What’s in my Bookish (Beauty) Bag? ~ Jenny Patinkin

I posted earlier this week about my favorite products to achieve a summer glow.  One key piece to achieving ANY look are GREAT brushes.  They are the tool to get a perfect application.  Good brushes can really be the key to getting what you want.  When I saw that make-up brush maven Jenny Patinkin had a how-to make guide coming out called Lazy Perfection,The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying, I knew it was a must read for me.  Yes I am a trained make-up artist but she is the creme de la creme and any tips she wants to give I am ready to listen 🙂  To be absolutely honest I couldn’t love this book more.  Why?  Because Jenny has tapped into the key piece of advice anyone should know- make-up should be fun and easy and not scary and impossible.  She breaks it down into a user friendly way that anyone can become their own professional make-up artist.  I was thrilled to chat with Jenny and have her share her breathtaking CELINE bag.  Seriously I can’t stop looking at this bag!

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via Amazon ~

Could you use a little Lazy Perfection in Your Life?
Every woman wants to look like the best version of herself-natural, radiant, and confident. But who has the time to master complicated makeup steps or the patience to sift through the glut of choices at the beauty counters? Celebrated makeup artist Jenny Patinkin cuts through the confusion and clutter with her “lazy perfection” approach to beauty, replacing complex techniques and hard-to-wear trends with a streamlined, sophisticated approach to makeup.
Here you’ll find guidance on finding a beauty routine that works for you-without a lot of involved steps or overpriced products. Guiding you through an initial makeup drawer purge, through setting beauty priorities, to crafting a finished look, Jenny gives you real-life tips for spending your limited time (and budget) to achieve the results you want. With Lazy Perfection you’ll know that you’re putting your best face forward-minus the fuss!

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What is your bag of choice?- purse/tote/backpack and brand that you have?

I used to be a devoted shoulder bag person, but now I prefer a tote because what I carry is often too much of a strain to keep on my shoulder all day.   Plus, I travel so much that I need a very sturdy bag that won’t show what a beating it takes.  Celine and Hermes are my go-to’s since the leather is thick and pretty much indestructible.  My new summer bag is a gigantic Celine tote.

What are your top favorite beauty picks?  

Glossier Haloscope highlighter in Quartz has been in daily use lately (personally and professionally) because it’s so subtle and flattering, and their Boy Brow is great for a quick fluff and fill.  It’s a very millennial brand, but these products are surprisingly good for more mature skin as well.


I have also been enjoying Beautycounter Skin Tint foundation, W3ll People Bio Bronzer stick and Juice Beauty cream blush in Seashell.  Mac Technakohl Eyeliner in Uniform is the one I always go back to – I just love the khaki/gray color on blue, green and hazel eyes – and I am super impressed by Wander Beauty’s Unlashed Mascara.


In skincare, I am obsessed by the Vintner’s Daughter Serum and Marie Veronique C, E & Ferulic.  Other C, E Ferulics were too rough on my skin – one of them even stained my skin orange – but this one is incredible to use.


What do you always carry in your bag/purse/carry-on for beauty products?  

I always need to be ready to touch up before going on-camera, so I keep a few essentials with me.  Amazing Cosmetics Hydrate Concealer pretty much doubles as foundation; RCMA translucent powder to control shine; Urban Decay Naked Matte 2 eye shadow palette because it’s so versatile; Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy; and my set of Petites makeup brushes.  And I always have a copy of my book with me as well, just in case.

What are you currently reading (can be books/magazines)

And any other fun item/must-have that you always have with you 🙂

I always have a bkr water bottle with me, the giant 1-liter size, which is another reason I need a big, sturdy purse — it weighs a ton, but I don’t like to drink out of plastic.  I mix in a Mestrength electrolyte supplement to keep me extra hydrated and to reduce bloat, which is especially helpful after a salty meal or a glass of wine.  I also keep some roasted almonds with me as a little pick me up snack.

As for reading, I actually got my latest book recommendation from you!  I have According to a Source all ready to take on my vacation!



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*Thanks to Jenny for sharing your gorgeous bag!


