Beachwaver by Sarah Potempa Review

Beachwaver Pro by Sarah Potempa

Be prepared to meet the best curling iron ever.

The Beachwaver is a professional rotating curling iron that spins in both directions to give you glamorous, red carpet waves with the touch of a button. (There are two versions, but I prefer the Beachwaver Pro for the additional features.)

Uber talented celeb stylist Sarah Potempa dreamt up this epic hair tool that will change the way you style your hair. (Btw, if you are not familiar with Sarah’s work, you should start following her on Insta. Her braid game is on point.)

The Beachwaver is also the handy gadget responsible for the voluminous Victoria’s Secret bombshell waves that bounced down the catwalk last week at the VS Fashion Show.

Since I’ve recently acquired long thick hair, it takes an extremely long time to style. The Beachwaver helps cut down on my styling time and creates consistent, beautiful waves. It’s also much more comfortable to hold and does not require you to bend your arms every witch way to curl your strands.

Seriously, I threw out all of my other curling irons – my marcels, my spring irons, my wands. The Beachwaver is honestly all I need. Get one.

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Fireball Apple Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Vodka Frosting Recipe

Fireball Apple Pie Cupcake

Tis the season for sweet treats! As you know, I put my alcoholic spin on everything. This is not limited to just cocktails and cosmetics, but cupcakes, too! Since I’m baking more than usual for the holidays, I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce my new boozey baking series! Kicking it off is my alcoholic apple pie cupcake recipe featuring Fireball Whisky (in the filling) and Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (in the frosting). These babies are scrumptious and a little dangerous because you can barely taste the alcohol. Read on for the recipe and stay tuned for many more liquor laced desserts to come!

Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

Spiced Apple Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Whipped Topping

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

Instructions

For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cupcake pan with paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt.
  3. Whisk together melted butter and sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla and buttermilk and mix until combined. Stir in dry ingredients, do not over mix the batter.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the cups of the prepared cupcake pan, filling each liner 2/3 full. 
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let the cupcakes cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely before filling and frosting.

For the apple pie filling

  1. Toss the apples, brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp apple pie spice together. Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan and add the apple mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until apples are soft, about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. In a small bowl mix the Fireball with the cornstarch. Add to hot apple mixture and cook until it thickens. Let mixture cool completely.

For the whipped topping

  1. Beat the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and sour cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture forms soft peaks. Beat in 1-2 Tbsp Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and beat until smooth and well combined.
  2. Prepare a piping bag (I used Wilton tip 1M) and fill with frosting.

Assembly

  1. Using a small knife or apple corer, cut the center out of each cupcake and fill to overflowing with the apple filling. 
  2. Pipe the whipped cream topping on top of each cupcake (don’t completely hide the cupcake) and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Fireball Cupcakes Recipe

Ta-da! My recipe yields 12 cupcakes. Garden photoshoot followed by dessert picnic is optional, but highly recommended. Cheers! ;)

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy December, lovelies! The holiday season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to start your shopping (if you haven’t already). I’m no Oprah, but I have curated a list of my favorite tried and true products for the season to help you find the perfect gifts for the beauty lovers on your list. Read on for my picks!

IT Cosmetics Brush Set

It Cosmetics Brushes

It Cosmetics brushes are literally my favorite brushes of all time. I have a variety of different brands in my kit, but I constantly find myself reaching for the It Cosmetics brushes on both makeup jobs and when painting up my own face. They are fluffy and wonderful and allow for a precise application, too. This set provides a great assortment of quality makeup brush staples everyone should have stashed on their vanity.

