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

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A Dozen Fragrances To Fall For

[title subtitle=”You Need To Try ASAP”]12 Fall Fragrances[/title]

I can still remember my prepubescent years like it was just yesterday—tweenage Courtney obsessing over body sprays from Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. Fortunately, for the greater good of mankind, I outgrew my predisposition for absurdly sweet fragrances and gravitated towards lighter floral scents.

With refined tastes and an expanded knowledge of what actually “smells good”—touches of subtle musk and basil as the leaves begin to turn color—I present you a dozen of my favorite fall perfumes.

Enjoy!

Derek Lam 10 CrosbyAfloat

Notes: white mimosa, orris

Dolce & GabbanaVelvet Pure

Notes: galbanum, jasmine, cistus labdanum, fig leaf accord, narcissus, jonquille absolute, neroli, geranium, vetiver, orris butter

Notes: turkish apricot, fig leaf, green tea

Giorgio ArmaniSi Eau de Toilette

Notes: pear, freesia, amber wood

Jo Malone LondonBasil & Neroli Cologne

Notes: basil grand vert, neroli, white musk

Maison MargielaFlying / Flower Market / Beach Walk

Flying Notes: bergamot essence, petit grain essence, orange flower absolute, almond flower, ylang ylang essence, neroli bigarade essence, musk, moss, arial accord Flower Market Notes: crushed leaves, freesia, sambac jasmine, jasmine infusion, tuberose infusion, rose from grasse, peach, cedarwood, oak moss Beach Walk Notes: bergamot, pink pepper, lemon, ylang ylang, coconut milk, heliotrope, musk, cedarwood, benzoin

Malin + Goetz – Citron Vert Eau de Toilette

Notes: lime, grapefruit, bergamot, basil, jasmine, rhubarb, petitgrain

Marc Jacobs FragrancesMod Noir

Notes: greens, gardenia, creamy musks

Notes: neroli, grapefruit, cassis, bergamot, peony, tuberose, jasmine sambac, vetiver, sandalwood

Notes: absinthe mist, apricot blush, incense, jasmine essence, dewy honeysuckle, white camellia, captive musk, honey, ambrox