Oldies but Goodies - Fall Makeup

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I felt like I was stuck in an August makeup rut so I rummaged through my makeup drawers for some fall colors. Here are my new addictions to old products for fall:1. Laura Mercier Chestnut Lip Pencil. This goes with any fall neutral - it's the only lip pencil I am gravitating towards right now. 2. Nars Belize Lip Gloss. The perfect light nude to go with high drama eyes, which I love. 3. Bobbi Brown Caviar Eye Shadow + Trish McEvoy Brush 11 Precise Eye Lining. This is the perfect fall eyeliner. The color is the deepest chocolate with...

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Cat Eyes for All

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This cover of the New York Times Fashion Magazine this past Sunday epitomizes fall to me. Dramatic cat eyes go with all of the deep, rich hues of fall. Burgundy dresses, high chic leather boots, furs and shearlings, the glamour of fall demands smoky and daring eyes. It used to be hard to get this look, requiring the perfect steady hands plus the perfect mix of water and eyeliner. No more – there are so many new, one-step, easy to use products. From Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour to NARS’ Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, drama and glamour is...

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A Facial for My 40+ Lips

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When I first started bluemercury (with my now husband!), I was 29. Our older clients used to come in and say it was bothering them that their lipstick feathered. While I knew this was a beauty problem, at 29, I just couldn’t relate. Now, at 41, I have that problem. As tiny little wrinkles have formed on the outside of my lips, my lipstick just doesn’t want to stay put. Lucky me, Bliss just sent me their brand new Fabulips Treatment Kit. A 4-step facial for your lips – I can’t decide which step is my favorite. Cleanse, scrub, plump,...

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U2's Bono and Skincare?

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I went to the U2 concert last night in Philadelphia outside at the Lincoln Financial Field with 100,000 of my closest friends. Despite the crowd - it was unbelievable. Summer night, 65 degrees, a full moon and Bono and the Edge at their best. "One," "Pride," "It's a Beautiful Day," "Vertigo," they know how to write and perform. Needless to say, my skin felt grimy and gross after. As I rustled through my bag, I found Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's EZ4U Facial Towelettes. I wiped the grime off right away and my skin felt fresh and glowing. They are pocket...

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Pure Magnificence: SPF 30 No Makeup Necessary

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I was fortunate enough to receive La Prairie's Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30 ($200) as a gift from La Prairie. I have been hoarding it and saving it for the summer. I have honestly never used a sunscreen that has been so perfect. I have been slathering it on in the morning, popping on mascara, eyeliner, a cream blush and lip gloss, and then running out the door. My skin looks hydrated, luminous and I get SPF 30 protection?! As I have been getting older (think 40+) I have been religious about using tinted moisturizer or foundation to even out...

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Recess: Sunscreen Required

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My 8 year old daughter came home sunburned yesterday from school. Recess combined with the gorgeous May weather we are having is a recipe for disaster! I promptly put Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 and Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ by the back door. These are the two sunscreens that my children like and find it easy to put on themselves. From now, until the end of school, our morning routine will include sunscreen application to cheeks, noses, foreheads and bare-arms!

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Oh Boy!

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We were in Chanel's offices overlooking Central Park reviewing fall and holiday launches. There is a glorious staircase between the two floors which is a copy of the staircase in her Paris apartment. Carpeted in two of her favorite colors, beige and black, I felt like she was going to traipse down at any minute. Even more glorious is Chanel's new lipstick - Rouge Coco Shine. The team gave me "Boy" to take with me, named after the love of Gabrielle Chanel's life. How romantic. And that is just what this color is - completely romantic. A soft pink, moisturizing,...

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Got Laura?

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I was doing a little spring cleaning of my makeup and skincare drawers and realized that I am a Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in nude addict. I had seven tubes that were 90% used up, what is it about that last 10%? Hydrating and light, I love this tint. It evens out my skin tone, without feeling like I have caked on foundation. The proof is in the picture.

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When All Else Fails

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I went skiing with our family out to Colorado last week for spring break. We spent all day for five days on the mountain - through 60 degree sun and blizzards. Needless to say, I completely destroyed my skin. Between too much sun reflecting off the snow and 60 mph windburn, I came home with red, peeling, wrinkled skin. There was only one solution - Darphin Aromatic Care Oils. They were made for this sort of damage. I had prepared and brought Darphin Orange Blossom Aromatic Care with me and used it every night. But when I got home, the...

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Skiing Face

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Yes, I have a face for everything. Skiing is no exception. I couldn't go on the slopes bare faced. I was in layering mode. 1) Darphin Vitalprotection Age-Defying Protective Lotion SPF 50 for hydration and moisture. 2) Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 45. It is thicker than the Darphin SPF 50 and puts a stronger skin barrier against the elements. And, whether proven or not, I feel like it stays on my skin longer. 3) Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in light/medium to even out my skin tone. While layering SPF does not provide extra protection...

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