Fenty Beauty By Rihanna

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of Rihanna's latest venture into beauty. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is getting all the tons of buzz and clearing all the gondola's at Sephora locations. The collection is the hottest brand launch in quite some time and everyone is here for it. From an epic New York launch party to countless video tutorials from YouTubers, the collection is a must-try for any beauty lover.

Rihanna was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty—and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones. She launched a makeup line “so that women everywhere would be included,” focusing on a wide range of traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades. The line features a whopping 91-skus, which includes 40 shades of Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation; 1 universal Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer; 30 magnetic Match StixSkinsticks, in both matte and shimmer finishes to contour, correct, conceal, highlight and blush; 6 cream-powder hybrid Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters for face and eyes; Invisimatte Blotting Powder and Paper; 1 universal lip gloss known as Gloss Bomb; and a variety of application tools.

Here's a closer look at the collection.

Holiday Gift Guide: 18 Gifts For The Beauty Lover

Looking for the perfect gift? Take a peek at Beauty in New York City's previous Gift Guides.

Anyone else wait to the last minute to do holiday shopping? The month is almost over and now it's go-time! As a beauty lover myself, I curated a list of the top 18 gifts I recommend for any beauty fan. You can choose from the prettiest palettes to the practical skincare set. Keep reading for gift ideas that will make your holiday gift giving a breeze!

I've been lusting after marble anything for months now. When I first laid eyes on this lush palette from Hourglass, I knew it'd be at the top of my Christmas list. This limited-edition palette contains flattering bronzer, blushes, and highlighter.

If you're looking for palette that gives option of sheer or high-impact finish, look no further than this holiday palette from NARS. You can use all the shades either wet or dry depending on your look. The palette is perfectly portable and features the bestselling dual-intensity formulas from NARS.

Lately I feel as though I see Mariah Carey everywhere and I'm not mad about it. The songstress really overdid herself on her recent M.A.C. collaboration. The packaging was over-the-top and stunning as only Mariah can do. Each item was packaged in a shimmery silver box with gold accents. My top pick from the collection is the limited edition Skinfinish featuring Mariah's face! It's already sold out online, but you may get lucky at other retailers or in M.A.C. locations.

This limited-edition palette has every eye shadow shade to take your look from day to night. It's encased in stunning gold packaging and organized in five columns, for a complete wardrobe of looks.

My new favorite shadow formula is easily from the Estée Edit. The brand continues to blow me away with exciting launch after launch and this eye and face palette collection is no different. The price point is incredibly low for the quality and size of makeup you receive. These two palettes feature shades that are formulated with tiny pearl particles for the most elegant, glistening sheen. The formulas are super blendable and the compacts are magnetic to easily click together! 

Sanrio, best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, has teamed up with ColourPop, the Southern California-based global cosmetics company, to introduce their first collaboration – ColourPop x Hello Kitty. The limited edition collection is only available through February 1st and offers a full range of cosmetics for lips, eyes and face. The Hello Pretty Kit would make a perfect gift and won't break the bank.

Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette, $42

Developed with plastic surgeons, the experts in contouring and aesthetics, the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Complexion Perfection palette includes four must-have, talc-free powder formulas that instantly enhance and brighten your features: new Sunshine in a Compact™ Matte Bronzer, new Perfect Lighting™ Luminizer, new Bye Bye Pores Blush™, and award-winning Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder.

One of my favorite skincare products is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence! No skincare routine is complete without this essence and now you have three limited edition bottles to choose from.

I've been wearing Flowerbomb for the last seven years and it remains one of my favorite scents to date. It's sweet, floral scent lasts all day and works on everyone. Gift this set to someone in need of a new scent!

It Cosmetics makes the softest brushes ever and this set is the perfect gift for any beauty lover. You don't have to worry about storage since the brush set comes with a matching glitter clutch.

theBalm Manizer Sisters, $26

Bronze. Blush. Highlight. You'll have everything you need for sculpted cheeks and endless highlighters.

Smith & Cult Lip Trio Gift Set, $60

Keep lips glossy with The Shining Lip Lacquer Trio by Smith & Cult. Enjoy shades Now Kith, The Lovers, and the Queen Is Dead along with a S&C Pochette.

