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

DIY Beauty Treatment for Softer Skin

The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Read more

Wintertime Dry Skin Remedy – In Fiore Kashmir Body Balm

With the recent wave of freezing temps, careful attention to keep skin moisturized and hydrated is a essential. One of my favorite all natural remedies for the winter months is San Francisco-based In Fiore. I stumbled upon In Fiore’s storefront apothecary in San Francisco’s emerging Tender Nob district. In the cozy and fragrant space, In Fiore founder Julie Elliott hand blends organic, biodynamic and wild-crafted essences from around the world into glorious bath and body oils, balms, and complexion treatments.

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Photos: Lady Gaga 944 Magazine January 2010

ladygagaHave we not established that I love me some Lady Gaga yet? If not, please find photos from the January 2010 issue of 944 below. I’m proud to say that my genius makeup artist friend, Billy B, did her makeup. Hello! Nothing short of amazing Mr. B! (Photos by Max Abidian.)  Read more

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Makeup I Would Wear if I Were Adam Lambert

adam_lambertI admit, I only jumped on the Adam Lambert bandwagon a few episodes shy of the end of American Idol last season.  I remember it was the episode where he looked like a young Chris Isaac. For some reason Adam made guyliner hot.  And after finally caving in and getting his CD this weekend, it’s obvious that Glambert has some serious love for makeup as inspired by his 80’s glam predecessors (Poison, Warrant, Dokken–oh yeah I know them all because I was quite the pseudo-metal head.)

So if I were given the magical ability to be Adam Lambert for one day, here’s the beauty products I’d be sporting:  Read more

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Review: Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask

mario_badescu_cucumber_tonic_maskI am a big fan of clay masks, as evidenced by previous posts (see inSpa Pore Purifying Masque; Chella Balancing Clay Mask; PCA pHaze9 ) so when I received a sample of Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Tonic Mask, I was pretty excited to try something from this well respected skin care line (I love the Drying Lotion.) Unfortunately, due to my personal experience using this mask, it found it’s way to the trash pretty quickly.  Read more

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