Sunday, August 6, 2017

Free Beauty Events August Giveaway


 
Freebeautyevents.com is back this month with another amazing giveaway.  For anyone not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Best of all, each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves.  Let's check them out!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This month's basket includes products from some of my favorite brands including Nexxus, L'Oreal, Almay, Hawaiian Tropic, Dark and Lovely, Clean & Clear, KISS, Maybelline, Neutrogena and more! The Contest runs from now through 8/31/17, winners will be chosen on 9/10/2017 and notified by 9/15/2017.  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 FBE info here
 
 
 
Have you used FBE or attend any events through them? 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Free Beauty Events July Giveaway

 
Freebeautyevents.com is back again with another fab giveaway!  Woo hoo!  For those not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Best of all, each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves.  Let's check them out!
 
 
 
 
 
This month's basket includes products from Cantu, Rimmel, La Roche-Posay, Nexxus, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, John Frieda, Well at Walgreens and more! The Contest runs from now through 7/31/17, winners will be chosen on 8/10/2017 and notified by 8/15/2017.  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 FBE info here
 
 
 
Have you used FBE or attend any events through them? 
 
 
 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Makeup App Perfect365 Kicks it up a Notch with Release of Perfect365 Pro

Makeup addicts might already be familiar with Perfect365, the free app that lets them digitally try on various looks and products.  Recently the innovative app has taken things a step further and launched the Perfect365 Pro.  The enhanced version is specifically designed to aid makeup artists and their clients.  Press was invited to view a live demo led by celeb makeup artist Kabuki at the NYX Professional Makeup store in NYC.  
 
 
Make up artist to the stars, Kabuki, used a NYX palette to create a customized look for the event, which is also available on the app. 


"Perfect365 Pro will drastically change the makeup industry.  For my clients, getting the look right is the only option.  Now, with the face detection technology in Perfect 365 Pro, I can experiment and play with makeup looks on my client prior to applying it for a photo shoot and I can give them a realistic idea of what it will look like.  Digital Beauty is really the future of my industry"- Kabuki. 
 
Why Perfect365 Pro is great for every makeup artist:

- Design makeup looks to send to clients prior to real- life application
- Manage and organize client contact information, reference photos, facial features, and payment details
- Create looks using your client's photo, include hot- to application videos and specific product information
- Allow clients to try on looks you created instantly using Perfect 365's Live Mirror Feature



Kabuki's customized look for the app.  
 
Makeup Brands in Perfect365 Pro:
Similar to the Perfect365 digital beauty platform, Perfect365 Pro also works directly with brands to digitize looks in the app. Perfect365 Pro can digitize any complete looks for brand makeup artists to recreate and make minor adjustments, or, include individual products for them to create custom looks for a client. This can include an entire new line of products or specific looks for the current season. When the brand artist logs into Pro, instead of having general colors across the lip, eyes and face categories, they will have the colors from the brand they are affiliated with. In addition, brands can gain exposure to millions of users of Perfect365 by having their brand makeup artist and/or MUA influencers submit looks to the explorer section of the app.
 
 
Have you used Perfect365?  Are you interested in the new version?
 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Japanese Superstar Ryoko Yonekura Returns to Broadway


Last week Asia Society hosted an exclusive meet and greet with Japanese superstar Ryoko Yonekura.  The popular actress has returned to Broadway to revive the iconic role of Roxie Hart in the legendary hit musical Chicago.  Performances kicked off this past weekend on July 3rd and will run through July 13th, 2017 only.      

Yonekura originated the role in the Japanese- language production in 2008, then made her Broadway debut in 2012 where she performed the part in English.  

When asked to describe how playing Roxie Hart today, differed from playing her years ago, the actress admitted she was less worried about her pronunciation and was having more fun with the character. 

 "This time, I'm much more confident and I look forward to expressing more of my personality... I could very easily get overwhelmed thinking about the great actresses that have come before me in this role, and how they compare to my take on Roxie Hart.  But, I'm not giving into that kind of pressure.  More than anything, I just feel very thankful.  It's a pleasure to do this role again on Broadway"- Ryoko Yonekura.  




