Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of September 21, 2020

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRANDParagon Sports Warehouse Sale

WHEN: Daily (11am–7pm)

WHY: 40%70% off your favorite brand. Brands include adidas, ASICS, Burton, Merrell, New Balance, Nike, Obermeyer, Patagonia, and The North Face. Masks and social distancing required.

WHERE:  867 Broadway at 18th Street

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BRANDMCM Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/23–9/27; Wed.–Sat, (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–6pm)

WHY: Shop men’s and women’s accessories at a discount.

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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BRANDMaje Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/29–10/04; Tues. (11am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Shop womenswear and accessories at a discount. Dresses: $95
Jacket: $125, Jeans: $55, Cardigans: $85, Tee Shirts: $55, Jumpsuit: $95, Pants: $60,
Shorts: $60, Skirt: $70, Coat: $200, Cashmere: $125 

WHERE: 260 5th Avenue

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Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of September 14, 2020

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRANDQuinn Moving Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/18–9/27; Daily (10am–5pm)

WHY: Limited stock and samples up to 80% off. Prices range from $20 to $95.

WHERE:  34 Cliff Street, 3rd Floor

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BRANDPaul Morelli Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/22–9/25; Tues.–Thurs. (9am–6pm), Friday (9am–5pm)

WHY: Fine jewelry at a discount

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street

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BRANDUlla Johnson Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/23–9/27; Wed. –Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop discounts on women’s ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, and accessories

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

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Trends to Expect from Digital Fashion Weeks

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Just like the rest of the world, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is adjusting to a “new normal,” thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. With the majority of this seasons’ fashion designers presenting their collections via computer screens and smartphones rather than live runway shows, fashion brands may now have to adapt their collections and design aesthetics to fit a digital audience. What might translate well on the runways may not always translate as seamlessly in a digital campaign. And though fashion weeks in London, Milan, and Paris are going forward with more in-person shows compared to New York, many designers are still opting for digital presentations in those markets as well.

The trends that editors, stylists, and customers can expect this year will be a little different. Fashion Reverie has curated some potential trends that you should be on the lookout for this Fashion Month.

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Bras that Pass as Shirts

With people having less of a reason to dress up, and work from home expected to continue for some companies through 2021, the bra as a shirt trend could be here for a while. 2019 became the year that celebrities re-energized the bra as shirts trend before it even had a chance to really hit the runways. Now, as consumers opt for comfort or luxury style, the trend is making its presence known.

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Heavily Patterned Face Masks

Designers are cashing in on the new essential fashion accessory, face masks. Of course, high fashion designers on the fashion week runways won’t be expected to produce your standard neutral-colored face masks or mundane cloth masks. Expect designers to give us everything from maximalist patterns, like florals and diamond prints, to bejeweled sequin fabrications.

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Statement Earrings

Designers are focusing more on accessories that can work those who choose to leave the house and those who are sequestering and communicating via Zoom and WebEx. Enter big statement earrings—a great look for those who live in places where they can be out and about, and still great for those safely working from home and trying to make a fashion statement on a video call.

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Statement Choker Necklaces

Trends from digital fashion weeks continue to be about the accessories.  Designers can be expected to create statement choker necklaces to help customers accessorize and accentuate from the neck up. The headshot has never been more valuable than in a world where digital conference calls are the new water cooler hangout spot.  

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Oversized Handbags         

These days, your purse has to hold more than your standard wallet, phone, and keys. Everything from spare face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes have become part of the morning purse check before you leave the house. Designers are expected to accommodate for these extra needs with XXL-sized handbags that will have both the usual compartment for your cell phone and room for a Costco-sized bottle of hand sanitizer.

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Camp Shirts

Somehow, out of the fashion trends that emerged during the COVID-19 lockdown, the one that might be the most surprising is camp shirts. Camp collars have long been a part of leisurewear, but with the options from neutral colors to bold patterns they come in, a lot of people are loving this shirt more than before. As people are more casual with fewer days spent in an office, the camp shirt has become the relaxed trend that we may flock to.

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The Shirt Vest

The menswear vest, sometimes referred to as a waistcoat, is finding popular traction again. The trend originally came about in the mid ‘00s thanks to Kate Moss, and has recently been seen on the runways of Saint Laurent and Victoria Beckham. The vest-as-a-shirt’s return to glory was brought on by an increased need for comfort and a simple piece that can be dressed up for a digital meeting or dressed down for your walk in the park. The shirt vest is poised to be the next spring/summer wardrobe staple.

