The way to spray you say?

Perfume

You know how a little dab will do you?  Well a little spritz is even better.  Perfume can be easily overdone to the point of turning people off with an overwhelming smell instead of a delicate but delightful scent.

We’ve all stood next to someone on an elevator who’s overdone it on the perfume front.  The floor you’re waiting to get off on can’t come faster.  For me having allergies, I can’t stop sneezing.  If it’s cheap perfume even worse.  So I suggest:

Take a clue from hairdresser and grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye, the series on Netflix.

He suggests the best way is to spray away from you, wait a second or two and walk right through it.  This is best done without clothing.  I’ve tried it.  It words beautifully and is not overpowering.  It leaves you with a more gentle fragrance.  Don’t Delay. Try it soon.

Jonathan Van Ness

 

 

 

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Beauty – Kate Somerville

Spotlight on: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer

Included in the Rachel Zoe Summer “Box of Style.”

A moisturizer that has an exfoliant to make your face glow?  This just might be the perfect product!  – d. king

Once referred to as a “shopaholic” (although not really) I hardly shop at all anymore.  At least not in the actual stores.  I love that many products now find their way to me from like minded people who carefully select high quality ingredients that are most likely to maintain a good reputation once reviewed.  I mean what would be the fun of trying products you’re not excited about?   

“My skin never can be hydrated enough. This product is one of my latest obsessions—I apply it a few times a day for an instant refresh and an immediate glow.” – xoRZ

  • 1.7 fl. oz.
  • Key Ingredients: Glycolic & Lactic Acids, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Papaya Enzymes. and Napol Cactus Fruit Extract
  • Reduces the appearance of dullness and uneven skin texture to reveal beautiful, glowing skin.

Retails for $65

Beauty: Alert Eye Cream from Israel

Inspired by nature; anything that incorporates that into my beauty routine which actually works, is a plus and makes me feel better.
Spotlight on Alert Eye Cream from Lavidobased in the heart of the Galilee.
I started using this product two months ago after reading up on it.  It had great reviews and I ran out of the eye cream I was using. This delicate, water-based eye cream was touted as a miracle-worker spiked with plant-based hyaluronic acid and a complex of antiaging natural oils to fight puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.  Also good under makeup.  I was sold and they in turn got another sale.
What it is: a lightweight hydrosol water-based cream, formulated with plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold-pressed avocado and pomegranate seed oils, rose hip and citrus extracts. Supposed to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and is clinically proven to show significant improvement in skin hydration, texture, firmness and elasticity. 
The beginning: Made in Israel by herbalist Ido Magal who established Lavido in 2003 in the Galilee Valley, inspired by childhood memories of tending her grandmother’s organic garden. A nice little story.

The Sea of Galilee has a reputation of mythic proportions. Since time immemorial, the Sea of Galilee has provided sustenance, fresh water, and a living for all the peoples that have settled in the area. Many are aware of its history, but far fewer know that the Sea of Galilee’s sweet waters and thermal hot springs, all fed by the Jordan and Yarmouk rivers, have been used since Roman times for their healing and recuperative powers.

Find out more at:  https://www.lavido.com

Beauty: for the love of Coconuts

The Coconut Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty

launched a series of products based on one of the most versatile fruits for skin, hair, and health.  Inspired by Jacobs’ love of coconut water and the glow of youthful-looking, radiant, well-hydrated skin.

Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs Beauty

Four new products make up the limited-edition Coconut Fantasy Collection, and model Adwoa Aboah is the face of a beautiful new campaign shot by David Sims.

The coconut-themed collection includes old and new favorites, in sleek and Instagrammable white packaging with rose gold accents. The matte O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan compact is a giant bronzer, infused with a coconut scent. The Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eye Shadow Palette in Fantascene comes with seven cream, peach, coral, and warming copper and chocolate shades in matte, satin, and metallic finishes.

The collection is out now for a limited time, at Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus.

Image: Marc Jacobs Website

taken from thecut.com

Charming Beauty: the Keepsake

If you can’t take it with you then wear it while you can

Ever since I can remember I’ve always loved the idea behind charm bracelets. A charm bracelet is personal and allows you to create beautiful memories. They’re sentimental because they have a story attached.  I’ve never had any that were just randomly chosen.

CHANEL Famous Vintage Gold Plated
Tiffany & Co.

