Beauty, Fashion

Prints & Flower Power

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I visited the SoWa Vintage Market on Sunday, and the warm weather and colorful vintage racks inspired me to break out some funky springtime flare. Much to my delight, today has been even sunnier. After months of pretty much exclusively wearing layers of black, white, and gray, it felt really good to mix these bold prints and resurrect my straw hat and wooden flatforms. Since mixing prints is tricky business, I almost always pair a colorful one with a black and white pattern. To make the whole look more cohesive, I threw on this fabulous magenta cross body bag, which picks up the pinkish accents in my printed shorts. Silky fabrics and fringe accents really capture the spirit of spring/summer. If you want to freshen up your springtime beauty routine, try a swipe of pale pink lipstick, like “Obsessed” by Urban Decay.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion

Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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360My dad—the birthday boy, a sharp dresser, and the best dancer I know!

My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Beauty

Favorites of 2013

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Just like every other holiday, New Year’s is a time to reflect on all for which we are grateful. Rather than tell you about the amazing people and experiences that made 2013 a great year, I’ll share the beauty products that helped me savor every saucy moment.

1. MAC Lipstick in “Heroine” -The ongoing ’90s revival and Lorde’s sudden rise to queen bee status have brought deep, vibrant shades of purple lipstick to the forefront of fashion, and MAC’s “Heroine” is the obvious best. Though it was originally launched as a limited edition color, MAC announced last week that they are adding “Heroine” to their permanent collection. I only recently discovered this lipstick fit for royals, but it’s going to play the starring role in my New Year’s Eve look tonight, and it will definitely be making appearances on the blog soon.

2. Decleor Aroma Night Neroli Essential Balm -This nighttime balm is like chapstick for your face—great for relieving winter dryness. Recommended by my esthetician at Bliss Spa.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner -Precision for the perfect cat eye.

4. Benefit Instant Brow Pencil -Bushy brows have made a major comeback, and I happen to think that’s the fucking sauce. Benefit has everything you need to gets your brows into shape.

5. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfume -I wear this perfume every day and people frequently tell me I smell good. That is all.

6. Too Faced Natural Eye Eyeshadow Collection -Choosing individual eyeshadow colors that compliment each other can be difficult, so I love the fact that brands like Too Faced have done the work for me. This kit will give you the tools to make your eyes stand out without going over the top.

7. Clinique CC Cream -Full title: “Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30.” So basically, this lightweight CC cream does it all. It gives the coverage of foundation, hydrates like a moisturizer, and protects your skin from the sun.

8. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil -Why all lipsticks aren’t this shape, I do not know. The NARS lip pencil is really more like a big crayon that makes it easy to stay inside the lines of your lips, and just like crayons, it comes in a variety of awesome colors with fun names. My personal favorites are “Never Say Never,” “Damned,” and “Dragon Girl.”

9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Potion is the appropriate word, because this stuff is like magic. With this primer, you could paint the Sistine Chapel on your lids and it will last all day. I guarantee it/double dare you. 

10. My favorite mascara was tragically discontinued earlier this year (Clinique High Definition), and I’d hoped to discover a fabulous replacement to fill this slot (and the void in my heart) before the new year. Sadly, I’ve yet to find one that truly compares. If you use a mascara that you love, leave a comment and share your knowledge—A new year means trying new things!

Have a saucy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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Makeup: Not a Mask…

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Now that you’ve had some time to mull over my skincare advice, it’s time to talk about putting makeup on that face. Although makeup is partially about coverage, people forget that it’s really meant bring out one’s natural beauty. The perfect makeup job embraces your unique face rather than hiding it. After all, you’re not frosting a cake. Here are my secrets for applying makeup that will give you a naturally flawless complexion.

1. First of all, if you’ve been using ANY scented makeup on your face, get up and throw it away!

2. Never apply makeup without moisturizing first.

3. Apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer both your face and neck with your fingertips. (There are a lot of primers out there. Theirs is the undeniable best.) This helps makeup last longer.

4. Now comes concealer. I just use my fingertips, but you can use a concealer brush or makeup sponge. I am utterly devoted to the Stila Perfecting Concealer. The name says it all. It gives maximum coverage without looking fake. Although so many of us struggle with dark circles, you don’t want to apply too much liquid concealer to your under-eyes; it tends to crease throughout the day and take your eyeliner/mascara down with it (see #6).

