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Lets hear it for the boys! Literally. Tom Ford recently released a line of mini lipsticks, Lips & Boys featuring 25 of which are new and named after men Tom Ford admires alongside 25 of his bestsellers. Small but mighty (especially at a $36 price tag), they are so luxe and the formula has me drooling! I’m wearing this beauty as part of a project I can’t wait to announce, one of many I have over the next few months that really makes me feel like I’ve hit the next level — which I didn’t even know was achievable! But enough with the cliff hanger… for now. In this post, I’m wearing shade Logan, which is a bright fuchsia in the Metallic Finish range of this collection. The finishes based on the color vary from Matte Finish, Metallic Finish and Satin Finish. It feels amazing on and look at that sheen! I want them all, especially James so I can pretend it was named after my boyfriend, because in my fantasy world we’re Tom Ford’s friends.

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This season, I’ve been less about wearing one coat and more about layering. It’s getting cold in New York but all the stores and buildings are so overly heated that working in layers is easier than over heating. So I’ve been doing a light jacket with my Nike Down Cape  over everything (they also have a version with sleeves). Bombers have been a big trend, and while I’m not normally a trend girl, somewhere around purchasing my fourth bomber jacket I realized I’m drinking the Kool-Aid pretty hard. My favorite though is this silk bomber jacket and pants from Yummie by Heather Thomson. It’s nice and long and looks really cute as the whole set, and with my new High Top Sneakers from FitFlop. This is my second pair of shoes from FitFlop and they have changed my life. I’ve been looking for a cool shoe brand with an orthopedic sole and these offer so much support and are so comfortable.

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I’ve been playing with some new and not so new beauty products and am overdue for a round up. But before we even talk makeup, you know how much I love a strong ring game and this week I got this fun lip ring (as in actual lips on a ring — not ring in my lips!) from Solange Azagury – Partrdige’s new Hoptlips Core Collection. Cara Delevingne has one so these are like our bff rings… jk, but it does feel like a ring every beauty blogger would want. They are available in so many fun lip shades, mine is in Black Cherry. And speaking of beauty I’m overdue to express how much I love the products in this picture.

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Most of them are from events or random mailers that showed up at my apartment months and months ago — it takes me a while to try products. And these have been in my makeup case almost nonstop!

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Kandee Johnson, YouTube sensation known for her absolutely amazing beauty transformations (did you see the one where she’s Donald and Hilary at the same time?!?), has partnered with SinfulColors to create a range of 24 vintage inspired nail polish shades. Consisting of two collections, Pretty Vintage, which is currently available in 12 shades, and Vintage Anime, which will be launching in February (also 12 shades), each at a phenomenal price of $1.99-$2.99.

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The collection is filled with fun colors and textures (like glitter, shine and matte), all with super cute names, like Mint Chip which is the matte shade I’m wearing above. Kandee flew into NYC for the launch of her collaboration, hosted at Beauty Bar in NYC. I haven’t been there in forever but between the sparkly, glitter filled walls, candy bar and a room full of nail polish, it was pretty much full on girl nirvana. Plus Kandee is every bit as lovely and personable as she is on her YouTube channel — she’s so amazingly sweet and lovely.

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The start of a new year is always a time of reflection for me. I’m more about making goals then resolutions, and looking for ways to better myself. I’ve been traveling so much I’ve fallen off my workout schedule, so now that I’m home I’m hoping to get back into a routine. And I’ve been making a cautious effort to be more active during the day.

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Outfit details (all available at JCP):

Nike Solid Leggings

Xersion Mesh t-shirt

Xersion Studio Long-Sleeve Full-Zip Hoodie (on sale!)

hailey-baldwin-modelco-makeup-review ModelCo recently launched their newest celebrity collaboration – Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo.  The social media “it” girl has joined forces with iconic Australian beauty brand to showcase her favorite go to products spanning face, lips, eyes and body.

The Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo range is all about my signature go-to beauty products. I have always loved the world of beauty and was thrilled to be given the chance to show my creativity by collaborating with a cult-cool brand like ModelCo.” – Hailey Baldwin.

