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While the rest of the world was getting ready to watch the presidential debate last night, I was on my way to the set of Amazon’s show, StyleCode Live to join hosts Frankie Grande and Rachel Smith and film a segment on my vanity must-haves! Don’t worry, while it’s filmed live you can watch it anytime and get the 411 on my favorite vanity mirrors, organizers, brushes and so many more fun must haves! (Link below to watch)

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swarovski-crystal-bracelet-cynthia-rowley-bell-sleeve-dressOutfit details:

Cynthia Rowley Bonded Suede Bell Sleeve Dress 

Swarovski Crystal Dust Bangle Double black bracelet and single white cuff

Jean Paul Gaultier for Atelier Swarovski Reverse Necklace Tie

Kenneth Cole reptile booties (similar)

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I did get some compliments on my “tan” legs and it was all Vita Liberata Tan Mousse – in dark (which is perfection and amazing on it’s own) with a little bit of St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil on top for more of that sheen, glow finish. This was probably the only time I saw myself on screen and thought the camera took of ten pounds.

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Head to amazon.com to watch the segment live (scroll in 17 minutes and 30 seconds) and if you look at the tab below the screen that says “Your Vanity Checklist” it features all of the products I’m talking about in the segment with direct links.

Thank you to everyone that tuned in and to StyleCode Live for having me! xoLara

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Calling all teenagers (and adults)! Sephora Teen has made it easy for you to dive head first into the world of beauty with confidence.  Sephora offers beauty classes for all — how to apply lashes, no-makeup up, contouring and their latest a class for teens!

Starting a beauty ritual can seem overwhelming with so many exciting products to choose from. So Sephora is introducing a brand new class dedicated entirely on educating teens on how to look and feel their best. The 90 minute Teen Makeup Class focuses on finding the perfect products in a pressure free environment where teens can feel comfortable exploring and learning with the help of Sephora’s expert coaches. Whether they want to learn an easy everyday look, or they are trying to broaden their makeup knowledge, Sephora is the place to go to for getting an education in a comfortable environment.

nars-velvet-lip-gloss-swatches-reviewNARS latest lippie, Velvet Lip Glide is the perfect marriage between a liquid lip and gloss in one. It goes on smooth with great pigment and high shine. The color range features 13 phenomenal shades which ranges from pretty nudes, bright pinks and reds to a range of wines to plums with a brown thrown in.

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Swatched left to right here are the shades:

  • Stripped – beige pink
  • Unlaced – nude pink
  • Playpen – pink coral
  • Bound – rose pink
  • Danceteria – fuchsia
  • La Main Bleue – rich berry
  • Mineshaft – poppy red
  • No. 54 – raspberry red
  • Le Palace – deep cherry red
  • Unspeakable – garnet
  • Toy – deep aubergine
  • Area – rich chestnut
  • Devaint – deep burgundy

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I assume the “velvet” is more directed to the sheen, since the finish is smooth and not textured like you would see from a matte. It’s great on it’s own and mixes beautifully with lipsticks and other lip products to adjust the shade should you want to or extend the wear. On it’s own it does have some staying power but like most gloss finishes diminishes as you drink, eat… My suggestion though if you want longer stay power is to put a matching lip liner or longwear lipstick under it and then apply on top. It will help keep it put and last longer then a glass of wine (or several). Plus whatever is underneath doesn’t mess with it’s brilliant finish on top, which makes lips look smooth and hydrated.

Check them out at narscosmetics.com

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When it comes to fashion week I always bring out the big guns of skincare to help deal with my lack of sleep, over intake of caffeine and more glasses of champagne then I care to admit. I’ve recently partnered with Pulsaderm, which offers a full range of skincare devices that I played with during the NYFW Beauty Bar Event.

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Some of you saw me demo the Sonic Washcloth at the event on snapchat where I took off a models heavy body makeup, which was covering her back tattoo, in seconds. I took the device home (which ahem is only $45!) that day and considering how much makeup I was wearing – and with the heat – was melting into my pores, having the Sonic Washcloth, was the biggest saver.

