Blue Mosque

Hi Everyone!
Today I visited the Blue Mosque, Istanbul's 400 year old Sultan Ahmed Cami Mosque.
Here, you have to take off your shoes and put them in plastic bags at the entrance. If you are a woman, you are also required to wear a head cover out of respect (which are provided). You don't have to cover your face, it is just meant to hide your hair. 

Sampled WAY too much Turkish delight in Kuşadası.
Walking around you see gorgeous scarves and rugs everywhere. So many patterns and colors, it is quite lovely. 

Mýkonos, Kikladhes, Greece.

Everything is so beautiful in Mykonos. The water...the buildings..the jewellery. In Mykonos you can find infinite jewellery shops with really unique pieces. Here are just a few pics I took during the day!




Caudalie is among the most popular French beauty brands. Just like Avène, you can find this brand in every pharmacy and parapharmacy in France.
French pharmacies are well-known for their impressive collection of skincare and beauty products. 

Caudalie started in Bordeaux, a region famous for its vineyards and wine. The wife and husband team who founded Caudalie took the grape and used it for its powerful cosmetic properties.
Caudalie products contain the active ingredients derived from grapes, which contain potent anti-oxidants and other skin care benefits. Caudalie makes use of every part of the grape (the seed, the vine, the sap, the water, the oil and even the wine yeast used to make wine) to create products that not only help preserve the skin’s youthfulness but also respect the environment.

Caudalie's Gentle Cleansing Milk ($28/200ml) is a creamy gentle fluid cleanser for all skin types. This make-up remover and cleanser leaves the skin soft and clean while protecting skin against free radicals. Skin results in regaining clarity and health. After application your skin will be prepared to absorb the benefits of skincare applied afterwards.
We like that this product is formulated without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. 
This product also has a lovely light scent and leaves your skin balanced and smooth. 
Apply this product in the morning and night using a cotton pad. 
We recommend that you pump the product onto the cotton pad and gently wipe the product on dry face. Fully rinse, and remove remaining product with toner. Your skin will be left with a healthy glow!

Caudalie's Make-up Remover Cleansing Water ($28/ 200ml) is a soap-free cleansing water that removes make-up while cleansing and toning the skin. It is a very gentle formula that removes make-up while woothing, moisturizing and softening the skin. There is no need to rub your face, and it cleanses without stripping. It has a light, fresh fragrance that includes orange, lemon blossom, watermelon, and mint leaves. 
We like that this product is formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates and that it is dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic. The bottle is made from 50% recycled plastic, and the product does not contain animal ingredients, and is not tested on animals. 
This product can be used alone as a cleanser but we prefer using the Gentle Cleansing Milk along with it. For those who are confused if this is a toner or make up remover, it is miscellar water. Miscellar water is as gentle as water and removes dirt, make-up, residue etc without the oily feeling of a make-up remover. 
This product is great and has a nice, light, clean scent. It makes your skin feel soft and clean without drying out, or being oily. 

Caudalie's Hand and Nail Cream ($15/75 ml) is an antioxidant, moisturizing hand and nail cream that provides silky hands and relief for dry skin. It is concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients and antioxidant grape polyphenols and reparative organic fair trade shea butter that leaves hands and nails soft and nourished. Its rich texture absorbs instantly into skin. 
We like that this product is formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates. This product does not contain animal ingredients and is not tested on animals. 
This product is a nice rich cream that absorbs well and makes your hands softer. It is creamy and not greasy and smells wonderful. The smell isn't overpowering. 
We recommend applying it right before bed. When you wake up they will be nice and soft in the morning!

You can find these products on Caudalie's website or you can go to a Sephora or Murale near you. 

Did you know? Caudalie is a term used in wine tasting, an actual measurement used to indicate how long the taste of a wine stays on your palate: 1 caudalie = 1 second. If you can still taste the wine in your mouth 1 second after swallowing it, that is 1 caudalie; 2 seconds after swallowing, 2 caudalie, and so on. Supposedly, the more Caudalie the wine has, the more elegant and superior it is.



