Showing posts with label Deborah Lippmann. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deborah Lippmann. Show all posts

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Skin and Hair Savers

It's that time of the year where my skin and hair is in desperate need of that extra boost of moisture to fight dry patches. Finding lightweight moisturizing products can be a bit of a challenge for my sensitive skin. My nose is particularly sensitive so light-fragranced items are a must. My go-to fixes and staples this season right now:
  • Aerin Rose Hand and Body Cream $40 is a lovely light-scented hand treatment, it's a bit pricey for me to justify using on the body, but it's a nice moisturizing cream for the hands. It smells like candied roses which is really nice (coming from a person who doesn't really like strong rose florals).
  • Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Cream $55 is probably the priciest hand cream I own, I was lucky to get this as a gift with purchase one year. It smells like a spa treatment. It's a bit heavier than most hand creams I use but it dries down to a soft silky finish. It helps diminish those dry lines in the hands upon application. Read the reviews on and you'll see this is well worth the price.
  • L'Occitane Extra-Gentle Lotion for Hands and Body $20 is the perfect body lotion for me. I've gone through five bottles already and keep one at work and one at home. I'm a huge fan of L'occitane's Shea Butter line. They have several different options of moisturizing intensity depending on your skin needs. I like this one because it melts into the skin and makes any itchy dryness disappear without being too greasy. I love the lightweight scent - it's very soothing and comforting. It's neutral enough to be unisex. My husband and male co-workers always borrow mine.
  • Caudalie Divine Oil $49 is relatively new to me. I've written about the mini size that I've tried which is perfect for the purse. I loved it so much I bought the full size in the trio set. I spray it on the legs and elbows. It smells fresh and light and feels nice on the skin. It's also designed for the face and hair - I've only tried it on the ends of my hair to add a bit of shine (although I prefer other hair treatments).
  • Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner $25 is one of my favorite lip treatments. Review here. It's soft, moisturizing and you can feel the results instantly.
  • Jo Malone Vitamin E Vitamin E' Body Treatment Scrub $90 is the ultimate luxury body scrub. It's a spa in a tub and smells like a luscious honey dessert. It's strongly scented and extremely moisturizing - if you visit your local Jo Malone store or counter they should be able to make a small sample for you to try. It's really REALLY amazing.
  • Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil $20 is one of the first cuticle oils I've tried. In the past I've tried substituting baby oil but found it hasn't really helped my dry cuticles. This one is made of pure white jojoba oil, vitamin E and coconut oil (it smells like coconuts). It works well on my cuticles and a little goes a long way. Be careful to keep application to the cuticles as it can feel a bit sticky on the finger tips. The texture is perfect to actually stay on the cuticles (versus some oils that are so liquid/fluid they roll off quickly).
  • By Terry Baume de Rose $60 review here. My holy grail lip treatment, but still a three way tie with the Jo Malone and Hourglass.
  • Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade $28 is the hair cream of all hair creams. It adds shine without being too heavy or greasy looking on the hair. I find it lasts all day long. I've used it a couple of ways. One is right after I shower on towel-dried damp hair. This is the only thing I've tried that lets my hair air dry perfectly without any frizz. It makes the perfect pre-heat treatment as well (whether it's blow drying or straightening). I also find it makes a great finishing product to add a bit of texture and shine. Bonus is that my husband likes it on his hair as a pomade (even though it's really a cream). The smell is incredible too.
What are you winter skin and hair savers? I'm all ears to hear what your favorites are!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Jewel Heist Picks: Fake It Til You Make It, Glitter and Be Gay, Shake Your Money Maker

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Deborah Lippmann makes the best glitters. Her line is one of the few that catches my eye enough to brave the glitzy chunky glitters even though I'm very conservative when it comes to makeup and nail polish. Her fall Jewel Heist collection has some beautiful glitzy shades. I was really surprised with myself for caving on Fake It Til You Make It ($17), Glitter and Be Gay along with Shake Your Money Maker (glitters $19 each). Every now and then I'll try something way out of my comfort zone, determined to make the items work for me. These colors were just so stunning in the bottles I couldn't pass, but after testing I found these to be extremely glitzy. I'm not sure exactly when I'll find the right occasion to wear these since I work full-time in a conservative corporate environment. (I'm testing the glitters on the toes this weekend.)

Fake It Til You Make It is a glitzy textured gold-platinum infused with red, green and silver micro glitters. Two coats give a rich super metallic look. It's the only one of the three I feel comfortable wearing on my fingers but still a bit too glitzy for me to wear to work.

