“Hello Summer, Hello Sunshine!”

THE E-SSENTIAL LUXE BLOG #4

The author on location at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands

This year we’ve come a long way, it seems. From winter, to spring, and now summer, with a whole lot of in between. I think we all have been through a lot recently and desire to press ahead and say hello to the sunshine. Where I live we have had a lot of sun and high temperatures, all of which speaks to summertime.

While the sun is enticing I have to remember to protect the exterior. Too much of a good thing is not always good for us. So, from this perspective I would like to share with you a few of my favorite products from a favorite brand, Coola.

From left to right Coola brand sunscreens: Coola daydream mineral primer, Coola sun silk crème, and Coola classic sunscreen

Coola sunscreens are my favorite and work well if you plan minimal sun, underneath an umbrella, early morning or late evening walks, or while you wear a wide brim hat or visor. The ingredients are natural and organic.

From left to right: Coola brand sunscreens notated above with listed ingredients

This summer enjoy the sun but do not forget to protect what matters most and that is you!

You can purchase Coola from most beauty retailers but I have listed a link to Ulta Beauty here:

https://www.ulta.com/brand/coola

Enjoy the summer!

Apollolina

(NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. All products have been purchased myself)

Copyright 2020 Apollolina, Apollolina Luxe

Gotcha TATCHA!

THE E-SSENTIAL LUXE BLOG #3:

Beautiful hues to blossom your lips this Spring season from TATCHA luxury beauty

Silk Blossom Lipstick Trio from Tatcha

It’s beginning to feel a little like Springtime. Sunny clear skies with a bit of cool in the air. What a good way to welcome March with a spring trio of lovely lips! I am a “lipstick-a-holic.” I collect lipstick and many ranges of colors, often creating collections from each of the four seasons. Yes I do! Then I saw an advertisement on Tatcha lipsticks!

Tatcha is primarily a Japanese luxury skincare line but I noticed they have branched out into lipsticks. I thought to take a peek and I could not resist! As I began to search I saw this lovely lipstick trio plus many other trios and singles. While very pricey (upwards to $55.00) I couldn’t help but notice they are good for the lips. These lipsticks are “made with silk extracts to nourish for petal-soft lips, and decorated with 23-karat gold for a touch of glamour.”

Most of my lipstick collection consists of matte, to creamy matte formulas. I like matte because I like a strong pop of color that bleeds and blends into the lips with staying power. Since I have an active career and most days are energetic and on-the-go, sipping coffee and water, I like to have color left on my lips. However, I decided to try Tatcha and go for nourishment on my lips and welcome spring with a blushing blossom!

Apollolina wearing Tatcha – Beautyberry Blossom lipstick
From left to right: Beautyberry Blossom, Sunrise Blossom, and Peony Blossom
https://www.tatcha.com/product/SB10028T.html?cgid=lip#page=1&start=1

(NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. All products have been purchased myself)

Copyright @ 2020 Apollolina Luxe, Apollolina

Throwing shade on your lips this Winter season!

The E-ssential Luxe Blog #2

The new Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream Lipsticks

I do not know about you but I am a lipstick collector. A serious one. I have a lipstick for every outfit, whether business, formal, or casual, such that it makes a statement. Lipstick color speaks of my mood and so I suppose I have many moods. It does not matter to me whether lipstick is categorized from the department store, drug store, or online boutiques. Color is color, texture is texture, and how it all blends together is what matters most to me. There are glorious colors and blends of lipstick most everywhere you wish to purchase. However, finding the right lipstick shade for the moment is truly worth the pursuit!

Top line (left to right): #364 Hot Pink Ruby, #314 Ruby Star, #214 Rosewood Ruby, #481 Pigeon Blood Ruby. Center: #03 Kiss Me Ruby

Lancôme just recently introduced the L’absolu Rouge Ruby Cream Lipstick which is described as a long-lasting lipstick that is richly pigmented and hydrating, inspired by red rubies and designed with a crystal-shaped bullet for precise application. Wow, put a bullet to your lips!

These colors appear to be formulated and designed to compliment any skin tone, and I agree. They apply smoothly, and feel hydrating, and yet color pigmented, but not matte, but not sheer. It is a creamy texture and feels wonderful. Mostly, the colors are beautiful. I think anyone can wear these now during the Winter season, but even in the springtime as well. You can purchase these Lancôme lipsticks at most department stores, including Ulta Beauty and Dillard’s.I purchased these lipsticks at Neiman Marcus and the link is provided here:

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/lancome-labsolu-rouge-ruby-cream-lipstick-prod225390016?childItemId=NMC51LU_9Z

I hope you enjoy throwing shade on your lips with Lancôme L’absolu Rouge Ruby Cream Lipsticks!

Happy Winter!

Apollolina Luxe

(NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. All products have been purchased myself)

Copyright @ 2019 Apollolina Luxe, Apollolina


Theology of Beauty 101

The E-ssential Luxe Blog #1

Luxuriant essentials of beauty

Today’s blog is entitled “Theology of Beauty 101” and is an introduction to my personal perspective on beauty. Beauty and the beautiful have been around for thousands of years. Throughout the ages women have used lotions and potions to create a personal beauty regimen that has continued through this day.

I am a theologian often writing and thinking theologically regarding just about everything. On this blog it is about beauty, lifestyle, and career. Instead, I have a theology on these particular interests I wish to share with the becoming Lady. I say “becoming” because a refined and elegant woman continues to grow and mature throughout her life. She sees herself not only as what she was, but as she is, and who she wishes to become. She is in the state of becoming who she is purposed, meant and desiring to be, that is a Lady.

Beauty began to interest me in my early twenties. Since that time I have continued to indulge in beauty essentials from bath, body, hair, makeup, skincare, and fragrance. During this time my interests have evolved but at the core my preferences have remained the same. I love my essentials at the drugstores, boutiques, and exclusive department stores.

However, luxuriant beauty essentials do not truly make beauty. They stand in bare contrast to the woman they are created to adorn. Of course they can enhance and improve the outwardly appearance into a striking or sultry looking woman. At times a physically beautiful woman, or as my mother would say “a natural beauty” is not in need of beauty application on the exterior. In this regard, there is no guarantee that the exterior beauty will stand the test of time. Physical beauty fades. How a woman fades with it is up to her and her internality.

On it’s own, the beauty of a woman stands alone.

Thank you for joining me!

Apollolina

Copyright @ 2019 Apollolina Luxe, Apollolina