Head to Toe Summer Beauty Essentials post image

I love the summer months but it can be really tough to look good in the face of the sweltering heat. First, you’re makeup doesn’t stay put, you’re all shiny, your hair gets dry, your skin can be uneven from too much tanning. And it’s not only hard to look good during the summer, the damaging effects it can have on your appearance will cause you years of not looking good after- think damaged hair, age spots, wrinkles.

Right now we’re deep in the summer trenches and you may have found yourself in need of a beauty overhaul. To keep you protected and beautiful all summer long, and thereafter, I’ve rounded up the absolute best summer beauty essentials. [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: A New Bag for the New Year and New You post image

Handbags are very personal items for women. It does more than just hold our belongings. It’s a symbol of identity, status and style so it’s important you find something that accurately reflects who you are. Why else do women spend a small fortune on an accessory?

To ring in the new decade, treat yourself to a fabulous new piece of arm candy. Pick something that conveys who you want to be in 2010. Aiming to be a better multi-tasker? There’s a convertible bag out there with your name on it. Trying to toughen up? Think hardware. Need motivation to use that gym membership? A chic new nylon tote should do the trick. Dying for a promotion at work? A gorgeous structured bag screams power and “I’m so on top of it!”

And for you high-achieving gals who want it all, there’s only one way…get all these bags! [continue reading…]

Toughen Up Your Look With Lace Up Boots post image

While all things 80’s inspired are taking over, there are a few styles lingering that summon the spirit of the 90’s grunge era. The style I’m particularly loving is the lace up boot.

Lace-up boots have a certain irreverence to them that makes any look more fashion-forward. They are also incredibly versatile. Wear them with jeans, leggings, miniskirts, or even dresses, from floaty florals to body-con minis.

Use your lace-ups to complete an already edgy look like Lindsay Lohan or a hipster one like Emma Roberts. Toughen up a sweet floral frock with a distressed pair like Rachel Bilson or use them to add a bit of pizazz for a casual daytime look like Diane Kruger.

This style is definitely the one I’m most excited about for Fall. Read on for my top 10 picks! [continue reading…]

Beauty Review: Mascaras That MEAN It post image

I don’t think any gal will deny that you are never fully ready to face the world without a coat or two of mascara. It truly is amazing what a difference a few swipes of a wand can make!

There is nothing sexier than long, luscious lashes- they just give you this bright eyed, subtly sensuous look that is totally irresistible. There are countless mascaras out there that claim to be the end all be all when it comes to long, full lashes. Some work while others leave you with nothing but a big heap of disappointment. One of the best perks about being a beauty writer is I get the opportunity to test out tons of products to discover first hand which ones live up to the hype.

I don’t naturally have long, thick lashes but you would never know it because I’ve discovered which mascaras really mean it!

Read on for my top 5 favorites! [continue reading…]

Summer Beauty Must-Haves post image

Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Blazing temperatures are finally upon us which means it’s time to take a less is more approach to makeup. It’s not only about minimalism, investing in the right products is key to keeping your face fresh, healthy, and beautiful. With the summer heat, comes sweating, oily skin, clogged pores, and streaky makeup- none of which are all that fun to deal with.

From smudge-proof eye makeup to lightweight foundation that goes on matte to streak-free cheek-stains- I’ve rounded up the best summer beauty picks guaranteed to help you create gorgeous looks that will stay put in the face of the smoldering heat.

Check out my top picks after the jump! [continue reading…]

Beauty Review: Get Your Faux-Glow On post image

I love a gorgeous sun-kissed glow as much as the next gal. I mean, there’s no denying that pretty much everyone looks better with a tan. On the opposite side of the coin, soaking up the sun, be it the actual sun or the UV lights in tanning beds, is really dangerous and can cause wrinkles, age spots, and of course, skin cancer.

I know it’s tempting to forgo the warnings to give your skin a ‘healthy glow’ but I don’t want any of you to suffer the dire consequences later on, which is why I’ve scoured the market to find the best products to help you get that healthy sun-kissed glow without the unhealthy repercussions. These days, there are amazing products that really do create a realistic glow, nothing oompa-loompa like, I promise!

Here are a few things to remember. When applying a self-tan cream or spray, make sure your skin is totally clean and exfoliated. When it comes to bronzers, dust over the nose, tops of cheeks and forehead- wherever the sun naturally first touches the skin, for a natural look.

Check out my fave faux-glow products after the jump! [continue reading…]

Splurge-Worthy: Designer Shoes post image

Splurge-Worthy: Designer Shoes

With the onset of the current economy, it is more important than ever to be a smart shopper. And in my opinion, it doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on the luxuries you enjoy- especially SHOES! Instead, put more thought in to what you are handing over the credit card for rather than impulse shopping as so many of us are guilty of. Invest in one pair of killer shoes per season to infuse life to your recession wardrobe- they are the best way to update any look. This includes classic flats, sky-high platforms and ladylike heels.

One more important thing- to increase the lifespan of your shoes, make sure to keep them stored in a box when not in use and carry them in shoe bags rather than throwing them in your bag.

Check out my top picks for the smart, shoe-loving shoppers after the jump! [continue reading…]

Best Beauty Products post image

Best Beauty Products

Being a beauty writer comes with its advantages, mainly, lots and lots of free products to try! One guarantee you can get from me is that I will never, EVER, recommend a product that I don’t swear by and will only write about those that I have tried, fallen in love with, and use religiously. I have quite the laundry list of favorite products but for this port, I have narrowed it down to my top 5 I’d-be-lost-without-you products picks.

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