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Righteous Reds

Red is one of the first colors that stands out to the human eye. At the recent digital fashion shows in Milan and Paris, many designers from Casablanca to Etro worked to incorporate red in some form into their collections. Red is an attention grabber whether it’s on video, at a physical presentation, or in a photo. Red also adds some fiery flare to spring/summer collections from the runway to your wardrobe.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of September 7, 2020

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRANDUMA | Raquel Davidowicz Basement Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/10–9/14; Daily (noon–6pm)

WHY: All items up to 80% off 

WHERE: 13 Crosby Street

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BRANDLa Perla Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/15–9/20; Tues.–Sun. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Shop women’s lingerie, sleepwear, swim & beach apparel at exclusive prices 

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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BRANDNancy Gonzalez Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/15–9/20; Tues.–Sun. (10am–7pm)

WHY:  Shop luxury handbags and accessories at exclusive prices 

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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BRANDBally Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/15–9/20; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Score menswear and womenswear at exclusive prices

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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New Autumn Fragrances for the Ladies

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“Each time we inhale or smell a Perfume, we are all going on our own very personal perfume journey” —Huib Maat

Recently personal care giant Unilever has reported that sales of shampoo and deodorant have taken a deep dive. Being stuck at home means certain folk aren’t concerned about how they smell. So why wear fragrances?

Since our world has become so small, taking little pleasures is truly important. Scent is tied strongly to memory and mood. Indulging in a new perfume can really be uplifting.  Fashion Reverie has reviewed several new perfumes and compiled a list of great fragrances for the fall 2020 season.

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Perfect – Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs has a vast library of perfumes to choose from, and his latest creation isn’t just perfect—that’s its name, Perfect!  It is a sophisticated blend of fruity florals that dries down to a creamy powdery scent in an elegant yet whimsical bottle. Jacobs has the word “perfect” tattooed on his wrist to remind himself that no one and nothing can ever be truly perfect, but we must continue reaching.

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Smyth by Henry Rose

Michelle Pfeiffer founded Henry Rose when she was unable to find perfumes with clean, healthy ingredients. The most recent addition to the collection is Smyth, a unisex fragrance that’s a sparkling blend of Granny Smith apple and melon notes combined with a deep musk making it ideal for fall 2020.

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Pleasures – Estee Lauder

Pleasures is a solid budget-friendly option from a respected brand. Capturing the romantic aroma of taking a walk in a garden after a summer shower, Pleasures is a clean, floral scent that contains notes of white lily, violet leaves, and green leaves.  It’s a light airy perfume that is a perfect for everyday and can easily be layered with other scents.

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California Dream – Louis Vuitton

Not quite ready to let go of summer? Well this fragrance has your back. With mandarin, vanilla, and amber, this is a luxurious scent that feels soothing and familiar.  The sleek gorgeous Instagram-worthy bottle captures the relaxing aroma of beach sunset.

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Les Epures de Parfum Discovery Set – Cartier

A wonderful sampling of three striking and vibrant scents comes in a red box that is so beautiful and elegant that you won’t be able to throw it out.

THREE-PIECE SET INCLUDES

  • Pur Muguet Eau de Toilette
  • Pur Kinkan Eau de Toilette
  • Pur Magnolia Eau de Toilette

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Idole -Lancome

This new fragrance from Lancôme was created by three uniquely talented female perfumers in France and is represented by brand ambassador singer/actress Zendeya.  This is a perfume for women by women. The musky rose blend of sophisticated fruity florals comes in a crystal-shaped bottle designed to lay flat on a vanity. To top it off, the bottle is refillable! Female empowerment never smelled so good.

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Byredo – Gypsy Water

As the weather turns cooler and air gets crisp, this perfume will take you on a walk in the woods.  A woody and aromatic fragrance that opens with notes of bergamot, lemon, pepper, and juniper berries, Byredo will transport you to a cabin by a lake in October.

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Classic Rain Perfume – Clean Reserve

With its notes of water lily and violet leaves, everyone who smells this perfume describes it as dewy flower petals after a summer rain. Since it’s so clean and aquatic, this scent is suited for layering with other fragrances. 

