Fashion Reverie’s 2023 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Gift giving can be hard, especially with so many people on your list.  To help make the holiday season merry and bright, rather than stressful and hurried, Fashion Reverie has put together some of their favorite holiday gifts which everyone will love!  No matter if you’re shopping for your significant other, tween daughter, bestie at work, Disney loving aunt, or jet setting sister-in-law, we’ve got you covered this holiday season!

Olfactory NYC’s At-Home Customization Experience

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For anyone who’s ever dreamed of working with top perfumers who crafted iconic fragrances such as Le Labo’s Santa 33, Tom Ford’s Tuscan Leather, Calvin Klein’s CK One, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Mon Paris to create their own scent that’s entirely them, this is the perfect gift!

Olfactory NYC’s At-Home Customization Experience kit lets the lucky recipient of the kit explore nine core Olfactory NYC scents.  Once they find a favorite, an Olfactory scent expert will mail back a second kit filled with different options of notes mixed with that core chosen fragrance.  They’ll send a sampling based on individual preferences, other favorite fragrances, and any other likes/dislikes shared. 

They’ll then send back a custom bottle of perfume with their own signature scent!  They even get to name it and pick a color for the label, so It’s completely unique to them!

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These are unisex, each crafted fragrance is designed to the individual’s preferences and to pair best with their own body chemistry.   While it is a 3-step process, your giftee will have so much fun picking out their favorite and be left with a unique fragrance that’s truly their own!

New York local?  Gift an in-person experience at one of their three locations, to work with their hands-on experts, and craft a fragrance at their store.  Check their website for more information, go to

Olfactory NYC’s At-Home Customization Experience kit $85

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Grace & Stella Energy Drink Eye Mask

Between poor sleep schedules, harsh makeup removal routines, too much sun, and just aging skin it’s hard to find anyone who couldn’t use a little extra moisture and rejuvenation for their under-eyes.  Grace & Stella Energy Drink Eye Mask is perfect for a shot of hydration and the gold eye masks reduce puffiness and redness for younger looking more awake eyes.  It works even better when chilled! 

These under eye gel masks also cancel out the blue- purple tones from lack of sleep.  They contain tons of nutrient rich ingredients such as glycerin for moisturization and Chondrus crispus powder which protects against the visible effects of blue light exposure, so everyone can look refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Grace & Stella Energy Drink Eye Mask


$30 for 24 pairs

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Grace & Stella’s Rainbow Bath

There are few things more relaxing and better for self-care than a warm bath, but Grace & Stella’s Rainbow Bath will take your tub to the next level.  These cloud shaped bath bombs leave whimsical rainbow streams of color when added to your bath.  Made with moisturizing lavender they turn any bathroom into the ultimate relaxation sanctuary.

Grace & Stella’s Rainbow Bath bombs are also infused with shea butter for moisturizing skin, coconut oil to soothe and provide additional moisture, argon oil to protect the skin barrier and improve the look and feel of the skin, and olive oil to relieve dry, itchy skin.  A perfect gift for teens, tweens and anyone who enjoys a little whimsical self-love.

Grace & Stella Rainbow Bath Bomb



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Pattie Yankee’s Agape Cuticle Oil Pen

Any budding at home manicurist knows the importance of cuticle oil to keep your cuticles from looking ragged and ruining your manicure. Pattie Yankee’s Agape Cuticle Oil Pen is filled with nourishing oil and perfect for quick application on the go.  Now even these cold winter temperatures won’t mess up their nails. 

And why not pair it with one Pattie Yankee’s vegan, cruelty free polishes?  With so many gorgeous highly pigmented shades in neutrals, metallics, and this season’s hottest hues, you can’t go wrong!  Perfect for friends, co-workers, and stocking stuffers!

Pattie Yankee’s Agape Cuticle Oil Pen


Pattie Yankee’s Nail Polishes


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Bobbi Brown’s Limited Edition, Luxe Cheek & Highlighting Palette

Bobbi Brown’s Limited Edition, Luxe Cheek & Highlighting Palette is the perfect gift to add a little glamor in one easy golden compact.  With these three shades, the lucky recipient will be able to sculpt, add dimension, highlight, add a flush of color and even create a lit-from-within glow.  This palette comes in 2 stunning variations perfect for any complexion; choose between Golden Glow and Rose Glow.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Cheek & Highlighting Palette


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Define Me’s Snow White 85th Anniversary Perfume

Define Me’s Snow White 85th Anniversary Perfume is perfect for the Disney enthusiast in your life.  With a light, but alluring scent featuring top notes of juicy red raspberry and red currant; middle notes of violet, lily of the valley and of course red apple; and base notes of sandalwood and amber. This scent will transport you into Snow White’s world and is equally suitable for a walk in the woods, as it is for a day dining at the castle.

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Aveda Moisturizing Travel Trio Gift Set

Give the perfect set of moisturizers for hands, feet, and lips with the Aveda Moisturizing Travel Trio Gift Set.  This set comes with three Aveda hero products; ultra-moisturzing Hand Relief, Foot Relief, and lip saver in the perfect mini sizes to stash in a gym bag or a carry-on bag for a splash of instant hydration! 

All products are vegan and cruelty free and proven to deliver softer smoother skin. Plus, the gift box was designed by couturier Iris van Herzen, with sustainability in mind, using reusable fibers.

Aveda Moisturizing Travel Trio Gift Set


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TOCCA Mini Fragrance Set

These adorable mini perfumes make for an amazing, luxurious gift with six mini bottles each in its own little window.  This set includes some of TOCCA’s most popular scents, Florence, Stella, Colette, Cleopatra, Giulietta and a new scent, Lucia, all which are heavenly and sure to please.

This gift is perfect for anyone looking to play around with fragrances.  The tiny bottles are ideal for jet setters looking to throw a bottle in their toiletry bag, those who hit the gym/yoga studio regularly and need something to keep in their gym bag, or to keep in a desk drawer to freshen up at work. 

