Celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with Makeup Week in NYC

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The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012 was actually the first event of its kind that I ever covered for Martinis and Mascara, so TMS truly holds a special place in my heart. That’s why I’m especially thrilled to share the news of their 10 Year Anniversary festivities!

To celebrate a decade’s worth of artistry, education, and community, The Makeup Show will hold the first ever The Makeup Show Week in NYC. The event kicks off Wednesday with killer activities for makeup enthusiasts and experienced artists alike.  Hop on board a champagne fueled Beauty Tour around NYC, schmooze with beauty buffs at a gala dinner party, or immerse yourself in days of beauty education.

The Makeup Show Week, a seven-day celebration, will be filled with over ten unique, events led by some of the top makeup artists in the world. A highlight of the week will be The Makeup Show Gala held on Friday, May 1, where guests can enjoy an exclusive gallery presentation, seated dinner, a special performance and of course drinks and dancing. Rounding out the festivities will be the first ever Beauty Tour NYC on Tuesday, May 5, where participants can grab a glass of bubbly and hop on a bus where they’ll be taken to celebrity makeup artist James Vincent’s favorite beauty haunts in NYC, topped off with an intimate cocktail event at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Pro studio with the legendary Dany Sanz. The schedule of events for The Makeup Show Week is as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday, April 29th – Hands-on workshops

  • Artisanal Beauty with Multidimensional Makeup with Danessa Myricks
  • Character Creation Through Makeup Design and Application with Joe Dulude II
Day 2: Thursday, April 30th – Signature Style Seminars
  • Unconventional Beauty with Danessa Myricks
  • Beyond Bridal with Esterique Aidan
  • Modern Glamour with Bethany Townes
  • Unforgettable Editorial with Orlando Santiago
  • New York Groove with James Vincent
  • Secrets of My Success: A panel of The Makeup Show Artists – This is complimentary and only open to those taking at least 3 other seminars. Stay late for this session and join some of your favorite artists to share personal stories over a glass of wine. 

Day 3: Friday, May 1st — The Makeup Show Gala

  • Join The Makeup Show for their 2nd annual ball to celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with a touch of glamour, gorgeous makeup, the spirit of giving, and an opportunity to gather with the makeup community.

Day 4: Saturday, May 2nd — Hands-on workshops

  • Saturday is a day for full day hands-on workshops before The Makeup Show.

Day 5 & 6: Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show NYC

  • Sunday and Monday The Makeup Show NYC opens doors for full days of beauty, inspiration, and opportunity.

Day 6: Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show Career Fair

  • Following the conclusion of the show, is The Makeup Show Career Fair which is limited to ticket holders of The Makeup Show NYC attending on Monday, May 4.

Day 7: Tuesday, May 5th — Beauty Tour NYC

  • Join celebrity makeup artist James Vincent through a champagne fueled ride around Manhattan and make stops along the way at all of this favorite makeup haunts. End the tour with legendary Dany Sanz at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s pro studio.

Amazing right?! Let me know if you’ll be attending any of the festivities! For additional information, hours, and prices of The Makeup Show week, visit www.themakeupshow.com.

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Benefit Cosmetics Launches the Flawless Friends Network

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I’m sorry, but this is just too good not to share.

One of the reasons I admire Benefit Cosmetics so much (besides the fact that they make bomb-ass makeup) is that they totally kill it when it comes to their branding and marketing.

From the colorful packaging and fun product names to their cheeky social campaigns, I’m always interested in what Benefit is cooking up and how they’re serving it.

Benefit continues to disrupt the digital space with fun & laughter by offering feel-good platforms to help remind Benebabes around the world that they’re gorgeous just the way they are!

They hit it out of the park again with the launch of the “Flawless Friends Network” which recently kicked off with a hilarious video starring some of my favorite bits of 90s nostalgia – Joey Lawrence, Shannen Doherty, and psychic phone queen, Miss Cleo.

(Fun fact: Miss Cleo and I used to hang out at the same tiny coffee shop in Florida all the time before I moved to New York. I always saw her at poetry readings, which was equal parts random and awesome.)

Watch the video here:

Now, listen to Miss Cleo and call 1-844-SO-FLAWLESS. You’ll be glad you did! ;)

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LORAC Cosmetics Unveils Epic New Summer 2015 Collection

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Honestly, I’ve never met a LORAC product I didn’t like.

