Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bath & Body Works + Matthew Robbins‏

Hey everyone!

Spring has officially sprung! 

Bath & Body Works partnered with celebrity event designer, Matthew Robbins, to create some fun spring décor ideas as well as provide a few tips and tricks.  

From setting a table for Easter brunch to a casual get together with friends, the new Bath & Body Works White Barn Candle Collection and Accessories are sure to bring the scents and colors of spring into your home. 

 Candles: $20 at 

Accessories: $5.50-$44.50 at

Which one of these new decorating ideas will you try at home?


Note: Photos and information provided by PR!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mally Beauty Life is Lighter Trio

Hey everyone!

I don't travel often, but when I do I love to bring kits and palettes with me! It just makes life easier when I have only a few items to worry over instead of a bag full. So, when Mally Beauty sent me the Life is Lighter Shimmer, Shape, and Glow Face Defining System I knew I had met my match. This trio contains an elegant shimmer, a subtle bronzer, and a bright coral blush. All three of these products work in harmony to provide me with that glamorous, yet natural looking face. The packaging is sleek and sturdy in a pink metallic case. Plus, Mally includes two matching, pink metallic brushes to help you create your own look. These brushes are good quality, and have come in handy when I've been on the go. 

Here is what Mally Beauty has to say:

The secret that all of Mally's celebrity clients swear by! Get that superstar glow and look like you lost five pounds fast with Shimmer, Shape, and Glow! The first powder lifts and illuminates the cheekbones giving you the bone structure you have always dreamed of. It's not TOO shiny or glittery but absolutely highlights and lifts. The second powder softly contours making you look like you lost five pounds. And the last powder makes you look like you had a beautifully romantic evening. Voila! Perfection!

How to Use:

First a fabulous shimmer that is not TOO shiny, definitely not glittery but absolutely highlights and lifts. Just swipe it gently, using the white end of the shaping brush, on the tips of your cheekbones, just under your temples (instant eye lift!!). Next it's time to shape! Don't you just hate the word "contour?" So '80s!!! I like to say shape, define, slim.To find the perfect place to apply this step, pucker up and find the hollows of your cheeks. Using the darker side of the shaping brush, dust this luxurious powder just in the hollows right under the cheekbone. Don't worry, this powder is lightly pigmented so you only get a sheer defining, not a racing stripe. Ohhh!! Did someone just lose five pounds?

Finally, glow! I have tried lots of blush in my day. There are lots of gorgeous colors to choose from but when you really want a natural lit-from-within glow, this is the one for you! Just smile in the mirror (love this part... say "Hello, Gorgeous" every day!) and, with the single blush brush, start in a circular motion in the apple of the cheek, slowly get bigger with your circles.

This product retails for $39.95, and can be purchased at!

What do you think of this trio from Mally Beauty? 


Note: Mally Beauty sent me this product to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their product. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own! Product information is from Mally Beauty's website!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lavanila The Healthy Roller-Ball - Vanilla Coconut

Hey everyone!

I love when I can carry my fragrances with me in my bag! So, when Lavanila sent me their Healthy Roller Ball Fragrance in Vanilla Coconut, it was an instant hit. This little beauty has not left my side, I love the sleek glass packaging and the scent is phenomenal! The richness of vanilla blends perfectly with the sweetness of the coconut, and leaves my skin scented all day long. I seriously feel like I've been on vacation every time I wear it! Now, that is what I call a remarkable scent! 

Vanilla Coconut Roller Ball:

Paradise Found.  This exotic blend of young coconut, Tahitian tiare flower, and warm Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils.  Carefree and tropical, escape to the island of healthy delights. 

Here is what Lavanila has to say:

Discover our extraordinary collection of all-natural fragrances.  Master natural perfumers blend exotic essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin. Infused with everything that's good for you and absolutely nothing that’s not, LAVANILA is changing the way you spray.

