I love when dreams come true. My dream in this case is that a candle I had came in a fragrance form ... and it does! How many times does that happen? PENHALIGON’S Lily & Spice Eau de Parfum ($85/3.4oz @ smallflower.com) is such a striking scent. It’s the same notes as the candle so if you can picture fresh lilies and sharp spices, you have this scent. So unique and perfect for fall.
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Soap, soaps, soaps, what’s not to love? Big bars of cleaning goodness and there are so many types to choose from these days. One of the kings or rather queens, in the case of this particular product, of the gourmet soaps is Pittsfield, MA’s BLUE Q. Never have I seen a line of goodies carried in so many different types of retail stores - make a point to look around the next time you are in a party goods store to a high end card store. They simply have something for everyone. On the top of my shower stand this month is their Mental Case Prima Donna Soap ($7.99/5oz @ blueq.com). Lathering up some White Tea and Rose Hips in the morning is a pleasant way to wake up in the morning.
I have a habit of hording cool candle boxes and now Blue Q soap boxes. Help!
Finish off your purple look with some unexpected nails. Here are our picks:
ESSIE Sole Mate ($8 @ ulta.com)
CHINA GLAZE Anklets Of Amethyst ($2.99 @ jcpenney.com)
CAROLYN NEW YORK Mugged on the Six Train ($6.99 @ carolynnewyork.com)
OPI Siberian Nights ($7.50 @ jcpenney.com)
RIMMEL Art of Noise ($3.89 @ Target strore)
ORLY Vanguard Violet ($3.19 @ jcpenney.com)
CHINA GLAZE Draped In Velvet ($2.99 @ jcpenney.com)
Put this one on your shopping list for the upcoming holidays. It’s hard enough to know what you’re going to wear the big night of an outing and your nails? Who has time to squeeze in a nail appointment? INCOCO Dry Nail Appliqué ($5.99 @ target.com) will be your answer. It’s dry strips of nail polish that you simply fit to your nail size, peel off the back, stick and firmly crease all sides down and buff the excess top off. That’s it! And the colors are great – French Manicures to Red Velvet to Pink Satin. They have a shade for every gala.
Each kit comes with 20 thin strips, a buff stick, orange stick to help get into corners, and a polish remover cloth. Make sure to keep the silver package to store the ones you don’t use yet so they don’t dry out. All in all a great kit but I wish the silver package was a little bigger as the nail strips are a little hard to slide back in after it’s opened.
I’m on my 7th day of wearing them and only one nail “chipped.” That’s a passing grade for me.
I sometimes get all caught up in eye shadows and glosses that I forget about blushes. One of my fall resolutions is to not forget about cheeks. PHYSICIANS FORMULA Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blushes ($10.49 @ walgreens.com) are keeping me in line and at the same time looking beautiful! The several swatches of shades can blend together in the palette to sculpt and define cheeks. Three different blends to choose from. Picks are Blushing Berry and Blushing Mocha.
September is earthy and warm with greens. VINCENT LONGO new Eye Shimmer Souffle in Oasis ($24 @ nordstrom.com) from their 2007 Fall Collection illustrates this beautifully.
And since we are on the topic of greens, Teal has to be my favorite shade for the season and I have to say I’m a little obsessed with it. GIELLA Creamy Liner in Lockness ($27 @ giella.com). It’s the perfect shade of teal and the small pot goes a long way.
We loved their healthy fragrances when they came out and LAVANILA has just added some decadent moisturizers to the line. The Healthy Body Butter ($25/8oz @ sephora.com) is 100% pure Shea and cocoa butters dosed with 'good for you' ingredients like Goji Berry, essential vitamins and minerals. We all know how important it is to layer your fragrances to make them last and now my skin will be living in vanilla. Available in Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit and Vanilla Blossom.
I am loving all the baked eye shadows the lines are putting out. They can be used with a wet or dry brush and the shades are all pretty wearable. LAURA GELLER Baked Marble Eyeshadows ($22 @ ulta.com) are multiple shades of color swirled into a nice size pan. Use your brush to maneuver it to pick up all the shimmery colors or concentrate on specific shades in the pan. Color picks are the Blue Heaven and Stardust shown here.
File this one under Total Beauty Pampering. 3LAB WW Cream ($400/2oz @ saks.com) does it all in the fight against aging and is at the forefront of technology. It uses two powerful ingredients, Phyllantus Emblica Fruit Extract and Hydranox complexes to really attack and soften facial wrinkles, brighten the complexion and improve the texture and tone. It really seems to do what it promises. I could go on and on about the benefits but I think you get the picture. So if you are really serious about making a change in your skin, and can afford it, this one is worth a try.
Fall is here and we couldn't be more excited! And with the season come some great color trends. Twice a month until December, we will be featuring two colors we are loving and the makeup products that highlight them. Here's our first installment!
Ask most men about NUDE and they think of well, besides that, one color. Women … well, we know all the variations. There’s fleshy nude, beige nude, beige-y pink nude and even metallic-y nude and the formulas can be sheer or very pigmented. I love that the color can really polish off a look if you’re going for simple and low maintenance or if you want to make one feature really stand out. Add a sprinkle of shimmer and you have one of this season’s “it” colors. And what’s great about this shade as it’s hard to go overboard. You can do all your features in different nudes and still look fab. Lips, face, eyes ... here’s our picks of Nude Shimmers for the season:
BOURJOIS Effet 3D Les Nudes in 33 Brun Poetic ($15 @ amazon.com) – looks darker in the tube than it actually appears in the tube
SPA RITUAL Nail Lacquer in Savant ($10 @ dermstore.com) – has a hint of gold shimmer
SHISEIDO The Makeup Lip Gloss in G27 Rose Toffee ($20 @ saks.com) - light and glossy
JOEY NEW YORK Eye Shading Powder in Soulful Eyes ($16 @ joeynewyork.com) – apply up to the brow bone and then lots of mascara
CLINIQUE Touch Tint For Eyes, New Cream Formula in Natural Suede ($14.50 @ clinique.com) - water-resistant tint
SHU UEMURA Cream Eye Shadow in Soft Seashell White ($25 @ shuuemura.com) - sublte and sleek
VON NATUR Spruce Powder Foundation ($27.99 @ vonnatur.com) – a little on cheeks, cupid’s bow, under the eyebrows
DEBRA MACKI Lip Gloss in Sucre ($16 @ debramacki.com) – a beige-y metallic that’s all shimmer
SEPHORA Radiant Powder In A Brush ($18 @ sephora.com) - translucent powder with a kick
RIMMEL Glitter Eye Shadow Pencil in Starlight ($3 @ drugstore.com) – to highlight and add some fun