I've always been a little OCD when it comes to organization and I thought that the boy and I were doing a pretty good job living as "minimalists" in a 1 bedroom plus den condo because, well, there's just not a lot of room for stuff. But that was before I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the bestselling tome by Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo, and started applying her much-buzzed-about KonMari method to our humble abode.
They say March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, but here on the West coast, things are already starting to feel resolutely spring-like. The cherry blossoms and magnolia trees are blooming, there's been plenty of sunshine and blue sky, and best of all it doesn't get dark until past 7pm. It's enough to make me crave all things light colours and easy-to-wear, which is why I can't get enough of these 6 items recently.
Makeup is as much about formulas as it is about creativity and fun, and in the Lise Watier Expression spring 2015 collection, we have a pretty and exuberant reminder of all these things that makeup can be. The inspiration behind the collection seems to be equal parts Picasso and pastels: the colours are just lovely and the painterly motifs even inspired me to get a little playful with my swatching, as you'll see in the latter photos. Ready for a closer look? More details after the jump!
Has springing forward an hour got your energy level down? At least your skin doesn't have to show it thanks to Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence ($88). This lightweight, fruity-scented, quick-absorbing serum promises to boost radiance and rosiness. The formula (which feels like the lightest of rose-coloured gels) blends pomegranate and pink peony extracts with antioxidants is supposed to revive dull, tired, sallow skin.
Don't let the gloss-like packaging fool you: Lise Watier Baiser Velours ($27 at London Drugs) is an ultra creamy lipstick that delivers true colour in one swipe and dries to a matte finish, There are 9 bright shades available, all named after different types of kisses. I'm not usually a fan of lipsticks with gloss-like packaging; the classic twist-up bullet seems so much more elegant. But in the case of Baiser Velours it makes sense: The colour is so bright and noticeable once it sets, you want that paddle-shaped sponge applicator for a precise application. During my test run yesterday, I used the pointy end to line my lips, and the flat side to fill them in.
Pinks and corals and warm weather hues, oh my! Alongside the newly relaunched Rouge Brillant lip glosses, Dior is also introducing 7 new shades of Rouge Dior lipstick (3 limited edition) and 5 new shades of Dior Vernis Gel Shine nail polish (4 limited edition; 3 shades shown here). All the shades are so, so pretty and, well, let's face it: As far as #polarvortexdenial goes, there's nothing like picking up a new lipstick or nail polish that will make you dream of spring. Ready for a closer look? More details after the jump!