I’m a fan of nail art….ok maybe I have a slight obsession. If it glitters, if it’s angular, if it’s 3D, if it’s got gradation…well I’m into it. Just take a look at some of my favorite nail creations from NYC’s Sakura in previous posts and plastered all over my instagram. And while this makes for some super cool finger fashion – when I’m constantly subjecting my nails to gel color to bake that artwork on…my nails seriously suffer. One of my nail technicians said I was reaching the point of no return – where my nails had become so thin and weak she couldn’t, in good faith, keep me hooked on the gel! So, she suggested I take some time using a nail product she swears by. She simply started using it as my base coast during my weekly manicures, with a regular coat of polish, and in literally just 3 weeks – my nails become stronger, thicker, and healthier than I’ve ever seen them. I feel like I could punch through walls with these babies!
I immediately looked this stuff up, and it turns out it’s known as the “Columbian Secret To Strong Nails.” It’s made by Quimica Alemana – a cosmetics company based out of Bogota, Colombia; and they claim to be the makers of the most powerful nail strengthening polish on earth…and I’m apt to believe them at this point. I literally had nails so thin you could feel the skin underneath (are you grossed out yet). I had trouble getting manicures because they stung to the touch! Yea….it got THAT bad. But in less than a month of using this just once a week, my nails have become super human strong!
And just to add value to this product – for some reason, it helps my manicure polish stay longer and more shiny! By the end of the full week it’s rare I can find a single chip! Most people assume I’m still getting gel polish it looks so good! This was 100% worth the $10 it cost me and I carry it in my bag and use it any time I get a manicure. Trust me – you need this. You can find it on amazon if you don’t see it at any of your local beauty stores.
Let’s just give it to you straight ladies. This stuff is the bomb! Silky, warm, iridescent, flawless coverage. Not too much, not too little. It’s been a wonderful addition to my vanity after a friend recommended it and let me give hers a try before buying it.
I usually stick to BB creams because any CC’s I’ve tried have been a bit too heavy. But not this bad boy! It says on the tube it’s a “bright moisturizer” and that’s exactly how I would describe it. It hydrates will adding a radiance to your skin without the need for heavy coverage. If you are into contouring you can use it on top of your normal foundation as a highlighter on those cheekbones and on the bridge of your nose or just use it alone for a light glowy complexion. I actually consider it a perfect day to night item because I use it as a build on highlighter at night and just alone as a pick me up during the day. It’s not cheap at $50 but this is a splurge I advocate this time of year because it’s so light and silky, so it’s really great for these dog days of summer and obviously it’s also the perfect summer foundation thanks to it’s SPF 35. If you don’t know, now you know – and you still have about a month of that humidity so you’ll thank me.
Visited the Sabon store on the Upper West Side recently because it’s one of my mother’s favorite soap spots. The Israeli based chain is of course most known for its bath items such as shower gel, body moisturizers and oils but I decided to peruse their face care section and it caught my eye.
Sabon uses all natural ingredients that just sounds delightful
I found the entire line to be incredibly gentle – this is easily one of the best lines I can recommend for any of you with sensitive skin. Most all of their products, such as the Moisturizing Facial Cream, claim to actually prevent redness and irritation.
I also received a small trial size of the face polisher in Lemon Mint and it is absolutely divine! I picked up a big tub soon after! It smells out of this world and is incredibly effective in scrubbbing off dead skin. It’s my easily favorite of all their products.
If you’re looking to go au natural and are concerned about irritation, then Sabon is seriously for you.
I also gifted myself a bath item I was told they had taken off the shelves for a bit to revamp and I must say they got it right this time! Their Milky Soap is to die for! It lathers so well and no matter which fragrance you go for, the result in the shower is pure decadence.
If you’re looking for a gift for that special guy, I recommend the Patchouli (Yes…I said patchouli but this ain’t your hippy dippy Woodstock brand – so don’t raise your eyebrow at me! Trust me- it’s the most manly girlie bath item you’ll find out there and he’ll start to request it once it’s finished).
