Friday, March 30, 2012

Butter's MacBeth (comparable to Shakespeare!!??)

Far from a tragedy... Butter's "MacBeth" is quite the opposite!  But, it will definitely stand the test of time!! The most perfect pinkish coral for Spring and Summer.  I will not go on and on about Butter because if you're reading this blog you already know how well it wears, that its formula is Formaldehyde free (totally non-toxic) and all around amazing.  I am thinking how cute this polish will look with my Easter outfit next Sunday which is centered around this Theodora & Callum lightweight scarf.  Nothing like a citrus shade here & there to brighten your day.

Happy Friday!  XXOO 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

John Masters Organics

John Masters Organics Lavendar & Avocado Intensive Conditioner

This is a great conditioner for all hair types – it is luxe and creamy and doesn’t weigh your hair down at all.  The formula is ultra moisturizing and safe for color treated hair.  My scalp is very sensitive and the lavender oil in this blend felt so soothing.  It also contains arnica which hydrates the scalp.  So, it’s like a conditioner & scalp treatment in one!!  This is the first John Masters product I’ve tried and it definitely will not be the last.  This conditioner made my hair smooth, soft & shiny.  Next up on my list by John Masters… the Argan oil.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


My friend, Alex, who I mentioned last week, has fabulous dreadlocks & I am totally all for the look.  I just think it takes a very striking person/personality to pull it off.

I would actually LOVE to know what oils, if any, people with dreads do use... because there are times (like at the beach) that my hair turns into one big dreadlock and I'm not knowledgeable as to how to handle this.  Perhaps I shouldn't have returned that oil so fast as I'm remembering ripping my hair out last year trying to untangle the sandy, saltwater knot that formed after a day on the beach.

Comments welcome!

Shakedown Street -- this one is for the hippies!!

Dr. Hauschka Neem Hair Oil

Huge disappointment!!!  Unless you have dreadlocks, I think this product is probably not for you.  I used it on damp hair which may have been my first mistake… regardless, there is no scent, no sunscreen, & it really made my hair kind of flat & oily (trust me, this is hard to do) yet did not eliminate frizz or add luster??  I think maybe this product is most likely meant to be a scalp/hair treatment that is massaged in and washed out.  I prefer my hair oil to be one that can be used on damp hair to smooth, protect and ease a blowout and/or to be used on dry hair to tame frizz, gloss and add shine/finish.  In any event, I returned it and again, would not recommend it unless you happen to be rocking the Rastafarian look. :) Not that I’m against that!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tune in Tokyo

Tokyo Milk Candles & Hand cream in “Dead Sexy”

My Mom & I stumbled across this fun new line in the Cosmetic Market this weekend.  The packaging is absolutely adorable and the scents are all amazing.  We both liked “dead sexy” the best and thought the skull and crossbones emblem was too cute!  I am a sucker for anything with a skull.  Maybe in me past life I was a pirate??!!  Argh!! 

 This line is super affordable and would make a lovely gift for any occasion.  “Dead Sexy” is a combination of vanilla, wood, white orchid & ebony – it is exotic and musky and delicious.  The candle & the hand cream!!  Here are a couple pics I snapped of the packaging:

Friday, March 23, 2012

Current Obsessions/Musings in Fashion…(my other passion)

I love Current/Elliott jeans.  I admit, they don’t work on all body types.  I like to cuff mine at the ankle sometimes, belt them sometimes, or wear them a little more low slung on the hips for a more boyfriend-ish type of fit/feel.  The washes are all amazing and they’re seriously the softest, most comfortable denim on the market right now.  I live in these.

I’m a huge fan of what I call “the $100 t-shirt” – I’ve found over many years that Planet Blue’s line "Blue Life" out of L.A. is by far the best in material, quality, fit & how well it holds up over time.  This is my new favorite, which I wear slightly off the shoulder with sleeves rolled and a black or nude lacy bra with pretty straps underneath.  I prefer this line to Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Nation and Elizabeth & James to name a few.  The fabric will not pull, pile, or ball EVER.  They’re soft, silky and the draping is beautiful.

