Best Cover-Ups for Dark Under Eye Circles

by Melissa Meyers


Under eye circles are one of the most common beauty complaints and are usually inherited, accrued from late nights at the office or home, lack of sleep and general stress. I've tried hundreds of products that promise to cover and hide the "sleepless night look" and found that the ones below work best to conceal under eye circles. These will help anyone who's tired of looking tired!

Before using Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer

After using Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer

After using Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer

1. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, $42

This full coverage concealer is the perfect product to use if you want to hide any kind of skin imperfection. It really does work miracles when used to hide under eye circles! The formula is very concentrated and you only need to use a pin dot amount of product to get great results. The AmazingConcealer literally works like a magic eraser and is a must-have product of many celebrity and red carpet make-up artists. There are so many shades and to choose from so you can easily match your skin tone perfectly. I recently discovered this product and was blown away by how well it works!

2. Bobbie Brown Face Touch Up Stick concealer stick, $28

 Carry this mini touch up stick by Bobbi Brown in your makeup bag, and use it to conceal any imperfections, redness, or blemishes. Its creamy, full-coverage formula is perfect for covering dark under eye circles and other imperfections on cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. Love to use this one on the go!

3. Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo Anti-fatigue Corrector Pen, $49 

This new fab camouflage pen by Chantecaille works wonders in de-puffing the under eye area, helping to reduce dark circles and enhance skin's elasticity. It also helps even out skin tone and prevent formation and darkening of sun and age spots. Another perk--it keeps you crease-free all day!

4. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touche Eclat, $41.00

YSL’s Touche Eclat is one of the beauty industry’s best concealer products, used by models, make-up artists and celebrities. It's true that this product does what it claims--gives you the look of an instant eight hours of sleep with the click of a pen! The complexion highlighter makes dark circles, fatigue and fine lines virtually vanish. I have been using this concealer pen for several years (thanks Mom!) and would say it is my most important make-up essential. I even carry an extra one in my handbag for touch-ups. 

5. Judith August Orange Masking Creme-Superior Cover for Dark Circles, $25

This is one of the best concealers used to specifically hide dark under eye circles. The orange based concealer miraculously removes the darkness from under the eyes and the two undertones are then used to blend to your exact skin tone. This moisturizing  formula contains vitamin A and E. Also works wonders on bruises! Apply with a brush or dab on for best results.

6. Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer, $28

Laura Mercier's three-in-one concealer covers, de-puffs and brightens under eye circles. I like that you can build and blend this highly pigmented formula and use a tiny amount of product. It also contains honey and vitamin E. 

7. Covergirl + Olay The De-Puffer in 350 Medium, $9.50

The cooling metal applicator of the Covergirl + Olay product helps to diminish the look of puffy eyes and dark circles. This formula goes on thin and blends very well so you don't feel like you are wearing make-up. An excellent drugstore choice!


Emerging Abstract Artist You Should Know About: Randi Russo

by Melissa Meyers


Randi Russo, besides being my seriously talented sister, is a rising contemporary artist whose first solo exhibition is currently being held at the Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago. The show is called LIFE LINES and will be up until January 31st. Her abstract paintings are inspired by the post-World War II era (think Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky). I have seen Randi evolve over the years and this recent body of work is stellar. If you are interested in collecting contemporary emerging art, Randi Russo is one to watch! Below are some of my favorite paintings.

                      Marching Across Memory Mines, acrylic and watercolor pencil on canvas, 54"x 63"

                      Marching Across Memory Mines, acrylic and watercolor pencil on canvas, 54"x 63"

It is the organic gestural line work that distinguishes Randi Russo's paintings.  These lyrical lines define her style.  Biological themes are subtly represented through magnification and abstraction. As Randi put it, "[It's] as if I cannot pull myself away from what we're made of."

Large painting hanging at the Thomas Masters Gallery (sold). Invasion from the Inside Out, 65x65

In her artist statement, she goes on further to say: "It's now a time for me to reaffirm LIFE, to consider what life means in the face of adversity; how it travels from innocence to experience, from joy to despair and back to joy again, from tragedy to defiance to victory." 