TOCCA Wonders Collection Mini Perfume Deluxe Set


—Janine Silver





Summer of Beauty Lovefest

As the summer heat intensifies and we embrace the spirit of love and self-expression, finding the perfect beauty products to create a modern groovy look can be quite a challenge.  No matter if you’re festival hoping, glamping or just relaxing poolside, a summer of love beauty routine needs to focus on withstanding the challenges that summer brings, especially humidity!

Fashion Reverie reached out to the experts at Beautyque NYC, Tom Ford Beauty, and KISS to gather some insider recommendations on unlocking your modern groovy beauty potential.

A Touch of Glitter

According to the team at Beautyque NYC, “one key element of a groovy [summer] look is a captivating and shimmering pout. Staygolden Cosmetics’ Glitter Lip Kit is the perfect solution for those who want their lips to shine with boldness and longevity.”  Available in a range of stunning colors like So Fairy, a peachy pink, and So Bae, a diva inspired rose gold, this lip kit offers a “sex-proof, food-proof, and liquid-proof formula, ensuring your lip color stays intact throughout the night.”  This sparkly lip kit is perfect for those looking to make a statement without worrying about running to find a bathroom and reapplying every 10 minutes!

Available at $23.00

An Easy Manicure

No time to get your nails done?  Not to worry, KISS Voguish Fantasy Nails are perfect for summertime in an array of cute on-trend styles including tie-dye, ombre, marble, multicolor, and florals. These press-on nails are waterproof and smudge-proof, lasting for up to 7 days!  They apply in minutes, so you can easily change up your manicure as often as you like! 

The kits include 28 fake nails, pink gel nail glue, a cuticle stick and a mini file to level up your manicure in minutes.  But the best part is that they remove easily without damaging your natural nails.

Available at $8.99

Stay Safe in the Sun

Sun protection should really be a non-negotiable for everyone.  The sun can cause extensive damage so it’s so important to start with a base with SPF protection like, MyCHELLE sun Shield Liquid SPF 30.  This tinted sunscreen provides a flawless finish while protecting from damaging UVA/UVB rays.

Plus, it does not contain retinyl palmitate or chemical UV absorbers including octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, or PABA. It’s made without parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and artificial colors!

Available on for $23.99

Shimmery Lids

To achieve a groovy look that transitions seamlessly from brunch to late night drinks, the Beautyque NYC team knows how to keep the partying going with the Code 8 Beauty Eye Shadow Iconoclast Palette. “It is a versatile gem, offering a variety of vibrant shades to create both every day and glamorous eye makeup looks. With a single palette, you can effortlessly transform your style for any occasion. Pair it with Code 8’s blush for a natural flush of color and their BB Cream for a flawless and radiant complexion.”  Want even higher pigmented colors? Use the primer as a base and wet your brush for a look that’s groovy and all your own!

Available at $59.00

A Touch of Highlights

Add a sunlit iridescence finish to compliment your summer tan with Tom Ford Beauty Soleil de feu Glow Highlighter.  This luxurious, lightweight powder formula stays put for all your summer activities.  According to Tom Ford Beauty, “this luxe highlighter captures the luminous glow of a fiery sunset over the sea.” 

This highlight won’t flake, settle, or crease for a flawless finish that lasts all day long.

Available at $95.00


Light Up on the Go

A summer of love might transport you to overnight festival grounds or other less than ideal locations for getting ready. Not to worry, The MegaPuff, a solar inflatable lamp allows you to utilize the power of the sun to get the perfect makeup lighting.  You can even choose between multiple options of warm and cool light for the perfect on the go beauty set up, but it’ll do more than that, it’ll light up your whole space! The MegaPuff provides up to 12 hours of light and is waterproof. To set it up, just pull the handle and twist for a sanitary setup that doesn’t require blowing into anything.

The MegaPuff also doubles as a charging port, which is a lifesaver after draining your phone battery with those amazing selfies!

Available at, currently on sale for $38.00

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Need More Personalized Recommendations to Kick off Your Own Summer of Beauty Love Fest?

Still unsure how to find the best products or to find your perfect colors?   Beautyque NYC has launched the Beta Version BeautyQoach, a unique feature that caters to those seeking personalized beauty guidance. The BeautyQoach provides tailored recommendations, accounting for individual preferences and desired outcomes by filling out a form.  Whether you’re looking for the perfect summer makeup routine or advice on combating the challenges of humidity and water activities, the BeautyQoach can help you find the right products for you.

Go to to learn more and if you’re in New York, don’t miss out on visiting Beautyque NYC and trying out BeautyQoach for yourself! 

No matter where the summer season takes you, soak up some rays, enjoy time with the people you care about, and be sure to have a little fun with your beauty routine!

Janine Silver

Fragrance Watch: Ladies’ Spring 2023 Fragrances that You Should Own

Spring is the perfect time to stock up on a new fragrance, as this is a popular time for new fragrance releases. It is also a perfect opportunity to look for a new perfume that could become your new signature scent, whether you are more into a romantic floral scent or a fresh floral scent. Fashion Reverie is here to make your search seamless as we know that finding your new favorite scent can be a very long process.

Lolita Lempicka So Sweet 3.4 Fl oz $100

French Design House Lolita Lempicka is launching their scent ‘So Sweet’ in the US with the help of JC Penney. This scent was first launched in Europe and South America in 2017 where it was quickly discovered that this scent was popular with the demographic of women under the age of 35. With notes of cherry, mandarin orange, raspberry leaf, iris, and rose this sweet fragrance perfectly embodies the Lolita Lempicka brand. The brand is also proud to note that this fragrance was made without coloring agents, fixatives, filters, or endocrine disruptors and was never tested on animals.