Set in the glamorous 1920's, the story follows Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.  Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.  


The music, the sets, the acting, Chicago is the total package.  A six time Tony Award winner, and officially the #1 longest running American musical in Broadway history, Chicago is one the show you'd be crazy not to see.     


Get ticket information here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Beauty Box 5: June Reveal



BeautyBox5 kept me in suspense this month by arriving a little late.. so even though we are in July, this post is actually for June's unboxing.  For those not familiar with BeautyBox5it is a monthly beauty box subscription that selects five of the industry's must haves and delivers them straight to your door!  There are various subscription options to chose from, but my lucky self receives a complimentary box each month in exchange for sharing the goodies with all of you lovelies :)


Each month has a theme and this month's was a sassy "Get it Girl!".  



Now, let's get to the goods shall we? 

Laritzy Lip Pencil
Retail: $18.00

I'm all about neutrals and I think this lip liner from Laritzy in Bare is perfect for any season.  It's pigmented and creamy enough to completely fill in your lips, or use just as a liner.    


DID Hair Jeweled Hair Tie Set
Retail: $7.50

My hair is too thick for these to hold it in place, but they make for cute accessories.  Especially the bedazzled ones.  And bonus, their soft fabric is designed to keep your hair crease free.     

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette (sample size)
Full size: $19.95

I love the colors in this palette.  It's on the edgier side which will be perfect for a night out.  The shadows are advertised as highly pigmented and buildable, making for an easy transition from a day to night look.   

Jesse's Girl Liquid Liner
Retail: $6.99

I don't use colored eye liners too often, but I like this one so much that I already have a look in mind.  It's a bright, Hawaiian blue and super easy to apply.  Dries quickly too.      



Prestige Cosmetics My Biggest Lashes Mascara
Retail: $7.50

I read some pretty amazing reviews about this mascara and have high expectations for it.  Its "plushy" brush is said to boost "high volume" without the clumping.  Considering the size of the brush, I do feel like it will create a fair amount of volume.. we'll find out!   


Four out of the five items were full sized and together totaled over $40.  Overall, I'm definitely happy with this month's box and look forward to July's. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review: Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner


Summer is here, and thus time to get my tan on!  Since lounging on the beach in the scorching sun isn't an ideal option for this fair skinned chick, I'm all about a killer fake bake.  I decided to kick off the season with Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner .
Advertised as "a white body butter cream with lower level of natural tanning activities to layer on to skin each day to achieve the perfect depth of a tan" it contains a natural tanning active plus Guarana that develops into a lasting tan.  So ultimately it works with your body's natural chemistry to create a tan that's right for your.  But why Guarana you ask?  Good question.  The naturally derived Guarana element is what puts the "skinny" in Skinny Tan.  The ingredient is said to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, hence making your biki bod look that much more bodacious.



I don't feel like I can attest to any visible changes regarding cellulite since I only used it for a week, but who knows?  Maybe further use over the coming summer months with make the difference.  I can, however, tell you that tanning wise, this stuff is da bomb (cuz Ima 90's chick).



I started with the Pre- Tanner Primer to exfoliate and then used the mit applicator to apply the tanner to my right leg.  It's texture had a creamy consistency and felt more like a luxe moisturizer then a sticky, smelly tanner.  The cream is white so note there are no color markings to guide you while you apply.  The scent is a delicious caramel/coconut mix, which is awesome because you don't have to deal with the nasty "I just slathered myself with tanner" scent that even everyone recognizes. 


 
I loved that there was basically no dry time.  Since it applied like a lotion, it absorbed quickly and I didn't have to worry about color transfer or sticking to my clothes.  You might think it would be tricky to apply a tanner with no color guide, making it easy to miss spots but... well, see yourself!



This is the result of one application a day, for seven straight days.  It made no difference that the lotion was colorless, I was still able to achieve even coverage (and easily I might add).  By the third day, I even tossed the mit aside and applied it with my bare hands.  I eventually noticed a slight discoloring on the insides of my palms by the fifth day, but nothing extreme.  

