what’s in her bag

for those who don’t already know, i am a total beauty junkie and am constantly trying new products. one of my favorite things to do on trips or when visiting my friends is to raid their cosmetics bags and medicine cabinets. i know, i sound like such a great house guest!

luckily, they are usually more than happy to share, showing off their favorites and having me play guinea pig — hence the inspiration for this new type of post. meet “what’s in her bag,” borrowed from what used to be the title of my favorite page in US weekly. in lieu of a celebrity’s purse contents, i’m going to highlight new beauty & makeup picks according to some of my besties. today i’m kicking it off fresh from a trip to beantown, where KSR shared with me her love of all things Goop, plus a few other primo choices from Oribe, GlamGlow, and Marc Jacobs beauty…

ahhhh the money shot…. honey i’m home! 

1body butter  2rose mist  3loose powder  4concealer

5face oil  6moisturizer  7jelly cleanser  8instant facial

9cosmetic bag  10concealer brush  11bronzer  12bronzer brush

my unfiltered reviews & product superlatives…

Goop– best all around. for the entire length of my stay (thanks very generous friend!) I used the full Goop skincare line– including the instant facial, day and night moisturizers, eye cream and face oil. i had heard so much hype about all of Gwennie’s products, but i can honestly say they lived up to it and then some. my skin’s texture was visibly improved in just three days– more even, supple, brighter, and moisturized. i know these products are pricey, but to me there was a noticeable difference in quality versus even other high end brands like la mer and jo malone. it also doesn’t hurt that the packaging is gorgissimo– all of the jars are nice and weighty ceramic– and the products are minimally scented with a light citrus scent.

if i can pick a top item from the set that i won’t be able to live without, it would either be the instant facial or the night cream. the instant facial is potent, so use sparingly to start. it’s a two minute mask you put on 2-3x a week, and contains exfoliating enzymes and natural acids; it sloughed away some of the blemishes and most of the dead skin on my face, leaving me feeling a little raw at first, but after following it with the face oil and intensive night cream, the next day i woke up feeling soft as a baby, and the remaining spots on my face cleared up within a day or two. the night cream is also a winner. with sensitive skin like mine, i will do just about anything for deep moisture. this one is heavy without feeling greasy and soaks in quickly.

there wasn’t a “loser” of the group, but if i have any complaints it’s that the day moisturizer, which looks like a pump, has to be pulled out on a stick. i think is mostly just annoying design because it’s hard to get the right amount of product out. for those interested in dipping a toe into the Goop world, the discovery set is a great way to get travel sized minis of everything (except the eye cream) before you commit. all in, i am a complete goop beauty convert, and can’t wait to try the melting cleanser, lip balm and GP’s favorite natural deodorant next.

Marc Jacobs bronzer & brush— cutest couple. i don’t know why I’ve never considered buying marc jacobs makeup (maybe because it launched in the past couple of years, so i assumed it was sort of a fad?) thank god my friend was more of a risk taker, because i could not be more obsessed. this bronzer is so natural looking, it gives the perfect flush. the palette is slightly giant in size, so not the most purse/travel friendly, but you know it will give bang for your buck. plus the brush is possibly the softest, fluffiest creation ever. put together, the two feel incredibly luxe and celebrity worthy.

Glamglow jelly cleanser— most reliable. don’t be freaked out that this gentle facewash comes out black as night, like something in an episode of stranger things. it’s just another odd yet effective miracle worker by glamglow (the brand that also makes my favorite under eye masks). i don’t know how this company comes up with its products or convinces people to use them– the eye mask i love is bright yellow with floating seaweed chunks in it and i still voluntarily put it all over my face– but whatever ingredients they use really, really work. this one turns into a milky white lather and took off every stitch of makeup without leaving my skin feeling stripped.

Nars concealer— most likely to succeed. as i mentioned above, the weekend i rolled into town my skin was acting up with some serious breakouts. i had an important work interview and a date, so i needed full coverage concealer and fast. this creamy formula, which i put on per recommendation with the bobbi brown brush, saved the day on the zits while also erasing all evidence of under eye bags and tiredness; win/win in my book.

