vaseline-tinsSince the new year, I’ve featured a weekly wellness/workout post, and for this weeks installment I thought I would share what’s in my workout bag — with a very special edition that you can now get in the US!

For all of you that have been following me for a while, you know how much I love the Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins. You saw me stock up on them in September when I was in UK (where they have previously been exclusive to) and freak out in excitement when rumors were floating around in December that they would be launching in the US soon. Well my friends, they are finally here! And available in all four flavors we’ve seen abroad: Original, Aloe, Shea Butter and Rosy Lips.

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The new US variation (left) and UK version I brought back from London (right)

I’m probably the tins #1 fan and I have my sister to thank! She originally discovered them and bought me my first one while living in Geneva forever ago. Since she moved back to NY a few years back, I’ve been void my supplier and now stock up when I’m abroad to bring them back as gifts. I think everyone I know has received one as a stocking stuffer from me. Although, granted they can all buy their own now so I should probably come up with a new coveted, hard to get product — on a budget (any suggestions?).

Photo: Shana Schnur Photography,LLC

It’s a major Throwback Thursday this week thanks to our friends at Galderma who invited us in for a total mom makeover recreating one of our favorite shots of our moms. As the global skin health and dermatology experts at Galderma know, our mother’s passes down a predisposition to age like them. But that’s rarely talked about. The point of the event was to spark a conversation around taking care of your skin and being proactive about anti-aging. Mainly, looking to our mothers and grandmothers — our genes for what’s in store for our futures. And what areas we should be addressing – crows feet, skin sagging or other areas of concerns. While we may all have access to the same skincare and treatments we do not so when it comes to our genes. Here are some interesting stats they put together:

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Together for almost 20 years and collaborators in business for 10, Gregorio Ruggeri & Craig Longhurst moved to New York 5 years ago. Perfecting the fine art of aesthetics has always been something that has, and still is, a constant mantra for them both. And it sure shows in the design and attention to detail in every corner of Salon Ruggeri.

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Fashion Week is that exciting time of year that both motivates me and exhausts me in ways I never knew possible. Uncomfortable shoes, early morning call times that end in late night after-parties are all part of the territory. Whether you’re hitting the shows or have a busy week in the horizon here are a few tips to help you stay calm, cool and looking in top form.

  1. Portable charger – there are loads on the market in every shape, color, size and beyond. Pick one of your needs because nothing is worse then you’re phone dying when you’re trying to take notes or pics backstage. I was using the Ventev powercell 6000+ for the past few seasons (until it died in Europe – not to self voltages are not the same internationally). It has 2 ports (so you and a friend can charge) and a wall plug attached to it so if it runs low you can just plug it in to recharge on the go. Because what good is a portable charger if that dies too…
  2. Stay hydrated – drink tons of water! Core water sponsored some events I attended last season and stocked my fridge so they get a shout out! Their’s is ultra purified and enhanced with electrolytes and minerals… but ultimately even if you’re going for the tap just keep downing water. Also raw, cold-press juices are a lifesaver if the exhaustion starts setting in. (Especially if you’re skipping meals). Cold-pressed just allows for more vitamins and nutrients since the fruits and vegetables aren’t shredded with blades.
  3. Get a good nights rest. I wrote a whole post around this during the holidays, all of which stand true no matter the time of year. (Click HERE for the direct link to the post).
  4. Have a good under-eye concealer – I use it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye with Collagen and Vitamins C & K. It covers my dark, tired circles and brightens so I look well rested no matter what my sleep situation is.
  5. Hydrate your skin – I have a whole arsenal of sheet masks or hydrating masks to help, brighten and reboot my skin after long nights out. Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution and Skyn Iceland’s Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels (and eye gels) are some of my favorites. I’ve also been using Lancome Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector, which is an overnight gel moisturizer that is perfection. It feels so refreshing on and plumps my skin and makes it so soft and hydrated when I wake up. Case and point load up on those hydration products!
  6. Face Wipes – Keep them next to your bed in case you just can’t make it to the bathroom to wash that makeup off. (Because sleeping with your makeup on is never an option). One of my favorites is Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes (Neutrogena and Skyn Iceland also have excellent ones). I otherwise make sure I have cleansing oil in my bathroom at all times to take off my makeup. I’m currently using Om Aroma & Co. remover + revive which melts my makeup off and is a 2-in-1 product that also conditioning your lashes so they grow longer and stronger.
  7. Primers and setting spray – Touching up your makeup can be a struggle when you’re running around all day. The Marc Jacobs Invisible Under(cover) coconut primer is one of the best I’ve ever used for winter, it’s hydrating and makes makeup go on so flawless. I use it before my foundation and then end with a setting spray. Setting sprays help lock in your makeup so it doesn’t run and lasts longer. There are a number of good ones on the market but I’m currently using Pur Miracle Mist if it’s the afternoon or Supergoop! Setting Mist with SPF 50 if it’s during the day (for the added sun protection).
  8. Dry shampoo – My holy grail. I have 3-5 open in my bathroom at any given time. Osis and Oribe are great for texture and Amika and Ken Paves are great to clean the hair in between washes and prolong your blow out.
  9. Protect your feet. Being in high heels all day can cause a world of pain. Have an arsenal of foot products that do everything from preventing swelling to protecting from blisters. Still Standing, Sole Serum, Sole Goddess Blister Perfection Foot Balm (or Band-Aid Friction Block Stick that’s an identical product) are all in my inventory. You can read more about all of them from my recent post HERE. The newest addition to my collection is Compeed Blister Cushions. These are great if a blister forms especially in the backs of your feet since they help heel them quicker while creating a barrier between the shoe so there isn’t further pain or damage when you slip those heels back on the next day. I can’t recommend them enough!

