Showing posts with label Loving Right Now. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Loving Right Now. Show all posts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

10 Instagrammers I'm Loving Right Now

I love discovering new bloggers and fashion experts via Instagram. It's one of my favorite places for inspiration, sneak peeks on what's coming out soon, or to see a snapshot of other people's lives. I love the stylized flat lays, outfit inspiration and learning about new places. Ten Instagrams I'm loving right now:

@frontrowbeautyblog for her keen eye for all things pretty, love her fashion sense

@parisinfourmonths is a long-time favorite, this is the best account for dreamy pictures of Paris and all the beautiful places she travels to, love her fashion shoots too

@innocentsummer is another Paris favorite, love her

@ashleux has stunning simple monochomatic photos, chic and classic fashion

@sarahlovsmakeup love her fun makeup picks

@eggcanvas finds the best food places and also has amazing style

@lipstickwithsomesunshine has a distinct beautiful style with her photographs, love her clean fresh layouts

@grace_jayde also has stunning photos

@atelierlumira one of my new discoveries, love this one for home decor inspiration

@bishopandholland love this mom, daughter & daughter-in-law trio

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Date Night Details

I have a quick moment to share a snapshot of some details for tonight's date with my husband. It's a warm summery evening which calls for a lightweight dress and open-toe sandals. I'm keeping everything simple with a few accessories as accents:

Dress - Iro (old)
Sandals - Banana Republic (sold out online but I've spotted them in stores)
Purse - Prada Saffiano (small)
Eyes - NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Himalia and Subra
Cheeks - NARS Matte Multiple in Vientiane
Perfume - Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black (beauty insider mini)
Bracelet - Hermes

I spent a good part of the day swatching the new Fresh Sugar Shines, Dolce & Gabbana Nail Polish and Chanel highlighter. I hope to get some editing done tonight to have posts up soon. I've also received a lot of requests about the cute little Fujifilm that I have been featuring. I'll work on a review on it as well and share the research I did to decide which brand/version to go with (there are quite a few options out there!).

I hope you are enjoying the weekend with some relaxation and fun!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Loving Right Now / Sneak Peek

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone's week is going well. Here are a few things that I'm loving right now:
I've also included a sneak peek of some items coming soon in the next week:
What are you loving this week? I love reading about your favorites or what you've been testing lately. Do you have any items on your wishlist? I have a few Nordstrom Anniversary items on my wishlist that I hope to check out later this week.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Loving Right Now / Beauty Preview

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Right now I'm loving Diptyque Feu de Bois and Lumira Tahitian Coconut for the home. For lips I've been obsessed with Tom Ford In the Buff Sheer Lip Color - it is the perfect soft nude for me, most of the colors from the spring collection are sold out but you can still find this one at NordstromNeiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman (Bergdorfs has a beauty GWP going on). 

I attended a small Chanel event at my local Neiman Marcus a few weeks ago and the artist used Chanel Utopia Illusion d'Ombre all over the lids with a bit of Chanel Les Beiges No. 40 as a contour and a black liner. It was so simple but really pretty and polished. Since then I've been wearing Utopia almost every other day. I've also found myself wearing Chanel Les Beiges powders on the face on a daily basis. I use No. 20 for a soft setting powder and darker ones in No. 30 and 40 to add warmth and contour (swatches of all three from last year here). The summer Multi-Colour No. 02 is also a new favorite for bronzing. It's listed as limited-edition on so I will definitely need to get a backup. 

For a quick preview on what will be coming soon on The Beauty Look Book, I purchased some items from Chanel Fall. Shown above are the three Le Vernis Nail Colors in Secret, Atmosphere and Orage, Glossimer in Rose Reve. I'm also working on swatches of Burberry's two new Sheer Eyeshadows in Storm Grey #27 and Graphite #28 (they're listed as being on backorder on Nordstrom, but I ordered one and it shipped right away, another option is to call one of the Burberry counters, Nordstrom San Francisco has both).