How to Use:

For a long-lasting scent, apply to clean dry skin. Layer The Healthy Fragrances to create a unique signature vanilla scent. 
The Healthy Difference:
Traditional Fragrances are loaded with phthalates, harsh chemicals, chemically-laden alcohol and petrochemicals that can cause dryness, damage and irritation.

The Healthy Fragrance is made with all-natural & organic ingredients and completely free of harsh chemicals. We infuse organic sugar cane alcohol with exotic essential oils & skin soothing botanicals for an authentic and skin safe expression of nature. 100% Healthy.  

This product retails for $19.00, and can be purchased at!


Note: Lavanila sent me this product to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their product. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own! Product information is from Lavanila's website!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dirt's Worst Enemy - Biore!

Hey everyone!

Biore's skincare line is one of the few that I can actually use on my extremely sensitive skin. So, when the company sent me these two products to try and feature on my blog, my skin was cheering in the background! Now, let me tell you a bit about my skin. When I say it is overly sensitive, I'm not kidding... If my skincare routine is altered, the sun is shining too brightly, or I'm stressed with school; my face breaks out. Lucky me, right?

Biore's Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser ($7.99) is a great face wash for me to use. It not only clears away the dirt and oil on top of my skin, but it gets down into my pores to help keep breakouts at bay. Plus, it leaves my face with a cool, refreshing tingle! Talk about the perfect pick-me-up during vacations!

Once a week, I use Biore's Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($8.99) on my nose and forehead. These are a great to  use to insure that you get the deep down blackheads and buildup in your pores, to prevent future breakouts. Plus, they are really cool to look at once you've pulled them off!

Here is what Biore has to say:

Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

Get an invigorating clean with a blemish fighting formula containing salicylic acid. Oil, dirt, and make-up don't stand a chance against this refreshing liquid cleanser that helps to stop blemishes cold and leaves your skin feeling fresh and vibrant.

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Here's a special two-pack to tackle dirt and oil that can cause blackheads on your nose—and the rest of your face. In just one use, these two different strips (for your face and nose or chin) are twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser at removing pore-clogging build-up that can lead to blackheads. And, they can even help reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.

What is your favorite Biore skincare product?


Note: Biore sent me these products to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their products. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own! Product information is from Biore's website!

Bath & Body Works Market Peach Candle Review

Hey everyone!

Me and Bath & Body Works' candles use to have a bittersweet relationship. When I would purchase them, only half would burn well enough to keep, while the other half got returned to the store and switched out. However, I am happy to announce that Bath & Body Works seems to have fixed this problem! The latest candle I purchased, Market Peach in the Mason Jar, burned beautifully! The scent was very realistic, and traveled throughout our large living room. The wick never burned itself out, and the wax pooled evenly. Plus, I was able to clean up the jar, so it will be reused for storage in the future. It's a total winner in my book!

Here is what Bath & Body Works has to say:

Add a dash of southern charm with a mouthwatering blend of creamy vanilla, savory citrus and ripe raspberry in a rustic mason jar.
Have you tried this candle yet? 
Note: I purchased this product with my own money. I am not associated with Bath & Body Works, nor are they paying me to feature this product. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pretty in Blue with Smashbox Cosmetics

Hey everyone!

Downtown edge with a hint of pretty! Create this on-trend wash of blue around your eyes with Smashbox's Love Me Collection, featuring the collectible Entice Me Eye Shadow Palette!


Note: I am not associated with Smashbox Cosmetics, I just thought you would enjoy this short how-to video!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to Create the Speckeled Eyeliner Look by Illamasqua

Hey everyone!

How to get the look:

~Step 1: Apply Precision Ink in Abyss in a strong, solid black line across the lid. To create a fluid line, start halfway across the lid and work outwards. Then come back to the inner corner of the eye and join. Make the liner a little bit thicker than your normal, everyday liner.

