Drybar Opens its Doors in Las Vegas!

I’m very particular when it comes to blow dry bars. Perhaps its because I’ve never really been wowed by any blowouts here in Las Vegas. The few times I visited some blow dry bars here I was always told that my hair was too heavy or too thick for a blow out. Maybe it was an excuse to quickly blow dry my hair and curl with an iron – not the same.

I finally saw and felt the difference at the opening of Drybar located inside the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. As soon as I stepped foot inside the 3,000 square foot space (their largest to date), I felt the vibe and energy provided by a live DJ and full bar.

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My stylist, Krista K. did a fabulous job with shampooing my hair and giving me the “Dirty Martini” blow out. While sipping my Cosmo, Krista told me I had perfect hair for a blowout. She used the award-winning Triple Sec 3-in-1, I loved it so much, I bought some to take home with me.

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I also had the pleasure to meet Drybar founder, Alli Webb whose creativity and vision was evident in every detail of the space. Her background as a professional hair stylist is what sets Drybar apart from the rest. Her vision is to focus on the one thing they do well – blowouts. She is a true inspiration for all females.

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I will definitely go back to Drybar to try out the other blowouts! For more information on Drybar follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

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Neiman Marcus Hosts Holiday Beauty Blogger Bash

I was recently invited to Neiman Marcus’ Beauty Blogger Bash at Fashion Show Mall featuring the latest products and holiday gift ideas from top beauty brands such as Fresh, Creed, Gucci, Jo Malone, Kevyn Aucoin, La Mer and Tom Ford. The event was brilliantly executed much like a speed dating event where we got to learn about each brand for 8-10 minutes before moving on to the next brand.

First up was one of my favorites from across the pond, Jo Malone. Brand rep, Nanette Kamano highlighted the benefits of layering fragrances with the Nectarine Blossom & Honey becoming the most popular scent for 2015. My favorite was the Mimosa & Cardamom, delish!

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Next was the skincare staple, La Mer. Gracing us with gorgeous skin for more than 50 years, brand rep, Johnathan Nieto introduced us to the newest product launch, Genaissance, the “gamechanger” gel serum exclusive to Neiman Marcus.

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Next, we moved on to a fragrance brand I was unfamiliar with, Creed. Recently returning from a whirlwind trip to the UK, the story behind this royal brand was fascinating. Established in 1760, Mr. Creed was originally the tailor for King George III and created the concept of lining the King’s leather gloves with incense and that is where it all began. Today, the line includes fragrances inspired by scents created for the Saudi Royal family, King Napolean and the Royal Princess. My favorite is Love in White, perfect for my stocking!

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Back to an iconic American brand, we moved on to Tom Ford. I’m currently obsessed with Black Orchid, I couldn’t get enough at this table. From the delicious lip color sets to the other Tom Ford fragrances, this is a perfect gift for the man or woman in your life.

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The next brand took me back to my days in NYC, Kevyn Aucoin. I had the pleasure of meeting Kevyn at Henri Bendel in NYC and have been a fan ever since. I fell in love with the Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting, a liquid highlighter that can be added to moisturizer, BB Cream or foundation.

It was all about the Gucci Face at their table. With gorgeous golden glow bronzers, I just had to try on.

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Fresh featured the Sugar Lip holiday collections, perfect to gift separately or to one lucky lady. I was also introduced to their Cocoa Body Exfoliant which smelled good enough to eat! Ladies, don’t forget to exfoliate especially during the dry winter months.

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Here I am with fellow beauty and fashion blogger Laura Coronado of Lollieshopping, our fabulous event hostess Christie Moeller and Antonia Genov of EuroChique. I’m so ready for the holidays!

 

 

The First Ever Super Saturday in Sin City Benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

For those who may not be familiar, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the largest and oldest U.S. charity funding research on ovarian cancer, the 5th leading cause of cancer death in American women. To raise awareness and funds for research, OCRF hosts an annual event called Super Saturday, a shopping event that brings together top luxury name brands in fashion and beauty, special shopping incentives and activities with a percentage of sales from participating retailers and dining establishments benefiting the OCRF.

Now in its 18th year, with annual events held in NY and LA, this is Super Saturday’s first ever weekend-long event in Las Vegas! Hosted by renowned designer, stylist and author Rachel Zoe, brought her beautiful family to support the cause close to her heart. Rachel held a book signing of her latest book, “Living in Style” and then walked the Fashion Show runway with her husband and business partner, Rodger Berman and their two trendy tots. We were then treated to fall fashions courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and express beauty services by The Glam App.

For more information on OCRF, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Rachel’s book signing, “Living in Style by Rachel Zoe”

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L to R: Kristen and Ashley, The Allure Avenue, Me, our Social Host, Christie, I Can Style U and Jamie, Treats and Trends.

