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VALENTINE'S DAY CRUSHES <3

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VALENTINE'S DAY CRUSHES <3

Valentines day is around the corner! I have some product suggestions you’re going to love that are fun, flirty, and fit the spirit of the holiday. For those of you still on the hunt for a crush, you came to the right place. For those of you who already have crushes, what’s a few more?  Here are three products to crush on this Valentine’s Day: 

FUN: Big Sexy Hair Spray

Valentine’s Day is all about having fun/being confident and so is Big Sexy Hair Spray. It really helps boost your roots to give you lasting volume for a big date or a night out with your girls. Have some fun this Valentine’s Day, and let your hair down (literally and metaphorically speaking) with a product that add just the right pop to your hair! 

FLIRTY: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy

I may have strained away from Juicy in my closet (RIP Juicy Velour Track suit-we had a good run), but it will always have a place in my bathroom as my go-to fragrance. Juicy Couture’s Viva la Juicy is a year round favorite of mine, BUT specifically for those of you on a man hunt this Valentine’s Day, get this product! There’s something about Viva la Juicy that makes guy’s go crazy. What I really love about the scent is that it’s not TOO strong but potent enough to grab someone’s attention. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Next time you’re at Sephora or a department store, spray it on your skin and clothes. You may end up finding your next signature scent!

FIT: Benefit Benetint

There’s no other product more fit for Vday than Benefit’s Benetint. I’ve been a fan of this product for years. Not only can you use it to add a rosy glow to your cheekbones, but it has dual purpose as a lip stain. What’s so great about this? It’s water, and might I add, kiss proof (you’re welcome to all the boys out there)! One tip to note about this product is that being that it is a stain, you need to react to it quickly once applying. Dab it on the desired part of your face and blend. This product is great for those of you who want to add a small tint of color to your face without going overboard!

I hope you crush on these products as much as I do! Happy Valentine’s Day <3

What are YOUR Valentine’s Day plans?

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GLITZ & GLAM AT THE GLOBES

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GLITZ & GLAM AT THE GLOBES

Award show season has finally begun! It’s time for the stars to bring their A game for the red carpet. Honestly, who really cares about the actual award show? My favorite part is watching the pre-show and seeing what stars are wearing and who they are with. If you follow my tweets (couldn’t stop tweeting during the show!), you would know that I had some pretty strong opinions on the stars choices of the night. 

Some not so favs:

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar: I’m not down for that fluffy/swirly prom dress look.
  • Emma Stone: I know people loved it but eh…
  • Freida Pinto: The hair, the makeup, and even the Prada (yes, I said it!) wasn’t impressive. Seriously, I really really want to root for her, but she makes it so hard sometimes. I’m waiting for the day she wow’s me on the red carpet!

Some favs:

  • Paula Patton: I loved the yellow on her skin, but I think I just love HER so anything she wears is automatically perfect.
  • Sofia Vergara: Vera+ Sofia= masterpiece
  • Mila Kunis and Charlize Theron: J'adore Dior..enough said!

The stars above definitely impressed, but there were two show stoppers of the night that I have to highlight. They literally took my breath away. Here they are: 

ANGELINA JOLIE

Not many people can pull off that high of a slit and still look like pure class. The red accent on her Atelier Versace dress went perfectly with her crimson Christian Louboutin clutch and scarlet lip color. Her skin looked like porcelain, and I love the way she did her top eye liner. It was just the perfect amount to keep the focus on her plump lips. She went simplistic with Lorrain Schwartz jewelry, well that is, if you count 25 carat earrings and a 12 carat ring as simple…

BTW, did anyone else notice how Lorrain Schwartz was the clear celeb favorite of the night? I felt like every other person on the red carpet was wearing her jewelry this year. 

LEA MICHELE

I hate to admit this because I think this girl is so ridiculous on a red carpet with her posing. I’ve never seen a celeb scold, pucker, and swing as much as her, but I have to give credit where credit lies. Lea Michele killed it in this Marchesa dress. It’s so different and bold, but at the same time so elegant. Her hair and makeup definitely topped off the look. By putting her hair up, we were able to focus on the beauty of the dress and her stunning makeup. Love the contouring, love the smouldering eyes, and love love love the nude lips. Shout out to fab Lancome makeup artist Melanie for a job well done!

P.S I’m really annoyed that Kim Kardashian and I have the same two favorites of the night. Really Kim, couldn’t you have picked any other two people to love?! Click here to see Kim talking about her thoughts on being called out during the monologue of the award show and why Angelina and Lea Michele were also her favorites. 

Who were YOUR Golden Globe favs? Do you have the same ones as me?

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HAIR TRENDS: OMBRE ANYONE?

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HAIR TRENDS: OMBRE ANYONE?

