Wise words via Benefit
Cute! Benefit Cosmetics for LeSportsac.
Take notes..Sarah Lucero, Stila Cosmetics artist extraordinaire, spilled on how to travel and pack like a makeup artist.
Lupita rocked the Oscars in so many ways…especially when she tossed her Clarins lip balm at Ellen. It immediately sold out everywhere (except here – I found it!)
Lindsay’s ‘wearing lit’ series is the best. Get caught up.
The lovely Sara interviewed me this week over at Project Soiree. Bet she didn’t think I’d drop some John Mayer lyrics on her, but we are who we are!
Sarah Jessica Parker and I eat the same pizza. Racked has the full scoop of SJP’s fav Chicago spots.
The Type A organizer in me LOVES these lucite organizers.
This foundation brush looks very promising.
Despite the fact I have practically an entire drawer full of makeup brushes, I still rely on the trusty foam wedge. From preventing annoying eye shadow fallout (I can’t for the life of me do my eye makeup before the rest of my face!) or using damp to blend foundation, the sponge is the handiest tool in my box. And I’ve uncovered a new use: manicure blender. I’ve got butter London’s Katie Jane Hughes to thank for tipping us off to this pro trick. The hardest part of doing an ombre mani is getting the layering just right. Seems as one half of the nail is bubbly or raised and the color gradient never looks effortless. I love this mixed metal look Katie created for DANNIJO at New York Fashion Week, which she got looking so perfectly imperfect by swiping the steely taupe polish – called Posh Bird – over the rosy gold polish – called Goss – using a makeup sponge. I love everything about it – especially the butter London colors she used! What do you think — ready to give this a try?
Ask me my favorite place to get my makeup done in the city, and I’ll tell you Arch Apothercary. The weekend of Valentine’s Day, I headed there with Christine for some girl time over blowouts and makeup. I was heading directly to dinner with my husband from there and Arch made me feel so pretty for date night. I’ve been wearing a lot of lip color lately so was looking for something a little more evening on the eyes. I love the layered bronze eye that Betsy Branca (founder and owner of Arch!) gave me and have been replicating it on my own since. If you have blue eyes, you must try! Our peepers really pop with these colors.
It’s seriously the easiest.
1. Prime lids and layer on a cream bronze shadow (Betsy used RMS Seduce) from lash line to just above your natural crease. No need to be too perfect because you’re going to layer over it with powder eye shadow.
2. Take a fluffy shadow brush and blend a light bronze over the entire area you just applied the cream shadow.
3. Take a slightly darker color and blend it on the outer edge of the crease for more definition. Then take a small pointed-tip brush (I love this one) and sweep that darker brown across the lower lash line.
4. Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.
And that’s it! Eyeliner optional. She tightlined my upper and lower lash line since I was going out afterward, but when I do this for day during the work week I only do mascara. I loved Christine’s makeup, too. She gives a how-to on contouring over here (featuring my fav Jenny Patinkin brush!) which you should definitely check out.
P.S. Arch is opening in Madison, Wisconsin this spring! Um…this year marks 10 (oh my gah) since I graduated a Badger. You college peeps sure are lucky, though.
Photos by Christine Petric
Note: Arch Apothecary treated me to complimentary services during this visit.
Maybe it’s because I got a taste of summer in Tulum or the fact that I can’t possibly fathom the idea of wearing boots and sweaters for another month. Either way, I’m not interested in buying anything else for winter. I’m completely over it. Now that everyone is bringing out their spring and summer wears, I’ve got quite the shopping list assembled. Here are a few things I’m excited about for March!