Clean Reserve just isn’t the company name, it’s also a motto. Clean Reserve cares about the health of the planet. Working with vendors who use green manufacturing processes and minimizing the amount of waste produced by the packaging is of paramount importance. The glass bottle is recyclable, and the carton is made from FSC certified paper printed with non-toxic soy and water-based inks. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

 

Fashion Reverie’s Biweekly Styleout Looks Back at Iconic VMA Moments

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Summer is winding down, so that means one thing, the MTV Video Music Awards! The 2020 VMAs are being hosted by one of our favorite multi-hyphenates, Actress/singer/Author/Talk show host Keke Palmer. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s show will be different. Instead of being inside a physical venue, the show is taking place at various outdoor spaces across New York City. There will be no live arena audience, and therefore, no red carpet.

What’s an award show without a red-carpet fashion review? Dreadful! We always look forward to seeing the style of our favorite music artists, so Fashion Reverie has created a little fashion retrospective and fashion inspiration for you! Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic VMA fashion moments, and see how you can turn those outfits into looks of your own.

Corset top: Burberry $699
Full length tulle skirt: Loulou $1,278
Gold necklace: Saks Fifth Avenue $270
Earrings: Latelita London $100
Stoned necklace: Ela Rae $328
Belt: Moschino $295
Shoes: Francesco Russo $242

Madonna (1984)

At the first MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna performed her hit “Like a Virgin” wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, including her “Boy Toy” belt. Later, while performing, she rolled around on the floor, revealing her lace stockings and garter beneath her dress.

Asymmetrical jumpsuit: David Koma $1,465
Earrings: Yvonne Leon $1,154
Ring: John Hardy $495
Skull necklace: Alexander McQueen $450
Purse: Philipp Plein $1,700
Shoes: Saint Laurent $1,695

Lil Kim (1999)

In 1999, Lil Kim had tongues wagging with her purple asymmetrical jumpsuit that exposed a pastie-covered breast. What made everyone’s jaw drop to the floor was when icon Diana Ross unabashedly jiggled Kim’s exposed breast on stage.

Dress: Rotate $284
Earrings: Gigi Clozeau $300
Necklace: Alighieri $253
Ring: Mulberry $225
Bag: Little Liffner $448
Shoes: L’Autre Chose $332

Aaliyah (2000)

Sadly, 2000 was Aaliyah’s last appearance at the MTV VMA’s. That year, she changed out of the simple black dress she wore on the red carpet, and donned a fur-trimmed yellow tiger-print dress to accept her two awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.

Thigh-high romper: Boohoo $25
Necklace: Effy $268
Tennis bracelet: Swarovski $177
Ring: Gucci $205
Waist bag: Supreme x Lacoste $309
Boots: Superga $143

Lady Gaga (2010)

The famous meat dress. Using raw meat to create her dress, headpiece, and to wrap her boots, Lady Gaga continued to push the culture forward with her fashion and performance art.

Jumpsuit: Versace Jeans Couture $364
Oversized earrings: Alessandra Rich $311
Sunglasses: Christian Roth $276
Ring: Marni $95
Bag: Alexander Wang $446
Shoes: Sergio Rossi $481

Amber Rose (2015)

In 2015, Amber Rose hit the carpet in a bodysuit covered in the derogatory names she’s been called, bringing awareness to slut-shaming. She has continued to embrace her sexual liberty, and proudly embraces the curves of her body.

Blazer: Norma Kamali $174
Shirt: Fenty $590
Pants: Goen J. $476
Earrings: Vetements $350
Ring: Sophie Buhai $1785
Shoes: Saint Laurent $895

Beyonce (2011)

After Beyonce announced her pregnancy on the 2011 MTV VMA’s red carpet, she performed her song “Love On Top” later in the show. At the end of the performance, she literally dropped the mic, unbuttoned her Dolce & Gabbana blazer, and showed the world her baby bump.

—Carl Ayers

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of August 31, 2020

Our weekly sample sales are back!! After being on hiatus for four months, Fashion Reverie finally decided to bring our Wednesday Samples Sales back. Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRANDHeartloom Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/28–9/04; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Shop mixed season pieces from Heartloom including coats for $60, sweaters, dresses, and bottoms for $35, tops L/S and S/S for $20, and tanks for $15 – hosted by Clever Alice. All items are sizes XS and S.

WHERE: 126 West 25th Street

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BRAND260 Multi-Brand Sample Sale Event

WHEN: 9/01–9/06; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat, (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop discounts on men’s and women’s streetwear apparel, outerwear, swimwear, shoes, and accessories at prices far below retail. Featuring a variety of fashion brands including Nike, Alyx, Palm Angels, John Elliott, Fear of God, Helmut lang, and many more.