5. Unless you have issues such as acne or acne scars, you probably don’t need to use a heavy liquid foundation. Instead, I would suggest Clinique CC Cream or Stila Tinted Moisturizer.  You might be surprised to see how well these products can even out your skin tone, and less likely to clog your pores. If you do need more coverage, I would recommend finding a Clinique liquid foundation because their products are gentle and natural looking. Whether you’re using a CC cream, a tinted moisturizer, or a liquid foundation, please, for the love of god, apply evenly to your face AND neck. Foundation that stops at the chin is a brutal, dead give-away. Even old ladies in Palm Beach know better these days. Again, I apply my CC cream with my fingertips, but makeup sponges are the key to making sure your color is consistent (see #8).

6. To achieve that matte effect, I depend on bareMinerals foundation powder. I use this Sephora Collection retractable kabuki brush (great for travel and on-the-go touch-ups) for my face and neck, and the bareMinerals traditional concealer brush on my eyelids, under-eyes, and any blemishes that need a little extra coverage. bareMinerals products usually have SPF, which is always a major plus!

7. When it comes to bronzer, I tend to be a bit of a mad scientist—because with bronzer, there’s a thin line between a healthy glow and an obvious orangeness (especially when you’re as pasty as I am). To keep things natural, I turn to bareMinerals again. I like to mix their Tinted Mineral Veil, Illuminating Mineral Veil, and a hint of their Faux Tan powder and apply the concoction to my face, neck AND chest (depending on how low my neckline might go) with a bronzer brush like this one.

8. Makeup sponges are your best friend: once you’ve completed the previous steps, use a sponge to make sure you don’t have any build-up at your hairline, eyebrows or upper-lip. You should also use them to make sure you’ve applied color evenly—make sure your face and neck match and that you haven’t turned red spots into equally noticeable white ones. I like the sponges infused with vitamin E, which you should be able to find at any CVS or Walgreens.

9. To give myself a little extra shimmer, I use a touch of NARS blush in “Albatross” (sheer golden sheen) as a highlighter for my cheekbones, forehead, and nose.

10. Then blush. Use a brush like this one to apply your blush. I personally love NARS blush in “Deep Throat.” I think it’s a little more flirty and natural looking than their infamous “Orgasm.” But they have a huge selection, and you should find the one that’s right for you.

11. Reach for your sponge again to carefully blend that blush—make sure you don’t have build-up around your eye bones. Blend, and blend, and blend—blending is the secret! (If you caught that reference, you are one saucy individual.)

12. Take it all off at the end of the day!

Stay tuned for more makeup advice, and stay saucy!

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All About Skin

Everyone knows the most enviable asset a person can have is a flawless complexion. A good makeup job is key, but we’ll get to that another day. Here are some sauce-approved products that will help you achieve clear, glowing, HEALTHY skin, with or without makeup:

Cleansers:

  • Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash: a fabulous, regular-ass face wash for regular skin.
  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foam: gives a healthy glow to all skin types.
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap: A Clinique regimen has been my mother’s secret to perfect, youthful skin for decades now. If you saw my mother, you’d be at the Clinique counter in seconds.
  • Skinceuticals Foaming Cleanser: Minimizes pores on all skin types. This is the brand/regimen I currently use. My esthetician at Bliss Spa in the W Hotel recommended it to me—I try to get a facial there every 4-6 weeks if I can afford it.
  • Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: Minimizes pores and leaves skin ridiculously soft. Plus it’s all warm and tingly!
  • Bliss No Zit Shirlock Cleanser & Toner: For trouble skin.
  • Panoxyl: Also ideal for trouble skin. Plus you can use this on your chest and back, for those who are prone to body breakouts. You can find this at CVS, Walgreens, etc. (Make sure you’re moisturizing adamantly and using SPF when using acne treatments!) Neutrogena also makes effective products for body breakouts.
  • If you have super sensitive skin or other serious problems, go to any pharmacy and get Cetaphil products (they’re super gentle) and then go see a dermatologist!

Exfoliants: Unless you have congested pores, you don’t want to overdo it with exfoliants/scrubs. A harsh exfoliant can actually dry skin out, causing more congestion as opposed to fixing it. If you do struggle with blackheads, here are some exfoliants to consider—

Toners:

Moisturizers: A major part of controlling skin issues like clogged pores is keeping skin hydrated. Drink as much water as you can, and check out the following moisturizers—

Masks:

Makeup Remover: I must admit, I don’t always take my makeup off before bed. I always regret it. Take your effing makeup off before bed.

Misc.:

Although mixing and matching is okay to an extent, I’m sure you noticed that a lot of the same brands were repeated in each category. It’s best to find a  brand that works for you and stick to that regimen. I also can’t emphasize this enough: protecting your skin from the sun is imperative. Use moisturizers and makeup with SPF all year round, and make sure you’re being cautious when using acne treatments.

Stay tuned for more beauty tips, and stay saucy!

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