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Monday, September 22, 2014


A few weeks back while on a regular shopping trip to my local Sephora, I saw a display for a new Shiseido product. The red ombré packaging is stunning & sleek and speaks to the brands' luxury eastern skincare philosophy. It's totally eye-catching!  I've spoken about my love of Shiseido on this blog before, so it's no surprise this will be a love fest too.

When Shiseido offered to send me the new product, I jumped at the chance because I had already been so intrigued while shopping. Their new formula called Ultimune is different than other skincare products on the market, because it's main goal, like the name implies, is to build the immunity of the skin-not change the skin itself. It's a preventative measure that helps skin to be more resistant to environmental factors that break down skins’ ability to heal. It’s a product that is a first of its’ kind, and uses the 20+ years of research that Shiseido has conducted to bring you the ultimate in luxury, but also effectiveness.

The consistency is like a thin gel serum, and the scent is my favorite of any product I am currently using. It's light floral and citrus combo is very refreshing, and it's cooling effect on the skin has made this a favorite of mine to use just out of the shower. I also love how quickly the concentrate absorbs into the skin, which helps speed up my morning routine.

If you are looking for a companion product to your current skincare regimen, this is the one to buy. It's designed to enhance the absorption power of your other products, as well as smooth the skin and give a radiant glow. It's lightweight and great for wearing under makeup, but also moisturizing enough to wear at night during sleep. I also notice a huge difference in my under eye area with this, it has really helped to smooth and moisturize the delicate skin there. Ooh it's so good!

Let me know in the comments below if your face could use a good workout session with Shiseido? Who knew our skin needs to build up it’s own immunity? Pretty cool, if you ask me. Check out Shiseido's Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate HERE.

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Friday, September 19, 2014


Happy Friday! I am so glad you are here- thanks for your continued readership!
Today, I am sharing a few pics of the outfits I wore during Fashion Week. I know I am not a fashion blogger... I could never keep up with that! But, since it is Fashion Week after all, I wanted to show you some of the beautiful clothes I got to wear, from some of my favorite clothing brands.

Floral Dress: c/o Kingdom & State |  Leopard Belt  |  Shoes Jessica Simpson (similar)

Blue & Black Zip Dress c/o Shabby Apple  |  Yellow Belt  |  Black Booty Pumps  |  Watch  |  Sunglasses

Graphic Skirt c/o Shabby Apple  |  Black Tee  |  Necklace  |  Sunglasses

Black High Waisted Skirt  |  Bomber Jacket  |  Pumps  |  Ear Cuff  

Love to you all!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Mascara Wand Shapes, Mascara Wands 101, What are the different shaped mascara wands for?
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Ever wondered what the crap all of those different mascara wands are for? Why are they shaped differently, and what will the results be? It can be more than a little confusing at times- and really overwhelming when you are strolling down the makeup isle.

Wearing: Can't Hold Me Down Dress c/o White Plum
Well, rest easy my friends- today I am putting you through my Mascara Wands 101 course, and by the end of it you'll be a pro! Here is what you need to know about the different mascara wand types, and don't miss the video from Studio5 TV with more info (available after 2pm MST) and the GIVEAWAY down below. Although there are variations out there that I haven't included, these are the 7 basic types of wands and the rest all fit under one of these categories as well.

Oversized Wand- Maximum VOLUME
These full bristle wands are designed for amplified volume all around. They will thicken the lashes as well as give length and are designed to POP the eye open with their effect. These types of wands are better for advanced makeup junkies who aren't 'flinchy' with eye makeup. If you have small or deep set eyes however, this guy is not the best pick. Try Maybelline Mega Plush or Too Faced Better than Sex (dumb name, amazing mascara)

Cone Taper Wand- Winged Out Corners
Cone shapes will help direct the lashes toward the outer corners and accentuate the cat-eye look. The bristles that are longer will distribute more product on the lashes, so those will be the ones that are elongated. This mascara is great to pair with a cat-eye liner to really finish off the total look. Try Maybelline Lots of Lashes or Lorac Pro Mascara

Curved Wand- Fanned Out Curl
Curved wands are designed to fan out the lashes from the inner corner all the way to the outer corner. The wand shape mimics the curve of the eye, so the wand is the same distance from the eye all the way across. This gives more curl to the lashes located at the two corners of your eye. Try Cover Girl Flamed Up Mega Curl or Dior Over Curl

Balled Tip- Detailed Corners
The balled tip is a favorite of mine because it allows you get very near the root at the corners to thoroughly coat the base of the lashes, without the risk of poking yourself with a sharp point. You can also turn the wand vertically and sweep the ball end across the lower lashes with lots of precision. You can use the ball tip to direct the outer corners as well, so you have the exact shape you are looking for. Try Rimmel Scandaleyes Show Off or ELF 3-in-1 Mascara

