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Book to Buy: My City, My Los Angeles

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The fabulous Jeryl Brunner is releasing her latest book this month: My City, My Los Angeles: Famous People Share Their Favorite Places (Globe Pequot Press, $15). It’s filled with quotes from local tastemakers aaaaand the US Weekly crowd—everyone from Molly Shannon to Usher. Here’s a (condensed) taste:

SUSAN SARANDON “I’m opening a SPiN in downtown LA at the Standard…I would like to get Ping-Pong tables in all the underserved schools that don’t have phys ed programs…we’ll build a little Ping-Pong Nation.”

LUCY LIU “I love a place called Itacho...It’s Japanese tapas so you get to sample everything. Delicious.”

PIERS MORGAN “My favorite place in LA is Manhattan Beach… I like to buy some crab salad from one of the delis [Manhattan Meats], near the promenade, then head down right to the water’s edge, so I can lie on a towel munching my lunch…and plotting global domination.”

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Globe Pequot Press

Beauty Road Test: Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Key Lime

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Key Lime

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Key Lime; $9

Pros: Made of moisturizing olive oil and aloe vera, among other (natural) things, yet smells absolutely delish—just like the key lime pie at Miami’s News Café. Perfect for your next beach trip.

Cons: Doesn’t get foamy like some shave creams. Another problem: it smells so good you might be tempted to eat it!

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

 

Photo courtesy of Kiss My Face

Beauty Road Test: Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream; $98

Pros: Vinotherapy champion Caudalie just released the self-proclaimed "ultimate anti-aging eye care." And you know what? They're right! The caffeine, peptides, and grape-seed polyphenols will leave you looking rested, even after a (dreaded) long-haul flight.

Cons: It's a bit pricey, but the bottle seems to last forever.

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Caudalie

Beauty Road Test: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes; $16

Pros: Eye shadow in a tube? I’ll admit I had my doubts, but the Chubby Stick is indisputably awesome—easy to apply on the fly, with no flaking.

Cons: There are just 12 shades, but they’re lovely (and have adorable “chubby” names: Lots O’Latte, Portly Plum, Whopping Willow).

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Clinique

Caribbean News: Baha Mar Rising

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At T+L, we couldn’t be more thrilled about Baha Mar—the $3.5 billion resort project that opens December 2014 in the Bahamian Riviera. A few reasons why:

• 2,200 gorgeous hotel rooms in five new hotels: a Rosewood, Mondrian, Morgans, Hyatt, and the Baha Mar Casino.

• An uber-luxe ESPA with 30,000 square feet for pampering.

• First-rate local art throughout the property, thanks to a partnership with the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

• 8,000 new jobs for Bahaman citizens, and an estimated $11.2 million added to the country’s GDP over a 20-year period.

• Oh, and did we mention Bahaman Lenny Kravitz is helping design the nightclub?

Learn more at bahamar.com.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Baha Mar

Beauty Road Test: Hermès Jour d'Hermès Eau de Parfum

Hermes perfume

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The Product: Hermès Jour d'Hermès Eau de Parfum, $149.

Pros: Jean Claude Ellena, exclusive perfumer for Hermès and author of the recent The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur (Rizzoli), has infused their latest scent with floral notes—including gardenia and sweet pea. When I wear it I feel instantly transported: like I’m taking a late spring walk through the garden at Giverny, my paint set in one hand and a picnic in the other. It's heaven!

Cons: The bottle is gorgeous, but a bit heavy for a carry-on (I guess that's what atomizers are for).

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Hermes

Beauty Road Test: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask

Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask, $80 for six.

Pros: According to the press release, "93% of women saw visibly rejuvenated, smoother, and more luminous skin" using this mask—and I did too! After 20 minutes my winter-parched skin looked dewy and glowing—better results than I've ever had with a facialist.

Cons: You're going to want to use this in total privacy, as you'll look like you're wearing a slimy hockey mask. It's hilarious!

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Lancome

Beauty Road Test: Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips

Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Rembrandt Stain Dissolving Strips, $20

Pros: So easy. I just placed a strip on my upper teeth and in 10 minutes my smile looked brighter. Because they dissolve (no messy trays, no drooling!) I'll definitely use them on planes, trains, and automobiles so I arrive looking my best.

Cons: Mine didn't dissolve completely, so I had to brush my teeth afterward. A small price to pay for beauty!

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Rembrandt

Beauty Road Test: Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara

Pur Minerals mascara

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara, $20

Pros: It's made with ingredient du jour Moroccon Argan oil—"loaded with vitamin E, antioxidants and omega 3 and 9 fatty acids." I love the packaging (sleek pink and black); plus the fact that the mascara stays on all day but rinses away easily with soap and water.

Cons: It's very clumpy right out of the tube, but personally I like that. Gives my delicate Irish lashes a little Liz Taylor-esque ooph!

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Pur Minerals

Beauty Road Test: Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate

Aveda

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The Product: Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate, $22.

Pros: The lipstick-sized rollerball dispenses a highly-soothing blend of essential oils (French lavender, lavandin, and clary sage are sustainably derived from the sun-lit fields of northern Provence). Perfect for pre-flight jitters or a jet lag sleep aid.

Cons: Unfortunately, the scent didn’t last on my skin longer than ten minutes (probably because it’s all natural and not filled with chemicals… perhaps that’s actually a pro?).

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo (above) courtesy of Aveda

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