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Beauty Video | Red Lips For The Win

September 21, 2015
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AGAIN floral romper // SHOP HERE
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Hey you guys! Something special for you all today! A little beauty story/tutorial/whatever you want to call it. It’s fun to get some content on here that’s a little more interactive every once in a while, as opposed to just pictures and words. As soon as I put on this bright red romper, I knew I had to do something fun with it. And I was inspired to go all out with my cat-eye and red lips. See, I can get glam every once in a while. Still subtle, but just a little something extra extra before summer is fully over and a Coca Cola and little red romper combination can no longer be called practical. 
Stila is one of my favorite beauty brands, and has been for a very long time, and I wanted to show you what products I’ve been using to get my favorite va va voom beauty look that I like to rock when the occasion calls. It was so fun making this video, and after seeing how it all came together afterwards, I’ve been wanting to rock my strong red lip way more often! It looks like it’s going to be my new color for fall 🙂 I hardly ever wear red, but quite a few people have told me it’s a color that looks great on me, so I think I’ll take their word for it. 
Beauty products used in this video:
Stila Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body // SHOP HERE
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner // SHOP HERE
Stila Convertible Color in // SHOP HERE
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery // SHOP HERE

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Introducing Gypsy Kiss

July 20, 2015
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Flynn Skye dress, exclusive to Revolve // SHOP HERE
Sabrina SL leather wrap choker
The 2 Bandits Cuff // SHOP SIMILAR
Giles & Brother cuff
Vanessa Mooney thunderbird ring
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Happy Monday lovers. Want to get to know my new summertime fragrance? Say hello to Gypsy Kiss. It’s secret is all in the name. Inspired by the girl who dreams to wander, stays in tune with nature and dances to the beat of her own drum. This signature scent, with notes of juicy green apple, dewy jasmine petals and subtle vanilla orchid, is quite the uplifter. When I wear it, I want to be barefoot and I want my hair to be wind blown. Most of all, I want it to be forever summer. I just started wearing it this past weekend, and already I have been getting so many compliments on the scent! 

Another something fun is that Gypsy Kiss will be giving away free metallic temporary tattoos on Monday, July 27th, prior to the First Aid Kit show at Central Park’s SummerStage from 5pm – 7pm. Swedish sister band First Aid Kit’s folksy sounds always put me in a dream-like state. Gypsy Kiss and them performing live is the perfect match. Come check out the brand’s tattoo booth if you are in NYC on July 27th and get to know what Gypsy Kiss is all about 🙂 

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Clinique | Pretty in A New York Minute

July 17, 2015

I am excited to share with you guys a collaboration I did with Clinique in celebration of the beauty brand’s upcoming Pretty in A New York Minute Event at the Bloomingdales on 59th Street today in NYC. I photographed my Clinique “Beauty a la Carte” look in the beautiful DUMBO, Brooklyn, one of the NYC neighborhoods that has always endlessly inspired me. DUMBO and I go way back to 2011, when my sister first moved to NYC and I just moved to Philadelphia just a few months before her. I was back and forth between NYC and Philly nearly twice a month, sometimes even more, for work and for my personal enjoyment. My sister’s first NYC apartment was in DUMBO, and so this was our stomping grounds that first east coast summer that we shared. As soon as my bus got into NYC, I’d meet my sister for some Asian food near Washington Square Park, then take the subway down to where the Brooklyn Bridge starts in Manhattan, and walk across it all the way to back to her place in DUMBO. Hot and sticky. Late into the night. The loud sound of the subway train going right above my sister’s apartment windows. The noise took some some getting used to, but it was something we almost couldn’t live without. It was the sound of the city that we admired, the city that drove our inspirations. 
So here is my Clinique beauty look, inspired by the city I live in, and especially DUMBO because that is where it all started. To create the beauty look I am wearing in this post, I used these Clinique products:
Clinique’s Pretty in a New York Minute Event Details:
Friday, July 17th
1-3pm
Bloomingdales 59th Street

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Beauty | My Summer Skin Savers