PRETTY GLOSS: Literally, this is the name of the strawberry pink gloss in Chantecaille’s spring collection. You won’t find a more chic tube – this one was even made famous by Angelina when she whipped it out of her purse at the Golden Globes a few years ago. // NECTAR CHEEKS: I’m all about the cheeks in Bobbi Brown’s spring Nectar & Nudes collection. This pot rouge with a sweep of her classic Shimmer Brick in the most perfect coral hue looks so fresh. // BUCKET BAG: I want in on the trend, but not at $400. Found: the perfect alternative at Zara. On its way to me now. // NEW SKINCARE: I’ve been testing a lab sample of La Bella Figura’s new Enzyme Cleaner and I look forward to the evening when I get to slather this rosy and grapefruit goodness on my face. It officially launches this week and I can’t wait to snag a full bottle. // ROOM SPRITZ: I long for the days where I can open up the windows and let fresh air in. In the meantime, settling for Antica Farmacista Prosecco Room Spray. This was part of the recent Space NK gift – such a fun discovery! // SPRING BOOTS: I can see myself wearing these lace-up wedges into the ground. Anthro sealed the deal for me with this insta! // BAUBLEBAR x ANTHRO: Two of my favorites! I want it all. Especially this necklace.
Photo via Stripes & Sequins
Physically, I’m back in Chicago. Mentally, I’m still splashing away in my own little world in Tulum. We didn’t have much of an itinerary, by design since our days are otherwise so packed with meetings and obligation. We spent nearly every moment from sunrise to sunset by the pool or beach, margarita in hand, and it was everything. I can’t wait to return. Slowly easing back into the swing of things around here and looking forward to WCBC’s Oscar party! Here are a few things that caught my eye this week.
I adore everything about these lip twists that Grace is showing off, especially the berry.
I bookmarked these Etsy shops as soon as I read this roundup on simple gold jewelry.
I love this braided bedhead look and the fact that I think I could do it all by myself.
Brilliant! Racked’s Oscar Red Carpet Bingo card.
I devoured so many online reviews of the new NARS Matte Multiples while poolside this week. Verdict: I want all of them.
I am succumbing to the bucket bag trend. Want!
Can’t believe it’s March already. Download Dani’s printable calendar.
Do you read theSkimm? It’s my favorite email every day. I appreciate how honest these ladies are on what it’s like to be entrepreneurs. Case in point: this post.
I was over on Meg’s blog this week with 9 other amazing ladies dishing on winter beauty.
Nothing like a good beauty sale to end the week! There are a few going on right now. Bobbi Brown has a rare 20% off Friends & Family sale through today (Feb. 28) and Neiman Marcus Beauty Week is going on through Sunday, March 2. Here are a few things I’m eyeing up. Happy almost weekend!
This Heat Styling Spray by Oribe is like a top coat for your hair. Must try! // New from Fresh…Soy Eye Makeup Remover. // The Cle de Peau Concealer is legendary – for good reason. // I’ve been wanting to try this Tata Harper mask for ages. // The rosy hues in this Le Metier de Beaute Lip Kit are everything. The packaging is so chic. // I love Deborah Lippmann’s hand cream, especially because it has an impressive SPF 25. Plus, Deborah has a great bonus gift on top of the tote! // Tory Burch makes a very pretty bottle of perfume. It smells incredible, too. // Chanel Tapage nail polish looks like the perfect red with just a smidge of orange. // Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in a compact – so handy for the purse. // Kevyn Aucoin’s matte eyeshadows are the best matte shadows I’ve ever used. The range of lid-colored neutrals means a perfect match for every skin tone! // One of my favorite liquid liners, best stocked up during times of gift.
P.S. For any of my Chicago friends, if you ever visit NM on Michigan Ave., go say hi to Tess at Le Metier de Beaute. She is the best and can help you with all your beauty needs!
