Meet My New Hair Color Guru: Rachel Bodt

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⬆️ My new hair thanks to the amazing Rachel Bodt. ⬆️

I knew when I was seated next to Heather Graham in the waiting area that I would be in good hands at Cutler Salon.

Truthfully though, I had a pretty good feeling about the fate of my hair even before I walked in. I was referred to Cutler colorist Rachel Bodt by my amazing friend Loni. (She famously went blonde herself and lived to tell the tale to Cosmo, so I trust her with every strand on my head.)

Now I know first hand why Rachel is Loni’s (and Gigi Hadid’s and Emily Blunt’s and Tilda Swinton’s and Marisa Tomei’s and… you get the picture) mane chick.

Rachel is one of the most sought after celeb colorists in the city. With a decade of experience working at one of the leading salons in Manhattan, she knows a thing or two about color. She has an excellent eye and knew how to articulate what I wanted(/needed) better than I could myself.

Before visiting Rachel, I had admittedly hit the purple shampoo too hard and had a weird purple gray tinge lurking throughout my recently blonded locks. It started to look a little weird because my (extremely overgrown) regrowth was warm and looked even more disconnected juxtaposed with my dry, silvery ends. Not a cute look. I wanted it blended and warmed up just a little… but Rachel knew what I needed without me even having to say it.

After a full head of expertly applied highlights, series of Redken Shades EQ toning glosses and a much-needed Olaplex treatment, Rachel took me to a creamier, beigey blonde that makes much more sense with my skin tone and blends effortlessly with my natural root shade. I’m living for my new color and feel like a million bucks!

Beyond giving me life with my new hair, Rachel was a dream to hang with and instantly felt like a best friend I had known for years. This aspect of matching with a colorist is imperative for me, so I was thrilled to discover I love her personality as much as her technique.

Take a peek below to see more of Rachel’s amazing work:

Incredible right!?!

Stay tuned to hear much more about my new color guru. I will most definitely be keeping her on my speed dial for hair tips and will be sure to share them with you all! 💁

Happy 60th Anniversary, Dove!

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Dove has been a staple in my beauty routine for as long as I can remember. In fact, I think the classic Dove beauty bar might have been the very first beauty product I ever used! That’s why I’m so thrilled to partner with my friends at Dove to help celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

For generations, Dove has been not just a bar of soap or a shampoo, but a source of confidence, too. Through both their products and their campaigns, they’ve helped women everywhere develop a positive relationship with the way they look.

You all know how I’m a huge proponent of body positivity and all that Dove stands for, so I hope you’ll all join me to celebrate each other with a brand that empowers us!

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To commemorate the 60th anniversary, I stopped by my local CVS to stock up on some of my favorite Dove hair and skin products. It’s winter and my skin and hair need serious hydrating, so I picked up the Deep Moisture body wash, Daily Moisture shampoo, Advanced Care deodorant, and I even snagged a limited edition beauty bar for myself!

Their skin products are gentle, give me softer smoother skin and are dermatologist recommended. The Daily Moisture shampoo nourishes my hair leaving it silky and manageable, too.

These are great affordable additions to add to your bag next time you’re at CVS! In fact, CVS is hosting a BOGO deal today through March 11th on select Dove products! You can also buy 2 and get $3 ExtraBucks rewards. It’s a good time to go shopping.

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And to further celebrate Dove’s 60th anniversary, I am hosting a gift card giveaway! To enter, take a photo explaining how you #RaiseTheBeautyBar, tag me (@martinisandmascara) and post it to your Instagram feed. Winners will receive a $50 dollar CVS gift card, so you can purchase all the Dove products you want! Read the official rules here.

I can’t wait to see all of your great posts and celebrate with you, so don’t forget to tag #RaiseTheBeautyBar, #CVS, and #Sweepstakes in your posts. Good luck, beauties!

[Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper. Opinions are 100% my own.]

The Best Products To Save Your Skin In Winter

[Today’s post was written by a guest contributor.]

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Winter can be unbearably brutal to your skin. Between the strong winds, dry weather and frigid temperatures, skin takes a real beating during this time of year.

Luckily, there are some easy ways to upgrade your skincare routine in order to beat these winter woes. These four products will keep your skin looking soft, dewy and healthy throughout the chilly winter months.

Rich Moisturizer

Your everyday lotion just won’t cut it in dry, cold temperatures. Instead, opt for a thick, creamy moisturizer that soaks into the skin. You should make sure that this moisturizer doesn’t use any synthetic fragrances as these can irritate skin that is already inflamed.

It’s important to moisturize twice a day during the winter, even if you have oily skin. Skin that is too dry will overcompensate with excess oils that can cause acne.

Healing Lip Balm

One of the worst parts of winter is dry, chapped and cracked lips. If you want to keep lips healthy and moisturized during the cold winter months, invest in a lip balm that’s renowned for its deeply hydrating properties.

Pick a brand like EOS Lip Balm. This brand uses natural ingredients like shea butter to deliver serious moisture to parched lips.

Coconut Oil

Winter weather doesn’t just affect our faces. During cold months, our hands, feet and the rest of our bodies can get dry and cracked. That’s why it’s wise to invest in a large jar of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of those miracle oils that can make even the driest skin feel supple and soft in seconds. Select a coconut oil that is raw and unrefined so that it contains the most healing benefits. Whenever your hands or feet feel dry, massage them liberally with a tablespoon or so of coconut oil. Your skin will be moisturized beyond belief and will smell like delicious coconuts.

