It’s been one of those weeks where all the minutes blur into a hot mess of espressos, subway rides, cat naps and 3am calls with Asia. Despite the fatigue creeping in on the edges, we’ve been drinking in the amped up energy in the office. We’re planning some, if we may say so ourselves, ridiculously exciting new additions to Peach and Lily (stay tuned!), so it’s been a labor of love lately. And that’s always worth it.
After a meeting in midtown east, instead of heading home, I took a breather on 5th ave. Who needs energy drinks when there are studded Valentino heels and buttery leather Saint Laurent bags (as controversial as they’ve been) perched on perfectly polished shelves? Ahhh, carefully curated high fashion. This is my version of red bull and a soothing wine rolled into one - uppers and downers that relax and energize you all at once (at least psychologically).
In leather and pleather to check out some leather.
(Wilfred pants, Frye boots, Sandro sweater, Balenciaga bag, Isabel Marant jacket)
Came home tonight with enough energy to burn the midnight oil.
For those waiting to hear about the specifics on the face oils from the previous entry, fear not, that’s coming later this week.
Today, per the request of a Peach and Lily friend, we’ll discuss the classic beauty trilemma - how do you keep your under eye area well hydrated, yet eyeliner in place and at the same time easily removable. Usually, two is achievable and that’s on a good day. We’re lucky if we can even get one fully going. Dare we seek to achieve all three things???
It’s possible ladies. Here are a few solutions.
- Hardcore solution: Don’t skimp on the eye creams. This is a must. AM and PM. (we can and should have a whole separate discussion on eye creams - why they’re important and how you find one right for you) In the AM, when you’re then going through your makeup routine, what do you do? Your eye area is wonderfully hydrated and awesome, but totally slippery and not ready for eyeliner, especially of the undereye variety. The first thing you do after the eye cream settles in (give it a couple minutes), you put on BB Cream or a primer. Pat it in, and let it absorb as well. Then you apply your undereye liner. Let that dry. Then you reapply the BB Cream right under the undereye liner. Let that settle in again. I love this because the BB Cream highlights and offsets the eyeliner again making the contrast result in a neatly lined eye surrounded by subtle brightness. So awake looking and crisp. Finally, the most important step is to take a matte powder (could be loose or pressed) and dab onto your pinky (if your pinky is small ;>) or a qtip and pat onto the skin under the eyeliner. The powder will help keep the eyeliner from smearing throughout the day. The KEY is to let everything settle in between steps. The other trick is that the BB Cream and/or primer helps lock in the moisture and the powder will sit on top of the BB Cream soaking that in vs. soaking in all the moisture you just put into your skin from your eye cream. The powder just sits atop the BB Cream (vs. your skin) and acts as a smudging barrier. All of this washes off relatively easily.
- Product solution: Or you can just use these two products. Amazing and lasts seriously through the day. This allure pick ergo liner or this iconic liner that flies off shelves because it solves the trilemma. That easy. And it washes off pretty easily.
- Tattoo solution: Or get a permanent or semi-permanent liner tattoo. =P
Let us know how these tips go!
Face oils are recently making headlines in skincare. Here’s the science behind why face oils totally do live up to the hype.
And why we just launched a few that we LOVE in time for the fall weather.
- Better absorbability: Without getting too verbose, beauty R&D spends a lot of money on figuring out how to get a lot of amazing ingredients deep into the skin because water (the base for most beauty products) have particles bigger than the skin’s barrier and therefore without a whole bunch of hydrolyzing and other scientific-magic, absorbability becomes an issue. It’s a key problem that beauty labs solve for. And they have come up with a lot of nifty solutions. Having said that, oils are amazing because when applied before other more cream-like products, they have the ability to “trick” the skin to let other key ingredients (e.g. vitamin C ester, peptides, etc.) into the skin. And the deeper layers of the skin is where fibroblasts that product collagen live. And this all happens without irritating the skin. Win, win, win.
- Better hydration towards youthful, less saggy skin: With age, the skin’s moisture barrier breaks down and oil production decreases. Essentially, the skin becomes more like a dried out sponge than a fluffy, hydrated sponge. Oils are lipophilic and pass through the skin’s lipid layer faster and help hydrate the skin’s deeper layers more effectively than a lot of creams and serums.