Oribe Holiday Travel Essentials Collection, $98

Oribe's 'Holiday Travel Essentials Collection' is comprised of travel-friendly versions of the label's most coveted haircare products. The perfect gift for frequent jetsetters, they're housed in a sleek canvas bag that fits comfortably in your carry-on and conveniently doubles as a cosmetics case.
H20+ Beauty 6-pc. Must-Have Mini Favorites Set, $40

Satisfy all your skin care needs with this H20+ Beauty Must-Have Mini Favorites Set.

Keep your jewel tones shining bright. Gemstone color shampoo + conditioner protect and preserve your hue while Death Valley dry shampoo helps you go longer between washes.

Nail collection includes a stunning trio of nail lacquers -Stockholm Syndrome, Dark Like Me, Kundalini Hustle - a Limited Edition Nail File and a S&C Canvas Pockette, all exquisitely packaged in a Limited Edition Box.

A collection of Fresh skin care favorites that cleanse, mask, and moisturize—adorned in rich, gold-accented packaging. 

e.l.f. has launched a premium collection of brushes designed for precise application of products. These new brushes are baby soft and perfect for application and blending.

Happy Holidays!

30+ Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals

It's that time again... the holidays are here and now is the perfect time to begin your holiday shopping! Almost all brands participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions and below are the best ones to take advantage of. Have you made your shopping list yet?

Beauty Deals:

Benefit Cosmetics  Take 20% off all orders of 50 or more! Enter code CYBER at checkout.

Melt Cosmetics  Save up to 50% off on select products.

NARS Cosmetics Receive an exclusive 20% off now through Tuesday, the 29th. Online and in NARS boutiques only.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic 40% off everything. No code required.

Colour Pop – 20% off the entire site

Coastal Scents – 50% off the entire website

Kylie Cosmetics  20% off storewide + free shipping

bareMinerals – Up to 60% off select products

Rituals – Rituals is opening their 10th NYC store on Black Friday! Located at 489 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, discover a wide range of luxury home and cosmetics products, including body care, skin care, fine fragrance, mineral makeup, and scented candles and diffusers. Each product is inspired by an Ancient Eastern tradition or ritual that transforms your everyday routines into more meaningful moments. Take 20% off on everything in the shop on Black Friday.

Sephora – Get early access to the most coveted spring sets of the season. Choose 8 merry minis in a festive bag. Free with any $25 purchase. Use code VERYMERRY at checkout.

DS Laboratories – Get 40% OFF + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS with promo code 40/40 from Thanksgiving to Monday the 28th. DS Laboratories is also giving a $40 gift card with every order over $100!

Make Up For Ever - Free gift with any purchase and exclusive products for Cyber Monday.

PHYTO – From 11/25-11/28, PHYTO will be offering 40% OFF your entire purchase on Phyto.com.

ghd –  25% off site wide for Black Frida and Cyber Monday. Excluding the cooper luxe collection.

BRÖÖ – Receive 40% off the entire BRÖÖ Collection (3 Shampoos and 3 Conditioners) on Target.com on Cyber Monday (November 28th 2016).

H2O+ Beauty – Receive 40% off the entire H2O+ Beauty site (h2oplus.com) and also receive a gift with purchase (it’s a surprise gift). Discount begins (November 24th at 3pm ET) and continues to Cyber Monday (November 28th ). Customers must enter promo code: GOBBLEUP

Laura Geller – 45% off all orders $100+. Enter code MONDAY45 at checkout.

Yes To 
– Customers can take advantage of the BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) at any Rite Aid (Promotion Runs: November 23rd – November 26th).

Josie Maran Save 25% off  sitewide with code ARGAN25 at checkout.

The Organic Pharmacy – VIP Friends and Family Event – 20% off in-store and online, NY and LA locations.

Violent Lips 
– 50% off plus free shipping over $25 – Black Friday, 65% off plus free shipping over $20 – Cyber Monday

FRESH – Black Friday: Fresh shops will be offering complimentary products based on three different price thresholds: With $65 purchase, guests receive 1 Soy Face Cleanser (travel size). With $80 purchase, guests receive 1 Soy Face Cleanser (travel size), Black Tea Firming Serum (deluxe sample). With $65 purchase, guests receive 1 Soy Face Cleanser (travel size), Black Tea Firming Serum (deluxe sample), Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream (deluxe sample). Cyber Monday: Fresh.com – receive a complimentary oval soap with a purchase of $40 (free standard shipping for purchasing online). USE CODE: CYBERMONDAY2016.

