For the ultimate splurge you can never go wrong with a nice piece of jewelry. I’ve been looking for a diamond bracelet for a while and am still debating what to splurge on but this Mejuri bracelet has been on my radar. I love the Pave Diamond Huggie Earrings and wear them all the time.
This Gucci Makeup Bag in the pink shade looks super cute. I also love the peach color in some of the YSL pieces like the Wallet On Chain (also available in small leather goods).
For the girl who has everything you can always find something new and stunning at Venus Et Fleur. There are so many beautiful combinations and arrangement options for roses, hydrangeas, gardenias and more. I love this Round Floral Box.
I bought myself some Sugarfina treats for Valentine’s Day. Andrew likes them too and I bought a few things for my mother-in-law.
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If you’re looking for some ideas I hope you found this gift guide helpful!
Rounding up my favorites for the month of January! I have a mix of beauty and a few other favorites I’ve been loving. I have my Top 10 in beauty and Top 5 in fashion/accessories.
The biggest hit in January was Ollie! He turned 1 year old on the 21st and I cannot believe how fast time has flown with this little fluff ball in our life. We are so happy to have him. We think he’s full grown now at 21.5 pounds but some say they keep growing past the 1 year mark.
This month’s top 10 beauty favorites include:
Dior Addict Lip Maximizers ($40) are of course in this month’s favorites. I’ve been wearing Rose Nude 38 the most this month. All the swatches in this blog post here.
Bobbi Brown Extra Plump Hydrating Lip Serum ($35) for lip balm. This comes in one color Bare Pink which is a shiny milky pink that goes on clear. Feels ultra smooth, cushiony and hydrating. It has a very subtle citrus kind of scent to it. I do think it’s a little pricey for what you get but I’ve been really enjoying the formula.
Balmain Hair Couture Hair Clips ($89 to $114) are quite the splurge but I really love the ones I ordered. I have a couple different sizes including the small and medium (ones shown). They’re pretty sturdy and well made. If you’ve been looking for them they are restocked at Saks in both the White Medium, Tortoise Medium (and some other sizes too).
Chantecaille Future Skin Cushion Foundation ($139, comes with a refill) is a rediscovered favorite this month. I love how it melts right into the skin to look like skin but better. I use the Shade Nude right now. In summer I also wear Wheat.
Static Nails in Milky Pink ($16) so many of you have told me to try Static Nails for over a year and I finally did. I love both Mademoiselle and Milky Pink for that sheer jelly pink. They’re easy to apply and there’s no streaking. I can use 2 or 3 coats to get smooth sheer pink perfection.
Lawless Forget the Filler Winter Beach Set ($27) has 3 minis of the Forget the Filler Lip Gloss in Bitten, Blushed Sand and Rose Pearl. The shades are so beautiful and I wish they were permanent. I rarely buy backups these days but I bought an extra set because the set is limited-edition. I love the tones and think they wear nicely alone or layered on top of a lipliner.
Tarte Maneater Blush in Coral ($27) is a favorite for the second month in a row. I really like the liquid blush formula because it has a nice dry down. There’s a bit of shimmer to these so it’s almost like a blush and highlighter in one. There are several shades to choose from, I hope they keep launching these in more shades!
NARS Orgasm Rising Eyeshadow Palette ($49) made my favorites this month. I love the colors and have been reaching for it a lot. I did just order the new Pat McGrath Love Collection palettes though which look beautiful if you’re looking for something newer. Review coming soon. I’ll let you know if any of those palettes top the NARS one.
I have quite a few new things in the non-beauty category that I’ve been loving this month. I might do a more detailed review on some of them in an upcoming post but here’s my Top 5 Edit – 3 different sneakers, 1 new bag and 1 new wallet.
You girls know I love APL sneakers. I’ve been wearing them almost exclusively for the past several years but recently tried New Balance sneakers last fall and absolutely love them. They run true to size for me. I’m a 6.5 and wear the New Balance in a 6.5. I’ve tried two styles so far and love the 574 Sneaker in Nimbus Cloud/White and Grey/White. I even bought a pair for Andrew and he really likes them.
