Jenn Falik's Favorite Lipsticks

In honor of National Lipstick Day (yes, there is one!), I shared some choice lipstick innovations on the Today Show this morning (you can check out the clip here in case you missed it). Such a fun segment….

Anyway, in my quest to deliver the best segment possible, I spent days reviewing lipsticks- my kitchen table was covered in colorful tubes, a surface that, to my daughter’s delight, meant a bevy of fun shades were within reach of her short little arms! 

As is always the case with live television, many more lipsticks struck my fancy than I was able to give ample airtime to, so here is a short list of four favorites that you all should have on your radars (and in your makeup bags), stat.

1- Too Faced Melted: The color selection is awesome (this one is my favorite), and as such, the intense color payoff a major plus- these are bold hues you WANT to be wearing. It has the staying power of a stain, with rich finish of a lipstick, with the perfect hint of glossiness to make it wearable. 

2- YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush: Yeah, yeah the whole lip and cheek thing has been done, but never like this. In my experience, double duty products of this sort  dumb down the quality of the lip color in order to make it work as a glow-y blush, but not YSL. The whipped mousse texture makes a statement on the lips, while providing the perfect pop of color on the cheeks. And it lasts (and lasts!) on both. A win-win. 

3- Sisley Paris Phyto Lip Twist: Lip crayons are one of the best things to happen to lipstick, they make application fool-proof. Don’t let the balm-like texture fool you- these are not sheer tinted balms, rather, they are bold (and build-able) formulas that make the perfect starter for even the most lipstick-weary.

4- Dior ‘Addict’ Fluid Stick: Instead of using wax, Dior formulated these lovelies with water- they feel so light on the lips you will forget you have anything on. Which is kinda cool because then every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror you are pleasantly surprised by your statement-making smile. 

Rehydrated raisins. 

Tossing raisins into my salads adds the perfect touch of sweetness that will make even the most healthy, bland dressing taste delicious. And there is something great about the contrast between the chewy raisin and the crunchy veggies. But if you want to take it to the next level- you know, impress your friends and dazzle your taste buds- trust me when I tell you that taking a few minutes to rehydrate raisins is time well spent. They become insanely juicy and super flavorful- and make all the difference.  

How do you make them? Well, read on…

How to rehydrate raisins

1- Fill a saucepan with 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of water and bring it to a boil.
2- Pour in a handful of raisins.
3- Put a lid on the saucepan, turn off the heat, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. (It is during this time that I typically make the salad- so no time is wasted, efficiency is the name of the game.)
4- Pour raisins into a colander and let the water drain.
5- Sprinkle them atop the salad of your choice and enjoy!

How to rehydrate raisins.

One of my go-to summer salads is a combination of kale and romaine (from my garden, natch), pine nuts, shaved parmesan cheese and a generous fist full of, you guessed it, rehydrated raisins. Top with juice from 1/2 a lemon, toss in some balsamic and olive oil if you so please, and voilà. Bon Appetit!

Oh- and outfit note, since the dress in the above photo deserves a major shout out, it is from one of my all-time favorites, Lilla P. The front and back pleat make it super chic to throw on for literally any occasion- and when I feel like changing it up, I just slip on a belt to give it more shape (although most of the time I take full advantage of the breathable, flattering factor afforded by the clean lines of the natural silhouette.)

How to rehydrate raisins


Sun Bum SPF 30

The former can lay claim to the song of Summer 2014. The latter has ownership rights to the sunblock of Summer 2014.

And since I will not claim to have expertise or even valid tastemaking street cred in the world of music, I will use this opportunity to wax poetic on Sun Bum.

The handsomely packaged SPF sprays and lotions have infiltrated the beach bags of every single person I know- from the girls I paddleboard with to moms at my friend’s country club to half-naked model-types I spotted around the pool in Miami a few weeks ago. And while yes, I do think the very cool packaging as something to do with the appeal, there is no way that people would continue to buy the product (especially moms who live in panic of being “that mom” dropping off their kid at camp with any signs of a sunburn) if it didn’t deliver. 

Here is a short list of 5 things I love about Sun Bum (besides the obvious fact that it protects my skin, duh)- read on, then stock up (free shipping!) here.

1- The formula is substantial, like you know you are getting coverage, but does not feel heavy or greasy.

2- The scent! The scent! We all can agree that scent plays a major role in the pleasure factor of sunscreen- and on this metric, Sun Bum hits it out of the park with a fresh take on the iconic coconut-sand-surf fragrance that instantly cues our brains into beach mode. 

3- Two weeks ago my daughter came home from a beach day with a nasty sun burn on her back (bad mommy, I know…). Besides feeling terribly guilty, I was big time embarrassed- I mean, what mom doesn’t make sure her kid is properly protected from the scorching sun? (Rhetorical question, no need to answer.) After three days of desperately (and religiously) dousing her with Sun Bum Cool Down Spray there was no evidence of my crime. 

4- My skin gets really dry and scaly in the summer, and slathering on “moisturizing” sun lotions has never made a difference- until this one

5- The brand’s honest, conversational tone (check out their website to see what I mean) is very refreshing- and regardless of whether or not that actually is pertinent to the product in the bottle, it counts for something. 


Madewell Linen Timeoff Tee

I am the Goldilocks of t-shirts. This one is too sheer, that one is too boxy, this one has a weird neckline, that one is a centimeter too short, and so on and so forth. Every summer starts with an optimistic scouting spree, and ends with a drawer full of B- options.  Until I discovered what just may be the most perfect tee-shirt to date- the Linen Timeoff Tee from Madewell. 

What makes it worthy of bulk buying? The draping  is reason numero uno- I love the connection between the way the scoop neck falls and the shape of the shirt follows- hanging off the body in a long, lean and flattering way. It is cut a tad shorter in the front so as to be perfectly suited to casual but chic half-tuck styling. The linen is textured- giving the effect of a burnout tee without the “hey guys look at my bra!” factor.

Check out all the color options here. I own a combo of extra smalls and smalls, they run true to size, however if you really love the supermodel-off-duty-hanging-off-your-body look, you may want to go up a size. I have been wearing these with every single thing in my closet- truly one of the only tee-shirts I have found that really can be dressed up or down in a million ways. 



 Top Photo: Jean Shorts- 7 for All MankindWedges- K. Jacques.
Middle Photo: Skirt- BGBG (majorly on sale, fyi), Necklace- Dannijo, Shoes- Jimmy Choo, similar here.
Bottom Photo: Shorts- Kohl’s, Shoes- Valentino, similar here.

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