deborah lippmann cosmic love

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coolest topcoat ever?

deborah has truly outdone herself with this serious stunner. the base is a light pink jelly and the glitter is a mix of pink, gold, and purple holographic hexagons. we are talking total glitter bomb and jaw dropping gorgeous! i have found my party polish for spring.

i normally shy away from glitters, but there is something so festive and special about this amped up sparkler. i don’t know about you, but i find that polishes like these are best dabbed on in coats of two (or even three), then sealed up good with a top coat so that they don’t chip or flake.

fun fact: if you tend to avoid glitter because of the painful removal process, might i recommend opi’s glitter off peelable base coat? applying a thin layer underneath of your favorite glitters means that you can wear them until your heart’s content and then swiftly peel them off when you’re sick of the style.

totally freaking genius, right? i know, i wish i thought of it, too.

deborah lippmann cosmic love, $20 >

love day loves

love day loves

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a day that celebrates love of all kinds is definitely something that i can get behind. while i tend to think that valentine’s day can be a bit overdone, i just can’t help but support a holiday that encourages chocolate and kissing. it also brings out my inner girly girl in a big way and this year i’m craving all kinds of pretty things to help me celebrate in style.

1 – festive nonpareils (my most favorite candy) in a decadent dark
chocolate heart from edward marc chocolatier, $10

2 – five sweet, soft and stretchy hair ties from mane message, $7.40

3 – techno bubblegum nails by deborah lippmann, $18

4 – a gorgeous springtime glow in the prettiest powder blush from mark., $14

5 – a sparkling, flapper-inspired fragrance bursting with spirit from tocca, $20

6 – punchy pink peony lips that are nourished and non-sticky from jouer, $20

7 – a chic + cheery mini pouch in gold + coral from stephanie johnson, $33

deborah lippmann turn back time

deborah lippmann turn back time

last night i attended a fabulous fall beauty event at neiman marcus. i made the rounds to all of the beauty brands to learn what was new for fall, stopping by to chat with representatives at oribe, bobbi brown, trish mcevoy, lancome, laura mercier and estee lauder. i have to say that i had the most fun chatting with the gal from deborah lippmann. not only did we get into all of the nitty gritty on the new jewel heist collection (seriously so gorgeous – you guys are going to die), but we talked about gel lab, stripper to go, and rich girl (a handbag must-have for fall and winter). it was glorious.

as i was saying goodbye, she touched my arm and said “deborah would want me to tell you that your nails are like accessories and that you should never go bare.”

busted.

i didn’t want to tell her that my nails had been painted that morning (with my current favorite – butter london’s pistol pink), but that i had to strip them down for a photo shoot. she told me that if i absolutely must go sans manicure, the only thing to do is to swipe on a coat or two of turn back time. like a cc cream for your nails, this treatment is a gorgeous nude packed full of diamond core powder that works to enhance tone and smooth ridges. just a couple of thin coats gives nails a flawlessly beautiful glow. it’s stunning on its own and it also serves as a to-die-for pre-color canvas. if you’re looking for something to brush over top, might i recommend one of these lovelies for a sophisticated and luxe look that’s surprisingly wearable for everyday.

deborah lippmann turn back time ($20) >

deborah lippman gel lab set

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i am addicted to gel manicures. the first time i got one, i couldn’t believe what i’d been missing: instantly dry nails, a chip-free mani for two weeks straight, and an extra-shiny finish that i just couldn’t get with a regular manicure. however, i quickly discovered the downsides of this treatment: the price tag (it’s hard to find a good one below $35) and the tricky removal process (soaking your nails in 100% acetone for 15 minutes can’t be good, right?), not to mention the damage it was inflicting on my nails.

i know i’m not the only one loving the gel manis. readers have caught the bug and they’ve been writing in begging us to review the at-home gel process. everyone wants to know how it compares to the salon experience and we at the glossarie are here to serve.

