The Morning Makeup Routine

Wow, there is nothing more eye opening than laying out every product you use every morning. I swear I chalked myself up as someone who doesn’t really wear all that much makeup. Last week’s IFB Project assigned us to talk about our makeup routine, and while I’ve shared bits and pieces, never all at once. So here goes.

Makeup and skincare go hand in hand. Without proper skincare, makeup is just a mess. I tend to put a lot into my skincare regime. Over the years it’s gotten more intense as I’m trying to keep my skin as supple as possible. There were a few years when I didn’t have very much money and tried skimping on skincare, and to be honest, it showed. Now if I have to skimp it would be on the makeup itself, and make investment in the skincare.

For some reason I forgot my cleanser, but if you’re curious, I use Cetaphil. It’s gentile, inexpensive and it gets the job done.

  • Loreal Hydrafresh Toner: For the longest time I skipped toners, but they help keep pores in check by picking up anything the cleanser missed as well as adding the first layer of hydration. It’s great for my skintone and once I started regularly using toner, it’s been hard to go back.
  • Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum: I’ve been using the moisturizer (next bullet) and after reading the reviews on Makeup Alley, I had to give this a try. I’ve only been using this a week, but can say that it’s really made my skin supple. It promises to increase radiance, skin density and reduce wrinkle.. all products do, but so far, I’m smitten.
  • Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer: On my second pot already, and maybe have found the perfect moisturizer after years of looking. Seriously! I’ve been trying all kinds of products and this one really helps my skin look it’s best.
  • Dermalogica Age Renewal Eye Complex– This has rentinol and caffeine so it’s the perfect eye cream to reduce puffiness and dark circles. I use a very tiny amount, so it’s been a few months and I have to say it’s pretty great.
  • StriVectin Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles: StriVectin is known for thier firming properties as it was developed for women with stretchmarks after giving birth. I really don’t know why I use this so much, but I believe it helps firm up the skin under my eyes.

Now once I got all that moisturizing stuff on my face, now for the MAKEUP!

  1. Apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20: I find that tinted moisturizers tend to be lighter on the skin leaving you look more radiant, so I use this as a way to even out my skintone.
  2. MAC Select Coverup: This little tube goes a long way. I just use a tiny drop under my eyes and around some spots on my skin. It’s a bit heavier than foundation and totally brilliant.
  3. Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil and Benefit Speedbrow: Having sparse brows means you have to get a great brow pencil and brow gel to set it so it doesn’t smudge throughout the day.
  4. Eyeshadow: Not the best at applying eyeshadow. Now I’m using a Sephora pallet, but could really just use one natural color.
  5. Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner: Because, after 21 years…  I always have the cat eye. Always.
  6. Maybeline Falsies Mascara: After talking about how much I loved Loreal’s Voluminous, someone recommended Falsies. I like Falsies, but will probably go back to Voluminous when I’m done with the tube.
  7. Urban Decay Razor Sharp Finishing Powder (gift) : Used sparingly to take away a bit of shine without looking powdered.
  8. Benefit Cosmetics Dallas: Half blush half bronzer to add a bit of color to my face.
  9. Bare Essentuals Pretty Amazing Lip Color: Quite possibly the best lip color that’s not quite lip gloss, not lipstick, but lush and the color stays for a long time. I can’t quite explain it, but they aren’t lying when they say pretty amazing.

Woah… after looking at this list, I’m a product junkie. What about you? What’s your list look like?

Red Lipstick to Brighten up A Rainy Day

It’s gross and rainy. This time, it’s not just gross and rainy, it’s also got this kind of chilly fall vibe. When it’s like that, I usually turn to red lipstick (as if we needed yet ANOTHER post about red!). Red lipstick was the first makeup I ever bought. It was Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door for $10. I had a friend who wore that lipstick and it was just the perfect shade. Since then, red lipstick has been the thing that could make any outfit look put together, and on days like today, it makes an otherwise sensible outfit come together as something special.

Lately, I’ve been wearing Lancome’s Color Fever, which is from a few years ago. I loved the color, but when it was new, it was too dewey and got on my teeth. Afraid to throw it away, I hung onto it, for some strange reason, and it must have aged well because now it stays on perfectly. Who knows? Talk about random lipstick stories!

