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Beauty Board - The Essentials

July 25, 2012

I recently got an email from a reader asking there were any new products added to my must-have items.  Seeing as how my last Beauty Board post was well over a year ago, you better believe I’ve introduced all kinds of new products into my routine! So much so that I’ve actually decided to divide this post up into two: the essentials and the subsidiaries.

Today I bring you the essentials, which are all listed below:

 Hair:

Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Shampoo | Aveda Color Conserve Conditioner | Moroccanoil Hydrating Cream |Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Spray |Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask

I’m still a believer that your shampoo and conditioner don’t have to be by the same brand. I love the smell and freshness of Bumble and Bumble’s Seaweed Shampoo and how Aveda’s Color Conserve Conditioner not only leaves my hair super soft, but keeps me nice and blonde throughout each season! Moroccanoil is my BFF — this Hydrating Cream keeps my waves intact without giving them any of that icky crunch that comes from so many products. Sometimes I like to add a little more volume to my roots, so I spray a bit of Fekkai’s Full Blown Volume Spray onto them and then blast them with a hairdryer for a minute or so. And when I’ve spent too much time pooling around or think my locks could use an extra bit of love, I spend 10-15 minutes with Moroccanoil’s Hydrating Mask in my hair, which make it super shiny.

Skin:

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser | Clarisonic Mia | Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion | Neosporin | Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask

In the past year I’ve run into pimples, something that I’ve never really had a problem with. I think I’m finally starting to get them under control with Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser and the Clarisonic Mia, which I use only at night. I’m a firm believer in lotion with sunblock and found that Fresh’s Soy Moisturizing Cream is not only light (aka doesn’t clog pores) but also has SPF 20. Win. When I do have an outbreak, I switch between using Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion one night and Neosporin the other. The last thing you want to do is dry out your skin so much that it has to make oils for itself. I also try to use Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Tonic Mask once a week (often when I’m using the aforementioned Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask — I look really pretty during these moments).

Concealer:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | Bare Escentuals Original Foundation | e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage 

Concealer can be really gross. I hate when you see people with it so caked on to their face that if you drew a fingernail across their cheek you would pick up residue. Barf. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is a fantastic concealer as it’s extremely thin. I really only use it on my t-zone and then follow up with a bit of Bare Escentuals Original Foundation to even everything out. On occasion I will use e.l.f.’s Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter for days when the bags are too big to carry onboard and Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for icky breakouts.

Lips:

Nars Bronzer in Laguna | Nars The Multiple Orgasm | Benefit Moon Beam | Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Pale Gold

My cheek routine is pretty minimal. I’d say on a day-to-day basis I really only use Nars Bronzer, but sometimes it’s fun to jazz things up in which I use a smidge of Nars Orgasm cream blush. I’m always a fan of the tanned and dewy look, so if I’m going out at night or feel like trying something different, I’ll use Benefit’s Moon Beam and Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose and around my brow line. It’s supposed to be an eyeshadow pencil, but I have yet to use it as such.

Eyes:

gloMinerals gloCream in Espresso | Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler | DiorShow Mascara | Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner

The eyes are the most important part of my makeup routine, and I have to say, not much has changed in terms of products. There isn’t a day that I don’t use gloMinerals gloCream eyeliner, you all know how much I love my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, and I always top things off with DiorShow mascara. Sometimes at night I’ll darken things up with a black eyeliner or cat eye look in which I use Yves Saint Laurent’s felt tip eyeliner.

Lips:

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo | Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Papaya | Lucas’ Papaw Ointment | Egyptian Magic Balm | Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry

Oh, lips! You are so fun to decorate! Recently I’m all about the reds and rarely venture away from them. MAC’s Lipstick in Ruby Woo is my immediate go-to (it doesn’t smudge, goes on evenly, and immediately pumps up a look), but for something a little less dramatic I use Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Papaya, which still adds a solid amount of color but is less in your face. I’m a big lip balm addict and use Lucas’ Papaw Ointment all throughout the day (you can find it at one of my favorite NYC shops, 143 Ludlow) and Egyptian Magic right before I go to bed at night. For subtle color that still has some moisturizer in it, I use Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Cherry.

And that’s a beauty essentials wrap!

The Double Bs

March 14, 2012
tags: beyonce, , blazer, , bodycon, brigitte bardot, , , cosmetics, cut25, double bs, , , , , forward fashion, , , , marilyn monroe, mini neon bag, morange, , neon bag, , , , , , project, pumps, , , shashi, snooki, , , , wave,
by Sonia

Sexy time dresses have their place, and my closet is rarely one of them. I’ll wear form hugging pieces every now and then, but for the most part I stay away from items that hug the Double Bs - the boobs and the butt. But(t) sometimes you have to embrace your inner Marilyn, Brigitte, and Snooki, and flaunt what you got. Such was my mindset when I received this Cut25 body con dress, which I knew upon opening was going to be all up in my Double Bs. Since it was still a little too cool outside for naked arms, I threw on a simple black blazer, which ended up yielding a more conservative look that could perhaps even be appropriate for the after work cocktail? Perchaps? Gin martini straight up, extra olives? Hmmmkaaay.

Also, if you’re like me and prefer to detract from your Double Bs, the blazer is a great way to go. Everyone knows you’re still wearing a tight dress under there but they’re not seeing your Beyonce. Having said that, after a few gin martinis Beyonce may just be ready to come out and do the Single Ladies dance. And that is where I shall end today.

{ Club Monaco Blazer, Cut25 Dress c/o Bib & Tuck, Zara Heels, Kate Spade Purse (similar here), Shashi and Forever21 Bracelets, MAC Lipstick in Morange }

// photos by Emily Malan

Classic Updates

February 22, 2012
tags: , alexandrie ostrich feather skirt, bijules, carven, clu, clutch, french connection, , j. mendel, la mer collections, , , maison martin margiela, malene birger, morange, nail ring, netaporter, orange lipstick, , , , , serpent nail ring, , slingback bow pumps, , stingray, , updated classics, watch, , where to shop, white, wool and satin tunic
by Sonia

Despite my sometimes eccentric taste, I’m all about accumulating the classics, especially when it comes to clothes. But how many simple white button downs can one own without feeling like a boring men’s wardrobe? — Hamish Bowles and Mick Jagger are obviously excluded from that last statement. Designers like Alexander Wang, Maison Martin Margiela, and J.Mendel are constantly taking classic silhouettes and updating them with a modern flare that can be found in everything from a shirt tail to paper shoes.

A lot of today’s trends put emphasis on wearing the most outlandish pieces or layering as much as possible (guilty!) but sometimes all it takes to achieve an interesting outfit is one statement piece that’s simultaneously subtle and classic. A navy blazer is a perfect replacement to the black JP Morgan suit piece and a bright orange lip can work just as many wonders as the red lip everyone can’t seem to get enough of (see for yourself here).

As I start to prep for the inevitable closet Spring cleanse, here are a few classic yet modern pieces that I hope to add to my wardrobe.

  1. Topshop Premium Tonic Blazer - $190
  2. Topshop Ditsy Leigh Jean - $80
  3. Carven Slingback Bow Pumps - $535
  4. Malene Birger Alexandrie Ostrich Feather Skirt - $545
  5. La Mer Collections Stingray Watch - $88
  6. French Connection Sarah Silk Classic Shirt - $148
  7. Rebecca Taylor Sweetheart Dress - $365
  8. MAC Lipstick in Morange - $14.50
  9. Proenza Schouler PS11 - $1,175
  10. Bijules Nail Ring - $186
  11. Clu Wool and Satin Tunic - $350

// first photo via tommy ton