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Monday, May 23, 2016

Genuine Glow – Exclusive to Bluemercury!



When the Estée Lauder team asked me if we wanted to do something unique and exclusive with them I jumped at the chance. The Genuine Glow line is perfect for all of us – time-starved, on-the-go professionals who want that healthy glow during the summer. I am in love with the products as many of them include new packaging technology inspired by some of the Korean innovations we are seeing.  Here is the lineup:

Reviving Oil Lip Tint:
To die for! Packaged in an easy-to-use twist stick for a quick, neutral, glistening lip. 
Eyelighting Creme for Eyes and Face:
This new “cushion” technology packaging makes these cremes easy and quick to apply. I love all three shades! Bare Blush is a soft, milky shimmer for eyelids and above the cheekbones. Gleam Glow is a fun highlighter for a hint of sun on the cheeks. Sweetest Thing gives a perfect bronzer glow.

Priming Moisture Balms – one for face and one for eyes:
Soft, blur primers that even out and prep the skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or CC cream!
Blushing Creme for Lips and Cheeks:
Two colors – a sheer coral (my favorite) called Peachy Keen and a sheer pink called Sweet Cheeks. They come in a stick so they are perfect for throwing in your bag and using on the run.
You can find them at EVERY Bluemercury and not anywhere else! So fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

7 Things I Love Right Now

The Family Sunscreen
I just restocked our SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. I make my kids carry it in their soccer bags and I use it pre-tennis. None of us will step foot at the pool or the beach without it slathered on our skin.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
Spring Cheeks
Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio – it’s the  perfect highlighting kit for a bronzed, sunkissed glow. I also love the fun new Laura Mercier Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers. My favorite color is Fruit Punch – a sheer pop of pink happiness.




Cake for Breakfast
We are cake junkies in our family. Our all-time family favorite is an apple spice cake from Moosewood’s Low Fat Favorites book. It’s the most natural we can find, and sometimes we make it gluten free with King Arthur’s Gluten Free Flour Blend. You can find the recipe here.


Time Out
Loving Yogi’s Relaxed Mind Tea (a new discovery) and This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. My kids keep stealing mine to use on their pillows!


Tina Seelig, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
My favorite graduation gift and the author of my favorite saying of all time: “Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous.” Our whole family talks about this - when you are doing anything, big or small, you should step up and do great work.  


P.S.  I’m working on my Instagram agility – please follow me! @marla.beck

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!


Mother’s Day is one of my favorite days. Not because I have a big brunch celebration or get great gifts. It just reminds me of my mom. And it reminds me of how much I love being a mom. My mom is partially responsible for my love of beauty products. She always hoarded samples from the department store cosmetics counters. I remember the miniature yellow Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotions from Clinique, the glamorous La Prairie samples that I was not allowed to touch, and the Chanel No. 5 vials. After I started Bluemercury, I got her hooked on La Mer and she swore the original Crème de la Mer was a miracle worker, all the way through her last days. 

Beck Family

It is our job to pass our knowledge to our children – beauty and other. I recently had the good fortune to take my oldest daughter, Ariel, to NYC with me to study some of the great beauty entrepreneurs, where we connected with Trish McEvoy and Bobbi Brown. On our way home, Ariel sketched out her plans for her own beauty company. I think entrepreneurship may be hereditary! (Just kidding, I wholly believe it can be learned.) 

Marla Beck, Ariel Beck and Trish McEvoy

I hope all of you spend today thinking of your moms, and if you are a mom, thinking about the magical power you hold to lead your child to the future. 

Lovingly,

Marla

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ingredient Spotlight: I Love Coconut Oil!

Coconut Oil Beauty

Coconut oil is having a moment. We see it everywhere from the grocery store to our smoothies (I cook with Nutiva organic coconut oil), and now, our beauty products. What people don’t know is that coconut oil has been a beauty cure-all long before it became a trend. Tropical regions where coconuts grow natively have used coconut oil as a natural moisturizer and anti-inflammatory for thousands of years.

