Get the Look: Hair at Hervé Léger

Herve Leger NYFW

Of all the trendsetting looks descending the SS16 runways at New York Fashion Week, the hair at Hervé Léger was one of my absolute favs. This braided crown pony, created by stylist Orlando Pita for TRESemme, echoed the style of the new collection perfectly.

“It’s the 30th anniversary of Hervé Léger so we’re embracing a new direction with a more organic quality in our handwork and elements of nature incorporated into the collection. We wanted to collaborate with Orlando on a softer braid and really play with texture more than we have before, ” said designer Lubov Azria.

And collaborate they did! It’s a new softer look for our Hervé Léger girl this season. “She’s still creating a strong statement with the braid, but we’ve played with making this more relaxed with purposely pulled out with loose pieces that frame her face and create beautiful movement when she walks,” Orlando said.

Want to style your hair like this? Grab a blow dryer (spotted this one at more than one station backstage), round bristle brush, small elastics, and a few TRESemme products and you’re ready to get started.

Here’s the scoop from Orlando on how to get the runway look at home:

Step 1: Start by washing your hair using Perfectly (un)Done Weightless Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and towel dry.

Step 2: Apply Max The Volume Root Lifting Cream from the roots to ends and blow dry with a round bristle brush.

Step 3: Create a deep side part and then starting from the crown, begin French braiding down across the forehead. Feed hair from underneath so the braid is raised up and let a few strands of hair fall onto the forehead to create additional texture.

Step 4: Secure the braid into a low pony at the nape of the neck with a small elastic and pull over your shoulder.

Step 5: Finish the look by spraying Perfectly (un)Done Ultra Brushable Hold Hairspray (which I totally love and use all the time) for light hold. Voila! Runway perfect hair. ;)

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Get the Look: Nicole Miller NYFW Nails

Backstage at New York Fashion Week SS16

Happy New York Fashion Week, beauties! The Spring/Summer 2016 shows are in full swing and I am obsessing over the beauty looks I’ve seen coming down the runways so far.

One of my fav nail art looks was spotted backstage at Nicole Miller’s SS16 show on Friday where butter LONDON’s lead manicurist, Katie Jane Hughes, created a fashion-forward nail design that perfectly complemented the fun, edgy collection.

“I created this bold nail look to play off of the street art inspired clothing in the collection. Black nails and edgy details are going to be a trend for spring. Spring beauty this season isn’t about playing by the rules,” Katie said.

The graphic, splatter-effect nail art featured a pop of color that mimics the bold street art and graffiti patterns found throughout the collection. These nail art designs complemented the poppy brights and graffiti prints of Nicole Miller’s “Street Sweet” collection perfectly.

Backstage at New York Fashion Week SS16

Want to get the look? I got the scoop from Katie on how she did it:

Step 1: Apply two coats Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds.

Step 2: Dip a bobby pin into Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black. Position the bobby pin over the nail and blow through the middle to create a splatter effect on each nail.

Step 3: With a new bobby pin, repeat the process with Nail Lacquer in Easy Peasy (a new shade launching in April ‘16!) on various nails on both hands.

Step 4: Lastly, apply one coat of Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to create a high-shine finish.

So fun, right? Stay tuned for more beauty scoop from NYFW coming up soon!

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Get Perfect Mermaid Hair at RPZL

RPZL Extensions 1  

Put me on a rock and call me Ariel!

When my friends at RPZL, NYC’s first express hair extension and blowout bar, invited me in to try out their services, I was jumping for joy. My naturally fine, thin hair has left me longing for lengthier locks for years. Aside from a brief extension-wearing stint in cosmetology school, I’ve had to rely on mass amounts of mousse and dry shampoo to create the appearance of thick, voluminous hair. The struggle is real.

Luckily, RPZL created a solution for this. Co-Founders Monica Thornton and Lisa Richards were determined to find a way for consumers to save time and money on world-class hair extensions. Together, they fixed the glaring holes in this explosive market. By applying cutting-edge technology to beauty, they introduced a revolutionary process, which decreased application time while improving both quality and accessibility to this transformative experience.

RPZL offers a wide range of options from effortless clip-ins to keratin bonded extensions applied with ultrasonic technology. Of course, I opted to go all the way and get RPZL Next, a full set of revolutionary extensions that typically last for three months or more.


The Headmasters at RPZL expertly match for color, length, and texture at their House of Hair. The team selected three different red shades of the highest quality 100% Virgin Remy Hair to create a personalized color just for me. My amazing stylist Tiffany expertly incorporated 125 small groups of the hair with keratin attachments using sound activation. There was no damaging heat involved and no hair-pulling like some other methods. This unique process was fast and comfortable. It took just a few hours and it went by really quickly as I snacked on glitter dusted rice krispie treats, sipped on rose, and enjoyed the beautiful ambiance.

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After my epic hair transformation I received a stylish blowout, complete with perfect mermaid waves. I’m thrilled with my results and am officially an extension addict.

Not located in New York? No problem! RPZL is totally shoppable online now and you can score your own voluminous goodness on their site. Btw, if you can’t make it in person and want to shop for extensions online, you can actually send in a selfie and they’ll help you pick the perfect RPZL in an Instant match! Or, you could go for a pop color with a completely different shade with RPZL Pop. They also offer fun options for effortless updos like the RPZL Pony!

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Trust me, you’ll love these extensions. I sure do! I have a feeling I’m not going to want to go back to my regular hair after my three months is up. I will def keep you all posted and let you know how it goes as they grow out!

