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Beauty

Lower East Side, NY

My Valentine's Day Self Care Rituals

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Whether you like this holiday or not, it’s a nice reminder to pamper yourself!  I wanted to share a few things I plan on doing today – and that I like doing in general to treat myself ;) Self Care Rituals Face Mask My all time favorite face mask is the Sisley Black Rose mask.  100% splurge worthy.  I ran out of that one though, so I plan on using this Eve Lom radiance mask.  It feels really good on, but it’s not nearly as moisturizing as the Sisley one feels if I’m being completely honest! Hydrate I start every morning with hot lemon water, then my signature green juice.  The recipe is; celery, cucumber, fennel, broccoli, and 1/2 a green apple.  If I can’t find fennel I use parsley and swiss chard. Lymph Drainage After I shower, I put a drop of Vintner’s Daughter serum (another splurge worthy item that makes my skin glow and totally minimizes your pores so you feel more confident wearing less makeup.)  I layer that with one of my face oils, and use the Clarisonic Firming Massage Head to de-puff my face. Makeup I wait to put makeup on until I have to – so I often try to go 3-4 days a week without wearing anything.  Tonight, Derek and I have plans to cook at home, so I won’t be doing a full face of makeup, but I still want to do a little something to look more awake!  I’ll put on a bit of Cle de Beaute concealer, Armani foundation, Bobbi Brown bronzer, Charlotte Tilbury highlighter, Laura Mercier caviar eye stick, and Bobbi Brown mascara.  This is my go-to everyday makeup routine that creates a really subtle, natural look. Candles I’ve been burning Goop #2 during the day in my kitchen, but for a more romantic evening, I love Diptyque Vanille, and Byredo Bibliotheque so I’ll probably light either of those! Bubble Bath I love taking a hot bath in the morning or right before I go out at night.  I use epsom salt from Amazon (I buy it in bulk.)  It’s the perfect way to get the magnesium we all need!  I also love the Goop bath salts – particularly these 3 scents. Comfy Clothes I like to be as comfortable as possible when I’m getting ready to go out, or working from home, so I wear either a terry cloth robe, Eberjey pajamas – or these Cuyana sweatpants that I just got from their new loungewear line.  Seriously they’re my new favorite sweatpants.  As a top, I’ll wear this cute grey Sol Angeles sweatshirt. Beauty Sleep At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than a goodnight sleep – and getting to bed early!  I’m a total night owl (most creatives are!), but I love falling asleep before 10PM when I can.  Bliss!  I wear this silk eye mask every night, and sleep in Restoration Hardware linen sheets.  Once you go linen, you won’t go back – trust me!  I also love these sheets from The Citizenry.
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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a holiday that I think everyone should take advantage of ;)  I mean, it’s a holiday dedicated to love, romance, femininity, and indulgence!  Aka it’s the perfect excuse to buy yourself those gorgeous pair of heels you’ve been eyeing, a big box of chocolate, a new makeup set, a beautiful candle, a sexy lace something, new PJs, or a pamper day fit with a mani/pedi or blowout! I wanted to share a few things that are on my wish list, and items I’m treating to myself on this special holiday… Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Lingerie Let’s be real.  Most lingerie is super uncomfortable and itchy.  I’m all about comfort and believe that when you truly feel comfortable – you feel the most beautiful.  Men do appreciate lingerie every once in a while and it’s fun to surprise them and see their reaction!!!  I certainly don’t wear it all the time (I actually rarely wear bras now and opt for these instead), but when I do want to feel extra sexy I slip this on.  It’s soooo soft and feels like you’re wearing nothing.  It’s extremely flattering and has that wow factor – trust me!  I also love the thong version. Pajamas These Eberjey pajamas have been my go-tos forever.  They’re honestly the best.  Insanely cozy material, high quality, and a cute fit.  They come in a variety of colors too!  I also love their sleepshirts and chemises.  This silk robe is beautiful to throw on when you’re doing your makeup – or over a chemise. Beauty The Dyson hairdryer is totally worth the $.  I have extremely thick hair that usually takes forever to dry and this dries it insanely fast, plus it’s sleek and lightweight.  I love this Bobbi Brown limited edition pink eyeshadow palette because it has every color you’d ever want for day or night. Usually, I use a $40 Hot Tools iron to do my curls, but recently my hairstylist told me that a ceramic iron is much more gentle and heats up faster – she recommended this T3 one.  The Vintner’s Daughter active botanical serum lives up to the hype.  I’ve been using it for months and my skin is softer, more hydrated and my pores are gone.  Treat yourself! Chocolate Ok, so I’m a bit of a chocolate snob.  I LOVE chocolate and have tried a zillion different kinds.  I got sent a box of these Maggie Louise chocolates over Christmas and was SO impressed with the quality and taste.  Usually such “instagrammable” looking chocolates fall flat in the taste department, but these are made with top notch ingredients and are just as delicious as they look!  I also love Godiva (I mean, you can’t go wrong), and Nohmad Coconut Milk chocolate bars which I buy in bulk to keep in my fridge!  They’re gluten, soy and refined sugar free (but you’d never know it) and paleo + vegan friendly! Spice Things Up I never thought I’d be talking about lube on here, but it’s 2019 and I aim to be an open book!  If we’re being honest, I never used to like lube, but when Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential sent me a tube of Woo For Play, I decided to give it a try.  She always has the best recommendations and since this product is completely organic and natural with coconut oil and stevia – I knew I had nothing to lose by trying it!  It’s a game changer and makes everything taste and smell so good LOL – sorry if that’s TMI.  I’m just obsessed – seriously I love love love this product and had to share!!!! Other great Valentine’s Day gifts A Kitchen Aid mixer – yes please.  A massage at your favorite spa (I love these spas.)  Bose Noise Cancelling headpones – Derek loves these and they’re a game changer when I’ve borrowed them to travel with, or sit at my desk with during the day.  A Cuyana leather cosmetic case.  This pretty gold heart necklace (only $45!)  A fun feather bag (I just ordered this one in black.)  A limited edition Diptyque candle.
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Venice, CA