I feel like I’ve been holding out on you guys. For a few months now I’ve been using the kai Shampoo and Conditioner almost exclusively. I have a short attention span for what’s in my shower so this is no small deal. I’m entranced by the faint gardenia scent kai is known for. I had to restrain myself because I was starting to wash my hair every night. That gardenia fragrance is the constant in every kai product, which is perfect because I want to smell like this everywhere. It’s an almost floral scent, never overpowering. Not obviously tropical but channeling somewhere exotic. The formula does va-va-voom things for my hair — thanks to the addition of argan oil and glycolic acid, which, yes — appears in more than just your skin care these days. The glycolic acid gets deep into hair cuticles to strengthen each strand. Softness, shine and that lingering kai scent is the aftermath.
My kai fixation went on a road show this week. I brought the body wash and lotion from the travel set with me to Tulum. If it weren’t for all that SPF I needed to pack 3-1-1 style, the rest of this kit would have also!
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Are you a business lady or a business, lady?! Either way, there’s a great event taking place for you at Ann Taylor on Michigan Ave tomorrow evening, February 27, from 6-8pm. Marie Claire editors and career expert Farnoosh Torabi will be hosting a discussion on how to own your career path. Trish McEvoy’s team will be on hand to do makeup touch-ups and there will also be a professional photographer ready to capture your new LinkedIn profile pic. If you’re able to make it, send a quick RSVP to email@example.com. And, while you’re there check out this bag. Ann Taylor’s work totes are always the best!
The one-piece is alive! No further proof needed than seeing one-piece bathing suits worn by the ladies of the Bachelor on those “once-in-a-lifetime” dates. As Glamour so aptly pointed out, if Chris Harrison allows this, then it most definitely is a thing again. The one-piece, or maillot – if we’re getting fancy, can be sexier than more skin in my opinion. I’m all for body flattering especially when I’m feeling body conscious. I like bagels, a lot. And I’ve been wearing stretchy pants and baggy sweaters for three months.
Pre-vacay, I did a few rounds with Supergoop Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse to make sure this was the only thing blinding people at the pool. The texture is silky and smooth, which makes for an easy application. Bonus: it has SPF 20 so you can totally use this while you’re in the sun, too. The Supergoop added much needed color to my legs, which is an added bonus for a petite girl pulling out all of tricks to appear taller and leaner.
Top, L-R: Best in Waistline; Best in Ruffles; Best in Underwire
Bottom L-R: Best in Deep V; Best in Bandeau; Best in Slimming Stripes
I snagged the navy and neon green halter one-piece with a plunging v and open back for $5 (no joke) at the end of last season from Old Navy. Best score ever, right? My husband even said (without prompt) that he thought it was sexier than my bikini. With an endorsement like that, I mean…order up another.
I’ve finally got this packing light thing down. All of my necessities for five days in Tulum came with me carry-on only. I’m prepared to blind everyone at the pool with this sequined tote. I was eyeing it up at Anthropologie before the holidays and spotted it again a few weeks ago for more than half off. Score! It fits a ton – even my laptop if I want it to. For Tulum, I’ve packed it with a new book, a stack of magazines, my iPad (JUST finished the first season of House of Cards) and a few other essentials.
The Frends headphones fold in half, which make them so travel-friendly. I love they are especially made for women so they don’t feel or look ginormous. These sunglasses I snagged at Old Navy are another purchase I’m so happy about. I love the rose gold accent and patterned stems – and the fact that I only paid $15 for them. It’s the little things, guys.
SPF is the name of the game on this trip. My quart-sized bag is packed to the brim with several tubes of Supergoop and I’ve brought along Juice Beauty CC Cream for another layer of SPF on the face. Gives enough coverage and also adds a dewy finish. Add a touch of this on the cheeks and and there’s my two-step beauty routine in Tulum. There’s Fresh Sugar Honey Balm so I don’t forget to SPF my lips and I skipped the spritz in favor of La Bella Figura Travel Therapy. I always dab it on my wrists when I fly and it doubles as a perfume. A very sexy and relaxing one at that!
For more on Tulum, check out Insta. I keep promising to keep it light on the beach photos, because…ya know, 10 degrees back at home, but, it’s all so pretty to photograph here!