• It’s Time to Rejuvenate Your Skin

     

    Tick Tock, Tick Tock

    I hope your skincare routine is off to a great start—new year, new you? If the regimen’s not up to par, don’t sweat! I’ve got a few products that will help you rejuvenate your body’s largest organ.

    Even with the weather constantly fluctuating (like how is it 53 degrees Fahrenheit in New York today?!), it is still SUPER important to keep your skin hydrated. I, for example, am “masking” as we speak!

    Curious what my other winter must-haves are? Keep reading!

    Cosmedicine – Eye Specialist Perfected Under-Eye Cream

    You can never have “too many” eye-care products. I received this bad boy during the holidays and am quite in love! I was, admittedly, drawn to the dusty pink packaging, but the formula was what won my heart. It really does help to brighten up my super dark under-eye circles. It’s also hydrating all around! After using this product for a week, I noticed that my under-eye area was generally softer and not as puffy. Win!

    Philosophy – Time in a Bottle 100% In-Contol Serum 

    Where do I start with this amazing breakthrough serum? First, I love its “fresh-pour system” where you get to pour in the “activator” when you’re ready to use the product—so fun! Second, it is ah-ma-zing for ALL skin types—normal, oily, combo, dry, and sensitive. Third, starting off the new year with anti-aging skincare products is the way to go because it’s never too early to do so. Trust me, when it’s too late, it’s really too late. Cast away the dullness, uneven skin tones, and fine lines and wrinkles with this Time in a Bottle serum!

    Amore Pacific – Time Response Skin Renewal Sleeping Masque

    I tend to gravitate towards products that have a little something extra like this mini brush. I’m pretty sure I’m drawn to these products in particular because I think that a lot of care and thought went into making them! Anywhoo, I’m all about the overnight magic and I always trust Amore Pacific to thoroughly hydrate my skin. Even though I’m usually a devout user of their Moisture Bound line, I’m liking this Skin Renewal Sleeping Masque from their Time Response line. Whenever I use it, I wake up with a glow! This product definitely does hydrate, lift, and tone my skin when I’m sleeping.

    Murad – Matte Effect Blotting Perfector 

    Last but not least, something for the makeup lovers! This compact is literally a life changer. While I have normal skin, I tend to get oily around my t-zone (forehead and nose area). This product is perfect for touching up my face and it really helps it go from greasy-looking to matte. All you have to do is use to applicator puff to lightly dab into the cushion (which smells oh-so-good) and use the puff to pat the oily areas of your face. This can be used alone without makeup, before makeup, or even as a touch-up on top of your makeup. It’s also formulated with ingredients that hydrate! Thank you, Murad!

    Don’t forget to treat your skin, everyone! 

  • TOXINS, BE GONE Let Our 14 Day Detox Be Your Guide

    ready for a do-over? 

    Us too. Instead of looking back at 2016 with despair, it’s time to shake off the ghosties of holidays-past and look to tomorrow for hope, health, and happiness. It’s the only way to live, really. Why look behind you when it’s much to do about nothing back there?

    Along with fans of Love Wellness, my collection of natural and doctor-recommended feminine wellness products, us gals at TheLoDown are about to embark on a 14 day journey of peace and love (starting Monday, January 9th). Why? Because we know that the only way to reclaim the health of our bodies and minds is through

    food, sleep, exercise, meditation, and love.

    Deep down you innately know this to be true. No matter how skinny it is, that latte you rely on every morning isn’t doing you any favors.  Why not back away slowly from your vices of choice (ciggies, gluten, ice cream, diet coke, etc.) and join us as we step into a revolutionary 2017?

    Ditch gluten, dairy, booze, and caffeine for 14 days (yes, two whole weeks) and experience the tremendous results. In truth, a two-week health turn-around is pretty miraculous. You’ll feel energized, you’ll sleep better, your skin will clear, your mood will brighten, and any yeast or BV infections you’ve been playing host to will subside. The science is out there, people.  By ditching gluten and dairy, you give your body a chance to heal from the inflammation you’ve mercilessly inflicted upon it.  

