Saturday, April 4, 2015

Love Is On - Date Night With Revlon's Must Haves


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You know it's going to be a good night when you find the perfect lipstick shade. That's how I felt when I tried Revlon's HD lipstick in Magnolia. I found this beauty while visiting my local Walgreens to create a date night look with Revlon's new HD products. Revlon is a brand that never disappoints and luckily, Revlon products were Buy 1, Get 1 50% off (win-win). First, I choose two bold lipsticks shades - Revlon HD lipstick in Orchid and Dalia, but then a gorgeous nude caught my attention and I decided to opt for a smokey eye with nude lips. My fiancée loves when I wear a sultry smokey look. Revlon's PhotoReady Eye Art Lid+Lash+Line makes a smokey eye very simple to create. It has two wands on two sides - one side has a cream shadow and the other has a liner. I picked up up Topaz Twinkle, which is a creamy beige and a gold glitter.

For my face, I used Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup in Nude and concealed with Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup in Nude. Although my face was very natural, the lips were smooth and pigmented. Revlon has a revolutionary wax-free gel technology for TRUE color clarity, in just swipe and so smooth! My look was exactly what I wanted for my date night. I tossed my Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Rose Quartz inside my bag and I was ready to go!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Case Of The Mondays - 7 Products To Start Your Week Off Right


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Hello Monday

I'm always shocked at how fast the weekend goes. How was your weekend? I spent Saturday organizing my ever exploding beauty closets and Sunday at the most lovely New York Botanical Garden. I hadn't been in years, but I needed to see the Orchid Show. It's only open till April 19th, so definitely head over if you can! The orchids are stunning and the Botanical Garden is the perfect weekend activity.

Back to the normal Monday woes.. here are the products getting me through today.
A deliciously decant body cream that helps fight the signs of body aging. I didn't think I needed a youthful body balm yet, but it's never too early. The packaging on this beauty is my favorite - Rose Gold. Plus, the cream is a soft pink shade. Already displayed on my vanity ready for it's close-up.  

On Mondays, I need to look alive and this primer helps me do just that. I apply after my moisturizer and radiant, illuminated skin is revealed. It also helps my makeup wear for hours. Killing two birds with one stone? Check.


I normally switch to a lighter foundation when the weather heats up, but lately I'm loving bareMinerals' new Complexion Rescue. Just enough foundation to use daily and just enough coverage to satisfy me. A little setting powder to follow and you're out the door. 


Does anyone really have extra time to wash their hair? In the past, I've always needed to wash my hair every two days, but with the launch of Moroccanoil's Dry Shampoo for Dark Tones I can skip a day or two. Normally dry shampoos leave way too much white residue on my scalp, but this one is my dream come true. The formula contains ultra-fine rich starches that break down immediately once massaged into hair. The new dry shampoo is available for dark and light hair color tones. Also, they're enriched with Moroccanoil's signature ingredient - argan oil.


A beautiful blend of orange & yellow flowers appeared at my door a few weeks ago to celebrate the new fragrance by Vince Camuto, Bella. Nectarine blossoms, italian bergamot and jasmine water blend with white amber come together to create this lovely, floral fruity fragrance. I'm happy to smell like this all spring. 

When I saw this brushes, I immediately knew I needed all of them. The girls of Pixiwoo have done it again. Their successful brush collection, Real Techniques, just launched these new beauties. The brushes are ultra smooth and available in gold, rose gold and silver.



My new favorite nail brand is easily Smith & Cult. Created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer (founder of Hard Candy), the nail lacquers deliver flawless coverage and brilliant shine. These 5-Free formula polishes are just what you need to kickstart your Monday. Shade above is Ghost Edit, a semi-sheer pale nude pink.

What products are getting you through this Monday?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Adventures In At Home Laser Hair Removal With Tria, Part 2



This post series is in collaboration with Tria. You can read Part 1, here.

