Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Product of the Day / Pistache Divine Beauty Oil

I love finding new brands and even better is when those brands have great products. In October, I was given a bottle of Pistache Skincare Pistachio and Lavender Divine Beauty Oil to review. I receive a significant amount of samples, most of which I never share here on the blog, but when I like something, I want to share it with you. 

Oils have shown up so much in beauty routines over the last few years, so I assume that most people have tried at lease one. I know from my personal experiences that not all oils are created equal. Prior to the Pistache, my favorite has been Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil ($67/oz), which smells amazing. In comparison, the Pistache has more of a traditional spa scent as it contains lavender for healing and soothing, and for $34 for 3.4 oz., it’s an amazing bargain.

I also appreciate the packaging. Oils most frequently are packaged in some type of bottle and you end up balancing the oil in your hand while trying not to spill after you pour and try to recap. This product has a pump dispenser, an inner cap to prevent leaking and a larger outer cap. This is genius. 

I began using the oil on my face, but quickly moved on to applying it to my hands and neck where my eczema has traditionally been the worse. I love that it is quickly absorbed and leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy. Based on the recommendation on the bottle, I’ve also been applying it to the ends of my hair and find it soaks in nicely without adding extra greasiness. 

I don’t believe I’ve ever used pistachio oil before, but since the creator of the brand is a fourth generation pistachio grower herself, I trust she understands the benefits of the oil.

Have you every used pistachio oil before? What did you find to be beneficial? 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Casual Outfit of the Day / Tom Ford, Mango

Dress: Mango
Necklace: & Other Stories

I, my friends, am obsessed with sleeves. This Mango dress is how I am dreaming of spending long winter evenings, wearing tights and booties with bulky cardigans and knit hats. I love that this geometric necklace from & Other Stories is delicate and dainty yet the longer length and brightness of the sliver contrasts against the burgundy of the dress. With so many different options to pair with the dress, this Dagne Dover cross body bag would tie them all together. I have a bag made from this pebbled leather, and it is just the softest combined with great durability and an even better price point. Finally, I'm focusing here on some simple beauty tricks that make all the difference in pulling together a casual but polished look. Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk is a relatively new product that uses a chalk like powder to fill in your brows. I've tried it, and the first time out, I had a little bit too heavy of a hand. A little bit of this product goes a long way. If you want a heavily defined and strong brow, this will get you there. If you just want to fill in some sparse spots like I do, try to match your brow shade as closely as possible, dab on the chalk and then blend in with a brush for a more natural finish. Moving on to lips, I had the pleasure of joining Neiman Marcus Las Vegas for their annual Beauty Bloggers Holiday Brunch where I learned the full concept behind Tom Ford's Boys & Girls Lip Colors, including how to layer them to build the perfect tone for your skin. I've combined the matte in Evan with the sheer Scarlett here to make a more moisturizing but still long wearing color that actually comes out in a rosy tone flattering for everyone. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Favorites / Maple Holistics, Wishtrend, Seavees, Red Cherry, See by Chloe

This week’s favorites are from some brands you might not be that familiar with. I love when I find a new to me brand that I want to recommend. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these yourself.

The last year has personally been a trying one for me due to severe eczema on my hands and scalp brought on by a gluten sensitivity. Of course, it was most difficult because it wasn’t until about a month ago that an actual explanation for what was causing it was found. I’m still working to get all the  gluten out of my system, but in the meantime, I had a lovely offer from Maple Holistics to try their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I had previously been using Nioxin, which had helped somewhat, but using the Maple Holistics was like night and day. Within two shampoos, the burning and itching had stopped. This 100% improved my scalp while still leaving my hair soft and manageable. I can’t recommend this shampoo highly enough, and I have the opportunity to share it with you in a free sample if you follow this link to their free sample program. 

I’m wearing sneakers more and more frequently lately, and I’m happy to see that they are fortunately “on trend” for autumn. These Seavees are so comfortable with suede uppers and super cushy rubber sole. 

If you are obsessed with K-beauty as I am, you might already have heard of Wishtrend. If you are still on the fence about this trend, their Green Tea cleanser is perfect to start you off. Unlike some powder exfoliaters, this one does not require cleansing first as it works as a cleanser and exfoliater. If you prefer, you can cleanse and then use the powder, which smells exactly like a green tea latte, to exfoliate. These is the most efficient yet gentle exfoliater that will leave your skin feeling smooth and extremely hydrated. 

As we age, sometimes our eyes seem to sink into our faces. Wearing lots of shadow and liner often exacerbates the issue, actually making our eyes look saggier then before we started. Adding density to the outer corner of the eye actually lifts the eye and gives it a more youthful appearance, and wearing false lashes is a great way to get that lift. You want to choose a lash that is not overly dramatic or synthetic looking but blends in with your lashes and just adds that volume. The Red Cherry lashes from the limited edition set inspired by Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls come with four different sets from light to intense styles. I recommend using The Jennifer or The Anne unless you really want to take it over the top. 

Finally, this See by Chloe jacket is the perfect way to take denim in a different direction. It’s a lighter chambray, which is perfect for layering under a heavier coat, and the quilted detail is tailored enough to wear as a work blazer. But pair them with a pair of wide-legged trousers and a tee, and you have the perfect travel outfit.