Fabulous Links of the Week: Emmys Edition

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

A genius innovation for washing your face, how to shop independent beauty brands on the cheap, pumpkin-themed beauty products (because, fall), and a celebrity stylist’s tips for aging well, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

The new way to wash your face is with something called a facial cleansing stick. (The Zoe Report)

Small, mostly online-only beauty brands are winning customers by selling samples of their product! You can get a ton of goodies for very little money. (Racked)

It’s pumpkin time! Here are a few pumpkin-themed makeup and skincare products to get you in the fall spirit. (Total Beauty)

Stylist Gun-Britt is 60-something and looks amazing. FYI, Pilates and champagne are involved! (Into the Gloss)

This week on the blog, I learned more about the beautyblender x Supergoop! collaboration to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

If anyone out there tries (or has tried) the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask or a facial cleansing stick, share your thoughts in the comments!

And tonight is the Emmys! Go Taraji! Long live Empire and the Cookie Monster!

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beautyblender sunny x Supergoop! for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

beautyblender sunny x Supergoop!

beautyblender sunny x Supergoop!

I mentioned the beautyblender x Supergoop! collaboration to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand last week. Well, I decided to do a deep dive and find out more, because Alex’s Lemonade Stand is such a great cause.

I spoke with Jeff Baxter, community engagement manager at Alex’s Lemonade Stand. He said that beautyblender first approached the foundation because the company believes strongly in the work it is doing to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

“I know beautyblender and Supergoop! feel they can connect their customer base with our mission,” Baxter said.

Using a beautyblender makes sunscreen application to kids’ noses and ears a lot easier, the company said in a press release. It’s a bargain, too. For $20, you get the cult classic beautyblender (a $20 value) AND a travel-size Supergoop! sunscreen (a $16 value). So you are basically getting a free high-quality sunscreen. And 20 percent of the sales go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. You can buy the limited edition set on the beautyblender web site here.

I wasn’t familiar with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, but Baxter was happy to share the organization’s backstory with me. Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, when she was not quite a year old. At the age of four, she received a stem cell transplant after doctors discovered her cancer was growing again.

After her treatment, Alex told her parents she wanted to set up a lemonade stand in her front yard, and give the proceeds to her doctors and what she called “her hospital.” Alex wanted other sick kids to feel as good as she did.

The first lemonade stand raised $2,000. The Scott family continued setting up lemonade stands in their yard every year, and donating the money to cancer research. Word spread about these lemonade stands, and soon other people were setting up stands, too.

It grew to the point where when Alex was seven years old, she told a reporter she wanted to raise a million dollars. The reporter said, “How do you think you can do that?” Alex replied that if everyone across the country had a lemonade stand, she thought she could reach her goal.

Sadly, Alex passed away at the age of eight. However, before she died, she made her million dollar goal. Alex’s Lemonade Stand was born out of that, Baxter said. At this point, the organization has funded over 650 research projects and raised over $127 million.

Now back to beauty. You know I love Supergoop! Have you ever used the beautyblender? Every makeup artist and beauty editor I know of raves about it. Its even won a few Allure Best of Beauty awards.

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Fabulous Links of the Week

Are you ready for some football?!

Are you ready for some football?!

An adorable Beautyblender x Supergoop! collaboration, the pumpkin spice latte highlighter that is blowing up the Internet, Kat von D’s Holiday lipstick set, and Costco’s best kept secret, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

How cute is this Beautyblender x Supergoop! collab? It’s for a great cause, too: 20 percent of sales go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. (Allure) To buy the set, click here.

All the Internet can talk about this week is the pumpkin spice latte highlighter from Feather River Body, Heather Baker’s etsy shop. Psst..It also doubles as an eye shadow. (Allure)

A heads up to fans of Kat von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. Kat is releasing a set of 15 lipsticks at the end of September, just in time for the holiday season. It will retail for $240, so start saving now. (Allure)

Really great finds are hiding in the beauty department of …Costco?! Who knew? (Byrdie)

Oh, and on the 15th anniversary of the day the world changed forever. #neverforget

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Labor Day Edition

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend Where did the summer go?!

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Where did the summer go?

Halle Berry brings the body goals in a sexy Insta (at 50!), overlooked skincare brands at Sephora, a secret beauty ingredient from the Marley family (yes, the reggae Marleys), and a cool Korean beauty hack, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

This woman is 50. 5-0. (Allure)

You know I love trying those smaller beauty brands that fly under the radar. Here are a few worth checking out at Sephora. (Byrdie)

Apparently, reggae god Bob Marley’s family has a line of body care products called Marley Natural. It’s secret is hemp seed oil. (Byrdie)

Jamsu, or diving, is the latest Korean beauty hack. You apply your usual foundation and concealer, then pat baby powder all over your face. Stick your head in a sink of cold water for about 30 seconds, and you have a flawless matte complexion. Weird, I know. But its supposed to work. (Byrdie)

If you have tried hemp seed oil as a skin or body care product, or if you have tried “diving,” let me now in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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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:

IBEpresspass

 

This big unicorn was at the Pacifica booth:

Pacificaunicorn

 

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.

Indiebeuatyboard

 

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.

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