New Beauty: 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?


Are you a NARSissist? Get your hands on these three new NARS Collections for Spring!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016



NARSissist (NARS∙is∙sist) (n.) - lives by her own rules, not afraid to express herself in every look, mood or attitude. Effortless charm with a bottomless makeup bag.

Do you identify as a NARSissist? I surely do. Not only do I live by my own rules, I can’t get enough of NARS beauty products. The brand continues to release new and innovative products and these three upcoming Spring Collections (Velvet Matte Skin Tint, Spring Color Collection, and #NARSissist Spring Gifting) are no different. From a matte skin tint to a sultry eyeshadow palette, there’s something for everyone.


A new must-have cheek palette that includes my favorite NARS bronzer, Laguna.




A limited edition eyeshadow palette with everyday neutrals and smokey shades to take you into night.



An oil- free skin tint that helps blur imperfections and control shine throughout the day. You'll also get a dose of vitamins C, E, and protect skin with broad spectrum SPF 30.

For Spring 2016, NARS debuts a fresh and modern mix of seasonal shades and innovative textures for eyes, cheeks and lips. Products include:


Any of these new NARS products on your wishlist?


New Skincare Products To Try

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Skin is our largest organ and everyone's skin is very different; we all vary from oily, dry to combination skin. This means that every individual’s skin does not react the same to every product out there. I have found a few new products that target problem areas that we’ve all dealt with. The first product will help you tackle uneven skin tone and skin discoloration. Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Illuminating Collection consists of 3 key products, Skin Illuminating Brightening Day Serum, Skin Illuminating Night Capsules, and Skin Illuminating Retexturing Pads, but now, Elizabeth Arden introduced Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask. This mask works to improve skin’s overall appearance while you get your beauty rest. The other exciting new product is the Ceramide Cleansing Oil. This oil cleanses skin to perfection and easily removes all makeup and impurities.
Another solution to dark spots and hyper-pigmentation is the new Pevonia Lumablanc Cream. I personally suffer from dark spots and hyper-pigmentation due to acne scars and sunspots. I know many others out there suffer from the same thing, and according to the reviews that I have read; this product seems to be the solution to our problem. Besides erasing scars, this cream also lightens and brightens the skin to give your face a clean look.


The next product is said to reduce fine lines and give complexion a more youthful appearance! The new RoC® SMOOTH PERFEXION® Instant Line Corrector combines science with skincare using Copper-Zinc to generate skin renewal. Research shows that after using this product for only 2 weeks, women said they were able to forgo makeup being an essential part of their daily routine. At a retail value of only $24.99, this product is a steal.

Let’s talk hydration. Dry skin is a ever-growing problem that many people deal with daily. Like our bodies, skin requires a glass of water as well! That’s where intense moisturizers come in. Stemology Cell Renew Hydro-Plus Overnight Moisturizer helps to rejuvenate and hydrate your face overnight, leaving your skin glowing. Reviewers are already raving about the moisturizer and claim that it leaves your skin smooth without being oily. This moisturizer is new on the market but can be found online.

This is a guest post written by Imani Wood-Rodriguez.

Case of the Mondays - 5 Beauty Products To Help Start The Week

Monday, January 25, 2016



Hello friends! It's a winter wonderland outside but even Storm Jonas can’t stop Monday from coming! We have a cold week ahead, so let's start it right with this week's Case of the Mondays.


Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails, $7.99

Need a quick mani on-the-go? With Kiss Gel Fantasy, I can have a fabulous manicure in only 20 minutes. With many different cute options to choose from, this product gives a whole new reputation to press-on nails. Say goodbye to damaging nail glue and start your Monday off with a fancy at home manicure.


WHEN Glamour Mask, $35

Have you ever heard of a sheet mask that gives your face a healthy glow, revives your skin, and also primes skin for makeup? WHEN Glamour Mask is a soft jelly mask made up of coconut juice, comforting serum collagen, etc. These properties are used to improve skin elasticity, keep skin healthy, and prime skin for makeup application. The best part about this mask is that it doesn't contain parabens or sulfates. Plus, you can see a difference in your skin just in time to tackle a wintry Monday.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, $56

This weather has been making my skin pretty dry and the only thing keeping my face hydrated and moisturized is this moisture balm. It's formulated with Edelweiss flower to lock in hydration, antarcticin to replenish skin with moisture, and glycerine to help draw moisture into skin for lasting hydration.




Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Misery Lip Tar, $15

The liquid lipstick trend is still at an all time high. OCC’s newest shade Misery screams determination with its shockingly red shade. For a pop of color in a city covered in white, try this shade this Monday! Leave it matte or add a layer of gloss for a truly beautiful finish.


Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18

A face wash is not only the first thing used in every skincare routine, but it can be the most essential. With Glossier’s Milky Jelly cleanser, you not only get an amazing cleanse but it also works as a makeup remover. If you would like to use as a makeup remover, apply 2-3 pumps of the cleanser on dry skin and massage into face. Try this product in the morning to refresh or in the evening to deep cleanse.

This is a guest post written by Imani Wood-Rodriguez.


Enter Essie’s First Ever Nail Art Awards “The Essie’s”

Monday, January 11, 2016


We have exciting news to share! Essie has just announced it's first ever nail art contest (the essies) hosted on YouTube and essie.com featuring an exclusive series of nail art challenges to discover the next great nail artist. Essie fans and nail artists can enter the contest for a chance to win the grand prize - a $20,000 partnership with essie, a spot at New York Fashion Week with Celebrity Manicurist, Michelle Saunders, and much more! The final two winners will be determined through a combination of online fan votes and essie’s panel of experts, including:
  • Carolyn Holba – General Manager, essie worldwide
  • Jenny Fox – Founder of Jenny Claire Fox, a top nail art and beauty Youtube channel
  • Katie Rodgers – Artist and Creator of Paper Fashion
  • Michelle Saunders – essie celebrity manicurist
  • Rebecca Minkoff – essie Global Color Designer and industry fashion leader

The essies will run from January 2016 through June 2016 and be broken into four phases:

Phase 1: Qualifying Challenge (January 6th – February 22th)
Qualifying submissions will open to all participants. Contestants will be required to upload two videos to essie.com, including: an “All About You” video and a “Show Us Your Skill” video, creating any nail look using essie nail and care products. The first 1,000 entries will receive essie’s gel.setter kit and the creators of the top ten videos, as selected internally by essie, will move on to phase two.

Phase 2: Spring Trend Challenge (February 22th – March 28th)
In this phase, the top ten contestants will receive essie’s spring 2016 collection and challenged to create the ultimate spring trend inspired nail art look. Videos will be uploaded to Youtube.com where online fan votes will determine the top six semi-finalists moving to phase three.

Phase 3: Dream Getaway Challenge (March 28th – May 2nd)
Six lucky semi-finalists will receive an essie branded polish rack filled with 90 shades, and be tasked with creating a nail art look inspired by their dream getaway. The top three finalists, as chosen by online fan votes, will move to the last phase.

Phase 4: Blank Canvas Challenge (May 2nd – June 6th)
The three finalists will be flown to New York to film their last video in Youtube’s studio. For this challenge, they will be given a blank canvas and challenged to get expressive. essie’s expert panel will select the top two winners who will be announced on June 1st.

One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen by the judging panel. One Fan Favorite Winner will be chosen by the public voters and receive a $1,000 prize. For complete contest rules and information, please visit essie.com/theessies.

I can't wait to see all the entries!


10 Beauty New Year's Resolutions for 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016


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Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016! The end of the year bought many thoughts of resolutions and all I hope to accomplish this upcoming year. 2015 was filled with some of my favorite memories. From traveling to Maui with my fiancée to attending my first music festival (Governors Ball with Dove!), it was definitely a year to remember. I also collaborated with a few of my favorite brands, such as Tria, Revlon, Boots Beauty, and Head & Shoulders!

This year, my resolutions are pretty simple. I've learned that the most important thing in life is to be happy and surround yourself with people you love and care about. As a beauty girl, I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and my beauty routine. Here's are my 10 beauty resolutions for 2016!

Resolution #1Get enough sleep every night

I've always been a night owl, but it's important to get a full night's rest every single night. I'm notorious for staying up to the early hours of the morning to finish a story or project. This year, I vow to sleep better and get more rest. My pillows have just become more cozy thanks to my new iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase. It helps fight wrinkles while you sleep. That's pretty much a win-win.

Resolution #2: Experiment with makeup more

I'm a victim of routine and I want to be more bold with makeup this year. My signature look has always been a nude lip with winged eyeliner. This year, I plan to experiment with more with color and get out my comfort zone.

Resolution #3: Wear sunscreen everyday

Sunscreen is the most important part of anyone's beauty routine. Good makeup starts with great skin and the sun is very harsh. I've already starting adding items to my daily routine. I normally prime with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 and often use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I also adore Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 to set makeup and touch-up throughout the day.

