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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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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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#INeedSparkle: My Must-Have Products for Ultimate Sparkling

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Hello beautiful readers! I’m a firm believer that you should never let anyone dull your sparkle. To help punch up your inner sparkle, I’ve selected my absolute favorite products to help you shimmer, sparkle, and shine on the outside, too!

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown I actually have this stuff in every shade, but Ballet Pink and Silver Moon are my favorites. The buildable shadow is super versatile because you can control the level of sparkle! Use just a touch for a subtle hint of shimmer or really pack it on for a glittery night out.

 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Glitters

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Sparkle alert! This loose glitter means business. Use an adhesive or bonding agent like Too Faced Glitter Glue Glitter Bonding Eyeshadow Primer and pack this stuff on to get the disco ball effect on your lids.

 

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

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Not comfortable decking your entire eye out in glitter? Make a statement with a swift stroke of sparkle instead. I adore the Urban Decay glitter eyeliners. You will love them too, promise!

10534929_614192218696827_1900508471_n You know who loves sparkle just as much as I do? My favorite Kardashian – Khloe! Head on over to www.ineedsparkle.com to see why Khloe and I share the #INeedSparkle mentality. Keep an eye out for future blog posts as well… I have something fun to announce in the coming weeks! In the mean time, happy sparkling! ;)

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

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#LooksThatRock for the VMAs with COVERGIRL, Olay, Venus, and Crest!

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Procter & Gamble and CVS have partnered with the MTV VMAs to help you get in the spirit to watch tomorrow’s much buzzed about MTV Awards! My friends at P&G sent me a box of all of the rockin’ products I need to achieve #LOOKSTHATROCK for myself, my friends, and my awesome readers! (I have some extra goodies, so make sure you read until the end for giveaway deets!)

I threw a little #LOOKSTHATROCK shindig to kick off the VMA excitement. Cocktails were involved and iconic moments from VMAs past were discussed. For the record, I think my favorite VMA performance of all time is a tie between this one and this one.

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My best friend Alex and I went to town trying out the latest in P&G’s trend-setting products to get in the spirit to watch the VMAs tomorrow. It’s a tradition that we watch the awards show together every year, so it just felt right to test all of these goodies out with her! (And she’s pretty much my favorite makeup model, too!)

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Our party kit included everything we needed to start smooth and finish flawless! See below for the list of our favorites. Surprise, surprise – most of my favs were COVERGIRL ;)

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(By the way – during our rock star makeovers, we both applied COVERGIRL Outlast lipcolor in Midnight Mauve. It stayed on both of us the entire night through many sips of many martinis.)

CVS is offering fantastic deals on these products (including BOGO 50% off on a variety of COVERGIRL and Crest products) so shoppers can get #LOOKSTHATROCK! Visit www.cvs.com/VMA  to see all the special offers on the P&G beauty brands at CVS. To take the celebration one step further, CVS is also offering printable coupons that can be found here!

In other fun news, P&G is hosting a VMAs #LOOKSTHATROCK red carpet Twitter party tomorrow at 8 p.m. EST. I’ll be tweeting live and I encourage you all to join the party! I LOVE predicting who will look best on the red carpet and my money this year is on Katy Perry. Tune into the VMAs tomorrow and check my social channels tomorrow to see if my beauty forecast was right!

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SO excited for all of the festivities tomorrow! I encourage you all to get to CVS and take advantage of the great deals they currently have on P&G beauty brands like Olay, COVERGIRL, Venus and Crest – products that help you get #LOOKSTHATROCK all year long.

Last, but not least – see below for giveaway info and get ready to rock!
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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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Glam Beauty Board: Summer Favorites

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I am so thrilled to participate in the Glam Beauty Board program! Beauty Board is an exclusive, invitation-only panel made up of Glam.com’s favorite beauty bloggers. I’m so flattered to be one of them! As a participant, I receive quarterly selections of the hottest new products that were selected by the Glam Editorial Team. I just got my first batch of products that are absolute life savers for summer. I am in love! See below for a roundup of my favorites from this carefully curated array of products:

 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush

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I love love love this Cheek Rush. It is a cellophane sheer blush in a refreshing gel formula. It is absolutely perfect for a summertime blush because it’s light, blends into the skin perfectly, and will not melt off in the summer sun. The shades are beautiful and very on-trend, too!

 

Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor

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With 5 blades and 8 times more glide boosters for a closer shave and less irritation, the Venus Embrace Sensitive is designed especially for sensitive skin. I have extremely sensitive skin myself and am always on the hunt for the perfect razor. This is one of the best!

 

Coast To Coast Ultra Soothing Aqua Mist Wild Rosella & Geranium

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Refresh and hydrate dry or sensitive skin with this soothing mist containing Tasmanian Sea Kelp, Wild Rosella and Organic Lavender Water. This combination of skin loving ingredients will calm and soothe inflamed or irritated skin. It’s a perfect to mist on after sun exposure, too!

 

Bite Beauty BB for Lips

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This lip enhancing, five-in-one balm is fabulous. It’s a summer essential that provides the look and feel of just-kissed, healthy, and hydrated lips. The color-rich balm repairs, primes, and protects with SPF 15.

 

Verb Sea Salt Spray

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I am such a sucker for sea salt spray! This is a good one. Verb Sea Spray takes landlocked hair to the beach for loose, languid curls. It creates instant texture that can work for the classic beach look or even work to build a foundation for a messy updo. Formulated with natural sea salt and smoothing moisturizers, this light mist infuses all hair types with oceanic waves for a breezy texture boost.

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#AmpUpYourStyle with TRESemme

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J’Adore TRESemme. Seriously.

I blog about the brand all the time, particularly because I love their assortment of quality products at affordable prices! They also have a killer contest going on right now where you can win a trip for two to the VMAs! Whaaat! Click here for deets.

TRESemme provides the perfect tools for you to #AmpUpYourStyle. My go-to style for effortless amped up perfection is… the pouf! We could call it a pompadour if you want to get technical, but pouf does the trick, too. I think it’s the easiest, most versatile look you can whip up to become an instant rock star. There are a lot of different ways to achieve this look though. See below to see how I do it!
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Step 1: Shampoo and condition hair with a volumizing shampoo like TRESemme 24 Hour Body Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry hair and apply a dollop of TRESemme Climate Protection Mousse. Scrunch throughout the hair, concentrating on the root area.

Step 2: Blowdry your hair upside down. You might look like you have a crazy lion mane when you flip your hair back up. Don’t panic – this is all part of the plan to amp up your style! The crazy body provided by doing this will provide a solid foundation for the pouf.

Step 3: Separate your fringe (or bangs) area into a triangular section. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way.

Step 4: Starting from the back of the triangle section, slice out thin horizontal partings of hair. Spray the roots generously with TRESemme hairspray. Backcomb to death with a teasing comb. (I like to use a boar bristle teasing brush, but a traditional rat tail comb works too!)

Step 5: Continue parting and combing until you reach the last section at your hairline. Do not backcomb this last parting! Leave that alone so it will look pretty when you smooth it over the mound of teased hair. After smoothing it over the rest of the hair, spray with a finishing spray like TRESemme Climate Control Finishing Spray. Pin hair back with bobby pins if desired.

And now that you know how super simple it is to get to pouf perfection using TRESemme, here are some examples of how you can wear the pouf! It’s literally so versatile and you can dress it up or down as desired. See below for further amped up inspiration. It took me about 30 seconds to switch between styles. Pouf = life.

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Now, how would you like to win some of your own amazing TRESemme products so you can amp up your style?! Enter my giveaway below for your chance to win!

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

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