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le weekend de chanel review

Happy Monday, you guys. Did you have a fun weekend? We ended up actually seeing quite a few friends over the last couple of days which was nice, and for those of you that asked, Penny is doing great after her spay on Friday. I think she’s a little confused about wearing the cone (I snapped a few funny pictures, follow along at w.cosgrave if you’d like) but other than that she’s great.

Today I’m starting a semi-regular new series on the blog, where I’m going to share what beauty products I’m loving at the moment. I really enjoy reading about and discovering what items other people are using and I figured you might as well. Without further ado, my thoughts on the five products above. Let me know if you have any questions about any of them!

  • Tom Ford Illuminating Primer – My sister and I both bought this at Violet Grey a couple of weeks ago, and I’m really loving it so far. I had been looking for a highlighter type product that was glow-y rather than sparkly, and this one fits the bill. It gives the skin a subtle, dewy effect and helps to even out the skintone. I’ve been wearing this during the day and on weekends when I want to give my skin a break from my tinted moisturizer but still want a bit of coverage.
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir – I’ve been a long time devotee of all things Caudalie, and this is my favorite product of theirs. I like to keep one in my purse to give myself a little spritz when I’ve been out and about all day and need a little pick me up; the product not only smells great and has a cooling sensation, but it helps to tighten pores and set makeup as well.
  • Le Weekend de Chanel – I bought this after reading and hearing multiple rave reviews, and so far I’m very happy with it. You use it on the weekend (morning and night) in place of your other usual products, and it helps to exfoliate and intensely moisturize the skin to set the tone for the week ahead. I thought that a product for the weekend was going to just be a silly gimmick to get people to buy more things, but for me it really works. I highly recommend!
  • Shani Darden Retinol Reform – By now everyone’s heard about the multiple benefits of using a retinol on your skin to help combat wrinkles and signs of aging, and I think that Shani Darden’s product is the best. I have really sensitive skin so I only use it once or twice a week, but it’s a gentle enough formula that some people work up to using it nightly. Truthfully I first bought it because I read that Rosie Huntington Whitely used it and that girl has amazing skin, but I became hooked pretty quickly and have been using it for over a year. As a bonus Shani is very nice and even let me text her photos and ask for advice when I was having a particularly bad breakout, and I’m not even a facial client of hers. Big fan!
  • Sachajuan Ocean Mist – Just a couple of spritzes helps to muss up hair a little and add texture for perfectly imperfect beach hair. It also smells delicious.

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chic hair clips

e0d17ee02e81ba8cf0187367deb72e27 The other day I bought a barrette for the first time in probably fifteen years. I tend to shy away from any sort of hair accessory as I think that they can tend to look a little too ‘done’ for my liking; my mom followed me around for a good half hour while when I was getting ready for my wedding, trying to pin just a little something beaded or sparkly into my hair and I just didn’t like the look of it (sorry, mom!). But these new clean lined, modern looking barrettes used to clip up a messy chignon or hold together a low pony, these I can get behind.

Hair accessories and barrettes started to make a comeback about a year ago on the runways at Chanel and Celine, and since then I’ve started noticing images popping up on my Pinterest page and have started seeing them in the shops. Nordstrom makes a rounded clip that’s just about an exact copy of the Celine one, as does Asos, and J.Crew has a pretty good selection of clips. I think the key to pulling off any sort of hair accessory is to keep the rest of your look quite basic, and to be sure that your hair doesn’t look too perfect, like the girls in these inspiration images. Thoughts? Have you been wearing barrettes at all, or is this not something you can see yourself doing?

Happy Tuesday!

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my skincare essentials

skincare essentials



In the last few years I’ve become a bit of a skincare addict. I wish I had cared more in my teens and early twenties and had listened to my mom instead of baking in the sun and not taking care of my skin, but I’m hoping that the adage ‘better late than never’ will work out for me in the skincare department! These are the 8 products that I swear by and use if not daily, then weekly (like the exfolikate and retinol, my skin is pretty sensitive so I can’t use them every day). I’ve done a fair amount of research and have tried what seems like zillions of products, and these are the ones that I find work best for me and produce results. From the top…

1. Clarisonic Mia

 I’m relatively late to the Clarisonic game since I just bought mine last year, but I absolutely love it. I use it 2-3 times a week and find that it gets my skin looking and feeling so clean and creates the perfect surface to help masks or serums soak in.

2. Shani Darden Retinol Reform

 Retinols have been all the rage for a few years now and while I’ve never tried a prescription grade one, I don’t think I’ll need to since Shani’s formula is gentle and non-irritating, but still delivers great results. Plus, perfect-skinned girls like Rosie Huntington Whitely and Jessica Alba swear by her products and facials, so I’m sold!

3 IS Clinical Active Serum

 This ‘active serum’ (it tingles a bit when applied) helps to battle fine lines, wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation – it’s a bit of a wonder product! I use this probably twice a week, but never on the same night as using the retinol reform or after any harsh scrubbing since it is quite strong.

4. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

 I’m a big Kiehl’s fan and love that this facewash is made of natural ingredients but still manages to take off every single trace of makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascaras.

5. Kate Somerville Exfolikate

 I love pretty much every product from the Kate Somerville line (I also get facials at their clinic, which is beautiful…I saw Julia Roberts there once!) but my favorite would have to be this exfoliator. You rub it in for about a minute and then let it sit for a minute, while it works to both physically and enzymatically exfoliate. It makes your skin feel seriously baby soft once you rinse it off. I use this once, maybe twice a week. Love!

6. Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

Okay I know, this stuff is stupidly expensive, but each little jar lasts a couple of months (you only use a tiny amount at a time) and I swear it really works. It delivers major moisture and nutrients and kind of seems like magic. I swear by it and stock up anytime I go through duty free.

7. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

I love Bobbi Brown for makeup and her skincare range has proven to be equally as great. I put a dab of this superlight eyecream on before bed, and also prior to applying any concealer – it helps it to glide on and blend in really nicely.

8. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

 This mask is amazing. You put it on before bed and wake up with incredibly hydrated, glowing skin. For real! I like to put this on during long flights, and whenevr my skin just feels like it needs a big drink of water. As a bonus it’s pretty inexpensive and lasts quite a while.

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