Clinique’s “Pretty in a New York Minute” Event Kicks Off Friday

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Attention readers in New York!

Join Clinique at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street and experience an iconic event that brings the streets of New York City to life. From Broadway to Central Park, Clinique has your beauty needs covered with quintessential New York looks that can be applied in a New York minute! Clinique makeup artists will be providing tips, tricks and makeup application showcasing the curated Pretty in a New York Minute looks – Hail & Glow, Broadway Bound and Beauty a la Carte – each inspired by iconic locations throughout New York City. See below for a breakdown of each look…

Broadway Bound: A show-stopping look that starts with a rich, red lip.

Hail & Glow: The quickest way to a New York-natural look. 

Beauty a la Cart: Your look, your way - served up NYC Style.

New York City themed snacks and music will be provided at counter along with raffle prizes from the Food Network that include gift certificates to a Food Network chef’s restaurant and a private tour of Food Network Kitchen and studios.  Customers will receive special treats from Clinique while supplies last with a $50 purchase.

Pretty in a New York Minute kicks off Friday, July 17th with a special event from 1-3 p.m. and will run through Thursday July 23rd. Call 212-705-2879 or stop by for an appointment. Can’t make it? Never fear! I have a batch of amazing new Clinique goodies to give away, no New York residency required. See below to enter!

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Save Your Skin This Summer With Vaseline Intensive Care Spray

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Confession: I don’t always practice what I preach.

I know the extreme importance of sunscreen, especially for someone with skin as fair as mine, but every now and then I slip up and forget to pack it in my beach tote. I had a classic sunburn situation this 4th of July when I forgot to reapply my sunscreen as I was frolicking around Coney Island. Big mistake!

Luckily, I had the amazing Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer waiting for me at home. I discovered this beauty via the summer FabFitFun box and I fell in love! This particular variation is infused with aloe – just what my sunbaked skin needed!

The new Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer leaves skin feeling instantly soft – not sticky or greasy. It contains the healing power of Vaseline with micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly. In addition to the skin soothing benefits, this miracle product is so refreshing I want to use it even when I’m not lobster red. In fact, I’ve now incorporated it into my daily routine because it’s so effortlessly easy to use and extremely beneficial. 

It’s fast to apply, quick to dry, and starts to effectively heal thirsty skin immediately. It’s also an awesome moisturizer if you’re impatient (guilty!) and you hate to wait for lotion to absorb before getting dressed. You can spray this on right after your shower and you’re good to throw your clothes on and go in seconds! I highly recommend it – for your summer skin woes and beyond!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vaseline via FabFitFun, but all opinions are my own.]

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The New Urban Decay #NakedSmoky Palette is Everything You Need in Life

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The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Urban Decay’s new Naked Smoky Palette — loaded with ALL the essentials for the perfect smoky eye.

I am thrilled to be one of the lucky few who got to preview the much anticipated Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette before it launches in stores. As expected, like its predecessors, it’s awesome. Urban Decay packed their newest Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals — nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives. These beauties will take you from subtle smoky neutrals in the daytime to full-on clubbed-out shimmer smoky for your next night out.

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Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes to satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all and it includes everything you need in one palette: a true range of shades, the perfect brushes, even detailed tutorials!

I know this is a bold statement, but I think this might be my favorite of the Naked palettes. (I still love you though, Naked3!) I’m obsessed with its versatility and I know you will be too. Peek the video below for a closer look:

So, what do you think? Pick up your own Naked Smoky palette to perfect your smoky-eye looks and let me know how much you love it!

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

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Real Talk: Strobing Is Not New

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Guys… I feel like something needs to be said.

My inbox is full of press releases pitching the newest hit trick in the beauty blogosphere. Everyone is talking about how “contouring is out” and “strobing is in.” Instagram is blowing UP with #strobing right now.

I hate to break it to you all, but…

Strobing is not a new thing.

(And chances are, the makeup in those grams you’re double-tapping feature some contouring, too. We’re just pretending it’s not there.)

When I first learned the fundamental technique almost a decade ago, we called it “highlighting.” It can also be called “illuminating.” If you hail from the school of “HAC,” strobing would be the H minus the AC. Or if you subscribe to the Eve Pearl method of makeup – it would be the “reverse contour” she has been preaching for years. 

ALL of it is manipulating light to create the effect of more dimension in the face. It’s art 101 and it’s not going anywhere, no matter what we call it.  In old school makeup artist speak, I would say that what’s “on-trend” now is dialing up the highlight and minimizing the shading, but both elements are still there. I’m not hating on the effect, I just don’t think we should kid ourselves into believing it’s a new thing.

