all decked out in burberry body

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nothing makes me feel more luxe and feminine than a fancy new scent.  the lovely people at burberry sent me their ‘body’ eau de parfum to test and asked me to style a photo shoot inspired by the fragrance.

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body is effortlessly glam with top notes of absinthe, peach, and freesia, but also warm and elegant with hints of rose, sandalwood and a touch of vanilla. the packaging is so gorgeous and the scent so luxurious that it evokes a feeling of an era gone by.

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the sparkle that comes with the holiday season goes so naturally with burberry body – and there’s nothing more girly than getting all dolled up to go out. i put on my favorite new party dress and snapped a few shots at my vanity, surrounded by sequins. i hope you like!

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shop the burberry body fragrance collection at macy’s!

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all photos are by my very talented friend, kate headley.

ps – want to see this dress (and me!) in person? if you’re in dc, come learn festive holiday makeup tips, eat chocolate, drink champagne and score some free beauty, during ‘all decked out’ tonight at wink! details here.

deco darling: gatsby inspired beauty

(carey as daisy via)

the great gatsby is my very favorite. it was my mom’s very favorite and i quickly fell in love long before we were forced to read the story in 9th grade honors english. with the upcoming movie adaptation looming ever closer, i can only forecast that the twenties are going to have themselves a bit of a beauty moment this fall and winter. (because really, who doesn’t want to look like ms. mulligan?)

a few suggestions to help you channel your inner daisy buchanan:

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deco darling: gatsby inspired beauty

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the early twenties beauty look was comprised of cream or ivory face powder, rose or raspberry cheeks and deep brownish red lips applied in an exaggerated cupids bow. eyes were edged in black with painted black lashes. thin, sloping brows, and the coolest manicure – nails were painted only in the center, leaving the bottom half moon and the tip bare – topped things off.

to get a modern-day interpretation, you’ll want to round up some good old fashioned coty face powder, benefit’s benetint, besame’s vintage-inspired lipstick in merlot, bobbi brown’s long-wear gel eyeliner, hourglass’ film noir lash lacquer (you’re actually going for a bit spidery), and opi’s classic red in vodka & caviar.

the result is sure to be one fine flapper.

from the pages of my lucky mag

from the pages of my lucky magazine

lucky’s september issue was bursting with beauty and the magazine’s monthly arrival in my mailbox is always a huge source of inspiration. the tear sheets were just too good to keep to my self this month! here are a few of the new-to-me beauty discoveries that i’m lusting after:

givenchy’s le gloss révélateur de liv magic lipgloss lipcolor revealer may look clear (and also be a mouthful to say?) but once you brush it on, the formula reacts to your ph balance and turns to a custom pink. my custom pink is always an electric neon, but these products are so fun to try that i can’t resist a new one.

shiseido lacquer rouge in disco can be applied to lips and cheeks for what jean godfrey-june calls “gorgeous and alive and not like you have bright pink lipstick on your cheeks.” she also touts its long-lasting vibrancy. uh, sign me up, please.

lucky is daring us to keep blush bright for fall and they recommend dabbing this revlon photoready cream blush on the fattest part of our cheeks. a bright pink glow? i am so sold.

finally, yes to tomatoes blemish clearing facial towelettes and philosophy’s clear days ahead fast-acting salicylic acid acne spot treatment work together as what lucky claims to be a clear skin miracle. the towelettes cleanse, tone, and treat keeping breakouts at bay removing makeup insanely fast, without drying or stripping skin. for extra oomph, philosophy packs a punch with this ultra-effective spot treatment. lucky says it zaps zits overnight – we’ll see about that, but i’ll try anything!

have you tried any of these? any of them that you’re longing for me to review in more depth?

buxom passport collection ‘the jetsetter edition’

sporadic posting on this here blog can only mean one thing: it’s the time of year when i’m hustling back and forth between nyc and dc twice monthly. don’t get me wrong, i love the city and the fact that i have a dozen or so reasons to be there annually, but the travel (and the packing) starts to wear on a girl! more than ever i am seeking out travel-friendly options for my toiletries and cosmetics. i’m finding that it’s not completely necessary to pack up my entire routine and take it with me every time, especially with options like this pretty palette from buxom on the market.

the patent leather zip around case holds a pink blush (with brush) that’s perfect for perking up tired skin; four eyeshadows to mix, match, blend; buxom lash mascara (lengthens, volumizes, defines, thickens, doesn’t clump); and a plumping peach lip polish – all for $49.

if you’re a gal on the move and these are your colors, i would encourage you to snap this up quickly. i love the cute case and the way that the shades work together – all you need is your fav foundation or tinted moisturizer, maybe a lash curler, and you’re good to go.

buxom passport collection the jetsetter edition for eyes, lips & cheeks is available at sephora.

would this simplify your your travel routine? how do you pack your beauty products?

on my lips for fall

on my lips for fall
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i think the only thing that rivals my lip product obsession is my earring collection. call me crazy, but nothing makes me feel like a new girl more than a killer new lip color or shiny pair of chandeliers. ear adornments aside (that’s a whole different blog post!), i am building up my lip wardrobe for fall. top to bottom, here’s what’s on the list:

korres lip butter in mango, $12

bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in fig, $24

perfekt lip perfection gel in vine, $24

youngblood mighty shiny lip gel, $25.50

urban decay super-saturdated high gloss lip color in naked, $19

what’s on your lips?

