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Monday, June 8, 2015

Sunday BBQ Face

Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury Founder

Last Sunday was packed with outdoor activities including attending a soccer game for each daughter and a two hour tennis match (my own). I had ten minutes after my tennis match - which took place in 90 degree weather - to shower change and get to a BBQ at my best friend's house.

My skin felt great from the workout and the Washington, D.C. humidity, so I didn't really want to cover it up. I felt like changing up my routine, so I went through my drawers looking for products that were light and illuminating. Here is what I used:

1. All Over Face Base. Natura Bissè The Cure Sheer Oil-Free Fluid SPF 20 ($180). Sheer, light and illuminating, this made my skin glow instantly and felt feathery light.

2. Under-eye Luminosity. Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift ($38). Normally I use to cover dark circles but no need to that day. Draws light under the eye.

3. Sunkissed cheeks. NARS Illuminator ($30)in Orgasm – a hint of creamy sheer color for the cheeks.

4. Barbie pink lips. I couldn't resist the true girly pink lip. Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Lip and Cheek Color ($30) in Perfect Rose (I own 3!) with NARS Lip Gloss in Angelika ($26) over. Hard to do any other time of year.

I must say - I loved the way my skin felt. This will definitely be my summertime casual BBQ face!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Sun Necessities – Classics and New SPFs

My friends are always stopping me and asking me what my favorite SPFs are. We all know we have to use them – but not everyone loves applying! Here are my favorites:

The Classics
1. Face sunscreen for me. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($34). This is my go-to on the weekends. Outstanding coverage plus the slight tint evens out my skin tone. I put it on pre-morning walk for coffee, pre-soccer games, pre-tennis match.
2. Face sunscreen for kids. The only one my kids will use is the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 ($64). They turn their nose up at everything else! Easy for them to apply and they like it for face and arms.
3. Face sunscreen for husband. He picks up a case of Hampton Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist Sunscreen ($32) every summer. He covers his arms, legs, and back in it. Golf and Beach!

New & Notable

Face sunscreen with anti-aging. La Roche Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum ($42.50) with sunscreen – dreamy texture, hydrating and great under makeup. And SPF 50 protection!
Evens my skintone while protecting. La Mer The Reparative Skintint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($95) – La Mer Miracle Broth with SPF? Does it get better than this?

Body sunscreen with fragrance. Morrocanoil SPF 50 Sun Lotion (coming soon to!) – my new go-to for body. Smells heavenly, super hydrating and SPF 50!
Great for oily skin! SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 ($34) – if you are oily or have any breakouts – this one is made for you!!!! A beautiful matte sunblock.

Monday, May 18, 2015

I Love La Mer

La Mer sent these to me for Mother’s Day. What could be better? Perfect for summer travel and the bag is to die for! I have to hide the lip balm or my husband will steal it!

Friday, May 1, 2015

New + Notable: Chic = NARS + Christopher Kane

What do you get when you cross the genius of NARS with the creativity of Christopher Kane? One of the best makeup collections ever.

These are my favorites out of the collection and I have to have one of everything - from the stunning color pop lip glosses (my favorite is Glow Pink - $26) to the fluorescent pink blush (Starscape - $30) to the Cheek Illuminator in Hot Sand ($30).


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Powerful Women and Perfect Makeup

Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo and one of my idols has the perfect polished and professional makeup look on the cover of Fast Company this month. Marissa is taking a lot of heat - I love her calm strength in the face of pressure! I asked Emma, Bluemercury beauty expert "extraordinaire" and a leader herself, to tell us the steps and products to get Marissa's look:

Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials ($26) in Bare all over the lid.

Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Shadow and Liner ($64) in Smokey Quartz on lid and crease, and lightly swept along the lower lash line.

Trish McEvoy Eye Brightener Pencil ($22) in Shell, lightly swept under brow.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24) in Bourbon Street, lined across top lash line. 

Laura Mercier Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara ($25) in Black Onyx or Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara Jet Black ($31).

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil ($42) in Wheat or Blonde.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush ($45) in Adoration - pop the brighter shade on the apple of the cheek and the lighter shade to highlight or mix together for a softer look.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

New + Notable: Mask Mania 

Yes, masks are back. The truth is, they’ve been back for a while, but I have been slowly re-incorporating them into my routine. I use them for the emergency-I-have-no-idea what to do situations!

When my skin is excessively dry from a plane trip – I use La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (an 8 minute plumper) ($160).

When I’m having a bad day – I love Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque ($49) (we have carried this one forever – this is a stealth secret of the Bluemercury Georgetown team).

Two new and notable and GORGEOUS masks that have hit my desk – Tammy Fender Restorative Radiance Masque ($235) and her Purifying Luculent Masque ($215). The first – the Restorative Radiance Masque – is a heavenly pink color and is packed with healing ingredients – lotus, baobab, white hibiscus, jasmine, rose and chamomile. This is for hydration and plumping. The second – the Purifying Luculent Masque – is a deep cleansing wonder, with Burdock, Fo-Ti Clay, Aloe, Lavender and Rosemary.

The truth is, I could just sit and smell both of these masks – the scent is to die for. Tammy Fender is an esthetician from Palm Beach and makes THE most natural formulas I have ever seen. If you are a purist, Tammy Fender is perfect. 

I find masking to be a luxury – but just a little one!