Case of the Mondays - 7 Beauty Products To Help Tackle The Week

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Early Thanksgiving! This week is going to be busy, busy, busy. I'll be running errands for the first half of the week and then it's family time all weekend. It's now become a tradition to go Black Friday shopping and I'm excited to start crossing names off my gift list. My partner and I are pretty organized and have a plan of attack every Black Friday weekend. Stay tuned for my Black Friday & Cyber Monday deal guides coming soon! I'll be sharing the best beauty deals you won't want to miss.

Since this Monday (& week overall) are pretty intense, I chose products that are multi-purpose and can potentially be good for on-the-go. Without further ado, here's this week's Case of the Mondays.

Glossier Set of Three Balm Dotcom, $36

I use Glossier's Balm Dotcom almost everyday. It's a gentle, waxy salve that you can apply to lips, cuticles, cheekbones, and anywhere else you want to hydrate. It's not glossy and works great as a spot treatment. I used the coconut version all summer long! This 3 pack comes in adorable + convenient packaging. I carry the box in my purse and remove two of the balms to put other small items inside.

This Contouring Palette from Laura Mercier has recently become my go-to. It's a great starter contour kit for anyone out there looking to use creams instead of powders. This palette is very blendable and perfect for all skintones. It's designed to shape, define, and highlight your best features. The palette contains three shades to contour and two to highlight. Once you've used to sculpt and highlight, finish with a translucent loose setting powder to lock everything in!

Glossier Boy Brow, $16

Another product from Glossier! This is their newest launch, Boy Brow. What I love about this product is that it's an all-in-one brow product. It's used to thicken, fill in, and groom brows into place. The creamy wax formula doesn't stiffen or flake and a sheer pigment keeps brows looking natural, but still fuller.

Benefit they're real! limited edition with Swarovski crystals, $26

Benefit's best-selling mascara is decorated with Swarovski crystals for the holidays. they're real! is one of my favorite mascaras, so adding a little bling is just a cherry on top!

Candy Cane Chapstick, $1.49 to $2.00

Yes, my lips taste like Candy Cane Chapstick and I'm not mad about it. I plan to stock up on this flavor, so I can use all year long. It smells so good and acts as a perfect pick me up in the AM! Be on the lookout at your local Target, CVS, and Walmart for Chapstick's limited edition holiday kits with 3 count packs in Pumpkin Pie, Cake Batter, and Candy Cane.

COVERGIRL Sofia Vergara's Custom Lip Shade, Sofia in Love

I received a very special gift last week of COVERGIRL Sofia Vergara's custom lip shade for her upcoming wedding. Sofia and her new husband tied the knot last night and Sofia wore this special COVERGIRL shade, Sofia in Love. It's a rich red shade that has the same technology as COVERGIRL's Outlast Longwear Lipstick. While this special shade won't be for sale, COVERGIRL's Outlast Longwear Lipstick is available in 11 stunning shades. You can find your new signature color at Be sure to also follow Sofia's wedding journey on The wedding looked absolutely stunning!

SK-II Mid-Day Essence, $80

This mist protects skin from environmental and stress damage. It's packed with a specifically designed formula that combines SK-II's signature ingredient Pitera with a new moisture lock complex. It'll keep your skin hydrated and fresh throughout the day as needed.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Gift Guide: The Best of Oprah's Favorite Things List, Including Beauty Picks!

It's that time of year again and I couldn't be more excited! The Holidays are my favorite holiday and I'm kicking off gift guides with holiday must-haves from Oprah's Favorite Things. I was invited to an exclusive breakfast two weeks ago to get a first look at her choices this season. Here are my favorites that made her list.

