Congratulations to Karen of Alameda, CA for winning the $25 Sally Beauty Gift Card in my recent #SallyBeautyVIP giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered.
British brand Baukjen launches it's new Fall/Winter Collection and there are so many pieces that are perfect for the work week or an evening out. I am loving skirts for fall and the High-Waisted Pencil Skirt ($155) paired with the Rye Textured Top ($139) looks fantastic for work to after work drinks. I also love the comfort of the Viviana Wrap Skirt ($139) paired with the fun animal print of the Felsted Print Shirt ($195).
Here are more of my favorites from the Baukjen Fall/Winter Collection:
Kingsbridge Shift Dress ($225)
Ariella Dress ($139)
Just a couple weeks ago, Maybelline launched a new kind of eye shadow palette that drugstores have never seen before. Maybelline The Nudes ($9.99 at Ulta) is not unlike the trend of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. The Nudes palette has much more wearable, everyday shades for a natural-looking eye. For those of us who get overwhelmed by eyeshadows, there's even directions to guide you. See, the palette can be used as a duo, trio or quad based on the layout. I also love the two matte brown and black shadows that are perfect for lining your eyes or creating a smokey out for a night out. The texture is great and I find the shadows on the lighter end of pigmentation. Should you want a more pigmented look, just make sure to wear some eye primer to make the shadows pop more.
If you want to pick them up in person for the lowest price, you can try Ulta or Target (sold out online). I got mine at Target and I found one of the three that were there. You'll have to of course try and avoid the ones that people have opened up and touched. I was lucky I found the one palette that was new.
This is a fantastic palette and for just $10 can't be beat. It's a great starter palette and I like it better than the Naked palettes only because the Naked have way more shimmery eyeshadows for my needs. The metallic shadows in this palette are much softer and more to my liking. This palette is also perfectly compact for travel because you'll have all the colors you need!
Visit the Maybelline The Nudes site to find inspiration on how to apply these beautiful shadows.
I thought I would start a new monthly post featuring my top 5 favorites from the past month. A sort of quick list of things that I want to share with you lovelies. Some I have posted about before and some I plan on posting more in detail about in the future. Enjoy!
1. Edison Collection from The Container Store (now on sale from $4.99-13.99)
I just got a smaller compact desk for my loft space and spruced up the shelves with these colorful pieces from the Edison collection. I decided to mix and match the colors to make it look more fun. It's been so functional as I have a place for everything which then keeps my desk clutter free.
2. Clarins Lip Balm Crayons - Limited Edition ($20 at Bloomingdales)
These are probably my favorite thing this summer. I pretty have been rotating between my three colors and just bought the coral color last week that I was missing. It's just the right amount of light color on your lips and it keeps them moisturized for hours. I love the crayon shape which makes it so portable in my small cross body bag I use for summer. They are off the Clarins site now but I found that Bloomingdales has all the colors. (Bloomingdales at the SF Westfield just got a shipment at their counters.) See my previous Coquette post.
3. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder ($30 at Sephora)
I wasn't sure if I was ready to shell out a powder by Too Faced but if you look beyond the plastic packaging, the powder is a perfect one for summer. It's so lightweight and it't just keeps you looking smooth. A little goes a long way and I usually dab my powder brush in there once and gently brush over my face. Unlike other powders, this one comes with a little pad which makes this perfect to put in your handbag when you are on the go and want to be shine free.
4. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift ($80 at Clarins)
I really can't stop raving about the new Clarins Shaping Facial Lift. This updated formula helps contour your facial contours, defines cheekbones and visibly lifts the jawline. See my previous Coquette post.
5. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris ($17 paperback, $9.99 Kindle version on Amazon)
It's been a busy summer and I've been trying to read more and watch less Netflix on my iPad. To get me into the reading spirit, I couldn't have jumped back easier than with my old favorite David Sedaris. His blend of humor, wit and unforseen circumstances make his everyday life hilarious to read. You can't miss the first story about going to the dentist in France. The short story format makes it easy to pick up each night. I laughed out loud through most of this book while also annoying my husband in the process.