Almost ten years ago, one of the first brow products I used was LORAC’s Take a Brow which I still adore to this day. I met founder Carol (LORAC is Carol spelled backwards!) at BeautyCon a couple years back and she gifted me the LORAC Pro Palette which quickly became a staple in my personal makeup bag as well as my professional kit. I’m also hopelessly devoted to the TANtalizer bronzer.

They really know their stuff over at LORAC so my excitement level for this new launch is at all all time high. Get ready to geek out with me and take a peek at their new products below! The new range includes extensions to the brand’s cult-favorite Alter Ego and TANtalizer franchises as well as a seasonal selection of limited-edition offerings. Behold, LORAC’s Summer 2015 Collection…

 

Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Gloss

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Embrace your identity and transform your look with a collection of 16 shades – ranging from Girl Next Door to Dominatrix. 

 

Limited Edition Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palettes

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Choose from two irresistible, vibrant palettes, Dream Girl & HeartBreaker, loaded with an array of fun, flirty and wearable shades, ideal for sultry summer looks.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Glow

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The new shade extension is ideal for fair skin, or to be used as a highlighter for already-bronzed, darker complexions.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Matte Tan

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Baked on terra cotta, LORAC’s Matte Tan Baked Bronzer grants a natural glow perfect for the coveted “no makeup, makeup” craze!

 

Limited Edition Hot & Spicy Collection

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Including everything you need for a sizzling summer: LORAC’s Blush/Bronzer Duo, Alter Ego Gloss in Supermodel and Travel-Size Body Bronzing Luminizer.

What do you think? I love the entire collection. Get it while it’s hot! ;)

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You Can Officially Shop the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection Now

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I may reside in the great state of New York now, but I spent over two decades of my life drinking the sea air in the Palm Beaches. Lilly Pulitzer is a Palm Beach icon and a brand I truly admire, so I was thrilled to hear about the colorful collaboration with Target, which officially launched this morning (and already broke the internet).

Twitter erupted when the #LillyForTarget collab was announced with an onslaught of elitist tweets from Lily fans disapproving of the partnership. This could be my inner basic talking (I am admittedly guilty of loving Pumpkin Spice Lattes and idolizing Carrie Bradshaw), but I think there is nothing wrong with making fashion accessible for the average woman. So there.

With a collection of 250 resort-inspired pieces, you’ve never seen so many ways to dress yourself in head-to-toe Lilly! All items range from $2 to $250 and can easily take you from daytime chic to night-time glam. Start with one of the essential lace-accented shift dresses, add espadrilles and finish with a chic headscarf or printed bobby pins to take your look to the next level.

In addition to the traditional fashions and shimmering accessories, Lilly for Target also features two of my favorite things – glam barware and curated cosmetics. You can stock up on swizzle sticks in silver and gold, tinted glass champagne coupes and the cutest Collins glasses. In the beauty department, an assortment of exclusive L’Oreal lipsticks and Essie nail polishes, just for this collaboration, will help complete your look.

I’ve been drooling over all of this since it was first announced, so I’ve had plenty of time to pinpoint my absolute must-haves. Read on to peek at what I’ll be scooping up today!

Strapless Maxi Dress in Nosey Posie

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Shift Dress in Fan Dance

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Flounce Dress in Sea Urchin For You

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Underwire One Piece Swimsuit in Upstream

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Gold Starfish Sandals

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Gold Charm Bangle

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Gold Embroidered Clutch

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Raffia Tote in My Fans

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Cocktail Glasses with Gold Rim

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Nosie Posey Printed Elastics

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Essie Nail Polish in Where’s My Chauffeur?

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L’Oreal Designer Extraordinaire Lipstick Coral Encore

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SO FUN, right?! Which pieces are your favorites? Remember, life is a party. Dress like it!

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Beauty Products You Need For Spring

For the first time, it’s fiiiiinally starting to feel like spring here in NYC! I didn’t even need to wear a coat today, ya’ll. In honor of this beautiful springiness, I’m sharing five of my must-have beauty products you need in your makeup bag this season…

 

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

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Add a pop of springy pastels to your traditional smoky eye with Kat Von D’s super versatile Innerstellar palette. It has everything you need to create a traditional dramatic look and also allows you to capture several spring trends in one product. Blend up a neutral brown toned look, add a pop of metallic silver, or sweep on some subtle springtime lavender, all with the same handy palette.

