Tiramisu For Breakfast

Richmond, VA-based beauty blog

Month: October, 2015

A Weekend in Charleston

by christinamdick

I spent the weekend in Charleston for my cousin’s wedding.

Here’s us at the sweet backyard ceremony. (I’m wearing the same dress I wore to a wedding the previous weekend, but with a different jacket, my new favorite wardrobe-expanding trick. I’m thinking of doing a little post about that.)


We built in a few extra days, so I got some shopping recommendations from my friends.

 Fellow Elements Beauty Blogger Whitney of  Worthy Style Blog recommended Pink Dot Beauty Boutique and I’m so glad she did. I met this little sweetie, who upon realizing I was taking photos of him, posed for the camera. As I was going through photos on Instagram (I like to click on the location and see who else has taken photos in the same spot), I found out he has his own Instagram. Check out @lifeofbobbarker for gems like this.


Everyone working there was super friendly and helpful. The store was full of brands I’d never heard of before.



The little booklets had papers with one side full or product, and the other side blotting paper.



Rebecca helped me pick out the Desert Mist from Arcona, a vitamin-filled oil that acts like a makeup primer. I wore it the next day for the wedding and I’m wearing it now as I write this blog – so far, so good!Before I left, the ladies gave me a list of boutiques they recommended and even posed for a photo to share with you all!



Hamden was a gorgeous boutique, but my favorite part was the little section, James, attached to the side that sold shoes and accessories. Look at the gorgeous heels:




My absolute favorite boutique was Beckett.





I lovvved this Rebecca Minkoff blouse. I passed it up initially, but came back to get it after I thought about how cute it would look with my red J. Crew Pencil skirt.

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They were having a jewelry trunk show the second day we stopped in. I regret not taking one of these cupcakes ;).


Beckett’s owner recommended Mitchell Hill, which was right across the street. They had so many cool things!


As for restaurants, we ended up at Tavern and Table (for drinks an the amazing view), Edmund Oast (for a fun chef’s table experience), Hominy Grill for breakfast, Oku (sushi) for lunch and my favorite, Eli’s Table (for shrimp and grits benedict).

 I had a blast. Thanks again for all of your recommendations!


Of course, I was happy to come home to this face:


Have you been to Charleston? What were your favorite spots?

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What’s The Deal With That Little Black Soap?

by christinamdick

First of all, it’s technically not even a soap. Erno Laszlo’s Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar is a cult classic. I first picked mine up in this haul of mini samples from Elements.  It’s a favorite of Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and even made a cameo in the film Annie Hall.  Woody Allen says “I found this in the apartment. Black soap. She used to wash her face eight hundred times a day with black soap. Don’t ask me why.” 

Here’s what it does:

Exfoliates: Refines complexion and removes dead skin cells for more radiant skin.
Stimulates: Improves circulation and motivates natural skin regeneration.
Cleanses: Removes dirt, blackheads, impurities and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils.

You can pick up the bar in a starter set, which comes with the Pre-Cleansing Oil and the Light Controlling Lotion (more like a toner).  Or you can get the full-size, which comes in a chic, glossy black and white dish to store it in.


The best part is, I’m giving one away for FREE! Enter to win here. 

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As always, use the code TIRAMISU for 10% off this and any other products on ElementsBeautyShop.com

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Get to Know Caswell-Massey

by christinamdick

One of the brands I discovered working with Elements Beauty Shop is Caswell-Massey. I smelled their Elixr of Love fragrance every time I came in the store, and eventually bought it. I’m now on my third bottle. I also picked up one of the travel-sized rose hand creams they had near the register (I love anything that smells like roses), and it became a fast favorite too.


I love a good hand cream. Rosewater and Glycerin are the classic combination used in hand creams for years, to condition and soften skin. Glycerin: a superior humectant that binds moisture to skin. Rosewater conditions skin and diminishes the appearance of sun damage. The Elixr of Love Cologne Spray smells so amazing. It’s described as: “A fragrance with Jasmine, Lavender, Egyptian Musk, and Passionflower notes.” I also mentioned it in my favorite fragrances post.

Caswell-Massey was kind enough to send me and the other Elements Beauty Bloggers  (learn more about that program herethese gift sets as well as catalogs and information about the history of the brandso I got to try  lotion and soap from their floral collection in Lilac, 


Here’s what I learned:

“Started in 1752 by Doctor William Hunter in Newport Rhode Island, Caswell-Massey was originally an apothecary, where Dr. Hunter mixed his prescriptions and administered them to his patients who drank them then and there. To make the medications more palatable, he mixed them into a blend of orange juice and carbonated water, creating the first orange soda, and probably the first instance of guaranteed patient compliance in the colonies. The soda fountain, an American invention & tradition was invented by Caswell-Massey at the Newport- Rhode Island apothecary store. Like pharmacies today, Dr. Hunter sold related items-ointments, soap, toiletries at the store and also created his own fragrances. Over the years the company changed ownership and finally in 1876 became Caswell-Massey, with two stores, one in Newport, RI and the other in New York City.”

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Out of all their products, though, the pug soap has to be all-time favorite. How cute is this?! “Triple-milled, vegetable based and scented with a clean woodsy-floral fragrance, Le Pug charms from its accurate facial expression to its curl-a-que tail. The soap makes a special addition to any bath decor and an appreciated gift for any dog lover. The colorful polka-dot and striped presentation box, tied with a grosgrain ribbon, and is as playful & jaunty as the Pug’s personality.”


“Newport in colonial times was a thriving city, a port of entry for tall ships carrying exotic cargo from all over the world. It was there, that Dr. Hunter found the precious oils and extracts he used in his apothecary. Sandalwood Oil brought from India was one of the more exotic ingredients available. Caswell-Massey created a Sandalwood line with this heritage in mind. Lotion, Gel Talc and soap are richly scented with the warmth of Sandalwood.”

Sandalwood Soap On A Rope: “Both men and women enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of Sandalwood and this generous bar of soap with its rich, creamy lather will fill the shower or bath with the exotic, soft scent of precious wood. The luxurious lather moisturizes and nourishes the skin as it cleanses, leaving the skin refreshed and fragrant. The soap has a polished wood-grain look and is triple-milled for long-lasting service. The soft, white nylon rope allows the soap to be hung from the wrist or a bath fixture to keep it conveniently at hand.”



As always, get 10% off these and anything else at ElementsBeautyShop.com with the code TIRAMISU.

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