It’s been a little over two month since my last Tria check-in, and I can already see a change in my hair growth. I’ve been using the tool bi-weekly on my underarms and bikini area. To prep, I start with Tria’s SmoothStart Calming Gel. The SmoothStart Calming Gel features an Indian plant extract with anti-inflammatory properties to help diminish the sensation of the laser treatment. It keeps skin cool and comfortable for the best results. After my first month of using, I saw over 50% in hair reduction. After two months of treatment, hair regrowth is thinner and lighter.

What I really love is how easy the treatments are. I’m always on the go and you only need 10 minutes to treat desired areas. To use, you simply place the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision on the desired location and laser technology targets the pigment in the hair follicle. Follicles are eliminated and the hair begins to fall out, leaving behind only smooth, soft skin.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dove Wants Curly Hair Women Everywhere To Love Their Curls



What's your hair type? Approximately, one in 3 women in the U.S have naturally curly hair. Did you know that a recent study revealed that 54% of those same women would swap their natural hair with another hair type? It's not shocking. How many times have you wished your hair was different? I've had wavy curls all my life and they can be such a pain! First, it's the frizz and then it's taming of the curls. I'm always on the prowl for new advances in the curly hair industry and I'm happy to share that Dove has created a collection that can (and will) help! Dove Hair just launched a brand new Advanced Hair Series - Quench Absolute. This collection features four products that cleanse, nourish and treat curls providing 4X more definition - a shampoo, conditioner, mask, and serum.



The advanced, nourishing formulas are infused with protein, nutrients and precious Brazilian Buriti Oil. The system provides five key benefits for all curl needs: improved manageability, quenched dryness, smoothness, strength and nourishment. With Quench Absolute, Dove Hair is helping all women to achieve softer, nourished and more defined natural curls with every wash. Watch the inspiring video below. So, do you #loveyourcurls?



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Adventures In At Home Laser Hair Removal With Tria, Part 1


This post series is in collaboration with Tria.

As the weather gets colder, I tend to get lazier with my beauty routine specifically when it comes to shaving. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather that gets me or the issue of never really having to show bare skin outside. Like most women, I’m over shaving and decided to test the waters in laser hair removal. I looked into a few places that are well known in the city, but the prices were just a deal breaker for me. I’m currently saving for my wedding, and laser hair removal isn't an additional cost I want to add. The beauty tools market is growing daily and I was recently introduced to a new tool, the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision. Tria is a brand known for their innovative at home beauty tools, so I was immediately on board.

The Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision is hair removal tool designed for smaller sensitive areas of the body, such as the bikini line, underarms, or face. It’s a slim, portable and extremely lightweight design that easily removes unwanted hair permanently. The slim body allows for better control around those hard-to-reach body curves. Prior to testing this new slimmer version, I had tested the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X (the first FDA-cleared laser available for home use) on my legs and was very pleased with the results. I was happy to see a smaller version targeting more sensitive areas since these are my top concerns. Added bonus: You never have to worry about ingrown hairs, razor bumps or redness again.

So how does it work? We’ll get technical for a moment. Tria Laser Precision is built on the principle of selective photothermolysis. Beams of laser energy are absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair follicle and converted to heat. The laser energy disables the hair follicle, preventing it from growing new hair. This process is most effective on hair in the growth phrase. For best results, it’s recommended to use once every two weeks for three consecutive months.

I've been using the tool on my underarms for a month and can already see a difference in my hair growth. I’ll be sharing more on how to use the tool and an update on my current progress in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

The Tria Laser Precision is currently available in Dove Grey or Pink Blossom. You can purchase at triabeauty.comBarneysSephoraBloomingdale’sNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman, and QVC. Retail price is $299.