The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes & Bliss Chat


Are you looking for a fun, quirky story that has you guessing and rooting for the main character?  Well, The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes is the perfect pick.  I absolutely loved it and am hoping, fingers crossed, maybe for a sequel 🙂  I loved the main character that much and the plot was so fantastic.  This is a wonderful debut for Himes and I can tell she is going to have many fabulous books in her future.

The One That Got Away centers around Abbey Lahey who is married to Jesse.  She lives a typical mom and family life where she feels under appreciated and overworked.  She starts to daydream at work one day about a former coworker who she had a crush on, Alex Van Holt, who also had a crush on her.  Alex, who is drop dead gorgeous and super successful, always lingered in the back of her mind as the one who got away.  While at Nordstroms one day, where she was returning a bag that she couldn’t afford or justify, she slips and falls.  As she comes to, she realizes she is living the life of Abbey Van Holt.   Married to Alex with a family, she is living the upper class, rich life while supporting Alex who is running for election.  She is super confused and wondering how to get out of this but not before she enjoys the finer things in life with Alex.  The bags, the clothes, the shows, OH MY! (think Carrie Bradshaw 😉  Soon she starts to realize that this road not taken was not taken for a reason and that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.




This book was an instant favorite for me and would absolutely make a perfect movie.  Himes is so charming with her words and storyline and the characters are developed so perfectly.  This is a must read debut for any reader who loves a light hearted, fun read.  I have chose it as my Poolside Pick for this week and was so honored to be able to “Bliss Chat” with Leigh about the book and a few of her favorite things!


Bliss Chat with Leigh Himes

1. I loved this book so much!  What made you decide to write about the road not taken?

Thank you, Courtney! Like my character Abbey, I saw a photograph in a magazine of a man I almost dated years before. After my husband and I had a good laugh about how I sure didn’t choose wisely, I remember thinking it would be a good set-up for a novel. Weeks later, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head so I sat down and started writing, and then couldn’t stop.

 2. Who did you enjoy more in developing Jimmy or Alex?  Abbey Lahey or Abbey Van Holt?  

Great question. At first, I’d say Alex because in many ways he’s my dream guy. He’s handsome, charming and ambitious, but also self-deprecating and funny. But Jimmy has my heart, too, because he’s so real. I’ll be standing on the sidelines of my son’s soccer game or in the school pick-up line and think “lots of Jimmy’s here today” and I mean it as the ultimate compliment. As for Abbey, it has to be Abbey van Holt… I’d love to live her life for a few days.

3. In your life is there a road you wished you traveled or do you ever think about that in any situations that may have been from your past?

I used to have so many regrets and would analyze my decisions constantly. Why didn’t I move to NYC when I was twenty-two? Why did I buy this old house? But writing this book, and getting older, has been cathartic. Now I don’t believe in roads not taken… all our experiences are just steps on the path we were meant for.


4. What has been your most favorite thing about the process of this book and going on book tour?

The best thing about writing is falling in love with your characters. On tour, it’s meeting fellow book lovers. I’ve met school librarians, veterinarians, reporters, artists, emergency room nurses, fellow novelists, etc., and I love hearing about their lives and how they make things work.


5.  As a writer, where is your favorite place to write?

In my bed! We don’t have air conditioning anywhere but our bedrooms so in the summer I’ll sneak back upstairs in the afternoon with my laptop. I have to bring coffee, though, to prevent nappage.


6. Name 3 blissful things that you can’t live without?

Besides husband/kids/dog, I’d say avocados (in any form), super-hot baths, and my NinoBrand sweatpants, which are so cool they make me proud to be a “sweatpant mom.”


7. What is the first thing you do when you complete a book?

I’ve only completed one, and if memory serves, my husband and I went out to our secret place: a little strip mall beer shop in Ardmore, Pa. that serves drafts and hot dogs in the back. So maybe that will be my new end-of-book tradition.

8. What was the last book that you read?

The excellent “The Expatriates” by Janice Y.K. Lee.


9. While on tour what is a must-have beauty product in your make-up bag?

A friend turned me on to Beauty Counter products and I am obsessed, so I always travel with my BC Cream Cleanser and Night Cream. My other current obsession is eyebrow pencils… right now I am using one from Hourglass.