With that said, you do not need to listen to all of the beauty publications currently telling you to pitch all of your products and purchase an entire new “strobing” wardrobe.  I assure you, if you already have highlighting products in your arsenal, you’re good to go. 

If you do need a good strober/highlighter/luminizer, I’m happy to share some of my faves. Here are a handful of the best products for strobing (or whatever you want to call it). ;)

Benefit High Beam

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High Beam is like the OG highlighter. It’s a liquid, so a little goes a long way! I like to cocktail a few drops of this pinkish pearlescent goodness with my primer to create that lit-from-within effect. It adds a beautiful, but subtle glow when you apply it underneath your foundation. Or go big a dab it right on your cheekbones for extreme illumination.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder

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If you’re really into shimmer, this is the product for you. It’s technically a powder, but this fine-milled dust appears flawlessly diffused, not cakey. Diamond Powder combines both the pearly iridescence of MUFE’s Star Powder and the brightness of a glitter. It is almost entirely composed of pure synthetic mother-of-pearl. The particles are finer and radiate extreme brilliance.

MAC Strobe Cream

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If the dewy look is your thing, strobe with this stuff. MAC Strobe Cream will provide all of the luminizing effects while the consistency allows you to cover a lot of real estate quickly. It’s a hydrating cream that’s good to cocktail with your foundation if you don’t want to go full-on shine overload.

NARS The Multiple in Copacabana

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I find creamy highlighter sticks like this cult classic the easiest to work with - especially if your goal is to dramatically accent your cheekbones. Simply draw on all the high planes of your face and blend with your finger. Beautiful and effortless!

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow

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That’s right, I’m telling you to use eyeshadow for face highlight. There are no rules in makeup and you do not need to purchase a separate highlighter if you don’t want to. This one will work double duty for you and look beautiful in the process. Have darker skin? Try the Sunlight shade. If you have a fair complexion like me, go for Silver Moon. Welcome to strobe city!

Ok, I feel better after getting all of that off my chest. In related news, the Kardashians did not invent contouring and don’t even get me started on baking. More #RealTalk on that later. Until then, happy strobing (or whatever)! 

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How to #MakeAPowerMove with COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene & Levo

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Prepare to be inspired.

Some of my absolute fav beauty brands – COVERGIRL, Olay, and Pantene – recently partnered with Levo, a company dedicated to career advice and mentorship for millennials in the workplace, to launch the Make a Power Move program. #MakeAPowerMove was designed to provide women with the beauty, style and career advice they need to put forward the best version of themselves.  To celebrate this amazing partnership, they are hosting events to mentor women and provide the right tools they need to advance in their careers.

I was fortunate enough to be included among the group of women invited to experience their #MakeAPowerMove event in New York a few weeks ago. My fellow New Voices of Beauty winner Naty and I both attended and we had a ball getting our hair done with Pantene and our makeup done with COVERGIRL. Just like old times! (In related news, I’m obsessed with Pantene’s dry shampoo and its hair plumping magic. See below for evidence of this wizardry on my usually limp locks.)

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The event also featured a panel of powerhouse women I adore including incredible blogger Felicia Walker Benson and adorable TV personality Ali Fedotowsky.

I actually met Felicia right after I made my own latest power move, so I was thrilled to hear what she had to say. (As you may remember, I was invited to judge the Glam Beauty 100 literally the day after I took the big leap of faith and moved to New York. Felicia was a fellow judge and we had a blast together on that trip. Full circle!) 

I was also eager to hear from Ali, who I remember as the badass who left #TheBachelor for her career, kickstarting a series of power moves that lead her to her current gig at E! News.

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So, in addition to the usual goodies – the complimentary makeovers, passed macaroons and free booze – we walked away with so much more from this event. Ali, Felicia and the gals from Levo dished out some seriously inspiring advice for taking control of your career and living the life you deserve. Read on for some of my favorite takeaways from these inspiring females…

