I had my first Coachella Festival experience at the Amuse x Prism Festival Kickoff event on April 14th in Palm Springs. Amuse Society and Prism Boutique invited Team Pixi to spread lots of glow so we came armed with the greatest hits, limited edition collabs, and swag bags filled with Pixi Beauty products, including the new Sun Serum, a light weight hydrator with SPF 30 and even a lip balm in the lid. Guests received complimentary touch ups from myself and Pixi educator, Rochelle de los Santos. Partygoers also enjoyed small bites, drinks, music from DJ/model Pamela Katz, retail therapy at Prism's Pop Up Boutique, and a photo booth. I can't thank Prism Boutique and Amuse Society enough for inviting us!
I had my first Coachella Festival experience this year at the Amuse x Prism Festival Kick-off event hosted by Amuse Society and Prism Boutique. Team Pixi (a.k.a. myself and Pixi's national educator, Rochelle de los Santos) was invited to spread lots of glow by offering guests complimentary touch ups and a swag bag of some of Pixi Beauty's greatest hits, including their newly-released Sun Serum, a lightweight hydrator with SPF 30 and a lip balm in the lid. Partygoers also enjoyed small bites and drinks, music from DJ/model Pamela Katz, all the clothing and accessories needed for a fashionable festival experience at Prism's Pop Up boutique, and a photo booth. I can't thank Amuse and Prism enough for inviting us! We hope to be back next year. Photography by Stefanie Vinsel (except the last two).
This may come as a complete surprise to you, but three things have the ability to motivate me enough to sit in LA traffic on a Friday afternoon: Beauty, Fashion and Food (the really good brunch kind). Ok actually those are completely obvious things when we are talking about me. Oh and I forgot one more: a friend. And not just any friend, but one who shares these motivations because that is key.
Recenlty, Jackline and I took a drive to the mecca that is Melrose Ave in Los Angeles. It's a great way to get a change of scenery and get a lot done when you're on a time crunch. If you've ever wanted to explore Melrose Ave, check out any or all of these spots for a quintessential LA day- Fashionable Fête style.
1. Brunch at Blu Jam Cafe
Fuel up on their delectable crunchy french toast and other breakfast-served-all-day items at this local hot spot where there will be a line, but it's worth it. There's not much else to say...it's really good and if you're coming from the 101 freeway like we were, its where Melrose starts to get interesting.
2. Get some R&R
This does not imply a spa-like "Rest & Relaxtion" (although you could stop in at Kate Somerville) but rather, Rebecca Minkoff and Reformation. Both retailers provide an out-of-the-box approach to one's shopping experience. Rebecca Minkoff merges high style with the latest technology- think mood lighting in the dressing rooms and interactive touch screens, and Reformation takes a truly eco-awareness approach to manufacturing and selling it's private label without sacrificing style or quality. Both have a celebrity following and it's likely you'll see one perusing the racks, being this is LA and all. One more "R": find a good read at Bookmarc. It's the absolute coolest bookstore by designer, Marc Jacobs, and it's located across from his flagship boutique. The space houses a unique selection of art and fashion coffee table books, limited editions, journals, etc., fit for any creative mindset.
3. Buy like a beauty editor at Violet Grey
This is where old Hollywood glamour and the best in beauty reside. It's a truly magical place for any makeup artist or beauty enthusiast to shop a carefully curated selection of the very best, from the very best. The moment you walk through the door, it's as if you're standing in the most luxurious beauty closet you could ever dream of. Makeup artists and the celebrities they paint have hand-picked selections from their favorite lines such as Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, NARS, Chanel, Kevyn Aucoin, La Mer and Dior. You can also find industry faves like Rodin, Sachajuan, Avene, Kjaer Weis and Utowa. Each recommended product must pass a rigorous test for quality and performance known as "the violet code" before it is added to the shelves. The staff is friendly, informative and are working, professional artists who can recommend a customized cosmetics wardrobe for your exact needs.
I was looking for products fitted especially for bridal and red carpet looks and here's a quick breakdown of my stash: Utowa Eyelash Curler (to lift and extend lashes for nearly all eye shapes), Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo (blurs fine lines and primes the eyes perfectly for shadow with a built-in setting powder), Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Veruschka Mink and Eyeshadow Palette in 'The Sophisticate' (both products can do an entire bridal party, offering numerous looks from classic to edgy and the grey-brown pencil is defining without overpowering), Kjaer Weis 'Sun Touched' Cream Blush Compact (this imparts a dewy, natural glow for cheeks and lips and it's organic- bonus!), and Avene Thermal Spring Water to (hydrate and/or set makeup). Need a more hands-on approach? Book a private session in their glamorous makeup studio.
4. End on a smooth note at Alfred Coffee
You came, you saw, you ate, you shopped. Reward yourself with what is arguably the best place in LA for a caffine fix.
Have any spots on Melrose that you recommend? Share away in the comments below! I hope you are inspired to get out and explore.
If you're like me, then you're saving those extra-meaningful holiday gifts for last. This for me means my mom. If you need ideas for the ladies in your life that have maturing skin, I've got some of my favorite products that will make excellent gifts. These products are often used on my clients who have skin that is in need of more hydration, correction and a youthful radiance. And as I'm looking at the picture above, I just realized I completely forgot to add one of my all-time favorites! Let's actually begin with that one...
