Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Necessities

We went straight from cold winter to hot spring in Washington DC. My routine shifted right away.  Here are my absolute spring necessities.

1. A great cleanser and peel.
My skin tends to get much more grimy in the spring/summer. I love M-61 Perfect Cleanse ($26), a gel based paraben-free, sulfate-free Vitamin E cleanser followed by M-61 Power Glow Peel ($28) for deep exfoliation and cleansing.

2. A Vitamin C Serum.
Vitamin C adds additional antioxidant protection from the sun and reduces sunspots. I use M-61 Vitablast C ($92) in the morning before my tinted moisturizer/BB cream.

3. A great tinted moisturizer/BB cream or CC cream for coverage and protection.
I am in love with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($42) in shade Alaska for my work days and/or Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm Instant Solutions SPF 35 ($85) in Shade 1. On the weekend I use SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($64). It has a slight tint so my skintone is evened out, but it is one step and out the door. Great for soccer game sidelines.

4. An unbelievable bronzer.
I switch back and forth between cream and powder. I love the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder ($38) in Medium, I love NARS The Multiple ($39) in South Beach. I also love my peachy blush: Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lotus Pink.

5. A gorgeous pink or peach lipgloss.
My favorites: NARS Serious Shine Lip Gloss ($25) in Sweet Revenge, Laura Mercier Lip Glacé ($25) in Tulip, Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster® SPF 15 Lip Gloss ($25) in Sexy Nude, and Laura Mercier’s new Gel Lip Colour ($22) in Flushed.

Spring at last,
spring at last...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Packing List: Spring Break Hydration

Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury, M-61 Labs

Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury, M-61 Labs Skiing always destroys my skin, so I made sure I had an arsenal of products to deal with any high altitude dry skin emergency during our Colorado skiing trip. The whole key was layering!

For Hydration and Protection 
Morning: I would get up and put on M-61 Hydraboost serum, then Darphin’s Organic Aromatic Renewing Balm. After my skin soaked these up, about ten minutes later, I would then apply SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. Perfect hydration all day.

Going Out Aprés Ski:
When I came home from the slopes, I would layer Caudalie’s new Overnight Detox Oil (coming in May) under M-61 Hydraboost Moisturizer. Next I applied the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in Alaska, and then used Laura Mercier’s new Bronzing Stick (keep an eye out for this one in June!).

For Hydration Repair
Before Bed:
I would come back from the slopes, my skin would be wind burned, dry, irritated and red. I layered Caudalie’s new Overnight Detox Oil, Darphin Organic Aromatic Renewing Balm and then La Mer Crème de la Mer. Triple healing.

All Day Lip Repair: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy. I brought 5 with me, one for each family member! This is our all-time favorite!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Handcrafted from Paris

Who doesn’t love the way the Parisians do things?  The attention to detail on everything – from a Ladurée gift box of macaroons to Karl Lagerfeld’s most recent Chanel show in which they set up a supermarket of only Chanel logoed items.

Equally as loved and as handcrafted are Darphin’s new Stimulskin serum and creams. My favorite is the Multi-Corrective Divine Cream for dry skin — an all-in-one wrinkle reducing, skin tone evening, hydrating night cream, perfect over your favorite serum.

The French sure know beauty. . .

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Serum for Legs?

Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury, M-61, M-61 labs, makeup skincare spa, cosmeceutical

I am in NYC and was ready to go out the door. As it is supposed to be 60 today I am bare legged at last. My husband took one look at my legs and said, "you can't go out like that!" My legs are dry and scaly from a tough winter. I hate putting lotion on my legs after I am dressed. I am always worried the oils will stain.

So I opened up my beauty bag and grabbed my oil-free m-61 Hydraboost serum and rubbed it all over my legs. They looked hydrated and not greasy and the scales were gone! I have always loved serums and I love them more now!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

On My Desk Right Now: New Spring Colors and Chanel Skincare

1. New NARS Matte Multiples – loving this matte formula for spring. My favorite colors are Anguilla (a coral pink) and Altai (a soft bronze) and Exumas (a tangerine coral).

