I was a bad girl last night… I fell off the clean-eating wagon and went to town on Chinese takeout. As if the digestive repercussions weren’t enough, I woke up this morning looking like a distorted version of myself thanks to swollen, puffy eyes. I rarely see that delineation between my eyes and my cheeks (if it was there all the time I’d be making an appointment for filler injections pronto), but as soon as I looked in the mirror I knew what I had to do… I hightailed it to the freezer and busted out my Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl Eye Mask.
Filled with tiny little beads that really hold on to cold (and heat for that matter), this lifesaver conforms to every contour of the eye area for speedy relief from swelling, itching and even dry eyes. Anyone who gets migraines NEEDS to have this within reach at all times, and it’s a decidedly chicer alternative to frozen peas if you happen to go under the knife.
Sure, your children or husband may laugh at you while you’re wearing it, but I’ll take that over them seeing my post-Chinese-food face and running away screaming with fear. Wouldn’t you?
This year, fall makeup trends are all over the map, from 90s-inspired earth tones to majorly mod cat-eye liner. Wine- and berry-stained lips are prominent, too, and as with every season, there are plenty of reds to choose from. I happen to have all of the above on hand, but I found myself missing another standout hue: Rose. Not pink, not mauve, not plum, but somewhere in the middle, this void in my lipstick wardrobe was troubling me until I attended a Tom Ford Beauty fall preview at Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton last week.
Once I was all made up with a sultry smoky eye (Tom wouldn’t have it any other way), it was lipstick decision time. Since I went to this event with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, I knew this was my objective, so I scanned the makeup artist’s suggestions (declining the red and “Bruised Plum” I already have) and went straight for the “Casablanca.” Darker than my other “daytime” lipsticks yet lighter than my typical “evening” go-tos, this offers the perfect punch of pigment without being too garish. And topped with a light swipe of Chanel’s Glossimer in “Tocade,” you get a bit more berry bite. The result: Pout perfection that is wearable from season to season.
If you color, straighten or both, you’re probably no stranger to deep conditioning treatments. In fact, since I went platinum, I’ve actually swapped regular conditioner for the stronger stuff each and every time I wash my hair. But despite all those hydrating oils and extra strengthening ingredients, most deep treatments are simply supercharged conditioners, and they’re not really doing more than providing cosmetic results (i.e. smoothed hair texture and increased shine). Enter Rita Hazan’s much-anticipated launch, Weekly Remedy.
Unlike the other deep conditioners taking up space in your shower, this two-step treatment actually changes your hair’s pH. Step one opens the cuticles and deposits proteins and UV protectors while step 2 seals the cuticles to lock in nutrients, hydrate and preserve color.
Designed for once or twice weekly use (depending on just how fried your hair is), keep an eye out for Weekly Remedy at Rita’s NYC salon, ritahazan.com and Ulta in October… I know I’ll be
Fragrance is a major part of my life, whether in the form of scented candles, room sprays, body products, and of course, perfume. Sure, a few spritzes on the neck, wrists and possibly your hair are the standard way to go, but Lisa Hoffman is intent on helping us think outside the box, or in this case, the fragrance bottle.
If you love perfume, and you love jewelry, this line offers an innovative way to look and smell fantastic. Featuring necklaces, bracelets and earrings that hold small scented beads, these accessories keep your personal space delicately and deliciously scented throughout the day. You can choose from six fragrance options when you purchase your jewelry, but the real fun is mixing and matching to create your own signature scent. (I’m wearing a blend of Tuscan Fig and Tunisian Neroli as I write this.)
There are jewelry options for every personal style, including boho beads, pretty pearls, minimalist metals and more. On days when I’m feeling more hippie than haute, I love including this amber number in my bracelet stack. When my ensemble calls for jewelry that makes a statement, this Tom Binns for Lisa Hoffman pendant is everything.
These designs aren’t just a must for perfume-obsessed ladies… If you have sensitive skin that freaks out from regular perfume, or you’re in a career that frowns upon fragrance on the job, Lisa Hoffman created these accessories for you, too!
As if it weren’t hard enough to get my ass to the gym, apparently I’m supposed to be exercising my face to stave off signs of aging. All joking (and sarcasm) aside, there’s a new beauty device on the market, and it’s bringing the benefits of microcurrents home. (Although many derms and plastic surgeons poo-poo this technology, I’ve experienced microcurrent facials first-hand and they really do result in tighter, firmer skin—at least temporarily).
Surely you recall StriVectin, the brand that prompted millions of women to slather stretch mark cream on their faces to smooth wrinkles (and it worked—and still does). Their new Facial Toner harnesses the power of electrical stimulation to target facial nerves and muscles, and minimize visible signs of aging.
Just a little background… As we age, we lose fat, bone and muscle mass in our faces, which results in a sunken appearance and sagging skin. Restoring volume with injectable fillers is one solution, and maintaining muscle mass by stimulating the muscles themselves (as is the case with this device) is another. When muscles are firm and toned, it has a lifting effect on the face.
As you can see in the photo, the device resembles a set of headphones, but the pads are placed on the face in front of the ears. You can choose from a 10- or 20-minute session (StriVectin recommends five 20-minutes sessions per week for optimal results), and adjust the microcurrent strength. Keep in mind microcurrent does not hurt, it feels somewhat like a massage, but a weird one at that.
While this might be a great option for someone who’s not quite ready for professional intervention (or needles), as with other at-home devices it’s important to have realistic expectations. Are you going to look 10 years younger? Probably not. Are you going to see improvement in your skin’s tone and tautness? It’s possible. Is your significant other going to laugh when they see you wearing this? Totally.