this or that: double-ended brows

this or that: double-ended brows

my brows are moody. i find that they need different things on different days. some mornings i can get by with a quick swipe of brow gel to tame a few unrulies and some mornings they are mostly well-behaved, but a few sparse spots need filling in. of course there are the days when they need both (little brats) and instead of stocking two brow products in my beauty bag, i save precious real estate with one of these brow duos. they each boast a tinted, soft-hold gel with spoolie brush and an angled waterproof pencil for definition – a bratty brow owner’s saving grace.

top: smashbox brow tech to go, $26

bottom: pixi beauty natural brow duo, $18

dr. lipp original nipple balm for lips

for those of you who think i’ve lost my mind, bear with me here. i promise i’m going somewhere with this – and it’s going to be good.

beast feeding moms have been hip to the greatest beauty trick for years and someone (finally?) got smart and packaged nipple balm for lips. i was a total skeptic, but my momma friends have long been telling me that the stuff is great on your lips.

i believed them, but their raves didn’t exactly send me running to the drugstore to stock up on nipple cream. this little tube, though, was designed with me in mind. it looks like lip balm and it’s even beauty bag sized to make this whole situation feel more appropriate. however, i’m fully aware that even if it does look good in the package, not everyone is brave enough to slather nipple balm on their lips. but lucky for you, that’s why i’m here. and I’m telling you, you need to try this.

not just for its all natural, ultra rich, insanely long-lasting lip moisturizing goodness or even for the beautiful (i mean gorgeous!) shine that it leaves on your lips, but i mostly need you to try it for its incredibly strong grippy-ness and awesome functionality as a like-glue lip primer of epic proportions.

a word of warning, this formula is intensive and some may say sticky, but i am so sold on dr. lipp’s secret ability to latch on to lip color and hold tight for hours upon hours while still leaving lips crazy moisturized. it has turned some of my favorite shades of drying lipstick into complete winners because my lips are soothed and my color stays opaque and creamy. (ever notice how some lip balms thin out your lip color, making it more sheer than you’d like?) the best way i can describe it is that it almost acts as a barrier: lip moisture is sealed in place by the balm, and the balm holds on to your lip color for dear life.

i’ve already squirreled away several tubes, so if you want to snap one up before i get to your sephora next, buy dr. lipp original nipple balm for lips here for $14.50.

are you on board yet? had you tried this little gem of a beauty secret way before me?

fall trends from kure bazaar nail polish

kure bazaar fall nails
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from top, middle: hipster, catwalk, scandal, bohemian, rock star, sofisticato

i am so ready for fall. bring on the boots, the sweaters, and, most importantly, bring on the fall nail trends. i’ve got six top picks for the shades that i think you’ll be wanting to wear all season, but before i get into that, you might have noticed that the color wheel of autumnal tones up above features a new brand of polish.

kure bazaar debuted its eco-friendy line earlier this summer and they’ve really been making a splash. not only are these vibrant colors 4-free, but they’re 85% of natural origin. the formula is based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes, and corn – but, the dramatic reduction in chemicals doesn’t compromise performance. these colors deliver a chip-resistant, high-shine, and quick drying manicure all while keeping your nails healthy.

as for the trend forecast, i’m loving the variance in shade and texture that the runways are predicting – from creamy teal to metallic purple, neutral gray to bright foliage-inspired oranges.  i was thrilled to find that kure polish could cover all of my needs for the upcoming nail season. it’s rare to find an eco brand that’s so on trend and these six are going to be in constant rotation for me, starting with hipster.

you can shop kure bazaar ($16 each) at spirit beauty lounge.

what do you think of kure bazaar?

which fall shade is your fave?

brand new nail candy

sometimes i feel like there are so many fun things popping up in the nail category that i can’t even keep up! i rounded up seven of the sweetest new nail products – from fresh shades to nail art tools, a crazy convenient cuticle oil and one seriously speedy top coat. take a peek:

new nail candy

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onenailezee: a new-to-me brand started by a sweet sister trio.
lacquers come in a whopping 66 gorgeous shades for $10 each.

twoessie good to go: i’m apparently the last person on
earth to know about this holy grail of top coats!

threejulep essential cuticle oil: comes in a rollerball for easy application.
just run it around the edges of each nail - how genius us that?!

foursephora nail art set: a teeny tiny paint brush and double ended
marbling tool make perfecting your painting skills a piece of cake.

fivesheswai in fuckyeah: a wickedly hot new shade from my favorite brand.

sixsephora collection nail lacquer in myrtille: this $4 cornflower
blue is going to be my shade of the season.

seventopshop nail art pen in fool’s gold: draw golden nail art
onto bare or polished nails. seal with a top coat and go!

july bag + balm

july bag + balm

bag: j.crew printed makeup pouch, $16.99 (on sale!)

balm: l’oreal colour riche caresse stick, $7.99

i’ve had my eye on the chunky makeup pouch from j.crew since it popped up in stores earlier this spring. it’s been on my list to share with you and since it’s on sale i just had to include it in this month’s bag + balm duo. it’s made of waxed canvas and it’s the perfect size at almost 4 x 6. you can really stuff it with all of your beauty booty and it will serve you well to tote your daily essentials if you’re a big bag carrier or it’s great for overnights.

one thing you’ll want to be sure to keep inside is l’oreal’s new colour riche caresse sticks. i’m kind of cheating this month since these are not really a balm (at all) but i’m pretty in love with them. the sticks are sheer and deeply tinted with a consistency falling between a lipstick and a gloss. they are moisturizing and give a glossy finish with amazing color payoff that lasts a really long time. i’m liking these even better than revlon’s lip butters (especially for summer) because they’re a bit lighter in texture but more pigmented. win, win.