Smell This: Le Labo Fragrances…

I am the kind of person that doesn’t really like to smell like anyone else.  For that very reason, I adore Le Labo Fragrances which was the first stop on the Paris Beauty Tour.  They are all about customization and how a scent matures (you are supposed to let it sit for 14 days before you wear it to let it “maserate” No instant gratification here folks….) While I really like most fragrances you can buy at the local mall, they are usually created by a bunch of chemists. They have no soul. No intention. Le Labo has all of that in spades. They believe that there are too many bottles of perfume and not enough soulful fragrances.  That the soul of a fragrance comes from the intention with which it is created and the attention with which it is prepared.  Le Labo in Paris is tucked away on a tiny street away from the main road. The decor suggests sustainable and creative – but also mysterious.

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At Le Labo, every scent they make consists of the note name followed by a number.  The number represents the number of additional ingredients used to create the scent.  They also have exclusives that are only available in the city for which they are created…

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TMG Travel: Hotel Labourdonnais Paris….

The last time I traveled to Paris – I was in a house which was fine BUT I much prefer the experience of staying in a hotel.  Hotel Labourdonnais Paris is a fantastic boutique property that is big on charm and amenities.  If you like stunning views, then this is the place for you.  The Eiffel Tower is right outside my window!  It’s right in the heart of the 7th arrondissement so it’s close to everything.  In a hotel, you can get room service, housekeeping and not have to lift a finger.  I like that.


Such a beautiful day in #paris!!! #parisbeauty14 #francebeauty

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La Bourdonnais, at the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, completely renovated in 2014, offers you a sophisticated and luxury getaway, close to the Eiffel tower, the Champ de Mars and the Esplanade des Invalides. Full of history, the hotel carries the name of the Count Bertrand-François Mahé de la Bourdonnais who discovered Mauritius and Reunion Island. A real invitation to comfort, our 53 rooms of which 26 are spacious suites, will be able to make you forget about the Parisian hustle and bustle of the city while you rest for awhile.Making the most of the warm and elegant welcome of our tearoom, you will be transported into a universe of the East Indian Company for a sweet moment. Our meeting area is the ideal setting for the organisation of your events and meetings.

Labourdonnais has so many amenities it’s CRAZY.

  • Hermes bath products (d’Orange Vert)
  • Robe + slippers
  • Oversized bath towels
  • Waterfall shower
  • Spacious closet
  • Flat screen TV (even though I never watched it)
  • Comfortable beds (firm!)
  • Complimentary mini bar items (all but alcohol)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Balcony with a view

After a long day of shopping or sightseeing – this hotel is the perfect way to relax and unwind. The friendly and helpful concierge and front desk staff made getting directions and information a breeze as well. Also if you are in a room that faces the street, you will see the Eiffel Tower sparkle for the first 5 minutes at the top of every hour until 2AM (which was magical…)

Rates for the hotel are running about 189 Euros per night, which works out to be approximately $240.  Not bad for a 4 star hotel in the city of light.  Next time you are planning a visit to Paris check this place out.

La Bourdonnais
111-113 av. de la Bourdonnais
75007 Paris
T +33 1 47 05 45 42

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TMG Faves: Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream…

Lift Lab Lift and Firm Eye Cream [$110.00 / 0.50 oz] is a lightweight, emollient, firming eye cream that delivers FAB results.  So….I am kind of obsessed with eye cream right now.  Two weeks ago, I made the mistake of looking in a 4x magnifying mirror and I saw a wrinkle. I know….call the national guard – a wrinkle!  I told you, I’m obsessed.  So I went through my stash and found this little gem. Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream is meant to be an intensive cream that visibly firms and reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, deep wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.  Hello – all of the above please.

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“Through further research and testing, Cell Protection Proteins was proven in both clinical and in vitro tests to also protect cells from destructive chemical imbalances and harsh UV rays, while improving skin’s moisture balance. Perhaps most crucially, Cell Protection Proteins boost the skin’s natural regeneration process by allowing skin cells to produce more of their own proteins that provide protection and growth. This result is the basis for the LIFTLAB Self-Regulating Lift System.”

I have been getting a little darkness under my eyes lately and I don’t like it one bit, so using this day and night has helped tremendously.  The concentrated formula works around the clock for the continual treatment of your most delicate skin. It is super light so there is no pulling or tugging when you apply.  Just tap it on then gently rub all around the orbital bone for refreshed and ageless eyes. There is also a refreshing cooling sensation as well, which feels great especially if your eyes are feeling tired. This also was a great base for concealer which I tend to wear more frequently these days (ahhhh aging…..wonderful isn’t it??).  I have used morning and night for the past two weeks and I love it.

