Laura Mercier Lips + Art of Setting

December 31, 2015

Greetings from Aspen, Colorado! Molly and I are in this snowy and beautiful place with some of our favorite people to ring in the new year. The last time I was in Colorado during the winter was 2009 so being back here is beyond exciting. I feel like I prepped pretty well for the trip - planning what sweaters and warm coats I would bring and being sure to pack my Sperry Salt Water Boots and a new hat. Having cozy clothes and layers on hand here is must but I also remembered how dry the Colorado climate is in these winter months and I packed some essentials to keep my face and skin hydrated.

Since we got to Aspen two days ago, the group we are traveling with has had a unanimous reaction: super dry lips. Being the good sister, wife and friend that I am, I've been sharing some new and life-changing Laura Mercier rose lip balm and passing around tubes of LM's new lipstick (to the ladies). No one is going to  be sporting cracked and chapped lips on this trip if I can help it! But whether you're in Colorado or a similarly cold environment, the just mentioned lip products are amazing. And with it being New Year's Eve and a big night for delivering kisses, I thought it would be appropriate to share them along with a few other Laura Mercier products I'm wearing and loving...

 

Infusion de Rose Nourishing Lip Balm: locks in moisture to smooth lips during daytime environmental stressors and conditions and restores softness when worn at night. Key ingredients of Rosehip Seep, Kukui, and Macadamia Seed Oils. The formula is a medium thickness (it doesn’t wear off quickly like other lip balms can) and it smells amazing. I love it because it gives a little shine while providing a huge amount of hydration. It’s become a favorite for everyone on this Aspen trip (girls and guys) and now I’m wishing that I had thought to give some as stocking stuffers this year. At least I’m good at sharing!

Velour Lovers Lip Colour (in Sensual, French Kiss, Coquette, Foreplay and Infatuation): hydrating matte formula that comes in 12 shades (all with provocative names). Mango butter makes it ultra moisturizing and comfortable, and the Super Emollients and Mattifying Powders give a velvety texture and satin matte finish. Easy to apply – very creamy and ultra-precise – and not sticky, tacky, dry or heavy-feeling. The best part is that the high pigment colors are long-wearing and hues stay put even after a few kisses.

Translucent Loose Setting Powder: if you haven’t tried a setting powered after finishing your makeup, I highly suggest adding the practice to your beauty routine and trying this product. The oil-free French “cashmere” powder is translucent (so it’s invisible after being applied) and helps to prolong the wear of makeup. I know what you’re thinking, “won’t this stuff make me look powdery, dry or cake?” Nope. That’s why it’s so great and part of Laura Mercier’s “Art of Setting” philosophy. Putting it on is easy: press a Velour Puff into the powder, rotating the puff to evenly saturate the product, tap the puff on top of your hand to remove unneeded excess powder, then gently press the puff onto your skin in a light, rolling motion. Any excess oil will be absorbs and your makeup will be set for the rest of the day!

Secret Brightening Powder: similar to the Translucent Setting Powder, this product also comes in loose powder formula and is an essential to Laura’s “Art of Setting” philosophy. What makes it different is that in addition to setting your under-eye concealer for a full day of wear, it also brightens the area to give a natural, well-rested and awake look that can’t be beat. The ideal way to apply it is with the Camouflage Powder Brush – just saturate the brush in the powder, gently tap off any excess, hold the brush parallel to your eye and lightly dust under both eyes. You won’t look powdery but you will be getting a lot of questions from friends and strangers about what you’re using to look so bright-eyed.

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Be Merry, Feel Bright

December 25, 2015

The two of us got to Kansas City (home) on the evening of the 23rd and since being with our family it has been a happy balance of activity and rest. Lots of cooking, baking, eating, and drinking. Wrapping gifts, giving gifts, opening gifts. Visiting with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Messing with our younger siblings (although we're missing our brother Scott and his sweet fiancé Jenna!) and relishing quality time with our parents.

This year there hasn't been any snow in KC and part of us is sad to not have a white Christmas. But the festive feeling inside our parent's homes definitely makes up for the lack of a snow-covered city. We hope that all of you have had a nice holiday with friends, family or both. This time of year seems to get more magical the older we get...there's just nothing like coming home for Christmas. We're feeling very merry and very bright as we gear up for next week and welcoming a new year!

 

Pictured: our mama’s collection of vintage Christmas light bulbs.

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My Holiday Ensemble

December 21, 2015

I wore this outfit Friday night and Saturday night. Is that considered to be a fashion faux paus? If so, I guess I don't really care. I bought this peplum top with the intention of wearing it to all the holiday parties on my calendar and since I saw different people both nights I figured, why not duplicate the ensemble head to toe! I'm completely obsessed with the top - which is by C/meo Collective - and I might even be buying it in white if I can find it in my size. From the skinny spaghetti straps and low back to the thick tie and sculptural hem, it's my idea of "girly" and festive. The best part about it is that the peplum is long in the front and back - making it an idea top to wear with my Spanx Faux Leather Leggings. You might remember me wearing the leggings around this time last year (herehere, and here)...happily, they are being worn again now that it's leather-pant-wearing-weather. What? You didn't know that was a thing?

 

A big thank you goes to Grace for introducing me to these faux-leather bad boys last year. But here’s the one thing, being that the leggings are Spanx, they are quite tight. Not in an uncomfortable way at all (the shaping waistband is amazing) but in a way that makes me feel like I need to cover my bum and upper thighs. Thus, long tops and sweaters are what I usually pair when I’m stepping out in the pants. Definitely packing them for Christmas in Kansas City and New Years in Aspen.

Not telling how many more times I’ll be copy/pasting this outfit, but I’m thrilled to be getting so many wears out of the new shirt and am glad it can be changed up with various accessories. With the higher neckline I’ve been having fun swapping out bold earrings – the ones here are borrowed from Mignonne Gavigan and for being such showstoppers I’ve got to say they are so comfortable and super lightweight. It will be sad to be say goodbye to them soon but I scooped up these blingy babies in white the other day! It’s impossible for me to not shop for myself this time of year…raise your hand if you’re guilt of doing the same.

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