Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!
The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.
Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.
When joining a popular social-media site last spring, one of the get-to-know-you questions was “What is your most shameful secret?”. I’m sure they were expecting a more salacious answer, but here was mine: I once spent $190 on a hairbrush. I remember the day very clearly, Saks 5th Avenue, on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, the beauty department. I was financially sweating over the purchase, but so excited and thrilled to finally be a part of the hair elite- today was the day I was buying my first Mason Pearson hairbrush. I had read about Mason Pearson brushes in every beauty magazine, all the celebrity hair stylists insisted they were so amazing, how every supermodel has one in her purse, the shine, the luster, the hefty price tag. I am no wimp to big-ticket beauty, I have shelled out for the Creme De Mer concentrate, the Natura Bisse Diamond cream, and SK-II everything, but I had never spent that much money on something as simple and obvious as a hairbrush. I paid big bucks for the promise in a jar, the priceless dream of turning back the clock and having that dewy skin so ripe with youth and future. But a brush? Like I could get at Target for $8? Was I really going to say goodbye to the Goody aisle and turn the corner into “that girl” land?
Well, that bright and shiny morning in Saks, I did. I received my first Mason Pearson hairbrush in it’s charming vintage style box, as though I was receiving my winner’s bouquet of roses at a beauty pageant. There had been a very in-depth discussion as to which size and bristle I was to have. Mason Pearson brushes come in an array of sizes, handle colors, and bristle.
From the Mason Pearson website:
Pure Bristle brushes: For fine to normal hair, fine long hair.
The models: Large Extra, Small Extra, Handy Bristle and Pocket Bristle.
Bristle & Nylon Mixture brushes: For normal and short thick hair.
The models: Popular, Junior, Handy Bristle & Nylon and Pocket Bristle & Nylon.
All Nylon brushes: For very thick hair.
The models: Universal, Handy Nylon (Detangler) and Pocket Nylon.
I have fine long hair, so I went with the pure bristle, and I got a large size. In for a penny, in for a pound. That was about 2 years ago, and I have to say, I didn’t think about it much after the initial sticker shock wore off. It definitely was excellent quality, all Mason Pearson brushes are handmade, and if you look at the website graphic regarding sizing, it is more like an aeronautical diagram than a design for beauty. And it is a lovely brush, helpful for smoothing bumps from a ponytail, nice for calming down a frantic overcurl. But I really didn’t get it. I honestly didn’t see what the big deal was, it was nice, my hair looked soft, but was that more to do with my arsenal of shine serums? My scalp seemed healthy, but it always had been, I had never been an oily scalp or dandruff sufferer. Had I just bought into the status symbol of the brand, without receiving the admiring and envious side eye from toting the latest Chanel? I had listened to all the experts, I swiped the credit card, I brushed my hair, and no one, not one single skinny bitch ever said “your hair looks amay-zing” in that tone that simultaneously exhibits both desperate longing and murder inducing jealousy. So what was the point??
I am not a big blowdryer- I have had the same model hairdryer for 15 years, I own one round “blow dry” brush, and I blow my hair out maybe once a month. Maybe. I have that wimpy straight hair that if you use one drop extra of styling cream, the whole thing goes limp, and every time I have blown out my own hair I have been incapable of inducing volume. So I do a natural air dry, and then hot rollers. That had been my routine for 18 years. Until the day I could not find my blow dry brush. I looked around my bathroom, with 10 minutes to get myself coiffed and out the door, and panicked. I could not arrive at my boss’s house with wet hair, I had cut my primping time way too close, and a big hat was not available. But my eye fell on the plain brown Mason Pearson, sitting quietly, waiting to unleash it’s simple magic. I turned on the hairdryer, picked up the brush, and within 5 minutes had the most beautiful, shiny, glassy straight, volumized, gorgeous mane of hair I had ever seen. On my very own head.
It’s like hot cocoa and marshmallows, cheese and macaroni, eggs and bacon, you could not think of a better combination than a Mason Pearson hairbrush and a damp head of hair. I don’t know how or why, but it’s two strokes with a hairdryer, and the hair is dry. It literally makes my hair smoother, shinier, and swingier than any shampoo commercial I have ever seen. And it does it so fast! With my old round roll brush it took at least 20 minutes to get my hair 80% dry. This simple, albeit expensive, hairbrush does my whole head in under 5 minutes. I now blow dry my hair 4 times a week, just so I can marvel at the magic of the Mason Pearson. This sucker is worth every dang penny. There is no longer shame in my hairbrush game. If my house was on fire, it would go in my purse with the cat. And boy would she come out shiny.
