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In Honor of Mom: Products That Remind Me of My First Beauty Icon

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I get asked all the time who my ultimate beauty icon is.

Marilyn Monroe always comes to mind. Gwen Stefani, even. But the very first and most influential beauty icon in my life was – and still is – my mom.

She was the first person I ever saw apply lipstick. The first to show me how to braid my hair. And the one who brought me to the store to buy me my very first powder compact. She was the style icon that influenced me before I even knew anyone else in the world existed.

So, in honor of Mother’s Day, here are the products that remind me of my introduction to the beauty world… from my first beauty inspiration, my mom:

 

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced Time Complex Capsules

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I remember my mom LOVED these Elizabeth Arden capsules. The oil blend hiding within these capsules provides a serious softening effect on the skin. Mom’s skin still looks great, so I know it works!

 

CoverGirl Clear Mascara

CoverGirl Clear Mascara

This was the very first cosmetic product my mom ever bought for me. I wanted to wear makeup so badly and I don’t think I appreciated the amazingness that is clear mascara back then. Now clear mascara is one of my makeup kit staples. I didn’t realize it way back when, but she was on to something!

 

Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 Sunscreen

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This bottle looks like my childhood. As I’m sure you all have noticed, I have extremely fair skin. My mom used to slather my skin in Water Babies basically every time I left the house. She instilled the importance of sun protection at a very young age. My skin and I are very thankful for that.

 

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

After all of the mascaras I’ve tested, this classic remains one of my favorites. Before I saw it in all of the “cult favorite” roundups in all of my beauty magazines, I saw it in my mom’s makeup bag.

 

Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid

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This one is also a classic. I remember my mom used to always use the original Oil of Olay beauty fluid, complete with powdery scent and major moisturizing power.

 

Estee Lauder All Day Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lipstick

My mom always encouraged me to express myself and she never stopped me from snooping in her makeup kit. I often created my own masterpieces with her Estee Lauder lipsticks.

 

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask

I can remember going to the beauty supply store with my mom to pick up this mask in the peak of my bad skin years. It does a seriously good job of removing blackheads and calming acne. I haven’t used it in a very long time, but this one is worth bringing out of the vault!

 

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor

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This one’s actually a bonus product. It doesn’t remind me of my mom, but of her mom. I know “grandma perfume” has a particularly negative connotation, but I always thought my grandma smelled amazing. I can vividly remember sneaking into my grandma’s room whenever I came to visit to drool over her elegant fragrance tray. Confession: I always snuck a spray of her White Diamonds.

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Beauty Products You Need For Spring

For the first time, it’s fiiiiinally starting to feel like spring here in NYC! I didn’t even need to wear a coat today, ya’ll. In honor of this beautiful springiness, I’m sharing five of my must-have beauty products you need in your makeup bag this season…

 

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

Add a pop of springy pastels to your traditional smoky eye with Kat Von D’s super versatile Innerstellar palette. It has everything you need to create a traditional dramatic look and also allows you to capture several spring trends in one product. Blend up a neutral brown toned look, add a pop of metallic silver, or sweep on some subtle springtime lavender, all with the same handy palette.

 

Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+

Fresh Peony UV Brightening SPF 50

I first discovered the Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield in the fall at the Glam Beauty 100, but this product has spring written all over it. It packs a whopping SPF 50 in it which should come in handy for all of the picnics you’ll be experiencing in this awesome sunny weather. The best part is that it doesn’t look or feel like a traditional sunscreen. This moisturizing fluid contains an exclusive brightening complex derived from peony and licorice root extracts. It leaves the skin looking luminous and creates the perfect base to wear under foundation.

 

Dior Addict Lip Glow

Dior Addict Lip Glow

This is actually a fabulous lippie to slather on year round, but I love it especially for spring. It’s the exact opposite of all of the heavy vampiness we’ve been wearing on our lips all winter. The pink tint is my favorite, but there is also a beautiful coral color that is perfectly on trend for spring. Both have an amazing silky texture and will react with the chemistry of your lips to create a personalized flattering shade.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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This Hourglass Ambient lighting palette is a must-have for any beauty junkie. It allows you to create beautifully diffused dimension that lives a lit-from-within glow without shimmer overload. It will brighten up your look gorgeously and easily. Obsessed.