Here are 6 things we’re currently obsessing over — most of which are going down this week!

1. The Derek Zoolander Center for People Who Don’t Age Good Opens this Week!kiehls zoolander 2 skincare sets

Kiehl’s is opening The Derek Zoolander Center for People Who Don’t Age Good and you’re invited! The skincare brand is partnering with Zoolander 2 to bring a state of the art, anti-aging center in NYC. Located on the corner of 8thAve & 14th St for one week only! At the Center, guests will be able to experience an interactive and complimentary 6.5 step program to ensure amazing skin. Open to the public, check it out Tuesday Feb 9th  – Thursday, Feb 11th  from 4-8PM; Friday, Feb 12th , 3-9PM, and Saturday, Feb 13th, 126PM.  The skincare brand is also launching two exclusive sets including “The Ridiculously Youthful Collection” unisex anti-aging kit ($26 USD) and “The Blue Kiehl’s men’s kit ($25 USD). Follow me on snapchat: @prettyconnected if you can’t make it and want to peek inside, I’ll for sure be stopping by this week.

2. C. Wonder is back with Brad Goreski as the new Creative Director

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Mark your calendar’s for March 3rd when C. Wonder heads over to QVC. The recently acquired brand will be exclusive to QVC and boasts Brad Goreski as their new creative director! We got a sneak preview of the spring collection and it’s on point with all the merchandise we remember from the retailer: vibrant printed bags, enamel cuffs and jewelry, preppy clothes, fun flats and of course those signature bikes we wish we snagged before their stores closed. (Now we can!).

3. We’re Featured in the Caravan Stylist x Save The Garment Center Map Project On Display this Week for Auction!

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Claudine DeSola of Caravan Stylist Studio asked New York “creatives,” ranging from bloggers, editors, photographers, artists, designers and TV personalities – including Charlotte Ronson, Shoshanna, Patricia Underwood, Byron Lars, Alice & Trixie, Dana Bronfman, and Me! to inventively decorate New York maps with a tailored selection of their top 5 destinations in NYC. I of course got carried away and picked 13 destinations. Mine folds up into a little square and comes with a notebook so you can take notes of your NYC trip. It’s also great framed flat! During Fashion Week, the original maps from all of the creatives, will be on display and auctioned off at The Gregory Hotel with proceeds going to Save The Garment Center, whose mission is to promote, preserve and save New York City as the fashion capital of the world.

This event is open to the public and the maps will be on display at the Gregory Hotel, 42 West 35th Street, NYC on February 11th-13th and 15th-17th from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. There are so many amazing ones up for grabs!

 

4. Beauty Crawl with ‘And I Get Dressed’: Sephora vs. Ricky’s

We all need a beauty blogger in our lives someone who listens to what you’re looking for in a product and then tells you what you need. This week in @itsmekellieb’s latest youtube video for And I Get Dressed I’m just that to take her on a tour of Sephora and Ricky’s. Top Sephora beauty picks for black eyeliner goes to NARS Kohliner. Best lip pencils: Tarte Lip Crayons. Best matte liquid lipsticks goes to Stila Stay All Day, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick. Ricky’s excels more for hair and then expands in other categories of beauty. Instead of carrying a full line of one brand they usually take the top pick or cult favorite. And offer a great range of high and low prices. It’s also the place to get crazy eyelashes and more eccentric beauty finds which is why they are so known for their Halloween pop-ups. Watch the video for a peek at our day. Have any beauty questions? Tweet me or send me a snapchat: @prettyconnected or leave me a comment.

