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The Best of Beauty: 2015

Best of Beauty 2015

Hey 2015, you were pretty cool. There was that whole living in Toronto for three months, falling madly in love and getting a Smart TV. That last one was a real game changer, let me tell ya. Reflection makes my world make more sense to me and I also love thinking about it through a beauty lens. Remembering the year in beauty brings up fun memories of date nights, shower experiments and great (or not so!) hair days. There were so many great discoveries, advances and ingredients. Somehow, I narrowed my best of beauty down to 10 products. Now, to opine…

Kahina Fez Perfume Oil is the sexiest fragrance I own. I feel traveled and adventurous when I dab this on. It evolves into something spicy and earthy – completely unlike anything I’ve worn before.

Been wearing Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerize on the regular since I met Charlotte this summer. It’s a cream to sheen formula which means it looks so bright and glowy on the lids. The color Jean is champagne perfection. All shades are named after badass women, which is also pretty cool.

Apparently, 2015 is the year I rediscovered my love of cream shadows. Blue eyes really pop with the Ilia Silken Shadow Stick in Next to You. It is a bronzy amber that leans warm and almost orange. I line my eyes on the lower lash line with this, too. Crazy pop!

When I was in Toronto, I didn’t want to keep too many polishes up there because I knew it was just more to bring back. I must have worn Dior Nail Glow for almost two months. My nails looked so healthy without any actual color.

Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen isn’t just SPF. It is an awesome makeup primer and over time helps improve tone and texture.

I’m unbelievably picky with eyeliner, usually favoring liquid but can’t get enough of W3LL People Hyponist Eyeliner in Plum. It is almost navy and a nice change from black.

Those early mornings? Met their match with Bottega Organica Eye Illuminate Cream. It might be the fanciest skin care I’ve ever used but boy does it work. On top of all of the skin care benefits, it also has a yellow tint so automatically everything looks corrected and brighter.

Dry shampoo is the greatest invention and Living Proof’s is the best of the best. Cleans hair and you can actually go a really long time without actual shampoo. Like a week, or more.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue does everything. It is so hydrating and makes my skin look radiant. I’ve bought several tubes of this since trying it in January. A true staple for all of 2015 – I’ve been using it all year long!

Coconut oil is the most useful and functional item in your bathroom, yet, it never seems to be very pretty. Cocovit changed all of that with a beautiful jar (in three sizes!) This is made right here in Chicago, but sourced from a village in India. It’s the fluffiest coco oil and barely has a scent.

Any beauty discoveries you made this year that stand out?

A Day for Lipstick

ILIA Lipstick Crayon

Marketing holidays are a thing now. There’s a day for pretty much every food, beverage, car, flower and sport imaginable. I care about exactly two of them: national relaxation day (that’s in August…take a bath! enjoy quiet time!) and national lipstick day. The latter is today. Happy holiday, beauty friends!

Laurie Leopold

Be it the classic bullet, crayon-esque pencil, pot or tub, I love lip color in all forms. Lipstick is the single most transformative beauty product that helps channel a desired state of mind. It’s the opener and closer. I instantly feel complete wearing it, even if the rest of my face is bare.

ILIA Call Me

One such lip color that has made it pretty easy to smile lately is a bubblegum pink by ILIA. The self-sharpening Lip Crayon, in “Call Me,” is as good as it gets. The color was inspired by one of my favorite 80s flicks, Pretty in Pink! It’s a vibrant soft pink—uplifting in nature. The semi-matte finish is modern and comfortable.  ILIA cracked the code on organic lipstick so it comes as no surprise that this lip crayon rules the world.

P.S. I’ve been wearing this polish for a few weeks now and might just embrace the bare nail trend the rest of summer!

Photos by Alanna Glass

Cherry Blossoms In Bloom


Two words: patio season. I had dinner outside this weekend and it was glorious. Those first few patio moments after winter make all of the bundling and freezing seem worth it. It’s also prime time for the cherry blossoms. I was bombarded with pictures from DC friends this weekend. That was always one of my favorite parts about living in DC.  Spring in Chicago has its perks, but a view of the cherry blossoms from a paddle boat in the Tidal Basin might trump a patio dinner. Maybe. On to this week’s pretty picks!

Rifle Paper Co. captured the cherry blossoms perfectly with this print. // This DKNY Trench can be worn a handful of different ways, thanks to an optional capelet. // These flats (by Toms!) actually look like they’d be worn by a ballerina. I adore them. // Aerin makes insanely beautiful palettes and this one for face and eyes is at the top of my wish list. // Tarte’s pepperminty lipsurgence pencils now come in a lip gloss. // Cosmetic bag meets clutch…how adorable is this speckled pattern? // Bobbi Brown now makes eyewear and this blush pair of sunnies are so chic. // ILIA multi-stick in Tenderly is the perfect cherry blossom pink hue.