Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream

I’ve been hearing what I thought were outrageous claims about Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream for years now.  I finally decided to add it to my routine, as I appreciate the efficacy of glycolic acid products, they are so amazing at exfoliating dead skin cells away.  I also learned how a doctor specializing in burn victims created this product to speed up the recovery process.

Well, the verdict is in, Revive is absolutely amazing!  In addition to the glycolic acid, it apparently contains a molecule that speeds up cell turnover.  Now, when I first heard this I thought it sounded a bit contrived, however, upon waking up in the morning, my skin looks rested, radiant and vibrant… I know, I know these words escaping from my keyboard to this post may come across as a bit lame, and as a skeptic myself, I completely understand any reservations.  Nevertheless the results are undeniable, this cream works.

Alas, such a bittersweet discovery… yes, it is crazy effective, however, these crazy effective results require continued use of the cream and at $175?!  Ugh, I just hope my shoe collection isn’t affected by this new found habit.

Stylista Muse

This ensemble is completely unexpected and whimsical…it actually makes me smile.  Must be the varsity jacket which adds such a touch of nostalgia, not to mention a Fall trend you’ll be seeing, Topshop’s on board with a beautiful burgundy version.  Not everyone can rock this look, however, I like the fact today’s Stylista Muse, Kate Foley, committed to it and actually looks great doing so.

Photo: stockholm-streetstyle.com/ Jacket: Opening Ceremony/ Dress: Proenza Schouler/ Shoes: Miu Miu/ Bag: Olympia Le Tan

Cheers For Fall 2012

Oh how I’ve missed you Fall!  As one who adores Summer in the sun and on the beach, I am happy for Fall’s arrival.  Although we’ve seen many of these Fall trends before, (with just the right amount of tweaks for each go around), it’s no wonder since many of them wear so well.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Photo: hergoodybag.com

When I first saw someone sporting a pair of wedge sneakers, I believe I laughed out loud just as I did with the stiletto sneaker. I’m still laughing out loud when I see the stiletto, however, the jokes on me with this updated wedge…yes, they have made there way to my wish list. Edgy, chic and with an urban twist, clearly sneakers aren’t what they used to be.

Photo: stockholm-streetstyle.com

Who doesn’t adore cozy sweaters when the temperatures plummet?  This season you’ll see plenty in bulky, worn styles great for layering.

Photo: zara.com

Tattered jeans are back, and this time the look is a mix of sheer sophistication on top with flats… oh yes, great flats are everywhere.  I am celebrating like it’s 1999 because I can never find flats that don’t look like something my 12 year old niece would wear… woo hoo!

Fall/Winter 2012/2013 is looking good ladies, I for one am so excited to get my shop on…

The Next Musing Of A Stylista Giveaway

Hello All, I truly appreciate all the new followers!  It seems many of you may have followed possibly thinking you would automatically be entered into the giveaway, however, there were a few other criteria you may have missed.  Given my presumption is correct, I feel it is only fair to do another giveaway.  The next one will be makeup related, and I’m stepping it up a few notches, it will be announced in the beginning of November.

Also, I typically blog several times per week, however, with a new job, it has been fairly challenging to continue with this schedule.  Nevertheless, I am gearing up to get back into the swing of things.  There are so many amazing Fall essentials to share…I’m so excited about many of the trends I’ve seen, more on this a bit later…xoxo

Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway, although I received many followers, the majority of you did not follow the instructions in there entirety.  There will be many more giveaways so stay tuned, the next will be in November.

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Congratulations to:

Pamela McNeff, Essential Jewels & Happy Grapes!

Azature, Black Diamond King

Life has been such a whirlwind over the last two months which is the reason for my lack of blogging.  Now that summer has drawn to a close, seems my hiatus has come to an end, and thankfully so, busy suits me.  One of the highlights of fall’s arrival was the Fashion’s Night Out event at Fred Segal Melrose, oh, and guess who showed up without her camera?  Yes, I know, I chose a great night to be flighty… oh well, I’m sure it won’t be the last photo op.  Anyway, I met brilliant face-to-face, and his name is Azature.  If you are not familiar, there is no doubt he will be a household name soon.

Born and raised in Hollywood, California, Azature has earned the moniker, Black Diamond King, his jewelry is beyond exquisite, and is popping up on the necks, fingers, ears and wrists of many Hollywood darlings.