~Step 2: Apply Precision Ink in Scribe, dotting and slowing building applications as you go, fading out at the outer edges.

~Step 3: To finish the look and create added definition, apply two coats of Blacker than Black Mascara in Raven.


Note: I am not associated with any of the brands mentioned above. I just thought you would all enjoy this short how-to video!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lolë's Complimentary Yellow Yoga Session in NYC!‏

Hey everyone!

As a highlight of the 2013 Yoga Journal Conference, active wear brand Lolë is hosting a complimentary community class, the Lolë Yellow Yoga Session, led by Virayoga founder Elena Brower on Saturday, April 6, at the Hilton New York. Lolë is bringing its “Live Out Loud Everyday” message to the public, welcoming experienced yoga practitioners and novices alike, through the company’s global program of mass yoga events. Brower will teach a revitalizing class featuring cleansing poses and tranquil meditation to further Lolë’s vision of spreading access to the healing benefits of yoga.

Renowned yoga instructor and author of the mindful living book Art of Attention, Elena Brower will be teaching throughout the class intensive weekend. Her special Saturday Lolë Yellow Yoga Session is dedicated to Lolë’s signature cheerful color. Brower will lead participants through a thoughtful sequence that combines cleansing twists with blissful meditations in order to create a safe, collaborative, fully present community. Brower has previously led Lolë’s debut White Yoga Session in Paris for 2,000 participants, followed by a class this January in Salt Lake City, and will bring the Lolë White Yoga Session to Santa Barbara on June 1st for the event’s third installment. Internationally known for her skilled ability to bring tranquility to to student’s minds and strength to their bodies, Brower is thrilled to partner with Lolë to touch so many lives this April.

Nathalie Binda, vice president of Lolë marketing says, “Elena is a great friend to Lolë and a wonderful incarnation of our values. She believes that everyone should be able to harness the power and energy inside themselves, and we as a brand strive to help people do that every day.”

DATE:Saturday, April 6 


PLACE:Hilton New York, New York City 

INSTRUCTOR:Elena Brower 

AVAILABILITY: Limited space, please arrive early 

I so wish I lived closer, so that I could attend! Will you be going to this event?


Note: Information provided by PR!

Sun Bum SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

Hey everyone!

Whether you're heading to the beach or the pool this Spring Break, make sure you have your SPF covered! One sunscreen product that I have been loving (an will continue to love for years to come) is Sun Bum's SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion! This sunscreen not only smells amazing (think of bananas), it rubs straight into your skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. Talk about a huge plus in my book!

Here is what Sun Bum has to say:

This moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UBV rays, while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to naturalize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.


~Paraben Free - Oil Free - PABA Free

~Ultra Waterproof - Ultra Sweatproof


~Vitamin E Enriched

How to Use:

~Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.

~Reapply: After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, Immediately after towel drying, At least every 2 hours. 

Active Ingredients:

Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Octisalate 2.00%, Octocrylene 1.85%, Oxybenzone 3.00%

This product retails for $15.99, and can be purchased at!

What sunscreen are you going to use for your Spring Break and Summer Vacation this year?


Note: Sun Bum sent me this product to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their product. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It Cosmetics Hello Beautiful Anti-Aging 5 Piece Kit

Hey everyone!

It Cosmetics has wowed me again with their new Hello Beautiful Anti-Aging 5 Piece Kit! This kit contains everything you need to achieve a flawless face anytime anywhere! From it's finely milled powder foundation to the lip and cheek stain, It Cosmetics has you covered. I am able to apply all my makeup with ease first thing in the morning, and know that it will stay in place all day long while I am at work and school. Talk about a great beauty find for this busy girl! 

Plus, for One Day Only, on March 18, QVC will offer this set for a low "Special" Price! I know I speak for all of us in the beauty world, when I say that It Cosmetics offers some of the best deals out there on QVC. So get ready to say "Hello Beautiful!" next time you look in the mirror!

