Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Just for You: Customized Skincare by Skin Inc.

A customized facial?!  Yes, please!
I was psyched to learn about the It's Just For You event happening at select Sephora locations here in NYC and just had to share it with you beauties!  This is the perfect opportunity to hear from the experts exactly what products can help benefit your skin, and prep it just in time for winter.
Skin Inc., the luxury bespoke skincare brand made in Japan and the first of its kind to use customization and ingredient encapsulation to meet a variety of skincare needs, will be hosting an exclusive facial event at Sephora stores in NYC. These two signature events will be taking place on Friday, October 24th at Sephora, 130 W 34th street between 7th Avenue and Broadway and Saturday, October 25th at Sephora, 5 Times Square (200 W 42st), between 12pm-6pm. Attendees will be able to indulge in a fully customized mini facial with a Skin Inc brand expert and discover their ideal product matches - including Skin Inc’s groundbreaking My Daily Dose serum - formulated precisely for your skin.

Are you going to check out the event?  If you do, come back and share your experience!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Drink Lover on Your List

Sometimes when I get so stressed out, all I want to do is kick back with a nice drink and chillax.  And recently, this got me considering for some clever new gift ideas.    
 Corkcicle  is the hot spot for your all drinking gadgets.  Creations like the Chillsner and the Corkcicle.AIR  are perfect for the wine connoisseur or beer lover on your list this year.  

The Chillsner

Retail price: $29.95 for two   

Corkcicle description:

 The Chillsner is the first and only, in-bottle beer chiller that keeps cold beer cold from the first sip to the last, whether drinking from the bottle or as you pour into your glass.  Just freeze, insert into any bottled beer, and drink right through the Chillsner.  Made from stainless steel, Chillsner uses the same proprietary thermal gel as the famed Corkcicle. It is a must-have gadget for any beer drinker.  Perfect for parties, tailgating, or pretty much any occasion where beloved beers are enjoyed. 

Any beer drinker knows there's nothing worse them a warm beer.  How many times have you set your beer down "for a minute", only to get distracted and come back to a luke warm bottle of grossness?  Or how about on those smoldering hot summer days when the thing just won't stay cold?  I can't imagine any beer drinker not loving this.  It's easy to use, easy to clean, and totally affordable!

Corckicle. AIR

 Retail price: $24.95 

Corkcicle description: 
The Corkcicle.AIR keeps your wine at the proper temperature, aerates your wine, and acts as a pourer, all in one device.  All of these features help enhance the flavor profile of your wine.  CHILL - Keeps already chilled whites at the perfect temp and cools down room temp reds to cellar temp.  AERATE - Instantly enhance the flavor profile of your wine by simply pouring to the glass.  Both red and white display the same types of flavor improvement from aerating.  POUR - Simply remove the cap and pour right from the bottle to the glass with ease.  Enjoy perfect wine every time with Corkcicle.AIR. 
 The Corkcicle AIR offers up a similar concept as the Chillsner, but for wines.  It's the new and improved version of its predecessor, the Corkcicle  (which comes in a bunch of bright colors by the way).  Personally, I could see myself using this!  Even though I don't usually worry about the bottle losing its flavor, I do appreciate a nice chilled glass of white.  This is a great gift for wine lovers or anyone who likes to entertain. The holiday season is packed with parties and this is totally useful to have on hand.  Considering its benefits, its very reasonably priced and definitely won't break the bank.

 Retail:$14.99- $35.00 for packs of four

Once the drinks are poured, why not dress them up?? 

The motive behind a drink charm is basically to identify whose glass is whose, but at the end of the day, they're plain fun!  They add some personality to the atmosphere and help celebrate the moment.  Il Bere has a huge selection of vintage styles, holiday and birthday themes, sassy bachelorette designs, and even pink, Winning the Fight inspired charms.  They make cute stocking stuffers and there are so many to chose from that you're sure to find a design that fits almost anyone on your list.

Have you started your holiday shopping this year?  Are you interested in any of the above gift ideas?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

KISS and Broadway Nails: Limited Edition Halloween and Holiday Collections

Considering I'm one of the biggest procrastinators in NYC, it's no surprise that my Halloween costume is still very much a part of my imagination, rather then on a hanger and ready to go... but if one thing is for sure, my nails are going to look sick this year. 
KISS has launched a super adorable Limited Edition Halloween Collection for this season.  I've reviewed the imPRESS Nails in the past and have been pretty loud about the fact that I'm a huge fan.  If you follow the directions explicitly, you can get some serious wear time out of these babies.  My longest running has been 12 days (yes 12).   But in case fake nails don't quite tickle your fancy, KISS has you covered.  The collection also includes an array of really cute, festive nail tattoos :)
Sweet Pea
Halloween impress Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails
Retail: $ 5.00
Halloween KISS Nail Dress
Retail: $2.99
Lady Bug
Halloween Kiss Nail Tattoo
Retail: $2.99
KISS even took it a step further and launched the Halloween KISS Lash Dress Collection.  If there is one thing you don't want to neglect, it's the chance to really amp up your eyes with some killer lashes.  The masquerade packing is really fun, and each set caters to a different style costume.  Choose from Kitty, Witch , Devil, Angel, Princess and Fairy.  Each set includes a small tube of glue for application.