Ole Henriksen – For every $50 purchase, you’ll get a FREE surprise gift bag (valued at $100!) loaded with your skincare favorites. Use code “100GIFTBAG” at check-out (valid one per customer).

Skyn Iceland – Free ground shipping on every order + free surprise gift ($65 value) thru 11:59pm EST. Black Friday: Free ground shipping on every order. Cyber Monday: 30% off site-wide, no exclusions. Giving Tuesday: Starting 11/29 through 12/6 we will be donating a minimum of $500 to Year Up. One $1 from every order placed during this time will go to Year Up.

L'Occitane – Make a purchase of $150 or more and shoppers score our ULTIMATE Black Friday Beauty Sampler for FREE. Stocked with over 15 mini best-sellers, this set is the perfect gift for long-time L’Occitane lovers, travelers, friends, family and those who’ve always wanted to try our products.

Kat Von D Beauty – Gift With Purchase: For every $100 purchase, you’ll get a FREE vegan leather makeup mag filled with 5 of your favorite minis, including Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita, Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft, Tattoo Liner in Trooper and more! Studded Kiss Bundles: 3 bundles of “Rad Reds,” “Next-Level Nudes” and “Too Cool for School” full-size Studded Kiss Lipsticks available for $44 each ($63 value).

Carmex Lip Balm – The brand is offering 2 for $1.00 deals on any Carmex lip balm tubes, jars or sticks in Walgreen stores.

Marc Jacobs Beauty – For every $30 purchase, you’ll receive a set of 5 of your favorite minis, including highliner gel eye crayon eyeliner in blacquer 42, le marc lip crème lipstick in kiss kiss bang bang and more! For every $75 purchase, you’ll receive the set of 5 minis PLUS a deluxe sample of velvet noir major volume mascara and a chic, black patent leather pochette.

IT Cosmetics – From 11/25 to 11/27, spend $35 and receive a free Travel Size Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil. Spend $75 and receive a full size Hello Lashes Mascara. Spend $125 and receive a full size No. 50 Serum.

Glossier – 20% off sitewide on glossier.com beginning November 25 through the weekend.

Votre Vu – 20% ALL products site wide. And orders over $75 will receive a FREE FULL SIZED Eiffel Power mascara.

Fashion & Other Deals:

CATBIRD  15% off entire site.

ALDO – 50% off select styles and 20% off new arrivals. Enter code CYBER16 at checkout.

Amazon  – Exclusive Cyber Monday deals.

ASOS  30% off everything with code THANKFUL30.

Bauble Bar – 35% off everything. Use code SAVE35.

Barnes & Noble – Get 15% off your entire order with code BNCYBER16.

Target – Save an extra 15% off your purchases online and in stores.

DSW – $10 off $49, $20 off $99 or $40 off $199 + free shipping. Online only with code CYBERDEAL.

Bloomingdale's  – Take 25% off a large selection of regular and sale price items for a total savings of up to 60%.

Boohoo  – Up to 50% off everything + free delivery.

Lulu Frost  25% off sitewide

Michaels  30% off entire online purchase including sale items. Enter promo code MONDAY30W.

Frends  30% off sitewide

Coach  –  Enjoy up to 50% OFF on select styles.

Club Monaco  – 25% off $150+, 30% off $250+ or 35% off $400+. Online only with code THANKSAGAIN.

Forever 21  – 21% off all online orders. Plus, free shipping. Use code CYBER21.

H&M – Up to 30% off all online orders.

Kate Spade  – Enjoy 30% off your purchase with code WIRED.

J. Crew – 40% off your purchase, in stores and online. Use code MONDAY.

Macy's – Take 20% off on Cyber Monday. Promo code: CYBER

Nordstrom – Extra 20% off on selected sale items.

NET-A-PORTER – Up to 50% off

Nine West – Extra 30% off $125+

Rifle Paper Co. – 30% off entire order

Gilt City  Extra 20% off sitewide. Use code CYBER.

Saks Fifth Avenue – Earn a gift card up to $750. Use code CYBER16.

Sam Edelman – Spend $200 get $75 off, Spend $400 get $125 off. Use code CYBERSAM16.

