Sunday, December 30, 2018

Stila + Tocca + Dr. Jart + Artis Brush Beauty Sample Sale | 12/18 - 12/30/18

Tocca + Artis Brush + Stila Cosmetics + Dr. Jart Beauty Sample Sale
Shop discounts on skincare, makeup, makeup brushes, and fragrances!

About the Brand: Tocca
"Tocca is a niche luxury fashion and fragrance house based in New York City. Tocca continues to celebrate the independent, travel-inspired, whimsical lifestyle of its founding mission - to make masterfully crafted, luxury good accessible."

About the Brand: Artis Brush
"Artis is the Latin word meaning: "skill, method, technique, conduct, character." Artis was born from the realization that makeup brushes have never evolved from the watercolour paintbrushes they copy, and therefore don't fully meet the challenge of modern makeup and skincare application objectives. Artis is dedicated to the creation of the modern cosmetic and makeup beauty tools."

About the Brand: Stila Cosmetics
"For over twenty years, Stila has created innovative, artistry-proven products that perform from morning to moonlight. Stila is spirited, passionate and approachable and it is committed to inspiring every women to celebrate her authenticity, beginning with her makeup."

About the Brand: Dr. Jart+
"The Dr. Jart+ skin care line was created in Korea in 2004 and now has products available throughout the world. The line is Asia's leading skincare brand and includes products for dry skin, anti aging serum selection, blemish balm (also known simply as BB cream), and gels and creams that treat dark spots on face and uneven skin tone."

Update: I went to the sale on 12/28, and when I got there, there wasn't much Dr. Jart+ left. I washoping to pick up some of the Dermasks but they were all gone. The only Dr. Jart+ products that were left were Dis-APore BB, Illuminating BB Brush and Air Mesh. Stila was picked over as well. All I ended up getting was the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Paradiso for $8 and the Fringe With Benefits duo of the Star Light, Star Lash Glitter Top Coat & HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara for $8.

260 Fifth Avenue
(Btwn 28th & 29th Street)
NY, NY 10001
W/R Train to 28th St.
B/D/F/M/Q Train to 34th St

December 18th - December 30th
Tuesday : 9am-8pm
Wednesday - Thursday : 10am-7pm
Friday - Saturday : 10am-8pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm
Monday : 10am-4pm
Tuesday : Closed
Wed-Sat : 10am-7pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Final Price List:

Monday, December 24, 2018

2018 Holiday Tech Accessories

These holiday tech accessories are perfect for gifting yourself or your loved ones! iHome's iBTB2 Aquio Removable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $59.99, is easily detachable from the bottom half, so you can enjoy music on the go. It's great for road trips, BBQs, and outdoor workouts. This fashionable water bottle has a built-in carry loop, is BPA free, double wall insulated, and keeps your beverages cold up to 24 hours or hot up to 14 hours. It's available in four colors - Merlot, Blush, Seafoam, and Midnight.

No more worries about plugging in your phone to charge up with this 6,040mAh powerstation! All you need to do is set your phone on top of it!You can also charge wired devices using the USB-A port. 

A universal wireless charging pad for Qi-enabled smartphones, this will charge your Apple or Samsung super fast. This is perfect for the home or the office and easy to use - just set your phone down on it and let it charge up!

Who is guilty of not backing up their laptop? You'll have no worries with My Passport™SSD, as this has automatic backup to keep all your files safe! It's also got password protection with hardware encryption, and super fast file transfers with speeds up to 540 MB/s. I love the mini, lightweight, sleek design, making it easy for travel, too. My Passport™SSD comes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB capactiy.

- Kim Weling

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Last-Minute 2018 Holiday Beauty Favorites

Since I always procrastinate on my holidays shopping, I always find myself posting gift guides right up through Christmas! Although I don't do it often, I'll even splurge on next day shipping if I really am pressed for time. But one thing that's in common with all my items in this last-minute gift guide is that Rituals, Aveda, Origins and NaturaBrasil are all accessible to me at Garden State Plaza and these I love visiting all these stores when I'm at the mall!