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

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BRANDDerek Lam Sample Sale

WHEN: 9/01–9/06; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed. 1–Sat. (11am–8pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY:  Shop discounts on women’s ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, and accessories at exclusive prices

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

 

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Beauty Alert: Let Honey Help Combat your COVID-19 “Maskne” Challenges

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With its sticky texture, honey is usually thought of for sweetening a cup of tea or smoothie, not something you’d put on your face—but it’s actually a wonder ingredient,  noted for it’s exceptionally large range of benefits from helping prevent the common cold to clearing up acne. 

But not all honey is created equal. When looking for the medicinal properties and skin calming affects you need Manuka honey, a type of honey produced in New Zealand.  (So that bear shaped bottle in the back of your cupboard probably isn’t going to cut it.)

According to an article on healthline.com,  some varieties have a stronger antibacterial potency, so when picking the right type of honey look for the word “active” on the label and check the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and OMA (Organic Manuka Active) which should be 15 or more with an MGO (methylglyoxal) rating of at least 250.

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You can find many articles online on how to transform Manuka honey and a few other ingredients into a facemask, how to dilute it into a cleanser or even apply it as an acne spot treatment, but for a less sticky—and more effective results—Fashion Reverie recommend trying out some of our favorite new products.

Not only do these products encompass the magical effects of this pricey ingredient, they also combine other top skin-loving ingredients to keep your complexion calm and clear.

Here are the main properties that make this honey so beneficial for you:

Antibacterial and Anti-microbial:

Thanks to the active ingredients methylglyoxal and hydrogen peroxide and a low pH, Manuka honey helps protect against bacteria and microorganisms.  While more conclusive research needs to be done, it may help against E.coli and MRSA as well as help with the treatment of dermatological issues.

Anti-viral: 

With its compounds and enzymes, Manuka boosts your immunity to protect you against viruses.

Anti-inflammatory:

At the right concentration, Manuka honey and Manuka oil (taken from the leaves) reduces redness while blocking substances in the body that may cause inflammation, making it extremely useful in combating skin conditions like acne and eczema.

Antioxidant:

When the free radicals and antioxidants in our body are not balanced it leads to oxidative stress.  Manuka honey helps balance our bodies both when ingested orally or applied topically, which makes it a beneficial ingredient for its anti-aging properties.

Humectant: 

With a high sugar component, Manuka honey helps draw moisture to your skin (and helps you retain it) making it a great natural moisturizer.

 

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For the Biome’s Restore Essence Spray from

This mattifying mist acts a toner, blocking excess oil production and helps create an even-toned appearance. Packed with not only Manuka honey, but also Swiss black bee honey, and Probiotic 6-Plex, For the Biome’s Restore Essence Spray encourages cell renewal, protects against pollution, and protects your skin against blemish-causing impurities.

Borne from the idea of “awakening the skin-microbiome connection” and giving back (3% of every purchase supports climate justice, sustainable housing, and empowering women), all of the For The Biome products are made from natural 100% active ingredients, no preservatives, fillers or toxins.

Key benefits:

Protects

Hydrates

Tones

Balances

Mattifies

Microbiome-friendly

Pros:  The cooling spray feels refreshing on your face, not sticky.  While it does take two weeks to neutralize any skin impurities, it does feel hydrating right away.  Plus, filled with two honeys, 8 probiotic strains and two botanicals, this skin-strengthening formula is all natural. So, you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.

Cons: The scent isn’t all together one you’d associate with beauty products—more like fermented food—but the good news is that if you find it unpleasant, it does dissipate almost immediately.

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Aú Natural Skinfood’s On the Spot Treatment Kit

Eliminating some 168 known toxins that are commonly found in commercial skincare, the Aú Natural Skinfood line of products focuses on “super foods” for their skin healing benefits.  Made in New Zealand and focusing on local ingredients, it’s no surprise that Manuka honey is the starring ingredient found throughout the entire line.

This acne calming kit cultivates the powerful “antibacterial activity” from Manuka and Kanuka honey to help decrease inflammation—reducing redness and pimples.  But that’s not all, according to Aú Natural, the hydrogen peroxide found in the Kanuka leaf oil treats p. acnes (a bacteria that causes acne).

