Let’s face it, women love oils. With their alluring packaging and heavy glass bottles, they can instantly transform even the smallest or dingiest of bathrooms. The come in an array of colors, shapes and sizes and their functions vary. The only problem is, the market has become so saturated with them, it’s hard to know which ones really work and which don’t.

I myself am oil obsessed. I love nothing more than to take a bath with a splash of oil (this one in fact) and then slather oil all over my body before bed. In the morning I feel like a scientist mixing drops of oil in with my lotion or cream for added glow. At night, even when I am too lazy to double cleanse, I’ll usually just stick to washing off the day with one of my favorite oil cleansers.

I still think that one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding oils is that they can make you breakout. In reality, most oils actually work to regulate the skin’s overproduction of oil. Overproduction of oil = acne craziness. Bottom line, don’t be afraid to try an oil on your face. Some of the best ones are packed with powerful ingredients that can actually improve your skin.

These are my favorites:

Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil – I have been using this baby for years and it’s the best. After I shower, I use a drop and a half on the shaft and ends of my hair, and I love the way it feels after it dries. I can actually feel a difference when I travel and I don’t have the oil with me. Second runner up is Bumble’s Hair Dressers Oil. They actually just launched a new mask which I am dying to try too.

Pai Age Confidance Facial Oils – I love Pai. It’s natural and organic, but it’s got some high-tech shi* in there that will actually change your skin for the better. This is one of their hero products. It’s got a supercharged dose of vitamins, omegas and essential nutrients guaranteed to optimize skin health and restore your natural radiance. I use it day and night mixed in with my normal moisturizer.

Rodin Lavender Oil – No one does packaging quite like Rodin…but it’s what inside that keeps us wanting for more. If you’re going to invest in one product for your bathroom counter, it’s this. The brand’s new lavender scent is oh so heavenly. I save mine for special occasions.

Riddle Tuberose – Riddle is my newest fragrance obsession. I just heard about this Abbot Kinney-based brand and after they sent me some samples I was immediately hooked. I actually like it so much that I am offering you girls a discount. Use the code RIDDLEGLOW for my own personal discount. I love the + Santal and the Scented Oil. Both work with your own body chemistry to give you a unique and super addicting scent.

Uka Nail Oils – I once heard that the best way to heal dry cuticles, peeling nails and even get your nails to grow faster is to use a nail oil every night, instead of a lotion. Oils actually absorb into the nail, unlike lotions and creams. This Japanese-based brand does it best, and their rollerball nail oils also double as perfumes.

Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil – Jessica Richards first recommended this brand to me when I asked her about the best brands for acne prone skin. According to Jess, “It’s a natural skincare brand that specifically targets sensitive and acne-prone skin.” I don’t have issues with acne, but I use this oil because of it’s calming properties that tone down red and irritated skin.

Coqui Coqui Bath Oil – Coqui Coqui’s all-natural Coco Coco Bath Oil is relaxation in a bottle. Inspired by the lush scents of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, this formula can be used as a massage oil, or added to a tub of warm water for the most incredible bathing experience. The hints of coconut in the fragrance are to die for.

Everything you need to know about oils

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This week I can hardly control my excitement. In just 7 days I’m headed to Positano for a friend’s glam wedding. In the meantime, I’ll be doing my very best to channel my inner Jane Birkin. I’m thinking white ethereal dresses, straw hats and basket totes. So feminine and summery, right? But before I get carried away on the fashion front, I have to pause and plan my beauty bag. Once I landed on my Jane Birkin inspo, the beauty look took care of itself — rose gold skin with a natural, dewy finish.

Admittedly, this look is a tad tricky for us pale-skinned girls. I’ve been trying my very best to avoid the sun this summer, so it’s kind of difficult to suddenly get that bronzed glow. After all, I really don’t want to be covered in sunspots come September (my wedding month – ah!). So to make this happen for my trip, I need products that simultaneously protect my skin and create a nice glow. In other words, I need multi-taskers.

Portofino inspired beauty

Portofino inspired beautyThis is what I plan on toting around all week long on my Italian adventure:

All Over Sunscreen with a Hint of Coverage

AmorePacific just launched two really awesome SPFs that are quite amazing. The Sun Protection Cushion SPF 30 is in fact one of the best cushion compacts that I’ve ever tried. It gives you the best skin ever by leaving you glowing, not greasy. I also love the Sun Protection Stick. It makes sunscreen application super easy and stress-free.

Non-Oily Face SPF

My favorite all over face SPF is by Tatcha. It’s SPF 35 btw. I love the pretty blue packaging but beyond that, the ingredients are naturally sourced from Japan. Plus, it’s uber practical and boasts super easy application.

