Tag "Beauty"

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One of my favorite things about going to the salon is getting my hair washed. I love having my head rubbed, the warm water is so soothing and having someone else wash your hair just feels so luxurious. Don’t you agree? It’s really the best thing ever in my book.

Well, on Tuesday, I was lucky enough to experience a hair treatment (the Emergencée Restorative Strength Conditioning Treatment was/is amazing) and styling session at the new Nexxus hair salon in Tribeca. I not only had the hair washing and head massage of a lifetime (their wash chairs recline and are made by the same company as dentist office chairs!!!) but I was walked through a personal hair diagnosis via an interactive touch screen mirror by Nexus’ Creative Director, Kevin Mancuso himself, then whisked away to a styling chair for a blow out complete with a touch of beachy waves for my final look by the lovely and talented Patrick.

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This ingenious interactive mirror walks you through a texture matrix based on the type and diameter of your hair (you upload a photo of yourself before you get your hair cut) and based on your answers, it helps you choose a color, style and product regimen. What?! Genius. I was so impressed.

The other great thing about this system is, it remembers exactly what you had done by saving your photos and data so you can always get exactly what you’re looking for each time you come in! Again, totally sold.

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These chairs recline all the way back, as you can see in the photo below, which totally eliminate neck cricks and discomfort altogether. You basically feel like you are lying in a soft and comfy bed. Thumbs up in my book!

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I had just sat up from getting my head massaged and hair washed. If you can’t tell, I was one happy and relaxed girl!

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The final look!

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My outfit: Top: Equipment / Pants: Rag & Bone / Boots: Rag & Bone

I got to hang with these cute girls all night, feeling all pampered and pretty, for the second portion of the night, which was the cocktail party with Cosmopolitan! (Far right, Jeannine from BeautySweetSpot, far left, Jordan from Ramshackle Glam, and Amber from Rouge18 (not pictured).)


The salon officially opens in June, but they are doing a soft launch now so you can schedule an appointment by emailing nexxusnycsalon@nexxus.com or calling 212-219-8635. You can view all their treatments here.

The Nexxus Hair Salon is located at 39 N. Moore in NYC, so if you are locally based or visiting this summer, I definitely recommend checking it out! xo

(This post was created in collaboration with Cosmopolitan Magazine but as always, all opinions are my own.)

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Weekend, you were grand. You were the perfect mix of indulgent fun and relaxing moments, and I thank you for it.  I am also happy to report that I was able to get a lot of outfit (both photo and video) footage this past weekend, so I will be sharing what I wore tomorrow, not only on the blog, but on my YouTube channel as well!

To that end…I also am going to start a second channel – a vlog – which will be about my personal life and anything else that doesn’t exactly fall under the category of fashion  – we are talking more lifestyle, food, my cat, Casey, travel, family etc. So, if you guys are into that and would want to watch, please let me know because I am hoping to start it sooner than later! YAY! xoxo

P.S. I changed my hair up (again!) over the weekend at Arrojo thanks to the talented Francesca, and am really happy with it! More to come on that soon, but in the meantime, what do you guys think? I absolutely love it. :)

Hey everyone! So, seeing that I have now been uploading videos on YouTube for four weeks now, I thought I would do a little round up of what I’ve created over the past month, in case you are new here and don’t know about my channel! I upload new videos every Tuesday and Thursday and am looking forward to making even more videos throughout spring and summer. So, if you guys have anything style or beauty wise you want me to tackle or you have questions about, please let me know!

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P.S. If you aren’t sure how to subscribe, it’s super easy! Just make sure you are logged into your Gmail account, then head to my channel and once you start watching a video, you should see a little red subscribe button. Just click that (or anywhere that you see the word subscribe really) and voila, you’re all set!

Thanks for following along! xo

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All photos were taken by my lovely friend, Lacy, who patiently helped me document every single step of this process. 

Hey everyone! So, I’ve teamed up with Vidal Sassoon to take on the fun challenge of coloring my hair at home with their new Salonist hair color product. I chose Dark Red Violet 4/46 (eeek, talk about nervous!) but everything in the box provides professional tools (brush and a bowl) to achieve awesome results, so now you can color just like the pros!

The truth of the matter is, I’ve done at home color before and the results have left me with uneven color and eventually very dull looking hair. Unimpressive to say the least. So, over Christmas, I had it done professionally and was really happy with the outcome. It’s been about three months and my little brown roots are starting to show, so this project couldn’t have come at a better time!

My hair is naturally brown, so when it was colored a few months ago, I brightened it up a bit and went with a pretty purply-red. I loved it so much, that I decided to aim for a similar color this time around.

Something to remember when coloring your hair is, in order to achieve color that is full of depths and tones, it’s essential to treat roots and lengths separately since new hair growth and previously colored hair absorb color differently. Coloring also alters the pigment content, changing the hair’s surface structure and making it more porous. So since lengths have been colored up to 20x more than roots, the lengths require less dye.

