster is now available from (currently 10% off), Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora.

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Apr 022014

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Sometimes I think that French brands are under-rated to U.S. buyers. I remember that in the past, I’d been very impressed with some Clarins complexion products. Recently, I went foundation sampling at my local Clarins counter to look at some foundations. My sample of the Clarins Skin Illusion foundation looked amazing on my skin for the first several hours. It gave me medium coverage, a perfect finish, with just a barest touch of skin-like glow. However, I noticed that my samples allowed about 6-8 hours of perfection. With that experience in mind, I wanted to try Clarins long-wear foundation, the Clarins Everlasting Foundation ($39 each).

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If you don’t mind, I’m going to sketch out some quick thoughts on this one. I’m finding these days that unless I type something out quickly, the posts aren’t posted as frequently as I’d like them to be. Perhaps right now, the perfect is the enemy of the “getting it done.” My testing was done with a layer of Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base ($37) (each available colors, on various different days).

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First of all, this foundation provide all-day matte coverage. The matte effect persisted for 15 hour days despite the fact that: 1) I was using a glowy primer; and 2) I have combination skin that usually gets breakthrough “glow” around 2 p.m.  I mean, it has truly been a while since any foundation that I have tried more than delivered on its promises. Truly impressive lasting power.

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The coverage is medium-to-full. If you have discoloration or marks, Clarins Everlasting can easily be built up to cover almost anything. As a matte, I didn’t find the texture forgiving, but it didn’t accentuate any problems either. The color is high-pigment, so I didn’t get any heavy foundation look when applied.

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Clarins Everlasting has a handy, sanitary pump dispenser.The packaging is gorgeous–a frosted glass looks wonderful on your counter (although is not travel-friendly). Ingredient lists (click to enlarge):

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Overall, if you are looking for a long-wearing matte foundation, Clarins Everlasting is an excellent choice.  My local counter carries little sample packets so that you can test the color range–perhaps yours does too. If so, please take advantage because with a higher coverage foundation the match with your natural skin tone becomes quite important, in my experience.

On a final note, I ultimately concluded that Clarins Everlasting wasn’t not an ideal foundation for me because I prefer s foundation with a slight sheen. For a matte look, I’m still happy with the Burberry Velvet. Nonetheless, I thought it valuable to pass along my experience in case this one might suit you perfectly.

Available at Nordstrom and Macy’s.

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