Nine West Fearless Eau de Parfum 3.4 Fl oz $59.95

Nine West and Zappos together launch the new fragrance designed for women, ‘Fearless,’ which is now available exclusively through This fragrance, inspired by the confidence of the Nine West Women, aims to represent the wearers most powerful self. The fragrance has top notes of bergamot, ginger Madagascar, and Central Park honeysuckle, and middle and bottom notes include Fresh Bosc Pear, Tubeliane De Laire, and Queen of the Night Jasmine, Vetiver Madagascar, Golden Amber, and Deep Musk. This is a fragrance that hopes to embody the bold, powerful, and romantic aura of a women.

Liis Lucienne 50 Ml $165

This new fragrance from Liis emulates brightness and light. Made in California, Liis focuses on making fragrances from exceptionally high-quality products and formulated without preservatives, dyes, phthalates, sulfates, Liis is also cruelty-free, vegan, and allergy tested. With notes of pomelo, lemon zest, magnolia, dragonfruit, waterlily, crisp amber, and marine accord, this scent evokes warmer temperatures.

Jo Malone London Osmanthus Bloom Cologne 50 Ml $112

Jo Malone London, known for their bold and long-lasting scents, has a new fragrance, Osmanthus Bloom. Osmanthus Bloom is one of the three scents of the Blossoms collection and has notes of petitgrain, osmanthus bloom and cashmere bloom which all together bring out additional notes of apricot and soft suede. Jo Malone scents are great for all day wear as the scents are powerful and alluring scents and are sure to make heads turn.

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Urthy Scents Darling Duchess Body Spray 3.3 Fl oz $16

Urthy Scents started by two sisters, who were diagnosed with the beginnings of an auto immune disease, have created fragrances that have zero phthalates and are clean and toxin-free—which means no more headache-inducing scents. Darling Duchess is one of four scents that is part of the limited-edition Mother’s Day gift boxes. Each scent is available in a coconut wax candle, body oil, sugar scrub, eau de parfum, bath bombs, and a car diffuser. Darling Duchess includes notes of soft peony, crisp pomegranate, and seductive suede. This scent is a great one for springtime as it incorporates the great floral notes of peony and the fresh scent of pomegranate.

—Phoebe Howard

Beauty Alert: Avoid these Wedding Day Beauty Mistakes

Be not only the most stunning, but the most prepared bride by avoiding these common wedding day beauty faux pas.  Fashion Reverie spoke with expert makeup artists Tory Kuivanen and Janae Niles, with MAC and pro artists Rhona Samuels and Rafael German, with Valentino Beauty on all the do’s and don’ts of getting glam for your wedding day. 

From what products to keep around for touchups, to what not to do the day of the ceremony, these tips will ensure you look amazing and can spend more time enjoying your wedding with your guests.

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Do Focus on Skincare

“On your wedding day, what you really don’t want to see is makeup on the skin. It’s all about being romantic. If you’re drawn to the skin because there’s so much makeup, it takes away from the beauty of the day,” Samuels shares. “Which is why it’s important to prep the skin properly with good skincare … making sure [the products are] absorbed into the skin nicely. It’s like whoever is doing your makeup [should be] pretty much giving you a facial with the skincare.”


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Don’t Forget to think of the Weather

Different seasons or climates make a big difference to your skin and even subtle changes to the conditions, temperatures and humidity, can make or break your look. “I highly recommend a setting spray so that the makeup will last all day,” Samuels explains. Ideal for all brides running around and dancing the night away, but a setting spray is even more important in warmer temperatures.

German shares a few tips while explains, “I like to use matte for the summer but for winter weddings, I like to use a base oil. For the summer weddings, I like to use the Armani face balm, because when I put it on, it makes your skin dewy and radiant. When you put on the makeup [on top] it’s just more natural and more youthful.”

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Do Practice Self Care

Take care of your skin, drink enough water, and get some sleep the night before.  Weddings can be stressful, but you don’t want that to show on your face.

“Rest is the number one thing to keep in mind.  Makeup is meant to enhance you … but it won’t cover if your eyes are puffy,” explains Niles who recommends a whole face mask to hydrate, refresh and plump the skin. Kuivanen also recommends applying eye patches the night before or the morning of.

Don’t Experiment with New Products

 Your wedding day isn’t the day to try out anything new.  “Don’t use any new products.  No new skincare, no new makeup,” explains Niles, as It could cause breakouts or irritation. Not only should you try out any products way ahead of time, but you should also take some photos to be sure you love the look in the camera and not just in the mirror.


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Do Keep the Camera in Mind

“Honestly, do your makeup for the camera because anytime a professional photographer is taking your picture, the makeup you have on kind of disappears,” Kuivanen explains.

“Go a little more than you think you need; most makeup artists know to do this already.”


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Don’t Forget Touch Ups

Kuivanen recommends keeping some lipstick or lip gloss on you as well as keeping some powder on hand for quick touchups. You don’t need much. But having these two or three beauty staples on hand will allow you to look your best all night long.

 Do Trust Your Makeup Artist

“Always trust your gut,” Samuels advises.  “You find a good artist then you feel like that is the artist for you. Then trust the artist. It’s your vision, but they will bring your vision to life.”

Janine Silver







Beauty Alert: What’s In and What’s Out for Spring 2023

Fashion Reverie spoke with the top hairstylists and makeup artists to get a handle on what trends are passe and what to do to update your look for spring. With so many trends the one piece of advice nearly every expert wanted to pass along is, when in doubt, just keep it simple!

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Out: Baking Your Skin

In: Cloud Skin

“Baking has a time and a place, most of the time it’s not required.  It’s really for the stage.” explains Nick Luhan, lead artist for Kevyn Aucoin backstage at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) who instead recommends a lighter, more natural cloud application.

To get the look, Luhan recommends starting off with a beautiful complexion and a really lightweight skin tint, before applying powder.  “Then you’re going to use a small fluffy brush and you’re going to work the products really good into the bristles.”  Kevyn Aucoin’s Duet Blush Brush is Luhan’s favorite for this.  “You’re not going to bake with it. You’re not going to pack it on thick,” Luhan explains. “You want the brush to almost look like there’s nothing in it and then you just gently press and roll it into the complexion. So, it’s just a really sheer application versus really packing it on. Then you flip the brush over, and you dust it off. So, it’s really allowing the skin to really be its beautiful radiant self.  We’re not packing on that powder and muting it down anymore.”

