This isn't Kimora Lee's guide to fabulosity; it's Devora Lee's guide ;) The more materialistic, superficial guide, at least. I can't help it if I have an affinity for designer goods and bling; it's in my DNA! Perhaps I will make a list about psychological and spiritual fabulosity later. The data points are listed from necessary, down to unnecessary, but nice to have. Looking fabulous takes work! :)
I use to drink tea and juices all the time until my doctor and dermatologist told me that the best thing for me is really just nothing but good ole plain agua. Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can cause frequent urination and they're not good for your skin. As you can see by my Favorite Cocktails list, I don't drink just water, but I've been really making an effort. When I'm not drinking my occasional cup of joe in the morning, or nursing a cocktail at night, I'm drinking plain ice water. Sometimes with a small spritz of lemon juice.
Fruits and veggies are already amazing on their own, but I really try to get them organic when I can because why consume toxins and wax when unnecessary? I try to eat my fruits and veggies raw so that I don't nuke the nutrients out of them!
As stated in my review of Trader Joe's, I am a self-proclaimed Trader Ho. This is where a Trader Ho would get her organic fruits and veggies, among many other organic products, such as organic yogurt, shampoo and conditioner, pet food, soap... And the list goes on. Your body is a temple, so nourish it with good stuff!
See the full review, "There's a reason my friends call me a Trader Ho".
Had a bad day and wanna release some of that tension? Doing yoga in a 105°F room just might hit the spot. You can push your body to whatever limit you want to push it to. You'll sweat out all your toxins, tighten up your glutes, and feel really accomplished after class for having endured 105°F heat for 90 minutes while posing in 26 positions. Twice each. Extra bonus points if your Bikram yoga studio just so happens to be that of the spiritual persuasion (because, surprisingly, many aren't).
Where I live, 24 Hour Fitness gyms are prevalent, so obviously, I got my membership there. One of the keys of looking and feeling fabulous -- working on your fitness. Nothing's more rewarding than coming home from the gym exhausted.
See the full review, "The Gym to Get Cost-Effective Membership".
As someone whose had eczema all her life, a great moisturizer is completely necessary. Eucerin's Intensive Repair Lotion is just what I need. It's thick and extremely moisturizing, yet it still dries well and doesn't leave a greasy feeling at all.
Ugh, this stuff smells SOOOOO good. It's orange, but it smells and looks like the lemon jelly filling of a jelly-filled donut. I want to squirt it into my mouth and eat it, but I stay good and only massage it on my face and neck when I'm in the shower. This is perfect for people with dry skin because it really moisturizes with orange oil, among other types of oils. It almost feels like I don't need moisturizer afterward.
I'm addicted to this stuff. So much so, that the last time I went to Sephora, I bought 10 tubes of lip lube totaling a bit over $100. Might as well buy it in bulk because this is the only thing I use from Sephora (the rest of the beauty products that I use are mostly MAC, which isn't available at Sephora). I keep a tube in my purse, at work, and on my night stand. It's just what my lips needed. It's the perfect lip lube and even gives my lips a slight tingle when I put it on. My color of choice is NYC, a nice, deep pink.
I love the shine it gives my lips! I only wear this when I'm going out to see the world. Unfortunately, this stuff is really sticky and can't be worn on its own. Its saving point is its shine. I wear Urban Decay's Lube in a Tube underneath this. My color of choice is Venetian. Deep pinkish, but not too pink.
This is the perfect eyeshadow primer. It's in stick-form and glides on smoothly, yet dries completely without caking and doesn't smudge. This can actually be layered on for more intense color, but I just use it as a primer. My color of choice is Shimmersand, a pastel pink color that goes wonderfully with MAC's Rose pigment that I listed below.
If you read my MAC pigment review, you'll know that I use it for EVERYTHING beauty-related. I mostly use it as an eyeshadow, sometimes I put a bit in my lipgloss, nail polish, or dust it on my cheek and shoulders for a little extra shine. One little jar of it costs $20 and will probably last me a lifetime. My color of choice is definitely Rose for all of the above.
See the full review, "MAC Pigment in Rose -- Best Cosmetic Concoction EVER".