Celebration Foundation 

Get ready to celebrate your flawless skin with It Cosmetics' Celebration Foundation! This full coverage, hydrating powder foundation is rich in Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silk, Anti-oxidants, Grapeseed, Olive, Hyaluronic Acid, Rose, Aloe, Niacin, and Vitamins A, C, and E. This foundation truly gives you the power to achieve flawless, airbrushed complexion perfection that will never crease or crack, and is designed to not only cover, but to make your skin appear younger at the same time.

Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush is the perfect companion for the Celebration Foundation! This brush picks up just the right amount of powder, and evenly distributes it while you buff away all your imperfections. It Cosmetics' Luxe Buffing Brush contains over 80,000 super soft hairs, which work together to give you that perfect airbrushed appearance!

Tightline Full Lash Length Black Primer

The new Tightline Full Lash Length Black Primer is a game-changer in the beauty world! The super skinny wand works perfectly to grab each and every lash coating them with primer from roots to tips. No need to eyeliner here, because this product gives you the tightline effect to your lash lines without the hassle.

Vitality Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lip & Cheek Stain Stick

The Vitality Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lip and Cheek Stain Stick in Je Ne Sais Quoi (which is super fun and fancy to say) gives your that perfect long-wear flush of naturally pretty color, while providing a boost of hydration infused with a powerful stain that doesn't dry out your lips or skin.It's perfection in a tube I tell you!

Hello Lashes Mascara

Get ready to wave hello with your lashes after using this mascara! It Cosmetics' Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara is clinically proven to quadruple the volume of your lashes using a proprietary blend of lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients. When you apply horizontally you'll see right away, but when you go vertical with the patented Lash Ball Detailer tip, you get so much volume and lift! 

You can purchase this kit at!

Are you ready to say "Hello Beautiful!" on March 18th? I know I am!


Note: It Cosmetics sent me this kit to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their products. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own!

A Fresh Spring Look from Butterfly Studio Salon‏

Hey everyone!

Bangs are everywhere this spring. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had bangs but are too afraid to commit? 

Kattia Solano, owner of NYC's Butterfly Studio Salon offers clients complimentary bang consultations at the salon's bang bar, which was recently featured in New York Magazine’s Best of NY issue.

Clients who visit the bang bar will meet with a stylist, try on a few different clip-on bang styles and find the one that works for them. They can either have the stylist cut their actual bangs to resemble the chosen clip-on piece or simply purchase the noncommittal bang piece ($30) and the stylist will style their hair with the bangs clipped in (blowouts start at $68)!

What do you think of bangs? 


Note: Information and photo provided by PR!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring Happy Hour - L'Occitane Consumer Event‏

Hey everyone!



Put a spring in your step with L’OCCITANE’s new Almond Collection and cocktails created by bartenders from the Michelin starred restaurant Rouge Tomate. Mixologists will be whipping up seasonal, South of France-inspired cocktails as an ode to L’OCCITANE’s birthplace and love of natural ingredients. Pair a cocktail with organic bonbons from NewTree gourmet Belgian chocolatiers for the ultimate indulgence. Next, experience the revolutionary hula hoop cardio workout from Hoopnotica. Exercise gurus from the trendsetting studio will be on hand to teach attendees how to sculpt their waists and tone their core!

Throughout the night, consumers will be pampered with body sculpting rituals and mini facials and receive exclusive special offers on L’Occitane’s favorite products. Customers will also receive a complimentary L’Occitane mini shopping bag filled with a L’OCCITANE and Rouge Tomate Recipe Guide featuring four exclusive cocktail recipes, and L’Occitane favorites like Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Lavender Body Lotion and Immortelle Cleansing Foam with any $50 purchase.

Entice your senses with a visit to L’Occitane’s Spring Happy Hour and experience a truly indulgent, luxurious and sumptuous escape to France.


