Thursday, December 1, 2016

Shine On

Beautycounter Lip Shine & Gloss
My newest obsession (tho I’m still really feeling my Bite matte lipstick) are these Beautycounter glosses & lip shine.  I’m constantly searching for new glosses and these are by far and away my new favorites.  The consistency is so soft and moisturizing.  There is absolutely zero tacky or stickiness and their staying power is bananas.  The lip shine has a tiny hint of shimmer but no color so it just enhances your natural color & looks gorgeous on.

I’m also using Glosses: Blossom and Dahlia when I want a tiny hint of natural color.  I knew these were for me when I made it through Thanksgiving Day & what felt like 20 glasses of wine without having to constantly reapply or feeling parched in between my very few reapplications.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Welcome Beautycounter

That’s right, I joined a friend’s team based in L.A.  & have signed on as a consultant.

I’m proud and excited albeit a bit scared to embark on this new adventure & see where it takes me!  Beautycounter was a no brainer for me because I have a never ending love of products – all products – cosmetics to nail polish to anti-aging to shampoo/conditioner and the list goes on and I’m obviously very health conscious especially as a mother.  This phenomenal company whose mission & products are just BEYOND…seemed like a perfect fit.  I have 0 sales experience and to be honest, I’m so not a seller but we all know I love products and we all know I can talk about and advocate for something I love.  This amazing company is making these truly "beautiful products made safe".  Aside from offering safe and effective products, what is setting Beautycounter apart is that they are making it their mission to inform consumers about harmful ingredients found in countless brands we all know & likely love.  They are doing this by making sure you know everything about what is inside your own beauty products. 

Beautycounter produces some really terrific products and they don’t go unnoticed mainstream.  Case in point, look what popped on Gwyneth’s Goop the other day as a “must have.”


**photo via

I’m a spray fanatic & I'm IN LOVE with this one.  I adore them used to set makeup, to add extra moisture first thing in the morning before moisturizer, equally as great to refresh makeup or naked skin mid day and of course on a plane in that awful dry air.  I’m also very partial to rose – I find it so refreshing & soothing.  It is ideal for locking in moisture and helping your skin stay supple and dewy in the dry winter months.  The glass bottle is gorgeous on your counter, vanity or nightstand, a fab stocking stuffer for friends or family. Are the holidays really upon us???!!  Wish me luck!! 



Monday, November 21, 2016

Once Bitten

Bite Beauty Multi Sticks
I wear lipstick now – it just happened; I’m 37.  On a whim I grabbed this one from Bite Beauty & was like “seriously, can I do this?” – it is very very matte & I’m sure I’d find it drying but here’s how I’m making it work: 1) sugar scrub lips to exfoliate 2) apply lipstick with finger/brush or from tube 3) dab a bit of balm on top.  I feel like it instantly revived my whole look.  To be honest, it was just a change & gracious I’ve needed that lately on SO many levels as of late.  I like to go liner free for kind of a faded, not so perfect look. 

My color choice was macaron.  Duh.  Here's a dynamite duck lips pic for you!



Then I bought an additional one of these delightful multi sticks for my eyes:

My color choice: Anise, a yummy rich coffee shade that smooths out way less intense than it looks.  I love a one-step smoky eye.  I put a primer underneath, let it set, then layered this creamy neutral on my lids using my finger & a brush to blend.  Gorgeous natural depth & accentuation instantly.  Boom. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Guess who's back (in the MF) house??

I'm back from hiatus with a fun announcement to share before the holiday next week.

I also plan to resume regular monthly blogging immediately -- thanks for waiting patiently followers & old friends... and to those who jumped ship, good riddance.  JK, please come back!!

So lately... I'm loving all things YSL.

