Clarins Grand Opening

The number one European luxury skincare brand, Clarins, just opened its very first U.S. store! Clarins can be purchased in many high-end retailers, but now customers can shop at the brand new store and spa in the King of Prussia Mall.

I have been using Clarins products for years. The company is grounded in environmentally responsible sourcing, skincare for every concern, and utilizing nature’s finest ingredients to create the most effective products. Plus as a company they are kind, generous, knowledgeable, and take pride in developing results driven products.

Makeup, body care, skincare for all ages can now be found under one roof, with the added bonus of a customized experience.




On the night of the grand opening, I was so excited to see how Clarins would translate their brand into an entire boutique. Hoping that the philosophy and culture would shine and capture the essence of Clarins. They were able to achieve just that and much more.

The store itself is absolutely beautiful. Open and bright with an inviting floor plan. As you walk in the door to the right is a counter of mini skincare routines- a snap shot of the routines and treatments for those feeling overwhelmed or confused. On the other side is a counter featuring computer tablets for each customer to easily play with color on a Clarins app, allowing you to see which makeup is complementary to your skin tone.



Did I mention that there is a mini spa in the store? Yes, a mini spa, where you can schedule one of seven spa treatments, 30 minutes for $30. The perfect on the go refresher! Men and women can experience the power and benefits of the Clarins products instantly with any one of these fabulous treatments, focusing on dry or tired skin, eyes, or a gentle massage to soothe away tension and stress.



Every one of the Clarins expert associates are highly trained and incredibly helpful. They are dedicated to finding the right product for you, ensuring that every visit is a positive and fun experience!




Whether you are looking to find your very first skincare routine or interested in trying something new and effective, plan a visit to the Clarins store. Allow the associates to be your guide, you will not regret it!




Cool Winter Fashion

The color palette of my accessories in this shoot are not typical in my wardrobe. However, I was interested in incorporating a couple of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2016 colors. As accents to my simple all black look, I paired cool tones including Airy Blue and Sharkskin. Some of the shades this season are on the vibrant side, but adding them sparsely with a neutral outfit is the perfect way to experiment with these bold shades.

The focal point of my look is the faux leather pencil skirt from Karen Millen. This skirt is incredibly versatile as you could wear out with heels and a fancy top or as I have more casually. My black sheer top may look simple, but the cuffs have a little detail. They are cut in a “v” shape around the wrists. Sparkly tights are not just for when you are five years old- or maybe I was feeling nostalgic. The silver thread in the tights worked well with the silver coiled bracelet from Charming Charlie. The weather was brisk, but sunny. I wore a reversible black and Sharkskin shawl. My flats with a silver zipper in faux patent leather, which are comfortable and chic. The entire look was completed with a satchel bag with silver lock in Airy Blue.

My makeup needed to also incorporate the cool tones of my look. I applied the silver and light cream eyeshadow over my entire lid and crease from the Haute Right Now palette by Laini Cosmetics. To my cheeks, I added the pink blush to my cheeks and the Sophia Loren lipstick in gorgeous pink nude from Dolce & Gabbana. My nail polish is called Charmer- a silvery blue from the organic brand, Scotch Naturals.

Zara flats





Purple lips

Feeling adventurous? Bored with your everyday makeup? Try wearing Laini Cosmetics purple lipstick in Bitchy. Oo that was catchy, it sounded like a cheesy commercial. Anyway, I wanted to change up my usual suspects of lipstick and try something new. In order to pull off this color with my new haircut I made sure to apply my BB cream, which is slightly warmer to add a bronzed look to my face. I kept my eyes simple with a shimmering golden light brown shade in the Independent palette from Laini Cosmetics. My cheeks were pink as I applied Ballerina Bronze just to the apples of my cheeks. I wore a blue outfit to complement the cool undertone in the purple lipstick.




Burgundy and black

M.A.C. Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow

I tried to save my new makeup for vacation, but it was starring me in the face, taunting me to wear. What can I say? I needed to have a trial run before my trip. M.A.C. Burgundy Times Nine palette has yes, you guessed it, nine beautiful shades from matte to shimmer. These colors are perfect all year round and can be applied dramatically or as a more simple look.