Whether it be highlights, streaks, or unnatural hair period, I’m not really a fan of hair coloring (after painful trial and error throughout my teenage years ofcourse-we all go through a phase of curiosity!). With that said, I do get an itching for a change every once in awhile! Having a solid hair color can get boring. At the same time, I don’t really want to go as drastic as cutting off 10 inches to suffice my craving to try something new. Lucky for me, ombre hair is sweeping Hollywood and gives me just the fix I need. If you think you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re probably wrong! I’m sure you’ve noticed the look on your favorite celebs but just didn’t know the hair coloring tactic had a name. Here it is: 

Ombre hair is basically a dark to light fade of color in your hair starting from your roots. What I love is that this look can either be extremely dramatic or super soft. Depending on your personality and preference, you can go either way. Personally, I’m leaning towards the gradual fading of color, but as you can see from the stars above, it works for everyone! 

WARNING: This has to be done by someone who really knows what they are doing. Otherwise, you could take the risk of just looking like you really just need to get your roots done. I’ve been seeing DIY versions of this but nothing impressive. I say stick to a professional!

What do YOU think? Are YOU a fan of ombre hair?

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5 FOR 5: TOP 5 PRODUCTS FOR UNDER 5 BUCKS

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5 FOR 5: TOP 5 PRODUCTS FOR UNDER 5 BUCKS

It’s nice to have some fancy shmancy beauty products, but when it comes to certain items that we use day to day, it’s important to find brands that are not only affordable but are trust worthy. Being that it’s the holidays and we all have a million gifts to buy, I figured now would be the best time to share my favorite five beauty products that you can get for under 5 dollars. Here they are:

1. FACIAL SKINCARE: St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($3.03): I LOVE the St. Ives apricot scrub. What’s great is that all the different scrubs in the product line have different levels of intensity. For those of you who want to get a gentle day to day cleanse, they have a product for you. For those of you who are looking for more coarse Apricot beads to get a deep down cleanse, they have a product for you as well! My personal favorite for my specific skin type is the Invigorating Apricot Scrub, but you may find that the Renew and Firm Apricot Scrub works best for you (my sister loves this one!). Every beauty magazine raves about this product with good reason. You will definitely get the most bang for your buck with ANY St. Ives Apricot Scrub you pick. 

2. HAIRCARE: Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel ($3.19): If you’re not a fan ofhairspray but are looking for a product to reduce frizz and maintain hold, this is the product for you. I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love. The product feels very light on your head and works perfect for the days that I want to leave my hair naturally wavy. I am able to control my hair’s natural frizz and increase shine with a few sprays of this affordable product. 

3. COSMETICS: Maybelline Line Express Eyeliner Soft Black 902 ($4.79): I am always on the hunt for affordable makeup. What I love about this Maybelline eyeliner is that it works great for smokey eyes, believe it or not. The sponge on the other end of the liner allows for blending in the corners of your eye so the liner doesn’t look so harsh. Sometimes I like using a pencil liner because the smudge sponge at the end makes blending really easy. If you’re not a fan of the pencil liners and are looking for an affordable stick liner, I recommend my favorite liner of all time L'Oreal Paris Pencil Perfect Ebony ($8.49). If you’re a loyal Maybelline girl, they have a great stick liner for under 5 bucks as well called Maybelline Define-A-Lash Eyeliner ($4.79).

4. BODY SKINCARE: St. Ives Body Moisturizer ($3.99): I have extremely dry skin, so it is important for me to find a moisturizer than keeps my skin hydrated. What I love about the St.Ives brand is the results it gives for the price you’re paying. This lotion in specific is great because instantly after you put it in your hands, you can feel the moisture. I know that my skin is getting a quality product and a moisturizer that lasts longer than most. If you’re okay spending a little more money, the Aveeno Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($8.79) is a favorite of mine as well. The Aveeno brand carries great natural products that don’t feel harsh against skin. I recommend trying both to see which works best for your unique skin type. 

5. BODY SKINCARE: Caress Daily Silk Body Wash ($3.59): I have a million different body washes, but to be honest, the scent of the Caress body washes are unbeatable! Every time I’m in a drug store and see Caress line of body washes, I never know which one to pick, but I’ve finally narrowed it down. My two favorites are the Daily Silk and the Tahitian Renewel. The Daily Silk is nice because for someone like me with dry skin, it makes my skin feel rejuvenated. The Tahitian Renewel is great because of the beads in it. Both will make you come out of the shower feeling refreshed and smelling radiant!

To all the drug store product haters, try them before dismissing them. I truly believe that half of the stigma against drug store products are in everyone’s head. We are trained to believe that pretty packaging, higher prices, and fancy department stores carry the best of the best. Don’t get me wrong, I have to have my Sephora fix everyone once in awhile, but we are in a recession people! You can get all the products above and more at your local CVS right now on sale for the prices listed above. Click on the links above to see my top 5 for 5, and look around their website to learn about more great products you can get for under 5 bucks!

What’s YOUR top 5 for 5? 