Overall I LOVE this tanner.  It's an obvious, but natural looking golden glow, which is exactly what a good tanner should leave behind.  There was no streaking whatsoever, and it even held up well during my cardio workouts.  No sweat streaks or fading, and still no color transfer on my clothes or bedsheets.
My only criticism would be that I wish it came in larger bottles.  Being fair skinned and liking it so much, I know I'll go through it quickly before the end of summer.  I guess the brand read my mind because I happened to notice they're currently running a BOGO sale on their website.  I would definitely recommend trying this tanner, especially for those who are fair skinned.      


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Have you tried Skinny Tan? What did you think??

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: MAYA CHIA Supercritical Omega- 3 Chia Face Oil

 
My constant dry skin keeps me open to trying various body oils.  But sometime I can't help but wonder what (if any) real difference there is between the 50 oils that I have stock piled in my bathroom.  
 

Retail: $60.00
 
Well, now I can say that at least one stands out.  MAYA CHIA  uses a patented process to extract the oil called supercritical extraction. The gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free process results in oil with a total absence of chemical residues and impurities, and one that most closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant. Translation?  It's considered the best, purest, most stable, effective, and potent chia oil in the market.
 
I own other oils that I thought absorbed quickly, but they all pale in comparison.  When I applied the Maya Chia Supercritical Omega- 3 Chia Face Oil, my skin drank up it up in a flash.  It's so lightweight that I was able to apply my makeup just minutes later without any greasy residue.  It was awesome.  The scent is light too.  A refreshing blend of nature with a hint of sweetness.
 
It definitely has that silky, lux texture that makes your skin feel soothed and nourished. The Supercritical line is advertised as good for all skin types and also helps fight anti- aging.  It doesn't cause me to breakout and I love the way it makes my skin look more even toned and healthy.  This is truly my favorite oil in my whole collection.    
 
 
Ingredients:
Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, 2% Essential Oils and Botanical Extracts of Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Essential Oil, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) Essential Oil, Aniba rosaeodora wood (Rosewood) Essential Oil, Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Seed Oil, Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Essential Oil, Citrus limon (Lemon) Peel Essential Oil  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cosmoprof Hosts Exclusive Press Preview in NYC

 
For the beauty addicts heading out to Vegas this July for the next Cosmoprof extravaganza, prepare to be wowed! 
 
Cosmoprof North America is considered the "one stop shop" for the 411 on the beauty industry's newest, hottest brands hitting the market.  And bonus, they recently held an exclusive press preview here in NYC!
 
The preview included: 
 
Mullein and Sparrow
Emani Vegan Cosmetics
Nairian
Feather & Bone
MANNAKADAR Beauty
Battington Lashes
LVX Nail Laquer
Londontown
Balanced Guru
Intelligent Nutrients
      HiMirror       
 
 
 
Let's check out the goods!
 
 
 
LVX Nail Lacquer formula is 7 free with a glossy, gel like finish and I'm already obsessed.  The brand's collection of on trend colors taken straight from the runway are the ultimate finish for every look.      
  
 
 
The Balanced Guru was there with the solution to my hair's biggest summer problem.  For me, it's all about the frizz control.  But the Guru's array of certified organic oils aim to combat just about every skin and hair problem known to man.   
 
  
 
Londontown unveiled its newest Gel Genius Top Coat.  Made with Rapeseed Flower Oil, its designed to extend the life of your mani and I'm here to tell you, it WORKS.  No nasty UV lights required and it's easily removed with standard polish remover.    
 

 
Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Health and Beauty  has everything from hair and skincare products to luxury spa services.  The nice thing is that after your spa service, you can purchase the same products used by the aesthetician. 
 
   
 
Emani Vegan Cosmetics believes in being "More then just makeup".  Each product is designed to enhance your beauty while keeping your skin's health in mind.  The brand offers a full range of products for eyes, face, lips, as well as an impressive selection of brushes.