As a child I wore a sterling silver bracelet and collected charms about things and from places that meant something.  Family members would add to it and before you know I had no more room for more.  I remember a little statue of liberty from a trip to New York with my parents, an Eiffel tower, a cat (my preference at the time – how things change) and a rocking chair (yes, I was an old person way back then – always went for the rocking chair or rocking horse). Which reminds me I also had the rocking horse charm. Unfortunately the bracelet was left in Montreal and after my parents passed away I could not find it.  But I kept all the gold charms gifted over the years that replaced the silver ones, and turned the smaller ones into a meaningful bracelet.

For instance, the little gold heart was a gift from my grandfather (on my mothers side) who offered it to her for me when I was born.  It has my name on one side and my birthdate on the other.  I wore it on a necklace when I was a baby but when I got older I found it too small to wear on my neck.  The name plate was something my mom bought me as a bracelet on its own when I was a young teenager because I wanted a signet bracelet so badly.  But I had that transferred onto the charm bracelet.  So I have a little story and it all has value to me personally.  Maybe in time I’ll add a few more but I adore it as is.

The company Pandora has taken a modern switch and turned charms into smaller beads which for many make it easier to wear and less cumbersome.

Keep me hanging

When it comes to charm bracelets I still love the ones that dangle.  When it comes to diamonds, I now go for less visibility where they sit into the ring and not stick out. Makes it easier to clean and not catch on clothing. And less showy.

Vintage or otherwise these charming bracelets are timeless

Kate Middleton

Anyone else into them?  (other than me & Kate)

 

 

Beauty: DIY Rose Water Toner/Spritz 

There are some beauty products that are worth splurging on, and then there are those you can make yourself – which are as good or better than anything you can buy. 

Take rose water for example.  It’s super easy to make and has a host of healing benefits.  But the smell alone like a walk through a rose garden, is heavenly enough to perk you up.  Applied to your face after cleansing with a cotton ball and/or spritzed lightly before applying cream will freshen you up and prepare your skin to absorb the moisture.

As a skin soother, rosewater is an all-in-one solution. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce excessive skin redness, whether from broken capillaries or general skin blotchiness. It also has hydrating properties that help to soothe dry, irritated skin, and is used as a cooling treatment for sunburns.

Rosewater has mild astringent qualities, making it a good choice to remove excess skin oil and tone pores. You can even use it as a cleanser itself to remove excess dirt and oil, thus keeping pores unclogged.

Many beauty companies have Rose Water as part of their beauty product line such as “fresh”

To make rose water you need just two cups of distilled water (you can also use Spring), and clean rose petals.  I used beautiful red rainforest petals.  I added a teaspoon of vodka, which acts as a preservative but you don’t have to.  It can be alcohol-free but it may not last as long.  And of course vodka on it’s very own or with a few olives is a necessary beauty pick-me-up (for another post).  Kidding! sort-of

Simmer all the ingredients on low  for about 30 minutes. Let it cool before straining into bottles.  I keep a larger glass bottle in the fridge and refill a smaller one.  That’s it.  I compared mine to one from another leading brand and am happy to say that mine compared just as well…maybe more so (but of course I’m biased).

Have you tried making your own?

 

 

 

Beauty: Erno Laszlo – the original skin maestro

The Hungarian-born dermatologist and skin care guru who founded the Ernő László Institute may be living no longer, but his skincare line is alive and thriving at high end department stores such as Holt Renfrew (Canada) and Saks Fifth Avenue (USA). Now celebrating 90 years of glamour.

Ava, Audrey, Greta, Marilyn, Jackie O – they were all devotees.

With numerous choices at the beauty counter and abundance of new lines cropping up it’s nice to look back to an influential original.  Some of the product line was gifted at a recent women’s fundraising luncheon so I’m testing them out.  So far, no complaints.

I OWE 50% OF MY BEAUTY TO MY MOTHER AND THE OTHER 50% TO ERNO LASZLO, – AUDREY HEPBURN

The philosophy is that there’s more to skincare than meets the eye. Skincare isn’t just about taking care of your skin at the surface: it’s about total body wellness. Taking care of your skin begins from the inside out. Good diet, nutrition, and dedication to a skincare ritual will keep your skin healthy, clear, and glowing.

The Laszlo bespoke double cleansing duos let you customize your routine to meet your skin’s unique needs.

why cleansing oils?

Nourishing Cleansing Oils soothe and soften skin by gently breaking up dirt, makeup and other impurities without stripping your complexion of precious moisture.  Yes, I knew that! I thought I was the one who invented that idea.

why cleansing bars?