Kick-A$$ Illuminators

Tata Harper just launched a new Illuminating line, which consists of a skin-tightening moisturizer and a collagen-building eye cream, excites me more than you can imagine. Both of these will be great, because I won’t want to be wearing a lot of makeup, but I still want to look glowy.

Minimalist Makeup

For makeup, I’ll be packing all my RMS pods because they’re quick, easy and effective. I have listen my favorites here. I just want to keep things fresh and clear. As a base and for added SPF, I’ll be wearing Omorovicza’s BB Cream. For the lips, I am really into Chosungah 22’s new Dual Lip Gloss & Tints. Each luscious color is great, so you really can’t go wrong.

 

Portofino inspired beautyWipes and Blotting Papers

I always travel with wipes. Klorane Makeup Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cornflower are my favorites because they don’t irritate the skin and are inexpensive. I’ll also be packing Tatcha Japanese Blotting Papers, because they take up no room whatsoever and they prevent any unexpected grease moments.

Blush, Bronzer and a Pop of Green

By Terry’s new Flash and Cruise part blush, part bronzer just screams Italy. It has six shades – including three blushers – which can be blended or used separately to contour, brighten, sculpt and correct. Plus, they are so easy to travel with. And while you are at it, channel 1970s Capri and add a pop green liner, like this one from Nars, onto the upper and lower lids.

Portofino inspired beauty Portofino inspired beautyHair Primer

I’m really into Shu Uemura’s multi-tasking Air Dry/Blow Dry Multi-Tasking Primer. It’s great when you want to make the effects of the ocean last in your hair. It’s great for smooth styles, the air dried look and blowouts. To finish it, I love Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolute, which provides UV protection for your locks.

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Summer is about effortless hair, which is why I’ve put together a little list of my favorite warm weather go-tos. Avoid unnecessary breakage, control unwanted waviness and even treat and rehydrate damaged hair like never before. These are the ultimate products to keep your mane looking perfect during short weekend getaways or even a staycation in the city. Say bye-bye to fuzzy frizz and hello to healthy modern hair.

Mason Pearson Detangler Brush – Less breakage, increased hair follicle stimulation and the minimalist vanity essential. A no-brainer.

Oribe Anti Humidity Spray – The best way to keep those teeny tiny micro frizzies at bay.

Aesop Rose Masque – A gentle mask to restore summer’s sun kissed locks with the help of rose.

Fountain The Hair Molecule – An at-home solution to keep your hair healthy starting on the inside. I’m obsessed.

Sachajuan Hair in the Sun – Part SPF, part styling cream, this stylish product protects hair from fading, breaking and drying.

Klorane Dry Shampoo – A classic summer staple, still the best of its kind.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt – You’ll notice softer hair after just one use. Use once a week for clarified and clean locks.

Ouai Wave Spray - Might as well embrace the inevitable curliness with summer humidity. This makes undone hair look chic.

Sephora Mini Blowdryer - A powerful mini iconic blowdryer – perfect for travel.

Shu Uemura Time Saving Blowdry Oil - Immediately untangle those knotty locks with this oil blend made with pomegranate, apricot and coconut. It seals the cuticle and leaves hair baby soft.

The Kent Shower Cap - An excuse to wash your hair less. It’s better for you anyway.

Oribe Run Through Detangling Primer – This do-it-all primer avoids unnecessary breakage, so your locks stay long and healthy.

 

 

The Essentail Guide to stress free summer hairKate Moss by Mario Testino and Vogue February 2015 editorial by Mario Testino.

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Summer is finally here. Even though we’d all like to drop everything, grab a glass of rose and relax, life doesn’t just stop when the weather gets warm. If your schedule is anything like mine, summertime is busier than ever. I look forward to weekends in the city, because weekends away involve packing, prepping and a list full of errands. (Look at me… I make traveling seem so stressful and I don’t even have kids yet. Yikes.)

Regardless of what kind of woman you are or where you are in your life, we’re all after the same thing when it comes to summer beauty. We want to feel fresh, effortless and confident. Minimalism is where it’s at, plus a nice pop of something to celebrate days in the sun.

Forget perfect skin (I’m looking at you contouring) and primped hair. The goal here is to look like the best you. Find products that get the job done in as little time as possible. Milk Makeup’s Oil Lip Stains are so innovating and give that perfect bitten look. RMS Beauty Master Mixer is this season’s alternative to bronzer and creates the warmest rose-hued glow. MD Solar has launched a safe SPF 50 that makes using sunscreen easy. Lastly, please give your hands a break and treat them with Margaret Dabbs hand serum. I promise, you will thank me later.

Thick hair, hydrated skin and an effortless glow, these beauty products are the best in summer beauty.