Rose Gold Apple Watch

Apple Watch

For the trendy relative on your list that needs the latest and greatest in tech accessories, get them an Apple Watch this year. I’m obsessed with the rose gold shade. This smart watch combines everything you know and love about your iPhone with the fitness and health tracking capabilities of devices like the Fitbit, all conveniently displayed on your wrist. It’s a fun gadget and a great gift!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection holiday 2015

I am head over heels in love with the MUFE Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection. This limited-edition set features 12 super shine shades in an innovative, non-sticky formula. The collection offers up everything you need to create lip looks ranging from sheer to opaque with a high shine that stays put. Its pigments are packed with Plexi Color Technology to deliver up to five hours of color impact while reflective shine beads maximize shine. Love love love.

Artland Peacock Martini Glasses

Martini Glass

It wouldn’t be a true Martinis and Mascara gift guide without a colorful martini glass (or 4). This set of Artland martini glasses would make a lovely housewarming gift for the hostess of your next holiday party. Or you could always score a set for yourself to use for your next shindig. Martinis always taste better when contained in something fun!

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Get the party started this holiday season with Cards Against Humanity! If you’ve never played, do yourself a favor and pick up a set of these cards. I promise, hilarity will ensue. Just be sure to pick your company wisely. This game is not for the faint at heart, but it’s super fun with the right bunch of people.

Happy Hour Cutting Board

Happy Hour Cutting Board

It’s no secret that I believe every hour should be happy hour. So, any happy hour themed trinket is welcome in my kitchen! I’m obsessed with this maple cutting board – perfect for slicing up the garnishes for your next batch of cocktails. Bring one over to your friend’s house and kick the holiday party off right!

Sephora Favorites Lashstash

Sephora Favorites Lashstash

This eleven piece set includes an array of eight mascaras and a curler, lash fibers, and a precision lash liner for the ultimate lash looks. It contains some of my absolute favorite mascaras (especially Benefit Roller Lash and YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils!) in the perfect travel size so you can test them out and discover your own fav. Or, stash ‘em in your holiday clutch for touching up your mascara on-the-go. You could also buy the kit for yourself, pick out your favs, and give the rest as stocking stuffers to your friends. These mascaras are tried and true, so I promise you each one will make someone happy.

Clairisonic Mia 2 Polka Dot Duo

Clairisonic Mia 2 Polka Dots

I gush about my Clarisonic Mia on the reg, but this time, there’s a double value involved!  The waterproof, rechargeable Mia 2 is gentle enough to use twice daily on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. And now you can scoop up this deal from Sephora and score two Clairisonia Mia 2s for the holidays at a discounted rate. Perfect for gifting! I won’t tell if you keep one for yourself. ;)

Ankit Fat Bass Floral Headphones

Ankit Floral Headphones

I’m obsessed with pretty much anything by Ankit. (If you aren’t familiar with them, you may recognize their goodies from ModCloth or the shelf at Urban Outfitters.) Make a statement with these noise canceling headphones that are both trendy and built to last. Anyone on your holiday shopping list would be lucky to have them! I know I love mine.

DryBar Peace On Earth Good Hair to All

DryBar Peace on Earth Good Hair to All

This set contains everything you need for the perfect DIY blowout! DryBar’s signature Buttercup Blow-Dryer is powerful yet lightweight and incorporates nano-ionic technology to increase shine and reduce frizz. Of course, my other favorites in the set include the alcohol themed hair treatments like Triple Sec, a 3-in-1 product that texturizes, amplifies, and refreshes hair providing texture and intense volume. Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant is a lightweight lotion that protects hair from heat, UV exposure and helps seal split ends to prevent dryness, damage and breakage. Get it for your hair loving loved one and enjoy peace on Earth and good hair to all! ;)


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Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

Apple Pie Moonshine

Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m home visiting Florida for the holiday and one of my fav things to do is create treats in the kitchen with my mom. We whipped up an apple pie moonshine recipe that I’m now obsessed with (and currently drinking). It’s the perfect fall cocktail to sip on while you’re cooking the turkey! Read on for the recipe below.

Ingredients:

10 cups apple cider or juice (Both work, but get Trader Joe’s brand either way!)

1 1/2 cups of Everclear

1 cup vanilla Vodka (I like Stoli Vanil!)