In the meantime, stay tuned for updates as well as my tips and tricks for maintaining extensions properly! #GoLong ;)

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Butter London Launched a Collab with Allure Magazine (and it’s awesome!)

Allure Butter London

The beauty experts at my favorite magazine (Allure, duh) have joined forces with prestige color-cosmetics and nail-lacquer brand butter LONDON, to launch a limited-edition collection of nail lacquers.

The ten-shade collection, named Arm Candy, was created to complement the top runway and street-style trends of fall 2015. Allure’s beauty and fashion expertise, combined with butter LONDON’s top-quality color, resulted in a range of vibrant, statement-making shades. The collection includes a variety of shades and finishes, including sheer crème, crème, shimmer, textured glitter and metallic. 

I got the chance to experience the collection first hand at a recent event hosted by Allure Fashion Director Siobhan Bonnouvrier. In addition to listening to Siobhan’s fall fashion tips and browsing the fine jewels at Tiffany & Co. in SoHo (#fancy), guests were also treated to manis by the butter LONDON team. I tried the Disco Nap shade (with a matte topcoat) and I’m totally in love with it. See below for the breakdown of all the beautiful shades!

A sheer pink-nude, crème
An opaque orange-red, crème
A metallic rose-gold
An opaque rust, crème
A glittery charcoal
An opaque charcoal-brown, crème
A shimmery loden green
An opaque dusty pink, crème
An opaque blue-purple, crème
An opaque wine, crème

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Summer Wine Hacks for Labor Day


Summer is the perfect occasion to enjoy a bottle of wine al fresco! With Labor Day quickly approaching, it’s the right time to soak up the last bits of summer. Whether you’re planning to camp out or head out on a lovely picnic, use these wine hacks from Cupcake Vineyards’ Winemaker, Jessica Tomei, to enhance your outdoor dining experience:

  • Instead of packing a nice decanter, pour a bottle of wine into a pitcher and then back into the bottle to aerate the wine.
  • For a summer-themed DIY, tie different flowers around the bottom of your wine glasses as an easy alternative to wine charms if you don’t have them.
  • To chill your wine without watering it down, freeze an assortment of your favorite fruits before you go to use as a delicious substitute to ice cubes!
  • For a perfectly refreshing outdoor beverage, try Cupcake’s Sauvignon Blanc with bursts of key lime, white nectarines, grapefruit, and gooseberry.

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Heart Shaped Fishtail Bun Tutorial


Fun hair news alert! Michael Dueñas, celeb hair expert and founder of Hair Room Service, launched his own YouTube Series today. After high demand from Michael’s Instagram fans requesting to learn how he creates styles for celebs like Shailene Woodley, Cara Delevingne, Lea Michele, and Mariah Carey, he brings his talent in front of the camera.

The series will feature weekly hair tutorials of the latest red carpet trends, kicking off with the popular look he created on Gotham‘s Erin Richards – the Heart Shaped Fishtail Bun. The style itself is adorable and Michael displays how to effortlessly whip up this unique style so quickly in this video! Read on for step-by-step instructions and take a peek at the video to see his work in action.

Heart Shaped Fishtail Bun instructions:
  • Start with smooth dry hair.
  • Secure the hair into a low tight ponytail.  Texture can be pulled into the top and sides later.
  • Create a fishtail braid (refer to fishtail braid tutorial in my video) and secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.
  • Spray the braid with R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hold hairspray, to smooth flyaway and add longevity to the style.
  • Fold the base of the braid up against the head, securing with a 3 inch hair pin just above the elastic of your ponytail.
  • Spread the top part of the braid out for width and to emphasize the heart shape, making sure to keep the end of the braid small.
  • Fold the braid flat against the head, tucking the ends under themselves to hide them. 
  • Pin to the head so it is flat as possible, and shape as desired.

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Spice Up Your Mani With IV Kulture

IVKulture Nail Polish

Martinis and Mascara readers, listen up! I have discovered your new favorite nail polish – IV Kulture.

It is one of the few nail polish lines on the market that is free of five major cosmetic toxins that have been linked to various cancers and health conditions. Reigning as a proud vegan product, the product is not tested on animals.

The lovely ladies behind the brand (they’re all stunning sisters – like a pack of classier Kardashians) sent me two beautiful shades to try out, Margarita Time and Miami Vice. Both shades are appropriately titled since these products are made with Sunshine down in my home state of sunny Florida.

I adore both of these brights! Margarita Time is a vibrant classic red and Miami Vice is a shimmering orange with golden flecks. I chose to wear a design featuring the two together, but I think they would look stunning on their own if a solid mani is more of your thing.

Want to get my look? Creating a negative space mani is super easy and creates a really trendy, high-end effect that doesn’t require a lot of artistic technique.

Here’s what we did to get mine:

  1. With a thin nail art brush, paint on a thin line of Margarita Time from the center right side of the nail, diagonally up to the center tip of the nail.
  2. Fill in (with the same polish shade) to the top of the nail.
  3. Repeat on the other side. This should create the look of a red arrow (or a half diamond).
  4. With a thin nail art brush, paint on a thin line of Miami Vice from the center right side of the nail, diagonally downward to the center base of the nail.
  5. Fill in with the same shade to the bottom of the nail, filling in the space to the cuticle area.
  6. Repeat on the other side. This should complete the look, with the bare space in the center creating a diamond.
  7. Voila! Easy and beautiful negative space mani.

Ready to fill your polish collection with IV Kulture? Shop all of their beautiful shades here!

IV Kulture

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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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