Beauty

Proenza Schouler PA

One of the perks of my job is that we have public appearances by some of the top designers in the industry. Last week the designers for Proenza Schouler, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez came to the store for an event. They spoke about their Spring and Fall 2018 collections, the launch of their new fragrance, Arizona, and a little about their background as designers. Their spring collection is very feminine with the use floral prints, silk and lace materials and flowing silhouettes. The Fall 2018 collection is quite a departure, drawing inspiration from “women’s lib” and the artist Sheila Hicks whose use of fibers and hardware is seen as very Americana and a reflection of the hardworking women of past generations. Metals, fringe, and tie dye fabrics are used to emulate the modern women of defiance and strength.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the Fall collections. To shop the brand click here or on the images below.

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Gift Guide 2017.

Gift giving can be tough business, especially if you don’t know the person well enough to get them something uniquely them. Even if you do it still can be a challenge! I’m here to help with a few ideas to fill up your holiday shopping cart.

Beauty Products are a great gift and there are plenty of products to choose from that don’t require you knowing the persons exact skin tone or taste in color for it to be a great gift. Click the image below to shop.

Finishing sprays are very popular and perfect for all skin types. This 4 in 1 setting mist by Tarte provides lasting moisture and make-up protection. Check out my Instagram page to find out how you can win it!tarte4in1settingmist

Another idea… give the gift of a healthy glow with Sephora’s Favorites “Glow for It” box set. “A multibranded sampler set of highlighters including seven deluxe everyday essentials.”

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Jewelry and accessories. Always good because you know it’ll fit! J. Crew has a great selection of well made jewelry. I love these Stone and Tassle earrings. And when you make an on line purchase you get 40% off with the code SHOPFAST. Click the image to shop.

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Gloves. I know it’s boring but nice gloves are a great gift because most people want a pair but no one wants to buy them for themselves.  I love the Melech Gloves from Club Monaco (on sale for $49!!). Click the image to shop these and more styles.

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A handbag. This is a bit of a risk, as handbags are very much a taste. So you need to know at least a little bit about what sort of purse the person you are buying for prefers. For example: color, size, shape, strap type etc…

That being said I personally love a good cross-body. Fashionable and convenient. Marc Jacobs makes an adorable one called the “camera case” for its similarity to, you guessed it, a camera case. You can shop all sorts of styles at Bloomingdales. Click the image to shop more style.

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Candles. Again, boring. But I’m not talking your average scented candle from Yankee Candle or the check out aisle at Marshall’s, a GOOD candle like from Dyptique that both smells like nothing you’ve encountered and last a long time.

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Stay tuned for more gift ideas for him!

(Note: I am an affiliate of the above merchants. If you purchase any items through the links provided I receive a small commission on said purchase. Thank you!)

XO,

Hilary

 

 

Fall Back Essentials

Fall Back Essentials
Daylight savings is great  in that we don’t have to wake up in the dark any longer. But as the day goes on and I get tired earlier in the day because it’s actually an hour later, I need some pick me up items to keep me going while I adjust.
First off, a good face scrub for the dry skin that starts to appear from the cold weather is a must. I like Mario Badescu’s Strawberry Facial Scrub.  Then apply a good moisturizer (naturally). I love the Kiehls “daily revive” serum to help keep my skin looking healthy and alive all day long. You can’t forget lipgloss, I love the new holiday collection by Nars.  Throw on a good scarf before leaving the house. I always wear a scarf. It’s a great throw on piece when it gets cold and easy to stow away in your bag when you don’t need it. An added bonus is they look so chic!
Make sure you leave enough time to grab a Starbucks seasonal Pumpkin Spice latte
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Candles, candles and some more candles…
After a long day, light some scented candles to brighten and stimulate the senses when it begins getting dark at 4pm. Dyptique is a wonderful brand but I’ve been told there are some really good ones from Magnolia for Target.
What are your tips for surviving the shorter days?

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Burberry scarve
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Nars cosmetic
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Diptyque white candle
$85 – net-a-porter.com

Funny tip for looking younger.

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These gorge celebrities are well into their 40’s and they have one anti-aging secret in common.

I heard this trick on the Today Show and wanted to share it because it was so silly to me but have found it to be true. We all know that as we age our lips become smaller but did you know that the same thing applies to your eyebrows? They begin to thin out with time. So, the trick to looking younger is to thicken those babies up!

How do you achieve these young looking thick brows?

Castor oil. This is an at home, easy and cheap way to increase the size of those brows and bonus, it also works on your eyelashes!

  1. Soak a cotton swab in pure castor oil and apply it on each eyebrow.
  2. Massage gently with your fingertips for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Wash it off with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser.
  5. Repeat once daily for a few weeks until you notice improvement.

MAC: Great Brows. Make up is a great option for those of us who can’t wait for the brows to grow in and is really essential at every stage to define and enhance your brows. I recommend this eyebrow palette.

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How do you thicken your lashes?

XO,

Hil

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Contouring made easy.

