DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

Indulge Your Inner Rocker or Romantic on Valentine’s Day

This morning I was treated to a morning of fragrance and beauty at the Victoria’s Secret Valentine’s Beauty Preview and Gifting Suite at the Four Season’s hotel in San Francisco. The elegant suite was strewn with gorgeous spring flowers and several of Victoria Secret’s beauty collections. Before today I wasn’t too familiar with Victoria Secret’s beauty line-up. I must admit I was impressed at the variety of products, quality and well-designed packaging. I will be revealing more fab finds from this go-to resource for beauty and fragrance in the upcoming weeks.

Today I will be sharing a few of my favorite picks for Valentine’s gifting. I am always out scouting interesting and fun new products and here are four picks for Valentine’s Day.

All girls have their naughty and nice sides. Perhaps it depends on the day, the occasion or the event? These beauty collections from Victoria’s Secret speak to the rebel and romantic in all of us. Love Rocks pays tribute to your inner wild at heart, while the Tease for Two appeals to a softer and sweeter side. Both are perfectly appropriate for gifting or receiving.  Read more

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Review: Marie Louise Cosmetics Restoration Clear Gel

exfoliating_gelThis winter is doing a number on my skin, both my body and face. And thanks to Punxsutawney Phil (really when has he ever NOT seen his shadow?!), 6 more weeks of winter means fighting off flaky skin. I love winter for the beautiful snowfall, but I hate it for the chaos it wreaks on my skin.

Marie Louise Cosmetics sent me their Restoration Clear Gel, which is a unique exfoliating gel, that gently removes dead skin cells. I say unique because of what happens once you apply this gel to your face and massage it.  Read more

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Lance Bass Like You Have Never Seen Him Before

lance_bass_beforeExhibit A: Lance Bass, former ‘NSync band member, all around nice guy. Lance was always good looking. I never imagined he could actually take it to the next level and look smokin hot. And I mean super uber smokin hot. But with the help of makeup artist Roberto Morelli, talented hairstylist (and my friend, full disclosure there!) Davide Torchio along with skillful photographer Mike Ruiz and stylist Eric Berg…Lance was transformed into a man I can honestly say drips sensuality. Holy smokes my friends. Holy freakin smokes.  Read more

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Beyonce Heat Sneak Preview

beyonce_heatOh my. I think I need to take a few pointers from Beyonce on how to be totally sexy. Below is a sneak peak of Beyonce’s commercial for Beyonce Heat, a new fragrance with a “floral bouquet of magnolia, neroli and red vanilla orchid balanced with a kiss of luscious blush peach. At its heart, almond macaroon, sweet honeysuckle nectar and crème de musk combine to create an exquisitely sensual experience. Finally, warm and sexy notes of giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber linger to seduce the senses.”

Watch the video below (and wonder like I did how she kept everything from falling out of that dress!)  Read more

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