Rituals Ritual of Hammam Purifying Treatment gift set, $29.50 is both affordable and luxurious! Any of the scents from Rituals will help you achieve that spa-at-home experience, but The Ritual of Hammam is my favorite, with the energizing scent of fresh eucalyptus and rosemary to start your day. This set comes in a beautiful keepsake box and includes a refreshing foaming shower gel, black soap, body cream,  and hand wash. I've never tried the black soap yet, which combines eucalyptus with olive oil. The texture is paste-like, which you massage into your skin for 5-10 minutes as it removes old skin cells, and can be used with the body scrub or Kessa glove.

Aveda's Rosemary Mint has been a favorite shampoo and conditioner of mine for years, and was truly excited once I learned that Aveda launched the Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner, $17 each! The Cherry Almond scent is phenomenal (Aveda just always gets their scents right). The aroma has 38 flower and plant essences including tonka bean, certified organic orange and ylang ylang. I just starting using this but have noticed an increase in softness and shine. I had actually had an Aveda in-store hair consultation and they recommended I try this shampoo and conditioner to combat any breakage and dryness I was experiencing with my hair, especially for the winter months. This also comes in travel size! Aveda's travel size products are great for stocking stuffers,  creating a custom gift set of travel size products, and trying out products before upgrading to the full size!

For the beauty lover, you should check out Aveda's Feed My Lips™ Pure Nourish-mint™ Lipstick, $24 each! These lipsticks are 95% naturally derived and long-wearing with nourishing certified organic cupuaçu fruit butter and botanicals. My favorite shade is Tayberry blushed plum with a peppermint aroma/flavor. I love how creamy and saturated this lipstick is - I've gotten so many compliments on this shade already!

My favorite holiday gift set from Origins this season is the Youth Renewing Musts, $45 ($84 value). Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum is one of my favorite serums ever, and this set also comes with the Plantscription™ Powerful Lifting Cream and Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream to complete your skincare regimen.

If you've never stepped into a NaturaBrasil store, I recommend you make a visit (stores at Garden State Plaza in NJ and Elizabeth Street, NYC) and explore their amazing scents. This Castanha Trasures gift set, $55 is a perfect introduction to the brand including an exfoliating soap,  hand cream, shower body milk, and body lotion. NaturaBrasil's hand lotion is what got me hooked on the brand. Their lotion is super creamy and rich, and will definitely keep your hands moisturized this winter season!

- Kim Weling

Friday, December 21, 2018

Favorite 2018 Holiday Gifts at Sephora

Shopping for the holidays is easy when you decide to give the gift of beauty! Everybody can use a little skincare or cosmetics in their life, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite products and gift sets you'll find at Sephora this holiday season. 

SEPHORA FAVORITES Scouted By Sephora, $44 ($145 value)
This kit contains ten travel-friendly must-haves! These skincare favorites include Biossance 100% Squalane Oil, Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, Dr. Roebuck's No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer, Farmacy Beauty Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ Honey, Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil, Kopari Beauty Coconut Lip Glossy, Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel, Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, Volition Beauty Turmeric Brightening Polish, and Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser. I haven't tried any of these products yet but I can't wait to!

FRESH Roundtrip Ritual, $65 ($92 value)
This complete skincare set will keep your skin hydrated while traveling! It's got everything you need: the gentle Soy Face Cleanser (which is one of my favorite cleansers), soothing Rose Face Mask, radiance-boosting Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream,  depuffing Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, and plumping Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy to keep your lips moisturized all winter long. This set makes the perfect gift since it works for all skin types, too. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION SUPER MASK - in Gold and Silver, $6 each
Silver Mask - a 15-minute metallic silver glow booster sheet mask, enriched with pearl extract to brighten skin. If you have an uneven skin tone and experiencing dullness and dryness, then this mask is for you!

Gold Mask - a 15-minute metallic gold skin perfector mask hydrates, rduces skin irregularities and refines skin texture.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Midnight Wishes Eyeshadow Palette, $16
This eyeshadow palette comes in 16 shades, from matte to shimmer and metallic. The palette has a perfect mix of timeless and festive shades. 

was $59, now $42! ($354 value)
This limited-edition gift set is packaged in a fun, gold pineapple case, filled with gorgeous eyeshadow  shades in matte and metallic finishes, along with Amazonian Clay blush, highlighter and bronzer. The set also comes with the Sex Kitten Liquid Liner and Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-In-1 Mascara to top off your full eye look plus the Rainforest of the Sea™ Collection Lip Quench Rescue Balm in Pink.

