Up until a few months ago, I didn’t really have a set skincare routine. I would sometimes use night cream, maybe dab a bit of eye cream on (if I remembered,) and rarely used SPF (eek I know!) One of my girlfriends who is a few years older than me, is religious about her skincare routine. She takes SUCH amazing care of her skin and it shows – she literally glows without makeup on. She thankfully taught me the importance of skin maintenance and introduced me to Nu Skin ageLOC Me; a device that is basically a “one stop shop” for all of your skincare needs. I don’t like to take hours to get ready and don’t want a million products laying all over my counter so this sleek device is perfect for me. I love how it comes with 3 serums that weave into one easy dose, a day moisturizer (with SPF woo!) and a night moisturizer. Each product is customized based on a simple skin assessment I took before ordering that measures my skin’s sun exposure, hydration, etc. The products are automatically refilled and delivered to my door each month. In the morning I simply click a button and my serum + day moisturizer gets dispensed into my hand, then I rub both on, serum first, then moisturizer, and then dash out the door – a simple, two-step process. In the evening, I click the same button and my serum + night moisturizer gets dispensed. Easy as that! When you think about the cost and counter space of all of those different serums, SPF and moisturizer combined – the initial upfront cost of the ageLOC Me is 100% worth it. You can learn more about ageLOC Me here and take your own custom skin assessment here.
I live in neutrals so a neutral bra that matches my skin tone – and doesn’t show through my clothes is 100% necessary! When the new, up and coming bra company ThirdLove, reached out to me about their New Nakeds Collection (which they spent two years developing!), I was excited to test them out. The collection includes five shades of neutrals (the one that matched my skin tone was Naked 2 but I also loved Naked 5 – such a pretty color.) What impresses me the most about Third Love is that you can try out their bras, to find the perfect fit and shade that complements your skin tone, for free for 30 days! For a limited time, head here to try the New Nakeds completely free of charge for an entire month. If you hate bra shopping in stores as much as I do – and just want a simple, well made, quality bra then this is the company for you! Shop more of my favorite styles from Third Love below (how pretty is this black lace style?!)
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!