MENS BEAUTY MUST HAVES FOR FATHER'S DAY

Father's Day 2017 Gift Ideas

Father's Day is this Sunday- and there is no better time to

spoil your man with a few great Mens Grooming products

. In my experience I have found that men don't always think about grooming products as a necessity, but once they give them a try, they usually enjoy using them enough to want to keep using them.

Your guy deserves to look and feel his best too, so here are a few of my favs that are also approved by my guy (and others I asked for research as well!)

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  • Columbia Toiletry Bag light weight and great for camping or travel.

  • PooPouri Toilet Spray I know this is a 'unique' item to include on this list, but just trust me- this is no ordinary air freshener. In fact it's not that at all. This spray-before-you-go spritz is life changing! Ha! I gave it as a gag gift to my husband, and turns out it is worth every penny and even my kids can use it.

  • Jack Black Skincare PLEASE get your man to stop using bar soap on his face, and give him some nice skincare products designed specifically for his skin. This facial cleanser is great in the shower, and the Face Moisturizer is essential year round with 20SPF. The Beard Lube is also a favorite and keeps skin razor burn free.

  • Harry's Razor Collection Pretty much the best invention ever: razor blade subscription. Forget buying them at the store (who remembers anyway?) and get a custom delivery every couple months. The blades are AMAZE and under $2 a piece. Yup, $2... enough said.

  • Axe Shampoo & Styling Products The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is perfect for a guy on the go, and the styling products smell so yummy. Pick the amount of hold you want and the amount of shine you want with the custom pomades and gels.

  • Mens Fragrances: Armani Code, Azzaro Chrome, Calvin Klein Eternity Skip the musky, rich scents this season and lighten up for Summer! These 3 smell like a fresh Summer day and you and your man will love them. Notes of Mandarin, Lavender, and Basil are perfect for a casual warm-weather cologne.

Happy [Groomed and Good-Smelling] Father's Day, xo

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MAKE YOUR PEEPERS POP WITH DOLL LIKE LASHES

I typically just wear my own lashes on a daily basis. I just don't have the extra time to put on falsies, as I know a lot of you don't have the time either. But that being said, there is nothing that makes a look come to life, and go from 'pretty' to 'WOW' like a set of false lashes!

They have the ability to wake up the face, brighten the eyes, and of course give the appearance that your were blessed with Bambi-like genetics. 

This Holiday season I have many parties to attend, as I am sure you do too. I always try and give myself plenty of time to get ready for them, so that I can really enjoy the process and the excitement of the season. And that means I bust out my falsies!

Lately, the trend of

Doll-Like lashes

has been big, it's such a fun trend especially for a party. I've teamed up with 

Ulta Beauty

 to bring you a round up my three favorite types of lashes to wear that all give your peepers a dollish effect. These lash brands all make high quality products, that are comfortable to wear, as well as look amazing. 

wearing: Eylur Vegas Nay Classic Charm

Recommended lashes, pictured above;

The trick to fake lash application

you ask? Well, heres a couple of them:

1-

Trim them slightly

smaller than the width of your eye. Nothing is worse than the edge of the lashes stabbing into the corner of your eye. Cutting them just a tad shorter will ensure more comfort.

2- Make sure the

two outer edges of the lash have a nice dollop of glue

 on them. This is where the lashes really need to bond the most.

3- WAIT to apply the lashes until the

glue is tacky, not wet

. This is crucial for a good bond!

4-

Place the lash in the center of the eye first

, then push the corners into place and attach the tacky glue to the base of your lashes [never on the skin itself].

5- Give a quick fanning motion to the eyes with your hand to help the

glue dry quickly before blinking

.

That's it! Thanks for reading today- I hope your party prep includes some fun lashes too! xo

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ADD SOME SPARKLE TO YOUR HOLIDAY LOOK

I have 12 Holiday parties to attend this December! Can you believe that? It's a little overwhelming to be honest- but I am super excited to celebrate the season in style.

This is the time of year I love to add a little bit of sparkle into my makeup routine. It's just too fun not to! I stopped by Studio5 TV to discuss 3

easy sparkly touches you can add to your everyday makeup

, that will bump up the glam factor, and add just a hint of glimmer.

