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This make-up artist and esthetician has a (bordering on unhealthy) addiction to all things beauty! No amount of eyeshadows or cream liners will ever be enough! I go giddy for all things girly. Lipgloss might not be able to heal the world, but it can lift a gal's spirits!

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Friday, December 31, 2010

The Glammies

Happy New Years beauties! Can you believe how quickly this year flew bye? So many beauty products, so little time. Speaking of time, it's time for my annual Glammies Awards, where I pick out the products that have impressed me the most this year. While not a new launch, Paul & Joe Beaute's Eye Gloss is like Tinkerbell's Magic Wand to moi! Normally I would shy away from anything creamy on my lids since I have such oily skin. This product imparts the most angelic, Celestial(which is my favorite shade) glow when gently patted on the lid. Anyone I show it to falls in love with it & you can't beat its ease of use!

Revlon's PhotoReady Foundation is my new go to everyday foundation personally & professionally. I have every shade in my kit & always turn to it for brides. The light texture doesn't break me out, gives great coverage & is specially formulated with light reflecting pigments to ensure it photographs well. It's a steal at just under $14, but often you can find it on sale. I wear shade 003, with a dollop of 004 in it.

I use my foundation with the Beauty Blender Sponge. I'll be honest, I bought this once before & never read the instructions, so I wasn't that impressed for a $20 sponge. Yes there are instructions, you dampen the sponge with water and pat it on your face with your foundation and pure magic happens. A flawless, airbrush like quality can be achieved with any liquid foundation that makes it worth every penny.

Yes it looks borderline neon pink, but both the Powder Pink & Peony shades of blush from Bobbie Brown give the most lovely "just came in from the cold" flush. I turn to these shades so much when I'm doing cool toned looks, think smokey grey on the eyes, that I've hit pan.

Nothing will ever replace my beloved Joey Antioxidant Lip Pencil (RIP), but I have come to grips that I need to move on & start dating again. Who's the latest to woo me? Too Faced's Perfect Lips Lip Pencil. It has a beautiful soft natural lip tone color that's the perfect base for gloss & lipstick. If you are familiar with the Joey lip pencil, this one has more pink undertones.

Last year Make Up For Ever's HD Powder took the slot for finishing powder in the 2009 Glammies. This year it's Mally's Poreless Perfection Skin Finisher. It goes on like air & is the perfect finishing touch to set your make-up. The first day I wore it, literally 3 people commented on what gorgeous skin I had- score! Note: it does have silica in it, but it has not broken me out at all the way some primers with silicone have in the past.
So tell me girleens, what new product made you swoon this year? I'm dying to know, I might need it:) I hope everyone has an amazing 2011!

Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wishlist Wedesday

I've always been a girl who loves the pretty. I still would rather sip orange juice out of a delicate flute rather than a boring old glass! Of course there will be bubbles when I ring in the New Year- so I might have to scoop up these streamlined beauties. It's hard to see, but "Cheers" is etched onto them in 6 different languages! They come from Room Service Home, one of my absolute favorite catalogs.
I saw the master of all things entertaining, Colin Cowie, on Martha Stewart last week. The things that man can do with double sided tape- it's not even right! I hopped right over to see his collection of home decor after I spotted these damask goblets.
They are on their way!

I scooped these dainty stemless flutes up last year. They are hardier than you would expect, I even throw them in the dishwasher. I love that they are a little unusual & unexpected. They feel great in your hand. So link me your favorite flutes beauties & while you're at it- what is your absolute favorite bubbly? We had Cristal on Christmas & all I felt like doing was rapping!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Stockings Hung by the Chimney with Glee

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas with their families! How is it that there's so much preparation that goes into the holidays & then it's over in a flash? I will be posting some of my favorite baubles that I got from Santa this week, but first I wanted to show you some family stockings that my mother made.
She's amazing at needlepoint- seriously people offer to pay her to do work for them. The boys in our family keeps her busy year round though on making custom belts for birthdays & Christmas. Here are my sister & brother in law's.