"My eyebrow guru, Anastasia, launched a collection of lip glosses this year, and I love how bold and rich they are. Did I mention they stay on forever? I personally curated this set's colors, all perfect basics that go from day to night." — Oprah

"With notes of grapefruit (my favorite) and bergamot, this set's shower gel and body lotion (which contain vitamins C and E and skin-softening shea butter) smell absolutely delicious." — Oprah

"You know why I love this set of nail polishes I handpicked? It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite things: the box of 64 Crayolas I had in third grade. The pigments are superrich, and the lacquer is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. Color me wowed!" — Oprah

"Andre Walker was my mane man for 30 years—and now his secret weapons are available for $20! It's a three-step shampoo, conditioner and styling system in mini sizes for dry, textured, curly, natural or relaxed hair. I carry mine whenever I travel." —Oprah

"Gloria Williams, a.k.a. the Foot Nanny, gives the world's most indulgent pedicure. If you can't make it for a session in California, this kit—a relaxing salt, a luxurious cream and treatment socks you leave on for an hour after soaking and lotioning—is mighty nice also." —Oprah

"I collect makeup brushes, and I think this fancy set, hand-assembled by artisans in Japan, is a great present for the woman who has everything. The six luxurious, precise brushes (designed for highlighting, contouring, powdering and concealing) come in a bento box-inspired wooden case." —Oprah
"Could somebody please give me this for Christmas? I've always loved LAFCO's paraben- and sulfate-free products, and the fresh-smelling Freesia & Waterlily collection—which has a body cream, a hand cream, a candle, a liquid wash and a bar soap—is my current crush." — Oprah

"Works as a cleansing tool, looks like a party: This face brush, a collaboration between Clarisonic and the Keith Haring Foundation (which supports children's education and AIDS-related organizations), buzzes with the late, great artist's signature dancing figures and comes with a limited edition travel bag." — Oprah

Case of the Mondays - 6 Products To Cure Those End of Weekend Blues

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hi, friends! Happy Monday. I looked at the calendar yesterday and couldn't believe Thanksgiving is now only two weeks away. I'm ready to put up my Christmas tree and start Holiday shopping. What about you? In other news, another busy week awaits. Here's this week's Case of the Mondays:

I've just added this new In-Shower Body Lotion to my daily routine and I'm hooked! Last week, I headed to Viola Chocolat to celebrate Nivea's newest In-Shower Body Lotion launch in Cocoa Butter. Myself and other editors indulged in the most delicious truffles (seriously) and decorated a box just for us. FYI, edible glitter is my new favorite thing!

With the temperature dropping, it's time to really amp up your body moisturizing routine. Lately, I've been extremely lazy when it comes to applying lotion and this is my new savior. You shower as normal and then apply Nivea's In-Shower Body Lotion. Rinse and voilà! Skin is left instantly smooth and feeling luxurious. I was thoroughly surprised at how smooth and moisturized my skin felt after showering. Here's to smooth skin Mondays.

Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream, $95

I just tried Eve Lom products for the first time and I can't believe it took me to so long to do so. I absolutely love the packaging and the product is even better. My current favorite product is the Radiance Lift Cream that helps hydrate and firm skin. It's naturally fragranced with rose otto oil, raspberry and carrot oil which protect skin from oxidative stresses. Sound perfect for a Monday, right? I use in the morning after cleansing and before applying makeup.

I attended a preview for Oribe's new launches a few weeks ago and instantly was hooked on their new Luminous Hair & Body Oil. Oribe is known for the indulging scents of their products and this scent is no different. I love using this product on my hair and body to lock in moisturize and leave locks with a soft, subtle glow.

When ARROJO contacted me to try their products, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they had curl products. As a curly hair girl, I'm always excited to hear when a brand has products that cater to my needs. Curl Definer is a liquid gel that adds hold and definition to curly hair. It also helps fight frizz and leaves curls soft and not crispy like some products. I use on damp hair after washing then let it air dry.

I've been experimenting with sleep masks as of late. I was very intrigued by this bouncy sleeping mask from The Body Shop. It designed to be left on while you sleep and the overnight mask works to leave skin looking bouncier and replenished. The texture of the mask is super smooth and when you touch, it literally bounces back! I've been using every few weeks when I need a little boost in my skin and can see a difference when I awake.

Honest Beauty Crème Blush in Truly Teasing, $22

Jessica Alba's venture in the beauty space has been quite a successful one. I've been using a few products from her line and have been impressed with the overall quality. I love the crème blush since you can use on lips or cheeks! Truly Teasing makes a great autumn shade and will look good on every skin tone.