The New Balance 327 style is the one I tried after seeing it on Instagram. I bought the Sea Salt and Sea Salt with Black and also love these. The neutrals seem to be the most popular and sell out quick but I’ve seen them restock at New Balance, Free People and Jcrew to name a few places.
Loewe Small Puzzle was a holiday treat over Christmas. I have the Mini Puzzle which I really love and use all the time. I had my eye on the Small which is larger, comes with an adjustable strap and is more practical. It can hold more and I like that the strap allows you to wear it over the shoulder or as a cross body. I bought it in the grained leather which softens and has more of a slouch as it wears over time. I purchased mine from the Loewe store but you can also find this style at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter.
Loewe Anagram Small Vertical Wallet was another splurge. I really love my other card case in the pink shade (exact style has been discontinued) but wanted something a little bigger but still small enough to fit in my mini bags. I’ve looked at several beautiful options from other brands but they ended up being too thick/bulky. This one from Loewe (shade is Nude) is perfect.
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That wraps up my January favorites! What did you love this past month?
Dior recently reformulated their Addict Lip Maximizers ($40 each) and I am thrilled with the new formula and colors. Their Lip Maximizer formula has been one of their best selling glosses and according to Dior they’ve reformulated this to have ingredients that are more natural in origin and revamped the colors to include more opaque shades with different finishes in the classic jelly finish, holographic, shimmer and intense versions.
I am a huge fan of the original formula and I’m happy to find the new ones are just as good. To me feel pretty much identical. They have the same smooth texture, slightly minty cooling sensation, subtle plumping effect, medium lasting power. The main difference is many of the colors have better color payoff with more opaque pigment. They still don’t have super long lasting power but they will stay put for several hours. The bonus of the glossy formula is that they fade nicely and evenly so you don’t have a ring around the edges of your lip. I don’t mind reapplying!
Dior brought back a number of their classic colors and added quite a few new ones. Every single color I tried is beautiful. A few of them are on the sheer side so my natural lip shows through. If your lips aren’t as pigmented as mine are the colors will pull more true to tube on you.
I have 18 of the shades. While you can find this new formula at all Dior retailers and counters like Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, Ulta Beauty etc. some of them appear to be exclusive to Dior.com. I compared a few of the original shades to their new formulation and the colors are almost identical. Pink and Coral are the same. The new Rosewood pulls a little more neutral. The new Holographic Pink has a slightly less duochrome quality. The new Beige has a bit more pigment compared to the original.
I think the shade range is beautiful and they’ve seemed to launch shades to suit every color preference from neutrals to bolds, shimmers to creams and sparkles too! It’s tough to pick favorites and even though I splurged on so many there are other shades I would have liked to try too. If you’re a gloss girl then you’ll be thrilled with this formula and the color extensions.
If I could only pick 5 they would be: 038 Rose Nude, 26 Intense Mauve, 014 Shimmer Macadamia, 007 Raspberry and 030 Shimmer Rose.
I’m excited to share a roundup of Celine Fragrance Collection today! I love all things Celine but only recently tried their perfumes while in Miami over the holiday. During our most recent trip one of the associates walked past me and I had to stop her and ask what she was wearing. She pulled out the Parade fragrance and it was love at first spritz. I bought the 3.4 ml of Parade ($255) along with the Ivory Travel Spray Case ($135) and travel refills ($100 for a set of 2) and I’ve been wearing it nonstop since Christmas.
I shared a sneak peek of my Celine haul on my stories back in December and I received a record breaking amount of DMs about the perfume line. Which ones did I try in store? What are the best ones? What did I think about Black Tie? Reptile? I actually only smelled that one scent Parade while I was in store. I liked it so much I didn’t even think to try the others but my curiosity got the best of me and I ordered the Coffret Miniature II Discovery Set ($385 for 10 minis x 0.34 fl oz each).