Glitter and Be Gay is a mesmerizing gold glitter infused with smaller chunks of multi-colored sparkles. Like many other glitters, this one requires careful application to get glitter on the nail. Two rounds of dabbing and then brushing get the nail covered evenly with still a bit of the bare nail showing through underneath. It looks pretty layered on top of a red or another gold. Extremely glitzy though.

Shake Your Money Maker has a sheer transparent green base, large chunks of gold glitter and then smaller chunks of green glitter. It has a festive holiday feel. I love the color but still have no idea when I'll actually be able to wear it.

Here they are swatched, two coats each:

Fake It Til You Make It is the only one I've tested so far for a full manicure. Here it is swatched and another set with comparisons to prior limited-edition shades (unfortunately no longer available):

Definitely out of my comfort zone but irresistibly gorgeous. I can't stop staring at the bottles! As a business/financial analyst - I don't think I can pull these off at work (call me boring but I just can't do it). Do you like glitters for nails? Can you wear them easily or are you more on the conservative side for nails? 

I found these at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Color Focus: Emerald, Aqua, Green and Teal

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Teal, emerald, green and aqua seem to be the focus for nails in several collections this season. There are a number of gorgeous new green nail polishes - all of which I was unable to resist. Some are more subtle and subdued while others are bright and electric. The new shades this season inspired me to pull out my other greens for comparison. I'm currently running a top coat experiment so I won't be able to swatch these on the nails just yet, hopefully these photos will help give you an idea in the meantime.

The inspiration: new shades for summer from Dior, Chanel, YSL, MAC and Deborah Lippmann (spotted near me in stores now at Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom):

  • Dior's Samba Duo ($29, spotted instore at Macys, Nordstrom and
  • Chanel's Azure ($27, now on
  • YSL Vert D'Orient #36 ($25 instores and here at
  • MAC Mineralize Lip Balm in Glacé ($20 here at
  • Deborah Lippmann Rockin' Robin ($19 at in store and online at

All the nail colors in greens, teals, aquas: OPI Thanks a Windmillion, YSL Jade Imperial (limited from spring 2013), Dior Waterlily (limited from spring 2012), Dior Samba Duo (summer 2013), Chanel Azure (summer 2013), Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream, Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack (limited), JINsoon Charade (at Sephora), JINsoon Metaphor (at Sephora), Chanel Black Pearl, YSL Vert d'Orient, Deborah Lippmann Rockin' Robin (spring 2013):

For quick reference here's one more shot of the bottom wheel at a different angle so you can see the difference in undertone between Chanel Azure and Dior Samba:

I love how vibrant and bright the shades are this season although I do wonder if I will be brave enough to pull them off on the fingers for everyday wear at the office. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to wear them on the toes. Teal/Emerald as a small accessory or accent piece? Even a blouse? Definitely yes, but on the fingers, I'll have to experiment to see. More detailed swatches and reviews to come in the next few days as soon I possibly can.

What's your favorite teal, green or emerald shade for nails? Are you picking up any of the new greens this spring/summer?

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Careless Whisper

Deborah Lippmann's Careless Whisper ($17 for 0.50 fl oz/15 ml) is a sparkling champagne nude. It's a sheerish sparkle that is easy to apply but requires three coats for full coverage. It's not as sheer as Diamonds and Pearls (which I don't own but have tested at Nordstrom). Careless Whisper has a lovely sheen that comes from the multi-colored sparkles suspended in a beige base. It has an iridescent sheen but looks very natural on the hands.

Here it is swatched with three coats:

Comparisons to a few other nudes: Dolce & Gabbana Nude, Chanel Lily Beige (discontinued), Dior Beige Lotus, Deborah Lippmann Naked and Butter London All Hail McQueen.

Overall love. It's a beautiful natural nude that has a lovely sheen.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Groove is in the Heart

Deborah Lippmann Groove is in the Heart ($17) is new from Deborah Lippmann for spring. It's one of those bright baby pinks that makes you feel happy just looking at it. If you look closely at the bottle, you can see tiny silvery sparkles, however on the nail it applies like a non-shimmery cream. The coverage is smooth but it does require two coats for full coverage. I had this applied with a professional manicure using Deborah Lippmann's base coat and OPI's top coat and it has lasted quite well. I'm on day five right now and there have been no chips or tip wear.