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I’ve been using it religiously every morning and night since – it’s a now a staple in my NYFW (and everyday skincare) routine. Available in a bunch of different colors (I have pink!), it’s great for travel and so easy to use. Just splash water on your face, apply your cleanser to the device and then use it on your face for 1-2minutes. Wash it off and you’re skin feels amazing. It helps face wash work more effectively! In clinical trials they found it cleans your skin 97% better than manual cleansing alone. I found a clear difference in how my pores and skin felt after using the same face wash with and without it after just one use. And it’s only gotten better throughout the past week.

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I’ve owned several sonic devices but this is the first that doesn’t have a brush head I have to replace every three months. This is very convenient since I don’t want bacteria getting into my skin. Made with medical grade silicone and ultra-hygienic surface, there’s no fear of anything funky getting in contact with my skin. It’s ultra-convenient, especially since I’m on the go so much, I don’t have to worry about it getting dirty in my travel bag.

The brush is great for all skin types, sensitive included and has two speed settings; setting one, 5,000 pulses per minute in setting two does 10,000. It’s battery operated and water resistant so you can leave it and use it in the shower. The only other silicone brush I know of on the market runs upwards of $150 but this one is only $45!

The best part about Pulsaderm is that they offer a 90-day “Try Me” guarantee and 2 year product warranty so you can shop confidently on their devices.

Thank you Pulsaderm for partnering with me on this post!

 

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The eagle has landed! As in MAC Cosmetics Liptensity Lipstick have finally dropped and are now available for a limited time. Many of you saw their launch party on my snap — or every other beauty editors social media. No one wanted to miss this mega launch for the brand!

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Maureen Seaberg, James Gager, Creative Director MAC Cosmetics and Jennifer Balbier, Senior VP Product Development MAC Cosmetics introducing MAC Liptensity to the audience

MAC is always pushing the boundaries of colour and finding new innovation. They aren’t afraid to color outside the lines and for this collection they partnered with tetrachromat (that’s a new vocab word for me too), Maureen Seaberg — who has the genetic ability to see up to 100 million hues imperceptible to the average naked eye. Let me break this down for you — if we as “normal” people see somewhere around the million shade spectrum, she would see 100 million. mac-liptensity-lipstick

Working with Maureen, M·A·C created, Liptensity, an unprecedented spectrum of 24 shades with extreme, undeniable colour intensity, using their new groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology.

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I highly recommend them. They go on like balms, and have this rich color that lasts. They are designed to be the same color on all skintones, and for me were incredibly true to shade. What you see on the packaging (which I love by the way) is what I got when I swatch it on my hands and on my lips.mac-lipensity-swatches
Left to right these are shades: Galaxy Grey, Lobster and Ambrosial. They are easy to apply, and you don’t have to build them. It’s love at first swipe, packed with gorgeous pigment and they are very lightweight.

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Also new from MAC is their Trend Forecast Spring 2017 Collection which features a lip palette, eye palette and two new Studio Eye Gloss shades, Clear as Glass (pictured above), which is like lip gloss for your eyes. They are also introducing the Next Up Neon shade which is a high shine “iodine” yelloworange.

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For spring 2017 MAC predicts shades of pale pink to deep berry, which I’m all for. It’s a beautiful, very wearable range of lippies. They go on like a gloss meets lipstick, a pretty stain to each shade that isn’t intense but still carries it’s shade.
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The cream eye shadow palette I have to play around with more. It’s a whole spectrum of colors from soft cinnamon, pink to bright green, eggplant and denim blue.

Shop the collection at maccosmetics.com

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It’s happening! This month we no longer have to look to QVC or find a far away Ulta Cosmetics (I live in NYC, they are sparse) to buy It Cosmetics! The rockstar skincare makeup brand which is by the way amazing for sensitive and problematic skin is officially launching at Sephora and Sephora.com this month. And with it comes a handful of exclusive and new products, mostly from the Bye Bye collection that you should be on the lookout for!