    Inflammation manifests itself in many forms:

    headaches, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acne, insomnia, depression, arthritis…

    I could go on and on. Trust me, people go Paleo not just for the waist-slimming benefits. They do so because it affects their overall health in miraculous ways, top to bottom.

    So…are you in?

    If so, check back often over the next two weeks as I keep my own detox diary and share recipes from my kitchen, along with tips I’ve found help curb cravings and quiet a chattering mind. The goal here is first and foremost to eliminate bad guys from your diet that affect the delicate microbiome, the billions of bacterial colonies that you host and in turn, keep you healthy.  It’s proven that gluten and dairy (for those who have a sensitivity) wipe out these good guys, and as a result, immunity and health go down the shitter. When your microbiome is in peril the inflammation begins, spreads, and makes you feel pretty sub-par.

    In general, here’s what my 14 Day Detox Diet entails:

    1. Eliminate gluten. This means wheat, flour, barley, and 99% of processed foods.
    2. Eliminate dairy. Yes, goodbye yogurt. Get good bacteria via probiotics instead.
    3. Eliminate caffeine. It can mess with stress hormones and inhibit good sleep habits.
    4. Eliminate processed foods and drinks in general. Tons of bad guys hiding in there.
    5. Eliminate sugar (natural sugar in limited amounts of fruit is ok).
    6. Meditate for 20 minutes a day to let your body know it’s in a safe, restful state. I love the Headspace app for easy, guided meditation.
    7. Sleep for a minimum of 7 hours. Go to bed earlier if you must. It will be nice, I promise.
    8. Drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. Hydration keeps things moving and the body functioning properly.
    9. Add probiotics and an anti-inflammatory supplement to your diet to soothe the body and recolonize good bacteria.

    In short, if you do the detox with us, you’re going to feel and look better, poop a ton, kick yeast infections to the curb, feel excited to exercise, and sleep like a baby. There’s really nothing to lose, except a few pounds and any nasty, lingering feelings from 2016. The Detox begins on Monday, January 9th. Clean out your fridge, restock it with veggies, and look out for Detox-friendly recipes direct from my kitchen to you!

    xo, Lo

  • Have You Tried These Foundations Yet? A Year in Review

    Build me up, buttercup!

    Now that 2016 is over, I’d like to recap on some of my favorite foundations—the ones that have stayed loyal and put through the unbearably early mornings and incredibly late nights. They kept me alive and always gave me a flawless glow. Here’s to a new year with these gems!

    NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION

    My holy grail foundation! Its light to medium coverage is perfect for my daily no-makeup, makeup look. In fact, it covers just enough of the redness I have in certain areas around my face.

    URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN WEIGHTLESS ULTRA DEFINITION LIQUID MAKEUP

    This is a great medium coverage foundation that doesn’t feel heavy at all! It also has a natural semi-matte finish!

    TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION

    Born This Way is what I use when I need a medium to full coverage foundation. I don’t normally wear a “full face,” but when I do, it’s nice to have this guy handy for date nights and big events!

    SULWHASOO PERFECTING CUSHION FOUNDATION

    This Sulwhasoo compact is one of my favorite cushion foundations.  Versatile and travel-friendly, the product is super build-able—the more product you use, the more coverage you get!

    Hope you guys enjoyed this mini recap. All these foundations are non-greasy and build-able, just the way I like it! Let me know what your go-to foundation is in the comments below!

  • It’s Time to Show Yourself Some Love

    Give yourself a pat and then some!

    There have been times when I get so wrapped up with work, family, and friends, that I completely forget to check in on myself. In fact, when I’m busy tending to the needs of others, asking myself a “how are you doing?” is the last thing on my mind. Unfortunately, the gesture, however simple and seemingly small, should never be overlooked.