when it comes to the diy gel manicure, lara and i are extra partial to this gel lab set from deborah lippmann. at $45, it’s certainly not cheap, but the one-time purchase costs almost as much as one gel manicure plus tip in the salon. two coats of polish between the coat of arms base coat and shining armor top coat guarantees a shiny finish comparable to a salon gel mani, and it lasts, chip-free for a solid five days. the best part? it’s super easy to remove (polish comes off with regular nail polish remover) and my nails didn’t feel stripped or dry the way they usually do after a gel manicure. it falls somewhere in-between a standard base and top coat and the near bullet-proof effects of the salon gel process. if you’re looking for an extra long lasting manicure without the damage, our most favorite nail guru has got you covered.

deborah lippmann gel lab set, $45

white hot nails

white nailswhite hot nails
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i cannot get enough of the simple chicness of the white nail trend. yes, at first it reminded me of the days when i used to paint my nails in white out (yes, i was the girl painting her nails with white out during study hall…then drawing flowers on them with a sharpie. what can i say? it was the pre-teen nail art of the 90′s.), but i have overcome my own white nail prejudices and i’m totally loving the trend. there is something so impossibly elegant about the finished look and i’m extra excited to wear it when i’ve got a bit more a sunkissed glow going. thankfully the brands are on board, and you can score white nail polish at both the department store and the drugstore:

essie marshmallow, $8
revlon spirit (on my nails, above), $4.79
deborah lippmann, $17

will you try it?

easter basket beauty

easter basket beauty

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i haven’t seen the likes of the easter bunny in well over a decade, but if his hippity hop highness were to pay me a visit i would love to see these treats hidden inside my basket – or, better yet, tucked into this holographic bag from sephora.

dr. hauschka eye shadow trio, $40
deborah lippmann rockin’ robin, $19
bobbi brown lilac rose shimmer brick, $42
mark. stack and style rings, $18
smith’s minted rose lip balm tube, $6
sephora the perfectionist makeup sponge, $12

happy easter sunday to you!

best in beauty: spring 2013

spring beauty favorites

the beauty brands are coming out big for their spring 2013 launches and i am loving everything that I see. here are my picks for the best products from the spring 2013 collections:

paul & joe limited edition eye color in la belle epoque is perfectly pretty. shades of powdery pink and smoky gray mean that you’ll easily stay on trend this season. ($28, beautyhabit)

lancome nailed the blush trend this season. their “in love” blush for spring 2013 is a mix of pinks that presents the most gorgeous feminine flush. the brand also wins prettiest package with the added bonus of a slide out mirror. ($49, lancome)

deborah lippmann’s moon rendezvous nail lacquer gives a flash of metallic that’s perfect for day or night. since the color is on the pale side, you’ll be sweetly in line with spring’s pastel palette. ($17, nordstrom)

simple protecting light moisturizer isn’t heavy and it offers just the right amount of hydration as we head into the warmer months. i love the addition of spf15. ($10.99, amazon)

i’m getting my punk rock princess on with juicy couture’s new couture la la. talk about unexpected! this scent is all things girly, light, and sweet. ($70, nordstrom)

nars’ dressed to kill satin lipstick will go with many skin tones, and the gold-flecked fuchsia is just right for valentine’s day. get a bold rosebud lip from this tried and true formula – it’s definitely a shade you’ll wear for seasons to come. ($24, nars)

simple’s eye make up remover pads are a welcome addition to my beauty routine. i really feel like the market has been missing a disposable eye makeup remover wipe that’s easy on sensitive skin. these are sized right and impressively effective for removing all of spring’s eye makeup (including waterproof mascara) in one swipe. ($5.00, amazon)

planet beauty x the glossarie giveaway!

planet beauty x the glossarie giveaway!

i’m so thrilled to partner with planet beauty for a giveaway featuring four of my favorite products. i was introduced to the cosmetic e-retailer last month and i’m still floored by how many of the best brands they carry. after a quick browse, i easily found dozens of products that i had reviewed in the glossarie over the years, ranging from popular cult favorites to those lesser known niche brands that i’ve got a soft spot for.

my lucky cali girls can actually visit this beautiful mecca in person and browse all of their amazing brands. for the rest of us, we can shop the incredible selection online enjoying free shipping on orders over $34!