In this look I chose to apply a dark matte shade to the crease and a shimmer on my lid. My eyes were strong and highly contrasted with my fair skin. I defined my brows using The Brows Have It palette by Laini Cosmetics. I applied a thin layer of a 3-in-1 color stick in Berry Glow to my cheeks by Mineral Fusion. To complete the look, I wore a beautiful matte lipstick in a raisin shade called Prosper by Laini Cosmetics. Similar shades Rio and Dolce.

M.A.C. Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow

M.A.C. Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow

M.A.C. Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow

In the warmer months these colors would look stunning with a little bronzer and a contour application. The shimmer shades in the eyeshadow palette would be perfect with a touch of lipgloss for a daytime look.

M.A.C. Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow





Time to pack for Miami

I have been working tirelessly to put together my suitcase for my upcoming trip to Miami. Packing as I have said before is something of a chore for me, not as bad as unpacking though. I find that the task is much easier when you work little by little. Start with one area like toiletries for instance. This will cut down on the stress. A checklist never hurts. Keeping organized is key to alleviating the pressure and to ensure that nothing is forgotten.

As of now I have the majority of the items I need and believe it is a good time to share some of my finds.

Tips to consider, when you can try purchasing travel sizes. It will reduce the weight of your suitcase. When you are visiting a warm climate and anticipate lying in the sun, make sure to protect your skin. Sun tan lotion is crucial. Make sure to pack gentle products in case you do get a sunburn. I love Dove body wash and after shower care including Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula.

Keep in mind that makeup remover should be gentle as well. A sunburn, excessive makeup, saltwater, chlorine all can take their toll on your skin. My favorite makeup remover and face wash is Purity from Philosophy. Follow with an excellent and hydrating moisturizer like Kiehls Rosa Arctica.

If it is not necessary to blow out your hair on vacation then try embracing your natural hair. I am packing Alterna Bambo Beach Summer Ocean Waves.

As for makeup, pack a bronzing powder to accentuate your tan or apply as a healthy alternative to sun bathing. I am packing Laini Cosmetics bronzers, lipstick, and liquid shimmer. I am packing a small eyeshadow palette in Burgundy times nine from M.A.C. 

More to come. My bathing suit and cover up tips are next!


Beauty products


Gilded eyes

Ashley in Sisley

I hope everyone celebrating had a wonderful Christmas! In just a few short days is another holiday, that you all know I dread…New Years. It is usually a frigid day followed by an even chillier night, ungodly crowds, and a time of reflection on all that you have accomplished and sadly, all that you have not.

On a lighter note, however, I do have some tips for a beautiful makeup look no matter how you spend your evening. Last month, I featured products from Sisley-Paris, one of which was the shimmering Phyto-Ombre Glow Eyeshadow in gold. Each one of the four colors would be the perfect choice for the holiday. The shadow applies smoothly and evenly leaving a wake of pearlescent sparkle. In the photo above, I am wearing the gold over my entire eyelid and socket. I lined my top lashes with the liquid liner side of NYX two-timer in black. My bottom lashes are lined with a bronzed copper, Skorpios Shadow pencil from NARS. The focus of this look are the eyes. Keep lips simple in a nude, rose, neutral color. I am wearing the Sophia Loren lipstick by Dolce & Gabbana.

Holiday makeup and jewelry event

Wild Lilies Jewelry

Thank you Wild Lilies Jewelry and Laini Cosmetics for a wonderful holiday event last Saturday! Customers entered the store and purchased treats and gifts from an array of sparkly accessories and radiant makeup. Laini Bianculli offered stunning complimentary mini makeovers and lent her expertise, addressing all beauty concerns and questions.

Customers were able to peruse the store while sipping mimosa’s and sampling on goodies. Ambler was filled with excitement as the town celebrated with a parade. Bundled in hats and gloves, people lined the street to watch such favorites as the Grinch, dancing gingerbread men, and local firetrucks.

