Introducing NARSPro Palettes

Friday, September 11, 2015

Nothing excites me more than a new makeup palette and this newness from NARS Cosmetics is no different. As a brand known for their makeup artistry, NARS just released the game-changing NARSPro Palette - the first palette designed by them for the makeup artist community. You can now curate your very own palettes with over 64 refill shades. I'll need Albatross & Laguna in every palette, please

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

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Another Summer weekend gone... Is it just me or do you feel like this summer flew by? I looked at the calendar this morning and couldn't believe there is only one more weekend of August left. Can we please have more summer weekends? Pretty please?

Here's my top Monday picks to cure those end of weekend (and summer) blues!

bareMinerals bareSkin® Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, $20

This new serum concealer from bareMinerals instantly covers the appearance of dark circles, discoloration and other imperfections for an even-toned complexion. Skin appears brighter and smoother - here's to looking rested after a long weekend!

SEPHORA introduces PLAY! by SEPHORA, monthly subscription box, $10 per month

SEPHORA made an exciting announcement with their launch of PLAY! by SEPHORA. PLAY! is an innovative new monthly subscription box that takes product discovery to a new level. Beauty lovers can receive the latest in prestige beauty available at SEPHORA sent monthly to their home for only $10. Each box will be curated around a specific theme, and contain five popular, high-performance, deluxe-size, prestige products. A limited amount of PLAY! by SEPHORA subscriptions will be available in select markets beginning September 2015, with a full national launch in early 2016. You can sign up for early access at

Louboutin Announces Stunning Lipstick Collection

Friday, August 7, 2015

The beauty world just got some exciting news – Louboutin is launching a luxe lipstick collection this September! Christian Louboutin shook up the beauty industry last August when he revealed his Rouge Louboutin nail polish collection. Now the beauty line is expanding into lipsticks – at $90 a pop!

The lipsticks will be available in three different textures - Silky Satin, Velvet Matte and Sheer Voile. The Silky Satin lip color collection will include 20 shades, while the Velvet Matte and Sheer Voile lip color collections will include 9 shades. All collections will include a Rouge Louboutin shade (modeled after the classic red sole) in a black casing. All other lipsticks will be in gold casing.

To launch this stunning collection, Christian Christian Louboutin wasn’t inspired by lipstick as an object, but by the attitude it conveys. “When a woman carries a handbag, we look at her shoulders. When she slips on a pair of heels, we observe her walk. If she applies lacquer to her nails, we admire her hands. With its slow circular application, lip make up becomes a rich and sensual gesture. Whether accentuating or mattifying the lips, this little object has the ability to transform the entire face.” He also drew inspiration from many glamorous names, including the legendary Queen Nefertiti of Egypt, whose name literally means "the beautiful one has arrived."

Christian Louboutin lipsticks will be available in September at Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, and

Beauty in Maui, Hawaii: Places To See & My Favorite Travel Beauty Products

Monday, August 3, 2015

As some of you already know, last month I headed on a vacation to Maui with my fiancée and her family. I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful a place Maui is. I desperately needed a getaway and Hawaii was the perfect place for that. There’s something magical about the island and visiting you get to see its beauty firsthand. From the breathtaking waterfalls to the impeccable beaches, Maui is a place you can’t easily forget about. We stayed a full week and decided to focus just on the island of Maui for our first Hawaii visit. Here’s more about our trip including places to stay, things to do and see, and my favorite travel beauty products of the moment.

Places to Stay
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
6 Kai Ala Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 667-3200

If you're looking for a home away from home, look no further than the Westin Resort Villas. The villas are set on Ka'anapali Beach and make for the perfect family getaway. The resort features five pools, tropical gardens, including a Koi fish pond. Our villa was spacious and featured a stunning bathroom with a large Jacuzzi. My favorite part of the villa was the full kitchen where we made breakfast daily. It was such a relaxing experience to wake up in paradise, cook breakfast and sit on the balcony listening to the sound of the island. The Westin Ocean Villas are also located near popular attractions, such as the Historic Lahaina Town and Haleakala National Park.

