My Personal Care Essentials

[This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf Simply Summer’s Eve®, but all opinions are my own.]

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I’m getting ready to travel to Florida for the holidays, so it’s time to make sure I have my must-haves in stock to pack with me! No matter if I’m jetsetting or just jogging uptown to the gym, I make sure to keep the products that keep me feeling fresh on hand.

I absolutely have to have a quality dry shampoo. It’s an amazing way to refresh your hair if it’s dirty… and even just add some oomph if it’s clean! I’m also obsessed with lip balm – especially living in NYC in the winter time. I also always keep essential oils on hand. I love different blends for different reasons, but love to keep calming oils on hand to help me keep my cool when things get stressful.

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I also love keeping the Simply Sensitive Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths on hand. These are super handy because they’re individually wrapped and easy to carry around in your purse or gym bag when you’re on the go. I LOVE the Mandarin Blossom scent. And the formula is gentle enough so it won’t irritate your sensitive skin! They’ve also been clinically and gynecologist tested for safety. They’re the perfect addition to your personal care routine.

Check out more info on SummersEve.com!

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No B.S. When It Comes to Birth Control Failure

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Martinis and Mascara is not only beauty-positive and body-positive, but also a sex-positive, judgment-free zone. So, when my friends at Her Campus reached out with the opportunity to spread the word about Plan B One-Step®, I couldn’t say no.

There’s this preconceived notion that it’s weird or taboo to discuss emergency contraception, but there shouldn’t be. Life happens and it’s important to be aware of the options you have when it does. There are also a variety of myths about emergency contraception and the “type of girl” who uses it… and I have quite a few things to say about that.


Plan B One-Step® has literally been used by millions of women*, myself included, and I am absolutely not ashamed to admit that. In fact, I’m thankful that an option like this exists because, well, things happen sometimes.

Condoms break, you forget to take your birth control pill, whatever. It doesn’t mean you’re reckless, it means you’re human. And as a human, it’s important to take the risk of unintended pregnancy seriously.

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Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed and taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it’s taken, the better it works. It should be used as directed. It’s now readily available over the counter, and can usually be found in the family planning aisle at many retail stores. No prescription or ID is required, and there is no age restriction.

It contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills—just at a higher dose. Plan B One-Step® is not an abortion pill. It will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. About 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking Plan B One-Step® as directed.

Before I used it, I was super nervous because there were some ugly rumors floating around my high school that got me thinking I’d be ill after taking it. Some women may experience side effects, such as a period that is lighter, heavier, early or late; nausea; lower abdominal pain/cramps; tiredness; headache; dizziness; breast tenderness; and vomiting.

If you have any questions about whether you should take Plan B One-Step®, you should ask your healthcare professional. Learn more about Plan B One-Step® at www.PlanBOneStep.com. Use as directed.

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*FDA drug use review, December 2011. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/PediatricAdvisoryCommittee/UCM288778.pdf.

[This post was sponsored by Plan B One-Step® via Her Campus, but all opinions are my own.]