On Location at ARROJO Tomorrow

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Greetings from New York!

I stopped by to visit my friends at the ARROJO Studio in SoHo this morning and absolutely fell in love with the space! (Click here for a recap on how much I also adore Nick Arrojo and his incredible hair skills).

I was invited to pop in to do makeup on location at the studio tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be making faces with the amazing Giella custom blend cosmetics line that they carry at ARROJO. If you are in the New York area, come see me and I can teach you how to update your fall makeup wardrobe! It’s time. ;)

Click here for the service menu of everything they have to offer and call 212-242-7786 to book an appointment. If you book a salon service I’ll be on hand to provide makeup touch-ups as well. Hope to see you there!

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Martinis, Mascara, and Manhattan!

805cb83858667b04dd52747548cbbb64 I’m thrilled to announce that I’m taking Martinis and Mascara to New York City!

If you follow me on social, you probably got the memo that I packed my bags and left sunny South Florida on Monday. I have been on the go ever since and I now have a clear understanding of why they call it the city that never sleeps!

Naturally, I picked Fashion Week to kick off my new adventure. I have been attending all sorts of events and visiting my fav beauty industry peeps to produce some fun stuff for you all to read in the next few days!

Keep your eye out for beauty tips from Fashion Week, my favorite products from the Glam Fashion Week Insiders dinner, and much more!

I’m so excited to start this new chapter of my life and I just wanted to thank you all for sharing it with me. I would not be able to do this without the endless support of my beautiful friends and readers. Cheers to Martinis, Mascara, and Manhattan! ;)

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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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Get Taryn Manning’s Retro Waves

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Pennsatucky sure cleans up well! Orange is the New Black star Taryn Manning shined on the Emmys red carpet earlier this week. Celeb hairstylist (and founder of the awesome Hair Room Service) Michael Duenas styled her up with classic retro waves that I fell in love with. He also used some of my favorite products to create this effect! Here are the steps he used to create her look:

  • Starting on damp hair add 2 golf ball sizes of OSiS+ Grip and a few spritz of OSiS+ Session Label Flexible Hold Hairspray to the roots.
  • Blow dry with a Denman brush or vent brush, focusing on adding volume at the scalp.
  • Take a deep side parting, just past the mid of the eyebrow.
  • On the heavy side of the head, start at the top, take an inch thick section from the crown to the hairline, split that section in to 1-inch sections.
  • Using a 1Ž/2 inch curling iron, curl the 1-inch sections towards the face and pin until they are cool.
  • Work in this same way, from behind the ear forward, curling all the hair and pinning.
  • On the lighter side of the head, take 1-inch thick sections from just behind the ear, holding your iron horizontal curl the entire section at once away from the face, work from the parting down till you have curled all the hair.
  • Working on the back of the head, take 2-inch sections in a brick-lay pattern and curl each section, vertically in different directions.
  • Using a wide toothcomb, comb out the curls in the front, forming them into a wave.
  • Brush out the rest of the head with your fingers and touch up with a Mason Pearson.
  • Finish the look with OSiS+ Session Label Strong Hold Hairspray.

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Get Allison Williams’ Emmy Beauty Look (and peek inside her clutch!)

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals Like many of you out there, I live for awards season. I also live for finding out the beauty products that help make our favorite celebs look so darn pretty on the red carpet.

It’s no secret that I have an extreme crush on Brian Williams (he waved at me once – true story), so naturally I adore his daughter too. I thought she killed it last night at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Her glowing Emmy look was thanks in part to celeb makeup artist Pati Dubroff (and also thanks in part to the killer bone structure she received from her dad.) I got the scoop from Pati about the products and techniques she used to achieve this beautiful look.

“Allison had just returned from her summer vacation so her skin was sun-kissed,” she said. “We decided to go with a soft look. I dubbed this ‘pretty in pink with a flash’ – the pink is on the lid, the cheek and the lip, while the flash is a dash of bright yellow gold on the inner corner of her eyes which complimented the bright yellow grosgrain belt on her dress.”

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Pati prepped the skin with tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer in the t-zone to eliminate the need for powder. She then used a small amount of tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 in light medium honey.

