rollerball round up

rollerballs + perfume oils

yesterday i sparked a little twitter conversation about where people apply their perfume. i’m a crook of the elbow kind of girl (i love the way that i get wafts of scent all day long, even if i’m wearing long sleeves) but responses really ran the gamut. some of the most popular choices were classic inner wrist, nape of the neck and hair, backs of the knees, and behind the ears. as i got to thinking about trying to get perfume on the backs of my knees (tricky tricky!), and with such targeted points of application being popular, i quickly realized that a perfume oil (preferably with a rollerball) is really the only way to go. you get a much more condensed concentration of fragrance and it’s a dream to apply and travel with. i have a few new favorites in the perfume oil / rollerball category with rosie jane’s new tilly rising above the rest as my declared scent of spring and summer.

rosie jane tilly perfume oil, $39: absolutely gorgeous! smells like summer but definitely appropriate to be worn year-round. this is the sister fragrance to my signature scent – top notes are grapefruit, gardenia and a hint of pineapple.

l’occitane pivoine flora eau de toilette roll-on, $22: purely peony thanks to extract sourced directly from the south of france. i absolutely love the simplicity of this scent that captures the essence of one of my very favorite flowers.

mcmc love perfume oil, $45: i am obsessed with this brooklyn brand! basil and gunpowder make this the most unique fragrance of the bunch. its citrusy spice is intense and long-lasting.

lurk perfume oil prj v1, $52: discovered at anthropologie, lurk calls soho home. prj v1 (named after the first letters in its three main ingredients) layers rose, jasmine and petitgrain (from the the leaves and green twigs of the bitter orange plant) for a raw floral experience.

do you prefer a perfume oil or a traditional eau de toilette?
do you use a roller ball or a spray bottle (or a solid)?

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!

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

pretty gifty: terrific trios

pretty gifty: terrific trios

there are so many pretty prezzies on the market these days. i’m trying something new and putting together a series of gift guides for the beauty addict in your life. each round up will feature my top picks for gifts geared toward a particular theme, category, or recipient. i’m calling it ‘pretty gifty’ – hope you enjoy!

first up is a half dozen gifts in triplicate. for whatever the reason, beauty products in threes are uber abundant this time of year. need you a stocking stuffer or something for your sweet secret santa, here are my favorite beautiful threesomes.

left column: marc jacobs rollerball trio, $38; smith’s rosebud salve medley, $16; ysl ‘golden gloss’ holiday trio, $59

right column: l’occitane hand indulgences, $26; deborah lippmann ‘dance music’ holiday mini trio, $29; bare escentuals ‘light show’ metallic eyeliner, $24

eat, drink, and be cherry

we are almost one month from cherry blossom time in our nation’s capital! (for those of you unawares that’s when we recognize the gift of 3000 beautiful and blossomy trees that line the tidal basin in dc and are. just. gorgeous.) french beauty expert l’occitane is celebrating a different set of cherry trees in provence but their pretty-in-pink collection could not be more timely. i’m loving this little hugs & kisses duo that includes a hand cream and cherry-tinted gloss as well as these bath pebbles and solid perfume. there’s absolutely something for everyone, so if you can’t make it to dc to see our pinkalicious spectacular, you can bask in the scent of blossoms abound for a limited time. we will wish you were here!