Winter has arrived. This week has been cold everywhere — experienced the first subzero wind chills in Chicago in what feels like two years, how about you? Everything is just so dry. I have stepped up my moisturizer game in a big way. I mean business. My hair wants in on the moisture blast action, too. Last night, I took myself to George the Salon in Chicago to experience The Vegetarian Miracle Conditioning Treatment. In short, it’s everything for dry ends. I woke up with the softest tresses this a.m. And my blowout is completely intact — I plan to ride it out for as many days as I can manage.
A bit of background on George. The man behind the salon, George Gonzales, worked for Oprah and the Harpo team for more than a decade and opened his own salon about five years ago. One of the lines he’s been carrying since opening is from eco-friendly Davines, and the Vegetarian Treatment is the newest addition. Part one is an intense conditioning treatment featuring nourishing ingredients like rice, red algae and avocado. The final touch is the Living Enzyme Infusion Spray which targets brittle hair with wheat proteins, olive oil, cotton bloom and a special enzyme that fights free radicals (yeah, they attack your hair just as they do skin!)
My hair has way more shine and bounce than it should for January, and I’m thrilled. The service costs $20 — and is perfect for someone like me who gets as few trims as possible. I think a regular treatment like this can help me keep my ends in better shape.
Anyone else feeling winter’s drab effect on hair? What are you doing to remedy the situation?
Note: Services were provided free-of-charge for editorial consideration. Opinions are my own.
I tend to test more skin care than I probably should. I’m always in search of that perfect combo to make my skin look radiant. Because when my skin is in good shape, my makeup looks better and I don’t wear as much. The testing process can lead me to a sweet discovery or give me breakouts. I recently tried a line that falls into the former and I am beyond excited by the discovery. Meet My, launched in 2012 with five anti-aging products. The secret to My is a blend of antioxidant-rich Asian botanicals, namely Pili and Moringa oils indigenous to the Philippines. Pili is naturally restorative and rich with omega fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and Moringa does that as well but also has a high concentration of vitamin C (hello brighter skin!)
I’ve been experimenting with My’s five and was blown away in the first few days. My skin is so incredibly soft and supple — not easy to do when the temps keep fluctuating on a daily basis (today is in the single digits). I cannot wait to see how My performs over the rest of winter. I admittedly have a short attention span with skin care, but these moisturizers and serums can be weaved into just about any skin care regime.
Let me introduce you to what I’m deeming the fab ‘My’ five:
Skin Recovery Formula wears a lot of hats. It helps brighten skin and even out discoloration from sun damage and acne and also has a special peptide that helps increase collagen production.
Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer – I was most scared of this product (the look of truly matte skin conjures up images of dry and flaky to me) but it turned out to be my favorite. If you try anything in this line, start here! It is so moisturizing and smoothing and doesn’t take the life out of your skin. The opposite – skin looks glowing (in a controlled, non-oily way!) Bonus: it can double as primer.
Weightless Eye Cream – The botanicals in this target everything from puffiness and dark circles to wrinkles. I love how light it is and how quickly it absorbs into skin….just in time for me to layer on my La Bella Figura Decouverte Eye Serum. Wrinkles…I’m stopping you before you start.
Dynamic Lifting Serum – I love the gel texture of this serum that works to make everything more taut and firm. It absorbs quickly which I appreciate since I tend to layer on treatments. This is a great first step on clean skin morning and night.
Transformative Night Cream – The most intensive moisturizer in the line, for sure. It gets to work while you’re sleeping with a ton of amazing ingredients. I think I credit this for my softer than ever skin. I wake up and my skin just looks more plump like it had its 8 glasses of water. My favorite part? Instead of digging your fingers into a container, you just press down on the container and out squeezes out the perfect portion.
My really brought the goods with these five debut items and I cannot wait to see what the brand introduces next.
I’ve been a loyal body wash user for so long. Since I was a teenager and made a hobby of visiting the Bath & Body Works practically weekly. Juniper Breeze and Pearberry, anyone? I’ve had a penchant for all wash in a bottle, be it a gel, foam, cream, oil or mouse. It’s accurate to say I all but abandoned perhaps the most classic form of cleanser: a bar of soap. I think I’m making up for lost time. Bar soaps are all the rage in my shower and I have to say getting back to the traditional with body cleansing is a refreshing change in routine. Plus, the bar soaps of today seem so advanced to the drying white bars of my youth.
For those mornings when I just need to be alert, I opt for Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar. Black peppercorns srub away dead cells and the spicy blend of pepper and bergamot is invirograting. I take the time to really enjoy the aroma when I use this. The scent is unisex but be warned: if you buy this for the man in your life, you will end up stealing it back for yourself.