    Feeling a little guilty? Shake it off!

    It’s time to shower yourself in some much needed attention!

    Loving Talk

    There is both weight and value in the conversations we have with ourselves. The thoughts that float through our minds can influence us tremendously. While this may seem slightly overhwelming at times, know that you are in control of your thoughts. The more encouraging conversations you have with yourself, the more positive your outlook on life. Believe it or not, you will soon gain the confidence to share your accomplishments out loud.

     

    Treat Yourself

    Take the time to really treat yourself to something special. There doesn’t have to be a reason for the gift— sometimes knowing you made it through the day is reason enough! Everyone has a different way of relaxing. Maybe it’s that new scarf you’ve been eyeing for the winter, or that face cream you’ve been chewing your sister’s ear off about! Maybe it’s even taking  a Friday afternoon off work to get a message. I know a new candle or fresh flowers brings me such joy! Remember to balance working hard with playing equally hard.

     

    Check In with Yourself

    Self reflection leads to positive changes. Give yourself the necessary time and space to to explore your feelings. You’ll grow as a result. Ask yourself questions: What can you do better? What can you congratulate yourself for achieving thus far? Allow yourself to make adjustments in order to meet the goals youset for yourself. A simple shift in perception could allow you to feel lighter and more loving towards your overall journey.

    “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” —Oscar Wilde

    I hope you are able to make the small changes that gear you towards a life of self love. Accomplishing all that you have thus far is no small feat, so celebrate you!

    Muah xx,

    Emily

  • Hurry! Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers! Holiday Gift Guide 2016

    The little things matter too!

    Here are some awesome last-minute stocking stuffers for the holidays. These little trinkets, when put together, can also make for a thoughtful holiday gift!

     

    THE BALM SQUAD

     

    Winter is right around the corner. Keep those lips hydrated with (more than enough) lip balm! 

     

    COSMIC SKINCARE

     

    Giving the gift of skincare shows YOU care! These plant-based skincare products from COSMOS will be a great present for any skincare lover! 

     

    BEAUTY ORNAMENTS

     

    Hello, Philosophy! You can find these gems at Sephora—they have at least a handful of different skincare minis in ornament packaging. Sometimes I keep a few in my bag to randomly decorate them on friends’ trees. Surprise! 

     

    ALL THINGS FESTIVE

     

    A cute ornament or anything beauty-related is always a good idea! I’m a sucker when it comes to holiday packaging + Sephora. How can you resist? 

     

    BEAUTY MINIS & GADGETS

     

    Too Faced Cosmetics came out with the cutest holiday minis that can fit in the palm of your beauty hand. There’s something for both the glowing gal and bronzed babe. Plus, you can never go wrong with a Beautyblender! 

     

    THE LATEST IN NAIL POLISH

     

    Essie’s Winter 2016 collection is no joke with holiday hues in reds and shimmers. Which shade am I wearing right now? I’m wearing “Satin Sister” (sleek ebony peacock blue), but “Go with the Flowy” (cloudlike dove gray) is next to go on my fingertips!

  • Things to Get Your Gentlemen Holiday Gift Guide 2016

    Multiple answers to life’s biggest question answered in a poem. You’re welcome.

    If you’re still scratching your head over what to get the men in your life, scratch no further. Here are some gifts I personally love! While he might to be all that into skincare, get it for him anyway. It’s for his own good and you know best! 😉

    For the man in your life who could use a good rest,

    www.slipsilkpillowcase.com

    That one special guy who prefers tea to Kanye West,

    www.piquetea.com

    The handsome fellow with super soft skin,

    www.philosophy.com

    The one with a ‘stache that you call a win!

    www.theartofshaving.com

    For that dude in your life who could do with a kiss,

    www.getjackblack.com

    Whose beautiful hair is SO hard to resist.

    www.getjackblack.com

    The man whose scent you spray on your pillow,

    www.cleanreserve.com

    His rugged demeanor all but a ho-ho.

    www.victorinox.com

    The one whose heart you’d wrap up in plaid,

    www.pendleton-usa.com

    A hero so deserving—a.k.a Dad,

    www.danielwellington.com – Use code THELODOWN for 15% off!