After testing all 10 in the set I still think Parade is the best but there are definitely 3-4 others I could see myself wearing. I’ve reviewed these in order of my favorites (most favorite to least). On me all of these have really good lasting power. For Parade I notice that I don’t smell it on me after around 4 hours but I think my nose just gets used to it. Andrew can smell it on me long after I can’t smell it on my skin.
The packaging and presentation is stunning with these perfumes. Very simple and streamlined and they come with a magnetic cap. The full sizes come in two options 3.4 fl oz or 6.8 fl oz. I bought the smaller one.
Now a look at all 10 perfumes in the set. Quick note that at this time there’s one more scent that’s not in the set that I didn’t try Bois Dormant.
BERGAMOT, NEROLI, VETIVER, MUSK, OAK MOSS
Parade is one of the most unique beautiful citrus scents that with a juicy sparkling bold vibe. It could definitely be unisex as it’s not an overly sweet citrus. The bergamot is balanced with the vetiver and oak moss. You girls know I love the Les Eaux de Chanel in Biarritz and Riviera (also citrus scents). Both of those are lighter and brighter while the Celine pulls a bit more complex and mossy.
This is my second favorite in the lineup! It’s a unique light vanilla scent. Smooth and well balanced, slightly sweet, not too heavy or rich, has a powdery vibe slight hint of musk. The laurel blossom adds a really interesting mix that adds a tiny bit of freshness. It has a subtle floral feel, but mainly has a vanilla feel to it.
NEROLI, PETIT GRAIN, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, HELIOTROPE, VANILLA
Saint-Germain Des-Pres is another beautiful scent. It’s a fresh powdery vanilla citrus floral mix. The powdery feel is subtle but definitely there. The vanilla adds some warmth and petit gran adds some earthy vibe. The neroli adds some green freshness. The mix is really unique and fresh. Smells like a breath of fresh air.
WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, CEDAR, TREE MOSS, VANILLA, MUSK
Black Tie is a beautiful vanilla. This one to me is the most vanilla-dominant scents. It has a powder sweet feel but still super smooth. For me I love the idea of a good vanilla scent but finding one I can wear can be a bit tricky in the hot humid months. This is different from any of the others I’ve tried and loved and I think it is one I could wear year round. While I love Diptyque Eau Duelle, Creed Sublime Vanille, Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille – they pull stronger and rich. Celine Black Tie has a smoother feel to me.
LA PEAU NUE
BERGAMOT, ROSE ABSOLUTE, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, RICE POWDER, VETIVER
La Peau Nue is a fresh soft floral and slightly green and powdery. Smooth and clean without being too crisp. Has a very luxurious soft hint of rose. Almost like a well-balanced fresh rose with a watery vibe in the sense that it smells fresh.
EAU DE CALIFORNIE
BERGAMOT, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, PALO SANTO ACCORD, TREE MOSS, PATCHOULI
Eau de Californie is a scent that Andrew picked out on one of our trips and it smells amazing on him. It’s an amazing combination with a sophisticated vibe. It’s a little smoky, earthy and woody. The bergamot notes adds some freshness and rounds it out beautifully and to me prevents it from being too smoky. I tried this and like it better on him. I found it really potent on me but it pulls more subtle on him.
COLOGNE FRANCAISE / RIMBAUD / REPTILE / NIGHT CLUBBING
NEROLI, FIG TREE, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, TREE MOSS, MUSK
Cologne Francaise pulls very masculine to me. Stronger and more potent than Eau de Californie. It has a more of a green feel with the fig and tree moss. To me this smells like a classic men’s cologne.
LAVENDER, NEROLI, ORRIS BUTTER, WHEAT ACCORD, MUSK AND VANILLA NOTES
Rimbaud is another interesting mix. I’m one who loves lavender in a candle or bubble bath but not really a fan of wearing it. Rimbaud is a lavender perfume with a complex mix. The lavender dominates while the mix of neroli, musk and vanilla make for a really interesting perfume. It’s so hard for me to describe but you can definitely smell each of the notes as it dries down on the skin.