Resolution #4: Clean makeup brushes more often

I own so many brushes that I normally swap out dirty ones with new and then I'm left with 50+ brushes to wash. I vow to be less lazy and clean my brushes more often. Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo is the best cleanser for brushes and the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove is a lifesaver.

Resolution #5: Tone my body

For years my New Year's Resolution was always to lose weight and I'm finally starting to accept my size. It's okay not to be thin, but it's important to be healthy. My biggest goal for 2016 is to tone up my body and workout on a more regular basis.

Resolution #6: Eat healthier

This resolution ties into my previous one. I eat healthy on occasion, but I want to be more conscious of the food I'm putting in my body. When you're constantly on the go, it can be difficult to stop and order something that's actually good for you (plus, I love french fries). I've already begun purchasing more healthy items at my local supermarket. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my meals is also easy to do!

Resolution #7: Take vitamins daily

I recently tried Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin and was surprised at how yummy they tasted. These gummies feature Vitamin C and Biotin for glowing skin, lustrous hair, and strong healthy nails. I recommend adding these to your routine. Set an alarm to remind you or just take with your morning coffee!

Resolution #8: Swap out makeup weekly

Being a beauty editor has it perks and one of them is getting to test new beauty products often. This also means that I've become a bit of hoarder with items living all over the house! I've started swapping out old products with new and vice versa, so every item gets a chance to shine. I have drawers dedicated to items (lipstick, bronzers, highlighters, etc.) and weekly, I swap products for different ones. Doing it weekly or bi-weekly helps me remember what I actually have and let's me fall in love with old products all over again.

Resolution #9: Wash hair less, deep condition more

I have fine, curly hair, so it gets tangled very easily. This causes me to wash my hair almost every day. While it's okay to wash hair often, you shouldn't wash your hair every day because of the natural oils on you hair and scalp. Your natural oils actually keep hair healthy and shiny. By washing daily, you're missing out on the benefits of natural oils. Not only do I plan to cut down on washes, but I also plan to deep condition more often. You can skip shampoo and deep condition to repair and nourish strands on an off day. Hair Food recently sent over their Moisturizing Hair Mask and Hair Food Apricot Conditioner and I could see a huge difference in my locks after washing. Try this product; you won't be sorry!

Resolution #10: Use more natural products

I want to add more all-natural items into my beauty routine and pay more attention to the ingredients in my products. Coconut oil was a big beauty trend in 2015 and there's a lot to be said about the benefits of natural beauty products. Brands like Tata Harper, RENKahina Giving Beauty and Nude are just some of the natural brands you can add to your skincare collection.

What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2016?

Winter Skin Prep: 5 Products To Add To Your Routine

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Winter skin can be tricky, so it's important to make sure your skin is always hydrated. Throughout the winter season, you may need to swap out your old skincare for some new additions. We're here to help, so here are a few recommendations. La Praire’s Cellular Time Release Moisturizer Intensive gives thirsty skin some much needed TLC. This moisturizer acts like a shield for smooth skin while removing all of the dead skin cells off your face. Try this moisturizer to keep your skin looking fresh!

Our face is not the only thing that gets dry and flaky during these winter months; our feet need extra care as well. Baby Foot is a treatment product made specifically for feet. It works as an natural exfoliator. The process is easy; simply wet your feet, apply the cream, wait a few minutes and finally rinse off. Dead skin cells will begin to peel between 3-7 days after using. Your feet will feel the softest they have ever felt.


We have talked about our faces and feet, but what about the rest of our skin? Since the cold weather is harsh, dry skin can become itchy. The new Curél Itch Defense Body Wash product can help! This product currently offers a body wash that gives a cooling sensation while making the skin soft and supple. The collection also includes a non-medicated, moisturizing spray. This product instantly relieves itchy and dry skin. Another product that tackles dry skin is Dermadoctor’s KP Duty Body Lotion. This product exfoliates the skin while also hydrating. Although this lotion targets Keratosis Pilaris, it is a wonderful product to help with all dry skin problems.


Lips are in definite need of extra attention during the cold weather months. Dry lips can be embarrassing and cause discomfort. Carmex is a brand that is known for their fast-working lip products. You can now purchase their new Limited-Edition Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks. This new seasonal flavor will not be around forever, so get it while supplies last at your local drugstore.

Bundle up, friends!



This is a guest post written by Imani Wood-Rodriguez.
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