Aside from its summertime scent, coconut oil is rich with nourishing vitamins E and K. Its make-up of saturated fats leave skin hydrated, soft and supple, and antioxidants calm and soothe the skin, making it an incredible ingredient for skincare, hair care and other beauty needs. It’s even non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores! You can apply it directly to your skin, to your hair, on your lips and your nails.

Here are a few of my coconut oil favorites:

1. Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo & Conditioner – One of the best shampoo/conditioner pairs out there for shiny and hydrated hair.

2. RMS The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe – Certified organic coconut oil is the only ingredient in these wipes. They melt makeup away without irritating. I throw them in my bag when I travel for makeup removal on-the-go. Many RMS products include coconut oil!

3. RMS Lip & Skin Balm – Hydrates dry lips and smooths fine lines so you can actually apply outside of just the lip area.

4. Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo & Conditioner – Has the best scent and helps to hydrate and control frizz. My daughters’ favorites!  

5. REN Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil – Leaves your skin so soft and hydrated, and makes shaving smooth and easy with the glide factor.

6. Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant – Crushed cocoa and coconut shells act as natural exfoliants and coconut oil leaves skin soft and calm.

7. M-61 Hydraboost Body Butter – Coming soon! I’m so excited to introduce Hydraboost Body Butter to you in the coming weeks – the newest addition to the M-61 Hydraboost family. Packed with peptides, vitamin B5, tamarind, aloe and coconut oil, it is super rich, hydrating and non-irritating. I use it as an all-over body moisturizer but particularly love it on my legs to get ready for summer! Plus, it’s gluten free and vegan. Stay tuned!

If you love learning about the ingredients in your beauty products, read my recent post about SkinCeuticals’ serious skincare innovation highlighting cholesterol in its new Triple Lipid Restore cream.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On My Desk Now: Summer Love Preview

Summer is around the corner, and tons of goodies are popping up on my desk to try. It makes me yearn for the beach now!
What's On Marla's Desk - April
Bare Legs and Sandaled Feet
I love the Perfect Heels Rescue Balm by This Works for my feet, NARS Monoi Body Glow Bronzing Body Oil for hydrated and temporarily bronzed legs, and Chanel’s metallic nail polish in Canter - a fabulous 70’s gold - for toes (available in select stores only). 

Warm Nights Out
Chanel’s new cream Stylo Eyeshadows in Bleu Nuit and Vert Grisé are to die for, and are perfect for creating a smokey eye (available in select stores only). Bumble and bumble’s new Surf Foam Spray is perfect for that textured, salty hair look.

Weekend Sheer SPF 
I am in love with the new La Roche-Pose Anthelios SPF 60 that is oil-free!!! Light, sheer and heavenly, it’s my new soccer field go-to!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Perfection from La Mer


I can't figure out what La Mer's new The Perfecting Treatment is, but I love it! Moisturizer? Mask? Extra thick serum? Soothing, cooling and incredibly hydrating, this "perfect" light gel cream is an amazing pick-me-up for when your skin looks dull.   

I love it at night post-shower - I just slather it on and wait for the instant dewy look. I also could see using it over an intense glycolic treatment as a light soother/hydrator. Or in the morning on those days you just throw up your hands and say, I have no idea what to do with my tired, dull skin!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New + Notable: Spring Eye Palette Love 



I love a good palette. They just make life easier. Compact, easy to travel with, and beautiful to look at - here are three of my newest favorites:

1. The By Terry Sun Designer Palettes in No. 1 and No. 2 are very Missoni.


2. The NARS Laguna Tiare Bronzer actually smells like Tahitian Manoi, so you get bronzed and feel like you’re on a tropical island at the same time.


3. The Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eye Palette is full of neutrals but also has the beautiful lavenders – which wear well with ethereal white for summer time.


 I love spring!! Share your spring looks with me on Instagram: @marla.beck