    A lover, a fighter, a gentleman that’s all yours. Here’s to the holidays, to the guys you adore!

    www.teakandtwine.com

  • What to Get Your Girl Friends Holiday Gift Guide 2016

    Ho, Ho, Ho!

    The holidays are right around the corner and there’s nothing better to do than shop and give gifts! I absolutely love finding, wrapping, and giving presents to everyone that I love. Have a particular girlfriend in mind? Great! I hope my girly gift guide gives you some giftworthy inspiration!

    FOR THE HAIR-OBSESSED

    Instagram-worthy hair essentials for the hair-obsessed.

     

    FOR THE SKINCARE LOVERS

    You can’t go wrong with skincare gift sets!

    Choose skincare products that are great for all skin types, like masks, or even a treatment essence!

    FOR HER HANDS & BODY

    Perfect additions to her bathroom.

     

    FOR HER WELL-BEING

    All things relaxing in just one box.
    (www.figandyarrow.com)

     

    FOR THE ACTIVE GYM GO-ER

    Makeup for the active? Check.

     

    FOR THE MAKEUP LOVERS

    A makeup lover’s safe haven.

     

    FOR THE FASHIONISTA

    Complete her outfit with a timeless piece. Use code THELODOWN for 15% off!

    FOR THE CANDLE QUEEN

    Help her home smell great with the gift of candles.

    FOR THE CHOCOLATE ADDICT

    Because Mast Brothers has all the flavors you’ll ever need.

     

  • How to Overcome Weird Vibes (GIFs included)

    Awkward turtles, anyone?

    Have you ever been in an awkward situation where it’s so uncomfortable you’d rather just crawl into a hole and fade away? Have I? Definitely! In fact, I’m convinced these unfortunate situations happen more frequently to me than they do the average individual.

    Ugh!

    It’s never fun to panic or feel anxious. Your nerves kick in and it’s a never-ending nightmare from there. But hey, overcoming weird vibes is all about managing the various circumstances from which they arise.

    Let me break it down!

    The Awkward Barista

    You’re obligated to be polite to this person because he or she is whipping up your ridiculously complicated order. I mean, I hope you’re polite to this person either way because you’re generally polite to begin with! 😛

    Principally speaking, however, waiting for a stranger to complete your order can be weird—especially if the conversation you exchange sets the tone for your entire day. Feeling a standoffish vibe? Try catching your barista off guard with a simple question. In my experience, a “How is your morning going?” works wonders. But, if the light interaction doesn’t do the trick, don’t take his or her grumpiness personally! Thank your barista for your drink, sip your non-fat mocha Frappucino with light whip, and be on your merry way.

    The Standoff-ish Boss

    It’s not always easy to work with someone in close quarters on a daily basis. The thought of small talk might even disgust you! But, believe it or not, confronting the weird-ish relationship head on might be better than avoiding it entirely.

    Ease into something like discussing weekend plans or mutual interests. If the conversation isn’t flowing as smoothly as you hoped, try bringing up a work related topic. “Hey, the new printer is amazing!” or “The break room coffee has an extra kick today!” is proof that you’ve tried. There is NEVER anything wrong with trying!

    The Anti-Social Clique

    Have you ever been to a party where people separate off into individual groups or where the amalgamation of guests is too eclectic of a mix? Have you ever wanted to U-turn and beeline for the door you just walked in? You have? Well good. I’m now designating you as THE person to shake loose those negative vibes and get the people of the party partying! Take it upon yourself to put on a groovy song (Sexy Back by JT?) and showcase your killer moves.