 

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ody(Sea)

Marc Jacobs Highliner

Let’s get real, when Kim Kardashian sports a certain shade, the world pays attention.  She recently brought turquoise rimmed eyes back into the limelight, so it’s safe to say this look is reaching trend status again. Marc Jacobs Highliner is my favorite eyeliner of all time (yes, I just said that) and I think his teal shade, Ody(Sea) is the perfect product for rocking the teal liner.

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7 Beauty Apps You Need to Download

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I think the marriage of beauty and digital media is a wonderful thing. There are countless mobile apps on the market now that will do everything from let you try on celebrity hairstyles to connect you directly with a celebrity hairstylist. I’ve mentioned various apps on the blog before, but now I have curated a list of my current faves in one handy post. These tried and true beauty apps are definite keepers that I think you will love as much as I do. Behold, the seven beauty apps you need to download right now… (Seriously, start loading the App Store!)

GlamSquad

GlamSquad is like Uber for your beauty routine. Simply download the app, select the beautification service, and they will come to you (on location!) and pretty you up. GlamSquad offers a variety of predetermined hair and makeup looks (like “The Bombshell” and “The Siren”) to make your selection a snap. This service is super convenient and will save you time and money in traveling to your salon! Treat yourself like the star you are and have your beautification team come to you.

YouCam Makeup

Look a little washed out in your photo? Just add a little post-production blush with YouCam Makeup. (I suggest you use this one post-selfie-shoot, but pre-filtering.) It’s an app that uses facial recognition technology to digitally add makeup to your photos. It can look beautiful and natural when done correctly. It does look a little cheeseball if you go overboard, so please YouCam in moderation. Thankfully, each feature can be adjusted and does not have to be rendered at full intensity.

Beautified

Beautified, co-founded by DJ/model/fitness guru/professional cool person Hannah Bronfman, allows you to effortlessly book same day salon/spa services and fitness classes with the touch of a button. It features a well-curated list of providers, all displayed in a very user-friendly way with easily accessible info and pricing.

Sephora to Go

Sephora to Go is amazing. In addition to the traditional Sephora shopping we all know and love, the app features inspiration including shoppable looks! Look at a photo of one of your glammed up favorite influencers, and click to purchase the products she put on her face. It’s super easy and fun if shopping is your mission.

Glam Style

This amazing lifestyle app features a new edition every month, always packed with fun, relevant content. (You might remember when I participated in the Glam Beauty 100 with my #GlamFam and mentioned the app back then.) This month’s Valentine’s focused edition is definitely worth checking out!

L’Oreal Makeup Genius

THIS. This app is awesome. L’Oreal’s Makeup Genius scans your face in seconds then allows you to try on any shade (in real time!) and shop direct from your phone. The makeup library also features complete looks created by L’Oreal artists that you can try. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the video of what it looks like in action. It’s brilliant.

Martinis and Mascara

Shameless self promotion alert! It felt wrong to not include the Martinis and Mascara app in my roundup of favorite apps. Chances are, if you’re reading this post right now, you’ll like it. ;)

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Shop for the Holidays at the Walmart Holiday Fragrance Gift Center

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Ready for the holidays yet? If the answer is no, don’t fret! Luckily, Walmart has everything you need for every person on your list. Walmart’s Holiday Fragrance Center is your one stop shop for your holiday fragrance gifts. There, you can find gift recommendations and even coupons for premium savings off of your favorite scents!

The process is so simple. Just visit the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center, take the quick quiz and, receive a $4 fragrance coupon at the end! The $4 coupon works with any of the featured Coty fragrance items priced at $14.88 or higher.

