How To Create A Glam Makeup Look

I looooove a smoky eye for day or night. I typically do a subtle smoky eye during the daytime, and then blend darker colors over my crease for night. Estée Lauder’s new ACT IV makeup collection by her great granddaughter; Danielle Lauder, is full of DREAMY products that are perfect for achieving a gorgeous daytime glow, or a more dramatic evening look. As an actress, Danielle is constantly in front of the camera so she KNOWS how important the right makeup is. Not only are the products aesthetically pleasing – I mean just look at this marble packaging (swoon!), but they also blend beautifully and come in stunning colors that look good on everyone. My Favorites from the Estee Lauder ACTIV Collection Cinemattic Complexion Liquid This is a light, translucent liquid that you put under your makeup. It completely smooths out your skin so it’s soft and velvety making it the ideal canvas for your foundation. Spotlight Highlighter You know I am obsessed with highlighter. Even on days when I don’t want to wear makeup, I still put a touch of highlighter down my nose and on my cheekbones – it makes you glow. This one is lovely and gives you a sun kissed glow. Party Puff Starlucent Filtered Powder My secret to not having a shiny forehead in photos is powder. Even if I’m not being photographed, I still like to put powder over my T-zone which is prone to getting oily. It sort of sets my makeup for the day, and just smooths everything out. At first I was scared that the coral color of this one would be too much, but it actually just gave me a pretty, rosy glow. I love that it made my makeup stay perfectly in tact ALL NIGHT. Best Picture Multi-Look Palette This palette comes with 4 colors; ivory, lavender, coral and charcoal. I used the ivory and charcoal to create my smoky eye and added extra charcoal in the crease at night for a more glam makeup look. Each one was blendable, and I loved that one some are matte and some are shimmery! Brushed by Fame Makeup Brush Kit I have been looking for a travel friendly, aesthetically pleasing makeup brush kit forever. This is legit the PERFECT one and comes in a luxurious satin travel case. Lip Duet Tint and Balm If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am not a big lipstick wearer. They’re usually too matte or dry for me. Danielle came up with a solution for this – and created a duo lip tint + balm. The balm is silky and gives you instant hydration, while the tint gives you just the right amount of color. Luxe Lip Creme Like I said, I’m usually not a huge lipstick fan. But the texture of these lipsticks is SO creamy and soft. Plus the colors; a vibrant coral and a cool deep rose, are to die for!!!! 5 Tips for Creating A Glam Makeup Look Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips + tricks from makeup artists and friends and wanted to share 5 to get you feeling glamorous and ready for any occasion!! Use highlighter to brighten + lift your face. I like to apply a small strip down my nose (you can use your finger or a clean small eyeshadow brush), on my cheekbones (I use a blush brush), and also right below my eyebrow which really brightens and opens my eyes. The key to a professional looking eyeshadow look is BLENDING. Use soft windshield wiping motions to blend a light eyeshadow across your entire eye. For a smoky effect, use a dark color on the very outside crease and go in circular motions with a long fluffy shadow brush to blend the light + dark colors. Putting a lip balm on before you add a swipe of lipstick is truly key when you want to achieve a beautiful lip. It makes ALL the difference in the world and fills in any dry spots or creases so your color lasts for hours. Powder makes the biggest difference in the world. I only started using it 2 years ago and can’t believe how much smoother my complexion looks on camera. It gives you an even, finish without any shine which honestly ruins a photo!!!! Just take the all over face brush from the brush kit here or use the puff to light dab powder on your T-zone and cheeks. You can use the lightest color in your eyeshadow palette (the ivory one in here would be ideal!) as a highlighter if you’re traveling or on the go and limited on space. That little extra sweep of eyeshadow under the brow bone will lift your entire face and make you look more awake!Shop the entire ACTIV Collection from Estee Lauder below!
