Last year I resolved to use up all of the skincare and makeup I had been hoarding during the last few years. Some of it went in the garbage but most of it was used up to the point where my stash got pretty lean, something the old Carla would have hated. The current Carla is pretty happy with the size of her stash, there is plenty of room for new green additions.
I worked my way through quite a few cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers. Along the way, I developed an interest in oil cleansing. I was reading everything I could on essential oils and carrier oils until I finally started using my own blends to remove my makeup and moisturize my skin. There was a period of adjustment but I found that I really preferred oil cleansing to how I use to cleanse my skin, it was relaxing and left my skin feeling better than ever. I was hooked but more on that later…
As for makeup, there are two things I have not purchased recently: foundation and concealer. I know a lot of you can relate to this, I had so many bottles of foundation and tubes of concealer that I forbid myself from buying any more. For the most part, I stayed the course. Small samples don’t count, right? I still have some foundation to work through but I’m almost at a point where I’m ready to scoop up some products I’ve been dying to try. I’m looking at you, Gressa and Kjaer Weis!
Do you know that feeling when you’ve gone for a long walk and you realize the end is in sight? That’s how I feel about this foundation/concealer “no buy” of mine, I’m glad it’s nearly over!
Just when I was thinking Fresh should come out with a new Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, something new and different for summer, they drop this on us… their new Fresh Sugar Tulip shade.
This new shade was tested during the L’Wrenn Scott and Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 runway shows. Fresh co-founder Alina Roytberg was inspired by the streets of New York City, where 60,000 tulips are planted along Park Avenue every spring. That particular year, the tulips were a bright, vibrant pink and Fresh Tulip was born. The color is buildable, like other Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, to give you a sheer bubblegum pout or rich full-on fuchsia.
This is exactly the kind of shade I have been waiting for Fresh to make. It joins other shades in the Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment lineup: Petal, Honey, Coral, Rose, Passion, Cherry, Berry and Plum. To me, this is the kind of product I just buy, I don’t need to try it. I have all the other shades so I know the product well, I just want that new color.
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?
We hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! This time of the year is the best, and we’re soaking up every bit of holiday cheer that comes our way. Sharing it, too! We’re kicking off our holiday gift guides this week — our top picks for all the girls and guys in your life. Today, we’re starting with The Product Girl. Somewhat of our personal wish list and also filled with some of our favorite beauty musts.
Fragrance is such a personal thing, and that’s exactly the basis behind MCMC Fragrances. Founder Anne McClain captures life’s personal stories and memories in a scent. I discovered MCMC Fragrance PHOENIXin my Birchbox, and am putting the full-size bottle on my holiday wish list! It’s grounded in vanilla and neroli and I can’t wait to wear it all winter long.
Speaking of Birchbox, a subscription is at the top of our gift guide! It’s one of our favorite things every month, the perfect gift for all of the Product Girls in your life. There’s 3, 6 and 12-month gift subscriptions, but we’re obsessing over the Birchbox Ultimate Collection which comes with five beauty treats in addition to the monthly delivery.
One can never have enough Fresh. Fresh Sugar Soiree contains all 8 of these coveted balms. We love these minis so much, since they are literally the same packaging as the original just on a smaller scale. You don’t ever have to sacrifice the luxe for the mini with Fresh.
It’s a known fact. Product Girls love their beauty gadgets, which is why the Sarah Potempa Beachwaverwould be the ultimate gift. This is one of our favorite launches of 2012! It creates the most perfect beachy waves with the click of a button.
Check back tomorrow for more holiday gift inspiration.
Photo: Fresh Boutique in San Francisco Union Square
While I was in SF this week, I stopped in the Fresh boutique near our hotel. We have nearly everything in Chicago, but we don’t have a free-standing Fresh store. The experience of shopping in store at Fresh is far more luxurious than snagging my goods at the crowded Sephora. I spent about as much time in Fresh as my husband could bear (about 30 min!) I tested the new Rose Cleansing Foam (so rosey – I love it) and googly-eyed all of the holiday gift sets. And then I locked eyes on this sleek yellow tube of Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream. A fan of the Seaberry in the pump bottle, this was an exciting surprise. While I love the bottle, it’s hard to get every last drop out. And when I splurge on a body cream, I want to be able to get every last drop. The smell of this is lovely — neutral but distinct. But it’s what this does to my skin that makes it this week’s Beauty VIP. The formula is so soothing thanks to the powerful antioxidant seabuckthorn oil, omega-rich cranberry seed oil and moisturizing sal seed butter. It’s a powerhouse moisturizer. And the pampering experience of shopping in a Fresh boutique goes unmatched. And worth noting, Fresh harnessed the amazingness of sea buckthorn oil into a new facial oil. It’s curently exclusive to Sephora – check it here.
Vacations are good for the soul. A much necessary break from everything. While Carla was in Vegas for her sister’s wedding, I was in San Francisco. After a day in wine country and a few more spent sightseeing, shopping and eating, my battery is on its way to being recharged. As most vacations go for us beauty girls, we tend to spend quite a bit of time packing our products (usually bringing way too much). Now that I’m back, I can confirm that, once again, that exact scenario happened. Some things will never change. I wanted to give you a glimpse at the makeup I used on vacation and rave about the makeup bag that you need to run to Target to buy immediately. Meet the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag.
Let me try to quickly breakdown how amazing this bag is. Seriously, I could probably give a 50 minute lecture on the function of this bag. A black nylon makeup bag (the staple of ALL staples) with maroon lining, featuring a front exterior zippered compartment and pouch, two back exterior pouches, an interor with a zippered compartement and SIX side pouches that fit blush, eye palettes, powder and lipstick galore. And it’s $14.99. This bag can do no wrong. I marvel at its wonder. Oh, and it’s only $14.99.
If there’s one thing that can get us running to the nearest Sephora as fast as possible, it’s the launch of a new Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. And there’s no exception to the rule with the new Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Fresh Co-Founder Alina Roytberg was inspired by memories of fruit-filled fields while developing Sugar Berry.
“Every summer, a bounty of berries would bloom in my grandparents’ yard in the Ukraine—vines thick with raspberries and branches heavy with blackberries. As a little girl, I would overindulge in the endless harvest! Sugar Berry captures this innocence of youth; its color is as bright and juicy as the wild berries that inspired it,” – Alina Roytberg
It seems like the little sister of Sugar Plum, which means it’s going to be perfect for the fall season!
(If you’re feeling more burgundy than berry, make sure to enter our giveaway of Revlon Black Cherry Lipstick here!)
Happy birthday, Fresh! The brand responsible for our beloved Sugar Lip Treatment and all thinks luxury in skincare is turning 21. In honor of the big b-day, Fresh teamed with artist and illustrator R. Nichols to create a series of limited edition Fresh 21 Oval Soaps in three iconic scents: Sugar, Patchouli and Hesperides Grapefruit.
These oval soaps are a special part of Fresh history. In 1991, Fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytbery launched the brand with this product. The 2012 version feature jazzy packaging and custom illustrations. Look for these this month for $15 each. We think they’d make for a great gift! for ourselves
I’m heading to Breckenridge this weekend and to be completely honest I think I’m more excited for the après-ski drinks than the actual skiing part. This is probably because I possess the skills for the former, not so much the latter. Even though I’m not much of a skier I’m going to take the “fake it ‘til you make it” approach and at the very least try and dress the part while in the Rockies! I’ve packed cozy neutrals: slouchy sweaters, knit leggings, boots and basic accessories. When it comes to makeup, it’s all about moisture and SPF protection!
What are your must-haves when you hit the slopes, or if you’re like me, the ski chalet?