Indulgent Cleansing Bars boast game-changing antioxidants and botanicals, plus soap inherently combats oil on contact. Translation? Bye-bye bacteria, hello fresh glow. Okay, I didn’t know that.  My mom always told me to stay away from using soap on my face but maybe this is a whole different bar of soap.

why together?

Depending on your skin care need they help to exfoliate, brighten, firm, hydrate or soothe. When combined, the cleansing oil and cleansing bar create a rich cleansing mask that gently washes away oil and debris from pores.  They impart active ingredients to your skin that work to target your skin concern long after cleansing is done.

And of course there’s everything else in the line such as serums, creams and such.

Have you tried anything in this line?

 

Beauty: Blueberry Exfoliant

Blueberries and Acai berries

are normally reserved for my smoothies, not my face.  But this was a nice alteration.

I’m usually a bit skeptical of “too good to be true” deals but recently on a shopping trip to Washington State I stopped in at Trader Joe’s and found this little beauty. T.J’s Blueberry & Acai facial scrub is surprisingly effective, smells great and the price is right.

Essentially, it’s an antioxidant rich gentle exfoliant that helps to slough off dead skin cells and leave you feeling smooth and pampered. It also contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which is supposed to treat acne and improve the appearance of scars. I quite like it.

What It Claims To Do
Here’s what it says on the Trader Joe’s website: “While this Scrub is exfoliating, save for a few stray blueberry seeds and its very slight general graininess, it’s not really its texture that does the exfoliating—it’s the alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs. We also include colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and various plant extracts to soothe and pamper that beautiful mug of yours.”

Beauty Bonus: the break-up

My powder blush broke into a million pieces.  What do I do?

Gather all of the broken pieces of makeup into its original container, and crush the whole thing up (even the parts that may not have broken). 2. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact, and let it soak in. Use your finger (pre-wash hands of course), the back of a spoon, or anything, really, to rub and smooth down the makeup. Leave it overnight for best results. Apply.

Your welcome!

 

 

Beauty in a Box

Useful, beautifully thought out items for women on the go. Courtesy of the Zoe Report.

Aside from the leather clutch/shoulder/computer bag here are the other items in the Fall Box of Style:

THE MANE MASTER

If you spent too much time in the sun and pool, Oribe’s Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream is here to rescue your summer-loved strands. Imbued with a heavenly scent, massage a small amount of this leave-in conditioner post-shower, or midday, for a silky treatment.

THE ONE-TWO PUNCH

Vegan and cruelty free, NUDESTIX gives you a natural way to get gorgeous. Their two-in-one crayon is moisturizing and vitamin-enriched — the perfect pick-me-up to give your lips and cheeks a pinch of color at a moment’s notice.

THE TRIPLE THREAT

The perfect travel skincare set. My skin looked fantastic after using it. Call in a weekend staycation, or fake a spa visit, with Skinesque’s multi-tasking mask. Paraben-free and dermatologist approved, it will brighten up your visage with skin-loving ingredients from green tea to bamboo and charcoal.

THE DYNAMIC DUO

A little luxury goes a long way, and these stackable baubles prove it. The choice item in the fall box, they deliver delicate diamonds on 14K Gold Plated Brass rings.

TRAY CHIC

Overhaul clutter and make a modern statement via this metallic tray. Whether placed atop your work desk, coffee table, or vanity, it will effortlessly elevate your space.

Order your box here (while supplies last) –  http://boxofstyle.thezoereport.com/            Save $20 on your Fall order. Use CODE  FALL20

 

Beauty: the quick fix

Let’s face it – masks are messy.

These are great for a girly sleepover

Masks of all kinds are a relaxing ‘must’ in every woman’s weekly beauty regime.  It can get confusing trying to choose only one.  Which leads me to this:

When Sephora dedicates a whole counter to sheet masks you know they’re “a thing” even though Asian women have been using them for decades. I first saw them in Japan and thought “what a great idea.”  I even bought a kleenex box full of sheet masks.

Apparently there is a trend for taking selfies wearing sheet masks.

Not sure why.  I’ve tried it myself (just for fun of course…not to post obviously).

I cannot believe how popular they’ve now become here in North America.  With the abundance of different choices available you can refresh, hydrate, brighten, tighten, lighten and treat your skincare concerns.

my recent under the sheet experiments because “I’m Real

Simply, they get the job done in a matter of minutes. Try different ones to suit your mood or skin condition of the moment (because as you know it changes with the season).  No chance of getting bored. They’re so reasonably priced, great for travelling or when you have limited time. And you can pick them up almost everywhere.  What’s not to like?

Have fun!  Have a favourite?