Laini Cosmetics

holiday clutch

Wild Lilies event

A fun afternoon was had by all as customers were able to enjoy a day of pampering. Remember if you did not attend the event please visit Wild Lilies. There is still time for holiday shopping. Please check out the Style with Laini  website to purchase beautiful makeup items, including the brand new additions to the collection, shimmering eyeshadow trios!

Of course, I could not leave without making a couple of purchases including a Shiraleah velvet jewelry roll and clear plastic clutch with inlaid gold foil. Both would be beautiful gift ideas or holiday party accessories!

jewelry roll



Sisley Paris

Sisley Paris skincare

Neiman Marcus offers a full range of Sisley products and one of their top selling brands. It is very easy to see why once you try these botanical, plant based products. Each product is multi purposeful. A mascara is not just a mascara, but a treatment that acts to lengthen and thicken natural lashes. The Phyto-Lip Twist is not just a beautiful, creamy lip balm, but also contains ingredients that smooth, firm, and maintain elasticity.

Phyto-Lip Twist

The highest priority is placed on developing products for every skin concern from oily and problematic to sun damaged skin and everything in between. Each product is designed to effectively treat, repair, and maintain using the finest ingredients with one of kind formulations. Sisley is a privately owned company by the d’Orano family, who take their time with creating the most effective products- some formulas have taken up to ten years to perfect. Quality is of the utmost importance and researchers within the company are forbidden to check the cost of ingredients for fear that it will dictate what they choose. Instead, developing the most powerful and gorgeous product is the focus.

The result: a line that provides something for everyone whether you are looking for an anti aging line like Sisleya that contains botanical active ingredients and essential oils for noticeable results or you are just beginning your skincare routine and need a everyday cleanser like the Buff and Wash Cleanser.

After attending the lovely beauty blogger event at the King of Prussia Neiman Marcus, I walked away knowing that Sisley is not just an amazing skincare line, but an incredible cosmetic and fragrance brand. The pigments shine and luminosity are truly special. I could not resist making a purchase of the Phyto-Ombre Glow Eyeshadow in Gold. A single swipe of the brush reveals a shimmering and rich color that can only be described as spectacular!

Sisley Paris fragrances

Sisley Paris gold eyeshadow

Please visit the King of Prussia Neiman Marcus for a real treat. Both the very knowledgable and sweet Ingrid Lowrie, the Counter Manager and Karen Forte, the Regional Makeup Artist, will be happy to assist you in finding just the right products for your skin!

Sisley Paris skincare

Introducing Laini Cosmetics

Laini Cosmetics

Sugarpeel readers, I have a treat for you. Laini Bianculli, celebrated style and beauty guru has launched a fabulous cosmetic line- complete with custom blended bespoke makeup to fit your individual skin tone. I had the opportunity to ask Laini some questions and I would like to share her answers with you.

1.  Please discuss your fashion and beauty background for the Sugarpeel readers.

As a very young girl, I recognized my burning desire for fashion and beauty.  I was born with it; it is in my DNA.  I am certain that my blood type is infused with structured handbags, platform peep toe pumps, lipstick, lip gloss and gold shimmer.

My dream was to be a runway model.  Every Saturday morning, I would anxiously wait to watch my favorite television show, Style with Elsa Klensch.  I was captured by the beautiful clothes and makeup looks on the models that so effortlessly walked the runway immersed in color, texture and shape. 

My lifetime devotion as a pupil to the fashion and beauty industry, innate sense of style, unique flair for writing and ability to orchestrate style and beauty results for my clients has delightfully titled me the “Style Maestro.”

My entrepreneurial spirit, experience and diverse background as a wardrobe stylist, personal shopper and professional makeup artist have provided me countless opportunities as a Style and Beauty Expert, i.e., my Beauty Expert feature in WebMD The Magazine.

My principal goal is to refine my client’s style and define their beauty.

2.  What inspired you to develop Laini Cosmetics?

My amazing clients are the inspiration and their need for versatile quality cosmetics to complement fashion choices and a 24/7 lifestyle to confidently take them from the boardroom to the boudoir in minutes. 

Three distresses I often hear from my clients are:  “I don’t know how; I don’t have time and I want to feel pretty again.”  I wanted to be certain to address all three concerns so that all women can achieve their desired results with Laini Cosmetics.