Pinnacle, acrylic, watercolor pencil, chalk on linen, 42" x 50"

                 The Militant March of the Heart, acrylic, watercolor pencil, color sticks on canvas, 58" x 78"

What makes Randi Russo's work so special is the texture of each painting and use of different materials.

Topography Falling, acrylic paint and pencil on panel, 18" x 24"

Topography Falling, acrylic paint and pencil on panel, 18" x 24"

Cells in Motion, acrylic, pencil and chalk on panel, 24"x 30"

Wisdom and Angst (What it is to be a Woman), acrylic paint, glass beads and pencil on panel, 18" x 24"

About the Artist

Randi Russo was born and raised in New York, where she created a life and career through her songwriting and performing. The Village Voice has called her a “guitar goddess,” and that she’s “someone to keep your eye on… [and] her fame is pretty much guaranteed.” She has toured the U.S. and Europe, recorded three albums and two EPs, and has opened for well-known acts. In 2012, Randi moved to Chicago to pursue her painting while she continues to create music in two new projects. She has painted since she was a child and studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis. Her works have been featured in several group shows, including one at the Chicago Cultural Center. She is represented by Thomas Masters Gallery.

 

For any inquiries, contact:

THOMAS MASTERS GALLERY
245 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL
312-440-2322

thomas@thomasmastersgallery.com
www.thomasmastersgallery.com

Randi Russo:                                                                                                           rr@randirusso.com                                                                                            www.randirusso.com 

Paintings priced between $3000-$5500. 


Delicious & Smart Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

by Melissa Meyers


One of the best ways to control your weight is to choose healthy snacks that do not pack on the pounds in between meals. A cup of fruit or a handful of almonds are always great choices but do they really satisfy your sweet tooth? I've recently tried some delicious snacks that are healthier choices for those of us who just can't give up the taste of sugary treats! Below are some of my new favorites--ditch the power bars and give them a try!

1. ELEMENT SNACKS Rice Cakes, $19 for sampler pack

The rice cakes from ELEMENT are delicious and only 80 calories each! They satisfy your craving to crunch and your sweet tooth at the same time. With only 5 grams of sugar, you can munch on them guilt-free. The Founders are European and source and produce all the ingredients from small local farms in Italy. They are available in a variety of great flavors like dark chocolate (my personal fave), milk chocolate, sweet vanilla orange, and strawberry 'n'cream. My whole family is obsessed with these incredible snacks!

 ELEMENT Snacks are GMO free, gluten free, vegan (dark chocolate) and dairy free. They contain no preservatives, artificial flavors, corn syrup, trans fats, and cholesterol.

 ELEMENT Snacks are GMO free, gluten free, vegan (dark chocolate) and dairy free. They contain no preservatives, artificial flavors, corn syrup, trans fats, and cholesterol.

2. Natures All Foods Freeze Dried Organic Strawberry, $6 

Organic Strawberries from Nature's All Foods are yummy freeze-dried strawberries that are sweet and provide a natural source of vitamin C. They are a great addition to cereals, lunch boxes, desserts or just by themselves as a crunchy snack. They are raw, vegan, free of gluten, GMOs, colorings, preservatives, added sugar, wheat, dairy, peanut and tree nuts making it the perfect sweet snack for those with restrictive diets.

3. sweetriot 65% Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs, $44.99 (12-pack)

The socially responsible company sweetriot created amazing on-the-go treats that are good for you and your waistline. I love their all-natural dark chocolate covered cacao nibs--they are dairy free, gluten free and kosher too. Plus, they are filled with antioxidants and only one to two calories each. It's no surprise that celeb fans include Eva Longoria and Sarah Jessica Parker. Just pop a few in your mouth after a meal to satisfy your sweet tooth completely guilt-free! 

