December 31, 2011

Beauty Sales: Week of January 1st

  • Amore Pacifica (Sale begins Noon ET 1/3)
  • Mario Badescu (Sale begins Noon ET 1/6)
  • Clean Start: Skincare Secrets from Dr. Copeland Skincare, Caudalie, & More (Sale begins Noon ET 1/7)

  • Caroline Chu, Valera (Sale begins 8am PT 1/2)
  • Terax Hair Care, TruDerma (Sale begins 8am PT 1/3)
  • LightStim (Sale begins 8am PT 1/4)
  • Amal Oils, Cures by Avance (Sale begins 8am PT 1/5)
  • Immoral Tanning, RapidLash (Sale begins 8am PT 1/6)

    • Strixaderm (Sale begins 11am ET 1/1)
    • GMJ Beauty (Sale begins 11am ET 1/4)

    • Michael Todd Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 1/2)
    • Goldfaden: New Year, New Skin (Sale begins 9am PT 1/4)
    • Best Beauty Picks of 2012 (Sale begins 9am PT 1/6)

    December 27, 2011

    Shopping Savvy

    Shopping can be an addiction to say the least, so here are a few of my tips I [try to] use when shopping. Enjoy!

    1) When you shop online, use ebates. You can earn back a small percentage of your order when you shop through their website. On their website you can also find coupon codes for your favorite websites. Note that not every shopping site under the sun is on ebates, but you're bound to find a few of your favorite e-tailers on ebates.

    2) Price match before you buy. In the words of Cher Horowitz "Let's do a lap before we commit to a location." If you have the time, browse all the stores you want to go to before buying. You may think that the gray cardigan at H&M for $25 is a great deal, until you find one you like even better at Forever 21 for $15.

    3) Set a budget for yourself at the beginning of every month. Plan out how much money you expect to take in and how much you plan to spend every month. Divide your budget into various sections ie. clothing, food, entertainment...etc. and set limits for each section. If you plan before you buy you will be less likely to come home with impulse purchases.

    4) Buy what you need, not what you want. Of course, little impulse indulgences are ok every once and a while, but this should not make up a majority of your spending. Think of cost-per-wear. Which sounds more effective to you- a $200 dress you can wear once to a party, or a $200 "staple piece" you can wear multiple times?

    5) Keep track of store sales. While the Lush holiday line may be tempting to scoop up, did you know they have a sale of buy 1 get 1 free of nearly their entire holiday line that starts the day after Christmas? Pay attention to when stores hold their semi-annual and annual sales and save your coupons until then for maximum savings!

    December 26, 2011

    Beauty Sales: Week of December 25th

    • Clairins (Sale begins Noon ET 12/27)

    • e.l.f. Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/27)
    • Skinn Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/28)
    • Kinerase, Proliss (Sale begins 8am PT 12/29)
    • Being True, TanTowel (Sale begins 8am PT 12/30)

    • NuME Styling Tools (Sale begins 9am PT 12/26)
    • Bionova Lab Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/28)

    December 23, 2011

    Quote du Jour: Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olson

    Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olson in Grease.

    "Tell me about it, stud."

    "You're a fake and a phony and I wish I never laid eyes on you."

    "Are you making fun of me, Riz?"

    December 21, 2011

    Review: December 2011 Birchbox

    This month's box includes:
    Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional- Camouflage visible pores with this velvety face primer. This translucent formula works wonders beneath makeup.

    Harvey Prince Yogini- Take a deep breath and relax with this calming scent. Notes of sandalwood, Egyptian myrrh, and grapefruit will help you feel as good as you smell.

    Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink- We teamed up with one of our favorite brands to create this custom fuchsia shade. Apply one coat for semi-sheer pigment, or build it up for a hot pink pout.

    Olie Biologique 004 Huile Moderne- Five organic essential oils - including argan, rosehip, and bergamot - team up to moisturize face, body, and hair. A true superhero product for the winter months.

    Birchbox Treat: ShowStoppers Designer Fashion Tape- Celeb stylists swear by these double-sided tape strips, which will ensure that your party dress stays perfectly in place.

    Birchbox Treat: EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster- Bounce back post-party with this tangy citrus energy booster, packed with a mega-dose of nutrients.

