Erno Laszlo Holiday Party! And My Favorite Products

Celebrating the season and great skin!

Anastasia and I went to the Erno Laszlo Holiday Party last night and had such a fun time, so I wanted to share a few photos! They had delicious signature cocktails, a palm reader and chocolate divination (more on that below!), and this fun photo booth with gigantic balloons.

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Photo credit: Kristen Chilstrom

It was so fun to meet the team and other bloggers at their office. Everyone was so friendly! Anastasia and I also got our palms read, which we’d never done before. It was really interesting and not awkward or corny, even though I’m a bit of a skeptic.

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Photo credit: Kristen Chilstrom

We also had a chocolate reading; I’d never even heard of this, but you pick a chocolate from a huge box of options and it’s supposed to reflect your personality. It was a fun experience since it was so different – and it was pretty spot on too!

Aren’t these products so beautiful? My favorites are the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleeping Mask and Hydra-Therapy Boost Serum. The mask has this lovely bouncy texture that feels so plush on the skin. It hydrates beautifully overnight without being sticky or getting all over my pillow. You only need a pea-sized dollop too, so a little bit goes a long way.

The serum is great because it provides lightweight hydration. It helps smooth the skin as well, but it doesn’t leave a thick layer behind. This plays well with other products too, so I always use it in the morning as sort of a hydrating primer.

The Erno Laszlo team so kindly gave us a wonderful gift bag, so I’m really excited to try some more of their products!

The decor in the office was really chic too – just like Erno Laszlo packaging! Everything is black and white with some pink accents, like gorgeous velvet chairs. I loved this gallery wall with all kinds of inspirational product shots.

 

I was taking lots of little videos and boomerangs for my Instagram and forgot to take more still shots… So here are a couple peeks into the holidays displays and a lovely candy bar they had set up. The cozy fireplace and cute lights added to the festive theme, and I’m definitely feeling the holiday spirit now!

I can’t thank the team enough for inviting us! We had such a lovely time!

Winter Five Minute Face (featuring Vapour, Benefit, Covergirl, and Luxie Beauty)

My easiest makeup routine yet!

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Lately I’ve been into longer, hydrating skincare routines and I think that extra attention is paying off as I’ve been wearing less makeup! I still love a little bronzer and mascara though, so I wanted to share the makeup I’ve been using recently.

The Vapour Illusionist Concealer had been my go-to for a while (first reviewed here) and I’ve lost most of my summer tan, so shade 010 matches me again thankfully. It has the perfect creamy texture that blends in easily around the delicate under-eye area. It doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles too much either. My favorite thing about this concealer is the way it reflects light and distracts from my dark veins.

Since I’ve lost that tan, I use Benefit Hoola to bring back some sunshine and definition to my face. This is such a low maintenance bronzer – it’s not too dark, it blends like a dream, and it lasts all day. Sometimes I sweep a bit over my eyes as well to add definition to the crease.

Benefit’s Galifornia is the only blush I’ve been wearing lately. I love the warm undertone and beautiful coral shade; it looks subtle and perks up my face at the same time. I’ve been using this Luxie #660 brush that I received in a Boxycharm (unboxing and review here) to apply Galifornia. It’s supposed to be a foundation brush, but it’s pretty fluffy and diffused blush nicely.

This Get the Pretty Started palette was limited edition, but Benefit brought it back recently! It has two mini Box O’ Powders and a mini Watt’s Up Highlighter for only $20! I originally purchased it for travel, but I use it on a regular basis and would highly recommend it. I think it would make a great gift too.

Lastly, I picked up the Covergirl Super Thick Lash Mascara because the brush looked pretty similar to my HG mascara – Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme. It’s definitely a more natural look (whereas the EL one is very dramatic), but it does provide some nice volume and looks great with minimal makeup. The formula doesn’t bother my sensitive eyes at all, it doesn’t flake or smudge, and it removes easily with my Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser. It’s also under $5 at the drugstore! So it’s not a dupe, but I would definitely repurchase.