Thank you to Tria for sponsoring this post.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Enhance Your Eyes With New 1-DAY ACUVUE DEFINE Contact Lenses



Have you ever wanted to enhance your natural eye color? ACUVUE has just the thing. Beginning March 1st nationwideyou can purchase 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ Brand Contact Lensesa new category of eye enhancement lenses that accentuate the eye’s natural beauty. The lenses enhance the eye's natural radiance by creating a clearly defined outline around the iris (the limbal ring - almost commonly known as "nature's eyeliner") to the make iris pop and whites of the eyes appear brighter. The lenses also features iris-inspired designs that have light-effect patterns that add depth and dimension without changing the eye's natural coloring.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Makeup Beauties: Khloe Kardashian In Cosmopolitan UK


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It's no secret that the Kardashians are everywhere. From magazines to television, you can't escape them. Like most people, my favorite Kardashian iKhloé. She's beautiful, curvy, outspoken, and seemingly fun from her screen time on Keeping up with the Kardashians. Her personality easily makes her the most likable Kardashian and her beauty looks are something to keep up with, too. Her signature false lashes and killer smokey eye (paired with a nude lip, of course) make her the perfect candidate for this addition of Makeup Beauties.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

 
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It's that time again! The biggest shopping weekend of the year is upon us and the sales are better than ever. Complete list of offerings below. Happy Shopping!

Beauty Deals:

B-Glowing: 10% off all orders
BeautyBar.com: $15 off $75, $35 off $150, $65 off $250. Use code: BBCYBER14.
Breakups to Makeup: 15% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY15.
Em Michelle Phan: Buy 1, Get 1 Free. Any Product. Any Shade. No Minimum!
Giorgio Armani Beauty: Enjoy 20% off any order of $75 or more with complimentary shipping. Enter FAMILY14 at checkout.
Jane Iredale: Enjoy 30% off all Eye Steppes and My Steppes. Use promo code: BF2014.
LORAC Cosmetics: 25% off PRO palette and PRO Palette 2 ($31.50 each).
MAKE UP FOR EVER: Special deals on top products of the brand.
NARS Cosmetics: Exclusive 20% off through Tuesday. Use code TAKE20.
OCC Makeup: Save 20% off everything
Sedona Lace: 50% Off Everything
Sephora: $10 beauty deals while supplies last.
Smashbox Cosmetics: 25% off when you spend $50 or more. Use code: HOLIDAY14.
Stila Cosmetics: Exclusive $15 kits
Sugarpill Cosmetics: Up to 50% off everything
Tarte Cosmetics: 25% off includes limited-edition sets from the holiday 2014 collection! Use code: FRIDAY.
The Balm Cosmetics: 50% Off Everything
Too Faced Cosmetics: Buy 1 Better Than Sex Mascara and get 1 item 50% off. Natural at Night $15 + $10 Tan without the twinkle.
Ulta Beauty: ULTA has great deals on some of their holiday exclusives, such as the ULTA Irresistible Beauty 72 Piece Collection and The Finishing Touches 12 Piece Fragrance Collection, as well as deals on holiday sets from Butter London, Urban Decay and tarte.
YSL Beauty: Enjoy 20% off any order of $75 or more with complimentary shipping. Enter YSLGIFT at checkout.

Skin Care Deals:

Bath & Body Works: 2014 V.I.P Tote including 5 of their best products. $20 with any $40 purchase. Use code VIP2014 at checkout.
Bliss: Save 20% on almost everything.
Clarisonic: 20% off all devices & a free brush head. Use code: BLACKFRI.
Iluminage Beauty: Buy two pillowcases for $99 with free shipping with promo code beautysleep.
L'OCCITANE en Provence: Free Everything Collection with any purchase of $225 or more. Buy 2, Get 1 Free Stocking Stuffers! Various PWPs with purchase.
Ole Heniksen: Free $100 surprise gift bag with your order of ONLY $50 or more.
Origins: Choose your Cyber Monday offer. Use code CYBER 1 for $10 off your $25 order. Use code CYBER 2 for a free full-size Plantscription cleanser with any $35 purchase. Use code CYBER 3 to pick 5 deluxe samples with any $30 order or FREE Make It Big Ginger Souffle with any $50 purchase. Use code CYBER 4 for a FREE Make a Difference Rejuvenating Moisturizer + Plantscription Night Cream Deluxe Samples + bag with any $35 order.
The Body Shop: Limited edition tote ($125 Value for only $30) and other exclusive offers.
Yes To: Friday 40% Off. Use code: BRIGHT. Saturday + Sunday 35% Off. Use code: Holiday35.