Honest Beauty also just announced their #LetsBeHonest campaign to inspire women to show how they use beauty to bring out their best. You can also try on and share Honest Beauty looks live with the Honest Beauty App.

Any new items making their way into your daily routines?

Case of the Mondays - 6 Beauty Products To Help Tackle The Week

Monday, November 9, 2015

Just like that, it's Monday again. I'm a firm believer that another day is needed between Saturday and Sunday. Who's with me? Without further ado, here's this week's Case of the Mondays. Wishing you a great week ahead! 

Dove sent over the cutest gift to challenge me to #trydry. I spun a wheel of sprays and landed on Dove! The challenge called for a sweet activity at Magnolia Bakery. My fiancée and I headed to a Halloween themed cupcake decorating class and learned how to write letters with icing and frost the magnolia way. It's a lot more challenging than you might think. The result were some pretty delicious treats! I've been using my new Dove spray antiperspirant everyday and I'm really thrilled with the results. I stay fresh all day long and never have to re-apply. Perfect for a stressful Monday! 

I just added this scent to my Fall fragrance wardrobe and I love it more each time I wear it. Donna Karan just launched two new scents - Liquid Cashmere White & Liquid Cashmere Black. Liquid Cashmere White has notes of Italian Bergamot, Wild Rose Accord, Musk, Vanilla Bean, and more! Donna Karan says it reminds her of a sunrise: "a big smile of possibility you feel as you greet a new day." Liquid Cashmere Black is a bit more sultry. I love starting my day with the White version since it's soft and floral. Plus, who wouldn't love seeing that stunning bottle on their vanity?

I love a new palette and this one is perfect for Fall. I created a beautiful smokey eye for Halloween the other day and used these shadows wet - they're so versatile and the pigment is stunning. At only $38, this palette is a steal.

I'm a sucker for any nude lip and this Charlotte Tilbury beauty is an instant fave. The packaging is luxurious and the lip shades are silky. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick collection is Charlotte's signature range of lipsticks with modern and classic icons in mind. Colors range from backstage nudes to red-carpet reds, made to suit any skin tone. Added bonus? The lipsticks are enriched with the antioxidant Lipstick Tree, a secret ingredient that naturally protects lips from UV damage.

These new Zest shower gels are sweet as candy. I'm obsessed with the Peach Mango scent that leaves my skin smelling oh-so-good. The new collection comes in luscious fruit scents with moisturizers and skin nourishing Vitamin C. A definite boost in the shower!

I've recently discovered the Frank Body line and can't believe I lived so long without it. I first tried their best-selling original shower scrub and was blown away by how soft my skin felt after. Then they sent over their new face care collection and I've used this scrub everyday since I received it. It's the same idea as their body scrubs, but a bit more gentle. It's an face exfoliator gentle enough to be used daily. I've noticed that I have no dry skin anymore and my face feels cleaner overall.

What products are you using today?

Jump-Start Your Day With Elizabeth Arden’s SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster

Monday, October 26, 2015

As most of you already know, I spend most of my time testing the latest products in the beauty industry. You can usually find me using a different serum or moisturizer weekly trying to find the next best thing. My morning skincare routine is constantly changing, but a new product I recently tried has now become a daily staple. I discovered Elizabeth Arden’s SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster and it’s changed my skincare regimen for the better!

I’m one of those people that do it all when it comes to skincare – cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, mask, etc. I didn’t even realize I was missing a key step in my regimen – a booster. That’s where this amazing new product from Elizabeth Arden comes in! It’s goes on right before your treatment serum or moisturizer to help skin look more resilient and youthful and boosts the benefits of all products used. Boosters are wildly popular in Asia and are just starting to hit the U.S. market. SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster is ultra-lightweight, fast-absorbing and clinically proven to restore the healthy appearance of skin’s surface layer for radiant-looking skin. It’s literally a boost in your skincare! I use it every morning and evening. It’s the perfect way to jump start your day – sometimes I even use it alone before my tinted moisturizer. My skin looks refreshed and smooth, and I’m ready to go! 

