Archive for December 2016

Happy Holidays

December 23, 2016
Holiday Cheer

Happy Holidays everyone! No matter what you celebrate, may this be a time of much joy and merriment for you. Have fun, stay warm and be safe! It really feels like every year goes by quicker than the last and this one has really flown by. Like any other year there were ups and some downs that were downright jarring. We shall see what the new year will bring.

I just want to take a moment to thank you for coming by and for sharing your thoughts with me! I'm ever so grateful for each and every one of you, for your presence here and for your comments. This will be my last post for 2016 but you can keep up with me on Instagram and I'll still be sharing tidbits of interest on Twitter. And let's connect again here on the other side of the new year!

Dine Out : The Clocktower

December 21, 2016
The Clocktower, The Clocktower Review, The Clocktower Restaurant Week

When I first read about The Clocktower, I was admittedly intrigued by it's location within Ian Schrager's Edition Hotel which just happens to be in the iconic Met Life Tower building. Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is behind the menu of seasonal contemporary British style cuisine in the stately David Rockwell designed space which is apparently a close replication of Berners Tavern, a popular establishment inside London's Edition Hotel.  You have to go through the lobby of the hotel and up a spiral staircase to access the restaurant which has a decidedly traditional and clubby sensibility both in decor and atmosphere. The walls of the dining rooms as well as the bar and billiards room are all lined with classic framed photographs of various creative luminaries which create quite a point of visual interest while you're dining or waiting for your table.

Recent Loves

December 19, 2016
Beauty Review, Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme, Kicho Camellia Sleeping Pack, Beautycounter for Target Color Story Set,  DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On, Mirai Clinical Purifying & Deodorizing Body Wash

This is where I talk about some of the products I've been loving lately...

Eye Candy : Editorial Roundup

December 16, 2016
Kang So-Ra, Kang So-Ra Allure, Kang So-Ra 2016, Kang Sora

I honestly had a hard time narrowing down selections for this roundup because there have just been so many good editorials lately. Lots of pretty here... starting with this absolutely breathtaking image of Kang So-Ra who is virtually unrecognizeable with a floral headpiece that is TTDF! Everything is just so artful it is almost like looking at a painting at first glance. I bookended this post with another photo from the same pictorial which is just as beautiful in it's own right. So-Ra is probably best known for her work in the K-drama Misaeng and the film Sunny. Both were ensemble pieces which she managed to stand out which is saying something. These are two Korean productions I always recommend because of their quality. The award winning Sunny is getting apparently getting a US remake but given the hot mess track records of these types of remakes, just watch the original instead. It's an incredibly well made and heartwarming tale of friendship that takes place in two time periods. Sunny can be streamed here on Viki.com.

Daniel Henney, Daniel Henney JLOOK October 2016, Daniel Henney 2016

Making Eyes With Lancome

December 14, 2016
Lancome, Lancome Review,  Lancome Influenster, Lancome Visionnaire Yeux Advanced Multi-Correcting Eye Balm,  Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara, Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil,  #LookMeInMyLashes

I was recently selected by Influenster to receive the Lancôme VoxBox. It came packed with a selection of some of Lancôme's best selling eye care and makeup products including the Visionnaire Yeux Advanced Multi-Correcting Eye BalmBi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, Définicils High Definition Mascara, two Drama Liqui-Pencils along with a Le Sharpener.

Yadah Natural Cosmetics

December 12, 2016
Yadah Review, Yadah Oh My Sun Slush, Yadah All Day Cushion, Yadah Anti Trouble, Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser, Yadah Anti-T Red Zero Spot Cream

I've often talked about how much I enjoy discovering new beauty brands. BB Cosmetic who turned me onto MakeRemake recently introduced me to Yadah and they sent along a few of the Korean beauty brand's latest product launches which can be conveniently purchased from Amazon and Amazon Prime at that. Pretty cool. The accessibility of K-beauty products has sure come a long way.


Yadah is a Hebrew word which means wisdom. Yadah is also the name of the impish little girl depicted on their packaging. The brand which was launched in 2009 offers a range of natural skincare and makeup products formulated with ECOCERT certified organic plant extracts; essential oils, floral water, barks and traditional herbs that work in perfect harmony with the skin. Their gentle yet effective formulas are hypoallergenic and 100% free from artificial coloring, parabens, preservatives, mineral oil, sulfates and animal extracts of any kind.  They use natural ingredients like native Korean organic eastern prickly pear (opuntia humifusa) which has anti-inflammatory benefits that soothe skin from stress. Other select natural ingredients include organic lemon and orange water, sage and rosemary. 

Eye Candy : Ji Chang Wook for JLOOK

December 9, 2016
Ji Chang Wook, Ji Chang Wook Lotte Duty Free,, Ji Chang Wook 2016, 지창욱, Ji Chang Wook Seven First Kisses

Even though this JLOOK editorial only consists of three photos, it may just be my favorite one featuring Ji Chang Wook this year. I just love how every image projects a different mood from pensive to dapper to playful. Both the styling and grooming are totally on point. Chang Wook recently signed on to be a celebrity spokesperson for Lotte Duty Free and the Asian duty free chain wasted no time in putting him on the cover of their K-Style Magazine. What a gorgeous cover model he makes! It's no secret that he is a big bias of mine and I have to live it up now since he is expected to enlist for his mandatory Korean military service some time next year. The handsome actor is currently appearing in the Lotte Duty Free mini web drama 7 First Kisses as a sexy secret agent. This star studded production also features other members of the Lotte family including Lee Jun Ki, Lee Jong Suk, Lee Min Ho, Park Hae Jin, Kai (EXO) and Taecyeon (2PM). The series will consist of 8 ten minute episodes which will be broadcast on Navercast. The fantasy drama tells the story of a young woman (Lee Cho Hee) who has never had a boyfriend. Thanks to a meeting with an angel (Choi Ji Woo) she gets to choose between seven handsome guys for her first kiss. The English subbed trailer is below. I couldn't care less about the rest of the cast but I will be tuning in for Chang Wook's episode.

How Retinol Can Transform Your Skin

December 7, 2016
How Retinol Can Transform Your Skin, Retinol for Better Skin, What is Retinol, The Power of Retinol, Using Retinol To Improve Skin, KarynG Retinol Renewing Serum Review, KarrynG

When transitioning my skincare for the cooler months, one type of product I always make sure to add is a retinol of some sort. I tend to cease usage during the summer because of the correlation between retinol and increased photosensitivity. While this is something that can be offset by attentive sunscreen application, I'd just rather not take any chances but I can think of no better addition to my routine to revitalize my skin at summer's end.

HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum Review & Giveaway

December 5, 2016

HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum, Reviv Serums HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum, HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum Review,  Dupe of SkinMedica HA 5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

I was first introduced to Reviv Serums when I reviewed their RevivLash Lash and Brow Stimulating Serum earlier this year. When I first tried the product I didn't see any real results after two weeks but after about a month, my lashes were noticeably thicker and longer. I was so pleased that when my tube ran out, I bought a second one which I'm using now. This positive experience definitely gave me a good impression of the brand so I was excited to try out their new HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum.

Non-Laser Cosmetic Treatments To Consider

December 4, 2016

Those seeking to address certain signs of aging may lead to a quest for the most pain free and non-invasive options available. Most people including those who may have sensitive skin or low pain tolerance in particular may seek non-surgical methods and skin cream applications before looking into options requiring medical professionals and needles. While many achieve superior results with professional dermatologists using cosmetic laser equipment, there are a number of options that require fewer treatments and result in less discomfort as well.  Here we'll outline some of the laser treatments used by dermatologists along with available alternatives.

Holiday Gift Guide : For Him

December 2, 2016
Gift Guide, Gifts for Him, Gifts for Men, Gifts for Guys, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gifting

When it comes to holiday gifts for guys, I like to keep it on the practical side with things that they will actually use instead of items that might just languish away in a closet.  Guys can be picky but sometimes they also don't know what they want or need. Tech is always a good bet or you can take this as an opportunity to get them something they wouldn't get themselves or nudge them to try something new. Just sayin'

1B&O PLAY A1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 
A sleek and portable speaker that also delivers on sound.
2. Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II
Style meets function in these chic headphones.
A elegant dock that would look great on any desk.
This offers a great way to try out a mix of different hair holds and finishes.
A USB chargeable shaver that is travel friendly and perfect to take on the go.
This 2 in 1 moisturizer is perfect for men who just can't be bothered with that extra step of eye cream.
Just a really good looking candle.
A decadent candy collection featuring dark chocolate, bacon and booze.
Hat always make good gifts.
Subtle pinstripes give this sweatshirt an air of refinement. I purchased this for my husband and it's super soft.
Socks are such an easy way for guys to have a little fun with their wardrobes.
Most guys could always use a smart looking shirt with a stylish print.
So practical and totally looks like Prada but at a fraction of the cost.
14. TOMS Shoes Full Grain Leather Men's Brogues
A fresh take on traditional oxfords. This gift also gives back since TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need with each purchase.

The lucky winner of the 3B Box giveaway is Mili! Congratulations!

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