    Mingle with the other guests and make connections! Someone had to do! Whether they thank you or not for your bravery, I will!

    Hopefully you can have a laugh and turn these cringe-worthy situations around for the better. Remember to laugh at yourself and enjoy all of the funky situations life throws at you.

    xx

    Emily

  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow 25 Products Worth the Investment

    Everyone has a weird attachment to their hair.

    You have it, I have it.

    While we may all have it to varying degrees (think emotionally distressed female characters chopping off their luscious locks… or Britney circa 2007), hair—the very length, cut, and color of it—is more or less tied to our image and identity.

    That being said, what we do to our hair is important.

    Fortunately for you, I went ahead and ventured forth as a guinea pig and test rat of sorts. Back from my research and armed with a plethora of knowledge and information, I’m here to share the best of the best!

    Shampoo & Conditioner

    For thirsty hair:
    Let Amika‘s Triple Rx Shampoo and Conditioner work their magic into your lovely lady (and lad) locks. My hair always feels so silky smooth after using  these two products!

    For damaged or stressed hair:
    Turn to Schwarzkopf BC Hairtherapy‘s Repair Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner! The Repair Rescue line uses Biomimetic Repair Technology to copy nature’s protein-lipid barrier. Your hair will grow stronger all while staying moisturized. Best of all, you can both the shampoo and conditioner at your local Ulta!

    For more volume:
    Rahua‘s Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner are made with 100% organic ingredients that create bouncy volume in your hair without drying the strands out. If you’re into herbal and natural scents, you’ll love this duo!

    For cancelling out brassy tones:
    Get rid of the “orange” in your hair with dpHUE‘s Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner. After coloring my hair, I noticed that the bleached strands started to fade into a brassy tone within days. The violet in these products helped to cancel out yellowness!

    Dry Shampoo & Hairspray

    Schwarzkopf’s OSiS+‘s Refresh Dust and Amika‘s Perk Up Dry Shampoo are great for absorbing those (not-so-pleasant looking) oils in the hair for when you’re too lazy to hop in the shower. 😉

    To secure and hold your gorgeous hairstyle, Drybar‘s The Warden Hairspray is perfect for the night out, as it has a long-lasting power and helps to maintain the hair’s natural shine. For more of a matte finish, go for Kenra Professional‘s Platinum HiDef Hairspray 16. Both are flake-free!

    Leave-In & Hair Mask

    I don’t normally style my hair, but when I do, I like to include a bit of leave-in for volume and extra silkiness. My faves are It’s A 10‘s Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin and Vine de la Vie‘s Vin D’or Leave-In Styling Elixir!

    Just like my face, my hair occasionally needs a mask as well! Hair masks are infused with vitamins, and great for all hair types, especially for those with damaged hair. I like Amika‘s Nourishing Mask and Vine de la Vie‘s oR Noir Mask!

    Treatment & Heat Protectant

    Make your hair ends meet by quenching their thirsts with a conditioning treatment. Wen Sixthirteen‘s Ultra Nourishing Treatment Oil and Kenra Professional‘s Revive Treatment target damaged hair strands and offer a boost of hydration!

    Ladies and gents, this is v important! Before using heat tools, always remember to use protection… for your hair! This prevents breakage and dryness. Drybar‘s Hot Toddy and Briogeo‘s Rosarco Oil are amazing at protecting hair from heat!

    Hair Tools

    Some of my go-to hair tools:

    Hopefully this helps you with your hair needs! Tell me what your all-time favorite hair product is in the comments below! 

  • Clear Out Your Pores with Activated Charcoal

    Hey, what’s up? Charcoal!

    Like fashion and beauty, skincare also has its fair share of trends. I’ve recently noticed a rise in charcoal-infused products and was curious about them right off the bat!

    After gathering a good amount of skincare products chock-full of activated charcoal and using them consistently for a couple of weeks, I can honestly say that they have been clearing out the gunk from well within my pores! Best of all, by ridding my skin of all the impurities—the dirt and dead skin cells—the charcoal products have also minimized the size of my pores.