5. Space.NK moves to Nolita and their Spring Beauty Edit Event is happening this week! spacenk-nolita-address

Say goodbye to Greene Street, Space.NK just moved a short walk away to Nolita and is now open at 31 Prince Street. As if any beauty lover needed an excuse to pop over, I’m about to give you one (actually 25)! This Wednesday, February 11th, Space NK will host the “Sprint Beauty Edit” at all of their US Space NK locations where guests can meet with experts for makeovers, advice and tips For any shoppers that spend $250+ they will receive this gift featuring 25 coveted products valued well over $400. (The gift is available to N. Dulge members Feb 9-10th). Filled with deluxe, travel, and full-size items the gift includes:

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Gift includes: Space NK Limited Edition Cosmetic Bag, 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel NAC Y2 (5ml), Bumble & bumble Straight Blow Dry (15ml),

birchbox-arrow-collection-beautyWith the whole athleisure trend (the fitness fashion revelation) growing strong, it was only a matter of time when beauty brands started to follow suit. Recently I spent the evening with Birchbox for the launch of just that brand called ARROW. Specializing in lightweight, long-wearing makeup and refreshing skincare, Birchbox‘s new beauty brand ARROW is designed to keep up with your on-the-go, active lifestyle. Each breathable product creates a fresh, natural, beautiful effect, so you can feel cool and confident from an A.M. visit to the gym to a late-night work session (and everywhere in between). Bonus: Every product in the ARROW line is vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

Currently their are 3 products in the line, PROTECT DeodorantBOOST Color Enhancing Lip BalmREVIVE Cooling Cheek Tint (available in 2 shades). They are also debuting the ARROW Limited Edition Starter Kit for anyone that wants to try the whole set. Naturally being such a fitness fiend I wanted it all, but some products were better then others.

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ARROW PROTECT Aluminum-Free Deodorant ($9) – I wanted to love this. It’s so hard to find an aluminum-free deodorant that works, unfortunately this one was no exception. While it’s better then it’s competitors if you’re doing anything past light yoga it doesn’t hold up. At least it didn’t for me, which is too bad because it smells amazing.  The bright citrus scent is designed to

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Love is in the air and with the count down to Valentine’s Day being a week away it’s time to prepare for an evening of champs, kisses and maybe more. A few things we’re in love with…

Veuve Clicquot Rose – Lets get the party started and cheers to the celebration of love! As the “pink” expression of Brut Carte Jaune, Veuve Clicquot Rose shares the same bubbly structure.

Clarisonic Mia Fit – Ever since the Clarisonic Alpha Fit men’s version came out, I’ve been not-so-secretly lusting over that perfectly compact rounded shape. I’m not alone since Clarisonic just launched the Mia Fit! Perfect for


Thank you, Target, for sponsoring this post!

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This has been a really exciting year for me (and it just started!). My New Years resolution was to be healthier and I gave up alcohol for all of January and started cycling regularly. I was able to score some Coachella tickets for April so I’ve been focused on getting back into a bikini and taking better care of myself after a decadent (aka dessert and champagne galore) holiday season. The first major milestone was making it through the first month without cheating (one step at a time) and it’s so motivating to see a difference already.

clinique-pep-startIf you follow me on snapchat (which I hope all of you do @prettyconnected), 3 things you’ve probably noticed: 1. I’m not a morning person, 2. I’m always busy and running around to events, and 3. I don’t sleep enough.

We all have our AM routines, for me it’s up-beat get-me-out-of-bed music, a body shower and coffee to kick start my day.  However, none of those help the looming tired eyes after a long day or sleepless night. Well my fellow sleep deprived friends, there is good news! Clinique’s NEW Pep-Start Eye Cream ($26.50) is designed to brighten eyes and show results in just 3 seconds!

I’ve been a long-time fan of Clinique and their eye products. Their Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment is one of my all time favorite eye creams and a staple in my bathroom. It’s a brand I trust and I’m so excited to partner with them for the launch of their latest eye cream,Pep-Start.

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After getting an early sample of the new Pep-Start Eye Cream and using it for the past week, I joined Clinique yesterday for the launch and Daybreaker morning party.

