December 2018

Designer Shoshanna Gruss’s Favorite Fashion Finds for Fall


This fall marked the launch of designer Shoshanna Gruss‘s first-ever foray into the online shopping scene. Her new website, www.shoshanna.com, has been open for e-commerce since September, allowing consumers to easily shop for her feminine and sexy styles. The website features more than just the designer’s duds though, offering style inspiration, insider shopping events, style tips from Shoshanna, as well as a dedicated bridal assistance page to help women in their search for the perfect wedding and bridesmaid dresses. Always fabulous, Shoshanna has shared some of her fall fashion and beauty picks with us, including some from her new store. Click through to check them out!

Dresses

Shoshanna Cassidy Dress, $345.00
I LOVE the shape and color of this dress. Change your accessories and freshen up your makeup to easily go from day to evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoshanna Erica Dress, $375.00
This print is amazing and is so easy to wear. The pockets are an added plus for carrying your lip gloss or phone.

Summer Purse Essentials for When You’re on the Go

It’s safe to come out now: With the long winter months (finally!) behind us, there’s no better way to celebrate than by taking advantage of all that the outdoors have to offer. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, playing a pickup game of volleyball, enjoying a picnic in the park, or just out catching up with friends, we’ve got the best bets for your bag to ensure you’re covered whenever, wherever the carefree days of summer take you!

Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers
Don’t let your face outshine the sun: Small enough to fit in your wallet, these blotting papers are great for avoiding an oily summer don’t. Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers are ideal for afternoons spent out in the heat: They absorb the accumulation of oil and sweat on your face, leaving a light, invisible powder for a freshened-up look. Available in an assortment of skin-tone choices, these papers eliminate the need for constant touch-ups and reapplying. The end result leaves you looking moisturized, not greasy, and – best of all – free from stressing your sweat.
Buy Now, $3

Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
Flat, limp, hair can be a year-round hassle, and the hot summer months do nothing to minimize the problem. Luckily, there’s Oscar Blandi’s mini version of his Dry Shampoo. Without stripping hair of its own natural oils, the shampoo absorbs oil buildup while strengthening and increasing volume at the roots. Light enough that it doesn’t weigh your hair down, this product is particularly good for those with little time for washing and styling. Simply apply between washings to give your hair extra bounce. As an added bonus, Blandi’s shampoo can be used as a corrective for clean hair that’s been subjected to too much product (we’ve all done it) – just spray and refresh!
Buy Now, $11 for 1.4 oz

Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stickicon
One of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to flash a little… toe. A killer pedicure deserves – needs – a killer shoe to show it off. Unfortunately, each new pair of peep-toe wedges also needs to be broken in, giving a whole new meaning to the term “killer.” To combat the dangers of shoe rubbing, apply Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stick directly to your foot, where it works to prevent against blisters and irritation. The easy, glide-on application acts as a buffer between your skin and the shoe without leaving any residue
Buy Now, $7icon

Supergoop SPF30 Sunscreen Swipes
Tired of sticky sunscreens? Supergoops’s SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for All Skin Types (even suitable for sensitive skin) is the answer to your woes. These wipes are pre-moistened, ready to calm, soothe and protect your skin from the harsh summer rays. Not only will the non-greasy formula keep your hands fresh and dry, the Zinc Oxide and green tea ingredients in this handy purse essential will help to reduce irritation and redness. Even better, it gently removes sand while preventing signs of aging.
Buy Now, $10 for 8

Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Hand and Face Wipes
Cleanse your skin on the go! Especially with the hot summer heat causing bacteria and oil build-up on your face, it’s essential to have this handy pick-me-up stashed in your purse. Made safe-to-use for sensitive skin, this wipe is formulated with extra mild cleansers that gently moisturizes while leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed!
Buy Now, $2 for 15

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15
Chapped and dry lips are always a no-no. To prevent embarrassing chapped lips, the Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh is a great on-the-go product to store in your purse. Insuring long lasting hydration and moisture, this lip treatment helps to further nourish your lips while keeping wrinkles and damaging UV rays at par. The tint is adjustable upon your preference with more or less applications. Perfect for any skin color!
Buy Now, $22.50

