In the middle of dreaming about a warm impending Spring vacation, I always find myself wanting to shop for maxi dresses, sarongs for island vacations, beautiful sandals, and make up that makes me feel like a sweet summer breeze is about to kiss my weary winter blues away.
Enter: BeautyAddicts, a fun line of colorful shades that brings life to a snow drenched winter funk. Thanks to the PR gurus at Y Communications for sending product our way. Here are our top picks for those of you looking for a new line of beauty for your next vacation in the tropics or the city!
EYESHADOW ($15.50) – With a creamy formula that goes on and blends beautifully, these shadows offer a burst of long-lasting, shimmery color. Ingredients like super fine crushed pearls allow for a smooth creamy application and provide a radiant end result.
Emerald City – A rich, deep emerald green
Créme de Mint – A lighter, sea green color with gold, undertones
Yacht Club – A dark, bold navy blue
Eye Candy – An iridescent, candy pink
LIPSTICK ($18) – Packed with ingredients like Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and natural peptides, PLAY lipsticks will hydrate, firm and plump the lips. The colors are creamy and long-lasting.
Frenchie – A girly, pure matte rosy pink
In The Buff – A soft, semi-matte cinnamon-beige
LIPGLOSS ($17) – Similar to the lipsticks, these glosses contain Jojoba Butter, Vitamin E, and natural peptides to plump and nourish the lips. PLAY lipgloss is a creamy, high-shine gloss that provides full coverage.
Addict – A midtone, peachy-copper
Socialite– A light, warm pink
EYE PENCIL ($16) – This eyeliner has a creamy formula that allows precise application with enough PLAY time to smudge and define your lash line.
Masquerade – A dark, edgy jewel-tone green
GlimmerSHEER, is another great product from their line to check out. A duo balm designed to highlight and luminize eyes, face and cheeks, it catches light in all the right places and will leave your skin with a fresh, youthful glow. Available in four shades, it holds a softly pigmented highlighter and a clear tinted luminizer to add subtle radiance wherever you apply it for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen and sheer hydrating glow.
Prepare for travel-induced dry skin with glōtherapeutics B5 Hydration. This moisturizer balances moisture content and prevents transepidermal water loss, all while nourishing your skin. In a 1 oz. bottle, it’s small enough for your carry on but a little goes a long way so you’ll have enough to enjoy from your vacation to your staycation all summer long.
To invigorate tired travel skin, try glōminerals Revive Hydration Mist, a travel-sized facial spray with peppermint, lavender, and rosemary essential oils that stimulate the senses. Spritz on before applying makeup for instant hydration, after applying makeup to get a polished look, or whenever dull skin just needs a refreshing pick-me-up. It’s perfect to revive skin from the drying effects of an airplane cabin!
Don’t get stuck using the hotel’s mini bottles of questionable hair care products. Buy some empty travel sized bottles and stock them with Keratin PerfectCleanse Shampoo, a gentle cleanser that is scented with honey nectar blossom leaves and leaves hair with a relaxed, smooth appearance (later frizz heads). Pair it with their Keratin PerfectSilk Conditioner, a detangling conditioner that nourishes and protects hair from heat damage and is perfect for color treated hair.
SRP: $24-$59 http://keratinperfect.com/
My ears are frizzzeeeezinnnn here in NYC. So, when I heard about AERIAL7, knitted headphone beanies, I said… “Dame! Dame!” (That’s Spanish for “Gimme! Gimme!”) Serving as the perfect winter accessory that are as functional as they are stylish, they’re a versatile, “wear with everything” accessory with built-in headphones to use with your iPod, mp3 player, smartphone or other mobile device. Yes, the Sound Disk Beanie keeps you entertained and digitally connected all day long.
But these aren’t your ordinary headphones. AERIAL7’s sound disk speakers – circular, on-ear headphones – are thin enough to fit inside the beanie’s special compartment and are also adjustable and removable, so they can be worn a ton of different ways based on your winter activity, whether it’s running morning errands in the cold, out on the powdery slopes, or even when you just want to channel your inner DJ/Rapper/Hipster.
The Sound Disk Beanie retails for $60 and comes in four styles and an array of colors so check these puppies out!
