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WEEKLY MUST-HAVE: Fresh Sugar Plum

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Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Treatment with SPF 15 is my newest obsession. I’ve only had it for 2 days and I am constantly applying to my lips. 

Like the cult-favorite Sugar Rose Lip Treatment, Plum offers sheer coverage or buildable color. It gives the most amazing berry sheen to the pout, very natural, quite like you just ate a plum or basket of berries! Almost a stain of color but the lip treatment is tres tres moisturizing leaving lips looking fab and feeling healthy.

A word (or several…) from the company:
“It’s formulated with sugar, a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss, and a superior blend of nourishing oils and protective waxes to soften and smooth dry lips. Antioxidant-rich vitamins also work to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals. It also provides essential year-round protection from damaging UV rays with SPF 15.”

“On a recent summer vacation, we spent time on a farm in France where there was a magnificent plum orchard that stretched to the horizon—plum trees as far as the eye could see. At first light, the sun would stream through the orchard, warming the irresistible, juicy plums. Ripe for the picking, I tasted one and was surprised at how the deep, dark skin of the plum gave way to a translucent burgundy pulp. Inspired by this unveiling, I created Sugar Plum Lip Treatment SPF 15, a dark bullet that delivers a mysteriously sheer and utterly sensuous tint.”—Alina Roytberg, Fresh Co-founder

Sure, rose is super chic but plums are in season….

PRICE TAG: $22.50

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE: Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow

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I don’t know how I’ve lasted so long without this product. Fresh’s Twilight Freshface Glow is like an instant face lift – and by face lift, I’m not talking pulling and proding – I’m speaking of a beautiful, glowing complexion and 10 hours of well-rested sleep. This magical cream imparts a backlit, ethereal glow to the skin. It’s also a makeup primer so basically, you’re getting two must-have products for the price of one. Love the multifunctional uses: fills in pores, lines and wrinkles and adds a natural, dewy shimmer to the skin.

A word (or several…) from the company:
“Twilight is a sheer cream that instantly imparts a stunning, yet natural-looking radiance to all skintones. It instantly smoothes the skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and makes the complexion appear absolutely flawless. This lightweight formula is enriched with nourishing meadowfoam seed oil, restorative evening primrose root extract, and antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E.”

You can use the cream in a plethora of ways. Sometimes, I just rock the twilight cream and nothing else. Other times, I mix the cream with my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and still other times I add a dab of the cream before and AFTER applying foundation for a full-coverage glow. This stuff has literally changed my face.

There is no wrong way to use Twilight, just use it, trust me. Your entire face will awaken with a dewy mist that only a fresh (rested) face can offer… You’re welcome.

PRICE TAG: $36.00


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It’s been awhile, I know… but this is an AMAZING – need to run to your nearest Sephora and buy in bulk – must-have!

I’m in mascara love… lustful, passionate, full-out love! My lashes have never looked longer, thicker, healthier and happier!

Fresh Supernova Black Magic Mascara
is my new favorite! Not only does it lengthen and thicken, it conditions too! And it doesn’t goop, stays on ALL day long and actually takes lashes to a new level – faux fake! The wand isn’t plastic (you know how I love plastic) but it’s still very functional and easy to use, reaching deep into the root of the lash for full extension. And the color, well, let’s just say that it is quite possibly the perfect black – dark, rich and silky!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve recommended this mascara to several friends, and I even bought one for my mother! It seems to be a universal favorite… everyone’s loving it just as much as I do!

Fresh Supernova DELIVERS! Who knew that Fresh manufactured products that didn’t contain their signature Sugar scent…

The Calm After the Storm

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New Years holiday was a blast. I would have posted sooner but I’ve been recuperating. I spent five days in Florida with my dear friend Kimberly Stewart. We started off the trip in Palm Beach where I hung out and beauty shopped with hair-crazed Jenny. Then we ventured to Miami for the big New Years Eve bash (and stayed for about 24 hours). I returned back to Los Angeles on the 1st and it has literally rained every day since!

Florida left my skin very tan and my hair very blonde. I used spf 30 on my face and pranced around in a straw hat and yet I still came home with blotchy dark spots from the sun!!! I have decided to up the spf to a 40 for my next tanning adventure!

As far as make-up is concerned, while lounging poolside, less is more. My advice: invest in a great sunblock, a hydrating lippy with a dash of color, a black mascara, a fun hat and a kick-ass pair of shades (mine are vintage gold… love them!)