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Before I give you the 411, I want to highlight that I’m loving this whole color-infused skincare ideology. It’s something I’ve been noticing more of in the beauty industry where brands are approaching makeup from a skincare angle. The three products we see this the most in from the new It Cosmetics launches is the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment and Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50+, which I talk more about below. For anyone not familiar with It Cosmetics they work with dermatologists and plastic surgeons on their formulas and as I mentioned before are ideal for everyone from problematic to perfect skin. Meet the Sephora Exclusives:it-cosmetics-new-products-sephora

Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment ($24)

If you’ve ever tried It’s Vitality Lip treatment, you know the drill! It may look like a clear lip treatment but it works with your natural lip color to create a beautiful pop of pink while hydrating and treating lips. Boosted with anti-aging favorites like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and essential butters and oils to keep lips soft and hydrated.

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination ($24)

Available in Light, Medium, Tan and Deep (swatched below in that order), this is their award winning full coverage anti-aging waterproof concealer mixed with their “Drops of Light Techbology” for added radiance and a lit-from-within glow. Basically, this is the stuff you go to when you need to fake 8 hours of sleep to get the job done and is completely no nonsense. It also takes that skincare approach to makeup so it’s not just a heavy duty concealer but also has anti-aging peptides, vitamins, antioxidants, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid to and clinically tested shown to make skin look younger. it-cosmetics-bye-bye-under-eye-illumination-sephora

Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush #701 ($58) and CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush #702 ($48)

It Cosmetics makes amazing brushes. They outdid themselves these. First off it has skincare-infused brush hair — how is that even possible *mind blown*.  Featuring patent-pending Heavenly Skin hair infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants. The difference between the two is obviously the shape and #701 is more intended for powder while #702 can work since skincare and foundations. Both are super soft and work to blur the appearance of lines and imperfections. They are also cruelty-free, animal-free and pro-hygienic for even the most sensitive skin.

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid + SPF 50+ ($38)

You can see from the below photo it has a slight tint to it to perfect your complexion, while delivering a high broad spectrum physical sunscreen SPF 50 to protect from the sun. It’s a little watery so shake it well before applying. It does even me out and control my redness but the SPF left a light white cast for my medium skintone. It’s light enough that I can wear it under my makeup for the sun protection, just not on it’s own. If you’re fair to light this is more ideal and it should blend better, but darker skintones may have a bit of an issue. For more coverage and zero white cast, I highly recommend the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF 50, it’s one of my favorite foundations.

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Bye Bye Pores Primer Oil-Free Poreless Skin-Perfecting Serum Primer ($38)

Developed with plastic surgeons, it’s a pore-erasing, anti-aging skin perfector that instantly blurs the look of pares, fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture while hydrating and treating skin. The verdict is still out with me on this one. I usually go for water-based primers but this one feels like a hybrid of a silicone based and water based one (if that makes sense). It does fill everything in so I have a more even canvas for my foundation and has a matte finish which I like. And it has all kinds of good stuff in it like Moroccan lava clay, colloidal clay, purifying charcoal and papaya fruit extract so clean out and perfect pores, and our anti-aging favorites like hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid (which helps plump skin), peptides and niacin.

Bye Bye Lines Serum Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58)

This serum was developed with plastic surgeons to deliver 10 powerful clinical resulst to your skin in just 10 days. Infused with their “Drops of Light Optical Blurring Technology”, the weightless serum visibly erases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the look of tone, texture, firmness, suppleness and elasticity. It also aids skin barrier repair, boosts, hydration and instantly restores the look of youthful vitality and radiance to skin. So basically, I need a second for my mother since this is everything she talks wanting when it comes to her aging skin. I can’t part with mine because I love the texture and it smells like Vitamin C — which is my weakness. It’s great under makeup or on it’s own. I haven’t done my full ten days but I’m not stopping now that I’ve started using it since I want all of the results! I’m also using it on my neck.

Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm ($38)

It’s a cleanser, makeup remover and anti-aging serum in one! I of course still use a serum after it since I’m a crazy person but I am addicted to this product. It melts everything off with minimal effort, it’s sulfate-free and ophthalmologist tested so you can use it to remove eye makeup. I can get really lazy at night so for those days when all I have energy for is taking off my makeup I feel like this product has my back. Especially since I love the way my skin feels after. It’s not dry or tight but really hydrated and ehalthy. I also just learned you can use it as a face mask and leave it on for 60 seconds to hydrate your skin. I’ll try that and report back.

Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream ($48)

It smooths, brightens and depuffs, it’s super hydrating on, it goes on like water and is quick absorbing. I’ve been playing with it for about a week but still using another eye cream but the consistency and formula feels amazing on. I need a little bit more time with it to see results it’s packed with all of my favorites to brighten, depuff and minimize the appearance of dark circles including copper, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen,  cucumber extract and peptides.

Learn more at Sephora.com

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Photo Credit: Gerald Slevin photography

Last week was a long week. I went from Fashion Week to hosting a charity event on Friday to jumping in my car and driving to Montauk for an awesome, action packed weekend with Clif Bar. Before I get into my awesome weekend (and believe me, it was awesome), my friend Liz asked me a question on Friday I’ve been thinking about all week, “How do I get your energy”.

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In my mind she takes on more than me so I found the question funny. Although I’m asked it often enough that I should have a reasonable answer.  In truth I’ve always thought of myself as leading a double life. I’m very active in the fashion/beauty blogging community and often at events but on my spare time all I want to do is travel and be outside, whether it be hiking, snowboarding or something as simple as going for a walk. My boyfriends even slowly turning me into a camper, which we do often enough that I can probably claim that title. I’m a really active person and it’s not easy with my schedule. I accidentally skip meals all the time but I’m very keen on keeping my energy up since I do need to stay focused.

So my short answer is I cut down on drinking, especially if I have a big morning, I stay away from junk food and my pillars when it comes to staying on track are coffee, water, nutrition/energy bars and cold pressed green juice. wandering-bear-coffee-clif-bar-daily-greens-juice

Some latest discoveries are:

Daily Greens cold-pressed juice which squeezes 4.5 lbs of fresh organic produce into every bottle

Wandering Bear Coffee, which is like crack… just kidding (kind of). It’s an amazing, super strong cold brew coffee that gets me through the day. And is a mega time saver in the morning since all I have to do is pour it and add milk. And yes, I packed a box for my trip.

Oxigen water, which is infused with oxygen to make it super water that improve endurance, stamina and can help you recover faster from your workouts. It tastes like normal water and has no chemicals in it, just air, so I’m into it. Although my biggest message in this is to just stay hydrated. Especially if you’re tired.

Clif Bars New Nut Butter Filled Energy Bars – The new Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor is currently my flavor of the month. But in all honesty Clif bar has been a longtime go-to of mine for their tried and true commitment to great tasting nutrition bars that don’t have anything scary in them when you check the ingredients. I usually pack them for hikes or when I’m on trips and otherwise like having a mini bar on hand if my blood sugar starts to drop of I feel myself getting hangry since I do skip meals when I get super busy. My other go to’s are bananas and natural almonds.

Whatever brands you choose to go with, snacking responsibly and staying hydrated will take you far when it comes to keeping your energy up. And yes, I packed all of these things, and sunscreen for the weekend! I did not want to miss a second to being too tired.

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Which is why I loved everything about this weekend — including the fact that Charlie got to come since despite being roughly 10 years old he’s a very active pup when taken out to nature. As a blogger we see a lot of hashtags thrown around but #FeedYourAdventure is an appropriate one for Clif Bar. If ever a brand that fits my lifestyle and shares so many of my mantras it’s this one. And they definitely fed my adventure this past weekend. Our Clif Bar hosts, Will and Cody took us on an action packed weekend in Montauk filled with surfing, paddle boarding, sailing with plenty of time to enjoy our hotel — which had a heated pool and bikes for guests!