- Helps with making skin less sensitive: Some face oils help reduce inflammation and irritability, which in turn results in soothed skin that can better handle some of your other skincare products.
- Heapings of antioxidants: Many face oils are powerful, natural antioxidants that will fight free-radicals (big enemy in maintaining youthful skin).
- Ironically, helps with keeping face more oil-free: Stripped, dry skin kicks in oil production to compensate and leads to overcompensating with excess sebum production. Face oils help keep the skin nourished of oils and reduces the skin’s overproduction of oils to keep skin more balanced.
Here are some amazing face oils that we thoughtfully curated for you (scroll down to section that says Face Oils). Today, will just stick to the science. Tomorrow will be the fun bit on the products - what each of these oils do and why we HAD to select these. Hope this was helpful!
Perfect red lips instantly dress up any look and gives it that classic hollywood glam.
Here are our top favorite red lips looks:
2) Red on red. This combo is a showstopper. Always.
3) Fun, sexy red lips juxtapose so well with the more conservative, buttoned up high-collared shirt.
4) Anything autumnal. Red lips are the perfect fall accessory.
5) Our favorite. Soft, voluminous hair. Bold red lips contrast so well with flowy, feathery hair. And somehow when the two are paired together, nothing screams vixen more loudly yet gently than this combo.
Our favorite shades include: 1) Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Pirate, 2) Nars Lipstick in Heatwave, 3) Mac Lipstick in Ruby Roo, 4) Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick, and 5) Clinique High Impact Lip Color in Peach Pop (has SPF 15 to boot!).
Big red XO! - Alicia
Seoul is home to some of the most fascinating beauty trends. One of my favorite as of late is the gradient lips.
What is it? The lips are matte and skin-colored on the outside and become increasingly darker on the inside with a subtle pop of color where the lips meet the inside of the lips.
Like so (it’s a pretty subtle look, so you have to look closely):
Why do this? 1) It gives dimensionality to lips and makes them look poutier, 2) It has that “just bit” look and ends up looking pretty sultry in a way that’s opposite than the sultry look achieved by a lot of high shine and gloss, and 3) Because it is a bit of a lighter color (you can’t do gradient lips as well with cherry red), it creates the illusion of darker, larger eyes. All pluses, in our books.
How do you do this? Step 1. Take your foundation, BB Cream, powder, whatever you use around your mouth area and actually apply this onto the outer areas of your lips. Step 2. Take a colorless gloss and apply all over lips excluding the very outer area. Step 3. Take a pop of color (peach, pink, a lighter red) and dab onto the very center of both lips, but concentrating only on the very inside area of the centers. Step 4. Take your fingers or a brush and lightly brush that color outwards, but not all the way out. Step 5. Enjoy your gradient, ombre lips. It’s really a sweet look but subtly sensual.
My attempt: Yes, I need more practice. Both with the ombre lip makeover-ing and with taking pictures! ;) I did get a few compliments, though, when I wore this look out with smoky eyes. Have fun ombre-ing.
Big fat ombre kiss! - Alicia
After every skincare and makeup routine, my vanity table makes me want to cry. Brushes splayed everywhere, powder staining everything, skincare products all over the place, caps missing, and that tiny lip gloss brush constantly missing. Seriously. Enough is enough.
Pinterest to the rescue. Here were some top ideas that inspired me (the After pictures of my organized vanity to come - need to get some much needed containers first):
1) All about the trays and small containers. Trays create visual boundaries and instantly make the vanity look and feel organized. We love the aesthetic of the mirrored trays!
2) The sidewall mounting! Saves space, looks great and allows for easy access. A bit more involved than buying trays, but if you’re handy, this is a great idea!
5) Getting creative with cross-pollination of different rooms in the house. It’s always a visual treat to organize using objects that are typically used for other things.
On that note, happy hump day, folks. Off to grab a cappuccino from tarrallucci (best cappuccinos in town!).
Hello beautiful people! It’s been a while since our last post. We’ve been heads down curating our next batch of incredible brands straight from Korea and Japan for you - so stay tuned for that here: (www.peachandlily.com).
Now that we’re back in NYC, we’ll be better about keeping our blog entries coming!
