Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best in beauty: 2016


Skin care

Cleanser- Yes to Coconuts Melting Cleanser, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters with white tea, and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. 



Treatments- Dr. Brandt Needles No More 3 D Filler Mask, Drunk Elephant C - Ferma Day Serum, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic



Mask- Sephora Mud Mask with Zinc and Copper, Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask



Facial oil- Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, Bobbi Brown Extra, Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil


Scrub/exfoliator- Pixi Glow Peel Pads


Day Moisturizer- Yonka Creme 11, Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream


Night Moisturizer- Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream


Body care

Body wash- Molton Brown Ylang Ylang body wash


Moisturizer- L'Occitane Almond Milk Veil

De-stress- A diffuser with essential oils of lavender, spearmint, and peppermint. 

Hair care

Shampoo and conditioner- Alterna Caviar Anti Aging Replenishing Moisture

Tools- Dyson Supersonic



Polish- Smith and Cult 1972 is inspired by a rose gold silk lame dress. 


Topcoat- INM Out The Door Topcoat

Cuticle oil- Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Nail file- Diane Smoothing D966


 Primer- Laura Mercier Oil Free

 Foundation- Guerlain Parure Gold

 Fuller coverage foundation- Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer


 Concealer-  RMS Un-coverup

 Powder- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

 Bronzer- Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer in 'Bronzer'

 Blusher- Bobbi Brown Tawny

 Highlighter- Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in Spotlight 

 Brows- Sonia Kashuk brow pencil 

 Eye primer- NARS Smudge Proof

 Eyeshadow- Dior Mono in Cosmopolite


 Palette/quad- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, Tom Ford Honeymoon Quad, and the Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere


 Eyeliner pencil- Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Smoky Eye Color Pencil



 Mascara- Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir

 Lip balm- Carmex (available at any drugstore)

 Lipstick pencil- Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rich Nude

 Lipstain/pot- RMS Lip2cheek in Diabolique

 Lip liners- MAC, Prestige (assorted shades)

 Day lipstick- NARS Barbara

 Night lipstick- Oribe Lip Lust in The Violet or The Red


 Perfume- Replica Lipstick On, Penhaligon's Much Ado About The Duke, Vilhelm Parfumerie in Dirty Velvet. 


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Flashback issue: Vogue US December 2000 with Nicole Kidman

I have a collection of fashion and beauty magazines that go back to the 90's, and I recently pulled out this issue that is well known for it's stunning cover. It inspired my party wardrobe and makeup for the month of December.

US Vogue December 2000 hit newsstands right around the time Moulin Rouge was in theaters. The cover girl is a ruby red haired Nicole Kidman.

 Cover look:
 "Siren song"

Nicole Kidman in costume as Satin, from the movie musical Moulin Rouge.
Red shot silk duchess-satin dress created by Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie.
Her makeup was Revlon Colorstay in Nude and Revlon Liquid Lip in Red Zinger.
Hair, Aldo Signoretti; makeup, Maurizio Silvi.
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz.

In ostrich feathers and sequins. 

Harold Zidler with the Diamond Dogs. 

John Leguizamo and Ewan Mcgregor sipping Absinthe. 

Satin on the swing. 

Time in a bottle: December 2016 favorites


        Neha Dani Diamond Neptune Earrings

                      A La Russe Pencil Dress - F/W 2014 

                      Gianvito Rossi Satin Point Toe Pumps


                                       Makeup inspirations:


Uma Thurman in Vogue Paris November 1994





                                         Balmain Ambre Gris

                                          Chanel Coco


                              Body Care:

                            L'Occitane Almond Duo

                             Skin care:

                           Sephora Mud Mask

                          Erno Laszlo Sensitive Duo

                  Weleda Skin Food (a lifesaver for winter)



Guerlain Parure Gold


Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Guerlain Multi Perfecting


Bobbi Brown Ivory, Cement, and Smoke. 


Make Up For Ever Ink


Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye

  Nail Colour:

Zoya Elisa 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Modern Grace Gift Guide 2016

I'm sharing just a few favorites from my gift guide here. It includes all price points and the links. 

Happy shopping, and Merry Christmas! 

Olivia von Halle Perminova silk-satin nightdress

Aamaya by Priyanka Moon and Star rose-gold plated topaz earrings

                                                                     Joia Ornaments

Monday, November 28, 2016

Time in a bottle: November 2016 favorites


                             All the constellations in the sky...


                   Prada's fall 2016 gold embroidered velvet dress

Emilio Pucci Zodiac Blue Velvet Blazier

Available at 1stdibs. 

                                         Makeup inspirations:




                                      Chanel Allure Sensuelle


                                       John Varvatos Dark Rebel 

Skin Care:

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 

Pond's Cold Cream

Years ago my pediatrician told me to use this when my cheeks became red and dry. It worked then, and it works now. I don't currently have skin problems, but this has protected my skin from the weather changes. If your skin is acting up and you wear makeup, try Pond's and see if it works for you.This, warm water, and a facial wash cloth remove all my makeup and lightly exfoliate.


La Mer Soft Fluid 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick



Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage



Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Cola Pop 

Clinique Totally Tawny


Clinique All About Shadow in Black Honey


Guerlain Cils d'Enfer So Volume

Lip products in my bag:

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Berry Brown

Some of my favorite reds:
Illamasqua Box 

L'Oreal Blake's Red and Eva's Red 
The best reds in the drugstore. 

Besame 1935 Cherry Red 

Every woman should own a tube of Besame. 

Lip Liners:
MAC Cherry
NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Red

Nail Colour:

Essie Velvet Voyeur (Fall Into Fashion 2010)

OPI Eiffel For This Color (OPI France fall 2008)

Zoya Elisa (Diva fall 2012)

OPI Vodka and Caviar (OPI Russian- discontinued)


OPI Eiffel For This Color