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Out: Overly Done Perfect Hair

In: Effortless, Grungy and Casual Styles

Jon Reyman of Spoke & Weal Salons, Lead Guest Hairstylist for Aveda created individual bun/ponytail hybrids for the runway, bringing that casual look onto fashion’s main stage. “This season, grungy has been a story, kind of rock and roll-ish, but also quite glamorous,” Reyman explains.  “It’s a lot of graphic hair, a lot of done hair … really chic, but there’s this juxtaposition of edge and grunge, sort of rockery.”

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Out: Extremely Fluffy Brows

In: In-between Brows

Fluffy brows had a moment, alright a big moment.  However, according to makeup artist Molly Ganster, lead artist with New York Makeup Academy, “Fluffy brows are still staying, but they’re not as fluffy as they used to be. Everyone is asking for fluffy but tame.”  It’s still a statement, but a much more subtle statement now.

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Out: Hard Contour

In: More luminous natural skin

“It’s really been about a nice, fresh complexion—very natural just enhancing [your] own features,” shares Aveda, Pro Makeup Artist Maria Livingood.

Cassandra Garcia, Lead artist for Bobbi Brown also agrees, “I love to see fresh skin. So, the less is more approach is for me, nothing too much.”  Garcia explains that makeup is ever evolving, but really loves that Fashion Week is embracing natural.  “I love that each model is individual. We really get to let the skin shine through, too.”

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Out: Super Lined Lips

In: Celebrating Your Natural Lips

Ganster stresses natural is in this season and to skip overly lined lips.  The focus is no longer on making your pout bigger but celebrating what you have and keeping [your] lips more realistic.  Ganster kept lips more natural backstage at Homolog, instead focusing on giving each model a nice blush, resulting in a pretty look that wasn’t overly done.

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Out: Exaggerated Edges

In: Playing Up Natural Textures

“Natural. It is all natural,” lead hairstylist Jorge Luis explains.  Sharing how much [he is in love] with all the natural textures on the runway and on the streets, too.  “It is all effortless. Chic, natural, beautiful hair… the wet pieces stuck to the forehead, I’m so over that.  It is time to move on …”

“I’m seeing a lot of natural hair, which I love, I think the story for me with like consumer side is like, let the hair be… just let it be,” Reyman explains. “Put a good product in, let it air-dry or diffuse it, but don’t overdo it.”

Reyman also loves natural hair because it is better for your hair.  “Heat damage, mechanical damage, chemical damage … I think hair health is such a big conversation right now. So, for me, I support [natural].  I mean I am backstage with all the models and their hair is destroyed because they’re going from show to show, and hairdressers are just pushing [their hair] as far as it can go.”

And if your hair needs a little help before you’re ready to embrace your natural texture, whether it be straight, curly or something in-between, Reyman recommends everyone starts by minimizing damage—make sure your irons and blow dryers aren’t too hot—and then using a product that supports the hair, such as Aveda’s Botanical Repair Bond Building Styling Cream, a vegan award-winning cream that repairs strands from the inside out, while smoothing frizz at the same time.

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Out: Short Plain Nails

In: Long, Sparkly Stiletto Nails

Long nails have been dominating the runways, especially the stiletto style categorized by its thin pointy look.  According to Pattie Yankee, celebrity nail expert, “right now I’m seeing a lot of stilettos … However, it’s all about long lengths this season, as well as a lot of nude shades with sparkles.” To get the look, start with a long nail and apply a nude base with a touch of shine or a full-on glitter topcoat.  One gorgeous shade from Yankee’s own namesake collection, Have a Little Faith, which is a shimmery peachy shade, was very popular backstage and incorporated in many of Yankee’s gorgeous creations including her updated Aurora Nails created for Pamella Roland’s latest collection.

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Out (kind of): Red Lips

In: Mauve Lips

While the red lip will always be a classic, Livingood explains that this season it’s more mauvy, more natural and more nude.  She’s loving these more natural shades for a fresh look for spring.

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Out: Long One-Note Strands

In: Short Hair and Bangs

TRESemmé Global Stylist Justine Marjan loves a fresh cut for spring.  “We’re seeing a lot of short, really cute haircuts, bangs and face framing pieces. More individuality with your haircut.”

Also add some accessories! This season it’s all about adding a little something extra; bows, scarves and flowers are great adornments for any haircut.  “We’re kind of in an era where anything goes,” shares Marjan.

Fashion Reverie loves these tips from the experts, but all of them agree … at the end of the day there are no rules!  Wear whatever makes you feel your very best.

—Janine Silver

Top Beauty Trends from New York Fashion Week Fall 2023


This season it’s all about easy, natural beauty looks with just a dash of “cool.”  While the models at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) have a team of expert makeup artists, hairstylists, and manicurists to make sure every pimple is covered and every hair is in place, these understated styles can easily be done at home.  All the experts we spoke to agreed that this season it’s about enhancing natural complexions, following the texture of your natural hair, and playing with nude manicures (with just a touch of something extra).

Fashion Reverie has rounded up our top tips from the New York runways so you can recreate them yourself—no beauty team needed!

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Metallic French tips

Nude nails with a metallic tip was a staple at top collections, including Cucculelli Shaheen and LoveShackFancy! 

“It is about Radiance. The radiance of darkness turning into light… and finding a light in the dark, Explained” Pattie Yankee, lead nail artist and owner of the Pattie Yankee line of polishes.  “We wanted a shiny, metallic tip to be the light at the end of like the darkness … a continuation of their skin [that extends] into light.”

