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Bobbi Brown Friends & Family Sale

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

I’m taking of today for a few days away but wanted to leave you with a little beauty bonus- Bobbi Brown is one of my favorite cosmetic lines and right now they are having a Friends & Family Sale offering you 20% off your order plus free shipping on orders over $65.  Here are a few of my favorite Bobbi Brown items:

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1. Creamy Matte Lipcolor in Warm Beige, Nude Sand or Runway

2. Extreme Party Mascara

3. Eyeshadows: Bone // Stone // Rich Caviar

4. Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar and Beach

5. Blush:  Tawny (winter) // Apricot (Summer)

6. The new Foundation Stick (new formula, so much better!)

7. Shimmer Brick in Bronze (I always, always have one)

8. Vitamin Enriched Face Base ( super for winter)

9. Brush Kit (I love her brushes- I need some new ones!)

10.  Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze or Sunlight Gold

11. I am loving this new Nectar & Nude eye palette!

12. Creamy Concealer

13. Intensive Skin Supplement (oils are SO good for the skin!)

14. Art Stick in Rose Brown or Cassis

15. Bronzer in Medium

SHOP THE SALE AND STOCK UP!

SoulCycle Boston Giveaway!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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Yep, the craze that’s probably consumed your New York City and California friends is making it’s way to Beantown- actually, my neck of the woods,  in Chestnut Hill Square come March! And they have asked me to host an opening weekend class to give a bunch of you the chance to try it out for free!  We’ll be riding Saturday March 8th at 9:30 a.m. so if you want to come and watch me pant (and perhaps pass out) on a bike, leave a comment below (please input your email address where it asks) and the first 30 of you to post will join me for a FREE Soul Cycle class!

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Here’s a little spin class outfit and beauty board inspired by SoulCycle:

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1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.  (lip & cheek balm!) // 9. (love this CC cream) // 10. (new fave mascara!) // 11. // 12.

 

Good Hair Day

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I’ve been asked a few times via Instgram followers to do a post about how I do and take care of my hair. It’s funny because I really don’t do anything super special.  I am pretty blessed with my mom’s thick hair (by the way, her hair is still crazy amazing at 60-something- we should ask HER what SHE does).  My hair was always my safety blanket, even when I felt horrible about every other part of how I looked. Even when I was sick, my hair stayed pretty great.  So when I had a majorly awful coloring (and corrective coloring) incident with a new colorist four years ago that left me with such damaged hair that started breaking and falling out, I absolutely lost my shit (pardon my French, but it’s true).  It took that to realize how much of my confidence was wrapped up in my strands.  The more I stressed about it the worse it got, a vicious cycle.  For over a year I was so self-conscious and depressed (even though everyone said they couldn’t tell much of a difference).  Long story short, I skipped coloring it for a very long time, did lots of masks and worked on my stress level and it got better.   So now when people compliment my hair it makes me happy again!  While I’m not one to do photo-shoots of myself doing my hair, here are my favorite products and how I get my messy waves:

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Left, happy waves in the early fall    Right, miserable waves in the winter.

(That is not a duckface, that is a “I hate the cold” face”)

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1. & 2. I am so obsessed with this L’Oreal shampoo and conditioner. It’s works wonders for such a good price. Better than some I’ve tried that cost six times this much!

3. Once in a while I love using this peppermint shampoo to feel like I’m really cleaning my scalp. I lather it up and leave it for a few minutes to get a good tingle on.

4. I put a pump or two of this awesome oil through the ends/ middle of my wet hair and then brush through. This big bottle has lasted me over two years so for the price it’s worth it!

5. Another oil I use sometimes is this L’Oreal one, I’ll spray on my ends if I’m out of Absolue.  I also use this on my dry hair (sparingly) to calm frizzies! It’s genius!

6. I love to air dry my hair as it has natural wave- when it’s not 194 degrees below zero I’ll spray this sea salt spray on my hair from roots to mid-shaft and let it air dry for good slightly tacky texture.

7. If it’s freezing out (like now) I’ll put a little bit of this mousse on the roots and blow dry with my head upside down for some lift and volume. I’ll use a large round brush here and there but I don’t dry it straight because the more texture there is before I curl the longer the waves last!

8. I use this 1″ super hot (i.e. I’ve branded Andrew with this when he’s come into the bathroom at an ill-advised time) curling iron.  I section my hair with clips so I can get the underneath part first and holding the iron with the wand pointed down I take 1-2″ sections and wrap them around the barrel away from the face. Wrap fro root to tip- don’t start at the bottom!  Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat over entire head.

9. I flip my head over, tousle everything so it’s not so perfectly curled and sometimes blast the root with a little Oribe Dry Spray (amazing dry shampoo/ texturizer).  A lot of times I skip this and do it the second day when I don’t wash it. P.S. this stuff is AWESOME for updos as it adds a lot of grip to the hair!

10. To finish, a light spritz of Elnett- the only hairspray I’ve used that isn’t crunchy at all.

Winter Vacation Essentials

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

I hope all of you are getting prepared to take some time off for the holidays. I sure am. I’m going to take a little hiatus until December 26th. This is the first time in seven years I have ever done this, but I hope you understand and will check back in before the new year! Until then, here are some essentials to pack up for your time away (or home!)

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blush // luminizer // pajamas // slippers //  chargers // wine // hot chocolate // suitcase // scarf // gloves // books: Me Before You : The Good House : The Signature of All Things // cookie recipe

Throwback Thursday: Black Honey

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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If you don’t count the $.99 frosty pink Wet-n-Wild lipstick I bought with my allowance at CVS when I was in elementary school, the first REAL “lipstick” I ever had was Clinique’s Black Honey Almost Lipstick.  That slim silver tube and unmistakable light green packaging made me feel like an adult. So when I actually became an adult, I oddly associated it with childhood and brushed past it every time I went to Sephora in search of the perfect lip gloss.  As a non-lipstick girl (I own not one actual lipstick) I tend to stick to glosses and tinted balms so not revisiting this classic was actually pretty silly.

Well, last weekend I was repeating that same quest but instead this time I stopped at the Clinique section. Huh, I thought, Black Honey, I do recall it being a perfect sheer berry color. Perhaps I should try it again.  So I tried on the Superbalm version and lo and behold- the most perfect shade of gloss for winter, plus it was super moisturizing and had lots of shine. And at $15 it’s less than a lot of fancy glosses and balms I’ve bought. Why I have skipped over this old cult favorite for years I will never know. But I’m sure glad I gave it another chance.

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Do you have a cult favorite product you’ve been using for years? One you’ve rediscovered recently? Share the wealth!

P.S. Don’t forget- tonight Andrew and I are hosting the opening party for J. McLaughlin at The Street in Chestnut Hill from 6-8 p.m. with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Animal Rescue League! Please stop by if you are in the area!