Many women experience skin issues like Rosacea, hyperpigmentation and dullness as their skin ages and this product helps to mask them all. It quickly works to correct these issues and can also double as a foundation primer.
I've pushed this product in previous posts and I'm doing it again because it's totally worth repeating. Especially if you're mom loves wine! This mask uses natural ingredients like resveratrol and wine extracts to hydrate, reduce wrinkles and firm skin.
I like to recommend this product because it curls lashes also, which is a necessity for sagging eyelids in order to lift and open up the eye. Once this mascara is on it doesn't flake or weaken and it also comes in fun colors, like the blue one pictured above, if your mom is looking to try something new.
I recently came across this at Sephora and if I had to pick one splurge item from this list, this would be it. Currently, you can purchase it for $95 at Sephora when it normally runs upwards of $175!!! You will for sure be getting the favorite-child title if you give her this one. It's amazing. Trust me.
One of my tips I often share with my mature skin clients is that bright lip colors will bring lots of life and youthful color back to their face. I love this pencil because it allows them to control the amount of color intensity and it's also keeps lips hydrated. This beautiful, classic red looks great on all skin tones too.
This clear pencil is a primer that works excellent on blurring fine lines around eyes, forhead, and mouth, and it also keeps lip products from bleeding into those lines around said area. It also works as a lip primer. It's a great multi-tasking product and would be a great pair to the Lip Pencil above!
Toners have a shady past but they have redeemed themselves recently with gentler formulations that don't strip the skin of natural oils. I love this one because it's an exfoliator which helps to brighten and smooth skin. It's often sold out at Target so if you see it, grab it!
What mom wouldn't want Chanel? She deserves the splurge...you know it. I love this product because it goes on like a cream and dries like a powder but it gives a 'glow from within' look which makes it worth every penny. It works amazing on mature skin.
These eyeliners are perfect for creating sultry eyes that sparkle. They are sold in threes based on eye color so it's a no-brainer. Mine are perfect for brown eyes and I use them to create multiple looks. Plus, they qualify for the Ulta coupons!
It lives up to it's title. It's magic in a jar and your mom will absolutley love it's hydrating and plumping qualities. It preps skin perfectly for foundation applications and is something mom would not normally buy for herself.
Ok so now that you've ensured your spot at the favorite child, maybe you need some ideas for yourself? Stay tuned for my ulitmate gift guide coming soon!
On the chic heels of another wrap to Paris Fashion Week, I'm inspired to share some of my must-have French skincare products...found in none other than their local pharmacies. Ironic, no? Ok so before I begin, I must admit that the last time I was in France I was not yet into skincare the way I am now. I walked past several or those pharmacies, with their glowing green signs, the same way I would walk by a CVS or Walgreens here because who cares right?! W-r-o-n-g. They are goldmines for anyone who knows anything about skincare. Truth be told, all of these products I have since discovered (and with whom I've become obsessed) while back home in the United States. In other words- good news for Americans as all of these brands can now be found here. Whether in-store or online, read on to find out my favorite French pharmacy finds and where you can get them.
1. Bioderma Sensibio H2O - This gentle makeup remover is unlike any product I've used. It's a cleansing water, as opposed to all the oil-based removers out there. I actually use it as a first-step cleanser becasue it is extremely gentle but if you have sensitive skin this needs to be on your shelf like, yesterday.
2. Caudalie Glycolic Peel - Your complexion is only 10 minutes away from tighter pores, better texture and a burst of radiance. This brand uses Viniferine technology which is found in grapevine sap so yes, you are reaping the benefits of French wine country. #yeswayrosé
3. Embryolisse Lait-Cremé Concentré - It's a miracle cream. Use it as a primer, moisturizer, makeup remover or mask. It's a staple in my makeup artist kit and an excellent travel companion as it alone does the job of many. If you're wondering how a supermodel's skin appears to be otherworldly, chances are they were slathered with this product backstage at the photoshoot or runway.
4. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen - If you're over heavy, thick facial suncare products than look no further than this ultra lightweight, ultra effective product. Once applied, it's practically untraceable which makes it perfect for layering under makeup, or using on kids and husbands with little to no fuss.
5. Klorane Dry Shampoo - On a recent trip to New York City I stopped by CO Bigelow, the oldest pharmacy around, which stocks some hard-to-find brands like Klorane. One of my favorite travel tips for weekend getaways is to keep luggage light by ditching conventional shampoo and conditioner and opting to bring dry shampoo instead! It keeps hair fresh and adds the perfect amount of texture for those second day styles often seen on celebs and it-girls. Enter Klorane. It's sulfate/paraben/sodium chloride free, and also comes in colors to mask gray hairs.
6. L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam - I can't quite categorize this as a pharmacy brand, but it is French, so it gets to be in this post. After removing makeup and debris with Bioderma, I cleanse with this foam only to find it leaves my skin soft and supple. No stripping of natural oils, no harsh ingredients. It's what skincare dreams are made of.
Well now that you've got the secrets behind those sought after female French complexions, try one of these out and let me know what you think. Or by all means please oh please go inside those pharmacies if you find yourself in Paris or Rome (yep, I ignored them there also). I know I will!
Am I missing any products? Post in the comments and share the love. And until next time beauties...adieu, au revoir