Top 3 Winter Fragrances

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated the ‘ol blog and I must say, I’ve missed it. Between finishing school, finding a job, and all the other time sucks that life brings, I just did not have the time. Fortunately, things have begun to settle and fall into place and with that, I’m making my return to Lipstick & Sweatpants. It sure does feel good to be back.

For my first post back, I wanted it to be about something personal and to me, there is nothing more intimate than the fragrance you choose to wear. Aside from individual scent preferences, your unique body chemistry has SO much to do with how a perfume will ultimately smell. So while these perfumes may be my favorites and work for me, I do recommend sampling before buying a full bottle. Now, with all of that out of the way, here are my Top 3 Winter Fragrances:

Cuir Cordoba by Keiko Mecheri smells similar to what wrapping yourself in the softest, coziest blanket feels like. Tough leather, typically reserved for men’s fragrances, is given a feminine touch with notes of black violet, bergamot, elemi, suede accord, patchouli, sandalwood,and benzoin. Slightly sweet and softened with powdery benzoin and subtle fruity-florals, Cuir Cordoba is luxuriously sophisticated and ideal for the girl who believes that life should include sugar and spice. Full Size and samples available at Lucky Scent

For something with a touch more of a spicy kick, I reach for L`Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes. Inspired by Saharan desert in the moonlight and Moroccan nights, this is an oriental scent at it’s finest. The top notes of bergamot coriander, cumin and petitgrain (bitter orange) combine with a heart of rock rose and jasmine and a deep, dark base of cedar, vetiver and ambergris for a fragrance that’s dry, resinous, and supremely sexy. Full Size and samples available at Lucky Scent.

My third and final winter perfume is one of my all time favorites, but is definitely not for those who prefer a subtle fragrance. Red Aoud by Montale is a gourmand oud that certainly leaves a lasting impression. For those unfamiliar with the fragrance vocab, a gourmand is one that is sweet and almost edible smelling; oud, or Agarwood, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mold. When those two profiles combine (alongside notes of red pepper, saffron, cumin, orris root, Haitian vetiver, and sandalwood), you’re left with a perfume that is exotic, spicy, and intoxicatingly seductive. Full Size and samples available at Lucky Scent.

Now you know my favorite winter scents, what are yours? I’d love to hear in the comments! xo

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Probiotics: From Yogurt to Mascara

From Jamie Lee Curtis and Shakira preaching the “Activia Challenge” gospel to the bacon focused, hipster hotspot in my neighborhood that serves “digestive” yogurt shots at the end of your meal, probiotics have been all the rage for a few years now. But for those last few years, the ingredient that helps ya have to go has been mostly limited to edible goods. Thanks to Ophthalmologist, Dr. Lili Fan, your eye lashes are about to reap the benefits as well.


Xmascara, available at ($29), combines probiotics and peptides to not only instantly give you the look of fuller, longer lashes, with daily use, lashes will grow in four to six weeks. Fan’s exclusive Smart Probiotic technology is Opthalmologist and Dermatologist tested and honestly gives some of the best results we’ve seen in quite some time. Seriously – leave the yogurt, go get Xmascara.

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Totally Worth It: reVive Light Therapy

Have an unexpected doozy of a breakout, a crick in your neck from sleeping wrong, or a wrinkle that seemed to creep up out of nowhere? We’ve all been there – and we’ve ALL kept the beauty industry in business by purchasing every cream, remedy, and cosmetic product available. But what if the answer was as simple as light? LED Technologies and Kathy Ireland Skincare by reVive Light Therapy believe it really IS that easy.

The just released reVive Light Therapy collection is an all-natural, FDA approved skincare device that seeks to provide the latest light and science technology to help combat fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and pain. Multiple options to fit every budget are available on and the conveniently sized ESSENTIAL ($69) option is available at Target.
Essential Branded Both

A non-invasive, affordable, and natural remedy sounds great, right? But the real question is – how does it work? Each “symptom” requires a specific type of light and interchangeable attachment to really get the job done:

WRINKLES & FINE LINES: IR, Red, and Amber lights penetrate deep into the skin creating fibroblasts, stimulating production of elastin cells and collagen to aid in reversing fine lines and wrinkles.

ACNE: Non-UV blue light fights and destroys acne causing bacteria that resides deep in the skin.

PAIN & RECOVERY: IR lights infiltrate deep into soft tissue and stimulate for increased circulation, cellular reproduction and recovery to increase healing and provide relief of pain.

