Is there anything more fun than shopping for summer?
My friends at People StyleWatch mag invited me on a blogger shopping trip to the amazing Tanger Outlets on Long Island last weekend. They didn’t have to ask me twice!
A bunch of my fav fellow bloggers and I all received a $250 Tanger Outlets gift card and a challenge to put together a summer look with our #TangerFinds!
Spoiler alert: I ended up falling in love with a summer-perfect clutch, crab coin purse, and white retro sunnies at Kate Spade. I mean… you can’t properly complete an outfit without the accessories, right?
We all had such a blast! Watch below to see all the fun that went down that day:
I’m so excited for all that this season brings, especially the poppy bright lip colors, the breezy fashions, and of course, drinking beautiful cocktails on rooftops with my girls!
Speaking of which – I’m also super stoked for the official launch of Viniq Glow – which I’ve been very fortunate to test out before the nationwide release this month.Similar to the other Viniq variations I’ve been gushing about recently, Viniq Glow features that beautiful shimmery finish and is packed with fruity flavor. This kind is a blend of premium vodka, moscato, and natural peach flavor. It’s delish! It’s actually my new favorite way to put a fresh spin on a classic cocktail – like a Bellini. Perfect for brunching, the Bellini tastes even better with a little shimmer involved. I actually took mine to the park to enjoy the crisp spring air over the weekend. I totally recommend this as a way to make your next weekend with the girls a bit more peachy and special!
Read on for the recipe below. Super simple and super delicious.
3 oz. Viniq Glow
2 oz. champagne
Pour all into a champagne flute chilled, garnish with a sugar rim and enjoy!
Ready to try it yet? Check out your local retailer to grab your own bottle! It’s perfect for whipping up refreshing cocktails this spring at brunch or your next girl’s night out. Its shimmery look makes it super Instagrammable too! Speaking of shimmer, you can visit BringtheShimmer.com for pic inspiration, delish recipes, hilarious videos, and more. Also, make sure to bring the shimmer on social! Just upload a photo, add the#bringtheshimmer hashtag, and share your favorite VINIQ moments to be seen and beheard. Let’s bring the shimmer together! Use the hashtag to see your post on the brand’s site alongside mine. Cheers!
TBH, I use rose infused products year round because I’m addicted to the sweet scent of blooming roses! For the rest of the world, spring is the perfect time to start incorporating these fresh florals into your beauty routine.
The beauty market is brimming with amazing products that reap the benefits of these natural wonders. Read on for a handful of my favs!
I have to kick off my list with one of my absolute fav beauty products (that also happens to be rose infused). Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist provides serious hydration and boosts skin’s radiance instantly. The formula contains rose oil, marshmallow extract, and aloe. It creates this dewy (but not too dewy) finish when you mist it over your face to set your makeup. You can also use it in a more traditional way like a regular toner after cleansing your face. And sometimes, I spray it all over my body just because it just smells so darn good.
Want to smell like sweet roses all day? Cleanse your hair with the Matrix Volume Rose line! This is one of my more recent discoveries, but I became an instant fan after my first shampoo with this lightweight duo. The silicone-free shampoo is infused with delicate rose hip oil and primes hair by removing buildup and delicately cleansing each strand. The conditioner provides nourishment to each strand, and together, the set boosts volume up to 78% while providing softness and shine.
I’m a huge fan of fake lashes, but not so fond of the nasty scent of latex that comes with the territory. This Velour Rose Scented Lash Adhesive is latex free and attaches your falsies with the soft scent of rose instead. Love!
Banish oil and shine with these awesome rose scented blotting papers! They are designed to remove shine, dirt, oil, and perspiration from the skin while unclogging pores for a clearer, matte complexion. Each paper contains rose chips, which provide essential nutrients and a delicate rose scent.
Peter Thomas Roth makes excellent skincare products and this one is no exception. With state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology, rose stem cells are blended with rose extracts to help repair visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, and dullness. This stuff effectively clears skin of impurities and sweeps away dead surface skin cells that can dull the complexion. Rose water adds a light, delicate scent and leaves skin clean, silky soft, and youthful-looking.