CEDAR, PEPPER, TREE MOSS, LEATHER ACCORD, MUSK
Reptile is one I’ve seen quite a few reviews for! It’s another leather + woody scent with heavy mix of cedar and moss. This has a very smooth kind of feel to it. Not one I can see myself wearing but I am going to try to convince Andrew to try this one. He’s a die-hard loyal fan of Creed scents and it’s pretty much all he wears these days aside from the Eau de Californie.
GALBANUM, WHITE ORRIS BUTTER, PATCHOULI, TREE MOSS, VANILLA, MUSK
Nightclubbing is such a unique scent. I think it would smell amazing on Andrew but this is one that did not work well with my body chemistry. It smells amazing in the bottle or spritzed on paper but turned on my skin (in a not so pleasant way). If you like scents heavy on the musk and patchouli with a hint of vanilla this one is worth checking out.
Out of the 10 I tried my top 5 are Parade, Dans Paris, Saint-Germain Des-Pres, Black Tie and La Peau Nue. The Discovery Set is stunning and although it’s extremely pricey they give you a decent amount to sample. I wish the bottles had spritzers instead of the twist off caps and then I would rate it 10/10.
Parade is still my favorite and since these perfumes are spendy I don’t know that I’ll be buying a full size of any others yet. I have a lot of perfumes I want to work my way through anyways. Celine also carries a collection of candles and stunning candle accessories but I did not want to tempt myself so I didn’t allow myself to even look at them while I was in store.
That wraps up my Celine fragrance review. If you order a full size perfume online they provide samples for you to try first. The set and standard perfumes are sealed in a clear cello wrapped so as long as the wrapping is still intact they’ll allow you to return. I wish they sold the smaller samples – I hope they will in the future!
NARS launched some new additions for spring with their 2023 Orgasm Collection in some stunning pink packaging and I have a review + swatches for you today. The collection was launched early to Ulta Beauty and NARS Cosmetics. It’s now also available at Sephora. There are 5 new pieces including:
I’ll start with my favorite item in the collection which is the Orgasm Rising Eyeshadow Palette. This is a stunning palette with 9 shades. It has a good mix of textures and tones. To me this seems like an updated take on their Wanted Palette from several years ago (which I really loved). This palette has:
Hotwired is a metallic champagne
High Speed is a shimmery beige peach with sparkles
Orgasm is a pink gold shimmer
Seven Heaven is a matte soft light brown
Seduced is a medium rosy sparkle loaded with gold and silver and pink flecks
Reckless is a warm satin brown with tiny gold shimmer
Push It is a medium matte warm brown
Faster Pussycat is a deeper copper shimmer
Galapagos is a matte dark chocolate with gold flecks
I love the tones, pigment, color payoff and wearability. It’s warm but not too warm/red for my skin tone. It’s one I can easily see myself wearing this year. It is similar to what we’ve seen from NARS in the past but I still really like this one.
NARS has two Multiple Cream Sticks in the new limited-edition packaging. Orgasm is their classic pink gold shimmer. This one seems to be more emollient in texture than I remember but not dewy. On my skin tone it’s almost invisible. The gold and pink tones almost match my skin (NARS Light Reflecting Foundation in Santa Fe + Sahel right now) so all you see is a slight gold pink sheen.
Since it has a very emollient finish this has minimal lasting power on me. I think it could be used as a nice highlight for special date nights or going out, but it’s not going to be an all-day wear kind of product, especially if you have combo/oily skin.
NARS Multiple in Orgasm
NARS Blush in Orgasm
I did another look with their regular Powder Blush in Orgasm which shows up a lot better on me. If you want this tone but no shimmer then I highly recommend checking out the Liquid Blush in Orgasm. This is one of the best liquid blush formulas and I wish they would launch more colors in this!
NARS Multiple in Orgasm Rush
Orgasm Rush is a deeper almost russet color. It has a less emollient finish, almost thinner in texture and better dry down. I’m undecided on this. I’m at my palest right now (almost 2 foundation shades lighter than I normally am) so it pulls a bit orangey. If I had a tan I think I would like this more, however due to the sheerness I’m not sure how well it would show up.
