Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as Read more

Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more


Kissable Couture Glosses Inspired by Michelle Obama


Celebrity makeup stylist AJ Crimson and model/TV personality Keisha Whitaker (wife of actor/director Forest Whitaker) are the co-creators of a line of luxe lip-gloss, Kissable Couture. The glosses have high shine appeal with the perfect amount of shimmer as well as wearable moisturizing formula without the stickiness of most lip-gloss. Sold at stores including Fred Segal Apolthia, Louis Boston and Henri Bendel.

The collection of glosses includes a custom shade inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, named aptly “First Lady” and part of the Kissable Collection. It is a nude gloss and is perfect for all complexions. We haven’t heard if the First Lady has tried the gloss, but we love the tribute to her. Our fave from the collection is the “Smooches” gift set. It’s a five-pack of mini glosses, which includes Kissable Couture’s best selling shades. Included in this pout’-of-this-world set are shades including Dreams, Johnny, Dylan, Honesty and Forest. The full sized glosses retail for $22 and the Kissable Couture Smooches gift set retails for $32.

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Review: MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft

20090727-mac-cosmetics-natural-flare-eyeshadowMAC Cosmetics newest makeup collection, Colour Craft, is an amazing palette of fall color goodness. Actually, so many of the colors in their eye shadow palettes made me think of clothes with those same colors that I’d like to wear this autumn. By far, my favorite eye shadow palette is Natural Flare (pictured. ) I tend to stick with “safe” colors…ie. neutral colors.  But I do know that the copper and gold in this palette can do amazing things for your eyes, especially those of us with hazel eyes.

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Travel Beauty: Las Vegas

20090723-lasvegassignIt was my first trip to sin city where the temperature is hot and sometimes (Ok most times) the guys are even hotter.  I was in the city to speak at Cosmoprof North America on social media for Private Label, staying at the very luxurious Mandalay Bay. It quite honestly was the best time I have had in a very, very long time (and was much needed!) But this post isn’t about my time there, but instead to focus on my Travel Beauty series I like to do when I travel.

As always, I like to pack the necessities I can’t leave home without. This time it was a mix of some new products I am trying, as well as products I adore. Starting from left to right… Read more

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The Ultimate Beauty Multi-Tasker and It’s Organic Too!


This little beauty all-in-one balm does it all. hair, skin, face. The perfect solution for busy women on the go. Made of certified organic ingredients, Revolution Organics beauty balm has over 22 uses, it is the ultimate beauty multi-tasker. Toss in your handbag, diaper bag or desk drawer. The handy portable twist up product is a moisturizing balm instantly softens and smoothes skin. It is great at soothing chapped lips, rough knees, and parched cuticles. Tame unruly flyaway hair and eyebrows. Preps your makeup and improves skin texture. Moms will love the preventative effects on stretch marks. The balm is enriched with organic butters and oils rich in vitamins A, B, C and E.

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Review: Hook Up Lipgloss by mark.

When Meg Johnson sent me AVON’s Instant Manicure, she also threw in a sample of mark.’s new Hook Up Lipgloss from glow baby glow. I’ve never tried a mark. product before, so I didn’t quite understand what the package meant when it said “A new system of products that hook up.” If you are familiar with mark. you are most likely laughing at my ignorance.

mark.’s Hook Up is a collection of mascara, creamy eye shadow, liquid eyeliner and lipgloss that can hook together with a connector, creating convenience when you go searching through your handbag looking to freshen your face. So you can hook two lipglosses together, a body shimmer and eye shadow and so on. The Hook Up Connector has been featured in magazine’s such as Allure, InStyle and Glamour (where have I been?)

The Hook Up lipgloss collection comes in glow baby glow, which is sheer and shiny; glow baby glow luxe, which is super reflective with a mirror-like sparkle; and metalluscious, which is rich in color, has a gleam to it and moisturizes and conditions.

Meg sent me Peek-a-boo and Pink Crush from the glow baby glow set. I believe Meg had no idea what a lipgloss/lipstick fantatic I truly am when she sent this. While the instant manicure was the reason for the package, I pushed it aside to immediately open the lipgloss!

Both colors have a yummy scent that seem to be a mix of Bubble Gum and Cotton Candy. I loved how the Pink Crush seemed to only have a hint more color than my lips and had such a great shine. Peek-a-boo gave my lips a frosted look with shine. I used Peek-a-boo with my no makeup look and I looked marvelous. The gloss seemed to last the usually amount of time, but did a fabulous job of making my pout look perfect.

mark. Hook Up lipgloss: $5
Hook Up Connector is free when you purchase any 2 Hook Up products.
mark. Crystal Shimmer Hook Up Powder is also free (as of this post) when you purchase any 2 Hook Up products.

