Summer can really do a number on our skin.
Tan lines, freckles, dark spots, burns, oil slicks and peeling dryness — at this point in the summer, you can probably check all of those off your list.
From fat zapping lasers to botox, to insane vampire facials we’re pretty much willing to do anything to keep the age charade going. I’ll be the first to admit I miss my wrinkle-free skin, perky butt and pre-baby belly button… but the one thing I never thought I’d miss is my hair.
In theory, summer beauty should be about effortless ease… at least that’s what all of the magazines are selling with their bronzed and glowing model spreads.
In reality, summer beauty probably takes about 1000x more work and effort than any other beauty routine during the calendar year. From hair removal to sweat prevention, frizz control to faux tans, real summer beauty is way more complicated than we as consumers have been fooled to think.
I guess you could say I’ve been in a bit of a makeup mood lately.
Generally, I’m pretty minimal when it comes to my makeup look and tend to stay allegiant to my favorite products that I’ve discovered over the years (#rideordie). Remember my recent ode to CHANEL BOY? My love affair is still going hot and heavy, by the way. This may be considered cheating a bit on my “Boy-friend,” but I consider this a whole new category of love.
The lip stain.
One of the primary reasons I have been hesitant to try anything new (or colorful) on my lips is that it comes off so quickly — so why bother, right? I hate having to reapply or remembering to bring along my lipstick/gloss, so the effort involved in crafting a bold lip is just not worth it.
That’s all changed though…
I recently received a small sample of a YVES SAINT LAURENT VERNIS À LÈVRES GLOSSY STAIN that had been sitting untouched in my drawer for at least 3 months. Yesterday, intrigued by the claim that this is a gloss-like lip product that actually LASTS, I gave it a whirl with no expectations. The small felt-tip wand was easy to use and left behind a layer of glossy, medium-sheer color as I swiped my lips — I used COLOR 5 ROUGE VINTAGE — a deeper rose-hued shade with berry undertones.
After my early morning application, I spent the morning at 2 different appointments and a sushi lunch. When I finally returned home around 3pm, I looked in the mirror and was shocked to see that the color was still going strong! Granted, it was no longer the glossy finish I saw when I first applied, but what remained was a pretty pink hued stain that was deeper and brighter than my natural lip color, yet still looked natural. Best of all, my lips were not dry or cracked as other lip stains tend to do.
So there you have it.
Apparently, I’m polyamorous when it comes to my makeup and have already purchased a full size tube of the Yves Saint Laurent GLOSSY STAIN.
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What do you guys think?
Has anyone tried this product out yet?! I would love to hear your opinion and reviews in the comments below!
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What’s the old saying – “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?”
Well, mine was gone in the back of a Dublin taxi cab and as I soon as I realized that it was missing from my bag, a deep feeling of sadness and regret set in. My beloved Chanel Boy lipstick was MIA and as replaceable as lipstick is, it still pained me to lose my favorite cosmetic indulgence and go-to lip color.
Oh, and p.s. — I HATE losing things.
I first read about Chanel’s ROUGE COCO SHINE HYDRATING SHEER LIPSHINE in (54) BOY a few years back in an online beauty forum and was intrigued by all of the glowing reviews. What was most interesting was that there was a shade of lipstick that could flatter almost every skin tone and nationality of woman who seemed tried it. Better yet, this single shade of lipstick was ironically as far off from “Boy”-ish when applied – subtle, delicate and just a prettier rosewood (with a hint of copper fleck!) version of your natural lip color is the better way to describe it. It also happens to have a faint rose/floral smell when applied — an added bonus.
When I realized how significantly I was attached to a silly lipstick, I knew that this would be a great product to share with you all. Less than 24 hours after losing my “Boy,” I found myself standing at the Chanel counter at Brown Thomas — the Irish equivalent of Bergdorf Goodman with fingers crossed they had my favorite shade in stock.
They did… whew.
CHANEL’S BEAUTY line has been a cult favorite for years — if you’ve never tested out any of their products, I highly recommend you do so starting with the subtle ROUGE COCO SHINE (it comes in 20+ shades!). You’ll soon become addicted.
A little history lesson: “Boy” is the nickname of Arthur Capel, the love of Coco Chanel’s life, her partner and avid supporter in all her successful ventures. Clearly, at the heart of every great product or business is love!
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I’m finally back stateside this morning with my “Boy” and I’ve made a personal vow to never let him go again.
I highly recommend you do the same.
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Today is a very special day.
“Why?” you ask…
Today I discovered the mystical golden unicorn of the nail world. After almost 4 years of struggling to find a Cleveland based nail technician that can complete a pristine mani/pedi combo in under 2 hours without drawing blood, I found her. She actually exists! Her name is Sandy and she is spectacular.