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SPLURGE WORTHY: ROSE OIL

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SPLURGE WORTHY: ROSE OIL

I’ve struggled with dry skin my whole life and am continuously looking for products to help with the issue. I recently purchased a product that I have found to drastically make a difference in the way my skin feels. If you feel let down by all the moisturizers out there that promise to stop your face from flaking (like me), I highly recommend this product: 

REN Rose O12 Ultra-Moisture Serum:

The entire REN line is great because it doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients. They sell everything from body washes to bath oils. What I particularly liked about the face serum was how noticeably moisturized my face looked the next day. I know we all have a million different products we use during our nightly routine and don’t care to add one more on to the list, but this one is worth it for those who struggle with dry skin.

When to apply? I put it on right after I wash my face and before I put my night and eye cream on (make sure to let the serum set for a few seconds before applying your night cream). I’m not going to lie, the serum is def pricey but it will last forever! One dab is all you need every night- even the driest skin shouldn’t be drenched in oil. Just push down on the cap once in your palm, rub your hands together and lather your face. I wouldn’t recommend putting the serum around your eyes. Leave the eye dryness to the eye cream

SIDENOTE: The serum def has a rosey scent to it. I happen to like it, but if you’re planning on ordering this online and aren’t a fan of the natural fragrance of flowers, I would go into the store and check it out first!

What do YOU do to reduce dryness? 

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NARS BRINGS OUT THE NIGHT, BUT IS IT WORTH IT?

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NARS BRINGS OUT THE NIGHT, BUT IS IT WORTH IT?

Fall colors come early with NARS cosmetics new ‘Night Series’ Collection. When everyone else is doing bright, stand out this summer by doing DARK. The smoky shadows and unique polish hues will make you stand out this summer, but is it worth the price? 

NARS 'Night Series’ Collection: The Palette ($55)

  • Night Clubbing: black with gold pearls
  • Night Flight: black with cobalt blue pearls
  • Night Porter: black with green pearls
  • Night Rider: soft plum with silver glitter
  • Night Star: sheer peach with gold pearls

NARS 'Night Series’: Nail Polish Collection ($17/each)

  • Night Rider: soft plum with silver glitter
  • Night Porter: black with green pearls
  • Night Breed: black with silver glitter
  • Night Flight: black with cobalt blue pearls

I have always been a huge fan and advocate of smoky eye makeup and always on the look for newest products to help create it, but I’m not sold on this palette. I do love NARS eye shadows such as the DUO, but for the price, this palette just doesn’t seem worth it. Even with the fancy shmancy names, I don’t think I can justify spending $55 dollars on a palette with only three colors I might actually use. If you are looking to create the perfect smoky eye, I have still yet to discover a better (might I add affordable) kit than LORACs. To learn more about it, click here

As for the nail polish colors, I think they look AMAZING! I love the unique mixture of hues like combining black with green, creating a gold feel oh AND COBALT BLUE? #perfect

To purchase or learn more about this seasonal collection, go to narscosmetics.com.

What do YOU think about the 'Night Series’ Collection? Are you sold?

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SMELL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS

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SMELL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS

DKNY comes out with the world’s first million dollar fragrance. After the success of their ‘Be Delicious’ fragrance packaged in the shape of the iconic NYC apple, DKNY recently launched a sister scent called 'Golden Delicious’. The scent is described as follows: 

“About The Fragrance which is housed inside the ritzy bottle: DKNYGolden Delicious embraces a radiant modern spirit with the contrast of glistening florals and delicious heat. The top is a refreshing medley of Orange Flower Water, sparkling Mirabelle and signature Golden Delicious Apple. The heart introduces an intoxicating bouquet of White Rose, Casablanca Lily, Vanilla Orchid and Muget, while the finish spices up the freshness with a sensual blend of Musk, Sandalwood and Teakwood. It’s a scent created to tantalize the senses—bask in its rich elegance as well as its imperial glory. DKNY Golden Delicious Eau de Parfum is available in 100ml, 50ml and 30ml sizes.”

If the launch of a new scent wasn’t enough, DKNY partnered with celebrity jeweler Martin Katz to create DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle. The bottle appropriately showcases the New York City skyline to align with the fragrance’s heritage. It features 14-karat yellow and white gold and encrusted with 2,909 precious stones including sapphires, pink diamonds, and rubys that came from places all over the world unique to that country such as Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Australia. 

I CANNOT stop looking at this bottle. Every intricate detail of it is absolutely perfect! Donna Karen hit the bulls eye with this one and could not have picked a better partner to help design it. BTW, how gorgeous is that base? I die for it! It sits on two layers of water white glass and accentuates the detailing of the fragrance eloquently.

Click here to watch Martin Katz himself talk about the creation of this masterpiece or click here to track the perfume as it travels around the world before it gets auctioned off for charity to benefit Action Against Hunger. 

What do YOU think of DKNY’s million dollar creation? 

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