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Between attending beauty industry events,  being privy to new launch mailings, doing television segments on all things beauty, and creating online video content in the beauty space, I am fortunate to have amassed a closet full of (or, more accurately, overflowing with) products.  A very good problem to have, I agree. Since I was 23, I can probably count the number of makeup purchases I have made using my fingers and toes- and two such purchases happened in the past month, a result of discovering the wonder that is Charlotte Tilbury

She is revered as one of the most talented makeup artists in the world, known for giving women the most insanely glossy skin, chiseled (but not in a scary way) cheekbones and her signature sexy cat eye. Even the most jaded makeup mavens I know were in a tizzy when Charlotte launched her namesake line in the UK in 2013, bringing back suitcases filled with their finds.

Two of my go-to makeup artists (Erica Whelan and Kerrie Weisman) used her products on me on several occasions, and I vividly remember thinking every time I climbed out of their chairs and looked in the mirror, “Holy sh*t, my skin looks amazing.”  So I went online and put two products in my cart: 

Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash is part anti-aging elixir and part radiance boosting light diffuser. It can be used on its own to give even the most tired, sleep-deprived skin a truly (not copy writer go-to jargon) lit-from-within, dewy glow, or as a primer to blur fine lines and smooth the skin under foundation. I love it most worn over my foundation, dabbed on with a Beauty Blender as needed for instant luminosity. One shade suits all, and by suit, I mean majorly, majorly flatters.

Filmstar Bronze & Glow is, at first glance, a simple highlighting duo kit. But, the Bronze happens to be the perfect universal blend of pearl and pigment to leave behind a sun-kissed complexion while also having the ability to contour features flawlessly. The Glow flatters any skin tone- it isn’t white and silvery like some highlighters can be, rather, it is warm and golden.  The powders are so soft and blendable, application is basically fool-proof. Charlotte has some great tips and video tutorials on her site as well which are very helpful. 

I entered my credit card info, and eagerly awaited the packages arrival in a way that I can best liken to my five year old self, waiting for my Grandma to appear at the front door carrying a coveted Cabbage Patch Kid doll.

When I came home to the box sitting nonchalantly on my doorstep one evening, I tore it open and ran right up to my vanity table where I proceeded to do a full face of glamorous, night-out ready makeup. Then I promptly put on pajamas and cued up a Netflix marathon of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. But I just couldn’t help myself. There is something to be said about wanting- really, really wanting- specific beauty products, seeking them out, paying full retail, and feeling a deep sense of joy each and every time you have the pleasure of using them. 

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(This is me all Wonderglowed and Bronzed up, ready to head out for the night. I am smiling so big here because I know I don’t have to put either of my girls to bed, there is lots of vodka in my near future, and I have on elastic waist leather pants.)

 

 
I am a BIG believer in uniforms- especially on weekends when we need to get up and  out of the house to start the day’s parade of birthday parties, errands, family activities and such as soon as humanly possible. Having a go-to “thing” I can pull out of my closet while half-asleep and perhaps also slightly hungover takes one anxiety-causing event off the table for the day. 
 
On a recent “I have nothing to wear” online shopping binge, I decided to try out a Monrow t-shirt dress. And I am gonna say it’s $117 well spent on what is for sure the best t-shirt dress ever. 
 
Why? The fit is INSANE! Like, somehow sucks you in without being constricting at all. The dress maintains a casual vibe but given the sleek silhouette it can easily be dressed up. And, the skirt portion is double layered so it disguises any extra, um, baggage and is completely, 100% opaque, even when you are squatting down in the most unflattering way possible to, say, pick up the beach toys that your 4 year old refuses to pick up herself even though she insisted on bringing them to the playground and promised- even pinky swore!- that she would clean them up when she was done playing with them. 
 