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10 Things That Improved My Life

Looking back at 2019, all I can say is WOW. Profound, I know haha. But truly, this year surprised me in the most wonderful ways… There were SO many unexpected twists and turns and I am so grateful for what it taught me! I wanted to share 10 things that improved my life this year with you. These things all deeply impacted me, inspired me, and changed me for the better. 10 Things That Improved My Life Meditation I’ve spoken about how beneficial meditation has been for me several times, but in case you’re new here, I have an entire blog post outlining my journey to meditation. I’ve been meditating everyday for almost 4 years now and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I know it will be a lifelong practice for me. Therapy I’m a huge proponent of therapy and have been going weekly since I moved back to NYC. It has helped me process so many things that have gone on this year and made me a more level headed, clear, calm person. I wrote a blog post on How To Find A Therapist here! Personal Trainer I have a standing appointment once a week with a personal trainer. We box on and off, and do short circuits on and off for an hour. Having that weekly appointment holds me accountable and honestly is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I’m so much stronger than I was when I was doing classes and cardio, and have way more energy than I did last year. I only workout once a week, unless I squeeze in a yoga class. Podcasts Listening to podcasts regularly has kept me inspired, taught me SO much, and helped me think outside the box. My favorites are; The Skinny Confidential Him + Her podcast, the Highest Self by Sahara Rose podcast, the Skimm’d from the Couch podcast, and the Second Life by Hilary Kerr podcast. Taking Social Media Breaks Social media is a powerful tool that comes with both positive and negative side effects. This year, I’ve made more of a conscious effort to live in the moment and be present! While I love sharing parts of my life online, not every single thing needs to be shared or documented. I encourage you to relish special moments – uninterrupted and phone free – with your loved ones! Permission To Relax Speaking of living in the moment and being more present…I’ve never been good at relaxing, sitting still, or straight chilling. As an older child, type A, over achiever, I’m always working, striving and achieving toward something. While those qualities are great and have no doubt helped me throughout my life and career, they can also lead to burnout and exhaustion. This year I gave myself permission to relax and surrounded myself with people who had a healthy work/life balance. At first I felt guilty for not being hyper productive 24/7 (sounds crazy I know!), but then I realized that some of my best ideas actually came during that down time. The Quiet Book This book has truly changed my life for the better! As someone who is half introverted and half extroverted, I’ve always struggled with understanding and embracing my introverted side. Society doesn’t celebrate the introvert. Introverts are often labeled as socially awkward or shy, but wanting a few hours of alone time to recharge and think doesn’t make you either of those things! I love that this book breaks down what makes an introvert an introvert, why it’s crucial to brainstorm solo, and celebrates introversion! Regular Closet Clean Outs I’ve always been an organized person, but living in NYC you have to be even more organized due to limited space. Living in an apartment again has pushed me to really evaluate what I need vs want. With less stuff I’ve been able to think more clearly and I just feel lighter. I have to be OBSESSED with something to buy it or bring it into my apartment these days, which honestly is great for my bank account haha! I wrote a post on How To Clean Out Your Closet here with some helpful tips. Selective With Time I’ve never been more selective with my time – and I’ve never been happier. I used to say yes to almost every incoming request and answer almost every email, DM, and comment. Week after week, my calendar would be packed with appointments, coffee meetings, events, parties, and calls that would drain me. I would spend HOURS answering DMs and comments and then barely have time to run a simple errand, create content, or even have a social life. Luckily, I learned how to delegate and Jesse from my team now does an amazing job filtering and answering the majority of correspondence. Don’t worry – I still get to read thoughtful personal comments or answer specific questions you send via a daily summary she creates for me – and btw I’m so grateful for them! Being more selective with my time has allowed me to think bigger picture, longer term, and create more meaningful content. Embrace Compliments As women, we often downplay ourselves – our achievements, our brains, our abilities. At least I have – especially in male dominated situations. I really started to think about this in the last year. I reflected on how, throughout my life, I’ve constantly filtered, downplayed or withheld my true self in an effort to be “socially appropriate” or not “outshine” anyone. I used to never be able to accept a compliment or comfortably talk about my career in a casual, conversational setting! For example, if someone would come up to me and say, “Your skin is glowing it looks so great!” I would awkwardly laugh, shake my head and look down, then say, “Oh it must just be the lighting, it’s not usually like this, but your skin looks incredible!” I deflected the compliment, instead of accepting it. I now say something like, “Thank you so much – that’s really kind of you!” I am happy that I can confidently and graciously accept compliments as well as openly talk about my career with enthusiasm and pride. My advice to you – is know your value, and own it! Be proud of it and let it shine bright! Thank you! *Lastly, how can I not mention one of the biggest things that has happened to me this year… I met my soulmate, my other half, the love of my life! I have so much more to say, share and talk about on that subject, but for now I will just say that it really does happen when you least expect it! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful 2020! Thank you as always for reading, supporting and sharing. It’s going to be the best year yet!
