girl about town

On July 3, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

A vibrant pink lip pairs so well with florals.

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MAC girl about town lipstick

Madewell mira pumps

Love this sage green suede.

Anthropologie straw hat

Straw hat from Anthropologie, pumps and belt from Madewell, thrifted dress. On the lips: MAC Girl About Town with Lipstick Queen lip pencil in Hot Rose as a base (great pairing). Wearing the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in 123, which is fantastically like skin, and Stila convertible color in Tulip on the cheeks. MAC Rosemary & Thyme eye pencil under the eyes, a really pretty mossy sage green with a bit of shimmer. MAC brow set in Bold Brunette on the brows, which is a few shades darker than my actual brows and SO GOOD. Just what I was looking for as far as a natural-looking (and quick/easy) way to distinctly darken my brows. Dark brows and blonde hair are so great anytime, but especially for summer.

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summer bodycare favorites

On July 23, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Sunscreen, moisturizers, body oils, body scrub…here are a few of the body products I’ve been enjoying so far this summer.

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Banana Boat Sport sunscreen — I’m not that fussy about which sunscreen I use on my body, I mostly want an old-school sunscreen smell (I really enjoy that smell when it is authentic, in the context of sunscreen), and happily turn to brands like Banana Boat and Coppertone.  For a great explanation of the various types of and methods for rating/categorizing sunscreen, and what that means for you, check out this video, which I found educational. Facialist Caroline Hirons interviews plastic/reconstructive surgeon Marko Lens, the brains behind the Zelens skincare line, who has an excellent Italian accent.

Elemis Frangipani Monoi body oil — Smells awesome. Frangipani (or plumeria) is a tropical flower with a lush, peachy, creamy scent that reminds me of some lilies, but more fruity. Monoi is a term for coconut oil that has been infused with the tiaré flower, or Tahitian gardenia (which smells a lot like frangipani). Great for (easiest to get out of the bottle in) summer because coconut oil is solid below 76°.  The fragrance is nicely balanced and I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts but won’t repurchase. I will instead go for

Monoi Tiare Tahiti Monoi Tiiki Tahiti Coconut Oil — Same idea as above (sans frangipani) but much less expensive. The scent is stronger here, and a bit less complex (fewer ingredients), but also lovely. I find that it dies down pretty quickly, anyway, so don’t be afraid of how it smells out of the bottle. This brand also has a vanilla version, with a vanilla bean in the bottle, and it smells like frosting in a really authentic and delicious way (not in a synthetic, gross way). A bit too sweet for me but I know there’s an audience out there for it.

The Body Shop Olive Cream Body Scrub — I exfoliate year-round but with particular care in the summer. This smells great, bright and herbal. I wouldn’t mind if it were a bit scrubbier…but it works. I use a body brush beforehand, and sometimes an exfoliating glove along with the scrub, so there’s no shortage of friction. I like a number of salt and sugar scrubs as well, and am not too particular about the specific product slotted in here.

Weleda Citrus Deodorant — The active ingredient here is biodynamic (good for you, Weleda!) lemon peel oil but to me this smells like lime water with a little something else in it, which means it smells like a gin and tonic. Mojito, gin and tonic – why not smell like your favorite summer tipple? I don’t use this under my arms, typically, more as a refreshing body spray (all natural ingredients here, and no antiperspirant function) on the parts of my body most likely to overheat, or the parts that have already overheated. This bottle will last a while but I’m interested to try the rose one next.

Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter —  Coconut oil and shea butter whipped into a rich, luxurious cream. I like using straight coconut oil, too, or one of my options above, but this sinks in quickly and leaves skin moisturized for a good while. Such a good use of $5 or whatever it is. This smells like coconut frosting, so you’ll need to be OK with that. Not too sweet for me, though.

Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse — Having a dry oil to hand is really useful. So quick to apply and you don’t have to worry about getting oil stains on your clothing. This oil smells particularly lovely, a slightly old-fashioned (rather, currently out of fashion, but no less beautiful for that) floral bouquet that reminds me of classic French perfumers working directly from floral extracts (say, Houbigant, and others from Grasse). This floral is complex, restrained, elegant. It can easily be worn in lieu of perfume or, as I often do, layered under perfume to add longevity and interest. This one is a bit of a cult favorite, and there’s also a version with shimmer in.

Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer — As I’m using sunscreen so faithfully, if I want a deeper tan (a noticeable-to-me tan) it’s got to be a fake one. Tanning is your body trying to protect you from sun damage, and also the sign that the damage is done…so a safe tan is a fake tan. I think the main complaint is that fake tanners tend to smell like biscuits, but as far as I’m concerned they smell like those awesome Speculoos ginger cookies I love, and I can’t at all see the problem. I use this just on my legs, when I think to. I don’t have streaking issues as long as I wipe off the excess with a paper towel or some such, and have exfoliated beforehand. I have the St. Tropez bronzing lotion as well, and while it is a bit nicer, the color a bit more realistic, the formula a bit more effective…it’s not so much better that I’m inspired to pay for it again and again when there are decent alternatives like the Jergens (and now many others) out there. As for ‘firming’, good grief. Don’t believe that stuff.

My face is a whole different story.

just another day

On June 6, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Another day, another lipcolor.

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J Crew tank, Express jean leggings, Allsaints leather jacket, Ivanka Trump pumps, pearl solitaire ring from Pearl Paradise. On the lips: NARS satin lip pencil in Luxembourg. This lip pencil is awesome, incredibly slick and soft, great color payoff, decent staying power. I’ve liked the NARS matte velvet lip pencils for a long time but am only just trying this satin finish.

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the floral print

On April 21, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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This look has a polished up top/party downstairs contrast that I like. The multiple anchors of solid white bring it all together for me.

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These shoes are quite fake. Les knockoffs.* I wanted to try out the studded look and find that I like it, but it’s not love. They are uncomfortable, too. I have too many other shoes I prefer to keep them but they have convinced me that I want to find a pair of white pumps. I’m totally on board with the trend of white pumps.

*I don’t generally have much interest in knockoffs—I don’t generally have much interest in their originals—but once in a while they are convenient for playing. I don’t feel a moral quandary about it when the original is something I would never consider purchasing anyway. Louboutin is not losing a potential sale here. Still, they are unsatisfying unless made well in their own right, and desired in their own right (there is a bag I want, of which I’m considering getting a (still pretty expensive, but comparably cheap) replica, because I find the silhouette so appealing and can find no wantable substitute) which they usually are not. I often later think my money could have been better spent…this is undeniably the case. It always serves as a lesson, however, and from such lessons one emerges an increasingly superior shopper.**

**Interesting thoughts on this in Garance Dore’s recent post about style bloggers being, in a way, people who are just really good at shopping for themselves. There is a lot of truth to this, I’d say.

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This is the Givenchy Fushcia Irresistable lipstick, the Japonesque blush, and a bit of playing around with the Kat Von D Monarch palette.

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Floral leggings (thrifted), Banana Republic trench (thrifted), Loslandifen pumps (eBay), Lands End turtleneck (thrifted), Mulberry Roxanne bag (thrifted), Pearls of Joy 10mm studs. On the nails: Essie polish in Naughty Nautical.

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aquisitions: Bass Thea oxfords

On April 8, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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Speaking of bright yellow shoes, I got another pair. I’ve been looking for a pair of oxfords for a while, and was looking specifically for a two-tone pair in beige and brown, or honey and dark brown, or some other variation of brown and more brown …but I came across these first. Bass Thea Oxfords. Yes. Bass. Like the old school boot makers (founded in Maine, I just learned, like myself). Who knew they were making totally cute (I mean, well, some of it) women’s footwear now? With good arch support?

I wouldn’t have predicted that I would go for a shoe like this (a floral print shoe?) but I think this print is charming; just the right scale and level of busyness, and it goes perfectly with the shade of yellow it is paired with.

♪ ♫ The Flying Neutrinos – Mr. Zoot Suit ♪ ♫

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I think these are a great example of a shoe that, in not particularly matching anything (that I have, at least…except my other yellow shoes), could go with everything*. They could make an unremarkable ensemble instantly dapper.

I really want the weather to improve so I can break these out.

*Like my turquoise/orange Converse:

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