Skin Care: Eve Lom

Eve Lom is a renowned facialist and the woman behind the eponymous skin care brand which she launched in London in the 1980s. I found an interesting article about Ms. Lom here

I was at a SpaceNK boutique in Bloomingdales buying some candles when I started talking about beauty products with the sales lady. It turns out she was the regional manger, so we had a very good discussion.  Space NK was going to be launching the Eve Lom line the next month and she was very excited about it. She very graciously gave me some samples after I told her my major skin care concerns were keeping my acne prone skin even and glowing. Once I worked through the samples I took advantage of the Sephora sale and a Space NK discount to get the full sized versions of the Eve Lom cleanser($50/1.6floz) and the Eve Lom brightening cream($110/1.6floz).  

Eve Lom Cleanser 

Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Peg-30 Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Aluminum Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Peg-75 Lanolin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Cone Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Eugenol, Limonene.
Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

Eve Lom Brightening Cream

Aqua (water), Dimethicone, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Glycerin, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Atractyloides Macrocephala Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Allantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Carbomer, Tribehenin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Polysorbate 80, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citronellol, Methyl Undecenoyl Leucinate, Geraniol, Linalool, Eugenol.

The cleanser came with the muslin cloth pictured. Per the instructions, first you massage the cleanser onto dry skin. Then you wring the muslin cloth out after placing it in hot water and press it against your face for several seconds to open your pores. After you repeat that process three times you rinse the cloth in warm water and remove the cleanser from your face.  The last step is to rinse the cloth in cold water and reapply it to your face to close your pores.  

The instructions for the brightening cream were a bit simpler- apply to a clean face & neck morning and evening. 

Between the original samples and what I ended up buying I've been using both products for about a month. The cleanser has a paste like texture and has a sweet, herbal smell. It felt like an aromatherapy facial when I used it with the muslin cloth. I liked it but I don't see it replacing my Peter Thomas Roth or Lush Dark Angels which give me more of a deep pore cleaning. The brightening cream is moisturizing without feeling heavy on the skin. It also has a slightly herbal scent, kind of like an old tea bag. The cream seems to be working as my skin is softer and more even toned. I'll report back in a month with any updates.

 The whole muslin cloth thing seems to be all the range now. Before this product I just used a white wash cloth and paper towels. I can appreciate the benefits of the muslin cloth- gentle exfoliation, pore opening, cleanser removing but I'm not sold on replacing all my wash cloths.....yet.  What about you? Are muslin cloths a part of your beauty routine? 


Look Back At It

I put Vintage Black Glamour on my Christmas list last year and I was so very happy to find it under the tree for me on Christmas morning.  The author Nichelle Gainer did an incredible job of compiling the stories of these extremely glamorous women.  From the cover image of Eartha Kitt giving you old school #BBHMM to the very last page with a picture of the author's aunt, I was inspired by the beautiful images. 

The first editions like mine pictured above came with a silk cloth finish which made the book feel even more like the keepsake that it is.  You can find a copy in traditional hardcover here.  I'm tempted to get a back up, because if something happens to the one I have now there will be blood. This book is a must have for anyone interested in beauty, glamour and history.  Get it. Trust me you'll love it. You're welcome!  


Narciso Rodriguez- For her eau de parfum intense

I do believe this is my first post on perfume so I think a little scent background is in order.  I tend to like perfumes with any of the following notes: citrus, spices, woody, white flowers and musk.  I was in Sephora towards the end of last year when the associate in the perfume section recommended Narciso Rodriguez For her in the eau de parfum intense.

Narciso Rodriguez is a Cuban American designer whose designs are a regular on the red carpet and at the White House. (See here)  He reportedly combined his love of women, and an Egyptian musk oil he got as a gift for the inspiration behind the For Her collection. (See here)

The notes and description of For her according to Sephora:

Sensual and addictive, this fragrance radiates with the warmth of a contemporary musk. It evokes a sense of mystery and intrigue, drying down to a tempting essence of musk that lingers underneath beautiful floral notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and ylang-ylang.

Musk, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine and Orange Blossom.
Sensual. Floral. Musk.

I ended up taking home the smaller sized bottle of For Her you see in the pictures above that day from Sephora.  I am definitely in the less is more camp when it comes to perfume so I was very surprised when I realized I finished that bottle. I went to repurchase it, but couldn't find that size anywhere. I eventually found the bigger bottle (1.6oz/$99) at Bloomingdale's. To me, For Her has a your skin but better kind of smell with medium sillage.  When I'm wearing it I feel clean, grounded and relaxed. I'm too fickle to have just one signature scent but For Her has definitely earned its place as one of my faves.

What are you favorite perfume notes? Do you have a signature scent?


Brooklyn, New York: 40.6928° N, 73.9903° W

Sunglasses: Burberry
Sweaters: J-Crew Factory
Jacket: Zara
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Cole Haan

I had to take an unexpected trip to New York last month.  While there I squeezed in some time to do some touristy things like walking the Brooklyn Bridge, hanging out in Prospect Park and eating at Juliana's.