Rather than painting on the tip, Yankee and her team applied Dashing Diva Magic Press press-on nails to each fingertip.  They then matched each model’s skin tone with a Pattie Yankee lacquer and applied that, leaving the chrome tip uncovered for an updated French manicure. “We just painted over it to the match the skin and so it had a little bling at the end,” Yankee explained.  Also sharing that the same nude shade was also applied on their toes for a very clean, basic pedicure.

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Similarly, LoveShackFancy also featured a golden tip.  Lead artist and KISS Brand Ambassador, Gina Edwards used KISS Voguish Fantasy French Design press-on nails, which complemented the brands, girly-with-an-edge collection.

Bibhu Mohapatra fall 2023 backstage image courtesy of Janine Silver

However, shades of gold were found in other subtle manicures, too. At Bibhu Mohapatra, Pattie Yankee created metallic scribbles to represent the writings of Nancy Cunard, political activist, heiress and writer, who’s poem “Wheels” really inspired the designer on a deep, personal level.  Yankee and her team used Have a Little Faith, a shimmery shade from her own line topped with golden abstract scribbles.  “We wanted to create a nude that wasn’t a boring nude,” Yankee states while explaining that we will be seeing a lot more variations on a sparkly, long, nude nail.

Low ponytails

This minimalist style appeared on dozens of runways, proving that sometimes less is more.  Dennis Basso celebrated his 40th year in fashion with a collection featuring fur coats and lots of gold from shimmery mini dresses to the finale number, a gold gown with a long cape worn by supermodel Beverly Johnson … and very simple low ponytails with side parts. Similarly, Malan Breton also showcased a collection featuring a lot of metallic elements and simple low ponytails, again with side parts.

Son Jung Wan fall 2023 backstage image courtesy of Janine Silver

However, at Song Jung Wan, lead stylist Jorge Luis, created center parted, low ponytails with knots on the side, to add a little fun to the look. Wanting to keep the focus on the clothes, Luis explains, “I always try do something off the face, so people would not miss any detail of the clothes, because at the end of the day it’s all about the clothes.”  However, not wanting just a plain ponytail, Luis wrapped strands of the models’ real hair around the ponytail and tied it into a series of small knots, reminiscent of the friendship bracelets that were popular at summer camps. These ponytails might be simple but are anything but basic.

Smoky eyes are back

Growing up in the late 90’s early 2000’s, no one was talking about cut creases or contouring—the staple look was the smoky eye.  With the return of so many 90’s trends, it’s no surprise to see many designers asking for the look to complement their collections.

At Veronica Beard, lead artist Romy Soleimani with Bobbi Brown created a very alluring look by smoking out chocolate shades from Bobbi Brown’s Golden Nudes Eye Shadow Palette and the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks in Cinnamon, Bark and Golden Bronze.  “It’s a lot of rich browns. It’s very sultry.  It’s a little bit wet on the lid and there’s a nude lip. It just feels very seductive … very sexy,” explains Soleimani.  To balance the eye look, brows were kept soft, and pouts had a swipe of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Beige Dew.

Dennis Basso also featured a smoky eye created by Marylisa Diaz-Aronsen Artistic Director of Makeup at Julien Farel Salon.  “The look is very soft, earth tone eyes, smoky, sexy, but not strong lines,” she explains.  The look is complemented with dewy skin, half lashes, and pinkish neutral lips with a touch of gloss.

Glowing pale pinks

Reds might be rocking the runways in terms of clothing, but pinks aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  Nowhere did we see lots of pink—both in the makeup and in the collection itself—than at LoveShackFancy. 

Cassandra Garcia, lead makeup artist with Bobbi Brown is all about the pink.  “The two shows I’m leading actually have a nice pink lip. I think everyone’s looking for something fresh and pretty and bright. Which is fun,” Garcia shares.

At LoveShackFancy, “it’s a really pretty pink blush to the cheeks, a lit from within glow, and we paired it with a matte lip color to kind of balance the glow in the matte … “Garcia then added a beautiful black winged liner to complement both the rest of the look and the clothes as well.

Bobbi Brown Boss Pink Luxe Matte Lip color was then applied, “we just pressed it on with our finger. So, it looks like almost like a powdery finish, which is nice, because it’s that luxe matte finish. It gives you that powdered look,” Garcia explains.

The rosy hue was continued onto the cheeks with a highlighting powder to match each model’s complexion and then of course. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink which is a glowing cream blush. “So, whether it’s a pink glow, or an apricot glow, or a bronze glow, we matched it to the girls’ skin color and then pressed the Pot Rouge on top to keep that glow,” Garcia explains.

Done/Undone hair

Aveda Guest artist, Jon Reyman of Spoke & Weal Salons, created not one, but two perfectly done/undone looks backstage at Veronica Beard and LoveShackFancy.

For LoveShackFancy, Reyman was going for this “kind of Kate Moss 1990/2001 just lived in, kind of dirty, grungy, cool look … It’s done, but not done, heroin chic (minus the heroin).  It’s healthy, party at night and wake up and have cool girl hair.”  To get the look, he prepped the hair with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep to give the hair that late 90’s texture.  The hair was then dried with the Dyson blow dryer and waves were added with the Dyson Corrale. “Then we added some texture cream and a little of the Aveda Control Force to give some definition and to help support that lived-in look,” Reyman shares.

Veronica Beard fall 2023 images courtesy of Andrew Werner

At Veronica Beard it’s about simplicity.  The first look, “it’s pulled back, like they did it themselves.  Each girl is unique … we wanted it to be as if each girl knew what they were doing, but didn’t want to look like they knew what they were doing,” Reyman explains while describing the ponytail bun hybrid which he secured with Aveda control force firm, holding hairspray to make sure it stayed put, without looking too stiff.  The pony/bun hybrid has gone from a doing-the-dishes quick-up-do to a red carpet staple, seen on many celebrities, the most photographed being Kim Kardashian who wore the look to Milan Fashion Week last season.  However, Reyman was able to make each girl look fashionable and composed and as he put it, “done, but undone, but done …”

Not every model had their hair up, though.  “For the natural girls, we really are pushing for the natural curl and texture, because we love it so much … we just love to see hair being it’s natural, beautiful self,” Reyman says, while discussing the second look at Veronica Beard.