Supergoop body butter most popular. shame on me since one of my dear friends in NY runs marketing for them (sorry IDC!) but i was under the impression that super goop was sunscreen only. that is in fact #fakenews, and their body butter is pretty incredible. it’s the perfect fresh-out-of-the-shower lotion, and not too precious for every day use. i will definitely be stocking up on a bottle this winter when dry skin sets in.

Oribe purple shampoo— biggest flirt. given that i’m not a blonde (natural or otherwise), the purple shampoo trend hasn’t really been on my radar, but a recent keratin left my highlights looking a little brassy so i decided to give this a whirl. I found it toned this down slightly after just one use, and would probably have been more effective after a couple of continuous uses. even if the purple tint does absolutely nothing for you, this shampoo left my hair smelling amazing for days.

Nars finishing powder and rose spray— hardest working. i’ve always been a big believer in setting your makeup with translucent powder to make it last for the whole day, but lately my cheap drug store option has failed me and been showing up white. this is clearly problematic since i am ghostly enough as is. i’m glad i got to take this nars alternative out for a lengthy test drive because it worked like a champ. just a light dusting over your face, followed by a refreshing spritz of the rose spray, and my makeup was still in tact when i got home (post margs) 16 hours later.

beauty bloggers or booze enthusiasts? both.

thank you to my dear friend for letting me go ham with an amazing assortment of beauty products, and to my other friends, just wait, your vanity is next! want more before then? check out some of my other beauty product reviews here and here.

eight great

Happy start of the week CPs. Can’t believe fall weather has arrived already! Check out eight awesome items for transitioning into the new season, with most under $100.

1–magali pascal

2– nordstrom 

3– uncommon james 

4– h&m

5– trish mcevoy 

6– re/done

7– golden goose

8– target (loving this new target line!)

summer in the city

while most people (at least life according to Instagram) are currently headed to various summer vacations, beach getaways and tropical destinations, this working girl is sticking to the mean streets of nyc, at least Monday-Friday.

leave it to one of my favorite fashion blogs, le catch, to have me clamoring for the perfect new summer office staple — a linen blazer. as with anything featured on le catch, most items go quickly, so I was happy to snap up the j.crew style below before it sold out (hopefully it will be restocked soon).

a lightweight linen style can be thrown over a shift dress for days you don’t feel like getting dressed (ie after too many margs at happy hour the night prior), or it can do double duty over a t-shirt on chilly weekend evenings. but since the temperature in my building is set on arctic, I can’t wait to wear mine with some crisp white loafers, a knit shell, and basic work pants. of course, oversized black shades are also necessary for warding off the summer glare on Park Avenue– perfect for stating “I might be relegated to a concrete jungle, but I’m on vacation in my mind!”

links to items above (left to right)

sunglassesle specs, saint laurent, krewe, tom ford

blazersrebecca vallance, lafayette 148, j.crewbanana republic

(plus more blazer options by h&m, white house black market, mango, and zara)

pants– rag & bonetibinanette leporej.crew

loaferssteve maddenjoie, freda salvadorgucci

don’t go knockin’ on my door

looking for the absolute easiest (and sweat proof!) way to add a little fash-un to an ordinary outfit? oversized gold earrings take any look up a few notches…

 

the other weekend i had no idea what to wear (do i ever?!) and settled on a black tank paired with some oversized vintage clip-ons. i ended up getting several inquiries on them, which took me down an etsy/pinterest/real real rabbit hole hunting for more the next day.

while i’m partial to the “door knocker” 80’s style (the horizontal loops like #5, which look great with a low ponytail btw), there are such a range of awesome styles available right now, and many bargain finds. especially as the temperature rises, bold earrings are such an easy thing to put on, elevating any basic tank top or shirt dress into a fashionista-worthy ensemble.

a round up of picks below..

1– joanna laura constantine ($205)   2– mango ($20)   3– faye andrada ($285)

4– kenneth jay lane ($88)   5– kenneth jay lane ($60)   6– kate spade ($78)

7– jennifer behr   8– forever 21 ($5)   9– urban outfitters ($16)

10– sweet & spark ($58)   11– jc penney ($9)   12– chanel ($2,225)

want some vintage options? my favorites are these, these, these and these