Sep29

September Beauty Board: Scents, Scrubs and Some Thing You Can’t Live Without

Scent-sational As a freelance beauty reviewer for Neiman Marcus, I’m always excited to try out new products, but this month’s offerings were some of my most favorite to date. Take, for instance Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water Eau De Parfum. The blend of spicy and citrus is, to me, the essence of fall. I’ll be wearing this fragrance alongside my new fall fashions. The bottle is also beautiful, with its minimalist design. I love how pretty it looks on my vanity. Finishing Touches It’s the details that make the difference—and that also applies to makeup. When getting ready for a night out, I like to try a new lip shade, like this one from Jason Wu for Lancome. Then, I like to take lashes to new levels with Lancome’s Grandiose Mascara from Neiman Marcus. Final touch: a bit of bling, like this necklace from TJ Maxx.  Clean Up Your Act Buffing, scrubbing, polishing—the joys…Read More

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Sep18

Pinheads

Ever since my braid encounter at NYFW, I’m obsessed with mane attractions—and finally glad about growing my hair out. It’s now at a stage where I can do fun stuff with it. Blo Midtown invited Mills and I to try out a few new tricks they have up their sleeve using bobby pins. Those little metal hair tamers are no longer limited to just pinning hair back (or unjamming locks in times of trouble—in the movies, anyway). Apparently, you can also use them to make art in your hair. How fun. Mills got a cool shape to accent her fishtail and I, being a blogger, thought a hashtag would be a perfect fit for me. The salon has a whole book of cool pin ideas, too. And, if you’re lucky, you might even see owner Sandirose’s sweet puppy. Do you die over this face? Milly literally begged me for a puppy for two…Read More

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Sep14

The Highlights of NYFW

It came and went so quickly, but it was memorable, nonetheless. Here’s a look at my Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week adventure. Backstage at Jason Wu Being backstage at Jason Wu was a full circle event for me. It was his collab with Target and “Wugate” that got me heavily invested in blogging to begin with. From Low ponies, natural makeup and one-on-one time with Deborah Lippmann, the experience was a great kick-off to day two. The Volume at Zimmermann Layers, ruffles, ruffles and layers, the spring 2015 collection from Zimmermann is the stuff girly girls dreams are made of. Even the swimwear had volume. Backstage and Front of House at Public School Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is typical at Public School. Even the hair clips at the CFDA winners show are extraordinary. Seeing a sunglasses-less Anna Wintour at the show, just added to the experience. And…Read More

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Sep06

Spring 2015 Beauty Trends at NYFW

I have so many fashion week stories to tell, but let me get to the guts and glory before I start weighing in on my experience. (I’m saving that gem for last.) First things first, let’s talk hair and makeup trends for spring 2015. I started off my backstage trend-tracking adventure at Costello Tagliapietra at Milk Studios. Makeup came under the direction of Tina Turnbow for Beauty.com using Jane Iredale and Arcona for skincare. Here, it was all about the eyes. Strike that, make that the eyelashes. (Did you hear that? My inner mascara/turned-lash-extension junkie just yipped.) Of course, beautiful, flawless skin will always be the perfect canvas, so prep accordingly and invest in a good foundation. As the artist explained, when eyes are the focus, bags and dark circles will take away from the big picture every single time. Hi, welcome to why women invest entire incomes in eye…Read More

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Aug28

August Beauty Board: Last Call Before Fall

From fragrance to face, here are the products I’m savoring before the change of seasons, some of which will make the transition nicely come fall. Scent-sational Finding the right scent for the end of summer/beginning of fall isn’t easy. Something crisp, something fruity, something with a lingering earthy note. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum Travel Spray is perfect because A) It travels in a chic case and B) It’s that exact combo mentioned above with white rose, neroli, blond woods and sandalwood. Sandalwood also lingers in Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique, mixed with white rose, bergamont, tonka and vanilla. It’s a scent that goes the distance. And speaking of perfume with the power to stick around, I’ve been into men’s colognes as my own personal fragrance for some time now. Why? Because the scent lasts longer, in my opinion. A combo of spicy/woody with pink peppercorn and grapefruit makes

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Aug14

Just Breathe

What happens when you take a handful of bloggers and invite them to sweat and spa at Exhale at the Loews? Well, it goes a little something like this: Upon arriving at the hotel, I parked at the valet and was handed the most delicious strawberry smoothie. Then, I made my way to Exhale, which I had no idea lived inside the Loews. But it did, in April, a happy and very-close-to-my-house surprise. Once inside, we hit the workout room for a Core Fusion class. Core Fusion is a yoga, Pilates, cardio, barre hybrid. (Read: It’s killer—in a good way.) As someone who works out on the regular, I was shocked at how effective the class was (read: how out of shape I am.) I found myself trying to catch my breath more than a few times, and the next day, well, let’s just say I managed to find all…Read More

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Aug08

Flash Mob

  {Wearing: Flash Tattoos Lena, available at Shopblush.com. Photographed by Maria Tettamanti.} This past Friday, there was plenty of flashing going on at the beach. No, no, not that kind—although I have seen more than I’ve wanted to on the beach this summer. Instead, I brought a pack of Flash Tattoos, stole some scissors from a cabana boy and went to tatting up myself and my Fancy Friday crew. Sharing is caring. Why the beach? Because, the sun catches these temporary metallic tattoos perfectly and there’s plenty of surface area to stick them to when you’re wearing a bikini. I bought my first pack of Flash Tattoos a month or so ago at Blush, but didn’t try them out until I got one of the limited-edition ones applied at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. And it stayed on through thick, thin, shower, yoga sesh, sweat fest, etc … When it finally…Read More

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Jul31

Braids and Waves

{Wearing: Top: H&M Crop Top. Shorts: Shopblush.com. Necklace: Touch Boutique. Bag: c/o LANY Handbags Half Crescent Clutch. Sunnies: Wildfox. Shoes: Vintage. Hair: c/o Tresemme. Photographed by me.} And now a world-altering, life-changing post. Just kidding. I’m going to talk about my hair. OMG, my hair. It’s so long, longer than it’s been in five and a half years. Do you know how real the struggle has been to get it to this point? Chances are if you’ve been anywhere near me in the past year you’ve heard me bitch about it at least 100 times. I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. I know inside I will always be that girl who chops off all her hair at the drop of a hat. But for now I’m going to keep riding this wave of letting it grow. Every now and then I get excited about having long-ish…Read More

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Jul29

Shades of …

Everyone is talking about this 50 Shades of Grey trailer. Zero interest. I’m probably the only female on planet earth who didn’t read the book. I loathe overly popular chick lit—um, chick lit in general. Besides, I have a different shade to talk about. The other day I ran out of my usual foundation. As luck would have it, Almay sent me a its new Smart Shade to try out just days before. Makeup kismet? Yup. I applied it over my moisturizer and waited to see if the product would know which shade to stop at when it got to my pigment hue. How does that work, anyway? For starters, there are only three skin-tone adjusting shades to choose from (instead of hundreds like other brands), so finding the one for you isn’t a mission impossible. Confession: I’m really bad at finding which one is for me. With only three,…Read More

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