Monday, November 17, 2014

My Skincare Routine Part 1: Western Wanderings

If you follow me on Instagram (you should!) you have probably seen a few of my No Makeup-No Problems posts. I absolutely love makeup, but occasionally posting a picture of myself minus all the glitter and glam is one of the ways I keep it real with your guys.

Every time I post one of these photos, I get several requests for my skincare routine, but I've never shared it because I have some skincare beliefs that are... odd.

During graduate school I had the privilege of editing a small luxury beauty mailer. One of the perks of the job was being able to test out just about every high end skincare goody on the market now, from devices to serums and everything in between, for free. But, the privilege quickly began to seem more like a pitfall. Most of the things I tried didn't do anything noticeable for my skin... except the ones that caused breakouts, or even worse, irritation. Within a single year I basically gave up on high end skincare entirely.

Abandoning the cosmetics counter, I went to the dermatologist instead. He turned me on to two very cheap grocery store products, and one prescription retinol gel. These three things (which I will share below) cleared up my mild acne, and kept my skin fresh and hydrated. Basically, they did all the things cosmetic skincare items had promised to do, but never delivered on. If you take one thing from this post let it be this: if you have acne, deep wrinkles, flakey dryness, or any other major skin concern skip Sephora and head to the doctor instead.

Here is the Western portion of my current skincare routine.

STEP ONE: Cleanse

I swear by Cetaphil Dail Facial Cleanser for normal to oily skin. I use it morning and evening, religiously. It gets off every last bit of makeup (even the waterproof stuff!), without stripping my skin. Plus, you can get it by the jug at the grocery store.

STEP TWO: Chemical Exfoliant

My doctor explained to me that there was no reason for me to suffer through even my mild, monthly cycle fueled acne. He recommended a prescription retinoid to promote the turnover of surface skin cells, keeping my pores open and clog free. It worked right away, and I've been using it every night after I cleanse for years now. Since this is medical I'm not going to plug the brand I use. Rather, I'm just going to say that if you struggle with acne, even the mild kind, go talk to your doctor about it! Your money is much better spent on a visit with a real expert than all the drying lotions and clay masks and weird devices behind the cosmetic counter.


The second drug store product my doctor told me about is CeraVe moisturizing lotion. This stuff is extremely hydrating, to the point of giving me a solid glow, without being oily or clogging my pores. I put this on morning and night, and it doesn't interfere with my makeup.

I used this simple routine and nothing more for two years. I had zero complaints, and couldn't see how my skin could get any better... Until I cam to Hawaii and began experimenting with Asian skincare products. I will be detailing my Asian additions to this basic routine in part two on Wednesday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Masks, Jackie O, and Something Snuggly

So, as you may have noticed, I took a *tiny* (ahem, huge) blog break. No excuses here, blogging is something I do for joy, not some sort of obligation I occasionally shrink away from. Over the past month I let my attention wander from my favorite hobby to setting up our new home, and celebrating my birthday, but somewhere between hemming curtains and pigging out on gluten free culinary delights I realized... I really missed you guys! So, I'm back, and I can't promise my attention won't be pulled away again, but I can promise I have some things I can't wait to share with you guys coming up this month.

Until then, here's how I spent October....

In Sheet Masks

Have you guys heard of sheet masks?! One of the coolest things about Hawaii so far is enjoying all of the Asian exports that haven't quite made it to the mainland yet. Over the past few weeks I have learned that Western skincare has let us down, big time. From sunscreen to these weird Michael Meyers looking sheet mask contraptions, the Asian brands are doing it better. I will share all the secrets I have learned with you guys in an upcoming post!

In Color 

My girlfriend Erica and I did a color run! Working out while getting doused in paint is definitely what I would describe as out of my comfort zone, but I'm so glad I did it. In the end it was a great experience, and not nearly as difficult to clean up after as I had feared. I definitely recommend signing up if The Color Run comes to your town!

In Costume 

Did you guys dress up for Halloween? I want to see your costumes! This year I spent Halloween in the trip-state area with my friends Bob and Jen. Jen loves to dress up just as much as I do, so we began planning out costumes months in advance, but we didn't coordinate. I went as Maggie, my favorite Walking Dead zombie slayer, and she went as Jessica Rabbit. For Friday night's party. We actually got to have two Halloweens, because Saturday we headed to a historically themed party, where we did coordinate- as a scandalous historical love triangle. I was Jackie, and Jen's husband Bob was JFK. Jen got to have the most fun, vamping it up as high mistress Marilyn!