4.Chocolate Covered Calcium (Carmel) Bites, $7.49 for a can of 12

Get your daily calcium and your candy-bar craving satisfied at the same time with these Chocolate Covered Calcium (Caramel) Bites. The chewy bites taste like Rolos and contain 500mg of calcium and 6 grams of fiber. Plus, they are sugar-free and only 30 calories per piece. Fun fact--you burn 30 calories by doing any of the following: 8 minutes of walking, 3 minutes of jogging, two minutes of swimming, and five minutes of cycling. 

Going gluten-free? You will not give up on taste with The Good Cookies gluten-free almond butter chocolate chip cookies! I must admit, I am addicted. These delicious and chewy organic cookies are also wheat, dairy, and casein free. Each cookie is 100 calories, contains 7 grams of sugar and 13 grams of carbs. It's been the company’s goal to share their treats with people who are gluten intolerant ever since the Founder's Mom was diagnosed with Celiac disease. 

All cookies are beautifully hand-packaged and can be sent anywhere in the US. 



Mani Monday: Winter Wonderland

by Melissa Meyers


I am obsessed with opaque white as a winter nail color these days. Looks so fresh, clean, edgy--it's the cool girl color for this season. 

Loreal Nail color, Hit the Slopes

I decided to try this fashionable nail trend at the suggestion of celebrity "MAN"icurist and Global Nail Designer for L'Oreal Paris Tom Bachik who mentioned at a recent blogger soiree, "one the hottest nail trends now is to wear white after the summer. White is the new black."

With Tom Bachik, Global Nail Designer for L'Oreal Paris.

With Tom Bachik, Global Nail Designer for L'Oreal Paris.

White nails look great alone or as shown below with a sparkly, gold accent nail!

Loreal Nail color, Hit the Slopes. Highlight nail in 24 carat.


Best Dental Hygiene with Philips Sonicare Powerup Toothbrush

by Melissa Meyers


Here's the perfect product if you want keep your dental hygiene at its best. The Philips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush is a great all around electric tooth cleaner--it delivers more brush strokes in a day than manual brushing does in a month! 

This power toothbrush has a patented sonic technology that cleans your teeth by pushing fluid between them, and along the gum line. It's so easy to use and there's a 2-minute timer so you know how long to keep brushing. Another perk: the blue reminder bristles fade to white so you know when it's time for a new brush head (about three months). 

Now available in two new versions so you can customize your brushing. The blue handle offers medium bristles to reduce cavities and whiten teeth. The green handle has softer bristles to gently clean teeth for improved gum  health.

Philips Sonicare is the number one recommended electric toothbrush brand by dental professionals in the US. Visit www.sonicare.com for more details. Available at Walmart, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Drugstore.com.*

 

*Sponsored post


10 Best Holiday Gifts

by Melissa Meyers


Holiday time is the busiest time of year between traveling, going to parties, seeing family, and of course gift giving. It can be stressful to shop for everyone on your list so I put together my favorite picks for this season to help you find that perfect gift--there is something here for everyone.

1. Essie Collection, Large Vegan Tote Bag with Piping $140 (includes additional shoulder bag)

This versatile Essie Collection tote bag is the ultimate carryall! Perfect for travel or everyday use, the beautifully-shaped tote features soft faux leather with contrast piping, and is extremely spacious. It includes an additional slouchy shoulder bag inside that can hold all your daily essentials (looks fab worn on its own as well)! The chic, two-for-one bag is well-priced and makes a perfect gift for women of all ages.

Essie Collection tote bag shown with slouchy bag inside, $140.

2.Wheel of Wellness Tea collection, $75

Give this colorful and beautifully packaged Wheel of Wellness Tea Collection to anyone who is health conscious and enjoys tea time. The round gift box contains a variety of Kusmi's French wellness teas that include Detox, Boost, Euphoria, BB Detox, Be Cool, and Sweet Love.

 

Kusmi Wheel of Wellness Tea collection - $75. Available at Dean & Deluca.

Kusmi Wheel of Wellness Tea collection - $75. Available at Dean & Deluca.

3. FlipBelt, $28.99

Fitness enthusiasts will love this FlipBelt so they can carry all their necessities during a workout. The form-fitting belt has four pockets that comfortably hold an iPhone, keys, money and a chapstick. Available in a variety of fun colors and sizes. Perfect to wear while running, at the gym, or on hikes!