 
Nairian Skincare  combines ancient Armenian traditions with modern science.  Its products are extremely luxurious and the Face Night Serum is amazing.  It's all natural, free of synthetic fragrances and contains a mixture of oils like coconut, apricot kernel, Rosehip and Sea Buckthorn.  Bottom line?  This jar of magic is super nourishing, hydrating and smells good enough to eat.  


 
Mullein & Sparrow is an herbal apothecary line and its products are mesmerizing.  The elegant packaging is total vanity candy, and the scents draw you right in. 
 

 
Battington Lashes  are that rare beauty phenomenon that sounds too good to be true.  They're 100% silk and look super natural.  Plus-- are you ready?  One pair is advertised to be good for 25 WEARS!  Yes, that's right, you're supposed to be able to wear the same pair, 25 times.  If that's not good news for lash lovers, I don't know what is.        

 
 
MANNAKADAR Beauty showed off their Liplocked Priming Lipstains and each one is to die for.  They contain a primer and go on like a glossy matte.  I love the neutral color scheme and Lucky (first from the left) is my current go-to.     
 
 
 
By the end, guests were piled up with killer swag from every brand and totally hyped for big event.  Make sure to check back for reviews! 
 
 
Cosmoprof deets:
 
July 9th- 11th 2017
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Convention Center


Are you attending Cosmoprof?  Are you excited for a particular brand?  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Millesima USA Hosts Exclusive Summer Wine Tasting



Millesima USA  recently held an exclusive wine tasting event hosted by it's very own GM, Hortense Bernard, at the chic Kola House in downtown Manhattan.

 
 
Bernard shared her top three picks for the upcoming summer: 


Alphonse Mellot: Edmond Sancerre:
Underneath its yellow robe with brilliant green highlights, Edmond 2012 delivers a majestic and rich nose. It releases aromas of licorice and fresh cut grass underlined by notes of honey, citrus and brioche. On the palate this Sancerre is flavorful and rich. The flavors touch on lime and vanilla. The finish is long and spiced with characteristics carved from limestone. After several long years in the cellar, Edmond 2012 will deliver delicate mineral, toasty and buttery notes.
 
The Edmond is smooth and creamy, with a bit of a punch.  The spiced taste is crisp and exhilarating.  An ideal choice for your annual summer kick off party.    
 
 
Chateau Peyrassol: 
This blend comes from the oldest grapes in the domaine. Their low yield produces full-bodied grapes which bear the hallmark qualities of the terroir. Its subtle nose of citrus, vine peach, apricot and fine floral notes is inviting. It has a beautiful, dense palate, delicate and lively, and is notable for its balance and full body, punctuated by a long, fruity finish.
 
The Chateau is gorgeous and I could drink this no matter the season.  The taste is addictive and satisfying.  It's fruity and sweet and works well for large gatherings like pool parties, or holiday celebrations like the upcoming Fourth of July.  It is available in the brand's popular large format bottle and makes serving at parties that much easier.  
 
 
Drappier: Brut Nature Rose, Champagne:
Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes in the saignee method, which involves bleeding off the juice after a brief contact with the Pinot Noir skins. This 100% Brut Nature Rose is aromatically expressive with notes of strawberry and raspberry, with a hint of rose petal. The palate is red fruit driven with citrus notes, mandarin orange and a subtle savory note of white pepper.
 
The Champagne was of course, my favorite.  The fruit and rose petal mixture offers a lovely summer twist and added dimension.  The taste is fruity but not over done.  It's crisp and refreshing and leaves a lingering warmth.  It's perfect for a weekend getaway in the Hamptons, or an elegant summer garden party.
 
 
 
About Millesima USA:
 
Millesima S.A. is one of the five largest buyers of Bordeaux Futures. Considered the undisputed leader of online sales of fine wines in Europe, the company boasts an extensive selection of large format bottles. Millesima S.A. carefully maintains more than 2.5 million bottles of fine wine that age slowly in the company's cellars in Bordeaux, including more than 12,000 large format bottles. This strategy, in place since 1983, is one of the keys to Millesima’s success. The company has 100 to 250 en-primeur wines in every format and over 80,000 private clients.
 

