Obsession of the Day: The Salty Crystal

Crystal Earrings

Who doesn’t love puppies and jewelry?

I am obsessed with The Salty Crystal, an Etsy store featuring handmade, salt and moon cleansed, wire wrapped Crystal stud earrings. The best part? A portion of the proceeds supports a different charity every month! This month, The Salty Crystal is donating to the Beagle Freedom Project, a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.

I LOVE both of my Crystal and Garnet pairs. The Salty Crystal also features a unique selection of other options like Amethyst and Aquamarine. All are wire wrapped in a variety of different metals including gold, copper, and silver.

So, go grab yourself a pair of cute earrings for a good cause! Do it for the Beagles.

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Wear This/Drink That: Shimmer

It has been too long since my last Wear This/Drink That post! I’ve recently been sipping on a lot of Viniq Shimmery Liqueur which inspired me to pair two of my favorite things – shimmering martinis and shimmering eyeshadow! If you aren’t already familiar with Viniq I suggest you try some ASAP. It’s a delicious combination of premium vodka, moscato, natural fruit flavors, and one-of-a-kind shimmer. It’s basically a concoction of everything I love and it literally dances with shimmer when you pour it. It looks divine in a cocktail glass by itself, but it also plays well with others. I love both variations I’ve tried (Viniq Original and Viniq Ruby) so expect to see even more on this delicious treat soon! In the meantime, read on for my latest product and cocktail pairing. Cheers!


Wear This: Stila Magnificent Metals Eyeshadow

This highly pigmented eyeshadow  packs a serious amount of metallic shimmer and stays put for hours. I first fell in love with it many moons ago at the Betsey Johnson SS13 show at NYFW (#throwback!) and have yet to find a new shimmer I love as much (aside from Viniq of course). ;)



Drink That: Viniq Shimmer-Tini

2 oz. Viniq
2 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. New Amsterdam® Peach Vodka
2 dashes of bitters
Mint sprig, lime wedge, berries

Pour all into a tall glass, stir thoroughly, add ice, stir again and garnish with a mint sprig, a lime wedge and berries. Final step: Feel fabulous and fantastic while drinking!

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Prep Your Makeup Bag for Fall with Stila’s Fall Collection: Modern Goddess

Stila Fall Collection

I am SO ready for my favorite season to arrive. Fall is officially on its way and that means the Fall makeup collections are too! I am obsessing over Stila’s new collection – Modern Goddess. See below for the breakdown of these new Modern Goddess goodies!

HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara


We all know how much I love mascara! This is my fav of the entire collection. With just one coat of Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, you instantly get major volume, length, curl, lift and intense black color. Go as bold as you want! Even with multiple coats, this flexible, buildable formula leaves lashes soft with no clumps, flakes, or fall out.

Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner


Bold eye liner looks, from tight lines to cat eyes, have never been so easy to achieve! Stila’s Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner is a lightweight, yet richly pigmented liquid eye liner dispensed through a unique cushion soaked in color. A full range of six dazzling colors – from flat to metallic finishes – can be expertly applied with the custom designed La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush that dips into the sponge like a calligraphy pen and draws across the lid in a slow, smooth, fluid motion. From day-into-night, the long-wearing formula stays put, keeping eyes looking effortlessly chic.

La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush


La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush is a modern take on a traditional, feathered calligraphy pen. Custom-designed for our Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner, it delivers perfect product pickup and precise placement. The click on cap makes it ideal for the Stila girl-on-the-go!

Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer


This innovative lash primer works like magic to deliver incredibly full, lush lashes when paired with your favorite mascara. The secret is not one, but two different kinds of fibers built into the creamy, easy-to-apply formula. Spherical and straight fibers work simultaneously to deliver a faux-looking, extreme lash look while a proprietary blend of soft waxes and thickening agents ensure lashes stay flexible and perfectly sculpted. The formulas neutral brown shade mimics your natural lash color so perfect coverage is guaranteed, application is a cinch and your favorite Stila mascara will look better than ever.

Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector


Perfect your skin with natural, matte, undetectable coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. Bouncy to the touch, its unique moldable texture minimizes the appearance of pores and offers moisturizing properties. Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector conceals skin tone imperfections, leaving the skin looking air-brushed to perfection. Complete with a sponge, it’s also the perfect mattifying touchup on-the-go.

Wonder Brush for Face & Body


Introducing the brush of many wonders! This ultra-soft, custom shaped brush is perfect for sculpting, buffing and blending all of your favorite powders, liquids and creams seamlessly. Featuring ultra-soft yet dense, high-grade synthetic bristles, the unique brush is the ultimate tool to have on-hand in your makeup bag or drawer.

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The Best Pantene Products: Current Favorites & My Pantene Routine


If you’ve been following Martinis and Mascara for a while, you know I’ve had a long standing love affair with Pantene. I’m a sucker for a quality product paired with an affordable price tag!

I feel like I’ve tried almost everything on the Pantene shelf, so I’m thrilled to share the best Pantene products I’ve found for my particular hair type. (Shout out to my fine/thin color-treated girls out there!)

Read on for my Pantene routine:

Step 1: Wash hair with Color Revival Shampoo and Conditioner

Fun fact: Pantene shampoos and conditioners work together to make hair 2x stronger than shampoo alone. I’ve recently been obsessing over the Pantene Color Revival Shampoo and Conditioner. I need all the help I can get when it comes to retaining my red hair, so I love how effective this set is at restoring health and vibrancy to color-treated hair. It also creates a protective outer layer to prevent damage while locking in hair color and moisture.

Step 2: Treat hair with Pantene Damage Detox Weekly Rehab Creme

Like the name states, this is a treatment you only need to work into your routine once per week. After shampooing, apply this like you would apply conditioner. This detoxifying treatment removes buildup from chemically treated hair to promote natural shine. True story, I have also shaved my legs with this stuff because its moisturizing properties work better than most shave gels. Totally not a Pantene promoted way to use this product, but I’m telling you, it works.

Step 3: Up the volume with Powerful Body Booster Spray

My limp locks are always in the mood for some extra help in the volume department. After towel drying my hair, I spray the Pantene Full and Strong Powerful Body Booster Spray all over my damp hair, concentrating on the root area and distributing evenly by running my fingers though my hair.

Step 4: Smooth locks with Pantene Blow Dry Creme

As a last step before heat styling, I take a tiny dollop on Pantene Smooth Blow Dry Creme in my hands and run through my hair, concentrating on the ends. A little goes a long way with this stuff, so be careful not to go overboard! It helps to seal the deal and make strands silky and sleek when blowdrying.

Step 5: Extend your blowout with Pantene Dry Shampoo

I live for dry shampoo. I seriously don’t know how I got by without it. Pantene makes a killer variety of dry shampoos, my favorite being the Pantene Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo. Need to refresh your style? Spray this directly on your roots to absorb oil and massage with your fingertips. I use it often when my hair isn’t dirty just to give a little extra oomph and up the volume instantly, too.

#WantThatHair? Pantene is extremely easily accessible. You can find brands you trust, like Pantene, for everyday low prices at Walmart! Even better, Pantene at Walmart has a 2x money back guarantee. I know in New York it’s hard to come by a Walmart, so if you’re in the same boat you can always find Pantene at Walmart.com if you can’t make it to the store. Happy shopping!

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

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Pretty Little Liars Hairstyles: Beauty Secrets from the Liars’ Head Stylist


Spoiler alert! No, I am not going to spill who A is (go watch the finale if you haven’t already!), but I did get the scoop on the best hair secrets from Pretty Little Liars hair department head, Kim M. Ferry. To celebrate Tuesday’s bomb-dropping finale, Kim shared her styling secrets with hair tips from season 6.

“At this point in our season, my hair department’s ‘top hair moment’ is definitely the prom episode titled ‘Last Dance,’” she said. “We designed some great hairstyles, built, cut and added human hair extensions and intricate braids.  I hired a jewelry designer, Mary Anne Brown. She made me some beautiful custom hair accessories – all handmade for one special PLL.”