In Bed

Well, ok, not literally. But mentally? Absolutely. You guys, I am obsessed with bedding right now. Hawaii is hot and humid. That means that the high thread count cotton sateen sheets I bought years ago in Los Angeles sleep hot and sticky. No thanks. So, I need to replace them, and I would like to get off the sheer carousel while I'm at it. You know what I mean: you spend a decent amount on decent sheets, but after a year or two rather than breaking in with age they have simply broken down, making them rough and unpleasant. Whatever happened to heirloom bedding?! it has to still be out there, and I'm going to find it. I'm going to share my bedding obsession and all that I have learned from it with you guys late this month. In the meantime... the lovely room above was created by the brilliant Bridget at Loftus Designs. Check out my interview with her here!

So that's what has been up with me! I've missed you guys! How are you all?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Holiday Makeup Sets to Buy Now, Before They Sell Out!

The best secret to having a well stocked makeup case is Holiday Season shopping. Every brand comes out with gift sets, and many of them offer hundreds of dollars of product for under $50. Case in point: last year I scored a set of nine Stila Lip Glazes for $28. To keep that in perspective, any other time of the year I would pay $22 for JUST ONE!

A lot of the holiday makeup deals are so good they make shopping during rest of the year feel like tossing money out the window for no good reason, but seasonal shopping isn't all sugar and savings. When deals are this good people get competitive (See: Black Friday). I was reminded of this today when I went to pick up a product that was just announced by the brand five days ago... to find it nearly sold out already.

To spare you all from the tragedy I almost experienced I have put together a list of the Holiday sets I am betting will sell out long before you put your tree up. These are the ones you would do well to snag now!

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot

What: Six of Benefit's classic box blushes (Dandelion, Bellbamba, Sugarbomb, Hoola, Coralista, and Rockature) plus their famous Watt's Up highlighter and their signature blush brush.

How Much? This is a $119 value available for $36.

Why NOW: Remember that near miss I had this morning? This is it. Benefit is known for putting out great holiday sets and they did not disappoint this year. Their Beauty Advent Calendar is sure to sell out fast too, but for me this blush set was my-must have because this is the first time Benefit has ever put together a collection of their box blushes. Blush might not seem as fun as lippies or bright eye shadows, but if you're a one or two blush girl trust me: having multiple on hand to pair with different lip/eye looks will elevate your makeup game.

Where: Available now at Macys and Sephora.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set 

What: Nine mini Studded Kiss long wear lipsticks in both bold and classic shades (Countess, Agatha, Adora, Sexer, Wonderchild, Bachelorette, Motorhead, Lovecraft, and Hexagram.)

How Much? This is a $126 value available for $39.

Why NOW: When the holiday sets were first announced this was one of the ones to receive the most positive buzz on makeup blogs and forums. That's why I think it will sell out early, but that's not why I'm recommending you snag it before it does. I think this set is perfect because these minis are the best way to experiment with bold, fun shades. Snag 'em, try 'em, and I bet you will find something you love (the shimmering lilac Wonderchild perhaps?) that you never would have splurged on a full tube of.

Where: Sephora.

Urban Decay Vice 3

What:  Twenty (yes, TWENTY!) all new Urban Decay shadows plus a double ended makeup brush.

How Much? There is no estimated value on this guy since it's all new products, but the set retails for $60, and individual UD shadows go for $18. Although each shadow here is smaller than an individual, I think the variety of shades alone makes this a great value.

Why NOW: Well, for one thing, this is Vice 3 and unless you hit ebay you won't be able to snag 1 or 2... because they sold out. For me this set is a must-have for my own collection because it's endlessly versatile. Truth is a beautiful base shade, and Undone and downfall are both matte shades that will work in the crease, so it would be possible to create just about any look you can imagine start to finish from this palette and this palette alone.

Where: Sephora and Macys.

Tarte Bon Voyage Collectors Set

What: Your entire look, in a pretty train case inspired by vintage Parisian glamor. Twenty Amazonian Clay eye shadows in vintage chic shades, a deluxe Lights Camera Lashes mascara (my own personal all time favorite!), a Limited-edition deluxe cheek stain in Muse, LipSurgence lip gloss in Visionary, LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic, deluxe maracuja oil, and a deluxe smooth operator Amazonian clay finishing powder.