Last preview is that Tatcha has launched several Travel Sized Mini skincare items for sale. They sent me the mini oil for review (feature soon) and I've already ordered three other items to take with me for an upcoming trip. They are perfect for travel or to try something out before committing to the full size.

For non-beauty loves, I'm loving nude pinks for accessories. Also bookmarking lots of items in J.Crew's Style Guide for summer (have you checked out their blog?).

Stay tuned for the reviews soon!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Inspiration / Link Love

I'm relieved it is Friday. I'm hoping for a sunny weekend and plan on making a quick stop to Neimans and Nordstrom to check out Chanel Fall and replenish my facial cotton as well. Some inspirational reads I'm loving right now:
Some deals I've spotted if you have any weekend shopping plans, if you see any other good shopping deals please share in the comments!
  • Shu Uemura is offering 3 travel sized cleansing oils with any $50+ purchase using code SWEETSUMMER (this weekend while supplies last)
  • Giorgio Armani has a Friends and Family 20% Discount on any purchase of $75 or more using code FAMILY14 valid through June 30, 2014 
  • YSL Beauty also has their Friends and Family 20% Discount on any purchase of $75 or more with code FAMILY14 
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty is offering a complimentary deluxe-size Lust for Lacquer Sheer Lip Vinyl in Kissability and free shipping with $75 order on with code KISS at checkout, valid through June 30, 2014 while supplies last 
  • Caudalie is offering a cosmetic case and 30 ml Hand and Nail Cream with any $50 purchase with code GiftDuo at checkout, offer available through June 25, 2014
Have a great Friday!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Loving Right Now

A few things I'm loving right now include pinkish glosses such as Tom Ford Sahara Pink (swatched here) and NARS Belize. I've been reaching more for the swipe-and-go pencils and glossy lipsticks these days. I've re-fallen in love with NARS Gloss Pencil in Hopi (reviewed here).

For the eyes, I picked up a few more By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eye Shadows and have been thoroughly impressed with the pigment and wear time. NARS has new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows coming out July, I'll have two to share with you soon. (Pictured above is Europa). Still making it to my favorites list is Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterproof. It stays put, separates the lashes, thickens, volumizes and holds the curl. Let me know if you want a full review. Topshop Coal Eye Kohl Pencil has become a staple in my weekly makeup routine (review here). I love that it's a true black, applies very smoothly and stays put.

My skin has been acting up for the past few months because of a number of things. I've started running and that combined with weather changes and a bit of extra stress has turned everything upside down. I've started experimenting by adding a few extra steps to my skincare routine. I've found that using a cleansing oil such as MAC Cleansing Oil helps break down long-wear sunscreens and foundations. I've also been mixing up my serum routine with Chanel Le Jour and Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum under my regular moisturizer. I alternate with these and my skin has improved in texture within the course of a week.

Also loving Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet for the perfect amount of coverage and just the right amount of matte finish.

I've also found myself reaching for Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream on a regular basis (review here). I alternate hand creams depending on what's closest to me or what's in my purse (I have various hand creams scattered around the house, car and desk). I like the fresh scent of Caudalie and the compact size is perfect for putting inside my makeup bag. Last but not least I got a Sephora Beauty Insider sample of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White which is a pretty light floral. (It's still available online for redeeming and I spotted it in stores last week.) There's a new 1000 point perk online for VIB Rouge Members. Seeing as I only have 50 points, I don't think I will be getting it any time soon.

What are you loving right now? Did you discover anything new or fun over the weekend?

