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?


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.


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