My favorite thing about New York is how easy it is to find beautiful flowers at any time of the day. My sister and I were exiting the subway when the gentleman tending the flowers gave each of us a daisy. I know right! And they say New Yorkers aren't nice. ��



Watch- Michael Kors
Necklace- Kate Spade(old) 
Ring- gift
Nail polish-  Sally Hansen - Sorbet #08
Flowers: Carnations 

I spent the weekend buying Mother's Day gifts, going to Pilates and napping. I swear Sunday afternoon naps are the best thing ever.

There was another devastating world tragedy this weekend, and today I got some news that a friend that suddenly fell ill has taken a turn for the worse.  Every day I am reminded that I need to just do the things that I love and be kind to myself and everyone around me, regardless of the constant chatter to climb higher, go longer and spin faster. I have a very laid back personality so I have to be careful not to come across as aloof.  It's not that I don't care it's just that along the way I realized this- 

  "My heart is at ease knowing that was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me" - Imam Al-Shafi (at least according to the inter webs). 

Thanks for stopping by!



I've Been Stalling...

I finally got a library card at the end of 2013 and as a result I read more books in 2014 than I had in the years past. Most of the books I read were e-books. I decided at the end of the year that I would buy the books that I liked the most. These four made the cut. My initial idea was to give a short review of the four books. However I'm terrible at reviewing books. If you ask me about a book I read you usually get something like:

Me:   Well, there was this girl who was born a guy sort of. Uhhmm her people were inbred and
         after some stuff with her family she starts being a guy and then she meets a girl and it
         kind of works out. I really liked it.

You: What?

That is why we are almost half way through 2015 and I'm just finishing this post.  They say the only way to get over your fear of doing something is to actually do it, so without further ado I give you the inaugural of the comely book review.  No refunds will be given after this point.

First up we have Edwidge Danticat's- Claire Sea of Light.  It's the story of a young girl and her father in a fictional seaside town in Haiti. The little girl goes missing and the hopes, dreams and disappointments of various people in her community are interweaved in the story of the search to find her.  As you can see from the picture above I own several books that Ms. Danticat has written.  The setting of most of the books I have read by her is Haiti. She has a lyrical writing style and there is always an element of mysticism in her stories that I have come to associate with that island.

  • Quick read
  • A little bit of mystery,  a little bit of mysticism with some Haitian culture as the backdrop

The Sleepwalker's Guide To Dancing is on the surface a story about an immigrant Indian family told mainly from the perspective of the daughter Amina.  Dig a little deeper and you will find a story about sacrifice,  acceptance, forgiveness and love.
  • Good combination of humor and realism
  • Nice exploration of father-daughter dynamics

I'll say from the start that The Goldfinch is a very long book.  It is 771 pages.  Before you turn away though I want you to know that this was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I actually listened to the audio book but it still feels strange to say I listened to a book. The book jacket tells you that the tale begins with a boy losing his mother. What happens to him and the twists and turns his life takes after that event kept me enthralled to the very end.  It's a sweeping narrative that covers the life of the boy, Theo from young teen to adulthood.  My heart soared for him when things went well and my soul was crushed when they didn't. 

I like to read the bad reviews on a book first because I think you get a lot more from them than the five star reviews. And, yes there were quite a few people who hated this book. I agree with some of their critiques. Yes, it could have been shorter.  Yes,  there were some sections where the story lagged. However,  even with that I would like you to give it a shot. There are characters in that book I still can't stop thinking about. 
  • Suspenseful and moving story with some art history as a backdrop
  • Unforgettable characters

Hyperbole and a Half is the first book that I'm aware of by blogger Allie Brosh. It's based on her blog of the same name. Read it. It's funny. You'll thank me later. You are welcome.

  • Laugh out loud funny
  • Check out her blog where she uses her special brand of humor to address everything from depression to trying to be a responsible adult- "Clean All The Things" 

If you have made it this far I thank you for your patience! Let me know about what you're reading now, and if you've read any of the books from this post. 

Edited to Add: Turns out April 23rd is World Book Day so my procrastinating was right on time :)


Et Voilà

This is the time of year when I get the urge to do something different with my hair.  I've been toying with the idea of cutting it for some time now but my hairdresser has told me no. Yes, that's how it works with us.  I tell her what I would like and then she does what she wants.  To be fair though I always end up liking what she does. She went out of town recently for an extended holiday and left me to my own devices.  Naturally I turned to the Internet for guidance, and this is what I came up with.

On freshly washed hair I took each individual lock of hair and bent it so that the bend was just at my chin or in some cases my collar bone and then wrapped the hair around itself. If I was a better blogger I would have had before and after photos with numbered steps.  In my defense I had no idea I was going to be able to pull it off. I was seriously just winging it, and wouldn't you know it worked.

The reaction from the peanut gallery was very favorable. There were a lot of questions about how I got it to stay (gravity? - insert shrug here) and several comments about how I looked so much younger(insert side eye here).  I took these pictures in the last days of the style for posterity.

Do you change your hair with the seasons?