Cleansing ain’t easy my friends. It takes willpower, determination and guts. Yes, GUTS! Because if you were to tell anyone he or she was not going to eat solids for up to 3 days, most would break into a sweat. Add into the scenario that the only liquids you’ll be drinking taste like someone just stuffed a salad into a blender, and you might enter full fledged panic. So do yourself a favor. If you’re a new juicer – gives the folks at Rawpothecary a call. Their juices taste like juice, not salad, and have some of the lowest calorie and sugar contents I’ve ever seen in these cleanses. Which means you can add more juice if you’re hurting and avoid the risk of going into sugar shock. And trust me newbie – you’re going to need more juice Read my full review of Rawpothecary by clicking below. Continue reading →
I figured since I write so many posts about eyelash extensions I may as well also write about the products I use to keep my natural lashes strong (to anchor those faboosh extensions) and also untangled! Anyone who gets extensions knows you’ve got to brush them out once in a while so they don’t get all criss crossed. I’ve been using this Korean product Pretty for some time now and love it. What’s best is it’s a 2-for-1 deal!
To keep your lashes clean and neat post extensions – there’s a clear gel and mascara brush I quickly coat my new lashes with. Once it dries it stops any of the strands from going wonky on you.
On the other side is the lash tonic, which claims to help your natural lashes grow and stay healthy. If you’re getting lash extensions, you’ll also get the inevitable breakage, but if you keep them strong it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve taken breaks here and there from my extensions and I’m proud to say there are many lashes still on these eyes to boast! I can’t find this anywhere online but I buy it through one of my lash extension salons I Love Lash. Give them a call to get your own!
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with my face wash. On one hand I need it – with all the show makeup I use on air – my skin sometimes feels like it has a mask of foundation that needs to be scrubbed off at the end of the day. On the other hand, my skin tends to be dry and many cleansers strip it, making it feel so taut and robbed of moisture. That’s why I’m calling The History of Whoo Foaming Cleanser a serious game change. The consistency of this cleanser is unreal – so luxurious and silky. To be honest it felt so “soft” I was scared it might be too “heavy” and make me break out, but that simply wasn’t the case. It’s also called the Gongjinhyang cleanser- which it boasts is a “secret Royal court formula” – so you can feel hella bougie when using it It also says it contains wild ginseng which has been known to detox skin and fight premature aging. It creates a thick lather that really effectively removes impurities and makeup residue and it claims over time to create an improvement in skin tone and smoothness. I have to say my skin never has that tight feeling that often is the result of using a lathering cleanser. I tend to use facial oils to cleanse to combat dryness and remove makeup but this is a foaming cleanser I’m happy to add to my routine!
Just had to give a quick shout out to my new life saver beauty product- Clio’s “Kill Cover Concealer.” It’s a liquid concealer that finishes with almost a powder- like consistency once blended and the coverage this bad boy brings is ridiculous! For those exhausting mornings where no amount of caffeine will do the trick- this is your best friend.
Two small dabs with the wonderful sponge tipped applicator, and preferable a sponge to blend, and you’re looking like you just spent a good part of your morning using a primer, foundation, highlighter and powder setting.
It really is the closest thing I’ve found to professional grade concealers in something sold over the counter. I put on a little BB cream and then throw this under my eyes, blend, and dab on a little cream blush and can literally wear just that for the day if need be! It gives you a really refreshed, clean look and it only costs about $20. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
After an epic trip traveling the California coast for more than a week, I ended up in San Francisco with a new love for foggy weather and delicious green juices! As I’ve blogged before, I love me a juice cleanse from time to time but the green stuff ain’t always my bag (Check out my other juice cleanse reviews Here and Here)! But this company’s unique combination of greens and spices makes for great “fast slow food,” as they say. Read more about my review of Forager Project Organic Juices by clicking below! Continue reading →
It’s your sister-in-law’s bachelorette party weekend. You want to have all the fun of NYC’s clubs and…Uh hem…adult entertainment…But first, it’s all about the hair. How does this sound: Your own private salon party, complete with 3 incredible stylists to give you the most perfect blowouts, or even hair cuts, for your entire gaggle of bachelorettes while ordering in whatever food and drinks you choose for 3 hours, all just for the price of each blow out? Sound good? Then you better call the affable and talented guys at Studio 34 quick before this secret gets out and they’re booked for every weekend this year! Click below to read my full review! Continue reading →