I have to admit that when it comes to make-up I’m pretty lazy, which is funny because when I was much younger I had trouble leaving the house without a full face of make-up. Nowadays I wear very minimal make-up in part because I hate taking it off at night!  My routine consists of BB cream (or simply tinted moisturizer, which is great because it provides some light coverage, it’s easy to blend and generally contains SPF. I’m currently using one by Laura Mercier and a tinted moisturizer by Clinique.
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I have however, been very curious about the popular technique of contouring. There seem to be many ways of doing this from very complex to simple. I prefer simple as I don’t have a lot of time to do my make-up normally. So here are 4 steps I found on Elle.com for easy contouring

What you’ll need: Two stick foundations, one two shades darker than your skin tone and one that’s two shades lighter plus your existing foundation.

Step one. Start by putting on your foudnation as usual. Then proceed to map your face with the darker stick like so. Trace your temples, the hollow of your cheek bones, outline the sides of your nose upward, your jaw bone and place one simple line under your bottom lip.

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Step two. Blend it into your foundation. You can use your fingertips but from what I’ve seen, a beauty blender is preferable. Do not blend it all over your, use small circular motions to blend in the areas where the stick foundation is located not wandering to outside the general vicinity.

Step 3. Place the lighter foundation underneath your eyes and up toward your temples. Blend.

Step 4. Use a loose brush to blend loose powder all over your face. Translucent is recommended by most make up artists.

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What does your make-up routine consist of?

xo,

Hilary

Anti-aging secrets of the hottest celebs.

My birthday just passed and as I get older it becomes increasingly important for me to take care of my skin and I become more curious as to what women of “advanced age” do to keep their skin looking it’s best. Although I always remain skeptical of any “anti-aging” skin care regimen that a celebrity shares (I believe most have plastic surgery or fillers that actually make them look so young) I do think it’s worth paying attention to some of their recs and doing your own research as well to figure out what works best for you.

I’ll share with you some of the “secrets” I found recently.

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Iman. I just love her! This quote from TotalBeauty.com is everything:
“‘Where I come from, aging is something that is earned,’ says the Somali supermodel who also says that she can’t imagine injecting something that’s labeled a toxin into her body.”

She goes on to talk about how having a consistent beauty routine is important but she doesn’t just rely on external cleansers and creams, you have to take care of the inside as well with a healthy diet. She does this in part by having a David Kirsch protein shake with strawberries and blueberries or an Organic Avenue Green Coco Juice every morning.

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Nicole Kidman. Now, as much as I love Nicole and think she looks amazing, it’s pretty obvious she’s had some work done. And that’s perfectly fine and acceptable, I just wish more celebs would own up to that fact so that the rest of us mortals don’t feel as though we’re doing something wrong in our organic anti-aging pursuits.

That being said, on top of the work she does recommend retinal. Which is one the most popular external anti-aging treatment out there. She says she uses Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.

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Jennifer Lopez. I will be extremely grateful if I look a 10th as good as she does at the age of 48! She accredits not just her still banging body, but her ageless skin, in part, to a healthy workout regimen. She’s worked with celebrity trainers including Tracy Anderson and Gunnar Peterson, and is an avid yogi. So get moving and sweat yourself to younger looking skin!

My #1 recommendation and the #1 rec by dermatologists for keeping your skin looking young, wait for it… sunscreen!! The sun is the #1 cause of aging skin so lather up that skin with at least an SPF 15. I use a BB cream from Laura Mercier with SPF on my face. I love it because it does double duty providing natural coverage and UVA and B protection. You can find it here.

What’s your #1 anti-aging tip?

xo,

Hil

 

 

 

5 easy and cheap anti-aging tips.

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Lycopene, contained in watermelon, has surprising anti-aging benefits.

 

I posted a pic of myself using a “detoxifying” face mask the other day and got a few responses asking a) how it worked and b) what I use on my skin. To answer the first, I didn’t really notice a difference after using the mask. Maybe I will after a few uses but nothing immediate. I’ve gotten better more immediate results with other products I’ve used, one being Manuka Honey. The mask I’ve been using is actually sold pretty inexpensively at Walmart.

Here are some other easy and affordable ways to prevent and decrease the signs of aging:

  1. Lycopene. Wearing an SPF is the #1 way to prevent aging, but did you know you can actually improve your body’s natural defense against harmful UV rays through diet? Lycopene is the skins natural sunblock and is contained in tomatoes, watermelon, red peppers and any other fruit and vegetables with a red/ orange tint. Another good source is found in green tea which also contains caffeine proven to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Eating these nutrient rich foods can increase your skins natural defense from the sun by 33%.
  2. Hydrate. Drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day is recommended for both dietary purposes and preventing the look of fine lines. You should also be incorporating a good  topical moisturizer, I like to mix it up in this department and am currently using a product by Clarins. What do you recommend?
  3. Sleep. This is probably my favorite. Especially as we get older, it’s important to get your 8 hours of sleep. It cuts down on craving junk food (another habit that increases the look of wrinkles and lines) and as you sleep your skin has a chance to repair itself boosting cellular growth and production.
  4. Cleanse. Always remove your make-up! I’m not the best at this, especially after a long day with the kids. But I’m inspired to cleanse my face every night after reading that leaving cosmetics on your face increases the size of your pores. I suggest using cleansing towelletes, I like the ones from Burt’s Bees and a gel, I’m using one by Bliss that doubles as an exfoliator.
  5. Exercise. Another favorite of mine, get moving! This increases cellular regeneration and the release of compounds that prevent cell death.

Do you have any suggestions you can share with us?

xo,

Hilary