Archive for ‘Beauty’

May 21, 2014

most wanted: summer essentials

1. Nixon watch  |  2. Sergio Rossi sandals  |  3. J.Crew pajamas  |  4. Mara Hoffman bikini

5. SkinCeuticals sunscreen  |  6. Haute Hippie top  |  7. J.Crew necklace  |  8. Le Labo candle

 

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February 14, 2014

Valentine-Inspired

1. Equipment pajama set  |  2. OPI Big Apple Red nail polish  |  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses  

4. Chinti and Parker top  |  5. Etsy print  |  6. Ariel Gordon ring  |  7. Sugar Paper stationery  |  8. Sarah Chloe bracelet

9. Crate & Barrel bottle stopper  |  10. NARS Jungle Red lipstick  |  11. West Elm mug

February 2, 2014

The Spa at Charleston Place

I hadn’t had a massage in over a year and just when I was about ready to pull the trigger and purchase one for myself, I received a gift certificate to The Spa at Charleston Place. The Spa offers a 10% discount Sunday-Thursday, so in order to make the most of our funds, we chose to take a 1/2 day from work and make an afternoon of it.

Despite the construction noise–my masseuse was extremely apologetic–the massage was perfection. The sauna + the heated table and blankets during the massage were just what I needed after walking around in the cold. My masseuse also offered me some great tips and stretches in order to reduce my tightness–Are you training for a marathon? No… Oh, your legs are very tight, I thought you were a runner. OK, that is actually laughable. She also told me that my shoulders were some of the tightest she had ever felt. I hear it every time. I’m not sure why, but my family carries all of our stress in our bodies, apparently.

After learning some stretches, I took a post-massage dip in the hot tub and forced myself to ride the bike at the gym for 15 minutes. I made sure to take full advantage, and I’ve already begun thinking about when I can make my way back…

October 14, 2013

Drybar

No pun intended (originally), but to be quite honest, I was blown away by Drybar. What a simple concept that makes me think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Their branding alone makes me both happy and envious at the same time.

I felt special and pampered from the moment I stepped through the doors into the yellow and white oasis which was buzzing with the sounds of blowdryers, laughter, and music. The “menu” offers an array of hairstyles for every girl… I went with the “Straight Up” as I thought the simpler the better for my first go-round at Drybar.

My stylist was sweet and attentive as she styled my hair and I sipped on champagne and watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the screen in front of me. The blowout lasted through 1 subway ride, 1 rehearsal dinner, 1 muggy outdoor brunch, 1 outdoor wedding, 1 very long misty walk through Brooklyn, 1 plane ride, and several long car rides from NYC to Hoboken, from Hoboken to Brooklyn, and back again. And then to the airport. So worth it.

Most importantly, I think I found a keeper in their Detox Dry Shampoo. It smells amazing, rejuvenates the hairstyle, and doesn’t make a mess. Unfortunately for my bank account, I am officially sold on Drybar.

September 5, 2013

Crave & Save: The Sugar Scrub

I am a firm believer in sugar scrubs. They’re perfect all year long–for keeping skin smooth in the summertime and hydrated in the cooler months–but they can definitely be on the pricey side.

My all-time favorite sugar scrub is by Fresh, which retails for up to $65, but the sugar scrub possibilities are endless. Hazelwood’s Pom Bomb Sugar Scrub is a much more affordable option and a very close second… plus it smells so, so good and leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

 

 

1. Sunshine Spa, $11  |  2. Trish McEvoy, $55  |  3. The Body Shop, $20  |  4. Archipelago, $29

5. Bath & Body Works, $16  |  6. Bliss, $36  |  7. Whish, $38  |  8. Fresh, $65  |  9. Laura Mercier, $46

July 23, 2013

Most Wanted

1. C.Wonder glasses  |  Fun glasses that will work year-round.

2. Club Monaco dress  |  I love the color, the neckline and the detailing on this dress. So pretty.

3. Jonathan Adler vase  |  I’m always in the market for a white vase and this one is modern and playful, yet classic.

4. Lavett&Chin hair mist  |  I rarely dy my hair in the summer, so this sea salt spray would be perfect for my wash and air dry routine.

