Holiday Pre-Party Perfection

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It is holiday season – a time of dashing from work to parties and from parties back to work. I have a fail-proof way to get ready and have glowing skin, even after a long day:1. Have hair blown out before work in morning. (Much better than waiting for a hair dresser that is behind in schedule. Or, if it is the weekend, it frees up the afternoon to be with the kids.)2. Dash home, wash face with gentle cream cleanser (Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution) hop in shower, wear shower cap. (Cheesy, but effective.) 3. Once out of the shower...

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Fried Hair Relief

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I was out in California touring our stores in San Francisco and L.A. and made a huge mistake. I had someone blow out and flat iron my hair – and she did not know what she was doing. She basically fried my already highlighted hair. Enter Frederic Fekkai Salon Glaze. I am in love with this product. It is like an extra conditioner you use after your conditioner. (Ok, I confess, sometimes I use it instead of my conditioner.) I get the best hydration and shine from this product – everyone comments when I use it. I just use it...

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Guaranteed Compliment

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The other morning I was checking out of my hotel (on one of my many road trips in the search of new sites for a bluemercury store and spa) and the bell hop, who had no reason to be extra nice that day, popped a question I haven't heard since I was in my 20s. "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Meg Ryan?" I almost dropped to my knees and kissed his feet. When I was in my early 20s, I used to hear that once in a while, due to my then real blonde hair and...

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Living the dream

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I must admit, some days, being in the beauty business can be quite glamorous. I had the great fortune to host six fabulous beauty editors from Allure, Vogue, Elle, InStyle, Lucky, and Marie Claire at the New Yorkers for Children Charity: A Fool’s Fete. While the gala was a blast (Mary Kate Olsen and Tinsley Mortimer were there), the fun part was the pre-party in my hotel room.We had two fabulous hair stylists from Bumble and bumble (Joey and Travis) and two fabulous makeup artists from Trish McEvoy (Billie Jean and Tracey) come in and do our hair and makeup...

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Cleansing water

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Aaaah... cleansing water...When I got home at 10 tonight from a trip to our Jacksonville and Atlanta stores, my skin felt grimy. Even after washing my face with an alpha hydroxy cleanser (I used Skinceuticals Cleansing Cream). So I pulled out my Darphin Azahar Cleansing Water and was immediately transported to Europe.While Darphin is a French brand, the scent of this glorious, no-oil soothing water reminded me of the orange blossoms of Seville, Spain, where I went for spring break years ago, when I was studying in Madrid. (Apparently, azahar means orange blossom in some language, but I am too...

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Little Necessities and the Upper West Side

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I am headed up to Manhattan for the opening of our Upper West Side store. I had about 5 minutes flat to pack, with two of my three kids taking my clothes out of the suitcase while I was putting them in (imagine, packing is more fun than dolls!). I am on the train now, thinking of everything I forgot.Luckily, I will be able to get them at bluemercury in Manhattan. No more waiting until I get home to grab my must haves. What am I missing? A good pair of tweezers. The thing about tweezers is that I always...

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My Rut is Finally Back in Fashion

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Do you ever get stuck in a rut with your lipstick and lip gloss colors? I find that I repurchase the same colors year after year. Occasionally, I’ll discover a new one, which then becomes one of my staple colors.The good news - this spring, some of my “go to” colors are perfect for the spring fashion season. The look (which I got to see at the Zac Posen show in the fall) is pink, tulle, flowy, goddess-y clothes. (On the opposite end, primary colors are also in, but that is not me, except for the color aqua blue) The...

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A Brightening Experiment

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Last night, I had just flown in from California and was wide awake at 1 am. (Clearly, I was on West Coast time.) I was feeling adventurous and decided to try two new products - the new Bliss The Youth As We Know It Cleanser and Darphin's Clear White Brightening and Soothing Serum. (I am brightening obsessed right now.)While I love both products, this cocktail combo was way too powerful for my hyperpigmented, somewhat dry, starting-to-lose elasticity-at-37 skin. My skin peeled right away. The kind of peel where you just sort of rub your skin and wonder what is coming...

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Superbowl Beauty?

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Ok. There's no question I am beauty obsessed. I was watching the play-off games on Sunday. Both were played in freezing cold weather. One of the sportscasters mentioned that the quarterbacks were playing with Vaseline on their faces to protect from windburn/chill. I responded with shock and horror. Vaseline!Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Philip Rivers, and Eli Manning would have done much better wearing either Kiehl’s All-Sport "Non-Freeze" Face Protector SPF 30 or Darphin's Intral Balm. Many of our clients who are die-hard runners, and are willing to run in 20-degree weather, coat their faces in these balms pre-run. Great emollient...

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Resort Time Packing List

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Just went to Florida (Palm Beach) with my family. The amount of additional beauty products I felt compelled to bring is amazing. I brought exorbitant quantities of sunscreen including:1. 4 tubes of Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 45 for my kids and my face. It's paba-free, oil-free, fragrance-free and great for all skin types. I won't go out in the sun without it, nor will I let my kids. It is the BEST sunblock on the market.2. Skinceuticals New Active UV Defense SPF 15 with Mexoryl SX. Unbelievable texture - It feels like you have nothing on. Not strong enough...

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