It’s been a few weeks since I’ve put a Fashion Pulse Flash together, but rest assured, there’s been plenty that I’ve experienced, tested, and loved that I’ve been wanting to share!
Let’s start with some of the cool happenings and products tested from the past week:
This past week, I spent a little extra time with one of my favorite outdoors apparel and footwear brands, Columbia Sportswear. Highlighted were some of Columbia’s seasonal collections, tested true to its heritage in the Pacific Northwest, displayed in a range of items meant for impenetrable rain, chilly temps and sunny days. Great quilted boots and jackets, along with more casual offerings like canvas sneakers and light weight parkas were presented, all geared toward the company’s branding of “tested tough,” which reintroduces a return to the brand’s roots with ad spots and promotions that feature Gert Boyle, Chairman of the board of this family-based company. Since the weather is on the verge of getting cold here in NYC, I had my eye on the Columbia Titanium Heatzone 1000 TurboDown™ Hooded Jacket!
I’ve spent a lot of time with my friends from Sorel this week, starting off with a sneak peek at the fabulous spring collection (more details coming soon!), and capping it all off with a launch party in its flagship store in NYC’s hip Meatpacking District, honoring the fall footwear and apparel items and hosted by costume designer Jenn Rogien. Toward the end of the evening, Rogien (of “GIRLS” and “Orange is the New Black”) spoke and held a q&a session, perfect for budding costume designers. Always a good time at a Sorel event, and of course, some boots were involved!
[The morning view from Elk Lake Lodge, North Hudson, New York]
]I spent a long weekend in the Adirondacks, on a trip sponsored by Visit Adirondacks, in which I (and the hubby) were submersed in a full sensory experience in this northern region of New York State, just hours from our home of New York City. We drank well, ate well, slept in comfortable digs, and enjoyed breathtaking nature. Stay tuned for a full feature, that can function as a guide for your next visit to the Adirondacks region!
Speaking of fabulous travel, food, and adventure, we’ve got a new category over here at FPD: “Home & Away”. There are wonderful things that I’ve experienced, from travel to flowers, food to home decor, that I would be remiss to not share with you. All of these lovely items that have to do with the home, or travel, will be found in this new category. I hope you enjoy this addition to the site, and please send suggestions my way for a fabulous place you’d recommend I check out, or furnishings to try.
Last night, I hung out with my friends at Dove, celebrating the launch of Dove Oxygen Moisture, part of the Dove Advanced Hair Series, and finally, I feel like there’s a lineup of products out there that just…gets me. Luckily, these are targeted toward fine hair, and infuse volume and moisture, which in the past, has been something that I’ve always had to choose between. The four Dove Oxygen Moisture hair care includes a shampoo, conditioner, leave in foam, and root lift spray, priced at an incredible value of $4.99-$5.99. I’m very much looking forward to trying out these courtesy items upon my next wash!
I recently tried the latest mascara from Maybelline, the falsies push up drama (around $9.49), and true to form, it did not disappoint! The brand’s “the falsies” line of mascaras have been my go-to pretty much since its inception, and as important as the formula is to a successful product, the application process, i.e. the brush, holds its weight as well. the cup-shaped bristles scoop lashes upward to accentuate and lengthen each one, tends to avoid clumping, and showcases and instant lifting effect. It’s obvious that lashes have gotten a boost, but it doesn’t veer into unnatural territory. For me, it was more smudge-resistant than previous mascaras, and came off easily. What more could you possibly ask for in a mascara?
Ever since BB and CC creams became a thing here in the U.S., I’ve come to fully adopt them and find it hard to go back to using a heavier foundation. The new COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation ($9.79-$12.79), straddles the benefits of both worlds with seven shades in a long-wear formula that is lightweight, hydrating, and provides pigments to match skin tone and hide imperfections. This foundation has learned what women want and need, and aren’t willing to sacrifice. It’s also picture-perfect, literally; check out this feature in The New York Times that takes about makeup formulas being tested for selfies (and featuring this exact one!).
I was quoted recently at Dapper & Done blog, on a featured about grooming mistakes that guys make; check it out, here! A few of my favorite fellow fashion and beauty bloggers also lend their two cents to the piece.
Full Disclosure: Fashion Pulse Daily received products for editorial consideration from some of the aforementioned brands.