Current debate: afternoon swim or bike ride? May this be the thoughest question I face all day. #feedyouradventure #montauk
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It was an active weekend to say the least and a perfect way to try out Clif Bar’s New Nut Butter Filled energy bars which includes Coconut Almond Butter, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut butter.  I was pretty hooked on the Chocolate Peanut Butter — it’s like a heathy Reese’s! I’m also a diehard for their Bloks Energy Chews, which has a new look, (strawberry flavor is my jam) — they taste like candy. I’m not entirely sure if it was the bars, chews, the perfect weather or adrenaline but I was pumped all weekend — I didn’t even open my computer once!

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Are you more apt to get wrinkles based on where you live? You bet. RoC Skincare partnered with independent research firm Sperling’s for the Best Places for the 2016 RoC® Wrinkle Ranking study: a city by city look at the metropolitan areas’ risk for skin damage and premature aging by the year 2040. The analysis is based on factors commonly known to affect skin health – lifestyle, occupational and environmental influences… Living in NYC, I’m well aware I’m at a deep disadvantage due to my lifestyle and pollution levels! Until now though, I had no idea how we ranked to other cities. Did your city make the Most Wrinkle-Prone city list? Find out below and click HERE for the complete ranking.

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Funny enough, I grew up in the Cambridge, MA area (ranked #20) and have spent the past 15 years in NYC (ranked #8). My two cities make the top 20 list by 2040! Good thing I drink a million cups of water, wear SPF and take incredible care of my skin. In shocking news, Denver will hit the #2 rank (maybe it’s the altitude?), just under Philadelphia – who knew they would out wrinkle us all.

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Besides using an SPF everyday (a minimum of 30 everyone!), one of the best things you can do to prevent and help existing wrinkles is adding a retinol into your skincare routine. I have a deep attachment for the RoC RETINOL CORREXION collection. Their Deep Wrinkle Serum first serum I ever used, even though I probably didn’t have single wrinkle at the time. In fact I’ve always called it the RoC Serum and don’t think at the time paid much attention to the Deep Wrinkle title when first using it. My stepmother was actually the one that turned me on to the RoC RETINOL CORREXION collection before my career in beauty started over ten years ago. She’s a 20 year loyalist, religiously using the RoC RETINOL CORREXION Daily Moisturizer and Night Cream (she buys the combo pack from Costco). Those have been two of her staples for the past two decades and since then has added in the Eye Cream and Max Resurfacing Cleanser to her everyday routine. She’s 53 people! Just look at how amazing she looks!

Iris apfel lara eurdolianLast night was a big night! It was the debut of Macy’s Front Row event which I had the pleasure of attending earlier in the month. For anyone not familiar it’s their annual fashion show event which features their exclusive collections and sensational designers like Calvin Klein, I.N.C International Concepts, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Allia, Tommy Hilifiger, William Rast, and the debut of Betsey Johnson’s collection inspired by DreamWorks Animation. Hosted by Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic the show also features performances by Ariana Grande and Flo Rida. It was also the debut of the Iris Apfel for I.N.C International Concepts — the Iris Meets INC collection and she was at Macy’s last night to promote the line and do a Q&A with Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian (I hope you all watched it on my snapchat: @prettyconnected). iris-apfel-at-macys

After months of seeing the gorgeous window displays of her collection every time I walked by Macy’s I was so excited to see it in person and be reunited with her. Literally the last time I saw Iris was when I interviewed her in 2012 for her bag launch. It’s been 5 years and it’s just incredible how much she’s done in that time. She never stops! And she’s still every bit as charming, hilarious and gracious as I remember. And get this! In the middle of her talk she goes, “Is that a puppy?! Can you please bring that puppy to me?”