    Check out Birchbox:

    December 19, 2011

    Beauty Sales: Week of December 19th

    • Dr. Hauschka (Sale begins Noon ET 12/22)

    • NYX Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/19)
    • Pixi & Pop Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 12/20)
    • JEAN-MICHELLE Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/21)
    • Hairdo by Jessica Simpson, NuME Style (Sale begins 8am PT 12/22)
    • Barielle (Sale begins 8am PT 12/23)

      • Dermanew, ghd, Peter Lamas (Sale begins 11am ET 12/19)
      • AHAVA Deadsea products, Beauty Must Have Events, Pomega5 (Sale begins 11am ET 12/20)
      • epilady, La Bella Donna, Panier Des Sens (Sale begins 11am ET 12/21)
      • Best Tressed Event (Sale begins 11am ET 12/23)
      • Belli Skincare for Pregnancy and Motherhood, Pangea Organics, The Perfect Hair: Best Appliances (Sale begins 9am PT 12/21)

      December 17, 2011

      Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Under $50

      Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50
      1. JAYSON HOME Cabebe Shell Dish $44
      2. ASOS Long Leaf Pendant $27.27
      4. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Earbuds Heart Earbuds $42
      6. Zara Leather Gloves $39.90
      7. Pier 1 Animal Print Clock $49.95
      8. Madewell Puddlejump Circle Scarf $34.50
      9. Deborah Lippmann 'Get This Party Started' Set $42
      10. Diptyque Perdigone Mini Candle $32

      December 15, 2011

      Recipe: Homestyle Mac&Cheese

      Mac&Cheese has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. This version is slightly more grown-up and tastes better than Kraft from a box. Next time I make this, I am probably going to add in another cheese and a little less nutmeg.

      December 14, 2011

      Pantene Live Hair Problems Chat

      Follow @Pantene using the hashtag #FixMyHair to have your burning hair questions answered by Dr. Jeni Thomas and Dr. Emily Overton tomorrow from 2-3 pm ET.

      December 13, 2011

      Review: Borba Skin Balance Gummi Bears

      I have never been one to like taking vitamins and medications, but gummy candies- sign me up! That's how I felt when I heard about these vitamins by Borba. The Borba Skin Balance Gummi Bears are $14.99 for 90 gummies. These gummies smell sweet and delicious, but they leave the weirdest after taste which I do not like at all, they are also really sticky. As for the aspect of clearing your skin, I didn't see that much of a difference in my skin.
      I did notice that my skin was breaking out a little bit, and I don't know if that was the vitamins cleansing out my skin or a reaction to the vitamins.

      Have you ever tried a beauty supplement before? Has it worked for you?

      December 12, 2011

      WWD Beauty Biz Awards 2011: Full Winner List

      The Manhattan Four Seasons was filled with some of the top Beauty Exec's in the Industry in December 8th from the 10th Annual WWD Beauty Biz Awards.

      Here is a full winner list:

      Visionary Award
      Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, Honorary Chairman, L'Oreal
      Newcomer of the Year
      Alexander Bolen, Chief Executive Officer, Oscar de la Renta (Prestige)
      Julia Goldin, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Marketing Officer (Mass)
      Corporate Social Responsibility Award
      Evelyn Lauder & The Est
      ée Lauder Companies Inc.

      Eco Awareness Award
      Pantene Nature Fusion

      Creative Influencer Award
      Peter Phillips, Global Creative Director for Makeup, Chanel

      Digital Innovative of the Year
      Birchbox (Prestige)
      Neutrogena (Mass)

      Product of the Year
      Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector (Prestige, Skin Care)
      Physicians Formula Skin Care (Mass, Skin Care)
      Clairol Nice 'N Easy Color Blend Foam (Mass, Hair Care)
      Bumble and bumble The Straight Line (Prestige, Hair Care)
      Justin Bieber Someday (Prestige, Fragrance)
      Avon (Mass)
      Ad Campaign of the Year
      Paco Rabanne Black XS (Prestige)
      John Frieda Precision Foam Color (Mass)
      Launch of the Year
      Dior Addict Lipstick (Prestige)
      Tom Ford Beauty (Prestige)
      Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (Mass)
      Nuance Salma Hayek (Mass)
      Retailers of the Year
      Sephora (Specialty)
      Macy's (Prestige)
      Duane Reade (Mass)

      Read all about this year's winners on

      photo credits: John Aquino/WWD Beauty Inc

      December 11, 2011

      Beauty Sales: Week of December 12th

      • Bring the Spa Home: Caudalie Skincare & More (Sale begins Noon ET 12/15)

      • Jane Cosmetics (Sale begins 8am PT 12/12)
      • Stila (Sale begins 8am PT 12/13)
      • GO SMiLE, Mirabella Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 12/14)
      • gloProfessional (Sale begins 8am PT 12/15)
      • Crown Brush, Iso Beauty (Sale begins 8am PT 12/16)
      • Senna Cosmetics (Sale begins 11am ET 12/13)
      • Lava Tech (Sale begins 11am ET 12/14)
      • 360 Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/12)
      • 29 Cosmetics (Sale begins 9am PT 12/13)
      • Beaute de Maman Skincare (Sale begins 9am PT 12/17)