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Chronicle Books is having their amazing Warehouse sale again! Just in time for back to school. Stock up on books, gifts and more while saving 65% off hundreds of selected titles. Choose from cookbooks, children’s books, lifestyle + home, arts + crafts, art + design, photography, travel, pop culture, and music titles. Plus, journals, stationery, and much more!
I'm such a paper lover so I'll be checking out their selection of journals and stationery for sure. I'll also be checking out their children's books, craft books and cook books which make fabulous gifts!
I'm excited to be teaming up with Sally Beauty Supply for this post and exciting giveaway! Sally Beauty Supply is the place for all things beauty - from hair, nails, to makeup and everything in between. Sally Beauty Supply gave me $100 gift card to visit the San Francisco store (2300 16th Street) and pick up my beauty needs. I knew I needed a new flat iron among other beauty things, so this was my chance to take a visit!
This is what I ended up getting that day. I needed to pick up my daughter so I know if I had a 1/2 hour more, I probably would have gotten more stuff! When I first entered the store, I found the hair aisle filled with flat irons and hair dryers from top to bottom. I never saw so many flat irons in one place! (Note to self, this is a great place to get a new hair dryer too.) My hair is very fine so I don't need too much heat to get my hair totally flat. Thankfully a wonderful sales associate came over to help me pick the flat iron that would work the best for my hair. She told me the Tool Science Professional Digital Nano-Silver Styling Iron ($59.99) would be perfect for my hair because I could set the temperature myself (from 300F - 450F). I've been using it all the time since I bought it earlier this month. I now have my flat iron temp at 350 which has been perfect to get my hair flat and under control. The flat iron has ceramic heaters so it heats up quickly and the nano silver tourmaline gives even heat with no hot spots to damage your hair.
To keep my hair soft and free from breakage, I got the Ion Daily Solutions Blow Dry Creme Serum ($6.49). I put this on my hair after the shower before I blow dry. It smells so good – like strawberries in a garden. I love the way it's making my hair soft. I was definitely needing this!
My final hair item were these Salon Care Metal Section Clips ($3.79). I always loved how my hairstylist would dry my hair in sections. At home, I didn't have these clips so I never could do that and have the right blow dry at home. At this price it couldn't be beat and I think the colors are so cute!
I think I browsed around the nail aisle for a good 20 minutes. They have everything there for you to do your own mani and pedi. I picked up a few things I needed and a new OPI color Cosmo Not Tonight Honey ($9.49) that was similar to a Dior limited edition polish I had finished years ago and loved. It's a beautiful pearly rose gold. I also picked up OPI Start to Finish ($13.99) a base coat, top coat and strengthener all in one. Lastly, I picked up an OPI RapiDry Spray Nail Polish Dryer ($11.99) because I never have time to wait for my nails to try. I have a nail polish version that I can brush on but I find it too oily. I really like this spray much better. You can also use it on your bare nails to restore shine in between your manicures.
Sally Beauty Supply has more than 2,700 stores worldwide and features products for hair care, nails, makeup and more. You can also buy online and if you sign up for a Beauty Club Card (just $5 a year), most of the items are even cheaper. You basically get your membership back because you receive a $5 reward valid on any one purchase. Spend $25+ a month and receive an email to save 15% off your next purchase.
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In addition to the new nail colors (see my previous post), NARS launches it's new Fall 2014 Color Collection called "Night Caller". The new line is available now at NARS boutiques and online at www.narscosmetics.com. The color palette is bold and features a new series of Night Series eyeliners that are intense blackliners flecked with rich purple, gold, and green pearl for the ultimate dimension.
I have a couple items from the collection that I'm using a lot lately. The Duo Eyeshadow in Dolomites matches my skin tone perfectly. The colors are a shiny rose quartz that I put all over my lid and I use the darker chocolate color around the crease and sides. I can go soft or build it up if I need to go out. The Satin Lip Pencils are some of my favorite lip products. I have it in Bansar which is a nice rose brown shade. These lip pencils are unlike any other as they contains hyaluronic acid to keep your moisture locked into your lips and looking smooth. They work wonderfully on their own or underneath your favorite lipstick.
