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5 Face Washes for the New Year

I’m sorry if I sound like a broken record but I feel as though I am always writing about my beauty stories but trust me, I have so many of them! This post is about my face wash! I had been using Purpose soap from the drugstore since high school (a long AF time) up until about 6-months ago. My facialist, Satiko, told me that it was time to switch up my routine and start using a face wash for “maturing” (aka old) skin.

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5 Red Lipsticks that will get you through the Holiday Season!

Fa la la la la!!!  ‘Tis the season for giving and parties and fun and friends and lots and lots of red (red wine, red dresses and of course, red lipstick)! We all tend to go a little overboard with red during the month of December but I personally love it! It’s a festive color that gets you in the holiday spirit! Sometimes, less is more but when it comes to red lipstick, more is more! Continue Reading


SpaceNK Gift Set!

Looking for last minute gift ideas or not so sure what to get your loved one? No need to worry…Space NK has made holiday shopping easier than ever. I am completely obsessed with Best of Space NK Iconic Heroes set! The set contains some of my all-time favorite products such as Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara, Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo/Conditioner, Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (which happened to be on Oprah’s Favorite Things list 2019), Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist which smells incredible, Eve Lom Cleanser and last but certainly not least…a Diptyque Baies Mini Candle. Continue Reading


Space NK Buy One Get One Half Off Sale!!!

Looking for the best deals in makeup, home and beauty products? This is the time of year to buy all of your makeup wants and needs. I have been looking for some of the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and Space NK has one of my favorite offers! They are having Buy One Get One Half Off from November 21stto November 26th! Make sure to visit Space NK during these days and take advantage of their incredible sale. This is the time to stock up on all of your favorite beauty products and gifts for loved ones! Space NK has become my beauty and gifting destination for this holiday season.

Visiting Space NK is such a fun experience because they offer such a large variety of products and brands. They carry some of the most innovative products in the beauty world, including super-charged skincare, cutting-edge cosmetics and game-changing gadgets. If you aren’t familiar with this store, Space NK is a luxury beauty retailer with over 28 locations throughout the US, including free-standing stores and boutiques at Bloomingdale’s. They carry incredible products but my personal favorite beauty must-haves include ChantecailleDiptyqueOribe and By Terry! Continue Reading


Shiseido Essentialist Eye Palette

Now that the weather has changed and there is a chill in the air, it is time to completely update my makeup drawer. I am officially swapping out my fall toned makeup for winter palettes!

I was in desperate need of an eyeshadow palette that I could use both during the day and night. Although I love a large eyeshadow palette with numerous colors, it really isn’t practical for daily use or travel. I was looking for a compact palette that I could easily fit in my makeup pouch and carry with me.  Continue Reading


O Boticário!

Makeup Monday has me in search of new perfumes and body lotions from around the world!

I came across this fabulous Brazilian brand, O Boticário, which happens to be the largest beauty franchise in the world with over 4000 shops. The brand has been around for over 40 years and O Boticário has an online store in the US, coming up on its third year anniversary (!

I was browsing their website, looking for various bath and body products, when I came across their perfumes. I was immediately drawn to the chic and retro perfumes bottles because they reminded me of the 50’s! I love when you can enjoy fragrances and actually display them as décor in your home or bathroom.

I ended up ordering three different perfumes: Lily My Lily  and Lady Lily EDP. They all smell incredible! Lily has an unmistakable fresh and elegant scent. What’s the secret of this scent? The technique of enfleurage! It’s the way in which the essential oil is extracted from the flowers to become the main ingredient of the perfume.

My Lily also smells incredible and is a little less floral than Lily. The secret of this scent is that is has Narcissus, a flower that can’t be planted and grows spontaneously in the fields of France.

Last but certainly not least…Lady Lily EDP! Although all of these fragrances smell incredible, I have to say that Lady Lily EDP is my favorite. What is the secret of this scent? The perfumes of the Bulgarian, May and Damascenas Roses in the exclusive essence called Grand Rose. The Roses are collected in a special way and each has a distinctive method for extraction of essential oils, which are blended by the maturation technique. The method, almost extinct, allows the essences to interact and blend with each other in a natural way… And in their own time!

I am also all about delicious body lotions and I found this one from A scented body lotion is a total luxury for this busy momma! Normally, I use whatever body lotion my kids use but after browsing the O Boticário, I decided to treat myself to a luxurious lotion. This winter, I want to step up my fragrance game and stand out from the crowd. Little secret…apply the O Boticário prior to using the O Boticário fragrance and it helps it last even longer!

Overall, I am extremely impressed by the products from O Boticário and HIGHLY suggest trying the perfumes and lotions. It’s really amazing to come across an established overseas brand that is available in the U.S! I feel as though I’ve been keeping a fun secret and now I want to share it with all my followers.

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This Seasons Berry Lipstick

The weather has officially changed and it is COLD in NYC! Do you know what that means? It’s time to update my makeup and swap out my nude lipsticks for bold and rich berry tones. Wearing a berry lipstick in the fall is inevitable…it’s like ordering a pumpkin spice latte…it’s going to happen. Navigating which hue of berry to wear can be a little tricky. You have to make sure you choose the shade that works best with your complexion. Continue Reading


The Perfect Neutral Nail

I know that this time of the year most people are reaching for the dark berry hues, but this year, I am all about neutral colors. It is so much easier to wear neutral tones because your polish will always look good with whatever you are wearing. Best part about neutral colors? You can barely see when it chips! Don’t have time to go to the salon to get a mani? Give yourself one at home! Neutral colors are easy to paint and tend to last longer than darker colors. And if you do have time to go to the salon, make sure to bring your own polish! Continue Reading