Snow, Sledding & Beauty Perks

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So one of the perks of being the founder of bluemercury is that I get to test everything that comes into our store. So imagine my delight when two fabulous new products, launching this spring came, across my desk.One – Darphin’s new Vital. .. .SPF 50. A super-hydrating lotion with SPF 50. Being as sunscreen obsessed as I am, I wore this out sledding on Sunday with the kids. (Yes, I was worried about the sun reflecting off the snow. ) I returned home perfectly hydrated and unburned.After I showered and cleansed my skin, I then re-hydrated withLa Mer’s new...

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Nice, Sweet Glamour Girl

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Marla Malcolm Beck with model Hilary RhodaPopped by Capitol File cocktail party at the Mayflower hotel (yes, that Mayflower made famous again recently by Spitzer.) The party was in honor of Hilary Rhoda, the all-American, gorgeous Estee Lauder model who is on the December cover. I met her 4 years ago at a neighbor's home in Bethesda. She is actually from Chevy Chase, Maryland. A sweet, nice teenager then, she has blossomed into a sophisticated, worldly, and still very nice adult. Plus I loved her striking red lipstick. Forgot to ask her which color...

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Holiday Season Recovery Mode

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Last week I was in a different city every day. Over the weekend I had a holiday party in Philadelphia Friday night, a brunch in Philadelphia Saturday, two parties in DC Saturday night, and then took the kids to the Nutcracker on Sunday. All events were a blast, but I am a mess. My skin is a mess. And I am catching a cold. Here is what I have been doing to recover:1. Sleep (just kidding!) Yes sleep is always the best recovery but I have not had time and do not have time to stock up!2. At Home Facial....

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I Love Trish McEvoy

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Trish and I have been doing business together for almost 10 years. No one creates fashionable, grab-and-go makeup combos like her. So imagine my delight when she offered to create something chic and perfect just for bluemercury clients. First – she made the Gorgeous Blackberry Makeup Planner for us with faux snakeskin (BTW – I have been looking for a faux snakeskin evening bag for a while now). Second – she put some of my favorites in the planner. Lash Curling Mascara, tawny eyeshadow, (my go-to crease shadow), and the Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lipgloss in brightening pink (sheer perfection)....

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My Tahoe

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I spent my teen years as a ski junkie (in addition to being a makeup junkie). I used to jam up to Tahoe at 4am on Saturday morning to ski all day. There is nothing like the sensory experience of getting out of the car and breathing in the crisp, cold, clean mountain air. Especially when you are coming from the urban Bay Area of California. This holiday season I created a candle, in collaboration with Tocca, called Tahoe. A crisp, clean, pine scent – this candle takes me back to being a teenager skiing down the mountain with not...

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Holiday Party Lip

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Went out the other night and our NYC Upper West Side Team chose my lip. Bobbi Brown pale pink lip liner, Laura Mercier Pink Label Lipstick (limited edition for holiday), and Laura Mercier After Hours Lip Glace (limited edition for holiday). This is the perfect soft pink lip to go with any dramatic eye. Too pale for day – perfect for night.

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Uber Chic NARS

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Went to the uber-chic NARS 15 year anniversary celebration. As we have carried NARS at bluemercury for 10 years, I was touched to be included. It was probably the chicest event I had ever been to. Francois Nars, an amazing photographer, styled and photographed 15 unique individuals into a special edition book for the anniversary. All of the photographs were exhibited at the event. Each portrait was inspired by an iconic image, person, or emotion, and a classic Nars product. For example, for Amber’s portrait, Nars looked to Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour and treated her lips with his...

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Dreams of Hugh Jackman & Michael Douglas

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Monday night it was almost 70 degrees in NYC and what was supposed to be a lovely, warm fall party, instead felt like a Midsummer Night’s Dream. I went to Marty Zweig’s stunning apartment overlooking Central Park to celebrate the Motion Picture and Television Fund. It was one of the loveliest cocktail parties I had been to in a long time. The host graciously showed us his unbelievable museum quality art collection of Renoirs, Degas, and more. Hugh Jackman, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones mingled with the 20 or so other guests as if we were all just hanging...

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My Relationship with Lip Gloss

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I have a strange relationship with lip gloss. I have tons, I am not loyal, and I am constantly losing and finding them. So if you ask me what I would give a girl friend (or myself) for the holidays – the answer is so easy: one of the cute limited edition lip gloss sets that come out only this time of year and then disappear. They are perfect. You get variety, quantity, and quality. It’s a great way to try out new colors that you wouldn’t normally try. And they tuck right into a festive, but tiny evening clutch....

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Darphin At-Home Facial

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It was late, my husband was out of town, the kids were in bed, and it was pouring. Perfect time for an at-home facial. I pulled out Darphin's Water Lily Foam Gel, brand new Age-Defying Dermabrasion, Camellia Mask, and the Stimulstkin Plus Lift Renewal Series.Step 1: Cleanse. I used the Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily. A new staple in my cosmetics cabinet.Step 2: Exfoliate with the Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion. I love the friction and the floral scent took me away to the warm sun and new flowers of spring.Step 3: Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask. This thick, white,...

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