  • Trust in yourself. Ali stressed the importance of staying positive and believing in yourself. “You’ll go through a lot of ups and downs– it’s part of the career journey. When times get tough, don’t beat yourself up — things don’t always go as planned. Keep a positive outlook, learn from your experiences and lean on your support system to continue growing in the workplace.” Excellent advice!
  • Build strong peer relationships. “Traditionally in the workplace, there’s a lot of focus on mentor relationships, but it’s equally important to build peer relationships as well,” Felicia said. “Developing relationships at all levels helps build confidence in your abilities and establishes a level of shared trust to ensure your peers have your back. Both mentor and peer relationships are vital to career success.”
  • Put your best face forward. Ali admits that hectic work schedules paired with an active social calendar can leave skin dull and tired-looking, which means you may not look and feel your best. A good moisturizing and anti-aging facial cream can help revive tired looking skin. “I rely on Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream which helps reveal brighter, younger-looking skin and fights the appearance of skin fatigue,” she said. I second her thoughts on the Olay cream. It’s incredible. And I truly believe that when you look good, you feel good.
  • Go for a classic, bold lip. Felicia feels that a statement lip instantly creates a polished, professional look and I couldn’t agree more. “I like COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipcolor in Red Rouge. It’s a nice pick-me-up if you find you need a little beauty boost right before a meeting. When wearing a bold, red lip, balance the rest of your look with neutral eye colors, soft liner, and a light pinch of color on the cheeks,” said Felicia. She also shared her tip for mixing up the traditional bold red lip – pat on the lip color with your finger rather than saturating your entire lip for a softer finish. Love it! 
  • Embrace the impact of eye contact. Eye contact is important because it sends a message of self-assurance — something that’s key when communicating your ideas! A quick and easy way to frame your peepers for optimal eye contact is with a swipe of volumizing mascara. ”When I have a big meeting, the one makeup item I’m never without is mascara. It’s a quick and easy step that makes my eyes stand out in a flattering way,” said Felicia. Both Felicia and Ali shared their love for COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast in particular. ”Mascara is super important to me – I love a lash and a power lip!” said Ali. “I’m all about The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast.” For the record, I tested it out myself and can vouch for the awesomeness of The Super Sizer.

Hungry for more inspiration? Check out this amazing video full of empowering advice nuggets from the event. You might even recognize a few people in the video. ;)

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Stay Smooth this Summer with the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X

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Summer is officially here! To mark this momentous occasion, I ventured to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade for my first summer weekend in New York. My legs were on full display in my Ariel inspired bathing suit and in smooth shape thanks to the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X.

You can get permanent results with this system — the only FDA-cleared laser available for home use. Convenient and easy to use in the comfort of your own home, only Tria uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists to deliver safe, effective, and permanent results. A sleek, hand-held design and slim handle make treatments extremely simple, and the angled tip gives you enhanced visibility to deliver laser light with expert precision to the treatment area.

I have heard so many wonderful things about this device and am always up for testing products that will make my life easier. After three months of treatment, hair follicles that have been deactivated by the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X will no longer grow hair. I just recently started testing this at-home laser to see if it lives up to all the hype! I’m pleased with my results so far, but in order to fully vouch for this device, I’m going to continue testing over the next couple months. Can’t wait to be free from having to worry about hair removal! I have a packed summer full of shorts-appropriate activities I can’t wait to enjoy. Stay tuned for updates on my summer journey to the smoothest legs! :)

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Make a Splash this Summer with Stila

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Happy first day of summer, beauties! Of all of the summer 2015 collections I’ve been testing recently, Stila’s Sun, Sea & Splash Collection is one of my absolute favs. From the cooling primer to the liquid lippies that just won’t budge, Stilla’s summer offerings provide everything you need to keep your face looking flawless out in the summer sun.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

This cooling primer stick delivers a refreshing sensation on the skin while delivering immediate pore-reduction, skin-smoothing, and hydrating benefits. Its minty green tint will also battle redness if you get a little too flushed in the summer sun. Skin is left silky, poreless and even-toned, creating the perfect canvas for your makeup. It’s a great pick-me-up to apply even on days you don’t want a full face of makeup, too!

Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

This weightless, water-based blush, in an exclusive netted pot delivery system, providing a sheer splash of color to the cheeks with a rejuvenating cooling effect. Its luminous finish adds a healthy-looking, fresh glow to the skin. It provides the perfect pop of pink (or peach!) to your cheeks for a fresh look.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

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This lightweight, water-based, lipid-replenishing bronzer provides a sheer veil of sun-kissed color that perfectly pairs with your skin tone. Skin is instantly awakened, softened, brightened and smoothed with a non-sticky, comforting and cooling gel texture.

Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body

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The perfect complement to all skin tones, Stay All Day Bronzer is a lightweight, matte-satin powder that is ideal for accenting the face and body to perfection. Features are sculpted and shaped with long-wearing pigments that blend effortlessly for a natural-looking result. The sun-kissed, bronze hue adds a touch of sun for a healthy glow all year round.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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In my book, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is the star of the collection. It delivers intense moisture and long-lasting color that stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Stila offers five bold new shades for summers, inspired by the colors of the sunset: Rosa, Como, Bella, Venezia and Amalfi. They’re all really beautiful, but Amalfi is my jam! I’m wearing it in the pic below. Grab yourself some to sport this season! :)

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Unlock the Secret to Smooth Legs with Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream


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In case you missed it in my earlier post, I’ve partnered with Veet to be a Smooth Brand Ambassador for summer! Veet’s hair removal solutions are the perfect essentials to quickly and easily get rid of unwanted hair.

