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Can we talk about how excited I am to be featured in Well+Good!? I’ve been reading their site probably since they first launched and they are such an authority in all things wellness and health and such a resource for navigating the non-toxic, naturals beauty world. Between them and Credo (which is like the Sephora of non-toxic, more natural beauty brands), I’ve become so much more inspired and educated on clean beauty.
In the post they feature 5 bloggers and we each pick our favorite lipstick shade that will look good on most anyone, (you can read the full post HERE). I had such a blast testing out so many shades, I wanted to share some other top picks from my favorite non-toxic beauty brands:
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1. Nu Evolution Lip Stick in Allure (as seen in Well+Good) – Simply put, it’s the perfect nude! And one of the first that doesn’t make me look like a corpse.
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2. Kosas in shade Thrillest – Reds can be intimidating but this orange-red is vibrant without being in your face and makes a statement without being overpowering. It’s very wearable and perfect for the holiday season!”
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3. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Satin Lip Cream in shade #18 Sonoma – A soft pink that feel amazing on! It’s like putting on a lip oil, you just want to rub your lips together and bask in all the good-for-your-lips ingredients in the formula.
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4. Burt’s Bees Lipstick in shade #513 Doused Rose – I’m a big fan of the Burt’s Bees lipsticks. All offer the intensity of the shades seen in the packaging and are so moisturizing. Plus they help soften and condition lips for up to 8 hours. Doused Rose is the perfect everyday pink that flatters most skin tones.
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5. 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in shade Marrakesh – A nice bright, fuchsia lipstick pops on so many skin tones. This one is stunning, and the fact that it’s matte and moisturizing at the same time and packs this much pigment makes it one for the books. And by books I mean your makeup case.

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Every year I look forward to going to Miami for Art Basel. It’s been nice in NYC as of late but usually by this time it’s freezing and I’m itching for the beach and some warm weather. And Art Basel is the most fun time to visit Miami! There are art shows happening non-stop (not just Art Basel, but Scope, NADA, Pulse and many others), plus so many brands are out throwing parties. And it’s a great meeting point for bloggers across the country, I love seeing everyone in Miami!

I traveled with Kristi from Currently Crushing, Joel from What Do Men Wear and my bad a$$ makeup artist bestie, Jenny Smith. We stayed at the cutest boutique hotel, The Beacon on 7th and Collins, which is a very central part of South Beach.

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We covered a lot of ground in our 5 day trip with so many exciting parties and events. We met so many amazing people and saw incredible art throughout the week. One of my favorite events included a piece of art, I got to take home… my eye! LensCrafters hosted an amazing private brunch at the The Delano hotel to celebrate art and their CLAIFYE Digital Technology — basically it’s an eye exam where they scan your eyes to detect your prescription. No more crazy drops and blurred vision, it’s a total game changer — I did a few months ago (check out my experience HERE). If you’re overdue for an eye exam, definitely read that article before making an appointment. The event also featured artist Jose Vergara, who specializes in drawing eyes, how amazing is the one he did of mine!?!?!

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Style Icon and my dear friend, Patricia Field was out in Miami doing a series of events and fashion shows to promote her ArtFashion initiative. Featuring one of a kind pieces hand painted by some of her top artists on display at the White Dot Gallery, you can view the current collection on her site: patriciafield.com

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Wilmer Valderrama or as I like to call him Fez from That 70s Show! (I also loved him in From Prada to Nada), hosted Men’s Night Out for Macy’s private label, INC at The Oasis at The Raleigh Hotel. Lets just say there were a lot of good looking guys, a trampeline and open bar, which is pretty much the perfect recipe for fun.

This post was sponsored by Juicy Couture Fragrances through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Viva La Juicy, all opinions are my own.

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Getting the party started with Viva la Juicy. It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to pop those bottles of champagne and celebrate. It’s my favorite time of year. Sparkly dresses, festive heels and loads of shimmery, fun makeup dominate and joy is in the air. There’s so much magic everywhere, especially in NYC. It’s evident just walking down Fifth Avenue and seeing the Christmas tree all decorated in Rockefeller Center and the magnificent holiday windows in all the storefronts. The creativity never ceases to amaze me. Between Christmas parties, New Year’s (and ahem my high school reunion), there isn’t a shortage of nights out I’m planning for. And maybe it’s because I’m blond now, and I’m ready to test if blondes have more fun, I’m fully in the holiday spirit.