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Our Christmas Tree

This has been my favorite Christmas season thus far. No doubt it’s because I’ve been able to spend it with Thomas and his family who LOVE Christmas and fully embrace the holiday. I love that Thomas insisted we get a real tree (I’ve never had a real tree in my NYC apartment!) this year and carried it all the way home. It smells SO good and was 100% worth it. We’ve been playing Christmas music in our apartment all month long, and talking about what we’ll be cooking for his family’s annual Christmas Eve party! Emotions During The HolidaysChristmas hasn’t always been such a joyful time for me though. To be honest, it’s actually been a bit stressful and lonely since my parents divorced and moved on opposite sides of the country. I’ve often felt uncomfortable trying to decide who to spend Christmas with each year, and bummed out that we don’t have a special set of traditions. Can anyone else relate? Whatever you’re doing for the holidays – just remember you’re not alone, and you’re not the only one who sometimes feels blue this time of year! Holidays bring up a TON of emotions for people and it’s normal to FEEL ALL THE FEELS! Christmas Tree DecorNow let’s talk about my Christmas tree and holiday decor! Every year I pick a color scheme and choose ornaments, wrapping paper and decor that tie into it. For 4 years in a row now, I’ve chosen silver + gold as my color scheme. It’s just so classic, elegant and works well in any home. You may remember my West Village tree, and my Venice Beach house tree – I loved both so much! This year’s Soho tree was full of these beautiful silver ornaments that were insanely reasonable, as well as gold balls that I found at a random Christmas tree stand around the corner from my apartment. I mixed and matched the colors and sizes, and added a simple strand of lights around the tree. Also, I used a black blanket as a tree skirt since I couldn’t find one I loved online, and tied a black grosgrain ribbon as a tree topper. I picked up silver + gold wrapping paper and ribbon at Paper Source and used extra ornaments as little decorative touches on everyone’s gifts. Thank youThank you so much for reading, supporting me, and following along, I’m so grateful. Sending you lots of love wherever you are in the world. Merry Christmas Eve!
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Why I Love Dry Shampoo

Why I Love Dry ShampooThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterl<ss. All opinions are 100% mine. Can I tell you a secret? I only wash my hair twice a week. Yep, just two times a week. Are you a twice a week kinda gal too? I used to wash my hair every.single.day until I found out that was a major no-no. My hair just looks SO MUCH BETTER on day 2, 3 and even 4 of not washing it. The texture is PERFECT and I actually have volume! Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Hair Every DayWashing your hair every day strips your scalp of its natural microbiome and can cause dryness and inflammation. It can also make your hair look and feel lifeless and brittle (trust me I know because this happened to me after years of doing it!) When you do wash your hair, you only need a quarter size amount – anymore than that is a waste. Benefits of Dry ShampooSo what do I use to keep my hair fresh and clean in between washes? Dry shampoo. It’s my secret haircare weapon and I never leave home without it! I bring it on ALL of my trips – like this last one I just took to Paris. I love the texture I get in between washes. It really is so much more voluminous and holds curl way longer. Not all dry shampoos are created equal and achieve that voluminous/fresh look though. In fact, many leave behind a white powder and residue which is SUPER evident if you have dark hair like mine. I was so excited when haircare line Waterl<ss reached out to me about their completely clear, residue free dry shampoo + conditioner. Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo + ConditionerWaterl<ss was created by a very small team of scientists. Right after creating the line, they were able to implement and see real life results when the people of Cape Town were hit with a serious drought/water scare. They sent their products over ASAP, and the response they received was overwhelmingly positive. I’m not surprised because I fell in love with the products right after trying them too. First of all, I LOVED the smell and I am someone who is super sensitive to smells. Second of all, both products are completely clear and lightweight, so they left ZERO residue behind which is rare for dry shampoos. And third, they both WORK. My hair smelled great, was refreshed seconds after spraying it, and it felt stronger especially after using the dry conditioner. The dry shampoo is something I use multiple times a week – morning and night (if need be for date night!), and the dry conditioner is a great treatment to use after curling my hair too many days in a row. You can learn even more about the brand here! How many days a week do you wash your hair? What are some of your haircare concerns? Shop Waterle<ss products here! To find out more about Waterl<ss products check out the new website or find them in stores at Target, Sally Beauty, Walmart and CVS.
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