to celebrate this pretty discovery, the lovely people at beauty planet have selected four fabulous glossarie favorites to give away to one lucky reader:

sara happ’s the lip scrub in vanilla bean ($24)
murad’s clarifying mask ($37)
deborah lippmann happy birthday ($18)
tokyo milk makeup bag ($14)

i don’t know if you’re doing the math, but that’s over $90 in beauty booty – not a bad start to start the new year, right? to enter the giveaway, please click through to raffle copter below. follow the simple instructions and watch your inbox. i’ll announce a winner one week from tomorrow. good luck!

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my ten favorite product finds of 2012

my vanity, makeup bag, and face see a constant rotation of products. with the volume and frequency of beauty being tested, it can be really tough to hang on to something for longer than a few weeks, let alone give it permanent residence in my bathroom’s beauty basket. low and behold, some products do actually stand the test of time. here are ten products that i posted about in 2012 that are still in my daily routine:

my ten favorite product finds of 2012

1. urban decay’s naked foundation is my go-to for a flawless face; i use it every day and i am still loving the semi-matte finish.

2. dr. lipp’s nipple balm for lips is a godsend for chapped lips; when all else fails, i know this will get the job done!

3. pattern body wash’s balance of effective cleaning and hydration makes it a permanent favorite in our coed shower. i love the scents and feel like i’m doing something good for my skin when i’m lathering up.

4. oribe’s dry texturizing spray is better than the best dry shampoo. it continues to make day two hair look better than day one. and the scent! yum.

5. sheswai’s nail lacquers come in the most playful shades. i still haven’t found anything that’s easier to apply than these, saving me bundles in salon manicures.

6. deborah lippmann’s the stripper to go is the most ingenious nail polish remover method. the little mitts may be pricy, but their portability and swift polish removal makes them completely worth the expense!

7. i still dab leila lou’s perfume oil in the crook of my elbows daily. the fragrance is flirty, fresh, and light, plus the rollerball makes it easy to travel with.

8. when i cannot stand to look as tired as i feel, tarte emphaseyes inner rim brightener saves the day. i constantly rely on this small wonder to fake eight hours.

9. i will never go back to plain old boring hair ties! olivia’s mane message pretties crop up everywhere, from all around my condo to the depths of my handbags to my car cup holders. you’re sure to always find one on my wrist, too!

10. chanel’s precision eyelash curler has replaced my beloved shu ueumra and proven better than the original. lashes are left perfectly curled without the awkward crimp some other curlers leave behind.

have you discovered anything through the blog that has found a permanent home in your beauty bag this year?

cuticle care

cuticle care 101

the harsh effects of winter are so unforgiving on your skin, but perhaps no precious part is hit harder than your hands. while hand creams and balms play a big role in preventing dryness, i like to be sure to give a little extra love to my cuticles this time of year.

historically, they are probably the least cared for part of my entire body, but as i have slowly discovered the benefits of a good cuticle treatment, it has become a tiny luxury that i cannot live without. (dry cuticles can lead to snags and tears that are not only painful, but can open you up to infection – ouch!)

in the land of cuticle care, there are creams and there are oils. depending on your needs and your preferences, the options are endless. the key ingredient in all products is some sort of moisturizing oil, so you can opt for a convenient, less messy cream, or go straight to the source and choose an easily absorbed oil. some say that oils are best, especially if you’re dealing with super dry skin, but i find that a cream can definitely soften things up nicely.

now that you’re schooled in cuticle care, i’ve rounded up several of my favorite products, at all price points to help ensure that yours are not overlooked this season:

top row, left to right:
dior creme abricot fortifying cream for nails, $24
deborah lippmann cuticle oil, $20
sally hansen cuticle eraser + balm, $6
l’occitane cuticle & nail cream, $18

bottom row, left to right:
the body shop almond nail & cuticle oil, $12
butter london handbag holiday cuticle oil, $18
burt’s bees lemon butter cuticle cream, $6
lush lemony flutter cuticle butter, $16.95