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One of the reasons I decided to give Salonist a try is because it features an innovative 2-step technique that leaves hair seamlessly blended, avoiding streaks and stripes. This was one of my main issues in the past when using at-home color kits. The two-step process brings you vibrant, multi-dimensional hair color with convenience, speed, and accuracy. So, with that said, here is a step-by-step of my experience with the product…

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1. First off, make sure to wear the gloves! Then empty tube 1 and bottle 1 together in the Salonist bowl and mix until smooth.

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2. Next, use the Salonist brush to apply the color cream to your roots, starting with your hair’s natural part. Continue all the way down the back of your head. Brush the color cream onto your hairline. Part your hair again, ½ -inch below your natural part, and brush color cream onto the roots. Repeat this process as many times as needed to completely cover your roots. Use approximately ¾ of the color cream in the bowl.

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Oh my gaaawd, I’m really doing this!

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3. Add the VS Serum into the ¼ of color cream still left in the Salonist bowl and mix well.

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4. Scoop the mixture out with your hands and blend it throughout the lengths of your hair. Massage the color in all over, even at your roots. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.

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5. Rinse out the color, and wash your hair with a color-safe shampoo. Then apply the included Salonist Color Preserving Conditioner and let it absorb for 2 minutes.

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Voila, all done, and so happy with my gorgeous results! Next up on the hair to-do list…a haircut!

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 A few more tips from the experts:

  • The baby hairs around your hairline are weaker and softer and therefore develop faster than the hair around the crown. If you want even hair color, start coloring hair at the crown and then work your way out. Your hairline and bangs should be last. Just remember that application is key, otherwise you’ll be left with patchy hair color.
  • Apply hair color like you’re unraveling or peeling an orange. Start by applying hair color at the crown and then take sections of hair and work clockwise. You’ll want to finish applying hair color around the nape and the hairline since those strands develop faster.
  • To avoid hair color staining your skin, apply some Vaseline around your hairline.

You can get your very own kit of Salonist at Amazon.com or other major mass retailers. Check out VidalSassoon.com for more info!

P.S. I created a video documenting my step-by-step process on my YouTube channelso if you’d like to see that as well, click here to take a look! 

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Happy Monday! This past weekend was a mix of productive and fun, which felt great. I got a lot done but also had time to spend with my good friend Krystal, who was in town looking for apartments (she found one – YAY!) since she is moving here next month (double YAY)! Saturday night, Casey, Krystal and I went to Gelso & Grand to celebrate her finding a place and to indulge in their yummy pastas and pizza. I highly recommend you check this place out, and if you can have William as your server, even better. He was awesome.

Anyway, you might be wondering what this post is about, so I will get down to it. A little while back, Mary Kay asked if I would like to partner with them on a project celebrating their new microsite, Discover What You Love, which focuses on empowering women, sharing love for yourself, family and friends, and for those special things that give you meaning in life. With that in mind, I wanted to take a minute and talk about something I love, and some of the people I have met and came to love while doing it.

The something is my blogging career, which has opened up so many amazing possibilities for me and has introduced me to some pretty amazing women. And the people I would like to focus specifically on are four girls that I have come to love so much, and who have become “real” friends, not just work pals. We support each other through thick and thin, we listen to each other during the ups and downs and we believe in each other no matter what. Plus I always have a blast whenever we are together.

Below, I pulled together a collage of some photos of us over the years, along with a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge, since New York is where is all happened, plus photos of my three favorite *Mary Kay products that I have been wearing nonstop and love applying when I am out on the town with the lovely ladies below.

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Photo 1: Me and Helena at a rooftop party / Photo 2: Me, Alicia and Krystal this past Fashion Week at The Ludlow Hotel / 3. Helena, me and Keiko on vacation / 4. Me and Krystal during Fashion Week three years ago / 5. The Brooklyn Bridge / 6. My favorite go-to Mary Kay products at the moment. / 7. Me and Alicia at the Nanette Lepore show / 8. My favorite go-to Mary Kay products at the moment (see listed at the bottom). / 9. Krystal and I at dinner this past weekend / 10. Helena and I goofing off at the apple orchards upstate / 11. Me, Keiko and Helena in a cab heading to an event. / 12. Keiko and me at our friend Angie’s Birthday party last year.

I first met Keiko and Krystal, five years ago at a Weardrobe Conference, Helena at a DVF shoot four years ago and Alicia at a Lucky Shopping event about three years ago. I feel so lucky to have these special girls in my life (they all know and love each other, which makes for a really fun time when we all get together) and I like to think that the quote at the very top of this post has a lot to do with it. If it weren’t for just saying a simple hello, introducing myself and seeing where it took me from there, who knows? I might not know these lovely ladies. I guess what I am saying is, in life, it’s all about taking chances, opening yourself up and allowing for the universe to work its magic.

