I know summer is finally here when the summer box of style arrives at my mailbox doorstep. Season by season, year after year it never fails to please. There’s always a fun accessory and perfect skincare product to suit everyone. All curated by Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe to provide women with five luxury products every season to fit into our wardrobes and daily routine no matter what it is. All at a reasonable price.
From the Website:
Summer 2020 Box
“The summer season for me is all about family, friends, and making memories. It’s about enjoying the simple things in life and finding happiness in the everyday. This summer edit has been curated for you with the hope that each piece will bring you joy and, in some way, be part of your lasting memories. I can truly say that everything in this selection makes me happy, and that certainly means more to me now than ever before.” xo RZ
HENNY + LEV
RETAILS AT $159.00
This classic weekender silhouette is perfect for future getaways. Its roomy interior is big enough to stash all necessities, plus more. Canvas with vegan leather accents. Pockets and interior pouch included. Will come in handy.
Dream Floral Sarong
RETAILS AT $195.00
With fringe embellishment and infinite ways to wear it, this sarong will be a go-to all summer long. Two choices: 1) colorful Rose Quartz (shown) or dial it down with 2) blue shades of Meteorite. Nice to have choices.
Hydra-Repair Day Cream
RETAILS AT $49.00
The skin savior you won’t want to live without. Pairs well with a hydrating toner and SPF for those warm summer days.
Vegan and clean
Suitable for all skin types
Improves skins hydration while also acting as a makeup primer
Color & Light Palette
RETAILS AT $34.00
The instant pick-me-up we all need. For a sun-kissed glow, swipe the bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks and apply the highlighter to the high points of your face.
Shade: Tropic Equinox
Clean, Cruelty and Gluten-Free
Beaded Tassel Earrings
RETAILS AT $55.00
Spice up any summer look with these 3″ length statement earrings in brilliant white. Perfect for virtual happy hours with friends. Made in India of white iridescent glass beads and silk thread.
To get a beach body all you need is to have a body to take to the beach. Nobody said it had to be perfect.
I couldn’t have predicted it any betteror worse. The timing that is…and the fact that my hair would lose some of it’s natural lustre and manageability.
Who would have thought that I could have hair products customized specifically for me, with my name on the bottle? just in case anyone who comes over makes the mistake of using them. Never mind the length and the roots. That’s another story.
Early in March, at the very beginning of learning about Coronavirus, I received an offer I could not refuse. It came from a company I hadn’t heard about before. But it got my attention. Because…well..custom made and all…
As far as beauty products are concerned, hair products were always at the very bottom of my list. Not sure why that was but I would use pretty much anything. It was never a priority like skincare and makeup was. But now that’s all changed. I’ve become a prose convert.
Created in Paris. (Gotta trust the French when it come to these things). Bottled in Brooklyn.
I was intrigued. The people at Prose got my attention with not so little details such as…clean, cruelty free ingredients, refillable bottles, thought to packaging, guidelines for how to use each product and finally; scent. The customization process even includes the aroma profile you can choose, which ranges from floral to citrus to woodsy. My oil has an amazing almond scent. You are one in a million. So is your hair.
Let me tell you. You have to first fill out an application longer than one for a job interview from what I can remember about job interviews and answer all kinds of questions regarding the quality of your overall hair condition and health in general.
Questions like how much hair regularly falls out and how much of your scalp is shown when hair is parted down the middle? This apparently tells you about your hair density. Even diet. Yes! All the answers help to formulate each product exclusively to your needs.
The whole Prose line is customized to your specific hair.
It’s amazing. My hair life as changed. Find out for yourself. Here’s the link:
The Spring box of Style never felt so good as at a time like this. A little pick-me-up.
Here’s what’s inside:
This is considered one of those holy grail skincare items. Erno Laszlo was one of the first luxury skincare products. He had many famous clients. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Ava Gardner to Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich and Jackie Kennedy. That’s not a bad lineup.
This one is an easy-to-use toner that offers high-impact results to your regular skincare routine. It gently clears away flakes and aging skin cells while it sweeps on calming, skin-renewing nutrients. So far I love it. It reduces redness too while supporting natural renewal and repair. Retails at $60.00
I’m starting to pay more attention to hair health (more on this in a separate post). For now I use this vegan + cruelty free lightweight hydrating cream on damp hair for a smooth finish. It leaves hair soft, glossy and manageable. Retails at $29.00
I must admit when I first found out there was yet another camel bag in the Spring mix I was not so excited, as I already own several. However, this one is different. It’s a sueded 2-tone vegan leather shoulder bag with an interior pocket that’s appealingly structured, and comes in quite handy as a lightweight shopping bag. Very nice. Retails at $74.00
I own many gold, silver and beaded bracelets that I love but there’s something about a chain-link bracelet that adds instant glamour to everything. This elegantly crafted chain-link by Rachel’s friend Nikki Reed you can wear with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to an evening gown. Wear alone or with other bracelets. It’s 6″ with a 2″ extender sustainably made with gold plated recycled brass. Retails at $195.00
These tortoise and black sunglasses are both striking and timeless and supposed to look great on everyone….except me. We got a choice between the two and I chose tortoise. Yet again; my sister gets another pair of my sunglasses that don’t suit me….but they all happen to look great on her.