Here, I’ve been experimenting with my new iPhone… since losing my old iPhone in a London cab… the new iPhone has some pretty amazing video apps, like Videolicious, I was able to put together this video in 30min… not bad if you ever had to put together video before!

Dressing Up Causal Fall Fridays

I love, love, love wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. Sometimes. Today was just one of those days, when I said, “Sweatshirt and jeans.” Fall is creeping in, the chilly mornings, the dry air blowing in. I love every second of it.

Believe it or not, a sweatshirt can be dressed up. Fancy sweats, as I like to call them have been around for a few years. Alexander Wang coined the current round of fancy sweatpants. And I’ve been seeing cashmere sweaters in sweatshirt styles, and sweatshirts made with greater quality. I  just want to keep warm you know! Yesterday, I picked up a striped sweatshirt on sale at Madewell, the thing I like about this is that it’s nicely constructed, and unlike knit sweatshirts I can wash it and know it’s not going to get those god awful bobbles/pills/lint/piling whatever they’re called.

Of course I had to dress it up, what better way than to add in a sparkly statement necklace, and a crisp pair of Rag and Bone skinny jeans. I think the beauty is in the details, and if you do it right, then you’ll be able to rock just about anything.

 

Oh yeah.. since experimenting with Sephora’s Chinese Blossoms nail patch art… I’m converted, put these on on Monday and they’ve held up nicely all week! Love the little flowers on my nails!

Wearing: Coat: CoS • Sweater: Madewell • Jeans: Rag & Bone (gift) • Bag: Pendleton Dopp Bag • Boots: Rachel Comey Mars Boots • Necklace: Shopbop • Sunglasses: Super Lucia

Photos: Nando Alvarez

 

Winter Boots: Aldo x Christian Cota

This is the first week in New York I have pulled out my sweaters and wool scarves for the fall season. It’s cold with a tinge of warm, but lord knows in a few months it’ll be FREEZING. Last year I bought a cute pair of lace up booties from Aldo which lasted me all winter long. So naturally when invited to the Aldo x Cristian Cota event to preview the new collection, it was a no-brainer to go. Aldo Rise has been around for a few seasons, they work with emerging designers to create shoes to go with their clothing collections for the runway. Christian Cota’s boots debuted last night and I have to say they were fun. Red pony hair with buckles and faux shearling lining? Warm! And not your ordinary black boot.

Photos by Nando Alvarez, above I’m photographed with Lacee Swan and Ann of Holier than Now

New Shoes, New York

This is it…the last minutes before I head out to New York. Hopefully… with the snow storm that looms, my flight is canceled, so I’ll be riding in on a train half way across North America. That’s 20 hours… I’m calling it ‘European Style’ traveling, because I can’t remember the last time I took a train anywhere in America!

I’m ready, I’m more than ready, I’m anxious to get through this… it’s been a lot of hard work preparing for fashion week, seemingly even harder than ever. Also, more exciting. This time I have decided to try not go go in rags…like all the previous times before, I did get a few new items (I’ve yet to show you) but this last piece was an impulse buy.. After seeing these Jessica Simpson  Charles Anastase knock offs on Aparrallel, I instantly went searching for them… I had to have them. Sure, they’re knock offs…they’re ‘wood’ (plastic) heels… but that much wood would be super heavy, and loud!  I just fell in love. So much for resisting the ‘clog trend’ these kind of go in that category. The truth is,  I haven’t even been much of a platform wearer since the mid/late 90’s, and for $90…I figured why not? I tried to get the ones in tan,but they completely sold out. Now the pewter ones are almost sold out too. Dang. Anyway, I hope it doesn’t snow too much more, because I really want to wear them this week!

Coveted Perfume: Fam by So Oud

I’ve been on the perfume hunt forever… and ever it seems.  Most perfumes give me a headache, they make me sneeze, my skin crawl, scalp tingle. But from a distance the notion of a woman who smells pretty is a very appealing one.  Over the years I’ve been looking at boutique perfumes, as they tend to use higher quality ingredients and made in smaller batches. You won’t have someone saying to you, “Hey, are you wearing Old Spice?” Not that I would wear Old Spice, I dunno, it’s been a while.