10. Are you looking forward to any books that are coming out in 2016?


Yes! On my list are “June” by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, “If I Forget You” by Thomas Greene, and “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. But before that, I’m checking out two paperbacks: “A Window Opens” by Elisabeth Egan and “Everybody Rise” by Stephanie Clifford. I’ve heard great things and I like to support debut authors! 😉


*Thanks to Hachette for sending a copy for review to Bliss, Beauty and Books!

Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney + Doctor Rogers RESTORE GIVEAWAY

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There is nothing I love more than beauty and books ~ hence the blog name.  Being a freelance make-up artist myself and working in the beauty industry for over 10 years, I was sucked into Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney.  A story based around a young woman who is a make-up artist, trying to find her way in this cutthroat world of all things beauty and cosmetics.  I had yet to read any of Sweeney’s novels but was delighted in the fact that it was a easy, light , entertaining read.  If you are a lover of beauty or always rooting for the underdog than you will love Opportunity Knocks!

Alex is a twenty something makeup artist who is trying to find her way.  Determined not to become part of her family’s business she knows make-up is her passion and wants to pursue this dream, despite her parents hesitation.  Her boyfriend Sean, who is in her family’s business, questions her career path as well.  When her best friend Emma has her tag along to her job, working for the devilish Hillary P., Alex gets the chance of a life time.  She is asked to fill in last minute as her make-up artist.  From what Alex can see Hillary P. is no angel and her demands and requests are insane, but it’s a job.  Hillary is impressed with Alex and decides to bring her on full-time, causing her to relocate to NYC and sign a non-disclosure agreement.  Basically if Alex talks about anything related to Hillary then she is busted.  When Alex is befriend by a young man at a bar, Nick, she lets loose about life and her new move.  She starts to feel like she is taking friends.  Meanwhile she also meets Billy Fox, a southern actor, who is not only gorgeous but sweet as well.  They start to form a relationship and it couldn’t come at a better time as things are rocky with Sean and Alex finds herself side swiped by Hillary P.  Alex is being sued for supposed breach of her non-disclosure.  Alex has no idea how this happened.  She never talked about Hillary to anyone..or did she?  As she only has a certain amount of time to fix this problem she will need all the help she can get!  Will she be able to get out of this mess with the help of a Hollywood heartthrob or will she become washed up and broke?

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Opportunity Knocks was a fun, exciting read with lots of twists and of course beauty!  I was so impressed with the beauty knowledge and facts as they were spot on!  You can tell Alison clearly has had her fair share of Hollywood life as it was juicy and full of starlit moments.  I wonder if she has encountered anyone like Hillary P. in her career?  We all can wonder 🙂  Sweeney is a perfect actress turned author as she created a story that flowed and kept me hooked.  This is definitely one for the pool side or maybe a cocktail companion?  Definitely grab a copy and make sure you are perfectly coiffed as you never know who is watching.


In celebration of this beauty based book I am giving away one of my favorite beauty products- Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm.  This is the perfect healing balm that helps to “soothe and heal dry, damaged skin, lips and nails with the long lasting hydration and protection of Doctor Rogers RESTORE™ Healing Balm”.  The perfect compliment to the upcoming beach season.  Just toss in your tote and go!  To enter, there are 3 ways, either comment below or follow me here: Facebook or Instagram.  OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY.  Good luck beauties!!!!  Read about Restore below!






SEATTLE, WA – February, 2016 – Introducing Doctor Rogers RESTORETM, a rich, restorative healing balm, that deeply hydrates, replenishes and protects your skin.

After continually hearing her patients’ frustration with petroleum-based skin care ointments, Dr. Heather D. Rogers was inspired to create a safe, petroleum and allergen-free healing balm derived from 100 percent plant-based ingredients.

“I knew I could do better for my patients,” noted Dr. Rogers, founder of RESTORETM and the recently opened state-of-the-art Modern Dermatology clinic in Seattle. “I wanted to create a better, safer and environmentally friendly skin protectant for my patients, family, and friends because I knew it was possible.”

Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm is designed to help restore skin to its natural state by creating a moisturizing barrier that protects and calms irritated or damaged skin. RESTORETM encourages rapid healing of the skin while being free of petroleum, preservatives, parabens and

fragrances making it safe to use on any dry, damaged, sensitive, postoperative or injured skin.

