Monday, May 4, 2015

Case Of The Mondays - 6 Products To Help You Get Through The Week

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Did you have a good weekend? My weekend was the most delightful. The weather was perfect and it's obvious spring has sprung in the city. I spent Saturday at The Makeup Show preview celebrating their 10 year anniversary! Did you know the makeup show is the largest pro-only makeup event in the U.S.? I never miss the show and I'm thrilled to see it grow the way it has. On Sunday, my fiancée and I went to the Central Park Zoo and then had a picnic in the park.

Alas, back to the grind. Here are the products helping start my week off right.

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer, $50
There hasn't been an Hourglass product I didn't like. From their stunning packaging to their buttery smooth textures, it's hard not to fall head over heels for Hourglass. I own most of their product line, including the best-selling Ambient light blushes and highlighters. A bronzer was a must-have for me. This one comes in two shades - Radiant Bronze Light and Luminous Bronze Light. Go for luminous if you want a lighter shade.

NARS Eye Lashes, $20
It's an exciting day when NARS launches a new product. You can now purchase eight different eyelash looks all designed by François Nars. These natural faux lashes will add drama and intensity to your look and are reusable.

SK-II Limited Edition Mother's Day Facial Treatment Essence, $205
I've recently become obsessed with SK-II's facial treatment essence, so I love when they collaborate for limited edition packaging. This collaboration is once again with Taiwanese artist Po Chih Huang. The new pink rose represents gratefulness and appreciation. 

Lipstick Queen Cupid's Bow, $22
Nothing like a jumbo lip pencil to start the day. These Lipstick Queen lippys are packed with pigment and work as a lipstick and lip liner for perfect precision. 8 shades in total to choose from. The inspiration for the lipsticks come from the precision of Cupid's arrow, get it?

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt and Gel Color, $37
Introducing the brand's first contouring stick and collection of cheek tints. The formula is lightweight and waterproof - it blends effortlessly into the skin and creates a subtle contoured look.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette, $46
Kat Von D has been hitting it out of the park lately with her palettes. This eye contouring palette features three color quads in neutral, cool, and warm shades. The colors are a great blend of shades and can create many looks. The pigments are wonderful, too! 

What products are you using today?

Get Silky Hair with Head & Shoulders

You know that feeling right after you get a blowout? Your hair feels noticeably smoother and looks amazing… that’s the feeling I got after using the Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky collection. Truthfully, it’s always been difficult for me to get salon-ready hair at home since my hair is very fine and gets easily tangled. I've used a lot of different shampoos and conditioners, but I recently tried Smooth & Silky from Head & Shoulders and it made a huge difference. Head & Shoulders is a brand known for products that maintain a healthy flake-free scalp, but what many haven’t heard is how great other aspects of your hair look after using their products. I've been using their Shampoo & Conditioner (bonus: the bottles sold at Target have a limited edition look) and my hair is less frizzy, feels squeaky clean, and looks shiner. Frizzy to Silky hair is obtainable with just one wash.  

I've also noticed I wash my hair a lot less. I used to wash 2-3 times a week. The decrease in washing is probably due to how clean my hair feels after using the products. For my current hair routine, I use the Smooth & Silky collection once a week and then if I want to restyle it, I use the 2-in-1 Green Apple Shampoo + Conditioner. It smells like fruity heaven. The hair compliments keep coming in [insert #hairflip]. I just returned from a work trip in Dallas and I made sure to bring my Head & Shoulders products along. You can see from the photos below that my hair looks healthy and smooth!

After using Head & Shoulders
Target, my new favorite beauty destination, is a great place to purchase Head & Shoulders. They currently have a limited-time offer – buy any 3 Head & Shoulders products and get a $5 Target gift card. The offer is good through 5/16/15. If you haven’t tried Head & Shoulders yet, I highly recommend you do so. If you have tried the products before, this is the perfect time to stock up! 

This post was sponsored by Head & Shoulders at Target through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Head & Shoulders at Target, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas With Boots Beauty

Can you believe Mother's Day is already next Sunday? If you're anything like me, you shop for gifts last minute... lucky for us Walgreens are never too far away. I stopped by my local Walgreens to meet with a Boots beauty advisor to see what gifts they were offering for the holiday. In case you aren't familiar with Boots Beauty, they recently launched in the U.S. The brand has been around since 1935 and is currently U.K.'s number one beauty brand. Their No7 collection uses groundbreaking science and technology to deliver products that provide clinically proven results.

Their gift sets are super affordable and No7 is currently 25% off for the entire month of May at any Walgreens location. You can visit most of their locations to meet with a beauty advisor for skincare consultations, makeovers, and Match Made Foundation service.

For Mom, they offer a wide variety of gift sets. My top pick is their Protect & Perfect Skincare System. It's a complete daily skincare system to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and promote firmer feeling skin. It contains three products - Intense serum, Intense day cream SPF 15, and Intense night cream. These products are jammed packed with ingredients to help fight signs of aging and leave skin moisturized and smooth.

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.