Shopbop – Buy more, save more! Use code GOBIG16 FOR UP TO 25% off on all full-price and sale items.

Steve Madden – 35% off and free shipping

Nasty Gal – Get up to 80% off, right now, with hundreds of new styles just added to sale.

Victoria's Secret Free Tote with $75 purchase. Use code MONDAY75 at checkout. $20 off $125 with code TAKE20.

Topshop – Up to 50% off select items

SIX:02  20% off on any online purchase. Use code CYBER20 at checkout.

Happy shopping!

Fall Essentials Giveaway Sponsored By Dove

Want smooth underarms? I've got the answer for you - Dove Advanced Care Anti Perspirant/Deodorant. It provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection plus added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula for softer, smoother underarms. In fact, 9 out of 10 women agreed that it made their underarms soft and smooth. My friends at Dove want to give you a chance to win this new antiperspirant. Enter below for a chance to win a Dove prize pack, including goodies from Ban.do you won't want to miss!

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Winner will be announced after giveaway ends. Good luck!

The One Styling Tool I Can't Live Without

When it comes to hair styling, most women own at least one flat iron and blow dryer. As a curly girl who wears her hair natural often, I’m cautious of the types of heat stylers I use on my hair. It’s important for me to use styling tools that work for all hair types. Like most women, I like to change my hair up often and love a multi-use tool that can help curl, flip, straighten or add volume and body when needed. That’s where the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron comes in. It’s perfect for both professional use as well as at home with features such as temperature settings and a tangle-free swivel cord.

Not only does the Karmin G3 Salon Pro heat up fast, it also works extremely well at straightening my fine, frizzy curls. I normally have issues with blowouts only lasting 1-3 days, but I can leave my hair straight for up to 5 days with this tool. The best part is it comes with a 3 year warranty and has curved edges to create the most perfect curves or waves. You can find the Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron at Karminhairtools.com or Amazon for $159.95.

Special thanks to Karmin Professional for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Nordstrom Beauty Anniversary Sale: Summer 2016

It's time for my favorite sale of the year - Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale! Shop brand new arrivals at super-sale prices. The beauty selection continues to wow each and every sale. This year Nordstrom has also introduced Glam-Out Days, a brand new beauty offering during the public Anniversary Sale. Nordstrom has partnered with select brands to sponsor different product and category days throughout the sale. From July 22nd – August 7th, Nordstrom will be featuring 17 Glam-Out days that customers won’t want to miss. Everyone who shops in-store or online at Nordstrom can enjoy free samples, gifts, expert tips and over 300 Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives! Find my top beauty picks below.

Case of the Mondays: 6 Beauty Products To Help Start The Week

Happy first Monday of August! My fiancée and I just got back from a weekend vacation in Chicago and now I'm preparing for my 30th birthday on August 10th. It's strange to say goodbye to my 20s, but I'm so ready for my 30s! I'm at a great place in my career, my wedding is next July, and we're planning to look at buying a home soon. I pray for a spare bedroom to store my makeup collection! Anyway, here's this week's Case of the Mondays.

Work your angles with this new all-in-one cheek palette! You can use wet or dry and shades can highlight, blush, and contour all skintones. Set features shades Soft Tulle, Damask with Gold Sheen, Peony, and Titian. 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild, $40

::Insert unicorn emoji:: 
After the internet went wild for this rainbow highlighter, Anastasia Beverly Hills launched this unique palette with shades like "Blue Moon" and "Purple Horseshoe." Magically-Metallic highlighters make up the glow kit and create the perfect kaleidoscopic, shimmering effect. For a brightly amplified glow, apply with a damp makeup brush or sponge. While the kit may be sold out at the moment, Anastasia will be restocking mid-day on 8/1.

I blame Ole Henriksen for my lack of makeup wear lately and it's all due to this phenomenal three-step brightening system. I tested the kit back in June and I swear my skin has never looked better. The system has an unprecedented 25% vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use. You find improvements in dullness, uneven skintone, and fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is my secret to healthy skin and Ole has known this secret for quite some time! Not only does Vitamin C help brighten complexion, it promotes firmer and more youthful-looking skin over time. Trust me, you need this in your skincare routine immediately. 

