As a girl who still suffers the occasional hormonal break out, I’m always on the lookout for the best spot treatment for blemishes. Search no more, I’ve found it.

Hello Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel.  You are my hero.

What it is:
A topical gel to clear acne and prevent future breakouts.

What it is formulated to do:
Achieve acne-clearing results comparable to the leading topical prescription. Clinique’s powerful daily treatment gel starts clearing blemishes upon application and helps prevent new ones from forming. Clearing Gel is formulated with highly effective salicylic acid to leave skin with a visibly clearer, more renewed, and smoother appearance.

Best of all, it works.  Blemishes be gone!




If you have a busy lifestyle and don’t really get the necessary 8 hours of Beauty Sleep that we need but want to look like you do, then this is for you.

In less than three minutes traces of fatigue and stress are smoothed away for a brighter, glowing, radiant appearance.

This mask contains a high concentration of hydrating ingredients, including: Extracts of Lily and Iris, with powerful water-retaining capacity. Extracts of Sesame, rich in Vitamin F obtained from organically grown plants.

Express Flower Gel Mask For skin that feels fresher, smoother and more supple in 3 minutes flat!

A very refreshing cream-gel mask: sheer bliss for dehydrated, lifeless or energy-depleted skin.
With its high concentration in moisturising (moisture-binding Lily and Iris extracts) and replenishing active ingredients (vitamin F-rich organically grown Sesame extract), Express Flower Gel helps to:

  • chase away the visible signs of fatigue and stress,
  • moisturise and tone the skin,
  • create a feeling of significantly firmer skin.

Directions for Use 
Apply Express Flower Gel over the face and throat, two or three times a week or more often as required.

Leave on for 3 minutes, then gently tissue off any excess. No need to rinse off: this allows the active ingredients to work longer.
Next, apply your usual treatment, and follow with make-up as required.

Ideal before an evening out, as it instantly makes your features look rested.

Sisley Eye and Lip Contour Cream An age-defense formula specifically adapted to the most delicate parts of the face, which helps counter the formation of visible lines and wrinkles, and minimizes the appearance of under-eye puffiness, dark circles and signs of fatigue.

Sisley Eye and Lip Contour Cream is formulated with a particularly high concentration of active ingredients.

It notably incorporates Padina Pavonica algae extract which works in synergy with natural plant extracts (Matricaria, Licorice, Wheat proteins) and vitamins (E, B5 and F) to help to:

    • maintain very effectively the moisturization* of the eye and lip areas, thus limiting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
    • smooth and tone these very fragile areas, where the skin is especially fine-textured and delicate, to address the appearance of wrinkles and prevent the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles.

After a few weeks’ daily use, skin appears more supple, more radiant and better-toned, with an average reduction in wrinkles of approximately 23%. Directions for Use
At night, after removing make-up, apply Sisleÿa Eye and Lip Contour Cream massaging eye and lip contour areas with fingertips.

Repeat in the morning, and wait for a few minutes before putting on make-up.




They say you should change your skin creams every couple of months, and I do.  Being the beauty junkie that I am, I am obsessed with skincare.  My passion, anti aging.  Beautiful skin is everything.

I have tried many products over the years and I have found the La Prairie products to be absolute heaven for the skin. La Prairie Foaming Mousse Cleanser is really gentle unlike some cleansers  and leaves the skin feeling hydrated, refreshed, soft and nourished.  Skin Caviar Liquid Lift  is a lifting phenomenon. Next generation Skin Caviar Liquid Lift is a gravity defying serum that lifts, firms and provides long-lasting effects. With a look that pays homage to the iconic skin caviar pearls, this formula contains scientific advancements that create exceptional results. Past damage recedes as existing cells are rejuvenated, and new ones are super-charged, nourished and protected. Skin appears lifted and taut. Skin Caviar Liquid Lift epitomizes science and luxury, the heart and soul of the skin caviar collection.  Cellular Time Release Moisturizer  (I LOVE this moisturizer!) is The ultimate quencher for parched skin. Cellular Time Release Moisturizer Intensive breaks the time barrier with 16 hours of continuous moisture, just in time for those who need a concentrated hydration boost. Incredibly, it triples the skin’s moisture level, delivering a steady dose of highly effective hydration while guarding against moisture loss. With regular use, see smoother, softer skin. Fine lines and wrinkles will seem to vanish, leaving you with a vital, renewed complexion.  Skin Caviar Luxe Cream This lavish cream is legendary. Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is an extravagant experience to be savored every day. A firming phenomenon, nourishing caviar extract elevates natural contours, profoundly improving elasticity and tone. Unique proteins create a transformative satiny smoothness and a silken texture. Skin is firmed and uplifted. The results, timeless.  Eye contour cream The original eye care product from La Prairie is still a best-selling, cult classic. Debuted in 1978 Cellular Eye Contour Cream has been beloved since then, for its line and wrinkle-fighting ways. This delicate, moisturizing treatment especially formulated for the sensitive eye area contains an age-fighting, protective formula to help maintain the skin’s ideal moisture level, ensuring proper skin functions while protecting against environmental aggressors.