Pompeii is a huge archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region. It was once a thriving Roman city, and was was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. Near the coast of the Bay of Naples, the site features ruins that visitors can explore. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Back to Basics

We all love that little black dress that makes us feel red carpet worthy and the stiletto that makes us feel like we're walking the runway...yet we often forget that our undergarments deserve our consideration too. 
Big or small, we all need a little support, yet the pieces we wear everyday often gets less attention than the lacier numbers. Our basic bras and underwear actually get the most use and we should give them more thought! 

A woman should have a collection of bras that she draws from for everyday wear. You are not alone if you wear the same bra for a few days in a row. But, instead of wearing the same bra for a few days, alternate two or more bras over a week. Experts say that a bra should have a day off between wearings. Body heat tends to relax the fabric so it needs time to return to its original shape. Also, an extra day will let the bra air out and feel more fresh the next time you put it on.

La Vie en Rose offers a wonderful selection of basics. Every Complete Bra Wardrobe should contain:

1. An Everyday Basic BraDiscreet Memory Foam Bra

Everyday bras can be seamless or seamed. What is important is that the bra supports you, is comfortable, and looks good under your clothes.
Since it is summer, consider lightweight, cotton bras as they are cooler and more comfortable in the heat. In the winter, bras with padding will provide a little bit extra warmth!
The Discreet Memory Foam Bra has full coverage, and molded cups to ensure ultimate comfort. Available in Black and Nude. 

2. A Versatile, Convertible Bra -  Spectacular Body Rose Strapless Bra

A convertible bra has modifiable straps that can be transformed into a strapless, one-shoulder, halter, or racerback style. A convertible bra is a great versatile bra to have that will suit most occasions. Available in Black, White, and Nude. La Vie en Rose offers a variety of convertible bras. For a seamless convertible bra we recommend their Seamless Strapless Bra

3. A Sexy, Demi Cup Bra - Fantastic Memory Foam Strapless Bra

We love demi bras. This contoured, underwire bra has cups partially cut away which means it less coverage than an every day basic bra. Demi bras almost always have wide set shoulder straps as well. It is extremely flattering and is perfect when you find yourself with a low cut, wide scoop or square neckline where an every day bra will show. Available in in black and nude. This particular style also pulls double duty as a convertible bra. 

4. A Form Enhancing Push Up BraDouble Gel Bra

A push-up bra is designed with additional padding at the bottom portion of the cup which lifts to give the illusion of a fuller bust-line. This bra comes in handy when an outfit calls for a more filled-out look. It is most frequently used with evening wear and normally comes in C cups or smaller with wide-set straps. This particular style adds 2 cup sizes. Available in Black, White, Nude. We recommend the Magnetic Attraction Bra for adding 1 cup size. 

5. A Quality Sports Bra - Active Bra 

Even if you are only moderately active, it is important to have a sports bra handy. Wearing a sports bra will help prevent damage to the breast tissue, which will also prevent sagging. If you participate in various sports or exercise activities, you may need several different sport bras. Available in Black and White. 


Your lingerie wardrobe should include the color basics: a nude or flesh tone (as close to the color of your skin as possible), and black. 

La Vie en Rose has an amazing selection of basics that will suit every occasion. Of course, a beautiful lace bra is on our must-have list as well. For this we recommend their Roses 2-tones Strapless Bra.

An elegant special occasion bra. If you're feeling down, or less-than-feminine, there is no better way to lift your mood and make you feel great about yourself than putting on a beautiful lacy bra. 
This style makes a really nice bra for the summer. The subdued pink hue and two tones make it special. It also works double duty and has removable padding, removable straps, and can be worn classic, strapless, halter, or crossback. 



Light Up the Night: Mia Beauty Flashion Flowers & Lighted Floral Halos

Dress up any outfit with a little light! Take the floral halo trend in a bright new direction with Mia Beauty’s new Flashion Flowers, now available at ULTA, Claire’s and Icing stores.

The Flashion Flowers are threaded with an LED light and small battery pack hidden in the leaf design. Simply remove the plastic pull tab and press the leaf to change the lighted flowers from fast flashing lights to slow flashing lights, to constant light.  

Mia Beauty’s Flashion Flowers retail for $19.99 via ULTA, Claire’s and Icing stores.

We love this twist on the flower halo. With four different light settings, these can be worn in the dark for a fun, festive look.

Great for raves, festivals, concerts, beach bonfires, or anywhere else!

