Dec 082014
 

Nars lipgloss1 copyJust a quick post tonight to take a quick look at the beautiful little NARS Tech Fashion Lip Gloss Coffret ($39). This is perfect for those gloss-a-holics in your life (or to treat yourself). This is limited edition and currently available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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This pretty little set of four mini’s uses Nars reformulated glosses. The shades are a light peach, pretty sheer red, deep burgundy, and shimmery nude.

Nars lipgloss5 copy As with all of the new Nars glosses, these use a doe-foot. Swatches:

Nars Laced with Edge LipglossOverall, this is a lovely set with a wide range of widely-flattering, sheer and flattering colors. Highly recommended.

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These are now available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Dec 072014
 

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I’ve been testing out a new foundation–Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105). This is one of the latest in the premium skincare/foundation category. The texture of this foundation is quite unique–it has a very high coverage using the smallest amount of product. Also, the texture of the skin becomes quite poreless. I’m also detecting quite of “lit from within glow” although the texture is satiny and very skin-like. It effectively blurs imperfections, and does so without feeling as though one is wearing lots of silicone. Really spectacular.

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It’s extremely lightweight and breathable. It makes my skin looks significantly younger. I need to experiment with my application, because my first attempt today gave me (perhaps?) too much coverage. As it usually takes me 3-5 times to figure out new products, I’m not concerned. I can do this. And I know the results will be totally worth it.

According to the line:

A skin-perfecting treatment foundation providing long-lasting natural-looking medium to full coverage. The moisture-enhancing formulate 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.

The line has sent me the two lightest colors to test, so I’ll be posting swatches later this week and give more details as I learn more about it. Although I’ve tested the Zelens sun care, which was quite lovely, I’m quite stunned at the quality of this foundation so far. I’ve only tested it for a few hours, but I wanted to let you know about in case you might be stopping by any Barneys New York this week, so that you take a look yourself.

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In the meantime, here is the ingredient list:

AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DEXTRIN PALMITATE, GLYCERIN, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYSTEARIC/LINOLENIC/OLEIC POLYGLYCERIDES, HYALURONIC ACID, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-5, PALMITOYL DIPEPTIDE-5 DIAMINOBUTYROYL HYDROXYTHREONINE, HYDROLYZED SESAME PROTEIN PG-PROPYL METHYLSILANEDIOL, TETRADECYL AMINOBUTYROYLVALYLAMINOBUTYRIC UREA TRIFLUOROACETATE, MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, HYDROLYZED PEARL, PERILLA FRUTESCENS LEAF EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, YEAST EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCOGEN, SILANETRIOL, BENZIMIDAZOLE DIAMOND AMIDOETHYL UREA CARBAMOYL PROPYL POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), BORON NITRIDE, MANNITOL, SILICA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, PECTIN, XANTHAN GUM, PVP, VP/POLYCARBAMYL POLYGLYCOL ESTER, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), SODIUM BENZOATE, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, LINALOOL, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES)].

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 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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Dec 072014
 

Tatcha skincare overview1 copyJust a reminder the 20% off at Tatcha.com ends soon (on December 8th) with code FF2014. Here are some of my favorites:

Tatcha 11The Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydrating Eye Mask ($12 each) is truly a pleasure to use. It’s a treat on a evening after a long day, and especially lovely just before going to a party or dinner. Personally, I love the effect.

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Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48/ 5.1 ounce) is a rich, comforting and effective cleaner. This feels so luxurious. This oil is clear, and comes in an elegantly packaged container with a pump top.

Tatcha skincare10 copy 1aNow that we are heading into the cold winter, Tatcha’s Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream ($185/ 1 oz.) is a beautiful evening moisturizer. This is formulated with a number of premium ingredients with deep anti-aging benefits and promotes microcirculation to reduce age spots and renew appearance.

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This is beautifully packaged, with a small gold spoon to depot the product.

Tatcha skincare35 copyThe moisturizer:

Tatcha skincare38 copyThere is also the Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream ($135/0.5 ounce).

Tatcha skincare28 copyThe cream is designed “nourishes and purifies skin, resulting in a decreased appearance of puffiness under eyes, dark circles, sunken eyes and eye spots” It feels wonderful, I love the way my eyes look using this.

Tatcha skincare30 copyI’ve had the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48/1.35 ounce) on my desk for months. I love how refreshing a mid-day spritz feels (and re-hydrates). If you live an an area with drying winter heat, using this is a real treat.

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I love the little spritzer–it puts out just the right amount, and it looks so elegant.

Tatcha skincare15 copyThe last item that you might wish to try are the Tatcha Polished Classic Enzyme Powder ($55 / 2.1 oz.).

Tatcha skincare18 copyThis contains “a water-activated enzyme powder of rice bran, papaya + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex” to reveals skin’s natural gleam.”

Tatcha skincare22 copyThe packaging is thoughtfully designed to keep the powder from escaping (or getting wet when not in use).

Tatcha skincare23 copyWith water, the product becomes a creamy paste that has no abrasive feeling. It feels lovely, like cashmere.

For those new to the line, I recommend giving the trial sized options a try or the holiday gift sets. Also, if you love beautiful items for the home, you might wish to look Tatcha’s curated gift section. Remember the 20% off code is FF2014.

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Nov 302014
 

MAC Concealer1MAC released the Matchmaster Concealer ($21) several weeks ago. According to the line:

A colour-true concealer that provides medium buildable coverage with a natural satin finish. Formulated with the same Shade Intelligence Technology as our Matchmaster line, this colour-true formula lasts for up to eight hours. Helps conceal and correct the look of under eye circles and discolourations. Comes in a convenient portable stick. 

This can be found at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and other MAC sources. I purchased 1.5, which is seems like a good match for my MAC NC15 skin tone.

MAC Concealer2 copyThis highly packable format makes it ideal for travel (no TSA baggie needed!), or for your daily makeup bag for touchups.This has a pigment-rich texture, which means that you get high coverage while using a thin layer of product. I found that this works well for the under eye area. It tends to stay where it is placed, meaning that this doesn’t migrate into fine lines. Also, because this gives excellent coverage without using much product, I can cover my under eye area without caking up. MAC Matchmaster Concealer does not advertise any moisturizing properties, and it does not appear to have any based on my experience either. However, there is no shortage of fabulous moisturizers in the world, so that can be added separately. This had great lasting time–really, all day coverage.

MAC Concealer4 copyMAC Matchmaster Concealer is dual-purpose–it gives great coverage for any discolored area of the face. Any redness around the nose, or dark spots, can be blended away with a wave of the wand. I’m sure the more talented readers can use one of the deeper toned colors as a natural contour.

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MAC Concealer5Overall, this mid-priced concealer is a nice addition if you are looking for a highly pigmented concealer that does not cake up. For the record, the coverage of MAC’s Matchmaster is not as dense as Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer or the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. A completely subjective assessment puts the coverage of MAC Matchmaster a bit higher than the liquid MAC Pro Longwear. However, not everyone needs bullet-proof. MAC Matchmaster offers a quite natural-looking option that seems to blend beautifully onto the skin and with liquid foundations.

This can be found at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and other MAC sources.

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