La Prairie is an exquisite luxury for the skin.  Indulge your face will thank you.






Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.41 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each), miniature-sized Caviar Stick in Cocoa, (0.03 oz.) and miniature-sized Full Blown Volume Mascara in Black (0.20 oz.).  A beautiful palette overall, that includes a lot of Laura’s best selling shadows and if you’re a fan of more neutral, muted colors with matte and satin finishes, you’ll probably get a lot of use out of this one.  This is a Nordstrom exclusive and is limited edition.  The only overlap with holiday’s palette, which was a Sephora exclusive, is with Guava and African Violet. The eyeshadows have good color payoff, soft, smooth textures, and wore eight and a half hours before fading or creasing.  They blend like a dream.

Noir is described as a “deepest black [with a Matte finish].”

Deep Night is described as a “deep black navy [with a Matte finish].”

Coffee Ground is described as a “cool charcoal brown [with a Matte finish].”

Cafe au Lait is described as a “neutral caramel beige [with a Matte finish].”

Ginger is described as a “light neutral peach [with a Matte finish].”

Buttercream is described as a “light neutral yellow [with a Matte finish].”

Diamond Pink is a brightened, pinky-white with a metallic finish. This is a limited edition shade (exclusive to the palette).

Guava is described as a “peach stucco [with a Sateen finish].”

Sable is described as a “cool grey taupe [with a Sateen finish].”

African Violet is described as a “violet copper shimmer [with a Luster finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark plum with a golden shimmer-sheen.

Violet Steel is a cool-toned, purplish-taupe with a frosted sheen and is limited edition/exclusive to this palette.

Rich Cocoa is a dark, warm-toned brown with bronze shimmer and a satin finish .

Cocoa (Caviar Stick) is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin-matte finish.

Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara thickens, lengthens, curls, and sculpts lashes.






NARS Artistry Brushes

NARS Cosmetics leverages its makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. From base to bristle, this comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The custom brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

Powder Brush #10 ($52.00)

Blends, buffs, and diffuses loose powder for a lustrous finish. Double domed with layers of full, soft hair to pick up and deposit powder evenly.

Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($52.00)

An artist essential for controlled application. The dense concentration of soft, natural hair holds and applies product for an even, all-over glow.

Cream Blending Brush #12 ($28.00)

A versatile, multi-use brush for face and eyes. Designed for gentle application of concealer around the eyes and effortless blending of cream textures.

Precision Blending Brush #13 ($26.00)

For precision application of concealer. Ideal for focused use on spots, pigmented areas, or around the eyes and nose.

Blush Brush #20 ($42.00)

Professional domed shape deposits blush pigments perfectly. Diffuses as it blends for smooth, effortless application.

Contour Brush #21 ($42.00)

Expertly angled for sculpting and highlighting the cheekbones. An artist essential to define and blend with controlled application.

Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($32.00)

Deposits the perfect amount of pigment for a masterful sweep of all-over shadow.

Diffusing Brush #41 ($32.00)

A must-have for blending and creating the smoky eye. Lush bristles softly apply shadow for a light veil of color.

Blending Eyeshadow Brush #42 ($32.00)

Ideal tool for applying high-shimmer shadows and effortless blending for a soft-focus effect due to softer, longer hair design.

Wide Contour Eyeshadow Brush #43 ($32.00)

The go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled shape allows for all-over or precise application.

Precision Contour Brush #44 ($28.00)

The firm, flexible hair design of this brush is ideal for applying concentrated color in the eye crease.

Smudge Brush #45 ($28.00)

The smoky eye artist essential. Expertly deposits color along the lash line and diffuses and softens eyeliner.

Push Eyeliner #46 ($28.00)

Transforms any cream or powder eyeshadow into an eyeliner for a smooth, fine line at the base of the lashes. Use wet to apply powders for stronger color impact.

Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($28.00)

Designed for impeccable glide when applying liquid and cream textures along the lash line. Perfect for use with NARS Eye Paint to create a variety of effects, from natural to dramatic.

Brow Defining Brush #48 ($26.00)

Define, shape and fill in sparse brows. Firm bristles provide control and deposit powder for a hair-like effect.

Precision Lip Brush #30 ($26.00)

Designed with a wide, flat surface to evenly apply lipstick with precision.

Availability: April 1st, 2014 @ NARS; April 2014 at other retailersand NARS Boutiques, April 1st at all other retailers



NARS Cosmetics introduces Contour Blush, the ultimate essential in makeup artistry and the secret weapon to creating natural-looking definition with a luminous finish. The beautifully balanced duos feature a lighter shade to illuminate the highpoints of the face and a deeper shade to enhance definition. Ultra-smooth, lightweight texture lends itself to a luminous finish and the specially designed contouring formula visual depth and dimension in a single swipe. To create the perfect contour on cheeks, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollows of the cheek and along the hairline, sweep the light shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite blush shade on the apples of the cheek.