Winter Beauty Must Haves

With January-itis in full effect, we all could use a little pep in our step.  New makeup products ALWAYS lift my spirits and give me that extra boost I need when I’m feeling blahhh.  One makeup brand that I can count on to have beautiful, quality products is Bobbi Brown.  It was actually one of the first brands I bought when I started wearing makeup. Does anyone remember her book, “Teenage Beauty?”  Such a classic and taught me everything I needed to know about creating natural makeup looks.  I love that Bobbi’s products enhance your beauty rather than giving you a caked on appearance. Winter Beauty Must Haves:Two Bobbi Brown products I’ve been using for 10+ years are this eyeshadow in Mahogany (with a brow brush) to pencil in my eyebrows, and this bronzer in shade Bali Brown.  I know it sounds weird to use an eyeshadow for your brows, but trust me – it fills in all the little empty spots, and looks so natural.  The bronzer gives me that sunkissed look – and really makes my cheekbones pop.  I order both of these from Nordstrom every 6 months – they last a long time! Other Bobbi Brown products I’ve loved for years are her moisturizer and eye cream.  The smell and consistency are soooo nice and makeup layers really well over both.  Her lipgloss glides on flawlessly – you know how some lipgloss is too thick/tacky feeling?  This is the opposite!  I wear her Liquid Lip Balm in “Lychee Baby” from Nordstrom and it adds just the right amount of a warm pink color to my lips.  I also love the classic Nude lipgloss. Julia (who has the best lashes) got me hooked on the Eye Opening mascara – which she’s been wearing for ages!  If you’re looking for a new eyeshadow palette that’s a “one stop shop” buy this one.  It has the ideal mix of colors to create an everyday eye, a smoky eye, or something fun with a hint of sparkle.  The colors are so easy to work with and blend right into your crease.  Use this Cream Shadow stick in Vanilla as a base so your shadow stays put.  For flawless skin – you need this foundation and bonus it has SPF (saves me an extra step in my skincare routine!)  If you’re looking for a brush cleaner (it’s so important to clean your brushes regularly) this one will do the job. What are some of your favorite Bobbi Brown products?!  Shop all of my favorites from Nordstrom below!  And trust me, you need this eyeshadow palette!
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Venice, CA

My Holiday Beauty Must Have

If I had to choose 1 thing to focus on beauty wise for the holiday season it would be white teeth.  Your smile gives off such a strong impression when you first meet someone or walk into a room of people.  I always want my teeth and smile to look good, but especially when I have a jam packed social calendar! Crest 3D WhitestripsI’ve been using Crest 3D Whitestrips for over a decade – since I was a junior in high school!  I first started when I got asked to prom, and noticed my teeth were looking less than pearly white 2 weeks prior.  I stole my mom’s Whitestrips and they worked like a charm.  Honestly, I felt confident and beautiful and had the best time (despite my date being a total dud…lol.)  I’ve been using Whitestrips regularly ever since (they’re my secret weapon for white teeth!!!!) For the holiday season, I always like to amp up my whitening regimen and I just finished a “14 Day Challenge” of sorts using the Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips.  They’re so easy to use – I literally put them on first thing in the morning before I brush my teeth, and wear them for 30 minutes.  Within 3 days you start seeing results which is exciting and by Day 14 your results are amazing – trust me – and last up to 6 months.   They don’t slip and you can wear them while you’re talking on the phone, doing your makeup, dashing out to a holiday party – and you can even drink water in them. The first set of pictures is from when I started and was heading to a meeting, and the second set of pictures were pre-date night with Derek.  My teeth feel sparkly white and holiday ready :)  Amazon is including the Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips in their Cyber Monday sale so it’s the perfect excuse to snap them up and start your own 14 Day Challenge.  You can shop them here!
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