This post features some items sent as press samples from Topshop and NARS for consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information refer to my disclosures.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Loving This Week

This week I'm in love with Tatcha's Indigo Hand Cream and Caudalie's Divine Oil for extra moisture and hydration. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments in the mini sizes have found their way to my makeup bag on a regular basis lately as well for added moisture and quick touch ups. As my skin has started to clear up the Chanel Les Beiges Fluid No. 30 has started to be sufficient on its own (just with powder added) for a sheer evening base. As an update to my last review, I got a sample of No. 20 and found it to be a good match as well, just slightly too pink so No. 30 is a better match for me right now. Edward Bess Afterglow has remained a staple for me every day, I just used another one up and opened up a brand new one. Perfect as an eye base or highlight on the cheekbones. Another eye pencil I've been loving for an eye base is NARS Soft Touch Pencil in Iraklion as a good nude taupey cream base for powder eyeshadows. It's a lovely subtle neutral. Sephora Beauty Insider offerings are killing it this summer with the Elizabeth and James Nirvana minis (I'm seriously considering the full size of Nirvana Black). MAC Sharon Osbourne Lipglasses in Pussywillow and Bijou are my new must-haves (review to come soon, I think Bijou is backup worthy). I'm planning a mid-week nail polish change on my toes but can't decide between Dior Metal Montaigne or Incognito (do you ever do nudes on your toes?). Guerlain Cils d'Enfer in Waterproof Black is a new discovery thanks to The Raeviewer (be sure to check out her summer must-haves). I love it for lush thick defined lashes and the formula stays put all day long. Le Metier de Beaute Dark Orchid Kaleidoscope is a Neiman Marcus Camp Gorgeous Gift with Purchase Exclusive with a $250 LMdB purchase, I purchased items in store to get this, but just checked online to see it it was available. It's not listed in the beauty offers section but if you add items to your cart the gift will show up once you hit the qualifying amount (while supplies last). I wish Le Metier de Beaute would release more kaleidoscopes that weren't exclusives but I'm really happy to have this one.

Currently working my way through reviews of so many lipglosses that I've accumulated since May. Featured above are Marc Jacobs Overprotected and NARS Lipgloss in Istria, Belize, Sweet Dreams and Risky Business.

What are you loving this week?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Weekend Inspiration + 12 to Follow on Instagram

Can it really be the last day of May? Each month flies by faster and faster. This weekend, I'm eating cake for breakfast (thanks to inspiration from Kate Spade Things We Love, the book is really cute, I highly recommend it). Some good reads I'm enjoying now:

For additional inspiration, I love seeking out new beautiful Instagram accounts from various beauty brands and experts. Twelve I adore and think you should also follow:

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Loving Right Now + Ole Henriksen Giveaway Winners Announced

First, I wanted to thank everyone for entering the Ole Henriksen Giveaway. The winners from the Rafflecopter random generator are Jenn Bailey and Kathryn Lindstrom - I will be e-mailing you shortly. Also thank you for your kind wishes on the blog and instagram about reaching the 5 year mark for this blog.

Right now I'm having a low-key makeup weekend. I'm particularly smitten with some new Diptyque discoveries (more this week) and especially loving the fact that it's peony season. I wish peonies were in season all year long. Currently obsessed with and loving these reads / videos:
Don't forget to check out the Memorial Day Sales and Deals post with promos and codes listed if you're shopping this weekend. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Loving Right Now / In Rotation

I have quite a few items in rotation now, both new and older loved items. Currently testing out the new Chanel Les Beiges No. 02 (the darker version), new Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipglosses in Ballet (darker pink) and Canvas (nude rose), NARS Malacca Eyeshadow from the summer collection, some of the newly repackaged NARS Lipglosses in Angelika, Istria and Sweet Dreams. (Thoughts and reviews to come in the next couple weeks.)

Some summer items I've been loving include the new Reflets D'Été de Chanel Le Vernis colors in Mirabella and Tutti Frutti (first look here), the new Illusion d'Ombres in New Moon and Utopia are to die for (review here).

For fragrance I've been reaching for florals like the new Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana (review here) as well as Frederic Malle Carnal Flower.

Two classics from Caudalie and Dior: the Caudalie Divine Oil which is perfect for warm weather, it's lightweight but moisturizing and absorbs quickly into the skin. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil is a must-have for my frequent polish changes when I swatch colors (nail care essentials coming up soon), Diorskin Airflash comes highly recommended by many of my close friends (several used it at their weddings). I've tried it years ago and didn't like it because I thought it was a bit heavy, but just tested it again at the counter and have decided to give it a second go.