Check out the

segment

below.

Products Used:

I hope you'll try at least one of these sparkly touches for you Holiday get togethers this year, xo

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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SNAPS

Hello lovely friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading today- I have missed you this week while I have been away. I wanted to have a couple posts ready for my absence, but alas life won the battle and that did not happen. This last week has been a whirlwind of adventure in NYC, one of my favorite cities to visit! I hope you were following along on instagram [shameless plug]

I am a lucky gal because my older sister has lived in NY for over a decade, so I have been able to stay with her more times than I can count, and every time I visit I find new things to love. While Fashion Week hasn't wrapped up yet, I wanted to at least give you a little snippet of my trip- and then later this week I'll bring you

all the best hair and makeup from the shows. Ready?!

  • Strolling through the brownstones wearing: Dress- Target // Booties // Sunglasses

  • The 9/11 Memorial shining beams of light into the sky on the eve of Sept 11th. (We toured the new museum, and it was so amazing and heartbreaking at the same time, but highly recommended if you get the chance)

  • A visit to the US Open early in the week to see the Williams sisters battle it out! Which was a dream come true for my husband and I who are both avid tennis players and fans. It was the matchup of a lifetime, and an experience we will never forget.

  • The view from my sisters down-town office, looking up at the Freedom Tower.

  • Stained glass art installation 'house' down under the Manhattan Bridge, looking out to the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River.

  • The 9/11 Memorial Fountains that stand in the foot prints of the fallen towers. I have seen these before, but they still take my breath away. I feel as though it was inspired to keep this space open, as it gives a beautiful poignant dedication to the lives lost.

  • On Top of the Rock, looking out over Central Park on a windy afternoon, wearing: Dress // Sunglasses

  • Walking home to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge... My sister does this every day after work. It's quite the workout, but lots of fun and offers so many amazing views in every direction.

  • A day trip to the Natural History Museum wearing: Dress // Bag // Sunglasses // Flats

  • Live butterfly exhibit at the museum had me a little freaked out as they fluttered by my head, but I managed not to scream or swat one out of the air, as I am sure that would be frowned upon!

  • Running around the city in between fashion shows wearing: Dress- Target // Bag

  • A view from the top on a moody day (which had me feelin like Batman in Gotham).

Come back on Thursday for a full recap of

the best beauty from New York Fashion Week

, and I'll see you all soon! xo

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10 ECO-FRIENDLY BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT GIVE AMAZING RESULTS

Organic Makeup and Skin Care, Eczema Relief, Bacne Products, Earth Day, Top Rated Organic and Eco Friendly Makeup and Skincare

Happy Earth Day!

Whether you are a newbie to the Green lifestyle, or you've been practicing earth friendly behaviors for year, everyone can appreciate a product or brand that makes eco-conscious choices. While only 5-10 years ago, it was very hard to find

health and beauty products that were organic or sustainable

, but today there are so many incredible options available to us that utilize best practices and make amazing products to boot! 

I've personally used all of these products and not only do they perform amazingly, but they share the common factor of being

eco-friendly both in packaging and ingredients

. Support these brands so that they continue to raise the bar and produce products that are safe and effective. Ready? Here goes:

  • 1- Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Leave-In Hair Smoothing Treatment- I am so proud to sell Kevin Murphy in my salon. Not only because the products are amazing, but the brand actively promotes and utilizes eco-friendly practices. This smoothing cream is to die for, and I literally use it on EVERY SINGLE client that sits in my chair, no matter what hair type they have.

  • 2- SheaMoisture Duel Sided Makeup Brush Set These are soft, fluffy and so wonderfully made. The duel ends cut down on materials needed, but on top of that the handles are made from bamboo and recycled aluminum.

  • 3- Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap If you are an oily skin person, or suffer from bacne (back acne) or acne on your arms... look no further than this amazing bar of charcoal goodness!

  • 4- One Love Organics Brand New Day MicroDerm Scrub From one of my fav organic lines comes this amazing scrub & masque that cleanses, exfoliants, and detoxifies your skin with gentle love. Oooh it's so good!