4.Clarisonic Limited Edition Mia 2 Capri Blue, $149 (a $221 value)
Give the gift of a spa facial at home or on-the-go with the Clarisonic Limited Edition Mia 2 kit. In just sixty seconds, this renown beauty gadget cleans your face six times better than hands alone. The kit comes in a chic patterned travel case and is a great gift for the girl who wants to keep her skin glowing!


5. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Collection, $65 
These amazing and best-selling Kiehl's products from their famed Creme de Corps line are packaged in a festive gift box that includes the Body Moisturizer, Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish (love!), Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, and Lip Balm #1. 

6. PhoneSuit Flex XT 

Anyone with an iPhone or Samsung will appreciate getting the PhoneSuit Flex XT as a gift  for the holidays to charge their "on-the-verge-of-dying" cell phones! The portable pocket tech gadget comes in three colors and will charge your phone anytime, anywhere. It can be plugged into your phone directly without using a USB wire!

7. Buck Mason Oxford Shirt, $88

Buck Mason is a new American-made clothing brand committed to manufacturing casual, classic and quality threads for men. What started with the perfect t-shirt evolved into a full collection of sophisticated basics. Give your man one of their timeless oxford shirts as a gift this holiday and he will thank you! 

Buck Mason Oxford Shirt, $88. Free shipping through 12.31.14

Buck Mason Oxford Shirt, $88. Free shipping through 12.31.14

8.  Rachel Katz Slim Bond Cuff, $265

LA jewelry designer Rachel Katz is knocking it out of the park with her geometric-inspired jewelry line. This fab gold cuff is classic with an edge and can be worn with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a cocktail dress.

 

9. Splash Tunes by FresheTech Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $45

Music enthusiasts will love this bluetooth shower speaker by FresheTech that can play music and even answer calls and hold conversations through the built-in microphone.
The compact speaker comes in five colors and has a battery time of 15 hours!

 

10. How To Eataly: A Guide to Buying, Cooking and Eating Italian Food, $26

The experts at Eataly including world-famous chef Mario Batali offer their tips and tricks to cook the best Italian food with this guide. The book covers everything you need to know about Italian cooking from the ground up. Inside, you will find a list of staples to stock in your kitchen, how to find the best ingredients in your market, a variety of delicious Italian recipes and more.


GLAMSQUAD: Hair & Makeup Stylists on Demand + 20% off Service

by Melissa Meyers


Want to spend less time and effort to look fabulous? Say hello to GLAMSQUAD, an app-based service that arranges house calls for professional hair and makeup styling. GLAMSQUAD brings their carefully-selected beauty professionals to you in the comfort of your own home, office, gym, or wherever you specify--think Uber for beauty. BONUS: First-time users receive a 20% discount when using the code MMxGLAM and booking with the GLAMSQUAD app.

Here's the deal...

Download the GLAMSQUAD iPhone app for real-time booking. If you're not an iPhone girl, you can still request an appointment online via the website.

Pick a hairstyle or a makeup look from their style menu, enter the date, time, and location. Once you book the appointment, one of their fully trained stylists or makeup artists will be on their way to you within about an hour! For blow-dries, you will be instructed to get in the shower 15 minutes before your scheduled time so the stylist can get started right away.

There are nine hairstyles and six makeup looks to choose from on the menu or you can ask the stylist to create your own vision. Below are some of my favorites!

Hair: The Weekender

Hair: The Weekender

Hair: The Free Spirit

Hair: The Free Spirit

Makeup: The Icon

Makeup: The Icon

Makeup: The Bronzed Beauty

Makeup: The Bronzed Beauty

I love that you can refer a friend to GLAMSQUAD for credit. For each friend that signs up, you will both receive a credit for $20.

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First-time users receive a 20% discount when using the code MMxGLAM and booking with the GLAMSQUAD app.

Pricing:
Blowout $50, Braid $75, Updo $85 & up, Makeup $75
20% gratuity will be automatically added to the above service price.
Personalized gift certificate for a blowout with makeup package is $150!