How Much? This set is a $423 value for $59.

Why NOW: This set is a $423 value for $59. No, really, do I need to say anymore?! Ok, last year Tarte was the belle of the Christmas shopping ball. This all natural brand is a favorite with celebs and makeup artists alike, so virtually the entire holiday line sold out before December. Plus, the Vintage Paris theme of this year's Holiday collection is just too pretty and girly to pass up. The eye shadows even have adorable names like Fall In Louvre and Provence Upon A Time. Honestly, I can't believe this isn't already sold out.

Where: Sephora

Monday, September 29, 2014

Casual Style Icon: Emily Thorne

Who was watching the season premier of Revenge with me last night? I must confess I'm a bit obsessed. Like don't-call-my-house-on-Sundays-between-9-and-10pm obsessed. Between the delicious drama and the flawless fashion it's one of my favorite shows on TV right now. While Victoria Grayson brings the Blair Waldorf level chic, Emily always has an ultra low effort elegance that I can't get enough of. If you aren't familiar with her look, check out my Emily Thorne pin board.

Emily's looks are also fairly easy to duplicate, whether you have a Grayson sized budget to work with or not. There are several rules you can use to score her vibe.

1) Grab some neutral basics.... Then mix 'em up!

More often than not Emily is dressed in head to toe neutrals. That sounds like it could easily get pretty dull, right? The trick to Emily's interesting outfits is mixing neutrals in unexpected ways. Emily often wears "rule breaking" combos like black and camel, cream and white, and black and navy. To incorporate this principle into you own wardrobe seek out solid, neutral colored basics in a variety of hues, then when putting together outfits thing outside of the black/grey, brown/cream, navy/brown boxes.



2) Seek out interesting shapes.

Another thing that keeps Emily's style fresh is her subtle play with lines and shape. No, I'm not talking about that "my scarf can double as a tent in the case of inclement weather" thing. What Emily does is so subtle it often goes unnoticed... A very slim pair of jeans with a boxy t-shirt and slouchy boosies, or a clingy tank with lose linen shorts and a strappy sandal. These tiny variations in fit are the spices in her wardrobe that make her looks not just elegant, but also cool.  To mimic this effect make sure you don't fall into shopping ruts where you buy, say, only one jeans fit. Think of building a mix of shapes into your closet just as you would color. You wouldn't buy only black pants, right? So don't buy only slim fit, or bootcut or boyfriend either! Mix it up!

I've done this whole album in black, so you can really see the variations in shape I'm talking about.




3) Pick one accessory.... And make it count.

Emily Thorne is not a girl who wastes precious minutes she could be revenge-getting mixing and matching a stack of bangles each morning. But, being bling free wouldn't fly in the elite circles she runs in, either. Emily usually wears a single accessory that brings maximum impact. This is actually a wonderful way to accessorize in your day to day life. It's quick, simple, and prevents you from looking over-done.  Quit carefully layering on those 15 midi rings and go with one of these pieces below instead.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Star Spangled Simplicity

Nine out of ten days you are going to find me in a sundress, rather than jeans and a tank top, so this outfit is a bit of a departure from the norm for me. I just couldn't resist these adorable American flag peek-a-boo jeans! I love how subtle the patriotic detailing is, and I wanted it to be the star (hehe) of the show so I paired them with an excessively simple deep blue tank.

This outfit was absolutely perfect to wear for an early evening stroll in Kapiolani Park. Behind me you can see the sprawl of Honolulu, yet it is never crowded or hectic feeling. It's a great place to sit in the grass and enjoy watching the sun disappear behind the cityscape.

Jeans: Miss Me (c/o) Tank Top: Victoria's Secret Shoes: Converse Bracelets: Vintage (similar here) Rings: Bing Bang NYC

Monday, September 15, 2014

Know Your Classics: The Quilted Chanel Bag

I don't know about you guys, but even here in sunny Hawaii the dusky twilight of summer and the golden-orange arrival of fall has my mind on all things quilted. Vests. Boots. Jackets. Wallets. Jewelry. And most of all.... handbags. Specifically, Chanel handbags. The quilted Chanel is an undeniable classic adored by everyone from vintage-loving Jackie O fanatics, to trend-chasing Kate Moss wannabes.

