Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Launch: SHE WINKS Lash Studio in NYC


As a lash loving fanatic, I was SO excited to attend the launch party for the opening of SHE WINKS Lash Studio in midtown Manhattan.  Founded by celebrity hair stylist Ramona Azcona and savvy business woman Julissa Mella, SHE WINKS is a full service eyelash extension salon that houses fifteen relaxing lash stations, private wax room, threading station, two full makeup stations and the exclusive She Winks Selfie Station.  
The ambiance is completely luxurious and full of Hollywood glam.  Images of starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn grace the walls, and their eloquent words are delicately scrawled throughout.
It didn't take long to feel as though I had died and gone to heaven as I was surround by my favorite beauty icons and sexy black and white décor.  Note the sultry pink accents! (#Luvpink). 

Each She Winks Lash Stylist is certified and trained in the latest of lash styling techniques like Lash Ombre and Lash Lights.  You also have the option to book services such as make up applications, eyelash and eyebrow tinting and threading. 

I can't lie, the stylish bar was pretty tempting and I couldn't resist a taste test.. The "Winkitini" proved this girl's choice drink of the night!

What is a cocktail party without a few sweets?  If nothing else, I drooled endlessly over this glorious display of mouth watering pink delights from SweetsByMrsO!

Pink cake pops!  (Does life get any sweeter?)
Only if there is macaroons!! ;)

Such a lovely and fun event, I can't wait for my first appointment!  
Book Now:
115 West 45th Street
(Between 6th Ave. & Broadway)
New York, New York
Phone: 212-944-1850
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Monday, September 29, 2014

New Launch: BetsyElisa Inc. Beauty Bar

It's no secret Fashion Week is probably the most glamorous time of the season, but it can also be a whirlwind of chaos.  Even the most fabulous fashionista's look can fall a little flat after running from show to show and countless press events.    
Fortunately, with the launch of their on-site, red carpet ready beauty boutique, BetsyElisa Inc. was one the scene creating celebrity style hair and make up looks for everyone from Hollywood celebs to various press and bloggers.
The glam duo of Elisa Tallerico (makeup) Betsy Reyes (hair) began working together 14 years ago at MTV (where they continue to operate the beauty department) and have worked on shows like TRL, Entertainment Tonight, Gossip Girl, SNL, Inside Amy Schumer and Big Morning Buzz hosted by Nick Lachey.  
I was excited to work with these ladies because they were so sweet and friendly.  I've never felt so at ease and couldn't have been happier with the finished look!
The goal of BetsyElisa Inc.  is to bring "Hollywood to anyone who wants it" and make everyone feel pampered and special.  The girls offered insight and suggestions but still listened when I told them what I liked and what I didn't.  The experience was so wonderful and I have to admit, I walked away feeling pretty glamorous.  They're definitely the ones to call if you want to BE red carpet ready!   

As if being completely made over by two celebrity artists wasn't enough, the duo kindly gifted amazing swag bags filled with products from their industry favorites and event sponsors: 
Curly Tee
Grab The Gold
William Wlf
Mario Badescu
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Do you have any special events coming up?  Are you interested in booking BE?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: Rozgé Cosmeceutical Lip Gloss

What if I told you Dragon's Blood should be somewhere on your vanity?  You might think I was crazy.  But wait, it's not as scary as it sounds.  Dragon's Blood is a tree sap harvested for its healing powers from the Amazon Rainforest and is the superstar ingredient in the new collection of lip glosses from Rozgé Cosmeceutical.
Dragon's Blood was used as far back as ancient times to help heal wounds.  It is known for its anti inflammatory properties along with its ability to increase cell rejuvenation and protect against environmental stressors. 
These glosses practically scream nourishment.  Along with the Dragon's Blood, they also contain all-natural, organic ingredients, and powerhouse moisturizers like shea butter, aloe vera, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and safflower oil.  
There is no denying you will find a shade to fit you. The collection has 22 colors that are designed to compliment a variety of skin tones.  Each gloss is named after a major city, and I fell hard for Paris and New York .