L’OCCITANE Flatiron Boutique

170 5th Avenue @ 22nd Street


Thursday, April 4th 5-9PM

I completely wish I could go to this event, but sadly I live no where near it! Will you be attending?


Note: Information provided by PR!

L'Occitane Women's Day Soap

Hey everyone!

As you know, L'Occitane created a special soap in honor of International Women's Day! The shea butter infused soap smells amazing, and leaves your hands feeling super soft and nourished. This would make a wonderful gift for the women in your life, or pamper yourself with a few bars to use all year long! It looks adorable sitting next to any sink, and 100% of the proceeds go to help women in Burkina Faso. Now, that's what I call a great way to celebrate International Women's Day! 

Here is what L'Occitane has to say:

Our Women's Day Soap has a high concentration of Shea Butter (52%) to moisturize and nourish the hands as it cleanses.

The soaps are produced in Burkina Faso as part of a co-development partnership with a local factory, which has been run entirely by women since 2010, to support their economic emancipation. 

These soaps retail for $8.00 each, and can be purchased at!

How did you celebrate International Women's Day?


Note: L'Occitane sent me this product to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their products. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil in Vanilla Grapefruit

Hey everyone!

I love to smell pretty, and I am as guilty as the next girl in the fragrance buying department! There is nothing better than finding your signature scent. You know the one I'm talking about, it's the one that people remember you by. 

So, I jumped at the chance to try Lavanila's Forever Fragrance Oil in Vanilla Grapefruit. This fragrance is a delicious blend of rich vanilla and bright grapefruit, making it perfect for Spring (or all year round)! The scent lasts on my skin for most of the day, and I have been receiving tons of compliments when I wear it out. Its convenient roller ball packaging is great for handbags, beach bags, or clutches for your days and nights out. This is the only scent that I'm bringing on my Spring Break this year!

Vanilla Grapefruit Fragrance Oil: 

An Uplifting Citrus.  A sparkling burst of Pink Grapefruit, fresh Cedarwood, and pure Madagascar vanilla bean steeped in the warmth of sweet almond oil.

Here is what Lavanila has to say:

This All-Natural Forever Fragrance Oil blends pure essential oils with hydrating sweet almond oil for a super long-lasting fragrance experience that’s smooth, balanced and bursting with beautiful aroma.  

How to Use:

Apply to pulse points (wrist, base of neck, behind ears, bend of elbows) for the longest lasting results. Apply to clean, dry skin. 
The Healthy Difference:
Traditional fragrances are complex mixtures of chemically laden alcohol, petrochemicals, and musks that tend to evaporate quickly off the skin while overloading the senses and drying the skin.

The Forever Fragrance Oils are alcohol-free and made with 100% natural ingredients. Pure essential oils blend with hydrating sweet almond oil for a super long-lasting fragrance experience that’s bursting with rich, beautiful aroma. 

This product retails for $25.00, and can be purchased at

Are you ready to smell fabulous?


Note: Lavanila sent me this product to try and feature on my blog. I am not associated with the company, nor are they paying me to feature their product. As always, my reviews and opinions are 100% my own!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrate International Women's Day‏

Hey everyone!

Did you know today is International Women’s Day? We invite you to join L’Occitane in celebrating this special occasion with a limited-edition Women’s Day Soap.

For just $8, you can commemorate this day with L’Occitane’s fund-raising, fair trade soap. The Women’s Day Soaps are produced in Burkina Faso as part of a development partnership with a local factory. The factory has been run entirely by women and supports their economic emancipation.

~Gently formulated with L’Occitane’s signature ingredient; Shea Butter

~Adorned with an engraved motif which translates to “education”

~100% of the proceeds will help to build literacy centers for women in Burkina Faso, Africa

~Since 2006 over 1,900 women have learned to read and write and over 5,000 women have been able to develop or enhance

L’Occitane’s Woman’s Day Soap retails for $8.00 and will be available on!


Note: Information provided by PR!