I think it’s pretty indisputable that leaving NYC is a good thing. Not permanently, of course. But, a weekend away is almost always exactly what the doctor ordered, and I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to my Alma Mater, eating dinner with my Dad, and celebrating an upcoming birthday with my aunt and sister. All followed by a week-long visit with some friends from San Francisco. Not bad, right? Here’s what else is up:
No, no, not that kind of woo girl. I mean that I officially caved and purchased Mac’s Ruby Woo matte lipstick – a cult favorite. Tracee Ellis Ross and Dita Von Teese both swear by it, in addition to over 20 other beauty gurus featured on Into the Gloss alone. Needless to say, it’s perfect.
I only tried it on because I’m leaving for Spain in a few weeks and was looking for something new. It took some adjusting to at first – I have fair skin and green/brown eyes – so I sat in front of the mirror at Nordstrom for probably 10 minutes. Then I did the same thing at the MAC store. Then I did it again at Macy’s. When I finally decided my biggest problem was with its tendency for initial smudging, the clerk suggested pairing it with their lipliner in Kiss Me Quick. I layered the two and fell in love.
Still hesitant about spending money before my trip, I caved when my sister told me it made me look like a hot college student instead of a mom (my maternal tendencies are a running joke in my family). I figured, “Eh, what the hell, Europe will appreciate this.” So now, I am a loud and proud Woo girl.
The other find I wanted to mention today was this (see below) Merona Quilted Jacket from Target, on sale for $29.98. I’ve been searching for a versatile, multi-seasonal jacket for weeks now – scouring J.Crew, the Gap, Bluefly, and Nordstrom – with no luck. What a pleasant surprise when I found this on the clearance rack!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Julie, you already own too much red. Give it a rest with the red. Expand your color horizons. I thought those things too until I tried it on and realized that not only was it spring-weather appropriate, but it also had an adjustable back so that it fit my petite frame. It will match most of my wardrobe and is a fraction of the price I was willing to pay. Sorry, red-hating readers, but I had no choice. I will promise to not wear it with the lipstick, though, since we all know red-on-red is tacky.
The last thing I must do is proclaim my love for Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. Despite its long-winded name, this moisturizer is great because it lasts forever. I’ve always been preferential to Clinique’s moisturizers because they really rejuvenate and hydrate skin without being too heavy. Specifically, I’ve been using their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for years since it’s relatively inexpensive and fabulous. But as I’ve gotten older, my skin has become more sensitive and higher-maintenance, especially during the winter when I’m fighting off flakiness and breakouts simultaneously.
Enter moisture surge. Powerful, concentrated, protective moisture surge. I had received it as a sample a while back, and pulled it out of my makeup bag in a crazed search for my prior favorite moisturizer. Two penny-sized dollops later, and I could already see the difference. My dull, winter-weary skin was glowing; my cheeks had color again. Barely a few drops (one for each section of my face) and I looked like summertime! So, at least for the wintertime while I need something strong and long-lasting, moisture surge is my go-to.
Hope you’ve all enjoyed the first week of 2013. I’m off to catch up on some Downton Abbey and finish a vanilla spice latte. Tough life, right?
Until next time, stay beautiful.