If you followed the snapchat you know I was up at 6am, brightening those eyes with the product and then headed to Daybreaker

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All of these State Bags & The Giving Keys are being donated to Project Renewal

For this weeks #WellnessWednesday post, I want to spotlight two awesome brands doing amazing things and making our world a better place. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of partnering with The Giving Keys and State Bags for their Spread the Love Initiative and a day of pampering for the women of Project Renewal.

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My intern, Lindsey Coco and I amped for the giveaway!

Project Renewal works to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering at-risk New Yorkers to renew their lives with health, homes and jobs. The ladies in the house enjoyed a day of pampering complete with hair, makeovers and manicures. The DJ had the whole room dancing and the theme of the event was Shine, which definitely shined through with all of the joy that filled the air.

lara-eurdolian-state-bag-backpackHosted at the Pine Street School in downtown NYC, they had 75 women in attendance for this Valentine’s Day party and each woman was gifted a State Bags filled with a custom SHINE Giving Key necklace.

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Right before the snow storm hit, my friend Nay came over to show me her new jewelry line, TEGAA. Named after the collective of artisans who hand makes them in Gambia, there are no two pieces that are exactly the same. For every piece sold a portion of the sale is donated to Power Up Gambia, an American based nonprofit that provides solar powered water and electricity to hospitals and clinics in the Gambia. The collection is so vibrant and beautiful and honors their trade and practices and helps keep the industry alive.
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Outfit:
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Pants: H&M Coated (similar)
Shoes: Bed Stu Isla Boot in Teak Rustic (as seen on Taylor Swift)

TEGAA-3I’m in love with every piece she gave me. These incredible stacking bracelets and wrapped earrings are so unique and the colors brighten the most muted of outfits.

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Back in the day pre-blogger life I religiously used TurboTax. It was really empowering doing my own takes and they made filing so easy, that I breezed right through them.

Having not played with TurboTax in some time, I’m beyond impressed at the updates they have made and by how technologically advanced their systems are (umm you can take a picture of your tax forms now and they auto-fill them during your return!). And why wait to file when you can get a head start and crank them out now? If you have all of your forms, take control of your finances and file early to save yourself that last minute anxiety.

Their interface is so user friendly with step by step questions and visuals that makes do-it-yourself tax preparation easier then ever. And speaking of hand holding, they now offer SmartLook, a new feature that does just that. It connects customers with live TurboTax experts using one-way video technology at no extra charge so customers can get answers to their questions in real time.

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From the moment I set my eyes on Glossier, it was love at first sight. When Into The Gloss founder and “It” girl Emily Weiss introduced Glossier, a “skincare as makeup, the undeniable cool factor set it apart from the rest of the beauty industry.

The first four Glossier products that rolled out included a facial mist, moisturizer, balm and skin tint. Sold separately or as a complete set, they’re made with soothing and hydrating ingredients such as aloe, rosewater and castor seed oil. Next came, the Coconut Balm Dotcom, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Moisturizing Moon Mask, and most recently Boy Brow and Milky Jelly Cleanser. I’ve tried every product in the line with the exception of the new cleanser (which is on the wish list!).

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Last Friday was epic! I spent the day indoor skydiving with It Cosmetics for the launch of their NEW Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara and Confidence in a Cream. If you’ve never used It Cosmetics, you’re missing out! Their CC Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, are two of my staples and all time favorite products. As it turns out I’m not alone, as those are the two top selling products from the line. Here’s the official top 5 ranking as of now:

  1. Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
  2. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
  3. Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder
  4. Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
  5. Hello Lashes Clinically Shown 5-in-1 Mascara

I have no doubt these new products, especially the Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara will be on this list shortly! Here’s what’s launching in February:

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

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I have a confession. I’m one of small minority of folks that isn’t obsessed with their Hello Lashes mascara (although as you’ve seen above, it’s one of their top five selling products). On the other hand, I’m completely in love with their NEW Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara and selfishly

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For this weeks Wellness Wednesday, we’re talking teas and supplements from the Chopra Center! My last few posts were centered around fitness (the yoga retreat I did at Kripalu and the Cyc bike challenge I’m doing to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation) and now I’m diving deeper into what I put in my body and taking a more holistic approach to health and wellness.

Some of you may be familiar with The Chopra Center (and it’s founder Deepak Chopra, M.D), which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year!  While their grounds are based in California, the Chopra Center offers online programs and an online gift shop filled with yoga & meditation gear and dvds, books, bath & body products, aromatherapy, supplements & herbs and so much more. With winter in full effect (thank you Jonas for reminding us it’s no longer spring in NY), the last thing I want is to get sick — I’m very sensitive to abrupt climate change and since I travel so much, I try to keep my immune system up.