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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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Festive Cocktails from Ketel One Vodka

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Vodka may not be Irish, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to drink it today.

If you are also on #TeamVodka and seeking a little St. Patrick’s Day cocktail inspiration, look no further! Read on for a handful of festive concoctions from my friends over at Ketel One.

These green goodies are perfect for you to whip up today. Or tomorrow. Or the next day. I think St. Patrick’s Day is more like a lifestyle than a day on the calendar, ya know? ;)

 

Ketel and a Pull
1 oz Ketel One® Oranje Flavored Vodka
.5 oz Bailey’s
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Build in a pint glass, top with Guinness, and garnish with a rosemary branch.

White Irish
1 oz Ketel One® Citroen Flavored Vodka
.5 oz Green Creme de Menthe
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Cream

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Irish Martini
1.25 oz Ketel One® Vodka
.25 oz Dry Vermouth

Rinse glass with Irish Whiskey. Stir, strain, then garnish with a lemon twist.

Leprechaun Leap
1 oz Ketel One® Vodka
.5 oz Ginger Liqueur
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.50 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 Kiwi (Peeled)

Muddle kiwi in glass. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with kiwi slice.

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Experience the Perfect Haircut at Rossano Ferretti Hairspa

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It’s only fitting that I spent my Valentine’s Day with Rossano Ferretti because he truly loves his craft.

The master stylist, although he’s rather under the radar in the U.S., is arguably the world’s most exclusive hairdresser. To give you an idea of his prestige, Rossano’s clientele includes a certain Royal Duchess and her sister… along with a slew of Hollywood A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, and Sophia Loren. As one of the most coveted hairdressers, Rossano cuts hair for only a select group of loyal clients from around the world. One of his newest clients? Me!

Rossano is renowned for creating “The Method,” a signature beauty concept that works to maximize the individual beauty of each individual client; cutting the hair so it falls naturally and effortlessly around one’s face.

“I’m against trends. To sell trends is easy,” Rossano told me at the brand’s New York Flagship on Madison Ave.  “To personalize beauty is the real matter.”

His signature concept has rendered him one of the most respected names in beauty on a global scale. Having spent years on end refining his unique philosophy and technique, The Method is considered revolutionary not only by his loyal clients who swear by it, but also by beauty aficionados and the hair industry worldwide.

I was fortunate enough to experience this mastery first hand on Rossano’s recent trip to New York during fashion week. I can personally attest that this man truly knows what he’s talking about.

His haircuts are almost like a dance, like a fluid full rotation of the body rather than just a chop of the scissors. The haircutting shears are just an extension of his hand during the dance used to carve a unique shape. He does not use traditional geometric partings, but cuts in a more organic way, paying close attention to the way the hair naturally falls. It was really fascinating and like nothing I’ve experienced before. I was actually quite stunned at his ability to take away so much hair while creating the illusion that I actually have more.

“I’m known for inventing the ‘invisible haircut,’” he said. “Women will come to us with chopped hair or a classic bob and when we cut their hair, they say, ‘Finally, I am free. Before I just had a haircut, but now I truly feel beautiful.’ There is a big different between cutting someone’s hair and making them feel beautiful.”

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Mission accomplished. I walked out of there feeling completely transformed – more beautiful and confident than I can remember feeling in a long time. At Rossano’s suggestion, I also changed up my color at the salon with the help of master colorist Miranda Shaffer. She toned down some of the orange and pink tones I had left in my hair and created more of a warm, rich auburn rather than the bright pinky-red I’ve been sporting recently. I love it.

I highly recommend a visit to a Rossano Ferretti Hairspa. And if you don’t live in New York, don’t worry! Rossano has over 20 namesake salons around the globe in locations including London, Paris, Beverly Hills, Rome, Beijing and Milan. Now I want to visit them all!

[Disclosure: I received complimentary services for this post, but that in no way alters my opinion of the experience.]

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Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Cocktails

Confession: Fifty Shades of Grey is one of my many guilty pleasures.

(Of course, I was totally on team Matt Bomer during casting, but I still enjoyed the movie and think Jamie Dornan pulled it off.)

In honor of this hit box office sensation, I’m sharing some of my fav Fifty Shades themed cocktails, featuring the delicious Sauza Tequila!

Spicy Passion

Berry Twist

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
  • 2 parts fresh orange juice
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1-3 dashes Tabasco® Sauce
  • Lemon wheel (for garnish)
  • Raspberries (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and berries.  

The Elevator Ride

The Elevator Ride

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Pomegranate Schnapps Liqueur
  • 2 parts grapefruit juice
  • 1 part club soda
  • 1 lemon wheel (for garnish)

Preparation: Build over ice in a glass in this order: pour tequila, grapefruit juice and club soda and stir to combine. Now pour the pomegranate liqueur over the top (it will work its way down). Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Inner Goddess 

Inner Goddess

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part Cruzan® Guava Rum
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour
  • 1 part mango juice
  • 1 barspoon red pepper jelly
  • 1 lime wedge (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Ultimate Fantasy

Ultimate Fantasy

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part DeKuyper® 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 2 parts fresh lemon sour
  • 1 part passion fruit juice
  • Dash of sriracha sauce
  • 1 lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • 1 cherry (for garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry through a toothpick.