Summer BeautyMason Pearson Extra Small All Boar Bristle Hairbrush – Every hair stylist will tell you this is the BEST brush, so never leave home without it. White is their newest color so get it while it’s hot.

Skin Inc. Pure Serum Mist – If you can’t swing SK-II’s Facial Essence, this is the best alternative. It conveniently comes in a spray formula so you can spray all day.

Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain – Milk’s Oil Lip Stain is exactly what you think it is, except way better and way prettier.

Lanolips Tinted Balm – Straight from Australia comes the most luscious and comforting lip balm that comes in the prettiest shades and nourishes with the help of lambs wool.

RMS Beauty Master Mixer – The best thing that’s happened to me this year.

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 – This sunscreen is free of all the crazy scary stuff often hiding in SPF formulas and doesn’t make you breakout of leave you pasty white. Score.

Tom Ford Sheer Cheek Duo Bicostal – Something a bit more luxe, but hey, you deserve it. It’s summer!

Fendi Monster Eye Embellished Leather Cosmetic Case – The easiest way to spot your beauty bag in that crazy oversized summer tote.

Bb. Thickening Crème Contour – The best thickening hair care line, hands down.

Ilia All Your Gold Beauty Balm – Just slap this all natural BB cream on your face for an instant warm golden glow and SPF protection. It’s not called beauty balm for nothin’.

Margaret Dabbs Anti-Aging Hand Serum – I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: protect your hands NOW. They’re the first place you show signs of aging.

Moon Juice Sex Dust – No explanation needed here.

Givenchy Mister Gentlebalm – AHH I love this ph balanced lip balm. All you need is perfect skin – and this.

Kypris Cleanser Concentrate – Pollution, makeup, grime and dust melt away with this completely natural and lovely cleanser. I love a balm cleanser and this is my new obsession.

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I woke up at 8am on the day of the event. I went through my normal morning routine, which you can read all about here, checked some emails and made sure my apartment was in tip-top shape (the shower was held at my apartment). I applied an SK-II facial treatment mask while I worked a little on my computer.

At 10:45am I had booked a hair appointment with one of my two go-to hair stylists Allen Thomas Wood. Side note: I believe that Allen (Bumble and bumble) and Tiffani Pachett (Suite Caroline) are the best in town, which is why I’m always recommending them to my friends for cut and styling.

I arrived at Bumble with dirty hair and with a set of clip-on extensions that I had bought earlier that week at Wigs Plus. I know the name is so bad, but it’s the best place. The hair is real too and not crazy expensive. Normally I think extensions are super cheesy, but my hair is finally in such a good place right now, so I wanted a little extra hair for thickness, not necessarily length. From 10:45-11:45am, Allen washed, blow-dried, added extensions, cut the extensions, and then Sarah Jessica Parker-style curled my hair. Can you believe it?

Next I rushed over the to MAC store on Bleecker and asked them to apply a set of super natural looking eyelash extensions. Everyone knows that I swear by Revitalash, but for big events, I love a good set of lashes. They make for such great pictures. I got MAC Lash 3. They are jet-black, super thick at the base and not overly long, so they look completely real and completely awesome.

Afterwards, I hurried home and started my makeup.

Firstly, I washed my hands. You never know what New York City might leave on those puppies.

Bridal Shower Makeup

I then applied SK-II eye patches and misted my face using SK-II Mid-Day Essence. Immediately after, I applied a little bit of Tata Harper’s Facial Moisturizer. I waited about 20 minutes for the eye patches to set in and then removed them. I started the real makeup portion with Guerlain Meterorites Primer. Then I mixed in a little Le Metier de Beauty Anti-Aging Complex and blended it into my neck using my RMS Beauty brush. Next, I used RMS Beauty “Un” Cover concealer in shade II under my eyes, eyelids and around my nose. I blended again with RMS Beauty Concealer Brush. Then I used RMS Beauty Living Luminizer on my eyelids, around my eyes and on the brim of my nose. I used the Master Mixer on my cheekbones and lids for a warm rose gold hue.

Next came the eyeliner. I used Milk Makeup Eye Marker to create a thin black line on my upper lids and to really set the lashes. I then applied the tiniest bit of Milk Makeup Oil Blush in Deep Pink and blended using my fingers. Next, using a small fluffy brush, I applied RMS Beauty “Un” Power to make sure I wasn’t completely shiny (especially for pictures). I applied a little Guerlian bronzing powder on top of that so I didn’t look too pale.

Last but not least, I used two different glosses on my lips. I felt like with the hair and the eye, I had a lot going on so I wanted something plump and bitten. I used Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper and Smith & Cult Lip Stain in Sweet Suite for a juicy pink punch of color.

Then came the champagne…

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