Orgasm Four Play Blush Quad
Last we have a look at the Orgasm Four Play Blush Quad. This has that pressed metallic finish. It’s not as frosty as I had anticipated and on me it did not emphasize texture (huge plus!). It’s a nice intro to the line if you’re new to NARS and the colors blend out nicely on the skin. Love the compact size (easy to fit in my hand) and the pan size is pretty good. Convenient, pretty and glowy.
Swinger pale metallic gold
Orgasm metallic pink gold
Orgasm X deeper pink with gold shimmer
Orgasm Rush copper russet shimmer
On the face:
Swatches of the cheek items in this launch:
However I can’t help but feel this is a boring repeat of what NARS has launched in the past so many times. To me isn’t new or innovative so if you already own a lot of NARS you can safely pass.
That’s my take on the new NARS Orgasm Collection for spring! I think the new eyeshadow palette is a winner. In the Orgasm color lineup I still think the Afterglow Lip Shine, Original Powder Blush and Liquid Blush are the best shades they’ve launched to date.
Happy Wednesday! Sharing an updated self-care roundup today with some favorites to unwind and relax at the end of the day. I’m still in that new year reset and refresh mindset. It’s super dry this time of year and my lips and hands definitely feel it! Here are some things I’ve been loving lately from Nordstrom for my nightly beauty ritual.
I just restocked one of my favorite body washes which is the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser. It’s been a staple for as long as I can remember. It’s a citrus mix of mandarin rind, bergamot and geranium leaf – all of my favorites. Definitely unisex (Andrew loves it too).
For lip balms I have three go-to’s right now for clear lip treatments. I keep these in my nightstand and apply right before I go to sleep. The Too Faced Hangover Pillow Balm comes in a clear version and tinted options. It really does feel like a pillow cushion for the lips.
If you are willing to splurge the La Mer Lip Volumizer or U Beauty Lip Plasma are also excellent. The La Mer is formulated to be a lip plumper but I use it as a regular balm. Both are smooth and non-sticky.
For the skin I did a skincare roundup last week if you want some more details on my routine. I really love the La Mer Cleansing Foam for a cleanser that leaves the skin squeaky clean but still well hydrated. A number of you asked for recommendations on the best face scrub and the best gentle option I’ve tried is the Fresh Sugar Face Polish. It has a hydrating finish and the scrub particles melt into the skin as you massage it.
Last but not least I have to give another shout out for the Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Lotion and Necessaire Body Oil. This dry season has taken its toll on my skin. Both of these have been in heavy rotation and I would call these must-haves for dry skin savers.
You can find all of these at Nordstrom. Let me know what your favorite self-care items are! I’m currently looking for a new face oil to try – let me know if you have a favorite!
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I’m back with a beauty organization roundup! Keeping all my beauty products organized has definitely been an ongoing challenge over the years. So many of you have asked for a beauty organization post wondering how I store all my beauty products and the short answer is I’m still figuring it all out.
I’ve loved and used the Ikea Alex Drawers, Billy Bookcases, a number of larger acrylic beauty boxes, Muji acrylic organizers, things from The Container Store and Amazon – you name it! I still store things in the Ikea Alex Drawers (tall and wide ones). The best large acrylic beauty containers I’ve found unfortunately are from brands that are no longer around (like the Original Beauty Box and Glamboxes). I also love repurposing the Diptyque candle jars to hold pencils, mascaras, brushes, pens etc.
The main problem I’ve found with the large storage units whether it’s an acrylic box or large drawer unit is that if anything is stacked or put in a drawer out of sight it gets neglected. While I couldn’t possibly use up everything in my stash I still like to rotate things. Having a nice display or smaller organizers helps me edit my current rotation to keep certain things top of mind.
A lot of these are organizers are great to store my daily must-haves or go-to’s like foundations, concealers etc. and keeps them within easy reach too! If you’re looking for organizers that won’t break the bank and that will keep things somewhat edited this post is for you!