For new stationary and organization, you must check out Garance Doré's new stationary collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. She has so many chic adorable options from cards, notepads, note cards etc. I found her items online at Rifle Paper Co. and the online shop Garance Doré Goods.

What's been in rotation for you this past week and weekend?

PS - The Beauty Look Book is now on Facebook, I'm working on updating my sidebar icons. Stay tuned for a giveaway in the next week!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today's Beauty Loves

Today's beauty loves: Chanel Le JourSublimage Texture Fine (one day I will splurge on the full size, maybe if I skip all Starbucks runs and mani/pedis for a few months), Glaze Glossimer (repromoted for summer), New Moon Illusion d'Ombre (new for summer, hoping to finish review this week) and NARS Altai Matte Multiple (review here).

Hope everyone has a lovely Wednesday!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On My Radar/New in Beauty

I hope everyone is having a great week. I'm in Dallas right now for the rewardStyle conference, I will try to get in a couple reviews before the end of the week (fingers crossed). Right now, some new items on my radar right now:
  • Chanel Summer has hit stores with an amazing collection this year, I splurged on almost the entire collection (sneak peek above of the glossimers), highlights for me: 4 new shades of Le Vernis in Pink Tonic, Sweet Lilac, Mirabella, Tutti Frutti and 1 repromoted color Eastern Light, 4 new shades of Glossimers in Hello, Sexy, Happy, Sunny and 1 repromoted color in Glaze, 3 new to die for Illusion D'Ombres, in Mirage, New Moon, Utopia
  • Tatcha has a gorgeous Okasan Mother's Day Set this year, they are running a campaign on their Tatcha Facebook Page where fans share advice from their mom to enter for a chance to win the Mother's Day Kit, (also online you can get a free deluxe sample Revitalizing Eye Cream with orders over $50. Code: AGELESS).
  • Hourglass has made their Ambient Lighting Palette permanent, it's now back online at Sephora (review from a few months ago here)
  • Bobbi Brown summer is a Raw Sugar theme with nudes and bronzes, the Eye Shimmer Brick looks amazing, I can't wait to check it out!
  • Guerlain has released a Terracotta Perfume among some other summer shades of Nail Lacquer and Lip Gloss (have you seen them yet?)
  • YSL seems to have quite a few new releases with blue Summer Nail Lacquers, Rouge Volupte Gloss and the Baby Doll Kiss and Blush stains, I haven't seen these yet but so many have been raving about them, tell me what you think
  • Tory Burch has the cutest cosmetic bags right now with a gorgeous spring floral print
What's on your radar right now?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Loving Right Now

I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter Sunday, I've been having a relaxing weekend and took some time to swatch and photograph items for the upcoming week. Right now a few things I'm loving include Tom Ford Pink Dune, NARS Torres del Paine, Lumira Tahitian Coconut Travel Candle (many thanks to Lumira! review to come soon), Chanel Glossimers (any color), and Dior Gel Shine Nail Lacquers (reviews posted for Tra-La-La, Front Row, more shades swatched here). I've been enjoying the summer issue of Porter Magazine and their online issues called The Edit as well.

A few other things to note:

Current reads I'm loving:
  • Chanel Eastern Light and Sweet Lilac swatches - Beauty Geeks
  • See what's inside Topshop's Beauty Buyer Cassie Mystkowski bag - What's in My Handbag
  • Six simple spring beauty essentials - AfterDrk
  • Love this beautiful getting ready post with Jaime Lee Reardin and Dior Beauty - The Coveteur
  • 50 beauty blog post ideas for some inspiration if you have writer's block - Autumn Leaves

What are you loving this weekend?