1/2 teaspoon of apple pie spice

1 whole apple studded with 1 whole clove

Instructions:

Combine the apple juice, Everclear, Vodka, and apple pie spice in a large pot. Stir ingredients then place clove studded apple in the center. Simmer on low-medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Once cool, pour liquid in mason jars and refrigerate overnight. Cheers!

Apple Pie Moonshine

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Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipe: Shimmery Seasons Punch

Shimmery Seasons Punch

Tis the season for festive libations! Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, so I’ll be sharing some of my fav seasonal cocktails over the next few days.

First up is this scrumptious peachy punch that is perfect for effortlessly whipping up a big batch at a large gathering. It features the new Viniq Glow Shimmering Liqueur which will add a beautifully decorative effect to your Thanksgiving table!

Shimmery Seasons Punch 

(Makes one gallon: 21 servings at 6 oz. a glass)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 750 ml (25 oz.) Bottle Viniq® Glow Shimmery Liqueur
  • 1 750 ml (25 oz.) Bottle Barefoot Bubbly® Citrus Fusion Sparkling Wine
  • 12 oz. New Amsterdam® Mango Vodka
  • 1 liter (33 oz.) Sparkling Lemonade
  • 1 liter (33 oz.) White cranberry juice
  • 3 oz. Fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Soak fresh cranberries in equal parts sugar & water four hours prior
  • Chill all ingredients two hours prior to mixing
  • Combine all ingredients in glass pitcher
  • Garnish with lemon wheels and fresh cranberries

Cheers! :)

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Fall Wardrobe Essentials on a Budget

Fall Fashion edit

Every season I’m reminded of the dreaded fashion tax – inevitable dollars we all spend to stock our closets. Luckily, like most gals, I’m obsessed with the hunt for the best deals for each necessary wardrobe update. And now, I’m here to share my fab finds with you lovely readers! When that fall chill hits, I immediately add the following to my wardrobe essential shopping list. (And I buy everything on Amazon Prime so I have it in two days or less.) Stick with these essentials and you’ll have everything you need for fall at an affordable price:

Fall Booties

Never fear, the best casual boots for fall are here! My latest quest for a new pair of boots lead me to these cozy kicks that cost less then 30 bucks. They are a lovely addition to my growing collection of fall shoes which also includes this (slightly more expensive, but well worth it) pair of Cole Haan booties.

Light Sweater

It’s not quite heavy multiple layer sweater weather yet, so I’m clinging to my light sweaters and breezy blouses for as long as I can. For fall, I adore easy cream sweaters like this that pair with any bottom and fit comfortably under a jacket.

Anorak Jacket

When it does get cold, you want something you can throw on that isn’t too hot, but still does the job. I’m obsessed with this new military style jacket I found on Amazon for less than $40. It has a hood for those rainy days and has that stylish, but not-trying-too-hard effect when thrown effortlessly over a cream top. ;)

Quality Denim

Flares are trending now, but I’m still a sucker for some skinnies. One of my favorite splurge pieces is a pair of fitted designer jeans like the Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinny Jeans. While this is the splurgiest item on my fall checklist, these babies are still affordable to scoop up in every color. Do it – you’ll love them!

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How to Maintain Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions edit

As promised, I’m checking in with an update on my hair extensions! It’s been about three months now and I’m thrilled to report that my relationship with my hair extensions is much better than my first date with eyelash extensions. ;)

For those of you who missed the memo, my mermaid perfect hair was expertly applied by my friends at RPZL in August. I got the RPZL NEXT service, a set of keratin bonded extensions applied using ultrasonic waves instead of heat. (More on that here.) This type of extensions is supposed to last for “three months or more” and it has definitely lived up to that promise. Upon application, I received 125 groupings of hair and have only lost about three over the past three months. My hair is still full and wonderful even through coloring, styling, and everyday wear.