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So I just about had a heart attack which I covered up by going on stage (in front of a massive crowd) so she could meet Charlie. She then asked how old he was, and I told her Charlie’s was a senior rescue dog somewhere around 10 years old but I’ve only had him for 4 months. To which she replied, “so we both like older men.”. I was so touched. Especially since after the presentation was done she asked if Charlie could sit on her lap for the photos. iris-apfel-edward-barsamian-macys-inc-talk

She brings so much joy to so many. I mean the crowd almost had me in tears each sharing what an inspiration she’s been, that for my dog to bring her joy was probably the best gift I could get. And speaking of gifts everyone check out the Iris Meets INC collection (she’s wearing the collection in the photo!)– it’s filled with all kinds of fun updated mod looks and a ton of incredibly Iris approved jewelry.macys-inc-iris-apfel-clothing-collection iris-apfel-macys-inc-collection

Check out the Iris Meets INC collection at macys.com

shape-beauty-awards-2016-lara-eurdolinaI made it guys! Last night I was running around, my phone died, my hair was array but somehow I still made it to the 2016 Shape Beauty Awards and was able to celebrate so many of my favorite brands! This year marks the publications 14th Annual Beauty Awards, and their editors teamed up with legendary makeup artist Matin, dermatologist David E. Bank, hairstylist Paul Labrecque, and fragrance developer Ruth Sutcliffe to test hundreds of new products and assemble a lineup of the year’s ultimate beauty buys in every category.

shape-2016-beauty-awardsI’m barely scratching the surface of the 87 top picks selected from hair, skin, makeup and more in my above photo. But I would say between the gift bag and my mega beauty stash I’ve tried more than half the winners. In fact everything to the left are products that have been on my radar that I haven’t had a chance to try including the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Cream, Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, and L’Oreal La Palette Lip that I’ve been DYING to! And everything to the right I have tried and are complete winners in my book! Mega thumbs up and congratulations on choosing the Clarisonic Mia Fit, Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder, Clarins Booster Detox, Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream and new Shiseido Rouge Rouse lipsticks which are beautiful (the whole range is filled with a 16 piece red lipstick collection that are creamy and full of pigment). Most all of these you’ve seen me post about but it always makes me excited when products I love win.

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The winning brands got to pick up the physical award at last nights ceremony. How cute is it? My photo doesn’t do it justice. The awards are split up into 5 different categories: The Best Fragrances For Every Personality, Drugstore Products Every Girl Should Own, The Best Hair Products On The Market, The Best Skin-Care Products, The Best Makeup Of The Year and The Best Workout-Friendly Beauty Products For Your Body. You can check out the complete list at shape.com/topics/beauty-awards or pick up the October 2016 issue now on stands featuring all the winners.

Also speaking of beauty awards, Glamour Magazine is also debuting their Beauty Awards this month in their October issue now on stands. I actually helped judge the Best New Beauty Products of 2016 category (If you click “read more” you see my name!). Even though there were other categories I’ll go ahead and share the winners in mine since I’m so proud: The Best Creative Face Mask (GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment), The Best Micellar Water (Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water in Rose),  The Best Color Corrector (It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream), The Best Contouring Product (Nudestix Sculpting Pencil), The Best Strobing Product (Glossier Haloscope), The Best Co-Wash (R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner), and The Best Breakthrough Lipstick (The Estee Edit Lip Flip Shade Transformer). For the complete list of winners visit glamour.com/gallery/best-new-beauty-products-2016#8 or pick up the October issue of Glamour!

If you’re overwhelmed with products and need me to talk through anything shoot me a snapchat or instagram/tweet/comment me @prettyconnected and we can chat it through. xoLara

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Growing up one of my mom’s best friends had an original sketch by Liz Claiborne framed in her hallway, which I would always admire. She’s the designer that introduced me to the Hounds Tooth print and this month Liz Claiborne celebrates 40 years!

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To celebrate JCPenney has launched the “40 Looks of Liz Claiborne” Anniversary Collection for fall paying homage to the legacy of the iconic brand that has always stood for “effortless utility for busy, working woman.” Exclusively at all JCPenney locations and jcp.com, it’s a versatile collection with great layering pieces and separates that range from sporty from sporty to office attire.

