Summer Hair, Don’t Care

I’m still not ready to say bye to summer! It’s been a great summer for my hair because I finally decided to add some partial blonde balayage highlights to my natural dark brown hair. My colorist gave me the exact shade of beige blonde I wanted. And since it’s summer, I decided to try out the Hot Tools Ceramic Tourmaline Deep Waver curling iron for those beachy, voluminous locks. I absolutely love the look, the Deep Waver gives my hair amazing body and natural looking waves. I know I need to take special care of my highlighted hair and protect it from styling tools, the sun, chlorine water, etc. I recently used ColorProof Evolved Color Care, SignatureBlonde Violet Shampoo and Conditioner to give me heat protection while canceling out any brassy and yellow tones.

Although we are in mid August, think I’m going to keep this look for fall! What are the hair trends you’re looking forward to this autumn?

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Orly Launches New Breathable Treatment + Color Polish in Vegas!

Orly is officially launching their new Breathable Treatment + Color nail polish line. A perfect rehab for a gel addict like myself, this innovative formula allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, promoting nail growth, increasing nail thickness and helping heal damaged nails. Infused with Argan Oil, Vitamin B5 and C for growth, its all-in-one formula allows you to skip base and top coat, cutting mani time in half.

Although the line won’t be available in retail stores until September, I was lucky to be invited to the launch party at the Four Season Hotel here in Vegas!

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Orly Breathable Treatment + Color will be available in 18 shades in September and retails for $8.99 each. For more information, visit Orly Beauty and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Throwback Thursday: My UK Beauty & Fashion Picks

It may be St. Patrick’s Day today, but I’ve got England on my mind. Anyone who really knows me, knows how much I love England. I feel a certain pull to the country’s history, culture and people. Perhaps I was British in a past life. In this life however, I only get to visit the UK once or twice a year. So when I visited in November, I made sure to check out the latest in British fashion and beauty.

My first stop was Selfridges. Deciding to skip the well-known American beauty brands, I came across one unfamiliar counter, Charlotte Tilbury. Although I was familiar with the name, I have never seen her actual line of beauty products, she only has a few counters in NYC, California, and a few other states but none in Vegas (yet). Charlotte Tilbury is a British celebrity make up artist who has worked with international beauties such as Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna. I had my makeup done by one of the Charlotte’s beauty reps who couldn’t stop talking about how she dreamt of visiting NYC when she found out where I was from. The grass is always greener, as they say.

Nevertheless, here are a few of my favorite beauty and fashion picks from across the pond.
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Gianvito Rossi
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Aquazzura Firenze
Claudie Pierlot
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Until next time England!

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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Top to bottom: In the Buff, Shy and Toast
So if you’re a fan or would like more information on beautyADDICTS, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

3 Reasons Why I Love the Katy Perry False Lash Collection by Eylure

Free false eyelash application? Um…yeah! I am constantly trying to perfect my eyelash expertise so when I was invited to check out the new Eylure collection by Katy Perry, I made sure to book some time on my weekend calendar to stop by my local Kohl’s store.

The story behind this collection is that Katy’s makeup artist used these on her during her tour and she would stack two or three pairs of lashes to achieve the on-stage look Katy loved.  Katy Perry became a huge fan of the false eyelashes that she approached the brand to collaborate, thus the Katy Perry Collection was born.

Top three reasons I like these false eyelashes:

  1. They are 100% human hair therefore they are ultra light, I don’t feel them nor do they weigh my lids down
  2. They are reusable unlike many that are one-time use only
  3. Great range of styles, from natural to costume

My favorite ones so far are Feline Fierce (pictured below) which are the one of the samples that were provided to me by the brand’s PR rep . Oh and here’s an insider tidbit, they will be launching ones with invisible bands soon! Follow Eylure USA on Facebook and Twitter.

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Finding the Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type

I’ve had a lifelong battle with shampoo. After many years of dying and perming my hair, I still struggle with finding that perfect shampoo now that my hair is 100% in its natural state, no color, no chemicals. So what I look for in a shampoo now is much different than what I looked for in a shampoo when I was highlighting and spiral perming my tresses in my teen and college years.

I tested out numerous shampoos, ones that were popular and even ones that were hard to find. Then, there came a time when I wanted to simplify my hair routine. No more perms, no more highlights, just my hair in its purest state. Now, all I look for in a shampoo is simple – a good cleanse that leaves my hair with volume. That’s not asking for too much is it?

So when I was recently offered to review to “volumizing” shampoos, I said yes. I recently tried out the NEW Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo
SRP $9.99 (13.5 fl. oz.)
  • It’s silicone-free formula, with an advanced blend of deep sea minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, and a hydrating polymer, gives hair up to 80% more moisturization
  • Formula is infused with H2O
  • Nutrient-Rich Technology
  • Delicately nourishes hair strand by strand without weighing it down
Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Conditioner
SRP $14.99 (13.5 fl. oz.)
  • Features Coconut Oil which helps condition and strengthen hair without weighing it down
  • It’s silicone-free formula, with an advanced blend of deep sea minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, and a hydrating polymer, gives hair up to 80% more moisturization
  • Formula is infused with H2O
  • Nutrient-Rich Technology

nexus shampooI can not only feel the difference in my hair, but I can also see it. Wow, volume you can actually see, I think I found my new favorite shampoo! Nexxus Salon Hair Care Hydra-Light products are available nationwide in mass, drug, and grocery stores.

Product Review: eos “Basket of Fruit” Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack

I’ve seen many of my friends and even Kim Kardashian rave about these little lip balm spheres. Whether for dry, chapped lips or pregnancy lips, I was curious about lip balms from evolution of smooth. So when the PR rep invited me to try their new 4-pack “Basket of Fruit” Smooth Sphere Lip Balm collection, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try these globular objects full of organic goodness for my lips.

These lip balms already win points because they are 100% natural enriched with shea butter and jojoba oil.  What they are not is greasy, oily or sticky because they are petroleum-free, paraben-free and gluten-free. These will be perfect travel must-haves for an upcoming trip to NYC, where it’s sticky and humid already…just not on my lips.

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Flavors from L to R: Fresh Watermelon, Strawberry Sorbet, Pomegranate Raspberry and Summer Fruit

This limited edition set is available at evolution of smooth and retails for $10.99.