Month: February 2016

House of Claire

Season 4 of Netflix’s House of Cards is available Friday, March 4th.  Before resigning to a weekend of binge-watching, cast your vote for this Claire Underwood-inspired style! ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE Cheers!   Advertisements

Pore Favor?


I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been obsessed with clean pores ever since I saw the first Biore pore strip commercial back in the late 1990s.  Since those early days of papier-mache-like-pore-yanking strips, I’ve tried various products – from strips to scrubs to toners – with varying results.  (To date, one of my favorites is Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask – and don’t be turned off by the price – my tube has lasted forever because a little goes a long way, and I only use it on problem areas.)

And, as I get older, I look for products that are gentler on my skin . . . that means less tugging!

When I heard San Francisco-based benefit came out with The POREfessional: Instant Wipeout Mask, I was eager to try!  I’ve always been a fan of benefit, but hadn’t tried too many of their skincare products.

And?  I heart these Instant Wipeout Masks.  Note, these are masks, not strips.  You press that turquoise button to release all the pore-cleaning serum and apply the smooth side to your problem area — for me, my nose.  The serum feels strong (like its working!), but not overpowering.  Make yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and, after ten minutes have passed, use the textured side of the mask to wipe off the serum.  Voila, you’re done!  Since its a mask, it remains wet — no ripping off like a band-aid at the end!  I’ve used this three times so far, as needed (when I can see visible build-up in my pores), which has been about once every five days.  My best results so far were post-hot shower.

Visibly less noticeable pores without the skin irritation of a strip?!  Do yourself a PORE FAVOR and try these Instant Wipeout Masks!

Have you tried these Instant Wipeout Masks?  What are your go-to pore products?



Gimme Lip!


Birchbox has done it again with The Lip Sync Kit!  This kit has everything to take you from morning coffee, through happy hour and dinner.

Going beyond balm to help you prep your pucker, this Laura Geller New York Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub has seriously upped my lip game.  I’ve used it both in the morning to prep my lips, and at night to help remove stubborn liquid lipstick.  This gentle exfoliating lip scrub leaves my lips feeling soft and moisturized.  And it smells great!

IPKN Twinkle Lips has become my new go-to lip product for daytime.  This moisturizing lip balm moisturizes my lips and leaves a sheer hint of color.  It’s buildable, so you can increase the intensity of the color as you like.  Pretty color personalized to you?  Naturally.  Awesome.

I am so amazingly bad with lip liner, but this ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner is not only forgiving when you draw outside the lines, but also regulates every shade of lipstick (see what I did there?).  No need for an arsenal of rarely-used lip liner when this nude stick will always do the trick!

POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix in Satin Rose is a burst of spring!  This matte formula has great pigment and stay power.  It definitely pops.  Survived several cups of coffee, proving to be a low maintenance, high pigment wonder.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick in Strumpet has strong pigment and buildable coverage.  Add more to achieve a glossy effect.  Just one drop provides opaque coverage with a satin-like finish.  I applied before eating and am happy to report that this liquid lipstick withstood a few slices of pizza.  So you can have your  pizza pie and eat it too!

You can count on stila stay all day™ liquid lipstick for a bold lip.  Beso is a wildly rich and vibrant color.  This liquid lipstick goes on slick, but dries matte.  Great for evening, and won’t transfer.  Withstood a Valentine’s Day tasting menu like a pro.  Statement.  Color.

Have you tried any of these?




All My Single Ladies, Treat Yo’self

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This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to some much needed TLC!

Start with an at-home spa experience, using the intoxicating Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, luxurious Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask, and your favorite fizzy LUSH Bath Bomb.

Commit to some serious retail therapy, sporting this super on-trend (and currently 50% off!Rebecca Minkoff Avery Tote.  Declare your love for mother earth by skipping the plastic bags and instead using this reusable Kate Spade Treat Yourself Tote.

Glam it up for a night on the town with your gals with Birchbox’s The Lip Sync Kit.  This kit has all you need to prep and line, and gives you the option of going subtle or bold, and matte or glossy.  Or, plan a girls’ night in with movies and drinks.  Show off your best mixologist creations in these gorgeous Pineapple Tumblers!