Third Annual Style with a Cause Launches Collection at Fashion Show

I can’t believe style with a cause turns three this year. They are launching this year’s event with their first-ever collection! In collaboration with Spoonflower, they created an exclusive fabric which was then given to five designers across the country including Project Runway’s Joshua J. Christensen and Project Runway All Star, Carlos Casanova, Las Vegas’ own, Jennifer Henry of Flock Flock Flock, Christina Rudigier and this year’s Fashion Forward Winner, Ilian Angulo. All of the designers will create one-of-a kind pieces which will be featured on the Fashion Show runway and auctioned at the end of the event benefitting Opportunity Village. This anticipated evening filled with fall fashion presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and beauty transformations takes place on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are still available here.

For the latest on this movement designed to empower and inspire women through fashion and beauty, follow style with a cause on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Sisley Paris…Oui Oui

Ah sweet Paris! There are so many things I love about that place, the romance, the beauty, the culture, and now the makeup and skincare. I was recently introduced to Sisley Paris, a newly opened boutique at The Shops at Crystals. I was familiar with the brand but never had the chance to experience it up close and personal until now. The ambiance of the store is delightful, delicate and chic. But what makes this brand unique is that it is a family-owned and operated and driven by strong values. The d’Ornano family invests years in research to uncover the best technological advances to use plants and essential oils in their beauty products. Essentially, their complete line of makeup has skincare benefits and what woman doesn’t want that?

Special thanks to the PR rep at Sisley who gave me a tour of the boutique and product samples to review! I can’t wait to indulge. To learn more about Sisley Paris, follow them on Facebook and Twitter and make sure to stop by the boutique next time you’re in Vegas.

Courtesy of Maria Pino
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Straight Talk on Straight Teeth: The Beauty of a Perfect Smile with Invisalign

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I wasn’t one of the lucky ones born with naturally straight teeth. For an entire year and a half of my life, I tried to justify to myself that my braces fell into that “Things You Hate to Do but are Good For You” bucket. So for about 183 days of my life, I woke up every morning feeling uncomfortable. I felt my braces were too big for my mouth, I was becoming anti-social and I just wasn’t feeling like myself. Nevertheless, I pushed myself into thinking one day, this would all be worth it. And it sure was.

A couple of weeks ago I attended an Invisalign House Party hosted by Dr. Wirig and Rock Star Mom Blogger Stefanie Van Aken. The theme was “Straight Talk on Straight Teeth.” I learned so much more about Invisalign.  It’s an amazing alternative to braces and they even have Invisalign Teen which is available to teens and preteens. Invisalign Teen is just as effective as traditional wire and bracket braces and can correct the most common teeth straightening issues — from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments. Here’s a great infographic, Straight Talk: Smart Path to Straight Teeth – it outlines an easy path for Invisalign-inquiring parents. I know that if Invisalign was available back when I had braces, I would’ve spared myself the agony. Don’t get me wrong, some people love their braces and embrace them, I wasn’t one of those people. I would’ve preferred having a set of clear custom made aligners that would’ve allowed me to continue brushing and flossing my teeth as I normally would have.

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Ever since I had braces I’ve become obsessed with a perfect smile. Now, in my thirties, my teeth have shifted slightly and I’ve been thinking of getting Invisalign to get them back perfectly straight.  This was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the latest on Invisalign while having a discussion among other blogger friends. There’s a myth that Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues, when in fact Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated. In addition, after learning that Invisalign recently upgraded to a more comfortable and more effective plastic material, I am more than ready to take the next step. To learn more about Invisalign, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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For a chance to win FREE Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatment enter the Straight Talk Rafflecopter Sweepstakes below! Sweepstakes runs through September 30th, 2014.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

PRODUCT REVIEW: beautyADDICTS Introduces the Perfect Nudes

I love experimenting with bright lip colors during the summer but my all-time faves are the NUDES. So when beautyADDICTS sent me some samples to review, I was excited to try them out. Then I realized this cosmetics company is based near my hometown in Fair Lawn, NJ!

There are various different shades of nudes and finding the right one can be a challenge. I like to have a range as I tend to get darker in the late summer months. BeautifulLIPS and Lip ADDICTION are creamy lipsticks and high-shine lip glosses infused with vitamin E, Shea butter and jojoba oil. It also plumps with natural peptides and stimulates collagen for smoother fuller lips.

Here’s a tip: When I wear nude lip color, I like to use a nude color lip liner to define the overall look but please make sure it’s not darker that the nude gloss or lipstick shade itself.

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So if you’re a fan or would like more information on beautyADDICTS, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.