Fabulous Links of the Week

Samples from IBE NY 2016!

Sample swag from IBE NY 2016!

Cool girl makeup brands, M.A.C.’s collab with a real cool Cookie, the passing of a fashion pioneer, beauty from the maker of your fave scented candles, and a reaallly weird sunscreen, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

If you favor small, quirky makeup and skin care brands, check these out. (Byrdie)

The Cookie Monster herself, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, has collaborated with M.A.C. on a new collection, coming out the first week of September. iCal alert! (Allure)

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel passed away this week. She was known for beautiful knitwear and the “poor boy” sweater worn by style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot back in the 60s. (NY Times and Allure)

Diptyque, maker of cult-fave scented candles, has come out with a skin care line that supposedly smells as awesome as its candles. Just FYI. (Allure)

KFC has come out with a fried chicken-scented sunscreen. I’ll leave that right here. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I gave an update on my Essie Gel Setter manicure and shared some pics from the Indie Beauty Expo NY.

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Indie Beauty Expo NY 2016

This week was the annual Indie Beauty Expo NY. This showcase for up-and-coming indie beauty brands was founded by celebrity esthetician Jillian Wright. Over the past few years it has really grown! This year it was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, home of The Makeup Show NYC.

I went into the city twice: Wednesday for the press preview, and Thursday for the actual event. I’ll be trying out the stuff I got, and sharing reviews with you over the next few weeks. But for now, I thought I’d share some of the fun pics I took at the show! First my press pass:

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This big unicorn was at the Pacifica booth:

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They had a photo booth where you could take pictures with funny hats:

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Near the entrance/exit, they had a station where you could write “what indie beauty means to you” on a card, then pin it to a heart-shaped board: To me, indie beauty means entrepreneurship and innovation.

The founders of these small companies work hard to spread the word about what they are doing. Many of the booths at the show were manned by the brands’ founders themselves! And each brand is trying to put a unique spin on beauty and wellness. That’s tough to do in such a crowded market.

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Do you look for small, indie brands when beauty shopping? If so, which ones do you like? Let’s talk indie beauty in the comments!

You can see a list of the vendors at this years Indie Beauty Expo NY here. (Scroll down a little!)

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Update: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Remember when I raved last week about Essie Gel Setter Top Coat?*

My Essie mani in Raspberry with Gel Setter top coat

My Essie mani in Raspberry with Gel Setter top coat (8/19)

Well, here is my manicure from last week, at day 8.

Essie Gel Setter, Day 8

Essie Gel Setter, Day 8 (8/26)

Sorry the pic is not the best, but I will say, I am a little disappointed with the chipping. It’s still pretty shiny, but I thought it should have lasted longer. Especially since this was a pretty typical week for me: house cleaning, cat care, some freelance medicine/health journalist stuff, and the Indie Beauty Expo in New York. (More on that in a later post!)

And this is pretty much what my mani always looks like on day 8, no matter what top coat I use. I asked the manicurist cut my nails fairly short, too.

What do you think? Should this have lasted longer? What do you do to prolong the life of your manicure?

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*I purchased the bottle of Essie Gel Setter. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

Late summer faves: Essie Gel Setter top coat and Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Late summer faves: Essie Gel Setter top coat and Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Victoria Beckham’s collaboration with Estee Lauder, the new Urban Decay Naked palette, Coco Chanel’s beauty wisdom, and proposed new legislation that is dividing the cosmetic industry, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

Victoria Beckham collaborated with Estee Lauder on a limited edition makeup collection. It’s inspired by London, Paris, New York, and L.A., and will be released in mid-September. I can’t wait to try and create some 90s-inspired, Spice Girl-type looks! (Allure)

Feast your eyes on the new member of the Naked family, the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette. How gorgeous are these matte shadows?! (Glamour)

Happy birthday Coco Chanel! She brought us the 2.55 bag and made red lipstick OK for every day. Here are her five best pieces of beauty wisdom. (Vogue)

A proposed bipartisan bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to test for at least five ingredients in personal care products such as cosmetics. The new law would also require the industry to pay for those reviews, to the tune of an estimated $20 million annually. Larger companies, such as Procter & Gamble are on board. Hey, they can afford it. However, smaller companies like Mary Kay are not happy.

Find out what those five ingredients are here. and read the New York Times editorial about the proposed legislation here. The U.S. is waaay behind Europe when it comes to banning toxic chemicals from personal care products!

This week on the blog, I reviewed Essie Gel Setter Top Coat and Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil.

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Product Review: Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Labor Day is two weeks away. Where did the time go?! Unfortunately, late August means killer humidity and fried hair. Nothing is worse then dealing with straw-like strands at the end of the summer. My solution? Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil.*

This oil is light and has a faint herbal scent. After I towel dry and comb out my hair, I let it air dry. When it is almost dry, I rub a small amount of the oil between my palms, and apply it to the ends of my hair. I have been using it for about two weeks, and it has truly kept my fine, wavy hair frizz free and soft.

Have you tried Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil yet? (It’s new!) How do you protect your strands from sun and humidity? Let’s talk hair in the comments!