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This limited edition collection features all you need to mirror this uber cool celebrity’s signature style and flawless look. I haven’t tried the whole line but here’s a quick review of some of the products:

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Confession: I don’t make it out for facials as regularly as I should so I’m big into DIY facials and face masks. I’ll double and even, triple mask at any given time. And to clarify double/triple masking means either you use them all at the time targeting different parts of your face OR what I do, which is use one after the other. The order for me is always, exfoliate, tighten, moisturize. Which you can also do with non-mask beauty products. The idea being when you exfoliate you get rid of all the dead skin cells and then whatever you put on top will absorb and penetrate better into the skin. And any type of exfoliation should be followed up by some type of product to close the pores and moisturize. You don’t have to add more masks but be sure to use an essence or alcohol-free toner, serum and moisturizer (or whatever your product preference is) so that the exposed skin doesn’t take in more dirt now that it’s so exposed from the exfoliation. When it comes to masks, I love ones that brighten, tighten, wake up my skin, fill in the wrinkles, prevent sagging and everything in between. There have been a lot of strong new releases this past years and here are the masks that have been using on repeat:

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Like the rest of the world I have some fitness goals for the new year which is why I’m partnering with POPSUGAR to take their January Jump-Start Challenge. It’s a 2-week plan that’s all about you and a ‘clean’ diet with meal recipes and at-home workout plan. While I won’t be following it to a tee — I’m a vegetarian and am also never giving up coffee… I am committing to not drinking alcohol and eating healthy. I’m also permanently keeping my yoga matte, jump rope, stretch band and foam roller in my living room to keep me motivated. Also my weights, which are 8 lbs each, which conveniently is how much Charlie weight so I may be redefining puppy aerobics.

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2016 is going to be hard to top! I’ve had so many incredible features over the years but being in Real Simple and People StyleWatch were big moments for me! I’ve also added to my sizable list of makeup heroes spending time with the founders of Colourpop, GlamGlow, Kat Von D, Laura Geller, ByTerry, NudeStix, It Cosmetics… and the amount of celebrities from Lionel Richie, Kerry Washington, and Courtney Love that I’ve been able to meed. And so much travel!!!! I have so much to be grateful for.  This was also the year I rescued Charlie and getting him healthy and being able to give him so much love is probably my biggest achievement. 2017 was too epic not to document a photo gallery and timeline of my best moments!

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I can’t believe the year is almost done! 2016 has been a blast. Every year I like to take a day and go through every Instagram and blog post and take a moment to appreciate all the amazing memories I’ve had and shared. I’ve had so many incredible features over the years but being in Real Simple and People StyleWatch were big moments for me! I’ve also added to my sizable list of makeup heroes spending time with the founders of so many top brands ahem Kat Von D, Laura Geller, ColourPop, Ole Henrickson, Charlotte Tilbury… and their celebrity endorsers — Kerry Washington, Courtney Love and Lionel Richie are probably at the top of that list.  And so much travel!!!! Plus my Urban Decay campaign I’m still dying over. Okay, I’ll stop and save the reminiscing for my next post, where I put my highlights down in one post. It’s something I recommend for everyone. Document your moments so each year you can look back at all you’ve accomplished. Be proud of yourself, even in tough times because when you come out the other end those were the moments that made you grateful for what comes next.. and you know that the best is yet to come!  You just have to belive. See you next year… cheers!

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Outfit details:

Kenneth Cole sweater (similar)

Jocelyn Rabbit Fur Fingerless Mittens

Ane Amour Fearless Frolicker Shorts

Coach Saddle Bag 23

Anna Sui scarf (similar)

Yummie by Heather Thomson Hidden Comfort Opaque Tights

Sam Edelman Hazzle Pointed Toe Suede Pumps

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Happy holidays everyone! It’s been so nice taking a break from the internet and not seeing an explosion of emails in my inbox. Before I left for Boston, I met with this really cute, new brand Ane Amour. They have a bunch of really fun party dresses, but I fell in love with these black and red shorts! They’re so festive and I’ve always loved a good shorts and tights look. The key is really strong tights that suck you in, like this pair from Yummie by Heather Thomson. I love mixing patterns and textures and between the suede Sam Edelman suede pumps, smooth bag from Coach, brocade Ane Amour shorts and my fuzzy fingerless gloves from Jocelyn, I was all up in this look.