Retail: $25.00
New York
Retail: $25.00
(top) New York
(bottom) Paris
Since I'm a chap stick totting fiend, glosses like these are right up my alley.  The formula is so light and soothing that it gives my lips the same relief as when I apply a chap stick.  It may just be my sensitive lips, but immediately after application I felt a slight tingling sensation, which made me feel like its healing properties were already hard at work.  There is no tackiness whatsoever and they have a glorious high shine finish.  I like these because the color starts out subtle but you can build up the intensity.
I love that these glosses come with a built in light (just click the button on its cap) and mirror for fast, easy application.  I wish every lip color came with these!  It definitely saves me the hassle of digging around the endless black hole I call my purse.  In reality, these are like carrying a healing balm, high shine gloss/ lipstick, small flashlight, and compact in one.  Can you really beat that?   

*All glosses are 100% vegan and free of any animal by product*

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Famous Tennis Duo Bryan Brothers Team up With Skincare Line Dnaegf Renewal

Last month I had the pleasure of being introduced to the incredible Dnaegf Renewal technology, developed by renowned Beverly Hills dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Ronald L. Moy.
The importance of fighting sun damage and learning ways to protect our skin never gets enough attention.  No mater your skin type, photodamage effects everyone, and that's why Dr. Moy has teamed up with twin tennis stars Bob and Mike Bryan to help spread the word.  The world famous duo has adopted the advisory methods of Dr. Moy and have implemented a protective skin regimen utilizing Dnaegf Renewal products.  
 DNAEGF Renewal combines two scientific breakthroughs: DNA Repair Enzymes and plant-based human Epidermal Growth Factor into one streamline approach for rapidly correcting and protecting all skin types.   
- Repairs damaged DNA
- Encourages the skin to continue its natural regeneration process
- DNA Repair enzymes and growth factors in the line help skin and stem cell rejuvenation 
- DNAEGF Renewal sunscreen helps inhibit cellular damage, protecting skin and fighting photo-damage and cellular damage. 
- Recommended as an effective UV protectant by the Skin Cancer Foundation to help prevent skin cancer.
While learning about the products, I was able to experience some of them first hand with what is quickly being dubbed "the facial of the future": The Dnaegf Renewal Repair Super Facial 
 I experienced the 30 minute express version but the full process totals 60 minutes of relaxation and complete skin rejuvenation. Afterwards, my skin was so incredibly moist, that the hydration was profoundly visible.  It was dewy and glowing and instantly appeared healthier and smoother.  To this day, I've noticed how much faster and easier it is for my skin to absorb moisturizers, and I have yet to see a single dry patch.  Now that winter is coming, this is a fantastic way to prep your skin and get it hydrated before the cold months come along and dry it out.

The Dnaegf Renewal Repair Super Facial:
Cleanse Face, Neck and Decollete (5 mins):
Apply DNAEGF Renewal DNA Foaming Cleanser Gel- Repeat if necessary. Remove product with steam towel, water proof mascara may require an eye makeup remover.
Skin Analysis (2 mins):
Use magnifying lamp & discuss with client
OxyGeneo+ (15 mins):
Apply NeoRevive or NeoBright gel to face, neck & décolleté. Set machine to appropriate settings and place the Capsule to hand piece and begin to work the gel around the skin. Once time is up remove gel with warm towel.
Extractions (10 mins):
Apply eye shield and perform extractions
Mask (10 mins):
Apply appropriate mask to face. Let mask sit for 10 minutes. Apply DNAEGF Renewal DNA Night Renewal to shoulders and décolleté while mask is sitting massage lightly. Remove mask with warm towel.
Massage (5-10 mins):
Apply EGF to face and neck, set Geneo machine to massage. Insert massage tip into the hand piece, massage until serum has absorbed into skin.
Treatment Phase 2 (5 mins):
Apply DNAEGF Renewal DNA Eye Renewal under eyes and Intensive Renewal to the face, massage lightly.
Nourish Pretect Prescribe (5 mins):
Apply DNAEGF Renewal DNA DEFENSE SPF 30+ to face, neck, and décolleté while reinforcing the need for daily protection from UV damage, especially for skin that has undergone exfoliation.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Beauty Box Five: September Reveal