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Along with your quiz results, Walmart  suggests fragrances you might enjoy for yourself or the person you’re gifting this season.

The Holiday Fragrance Center boasts an impressive collection of high quality perfumes and colognes, but my favorite on this list is Lady Gaga’s Fame. In fact, it was the first fragrance review I ever wrote for Martinis and Mascara! I highly recommend it for gift-giving this season. I wear it all the time!

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Other options in Walmart’s holiday offerings include Killer Queen by Katy Perry (an amazing sweet scent), Beyonce’s Heat Rush (citrusy goodness), and Nautica Blue (still as classic and yummy as ever), to name a few. k2-_1af9215d-320d-4465-b571-72a2a2988640.v1 k2-_0f2bbbd9-f322-4a37-b749-95caac88a67d.v1 k2-_3338e687-f27a-4c65-9ed2-cd95f1f70021.v1

For even more savings, enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $50 gift card! You can get quite a lot of perfume with that at Walmart’s killer prices. Happy shopping!

Holiday Fragrance Gift Center Giveaway

[This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.]

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Cezanne Hair Treatment Review

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I recently ventured down to the gorgeous Danny Jelaca salon on South Beach to test out the new Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment, an amazing new smoothing system that’s 100% free of formaldehyde.

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Master stylist Meredith Texeria, the lead smoothing treatment expert in the salon, applied my treatment. She was such a delight I was instantly obsessed with both her serious hair skills and her awesome personality. Sitting in her chair is like having a bestie that just happens to know how to perform magic on your hair.

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The Cezanne hair treatment isn’t a quick process, but it’s well worth it. This system makes hair smoother, straighter and frizz-free while restoring natural shine and strengthening the hair. It sounds too good to be true, but I can tell you from experience that the treatment definitely lives up to the product claims! Here’s what I looked like before:

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And here’s my after:

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I am SO obsessed with my results! I also love that the treatment is so effective minus all of the harmful chemicals. Instead of formaldehyde, the formula uses a proprietary blend of keratin, silk protein, botanical extracts and vitamins that actually leaves hair healthier and more manageable than before the treatment. It feels like I got a new head of hair!

Another perk is that there is no “down time” after treatment. Hair can be washed or colored immediately. (Keep in mind that coloring right before the treatment can alter your color though!) Unlike other smoothing systems, hair can also be curled with a curling iron without harming the condition of the hair. Cezanne can be used on any hair type and texture, whether the hair is colored, damaged, bleached, or highlighted.

I definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who is seeking frizz-free locks! You won’t be sorry, trust me. :)

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Stay Refreshed and Stylish this Summer with Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee


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Bathing suit? Check.

SPF 70? Check. (Seriously.)

Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Check!

I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to sacrifice style for time when you’re running around this summer! Stay refreshed and stylish with help from Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee, a blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk, inspired by the coffee blend and flavors used in the handcrafted Iced Coffee beverages served in Starbucks cafes.

It’s the perfect pick-me-up for those hot summer days when you’re running out the door and need to grab something in a hurry. I always keep one (or three!) in my beach tote along with my other summer beauty essentials.

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Here is my ultimate summer style on-the-go checklist:

  1. A bathing suit that makes you feel beautiful. Maybe yours is a string bikini. If so, more power to you! My power suit is a versatile black swim dress that I love to just throw on and go.
  2. Sunscreen. If you aren’t into the traditional kind, there are a ton of other lightweight serums infused with sunscreen that will absorb quickly and do the trick! Check out Supergoop. Love!
  3. A versatile hairstyling product. My fav for my beach bag? ARROJO protective thickening lotion. This multitasking spray protects hair from harmful UV rays and humidity while instantly thickening hair strands.
  4. Makeup setting spray. Urban Decay’s “Chill” is perfect for this. You can quickly spritz your makeup with it in the morning and it’ll stay on for hours – no matter how much you sweat or splash around in the water.
  5. Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Like I mentioned earlier, this stuff is my saving grace for staying energized on-the-go during the endless summer festivities! The Coffee + Milk variation is my favorite. You can purchase some of your own at your local grocery or drug store. It runs about $1.99 a bottle or $5.99 for a four pack. SBX_Iced_Coffee_sSrv_NEW

Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

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

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Get the Perfect Wedding Look with TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion

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The amazing Kimberly from Penny Pincher Fashion is at it again with amazing hairstyling tips featuring some of my favorite TRESemme products!

