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Fabulous Links of the Week: Mother’s Day 2017

Dinner with my family – Mother’s Day 2017

I hope all you mommas had a great Mother’s Day. I did! My family and I had a nice dinner together to celebrate. (See pic above.) Maybe you can talk celeb makeup artist Val Garland into doing your mom’s makeup. She just got the gig as global makeup director at L’Oreal Paris. (WWD) Be sure to check out the photo gallery. Ms. Garland has come up with some cool, vintage-inspired looks! And some avant-garde ones, too. It will be interesting to see what Garland and L’Oreal create together.

This whole Mother’s Day thing has me thinking: What beauty secrets did you learn from your mom? I don’t know about beauty secrets, per se, but my mom instilled in me a love for blush, soft pink lipstick, and blue eyeliner. Very traditional colors. To this day, I still reach for pinks, nudes, and taupes, and I have eyeliner pencils in every shade of blue. And I own more blush than I could wear in ten lifetimes.

The nuns at my elementary school would yell at me for wearing blush. I didn’t care. But I didn’t experiment with eye shadow until I was north of 35. Go figure.

So what did you learn about makeup/beauty from you mom/grandmother/aunt? Let’s spill family beauty secrets in the comments!

Have a great week! xo

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Makeup: Blushington UES

Its been a cray week. On Monday, I went to a launch event for a new laser used for skin resurfacing. And on Wednesday I had two back-to-back holiday parties in the city.

In the middle of all this, I did revisions for a piece for a new client and wrote a story for a regular client, The Doctor Will See You Now. By Friday, I needed a serious break.

So this morning, I treated myself to a complimentary makeup application at the new Blushington location in New York City on the Upper East Side. I chose the Everyday Pure & Simple look. Here’s the finished result:

My finished look!

My finished look!

My makeup artist Neah used three products that I particularly loved: Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer lip primer; Julie Hewett Los Angeles lipstick in ‘Jacqueline’, a pink fuchsia; and the Stila Eyes Are the Window eye shadow palette in ‘Mind’, which is similar to Urban Decay’s new Naked Ultimate Basics palette. The whole look was very soft and pretty!

The lip enhancer helped my lipstick last and kept my lips moisturized, even while walking around freezing, windy Manhattan. And I love the ‘Jacqueline’ lipstick, inspired by Mrs. Kennedy herself. I think it would be especially nice in the summer with a tan.

Blushington sells the products they use. It took major self control to get out of there without buying anything! You can learn more about Blushington here.

I rarely get my makeup done by a pro, except for a real treat. (The full makeup service, normally $65, was free to celebrate the opening of the new location! I love free!) Do you get your makeup done often? If so, have you picked up any tips or tricks along the way that you incorporated into your regular routine? Let’s talk makeup hacks in the comments!

Fun selfie with Neah

Fun selfie with Neah!

This month, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts, using the hashtag #eyecandyholidaychallenge.

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Fabulous Links of the Week

I love the look of maroon bows!

I love the look of maroon bows!

It sure is looking Christmas-y around here! See below for some pretty wreath-inspired manis for holiday parties! And check out this young makeup artist’s epic holiday eye makeup. Also, a wine-inspired hair care line and an all-girl garage where you can get a mani/pedi while your car gets serviced, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

I love a cute Christmas manicure! I may want to rock one of these looks for the holiday events I have coming up this week. (Yahoo! Style)

How gorgeous is this snow globe eye makeup from makeup artist Ali Nordahl? She’s just 17 years old and self taught! You can see some of her other creations here. (Allure)

The hair care line Vine de la Vie contains polyphenols, the good-for-you compounds in red wine. The company says polyphenols can slow down hair’s aging process. Anything based on wine is OK by me! (Allure)

The lovely lady mechanics (shecanics) at Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center in Upper Darby, Penn., will fix your ride while you get pampered at the So Clutch Beauty Bar. I think this business model is brilliant! Why not kill two birds with one stone? (Plus, I hate the turbo-volume daytime TV they play at the place I get my car serviced.) (CBS Philadelphia)

This week on the blog, I got the scoop on SocialVend, found some cool stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers on your list, and shared my fave pics from my #naphopomo challenge on Instagram.