Image courtesy of the Westin

I'm definitely a hoarder of minis and I made sure to take plenty on this trip. The best part about minis is that it's a great way to test a product before you commit to the full size. Seen above are products from StriVectin, Tatcha, SK-II, L'Occitane en Provence, St. Ives, Olay, The Wet Brush, Hourglass Cosmetics, Amlactin, Amika, Mario Badescu, and Shiseido. You'll find luxury brands mixed with drugstore favorites whenever I travel. I fell in love with Tatcha on this trip since it was my first time trying the brand - really impressed!

The Ritz Carlton
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 669-6200

My fiancée and I decided to stay one night at the Ritz Carlton for a romantic evening away. This hotel did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in, I knew it was going to be special. We were gifted these beautiful white Hawaiian leis upon arrival and the concierge service was amazing. We headed straight to drop off our things and were pleased to find out that we were placed on Club Level. Now, I myself have never been on Club Level at the Ritz before, but I don't think I could ever again do without it. Club Level at the Ritz is another exceptional way they provide personalized service. Breakfast, light snacks, hors d' oeuvres, beverages and sweets are served daily, including unlimited alcohol. Kristal, my fiancée, and I couldn't get enough. We spent most of our time either there or at their incredible pool.

My beautiful lady enjoying breakfast from the Club Lounge

Our suite was extremely cozy and had a balcony with stunning oceanfront views. It felt like the true Hawaiian experience we were both looking for.

Other notable amenities:
  • On-property and nearby recreational activities include tennis court, basketball court, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, sailing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, hiking, and stand-up paddling.
  • Six dining experiences featuring local ingredients from the resort’s sustainable organic garden, fresh seafood and Pacific cuisine - we dined at Kai Sushi and it may have been the freshest fish I've ever had in my entire life! 
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Kapalua featuring treatments inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions and an array of body treatments, massage and facials, and a fitness center with cardio equipment and daily fitness classes.

I couldn't leave home without my favorite Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision. My at-home hair removal journey has ended after 3 months of using the Tria, but I still use every now to touch up if I know I may not be shaving for a while. It was the perfect size to travel with and I can happily share that my hair barely grows back after the 3 month treatment. It's definitely an investment, but a worthy one. To learn more about experience, head over to read my first post.

I kept it pretty natural in Maui, but a night out called for a full face. I made sure to pack Hoola Bronzer from Benefit Cosmetics and Hot Mama! from theBalm to keep with the Hawaiian theme.

Nordstrom's 2015 Anniversary Sale: Beauty Exclusives

Monday, July 27, 2015

It's that time again for Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale! The best time of the year to shop all their beauty exclusives before the prices go up on Sunday, August 2nd. The annual event features unbeatable values on exclusive, limited-edition offerings from your favorite beauty brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, MAC Cosmetics, Clarisonic, GlamGlow, Kate Somerville, Kiehl's, La Mer, NARS, Hourglass CosmeticsYSL Beauty and more. Shop my top must-haves below!

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Happy Monday, friends! I can't believe the weekend is already gone, but it's time once again to tackle the week. Here are the products I'll be using to brighten up.
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Limited Edition Collection, $22 - $270
You know that moment when you see a product and know instantly you need to have it? That's how I felt when I first laid eyes on Charlotte Tilbury's newest collection. Every item is absolutely stunning and has such a luxurious, collectible feel. That nude lipstick is calling my name! I was fortunate enough to meet Charlotte Tilbury at Bergdorf Goodman last Thursday and she's even more lovely in person. I recommend purchasing this collection soon as it's extremely limited

Festival Ready at Governors Ball with Dove #RevitalizeMe

Monday, July 6, 2015

I can't believe it's been over a month since I headed to Governor's Ball with Dove to celebrate their new #RevitalizeMe collection. This was my first time ever at a music festival, so I was pretty excited to see what everyone loves about them. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. We spent the day coming in and out of Dove's private cabana complete with flower crowns by Christy, manicures by manicare, flash tattoos, and delicious food & drinks. Our Governor's Ball lineup included Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys, Echosmith, Tame Impala, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and so many more! 

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

Monday, May 4, 2015

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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.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas With Boots Beauty

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.