Friday, July 25, 2014

5 lippies i'm loving right now...

you may have noticed that it's all about the lips right now. no matter your preference, it's summer, so experimenting is completely allowed. bright, glossy, bold, matte; neutral, pink, purple, orange, red

the following lippies are fabulous and i think you would love them as well. take a look...

City Lips
these lippies are a gloss-but-better {each is actually a treatment for your lips that you can wear anytime ~ including to bed ~ for added lip-pampering benefits}! they offer high shine without stickiness and a fuller-lip look without sting. i already have naturally full lips, so i don't really see much of a difference in the plumping department, but the high shine does offer a fabulous illusion. the smell and texture are truly beautiful and, unlike some glosses, these beauties never leave my pout dried out hours later.

Palladio Herbal Lip Lacquer
these bold, bright shades you see are amazing both in color and finish. the creamy texture keeps my lips smooth, glossy and they blend beautifully with other lip products. vitamin E helps to hydrate and protect from free-radical damage while coconut and sunflower oils aid in nourishing by forming a protective layer to prevent water loss in the delicate lip area.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color
not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss, these creamy lippies have a pleasant, slightly vanilla scent that delivers a gorgeous color payoff. while these aren't super long-wearing, they last longer than typical glosses. i love that the color is buildable and the crayon form makes it easy to line the lips a bit before filling them in. 

Lacqa & Co Fat Lip Pencil
this smooth, buttery lip pencil is called Lambchop {pictured with one of the brand's nail polishes called Bobby Dazzler} and  it's an overachiever! it coats lips in stunning color like a lipstick and the finish is slightly matte; it's long-wearing and is the perfect pink to suits many skintones. i love the packaging, too. fyi, all LAQA & Co's packages are designed by up and coming designers, with a percentage of the product profits going directly to the artist. love it!

Essence Longlasting Lipstick
bright shades are definitely hot for summer, but i love a low-key look year round. these shades, Dare to Be Nude and Wear Berries! are great for grab-and-go application {no mirror required!}, feel fabulous and have been uber-pampering on my lips.

what lipsticks and glosses are you loving right now?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

hair therapy {how-to}: Tri-look Ponytail

when it comes to the standard ponytail, it's all about being creative. celebs like Jennifer Morrison, Behati Prinsloo and Iggy Azalea have taken things to another level when it comes to the standard ponytail by adding braids, some volume, texture, sometimes a fun accessory...

of course, these ladies have the help of their personal hair gurus, but thankfully, i know the fabulous Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Mario Russo salon in boston. he's shared with me his take on this trend, complete with step-by-step instructions {and lots of pics!} to create a gorgeous, summer-friendly, tri-look ponytail! it's totally DIY-friendly and something you can do at home.

take a look...

1. to start, curl hair with a wide-barrel curling iron or opt for a straighter yet full pony by blow drying hair with a large round brush.

2. slightly tease hair at the top of head to give the style some height.

3. on one side of the head create anywhere from 1-3 small braids, incorporating the hair along your scalp as you braid {similar to a french braid-style, you want the braids to be against your head}; secure each braid with a clear elastic to later be pulled into the pony.

4. gather hair into pony with all of the braids in it and secure with a clear hair elastic.

5. take a piece from under your ponytail, wrap around elastic and secure with a bobby pin that matches your hair color.

6. use a rat tail comb to loosen and pull up teased portion of hair that may have been flattened when you secured the ponytail.

7. use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray just on the ponytail to make it look fuller and more textured.

8. to hold look, use Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.

love it!

 remember, don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun ~ try different braid and twist variations until you feel the style is complete and chic!

if you try this ponytail, let me know! find out more about Mario Russo and the salon at; for more hair inspiration and tips, follow on twitter and Facebook!

info and images courtesy of Mario Russo salon.

