holiday survival beauty

nars concealer, laura mercier orchid plum

i’m not saying that the holidays need surviving per se, (i absolutely adore this time of year!) but there is a certain element of stress that comes along with all of the hustle and bustle, happy though it may be. along with cocktail party fatigue and copious cups of cheer come some skin problems that are none too delightful. from dark circles, to heinous breakouts, and even those well-deserved raging hangovers, i’ve got the combination of products that will solve all of your dilemmas.

because, the way i see it, you can survive anything with the right concealer and a bold lip.

it’s a one-two punch that no one sees coming, the perfect pairing of light-refracting coverup to hide spots and a gorgeous look-at-me lip that exudes confidence and takes the attention off of any imperfections elsewhere on your face.

i am deeply in love with nars radiant creamy concealer. it’s the first thing that i’ve found that can actually be used to disguise spots and brighten up my under eyes. it’s nondrying (in fact it actually hydrates) which is key because my under eyes tend to be dry and my breakouts get very dry from the arsenal of prescription medicine that i attack them with on the regular. i use it over my foundation each morning to make problem areas virtually disappear and then i keep it in my bag for late-in-the-day touchups.

in the bold lip department, i’m a bit of a wild card. i have always been drawn to purple lips  and laura mercer’s creme smooth lip color in plum orchid is an electric violet that borders on neon fuchsia. i am obsessed with the way this shade is a touch shocking, but still deep enough to be fall/winter appropriate. it’s equal parts girly and edgy – and with all eyes on my lips, i love knowing that no one is even glancing at my tired eyes or winter weary skin.

what are your beauty survival tactics?

laura mercier long lash mascara


when it comes to lashes, i don’t think that my demands are too excessive, yet it seems that i am constantly on the hunt for the perfect mascara. trust me when i tell you that i test a lot of them (nearly *all* of them, with few exceptions) and most of them get tossed away after a single use. i know what i’m looking for, and on application it’s all about length. from there, i want a weightless formula that doesn’t make me want to tear out my eyelashes and wears all day long until i am ready to take it off – at which point, i would like it to come off painlessly with no more than cleanser and warm water.

this criteria tends to drastically limit my options because i don’t like waterproof mascaras and everything else tends to smudge. however, i promise that there is a happy ending to this sad story, thanks to laura mercier’s long lash masara.

i haven’t loved a mascara this much since i first discovered trish mcevoy high volume mascara and while there have certainly been mascaras that i have liked (a lot) and endorsed in-between, this is the one that will be taking up permanent home in my anthropologie mug. the formula is just so good! it’s creamy and blacker than black so that you don’t have to layer it to get a lot of oomph. the engineering in the elongated brush means that my lashes are lengthened and separated for a gorgeously tapered and defined look. i’m able to get every single tiny little lash stretched out to its full potential for a longer than life set that’s shockingly natural yet so much better than what i was born with. best of all, there is no mess, no clumps, no flakes and zero smudging. it washes off easily at the end of the day and doesn’t leave my lashes dry and brittle.

if you’re in the market for a new mascara, skip the drugstore aisles and make this investment. i think you’ll be very happy you did.

laura mercier long lash mascara ($24) >

laura mercier rouge nouveau lip colours

laura mercier rouge nouveau


if you know me, you know i’m not one to get overly excited about a lipstick launch. i certainly appreciate the advancements that brands are making, but i usually just feel kind of “eh” when i test things.

that is *so* not the case with these new lips from laura mercier.

coming in three different finishes – matte, sheer, and creme – the formula is wax-free which means that my lips can actually breathe while wearing it. the pigments are powerful and the texture is smooth and weightless. i love the skinny bullets which make it extra easy to get these in the right place and they last a really long time with very little transfer onto wine glasses, etc. i’ve already honed in on three favorites, one from each finish, that i have been wearing in constant rotation (shown, from left to right):

mod (matte coral red) – i have *finally* found my favorite red and no one is more shocked than me that it’s a matte. this is the least drying matte (more of a satin) that i have ever tried and the color really brightens my skin tone.

chic (creme magenta) – this is a gorgeous deep magenta with a fully opaque creme finish. it’s got shine, is insanely comfortable to wear, and doesn’t feather or wander. i love the impact that this makes – the perfect evening lip.

shy (sheer warm pink) – this is a rosy tint that’s beautifully bright and leans towards the (in)famous “your lips but better.” i find that this finish is the least interesting in the color department, but it makes a great go-to shade if you’re in the no-makeup mood.

i definitely suggest you give these a test the next time you’re at sephora or the beauty counters, and i won’t be at all surprised if one (or more!) wanders into your basket.

laura mercier rouge nouveau weightless lip colour ($24) > 

show me your lip bomb, marissa


name:  marissa schneider
internet home: gilt city
number of products: 20
she says: more than anything, when it comes to beauty, i love to have options!
the bomb:  (clockwise from top)

bobbi brown treatment spf 15 in papaya
erwin gomez liquid gloss in catherine
revlon colorstay soft & smooth in so blushious
bobbi brown sheer color gloss in cabana coral
i met marissa a couple of weeks ago when she and her team were sweet enough to treat me and several other bloggers to an insanely delicious tasting menu at brasserie beck before the gilt warehouse sale. marissa is a doll and she is flawlessly stunning. we instantly got to chatting about beauty, so when she expressed interest in sharing her #lipbomb, i jumped at the chance to feature her. marissa’s lip bomb is im-pressive! this lady totes a lot of lip product in her bag on the daily and she clearly plays favorites, carrying multiple products from nars and bobbi brown. i’ve got my eye on the baby benetint and the mentha lip shine – looks i’ll be making a couple of additions to my #lipbomb thanks to marissa!
if you want to see your lip bomb in the glossarie,
send it over to

maggie’s daily face

maggie's routine: prep work + face
i’m always curious about the go-to, can’t-live-without beauty products that make up other ladies’ beauty routines, so i thought i would share some of mine here. below is the mix of drugstore bargains and high-end products that leave me feeling lovely throughout the day:

prep work:


maggies routine: eyes and cheeks



pink eye

pink eye


one of the boldest trends coming out in beauty for spring 2013 is pink eyeshadow. we’re seeing shades from baby pink to fuchsia in shimmer and matte, appearing in both cream and powder formulas. i’m not going to lie to you – it’s a lot of look!

