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

Why I Won’t Be Spotlighting BCA Beauty Products

breast_cancerFor months now I have been receiving pitches from beauty brands and PR firms far and wide about which beauty products will be donating some or all of their proceeds to breast cancer charities. Most beauty magazines and beauty blogs have already started posting about them. And sure last year I went to Estee Lauder’s office in Manhattan for the BCRF kickoff (and it was a great experience.) And I was a part of Total Beauty’s “Total Beauty Total Cure” last year as well. Here locally, I’ve even organized vendor fairs to raise money for the American Cancer Society (and proud to have raised $3K for them. Although I have since learned they are rated F in Charity Watch.)

But this year I thought to myself…if I want to support a breast cancer charity and research, why do I have to buy lipstick to do so?

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Review: MAC Cosmetics Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask

mac_cosmetics_volcanic_ash_exfoliator_maskAbout a year ago MAC Cosmetics debuted its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. It was love at first sight. I milked that puppy for so long because I just never wanted to run out. The downside was the packaging, which MAC has now remedied by revamping it in their Style Black collection in a tube (it was previously in a jar.) In addition, they’ve debuted their limited edition Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask. It’s been getting quite the buzz among my beauty friends and for good reason.

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Men’s Grooming: Review of Shaver’s Choice

In this men’s grooming review, I talk about Shaver’s Choice Slick Shave Gel and Smooth Skin Therapy. You can find these products at www.shaverschoice.com.

This segment was shot on location at Madison Florist in Brooklyn, NY.

*If you are interested in having us shoot our reviews at your location, please email Shannon for more details.

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Pearson Knight’s Recap of Fashion Week SS10 Hairstyle Trends

argentina_pearson_knight So I landed in NYC for Fashion Week just a few days after returning to the country. I had been in Bali, Indonesia, for 3 months consulting, training, styling and launching a brand new salon for the talented supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen. The lobby has a fresh juice bar, music and internet while the salon is high energy and decorated with hair stations and pedicure chairs with screens playing Fashion TV. The upstairs is a completely different vibe with two wet rooms for spa scrubs, showers, couple massage room, multiple massage tables, facial and waxing rooms and an amazing staff. The salon is called Amo Beauty and Spa and is a must if traveling to Bali.

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I went straight from the plane completely jet lagged to Ports 1961’s studio to do the test looks for the show. It was great to lead their show and see the Ports team again. I have worked with them the last few seasons and get inspired by and with them. This season the look was very constructed, sleek, and profound. The inspiration was Japanese for her collection so we wanted the hair up and expose the beauty of the neck. The collection, hair and makeup were very strong in unison. We took the top section of the hair and secured it out of the way. Then we took the sides and back into a ponytail and then a braid. The braid was placed back and forth flat against the head and pinned to create a square anchor. The top section was the backcombed and smoothed bringing it seamless with the side, brought over the braid, and then tucked under into the braid. We wanted gradual volume starting at the forehead building through the shape. I feel it looked strong and elegant on the runway with Tia’s collection.

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