Mia Beauty started in 2000 in San Francisco, California with Mia Kaminski's first patented product, the Tonytail® ponytail wrap. With its immediate success and continued steady growth, the company now offers over 500 hair accessories, styling tools, appliances and hair care products. 

Whitening Lightning’s chemical-free ZERO White System

Could whiter teeth lead to better relationships and job growth? According to Match.com, teeth are the number one standard by which both men and women judge their potential dating partners, ahead of other dating dealbreakers like bad grammar, hair or clothes. Kelton Research also found that 58% of applicants are more likely to be offered a job and 53% offered a raise if their teeth are whiter. Although the benefits of whiter teeth are more than just cosmetic, many consumers are skeptical of at-home whiteners due to chemicals or sensitivity to ingredients.

Whitening Lightning’s chemical-free ZERO White System is formulated with baking soda and pomegranate extract for a sensitivity-free, whiter smile. Simply dry teeth with the provided wipes and brush on the gel formulation. To activate the formulation, place the provided UV light on teeth for 20 minutes and brush off for a whiter smile. The formulation is so gentle, that it can also be worn overnight.

Zero White by Whitening Lightning is a fantastic product that costs much less than a professional whitening treatment. It can be done right in your home in a matter of minutes, and it actually works! If your teeth, caps, crowns, or veneers are stained and discolored this product can help a lot.
What is a big selling factor with this at-home whitening kit, is that this product is chemical free. Whitening Lightning's formula contains a specifically formulated botanical based solution that is free of peroxide and will not cause sensitivity. Plus, this formula does not have a bad taste and is so gentle that you can use it as you sleep. It is ideal for pregnant mothers, health-conscious consumers, or anyone looking for a gentle and effective treatment. 
In between treatments you can use the Whitening Pen for touch ups. This product costs $115 and you should see an improvement in a week or two!

Whitening Lightning is available via www.whiteninglightning.com - ZERO White System, $115 | ZERO White Teeth Whitening Pen, $29

About Whitening Lightning: Jennifer Gerard, President & CEO, founded the brand as a small mobile teeth whitening service in Los Angeles, California offering whitening treatments in the comfort of clients’ homes. After launching the Whitening Lightning Super Booster Pen, Jennifer shifted her focus to fulfill consumers’ need for fast, at-home whitening products that are safe and easy to use. Today, Whitening Lighting has extended to over 100 countries while garnering great attention in the professional field. The ever expanding range of innovative beauty products is also gaining popularity amongst Hollywood celebrities and consumers alike. The brand is completely gluten-free, cruelty-free and never tested on animals. Whitening Lightning is the teeth whitening system that you can trust.


The wind was so breezy it was impossible to get hair out of my face! 

Gorgeous weather in Rome today. By the way, I apologize for the quality of pictures! I didn't want to bring my camera on my trip to Europe, it took up too much room.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!


Colosseum, Rome - Italy

Happy Sunday! Today I spent enjoying the beautiful view of The Colosseum, one of the most imposing ancient structures in Rome.

It's HOT! and walking all day means wearing super breezy pieces and comfortable shoes. I always recommend travelling with a Longchamp Le Pliage bag. They're waterproof, foldable, and super light (while coming in a variety of colors and sizes). 
Here, I'm wearing flat Aldo running shoes, shorts by Wilfred, and a crop tank by Talula Babaton. 



La Vie en Rose Summer 2014

Maybe it's that Carrie Bradshaw or Blair Waldorf factor- how they appeared effortlessly comfortable and glamorous all at once while lounging at home. Slipping out of your swimwear or summer wardrobe does not have to mean surrendering your style to sweats or an oversized tee. Instead, we have combined some of our favorite pieces from La Vie en Rose's Summer 2014 line. From sweet pastel hues, to pajama sets you may want to wear outside the bedroom... La Vie en Rose has a huge selection to cater to your personal style. 
Check out these fantastic pieces that are both comfy and chic. You may want to stay in these the entire day!