Natural body washes can be light on the lather (due to no sulfates) and sometimes leave you wanting a more thorough cleanse. But that’s not the case for a natural bar of soap. The vegan Metropolis Soap. Co artisan soaps have just a handful of ingredients, including shea butter so you know it’s moisturizing, and essential oils and detoxifying French clay. What I really love is the unexpected combinations and spa-like aromas that result. Plus, they’re under $10 and handmade in Brooklyn!
While I admit that its tempting to leave Fresh Citron de Vigne Soap in its gorgeous outer packaging, it’s just too good of scent not to indulge with during a hot shower. It gives me such a feeling of luxury and I’m addicted to the scent. It literally has notes of every scent I love — rose, grapefruit, neroli, pinot noir and amber. I find it brings me comfort in this cold weather.
We think that bar soap is in the middle of a major comeback, as evidenced by my newfound obsession. What do you think?
It’s time for a beauty year in review. Trust us, picking just 10 favorites for an entire year was no easy feat. We discovered a plethora of new brands and fell in love with so much. These 10 favorites are the products we use constantly. The ones that really stand out and we would buy over and over again!
BECCA Bolero Mineral Blush is a flattering terracotta shade that doubles as a bronzer. It’s my perfect cheek.
This bright cobalt Essie Butler Please nail polish is stunning and a newer discovery! I’m confident I will wear this constantly in 2013.
Every morning starts with a cup of coffee and One Love Organics Morning Glory serum. It contains a ton of antioxidant power and perk-up ingredients like peppermint oil.
Highlighters are a Product Girl’s best friend and we are partial to the pale bronzy gold Benefit Sun Beam.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body just make everything look and feel tighter and naturally tanned. Like an Rx for the Vitamin D deficient.
Hands down, my favorite shadow of 2012: NARS Vent Glace Duo Eyeshadow
Still mystified by the brightening powers of Bare Escentuals Well Rested Face & Eye Brightener.
Melvita Orange Blossom Extraordinary Water brings me to a happy place and is always step one in my skin care routine, day and night.
The perfect top knot achieved with Sarah Potempa The Wrap-Up. And low bun, messy undone bun, etc. It does it all and perfectly.
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is the longest wearing lip product I’ve ever worn (and it’s not technically a stain!) I always have a good day when wearing this gorgeous bright pink.
Any favorites you’d like to share? Let us know your thoughts on 2012 standout beauty!
While it took me well past the knockout rounds to truly appreciate The Voice’s Cassadee Pope, I’m a total fan girl now. She is everything I loved about 2002. Chunky highlights. Angsty girl music. At first I was all how much Avril do I want to hear, but now I’m all give me as much Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch and Natalie Imbruglia as you can possibly cram into a season. Last night’s Faith Hill ‘Cry’ cover (watch and obsess) really just has me waiting for her album to come out.* In true fan girl fashion, it also has me replicating Ms. Pope’s gorgeous, and not at all 2002, signature glossy nude lip. No official word on the actual color and brand, but my lips look exactly that shade with BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss in Fallen Angel. It’s a perfectly balanced nude spice. Opt for the sparkly brown smokey eye ala Cassadee or pair it with a rosy cheek and swipe of liquid liner. It’s the nude gloss that looks good with any pairing and while belting out punk girl rock with a sometimes country twist.
Fan girl PSA: there are four songs on Spotify from Cassadee!
That smile on my face is most definitely a result of the cheer that the tri-colored Benefit Fine One One brings me. Benefit’s latest cheeky cheek and lip product contains three stripes of sheer color – coral, watermelon and shimmering pale pink – that blend together for a soft pink or deeper cherry hue. Part blush, part highlighter and even lip color. And I actually apply it directly to my cheek from the tube — a very big deal for me. I’d say 97.2% of the time, I use a fluffy brush to apply cream products. But Fine One One is best applied directly from that gorgeous rose gold tube, highlighter facing up and onto the cheek in a slight upward swoop. The cream to powder texture is so forgiving and it blends beautifully. I’m in love with the healthy pinch of color this gives cheeks and even happier with the staying power (8+ hours!) Though, if you’re like me, you’ll be popping a smile and swiping Fine One One throughout the day.
Our friends at Birchbox have the most helpful video showing how to apply it featuring Bene-babe Maggie Ford Danielson. A must-watch before you try this! Benefit Fine One One, $30, officially launches later this month, but you can pre-order now on Birchbox and snag a sample of Benefit Porefessional with any $25 purchase with code BBLOVESBENEFIT.
Holler at us if you’re dialing up Fine One One when it launches!
In absence of a new episode of The Good Wife tonight, let’s instead marvel at Julianna Margulies gorgeous-ness at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards Ceremony. Last week, Alicia Florrick (I mean, Julianna) gathered for L’Oreal’s philanthropic initiative which honors women of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of the brand’s “Because You’re Worth It” philosophy. Julianna looked radiant in her bright color blocked gown and ponytail.