 

Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+

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I first discovered the Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield in the fall at the Glam Beauty 100, but this product has spring written all over it. It packs a whopping SPF 50 in it which should come in handy for all of the picnics you’ll be experiencing in this awesome sunny weather. The best part is that it doesn’t look or feel like a traditional sunscreen. This moisturizing fluid contains an exclusive brightening complex derived from peony and licorice root extracts. It leaves the skin looking luminous and creates the perfect base to wear under foundation.

 

Dior Addict Lip Glow

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This is actually a fabulous lippie to slather on year round, but I love it especially for spring. It’s the exact opposite of all of the heavy vampiness we’ve been wearing on our lips all winter. The pink tint is my favorite, but there is also a beautiful coral color that is perfectly on trend for spring. Both have an amazing silky texture and will react with the chemistry of your lips to create a personalized flattering shade.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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This Hourglass Ambient lighting palette is a must-have for any beauty junkie. It allows you to create beautifully diffused dimension that lives a lit-from-within glow without shimmer overload. It will brighten up your look gorgeously and easily. Obsessed.

 

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ody(Sea)

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Let’s get real, when Kim Kardashian sports a certain shade, the world pays attention.  She recently brought turquoise rimmed eyes back into the limelight, so it’s safe to say this look is reaching trend status again. Marc Jacobs Highliner is my favorite eyeliner of all time (yes, I just said that) and I think his teal shade, Ody(Sea) is the perfect product for rocking the teal liner.

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Breakups to Makeup Partners with Sephora on Exclusive Collection

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I first encountered Breakups to Makeup in 2013 at The Makeup Show Orlando and fell in love with their quirky collection of accessories.

Turns out, I’m not alone! The makeup mecca that is Sephora also caught wind of Breakups to Makeup’s awesomeness. This resulted in an epic partnership, which officially kicks off April 10th with an exclusive in-store accessories launch. This expansion allows Breakups to Makeup’s clutches to be more easily accessible for fans around the nation to add to their makeup collection. Hooray!

Starting tomorrow, you will find two of Breakups to Makeup’s signature makeup clutches in the phrases “Losing You Hurt, but Losing My Makeup Bag Would Be a Tragedy” and “I Would Cry, But My Mascara is Designer” as well as a Sephora Collection exclusive clutch with the phrase, “Life is Short, Wear More Makeup.” Here’s a peek at the collection:

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Retailing at $24, these durable canvas bags can store anything from your lipstick to your smart phone.  They are perfect for travel and the cutest statement piece, too. Scoop one up tomorrow!

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Transform Your Look with the Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

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I didn’t name my blog lightly.

I think that mascara is one of the most important products in your makeup wardrobe and I firmly believe that the right mascara can transform your face. See above if you don’t believe me. ;)

The pic on the left is of me with bare lashes, completely sans mascara, and the pic on the right is me wearing the new Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ Instant Lash Extension Kit. This stuff means business.

I’ve blogged before about using baby powder to thicken up your lashes and this is essentially the same technique wrapped in a fancier, less messy package. The system consists of a traditional style mascara and then a tube of “extensions” that you brush on in between coats. The extensions are tiny fibers that act as a thickening agent on your lashes to create increased volume. They are all-natural, made primarily from cellulose, with panthenol, botanical extracts, and vitamin E. Made with natural colorants from artichoke and basil. The dramatic effect appears instantly upon application. It gives the appearance of wearing false lashes without the weight of falsies or the drama of actual lash extensions.

I was also very impressed with the mascara component alone.  The exclusive hi-tech mascara formula contains the same lash-boosting peptide (myristoyl pentapeptide-17) that’s found in the original Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum and Eye Booster™ Felt Tip Eyeliner + Serum to visibly enhance natural lash growth and appearance of lashes! It effectively conditions and nourishes lashes.

Physicians Formula definitely made a believer out of me. I highly recommend that you try the new Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit for easy DIY ultra-glam lashes in just two minutes! Do it.

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Physicians Formula via Conde Nast Sway, but all opinions are my own.]

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Get Your Legs Ready for Spring with Gillette Venus Swirl Razor & Shave Gel

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Spring is here! That means that it’s officially acceptable to let those legs out, girl.

It’s still freezing in New York, but there are some seriously devoted fashionistas determined to make spring happen in their breezy dresses.

