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DIY Citrus Facial Scrub!

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Pampering yourself doesn’t mean you have to spend your hard earned cash at pricey spas or on expensive products. Although I do enjoy the luxury of purchasing these things, its not quite a necessity. I must admit, I am super guilty of being a major product junkie. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate as well. There is something that seems to always bring me back to creating my personal scrubs the good ole fashion way. You can create your very own DIY beauty recipes right in he comfort of your own home with products you may probably already own in your kitchen. One recipe I personally enjoy creating, is a “Citrus Facial Scrub” (yummm). Below, I have listed a few ingredients you will need to create this natural citrus facial scrub. 

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The Benefits:

Yogurt – Soothes and can lessen the visibility of blemishes and moles, make freckles disappear, and lighten suntanned skin.

Oatmeal – Acts as a exfoliant, will lock in moisture, and acts as a natural remedy to acne.

Honey – Is great for acne treatment & prevention. Moisturizes and soothes. full of antioxidants which will slow down aging. 

Lemon or Citrus Juice – Helps brighten, soften and refresh rough or dried skin. The citrus fruits will also lighten the skin color and reduce freckles, discoloration and scars.

Citrus Scrub

  1. 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (or other citrus juice)
  2. 2 Teaspoons Honey
  3. 6 ounces plain yogurt
  4. 1/4 cup ground oatmeal

Blend all the ingredients together and apply it to clean skin in circular motions. Allow for the mixture to to dry. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. This all natural facial mask is suitable for sensitive, normal, and dry skin types. This regimen can be used once a week as needed.

I hope you found this “DIY Citrus Facial Scrub,” post quite informative. I would love for you guys to try it, and let me know what you think. Please do leave your comments below, if you have any questions and or concerns. Until next time lovelies, Happy Scrubbing!  

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How to: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101!


This isn’t the most exciting lesson, but it’s important nonetheless! Because we must clean our brushes so we can stay on top of bacteria and other offenders that we don’t want to end up on our face. Think of it as basic hygiene. For brushes that you use daily (and don’t share), I would aim for at least once a week (every Sunday perhaps?) or twice a week if you really love makeup and apply it often such as myself. There are two ways to properly wash your brushes depending on your personality and time constraints: heavy duty (for those of you that want instant professional strength cleaning agents to annihilate everything) or gentle (for those of you who have more time and prefer to keep it simple). Here’s how:

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Heavy Duty:

  1. Pick up a professional brush cleaning spray from a your local or online beauty supply (the Cinema Secrets spray (Holy Grail Product) is perfect for professional makeup artists who need to clean their brushes repeatedly throughout jobs but this aromatherapy cleaning sprayis my favorite to use on my clients because it leaves an amazing smell on the brushes). Starting with your foundation and cream blush brushes (these have the most product residue and need the most attention),  spray it directly on the brush heads to completely soak the bristles.
  2. Rub the brush head back and forth over a paper towel or tissue repeatedly until there is no more product coming off.
  3. Spray the rest of your brushes one at a time (eyeliner, lip, eyebrow brushes).
  4. Rub these brushes back and forth as well, noticing that they will come clean much faster than the first ones. This solution dries within minutes. 

Gentle DIY:

  1. Pour a dime sized amount of any baby or organic shampoo into the palm of your hand. Then wet your brush head, dip your used brushes into the your palm (one brush at a time).
  2. Gently swirl brush in circular motions till all dirt and product is released. If you find your brushes are a bit hard to clean let them soak in small bowl prior to individual wash. 
  3. Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.

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brush cleaning 101DRYING STATION: You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station with the two items listed below!

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  1. Grab a hand towel, a paper towel. Fold towel in half about two to three times. 
  2. Balance each brush so that the brush head is pointing down, and touching the paper towel . (a full towel can be used in this step as well).  It’s much easier to balance than it sounds, I promise!
  3. Another simple method is placing a napkin/paper towel in a jar or wide cup and place brushes face down so that water seeps through.
  4. Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home (my work brushes live in brush roll, while my personal brushes live upright in my favorite square glass jar on my makeup desk).

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 I hope you found my “How To: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101” very informative. If you have any questions or concerns feel more than free to comment below. Enjoy Beauties until next time. 

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5 Wearable Runway Makeup Trends for Spring 2015!


Even though we are still bundled up and wrapped up in winter gear it is never too early to take in the some of the new hottest Spring 2015 makeup/beauty trends. These new trends are already on the minds of fashion designers and magazine editors. These spring makeup looks most definitely caught my attention on the fashion runways and can simply be be worn in a woman’s every day to day beauty routine . Plus, practicing now will get you ready for when spring time emerges. Here are a few trends to watch out for this upcoming Spring 2015 season.

BOLD LIP COLOR

BOLD LIP SPRING 2015Pastel shades should not always be the go to colors for Spring. Instead, deep shades dominated the runways this year. Try berry, plum, rich red or red-orange shades for the lips. A bold statement lips is always my favorite go to.