Some of my loyal readers know should by now that I have curly hair that requires a lot of attention. Well, okay, maybe attention isn’t the right word. It’s more like… moisture. Mama needs moisture!
This is particularly true when I travel and even more so in the wintertime. But… just like there’s no universal foundation shade, there’s no universal hair product. From extremely porous to tightly curled, let’s just say that ethnic hair types present their own unique set of challenges, but the pain is worth the “You’ve got really cool hair” reward. Which is why I was over-the-moon about Philip Kingsley’s latest innovation, the new Moisture Extreme Shampoo and Moisture Extreme Conditioner, developed specifically to address the styling, processing and nourishment needs of ethnic textured hair, reducing breakage and protecting against friction. The great thing about this product is that my mom tried it too and, although she doesn’t have ethnic hair (in fact, she’s got baby fine slightly wavy hair), she fell in love with it too. It smells delicious and left my hair the softest it’s been in years without any greasy buildup.
Based on 55 years of Trichological expertise, these new formulations provide the perfect amount of hydration for hair like mine, which often suffers from low moisture content and elasticity shortcomings. The formulations help lower the surface tension of hair and give extra surface glide, making it beneficial for chemically processed and synthetic hair, too, including extensions. Without stripping the natural oils from the hair, it uses mild cleaning agents while the Moisture Extreme Conditioner contains a combination of four naturally derived oils that work together to condition the hair from the cortex to the outer layer, including, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Avocado Oil, and Babassu Oil.
I’m in haircare heaven, guys. I mean it. And yes, these bad boys come in handy travel sized packaging, as well.
Retails for $22-$27.
I don’t know about you, but when I go to St. Barths, I really require some nice luxe caftans and cover-ups. Enter: Marie France Van Damme, a new luxury resort line featuring timeless yet modern classics including signature caftans, swimwear and exotic accessories with a “wear anywhere” appeal. The 2012 collection offers an elegant palette of chic neutrals, bold metallics from bronze to gunmetal and vibrant prints in opulent fabrics ranging from diaphanous silk chiffon and luscious silk sateen, to an effortless jersey material.
Defined by a monochromatic color palette, versatility and an edited collection of elegant staples including glamorous caftans with every piece designed to be worn from an afternoon at the beach to an evening out, each silhouette is carefully considered so pieces are wearable yet alluring. The exceptionally well-made and feminine collection, created by fashion veteran Marie France Van Damme, was inspired by her love of The Riviera and Corsica and born from Van Damme’s frustrations with the lack of resort wear for every occasion. French Canadian, Van Damme incorporated her knowledge and experience garnered from designing and producing private label brands for top retailers in Europe as well as the experiences from her cosmopolitan lifestyle to create a line dedicated to savvy, sophisticated women with a sense of style.
In November 2012, Marie France Van Damme is also introducing her first coffee table book R.S.V.P (Simple Sophistication. Effortless Entertaining) being published by Thames & Hudson November 2012 focused on her philosophy of “effortless entertaining” with photographs by Herbert Ypma who invented the Hip Hotels series. The idea of the book came from her good friend Raphael who is CEO of Shanghai Tang. An improvised, last minute dinner on a deserted white sand beach in Thailand, convinced Raphael that she should share these moments with friends and others. Later that year, Raphael asked her to work on a small project and create for Shanghai Tang “Art de la Table”, dinnerware and objects for the table.
We think that’s all pretty chic.
Retail from @ $95-650
Available also at: Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and select high-end retail boutiques and resorts including One & Only and Aman resorts.
I’m a sucker for all things travel and beauty so when I came upon Rodial‘s new line of product called Dragon’s Blood, I was anxious to dig in. How cool is this? Dragon’s Blood is sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree in South America, and works to form a second skinlike film, protecting against environmental damage and containing anti-inflammatory properties. Dragon’s Blood Hyalouronic Moisturiser, which has built-in SPF 15 that works hard to plump and firm dehydrated skin for 24 hours. This light and easy-to-apply cream soothes and protects sensitive skin while providing long lasting moisture and tightening fine lines; a must have for thirst quenched summer skin. Plus, who can’t resist a line of product called Dragon Blood? I bet that’s what the khalessi on Game of Thrones wears. Duh.
Retail price is $60.00 at www.nordstrom.com