Enter the #INeedSparkle Sweeps & Celebrate with Hpnotiq Sparkle

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If you missed the memo on Sparkle, my new obsession, let me fill you in. It’s a sparkling liqueur that captures the bright color and delicious taste of original Hpnotiq infused with Champagne-like bubbles. It’s pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted in a drink. And now, I have even more sparkly news! As if Khloe Kardashian’s big reveal wasn’t exciting enough, there is even more in store from my friends at Hpnotiq. Hpnotiq Sparkle recently kicked off a sweepstakes where you can enter for your chance to win $5,000 to help you sparkle all year long! Head on over to www.ineedsparkle.com to enter and for more details.

As we learned in my previous posts, the holidays are better with a lot of bubble and a little trouble. Add in a few other key elements and have everything you need for a glam party featuring Sparkle! Here’s your checklist for everything you need to throw the perfect sparkle party:

Glitzy makeup

Our girl Khloe knows how to do it right. Channel your inner Kardashian with some glitter eyeliner. Or opt for a full out glitter explosion with loose glitter worn on your eyelids. Check out my first Sparkle post for a list of my favorite sparkly makeup recommendations! 

Sparkly dress

For fun occasions like these, I love to hit up Rent the Runway and snag a designer dress for less. RTR features a killer assortment of glittery gowns you can rent. I suggest browsing the Badgley Mischka collection of sequined party dresses!  I’m obsessed with the Manhattan Socialite Dress. It’s perfect for your next Sparkle party!

Glittering decorations

If you don’t want to deal with trips to the craft store and loose glitter infiltrating your house, you could wrap some twinkling Christmas lights around your party room. Same effect with less mess! Also, Urban Outfitters is currently featuring an “All That Glitters” section on their site featuring glittery decor for your home. You’re welcome.

Glam food

Edible glitter anyone? Even if you don’t have time to bake your treats from scratch, you can buy up a batch of cute cupcakes and take them to the next level with glitter dust like Cake Sparkles from Wilton. It’s affordable, edible, and super fun! Can’t go wrong.

Sparkle!

The most important ingredient (aside from your besties, that is) – Hpnotiq Sparkle! Remember, you don’t want to wait too long to get your hands on some Sparkle. This special cocktail is only available for a limited time from October to December… but never fear! If you miss out on the limited supply of sparkle, mix equal parts Hpnotiq with Champagne to concoct your own celebratory cocktail. Done and done.

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[This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014.]

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Khloe Kardashian’s Big #INeedSparkle Reveal is Finally Here: Meet Sparkle!

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I’ve been buzzing about this for weeks now… so I’m pleased to announce that the big #INeedSparkle reveal is finally here! Take it away, Khloe…

So, there you have it! Sparkle is a new festive cocktail from my friends at Hypnotiq. I’m obsessed. It’s a sparkling liqueur that captures the bright color and delicious taste of original Hpnotiq infused with Champagne-like bubbles. It’s pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted in a drink.

This festive blue bubbly is perfect for this time of year with all of the upcoming holiday festivities! I’m full out having all kinds of ideas for throwing a “bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!” party for Halloween featuring Sparkle. It’s in the works. Stay tuned.

Seriously though, bring a bottle of Sparkle to your girlfriend’s holiday fete and you won’t be sorry. Pair it with a killer glitter dress like Khloe’s and you’ll be the life of the party!

Don’t wait too long to get your hands on some Sparkle though. This special cocktail is only available for a limited time from October to December… but never fear! If you miss out on the limited supply of sparkle, mix equal parts Hypnotiq with Champagne to concoct your own celebratory cocktail. Done and done.

It is best served in a chilled Champagne glass… but if you wanted to put it in a martini glass I wouldn’t hate ya for it. ;)

Stay tuned for more sparkly party ideas and fun cocktail recipes in my next sparkalicious post! Until then, check out www.ineedsparkle.com for more info.

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[This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014.]

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The Glam Beauty 100 Awards

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Greetings from 30,000 feet! I’m in full force jetsetter mode this week. Right now I’m flying over the Midwest on my way from New York to Los Angeles for the Glam Beauty 100 Awards!

I was invited to be a judge for the event earlier this month and have been teeming with excitement ever since! As part of an exclusive group of style arbiters and experts, I will help determine the definitive list of 2014’s best new beauty products alongside some serious beauty insiders. The judging panel will consist of the best and brightest in beauty – a variety of makeup artists, hair stylists, colorists, manicurists, dermatologists, celebrities, and beauty bloggers. I feel extremely honored to be included in this group!

By the way, when I said “serious beauty insiders” earlier, I meant it. Here are some of the beauty experts I will be joining at the Glam Beauty 100:

Molly Sims – Actress and model

Michelle Phan – Makeup expert and YouTube celebrity

Charlotte Tilbury – Celebrity makeup artist

Harry Josh – Celebrity hairdresser

Rita Hazan – Celebrity colorist

Deborah Lippmann – Celebrity and fashion manicurist

Jin Soon Choi – Celebrity nail artist

Troy Surratt – Celebrity makeup artist

Andrea Lavinthal – Style & Beauty Director, People Magazine

Leah Wyar – Beauty Director, Cosmopolitan Magazine

Heather Muir – Beauty Director, Fitness Magazine

Jean Godfrey-June – Beauty Director, Lucky Magazine

Yesenia Almonte – Beauty Director, Seventeen Magazine

Dr. Roy Geronemus – Expert dermatologist

Dr. David Goldberg – Expert dermatologist

Oh ya know, no big deal.

