• Beauty Essentials for Valentine’s Day

    Hello there!

    Here are some of my beauty essentials for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking to achieve that extra “going out” glow or staying home and indulging in some tub time, I hope these products tickle your fancy!

     

    BRING OUT YOUR NATURAL GLOW

    To achieve a natural glow, apply Volition Beauty’s Thanakha Radiant Bronzer with a Beautyblender to conceal and correct blemishes. I personally like to blend the bronzer fluid with my moisturizer before applying it to my skin for a non-shimmery sun-kissed look.

     

    SPRITZ ON A LOVE-INSPIRED FRAGRANCE

    I still remember purchasing Tory Burch’s first signature scent. I was at the Bloomingdale’s on Lexington Avenue when an associate introduced me to the fragrance. I immediately purchased the full size. In fact, I am probably on my second or third bottle of that scent! Tory Burch launched a few fragrances since, but they smelled nothing like the first. Recently, however, she introduced “Love Relentlessly,” a mix of warm florals. The fragrance is inspired by her parents’ love story and how they loved relentlessly. I don’t think there’s a better way to celebrate the romantic holiday than by spritzing this scent everywhere!

    GIVE YOURSELF A MANICURE

    I don’t know about you, but when my nails are painted, I’m always in a better mood. Give yourself a manicure (or #treatyourself at a salon) with your favorite pink-“ish” color. Here are some of my current favorites: Designated DJ, B’aha Moment, Backseat Besties, and Excuse Me, Sur. Which color do you like best?

     

    INDULGE IN A ROSY BATH

    I don’t normally try new things at Lush (I’m usually set on the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb), but when I do, I make sure I experiment during their Valentine’s Day season! They have such a beautiful array of love-themed products, and I’m glad an associate showed me how some of these products work. I loved how the Prince Charming shower cream felt on my skin. When the associate washed it off my hands, my skin was butter-smooth! That was first on my list of things to get, along with a couple of bath bombs, and a pink lip scrub! I’m especially excited for the Rose Bombshell bath bomb because there are real yellow rose petals inside! Check out your local Lush this weekend because you won’t regret it.

     

    Let me know in the comments below what you end up purchasing! Don’t forget to read up on How to Spend Valentine’s Day in New York City as well!

    xx,
    Courtney Xu

  • You Have to Check out Essie’s Fall Collection!

    Arigatou gozaimasu, Essie!

    How gorgeous are these six shades? I’m absolutely in love with Essie’s Fall 2016 Collection! Inspired by a combination of Tokyo’s wild street style and foliage that accompanies the cooler fall weather, the collection, a mixture of dark autumnal shades and light pastel colors, is complete with the most adorable names, like Playing KoiKimono-Over, and Udon Know Me. 

    Playing Koi, Maki Me Happy, and Kimono-Over

    The darker shades, reminiscent of Central Park’s changing colors, are a great homage to winter’s highly-anticipated sweater weather. If I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be Playing Koi because it’s a relatively new color for the entire Essie line.

    Now and Zen, Udon Know Me, and Go Go Geisha

    Whoever said pastels were reserved only for warmer weather is so clearly wrong. These lighter shades are a great way to add a pop of color when when wearing darker hues and thicker knits. I’ll definitely be rocking these shades throughout the fall season.

    Since I’ve been rocking a darker shade for the past week, I decided to give Go Go Geisha a try. What better way to give a girly nod to breast cancer awareness?

     

    Pray tell, which shade is your favorite from this collection? 

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