Darling Duos: Estēe Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer- Ballerina Pink & Bite Butter Cream Lipstick- Marzipan

I've been wearing this lip and nail combo for several days now.  Bite is a brand I don't think I've featured before. My introduction to them was a bright red lip crayon which I loved. I was on my way out of Sephora when this collection of round, flat lipsticks caught my eye. They all had this great muted just a kiss of color look. A closer inspection revealed they were Bite's new Butter Cream lipsticks. From the Bite website: 

Bite Beauty is a natural lip care company operating out of downtown Toronto. Our mission is to create lipstick that is high performance and healthy enough to eat for women everywhere.
This is where we keep our inspirations – things we see, things we hear, things we wear. We’ll share what we can and teach what we know.  Source

Marzipan's Ingredients:

-5 Mg Trans-Resveratrol From Vitis Vinifera and Polygonum Cuspidatum

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Rosinate, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Triisostearyl Citrate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Cera (Wax), Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*,Polyglyceryin-3*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Athemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Silk Powder, Pearl Powder*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Tocopherol*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit) Extract*, +/- May Contain: Mica (Cl 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Carmine (Cl 75470), Blue 1 Lake (Cl 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Cl 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Cl 15985), Red 40 Lake (Cl 16035), Red 6 Lake (Cl 15850), Red 7 Lake (Cl 15850), Red 33 Lake (Cl 17200), Manganese Violet (Cl 77742)*, Bismuth Oxychloride (Cl 77163), Magnesium Stearate.


I was rushing so I did some quick swatches with the Sephora testers on my hand and decided that Marzipan($28/.15 oz) looked the best so I bought it.  When I got it home I realized I would need some type of liner to make it work for me. By itself I felt that Marzipan was a little too chalky for my liking.  I tried it with my Elizabeth Arden lip crayon in plumrose 07 pictured above and I loved the look.  The texture as the name suggests is creamy.  It applies very easily with no discernible scent and lasts for most of the day for me.  I read some talk online about people not liking the hand cut shape of the bullet, but I had no problem with it. 

The Estēe Lauder Nail Lacquer in Ballerina Pink($21/.3fl oz) is the your nails but better color for me. I'm wearing three coats in the pictures above but could easily have gotten away with two. My mani is on day six with minimal tip wear. I've really been impressed with all of the Estēe Lauder products I've tried recently.  Check out my last post here, and there are more to come. 

I love doing these darling duo posts because I feel so much more put together when my nail polish and lipstick are in sync. What about you? 


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? 


Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer- Book Review

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 - Musc Intense' Eau de Parfum

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
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Henri Bendel
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. 🗽