Face Oils Revealed

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The history of the face oil trend comes from the French spa lines, which have always used specific targeted oil blends to treat skin concerns. For example, Darphin's Niaouli Aromatic Care has been around for over 10 years and is used to treat oily and acneic skin with a blend of lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender. The recent acceleration of the face oil trend comes from a few forces blending together:1. Globalization of Skincare Knowledge. Due to social media and worldwide networks, global skincare products and trends can quickly become local. Facial oils started in France, moved to London and,...

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Current Addiction: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

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My Laura sticks clearly get a lot of use! I must admit, I have a strange relationship with eyeshadow. I get stuck in a rut with the same color. Let’s face it, eyeshadow is hard to apply, takes a lot of time and sometimes is messy. For a busy mom, eyeshadow can be daunting.Leave it to Laura Mercier to solve this problem. I am completely addicted to these handy dandy eye shadow sticks. Swipe on one lid, swipe on the other lid, and out the door.There are a ton of colors, but here are my go to choices:1. Neutral weekend...

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The Teenage Acne Cure

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A call I receive a lot from friends is the call for help with their teenager's acne issues.I have a simple, straightforward cocktail that I always recommend. My friend stopped me the other day and said it cleared up her daughter’s skin right away—and nothing else had worked!1.  Wash your face with M-61 Power Cleanse at night.2.  Spread Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment over problem areas before bed.3.  If you need to wash your face again in the morning, use a gentle gel cleanser, like M-61 Perfect Cleanse.4.  Do not pick at or touch your face at all, ever.  No exceptions.Simple, straightforward and it...

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What's On My Desk...

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Besides stacks upon stacks of presentations previewing beautiful products for next spring? Here are a few products that I'm excited about right now – some in store, some coming very soon!1. Shampoo for Beautiful Color by Oribe. This is their most popular shampoo and is great for maintaining color. I need to hide it in the shower from my husband and kids.2. Bumble & Bumble's new Pret-A-Powder Dry Style Extender. I continue to wash my hair less and less – helps me maintain color and reduce split end damage to my hair. This is perfect when applied to the roots...

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Paris Vogue Chic for the Holidays

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I am mesmerized by all of the Vogue Paris fashion editors that carry absolutely nothing except for their phones.  I'm not sure how they do it, but I am inspired. After all, who really wants to carry a big purse full of stuff?Trish McEvoy’s new Portable Beauty Rose Collection just hit my desk and it is the perfect compromise.  The chic quilted silver case has everything you need right inside: a well-edited collection of 4 brushes and every necessity for touch-ups, or even to complete a workday-to-cocktail, plain-face-to-smokey-eye transition.Brushes, eyeshadows, blushes and lips, plus room for a credit card and...

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5 Things I Love Right Now

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Just Hit My Desk: Delicious Molton Brown Holiday

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The best ever holiday hand wash - frankincense and allspice. More sweet and spicy than frankincense. Love the hand lotion and candle too. Going in my bag to go home with me ASAP! Coming soon to bluemercury stores!

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A Day In The Life

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* Read "The Most Lucrative Form of Flattery" by Alix Strauss

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Bumble Hair Party!

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I gave the kids the new Bumble and bumble spraychalks on a lazy sunny Saturday afternoon. They sprayed, played and did each other’s hair. With fun results! Cobalt (blue) was the favorite, mint (green) the coolest and blush (red) was the most fun. Lavender was best on the blonder hair. Much better than sitting on the iPad ... and more creative, too!

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Darphin Miracle Eye Creams: The Story Continues

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Darphin, one of my favorite Paris-based brands, has ALWAYS been known for their eye creams. We have carried Darphin at bluemercury for 14 years now. I will always remember their first eye cream: Arovita Eye and Lip Contour Gel, which was glorious for my early thirties fine lines (back in 2000). Then came Stimulskin Plus Eye Contour Cream, one of the top selling eye creams of all time at bluemercury. Like a suction cup for the under-eye area, it instantly firms and hydrates. Now, two more great eye products come to us from Paris. First, Darphin’s Eye Sorbet Mask is...

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