July 25, 2014

Crave or Save: Red Lipstick

NYX Cosmetics 'Electra' Lipstick // Givenchy 'Carmin Escarpin' Le Rouge

I'll admit, I'm a lipgloss and lipstick hoarder but rarely (especially in the summer) do I stray from my favorite nude and light pink glosses. Red has always been a color I've wanted to play around with wearing but I haven't really had the guts to do it yet.

Tell me, do you like to experiment with brighter lipstick colors?

July 23, 2014

Traveling Blogging Beauty Review: Bliss49 in New York, NY

Last time I was in New York, I decided to finally try out Bliss Spa after always passing by the Bliss Spa in Boston which is not far from where I live and hearing great things about their services. I opted for Bliss49 at the W Hotel because of their QuickBliss Services which include facials, waxes, and targeted touchups under 30 minutes and I did have somewhere else to be that afternoon.

The only thing I can say I was disappointed in was everything up until the facial. The duo who greeted me weren't too friendly or helpful. When I asked where the bathroom was, they told me "up the steps, go find them." Well, I had never been there before so after wandering and clearly not finding steps I gave up. Maybe it was because I chose a QuickBliss Service, but I don't love that they have you sit in the front waiting area instead of letting you go to a more quiet waiting room because I didn't love watching and overhearing a woman's manicure that was going on a few feet in front of me.

The facial itself went great. My facialist Jaye and I had a great time talking and she did an amazing job and it left my skin feeling amazing afterward. One of my biggest pet peeves is product-pushing which I know is a part of many jobs in the cosmetic industry but I appreciated that once I was done I didn't feel forced to purchase anything when Jaye showed me the products she had used on me.

Overall, I would say if you want a more relaxing experience opt for one of their regular facials or body treatments because it seems like with the QuickBliss you don't get the full relaxing spa experience which is what I was hoping for. I can see myself going back to a Bliss Spa (most likely the one in Downtown Boston) because I love their products and aside from everything leading up to the appointment I had a good time.

541 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

July 21, 2014

Style Icons: Blake Lively

When Blake Lively starred in her first big role of Serena van der Woodsen on book series turned hit TV show Gossip Girl, you could tell there was something about her that was special. Although I have and always will consider myself Team Blair (she was even my doppleganger in my high school yearbook), I did enjoy how carefree Serena was, and that's not far off from how Blake appears in real life.

images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

July 20, 2014

Beauty Sales Week of July 20th

  • Top Hair Tools & Products Feat. H2Pro (Sale begins Noon ET 7/20)
  • GLO Science (Sale begins Noon ET 7/23)
  • Gilt City Presents: Birchbox (Sale begins Noon ET 7/24)
  • Beauty Favorites Under $30 (Sale begins Noon ET 7/26)

  • Blend Mineral Cosmetics, Hydroxatone Anti-Aging Skincare (Sales begin 8am PT 7/13)
  • Hair Tools Blowout (Sale begins 4pm PT 7/13)
  • #ManiMonday: Butter London, Fresh Look, Sugar Cosmetics (Sales begin 8am PT 7/14)
  • Argan Magic Haircare, Brilliance New York Skincare, Travalo Atomizers & Rollerballs (Sales begin 8am PT 7/15)
  • Pixi & POP Beauty, SPAfrica Skincare, Summer Fragrances (Sales begin 8am PT 7/16)
  • Crown Brush, EVOLUTIONMAN (Sales begin 8am PT 7/17)
  • Key West Aloe, Kinerase Skincare, Mirabella Beauty (Sales begin 8am PT 7/18)
  • Neo Hair Tools, Spa Life (Sales begin 8am PT 7/19)

  • The It List: Oscar Blandi, Givenchy & More (Sale begins 9am PT 7/20)
  • Beauty Insider: Diego Dalla Palma (Sale begins 9am PT 7/21)
  • ClĂ© De Peau BeautĂ© (Sale begins 9am PT 7/23)
  • CHI Hair Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 7/25)

Rue La La:
  • Find a Signature Scent: Men's Cologne Under $100, Skip the Salon: Hair Tools by H2PRO & More (Sale begins 11am ET 7/22)
  • Bond No. 9 Women's & Men's Perfume (Sale begins 11am ET 7/24)
  • Morphe Brushes & Makeup (Sale begins 11am ET 7/26)

July 19, 2014

Link Love: July 13-19

Special Birthday Announcement [MakeupByTiffanyD]

Never Waste Your Money Again: When to Spend, When to Save [Who What Wear]

No Heat Hair Style [D E S I G N L O V E F E S T]

Orange Cream Chocolates [Chasing Delicious]

This Is How You Can Rock A Denim Skirt And Look Like A Grown-Up [Huff Post Style]

To Birk Or Not To Birk [Identical Ideals]

July 18, 2014

Cooking in Heels: Truffle Mac and Cheese

When it comes to food, there isn't much I love more than truffles. Truffle cheese, truffle butter, truffle cream, you name it I'll try it. But, I haven't done much cooking with truffles before recently. This recipe combines three things I love truffles, cheese, and pasta, for the ultimate dish of mac and cheese. I opted to use Black Truffle Moliterno Cheese instead of Truffle Oil and for cheese used Twin Oaks Cheddar and Gruyere.