SmartMouth On-The-Go Packets
Now you can have minty fresh breath everywhere you go! These SmartMouth On-The-Go Packets can give you up to 12-hours of fresh breath whether you’re at the beach, out on the town, or even on the plane. They are so simple to use, just tear off the top and pore the content into a mixing cup or simply pore it directly in your mouth. This is definitely a purse must-have!
Buy Now, $7 for 10

Best Beauty Products from Around the World

Many of the best skin and hair products use natural ingredients from around the globe.  Some of these magical ingredients have been used for centuries. Here are some amazing products to try:

Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar 7.8 oz
This looks like a bar of soap except it is made from 100% Umbrian clay! It can be used as s deep cleanser or to calm irritations like rosacea, blemishes and ingrown hairs.  It also absorbs toxins due to its high mineral content.  I like to use it in the t-zone area where oil builds up and find that it works extremely well (especially for spot-treating blemishes).  Umbrian Clay, found only in Nocera Umbra, Italy, also has anti-inflammatory properties.  The basis of therapeutic treatments for centuries dating back to the 6th century B.C., Umbrian Clay has been known to clear pores and brighten complexions.
Buy Now, $38


Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream
I love this styling cream because it contains argan oil and has all the benefits of the original MORROCCANOIL treatment for hair but is not greasy (and smells amazing).  Use about a dime size amount in wet hair each time before styling and it will protect it from the wrath of the harsh styling tools we all love to use.  It hydrates the hair perfectly and is my go-to styling product of choice.  Argan oil, found in Morocco is produced from the kernels of the argan tree that only grows wild in semi-desert soil.  The rare oil is renowned as a hair, skin and cuticle treatment for its hydrating properties and vitamin content.
Buy Now, $32.39


Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner
This therapeutic formula heals and treats the scalp and preserves hair’s natural emollients.   I love how the shampoo and conditioner smells minty and fresh.  Plus, it leaves hair feeling super clean and shiny.  Tea tree oil, which hails from Australia, is taken from the leaves of a plant which is native to its northeast coast.  It has many beneficial medical properties and is commonly used in Australia as an antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Buy Now, Shampoo, $8.99 and Conditioner, $8.99


Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Face Cream
Kiehl’s recently introduced this anti-aging moisturizer formulated with the rare rosa artica or “Resurrection Flower,” as its main active ingredient.  This new product promises to repair cells, reduce lines and wrinkles, and protect skin from future damage.  I enjoy using it regularly because it makes my skin feel firm and hydrated. Rosa artica is a plant that grows in the mountains of Bulgaria and the secret lies in the flower’s ability to retain water within the cell which is why it can survive for approximately 30 months without any water.
Buy Now, $60


Ahava Purifying Mud Mask
This product is a deep cleansing mineral mud mask that contains purifying qualities and clears skin of excess oils and blackheads. Face masks are the ultimate in pampering the delicate skin on your face—this one dries in only two minutes so it’s easy to make time to treat yourself.  Most importantly, the mask contains many of the soothing ingredients found in the waters of the Dead Sea located in Israel. The Dead Sea provides one of the world’s highest concentrations of healthy minerals for the skin.
Buy Now, $30

Best Scrubs and Self-Tanners for the Face and Body

Summer is just around the corner and before you know it you’ll be showing more skin.  If your skin is still a shade of winter white, self-tanner is the safe answer to achieving a summer glow before you hit the beach or pool.  A smooth and natural application is easy to get at home if you exfoliate first.  Here are some of my recommendations for soft and beautifully bronzed skin.  All products tried and true!