Left to Right: Shinny Stripe Seamless Strapless Bra + Boyleg, Dahlia Satin and Lace Kimono, Roses 2-tones Strapless Bra + Brazilian 
Left to Right: (first row) Dog Cami - sold out online but similar style hereBoyleg Cotton Screen, Rosette Slipper, Cute Dog Knit Boxer(second row) Dreamy Ballerina Slipper , Modal and Lace One Piece, Beauty Sleep Modal Cami    


Apothederm Moisturizing Cream

"Target fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness by stimulating collagen production with Apothederm’s SmartPeptide technology. This new generation of patented, bioactive peptides act as tiny messengers that fuel different responses in the skin, helping it to function, look and feel better.
Age smarter with Apothederm’s SmartPeptide technology, and discover the unique anti-aging benefits for every skincare concern.

For those of you who are new to Apothederm, Apothederm's Moisturizing Cream ($50) is a staple product in their line. It is developed for aging skin and is emollient-rich. It nourishes, replenishes, and firms even dry skin. Apothederm's SmartPeptide technology helps boost collagen production that results in reducing the appearance of wrinkles while increasing the firmness of skin. Emollient botanicals nourish and replenish, and age combating vitamins neutralize damaging free-radicals. 

Key Ingredients: 
  • Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14
This natural bioactive SmartPeptide is shown to increase collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even skin tone. It works to stimulate the skin’s own natural repair and regeneration systems. Tests have shown that this peptide boosts collagen production, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while increasing firmness of the skin.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
A super humectant, Sodium Hyaluronate can draw 1,000 times its own weight in moisture to the skin.
  • Shea Butter, Soybean Oil and Emollient Moisturizers 
Help correct dehydration and dryness while protecting the skin’s natural moisture balance.
  • Green Tea
Green Tea calms the skin and provides powerful antioxidant protection.
  • Vitamins C and E, antioxidant vitamins 
Vital vitamins that protect the skin from free radical damage.

This moisturizer is a great product. We love the lightness of the formula- easy to absorb in minutes after application, with the hydrating effect of a thicker cream. It is fragrance free and it gives skin a nice glow. Apply after cleansing every morning and night. 


Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight SPF20 - Flawless Coverage with a Touch of Shimmer

"Beautiful, light illuminizing, pearlized pigments instantly add a radiant glow to any skin tone. This universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivery anti-aging benefits.  Key ingredients include Ecophysalis, Saw Palmetto Extract, Passion Fruit Oil, CO Enzyme Q10, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin E."
Product: Sarah McNamara - Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight
Price: $48
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 20 
  • Compliant with 2013 FDA Sunscreen Guidelines 
  • Free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, wax, mineral oils and talc 
  • Dermatologist tested 
  • Not tested on animals
Key Ingredients: 
Mineral Pearlized Pigments – Naturally illuminate skin without being too glittery.
Ecophysalis - A natural plant extract found in the Brazilian rainforest, acts as an environmental shield to help protect skin from free radicals and provides anti-irritant and calming benefits. This Organic Certified Ecophysalis helps even out the appearance of skin tone and helps improve the skins luminosity and uniformity.
Saw Palmetto Extract - Derived from Saw Palmetto berries, is an all-natural, active ingredient that penetrates deeply into skin to deliver incredible nourishment, hydration and moisturization.
Passion Fruit Oil - A natural ingredient rich in Omega 6 (fatty acids) to penetrate deeply into skin to deliver incredible nourishment, hydration and moisturization.
CO Enzyme Q10 – Helps increase elasticity and firms the skin while increasing cell renewal.
Vitamin K - helps diminish vascular conditions such as dark circles, redness from Rosacea and broken capillaries (including spider veins).
Vitamin A - A powerful skin renewal booster that energizes skin cells, kills off dead cells and produces fresh new ones, improves wrinkles associated with aging, may help promote the production of skin-building compounds, and exfoliates and renews skin.
Anti-Oxidant Vitamin E - Encapsulated for slow release using state-of-the-art technology, it is vital in protecting skin from ultra-violet light, pollution and free radicals.