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Yesterday was a dream! The weather was gorgeous in New York, albeit a little cold but I woke up, had coffee on my front steps and got ready to brunch with a friend before taking a flight home to Boston to be with my family for the holidays. I’ve had some recent winter doldrums so the boost in energy and the sun had me taking out my favorite Rag & Bone sweater jackets I got on mega sale at their sample sale few years ago and some new discoveries I’m excited to share including this orange Armani Lip Magnet shade in Tangerine which is probably the first orange shade I could confidently pull off.

Found the perfect orange to match my jacket. Thanks @armanibeauty #partner

Rag and Bone Sweater + Boyfriend Jeans (similar)

The Stance x Rihanna Bad Girl Socks

FitFlop Tassel Superskate Loafers

Forever21 Faux Leather Arrrowhead Belt

Lafayette 148 Wool Turtleneck

Remo Tulliani Trust Sunglasses Tortoise/Blue Fade

Coach Saddle Bag

wandering-bear-coffee-coach-saddle-bagI wasn’t planning a posed coffee picture, but I was shooting my outfit and my photographer caught me chugging my morning cup of joe which was too candid not to share. I’m a coffee enthusiast as many of you know. My friend Melissa turned me onto Wandering Bear Coffee, which is boxed, cold-brew coffee you can get at Whole Foods and like total crack. I love a strong brew and it gives me the kick I need to get through the day, without the headache. It’s been a total time saver in the morning! Next discovery is from another friend are these FitFlop Tassel Superskate Loafers.

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When Mario Dedivanovic aka @makeupbymario comes to town, every beauty enthusiast wants a piece of him. If you follow him on social, you know he’s the real deal — and not just because he’s the preferred makeup artist to the Kardashians. Makeup artists around the world line up for his Master Class to learn from him and watch him work. His A-list clientele speaks volumes, as does the fact that his client following is so strong that he’s unavailable some will book him the night before and sleep on their backs so they are makeup ready the next day!

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While I’ve meet Mario before — I once cornered him once at Khloe Kardashian event, the opportunity to watch him work in person came from Jergens, who sponsored his latest Master Class this past weekend in NYC. His legendary Master Class’s which often Kim Kardashian West as the model, are set in NY, London and Dubai. He started with 20 students 7 years ago and now sells out and is one of the most sought after makeup artists. During the sneak peek event, Mario did a ‘quick’ makeup look while answering questions. Here’s what I learned:

The hair envy is real every time I see the Selena Gomez’ Pantene commercial where she’s tousling her hair back and it’s shiny and perfect! Since 1945 Pantene has been studying hair and committed to developing products for all different unique hair types with one goal in mind: healthy, beautiful hair. The brand is all about helping women around the globe be strong and shine both inside and out, which is so evident in their choice of spokespersons. Did you hear they just tapped Ronda Rousey as their new brand ambassador?

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Yesterday, I had an epic day with Kiehl’s. The skincare brand has always held a special place in my heart since they have amazing products, do so much good, and I used to work for them! I actually helped launch their social media a million moons ago so stepping back into their corporate office yesterday brought me so much joy. And even more so because it was for an amazing cause! kiehls-faile-feed-america-creme-de-corms

Kiehl’s partnered with Feeding America for their charitable holiday collaboration designed by the artist duo FAILE with 100% of the net profits of the “Collection for a Cause” to support Feeding America, up to $100,000. And it’s all of Kiehl’s top selling products in limited edition packaging so why not stock up on your favorites while making a major difference. Just this 3-pack of their Hand Salve ($34) will provide 295 meals, and this Creme de Corps Classic Whipped Body Butter ($15) is going to provide 85 meals! View the whole collection HERE! This is Kiehl’s 3rd year partnering with the organization and has donated $300,000 to date which is 3 million meals to those in need.  Food insecurity is a major issue in America. 42 million people are food insecure in our country and  1 out of every 6 children faces hunger.  That’s 13 million children in the US who may not be able to eat dinner tonight.  With this collaboration Kiehl’s will help provide over 1 MILLION MEALS to families in need this holiday season.  I spent the morning with Kiehl’s and Feeding America helping pack meals for City Harvest. Alongside my fellow beauty editors we put together and donated 400 meals!