We saw these 10 tips on a well researched article, and thought we’d summarize and share - hope this puts a smile on your face!
1. Exercise! Endorphins are released, body circulation improves, and overall mood is lifted. Oh, and it’s obviously good for your health, including the skin.
2. Sleep enough: Some folks need 6 hours, others need 8. Between 6-8 hours of sleep, studies show that people react less to negative emotions. Combat negativity w/ some zzz’s.
3. Find a regular commute path: It’s hard to acclimate to conditions that change (heavy traffic one day, light another), so the daily, unpredictable commute can add to irritation.
4. Hang out w/ your loved ones: This one is obvious, but we don’t always make time for it. Many, many studies show the profound impact on happiness when we reserve consistent quality time for family and friends.
5. Get out of the house! The outdoors is like gold for your happiness quotient. And apparently, happiness is maximized at 57 degrees Fahrenheit. (I know, seems a little chilly to me, too, but that’s what studies show)
6. Remember, it’s not all about you: Helping others at least a couple hours a week does wonders in keeping a smile on your face.
7. Smile wide: Shown to alleviate pain in tough situations and even help with concentration and enhance cognitive tasks. Awesome.
8. Plan a trip, even if you don’t take it: Anticipating things, like vacations, boosted happiness much more than the vacation itself. Couldn’t agree more - part of exciting events is the part where you get to look forward to them!
9. Meditate: Clears the mind, and leads to heightened contentment, awareness and empathy. Beginning the day with a cup of tea, soft music and breathing deeply can be the best thing you do all day.
10. Say your thank-you’s (and mean it): Leads to serious happiness and satisfaction.
Cheers to a happier, more radiant you!
You know those people who look impossible fresh at baggage claim after a 7+ hour international flight? You can be one of those! ;) More seriously, other than wanting to look fab during that fab vacation, travel can really age the skin. Everything from the super dry airplane air to the new climate and being unprepared for it skincare-wise to jetlag-induced sleepless nights decreasing the time the skin has to renew itself can be damaging on the skin.
The good news is that just a little bit of travel savvy can go a very long way.
Here are our top 3 tips for keeping that face flawless during those fun summer trips:
1) Beat the flight dryness: Planes are dry. No way around that. The issue is that not only does the skin suffer during that plane ride, but sometimes the skin begins to kick into excess sebum production mode to compensate for the dryness. This could then lead to increased oiliness and acne that can persist for even 1-2 weeks after the flight. Making sure your skin’s balance isn’t thrown off on the plane can help prevent this so you can bathe at St. Barths without that unwanted pimple on the chin. Here’s a foolproof way to ensure your skin stays hydrated: for that flight, go about your morning or evening skincare ritual but double down on the serums and moisturizers. Then, SKIP that powder or matte finish as that will suck moisture out of your skin. In a travel-size tub or bottle, pack some moisturizer. On the plane, with clean hands (hand sanitizer or washing hands in that dreaded plane bathroom works) dab on extra moisturizer (not too much) at least once every 2-3 hours, once after every movie you watch. If you need to sleep and can’t be bothered, check to see how hydrated you are and double down before sleeping. Essentially, the skin should look dewey and not matte to ensure the plane doesn’t dry you out. If you have oilier skin, you may not need to apply every 2-3 hours. As long as the skin is looking dewey and doesn’t have that matte finish, you’re good. The matte finish is precariously close to being dry, so just watch out for that. If you want to be extra good about this, use a paper facial mask (this is an example of paper facial mask, although there are single pack ones for much, much cheaper…coming soon on Peach and Lily actually) and pamper yourself with an extra boost of hydration while you fly. Look, the celebrities are doing this, too!