Last night with Natalie Zfat at the Lafayette 148 store opening. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Last night with Natalie Zfat at the Lafayette 148 store opening. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Last month, I had a pair of midnight (ahem, “galaxy blue“), velvet pants ordered for an event my friend Natalie Zfat was hosting at Lafayette 148 at their new store opening in soho. At the time I thought was I really losing it wanting velvet pants? And then somehow in the past two weeks I’ve seen non-stop articles — even from Vogue on how it’s the hot new fall trend. I’m so glad I chose them since literally from the moment I put them on yesterday, I had compliments at every show, sidewalk and restaurant I went to asking where they were from. Usually Lafayette 148 is my go to for great basics, but this season they have some really amazing statement pieces that I’ve been eyeing. The new store is beautiful, and had me eyeing these red patent leather flats (aren’t they gorgeous!?) and Infinity Cuff bracelet that may need to be my next splurge.

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Outfit details:

Lafayette 148 Rivington Velvet Ankle Pant in Galaxy Blue

Bebe Diamond Mesh Inset Crop Top

Boohoo Oversized Shirt (similar different print)

Henri Bendel Uptown Blocked Satchel

Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed-Toe Suede Pumps 

Ray-ban Tortoise Blue (exclusive to Sunglass Hut)

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This outfit was perfect for the Lafayette 148 store launch party since yesterday was one of those full, morning to night New York Fashion Week days filled where I had no time to go home in between. This outfit took me from day to night (I had a black crop top under my long sleeve top and makeup to intensify the look in the evening). The black suede pumps  and velvet pants really tied everything together and I love how the pants look almost navy or black in dark lighting and then in the sun really lighten up. They are also available in black and I’m hoping they’ll make them in their signature cabernet color as well. I would be totally down for some burgundy velvet pants! I’m clearly having a 90s moment. And props to my Henri Bendel Uptown Blocked Satchel bag for being able to hold my life in it. I had two books, my camera, 2 gift bags in addition to my phone charger, wallet, makeup case… the usual necessities in it.

Check out the new Lafayette 148 store in soho at 423 Broome Street, NYC

US-Open-Lara-Eurdolian Last week we kicked off the US Open with American Express. This is probably one of my favorite sporting events of the year to watch. I grew up playing tennis and was on the varsity team in High School and College and a junior national champion so walking into that stadium where so many of my heroes and have played their hearts out always gives me chills. Having been an American Express member since 2008, and now an ambassador for their Blue Cash Everyday Card, being invited to the event as their guest is an absolute dream come true and totally epic experience.

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All card members get exclusive perks like access to the American Express outdoor suite, which features complimentary hand massages by Exhale Spa, L’Occitane samples, and a relaxing, air-conditioned space to purchase food and drink in. American Express also opened the ground floor of the tent to the public for fans to experience the #AmexTennis Pro Walk. The walk enables guests to virtually experience the journey a pro would have as they walk from the player locker room to center court. Highlights of the walk include replicas of the player locker room, and tunnel, and holograms of tennis legends like Pete Sampras and Monica Seles. They also constructed a tennis court inside the tent with activities for kids and playing opportunities.

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Outside the stadium and the Amex Tent area are all of the outdoor vendors –selling everything from sporting equipment and clothes, logoed US Open merchandise, food, drink – and my much needed Lavazza coffee. I took a little less guilt in shopping considering the Blue Cash Everyday card offers 1% cash back on purchases, such as my food and event swag. Although I didn’t go too crazy!

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This was James’ first time to the US Open so I wanted him to have the full experience. From watching the practice sessions at the outdoor courts, visiting all of the outdoor spaces and lounges we toured around the space in between watching the major matches inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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We ended the day with another epic experience from American Express by being invited into their new 70-person luxury suite, the Center Court Club in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Our tickets were amazing but the suite experience one floor above was at a whole other level. Featuring outdoor seats to watch the game coupled with an indoor space that’s air-conditioned with food, drink and screens of all the games happening at the same time, the suite was pretty amazing. Even the bathroom had a TV in it, so you don’t miss a beat.