All joking aside, a talented nail technician who you trust is high up there on the list of things every woman should have in her life… right behind an amazing hair stylist and a thorough and efficient (because no one wants to be on THAT table longer than necessary!) waxing specialist.
The modern woman’s glam squad.
Sandy managed to be speedy on application, yet meticulous in technique at the same time. In under 90 minutes I walked out of the nail salon with perfectly polished tips and toes and a new appreciation for quality handiwork. There was no aggressive cuticle hacking and no rough edges — only the most flattering spring-ready shades of taupe I would have never picked on my own.
Which brings us to today’s post… While unfortunately I can’t send Sandy directly to you, I CAN pass along some of her spring color selection wisdom as well as some of the other spring runway nail polish shades that are going to be your new favorites!
Did you notice PANTONE’s 2016 COLORS OF THE YEAR peeking through? You’ll be seeing a ton of Pink Quartz + Serenity Blue making their appearance in everything beauty, fashion and decor!
Sandy helped me pick really clean and easy neutrals for my own mani/pedi situation. We went with OPI Tiramisu for Two on my hands (#1) — I used the longer lasting gel formula. It’s a really pretty opaque, pinky beige, best described as the color of coffee with a lot of cream! On my toes, she recommended going slightly darker with, OPI A French Quarter For Your Thoughts (#9). I would describe it as a warm grey with purply, taupe undertones.
Do YOU have any favorite nail polish colors for spring?!
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Every now and again, I get an e-mail or blog comment asking about my hair care routine and products. It’s always a good day when that happens because honestly, I stink at hair… and I’m lazy… but mostly I stink at hair.
Any good hair days can be attributed to a few key products, easy styling techniques picked up from You Tube tutorials (THIS ONE is my favorite for a textured lob like mine) and a great cut.
Today’s post is all about the hair care tools and products that I use on the reg… my go-tos.
• L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Color-Care System — After years of going cheap on shampoo and conditioner, I discovered this really reasonably priced (like under $7 each!) product line from L’Oreal. Originally, I was looking for a sulfate-free formula that wouldn’t strip my hair of its natural oils — but hey, I’ll take some color protection! Take that, grey. My hair has never felt softer.
• Salon Care Alligator Clips — Great for sectioning while heat styling, or just throwing your hair back without those annoying creases or dents. One of those inexpensive beauty supply purchases that once you have, you can’t imagine going without!
• Chi Flat Iron — I’m not even going to divulge how long I’ve been using this iron. It’s the true OG. It still gives me the best and longest lasting waves.
• Davines Oi Absolute Beautifying Potion — I’m on year #3 of being an Oi devotee. Just one pump of this oil formula smoothes out frizz and/or protects my hair during heat styling.
• Davines This Is An Invisible No Gas Spray — One of the only hair sprays I’ve found that doesn’t leave my hair sticky, stiff or looking like a beauty pageant bouffant. The superfine mist gives even, light coverage with medium hold.
• Sachajuan Ocean Mist — When it comes to creating “lived in” texture on clean hair, nothing beats this spray. It’s the closest thing to beach hair I’ve been able to replicate and small, random fact… it’s a product used on J.Crew models both in print catalogs, as well as runway!
• Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream — This product gives me just the right amount of soft hold with the perfect halo of shine. This keeps my tousled lob from going too messy and gives a smooth blowout shiny bounce!
• Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Spray — With my workout schedule, I try to keep the hair washing to only 2-3x a week. In between washes, this dry shampoo spray works wonders, smells divine and leaves no white residue.
If you’ve used any of these goodies or decide to give them a try, I’d love to know what you think!
Like fashion, makeup is typically a seasonal type of thing. Summer months call for a sheer colors and a bronzed healthy glow, while the colder months generally incite deeper hues and cooler tones to match the mood of the season.
Santa arrived a bit early for me this year in a form of a lovely package from BORGHESE filled with products from their ECLISSARE product line. You might recall that this past summer I reviewed some of their SUMMER GLOW collection — and lived a bit of La Dolce Vita in the process. This time around, the luxury Italian makeup brand stayed true to the holiday season and sent me an assortment of products that would be a perfect fit for a classic holiday day or night.
