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Dreamin' of a Bronzed Christmas...

Doug Arnaudin

Hands are cold, hearts are warm. And skin is, well... pale. Yep! It's Christmastime in the city. Inspired by the twinkling lights down 5th Ave., this year I'm dreamin' of a bronzed Christmas! And who other to help than Vapour Organic Beauty? The luxurious sleek blue-hued packaging and creamier-than-butter multi-use formulations will have you feeling merry and bright in a matter of swipes! I'm seriously crushing on their sunshine-in-a-bottle Solar cream bronzer in shades Simmer and Spicy (don't those names make you wanna cozy up by a fire with cup'o'cider in hand?) which can double as a cream eyeshadow in a pinch. Here's a little Q + A that will demystify bronzer and keep you glowing into the new year!

Q: What is a bronzer? Why should I use one? 

A: Bronzer helps to bring warmth to your complexion! By now, we all know, the only safe tan is a faux-tan (shameless reminder to wear your sunscreen, beauties!) but who says we can't look like we spent the weekend in Aruba? Another perk of a bronzer is that it can be used to contour the face, a technique that works with light and shadow to define facial features. 

Q: Where should I apply bronzer? 

A: My rule of thumb is to start where the sun naturally falls. Think: upper forehead and periphery of face. It's also nice to swipe a bit beneath the cheekbones to define and slenderize cheeks. 

Q: How do I apply a cream bronzer? 

A: Cream formulations are the cat's meow, especially during the winter months when skin tends to lack moisture. Plus, cream cosmetics typically pack an antioxidant skin-soothing benefit, too (these from Vapour Organic Beauty contain pomegranate, green tea and acai berry). Apply over clean, exfoliated skin, or overtop foundation / tinted moisturizer. Apply pigment directly from stick and begin blending with clean fingertips. (You are using the fleshy part of your finger, never your nail, of course!) Your natural body warmth will melt the product into skin seamlessly.

Pair with a killer red lip and you're ready to break some hearts!

May your days be merry and bronze,


Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Bronzer, shade Simmer

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Bronzer, shade Simmer

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Bronzer, shade Spicy

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Bronzer, shade Spicy

Blushing for Bronzer: get your glow on!

Doug Arnaudin


Dreamy spring days melding into care-free nights. Twirling with city lights that glimmer like gems from a once forgotten treasure. Skin radiant, golden, glowing. HOLD UP! This day-dream just came to a screeeeching halt! Long winter + no sunshine + turtlenecks galore is the very antithesis of golden glowy skin! Here to help...natural bronzers! Here's how you can make this springtime beauty fantasy come true any time of the year:

First up, RMS Buriti Bronzer. It's ultra-sheer and gives the illusion of sun-kissed skin. People will think you spent the year on the Isle of Capri drinking red wine! Brings such health and vibrancy to the skin. Axis beauty tip: a little goes a LONG way. With any bronzer, start slowly and build up the color. Simply warm into skin using (clean!) fingertips. 


Next on the palette, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer. If someone melted pure gold & poured it into a glass bottle, this is what it would look like. I really love using this during summer months, but FYI it's more of a highlighting bronzer than something you'd use as a contour. Axis beauty tip: It can be pretty opaque in it's luminosity, so I find it's brilliant for body. I use 1 pump Argan Illuminizer with 1 pump of any body lotion and apply down front of shins, clavicle bone, and arms. Voila! Instant light-reflecting body glow! 


Lastly, our pressed powder standout, VMV Hypoallergenics Tarte-A-Tan Antioxidant Bronzing Powder. This is a great choice for sensitive skin. Packed with antioxidants like green tea, rice phytic acid, and organic coconut oil -- plus,  100% fragrance, dye & paraben free!  (I apply this with brush pictured above, but it comes with it's own portable version pictured below.) Axis beauty tip: This makes a lovely eyeshadow, too! Blend at the crease where eyelid folds for a warm buttery coco contour color! 


Cheers to the warmer days ahead & staying sun-safe (yet gorgeously golden!) all spring & summer long!



Candy Sweet Spring Color Guide

Doug Arnaudin


Spring is in the air. Birds are chirping, days are longer, and Im CRAVING color! Speaking of cravings, Dylan's Candy Bar opening in Union Square this Spring! Uh-oh. My molars may be in trouble, but theres something so whimsical about strolling through a candy story on a spring day. It takes you back to a time when your toughest choice was Everlasting Gobstopper or Swedish Fish (gobstopper, obvi!).   


What are your spring cravings? How will you enjoy the sweet Pantone Spring 2015 palette? Matching your lip-gloss to a tangerine sorbet, perhaps? I'm loving RMS beauty's Lip2Cheek in Curious