The festival fashion is ramping up too, with Coachella approaching and festival season officially underway, the flowy garb is popping up on the racks at an accelerated pace. In short, it’s a good time to shave your legs.

I was delighted to hear about the new Gillette Venus Swirl Razor featuring the new proprietary FlexiBall™ technology, a system that offers totally unique movement like no other male or female razor on the market. Venus Swirl™ is the first and only razor with the FlexiBall™, moving in multiple directions to navigate all of the tricky areas of a woman’s body. It helps to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss. Pair it with the sweet smelling Venus™ with a touch of Olay® VioletSwirl™ shave gel with 5x more moisturizers. This is a seriously life changing smooth leg combination.

I’ve found that most razors leave you with some prickles afterward, but this completely eliminated the hair. I was so excited. And the shave gel is one of the best I’ve used recently. I liked it so much that I switched back from using hair conditioner to shave my legs.

You can pick these two beauties up at your nearest Walmart for ultimate convenience and cost effectiveness, too.

Want to win your own? I’m giving away a $20 Walmart gift card so you can scope out these products for yourself! See the Rafflecopter widget below for entry options. Good luck and happy shaving!

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[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gilette Venus, but all opinions are my own.]

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Obsession of the Day: Scentbird

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Happy National Fragrance Day, lovelies! I thought today would be the perfect time to share my latest obsession: Scentbird. Just when I thought I simply could not fit one more subscription service in my life, I made an exception for this game changer.

Scentbird repackages genuine designer perfume by decanting the perfume from its original bottle into chic, purse-friendly bottles. For just $14.95 a month, you get a new fragrance each month. To get started, Scentbird asks you a series of fun, interactive questions to get an idea of your preferences, then selects recommendations based on your quiz results. Then you get to choose your favorite and enjoy your monthly supply!

My biggest concern was whether or not I would actually like the recommended options. To my delight, my quiz results suggested an assortment of fragrances including some I already know I love (like Gucci Guilty Intense, one of my current favs). Hooray! Now that we’ve established trust, I can’t wait to discover new fragrances through this service every month.

Your expertly curated perfume will arrive in a small, sleek black tube that will fit in a clutch. For those of you who are traditionalists (and trust me, I get the appeal of displaying full size bottles on your vanity), never fear. With Scentbird, even if you are a full sized bottle kinda gal, you can test out these fragrances first before you go dropping half your paycheck on perfume. AND you have a travel bottle to keep in your clutch.  It’s a win-win situation. It’s SO budget friendly, too. For under 15 bucks a month you can experience this awesome service. Think about it. Skip Chipotle once a month and you could get some Flowerbomb instead.

And full disclosure: I got my first Scentbird tube for free, but I will definitely be signing up for the service myself. I like it that much. Are you ready to sign up, too? Click here to join! You’ll be glad you did, trust me.

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#HappyHour: A Guide to a Blissful Life

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While I love to blog about the fun things in life (read: cocktails and cosmetics), I think there are other essentials worth talking about.

I have a generally sunny disposition and try to take an enthusiastic, optimistic approach to life. Guilty. People often ask me what I’m smiling about or how I manage to “stay so happy all the time.” I usually joke and blame it on all the caffeine or my Disney princess training. But the truth is, it’s something I work at every single day. A few years ago, right around the time I launched Martinis and Mascara, I set out on a soul-searching mission and decided to put my happiness first, to not let anyone or anything else control it, despite other obstacles I was facing at the time. And it’s not always easy.

I’m well aware that life isn’t always sunshine and lollipops (and martinis and mascara).  There are endless elements in this world attempting to drag you down. That’s why I find self care, emotional health maintenance, and attending to your personal well-being of utmost importance. I think it is necessary to get your mind right and to choose happiness. To chase it, to create it, to cherish it, and to take charge of it. And I want you to do it with me.

I believe that your happy hours are just as important as your happy hours.  

And so, I’m introducing a new recurring feature on the blog – #HappyHour. I’ll be sharing advice, support, thought-starters, ideas, and inspiration to guide you on the path to your most blissful life. It’s something I practice in my own life every day on my personal mission to harness happiness and never let it go. If you are ready to create your happiest selves, I invite you to join me at #HappyHour. We can do this together! I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now and couldn’t think of a better time to debut this new feature than on this International Day of Happiness.

Cheers to martinis, mascara, and the pursuit of happiness! See you at the next #HappyHour! ;)

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