The Rundown:

Along with Cell Protection Protein®, active ingredients include:

  • Aquafill™, a natural moisture trap that instantly locks in moisture and smooths the skin’s surface
  • MDI Complex®, an enzyme to protect skin’s own collagen and prevent breakdown
  • Niacinamide, essential B vitamin to help increase microcirculation and reduce the appearance of dark circles

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The light green tint isn’t artificial either – it’s from all natural botanicals.  They use something called Cell Protection Protein….a 100% natural biological component found in organisms in the sub-arctic regions in the cooler months.  A little bit goes a LONG way so although this one isn’t easy on the wallet, it should last you a good long time.

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Salon Love: Ian McCabe Studio in Washington DC…

Ian McCabe Studio

Ian McCabe Studio throws down the gauntlet to make it one of the rising salon stars among DC elite for cut and color (we needed some new blood here so this is a welcome change!) I love talking to people that are passionate about what they do. This is … [Continue reading]

TMG Travel: Paris Beauty Tour 2014

Paris is All About The Pretty

The Paris Beauty Tour 2014 is almost here!! Next Tuesday, I am embarking on another Paris Beauty Tour with my good friends Julia Coney and Carmen Blakely. You may remember that Julia organized a similar trip back in 2012 [read about the Paris Beauty … [Continue reading]

Fall 2014: MAC Brooke Shields Makeup Collection…

MAC Brooke Shields - Fall 2014

The MAC Brooke Shields makeup collaboration hits stores today! If you were around in the 80's like me, then you know of the legend that is Brooke Shields.  Not the glorious, iconic glamorous version from the current La-Z-Boy commercials....but the … [Continue reading]

7 Innovative Skincare Products for Fall…

7 Innovative Skincare Products

Here are my 7 Innovative Skincare Products for Fall.  Fall is HERE!! Who doesn't like fall??  Time to bust out the sweaters and boots! Time to get out the hot apple cider and mulled wine!  It's ALSO time to transition your skincare from those … [Continue reading]

Fall 2014: MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

MAC Rocky Horror

The MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection is here!  Did you watch Rocky Horror when you were a teenager?  Were you too young to remember it when it came out?  Haha...I was a teenager in the 80's and I must have seen Rocky Horror at least 20 times … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishq

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®. This past week - I had a little pamper party … [Continue reading]

TMG Talks: 6 Tips to Keep You Forever Young…

6 Tips to Stay Forever Young

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of P&G. 6 Tips to Keep You Forever Young - Skincare is a given, right?  I … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint…

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint ($55) is my new favorite! Did I tell you I'm going to Paris?  I did??!!?  Sorry, I'm excited.  I just know It's going to be a blast!  I also know that I have to streamline my packing because last time....I had … [Continue reading]

Giveaway: Ulta Beauty Too Faced Modern Matte Kit…

Too Faced Modern Mattes

How would you like an exclusive Ulta Beauty Too Faced Modern Matte kit for yourself??  Hey BAES!! I have a little giveaway for you! Are you checking out Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty?? There are still a few days left to get some deals... 9/23: CK … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Caudalie Premiere Cru La Creme

Caudalie Premier Cru La Creme

Caudalie Premiere Cru La Creme is perfect for cooler weather! Hello darlings!!! I'm sorry I have been MIA - but I have been burning the candle at both ends. I am traveling back to Paris next month for another Paris Beauty Tour with the fabulous Julia … [Continue reading]

Steal This: ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2014…

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty 2014

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Fall 2014 beauty event is already in full swing! There are some unbelievable deals in this bi-annual SALE-a bration (like Clarisonic brush heads are BOGO on 9/17 - HELLLOOOOO!)  You may remember the event from this past spring … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Get The Look – Oscar de la Renta S/S 15…

Gucci Westman Backstage at Oscar de la Renta S/S 15

Get The Look - Oscar de la Renta S/S 15!  The beauty look for Oscar de la Renta at NYFW was a soft, pretty and wearable creation from makeup artist Gucci Westman for Hourglass.  It was classic and polished with a dash of modern edge. Backstage at … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Space NK Apothecary Autumn Beauty Edit…

SpaceNK Autumn Beauty Edit 2014

It's that time again! The Space NK Apothecary Autumn Beauty edit is here!  Tomorrow...September 10, Space NK will host the “Autumn Beauty Edit” event across all of their 23 U.S. locations. Even if you usually skip most beauty GWP events (how much … [Continue reading]

Fashion Week: Creatures of the Wind S/S 15 with NARS…

NARS Creatures of the Wind S/S 15

Creatures of the Wind S/S 15 with NARS.  Fashion Week is here again!!  Even though I am not attending NYFW this season, I can still show you some looks that I feel like you can take from runway to realway!  NARS Director of Global Artistry James … [Continue reading]

TMG Project: Johnson’s Baby Rock Star Glam Suite…

Reserved TMG - Sheraton Tysons

My Johnson's Baby Rockstar Glam Suite was a total hit!!  So, a few weeks back, I teamed up with Johnson's Baby, The Sheraton Tyson's Corner and celebrity makeup artist Ketta Vaughn to create a "Rockstar Glam Suite" called Sipping Social.   This was … [Continue reading]