When I was in London, I wanted to get something special, something that I wouldn’t find in the US… clothing seemed like the obvious choice, but while exploring the alleyways of Central London, I happened upon Avery, a perfumery with just a small collection of scents. The sales assistant, Asakala, helped walk me through the scents they had, the one catching my eye (nose?) was Fam by soOud. It’s a floral perfume with notes of chili, saffron, and oud wood giving it kick that I’ve never experienced with my nose, it had what they call… depth? Yet it is distinctly powdery fresh. It felt that it represented the complexity of my own nature, soft with a bite? It was then, I knew I had to have it.

Now I have to say, I’m hooked on unusual perfumes, that they have more depth than just smelling nice for that moment. What perfume do you wear, and what was it that made  you get it?

 

Green Jeans

Either it’s cooling down, or I’m getting used to this hot mess, because I’ve been able to wear actual jeans without dying. It’s a good thing because, being dead is a drag, also I can pull out some of my favorite pairs of jeans and wear them around town. During the spring, I bought a pair of green jeans from American Apparel to test out the colored denim trend, if I would really like it. It turned out that I love green, and even more so, I love wearing green jeans! Though, the denim snob in me says these aren’t premium jeans, they aren’t the best fitting as they’re baggy in the knees and have a slightly awkward fit as compared to the uber comfy premium brands, but in comparison to regular pants, I love them, especially, zipper ankle opening.

Here I’m pairing the jeans with the Equipment Nixie blouse, leopard print shoes, and a vintage bag I picked up at a scrap yard (talk about mixing high and low). It’s nice to have such bright colors mixed in with black. Bright color’s a cheery way to start the week!

On The Streets: A Splash of Red

For a long time, I was afraid to wear anything red. “It’s too flashy,” “It’s not my style,” “The color doesn’t work for me,” I would protest. I’m not sure why, but something clicked this season and now I can’t seem to get enough of the vivacious shade. I’ve learned to treat the red items in my wardrobe like a neutral–it’s versatile enough to work with prints but also pairing it with solids brings a pop of color to an otherwise basic outfit.

Now that I’ve fallen in love with red, I’ve been noticing the color everywhere and observing how other women incorporate it into their style. With the summer humidity it seems like simple red pieces punctuated with funky jewelry is how New Yorkers keep their looks easy but unique. But for the more daring, like the lady above, a red embroidered silk top is always a great way to keep cool and still give your outfit some heat.

Casual Friday: Denim Pencil Skirt

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately… for those of you who’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that this time of year, I’m usually knee deep in the IFB Conference planning. My outfits have been more and more casual, as the workdays increase. Which can be a good thing! Part of style is exercising how to dress for certain times in your life. How to be more casual, more effortless and still look alright. Ok, my hair might be a mess… but one of the things I’ve been loving are pencil skirts, and when I got the Current/Elliott Dorothy Pencil skirt, it quickly became a wardrobe staple. The button up front the soft, worn-in black denim. It’s probably the most comfortable skirt I own.

Yesterday, Debie talked about pops of red, I took this as a cue to dig out my favorite red tank top. There’s always a use for red tank tops, they do go with anything. Brightening up a sheer blouse, adding a “pop of color” to any neutral outfit. I’ve found my crew of red tanks have played an important role of my summer wardrobe!

Street Style: Long Days, Long Skirts

The summer days are long, and even longer are the skirts. More and more I’m seeing people of all heights delve into the depths of the maxi skirt. Floaty fabrics fluttering in the warm summer breeze. The perfect piece to fit the mood of the season. Even as I’ve resisted the long skirts due to my lack of height, have been wearing long skirts a few times a week. It’s a nice feeling, like a pioneer on the prairie, only, on the streets of New York. These days, it’s great to keep the maxi dress as simple as possible, paired with a relaxed tank top or as a straight modal tank dress. That’s a nice way to keep things simple and stunningly chic.

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