Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Travel Treasures: Spring Break Ski Trip

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Stopped by Bluemercury Bethesda to stock up for our Aspen ski trip. I bought multiples of many things!
  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy ($25) Perfect for chapped and cracking little lips. I bought one for each ski jacket pocket for my kids. If you are on the slopes and desperate, it works as a face balm, too! It has plum seed oil and cupucau butter with a heavenly soft orange scent.
  2. Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care ($70) The only thing that works for me post skiing. My skin is always raw and burning and wind chapped. A couple drops before bed and my skin is fixed by morning.
  3. Sunscreen galore. Barry and the kids love the SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 ($40) – creamy and absorbs easily. I love layering (no protection benefit from this, it is just what I do). For skiing I layer La Mer The Reparative Face Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($125) and then the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($34) which has a hint of tint so my skin looks nice and even.

Buying in multiples is a testament to how much I love these products. I LOVE family ski trips, too!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Go West: 4 Things I Wish I Brought To LA

As many of you know, we are expanding in the state I love and grew up in — California. I am in the midst of a whirlwind trip. One day in Phoenix. One day in LA. One day in San Francisco. And the beautiful United red eye home from San Francisco to Dulles.

While I have perfected my carry-on packing — Veronica Beard hoodie blazer, Theory silk sleeveless top, Splendid tank, Helmut Lang legging jeans, 1 pair flats, 1 pair heels, 1 Joseph tank flare dress, 1 Prada sable crepe dress — I seem to have forgotten about the California weather.

The things I forgot:
1. Sunscreen that goes under makeup. I was dreaming of my La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting ($70), my RéVive Perfectif Even Skin Tone SPF 30 ($275) or my Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30 ($66).
2. A fragrance. Something about the LA weather makes me want to wear fragrance — my go-to, of course, is Acqua di Parma Colonia ($156).
3. Dry shampoo. All these flights are making my hair greasy and oily. Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder ($27) or Oribe Dry Texturizing ($22), where are you?
4. A cream bronzer. LA is so much drier than Washington, DC. My powder bronzer disappeared in an instant. I am pining for my NARS The Multiple ($39) in Laguna that I put away last September.

P.S. – I had fun at the Urth Caffé on Melrose and did a little shopping at Isabel Marant.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Brits Are It

I took this photo at the Phoenix airport. This chic girl is wearing the UK flag legging pants, has her yoga mat on her back pack and has cool black ankle boots. This reminds me of two of my favorite British brands - Jo Malone and REN.

Jo Malone's new Rock the Ages fragrances for spring are to die for. I am especially in love with the Tudor Rose & Amber Cologne ($65) - it's a spicy rose like no other rose, and the Tudors are the ultimate Brits! I love the caps with the ribbons too, mixed textures are so in!

And I love REN's Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55) - an all time customer favorite it smells delicious, has papaya, lemon and grape in it, gently exfoliates and leaves your skin hydrated.

Other Brits I love - Jane Austen, David and Victoria Beckham and family, Kate Moss, the Tate, the Stern-Pissarro Gallery and Damien Hirst. And of course the #1 British family of all time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Perfect Under Eye Concealer

When I was on HSN last week we figured out the PERFECT recipe for bright eyes under the extremely bright TV lights.

Step 1: Moisturize under eye with M-61 Hydraboost Eye ($78) for instant tightening, brightening and fine line reduction.

Step 2: Highlight under eye with Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift ($38). Comes with a wand and is so easy to apply.

Step 3: Paint on concealer with La Mer’s new The Radiant Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($70), amazing coverage and it has SPF 25 too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Packing for HSN

I made sure to pack some of my favorite skincare and makeup products since my first show was at 4am!  I can’t believe I was live on air with 90 million eyes watching me, what an incredible experience. I loved being able to chat about our #1 eye cream  M-61 Hydraboost Eye to whole country! I received such a warm welcome, from all of the hosts — Shannon Fox, Kathy Wolf and had a blast on the Beauty Report with Amy Morrison. We actually sold out! Looking forward to more visits for sure!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Escape to Palm Beach and New Sunscreen Recipe

I quickly escaped to Palm Beach for Presidents' Weekend with Barry and the kids. Every time we go I start the day playing tennis in a group clinic early in the morning before lounging with the kids by the ocean.

This trip I concocted the perfect morning protection ritual:

M-61Vitablast C ($92) (vitamin C under sunscreen adds additional antioxidant protection), then La Mer The Reparative Face Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($125) (one of the more hydrating SPFs for my tough winter skin), then Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm Instant Solutions SPF 35 ($85) to even out my skin tone so I look presentable (I feel like I get extra protection from the tinted color, but there is absolutely no scientific evidence of this). Next I popped on some mascara and ran out the door to the courts. (Last in my lineup is Hampton Sun SPF 35 Continuous Mist Sunscreen ($32), this sheer, non oily spray is perfect for active kids' arms and legs!)

A perfect recipe - no new freckles and no sun at all. Looking at my skin, it looks as if I didn't even go to Florida for the weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Day In The Life: Kids, Rodarte Show, and Bluemercury Store Manager Meeting!

6:15am - Alarm went off and I woke up between my 2 daughters, age 11 and 9, in our king bed. Barry (my partner in all things family and work) is out on the West Coast looking at potential store sites. Looked in the mirror horrified. This cold weather is wreaking havoc on my skin. Did an M-61 Power Glow Peel and ran out the door at 7am. Almost a foot of snow on the walk!

9am - Shuttle to NYC. Read The Washington Business Journal, WSJ, and WWD on the plane. Also my favorite new book, Location Is (Still) Everything by David Bell, Wharton Professor. Applied my favorite NARS Audacious lipstick (Brigitte) over Laura Mercier’s Defining Lip Pencil in Hazelnut Tea as we landed.

11:45am - Posted up at Rodarte show – thank you, NARS. Front row seat between the smartest beauty editors ever – Jane Larkworthy of W and Sarah Brown of Vogue. Sarah’s skin is fabulous, she said her secret is layers and layers of face oil. Also sat close to Jean Godfrey June who told me about the BBC show “Doctor Who” for my son. Rodarte show was off the hook. I need the blue fur coat and leather and lace pants. NARS’ makeup was nude face, soft coral lips (need these now, too!), and silver sparkle eyeliner under the eyes. Prominent sculpted cheek bones, of course.

1pm - Headed to our Summit, New Jersey store for a meeting with our amazing store managers. Talk about beauty tips – they are the best in the business and could write their own magazine!
6pm - Flying home from Newark to Washington. Kids had a snow day but I’m definitely going to look at their homework!
Tomorrow - Day trip to Boston!