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*I purchased my bottle of Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil. Opinions are my own.

Product Review: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Essie Gel Setter and polish in Turquoise and Caicos (l) and Aruba Blue (r)

Essie Gel Setter top coat and polish in Turquoise & Caicos (l) and Aruba Blue (r)

My latest find? Essie Gel Setter top coat!* This stuff gives your mani gorgeous shine and prevents chipping through just about anything, including a marathon basil-picking and pesto sauce-making session!

The best part is that it comes off with regular nail polish remover. No soaking in acetone or UV lamp necessary. The brand says you can use it over any Essie polish, but I’m sure you can use it with other brands, too!

I got a mani today: Essie polish in Raspberry with Essie Gel Setter top coat. I’ll update this post next week to show you how long Gel Setter lasts!

My Essie mani in Raspberry with Gel Setter top coat

Have you tried Essie Gel Setter? Or the brand’s new Gel Couture line in those cool-looking bottles? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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*I purchased my bottle of Essie Gel Setter Top Coat. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

Late summer faves: Essie Gel Setter top coat and Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Late summer faves: Essie Gel Setter top coat and Living Proof Nourishing Oil

Customizable lipsticks, an online dollar store you’ll love, genius makeup hacks, Olympic nail art, and a K-beauty fave scores major funding, in this weeks Fabulous Links!

AmorePacific, Korea’s answer to Estee Lauder, has introduced customizable lipsticks at its Laneige store in Seoul. I hope the company brings this to the U.S.! (The Korean Herald)

Check out Hollar, the new online dollar store with a ton of beauty booty. (Racked)

These makeup tricks from celeb makeup artists are so genius, I had to share! (Byrdie)

The coolest Olympic nail art in Rio. Its almost as exciting as the competitions! (Allure)

Remember when I discovered Memebox, the K-beauty e-tailer? The company just scored $66 million in funding! (Forbes)

I forgot to mention in last week’s Fabulous Links that Max Factor cosmetics is returning to the U.S. with a limited-edition collection. Remember those commercials with Jaclyn Smith? “Thanks, Max!” (Allure)

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Ocean view from ABC

Ocean view from Allenhurst Beach Club

L’Oreal’s new UV patch, the one and only Troy Surratt, and the surprising inspiration for M.A.C.’s latest launch, in this week’s Fabulous Links! (And how gorgeous is the sunset view from the boardwalk in my hometown, Allenhurst, NJ?)

L’Oreal’s new My UV Patch monitors UV exposure to keep you from getting fried. Pure genius! (Gadgets and Wearables)

I had the honor of hearing celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt speak at The Makeup Show NYC a few years ago. He is brilliant, and can do my makeup any time! (Racked)

M.A.C.’s latest collection is inspired by ….bowling?! Like The Dude, we abide. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I reviewed the Soy Face Cleanser and the Rose Face Mask from Fresh.

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Product Review: Fresh Soy Cleanser and Rose Face Mask

Birthday swag from Sephora

Birthday swag from Sephora

In June, I got my Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift: a travel-sized Soy Face Cleanser and a travel-size Rose Face Mask from Fresh.* I’ve been using the cleanser for about the past week, and so far, I love it!

My face feels clean, but not tight or “squeaky.” I hate when a cleanser makes your face feel really tight and shiny. And when I use a toner afterward, no gunk comes off on the cotton ball, so it’s getting the job done. I would definitely work this into my regular rotation of Laneige Multi-Cleanser and Noxema cold cream.

I’m not much for masks (too lazy!), but I really like the Rose Face Mask. It smells like a florist, and actually has little rose petals in it! When I rinsed the mask off after 10 minutes, my skin looked amazing and felt nice and soft. I think this will be nice in the coming winter months when the cold air and indoor heat really dry out your skin

You can buy Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask at Sephora.

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*I am a Sephora Beauty Insider, so I received the cleanser and the mask as a gift when I made an online Sephora purchase during my birthday month. Opinions are my own.

Fabulous Links of the Week

These signs at my local blowout bar are too funny!

These signs at my local blowout bar are too funny!

Charlotte Tilbury’s latest launch, what you should know about natural beauty, botanicals and SPF, the cost of an ethical manicure, and National Lipstick Day (woot! woot!) in this week’s Fabulous Links!

FYI, Charlotte Tilbury is launching her first fragrance in mid-August. It’s called Scent of a Dream, and fan and client Kate Moss is the face of it. (Allure and WWD)

I went to this panel discussion on natural beauty, and found it very informative, re: how to read product labels and what to look for. (Well + Good)

Do the oils and seeds of certain fruits and veggies provide natural SPF? Short answer: no. (The Cut)

Why you pay more for an ethical mani/pedi. Because it’s true what they say: you get what you pay for. (Racked NY)

Friday was National Lipstick Day. (Of course you knew that!) Here are the top sellers from major beauty brands, and the 48 best cult and classic lipsticks ever. (The Zoe Report and The Cut) Here are a few of my faves:

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Plus, this week on the blog, I reviewed Supergoop! and TULA Probiotic Skincare.

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