Way better than an eyeliner pen. By a landslide. I use the MAC 266 brush to line my eyes and draw wing tips at the outer edge of my upper eyelid. This stuff is smudge proof and magical.
See the full review, "A great alternative to eyelining pencils".
My skin's actually pretty good au naturale, so I try not to use foundation of any kind, but if I ever have a blemish, dark bags under my eye, or look greasy from having just applied facial moisturizer, I use this stuff to powder it away. I use I00, which is Very Light Ivory.
I'm not a huge fan of the scent of this cream, I actually wish that it was unscented, but as a moisturizer, it gets the job done while adding a hint of shimmer to my skin. Definitely gives a nice glow.
Best nail polish that I've ever used. In nail polish world, this is pretty long lasting. Even if I just use O.P.I.'s base coat and paint some drug store brand's nail polish over it, it still makes that drug store brand longer lasting. I use O.P.I.'s base coat, some of their colors, and the top coat for extra shine and protection.
I love CHI products and without this spray, my hair would look frizzy, which is no bueno! I spray some of this on before I start straightening with the CHI flat hair iron and my hair comes out looking silky smooth.
See the full review, "Best Polishing Spray for Some Seriously Shiny Locks!".
Again, with my love for CHI products! This is the best hair straightener that I've ever used, but lately, I've been trying to use it less because despite being the best hair straightener out there, that's still a lot of direct heat on my hair, which causes a lot of damage. Now I only use it when the ends of my hair flips out, or I want it super straight for a special occasion or something.
See the full review, "The Secret to Sleek, Straight Locks".
Nothing makes me feel more fabulous than wearing sexy undergarments, even if no one else is going to see them. Plus, wearing decent undergarment can make all the difference in the way your outfit looks on you if you need a little push or a tuck. They've also got an awesome selection of swimwear. Like I said in my Victoria's Secret review, there's a reason why their semi-annual sales are like the first 10 minutes of Saving Private Ryan.
See the full review, "One of the best lingerie companies out there".
What girl doesn't look great in a jersey knit dress? It's flattering on every body type! Wearing one of these makes me feel super femme and pretty. My closet's full of them :)
See the full review, "Cute Dresses for Any Occasion".
Yeah yeah yeah, people keep knocking on Forever 21 because their clothes are cheap, material-wise. Well, you know what? They're also cheap price-wise, and they have cute, up-to-date fashions, so I'm going to keep shopping there. I know a lot of people complain about how their clothes "fall apart", but I've never really had a problem before. I mean, what do people wear their F21 clothes to? Jello fights? Rock climbing? Plus, spending less on my wardrobe means that I can spend more on say, Louis Vuitton or Balenciaga ;)
It took me sooooooooo long to save up for a Balenciaga City Bag in college. Still my most expensive handbag purchase to date, but it was definitely worth it because I absolutely love it to bits! So what if most people don't know what the brand is or how much it cost? There's a reason why it's nicknamed the "motorcycle bag"; it's because it looks completely badass! Plus, the bag is super practical and durable, unlike a prissy Chanel handbag (which, by the way, I'm DYING to own, but I just can't justify spending that much money on such a delicate handbag that I'll rarely ever use at this point in my life). Balenciaga City Bag = Love.
Because every girl needs at least one nice handbag :) It took a while, but I've managed to collect every pochette that they have, and then some. Louis Vuitton's canvas bags are pretty durable, so I'm not afraid to use those ones every day. Don't tell anyone, but sometimes, when I need an emotional boost, I take all my Louis Vuitton bags out of their boxes and dustbags and have Louis Vuitton parties by myself and, suddenly, the world is kind of an okay place again.
See the full review, "Confessions of a Louis Vuitton Addict".
Because every girl needs at least one pair of nice sunglasses :) I own a pair of the Strass in pink and its got rhinestones all over it! I love their glasses frames, too, and I have a pair with rhinestones on the side. My next target Dior purchase is their bug-eyed Glossy sunglasses. I've broken so many pairs of $5-$10 sunglasses before, but the Dior frames are high quality and waaaaaay durable. Definitely worth the money.
When I'm not Lunching, I'm a jeweler, and an all around, self-proclaimed web geek. My passions include social media, the interweb, technology, writing, yoga, fitness, photography, jewelry, fashion, … more