Because the past couple weeks have been so crazy I'm just now getting a chance to share with you beauties my thoughts on this month's Beauty Box Five arrival.  As I've mentioned before, I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the official BB5 review team, where I receive complimentary boxes in exchange for my thoughts.  Beauty Box Five is a monthly subscription that I like a lot because of its subscription options.  
Each box has a different theme and this month's was all about the "Balancing Act".  A fashionable nod to the steller fashionista who can keep business moving as usual while still taking on all new changes that come with the new fall season.  
Retail: $9.99 12 oz.
I was slightly confused because last I heard, FUBU was a clothing line.  Online research didn't help much, but the little bit I did find makes me think this is the same company.  If I'm completely wrong, feel free to set me straight.
Regardless of its background, I'm always happy to try out new hair care products on my constantly coarse hair.  These contain some fabulous ingredients like shea butter and eight different oils like sweet almond, virgin olive, jojoba, argan and avocado oil to name a few. 
Retail: $4.49
More Nicka K New York!!!  I've raved about this brand and thanked BB5 endlessly for introducing me to it.  The products have always been of an amazing quality and the price point is incredibly affordable.  I love this eye crayon because it slides on with no dragging and is super easy to blend.  It doubles as a liner and shadow for the lid.  Personally, I love it as a liner because its easy to control and is a nice choice color for the fall.
Retail: $40.00 .5 fl oz

I've worked with Chrislie Formulations in the past and have always enjoyed their products, especially their mascara.  So this is another product I am happy to take a go at.  It is an overnight serum that is intended to help soften and smooth the delicate areas around your eyes, as well remove dark circles.  It's a pretty small sample at .17oz but my assumption is that since it's supposed to work overnight, not much is needed before seeing a difference.  Can't wait to try this one out! 
Retail: $24.99 .4 fl oz

The price of this surprised me because I have never heard of this brand before.  I'm currently wearing fakes and recently gave myself a pedicure so I wasn't able to test it out and snap a pic, but I do really love its rich, mauve color.  Its totally appropriate for fall and I can't wait to instagram it for my next #LateNightMani! #WatchForIt

Retail: $1.99

Oh yea, the toe spacers.  Every once in a while BB5 sends a new pair of toe spacers......... And I never use them (does anyone use them?).  Maybe I'm a gargantuan beast with huge toes but they never even fit right.  I'd rather just wing my pedis without the hassle.  I'm over the toe spacers.  But outside of that, it was another fun box with some pretty cool items I'm psyched to check out!

Do you have a monthly beauty box subscription?  Which one?  Are you interested in BB5?

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Chic Experience: CHICSTUDIOS NYC

Nowadays it feels rare to meet someone who truly loves their job, but when you do it's always inspiring.  The staff at CHICSTUDIOS is an energetic group who are bursting with enthusiasm and eagerness to share their passion with others.  CHICSTUDIOS is an amazing NYSED- certified makeup artistry school located in downtown Manhattan. They're a great choice school for aspiring make up artists to hone their craft and pursue their dreams. 

I've been a fan of this school for a while and have raved about it in the past.  They offer so many opportunities for their students.  Wished you could have been part of the artistry happening backstage at this season's NYFW?  Well students and teachers from Chic were on the scene getting the valuable opportunity to learn and work. 

Big things have been happening for Chic, including a new studio expansion and a very special celebration.  The school recently celebrated their 5th anniversary and I was so flattered to have been one of the lucky bloggers invited to join in the festivities.   