Chanel is a brand with a rich and joyful history that reaches all the way back to 1910, when Gabrielle Chanel opened her first hat shop, Chanel Modes, in Paris. The story of the quilted Chanel bag begins much later, in 1955, but between the opening of Chanel Modes and the launch of the 2.55 bag Gabrielle Chanel found tremendous success in perfumes, jewels, and tweeds. Although the 2.55 is one of the most recognizable Chanel pieces it is not what put Chanel on the map. Chanel was already a sensation by the time GIs lined up at its door to bring French perfume back to their girlfriends and wives.

The 2.55 bag was released in February, 1955. True to her simplistic elegance Gabrielle Chanel named the bag after the date of its conception. The 2.55 bag was revolutionary, but not for the readily recognizable quilting. Rather, it was the chain shoulder strap that put it on the map. In the 1950s shoulder straps on bags were largely regarded as low class, yet Gabrielle Chanel was able to see around the stigma associated with straps to the reality: they offered convenience that women of all social stations would embrace. So, she dreamed up a bag with a sparkling gold chain that screamed bling, rather than bargain bin.

Gabrielle Chanel's assessment of the need for a strapped bag for the upper class was spot on. Before long the bag was on the arm of every golden era trend setter. But, what she could not have anticipated is the bags continued popularity nearly  years after its release. In response to 90s fashionistas feverishly hunting for 2.55s Chanel re-released the bag in 2005, bringing it a new generation of glitter girls and post-preps. 

Since the original 2.55 bag was released the quilted herringbone pattern has been featured on Chanel products ranging from cosmetics, to jewelry, to leather goods. Next to the double C logo, it is the second most recognizable Chanel symbol. Today, quilted herringbone patterns are widely used by many brands hoping to catch a bit of the Chanel luster, but there's nothing quite like the original, is there?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pinstripe Pinafore

I know that everyone talks about the beaches in Hawaii, but the parks are really tremendous too. Over my next few outfit posts I will be taking you guys along with me to a few great ones. Virtual vacation!

Today, I'm wearing my new all time favorite dress-- which I got on super sale. I owe a lot of credit for the score to Jessie, over at Blush and Blond. She's the queen of Lilly Pulitzer, and she gave me all the details on how to make sure I got the most out of the end of summer sale, where Lilly dresses can be found marked down from $300 to $60 or so. I'm not even going to tell you all how much I saved on this dress, but keep reading and I'll be sure to fill you in on all the details about how to clean up at the next sale when it comes around like Jessie did for me!

For the most part Honolulu parks are lush and green, but today we are visiting an exception. I am just completely enamored with this shady grove in Kapioloni Park. Between the winding wood and the tropic birds that swoop low along the ground it's one of the most mystical feeling places I've ever had the pleasure of exploring. I must say doing this post made me feel a bit like Goldilocks brunette sister.

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (past season, very similar here) Clutch: Vintage (similar here) Bracelet: Antique (similar here)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby #2 for Will and Kate!

Just as I was climbing into bed last night there was a flurry of activity on Twitter. The news, which broke via a tweet from the official Clarence House feed, spread like wild fire. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child!

Now, I'm sure that for many of you this elicits nothing more than a groan as you envision the royal baby media machine booting up, but I am an unashamed royal junkie. I cannot wait to watch everything from Kate's maternity style to baby name betting pools develop. So, in honor of the good news I've put together the top three style lessons I have learned from the lovely Duchess Catherine.

Lesson One: Fit & Flair Dresses are Ladylike and Flattering 

Kate always manages to strike the right balance between attractive and sophisticated. Anyone who's ever tried knows this is no easy feat, but you don't need a royal budget to pull it off.  Much of Kate's success can be attributed to her signature dress shape- a slim fitting, round necked top and a full, flouncy knee length skirt. Similar dresses can be snagged at a variety of price points!







Lesson Two: Make Your Own Classics 

Before Kate became a fashion icon most of us had never heard of the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump, but her loyalty to the shoe did for it what Sex and the City did for Manolo Blahniks. And, once the press started criticizing her for wearing the trusty pair of heels too often she kept right on trotting them out. The lesson here is clear: when you find something you love, embrace it. Don't get wrapped up in fashion cycles or trend chasing. I've assembled some of Kate's personal classics below to inspire you to find your own!







