I was recently invited in for a treatment at a new spa, Bare Beauty NYC in the Flatiron. Walking into the building, I was intrigued as it was like a We Work space for the beauty industry. I walked past hair stylists, colorists and lash extension specialists before finding my way to the Bare Beauty suite – a perfectly set up, tiny room that only fit the necessities for Owner and Esthetician, Wynter Hutchinson. The facial, was one of the best I ever had.
Earlier this week I showcased some of my bikini ready secret weapons on NBC's New York Live. It was so much fun to work with Jacquie Reid and Lauren Scala. Check out my segment on "Body Confidence Boosting Beauty Buys" here.
Friday afternoon, I had the honor of presenting awards at the Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton in NYC. It's always such a pleasure to be part of this event as over 1,000 beauty industry pros attend and it's fun to watch some of my favorite brands get the recognition they deserve. Here's a list of the top beauty launches of 2016. How many have you tried?
The month before my wedding, my calendar full of appointments, which is nothing unusual, except for the fact that they were all wedding related. So here we are – bridal beauty countdown – one month! It's time to put the icing on the cake ladies.
When I first got engaged, I spoke to some of my favorite artists to figure out a hair and makeup plan. At this point, you've picked out your dress and now, it's time for hair and makeup trials. Celeb Stylist, Ted Gibson and Makeup Artist, Mai Quynh weigh in.
With six months until your wedding it's really time to tune into your skin. Personally, I've always been a bit anal about mine and focused on getting rid of hyperpigmentation before my wedding. For some reason many brides jump to injectables right before their wedding. Here's some advice on skin, hair and makeup.
If you're still a year out, you have plenty of time to begin preparing. When I started planning my wedding, I spoke with some of my favorite beauty experts to map out my regimen. starting At one year. we're talking skincare, smile, unwanted hair and makeup.
Welcome to wedding week! 'Tis the season for engagements, showers, bachelorettes and weddings. Whether you're a bride-to-be or know someone getting married, I thought I'd share some beauty advice. Joe and I got married in June of 2014 (already coming up on three years!) and I had my pre-wedding day beauty regimen down to a science. This week, I'll be sharing my bridal beauty countdown posts explaining what to do at 1 year, 6 months, 3 months and 1 month in order to look your absolute best on your big day. To start, here's a piece I wrote for PopSugar on "How to Find Your Wedding Day Glam Squad." Enjoy!
Hair extensions are an addiction I just can't shake. It's been years since I've had them in, but guess who fell off the wagon again? Throughout my 10+ year career as a beauty writer, I've tried different brands and methods for adding some fullness (and occasional length) to my otherwise super fine hair – bonds, tape ins and clip ins. At different points in my life, different methods have worked, but the one I keep returning to are Great Lengths tape ins.
Today on NBC's New York Live, I spoke with Jacquie Reid about some of my favorite, affordable eco-friendly beauty buys in honor of Earth day. Check out the segment here.
Recently, I had the privilege of attending a makeup master class hosted by Colgate Optic White with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Mario Dedivanovic. Mario's most notable clientele includes Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Priyanka Chopra, Chrissy Teigan and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Mario disclosed a few of his favorite makeup tips and demoed looks to mirror some of this year's Oscar faves. Inspired by the master class, here are some new beauty tips and tricks.
There's something to be said when I've had a staple in my medicine cabinet for about 10 years. That's right, despite the fact that I try and test everything (especially if it promises to get rid of pimples), I always revert back to this one product – Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I'm sure if you haven't already fallen in love with it yourself, you know someone who has. As the brand celebrates 50 years in business, I felt it was proper to pay tribute to the one product I can't live without.
Last week I was out in LA shooting a campaign and was fortunate enough to have a glam squad that were not only talented, but also truly understood who I was and it was beyond refreshing. As soon as I walked into the trailer for hair and makeup, they both asked about my likes and dislikes and really listened in order to create my look. For the record – likes include bangs, texture and clean makeup; dislikes are slick hair and anything pink on my face). It was a fitness inspired shoot so a texturized pony and minimal makeup were brought to life and I couldn't have felt any more like myself, which is important when doing spokesperson work.
Lately, I've been attempting to clean up my skincare regimen (yes, again). You know I'm all about using chemicals in my skincare, but I find that some all natural products are just as efficacious. You guys were excited the last time I covered my favorite natural beauty buys on NBC, so here's an update.