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Outfit details:

Ella Moss Dinah Double Ruffle Dress

Sam Edelman Hazel black suede pumps

Viva la Juicy Eau de Parfum, 3.4 fl oz

Jewelry: vintage

The only consistency is my plan to sparkle, shine and be merry. That and going out is all about feeling great – great about yourself and the company around you. Call this attitude my new mantra or checklist, but I plan on spending as much time with my friends and family and having a good time! Nothing adds a finishing touch before going out like a girly, flirty fragrance. Viva la Juicy is the iconic floral fruity fragrance from Juicy Couture. It’s the first fragrance I bought my little sister when she went off to college. It was actually the rollerball so she could travel with it and have a little something from me with her anywhere. It’s ageless, timeless, season-less and just inspires fun! It’s something I think all of us can use a little more of and it makes for a great gift. Especially for a tough-to-for-shop for teen… I wanted to pick a fragrance that represented being flirty and fabulous but also bold, and even a little mischievous. And at the end of the day, it makes her feel confident when she walks out the door.

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If right about now you need an escape not much tops a stay at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun. Prior to this trip if you told me Cancun was more than a party city, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Sure, it’s knows for its night scene, but frankly with a resort as beautiful and inviting as the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, I found little reason to leave. All of the restaurants are exquisite and conveniently in the lobby and offer everything from tequila tastings to evening entertainment — the mariachi band was fabulous. And all I wanted was a relaxing beach vacation with a drink in my hand and this one delivered.

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The resort has jet skis and paddle boards for rent on the property. Their Gem Spa features an hour long 10- step hydrotherapy experience from steam rooms to hot tubs in addition to a full menu of services and indoor infinity pool. On the off chance you have a rainy day it’s the perfect place to settle in. Then there’s the beach. Does anything really top walking out of your hotel and directly onto a clean, beautiful, serene beach? Complete with an outdoor pool and tiki bar. They also have a ton of kid options for a family friendly experience.

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Kiss up to the holidays, with some of my favorite beauty products from Nordstrom. They’re one of my ultimate go-to beauty destination offering discount sets from everyone from Charlotte Tilbury to Diptyque and exclusives not available at any other retailer. While they have a vast assortment of giftables (you can see them all HERE), these are actually some of my favorite lip and face picks on my vanity. Splurge on yourself first… everyone else can wait for Black Friday.

Laura Geller sets – I literally can’t get enough. All are amazing featuring her top sellers with an incredible value — she went so above and beyond with her holiday assortment. The Color Luster Lip Gloss Duo ($12, $38 value) features two of her high shine, sheer to medium coverage lip glosses in Strawberry Creme and Rhubarb Crumble. Glam On The Go ($35, $104 value) is the perfect travel palette featuring three backed eyeshadows (Oyster, Sunstone, and Cocoa), Golden Rose Baked Highlighter, Honeysuckle Baked Blush and her Cookie Dough Lip Gloss. The Best of Baked Palette ($49, $130 value) features her Golden Rose Baked Highlighter, Pink Buttercream Baked Blush, Medium Baked Bronze-N-Brighten and three Baked Eye Shadows in Sand, Guava and Cocoa. The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator palette ($30, $80 value) features three minis of her top swirl illuminators, Gilded Honey, Ballerina and Peach Glow. Gilded Honey is probably the highlighter I use the most out of any brand (I’m obsessed), it’s golden perfection! So I also included the full size (pictured above) which is one of my all time beauty must haves.

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The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always my favorite time of the year because it’s all about family and friends and being jolly! Although it has been a lot for me lately and I’ve been mega failing on the friend front. In the past month I went from Lisbon to North Carolina, Cancun, and Boston (where I’m currently reporting from!) with only a few days in between to pack and unpack in NYC. After Boston I go straight to Miami for Art Basel, which means I’ve basically missed every major event in my friends lives over the past 2 months. And that’s probably been the toughest part of the otherwise exciting roller coaster of my life.

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That said, there was no way I was going to miss out on hosting a Friendsgiving.  And you know what, I may even host a second one after Thanksgiving! I love to entertain but at the moment my apartment is buried in boxes of packages I haven’t opened yet and suitcases full of clothes that need to be properly unpacked. There isn’t enough cavalry in her majesty’s army to make my apartment presentable but that was no excuse. I’m an American Express Blue Cash Everyday Card Ambassador and since they offer a zero annual fee and back incentives – obvious answer to Friendsgiving was to take everyone to dinner!