After giving the reVive Light Therapy a try, we really can give this product the green light (too obvious?). We haven’t tried the wrinkle and fine line attachment for a long enough period of time to see the results yet, but breakouts were gone in one to two days and after a horrible nights sleep in an uncomfortable position, a claw like hand was like new in twenty minutes. Our only bit of advice: USE THE PROVIDED GOGGLES. You may look/feel silly, but trust us, they are necessary!

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Borghese Launches Collection Exclusive for Target

Skincare brand Borghese has offered high end, classic Italian beauty traditions combined with modern formulations for over 50 years – and now, the brand has made their uber-luxe products affordable and accessible for everyone! Available exclusively at Target (online and in-store), the Borghese Age-Defying Cellulare Complex Collection is a “synergistic blend of high performance ingredients, including phytomolecules and anti-oxidants, that work with the skin’s natural structure to help reclaim what time and the elements can take away.”

The collection, which ranges in price from $13 to $24, consists of: Cleanse Cream Cleanser, Exfoliate Facial Scrub, Clarify Skin Balancing Toner, Revitalize Face Serum, Protect Moisture Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Nourish Eye Treatment, Hydrate Night Renewal Emulsion, and CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15. But don’t think that a lower price point means a drop in quality…the brand certainly didn’t hold back. The orange and white packaging is durable, super chic and totally vanity worthy. And while every product more than delivered on its promises, the two major standouts for Lipstick & Sweatpants are the Exfoliate Facial Scrub and Protect Moisture Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

The paraben-free EXFOLIATE FACIAL SCRUB ($16) skips the “balls” or “beads” and goes back to nature with an almost sand-like, yet gentle consistency. The lightly foaming scrub helps to smooth and resurface the skin, remove pore-clogging debris, and promote a healthy radiant appearance. What we really loved about this was the slightly luminescent finish it leaves behind. Your skin will be positively glowing after just one use!

Don’t be put off by the fact that PROTECT MOISTURE LOTION ($22) looks similar to sunscreen as you lather up. Although it DOES contain broad spectrum SPF 15, this moisturizer is lightweight and silky smooth. As it infuses your skin with hydration, it helps to shield skin from damaging environmental factors (including UV rays), restore a youthful appearance, improve the look of fine lines/wrinkles, and perk up brightness and clarity.

To read more about the Borghese Age-Defying Cellulare Complex Collection, visit and to make this collection even better, see below for a $3 off coupon good through July 28th!

Target Coupon for Borghese

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The Ultimate Subscription Beauty Box from Glossybox and Cosmoprof

Subscription beauty boxes have been all the rage for quite some time now, but Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) and Glossybox have teamed up to create something truly spectacular! The collaboration allows consumers to be the first to get their hands on the latest products and newest brands in beauty. Inside the durable (and pretty) pink box will be seven full or deluxe sample size products that are sure to make you smile. Although we won’t tell you everything that you’ll get, some of our favorites include Dr. Lili Fan’s Probiotic Age-Defying Eye Serum, Be A Bombshell Cosmetic’s The One Stick, and Matsey’s Color Protecting Leave in Therapy Spray.

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The Boutique ~ GLOSSYBOX limited edition box will be available exclusively on this August for $40, but you better act quick – once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

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Although it hasn’t quite reached summertime temperatures here in New York, the time is near! Don’t wait until the last minute to stock up on these Top 5 Summer Beauty Must Haves…because let’s be honest, no one wants to use the pale, cakey, cosmetics of winter in 100 degree humidity.

Ugh, yes – we are going to recommend another product to add into your skin care regime, but this one is definitely worth it. Pixi’s Glow Tonic is much more than your average toner. The ALCOHOL FREE (yes, Glow Tonic has ZERO alcohol in it) toner has lots of skin-loving ingredients in it; aloe vera for hydration, ginseng to improve circulation, and even a little glycolic acid to exfoliate. The oxygenating facial glow tonic facial miracle helps tone, firm, and tighten in under a minute – including dry time – and who doesn’t have time for that?!

($29 – Pixi Glow Tonic)

Real talk: summer lovin’ will not be on your list of things to do with dry, cracked lips. Get those pretty puckers in tiptop shape with Teadora’s Rainforest at Dawn Lip Butter. Made with a blend of mango butters and Carnauba wax for intense hydration, this lip butter works overtime as moisturizer and light exfoliant. Antioxidant and vitamin-rich plus a bright, citrusy flavor is a delicious and guaranteed path to a summer kiss or two…or three.

($15 – Teadora Lip Butter)

Is your tinted moisturizer and BB Cream not providing enough coverage, but full on foundation too much for the heat? Yea, us too – that’s why we L-O-V-E It Cosmetics’ CC+™ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50+. Not only does it provide just the right amount of (buildable AND breathable) coverage and non-chemical SPF 50, the brand’s Drops of Light Technology® is infused with liquid crystals for a brighter, hydrated, more luminous finish! Available in 5 shades, the miracle in compact is clinically proven to absorb excess oils (helloooo long lasting coverage!), minimizes the appearance of pores, and nourishes the skin with vitamins A, C, B, E, anti-aging peptides, and tons of other skin-loving ingredients.