I kept my beauty routine very very simple. MD Forte Aftercare Environmental Protection Cream SPF 30 on my face, my very favorite au natural, vacation go-to chap stick, Labello in cherry, for my lips. It provides the perfect splash of red and yet it still moisturizes! And for my eyes, my new must-have mascara… Fresh Supernova. I’ll be doing an entire post on this incredible product later today. But I will say this – I convinced Kim, Jenny and guest-blogger, Di, to purchase the mascara and so far, no complaints from anyone!

Here’s a pic of my straw hat, my kick-ass shades, and Labello-glossed lips tanning poolside/ beach side in Palm Beach (yes, that was the view that I woke up to EVERY morning… sigh):

As for NYE make-up, here’s what I used:

  • MAC Eye Shadow Quad in Gentle Fume – 4 sultry greys and blacks to produce the perfect silver smokey eye.
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack – I was going for the dramatic cat eye liner look. This MAC liner is malleable and very easy to navigate. I lined the bottom of my eyes with MAC Soft Sparkle Eye Pencil in Night Sky, a black pencil infused with silver sparkles – perfect for party eyes!
  • Nars Outlaw for my cheeks with a dash of MAC Northern Light Skin Finish to highlight my cheek bones.
  • On my lips, I wanted glossy and nude. I chose MAC Lustre Glass in Instant Gold AND MAC Lustre Glass in A37 from the Holiday Curiosities Kit.
  • And, of course, I finished it all off with about 8 coats of Fresh Supernova Mascara!

Here’s a pic from NYE:

Kimberly actually designed that AMAZING dress that I’m wearing… I love having talented friends!!!

On Kim’s lips, my new favorite red lippy from MAC’s Originals collection, Russian Red, an absolute god-sent red hue! (that’s it pictured on the left!)

Well, that’s all for now! Hope you had a beauty-full Holiday!

Weekend Beauty Buys

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Hair-crazed Jenny is in town (remember her? CLICK HERE to read her hysterical hair horror stories) and we spent the entire day beauty shopping!

Here’s what I bought:

From Lapeer Beauty Supply in Beverly Hills (my new FAVE beauty destination):

Klorane Oat Extract Dry Shampoo
– this is the very BEST dry shampoo that I have EVER used. It’s from the French line, Klorane, and until today, I was unable to find it without going to Europe or ordering online! It adds volume, absorbs oil and smells so damn purrrty!

KMS Head Remedy Clarify Shampoo – This once or twice weekly shampoo removes oil and product build-up. Key to having healthy, luminous lockes!

Sebastian Professional Shine Styling Flat Iron – Ceramic coating for straight hair without the damage. (Did you know that the thinner the flat iron is, the easier it is to reach the roots and get your hair super straight??? I have a fat flat iron and needed a skinny one!)

Andrea Q’s Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover Pads – LOVE these… pre-soaked, non oily pads that remove your eye make-up and not your eye lashes! Great for sensitive eyes (like me!)

From Sephora:

Fresh Supernova Mascara – LOVE this new find! Lengthens without lumping and clumping! I bought one for me and one for a gift! Sharing the secrets…

Korres Body Butter in Guava – I bought 3 tubes of this…. LOVE it! Gave one to Jenny, wrapped another one for a gift, and kept the last for me! Read my rave review HERE!


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I love starting out the week with a Weekly Must-Have!
And today’s must-have is major! How many of us fear magnifying mirrors because of those barely-there wrinkles next to our eyes and lips?
I know that I do!
Well, I have found a fab product that literally erases the “worry lines” (hey, I do not have wrinkles!)
Fresh Anise Wrinkle Eraser is God-Sent, literally! The product instantly fills in fine lines and wrinkles to visably reduce their appearance! It’s great to use before applying foundation of cover-up. Think of it as a line primer… you know, like the primer’s we use on our face to fill in those annoying pores – well, that’s what this product does to crow’s feet!

A word (or several…) from the company:

ANISE WRINKLE ERASER with hibiscus peptides is the latest advanced age-defying skincare introduction from Fresh Laboratories. This revolutionary topical filler is an alternative to dermatologist in-office filler injections. Smooth this colorless, weightless, skin smoothing formula over wrinkles around eyes, lips or any other facial area to instantly fill them in and reveal younger-looking skin. This daily quick-fix is scientifically proven to immediately reduce the overall appearance of wrinkles by 66% and also contains ingredients proven to have long term wrinkle-reducing benefits.”

So stop fretting magnifying mirrors and natural sun-light! Your skin can be flawless…
I’m wearing my wrinkle eraser every day… even to bed! And I’m obsessed!

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