Facial Brush

Dry skin will produce an excess of dead skin cells that can clog your pores. That’s why it’s a good idea to purchase a facial brush. These brushes have soft bristles that won’t damage your pores. Instead, they will gently remove dead skin cells that are lodged deep beneath your skin’s surface.

By investing in these products, your skin will glow during the dreaded winter months.

How to Stay Fresh and Stress Free

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I live in New York City and I’m constantly running a million miles an hour on a mission to get things done. In this environment it’s easy to morph into a gigantic ball of stress. From juggling my many side hustles to the regular stresses of everyday life, I sometimes forget to slow down and breathe.

To avoid becoming that ball of stress, I get by with a little help from some of my favorite products! I discovered the below thanks to my friends at Secret Deodorant and Babbleboxx! Secret is already one of my go-to products for staying fresh and ready to face the day – so I was thrilled to partner with them and receive this custom curated box of goodies.

Read on for more info on what I depend on to keep me cool, calm, and collected during my busiest moments:

Secret Deodorant Fresh Collection

Already my favorite deodorant brand, Secret has recently launched some amazing new scents (and technology!) to keep you feeling fresh throughout the day. The new Secret Fresh Collection features a brand new patented Fade Resistant Scent Technology, which has been shown to combat nose-blindness and provide long-lasting fragrance benefits for up to 48 hour-protection. It’s specially designed to last throughout your day, providing you with unstoppable freshness and reassurance that your deodorant is working as hard as you do. It’s AMAZING. And I’m equally excited about the new Cool Waterlily fragrance as I am about the confidence boost it gives me!

Floral bouquets from FTD

Flowers are one of life’s special pleasures. FTD creates moments that lets your loved ones know how much you care. And sometimes, it’s totally ok if that loved one is yourself! I think filling my life (and my apartment) full of flowers helps me to feel happier instantly – and I have always been a firm believer of never waiting around for someone else to send you flowers.

La Fresh Limited Edition Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes

There is something endlessly relaxing about a perfectly fresh and clean face. When I’m in chill mode, I reach for wipes like these wipes to get the job done. They are perfectly effective on the most stubborn makeup yet, gentle enough for all skin types. And you’re in luck! If you’d like to buy your own, you can get 25% off your first purchase using coupon code: BabbleBoxx.

Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil

Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil pampers skin with soothing essential oils like Jojoba Oil and Grape Seed Oil, which helps seal in moisture and promote healthy skin. The oil is uniquely formulated to provide enhanced contact between the razor and your skin for a smooth shave without nicks or cuts. It can also be used to enhance smoothness between shaves.

21 Drops Detox Essential Oil Blend

I LOVE 21 Drops! The brand has pioneered the modern experience in essential oil therapy, offering you a healthier way of living every day. Each 21 drops solution is pre-blended with distinct essential oils that come together in organic jojoba oil to uniquely treat a particular concern or aspiration. The Detox Essential Oil Blend fuses the 100% natural essential oils of Cardamom (to refresh), Geranium (to purify and support), Juniper (to flush out toxins), and Lavender (to soothe nerves).

[This post was sponsored by Secret, but all opinions are my own.]

The Best Fake Eyelashes and Application Tips

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False lashes are one of the most commonly discussed topics when I’m working a makeup job. I always joke that we never judge a look until after lash application because they truly have the power to transform your face.

Lucky for you lovelies, I have spent the last decade of my life trying every single kind I can get my hands on to discover the  best type. From cheapo $1.99 drugstore lash kits to extravagant $100 mink sets you can wear over and over again – I have tried them all.

Read on for some tips to help take the mystery out of one of the makeup world’s most amazing secret weapons… and the scoop on my fav styles!

Georgie Beauty La Cherie Faux Lashes

Best Fake Eyelashes

If I want to look pretty, but not overdone, I reach for this pair. These are perfect for any occasion you want to look natural and polished like a wedding or photo shoot. The flexible band makes them easy to apply and also look extremely real. And if you’re on a budget looking for a dupe, the Andrea Modlash #53s are pretty good too.

Ardell Natural #105

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The 105s give a little more oomph for the days when you’re ready to go big or go home! These are perfect for theatrical performances, any night out that requires a little drama (bachelorette party, anymore?!), or drag queens (#realtalk).

Application tips: 

  • Select the right type. Seriously, picking the right pair is half the battle. So many people say to me, “I can’t put on lashes,” “They don’t stay on,” etc. But really, selecting a pair that works with your eyes is key to making them more manageable. I find that lashes with flexible bands are the best. They form to fit the shape of the eyelid better than lashes with a solid, harder band, and also look more realistic. Stiff banded lashes are more likely to pop up and do not blend as well into the lash line.
  • Use good glue! In my experience, DUO lash glue is the best.  Pitch it and grab a new bottle every so often to ensure the best quality (and less sticky situations).
  • Have patience. For newbies to the world of fake lashes, practice makes perfect. It’ll be annoying when you’re first trying to figure out the application process, but I promise you it’ll be worth it in the long run!