Her latest creation? This adorable ornament stocking for my niece, Lila. I love it, it almost like candy it's so whimsical. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next year for our newest addition to the family, Georgia!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Friday, December 24, 2010

Great Gifts that Give Back

Tis the day before Christmas.....and every one is scrambling around like crazy people. Ahh the holidays! If you're like me, every year I panic that I haven't done "enough." What enough is I don't know exactly, but I'm really going to try to relax a little bit more around this time of year *ahem* next year. One of my favorite charitable organizations to donate to for gifts is Heifer International. For people like my dad or grandparents who have everything + tons of gadgets(think electric pepper grinders with lights) -it's an amazing gift to someone in need that also gives loved ones a warm fuzzy. For a couple last minute tangible gift ideas, try Nest's Blue Garden Autism Candle. The hyacinth & fresh greens scented candles will fill your home with fragrance, while knowing that 100% of the proceeds benefit Autism Speaks will fill your heart.
Can one ever really go wrong with Tory? These simple, yet hip bracelets give back to the designer's very own foundation. The Tory Burch Foundation is committed to providing economic opportunities to women & their families in the United States- love that it's focused here.

Half the proceeds from this trio of delicate heirloom rose fragranced candles will go to St. Jude's Hospital. These candles would look quite fabulous on a bedside table, near the bathtub or on your vanity. You could even break the trio up & give with some bath salts- for three perfect gifts! Regardless of where you are in the mayhem of the Christmas Countdown, remember beauties that this will all be over in 48 hours- take a moment to stop, breathe & savor the magic of the season.
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wreath Making at Crimson & Clover

I love spending quality time with girlfriends, add to it some vino + nibbles+ a wreath making class = a genius idea! My fabulous friend Classic C & I took a holiday wreath making class at my favorite local floral shop, Crimson & Clover. Here is the "fixins" bar that we could grab garnish from- I was in heaven!
The store was decked out in its Christmas finery, with adorable decorations like these whimsical nutcrackers tucked in every corner.
Our delightful instructor, Nancy showed up how to build our wreath onto a wire form using boxwood & other greenery.
Here's my ever adorable friend in the midst of her making her huge wreath. She's an interior decorator, but it looks like another profession might be in her future as hers turned out so beautifully. Living up to her nickname, she stuck with simple greenery & a classic red bow.
Here I am with my wreath, before I began blinging it out.
The majority of my Christmas decor is all white & silver. My tree has all white lights with that theme, as well- so I wanted to carry it through to my wreath. I wove glittery silver branches and clear lucite drops through the greenery at the top & bottom. Our instructor, Nancy whipped me up a soft gray silver bow & we found a perfectly matching ornament to place in the center of it. Not too shabby for my first go around, if I do say so myself. It was such fun, that next year I'm going to grab a bunch of girls & make it a real party!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M
PS- Happy Birthday to our Diva of Dermatology, Noelle!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tartans & Tidings

Last Saturday we sipped delish signature cocktails, nibbled delectable hors d'oeuvres & mingled with good friends at the Tartans & Tidings holiday event!
La Papillon, along with our Diva of Dermatology, Dr. Noelle Sherber were thrilled to be premiere sponsors of the event. Besides throwing some absolutely fabulous goodies in the VIP goody bags, we had our signature lip balms and Kate Somerville's Exfolikate out for guests to sample.
As the name suggests, the overall decor and tables were decked out in classic tartan plaid.
Band members of Burnt Sienna, my new favorite local band, regrouping between songs. They had everyone on their feet the whole night- catch them if they're ever in your town!
Allergan was in the house that night, as well. Their fabulous representative, Heidi showed her support at the event that gave back to Baltimore's chapter of Squashwise. They also donated Latisse for each & every swag bag! Latisse is responsible for my long lashes & retails for $120.