but, the more that i’ve played around with pink, i’ve found that it’s equally youthful and glamorous – and when you wear it on your eyes, it’s a great way to stand out. maybe it’s not for everyone and it can be a bit tricky to pull off, but i’ve rounded up nine options, so whether you’re up for a pastel dusting or a wash of hot pink, you’ve got plenty of ways to wear it now.

top row:
lancome color design infinite in everlasting rose, $24.50
givenchy ombre a fleur de peau eyeshadow in pearly rose, $34
make up for ever powder blush in candy pink, $20

middle row:
ysl ombre solo in parisienne pink, $30
urban decay eyeshadow in woodstock, $18
laura mercier second skin cheek color in rose petal, $24

bottom row:
sephora collection colorful mono eyeshadow in sweet candy pink, $13
cargo eyeshadow dup in sarasota, $20
i-mark wet/dry eye shadow in luvstruck, $7

tip: if you want to try the trend, but you’re not game to invest in a whole pot of pink shadow, try dusting some blush on your eyes to get the look. chances are, you’ve got more than one shade of pink already in your makeup wardrobe so you can go pink without spending a cent.

think you’ll do the pink thing this spring?

this or that: luminous eye shadows

this or that: luminous eye shadows


gilded eyeshadow will likely never go out of style and i’ve been lusting after the tufted look of laura mercier’s illuminating eye color for quite some time. these sephora look alikes popped up on the scene recently, and i’m having a hard time telling the difference. stunning in the compact, these pearls, golds, and bronzes dance somewhere between a baked, cream, and powder formula with excellent color pay off and a smooth, polished finish.

this: laura mercier illuminating eye color, $24

that: sephora collection outrageous prisma chrome metallic eyeshadow, $16

show me your lip bomb, rosa

rosa loves dc lip bomb

name: rosa
internet home: rosa loves…
she says: here’s what’s in my bag right now!
number of products: 6
the bomb: 

fresh sugar kisses mini lip duo, free
tom ford lip color in cherry lush, $48 (there’s a funny story about this one!)
laura mercier stickgloss lip color in poppy, $22
covergirl natureluxe gloss balm in cabernet, $5.99
clinique almost lipstick in black honey, $15

rosa is the absolute sweetest. we met as fellow dc bloggers and she has been a stalwart supporter of the glossarie. if you live in the area, you can find her brunching with friends (oft accompanied by her sweet chihuahua lola), popping in and out of local boutiques, or enjoying time with her lovely hubby. her blog is an endless supply of inspiration and full of pretty pictures. i hope you’ll check her out!

if you want to see your #lip bomb here, send it over to

show me your lip bomb, meredith


name: meredith
internet home: it’s like this
she says: “i looked in my bag after reading your post and found (ALL) this lip gloss! and, I am traveling, so I had actually pared the collection down for the trip! yikes!”
number of products: 7
the bomb:

revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in honey, $8.99
maybelline baby lips lip balm in pink punch, $3.99
clinique almost lipstick in black honey, $15
laura mercier hydratint spf 15 in crimson tint, $20
mox botanicals lip butter, $16
l’occitane gloss levres coule in rose (similar), $12
dior addict ultra gloss in glow (sample), $28

so many of my favorites in here from revlon, clinique, and maybelline. i’m also loving the festive noisemaker addition! thanks, meredith :)

want in on the fun? send your #lipbombs to!

pretty gifty: maggie’s picks

pretty gifty: maggie's picks

1 - laura mercier’s la petite patisserie sampler – hand crème quartet, $28: we already know about my obsession with the scent of laura mercier’s almond coconut body butter. with this limited edition sampler, give the gift of four luxurious hand creams. (delicious scents include almond coconut milk, crème brulée, crème de pistache and fresh fig- yum!)

2 - a drybar blowout, $35: treat a lady friend to a fabulous hair day at drybar, the salon dedicated strictly to blowouts. ps – how freakin’ cute are these gift coasters?

3 – baublebar + essie, $50: we already know that this genius collaboration allows you to pair an essie winter shade with three baublebar bracelets. i’ve had my eye on the “butler please” set for quite some time now. (hint, hint, santa…)

4 – pacifica solid perfume samples, 5 for $12.95: these .1 oz solid perfumes are perfect to throw in your purse for those emergency i-need-perfume-NOW situations (with no risk of spillage!). we’re big fans of the best-selling island vanilla scent. other favorites include the tuscan blood orange, a refreshing citrus pick-me-up, and the indian coconut nectar, which injects a burst of summer into the coldest of winter days.

5 – victoria’s secret eyeshadow quad in overnight sensation, $18: perfect for the pal who might need a little push to tempt the smoky eye, each quarter is labeled with “base,” “lid,” “crease,” and “highlight” for an easy, do-it-yourself guide to glam.

6 – thebalm ‘mary lou manizer’ highlighting powder, $24: another beauty favorite discovered thanks to birchbox – add a little shimmer to someone’s holidays with this adorably packaged luminizing powder.

7 – stila all is bright lip glaze set, $25: ah, stila, i can’t quit you. again and again i return to my favorite brand of lip glosses, and this lovely spread of glazes (with a range wide enough to suit anyone) doesn’t disappoint.