*Do not use your Mason Pearson on animals. They will be unable to verbalize it’s genius.
Mason Pearson brushes are available at Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys NY, and many other retailers.
Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire), turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer. She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.
Let’s face it. After a few hours of wear, even the best concealers will start to fade. I have searched high and low for a concealer that won’t let me down. Now, while I’ve discovered some brilliant concealers, a no-need-to-touch-up concealer has yet to surface. Luckily, I stumbled upon a product that makes my fave concealers budge-proof, crease-proof, heat-proof, and fade-proof. This is going into the Must Haves List!
The Smashbox Under Eye Primer is a true multi-tasker. It’s not only hydrating but super-lightweight, with a silky texture that blends in smoothly and effortlessly. Loaded with caffeine and peptides, it also provides incredible nutrition for the skin. And the optical brighteners in this soft pink formula perk up those dark circles before you even add concealer.
But the best part? Once you pair this primer with concealer, concealer is locked in placed and looks completely natural. Those pesky fine lines disappear and even puffiness seems to be reduced (never an easy thing to accomplish with any product). All that and you need only the tiniest amount. One tube will last you a long time, making the $29 price tag more palatable.
From The Smashbox Site:
• Key immediate benefits:
o 69% increase in hydration-so don’t worry about skipping moisturizer!
o 56% improvement in clarity
o 46% improvement in radiance
• Key benefits in 8 weeks:
o 37% decrease in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
o 28% reduction of dark circles
o 21% decrease of puffiness
I had the same notions a lot of us do about rubbing oil onto my skin. I assumed this was a recipe for a breakout disaster and although I know my skin could use the nourishment I wouldn’t risk it. Well, I was wrong. Using a natural, essential oil-based product, showed me I had a strong misconception about the results. We have sought out ways to eliminate oil but in turn have created methods of hyper-production. The skin needs oil and therefore when we work hard to remove it, it works harder to replace it creating oilier skin.
“Like cures like, so a little bit of a healthy, plant-based oil on the skin helps the skin stay balanced,” Dr. Hauschka Skin Care CEO Mirran Raphaely told TODAY.com. “The right amount signals to oil glands that they can stop producing. It may sound counter-intuitive, but once you try this method, you’ll never go back.”
Decleor’s Rose D’Orient Soothing SerumPrice: $68.00 This is one of my all-time favorites. It is a skin-soothing serum, helps me with redness in my skin, full of 100% all Natural essential oils for soothing and hydrating the skin. It comforts irritated skin and leaves it feeling soft nourished. This serum is particularly good for sensitive skin and I love the aromatherapy scent, it is a beautiful spa-like fragrance that also feels calming to me. Natural and Organic : 100% Natural, Paraben-free, PETA
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – 20ml Price: $24.00 Trilogy’s new advanced formulation Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ has been named “best natural face oil” in the 2012 Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Hot 100, just six months after launch, in a hat trick (3 years running) for the brand!It is a unique oil containing the nutrients and essential fatty acids that are vital for perfect skin health and a glowing complexion. This super-fine oil absorbs instantly, allowing the skin to breathe while it goes to work to prevent the signs of premature ageing and assisting skin growth and repair.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Price: $9.00 Referred to as a “medicine cabinet must”, this teensy bottle goes a long way in clearing blemishes. Just one drop can take on the nastiest of acne (whiteheads, the stubborn hard red ones etc…), without drying out your skin. It is full of anti-bacterial properties and has a calming minty smell, Tip – use a q-tip for application.
To read more about which natural oils are best for your skin type check out this article at Brichbox.
These are a simple yet amazingly pleasing design item that makes me smile every time I use them. They have an old-world feel with a modern day function and for those of us who get pleasure out of being organized, and having it look chic, these are a must-have!
Midori BRASS Number Clips are organizing gems. In a very slightly aged looking brass with stencil numbers they are brilliant even to display. Of course you can use the actual clips but they serve double duty by also being a cool stencil to go cool numbering crazy.
Midori is a Japanese company with an upper hand in design in the world of paper products from stationary to paper, to office accessories. Here is another one of their accessories that is also sure to crack a smile, the Midori D-Clips. These are available in a ton of shapes and are great for a personalized gift idea. Check all the shapes out here. Sometimes it’s the small things that make us happy!