2. New Laura Mercier Lip Glaces – a whole new rainbow of colors. My spring favorites are Azalea (soft cotton candy pink); Pink Pop (a bright tulip pink) and Daiquiri (a coral pink).

3. New Chanel lip balm – does the package get any more luxe than this?!

4. Chanel’s new treatment set – my favorite is Le Weekend – which has glycolic and rosewater mixed together. I adore the name!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Makeup for Palm Beach

Headed to Palm Beach this weekend and these items are coming with me!

NARS NARSissist 15 Eyeshadow Palette ($79) – the to-die-for eyeshadow palette of the year. Every color you could ever need, all in one place. Also Bobbi Brown's new Lip Color in Shimmer Finish ($25) in Raspberry Shimmer, and Classic Lip Gloss in Baby Pink (soft coral) and Buff (pink-beige).

Hopefully we can dig out of the snow in time to catch our flight!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Guest Blog: Barry's Grooming Tips

Marla Malcolm Beck, Barry Beck, Founders, BluemercuryToday, I'm turning over the blog to my husband and Bluemercury co-founder, Barry Beck! -MMB

Here are the life-saving products that keep me going every day. Guys, you can pamper yourself, or tell your special someone to pick them up for you!

SkinCeuticals Hydra Balm, Kiehl's Facial Fuel

1. At night, slather SkinCeuticals Hydra Balm ($22) over face (and scalp, if needed), focusing on irritated/itchy areas. I keep this fully stocked in my bathroom during the fall and winter months.
2. In the morning, apply Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Cream ($40). I love Kiehl’s Facial Fuel line, and this rich cream is an effective way to battle day time dryness.
3. If your skin is oily or you prefer a lighter moisturizer, try Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 ($25), a great 2-in-1 moisturizer with SPF.

Jack Black Face Buff, Kiehl's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, H-61 Hydraboost

1. It’s so important to prep your skin before shaving. A good scrub like Jack Black’s Face Buff Energizing Scrub ($30) opens the pores for a nice, clean post-shave finish.
2. Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle ($16) has been my go-to shaving cream for almost 15 years. It gives me the closest, smoothest shave imaginable with a great menthol scent.
3. M-61 Hydraboost ($78) is a serum and moisturizer all in one. Fragrance-free, easy to use, lightweight and fast-absorbing, I use this every morning.

Molton Brown Muscle Soak, Bliss Spa Hot Salt Scrub, Jack Black Recover Balm, Jack Black Moisture Lotion

1. Here’s my trick for sore muscles. In a hot bath, take 1 capfull of Molton Brown Bracing Silverbirch Thermal Muscle Soak ($30) and combine with 1 capfull of your Molton Brown Body Wash of choice (my favorites are Black Peppercorn ($30) and Eucalyptus ($30).Black Peppercorn:
2. Bliss’ Hot Salt Scrub ($38) is a great way to warm your muscles and slough off workout grime. Calming eucalyptus scent works great alongside the Molton Brown bath recipe.
3. Apply Jack Black Dragon Ice Relief & Recovery Balm ($22) post-bath to lingering sore muscles.  Finish with Jack Black Cool Moisture Body Lotion ($26), a perfect lightweight daily moisturizer.

M-61 Power Glow Peel, Darphin Denblan Toothpaste, M-61 Vitablast C Hand lotion

1. Morning or night, M-61 Power Glow Peel ($28) is my first line of defense against pimples and oiliness. Perfect when we’re on the road, it fits easily in my bag, and takes just one minute to use.
2. I discovered Darphin Denblan Toothpaste ($22) in Paris one summer. It’s a great teeth whitener, and now I start and end every day with it
3. My hands get so rough and dry in the wintertime, especially around the knuckles. M-61 Vitablast C Hand ($19) is my favorite skin-saver.
4. Every guy needs a good lip balm. My top pick is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy ($25). I hardly need to re-apply, it moisturizes like no other, and it’s fragrance-free.

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