Monday, May 30, 2016

Bandelettes are the Summer Hack All Girls Should Know

 Most women aren't very vocal about their struggles with chafing, despite it being surprisingly common.  So if you're one of those quiet birds whose been secretly dreading the upcoming summer months, here's a hack you need to know. 
Bandelettes are chic looking anti- chafing thigh bands that are designed to prevent that nasty, painful rubbing.  Bandelettes' founder suffered from chafing for many years, and set out to find a solution that was stylish, yet still effective.  Worn around the upper thigh, the material acts as a buffer between the skin, and is held in place with two rows of stay up silicon. 
The brand recently invited press to an event at The Apella Lounge at the Alexandria Center in NYC where we could glimpse their various colors and styles.  Colors ranged from Black and Beige Jasmine, to White Onyx, and Red Romance (to name a few).  You can also chose from lacey styles for a sexier look, or go for the sleeker, more modest sets.  The simpler sets are great for slipping on under a pair of workout shorts before you head out for a jog.  

It was a fun filled evening that included drinks, hors d'oeuvres, festive cupcakes, and even professional ballroom dancers.  During the lively performance to Lady Gaga, the female partner wore a pair of Bandelettes underneath her costume to demo how easily they stayed in place.

You can snag a pair at  for $15.99.  Sizes range from A (S) to F (3XL) so you're bound to find a color and size to fit your needs.
Are you interested in trying Bandelettes?


BeautyPress Hosts Spotlight Day Event

Beauty Press recently hosted another lovely Spotlight Day event where media had the chance to meet face to face with several new brands.  

Since I'm no stranger to curly hair woes, I made a beeline for Curl Keeper; a collection of curly haired products advertised to perform 100% of the time, on every type of curl.  They're pH balanced to match our environment to our bodies which helps lead to healthier, shinier, more controllable hair.  The brand aims to target specific problems all us curly haired girls experience.  Their stand out product is the H2O Water Bottle. 
What's so special about a water bottle?  PLENTY.  One problem I always have is it takes me forever to get my thick hair wet enough so I can add product (gel, mousse etc.) to activate my curls.  The H2O Water bottle uses a special technology that allows for a continuous spray of water, making the process SO much faster. 

Naturally I had to swing by the Primp and Polish booth!  The brand offers over 1,000 colors and designs to choose from, and reps from the salon were treating guests to beautiful gel manis!  It's been almost two weeks and mone's holding up pretty well.
Created by world- renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Gerald Imber, Youth Corridor is a paraben free, advanced treatment system for preventing damage to skin, maintaining skin's health and youthful appearance, and correcting signs of age.  I love this because my skin is always on the dry side and C Boost formulas are lightweight, fast absorbing and great for under makeup.
 Jouviance is a Canadian brand that offers a range of dermatologist- developed skin care products specifically formulated for sensitive skin.  Their best seller; the 3- in-1 Anti Age is the #1 anti- aging cream in Canada.  All products are free of parabans, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, colorants and artificial fragrances.  My skin is super sensitive and I'm excited to try this out!    
Pura D'or works to help thinning hair, scalp issues, daily cleansing and conditioning.  I'm always dealing with product build up so I took home samples of the Scalp therapy Shampoo and Healing Conditioner.  They're both very gentle on my hair.  The shampoo contains a blend of aloe vera, vitamins B and E, and has a wonderful lavender and peppermint scent.  The conditioner contains lavender oil, vanilla extract, argan oil and makes my hair soo silky smooth.  The conditioner takes effect almost instantly, using just a small amount.  I have only used them a couple of times thus far, but have already seen a reduction in build up.      