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara, $24

In a sea of great mascaras, IT COSMETICS has really rose to the top. My lashes look longer, fuller, and thicker than they have in a long time. Proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening and ultra-conditioning black cape of power. Thanks for the superhero powers, IT COSMETICS!

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Treatment Oil, $5.99

Give me anything with Coconut Oil and I'm a happy lady. Suave just bottled up magic with their new rich Coconut Oil Infusion Treatment Oil. The formula goes to work instantly smoothing rough cuticles, taming flyaways, and delivering healthy, long-lasting shine.

The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder - Beam Team Hydrate + Glow, $42

Beam Team Hydrate + Glow is definitely my summer staple. It's a lightweight daily moisturizing lotion that illuminates and hydrates skin, leaving behind a sheer golden-beige hue or a sheer sun-loving bronze. Just apply and go!

What products are you using this Monday?

Introducing Oribe Beauty: Oribe Haircare Expands to Embrace New Bodycare, Makeup, Skincare and Tools Collections

Popular haircare brand, Oribe, has now expanded their collection with the launch of Oribe Beauty. This uniquely curated collection of tools, makeup, skincare and bodycare has 18 new products. The products are custom formulated, expertly crafted for high performance and designed for the woman who knows how to make a bold statement.

The new makeup collection is for the powerful, sexy, sophisticated woman. The fearlessly rich colors are iconic (Lip Lust Crème Lipstick and The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish are available simply in The Red, The Nude and The Violet), while the high-tech formulations are long-lasting and treatment-based.

The skincare range incorporates luxurious ingredients such as Caviar Lime, which gently exfoliates to reveal more radiant skin, in its Night Ceremony Ultra-Rich Cream; and real gold, known for its luminating and brightening properties, in the Gold Envy Luminous Face Mask. And the results are nothing less than dramatic.

The hair tools and accessories were created with the help of Oribe’s team of educators. The hair tools were designed with performance and quality in mind, allowing users the flexibility to create a variety of looks, from ultra-glam to understated.

Lip Balm, $15

I can't wait to get my hands on this line! You can purchase the full collection at Oribe.com.

Starting My Invisalign Journey With Lyssova Dental Wellness

Let's talk teeth! Confession: My teeth have always bothered me. I wouldn't say my teeth are awful, but they can definitely be improved. I sucked my thumb for many years as child and it caused my teeth to move forward and create an open bite. My top and bottom teeth have never touched the way they should. I noticed it a few years ago after smiling in a group photo and I stopped myself from smiling in photos altogether after that. As a beauty girl and someone who is constantly laughing, I knew it was time to fix this.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know a few months ago I started my Invisalign treatment with Lyssova Dental Wellness. I didn’t know if I should get traditional metal braces or Invisalign, so when Lyssova Dental Wellness reached out and asked me if I was wanted to change my smile, I jumped at the chance. The team at Lyssova Dental has been wonderful since I met them a few months ago. Dr. Valentina Lyssova is an excellent dentist who really gets to know her patients before starting any sort of treatment. We talked extensively about what I’d like done and what she’d recommend. The first thing I told her is that I never smile in photos. I felt like I aged out of metal braces and I didn’t know what options I had as an adult. After discussing for a bit, Dr. Lyssova recommended Invisalign.

You may be somewhat familiar with Invisalign, but the treatment process starts with the consultation. The first step is talking with an Invisalign provider about how the treatment works and if you’re a good candidate. Once it’s determined that Invisalign is a good option for you, a customized treatment plan is created. Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a 3-D image of your teeth. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. While every case with Invisalign is unique, treatment typically takes a year for adults.

I have to wear a new aligner ever two weeks and have occasional checkups with Dr. Lyssova. For best results and a timely outcome, it’s recommended to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout the entire treatment. This is definitely something to consider when choosing Invisalign. You have to remove your trays before eating and your teeth should be brushed and flossed before reapplying your trays. I’ll share more about my Invisalign journey in the coming months!

Lyssova Dental Wellness can help you get your started on your Invisalign journey or assist with other dental services, such as Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Bleaching, Dental Implants, and more! The offices are conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. You can find Lyssova Dental Wellness at the Architect and Design Building at East 58th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues, Suite 3200. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 752-7937. Best of luck on your dental journey! 

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Complimentary Invisalign treatments were provided by Lyssova Dental Wellness for consideration of this story. All opinions are my own.