“I wanted the sheer coverage so Allison’s freckles could show through,” said Pati.

She finished the skin using tarte park avenue princess bronzer to amp up the tan and tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless on the apples of the cheeks for a pinky flush.

She defined her brows with tarte the brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer in medium-tan.

“I created the structured eyes with Pati Dubroff dream palette using ochre and raw to give matte structure and a soft tone in the crease and under the eye,” said Pati.

She then applied tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in golden beige in the center of the lid for a peachy pink base followed by Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction on top. On the inner corner of the eyes, Pati added a flash of NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado for a flash of bright yellow. At the base of the lash line Pati used tarte lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liquid eyeliner - with a touch of a light flick at the outer corner. She completed Allison’s eyes by coating the lashes in tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.

Pati created a soft but well-structured lip using tarte  LipSurgence matte lip tint in lucky with a touch of tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink layered on top.

Allison’s Gambattista Valli Couture sleeveless dress meant her body was on display too. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the face and forget the rest of the skin, but Pati made sure she was glowing from head to toe!

“It’s just as important to make sure that the skin on her body looks as just as flawless as the skin on her face,” said Pati. “I used Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream in Medium to give a subtle radiant sheen and illuminate Allison’s skin.”

Allison packed her clutch full of the essentials to keep her look fresh all night! She selected tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers and the two tarte lippies Pati applied to keep on hand. Smart girl!

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Indulge at the Eau Spa Palm Beach

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Seriously, you haven’t lived until you’ve had a pampering at the Eau Spa Palm Beach Resort & Spa. (If this sounds familiar it’s because I gush about this epic spa on the regular.)

The place is a design masterpiece, 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.

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I’ve been to the spa before, but recently took a trip to experience the Queen of Hearts treatment package for the first time. Best decision I’ve ever made!

Every treatment begins with a stop at the wishing well which I love. You light a floating candle, make a wish, then place the candle into this stunning pool of water.

After my wish, I had cupcakes and Champagne for breakfast before being treated to a 60-minute Hammam Scrub & Massage by Tammy (who was absolutely amazing). She applied a mixture of ground coffee and citrus to my entire body. It smelled awesome and totally transformed my skin! Fun fact: The Eau Spa actually has its own Scrub and Polish Bar where you can whip up your own custom scrubs to use and take home.

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To wash off the scrub, I was drawn a bath fit for a queen in an opulent private boudoir. My bath was in a – wait for it – outdoor roman tub. I was literally taking a bubble bath outside, looking up at the sky, surrounded by lush trees. I felt like a movie star.

After my private garden bubble bath, I received a 60-minute Eau Naturale Facial by Lorraine. It was wonderfully relaxing and my skin has never looked better.

After that, I frolicked in the Eau Spa’s amazing outdoor water playground.

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I felt like a kid again except for the fact that I was sipping a Blueberry Lavender martini. Somehow, my friends at the Eau knew I might like that. ;)

(In fact, I liked it so much that I grabbed the recipe and will be posting it in a separate post very soon!)

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Needless to say, I want to live at the Eau Spa. If you also want to live at the Eau Spa, you should check them out while their summer specials last! They are offering 40% off regular prices on select treatments. Specially priced services include the One Love Facial (90 minutes for $252, regularly $420), The Imperial Geisha (90 minutes for $178, regularly $296), No Fluff and All Buff ($60 minutes for $165, regularly $275), Garden of Eden (90 minutes for $285, regularly $475), and the treatment I was just gushing about, The Queen of Hearts (155 minutes for $286, regularly $476).

On your way out, don’t forget to visit the Eau Spa Beautique. They carry a beautiful assortment of gifts, clothing, accessories, and more – including Kevyn Aucoin makeup. And we all know how I feel about Kevyn Aucoin.)

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If you are in my neck of the woods, you need to book an appointment at the Eau Spa stat. Even if you aren’t in the Palm Beach area, I strongly recommend booking a flight soon. It’s that good.

I feel bad for any spa I review after this one because it’s going to have serious shoes to fill. But you don’t have to take my word for it – Eau Spa was recently dubbed one of the top spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go book my next appointment.

[Disclosure: Services mentioned in this post were provided complimentary. All opinions are my own.]

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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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