Monday, April 21, 2014

Beauty Box 5 April Box

It's that time again to dish on this month's Beauty Box 5 delights!  As part of the official review team, I receive some of the industry's finest products delivered straight to my door, and tell you lovelies all about them :)  If you're not already in the know, Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription and is pretty affordable. 
Each month has a theme and this month's "Shades of Beauty" box was heavily makeup based- which made yours truly all smiles :)
To kick off the list of goodies, I'll start with the non makeup items:
I was actually pretty happy to see a little container of Blum Natural All Purpose Cleasnsing Wipes because living in NYC, you can NEVER have enough of these.  They're infused with Aloe Vera so they don't dry out your skin and have a very faint citrus smell.  The nice thing is that they're all purpose so you can even keep them on hand by your computer or phone for a quick wipe down of your keys, or just slip them in your purse.    
Coincidentally, I've been bitten by the self tanner bug and was super excited to get my hands on Jergens Natural Glow .  I remember using Jergens years ago and was always a fan.  I loved the scent, and the gorgeous golden tan that slowly appeared after a few applications.  Always very natural and sun kissed looking.  This particular sample is for medium to tan skin tones so it is a bit dark for me, but no doubt it will look fab on others.     
The shadow palette of California Collections bh Cosmetics is perfect for Spring and Summer.  The colours include a vibrant purple to punch up your look, and (my favorites) a shimmery gold and medium brown with hints of gold tones.  The two compliment each other really nicely.
I think my favorite product this time around was the Nickak New York Hydro Lipstick in Daring which I paired with the Bonnebell Lip Definer in Baie.  For the record, I own countless red lipsticks and glosses, but this is the first one I've owned that has the perfect creamy texture and creates the perfect, dewy finish.  Rather then your typical glossy finish, this one left my lips with a sultry wet look and I l-o-v-e-d it.  It's a vivacious shade of red and thanks to the lip definer, it didn't run.  I also noticed it had a pleasant, fruity scent to it, and it was pretty long wearing.  Even though the texture is very silky, it didn't smudge off much.  Usually when I wear reds, I'm very aware of the smooch I leave behind on my coffee cups, but this one didn't do that. If I have the chance, I may pick up more in other shades.  A winner in my book!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Trend: Punk Style Hair

From the edgy Fashion Week 2014 runways to Nirvana’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, grunge is making an intense comeback.  Kristen Stewart went orange, Katy Perry went green, and Amber Heard is sporting a dip-dyed punk style. From the runway to the real-way, colorful strands, spiked ends, and unkempt texture are not just a passing fad.
Kristen Stewart

PRAVANA Artistic Director Vadre Grigsby explains the inspiration behind this hot new trend and dishes how you can get the look:
“This will mean dark roots, fun, faded-color ends and long, straight, unbothered-with hair.  I can see the trend of cornrow braids tying in here for those who want to lightly relive shaved sides.  Grunge back then was a mix of bohemian free-spirit with the irreverence of punk rock.  Although we haven’t dove completely off the stage into the anarchy of stringy, straight texture, get ready for the lived-in look.”
Katy Perry
For Katy Perry’s “Green Slime Bob”Shampoo and condition with NEVO Moisture Rich to repair hair after bleaching and dying. Apply NEVEO Hydra Pearls  to wet hair for a healthy shine and NEVO Full Volume Mousse for body. Blowdry upside down, teasing with fingers as you go. Using a 1 inch curling iron create waves and finish with NEVO Invisible Control Manipulator Mist  for light hold and texture.

Amber Heard

For Amber Heard’s Pastel Princess meets Rebel Street Girl –Apply NEVO Intense Therapy Leave- In to wet hair and let hair air dry. Flat iron if needed, and style with NEVO Model Behavior Styling Cream  for texture and movement without looking overly styled.

What do you think of the bolder, rocker look?  Are you daring enough to go for it?   


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Winner is...

The best of the best beauty products have been announced on – and butter LONDON is a top pick! Patent Gel Tops & Tails was awarded Editor’s Pick for Breakthrough Nail Product of the 2014 Beauty Awards. Each product submitted is thoroughly tested by the editors of After narrowing down thousands of products, a winner is named in each category.

What had to say about Patent Gel Tops & Tails: “Paint it on top of your favorite polish for a glassy, chip-free finish that lasts and lasts... and lasts.”
The set includes a flawless finish basecoat that acts as a tacky nail primer and a shiny topcoat for a gel-like finish without the harsh chemicals and UV lamps. The basecoat creates a perfect foundation for any lacquer while the quick-dry topcoat locks in color for a flawless, high shine manicure.

Retail: $40.00
Available at: 

Have you tried this dynamic duo?  If so what did you think?


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How-to Combat Your Hair's 5 Biggest Woes

As a Salon, Fashion Week, & Editorial Stylist with over 18+ years experience, CutlerRedken Stylist Jenny Balding shares exclusive tips that can overcome the five most common hair issues: 

1: Lack of Volume
Lack of volume could be caused by a variety of reasons but most common is using the wrong shampoo/ conditioner for your hair type, followed by using conditioner all over instead of just the mid-length to ends.  It’s an easy problem to fix and makes a huge difference – talk to your stylist about the best regimen for your hair.

2: Damage Control
An easy way to prevent damage is being gentle when detangling your wet hair.  Use a large toothed comb or a brush designed to detangle wet hair as wet hair is very fragile and most damage can be created at this point.

3: Dulling Hair 
Product buildup can cause dull hair when a lot of product is used constantly overtime.  Make sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid of buildup and this will bring back life into your color and bounce back into your hair.

4: Constant Split Ends
Even if you love to keep your hair really long, make sure you are having it trimmed every 8-12 weeks as this will really help to keep it in healthy condition as dry, damaged ends split, and travel further up the hair shaft if you don't remove them.

5: Straight Up, Healthy Hair
How can you make your hair more lustrous, thick and healthy?  It really makes such a difference if you eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water and take a multivitamin each day.  Like your skin, your hair represents what you put into your body.


Monday, April 14, 2014

New: butter LONDON Sweet Somethings

Retail: $35.00
butter LONDON introduced their new bridal set, Sweet Somethings, backstage at Monique Lhuillier's bridal show. Launching April 15th on the Sweet Something set pairs wedding classics with a modern edge and is the perfect accessory for the big day. 


 Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador
The Scoop: Monique Lhuillier's collection was inspired by an ethereal daydream. Gowns took on a visionary fantasy through lace infused with delicate detailing, embroidery and intricate beading, all coming together to create a dreamy, alluring vision. 
Get the Look: ​Katie applied butter LONDON Nail 999 Rescue System base coat followed by butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Doily (part of the Sweet Somethings collection) covering the entire nail. Katie finished the look with butter LONDON's Nail 999 Rescue System top coat. butter LONDON Backstage Basics Hydrating Balm and Signature Lotion were used to soften and hydrate the skin. 

Do you have any weddings coming up?  Are you considering butter LONDON Sweet Somethings for that final touch?  
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