maggie’s fall favorites

maggie's fall favorites

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happy monday, beauty queens! to ease us into the week, i’m sharing some of the products  that have been keeping me smiling brightly, smelling sweet, and feeling lovely this fall:

mcmc’s phoenix eau de parfum is a light, fresh and fruity perfume that’s been the perfect way to mix up my signature scent routine. it has top notes of cherry blossom and peach, with hints of vanilla (not surprising as i usually find the scents i’m drawn to have vanilla in them – even if i don’t recognize it right away!) and the sweet packaging doesn’t hurt either.

during the fall i want my smile to be extra bright as i more frequently turn to red lipstick, and crest whitestrips 1 hour express strips definitely make all the difference. these are like the old-school crest whitestrips, but so much better. no more 30-minute sessions twice a day for two weeks – these powerful little guys deliver results in one hour, with no irritation to my gums or teeth.

i have been on the hunt for a good moroccan oil for a while now, and marc anthony oil of morocco argan oil is really doing it for me these days. just a few drops after the shower make my hair soft, shiny and much more manageable, and it has a subtle scent that i catch throughout the day. quick disclaimer: this product doesn’t contain heat protection so i’d recommend adding a serum to the mix in order to protect your hair during heat styling!

with the cooling temps comes a change in skincare and i’ve found that simple hydrating light moisturizer is the perfect balance of nourishing and weightless. it’s scent-free, no muss, no fuss – just a really good daily moisturizer for keeping your skin in check. i’ve been using it nightly and have quickly turned my roommates onto it as well.

what have been your go-to products this fall?

products for your papa bear

products for your papa bear

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let’s face it: guys are much less likely than us ladies to spend any extra dollars in the beauty department – and dads? even less so. with father’s day right around the corner, i’ve rounded up some of the best manly products on the market so you can treat your papa bear to a little pampering:

super powers for his skin: kiehl’s facial fuel heavy lifting, $40
manly ambiance: mcmc fragrances dude no. 1 candle, $48
a razor built with aircraft quality construction: harry’s the winston, $20
liquid courage: 21 drops 03 strength essential rollerball, $29
chic (and cheap!) carryall: merona men’s canvas dopp kit, $9.99
a close, cool shave: c.o. bigelow premium shave cream, $10

side note: my own dad calls gifts like these a “twofer” because while they’re sure to delight your father figure, your mom will reap the benefits of her fresh smelling man.

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)?

little wishes

merry christmas eve, beauties!

i think this is my most favorite day of the year. it’s all about family and festive cocktails and anticipation for the excitement of the following morning. we’re spending it at my in laws this year where my mother in law makes a full feast of the seven fishes and the portuguese tradition is to wait up until midnight (passing time playing board games, watching movies) and then open gifts!

the husband and i treated ourselves to a christmas kitten last week (a seven week old british shorthair named ivy – we’re pretty obsessed!) so that only leaves me wishing for a few little surprises underneath the tree:

christmas wishes 2012
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cozy slippers for working from home

a blush to brighten dreary winter days

a punchy champagne duo to ring in 2013

a soft bristle facial brush to gently exfoliate

a sparkly topcoat to refresh chipped manicures

the new fragrance i can’t get enough of!
(discovered by my mom via birchbox)

a sweetly simple pouch for staying organized

hope you get everything you wish for – have a very merry christmas eve!