    Boscia’s Charcoal MakeUp Melter and First Aid Beauty’s Cleansing Body Polish are the perfect product duo (face and body) for melting and buffing away impurities lodged in the skin. Boscia’s Charcoal MakeUp Melter is a cleansing oil-balm that melts way makeup (including the toughest mascara!) while keeping the skin hydrated. First Aid Beauty’s Cleansing Body Polish works to buff away the dry spots, while also keeping the skin hydrated as well.

    These products are so good for the pores! If you like nose strips (ahem, the part where you exam their aftermath), you’ll love both Sephora’s Charcoal Nose Strip and Caolion’s Original Pore Pack. The former helps remove blackheads while the latter is phenomenal for tightening and cooling your pores. Herbivore’s Bamboo Charcoal Soap Bar exfoliates and detoxifies the body, and is perfect for those with blemish-prone skin!

     

    What are your thoughts on charcoal-infused skincare products? Let us know in the comments down below!

  • Don’t Miss Out on Blushing this Holiday Season!

    8 Cheek Flushers

    You Should Try Right Now

    Baby, it’s cold outside!

    I notice myself getting paler as the weather gets colder. Thank goodness there’s foundation and blush to help me look more alive and less sick! Unfortunately, I have naturally rosy cheeks that disappear as soon as I apply a thin layer of foundation. Can you relate? Don’t worry, that’s why the makeup gods invented blush.

    Today, I’m here to share some of my all-time favorite cheek flushers. Depending on your skin tone and the look you’re going for, I’m sure you’ll find just the right color to satisfy your needs.

    PRO TIP: For a natural look, remember use a light hand when dipping the blush brush into mauve-y or neutral-colored blush pan.

     

    (Ember Glow, Coy Coral)

    super soft & velvety matte

    Matte blushes are great for those who prefer a matte finish over a dewy one. They’re often softer and more pigmented than your regular blush.

    (305, 306)

    lightweight & natural finish

    The rosy tint for those no-makeup makeup days. These blushes give just the right amount of color. Plus, the formula is a big thumbs up!

    (Love Lust, Ravish)

    creamy & luminous

    Infused with a little bit of glow, these blushes are great for date nights and GNOs. Best of all, they’re build-able! You can totally create a more dramatic look if you please.

    (Love Hangover, Baby Love)

    long-lasting & pigmented

    My go-to blushes! Maybe because of the cute packaging, who knows? I really like “Baby Love” because it sits naturally on my face without coming across as too “out there.” The color payoff in these blushes stay on forever!

    What are some of your favorite blushes? 

  • What Does Your Jewelry Say About You?

    How do you wear your heart?

    I came across PURPOSE Jewelry a couple of months ago when I went to NY NOW, a trade show for all things handmade. The company caught my eye when I learned that their mission—from conception, actualization, to actual proceeds—benefitted the International Sanctuary, a nonprofit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking.

    Each piece of PURPOSE jewelry is intricately crafted by a survivor of human trafficking. 100% of the proceeds go immediately goes towards medical and educational programs for those survivors.

    If this isn’t an awesome mission, I don’t know what is. Best of all, each piece of jewelry is personally signed by the maker.

    Here’s my conversation with Michelle Johnson, the Head of Distribution for PURPOSE.

    PURPOSE Jewelry is the social enterprise and brand under our nonprofit organization, International Sanctuary. The decision to create the PURPOSE brand started over two years ago, and was made to establish a fashion brand that is purposeful and a reflection of inner beauty. We believe you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style to make a difference. We also believe that fashion should empower both you and the person who made it.

    We have a full time jewelry designer who started with PURPOSE about 6 months ago. She designs here, in the United States, and then our Production Coordinator works with our artisans in India to produce the designs. Some of our artisans assist in the process of designing as well. We have a few young women who are very talented in this area!

