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

Calling All Men: Purple Lab’s Speed Dating Event at the W

purple_lab_speed_datingThis event has capped out at 200 women–however, there are only 180 men signed up! So guys, c’mon and register! This is going to be a great event!

Join double duty beauty brand Purple Labâ„¢ and Master Matchmaker® Steve Ward, CEO of Master Matchmakers®, and host of VH1’s “Tough Love” in our launch of Purple Lab’s new beauty product, Luvahâ„¢, at the World’s Largest Speed Dating Event on January 29, 2010 at the W Hoboken Hotel!

Participants ages 21-35 are invited to pre-register for the event at: http://www.purplelabnyc.com/speeddating

*Doors will open for registration at 7pm. Pre-registered guests are asked to arrive at 8pm.  Read more

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Review: Ola Hawaiian Bath and Body Products

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When first trying the Ola Hawaiian lotions and salt scrubs, I was quite skeptical as to the ingredients and if they would be too greasy for my skin. Still being a teenager, I end up getting the really flaky dry skin, yet oily at the same time (why me!?) But when I tried a sample of the Sandalwood Verbena lotion on my hands, they felt wonderful. The smell was just as intriguing as the texture of this lotion; rich, creamy, and non-greasy, this product is perfect for my dry skin. Read more

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Joshua Blaylock on American Idol

Readers, this post has nothing to do with beauty products and everything to do with my friend Joshua Blaylock. I am seriously so excited and over the moon for Josh because in American Idol’s Boston audition, Josh made it to Hollywood! For those who know Josh in real life, he is as gentle and sweet and polite as he showed himself to be in the audition…not to mention a talented singer. I’ve known him for the past few years and I know that singing is one of his passions (and he is a super huge fan of Reba!)

So please note, that as Josh progresses in the finals…and I have every confidence that he will, that I will likely publish a blog post each time about it. I just want Josh to know that he has my support, that I am rooting for him and I am so super proud of him for going after his dream! Love you Josh!!!

Here is Josh’s audition in Boston:

A9 8 @ Yahoo! Video

Check out Josh at my 4 year Blogiversary party back in October (he appears at 2:43):

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Jemma Kidd’s Crushed Jewel Gel Liner

Add some sparkle to your wintertime look with an eyeliner infused with glitter this season. Makeup artist Jemma Kidd’s Crushed Jewel Gel Liner ($20.00 at Drugstore.com ) adds a whimsical look with tiny specks of glimmery shimmer that can be used as over shadow or pigmented liner. You can also wear it alone to dramatize the sophisticated palette of colors including azure, lapis, onyx and topaz. The sparkly liquid liner is made of a clear gel base containing suspended flecks of glitter. Not for only special occasions, this liner makes a fun look for every day. The ’80s are back on trend in a major way so why not have some fun with some seriously retro chic glitter liner.   Read more

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