      • Corioliss Hair Products (Sale begins 3pm ET 12/12)

      December 7, 2011

      Gossip Girl "Riding In Town Cars With Boys" Fashion Round-Up

      Elie Tahari Bria Booties

      Badgley Mischka Fall 2011 Beaded Cowl Neck Gown
      Badgley Mischka Tiered Deco Earrings

      Luisa Beccaria Fall 2011 RTW Gold Wrap Dress

      Marchesa Ombre Fringed Dress
      Maison Martin Margiela Wool Moto Jacket

      Balenciaga Indienne Dress
      Diane von Furstenberg Yamika Jacket

      December 5, 2011

      Beauty Sales: Week of December 5th

      • TRIA Beauty Laser Hair Removal System (Sale begins Noon ET 12/6)

      • philosophy, theBalm (Sale begins 8am PT 12/5)
      • MOR Cosmetics, Urban Decay (Sale begins 8am PT 12/6)
      • Jemma Kidd, lifetherapy (Sale begins 8am PT 12/7)
      • JUARA, taste, Twist & Pout (Sale begins 8am PT 12/8)
      • StriVectin (Sale begins 8am PT 12/9)
      • Cosmesis Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 12/5)
      • Basq (Sale begins 11am ET 12/7)
      • Carol's Daughter, chi (Sale begins 11am ET 12/9)
      • Freeze 24-7 (Sale begins 3pm ET 12/5)

      November 29, 2011

      Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 Details

      Tonight the Victoria's Secret 16th annual fashion show took place in New York on November 9th, but will be airing tonight on CBS at 10pm ET. This years theme is "It's Show Time" and was divided into six smaller themes including "Aquatic Angels." Performances included Kanye West, Maroon 5, and Jay-Z.

      The showstopper of tonight's show will most likely be Alessandra Ambrosio's 22-lb. gold-plated wings that are complete with 105,000 Swarovski crystals.

      Of course, we can't forget Miranda Kerr who will be rocking the $2.5 million dollar fantasy bra, Miranda's husband Orlando Bloom cheered her on from the front row.

      Check out VS All Access for all info about the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with everything from hair and makeup tips to workouts, and personal photos from the Angel's.

      November 27, 2011

      NYWICI Student Career Conference 2011

      I arrived at the event bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and let me tell you, it was an event not to be missed. The morning began with a brunch and brief welcome address by NYWICI President Catherine Mathis. Mathis introduced Helen Wagner the Public Relations Manager at 3M who briefly spoke about key things to keep in your "career toolbox" such as perception and self-awareness. Check out the agenda here.

      The most exciting part of the event (for me at least) was a one-hour keynote address by Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine. Ann is an inspiration to me; not only is she a fellow Philadelphian but she attended NYU- my dream school, and has my dream job! This is the second time I have heard Ann speak (previously was at another NYWICI event- see my event post here). Afterwards, Ann was signing copies of Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style, which I of course had her sign- and check out the photo of us together!

      The first panel session I attended was Digital, Social, and Mobile Media. I came in a few minutes late to this one after getting my book signed by Ann Shoket, but it was none the less a great session. A few quick tips I learned- put together an editorial calendar; create content people will want to interact with; individual experience is often more important versus working at a big company.

      The second session I attended was From Print to Digital, sorry I didn't get a photo in this one, I didn't have a very good seat. A few tips I took away from this session- never use likes and ums as adjectives NO MATTER WHAT; be able to effectively pitch a story to anyone, be your own PR rep.

      My final panel session I attended was Magazine Writing for Print & Online which was probably my favorite because the girls speaking all had some variation of a job I envy. A few tips I took away: be energetic and have gumption; make sure your email's always have a good subject line because it's the first thing someone sees.

      The day concluded with Secrets to a Successful Job Search, a few tips I took away- be open to new ideas; send direct emails to put yourself out there; know who you are meeting with at an interview; tailor your resume; start an interview with an icebreaker.