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Coppertone Hosts Ready, Set, Glow Event

A couple of weeks ago, Coppertone  kicked off the season with an exclusive fitness and beauty session at the Midtown Terrace.     
Guests participated in a seriously killer workout led by Cyc Fitness 's very own Keoni Hudoba, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Hale and Kelley O'Hara of the US Women's National team.
A sunny rooftop view is always a gorgeous backdrop for any workout, but of course, spending time in the sun calls for protection.  Guests were able to try out the new Coppertone Sport High Performance formula sunscreen before getting started, and I'm happy to report I left sunburn free!     
View during our workout
Retail: $9.99
The Coppertone Sport  formulas are lightweight, fast absorbing, and proven to work harder in extreme conditions, including heat, humidity, and exercise.  
- Moisturizing formulas boost skin hydration
- Help refuel skin with antioxidants
- Won't cause breakouts or clog pores
- Water resistant for 80 minutes 

Post workout, guests were able to freshen up at the Coppertone beauty bars, where they tried out the CLEARLYSheer Sunscreen and CLEARLYSheer AfterSun Moisturizer.
CLEARLYSheer Sunscreens is perfect for everyday protection whether you're heading to the beach or to lunch with friends.   
- Feels clean and lightweight
-Leaves a matte finish
- Fresh citrus scent with soft floral base notes
- Great for wearing under make up 
- Available in SPF 30 and 50
Retail: $3.99- $9.99
CLEARLYSheer AfterSun Moisturizer  helps replenish moisture to the skin after time spent outdoors, whether you've just been lounging by the pool, or spent and afternoon in the park. 
- Helps restore skin's defenses with antioxidant blend
- Replenishes moisture lost during sun exposure
- Light, breathable application and wear experience
- Fresh mango scent
Retail: $6.99
Myself & Kelley O'Hara

I couldn't leave without snapping a pic with this talented lady!  As a woman who spends countless hours in the sun, Kelley kindly shared her secrets for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.  
"I have worn Coppertone for as long as I can remember.. I have Coppertone on everyday, regardless of the time of day... I always apply it before practice and even during the week running errands"- Kelley O'Hara. 

Is Coppertone part of your summer skincare routine?  Are you interested in in trying any of the products? 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Press Preview: Vionic Shoes Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

Last month Vionic Shoes  hosted a gorgeous luncheon and treated press to an exclusive sneak peak at their upcoming Fall/Winter 2016 collection.  The brand debuted a series of new style booties, flats and wedges, all themed to take you straight from the office to hour happy without missing a beat.  Let's take a look!  

Prize Rosa
Retail: $249.95
Country Storey
Retail: $249.95
Spark Minna
Retail: $119.95
Gem Caballo
Retail: $119.95

Country Lona
Retail: $159.95

Splendid Torri
Retail: $139.95

Cozy Juniper
Retail: $79.95
(OK, these aren't exactly for the office, but they're really cute so I had to snap a pic!)
Vionic also showcased some of their most popular Spring/Summer 2016 styles, which are available now.
Tide II
Retail: $64.95
Noble Laurie
Retail: $139.95
Action Heritage ($89.95), Action Sunset ($99.95)

Vionic is great because they do it all with your comfort in mind.  The brand is known for their Orthaheel technology, which is built into all of their shoes.  It is designed to help with your alignment and ease joint pain.  I own a couple pairs and each one wears like a dream.  The brand kindly gifted the above sandals and they're super comfy.  Vionic shoes are a great investment for your feet and I believe you definitely get your money's worth.
Have you started shopping for summer?  What shoes have you been eyeing?   

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CND Summer 2016 Flirtation Collection

There’s an electricity of unspoken attraction in the air for Summer 2016. Evoke a subtle, sensual femininity with the new Flirtation Collection from CND. A palette of soft yet bright shades teases at the imagination and makes this collection equal parts coy, confident, and playful.
“This season, sweet, creamy pastels are inspired by modern lace and embroidery for a delicate and refined glamour,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The summer nail is a slim oval glazed with tender shades of coral and lilac, blushed with the spark of deepening allure. Flirtation’s summer code allows you to be irresistible.”
Fresh new shades for CND's SHELLAC® BRAND 14+ DAY NAIL COLOR include Lavender Lace, Sparks Fly, Be Demure, Aqua-intance, Pink Pursuit, Honey Darlin’.  
Shades from the VINYLUX® WEEKLY POLISH SYSTEM include Lavender Lace, Desert Poppy, Honey Darlin’, Pink Pursuit, Aqua-intance, Skin Tease, Date Night, and Be Demure.  They'll be available starting summer and retail for $10.50 per bottle.
 Check them out below!
Aqua- Intance
I'm obsessed with this because it's bright and fun, but not too flashy.  It's a soft pop of color that works with any skin tone.