Included in my collection of Borghese products:
• ECLISSARE COLOR ECLIPSE SHADOW + LIGHT LUMINOUS EYE PALETTE (12 shades)
• ECLISSARE COLOR ECLIPSE COLOREDGE EYELINER (Pitch Black)
• SUPERIORE STATE-OF-THE-ART MASCARA (Superiore Black)
• B MOISUTURE LIPCOLOR (Grappa)
• ECLISSARE COLOR ECLIPSE COLORGLOSS LIPCOLOR (Spark + Simmer)
• BORGHESE PRIMA VISO FACE PRIMER
• BORGHESE FANGO PURIFICANTE PURIFYING CLAY CLEANSER
So let’s start from the very beginning…
I’m very pale, but you probably knew that already. I’m dark haired, fair skinned and “blessed” with pink/cool undertones and freckles that have been with me since childhood. My day-to-day makeup routine is pretty minimalist and focused on great skin and a healthy glow.
The FANGO PURIFICANTE CLAY CLEANSER has been such a nice addition to my evening beauty routine. It goes on smoothly like a mask, then tingles (that’s the best way to describe it?!) as the product is activated to smooth and clear congested skin and minimize pores. My skin was left feeling soft, clean and with a true glow to it — kind of like after you get a good facial. I found that after using it, I used less coverup and BB cream and my natural skin was generally more smooth and even toned.
I could see this product not being a great fit for those with overly sensitive skin (try the FANGO DELICATO for that!), but for combination or oily skin this was perfect. As a bonus, you could also use the product as a spot treatment for the occasional breakout!
Now, onto the PRIMA VISO FACE PRIMER! I don’t think I would use a primer for regular daytime wear (remember, I’m a minimalist!), but for a night out or a special occasion, when I really want my makeup to last — this primer was super. When I applied the primer, it had a slightly sticky consistency, but blended out easily and really smoothed out my pores and winter parched skin. Other primers I’ve tried in the past made my skin feel flaky and dry, but PRIMA VISO kept my skin flawless and hydrated all day long. Love, love, love.
Now that we’ve talked skin care and primer, let’s get to the good stuff: color.
While working with Borghese, I stuck with my basics (Dr. Jart+ BLACK LABEL BB CREAM, RMS un-COVERUP and RMS LIVING LUMINIZER) and simply boosted my go-to look with the rich BORGHESE colors and textures on my eyes and lips. The SHADOW + LIGHT LUMINOUS EYE PALETTE is comprised of 12 warm and cool toned shadows in assorted finishes ranging from matte, to satin, to shimmer, to full on sparkle.
If you’re a fan of the URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE, I would say this is a close cousin. In my opinion, I prefer the texture of the Borghese shadows to the Urban Decay ones. They seem to apply more evenly with less messy flaking and definitely grip the lid better for a longer lasting finish.
As you can see by the swatches, the colors are all pretty neutral overall and can be easily blended together to create a range of looks. My personal favorites were: Afterglow + Pulse — both shimmery rose gold hues that would be so pretty with a festive bright lip! Out There would make for a great smokey taupe eye in a shade that I think is softer and more flattering than the traditional charcoal smokey eye colors.
(Below is a blend of Afterglow, Pulse + Out There — in case you were curious!)
The shades were all long lasting, easy to apply and didn’t flake or crease. Creasing is my makeup nemesis. They glided onto my lids smoothly and added a soft shimmer that didn’t fade. I’ll definitely be using this palette for many seasons to come, as I really think there’s a color combination in there for any complexion and any style of makeup you want to try. The built in mirror and double ended brush were a nice bonus!
When applying eye makeup, I’m not one to go heavy on liner. I prefer a tight line as close to my lash line as possible, filling in any spaces between lashes with eyeliner in order to create the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes. The ECLISSARE COLOREDGE LINER made this task relatively easy with its smooth, glide color. The liner stayed on until it was time to take it off, at which time a bit of eye makeup remover did the trick!
My final step for eyes included a few swipes of SUPERIORE STATE-OF-THE-ART MASCARA. If you’re looking for dramatically long and lush lashes, this is probably not the product for you. The SUPERIORE STATE-OF-THE-ART MASCARA was a great clump-free defining mascara, that with a few swipes gave me the density and natural looking length I like. Again, the color was intense and stayed where it belonged — on my lashes and not on my face! It will definitely be a great daily wear option that I’ll be using going forward.
I posted the image above on INSTAGRAM a few days ago when I was playing around with the Borghese products. What you see in the image is the B MOISTURE LIPCOLOR in Grappa. In the tube the lipstick almost looked like a dark magenta, but I found that when applied it takes on more of a cool, berry-hued red. I added a dab of the ECLISSARE COLORGLOSS LIPCOLOR in Spark to the center of my bottom lip for a bit of added shine.
While the lipstick was smooth, creamy and moisturizing, I found the lipgloss to be tackier than most. That being said, it was also one of the longest lasting lip glosses I’ve ever tried. I literally had to take a baby wipe and rub it off — and even then, some of the shimmer was left behind. One of the reasons I don’t use lipgloss is that it comes off so quickly, so for me the tackiness is something I could overlook in order to achieve a longer lasting application.