SHADES OF BROWN

SHADES OF BROWN SPRING 2015Brown makeup offers subtle enhancements to the face, especially for a warm complexion. One of the latest trends for the eyes this season is varying shades of the brown family, which keeps this color from getting boring. Try bronze, taupe, sand and even touches of shimmering gold. Bronze skin is also in.

STATEMENT EYES

TOM FORD SMOKEY EYE SPRING 2015Smokey Eyes always seem to return to trendy lists, with no exception this Spring. Some designers made them extra smudgy or only added the smoky effect to the outer corners of each eye. Heavy eyeliner is also in, especially with extended wings and tips, or with thick lines. Choose black or even white liner to play up your look.

NATURAL BEAUTY 

NATURAL BEAUTY SPRING MAKEUPAlthough some makeup trends are in, low maintenance girls will love that wearing no makeup is also a top trend this season. This trend can include wearing subtle makeup that evens and enhances, or wearing no makeup at all. This is a perfect look for everyday makeup look  if your in a rush or simply want to go bare.

CAT EYES

BLUE CAT EYES SPRING 2015A Cat Eye is always a great makeup a accessory, let alone a blue statement eyes made a huge comeback on the runways last season. Like bold brows before it, blue eyeshadow is destined to become a fashion week beauty staple. It complements every skin tone, and it looks just as good in real life as on the runway. If your daring enough this would be the perfect go to look to for a statement.

Whether your going bare or rocking a dark smokey eye these Spring 2015 makeup looks are all the rage and are perfect for on and off the runway. I hope you beauties enjoyed my favorite “5 Wearable Makeup Trends for Spring 2015.”

 

 

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review!


You guys know how much I love my lipsticks, ahhhh let alone Tom Tord lipsticks.

I am known to be a lip stick junkie, and when I found out Tom Ford one of my current favorite lipsticks was coming out with a miniature lipstick collection “Tom Ford Lips & Boys,” I went crazzzzy. This collection has a variety of 50 clutched sized limited edition shades all named after men Rrrr. The Lips & Boys collection retails for $32, which is way more affordable than the average sized Tom Ford lipstick, which retails for $50. I would say that is quite a deal for those of you who don’t want to splurge quite as much on a lipstick.

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Tom Ford WES lipstick which I purchased is a deepened, burgundy-red with ruby red shimmer. It was semi-opaque with a very slippery, emollient consistency that tended to move around. I found that with this shade, without any disturbances of eating or drinking this product lasted after three hours of wear, a (total wear time was five).  As to where with most lipsticks I find myself  reapplying more often, which is why I simply love Tom Ford lipsticks.  It has a great color pay off and lasts for which what I feel like is forever. If your trying to get a longer wear time, just apply a lip liner before your lipstick.

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Here is Tom Ford Lipstick & Boys (Wes) on the left compared to the original lipstick packaging on the right (Indian Rose).

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Hope you enjoyed my “Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Review,” enjoy until next time beauties. 😉

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Prabal Gurung Collaborates with MAC Cosmetics!


In a twist that we probably all saw coming, Prabal Gurung is finally launching a cosmetics collection with MAC Cosmetics, which was announced a few weeks back. The designer has worked with the beauty brand during fashion week for years now, and he has been one of the most watched shows by beauty junkies for his love of color and a great look. The collaboration will launch on November 26 as a 14-unit spring collection.  I am always excited to see new launches, and from what Ive seen so far, I must say I’m loving the bold vibrant red/berry colors let alone the gorgeous packaging.

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Image Via WWD

Prabal also noted that his relationship with MAC is clearly a great one, and the collaboration with the brand just makes sense as well, due to their longstanding partnership. “When they came to me with this opportunity, I jumped at the chance. I’m really sensitive and emotional, so I really need to feel that connection with a brand. And MAC has a philosophy I believe in. The one universal truth I really believe in is that every woman – no matter her shape, size or race – wants to look beautiful. I wanted to create that.” I totally agree with his statement, and am looking forward to this launch. I sure the packaging of and quality of his product will be just as beautiful as his luxurious clothing line. What do you guys think? Are you just excited as I am?


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Image Via Elle Magazine

Check out the Prabal Gurung makeup line, I would love to hear your thoughts on the new collection.

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Miami Getaway/ Cotton 24 hour Runway Show Recap!

 


Over the weekend, I decided to have a quick getaway with my girlfriends and also attended the Cotton 24 hour Runway Show in South Beach Miami, Florida. This trip couldn’t have come at a better time, being that the weather is cooler here now in NYC brrr.  My Miami getaway trip was perfect. I got to lay on the beach, ate at fabulous restaurants, partied and got to be apart of Cottons 24 hour runway show. Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show took place Friday, November 7 on the corner of 8th street and Ocean Drive, and with it comes an entire fleet of celebrities and fashion bloggers all celebrating America’s favorite material. Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Jason Kennedy, and Michael Yo were hosts and Olivia Palermo dished out some much sought after style tips. Some of the brands styling included Wildfox, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, French Connection, Lilly Pulitzer, and Banana RepublicPeace Love World, Style Saves, Perry Ellis, and Santika Design just to name a few. Here is a recap of the events taken place over the weekend.

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Beach Day with my Girlfriends Ashley and Empress, Fun in the Sun!