Be Demure

Desert Poppy

Have you started revamping your collections for summer?  Are you partial to any of the new CND shades?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Review: Gosling's Original ChopSaver Lip Care

Retail: $3.99

Dan Gosling, or "the ChopSaver guy" as many call him, is a professional trumpet player and no stranger to sore lips.  His "symphony of ingredients" as he puts it, is a unique blend of natural oils and butters like shea butter, mango butter, aloe, and vitamin E.  The instant, soothing relief you feel right after applying ChopSaver, is attributed to the balm's star ingredient; Arnica (a sunflower extract), used to hep reduce swelling and brushing.   The formula is widely popular among musicians and even recommended by doctors and dermatologists.   

The consistency is ideal for ultra sensitive lips mine.  It was thick and rich, and long wearing.  It absorbed slowly so I wasn't constantly reapplying.  Despite the thickness, it still felt lightweight and didn't leave any nasty residue in the corners of my mouth.  I'm not sure whether or not the fact that it is petroleum free is what makes it non greasy, but if so, it's definitely worth noting.  

I used the Fresh Citrus stick which comes with SPF 15 and a nice fruity scent.  This one will be especially great for the upcoming summer months when I'm heading off to the beach.  I'll admit I was surprised to see how effective this turned out to be.  My lips are so tender that most balms never leave me with anything more then temporary relief, but ChopSaver actually heels.   I'd definitely recommend it to anyone suffering from dry, aching lips.

Shop ChopSaver and get their special offer!

Have you tried ChopSaver?  How was your experience?


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Free Beauty Events: May Giveaway

It's that time again!  If you haven't already heard about then it's time to get in the know!  The site is a great tool for any and every beauty addict.  It lets you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag some killer free samples. Best of all, each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's newest must haves.  Let's check them out!    

This month's bundle is the BIGGEST yet.  It includes products from Nexxus New York Salon Care, KISS Nail, Almay, Simple Skincare, Dove, Maybelline, Revlon, Milani Cosmetics, John Frieda, Olay, Sally Hansen and more! The Contest runs from now through 5/31/16, winners will be chosen on 6/10/2016 and notified by 6/15/2016.  Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.
Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.    
Get more on
Do you follow FBE?  Have you attended any events in your area?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Life Stride Spring Collection

At the start of the season I got a first look at the latest spring styles from Life Stride.  No matter the shape, style, size, the brand's shoes are known for their amazing comfort.  Each pair is carefully crafted to show your feet some love, all while with keeping their look stylish and trendy.    
They combine "Cool Respond Gel" technology with memory foam to create three significant layers:
1. Cool respond gel at the heel and ball of your foot
2. Soft memory foam covers the middle
3. A Softsystem latex covers the bottom
Style: Stockard
Retail: $59.99

Style: Solace
Retail: $59.99
 Style: Star Too
Retail: $59.99
Style: Enchant
Retail: $59.99

Style: Airy
Retail: $59.99

Style: Persona
Retail: $59.99

Style: Attract 2
Retail: $59.99

 I fell in love with almost every style.  They're chic and sophisticated, and perfect for the office.  They're also great for jobs where you're on your feet a lot, but want to keep a professional, stylish appearance.   
PR kindly gifted us a pair of booties to take home, and they're one of the most comfortable pair of heels I own.  Every pair retails for $59.99 which I like because it makes it easier to budget.  Overall, it's definitely a brand I would buy from because they're affordable, elegant, and take comfort into consideration.  Beauty doesn't always have to be painful! 
Check out the whole Spring line here
Have you tried Life Stride before?  Are you a fan of one of the styles?

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