I’ve been contemplating summer wardrobe options. While I certainly don’t run out and purchase a new set of clothes every season (I wish!) I do try to be thoughtful about what my staples will be. Year after year, the dresses I have invested in tend to withstand the test of time. Going forward, I will be hunting down deals on timeless dresses like this one above. And just in time, this Memorial Day Weekend is being celebrated by my favorite shopping spots. Some sales not to be missed:
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I recently have been frustrated by clogged pores on my nose. I hate to admit to it but likely cause is falling asleep with makeup on (gasp!) and now I am paying the price. While I am tempted to reach for those oddly satistfying Bioré nose strips, I happened to have a new scrub from fan-favorite Mario Badescu to test out.
Not surprisingly, their newest lives up to Mario’s amazing reputation. This scrub works against buildup (hello, friend!) and banishes dullness. The Ecuadorian Ivory Palm seeds are fairly gentle and my skin is left calm without redness. And botanicals like Ginger, Ginkgo, Green Tea, Aloe, and Coconut are infused in the gel-like formula. I don’t detect much of a scent – a good thing in my book.
I use a couple times a week – usually three coinciding with my hair-wash days. I splash warm water to rinse and those little clogged pores are banished – until my next makeup removal misbehavior. At least next time I doze off before washing my face, I’ll know how to erase signs of my sins.
It has been so fascinating on this journey of blogging and social media these last six years. The whole landscape is always changing. Every new twist and era brings about things I love (and a couple things I hate) about being on the Web. The latest development that threw me for a loop: I got a new iPad mini (LOVE BTW) and got back into Pinterest after a long hiatus. Do you use Pinterest? One of my favorite finds from my pinning adventures lately above (also my dream weekend outfit).
And some finds from around the web:
Craving some Wander Beauty goodies especially after Hitha’s post featuring one of the founders (and a supermodel).
Sisley-Paris’ Twists are luxury, creamy packages of on-to-go beauty. The Phyto-Lip Twists have been in my rotation before, but I had yet to try the Phyto-Eye Twists. And they are a great addition to the collection. Both formulas glide on skin and are packed with plant-based skin care ingredients. You can use for full on pigmented or a wash of color. Love having the option but you probably can guess I particularly love the more natural and blended wash of color.
Sisley-Paris Phyto-Lip Twist is more of a tinted balm than lipstick. But the vibrant color comes out glossy. No sharpening needed – just twist up for more product. The tapered shape allows for outlining of lips and coloring all in one stroke. The bold shades like Pinky and Candy are surprisingly wearable. But I equally love the nourishing Nude.
The Sisley-Paris Phyto-Eye Twist are designed to be shadow, pencil and eyeliner. They are slightly smaller than the lip twists, but still with a large tip. So precise lining isn’t easy, but with these bold shades you won’t mind a slightly thicker look. The formula has ingredients like Green Tea, White Lily, Camellia that protect and improve delicate eye area. I like applying to my lids close to the lash and blending with a finger. But you can also color the entire eyelid or add a graphic, bold line.
I prefer the more neutral Bronze, but the blue Lagoon shade is stunning! I cannot wait to wear it for a special occasion. Topaz is now on my wish list to add to my collection.
Samples generously provided by Neiman Marcus as part of the Beauty Ambassador Program. I consult for Neiman Marcus which is affiliated with the Neiman Marcus Group, but as always, opinions are my own.
Thanks to an infatuation with and current re-watching of the 1983 WWII mini-series, Winds of War, I stayed up WAY too late last night. As a result, I slept right through all the severe weather last night. Tulsa was spared but those affected in Oklahoma City and elsewhere are in my prayers. I also woke up at 8AM – oops.
Since I knew I only had about 15 minutes to throw myself together, my makeup routine was seriously pared down. First, I’ve been using the Caudalie Gradual Self-Tanning Cream – the best self tanner for the face I’ve found to date. So that natural glow allowed for a little less makeup.
The last step was a surprise obsession. A friend gifted to me the Kevin Aucoin The Mascara Volume Mascaraa couple weeks ago. I usually don’t have any luck with the tubular mascara – just a personal preference – so I was hesitant. But I have come to be totally impressed with the lack of fall out, clump-free separated lashes and long-lasting, inky finish.
Boom, I was out of the door and at my desk almost on time.
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Over wine this weekend with my girls in New York, we all basically agreed that neutrals are our de rigueur. And we also bonded over a shared love of Marie Kondo (if you are the one person left who hasn’t read this book yet, find out more here). Not only to I get a high out of ditching my less-loved items. I also find my life to be more seamless, especially while dressing in the morning. The items that bring me joy are neutral, luxurious pieces that stung at the checkout but remain a staple in my wardrobe for season after season. My closet features loads of black, white, navy and plum, but my new infatuation is camel. I think it is timeless and season-less. Some items on my wish list: