Winter beauty must-haves for skin and hair

winter beauty skin care hair must haves

Winter beauty must-have’s from top left: Aveda hand cream / Revive eye cream / Elemis face cream / Colleen Rothschild retinol supreme / Revive neck cream / LaVanila body butter / Tan-Luxe body drops / Tan-Luxe face drops / Chanel fall nail polish / Bobbi Brown crushed lip color / Aveda scalp cleanser / Aveda shampoo / Aveda conditioner

Despite the fact that is technically still fall, I have already started my winter beauty routine. The fall season here in the San Francisco Bay Area is half summer, and half winter. We don’t really have an in-between. This means my summer beauty routine continues until the cold front hits in November; and we are here!

My skin takes a beating during the winter season, not from sun exposure, but from the dry, indoor climate. The furnace in my house, combined with heaters everywhere I go, are really good at drying out the air. This leaves the skin on my face and body desperately thirsty. In order to ensure I don’t become a prune during the winter season, I need to make sure I am using the right skin care products.

For my face, I have been using Revive’s neck cream since I was twenty-eight years old. You read that right! It has kept my neck in a perfect state; and I won’t use anything else on it! I have fallen in love Elemis’s face cream. It gives my face the perfect amount of moisture and balance. For my eyes, Revive has a fabulous eye cream which does wonders for reducing fine lines, and adding just the perfect amount of moisture. Colleen Rothchild’s retinal serum is perfect for keeping my skin balanced and youthful.

When it comes to my body, my skin is ghostly white and dries out easily. Thank goodness for Aveda hand cream and LaVanila body butter! They keep my body from drying and flaking off like snow! As for the white part, have you tried new Tan-Luxe? O-M-G! It is a gift from God! These fabulous drops add just the right amount of tan to my legs. They also have a version for the face which is perfect for adding some sun-kissed color back to my cheeks. Love it and can’t live without it!

Hair also takes a beating during the cold winter months. The heater dries out my hair like crazy! In addition to my hair, it dries out my scalp; which is super annoying! To combat dry scalp, I use Aveda Pramasana scalp cleanser which gets all that extra yuck off my scalp, leaving it squeaky clean; and not dry! Shampure shampoo and conditioner by Aveda are great for keeping my hair clean during the winter months. It keeps my hair from getting greasy without drying my scalp or ends. Love it!

Now you might be wondering why I included Chanel’s fall nail polish and Bobbi Brown’s lipstick in a skin care slash hair post. Well, I can’t leave home without wearing these two beauty products, so I just thought I would throw them into my seasonal skin care post. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 This lipstick is great since it holds color well throughout the day without drying out the lips. I’m addicted to it! And. . .well. . .Chanel needs no explanation 😉

Which products are you using to combat winter dry skin and hair?

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Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish review

chanel holiday 2017 nail polish review

from left, Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection: Chanel Scenario nail polishChanel Fiction nail polish / Chanel Celebrity nail polish

It’s here! The Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection has arrived; and it’s not what you think it is! Were you dreaming of metallic sparkles, cherry reds, and cool winter blues? Yeah, so was I! Chanel threw us for a loop this time! Instead of feeding into holiday season expectations, Chanel took a leap off the holidays 2017 bandwagon and gave us a neon red hue, a deep, mysterious green, and a sinister black. Oh yeah, the holidays are on!

Chanel Holiday 2017 nail polish collection:

As with all Chanel nail polishes, the holidays 2017 nail polish collection is long lasting, chip resistant, and applies evenly. I used one base coat, and two coats of color to test out each polish. I did not use a top coat. They stayed true to their Chanel roots and offered chip resistant, non-streaky color which lasts and last! Love them!

Without further ado, here are Chanel Scenrior, Chanel Fiction, and Chanel Celebrity from the Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection:

Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection: Chanel Scenario

chanel scenario nail polish holiday 2017

Chanel Scenario nail polish from the holiday 2017 nail polish collection is also a limited edition hue from Chanel’s new neon brights collection. This is a neon red hue, with a matte finish. I was actually surprised to see this color in Chanel’s nail polish collection for the 2017 holidays. It is extremely bright; and not your traditional holiday red hue. It has a resort/summer feel to it; making it a great color option if you plan to go somewhere warm and exotic for the holiday season. I’m not sure I will wear it too often during the holidays. This is a color I will save for a beach getaway, or resort style trip. It is a great vacation option!

Chanel was thinking ahead when they made Chanel Scenario a matte nail polish. Despite it’s bright, neon nature, the matte finish makes Chanel Scenario easy to wear, and less flashy, then you would think a neon polish would look like on one’s nails. This is a winner for a bright neon nail polish! Love it!

Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection: Chanel Fiction

chanel fiction nail polish holidays 2017

How fabulous is this deep, dark green! Although it is reminiscent of Chanel Vert Obscur from the fall 2015 season, Chanel Fiction nail polish for the holiday 2017 season is slightly darker; more mysterious. This is a great color one would expect during the fall season; and not think of for the holidays. Since it is green, it flows nicely from the fall season into the holiday season; although it is an unexpected shade of green for the festive holiday season.

Although it is deep, dark, and mysterious, Chanel Fiction nail polish is my favorite color from the Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection. I love the fact that it is vampy, yet green! Something about any shade of green screams Christmas to me! haha It would be fun to put a golden, glitter top coat over Fiction by Chanel. A glittering top coat would give it a festive vibe for the holidays. I like Gold Leaf by Kendra Scott.

Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection: Chanel Celebrity

chanel celebrity nail polish holiday 2017

Chanel Celebrity nail polish from the holiday 2017 nail polish collection is a vampy black polish. it has a high shine, and deep, dark black hue. This is definitely the nail polish color for the holiday season if you would like to show off your edgy style by mixing things up this season. The fabulous thing about black nail polish is that is matches everything! This makes Chanel Celebrity nail polish perfect if you plan to wear differing color palettes this holiday season. It will be easy to wear without needing to worry about your nails clashing with your outfit. You really cannot go wrong with black nail polish; it’s like an avante-garde classic!

The Chanel holiday 2017 nail polish collection strays from traditional expectations of what nail color should be during the holiday season. This makes it fun, fresh, and avante-garde! I can’t wait to rock Chanel Fiction nail polish during the holiday 2017 season. It really is the perfect holiday hue for me. Chanel Celebrity nail polish will be great for when I don’t want a green hue on my nails, and want a little bit of edge. Now, about planning an exotic vacation so I can rock Chanel Scenario nail polish. . .

Which color from the Chanel nail polish holiday 2017 collection is your favorite? What do you think of these non-traditional seasonal hues?

Shop the Chanel Holiday 2017 nail polish collection online:

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Happy Holidays 2017!


New York Fashion Week street style handbags

New York Fashion Week street style handbags from the spring 2018 shows held in September 2017

new york fashion week street style handbags

photo: a fashion week guest sits front row with her Cult Gaia Ark bag at the spring 2018 NYFW shows

While spring 2018 was being sent down the runways at New York Fashion Week in September 2017, guests attending the shows carried the hottest handbags for the fall 2017 season. While I wasn’t able to capture an extensive gallery of photos showing the handbags being carried at fashion week, I did observe which bags made it onto the arms of the fashionable set, and which ones were glaring absent.

There were many types of IT bags carried by guests of New York Fashion Week. Some of the bags were classic IT bags such as the Chanel Boy bag, and the Givenchy Antigona (new to the classic category), while others were up and comers such as the Cult Gaia Ark bag, and the Mark Cross Benchley bag.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags are what dictate the IT bags of the new season.

Gucci had a huge moment last year, and it seems that moment is starting to fade. While the Gucci Marmont was the IT bag for last spring and summer, it was no-where to be found this season at fashion week. The Gucci bag showing staying power in the IT bag arena is the Gucci Dionysus.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop Gucci Dionysus bags:

JW Anderson has found IT bag status with his Pierce bag. The Pierce bag emerged last season on the streets of New York Fashion Week, and it showed up again this season. For fall 2017, the fashion week set preferred the JW Anderson Pierce bag in neutrals hues and red. It seems Pierce bag fans want their investment to have staying power; proving the bag will be around for several seasons to come.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop JW Anderson Pierce bags:

Mark Cross is having a moment! The Mark Cross Grace bag has been around for eons; but this is the first time it was so dominant on the streets of fashion week. The Grace bag was spotted in several colors; both seasonal and neutral. In addition to Mark Cross’s iconic Grace bag, his up-and-coming Benchley bag was also splashed all over the fashion week streets. The Benchley was also spotted in both seasonal, and neural hues. Mark Cross is the handbag designer to watch for fall. He just rocketed from classic luxury to the world of IT bags.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop Mark Cross bags:

Chanel is always a mainstay at fashion week, but the resurgence of the Boy bag took me by surprise. While the classic flap and 2.55 are always spotted at fashion week, season after season, the Boy bag went from IT bag status a few years ago, to “just another designer bag” status. This season, it seems to be making a comeback. Instead of the fashion set carrying it in bright colors, patent, patterns, and the like; the Chanel Boy bag was carried mostly in classic black, with a few neutral hues thrown in around town. This proves the staying power of the Boy bag.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop pre-loved Chanel Boy bags:

Isn’t summer over? Of course it is in the fashion world. But, that didn’t stop guests of New York Fashion Week from carrying circle bags, and straw circle bags in general. Circle bags were a hot summer trend, and it appears the non-traditional handbag silhouette is staying hot for the fall season. There wasn’t one circle bag in general which stood from the crowd, but circle bags were spotted throughout fashion week paired with fall trends.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop straw circle bags:

Playing off the straw bag phenomena, the Cult Gaia Ark bag, which was the IT bag of summer 2017, was also seen all over the streets of New York Fashion Week. This is a handbag trend which seems to be jumping seasons. If straw can be worn after labor day, why not bamboo?

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop the Cult Gaia Ark bag:

The Givenchy Antigona was a popular, classic IT bag this season at fashion week. When I was in line for the shows, there always seemed to be someone next to me carrying one. I pointed out being “twins” to a couple of ladies, but they didn’t seem to think it was as cute as I thought it was that we were standing next to each other with the same bag. Oh well, not everyone thinks matching is fun. haha

I could go on for days about my love of the Givechy Antigona bag, but I don’t want to bore you.  Just know this, if you need a workhorse bag which is extremely durable, and comfortable, and which also has IT bag status; the Givenchy Antigona is what you need to invest in.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop Givechy Antigona bags:

Can all the #ChloeGirls have a moment? Both the Chloe Faye, and the Chloe Nile, were present at New York Fashion Week. While a few Drew’s were sprinkled around, the Faye, medium size to be exact, and the Nile, in all sizes, were the Chloe bags of the moment.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags: shop Chloe Faye, and Chloe Nile bags:

There you have it! My apologies for not having a more visual post, but you can see what some of these IT bags look like from the shopping widgets below each description. Next season I will be at fashion week longer and will have some spare time to stand outside the shows and get photos for you. These are my observations from inside the shows, and standing in line for the shows, waiting for doors to open.

New York Fashion Week street style handbags are what launch bags into the IT bag arena. These are the bags to covet, and own, for the fall 2017 season and beyond. Which current IT bag is your favorite?