HOLIDAY BEAUTY: THE POWER POUT

The moment that you hear Sinatra’s rollicking Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas taking over the airwaves, it is a sign to kick up your style for the season. Yes, you need the requisite statement earrings, embellished sweater and fur accent piece. But, another easy way to add drama to your December look is the power lip. A slash of deep, dark lipstick emits high voltage holiday style. From inexpensive Covergirl to designer brands like Chanel and YSL, colorful lipsticks abound. One of my current favorites is Laura Geller’s lip crayon for $16!

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Best in Summer Beauty

Au Revoir Memorial Day, Bonjour Summer! After this bone-chilling winter, I could not be more excited for balmy climes and the beach. First step? A beauty switcheroo. Similar to swapping out one’s seasonal wardrobe, women to need replace the ultra heavy winter potions and lotions with products that jive with summer needs. That means bold nail polishes, lighter weight moisturizers, coral glosses and hair spritzes to prevent hair color from fading.

Here are my go-to products:

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1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $54

2. Kerastase Huile Celeste, $40

3. Derma MD sunscreen, $37

4. Kat Burki Beauty Elixir, $42

5. Essie Nail Polish in “Lapiz of Luxury”, $8.50

6. Pixi Beauty Bronzer, $18

7. Chanel Reflets D’ete De Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer, $29.50

8. Pantene Hair Mask, $7.99

9. Olay Micro Sculpting Face Cream, $30

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February beauty favorites

One of the many perks of my job is to be on the receiving end of countless beauty products. Many beautify. Many hydrate. But many are forgettable. This month I was on a quest for magical potions with the power to transform. Drab to fab. Dry to dewy. Exhausted to exhilarated. Here’s what I found:

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1. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips$14.50,  The lanolin base soothes chapped lips like no other product. I use it as a base under lipstick.

2. Chantecaille Sunscreen + Primer $89,  I love a “two-fer.” This super smooth products fill softens lines and offers a dewy luminescence while protecting the skin.

3. Mally Evercolor Starlight  Eyeliner $15,  Glides on and can be used over, under or in the waterline of the eye.

4. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream $42,  Like a BB cream on steroids–this supplies coverage, SPF and a lit-from-within radiance.

5. Josie Maran Argan Oil $48, My winter savior. I use it under lotion and over makeup. It is especially fabulous for under the eyes.

6. Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil $48, Transforms my wild mane into hair not dissimilar to that of the bouncy haired Breck girl.Can be used when hair is wet or dry.

7. Vaniply Skin Ointment $6.99, The new vaseline without the icky petroleum. Use it for severe dryness all over the body.

8. Lancome Effacernes Undereye Concealer $30.50, Can make bags and tell tale signs of extreme exhaustion disappear.

9. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color $57.50, This is celebs secret red carpet weapon. Dust on cheeks, forehead and decollete for a sun-kissed look.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: KNOW THY LUXURY PRODUCTS

For 2011, bid adieu to fashion bungles and material mishaps by committing yourself to leveling your wallet only on garb that adheres the definition of “investment piece”.

The trick? Recognizing the difference between trendy accent the fabulosity of a true fashion find. Investment pieces –an Hermes Birkin, a Loro Piano cashmere cloak, a Lanvin LBD, a Verdura cuff, Manolo sling backs, a Chanel anything– have sustained fashion relevance. They are high quality “keepers” (generally offering an unexpected twist on a classic) that will add cache to your wardrobe for years to come.

TRENDY ACCENTS 

New Year, New You. Amy Tara Koch. Bump it up Style.

(think peacock feather earrings, mod vests, super glitzy tote bags, pink shoes) are whimsical fashion items with a short shelf life that are replaced with the next “it trend” the following season. Luckily, we are living in an age of “fast fashion” where runway trends are interpreted by inexpensive retailers like H&M, Zara and Top Shop almost as soon as the last model jumps off the catwalk. Offering directional pieces at bargain basement prices, these shops are manna for the materialistic minded who are dedicated to injecting of the moment elan into their looks.

New Year New You. Amy Tara Koch. Bump it up style.

 Gumball sized pearls wrapped in mesh, a groovy faux fur trimmed vest ,a neon clutch bag, a wide zebra belt and a basketful of glitzy gold jewelry will give you major look for a minor investment. So, when you grow tired of these items by March, you will not be riddled with anger for wasting your hard earned cash on fashion with a six month shelf life. The trick is to know thy luxury products and invest with confidence if your purchase is a keeper.

 

POP QUIZ: TO LEVEL OR NOT TO LEVEL YOUR WALLET
When you are considering dropping a lot of cash on a garment or accessory, the following five criteria must be met:
1. I am in love. I am weak in the knees and will pass out of I don’t own this trinket.
2. It is classic. It is very high quality and can be passed down to my daughter or niece.
3. I promise that I will not be sick of this item by FALL 2011
4. A knock off version of this item is not available at Urban Outfitters, H&M or BeBe
5. I am not in desperation mode. My love is real!

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