Lesson Three: Sporty Casual Does Not Mean Masculine

For most of my life I avoided all things "sporty" like a style plague I was terrified to catch. The vast majority of the sporty looks I saw either came off as sloppy, or overly masculine. Then, Kate changed my mind. When Kate dresses "sporty" she doesn't go all the way, like I believed you had to. Rather, she mixes feminine touches into her sporty looks to keep them feeling casual but pretty. Here, Kate is rocking a sporty polo with slim feminine jeans and a pair of heels. Perfection! Channel the look yourself with sporty-but-girl pieces.

Congrats Will and Kate! I wish you a beautiful pregnancy and looks forward to many happy months of style watching to come!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hair Color Trends... + A Big Change for Me!

My fashion sense is classic, possibly to a fault. I rarely pickup on trends, and when I do it's generally a retro look that's cycling back through. It's going to be a long wait if you're holding out for me in pleather space suit or armadillo heels.

But, when it comes to hair and makeup I'm decidedly more adventurous. In both areas I find myself really getting bored if I don't switch it up pretty often. If you follow me on Instagram you know I'm always posting new makeup items and looks I think are awesome, but I talk a lot less about hair. Despite it being, like, my true obsession. Without a pro stylist on board I would have burned my hair off long ago with my color explorations.

So... Me and hair color. I guess you could say it's pretty serious. As you can imagine I was positively itching for a change given I've had the same soft faded Brond shade since the inception of this blog. In trying to pick a shade I headed straight to the spring runways. The key trends I noticed were...

Coffee, Hold the Cream 

Lisa Perry Spring 2015 RTW, BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015 RTW

I think this is a good year to be brunette! The hues coming down the catwalk were deep, dark and dreamy. Plus, lets be honest, it's so much easier (and more affordable, aka easier on your shoe budget) to rock a single tone than to sit at the salon for 4+ hours once a month doing faded ombre with accent highlights and contrasting lowlights. I loved the shiny, monochromatic, neutral shades of brunette strutting the catwalk.

Platinum Blondes Have the Most Fun 

Hellessy Spring 2015 RTW, Nicholas K Spring 2015 RTW
No sun faded streaks here! The blondes that walked the runway this season were positively arctic. These cool, icy shades shimmered against black and white ensembles, but I'm going to go ahead and call it-- brunettes are getting it easy and blondes are getting a tough order Spring 2015. If you do decide to go for this look make sure you have an extra good stylist, and an extra good deep conditioner... Or... Maybe just sit this season out if you aren't naturally gifted with platinum locks.

Copper (CU)

Coach Spring 2015 RTW, Tome Spring 2015 RTW
I absolutely loved seeing the return of the copper based red. These shades have such a pretty, natural vibe. They are a lot easier to pull off the the fire engine, or purple based hues.

So, once I decided I definitely needed a change I weighted all my options. And, in the end, I wound up being the most inspired by... Downton Abbey.

All of my girlfriends are no doubt sick and tired of hearing me talk about how I want to match my hair to Michelle Dockery's, so I decided it's finally time to make the leap.

What do you think of the Spring 2014 hair color trends? Will you be taking any inspiration from them? How do you feel about leaving behind the sun faded, medium shades of the last few years?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sophisticated Picks from the French Connection Sale

Sale shopping is great, but lets face it, sometimes it can be stressful. No sale, I don't want to get in line before 5:00am. No, I don't want to obsessively reload my browser as I furiously try to check out before the stock of what I want runs out. And no, I REALLY don't want to use a "surprise" discount that could be 50%... but also could be %10... and I won't know which until I check out. For these reasons I find the French Connection Labor Day sale to be refreshingly simple.

All their sale dresses are just $69.99 from now until Labor Day.

Given that many of the dresses on offer originally retailed for over $300, that's a serious savings. Check out my favorites below.

As if that's not good enough you can use the code W14SHIP to get free shipping on all orders over $150. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coral Frock on the Honolulu Sea Walk

If you ever make it to Honolulu I strongly recommend you take some time to venture past crowded Waikiki beach to Kapiolani Park. Bring a picnic or a big cup of shaved ice, then camp out under one of the gigantic shade trees and watch the (impossibly fit) locals jogging, walking on tight lines, and just hanging out.