Here are some behind the scenes shots of the new Fall 2014 Color Campaign:
Review products were provided by NARS.
NARS has a new formula for their nail polishes ($20 each) just launched this week. The 43 shade collection includes 19 new shades – all with a new high-gloss finish for a freshly-painted look. In addition to all the colors, you'll also find a base and top coats to complete your mani/pedi looks. The upgraded formula also is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails something I experienced first hand. I also love the new wider brush making it much easier to apply your own nail polish.
Shop the new NARS nail polish collection now at narscosmetics.com.
Starting August 1st, you can find the nail polishes at NARS boutiques and department stores.
Review products were provided by NARS.
Hands down, my HG (holy grail) beauty item is my Clarins Shaping Facial Lift. Just released is the new version, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift New Total V Contouring Serum ($80). I was given a special preview bottle to try for the past month and I can't stop raving about it. Within 2 weeks of use, I noticed that without makeup on, not only was my jawline more defined, I could actually see more definition in my cheekbones. Trust me, as a Asian gal who grew up with fuller cheeks, I did a double take in the mirror. Asians, as you may or may not know have more fat pockets in their face which is why this serum is the #1 serum in Asia.
I've had a 2 year love affair with my Shaping Facial Lift. (See my interview with the Wall Street Journal 2 years ago in When Skin Cream Gets Bossy.) I never thought things could get better but with this new version getting older is so much easier because my face shape is looking so much slimmer. I definitely have more confidence wearing my hair back in a ponytail. Now with these cheekbones to boot, my 40's are looking pretty fabulous. ;)
Packaging-wise, I love the new bottle (the gold looks so luxe!). I find the dispenser spout is more precise and pumps out just the right amount for application each night. In terms of my evening routine, I use my Shaping Facial Lift serum right after I have cleansed my face. Once I have applied it on, I go through the facial massage for manual auto-lifting. (This massage technique is included in a small booklet with the serum and is also in the Clarins image + video below.) It only takes a few minutes to go through the technique and it's so worth it because you will start to see the results faster. The massage technique helps release excess fluid and reduce puffiness in your face. I always enjoy this mini facial massage portion of my night to relax before bed. Then to finish off, just use your favorite serum, moisturizer and anything else you do for your face before bed.. If you feel like your face is particularly more puffy, then you can use the Shaping Facial Lift in the morning as well. For me, it works well just using it at night.
Shop the new Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum today and more skin care/beauty products at clarinsusa.com. You can also visit the Shaping Facial Lift landing page to watch more videos and find out more.
Review product was provided by Clarins.
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With the summer sun blazing, sunscreen is one of the top skin care must haves that you just can't skip. Right now, I am loving the Avéne High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50. The 100% mineral sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection in a cream-to-powder compact foundation format for light coverage. I trust the Avéne brand as it's one of the leading skin care brands in France. I usually pick up my supply of my Avéne Thermal Spring Water at the local French pharmacy each time I go to visit my in laws.
The compact comes with a soft round sponge applicator and I love that the holder for the sponge is another flap above the mirror. I've been keeping the compact in my bag as it's a great way for me reapply sunscreen in the day while I'm on the go. The cream turns to powder once it's on your face and it is so lightweight. The formula is also water resistant, perfect for summer. I also love the natural glow it gives my complexion. Much better than a white sunscreen stick, right? This little beauty will be with me next month while we are in Europe as I know I'll need to re-apply my sunscreen all the time while I'm sightseeing. I also love that this product is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
The Avéne High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is available in 2 shades: honey and beige. I wear beige which is for very fair to fair skin. Honey is for fair to medium skin. Perfect for sensitive skin too! You can watch the video (click on the "product video" thumbnail) to learn how to best apply the sunscreen on your face.
Titanium dioxide (18%) & Zinc oxide (4.9%) - Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Always photostable.
Pre-tocopheryl - A patented and photostable form of vitamin E provides moisture and antioxidant protection.
- Paraben-free, fragrance-free, water resistant
- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
Review product was provided by Avene.