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My Skin Care Secrets

When I was the ripe old age of 18 I asked my doctor if I should start using anti-aging creams/serums in my nighttime skin care ritual.  After gasping, and somewhat laughing at me, she told me I was WAY too young to start using anti-aging products. Although I didn’t start incorporating anti-aging products until much later, it was always on my radar because I believed it was never too early to start defying the odds of gravity!

I have never had any injectables even though the “11’s” in between my eye brows scream at me to get injected with Botox.  I am not claiming I will NEVER get injected with something and I certainly don’t think there is anything wrong with it but, as of right now, I’m pushing back.  I am trying to age gracefully with the use of my anti-aging products, which are mostly by the skincare brand, Skinceuticals.  This is my favorite skincare line of all time and, in my opinion, is the most efficacious when it comes to prevention and correction.  My inimitable aesthetician, Sue Mottola, got me hooked on several of these products ages ago and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I literally smear them on from hair line to chest line, without fail, in both my morning and evening skin care routine. Ok.  Here it goes …

  1. C.E. Ferulic – the single MOST important of all of the products!  If you only start with one product, I suggest getting this one.  It has won beauty awards an impressive 24 times and is constantly featured in magazines.  It is a vitamin C serum that improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and loss of firmness.  It also brightens your skin’s complexion! Apply it in the a.m.
  2. Retinol (not pictured) – another important product in my skincare regimen. This helps to diminish appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration and uneven skin tone.  It may cause irritation and peeling of the skin but it will make your skin so glow-y and bright.
  3. A.G.E Eye Complex – Do you want to fight crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness? Then you need this gem of an eye cream. Love it!
  4. Triple Lipid Restore – A-mazing moisturizer! It took me a long time to find a moisturizer that I loved but when I tried this, it was like butter on my skin. It helps promote your skins natural self repair while smoothing skin, reducing pore size and improving overall radiance of your skin.

5. You should all know by now that sunscreen is vital to our skin health. This tinted sunscreen has 100% mineral filters providing UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. I bring it with me everywhere, including the beach and put it on 365 days a year.  I also use the eye defense sunscreen, which doesn’t migrate or burn your eyes.  I use both of these products on our two sons (and my husband) all summer long because it is the first sunscreen that didn’t burn and itch their sensitive skin and eyes.

6. Last but not least, regular facials are a must! I try to go every 6-8 weeks but I go more often when I’m having difficulty with my skin.  Fortunately, I discovered my aesthetician, Sue Mottola from Wildflower Day Spa in Devon, PA, and have never looked back.  She is a retired lawyer, she is smart as a whip and I’ve never ever ever ever had a facial as good as this.  Her facials last an astounding 2.5 hours (#truth) and she includes microdermabrasion as part of every facial.  Talk about getting your skin smooth and radiant! If you’re local and can schedule an appointment with her, I would highly recommend doing so.  Meet Sue below …

As you can see here in this photo, my biggest problem is hyper-pigmentation.  I have little dark spots on my cheeks and forehead, which intensify in the summer months when my skin is exposed to the sun. Even with sunscreen and a hat, remember that the sun will find you. Sue has helped lighten these spots tremendously and the Skinceuticals products have worked wonders. The only problem with hyper-pigmentation is that new spots keep surfacing and any damage that is deeply rooted will keep making  it’s way to the surface of my skin.  All those years I spent baking in the sun wearing no sunscreen have finally caught up to me! With the use of my products and regular facials with Sue, we are fighting against these pesky dark spots and lightening them one day at a time.

Photos by: Lindsey Clark Photography (@takeitoutside)

To buy products or to make an appointment with Sue : 610.341.9444 or 484.354.4072

Online shopping links:

C.E. Ferulic

Retinol

A.G.E. Eye Complex

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

Physical Fusion Sunscreen

Physical Fusion Sunscreen for Eyes

 

Ready For My Close Up With Luminess Air

I recently had a night out on the town and needed to (ok, WANTED to) have flawless looking skin that would last the entire evening but also look natural … like I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all. In the past, I have shared with you my love for the Luminess Air Airbrush Foundation System. It is, by far, the lightest and most breathable foundation I have used.  It doesn’t crease like other foundations (finally!) and camouflages dark spots better than any cover up I’ve used. I had always used the foundation alone until I received the Airbrush Essentials Kit, which arrived just in time for my event. I was chomping at the bit to give it a try and I’m so glad I did.

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(How pretty is this system? I chose turquoise but it also comes in white and black)

The essentials kit contains products called “Eraser”, “Xout” and “Porcelain” — you may be hooked just from the names alone and you should be.  These 3 items elevated the look of my skin and enhanced the “blurring” effects of the foundation.  I’m talking reducing pore size, evening out skin tone, reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and illuminating the skin for a “soft focus” effect.  This stuff is A-MAZING!

