How to Stay Fresh and Stress Free

Secret Deodorant

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

the best fake lashes

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

Ardell Natural 105

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!

New Product Alert: Tria Beauty Positively Clear 3-Step Acne Skincare Solution

Tria Beauty laser

My friends at Tria, makers of amazing at-home laser devices like the Tria Beauty Laser 4X have just launched an at-home device to battle acne!

The Tria Beauty Positively Clear 3-Step Acne Solution is the one and only dermatologist recommended acne-blasting treatment that combines bacteria-fighting blue light therapy with potent skincare to treat more effectively than traditional treatments alone. This easy 3-step fix addresses all causes of acne to reveal glowing, flawless-looking skin.

They sent me one to try out and I’m so excited to see if it lives up to the hype. I’ve seen excellent results with their laser hair removal device, so I have high hopes for this blue light acne treatment kit. So, stay tuned to see my results!

Have any of you tried it? Would love to hear your thoughts in the meantime!

Top Makeup Trends to Try in 2017

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

Prestige Cosmetics.

A new year is the perfect time to try out a fresh trend or two, and 2017 has no shortage of them—especially when it comes to makeup. This season, it’s all about extremes. You can choose between tons of sparkle, shine, and color or a barely-there approach that manages to be both natural and elegant. Whether you want to simply supplement your look or completely switch things up, give your beauty routine a boost by trying out one (or more) of these hot makeup trends.

Glossy Lips

The last few years might have been devoted to the matte lip, but 2017 is all about a high gloss look. From eyelids and cheekbones to that previously matte pout, this season’s makeup trends prove you don’t (necessarily) need highlighter to create a radiant look. As this article from Elle writes, lip gloss is a refreshing change that gives dimension, shine, and youth—all things that most of us can’t get enough of in our beauty routine. Swap out your go-to matte lip shade to a glossy version for an easy upgrade, or swipe on a clear gloss for a more subtle take on this season’s shine.

Glow Crazy

If there’s one thing that makeup artists, beauty editors, and average gals (like you and me) all have in common it’s that we just can’t get enough of glowing, lit-from-within skin—in fact, the brighter our skin, the better. Thankfully, this year’s makeup trends are in full support of our crusade for the perfect glow. For a fool-proof routine, use this video from The Scene as your guide to give yourself a glow inspired by Rihanna’s impeccable complexion. Start with MAC’s Diamond Cream Colour Base as your highlight (cheekbones, cupid’s bow, bridge of nose) and finish with a warm bronzing powder, because there’s no shine without a little shadow.

Glitter Overload

Love it or hate it, the glitter trend is still going strong. This year, however, heed the advice of Harper’s Bazaar and wear it in a less precise manner than before. Scatter it across your bottom lashline, allowing flecks to fall where they please. As counterintuitive as it might feel, the less perfect it looks the more perfect it actually is. If you just can’t bring yourself to continue the glittery eye trend, don’t worry—there’s still plenty of shimmer to go around elsewhere. Try glitter-dusted lips instead. Swipe on gloss over your lip color and lightly pat on glitter with your ring finger for a sparkly finish.

Bare Beauty

As promised, not every makeup trend in the new year is about glitz, shimmer, and shine. Rocking a natural look is just as popular (and arguably more sophisticated). To make your everyday makeup look as fresh and dewy as possible, this post from Glamour notes that it’s all in the details. Start with creamy matte skin and a bit of mauve lipstick blended with a brush on the cheeks and bridge of nose. Then, apply a soft taupe shadow on your eyelids and finish with a pinky-nude matte liquid lipstick, like Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Flush, lightly dabbed onto lips as a stain.

How to Get the Perfect Pout

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Want the scoop on how to get perfect lips (sans Kylie Jenner level injections)? After testing out a million different product combos – seriously – I’ve discovered the formula for the perfect pout. Read on for my findings and get ready for the best lips of your life!

First thing’s first: A trusty lip scrub is an absolute must.

Prep your lips using an exfoliating lip scrub. It’s super easy to make your own with a combination of coconut oil and sugar, or you can be lazy like me and purchase one. I think the best lip scrub is LUSH’s Bubble Gum Lip Scrub, but there are several out there on the market that will get the job done.

I take it a step further by using the Bliss Pout-O-Matic lip-perfecting device for maximum exfoliation. A toothbrush or your finger will also work btw – I’m just an overachiever.

You can obviously do this anytime, but I incorporate this step into my nighttime skincare routine to prep for the most effective beauty sleep.

Mask it up.

Once you’ve scrubbed thoroughly, slather on a lip mask like Kaplan MD Lip 20 Peppermint Mask. This soothing gel mask gently removes chapped, flaky skin using papaya enzymes, while hydrating and repairing the delicate skin on your lips with marine collagen and hyaluronic acid. So, if the scrub left anything, rest assured this will get it taken care of and then some. It plumps the contours of the lips seamlessly and will leave them feeling and looking fab in 5 minutes or less.

Soften while you sleep.

It’s imperative to also make sure you’re hydrating your lips after you’ve exfoliated. So as the last step before bed, break out the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and let the miracles continue while you get your beauty sleep. It’ll feel like a super thick lip balm in the best way. Apply an ample amount and let the magic happen.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Good morning, beautiful! At this point, you’ll wake up with amazing lips. However, don’t stop the hydration train just because you’ve woken up and look amazing. I keep several tubes of Image Skincare’s Ormedic Lip Complex scattered around my apartment, in my desk, my makeup bag, my purse… you get the picture. Get some and use it throughout the day to maintain that perfect pout.

Enjoy your pucker!

I swear to you, if you follow these steps your lips will never look better. Promise. Muah!