Mani's and Pedi's coming after the New Year!

Hours: 
6:30am to 9pm; to book outside of service hours, email reservations@glamsquad.com or call 212-202-2938.

GLAMSQUAD is currently available in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami (beta) and will be expanding to other major cities soon! 

Visit GlamSquad to learn more.


Best Fashion Pieces to Wear Through the Holidays and Beyond

by Melissa Meyers


It's always fun to dress festive for the holidays but hard to justify spending money on something you may only wear a few times. Wouldn't it be nice to add some must-have pieces to your wardrobe that are perfect to wear to any holiday soiree AND most of the year? Check out my list of favorite fashion finds that work double duty!

 

1. Ripley Rader Cuff Neck Backless Halter Jumpsuit, $220 

Timeless elegance meets modern chic with this jumpsuit by hot LA designer Ripley Rader. The fabulous one-piece halter is gathered with elastic at the waist and backless to the waistband.  Shown below in navy and also available in black and oxblood.

 

2. Dannijo Vala Clear Crystal Necklace, $414

Dannijo, the cool sister-duo known for their statement jewelry pieces, created this gorgeous handmade bib necklace. The silver plated snake chain is braided with Swarovski crystal strands and a crystal bib that falls approximately 17" long so it hits the neckline at the perfect spot. Celebrity fans of this special bauble include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Fergie.

 

3. Alice+Olivia Andie Faux-Fur Jacket, $550

Alice+Olivia's faux-fur jacket has an exotic texture and is cropped at the waist. It's the perfect chic, little jacket to wear over a dress for the holidays or with a sweater and jeans for a casual night out.

4. Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch, $1,995

The Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch is a smart investment piece to add your collection. The studded detail adds an edge to a classic bag that is perfect to wear from day to night. It has three compartments that fit your essentials and a wrist strap so you are hands-free for cocktail parties!

 

5. Ramy Brook Robi Jacquard Dolman Sleeve Jacquard Top, $325

This beautiful silver-grey jacquard top is a must-have from Ramy Brook's collection! The shape of this top with it's dolman sleeve is flattering on every body type.  Dress it up with some fab jewelry, black leather pants and you're ready for any party!

6. Mason by Michelle Mason Long Sleeve Ponte Dress, originally, $542, on sale for $329.

Update your LBD with this gorgeous fitted one by Mason by Michelle Mason. The pretty lace on the neckline, sleeves and back expose just enough skin to create a look that is understated and sexy at the same time. This is a great go-to dress for holiday events as well as any cocktail or dinner party.

7. Essie Collection Thin Bangle with Triangle Pave, $65 each

These thin, elegant bangles look special for a party when you pair them together in three colors (gold, rose gold, and silver). They also look great stacked with other bangles you may have, or alone for every day. Sold separately at $65. Set of three, $195.

8. Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Ankle-Strap Sandal, $595. On sale for $417.

The elegant one strap sandal by Proenza Schouler with it's signature urban chic hardware can be worn with just about anything from dresses to jumpsuits to skirts and jeans. The ankle strap is so feminine and pretty and the 4 " stiletto heel is a perfect height! Bonus: They are made with soft, Italian leather and are super comfy!

 Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Ankle-Strap Sandal, $595. On sale for $417. I love the toe shape and the hardware!


The Essie Collection for Fab Threads, Baubles & European Finds!

by Melissa Meyers


A few months ago, I was introduced to global fashion talent Esther Feder by my friend and power woman Shelley Zalis.  Esther is an elegant and engaging lady with an impressive fashion background and was born and raised in South Africa. She moved to Los Angeles to attend FIDM and currently runs a highly curated clothing and accessories business. I was invited to view the collection and as soon as I stepped into her showroom, I knew that it was something special. Inside the beautifully laid out space was the most amazing selection of accessories including clothing, jewelry, scarves, home accents and more. Esther's love of sharing her European discoveries and fashion aesthetic with women everywhere inspired her to create a website. Welcome Essie Collection!