Guests were treated to yummy cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres, not to mention, some ultra stylish, blinged out pink cake pops!

But what would the night have been without the unveiling of the impeccably done body art?  Three models dazzled with the gorgeous, intricate patters and exquisite detailing that was done from head to toe. A true testament to the talent and skill that lies within the school.  

You can read about my past experiences here and here to see more of why I love CHICSTUDIOS so much! Take a moment to check out their site and feel free to contact them with any questions.  Their staff is incredibly friendly and always willing to help!   
Chic Studios is located at: 
139 Fulton Street, Suite #600 New York, NY. 10038
 Call them at917-974-8755

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NYFW S/S 2015 Wrap Up: The Burlesque Boudoir and Korto Momolu Show

This season's NYFW Spring/Summer 2015 was amazing and of course I had to share it with you beauties!  I was invited to kick the week off inside The Burlesque Boudoir at downtown's stylish Opus 51.  Presented by Starbaby Enterprises, the show featured an amazing burlesque performance followed by some ultra sexiness on the runway.  Models strutted down the catwalk featuring designs by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie of the UK, and celebrity designer Stevie Boi.  Check out images from Sandra Palmer’s latest collection for her intimate range and menswear collection, 1st Man below:


What's a fashion show without a Bad Girl on the scene? Slim of Oxygen's Bad Girl's Club Season 12 was among the guests, checking out the latest styles at hitting the runway.
Guests indulged in an array of delicious gourmet cupcakes from Basket Treats By Alexis Streets and received their own swag bag :p 

 Also, 20% of the proceeds made that night were donated to Starbaby Enterprise's charity partner: Walk the Walk America 
Korto Momolu Spring/Summer 2015 Collection
I was fortunate to also receive an invite to the Korto Momolu show, and as a Project Runway fan, this was pretty exciting.  As you may or may not know, Korto is a "Project Runway" All-Star, two time runner-up, and voted "fan favorite" of the Bravo/Lifetime hit show fifth season as first runner-up.  She debuted her 2015 Spring/Summer Collection at the Designer’s Loft at Studio 450 presented by Shea Moisture.
The collection showcased a lot of vibrant colors, soft blues, delicate creams, and- my favorite!- lots of gold. It was one stunning piece after another.  Check out these snippets from the show!



Friday, September 12, 2014

NYFW Wrap Up: Isabella Rose Taylor Spring/Summer 2015

When I first heard of the young fashion phenomenon Isabella Rose Taylor, a while back from my parents (the unexpected fashionistas), I was pretty sure they had misunderstood.  I didn't believe it and was certain they had gotten the story wrong. But the Isabella Rose Taylor show at this season's New York Fashion Week proved how real the talent of this powerhouse little lady really is!  
One of the youngest designers to exhibit during Fashion Week, 13 year old Isabella Rose Taylor debuted her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at her first NYFW runway show presented by Dell. The ISABELLA ROSE TAYLOR clothing brand for teens, designed by Isabella, has also just launched a fall 2014 junior’s collection exclusively online at Nordstrom.com and at select Nordstrom stores.

Stand out pieces included a cropped halter featuring an embroidered storm cloud, a sporty cropped tank top, a feminine muscle shirt with a luxe crochet accent and contrasting trims as well as T-shirts in assorted styles and featuring Isabella’s artwork. Demonstrating how technology and her artwork helped inspire and create the Spring/Summer collection, several models strutted down the catwalk with the hottest new Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets with custom covers designed by Isabella.


Images courtesy of Getty Images
If you haven't already, it's time to meet one of fashion's youngest phenomenons.  Check out the Isabella Rose Taylor collection at Nordstrom.com
Note: As an honorary member of the Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), Dell is helping to support and promote Isabella’s business through technology, business consulting, and connections to capital and other resources.  You can learn more about DWEN and its ongoing initiative to unite and empower female entrepreneurs worldwide here.
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