summer scent stars

summer scent stars

i am getting more and more into fragrance every day. my vanity tray has gone from housing one signature scent to a full on wardrobe of beautiful vials and glass bottles, making for a very difficult choice each morning. just like skincare, i find that i switch my scent game up when the weather turns warmer. heavier florals are replaced with tropical inspired top notes and and loveliest of fresh smelling oils. from left to right, here are my top picks for summer scents:

une nuit a bali – the travel perfume, $60
grapefruit, vanilla and indian jasmine keep this gorgeous fragrance on the lighter side. it falls somewhere between a perfume and a body mist so you can spray through the day if the heat has you feeling less than fresh – or just aching for an island getaway.

tokyo milk arsenic eau de parfum spray, $36
fennel, absinthe, and sea salt make this unexpected scent from tokyo milk an exotic choice. somehow it all works together and i promise this one will evoke countless inquiries of “what are you wearing?”. it’s spicy, but fresh, almost androgynous and all kinds of sexy.

jouer cosmetics perfume oil, $42
jouer’s fresh and feminine rollerball is my current go-to. i can’t get enough of the fragrant bursts of gardenia and honeysuckle and the tiny size makes it super easy to travel with. i roll a bit into the crook of each elbow in the mornings and enjoy uplifting whiffs all day long.

nomaterra miami eau de parfum refillable travel spray, $86
if you haven’t smelled nomaterra’s fragrances yet, you’re missing out. miami is the to-die-for scent of summer with smells of melon, coconut, orange blossom, and pink pepper. it’s a fruity floral with a beachy garden vibe that’s truly unique.

amazonian wild lily perfume oil, $12
husband’s choice, this pretty floral is crisp and rain-kissed. ranging somewhere between a true oil and almost a scented water, the subtle scent lasts all day long. if you were/are a fan of the body shop’s perfume oils, this one does not disappoint!

is there a scent that you can’t get enough of this summer?

summer wishes

summer wishes

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my product lust list is ever evolving, but i can’t get these six somethings out of my head – which means that i’ll be making them all mine very very soon.

forever 21 southwestern eyelash curler, $2.80
yes you read that correctly: an eyelash curler in coral and mint
that rings in at under $3. i’ll take two, please.

the body shop amazonian wild lily perfume oil, $12
these little bottles evoke some serious high school memories and
this aqua floral is begging to be my summer scent.

sara happ ‘the lip scrub’ in lavender, $24
limited edition for summer, i am ga ga for this
relaxing, spa-like lip smoother.

ck one summer long wear + shine nail color, $14
a long-wearing, streak-free, strengthening polish? sign me up!
bonus: it smells like ck one summer when dry.

avon fiji paradise all over face powder, $7.99
such a perfectly pretty powder, this compact looks just
like a sunset and is perfect for blushing and highlighting.

aerin pretty bronze illuminating powder, $55
bronzer goes glam! this stuff gives an extra healthy
glow to the skin above and below your neck.

what’s on your wish list for summer?

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!

show me your lip bomb, elizabeth

my inbox is bursting at the seams with lip bombs after last week’s inaugural post – i could not be more thrilled! i’m going to start sharing them weekly on wednesdays and possibly on other days, because they are just too good.

name: elizabeth
internet home: wunderland
she says: “i go a bit overboard, i must confess”
number of products: 16
the bomb:

mac plush glass in lush, $19.50
nyx stick blush in tea rose, $5.99
nyc lipstick in mahogany, $1.59 (what?! amazing.)
kate moss by rimmel in #11, $5.19
revlon super lustrous lipstick in teak rose, $7.99
lancôme complete coverage concealer, $29.50
l’oreal colour riche le gloss in baby blossom, $5.99
clinique almost lipstick in black honey, $15
tarte lipsurgence matte lip tint in envy, $24
burt’s bees tinted lip balms in rose, honeysuckle, hibiscus, and red dahlia, $6.99
the body shop born lippy satsuma shimmer lip balm, $3
korres lip butter in mango, $12
smiths rosebud lip salve, $6

overboard? i beg to differ as i absolutely love this group! so many budget buys – i hope you pretty-for-a-penny beauties are taking notes. if you want your #lipbomb featured here in the glossarie, please email theglossarie@gmail.com. i would love to have you!

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

blemishes fear this: the body shop tea tree oil

alright, universe.

can we please discuss the 8th-grade-like breakouts i’ve been experiencing lately? it’s really unfair as i am practically knocking on 30′s door and i take excellent care of my skin. i even wash my face before bed after too many mojitos and if i must remind you, i did my time with retin-a and clindamycin and all of that terribleness, don’t you recall?

eesh.

i suppose, that if i must break out like a teenager, at least i can count on one of my favorite little beauty spots from middle school and beoyond (bath oil beads anyone?) to keep its shelves stocked with hands down, the best zit zapper on the planet. i had totally forgotten about tea tree oil from the body shop until their products popped up in sephora a few months ago. in desperation and total pimple paranoia, i ran to the black and white mecca with intentions to pick up bliss’ no zit sherlock but walked out instead with an old friend.

it seems that simple, unassuming tea tree oil is the only thing that worked for me in the 90′s and it’s the only thing that works for me now. it’s super potent against the angriest zit but it won’t irritate your skin – in fact, it’s oddly soothing. i dab a drop on a q-tip then treat the affected area (er…the many affected areas – seriously universe!) before bed and i wake up in the morning with happy results. in one treatment, you can expect pimples to dramatically reduce in size and redness, and in two treatments? kiss those suckers goodbye.

tea tree oil is available at the body shop or at sephora for $9.