At Dr. Rogers Skin Solutions LLC, only the purest plant-based ingredients are used to make RESTORETM, proven to support the skin’s natural healing process. Glycerin, from palm oil, hydrates and promotes healing to restore the skin back to health while Castorlatum, derived from castor beans, reduces irritation and protects raw or sensitive skin.

“My patients need a safe, skin care product not only for post-procedure repair but also for everyday bumps and scrapes,” added Dr. Rogers. “People are mindful of what they are putting on their skin and it is important we treat our skin with the utmost care. I rigorously tested RESTORETM and received the FDA indication for RESTORETM as an over-the-counter medication for skin protection.”

Available today at http://www.doctorrogers.com and Amazon.com in a 0.5 ounce jar for $30 and an 8 ounce jar for $80. Also available at Modern Dermatology and select authorized medical practices.




About Dr. Heather D. Rogers, Founder of Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm

Dr. Heather D. Rogers is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon. She attended Stanford University and completed her dermatology residency and Mohs Micrographic Surgery fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY where she served as Chief Resident and started the first dermatology clinic for organ transplant patients. She also received a prestigious travel grant from the Women’s Dermatologic Society allowing her to spend six weeks in Australia studying skin cancer and its treatments.

These experiences have led her to have a particular interest in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer and sun damage. Her focus is helping her patients combat the sun’s harmful effects through proper skin care and tailored skin treatments.

The healing balm for all ages, RESTORETM helps calm post-procedural skin and accelerates the skin recovery process. With this multitasking formula, now you can soothe, repair and renew dry, damaged skin with confidence.

She lectures nationally, has published numerous articles and book chapters and is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Rogers’ experience in medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology, as well as in motherhood, inspired her to create RESTORETM Healing Balm, a safe, additive-free skin protectant targeting any dry or injured skin, lips or nails.

In addition to religiously applying sunscreen with 10 percent zinc daily, Dr. Rogers’ skin care regime includes an antioxidant on naked skin in the morning before moisturizing and sunscreen. Nightly, she washes her face, applies a Retinol product, and moisturizer before bed. She is not married to a single brand line and believes that the best results are achieved when a variety of clinically proven active ingredients are used on the skin.

Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm is a staple in her daily skin care routine. Dr. Rogers says that it is her “instant skin fix” and as an active and busy mom, she always has a jar at home, at work, in her handbag and car. She uses it daily for cuts, scrapes, dry or damaged skin and to moisturize lips and nails. In addition, she uses it as a little cosmetic pick-me-up to set eyebrows, keep concealer from cracking, and provide a youthful dewy glow to her cheeks. RESTORETM is for women, men, and children and is an all season, all body, and all ages product.

When not reminding her patients to protect their skin, Dr. Rogers can be found enjoying life with her husband and their two children.

About Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm

Doctor Rogers RESTORETM Healing Balm, developed by Seattle-based, board- certified dermatologist, Dr. Heather D. Rogers, is the first petroleum-free, allergen- free, plant-based ointment to be introduced to the marketplace. A premium product, RESTORETM Healing Balm is safe, reparative, and restorative, for dry, irritated or damaged skin.

Noted as a new, totally clean alternative to currently available ointments in goop’s 2016 Dry Skin Guide, RESTORETM is the brainchild of Dr. Rogers who was inspired to create a safe, healing skin balm when she wasn’t able to find a quality ointment to her liking for her patients’ post-surgical treatment.

Made in the USA, RESTORETM, has been rigorously tested and is FDA indicated as an over-the-counter skin protectant, providing long-lasting hydration and protection.

For more information or to purchase RESTORETM, visit http://www.doctorrogers.com, Modern Dermatology, select medical clinics at http://www.doctorrogers.com/authorized-retailers, like on Facebook at Doctor Rogers, follow on Twitter @thedoctorrogers, and on Instagram at doctor.rogers

Media Contact for Restore:

Carilyn Platt
Magnolia Public Relations carilyn@magnoliaprc.com 206.618.2033



*Thanks to Hachette Books for sending a copy for review to Bliss, Beauty and Books.