Sunday, April 13, 2014


I'm currently loving fresh-cut flowers this spring. There's nothing like a simple bouquet of tulips or roses to brighten the home or desk. A few favorite reads and new things on my radar:

  • Sneak peeks of Chanel Summer have surfaced on Specktra and Makeup and Beauty Blog
  • Skincare Sunday new features/reviews are up on my go-to Café Makeup
  • Nuxe has a new Prodigieux Le Parfum that I'm dying to smell, now on Relly Ree
  • Loved this vlog featuring a week in the life of Lily Pebbles
  • Lovely mauve beauty products on With Love From Nisha
  • First signs of Guerlain summer on Bellachique
  • NARS reformulated their lipglosses, round-up on Temptalia
  • I need to check out the YSL Gloss Voluptes after seeing them on Edelich
  • FYI, thanks to the heads up from a few readers, Nordstrom has 10% off some select beauty products until April 21st (find out which items qualify by clicking on the sale section). There is also an online gift with purchase with any $125 purchase. Some of my picks below:

What's on your radar this weekend? Have you seen any of the new items above? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Currently Reading

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I have a lengthy to-do list for the weekend but I've decided to have a lazy Saturday and catch up on blog reads. Currently loving these reads:
  • Net-A-Porter just celebrated their One Year Beauty Anniversary (congrats!), check out this week's issue of The Edit to see what's in the makeup bags of Cate Blanchett, Miranda Kerr and Alexa Chung
  • NARS Matte Multiples are amazing, I bought four and the texture is very smooth yet very pigmented (I'm still testing them), check out the review and swatches on Café Makeup and this helpful video from NARS How To: Create Contour with the Matte Multiple
  • In a blog rut? FabulousK has five helpful tips to get your blogging mojo back
  • You've seen me sing praises of Caudalie's Divine Oil, check out The Dolls Factory for more info and beautiful photos of their products
  • Dior is giving their nail polishes a makeover, I don't have details on the US release dates but British Beauty Blogger has a lovely preview
 Have a beautiful weekend!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

On My Radar

On my radar right now:
  • Tatcha Sampler Set is online now at a reduced price, this is a great way to try a variety of items
  • By Terry Cellularose Blush Glacé is a new glow from within translucent gel shimmer blush, I bought Frozen Petal #3 yesterday since it was the only one left in store, I have the other two on my wishlist
  • The NARSissist Eye Palette - so this has been on my radar for weeks now, I've resisted so far, if you've tried this, what were your thoughts? do I need this?
  • Ole Henriksen The Works is another amazing skincare sampler set at a very good price, I received one as a gift as an introduction to the line, I've already found four of the items to be new favorites (review to come soon, also free shipping with code FREESHIP)
  • Caudalie, Lancôme, and Dior Cleansing Waters - I'm running low on my staples and need to replenish, should I repurchase any of these or explore other options? I'm all ears for your favorites
  • Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm - this line is one of my latest obsessions, I visited the counter at Barneys Beverly Hills, but decided to stop by the boutique in Los Angeles yesterday and was so impressed by everything
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! As always, I'd love to hear about your recent discoveries, loves or items that are on your beauty radar right now.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Loving Right Now

I can't believe it's already March. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I wanted to share a few things I'm loving right now. As always, I'd love to hear what is on your favorites list - please share in the comments below. I often discover new favorites through my readers.

