Wednesday, April 23, 2014

expert tips for using coconut oil

if your skin is struggling to recover from the cold, miserable winter {or dry, practically rainless "winter"}, no worries…you’re definitely not alone. there is hope, of course, found in an all-natural resource: 

coconut oil!

and it's not only great for skin, but hair, nails…well, actually every part of your body, from head to toe…

Josie Feria, director of operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach recently shared her suggestions on how to utilize this hot beauty multitasker, and the best part? you can find it as close as the grocery store.

take a look at Josie’s tips below and your skin will be back in gorgeous shape in no time...

intensive treatment for dry hair work into wet hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for up to 30 minutes; rinse and shampoo as usual.*

stimulate hair growth by massaging a bit into your scalp*

to fight frizz use a small amount in your hair for instant control.*

use as makeup remover on your face:, including eyes and use in place of lip balm to treat lips.

massage into cuticles to eliminate dryness and stimulate nail growth

as a body moisturizer, use as you would a normal body lotion for overall treatment, focusing especially on dry elbows.*

 mix with sea or rock salt and exfoliate {mix with sugar for sensitive skin} for a skin-pampering treat.

apply to skin daily to prevent stretch marks and avoid scarring during pregnancy

 apply to skin affected by poison ivy, oak or sumac to soothe irritated skin

rub on feet to hydrate and condition skin; fights athlete's foot and low level fungus.

tell me: do you use coconut oil? if so, how do you incorporate it into your daily routine?; if not, are you going to try any of these ideas for yourself?

many thanks to Josie for sharing such fabulous tips to help us get our most gorgeous skin. here's to the  beautiful spring/summer season ahead!

*ways i've used coconut oil {and i also sometimes cook with it} :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

new beauty: SheaMoisture Dry Oil Mists

to pamper your skin and give it an instant boost of moisture, SheaMoisture offers some fabulous products. and not only are they nourishing to skin, but they're so affordable! now the brand offers Dry Oil Mists, and from the description they definitely sound like they are a perfect addition to the range…

available in 4 scents, each has its own unique and multipurpose benefit. they boast quick absorption on bare skin,are suggested for use as a gloss for hair, and can even be worn as a delicate fragrance.

oh, how i love a multitasking product! 

also, these mists do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, synthetic fragrance or artificial color. lets take a closer look, shall we??

varieties include:

Tahitian Noni & Monoi {Soothing & Reparative} 
features a formula of certified organic shea butter, antioxidant tahitian noni, monoi, and a blend of rich coconut oil, natural floral essences and sweet almond oil.

Coconut & Hibiscus {Brightening & Toning}
made with certified organic shea butter and coconut oil to hydrate and firm skin; hibiscus flower and songyi mushroom extracts brighten and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Lavender & Wild Orchid Healing {Hydrating & Calming
this healing, hydrating and calming blend utilizes certified organic shea butter to heal; lavender and arnica to soothe; and wild orchid extract to repair dry, rough skin.

Argan Oil & Raw Shea {Anti-Aging & Softening
effectively rehydrates and repairs dull, aging skin. includes certified organic shea butter, argan oil and frankincense & myrrh to nourish and soften skin.

SheaMoisture’s Dry Oil Mists are available at Target stores nationwide. for more info, visit

info and image provided by PR for SheaMoisture

Saturday, April 19, 2014

beauty review: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smoky shadow pencil + Master Drama eye liners

if you're anything like me, you j'adore wearing a smoky eye but don't always have the time to spend creating it. thankfully, a gorgeous, easy to use product exists to help create that perfect smoked out eye look with hardly any effort ~ if you can line your eyes and smudge that line, you can create it with Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow-Pencils.

i bought two in shades Emerald Fury and Smoldering Violet ~ they are simply gorgeous! i love a smoky eye {in case i haven't expressd it enough…}, and these shadow-pencils make it so simple to do {i think i've also mentioned that, too, right?}. the creamy, highly-pigmented formula applies smoothly and the sponge smudger perfectly blends out the color...