3.  Could you mention some of the products within the line.  (What are some of the differences in your products – what makes them unique from other brands)?

I have a heartfelt dedication to defining the outer beauty of every woman I work with and I have carefully curated my cosmetics line to complement a 24/7 lifestyle. 

I have found that women often neglect their lips and brows.  My lipsticks are creamy, delicious, long-wearing colors and formulas each chock-full of Vitamin E for its soothing and healing properties to hydrate and moisturize and a touch of sweet vanillin extract for the most luscious lips. 

My Brow kit is perfect for the “brow challenged” providing easy application to define the brow. 

My blush and eyeshadow palettes are to live for.  Chic, sleek and sexy with a mega mirror they slip into your vanity, desk drawer or clutch with ease and versatility and can be used in different ways.    

Many of my clients are in front of the camera or on the dais which makes my Camera Ready Primer an absolute must covet product paired with my Bold & Beautiful BB Cream.

4.  Tell us about your unique custom blended makeup. 

I believe that great skin is the canvas to a fabulous wardrobe and perfect makeup application.

My custom infused makeup is bespoke as it is tailored to your skin’s tone and needs.  I have the ability to create a liquid mineral tinted moisturizer, beauty balm, color corrector, foundation and concealer as well as custom mineral powders and custom airbrush for special occasions.  All products are mineral based, oil-free, paraben and gluten free enriched with gentle botanicals that nourish the skin while enhancing its natural beauty designed to provide the perfect color, complete formula, ideal texture and seamless coverage to take you from morning rush hour to midnight rendezvous.  It is also physician recommended for after-treatments and post-surgery including post-laser redness, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, distended capillaries, blemishes or even tattoo coverage.

I also create custom infused liquid body enhancers that eliminate the need for spray tanning and wash off entirely whether you desire to be a Bronze Goddess or Luminous Angel.  These are the ideal solution for brides who want that extra special glow.

5.  Tell us about your beauty concierge and makeup services.

I offer several beauty packages in my Style Studio for the diva in training or makeup maven who seeks to learn and experience makeup application without feeling overwhelmed by sitting in a makeup chair amongst pretentious crowds or unflattering fluorescent lights. 

I also offer on-location commercial makeup services as well as bridal.

6.  What are the essential products that you recommend that everyone have on hand? 

My primary focus is always on the skin.  We must ace your base before applying color.

Vitamin C, Vitamin C and more Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant and is crucial for the skin especially as we age.


Tinted Moisturizer


Brow powder or pencil

Lip Gloss

7.  Lastly, which fall trends in makeup are you predicting?

Fall 2015 runway makeup is easy to recreate at home.  Strong bold brows take center stage with the focus on a bronzy complexion and candlelight glow.  A more subtle sophisticated smoky eye is on the horizon for day or night with softly sculpted cheeks and rich berry hues on lips and tips.

Next up, my review and video tutorial of some of the products from the Laini Cosmetics collection! Stay tuned.

Black ensemble


Another day, another maxi. I love a good tank dress. It is unbelievably comfortable and very lightweight, making it the perfect choice for these hot days. I wore this outfit to see Jurassic World over the weekend. I can remember waiting for the the first film, Jurassic Park to come out on VHS and running home from school to watch it. I was terrified, those raptors, that blood curdling roar of the T.rex, that poor goat! For those of us who saw the entire franchise it is a no brainer to see the latest stand alone Jurassic World. I enjoyed it tremendously- it paid homage to the originals and still offered a fresh perspective.

Anyway back to my look. I chose to wear my Candie’s platforms with this black tank top dress, however this dress would be perfect with a pair of slip on sneakers as well.

maxi dress

Maxi dress

As for accessories, I am wearing multiple bracelets, a Kara Ross bangle, an Alex and Ani bangle, and a gold bangle that I received as a gift from my godmother years ago.



I chose red as my makeup look- a classic duo with an all black outfit. I am wearing vegan and cruelty free, Crimson Clay red polish and Future Red from NARS limited edition Guy Bourdin collection. A similar color would be the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Red Amour.