Retails at $85.00
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Fall calls for bolder jewelry like the gold plated Elisa statement necklace from DANNIJO which can dress up everything from a pair of jeans to evening wear.
JJ WINTERS Ivy leather crossbody bag in rich caramel looks great with everything from late-summer dresses to fall’s chunky knits and jackets. Crossbody bags are my go-to especially for hands-free dog walking.
Time to Make-Up
with Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer from Marc Jacobs Beauty. Insanely beautiful sheer colors that are non sticky and easily buildable to feel good on the lips. We were offered one of two choices but there’s more in the collection.
Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in “One Mauve Time”
Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in “Sugar High”
Fall calls for a change in skincare which for me, means going back to using a high quality serum. I love SHANI DARDEN’s Texture Reform Gentle Resurfacing Serum.
Even sensitive skin types can benefit from this gentle retinol serum. It encourages cell turnover, softens lines and reduces signs of sun damage which is especially important after the long summer months.
Time to VIFF
MOVIE MONTH begins
Looking forward to viewing some fascinating films and documentaries.
Time for COMFORT FOOD
I’m making pizza, roast chicken, pot roast, thai veggie stew, pasta dishes……and it’s only September.
In the summer especially we should all be applying sunscreen.
Included in the summer box of style was a full-size bottle of glo skin beauty’s lightweight, hydrating SPF 40 face lotion. What I really like about it is exactly what it boasts…light, moisturizing and broad-spectrum protection. What more do you need? You can wear it alone as a moisturizer, not necessarily over your moisturizer, which means one less step.
Each season the box includes one skin-care and one makeup product that’s outstanding. You get to try something different with products that actually work. I love that.
Here’s what I also found out taken from their website:
Glo Skin Beauty vows never to test products on animals, allow others to test on animals on their behalf, use raw ingredients tested on animals or enter into business markets like China that require animal testing by joining *PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program and becoming a PETA approved brand.
China requires international brands that sell cosmetics in their market to test products on animals, regardless of where the cosmetics were manufactured. Cosmetics manufactured in China sold in the United States are not subject to the same requirements. In the United States, these types of tests are not required by law.
It’s been some time since I’ve written a beauty product review.Mostly because I’m trying to stick with one product long enough to be able to actually see if and how it works for me. I’m always surprised when companies ask for their product to be rated only days after receiving it. It’s not enough time to properly review the effects with short term usage. And it’s personal as everyone has different skin and skin issues.
This LUNA face oil was included in the Winter Box of Style. It’s called sleeping night oil by Sunday Riley. It’s not an oil that makes you sleep better (too bad about that) – it’s an overnight face oil. It’s also blue.
I’m getting to be a tough customer. As you know there’s no such thing as one product fits all. After trying Lavido’s replenishing facial serum which is an oil that you use on wet skin, Luna is used on dry skin.
I was excited to try Lavido’s face oil because of all the hype surrounding it as a miracle product. I decided that as nice as it is, it’s not extraordinary in my opinion. So back to Luna…
I wasn’t crazy about the blue color however it does melt right into the skin. Product goes from blue to clear when massaged into the skin.
It’s touted as a next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores.
I don’t find it overly luxurious. It is a nice product and my skin looks good but I must honestly say that when I’m finished using the bottle I probably will not look to purchase another one.
This is what the company (Sunday Riley) has to say:
Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—both rich in soothing, blue azulene—the look of redness and sensitivity are visibly balanced for a calm, even-toned complexion. Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil..
Let me know if you use it and how it works for you. On that note…
The beauty industry is HUGE. Beauty bloggers get a lot of interest but it’s a full time job. Here to better explain it is Hallie Gould in her own words for Brydie (a shoppable online and mobile content platform focused on all things beauty)
An interest in beauty is not vapid. Not even close.
An all-encompassing explanation of the beauty industry is a tall order. I find myself defending my job to a lot of people, those who think it’s all lipstick and perpetuating traditional beauty ideals. The fact of the matter is it’s quite the opposite. Writing about beauty is so vital in the culture we live in, not only to those who care about the newest makeup launch but also because taking care of yourself (be it your mind, body, skin, hair, soul, and whatever else) is inherently inclusive. Everyone wants to feel good. Everyone wants to look good. The short answer is this: I write about beauty. But more granular, it’s rooted in very personal yet unbelievably relatable tropes: body image, self-love, wellness, mental health = confidence. I parlay my access to experts in the field as well as my own personal (and sometimes difficult) experiences to offer content that is helpful and hopefully cathartic to whoever may be searching for it.
And let’s face it – as women, we never give up on the search for things that make us feel and look better.
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.
Spotlight on: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer
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.
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 Lavido – based 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.
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.
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.