Whether you’re going to a bridal shower, attending a wedding or participating as a bridesmaid, Penny Pincher Fashion and TRESemme show you how to get the perfect look for less with the help of Walmart.

Check out her five new hair tutorials – Pony Tail, Braided Crown, Sleek & Chic, Gatsby Glam, Modern Chignon – to find a look that fits you.

My fav is this Twisted-Back Ponytail tutorial. The feminine style is effortlessly chic and perfect for your next wedding or formal event!

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For more style inspiration, product information, and other fun tips, be sure to check out the TRESemme brand page on Walmart.com.

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TRESemme via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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Get Runway Ready for Less with TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion

Refresh your style this season with these amazing tips and tricks from TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion!

I’m so into the perfectly on-trend braided looks and Kimberly from PPF is dishing out some amazing how-tos on how to get these looks effortlessly using simple techniques and affordable products from TRESemme. She took runway ready looks and translated them for everyday wear! She drew her main inspiration from Rebecca Minkoff, one of TRESemme’s designer partners, to dream up these beautiful romantic styles.

Her Loose Braided Updo is my fav! Check out the images below to see her simple steps:

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There is a plethora of other tutorials and fun content to help you get runway ready for less! Check it out here. Happy styling! ;)

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TRESemme via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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Reveal Your Best Self with Nair


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As summertime approaches, it’s time to revamp your makeup wardrobe, update your closet, and reveal your best self! The new season is the perfect time for a new start – and I’m taking the pledge with Nair to reveal my best self.

First things first – I believe that in order to be your best, you have to feel your best. And believe it or not, the right beauty products can help you get there. I argue this point all the time when it comes to beauty. So many people think it’s about vanity, but it’s not. If a hot pink summer lip makes you feel beautiful, what’s the harm in that?

I think when you look better, you feel better! Having silky smooth legs is not only perfect for the breezy attire of the summer season, but it really gives me a confidence boost. I don’t have to self-consciously hide under my clothing!

I’m so thrilled that I discovered the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Sprays Away™ because it is perfect for effortless hair removal. The spray is infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and Orange Blossom and it works in as little as 4 minutes! There is no mess – just spray it on, let it sit for around 4 minutes (no longer than 10 minutes) and wipe away with a damp washcloth. Voila! Silky smooth skin in just minutes. Summertime and the living’s easy. ;)

If you don’t already, please follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing fun tips and tricks via Insta for revealing your best self throughout the month of June.

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“Nair Like Never Before”

[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of NAIR™ via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of NAIR™]

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My Fav Beauty Looks from the MTV Movie Awards (and how to get them!)

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Sorry, it’s kind of a tradition now that I kick off all of my red carpet beauty roundups with a photo of Jared Leto. Couldn’t help it. ;)

Lots of stars shone on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet last night, but my favs were Jessica Alba’s hair and Lupita Nyong’o's face. So. Pretty. As usual, I got the scoop on the products used to get both looks!

Not surprising, Lupita was all done up in Lancôme after recently announcing her status as an ambassadress (sweet gig, right?) for the brand.

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Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gave the recently appointed ambassadress “sparkly, disco-inspired eyes” for the red carpet. Barose wanted to complement Nyong’o’s colorful dress with a silver metallic eye. Here are the products he used:

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Now, let’s get to Jessica Alba’s hair! Here’s how it looked last night:

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Celebrity hairstylist Davey Newkirk gave Jessica some glossy, simple loose waves for the 2014 MTV Movie awards. Very playful and total modern Hollywood glam.

Here are the steps he used to create the look:

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