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Release: Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina in Fiore


 This month Salvatore Ferragamo debuted its brand new fragrance; Signorina in Fiore.

Designed to celebrate young women full of joy and romance, it was impossible not to fall in love with this one.  The scent is from the Olfactive Family (floral/fruity) which is my all time favorite.  And naturally the adorable, Spring- like packaging nearly melted my little heart.        


Retail: $92.00 (100 ml)

Notes:
Top: Nashi Pear Sorbet and Pomegranate
Heart: Jasmine, Cherry Blossom
Dry down: White Musk and Sandalwood


These notes are everything I could want in a fragrance.  I'm addicted to the sweetness of Cherry Blossom and Jasmine, mixed with a pop of juicy Pomegranate.  It's reminiscent of enjoying Cherry Blossoms in first bloom, or the season's first glass of sparkling rose.  Described as the prefect blend of "femininity and charm",  it's flirty and fun in a soft, subtle way.           
   

The packaging is stunning.  Inspired by the colorful petals of a blooming flower, it pays homage to the femininity and grace of a woman.  The vivid pink bottle, is detailed with a pink- gold cap and an iconic pink Vara bow in gros grain. The signature Signorina packaging on the outside is also evident, and blends a variety of romantic pinks. 

All of my fragrances are displayed on decorative shelves along my wall, but it'd be a crime not to put this one front and center on my vanity.  





Have you tried Signorina in Fiore?  What did you think?



   

Monday, June 5, 2017

Free Beauty Events June Giveaway




Freebeautyevents.com is back again with another fab giveaway!  For those not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Best of all, each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves.  Let's check them out!







 
This month's basket includes products from Cantu, Rimmel, TRESemme, Nexxus, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Hawaiian Tropic and more! The Contest runs from now through 5/31/17, winners will be chosen on 6/30/2017 and notified by 7/10/2017.  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 FreeBeautyEvents.com:
 
 

Have you attended any FBE in your area?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beauty Box 5 May Reveal

 
 Hi dolls!  In case you're not familiar with BeautyBox5it is a monthly beauty box subscription that selects five of the industry's must haves and delivers them straight to your door!  There are various subscription options to chose from, but my lucky self receives a complimentary box each month in exchange for sharing the goodies with all of you lovelies :)


This month's sassy "Make May Your Bae" and have a Summer Date Night theme, set the stage for a super fun mix of products.  Let's check them out!

Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber
Retail: $5.00
 
An all over body exfoliator is always good to have.  This one is advertised as safe for all skin types, and even lets you know when it's time to replace it as the label starts to fade.


Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Lip Conditioner
Retail: $10.00
 
This lip balm is organic, all natural and smells like coconut.  According to its label, since it's nutrient dense, it can be used anywhere on the face or body.  This will come in useful during the winter should you experience a dry nose.    
 

Jelly Pong Pong Bare Necessities Highlighting Pencil
Retail: $17.95
 
I'm a big fan of this pencil!  It's an eye shadow primer, highlighter and concealer in one!  I doubt I'll use it as a concealer, but as a primer and highlighter it's perfect.  
 

Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick
Retail: $12.99
 
This gorgeously pigmented lipstick is right up my alley.  It's light, bright and has pretty good staying power.
 
 
Nanacoco Jumbo Eye & Lip Pencil
Retail: $5.50

A crayon for both the eyes and lips, the color is one I'll definitely get a lot of use out of.  Probably not on my lips, but I often wear a lot of gold shadows.  I like crayons because they're fast an easy to apply, and this one goes on smoothly.  
 
 
 De La Cruz Arnica Salve
Retail: $5.99 (2 oz.)
 
I'd never heard of this brand before but was eager to give it a try.  It is designed to soothe dry, cracked skin.  And I'll admit, I love the crisp and minty fresh scent!
 
 
 
Overall, I loved this month's box.  Every product was full size, and are ones I've already started using daily.  Plus it was so nice of BB5 to include the complimentary extra sample.  I'd definitely say BB5 has improved through the years, and especially within the last few months.
 
 
 
Do you subscribe to BB5?  What do you think?         

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