      November 25, 2011

      Beauty Sales: Week of November 28th

      • Primp for the Holidays: Deborah Lippmann, Fresh & More (Sale begins Noon ET 11/28)

      • Kinerase (Sale begins 8am PT 11/28)
      • H2Pro Beauty Tools, Too Faced (Sale begins 8am PT 11/29)
      • 100% Pure, Vincent Longo (Sale begins 8am PT 11/30)
      • Luminess Air (Sale begins 8am PT 12/1)
      • Dr. Brandt, LORAC, NuFACE (Sale begins 8am PT 12/2)
      • Best of Beauty Holiday Shop (Sale begins 8am PT 12/3)

        • Boyd's Cosmetics, Deep Sea Cosmetics (Sale begins 11am ET 11/30)
        • Michael Todd Cosmetics, violight (Sale begins 11am ET 12/1)

        November 23, 2011

        Gossip Girl "All the Pretty Sources" Fashion Round-Up

        Moschino Ruffle Pearl Tweed Jacket
        Alberta Ferretti Embellished Neck Tie Chiffon Dress
        Roger Vivier Platform Court Heels

        Bounkit Earrings

        L'Agence Layered Dress
        Dolce & Gabbana Pumps

        Christian Dior Embellished Bow Dress

        Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2011 Dress
        Christian Louboutin Winter Trash Slingbacks

        November 21, 2011

        Beauty Sales: Week of November 21st

        • H2Pro & Corioliss (Sale begins Noon ET 11/21)

        • Beyond the Beauty, NYX Cosmetics, Oscar Blandi (Sale begins 8am PT 11/21)
        • Le Angelique (Sale begins 8am PT 11/22)
        • FHI Heat, Hair Rules (Sale begins 8am PT 11/23)
        • Creative Hair Tools, Epilady (Sale begins 8am PT 11/24)
        • Crown Brush, HerStyler, TEI Spa, VIOlight (Sale begins 8am PT 11/25)
        • Kardashian Fragrances (Sale begins 11am ET 11/21)
        • Biotherm (Sale begins 11am ET 11/23)
        • 360 Skincare (Sale begins 11am ET 11/27)

        November 17, 2011

        Review: November 2011 Birchbox

        This month's box includes:
        LaROCCA Champagne and Shimmer Supreme Cream- Shea butter and olive oil join forces to leave skin firm, supple, and ready to set off your favorite party dress.

        BORGHESE Fango Active Mud Face & Body- This classic Italian treatment has mineral-rich mud from Tuscany, plus nourishing avocado and sweet almond oils, to smooth skin on face and body.

        Atelier Cologne Vanilla Insensee Cologne Absolue- Warm notes of vanilla, oak wood, and amber anchor this autumn-ready perfume.

        Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection: Izzy- The perfect party polish, this bold pink shade from Zoya's holiday 2011 collection has a touch of look-at-me sparkle.

        Birchbox Treat: Two PaperDolls Coasters- Our favorite letterpress studio adds a hip, playful touch to everything they do, from notecards to coasters.

        Check out Birchbox:

        November 15, 2011

        Gossip Girl "The Big Sleep No More" Fashion Round-Up

        Roger Vivier Diligence Satchel
        Roger Vivier Tv Rider Cuff
        3.1 Phillip Lim Black Multi Calder T-strap pump

        Haute Hippie Feather Sequin Vest
        Vena Cava Tank Top
        Mulberry Harriet Ostrich Tote

        M Missoni Crochet Cardigan

        Oscar de la Renta Beaded Dress

        Moschino Spring 2010 RTW Black Beaded Cowl Neck Dress

        November 13, 2011

        Beauty Sales: Week of November 14th

        • Kate Sommerville (Sale begins Noon ET 11/17)

        • Beauty Addicts, Cosmedicine (Sale begins 8am PT 11/14)
        • 360 Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 11/15)
        • suki Skincare (Sale begins 8am PT 11/16)
        • Twist & Pout (Sale begins 8am PT 11/17)
        • Brocato, Crown Brush, myfaceworks (Sale begins 8am PT 11/18)

        • Pangea Organics (Sale begins 11am ET 11/16)
        • Best Tressed, Lilly Pullitzer Fragrance (Sale begins 11am ET 11/18)
        • Beauty Must Haves (Sale begins 11am ET 11/19)

        November 9, 2011

        Gossip Girl "I am Number Nine" Fashion Round-Up

        Lover Linen Corset Dress
        Rebecca Taylor Feather Beaded Cardigan

        Preen Swirl Ruffle Top
        Alice & Olivia Sweater
        Aiko Skirt
        Mimi So Ring
        Susanna Dai Earrings

        Preen Stretch Plaza Dress
        Susanna Galanis Earrings

        Roberto Cavalli Silk Dress

        Grphyon Shibori Scarf Dress
        RichRocks NYC Pave Flower Ring

        Moschino Cheap & Chic Lemon Print Silk Blouse
        Carlos Miele S/S 2011
        Loeffler Randall Crisscross Sandals

        Blumarine Short-Sleeve Lace Shift Dress
        Sergio Rossi Platform Pump