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My makeover from Besame Cosmetics

My first day in the city began with Julie meeting me at Penn Station and then heading over to Henri Bendel’s to seek out Besame Cosmetics. I was greeted by Milka and Lainsley who would be doing my makeover.

I had never heard of Besame Cosmetics until recently and I fell instantly in love with their vintage packaging, which is a 1940’s look. Milka used Besame’s Light Compact for concealer, powder and liner and also individual colors in Pistachio, Plum and Shimmer Beige. I remember looking at the compact of Plum and Pistachio and feeling a little nervous. I have never used green eye shadow before, let alone green and purple together. However, I put my face into the hands of the experts and let them work their magic.

As Milka applied the concealer and loose powder, I was so surprised at how silky soft it felt on my skin. She had me run my fingers over it in the compact to really feel how light and soft they were. She lined my eyes with the Black Pearl eye shadow and even demonstrated on her hand how this black pearl color would look great to create that smokey eye look. Next was the Pistachio, Plum and Shimmer Beige shadows.

She used their Grey + Taupe eyebrow pencil to shade in my brows. I’ve never personally used an eyebrow pencil before, but I must say that my eyebrows looked very good using the Taupe side of the pencil. Milka even took the time (on her hand again) to show me how she used the pencil to shade in my brow and then used a masacara wand (void of any mascara) to do a brushing motion to blend it in.

She also used their black mascara to create a look that made my eyelashes stand out, yet not look caked on or clumpy.

Sun Kissed Rouge was used on my cheeks and my lips were lined with Natural and then Merlot lipstick was applied. Milka told me that if I didn’t like Merlot, that Chocolate Kiss was the next best color for me. She then applied their Lip Glaze in Chocolate for that extra POW.

Rave: I am completely in love with their Chocolate Lip Glaze. It smells just like chocolate and the shine and color are incredible. Quite honestly, it is now a closet addiction. I am constantly applying this lip glaze to satisfy my need for chocolate while looking good with beautifully shiney lips.

When Lainsley gave me the mirror to see how I looked, I was so pleasantly surprised to see how wonderful the Pistachio color looked on me in combination with the Plum. Who knew that green and purple would look so good? My eyes are Hazel and they just became a new stand out feature with this eye color. While the Merlot lip color was a little too dark for a daytime color, it would definitely be fine to use when going out at night with my husband. I joked to Milka and Lainsley that going to Toys R’ Us in this Merlot would have many people talking. I’m thinking of trying the Chocolate Kiss lip color, which just sounds like a heavenly addition to my Chocolate Lip Glaze.

I couldn’t get over how this makeup felt. I honestly felt like I was only wearing gloss on my lips and nothing else; it was that light feeling. So one would think that when Julie and I got caught in a terrential rainstorm that we had to walk through for 5 blocks, that my makeover would’ve been ruined. So wrong. I asked Julie if my mascara was running down my face and when she looked at me, she herself, could not believe that my eye shadow, lip color and mascara were all completely entact without a smudge or smear. I am completely impressed.

Many thanks to Milka and Lainsley for making me look beautiful with Besame Cosmetics while in Manhattan.

I’m off to go apply some more Chocolate Lip Glaze

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The No Makeup Look

Benefit Cosmetics LLCWhile there is nothing better than looking fabulous in that great shade of eyeshadow or favorite “look at my lips” lipstick, nothing looks worse in 90 degree weather than looking overdone. Whether you want to give yourself a break from layers of cosmetics or you just want that fresh natural look, the no makeup look is perfect for anyone.

First, let’s not kid ourselves…the No Makeup Look indeed involves makeup. Things to keep in mind is to always use brushes and blending wedges to apply and blend makeup so that you are not spreading bacteria from your fingers and any excess oils.

After cleansing your skin, you’ll want to apply an oil-free moisturizer. There are some other great oil-free moisturizer’s out there like H20+’s Face Oasis Plus Hydrating Fluid with SPF 15icon and Benefit’s “You Rebel,” which is a tinted moisturizer (good for all skin types) with SPF15.

Next apply a concealer to even out blotchy or uneven skin tones. Benefit Cosmetics has a great concealing cream called “Boi-ing.” They also have a melon-tinted soft concealer powder called “Get even,” which evens out skin tone and shine (best for girls like me with T-zone skin). Be sure to chose a shade that blends well with your skin; nothing too light or too dark. If you are trying to conceal blemishes that are close to your eye area, it’s best to use a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone. What I also like about Get Even, is that it can also be used as your Foundation, which is what you want to apply next.  Read more

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