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img1415672294889First thing the ladies and I decided to do was head to the beach. The weather was perfect, I got a beautiful golden tan listened to music and relaxed what other way to start amazing weekend getaway. I was a bit sick coming on this trip, but that did not stop me from enjoying the beautiful weather. As for my swimwear I wore a one piece bathing suit from American Apparel and HM accessories.

Miami Fashion Hause OOTD 1Here is my day outfit,I wore the first day into my trip. I chose something cute and very comfortable. My romper was black with a laced neck line. I paired that with my black floppy hat and black espadrilles. The whole outfit from head to toe was HM, and my purse is an irreversible tote bag from Urban Outfitters. I personally love love love this bag super spacious, simple yet chic.

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Here are a few looks from the Cotton 24 Hour Runway Fashion Show hosted by Michael Yo.

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Before attending the Cotton 24 hour fashion show, I had to brunch which was delicious. Pancakes with fruits and a Mai Tai with a tasty pineapple to top it off.

img1415673325880My outfit for the first day of the Cotton 24 Hour Runway Show. Yes I know I wear a lot of black but at least this time, I decided to wear a sheer black floral romper from Forever 21 with my HM black floppy hat and espadrilles another simple outfit paired with my irreversible tote bag from Urban Outfitters.

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A few wedding looks from the Cottons 24 Hour runway, which caught my eye. I was very impressed with the detailing on the gowns. Ladies if your looking for comfort on your wedding day cotton wedding gowns might just be the way to go.

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Jason Derulo also graced the Cotton 24 Hour Runway stage.

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The Cotton 24 Hour Finale!

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Behind the Scenes Host Giuliana Rancic and Olivia Palermo. Of course the wonderful beauty team on hair and makeup. I also got to meet the coordinator DeShawn Hatcher, and her team who stayed awake the full length of 24 hours to make sure the models looked their best.

img1415717683117Whats South Beach, Miami without a little night life? Yes anyone who knows me, knows I love to dress up go out and have a good time. Although I was super sick in this photo I still managed to head out to Cameo Night Club and danced the night away.  Here I’m wearing an HM snake skin printed dress, paired with my BCBG zippered pumps with a mini black Zara clutch.

OOTD Photo Credit: Ashley Kiyana

Hope you enjoyed my Miami Getaway/ Cotton 24 Hour Runway Show Recap, until next time smooches.

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October Beauty Favorites 2014!


Hello beauties, I am known to be a product junkie, so I decided to share my “October Favorites 2014.” As you may know we are in full swing of fall and I’m always in transition with my beauty products. Here are a few items listed below that I’m currently in love with.


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Obey Your BodyGentle Facial Peeling Gel /Dead Sea Moisturizing Day Cream  

I purchased this item last month and I can totally say it was worth the splurge. The gentle facial peeling gel exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin in order to promote natural skin renewal. It removes oil residues, unclogs pores and helps prevent the build up of dead and dry cells on the skin re-surface.

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Vivo Per Lei Dead Sea Minerals Moisturizer

The dead sea moisturizer is very soothing and light weight on the skin. This product is fragrance free, which is perfect for some of you who may have sensitive skin. Use a dime sized amount and apply it your face, trust me a little goes a long way.   

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 Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Cetaphil is is my favorite everyday facial cleanser.  It is very gentle; it doesn’t dry the skin out and it clears any dark spots or pimples before they even appear. Also leaving the skin feeling refreshed. Cetaphil doesn’t clog pores nor does it strip the skin of its natural oils. I am absolutely obsessed with it. I highly recommend that you purchase this product.  Try a small bottle (about $4) and see how you like it.

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 Chanel Nail Polish 

We all have our favorite go to nail polishes. This month I like Chanel’s red polish in #677 which is ohhh so sexy. I love a red nail polish, just as much as I do a red lip. Chanel’s polish is perfect especially since the holidays are just around the corner. If your searching for a true red nail polish, Chanel is it.

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 Makeup Forever Foundation

I own a lot of liquid foundations, but I can say recently this has been one of my faves. Makeup Forever HD Foundation is super light weight and one pump is normally all I need. The amount of coverage you desire  will determine how many pumps you will need. This product is perfect for flash photography and everyday wear.

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 Tom Ford Lipstick 

Ahhhh Oh how I love Tom Ford. A friend purchased  a Tom Ford lipstick “Indian Rose” #4  for me a while back and I’ve been in love with Tom Ford lipsticks ever since. I recently purchased “Violet Fatale #17” a gorgeous pinkish/purple color, something other than red which I normally gravitate towards. Tom ford lipsticks are so creamy and last all day without having to reapply. Its a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it.

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Organic Coconut Oil

There are so many benefits to using organic coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for cooking, hair, skin, teeth just to name a few. This a a staple item used in my daily beauty regimen. When in contact with skin, the product turns into a liquid, its super light and absorbing. I also use it for the ends of my hair to prevent split ends/breakage.

I Hope you beauties enjoyed my “October Beauty Favorites 2014,” I would love to know if any of these items are incorporated in your daily beauty regimens as well.

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