Beauty Review: Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser Review

I just finished my bottle of Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser and after I write this post I’m going online to order another one. Why? Keep reading…

Product: Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
Details: A non-toxic, balancing facial cleanser made of 100% natural ingredients (like broccoli extract!!), this cleanser washes away toxins, excess oil, and dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed.
Price: $62 at Sephora.com
Pros: This soap-free cleanser has a silky consistency and deep cleans without drying out my face. After use, my skin feels clean, supple, and well-balanced. It also evens out any redness and minimizes the appearance of the pores around my nose and chin–a constant problem for me.  What’s more, this cleanser smells so yummy–like a walk through a field of wild flowers and herbs!
Cons: The expensive price tag. I will say though that it lasts a long time because a little goes a long way.
Final Say: I give it a 5 out of 5. I love that it’s 100% non-toxic, and that it leaves my skin feeling super clean and amazingly soft, smooth, and smelling beautifully. It’s perfect for my combination skin and balances my oily T-zone, especially in the summer.
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Friday Fave: Smith & Cult Lip Lacquers

smithandcultSmith and Cult has just released a new line of lip lacquers! Great news for those of us who prefer paraben-free lip glosses, which also happen to be gluten-free and vegan too. The line of glosses is made up of ultra-feminine, easy-to-wear shades of pink, plum, and red and come in names that are as equally enticing–High Speed Sonnet, Her Name Bubbles, The Lovers, and The Queen Is Dead are just a few. Smith & Cult founder (a.k.a. Hard Candy co-founder) Dineh Mohajer called her line of lacquers The Shining, after Stanley Kubrick’s film, telling Nylon the name “seemed perfectly fitting, since it captured the objectives of the collection: To be shockingly shiny and scary addictive.” Prepare to be hooked.

Smith & Cult is available at Neiman Marcus

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Josie Maran Argan Balm

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After hearing so many great things about Josie Maran Argan Balm, I finally picked it up at Sephora a few weeks ago. Aside from my face, the rest of my skin is chronically dry so I was excited to use the head-to-toe moisture treatment for things like dry elbows and post-shave relief. But to my surprise I discovered that Argan Balm can be used for so much more!

Besides taming flyaways and moisturizing your skin, lips and nails, this lightweight, fragrance-free miracle balm also:
1.) Soothes sunburned skin
2.) Smoothes fine lines around the eyes
3.) Tames and defines eyebrows
4.) Highlights cheekbones to provide a natural, dewy look
5.) Treats and lessens the severity of paper cuts

Best Mother’s Day Spa Treatments in NYC

Still don’t know what to give your mom for Mother’s Day? Time is ticking and something tells me you’ve exhausted your options of soft bathrobes, fuzzy slippers, and crazy kitchen gadgets over the years. Make this year even more special by treating her to a day of beautification and relaxation at one of New York’s most luxurious spas. Who knows? She may be so touched by your thoughtfulness that she might just have you join her.
–A Sweet Experience at Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf–
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If your mom’s guilty pleasure is getting manis and pedis, indulge her with unforgettable nail treatments at Guerlain Spa. During the Milk Haute Honey Mani-Pedi, her legs and forearms will be scrubbed with lemon sugar and brushed with honey produced by bees that live on the top of the Waldorf Astoria. Honey bees that live at the Waldorf? She’ll be bragging to her friends about it for weeks.
Price: $140
–A One-Stop-Shop at Le Parker Meridien Hotel–
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If you have a limited budget but want to give your mom a full day of beauty, this is the place to do it. The Mother’s Day package includes a 60-minute massage or facial at Moonshine Spa, signature manicure at Tenoverten, blowout at Drybar, lunch from Petit Blue Dog Cafe, and all-day use of Gravity fitness center and rooftop pool. She’ll walk out of Le Parker Meridien ready to conquer the world–or at least ready to face the other posh ladies at BG restaurant.
Price: $180
–Timeless Tradition at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa–
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If your mom prefers classic luxury with few surprises, book her a day at Red Door Spa. All three NYC locations carry out Elizabeth Arden’s longstanding tradition of understand elegance, with a wow factor that never ceases to please. The Beautifully Original with Massage package includes Elizabeth Arden’s
Beautifully Original with Massage package includes a 50-minute signature massage, warm cream mani-pedi, and a makeup refresher.
Price: $224
–Pamper and Primp at Paul Labrecque–
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If your plans for mom include taking her out to dinner or to see a show, schedule an afternoon of beauty for her at Paul Labrecque. She’ll be treated like a queen with a 30-minute scalp treatment, shampoo, blowout, makeup application, manicure, and brow shaping. She’ll look so good at the end of it she might even take her first selfie!
Price: $190 (normally $252)

The Best of Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

When it comes to springtime beauty essentials, soft, girly, pastel palettes and gorgeous packaging are my weak spots. Shop some of my favorite picks of the season below:

  1. bareMinerals eye shadow in Princess (left) and Cultured Pearl (right), $14 each. beauty.com
  2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh eau de toilette, sizes from $24-$98. sephora.com
  3. Guerlain Météorites compact, $62. saksfifthavenue.com
  4. Aerin makeup brushes and pouch, $148. aerin.com
  5. Dior ‘Crème de Rose’ Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10, $28. nordstrom.com
  6. Chantecaille Save the Bees Eye Palette, $83. barneys.com
  7. Clé de Peau Beauté Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, $50. neimanmarcus.com
  8. Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette, $32. lordandtaylor.com

 

Beauty Product Review: Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax

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Oh to have hair that cooperates! Strands that are defined yet soft, and unbelievably shiny seem like their impossible to obtain–but they’re not. Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Styling Wax tames and smooths air dried hair, and revitalizes hair that was styled the day before. I just recently discovered it, and I cannot wait to tell you all about. So please keep reading!

Product: Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax
Details: A low-hold, strand-defining styling balm with shimmery, light-reflecting mica minerals to make hair look shiny all day long.   
Price:
$38
Pros:
The wax is infused with silvery flecks of mica minerals that make my hair appear shiny. It’s sticky when I squeeze it into the palm of my half, but the stickiness goes away when I rub my hands together and run them through my hair. The product is enriched with rose sakura essence and other minerals extracted from Japanese cherry blossom trees. The floral scent is sweet, light, feminine, and so heavenly! The end result is amazing smelling hair that is glossy and soft with ends that look refreshed and defined. 
Con:
I wish the price wasn’t so high.
Final Say:
I use this product to tame and smooth my slightly frizzy air dried hair when I don’t feel like blow drying that day, or as an energy-boost for hair that I styled the day before. In both instances, it makes my hair look fresh and shiny. (Note, I don’t use it when I’m blow drying because I’d rather use a heat protectant.) I’m not sure what I did before this product. Please try it and let me know what you think! P.S. A little goes a long way–I have below-the-shoulder-length hair and use only a pea-sized amount each time. 
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Skincare Essentials for a Ski Vacation

Ski Skincare

I’m leaving today for Vail! As I gear up for five days of skiing, here’s what I’m bringing with me to ward off chapped skin and helmet hair:

  1. First Aid Face Cleanser, $20. sephora.com
  2. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner, $24. nordstrom.com
  3. Benefit Posiebalm Lip Hydrator, $18. ulta.com
  4. Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, $65. bloomingdales.com
  5. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen, $9.59. drugstore.com
  6. La Mer The Hand Treatment, $80. neimanmarcus.com

 

Beauty Product Review: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

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I’m a makeup purist, but if there’s one thing I like to go a bit daring with it’s my eyelashes. Since I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I’m constantly searching for a mascara that makes my long lashes look fuller and my eyes pop. Have I found it in Benefit They’re Real! mascara? Keeping reading to find out…

Product: Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Details: An inky-black, long-lasting mascara that makes lashes look long and voluminous while keeping their curl in tact.
Price: $24 at Sephora
Pros: Lengthening and volumizing with the help of a strategically spiky plastic brush.
Cons: Long-lasting to a fault.
Final Say: I give They’re Real! a 4 out of 5. I’ve been using it for a little more than a month now and I love how long, full, and dramatic my lashes look and how easily they keep their curl with this formula. The plastic, spiky wand is awesome, too–the staggered bristles lift from the root for extra umph and also help me apply the mascara evenly. The only downside? I appreciate the long-lasting formula, but removing the mascara can be a pain. No matter how much I tug at my lashes with makeup remover, I feel like they’re never 100% clean when I go to sleep.
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Beauty Product Review: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Bona Style Blog Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Shampoo and ConditionerBumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Shampoo and Conditioner are amazing! They might be great for you… But, sadly, they’re not for me. Here’s why:

Product: Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Shampoo and Conditioner
Details: Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with “six different feather-light oils for complete hair transformation.”
Price: $31 for the shampoo, $34 for the conditioner
Pros: These are the best smelling shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used in my life. They smell sweet and fruity and tropical and heavenly. Also, I love the neon orange font on the bottles–I’m not kidding, it actually makes me excited and happy to have something neon to brighten up my shower. Also, the shampoo lathers much better than any other sulfate-free shampoo I’ve ever used.
Cons: I’ve used these products off and on for a few months and have finally come to terms with the fact that they are way too oily for my hair and skin. (I’m so jealous of you ladies who do not have this problem!!!) Even though Bumble and Bumble promises that the oils in these products are “feather-light,” they weigh down my hair in a greasy, unflattering manner, and also cause unsightly breakouts on my hairline and face… eew.
Final Say: I want so much to love these products, but I have to advise anyone with fine hair and skin that’s prone to breakouts to steer clear of it. I’m going to start trying out Bumble and Bumble’s other shampoos and conditioners though–I’m determined to find ones that are right for me!
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