Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hermes-Need I say more?

I was home for a root canal last week, and wound up acquiring something far more fabulous and amazing than my time spent in the dentist's chair.  It is an item that I have wanted for quite a long time, and in my Christmas pile from my parent's a lovely gift card from Hermes happened to appear! I am a lucky girl!

My gift on Christmas. Gotta love the famous orange bag!

My mom wound up getting one and since my parent's weren't sure which color I wanted, they got me a gift card to pick one out instead. I don't have an Hermes where I live, so when I went home for said root canal last weekend, I hopped up to the Hermes store near my parent's house and picked up this beauty...

I went with the utterly boring choice and got the smaller white one (it comes in a smaller and larger version in both size and width). I was debating between this one and the blue; but since it was my first bracelet I wanted it to go with everything.  The white looks beautiful and fresh on the wrist to me. I love it so much. It is the most comfortable bracelet I have ever worn; so much so I often forget it is on my wrist.  It's beautiful and lovely, and I hope one day to be able to stack them. What can I say-It's Hermes? Does it get any better than that?

I have been wearing it with my watch

What is your favorite new purchase?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tagine's, MAC lipstick and Chocolate-Oh my!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

My wonderful boyfriend took me out Saturday for a fabulous meal of oysters, filet mignon, lobster and chocolate. It was delicious! Here is a picture of us before we left. I did a deep side part with sleek, wavy ends by using hot rollers and a little hairspray as well as a red lip (MAC's brave red). I didn't even look like myself, but it was fun to try something new. I found my lipstick stayed throughout the night by using Covergirl's Lip Stain in a red/berry color before putting the lipstick on. It didn't budge through multiple courses and kisses. I was totally amazed as I worried I would be some crazy woman with red all over her face/mouth after scarfing down so much food.

My iphone 4 camera is terrible!

My boyfriend is laughing because he is stooping down to get in the picture (he is 6'6"!) and because he thought it looked like he was taking out another woman. Lol. 

Tomorrow, for the actual day, I am cooking a romantic dinner. We are having an arugula salad with goat cheese, figs, oranges, candied walnuts and a citrus vinigarette.  For the entree I am making a red-wine braised beef short rib in a new tagine (a traditional Moroccan/North African clay pot used for cooking) from Williams-Sonoma my boyfriend bought me, as well as sour cream and horseradish mashed potatoes to go with it. 

This is the tagine from Williams-Sonoma-Pretty, right?!

For dessert I am making a hazlenut and chocolate torte with a dark chocolate glaze. 

This is the torte I am making!

Splurging is what Valentine's Day is all about. Hope you all have a happy one! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Product Alert:Physician's Formula Mineral Correcting Pebbles

I'm always such a sucker for cute packaging, and when I was perusing the aisles of my local Rite Aid, it was no exception. These are just so cute! And so similar to the Guerlain ones! And so pretty!

Needless to say, I bought them.  Thusfar, I have been happy with them too. It comes with a powder puff and a brush, but I usually set both aside and use a small blush brush, highlighting brush (MAC 192) or a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and swirl away around the pastel, shimmery goodness.  

I tried to swatch it, but it wouldn't show up on my hand.  It provides a very subtle, soft highlight and shimmer to the skin.  I find it to pull a bit pinkish gold/white on my currently very fair skin.  I don't find them to be pigmented or life changing; but the glow I get on the top of my cheekbones is a lovely addition to a more muted everyday makeup.  I am sensitive to breakouts and the formula says they are talc-free, which I enjoy. I haven't been irritated by them thusfar and it isn't too bright and shimmery for my oily skin.  While I wouldn't use it all over my face because I do tend to get shiny, and this is a little frosty for my taste, for about $11, I am happy.  

And did I mention they are cute?!

Friday, February 4, 2011

January Favorites

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish-This brown sugar scrub is so moisturizing that you don't really even need a body lotion afterwards! It isn't cheap, but it is worth every penny. My dry winter skin thanks this every time I use it. 

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Summer Tan-this is a WONDERFUL creamy blush color to use for contour. I think it might do a better job than the Chanel Soliel Tan de Chanel. It's a bit more pigmented and more brown than orange. If you use a skunk brush, it gives anyone cheekbones! 

Physician's Formula Happy Booster's Blush-it is more pigmented than I thought and gives a beautiful rosy glow to the cheek.  The scent it pretty as well, although I don't buy the ability for it to uplift your mood. Except if you get happy because your cheeks are so pretty! 

Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel-One of my first reviews was of the regular strength version of this product because I saw it as one of the products that really helped get rid of my acne. But this one is even better! I would never go back to the regular. The extra strength doesn't irritate but you can actually see it making your skin clearer and more even.  My complexion glows after I use this. 

Mac Lipstick in Brave Red-despite a fight with my bathroom counter (in which it lost), I do adore this lipstick. I always wear a nude lip, but I went to the MAC counter and was matched with this shade for my brave (no pun intended) move to a bold lip every once in a while. It's the perfect red. Not too orange, not too blue, and not too clown-y (which I always fear I will look like when I wear red with full lips). Love! 

January is over, and thank goodness! Hopefully spring is around the corner!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pink and Turquoise, Pink and Turquoise, Pink and Turquoise...

Pink and Turquoise
Pink and Turquoise by loganbhanna featuring straw fedora hats

While I will be rooting for the "black and yellow" on Sunday during the Superbowl, I had to create a beachy styled outfit for a class of mine through Polyvore, and I thought I would share them with you.  It is cold and miserable here, and I think the combination between the beautifully juicy and saturated hot pink and the cool, bright turquoise with splashes of gold is a beautiful combination that makes me long for summer and the beach. Stay warm everyone!

What is your favorite summer color combination?