Her L’Oreal look includes:
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer – Skin was prepped for makeup with this triple-action moisturizer designed to make skin look younger, smoother and more radiant.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Caramel Comfort – Nourishing shine + sheer color (note: I must get this color!)
L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Hair Color – Julianna’s gorgeous hair color can be achieved with shade 4A Dark Ash Brown.
Now will someone please confirm that there is in fact a new episode of The Good Wife before the dreaded winter hiatus?!
Tis the season for really festive makeup. While we love metallic eyes and red lips all year round, the look definitely has more impact in December. It really is the best time of the year. This month, we teamed with Revlon to showcase our holiday best. The star of this metallic eyes show is Revlon Luxurious Color™ Diamond Lust™ Eye Shadow in Plum Galaxy. Its glam-inducing sidekick is Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick in Red Lacquer. And I paired it with gold sequins. It might be fair to say this is my favorite Revlon video (and this is our 12th this year!)
I have become quite the fan of the Diamond Lust Eye Shadows. They’re sparkly, yes, but actually pretty pigmented. A wet brush could work well for application, but I’ve found my fingers press it on really well. And this comes from the girl that hardly ever uses her fingers to apply any eye makeup. I think perhaps I should use them more given my successful go with the Diamond Lust.
This Revlon look is actually our official last of 2012, so to celebrate, we’re giving away ten Diamond Lust Eye Shadows. Leave a comment by Wednesday, December 12, telling us what makeup look you will be wearing this holiday season. Tips and tricks always a welcome share. We’ll pick 10 random winners from there.
For more metallic eye makeup, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers in action.
NOTE: Click on the video image above to watch. Or click here.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.
Lip and cheek stains tend to have a liquid consistency, which is exactly the opposite of why we we love BECCA Beach Tints. Unlike its category counterparts, BECCA Beach Tints are creamy to touch and blend down dry on skin. They also smell subtly of the fruit they are named which is a nice bonus. These are somewhat of a cult favorite in our makeup bag. BECCA has the mystique of being a little difficult to find and it’s one of those brands worth tracking down. Trust. I live for the pinky nude Fig Beach Tint, but have to admit the three new shades: Lychee, Dragonfruit and Papaya, are all I want to wear lately. As you can see, this trio of Beach Tints are anything but nude. All three are vibrant and brightening, and their creamy consistency is what we’ve come to know and expect. Lychee is a wear your sunglasses bright hot pink whereas Dragronfruit is a medium bright poppy pink. And Papaya is a hot red orange that is brighter than it appears. Yes, that’s possible. Naturally, we love this shade.
And have you heard? BECCA is making its way to a Sephora near you. Already available on Sephora.com, BECCA will debut at a select few Sephora stores in 2012 (23 in total) with plans for more in 2013. Good news for those in smaller markets, as it appears it will also be in at least 50 Sephora in JCP locations in March with plans to expand into 150 locations by the end of next year.
Cheers to more BECCA and new Beach Tints!
Every girl has a guy to gift. Be it your man, your dad, brother or best dude. Our final gift guide this week is all about The Girl’s Guy. Presents for the special, and usually difficult to shop for, guy in your life. This list is a mix of practical and splurge, and hope it gives you some inspiration this holiday.
The holidays are a perfect time to treat your guy to some new skin and body care. I know my husband always appreciates some new product! Try the Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit for a sampling of travel goodies in a portable bag. We love it even more so because it includes a bar of our favorite dude soap.
Fact. Men hate spending money on nice slippers. Fact. Men appreciate warm and cozy slippers during the wintertime. UGG Australia ‘Ascot’ Slipper is a thoughtful and practical gift. Plus, these have a hard bottom so you can step outside in them.
I grew up getting socks and underwear in my stocking and every year. So naturally, it’s something I always gift to my guy. These J Crew Socks are a splurgy spin on a staple and I think they amp up the fun factor a bit. Plus, they’re super warm and cozy.
The gift that continues to give each month, of course, a Birchbox Man subscription! Available in 3, 6 and 12-month varieties.
I picked up the Old Calgary Alpha Wallet for my husband this holiday (shhh….don’t tell) and I think he’s going to love it. He carries way too much in his wallet and this will help him lighten his back pocket and be super stylish at that same time. Don’t you just love the leather patch?
Wild Ophelia Chocolate is man sweets. How fun are the flavors? We like Beef Jerky (it’s actually YUM!), New Orleans Chili and Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chip. Perfect stocking stuffer!
Searching for the perfect gift? Check out our previous gift guides for The Product Girl, The Party Girl, The Eco Girl and The Active Girl.