ysl top secrets flash touch wake-up eyecare

ysl top secrets flash touch

there is nothing worse than puffy eyes. nothing that betrays my upbeat attitude and readiness to face the day than tired little eyeballs. i will not have it.

i splurged on ysl’s top secrets flash touch wake-up eyecare pen a few weeks ago, knowing that these last four days (early mornings, long hours, and late nights in nyc) would be its true test. after i shower and moisturize, i click the pen to release the perfect dose of serum and roll it all over my eye area, concentrating on the brow bone and the unwelcome little pillows that lie beneath my lower lash line. it feels soothing, cooling, and definitely hydrating as i notice that things are slowly reviving.

i’m really impressed with the instant reduction in puff and the longstanding “awake” effects. when i use this little pen, my face looks polish and pulled together for the entire day. the emulsion absorbs quickly and acts as a perfect primer for my under eye concealer, giving me a fresh look that lasts until bedtime.

it’s a pricey magic wand, but i’m willing to spend for something that works. i love the way that this stuff revives my eyes, bringing in light and zapping fatigue, and also the way that it locks down concealer. it packs a lot of punch for its $44 price tag!

ysl top secrets flash touch wake-up eyecare ($44) >

luxe and lightweight lip sheers for spring

luxe and lightweight lip sheers for spring

i do love myself a lip sheer. they’re easily applied without a mirror and give your lips a blooming sheer wash of color to brighten and hydrate. these days, the shade range goes far beyond the pinks and reds of yesteryear to include oranges and plums so there’s definitely something for everyone. the drugstore brands are also getting into the game in a big way which means you don’t have to spend a lot to make a big impact. here are a few of my many favorites for the coming season, from left to right:

clinique almost lipstick in flirty honey, $15

burt’s bees lip shine in pucker, $6.99

it cosmetics vitality lip flush in je ne sais quoi, $20

soap & glory sexy mother pucker gloss stick in plum jam, $16

ysl volupte sheer candy in succulent pomegranate, $32

bare minerals loud & clear lip sheer in tangerine trance, $15

boots botanics tinted lip balm in sheer guava, $5.99

pink eye

pink eye


one of the boldest trends coming out in beauty for spring 2013 is pink eyeshadow. we’re seeing shades from baby pink to fuchsia in shimmer and matte, appearing in both cream and powder formulas. i’m not going to lie to you – it’s a lot of look!

but, the more that i’ve played around with pink, i’ve found that it’s equally youthful and glamorous – and when you wear it on your eyes, it’s a great way to stand out. maybe it’s not for everyone and it can be a bit tricky to pull off, but i’ve rounded up nine options, so whether you’re up for a pastel dusting or a wash of hot pink, you’ve got plenty of ways to wear it now.

top row:
lancome color design infinite in everlasting rose, $24.50
givenchy ombre a fleur de peau eyeshadow in pearly rose, $34
make up for ever powder blush in candy pink, $20

middle row:
ysl ombre solo in parisienne pink, $30
urban decay eyeshadow in woodstock, $18
laura mercier second skin cheek color in rose petal, $24

bottom row:
sephora collection colorful mono eyeshadow in sweet candy pink, $13
cargo eyeshadow dup in sarasota, $20
i-mark wet/dry eye shadow in luvstruck, $7

tip: if you want to try the trend, but you’re not game to invest in a whole pot of pink shadow, try dusting some blush on your eyes to get the look. chances are, you’ve got more than one shade of pink already in your makeup wardrobe so you can go pink without spending a cent.

think you’ll do the pink thing this spring?

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

thursday bling

it’s thursday purseday, but i’m feeling blingy. and slightly impractical as you will soon find out since i am totally loving this insanely chic cocktail ring from ysl. does it get any better than multicolored glass and crystal packed into one fabulous adornment? it’s so standout that it will instantly dress up any outfit, from a blazer and denims to one fab lbd. at $795 there is literally zero chance that this beauty will be making its way into my greedy clutches, but at least i can share my love for it here with my most favorites of all people. that would be you, my lovely readers.

ps – i love how it’s called “fake chic.” ok so maybe they’re not real gemstones, but pardon me, there is nothing fake chic about an $800 cocktail ring. am i alone in this? (sigh.) happy bling gazing, beauties!

lovin’ the lilac

it’s easter weekend and i’m reminiscing long lazy brunches and pastelle-y dresses but nothing’s got me more in the spirit to go egg hunting than essie’s soft lavender polish, lilacism. i’m finding romantic purple to be the perfect update to my recent obsession with neutral mushroom. and essie’s not the only brand getting in on the action, others are also jumping on the violet bandwagon for spring:

ysl la laque in mauve silk

lippmann collection purple rain

american apparel dynasty

this color is so of the moment, gorgeous on fingers and toes alike, and (most importantly) won’t it look fancy with your easter bonnet?