A cult-favorite hydrating and toning mask infused with real rose petals, the Fresh Rose Face Mask is a must for any rose lover. It hydrates and tones the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types. The unique, cooling gel formula is infused with pure rosewater—known to soothe and tone—and real rose petals that literally melt into the skin.
It would be wrong to leave this rose classic off the list. This must-have lip balm calms and heals irritation, and soothes the sting of minor burns. Easy-to-use and versatile, dab it on chapped lips, elbows, or knees to condition and relieve dryness. I have one in my bag at all times!
I just turned 29 on Thursday and I’ve been reflecting a lot as I kick off my last year in my twenties. The old me would have told you that I’m turning 21 again (for the 8th time), but I’m finally embracing my age.
I realize I’m not getting any younger, so I’ve decided to make the rest of my life, the best of my life – starting with my new and improved bucket list for my 29th year! Read on for the deets on how I plan to end my twenties with a bang.
Katie’s 2016 Bucket List:
Bring the shimmer to me and my friend’s year with an epic girls trip!
Dye my hair a crazy fantasy color
Write a novel
Spend more time in Central Park
Run a marathon
Be more adventurous
Visit all the restaurants featured in Sex and the City
Go on a cruise
Donate to charity
Swim with dolphins
Stress way less
Participate in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Make time to catch up with old friends
Be someone’s mentor
Create the perfect signature cocktail
As you can tell, I’ve got a lot of living to go do, but first, let me add a checkmark next to “create the perfect signature cocktail.” To celebrate my birthday, I decided to create a cocktail recipe that really portrayed my personality. Behold, the Citrus Mist, featuring my fav shimmery liqueur – Viniq! Just like me, it’s sweet, shimmery, simple and creative.
2 oz. Viniq Original®
1 oz. New Amsterdam Vodka
2 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Moscato
Build ingredients in a champagne flute.
Ready to join me in bringing the shimmer this year? I know as I continue to check off my bucket list items I’ll be sharing my pics on social using #BringTheShimmer. Check out Viniq.com for more cocktail inspiration to celebrate your goals and checks off your bucket list this year!
Now, let’s all raise a glass to an epic year. Cheers!
[This post was sponsored by Viniq, but all opinions are my own.]
I launched Martinis and Mascara four years ago at a time when I was on a quest to discover how to transform my puny lashes. They had literally fallen out due to stress and I was on a mission to find the best way to bring them back to life. (In case you missed it – the best thing to do is treat them with Latisse, decorate with a killer mascara, and strategically place eyeshadow around the lash line to create the illusion of a full set.)
Over the years I’ve tested and reviewed a TON of products, but it takes a seriously high quality mascara to earn blog placement. It’s in the title after all, so if I’m endorsing a mascara it’s because I truly love it and it has passed the Martinis and Mascara test.
I’m happy to share that Benefit’s mascaras check all of my boxes! (Big thanks to my friends at Benefit for sending me a giant version of one of my favs to help me celebrate Martinis and Mascara’s anniversary in a big way!)
Read on for my ode to my favorite Benefit mascaras and definitely try these babies out if you haven’t yet…
This long-lasting mascara provides bigger, bolder lashes in a variety of shades. I adore the Beyond Blue shade and love to sport it on my bottom lashes in the springtime (or whenever I want a bright pop of color). The specially designed molded rubber brush offers serious control and effortless application, allowing you to coat all of those hard to reach lashes. It’s one of the classics that remain in makeup kit on a regular basis.
This is the perfect smoldering mascara to pair with a smokey eye. The thick black formula a little more flexible than my other two Benefit favs, so it has more of a soft feel. It’s super sexy especially when combined with a blended set of smokey grays and black shadows. Keep this one on deck for your next night out!
Last but certainly not least, Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara quickly skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list soon after its release last year. Roller Lash is now is my everyday go-to mascara. It does an incredible job of lifting and curling to really open up the eye and make your peepers pop. The “hook ‘n roll” molded brush separates while the formula coats lashes for up to 12 hours. It is perfection.
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