($38 – It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation)

MiN New York’s SOLUTION2 ROLLERBALL is a simple and smart multipurpose elixir that will put you on the fast track to smooth, sexy, summer ready skin. Made of an advanced blend of liquid aspirin and organic spearmint, SOLUTION2 helps to alleviate razor bumps, ingrown hairs, combat skin irritations, and even helps to stop the annoying itch of pesky bug bites! The travel-friendly, rollerball is safe for even the most sensitive of skin.

($22 – MiN New York Solution2)

The thought of putting on layers of makeup in the heat not only makes us break into a sweat, it usually ends up disappearing before noon because of actual sweat….gross. That’s where Be A Bombshell’s The One Stick comes in. The all-in-one pop of color features a smooth texture that stays put all day long. Use it in place of eye shadow, blush, and lip tint for a subtle glow from day to night.

(Available in 8 shades – $16 – Be a Bombshell The One Stick)

So now you know Lipstick & Sweatpants’ Top 5 Summer Beauty Must Haves… what are yours? Leave a comment here or tell us on our Facebook page!

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Let’s Have a #ModSummer

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The season of BBQs, vacations, and outdoor festivities is upon us, and ModCloth wants you to share your summer memories with them! Include the hashtag #ModSummer when you’re posting your adventures and you could be featured on one of their social networks. Join in on the community fun, find some outfit inspiration in their Style Gallery, and get ready for the best summer ever!

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5 Accessories You Need This Spring and Summer

Warm, sunny weather has been making brief appearances here and there in NYC and it is making us super antsy to start swapping our sweaters and scarves for skirts and sandals. Now, we would love to be able to go out and get a whole new wardrobe to welcome in Spring and Summer, but our wallets, unfortunately, won’t allow for that. But we can spice things up with a few key accessories. These are Lipstick & Sweatpants’ top 5 Accessories You Need This Spring and Summer!


Yes, these shades are a little pricier than the other items on this list. And yes, they are worth it. Not only will the modern update on a classic shape compliment literally everything you wear (for many seasons to come), you can also feel good about shopping for a cause. Warby Parker matches every pair of glasses sold with funding for/ a pair of glasses for those in need. Shopping with a conscience looks good on you. Read more about how Warby Parker gives back HERE.
Ellison Sunglasses, Non-Prescription $145, Prescription $195, Warby Parker


Alright – so a hair product isn’t technically something you’d expect to see on this list, but your hair is definitely the best accessory a girl could have. However, your hair is probably still recovering from the brutal weather this winter threw at us and soon, it’s going to get hit with sun damage and humidity – so, ya gotta give it a little TLC. Ecru New York’s Acacia Protein Oil is a super lightweight styling and treatment oil formulated with Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Extra Virgin Argan oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, and Acacia Collagen™. The magical elixir will moisturize and condition all while protecting against heat damage, eliminating frizz, reducing dry time, and mending split ends.
Acacia Protein Oil, $30, Ecru New York


Big, bold, three dimensional broaches and pins are back and this Diamond Spider Broach from Humble Chic is everything right now. It’s dainty, it’s edgy, and it will definitely be a conversation starter.
Diamond Spider Broach, $38,


Menswear inspired accessories are still all the rage and these Teaton Cognac Crochet Cutout Oxford Flats are a great way to incorporate the trend in your everyday look. The pretty lace and cutout details add just the right amount of femininity to keep these oxfords from looking like they came straight from the men’s department.
Madden Girl Teaton Cognac Crochet Cutout Oxford Flats, $49, LuLu’

fringe bag

From earrings and necklaces to swinging bags – fringe is in! This Punk Tassel Fringe Handbag Satchel Purse/Hobo Tote comes with a removable shoulder strap so you can rock this hippie chic bag two ways and with every outfit.
Punk Tassel Fringe Handbag Satchel Purse/Hobo Tote, $18.44,


Jazz up any basic t-shirt and jeans, simple dress, or add a finishing touch to your bohemian style maxi skirt with a pair of big and bold earrings, like these Fame and Fortune Turquoise Rhinestone Earrings. While they are oversized, the slightly muted colors keep these from looking too costume-y and/or outfit specific.
Fame and Fortune Turquoise Rhinestone Earrings, $12, LuLu’

So which accessory (or accessories?!) will you be adding to your Spring and Summer wardrobe?

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