Monday, July 21, 2014

new product alert: Lancome Grandiôse mascara

grab your smartphone and set an alert, beauties! Lancome is set to release a new mascara, called Grandiôse, next month! if you're a fan of Lancome mascaras {or any mascara in general}, this is definitely exciting news.

 i haven't tried this myself {yet}, but i'm sure the reviews will begin rolling out soon. in the meantime, i do have info you'll like to know...

the first ever swan-neck mascara offers the ultimate in length, lift and volume; it seems the creation of  Grandiôse is quite perfect, since makeup artist pros have been bending mascara stems to coat lashes for years {possibly decades}. the swan-neck wand mimics the curves of your face, grabbing lashes at the base to fan them out, avoiding any unnecessary smudging. curved at a 25 degree angle, the result promises to be a fabulous one, with lashes coated from corner to corner and root to tip.

 i recommend you still keep the 3-month-replacement rule, but there's one more detail about this mascara that i find simply genius ~ the wand's three dimensional curve seals air into the bottle and automatically mixes the formula in from the sides every time you open the bottle, so it stays fresh. fabulous, right?

Grandiose will be available on and at all Lancome beauty counters august 16, 2014. follow Lancome on twitter, facebook and pinterest for tips, tricks and to stay current on the latest news. use #grandiose and #startbending if you decide to pick this up!

*tell me: are you looking forward to the new Lancome Grandiôse mascara? 

info and images courtesy of Lancome:)

Friday, July 18, 2014

summer beauty {fotd}: bronzed purple look

happy friday, beauties! 

hope you've had a fabulous week. it's been full of highs and lows for me. i won't elaborate, but i'm thankful to have many gorgeous distractions.

fotd inspiration: MAC Blooming Mad eye shadow and Worldly Wealth blush 

and if you guessed makeup to be among those distractions, you'd be right. :)

this overall bronzy look is perfect for the current season, and is definitely happy-making, thanks to the pop of purple on my eyes. i was inspired after receiving some new MAC products, especially Worldly Wealth powder blush and Blooming Mad eye shadow, both from the Moody Blooms collection. it's beyond easy, day-friendly, and can be worn for any occasion. with a bit more liner and some false lashes, it would even be a fabulous night look!

so here are the details…

Revlon ColorStay Makeup in Toast

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW40; Miracle Skin Treat & Conceal* Eye and Face concealer in Tan {review coming soon}

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC42e.l.f. Mineral Booster in Sheer {review coming soon}

MAC eye shadows in RetrospeckArtistic License*, Deep Fixation* and Blooming Mad*dedre beauty Smudge Pencil in Baroque*; Physician's Formula Kohl Kajal Eyeliner *{black from the Nude Eyes Trio}; Mary Kay Lash Love mascara in Black

Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe* in Warm {used recently on Keri Russell}

MAC Powder Blush in Worldly Wealth* 

MAC lip liner in Spice; e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff; butter LONDON LIPPY lipgloss in Stroppy*

have a gorgeous weekend!

*products sent to me from brand PR; all pics taken by me :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

summer beauty: Too Faced Rock n Roll Candy Eye Shadow Collection + swatches

rock your look this summer ~ from subtle songstress to full-on rockin' beauty!

this gorgeous palette won't guarantee you a backstage pass at your favorite concert, but at least you'll look amazing. this palette is versatile and so fun! also included with the palette is a glamour guide with three how-to beauty looks to get you started and inspire you to create your own looks… 

Rock n Roll Candy Eye Shadow Collection houses nine fabulous shadows in edgy mattes and metallics, seven of them being brand new shades.

 {top to bottom} Rockabilly, New Wave, New Romantic

{top to bottom, left} Rap, Pop, Glam Rock
{top to bottom, right} Ska, Heavy Metal, Punk

if you are looking for a bold, out-of-the-box shades to give your summer look a little kick, you should really consider picking up this palette. like all shadows from Too Faced, these beauties are highly pigmented and deliver fabulous, long-wearing color payoff. i've worn all of them, but the shades i find myself wearing the most are New Romantic, Heavy Metal, Punk and Rap {see pics below of an easy day-friendly look i created using these shades}.

what do you think of this Rock n Roll Candy Eye Shadow Collection? for more info, be sure to visit

product featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)