BEST FACIAL OILS
The fresh-faced, well-moisturized with very little foundation look, seems to be the unanimous beauty trend of the spring season. I’ve been experimenting with facial oils and have really liked how they give the skin that “just had a facial” look. Apply 3 to 4 drops before makeup or mix-in with foundation and you can have it too!
Ultra nourishing plant oils combined with a high concentration of pure and active plant ingredients work immediately to create supple, dewy skin. Over time the formula strengthens and tightens collagen to visibly smooth the skin and boosts skin’s metabolism to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase firmness.
This lightweight yet highly concentrated multi-purpose beauty oil contains the finest exotic oils and rare herbal extracts. Buriti oil has recently been found to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun. All of their herbal extracts are made exclusively for rms beauty.
This oil is great for all skin types, including sensitive, dry, mature, and combination. It’s rich in concentrated Trans-Retinoic Acid, an essential fuel for the skin’s natural repair function. Rosehip is the ultimate skin multi-tasker. With regular use, it conditions the skin, improving skin firmness and elasticity.
The lip is barely there or bright, pressed on with a fingertip for that casual, yet sensual pout.
DARE TO WEAR BRIGHT, BUT WOULD LIKE TO SHEER IT OUT?
This season, eyes are a soft and gamine, or smokey rock n roll. You can get both these looks in one, with Charlotte Tilbury Luxury palettes. These are two of my faves for spring/summer…
WILD SALMON, NEW POTATO AND ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH SORREL DRESSING
This time of year I love to give luncheons at Chez Carlo. It’s still a bit chilly to sit out in Le Jardin, but very comfortable indoors… with the garden door and windows open, of course. To lighten-up the meal from the cold weather feasts, I sometimes serve salads as a main course. Using seasonal spring ingredients, its the perfect meal to serve following a simple watercress soup with creme fraiche. This particular salad was a favorite of mine and was served as a special once upon a time at Nicole’s on the Upper East Side. I worked at Barneys then, directly across the street, and took my lunch breaks there so often that the host would give me a ring to let me know my favorite salad was being served. Nicole’s is unfortunately closed now, however Annie Wayte, the amazing Chef du Cuisine and author, has left us with this delicious salad in her timeless cookbook Keep it Seasonal.
Don’t be intimidated by the many steps to this wonderful salad. Sometimes, when I get lazy, I boil the potatoes in the court bouillon before the salmon is poached. You can also prepare the night before and just assemble the day or evening you are serving.
FAYE IS JUST TOOGOOD!
Known primarily as an interior and furniture designer (I’m personally obsessed with the roly poly chair!), Faye Toogood has recently branched out with a spectacular new range of ceramic designs produced by 1882 LTD. and inspired by the serendipitous beauty of natural imperfections. Indigo Storm, a new interpretation of traditional creamware forms, draws upon the chance patterns created when pigment added to the slip coating does not fully blend. The whorls and eddies resulting from these experiments, like meteorological formations in miniature, make up the collection’s central motifs, appearing on pieces including jugs, plates, bowls and cups. This beautifuly glazed earthenware is just perfect for the spring summer table indoors and out!
I happen to adore Cutipol! I had no idea that Portugal had such a robust history of cutlery craftsmanship. But after one look at their products, it was clear that pairing artisanal traditions with modern technology allowed the designer to create some of the finest modern pieces I’ve seen. Cutipol is made by a family-owned business in the village of Sao Martinho de Sande. I collect the Goa collection flatware in black resin. It is so versital and compliments so many table settings. The white resin (pictured above, by moi) is their latest for this season and I am overjoyed we can get it by special order at Abode New York!