Kim also shared some length specific tips on styling short cuts like Aria and Hannah: “Their shorter, textured hair lengths look so good on both of them. As for styling now, I still use a good setting spray, before I curl them like White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold Thermal Styling Spray. It can be used wet or dry. I usually spray each section I am going to curl. I like the softness of our “beach wave” looks, and have loosened them even more on Hanna and Aria in Season 6. We have more youthful looks in the first 10 episodes of our show created by letting hair hang around their faces and drift onto their shoulders. By using a 1 inch wide hot curling iron, I wrap 1 inch hair sections vertically around the barrel, hold for 4-5 seconds and then gently pull down on the curl and let the hair fall into place to cool as it hangs. This angle helps to give the effect that they walked out of the ocean and let their hair dry in the sun. I don’t usually use hairspray on either of them, but I do add my preferred oil to their ends daily: White Sands Orchids Oil. Put a little on your fingertips and lightly add it to dry, tired ends and watch it smooth hair immediately.”

For the longer haired ladies like Spencer and Emily, Kim details the best techniques for their loose waves: ”The technique is really very close to that for the shorter hair I described above.  To create larger waves, simply switch to a larger iron. I think a 1 inch hot iron works great with longer beach waves as well. Still use a good setting spray, and curl vertically instead of horizontally and be sure to pull the wave out as it cools.”

Excellent advice from an excellent stylist! I drool over the girls’ hair every week and I love how they weave their personalities into their style - from wardrobe to makeup and hair, too. I’m interested to see where the Liars’ style evolution takes them on the show in the next season! Until then, we’ll always have these prom memories. Happy styling, PLLers!

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Review

Tria Laser

Ok, I’m a believer now. I mentioned earlier this summer that I have been testing out the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X. After using it myself for the past few months I’m happy to report that it lives up to the product claims. Hooray for truth in advertising!

You can get permanent results with this system — the only FDA-cleared laser available for home use. Convenient and easy to use in the comfort of your own home, only Tria uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists to deliver safe, effective, and permanent results. A sleek, hand-held design and slim handle make treatments extremely simple, and the angled tip gives you enhanced visibility to deliver laser light with expert precision to the treatment area.

The price tag looks steep at first glance, but when you compare it to the thousands of dollars you would be spending on professional laser hair removal, it’s a steal! You can also use it in the comfort of your own home and you have complete control over where it’s being used. There is no fear of awkwardness or embarrassment having a stranger all up in your business with a creepy device. And you also don’t have to worry about getting upcharged for extending the treatment area as you would at a laser hair removal center. So far, my smooth legs and I are very happy.

Of course, results are not instant and you need to fully commit to giving yourself the weekly treatments. I’m going to continue at least through the end of the summer to see how it goes, but so far I’m extremely happy with my results! Want to try it too? Grab one online or pick it up at your local Sephora. It’s a worthwhile investment, I promise!

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Starbucks Summer Picnic Essentials


Time for some summer refreshment! My friends at Starbucks sent me all of the essentials required for the perfect summer picnic. These cool treats taste especially amazing while relaxing at a park, by the way. I adore all of them, but I’m living for the Mocha Coconut Frappucino. SO good. Read on for everything you need to stock your shelves with from Starbucks for your next summer picnic!

Starbucks Iced Coffee

Ah, an old love! You may remember me gushing all about these beauties a few summers ago when I first fell in love with these delicious and handy refreshments. Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee is 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. Flavors include Starbucks Iced Coffee + Milk, Starbucks Low Calorie Iced Coffee + Milk, Starbucks Vanilla Iced Coffee, and Starbucks Caramel Iced Coffee. 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.

Starbucks Bottled Frappucino Coffee Drink

Starbucks has seriously upped the game in Frappucino flavor land. I’ve always been a fan of the classic Mocha, but now we have even more decadent varieties like Smores and Mocha Coconut. Yes, I said Mocha Coconut. And it will probably not be the last time I say it in this post because it is delicious and I am obsessed. Mocha Coconut.

Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee Drink

Seriously, where has this been all my life?! This espresso goodness is supercharged with 20 grams of protein and is basically about to become my breakfast drink of choice forever and ever. I’d say it’s a good pre-gamer for your day of picnicing.