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As many of you know I’ve been on my naturals kick lately and one brand I’ve been seeing forever and dying to try is ILIA. Their signature lipsticks feature 72% certified organic ingredients that off a creamy, soft finish. For fall they have added three new shades: Madam Mina (nude mauve) and The Brides (warm nude) are limited edition and Lucy’s Party (blood red), will be part of their permanent collection. Just look at that sheen!

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All shades are true to shade with buildable color. They go on beautifully and feel amazing and lightweight on. The names of the three new lipsticks are inspired by the leading characters of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula from the 90s.

Rossano Ferretti haircutTrue story. In the middle of getting a cut and color appointment, when I received an email that one of the most celebrated hairdressers in the world, Rossano Ferretti was coming to NYC for the move of his Rossano Ferretti Hairspa and to launch his new Rossano Ferretti Parma collection of luxury haircare products. Thank God we did the color first because you better believe I canceled the hair cut on the spot. At $1500 a cut, there is a waitlist for Rossano Ferretti, so an invitation to meet and have my hair cut but the master and experience his infamous “method” cut was not to be missed or rushed. I cleared my day. I will open by saying, he’s a man of education and created what he calls his bible, sharing the knowledge of his method haircut with his staff, so should you visit the salon you’re looking at a more modest price of $155 – $250 for a cut with one of his stylists.

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Located on the 19th floor in the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street (at Madison Avenue), I was greeted with so much warmth by the staff (I love Italians!), and by Ferretti, who toured me around the salon and pointed to the wall and introduced me to his mother. He told me he doesn’t do photos of his press or celebrity clients (which ahem include Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon and Dakota Johnson to name a few, but this photo of his mom hangs in every one of his salons. I was instantly charmed. Between his 18 hairspas (with four more opening soon!) he’s rarely available to cut himself, so this was a true honor.

Now I will preface the man is a visionary. He was the first to shy away from ground level storefront salons and do an apartment style hairspas a few levels up. He developed his hair revolutionary “ The Method” cut, which is all about reading the natural fall of the hair and creating the perfect bespoke haircut for each person. It’s designed to enhance the individual beauty of every client, customizing the haircut according to the hair type and characteristics of each person.  He told me he could never go into the world if he didn’t have something new to offer.

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Outfit details:

Reebok Dance Strappy Bra ($50)

Reebok Cardio Pinnacle Tight ($90)

Reebok Studio Reflective Jacket ($350)

Reebok Hayasu Reflective sneakers ($90)

Cleanse: BluePrint 3 day Foundation

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After last weeks trip to North Carolina I was a mess. My stomach was over traveling. I was feeling puffy like you don’t even know from my unstoppable salt intake (I blame my soy sauce addiction), and I was in no way feeling any type of bikini ready for my trip to Cancun. Truth be told back to back traveling is exciting but it takes a mega toll on your body, and if I’m being honest my stomach has been in knots since the election which hasn’t helped anything. My body does not handle stress well. This is my first weekend back in NY for the foreseeable future and I decided to take advantage of it. Cleanse, workout and sleep (in between the massive amount of work I had to get done). I did the 3 day Blueprint Cleanse which I usually do every year (but need to upgrade to every 3-6 months). Full review below! My friends at Six:02 also hooked me up with Reebok’s HOT new Perfect Never” collection featuring Gigi Hadid — she looks amazing in the campaign boxing and being fabulous like she does. I haven’t been working out lately because of all the traveling and whenever I break my habits, I have such a hard time getting back into it! Having actual time this weekend and this sick outfit and beautiful weather definitely helped kick my a$$ back into running and more importantly stretching.

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This week, I hit two advance screenings of movies, that are biopics based on real life legends coming out later this month. The first being “Rules Don’t Apply” based on Howard Hughes with Lily Collins (I know, I love her!). And yes I asked about her brows — she uses Maybelline Clear Gel to groom them but basically otherwise keeps them full and doesn’t do anything. She even upkeep’s them herself. I will get back to the movie review but can we take a second to appreciate that she doesn’t even need to fill them in and she goes “drugstore” (her choice word) on them.  Best brows in Hollywood!