Those are my staples for this season’s five minute face! What makeup items or brushes have you been loving lately?

 

Happy Thanksgiving! And a Giveaway!

There are so many things I’m thankful for this year, and one of them is the beauty and blogger community! It’s been such a fun and supportive group.

I actually met my friend Jessica through the beauty community and we teamed up to host a giveaway on Instagram! Everyone deserves some pampering during the crazy, lovely, sometimes stressful holiday season, so hopefully these products do just the trick!

They include some of our favorites, like Bliss and Patchology Masks, a sugar slushie, and this delicious smelling candle. I also added a few La Mer and Jo Malone minis, which just scream luxurious pampering. The total value is over $225 dollars!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Weekend Wear: Leopard Flats! OOTD #20

Jazzing up a basic outfit

I had to document this outfit because it’s very possibly the last time my ankles will see the light of day this season! Okay, I’m being dramatic, but I basically wear boots every day from November to February.

I’m also frequently wearing turtlenecks because I hate when my neck is freezing. This basic beige one is from Uniqlo and I’m really impressed with the quality. I’ve had it for over a year and it hasn’t pilled at all or lost its shape. It’s a thicker cotton too, so it’s warmer than your typical J Crew tissue turtleneck, but it’s still pretty soft. Here are this year’s color options.

These leopard flats are from Steve Madden. I think they’re the first pair of shoes I have from that brand; they were really affordable and surprisingly comfortable! I had been looking for non-calf hair leopard flats for so long!! I didn’t want ones with a print so tiny that it wasn’t noticeable or so large that it became gaudy. I was also looking for a pair that was too warm-toned and orange looking, but not black and white either. I wanted a pointed toe too. This ideal leopard flat was much harder to come by than I would have thought! I’m really glad I didn’t settle though because they’re perfect!

Lastly, I’m wearing my trusty brushed sateen legging jeans from Loft. These are so soft and fit like a glove, but they’re still comfortable and have the perfect amount of stretch. I love the ankle-skimming length on the petite ones (I’m 5’2″).

I’m also carrying an old black crossbody – I’m in the market for a new one actually. Any recommendations for favorite handbag brands? I used to be a huge fan of Kate Spade and Furla – they both have classic shapes and are really great quality that’s lasted me years. I’m looking for something more fashion-y though – maybe angular, more fun, top handle? Not totally sure yet.

Overall, this is a really simple look, but I wanted to share since a few of you asked over on Instagram.

Lather Body Care Review! Almond Creme Body Buff and Almond, Milk, & Honey Body Butter

My new favorite body care products!

I’ve been collaborating with Palm recently and the Lather picks have caught my eye each month! I first tried their Caviar Lime Cleansing Creme (reviewed here) and last month I got a chance to try a couple of their body care products. I chose the Almond Creme Body Buff and Almond, Milk, & Honey Body Butter.

If you can’t tell by their names, these smell delicious! They’re warm and gourmet scents, which are just perfect for this time of year. I basically want to smell like baked goods and the holidays once it hits 40* outside.

The body scrub is really lovely because the jojoba beads and walnut shell powder do a great job of exfoliating without being too abrasive. I hate scrubs that hurt! This one has a thick cream base which helps soften skin too. A little bit goes a long way, but I’m sure I’ll fly through this since I’m really enjoying it.

I’m even more obsessed with the body butter. I prefer a deeply hydrating body cream, but I hate feeling any greasy residue. This Almond, Milk, & Honey Body Butter feels very moisturizing, but sinks in within a few minutes. It’s the perfect medium between being too thick and hard to spread and too light and gel-like. I love how luxurious this feels and actually look forward to shaving so I can apply this!

I also love that Lather is cruelty-free and focuses on high-quality, natural ingredients versus packaging – although I am a fan of their colorful, yet minimal aesthetic. They invest 80% into the product itself, sourcing ingredients from all over the world and avoiding synthetic fragrances.

I’m really excited to keep trying Lather products because I love the three I’ve experienced so far! Have you ever used any of their products? If so, which is your favorite?