A Match Made in Heaven: Sephora + Pantone Color IQ

Hi guys! xx

It’s been much too long since we last had a chat, grab a snack. Let’s gab.

So, if you’ve been reading this blog at all you know that there are two things I struggle with all the time: my skin and my foundation color match. I’ve been really working on trying to get these two things right and let me tell you, it’s been rough. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when on a little break from a work trip, I pop into Sephora at Columbus Circle. I went in knowing that I wanted to be color matched but couldn’t remember the fabulous tool I had heard that Sephora and Pantone teamed up to bring us. Picture it: I’m standing in the middle of the floor, stammering to the poor saleswoman when something I garbled must’ve clicked for her and she says “Color IQ?” *cue all of the cherubs and harp music*

Okay, Layla you hear angelic music in a beauty store, what’s new? I know, I know. I’m getting to it. In case you haven’t heard of the Sephora + Pantone Color IQ tool, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s a handheld gadget that when placed gently over a few areas of your face can identify your (Pantone) Color IQ number and match you up with a few foundations based on the type of formula you ask for at the top of the service. GENIUS.

If you’re thinking you won’t find your match no matter what, I politely disagree with you. There are over 1,500 formulas in Color IQ’s database–your match is basically destined.

A couple of things:

  • If you’re germophobic (read: like me) you’ll be fine. My saleswoman very openly disinfected the tool with a sanitizing wipe. I’m not 100% sure but I think there is also a detachable plug in: think the casings they use for ear thermometers at your doctor’s office.
  • If you suffer from hyper pigmentation of any sort between your face and neck (read: also like me) then I suggest you also ask that the tool be run over the other area that you want matched. I did this and I feel my results were more accurate because of it.

In case you’re wondering, I asked for a medium coverage foundation. Between my face and my (darker) neck, here are my results (all of which can be purchased at Sephora):

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Deep 74, $34

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Deep 74, $34

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Pecan, $48

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Pecan, $48

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Golden, $27

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in Golden, $27

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup in Amber, $23

Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup in Amber, $23

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in (Shade) 10, $62

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in (Shade) 10, $62

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Rich Chestnut 5C1, $37

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Rich Chestnut 5C1, $37

Diorskin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup SPF 15 in Amber 063, $49

Diorskin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup SPF 15 in Amber 063, $49

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo in 500 Suede W, $60

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo in 500 Suede W, $60

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Almond 6.5, $48

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Almond 6.5, $48

See anything you want to try? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next chat–keep the snacks handy.


Layla Loves: YesStyle.com

Hey guys,

I’ve got a different kind of post today. I’m so excited about finding this website that I felt that I had to share. It’s call YesStyle.com and it’s a great online retailer that has tons of Asian brands for beauty, fashion, jewelry, etc. I was browsing one of my other favorite sites, Byrdie and came across this site while reading one of their posts.

Of course, I had to look over their beauty offerings and I’m in a beauty lovers heaven right now. YesStyle offers brands that you’re already familiar with state side, like Neutrogena, but you’ll notice different offerings. For instance, I found Neutrogena Sheet Masks on this site. Now I may just be clueless but I haven’t seen any of those in the United States.

They also offer lots of top Asian beauty brands that you may have never heard of but are very popular in Asia and deliver results.

I haven’t checked out the fashion, jewelry or accessories sections of the site yet but I’m sure it’s all great. Head over to YesStyle and give their website a perusal. I’d be hard pressed to say you’d be disappointed with what they have to offer. And right now at least, all orders of $25 or more are eligible for FREE Shipping to the United States. Hello overseas beauty!!

Enjoy glossies xo.

P.S. have you heard of this site before? If so, let me know in the comments below how your experience went. I’m definitely going to order something (okay, a lot of things, he he)


I Have Seen The Future…2014 Drugstore Beauty Launches!

Glossies, it’s here. The time we all cherish most of all in the beauty world…new year, new product launches!! Whoo!!!


So, I’m at Walgreens this morning to pick up some Orange Vanilla seltzer (don’t judge me, just try some and get your life) when BAM! All the new product displays just hit me. Obviously I had to take a walk through and I’m really glad that I didn’t even try to muster enough self restraint to keep walking and decided to take a peak.

There are lots of new things already hitting the shelves and it’s all the way GOOD.

Here’s a quick list of the things I peeped out. (Products marked with an * are things that I’m most excited to, and will, try.)

  • Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free*: they are introducing a whole line but I’m most excited to try their gentle cleansing facial wipes. Yes to Cucumbers is great for sensitive skin so I know this will be even better.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: This product looked great on the shelf, but unfortunately the darkest shade they had on display was not a shade match–not even close :(
  • Burt’s Bee Brightening Face Care*: This line will include a daily cleanser, eye treatment, dark spot corrector and even-tone moisturizing cream. I’m not going to try everything in the line, at least not as of yet, but I’d like to try the corrector for sure. Outside of Clinique’s it’s hard to find something that treats dark spots that is agreeable with my skin. It’d be great if this product works and doesn’t irritate my skin because as much as I love Clinique, it can be too pricey for this girl on a budget.
  • Garnier Clean+: On the display I saw a Nourishing Cleansing Oil (which may find it’s way into my arsenal), a Smoothing Cream Cleanser, Purifying Foam Cleanser, and Balancing Daily Exfoliator. They also had a Shine Control Cleansing Gel and Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. The cleansing oil and cream cleanser are for drier skins, while the Purifying products are for combination skin types. And of course, the cleansing gel and blackhead scrub are for oily skin types. Don’t worry about trying to remember which products correspond to which skin types, Garnier’s displays have made them super easy. Kudos to them!
  • Garnier 5 Sec Blur*: I imagine this is Garnier’s ($16.99) answer to L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur ($22-$26). I find Garnier to be reputable so I’d definitely be willing to save the extra bucks and try this instead of L’Oreal’s blemish eraser/skin enhancer. I’ve heard great things about Miracle Blur so I’m certainly not knocking it but I think Garnier is providing a great option to other ladies who feel Miracle Blur is just a tiny bit out of their budget.
  • L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Lotion SPF30: This product intrigues me very much. I’ve never seen something that is directly advertised for your face, neck and chest. I’m not sure if I’ll be trying this, but I’m definitely keeping it on my radar.
  • L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher: I’m not sure what to make of this product but I imagine it’s for young women/women who are at a more entry level stage of skin care as it seems Youth Code is geared towards the 20-30 year old crowd. Right now I think of it as shelf clutter, but I’ll reserve my final opinion until I know more.
  • Revlon Matte Balm*: Yes. A thousand times yes. Revlon’s magical lip crayon is now also offered in a matte formula. Also: there’s a pretty deep purple color that is definitely coming home with me. I’ve been dying to try a purple lip and I think this is the perfect way to do it.
  • Revlon Lacquer Balm*: see previous item. Ditto everything. Add: any Beyoncé booty shaker you’d like because that’s the vibe you’ll be catching when you swipe one of these on. Get ’em girls! ;)


Aaahh! I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself.

Which products are you interested in trying? I’m going to review all the items that I pick up from this list. If you’d like me to review something in a particular order, let me know in the comments below or drop me a note. Please note that I try skincare for at least 5 days before writing a full review, but I will always post first impressions.

Disclaimer: Walgreens or any of the companies/brands mentioned above are not compensating me for my post(s) (currently or in the future unless otherwise stated)

I won’t be posting again until January 2, 2014 so…

Glossies, I love you for reading. Here’s to a slamming 2014 filled with all the beauty products you can stand and bad ass power moves (in life, love, work, money, etc.) that chicks like us can make happen in 365 days. Here’s to you because you ROCK! Happy 2014.

xo, Layla

Instyle’s January 2014 Issue!

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Magazine delivery time is my favorite time of the month–the only other time I look forward to is Birchbox delivery day. I stack my mags up and lounge on the couch with some Starbucks and some good background TV noise and luxuriate until the very last page of the last issue in the stack. Ahhh…I can feel my muscles relaxing already.

This month’s (January) issue of Instyle is no exception: it’s a favorite of my entire subscription catalog. Ms. Britney Jean Spears graces the cover and looks beautiful and glowing. But let’s talk about the real goods here: Instyle’s 30 Days to Amazing Skin guide. I’m ALL OVER THIS. They’ve got tips for most of what ails your skin. If you’re looking to get a clear complexion, glowing skin, bright eyes, or wrinkle free skin, get your hands on a copy of this issues, stat!

Of course you’re going to flip through the rest of the issue, so if the life and times of Britney Spears is your thing, check that out. I’ll say one thing: her makeup is flaw-less.

I’m going to take heed to the skin guide and hopefully get rid of my pesky hyperpigmentation marks, once and for all. *Fingers crossed!!!*

I may take a posting break for the weekend, if I do, I’ll catch you on Manicure Monday–I’ll make my first post in a new series where I’ll showcase a great new nail lacquer that’s caught my eye. I hope you enjoy.

As always, I’d love to hear about the types of posts you’d like to see! Let me know in the comments below ;)

Have a great, glossy weekend xo