I’ve learned a lot while wearing these babies and I’m happy to share my tips on how to maintain hair extensions…

BRUSH YOUR HAIR, I mean it

When the experts at RPZL first mentioned this to me, I was like, “Um, who doesn’t brush their hair?” Well, it happens. Like on Halloween when I thought it was a good idea to tease my hair up and then crash right after. I had a hot mess to deal with in the morning and it was a production to comb out. If you don’t regularly brush your extensions, they can get tangled and matted (and become more likely to fall out before their time). Seems like common sense, but when you have lots of extra hair, you might get a little lazier with your grooming routine. Don’t be lazy! Brush when you wake up and before you go to bed with a boar bristle brush. 

Don’t go to sleep wet

Seriously, dry your hair. If you go to sleep with wet hair it can jack up your life. The dampness can cause the hair to rub together resulting in unnecessary damage, tangling, and matting at the roots. No bueno. Keep in mind that drying your hair will now take much longer than it used to, so if you wash your hair at night be prepared to take the time. It’s best to braid your dry hair before bed to keep everything neat and pretty. You’ll wake up with a perfect wave, too! If you want to go the extra mile, you can get a silk pillowcase to create a better environment for your extensions to rest.

Commit to your style

Keep in mind that the texture of your extensions might be different from your natural hair. My extensions are thick and curly while my natural hair is fine and straight. Air drying makes me look like a crazy person, so investing the time to style properly is important. Fair warning: It is going to take a LOT longer for you to style your hair. My regular hair took about five minutes to blowdry, but it takes almost a full half hour to properly dry my extensions. The result is totally worth it, but it’s important to keep in mind. I’m guilty of wearing my hair in a messy bun too often because I haven’t managed my time properly. Don’t do that! Your new hair deserves to see the world.

Don’t shampoo too often

This is a good rule whether you have extensions or not. Don’t shampoo every day. Extensions should be shampooed 2-3 times a week, not daily. Dry shampoo is your friend! Daily shampooing can strip your extensions of oils and cause dryness. (The less you shampoo, the longer your color will last, too.) Keep your conditioner from the mid lengths to the ends and avoid getting any too close to the bonds.

Get a haircut

I know this seems counter productive, but treating your extensions like your own hair is important. Extensions get split ends just like the hair growing out of your head and should be dealt with accordingly. Obviously you don’t want to cut a lot off since you’ve just added hair, but getting a trim every so often will keep your extensions looking healthy. As time goes on and they start to grow out, you can continue to cut shorter until you want to get them removed.

Stay tuned for another update! I’ll check in again after I have them removed. Until then, I’m excited they’re still going strong!

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Kim Kardashian Makeup Tutorial: InStyle Awards Beauty Look

Kim Kardashian

It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian (and her trendsetting, always-on-point makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic) basically own the beauty space.

Preggo Kim stunned on the red carpet yet again last night at the first-ever InStyle Awards, which honored the actors, designers, and artists who define the red carpet trends. Kim was on hand to present the Makeup Artist of the Year Award to the amazing Charlotte Tilbury (also part owner of the beauty space).

Kim was also wearing Charlotte on her face, in the form of a glowing bronze look to complement her white Valentino gown. No surprise – the look was expertly applied by Mario. Here’s how he created it:

Voila! Instant Kardashian.

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Remembering an Incredible Artist

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I am devastated over the news of Jake Bailey’s passing. Jake was an icon.

Right after I got out of makeup school, around 7 years ago now, I scoured Craigslist for jobs. I remember stumbling upon a listing for a makeup/personal assistant for a celebrity makeup artist in New York. The listing said this position would require heavy travel, assisting on shoots, dog walking, and organizing an apartment in the Flatiron district. I love all of those things, so I saved this link and planned on applying. By the time I did, the position was already filled. I was so bummed, but nonetheless I bookmarked the link at the bottom of the ad – byjakebailey.com.