White lacquered tray is from West Elm
  1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat - this is the perfect glowy pink-poppy flush (see my swatches from yesterday here)
  2. MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Glass in Floating Lotus - these were released a while ago with the Cremesheen+Pearl collection, I'm so glad MAC made the lipsticks and glosses permanent, there are some really gorgeous classic pinks, Floating Lotus is a lovely sheer natural pink
  3. Giorgio Armani Gloss d'Armani #513 - this is one of the prettiest cool beige shimmers, it has a hint of pink and it doesn't wash out the complexion (swatches here)
  4. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - see my review on body oils here, I usually prefer the Caudalie, but right now I keep reaching for the Nuxe
  5. Tom Ford Foundation Sticks in Bisque 04 and Natural 05 - I started with Natural 05 but got a bit of a tan so was in need of one shade darker, it was a good thing I asked the artists at the counter for their help because the odd thing with these is Bisque 04 is actually darker than Natural 05 even though the shades are supposed to be in sequence (lighter shades are supposed to be the lower numbers) I'll have a more detailed review soon, this is very pricey but it's an amazing product and worth every penny
  6. L'Artisan Mûre et Musc - a discovery thanks to one of my long time friends, this is a beautiful blend of blackberry and musc, it's not overly sweet, my review on this from a holiday the trio a few years ago here
  7. MAC Viva Glam IV - this is a classic rose frost, not too red, berry or neutral, just the right mix of pink and rose
  8. Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer - this came in last month's Barneys Love Yourself gift bag, it's my first time trying anything from the brand, the price seems very reasonable for a lip balm, I'm incredibly impressed, it feels amazing on the lips
  9. Tom Ford Lip Sheer In the Buff - I've been wearing this non-stop, some have mentioned it doesn't show up or is too pale, but for me, it's my perfect everyday nude (swatches here)
  10. Chanel Glossimer Sonate 179 - from the spring collection, this is a lovely coral gloss from Chanel that actually shows up on my pigmented lips (swatches here)
  11. Tom Ford Eau de Parfum Oud Wood - I don't wear a fragrance everyday, I'm often rushed in the mornings and this is often last on my list, if I were to have an everyday fragrance this would be it, it's neutral enough to not be overpowering at the office (review here)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On My Radar / New in Beauty

On my radar for what's new in beauty. I splurged on almost all the Hourglass blushes and have been testing this week (they are now on They are all amazing. In my mind the best blushes released this year.

Armani has two new products that appear to be exclusive to Saks right now. There are four new shades of a Sun Fabric compact ($54 each) along with seven new shades of Cheek Fabric ($46 each). Have you seen these yet? I haven't seen them anywhere in stores yet. If you have please share in the comments. I'm dying to hear your thoughts.

My heart skipped a beat with the Chanel Jardin de Camélias collection ( limited-edition exclusive). My order arrived last night so I will be busy photographing and swatching this weekend. For curious minds, I ordered the blush, highlighter and all the lip products. (Temptalia has been uploading reviews and swatches of the collection on her blog.)

Le Métier de Beauté finally released the three new Kaleidoscope Kits in Total Face Look, Cheeky Chic and Strada ($95 each) online at Bloomingdales (review on Total Face soon).

I'm dying over all the new NARS Matte Multiples and don't know whether to order now or wait to test in person (now at and Sephora). I know I need the two pink ones.

Finally, Bobbi Brown has a fresh peach collection Nectar and Nude. I haven't bought a Pot Rouge since she repackaged them into compacts but the new Hibiscus Pot Rouge might be worth checking out.

What's on your beauty radar right now?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Loving Right Now

I'm living vicariously through fashion bloggers and designers as they post runway and backstage snapshots of New York Fashion Week. There are some amazing streams through Instagram. A few of my favorites above and linked below. (I'd love to hear what you're following now too!)

@narsissist backstage at Alexander Wang & Helmut Lang
@esteelauder at Derek Lam
@lancomeusa at Jason Wu
@maccosmetics backstage at Alexandre Herchcovitch
@nordstrom backstage with Herve Leger
@neimanmarcus with Bobbi Brown at Tibi

A few fashion bloggers' instagrams I'm also following right now for NYFW coverage:

Angel Food Style | @sophieelkus
With Love From Kat | @kattanita
Gal Meets Glam | @juliahengel
Pink Peonies | @rachparcell

One more thing I'm loving: Porter Magazine. As many of you know, Net-A-Porter released their first issue of their Porter Magazine on February 7th. I've been working my way through the first issue (I love it so far). You can follow them on Instagram as well @netaporter or @portermagazine.

In the beauty world here at my home, I'm loving some new items from Tatcha, I'm working my way through swatches of the Tom Ford spring nail polishes and finally found Armani spring in stores (fell in love with both highlighters). I've discovered some new favorites from Ole Henriksen that has worked wonders for my skin in a little over a week. Stay tuned for updates and reviews. What are you loving right now?


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