  • 5- Yes To Coconut Eczema Relief Spray Anyone who deals with ECZEMA knows that some products can irritate more than help. This lightweight spray is super soothing and helps with itch and redness. Plus it smells like heaven and is totally affordable.

  • 6- Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Finding a deodorant without harsh chemicals in it- is nearly impossible! But these healthy deodorizers not only smell amazing (I love the coconut scent) but they sooth the underarms too.

  • 7- Josie Maran Creamy Concealer Stick Josie's entire line is made from natural and sustainable ingredients, and one of her main purposes for creating the line was to bring glamorous skincare and makeup into an eco-friendly realm. This creamy concealer crayon has been a fav of mine for years. It is wonderful at concealing under the eye circles and fine lines while giving a moisture that can only come from Argan Oil.

  • 8- Method Foaming HandWash My go to makeup brush cleanser every time! Although I do try different scents almost every time I purchase. And of course it's a great hand soap as well!

  • 9- Pacifia Lip Tint These lip tints go on like chapstick but have beautiful subtle tints that are perfect for natural gals on the go.

  • 10- John Masters Organics- Rose and Apricot Day Cream A lightweight yet hydrating face moisturizer that smells like a fresh garden. I almost want to eat it... and probably could because John Masters uses all organic ingredients and limits their preservatives as well.

What are your favorite eco-conscious beauty products? Let me know in the comments below, and go plant a tree today! xo

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MAKE YOUR OWN BATH MELTS JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY- AN EASY DIY RECIPE

Salt of the Earth Bath Fizz, Salt of the Earth Bubbling Salts, Lush Bath Bombs, Lush Bubble Bars

I have always been a 'bath person'. I think you either

are

, or you

aren't

... but this time of year when it's cold outside I find myself using my bath at least three times per week. I just love a good soak, and I know I am not alone, so today I am sharing a few of my most preferred bath products. Plus my

recipe for a DIY bath melt that is perfect for Valentine's Day

. You can get extra details in the video with Studio5 TV,  

plus enter to win my favs over on instagram

(details below) 

Best Bath Bubbles

  • Salt of the Earth Bubbling Salts- This product combines the goodness of natural sea salt and the luxury of froth bubbles into one amazing experience. You can customize the scent from more than 50 different options, and every product boasts 72 trace minerals from The Great Salt Lake. (My home town, yo!) I love the 'Strawberry Champagne' flavor.

  • Lush Bubble Bar- You've probably tried one of these, but in case you haven't- it's a must do. Crumble a small piece under running water and watch as the bubbles form and the color of your bath turns into a pastel haven. Try the orange and chocolate flavored 'Yuzu & Cocoa' Bubbleroon.

Best Bath Fizz

  • Salt of the Earth Bath Fizz- I love the effervescent experience of this product and the way it fills the air with the scent... my fav is the 'Eucalyptus Grapefruit'. Your skin is left silky smooth and moisturized. Win-win!

  • Lush Bath Bomb- The one that started it all! Watch and listen as your bomb moves, fizzes and changes colors in the bath water. They are just too fun not to splurge on every now and then. And yes, the 'Sex Bomb' is my top choice! ;)

Lush Bath Melt Recipe, DIY Bath Melt, Best Bath Products, Top Bath Soaks

DIY Bath Melt Recipe

Ingredients:

Process:

  • Use a knife and carefully break apart the Cocoa Butter into small chunks, then measure out approx 2oz.

  • Add the Cocoa butter to a crockpot (I use a slow cooker liner for easy cleanup) or to a double boiler [A shallow pan with 1 inch of water in the bottom, then a glass bowl inside the water will also work as a makeshift double boiler]

  • Next, add your Almond Oil or Shea Butter and heat over medium heat stirring every now and then until the mixture is melted and all of the chucks have disappeared

  • Carefully pour the mixture into molds (I recommend silicone baking cups, but cupcake tins work too) keeping the mixture less than 1/2 inch thick

  • Drop 2-5 drops off your Essential Oils into each mold, depending on how strong you like the scent to be

  • Add your optional Dry Ingredients to each mold

  • Allow the molds to cool in the fridge for about 1 hour until they've hardened and become opaque. Then pop the melts out of the molds and store them in a cool dry place until use