 

 

 

Each item should be applied under the foundation and is specially formulated for buildable coverage that doesn’t become cakey (hallelujah!). The result? Less foundation and a full coverage look.  A win-win in my book.

Oh, I should mention … this is so easy to use that even the most inexperienced users will have no trouble operating the system.  It comes with a video which explains everything from instructions on how many drops of foundation to use, to how to clean the tubing.  Watch it! It will explain everything!

If you want to try it for yourself, the production team at Luminess Air has graciously offered my followers a discount.  Click here for 20% off your order!

These photos have been untouched.  No editing, no filters.  I had a makeup artist apply my makeup for this event but I have used the airbrush system myself numerous times. You do not need a makeup artist to apply it!

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Anthropologie Hot List

Many of us rely on Anthropologie for their unique selection of clothing, mixed price points and amazing customer service.  Beyond that, the possibilities are endless when you walk through the door.

Recently, I spent an evening with fellow local bloggers and the personal shoppers at Anthropologie in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Our goal for the evening? To create unique holiday looks that spoke to our own personal style.

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Above I’m wearing a dress by Tracy Reese, which I had purchased at the Anthropologie in King of Prussia. I immediately fell in love with the lace fabrication and versatility of the dress. It came with a black slip dress underneath but I decided to style it with a bodysuit, jeans and over the knee boots. If I had only one piece of advice for people it would be to tap into your creative side and think outside the box when styling your outfits. You don’t have to wear an outfit exactly the way they style it in the store or catalog. There are so many ways to wear this dress, which I will feature in my blog soon! To order this exact dress, click here.

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Ok. Bomber jackets. When this trend first hit the streets I was not a fan and thought I wouldn’t wear a bomber jacket after their stint in the 90’s.  But then,  they started designing them with embroidery and appliqués —> hook, line and sinker. The one I’m wearing here is A-MAZING! Shop it HERE!!! !!!!! If you’re a hat person and want to change things up from the common floppy hat trend, try a beret! They are so Parisian and so chic. Shop a similar one here.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite bomber jackets for you to shop:

My fave! A colorblock vegan leather bomber!

Another embroidered option – chic and trendy

Love the cutouts on this one

My fave layering bandeau!🙌🏻

Of the moment VELVET!

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Makeup That Feels Like Air

Many of us would like to have a makeup foundation that has the ability to provide full coverage but doesn’t actually FEEL like we’re wearing makeup. A buildable foundation that covers up hyperpigmentation without a caked on, heavy finish. One that doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes, marrionette lines and frown marks. A foundation that feels like air; like we’re not wearing any makeup at all.  Well, I’m happy to inform you that I’ve found it — the new Luminess Airbrush Legend system is AH-MAZING, my friends.

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For starters, these photos have been untouched (HELLLLO dark spots 👋). I am constantly trying to conceal what years of sun exposure has done to my skin. Many times, due to unsuccessful attempts, I give up and only use BB Cream or tinted moisturizer because I hate (yes, hate) the feeling that I’m wearing makeup. I also despise when makeup creases and pools  in my ever growing crows feet and other fine lines on my skin. I mean, really? Let’s just accentuate one of the reasons we are wearing makeup to begin with? No thank you.

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Introduce Luminess Air and all of our concerns vanish into thin air — literally. This makeup application is much better and much easier than you think.  It took me less than 5 minutes to apply every step and I even took a stab at contouring! I applied a primer, a foundation (concentrating on dark spots more than once for that buildable coverage I talked about earlier), a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. I even cleaned the tubing afterwards with a little water. All done in less than 5 minutes.  It was fun, invigorating and super easy. It not only covered my dark spots but also made my pores appear smaller and never settled into fine lines. Can I get an AMEN?!? Man, I love this stuff.

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Since I’ve been asked several times if it’s messy to apply, I would like to address that question here. The answer is NO! Surprisingly, it isn’t messy one bit. I applied it while wearing this white dress and not one speckle of makeup was found. I also would like to mention that it’s ideal for sensitive skin since it’s fragrance free and your dirty brushes (and hands) never touch your face. Oh, and one last secret — it can last up to 18 hours🙌🏻🙌🏻

Click HERE to order but first get your discount code below!