From the moment I land I’m going to have an action packed 48 hours in LA! I don’t want to spoil all of the fun before it happens, so keep an eye on the blog for my recap of all of the awesome beauty goodness after the whirlwind is over. In the meantime, make sure you’re following me on Insta. I have a feeling I’m going to have a lot to share in the next few days! ;)

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Obsession of the Day: Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Nail Polish


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Ok, I am in LOVE with Sally Hansen’s latest polish product, the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™. I hosted a pajama style pamper party for me and a few of my girlfriends here in New York and we had a blast testing out the new shades!

The Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ seriously elevates the at-home nail experience and provides salon quality finish without the use of UV light! The process is super simple. Just two steps! Paint on the color, then paint on the topcoat. The color features a built-in base coat, so you can skip a step. The smooth, high-shine finish from the activating top coat looks like I got a gel mani at the salon. This lacquer duo is the perfect pair. Genius.

For the party, we went full-on girl mode. We watched guilty pleasure TV like Pretty Little Liars (don’t hate!) and snacked on bite size treats while we painted each other’s nails with this breakthrough nail polish.

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I selected Perplexed, a deep metallic purple, for my mani, but the revolutionary two-step system is available in 45 shades! There truly is a shade for everyone.

If you would like to try these out, you’re in luck! Sally Hansen is hosting an awesome Instagram contest! Just upload a photo to Insta showing off your manicure, paired with your favorite outfit or accessories. Use hashtags #PerfectPairSweeps and #MiracleMani to win the top ten Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ shades! The contest is live now and will run through October 22nd. Do it!

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last!  Gel without the light!

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[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®.]

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Khloe Kardashian’s Confession: #INeedSparkle

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My favorite Kardashian and I have something in common… We both have a serious crush on Sparkle. #INeedSparkle and so does Khloe!

I’m sure you all remember I mentioned in my previous post that Khloe and I have some sparkletastic news to drop soon! The big reveal is coming next week, but first, check out this video from Khloe containing hints about the juicy secret:

Can we please talk about how stunning Khloe looks in the video? I live for her long ombre colored locks per usual, but I’m completely obsessed with her makeup. She paired a romantic smokey eye with a soft pink lip… and of course, some serious bronzer. Watch out Kim, your sister is coming for your crown as the Queen of Contouring.

I adore adore the outfit she ended up selecting, too. She strikes the perfect balance of sophistication and sparkle. And she knows that 90s era Mariah is not the way to go when it comes to sparkling. (Reminder: Glitter and Sparkle are two extremely different things. Sorry, Mariah!)

Normally I would get territorial if someone as beautiful as a Kardashian was cruising one of my crushes, but trust me, there is enough of Sparkle to go around. Yum.

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If you want the full scoop, Khloe’s reveal video drops Sept. 25th! I’ll have it posted here on Martinis and Mascara next week with full deets on the amazingness that is Sparkle. Prepare to celebrate! In the mean time, head on over to www.ineedsparkle.com to get your sparkle fix. ;)

[This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014.]

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Obsession of the Day: Nexxus Color Assure System and Pre-Wash Primer

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It’s no secret that my vibrant red hair comes from a bottle. As my fellow redheads know, the struggle is real. Red fades faster than any other shade due to the size of the red color molecules. With that said, I’m always on the lookout for dependable products that will keep my red locks looking brighter longer. I have been using the Nexxus Color Assure system for the past three weeks and am thrilled to share that it has really sealed the deal!

The Nexxus Color Assure System is the first oil-infused color care system by Nexxus, and it provides 2X longer color protection. The batch of products includes the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner and Color Assure Glossing Tonic.

My favorite product from the system is the new Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, a pre-treatment designed to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.

The almond oil works to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage while coconut oil provides softness and elasticity. The Argan oil gives an extra boost by improving shine and vibrancy. This combo is like a veil of protection from evil color suckers.

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It’s super easy to use as well! Before you shower, just apply 5-7 pumps to dry hair, starting at the ends and working up to the root. Apply enough so that hair is soft and silky, but not saturated. (If your hands are greasy after applying the Primer, then you have applied too much.) A little goes a long way!

Ready to join me and lock in your color for 2X longer color protection and vibrancy? Look for the Nexxus Color Assure System in mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nexxus through Condé Nast, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

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On Location at ARROJO Tomorrow

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Greetings from New York!

I stopped by to visit my friends at the ARROJO Studio in SoHo this morning and absolutely fell in love with the space! (Click here for a recap on how much I also adore Nick Arrojo and his incredible hair skills).

I was invited to pop in to do makeup on location at the studio tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be making faces with the amazing Giella custom blend cosmetics line that they carry at ARROJO. If you are in the New York area, come see me and I can teach you how to update your fall makeup wardrobe! It’s time. ;)

Click here for the service menu of everything they have to offer and call 212-242-7786 to book an appointment. If you book a salon service I’ll be on hand to provide makeup touch-ups as well. Hope to see you there!

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