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Having cash back rewards on a zero annual fee card is amazing in and of itself, along with all of the other perks that come with having an American Express Blue Cash Everyday Card. But the access that all American Express Card Members get to amazing events, experiences and offers in music, theater, sports, and more is what sets American Express apart. This includes everything from early pre-sale offers to more exclusive invitation-only events and premium experiences. (You can check out the Membership Experiences website for more info and upcoming events.)

Learn more at americanexpress.com

Big thanks to my American Express family for making my US Open experience that much more awesome and sponsoring this post!

Uzo Nars W Hotel

It’s been over a decade since I left my first corporate job, working in International at NARS Cosmetics. It was an impressionable era for me and one where I had the pleasure of watching and getting to know one of the most impeccable makeup artists of our time, Uzo. Ten years later (although let me be clear she was just as major back then) Uzo will be at the W Hotel on September 14th from 3-5pm as part of the W Hotel What She Said event series.

Uzo will provide the What She Said audience with an insider’s look in the beauty industry and her advice on success that every woman can relate to.
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 14th 3:00PM – 5:00PM
WHERE: The Great Room at W New York – Union Square, 201 Park Avenue South at 17th Street
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at eventbrite.com

Uzo will also be hosting a makeup master class and beauty workshop held in the hotel’s studio space. Uzo will share her tips and tricks on achieving a flawless face in a very product-driven demonstration. This master class will take place in an intimate setting at the hotel

WHEN: Thursday, September 15th 6:00PM – 8:00PM
WHERE: Studio at the W New York – Union Square, 201 Park Avenue South at 17th Street

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased on everbrite.com

ABOUT UZO: she started her career as a resident makeup artist at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. Her artistry is now known throughout the world and her work has been featured in advertising campaigns, music videos, runway fashion shows, and fashion editorial. Her talent and personable nature has earned her a long list of clients that includes Naomi Campbell, Ava DuVernay, Allison Brie, Kim Kardashian, Alessandra Ambrosia, and Edie Falco. Uzo has also worked with contemporary urban artists like Nicki Minaj, Toni Braxton, FKA Twigs, Will Smith, and Eminem on music videos. Learn more at traceymattingly.com/artists/makeup/uzo/bio

be-kind-today-tee-shirtLabor Day weekend is always one of my favorites long weekends. The weather is generally beautiful and I’ve learned over the years that it is the calm before the storm — which in my case is fashion week. I really prioritize making it relaxing since I know I’m gearing up for a few weeks of little sleep, being on my feet non-stop — all while trying to look good for the biggest never-ending fashion event of the year.

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Outfit details:

Doc Shorty Be Kind Today tee shirt

Rag & Bone Zip Skinny Jeans (on sale)

LeSportsac Shopper Backpack

Teva Coromar shoe (James is in the Teva Durban Leather Boot)

Kyboe! Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch

Giles and Brother Railroad Spike Cuff Bracelet

Vintage white sunglasses (similar)

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James and I haven’t been home much the past month so we decided instead of making elaborate plans with friends we’d stick close to home and drive up the Hudson and explore. We stopped in Tarrytown for lunch and then headed to Rockefeller State Park for hike. Set on a beautiful lake that’s a little over mile to walk around and covered in lily pads, we could not have asked for a more gorgeous day. It was so great to pack a backpack (you know I’m all about my insanely lightweight LeSportsac packs) and be out in nature. It’s also the first day I dressed for fall, and the hike gave James and I both an excuse to wear our new Teva’s from their fall collection. While I love my summer brights, I have missed the blacks, grays and more autumn shades in my wardrobe. My tee is actually a new gift from Doc Shorty. They make super soft tees (all made in the US) with kind message and donate 10% of the profits to multiple sclerosis research. It’s amazing how many more smiles you get passing by people when they read “Be Kind Today” on your shirt.

It’s amazing how a walk in the woods, surrounded in silence can offer such a recharge! I hope you all had an awesome weekend! xoLara @prettyconnected