Feb25

Face Facts

{Wearing: Hot Pink Metallic Bodycon Crop Top: c/o Blush. Elan White Semi-Sheer Pants: c/o Blush. Shoes: Zara. Necklace c/o Express. Hair and makeup: Davi . Photographed by me.} I have this really bad habit of smiling and laughing. At first, it wasn’t an issue, but as life tumbles along, all those grins and bursts of hysterical laughter start to make little lines here and there. Sure, they are the mark of good times, some of the best, even, but dammit, I have lines on my face. So, REAL TALK: As my 37th year starts to sneak up on me, I decided it was time to erase those lines. Well, some of them anyway. With stellar recommendations from my best bud Erin Newberg, I decided to take my lines to Dr. Marc Epstein to see how we could diminish them. Dr. Marc Epstein’s office is parked just above Villa Azur in Miami…Read More

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Feb03

And Now a Post About the Greatest Mascara Ever

{Wearing Younique Mascara.} I once met the guys who created Latisse at swim week. We got into a conversation about the importance of eyelashes. Apparently, there’s more to them than just being something women can bat, although that plays a big part, too. Initially, God put eyelashes in place to prevent debris from landing in our eyes. But along the way notable women have changed their purpose, given them new meaning. Virility, sexuality, sheer femininity—all defined by long, full lashes. Cleopatra added liner around her lashes to make her eyes the most dominant feature on her face and bam, the transformation began. Twiggy took things to a whole other level by making her lashes visible from miles away. And that’s a look that has always hit home for me. I like my lashes long—obnoxiously long. So long, they touch the lenses of my sunglasses.  Cue a new mascara (OK, obsession) that…Read More

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Jan19

Free Things Thanks to Neiman Marcus and Estee Lauder

They say nothing in life is free. Not true. Not true at all. And I’m not talking about curb alerts on Craigslist either. In fact, I’ve found something that’s not only free, it’s fabulous. Now through January 25, Neiman Marcus nationwide is hosting its Up Close in-store event with Estee Lauder. The free in this find just happens to be a mod-inspired tote created by designer Lisa Perry. But it doesn’t’ stop there. Inside, find $225 worth of awesome freebies, like In the color department: Pure Color EyeShadows: Looking for shadows that go on creamy and stay put throughout your night out? Consider them found. Pure Color Lip Shades: Who doesn’t love new lipstick? Try these mix and match shades and prepare to fall in deep. Sumptuous Extreme Mascara: Estee Lauder makes my absolute favorite mascara. And this is a must for mascara junkies like myself. It goes on, stays…Read More

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Dec28

The December Beauty Board: Beauty for the Last Night of the Year

With New Year’s Eve just days away, I hit up Neiman Marcus’ Beauty department and a new mascara brand to shop ideas for an epic night out. Here’s what I’ll be wearing when the ball drops. Kiss Kiss The last night of this month may very well be the most important lip-centric day of the year. My biggest challenge with this Napoleon Perdis Limited Edition Megamiz Lip Gloss Collection is deciding which color my midnight kiss will be. Find the set with 10 shades at Neiman Marcus.    The Eyes Have It Playing with eye makeup is one of my guilty pleasures. I’ll be glamming it up for NYE with this amazing Younique Mascara. It turns regular lashes into mega lashes with 3D-like effects. More on this coming later next week on the blog, so stay tuned. Until then, get the scoop here. I plan to highlight my uber lashes…Read More

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Dec16

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas …

Around here, I try to keep the holidays in perspective. As kid winds down the aisles of stores and laundry lists all the things she “needs” or scans the pages of Amazon, making journal-sized lists of all the things she “wants” for the holidays, I put on my mom voice (it’s a cross between Charlie Brown teacher and something my mom used to throw out there) and remind her that it’s not about what we get, it’s about letting people know we appreciate them. As luck would have it, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods reached out and asked me to be a part of its latest blogger challenge. The mission (as I chose to accept it): To gift a few people who need some holiday cheer. With that on our frontal lobes, kiddo and I headed off into the great holiday shopping zone to pick out presents that let those…Read More

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Dec12

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

About a year ago, I made a conscious decision to stop waiting for someone to buy me flowers and just buy them for myself. And then, I made it a weekly ritual to bring something beautiful into my home. I’d hop on my bike, head to a green market, pick something that would fill my home with a bit of beauty and arrange it. And it made my space feel warmer, brighter, sunnier, which in turn brought an extra dose of joy to my life. Why wait for someone else to do that when I can do it for myself? While the whole putting-it-together aspect fulfilled some weird internal Martha Stewart craving I have, I must admit there’s something that much sweeter about having the whole package put together for you. Enter Kalla. I first caught a glimpse of the custom online flower service’s beyond cute arrangements when the brand…Read More

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Nov23

The November Beauty Board

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year What do I most love about fall? Is it the changing leaves? The cooler temps? In Miami, no. None of that exists. What I most love about fall in Miami is the arrival of pumpkin-flavored things. To help me fake fall, I’m turning to these Nest products for around the abode. The Nest Pumpkin Chai Liquid Soap makes it a changing of seasons every time you wash your hands. And the Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle makes it smell like the holidays every time it burns. Speaking of smells and things that make me happy, this Modern Muse scent from Estee Lauder is a good fragrance, thanks to a blend of woods and florals, to wear when gearing up for the holidays. Pair it with my beautiful rose gold Messika bracelet (I adore how dainty it is)  and it really is the most wonderful…Read More

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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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