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So, here’s to strong and independent women, stimulating and rewarding careers, and supportive and amazing friendships. So go check out Mary Kay’s new microsite here and get inspired! Huzzah! xo

*The Mary Kay products shown above are: Mineral Cheek Color in Golden Copper, NouriShine Plus Lipgloss in Rock ‘n Red, Eyeliner in Black

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You might recognize the two photos above from Instagram that I posted yesterday, which were taken right after I first styled my hair with these products by TRESemme’s new hair care line, Perfectly (un)Done. I was really happy with the outcome and spent the rest of the day enjoying my tousled beachy waves. (For a bit of extra bounce, I touched up the ends with a clipless curling wand.)

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Then later on in the day, I headed out with Casey for a bit and changed into this cozy sweater (puffy jacket not shown) and whipped up my waves up into a loose, undone top knot. Just by doing that and adding a red lip, I felt like the outcome was a completely different style and look, don’t you think? I also love how the bun looks sort of tousled in it’s own way, even though it’s pinned up.

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Photos by: Casey

Sweater: Zara / Jeans: Zara / Boots: UGG / Lipstick: Milani in Best Red

xo

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I was asked to partner up with Rent the Runway and Pantene Pro-V to create a festive holiday post seeing that the party season is officially here. It was perfect timing because I had a very fancy soiree to go to at the Trump Soho with Casey and was really excited to get all dolled up.
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The process:
When doing my hair for a dressy event, I like to keep it simple and straight forward by narrowing my products down three:  a dry shampoo, a flexible hair spray and hair creme to smooth down flyaways.

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Since growing out my hair, I have really been into wearing it down and wavy. To achieve the look I wanted, I needed to create tight curls and then be able to brush them but have them still stay semi intact. Since I started with clean hair, I needed to create the texture and hold I wanted, so I sprayed my hair with dry shampoo and hairspray before using my curling iron.
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After my hair was all bouncy and tightly curled, I sprayed it one more time with hairspray, brushed it through with a flat brush, then used the cream to shape the waves and tame any loose flyaways. Then, one final spritz of hair spray and voila, all done!
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I had plans to wear the dress out later in the evening, but I knew the lighting wouldn’t be as good, so Casey and I trekked outside during the day in our ginormous sleeping bag coats and took these photos. It was about 25 degrees outside, and as crazy as it sounds and as cold as I was, we laughed our way through it. Because what else can you do? I am pretty sure the situation looked pretty comical – me in a strapless dress taking photos in the middle of the afternoon, freezing with no coat on. But it was worth it!
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Later that night, I got all dressed up again, touched up my hair with all three products and bundled up to head back outside. Once we arrived at the party, we couldn’t resist taking photos out on the terrace. I absolutely love the one below that Casey captured. I was standing there posing and trying to look cute, and bam, a huge gust of wind came under my dress and almost blew it up! It was definitely my Marilyn Monroe moment, minus the subway grate. :)
 Thank you to Rent the Runway and Pantene for this great partnership and to Casey for braving the cold with me and taking these photos. xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: Halston Heritage (borrowed from Rent the Runway) / Purse: Halston Heritage (borrowed from Rent the Runway) / Necklace: Ella Carter(borrowed from Rent the Runway)/ Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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I haven’t done a makeup related post in a while so I thought I would pull together a round up of the beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I feel like my routine is fairly quick and I usually keep my makeup pretty light and natural looking but lately I’ve been playing around with creating dramatic brows, sexy smoky eyes and red lips, which has been fun, especially since we are heading into more wintry weather.

So, here we go!

I usually wash my face in the shower, but since there is usually still leftover mascara under my eyes, I use these Neutrogena face wipes to get rid of any residual makeup. Then I apply moisturizing serum and face spray by Tata Harper. Once my face is dry, I put concealer under my eyes and smooth on my foundation. I really like the brand By Terry because it smells good and goes on really easily.

Next I apply powder, blush and highlighter, then move onto my eyes. (I know that you are supposed to do your eye makeup first so that you can clean around them after applying shadow and whatnot, but out of habit I always still seem to do my foundation and powder first. Go figure!)

Stila’s eyeshadow palette in Soul is so great and offers a range of shades, allowing you to either create a really fresh and bright-eyed look or opt for a more dramatic vibe. For liner, I use Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. I first tried it about a year ago and loved it. I’ve tried other brands and the majority of them are good, but I always come back to this one. It is so easy to apply, plus it’s waterproof and really stays in place all day. Definitely a bonus.

And, last but not least, the finishing touches… lipstick and perfume. I usually apply both right as I am walking out the door so my lip color and scent is fresh for wherever I am heading. And that’s it! This routine usually takes me about ten minutes tops, which I am sure Casey appreciates. :)

As always, thanks for reading, and please feel free to share some of your favorite products in the comments below! xo

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