Umbra Glam Cosmetic Organizer ($25) is a really nice affordable option. By this time I’ve tried a few of the Umbra organizers and think they’re well made. This Glam organizer comes in a white option and they also have it in a different configuration for Hair Tools. You can find it at a number of places like Umbra, Nordstrom, West Elm, Amazon.
Umbra Cascada Cosmetic Organizer ($25, available at Umbra, Amazon, West Elm)* is another style with a spinning base. It can also double as an organizer for office supplies on your desk. The compartments are on the narrower side so it won’t fit larger bottles of perfume or skin care, but it’s great to store and display other beauty items.
Bellwood Organizer ($45)* is another one from Umbra. This is super easy to assemble and is great for small spaces. Looks clean and streamlined. They also make a matching Caddy ($25).
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I recently made a Target run and found quite a few organizing options. They have a great storage system with different size bins in their Brightroom Collection. I bought quite a few to organize products. The only downside is that it can get a bit expensive to design the exact configuration you want.
Target Project 62 Acrylic Round Desktop Organizer ($15 each) is a spinning organizer designed for the office but also works for beauty products! It’s a small-medium size which means it won’t take up a huge amount of space on your vanity, counter or desk. Measures about 7.98 inches wide and 7.26 inches tall.
Target Brightroom Bathroom Spinning Turntable ($25) is another one I picked up. I haven’t used this one yet as it’s on the larger side and takes up quite a bit of room. It measures 10.9 inches wide 5 inches deep and it’s pretty good quality. You can probably find similar options on Amazon for less. They also carry a 2-tier spinner with dividers.
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Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Teen both have a great selection of organizers for the desk and bathroom. They have a lot of gorgeous solid lacquered wood organizers and towers. They are on the expensive side but one that caught my eye is the Pottery Barn Acrylic Home Office Lazy Susan (on sale for $47.99 and with code EXTRA for 20% off clearance). This is an even smaller organizer measuring 7 inches in diameter and 7.5 inches tall. It’s pricey for what it is but well-constructed and good quality.
Pottery Barn, West Elm and PB Teen Solutions
There are so many options Amazon! I ordered a Rotating Makeup Organizer ($28.98) a while ago and really like it. The quality could be better as it’s a really lightweight plastic but I like the size and it works. There are moveable shelves that are easy to adjust. Makes it convenient to customize! The downside with having that much surface area is that it does tend to collect dust and debris, but that is the case with pretty much everything.
I really like the mDesign boxes with a hinged lid. They come in a clear and cream version. Love that they’re stackable but since I want to be able to see things I try not to go crazy with the stacking. I keep my lash curlers, cotton and mini perfumes in these but the options are endless! They also have these in wider or taller configurations.
I also picked up a couple of the Spice Racks which make for a nice display. They are very lightweight but it’s functional and I like they way they look. There are a few configurations including a Corner Rack you can put together side by side if you want a wider display.
I’ve featured the Ikea Godmorgan Box ($22.99) a few times in the past and mine has still held up after 5+ years. Mine is a clear version which they don’t make anymore. The current one has a slightly smoky tint but the design is still the same. This is a nice larger style box and is compatible with a lot of their bathroom drawers. Some of the inserts are removable too.
Last but not least a quick shout out for Muji. They make some of the best acrylic storage. I own lots from them and the acrylic is very well made. I’ve owned some for 10+ years and they still look as good as the day I got them. There are some light scratches but considering the amount of use they’ve gone through it’s very durable.
The above photo is from my older home office when we lived in San Diego. I still have 5 Drawer Units (I stacked them 2 high) these but they’re in a beauty closet. Also available in other configurations and depths like the 3 Drawer Unit.
This mini 3 Tiered Stand is also from Muji. It holds a small amount of things but makes for a cute mini display!
Also thanks to one of my readers who commented below Yamakazi Home makes great storage solutions. Especially for small spaces. Andrew has a few of their stands (one in his bathroom). I also love their Bath Caddy (small and large) and just ordered a Rolling Bathroom Cart.