Beauty Product Review: YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

Bona Style Blog YSL Kiss and Blush No. 2I’m all about easy makeup, which is why I’m obsessed with YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush. Here’s why you should be too:

Product: YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush, shade No. 2
Details: A 2-in-1 ultra-blendable, air-whipped mousse makeup that adds color to your cheeks and lips.
Price: $40.00
Pros: The smooth mousse formula is both moisturizing and long-lasting. The gel-like consistency makes it easy to blend into your cheeks and lips with your fingers. It gives me the perfect, natural flushed look–like my cheeks are glowing from within! The applicator sponge is slightly angled and pear shaped which is ideal for dotting and smoothing the product on my cheeks and lips.
Cons: I love, love, love this color for my cheeks but find that it’s way too light and frosty for my lips. Sorry, but I don’t want to look like I’m walking onto the set of Dynasty. 
Final Say: I feel like I have found the holy grail of blush. It gives me the most perfect rosy cheeks and makes me look fresh and lively and like I’m 19 again. I can’t wait to buy it in a few more colors–hopefully one of them will look better on my lips?
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Beauty Product Review: Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk

Phytomer Cleansing MilkWinter makes my combination skin downright moody. Since I use toners to safeguard against breakouts and retinol cream to prevent aging, I always have a dry patch somewhere on my face… which, you guessed it, inevitably leads to more breakouts. Desperate to find a soothing cleanser that would end this vicious cycle, I turned to my aesthetician at SoHo’s Skin Care Lab for advice. She suggested Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk. Here’s the lowdown:

Product: Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk
Details: A creamy yet non-greasy cleanser that removes makeup and impurities without stripping skin of its essential oils.
Price: $33.50
Pros: The silky formula gently washes away makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and soothed while giving me a radiant complexion. The cleanser’s subtle, fresh scent is a major plus!
Cons: As a rule I only use oil-free products, so the fact that one of the ingredients is hazel seed oil doesn’t make me the happiest. It hasn’t made me break out yet, but will it?
Final Say: This cleanser has become an integral part of my before-bed beauty regimen. I love how soothing it is, and appreciate that it’s a cleanser and makeup remover in one. Now I go to bed with soft, clean skin that smells like I’ve just come from a facial. I can’t get enough of it!
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Beauty Product Review: Julien Farel Vitamin Restore Haircare Treatment

Julien Farel Vitamin RestoreThere’s an ongoing joke in my family that if we can’t find my mom, it probably means that she’s getting her hair done. Make no mistake about it, she is a very put together lady! When I was growing up, she always taught me to prioritize my beauty regimen: never go to sleep with makeup on, never underestimate the power of expensive eye cream, and never go longer than 6 months without a haircut. The haircut “rule” is what spurs my obsession for haircare products. Constantly on the search for the best shampoo, hair masks, and serums for my hair, I recently discovered Julien Farel’s Vitamin Restore, a 2-in-1 shampoo and deep conditioning treatment. My review is below:

Product: Julien Farel Vitamin Restore
Details: A paraben-free, anti-aging hair treatment that cleanses, heals, and conditions your scalp, bringing your hair back to a healthy state and leaving your strands visibly softer, shinier, and more manageable. Made specifically for color and chemically treated hair.
Price: $33 at
Pros: As far as packaging goes, I love the squeeze bottle with easy nozzle applicator. The product makes my hair super soft and lustrous, and eliminates flyaways… and did I mention it makes my hair super soft?
Cons: The product gives off a slightly toxic smell in the shower. It’s not overwhelming and my hair smells nice and fresh when it’s rinsed and dry, but while the treatment is setting I can’t help but think is this stuff bad for me?
Final Say: I give it a 4 out of 5! If you want to look like you just left the salon, this is the product for you. I love how soft, smooth, and shiny my hair is after using it–I can’t stop touching it!
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P.S.: I should mention that even though Vitamin Restore is specifically designed for color or chemically treated hair, my locks are neither of those things. Visit for more information on Julien Farel’s other cleansing conditioning treatments.

Dry Spell: 5 Winter Beauty Must-Haves

Winter Beauty Regiment

Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, our skin is the real indicator that winter is here to stay. Behold, 5 winter beauty must-haves to stave off flakey elbows, red noses, split ends, and chapped lips.

Shop these winter essentials:

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $43.
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush, $38.
  3. Jurlique Body Exfoliating Gel, $40.
  4. Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Lip Cream, $16.
  5. Living Proof Restore Hair Mask Treatment, $42.

Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Holiday Makeup Collection

Minnie 2From her penchant for big bows and high heels, to her singsongy voice and flirty eyelashes, Minnie Mouse is one of the most recognizable icons of femininity. Thus, it’s no surprise that uber-girly fashion designer Anna Sui has chosen the stylish cartoon character as the muse for her newest makeup line.

The limited-edition Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Holiday Collection, out now, features whimsical packaging and dazzling colors, both characteristics that carry over from Sui’s core line of cosmetics. “I love Minnie,” the designer gushed to British Vogue a few days ago. “I was thrilled to do this collaboration [with Disney], and it was so easy because she kind of fits into my world.”

Visit to shop for Anna Sui makeup.

Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Nail Color in Passion Red, available here.
Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Nail Color in Passion Red, available here.
Anna Sui Minnie Mouse bow-shaped eye shadow palette, available here as part of the "Romantic Serenade" set.
Anna Sui Minnie Mouse bow-shaped eye shadow palette, available here as part of the “Romantic Serenade” makeup kit.
Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Lip Balm, available here.
Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Lip Balm, available here.

Beautycounter: The Secret to a Healthier Beauty Routine

Beauty Counter

Like most girls in their 20s, I’m a beauty product Fiend (that’s right, with a capital “F”). But as I continue to read about the harmful nature of synthetic skincare and haircare products, I can’t help but feel a desire to switch up my beauty routine and start choosing brands that are healthier.

Enter Beautycounter, a new-ish beauty line that promises to Continue reading “Beautycounter: The Secret to a Healthier Beauty Routine”