Saturday, March 19, 2016

bittersweet by Maria Shireen

Like most girls, I can't leave the house without a hair tie (or three) on my wrist. You never know when you might need it, and to be caught without one all kinds of annoying.  A bulky band, however, isn't exactly fashionable, nor the most comfortable.  So what's a girl to do?          
Founded by husband and wife Shireen and Arni Thor, Maria Shireen™  is a functional fashion accessories company that has unveiled a creative, stylish solution.  It's a unique bracelet designed to hold the elastic, while simultaneously alleviating the pressure around your wrist, and giving the appearance of a sophisticated and classy accessory.  Genius right?  How did they come up with such a clever idea? 
Shireen's husband took notice of the unsightly bands she was constantly wearing, and the painful welts they always left behind on her wrist.  The engineer began brainstorming and eventually gifted her a unique bracelet.  Shireen realized this could solve the same problem for girls everywhere, and the rest is history!   

The brand recently held a private press viewing at the Gansevoort Park Ave. Hotel, and I was lucky to get an up close look at the new collections.  Each collection is absolutely beautiful.  The cool thing about them is that they're fashionable enough to wear on their own as a bracelet, even without the elastic.  Meaning; say you want to actually use the elastic that's on your bracelet.  You don't have to worry about the bracelet looking odd or funny once you take off the elastic because the bracelet itself is trendy.   
The new, Signature 2016 collection  was without a doubt, the break out star the evening.  The collection contains one style, in three glittering colors; gold, silver and rose gold.  People could not stop drooling over the rose gold color, myself included.  The pictures don't do it justice, but I was so obsessed I gave it several tries :P      
Retail: $60.00
Retail: $45.00- $85.00
Retail: $45.00- $85.00
The Original bittersweet collection is less glam and more dressy/ chic and has a variety of styles.  Some of the bracelets have sleek, clean lines, while others have uneven, rustic looking edges.  Each style works well with even the most casual ensemble of jeans and sassy top.

Retail: $20.00
The brand's b+ sweet collection caters to teens, tweens and kids.  It's full of fun, flirty colors and its bracelets are made of plastic, rather then the heavier, more expensive metals.  Girls of all ages use hair ties, and the b+ sweet line lets youngsters take advantage of this convenient solution too.  The bracelets are sold in packs of three.   
I love these gadgets and I see them making a big splash!  Keep an eye out for them and snag your own at  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Release: Pevonia LipRenew Plump & De-Age Treatment

Pevonia's latest LipRenew Plump & De-Age treatment has got everyone's lips talking.  Last week I attended its launch event at the ultra fab Sugar Factory where I got to test it out for myself, and spend the night evening getting pampered! 
The popular skincare line has created a unique formula that acts as a lipofiller that instantly plumps and lifts.  This plumper is unique, though, and not like many others.  This one is designed not just for your lips, but also for the area around them to help smooth skin, reduce wrinkles and blur imperfections. 
The brand is widely known for its natural ingredients.  The treatment uses a key ingredient called Sesamum Indicum Seed Extract from sesame seeds, which acts a potent stimulator.  It contains also shea butter and hyaluronic acid for intense moisturizing and repair.               
To try it out, guests were invited to sit down and get dolled up with some amazing lip art designs by the lovelies of Joli Beauty Bar.   
The make up artist applied some directly to my lips as the base and then around my outer mouth.  She warned I'd feel some tingling, and within seconds I felt it kick in.  My skin is sensitive so the tingling lasted several minutes and then subsided.  I like this product because it serves as a plumper that you can wear solo, and as a primer to help keep your lipstick in place.  I'd say it's a win-win!            

The night wasn't complete without a surprise visit by this cutie!  Even Tinkerbell the dog dropped by to give her stamp of approval!  xx

Product retails for $55.00 and is available at select spas nationwide and  
Photos courtesy of Frank Rocco Photography

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New Fragrance Launch: Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa

Last month I was invited to attend the Bloglovin' x Ferragamo Fashion Week Party held at The Box, here in NYC.  It was a fantastic night filled with musical performances, dancing, yummy cocktails and of course, the unveiling of the latest fragrance in the Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina series: Misteriosa.  
The scent is to die for and the bottle is so charming!
1.7 fl oz. Retail: $87.00
"The celebration of a chic girl's mysterious side" is used to best describe the fragrance's concept.  It has delicious top notes of Wild Blackberry and Neroli, silky nuances of Orange Blossom melted with sensual Tuberose at the heart, then sweet Black Vanilla Mousse dry down, finished off by soft Patchouli. 
It took all of two seconds for me to fall head over heels in love.  Misteriosa is a very seductive, feminine scent with a dark side.  It's sweet and fruity, but with a little something extra that keeps you guessing.  This is a great date night or evening out scent.  It's so alluring that it's a fun one to wear right out of the shower before bed.  It wears lightly but well enough that one spritz is all you need to create that subtle, temptress effect.
Model Grace Hartzel

Click  #mylifeisaplay to check out the film starring model Grace Hartzel and featuring all three scents of the Signorina series.
Scroll down to check out some of the night's amazing performances!
Dancers Richard and Ashlee

Ashley Stroud

Aerialist performer

Photos by Ferragamo Parfums/Bloglovin'

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Free Beauty Events: March Giveaway

 Hello dolls!  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 of goodies includes products from KISS, ELF Cosmetics, Nexxus, Rimmel Cosmetics, Vaseline, Maybelline and more!  The Contest runs from now through 3/31/16.  The winners will be chosen on 4/10/2016 and notified by 4/15/2016.  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.    
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