Swatched with two coats, on me it pulls a bit warmish, but I consider it more of a neutral pink:

Groove is in the Heart is a quite similar to other bright baby pinks. The differences are slight compared to others but the main difference is that Groove is in the Heart pulls more peach. The two most similar shades I found were Chanel May (more rose/pink) and Dior Rosy Bow (also more pink, but not quite as rose/mauve as May). I wasn't able to get good swatch comparisons due to the cloudy weather here.

Bottom line: thumbs up. I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus, the spring collection should be available at Nordstrom, Neimans and most Deborah Lippmann locations now.

Have you checked out the spring collection yet?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous ($17 at Neimans and Nordstrom) is part of the Romantic Rapture Collection for spring 2013. It's a beautiful sparkling steel blue with a slight transparent finish. The shimmer is quite complex in the bottle. There are flashes of teal, steel gray, blue and pearl. On the nails it applies more like a soft pearly baby blue - more so than what you see in the bottle. It's not quite a jelly-finish polish, but it has a soft transparent quality. I applied with two coats, but probably could have used a third for full coverage.

Swatched, here you see more of a powder baby blue shimmer:

Here the pearly frost is more visible:

Comparisons: Deborah Lippmann's Moon Rendezvous is similar to OPI's Moonraker. The difference is Deborah Lippmann's has a more sophisticated complex shimmer while the OPI has more of a frost finish (with a bit of visible streaking due to the metallic quality). The OPI is also darker by a few shades and a bit more dramatic. NARS Full Metal Jacket is quite a few shades darker and deeper. Chanel Skyline is more of a sky blue. When Skyline is side-by-side to Moon Rendezvous you can see a bit of the teal undertone.

Bottom line - perfection.

Deborah Lippmann Romantic Rapture Nail Polish Collection - Spring 2013

Latest from Deborah Lippmann - the Romantic Rapture collection for spring 2013. Groove is in the Heart is a bright cream pink, Moon Rendezvous is a dreamy shimmery steel blue, Careless Whisper is a gorgeous nude sparkle. Swatches to come soon!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Color Focus: Pink Nudes for Nails

I have an obsession with neutral pink nudes for nails. I love the clean polished natural look of colors that have a mix of pink with nude/beige/mauve/rose. My current favorites range from semi-sheer to full coverage shades, most are creams but there are a few that have subtle shimmer. The shades I'm loving this season are listed below. All photos are my own.

Row 1: YSL Beige Leger 22, Chanel Jade Rose 493, Deborah Lippmann Naked, Dolce & Gabbana Rose Petal 102

Row 2: Dior Incognito 257, Deborah Lippmann Fashion, Dior Beige Lotus, Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge

Row 3: Dolce and Gabbana Petal, Chanel Rose Cache 521, Deborah Lippmann Modern Love and Dior Sienna

On the nail wheel, with a few true beiges and pinks added to compare, two views:

I believe all these shades are still available for sale with the exception of Chanel Mistral which is no longer for sale (I think). Currently, Chanel Jade Rose is listed as limited-edition on What neutral pinks are you loving?

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Modern Love

Deborah Lippmann's latest release for fall is a mauve shade called Modern Love ($16 for 0.5 oz). This comes in a full-coverage crème with a hint of nude. I found mine at Nordstrom in store. For those wondering whether this is more mauve, nude or taupe, I feel Modern Love has strong mauve tones. I found the stock photos online at extremely accurate.

This color applied smoothly with full coverage in two coats. I would say the pigment/finish/intensity is similar to that of Waking Up in Vegas (for comparison). Here it is with two coats and CND's top coat. It makes my skin look darker and more tan. A few different views below. It appears to be a dusty mauve nude. I think it's perfectly suited for fall ... perhaps in September though. The color is lovely and polished, but I feel it would look better on either fairer skintones or more tanned skintones.

A few other Deborah Lippmann comparisons: Naked is the most beige/nude, Fashion is more brown, Waking Up In Vegas is clearly more grey. For the swatches, Naked/Fashion are swatched with 3 coats. Modern Love/Waking Up in Vegas only needed 2.

I'm still out of nail wheels so I pulled what I could fit on one hand. Other comparisons to a few other purples and taupes: Dolce & Gabbana Drama, OPI Tickle My Francey, Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge and Chanel Particuliere.

I found Deborah Lippman's Modern Love to be quite unique in my collection. I thought it would be similar to a number of shades, but it has the right mix of mauve and nude to make it different from other mauvey shades I own. If you felt Chanel's Frenzy was too subtle for your taste and are looking for something with more punch but still natural/demure, I highly recommend you check out Deborah Lippman Modern Love.

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