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.    
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
Feather & Bone
Battington Lashes
LVX Nail Laquer
Balanced Guru
Intelligent Nutrients
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)

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 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.    


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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?         

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saks 5th Avenue Unveils The Wellery at Flagship Store Location

Last week Saks 5th Avenue hosted a launch party and unveiled The Wellery at its flagship store location.  From now through October 2017, the entire 2nd floor will be dedicated to everything beauty and fitness. Shopping for workout gear?  Feel like taking a yoga class?  Need a makeup touch up?  They got you.  Scroll down to check it out.

At the Breathe Salt Room you can pick up various relaxation products as well as sit for a session in the Himalayan salt room.

 The Technogym is your chance to test drive home workout equipment and decide which one is best for you.

A fitness junkie can never have enough workout duds and here you can shop the latest from Phat Buddha, Heroine Sport and Beyond Yoga to name a few. 

After a long day, slip in some time at Bendable Body.  It offers a specialized form of resistance stretching that leaves you feeling energized. 

Skinny Medspa is on site with the industry's top technologies including laser skincare and non invasive body contouring.   
Beauty addicts will love shops like Trish McEvoy, Blink Brow Bar and Glow Recipe.

 Fashion bike brand Martone Cycling Co.  also launched a special installation as part of the "Wellery." Lorenzo Martone's versatile city bikes double as coveted design items, and are quintessential to a lifestyle motivated by both style and wellness.

 Martone Cycling will continue to unveil new product offerings through the summer, beginning with the highly-anticipated,  limited-edition "rose gold" bicycle for 2017.

 Also unveiled was the new collaboration between The ANDI Brand x Martone Cycling Co. that features ANDI's signature tote, customized with Martone Cycling red and patches with the brand's mascot - designed to sit perfectly in any bike basket!

Located at:
Saks Fifth Avenue, Floor 2 (611 Fifth Avenue in midtown)

What do you think of The Wellery?  Do you plan to check it out?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FLOWER Eyewear Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Spring has sprung!  And if you're still searching for that killer pair of sunnies, look no further.  Hollywood sweet heart and creator of FLOWER Eyewear , Drew Barrymore has released a gorgeous new Spring/Summer collection exclusively at Walmart.     
I was dying over these aviator style pair of Casey in rose gold with cream from the second I saw them.  The double bar is totally on trend, and seriously, who doesn't love anything in rose gold??  The signature FLOWER emblem appears on the side in gold lettering, over opaque temples.  The metallic frames are a chic finish and work well for dressed up or dressed down looks.
The packaging is girly and fun.  The glasses come housed in a durable pink case along with a floral cleaning cloth.  The lenses provide UV protection and best of all, they're affordable.  You get the designer look and feel for much less.  Each pair runs $39.00.   

Are you hunting for new spring shades? What do you think of the collection? 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bandelettes Throw Springtime Celebration at Lovage Rooftop


Last week, Bandelettes celebrated the Spring season with an event at the Lovage Rooftop in NYC.  The event was hosted by Project Runway Season 14 winner Ashley Nell Tipton, along with the brand's own creators Rena and Julia, who gave guests a sneak peek at their newest products.  

To catch you up, Bandelettes are stylish lace thigh bands designed to prevent chafing.  You can count on them to keep you feeling lady like and fresh during the unbearable heat.  They work great under a sundress or pair of shorts, making it easier to enjoy that backyard BBQ or afternoon jog.

And if you're not a lacy kind of girl, no problem!  Not only can you chose from an array of colors, but the line includes more modest styles that are even basic enough to be advertised as unisex.  

It was such a fun night and at such a gorgeous location! Scroll down to see more pics of the evening. 


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