 

"For the past few years, I have been traveling regularly to Paris, Italy and South Africa to bring back some of my favorite finds to sell in Los Angeles. My business spread via word of mouth and quickly became a hit. I travel around the globe many times a year seeking the most fantastic and unusual pieces out there; whether it’s a scarf, necklace, bag, sweater, or a gorgeous home accessory. My passion is to help women create their own unique, personal style while feeling confident and feminine."
-Esther Feder, Founder and Global Curator, Essie Collection

 

Founder and Global Curator, Esther Feder wearing Essie Collection pink leopard scarf and long mother of pearl necklace.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection...

Vases shown from a dinner party at the home of Shelley Zalis. Ostrich Egg Vase (Gray, White, Sand), $25 each

There is a large collection of simple gold necklaces on the website that are well-priced and make great gifts!

I never received more compliments on anything than this black leather fringe bag!

The Essie Collection silk-cashmere sweaters are stylish and soft like butter (truly!). They are also well-priced and perfect for every day!

These druze stone handchains are unique and make a fun statement!

You can wear these brocade lace t-shirts and camis under anything.

Layer your clothing and jewelry like a Parisian!

I love these delicate bangles worn together in gold, rose gold, and silver. 

Thin Bangle with Pave Circle $65 each. Available in gold, rose gold and silver. 

Thin Bangle with Pave Circle $65 each. Available in gold, rose gold and silver. 

A faux fur vest dresses up any outfit and looks super chic. It's a must-have fashion piece to add to your wardrobe!

Fur Vest $180 (Available in Black, Beige)

Fur Vest $180 (Available in Black, Beige)

About Essie Collection:
Essie Collection is a highly curated boutique of chic accessories including bags, jewelry, scarves, tops and home decor items from Paris, Italy and South Africa. All pieces from the collection are high quality and selected by global tastemaker Esther Feder. The unique and special items are sourced directly from the manufacturer and sold at a price point between $25-$350 through the e-commerce website and trunk shows!

If you are interested in hosting an Essie Collection trunk show, contact Esther Feder at esther@essiecollection.com.


Mani Monday: côte Has You Covered

by Melissa Meyers


One of my biggest "me-time" pleasures is getting weekly manicures and bimonthly  pedicures. I usually pop in to one of the quick, no appointment needed, Vietnamese-run nail salons whose ladies (and sometimes gents) get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Wouldn't it be nice to really disconnect for an hour each week without the hustle and bustle of a busy nail salon? Say hello to côte--a very special nail spa centrally located in Brentwood, Los Angeles. If you are looking for the best and most relaxing mani-pedi of your life, this is your spot (I highly recommend the hot stone pedicure)!

 

Inside Cote. Each station includes an iPad for your use!

Inside Cote. Each station includes an iPad for your use!

The salon's concept and interior was inspired by California meets the South of France beach lifestyle. There are over 100 hand-poured polishes to choose from, and a selection of curated home accents, body goods and fashion accessories.

The côte-formulated nail colors are free of the five major toxins (formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin) often associated with nail polish. 

cote's fab hand-poured nail shades. Nail polish is $16 per bottle and can be ordered on line at coteshop.co.

cote's fab hand-poured nail shades. Nail polish is $16 per bottle and can be ordered on line at coteshop.co.

Try a half moon manicure for a fun, edgy look with two of the new côte Fall collection nail colors.

côte nail shades: No. 102 (grey), and No. 76 (midnight blue)

Nail color by côte. Hand chain by Essie Collection, www.essiecollection.com.

Nail color by côte. Hand chain by Essie Collection, www.essiecollection.com.

This côte oxblood nail polish shade (No. 38) is perfect for holiday time!

côte polish No. 38  (oxblood).

côte polish shade No. 38  (oxblood).

I love côte shade No. 76 (midnight blue) on the toes!

cote Shop
11714 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90049
310-820-0906

Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm,
Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Classic: $20 manicure/$26 pedicure
Luxe: $35 manicure/$45 pedicure 
Petit for kids: $12 manicure/$16 pedicure
Hot Stone Foot Massage: $45 for 30 minutes