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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New + Notable: Beauty I Love This Valentine’s Day

This gorgeous bouquet is from our friends at!

Valentine's Day is a great time to treat the ones you love - and yourself! I adore a polished and natural look for spring and we have so many amazing new products for this. Here are some of my favorite new indulgences: 

#1 NARS Lip Glosses in Instant Crash (soft apricot) and Vida Loca (pale pink)
I love a nourishing and long-lasting lip gloss and these new shades are great for transitioning from winter to spring.
Perfect for: Each of your girlfriends
Instant Crash
Vida Loca

#2 Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette
This matte palette's neutrals pair perfectly with a nude or bright lip color. I love that these shades don't require blending, and the dark espresso shade makes a beautiful liner. Coming soon to
Perfect for: Your sister and mom
 I've never seen anything like this shampoo! Volcanic ash is the key ingredient in this fun, innovative, foaming mask great for a once a week deep cleanse. The replenishing conditioner is super nourishing with a cocktail of 18 vitamins and antioxidants.
Perfect for: Your best friend

Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo
Essential Antidote Conditioner - 18 vitamins

#4 Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
Sheer, lightweight formula that gives an incredible glow for day or night.
Perfect for: Yourself!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BeautyBlitz Asked: What's In My Bag?

BeautyBlitz recently asked me what I carry in my bag. It was fun and nerve-wracking - you never know what you might find in there between the office, soccer games and travel.

See what I have in my bag here and don't miss the full article on What's in your bag?


Monday, January 18, 2016

Packing Essentials: Palm Beach Winter Escape

Resort travel during the winter is not my favorite. I am pale and pasty, and the last thing I want to do is get into a bathing suit. I popped into our Bluemercury store in Bethesda to stock up on winter pick-me-ups for resort travel. Here are some of my secrets:

Marla Malcom Beck Packing Essentials: Palm Beach

1. Travel with lots of sunscreens. I believe you should have the right sunscreens for the right time of day. I love Clarins’ new Multi-Active Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 for morning breakfast with the kids. It rehydrates and pre-hydrates before an active, sun-filled day. After breakfast, I will jump up my sunscreen level with SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 which has a gorgeous tint and evens out my skin tone. Packed with titanium and zinc, it is an amazing physical block. Later in the afternoon, post-shower and pre-sunset as we sit outside with friends, I love using La Mer’s antiaging SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid. Infused with La Mer’s Miracle Broth, it is hydrating but doesn't make your skin look shiny.

2. Focus on your legs. My bare white legs stand out like a sore thumb. I pack Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel and put it on my legs before I go to the pool for a little self-tanning boost. At night before I go out, I use St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil. It tans and makes my legs look goddess-like!

3. Don't forget the lips. My lips are dry so I always pack Fresh's super hydrating Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy. I pack a range of fun lip glosses - this is one my daughters and I adore - Entrepreneur by Lune+Aster. (Yes, I created this and yes, I am trying to brainwash my daughters.)

4. Bring your favorite fragrance. Acqua di Parma Colonia is fresh, delicate and not season-specific. There’s nothing like warm nights, golden legs, a chic dress and your favorite fragrance. That is what resort vacationing in the winter is all about!!!

Marla Malcom Beck and Barry Beck with Leonard Lauder in Palm Beach
Barry and I with Leonard Lauder, the Steve Jobs of the cosmetics industry, enjoying lunch at Mr. Lauder's Palm Beach home!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mask Mania - Which Mask Is Right For You?

Masks are back!

Masks – which have been around since the Brady Bunch – are back. I keep asking myself why and here is what I think: they are targeted treatments that fix your skin for whatever is bothering you at that exact time.

Post-Travel: We all know the feeling - You just took a trip and feel grimy and dirty from the airplane's recycled air – Use a deep cleansing clay mask. I love Bobbi Brown's new Instant Detox Mask ($47) with Hawaiian Sea Water & White Clay.