I’m currently writing this from sunny Florida where I’ll be hitting the beach momentarily! I finally feel like my legs are beach ready thanks to my new Veet products.

My favorite of the bunch I’ve tested so far is Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream! This extremely effective solution for touchably smooth skin lasts for up to twice as long as shaving.

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It also keeps legs softer and more hydrated than traditional hair removal methods. The secret ingredient?  Veet’s essential oils. I’m a huge proponent of utilizing essential oils for skincare, so I was thrilled to learn that it’s included in this stellar ingredient list. Rose oil is one of my favorites, so when I learned this was also infused with rose I was even more eager to try! It has antibacterial properties, softens skin, and smells amazing! Oils like these can also work wonders by improving mood and fighting depression when used in aromatherapy.

Unlike shaving that can sometimes dry the delicate surface of your skin, this formula is designed to actually help restore skin’s hydration levels. It works close to the root of the hair, causing your hair to take noticeably longer to grow back. This means your skin stays smoother for longer, too! In addition to the formula’s enriched blend of essential oils, it’s also paired with a velvet rose fragrance that leaves a delicate scent on the skin. It’s a must have before you hit the beach this summer!

See the difference Smooth can make at www.facebook.com/veet or www.veet.us 

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Turn Your Home into a Spa with ULTA’s Body Benefits Collection

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I love me a spa day. Regularly visiting the spa can seriously work wonders on your skin. But sometimes… it’s even better to bring that luxurious experience home! Add a glass of wine (or three) and you have the formula for the perfect at-home spa experience.

I have recently fallen in love with the entire Body Benefits by Body Image® skincare collection at ULTA for all of the essential products needed to indulge in those spa-like treatments. Choose from cleansing bath gloves, luxury bath brushes, skin-smoothing beauty sponges, and a 2-in-1 polishing and exfoliating body buff to reveal soft, young-looking skin. The benefits of a trip to the spa, for a more affordable price? Yes, please!

And you’re in luck! I just so happen to have an extra set of spa goodies for one lucky reader. This kit includes the ultimate cleansing, polishing and exfoliating products from Body Benefits by Body Image:

Bath Gloves: These gloves are great for cleansing and exfoliating. They gently scrub your body squeaky clean while the textured nylon provides an invigorating cleansing, leaving you fresh and fabulous!

Luxury Bath Brush: This amazing brush is designed with extra-plush netting…great for cleaning your back and other hard-to-reach areas, giving you glowing skin from head to toe.

Natural-Fiber Loofah: Loofahs are excellent for helping you retain your skin’s radiance. Delicately remove dry or flaky skin to give your body an invigorating clean!

2-in-1 Loofah Body Buff: This product not only exfoliates your skin, but buffs and cleans for a fresh, polished look.

Skin Smoothing Beauty Massager: This sponge creates a rich lather to help smooth and polish, revealing soft, young-looking skin.

But that’s not all. This kit also includes a $250 ULTA gift card (whaaat!) to use for an exclusive day of pampering at The Salon at ULTA, including waxing, facials and more! Follow the conversation on social with #spa4yourskin and #ULTA. And, if you just can’t wait to start feeling more ahh-mazing, head into ULTA now and stock up on the complete Body Benefits by Body Image spa collection!

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

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Celebrate Smooth Moments This Summer with Veet Hair Removal


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Flip flops? Check. Pool toys? Check. Smooth, sexy legs? Check!

I am so thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Veet to be a Smooth Brand Ambassador for summer! Veet’s hair removal solutions are the perfect essentials to quickly and easily get rid of unwanted hair.

My legs have been in hiding since I moved to New York, but it’s finally time to let them out! I’m ready to make a smooth move and add some Veet to my life.

 

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I’ve been using the Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream and I’m loving it so far! This extremely effective solution for touchably smooth skin lasts for up to twice as long as shaving.

It also keeps legs softer and more hydrated than traditional hair removal methods. The secret ingredient?  Veet’s essential oils. I’m a huge proponent of utilizing essential oils for skincare, so I was thrilled to learn that it’s included in this stellar ingredient list. Unlike shaving that can sometimes dry the delicate surface of your skin, this formula from Veet contains other goodies that can help restore skin’s hydration levels as well. The formula is designed to work close to the root of the hair, causing your hair to take noticeably longer to grow back. This means your skin stays smoother for longer, too! In addition to the formula’s enriched blend of essential oils, it’s also paired with a velvet rose fragrance that leaves a delicate scent on the skin.

Can’t wait to see where my smooth legs take me this summer! Stay tuned for more about the summer-perfect products from Veet as well as my warm weather skincare tips!

See the difference Smooth can make at www.facebook.com/veet or www.veet.us 

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