Starbucks Iced VIA

Need an easy way to whip up some coffee in the park? Shake up some VIA instant coffee in your water bottle! It’s specifically designed to mix with cold water and brew up instant coffee that tastes just as rich as regular Starbucks coffee – without the wait!

Classic Starbucks Cold Cup with Straw

Everyone needs a classic Starbucks cold cup. I feel like Starbucks just tastes better in one of these, right? Also, it helps to keep your coffee goodness cold when you’re out in the summer heat.

Add a colorful throw and a Dorothy-esque picnic basket like my friends at Starbucks sent me and you’re good to go. Happy Starbucksing this summer and beyond!

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Clinique’s “Pretty in a New York Minute” Event Kicks Off Friday


Attention readers in New York!

Join Clinique at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street and experience an iconic event that brings the streets of New York City to life. From Broadway to Central Park, Clinique has your beauty needs covered with quintessential New York looks that can be applied in a New York minute! Clinique makeup artists will be providing tips, tricks and makeup application showcasing the curated Pretty in a New York Minute looks – Hail & Glow, Broadway Bound and Beauty a la Carte – each inspired by iconic locations throughout New York City. See below for a breakdown of each look…

Broadway Bound: A show-stopping look that starts with a rich, red lip.

Hail & Glow: The quickest way to a New York-natural look. 

Beauty a la Cart: Your look, your way - served up NYC Style.

New York City themed snacks and music will be provided at counter along with raffle prizes from the Food Network that include gift certificates to a Food Network chef’s restaurant and a private tour of Food Network Kitchen and studios.  Customers will receive special treats from Clinique while supplies last with a $50 purchase.

Pretty in a New York Minute kicks off Friday, July 17th with a special event from 1-3 p.m. and will run through Thursday July 23rd. Call 212-705-2879 or stop by for an appointment. Can’t make it? Never fear! I have a batch of amazing new Clinique goodies to give away, no New York residency required. See below to enter!

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Save Your Skin This Summer With Vaseline Intensive Care Spray

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray

Confession: I don’t always practice what I preach.

I know the extreme importance of sunscreen, especially for someone with skin as fair as mine, but every now and then I slip up and forget to pack it in my beach tote. I had a classic sunburn situation this 4th of July when I forgot to reapply my sunscreen as I was frolicking around Coney Island. Big mistake!

Luckily, I had the amazing Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer waiting for me at home. I discovered this beauty via the summer FabFitFun box and I fell in love! This particular variation is infused with aloe – just what my sunbaked skin needed!

The new Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer leaves skin feeling instantly soft – not sticky or greasy. It contains the healing power of Vaseline with micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly. In addition to the skin soothing benefits, this miracle product is so refreshing I want to use it even when I’m not lobster red. In fact, I’ve now incorporated it into my daily routine because it’s so effortlessly easy to use and extremely beneficial. 

It’s fast to apply, quick to dry, and starts to effectively heal thirsty skin immediately. It’s also an awesome moisturizer if you’re impatient (guilty!) and you hate to wait for lotion to absorb before getting dressed. You can spray this on right after your shower and you’re good to throw your clothes on and go in seconds! I highly recommend it – for your summer skin woes and beyond!

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

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The New Urban Decay #NakedSmoky Palette is Everything You Need in Life

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Urban Decay’s new Naked Smoky Palette — loaded with ALL the essentials for the perfect smoky eye.

I am thrilled to be one of the lucky few who got to preview the much anticipated Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette before it launches in stores. As expected, like its predecessors, it’s awesome. Urban Decay packed their newest Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals — nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives. These beauties will take you from subtle smoky neutrals in the daytime to full-on clubbed-out shimmer smoky for your next night out.


Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes to satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all and it includes everything you need in one palette: a true range of shades, the perfect brushes, even detailed tutorials!

I know this is a bold statement, but I think this might be my favorite of the Naked palettes. (I still love you though, Naked3!) I’m obsessed with its versatility and I know you will be too. Peek the video below for a closer look:

So, what do you think? Pick up your own Naked Smoky palette to perfect your smoky-eye looks and let me know how much you love it!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Urban Decay via Conde Nast, but all opinions are my own.]

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