When it comes to picking a new beauty style, if this season teaches us anything, it’s to keep it light, keep it fun, and keep it natural!

—Janine Silver





On the Runways at New York Fashion Week, Everyone Is Just Winging It!

Bold, dramatic, and perfectly precise—the strong winged eyeliner has made a triumphant return to the runways of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) fall 2023 season. From edgy and angular to softly curved and reversed, modern takes on this iconic makeup look have been seen across a range of collections, from LoveShackFancy to Son Jung Wan. Adding a touch of edge and glamour, the strong winged eyeliner has proven to be a versatile choice for designers looking to make a statement on the runway, and a trend that is sure to inspire makeup lovers everywhere.

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At LoveShackFancy, lead makeup artist Cassandra Garcia with Bobbi Brown created a look that was all about balancing pretty with a touch of edginess.  “The look is a really pretty pink blush to the cheeks, really a lit-from-within glow and we paired it with a matte lip color to kind of balance the glow …” Garcia explains.  Then she added the beautiful black winged liner that was “crisp and perfect” to give a bit of an edge. The liner was used to complement the clothing, which featured dresses and tops in shades of pink with unfinished edges, bows, ruffles, and beading.  Additionally, the collection featured jackets, sequin pants, miniskirts and floral dresses in shades of cream, gray, black, and different metallics, which kept true to creative director Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s vision of “unabashed femininity and strength.”

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To complete the look, Garcia added a couple of coats of mascara that gave a bit of volume without being clumpy, keeping the overall effect fun and playful. For those looking to recreate the look, Garcia recommends grabbing a favorite pink lip color, using it on the cheeks for a quick and easy flush, and then creating a nice crisp winged liner with any black eyeliner, whether it’s a gel eyeliner or a pencil. Garcia also recommends using a Q-tip for that perfect winged shape.

Nick Lujan, lead artist for Kevyn Aucoin, brought his unique touch to the runway at Cucculelli Shaheen, with a beautiful, winged eyeliner and luminous rose gold makeup look. “We know winged liner from the ’50s. We know winged liner from the ’60s, and now certainly in the 2000s, winged liner has taken a new shape and form,” Lujan explains.

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Drawing inspiration from the radiant beams of light as the sun sets, “It’s all about that glowing skin. Really, really light foundation, we want to see the models’ skin through the makeup … and then that winged eye.” To achieve this look, Lujan used Stripped Nude Skin Tint for the foundation, as well as Glass Glow on the high points of the cheek, a main staple in all his runway looks.

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But the star of the show was definitely the winged eyeliner, which Lujan describes as an “understated fierceness.” He notes that the shape of the winged liner has evolved over the years, and this latest trend is “more elongated, more pulled out, for a siren eye mixed with a little bit of the fox eye that was popular a few years ago.” To round out the look, Lujan applied a highly reflective rose gold eyeshadow powder (which he mixed with a little bit of rose water) for a metallic and slick effect to pair with the winged liner.

Unsure how to get the perfect winged liner yourself?  Lujan also struggled for years and shares his tips for achieving the perfect winged eye. “When you’re working in scenarios like this, you want to balance the eye at the same time as you’re doing the winged eyeliner application. So, step one on one side, step one on the other side. Don’t try to make one perfect wing [on one eye] and then recreate it on the other side, it’ll never happen. You’ll drive yourself insane” Lujan loads his go-to liner brush with product, the Duet Definer brush—which has a lip brush on one end and an angled brush on the other end, then stamps right in the center of the eye.  He then dips his brush in more product and connects the inner corner to the middle.  Next he connects the outer corner to the middle.  “No wings, just the classic line.  After that point is done, you can apply your wings by looking straight into your mirror, which I think nobody does, they always stretch or close.  But just looking in the mirror, with your eyes open makes it so much easier, because you can see the angle you’re creating … and it’ll be a lot more symmetrical,” Lujan explains.

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If you’d like to try a new twist on a winged liner—look no further than Son Jung Wan’s fall 2023 show.  We caught up with lead artist, Marc Reagan to discuss the inspiration behind the reversed wing. Reagan shares that they wanted to bring in elements from the collection, such as different color palettes and textures, and create an icy, flushed, “coming in from the cold” feeling that felt modern and not just an average blush.

To achieve this, Reagan infused peachy tones into everyone’s complexion and used a white liner on the lower lash line to create the pièce de résistance, a white wing on the lower lash line bringing that element of iciness. By flipping the typical extension on the eye, creating it from under instead of on top, Reagan brought a unique twist on the classic wing.  To pair with the eyes, lips and cheeks had the same tones, and showcased a blurred lip line for an effortless look.

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In terms of trends at NYFW, Marc noted that there was a white liner moment with many artists incorporating white makeup into their look. However, Reagan made sure to make it purposeful and work with the overall look.

Winged eyeliner has been a makeup staple for decades, but the latest trend spotted on the NYFW runways takes this classic look to new heights. Featuring a crisp, dramatic wing that extends past the outer corner of the eye, the modern wing gives a bold and edgy vibe to any makeup look. Overall, the winged eyeliner trend is a must-try for anyone looking to add some low-key intensity to their look. And with these tips, achieving the perfect winged eye has never been easier.

—Janine Silver

NYFW Beauty Trend Alert: Forget Glazed Donut Nails, There’s a New Nail Trend for 2023

While Glazed Donut nails had their moment, we’re calling it now—2023 is the year of the updated Aurora Nail!  Taking on an almost iridescent quality, the new Aurora Nail represents a pretty take on the swirling Northern Lights. It’s easy to recreate at home, even if you’re terrible at doing your own nails and highly customizable to fit your own color palette.

Inspired by Pamella Roland’s fall 2023 Aurora collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Lead Nail Artist and founder of the Pattie Yankee brand, Pattie Yankee created mesmerizing nails to bring Roland’s inspiration to life. 