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The other movie I caught was ‘Bleed for This‘ based on the incredible story of boxer, Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza played by Miles Teller, who did a Q&A after the screening. I’ve always thought of him as more of a bro-type actor/person but he blew me away with his performance, range and personality both on and off the screen. I think he and Lily Collins for that matter are two of the most talented actors of their generation. Movie reviews/trailers below!

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You’ve probably heard by now but Colourpop is collaborating with Hello Kitty! I was so excited to meet their co-founder Laura Nelson, and the kitty of the hour — Charlie and I both wore red head bows in support. For me ColourPop is an anomaly. As someone who came from the beauty brand side before starting my blog, what they have managed to accomplish in literally no time is incredible in this day and age. I have so much respect for them and love seeing the collaborations they do and all of your support for the brand all over my Instagram feed. Also the brand loves rescues, so now Charlie and I are obsessed.

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If you’re visiting North Carolina and in the Raleigh Durham area or visiting Duke University, add visiting the Duke Lemur Center to your agenda. It’s open to the public and Duke houses the largest and most diverse collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar. They are a research center first and foremost so there is no holding/touching the lemurs but watching them — especially when they jump or rather glide through the air. Meeting so many different breeds (there are over 80 types in existance) is an unbelievable experience.

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The grounds are beautiful and set in the woods, so it’s a great outdoor activity. The lemurs are by the entrance and there are a number of guided tours available starting at $12. All of the lemurs are gated in so you can watch them from outside and learn about the different species. They also have some nocturnal ones which you go inside a dark room to observe them through the looking glass. black-lemur-blue-eyes-duke-lemur-center

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Whether you’re planning your holiday wish list, shopping for others or for everyday household items, Amazon has it all – and at unbeatable prices. For the holidays, American Express’ Blue Cash Everyday card is partnering with Amazon.com between now and January 11, 2017 to offer new Card Members 10% back on Amazon purchases within the first six months of membership, up to $200 when using the Card. New Card Members will also earn $100 cash back in the form of statement credit after spending $1,000 on the card within the first three months of Card Membership. That’s cause for major celebration in my household since Amazon is by far the site I order from the most, and I take full advantage of being an Amazon Prime member.

best-lighting-for-blogger-vloggerI started a photo studio wish list on Amazon awhile ago as I’ve been wanting to start a YouTube channel for some time and update my photo studio to take both my photographs and video to the next level. Also, with winter coming I’ll be doing a lot more of my photo shoots indoors. So, I decided to finally turn wish list into a reality as a birthday present for myself. Here was my lighting wish list (as seen in the above photo):

Lighting – LimeStudio 700W Photography Softbox Light Lighting Kit Photo Equipment Soft Studio Light Softbox ($74.99)

Ring light – LimoStudio 12” Ring Light Dimmable Fluorescent Continuous Lighting Kit ($129.99)

Tripod – AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag ($16.99)

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Right now, it’s all about the GlamGlow Dreamduo, which I confess I haven’t bought yet but am seeing everywhere. However, come December (or sometime in the next few weeks) there’s a new GlamGlow product to have on your radar. Last night I joined GlamGlow co-founder Glenn Dellimore for a sneak peek of the brands first true moisturizer, Volcasmic.

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Volcasmic is a matte glow moisturizer, meaning it absorbs beautifully and hydrates skin but doesn’t have the heavy, shiny effect a lot of moisturizers do. And is probably the first moisturizer in a while I’ve been able to get James to sign on board with — my boyfriend has oily skin and hates being “shiny”. I would say this is the product for anyone with that complaint. It can also double as a primer or you can use a primer over it, which is ideal for any of us that wear foundation and feel like between the tonrt, serum, moisturizer, spf… by the time you get to the makeup level your skin starts to pill, this is a great product to cut a few steps out of.

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Christmas just got real! Earlier this week I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the Oprah’s Favorite Things list and O, The Oprah Magazine December issue.

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Hosted by Oprah’s right and left arm, Gayle King and Adam Glassman, there’s literally something for everyone on your holiday list and at all different price points. This is the publications biggest list ever and the experience of having Gayle and Adam present them was so fun! That and every time they gave something out to the audience! While we did not get a car (you get a car, you get a car…), we did walk away with so many cool travel, pet, home, kitchen items that I’m so excited we can finally share with you!