    There are over 20 million people enslaved around the world today.

    Types of trafficking include sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage. The average age of entry into trafficking in the US is 12 years old. Even once rescued, girls end up trafficked again an average of 11 times before they are finally free.

    PURPOSE Jewelry provides freedom for young women rescued from slavery. Your purchase directly changes a life! It’s simple: The more jewelry we sell, the more women we are able to employ.  Your purchases matter and most definitely have the potential to make a difference in this world.  When you purchase with PURPOSE®, you are helping give hope, empowerment, and dignity to the brave young women we serve.

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  • Eye’ve Got to Talk to You…

    …About Some Eye-ssentials You Should Own

    If you’ve read up on Rise & Shine With Me! and Get Unready With Me!, you’ll know that I’m a hoarder on all things skincare.

    Today, I’ll be professing my love for eye products.

    Forget those sleepless nights, those long hours staring at phone screens, and those days you wish you could just hide at home. Eye bag blues are, in my very humble opinion, sooo yesterday with these eye-ssentials.

    If your eyes feel tired, opt for eye products that have cooling effects. Not only does the minty addition help improve your skin’s elasticity, but it also gives the eye area a nice, refreshing kick. Kenzoki’s Ice-Cold Eye Cream, Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, and Philosophy’s Uplifting Miracle Worker Eye Cream (complete with a cold-tip applicator!) all work wonders. Pop these babies into the fridge for double the coolness!

    If you’re a victim of dark under-eye circlesNo7’s Early Defence Eye Cream, First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy (also comes with a cold-tip applicator), and Philosophy’s Dark Circle Transforming Eye Cream can help alleviate your woes. These three products are also great for fine lines and wrinkles. Slowly but surely, your under-eye complexion will brighten over time.

    Curious to learn more about your dark circles? Read the “lodown” on Everything You Should Know About Dark Under-Eye Circles!

    If you’re starting to see deep wrinkles, Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream, Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex Eye Serum, and No7’s Youthful Eye Serum can help you turn back time. Hop to it and gently massage these products into areas that need more love.

    If you need a little bit more moisture, try products with hydrating benefits. Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Fresh’s Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, and First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream are all great places to start. Because we slather on serum after serum, moisturizer after moisturizer, it’s important we also give our eye areas their much needed one-on-one attention.

    Isn’t this eye-ssentials gift set amazing? Tatcha, one of my favorite skincare brands has this incredible set with several products made just for the eyesTheir Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask, Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum, and Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream are quite literally as dreamy as they sound. Best of all, they’re great for all the concerns (dark circles, anti-aging, etc.) I addressed above.

    Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of these products!

  • The Best Lipsticks for Fall ’16

    It’s time to pucker up, LoDown fam 💋

    November is officially upon us and the holiday season is well on its way. With that said, it’s time to dress your lips up in celebration!

    Primarily a dusty rose kind of gal who dips occasionally into the berries and the reds, I will be sharing a couple of my favorite lippie brands and shades.

    Ready, set, muah!

    Wait, what? Lipstick and lipliner in one product? You guys are geniuses, Benefit Cosmetics!

    This lip kit comes with four shades—two on the bolder side and two on the more neutral spectrum. If you’re into the natural look, these colors are perfect for you. They’re hydrating and not super pigmented. Even though the lipstick and lipliner colors look very different, they actually compliment each other quite nicely! I personally prefer Pink Thrills and Lusty Rose.

    Portrait Pink, Dusty Rose, Red Velvet

    Yes to these vintage-looking gold tubes, and a double yes to the unique shape of the product!

    I don’t know about you, but I love lipsticks that vary slightly from the uniform shape. I find these specific ones easier to apply, especially when it comes down to precision. Best of all, they’re highly pigmented, long-lasting, and dry matte!

    Secret Salma, Walk of Shame, Amazing Grace

    Yaaas, more gold bullets!