**The amazing team of people who work for Luminess Air have generously offered my followers 20% off their entire website (www.luminessair.com)! To order use code: 131950157. Also, you can post questions or comments here on the blog or on insta — I’ll be sure to get back to you! Continue reading Makeup That Feels Like Air

Box of Style

By now, many of you have heard of Rachel Zoe’s ‘Box of Style’. For those of you who haven’t heard, strap on your seat belts. This seasonal box ships four times a year and contains items which are specifically curated by stylist Rachel Zoe. Think caftans, leather goods, beauty and hair products, jewelry, sunglasses and more. You never know what you’re going to get until the “Hero Item” is revealed but I can guarantee you this — you will not be disappointed. This box of style, in my opinion, is the best on the market in terms of ‘subscription’ boxes and is, by far, the greatest bang for your buck. The items Rachel chooses are, simply put, fabulous and flawless.  The best news? You will receive $10 off your first box when you use this link 👉🏻Box of Style/ChicbyAlisonRose.

Here are a few photos of me wearing the entire summer box of style captured by my amazing friend and photographer, Lindsey Clark (@takeitoutside). I used the Ouai (pronounced ‘way’) Wave spray to create texture in my side braid.  Since then I have used it every day for the most effortless beachy waves under the sun.  The smell is A-MAZING and it works like a lightweight mousse, leaving your hair with soft waves that are fluid and sticky free.  This will definitely be a staple in my beauty bag from now on!

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Glasses (by YHF Los Angeles), Necklace/Ring set (by LuvAJ), Caftan by (Michael Stars). All pieces are part of the summer Box of Style.

Hat: Madewell (my own). The best part about this hat is that you can roll it up, tie a hair band around it and throw it in your suitcase. Get it here (it’s on sale!)

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Look at the lariat necklace and ring (middle finger) from Luv AJ!  I’ve already worn mine several times layered with my other gold jewelry and yep, you’ve guessed it, this is also part of the summer Box of Style 🙂

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Shoes: Prada flatform (sold out). Similar here and here and here

Wink Your Way Through the Holidays

Sitting on the cusp of the busiest time of year, we’re all looking for time savers and easy ways to elevate our look.  I had always wanted to get lash extensions, however, I was concerned they would look fake and that the glue would be detrimental to the health of my eyes.  That was until I ran into a friend who had the most doe-eyed “freshness” to her face that made me ask, “what are you doing?”.  She sent me to her friend, Wink Lash Studio & Blowout Bar owner, Erin Derrah, for an appointment that would truly change my entire morning ‘get ready’ routine.  What used to take me 10 minutes now only takes me 5 minutes (and that includes washing my face, applying lotion, tinted sunscreen  and undereye coverup).  There is something about having your eyes look wide open with fanned out lashes first thing in the morning. And not having to wear eye makeup on a day to day basis? That’s an added bonus which no woman on earth can deny.  I never knew how wimpy my eyelashes were until seeing this before and after photo.  Seeing them side by side was eye opening (pun intended).

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When you walk into Wink Lash Studio & Blowout Bar, you immediately know you will be well taken care of.  The women who work there are sweet, downright cool and have the most beautiful lashes you’ve ever seen.  Ever.  The ‘lash tables’ feel like a luxurious spa, complete with soft blankets, support pillows for your knees and neck, and music of your choice.

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Erin has done her research and makes sure she provides clients with the best products on the market.  It’s true that if the lashes are not attached properly and/or a salon uses harsh glue, that your natural lashes could be damaged.  None of this will happen at Wink.  These girls are trained professionals with skilled hands, like surgeons.  She makes sure they are all well educated and highly trained.  They look so professional, in fact, that the headdresses they wear, with magnifying glasses attached, makes you want to ask, ‘Will this hurt?’.  The answer is no.  It does not hurt at all.  Except if we’re talking about all those hearts you’ll break with those doe-eyed lashes you’ll be rocking (wink wink).

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Erin was amazing; patient with each and every lash and, as many salon owners and cosmeticians become, was sort of a therapist by default.  It’s amazing how much personal information you’ll divulge while in the hands of a skilled professional who is helping  to build your self confidence.  Whether it’s a hair blow out or lash extensions, you will leave Wink Lash Salon & Blowout Bar walking a little taller and feeling more confident.

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Yes, the following photos are #carfies.  I couldn’t help it and wanted to capture a few photos up close and personal so you can see how natural they look.  Keep scrolling to the bottom for direct links and pricing information.

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Normally, a full set of Xtreme lashes cost $250.  For new customers, when you mention ChicByAlisonRose, you can get them for $175 (valid through November).  Depending on each persons individuals lashes, you will need to get them “touched up” every 2-3 weeks.  That will cost you $65 & $75, respectively.

In my opinion, if you’ve ever wondered even for 1 second what it would be like to have this simple addition to your day, try them through the holidays.  Believe me, you will not regret it when you have that rested, wide-eyed look in all of your holiday photos and at all of the holiday parties you’ll attend.

Direct link to Wink Lash Studio & Blowout Bar

Instagram: WinkLashStudioInc

Facebook: Wink Lash Studio & Blowout Bar

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Similar Crop Sweater – LOVE this one!

