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With the Tocca Crema da Mano Hand Cream Collezioni, Variety Is the Spice of Life

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I’m a bonafide hand cream addict. Raise your parched paw if you’re one too. 🙂

With the $32 Tocca holiday Crema de Mano Collezioni, you can moisturize your mitts with a different scented hand cream every workday of the week, because it comes with five fragrant tubes, each one with a slightly more refined, less sweet scent, in my opinion, than many of the other hand creams I’ve tried.

They say that variety is the spice of life, and I think that totally applies to hand cream. With these five, which are all about the scents, you can go with grapefruit and cucumber on Mondays and bergamot and gardenia on Thursday, for instance.

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Tocca is known for their floral, feminine, long-lasting fragrances (I love the names they give their perfumes!), and for $32, you get five 1-oz. tubes of Tocca’s bestselling scented hand creams, including vanilla and sandalwood Collete, grapefruit and cucumber Cleopatra (I’m wearing that one today), bergamot and gardenia Florence, watermelon and frangipani Simone and peach and muguet Liliana.

The moderately moisturizing formula, which is almost as moisturizing as Soap & Glory Hand Food or L’Occitane Shea Butter Whipped Hand Cream, is enriched with coconut oil, shea butter and aloe for real-deal hand help.

tocca hand cream set

Even though I don’t think these are the most moisturizing hand creams around, they still feel substantial. I can’t stand it when I put on hand creams that are practically water (so useless). These, on the other hand, pack serious moisture, and sometimes I like using them when I know I’m going to be out of the house for a while, because they leave behind a light residue that feels like a protective barrier against the elements.

Plus, helloooo! — I think they smell lovely.

You can find the Tocca Crema da mano Collezioni now at Sephora, SpaceNK and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Ah! A Cut, Fresh Roots, Color and Curls

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Whenever I leave the salon after my friend Alis cuts and colors my hair, I feel like a new person…who also happens to be covered in magical unicorn glitter and fairy dust.


Alis has some serious hair magic mojo when it comes to haircuts and color.

I saw her this past weekend at Fox + Stone salon in Corte Madera. She touched up my roots and the color I had in my balayage highlights, and trimmed up the ends just to give the layers some movement and life.

Oh! — and she also curled my hair with a large-barrel curler, and how she does those perfect ’40s-style curls, I’ll never know. I’ve tried to do them a bunch of times on my own at home, and I can never get them to sit quite right… I’ll definitely be using Living Proof Dry Shampoo to make this hairstyle last as long as possible.

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By the way, say hi to Alis’s dog Koukla, who’s sweeter than sweet. She’s another reason I like to go to Fox + Stone salon. She hangs out in my lap for pets and conversation while Alis does my hair.

Here’s Koukla in her Christmas sweater…

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Isn’t she cute?!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Ahh… My Lips Feel So Much Better Thanks to Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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clarins instant light lip comfort oil

Why isn’t this product permanent, already?! Because it seriously needs to be. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, a combination shiny lipgloss/moisturizing lip treatment oil, is back again after going into hibernation for part of the year.

This year, if you’re not quick enough, a particular dry-lipped pregnant lady, who shall remain nameless (she’ll be covered in cat hair), just might clear out the entire stock.

I’m just sayin’. If you have dry lips and like Clarins, you should act quickly. 🙂

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My goodness, this has been a freaking godsend. It’s available in two shiny, lightly tinted $24 shades — the 01 Honey shown here and another shade called 02 Raspberry.

It’s a massively moisturizing, shiny lip treatment oil with a non-sticky formula. The oils are 100% plant-based, too, and include hazelnut and jojoba (among other oils) to plump, soften, smooth and nourish.

Hazelnut oil nourishes, plumps and softens lips.

Organic Jojoba oil nourishes and smoothes, without a sticky after feel. Leaves lips soft, comfortable and perfectly hydrated.

Mirabelle Plum oil (present in the honey shade) protects from dehydration—promoting soft, supple lips.

Raspberry Seed oil (present in the raspberry shade) nourishes and protects lips from future aging with anti-oxidant benefits.

After a few hours wearing this magical witch’s brew, my lips look and feel about as close to new as they ever get. They’re much softer, moisturized and feel better, and my lip lines and flakes look considerably less obvious. The finish, which starts out glossy, fades to a satin over the course of a few hours.

I usually wear this on its own or with a nude lip liner, but sometimes I’ll use it on top of a lipstick.

This one here, 01 Honey, tastes (and smells) a little like honey and apples to me, and it’s not one of those artificial flavors. It tastes real. And real good.

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Even the applicator is a joy to use. It’s absolutely spa-caliber. It just feels soft and velvety on my lips and gets the product everywhere it needs to be.

I love, love, LOVE this to pieces, and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it joins the Clarins permanent line. It’s sure to become a cult classic.

Honey and Raspberry are available now (for a limited time) at Clarins counters and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



With These Revamped Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks, Dry Lips Don’t Stand a Chance

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This is the time of year when matte lipsticks are snapping their gum and stomp-walking around the tetherball courts and jungle gyms of the makeup playground like queen bees of the makeup playground/world.

They run the show, and yeah, I’m cool with that, but sometimes my dry lips and I need a break. Please! Teleport me away to the land of supple, moisturized lips!

Incidentally, that’s where these $27 Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks live. 🙂

A long-term staple of the Clarins line, they’re shiny, sheer and — oh, I could kiss them — so moisturizing. Clarins revamped them this fall, making them over in gold packaging (remember they used to be silver?) and revitalizing the color palette with 16 new shades.

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I love these, and they’ve been seeing a lot of action on my pout lately, particularly the pinkish nude shades, Lilac Pink and Pink Ginger, which go with everything. I pair them often with casual weekend makeup looks, like with tinted moisturizer, mascara and a little bit of blush.

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Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick swatches from the left in 701 Orange Fizz, 705 Soft Berry, 707 Petal Pink, 711 Papaya and 713 Hot Pink

Oh, and uh…did I mention how freakishly moisturizing they are? It’s cray-cray to the extreme, and when you have dry lips like I do, they’re a gift from ye makeup gods. Being lightweight and silky, they’re a welcome respite from all of the drying, heavy mattes that come out to play in fall in winter.

The formula lasts about two or three hours on my lips, so they aren’t incredibly long lasting, but they don’t have any annoying flavoring, for what that’s worth. I do, however, detect a very, very faint floral scent, but it’s not annoying at all (I can hardly tell it’s there).

clarins joli rouge swatches

715 Candy Rose, 723 Raspberry, 731 Rose Berry, 732 Grenadine and 73 Spicy Cinnamon

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The Clinique Holiday 2015 Travel Exclusive Set: Chubby Sticks for Cheeks, Eyes and Lips

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The Clinique Holiday 2015 Travel Exclusive Set: Chubby Sticks for Cheeks, Eyes and Lips

Where the heck are you!?

Um…I mean, are you traveling this weekend? Did you fly anywhere for Thanksgiving, or do you plan to go anywhere for Christmas? Because if you did or do, this new holiday 2015 travel exclusive kit from Clinique has not one, but TWO of my favorite Chubby Sticks for Eyes. It comes with Bountiful Beige and Fuller Fudge. So, to the creator of this fantabulous five-piece set, haaay! — you’re officially awesome. 🙂

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From the left: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Bountiful Beige, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Oversized Orange, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Heftiest Hibiscus and Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Amp’d Up Apple

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