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What We’re Wearing, Vol. 043

What We’re Wearing, Vol. 043

This was my Thanksgiving look, and since we were planning to snap some family photos for my family’s holiday cards, my boyfriend snapped a few of me outside in front of a pretty tree that was all pink and orange and pink-red.  I wore Giorgio Armani #14 Eyes to Kill Intense on the lid with Tarina Tarantino Fantastical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette (the darkest plum shade) in the crease with Burberry Trench to highlight.  On cheeks, I wore Korres Natural Blush on the apples and Laura Mercier’s Rose Rendezvous to highlight.  Lips were a mixture of Milani’s Modern Mauve with Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lipgloss and Bobbi Brown Aubergine Lipgloss.

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Traveling Must-Haves by a World Traveler

By Amanda, Traveling Contributor

While earning her degree at university, Amanda traveled around the world to a plethora of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. She currently lives on New York City’s Upper East Side where is pursuing a graduate degree and working in education. Amanda has studied the histories of beauty around the world and is herself, an avid admirer and practitioner of the beauty techniques she studies.

To track her travels, thoughts, and techniques follow her at www.aklectique.com. As a world traveler (and with more travel plans on the horizon), she’ll be offering a unique perspective of the amazing local brands and products she’s discovered and still discovering.


Traveling Must-Haves by a World Traveler

I’d like to share with you what I take with me whenever I go traveling. From the High-Atlas Berber villages in Morocco, to the Pyramids in Cairo, to Red Sea just off the coast of Saudi Arabia, to Diocletian’s palace in Croatia, and through Nottingham’s rainy days, these products have proven their metaphorical “valor” for their resilient consistency and inherent capacity to work well across varying climate conditions.

I’ve found that my MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Power ($23.00) works for me in all whether conditions. Whether it be the 125 degree weather in Egypt or -30s in New Hampshire, this product provides the same consistent coverage and staying power across temperatures. I’d find that my bronzer and highlighter (listed below) are best suited for all temperatures below 85 degrees. If the temperature is higher, I risk looking shiny all day long. Finally Benefit’s One Hot Minute ($30.00) adds the perfect amount of matte color to my face to prevent me from looking washed-out in any climate.

Now, the eyes are almost a free-for-all. I tend to keep in neutral when I am traveling so as to not stand out as a foreigner too much.  (Below is a more detailed list of eye products that I’ve found to last underwater in Jamaica and Croatia, as well as after a long day of work.)  To the complete the visage, my must-have lip product is my Burt’s Bees Sun Protect Lip Balm ($3.99). This lip balm neutralizes the color of my lips and allows me to then apply pigmented lip product that is appropriate for the given situation. More often than not, I find myself using MAC Snob ($14.50) or Revlon’s Nude Attitude ($7.99).

Just remember: When traveling, less is more!

Check out Amanda’s list of must-have products for travel!

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #108

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Nothing yet!
  • Weekend plans:   Recover from overeating at Thanksgiving!
  • Are you all about Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales?:   Honestly, I’m not!  Generally, I think you can find a lot of good deals throughout the year.  It really depends if there is something you’re looking for in particular — I bought a vacuum last year, but the price before Black Friday was actually better.

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan is ready for the next holiday! (That’s because his birthday is Christmas Eve.)

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