Dec 202014

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been testing out a new foundation–Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105), which many have declared to be their “holy grail” foundation (my earlier review with a full ingredient list is here). I can see why. This premium skincare/foundation has proven to give a very high overage (with minimal product, translating into a “no cake” texture). In addition, the foundation seems to fill in pores, giving one a porcelain like finish, while retaining a lightweight, breathable feel. In other words, one doesn’t feel as though one is wearing a silicon mask, but it gives an airbrushed finish. Zelens Age Control gives a beautiful color that gives a lit from within glow with a skin-like, near-matte finish. Finally, this foundation does not quit.  Despite experiencing over-heated restaurants, freezing cold wind, dryness, humidity, this foundation lasts all day like you wouldn’t believe. Really, I can see someone finding this foundation and never buying any other ever again.  It’s really good.

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The line states that the formula “helps restore firmness and elasticity with a complex of 17 active ingredients including peptides and antioxidants. Photo-luminescent diamond spheres optically veil imperfections, helm minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” This claim is a little difficult to evaluate, because I really do pour on so many other skin care products in my regime. It makes my skin look younger, although this could be its “veil-like” properties.

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There are a few things to be aware of when using this foundation.  First, the coverage goes medium to high with very little product. That means that you will either find a match, mix two if you are in between, or keep looking for another foundation. In my previous post, I noted that I had trouble applying the foundation.  Well, it’s a good thing that the brand sent me two shades because my “trouble” stemmed from using the lighter Cameo shade. When I applied the Porcelain shade with my fingers, no special technique required, it applied beautifully with no trouble at all. So, no surprise for those of us who are used to trying out high-coverage foundations–the color match really does matter so very, very much. Speaking of which, I owe you some swatches:

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Cameo is very, very light–maybe an NC10?  N5? Porcelain is closer to my NC15.

The second thing to note is that this foundation lasts, and lasts, and lasts, and so full removal at the end of the day is important.  I definitely had a clogged pore or two when I “oops! missed a spot!”  I use an oil cleanser (MAC), a toner (DDF), and a Clarisonic (full 2 minutes!). When I thoroughly removed the product, I had no trouble at all.

This seems to work beautifully for my combination skin.  Those with very dry skin may prefer By Terry’s Densiliss. Those looking for a broader shade range should look at Tom Ford’s Traceless Perfecting Foundation  Also, please keep in mind that buying foundation is a very, very personal thing.  Yes, I love this (and I think you will too), but it’s impossible to say for sure until you try it for a few days.

Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105) is available exclusively at Barneys New York in the U.S. Outside the U.S., it is available at Space NK.

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Dec 092014

I’m obsessed with entrepreneurship. Of course, not everyone has access to venture capital funding, or is part of large company, and many cosmetic companies require a large (read: expensive) infrastructure to formulate cosmetics that meet all of the standards. Still, I can’t help but applaud “the little guys” who are out there swinging. It’s so easy to write  a blog that evaluates, it’s so much harder to really create something from scratch I think.

Anyway, I thought I’d write about a few “little guys” that caught my eye recently.

One Etsy company called PatentPrints that caught my eye makes artisan prints from issued patents. I asked them to make one of a Chanel handbag that could hang in my office (the price is so much more modest than an actual bag!). They did, and now they’ve put the print up for everyone to buy. This is in a chalkboard-styled print (they have other choices, like Blueprint, which I chose). How cool is this?


In the recent past, a few Kickstarter projects have caught my eye:

Bitch Beauty Box has a ways to go before meeting its goal (many Kickstarter projects don’t reach their goals, and so they are left to find funding elsewhere). Still, the idea is intriguing. They replicate on-the-runway shades, and send them out to customers within weeks of a show.

Sphynx is an on-the-go razor company is very close to their goal. Only ten more days to go! This product has a refillable water container, an all-natural organic soap that can be used like lotion, and two top-quality razors included in the case. Pledges at the $16 level get one of the razors, and at $28 get two (assuming that the product is ultimately made).

sphnx B+W sphynx- Twist.68(1)Thanks to all who have continued to check in on my little blog over the past few months. It’s been a rough transition, and I’m slowly starting to feel back to my old self again. I think we all need to guard against burnout and stress, it’s a difficult challenge. Especially if you love things to be perfect, which of course is impossible. I think doing these little posts is really getting my excitement back. I hope that you are doing well and trying to stay calm and even during this very busy (and sometimes stressful!) holiday season.