What we think: Sarah McNamara's Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight will make your skin glow! Within seconds, pores seem to disappear, fine lines seem to fade, and skin texture and tone will appear more illuminated and flawless. We love that this product is built in with UVA/UVB SPF 20 protection, with hydrating and anti-aging properties. 
It is so important to incorporate daily a face product that protects against future sun damage. 
Begin with cleansed skin and smooth a pearl sized amount onto your face and neckline. It works wonderfully alone, or as a base to foundation. 
This product aims to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, while minimizing the appearance of pore size and uneven skin texture. 
We appreciate that this is a dermatogically tested sunscreen and is a 5-in-1 product. (Hydrates, Primes, Enhances, Illuminates, and Protects your skin, all-in one go). 
The mineral pigments add a nice hint of color and dewy glow to the skin. It is a universal shade, so it is easy to blend with the most pale, to the darkest complexions. The texture is silky and sets quickly without leaving you feeling sticky or greasy. 
In summary, this product is a tinted sunscreen with a hint of shimmer, full of great ingredients for your skin and free from synthetic fragrances, dyes, wax, mineral oils, and talc. Protects your skin while giving you a gorgeous golden glow!
We recommend that you apply it to clean skin atleast 15 minutes before sun exposure. Like sunscreen, reapply every two hours or as often as needed. You can mix a small amount into your foundation to give it a pretty hint of shimmer. 

Available at ULTA stores nationwide and online via www.ulta.com and www.miracleskintransformer.com


Toulon, France

Hope everyone is having a great week wherever you may be!

I'm currently enjoying the beautiful view in Toulon. 

xo Sarah


Introducing Tatcha's Ritual Discovery Kit

Tatcha's new Ritual Discovery Kit is a two-week introduction to their core ritual collection as well as a beautiful travel set. This is a much more glamorous version of their previous and popular Sampler Kit with elegant glass containers that are sturdy enough for travel and great for display on your counter. It also comes in four versions, so it can be tailored for oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin and makes a charming gift for beauty mavens or that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. 

This luxurious kit contains:
- PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil—25mL deluxe
- POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powder—14 x 1g packets 
- RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum—10mL deluxe
- SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream—10mL deluxe (Combination, Oily and Sensitive Skin Kits)
- AGELESS Enriching Renewal Cream—10mL deluxe (Dry Skin Kit) 
It is non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and dermatologist tested. 
Price:$59 (a $101 value) 
A beautiful blend of camellia and rice bran oils. Melts away even waterproof makeup leaving skin fresh and pure.

We love Tatcha's One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. It cleans without stripping your skin and has a luxurious feel and scent. This cleansing oil is powerful enough to take off all make up while soothing, smoothing, and hydrating your skin. There is no greasy feel afterwards. It is a beautiful product.

A water-activated enzyme powder of rice bran, papaya + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. Reveals skin's natural gleam.
This amazing product comes in three varieties: Deep, Classic, and Gentle. It contains rice and papaya enzymes as its active ingredients. When rubbed between wet hands, it becomes a foamy cleanser. It is easy to use and after applying and rinsing off, it leaves your skin silky smooth. A truly unique product, none can leave you with these results. Luxurious, grit-free, light and creamy, this is one of our favorite products! It exfoliates your skin without harsh abrasives and leaves you with baby-soft skin. 
A brightening serum of time-tested Asian botanicals + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex for radiant looking skin.
Once you have used the Rice Enzyme Powder, apply this light and delightful serum. With each step, your skin will feel better and better. This serum is nice and light in consistency, and sinks quickly into the skin. A little bit goes a long way, and you only need 1-2 pumps to cover your face. This product is lovely for those that are looking to improve skin tone. 
Luxurious yet weightless feeling gel-cream of Liquid Silk, Squalane, Royal Jelly + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. 
This is a fantastic moisturizer. It delivers the perfect amount of moisture without being heavy or sticky, and leaves your skin looking and feeling heavenly. This moisturizer balances the natural oils of your face to provide moisture without feeling or looking oily. It also sinks nicely into the skin and leaves you feeling comfortable, nourished, and fresh. We love how nicely it balances out skin tone and it also makes a great base for foundation. 
This is a great travel set, or sampler set for those that have never tried any of Tatcha's products. With this two week set, you will notice improvements! Each of these products are luxurious on their own and paired together, make the perfect combination that leaves you feeling and looking great. You will be left with softer skin, an even skin tone, and a healthy glow.  
We also love how elegant Tatcha packages each of their products. 

Tatcha has such beautiful and effective products. We love Tatcha, and know you will too!



Just a pre-flight drink before I'm off to Barcelona! 

What will your summer must-drink be of 2014?
Email contests@sarahvelasco.com to win a collection of Summer magazines! 

Currently loving this pair of Leopard print cat eye sunnies. Anthropologie has an amazing selection of sunglasses this summer!