HOURGLASS Confession Refillable Lipstick Duo, $34
This lipstick duo, in My One Desire (dusty mauve) and At Night (brick red) includes a sleek, refillable metallic pink applicator. The lipsticks are creamy and saturated, and won't smudge or feather! 

- Kim Weling

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Helmut Lang Sample Sale | 12/18 - 12/23/18

Helmut Lang Sample Sale
Shop men's and women's fashion including apparel and accessories 

About the Brand: Helmut Lang
"Founded in 1986, Helmut Lang redefined fashion and style through innovative tailoring and a deep engagement with contemporary avant-garde culture. In 2006, Fast Retailing pivoted the brand into a successful contemporary business and enabled global expansion. In 2015, the brand relaunched with a newly refined vision for the collection and introduced a new retail concept at the brand's Los Angeles flagship on Melrose."

151 Wooster Street
(Btwn Houston & Prince Street)
NY, NY 10012
W/R Train to Prince St.
C/E Train to Spring St
B/D/F/M Train to Broadway/Lafayette

 December 18th - December 23rd
Tuesday : 10am-8pm
Wednesday - Saturday : 10am-7pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Marc Jacobs Sample Sale | 12/18 - 12/23/18

Marc Jacobs Sample Sale
Enjoy up to 85% off

150 Greene Street
(Btwn Houston & Prince Street)
NY, NY 10012
W/R Train to Prince St.
C/E Train to Spring St
B/D/F/M Train to Broadway/Lafayette

December 18th - December 23
Tuesday: 11am-8pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday : 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday : 10am-8pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Nordstrom Beauty 2018 Holiday Gifts and Exclusives

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Goody Bag, now $29.63

Every time I get a glimpse of Nordstrom Beauty's gift sets and exclusives for the holiday season, they keep getting better every time! This season, Nordstrom Beauty has your favorite beauty brands and must-haves that you'll want to check out! 

Some of the exclusive festive offerings include Charlotte Tilbury, Diptyque, La Mer, MAC, Tom Ford, Jo Malone and more. You'll find everything from luxury sets to mini stocking stuffers across cosmetics, fragrance, skincare and men's grooming. There are plenty of gifts under $50, skincare sets and treats for yourself! These limited-edition offerings will be available at and Nordstrom stores.

While shopping, Nordstrom Beauty Stylists are on hand to help customers found the perfect mkaeup, skincare and fragrance products across all brands and counters. They can help you in-store, by phone at 1.800.7BEAUTY or online.

You can try almost any beauty product in-store before you buy it and if a sample is not readily available, once can always be made for you.  Nordstrom also always has free shipping and free returns!

Fresh Sugar Wanderlust Lip Set, $53 ($85 Value)
Lip treatment set to nourish, protect and tint

Winky Lux 

Deborah Lippman, Lanolips, Smashbox, Stila

Urban Decay

Charlotte Tilbury Stars-In-Your-Eyes Palette, $75

Yves Saint Laurent Mini Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Set, $60
Mini limited-edition lipsticks in five stunning shades

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Lip Kit
Ten little lipsticks in a shiny pretty pink metallic box

Benefit Goodie Goodie Gorgeous Set, $29
Benefit Confection Cuties Set, $19 ($36 Value)
Benefit Triple Decker Decadence Set, $39 ($89 Value)

Anastasia Sultry Eyeshadow Palette, $45 
Includes 14 shades, from golden mattes to bronzy metallics


Luxe It Up Mini Luxe Lip Color Set, $116.25 ($243 Value)

Trish McEvoy Portable Beauty Voyager Collection, $98
Trish McEvoy The Power of Makeup Planner Collection Holiday 2018, $250 ($520 Value)

Atelier Cologne 

Versace Bright Crystal Set, $99 ($168 Value)

Clé de Peau La Crème

La Mer


Jo Malone

Acqua di Parma

Jack Black Classic Shave Set, $39

Murdock London The Cologne Collection, $54

Antica Farmacista

- Kim Weling