Where normally we're in gloves & protective goggles getting our clients gorgeous, Noelle & I finally got to get glammed up for the event!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Friday, December 17, 2010

Super Stocking Stuffers & Small Gifts

I know for me it's hard to stay on budget around the holidays, especially when your gifting list grows by the minute! If you have a good amount of co-workers or clients, what do you do without breaking the bank? Homemade is always a lovely gesture, but I have realized between time spent & money on ingredients- it can be just as expensive! I often tend to stay on theme with what I do & often make a play on my mantra Peace Love Lipgloss. I have been saying it for over a decade, and it meshes well with the fact that I'm an esthetician & make-up artist. I often grab a set & break it up, like this Stila holiday lip gloss set. A cute card & one of these glosses is a perfect little gift which breaks down to only $3.12 a piece!

On the same page this Korres shower gel & body butter sampler is perfect to split up! I would put one of the shower gels together with one of the body butters with a mesh body sponge as the bow(you can find them at the dollar store.) You have a practical, yet pampering without being too girly gift for right around $5!

I heart Philosophy's packaging. Their play on words is truly one of a kind. This set gives the best of both worlds- a little bath care & lip gloss. I would garnish each set with an actual item relating to the flavor. I'd stick the bubbly items in a champagne glass(again from the dollar store), actual peppermint bark, candy canes, etc. This price would be a smidge higher, but still rather affordable at around $10 a piece. What thrifty, yet fabulous gift ideas have you come up with this holiday season beauties?
Peace. Love. Presents. M

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Super Stocking Stuffers & Small Gifts

Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas presents, I don't know why- there's always been something magical about reaching in & discovering what tiny treats lay in store. Speaking of in store, besides fabulous jewelry, skincare & make-up we have fabulous last minute gifts tucked into every nook & corner. These tiny, take with you anywhere speakers are adorable and pack a serious punch in terms of volume.
These new facial cleansing scrubbers feel amazing on the skin. They add another dimension of cleaning as well & stand up on their on to dry.

This set of three mini diffusers are adorable! A fresh take on the standard diffuser reeds, these diffusers release their fragrance through their porcelain toppers. You can give them as a set or break them up for affordable teacher, hair dresser, dog walker & hostess gifts! So if the thought of going to the mall sends you over the edge, pop into La Papillon if you're in the area. we'll take good care of you!
Peace. Love. Presents. M

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Holiday Wish List

Santa Baby, what will you be leaving for me under the tree this year? Besides always wanting my Sephora & Target gift cards- here are some other gifts that top my wish list. One can never really go wrong with Dior, especially with their luxe limited edition miniaudiere eyeshadow & lipgloss palette! I would love to have one of these compacts in my stocking.
I have coveted David Yurman's prasiolite rings for quite some time, I think this one makes such a strong statement piece.

My best friend in Hawaii just got this at home silkscreen printer & she's been whipping up adorable things. I don't know if I really need another crafting gadget- but if Santa wants to bring one for little old moi I'll take it!

There is nothing like some fabulous sheets girleens! They don't have to cost a fortune, either! I love these cotton sateen wrinkle defense sheets from Northern Nights. It's time for a new set, maybe in this crisp glacier blue. What is at the top of your holiday wish list beauties? All week long I'll be posted on super stocking stuffers, so stay tuned!

Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Happenings

Here's a little peek at some of the details from last week's holiday party at the spa! Miniature chocolates wrapped with good tidings.

Oversized sugar cookies that were just as gorgeous as decor as they were delicious to eat!

These were my absolute favorite detail of the night! Labels I printed out on sticker paper & covered the original wine label with. I'll be using this artwork I found on Etsy to dress up all of my wine hostess gifts this holiday season! What is your favorite decor item for holiday get togethers?

Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Monday, December 6, 2010

Make-Up Must Have Monday: Sara Happ

Our UPS man & the entire staff at La Papillon are pretty close, especially during the holiday season! Daily he delivers the most fabulous treats we've hand picked for the most perfect gifts.
Our latest find? The delectable Lip Scrubs & Lip Slip from Sara Happ!
I first discovered these adorably wrapped little packages while in New York. I love anything Red Velvet, so of course I had to try! This limited edition sugar lip scrub is the perfect pampering treat for your parched pucker during this winter season.
What says holiday better than a cool candy cane Peppermint flavor that gently leaves a tingle on your lips! Also in our delivery, was the Vanilla Bean flavor- a classic year round favorite!
After your lips are exfoliated & soft, Sara Happ's Lip Slip is a luxe balm that seals in moisture while leaving a gorgeous gleam on your lips. These have been flying off the shelves- they make a great stocking stuffer & the perfect little pick me up!
Peace. Love. Lip Scrub. M
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Happenings

It is a whirlwind of festivities all day today beauties, I will need my caffeine on an IV drip! First we'll be having an Injectable Event with our Diva of Dermatology, Dr. Noelle Sherber. She'll be getting every one gorgeous just in time for the holidays with specials on Botox, Juvederm & Radiesse. We're even treating our injectable patients to a complimentary glycolic Vivite Peel from Allergan to get their skin glowing!
Then we're heading straight into our annual holiday party tonight from 5:00-8:00! Cocktails, Confections & so much more will be in store!
A peek into some of the treats? All clients who spend over $30 in retail will receive a Thymes Frasier Fir votive as a gift with purchase! They are my absolute favorite scent of the season!
Any of our gorgeous girls who spend over $75 in Paul & Joe Beaute Products will receive these gorgeous cosmetic pouches. They are stunning enough to carry as a clutch & perfect for travel. We will also have specials on gift cards, service plans & our Skin Medica Peels! Offers are good while supplies last so get there early! We'll be Making Spirits Bright!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tartans and Tidings

Girleens, can you believe tomorrow is December 1st!? You know that means holiday festivities will soon be underway! La Papillon is a proud sponsor of Tartans & Tidings this December 11th in Baltimore. Besides the fact that it's going to be a fabulous shindig with open bar, heavily butlered hor d'oeuvres & the amazing Burnt Sienna playing- a portion of the proceeds with be benefiting Baltimore tutoring programs. It's a win win! Did I mention the VIP gift bags, however? I'll let you in on a little secret, just La Papillon Spa alone will be having over $150 worth of loot in those puppies- score! Sky Blue Events is giving away a pair of 2 VIP tickets($250 value!), with its Preppy Plaid Photo Contest! Just email a photo of you wearing something fabulous & plaid- shoes, accessories, whatever! Plaid not really your style, but you want to do an awesome inspiration board? Perfect, just make sure to credit the source & photographer. All entries will be posted on Sky Blue Events blog on December 2nd & readers will vote on who's the best! Winner will be picked Friday December 3rd. Good Luck Beauties!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

Monday, November 29, 2010

Make-Up Must Have Monday

For Make-Up Must Have Monday, I have a new tool rather than an actual beauty product. I discovered the Z Palette in new york while I was at the Make Up Show & fell in love. As an artist I have tons of single pan shadows & blushes from all different lines. What happens is that each line comes out with a compact that houses THEIR product, since of course they want you to support their brand. The Z Palette lets you consolidate all your loose pans in one large case! It's brilliant & one of those "Why didn't I think of that?!" things.

As you can see above I scooped up the Zebra color choice. You can see it houses some of my Being True, Prescriptives, MAC & Trish McEvoy shadows- all varying in size. The simple black shade is your classic "little black dress" option or the go to for any professional's kit.

It also comes in this adorable leopard print. I am such a fan, that we just brought this product in the spa & online boutique. At $20, this is such a great gift to put under the tree for any make-up lover! Hope all my beauties had a great holiday weekend!

Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M