June 21, 2013

Most Wanted

1. Tkees flip flops  |  The ideal summer footwear for all occasions.

2. Kiehl’s toner  |  I first heard about about this from my friend’s younger sister… she insisted that it was the perfect toner for acne prone + combination skin. I love the fact that it’s alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry out your skin. I just purchased the 16.9 oz bottle during the Kiehl’s friends & family sale, and now I, too, swear by it!

3. World Market cloche  |  I always spot these in my favorite boutiques and I think, what chicer way to put out a candle?

4. Topshop dress  |  I just love this dress. It’s so elegant, yet it has a bit of edge. Very Valentino at a fraction of the price!

5. C.Wonder cotton candy maker  |  Because who wouldn’t want to have their own cotton candy machine? The perfect addition to any party.

6. Loeffler Randall flats  |  The color on these is spot-on for spring/summer and I love the simple knot design in the front.

June 20, 2013

Emi-Jay: The New Trend in Hair

Can somebody please tell me what the fascination is with these Emi-Jay hair ties?  I see them everywhere and I’m beginning to wonder what the fuss is all about. Is there a hypnotist hypnotizing the masses? I don’t understand…

I’ve heard such great things about these mysterious hair ties, or the new scrunchie, if you will: they’re great for thick hair, they don’t pull your hair, they don’t give you headaches… For $3 a hair tie, I had no interest in testing these claims until I recently had to make a return to a boutique in town and could only receive store credit. Ugh, why do stores do that? It is so selfish.

I digress! On to the subject at hand… this selfish boutique has a jar of Emi-Jay hair ties so I figured I would buy 3 with my credit (yep, that’s $9 + tax on hair ties. Hair ties!!) because there are so many colors it was hard to choose just one.

My admiration for this product ends at my love for the pretty colors and designs. First of all, they are terrible for thick hair. I couldn’t get the thing around my hair more than twice. Second of all, due to the knot, it pulled out more hair in 3 hours than any hair tie I have ever used before. And third of all, it gave me a splitting headache!

So I need to know… who pitched this product and why and how do they have so many loyal fans? Is it just because they have pretty colors? Is it because they’re “cool” and celebrities wear them? Maybe I just had a bad experience, but I am going to stick to my Goody Ouchless hair elastics from here on out.

June 4, 2013

Dry ‘Poo

I’ve tried lots of dry shampoos in my day, or “dry ‘poo“, as I like to call it. I’ll try just about anything in order to avoid having to wash my hair more than 3x per week. Don’t judge.

Out of all of the dry shampoos that I’ve tried and tested over the years, Caviar Anti-Aging  has got to be the best one yet.  My initial introduction to Caviar was a complete fluke. I was in desperate need of more dry shampoo and was up and down Fifth Avenue in search of Oscar Blandi’s Pronto powder, as it’s been my go-to for the past three years.

Henri Bendel didn’t have it, and two Sephora locations were sold out.  I then asked the saleswoman if there was anything similar that she’d recommend, and she referred me to Caviar. I’ve been very pleased with the product so far and it trumps the products I’ve used in the past.

1. Caviar Anti-Aging, $22  |  Winner. Rubs in easily and doesn’t dry out the hair like other powders do. It really just makes it appear, well, clean.

2. Oscar Blandi Pronto, $21  |  I can’t bash my old go-to, but the powder really doesn’t rub in as well as I’d like it to.

3. Frederic Fekkai Au Naturel, $24  |  This is very drying and this, too, is very difficult to rub in.

4. TRESemme Fresh Start, $5  |  I feel like this is more of a hairspray than a dry shampoo. It really doesn’t do much for me, but it’s good for those with darker hair.

5. Ojon Full Detox, $24  |  All I can remember from using this product is how quickly it ran out. I swear I only got 5-7 uses in before having to replenish.

6. Batiste Original, $4  |  This is probably my favorite spray thus far, but it does tend to dry the hair out more than I’d like. Definitely the best dry shampoo at this price point, though.