Author Archives: jenn

Local Love: Dripped Nails

I’m so excited to bring you my first post about a local business right here in my home city, my hometown, Houston. I had read some buzz about a hot new nail salon in the Montrose area, focusing on natural nails with a specialty in nail art. Dripped Nails is right up my Beautypendence-alley.

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Introducing Agonist Parfums

When you think of Sweden, what comes to mind? Water. Long days. Ikea. Meatballs. Winter. Alexander Skarsgard. What you might not think of is perfume. But I’m going to change your mind about that, thanks to Agonist Parfums.

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InStyle’s 2015 Best Beauty(pendence) Buys

InStyle 2015 Best Beauty Buys

It’s May, and that can only mean one thing in the beauty world. It’s time for InStyle magazine’s annual Best Beauty Buys issue! As in past years, many products in this year’s issue are ones I’ve discussed on the blog or currently use. Here’s a rundown of some of my favorites.  Continue reading

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Spring 2015: Makeup in the Nudes (Step-by-step)

I’m working on a new “What’s New in Foundation” post, and while I was trying on my first sample, I thought, why not share with you a step-by-step makeup look for the spring. Coincidentally, all the major shades are named some version of “nude”, a great fresh palette for this transitional weather period. So that you can really see the effect of each product, I’ve broken down each step. For a simpler application, pick out the steps you find most essential.

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Local Love: Hubalou Hair Wrap

Hubalou hair wrap in slate, in tubeHow many of you get out of the shower and immediately wrap your hair up in a regular, old towel? I’ve found something better for you — Hubalou wraps.

Hubalou was founded by Sarah Masciana and is based in Austin, TX. Per her stylist’s recommendation, Sarah began to wrap her wet hair in cotton t-shirts. Terry cloth towels, or even microfiber towels, can act like velcro to textured hair and separate curls and make your hair frizzy. Looking for something more sophisticated than an old t-shirt, Sarah created Hubalou wraps made of bamboo fiber. To me, the fabric feels like modal. It’s lightweight, ultra flexible, and soft. Except, of course, bamboo is a natural fiber.

Sarah was kind enough to send me a wrap to try out for myself. It comes in an attractively packaged plastic tube with an instruction card. There are several color  and print options, and they start at $24 each. My wrap is the slate color. Continue reading

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A Night at the Opera: Black-Tie Romantic

I’m lucky to have a job I love that also allows for many opportunities to get gussied up. And I’m extra fortunate to be related to some really talented people. One such person is my niece, an up-and-coming designer in the Philippines, Aisha Romero. She made a beautiful ball gown skirt for me, and I knew just the perfect occasion to wear it — opening night at the opera. The question was, how do I put it all together?

detail of fabric from Aisha Romero Designs ballgown skirt

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I Love the Nightlife: Disco Fabulous Look

I LOVE DISCO. I have fond memories of dancing to records by Donna Summer and the Bee Gees in our living room. And who doesn’t love that disco look? All the gold and sequins, the rainbow makeup palettes, and the sexy hair. On a few occasions, I’ve gone to disco-themed events, and you know what? Disco makeup is HARD. Seamlessly blending such incongruous colors takes a lot of patience and meticulousness. However, I love the challenge, and I love the end result.

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Indulgence Abroad: Spa Delmar at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

lobby of the Movenpick Hotel

Talk about WOW factor – the Mövenpick Hotel lobby certainly makes an impression

I spent most of June in the Philippines visiting my family. It was pretty special — I traveled to new cities, ate way too much, and saw family members I hadn’t seen in decades. During my trip to Cebu, I was completely spoiled with an overnight stay at Mövenpick Hotel on Mactan Island. A beautiful beachfront hotel, this Swiss hotel has created a fresh, contemporary, stylish retreat.

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Judicial Review: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Intense Nude

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in box

I last wrote about my introduction to Estée Lauder color products and alluded to discovering my new favorite lipstick. This Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Intense Nude and Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendôme may be the only two lipsticks I ever need to buy for the rest of my life.

As I’ve shared before, my lips tend to be flaky and dry, so I prefer a creamy lipstick that’s moisturizing. But just because I want hydration, I don’t want to sacrifice big color payoff. If this interests you, read on.

THE GOOD: I had heard rumblings about how great this lipstick was. In fact, it earned an InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys Editors’ Pick this year. One swipe and you’ll see why. Continue reading

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Makeup Session with Estee Lauder & Victor Henao

Last month, I showed up bright and early at my local Neiman Marcus for a makeup session with Estee Lauder global makeup artist Victor Henao. If you’ve read the posts about my skincare regimen, you know that I’m a big fan of Advanced Night Repair serum. (Seriously, I don’t think you’ll find anything better for the price.) However, Estee Lauder color products have somehow escaped my use. I was exciting to have a real pro show me the ropes.

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