Whether you’re single or in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, I say listen to Elizabeth Taylor and “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Oh, and buy a box truffles (ahem, these!) while you’re at it. Like I’ve mentioned in past posts, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat yourself to luxuries like a new shade of lipstick, a pretty bracelet, a yummy smelling candle, or even a dozen roses… I’m personally not much of a lipstick girl (I prefer this lipgloss in C-Thru) but I am LOVING this nude lipstick kit from MAC. This bubble bath is heavenly, this almond coconut body cream is my favorite, and this body polish leaves my skin feeling ultra soft. This dainty gold choker would be gorgeous with a black off the shoulder blouse – plus it’s under $40 – and this bracelet is splurge worthy. If you’re in NYC and in need of dinner reservations – I recommend Palma (for a charming, neighborhood Italian vibe), Vandal (for a more lively scene), or Rubirosa (if you’re over Valentine’s day and just want the best pizza in town.) I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day in my hometown this year and am working on a super special post that will be up this week – stay tuned!
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending a number of black tie events. From formal weddings, to charity events, galas, and dinners, I’ve learned how to do an elevated makeup look that is natural and relatively quick. I usually avoid getting my hair and makeup done because unfortunately more often times than not, I end up feeling uncomfortable with caked on makeup and crazy hair. My formal makeup look takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. The night before an event, I’ll throw on a face mask or use this clay mask to take away impurities. In the morning, I don’t use a face wash, I simply splash my skin with cold water. I don’t overly wash my face because natural oils are essential for healthy, glowing skin. I do however, exfoliate with this 3 times/week after a workout. To achieve my formal makeup look – I start with this moisturizer (I also love this one.) I then use this foundation primer under my eyes, on my nose and on my cheekbones and cover it with this foundation that I rub into my skin using a dime size amount on my index finger. I brush this bronzer in “Bali Brown” over my cheekbones, nose, and jawline. Then I use this eye shadow in “Rose Gold” as a base, this darker eye shadow in “Tuxedo” on the outer edges of my eye, and blend the two together with the darkest color shadow from this palette. I line my eyes with this liner in “Marlene Midnight” and smudge shadow into the liner so it looks more smokey and natural. A strong brow frames your face – and I swear by this brow filler in “Mahogany” which I apply with this brush. For mascara I love this one. I apply 3 coats (I wait about 5 minutes to apply the third coat before heading out the door), and finish my look off with this lip color in “C-Thru”. If I’m feeling super fancy I’ll throw on these fake lashes. My formal makeup routine is almost the same as my everyday one – except I just go heavier on the bronzer, foundation, and mascara – and use darker eyeshadows. The secret to creating that gorgeous smokey eye is getting a brush like this and really blending it into the outer crease of your eye. It takes a bit of practice to feel comfortable using it, but this brush is a game changer for any makeup look!
I’ve been wearing Aerin Lauder’s latest scent Tangier Vanille since July and have gotten soooo many compliments on it. Seriously, people stop me in the middle of the street to ask me what I’m wearing. It’s soft and feminine without being overly sweet. It was inspired by the rich and evocative scents of Morocco – with notes of amber, bergamot and vanilla. I wear this scent every single day and can’t leave for a trip without packing it. I stayed at my girlfriend Tammi’s house in Palm Springs over the summer and brought her the gorgeous Tangier Vanille bath and body set as a little hostess gift. The packaging is this fun ikat pattern (so my style!) and I love the body cream included in it. Aerin’s entire beauty collection is just as classic, timeless, and chic as she is. I admire the lifestyle brand she’s built – her home decor pieces are to die for, her beauty products create that effortlessly put together look we all want, and her blog constantly inspires me. Everytime I wear the Tangier Vanille scent I’m instantly transported to Marrakech – a place that has been on my must-see list forever! You can shop the entire Tangier Vanille collection here. Have a wonderful weekend!
With Mother’s Day right around the corner I wanted to share a few chic gifts that would be perfect for the mom(s) in your life! For the past few years I’ve been giving my mom a beautiful perfume to add to her vanity. She loves switching up her scent when spring/summer rolls around and always gets excited when I pick out a new one for her to wear. When it comes to perfume shopping, Sephora is my go to spot because they have such a wide variety of fragrances. Tocca is one of my absolute favorite lines and their new scent Emelia does not disappoint. It’s got a bohemian feel with clementine, magnolia and fig tones. I can picture my mom wearing it with a colorful Calypso kaftan on the beach. A fairly new-to-me line; Atelier Cologne has a beautiful scent called Bergamote Soleil. This scent belongs in Capri or the South of France – it’s incredibly elegant. CLEAN’s Reserve Rain scent is for the woman who doesn’t like a super floraly, sweet perfume. It’s got a really natural, pure smell which is refreshing and light. Sephora’s Favorites Set is ideal because it comes with nine mini perfumes from Tory Burch, Gucci, Chloe, Burberry and more! Once your mom opens the set, she can choose her favorite scent and bring it to any US Sephora store where she will receive a full size bottle. It’s such a nice way to make the gift a bit more personal. Shop all of my Mother’s Day gifts below!
My secret weapon for a goodnight’s sleep is an eye mask. I’ve been using an eye mask for about 2 years now and can’t begin to tell you how much of a difference it has made. I sleep so much more deeply than before and wake up feeling refreshed and well rested. A few months ago, a girlfriend who works in the beauty industry sent me this iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask to try and I’ve been using it ever since. I love how much thicker it is than my old eye mask. It’s made of an incredibly satiny soft fabric that’s infused with copper. The copper technology is proven to reduce fine lines and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep – in just four weeks. Talk about a win-win! Cozy bedding is my other secret weapon to a goodnight’s sleep and this classic black and white sheet set with this down comforter is a dreamy combo. My throw pillows are Missoni and my headboard is Restoration Hardware (although I am loving this one from One Kings Lane!)