When I lived in London I used to travel to New York once or twice per year. I loved it. I would go to Broadway shows, spend hours at the MoMa and the Met, walk all over the city, eat at fabulous food joints, and shop.
I loved going back to London with cool clothes and shoes that no one else had. I would spend hours and small fortunes at Bloomingdale’s, and then get a huge kick out of walking around with their shopping bags, and back in London being able to say “Oh this? I bought it at Bloomingdale’s in New York”.
Bloomie’s has always held a certain magic for me.
I was so excited to hear that the Rakuten Affiliate Network and Bloomingdale’s had chosen my blog as one of only 30 blogs to receive a pre-Christmas Bloomingdale’s Beauty Box. Bloomingdale’s!!!
I was supposed to wait until my birthday to open it, but I was too excited, and I couldn’t wait.
Here is what blew me away. They didn’t just put a bunch of excess beauty products into a box and ship them out. They clearly researched me and my blog, and then curated a box specific to things that I would fall over loving.
The beauty box also has a very french-girl approach to beauty, a timeless aesthetic that I am just obsessed with.
Let’s start with hair. If you follow this blog you already know that I swear by Bumble and Bumble hair products. Among other things I use the Invisible Oil Primer, Bb Straight Blow Dry, and the Thickening Spray every time I’m blowing my hair out smooth.
In my gift box I got a huge bottle of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray.
I have super thick hair anyway, but I swear by this product! My hairdrsser turned me onto it at the beginning of this year.
When you have a ton of hair like I do it gets really heavy and flat. I spray the thickening spray through the roots and first 3 or 4 inches of damp hair immediately prior to blow drying. It gives my hair fabulous volume and makes it bouncy.
I’m sure it was created for people with thin hair, and I’m probably using it incorrectly, but sometimes that’s the best way, don’t you think?
You know me, so you already know that I love big, thick fabulous lashes. I am so fully invested in mascaras, and my beauty box gave me two to play with.
Lancome Grandiose Extreme takes mascara to an entire new level.
When you want exceptional volume, maximum length and incredible lift, this is the mascara for you!
Check out the wand! The swan neck shaped wand lets you roll the mascara all around the lashes and get all the way to the base of the lash. It has dual brushes to super load your lashes – a short row to put product on and a long row to really pull the product through.
The mascara itself is super inky black.
Clarins Supra Volume mascara gives you full, fat, voluminous lashes. It contains Cassie flower wax to strengthen and protect your lashes, and is super pigmented.
This is a gorgeous, everyday mascara. You can use it as part of your total eye makeup, or, if you are channeling your inner french girl, skip the shadows apply a couple of coats of Clarins Supra Volume, and then set the world on fire with a swipe of the most killer red lip ever.
You know that I have blogged about MAC Ruby Woo lipstick many, many times. Ruby Woo is a classic blue based red.
To me Ruby Woo is old Hollywood. Timeless, perfect, robust but so incredibly wearable. If you are in the mood for jeans, a white tee and a black blazer, this is your red lip. If you feel like going all out in your most sensational LBD, this is the red for you. If you are going for a look anywhere in the middle, this is the red for you!
Red lips can be tricky to wear, especially if they are slip-sliding around your mouth. Ruby Woo stays put and wears really, really well.
(As a side note, last time I was in Paris my daily look was minimal base, groomed brows, glossy black mascara and Ruby Woo, rubbed in with my finger. I love Ruby Woo!)
No party or big night out is complete without lashes.
My gift box had MAC lashes. I use MAC strip lashes all the time. They are perfectly shaped, flex well with your eyelid and are the perfect length – the enhance the eye rather than collapsing it. L.O.V.E.
Honestly?? Okay, so she had me at the name. Regardless of how this fragrance smelled I was in, boots and all!
Tory Burch’s new fragrance, Love Relentlessly is pure romance.
It’s pink pepper and rose, folded into ambertonic and patchouli.
It is beautiful, it is intensely feminine, it is luscious and warm.
I am wearing it everyday. It is a lovely year round fragrance, but for right now it makes me think of a winter white cashmere sweater and curling up on an overstuffed sofa in front of an open fire, with a gorgeous man. This perfume is loooove!
The packaging is beautiful, and don’t you just love the bottle?
Thank you so much Rakuten Affilate Network and Bloomingdales!
These are just wonderful gifts and I adore them all.
All images by Kristina Beth Photography