June 26, 2015
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O’Neill bikini // SHOP HERE AND HERE
Cleobella fringe dress // SHOP HERE
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Hey ya’ll! So summer is officially here! I’ve already gotten plenty of sun these past few months with my hot weather escapes to Puerto Rico, Indio and Key West, during which I made sure to slather on tons of SPF. But even so, all that sun exposure can make one feel a bit rough around the edges in the weeks afterwards. I made the huge mistake of using an oil-based tan extender in Puerto Rico, and my sensitive skin had some sort of breakout reaction that was not cute. So I’ve made a point to give my skin some extra tender love and care to reverse any of the effects from my sunny travels. Not to mention, living in a city full of traffic and subway care rides isn’t the best thing for one’s skin neither. All the more reason to treat the skin you are in just like a baby.
So here is what I’ve been using recently at the start of my day and at the end of my day. I juggle around lots of products throughout the year, trying to find my favorites. It’s fun to experiment, but when you find a routine that works, the best advice is to stick with it. Let me know if you have used any of these products and what you think of them if you do!
Mario Badescu Fruit and Vitamin A & D Hand Cream SPF 10 // SHOP SIMILAR
No one should ever overlook the power of a good hand cream! Our hands are usually the last things we think about slathering sunscreen on. We use them all day long, so really they need the most love and protection. This one smells so good, it’s hard to not want to use it in the first place. 
Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion
I love the dewy look, which is why I love this lotion! You’ll look like you just came from a tropical beach shower 24/7 with this lotion.
Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap // SHOP SIMILAR
The botanical fruit extracts in this body soap work like an acne wash, just in a more natural, less-abrasive way. My skin feels like heaven afterwards and I never feel irritated. 
Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum // SHOP HERE
The name says it all. This heavier serum literally heals dry skin and locks in moisture, with special ingredients that go beyond just a quick fix. This is my go-to body moisturizer for long-term protection.
Alba Botanica Acne Dote Deep Pore Wash
This product has been my LIFE-SAVER since I started using it a few months ago. I haven’t had to worry about any sort of major breakout session since. And if I get a small case, it fixes it up quick! Plus it feels gentle to the skin because it’s made of natural and organic ingredients. 
Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish 5-Action Hair Elixir // SHOP HERE
My hair has gone through a few bleach jobs during its lifetime, and I recently just went back to a darker, more natural color. But the abuse still shows through. That’s when this hair oil comes in. Made with a mix of rainforest oils and butters, this elixir is the real deal. Just a pump or two worked into the ends of my damp hair instantly adds luster, shine and softness. 
L’Oreal Invisible Protect Sheer Sunscreen Spray // SHOP HERE
This spray sunscreen is just so easy and fun to apply! It makes getting your dose of sun protection a total breeze. Just spray and go!
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream // SHOP HERE
This eye cream is made to work on all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. It’s not greasy either and is easily absorbed. 
Aerie Sugar Rush Raw Sugar & Coffee Scrub // SHOP HERE
The perfect scrub for the end of the week, or to start off your mornings on the weekends! It softens as it tones. Your legs will be summer ready in a hot second with this scrub.
Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask // SHOP HERE
This purifying and calming mask is the dream! Just a light layer left on for 15-20 minutes gets rid of congestion, bumps and oiliness. You’ll look and feel fresh-faced instantly. I love this after a long, stressful week. 
Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover // SHOP HERE
Because this makeup remover has never disappointed me. It lifts away everything so I can sleep at night knowing I have nothing leftover from the day.
Chantecaille Fruit and Flowers Acid Mask // SHOP HERE
This mask is really luxury in a bottle. It’s super gentle in the way it works to re-texturize the surface of your skin. The AHA in this comes from sugar cane and dissolves dead skin cells. You’ll look pretty as a flower afterwards.
Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Skin-Softening Body Cleanser
This cleanser smells so aromatic and exotic, you might mistake it for your next favorite fragrance. It’s soothing infusions will leave you feeling super soft for 24 hours. You’ll be amazed. 

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