Halloween Kiss Lash Dress
On a typical day, you probably won't find me wearing even an ounce of glitter in any form... but the holidays are the one time I feel like I need to sparkle... and I want everything around me to sparkle!  Which is probably why I nearly hyperventilated when I saw KISS's Limited Edition Holiday Collection. 
Why I'm obsessed:
- Unique, multidimensional nail art
- Perfect application of glitter and ombe on every nail
- Vibrant, gel shine with pre applied, pre cured top gel, no LED lamp required
- Easy, no glitter hassle peel off removal
- and.... they're sexy as hell!!

Painted Veil
Limited Edition Holiday impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails & KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
Retail: $7.99

 Rock Candy
Limited Edition Holiday impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails & KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
Retail: $7.99
Limited Edition Holiday impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails & KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
Retail: $7.99
The gel Fantasy sets are slightly different though because they give you application options.  Each set comes with a small tub of glue and set of adhesive tabs.  The back of each nail is bare, and you get to chose which method you like better.  At first I planned on using the tabs, but I'm starting to think the glue might be the easier way to go.  Obviously these will require more time and effort to apply, but not worry, there are still some glitzy press on- variations with the "gel shine" option to chose from:
One Shine Day

Glitz & Glamour

 In the Spotlight
I am SO excited to start rocking these sparklers.  Follow me on instagram to get all the hot close ups and finished looks!! 
Available at:
Harmon, Bartell Drugs, Marcs
Did you fall in love with any of these styles? Are you going to glam it up this season with some KISS?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Launch: Time Master Sublimating Program Exclusively at The Spa Valmont for Hotel Plaza Athénée

Earlier this month I was invited to the Hotel Plaza Athénée  here in New York City to celebrate the launch of The Spa Valmont's brand new, tailor-made signature spa treatment: the Time Master Sublimating Program.   Guests enjoyed champagne and cocktails while dining on some of the most delicious hors d'oeuvres I've tasted.

Valmont description of the Time Master Sublimating Program:
Exclusively designed and available at SPA Valmont for Plaza Athéné, this signature treatment erses fatigue, stress and aging signs of the face and shapes your body in a minimum time.  The one and only facial combining most active anti-aging products (botox-like Prime AWF, skin illuminator Prime Renewing Pack) to the unique 26% active ingredients of Time Master Intensive Program for immediate and long- term rejuvenation.   

The treatment comes with two options: a 60 minute or  90 minute session. The 90 minute treatment includes a body wrap of your choice.   

As guests were leaving, we were kindly gifted a beautiful Elixir Beauty Case with Valmont's luxury Elixir de Glaciers products.  And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't dying to try these out.  

The line is carried exclusively at The Spa Valmont for Plaza Athénée and all its products are created in Switzerland.  The brand is known for using the latest in Swiss technology and incorporating Glacial Spring water into all of their products.     

 After learning about what sounds like one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments to date, I'd totally recommend this as a luxurious gift idea for the holidays.  Why not treat mom and book her an appointment for some much needed ME time?  Or how about your bestie whose stress level has risen so high it's actually starting to stress you out?  I expect appointments will book up fast, so hurry and get yours in!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: KODAK DIY Decrotive Photo Candle

This holiday season I promised to put a little more creativity into my gift ideas and the Kodak Alaris Decorative Photo Candle was such a fun (and easy) place to start!     
Not only was this project totally budget friendly, but it only took a whopping 25 minutes to put together. 
- Favorite picture of family/friend/pet etc.
- Metal words
- Ribbon or raffia
- Small metal picture frame
How to make it:
- Put pictures in frame
- Insert ribbon into frame. Tie ribbon around candle
- Tip: burn candle until there is a small well; then put a tea light in the well to preserve your photo candle
Now.. I will admit that since I loved the idea so much, I went a little slap happy with the materials and did a slightly more elaborate variation.  None the less, it was still insanely easy and super fast to put together.   
What I used:
- Glass Vase
- Colored, glass marbles
- Ribbon
- Small picture frame
- Silver paint
- Decoupage
- Small picture print from KODAK Picture Kiosk
- Thin rubber band
- Candle
- Tea Lights
There were these beautiful vases on sale and I had the idea to place the candle inside it to make it just a bit more decorative.    
I chose a plain white, short candle whose circumference fit the vase nicely.  Since it was shorter then the vase, I took advantage of the pink and clear glass marbles I found, and used them to add some extra color and sparkle.       

 Next, I cut a piece of ribbon matching the circumference of the vase, and then applied it using decoupage.  Placing the ribbon over the demarcation line between the candle and marbles just helped it to appear smoother and more visually appealing.
While that was drying, I painted my little picture frame silver so that it would match the ribbon.  After about ten minutes, both were dry and ready to go.  I also decided to heed Kodak's advice to burn the candle just enough to fit in a tea light.  (This helps preserve the life of your photo candle).  Lastly, I slipped my pooch's picture into the frame, hooked the frame onto the rubber band using its back stand like a hook, slipped it over the vase and- ta- da!!  

It came out pretty well if I do say so myself.  Of all the DIY projects I've attempted lately, this was definitely one of my favorites.  It was so simple to manipulate and design with my preferences. The best part is that it's cheap enough to re- make again and again!  It ran me about $25.00, and I added a lot of bells and whistles.  It's a great keepsake idea for anyone on your list this season.
What DIY or personalized gifts are you planning to give this year?  Are you going to create your own the Photo Candle?
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