Key benefits:

Deep cleansing

Reduces redness

Anti-inflammatory

Controls bacteria (associated with conditions such as acne)

Softens skin

Environmentally friendly

Pros: The company focuses on sustainability with their “Refill, not landfill” motto, and all the containers are made from reusable aluminum or plant-based refillable pouches that are recyclable and compostable (in designated states).

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It can be hard to take care of your skin especially when the face mask you use to protect yourself feels likes it turning against you.  But with a little of this sweet nectar, you’ll be feeling better than your old self in no time!

Cons: Their Spot Gel treatment doesn’t come out of the container too easily.  However, if you open it up and stir it a bit, we found that the pump will work—just takes a little finessing as the formula is pretty thick.

The moisturizer does feel ever so slightly sticky on your skin.  While you won’t notice it after about 10 minutes (and even so, it’s very, very light) if you’re more sensitive to this (or in a rush to wash your face and put on your makeup) you should be aware that this product does take a bit of time to absorb into your skin.  (Their instructions say to wait 10-minutes before applying anything on top of the moisturizer.)

* Please note if you have an allergy to bees or any other ingredient listed in these products, it’s recommended you consult a doctor before starting a new Manuka honey beauty routine.  A full list of ingredients can be found on each of their websites.

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of August 17, 2020

Our weekly sample sales are back!! After being on hiatus for four months, Fashion Reverie finally decided to bring our Wednesday Samples Sales back. Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRANDBrandelis New York Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/13–8/31; Mon.–Fri. (11am–5pm)

WHY: Shop one of a kind lingerie at up to 50% off at the Madison store

WHERE: 66 Madison Avenue

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BRANDReiss London Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/18–8/23; Tues. (noon–7pm), Wed.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Shop women’s & men’s fashion, including ready-to-wear apparel and accessories at exclusive prices

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: Face masks and gloves are required. By appointment only. Reserve appointment at https://www.260samplesale.com/reiss-new-york

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BRANDCaroline Constas Sample Sale

WHEN: 8/12–8/16; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Shop women’s ready-to-wear apparel and accessories at exclusive prices

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

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Fall 2020 Beauty: Un-Masked

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In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything in all facets of our daily lives, and beauty is no exception.  Not even talking about the virus itself—which in addition to the well-publicized symptoms ranging in severity is also causing hair loss for many infected individuals—the preventative measures we’re taking are doing a number on our skin.

That said; this unusual fall 2020 season, Fashion Reverie is going back to the basics and focusing on skin!

So, leave your favorite lipstick at home—your mask is covering it up anyway—swipe on some mascara to play up those eyes and let’s talk about how to prevent the dreaded skin irritation and acne caused by friction from wearing a mask, now dubbed: “Maskne.”

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According to Elizabeth Mullins, MD, Board-Certified Dermatologist at Uptown Dermatology in Houston, TX, the prevention of “Maskne” and skin irritation caused by our newest everyday accessory, the face mask, starts with properly caring for you mask.  “Masks should be washed every day in hot water with laundry detergent and white vinegar (because of its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties) and dried on higher heat settings in the dryer,” explains Mullins.

 “Detergents with fragrances can leave residue in the fabric, which can also cause a rash in people with sensitive skin,” shares Mullins.  “Since repeated washing and drying may cause fabric masks to deteriorate faster, and because some people are sensitive to fragrance, I recommend using a mild, fragrance-free detergent such as Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Free and Clear.”

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Mullins also suggests keeping products that can build up on your skin to a minimum recommending avoiding heavy moisturizers and makeup, particularly in areas covered by your face mask. “Only use noncomedogenic products. Try to keep your makeup to the bare minimum to allow your skin to breathe …,” explains Mullins.  In fact, Mullins advises a lightweight tinted moisturizer instead of your typical face makeup if you really need something.

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But what if you’re already suffering the effects on your face from months of wearing your mask?  What can you do to clear it up?  Mullins advices, “Wash face twice a day, before and after wearing the mask. Acne prone individuals may benefit from cleansers that contain salicylic acid.”  Mullins recommends a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil or CeraVe for clear skin.  You can also, “spot treat pimples with a salicylic acid, sulfur, zinc, or 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel.” 

As always, fall beauty starts with healthy skin.  With so many things “attacking” our complexions normally everyday—pollution, ultraviolet rays, and toxins keeping healthy and clear can always feel like a challenge.  However, with half our faces covered to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, it can feel even more challenging this year than ever before.  So, while you may need to make a few tweaks to your beauty routine, clear, calm skin while wearing a mask day in and day out is possible.

—Janine Silver

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