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Monday, November 16, 2015

New and Notable: Fragrance to Die For, For Him

I must admit, if there were the equivalent of a foodie of fragrance, I would be it. I only like perfection when it comes to fragrance. So it's no surprise that one of my favorite brands, Acqua di Parma, brought out a new fragrance for men that is out of this world: the new Colonia Club ($100).

Elegant, masculine, fresh, clean with a hint of romantic spice – all I can think about is a cozy library, a leather couch, and tons of beautifully bound books. The combination of vetiver, mandarin, mint, neroli, musk and lavender is out of this world.

Not only am I trying to get my husband Barry to wear it, I have sent it to some of my favorite beauty industry company presidents. This one is the best men’s fragrances I’ve seen in a while.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dear Mom: Please Bring Us More Bumble and bumble

My oldest daughter has this incredibly thick long hair, plays sports, and washes her hair every day. She left me a note on my desk before school one morning asking specifically for Bumble and bumble. I knew I would have to buy the super jumbo litre size (my daughters go through shampoo like it’s water). I ran to my local bluemercury store and grabbed the Creme de Coco Shampoo ($57) and Conditioner ($59).

The basic Seaweed would have been too light (but perfect if your kids have normal hair) and the Thickening was not necessary for my household. She is in love and gave me a huge hug after she used it the first time – it smells heavenly and her hair is silky smooth! Thank you Bumble!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pure Love

I love the beauty business. The amazing La Mer team sent me a sneak peek of their brand new face oil: The Renewal Oil ($240). I have a million face oils in my cabinet, but this one is surely the winner. Most oils give deep hydration. Somehow this one also gives your skin an amazing glow. (They say it is The Miracle Broth and the lime tea concentrate).

One night I used it alone after washing my face — no other treatment — and my skin was hydrated, plump and glowing in the morning. I think this would be amazing over a quick peel or mask and/or a vitamin C serum. Or just alone and pure...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

7 Things I Am Loving Right Now

1. Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette ($70). Beyond perfect for fall daytime eyeshadow and I love the navy color of the outside!

2. Alice Hoffman's mesmerizing new book The Marriage of Opposites, about Camille Pissarro's childhood in St. Thomas and the influence on his artistic perspective of the bright sun, reflections on the water, and the people.

3. Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer ($36). The adult version of No More Tangles. Anyone remember?

4. Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Collection Effortlessly Natural ($168) and Trish McEvoy Power of Brushes Collection Effortlessly Natural ($158). As all of you know I am a Trish addict. The planners travel everywhere and her brushes last a million years.

5. The skinny scarf. It's everywhere. I just picked up one for fall. So easy.

6. RéVive's new Intensité Line Erasing Eye Serum ($350). Anything that has the words "RéVive" and "eye" in it works. This one uses powerful RES Technology and Line Relaxing Complex to soften lines and crow’s feet and tighten skin around the eye area – like an instant good night’s sleep!

7. Diptyque Baies Room Spray ($65) and also their Feulle Lavande. I just noticed we are getting low at home and with fall coming I need to restock. I love the matching candles too, but we don't light them because of the kids!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bluemercury Loves Kiehl’s Since 1851

We are coming up on our 16th anniversary. I can’t believe how far we’ve come as a company, and I’m so grateful for those who have shared our journey from the beginning.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 has been with us for all 16 years, but their story started long before ours — over 160 years ago! — as an apothecary in New York. They use the most advanced technologies to create natural formulas that have uniquely effective results.

Here are 6 products our clients can’t get enough of:
1. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Gently moisturizes the eye area with powerful natural ingredients like avocado oil and shea butter. I love to use it for reducing under-eye puffiness after a long flight! $28.50

2. Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Uses highly effective vitamin C (one of my favorites) to minimize signs of aging and protect against free radicals. Makes my skin so much smoother and brighter. $60

3. Ultra Facial Cream This light-textured cream has Antarticine and Desert Plant Extract that help skin store and retain moisture. My skin feels smooth, soft and healthy all day, even in the winter! $26.50

4. Midnight Recovery Concentrate Distilled botanicals and essential oils in this paraben-free treatment repair and regenerate skin overnight – which is when skin works to heal itself! I love products that work while I sleep. $46

5. Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream – White Eagle Ideal for any skin type, this shave cream uses camphor and menthol to deliver a nice cooling effect. My husband loves the fresh scent and how smooth it makes his skin. $16

5. Creme de Corps This rich body cream has a silky texture that leaves my skin hydrated all day. It’s been a long-time staple in my house because it’s not heavily fragranced – works for the whole family! $29.50

Friday, July 10, 2015

Farmer's Market SPF

Last week I was completely jet lagged from our trip to Italy (more on this later) and was up at 5 am trying to figure out what to do. I decided I would run and grab coffee on my bike and then be first in line at the farmer's market in Margate, NJ for fresh blueberries, just-picked zucchini blossoms, and luscious Garden State green beans. 

I grabbed Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30 ($62), slathered it on and was out the door – nothing else. My skin was hydrated, radiant and, most importantly, protected. It has jasmonic acid and is packed with sodium hyaluronate. The perfect 5am farmers market SPF. Thank you Kiehl’s!

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!