“These are really, really easy. You don’t have to be perfect.  You can be messy and swipe them and put the colors any which way you want; whatever shades you want to use to create it,” Yankee shares.   For example, if you wanted a more blue or green nail, you could switch the order of the colors for a nail that resembles the green shades, which are more prominent in the Northern Lights in certain areas of the world.

To get the look from the runway, Yankee started by applying her own line of press-on nails, Patty Yankee Inspire 24 DIY Pre-Glued Clear Almond Nails (available at Sally Beauty and Of course you could create this look on your own natural nail as well, but her press-ons are a great alternative (and perfect if you have trouble painting with your non-dominant hand, since you can create the look and then apply it!)

Regardless, if you use a press-on or your own nail, start by applying a clear base coat over the nail.  Think back to painting with watercolors.  If you apply the color to a dry canvas, it will make a sharp line; but if you soak the canvas beforehand, the colors will spread out into gorgeous patterns.  You want to make sure you don’t skip this step to ensure your nails have that magical, celestial vibe.

Next, Yankee lightly streaks four shades from the Pattie Yankee polish line onto the wet base coat.  The colors she used are Flower Power, a soft pink, Unbothered, a pastel blue lavender, Heavenly, a sky blue, and Abundant Life, a mint blue green.

“We wanted to mainly focus on the pink shades, so I started making light streaks of pink in the middle,” explains Yankee who knew Roland was a fan of a pink nail.  On either side of the pink, she lightly applied a little of the purple shade, followed by blue on the edges and just a tiny dot or two of green. (Yankee applied a small dot on the top right corner of the nail and the bottom left corner.)

Don’t worry about making straight lines or pretty swirls; the beauty is in the blending.  Once you have the colors how you’d like them, apply a sheer, shimmery polish on top of the wet nail, dragging the colors together.  Yankee used Have a Little Faith, a peachy shade with a touch of sparkle, again from her own line at Roland.  “It just all blends together and looks like the Northern Lights,” Yankee exclaims.

One helpful tip when recreating the Aurora Nail, is to make sure to have something to clean your brush between applications, Yankee shares.  Then once the nails are dry, Yankee added one more coat of Have a Little Faith to add a little more shimmer and then a topcoat. 

Images courtesy of Janine Silver

However, an Aurora Nail doesn’t need to be pastel. Yankee also loves the look in darker shades and shared some sample nails perfect to wear for the next few months!  So, make the Aurora Nail your own and be sure to share your creations!  We’d love to see them!

— Janine Silver


Rose Gold Beauty for Valentine’s Day 2023

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get inspired by some of our favorite celebrity beauty looks, pairing pinks and metallics. From adding a hint of rose gold to your locks to metallic lids with luscious pink lips, here are four celebrity approved beauty looks that will help you make a lasting impression on your special someone this Valentine’s Day—but are equally as appropriate for any Valentine’s Day fête!

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Champagne Blonde with a Kiss of Rose Hair

With over 60,000 hashtag mentions and a 60% increase in searches for ‘champagne blonde,’ it’s no surprise that everyone is looking to go lighter this year.  Even Madeyln Cline sported the popular new shade (in a slightly darker hue) at The Critic’s Choice Awards.

Redken, the salon haircare leader for over 60 years, has announced that 2023’s haircolor of the year is Champagne Blonde with a Kiss of Rose.  This warmer hue with the touch of rose, makes it now even easier to take the leap to blonde with a softer and more natural look, which flatters a large range of skin tones and hair types.  According to Matt Rez, Redken Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Colorist, “It is a soft, neutral color, with a strong emphasis on shine, that resembles a glass of your favorite sparkling drink.  It’s a blonde that looks good on everyone!”

The Gold Rose Family is the newest addition to Redken Shades EQ collection, the No. 1 demi-permanent color in the US and trusted by over 400,000 professional stylists.  The secret is in the Gloss Bonder which works by “blonding and bonding—the gloss helps repair weak bonds that are more vulnerable to breakage,” repairing in one step.  Formulated with a Triple Acid Complex it only takes 20 minutes for hair to look warmer, blonder, and healthier.  Redken offers their new collection in three shades, Sparkling Wine, Blush Spritz and Golden Fizz, each calibrated to natural undertones with a subtle rose reflection.

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Metallic Lids

Swipe on a metallic shade across your lids for a quick and easy way to enhance any beauty look.  Plus, if you’re planning to go platinum (or slightly darker blonde) with a hint of rose gold, a warm metallic shadow such as Gen See’s Mixed Media Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow in First Light will complement your new look perfectly. Or try Gen See’s Mixed Media Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow in Desert Highway or Bronze Age. You can’t really go wrong with a touch of gold (or bronze) and a pink lip to add a little warmth to your skin tone. And the creamy, highly pigmented formula does not disappoint.

Another star with gold in her sights is Olivia Wilde.  She emphasized a gold breastplate which she wore to the LA Premier of ‘Women Talking’ with gold eyeshadow and rosy-pink cheeks. 

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Add a Subtle Flush  

A little blush is easily the simplest way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit.  At The Critic’s Choice Awards, Michelle Williams sported a gold one-shoulder Louis Vuitton dress paired with a pink cheek and lip, courtesy of makeup artist Angela Levin. Elle Fanning also opted for a flushed cheek for her Critic’s Choice Award makeup created by artist Erin Ayanian Monroe with a combination of L’oreal Paris’ True Match Super Blend Blush in Subtle Sable on the cheekbones and Barely Blushing on the apples of the cheeks. 

For a touch of flush on the go, Gen See’s Clean Sheen Cheek + Lip Color is ideal to throw in your bag for a little extra rosiness on your cheeks or to give your lips a hint of color. 