Exfoliators for the body:


Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish
This Brown Sugar Body Polish is an all-natural scrub made with real brown sugar crystals and natural humectants that rid your skin of dry skin cells while preventing future moisture loss. The scrub blends four natural oils that deeply moisturize and nourish the skin. I am a huge fan of this product and have been using it for years to keep my legs from looking like the skin of an alligator. One of the best scrubs on the market.
Buy Now, $38

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps ‘Soy Milk & Honey’ Body Polish
Nothing is sweeter than Milk and Honey, this scrub included.  Made of pure Honey and Soy Milk protein, this body exfoliator will help your skin feel it’s softest! Kiehl’s body polish is also infused with Shea and Jojoba Butters, Sweet Almond Oil, and Luffa Fruit for a nourishing effect.  It does not leave an oily residue on the skin so makes a great pre-tan scrub.  I am obsessed with the amazing scent!
Buy Now, $28
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Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub
Burt’s Bees is becoming the go-to natural drugstore brand known for great ingredients like pomegranate.  This sugar scrub smells delectable and leaves your skin oh-so-smooth.  Really a two-in-one, there is no need to moisturize after use.
Buy Now, $12.99

For the face:
Remede Sweep
A celebrity favorite, this gentle facial scrub is made of 30% minerals, bentonite clay, and moisturizing agents that scrub dirt softly away while toning and moisturizing your skin.  It is extremely mild, treating your face with the utmost care.
Buy Now, $48

St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub, Oil-Free
This facial scrub uses 100% Natural Green Tea to enhance your skin with Vitamins C and E and an abundant amount of anti-oxidants, which help prevent aging. The scrub also contains extracts from olive oil and olive leaves. Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, this Green Tea Scrub clears away breakouts and reduces irritating redness too.
Buy Now, $5.99

Self-tanners for the face and body:
I have a serious problem with self-tanning products that smell yucky.  The ones below not only give you the most natural-looking tans, but smell great too…REALLY!

Xen-Tan’s E! Live from the Red Carpet Perfect Blend
Other than a tan, nothing says summer more than a fresh scent –this tanner combines both with its sun-ready tone and summer sweet cucumber melon scent. What also makes it so special is that it has an adjustable dial that allows you to customize your tan from light to dark so even a self-tanning rookie can achieve a flawless application.  Xen-tan is a favorite of the royal maid of honor, Pipa Middleton as well as Giuliana Rancic.  I love this product big time, especially because it does not stain your clothing. Need I say more?
Buy Now, $4331TRWK4sdoL._SS400_

Shiseido Brilliant Bronze Self-Tanning Emulsion
This self-tanner has a duel identity, moisturizing as it gradually darkens your skin-tone for a beach-ready bronze! If you don’t like applying self-tanners that are bronze colored because they can stain your clothes, this is the perfect product for you!  It is a clean white cream that is dermatologist-tested and meant for both your body and face.  Using it a few times a week will create the perfect sun-kissed skin.
Buy Now, $26

MelvitaMelvita Pro Sun Tanning and Preparation Milk
This is the perfect self-tanner for fair-skinned tones and those of you who like or prefer using organic products.  Made with active extracts from Carob and Sugar, this organic tanning milk gives your skin a healthy and gradual tan. Safflower and Coconut oils soften the skin while the Buriti oils protect it from dehydration.
Buy Now, $28

Sun Labs Self-Tanning Micro Mist
No need to get your hands dirty, this self-tanning spray let’s you apply the liquid evenly without ever having to rub it in. This product darkens your skin instantly, and works best after exfoliation.  I personally love the shade of this tan that is created by using it. The spray smells great and your golden glow will stand strong for 5-7 days after application.
Buy Now, $16


L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist
The new mist is amazing and similar to what you would achieve from getting a professional spray tan.  I like it because it’s super easy to get to those hard to reach places like your back.  No more tell tale white spots! The scent is very light and nice. Affordably priced too.
Buy Now, $10.49

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze
Another great drugstore find! This product is a clear gel and works very well on all skin types. The tan is bronze colored and very natural.  It is important to make sure that all spots are covered when applying including ankles and knees, inside of arms and back of legs. If you miss a spot, just fill it in with the spray mist product.
Buy Now, $10.49