Micro Wand- Tinted & Natural
The micro wand is again a huge favorite of mine because I love the simplicity of it and the natural looking results it gives. Great for your 'no-makeup' days, a micro wand will deliver a dark pigment to your lashes but won't build volume or much length. I also love that a micro wand can get all the way down to the root of your lashes (without poking your eyeball) which is so helpful if you have naturally light eye lashes like blondes and redheads often do. Oh, and it's a dream on those lower lashes too! Try IT Cosmetics Tight Line Primer or Maybelline Lash Discovery 

Rubber Shorty- Defined Length
If length is your primary focus, a short bristled rubber wand is the right pick for you. The formula is most evenly applied with this type of brush so you'll have less clumps and be able to build up a longer length with more coats. The short bristles also work as a comb of sorts, keeping lashes extended straight, aiding in the length yet again. Try Wet n Wild Mega Length or Covergirl Lash Blast Length

Flat Comb- Separated & Dark
Definition is the name of the game with lash combs, so if you love to see a separation between every lash then this wand is the one you need. The comb pushes through the lashes and forces each one into a designated path way in the comb. The result is a very uniform lineup of lashes that are equally spaced from one another and coated in lots of pigment. Try Napoleon Perdis MesmerEyes or Mirenesse Cougar Mascara 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you found this guide to mascara wands helpful! If you want to win a HUGE goody bag of my fav mascaras for yourself, be sure you enter the giveaway down below using the rafflecopter entry. The first two entries are mandatory to play, and the rest are optional but additional entries into the running. Good luck! And check out my cute dress from White Plum today, it's only $39 and I LOVE it! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014


hair, makeup, nails, NYFW, New York Fashion Week Beauty

Happy Monday! Today I am excited to share with you my backstage coverage from New York Fashion Week. It was such a thrill to be backstage at a handful of shows this year- the energy and excitement is like nothing I have felt before.

Imagine 15 gorgeous models, 30 makeup artists and hairstylists, and 5 manicurists... all doing their jobs at once, plus about 20 members of the press (that's me... 'press' :) trying to photograph and video ALL AT THE SAME TIME! In a tiny backstage area, I might add! It is chaos at its' finest.

In the video below, I put together some of the beauty looks that I was able to witness first hand, as well as some of my other favorites from shows I wasn't able to attend this season. It gives you just a glimpse of the beauty you can expect to see trending come Spring 2015. The majority of the designers all opted for sleek/wet hair looks on their models, and mostly natural looking makeup. But, there were of course a few outliers that went for bold lips, crazy nail art, and even pierced eyebrows! Take a look:

Featuring looks from:
I hope you find some beauty inspiration in these looks! I know I did, and I'll be bringing you some 'Inspired By' posts over the next couple months, where I'll showcase some of my favorite looks, and how I would achieve them at home. Stay tuned for those, and be sure you come back later this week for a recap of what I wore while in NY, and for my Mascara Wands 101 class with Studio5 TV. xo
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Friday, September 12, 2014


I am home from a whirlwind trip to NYC. It was so much fun, and I feel refreshed and inspired by the energy I felt there, the time I spent with my sister, and the beauty that I witnessed first hand during Fashion Week.

Today I wanted to share the rest of my photo snaps from the trip. If you missed the first part of my trip, you can click here. A few highlights from above: The Brooklyn Museum was magical and I love any chance I get to see ancient Egyptian pieces. I also toured the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, a true highlight of my trip, and so peaceful amongst the chaos of the city. I got a glimpse of Paris and Nikki Hilton while at Lincoln Center, and spent lots of time with my own sister Kristin.

On Monday, I'll be sharing my backstage adventures from the fashion shows- and telling you what you can expect to see in hair and makeup for the Spring 2015 season. Plus I'll run down all of the clothes I wore to my events... it is Fashion Week after all, so we have to talk a little about clothes right!?!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


You know how girls tend to over dramatize things? It's kind of hilarious when you think about it with any amount of seriousness...

Well on that note I have SOME HUGE NEWS. [see what I did there?]

To say 'beauty' and 'crisis' in the same sentence is again, a little dramatic. I mean how earth-shattering is that lipstick really? But, just like any girl who loves hair and makeup- sometimes I do find myself feeling like I am going through a beauty crisis when things don't pan out right.

When I heard about the new PopSugar Beauty series called #Crisising, I was immediately excited to check it out. The gist of the show is that the ladies of Pop Sugar, help solve beauty crises in a witty but totally helpful way. I loved the first episode, and wanted to share it with you:

If you have a beauty crisis that you need solved, you can tweet your request to the ladies. Be sure to use the hashtag #crisising and you might get an answer on the next video, plus you'll be entered to win $500 in Benefit Beauty items. Sa-weet! I'm thinking up my best crisis to ask...hmmm what will it be? 
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