With whirlwind success under his belt, the natural next step would be to introduce a nail polish made with genuine black diamonds, which is exacly what Azature did, and priced it at a mere $250,000 per bottle, and yes, there was a waiting list for it.  Each bottle came chock full of black diamonds, 267 carats to be exact.

As for me?  I chose to take Azature up on his offer to have a manicurist from his team pamper my nails with this lovely $25.00 version, which includes a black diamond in every bottle… I can only imagine the shattered bottles of Azature Black Diamond nail polish on the bathroom floors of many.

I quite like it… aside from my faux pas of forgetting the Canon at home, I’m also wearing a repeat outfit (smile)… with such a hectic week, I reached for the first dry cleaned ensemble I could get my hands on.

What a fun night!  Thanx Azature…xoxo

Azature uses only conflict free black diamonds/Photos courtesy of Azature.com

DHC Skincare, An Ideal Step Toward Radiant Skin

As a makeup artist, I am always excited to try new and innovative cosmetics, however, I learned years ago if the skin isn’t it’s healthiest, the makeup won’t look it’s best. I have always had an affinity toward Japanese skincare, which has led to experimentation with a myriad of products. Currently DHC is on my bathroom sink, I began using the Cleansing Oil years ago, and it remains on my list of favourites. About 3 weeks ago I began using the DHC Pore Lotion, Pore Essence and Pore Milk, the results have left me very pleasantly surprised, here’s my DHC regimen:

After cleansing, I follow with the DHC Pore Lotion, which is a toner. Typically, I’m ambivalent when it comes to toners, either I feel too much of my natural oils have been stripped, or that it hasn’t done anything at all. The DHC Pore Lotion seems to be an exception, after applying it, my skin feels as if I’ve moisturized, and it looks nourished. The ingredients are also appealing with: brown algae and mushroom extract, not to mention a natural grapefruit scent.

Next I use a small pea-sized amount of the DHC Pore Essence, a serum which is supposed to minimize the pores. I’ve always been trepidatious about products claiming to minimize the pores and, up to this point, have not stumbled upon one that has worked for my skin. However, after 3 weeks of use, my skin has a very smooth, velvety look and texture. How DHC has achieved these results in a serum is beyond me, all I know is both the texture and clarity of my skin have changed for the better. Again, I’m drawn to the ingredients in this product as well, with artichoke leaf extract, Vitamin C and Vitamins B3 and B6 among them.

Finally, I finish off my regimen with DHC Pore Milk, a moisturizer which controls excess sebum in the skin without depleting it entirely. I really like the texture of this moisturizer, it doesn’t sit on top of the skin, but seems to absorb immediately, and an added benefit is it also combats blemishes. It contains many of the same ingredients as the Pore Lotion.

After Completing my DHC regimen, it feels as if I have nothing at all on my skin, this can be a negative, but in this instance it’s a good thing. My skin doesn’t feel weighed down with product, yet it definitely has a glow and feels hydrated. As far as “cons” for the products, I’d like to see larger quantities offered, however, on the flip side, so little of the respective product is needed, it seems these standard sizes will have longevity. However,  I feel the Pore Lotion is a bit steep in price at $35 for 4 ounces, it should definitely be at least 8 ounces at that price point.

DHC is an amazing Japanese skin care line developed in excellence. Since I began using these products, I’ve lost count of the number of compliments I’ve received on my skin. I realize everyone’s skin is different; so there are no guarantees these items will serve you as well as they have me. Nonetheless, I feel confident recommending them to anyone searching for an effective, yet simple skin care regimen.

Fall Snapshot & Today’s Stylista Muse

It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall, after a long run of unseasonably hot, humid, triple digit temperatures. The hues, fabrics and layering that mark the beginning of the season are so appealing. On a recent trip to Anthropologie, I found several versatile pieces I’m sure to get plenty of wear. I’ll share them with you over the next few days, starting with this striped & lace pullover.

Top: Deleeta lace & lines pullover in the grey motif from Anthropologie/ Classic with a fitting twist of rust lace. I like the fact it can be dressed up as seen or down with boyfriend jeans and flats. It is also available in a blue motif.

Slacks: Zara Woman/ I purchased these slacks either last season or the one before, they are crafted impeccably and I have definitely gotten my money’s worth, the cut and colour are timeless/ Shoes: vintage mary janes

And for today’s Stylista Muse pick…

Elisha Suarez has such a quirky style sensibility, it is quite the accurate representation of her personality, and what I absolutely adore is her ability to have fun with fashion…the quintessential muse

The top and skirt are both from her vintage collection