Hair Care Deals:

Drybar: 20% off all products & tools (in-shop only)
ghd: 25% off all of ghd's innovative hair tools (excluding the ghd curve collection)
Kerastase Paris: Spend $100 receive 15% off, a Nutritive Deluxe Shampoo Duo Gift Box, and free shipping. Use code: GIFTSILVER. Spend $150 receive 20% off, a Nutritive Deluxe Shampoo Duo Gift Box, Touche Finale and free shipping. Use code: GIFTGOLD.
Rita Hazan: 25% off all products on RitaHazan.com from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair: Spend $125 receive 15% off and free shipping. Use code: JINGLE125.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Beauty Products I'll Be Using To Celebrate Halloween


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It's almost Halloween! Time to eat all the candy and dress up. This year, I'm focusing on relaxing and keeping it simple with my beauty routine. Below are three ways I'll be celebrating.

First and most important is a fun bubble bath. It's easy with Lush Cosmetics. They always launch the cutest bath bombs and treats for an extra deliciously scented Halloween. You can choose from the bubble bars in Wizard or Sparkly Pumpkin, bath bombs in SparklerNorthern Lights, and Lord of Misrule, or a soap bar in Fairy Ring.





Next, I'll be celebrating with a creative nail tutorial. I can always count on my trusty JINsoon to create beautiful and spooky nail designs that are sure to stand out. Ghoulish Nails (seen below) are chic while still being festive for Halloween.

 Ghoulish Nails

Preparation Step: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat
Step 1: Apply JINsoon Nocturne on each nail
Step 2: Draw ghostly shapes with JINsoon Kookie White at the tips of the nail (feel free to use your imagination with the shapes!)
Step 3: Dot JINsoon Nocturne where you would like the eyes to be with the very tip of the brush
Step 4: Apply a coat of JINsoon Top Gloss to finish it off

If Ghoulish Nails isn't your style, try Bloody Nails. These remind me of Dexter! 

Bloody Nails

Preparation Step: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat
Step 1: Apply JINsoon Kookie White on each nail
Step 2: With JINsoon Coquette, wipe off all the liquid from the brush on the neck of the bottle and with varying short strokes, apply polish from top to bottom of the nail Tip: Change up how long the strokes are for a more realistic effect and don't be afraid to blot it in a few places
Step 3: Go over the strokes you made with JINsoon Coquette using JINsoon Audacity in the same way, but apply it in fewer places. The goal of this step is to create depth to make the JINsoon Coquette look more realistic

Lastly, I'll be playing up my makeup look using Eylure lashes. These limited edition "BATWING" style lashes are perfect for a bold eye-look. Batwing is inspired by the soft, yet strong wings of a bat in flight. The lash is angled to the outer edge with peaks of increasing length. 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Launches Pro's Picks Portables – 12 Lip Tar Set For Holiday


Add this to your Holiday wish-list ASAP! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is launching a portable Lip Tar 12 piece set for the Holidays. The set presents pro's picks: portables featuring all-new test tube sizes in 12 shades.

The shades come in both Matte and Metallic textures. If you haven't tried OCC's best-selling Lip Tars, you are definitely missing out. The tars are extremely pigmented and deliver intense color payoff for long-wear. It's a hybrid product that eases on like a gloss, but has the lasting power of a lipstick. The Pro's Picks: Portables Set ($59) is expertly crafted by the artists at OCC.

Shades include Interlace: Matte (palest peach cream), Zhora: Metallic (peach/pink shimmer), Annika: Matte (pale neutral peach), Cha Cha: Matte (pale tangerine), Grandma: Matte (clean, classic coral), Vintage: Matte (deep burgundy), Harlot: Matte (neon popsicle red), Nylon: Matte (neon bubblegum pink), Digitalis: Matte (pink-tinged lavender), Sebastian: Matte (plum-toned taupe), Iced: Metallic (pure white frost), and #010 Precision Lip Brush.

The Pro's Picks: Portables - Lip Tar: Test Tube x 12 Set is available now on Sephora.com.