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Shake Up Your Make Up

Complicated, timely beauty routines? No thank you.  I’m here to tell you about a new way to apply makeup in only a few minutes.  Most likely,  we’re all looking for the perfect foundation.  One that provides good coverage but doesn’t feel heavy.  One that photographs well but doesn’t become cakey and settle into our fine lines and wrinkles. Well, I had been searching for the perfect foundation for years.  Until I stumbled upon ‘The Luminess Air Legend System,’ I kind of thought I’d never find one (insert angels singing). Continue reading Shake Up Your Make Up

Cocktails and Caftans

When talented Pittsburgh photographer, Anita Buzzy Prentiss from Buzzy Photography, asked to photograph me on the beach in Avalon, NJ, the creative energy was palpable from the start. This girl is all about empowering and encouraging women, and when it comes to capturing beautiful, creative images, she just knows what she’s doing. Being photographed by her was both an honor and a privilege.

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Being around Anita just makes my heart happy. She’s positive, radiant, and just plain awesome. Add to that her motto of “Look gorgeous, Feel great, and Be amazing” and you’ve got yourself one fun, uplifting photo shoot. Since she has recently revisited her days as a makeup artist and teaches women the art of makeup application through her business with Mary Kay, we were able to play with makeup before heading to the beach for our photo session. She created a ‘beauty cocktail,’ so to speak, which she thought would be the perfect mix of glowing skin, natural eyes and subtle lips. And then, after handing me a glass of wine, she let me have my way with all her brushes and color palettes. The whole evening was a fashion and beauty girls dream.

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I decided to wear this Calypso St. Barth’s caftan dress because of its ethereal, flowy silhouette and cinched waist. I just love a flowy dress, especially when I’m at the beach and get to watch the fabric billowing in the breeze. Since I also love an ikat print and the color turquoise, I knew I had to have this dress for the photo shoot when I saw it at the chic boutique Menagerie (located on Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, PA).  Add in a beautiful sunset (one of my favorite things on the planet), and this evening was just perfect.

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We didn’t apply much make-up because we wanted a natural, glowing look. After all, we were at the beach. We used some of Anita’s Mary Kay make-up and, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I especially loved the lip liner and lip stick because it was moisturizing but I equally liked how the powder foundation made my skin look smooth.  My hyper-pigmentation all but disappeared and I was pleased by the fact that my pore size seemed to diminish. 

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I had a plethora of my favorite jewels on with this caftan. If you’ve been following my Instagram account, you know how much I love my Genevieve Lau Jewelry. Her designs are to die for and the price point of her 14K gold designs are, in my opinion, the best you can find on the market.  I wear something from her collection every day and, in true ‘Chic by alison rose’ form, I layer them like crazy. Here I’m wearing a few necklaces, bangles and one of her fab arrow rings on my pointer finger.

I also layer my other favorite jewels, like these rings on my ring finger, from A. Jacoby & Company for a delicate, deeply layered look. They are also 14K gold and are so dainty and beautiful. It’s easy to layer them (and layer them, and layer them) since they are so subtle and elegant. I will definitely be purchasing more from this brand in the future!

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My Troll Beads leather wrap bracelets have not come off this whole vacation! They look so cool with a bathing suit on the beach, ripped jeans and a T-shirt, or a flowy dress, as you see here. They have been so versatile this summer! For more about my Troll Beads obsession, be sure to check out my blog post  Troll Beads and Summer Sunshine

Calypso dress here  and here 

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Layered Necklaces 

Layered Rings here and here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Gorgeous

From the moment we walked into the Getting Gorgeous event, hosted by Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney, we felt chic and well cared for. The energy in the room had a palpable sense of creativity and fashion. Which was right up our alley. The vendors were fabulous and had an energy similar to what you feel at a fashion show. It was exhilarating from the start. Fashion bloggers were prancing all around creating a movement and flow that felt like a dance. A dance where we were all one, supporting one another and working together. A forum of encouragement and support.

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Of course, a fashion blogging event wouldn’t be the same without impressive brands present. And the girls behind it all, Vera Sweeney and Audrey McClelland, impressed us with some of the best. Troll Beads, Kevita, Liquid Oxygen, Bali, Cocktail Caviar, and some delish food vendors.

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We were excited at the thought of collaborating with any of these brands, especially since our experience in collaborating with Troll Beads had been a thrill. The excitement continued as we walked into the brightest and most well lit beauty bar we’ve ever seen. It was like walking onto a movie set with a strong makeup and hair team. A fashion and beauty girl’s dream. What seemed to resonate with us the most was the sense of community and a passion for fashion and beauty. We strive to surround ourselves with people who build us up and, in turn, we do the same. That was exactly the type of atmosphere that Getting Gorgeous had. We had the time of our lives and can’t wait for their next event.

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