I’m all about the classic & sleek pointy toe pump.  For me, it never went “out.”  I have a pair of Jimmy Choo nude pumps and a pair of black ones and I alternate them.  I’m almost 6 feet tall so a 5 inch heel is not really an option for me.  (Looking like a WNBA star/circus freak?  No, thank you.)  I love that these pumps have a 3 inch heel – the perfect amount of lift for me that is flattering and easy to walk in.  These are an investment for sure but they are so worth it and will last you forever.  Plus, they’re not only timeless but seasonless.

My clutch is Balenciaga, my necklace is Giles & Brother and my cuff is a purchase from St. John (as in the island not the brand).

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Armani Event @ Woo -- Nashville (3.10.12)

I had the pleasure of attending the Armani event at Woo (Nashville) a couple weekends ago.  (Sorry for the delayed post)  The experience was double the usual fun because Woo had a team of very skilled hair stylists from ELAN in store that had set up a braid bar too.  So, in less than 45 minutes, my hair & makeup were done, & I was ready for a night out on the town (i.e. dinner). My makeup artist was the super talented and very fun Alex Lucas of Giorgio Armani Atlanta.  We immediately clicked as it so happens ATL is my hometown.  Alex was fabulous and suggested we try a navy smoky eye with a fresh/flawless face.  Yes, it's possible with Armani's amazing foundations and concealers!! 

We used the “Smooth Silk pencil” in #3 and “Eyes to Kill shadow” in #4 .  The navy pencil is gorgeous, it is so soft and easy to apply, plus it has a great built in smudger.  I have been wearing it non-stop.  It is such a nice alternative to my traditional black or brown pencils.  We also used shadow #4 from the “Eyes to Kill” line which added a light midnight/charcoal shimmer to my lids.  I’m a HUGE fan of these shadows – this is my 3rd color and new favorite.  They do not crease, flake or migrate & they’re super easy to wipe off at the end of the day.  The finish is gorgeous & and there are so many colors to choose from.  Seriously, this is a day to night shadow – as in you can apply it before work at 8 a.m. and wear it to dinner at 8 p.m. – no touch up needed.  You can choose a natural champagne for a barely there look or a highly pigmented black for a rock & roll look.  

Such a fun experience at Woo as always!  Here is a pic of Alex and I during the process, a closeup of my braids/makeup and my Armani face sheet.  (Iphone pics - excuse my crazy eyes!)

Alex does great work and he is so friendly to chat with during the process.  If you’re near Saks or Neiman Marcus in Atlanta… I highly recommend seeing him.  Tell him I sent you!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Where's the sunshine?

MAC “Give Me Sun” Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Bronzer/Powder

Perfect for adding a little bit of glow without any unnecessary sparkle or shimmer.  This mineral powder is super light weight, blends effortlessly and because the powder is so finely milled, the finish is very natural.  I think this is probably best suited to those with light to medium skin.  I’m on the light end of light right now but usually like a little more color in spring & summer so this was an ideal choice for me as even right now, with very pale skin, it looks lovely and not the least bit orange or harsh.  Use a light touch though – it’s definitely highly pigmented!

MAC Blush/contour brush #168

Dare I say… this is the best brush in the world!  It is perfect for creating a light sun kissed look with the bronzer mentioned above and I love that the bristles are white.  I’m so over spending $$ on expensive brushes and getting to my office only to realize I have a 2 inch black brush bristle pressed to my forehead.  Lovely!!

The fan shape of this brush is ideal for contouring on the cheeks/cheekbones, nose, and around the hairline to add a little light with bronzer.  It picks up the perfect amount of powder and distributes precise and evenly over the places of your face that need shading or bronzing.  I have been adding a little depth to my cheeks, shading the sides of my nose to create a slimming effect & feathering some bronzer on my hairline and neck to keep me looking even.  This brush is equally ideal to clean up stray shadow under the eye area.  

There MAC, don't say I never gave you any love!  

Happy Monday everyone -- it's been a tough one -- thank god the day is drawing to a close.