The Neutralizer
A touch of this in violet under the eyes instantly adds light and a pretty luminescence. (sidebar: it also color corrects).  I'm obsessed with the violet -- like a highlighter but better, it lights you up immediately.  The green one is on my list for redness reduction too. 
The Mono Shadow
I'm loving these solo to add a glossy hint of shimmer to the lid.  They're truly the most perfect sheer washes of color.  The downside, it will 100% crease (primer or not) on you if you try to layer it with any matte shadow including ones by YSL.  Ugh.  Seriously though, the colors are all so ethereal they're pretty close to perfect alone.
The Kajal Pencil
This was sent to me by the eyeliner gods... I'm so eyeliner challenged it's pathetic.  I cannot waterline.  I cannot get that hidden line that is dark and wriggled into your lashes so you don't see a line you just create darkness and depth, and I cannot cat eye to save my life.  This stick is so creamy, so blendable and so easy to work with I seriously mastered all 3 in 1 try.  The point is large and smooth and glides on like a dream...[PLA]%20-%20Yves%20Saint%20Laurent%20Beauty%20-%20Tier%203%20Central&adgroup=Yves%20Saint%20Laurent%20Beauty%20-%20Other22&product_partition_id=120548763442&product_id=00505047400986&k_clickid=390ec57f-2d3c-45d9-82fd-781a1f1020fc&gclid=CM7xhb6hs9ACFdgJgQodmicACg

Monday, June 13, 2016

Inspiration courtesy of Victoria Beckham NYFW

My summer makeup look:


The flawless yet real skin, light on foundation... this naked upper lid & that gorgeous slightly iridescent black shadow drop on the bottom lid.

Finish with the tiniest hint of bronzer and a natural pink popsicle stained gloss lip.

I tried and achieved the look in about 10 minutes flat this morning & while it's slightly better suited for date night or a cocktail lunch than my office (LOL) I'm totally digging it.  I'll share products used soon!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Wow.  It has been a minute since my last post.  Our weather has been crazy and a 30 degree rise or drop on the thermometer in a 24 hour period has become a pretty regular occurence.  Literally, snowing 9 inches right into 65 degrees and sunny… It is wreaking havoc on my skin.  (& my sinuses)

I’m relying heavily on facial oils (yes, it’s scary at first) – I’ve been mixing a drop with my daily skin tint/spf bc I’m that dry and I’ve found it prolongs my look (foundation).  I’m using Circ Cell oil in a sensitive blend right now but am curious about Rodin and RMS oils too.  Note, I did not have any breakouts when I incorporated oil into my daily routine.

Circ Cell is an amazing company & this oil truly has transformed my skin.  It absorbs instantly, the light scent is aroma therapeutic, plus it heals redness and irritation overnight and leaves you glowing.  It worked wonders getting me through the downtime in between IPL laser treatments.

I’m also leaning on luminizer to brighten me up.  This one by RMS is my fav.


 It melts into skin & gives such a pretty, natural glow.  Since I’m mixing oil and luminizer into my skin tint/foundation (I alternate bw Revision & Nars bc I love the high SPF in both) – it became necessary to invest in a good brush.  I’m obsessed with this guy – also by RMS. 

It keeps product distribution nice & light. 

Tom Ford is the man behind my current fav eye palette, lip shine & special event foundation.  More on that next post!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Therapy Systems

It seemed only fitting to do a post on a brand that is dominating my makeup drawer as of late & just happens to be a local gem brought to life by the owner of Private Edition and Cosmetic Market, Linda Roberts.  The brand, Therapy Systems is sold at both of her cult classic boutiques (the staff at Private Edition know me by name) and apparently is sold in boutiques stretching as far as Hong Kong.  I think Linda and I probably have many similarities… it appears our favorite store is also the same – H. Audrey – deserves a post of its own!

My love of Therapy Systems started with a single “Smoky Taupe” shadow, I got near daily compliments on it & suddenly I’d scooped up three more shades.  My new fav is “Broadway” – a perfect lightest of light brown with just a hint of violet & shimmer.  I passed these shadows in Linda’s boutiques for years and never tried one – true they’re so much more gorgeous on than in their pretty mirrored packaging. 

As a major lip balm addict I’m surprised I’m just now trying Therapy Systems’  Rx for Lips.  I bought it Sunday while fretting over an Omorvicza balm that seems to have disappeared in my own home.  I didn’t want to shell out $50 for a new one knowing the lost one would surely surface soon… no doubt hidden in a Manolo somewhere by my toddler.  I also knew I needed something more powerful than Smith’s Salve (no disrespect to that brand, which I adore)… Enter the $32 RX for Lips which contains just a touch of retinol to plump your pout and swiftly rid it of any dry/dead skin.  Ideal for under your lipstick or worn alone to constantly kiss your child without leaving any colored residue.

I read an article dated back to 2005 that said Linda planned to be the next Estee Lauder.  To that I’d have to say, Get it, Girl! 

*All images via Therapy Systems site.