Jessica Alba and Lauren Anderson on a flight indulging in paper facial masks (we know, it’s a bit horrifying/hilarious, but hey the point is to look fabulous AFTER the flight not during the flight) en route to the Dior couture show in Paris. Picture from Glamour. com
2) Beat that jetlag: I’ll keep this one short. Your body goes through a lot during travel as it adjusts new time zones, new water, new food, being tired, etc. Your body’s energies focus first on the essentials and skin renewal is usually a second priority. I mean, this is a smart and good thing about our bodies - if we’re fighting off a cold, we want our body focused on that, not on creating an inner glow on your face. Let’s help our bodies and get enough rest to give it plenty of energy to work on the skin, too. A couple favorite ways to beat jetlag around here (and we do tons of travel to Asia) is to massage the temples lightly with lavendar essential oils and also put a couple drops on the corners of our pillows. Combine this with a hot cup of chamomile tea, and the discipline to actually curl up into bed at a decent hour that first night in a new city despite the desire to explore, and usually we’re out cold and back on track by the next day. We try to avoid sleeping pills, if possible, and try the aromatherapy + tea route first.
3) Beat the lazies: Short of this part sounding like a lecture, we’ll go ahead and say that often when we travel, the AM and PM skincare regimen either falls to the wayside entirely or gets cut in half. On top of that, the sunscreen is usually applied in the morning and then never reapplied with the incorrect assumption that the fab wide-brimmed hat will provide enough sun protection. Not only will this altered skincare regimen throw your skin off balance especially with all the other new variables in the picture, the exposure to sun will age the skin rapidly, but add to throwing off your skin’s balance. ESPECIALLY on travel, keep at your skincare regimen and please do take your sunscreen with you and apply liberally at least once every hour. It sounds excessive, but having dark spots that you later spend years trying to lighten up isn’t worth it. It’s these subtle changes on our faces that add the years to our look in a drastic way. Not worth it after all that time you spend taking care of yourself when you’re not traveling. (ok, stepping off my soapbox now)
Cheers to many fun summer travels!
The body’s ecosystem is such a marvelous and mysterious thing still, even with so much research done to understand how the human body works.
One area of research about our body’s ecosystem that’s so fascinating is around the olfactory region or our sense of smell.
Did you know that our sense of smell is almost ten thousand times more sensitive than our sense of taste? Did you know it’s infinitely more complex that we perceive through our eyes? When we use our eyes, the brain uses 3 types of photoreceptors to process the image. When we use our nose, we use 100’s of different kinds of receptors. Without getting too deep into the science, there’s a ton of research showing that natural essential oils will stimulate various parts of our brain, including the parts that will control our emotional responses.
Our own everyday experiences align with modern scientific research. We smell garbage and we have an emotional reaction of disgust; we smell eucalyptus and we feel soothed; we smell lavendar and feel peaceful (and its energetic qualities actually are demonstrated to help lull you to sleep); we smell citrus and feel a bit pepped up. The list goes on. In fact, even retail stores spend a pretty penny on perfumes that induce optimism and impulsion to splurge based on studies that show certain scents get us to open up our wallets more easily.
Essential oils and corresponding scents are used in traditional medicine (eg. ayurvedic, naturopathy, aromatherapy) and a recent clinical study has demonstrated clear benefits of aromatherapy on arthritis patients by using oils like rosemary and peppermint.
A core principle in using essential oils to balance the body’s ecosystem is the notion that our body has energy meridians that need to be balanced. Some cultures/medicinal approaches call it the “yin” and the “yang”, others call it “doshas”, still others might look to the “alkaline” vs. “acidic” nature of our bodies. In short, there are opposing elements in our bodies that need to be balanced for optimal health. And these elements are affected by our diet, amount of sleep we get, our psyche, our emotional health, among many other things. The essential oils are shown to impact the psyche, emotions and also induce things like sleep if we need it or pep us if we need that.
There are entire studies and phd’s around aromatherapy and essential oils so this entry won’t do it justice, but in a nutshell, each essential oil and scent can help balance the body and in turn, improve the skin from the inside out.
We love going through each scent and learning the benefits of each. Just to scratch the surface: Hinoki- calms the mind and increases focus; Lemon pine- fights afternoon drowsiness; Lavendar- soothes and lulls; Eucalyptus- helps focus and clears mind to alleviate stress.
Here are some of our favorite essential oils that we use around here.
Focus and Stress Free roll-on (I use this everyday!) and the Good Sleep roll-on http://www.peachandlily.com/search?q=focus+and+stress+roll+on.
And the lovely uka nail essential oils that is super luxe using an argan oil base, can be used on the nails, temples, neck, pretty much all over the body where dry or soothing, even the lips!
With that, cheers to a balanced and healthy weekend!