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My Wish List: Guest Blogger

The moment you start reading Alex Yeske’s dreams + jeans blog, you know one thing for sure: the girl has excellent taste. Musing on everything from fashion to beauty to design, the recent Syracuse grad has a knack for spotting pretty things — a skill that no doubt serves her well in her day job as a graphic designer for Madewell. This week, we’re lucky enough to have her guest blogging for us about everything from her beauty must-haves to how to get the perfect blow dry.

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I absolutely adore testing out new products. I always have a running list of things I want to try and these are at the top of it:

1. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Mask: I actually read about this product on the Birchbox blog a month or so ago and have been dying to try it ever since! I’m completely obsessed with testing out new hair products.

2. Nars Orgasm Illuminator: I love NARS’ Orgasm blush and think the shimmery version would be a great addition to my cosmetic bag.

3. Rodin Face Oil: This face oil comes up over and over again in magazines and on blogs. If that many people like it then it must be a great product!

4. Clarisonic Mia: I’m all about finding ways to make my skin noticeably better, and the technology behind this tool is genius.

5. Twistband Hair Ties: I’m never without a hair tie and these look so cute on your wrist, too!

Another must-try: Dr. Dennis Gross’ Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel.

April Showers Bring…the Blahs

Another day, another fine layer of gray mist over Manhattan. It’s hard to get peppy when it’s this meh outside. Here’s how I’m coping:

Smooth fuzzy hair with Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. Just because it’s still chilly doesn’t mean it’s not humid. This weird in-between weather makes my hair do the ‘frazzled librarian’ thing, so I use a few drops of this floral serum to calm it down. 

Spritz a bit of Serge Lutens L’Eau. The perfumer wanted this scent to smell like clean — I think it smells oceany and fresh. It’s energizing and light — the exact opposite of how I feel.

Brighten up with a highlighter. Since my skin hasn’t seen the sun in approximately six months, I need a little help creating that healthy glow. NARS Orgasm Illuminator is my best friend. I layer it on over a pinky blush to get a tiny bit of sheen, and dab a bit on eyelids too.

Ah, that’s better. Give me a cup of coffee and I’ll be ready to face the world. 


Happy Thursday! You totally deserve a treat for making it through the week — pick one up in the Birchbox Shop.

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