COVERGIRL Star Wars Collection - Inspired by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

COVERGIRL has done it again! This time with their recent launch of the COVERGIRL STAR WARS COLLECTION inspired by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The highly anticipated film has the movie industry buzzing and now you can own makeup inspired by it! To celebrate the latest film in the franchise, COVERGIRL created a limited edition of cosmetics products inspired by the film, its iconic characters and key themes of light and dark. Directed by Creative Director, Pat McGrath, the collection features six stunning looks to celebrate the fandom. The collection has ten SuperSizers Mascaras, six new Colorlicious Lipsticks, and three Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses – all in limited edition Star Wars packaging.

Star Wars Lipstick, $5.99 – $7.99

Light Side Shades includes Droid – Gold #40, Mystic - Lilac #20 and Jedi - Nude #70. Dark Side Shades includes Stormtrooper - Dark Purple #50, Dark Apprentice - Red #30 and Chrome Captain - Silver #10.

Star Wars Mascara, $5.99 – $7.49

10 mascaras are divided into 5 Light Side (Waterproof) and 5 Dark Side (Regular) featuring iconic Star Wars movie quotes!

Star Wars Nail Gloss, $4.99 - $6.99

3 shades in Speed of Light, Nemesis and Red Revenge.

COVERGIRL will be sharing enhanced content and inspiration at See you in theaters! 

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné Holiday 2015 Collaboration

Monday, October 19, 2015

Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Shu Uemura Art of Beauty just announced their first joint collaboration with luxury fashion brand, Maison Kitsuné in the East Meets West collaboration – blending the worlds of hair, beauty, fashion, music, art and culture in a limited-edition Holiday collection. The 25 piece collection merges Shu Uemura’s eastern influences with Maison Kitsuné's Parisian culture for a unique experience. A range of colors, prints and materials make up the collection for a special treat! My must-have of the collection is easily the stunning eyeshadow palettes. See more photos below!

Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette - Indigo, $65
  Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette - Plum, $65

  Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette - Plum, $65

Case of the Mondays - 6 Beauty Products To Help Tackle The Week

Today was a very busy Monday for me! I'm finding that all of my weekends are jammed packed all the way up to Christmas Eve. I'm not sure if it's just the end of the year finally catching up or just wanting to spend more quality time with my family. The jammed packed weekends leave less time for errands, so Mondays is my get things done day! Here are the products making me feel more put together for this week's Case of the Mondays.

Olivia Palermo's Ciaté London collection is basically what my own makeup collection would probably look like. The collection is perfection with shades for the ultimate smokey eyes, bold cheeks and sultry nude lips. This new palette sold at Sephora is perfect for day to night eyes. You can soften it up in AM for the office and darken your crease in PM for a night out.

There's only body wash I always have in my shower and that's Dove. This creamy, nourishing body wash is my ultimate fave. Skin is left luxuriously smooth and the scent is even better. Now this favorite body wash is available with a pump (#mydream) and in a 34 fl. oz. bottle!

The DESSANGE PARIS Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask is the first clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment to help oily scalp! The 30% mineral green clay concentration works to absorb excess and regulate oil production over time. You can use once a week on dry hair, applying it generously to the roots with the application brush. Leave on hair for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Best if used followed by the DESSANGE PARIS Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo. Fresh hair on a Monday morning is always a good idea.

It's rare that a new mascara comes along and blows me away like the Audacious mascara did. The wand is the magic! It was designed with over 200 molded bristles. The bristles evenly grips and coats lashes from root to tip while simultaneously separating, lengthening and amplifying with every stroke. Hello lashes! 

I recently discovered the new Rodial Sculpting Makeup collection and fell head over heels! It launched in July and features a full collection of makeup products designed to sculpt and define the face. Founder, Maria Hatzistefani, sought to create a collection of products that were easy to use to achieve the desired sculpted look. The formulations are buildable and suits all skin tones. The Instagram Compact is my go-to everyday bronzer to define areas of my face easily.

This signature red is just what the doctor ordered with the temperatures drastically dropping in NYC. Sophia Loren's lipstick collection with D&G is creamy and beautifully scented. It's a combination lipstick and lipgloss for ultra shiny lips. After all, Sophia Loren knows best!

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