Contour Blush ($42.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Gienah Honey/amber
  • Olympia Ivory/rose
  • Paloma Pink beige/deep rose

Availability: Now available for pre-order @ Nordstrom, March 15th @ NARS and NARS Boutiques, April 1st at all other retailers




Here are 10 ways to choose happiness:


1.  Choose to be the best YOU can be. – Give it your all in everything you do, commit to your goals, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Never try to be better than anyone else, but never stop trying to be the best you can be. If you feel called to compare yourself to someone, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.


2. Choose to be around the right people. – Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU – and being YOU is the only way to truly live.


3. Choose to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy or acquire anything new. It makes sense. You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for what you already have.


4. Choose a good attitude. – What often screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be. And the reason so many of us give up is because we tend to look at how far we still have to go, instead of how far we have come. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination. This moment, like every moment, is a priceless gift and an opportunity. Be positive, smile, and make it count. Pretend today is going to be great. Do so, and it will be. Research shows that although we think that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. A great attitude always leads to great experiences.


5. Choose to smile more often. – A smile is a choice, not a miracle. Don’t wait for people to smile. Show them how. A genuine smile makes you and everyone around you feel better. The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. And when you’re happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins. This reaction has been studied since the 1980’s and has been proven a number of times. Bottom line: Smiling actually makes you happier.


6. Choose to take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected. Recent studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise significantly raises happiness levels in the near-term. Not only that, six months later, the people who had continued to exercise were less likely to relapse into depression because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.


7. Choose honesty. – Start being honest with yourself and everyone else. Be faithful. Be kind. Do the right thing! It is a less complicated way to live. Integrity is the essence of everything successful. When you break the rules of integrity you invite serious complications into your life. Keep life simple and enjoyable by doing what you know in your heart is right. Don’t get involved with drama that doesn’t affect you.


8. Choose to help others when you’re able. – Care about people. In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.

9. Choose to let go when you know you should. – Sometimes you have to be strong for yourself. Love is worth fighting for, but you can’t be the only one fighting. People need to fight for you too. If they don’t, you eventually have to move on and realize that what you gave them was more than they were willing to give you. Some relationships and situations just can’t be fixed. If you try to force them back together, things will only get worse. Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.


10. Choose to embrace the next step in your life. – You can hold on to the past, or you can create your own happiness today. Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart. Every day is a new beginning and a new ending. Embrace it, make the best of it, smile, and keep looking straight ahead. And don’t forget, a smile doesn’t always mean a person is happy right now; sometimes it simply means they are strong enough to face their problems going forward.

And remember… Never let someone’s opinion become your reality. Never sacrifice who you are because someone else has a problem with it. Love who you are inside and out. No one else has the power to make you feel small unless you give them that power. You are the only one who can create your happiness.

The choice is yours. Choose happiness

Source: Marc and Angel Image: What a Beautiful Life






The Volupté sage continues with this new lip gloss formula from YSL.


Scandalously shiny. Extremely creamy. Sensual to ecstasy. Irresistibly tempting to kiss. Yves Saint Lauren offers lips a totally unique experience with its new sense-stimulating gloss, the latest addition to the Volupté family.


A revolutionary formula, luscious nectar, with an extreme high-shine. Its heavenly light texture, creamy beyond compare, embraces the lips like a sensual “bouche à bouche” thanks to its patented kiss-shaped applicator. Lips are lathered in intense glossy color with golden, iridescent or pure color, outlining an irresistible smile that stirs the desire for more. Indulge in the sensual pleasure of its sumptuous texture, luscious color and dazzling shine.


The innovative texture ofYSL Gloss Volupte lip gloss will make your lips intensely glossy, hydrated and ultimately irresistible. The patented applicator envelops the lips with great precision and a flawless result. Available in 24 different shades to suit all occasions.


  • N1 Gold
  • N2 Or Saharienne
  • N3 Rose Fusion
  • N4 Fuchsia Vermeil
  • N10 Or Rose
  • N15 Grenade Pepite
  • N19 Rose Orfevre
  • N20 Nude Carat
  • N30 Corail Lingot
  • N49 Terriblement Fuchsia
  • N101 Iridescent
  • N102 Rose Satine
  • N103 Opium Persan
  • N104 Prune Organdi
  • N201 Pure
  • N202 Rose Jersey
  • N203 Corail Gandoura
  • N204 Corail Trapeze
  • N205 Rouge Shantung
  • N206 Fouchsia Oran
  • N207 Rouge Velours
  • N208 Fauve
  • N209 Smoking







Available for purchase now at Nordstrom.