Cuepido Cosmetics

When it comes to makeup, I prefer a look that is natural, simple and that enhances instead of covering or transforming, which is exactly why Cuepido Cosmetics peaked my interest. Cuepido Cosmetics champions the idea of an absolute clean appearance by just putting on what you think is necessary and not overdoing Read more

Block Island Organics Review

Block Island - a gorgeous island located in Rhode Island. Yes, many people get confused - "isn't Rhode Island an island?" they ask me. I go on to list many islands found in Rhode Island - Patience, Goat, Aquidneck, Hog, Hope, Prudence Island... and so many more. My grandparents Read more

Pre-Natal Massage at The Lodge at Woodloch

Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders... if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I'm sure you can relate. There's so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone Read more

Makeup Wars: KEUNE So Pure (and so awesome)

KEUNE's So Pure products should simply be called "bottle of awesome." I had never tried this line prior to being sent them a few months ago, and I was skeptical that anything could combat my scalp issue at the time. All I can say is, scalp dryness and flaking? Read more

CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

YSL Spring Collection: Mauve Silk and Opera Rose

YSL Mauve SilkThe weather has been amazingly beautiful here in Northeast PA the past week. And do you know how I know it is Spring? No, not from that owl that sits outside my window as nature’s alarm clock at 6am…but because of all of the palettes of makeup arriving at department store counters and online boutiques with their soft hues that say we can finally be done with our winter look. YSL’s Spring makeup collection began selling out from the day it launched and rightfully so, the colors are very chic!

La Laque in Mauve Silk: This is the perfect shade of lavender! It reminds me of Springtime in Rhode Island, where I grew up. Specifically making a trip with my mother and younger sister to find the perfect Easter dress. My sister always loved purple. YSL’s Mauve Silk, using a basecoat and topcoat, lasted about 4 days before beginning to chip at the tips. Although, I believe that has a lot to do with the fact that my line of work has me typing at my computer 24/7.  Read more

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It’s Time to Exfoliate and Get Polished for Spring

Yes, the days are longer and I am hoping that the sun is shining in your part of the country. It’s time to pack away heavy winter pants and tights and bare legs with swingy skirts for spring! I don’t know about you, but my legs are in need of some tender loving care. Now is the time to get in the habit (if you aren’t already) for a weekly exfoliation on your arms and legs. Wash away dead dry skin and reveal a smoother softer texture. I’ve already started wearing skirts here in California, and am sooo excited. With all of the pretty spring floral dresses and strappy sandals I’ll definitely need my legs to look their best. I’ve already unpacked and can’t wait to wear my new Christian Louboutin esapdrilles I bought on sale last fall.  Read more

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Fall/Winter 2010 Hair Trends Recap with Pearson Knight

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As I’ve been doing for the last few seasons, I’ve asked celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight to recap the hair trends he saw while working backstage at New York Fashion Week. For Fall/Winter 2010 Pearson recaps Ports 1961, Rodarte and Elisa Palomino. You can also find many more behind the scenes pictures on Pearson’s Facebook fan page.

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Review: RAW-Finish Rigorous Face Scrub

raw-finishIf there could be one very important fact that I have learned from working with celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, it’s that you should stay far far away from scrubs that have anything but rounded beads or grains among their ingredients.  I get offers all of the time to try products with apricot kernels or walnut shells and quickly turned them down. But Carol Alt’s RAW Essentials RAW-finish Rigorous Face Scrub not only uses 40% aloe to soothe the skin, but Jojoba round micro-beads to exfoliate as well.  Read more

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