• 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

  • Best Fall Nail Polish

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    Nail Polish for Fall

    When it comes to nail polish, the word “love” is an understatement. Here at the Lo Down, “obsessed” is more fitting– take it from our lovable founder whose covetable nail polish collection is one of dreams (and who has plans to create her own collection!).

    We don’t discriminate against colors or textures, but we are constantly on the lookout for the best new shades. Don’t worry– we aren’t ones to keep this valuable information under wraps. To your heart’s delight, we’re here to bring you the best fall nail polish to rock this 2014 season.

    Right now, we’re obsessing over:

    Essie’s “For the Twill of It” and “Limited Addiction”

    Marc Jacobs’ “Opaque Bright Tomatoe Red”

    Chanel’s “Eastern Light”

    O.P.I.’s “Lost on Lombard”

    Alexa Chung’s Fabric Effect collection for Nails Inc.  in “Silk,” “Cashmere,” “Lace” and “Sequins”

    Butter London’s “Matte Finish Shine Free Top Coat”

    Topshop’s “Domestic Goddess”

    Estee Lauder’s “Barre,” “Burnished Nude,” and “Lust”

    Dior’s “Carré Bleu 796”

    Deborah Lippmann’s “Take The ‘A’ Train”

    What color will your nails be rockin’ this fall? Share in the comments below!

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  • Summer Nailpolish Favorites

    While it’s still mid-August, the expiration date on the summer of 2013 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to do a little round-up of my summer nailpolish favorites from my #AtHomeMani collection.

    I tend to stick to neutral colors and red, with a bit of blue/green thrown in here or there.  I love trying new trends, and am forever on the hunt for the best pink ever (not neon, not translucent, leave it in the comments if you have a fave).  So, here we go – the best looks of Summer ’13!

    If you want these colors for yourself, click the names below:

    1. Essie “Sugar Daddy”

    2.  Essie “Russian Roulette”

    3.  Revlon “Cool Beige”

    4.  Essie “Chinchilly”

    5.  Sally Hansen “Girl Flower” – they dont make it anymore, but here are the rest

    6.  Essie Sand Tropez

    7.  Essie “Topless and Barefoot”

    8.  Essie “Sunday Fun Day”

     

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