Overall, Borghese hit a home run with this color/product collection. When I’m looking for a more dramatic makeup look, these are the products I want to have on hand. As you can see – this collection offers options for anyone whether they are a lipstick lover, eyeshadow lover… or both. Hello, holiday gift!? I’m quite impressed with the quality and packaging of the products themselves and I look forward to trying out more from the line.
Have you tried anything from Borghese?
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(Disclaimer: I was sent these products as a gift from Borghese. Any reviews, comments, etc. with regard to these products are my own, unbiased and honest. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Heart’s Delight possible!)
Isn’t it funny how people’s interpretation of beauty and style ebbs and flows with time?
For the past few years now, beauty has been all about the brow: thick, dark and groomed but in a non-precise way. CARA DELEVIGNE just might be the eyebrow poster child of 2015. She has brows that incite envy… yet, about 10-15 years ago those same brows would have been labeled unruly and overpowering.
Once thing we can all agree on is that a well-groomed and full brow is a sign of youthfulness and health.
#BrowsOnFleek — Wait, can I even say that!? Wow. That was slightly awkward for this old lady. What does fleek even mean?!
Kids these days…
No one likes those over plucked, sparse and drawn-on-with-a-pencil excuses for eyebrows. I’m far from a beauty expert, but I’ve dabbled in eyebrow grooming and I know what works, what looks good and what I like.
So today, I’m breaking the bold brow down step-by-step and hopefully these products, tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way will work for you too!
This might sound weird and slightly backward, but trust me, it works. If you fill in your brow prior to breaking out the almighty TWEEZERMAN, you’ll be less likely to over pluck. Filling the brow allows he shape of your natural brow to look more defined, which luckily for us, will prevent us from going a little too crazy with the tweezers or wax.
A few brow filler favorites:
Just like brushing your hair or teeth, brushing your brows should become a daily habit. By brushing all of those little hair upwards you not only soften any pencil/powder/gel lines you created (see step #1), you also further define your natural brow shape and prevent an over-plucking fiasco. Brushing will also allow you to take note of any unruly, extra-long hairs that stick out. Carefully trim those suckers to keep your eyebrows from looking like unruly caterpillars. Set your lovely newly-filled, brushed, trimmed and defined brows with a specialized gel, wax or even clear mascara.
Ok, I just learned about a new soon-to-be cult product that I need to share. Has anyone tried BOY BROW from GLOSSIER? I just ordered a tube based on the rave review I read HERE). I have pretty high expectations, especially because this seems like a small and self-contained 3-in-1 product. My kind of beauty product!
Other brow gels/waxes I like:
For this portion of our brow grooming, take your time and make sure you are set up in a well lit area — natural light is best!. A SLANTED TIP tweezer is highly recommended for grabbing those fine little hairs and make sure you pull quickly in the direction of growth. You should only be plucking below the brow and only those sparse hairs not in the areas you just filled, brushed and set (see steps #1 & #2).
Here are some great tools of the trade to make your tweezing as painless as possible:
It’s been quite a while since we talked nails. A quick look at my own reminded me that I’m probably due for some professional manicure love myself!
How awesome are all of the new formulas and colors lately? I feel like since the invention of gel light curing methods, nail care products have exploded. If you’re like me and the gel soaking removal process is a bit too much effort for you, how about those UV light and acetone soak-free weekly polishes that promise the shine and durability of a gel without the extra application and removal hassle? CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish (especially the TOPCOAT) is my favorite, by the way. You can read all about it HERE.
But back to the core of this post — the best nail colors for fall!
I’m definitely a “Fall/Winter” when it comes to nail colors. Give me some rich wines and deep burgundies; the darker the better! If I’m feeling a little “crazy” I might even go neutral taupe in my selection. I’m totally the annoying girl who takes 20 minutes to select a color in the nail salon. To keep you from joining my ranks, I’ve put together some of the absolute best nail colors for this season that will make your next mani/pedi color decisions a breeze.
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Starting from top (clockwise):
ZOYA “Marnie” // JINsoon “Audacity” // SALLY HANSEN “Dig Fig” // BUTTER LONDON “Toff” // TOM FORD “Black Sugar”// ESSIE “Frock n’ Roll” // DEBORAH LIPPMANN “She Wolf” // ESSIE “Take It Outside” // BUTTER LONDON “Dubs” // OPI “Black Cherry Chutney” // OPI “Suzi Loves Cowboys” // DEBORAH LIPPMANN “Miss Independent”
What are some of your go-to fall colors?
Also, if you have any tricks of the trade to making a mani last, please share in the comments section below… because there is nothing worse than a chipped manicure!