This month, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts, using the hashtag #eyecandyholidaychallenge.

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Fabulous Links of the Week: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble! Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! While we were basting turkeys and baking pies, Estee Lauder bought Too Faced Cosmetics. Elsewhere in the beauty world, getting the most out of your 50s, a bad-ass hair salon, and a new makeup brand to check out, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

For all you Too Faced fans out there, the cult fave brand is now part of the Estee Lauder family. I can’t wait for the Natural Love palette to come out! (WWD)

They call your 50s your #boss years. All the work you’ve put into yourself and your career is finally paying off. Here’s how to rock the decade like a, wait for it, boss! (Well + Good)

This feminist hair salon even looks cool enough for this blog! (NY Times Style magazine)

Rituel de Fille, a California-based natural makeup brand, is new to me. But its won fans among professional makeup artists, so I’m adding it to my beauty bucket list. (Allure)

This week on the blog, I shared some great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals I found. Hurry, there may still be some things left!

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo, over on Instagram. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

The turkey is carved, the pies are cooling, and Great Aunt Alma is already on her third scotch-and-soda (hold the soda). In other words, Thanksgiving 2016 is almost in the books. What’s next? Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, of course! Don’t worry, I’ve found you some great beauty deals!

Cover F/X

From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, November 28, you’ll get 25 percent off on any purchase of $20 or more on coverfx.com. The discount is taken at checkout.

I have mentioned my love of Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops on here many times. From Thursday through Monday, you can try the Radiant Skin Duo: deluxe samples of the Illuminating Primer and the Radiance Custom Infusion Drops (my fave), for just $10!

If you are into highlighting, or just want to get your glow on for holiday parties, check out the Cover F/X Glow Getter Set. (See pic above.) You get one full-size bottle each of the brand’s six Custom Enhancer Drops in a box set. From Friday through Monday, this $252 value is available for $185! And yes, it also qualifies for the 25 percent discount.

LUMIONskin

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

I have never heard of this brand before. But the Skin Serum and Skin Mist look like they can keep your skin feeling fresh during a long day of holiday shopping, or erase the traces of one too many at the office holiday party. (We’ve all been there.) From Thursday through Monday, get 20 percent off your purchase on lumionlife.com with the code TURKEY20.

DERM iNSTITUTE

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

A cleanser that gets rid of dirt and other gunk, and also hydrates skin and improves its texture? Yes, please! Buh-bye holiday party makeup! From Thursday through Monday, get DERM iNSTITUTE’s Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser, a $70 value, for just $39 on diskincare.com with the code HOLIDAY39.

Tell me. Are you into battling the crowds on Black Friday or surfing the Web all weekend in search of an amazing deal? If we’re being honest, I’m not. Maybe some online shopping, but otherwise, I’ll wait until Thanksgiving weekend is over. In New Jersey, our malls get so crowded over the holiday weekend, the state police have to get involved. Not pretty.

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

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Makeup: Rose Gold

Some of my rose gold favorites!

My rose gold picks

I love rose gold anything, especially makeup. It’ll be perfect for all those holiday parties in a few weeks. After all, rose gold looks best with a little sparkle.

Here’s what I’m loving:*

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette. At nine dollars, this palette is great if you are a little shy about rose gold and not sure if it looks good on you. (target.com) Of course, if you want to go high end, Urban Decay’s Naked3 palette is a perennial beauty editor and blogger fave. (sephora.com)

NARS Dual-Intensity Eye Shadow in Europa. This soft rose gold is so pretty. If you want a deeper shade, NARS came out with a color called Rigel this fall. (nordstrom.com)

Downtown girls may be into ColourPop. Check out the brand’s eye shadows in Sequin and DGAF. (Hey, I didn’t pick the names.) They are only five bucks a piece! (colourpop.com) NYX Cosmetics Roll-On Shimmer in Salmon is a pretty take on rose gold, with a name you won’t have to lower your voice to repeat in public. (ulta.com)