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Full on Rose Gold

At the Golden Globes, Rhianna looked gorgeous thanks to makeup artist Priscella Ono. “We wanted to create a clean, refreshed beauty look using all rose gold hues as a soft juxtaposition to the dramatic structure of her gown. We kept the eye minimal and mixed different rose gold tones on her lips, cheeks and body for an all-over sheen,” explained Ono in a press release.  Using all Fenty products including Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Rose Rave and Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminzer in Fu$$y.

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Looking for more ways to rock pink and gold for your Valentine’s Day Events? Take a cue from Emma Chamberlain at the Met Gala, who dazzled with soft pink lips and a high blush placement while dripping in jewels at the famed costume party.

Whether you’re going out on a romantic date or simply want to treat yourself, there’s nothing like a pink and gold look to make yourself feel extra special!

—Janine Silver

Beauty Prep for Your Holiday Parties

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Glittering lights, spiked hot beverages, and a general merriment is in the air, which means the holidays are here. While you might have picked out the perfect outfit for all your festive fetes, to look your best you need to focus on your beauty routine.  Colder weather is leaving skin dry and less luminous, stress and excess alcohol consumption can show up on your face, and all those glasses of red wine leave stains on your pearly whites.

To combat the changing seasons, daily stressors and even just too much partying, Fashion Reverie has rounded up our favorite products to quickly prep for any holiday shindig, so you always look and feel picture perfect!

Puffy Eyes?

If you’ve been working too hard, traveling across the globe, or just operating on less sleep than usual … it’s going to show on your face.  However, Yes To Cucumber’s Depuffing Under Eye Masks are 100% cotton under eye masks, designed to awaken the undereye area while soothing and smoothing. 

“Clinical results show that after 4 weeks of use, over 90% of consumers felt their undereye area was less puffy, smoother and soothed,” states the brand. 

Don’t have 4 weeks to get rid of the dreaded puff? Fear not, store the masks in the fridge, and apply to the area to minimize puffy eyes so they can look their best, quickly! Yes To Soothing Depuffing Under Eye Masks for Sensitive Skin, Cumber $14.99, available at

Less than White Teeth?

We can’t be the only ones who put on our makeup, get dressed and glance in the mirror on the way out the door only to realize our teeth aren’t as white as we’d like.  If you only have 2 minutes to a white smile, Luster 2 Minute Pearl Infused Whitening Kit is for you.  The best part is there are no trays or strips.  This 2-step system where you simply prep with the pearl infused rinse and then apply the serum to your teeth.  The system is enamel-safe, so it does not cause tooth sensitivity, a major drawback of all the strips we used in the past.

Added bonus, with consistent use you can whiten your teeth up to 6 shades in only 3 days! Luster Premium White 2- Minute Pearl Infused Teeth Whitening Kit $11.96, available at

Split Ends?

Keep your tresses looking luxurious and healthy by sealing in moisture and repairing dry, damaged locks with Two Drop Hair Serum by Mounia.  Between the cold weather wicking away moisture and over-styling–we’re looking at you straighteners and curling irons–it’s easy for your hair to turn from silk into hay this time of year.

Two Drop Hair Serum provides all day protection.  Designed to repair hair strands and also strengthen, smooth, and shine, this serum is silicone-free and infused with organic Argan Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil.  Apply a tiny amount (2 drops) to instantly make your hair look healthier and party ready!

Two Drop Hair Serum, $40.00 available on

Dark Circles?

Need to get rid of dark circles quickly to look party ready?  grace & stella’s A Dream Come Blue Eye Masks are a fan favorite with over 8,000 5-Star reviews and are even used by celebrities like Jessica Alba. 

These cooling gel patches are designed to reduce dark circles and undereye bags, all while hydrating and soothing.  Plus, they’re vegan and cruelty-free!  All it takes is 15 to 20 minutes to look instantly more awake.  Filled with skin-loving ingredients like Niacinamide to protect the skin barrier, camellia sinensis leaf extract oil (derived from tea plants) to combat dark circles and reduce wrinkles.  Apply these patches to the undereye area and let sit while picking out your outfit or doing your hair, to be ready in a flash.

Be sure to check out their other 2 Eye masks. Everything is better in pink which is a collagen boosting eye mask and It’s like an energy drink for your eyes, their anti-wrinkle and energizing mask. grace and stella Eye Masks, $21.99 for a package of 24 available at

Lips Looking a Little Thin and Lackluster?

No matter if you’re planning to pucker up under the mistletoe or just looking for a more beautiful and fuller pout, JOAH has you covered.  JOAH Beauty Top it Off Plumping Lip Oil Set is formulated to soften lips and increase volume, plus you’ll love the silky water-shine finish and iridescent sparkle.  Infused with fine pearls and lavender oil these three shades in Prosecco, Bellini, and Bubbly can quickly be swiped on as you’re heading out the door for an instant boost to your lips!

JOAH Beauty Top it Off Plumping Lip Oil Bundle, $15.99 available at

Droopy, Tired Skin?

MyChelle’s G2 Instant Firming Serum is made without chemicals or parabens for a cleaner product designed to smooth skin and immediately improve firmness.  Apply before your holiday festivities to refine texture and diminish the signs of aging, thanks to the serum’s signature blend of Argireline peptide, Instalift from Goji Berries, and fermented Pomegranate Extract. Give it a little shake and apply two pumps to cleaned skin to leave your skin feeling moisturized and toned.

MyChelle G2 Instant Firming Serum, $50.99 available at

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Need a Burst of Hydration?

An alcohol-free mist that tones skin like Humphreys Soothe: Witch Hazel and Rose Alcohol Free Toner Mist is the perfect way to hydrate and tone your skin.  Made with wild-crop certified witch hazel and featuring a delicate rose scent which will have you feeling ready to take on any event, from that work party (with that one co-worker who always talks your ear off) to your bestie’s ugly sweater party!

Humphreys Soothe: Witch Hazel and Rose Alcohol Free Toner Mist $7.45 Available at

With these new products you’ll be ready for any occasion.  Be sure to share your favorite holiday beauty tricks with us and have a happy holiday season!

Janine Silver

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