    Inspired by lip brushes, these lipsticks come in square-angled tips. Designed with 3D glowing pigments (to make the lips appear fuller and wider) they’re a must-own if you like the matte look.

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Infamous, Understudy

    I’ve been obsessed with the shade “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” for a couple of years now. It’s the my-lips but-better color for my skin!

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Infamous are my go-to colors that not only stay on but also keep my lips super moisturized. Understudy, a close second to the two aforementioned stellar shades, is not shabby either. I use these three shades interchangeably on lazy days when I need a sheer pop of pink!

    No. 54, Deviant, Unspeakable, Bound

    I’ve been carrying “Bound” in my bag since these NARS babies launched last month.

    No, they’re not liquid lipsticks. These Glides apply like gloss and dry semi-matte. Just if you’re wondering, they’re not drying at all!  A few touch ups throughout the day will keep your lips luscious with a pop of color!

    Spanish Pink, Wild Ginger, Forbidden Pink

    Probably the silkiest lipsticks I’ve ever felt on my lips.

    These lippies are creamy and moisturizing with long-lasting color payoff. The collection has a variety of colors and a generous range of nudes. I’ll probably be purchasing Indian Rose next!

    Sweet Maple, Spice Spice Baby, Pink Chocolate

    Literally the smoothest lipstick tubes my fingers have ever touched.

    These lipsticks are filled with creamy moisturizing benefits. The colors go on smoothly with just the right amount of pigment. This collection has a wide range of neutrals and pinks. I have yet to try their shimmer finish shades!

    Rapture, Violate, Naked

    Urban Decay never lets me down and they get brownie points for having unique packaging, great colors and finishes, all at affordable prices!

    The Vice Lipstick collection comes in six different finishes, and the cream finish is my absolute favorite. Rapture, Violate, and Naked are the perfect neutral colors for the fall season.

    What are your fall favorite lip products? 

  • Are You Too Cool For School?

    #TCFS

    Finally stateside (besides Sephora), Too Cool For School is introducing 11 uniquely-Korean lines at their newly-opened flagship store in SoHo. Complete with incredibly intricate packaging and equally elaborate stories, the products, one-of-a-kind, are definitely worth checking out. The store itself, designed to look and feel like a pawn shop, are both dotted and doted on with random but cohesive intricacies: doll heads, plastic fish, beakers, and makeup cases.

    Trust me, the place and the products don’t get any “instaworthier” than this!

    Itching to get your hands on some TCFS treats? Keep reading for a quick run down on some of their goodies!

    Inspired by the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin, Art Class exemplifies his penchant for realism. The products, named after artsy terms like Impasto, pays homage to art techniques that include lighting and contouring. Art Class’ Créateur du contour is definitely a win in my book. Not only is the bronzer soft to the touch, but it also creates the most natural look when applied.

    SiennaEmmyJoy, and their cat, Max, are all superstars of the TCFS line, Artify. My favorite gal? Definitely Joy with the short blonde hair. She likes photography and looks like she gives zero effs. Oh, and as a cat lady, I totally give Max a big thumbs up.

    Artify products are meant to make your life easier with their two to three-in-one purposes. Their blush, for example, comes with a cushion puff tucked neatly away on the bottom of the compact and their BB foundation also comes with both concealer and highlighter!

    You’ve probably seen the TCFS Dinoplatz line online or at actual Sephora stores. If not, shame on you! The rad packaging tells an endearing story of dinosaurs coming back to find a new home in New York City. Flowers blossom as the clumsy creatures make their way through Manhattan (minus a couple accidents here and there because they’re just so big)!

    A cute way to remind you to take all that makeup off your face (especially at night when you’re really too lazy to), the Ka line goes by one simple motto: “Take care of it while you have it. Life is beautiful because it’s short.”

    Cleanse, cleanse, and cleanse, folks! Your skin will thank you.

    Don’t forget to let me know what you think if you end up stopping by!

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