Winter Blues: Parched and dry skin from wind or cold can be irritating and uncomfortable– use the heavenly Fresh Rose Face Mask ($62) packed with rose petals and aloe vera gel.

Brighten and Smooth: M-61 Vitablast C Scrub & Mask ($44) with brightening vitamin C and E, hydrating papaya, and natural exfoliating amber powder leaves your skin feeling baby smooth.

Need A Little Lift: Try La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask ($245) with the concentrated Miracle Broth™ for perfect plumping.

Energy Boost: I just tried Kiehl’s new Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, and loved the invigorating cranberry seed exfoliant that brightens and restores your skin. (Coming to Bluemercury February 2016!)

There is a mask for everything... the only trouble is choosing which one to use!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

7 Things I Love Right Now

1. Bobbi Brown Mini Mask Trio. Who doesn’t love a mask for every time of day! Whether you’re feeling dry, dull, or grimy, there is a mask in this kit to address your concerns.

2. Barney's private label ankle boots. Comfy and well priced, I buy a new pair every year.

3. Oil. Perfect for parched skin, I love Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42). La Mer The Renewal Oil ($240). Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate ($46).

4. WBJ and NYBJ afternoon updates. Perfect snack-sized headlines to keep up on the local business news of the day!

5. Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel. The latest genius cookbook of favorite food blogger Heidi Swanson, Her sauces, dressings and combinations are to die for. Definitely gifting this to foodie vegan friends this holiday season.

6. Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus Tea. They serve it on Virgin Airways, which I take when I fly back and forth to California (we are opening a number of stores there!). It is delicious and keeps me hydrated and warm!

7. Brow pencils. My eyebrow hair is going gray. I had thick thick brows when I was a kid and never even contemplated a brow pencil until I was in my thirties. Eyebrow pencils are so easy - swipe and done. My favorite: Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper ($28.50) in Natural.

Friday, December 11, 2015

I Love Molton Brown

We have carried Molton Brown in our Bluemercury shops for over 16 years. There is a reason – they are geniuses when it comes to fragrance.

My newest favorite is their handsome and warm Tobacco Absolute Body Wash ($30). Just the name begs for a warm library, leather couches and a good book! Masculine and spicy but warm enough to be unisex, this is definitely going straight from my desk into my shower. I'm sure I will have to fight over it with my husband.

I also love the sweet new elderflower/champagne holiday scent of the Limited Edition Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel ($33). I think I love the little deep grey knot and the shimmery visual the most. It screams holiday and, with the matching Body Lotion ($44), is the perfect festive gift for a friend or colleague.

I do love Molton Brown...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Holiday Favorites... One for you, One for me!

I must confess – holiday makeup sets are always so great, I tend to buy them for my friends AND for myself. You get everything you need for party season in super compact elegant kits. My favorites so far:
1. The Steven Klein edition of the NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eye Shadow Palette ($49). This shadow formula is smooth and silky. I make it a point to pick up every single palette NARS offers in this formula. Pop a primer on your lid, like Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials ($27) in Bare, and swipe the Silver Lavender all over your lid. Line with the magnificent eye liner pencil in black (Via Veneto) that comes in this kit and you are good to go! To smoke it up even more you can line your eyes in the deep Black shadow and use the coppery Plum color in the crease.

2. Laura Mercier Master Class Colour Essentials Eye & Cheek Collection ($125) with matching brush set. All you need for a fabulous makeup kit and options. Includes my favorite neutral eyeshadow combo – Buttercream with Allegro with Quartz. You then line your eyes with Black Ebony Cake Eyeliner and highlight your cheeks with a combination of Winter Bloom and Rich Raspberry. Perfect travel set.
3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit ($80). This gorgeous cheek palette speaks for itself!

4. Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color ($24) eyeshadow sticks – just swipe and you are good to go! Use Angel all over your lid, highlight with Immortal, and you are done! Perfect for your office desk to pop up your eyes for night time. 

Stock up for the coming year – I am!!!