After years of interviewing Joanna Vargas and hearing about her celebrity-coveted skincare studio, I finally had the chance to check it out for myself. When asked what type of facial I wanted to try, the first one that came to my mind was her famous Triple Crown Facial, which uses microcurrent to help depuff and firm the skin. It's known by celebs and the beauty industry as a workout for your face and most A-Listers like Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, and Zac Posen to name a few, frequent the her services before big events.
A few weeks ago, Amazon came to my apartment to film a few segments for their show Style Code Live. The shoot was so much fun and one of my beauty tips aired last night. I share my absolute favorite lipstick and dish on how to make your lip look last. Check it out!
While our vanities are all loaded with face masks, sometimes it's best to keep things simple and DIY one with fresh ingredients that are already stocked in our kitchen. Here are some simple recipes to help rid blackheads, acne and hydrate. Enjoy!
Last September I featured the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System on NBC's New York Live as a must have beauty gadget and now (see post), I'm excited to announce that they'll be on QVC next week. As you can imagine, my beauty closet and vanity are filled with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos with strong promises. Some work quickly to exfoliate and others, the anti-aging ones, demand consistent use in order to see real results. This is one of them and the proof is in the pudding.
Each season, I create a trend report based off of what I saw backstage at the fashion shows and bring it to you live on NBC. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with Jacquie Reid and Carolina Bermudez (of KTU). We talked bold lips, undone waves, metallic nails and more. You can check out my segment here.
Many of you have been writing in asking about the latest injectables to hit the market. Xeomin vs. Botox, Restylan, Sculptra, Radiesse... etc. While I haven't tried fillers myself, I do have the answers for you thanks to Dr. Terrence Keaney, a board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
I've recently fallen in love with three makeup products that make my complexion look perhaps the best it's ever looked (no joke) – clear, bright and glowing.
When it comes to makeup, I'm a less is more type of girl. I appreciate smooth, lasting formulas and vibrant pigments, but like to play up my features naturally with an emphasis on my eyes. Plus, I can create my whole "look" in under 10 minutes. That being said, one of Charlotte Tilbury's new Quick N Easy kits has been my latest, daily go-to and the mascara... well let me tell you...
As Valentine’s Day draws near to call upon the celebration of love, our attention is drawn to the signature flower, rose. Rose is more than just a symbol of affection, it is a champion skincare ingredient as well. The essential oil that rose produces bears remediable base properties that rejuvenate, restore and refresh the skin with its natural potency of Vitamin C. Here are some of our favorite rose infused beauty buys.
For the past month, I've been using the Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Face Mask once per week and am impressed by the results. I first wrote about this serum-infused biocellose mask, because I was in awe of the technology (more information on that here) and had high hopes that it would help to smooth out my fine lines and like promised, give me a more youthful appearance. I'm only (only?) 33, but of course, like most of you, have been chasing my youth for quite some time now.
If you've been following my InstaStories, then you see that I've been testing a ton of lipsticks and glosses lately. Personally, when choosing a lipstick color, I love wearing neutral or berry shades, but my real lipstick obsession is for anything vampy. This may sound insane, but when deciding I'm in the mood for a vampy lip, I revolve the rest of my outfit (and of course makeup) around it. It's a look that's strong enough to take center stage. With Valentine's Day approaching, it seems appropriate to share some of my favorites. Here are the best lipsticks for a seductive smile.
I was so excited to do this segment on New York Live this week. Marrying my two passions of beauty and fitness, I showed Sara Gore the hottest beauty products made for the fitness fanatic. And yes, I use all of them. Check out the segment here.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that Joe and I went to Sundance opening weekend and took full advantage of all Park City, UT has to offer. Besides attending film premieres and practicing yoga (of course), we had a blast in the snow. With temperatures in the 20's and 30's layering up properly was crucial – starting with my moisturizer.
After snowmobiling at Sundance, Joe and I spent the afternoon at the Serenity Spa at our hotel, the Westgate Part City Resort & Spa, which was such a treat! Attending the Sundance film festival is far from a vacation. The movie schedules are crazy and shuffling to and from events in the snow during the overcrowded week is exhausting so a time out was much appreciated. This was the first time I felt truly relaxed at a spa in a very long time.
If there's one skincare ingredient we should all be using it's retinol (unless your pregnant, of course). The Vitamin A derivative has been the most recommended anti-aging ingredient by dermatologists for years now and is known as the rolls-royce of the beauty industry. This new product by Neutrogena is a game changer.
Before there was Instagram and SnapChat, there was WordPress and Blogger, and those were the platforms my friends and I used to begin to build beauty blogs, establish authority in the industry and share our passions with the world. All entrepreneurs, here we share advice on breaking into the industry and our first ever head shots.