The Red Room 

The Red Room

  • 2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ Fleur Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 parts moscato wine
  • ½ part cranberry juice
  • 3 lime wheels (for garnish)

Preparation: Build in order over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with lime wheels floated.

These treats are perfect to whip up (get it?) for your next girls night in. Or go all the way and share these with your real life Christian. I don’t judge. Laters, baby!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Nicole Kidman’s Perfect Blowout

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Nicole Kidman is one half of the best hair couple in Hollywood.

She stole the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars last night with her gorgeous freshly chopped hair, swapping her long strawberry blonde locks for a more modern shoulder length bob.

Want to know the secret behind Nicole Kidman’s perfect blowout at the Oscars? I got the details on how Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Italo Gregorio, created the perfect amount of movement and definition in her newly cropped locks.

Read on to find out how you can copy her look:

1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo and Daily Renewing Conditioner which helps hydrate, nourish and strengthen hair.

2. Add 1-2 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer to damp hair and distribute evenly throughout the head.

3. Next, apply Wella Professionals Natural Volume Mousse to the entire head to create volume and body throughout the hair.

4. Apply 1-2 drops of Wella Professionals LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir to the entire head to add shine throughout the hair.

5. Blow-dry the entire head section by section using a medium round brush.

6. Prep hair for heat styling with Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray. Shake well and spray at arm’s length onto dry hair, distributing evenly throughout the head and flatiron section by section.

8. Distribute a dab of Wella Professionals Smooth Brilliance Shine Pomade onto your hands, gently working into the ends of the hair to smooth the tips and tame frizz.

8. Finish the look by misting Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray all over the hair.

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Get Margot Robbie’s Oscar Lipstick Look with Hourglass’ Raven

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Let’s talk about what Margot Robbie just did for Hourglass’ Raven. Margot singlehandedly made every chick watching the Oscars want to wear that lip color. (Don’t lie, you wanted to.)

This is some Taylor Swift / NARS Dragon Girl level power here.

Margot STUNNED on the Oscars red carpet last night wearing this lippie (full name: Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven) paired with the Hourglass Long Wear Lip Pencil in the same shade. The velvety orange-red lit her face up in the best way (not that her face needed it) and demanded attention in a sea of not-so-bold lips last night. Obsessed. Makeup artist Tyron Macchausen knows how to select some shades.

I have SO much lipstick. Like an embarrassing amount of lipstick. And I’m constantly getting more sent to me for editorial consideration (not complaining –  just stating the facts!). So, I have to really love a lipstick in order to justify buying some because I don’t really need any. Well… I totally just bought this one. I need it, ok?

If you want some too, you’d better hurry. It’s currently sold out on Sephora.com, but still available on Amazon. ;)

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Get the Look: Sienna Miller’s Flawless Makeup at the Oscars

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American Sniper star Sienna Miller stunned on the red carpet last night with a 1960s Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look created by the fabulous Charlotte Tilbury.

Together, Sienna Miller worked collaboratively with her long-time friend that she has proclaimed as being the “queen of the cat eye” to kick her glamorous look, driven by her Oscar de la Renta gown, into high gear.

I love love love Charlotte’s products, so I just had to know what she used to give Sienna that glow.

Want to know how to get the same look? I got the scoop:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury applied her Goddess Skin Clay Mask, a product that Charlotte says “is the key to shrinking pores and tightening the skin, leaving you with a perfectly dewy, plumped and revived red carpet glow.”
  2. Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Charlotte’s “secret to red carpet skin”- and Wonderglow were applied to hydrate the skin and create a soft-focus which is “amazing for HDTV.”
  3. Charlotte then applied Light Wonder Foundation in 6 Medium and 7 Medium, then the Retoucher Concealer in 2 Fair under the eyes and 3 Medium for the rest of Sienna’s face.
  4. Next, Airbrush Powder Flawless Finish Powder in 1 Fair and 2 Medium was applied only to the T-Zone to control shine while keeping from taking away from the dewiness on the rest of the skin.
  5. To enhance Sienna’s eyebrows, Charlotte used Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D.
  6. Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black and The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen were used over the lash line to dramatically define the eyes.
  7. Using her Eye Smudger Brush and The Eyeshadow Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, and Full Fat Lashes, Charlotte accentuated Sienna’s “winged” eyes, focusing on the crease and lash line areas.
  8. To enhance the cheekbones, Charlotte applied Filmstar Bronze & Glow with the Powder & Sculpt Brush, following the hollows of the cheeks and along the jaw line with the bronzer and applying the highlighter shade to the top of the cheekbones.
  9. To further accentuate Sienna’s features, Beach Sticks in Moonbeach and Ibiza were used to illuminate and sculpt.
  10. To prep the lips, Charlotte used Lip Love Lip Scrub and Lip Magic. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk was applied to mimic the pigment of Sienna’s lips and filled in with K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect.
  11. For an all over glow, Charlotte applied Supermodel Body all over Sienna’s limbs.

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