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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Midnight Toes Year Round

Deborah Lippmann Fall Collection
Left to Right: Wild Thing, After Midnight, Love Hangover, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Those of you who know me know I love dark polish on my toes – year round! I am partial to either black, deep grey, or deep navy. Deborah Lippmann happened to send in her new Fall Collection and I fell in love immediately with the After Midnight, a deep deep purple that looks almost black, but catches the sunlight perfectly showcasing the perfect purple. I popped it into my purse so I am never without it while I am traveling. This will be my go-to for the next six months - no question!

P.S. – I also love her new Wild Thing – a deep, deep emerald, which is also a go-to color for fall.    This one has a hint of blue undertones. For a green, green emerald, Smith & Cult's Darjeeling Darling is perfect (coming soon to!)!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weekend Travel Essentials

I am very no-nonsense about my beauty routine during the summer. I spend a lot of time running and playing tennis outside, and Barry and I also walk 4 miles every day when we're at the beach. I generally like a clean natural face on the weekends, and the only time I step up my look is for parties at our beach community.    

Weekend Morning Face 

Hydration, SPF, a touch of mascara, and I'm out the door! 

1.  M-61 Hydraboost Serum.  For extra moisture under sunscreen - the tamarind and aloe are incredibly soothing and the B5 is a superhero hydrator.  

2.  SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. The hint of color evens out my skin tone while the 6% titanium dioxide and 5% zinc oxide is a phenomenal block.  

3.  Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara in Jet Black.  I hate leaving the house without mascara. This Japanese formula tubes around your lashes and lasts all day.  

Weekend Evening Look

I am all about perfect skin, bronzer, dusk colored eyeshadows and the perfect lip gloss during summer evenings!

1.  M-61 Vitablast C Serum. Perfect treatment post-sun to help with sun spots and skin elasticity. I pop this on post-shower and pre-primer.  

2.  Lune+Aster RealGlow Primer. The perfect primer that is hydrating with a hint of glimmer.  Packed with vitamin E, licorice and apple extract, and it's vegan!  

3.  Lune+Aster CC Cream SPF 50 in Medium. I made this CC cream for me, so I definitely love it. I love the hydration, coverage and luminosity.   
4.  Trish McEvoy Sun and Sand Collection Planner. I'm loving the eyeshadow quad, especially the cream color for all over the lid, the topaz as a crease color, and the blackberry granite as an eyeliner.   Use the shadows over the eye base in bare for extra hold.  

5.  Bronzers.  I have so many I love: Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, Lune+Aster Moonrise Glow & Contour Bronzing Palette, Trish McEvoy Bronzer Golden Glamour (also in the new planner), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium. Anything for the sun-kissed look! (Sometimes I use during the day, too over my sunscreen!)

6. Lip Glosses. My go-to lip gloss is a summery nude or pink: I love Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss in Sexy Nude or Lune+Aster Vitamin C+E Lip Gloss in Entrepreneur.  

My Summer Splurge: The new Revive Soleil Superieur Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen. Easy hydration plus SPF 50 - great for under daytime makeup or a quick trip to the farmers market on Saturday. It is a chemical block so I don't feel like it is strong enough for the beach, but it's perfect for less intense sun. I LOVE the texture and easy application.  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Summer Lip Gloss Love

Lip glosses are my go-to easy outfit change and pick-me-up and that's why Lune+Aster, the easy-to-use, healthy and mainly vegan makeup line I created, has so many! They are all named after aspirational roles - partially to inspire my daughters and you - and partially because we all play different roles on different days. My two favorites are CEO and Entrepreneur, my best friends love Poet and Ph.D, and I always give Teacher to my kids' teachers!

Now we have added two more shades to the Vitamin C+E Lip Gloss collection. I created President - a completely wearable red - for this election year! One coat is nice and sheer, or you can layer on for added drama. I love to pair it with Laura Mercier's Defining Lip Pencil in True Red for a deep Parisian red lip. So easy!

And then of course there's Rockstar - inspired by summer festivals and concerts. Barry and I love taking time to see amazing musicians during the summertime. We just went to see John Mayer and the Grateful Dead, and John Mayer's guitar skills are at their peak right now! Rockstar is a sheer, glimmery gold that can be worn alone or over top of any lipstick color. I love summer and I love lip gloss!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mom Unplugged

Every now and then I try to make time to "unplug" - to take a moment to myself to relax, breathe deeply and calm my mind. Of course it's hard to find these times between all the exciting things that come with running Bluemercury and my family, but I think it's so important as women and moms to take a bit of time for ourselves, even among all the chaos! These are some of my favorite things I use to take a time-out:

1. Fresh Sake Bath with Ginger Root Extract: My favorite bath product of all time! A full detox bath made of 50 percent sake - you literally feel like you just did hot yoga. It's the most relaxing thing you can do for yourself. (Not for pregnant women!)

2. Natura Bisse Stabilizing Cleansing Mask: A deeply purifying mask with 2 percent salicylic acid, tea tree and rosemary. Detoxifying and invigorating at the same time! Best for skin that is breaking out or in need of aggressive care!

3. M-61 Skincare Vitablast C Scrub and Mask: I created this quick multitasking scrub/mask combo for quick brightening and hydration. Packed with vitamin C, papaya enzymes and gallic acid, you scrub it on your skin for 1 minute, then rinse off. This one is more gentle than the Natura Bisse mask and is great for normal-to-dry skin. It's instant luminosity!

4. Darphin Ideal Resource Wrinkle Minimizer Perfecting Serum: This radiance-boosting, line-minimizing serum is perfect post-mask, post-bath and pre-nap! Clary sage is antibacterial and calming - the perfect end to an unplugged moment!

5. Yogi Relaxed Mind Tea: My new favorite - this one puts me right to sleep with lavender and organic sage.