Only one melt is needed per bath, and remember they can make the tub slippery so use caution when getting in and out. Yield: about 5 medium sized melts

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll take a little time to relax and pamper your self with a nice bath sometime soon. Now for the

GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm giving away these amazing Lush bath products and

Salt of the Earth

is giving away some awesome goodies too. The fun is happening over on

Instagram

- so don't miss it! xo

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LAST MINUTE FESTIVE TOUCHES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES // WITH STUDIO 5 TV

The final countdown to Christmas is on- but there are still lots of family parties and events scheduled in the next two weeks, plus ample opportunity for photos to capture it all. These

5 easy festive touches are my go-to when it comes time to glam up for a Holiday party

. They are quick & simple, but scream out 'merriment', all while making the party and this time of year, extra special. I stopped by Studio 5 TV to share them, plus you can get more details below.

Wearing- Ali Dress c/o Shabby Apple

1- Standout Nails

Nail wraps and press on nails are the quickest way to add some sparkle to your digits. It fast and glamorous- and you can do it at home in under 15 minutes. I like the 'accent-nail' option, but you can dazzle up how ever you'd like. Try Sally Hansen Glitz Blitz or Impress Nails

2- Lengthen Your Lashes

Add the WOW factor with a fuller looking eyelash in a snap. Tip: Trim the lashes down to a more wearable and easy-to-apply size. There is no rule that says you have to wear the full strip. Try Benefit Pinup Lashes or Khroma by Kardashian Lashes in Wink

3- Amp Up Your Accessories

Now is the time of year to get a little wild with your hair accessories and add some feminine sparkle with headbands, clips or bows. A little goes a long way, and you are sure to make a statement. Try Pewter Rhinestone Headband or Pearl & Rhinestone Bow Clip

4- Go For Bold Lipstick

Nothing says 'Holiday' like a bold lipstick, but this season, skip the fire-engine red and opt for a deeper berry tone instead. It's a flattering color that's easier to wear and right on trend with the latest announced

Color of the Year: Marsala Try Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in HexagramBuxom Lip Polish in Isabella or Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Fashionista

5- Spice Up Your Scent

The sense of smell is too often forgotten when it comes to beauty, don't let be the case this year. Pick up a body spray or lotion in a seasonal scent that will help you feel festive and make memories that you'll love every year. Try Philosophy Holiday Handbook or Philosophy Iced Cookie Wash Duo

Hope your parties are filled with memories and a little something extra from this list. Have a great Tuesday! xo

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HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION // METALLIC GYPSY

Halloween is right around the corner, and it's one of my favorite holidays of the year! I wanted to share with you a fun Halloween tutorial that you can recreate at home if you are in need of some costume inspiration. The look was inspired by this striped dress from Shabby Apple. It's not a 'costume' at all, but it would work for so many outfits like a pirate, a witch and of course, a gypsy. If you have a striped dress at home, all you need is to add a few accessories and makeup, and it can be a quick and easy costume too. Everything else in my costume just came from my own closet, and I didn't have to venture in to a high-priced costume store...winning!

Here's a quick

video

of how I created this gypsy look, let me know what you think.

Wearing:

Purple Striped Dress

 c/o Shabby Apple

Rope Twist Tutorial

Makeup:

Blue Shadow

Pink Shadow

Gold Shadow

Plum Gel Liner

Contour Foundation

Liquid Shimmer

Liquid Blush

Brow Gel

Lip Gloss

Metallic Flake

Happy [early] Halloween! Let me know in the comments below if you liked this video, and what you are gonna dress up as for the holiday. Thanks for stopping by, xo

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SUMMER ESSENTIALS: POOL SIDE HAIR IDEAS

Today I am stopping by Studio5 TV to share some great hair styles that you can wear at the pool and beach. Often times when I get out of the pool I feel the 'wet dog' syndrome happening... it makes me want to run and hide, do you relate!?! 

These accessories and quick styles will help you feel put together at the pool, but they are easy and no mirror is required. Take a look at the

video below and check out my go to looks for wet hair beauty.

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