The One Styling Tool I Can't Live Without

Sunday, September 4, 2016



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

Monday, August 1, 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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016




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 30 East 40th Street, #604, New York, NY 10016. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 849-8289. Best of luck on your dental journey! 

Have you ever had or wanted braces? 

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

New Beauty: May 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016



Every month, new and exciting beauty launches are released. It's hard to keep up with brands constantly releasing products and we want to help make it easier for you. In an attempt to keep things simpler, we'll be rounding up our favorite beauty launches every month. Here's our top picks for May 2016! 



Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, $75,

Instant Look in a Palette contains seven of Charlotte’s revolutionary makeup secrets to create an effortless, glowing look that enhances natural beauty. Including shades from three Charlotte Tilbury cult-favorites — Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Luxury Palette and Cheek to Chic — this universally flattering, glowing look is for every woman and is so easy to use.





This collection is in celebration of Champagne Pop, the best-selling highlighter in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. This peachy shade works well on all skin tones and the brand has decided to create a full collection around this hue. The collection with feature a Champagne Collection Face Palette with a brand new shade, Prosecco Pop, a liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector, a Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème, and Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette. The collection is available exclusively at Sephora and launching on Sephora.com on 5/26 noon EST and in Sephora stores on 6/16.

Limited Edition-Orgasm Blush features the same, iconic, universally flattering shade, now in a larger, one-of-a-kind compact. Orgasm Blush gives cheeks a sheer, perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is repeatedly a makeup artist and beauty editor favorite.



Escape to the sun-drenched, azure-blue waters of the Mediterranean with AERIN's newest EDP. It blends a unique combination of sweet Honeysuckle and sparkling Grapefruit. Sophisticated Italian Bergamot is paired with Mandarin Oil and Grapefruit for an effervescent citrusy glow alongside Bourgeon de Cassis. Packaging was inspired by the beautiful tiles of Capri. Available in EDP (1.7 oz and 3.4 oz.), Rollerball, Body Cream, Body Wash and Bar Soap.



This May, Christian Louboutin introduces three new never-before-seen red-inspired Nail Colour shades. Having created countless red designs over the last 20 years, Christian Louboutin has a discerning eye for the colour, and thus each shade is carefully developed for exceptional colour payoff and high-shine. Christian Louboutin’s new red nail collection launches just in time for the glamour of the summer. Stylish and seductive, these shades are perfect for the runway-like entrance of the Met Ball and parties on the French Riviera. Shimmering Jazzy Doll dazzles at an evening premier, deep raspberry Lady Peep adds the finishing touch to an after-party look, and bright EdgyPopi turns heads on the Promenade de la Croisette.


Glow Time: Highlighters We Love

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Like any true beauty girl, I'm a sucker for a good highlighter. My collection continues to grow as time goes by and with #strobing (aka highlighting) being the latest trend in the industry, I don't see it shrinking anytime soon. Here are my top new highlighter picks.


Hourglass recently launched a collection of illuminating strobing powders designed to sculpt the face with light, creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural-looking highlight. You can use wet or dry and it's recommended to use with Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor (sold separately) for the most effortless application. 

Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent, $38

Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent, $38

Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Euphoric, $38




A long-wearing, buildable and versatile highlighting powder that provides a natural-looking, radiant, allover glow. 


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow, $40

My newest obsession are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits. The kit features four metallic powder highlighters that are highly blendable and bring instant luminosity to the complexion. Hello radiance!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam, $40


Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003, $72

Pat McGrath Labs introduces your new obsession – Skin Fetish 003, two transformative three-piece kits for sinfully sublime skin. These addictive trios take highlighting to the next level – from bare, dewy divinity to stunning luminosity beyond the spectrum. Skin Fetish 003 will be available starting at 12pm on Tuesday, April 26th at www.patmcgrath.com. You can find in select Sephora stores and on sephora.com on May 10th. Mark your calendars - this limited edition collection will surely sell out!


Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 in Nude, $72


Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 in Golden, $72

Any of these highlighters on your wishlist? 


Spring Essentials Giveaway Sponsored by Dove

Sunday, April 10, 2016



Can you guys believe it's already spring? I don't know about you, but I feel like this year has flown by. Once the weather starts to warm up, I begin getting a severe case of wanderlust. Even though I went to Paris and London this past January (more on that in a later blog post), I'm ready for my next travel adventure. My friends at Dove want my readers to travel in style! In celebration of season, I've teamed up with Dove for a fun spring essentials giveaway! The giveaway includes my favorite Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant - it goes on instantly dry with no visible residue and offers 48 hour odor and wetness protection. It's also formulated with Dove ¼ moisturizing formula leaving your skin soft and smooth - exactly what you want while on vacation. The giveaway also includes a Herschel duffel, Ban.do passport case and portable phone charger. Everything you'd need for your upcoming Spring trip! Giveaway details are below - good luck! 



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Last Minute Valentine's Day Beauty Gift Guide

Saturday, February 13, 2016



It's that time of year again... chocolates, flowers, and gifts are seen everywhere to celebrate Valentine's Day all around the globe. The beauty space has taken note and these are the gifts I know any beauty lover would adore.


A deliciously scented pink candle from Diptyque would make any girl swoon this V-Day! In celebration of diptyque's new Valentine's Day collaboration with Olympia Le-Tan called, "The Key To My Heart Is In My Bag," the brand has also launched an emoji keyboard (compatible with iPhone + iPad) – as a way to communicate with your loved ones. You can download in Apple's App Store.




Whether you're feeling like a Saint or a Sinner, Lipstick Queen has your lips covered with the newest lip tint that has color and hydration in one light-weight formula.


Charlotte's Magic Cream from Charlotte Tilbury is a hydrating and anti-aging wonder cream in gorgeous rose gold packaging. Face looks instantly hydrated and is left with a radiant finish.



A natural, caffeinated duo that gently buffs away dry skin and smooths lips to reveal a soft, supple pout. Get on my lips immediately.


The Dove Beauty Bar is the #1 recommended bar by dermatologists & pediatricians, and it's no wonder. It's extremely moisturizing and has many added benefits. I recently visited the Unilever factory in Trumbull, CT and spent the day making my own soap and learning the science behind the bar. Stay tuned for a separate post on that experience! 


Like a cool Mediterranean breeze, this floral-fruity fragrance transports your senses. The sea-glass inspired bottle extends Vince Camuto’s iconic signature fragrance collection design. Added bonus? I love how the bottle looks displayed on my vanity.



This is the game-changer gift that any beauty fan would swoon over. It's absolutely beautiful and made in Italy. The Beauty Voyage palette includes four Eyeshadows, a Blush, an Illuminator and two Lipsticks.



Who wouldn't want to smell like a rose? With Moroccanoil's body collection, that's a definite do on Valentine's Day.

Wishing you all the loveliest Valentine's Day. Any special gifts on your wish-list?


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