september beauty wishes

september beauty wishes


casa ramos (aka glossarie hq) truly is a revolving door for beauty products. i am on a first name basis with my ups man, and the fed ex guy knows that i work from home so he just knocks once and leaves packages at my door. you will never hear me complain about the generosity of the brands that support the glossarie. it is because of their kindness that i’m able to test and review as many products as i do! all of that being said, i am still an avid beauty shopper. my reach goes way past the limits of things that are sent to me for consideration and this month i’m craving a handful of pretty products:

prabal garung for sally hansen in loden green: this one graced the runways in february and it will finally be available this month! army green is going to be my go-to nail shade for fall. i love that it’s unexpected, more interesting than navy, and so surprisingly chic. this particular shade is limited edition, so once you see it, do not wait!

diorshow fusion mono eyeshadow in meteore, $30: this coppery gold will be perfect for creating a sophisticated gilded eye. the metallic finish is so on-trend and the darker shade is a nice update on my usual champagne shadow. i plan to concentrate this shadow all over my lid for a glowy little halo, adding a few coats of mascara for impact.

trish mcevoy instant eye lift concealer, $38: word on the street is that this wonder product goes far beyond the triangle of light. beauty editors have touted its powers in concealing everything from blemishes to around-the-nose redness, and even the occasional scar (arms and legs not excluded). i’m thinking there’s nothing it can’t do.

oribe creme for style, $35: i have been nursing a sample of this stuff since the neiman marcus fall beauty event. i am nearing ever closer to the last drop and it has dawned on me that i will need the full size. when i use it, my hair is full, shapely, and well, perfect. style lasts easily for two days. this might be the best blow-in creme ever.

almay smart shade blush, $11: call me a sucker for cute packaging, but those polka dots are speaking to me. plus, i have never been known to resist a self-adjusting anything and i love the different shades of pink in this one. also, kate hudson (allegedly) wears it and she’s kind of a goddess.

paul & joe limited edition lipstick cases, $5 each: you can pair these with any paul & joe lipstick for the ultimate in beauty accessorizing. i especially love the tribal print, but those peach-toned roses would look so nice on a tangerine orange like once upon a time. any of the three are sure to look so good coming out of my new favorite clutch.

now, which to buy first?

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)

pretty gifty: tools + tresses


1. sonia kashuk holiday kabuki, $12 – perfect for dusting that new translucent powder or for achieving the most natural blush look

2. limited edition paul & joe luxury pouch, $55 – the guys have outdone themselves with this year’s clutch, it’s chic and embroidered, with a golden turn lock – begging to be taken out on the town

3. l. erickson bow barette, $34 – so sweet for dressing up that plain old pony

4. julie hewett cheekie brush, $28 – for use with cream blushes, make a check-mark motion from the apple along the bone for a natural glow

5. bumble and bumble pin tin, $15 – a variety of hair and bobby pins for the holiday hairdo’ista

6. emi-jay hair ties, $6-$11 – the original bracelet/hair tie hybrid

7. bobbi brown party collection mini brush set, $60 – four petite brushes in a sleek carrying case

pretty gifty: paul & joe ornamental collection

this season, paul & joe has created the most adorable ornaments out of their holiday eye shadows. there are five bright limited-edition shades packaged in the most perfect-for-tree-trimming boxes and each one is primed and ready for popping into the self select eye color palette.

left to right: fa-la-la-la-la, deck the halls, midnight clear, silent night, joy to the world

pretty darn precious, right?

if this is sounding like the sweetest gift for someone you know, make sure to purchase your beauty booty at beautyhabit – they’re throwing a free eye color palette and cosmetic bag in with the purchase of any three ornamental shadows ($20 each).

now, go deck the halls!

true beauty arrives in dc: nectar skin bar

district guys and gals who have an eye for all things pretty are going to swoon over the newest arrival to wisconsin ave: spa-and-retail-boutique-in-one, nectar skin bar. owners amy and brian thomas are the sweetest people ever and talked me through their desire to create a cohesive brand. needless to say they totally nailed it, from the expertly curated skincare and cosmetic brands on hand to the adorable staff uniforms (uber flattering wrap dresses from banana republic – lucky girls!), they considered every detail.

as you can see, nectar is gorgeous, but more than just a pretty face, we are not talking about just another boutique spa. the skin bar carries several things exclusive to dc which will give guests a reason to return again and again. from chocolate sun organic spray tanning and lashdip (can we just pause on that one? lashdip. has come. to DC!), to brands like paul & joe, glamglow, and prtty peaushun, the spa menu and retail shop are so perfectly curated that you won’t find anything like it. to tempt you further, manicures are polished up with butter london and sparitual and makeup artist, adrian avila – who is a total doll! – will make you red-carpet-ready with color from becca cosmetics. when you leave, retail specialist, caitlyn, will introduce you to the yummy brands in store and even make up samples for you to take home if you ask nicely.

this place is pure perfection and if the glossarie were a spa – this would be it.

so…i know what you’re thinking, and i already asked.

no, you can’t live there.

but you can visit brian, amy, adrian, and my new friend caitlyn at 1633 wisconsin avenue nw anytime. i promise you’ll be totally delighted with what you find.

new kids on the blog + bare escentuals pretty amazing lip color

have i told you i’m going to witness the most epic collaboration in boyband history tonight? that’s right, me and five of my favorite ladies have tickets to see nkotbsb. i’m mildly (ok, insanely) excited. they’re bringing me back to my boston roots tonight and i am bursting at the seams with nine year old glee!

anyway, speaking of new, i wanted to introduce a recent obsession. have you seen these pretty amazing lipcolors from bare escentuals? they’ve got to be the coolest new kids on the beauty block. the color is intense and opaque – almost like a matte liquid lipstick. it’s strangely hydrating and the applicator polishes your pout with complete precision. i’m impressed! i’ve been rocking it in charisma and can’t wait to wear it with a new dress to what is sure to be one fabulous wedding tomorrow. (no, i don’t plan to run off with one of the new kids. steve’s cousin and my beloved hair stylist, christina, is tying the knot!)

intrigued? pretty amazing lip color is available in eight shades at nordstrom, sephora, and online for $16. you must try!

a few more pretty things i’m loving this week:

have one pretty amazing weekend, lovelies!

pretty pouch from paul & joe

i am guaranteed to fall for anything that can pass for both a makeup bag and a clutch and paul & joe is absolutely certain to deliver the perfect pouch year after year. each one is a limited edition in the most beautiful vintage print. the elegant and pastel-y wildflowers below belong to the spring 2011 collection.


you can find the entire spring 2011 collection, including the latest cosmetic pouch ($40) at b-glowing. as an added bonus, receive this limited edition blotting papers refill with any $35 purchase. the papers aren’t just easy on the eyes, they freshen you up by absorbing afternoon shine and leaving your makeup completely intact.

i mean, if it’s not the perfect thing to put in your pouch.

wild flowers by paul & joe

paul & joe has me shouting for spring with their latest limited edition collection. sweetly sparkly and decorated with bright blooms and butterflies, wild flowers is about being free and uninhibited. would you look at those lip balms? they are too adorable for words! leave it our favorite parisian pair to perfectly capture the sweetness of spring in shadows and glosses. i love each product’s two complemented tones and charming designs. i can already tell you that lady slipper will be welcomed into my spring look and i might have to snag snapdragon and primrose for my darling junior bridesmaids (who are 8 & 10). i can’t get enough of these six little pots! have any of them caught your eye? (or lip?)