Then, for a real treat follow anyone you see with a surf board. At first glace it will appear that beach access in the area is restricted to the owners of the luxury condos that line the street, but the sea walk its self is open to the public. Follow the surfers through one of the many well-hidden passes and you will find yourself right on the water. The sea walk a gorgeous area for a romantic stroll, a peaceful session of quiet reflection, or take in a sunset.

Dress: Banana Republic (past season, similar here and here) Shoes: Prada (past season, similar here and here) Bracelets: Vintage (similar here)

Friday, August 22, 2014

State of the Kangaroo


Long time no write, I know. As you can imagine, moving from the continental United States to a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific is hard, but that's not really the reason I've been away. The unvarnished truth is that I had an amazing photographic partner in LA in Vivian Lin and I am having a devil of a time finding someone to fill her big shoes out here. 

I'm not going to insult you all with mediocre content, so there may be some empty space around here for a little while longer, but I promise I'm coming back. Boy have I got some beautiful places and things that I am looking forward to sharing with you....

Until then!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Five Rescue Beauty Lounge Polishes to Get Now

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know about my deep, unyielding love of Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes. I don't love RBL for their flawless formula, or their great customer service. They absolutely have both of these things, but if I'm completely honest so do a lot of competitors. What makes me so fanatical about my RBL is the line's creator, Ji Baek.

Ji approaches each collection the way an author might write a book. She finds a source of inspiration (past themes have been the six wives of Henry VIII, Georgia O'keeffe, and a Walt Whitman poem), then dreams up gorgeous colors that tell the story she envisions. As if that's not enough to make you go groupie status, Ji lets fans come along with her on the creative journey by sharing images, videos, and writings on social media. Color me obsessed.

And I'm not the only one. All Rescue Beauty collections are single run, so once they're gone, they're gone. Because of this it's not uncommon for popular colors to sell out during pre-sale, never even becoming available to the general public (but don't worry- you can get on the pre-sale list easily on the RBL web site). Ardent fans like me put the dates of collection unveilings on their calendars, and set alarms to make sure they log in to the pre-sale early enough to score their hearts desires. This is exactly what I will be doing for the Italian Summer collection due to be unveiled tomorrow at noon on the Rescue Beauty facebook page.

I can't tell you what you should pick up from it since I don't even know what's in it yet, but I can tell you which currently available polishes from past collections you should pick up with your Italian Summer order. Without further ado, here are my top five favorite still-available RBL colors, in order.

Oh Slap!

Image via Kellie Gonzo
This gorgeous pink jelly polish from the Anatomy of a Korean Drama collection is just a dream to wear. The color is soft and feminine, but still poppy enough to be fun. Plus, the shine on this shade is unstopable. On me it still gleamed after 10 days, two trips in the ocean, and one dresser refinishing. Seriously, what more can I say? If you get one past collection polish get this one.

Small, Dim, Summer Star

Image via Kellie Gonzo
Small, Dim, Summer Star from the A Poem collection is the polish I will personally be picking up with my Italian Summer order. It really does feel like a summer sky full of stars to me, and I can't wait to rock it on balmy Hawaii evenings.


Image via Pointless Cafe
 As if I already haven't given you enough reasons to love Rescue Beauty, from time to time Ji makes fan polish dreams come true by putting together "fan collections." If you doubt the results that would produce let this beautiful polish stand as proof that the fan collections are always lovely. By the way, did someone say Frozen themed nail polish? Because this is totally Frozen polish! I will be picking this up with my Italian Summer order as well.

A Lonely House

Image via Makeup Withdrawal
Like Small, Dim, Summer Star this beauty also come from the A Poem collection. When I look at this shade I see two things that are nothing like each other at once: first, I see (and oddly, smell) saddle leather. Second, milk chocolate. Whichever this polish reminds you of I'm sure you'll agree it's a sophisticated neutral shade that will look beautiful no matter the season.

Lotus Elise

Image via Scrangie
This gorgeous electric red is the result of another fan collection. I love that it's a classic red that's so very.... not. There's something undeniably loud about it, without the brashness of a full on glitter polish. It's got that sexy it factor that reminds me of a Bond villianess!

Have you tried Rescue Beauty polishes? Let me know what your favorites are in the comments!

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