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Dec 072014

That last few months have been interesting–as the weather turns colder, my desire to walk outside in the evenings has forced me to look seriously at down and fluffy things to wear. Here are a few things from Lululemon that I’ve loved. These seem so highly functional–with little touches like sleeves that cover my hands–and stretch just where I want it.

The Define Jackets has been awesome for layering. It’s thin enough to wear under a down jacket or vest. The waist is super flattering, too. I have it in Black and Coco Pique.

LW4F85S_9692_2The Fluffed Up Jacket has been a great addition for temperatures that run into the low ’40’s. With a Define under it, I can get down to the low 30’s and stay plenty warm.  I love the flattering fit.  I have it in Stained Glass, below.

LW4F51S_016213_1Although I’m sure it’s overkill, I picked up a Fluffed Up Jacket as well (in black). I love layering the Fluffed Up jacket with the Define underneath.

LW4E59S_0001_5Liz and I both fell in love with Lululemon’s Vestigan, and its now been reduced to $64. Liz likes the light heathered grey, and I like the heathered black.

LW4E32S_8650_1Very few people will love the Cardi All Day, but this smooth merino wool wrap feels like heaven to me (it feels like a robe). I must warn you that the extra small/small size is plenty big for nearly everyone. The medium large is so huge. I got this in Inkwell.

LW4G74S_0023_3Although I’ve spent some coin at The North Face for my under 30-degree needs, I have to say that my Lululemon items have been amazing. I like feeling comfortable as I run to and from the gym, and even running errands. For those looking for more makeup inspiration, thank you for indulging in my newest “avoiding frostbite while still looking good obsession.”

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Nov 252014

Continually updated…

NARS has a 20% off sale from November 28th through December 2nd.
Give & Take Event! Exclusive 20% Off - Give in. Take more. Shop It. Ends December 2nd.


Starlight Limited Edition

The Christian Louboutin Starlight nail polish is up for sale on Neiman Marcus priced at $675. In addition to the Scent Event Clutch (free with $100 purchase of fragrance or cosmetics), Neiman’s also has some intriguing Guerlain candles and French Kiss Eau de Parfum (” a glossy floral that celebrates the French art of kissing with a sexy rose, litchi and raspberry accord”):



Marc Jacobs will be featuring some exclusive items for #BlacquerFriday (the link is not live with product yet but will be):

Shop the Marc Jacobs Beauty #BLACQUERFRIDAY Sets! Exclusively available online for a limited time only. Don’t forget to pick up the Holiday Sky Linder Eyeliner Set–you won’t regret it!

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Missha, the BB Cream masters, have a 40% off sale right now.

Becca has a 20% off sale for orders over $50 with the code GOLD20. It might be time to try those shimmering skin perfectors if you haven’t already.



Also, I’m still loving the soufflé blushes that I got last summer. They had a beautiful, non-sparkling glow.

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Also, Laura Mercier is having a 25% and free ship discount through 11/30/14 with $100 minimum purchase (no code needed).


Lenore Greyl is giving away a free Huile de Magnolia (value $57) with any $75 purchase (use code VIP). This offer is valid until Friday November 28th at Midnight.  This hair oil is perhaps Lenore Greyl’s premium, flagship product and so this is a very generous offer.23b0cb6b-c28a-46f2-997e-af396038c8e4

Chantecaille is giving away a yummy Macaron palette with the promo code HLDYSWEETS14 with a $125 purchase from November 26 through 30th (while supplies last).


On Black Friday November 28th, Make Up For Ever Boutiques will have the following products on deep discount


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow: 2 for $10- all colors
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Lagoon Green: 2 for $10
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner, Sepia Collection: 2 for $10
MAKE UP FOR EVER Make Up Artist Picks Set: was $300, new price $150
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Set: was $65, new price $34
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow Kits: was $38, new price $19
MAKE UP FOR EVER Extravagant Eyes on the Go Set: was $18, new price $9

Additionally, on Black Friday MAKE UP FOR EVER will be launching the “Get Glossy” kit exclusively in Sephora stores, featuring Lab Shine Lip Gloss in shades #D14 & #D16 for $10 (the glosses retail separately for $19 each). For readers, I am waiting for the PR to send me some images–if/when they arrive I’ll post them here.


On Tom Ford’s Black Friday radar are fifty (50) new colors released under the Lips & Boys collection.  These are said to be “mini” in size and sell for $30 each. They can be previewed here.

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Starting on Tuesday, November 25th, Kate Sommerville has a 25% off friends and family sale through December 1st with code FRIENDS2014.
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I’ll update as more information comes in that I think will be interesting to you.

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