Depending on the day’s itinerary, I either wear wedge sneakers (these Isabel Marants are on my wish list, but not quite ready to put my beloved Nike wedges on the back burner), classic Converse, or metallic Tkees. Accessories are typically minimal- a long pendant necklace, a single bracelet and some sort of edgy earring situation to make me feel slightly cool. 

Mornings are hectic here, and I am sure anyone who has to get themselves and their kid(s) out the door can relate, right? Mad rush is an understatement. However, I know that if, in said mad rush, I leave my house looking like a hot mess, my entire day follows suit. So, leaving the house makeup-free in frumpy sweats is just not an option that I give myself. Instead, I set the alarm 5 minutes earlier than I need to, and…well…check out this video I created with Laneige to see how it all goes down before 8am at Casa Falik…

Need a little multi-tasking morning mojo? Well, then you really must enter to win a one year supply of the Laneige BB Cushion and Cushion Concealer featured in the video. The grand prize is valued at over $320, and one winner will be selected at random in 7 days* (Wednesday, May 13th to be exact). Oh- and the first 100 people to enter will receive an amazing Laneige Hydration Trial Kit. So, get on it!

If you are not familiar with Laneige, you should be. The Korean skincare import uses the power of skin-perfecting mineral water to make your complexion look amazing and is now available nationwide at Target. I reach for the BB Cushion every morning to even out my skin tone (lack of sleep always leaves me with redness and generally ugh-ness), and it has SPF 50 (yes, that is not a typo, SPF 50!) which is major. The Cushion Concealer, which boasts SPF 30, works wonders on my ever-present under eye circles, in the most gentle way possible. 

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*The first 100 entrants will be contacted via email by a representative from Laneige within one week of the contest close, and  have 48 hours to reply with delivery address, otherwise the prize will be forfeited. The grand prize winner will be contacted by Jenn Falik via email within 24 hours of the contest close and will have 48 hours to reply with shade selection and delivery address. After 48 hours, a replacement grand prize winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Contest is open to US residents only. No purchase is necessary to enter. 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Laneige. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Laneige.

 

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I do love me some Wendy. Her show has become a key part of my daily routine with Goldie- any time we get the chance to enjoy her morning bottle together, you can bet Wendy is cluing us in to the hot topics of the day in the background. I swear, when Goldie hears Wendy’s signature “How YOU Doin?”, her face lights up. And I’m not gonna lie, mine does too. So I jumped at the chance to visit the show and share some of the best spring beauty buys. Shop my picks from the lookbook below or via the links in the descriptions that follow.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Not a day has gone by that I have not used this since it came across my desk. Feels amazing on the skin, leaves the complexion smooth and soft and makes a perfect base for makeup. Blurs imperfections and protects from damage- a win/win, no?

Simple Skincare Micellar Water: Gentle yet thorough and so easy to use (no water needed!), micelles are like tiny magnets, one end is attracted to water, the other to oil. The result? Totally clean skin that feels soft and hydrated.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops: Mix 1-4 drops with the liquid of your choice (your favorite moisturizer, serum, oil, etc.) to make your own customized concoction that will leave your skin looking flawless. A genius beauty breakthrough, love it. 

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquid Lipstick: Bold, yes- but still very beautiful. It is a modern take on the 90′s foiled statement lip, but this time around, it feels significantly more wearable and chic. 

Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum: The trend in body products is serum formulas- these are highly concentrated with healing ingrediens but feel light on the skin.

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum: Delivers a long lasting (2 weeks!) tan effortlessly- the benefit of the serum is that it glides over skin effortlessly, making application super simple.

New York Color Strip Me Off Base Coat: Make any polish, including those stubborn glitter formulas, peel off your nails in seconds when you use this as your base coat. 

Red Carpet Manicure Nail Art Kits: Garden-inspired manicures are perfect for spring, and with the brand’s Blossom Soiree kit, 11 varieties of dried flowers are literally at your fingertips. If you want to channel the 90′s rock and roll vibe, the Rock Royalty kit has all the bad-ass embellishments you need. 

 

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