That was my first introduction to his work even though I’m sure I’d seen it on countless faces before that moment. I obviously went in a different direction after that, but I’ve always wondered what my career would look like if I had gotten that job. I followed Jake’s career closely after that and found myself falling in love with his work over and over again before I even realized it was his. He created some of my absolute favorite looks. (Like this one on Katy Perry that I  recreated for a blog post). nvb3

I keep an inspiration folder on my desktop and always found it full of looks created by Jake Bailey. In 2013, I got the opportunity to meet Jake at Lucky FABB in New York during a CoverGirl workshop he was teaching. The auditions for Lucky’s New Voices of Beauty conflicted with my breakout session with Jake and I remember being super conflicted about leaving to tape my audition. I ultimately decided to skip out on his workshop early, but made it a point to stop by and thank him for his beauty tips on my way out. He followed me on Instagram soon after and regularly liked my posts over the next couple years. Silly as it sounds, that meant so much to me.

Jake Bailey died due to an apparent suicide tonight. I did not know Jake personally and I do not know what was causing him so much pain. What I do know is that he was an incredible talent that was taken from this world too soon. I always meant to reach out to him and reiterate exactly how much he inspired me throughout my makeup journey and never got the chance. So, I’m telling him now. The world lost a good one today, but I bet wherever he is now is a more beautiful place now that he’s there. RIP Jake Bailey.

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Celebrate the Best Holiday at the Best Spa with Eau Spa’s Halloween Specials

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My absolute fav holiday is creeping up on us like a sneaky ghoul! In related news, my absolute fav spa, Eau Palm Beach, loves Halloween as much as I do! They are currently featuring a festive menu of specially priced services just in time to make you drop dead gorgeous for Halloween. These amazing specials – all of which come with a fabulous take-home treat bag - run through the end of October.

If you are not already familiar with the Eau Spa (and you somehow missed all of my previous gushing), this place is the best ever. (Still on the hunt to find a NYC spa I like as much!) And trust me, even if you aren’t in the Palm Beach area, I strongly recommend booking a flight soon. It’s that good.

A design masterpiece, the spacious spa includes 42,000 square feet of relaxation. Features of the spa include the Eau Spa Beautique, The Self-Centered Garden, Private Villas, Scrub and Polish Bar, Bath Lounge, Eau Zone Relaxation Lounge, 19 Treatment Rooms, and the Salon. Every last detail is perfect. Eau Spa is a departure from traditional appointment-based treatments, enveloping guests in a calming wonderland, encouraging an individualized spa experience. It’s truly like stepping into a fantasy world – making it the perfect place to prep for Halloween! Here’s the spa’s October offerings:

  • The Monster Mash Massage: Haunted by aches and pains? Say boo to what’s troubling you. 50 minutes for $99.
  • Wax off Your Werewolf: Shed your coat. 20% off all body waxing.
  • Jack-O-Lantern Facial: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, get rid of my fine lines and wrinkles, and do it quick! This facial will set your face aglow. 50 minutes for $99.
  • Mummies and Deadies Float Bed Treatment: Need to escape from your little monsters? Enjoy a body scrub so soothing that it’s scary. Eliminate unwanted toxins, cellulite, and water weight with a body treatment is so cozy you will be screaming for more. Get wrapped up in a cocoon to moisturize and invigorate the skin. 60 minutes for $165.
  • Bride of Frankenstein Tan and Shine: Dry and dull complexions can make you look like a corpse. Come out of your coffin sporting a healthy glow with a San Tropez spray tan. $99.
  • Madame Tussaud’s Hand Treatment & Manicure: Preserve yourself and enjoy silky soft and pain-free hands and feet after we dip you in our waxy paraffin potion. With a little massage, it’s guaranteed to temporarily spook arthritis away. $45.
  • Trick or Treat, Fix My Feet: Don’t knock on doors with candy corn toes peeking out from your gladiator sandals. $65.

Ready to book your appointment? Visit www.eauspa.com and prepare for the best experience ever!

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