I have been dying to try Urban Decay lipsticks forever, especially since they recently reformulated them, then had a big relaunch. So when I choosing a lipstick to include in this post, I went to Ulta and bought Ex-Girlfriend, a sheer, rosy shimmer. You can wear it alone or over a lip liner, or swipe it on over your go-to pink or beige nude lipstick. It’s like a highlighter for your lips that way. (sephora.com)

My favorite Essie nail polish of all time happens to be Buy Me A Cameo, a beautiful rose gold. It’s looks particularly good when I have a tan in the summer. I get it all year round, though. (target.com)

Are you as into rose gold as I am? Share your rose gold picks in the comments! And BTW, have you tried stuff from ColourPop? If so, I am curious about what you thought. It’s supposedly a hip, “It Girl” brand, and I want to know if I’m missing anything.

The #everydayphotoaday challenge over on Instagram rolls on. I am now officially an iPhoneography ninja!

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*I bought the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette, NYX Roll-On Shimmer, Urban Decay lipstick, and Essie nail polish. The NARS Dual-Intensity eye shadow in Europa was sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week: Columbus Day Edition

Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Cool Halloween highlighters, online beauty bargains from T.J. Maxx, Urban Decay’s 90s nostalgia, Walgreen’s beauty benefits program, and a cosmetics brand that pays homage to its founder’s Mexican roots, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

I forgot to mention these Halloween-themed highlighters last week, and they are really amazing. Get shopping before these limited-edition beauties are sold out! (Allure and etsy)

The new beauty section of the T.J. Maxx web site carries high-end brands at, wait for it, T.J. Maxx prices! (Bustle)

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Urban Decay is re-releasing some of it’s original products from the 90s. Get ready to feel all of the feels! I love the lipstick in Bruise and the eye shadow in Shattered. (Allure)

Walgreen’s new Beauty Enthusiast loyalty program is here to give you points and discounts on all your drugstore beauty needs. (Bustle)

The new makeup line Reina Rebelde has a distinctly Latin flavor! Founder Regina Merson quit her job as a bankruptcy attorney to follow her dream. (Yahoo! Beauty)

I am doing the #everydayphotoaday challenge over on Instagram. This should be interesting! Hope you are having a great long weekend!

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Makeup and Skin Care in Cuba

Just enough to get me through a weekend!

Just enough to get me through the long weekend!

The thing I was most curious about when I went to Cuba was what makeup and skin care products were available there. You know me. Well, it turns out the stuff is pretty hard to come by.

I didn’t see many women wearing makeup. The only Cuban women I noticed wearing makeup were those working in our hotel. According to a hotel employee named Yoana, to get makeup, you need to have people send it to you from places like Spain, Mexico City, and the U.S. Or if you are a maid in a hotel, guests leave some for you in their rooms as part of the tip at checkout. (We left a few things for our maid. I also gave Yoana some samples from blogger goody bags for being nice enough to answer my questions.)

Cuba operates on a cash-only economy, so if you have some sort of side (or even a main) hustle to earn the Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUCs) available to tourists, you might be able to buy whatever is available in a few smaller stores. You can read more about the currency system in Cuba here.

As for me, I MacGuyvered my way through the weekend. (See pic above.) Since luggage had a weight limit, I pared it down to La-Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60, Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush in Coral Rose, Smashbox Blendable Lip and Cheek Color in L.A. Lights, NYX High Voltage Lipstick in 05 Flutter Kiss, and Maybelline mascara.

I also brought Chapstick with SPF and ROC eye cream. At night, I used sample packets of Goddess Garden Dream Repair Cream. And after a long day of walking around and sightseeing, I got the sweat and grime off with Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub. Oh, and I always had Supergoop! hand lotion SPF 40 in my bag.

I never tried La Roche-Posay before. I loved it! It contains antioxidants so its good for your skin, and it feels nice and light, like Neutrogena Dry Touch. Thanks to the La Roche-Posay, Supergoop!, a big hat, and sunglasses, I didn’t get burned.

Last year, Cat Quinn O’Neill wrote a blog post for Allure about going to a Cuban perfumery. You can read about her experience here. Pretty interesting!

Writing this post got me thinking. If you could only take 3 beauty products to a desert (or Communist) island, what would they be? Tell me all about your must-haves in the comments!

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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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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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