the Master Smoky liners are available in a total of 6 shades, so you can create any look your mood desires. i definitely plan to, as it is famously said, "collect them all". :)

other eye-defining gems from Maybelline that i've been using are the Master Drama liner pencils. two specifically: Midnight Master {black} and Coal Commander {a deep charcoal}, both of which i can't get enough of. i always tightline the top of my eyelids with the black. not only to define and create a look of fuller lashes, but to disguise the inevitable inky marks left after applying my mascara du jour. the coal shade is a fabulous alternative to brown when i want to keep my eye look neutral or don't feel like wearing a colorful eye.

in any case, it's all about Maybelline on my eyes these days... for definition and drama at least.

for now

because we beauty gals aren't always so faithful to one eyeliner, right??

tell me: what liners are you loving right now?

you cn find these at your local drug and mass retailer {i bought mine at, you guessed it, target.}. visit for more info!

products featured purchased by me; pics taken by me :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

hair therapy: Jenny Balding shares solutions for the 5 common hair issues

 with over 18+ years experience, Cutler/Redken stylist Jenny Balding {on twitter @jennybalding1} has graciously shared how you {and i} can overcome 5 most common hair issues.

take a look...

#1: lack of volume
"this is caused by a variety of reasons but mostly using the wrong shampoo/conditioner for your hair type, followed by using conditioner all over instead of just the mid-length to ends. it’s an easy problem to fix and makes a huge difference ~ talk to your stylist about the best regimen for your hair." Jenny suggests trying Redken Body Full regimen.

Jenny Balding
#2: damage control
"an easy way to prevent damage is simply being gentle when detangling your wet hair. use a large toothed comb or a brush designed to detangle wet hair as wet hair is very fragile and most damage can be created at this point."

#3: dulling hair
"product buildup can cause dull hair when a lot of product is used constantly overtime. make sure to use a clarifying shampoo {like Redken Hair Cleansing Cream} once a week to rid of buildup and this will bring back life into your color and bounce back into your hair."

#4: constant split ends
"even if you love to keep your hair really long, make sure you are having it trimmed every 8-12 weeks as this will really help to keep it in healthy condition as dry, damaged ends split, and travel further up the hair shaft if you don't remove them."

#5: i just want healthy hair
how can you make your hair more lustrous, thick and healthy? "it really makes such a difference if you eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water and take a multivitamin each day. like your skin, your hair represents what you put into your body."

many thanks to Jenny for her hair-loving tips ~ i love sharing and hope you've learned something new!

you can learn more about Jenny by visiting her page at {which features a fabulous q & a that includes everything from what inspires her, must-have hair tools, and personal questions like fave color, place to visit and so on…love it!}

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3 expert tips for creating perfect eyebrows

Joey Healy {prominent eyebrow stylist, professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician} made a special guest appearance earlier this week on Veria Living Live {on the Veria Living TV Network} to teach viewers how to master the art of the eyebrow in a special “ask the expert” segment. 

Joey's unique approach to creating the perfect brow has made him a favorite among celebrities and companies including Kyra Sedgwick, Aviva Drescher and Carole Radziwill of "The Real Housewives of New York", Andy Cohen of "Watch What Happens Live", Sean Young of "Blade Runner", the New York City Ballet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bravo!, Neiman Marcus, Dress for Success, MTV and many more…

Joey Healy

check out Joey's 3 fabulous tips for creating the perfect brow, then watch the video to see the results!

#1: find your browbone!
many women have flat eyebrows, which shorten their face, but the the goal should be to elongate the face. to do this, use your brow brush to hold against the bridge of your nose {where your eyebrow should start}; put your brow pencil diagonal towards your outer eye ~ this is the bare minimum of where your eyebrow should end. you should create an arch 2/3 of the way out.

#2: color & tweeze!
use a brow powder or brow pencil for fixing gaps in the eyebrow. use a light hand, and color IN vs. OUT; Joey also advises to never wax! he believes tweezing gives better detail and less room for error.

#3: instant eye lift!
Joey’s "high rise" spotlight highlighter helps take 10 years off your face. highlighting the brow bone gives a youthful radiance; apply just below the arch of your brow for an instant eye-lift; it can also be used under the eyes to camouflage dark shadows!

visit for more info on all things brows, learn about his product collection, and book an appointment at one of his studios {if you live in or are visiting NYC}.

images via Facebook